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  • Joan Rivers - Rest In Peace

    The Alternative Conservative
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It is with great sadness that I am writing about Joan Rivers passing on. She will indeed be missed. I remember her well from when I was growing up and her latest show, Fashion Police was absolutely hysterical. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was a classic on-liner.One of my favorites roles she played was on the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. Her and Miss Piggy had a classic scene where Rivers gave Miss Piggy a makeover."Pigs don't have eyebrows." "Well this pig is going to!"No doubt about it, Joan could make anyone's jaw drop with her harsh wit. She was quite a solid…
  • Cosmic Cato Koch Convergence

    Paul Krugman
    By Paul Krugman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Bad economics and big money.
  • Morning Plum: Bill Clinton tells Dem voters to wake up already

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    For the purposes of understanding this midterm election, the most important quote of the weekend by far comes from Bill Clinton, who said this while in Iowa yesterday: “I’ve studied all the polls and I really believe that we’re still in a zone where they’re all real close and it depends on who decides to […]
  • U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

    PunditGuy
    PunditGuy
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At first I thought the album sucked. I listened again. I was wrong. It’s a masterpiece. I’ve never been “into” U2 for their politics, or social commentary. I could really do without Bono’s preaching in-between songs during shows. Sure, he does more than just talk, he goes out there and gets stuff done, stays informed, etc., but so do millions of other smart people. Big deal. What I like about U2 is the music. It’s always been about the music. And for that I thank The Edge. I’m convinced it’s all him. Adam Clayton is a great bass player, and he’s getting better with each…
  • This 19-Year-Old Girl’s Cartoon T-Shirts Are No Laughing Matter

    The Vision Times » World
    David Jirard
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Ren Qian, a freshman at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, earns over 10,000 RMB (aboutUS$1630) each month designing cartoon characters for T-shirts. She works part time for Tian Mao, a famous online market in China, and her designs are among the retailer’s top sellers. So far, Ren Qian has designed more than 40 cartoon characters for the retailer, and over 20,000 T-shirts printed with her cartoon characters have been sold. Among them, those with her “I’m a foodie” theme are the most popular. Over 10,000 shirts with that theme alone have been sold. Ren Qian finds many…
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    The Atlantic

  • Israel's Worst-Kept Secret

    Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Israel has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons. Former CIA Director Robert Gates said so during his 2006 Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, when he noted—while serving as a university president—that Iran is surrounded by “powers with nuclear weapons,” including “the Israelis to the west.” Former President Jimmy Carter said so in 2008 and again this year, in interviews and speeches in which he pegged the number of Israel’s nuclear warheads at 150 to around 300. But due to a quirk of federal secrecy rules, such remarks generally cannot be made even now by…
  • America's Stake in the Scottish Referendum

    David Frum
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Until recently, Scotland's independence referendum received little attention in the United States. Americans had company in London, where political elites also paid little heed to the possible break-up of their country. Then, at the end of August, just weeks before the September 18 vote, polls detected a sudden rise in pro-independence ‘Yes’ sentiment. ‘No’ is still favored to win. But the result will be uncomfortably close. The ‘Yes’ side has received a boost from a manipulative campaign by Scotland’s independence-minded local authorities. Back in 1998, Tony Blair’s…
  • Cigarettes as Control

    Robert Tutton
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I smoked my second cigarette on a dour July afternoon when I was 15. When I was younger, in the years of Captain Planet and after-school specials, I had been stridently anti-smoking. I would hide my uncle and aunt's cigarettes, or harangue them to quit, fruitlessly but to the best of my 10-year-old abilities. I smoked my first cigarette around that time, when I snuck into my uncle's place and lit the longest butt in the ashtray just to be sure I didn’t like it. I didn’t—I don't remember if I coughed, but I do remember the smoke from the rapidly shortening nub rising up into my eyes, and…
  • This Short Film Skewers Hollywood, Probably Predicts Disney's Next Hit

    Chris Heller
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/380156/boats-a-short-film-that-skewers-hollywood/
  • Everything: You're Doing It Wrong

    Megan Garber
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Are you having a good day? Are you feeling rested, and happy, and ready to conquer the week ahead with your signature mixture of aggression and aplomb? Are you on top of your game, and thus on top of the world? Then you might want to get off the Internet. Because the Internet does not agree with your sparkly sense of optimism. The Internet—with all due no offenses and sorry, buts—does not think you are on top of your game. Your capacity to work? To love? To live your life? You may not have asked for the Internet's opinion on these matters, but it will tell you anyway: It thinks you are…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Harper's Index excerpts for October

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The October Harper's Index has been posted. Some excerpts: • Percentage of U.S. Republicans who say they could not live on the minimum wage: 69 • Who support raising it: 37 • Percentage of federal agencies whose servers have failed in the past twelve months: 94 • Number of attempted cyberattacks the average global company experienced in 2013: 16,856 • Amount by which spending on mobile ads is projected to exceed that on newspaper ads this year: $1,000,000,000 • Chance that a U.S. newspaper has a statehouse reporter: 1 in 3 • Percentage of…
  • The fall TV season: New shows and returning series

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington in NBC's The Blacklist About six months ago, I wrote a post about some of the problems facing the network television model. Since the early 1980s, when cable television began to expand and take hold, the broadcast networks have seen their audiences decline and shift to other outlets. In 1964-65, an episode of Bonanza had on average 36.3 percent of households with televisions tuned in every week to NBC to watch the Cartwrights. A lot of shows that were cancelled as "busts" in the past would be certified hits in the present landscape, with NBC and ABC…
  • Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Republicans try to tie David Ige to the governor he unseated

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Leading Off: • HI-Gov: Well, this is an interesting tactic. The RGA goes after Democrat David Ige, tying him to departing Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The narrator argues that Ige voted for $800 million in new taxes and fees, making it hard for people to make a living in the state, before praising Republican Duke Aiona. It's nothing new to link a candidate to an unpopular figure from his party. But what's different here is that Ige challenged Abercrombie in the primary and beat him. It's pretty odd that the RGA thinks they can portray Ige as an Abercrombie ally given that Ige was the person to…
  • Election Diary Rescue #36: Talk Like a Pirate Edition

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Welcome Aboard, Me Hearties! 'Tis Talk Like A Pirate Week!!! By permission from Admira Wijaya Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19th A wee taste o'this week's grog be below. This post features a collection of 56 diaries. (NH-Sen) Mayday PAC in New Hampshire: lessons learned (NH-Sen). UPDATED by DocDawg - Mayday PAC, Lawrence Lessig's "ironic" crusade t' drive fundamental campaign booty reform by fightin' fire (SuperPACs) with fire (his own anti-PAC), faced its first major armada - and humiliatin' defeat - in t' New Hampshire Republican primary for US Senate. (KS-01) Traditional Republicans…
  • Even Kansas Republicans have had enough hardcore conservatism

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Sam Brownback facing off with voters For decades, Kansas has had a significant Republican base. Although they've had a few Democratic governors like Kathleen Sebelius, and an occasional congressional representative like Dennis Moore, the state has long hovered in deep red territory. As Republican Gov. Sam Brownback nears the end of his first (and hopefully only) term, Kansans are starting to feel the pinch from those conservatives policies. Standard & Poor has downgraded Kansas' bond rating after tax cuts produced a $300 million budget shortfall, increased poverty, and halved the state's…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Landing Site on Comet Selected

    rcade
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The European Space Agency on Monday unveiled the target landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the Philae lander riding aboard the agency's Rosetta mission. Mission controllers picked a drop zone called "Site J" as the primary target from five potential landing sites and if all goes well, the lander will touch down on the comet Nov. 11. The historic landing will be the first time a space agency has attempted to soft-land a probe on a comet. "We will make the first ever in situ analysis of a comet at this site, giving us an unparalleled insight into the composition, structure and…
  • British Muslims: 'Islamic State' is a Slur to Our Faith

    PunchyPossum
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The British prime minister and media should stop legitimizing the terror group rampaging through Syria and Iraq by describing it as Islamic State, according to a coalition of imams and organizations representing British muslims. Six senior Islamic scholars endorsed the fatwa last month, describing Britons allied to Islamic State (ISIS) cells as "heretics" and prohibiting would-be jihadists from joining the "oppressive and tyrannical" group in Iraq and Syria. It is feared that as many as 500 Britons have traveled to Syria or Iraq since 2011 to join the group and its affiliates. In a letter…
  • Grimes Ad: 'Mitch, That's Not How You Hold a Gun'

    rcade
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    In a new TV ad, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) he doesn't know how to hold a gun. The 30-second ad features the Democratic Senate nominee skeet shooting in an open field and pushing back on the Republican minority leader's efforts to associate her with President Barack Obama. "Mitch McConnell wants you to think I'm Barack Obama," she says. "I'm not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA." "And Mitch," she adds, displaying a photo of McConnell holding a gun upside down while posing before the NRA convention,…
  • Utah Police Kill Black Man Holding Toy Sword

    tonyroma
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    On Wednesday, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot dead by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. For three days, police said nothing about the cause of the shooting while witnesses reported that he was running away as officers shot outside a Panda Express. On Saturday, police issued a brief statement saying he lunged at them with a sword. But Hunt's lawyer says an independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot in the back and not in the front, and his mother Susan Hunt says the "sword" was a blunt-edged vanity version of a Japanese "Katana" sword he bought at an…
  • Magic Mushrooms Help Smokers Quit

    BruceBanner
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Just two or three experiences with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, was enough to get 80% of long-term smokers to kick the habit, according to a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The most effective antismoking drug on the market right now, varenicline, has a success rate of 35% at 6 months, Bloomberg reports. Don't rush off to swap your cigarettes for psychedelics quite yet -- the psilocybin treatment was paired with a cognitive behavioral therapy program, and researchers are still figuring out exactly why so many participants were finally able to quit.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • What the ...

    Josh Marshall
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    School districts across the country are also getting MRAPs, grenade launchers and more from that same Pentagon program. Read More →
  • 'Freedom Fighter' Plans

    Josh Marshall
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    In case you missed it, last year we had a piece on the so-called non-Obamacare compliant 'Freedom Fighter' health care plans which appear to be what New Hampshire congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia is using to defy Obamacare.
  • Wait, What Kind of Plan?

    Josh Marshall
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Okay, this is kind of fascinating. You can see that we have this story about about Cruz-backed Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia, running for a seat in Congess up in New Hampshire. She was being interviewed last week and stumbled into this question of just what kind of insurance she had since she's such a big critic of Obamacare. She very oddly ducked and bobbed and refused to answer the question, specifically whether she herself had an Obamacare plan. Her campaign followed up and clarified that she did have health care coverage but not an Obamacare plan. But some key elements of the story…
  • What's At Stake in the Midterms

    Josh Marshall
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Here's our big piece today on what's at really at stake in the battle to control the Senate next year. And what if voters just don't care?
  • Shirts

    Josh Marshall
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Kent State blood shirt you never knew you needed is now on sale at Urban Outfitters.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Signing off briskly as some post-estate-sale duties scream for attention. Here are some remains of the day: * Entire Right is doing handstands over "bombshell" revelations of some State Department document review related to Benghazi! that I don't have the patience to unravel. See if you can figure out why they think it changes the whole world. * Nate Silver suggests polling of Alaska may contain unintentional Democratic tilt. * TNR's Danny Vinik worried about Obama's statement that failure against IS not an option. * At Ten Miles Square, Francis Wilkinson gives a more positive assessment of…
  • Cameron Begs Scotland To Stay

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Today British Prime Minister David Cameron began his personal barnstorming of Scotland to beg for a "no" vote on Scottish independence Thursday. Here's an assessment of his performance by The Guardian's Andrew Sparrow: Rarely have I heard a prime minister sound so powerless. Big prime ministerial speeches - the ones they deliver at party conferences, or on setpiece Commons occasions, or when they have major policy to announce - are all about what the government will do, what levers of power it will tug, but this wasn’t like that at all. It was more like a plea - polite, well-crafted,…
  • Ralph Nader is Upbeat

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    In the September/October issue of the Washington Monthly, Timothy Noah sits down with Ralph Nader to discuss Nader's new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. As you can surmise from the book's title, Nader is bullish on the electorate's ability to roll back the degree of corporate power we see in contemporary America. Specifically, Nader believes we will soon pass a national hike in the minimum wage and break up the big banks, and he predicts that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will go down to defeat. Nader also offers a strong defense of the…
  • Rand Paul: No Longer a Still Point of the Turning World

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Tom Frank's not the only person in the news today who's prone to fixed and counter-factual views of how the world works. The closest thing we've ever had to a nationally marketable libertarian, the junior Senator from Kentucky, had this to say about criticism that he's been a mite flexible of late in his foreign policy views (per a report from Politico's Jonathan Topaz: Sen. Rand Paul on Monday pushed back against heightened criticism that he has flip-flopped on foreign policy issues, saying he has stood firmly against the Obama administration’s policies in Syria. Appearing on CBS…
  • No, Tom Frank, NAFTA Did Not Create the Christian Right

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    At his recently established perch of Salon, the ever-entertaining Tom Frank leaped into an argument between data-oriented journalists (and political scientists) and the Game-Changey sort to accuse the former--and indeed, "experts" or social scientists generally--of causing the Vietnam War, de-industrialization, and the corporate enslavement of America. Frank didn't put it exactly that way, but he's apparently been harboring a grievance against "experts" or "expert"-reliant journalists for their promotion of what people of Frank's viewpoint call The Washington Consensus, and/or for their…
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    New Republic

  • George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well

    George Orwell
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language—so the argument runs—must inevitably share in the general coll
  • How (and How Not) to Break Up With a Roommate

    Libby Copeland
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For his first six years in New York City, Ben Grow lived out a particular urban fantasy. He and a group of other classical musicians, several of them friends from college, all found apartments in the same Washington Heights building; at one point, there were nine of them spread across three units. L
  • The NFL Owes Domestic Violence Victims a Big, Fat Check

    Jonathan Cohn
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The National Football League over the weekend announced the appointment of three domestic violence experts, including a former federal prosecutor, to serv
  • This Might be Obama's Last Chance to Do Something Major About Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The next year is critical for addressing climate change. The United Nations Climate Summit next Tuesday will bring together more than 100 heads of state in New York City. President Barack Obama will be at the summit; China and India will send special envoys in their country leaders’ absence. There
  • Obama's ISIS Strategy Is Way More Coherent Than His Critics Claim

    Yishai Schwartz
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    No matter one’s politics, there is something disconcerting about America’s sudden swerve toward war. Last year, a reluctant Congress and jittery public yanked the president back from unleashing strikes against Syria’s brutal Assad regime. Now, a year and three videotaped beheadings later, ever
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • U.S. to Commit $500 Million, Deploy 3,000 Troops in Ebola Fight

    Zeke J Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The United States is dramatically escalating its efforts to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa, President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. MoreU.S. Launches First Strike In Campaign Against ISISHate Immigrants? Good Luck With Women VotersAid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC NewsThe unprecedented response will include the deployment of 3,000 U.S.
  • Report: First US Strike in Expanded Iraq Fight

    alexishauk
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters. The officials say Iraqi forces requested assistance when they came under fire from militants. Officials say the strike represents the newly broadened mission authorized by President Barack Obama to go on the offensive against the Islamic State group wherever it is. Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and…
  • I’m a Woman Who Lived as a Boy: My Years as a Bacha Posh

    clairehoworth
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Jenny Nordberg’s The Underground Girls of Kabul, out tomorrow, is the result of five years of research into why it’s not uncommon for girls in Afghanistan to be brought up as boys. Nordberg, an investigative reporter, discovered the practice in 2009, and detailed it in a story for The New York Times. MoreNew Alan Moore Comics Coming in DecemberWhat Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?Aid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC…
  • What Are Those 1,600 (So Far) U.S. Military Advisers Doing In Iraq (So Far)

    Mark Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    President Obama ordered U.S. military reinforcements to Iraq last week. The additional 475 troops will push the total helping the Iraqis battle jihadist militants to about 1,600. That’s 1% of the 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in 2008, at the peak of the U.S. deployment for the 2003-2011 war. MoreAid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC NewsUrban Outfitters Hits New Low With Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt Huffington…
  • The Possible Price of Scottish Independence

    Naina Bajekal
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    When Scottish voters go to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not Scotland should stay part of the United Kingdom, many will be looking to their wallets as much as to their sense of national identity. What, voters on both sides of the debate want to know, would be the economic consequences of Scotland going it alone? If Scots are to believe the financial warnings of some banks and major retailers they will vote Yes only with a little trepidation about its impact on their personal finances. Some retailers issued statements on Thursday that they will have to raise their prices to…
 
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    Political Irony

  • Doubt

    Iron Knee
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Unfortunately, propaganda works, especially with enough money pumped into it, and with help from the right-wing media. How many times do we fall for this snow job before we get wise to their tactics? Another propaganda technique is telling people that they can’t do anything about the environment. For example, saying that it will destroy our economy. Well, you can do something about the environment. Thirty years ago we were facing an environmental catastrophe from a hole in the ozone layer, but we did something about it and now the UN has announced that the ozone layer is showing…
  • We Hate You, But We Vote For You Anyway

    Iron Knee
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Obama has a 54% disapproval rating. The Democratic Party has a 61% disapproval rating, making the party in general even more unpopular. But nobody beats the Republican Party, which has a whopping 72% disapproval rating. In fact, 47% of Americans – nearly half – say they “strongly” disapprove of the GOP. And yet, according to FiveThirtyEight politics, Republicans have a 59% chance of winning enough seats in the November election to get control of the Senate. Note that their forecast is updated regularly based on new polls, so the numbers might change slightly by the time you…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “President Obama will attend a NATO summit in Wales this week with 67 other world leaders. He’s trying to project strength, so the White House says he’ll be wearing his toughest shade of tan suit.” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama will be at a NATO summit, where he will discuss the recent actions of Vladimir Putin, who wasn’t invited. Then Putin said, ‘Has that ever stopped me before?'” – Jimmy Fallon “Vladimir Putin said today he hopes to have a Ukrainian peace deal by Friday. He’s reached out the olive branch. And if there’s…
  • Obamacare has Failed

    Iron Knee
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    … to live up to the warnings from the detractors. Related posts: Your government failed you, again Failed System Obamacare is Working!
  • It’s the System, Stupid!

    Iron Knee
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    A few days ago I posted a story about Hillary Clinton (told by Elizabeth Warren) about how after becoming a Senator, Clinton voted for something that she fought hard against before that. Go watch that video if you have not already. And now, we have a similar story from the other side of the aisle. Senator John McCain voted against overturning the Citizens United ruling that gave corporations and unions the right to spend infinite amounts of money in political campaigns. This is hypocritical because when the Supreme Court decision was announced, McCain denounced it as the Supreme Court’s…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Attorney: Darrien Hunt Shot 6 Times While Running Away

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young black man who was fatally shot last week by Utah police lunged at the officers with a real sword that had a 2.5-foot steel blade, prosecutors said Monday. Reports from Darrien Hunt's family that the 22-year-old was carrying a toy sword are not accurate, said Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor. "It wasn't plastic, it wasn't wood," Taylor said. "It appears to be a real samurai sword." The Saratoga Springs Police Department is under fire over the fatal shooting of Hunt last Wednesday. The city removed a critical social media posting that accused the news…
  • Terri Lynn Land Family Gives Millions To Evangelical Group Targeting 'Unreached People'

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Throughout her run for the Senate, Michigan Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land has been forced to fend off criticism of her family’s real estate business. Now, it appears, her defense may end up producing its own set of troubles for her political aspirations. Land & Co., founded by Land's father, Paul Land, has grown into a small empire of rental apartments and mobile home parks spread across western Michigan. Land listed herself as an employee for 20 years, until she began her campaign to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D). Today, the company employs Land's husband, Dan…
  • Obama To Send 3,000 Military Forces To Fight Ebola In West Africa

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more…
  • The Middle Class and Working Poor's Lifelong Losing Game -- in 10 Slides

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    They say a picture's worth a thousand words. If that's true, the following ten images could provide the lyrics for a thousand blues songs. The graphs are taken from series of recent reports which, when considered together, create a paint-by-numbers picture of the lifelong losing game faced by working Americans. The chorus to our blues song goes like this: The middle the class and working poor are increasingly trapped in a cycle of economic decline, a downward slope which stretches from their golden youth to their sunset years. And there's no way out, unless we find one for ourselves. Born…
  • This Week in World War I September 12-18, 1914

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    British Merchant Ship Sunk by a German Submarine, North Atlantic The Submarine War Submarine craft have existed since the 18th century and more primitive versions date back even further. The First World War, however, was the first conflict in which submarines were widely deployed and were they played a major role in shaping both the course and the final outcome of the conflict. German submarine deployment was focused primarily on the Atlantic and to a lesser extent the Mediterranean. The Atlantic, however, was the decisive theatre, principally the seas around the British Isles, the North Sea…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox News' Anti-Scientific Attack On Meatless Monday "Propaganda"

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fox News lambasted local Texas schools' implementation of Meatless Mondays as anti-scientific "propaganda" that won't improve the environment. But several scientific studies show that reducing meat from the average diet brings considerable environmental benefits.  Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples has been railing against the implementation of "Meatless Mondays" in several Texas elementary schools as "agenda-driven propaganda," and he continued his campaign on Fox News' September 15 edition of Fox & Friends. The lunch programs, taking place in several Texas and…
  • Fox News Acknowledges 160 Airstrikes Against Islamic State, Still Claims Obama Hasn't Taken Action

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Fox News' months-long effort to criticize President Obama's response to the Islamic State extremist group while ignoring the steps he's taken to combat the group culminated in a confused segment claiming that the U.S. has both taken and not taken military action against ISIS. On the September 15 edition of America's Newsroom, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth pushed for American ground troops to be sent to the Middle East to combat Islamic State forces there. Hegseth criticized Obama's response thus far, saying that allies are seeing "American ambivalence."…
  • Special Report Promotes Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Accusing Clinton State Department Of Hiding Documents

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    From the September 15 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:Previously: "Scrubbed" Benghazi Docs "Bombshell" Is Based On Evidence-Free Report By Discredited Benghazi Hoax Architect Sharyl Attkisson Goes On The Record To Accuse White House Of Failing To Send Help During Benghazi Attacks Sharyl Attkisson Writes The Talking Points For Fox's Latest Empty Benghazi Attack
  • Four Examples Of Fox News Serving As Scott Brown's Campaign Megaphone

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    When Scott Brown has a campaign proposal he needs to roll out, the Republican Senate candidate has a reliable partner in Fox News, which has produced numerous segments tailored around his campaign's initiatives.  Fox's collusion with Brown on campaign initiatives is the latest ethics failure in its efforts to help the former paid Fox contributor in his race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown previously used his Fox News employment as a launching pad for his long-discussed run for Senate, with the network's apparent…
  • "Scrubbed" Benghazi Docs "Bombshell" Is Based On Evidence-Free Report By Discredited Benghazi Hoax Architect

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    A new report from discredited investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson baselessly suggested State Department staff removed damaging documents on Benghazi instead of turning them over to the Accountability Review Board (ARB) for investigation. But Attkisson's claims have been denied by the State Department and are based solely on speculations from a disgruntled employee after he was disciplined for his "lack of leadership" and engagement by the ARB. In a September 15 report for The Daily Signal, a publication…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Gaza: Life amid the rubble

    Stephanie Murti
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    By Yolande Knell, BBC News, Gaza - More than 400,000 of Gaza’s residents were displaced by Israel’s recent 50-day military operation. Some 18,000 homes were also destroyed and many more were damaged. One of the worst affected neighbourhoods was Shejaiya, near the eastern border, where the Israeli military says it targeted Palestinian militants and their tunnels. Here, four Shejaiya residents explain what it’s like living within the rubble of their homes. Read More »
  • OPINION: Investing in Adolescent Girls for Africa’s Development

    Stephanie Murti
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Hinda Deby Itno and Julitta Onabanjo, IPS, Johannesburg - Today, adolescents and young people make up over one third of Africa’s population. They form a sizable part of the population yet they lack critical investments, especially where it matters most – in sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education and skills building. Read More »
  • A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

    Emilio Godoy
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Trees on the bank of the Blanco river that have been felled to make way for a power plant. Hydroelectric projects are threatening biodiversity and the way of life of communities in the state of Veracruz, in southeast Mexico. Credit: Courtesy of Comité de Defensa LibreBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 15 2014 (IPS)Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz.“Our rights to a pollution-free life, to…
  • 500 migrants feared drowned off Malta coast, IOM says

    Reuters: World News
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Some 500 migrants are believed to have died in the Mediterranean after traffickers rammed their boat off Malta's coast last week, the International Organization for Migration said on Monday.
  • South Africa: The Deafening Silence of the EFF’s Women Leaders

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    [SACSIS]"All we are asking is that he pay back the money, why are we getting thrown out?" was the question that came from a parliamentary member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who was identified in a Voice of America news report, as "Female EFF member" on 21 August, the day the EFF chanted "pay back the money", to a humiliated and ill-looking Jacob Zuma. Right before Mbuyis
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #572 | Urban Troll Fitters

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    They Do This Every Two Months. #TeamBlackness discusses Urban Outfitters trolling once again, the concept of “terrible-adjacent”, and touch on the Adrian Peterson child abuse situation. 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]
  • Adrian Peterson And Breaking The Cycle

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Last week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges after allegedly punishing his 4 year-old son so violently that there were lacerations and bruises over most of his body. Peterson turned himself in and bailed himself out in 3o minutes. To their credit, the Vikings brass deactivated him before Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Many have weighed in. A bit of the commentary has been, well, puzzling. And a little scary. Our tendency to rationalize abuse, to normalize it, is as much about denial as it is survival. We tend to believe that these…
  • Lashes and Legacies: Understanding the Truth About Whoopings

    Shane Paul Neil
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    For a long time I hated Nina Simone. For me her voice was a portent of sadness. If upon coming home from school I heard her music as I walked up the stairs to our house I knew what kind of day it had been. My mother would either be locked in her bedroom or defiantly sitting in the living room smoking a cigarette amid the aftermath. Broken glass, flowerpots, and whatever else was unfortunate enough to have been in the way of another argument.  I have seen my mother bruised and bloody. I have seen her shaken, slapped, and punched by my father’s hand. I also remember the belt rack. It sat…
  • On being “cute for a dark-skinned girl.”

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Recently, the fabulous and fierce Pia Glenn wrote about colorism and light privilege, explaining what it is and what we mean when we point out that being of a certain hue has its advantages. She knocks it out the park here: To deny that a privilege exists just because you don’t feel that you can point to examples of it in action from your life is foolish for two reasons: one person’s personal experience cannot negate a systemic ill, and a fact of privilege in this context is that those who benefit from it may not even be aware of it. The P-word has been bandied about so frequently of late…
  • What an NFL Hero Looks Like

    David Von Ebers
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    One of the saddest images to emerge in a NFL season that so far has been filled with horrible images was that of Charles Tillman, sitting on the sidelines of last night’s Bears-49ers game in newly minted Levi’s Stadium, tears streaming down his face. Tillman had just reinjured his right triceps, the same muscle he tore last November, ending his 2013 season in week 8. After last night’s injury, the Bears placed Tillman on injured reserve with the expectation that he’ll be back. But after twelve years in the League, who knows when that will be. Of course, Tillman’s injury is nowhere…
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    Wonkette

  • Crazy Fox & Friends Sheriff Will Make ISIS Pee Themselves, Ayup!

    Doktor Zoom
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Meet Sheriff Gary Painter of Midland County, Texas. He is not going to let ISIS invade his beautiful American Texas of the United States, no sir! In what can only be described as performance art, Fox & Friends’ Elizabeth Hasselbeck and the sheriff traded rightwing blog rumors about the imminent — or perhaps already underway!!!! — ISIS invasion of America. That would be the invasion that Homeland Security has said is not happening and is not a threat, but why would you believe the Department of Homeland Security over a local Texas sheriff? Hasselbeck is a model of…
  • Rush Limbaugh Can’t Believe Sportsball Players Aren’t Even Allowed To Beat Their Wives, Unfair!

    Kaili Joy Gray
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Have you heard the about the latest NFL outrage? Nah, bro, not that the Minnesota Vikings will allow admitted baby-beater Adrian Peterson to return to the game because reasons. And not the other outrage about how the NFL finally got around to firing lady-beater Baltimore Raven Ray Rice — because it just wasn’t obvious to the NFL that this was actually a bad thing, until it saw that video it hadn’t seen that it had totally seen. Dude, that is so last week. The REAL outrage, according to dick pill-popping Rush Limbaugh, is how all these sportsball girly-men have been feminized…
  • Pennsylvania 14-Year-Old Could Get Two Years In Prison For Desecrating Jesus Statue’s Mouth With His Wanger

    Doktor Zoom
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A Pennsylvania teen is getting an education in morality and jurisprudence after he posted photos of himself pretending to do oral sex with a statue of Our Lord And Savior, Jumped-Up Jesus H. Face-Fucker. The young miscreant, a resident of Everett, Pennsylvania, posed with a statue in front of Everett’s Love in the Name of Christ nonprofit, posted the pics to Facebook, and was eventually reached by the long arm of the law, although the photo is not obscene (while shirtless, the kid is wearing baggy shorts which fully cover his Sin Parts) and the statue was not damaged. There’s no…
  • Portland, Oregon, Come Get Your Sloe Gin Fizz, At Your Wonkette Drinky Thing

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    We don’t think Base Camp Brewing has sloe gin fizzes, but they claim to have a real purty patio, and nice people, and no Pabst. So come on, Portland, and let your Wonket buy you pitchers of beer and platters of fried things, this Saturday, Sept. 20, Base Camp Brewing, 930 SE Oak Street, Portland. Let us call it 6 p.m. to 10ish, because we are one thousand years old. (Meanwhile, San Francisco, don’t forget to come yell at Google buses with us this Thursday, Sept. 18, dudes. Then, Seattle, it is your turn, FINALLY, Sept. 27, because fuck it, we guess we have to. Whatever.) Anyone…
  • Vital Sportsball Update: Admitted Baby-Beater Adrian Peterson Can Play Next Week Because ‘Due Process’

    Doktor Zoom
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Image by tiny hands creation We have important breaking news, America! Monday just got a little bit worse! The Minnesota Vikings Foot-the-ball organisation announced this morning that it will re-activate Adrian Peterson, the running back who was deactivated (but still drew a paycheck) for Sunday’s f’ball game because he was indicted on child abuse charges. This was not an easy decision, because on the one hand, child abuse is A Very Serious Issue, but on the other hand, what about all that money Adrian Peterson’s due process rights? Among other attempts to seem like they…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Reinvention. Sen. Rand Paul on Monday pushed back against heightened criticism that he has flip-flopped on foreign policy issues, saying he has stood firmly against the Obama administration’s policies in Syria. Appearing on CBS “This Morning,” the Kentucky Republican conceded that he has shifted his views in some areas, including on what is an appropriate U.S. […] Read this post »
  • Super: NASA’s asteroid avoidance program is on par with the rest of the federal government

    Mary Katharine Ham
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Doom. Hey, the summer of terrible news wouldn’t be complete without this fitting coda. The Inspector General says the program designed to keep asteroids from pulverizing our planet and ending our very existence is pretty shabby. Look, I’m not real high on the federal government’s ability to get things done, in general, but if there are […] Read this post »
  • Adrian Peterson: “I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

    Jazz Shaw
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Beating On Saturday we took an early look at the case of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and allegations that he has abused his four year old son while disciplining him with a switch. At the time, I urged caution in judging Peterson, given the frequently unreliable nature of initial reports and the general deference we […] Read this post »
  • Video: Florida mom arrested, charged with child neglect for letting her seven-year-old have a sip of whiskey

    Allahpundit
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    "Me taking a picture and putting it on Facebook, I thought it was funny." Via Becket Adams, what better way to wind down a slow news day than with a nasty food fight in the comments about proper parenting? Stipulated: If you’re going to hook your second-grader up with Fireball, best not leave an evidence trail on social media. A Seminole County mother who allegedly poured whiskey shots for […] View the video »
  • Officer in Daniele Watts handcuff incident was responding to a call

    Jazz Shaw
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    "I have a publicist!" Yesterday we brought up the story of actress Daniele Watts who was briefly handcuffed by police when she refused to show her ID during questioning. That generated a lot of discussion among our readers (a discussion which was still going on well into the afternoon today) but there are updates which bring a little more […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Obama To Announce Large Ramp Up Of Ebola Fight

    Scott Horsley
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The U.S. military plans to establish a medical base in Liberia to help stop the Ebola epidemic. It will build 1,700 new treatment beds and train up to 500 health care workers every week.» E-Mail This
  • Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

    Peter Overby
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.» E-Mail This
  • Hillary Clinton Keeps Iowa Crowd Guessing About Her Presidential Plans

    Don Gonyea
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    Clinton, who says she hasn't yet decided on a 2016 presidential run, was in Iowa Sunday for the first time since she lost the 2008 caucuses to Barack Obama. She attended Sen. Tom Harkin's steak fry.» E-Mail This
  • Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

    14 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.» E-Mail This
  • How To Spot A Vulnerable House Democrat

    S.V. Date
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Thirteen Democrats voted with Republicans this week on what could be the final "message" votes heading into the midterm elections.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Tips On How To Deal With The Stock Market

    Randy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    TIP! Spend time observing the market before you decide which stock to buy. Prior to laying any money down, it’s always smart to research the company behind any stock and to be aware of current market conditions. Investing your money in stocks can be a great way to increase your wealth, but you need to know what you are doing. If you desire to learn how you can generate big profits, continue reading this guide for great tips. Today is the day to profit from the stock market! TIP! You should always investigate the fees that you will be liable for from a broker before you register with…
  • Home Based Business Tips And Tricks For Success

    Randy
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    TIP! All of your efforts should keep your home business customers happy. It is easier to sell to people who have bought from you before and were satisfied, instead of selling to a new customer. Do you recall the first day you decided to open a business? It was vitally important then to learn as much as possible about work from home business strategies. However, you may benefit from some new information and ideas. Take the advice in this piece to heart so that you can be on top of your field. TIP! Establish a difference between work and personal time by creating a set schedule of work hours.
  • Find Tips And Tricks To Help You When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    TIP! A steady, non-confrontational approach is best when you decide to buy a property and enter the negotiating phase. Many people get too aggressive so that they can get a great deal, and they end up overdoing it and losing it. Purchasing a property can be exiting, but it can also be stressful. If you do not have a good solid grasp on the basics of buying real estate, you could wind up making a very costly mistake. Read below to find out how to avoid these pitfalls in real estate buying. TIP! Search for a spacious home if you already have, or are intending to have children. There are safety…
  • Do You Have Insurance? Read These Tips To Learn All About Your Insurance

    Randy
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    TIP! When shopping for insurance, look for a company that fulfill all of your insurance needs. By bundling your policies with a single insurer, you can receive a large discount on your premiums. Policies exist that can cover you with insurance range from health and vision policies to dental, automobile, home and life insurance. Within this article you will find advice on the different types of insurance, and how to decide whether they are needed by you. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. You need to be covered for every kind of opportunity.
  • Stock Market Tips To Invest In Your Future

    Randy
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    TIP! Spend time observing the market before you decide which stock to buy. Before plunking down real money, you can avoid some of the common beginner mistakes by watching the market for a while. Investing in the stock market can be very tricky, even for those who have been trading for a long time. While there’s potential to earn vast sums of money, things can always go wrong. Investing your money wisely will be easy thanks to the advice you’ve read here, so get started today! TIP! Before agreeing to a specific broker, make sure you understand the fees involved. There will be entry…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    #NATIONAL Never forget; don’t take your vitamins; A public apology that was actually terrible; male birth control is coming; these fashion models never need to eat; Ricky Gervais already got the new Apple Watch; Ducktales with real ducks; all your favorite movies recreated with stock footage; Schwarzenegger painted over Maria; absinthe-flavored writing; we’re all a [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Kid Dives Face-First Into Couch Instead of Meeting President

    fdc
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Kids, am I right? Photo via White House Flickr h/t MashableThe post Kid Dives Face-First Into Couch Instead of Meeting President appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Ben Droz hanging with Ryan Gosling

    fdc
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Some Canadian guy hanging with Ben Droz near the Lincoln Memorial.The post Famous Ben Droz hanging with Ryan Gosling appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dreaming of Future Snowdays? Don’t Count On It

    fdc
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    August is over, are you daydreaming of your snow-weeks off this winter? Us too. But we can all count on the Capital Weather Gang is to bring us back to reality.The post Dreaming of Future Snowdays? Don’t Count On It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Great, Now We’re Craving a Coke

    Marie Formica
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is a really on-point piece from Politico by Helena Bottemiller Evich. Big deals over immigration reform or government spending may not be getting made on Capitol Hill, but political maneuvering can yield a free pack of Skittles for a staffer with a sugar craving. It just might cost a bag of Fritos. Home-state snacks [...]The post Great, Now We’re Craving a Coke appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Underestimated and Ignored, Growing Ebola Epidemic Requires Unprecedented Global Mobilization

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    The World Health Organization is warning that the number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than relief workers can manage. The organization says that thousands are at risk of contracting the virus in the coming weeks and more medical professionals are urgently needed to help contain the outbreak. So far, Ebola has claimed some 2,400 lives and continues to ravage Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It is the worst outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976. Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after efforts to transfer her abroad for treatment failed.
  • Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    A new report finds many talking heads who have been fanning the flames of war in the news media have ties to Pentagon contractors. Reporting for The Nation, Lee Fang details how television analysts including retired generals Jack Keane and Anthony Zinni and former Department of Homeland Security official Frances Townsend have appeared on television recently, but their ties to military contractors were not disclosed. Fang writes many of these commentators "have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world." Keane, for…
  • Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    An international summit on combating militants from the Islamic State has opened in France, bringing together around 30 countries from a U.S.-led coalition. The Obama administration says several Arab League countries have signed on for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, but no sustained campaign is imminent. President Obama has already asserted he does not need approval from the Congress to expand U.S. airstrikes into Syria. On Friday, the Obama administration says it derives legal authority for the war on the Islamic State from both the 2001 war on terror resolution as well as the 2002 vote…
  • Headlines for September 15, 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S. Claims Arab League Role for Anti-ISIS StrikesWhite House Cites Iraq War Resolution for ISIS StrikesIslamic State Beheads U.K. Aid Worker in New VideoU.S. Triples Estimate of ISIS FightersObama Met with Prominent Journalists Ahead of ISIS SpeechSyrian Gov't Airstrikes Reportedly Killed Dozens Outside DamascusIsraeli Intelligence Vets Refuse to Spy on PalestiniansSweden Elects Center-Left Coalition in Anti-Austerity Vote; Far-Right Makes GainsProminent Egyptian Activist Freed on BailNew NFL Abuse Claim Emerges as Commissioner Faces Calls to ResignNFL Admits One-Third of Retired…
  • The Untold Story of the Shejaiya Massacre in Gaza: A Former Israel Soldier Speaks Out

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    On July 20, at least 90 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya. Days later, former Israeli soldier Eran Efrati was arrested by Israel after he posted details about the massacre based on interviews he conducted with Israeli soldiers who were there. Today he speaks out about what he learned and talks about the killing of 23-year-old Salem Khaleel Shamaly. Activists with the International Solidarity Movement posted a video on YouTube showing the fatal shooting of an unarmed Palestinian civilian during the massacre. Family members later stumbled…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 14

    By Elena Schneider
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    President Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in a speech he gave on Wednesday. Lawmakers and analysts will discuss his strategy on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 7

    By Elena Schneider
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Lawmakers will weigh in on President Obama's international coalition to fight Islamist militants.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

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

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

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

  • Iran And The U.S. On The Same Side Against ISIS?

    Doug Mataconis
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    While the United States and Iran are, at least in theory, on the same side in the battle against ISIS, on the surface, the idea of an alliance of any kind between the two long time enemies is being dismissed by both sides. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Kerry said that Iran’s participation in the international meeting being held in Paris to discuss the ISIS threat would not be appropriate. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni responded by rejecting U.S. efforts to coordinate efforts against ISIS, and warning the United States that unilateral intervention in Iraq and…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Barbarians At The Gate Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: Eric Florack – Perhaps, if we were to build a large wooden Badger…… Second: jd – Ferguson PD tries out a new item from their surplus military inventory. Third: PAUL HOOSON – The new STAR WARS introduces two new characters…Huffy and Schwinn… HONORABLE MENTION John Burgess – The Caliphate rolls out its new wonder weapon designed to make people laugh so hard they drop their own weapons. Mu – Deleted scene from…
  • What Every School District Needs…

    Steven L. Taylor
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Via NPR:  San Diego School District’s New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir The six-wheel Caiman MRAP has an official value of around $733,000. But the San Diego school district paid only about $5,000 to transport it, according to inewsorce.org, a website that partners with NPR member station KPBS.” Even if one takes at face value the notion that this is just the district taking some free stuff from the feds that they will never really use, it is a sad commentary that the gift that the district is getting isn’t educational materials worth roughly three-quarters of a…
  • Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

    James Joyner
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved! The Economist (“When is first class not first class?“): Responding to the Chinese government’s efforts to stamp out corruption, China Southern Airlines has chosen the path of least resistance in adapting its product. Following a sustained campaign by President Xi Jinping to discourage lavish spending on state-funded business trips—a campaign which domestic carriers blame for a sharp fall in profits—the airline has simply…
  • Bernie Sanders May Run for President in 2016; Outcome Same Either Way

    James Joyner
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders is contemplating a run for the presidency. Bangor Daily News (“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may run for president in 2016“): Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate’s leading liberals, said Sunday he is thinking about running for president in 2016 as either a Democrat or an independent in a move that could complicate Hillary Clinton’s path to the White House. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, could pose a challenge from the left to Clinton, widely seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. She has not…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

    editor@truthdig.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    By Bill Boyarsky Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans. Related Entries September 15, 2014 Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President? September 15, 2014 Can Congress Be Responsible?
  • Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

    editor@truthdig.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why? Related Entries September 15, 2014 No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets September 15, 2014 Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
  • Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

    editor@truthdig.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    By Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked—often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan. Related Entries September 15, 2014 Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President? September 13, 2014 Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
  • Urban Outfitters Pulls Bloody Kent State Sweatshirt

    editor@truthdig.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Urban Outfitters The trend-chasing retailer has apologized for selling a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt, but insists the red splotches that look remarkably like bloodstains were not meant to allude to the 1970 national guard shooting. Meant to sell for $129, the sweatshirt appears faded and splattered with red dye. After Kent State University, survivors of the massacre and Internet bystanders expressed their disdain over Urban Outfitters’ stunning lack of decency, the company decided not to sell the item and pulled it from its website. In a statement, the retail chain said,…
  • Can Congress Be Responsible?

    editor@truthdig.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. Related Entries September 15, 2014 No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets September 15, 2014 Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?
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    PunditGuy

  • Seahawk Distress

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

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

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

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

    PunditGuy
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications. President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Report: Adrian Peterson Was Investigated In A Second Child Abuse Case

    Travis Waldron
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas last week, was investigated in another child abuse incident last June, according to a report from KHOU 11 News. The investigation involved a second of Peterson’s sons, a four-year-old boy. Peterson allegedly hit the child so hard he left a scar over his eye. KHOU obtained pictures of the child with a bandage over his eye and another of the child with a scar, as well as text messages between Peterson and the…
  • Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

    Bryce Covert
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    CREDIT: AP After allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to move forward last week, Senate Republicans turned around on Monday evening and unanimously voted to block the bill, which would ban salary secrecy and tighten rules to try to narrow the gender wage gap. The vote came weeks after the Republican National Committee claimed that “All Republicans support equal pay.” Senate Republicans have unanimously shot the bill down multiple times over the past four years. The bill includes a number of provisions aimed at preventing the gender wage gap in the first place, which currently means…
  • Texas Sheriff Claims ‘Quran Books’ Found At Mexican Border May Mean ISIS Infiltration

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Texas Sheriff Gary Painter CREDIT: Screengrab Federal officials say there is no credible information that known terrorists are crossing the southern border of the United States. But that hasn’t stopped one local Texas official from linking “Quran books” reportedly found on the border to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. Gary Painter, sheriff of Midland County, Texas, described as a “born leader of men,” said to Fox News recently if ISIS members are poised to infiltrate the border, that “we’ll send them to hell.”…
  • 150,000 Stranded Kashmiris Face Disease Outbreak After Historic Floods

    Emily Atkin
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    An aerial view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Flash floods have washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province and Kashmir the Himalayan region claimed by both India and Pakistan CREDIT: AP Photo/Dar Yasin It’s not over yet. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are stuck in partially underwater buildings nearly two weeks after torrential rains caused major flooding in the Himalayan region of Kashmir and eastern…
  • 90 Percent Of Antibiotics Used In Animals Aren’t Assessed For ‘Superbug’ Risk

    Amelia Rosch
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Amelia Rosch is an intern for ThinkProgress. CREDIT: Shutterstock While over 400,000 Americans become ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food products each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reviewed fewer than 10 percent of antibiotics to assess their risks of creating resistant “superbugs,” according to an investigation by Reuters. Despite the lack of clarity over the safety of many antibiotics used in animals, major poultry companies continue to use them. In 2003, the FDA announced that it would investigate all new drugs for animals for their potential to…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Giving Up on Goodell

    Stefan Fatsis
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Judy Battista, Albert Breer, Jeff Darlington, and Michael Silver have about 50 years of collective experience covering the National Football League for publications including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald, Newsday, the Sporting News, the Boston Globe, and the Dallas Morning News. As of Monday afternoon, these were the most recent articles under their bylines: “Robert Griffin III's injury has [Washington] facing uncertain future,” “Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons driven to leave 2013 season behind,” “Branden Albert, Miami Dolphins’ new offensive line start…
  • You’re Cut, Adrian Peterson

    A.J. McCarthy
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Adrian Peterson is one of the NFL’s most reliable players. A perennial MVP candidate, he’s rushed for at least 10 touchdowns in each of his seven NFL seasons while falling below 1,400 yards from scrimmage just once. Peterson is also, unsurprisingly, a dominant fantasy football asset. Almost guaranteed to be off the board within the top five picks, he’s the perfect player to build a fantasy roster around. He racks up points on a weekly basis, and is also less dependent than other position players are on, say, a young quarterback’s uncalibrated arm. He’s dominant and safe—the…
  • Storm Large Owns Her Sexuality 

    Mike Pesca
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Listen to Episode 92 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • A Stupid Man for Our Stupid Times

    Ben Mathis-Lilley
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    It’s nice to know, during any given American disaster, that there are other people out there who understand that what is happening is deeply stupid. It’s nice to hear someone articulate the nature of that stupidity, clearly expressing our dim but deeply felt annoyance. To rally around someone who says, We’re not all as dumb as we look, and we’re not going to let you pull one over on us again. This is why Stephen Colbert’s smug ignoramus character resonated so much at the height of the Bush administration, underlining the ascendance of aggressively dishonest rhetoric in lieu of facts…
  • Hard Knocks

    William Saletan
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Adrian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in law enforcement, Peterson used a tree branch to discipline the boy, leaving cuts and bruises. Peterson’s lawyer says his client meant no harm. “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” says the attorney. “He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas.”
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 15, 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    A US Marine carries a round back to his gun in Hawaii for a fire mission. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla)
  • Unredacted Court Docs Reveal Yahoo's Name and Other Top-Secret Stuff

    Josh Harkinson
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Yahoo has just released 1,500 pages of previously classified documents relating to its legal challenge to the government's warrantless wiretapping program. Yahoo lost the case in 2008 and was ordered to cooperate with National Security Agency or face a $250,000 fine for every day that it withheld its customers' data. The ruling in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was released to the public only in heavily redacted form, became a legal precedent for the warrantless wiretapping program that was later revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Today, based on a successful appeal…
  • The Great State Of California Will Not Be Split Into Six Mediocre States

    Ben Dreyfuss
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    One day a lemming will fly. That day is not today: Backers of a much-publicized initiative to split California into six separate states failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot. the secretary of state's office said Friday. Supporters of the Six Californias measure sponsored by Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, turned in more than 1.13 million signatures. But a statewide sampling showed that only 752,685 of them were from voters registered in California, short of the 807,615 needed to qualify for the ballot, the secretary of…
  • See for Yourself Just How Damn Complicated the Middle East Has Become

    Alex Park
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    David McCandless/The Information Is Beautiful Project Behold, the Middle East! If we could just understand what all the strong countries, the falling-apart countries, the unrecognized-countries, the "non-state actors", and the outside powers all thought of each other, we might be able to chart a clear way forward, right? Don't get your hopes up, although the latest project by British data visionary David McCandless is a really valiant effort to make sense of it all nonetheless. McCandless' charted 38 regional players— from Afghanistan to Yemen, Al Qaeda to the European Union— and…
  • Pennsylvania Teenager Simulates Oral Sex With Jesus Statue, Faces 2 Years in Prison

    Sam Brodey
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    Teenagers are prone to dumb, tasteless pranks, but one 14-year-old is facing prison time for his latest stunt. The teen, from Everett, Pennsylvania, hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus—in front of an organization called "Love in the Name of Christ"—and simulated oral sex with the statue's face. Naturally, he posted the pictures to Facebook, which made their way to authorities. Officials in Bedford County charged the teen (whose name hasn't been released) with desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes "defacing, damaging,…
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  • Jon Stewart Completely Emasculates Lindsey Graham For His Fearmongering Over ISIS

    Heather
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took Sen. Huckleberry J. Butchmeup (h/t Charlie Pierce) for his unhinged bedwetting rant over the weekend, where he warned that the "gates of hell" would "spill out onto the world" if President Obama didn't get some boots on the ground to confront ISIS right away. And as Stewart rightfully noted, it's not just this recent nonsense. Graham's been doing this sort of thing for at least the last thirteen years, which is why this is the reaction most people had if they were unfortunate enough to catch his rant this weekend. STEWART: Of course, we have to take the…
  • Open Thread - Happy National Make A Hat Day!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Today is National Make a Hat Day, which is thought to have been started by some enterprising preschool teachers as a fun activity for their students. (The newsreel video above is from 1950.) National Make a Hat Day seems to come sooner and sooner every year. Open thread below...
  • Who Would Jesus Knee In The Nuts?

    Vegasjessie
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Christian MMA or, as in this case, Muay Thai is a great way to get more people to praise god in church. You might ask, "How is a simultaneous, double-pants-pounding knockout possible? In the fighters' eyes, it’s all in the name of spreading the Good Word. The folks who believe they are going to win with the help of god and not by training, skill and a little luck probably won't suffer too much more mental impairment at Church MMA. “The whole reason we’re having the fights [at the church] is so we can bring people in and tell them about God,” one fighter says. “The hope is that…
  • Fox Wastes No Time Flogging Sharyl Attkisson's Latest Benghazi! Claims

    karoli
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Sharyl Attkisson may have left CBS, but she hasn't left Benghazi! Now employed as a senior featured writer for the Heritage Foundation's bogus journalism project, she gets to write whatever she wants about the bogus Benghazi non-scandal, whether it's true or not. Attkisson is also trying to recycle old news into a new scandal, and Fox News is perfectly willing to help with that. Today's mouthpiece is Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Media Matters: A new report from discredited investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson baselessly suggested State Department staff removed damaging documents on Benghazi…
  • Limbaugh Slams Sex Consent Policies: ‘No Means Yes If You Know How To Spot It’

    David
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Conservative host Rush Limbaugh on Monday suggested that sexual conduct policies stifled romance because sometimes "no means yes if you know how to spot it." Last week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ended its Title IX investigation of Ohio State University when the school agreed to its strengthen sexual assault policies, The Washington Post reported. OSU said it would expand prevention training, and increase awareness of anti-discrimination laws. For Limbaugh, however, "agreeing" to consent "takes all the romance out of everything," he said on his Monday show.
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Getting Intimate With The Roosevelts

    Andrew Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ken Burns’s multipart documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, premiered last night. Damon Root reviews it: [W]hile the film is clearly pro-Roosevelt in its leanings, it does make room for certain contrarian views. Among The Roosevelts‘ stable of talking heads, for example, is none other than conservative writer George Will, who pops up from time to time to remind viewers that the family’s impact was not always a benevolent one. “Building on the work of the first Roosevelt, the second Roosevelt gave us the idea, the shimmering, glittering idea of the heroic presidency.
  • The Art Of The Personal Essay

    Andrew Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Richard Rodriguez names the writers who influenced his approach to the form: There was Joan Didion—the Didion of those glorious California essays of the sixties. Because she was from Sacramento and writing about the Central Valley when I first read her, it was she who taught me to imagine my own Sacramento as a literary landscape. About that same time, there was William Saroyan. There were voices in Saroyan, particularly the wondering boy in Fresno and the hungry writer’s voice in San Francisco, I have never forgotten. For all of the passion and energy in Saroyan, however, there was…
  • Fear And Loathing In Lebanon

    Andrew Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    #ISIS supporters vandalized churches in Tripoli #Lebanon. Graffiti reads: Islamic State is coming pic.twitter.com/faQMWXh0wg — Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) September 2, 2014 Sulome Anderson checks in from Tripoli, the northern Lebanese town that has become a microcosm of the Syrian civil war and which today “seems to lie in ISIS’s shadow”: Although the extremist and ultraviolent Sunni group has few open supporters here, the appearance of pro-ISIS paraphernalia and graffiti, the clash last month in the Bekaa, and the fact that Tripoli’s Sunni-majority population has a…
  • Can America “Destroy” ISIS?

    Andrew Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Tomasky wishes Obama would treat Americans like grownups and admit that we can’t eradicate the evil embedded in ISIS: We’ve been trying to destroy Al Qaeda for 13 years now. We have not. We will not. And we will not destroy ISIS. We can’t destroy these outfits. They’re too nimble and slippery and amorphous, and everybody knows it. So why say it? Why not say what we hopefully can do and what we should do: contain it. We have contained Al Qaeda. Some of the methods have been morally problematic (drone strikes that sometimes kill innocents, etc.), but the methods have worked. Al…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy flashes rabia sign during a trial of the Wadi el-Natrun prison case at Cairo Police Academy in Egypt on September 15, 2014. Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of Mohamed Morsi and 130 others to 21 September. By Ahmed Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Three Worries in Islamic State Fight

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    President Obama's decision to go on the offensive against Islamic State fighters has risks: The terror group could use it as a recruiting tool, other groups could act and U.S. resolve could cool, Gerald F. Seib writes.
  • Sectarian Divide Plagues Coalition

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    U.S. efforts to build a broad coalition to combat Islamic State ran into the sectarian chasm that has divided the Middle East, with Arab allies disagreeing over whether Iraq's neighbors should have a military role.
  • U.S. Military to Send 3,000 to Battle Ebola

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    The U.S. military will deploy about 3,000 personnel to West Africa to coordinate global aid, build treatment centers and train health-care workers to fight a worsening Ebola outbreak, a senior administration official said.
  • Jindal Aspires to Be 'Ideas Guy' in GOP 2016 Field

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Unveiling an energy plan, Gov. Bobby Jindal is moving early to stake a claim as a leading policy thinker in the field of potential GOP presidential candidates.
  • Obama Foundation Narrows Shortlist of Library Sites

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Chicago, New York City and Hawaii are all on the shortlist to host the presidential library of President Barack Obama.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Automotive Lightning Round

    Thomas E. Woods Jr.
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I talked to Eric Peters of EricPetersAutos.com today, and the conversation was fantastic. An expert on cars who’s also a Rothbardian libertarian — not a common thing, I don’t imagine. Have a listen! (Here’s the audio and there’s a YouTube version below.) Reprinted from TomWoods.com.
  • How To Talk to Your Barber

    Brett McKay
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Think back to your last haircut. How’d you feel about it when you walked out of the shop? Disappointed?  While your disappointing haircut might have been due to poor barbering, it’s often the case that your poor communication with the barber was at least partly to blame. Barbers can’t read minds. If you don’t tell them exactly what you want, you’re going to get whatever haircut the barber feels comfortable giving. For example, I knew an old barber (and I’m talking old) who’d give every customer a crew cut if the customer didn’t explicitly say exactly how he wanted his hair…
  • Beat Back Pain

    Joseph Mercola
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola An estimated 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives, and it’s one of the most common reasons for taking time off from work. In most cases, the pain is a result of simple mechanical problem, such as poor posture or improper movement. Not surprisingly, back pain has become a major target for drug company disease mongering.1 The latest example of this is the emergence of ads for ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton that includes the spine, which is actually a very rare condition. One…
  • The US Ambition To Rule the World

    Michael S. Rozeff
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The current hegemonic ambitions of the U.S. government go back to the heavy influence of neoconservative thought that began to be expressed during the Clinton administration. The neocons realized that the U.S. was the sole remaining superpower and they aimed for the U.S. to achieve global hegemony with power as a foundation. Hegemony requires a military component and the U.S. government had it. What is more natural, thought the neocons, than for the U.S. to build up its global hegemony with its military power as a foundation? Hegemony has other essential components, however, since no state or…
  • Will Intelligent Robots Wipe Out the Human Race?

    Gary North
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Remnant Review Moore’s law: the number of transistors per square inch on a chip doubles every [??] months. The number of months gets shorter, decade by decade. The pace has accelerated since 1965, when Moore made his observation. It may be as low as 12 today. The cost of information keeps dropping. It gets less, decade by decade. This has been continual since at least the U.S. census of 1890 — the first punch card census. “When the price drops, more is demanded”: the law of demand. It is the foundation of economic science. A constant rate of growth eventually produces…
 
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.
  • UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.
  • Funding pledge 'unfair to Wales'

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    A pledge by the three Westminster party leaders to keep the current funding system for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is criticised by a Welsh MEP.
  • Paisley critics 'pygmies in shadow'

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    Ian Paisley Jr describes critics of his father, the former DUP leader and first minister who died last Friday aged 88, as "pygmies in his shadow".
  • VIDEO: UK party leaders sign No vote pledge

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    The three main UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - have signed a pledge promising "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.
 
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    town hall

  • Brave: the word that is being misused

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Okay, I'm putting on my rant pants today and complaining about a huge pet peeve of mine.  It has to do with the word brave, and the massive abuse of its definition running rampant around the internets of late.  I'm mostly referencing the overuse of it on blogs, and in comment sections of blogs, and instagram.No, it is not brave to take your oldest kid to kindergarten for the first time.  No, it is not brave to hike a small mountain.  No, it is not brave to tell people you have changed your mind about part of your life.  No, it is not brave to run a marathon.  No,…
  • How has Cate adjusted?

    Stephanie
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's been just over two weeks since we said our goodbye's to Cate and headed back home to resume "normal life" without our college student.  I'm not going to lie, it was really tough to drive off and leave her there.  Many tears were shed (by Spencer and I), as we hit the lonely road home and thought about how much we love and adore that girl and how our lives would never be the same from that moment on.And, it's true.  Our lives are not the same.  Things seem quieter here.  One less person at home feels significant.  For the first week or so, Wes kept asking me…
  • Letting my hair down: {day one}

    Stephanie
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (The super moon)20 random facts about myself1.  I keep my toenails painted year round.2.  I once dry heaved when my Grandma Genie guilted me into eating a cooked prune.3.  I need eight hours of sleep to function.  I need nine hours to be happy and seven to survive.4.  I can see through people within 3 minutes of meeting them.  It is a blessing and a curse.5.  I don't cry at normal crying moments- tear jerker movies, sentimental life experiences, terrible news.6.  My children go to their dad if they want something out of the ordinary.7.  If I ever…
  • 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.
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    Mother Jones

  • Great Photos of High Life and Low Life in the American Desert

    Mark Murrmann
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    Three recent photo books offer very different perspectives on life in the American desert. Vacancy: The Gateway to Death Valley (Kehrer), by Pamela Littky, documents scenes in Beatty, Nevada, and Baker, California. In The Good Life: Palm Springs (Kehrer) Nancy Baron delivers on its title, giving a taste of the upper-crust desert lifestyle. Vacancy–a little shabby and weathered, yet resilient—represents what some would consider real life. It's an honest look at two hardscrabble desert towns separated by Death Valley. Vacancy isn't without it's oddly still moments. Even the…
  • Texas Official Is Freaking Out About School "Meatless Monday"

    Rebecca Klein
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A top Texas official denounced school districts that have scaled back on serving meat one day a week, accusing them of succumbing to a "carefully orchestrated campaign" to force Americans to become vegetarians. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples last week criticized districts that have adopted "meatless Monday" policies in an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman. He specifically attacked Dripping Springs Independent School District, near Austin. "Restricting…
  • The Supreme Court May Be About to Save—or Destroy—Gay Marriage

    Hannah Levintova
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it remains a state-level question. But that could change if the US Supreme Court steps in. Last week, the high court announced that it will review a package of seven gay-marriage cases from five states in late September when it chooses which cases to consider in their 2014-2015 term. Legal experts say it's likely that the court…
  • Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

    Lois Beckett, ProPublica
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons. "We all were outraged about the fact that this man could use an AR-15, which seemed like a military grade weapon, and go into an elementary school and wipe out 26 human beings in less than five minutes," Watts said. Read our profile of Moms Demand…
  • A Massive Hurricane Just Slammed Into Cabo

    Chris Mooney
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Up until now, the records set by the stunning 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season have been mostly academic. The storms have been strong and numerous, but they've been out at sea off the west coast of Mexico, and haven't caused much damage. That changed today, however, with Hurricane Odile—a Category 3 monster that slammed Cabo San Luca early Monday morning, only slightly weaker than its peak Category 4 strength. According to the National Hurricane Center, Odile tied a 1967 storm for the distinction of being the "the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the satellite era in the…
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    Raw Story

  • 5.6 Earthquake rattles Tokyo area

    Agence France-Presse
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported. Seismologists said the epicentre was around 44 kilometres north-northeast of the Japanese capital and was located around 50 kilometre...
  • Jon Stewart: Lindsey Graham ‘lives his entire life trapped in The Blair Witch Project’

    Arturo Garcia
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a long look back at Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) panicked history on Monday night, following Graham’s latest warning about the extremist group Islamic state. “The poor man lives his entire life trapped in The Blair Witch Project,” Stewart said...
  • Alfred Hitchcock film helps researchers measure awareness in ‘vegetative’ patients

    Arturo Garcia
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Researchers in Canada found that a patient who has been unresponsive for nearly 20 years still showed awareness of his surroundings in a test involving a short film by director Alfred Hitchcock, The Verge reported on Monday. The team from the University of Western Ontario showed the male patient, wh...
  • NYC’s women-only taxi service forced to slow down by lack of drivers

    Reuters
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The debut of a livery car service providing women drivers for female passengers in the New York City area has stalled over lack of a sufficient number of drivers, the founder of the service said on Monday. In a news conference on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan, Stella Mateo, the founder of SheT...
  • United Airlines offers flight attendants up to $100,000 in voluntary buyout

    Reuters
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    United Airlines and union officials said Monday that eligible flight attendants will be paid up to $100,000 to leave the company through a voluntary buyout, in a deal that aims to end furloughs at the over-staffed airline. The agreement comes six years after United, which employs more than 23,000 st...
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Scottish independence referendum: Reaction to Cameron, Miliband and Clegg's 'vow' - live

    Andrew Sparrow
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Summary 10.42am BST The CBI is long-standing supporter of the union. Today it has issued a statement reaffirming that. This is from John Cridland, its director general.While the referendum is a matter for Scottish voters, the message from our members, which employ half a million people in Scotland alone, is that we want Scotland to continue to play a strong role as part of this successful union. We believe that Scotland staying within the UK is the best guarantee for creating jobs, driving growth…
  • Independent Scotland will face NHS budget cuts, says Alistair Darling

    Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    No-campaign leader accuses Alex Salmond of deceiving voters about health funding shortfall and planned spending cuts Live blog: Tuesday's developments on Scottish independenceVoting no to independence is critical to the future of the health service in Scotland, Alistair Darling has said in a direct challenge to one of the yes campaign's most successful arguments with voters.The leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign said new powers for the Scottish parliament, which would be set in train the day after a no vote, would result in a stronger, more secure health service. Those powers…
  • Scottish referendum voting officer promises no 'carnage' on polling day

    Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chief counting officer reassures Scotland's voters that everybody who wants to vote will be able to with record turnout expected Live blog: Tuesday's developments on the Scottish referendum Mary Pitcaithly, chief counting officer for the Scottish independence referendum, has pledged to ensure that "everybody who wants to vote can vote", as unprecedented numbers prepare to cast their ballots on Thursday. Continue reading...
  • Here comes Plaid Cymru: could Wales follow Scotland on the road to independence? video

    John Harris and John Domokos
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 am
    With Scotland on the brink of leaving the UK, John Harris travels through the blighted post-industrial belt of south Wales, and samples the quiet decline of Labour's century-long dominance. Two radically different visions of the future are on offer: from the pro-independence Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, and from Stephen Kinnock, son of the Welsh former Labour leader and now a would-be Labour MP Features the Manic Street Preachers song Manorbier Ukip's rise in the east of England: a world turned upside down video Continue reading...
  • Scottish independence referendum inspires 10m Facebook interactions

    Press Association
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    Figures over five-week period include comments, posts, likes and shares on social network, which is planning a 'voter button' Live blog: Tuesday's developments on the Scottish referendum There were more than 10 million interactions on Facebook relating to the referendum on Scottish independence during a five-week period, research has found.Including comments, posts, likes and shares, the majority of the discussion was from Scotland a total of 85% in the five weeks up until 8 September. Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    * Here’s an initiative that deserves some praise: Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff will introduce a bill Tuesday that provides direct authorization to fight ISIS while also sunsetting the two laws the administration has used to justify current efforts against the militants. Schiff’s authorization for use of military force bill allows the president to use “all […]
  • Could the public actually be looking at ISIS in a sober way?

    Paul Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    On Wednesday, President Obama laid out his plan for attacking the Islamic State, and the immediate response from Republicans was almost uniformly negative. That wasn’t surprising, given that one of the opposition’s core duties is to say that the President is wrong about everything, but if you expected that all Republican voters would fall in […]
  • It doesn’t matter whether we call the mission against ISIS a “war”

    Paul Waldman
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    The last time the United States actually declared war on anyone was in World War II. We’ve had plenty of wars since then, not to mention more limited military adventures, like bombing campaigns (Bosnia, Libya) and quick invasions of countries too small to put up a fight (Grenada, Panama). Yet today, many in the media […]
  • Morning Plum: Bill Clinton tells Dem voters to wake up already

    Greg Sargent
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    For the purposes of understanding this midterm election, the most important quote of the weekend by far comes from Bill Clinton, who said this while in Iowa yesterday: “I’ve studied all the polls and I really believe that we’re still in a zone where they’re all real close and it depends on who decides to […]
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Tabloid Age

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.When you have no standards to betray, when succeeding at a competition is more…
  • Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic…
  • 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…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.His takeaway, "The Great Recession hurled incomes all the way back to the late 1980s and early 1990s." His pictorials indicate that median family income for 2013 ($46k) differed little from 1989 ($46k). He states that the median income of the top 10% for 2013 was $229k, which is 22% above the 1989 figure. No one seems to be looking for a significant change for a long while to come. Some call for tax reform; a fair tax, a flat…
  • Obama, the Unconstitutional War President

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Besides the modern precedence of President Obama’s defeats in the Supreme Court in regards to their 9-0 rulings against him, the President has repeatedly violated the wording and spirit of the Constitution, as well as his own words, several times in waging war, a power that was given to the Congress for a variety of good reasons. Let’s take a look at the US Constitution’s text on the war powers. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a…
  • Say it Mr. President

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The terrorists in ISIS come from around the world, especially the developed world, according to info-grams at CNN's site. Finland, in percentage terms, has a relatively large population of jihadists in ISIS for example. Australia, Canada, the USA of course, and Britain and France all have residents who have joined the crazed army that is terrorizing locals and foreigners alike. For all those determinists who love to point to poverty as the ultimate cause, this data is an obvious refutation of their posture. This is ideology at work, a fanatical creed with delusions of medieval empire; a…
  • The legalization of drugs is not a political issue, but a scientific one

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    America's one-size-fits-all war on drugs has been going on for quite some time now with not much to show for it. Former government researchers from the UK have ranked 10 of the most frequently abused drugs (including alcohol) according to their relative harm. It's an effort to drive home the fact that what we think we know about the nature of drug harm is either incomplete or, in some cases, flat-out wrong.So what did they find? You can see for yourself here: Infographic by 12 Keys Recovery Surprising exactly no one, we can see that alcohol is far and away the most dangerous drug on the list…
  • Immigration: More of the Same This Election Season?

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    The question of what to do with immigration in the United States is certainly a complex one, and with a number of important elections on the horizon, in which immigration will almost certainly play a significant role, now is as good an opportunity as any to explore the issue in detail.To begin with, it's worth remembering that America was created to be a melting pot, giving hope and opportunity to all who seek those things. To realize this, one must look no further than the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

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

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

  • George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well

    George Orwell
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language—so the argument runs—must inevitably share in the general coll
  • How (and How Not) to Break Up With a Roommate

    Libby Copeland
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For his first six years in New York City, Ben Grow lived out a particular urban fantasy. He and a group of other classical musicians, several of them friends from college, all found apartments in the same Washington Heights building; at one point, there were nine of them spread across three units. L
  • The NFL Owes Domestic Violence Victims a Big, Fat Check

    Jonathan Cohn
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The National Football League over the weekend announced the appointment of three domestic violence experts, including a former federal prosecutor, to serv
  • This Might be Obama's Last Chance to Do Something Major About Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The next year is critical for addressing climate change. The United Nations Climate Summit next Tuesday will bring together more than 100 heads of state in New York City. President Barack Obama will be at the summit; China and India will send special envoys in their country leaders’ absence. There
  • Obama's ISIS Strategy Is Way More Coherent Than His Critics Claim

    Yishai Schwartz
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    No matter one’s politics, there is something disconcerting about America’s sudden swerve toward war. Last year, a reluctant Congress and jittery public yanked the president back from unleashing strikes against Syria’s brutal Assad regime. Now, a year and three videotaped beheadings later, ever
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday.
  • How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash

    Eleanor Encarnacion
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local laws about moving sarin and […]
  • 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.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Sleeve

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the never-ending avoidance of the effective means of stopping school shooters–arming willing staff–a variety of new gadgets and multi-step and expensive programs are constantly being developed and marketed. One of the newest was apparently thought up by teachers in Iowa. Called “The Sleeve,” it’s a triangular piece of metal that slides over the arms of common door-closing mechanisms. Of course, such a device would be of limited usefulness on doors that don’t have such devices, or that feature windows, but these folks are apparently well intentioned. Unfortunately, good…
  • Education Problems and Solutions #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com The first two articles in this, the updated version of this series, are: Education Problems and Solutions #1: The Wages Of Failure Updated  Education Problems and Solutions #2: Unaccountability Updated I update this series because the problems it addresses have not been resolved. In some ways, and in many places, they’re worse, and the consequences for failing to properly address these problems will be serious indeed for all Americans. Read on, gentle readers. This, the third in my series on education problems and eventual solutions, deals with the…
  • ChapStick Terrorism

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    School disruptor, Grace Karaffa Here’s yet another in my continuing “this makes me embarrassed to be an educator” series. This time an elementary school has banned a dangerous drug, the scourge of female lips: ChapStick. Fox News has the story:  When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough. The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case…
  • Stinky Writing

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    credit: bigeducationape.blogspot.com Gentle readers, forgive me. I don’t like to leave any article–with a few exceptions–up for more than four to five days. I follow Ben Franklin’s aphorism: Fish and visitors stink in three days. I add blog posts to the list. Please accept my abject apologies for not maintaining my own standards of late. The beginning of school has been berserk, as always, and the choral season has begun. As a result, my music schedule for the last week: Sunday: Two church services–6 hours Monday: Evening Master Chorale (symphony chorus)…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 5: The Costs of Policing

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    credit: cncpunishment.com This edition of the continuing saga of the Michael Brown case is an update on what has happened since Update 4, published on August 30, 2014. The first four articles in this series are: The Michael Brown Case: Initial Observations  The Michael Brown Case, Update 2: Communication  The Michael Brown Case, Update 3: First Theory  The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law Since the initial flurry of press attention and racial hustling, Ferguson has, for the most part, returned to the usual pace of a suburban town of about 21,000. Until a definitive announcement on the…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Tropical Storm Odile (tmi3rd)

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Good evening, Morons and Moronettes. As you can tell from the title, we've got some tropical weather to talk about, and this time, it's going to be a problem for the desert southwest, particularly the cities of Phoenix, El Paso,...
  • Overnight Open Thread (9-15-2014)

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Quote of the Day I Are we about to learn what happens when the United States goes to war with a commander-in-chief who doesn't really want to go to war? A president who's ordering a particular military action because he...
  • Hardy Perennial: Some Prog Sissy Whines that the Star Spangled Banner is Too Militaristic

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    In Politico Magazine, but discussed at the National Review. Our anthem is too militaristic? Um, we're not even in the top fifteen. Here are the first few stanzas of the French national anthem. I've bolded my favorite parts. Let's go...
  • An Important Question I've Never Seen Asked, And Would Like the Answer To

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Update: Answered? See end of post.I am convinced that nearly the entirety of the modern environmentalist movement is an attempt to obtain absolution for modern First World life. Why one would think they need absolution for that is beyond me....
  • How the Left Got Religion, and The Rest of Us Got Obama

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If, like me, you're very interested (and concerned) by the fusion of mysticism and politics to form a full-spectrum tribal identity platform which satisfies its adherents desire for political goods, personal affirmation, and religious meaning in a largely secular world,...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    President Obama sure does sound whiny about how tough his job is and how unfair it is that people criticize him. John Hinderaker comments on a NYT story on Obama's decision-making on attacking ISIS,Obama is “reluctant to decide” because “deciding often forces you into a more one-sided position than you’re comfortable with.” Of course it does! Before you decide, you can ponder the pros and cons, the one hand and the other hand, the various shades of gray, and leave it at that.But when you decide, you have to choose: to go to war; to bomb; to take a side; to incur casualties; to face…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    A president should want a vote from Congress to give him authorization for his efforts against ISIS. That would give him a legal support and would limit opponents for criticism from all who would vote for such an authorization. The administration is claiming that they don't need anything beyond the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 to give the president power to go after anyone who attacked us on 9/11 or aided those who attacked us. Just last year Obama asked Congress to limit the AUMF because he said that all wars end and he had ended that war. Paul Mirengoff…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Too little, too late seems the general conclusion about the President's decision to bow to low poll ratings by announcing the US will be leading efforts to destroy the Islamic State. And of course, there was no acknowledgement that what he announced last night was the opposite of what he'd been saying just a few weeks ago about arming the supposedly moderate Syrian rebels to be the ground troops he refuses to send in from America. Just a month ago he was saying that it wasn't worth it to arm an army made up of doctors, lawyers, and pharmacists. And there was no acknowledgment that if Obama…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    The best aspect of the Republicans taking over the Senate would be seeing and hearing less of Harry Reid. This is his most humorous complaint. He has decided to waste a whole lot of Senate time on debating a proposed amendment that has no chance of passing out of Congress since it would need two-thirds of both houses. He wanted the symbolism of the proposal, but didn't really want to go any further. But it ended up that Republicans voted for advancing the proposed amendment to the floor for debate. And now Reid is annoyed that the Republicans voted for his purely symbolic time-waster.After…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Sam Schulman details how the bureaucratic approach to Childhood Sexual Exploitation or CSE put the bureaucratic goals ahead of the needs of the over 1400 young girls who were being systematically raped in Rotherham. It is truly a horrifying tale because the agencies that are in place to prevent just this sort of crime did know what was going on and did study what to do about it. The girls were abandoned only partly because so many made a cowardly choice to let a crime go unreported when they could not think of a “non-racist” way to describe it. They were also abandoned because of the way…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Populist Hillary To Award Clinton Foundation Honors to Leo DiCaprio at Gala

    Warner Todd Huston
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Later this month, the Clinton Foundation is throwing a big gala to honor its 2014 Global Citizen Award winner, actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But with this hoity-toity gala, so much for Hillary being the “populist” woman of the people. As Hillary and her surrogates attempt to recast the former First Lady and Secretary of State as a populist woman of the people, her Clinton Foundation is set to celebrate with a dozen famous and high powered citizens of the world during its September 21 soirée. Famed actor DiCaprio is being honored for his work around the world with his Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was massive, botox-filled success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Mjolnir) – “The *Brilliant* John Kerry is puzzled by the dead silence following his greeting everybody with a ‘Shalom.’” 2) (RestlessLegs) – “Kerry helps process unaccompanied minors near the Mexican border.” 3) (fustian24) – “The good news is that they can behead him and Kerry can go on working.” 4) (yetanotherjohn) – “There but for the…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another monster success. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (guido81_MA) – “To tell you the truth, I only came here because I thought Mount Pleasant was the name of a golf course.” 2) (Rodney Dill) – “Mount Pleasant? Well I guess we’re not talkin’ ’bout Michelle then, huh?” 3) (Joe_Miller) – “Still not the smartest man in the room.” 4) (sarahconnor2) – “Another good reason to home school your…
  • Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches

    Warner Todd Huston
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    By joining CNN as an on-air commentator, former Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney has passed through the revolving door between the Obama administration and the media, but he is still Obama’s man and in an interview with his new employer he noted that the TV networks are to blame for Obama not being allowed to make more TV speeches. It is lain that Carney will continue to be a bind flack for Obama even on CNN. Carney stepped down from his post as White House press secretary in June and by September it was announced he was joining CNN as
  • Chicago’s Emanuel May Find His Millions Won’t Save His Re-Election

    Warner Todd Huston
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has over $8 million in his campaign fund and usually that sort of cash is quite a harbinger of election success but maybe not this time as the mayor’s approval ratings crater and at least two powerful opponents warm to a run against him, one of whom might be backed by the deep pockets of the national teachers union. Emanuel has amassed over $8 million for his re-election thanks to his close association with a network of big dollar donors. He also has a secondary fund that many consider a slush fund. Thus far Mayor Emanuel does
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    Hullabaloo

  • What if everybody misses?

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    What if everybody misses?by digbyI love hearing Americans moralize about barbarism among people in other cuntries.  Because we are so civilized.For instance, in Wyoming they just voted to bring back the firing squad due to all the unpleasantness surrounding killing people with lethal injection lately.  Here's an example of the superior moral framework we operate under here in the US:State Rep. Stephen Watt (R) was one of the lawmakers who voted against the firing squad bill last week. He was shot and seriously wounded while serving with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and said his…
  • "He didn't drop one tear"

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    "He didn't drop one tear"by digbyOh dear lord, this makes me feel like crying:There are pictures of this little boy at the link --- he's a baby really, only 4 years old --- with bloody cuts all over his thighs. Adrian Peterson released a statement saying that he is not a child abuser. But it's quite clear from that text message in which he is proud that his horrible beating did not produce any tears from his tiny little son (as well as the somewhat depraved act of forcing leaves into his son's mouth as he whipped him with a piece of wood) show that he is, even if he's never thought to define…
  • Just don't call them a rubber stamp

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Just don't call them a rubber stampby digbySo here's our grand congressional debate and respect for the separation of powers that everyone's been clamoring for. I'm sure you'll be shocked to know that they'll ok the operation, after all. They just want the president to file some reports on a regular basis to keep them in the loop:House Republicans expect to unveil legislation Monday evening that would give President Obama the authority to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels, but with some limits on that authority.The House Armed Services Committee is drafting the bill in…
  • It sure is a good thing we're past all that messy race stuff

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It sure is a good thing we're past all that messy race stuffby digbyThis is depressing but not unexpected when you consider what we've found out about the political and law enforcement system in the area: A new public opinion survey of St. Louis County residents shows the public perception of the death 18-year-old Michael Brown and its aftermath is sharply divided along racial lines.The survey, released Monday morning by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group, found that 65 percent of African-American county residents believe that Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly…
  • Kris Kobach: a man with a mission

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Kris Kobach: a man with a missionby digbyMy piece for Salon today tackles yet another "vote fraud" fraud --- the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach:Following up on my post on Friday about the long illustrious history of conservative vote suppression it’s interesting that one of the nation’s foremost activists in the field should be in the spotlight going into the November election. Indeed, he’s right in the middle of one of the most interesting races in the country.I’m referring to Kris Kobach, the Republican Kansas Secretary of State who was sued last week by the former…
 
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Rock on.
  • Monday Night

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    You talk too much.
  • Dinner Thread

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Layer of sliced onions, layer of cut potatoes, layer of cubed lamb meat. Cover in chicken stock, add some thyme sprigs, s&p to taste. Bring to boil and simmer for an hour.
  • Early Happy Hour Thread

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Because it's Monday.
  • No Means Yes

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    You just gotta know how to spot it.
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    Firedoglake

  • Take it with a grain of salt…and Americans love taking salt by the pound!

    Attaturk
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    (image: Damian Yerrick) Alright, the voters know the score! An astounding 72 percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress, according to a recent poll. They sure do. The findings may not have a strong bearing on the GOP’s midterm elections chances. Recent polls show the Republicans have an edge in both the Senate and the House. Americans may hate one side more than the other…but by golly they will still vote for ‘em. At least they stand for something…awful…well, more awful.
  • Late, Late Night FDL: Miles From Nowhere

    CTuttle
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cat Stevens – Miles From Nowhere Yusuf (the singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens) has a brand new album due next month… Cat Stevens is ready to build on his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has signed with Legacy Recordings, and will release his first album in five years, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,’ on Oct. 27. European and rare North American tour dates will follow in November and December. Stevens, who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after rising to fame in the early ’70s, and now records as simply “Yusuf,” is also offering an advance…
  • Late Night: Independence Yea or Nay?

    Elliott
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    England really has been a bit of dick towards Scotland (as John Oliver puts it) — going all the way back to “The Hammer of the Scots,” King Edward I, who apparently made it his life’s mission, his Great Cause, to conquer Scotland. After he whipped Wales’s ass, that is. I wouldn’t dare insert myself in the upcoming “Yea or Nay” on the referendum for Scotland’s independence, but here’s Groundskeeper Willie to explain the vote: Now both sides of this argument have valid points…   But John Oliver, the British ex-pat, wants…
  • Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home

    Isaiah 88
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Harlan Ellison . . . I have no mouth, and I must scream. William Rivers Pitt . . . It has been thirteen years since the attacks of September 11, and this nation has spent every one of the 4,745 days between that morning and today in the grips of a media and politics and money-driven high panic. Millions upon millions have been killed, maimed, displaced or bankrupted in the process. ISIS are bad guys, and no mistake, but there are a pile of nations on this planet besides us with standing armies, many of them with a far more vested personal interest in eradicating these lunatics than us. Their…
  • The Justice Department’s Scandalous Decision to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ & Protect an Anti-Iran Group

    Kevin Gosztola
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder, head of the Justice Department In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York involves Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis and others, who have accused United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) of falsely and maliciously identifying them in their…
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    TalkLeft

  • Monday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Long day, just getting home. I'm going to catch up with ISIS and other news. DWTS has a new season tonight. Tommy Chong is one of the new contestants. This interview with him about the show and pot is pretty funny. (Added: I just saw Tommy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Congress and White House One Step Behind on Syria Rebels

    Jeralyn
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    The White House is pushing Congress to vote on on arming the "moderate" Syrian rebels. Repubicans are getting on board, and a vote may happen Tuesday. If it’s not the Syrian opposition, trained and equipped by the United States, authorized... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Move Over ISIS, The Khorasan Are Waiting in the Wings

    Jeralyn
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Associated Press today reports that ISIS is not a danger to America, but another Islamic extremist group, Khorasan (aka Khurasan), which is affiliated with al Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Taliban, is working with Yemeni bomb-makers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where is ISIS Headed Next?

    Jeralyn
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    ISIS has been fairly quiet about its plans lately. Today, it released a new recruitment type video (non-violent). It's called "Squadrons of My State." You can view it here. The chirons for the video use the phrases "Alive in Baghdad First" and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Executes David Haines, Alan Henning Next

    Jeralyn
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    ISIS, through Al Furqan Media, has released a video, Message to Allies of America, in which British hostage David Cawthorne Haines meets the same fate as James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The same black-clad killer narrates. Instead of being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Fix

  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    1. The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold writes about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's slow meander toward becoming the type of politician he wants to be two years from now. “I think that Rand has a picture of what a utopia would look like,” the friend added. “And he’s very realistic about how long it would take to […]
  • That time Martin O’Malley dressed up like a general from the War of 1812

    Jaime Fuller
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This weekend, the country celebrated the 200th anniversary of the "Star Spangled Banner," but no one did it better than Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), as the above tweet can attest. It was a big production; the whole weekend felt like Baz Luhrmann and Ken Burns teamed up to throw a party. That's not even a […]
  • Every TV show is about — and has always been about — Hillary Clinton

    Jaime Fuller
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    If you pay attention to politics, you may have noticed that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton ate some steak this weekend. (Or "cooked" some pre-cooked steak.) If you would like to know the symbolism of said steak, I would direct you elsewhere on the Internet, where the philosophical ramifications of masticating cholesterol-laden foods in […]
  • Imagine a world where Hillary Clinton didn’t run for president in 2016

    Philip Bump
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Hillary Clinton is obviously running for president, to the extent that, at this point, it's hardly revelatory to point that out. It's impressive she was able to deliver her speech at the Harkin Steak Fry this weekend in Iowa, given that she must have been winking melodramatically every time she made a joke about her […]
  • Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen are tied in a new poll. Here’s why that’s weird.

    Aaron Blake
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) locked in a 48-48 tie with former senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown (R) -- a result that, if accurate, would elevate the U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire to a toss-up and significantly recast the battle for control of that chamber. But regardless of the […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Once Again, @tomamoran Gets Charter Schools Wrong

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. So long as Tom Moran, Editorial Page Editor of the Star-Ledger, insists on publishing pieces about education full of omissions and half-truths, I have no choice but to continue to set the record straight and correct him. Yesterday's piece from Moran is about Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), a dual-language immersion school I have studied previously and know quite well. Says Moran: The core dispute is about race. Whites in Hoboken have fled the district in droves, thanks to its long record of academic failure and racial imbalance. The city is 82…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Sept. 15, 2015

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Campaign 2014 'One Sheriff, One Paycheck" campaign, David Jones, a recently retired state police major, trying to turn his campaign for Mercer County sheriff into a referendum on double dipping by pledging to suspend his own pension if he is elected sheriff and to refuse to employ any undersheriffs who do not agree to do the same - 17 of NJ's 21 sheriffs collect pensions on top of salaries. CD11: Dem Marc Dunec to launch Montclair Mondays. Campaign 2017 Poll shows wide open field for NJGov once Christie departs. Acting "Presidential" Christie returns to first in the nation primary state this…
  • PolitickerNJ has No Bias At All

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    promoted by Rosi Folks over at PolitickerNJ have regularly denied having a political bias, and they may not be aware of it.  However, often it is quite clear.  Here's a wonderful example. A Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind poll asked both Democrats and Republicans what they thought of potential Democratic and Republican wannabes for Governor:   Gannett ran a headline Registered voters unsure about who should follow Chris Christie in NJ.NJ.com ran a headline headline Poll Shows Wide Open Field for NJ Governor Once Christie Departs.PolitickerNJ went with Governor 2017:…
  • Independent Funders Spending Big But Not So Much In NJ

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    With the possibility that Republicans might take over the U.S. Senate and with both parties trying to strengthen their margin in the House, money is flying around the country at electronic speeds and in quantities not seen before. The Huffington Post reports, "Super PACs are set to be a massive force in the 2014 midterms." You can add to that monies expended by the national Democratic and Republican congressional and senatorial committees and other sources. However, the independent funders' big money is not used to support every candidate. In New Jersey where there are few competitive races,…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Sept. 13-14, 2014

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Ras Baraka on Christie: "I couldn't imagine him being in charge of the whole country. We could be in trouble." Ras Baraka says any blame for failures in Newark Public Schools is on the "doorstep of the bureaucrats and Christie and the state" and not the people of Newark. He called "insulting and vulgar" Christie's move to exclude him in the education of his city's kids. Newark needs strong schools to spur economic growth, workforce investment and development in the city, something a potential presidential candidate should understand. Soft campaign for NJGov 2017 Steve Fulop begins to play in…
 
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  • Two questions about Obama's thinking about ISIS

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Peter Baker has a purported insider's view of Obama's thinking about the ISIS crisis™, based on interviews with 10 people present at two recent dinners the president held with foreign policy experts and journalists. Like most such exercises, it's not particularly revealing (with one exception noted at bottom), as the president is putting best foot forward with his guests and the guests assess him through a partisan prism (Richard Haas is respectfully negative, Jane Harman equivocally positive).  I was struck, though, by two questions Obama's not-so-private exegesis left unanswered. I…
  • Obama phones it in

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In press conferences on Aug. 28, Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, and in a Meet the Press interview on Sept. 7, Obama provided considerable detail about the way he plans to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. Key themes, cumulatively elaborated over the four sessions, were that 1) The U.S. would not act precipitously in Syria; 2) Obama would not "Americanize" struggle -- U.S. military support would be calibrated to Sunni political action; and 3) the effort would build methodically and take considerable time.Earlier today I traced these themes through all four of these quite recent Q&As because I…
  • No, Obama is not plunging neck-deep in the Big Muddy

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "We don't have a strategy yet." Those words of Obama's in an Aug. 28 press conference so flipped out the foreign policy establishment and media that no one heard heard what Obama was saying. A translation: The conditions are not yet in place for significant U.S. military action against ISIS in Syria. Our efforts now are concentrated on beginning to create such conditions.Those who fear that Obama is poised to plunge neck-deep in the Syrian muddy (here's to you, Mr. Sullivan) might look again at how he has elaborated this point repeatedly  -- in press conferences on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5,…
  • The Republicans' ACA shell game

    Andrew Sprung
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    The most credible rap against the Affordable Care Act is that it raises the cost of insurance bought in the individual market for people who have no preexisting conditions and earn too much to qualify for subsidies.That is true. Hence all the "rate shock" stories bruited by the GOP last fall.  Most of those stories did not survive scrutiny, because the GOP went for dramatic hardship cases, and most true hardship cases qualify for subsidized coverage.  Those truly dinged by the law were more like a couple with two children profiled by the New York Times earning about $100,000 per…
  • Question for Obama: Why is arming a "moderate" Syrian opposition no longer a "fantasy"?

    Andrew Sprung
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Back in January Obama suggested to David Remnick that trying to arm and shape a "moderate" opposition to Assad was futile:... I asked Obama if he was haunted by Syria, and, though the mask of his equipoise rarely slips, an indignant expression crossed his face. “I am haunted by what’s happened,” he said. “I am not haunted by my decision not to engage in another Middle Eastern war. It is very difficult to imagine a scenario in which our involvement in Syria would have led to a better outcome, short of us being willing to undertake an effort in size and scope similar to what we did in…
 
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    Opinionator

  • Drones and the Democracy Disconnect

    By Firmin DeBrabander
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Can the sort of honorable military battles that strengthen our national identity possibly be fought by drones?
  • Useless Creatures

    By Richard Conniff
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We act as though animals matter only when they benefit humans.
  • An Untapped Force in the Fight for Literacy

    By Tina Rosenberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    What if the Minnesota Reading Corps program, which uses AmeriCorps volunteers to tutor thousands of students, could be replicated in every state?
  • Louisiana’s Stillborn Constitution

    By Rick Beard
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The state was occupied by the Union forces for years before it started reconstruction. So why did things go so badly?
  • Breaking My A.L.S. Promise

    By Sharon Fiffer
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    My husband made me swear to forget the disease that killed him. No fund-raising, no telethons, not even a bake sale.
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    Reuters: Politics

  • U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria's government.
  • California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday.
  • California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday.
  • Connecticut ex-governor opens defense in campaign law trial

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - The first defense witness in the trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland testified on Monday that Rowland performed legitimate consulting services for a nursing home company, countering prosecutors who say he worked under a phony contract in violation of federal campaign laws.
  • South Carolina congressman Sanford, ex-wife head to mediation

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina U.S. congressman Mark Sanford and his former wife have agreed to go to mediation over the latest spat arising from their divorce in 2010 after his extramarital affair while serving as the state's governor, a judge said on Monday.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

    timothy
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    The new battery factory that Tesla has announced it will build in Nevada comes with some nice perks: specifically, with a package of tax incentives, road construction, and legislative protection from the kind of dealer cartels that have hindered Tesla's ability to sell cars in some other states. A Bloomberg wire story gives some details about the size of the deal that Nevada made to attract the company: The biggest chunk of the deal, Tesla's sales tax exemptions, is worth an estimated at $725 million. In addition, the company would save more than an estimated $300 million in payroll and other…
  • Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

    samzenpus
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    First time accepted submitter ltorvalds11 writes Cuba says its economy is suffering a "systematic worsening" due to a US embargo, the consequences of which Havana places at $1.1 trillion since Washington imposed the sanctions in 1960, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against gold. "There is not, and there has not been in the world, such a terrorizing and vile violation of human rights of an entire people than the blockade that the US government has been leading against Cuba for 55 years," Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno told reporters. He also blamed the…
  • Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

    timothy
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    reifman (786887) writes "A thousand unionized healthcare workers protested outside Microsoft's Seattle offices over its Nevada tax dodge on Friday. Microsoft shareholders have pocketed more than $5.34 billion in tax savings as Washington State social services and schools have taken huge cuts. In a hearing Wednesday, the Supreme Court suggested it may hold the Legislature in contempt and order it to repeal all tax breaks to restore proper funding to K-12 schools and universities." I suspect Microsoft's lawyers are careful to engage in legal tax avoidance rather than illegal tax evasion.
  • "Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

    timothy
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    speedplane (552872) writes Tim Wu, the popular Columbia Law Professor, author of The Master Switch, and the guy who coined the term Net Neutrality, is running for Lieutenant Governor of the great state of New York. He "has waged a shoestring anti-establishment campaign," that is well underway, and has even begun receiving attacks from the incumbent: "It has not always been smooth for Mr. Wu .... Surrogates for Mr. Cuomo have pounced on his admitted lack of 'message discipline' for comments he made comparing net neutrality to the suffragist movement (which he says were taken out of context)…
  • Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

    timothy
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The Associated Press reports (here, as carried by the Washington Times) that The White House is asking Congress for $58 million above current levels to speed the production of promising drugs to fight Ebola and additional flexibility for the Department of Homeland Security to cope with the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children still arriving at the southern border. ... [T]he $58 million request for the Centers for Disease Control would help the agency ramp up production and testing of the experimental drug called ZMapp, which has shown promise in fighting the Ebola epidemic in…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Time is something I’ve been thinking an awful lot about during the London leg of the spring/summer 2015 collections. Actually, that’s a lie. Because there’s no time to think. Or to eat, breathe, go to the toilet. Those kind of things. It makes you long, a little, for New York, for the wide open spaces of their fashion week calendar (at least, my fashion week calendar). In London, every hour, on the hour, there’s something to see.
  • Scottish independence makes no economic sense whatsoever

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The question is whether the citizens of a future Scottish state believe that the apparent emotional and psychological benefits of independence outweigh the years of greater austerity and deflation that they will have to endure to secure the country’s material prosperity.
  • Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?
  • The Barking Blondes: Lost Dogs

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many films and works of fiction have been based on the tear-jerking scenario of a lost dog making its way home. Well how about this to tug on the old heart strings? A Labrador cross who covered 120 miles before being reunited with its owner? Howard Hughes, a reporter from BBC Radio Berkshire, contributed to our dog radio [...]
  • Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    So we have the shortlist, which leads me naturally to rack up the six books in the running for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and judge them on the purely cosmetic basis of their good looks. In alphabetical order of the authors, then: First up, Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (links to [...]
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Tonight on The Independents: The Skies Over Baghdad Have Been Re-Illuminated, Chris Moody on Rand Paul’s Flip-Flops, Jacob Sullum on Asset Forfeiture, Former Linebacker Darrell Reid on the NFL, Plus NSA, Chinese Sidewalks, Hillary, & Aftersho

    Matt Welch
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) starts with breaking news: The United States has launched its first air strikes near Baghdad, in this the latest American war of choice in that cursed land. Joining to talk about that and other world reaction to the latest ISIS beheading are Party Panelists Katie Pavlich (co-host, Outnumbered) and Basil Smikle (Democratic political strategist). The two will also discuss Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign sorta-kickoff, and one Chinese town's central-planning solution for…
  • Is the Justice Dept.’s New Program to Find Homegrown Terrorists Wonderful or Worrisome (or Both)?

    Scott Shackford
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Today Attorney General Eric Holder introduced the public to a "pilot program" the Department of Justice is rolling out to better attempt to track down people living in the United States who may be considering running off to join ISIS and becoming terrorists. Guess the mass surveillance and those fusion centers aren't working out after all (if there were any doubts following the Boston Marathon Bombing). Holder's announcement is typically vague and full of Pablum about how we Americans are all the same and are working together and share the same ideals, unnecessarily padding out the word…
  • Girl Writes About Pot in Her Diary, School Reads It and Suspends Her All Year

    Robby Soave
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Administrators at a Dallas County, Missouri, school read a teenage girl's diary, discovered a reference to marijuana within its pages, and suspended the girl for the rest of 2014. The punishment was imposed last May, but the girl's father just went public with the situation. According to The Springfield News-Leader: Tom Grayhorse said his daughter, Krystal, had never been in trouble before she was called into the office and suspended May 9. Originally, she was ousted for 10 days, but it was quickly extended through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Unable to finish her junior year, her…
  • Ira Stoll on the Return of Bill Clinton

    Reason.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For a preview of what the next two to 10 years will look like, check out the videos from Bill Clinton’s recent spate of speeches and public appearances. It’s been long enough since Clinton was president that some of us may have forgotten the low points, writes Ira Stoll. But who knows, perhaps after eight years of Obama those low points will be a refreshing change. Or it may be that voters in 2016 feel the way they did back in 2008—they’ve had enough of the Clintons and are ready for someone new. View this article.
  • The Return of Bill Clinton

    Ira Stoll
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For a preview of what the next two to ten years will look like, check out the video of Bill Clinton’s speech this past weekend at Senator Harkin’s Iowa Steak Fry. It’s been long enough since Clinton was president that some of us may have forgotten the low points. The youngest eligible voters in 2016 will be so young that they don’t even remember the Clinton presidency. They weren’t even born in 1992, when I was in Madison Square Garden covering the Democratic National Convention that nominated the Arkansas governor. But if your memory of the years 1992 to 2000 is nonexistent or…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • 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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    The American Prospect

  • Two Cheers for Obama: Nobody Makes the Best Out of Bad Situation Like He Does

    Robert Kuttner
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines) An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for Poland, September 5, 2014, from Aviano Air Base, Italy.  This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It took President Barack Obama a long time, and multiple stumbles, to back into a foreign policy role that looks something like leadership. If Russian President Putin is agreeing to a cease-fire in Ukraine that just might hold, the U.S.-led combination of pressure and restraint deserves much of the credit. Putin considers the loss of the Ukraine one of the great tragedies of Russian history,…
  • People Facing Death: ISIL, Vietnam, and the Impact of Images

    Paul Waldman
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    (AP Photo/Eddie Adams) Barbie Zelizer is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches and conducts research about the cultural functions of journalism. Her latest book, About to Die: How News Images Move the Public, surveys the history of a particularly powerful kind of image, that of people in the moments before their death. We spoke last week about the way certain images are affecting the debate about recent news events. According to an NBC/WSJ poll, 94 percent of Americans say they heard about the beheadings of journalists James…
  • Republicans Seek to Tar All Muslims With the Brush of ISIL

    Nathalie Baptiste
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    (Photo by Fabio Teixeira / Pacific Press/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) On Saturday afternoon, news broke that ISIL (also known as ISIS) had uploaded yet another video of one of their members beheading an innocent civilian. The victim, David Haines, was a British aid worker who was captured in Syria last year. According to reports, the video is similar to the brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The news of this latest execution, and its grisly video, comes on the heels of President Obama’s primetime speech on his strategy for combating the terrorist group…
  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere

    Peter Dreier
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls.  Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people to challenge police brutality, fight segregation, and organize voter registration…
  • Why Is President Obama the Only One Not Trying to Make the Public Afraid?

    Paul Waldman
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    There's something odd going on with regard to this ISIL situation (and by the way, it would be good if we could agree on a name for it), or odd if your point of reference is the Bush era, the consequences of which we're still grappling with. Back then, the way things worked was that the president and his advisors would come out and tell us some swarthy Middle Easterners were coming to kill you and your family, and therefore it was imperative that we assent to the policies the administration wanted to pursue. When asked for evidence, they'd respond with statements like, "We don't want the…
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    The American Prospect

  • Two Cheers for Obama: Nobody Makes the Best Out of Bad Situation Like He Does

    Robert Kuttner
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines) An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for Poland, September 5, 2014, from Aviano Air Base, Italy.  This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It took President Barack Obama a long time, and multiple stumbles, to back into a foreign policy role that looks something like leadership. If Russian President Putin is agreeing to a cease-fire in Ukraine that just might hold, the U.S.-led combination of pressure and restraint deserves much of the credit. Putin considers the loss of the Ukraine one of the great tragedies of Russian history,…
  • People Facing Death: ISIL, Vietnam, and the Impact of Images

    Paul Waldman
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    (AP Photo/Eddie Adams) Barbie Zelizer is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches and conducts research about the cultural functions of journalism. Her latest book, About to Die: How News Images Move the Public, surveys the history of a particularly powerful kind of image, that of people in the moments before their death. We spoke last week about the way certain images are affecting the debate about recent news events. According to an NBC/WSJ poll, 94 percent of Americans say they heard about the beheadings of journalists James…
  • Republicans Seek to Tar All Muslims With the Brush of ISIL

    Nathalie Baptiste
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    (Photo by Fabio Teixeira / Pacific Press/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) On Saturday afternoon, news broke that ISIL (also known as ISIS) had uploaded yet another video of one of their members beheading an innocent civilian. The victim, David Haines, was a British aid worker who was captured in Syria last year. According to reports, the video is similar to the brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The news of this latest execution, and its grisly video, comes on the heels of President Obama’s primetime speech on his strategy for combating the terrorist group…
  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere

    Peter Dreier
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls.  Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people to challenge police brutality, fight segregation, and organize voter registration…
  • Why Is President Obama the Only One Not Trying to Make the Public Afraid?

    Paul Waldman
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    There's something odd going on with regard to this ISIL situation (and by the way, it would be good if we could agree on a name for it), or odd if your point of reference is the Bush era, the consequences of which we're still grappling with. Back then, the way things worked was that the president and his advisors would come out and tell us some swarthy Middle Easterners were coming to kill you and your family, and therefore it was imperative that we assent to the policies the administration wanted to pursue. When asked for evidence, they'd respond with statements like, "We don't want the…
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  • How fighting climate change could save the planet AND rebuild the economy

    Lori Montgomery
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Turanor PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat, plies the Venetian Lagoon in Venice earlier this month. A new report argues that climate-related technological innovation could spur an economic renaissance. Despite all the scary predictions of rising seas and global warming, politicians in the United States at least have been reluctant to take serious action to reduce greenhouse gases. Reasonably sensible ideas like taxing carbon emissions -- an idea with bipartisan intellectual support -- are routinely dismissed out of hand as being bad for the economy. But it doesn't have to…
  • Study: Bad fracking techniques let methane flow into drinking water

    Steven Mufson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The expansion of fracking has drawn protest from some residents who fear it's contaminating their water supply. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl) Ever since the boom in hydraulic fracturing of shale gas formations picked up pace about five years ago, foes of "fracking" have argued that the cracking of shale formations was causing the migration of methane, or natural gas, into drinking water wells and aquifers. But a new study has cast doubt on that explanation and points to different culprits: faulty drilling and well completion techniques. That's both good news -- and bad news -- for the shale gas…
  • Should we ban states and cities from offering big tax breaks for jobs?

    Emily Badger
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (front R) reaches to hug Nevada Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick after he signed an incentive legislation to secure the Tesla Motors Gigafactory, during a ceremony at the state capitol in Carson City, Nevada September 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Steve Keegan) Tesla announced earlier this month that it's planning to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory just outside of Reno, which sounds good for Nevada and bad for losing bidders California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. So how did Nevada beat out so many competitors? The state offered the electric-car maker up…
  • Name That Data answers, week 8

    Christopher Ingraham
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    You guys were on point this week. Most of you guessed, correctly, that the data challenge had something to do with the natural world: @_cingraham Gold? Or, panning for gold? — wizardkitten (@wizardkitten) September 12, 2014 .@_cingraham @washingtonpost wildfires? — RK (@RK_usaf) September 12, 2014 @_cingraham @washingtonpost Kittens! — Perlita Payne (@ppayne510) September 12, 2014 Sadly no, not kittens (although if anyone has a reliable kitten dataset burning a hole in their Excel folder, call me). If you've been following the discussions surrounding fracking in the United States,…
  • Nearly one in every three beers in the world could soon be sold by the same company

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Big beer brands could soon be getting even bigger. (David Hecker/AP Photos) There's a global beer behemoth in the works. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing itself to offer as much as $122 billion for SABMiller, which sells Castle, Miller, Peroni, and Foster's. The beer giant is currently discussing the financing of the deal with banks, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal. A merger between the two would create one company thatcontrols nearly a third of the world's beer supply. Anheuser-Busch Inbev brews a number of the world's most…
 
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  • Ukraine defense minister: NATO weapons deliveries underway

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    NATO countries have begun delivering weapons to Ukraine to help its forces fight Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine’s defense minister said Sunday, according to Reuters. "We reached agreements in closed talks, without media, about ... those...
  • Report: Obama would retaliate if Syria shoots at US military flights

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    President Obama recently vowed to retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad if Syrian forces shoot at U.S. military planes, according to The New York Times. In meetings with foreign policy experts, former government officials, journalists...
  • Sunday show wrap-up: ISIS dominates

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
      ISIS McDonough: 'Important' for Congress to authorize arming moderate rebels "Everybody believes there has to be someone on the ground," he said.  http://ow.ly/BtS1R Kerry 'extremely encouraged' by US allies Kerry said...
  • White House chief of staff says Obama was 'shocked' by Ray Rice video

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    President Obama was “shocked” by the video showing Ray Rice knocking out the former Baltimore Ravens running back's then-fiancee, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday.McDonough said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and the...
  • Sanders: Obama should use bully pulpit more

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday criticized President Obama for failing to “tap the anger and the frustration” of the American people on economic issues.Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said while the president “has done some very...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Nebraska v. Mantich 13-1348 Issue: Whether Miller v. Alabama – which held that a state may not sentence a teenage murderer to life imprisonment without parole unless the state provides a process whereby the sentencer considers the offender’s youth and attendant characteristics – should be applied retroactively to a murder conviction on collateral review. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Event announcements

    Andrew Hamm
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    On September 18, the Heritage Foundation will host a panel on recent developments in campaign finance litigation and campaign speech, featuring Floyd Abrams, Erin Murphy, Ronald Collins, and moderator Adam Liptak.  The event, which will also be streamed online, will be held at noon at 214 Massachusetts Ave. N.E. in the District of Columbia.  Registration information is available here. On September 19, UC Hastings College of the Law will host a symposium on forum selection after last Term’s decision in Atlantic Marine Construction v. U.S. District CourtThe event will be held in the Louis…
  • Monday round-up

    Amy Howe
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Briefly: The Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute has published its preview of cases on the Court’s docket for the upcoming Term. Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed reports on the execution last week of Earl Ringo, a Missouri death row inmate whose stay requests were denied by a divided Supreme Court. At Mirror of Justice, Thomas Berg discusses the amicus brief that he and other lawyers filed on behalf of a coalition of anti-abortion groups in Young v. UPS, in which the Court will interpret the scope of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. At the Washington Legal Foundation’s…
  • Arizona same-sex marriage ban likely to fall

    Lyle Denniston
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    A federal judge in Phoenix has taken an initial step toward allowing same-sex marriage in that state, indicating that he is likely to strike down the state’s ban when he rules on it soon.  Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick, overseeing two cases involving some fifteen gay and lesbian couples, ruled Friday on only one part of that case, but left little doubt where his overall review was heading. In his fourteen-page order, he ruled that state officials must treat a gay couple as having been married when one of the partners died this summer.  Thus, the death certificate must…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The petition of the day is: Ridley School District v. M. R., as Parents of E. R., a Minor 13-1547 Issue: Whether operation of a “stay-put” provision in 20 U.S.C. § 1415(j) – which requires that a child whose educational program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is under dispute to remain in his or her then-current placement while statutory “proceedings” to resolve the dispute are pending – terminates upon entry of a final judgment by a state or federal trial court in favor of the school district, as the D.C. and Sixth Circuits have held, or whether it…
 
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  • National Republican Congressional Committee: Says "John Barrow voted with Obama 85 percent of the time."

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | NRCC says Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., voted with Barack Obama 85% of the time One of the biggest obstacles to a strong Democratic showing in the 2014 midterm elections is that approval ratings for President Barack Obama are mired in the 40 percent range -- and even lower in many red states. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee -- the House Republicans’ campaign arm -- is creating ads that emphasize the degree to which vulnerable Democratic incumbents have voted with Obama. We recently found two…
  • National Republican Congressional Committee: Says "Nick Rahall voted with Obama 94 percent of the time."

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | NRCC says Nick Rahall voted with Barack Obama 94% of the time One of the biggest obstacles to a strong Democratic showing in the 2014 midterm elections is that approval ratings for President Barack Obama are mired in the 40 percent range -- and even lower in many red states. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee -- the House Republicans’ campaign arm -- is creating ads that emphasize the degree to which vulnerable Democratic incumbents have voted with Obama. We recently found two NRCC ads using…
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes: Says Mitch McConnell voted "three times for corporate tax breaks that send Kentucky jobs overseas."

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Alison Lundergan Grimes ad says Mitch McConnell voted for corporate tax breaks for outsourcing Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate from Kentucky, says that as Mitch McConnell’s wealth has grown, he has hindered Kentucky’s prosperity. Recently, we looked at an ad in which Grimes said McConnell, the incumbent Senate minority leader, made millions while in public office. We rated that claim Mostly False. But that was only one of several claims in the ad that attacked McConnell for being out-of-touch with average Kentuckians…
  • John McCain: Says President Obama "has never made a statement ... that he wanted a residual force left (in Iraq)."

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | McCain: Obama never said he wanted to leave troops in Iraq Questions about what President Barack Obama should do in Iraq now have lately been overshadowed by another question: Should Obama have left troops in Iraq after the war ended? Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advocated for keeping residual forces in the country since he visited its capital, Baghdad, in late 2008 -- right after losing the presidential election to Obama. And he continues to argue that Obama made the wrong decision to remove all American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. McCain…
  • John McCain: "(Obama's) entire national security team, including his secretary of state, said we want to arm and train and equip (Syrian rebel forces), and he made the unilateral decision to turn them down."  

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | John McCain says Barack Obama went against national security team's advice to arm Syrian rebels President Barack Obama spoke from the White House on Sept. 10 to announce his overall strategy for dealing with the growing regional threat presented by the terrorist group the Islamic State. Part of that includes asking Congress to authorize funds to arm Syrian rebels. After, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had a terse exchange with former White House Press Secretary-turned-CNN contributor Jay Carney. McCain has supported arming Syrian opposition forces for years.
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    Balloon Juice

  • Late Night Open Thread: That Steak Fry

    Anne Laurie
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:48 pm
    (via Jim Newell at Salon) Asked and answered, as the expression goes. Hillary had an unobjectionable, if thoroughly anodyne, response to the DREAMers: We should elect more Democrats. It’s not the answer they were looking for, and it’s not the answer the media wanted (because it’s hard to twist into either disrespect or slavish agreement with the current President), but it’s not like she dropped her burger and ran away choking, either. I think Dave Weigel has the best take I’ve seen: … The reader may be surprised to learn that Clinton did not reveal her 2016…
  • Public Relations Bloodbath

    John Cole +0
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Apparently Urban Outfitters is feeling some well-deserved heat, so they offered a limp non-apology: Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such. The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and…
  • Fare Thee Well, Tony Auth

    Anne Laurie
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    That was the very last Tony Auth cartoon on my daily GoComics page, back on July 1st. I knew Auth was old enough to retire, but I didn’t realize why he was no longer drawing. From his “own” paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer: Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer‘s editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of…
  • Think of the Kids

    John Cole +0
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Stay classy Rutgers. Kids are going to see that. How will you explain? pic.twitter.com/1irXadxL4Y — Sandy (@TweetsfromSandy) September 13, 2014 Penn State fans are all pissed off at Rutgers fans for wearing Ped State t-shirts and some inappropriate signage (seen above) because apparently we are now supposed to think of the kids. The Rutgers AD was forced to issue an apology, and all I can think about is the chutzpah of the Penn State folks. These are the same Penn State fans who, when notified that Penn State would no longer be disqualified from post season play (something I agree with,…
  • Cat Rescue Bleg – Maryland/DC Area

    Anne Laurie
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    From commentor Karen: I’m in a bad situation… I have a 14 year old kitty named Contessa who is diabetic. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April… I’d be getting a double mastectomy. My whole world stopped from that moment and was only about the cancer. I gave Contessa as much of myself as I could but it wasn’t what she deserved or needed. When I went in for surgery, I had something set up where a pet sitting person would feed Contessa, inject the insulin and do the litter. Between the hospital stay and the rehab to rebuild my strength it was…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Clinton’s bubble separates her from voters

    Guest Voice
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Clinton is trapped in a bubble. She’s been guarded by the Secret Service since 1993. She hasn’t driven a car since 1996. When she shakes hands with voters — as she did Sunday in Iowa — she’s often separated from them by metal barriers. In some ways, Clinton is a prisoner of… Share on Tumblr
  • Can Congress be responsible?

    E.J. DIONNE, JR., WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    WASHINGTON — There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. In early January 1991, the Senate and the House staged searching and often eloquent debates over the first President Bush’s decision to wage a war to end Saddam Hussein’s occupation of Kuwait. The arguments, a prelude to votes on resolutions endorsing military action, were almost entirely free of partisan rancor and the usual questioning…
  • Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and the Middle East

    MIKE PETERS, Guest Voice Cartoonist
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    OF RELATED INTEREST: –Reality impinges on Obama’s Middle East strategy [Commentary] –Barack Obama’s Iraq plan is sound but the Middle East is a graveyard for good intentions –Obama has a chance to reset American leadership –Arab Nations Offer to Fight ISIS From Air Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work which are inexorably entwined. Mike’s warm,…
  • We Jews also have our fanatics (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    We Jews also have our fanatics By Ira Sharkansky Ira SharkanskyJERUSALEM — Not all the religious fanatics are Muslims. One can think of candidates under the umbrella of Christianity, but here our concern is Jews. Two cases recently in the headlines provoke shame or something else, depending on one’s sense of responsibility or cynicism. One is a bearded, well-coiffured man whose trial on sexual exploitation and slavery ended after four years of delays. There were guilty verdicts for rape and other varieties of sexual exploitation involving several wives and lots of children, but the court…
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse

    Guest Voice
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse By Nadin Abbott SAN DIEGO, Calif.–East County Magazine was informed by a reader in Santa Ysabel about seizure of $4,500 during a Sheriff’s raid locally. A member of the household was arrested on drug charges, Sheriff’s records indicate. But a relative claims the money belonged to the suspect’s father–savings that the older man intended to use to purchase a car. This highlights a growing nationwide problem identified in a September 6, 2014 Washington Post story that revealed seizures of over $2.5 billion in cash by law enforcement…
 
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  • Jedi Kittens (video)

    John Aravosis
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    These are from the same guy who did the special effects video I posted the other day. This time, it’s Jedi Kittens. The second video is probably the best. And 3 isn’t bad either.
  • Cops arrest black actress for kissing white boyfriend in public

    John Aravosis
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas (aka Cheffy BeLive) have taken to social media to protest Daniele’s recent arrest for prostitution. The young black woman’s actual crime? Kissing her white boyfriend in public. It seems someone saw the two kissing in public, didn’t like it, and told them to “stop putting on a show.” Minutes later, the police show up, and start asking Lucas questions which, he says, suggested that his girlfriend was actually a prostitute and he was her trick. The police, who handcuffed the woman and then threw her in the…
  • Liberals need to stop mansplaining ISIS

    Jon Green
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    The secular West doesn’t understand religious social movements When I was 8 years old, I saw a pigeon poop on a Quran while we were outside doing an Islamic studies class. I showed the book to my grandma, who decided the pigeons were possessed and needed to be executed. So, some men got together and murdered all those pigeons in the name of God. We didn’t know which bird actually did the pooping, so they had to kill all of them. That quote is from an account on Cracked about what life was like as an atheist in Bangladesh. The account is anonymous because the author was…
  • Domestic violence is not a “family matter”

    John Aravosis
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We published a few stories recently about Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious, and the NFL’s refusal to take serious action until the situation grew so embarrassing, with the release of a video of the assault, that they had no choice but to act. In response, AMERICAblog reader Judy Brown wrote a comment that I thought merited posting on the home page. Here’s Judy’s comment: I remember when it wasn’t considered polite to speak about “wife beating,” except as a joke. It’s was considered a private “family…
  • The writing’s on the wall (cool special effects music video)

    John Aravosis
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Another cool special effects video, this time a music video by OK Go, called “The Writing’s On the Wall.” In addition to the song being a rather cool 80’s New Wave style, the special effects are just amazing. And fun.
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides. But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it? Source YouTube
  • Scottish Independence - Groundskeeper Willie

    nock (/politics/member/nock)
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Willie would like to lead the new nation.
  • David Cross on the Terrorists

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    David Cross annihilates the neocon lie that the terrorists hate America because of our freedoms. Source YouTube
  • Moore Says Obama Remembered Solely as First Black President

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Via Daily Caller: According to left-wing documentarian Michael Moore, history will remember President Obama solely for the color of his skin. Moore shared his frustrations in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, where he was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first documentary, Roger & Me. “When the history is written of this era, this is how [Obama will] be remembered: ‘He was the first black president.’ Okay, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama. A hundred years from now, ‘he was the first black American that got…
  • 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
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  • Two Cheers for Obama: Nobody Makes the Best Out of Bad Situation Like He Does

    Robert Kuttner
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines) An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for Poland, September 5, 2014, from Aviano Air Base, Italy.  This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It took President Barack Obama a long time, and multiple stumbles, to back into a foreign policy role that looks something like leadership. If Russian President Putin is agreeing to a cease-fire in Ukraine that just might hold, the U.S.-led combination of pressure and restraint deserves much of the credit. Putin considers the loss of the Ukraine one of the great tragedies of Russian history,…
  • People Facing Death: ISIL, Vietnam, and the Impact of Images

    Paul Waldman
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    (AP Photo/Eddie Adams) Barbie Zelizer is a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches and conducts research about the cultural functions of journalism. Her latest book, About to Die: How News Images Move the Public, surveys the history of a particularly powerful kind of image, that of people in the moments before their death. We spoke last week about the way certain images are affecting the debate about recent news events. According to an NBC/WSJ poll, 94 percent of Americans say they heard about the beheadings of journalists James…
  • Republicans Seek to Tar All Muslims With the Brush of ISIL

    Nathalie Baptiste
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    (Photo by Fabio Teixeira / Pacific Press/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images) On Saturday afternoon, news broke that ISIL (also known as ISIS) had uploaded yet another video of one of their members beheading an innocent civilian. The victim, David Haines, was a British aid worker who was captured in Syria last year. According to reports, the video is similar to the brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The news of this latest execution, and its grisly video, comes on the heels of President Obama’s primetime speech on his strategy for combating the terrorist group…
  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere

    Peter Dreier
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls.  Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people to challenge police brutality, fight segregation, and organize voter registration…
  • Why Is President Obama the Only One Not Trying to Make the Public Afraid?

    Paul Waldman
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    There's something odd going on with regard to this ISIL situation (and by the way, it would be good if we could agree on a name for it), or odd if your point of reference is the Bush era, the consequences of which we're still grappling with. Back then, the way things worked was that the president and his advisors would come out and tell us some swarthy Middle Easterners were coming to kill you and your family, and therefore it was imperative that we assent to the policies the administration wanted to pursue. When asked for evidence, they'd respond with statements like, "We don't want the…
 
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  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Effective legislator will bring new energy to SoS office by Brian Leubitz I'm not as big of a critic of Debra Bowen's time in office as some others. To be clear, while the office could have done a better job in some areas, like Cal-Access and some other very important data tools, she has made a concerted effort to make the voting process transparent. That being said, maybe we need a different type of leader in that office now. With the recent news that Sen. Alex Padilla was leading Republican electoral neophyte Pete Peterson by a relatively slim 43-36 lead in the recent Field Poll. Of course,…
  • Governor's Debate Gets Fiesty

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Governor and challenger spar in sole debate by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari had his big moment in the spotlight last night at the governor's debate. Jerry Brown remains the prohibitive favorite with a 19.5 point lead in the RCP polling average. At this point, it would take something of a disaster on multiple fronts for Kashkari to surge past Brown. But Brown is taking nothing for granted. His big war chest remains at the ready in case anything changes, and he is directly taking on his challenger. It began with a strong barb at Governor Brown from Kashkari: His 40 years in government has left…
  • 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…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Not Fighting ISIS Could Be Worse Than Fighting It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    My friend and colleague David Frum makes a compelling case against America’s ramped-up war on the terrorist group ISIS. The thrust of David’s argument is that the U.S. will be waging this war on behalf of the Iranian regime, which, of course, is our prime adversary in the Middle East, one that is more wily, more consequential, and (of course) much closer to crossing the nuclear threshold than ISIS is: The trouble with the policy of aid-Iran-but-don’t-admit-it is that the United States receives nothing in return—and specifically, no abatement of the Iranian nuclear program. The Obama…
  • Obama's Realization: There's No Way Out of the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    President Obama—who will tell the country tonight that the U.S. is taking its air war against the psychotic, end-of-days Islamist terrorists of ISIS directly to their safe havens in Syria—has now comprehensively learned, six years into his presidency, that Michael Corleone’s fatalistic insight about the mafia also holds true for presidents in the Middle East: “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.” A president desperate to make at least a semi-graceful exit from a very large swamp has learned that there is no way out. This will not be the Cairo speech of 2009, in…
  • Obama's Most Important Achievement in the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Here are five observations about President Obama’s frustrating and largely hapless encounter with the Middle East: 1)  Inaction has its consequences, just as action has its consequences; 2)  Just because you’re not interested in the Middle East doesn’t mean the Middle East isn’t interested in you; 3)  Chaos and collapse in the Middle East cannot be solely, or even (perhaps) mainly, attributed to the mistaken or ill-conceived ideas, goals, speeches, and strategies of American presidents; 4)  Obama, more than other presidents, gets no credit for his concrete accomplishments in the…
  • Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, and Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Shortly after I posted my interview with Hillary Clinton last month, I began hearing from liberal Democrats who were worried that her hawkish comments—on Syria, but especially on the Gaza war—would somehow provoke a primary challenge from her left (these conversations proceeded from the assumption that Clinton is running for president, which is a reasonable assumption). The Democratic Party base, the theory went, would be so offended by Clinton’s vociferous pro-Netanyahu positioning that it would agitate on behalf of a primary challenge. Elizabeth Warren, the populist Massachusetts…
  • 'Steven Was Brave and Unlucky, but He Was Not Stupid'

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

  • Liz Warren: 'Fair' to Compare Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Holocaust

    Daniel Halper
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At an event today at Tufts University in Massachusetts, Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren said it was "fair" when an activist compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Holocaust.  Here's video:  “Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them,” said the activist. “I think that’s fair,” Senator Warren responded. “You recently said that you believe that Israel has the right to self-defense," the activist…
  • NFL: Bad Games & Bad News

    Geoffrey Norman
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that. Following the week in which the Ray Rice video became public and another star (Adrian Peterson) was charged with endangering a child through excessive discipline, the NFL finds itself in Washington’s crosshairs.
  • Wasting Time

    Thomas Donnelly
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Obama administration is behaving like a prisoner under interrogation: eventually, if unintentionally, it ends up talking most about the subjects it least wishes to discuss. Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry reversed what he’d said a few days previously, acknowledging on CBS’s Face the Nation that “we are at war” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  But he hated to admit that obvious truth, telling the ever-avuncular Bob Schieffer that “it was a waste of time to focus on that.” The president finds the question even more irritating.  As Walter Russell Mead…
  • National Mall to Get a Facelift

    Jim Swift
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Years after the National Mall was torn up and blocked off to re-grow grass as part of the stimulus package, the bulldozers are back to clear a ten by six acre parcel, located adjacent to the reflection pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial. The parcel of land will be used as a “canvas” for Cuban-born American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who is using sand and dirt to create a “facescape” or face landscape on the park land. Rodriguez-Gerada took pictures of 18-25 year old men on the mall this summer, and plans to blend different attributes from the photos…
  • WaPo Against Legalization of Marijuana in D.C.

    Daniel Halper
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    The Washington Post editorial board was in favor of decriminalizing pot. But it is not in favor of legalizing it. "[T]he rush to legalize marijuana gives us — and we hope voters — serious pause. Marijuana, as proponents of legalization argue, may or may not be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, both legal, but it is not harmless. Questions exist, so it would be prudent for the District not to make a change that could well prove to be misguided until more is known. Foremost here are the experiences and lessons learned by states that have opted for legalization," the paper…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Greening Up in Burlington, Rocking Out in Allentown

    James Fallows
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    1) Green Power in Vermont. Last year our American Futures team reported on several almost-too-good-to-be-true aspects of life in Burlington, Vermont. A print newspaper that was thriving. A commercial airport that was actually pleasant. A brewery whose output was so much in demand that it rationed sales to give everyone a chance. A strong business-and-social-responsibility culture, including in clean tech and info tech. Advances in traditional higher-ed but also in a "career-oriented" approach. An ability to absorb refugees and immigrants. Overall, effective governance and public-private…
  • Countdown to Tonight's Arena Debut in Allentown

    James Fallows
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday Marketplace had a very thorough story about Allentown’s effort to revive its downtown, and I did a teaser for a series of posts we’ll start next week. If you check the Marketplace link, you can read a great overview by Tommy Andres of the city's predicament and plans. As a bonus you'll see the incredibly Village People-esque Billy Joel music video of his early-80s song "Allentown" (which was actually about nearby Bethlehem) plus modern-day pictures of the city. You go can straight to the video here. For now, an update on the event that’s the official kickoff of the new era in…
  • The Eagles Come to Allentown, and So Does 'American Futures'

    James Fallows
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    In a few hours, our partners at Marketplace will carry their latest “American Futures” report, this one on an unusual, high-speed, and high-stakes effort to revive the tattered downtown district of Allentown, Pa. Starting next Monday, here at the Atlantic’s site, Deb Fallows, John Tierney, and I will kick off a new season of American Futures reports with a series of posts on Allentown's ambitions, challenges, and personalities. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more In between those two dates—to be precise, tomorrow night, Friday, at 8 p.m.—the new era in the town's…
  • Before Tonight's Speech About ISIS

    James Fallows
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Tonight I won't be able to hear President Obama explain what he intends to do in Syria and elsewhere, and why. So rather than giving my reaction after the speech, let me give it before. The magazine's cover eight years ago.Eight years ago I did a cover story in The Atlantic called "Declaring Victory," whose central argument was that the United States could best protect itself against the worst long-term damage from terrorist movements by refusing to be whipsawed, baited, or panicked into self-destructive over-reaction. The piece began with a reference to Osama bin Laden that could as well be…
  • What Scottish Independence Might Mean for a Less-Great Britain

    James Fallows
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    As advertised, I don't plan to host an open-ended forum on the merits of the Scottish independence vote. If you'd like to see the Scottish government's white paper supporting a 'Yes' vote, go here. If you've missed Paul Krugman's economic argument against it ("Spain without the sunshine"), it's here. If you'd like to know what the term "devo max" means, you can go here. (Essentially, it's much-increased Scottish autonomy within the U.K.) If you'd like an apparently serious sky-is-falling argument that the Russians will invade Scotland if it votes 'Yes,' you can find it here. For a much…
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    admin
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Is it more like Kafka or 1984?

    Ugh
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Ugh I'm leaning Kafka, but could be convinced otherwise, or why not both?   The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security. The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private…
  • Your binge-watching open thread

    SuperUser
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    by Doctor Science I've been binge-watching Brooklyn Nine Nine as I sort through papers, including paying the bills for my husband's double knee replacement. This is how broken the American health system is: surgeon's bill: $8500 per knee, total $17K. After the "negotiated discount adjustment" from the insurance company, the bill was ... $3700. That's a lot of negotiation. Total bill to us: about $1K, due to our deductible. inpatient hospital bill: $153,517, for surgery Wednesday, discharge on Friday. Plus $5742 for lab work, etc. Total: $159K. Then the insurance…
  • Help me Snopes myself!

    SuperUser
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Doctor Science In his July Wired article about the history of autocorrect, Gideon Lewis-Kraus writes:A commenter on the Language Log blog recently mentioned hearing of an entire dialect in Asia based on phone cupertinos, where teens used the first suggestion from autocomplete instead of their chosen word, thus creating a slang that others couldn't decode. (It's similar to the Anglophone teenagers who, in a previous texting era, claimed to have replaced the term of approval cool with that of book because of happenstance T9 input priority.)A few days ago, Anna North of the NY Times asked…
  • Slart's country journal

    SuperUser
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    from Slartibartifast, found in a hermetically sealed tupperware container It has been very difficult for me to remain in touch, respond to runaway italics and the like. We have recently moved out in the sticks, and one of the bonus features of being out in the sticks is that internet may or may not be available. Satellite internet, it turns out, is woefully inadequate to support e.g. 8 hours a day continuous EVPN. So now, at age 53, I find myself working out of my Dad's basement. It seems like a good time to start blogging again, just to round out the image. We moved here end of July,…
  • Corporate Inversions

    Ugh
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    by Ugh So the latest and greatest tax news in the popular press (MSM, if you must) is about corporate inversions where a U.S. parented company becomes a non-U.S. parented company via a merger with a non-U.S. company (often significantly smaller than the U.S. company, but not always), thus escaping large amounts of the "contributing to the fisc" part of the Internal Revenue Code (there are other parts?!!?).  The latest being Burger King who is absconding to the Great White North (sorry Canada). It is a little amusing to watch this play out publicly and politically, i.e., not in the…
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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

  • Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

    D'Angelo Gore
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, “admits she’s too liberal” and that “her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.” Not exactly. The ad cites the source as “her campaign plan,” but that particular memo — one of several included in a 144-page Nunn campaign document — talked about devising a strategy to push back against “potential Republican attacks” on Nunn. The likely attacks included that “Nunn is too liberal” and that a nonprofit…
  • NEA Advocacy Fund

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Political leanings: Liberal Spending target: Unknown The NEA Advocacy Fund is the super PAC of the National Education Association, the “nation’s largest professional employee organization.” The NEA describes itself as an “advocate for education professionals.” The NEA created its super PAC in late 2010, and it has been active ever since in congressional and gubernatorial races. From the beginning, the NEA Advocacy Fund spent its money exclusively against Republican candidates and in support of Democrats. The NEA Advocacy Fund spent $4.2 million in the 2010 election cycle in…
  • Tillis: An Education Budget Backer or Hacker?

    Robert Farley
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    A North Carolina public school teacher says in a TV ad that she tells her students to “start with facts,” but she begins attacking Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis with an exaggerated claim about Tillis’ education “cuts.” In the NEA Advocacy Fund ad, the teacher says Tillis, while state House speaker, “cut $500 million from our budget.” That’s not true. We found total state education spending increased by more than $700 million from the 2012-13 school year to the 2014-15 school year, but it hasn’t kept pace with enrollment. If one…
  • Spinning Wisconsin Voters

    Brooks Jackson
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    In Wisconsin’s race for governor, both sides are playing “spin the voter” with Republican incumbent Scott Walker’s record on jobs. Democratic challenger Mary Burke and her allies have hammered Walker with ads stating that “Wisconsin’s job growth is dead last in the Midwest.” Not so. His job gains are well below the national average and just half of what he promised when elected, but not as bad as Democratic ads make out. Walker is countering with an ad saying, “We’ve come from losing over 133,000 jobs, to gaining over 100,000 jobs.”…
  • Obama Fumbles ‘JV Team’ Question

    Eugene Kiely
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    President Obama enjoys his sports analogies, so let’s just say that he fumbled when he was asked whether he made a “misjudgment” eight months ago in dismissing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as the equivalent of “a jayvee team.” Obama said he “wasn’t specifically referring” to ISIS when he made the junior varsity reference during an interview with The New Yorker in January. But the magazine article and a transcript of the interview — which Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler obtained and wrote about earlier this month —…
 
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    Corrente

  • How deep is the alienation from Cuomo in New York?

    lambert
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Body:  Still aftershocks from the Teachout result in NY! The Albany Times-Union writes on Cuomo: For someone as openly and imperially contemptuous of those who disagree with him, actually losing 31 upstate counties is a proper comeuppance. It's one of those rare occasions when the voters have a chance to say "screw you" right back, and upstate certainly did that. ...
  • How Democrats sold out anti-fracking movements in PA (and CO)

    lambert
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Body:  Standard tactics. The Wrench: First is an email exchange between myself and a representative from Food & Water Watch--an organization that claims to be anti-fracking but, in advocating for a moratorium that has no chance of becoming a reality, and in supporting the Democrat candidate for governor Tom Wolf who is avowedly pro-drilling, cannot make that claim with any force or consistency. 
  • Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange: Live in Concert in New Zealand

    lambert
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Body:  Impressive. (I've seen Greenwald and Snowden so far, and I assume Assange is coming. Also Kim Dot Com, who seems guilty of an annoying laugh, but not much else.)
  • In the garden: Goldenrod and bee

    lambert
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Body:  No frost yet! [crossed fingers] OK, OK, "bee collecting nectar from flower." Nobody's taken that shot before!
  • Thoughts on wage labor

    lambert
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Body:  [Sheesh, I thought this would be wildly controversial! I'm stickying this because I really do need feedback on it, partly on the diagram style. As in, does it work? --lambert] I must apologize for not writing up Point 1 of the 12-Point Platform. I've been blaming myself for dithering, and in fact I have been dithering, but it finally dawned on me that "A Living Wage" isn't only a simple social justice matter, but the crux of all the points and reforms that must follow it. Why?
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • When something is wrong with my baby

    susie
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville:
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    susie
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
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    susie
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
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    Boohunney
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • The vindication of Barbara Lee

    susie
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    I remember the nasty, often-racist things people said about Rep. Barbara Lee after this vote. But I applauded her. Leave it to a female Congress member to have the cajones to vote against the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) resolution, the same one Obama now plans to use to attack ISIS without a Congressional votes. That’s exactly what Lee predicted. Very interesting article about her, and the reactions she got. I strongly urge you to read it, but here’s a small piece: Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Lee’s story is how little credit she or her constituents…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • HIPGive Crowdfunder: Providing free or low-cost legal services to child migrants

    Latina Lista
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. HIPGive Crowdfunder: Providing free or low-cost legal services to child migrants by Latina Lista LatinaLista — HIPGive Crowdfunder: Providing free or low-cost legal services to child migrants Providing legal representation for minors is complex – it requires expertise in state family law and federal immigration law, and for the attorney to be barred in the state where the minor lives. It is also expensive because these cases are labor intensive. According…
  • Textter is a real-time texting app from Miami

    Latina Lista
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Textter is a real-time texting app from Miami by Latina Lista By Sara Inés Calderón Más Wired Carlos Cueto created Textter after watching his two teenaged daughters texting. They text constantly, he said, and so are constantly frustrated by having to wait until their friends respond to their texts. With Textter he found a way to address this issue: instead of watching as texts are being composed, Textter allows users to see texts being written in real-time.
  • Oklahoma Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

    Latina Lista
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Oklahoma Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher by Latina Lista By M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue. The wage boosts have occurred over the past few years, even as state lawmakers were working on legislation to prevent…
  • How one intern-of-color got a whole new view of The View

    Latina Lista
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. How one intern-of-color got a whole new view of The View by Latina Lista By Cheng YiLing LatinaLista On Thursday September 4th, ABC Television Network announced that Rosie Perez (and Nicolle Wallace) would be new hosts on the 18th season of The View. This means that the View’s host lineup will have 4 co-hosts, Whoopi, Rosie O., Nicolle and Rosie P. In sum, the View has 2 white women, 1 Black woman, 1 Latina woman as the face of their season 18 lineup. The show…
  • Planet’s indigenous get ready to stage “largest climate march in history”

    Latina Lista
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Planet’s indigenous get ready to stage “largest climate march in history” by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Among the rational, climate change is no longer denied or ridiculed. Rising sea levels, soaring summer temperatures, monstrous storms, tornados and flooding and a drought encompassing most of the planet are clear indicators that something is happening. It is said that the people who are on the frontlines of this global climate change are the…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Criminal Card Games

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the wake of the recent Home Depot breach, you have to wonder if data theft has become a condition of modern life.
  • The Great Unraveling

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A time of weakness and hatred, disorientation and doubt, when nobody can see what disaster looms.
  • Goodbye, Organization Man

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The global failure to address the Ebola epidemic stems from a much broader crisis in our culture of government.
  • How to Get It Wrong

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Economists were worse than economics and policy makers were worse still.
  • Ray Rice and His Rage

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Domestic violence is a societal scourge that must be constantly called out and constantly condemned.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Despite Those Horrible Ad Campaigns, New York City Is Smoking More

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    (Photo via Getty) When it comes to lighting up, New York City has hit the 1 million mark, according to data released Monday by the Department of Health (DOH). According to Gothamist, this is the highest since 2007. As of 2013, the department says 16 percent of New Yorkers smoke, an increase from the city’s low of 14 percent in 2010. So what exactly does that mean? For smokers, an increased risk of developing a smoking-related illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, emphysema, lung and other cancers. For the rest of us, it means feeling like our lungs are contracting until a full…
  • Cuomo and Christie Order 10-Day Review of Terrorism Preparedness

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo today at a homeland security presser. (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) Citing growing international terrorism threats — and arguing that they pose a threat at home — Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie announced today they’d launch a review of both states’ readiness for a terror attack, due to them in 10 days. “We believe there is a need for action and immediacy and we will have the first report done in 10 days, an interim report that we can review and that will then be on an ongoing basis,” Mr. Cuomo said today at…
  • Teenage Girls at Staten Island High School Rebel Against Sexist Dress Code

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Female students at Tottenville High School are fighting for their right to wear a mini skirt (Photo: Google Streetview) In the sweltering hallways of Tottenville High School, a perpetually un-air-conditioned school on Staten Island, students are rebelling against the new stifling dress code. Almost 200 students—90 percent female—have been given detention since the start of the school year regarding the brand new, extremely harsh dress code. If their clothes are found “distracting,” students are forced to don baggy sweats over their “inappropriate” clothes or, even more…
  • Model Hailey Baldwin Walks in London Topshop Show After Laying Low at NYFW

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Nicely done, Hails. Not many people can pull off frilly undies as outerwear. (Photo via Getty) Seventeen-year-old model Hailey Baldwin was conspicuously absent from the runways during New York Fashion Week, but she made up for it by floating down the Topshop Unique runway in London wearing a yellow sweatshirt and pair of frilly blue tap shorts. Ms. Baldwin is part of a clique that includes her cousin Ireland Baldwin; Kendall and Kylie Jenner; and Gigi and Bella Hadid. Their more famous relations may be stuck firmly on the C- and D-lists (well, besides Ireland’s dad Alec), but…
  • Pausing to Talk Shop: Sam Durant and Robin D.G. Kelley on Surrealism at Paula Cooper

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Sam Durant in conversation with Robin D. G. Kelley. (Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York) On Saturday, history buffs and art enthusiasts gathered at Paula Cooper Gallery to hear artist Sam Durant, whose exhibition “Invisible Surrealists” just opened at the 521 West 21st location, and historian Robin D.G. Kelley in a refreshingly academic conversation amid the art world’s party filled first weeks. Mr. Kelley’s essay “Keepin’ it (Sur)real: Dreams of the Marvelous” was the foundation for Mr. Durant’s newest body of work, which focuses on the often excluded figures of…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Is Scottish Independence Bad for America?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Frum makes a thoroughly unpersuasive case that the U.S. has much to lose from Scottish independence. He concludes with a preposterous attempt to pin some of the blame on the Obama administration in the event of a ‘yes’ vote: In February 1995, Bill Clinton traveled to Ottawa to speak in favor of Canadian unity. “In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect,” Clinton told the Canadian Parliament. The U.S. president was a more…
  • Scotland and Illegal Wars

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    greensambaman / cc Gideon Rachman is opposed to the breakup of the U.K., which is fair enough. However, he uses some strange and irrelevant arguments to make his case: Yet the Scottish referendum campaign has been conducted as if the rest of the world stops at London. There has been almost no discussion of foreign affairs – apart from the nationalists’ inane refrain that a morally superior Scotland will not have to join in “illegal wars” [bold mine-DL]. The nationalists also insist that an independent Scotland will get rid of nuclear weapons. (Ukraine did just that, when it became…
  • Is the Idea of Scottish Independence Baffling?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Niall Ferguson is predictably against Scottish independence, which isn’t particularly interesting. However, there was something he said about American views of the referendum that deserved a short comment: Even to the millions of Americans whose surnames testify to their Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, the idea that Scotland might be about to become an independent country is baffling [bold mine-DL]. I am part Scots-Irish on my mother’s side, and I don’t find it the least bit baffling. It isn’t up to me or any other Americans what happens later this week, but it…
  • Israel and Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dan Drezner draws attention to some of the more remarkable results from a new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was surprised by how limited the public’s support for Israel was, and cites the results: 64 percent of Americans say they prefer not to take sides in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 53 percent of Americans oppose sending U.S. troops to defend Israel if it is attacked by one of its neighbors. More Americans prefer cutting economic and military aid to Israel than increasing it (although the plurality is fine with the status quo). As the survey report notes,…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    What Scottish independence would (and wouldn’t) mean. Angus Roxburgh reflects on what it means to be Scottish and why he will vote for independence next week. How do you kill an idea? Alex Massie comments on why unionists have done such a poor job of persuading Scots to vote against independence. Being Scottish and British. Massie also explains why he’ll still be voting ‘no’ next week. The effects of Scottish independence on the rest of Britain. Adam Taylor considers the many things that would or could change after the September 18th referendum. Obama’s…
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • U.S. to Commit $500 Million, Deploy 3,000 Troops in Ebola Fight

    Zeke J Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The United States is dramatically escalating its efforts to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa, President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. MoreU.S. Launches First Strike In Campaign Against ISISHate Immigrants? Good Luck With Women VotersAid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC NewsThe unprecedented response will include the deployment of 3,000 U.S.
  • Report: First US Strike in Expanded Iraq Fight

    alexishauk
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters. The officials say Iraqi forces requested assistance when they came under fire from militants. Officials say the strike represents the newly broadened mission authorized by President Barack Obama to go on the offensive against the Islamic State group wherever it is. Previous U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were conducted to protect U.S. interests and…
  • I’m a Woman Who Lived as a Boy: My Years as a Bacha Posh

    clairehoworth
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Jenny Nordberg’s The Underground Girls of Kabul, out tomorrow, is the result of five years of research into why it’s not uncommon for girls in Afghanistan to be brought up as boys. Nordberg, an investigative reporter, discovered the practice in 2009, and detailed it in a story for The New York Times. MoreNew Alan Moore Comics Coming in DecemberWhat Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?Aid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC…
  • What Are Those 1,600 (So Far) U.S. Military Advisers Doing In Iraq (So Far)

    Mark Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    President Obama ordered U.S. military reinforcements to Iraq last week. The additional 475 troops will push the total helping the Iraqis battle jihadist militants to about 1,600. That’s 1% of the 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq in 2008, at the peak of the U.S. deployment for the 2003-2011 war. MoreAid Surge: Obama to Announce Military-Led Ebola Response NBC NewsPrice of War: Will Obama Split the Tab of ISIS Fight With Allies? NBC NewsRisky Rides: One in Five Parents Endangers Kids in Cars NBC NewsUrban Outfitters Hits New Low With Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt Huffington…
  • The Possible Price of Scottish Independence

    Naina Bajekal
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    When Scottish voters go to the polls on Thursday to decide whether or not Scotland should stay part of the United Kingdom, many will be looking to their wallets as much as to their sense of national identity. What, voters on both sides of the debate want to know, would be the economic consequences of Scotland going it alone? If Scots are to believe the financial warnings of some banks and major retailers they will vote Yes only with a little trepidation about its impact on their personal finances. Some retailers issued statements on Thursday that they will have to raise their prices to…
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    The Brody File

  • Women Turn on Obama

    David Brody
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Not good...if you are a fan of President Obama that is... He's losing women (sounds like my dating days in years gone by!). Just kidding. See below from The Washington Post. Kimberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and gave him another four years in 2012 to deliver on his promises of hope and change. Now, the 36-year-old mother of three young children in Valencia, Calif., is among the majority of Americans who have lost confidence in Obama’s leadership and the job he is doing as president. “He’s been faced with a lot of…
  • New Video: Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage By Middle Eastern Christians!

    David Brody
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Well, Sen. Ted Cruz had an interesting night in Washington D.C. Wednesday and our Brody File camera crew was there to capture it all. Middle Eastern Christians booed Cruz off the stage during his speech at a summit in Washington D.C. It was sponsored by a group called In Defense of Christians. Cruz came to speak about Christian solidarity with Israel but some in the crowd were Palestinian Christian supporters of the Syrian government and even the terrorist group Hezbollah. Things got rowdy. Watch the video below to see how it unfolded. Partial transcript below as well. Sen. Ted Cruz: Those…
  • 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…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Genetics Profession Confronts its Troublesome Inheritance

    Aaron Panofsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    On August 8, a remarkable letter appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Written by a group of five leading evolutionary geneticists and signed by another 135, it repudiated the main conclusions of Nicolas Wade’s book A Troublesome Inheritance. Wade was for many years the main science reporter for the New York Times covering developments in genetics and biology. His book purported to summarize the main findings of the research he had been covering: that the European, African, and Asian races are genetically defined and that they have faced different evolutionary pressures that…
  • The less-union jack

    Michael O'Hare
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Inquiring minds want to know, what will the British flag look like if the Scots scoot? Well, it will look like this: The reason involves one of the most famous creative heraldic hacks in history. If you look at paintings of British battles and ships before 1808, you will see that the Union Jack had only a white X, not a red one. More precisely, Azure, the Cross Saltire of St Andrew Argent [the Scottish cross] surmounted by the Cross of St George Gules, fimbriated of the second. This means, “on a blue field, a white X behind a red cross, the latter edged with white”. The white…
  • Visa security kabuki

    James Wimberley
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    Lu had to go to Madrid for her interview on her application for a US visa. As it happened, this was on 9/11, and the embassy Stars and Stripes were at half-mast. Less impressively, the State Department continues the fight against the terrorist threat through searching questions on its visa form: Do you seek to engage in terrorist activities while in the United States or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities?                                YES/NO Have you ever or do you intend to provide financial assistance or other support to terrorists or terrorist…
  • In defense of football

    Don Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I don’t write to defend domestic violence, drug abuse, denigration of women, or the many other ways in which professional football players misbehave. I don’t write to defend what I consider to be the unjust withholding of money from college players. And I don’t write to defend lack of transparency and not paying for the health needs of players injured while playing. I do write to defend the game of football, as it was played yesterday in a middle school game in Durham, N.C. I loved playing middle school and high school football, and I now have the privilege of being a…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Crooked Way

    Keith Humphreys
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Amnesia is one of the most overused and hokey plot devices in film. Yet if the rest of the elements of a good movie are wrapped around it, viewers can suspend disbelief and really enjoy themselves. A perfect example is this week’s film recommendation: 1949′s The Crooked Way. The plot: A war veteran who thinks his name is Eddie Rice (John Payne, again playing a noir archetype, the ex-GI) is being treated for a head injury in a San Francisco military hospital after a heroic career as a soldier. Eddie’s physical function has returned, but he can’t recall anything about…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-02: First Loebsack tv ad, and how close is this race anyway?

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    If campaign strategy is anything to go by, four-term U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack is a creature of habit. Loebsack's debut television commercial launched late last week, and I've enclosed the video and transcript after the jump, with my initial thoughts about the message. The biographical information and visuals echo Loebsack's opening commercial from his 2010 re-election campaign. The ad highlights the same public policy he led with in 2012. The same narrator performs the voice-over. The mid-September launch is precisely when he went up on the air in 2010 and 2012. (Loebsack's not the…
  • Weekend open thread: Final Harkin Steak Fry edition

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. The weather is perfect in Indianola this afternoon for the roughly 5,000 people expected to attend Senator Tom Harkin's final "Steak Fry" event. At least 200 journalists will be on hand, mostly to see Hillary Clinton's first appearance in Iowa since the 2008 caucuses. If you see a lot of "Hillary doesn't appear to have much of an Iowa problem" stories tonight and tomorrow, remember that you heard it here first, and repeatedly. I stand by my prediction that Hillary Clinton will face only token Democratic…
  • Rest in peace, Paulee Lipsman

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    People who choose a career in politics tend to fall into one of two groups: the "hacks" who work on campaigns, and the "wonks" who immerse themselves in public policy. Paulee Lipsman, who passed away on Thursday in Des Moines, was a rare person who excelled in both fields. She worked on many election campaigns and was a dedicated volunteer for the Iowa Democratic Party at all levels, from the Scott County Democrats all the way up to representing Iowa on the Democratic National Committee. Arguably, she had more influence on the state during more than 20 years of work on the Iowa House…
  • Another baby step toward making medical cannabis available in Iowa

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Iowa legislature's Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee met Thursday to discuss problems related to the implementation of the new law intended to allow Iowans to use cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders. Although the law went into effect on July 1, families who lobbied for measure are not yet able to purchase the oil derived from marijuana plants, because of various legal hurdles. Ten lawmakers (five from each chamber and five from each political party) serve on the study committee: State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D), Bill Dotzler (D), Steve Sodders (D), Charles Schneider (R), and…
  • IA-03: First Staci Appel/David Young debate discussion thread (updated)

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young are holding their first debate in the third Congressional district race. Iowa Public Television will live-stream the Council Bluffs debate on the "Iowa Press" page. You can also watch on C-SPAN 2, which is channel 87 for Mediacom subscribers in Des Moines. I will be live-blogging the debate after the jump. P.S.-I've also enclosed below the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's latest television commercial against Young. The format seems a little stale, and I wonder how many people even remember Young's magic-themed ads before the…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • How to Miss a Story

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    A U.S. senator from New York says the f-word on video. Politico, not quite realizing that New York is populated by New Yorkers, clutches pearls in horror. Here's a clue, morons. The gentle lady from New York was talking about the inability of her male colleagues in the Senate to decide whether it's a good thing she's working out so she won't get porky or a bad thing because they like their women chubby. Apparently, there's no shortage of people who badly need to be told to go fuck themselves. That's the story. The f-bomb is basically the Empire State anthem. Discuss
  • Ralph Nader is Upbeat

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    In the September/October issue of the Washington Monthly, Timothy Noah sits down with Ralph Nader to discuss Nader's new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. As you can surmise from the book's title, Nader is bullish on the electorate's ability to roll back the degree of corporate power we see in contemporary America. Specifically, Nader believes we will soon pass a national hike in the minimum wage and break up the big banks, and he predicts that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will go down to defeat. Nader also offers a strong defense of the…
  • I'm Glad That Bill Maher is Targeting John Kline

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    Aaron Blake thinks that Bill Maher's audience made a mistake in targeting Rep. John Kline of Minnesota for defeat. Comedian Bill Maher announced Friday night that he will personally target Republican Rep. John Kline (Minn.) for defeat in the November election -- the culmination of his longstanding "Flip a District" contest in which the HBO host allowed his viewers to pick which Republican he would attempt to unseat. If you look at it from the perspective of choosing a candidate who is ripe for defeat then John Kline was a poor choice. But, if you look at it from the perspective of choosing a…
  • Focus on Education and the War on Women

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    If Democratic pollster Celinda Lake's research with focus groups can be believed, the average disengaged Democratic voter isn't that easy to mobilize. The best way to turn them away from their apathy is to give them a complicated message that turns on getting them to understand both why control of the Senate matters and that control of the Senate may be determined by the outcome of the election in their state. That's challenging enough, but it doesn't work very well in states that don't have Senate races because, in those cases, the messaging isn't even true. How do we get Democrats in…
  • Serious Question

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    Assuming you don't live where you grew up, what combination of chance, luck, and planning led you to live where you do? Discuss
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Roger Goodell ‘Should Go’ If He Lied

    ABC News
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    ABC News’ Micki Fahner reports: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., added his voice to the growing debate surrounding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fate, saying that Goodell “should go” if he lied about the NFL not having seen the violent video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious until TMZ posted the video last Monday. “If Roger Goodell lied, as a lot of people believe he did — because the security apparatus of the NFL is so competent and experienced that for them to not have known about this tape seems…
  • WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, saying the United States is at war with ISIS, today expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past. “There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable multi-ethnic Iraqi force so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” McDonough said today on “This Week.” ISIL is also known as ISIS or the Islamic State. Obama Pledges to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Destroy’ ISIS: What You Need To Know…
  • Three Democrats Who Could Challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016

    Benjamin Bell
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading back to Iowa for the first time since 2008 this weekend to speak at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry. And since she says she’ll probably decide on a 2016 run “after the first of the year,” ABC News took a closer look at three other Democrats who could challenge her for the nomination if she decides to run for the White House for the second time. 1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren The Massachusetts senator — speaking to ABC News’ David Muir earlier this year — said she is not running for president, but could she…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    ABC News
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images This Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough discusses the latest on the administration’s strategy against ISIS. Plus, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, discusses Hillary Clinton’s first trip to Iowa since the 2008 campaign, and the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd. Plus, we’re on the road with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on his back-to-school bus tour. See the whole political picture, Sunday on…
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    Benjamin Bell
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress. “You know, I am very optimistic. I believe in November Republicans are going to retake the Senate and we’re going to retire [Sen.] Harry Reid as majority leader,” Cruz told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny in New Hampshire Saturday night. On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript

    dandelionsalad
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges ontheearthproduction on Sep 15, 2014 Hedges speaks to thousands at this years 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest Chautauqua. The Progressive, Madison, WI * Transcript see Michael Parenti: The US Empire at Home and Abroad The Socialist Alternative to a World of Injustice by Danny Katch Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video […]
  • Michael Parenti: The US Empire at Home and Abroad

    dandelionsalad
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    with Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Parenti Blog michaelparenti.org Sept. 15, 2014 Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman Sept. 14, 2014 Parenti is an internationally renown award-winning author and lecturer. He’s a leading progressive political analyst. World and national issues will be discussed. Plays in a new window: http://progressiveradionewshour.podbean.com/mf/web/wnjmsk/Lendman_091414.mp3 Michael Parenti is an […]
  • The Geopolitics of World War III + Transcript + US War on ISIL: Barrel of Volatile Lies by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Dandelion Salad StormCloudsGathering on Sep 11, 2014 The real reason Russia and Syria are being targeted right now. Follow us on Facebook: StormCloudsGathering Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/SCGupdates Donate: StormCloudsGathering/donate Get weekly email updates: scgnews.com/scgnews_updates * Transcript (more videos, too) *** US war on ISIL: Barrel of volatile lies by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad […]
  • NATO Sabotage on Order for Ukraine Ceasefire by Finian Cunningham + Threat of Nuclear War

    dandelionsalad
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 7, 2014 Sept. 9, 2014 Within hours of the ceasefire taking effect in eastern Ukraine, Kiev’s forces were accused of breaching the truce with rocket attacks on civilian areas. The Western-backed Kiev junta, in turn, blamed pro-independence militia of breaking the […]
  • The Socialist Alternative to a World of Injustice by Danny Katch

    dandelionsalad
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dandelion Salad by Danny Katch socialistworker.org, Sept. 4, 2014 September 6, 2014 Is there an alternative to a world of wars, racist violence, poverty and suffering? Danny Katch, author of the e-book America’s Got Democracy! and the forthcoming What Is Socialism? makes the case for why you need to be part of the struggle for […]
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • White House Journal: Cardinal al-Rahi Has an Idea

    Roberto
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
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  • The ISIS Strategy

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

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

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

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

  • Giving the GOP Immigration

    Deacon Blues
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    It may sound like a broken record, but the Obama administration has found a way to undermine the Democrats’ long-standing advantage on immigration. And although I don’t think a Politico poll in battleground districts is necessarily the last word on the matter, it is indicative of how the president and his “political team” dealt a lethal blow not only to the party on the issue, but also to the chances of comprehensive reform any time soon. In the first place, the president should never have threatened in June to act on his own before the election to slow deportations. For all of the…
  • 9/11 Did Not Herald A New Age of American Terrorism

    paradox
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    I am always relieved when 9/11 has come and gone, re-living parts of that awful day is bad enough, but I vividly remember an America before 9/11 when flying was fun, casualty lists where not compiled from war reports, and the country was not disgraced for starting a war for lies. I feel bad for the victims for 9/11 and their families, of course, my sorrow for them is not lessened by what we have become twisted into today. For various reasons—immature nationalism, war profiteering, bellicose militarism, sick internal politics, and a tiny regard for the “security” of Americans—our…
  • ISIL Isn't Boko Haram

    Deacon Blues
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    I watched MSNBC last night to get some of the reaction to the president’s speech on ISIL. I was not surprised to see Lawrence O’Donnell come out against any action and seeking a “do nothing” response, because he has been quite transparent and consistent on this and similar issues. Nor was I surprised at Chris Hayes’ reaction, which consists of asking why we should get involved with ISIL given the Iraq debacle and our lack of a similar military response to other localized terrorist groups (Al Qaeda offshoots, Boko Haram, etc. . . .). In fact, several of the guests drew equivalence…
  • Drone-Killing Presidents Aren’t the Problem

    paradox
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Few things are as irritating in life than the generalizing of yourself or group you belong to as being flat-out wrong, and it gets a lot worse when said individual is in a media position to spread the inaccuracy widely. The chump performing this evolution of irritation today is one Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, who blithely classifies liberals as weenies because [they are] uncomfortable with the idea of their president as a drone-deploying killer. I’m not foolish enough to claim voice to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but this liberal will respond to this ridiculous assertion…
  • The Plan Emerges

    Deacon Blues
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Given my recent criticism of his apparent lack of urgency in dealing with ISIS/ISIL, I give President Obama credit for his actions of late in working with NATO allies on a unified approach, and in his plans for a national address Wednesday to lay out a long-term plan against the terrorist group. After telling reporters last week that there wasn’t yet a plan to deal with ISIL, the administration has coalesced quickly around both a military and political approach to re-secure Iraq and eventually deal with Syria, one that happens to have broad public support and should be approved by Congress.
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Politics In America: For The Rich, By The Rich, Of The Rich.

    The Young Turks
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Politics In America: For The Rich, By The Rich, Of The Rich. "Republican Bruce Rauner would very much like to be the next governor of Illinois, and would like everyone to know what a regular, ordinary guy he is. Sure, ... From: The Young Turks Views: 54298 1183 ratings Time: 08:34 More in News & Politics
  • Waterboarding Would Have Prevented ISIS, Says Angry Fox Host

    The Young Turks
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Waterboarding Would Have Prevented ISIS, Says Angry Fox Host "NBC News this week interviewed an American citizen who attempted to join ISIS. He explained, “They've proven time and time again to put Islamic law as the p... From: The Young Turks Views: 70176 1366 ratings Time: 06:00 More in News & Politics
  • 30 Years Of Horrific Injustice & How Scalia Made It Worse

    The Young Turks
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    30 Years Of Horrific Injustice & How Scalia Made It Worse "Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiate... From: The Young Turks Views: 63228 1932 ratings Time: 08:00 More in News & Politics
  • Fighter Jet Crash In Libya Could Be Just The Beginning [VIDEO]

    The Young Turks
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Fighter Jet Crash In Libya Could Be Just The Beginning [VIDEO] "Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that ... From: The Young Turks Views: 76965 1318 ratings Time: 03:40 More in News & Politics
  • Can Fox Teach Your Child About ISIS? Russell Brand The Trews (E138)

    Russell Brand
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Can Fox Teach Your Child About ISIS? Russell Brand The Trews (E138) Russell Brand The Trews (E138). Has Fox News discovered the perfect tool to instil innocent children with grief and hate? Subscribe Here Now: http://tinyurl.... From: Russell Brand Views: 202843 5551 ratings Time: 08:23 More in News & Politics
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Washington’s ISIS war drums: Do stupid stuff, do it now! 

    William Boardman
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Hopefully we get it more right than wrong” – organizing principle? As Hillary Clinton was widely quoted as saying recently, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that’s far from the conventional wisdom. Think about the levels of stupidity here. Only “Great nations”? What, small nations don’t need to get their acts together? And who says the United States is a “great” nation and in what sense is it great and isn’t spouting a…
  • Why I’m saying Yes to Scottish independence

    Don MacKeen
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    “1% of the world has 90% of the wealth And the system says to step on folk why helping yourself I hope you’re hearing these thoughts with amazement And inequity is consigned to the history pages I don’t want to see another lost generation” -Stanley Odd, Son I Voted Yes I was always going to vote Yes. Ever since my Scottish wife explained the situation of Scotland within the UK to me some twenty years ago, I’ve supported the principle of Scottish independence. And when we moved to Scotland from the USA in 1996, I saw the practical realities of the “United Kingdom” and…
  • Los Angeles is in danger of becoming a failed city

    Bob Morris
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    San Francisco and Silicon Valley may be booming. L.A. is not. Unemployment is high, 8.7%. The city has massive unfunded pension liabilities. Big business is increasingly leaving L.A. And then there’s the continual, insane amounts of traffic. Sue and I lived in L.A. for years and everytime we go back are astonished that yes, the traffic has indeed continued to get worse. Increasingly, the thrill is gone from L.A. The bad news is that both the city’s short-term and long-term prospects are grim as its core 20th-century industries struggle or vanish. Aviation and manufacturing, both of…
  • Cedar City Half Marathon

    Bob Morris
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s 7 AM and the Cedar City UT Half Marathon just started. I’m running it for the third time. It starts at 8,200 feet elevation and goes 13.1 miles straight down a canyon road ending up at 6,000 feet in Cedar City. Wish me luck! (And I hope the altitude doesn’t kick my ass like it did at the similar Parowan UT Half Marathon last month!) If you’re reading this, then we successfully made the drive from Las Vegas to Cedar bypassing the flood-destroyed areas on I-15…  
  • Los Angeles is ‘epicenter’ of drug cartel money laundering

    Bob Morris
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Gosh, I’m sure Los Angeles banks, who presumably receive some of this dirty drug money, never question why some businesses have so much cash to deposit. This is the real reason the drug trade continues. Dirty banks, crooked hedge funds, and sleazy investment banks need that drug money in exactly the same way a junkie needs the next fix. Federal agents raided 70 Los Angeles businesses, including many in the fashion district on Wednesday, seizing $65 million in cash alleged to be from drug cartels. The businesses then, were no doubt just fronts. Their real purpose was to launder the…
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsMitigating the DDoS ThreatReal-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an OptionCloud without Compromise for the US Federal GovernmentRequest Free!
  • 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…
  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    These capabilities start with SoftLayer data centers in Texas (open now) and Virginia (opening Fall 2014). Each center is designed and built to comply with demanding federal standards, and each device in each center — from servers to power supplies — is connected to a single integrated management system. This design enables automated deployment and control of the entire platform, including both bare metal and virtual components, and extends that control to you through one web portal and API for on-demand scalability and management. The highly secure SoftLayer data centers will initially…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Special Forces Soldier Recalls Unusual Experience With TSA

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City. Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told…
  • Special Forces Soldier Treated as ‘Double-Max’ Prisoner

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    After his conviction and sentencing, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sent to the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Below is an excerpt from the book, Three Days In August, about his arrival at the Kansas prison: “The Green Mile” During the in-processing experience, Stewart received shorts, t-shirts, shoes and socks, shower shoes, toiletry items, toothbrush—“everything I need,” he said.  After that, his real prison experience began. “Then I’m walking down the long hall,” Stewart explained.  “There’s this huge hall…
  • Was It ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome’ or Something Else? Suspect in Bus Station Murder Still Not Prosecuted After Three Years

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Three years ago this week, Mohamed Dawod found himself charged with the murder of Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Mo. As of today, he has not been prosecuted for his alleged role in the deadly shooting that took place less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mohamed H. Dawod Whether or not terrorism was involved, however, remains up in the air to this day, thanks in part to officials in the Southwest Missouri community who were quick to say the shooting by the 25-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., appeared…
  • Court-Martial Verdict Changes SF Soldier’s Life Forever

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    After enduring two long days as the defendant in a high-profile court-martial, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart walked out of an Army courtroom in Germany, knowing his life would never be the same. In the excerpt (below) from the book, Three Days In August, I describe some of what Stewart, a highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran and member of the elite Green Beret fraternity, was thinking at the time: Kelly Stewart on gun truck. “So, they find me guilty. It’s late at night. In an instant, my whole life got flushed right down the toilet,” said Stewart, recalling the verdict that…
  • Six Years Pass Since Discovery of Al-Qaeda Publication

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    I wasn’t surprised almost three weeks ago when news outlets worldwide reported about an al-Qaeda magazine article listing U.S. targets for terrorists to hit, because I had shared news more than six years ago about an English language Al-Qaeda publication I obtained from a confidential U.S. intelligence source. According to my source, the publication had not been distributed in the United States before he provided it to me. A copy of Al-Qaeda Business Opportunities Monthly was delivered to Bob McCarty by an unnamed intelligence source in January 2008. At first glance, Al-Qaeda Business…
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

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

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

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

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

    admin
    22 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    It would seem that everywhere you turn these days there are cries for equal rights and freedom of speech. Some of the loudest speakers are the ones that speak out in favor of gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and so on. Let me be clear. Every group of people just mentioned deserves to have equal rights in the United States. There is no reason that a group should be maligned simply because they are different. However, the biggest issue in this drama is not the lack of rights given to a minority but the lack of rights given to a large majority. Who has the biggest target on their…
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    Hit & Run

  • Tonight on The Independents: The Skies Over Baghdad Have Been Re-Illuminated, Chris Moody on Rand Paul’s Flip-Flops, Jacob Sullum on Asset Forfeiture, Former Linebacker Darrell Reid on the NFL, Plus NSA, Chinese Sidewalks, Hillary, & Aftersho

    Matt Welch
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) starts with breaking news: The United States has launched its first air strikes near Baghdad, in this the latest American war of choice in that cursed land. Joining to talk about that and other world reaction to the latest ISIS beheading are Party Panelists Katie Pavlich (co-host, Outnumbered) and Basil Smikle (Democratic political strategist). The two will also discuss Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign sorta-kickoff, and one Chinese town's central-planning solution for…
  • Is the Justice Dept.’s New Program to Find Homegrown Terrorists Wonderful or Worrisome (or Both)?

    Scott Shackford
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Today Attorney General Eric Holder introduced the public to a "pilot program" the Department of Justice is rolling out to better attempt to track down people living in the United States who may be considering running off to join ISIS and becoming terrorists. Guess the mass surveillance and those fusion centers aren't working out after all (if there were any doubts following the Boston Marathon Bombing). Holder's announcement is typically vague and full of Pablum about how we Americans are all the same and are working together and share the same ideals, unnecessarily padding out the word…
  • Girl Writes About Pot in Her Diary, School Reads It and Suspends Her All Year

    Robby Soave
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Administrators at a Dallas County, Missouri, school read a teenage girl's diary, discovered a reference to marijuana within its pages, and suspended the girl for the rest of 2014. The punishment was imposed last May, but the girl's father just went public with the situation. According to The Springfield News-Leader: Tom Grayhorse said his daughter, Krystal, had never been in trouble before she was called into the office and suspended May 9. Originally, she was ousted for 10 days, but it was quickly extended through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Unable to finish her junior year, her…
  • Ira Stoll on the Return of Bill Clinton

    Reason.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For a preview of what the next two to 10 years will look like, check out the videos from Bill Clinton’s recent spate of speeches and public appearances. It’s been long enough since Clinton was president that some of us may have forgotten the low points, writes Ira Stoll. But who knows, perhaps after eight years of Obama those low points will be a refreshing change. Or it may be that voters in 2016 feel the way they did back in 2008—they’ve had enough of the Clintons and are ready for someone new. View this article.
  • Pressure On to Arm Syrian Rebels, DOJ Steps Up Search for Radicalized Americans, Microsoft Buys Minecraft: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The White House is pressuring Congress to authorize arming and training Syrian rebels, possibly as part of a federal funding bill. The Department of Justice is starting a pilot program to try to discourage Americans from joining terrorist groups like ISIS and going to war overseas. Given the general failure of the federal government's war on drugs, we can probably look forward to some really stupid messaging. The program is also about catching them before they (allegedly) strike, so maybe we should be worried about more ginned up "sting" operations against loners and losers. Microsoft has…
 
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    New Republic

  • George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well

    George Orwell
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language—so the argument runs—must inevitably share in the general coll
  • How (and How Not) to Break Up With a Roommate

    Libby Copeland
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For his first six years in New York City, Ben Grow lived out a particular urban fantasy. He and a group of other classical musicians, several of them friends from college, all found apartments in the same Washington Heights building; at one point, there were nine of them spread across three units. L
  • The NFL Owes Domestic Violence Victims a Big, Fat Check

    Jonathan Cohn
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The National Football League over the weekend announced the appointment of three domestic violence experts, including a former federal prosecutor, to serv
  • This Might be Obama's Last Chance to Do Something Major About Climate Change

    Rebecca Leber
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The next year is critical for addressing climate change. The United Nations Climate Summit next Tuesday will bring together more than 100 heads of state in New York City. President Barack Obama will be at the summit; China and India will send special envoys in their country leaders’ absence. There
  • Obama's ISIS Strategy Is Way More Coherent Than His Critics Claim

    Yishai Schwartz
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    No matter one’s politics, there is something disconcerting about America’s sudden swerve toward war. Last year, a reluctant Congress and jittery public yanked the president back from unleashing strikes against Syria’s brutal Assad regime. Now, a year and three videotaped beheadings later, ever
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • How Congress should debate the Islamic State strategy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. Read full article >>
  • The new politics of foreign policy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake. Read full article >>
  • When moderates fight back

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem. Read full article >>
  • President Obama’s foreign policy beyond the sound bite

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” Read full article >>
  • A Market Basket of dignity

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

  • Report: Adrian Peterson Was Investigated In A Second Child Abuse Case

    Travis Waldron
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas last week, was investigated in another child abuse incident last June, according to a report from KHOU 11 News. The investigation involved a second of Peterson’s sons, a four-year-old boy. Peterson allegedly hit the child so hard he left a scar over his eye. KHOU obtained pictures of the child with a bandage over his eye and another of the child with a scar, as well as text messages between Peterson and the…
  • Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

    Bryce Covert
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    CREDIT: AP After allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to move forward last week, Senate Republicans turned around on Monday evening and unanimously voted to block the bill, which would ban salary secrecy and tighten rules to try to narrow the gender wage gap. The vote came weeks after the Republican National Committee claimed that “All Republicans support equal pay.” Senate Republicans have unanimously shot the bill down multiple times over the past four years. The bill includes a number of provisions aimed at preventing the gender wage gap in the first place, which currently means…
  • Texas Sheriff Claims ‘Quran Books’ Found At Mexican Border May Mean ISIS Infiltration

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Texas Sheriff Gary Painter CREDIT: Screengrab Federal officials say there is no credible information that known terrorists are crossing the southern border of the United States. But that hasn’t stopped one local Texas official from linking “Quran books” reportedly found on the border to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. Gary Painter, sheriff of Midland County, Texas, described as a “born leader of men,” said to Fox News recently if ISIS members are poised to infiltrate the border, that “we’ll send them to hell.”…
  • 150,000 Stranded Kashmiris Face Disease Outbreak After Historic Floods

    Emily Atkin
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    An aerial view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Flash floods have washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province and Kashmir the Himalayan region claimed by both India and Pakistan CREDIT: AP Photo/Dar Yasin It’s not over yet. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are stuck in partially underwater buildings nearly two weeks after torrential rains caused major flooding in the Himalayan region of Kashmir and eastern…
  • 90 Percent Of Antibiotics Used In Animals Aren’t Assessed For ‘Superbug’ Risk

    Amelia Rosch
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Amelia Rosch is an intern for ThinkProgress. CREDIT: Shutterstock While over 400,000 Americans become ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food products each year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reviewed fewer than 10 percent of antibiotics to assess their risks of creating resistant “superbugs,” according to an investigation by Reuters. Despite the lack of clarity over the safety of many antibiotics used in animals, major poultry companies continue to use them. In 2003, the FDA announced that it would investigate all new drugs for animals for their potential to…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (A. Nin) — Courage shrinks or expands to meet one's expectations. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

    Ramona
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

    Ramona
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014

    Ramona
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    People who succeed look for the circumstances they want. If they can't find them, they make them. (G. Shaw) — No excuses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-12-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014

    Ramona
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. (D. Parton) — Do you know how to tie a spiritual sheepshank? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-11-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Creamer: Make GOP Answer for Bush/Cheney Policy and the Origins of ISIL

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: It takes a lot of gall for people like Dick Cheney to utter even one critical word about President Obama's strategy to eliminate the threat of ISIL in the Middle East. In fact, it was the unnecessary Bush/Cheney Iraq War that created the conditions that led directly to the rise of the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). Former George H.W. Bush Secretary of State James Baker said as much on this week's edition of "Meet the Press." He…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    The New York Times editorial board outlines a workable program for increasing midterm voter turnout to healthy a level, which includes the following key elements, some of which "are being tested on a broader scale": Better use of data; more paid workers and volunteers; big registrations drives and; reducing voter barriers. In terms of numerical goals, write the Times board members, "According to Catalist, a data analysis company, the groups with the biggest declines in turnout between 2008 and 2010 were voters younger than 30, down nearly 35 percentage points; black and Hispanic voters, down…
  • Just Sayin'...

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
  • Huffpost Pollster Sees 56 Percent Chance Dems Will Hold Senate Majority

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don't bet the ranch on it just yet, but when Huffpost Pollster joins the Princeton Election Consortium in forecasting that Democrats are more likely to keep their Senate majority, that's good news. Today Huffpost Pollster calculates a 56 percent "chance that Democrats will keep control of the Senate." Of course 56 percent doesn't allow all that much breathing space. But 8 weeks from election day, it's fair to say that it's a sign that Dems are in a much better position in the battle for Senate control than many pundits thought they would be in in mid-September, given the lopsided Democratic…
  • Seven GOP Advantages

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Assessing the end of the primary season at TPMCafe this week, I noted seven distinct advantages Republicans will carry into November: With the primaries concluded, political junkies may now devote themselves to a general election in which the overall battleground is tilted towards the GOP thanks to at least seven separate factors: (1) a wildly favorable Senate landscape with seven Democratic seats up in states carried by Mitt Romney in 2012; (2) a House majority entrenched by redistricting, incumbency, and superior Republican "efficiency" in voter distribution; (3) a Democratic "midterm…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Maharashtra polls: Uddhav rejects BJP’s demand for 135 seats; ties in trouble

    Alka Anand Singh
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    MUMBAI: Further hardening his stand on seat-sharing with the BJP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said he has rejected the saffron ally’s demand for contesting 135 seats in Maharashtra Assembly polls and hinted at going it alone, saying “everything has an alternative”.He, however, clarified that talks are still on to clinch a seat-sharing formula. “They (BJP) offered a proposal under which they wanted to contest 135 seats and I have rejected it,” Uddhav, who had on Saturday asserted the next Chief Minister would be from “Shiv Sena only”…
  • Uddhav Thackeray seeks to become CM, urges people to give him a chance

    Alka Anand Singh
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Mumbai: Openly expressing his desire to become the Chief Minister for the first time from a public platform, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday asked the electors to give him a chance and assured they would not regret. Uddhav, whose relation with BJP is under strain over seat-sharing for the assembly poll, also sought to assert the pre-eminence of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra politics vis-a-vis its ally, saying the “face” that will rule the state in the event of the saffron alliance coming to power will be from “Shiv Sena only”. “I want the people to give…
  • BJP President Amit Shah Charge-Sheeted For April Speech

    Gautam
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    MUZAFFARNAGAR: BJP president Amit Shah has been accused of delivering a hate speech in the run up to the national elections by the police in Muzaffarnagar, which was devastated by communal violence last year. The local police in this part of Western Uttar Pradesh, a four-hour drive from Delhi, has chargesheeted Mr Shah based on a video clip of a speech he delivered in April. A local court will now review the charge-sheet, which outlines the police’s alleged evidence against the politician. On Saturday, important by-elections are being held in the state. The BJP’s state unit…
  • Jayalalithaa Files Defamation Case Against BJP’s Subramanian Swamy

    Gautam
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today filed a defamation case against the BJP’s Subramanian Swamy in a court in Chennai for alleging that the boats of Indian fishermen apprehended by Sri Lanka belong to Sasikala, a close aide of the AIADMK chief. Ms Jayalalithaa had on September 2 urged PM Modi to take up the issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen with Sri Lanka’s highest authorities. “The alarmingly increasing frequency of apprehension of our fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy is a matter of utmost concern for my government. An immediate intervention at the highest…
  • Kiran Bedi lauds achievements of Modi govt’s 100-day rule

    Gautam
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:58 am
    COIMBATORE: Urging people to become participatory citizens in the changing India under Narendra Modi’s leadership, social activist Kiran Bedi on Thursday said she had noticed tightening of bureaucracy and shifting of foreign policy during the 100-day rule of NDA government. “There is such a reversal of administration and if this is the speed with which the governance is cleaned up, there will be a positive change in the next two years,” she said at an interactive session, organized by Indian Women Network, a part of CII, here. Replying to questions related to the new…
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  • The Ghost of Hirohito

    Eri Hotta
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Japan’s Imperial Household Agency recently opened to public viewing a 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito, with a plan to publish it over the next five years. But it is already clear that the new record reflects Japan’s notorious inability to address fundamental questions about its past.
  • The People’s Corporations

    Lucy P. Marcus
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Private companies wield more power than ever before; people who have not been popularly elected control more and more of our daily lives, from entertainment and energy supplies to schools and postal services. But people have grown more powerful, too, and now have the means to ensure that companies’ behavior does not go unchecked.
  • Did Hamas Win?

    Mkhaimar Abusada
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    After the third Israeli war on Gaza in less than six years, many Palestinians are questioning the purpose of continuing to fight – and hoping for a solution that does not increase their suffering. Can Hamas, with its newly acquired position at the forefront of Palestinian politics, provide such a solution?
  • Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots

    Shashi Tharoor
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way.
  • Parallels to 1937

    Robert J. Shiller
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    The depression that followed the 1929 stock-market crash took a turn for the worse eight years later, and recovery came only with the enormous economic stimulus provided by World War II, a conflict that cost more than 60 million lives. The global situation today is not nearly so dire, but there are parallels, particularly to 1937.
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  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Presidential traditions can be great. There’s nothing like seeing happy children at the annual Easter Egg Roll or the goofy looks the leader of the world’s most powerful nation gets when pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey. But there’s one tradition that President Barack Obama has continued that he probably should have discontinued: announcing a bombing campaign in Iraq, and possibly Syria, to try to defeat ISIS, which has taken over significant territory in those countries.   Obama is the fourth president in a row to go on television and tell his fellow Americans that the…
  • Why Did Obama Refer to Anti-Terror Campaigns in Somalia and Yemen as Successes?

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    President Barack Obama proclaimed this week that the United States will take care of the growing ISIS threat in the Middle East, pointing to the counterterrorism successes in Yemen and Somalia as examples of what America can achieve in neutralizing Islamic extremists.    But many have taken issue with the president’s claim of success in Yemen and Somalia, which raises questions about how effective the U.S. military and intelligence operatives will be against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS).   “Very few people who are not part of the administration…
  • Saving and Loan Scandal of ’80s and ’90s: 102 High-Level Executives Convicted; 2008 Financial Crisis Scandal: 1

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have continued to ask why the Obama administration has failed to prosecute more Wall Street executives in light of the 2008 financial crisis.   To date, only one executive of a financial institution—Kareem Serageldin—has gone to jail for participating in the mortgage-based securities mess that crippled the financial sector and helped send the economy into the worst tailspin since the Great Depression. Serageldin was a player, but not a senior one in Credit Suisse’s effort to hide the toxic mess inside the bank, according to…
  • Minnesota Vikings Lead NFL in Player Arrests

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    It’s early in the National Football League season, but the Minnesota Vikings have already outshined the rest of the league in one respect: They are the leaders in player arrests since 2000.   The latest Viking to have his mugshot taken is Adrian Peterson, Minnesota’s star running back, who is accused of beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, or tree branch. Peterson turned himself in to Texas police last week and the Vikings moved quickly to declare Peterson ineligible for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. The team has had experience dealing with these…
  • Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency: Who Is David Shedd?

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    On August 7, 2014, David R. Shedd was named acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which gathers information on military activities of other governments and non-state actors.   Shedd graduated in 1981 with a B.A. from Geneva College in Pennsylvania and later earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.   He joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and in 1984 began serving tours in Mexico and in Costa Rica. In 1993, Shedd returned home and started assuming gradually more responsible management positions…
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  • They’re shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

    Donna Gratehouse
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com Let’s say you are Sean Noble, a Koch-ed up dark money operative who has been the focus of some negative attention for your activities. You’d probably prefer to be known for something else in the midst of … Continue reading →
  • GOP war on women: Senate Tea-Publicans filibuster the Paycheck Fairness Act

    AZ BlueMeanie
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Senate Tea-Publicans on Monday filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act for the second time this year. Senate GOP blocks Paycheck Fairness Act for the second time: Democrats needed 60 votes to advance the legislation but fell short in a 52-40 vote. … Continue reading →
  • Rep. Trent Franks engages in Islamophobic fear mongering again

    AZ BlueMeanie
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    There are many qualified candidates on the list for the “Worst Member of Congress,” but Arizona’s contribution to this list is Rep. Trent Franks, a Christian Right anti-abortion zealot ( he founded the Arizona Family Research Institute, the predecessor to … Continue reading →
  • Income inequality slows economic growth and state tax revenues

    AZ BlueMeanie
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The Washington Post reports on a new paper by Standard & Poor’s which shows that the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has caused a slowdown in state tax revenues, and has slowed the U.S. economy’s recovery … Continue reading →
  • ‘Dark Money’ appeal goes to the Arizona Supreme Court

    AZ BlueMeanie
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    In early August, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Committee for Justice and Fairness, financed by the Democratic Attorney Generals Association which spent about $1.5 million attacking Republican Tom Horne in the 2010 attorney general’s race, can be forced … Continue reading →
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  • How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now

    Nina Bunker Ruiz
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Photo by the author. My parents live in Chacon, New Mexico, in a wind-chapped finger of high-mountain Mora Valley. My grandparents were determined to spend their last days there and are buried in Chacon’s campo santo. Every delicious summer of my childhood, I played in and along the Mora River, and now my children splash in the same cold mountain stream. “Querencia,” as it is used in the ordinance, means both a respect and love of place, and a safe haven from which one draws strength. Energy companies are seeking permits to explore natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or…
  • For the Beaches and the Barrios: Why Next Week’s Climate March Will Be the Largest Ever

    Eddie Bautista
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. Icebergs near the South Orkney islands. Photo by Grapesmc / Flickr. On Sunday, September 21, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. More than 1,000 groups are coordinating the march—environmental justice groups, faith groups, labor groups—which means there’s no one policy ask. Those who have contributed the least to causing the crisis are hit hardest. Instead, it’s…
  • Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station

    Thomas Hanna
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    This article originally appeared at Community-Wealth.org. Photo by Kzenon / Shutterstock. Earlier this month, the small city of Somerset, Kentucky, drew national attention when it opened a municipally owned and operated fuel center in an effort to drive down gas prices for local residents. As a result of its proximity to Lake Cumberland, a popular tourist destination, the city of 11,000 residents has long struggled with high fuel prices—especially during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Under the leadership of Republican Mayor Eddie Girdler, the conservative-leaning…
  • This Former NASA Intern Just Wrote The Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year: Monica Byrne on “The Girl in the Road”

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Monica Byrne on a train to Mumbai during a research trip. Her debut novel, The Girl in the Road, casts a future where India is the world's new superpower. Photo courtesy of Monica Byrne. When I asked Monica Byrne if she had always wanted to write novels, she told me she wanted to be an astronaut first: “I’ll come back from Mars then write the Great Whatever Novel.” First, she worked at NASA. Then, she did postgraduate work in organic geochemistry at MIT—all the things that one must do to become an astronaut and travel to Mars. She never ended up there, but the story of Byrne's…
  • The Senate Just Voted to Keep Big Money in Politics. Three Reasons to Celebrate Anyway

    Fran Korten
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. It was no surprise that the Senate’s proposed “Democracy for All” amendment to the constitution did not pass Thursday. It takes 67 votes to pass an amendment in the Senate. So Thursday’s vote of 54 in favor and 42 against spelled defeat. Senators who voted against the amendment will need to explain their actions to their constituents. But the vote represents a giant leap on the road to overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates to money in elections. Here are three reasons for advocates to celebrate. 1. The vote…
 
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  • The SFMTA May Soon Test a Smartphone Ticketing App for Muni Riders

    Andrew Cullen
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    San Francisco is always looking for new and innovative ways to make life easier and more efficient for its residents. If you ask a San Franciscan, they may say the only difficult part of living in the city is Muni – but that could change. The San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency recently announced its plans to run a six-month trial for using a smartphone ticketing app for Muni riders to pay their fares. Easier for Riders Although riders already have the option of buying a Clipper Card, the app would, in theory, best aid riders who don’t want to bother with the card, or don’t want to…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    6 People Rescued After Boat Submerged In Water Six people were rescued from a boat that submerged near Oakland Middle Harbor on Sunday afternoon, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. At about 4 p.m., a Coast Guard crew from San Francisco responded to a call from a 26-foot Pontoon boat taking on water, Coast Guard spokeswoman Loumania Stewart said. As crews were en route to the scene, a Coast Guard official instructed the person operating the boat to have everyone wear lifejackets, Stewart said. About 50 minutes later, the Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew that located all six people and…
  • Amazon Fresh Teams Up with the US Postal Service in SF Pilot Project

    Andrew Cullen
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    As San Franciscans living in the fast-paced tech mecca of the world, many of us are used to using apps that offer the beauty of instant service. Transportation apps like Uber, Sidecar and Lyft can get us a ride in minutes, Washio can pick up and return our dry cleaning, Taskrabbit can get someone to do just about anything, for the right price. Now, Amazon Fresh and the United States Postal Service have recently teamed up to experiment with same or next day grocery delivery in San Francisco. San Francisco – Test Bed for Innovation Although the Amazon Fresh service has already been offered in…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    President Signs Disaster Declaration For Napa Quake, Authorizes Financial Aid President Barack Obama on Thursday declared a major disaster in California due to a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Napa County on Aug. 24th, according to White House officials. The declaration will make federal funding available to state, local and tribal governments in Napa and Solano counties and some private nonprofits for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the quake. Federal funding is also available statewide for hazard mitigation measures, officials said. While no…
  • What is SF72?

    Guest Author
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    By: Mahmoud Abunie In the wake of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake centered in Napa County, San Francisco was once again reminded of the vulnerabilities we face living in California. The jolt was felt throughout the Bay Area, and in San Francisco, it was 10 seconds of fear and a reminder that “The Big One” is still coming. We all remember the 7.3 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 and the lives it took as well as the damage is caused. However, since that fateful day on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm, San Francisco has become more resilient and aware of what we need to do in order to stay safe during…
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  • The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Even though there is plenty of good information about politics and online marketing, a lot of awful ideas and assumptions are still floating around. Here are some truly bad things that clients have told us over the years. Some are just misconceptions about online marketing and how it works, while other ideas can be election-breakers if followed through.
  • Political Web Sites Are Here To Stay [Podcast]

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

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

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

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

  • Ward Churchill Tells More Fables on Megyn Kelly's Show

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The creepy professor Ward Churchill seems to be hard up for money since he agreed to get grilled by Megyn Kelly on Fox News.Watch all parts of this interview here.Here is the full statement that Churchill now claims he only meant to apply toward those who were not the janitors or food service workers:There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .Well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were…
  • Why the Right Says the Media is Left

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I often hear many people on the left mock those of us on the right whenever the topic of the media is brought up. As many of you already know the right, in general, does believe the media is predominately left. This of course is completely dismissed by those on the left and they typically follow up with insulting, snide remarks about Fox News.For myself, I do believe most of the people who work in mainstream are certainly left of center. We all have a bias and those in the media are no different.Fox News is but ONE station and they are not as conservative or right as many on the left would…
  • Joan Rivers - Rest In Peace

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It is with great sadness that I am writing about Joan Rivers passing on. She will indeed be missed. I remember her well from when I was growing up and her latest show, Fashion Police was absolutely hysterical. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was a classic on-liner.One of my favorites roles she played was on the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. Her and Miss Piggy had a classic scene where Rivers gave Miss Piggy a makeover."Pigs don't have eyebrows." "Well this pig is going to!"No doubt about it, Joan could make anyone's jaw drop with her harsh wit. She was quite a solid…
  • Michael Brown - Juvenile Record 2nd Degree Murder?

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    UPDATED: NBC News is stating that Brown had no top felony convictions but the records remained sealed.Yes, that's what's being reported. A reporter who claims to be connected with law enforcement is saying definitively that Brown had a juvenile record and one glaring charge involves 2nd degree murder."Gentle giant" Michael Brown is being linked to a gang and second degree murder. The information should indeed be made available to the public and let us not forget this "gentle giant" had previously engaged in a strong armed robbery merely moments before this shooting occurred.Just listen…
  • 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...
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  • Pro-Union party leaders in last-minute power pledge

    Anoosh Chakelian
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The leaders of Westminster’s three main parties have signed a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland. Power pledge or powerless? Photo: Getty As the Scottish independence referendum approaches on Thursday, our three main pro-Union party leaders have pledged more power to Scotland. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a pledge, published on the front of today’s Daily Record paper in Scotland, promising to devolve more powers to Scotland – if it rejects independence. Here is the newspaper’s frontpage: Photo: Daily Record If that type’s too small for you, here’s…
  • The most jobless parts of the UK are in Birmingham and Bradford

    Harry Lambert
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    What is the quality of work across the UK? In most constituencies the average job is quite similar, but at either end daily life is very different. The average job in Clacton is a grade lower than one in Cambridge. The full version of this feature is available on May2015.com. Western economies are recovering – the US unemployment rate recently fell to 6.1 per cent, a six-year low, and the UK’s rate has fallen by a sixth in a year – but at what cost? What is the quality of the jobs being offered by this recovery and where are they most needed? We can get a sense of this…
  • Peter Wilby: I am more confident than ever that the Nos will have it

    Peter Wilby
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Alex Salmond will lose – perhaps by as much as a 55-45 margin – but lose well, an outcome that will satisfy an overwhelming majority of Scots and the one, I suspect, that Salmond himself favours. On the fence: a no flag during the final days of the Scottish referendum campaign. Photo: Getty Being certain that a vote for independence wouldn’t happen, I have so far treated the Scottish referendum as unworthy of discussion. Have I changed my mind? Not about the result. On the contrary, I am more confident than ever that the Nos will have it. The only chance for the Yes camp was to squeak…
  • Feminism has conquered the culture – now comes the hard part

    Judith Shulevitz and Rebecca Traister
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Feminism has reached a moment of unprecedented opportunity, as popular culture embraces a movement that it once scorned. Judith Shulevitz and Rebecca Traister debate where we go from here. A woman holds up a banner at a London Slutwalk. Photo: Getty Hi Judith, I don’t think that in my lifetime (I’m 39) I’ve ever seen public, popular feminist discourse more robust than it is now. When I was in high school, college, and first in the professional world, feminism – or any open interest in what was once called “the women’s movement” – was totally scorned. I was raised in deep…
  • What is the attitude of Scotland's migrant community towards independence?

    David Graves
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    Many of Scotland's newest residents feel every bit as Scottish as any born-and-bred Highlander. What's less certain is whether that's how the Highlander sees it. Iraqi migrants in Glasgow. Photo: Getty One of Poland's leading social media networks may seem an unlikely battleground in the Scottish independence debate. Yet as activists seek to convince Scotland's Polish community to vote Tak or Nie on 18 September, Nasza Klasa – Poland’s answer to Facebook with its 13m users – has become just that. Roughly 7 per cent of Scotland's population were born abroad, around 370,000 people. With…
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  • Obama to Send 3,000 U.S. Soldiers to Fight Ebola

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more…
  • Hispanic Media Voxxi: Hispanic Students 'Falling Behind' with Common Core Standards

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Though the developers and supporters of the Common Core standards have repeatedly said the purpose of the controversial education initiative is to close the achievement gap between low-income black and Hispanic and white middle-class students, an online Hispanic publication doubts that may happen. John Benson of Hispanic media site Voxxi, writes, "If some early reports on the controversial Common Core Standards are an indication, Hispanic students in the U.S. are falling behind on the very curriculum that was intended to help them achieve higher proficiency in school." Voxxi cites the New…
  • Looking Strong in 2016, Rand Paul's Record Comes Under a Microscope

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Rand Paul is under attack. Leading in early 2016 polls here, and in a surprisingly strong position in his potential bid for the GOP presidential nomination about two years out, the Kentucky Republican is coming under sustained scrutiny from the media, institutional left, and even some critics on the right, who have zoned in on alleged inconsistencies in his record. Paul is already being tailed by a tracker from the left-wing group American Bridge, and the Democratic National Committee seems to have made a point of late in contesting any move Paul makes…
  • New Hampshire 2016 Poll: Rand Paul Leads Crowded GOP Pack

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) leads all prospective GOP presidential candidates in a new New Hampshire poll.  Paul leads a crowded pack in the state that hosts the first-in-the-nation primary after the Iowa caucuses with 15% in the CNN/ORC presidential poll.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) were next at 10% each.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee were in fourth with 9% each. Texas Governor Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker received 7% each; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received 6%;…
  • GOP Runs From Social Issues, Prepares For Long-Term Minority Status

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    On Monday, The New York Times reported that once again – for what must by, by this point, the 1,297th time – Democrats have decided to swivel to social issues for electoral purposes in advance of the 2014 election. “After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections,” the paper reported, “Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.” According to the Times, Democrats’ turn to abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraceptives is merely the latest attempt to “stoke concerns among moderate…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Passaparola - The USA, ISIS and the reason for the war in Iraq, by Marcello Foa

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    id="lasettimanaskip">The truth about ISIS13:15 "What is Isis and where the heck did it pop out from? Until a few months ago we had not heard of it, now suddenly it is the definition of absolute evil. Where was Isis born, this Islamic organisation whose aim is to establish a caliphate covering a large chunk of the Middle East? The answer is somewhat surprising because in fact Isis was born in Syria, or rather within the scope of the guerrilla war that was being waged in order to topple the Assad regime. The false spring Do you remember what happened in the Middle East in recent years? There…
  • The police - is you

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    “It wasn’t enough to leave them without functioning vehicles (no fuel) -without functioning photocopiers (no paper) - with threadbare uniforms, and then gathering their families to go and queue up at the soup kitchens run by Caritas. The Government has decided to leave them with less money in their pockets for the fifth consecutive year. In fact, the block on pay for public employees relates to police officers, carabinieri, finance police, forest rangers, prison guards, and fire-fighters. It’s that they are not just any old employees, but, with their lives, they guarantee the security…
  • Beppe Grillo at the rubbish dump in Collette Ozotto, Sanremo

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    "Today we we went to have a look, just as we did when we went to see the building site for EXPO 2015. This time we went to inspect the rubbish dump in Collette Ozotto, Sanremo. There were members of the Committee for the Environment and Productive Activities as well as other M5S spokespersons. Is it right that Collette, that already has to consider the limitations connected to the landscape, the hydro-geological situation, and the environment, should still have to put up with an increase in the size of the rubbish dump? Why is it that they are carrying on with the work, in spite of the…
  • No, it isn’t TB

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    “Signor Mancini is assistant chief and he’s a member of a special unit, within the central department for immigration. One of the roles of this special unit is to go to the places where specific knowledge is needed. It was created by prefect Ronconi. It has now been led for about a year by Giovanni Pinto. Since last May, it has been considered necessary, and I agree, to do specific and specialist experiments and send members of this unit together with other colleagues to the disembarkation zones and especially to Ragusa and Siracusa. Since 2004, there’s been a set of preventative…
  • The 13 coal monsters that are killing Italy

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    “Black clouds on the horizon. It’s dust: on the streets, on the crops, on the houses, on the balconies. Dust that is dirty and dust that kills: first the doctor’s surgeries get overcrowded and then the hospitals. It’s an unavoidable destiny. Here, it’s not a matter of being prescient: it’s just a matter of looking at the figures. This is what happens, each time a new coal-fired power station comes into operation. A monster that spits out arsenic, mercury, lead, fine particulate matter, and other pollutants and carcinogens, killing the surrounding territory with its inhabitants,…
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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

  • Middle East and North Africa: A Fatal Attraction

    Steve H. Hanke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Steve H. Hanke Last week, President Obama addressed the nation to proclaim that the U.S. and an unspecified coalition were going to once again ramp up our military operations in Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This time, the target is the Islamic State, the group terrorizing Iraqi and Syrian citizens. Just what is the economic condition of that troubled MENA region? This is a question that must be addressed by anyone who is looking over the horizon. After all, the state of an economy today will have a great influence on post-war prospects tomorrow. My Misery Index allows us to obtain a…
  • Chile's Proposed Education Reforms Would Kill the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs

    Andrew J. Coulson
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Andrew J. Coulson For the past three decades, Chile has had a nationwide voucher-like school choice program. Parents can choose among public and private schools, and the government picks up most or all of the tab. But, since the election last fall of a left-leaning government led by Michelle Bachelet, the future of the program has been in doubt. In May, President Bachelet introduced a first round of reforms aimed at dismantling aspects of the program, though these are still under debate. I’ve written about what that could mean for Chile’s educational performance and equality in…
  • Imperialist Tourist Spots Help Explain Chinese Aggressiveness Today

    Doug Bandow
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Doug Bandow BEIJING—Modern China continues to rise.  But ancient China remains.  And bears witness to a history the West would prefer to forget. The Summer Palace is one of Beijing’s most enchanting tourist destinations.  But some of the old buildings are in ruins—courtesy of the Western powers. Imperial China long was a cultured and advanced civilization that eventually fell into decay.  By the 1800s the Western powers had begun to carve out concessions and colonies. The Summer Palace first was created in the 12th century and was meant to ease the life of the royal…
  • Immigration's Real Impact on Wages and Employment

    Alex Nowrasteh
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Alex Nowrasteh The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been releasing a series of reports claiming that immigrants are benefiting from the slightly recovering job market while natives are not.  Of course, if immigrants were even less likely to gain jobs than Americans, CIS would use that as evidence that immigrants are a drain on the economy.  No matter.   The implicit assumption in CIS’ publications is that if those millions of immigrants weren’t working in the United States, more native-born Americans would have jobs – a static view of the economy. …
  • More Headaches in Obamacare Open Enrollment

    Nicole Kaeding
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Nicole Kaeding Open enrollment for Obamacare’s second year begins in two months. Recent reports suggest that this year’s enrollment period will not be a smooth process. According to Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press, individuals face many hurdles in signing up for or renewing coverage: For the roughly 8 million people who signed up this year, the administration has set up automatic renewal. But consumers who go that route may regret it. They risk sticker shock by missing out on lower-premium options. And they could get stuck with an outdated and possibly incorrect…
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    A View from the Right

  • Of Rattlesnakes and Unity

    sirrahc
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I had originally intended this post to be a continuation of “To Impeach or Not to Impeach”. But, unfortunately, I did not get as much done on it this week as I had hoped. (I blame Facebook.) As I worked on Part 2 — which may expand into a Part 3 — tonight, I realized […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 1

    sirrahc
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4 Should President Barack Obama be impeached? A lot of people seem to think so. There have been […]
  • 5 Noteworthy Quotes from the Week Ending 8/30/2014

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

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

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

  • Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes

    Tom Webster
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Scottish independence is the first stage in a process to work toward a better society. The way the debate on the pros and cons of the potential independence of Scotland has developed has been fascinating in a number of ways. The first is the considerable gap between the selectivity and the treatment in the mainstream […] The post Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Scottish Referendum Explained

    James Butler
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Will Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? Background On September 18, 4 million voters in Scotland will be asked a “yes” or “no” question that could have profound implications for their country, and for the United Kingdom of which it is a part: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The fact that the referendum is […] The post The Scottish Referendum Explained appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Held in Captivity: The Psychological Trauma of a Hostage

    Paul Ashley
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Like Foley, Haines and Sotloff, hostages who are held by terrorists undergo psychological torment prior to their execution. It is highly distressing when we see a hostage paraded in front of a camera by terrorists. The brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and now the British hostage David Haines on September […] The post Held in Captivity: The Psychological Trauma of a Hostage appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Can a Robot Be Your Boss?

    Knowledge@Wharton
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Artificial intelligence and people analytics are allowing more and more management tasks to become automated. Meet the new boss. She never plays favorites and doesn’t partake in office gossip. She gives clear directions. At performance review time, she offers valuable observations and backs them up with examples. She is perfect. Well, almost. If she does […] The post Can a Robot Be Your Boss? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Missile Defense and the High Cost of Living in Israel’s Fortress

    Zach Goldberg
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    With its enemies upgrading their weaponry, Israel must consider the future costs of maintaining the political status quo. Many have praised the Iron Dome’s (ID) stellar performance in the latest Israel-Gaza war. And while some experts impugn this success — insisting that most Tamir interceptor missiles fail to neutralize the warhead of the intercepted rocket — the […] The post Missile Defense and the High Cost of Living in Israel’s Fortress appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Drumul din cariera de piatra in constructia ta e mai lung decat ai fi crezut

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

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

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

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

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

  • Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

    D'Angelo Gore
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, “admits she’s too liberal” and that “her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.” Not exactly. The ad cites the source as “her campaign plan,” but that particular memo — one of several included in a 144-page Nunn campaign document — talked about devising a strategy to push back against “potential Republican attacks” on Nunn. The likely attacks included that “Nunn is too liberal” and that a nonprofit…
  • NEA Advocacy Fund

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Political leanings: Liberal Spending target: Unknown The NEA Advocacy Fund is the super PAC of the National Education Association, the “nation’s largest professional employee organization.” The NEA describes itself as an “advocate for education professionals.” The NEA created its super PAC in late 2010, and it has been active ever since in congressional and gubernatorial races. From the beginning, the NEA Advocacy Fund spent its money exclusively against Republican candidates and in support of Democrats. The NEA Advocacy Fund spent $4.2 million in the 2010 election cycle in…
  • Tillis: An Education Budget Backer or Hacker?

    Robert Farley
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    A North Carolina public school teacher says in a TV ad that she tells her students to “start with facts,” but she begins attacking Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis with an exaggerated claim about Tillis’ education “cuts.” In the NEA Advocacy Fund ad, the teacher says Tillis, while state House speaker, “cut $500 million from our budget.” That’s not true. We found total state education spending increased by more than $700 million from the 2012-13 school year to the 2014-15 school year, but it hasn’t kept pace with enrollment. If one…
  • Spinning Wisconsin Voters

    Brooks Jackson
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    In Wisconsin’s race for governor, both sides are playing “spin the voter” with Republican incumbent Scott Walker’s record on jobs. Democratic challenger Mary Burke and her allies have hammered Walker with ads stating that “Wisconsin’s job growth is dead last in the Midwest.” Not so. His job gains are well below the national average and just half of what he promised when elected, but not as bad as Democratic ads make out. Walker is countering with an ad saying, “We’ve come from losing over 133,000 jobs, to gaining over 100,000 jobs.”…
  • Obama Fumbles ‘JV Team’ Question

    Eugene Kiely
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    President Obama enjoys his sports analogies, so let’s just say that he fumbled when he was asked whether he made a “misjudgment” eight months ago in dismissing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as the equivalent of “a jayvee team.” Obama said he “wasn’t specifically referring” to ISIS when he made the junior varsity reference during an interview with The New Yorker in January. But the magazine article and a transcript of the interview — which Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler obtained and wrote about earlier this month —…
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Liberated Women and the Traditional Family

    Alan Caruba
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
      My generation, born in the late 1930s and the 1940s, has witnessed a dramatic change in the role and the rights of women in America. A significant result of the women’s liberation movement is a change in the role of traditional marriage that was reported in early September. “If you count a generation as […]
  • The War Neither Obama, Nor Any Other Nation Wants to Fight

    Alan Caruba
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
      Two trends have emerged since President Obama’s September 10 speech regarding his intention to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State. One is the understanding that he will not commit U.S. troops as “boots on the ground” to fight a force estimated variously between 10,000 and 30,000 depending on intelligence guesswork. The other trend is […]
  • President Obama’s Broad Coalition of One

    David Huntwork
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday […]
  • Islam is the Face of Evil

    Alan Caruba
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
      “ISIS is not Islamic”, said  Barack Obama as he gave yet another vapid speech to say what he will or will not do next about the threat of Islam. What he said is both idiotic and a lie. ISIS calls itself the Islamic State. Obama used the word “war” only once, but ISIS is […]
  • Those 9/11 Terror Attack Predictions

    Alan Caruba
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    As we close in on the 13thanniversary of the infamous 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, the media is full of predictions about attacks that will occur. A September 2nd Debka File, an Israeli news agency, reported “Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches—ISIS in […]
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • In Times of War

    zimko
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    IN TIMES OF WARThe other day I had saw an old friend of mine and it was a terrible thing.  When I was sure it was him I took cover behind a tank that was constructed entirely with 12-packs of Mountain Dew, which was apparently sold best in tank form. I hid behind the thing like a cowardly deserter and was ready to set my basket right where I stood and casually beat it out of there.  My old friend drifted lazily away with his cart and I briskly left the store, cursing and looking back at the abandoned basket.I had not wanted to talk to this friend because his well adjusted eyes…
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  • Texas Sheriff Claims ISIS May be Entering U.S. Through Mexico (Video)

    Michael Allen
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Texas Sheriff Claims ISIS May be Entering U.S. Through Mexico (Video) Texas Sheriff Claims ISIS May be Entering U.S. Through Mexico (Video) Local Politics World Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter Has Been Optimized Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told Fox News this morning that Texas law enforcement agencies have received alerts that members of the ISIS terrorist group may be crossing into the United States via Mexico. “I received an intelligence report that said that there was ISIS cells that were active in the Juarez area, which is the northern part of the Chihuahua state, and that…
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Warns Americans Will 'Get Killed' in U.S. by ISIS (Video)

    Michael Allen
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham Warns Americans Will 'Get Killed' in U.S. by ISIS (Video) Sen. Lindsey Graham Warns Americans Will 'Get Killed' in U.S. by ISIS (Video) Nation Politics World Sen. Lindsey Graham Has Been Optimized Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) claimed on today's Fox News Sunday that President Obama's decision not to send in ground troops to fight ISIS/ISIL would mean that Americans would be killed by the terrorist group in the U.S.“It’s going to take an army to beat an army, and this idea we’ll never have any boots on the ground to defeat them in Syria is fantasy,…
  • Sarah Palin Says She Owes America A "Global Apology" For John McCain's 2008 Loss (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sarah Palin Says She Owes America A "Global Apology" For John McCain's 2008 Loss (Video) Sarah Palin: "I Owe America A Global Apology" For John McCain's 2008 Loss (Video) Sarah Palin Says She Owes America A "Global Apology" For John McCain's 2008 Loss (Video) Headlines Lifestyle Nation Politics World Not Optimized Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is apologizing for her and John McCain’s loss against now-President Barack Obama in 2008. In an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity after Obama’s announcement of a strategy against ISIS, the former…
  • Germany Imposes Ban On All Islamic State Propaganda, Symbols

    Jared Keever
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Germany Imposes Ban On All Islamic State Propaganda, Symbols Ban On All Islamic State Propaganda, Symbols In Germany Germany's Interior Minister Announces Ban On Islamic State Propaganda Germany Imposes Ban On All Islamic State Propaganda, Symbols Headlines Politics World Has Been Optimized German authorities have announced a ban on all activities that support the Islamic State, the group sometimes referred to as ISIS or ISIL.  Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday the country’s new decree will close a legal gap that made it hard to prosecute supporters of…
  • Hamas: 'Mistakes' Were Made In Gaza Fighting That Caused Civilian Casualties

    Jared Keever
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Hamas: 'Mistakes' Were Made In Gaza Fighting That Caused Civilian Casualties Hamas Admits 'Mistakes' Were Made In Palestine-Israel Conflict United Nations To Investigate Gaza Conflict Hamas: 'Mistakes' Were Made In Gaza Fighting That Caused Civilian Casualties Headlines Politics World Has Been Optimized Two weeks after fighting stopped between Israeli and Palestinian forces in and around the Gaza Strip, Hamas has admitted that it made “mistakes” and did use residential areas and schools as cover for rocket attacks against Israel.  "Gaza, from Beit Hanoun…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Circling the Drain

    John Y. Brown III
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    That feeling you are “circling the drain.” For some it signifies the end. For others it signifies being on the brink of a new beginning. And for others still it means the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning or, for extreme pessimists, the end of the end. For me, though, it feels more like an extreme sport. Hangin’ 10. From near the drain. At least some days. Like today. Some days I feel like I am hitting on all cyclinders and am a masterfully mindful multi-tasking maniac. Other days I feel like my brain is operating aduquately for a 1963 model. And every now and…
  • Saul Kaplan: A Simply Better Way

    Saul Kaplan
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    My dream for the future is that we can come together as a connected community with a shared purpose for a simply better way. It is both a blessing and a curse to always think that there is a simply better way.   It is part of our human heritage and culture.  It is our DNA. It is who we are.  There is always a better way. Our whole lives we incessantly design a better way in our heads.  We redesign the process while we are standing in a long line at the supermarket.  We redesign the way we receive information when we are stuck in traffic that we could have avoided.  And we redesign…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Sunday Morning

    John Y. Brown III
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Get up! If you are like me and plan on doing nothing at all this Sunday, you ought to at least have enough pride to get up early and start right away! Anything worth doing –even doing nothing –is worth doing well. Sunday morning vanity conversation leading to disappointment This morning I was admiring my recent weight loss in the bathroom mirror as my wife and I were getting ready to go out for coffee. After my proud moment of self-satisfaction, I threw on a pair of jeans and wet my hair before combing it and began looking for a shirt.” My wife walked in the bathroom to…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: September 12th

    John Y. Brown III
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I know this is probably not politically correct to say but I personally believe Sept 12th is a more significant date for our country to commemorate than Sept 11th. Because it signifies that no matter how horrifically shocking the terrorist attack was 13 years ago, that it lasted only one day, and on Sept 12th, we began picking up the pieces and moving ahead, chastened and somber, to be sure, but also united and wiser and unbowed. And that, to me, is important for us to remember and celebrate today.
  • Julie Rath: How to Choose a Tuxedo

    Julie Rath
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Dressing for a formal event is like ice climbing: one misstep, and it’s all downhill. The reason there are so many rules to follow is that the point of formal dressing originally was that at formal engagements, men could blend into the crowd while their female companions could stand out in their finery. For this reason, if you’re having a formal wedding, it’s particularly important that you nail the details. With so many options out there, here’s your cheat sheet: Renting vs Buying: Buy if at all possible. When you have a chance to dress formally — particularly on your wedding day…
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  • Steve Southerland Again Paints Gwen Graham as D.C. Insider

    Kevin Derby
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., took off the gloves on Monday and went after Democratic challenger Gwen Graham. Southerland’s team followed up on attacks made against Graham last week, hitting her for her work for a Washington law firm and her role on Democratic presidential campaigns and releasing their take on her resume. While Graham denies she worked as a lobbyist for a law firm based out of Washington, Southerland’s team insists she did.  read more
  • Sunshine State News on Newsmax TV

    Kevin Derby
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Your humble blogger took to the national airwaves on Monday afternoon to talk with Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV. We talked about the big showdown between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist as well as other contests across the nation in the following clip. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.
  • Carlos Curbelo Releases Campaign Poll Showing Lead Over Joe Garcia

    Kevin Derby
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    On Monday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo released a poll taken by his campaign as he continues his bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in November. Garcia ranks as one of the top Republican targets in the nation. The poll from McLaughlin Associates shows Curbelo taking 44 percent with 40 percent backing Garcia and 16 percent still undecided. Back in May, McLaughlin had a poll showing Garcia up 46 percent to 39 percent. read more
  • Dan Webster Takes Aim at Obamacare

    Kevin Derby
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    On Friday, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., took aim at President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, insisting the White House broke promises on it and noting many Americans lost their benefits under it. read more
  • Rick Scott's Softer Side Showcased in New RPOF TV Ad

    Kevin Derby
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) showcases Gov. Rick Scott’s softer side in a new TV ad. The ad, which was released on Monday, ignores Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist and shines the spotlight on Ann Scott who talks about her husband’s background and personal experiences. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. read more
 
 
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  • 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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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Phil Robertson: Diseases Like AIDS Are God's Punishment For Immoral Behavior

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    “Now to me either it’s the wildest coincidence ever that horrible diseases follow immoral conduct, or it’s God saying, ‘There’s a penalty for that kind of conduct.’ I’m leanin’ toward there’s a penalty toward it.” View Video › Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson thinks AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases are God's punishment for immoral behavior such as ones that aren't "one man one woman," he said in a recent interview. While promoting his new book unPHILtered: The Way I See It, Robertson spoke at length about…
  • Congressman Says Obama's ISIS Comment Might "Just Be Single Dumbest Thing" President Ever Said

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Whoa. Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina said President Obama made the dumbest comment by a U.S. president, ever. "'The Islamic State is not Islamic' might just be single dumbest thing an American President has ever said," Duncan said in a Facebook post on Sept. 11. "I was disappointed in the President's remarks and disheartened that he took an issue that could have generated strong bipartisan agreement but instead presented us with a plan that raises many concerns. In my opinion, the President's speech on combating ISIS was 'JV' at best." In President…
  • Media Groups Fight In Court To Make Pennsylvania Execution Facts Public

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Pennsylvania’s desire to keep lethal injection drug information hidden from the public “is flatly inconsistent with our governmental values and our Constitution,” media organizations argue. The execution chamber at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview in Pennsylvania. Via portal.state.pa.us WASHINGTON — A legal battle is brewing in Pennsylvania over whether state officials can keep how the state performs executions a secret. In the lead up to the state's first scheduled execution since 1999, a handful of media outlets asked a federal judge to unseal…
  • Administration: Obama Will Not Campaign On ISIS For Midterms

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The president will not turn his war on ISIS into a campaign issue. Pool / Reuters WASHINGTON — President Obama will not tout his war on ISIS on the campaign trail, senior administration officials said Monday. Officials noted recent polling showing Americans support the president's plan to go after ISIS with U.S. airstrikes, military aides for Iraq's government and Syrian rebels, all backed up by a coalition of other nations. Polls have shown majorities support the plan but also doubt that it will work. The strong public support for Obama's decision to engage ISIS militarily…
  • Ted Cruz Had Advance Warning Of Alleged Hezbollah Ties At Christian Conference

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Cruz staffers were told about the ties between some speakers at the event and the terrorist organization the night before his speech. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters WASHINGTON — Aides to Sen. Ted Cruz knew that speakers at a Christian conference — where he gave a much-publicized speech defending Israel — had alleged ties to Hezbollah the night before the conference, sources told BuzzFeed News. Cruz keynoted the yearly summit of In Defense of Christians, a group that focuses on Middle Eastern Christians, and used his time to blast those who "will not stand with Israel," producing…
 
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  • The NLRB’s contribution to Obama’s anti-business crusade

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Having written earlier this summer about the whack-a-mole regulatory state running wild under the presidency of Barack Obama, the biggest question in my mind was which of the myriad federal regulatory agencies would be the next to throw a monkey wrench into the economy. It was a foregone conclusion that the EPA would be one of those agencies, and they haven’t disappointed, but the other most egregious offender is the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB has issued a ruling that McDonald’s Corporation may be considered…
  • Do we have a war strategy for ISIS?

    Earl H. Tilford
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    President Obama in his September 10 speech did not deliver a viable war-fighting strategy against ISIS. In fact, the president doesn’t seem to understand that ISIS is at war with the U.S. The 18th century Prussian strategist General Carl von Clausewitz defined war as “an act of force to compel the enemy to do your will.”  By that strategic definition, ISIS, the spawn of al Qaeda, has been at war with Americans for nearly two decades.  Its modus operandi is terrorism, which is currently defined as “violence conducted against innocents to achieve a political objective.” One of al…
  • How Ray Rice Proves Freud Wrong

    Gary L. Welton
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data. One of his best-known concepts is that of catharsis. According to Freud, if people are given an opportunity to act out their pent-up frustrations,…
  • Designing history: The identity of the 21st century

    Gary L. Welton
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Our primary focus in December of 1999 was Y2K. Would the computer systems handle the millennial change? Might we suffer from serious computer snafus? In the midst of the Y2K hype, we knew, though sometimes forgot, that the year 2000 was, in actuality, the last year of the 20th century and the second millennium, rather than the first year of the new millennium. It was a year later that we officially welcomed the new millennial calendar, yet history tends to classify eras by defining events rather than by the actual numbers. As a result, one of my first thoughts on Tuesday, September 11, 2001,…
  • Opening Convocation – Grove City College – Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80

    Editor
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Editor’s note: On August 28, 2014, Grove City College’s new president, the Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80, delivered the 2014-15 Opening Convocation that offered students, faculty, administration, and staff a renewed vision of the College. You can listen to the address or read it below. The 2014-15 Grove City College Opening Convocation Hon. Paul J. McNulty ’80, President of Grove City College Introduction Good morning to all of you – students, faculty, administration, staff; good morning friends of Grove City College. What a great and beautiful morning this is. Joanne, thank you so much…
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    Politic365

  • CA State Sen. Roderick Wright to resign this month, following criminal conviction

    Adriana Maestas
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    California State Senator Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) announced on Monday that he would resign from the state legislature effective September 22. This comes after being convicted for felony perjury and voting fraud charges for lying about living in his Senate district when he ran back in 2008. According to the Los Angeles Times: “”Effective Sept. 22, 2014, I hereby resign from the California State Senate,” Wright said in a letter Monday to the Senate secretary. “It’s painful,” Wright said in an interview. “At the end of the day you want to consider what’s the best…
  • Iowa: DREAMers Ask Hillary About Immigration, Get No Answers

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    DREAMers asked Hillary Clinton about the issue of President Obama’s latest delay on immigration.  Clinton, along with her husband, were in Iowa today at Sen. Harkin’s famous 37th (and final) annual Steak Fry in Iowa.  The event was first held on a farm in Iowa and quickly became the signature political event in Iowa. A group of immigration activists along a rope line attempted to get actual policy details out of the Clintons as they signed books, shook hands and made small talk.  They got much more of a conversation out of Rep. Steve King during an earlier attempt.
  • Rep. Lacy Clay Upset with Senator Over Ferguson Meeting

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Rep. Clay not invited to September 15 meeting. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), who represents Ferguson, Missouri, said on Sept. 11th that neither he nor Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) had been invited to a meeting on September 15 in Clay’s district on “next steps” with regard to Ferguson. Though Clay said the meeting was organized by Missouri senior Senator Claire McCaskill, the Senator indicated later in the afternoon on Thursday that Gov. Jay Nixon was the meeting’s organizer.  Either way, the moment indicates that Democrats in Missouri aren’t exactly on the same page as they deal with…
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson Meets with Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Escaped Boko Haram

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Despite a change in the news cycle that has featured ISIS, Ray Rice and Ferguson, Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson fights to keep the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls in the news. After the kidnappings, Wilson spearheaded a bill to denounce Boko Haram. Wilson also flew to Nigeria to meet parents of the girls. This week on Capitol Hill — Rep. Wilson met with three girls who escaped Boko Haram.  Over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls remain in captivity. “Boko Haram has the potential to explode any day, like ISIS,” Wilson said in a statement. “Now we have major…
  • Janay Rice #TeachableMoment

    Guest Contributor
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    It’s predictable that Janay Rice, the victim in the Ray Rice controversy, is strongly defending her husband and the father of her child.  Her defense in no way absolves her husband’s wrong, nor does it make her responsible for the violence reaped upon her.  Unfortunately for Janay she is a textbook example of an abused person.  Kristal High, the Editor-in-Chief of Politic365, thanked me for sharing my survival story from domestic violence. I responded that if I don’t share then some don’t learn. To that end, this is a perfect time to use the Janay and Ray saga as a teachable…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • NFL Brings Political-Correctness to the League

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you’re not an NFL fan, you might not know that this year we encountered the first new NFL player that is openly gay. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of Missouri... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • His Highness Blacker and his Privy Court

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

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every now and again my interest is briefly ignited by things that don't really matter. This week, I was reminded of the complaints over ACPO's status as a limited company. Despite what the conspiracy theorists may 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'd agree that it is an unusual arrangement and would be in favour of it being replaced by an organisation created by Royal Warrant, which…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
  • Is Big Gov’t Really All That Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For decades we have been hearing that big government is the enemy and that big government creates more problems than it solves. But when give the choice of keeping or doing away with the programs that are the biggest reasons our federal government is as large as it is Americans to an overwhelming degree choose to keep them. In this episode we discuss this disconnect and attempt to identify some of the reasons for it. We discuss our focus on keeping taxes low when the shortfall is made up mainly with ever-growing debt and deficits, and pose the central question, how much government do we…
  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

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

  • House Republicans Vote to Fix President’s Broken Promise

    brionnamuyco
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    By USDR     In an effort to protect Americans from the negative consequences of the President’s Affordable Care Act, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass legislation today which will allow American families who purchase health care through a group market to keep the health care plan they have and like. The Employee Health Care Protection Act will  grandfather plans that were available in the group market in 2013 and allow health insurance companies to continue to offer these plans to the public outside of the insurance exchanges through 2018.      …
  • I HAVE A GREAT IDEA, NOW WHAT ?

    pollywhite
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    By Whitestone Partners Q. I’ve got a great idea for a new product. I believe it could make a lot of money if I can get it to market. Unfortunately, that will take a big cash outlay. Do you have any advice before I invest all of my savings into this venture? A. We commend your entrepreneurial spirit and wish you great success. Before launching your business, we advise you to develop a robust business plan. There are many templates available. Find a good one and use it. Below are several questions that your business plan must address. We caution you to be brutally honest. If your idea isn’t…
  • The IRS Selective Abidance by the Law

    brionnamuyco
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    By USDR House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) asked Koskinen “Will you be following the law,” in collecting money for a certain type of healthcare subsidy. After Koskinen ducked the question, Brady asked again. Koskinen then admitted: “Yes, wherever we can, we follow the law.” – See VIDEO: http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/curtis-kalin/irs-commissioner-we-follow-law-wherever-we-can
  • What Obama is Doing to the Poor More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored       Host Kevin Price and Guest Brian Domitrovic discuss “What Obama is Doing to the Poor” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.briandomitrovic.com           Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Dan Shedd, and Producer Marsha Lambeth discuss the Big Changes at Starbucks on this segment of…
  • How CEOs Can Double Employee Performance and Increase Profits by 25 Percent

    brionnamuyco
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    By Charles Alvarez , Contributor, the Price of Business Show. *     In order for an organization grow, identifying and grooming the future leaders of your company is of utmost importance. You would think with all of the books being written on leadership that the labor force would be more skilled in leadership abilities. The fact of the matter is that there remains a significant gap in leadership skills within the corporate hallways of America. This begs the question: why?     There are many answers to the reasons as to why there is a lack of leadership within…
 
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    The American Patriot

  • Responding to stupidity

    The American Patriot
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I rarely, if ever, engage in Blog wars anymore. Because quite frankly, I think they suck and they do nothing, but cause problems for all parties involved. However, when I see that someone takes it upon themselves to make baseless accusations against me; I feel the need to correct the record. What I am referring to is some blowhole on a blogspot webblog took it upon himself to accuse me of being a lap dog of Rod Dreher’s. Now, had he taken the time to search my site and see that I have disagreed with Rod Dreher in the past on this blog and my previous one; he would see that I am not a…
  • Rod Dreher says something that I have been thinking for a long while

    The American Patriot
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    No bigger truth has been spoken on a blog: When someone like Ted Cruz, son of a fundamentalist Christian pastor, has the unspeakable arrogance to go into this group of Orthodox, Catholic, and Coptic Christians who are facing the martyrdom of their entire communities and expect them to recite the gospel of American neoconservatism — that is, not simply to denounce anti-Semitism, which the people in that audience were willing to do, but to affirm the goodness of the state of Israel,  even if doing so would put their own lives in danger once they return home – he forces the rest of us…
  • UPDATED: Sarah Palin and Family reportedly involved in a drunken brawl

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Oh, this is very interesting… Family Values? Riiiiight. Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit:  Just when I was about to give up on them, the Gods of gossip came visiting this week, and as they’ve done in the past, they beckoned me to look towards Wasilla, towards the fortress of Our Lady of the North, the woman who was almost a heartbeat away from the presidency, whose family had a dramatic weekend, Wasilla style! As many of us have read, Bristol Palin was visited by a Floridian stalker on Sunday who somehow ended up on the family’s balcony. The stalker currently sits in…
  • Video: Leftist Michael Moore channels his inner George Wallace

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Okay, the headline is a bit of snark… But, could you imagine if a Republican had said this? Blogger reaction is here:  Truth Revolt, Hinterland Gazette, National Review and Washington Free Beacon (Via Hollywood Reporter, H/T to HotAir.com)
  • Video: Bill Whittle says, “Free Speech, What Free Speech?”

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is interesting to say the least. (Via The Right Scoop)
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Inspire Students By Recruiting, Retaining, & Respecting Quality Teachers

    Kyle Graczyk
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Notice: This is the first installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts will cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the first post in this series, below.             In the Hollywood movie Stand & Deliver,…
  • Why The Answer To ISIS May Lie In Demographics

    Kyle Graczyk
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Notice: Here's my first regular blog post in quite a while, unaffiliated with the Government Accountability Project or other organizations. I wanted to pick a pertinent topic, and I hope you agree that I have. Enjoy the following article.             Samuel Huntington’s 1996 seminal book The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking of World Order can be summarized by this brief phrase: “Culture Matters.” Indeed, nothing has changed since the early days of a post-Cold War world—a growing number of people around the globe are developing stronger ties with…
  • 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…
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Welcome to the weekend, and your weekly edition of the Weekly Compete Pulse! Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week below. ALS Ice Bucket Raises $110M In Donations, Marketers Take Note As discussed in our recent blog post, traffic to ALSA.org skyrocketed and demographics shifted drastically as a result of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. This article by MediaPost discusses the exciting data via Millward Brown Digital. Take a look at the analysis here. 4 Reasons Why CEOs Need to Care About Digital Marketing According to MDG, some CEOs tend to have a less than favorable…
  • August’s Top 50: Old and News

    Laura Cantwell
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Image from: Celebrity / Shutterstock The August Top 50 is here! See which sites saw a spike in traffic and which fell in the rankings. CNN & Huffington Post: Both CNN and the Huffington Post saw MoM growth in August. CNN.com cashed in at #35 after seeing 13.53% growth while Huffingtonpost.com climbed three spots to #16 with 16.65% growth in August. Why might these sites have seen such an increase in traffic last month? Well, search referrals point to celebrities. During the month of August, Robin Williams passed, Tracy Morgan issued a public statement that he was struggling to recover…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: A Social Success

    Laura Cantwell
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Early this year, most Americans were minimally, if at all, familiar with the term. Cue the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, the organic social media awareness campaign of which Justin Timberlake, George W. Bush, and Bill Gates are all veterans. With $109 million dollars raised for the ALS Association, compared to the 2.8 million the organization raised in the same timeframe last year, we can concretely say that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has easily been the most successful social media campaign of Summer ’14. As discussed in our August Data is Now Live article,…
  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part III)

    Katie Hrdy
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    If you’ve read the other two posts in this series (here and here), you know that 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? In this post we’ll review the last question: How can marketers increase…
  • Sunday Series: Jocks and Geeks

    Laura Cantwell
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Geek / Shutterstock Exercise was big in July- both physical and mental. This week’s Sunday Series features two websites that each experienced strong MoM growth. Take a look at these fast moving categories to see how one industry heavyweight and one digital rookie punching above its weight class worked their ways to the top. The Brawn: July was an action-packed month for UFC.com. The site grew 34 percent with 771 thousand unique visitors during the month. Actually, July was strong for most mixed martial arts websites, with nearly every member of the top ten experiencing growth in…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • Sur-prise! Sur-prise!

    Terrell AronSpeer
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You need to read the title with a Gomer Pile accent to get where we are going with this piece.  The picture introducing this article was emailed to me by a friend.  The image is of an ISIS jihadist placing an order at a Jason’s Deli in Houston Texas.  Although I cannot authenticate the picture myself, I like the fact that the post is dated, rare in any email article.  I also like that the geographic location of the incident mentioned is specific.  View the original article (here).  Also, in the photograph, one can clearly see the clerk at the named Jason’s Deli.  Someone from this…
  • 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…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Beyond The War On ISIS

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    NBC News' Brian Williams offered up some ISIS-related fearmongering as part of his commemoration of the September 11 attacks (Fair.org).Since the 9/11 attack, a new era has begun in favor of the American neoconservative elites.Bush's administration declared war against al-Qaeda, and promised the American people to punish every person involved in 9/11 catastrophe.Bush accused the former Iraqi regime of supporting al-Qaeda  prior Iraq's invasion, and he also accused saddam's regime of reserving weapons of massive destruction. However, these accusations are now well-known to be…
  • CNN | Poll : 90% Say ISIS Poses Threat To U.S.

    Mohammad Tomazy
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    CNN | 90% say ISIS poses threat to U.S.Folks, This is what the MSM say, but do you remember Colin Powell's UN Speech?Lets just waste couple of minutes to expose some forgotten deceptions... But... Does this footage contain the same CNN logo (forget the Van!)? Let's watch Bush's Iraqi spy who was blamed for false information, as the C.I.A. needs a liar to invade other country!
  • Editor's Pickup | Two Stories From The Past

    Mohammad Tomazy
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    I. From TurkeyA home owner living in the Melikgazi district of Kayseri province in Anatolia made a surprising discovery while clearing out an area under his house – a subterranean city, of which 4,000 square metres have been excavated so far, according to a report in Hurriyet Daily News.The newly-discovered underground structure in Melikgazi has been compared to Cappadocia.The region of Anatolia in Turkey is famous for its underground cities, particularly in the region of Cappadocia where more than 40 complete underground cities and 200 underground villages and tunnel towns complete with…
  • Israel Illegally Coerces Africa Migrants To Leave

    Mohammad Tomazy
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    African migrants in Israel Israel has illegally coerced almost 7,000 African migrants into returning to their home countries, where some face persecution, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday."Israel's convoluted legal rules thwart Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers' attempts to secure protection under Israeli and international law," New York-based HRW said in a statement accompanying an 83-page report.The authorities in the Jewish state had "denied them access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and used the resulting insecure legal status as a pretext to unlawfully detain or threaten…
  • Peter: On 'DeLegitimizing Palestinians Via New Zealand'

    Mohammad Tomazy
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Peter sent this email to AW360 Editor:Hi there.Historically New Zealand's ambassador in Turkey has traditionally served both Palestine and Israel, so I ask why has this changed suddenly?As I don't believe in coincidences I'm wondering whether prior knowledge of the investigative story shown on national TV last night may have been the motive for publicly slapping down the New Zealand Government for casting Israeli activities in a negative light.I'm personally hoping the problem won't go away and will become a main theme during the final 4 weeks of the election campaign here, however, as the…
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    BizPac Review

  • Florida Five: DWS disastrous summer, Lawsuit challenges marijuana ‘lottery’ rule

    Michele Kirk
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Photo: MyFlorida.com Kudos to Florida: How the state discarded DC, beat central planning, to land on top:Some states are governed well, and some are not. Compare states’ track records to each other and to the federal government, and you’ll learn lessons on old, top-down, closed, outdated ways that don’t work. Exhibit No. 1 is Washington D.C. and its top-down control structure — the very picture of broken, corrupt and obsolete operations. “Top-down” means a system imposed by megalith bureaucracy and stimulus-driven…
  • Funding the navigators: Florida’s Obamacare helpers get another $6.8 million

    William Patrick
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Round two of Obamacare open enrollment is eight weeks away, and the Obama administration is once again spending millions on “navigator” outreach programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week it’s handing out $60 million in new funding for 90 organizations. Florida was among the top states, garnering nearly $6.8 million — only Texas received more. The grant recipients are tasked with continuing sign-up efforts aimed at enrolling eligible participants in mostly government subsidized health insurance plans. The funding is going to states where the…
  • Iran’s supreme leader mocks Obama’s ISIL strategy, laughs at Kerry, US ‘pleading’ for help

    BizPac Review
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Foreign papers began to report Monday that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mocked President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other top U.S. officials who he claimed pleaded with Iran to join the collation against the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, ISIL and ISIS. Iran’ Supreme Leader calls U.S. anti-ISIS coalition pointless and superficial: http://t.co/gX9MFxqmIj — Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 15, 2014 Adam Kredo wrote in the Washington Free Beacon: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei mocked President Barack Obama’s…
  • Shocking photos of NYC’s Muslim Day Parade; hanging women extreme – even for New Yorkers

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The theme of the 29th annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City on Sunday was “Islam & America Share Common Values,” but you may not have known that by the looks of some of the displays. While UrbanInfidel.com notes that the black flag associated with the Islamic State that was so prevalent last year was absent this year, the presence of a woman being hanged, the Muslim Brotherhood in full force and girls in cages at the parade might have been extreme – even by New York City standards. The parade began with a number by the NYPD marching band, followed shortly after by a…
  • Pastor in strip club feud demands apology from county officials

    Joe Saunders
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The central Ohio pastor arrested during a protest against a neighboring strip club is demanding an apology from county officials who want both sides to stand down in their long-running dispute. In a letter to the Coshocton County Legal Department, Pastor Bill Dunfee of the New Beginnings Ministries in Coshocton, Ohio, said his arrest on public property with another church violated his rights and the rights of his congregation, according to the Coschocton Tribune. Photo Credit: Aatp.org “I would encourage you to apologize to all the gentle Christians that you and the Sheriff’s…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

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

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

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

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

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

  • Politically Connected: Ties Link Embattled Government Bank, Well-Heeled Consultants

    Melissa Quinn
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Clients of a high-powered Washington consulting firm appear to have benefited from the outfit’s ties to the Export-Import Bank and the Obama administration, which wants to save the embattled federal agency. Critics long have faulted the Export-Import Bank for helping politically connected companies secure taxpayer-backed financing. And the consultants at Albright Stonebridge Group, which is headed by a former U.S. secretary of state and bills itself as the “premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm,” pride themselves on making worldwide connections. The firm’s chairman…
  • The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

    Robert Rector
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise. Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
  • Blood Testing Could Be in Store for Mississippi Drivers at DUI Checkpoints

    Steve Wilson
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Over Labor Day weekend, the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol ran a no-refusal DUI checkpoint in Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi. In a no-refusal checkpoint, a driver who refuses a sobriety test — either a breath test or a standard field sobriety test — could be compelled to undergo a blood test. A judge is either on site or on call to rule on probable cause and can issue a warrant for the test. A certified phlebotomist is at the ready, and blood is drawn at the checkpoint. According to state law, drivers in Mississippi give their “implied consent” to a blood or breath…
  • Virgina Schools Bans Chapstick

    Eric Boehm
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    A school board in Virginia got an earful from one of its students last week over its ban on lip balm. Last winter, Grace Karaffa, a student in Augusta County, was told by her teachers she was not allowed to bring lip balm to school or to wear it while in the building because of concerns some students might be allergic. “I was told I couldn’t use it. Then later that day they (lips) started to bleed, so I asked for Chapstick again and I was told that it was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick,” Grace, 11, told school board officials at a meeting on…
  • 9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live

    Kelsey Harris
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Many in America, while struggling, also have more assets than you might assume from media reports. >>> Read More Facts: The War on Poverty After 50 Years The post 9 Facts About How the Poor in America Live appeared first on Daily Signal.
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    India News Analysis, Op-Eds and Podcasts on Niti Central

  • Xi Jinping’s ‘strategy’

    Manoj Kureel
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    The post Xi Jinping’s ‘strategy’ appeared first on India News Analysis, Op-Eds and Podcasts on Niti Central.
  • Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping meet: India must tread cautiously

    Shivkant Gautam
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is all set to begin his India visit from Wednesday and a major change in diplomatic ties between the two countries is being highly anticipated. On one hand, China seems keen to invest heavily for infrastructure development in India while on the other hand, a fresh incursion by the Chinese Army has been reported in Ladakh. China is reportedly raising objections over the construction of an irrigation canal in the Demchok area which lies 600 metres from the Line of Actual Control. On implications and outcomes of the Chinese President’s visit, Pushpa Ranjan…
  • By poll results – BJP debut in Bengal, SP gains some lost ground in UP

    Niticentral Staff
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Counting has begun for by-elections held on September 13 in three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats across 10 States. (PTI file photo) Early trends from the counting for the three Lok Sabha and 33 Assembly seats across 10 States show that the BJP is losing ground in Uttar Pradesh, and is ceding ground in two other key States, Rajasthan and Gujarat, reports cited. According to trends shown by major TV channels, the BJP was leading only in 2 out of 11 seats in UP, that is 9 down from last time when the party and its ally the Apna Dal held all these 11 seats. The big gainer is likely to be the…
  • Xi Jinping’s $100 billion investment won’t materialize without business friendly conditions

    Gautam Mukherjee
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is coming on September 17 for his first three-day visit to India. China, as expected, has announced plans to invest $100 billion in India, about half of it in infrastructure alone, over the next five years. The rest will go into a slew of SEZs around the country, food processing industry, more bullet trains, and so on. And Chinese banks, flush with funds, will finance all the Indo-Chinese joint ventures expected to mushroom. President Xi Jinping is coming on September 17, Narendra Modi’s 64th birthday, for his first three-day visit to India. For China, the time…
  • Narendra Modi’s ‘Make In India’ global address ahead of US visit

    Aliya Abbas
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Washington in September-end for his first summit meeting with Barack Obama. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Summit level meet with President Obama is being being the tipped to be a big moment for both nations’ bilateral and strategic affairs as well as a meeting that could have an impact on global affairs. In fact, the US Government is leaving no stone unturned to woo him with the best. While the most powerful President on this planet – Barack Obama will host a dinner for Prime Minister Modi on September 29 at the White…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More

    JG
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note from the author: As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  […]The post How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge

    JG
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The mass migration of applications to the AWS cloud is about to begin.  Most enterprises plan to migrate applications and systems to AWS to capture cost efficiencies, scalability, and agility benefits, and to avoid impending data center expansions. The issue is that there are many ways to migrate applications to AWS, each with its own […]The post AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge appeared first on 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 […]The post The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Manta Ray Tangled In Fishing Line Asks Divers For Help

    Casey Hendrickson
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Thomaz Monteiro and Flavia Passaglia from Brazil were diving at Bat Islands near Costa Rica when they stumbled upon a majestic underwater beast, a giant ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • College Students Sign Petition To Support ISIS

    Casey Hendrickson
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    Countless TV shows and YouTubers have proved over and over that the general public will sign a petition for nearly anything. Sure, it’s funny when people ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Pronounce Tricky Names Of Popular Wines

    Casey Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    There’s nothing worse than going to a fancy dinner or party only to be the one fool who can’t properly pronounce the name of the wine ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • High Fiving People Hailing Cabs In New York

    Casey Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Only the crazy rich have cars in New York City, and even they barely use them in the city. It’s just such a hassle. Instead, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Super Mario World Kombat – Viral Viral Videos

    Casey Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo is one of the most popular Mario games out there. The animation style is so pleasant and cute. ... [[ 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
    19 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 Encore : w/ Hoosier School Heist Author Doug Martin

    Liberal Fix
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team is honored to present Doug Martin, the author of Hoosier Shool Heist for the real truth on the privatization of public schools and what is really behind conservative reform efforts.  They discuss the tactics of the right and what we on the left can do to stop what is going on and create awareness around the country.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: W/ Sociologist Salvatore Balbones (Ep 72)

    Liberal Fix
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Salvatore Babones.  Mr. Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several universities in the United States. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
  • 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…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • A Devil’s Deal: US Armed Syrian Rebels Sign Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

    Shawn Helton
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    21st Century Wire says…While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we learn that opposition groups, al Nusra Front, along with the FSA, have seemingly aligned themselves with ISIS…IMAGE: ‘Masking the truth’ – An apparent member of ISIS featured in the PR rise (Photo link 21stcenturywire.com)Befriending terrorIn a report first appearing on Orient-News and other Middle East based news agencies, Syrian rebels, along with ISIS jihadists, have signed a non-aggression pact in Damascus. The cease-fire deal brokered between…
  • Ted Cruz: ‘I Pledge of Allegiance to Israel’

    21wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    SARTRE21st Century WirePresidential wannabe politicians seldom will champion an American First foreign policy, but are eager to stand behind a Pro-Zionist agenda, even at the expense of our own essential national interest. The mess that engulfs the Middle East is only getting worse. Throughout all the past administrations and swings in the post World War II cast of enemies, Israel is never mentioned by the establishment as a force that undermines American national security. The axiom that Zionism is an unquestioned ally and friend of the United States, goes unchallenged. Any honest evaluation…
  • Staged ISIS Videos are the Plot of Iron Man 3 (2013)

    21wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    by Jay DyerJay’s AnalysisAs our friend, the talented writer Peter Parker pointed out back in May of 2013, the intelligence scripting for the news events surrounding radical Islamic terrorists seem to find their curious parallel in certain Hollywood blockbusters.  Parker explained with precision how the plot of Iron Man 3 in particular demonstrated this obvious correlation with Ben Kingsley’s character, The Mandarin, playing the laughable role of the British actor cum terrorist.  In the plot, the terrorists were fake, kidnapping Iron Man and holding him ransom.  Sound…
  • Clockwork: New ISIL Vid ‘Beheads’ Brit Haines, Cameron Gung Ho for US Bombing Run on Syria

    21wire
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTWhen Obama gave his not-so-epic ISIS(L) attack speech on Tuesday, little or no enthusiasm rang from the coalition choir. Even Obama’s BBF David Cameron was strangely quiet on the matter, with Britain releasing a statement saying they will not be joining in on Washington’s military free-for-all in Syria.What a difference a day makes…ISIS social media barons released a new video yesterday which purportedly shows the beheading of British citizen and aid worker, David Haines, a 44-year-old who is said to have been kidnapped back in March 2013. In…
  • Episode #50 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Fear of Scotland and ISIS’ with Basil Valentine, Patrick Henningsen and Dean Ryan

    21wire
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Episode #50 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday September 14th, 2014 presented by guest host Basil Valentine with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…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 UK, as guest host Basil Valentine covers the top stories of the week around the globe including the approaching Scottish Independence vote, and later joined by guests Patrick Henningsen from 21WIRE discussing ISIS and the…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Our Finnish Obsession

    Jin Yao Kwan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    There appears to be a predilection to raise the Finnish example in public discussions without consideration for the details of education policies. Last year throughout the Our Singapore Conversation sessions, especially those organised by the Ministry of Education, whenever participants were asked about improvements to the education system in Singapore, “let Singapore be like Finland” was a common reply. But missing in these responses were the “whats” and “hows”: what approaches can Singapore adopt from Finland, and the implications for educators? How can we compare the strengths…
  • Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

    Jin Yao Kwan
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seeking approval from anyone, it would appear, has never been a priority for the law professor. “I look back at my time in Parliament without any regrets”. The “Captain Obvious” label hardly bothers him, and has not changed the way he contributes to socio-political discourse in Singapore rigorously. One might not always agree with Mr. Tan’s perspectives, but he will continue to do more – with academic training and knowledge – beyond this NMP stint. And I believe we are all the better for it. Continue reading →
  • Choice To Go Under The Knife

    Jin Yao Kwan
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Blaming the media per se for the growing popularity of cosmetic treatment is convenient, but not necessarily accurate. The desire to go under the knife could also stem from problematic conceptions of body image and self-esteem, which are influenced mostly by everyday interactions: with peers, friends, teachers, and parents. A child with parents who have done such procedures, for instance, is more likely to do so themselves. Taunts, jibes, and careless remarks can affect too. Through this the media appears to be a contributory factor. Continue reading →
  • Beyond The Exposure To Pornography

    Jin Yao Kwan
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It is tempting to read our children’s exposure to pornography – based on findings gathered by Touch Cyber Wellness in Singapore (ST, Sept. 6) – with alarm, since the consumption of pornography is often perceived to be deleterious. A host of ramifications are associated with it. In the ST report, “[e]xperts say the findings are worrying as such content affects young people’s attitudes and behaviour towards love and sex, and may lead to sexual crimes”. Continue reading →
  • An Arrogant Reality Check?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Halfway through our stint as year three councillors at Chinese High we had a peer-feedback session, and someone proposed the “Pandora’s Box” activity to strengthen our team. We sat in a circle, and in the centre there was a chair. In turns we sat on that chair, and listened to criticisms from our peers, on what or how the individual could improve his character or work performance. What were his weaknesses, in other words. Even though we were probably too young to understand dispositions and ambitions, the session was still fairly solemn. And because all of us took the exercise so…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
  • Is Big Gov’t Really All That Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For decades we have been hearing that big government is the enemy and that big government creates more problems than it solves. But when give the choice of keeping or doing away with the programs that are the biggest reasons our federal government is as large as it is Americans to an overwhelming degree choose to keep them. In this episode we discuss this disconnect and attempt to identify some of the reasons for it. We discuss our focus on keeping taxes low when the shortfall is made up mainly with ever-growing debt and deficits, and pose the central question, how much government do we…
  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

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

  • The Award Goes To… the National Football League

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Protecting your brand at all cost... even if you have to tell a little white lie.... and the AWARD goes to... For not only fulfilling your campaign promise of never bringing America into another war, but for convincing the Secretary of State that... hear no war, see no war, smell no war... Thanks for the warning that our smart phones and computers may malfunction... and the AWARD goes to...  For sticking to his story even when it seemed like he was just trying to get away with murder! and the AWARD goes to... For reminding Americans that President Obama will be remembered, even 100 years…
  • The Award Goes To… Vice President Joe Biden

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The most overly dramatic statement after the beheading of another American journalist... ‘We Will Follow Them to the Gates of Hell’... and the AWARD goes to... Trying to make a job flipping hamburgers seem like more than it really is... and the AWARD goes to...  For standing up to BIG government when big government says one thing and then does the exact opposite... and the AWARD goes to...  For writing the most nasty, threatening tweets to her students and then suggesting that it was just a gag... and the AWARD goes to... For going past GO, collecting $3.4 million, and…
  • 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!!  
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • War Always Comes Home

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can’t assemble a totalitarian war machine and expect it to never come home. Sooner or later, all those military-grade weapons end up in your own back yard. Pointed at you. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen the rise …
  • 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 …
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    Citizens News

  • Video proves that at least some Millennials know about ISIS

    Liberty Bell
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via YouTube/MRCTV MRCTV’s Dan Joseph visited George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 11 in an effort to back up his suspicion that Millennials don’t exactly know about the threat of ISIS. He asked students to sign a petition calling for President Obama to “support ISIS” and help […]The post Video proves that at least some Millennials know about ISIS appeared first on Citizens News.
  • CONSIDERING THE DOJ PLAN

    Liberty Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE to create a class of “Stasi-like” informers, the below picture is pretty damn close to the truth.   https://www.flickr.com/photos/expd/The post CONSIDERING THE DOJ PLAN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • My 1983 CEA Memo on the Ban on Alaskan Oil Exports, by David Henderson

    Liberty Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Written by EconLog Last week, I posted here and here about Larry Summers’s excellent talk in which he advocated removing the ban on U.S. oil exports. I then remembered that when I was the Senior Economist for Energy Policy with President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, I had written a memo on the issue of […]The post My 1983 CEA Memo on the Ban on Alaskan Oil Exports, by David Henderson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • ‘Illegal immigration poses greater threat than ISIS’

    Liberty Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia “ISIS could cut off the heads of journalists once a month for the next five years and that’s not going to destroy America, but Obama’s pumping of illegal immigrants into the country will”The post ‘Illegal immigration poses greater threat than ISIS’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • US College Students Sign Petition In Support Of ISIS

    Liberty Bell
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report “Have you seen the Steven guy, the journalist? He was actually part of the Israeli Mossad” No words…. h/t CNS NewsThe post US College Students Sign Petition In Support Of ISIS appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • I Agree With Willie On The Issue Of Scottish Independence !!

    leftdog
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Free Scotland
  • World Shocked At ISIS Beheadings ... while our ally Saudi Arabia continues to whack heads off routinely as part of their justice system!

    leftdog
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    "In the space of two weeks last month, according to the rights group Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia executed as many as 22 people. At least eight of those executed were beheaded, U.N. observers say. It appears that the majority of those executed in August were guilty of nonlethal crimes, including drug trafficking, adultery, apostasy and "sorcery." Four members of one family, Amnesty reports, were beheaded for "receiving drugs." [...] last year, a reported shortage of trained swordsmen led to some hope that the practice could wane, but recent evidence suggests…
  • 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
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: Jacques Costeau

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    As PDers start to tackle September’s Book Club choice of Larken Rose’s The Most Dangerous Superstition, you’ll start to see how Statism, tyranny , and even eugenics have been served up to you from your first toddling steps.
  • Just Sayin’: Maybe Stop Tweeting

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Seriously? Seriously? Come on! 
  • Genius Fatwa: Peep on Your Betrothed

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Note that today instead of talking about tyranny’s usual Genius Ideas like inflating the dollar into oblivion, or telling rape victims to urinate on themselves, we want to delve into a Genius Fatwa.
  • Ebola Air Strike

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    While considering changing our name to All Ebola News All the Time here at PD, the French are doing what they do best, striking.
  • How To: Waterproof Your Matches

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    While the rest of the world is taking today to celebrate the latest douche accessory piece, the Apple Watch, PD decided that we’d rather cover something useful---like surviving an EMP, something your Apple slap-band won’t do.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • An Appeal to the Nations of the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    cnsr.ru, September 11, 2014To all people of goodwill in the everywhere: to leaders of all faiths, to the architects of public opinion, to those at the helm of professional, women’s and youth organizations, to the UN General Assembly, to the heads of state and legislative bodies and to the mass media.We, the Participants of the Moscow International Forum “Large Family and Future of Humanity” (September 10-11, 2014), express our profound concern because certain countries are pursuing tenacious policies and an unprecedented propaganda campaign, all of which is leading to the ultimate…
  • Pope Francis’ Homily at the World War I Memorial in Redipuglia

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep”Rome, September 13, 2014 (Zenit.org)Here is the translation of Pope Francis' homily during Mass at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war's beginning.
  • The Battle for Civilisation

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 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.orgIn my previous essay, I argued that ISIS and the Islamic State are demonic forces that pose an existential threat to civilisation. We face a battle against barbarism, not a clash of civilisations. Fighting the barbarians who slaughter innocent men, women and children is a battle for civilisation – for ancient ways of life, ancestral homeland, millennia-old traditions and different faith communities such…
  • The Pentagon — the Climate Elephant

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    An Article by Sara Flounders published at Workers World on September 4, 2014There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even acknowledged. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change.It is well understood by every possible measurement that the Pentagon, the U.S. military machine, is the world’s biggest institutional consumer of petroleum products and the world’s worst polluter of greenhouse gas emissions and many other toxic pollutants. Yet the Pentagon has a blanket exemption…
  • India Should Leverage the Tectonic Shift in the Global Economic Order

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    An Article by R Vaidyanathan published at vifindia.org on September 9, 2014As per Angus Maddison’s pioneering OECD study, India and China had nearly 50 percent of the global GDP as late as the1820‘s.1 Hence, India and China are not emerging or rising powers. They are merely retrieving their original position or re-emerging markets. In 1990, the share of G-7 in world GDP [on PPP base] was 51 % and that of the emerging markets was 36 %. But in 2014 it is the reverse. [See Chart 1].The crisis faced by the West is primarily due to forgetting a six letter word called ‘saving’ which is a…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Ted Cruz another Israeli Mouthpiece

    User Submitted
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    Presidential wannabe politicians seldom will champion an American First foreign policy, but are eager to stand behind a Pro-Zionist agenda, even at the expense of our own essential national interest. The mess that engulfs the Middle East is only getting worse. Throughout all the past administrations and swings in the post World War II cast ...
  • U.S., NATO, Hold Joint War Games in Ukraine, and Give Ukraine Weapons, to Continue Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

    Eric Zuesse
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Eric Zuesse During 15-26 September, the U.S. and 14 other NATO countries are holding war games in Ukraine, in order to assist the Ukrainian military to eliminate Ukraine’s cultural Russians. Ukraine is not yet a NATO country, but aims to become one; and NATO under President Obama has ended being any sort of alliance for democracy, and ...
  • Snowden: ‘If You Live in New Zealand, You Are Being Watched’

    User Submitted
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Alongside reporting on new documents, former NSA analyst turned whistleblower calls out nation’s prime minister for making “categorically false” statements on mass surveillance Jon Queally NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has penned a firm rebuke to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, accusing the head of state of “not telling the truth about mass surveillance” and ...
  • Israel’s Genocidal War on Palestine Without End

    User Submitted
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News It’s longstanding Israeli policy. Palestinians aren’t wanted. Israel considers them subhuman. It wants them eliminated. It wants Jewish exclusivity. It wants maximum Jews and minimum Arabs. Israel’s entire history is blood-drenched. Depravity defines it. It’s longstanding genocidal war on Palestine reflects it. In 1985, then Israeli president Chaim Herzog said: ...
  • Coalition of Civil Liberty Advocates and Intelligence Community Whistleblowers Oppose USA Freedom Act

    User Submitted
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    WASHINGTON – OffNow has joined a trans-partisan coalition of surveillance whistleblowers, civil liberties advocates, and organizations representing millions of Americans urging Congress to reject the Senate version of the USA Freedom Act. A joint letter released by the coalition outlines numerous concerns with the legislation, including ambiguous language that is open to abuse, the failure ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Growing Water Tensions In Central Asia

    Eurasia Review
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Growing tensions in the Ferghana Valley are exacerbated by disputes over shared water resources. To address this, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan urgently need to step back from using water or energy as a coercive tool and focus on reaching a series of modest, bilateral agreements, pending comprehensive resolution of this serious problem. Political rivalries, economic […] The post Growing Water Tensions In Central Asia appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Now Through The Front Door Into Syria – OpEd

    Palestine Chronicle
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    By Jeremy Salt So finally the US gets what it wants, a war on Syria. Or should it be a war in Syria? Either way, another US-led attack that violates international law and, without the consent of Congress, probably domestic law as well. Syria has warned the US against this step, just as it warned […] The post Now Through The Front Door Into Syria – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iran Viewpoint: US Shaky Triangular Coalition, Not Capable Of Fighting ISIS – OpEd

    Iran Review
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    By Seyed Mohammad Eslami Various pieces of the puzzle are gradually coming together to give a clear meaning to certain behaviors. At first, a coalition takes shape in a summit meeting of NATO member states in Wales to discuss ways of fighting ISIS terrorists. During the meeting, the United States coalesces with France, Germany, UK, […] The post Iran Viewpoint: US Shaky Triangular Coalition, Not Capable Of Fighting ISIS – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • General John Allen Named Special Presidential Envoy For Global Coalition To Counter ISIL

    Eurasia Review
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday that the US has asked General John Allen to join the State Department to serve as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. According to Kerry, in this role, General Allen will help build and sustain the coalition so it can operate across multiple […] The post General John Allen Named Special Presidential Envoy For Global Coalition To Counter ISIL appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Hungary: Going In The Wrong Direction? – Analysis

    Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    By John R. Haines “This country’s history was written by its enemies…We are the descendants of the Scythian-Hun people, who at one time ruled all of Asia…Our enemies encouraged us to forget that we were Huns…to deny our origins and deprive us of hope in the future in order to subjugate us once and for […] The post Hungary: Going In The Wrong Direction? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Tacho Sobre La Independencia Mexicana - Tacho on Mexican Independence

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Todas las grandes ciudades, y hasta el más chico poblado, lucen en vistosos colores: verde, blanco y colorado.Cordeles de lado a lado, que cuadriculan los cielos, muestran fotos de los heroes Hidalgo, Allende y Morelos.Banderas por todas partes hacen acto de presencia, y todo  con un anhelo, festejar la independencia.Nomas que aquí algo no encaja. Se pierde más cada día, y conforme avanza el tiempo, hay menos soberanía.No hay mucho que festejar. No entiendo tanto jolgorio. Lo más congruente, Gaviota, es preparar un velorio.
  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Catania releases LGBT-inclusive platform

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    D.C. mayoral candidate David Catania on Monday released a 126-page campaign platform that includes LGBT-specific issues. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania (I-At-Large) released a 126-page booklet on Monday outlining his platform on a wide range of issues; including issues related to LGBT youth, transgender employment and surrogacy parenting for lesbian moms. Catania officially released the document, David Catania’s Vision to Secure Our City’s Future, at a news conference at his campaign headquarters on Connecticut Avenue near…
  • 7th Circuit stays decision on Indiana same-sex marriage

    Chris Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The 7th Circuit has stayed its decision against Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. (Photo by Bigstock) In a move consistent with prior decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court on Monday agreed to stay its decision striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Without explanation, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to place on hold a ruling against the state’s marriage until the final word on the law comes down from the Supreme Court. “The stay will…
  • German man attending Serbian LGBT rights conference attacked

    Michael K. Lavers
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    A German man who was attending an LGBT rights conference in the Serbian capital on Saturday was attacked by three men (Photo by Bigstock)A German activist who was attending an LGBT rights conference in the Serbian capital was severely beaten on Saturday. Jovanka Todorovic of Labris, a Serbian LGBT advocacy group, told the Associated Press that a group of men attacked the 27-year-old man early Saturday morning with a glass ashtray. The news agency reported the assailants told the man “we don’t want foreigners in Belgrade” as they attacked him. Todorovic told the Washington Blade in an…
  • Courts grant emergency recognition to married same-sex couples

    Chris Johnson
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A pair of courts in Arizona and Indiana this week acted to ensure same-sex marriages would be recognized.A pair of courts — one in Indiana, the other in Arizona — acted this week to grant emergency recognition to individuals in same-sex marriages facing the death of their partners. On Thursday, a federal judge in Indiana approved an agreement in which the state would recognize of the marriage two women in the City of Whiting: Mayra Yvette Rivera, who’s undergoing chemotherapy for advanced ovarian cancer, and Veronica Romero. The agreement came as a result of a lawsuit filed this…
  • Latin America ‘light years ahead’ of Caribbean on LGBT rights

    Michael K. Lavers
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    LGBT advocates from St. Lucia, Guyana, the Bahamas and Jamaica at a meeting of activists from Latin America and the Caribbean in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 6, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)LIMA, Peru — Advocates from English-speaking countries in the Caribbean who attended a meeting of LGBT activists in the Peruvian capital last week conceded the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in their region continues to lag far behind that in Latin America. “Latin America is actually way ahead of us in terms of progress they have made in terms of laws that…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever

    David Wasserman
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” Southerland, who is locked in a tight race against a female Democrat, is one of just a few endangered House Republicans in 2014 and has mostly himself to blame for his predicament.In the short term, Republicans are a lock to keep the House. Yet the…
  • The Enduring Political Impact Of 9/11 For Those Who Were Closest

    Dan Hopkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    In the days just after the Sept. 11 attacks, I called an uncle in Wyoming to check in and let him know how I was doing. At the time, I was living in a part of Brooklyn quite close to the World Trade Center site. But he made it clear that I wasn’t the only one on that phone call who was shaken. “You know, we really felt those attacks out here, too,” I remember him saying.I hadn’t yet gone to graduate school in political science at the time, but the bulk of political scientists wouldn’t have been surprised by my uncle’s level of concern. A long, distinguished body of research in…
  • Registered Voter Polls Will (Usually) Overrate Democrats

    Nate Silver
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the long run, Republicans and Democrats each win elections about half the time. This is not only a strong historical tendency4, but also one well predicted by political theory. A party that continually loses elections because it’s too far removed from the political center or because it appeals to too narrow a range of voters should seek to remedy that by expanding its coalition or moving toward the median voter — perhaps by compromising some of its ideological goals.Sometimes the transition can be rough. The Republican Party, for example, is currently engaged in a battle between…
  • The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren’t Talking About

    Hayley Munguia
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later,…
  • FiveThirtyEight’s Senate Model Is Back And It Gives Republicans The Edge

    Nate Silver
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The FiveThirtyEight Senate model is launching Wednesday. We’ll be rolling it out in stages, with additional features, functionality and further methodological detail. We’ll also be unveiling our new set of pollster ratings and publicly releasing our database of all the polls used to calculate them. So there’s a lot more to come.But if you’re looking for a headline, we have two. First, Republicans are favored to take the Senate, at least in our view; the FiveThirtyEight forecast model gives them a 64 percent chance of doing so.The reasons for the GOP advantage are pretty…
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  • The Forever War: The president did not tell us how this new Conflict Ends.

    chris
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Patrick J. Buchanan  The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • State Dept. source says Clinton operatives scrubbed Benghazi documents

    chris
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
     The Clinton machine has come a long way since the days when national security adviser Sandy Berger was obliged to raid the National Archives for politically damaging documents and stuff them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Attorney: University Broke Law By Banning Crosses on Football Helmets

    chris
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
     Arkansas State University violated the law when they ordered football players to either remove or modify crosses they had affixed to their helmets, a prominent religious liberty law firm... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sarah Palin Goes Rogue and the Left Goes Nuts

    chris
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Townhall Magazine,  In the September issue of Townhall Magazine, where this article originally appeared, S.E. Cupp explains why the Left still doesn’t understand Sarah Palin’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don’t Count On An Election-Day Tsunami

    chris
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Jeff Jacoby,  Democrat Seth Moulton’s defeat of US Representative John Tierney in the 6th Congressional District primary last week came right on schedule.  The political... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ukrainian Coat-of-Arms The current conflict in Ukraine has its roots in both the Russian, and the Ukrainian history. Indeed Kiev has a special place in the Russian history as the cradle of Russian statehood, the Kievan Rus. This is where Christianity was adopted in 867 AD so Russia was able to enter the civilized world as an equal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'On the other hand to be fair, both Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to Russia claim Kievan Rus as their ancestors. But the Kievan Rus was defeated and conquered by the Mongols.Ukraine has been for a long time in its…
  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-15, Monday

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, September 15 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the U.S. government's ongoing attempts to downplay the Ebola crisis as the State Department quietly orders 160,000 Hazmat suits. Then, Alex breaks down new satellite images showing record level sea ice in the Antarctic, once again shattering predictions from global warming scientists who claimed all Arctic summers would be “ice-free” by 2013. Alex will also discuss President Obama's move towards total war with Syria and take your calls on today's worldwide broadcast.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-14, Sunday

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Infowars takes an in-depth look at the exploding Ebola epidemic threatening an airborne spread on this live Sunday, September 14 broadcast. Infowars reporters Rob Dew and Paul Joseph Watson break down the government's foreknowledge of an airborne Ebola pandemic, and question whether patients being flown into the US threaten the general population. We'll also analyze ISIS' latest propaganda beheading video being used as a pretext for military expansion, and Obama's threat to launch full scale war on Syria if it attempts to defend itself. We'll also dissect the latest on Scotland's attempt to…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-12, Friday

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this jam-packed Friday, September 12 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the current independence movements in Scotland and Catalonia, the recent comments from a top German virologist who said five million people could die from Ebola, and how Obama's plan for war in the Middle East is a decades-long war in the making. World traveler, actor, musician and activist Scottish John is in studio to explain the upcoming vote for Scottish independence. Geopolitical analyst Mimi Al-Laham, AKA Syrian Girl, also joins the show to reveal what you're not being told about the recent Middle East…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-11, Thursday

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, September 11, 2014 anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, Alex covers the media propaganda blitz underway as the U.S. government prepares to launch yet another foreign invasion despite the fact the ISIS terror group does not pose a threat to America. Infowars reporters Lee Ann MacAdoo and Joe Biggs report on 9/11 events from New York City, including troops on the streets. Alex covers Obama's war rally speech and the promise to attack ISIS in Iraq and violate Syria's national sovereignty as the war on terror enters a new and unprecedented phase. Alex also looks at evidence…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-10, Wednesday

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, September 10 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the unfolding ISIS situation as President Obama prepares to ignore Congress and the Constitution by ordering air strikes inside Syria. Alex will also examine reports indicating that murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was sold to ISIS jihadists by US backed “moderates” while the White House attempts to deny responsibility. Then, Alex welcomes Dr. Edward Group to discuss how people can easily rid their bodies of impurities in today's toxic environment. Alex is also joined by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, former…
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  • To hate Robin Thicke you have to know Robin Thicke

    Kelsey McKinney
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Robin Thicke's recently released album Paula has been criticized for its content more than its sound.  Releasing an album like Paula, Time said, is "a sign you've had an awful year."The album, notoriously, is an ode to Thicke's separated wife of 20 years, Paula Patton. "Paula Patton deserves better, and so do listeners," DJ Booth wrote. But the real problem people have with Paula, it seems, is that it isn't "Blurred Lines The listeners, it turned out, agreed. In its first week on the stands, Paula sold only 530 copies in the United Kingdom. No, that number is not missing zeros. That number…
  • More networks need to do what Syfy is doing with its passed-on pilot High Moon

    Todd VanDerWerff
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you're like a lot of TV fans, then the thought of getting to see one of the hundreds of pilots networks pass on every year is something that fills you with excitement and/or curiosity. But unlike decades ago, when passed-on pilots often aired in the summer (as with this misbegotten attempt to turn Steel Magnolias into a TV show), this happens very rarely today. Part of that is the increased prominence of summer TV taking up more airtime. And part of it is likely just how much the most savvy part of the audience now knows about the process. Networks are rarely fond of promoting their…
  • Missing paperwork means 115,000 enrollees will lose Obamacare

    Sarah Kliff
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    More than 100,000 Obamacare enrollees will have their coverage terminated on September 30 after they failed to provide the government with proof of legal status in the United States. The government sent out notices to 310,000 enrollees in mid-August, asking them to provide additional information to verify their citizenship status. While a majority of those people responded to the government, providing the necessary documents, 115,000 did not and are set to lose their coverage at the end of the month. The Affordable Care Act specifically bars undocumented workers from purchasing coverage…
  • 5 movies critics loved from the Toronto International Film Festival

    Brandon Ambrosino
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close yesterday, but the films that debuted there will be with us for months to come. TIFF is often an important launching pad for Oscar contenders. In all, TIFF screened 285 features and 108 shorts. Here are the ones that stood out. Here are 5 films critics loved 1) The Theory of Everything Release date: November 2014 Eddie Redmayne stars as a young Stephen Hawking, and his performance has earned positive reviews from most critics, including Variety and Hollywood Reporter. Redmayne's performance "towers," writes The…
  • You won't remember this post

    German Lopez
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Online readers may have a harder time remembering news stories than print readers, according to a recent study from the University of Houston. The study got two groups of university students to read the news and recall what they read. For 20 minutes, one group of 25 read a hardcopy of the New York Times, while another 20 read the newspaper's online version. Both groups were required to abstain from the news for the day until the study session, and participants weren't told that they would be tested on their recollection of what they read. The results: although both groups read similar…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Automotive Lightning Round

    Thomas E. Woods Jr.
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I talked to Eric Peters of EricPetersAutos.com today, and the conversation was fantastic. An expert on cars who’s also a Rothbardian libertarian — not a common thing, I don’t imagine. Have a listen! (Here’s the audio and there’s a YouTube version below.) Reprinted from TomWoods.com.
  • How To Talk to Your Barber

    Brett McKay
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Think back to your last haircut. How’d you feel about it when you walked out of the shop? Disappointed?  While your disappointing haircut might have been due to poor barbering, it’s often the case that your poor communication with the barber was at least partly to blame. Barbers can’t read minds. If you don’t tell them exactly what you want, you’re going to get whatever haircut the barber feels comfortable giving. For example, I knew an old barber (and I’m talking old) who’d give every customer a crew cut if the customer didn’t explicitly say exactly how he wanted his hair…
  • Beat Back Pain

    Joseph Mercola
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By Dr. Mercola An estimated 75 to 85 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives, and it’s one of the most common reasons for taking time off from work. In most cases, the pain is a result of simple mechanical problem, such as poor posture or improper movement. Not surprisingly, back pain has become a major target for drug company disease mongering.1 The latest example of this is the emergence of ads for ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the axial skeleton that includes the spine, which is actually a very rare condition. One…
  • The US Ambition To Rule the World

    Michael S. Rozeff
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The current hegemonic ambitions of the U.S. government go back to the heavy influence of neoconservative thought that began to be expressed during the Clinton administration. The neocons realized that the U.S. was the sole remaining superpower and they aimed for the U.S. to achieve global hegemony with power as a foundation. Hegemony requires a military component and the U.S. government had it. What is more natural, thought the neocons, than for the U.S. to build up its global hegemony with its military power as a foundation? Hegemony has other essential components, however, since no state or…
  • Will Intelligent Robots Wipe Out the Human Race?

    Gary North
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Remnant Review Moore’s law: the number of transistors per square inch on a chip doubles every [??] months. The number of months gets shorter, decade by decade. The pace has accelerated since 1965, when Moore made his observation. It may be as low as 12 today. The cost of information keeps dropping. It gets less, decade by decade. This has been continual since at least the U.S. census of 1890 — the first punch card census. “When the price drops, more is demanded”: the law of demand. It is the foundation of economic science. A constant rate of growth eventually produces…
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  • Basic Income Week! (And My Top Posts On Basic Income)

    Gaura Rader
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This week is basic income week!!!!! There’s lots of cool stuff going on around the world to promote basic income. Check the International Basic Income Week website here. There’s also going to be a great series of over 20 Reddit AMAs on basic income with whole bunch of super awesome people (and me). Check out […]
  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    Gaura Rader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls, and suburbs. Americans are unique in the developed world in their political views. Sociologist have long puzzled over the fact that Americans are willing to tolerate much higher levels of inequality than those in […]
  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
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    Pension360

  • New Jersey Sheriff Race Turns Into Campaign Against “Double Dipping”

    Ted Ballantine
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    One candidate for a New Jersey sheriff position is promising to relinquish his state pension if he wins, and in the process is turning against the common practice of sheriff “double dipping” – that is, the practice of drawing a state pension while also being employed at another public-sector job. The candidate, David Jones, is running under the campaign slogan “One Sheriff, One Paycheck”. More from New Jersey Spotlight: 17 of the state’s 21 county sheriffs double dip by collecting public pensions averaging $78,000 on top of their sheriff’s salaries, jacking up their average…
  • Scranton Levies Commuter Tax, Considers Selling Sewer System to Cover Pension Debt

    Ted Ballantine
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Pennsylvania city of Scranton is scrambling to avoid bankruptcy brought on by its mounting pension costs, and in the process is turning to some less-than-conventional sources of revenue. The city has already levied a commuter tax on non-residents who drive into Scranton for work. Now, the city is considering selling its sewer authority. From Bloomberg: The former manufacturing community will tax commuters starting next month and may sell its sewer system to buttress its retirement funds. The city has 23 cents for every dollar in retiree obligations, down from 47 cents in 2009, according…
  • BNY Mellon Launches Service To Aid Pension Funds’ Compliance With New GASB Rules

    Ted Ballantine
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    BNY Mellon has announced a new “regulatory support group” to help its pension fund clients to prepare for and comply with new GASB accounting standards, which went into effect last June. From a BNY Mellon press release: BNY Mellon has developed reports that will enable plan sponsors to seamlessly compile Statements of Net Assets and Net Changes, new requirements called for under GASB 67. The reports are easily customized and available to clients through Workbench™, BNY Mellon’s technology portal. Additional solutions are designed to help clients meet their GASB 67 performance…
  • Report: U.S. Public Pension Funding Up 6 Percent in 2013

    Ted Ballantine
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Funding ratios of the largest public pension plans across the country have improved since last year to the tune of 6 percent, according to report by Wilshire Consulting released Monday morning. From Reuters: In the study provided to Reuters, Wilshire estimated 109 state retirement systems had enough assets to cover 73 percent of their obligations in the year ended June 30, 2013, up 5.7 percent from 69 percent in 2012. Still, 90 percent of those plans were considered under funded. Russ Walker, vice president at Wilshire Associates and an author of the report, attributed the rise to the strong…
  • Video: Pennsylvania’s Pension Predicament

    Ted Ballantine
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    The 2014 CSG National Conference was held last month, but videos of the presentations are just beginning to surface. This presentation, on public pensions in Pensylvania, was given by state Senator Pat Browne (R). Sen. Browne has previously proposed and supported legislation to shift workers into a 401(k)-style plan. In 2012, he said: “Significant policy decisions regarding Pennsylvania’s pension system must be made soon,” Senator Browne said. “Without significant changes in the design of Pennsylvania’s pension system, including a switch to a defined contribution system, the…
 
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    Message President

  • God has given you the answer to end ISIL

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    DO you really think that the Ebola virus suddenly just showed up? God is giving you the answer to end ISIL. An old military trick used many times in the past. Infection... it can be done! God works in mysterious ways doesn't he? God Bless you and America!
  • BARRACK OBAMA YOUTH & WOMEN PARTY-KENYA

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    Dear Mr. President Barrack Obama, Following your success in political carrier as the first African-American President is more than a mere achievement, and the legacy you have left behind will be the foot marks that those who believe in possibility as your slogan echoed in the corridors across the globe"Yes we can!" will forever live to admire your overwhelming confidence, the courage and the power of your speech that made tears in either faces. To this time here in Kenya we are, as you have always made it clear that Africa does not need powerful men, instead it needs powerful ideas,…
  • The protest Law in Egypt.

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The protest law that was enacted by the Egyptian interim president Adly Mansour is deemed unconstitutional because it was issued in the absence of a Parliament . The law criminalizes all forms of peaceful assembly, including demonstrations, public meetings , and gives the state free hand to disperse gatherings by use of force . Thousands of Egyptian citizens have been violently arrested , detained and imprisoned without legal merit. The United States must live up to its values and demand the immediate release of all persons who are currently detained or imprisoned due to this law. The…
  • my best aint enough

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Am not sure if you're getting this message but i hope you do.i tried fighting crime myself but all efforts were invalid not physically but with science.just trying to make a suggestion which is mobile phone tracking,why bringing this up is because in the local area and around Nigeria,mobile phones are easily snatched.come to think of it mobile phones are everywhere and could easily be traced.this could help our crime fighters with ease in term of crime fighting.thanks for the notice MR PRESIDENT.hope to hear from you
  • WAR!

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Really?? War?? And how would this time be different from the bazillion other times? No need, no sense, waste of personnel lives and money in trying to change something that will never change. Shame on you!
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  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
  • Common Sense for Your Inbox or Timeline

    Bill Gelwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Fortunately we are all familiar enough these days with the concept of urban legends not to fall for many of the emails that used to catch people. Nobody is fearful of waking up in a bathtub of ice with no kidneys anymore. And nobody is going to give their bank account info to a Sudanese Prince so eh can stash some money there. BUT, there are still things that get floated out there, via email and social media, that are completely bogus. What prompted this post was an email from a friend this morning. Now, in his defense, it was something someone had sent him, and he was obviously skeptical, so…
  • Just for Fun

    Bill Gelwick
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Okay, I saw this and thought why not. Here is a word search filled with words from this blog. I hope you enjoy. Free Word Search PuzzlesMake Your Own Word Search The post Just for Fun appeared first on .
  • Completely Senseless

    Bill Gelwick
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Okay, this was not the topic I was planning on for this week, but events occurred that I feel should not be ignored. I’m talking about three completely senseless deaths and all the hype surrounding each.   Michael Brown If you have not heard about the police shooting of Michael Brown by now, odds are you do not have a Facebook account nor do you own a television. I rarely watch TV unless it’s something recorded and I still managed to come across the story on there.   I’m not certain of all the details, and don’t really have a need to know, but apparently Michael Brown was…
  • Are Publishers the New Record Labels?

    Bill Gelwick
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Traditional publishers seem to have their heads buried in the sand. If they were smart, they would be looking at what happened with the record industry. Instead, they are now in the same position the record labels found themselves 10 years ago. Traditional publishers are so far behind the curve they are in danger of becoming completely irrelevant. Now, I’m no expert in the publishing world. I have 3 short books on Kindle but have never ventured into the traditional publishing arena. I have researched what it takes, but have not attempted to get anything published as of yet. And, for our…
 
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  • 20-Year-Old North Korean Defector Now a TV Star in South Korea

    Cassie Ryan
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Yeon-Mi Park managed to escape from North Korea with her family, and had to bury her father along the way. She’s turned her harsh life experiences into a positive by becoming part of an anti-North Korea television show to raise awareness of what’s happening in her homeland.
  • This 19-Year-Old Girl’s Cartoon T-Shirts Are No Laughing Matter

    David Jirard
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Ren Qian, a freshman at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, earns over 10,000 RMB (aboutUS$1630) each month designing cartoon characters for T-shirts. She works part time for Tian Mao, a famous online market in China, and her designs are among the retailer’s top sellers. So far, Ren Qian has designed more than 40 cartoon characters for the retailer, and over 20,000 T-shirts printed with her cartoon characters have been sold. Among them, those with her “I’m a foodie” theme are the most popular. Over 10,000 shirts with that theme alone have been sold. Ren Qian finds many…
  • 9/11 Heartache: China Just Doesn’t Feel the Same Way We Do (Video)

    Kay Rubacek
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    At a memorial this morning for the lives lost in the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001, a Chinese friend of mine sat with me. She later quietly told me what happened on that very day when she was in China. The media in China, entirely controlled by the Chinese communist government, made the citizens feel like the devastation was deserved or acceptable. They even ran polls asking the citizens if it was a “good thing” or not. As unbelievable as it sounds, knowing the atrocities that have happened in China since the Communist Party took power, and my friend’s…
  • 9 Important Things That Were Killed by China’s Economic Boom

    Felice
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    After ten years since the Cultural Revolution, China’s economy has undergone tremendous changes, but some precious things that make us human, have also been lost with the changing times. 1.Thanksgiving Ok, so the Chinese never had it, but they used to have something similar and it wasn’t just an annual event. The ancient Chinese believed: “If receiving a drop of water, one would repay with a spring.” Today, only money matters. 2. Faith In the past Chinese officials would give up their lives in order to better their country. Citizens believed in heaven and hell, and…
  • Amazon Will Now Deliver to China

    Lulu
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Amazon recently announced its international headquarters, warehouse, and distribution center will be set up in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, according to Sina News, and thereafter, customers in China can purchase things from global Amazon online stores, not just limited to Amazon China, without additional charges on the commodities’ prices. “Delivery will take 7 to 10 days”, and “hopefully customers in China can place order in the fourth quarter of this year”, said Wang Peng, the general manager of the Asia E-Pay Company. A fair number of Chinese netizens are…