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    Paul Waldman
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    • This tyrannical president is about to subject Americans to the horror of cleaner air: The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulations, which are aimed at smog caused by power plants and factories across […]
  • The Conservative Opportunity

    The Weekly Standard Blog
    Kate O’Beirne
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Democrats lost white voters without college degrees—a big chunk of the middle class and an important swing vote—by huge margins this month. Why? Democratic pollster Mark Mellman told the Washington Post that his party had failed to credibly address these voters’ basic economic concerns including wage stagnation and the skyrocketing cost of higher education. “People are deeply suspicious that government can deliver on these problems,” Mellman says. “And they are not wrong. We’ve been promising that government can be a tool to improve people’s economic situation for decades,…
  • College Football Playoff Selection Committee Underrates the SEC, Pac-12

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    Jeffrey H. Anderson
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    With just two weeks to go before it announces its 4-team playoff field, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee is underrating teams from the two strongest conferences — the Southeastern and Pac-12 — and overrating those from the other three major conferences—the Big 12, Big Ten, and ACC — according to the Anderson & Hester Computer Rankings.  Fortunately, this trend is not evident among the top-4, where the rankings matter most. The CFP Selection Committee’s top four teams are the same as the top four teams in the Anderson & Hester Rankings, although the…
  • Top contender for Defense Secretary is a lawyer

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    J.P. Travis
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Top contender for Defense Secretary is a lawyer. Other than as hired legal help, Jeh Johnson has never served in the military but he is the guy who pushed through the Pentagon’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that gays can openly serve. So we know what Obama’s priority is.
  • Spinning Immigration Data

    FactCheck.org
    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Both sides in the immigration debate are simply misstating the facts. President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States. Obama said that “over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half.” Southwest border apprehensions are down 32 percent since fiscal year 2008, based on preliminary figures for fiscal 2014. The president also claimed that the number of unaccompanied children being apprehended at the border…
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    The Atlantic

  • The Crackdown on Poor Teacher Training Programs

    Emily Richmond
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called it “laughable” that the majority of states hadn’t shut down a single low-performing teaching preparation program in the prior decade. On Tuesday, the White House released draft regulations that are no joke for the nation’s teacher colleges and could result in a loss of federal funding if their graduates fail to do well on the job. In his conversation with reporters Tuesday to announce the proposed changes, Duncan noted that when it comes to shutting down inferior teacher prep programs, 34 states are in the midst of a 12-year…
  • The World's Iconic National Dishes

    Anna Altman
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    On Thursday, Americans will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, and they will do so at the dinner table. The meal, with roots in the ancient traditions of harvest festivals and in the religious fervor of the Puritans who settled here, has grown into a secular feast of abundance. Whether taking place in Duluth, Minnesota or at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, the American tradition is to roast a turkey and eat it along with a slew of side dishes, all in the company of family and friends. So here’s the thing: While it is an iconic food, no one would argue that a roast turkey is the American…
  • Americans Have Always Felt Guilty About TV Watching

    Lenika Cruz
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    With Thanksgiving, the holidays have begun in earnest, ushering in an uneasy season of guilt borne partly of over-consumption: too much shopping, too much pie (if such a thing even exists), and too much entertainment. It’s difficult to overstate how bloated television gets from Turkey Day onward. On top of the Macy’s Day Parade broadcast networks are serving up the obligatory Thanksgiving specials, all-day football, 12-hour marathons of NCIS and House, Sleepless in Seattle re-runs ad nauseum, the all-you-can-watch episodes of Pitbulls and Parolees that no one asked for… In 1996, the…
  • The Food Industry's Least Appetizing Ads

    Alexis C. Madrigal
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I love food technology because it's such a strange combination of things: process engineering, flavor science, and things I ate yesterday. So, every Thanksgiving, I write a bunch of stories about how we breed larger turkeys, or why potato flakes exist, or the nature of cranberry jelly in a can. To do so, I end up leafing through trade magazines like Food Manufacture, Food Processing, Food Engineering, Food Technology, and the Journal of Food Technology. And when I do, I marvel at the advertisements, especially the ones from the 1960s through the 1980s, the heyday for this sort of trade lit.
  • The Sound Recorder That Changed Film

    Sarah Laskow
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Stefan Kudelski didn't set out to make a sound recorder. He was interested in robotics, and in the 1950s, one of the ways to create robotic memory was to use magnetic tape. As a student, working with that tape, he built a machine that doubled as a recorder. Nobody was interested in the robotics aspect of the project, he said later: "But people were very excited about the recorder that I created. So, I became a manufacturer of recorders. That's how it started." This first recorder, the Nagra, was, in Kudelski's words, "just a gadget." The second was "very serious equipment." But the third one,…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Obama gives thanks for America and its unity in Thanksgiving weekly address

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, more than any other, it is uniquely American. Each of us brings our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table – but we all share this day, united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation. And we welcome the contributions of all people – no matter their origin or color or beliefs – who call America home, and who enrich the life of our nation.  It is a creed as old as our founding: “E pluribus unum” – that out of many, we are one. We are reminded that this creed, and America itself, was never an inevitability, but…
  • Cartoon: Richard Scarry's busy 21st century

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
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  • Over the river and through the wood

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Anyone else about done with Christmas carols? It is a shame, really; some of them are so beautiful, or they would be if we didn't have to hear them every time we walked into a store, a lobby, an elevator. Thanksgiving Day songs have never gotten the same over-exposure respect as their December brethren. Perhaps because turkeys don't turn that big a profit. There is no Black Tuesday filled with crowds of people waiting outside of Albertson's or Jewel's in the pre-dawn darkness for hours, hoping to snag one of the five-pound bags of potatoes at half price (first 35 shoppers). Or battling it out…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Happy Family Dysfunction Awareness Day

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Among the things I'm thankful for: that 80-something bloggers and "best friends for sixty years and counting" Margaret (the Mainer) and Helen (The Texan) are still at it. Helen is having the clan over for turkey again. Some snips from her annual letter: Their deck guns are loaded with pies. [S]peaking of the oldest profession, I am truly thankful that none of my granddaughters dress like a Kardashian. That Kim became famous for putting her private moments on the internet web for the whole world to see. We used to call that pornography but today they call it…
  • Time for a 'classic' Daily Kos Radio episode at 9 am ET!

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    Our pre-Thanksgiving show with Joan McCarter went so well, we've decided to do it again! This time, as if it was November 27, 2013. Back then, we were previewing the Hobby Lobby case. Labor organizers were gearing up for Black Friday actions. And the Senate had just exercised the "nuclear option," and nobody gave you more detail and historical context than KITM. They couldn't! We were the only show on the air that knew it inside and out! Listen to today's "classic" episode at 9:00 ET, here: Click this Link to Listen on your iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • Grand jury witnesses often cited fear in testifying...

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Grand jury witnesses often cited fear in testifying...(Second column, 9th story, link)Related stories:PAPER: OFFICER WILSON VIOLATED PROTOCOLS OF CRIME SCENE...AP: Thousands of pages of grand jury docs reveal numerous instances of inconsistent, fabricated or provably wrong statements by witnesses...Two men indicted in plot to blow up St. Louis arch...Brown's Mother: 'I Don't Believe A Word Of It'...Family church burned during riots...Pastor blames white supremacists...Pharrell Williams: Why Aren't We Talking About Michael Brown's 'Bullyish' Behavior?
  • Earliest winter in decades sweeps USA...

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Earliest winter in decades sweeps USA...(Top headline, 2nd story, link)Related stories:Storms leave 350k without power...
  • Fifth Quake In 4 Days Rattles North TX...

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fifth Quake In 4 Days Rattles North TX...(Third column, 5th story, link)Related stories:Map...
  • SNOW COOLS FERGUSON

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    SNOW COOLS FERGUSON(Main headline, 1st story, link)
  • RUTH UNDER KNIFE...

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    RUTH UNDER KNIFE...(Second column, 17th story, link)
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    Drudge Retort

  • Happy Turkey Day

    rcade
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Americans will gather today for Thanksgiving Day with family, count their blessings and stuff their faces. On Forbes.Com Jeffrey Dorfman offers 21 quotes of Thanksgiving and gratitude in the spirit of the occasion. Some sports fans will be giving thanks for "the best slate of Thanksgiving games in NFL history," writes Chris Chase of USA Today. "There are no duds this year. If you want to pick one, it's the 12:30 p.m. ET game between the Lions (7-4) and Bears (5-6), but even thatÂ’s not so bad. Detroit is in the thick of a playoff race and division lead."
  • Cricketer Dies After Thrown Ball Strikes Head

    rcade
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    An Australian cricketer has died after being struck below his helmet while swinging at a cricket ball during a match in Sydney Tuesday. Phillip Hughes, 25, collapsed and his heart reportedly stopped before he was resuscitated. He was put in an induced coma but died Thursday after suffering what Australian team doctor Peter Brukner called a "massive bleed into his brain." "In first class cricket, top batsmen face balls delivered at speeds approaching 100 miles an hour, so injuries aren't uncommon, but they are very rarely this serious thanks to the protection usually provided by padding and…
  • Cops Arrest Man for Ripping Them on Facebook

    rcade
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A man arrested for posting Facebook comments calling a Wisconsin police department racist has filed a federal lawsuit alleging a violation of his constitutional rights. Thomas G. Smith posted profane comments on Facebook that called Arena police officers racists in July 2012. According to the lawsuit filed Monday, officer Nicholas Stroik saw Smith's comments and deleted them, along with comments from two other people who accused police of targeting black people. Police then called Smith, who was living in Arena, and asked if he had posted the remarks attributed to him. He told officers he…
  • Utah Debates Cutting Off Water to NSA Data Center

    sitzkrieg
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    State lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah. The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts, is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year. Nate Carlisle, a reporter with the Salt Lake Tribune who has waged a fight with the NSA and Bluffdale officials to determine how much water the data center is actually using, said, "What's noteworthy is no one on the panel said: 'Hey, wait a minute, we can't do this. They had some specific…
  • Want to Make a Film About Scientology? Get 160 Lawyers

    Tor
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    HBO is backing a documentary based on Going Clear, a book about Scientology and Hollywood -- and isn't taking any chances with the legal side of things. "We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film]" said HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins. The film by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright digs into the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the influence his church has had on its believers, many of whom have close ties to Hollywood.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Go See This

    Josh Marshall
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Most infographics don't add that much. But this one is very helpful in understanding some broad outlines about the Wilson grand jury. NPR has gone through the transcripts and created a straightforward chart showing what each witness said on several key questions. Were Brown's hands up? Was he charging Wilson? Was he running away when fired upon? Read More →
  • Making Sense of Darren Wilson's Story

    Josh Marshall
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    We should always be careful not to force concrete individual events - individual tragedies - into the greater, broader social injustices into which they seem to and may indeed fit. It's with this skepticism that I've approached the death of Michael Brown from the start. So I was surprised that finally reading Darren Wilson's testimony changed my impression of what happened a lot. Read More →
  • Rudy Squared

    Josh Marshall
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Out of the spotlight for a couple years, Giuliani decides memories of toxicity had maybe faded too much. So he's back on the case.
  • Overnight

    Josh Marshall
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Two FBI Agents were shot overnight near Ferguson, Missouri where they were helping local law enforcement execute an arrest warrant at a barricaded home. Neither agent's injuries were life-threatening.
  • Two More Down

    Josh Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Flock of pigs flies over Mississippi as federal judge strikes down the state's gay marriage ban (Arkansas's too.)
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    Political Animal

  • Bankers, Immigrants, Darren Wilson and the Injustices of Prosecutorial Discretion

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    One of the more obscure but important issues in this country's law enforcement policies has gradually but unavoidably grabbed our attention of late: the practice of prosecutors exercising broad discretion in which laws to enforce with criminal sanctions. The Republican Party is in full and angry rebellion against the president's efforts to reduce prosecutorial discretion in the enforcement of immigration laws. They are divided between those who want the indeterminate threat of random, arbitrary power to serve as a spur to "self-deportation" (not to mention passive acceptance of bad working…
  • Daylight Video

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Happy Thanksgiving Day. Here's my favorite song for this day, and for most any day: Fairport Convention with "Now Be Thankful."
  • Obama Pardons Turkey, Mocks Republicans

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Pardoning turkeys is stupid. So, why not have fun with it? President Obama joked Wednesday about his executive actions giving legal status to as many as five million undocumented immigrants, saying his Thanksgiving pardon of a turkey would doubtlessly be criticized as “amnesty.” Obama said the pardon of a turkey named Cheese would be the “most talked about executive action this month” and one that’s “fully within my legal authority.” “I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry, there is plenty of turkey to go around,” he…
  • Lunch Buffet

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making trouble for the administration by opposing Anthony Weiss, their nominee to be Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. National Review editor Rich "Starbursts" Lowry wants Congress to prevent President Obama from delivering the State of the Union address. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a stent installed after feeling discomfort while exercising today. If your Facebook feed is filled with people saying racist crap about Michael Brown and Ferguson, you should do some personal housecleaning of your social networks. Too bad this is satire. Am I the only one…
  • Opposing Immigration is a New Mold

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Jonathan Chait makes an observation that is probably kind of obvious to political junkies but that is, nonetheless, the explanation for both why the Republicans haven't been punished for their obstruction and why they're floundering on the immigration issue. “The GOP has withheld cooperation from every major element of President Obama’s agenda, beginning with the stimulus, through health-care reform, financial regulation, the environment, long-term debt reduction, and so on. That stance has worked extremely well as a political strategy. Most people pay little attention to politics…
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    New Republic

  • The Reason Republicans Can't Pass Anything on Immigration

    Danny Vinik
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Why didn’t Republicans preempt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration with their own legislation? At the very least, that would have worsened the politics of Obama’s move. At best, it would have forced Obama to rethink taking unilateral action at all.New York’s Jon
  • Six Reasons I'm Thankful for a Republican Congress

    Brian Beutler
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I generally don’t go in for sentimental holiday rituals like announcing New Year's resolutions or giving children candy on Halloween. But in the interest of promoting counterintuitive thinking about American politics and juicing this website’s holiday traffic, I’m making an exception this Than
  • The Supreme Court's New EPA Case Has More to Do With Climate Change Than You Think

    Rebecca Leber
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to review an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting how much mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants coal-fired power plants can emit. The case is clearly important because of the health benefits—humans exposed to mercury are at risk for a host of h
  • Peru Forcibly Sterilized 300,000 Poor Women in the '90s. Now They Could Decide the Country's Future.

    Iain Aitch
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    The most stirring art has the ability to make us stop, think, and even act, but a new interactive documentary made in Peru may just help decide the political future of the whole country. Created as a result of collaboration between the University of Bristol and London-based Chaka Studio, the Quipu p
  • How to Dig a Perfect Grave: A Day With Britain's Top Undertaker

    Xan Rice
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    On a crisp autumn morning in a field outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Jonny Yaxley took an aerosol can of white line marker from his truck and sprayed an 86-by-34-inch rectangle on the grass. After cutting along the outline with a spade, he mounted a small excavator and clawed off strips of tu
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • What Obama’s Ferguson sermon left out

    Michelle Malkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    What Obama’s Ferguson sermon left out by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace. One. Obama delivered a tepid, obligatory acknowledgement that “our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.” But he sandwiched it between a finger-wagging admonition that cops need to “show care and restraint” and a pandering discourse justifying the…
  • Eric Holder: Remember, there’s still a federal investigation open about the Ferguson shooting

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers After it was announced that a grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder went into placate mode: “While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the…
  • Satire collides with satire: WaPo ‘fact checks’ SNL’s Obama/immigration bit

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers I don’t remember a lot of WaPo “fact checks” of SNL skits about Bush or when Tina Fey said “I can see Russia from my house” which Dem supporters attributed to Sarah Palin without question, but mockery about Obama’s executive amnesty has for some reason caused a circling of the wagons: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/536555529397886977 The paper that brought down Richard Nixon can once again hang its hat on a journalistic coup. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
  • Hillary

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers During President Obama’s announcement about his executive amnesty, he said it would be to the benefit of bed makers and fruit pickers. Hillary Clinton expanded that list Friday night: At a gala for the New York Historical Society, which honored Clinton with its “History Maker” award, the former secretary of state called Obama’s order “historic.” The move will spare over 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. If Republicans have a problem with it, she said, they should pass their own law, echoing a statement she released Thursday night.
  • Obama’s executive amnesty helps draw thousands of Lois Lerner’s emails out of the shadows

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers By the time some of these 30,000 emails are run through the Insta-Redactor 5000, there might end up being just a few thousand remaining: Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email…
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    TIME

  • Morning Must Reads: November 27

    mileskohrman2014
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    200,000+ Without Power As most of the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, spare a thought for more than 200,000 American families who were facing the holiday without electricity after heavy snow felled power lines from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday Is Turkey Actually Good for You? Do the nutritional perks of turkey deserve to be at the center of your Thanksgiving feast? Our weekly poll of five experts answer the questions that gnaw at you Ferguson Rallies Across the U.S. Demonstrators across the U.S. took to the streets in protest against a grand jury’s decision not to…
  • This is How You Prepare a Hotel Room for Presidential Turkeys

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    On the third floor of the Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown Washington, a stone’s throw from the home of President Obama, four people (the author included) armed with a giant roll of clear tape, wrapped brown paper, and three large bags of pine shavings faced an important task. In a couple of hours (the time fluctuated thanks to Monday afternoon traffic) two 50-pound turkeys would need to call the foyer of room 326 their home. There was much work to be done. Why would two birds be spending the night in a hotel that typically houses dignitaries (many of whom, I’m sure, eat…
  • Facts and Ferguson

    Joe Klein
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    It has come down to this in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown: none of the evidence produced a clear enough picture of inappropriate behavior by Officer Darren Wilson. Indeed, the preponderance of forensic and eyewitness testimony suggests that Wilson was acting in self-defense against a violent perpetrator. But the eyewitness testimony is muddled, even among the local residents who supported Wilson’s version of the story. It is amazing how fast violence happens, how hard it is to remember events accurately. And so the grand jury couldn’t say–wasn’t asked to…
  • Over 450,000 Have Signed Up for Health Insurance

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Over 450,000 people signed up for health insurance via the healthcare.gov website during the first week of open enrollment, the Obama administration said Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services says 462, 125 people signed up for insurance between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21. Nearly half of those enrollees were new customers, Vox reports. Last year during the first month of the rocky rollout of Obama’s signature health care law, only about 106,000 people signed up for insurance. Enrollment via the Spanish-language version of healthcare.gov, however, lags. The site has had about…
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery on Wednesday. The 81-year-old justice is said to be “resting comfortably” and will likely be released within the next 48 hours, according to a Supreme Court release. Ginsburg had a stent — a small mesh tube that supports narrow or weak arteries — implanted in her right coronary artery. She reportedly felt discomfort during exercise on Tuesday and was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where a blockage was discovered. This is the latest health issue for Ginsburg, who was treated for cancer in…
 
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  • Cameron under pressure as net migration to UK surges

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    London (AFP) - Net migration to Britain rose by more than 40 percent in the year to June, official data released Thursday showed, putting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to demand EU migrant curbs.
  • Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw.
  • Qaeda militants 'moved US hostage ahead of Yemen raid'

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Al-Qaeda militants holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defence ministry website said. The journalist as well as a British national and a South African are among several hostages held by Al-Qaeda in the violence-wracked country, according to the ministry's 26Sep.net news website. On Tuesday, Yemeni special forces, said to have been backed by US commandos, raided an Al-Qaeda hideout in Hajr As-Saghir, in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, to free the captives. The ministry website reported late…
  • Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.
  • General strike shuts down services across Greece

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour general strike in Greece shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancellations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while tens of thousands of protesters marched in central Athens.
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    “After a six-year battle, the Senate will vote next week to begin construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is an oil pipeline that runs from Canada to the Gulf Coast. They’re hoping the pipeline will provide enough oil to cover Kim Kardashian’s next photo shoot.” – Jimmy Fallon “The pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast. It’ll be the biggest underground structure leading into the U.S. Then people in Mexico said, ‘Eh … second biggest.'” – Jimmy Fallon “It’s rumored that President Obama is planning to…
  • How to be Safe

    Iron Knee
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    © Matt Bors The main thing I don’t understand about the whole mess in Ferguson (despite lots of weird things that happened) is why did the black community decide that this was the straw to break the camel’s back? I think that blacks have plenty to be angry about concerning how they are treated by law enforcement in general. Wouldn’t it have been better for the last straw to have been something like the case this comic references — a twelve year old boy shot dead because he had a toy gun, even though the person who reported it to the police said that the gun was…
  • Why the 2014 Midterms Were Bad News for Republicans

    Iron Knee
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Wait a minute, didn’t the Republicans just sweep the midterm elections in their largest wave in modern history? Didn’t they increase their majority in the House and take over the Senate? Isn’t the GOP now boasting that the American people repudiated the entire Democratic agenda? Isn’t Obama so unpopular that even Democratic candidates were distancing themselves from him and his achievements? Maybe so, but none of that matters. In reality, the midterm elections were very bad news for the GOP. Let’s look at the facts, starting with why this election doesn’t…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:15 pm
    “The heroic New York doctor who caught Ebola has been declared Ebola free. President Obama called the doctor to thank him for his selflessness and compassion. Then to be safe, Obama threw his phone in a trash can and lit it on fire.” – Jimmy Fallon “Once you’re president, you can’t go anywhere without causing trouble. President Obama shows up in China, he’s chewing gum, they go crazy. A big stink because the president’s chewing gum. And you think, the Chinese are so easygoing about human rights. What’s the problem?” – David Letterman…
  • Long Live Benghazi!

    Iron Knee
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The GOP-led investigation by the House Intelligence Committee took two years to study the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. It was not the first Congressional investigation to look into it (in fact, it was the seventh), but Republicans promised that it would be the authoritative one. Well, like all the investigations before it, this one found no wrongdoing and no cover-up. In other words, there is no there there. But of course, that will not stop the investigations. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has already condemned the report from his own political party, calling it “full…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Dozens Arrested During Ferguson Protests In California

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Oakland and Los Angeles arrested scores of demonstrators during a third night of unrest linked to the shooting protest in Ferguson, Missouri. At least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested Wednesday night, while 35 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism, according to police officials. About 200 or 300 largely peaceful demonstrators crisscrossed the streets of downtown Los Angeles for several hours in the afternoon and evening over a decision not to bring…
  • Thankful for Our Power: A Thankful Discourse in a Time of Reckoning

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    Two days after the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, there appears so little to be thankful for. Decades of overaggressive policing are all too common in all too many communities that some may want to give up. Today, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, be encouraged that even in the midst of such profound sadness and darkness, there are still glimmers of hope and things worthy of gratitude: We can be grateful for the young activists of yesterday and today, our country's ability to transform for the better and our own capacity to effect meaningful…
  • Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei Not Opposed To Extension Of Nuclear Talks

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader on Thursday said he would not stand in the way of continued nuclear negotiations with world powers and would accept a "fair" agreement, but vowed not to bow to bullying by the United States. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on Iranian state television, saying "I am not opposed to the extension of the talks, for the same reason that I wasn't opposed to the talks per se." Khamenei said Washington frequently changes its stances toward Iran in the talks because of its domestic problems, a reference to differences between President Obama and…
  • 12-Year-Old Boy's Fatal Shooting By Cops Could Have Been Avoided: Family

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old boy fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer said surveillance video of the shooting shows that if the officer had not acted so quickly the youngster would still be alive. The video made public on Wednesday shows Tamir Rice being shot within 1½ to 2 seconds of a patrol car stopping near him at a park in Cleveland on Saturday. It shows the boy reaching in his waistband for what police discovered was a pellet gun that shoots non-lethal plastic projectiles. He died the next day. Tamir's family said in a statement released by their attorneys…
  • Volunteers In Ferguson Help Ward Off Looters

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    FERGUSON, MO., Nov 26 (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a 2 square mile area of this St Louis suburb have had to board up. All except one - a Conoco gas station and convenience store. At least a dozen stores have been set ablaze and others looted in Ferguson in racially charged riots since a grand jury on Monday cleared white policeman Darren Wilson in the shooting, which has torn apart this predominantly black Missouri city. The unrest surrounding Brown's death has underscored the…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • WSJ Badly Misreads Legal Justification For Obama's Immigration Order

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    The Wall Street Journal is misrepresenting the legal justification for President Obama's executive actions on immigration from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) -- even falsely claiming that the OLC's opinion does not quote "specific statutory language." On November 20, Obama announced that he would take executive action on immigration by prioritizing deportations of dangerous undocumented immigrants over the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who pass a criminal background check and register for temporary administrative relief. Right-wing…
  • Myths And Facts About The Renewable Fuel Standard

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will delay its decision about the 2014 levels for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires oil refiners to blend renewable fuels into the nation's gasoline supply. The announcement has drawn criticism from opponents who want the EPA to lessen or eliminate the RFS, and the media are recycling debunked myths about the mandate. Here are the facts.Does The Ethanol Mandate Increase Food Prices? Is Ethanol Harmful To Your Vehicle? Is Renewable Fuel Better Or Worse For The…
  • Politico Helps Right-Wing Echo Chamber Use Bill Cosby Allegations To Attack Hillary Clinton

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    With a new editorial team recently in place, Politico has published a news article comparing multiple allegations of rape and assault against Bill Cosby to Bill Clinton, accompanied by a warning that its own false analogy could be politically damaging to Hillary Clinton. After making the comparison, Politico itself points out how it makes no sense. While "several women have come forward recently" to lodge new complaints against Cosby, in Clinton's case "there have been no new women to come forward in recent years or other scandals to propel it forward." This…
  • NRA's Ted Nugent Goes On Racially Charged Ferguson Rant Targeting "Black Klansmen"

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent reacted to the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict police officer Darren Wilson by attacking "black klansmen" and claiming "millions" of African-Americans "slaughter" each other "every day." The grand jury was considering whether Wilson should be charged with a crime over his fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In a November 24 post on Facebook, Nugent, who is a columnist for several conservative websites, offered "lessons from Ferguson," writing, "Don't let your kids growup to be…
  • Mike Huckabee's Latest Fox Appearances Confirm He Needs To Go

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    After the Washington Post reported on the numerous steps Mike Huckabee is taking towards mounting a presidential run, Fox News announced that it was "evaluating his current status" as a contributor and planning to meet with him when he returned from an overseas trip. But Huckabee has returned from the trip and is back on-air at the network, hosting GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson's lobbyist to promote Adelson's "top" issue. While Huckabee continues to use Fox News to bolster his political ambitions, the network has not offered a public update on his…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #610 | No Indictment #Ferguson

    aaron rand freeman
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember The Day. #TeamBlackness discussed the decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Wilson. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Darren Wilson Not Indicted for the Death of Michael Brown

    Shane Paul Neil
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    A  Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. The decision, though controversial, is not a surprise for those who have been paying close attention to the case since Brown was first shot on August 9. Officer Wilson, 28, shot and killed Brown in the midst of an arrest/altercation. The details of the incident have been hotly debated on the news and social media for nearly four months and have become a focal point in the ongoing debate over race and police brutality in America. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has already stated that…
  • Grand Jury Indictment Live Broadcast | #TWIBnation

    Elon James White
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    LIVE BROADCAST STARTING AT 8:45pm EST. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/LOGIN
  • Indictment Decision To Be Announced #Ferguson

    Emily Epstein White
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Both protest leaders and news organizations are stating that the indictment decision has been made concerning the murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson: Announcement tonight. Keep Ferguson and STL lifted please. — BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) November 24, 2014 According to CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOX, a press conference has allegedly been set for 3:30 PST/5:30 CST/6:30 pm EST today with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon: got word of a potential press conference by Gov Nixon today at 5:30. — ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 24, 2014 There has been word that…
  • #TWIBprime #608 | People Are Horrible Vol. 17

    aaron rand freeman
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Awful. #TeamBlackness discusses Don Lemon … again, a fire chief refuses to help Black family in a traffic accident, and Tanzania evicting 40,000 people from homeland to make room for Dubai royal family. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • A Nation Of Finks: Your William S. Burroughs Thanksgiving Prayer 2014

    Doktor Zoom
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    We began posting this Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant back in 2006, and a lot of things have changed since then. The deadpan list of Bloody American Triumphs sounds less like sarcasm in our Terrible Year of the Lord 2014, and more like an elegy. The stuff that drove Burroughs nuts — “thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business, thanks for a nation of finks” — is still here, of course. For that matter, it’s become automated, courtesy of the NSA. Our Fox-News-inspired busybodies keep a close eye on complete…
  • Oh, Yes, We Have The Palin Turkey Massacre Again, Because ‘Tradition’

    snipy
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Feeling a bit low this Thanksgiving? A bit like something is just…missing? Could be because you have been waiting, longing, for Wonkette’s sort-of-annual Thanksgiving tradition. As a parade is to Macy’s, Sarah Palin’s interview-cum-turkey-slaughter-horror-show is to Wonkette. And really, what news story is more Wonkette-ish than Sarah Palin yammering on obliviously as turkeys are ground to bits behind her by the most stereotypically gomer-ish guy Alaska could produce? Your Wonkette began this noble tradition in 2008, with Jim Newell’s brief but paradigm-shifting…
  • Dr. Ruth’s Thanksgiving Sex Tips, For Thanksgiving Sex

    Kaili Joy Gray
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    You know what goes great with Thanksgiving? Sex! Here’s our national treasure, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, with some helpful sexxytime tips for how to do Thanksgiving sex on Thanksgiving. Feel free to share your Thanksgiving sex tips for Thanksgiving sex on Thanksgiving in the comments. We won’t judge. Probably.
  • Nostalgic Repost Of Repasts Past: The Jell-O Recipe That Mamie Eisenhower Used To Win The Cold War

    Wonkette Jr.
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Another Wonkette Thanksgiving Classic, for Thanksgiving. And America. Here is your bit of “DC gossip” for the day: a Jell-O dessert recipe, for the holiday of Thanksgiving! It is Mamie Eisenhower’s famed Red Scare Thanksgiving Jell-o Dessert and it is best served chilled, to family members you hate. (There is Mamie right there with “friend” Lenora Hickok, feeding each other Jell-O and giggling knowingly.) This vile thing is exactly what the Eisenhowers used to force-feed the Soviets, and it is delicious. Ingredients: One (1) packet of sugar-free raspberry Jello…
  • Deleted Comments Of The Day: In Which We Hear From Some Turkeys

    Doktor Zoom
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    We really were planning to just get a couple of new posts up today and then coast on recipes while getting ready for Thanksgiving, but darned if we didn’t notice a couple of high-priority, short-shelf-life messages from idiots in the Comments queue. They simply would not wait until after the weekend, no sir. Firstly, in reply to our brief piece on pants-filling racist Ted Nugent his trenchant observations on Ferguson, we have this vital observation from “momsaid,” whose mom was apparently a racist shithead: Wow…a voice of reason amidst a sea of insanity! The evidence…
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    Hot Air

  • Happy Thanksgiving to our readers

    Jazz Shaw
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Gratitude Living in the greatest nation on Earth, we all have something to be thankful for pretty much every day, as well as on Thanksgiving. The staff here at Hot Gas would like to wish each and every one of you a blessed day with family, friends and loved ones, and I hope that you have […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Fairness. Michael Brown’s family reacted with anger and tears to the first televised interview with Darren Wilson, in which the officer said he “would not have done anything differently” about the sequence of events that led to the shooting death of Brown. “He didn’t do what he had to do, he did what he wanted to […] Read this post »
  • DoD renames “unlawful combatants” in detainee manual to …

    Ed Morrissey
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Check your unprivilege. In fact, captured terrorists went out of style a long time ago, so that’s not the actual change. Until recently — like, say, two weeks ago — the Department of Defense used the term unlawful combatant as the label for terrorists captured by American military and intelligence forces as a way to distinguish them from uniformed soldiers of […] Read this post »
  • Ohio Dem seeks to legislate triple pay for retail workers on holidays

    Jazz Shaw
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    "I was offended." Hi. I’m from the government and I’m here to help. Nobody likes working on the holidays. I’ve had to do it myself back in the day (and I wasn’t even in retail) and it’s no fun. But at least in Ohio, workers who do get called in on Thanksgiving may be cashing in big if […] Read this post »
  • Should Boehner protest Obama’s amnesty order by refusing to invite him to deliver the State of the Union?

    Allahpundit
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Gestures. This idea’s been kicking around for a week. Today, the editor of National Review gives it a thumbs up in the NYT. “Yes, there’s a risk to overreacting, but there’s a risk to underreacting as well,” said Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review. “And I fear that’s the way the congressional leadership is leaning.” […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

    Mara Liasson
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.» E-Mail This
  • Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

    Shankar Vedantam
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.» E-Mail This
  • Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

    Lauren Hodges
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.» E-Mail This
  • Veto Threat Puts Tax Break Package Back At Square One

    S.V. Dáte
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    President Obama and many congressional Democrats object to making tax breaks for businesses permanent while allowing larger credits for the poor and middle class to lapse» E-Mail This
  • EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

    Krishnadev Calamur
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.» E-Mail This
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Crucial Advice For Anyone Investing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    TIP! Check a broker’s reputation before using them to invest. When you spend time doing the necessary background checks, you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of investment fraud. Stock market investing is one of the most popular ways to make money. That being said, you won’t be successful unless you have the correct knowledge. This article will give you some great advice so you can earn a solid profit from your investments. TIP! Utilize an intelligent, long-term plan to help you make as much money as you possibly can from the stock market. You are likely to achieve even…
  • Work From Home Can Be Successful And Fun

    Randy
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    TIP! If you need to have the Internet to run your business, know that you can get tax deductions. Keep in mind that the percentage that you deduct from your bottom line can only be what is used exclusively for your business and not for other uses. Running a home business enterprise is a wonderful way to spend more time at home. In order to make profits, you have to keep up your business. Many people are not successful at this. So, what must you do so that you have a successful work from home business that makes money? That is what this article is all about. Read these tips to making a work…
  • Looking At Purchasing Real Estate? Check Out These Tips!

    Randy
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    TIP! When negotiating with real estate purchases, always use a moderate approach. Many times people are too aggressive because they are trying to get the best price, and they end up losing out entirely. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the regulations, financing options, and other details associated with real estate investing. Discovering the various insights and ideas for a winning journey are important before you start looking for a home. TIP! If you are with kids or are planning on having kids, you need a home that has a lot of space. Your new home should be equipped for safety;…
  • Nervous About Insurance Then Try These Tips And Relax

    Randy
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    TIP! Make sure you get current quotes before choosing or renewing your policy. A variety of factors go into determining your premiums, and different companies consider a different mix of factors. Insurance helps cover you financially in times of tragedy, illness, or in the event of an accident. Many types of insurance exist that can help protect you in different ways. You can have insurance for your life, home, vehicle, and even your beloved pets. Insurance is essential when an accident occurs. It will help pay for unexpected costs associated with accidents. The following article will offer…
  • Wise Investment Strategy Tips For A Newbies And Experienced Investors

    Randy
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    TIP! If you invest using the stock market, it is a good idea to keep it simple. Try to streamline your investing decisions such as prognosticating, trading and reviewing new information as much as you can so that you minimize risks. Delving into the stock market can be an alluring opportunity. Depending on your investment goals, there are a wide variety of strategies that you can employ. It doesn’t matter what you choose to invest in, knowing as much as possible beforehand will give you a great advantage. The following are a few investing ideas able to help you do precisely that. TIP!
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    FamousDC

  • SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps

    fdc
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    The post SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    #NATIONAL #ThanksMichelleObama; Interstellar led to a real scientific discovery; we’re not #SayingThanks, Facebook; the Onion writers are increasingly brilliant characterizing Joe Biden; we will call anyone Ebola Nurse if we want to because this is America; Uber this week; more celebrities reading mean Tweets; Russia is creepin on your webcam; Amazon planning to take over […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Exactly what the title says. h/t DCistThe post Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood appeared first on FamousDC.
  • David M. Drucker Nails It

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Obama to announce #immigration action in Vegas so as to make easier for everyone to write "doubles down" in their stories. — David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) November 19, 2014   Burn.The post David M. Drucker Nails It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    You probably know Internet Association Government Affairs Director and job lobbyist extraordinaire Tom Manatos because his name probably pops up daily among your emails. Now you get to see him in a different light: written up in the Washington Post Style Section this week. “My public service bug gets filled by this. I love it,” […]The post Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Send in the helicopters?

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    FORMAL QE has paused, in America and Britain at least, although it continues in Japan and may well be attempted in the euro zone. With the US and British economies growing at 2.5-3% over the last 12 months, and with unemployment having fallen, the need for unconventional stimulus seems to have reduced. However, with the forces for secular stagnation so powerful (see the graphs), one wouldn't want to bet against the Fed or Bank of England trying again.But would QE, as so far practiced, be the best approach? The rationale has been that, by forcing down yields at both the short and the long end,…
  • Frequent but inefficient

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    IN THE wake of the publication earlier this year of “Flash Boys”, a book that criticised high-frequency trading (HFT)—the use of algorithms to buy and sell shares and other financial assets at vanishingly short intervals—regulators and investors have been debating whether and how to curb it. One mooted response is to introduce deliberate delays before trades are executed. Another is to shuffle the order in which they are processed. HFT firms maintain that no change is needed, on the grounds that they help to lubricate markets by increasing volumes and ironing out inconsistencies in…
  • The sages of the pampas

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    A tabloid celebrity with an actressECONOMICS is not a profession for the publicity-hungry—except in Argentina. Consider Tomás Bulat, who holds three degrees in the subject, hosts a weekly television show about it and has written two best-selling books on it. He boasts over 179,000 followers on Twitter. In comparison, Ricardo Darín, arguably Argentina’s most famous actor, has only 41,000; Andrés Calamaro, a well-known rock star, has 34,000. At a recent lunch in the seaside city of Mar del Plata, your correspondent was intrigued to see waiters and diners fawn over Mr Bulat. A…
  • Bonded labour

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    PAYING workers with shares in their employer is a time-tested way to ensure hired hands have the same interests as the firm’s owners. But the trick does not work so well with banks: bosses paid in stock have an incentive to expand a bank’s balance-sheet but not its loss-absorbing equity, increasing the likelihood of a bail-out as well as a bump in the share price. So regulators are speaking highly of a new sort of instrument to align incentives better: “performance bonds”. These are designed to make bankers cautious: they would not pay out for as long as ten years, during which time…
  • Full of holes

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    The last defence against hyperinflationTHE Swiss franc is a volatile currency that is fast becoming worthless. That, at least, is what some members of Switzerland’s right-wing People’s Party (SVP) would have you believe. Thanks to the SVP, Switzerland will vote on November 30th on a radical proposal to boost the central bank’s gold reserves. Bigger reserves, activists argue, will make the Swiss economy more stable and prosperous. In fact the opposite is true.SVP activists forced the referendum by collecting the necessary 100,000 signatures. They are annoyed at the behaviour over the…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived Up to International Law

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly in October, Amy Goodman interviewed him before an audience of 800 people. Chomsky spoke at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. "One important action that the United States could take is to live up to its own laws. Of course it would be nice if it lived up to international law, but maybe that’s too much to ask," Chomsky said.
  • In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    In this holiday special, we broadcast the words of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. "The pattern that was set in January 1976 continues to the present," said Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Israel rejects a settlement of these terms and for many years has been devoting extensive resources to ensuring it will not be implemented with…
  • "I Didn't Know What the Sky Looked Like Any More": Ricky Jackson Exonerated After 39 Years in Jail

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    An Ohio man has been freed from prison after spending 39 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Ricky Jackson, a 59-year old African-American man, had been jailed since 1975 on a murder conviction. The prosecution’s case was based on the testimony of a 13-year-old witness. After a 2011 investigation, the witness recanted his testimony, saying he had implicated Jackson and two others under police coercion. The witness, Eddy Vernon, said police had fed him the story and threatened to arrest his parents if he didn’t cooperate. On Friday, Ricky Jackson was freed after…
  • Mississippi Burning: As Ferguson Erupts, Obama Honors Civil Rights Activists Slain By Klan in 1964

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    At the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on Monday, President Obama honored James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner, the three civil rights workers who were killed 50 years ago by the Ku Klux Klan after traveling to Mississippi to register black voters. "In that Freedom Summer, these three Americans refused to sit on the sidelines," Obama said. "Their brutal murder by a gang of Ku Klux Klan members shook the conscience of our nation. It took 44 days to find their bodies, 41 years to bring the lead perpetrator to justice." We also play an excerpt from the…
  • Rev. Sharpton: Legacy of Civil Rights Movement Shows Need for Feds to Bring Justice if State Fails

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    On Tuesday, the family of Michael Brown held a press conference at a church not far from Ferguson. Michael Brown Sr. was present but did not speak. He wore a red St. Louis baseball cap similar to the one his son had on when he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson, and a t-shirt that read, "No Justice, No Peace." The Brown family’s attorney Benjamin Crump and the Rev. Al Sharpton criticized St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s handling of the grand jury process. At the news conference, Amy Goodman asked Rev. Al Sharpton about whether authorities let parts of…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Outside The Beltway! May your day be filled with family, friends, food, football, and only as much politics as you can handle. More importantly, may it be filled with the things that make you most thankful, and remind us all to appreciate them while they are still around even if they are that crazy uncle. Also, I think I can speak for everyone here at OTB when I say that we are as always grateful for those of you who continue to visit this little corner of the Interwebs to read our political meanderings, and hope that you’ll continue to do so for…
  • How To Argue With Family About Controversial Political Topics At Thanksgiving: Don’t

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Last year, the Obama Administration seemed  to want people to use the family Thanksgiving Dinner table to pressure people about whether or not they’d signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, while a group led by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted them to use it to start arguments over one of the most contentious issues in American politics, gun control.  As I noted at the time, given the controvery that these issues had generated in the political sphere, it seemed odd to say that least and downright biarre to say the most for people to be so…
  • Justice Ginsburg Has Successful Heart Surgery

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is spending Thanksgiving in the hospital after undergoing a procedure to place a stent to deal with an arterial blockage: WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a heart procedure on Wednesday morning and was expected to leave the hospital within the next two days, the Supreme Court announced. Justice Ginsburg, 81, “experienced discomfort during routine exercise” on Tuesday night and was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the court said in a statement. Doctors placed a stent in her right coronary artery, a…
  • The Greatest Thanksgiving Sitcom Episode Ever

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I posted this last year, but there’s no reason not to repeat this classic. When it comes to sitcom holiday episodes, there’s not much that can beat, Turkey’s Away, perhaps the one episode of WKRP In Cincinnati that even people who were not alive when the show aired are familiar with. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s the Hulu version. Unfortunately, thanks to copyright issues I believe that much of the music originally featured on this episode has been replaced, nonetheless it’s still worth watching: Or, you can just skip to the most important…
  • The State You Live In Could Decide How Good Your Thanksgiving Is

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Depending on the state you live in, you may be more likely to have a miserable Thanksgiving: Amid the toasts and good times, there’s also the Thanksgiving disasters. There’s more that can go wrong on Thanksgiving than undercooking the turkey and sending everyone home with food poisoning. There’s all that drinking, arguing about politics, watching a favorite football team lose and worrying if your vegetarian niece and gluten-intolerant in-laws will find something to eat or storm away from the table. The likelihood of any – or all – of those things happening may be…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • John Oliver on the Most Ridiculous Thanksgiving Tradition

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Why does the president pardon one turkey every year anyway? Related Entries November 27, 2014 Congressional Turkeys November 24, 2014 Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies
  • Congressional Turkeys

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    By Mark Fiore Related Entries November 25, 2014 Co-Conspirator November 25, 2014 Attempted Cosby
  • Thanksgiving Was Always About Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make It Green Again

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    By Juan Cole The popular story about Thanksgiving is an environmental parable that we would do well to remember today. Related Entries November 26, 2014 Ferguson Isn’t the Only Place Where Police Are Protected by a Broken System November 25, 2014 Why North Dakota’s Oil Boom Threatens Towns and Cities Nationwide
  • Gratitude in a Warring World

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    By Pamela Weymouth As my children’s seventh Thanksgiving rolls around, I want to teach my boys that the holiday is about more than football and stomachaches. Related Entries November 25, 2014 A Soldier Among Chickenhawks November 25, 2014 As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Exits, Let’s Take a Look at an Islamic State Scorecard
  • Thank a Politician Today

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. It’s a rotten moment to be an elected official. This Thanksgiving, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat. Related Entries November 27, 2014 John Oliver on the Most Ridiculous Thanksgiving Tradition November 27, 2014 Congressional Turkeys
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    ThinkProgress

  • Here Is Everything That’s Wrong With Chuck Schumer’s Obamacare Comments

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Joaquim Moreira Salles is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: AP Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made waves during his speech at the National Press Club in Washington DC this week, when he expressed that passing health care reform had been the wrong move for Democrats because it did not help middle-class Americans. The remarks come as a surprise not only because Schumer was one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest proponents during the legislative effort to pass the bill, but also because they seem to contradict the situation on the ground in Schumer’s own state. “Unfortunately, Democrats…
  • Envelope-Pushing Pakistani Bollywood Star Gets 26 Years For Blasphemy

    Beenish Ahmed
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    CREDIT: YouTube A Pakistani court sentenced Bollywood star Veena Malik and her media mogul husband to 26 years in prison for blasphemy. The court found their TV mock-wedding blasphemous because it was set to a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Mohammad’s daughter. “The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency,” the 40-page verdict said. The accused were not present at the trial, and the court arranged for…
  • Darren Wilson And George Zimmerman Described Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin The Same Way

    Alice Ollstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    CREDIT: AP and NBC Following the explosive announcement of the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, documents released to the public reveal for the first time a first-hand account of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson, who shot the unarmed Brown a total of 12 times, told a grand jury that the high schooler immediately provoked a violent confrontation. The description is eerily similar to another lethal confrontation with an unarmed black teen in broad daylight: the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin, told police…
  • Millennials’ Nonchalance About HIV Has Made The Virus A ‘Silent Killer’

    Sam P.K. Collins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson has inspired millions because of all that he has done with his success despite having HIV: start a foundation, spearhead redevelopment efforts in underserved communities, launch successful businesses ventures, and serve as an NBA commentator. On Sirius XM’s Hip-Hop Nation earlier this year, Johnson put to rest…
  • Happy Black Friday, Your Credit Card Information Could Very Likely Be Stolen Again

    Lauren C. Williams
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke It’s Thanksgiving, which means family time, good food, awkward conversations, record spending — and the anniversary of Target’s massive data breach, which leaked 110 million customers personal information from emails to credit card numbers. Over the past year, Target and other retailers have worked hard to repair their images. But since last holiday season, the industry is not much better prepared to stop another attack. Breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, which exposed over 1 million customers’ credit cards last year, kicked off a year of…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Why Don’t We Eat Turkey Eggs?

    Brian Palmer
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Americans will eat tens of millions of turkeys this Thanksgiving. In 2012, Explainer asked why we eat turkey meat but not turkey eggs. The original article is below:
  • Dear Prudence: Mother Who Can’t Tell the Truth

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Slate is revisiting some of Prudie’s most popular video answers during the holidays this year. Below is a question from earlier this year.
  • Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is Really a Dinosaur

    Brian Switek
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Do you know what you’re really eating on Thanksgiving? In 2012, Brian Switek reminded us of the turkey’s true ancestors, and what creatures may have had feasted on them back in the day. His article is reprinted below:
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of White Meat

    Ron Rosenbaum
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    On Thanksgiving, a family member will carve up the turkey and ask us all, "White meat or dark?"  Ron Rosenbaum scoffs at the preference for white meat over dark and discusses several possible reasons for the bias. Does the darker tone recall the soil we tread? Or are we betraying a more insidious prejudice? His original piece from 2010 is reprinted below.    
  • Now Announcing Thanksgiving

    Mike Pesca
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Listen to Episode 145 of Slate’s The Gist:
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

    Inae Oh
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is "resting comfortably" after undergoing a coronary catheterization procedure, a press release from the nation's highest court announced Wednesday morning. Ginsburg, who at 81 is the Supreme Court's oldest member, is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours. From the release: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization procedure this morning at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to place a stent in her right coronary artery. The coronary blockage was discovered after Justice…
  • Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing But Not Obama's Secret Afghanistan Reversal

    David Corn
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    There's little the Washington-centric political-media universe loves more than the story of a fallen star. The defenestration of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reporters and pundits in a schadenfreude-driven tizzy. Was he fired? Was he in over his head? OMG, look at how the White House is dumping on him, as he departs! Who's passing nasty notes in class about him? The presumably forced resignation of Hagel is indeed big news. The Obama administration is confronting a host of new national security challenges: ISIS, Ukraine, Ebola. So the guy (or gal) in charge of the Pentagon has to be…
  • Chuck Hagel Resigning as Secretary of Defense

    Inae Oh
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday. The New York Times reports that the president's decision to ask Hagel to step down follows a series of meetings, which concluded that a change in leadership was needed in order to deal with international threats including the Islamic State. Candidates for Hagel's replacement reportedly include former Undersecretary of Defense Michelle Flournoy, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Hagel, the only Republican in the president's national…
  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles have PTSD—three times higher than the national rate. Among other proposals, the committee recommends Congress grant tribes the ability to prosecute non-Indians who abuse children. Under the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress empowered tribes to…
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  • Giuliani Triples Down On Racist Tirade Over Brown Killing, Wants Witnesses Prosecuted For Perjury

    Heather
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever since his appearance on last Sunday's Meet the Press, where he was doing his best Bill O'Reilly impersonation and complaining about the supposed lack of outrage over "black on black" crime in America, it seems our corporate media just can't get enough of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, because he's been all over the airways ever since. Fox immediately had him on Fox & Friends and CNN had him on for a segment or two, and then he was back on Fox this Tuesday evening on Megyn Kelly's show carrying water for Officer Darren Wilson who had just given his unapologetic interview to…
  • Open Thread: If You Run Into A Bear In The Woods, Don't Take Pictures

    Susie Madrak
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Now we know. He might be alive if he hadn't stopped to take pictures: WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death. Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, 45 miles northwest of New York. The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear.
  • Happy Thanksgiving To Crooks And Liars Readers

    Susie Madrak
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    We are so thankful for our readers, who have supported us all these years. We hope you have a wonderful holiday with people you love (or at least, people you don't want to strangle by the end of dinner), catch up with people you only see once a year, and manage to avoid talking politics. And pie. Lots of pie. Happy Thanksgiving! -- The gang
  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    Jon Perr
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    RH Reality Check: Here’s how to fend off attacks from your conservative relatives over Thanksgiving. John Cook: Here’s how to launch a successful preemptive strike against your conservative relatives over Thanksgiving. Matt O’Brien: Here’s how the 400 richest American households came to pocket 16 percent of all capital gains in the United States. Mad Mike’s America: Here’s how the unbearable whiteness of being has once again raised its ugly head. Raw Story: Here’s how the Oath Keepers militia switched sides from anti-government tax cheat Cliven Bundy in Nevada to law enforcement…
  • Ferguson, Missouri: 8 Thoughts On A Smoldering Dumpster Fire

    Dr. Sammy
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    As I have been watching the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case unfold, a few things have occurred to me. 1: Let's just get this out of the way first: there were two distinct groups in the streets the other night. Group A comprised people with legitimate grievances about this case and its place in a much longer running history of injustice for minorities in the US. Group B was made up of punks and hooligans looking for any excuse to cause trouble. There's no defending this element's behavior in the wake of the announcement that no indictment for officer Darren Wilson was forthcoming. I mean,…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • A month of solar electricity – Renewable Journal for 11/27/2014

    Brian Angliss
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    My home's SolarCity solar panels have been up and running for nearly a month now and while there haven't been bumps along the way, there have been some interesting discoveries. Continue reading →
  • The mysteries of Michael Chabon’s first novel…

    Jim Booth
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh has been lavished with praise – the mystery is…Why…? As anyone familiar with the literary scene (at least any literary scene not composed solely of adults who read nothing but YA literature or some other … Continue reading →
  • Ferguson, Missouri: eight thoughts on a smoldering dumpster fire

    Samuel Smith
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Ferguson, MO is currently a dumpster full of flaming grease and it’s a long way from being extinguished. As I have been watching the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case unfold, a few things have occurred to me. 1: Let’s just get this … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for November 26, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    “A man having sex with a dog.” “A man having sex with a dog.” “A man having sex with a dog.” “Why do you keep showing me this filth?” — Rick Santorum takes a Rorschach test Your Daily Devotional for … Continue reading →
  • Why exactly was Chuck Hagel forced out as secdef?

    Russ Wellen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Was Chuck Hagel scapegoated by a White House inner circle that he failed to penetrate? Was fired Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel simply a scapegoat for charges that the Obama presidency was slow to respond to the Islamic State and … Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Spatchcocking Good Time

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Dan Frommer explains “spatchcocking,” which involves “removing the backbone and flattening the turkey”: This process—also known as butterflying, and common for preparing chickens—reduces the roasting time for a turkey from roughly three hours to around 45 minutes. Freeing up both oven and host, it’s a complete Thanksgiving game-changer. … [Mark] Bittman wasn’t alone to spatchcocking in 2012, and in fact, he tends to shy away from what he calls the “quaint” s-word, which dates to the late 18th century. The bigger performer seems to be this Serious Eats…
  • Any Idea How Many Calories In That?

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week, the FDA released new rules on calorie labeling: The changes are sweeping: Any restaurant with 20 or more locations, movie-theater chains, amusement parks, meals sold in grocery stores, and vending machines will all be required to label calorie amounts on food options. There is no exception for alcohol ordered from a menu (mixed drinks ordered at the bar, however, will continue to not have calorie information). The rules take effect a year from now, although vending machine operators will have two years to comply. In response, Jason Millman highlights research on caloric ignorance,…
  • Quote For Thanksgiving Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    “I have been thinking about existence lately. In fact, I have been so full of admiration for existence that I have hardly been able to enjoy it properly. As I was walking up to the church this morning, I passed that row of big oaks by the war memorial — if you remember them — and I thought of another morning, fall a year or two ago, when they were dropping their acorns thick as hail almost. There was all sorts of thrashing in the leaves and there were acorns hitting the pavement so hard they’d fly past my head. All this in the dark, of course. I remember a slice of moon, no…
  • The View From Your Window

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 11.15 am
  • Divided We Thank

    Andrew Sullivan
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    Kenneth C. Davis credits Lincoln with issuing “the first two in an unbroken string of presidential Thanksgiving proclamations,” but notes that “the elevation of Thanksgiving to a true national holiday [was] a feat accomplished by Franklin D. Roosevelt.” He reminds us that Americans initially found Roosevelt’s holiday politically polarizing: In 1939, with the nation still struggling out of the Great Depression, the traditional Thanksgiving Day fell on the last day of the month – a fifth Thursday. Worried retailers, for whom the holiday had already become the…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Procedure

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in her right coronary artery, the Supreme Court said.
  • Justice Department Investigating Possible HSBC Leak

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The Justice Department is investigating allegations that an employee of HSBC leaked confidential client information to a major hedge fund.
  • Insurers' Listings of In-Network Doctors Often Out of Date

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The networks of doctors that many insurance companies are offering in Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans this year are narrower than they appear, because the lists are often erroneous or out-of-date, say physicians and regulators.
  • U.S. Plays Key Role in Yemen Rescue

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    U.S. special operations forces took part in an unusual mission in Yemen, helping Yemeni troops rescue eight hostages held by an al Qaeda’s offshoot in a raid Tuesday, officials said.
  • EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Standard

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The EPA proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far reaching federal pollution restrictions.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • When Cops Are Unaccountable

    Paul Craig Roberts
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Events in Ferguson unfolded as most aware Americans thought they would. A white prosecutor guided a grand jury to the decision that the white policeman who shot and killed a young black male had just cause and committed no crime. The black majority but politically powerless community in Ferguson consists of Americans who are constantly harassed and abused by police. The black community responded predictably to the exoneration of the white policeman. The results were riots, looting, and the destruction of property. This response hardened the whites in their view that black people are…
  • The Ferguson Trick

    Butler Shaffer
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The ongoing events in Ferguson, MO, illustrate Thomas Pynchon’s point that “if they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” Like the Rodney King, and Trayvon Martin cases, the killing of Michael Brown by a white Ferguson policeman provided the state and its sycophantic media an opportunity to reinforce the popular mindset that social disorder derives from the inherently divisive nature of human behavior; that violent conflict is inevitable among people; and that only the authority of the state can protect us from a “nasty, brutish, and…
  • The Paleocon Dissent

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” Edmund Burke’s insight returned to mind while watching cable news coverage of the rampage in Ferguson, Missouri, after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The rioting, looting, arson and gunfire that began after McCulloch relayed the grand jury’s decision, a decision long predicted and anticipated, revealed the unspoken truth…
  • Got Pain?

    No Author
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There are a number of reasons to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen often. You may be seeking alternatives because you experience pain but like to stay away from conventional medicines.Alternatively, you could be someone who just learned about the potential dangers that come with taking aspirin and ibuprofen regularly and are ready for something different. Ibuprofen and Aspirin have been linked to anemia, DNA damage, heart disease, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage and even influenza mortality (these are just 7 of the over 24 adverse health effects it’s been connected with.) Long-term…
  • Searching for the Non-Aggression Principle

    Bionic Mosquito
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ferguson. Plenty of people are reacting; many violently, some ignorantly, some coming so close to the issue. So let’s put Kobe Bryant in the last camp: “You can sit here and argue about it until we’re blue in the face and protest about it,” Bryant said following practice on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Until the legal system, we have a serious legal system conversation, it’s going to keep on happening.” This would be helpful – a serious conversation. Bryant expounded those thoughts on Tuesday, saying there needs to be more “accountability” and…
 
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  • Are we getting soft in the schools?

    Stephanie
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I've got all the respect in the world for quality teachers and administrators who do a valiant job in the public school system around these parts.  Heck, I've got dozens of dear friends who are brilliant teachers and administrators who I know rock their jobs and do their absolute best to educate the children entrusted to their care.  Additionally, my oldest daughter is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher as we speak.  So, I am wholeheartedly on the side of educators who do a fantastic job day in and day out.So, this year, and last year too, as my middle school…
  • My greatest joy as a mom

    Stephanie
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Yesterday, I updated my status on facebook and mentioned how much I love to listen to my kids while they are in the bathroom together brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  Having four kids share one bathroom (with two sinks though-which is a huge deal let me tell you) is something that can be a huge source of frustration in many homes.  As a young girl, only my sister and I shared a bathroom, because my brother had his own bathroom downstairs.  I don't remember her and I spending much time in there together, but I'm sure we did somewhat.  Mere and I didn't fight…
  • Grateful to provide

    Stephanie
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    I'm sure most people would agree that having children is an expensive endeavour.  And, since everyone and their dog likes to bemoan this fact ad nauseam, I would love to offer an alternative view to the often negative notion about the cost of raising your child.Just in the past six weeks I have spent thousands of dollars on my kids.  That's crazy right?  I, like so many other parents I know, am literally hemorrhaging money on a daily basis.  With things like drivers ed., orthodontics, airplane tickets for holiday travel,  and Christmas looming it can be so easy to get…
  • Blessed with moisture

    Stephanie
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We had the hottest, driest and most awesomest summer this year.  And, when it was still dry and 84 degrees in late September I remember telling myself that we got our share.  That we can't complain.  Summer had come and gave us a massive piece of it's scorching hot pie this year, so when the rains finally arrived it would feel right.  It would be time.  Our crust of earth was due.And now they're here.Soaking rain, gusting winds, power outages and fallen trees have smacked us all upside the head, and just like any good Oregonian would do, we turn indoors and bunker…
  • Let moderation be your guide

    Stephanie
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    About three years ago I was asked to give a talk during our sacrament meeting, and the topic was "living a balanced life".  Sounds like a simple and straightforward enough topic, but I struggled exceedingly with it.  I racked my brain, read a variety of sources and pleaded with God above to help me feel inspired by this topic and to know what to share that would be uplifting and helpful to the dear members of my ward who had to endure 12-15 minutes of my rambling.  Finally, I confessed to Wes that I had no idea what to say and I knew this was the one talk in church that would…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • 5 Key Inconsistencies in What Happened During the Michael Brown Shooting

    Jaeah Lee and AJ Vicens
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Since the St. Louis County prosecutor's office released a trove of documents and evidence reviewed by the grand jury that decided to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, there have been numerous reports pointing out the discrepancies between Wilson's and various witness accounts of what happened on the day that Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. While the grand jury has put an end to the state's case against Wilson, questions about witness accounts could still sway the outcome of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation. The Washington Post, Vox, St.
  • This Article Has Been Retracted

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This story included erroneous information. Waterford, NY, fire chief Donald Baldwin was not the commenter in question. We regret the error and are investigating.
  • Will Obama Pull the Plug on Wind Energy?

    Tim McDonnell
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Yesterday President Obama threatened to veto a $440 billion package of tax breaks negotiated by a bipartisan group of legislators led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The bill, a White House spokesperson said, disproportionately benefits businesses over families. The bill excludes a child tax credit for the working poor that had been a top goal for Obama, but makes permanent a group of tax incentives for big businesses that had been provisional. But if Obama does kill the deal, he'll also create a casualty that seems odd for a president who in recent weeks has made climate…
  • What If Your Boss Suddenly Told You to Come to Work on Thanksgiving?

    Josh Harkinson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Michelle Flores thought she had everything worked out for Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old San Francisco State junior was planning to join friends this Thursday to make pineapple-crusted ham, a family favorite. But last Friday, the Safeway where Flores works as a part-time cashier informed her that she'd be expected to work during on the holiday. She reluctantly called her friends to cancel their Thanksgiving plans. Flores is well acquainted with the stressful unpredictability of part-time work. Last semester, she found out just three days before her midterm exams that the supermarket expected…
  • Can Ron Paul and Conservative Evangelicals Save a Texas Death-Row Inmate?

    Stephanie Mencimer
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When Scott Panetti represented himself in a Texas capital murder case in 1995, wearing a purple cowboy suit and calling himself "Sarge," he called as a witness a veterinarian who once lived across the street from him. Panetti questioned the vet about the time he euthanized Little Blue, Panetti's old dog. The episode had nothing to do with the case. Other witnesses Panetti tried to call to the stand: John F. Kennedy and Jesus. Trial transcripts, medical records, and expert witness testimony have documented that Panetti suffers from severe schizophrenia. He believes Texas is going to execute…
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    Raw Story

  • British detective writer P D James dies aged 94: publisher

    Agence France-Presse
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    British detective writer P. D. James, the creator of the best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, died on Thursday at the age of 94. Faber and Faber, which published James since her first book in 1962, said she died peacefully at home in Oxford, and paid tribute to “...
  • No, ‘Black Friday’ does not refer to slavery — just our annual frenzy of consumerism

    Travis Gettys
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Social media posts by R&B singer Toni Braxton and NBA player J.R. Smith have highlighted an inaccurate urban legend about the origins of “Black Friday.” Many Americans have called for a boycott of the post-Thanksgiving retail sales — which kick off the official start of the holiday gift-b...
  • Creepy: Duggar family gives thanks for fetal personhood laws and GOP midterm wins

    David Ferguson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    In the video embedded below, Josh Duggar of the TLC program 19 Kids and Counting extends his family’s Thanksgiving wishes to the world while reminding them that abortion and same-sex marriage are sinful and that people who don’t subscribe to his family’s fundamentalist Christian vi...
  • From Lord of the Rings to Akira: 10 books every gamer should read

    Keith Stuart, The Guardian
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    From Lord of the Rings to Akira, these are the books that have influenced the world’s greatest game designers In the 17 years I’ve spent writing about technology, I have had the good fortune to meet, interview and chat with hundreds of game designers from all over the world. I have visit...
  • How to deal with your racist/sexist/science-denying right-wing uncle this holiday season

    Moyers & Company
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Thanksgiving, a time to argue over whose sweet potato recipe is the best and … politics! Here, our Facebook audience offers some words of wisdom for dealing with those inevitable political debates that can make us envy the fate of that turkey. Read some of our favorites from the 1,300 plus we receiv...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Andrew Mitchell loses plebgate libel case – live coverage

    Andrew Sparrow
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    Judge gives decision in former chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s libel trial against News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, over what MP allegedly said at gates of Downing Street in 2012Smith Commission proposals - SummaryNo 10 hints PM favours stopping Scottish MPs voting on some budget mattersAndrew Mitchell loses his libel caseJudge rules Mitchell did call officer ‘pleb’ 3.47pm GMT James Price QC for Mitchell says the Sun "isn't totally off the hook" but says Mitchell won't repeat allegation that Rowland lied #plebgate 3.46pm GMT James Price, Andrew Mitchell’s barrister,…
  • Labour criticises nomination of Andrew Lansley for top UN job

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Former health secretary was sacked as leader of the House of Commons in David Cameron’s July reshuffleLabour has criticised the David Cameron’s “unbelievable” decision to put forward sacked cabinet minister Andrew Lansley for a top humanitarian job at the United Nations.Mary Creagh, the shadow development secretary, said it appeared the prime minister has gifted a “top UN humanitarian job as consolation prize to Andrew Lansley for sacking him” as leader of the House of Commons. Continue reading...
  • Devolution: we need less haste, more coherence please

    Michael White
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    David Cameron and George Osborne are making up ramshackle constitutional reform at a dangerous speedFormula One’s Lewis Hamilton isn’t the only Briton taking corners very fast. In response to the mighty jolt delivered by the Scottish referendum split, David Cameron and George Osborne are making up ramshackle constitutional reform at a dangerous speed. Today’s proposal by the cross-party Smith commission to devolve control of income tax to Scotland is another significant moment.Where will it end? Good question. The SNP’s finance minister and (briefly) former leader, John Swinney, is…
  • Ukip mistakes Westminster Cathedral for mosque

    Aisha Gani
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Nigel Farage’s local Ukip branch calls out BBC for ingrained liberal bias in holding straw poll about leader in front of noted Muslim place of worship ... wait, hang on Nigel Farage’s local Ukip branch has called out the BBC for its ingrained liberal bias in holding a straw poll on the party leader in front of a London mosque.The mosque in question was Westminster Cathedral. Has @Nigel_Farage got what it takes to be PM? See how the balls fall in @reporterboy film on Tue #bbcdp after 1200 pic.twitter.com/0rtIoW1KrKUKIP now has two MPs and has been rising in the polls, but do people see the…
  • David Cameron on Scotland devolution: 'A good day for the UK' – video

    Guardian Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    The prime minister welcomes his government's announcement that more powers are to be devolved to Scotland. David Cameron says he is delighted to see Scotland take control of £14bn of income tax and welfare benefits in a deal that springs from promises made to the country during the UK-membership referendum Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Thanksgiving Day Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Have a great holiday, everyone!
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    • This tyrannical president is about to subject Americans to the horror of cleaner air: The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulations, which are aimed at smog caused by power plants and factories across […]
  • Why do we think businesspeople will make good politicians?

    Paul Waldman
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    In every presidential campaign, there are crackpots who run vanity campaigns. We never learn their names, because the press doesn’t bother with them and they don’t appear in televised debates. In order to get the kind of attention that translates into a competitive bid, you need to have one of a small number of qualifications, […]
  • The specter of fear haunts Senate Democrats

    Paul Waldman
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Democrats, we used to believe, were the party that couldn’t stay together. They were long known for their complex web of interests and constituency groups, who couldn’t act in concert when it mattered. Yet for years now, they have been strikingly unified, particularly in their voting in Congress. That’s why President Obama has only vetoed […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    * Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery put last night’s events in context: … what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

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

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

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Jonathan Gruber recently got into a lot of trouble recently for a candid comment. Essentially, Gruber revealed an important aspect of American politics that we often like to sweep under the rug. However, nobody should be surprised here. The presentation of faux outrage by the Right is simple posturing.Elites on both sides believe the American voter is stupid. And for good reason, most people are quite stupid and both political parties know this. While I believe lie is too strong of a word, it is certainly true that both sides obfuscate the truth quite often. Sometimes for a noble purpose and…
  • Narratives Succeed Easier Than Realities

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    "In a world..." the guy who did those trailers often started, setting the scene for one movie or another. "One man will-" this, one man will that, that trailer tells us. Very often, the hero is trying to save the world, save society, save whatever. In reality, we're very often confronted with the challenge of keeping our world going, rather than saving it from some sort of catastrophe.People are narrative-driven creatures. We see our lives as stories, we relate events to others and get them back in return as stories. Some can be fairly minimal. You might only need to mention the outcome to a…
  • A Personal Pride in Citizenship

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    I believe that however many polls somebody takes before an election, the poll that matters is the one we visit on election day. I believe that cynicism about the system, however justified, has failed to position voters better to exercise their power against the powers that be. You can talk about what you feel, you can complain about your choices, but if you make no choice, you can no more succeed in making the right choice than you can fail in making the wrong choice.I get it. The candidates suck. But why do they suck? They suck because people have told themselves they have no choice so many…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Teasing Out Obama's Foreign Policy

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    At the Belfer Center, in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a recent guest speaker was Jake Sullivan, current senior advisor on the Iran Nuclear Negotiations. In case you thought Obama's foreign policy was rudderless, Jake Sullivan helped put it all in perspective for students and fellows. Obama's policy response has been to "rebuild, rebalance, and reshape." In other words, there are deep and encompassing objectives he has in mind when he stumbles from one crisis to another. You just might not be able to see them if you are not lucky enough to be a Harvard scholar or student. Let's…
  • Obama's speech on YouTube

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This is a link to Obama's immigration speech. He begins speaking at the 58 minute mark. Most of the speech was emotional. The speech had no specifics about how he is going to stop the illegal entry into the country. This idea that children are being "ripped from their mother's arms" (that's a quote) is melodramatic to say the least. Obama also said immigrants don't come here for a free ride. Does that mean those who are living off of government assistance will not be staying? Will they be paying their own hospital bills? Will they be held accountable if they break the law? There was nothing…
  • The GOP and College Tuition

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The cost of higher education is a problem, and solutions seem to be diametrically opposed. But one thing both conservatives, no make that free-marketers instead, and interventionists - rather than liberals - agree on is that the supply of higher education is price-inelastic. That means that as federal loan programs and other subsidies increase, the result is sharply higher tuition costs, rather than more institutions, over the last couple of decades. One answer is not to accept Federal loans, as some US Colleges have done. Their tuition costs have tended to be about half of those of colleges…
  • All you have to do is wait...

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I've said it and now they've said it. It's obvious to people who aren't smitten by the Democratic party and it's politics. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, and the chief architect of ObamaCare, has let the cat out of the bag by actually saying what the Democratics have been thinking for decades. The Democratic Party thinks the American people are stupid. The new Gruber comments come from a panel discussion that he joined on October 17, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call…
  • It's Election Day! Vote! Vote! Vote!

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    As we all know, just because it's not a presidential election, doesn't mean it's not important. We could see some changes today! Will the Senate gridlock go on? Can Republicans maintain House majority? Will they take control of the Senate? Most of all, who will have bragging rights leading up to the 2016 election? Tell all your family and friends. Today is the day to vote! ...
 
 
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    New Republic

  • The Reason Republicans Can't Pass Anything on Immigration

    Danny Vinik
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Why didn’t Republicans preempt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration with their own legislation? At the very least, that would have worsened the politics of Obama’s move. At best, it would have forced Obama to rethink taking unilateral action at all.New York’s Jon
  • Six Reasons I'm Thankful for a Republican Congress

    Brian Beutler
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I generally don’t go in for sentimental holiday rituals like announcing New Year's resolutions or giving children candy on Halloween. But in the interest of promoting counterintuitive thinking about American politics and juicing this website’s holiday traffic, I’m making an exception this Than
  • The Supreme Court's New EPA Case Has More to Do With Climate Change Than You Think

    Rebecca Leber
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to review an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting how much mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants coal-fired power plants can emit. The case is clearly important because of the health benefits—humans exposed to mercury are at risk for a host of h
  • Peru Forcibly Sterilized 300,000 Poor Women in the '90s. Now They Could Decide the Country's Future.

    Iain Aitch
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    The most stirring art has the ability to make us stop, think, and even act, but a new interactive documentary made in Peru may just help decide the political future of the whole country. Created as a result of collaboration between the University of Bristol and London-based Chaka Studio, the Quipu p
  • How to Dig a Perfect Grave: A Day With Britain's Top Undertaker

    Xan Rice
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    On a crisp autumn morning in a field outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Jonny Yaxley took an aerosol can of white line marker from his truck and sprayed an 86-by-34-inch rectangle on the grass. After cutting along the outline with a spade, he mounted a small excavator and clawed off strips of tu
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • How to Handle a Broken Campaign Promise

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Broken campaign promises complicate a politician's re-election effort, but they don't have to be fatal.
  • Democrats Announce Finalists for 2016 Convention (Updated)

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Updated 3:15 p.m. | The Democratic National Committee announced Monday that Philadelphia, New York and Columbus are the three finalists to host its 2016 national convention.
  • Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate.
  • What Did — and Didn't — Surprise Me This Cycle

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Every election cycle is filled with twists and turns, upsets and surprises. And every cycle is filled with goofy arguments, warnings about things that never happen and unsurprising outcomes that surprise only the politically uneducated.
  • Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected

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

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

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
  • WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell

    Jordan Golson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED.
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Believe Us Now?

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

    WhyTuesday
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s not every day our team gets together with Martin Luther King III, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Questlove and The Roots to rally to get out the vote and protect the right to vote. But that’s exactly what we did this week. See photos of the Roots, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King III and more from last night's #LetsFixIt event: http://t.co/hAYfnp7hqc — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 3, 2014 The fathers of Bill Wachtel, our founder, King III and Kennedy Jr. all fought together for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of them took turns…
  • Our #LetsFixIt Challenge

    Tom Rossmeissl
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Win $64,000 by predicting this year’s turnout As usual, 2014 voter turnout is going to be low. How low? Predict this years turnout correctly and you could win up to a $64,000 cash prize. Check out the challenge here.
  • The 2014 Voting in America Summit

    Tom Rossmeissl
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Wednesday night, we turned a page in our movement to fix our broken voting system. Bringing together leaders from across the political spectrum — including Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Congressman John Larson and dozens of voting experts — we renewed the debate about how to reform our voting system. Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott started last night’s discussion by explaining his father’s own struggle with the inconvenience of voting. His father started his shift at the shipyard at 7 AM, and…
  • Summit on Election Reform

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    While the world’s most famous democracy ranks 138th out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, there remains a deafening silence in Washington about the critical condition of our voting system. We’re determined to change that. So this week we kick-off a new chapter for Why Tuesday?. Join us today for a summit on election reform, and stay tuned for a new grassroots platform to push for a renewed debate. WhyTuesday is sponsoring a summit along with The Hill brining together academics, thought leaders, and legislators from across the political spectrum. Wednesday, June 11 |…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Pistol Caliber Carbines For Home And Neighborhood?

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Colt 6450 9mm Carbine It takes very little net surfing to find an extension of the perpetual caliber arguments: 9mm v. .45 ACP, .5.56 X 45 v. 7.62 X 39, and the list goes on and on. Accordingly, there is no dearth of arguments about the proper home defense firearm, or a firearm for any given purpose. Handgun, shotgun, rifle or carbine? Which caliber? Which specific cartridge? I’ve never been a seeker for the perfect in any material thing. I don’t seek the perfect handgun or the perfect rifle or the perfect caliber of cartridge. I seek, instead, what works for me. I understand perfectly…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 9.2: Augmentation

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    credit: ksdk.com My good friend and the editor of “Bearing Arms,” Bob Owens, who is kind enough to regularly publish my fevered scribblings, has posted a very good review  of the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson. It augments Update 9, makes clear why the Grand Jury had no choice but to no bill on all charges, and is well worth your time.Filed under: The Michael Brown Case Tagged: Bob Owens, Darren Wilson
  • AT&T Customer Service: The Horror!

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I almost feel a little sorry for AT&T. They provide a useful and necessary service for tens, even hundreds, of millions, and often, people try to stiff them. I am not among them. In fact, I recently worked very, very hard to pay them a great deal of money, and had a damned hard time of it. It turned into a two month long Kafkaesque commercial for blood pressure medication. It all started because Mrs. Manor wanted a new iPhone6+. We’re both getting a bit long in the tooth, and with age, eyesight and hearing dim a bit. We’re far from impaired, but things just aren’t quite as razor…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 9: Resolution or Respite?

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Prosecutor Bob McCulloughcredit: ksdk.com At 2016 CST on November 24, 2014, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the verdict in the shooting of Mike Brown. No bill on all five counts presented to the jury. He began with a general time frame of events, and throughout his prepared statement, confirmed many previous bits of speculation and leaked information. He also added facts not previously known. He noted that the evidence seen and considered by the grand jury of nine white and three black members would be immediately released to the public. McCullough confirmed that the…
  • Legal Gun Grabbing

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    credit: policestateusa.com Have you ever experienced the fallout of a badly written law, a law that, due to incompetence or stealthy malice, criminalizes entirely reasonable, common and non-criminal behavior? Such laws are all too common, and all too often catch the law-abiding and honest in their widely spread nets. Such is the case in Buffalo, NY where local authorities are invoking a little known and rarely enforced law to seize the guns of the recently deceased. It doesn’t matter if there are spouses or relatives, the law actually forces them to apply for permission to keep the property…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Early Thanksgiving Thread [krakatoa]

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Happy Thanksgiving, my hordelings. I have much to be thankful for. It is little baby Krak/t's first Thanksgiving, and each of her firsts bring so much of a sense of renewal to everything we experience as a family. We were...
  • Overnight Open Thread (11-26-2014)

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Latest Trend in #Ferguson Protests: Blocking America's Highways Dozens of UCSD students brought traffic to a halt on northbound Interstate 5 Wednesday morning to protest the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict a white policeman...
  • New Jurassic Park Sequel to be Released in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:53 pm
    It's called, Fuck You, America: This Is What You Get. And we deserve it, too. Yeah I know we all love Chris Pratt but seriously....
  • Some Meh Movies That Are Decent Enough

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Hollywood doesn't really make good movies anymore, so here are some Meh ones that are decent wastes of your time. So if you need stuff to watch this Thanksgiving holiday weekend: Hansel & Gretl: Witch-Hunters. Just pretty much fun from...
  • The Only Progressive Guide to Thanksgiving Political Arguments You'll Need

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From Joe Limey. In the great progressive spirit, here are a few tips on how to talk to -- and morally improve -- your family this Thanksgiving: 1. Your crazy uncle complains in passing that the construction on Redlands Avenue...
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    What type of evil lunacy would motivate the New York Times to publish Officer Wilson's personal address? Do they really want to incite more violence? What other motivation could they have?President Obama just admitted publicly that he "just took an action to change the law." So much for claiming that all that was happening was prosecutorial discretion. "Listen, you know -- here. Can I just say this, all right? I've listened to you. I heard you. I heard you. I heard you. All right? Now I have been respectful, I let you holler. All right? So let me just -- nobody is removing you. I have heard…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    It really sounds that the Grand Jury did a careful job and reached the right decision. But that doesn't matter to the people who would prefer to hug their grievances to themselves and take to the street. The media deserve blame up and down from hyping up this story. The race mongers who crowded into the Missouri to exacerbate the tensions are serving to help destroy a community. And now they've rioted, looted, and burned down businesses. Is that going to help people in that town find jobs? Who will want to operate a business in Ferguson? Where are these protesters as thousands of blacks are…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Son now poor ol' Chuck Hagel has been fired is stepping down as Secretary of Defense.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down amid criticism of the president’s national security team on a series of global issues, including the threat posed by the militant group known as ISIS.Senior defense officials confirmed to NBC News Monday that Hagel was forced to resign.The officials say the White House has lost confidence in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon. According to one senior official, “He wasn’t up to the job.”Well, what a surprise that he wasn't up to the task. Remember…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    This headline from Ed Morrissey about sums it up.Semi-retired President invokes the Sick And Tired clause of the ConstitutionObama claims that he has to act because Congress hasn't acted doesn't mean that he can just ignore Congress. In fact, knowing that Obama was planning this action, the voters sure didn't vote an endorsement of Democrats in this past election. If the situation was so exigent, why didn't he move in the first two years when he had control of both houses and could have easily passed what he wanted? If the situation was such an emergency, why could he postpone it until after…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Here's a true sign of how far Obama has fallen - the networks aren't going to air his prime-time address tonight.Thomas Sowell slashes away at the idea that it is the "legacy of slavery" that is keeping blacks poor today.Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not have as much income as Japanese Americans. Mexican Americans do not have as much income as Cuban Americans. All sorts of people do not have as much income as all sorts of other people, not only in the United States,…
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    Riehl World News

  • Ferguson protesters team with anarchists to stop NY Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Dan
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    While co-opting Ferguson  as an excuse, …  Anarchists were already plotting to disrupt the Thanksgiving Day Parade Demonstrators in New York who have been protesting the grand jury decision in Ferguson this week are plotting a revolt against the Thanksgiving Day Parade to ‘make people stop and listen’ and ‘make history’. The post Ferguson protesters team with anarchists to stop NY Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Black Music Figure Pharrell Williams Irks Fans With Criticism Of Michael Brown and Culture That Made Him

    Dan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    How will the media handle this? Oh, I know. They’ll bury it and this Williams better watch it, or his career will be buried, too. While Pharrell says that was no excuse for Officer Darren Wilson to use lethal force against the unarmed teen, he thinks Brown’s actions are being overlooking in the national discussion about the tragedy. ‘It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with,’ Pharrell told Ebony magazine. ‘Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we…
  • Sun Columnist Katie Hopkins: Darren Wilson ‘should get a medal’ for Shooting Michael Brown

    Dan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Is it sexist to call a woman an attention whore? Katie Hopkins tweeted Darren Wilson ‘should get a medal’ for killing – She also called Ferguson victim Michael Brown ‘a thief and a thug’ The post Sun Columnist Katie Hopkins: Darren Wilson ‘should get a medal’ for Shooting Michael Brown appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Elderly Ferguson man attacked with his oxygen supply, then run over by car thieves

    Dan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Horrific: An elderly man was run over after two people stole his car in Ferguson during Monday night’s disturbances More via Ferguson man attacked with his oxygen supply and then run over | Daily Mail Online. The post Elderly Ferguson man attacked with his oxygen supply, then run over by car thieves appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Jonathan Gruber: Aborting the Poor’s “Marginal Children” Saves Government Money

    Dan
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Progressives are just full of compassion, don’t you think? From an old paper by Gruber. “Our results suggest that the marginal children who were not born as a result of abortion legalization would have systematically been born into worse circumstances had the pregnancies not been terminated: they would have been 70 percent more likely to live in a single parent household, 40 percent more likely to live in poverty, 35 percent more likely to die during the first year of life, and 50 percent more likely to be in a household collecting welfare,” the paper says. The paper continues,…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Thanksgiving Open Thread

    David Robertson
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Open Thread. What are you doing this Thanksgiving?
  • Obama Just Gave Employers a $3,000 Incentive to Hire Illegals Over Real Americans

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The United States has been suffering through the worst jobs climate in recent memory with millions of Americans unable to find work and just giving up looking. Now, things are going to get worse because with his massive, unconstitutional amnesty, Obama just gave employers a big incentive to hire illegals instead of real Americans. According to The Washington Times, Obama’s illicit amnesty will hand employers a $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over American citizens. How did the paper figure this? It’s because of Obamacare, naturally. You see, because these five million illegals…
  • Leadership? What Leadership?

    David Robertson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    “It will be an image that may endure beyond Barack Obama’s tenure,” writes James Oliphant about the above image. Meanwhile, Juan Williams asks, “Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?” President Obama’s leadership didn’t do much (if any) good. Here is more from James Oliphant’s commentary about Obama’s response to Ferguson: As to whether Obama himself will travel to Ferguson to make another appeal for restraint, he was noncommittal. “Let’s take…
  • You Built This, Mr. President, Ferguson is all That is Wrong With Democrats

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The pointless and illicit rioting in Ferguson, Missouri is a perfect example of all that is wrong with the Democrat Party, the unavoidable end game of that party’s actions, and proof of the illegitimacy of everything Democrats do to win elections. Democrats win elections by lying to blacks and telling them that they are still living in the 1930s where it concerns race relations in America. The Democrat Party lies to blacks telling them Jim Crow is still in force, that blacks have made no progress, that they are oppressed every day and all their personal failures are the fault
  • Dana Perino Wrongly Claims Obama ‘Has The Prosecutorial Discretion’ To Issue His Amnesty

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    One of the claims that the left is erroneously using to justify Obama’s new amnesty policy is that he has the “prosecutorial discretion” to do what he is doing and on Thursday Fox News’ Dana Perino agreed with the left that Obama does, indeed, have that power. Perino appeared on the November 20 edition of Fox News’ The Five where she insisted that Obama does have the power to issue his amnesty. But she also noted that it was “strange” that the first major thing that Obama did after the elections was to “poison the well” with his amnesty…
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    Hullabaloo

  • I'll have a Black Friday without you by @BloggersRUs

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    I'll have a Black Friday without youby Tom Sullivan Traditional anti-consumerism boycotts of Black Friday have company this year. In the wake of the grand jury decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, activists are encouraging black consumers to turn to economic activism and boycott the busiest shopping day of the year. Under the title "No Justice, No Profit," the boycott aims to capitalize on the purchasing power of the black community, which Al Jazeera points out is about $1 trillion, and prove, in a language businesses will…
  • On The Newsroom Who Pays the Price for Having Principles? Episode 3 Analysis by @spockosbrain

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    On The Newsroom Who Pays the Price for Having Principles? Episode 3 Analysisby SpockoEpisode 3 of The Newsroom deals with a Snowden-like leak to a TV journalist. I wonder, how would a mainstream TV network actually handle a story like this? Spoilers below.ACN newsroom is raided by FBI to find leak source. The big issues The Newsroom dealt with in episode three include: US Government possibly charging a journalist with espionageSnowden-like revelations about the government's role in riot deathsProtecting the Snowden-like source's identityA Bezos-like billionaires possibly buying a TV news…
  • It's that time again... #Karentumultypumpkincaketime

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Karen Tumulty Pumpkin Cakeby digbyA few years back on Thanksgiving eve I ran this recipe for Pumpkin Cake and received a very nice note from journalist Karen Tumulty saying that she'd been tooling around the web for something to bake and tried it and liked it. Ever since then I've called it Karen Tumulty cake. And I run it every Wednesday before Thanksgiving.It's easy even for non bakers and it really is very good.For cake* (3/4 cup) softened unsalted butter.* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting pan* 2 teaspoons baking powder* 1 teaspoon baking soda* 1 teaspoon cinnamon*…
  • Concerned women of America are very concerned

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Concerned Women of America are very concernedby digbyAs usual:Earlier this year, conservative groups led by Concerned Women for America tried unsuccessfully to stop the House from approving a plan to move forward on the building of the National Women’s History Museum, claiming that the museum would be a “shrine to liberal ideology, abortion, and liberal advocates." Since then, that bill has been held up in the Senate by Republicans Tom Coburn and Mike Lee.Now the coalition is resuming the fight after hearing that the new museum might be included in a public lands section of an upcoming…
  • Mowing down demonstrators isn't a crime either?

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mowing down demonstrators isn't a crime either?by digbyWait, what? I watched this footage of a car honking and running over protesters last night but I didn't hear what happened later:Several protesters jumped on the hood of the driver's car and he eventually came to a stop. He was questioned by police, but the latest reports say he has not been arrested.This is the same police department who accused the mayor of flashing gang signs, by the way...What can possibly be the excuse that would allow allow this driver to get away with this. He could have killed someone. Unless he was having a heart…
 
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  • Officer Wilson’s Claims On Michael Brown Shooting Questioned, Protests Enter Third Night

    DSWright
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Though Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch made it clear he had no interest in prosecuting the man who killed Michael Brown, he did release the evidence he presented to the grand jury which included Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s sworn testimony. Wilson also provided a detailed explanation and justification for his actions in an interview with ABC News where he said he had a “clean conscience” and denied that the situation with Brown could have been handled any differently. Yet despite the assertions of propriety the testimony and public statements of Officer…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Ferguson Roundup, Day 2 - The parents of Michael Brown called Darren Wilson’s comments on their son, including his description of Brown as a “demon,” “disrespectful” - A report by The Real News on protesters in Baltimore, Md., who marched against police brutality and the recent decision by a grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson - Glen Ford: “Ferguson: It is Right to Resist, By Any and All Means Necessary” - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): “Why does Ferguson still look like Iraq? Congress can stop the military…
  • I’m thankful for Hypocrisy

    Attaturk
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    And self-delusion. Because as a middle-aged white guy I can imagine that everything is hunky-dory, because I’ve got it pretty sweet. I can walk out the door 365 days 24/7 and not worry about being sexually harassed or killed by a “peace-officer”. Wilson said the incident with Brown was the first time he’d ever used his gun. When Stephanopoulos asked if there was any way the incident could’ve been handled differently, Wilson replied, “no.”   Wilson said he has a “clean conscience” about the way he handled the incident with Brown.
  • Late Late Night FDL: All About That Baste

    Suzanne
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Holderness Family — All About That Baste, a parody of this. What’s on your mind?
  • Late Night: What’s The Value of TV Journalism? Analysis of Episode Two of The Newsroom

    spocko
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There was a scene in The Newsroom’s second episode this season where Charlie, the network president, explains to the two rich kids working on a hostile takeover that what the news division of ACN does and says is important. ACN, he explains, is like NBC and CNN, they are the face and voice of the parent corporation. That really struck me. I liked it. Suddenly I was Fox Mulder quoting from the poster above my desk. “I want to believe.” The rich kids didn’t care. If they could make more more money showing Foxy Boxing than the news, then why not? Concurrently in the show,…
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  • Pre Thanksgiving Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    TalkLeft wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Don't forget to check in with your local radio station to find out what time they will play Alice's Restaurant. It was November 28, 1965 that Arlo was convicted of littering in Stockbridge, MA.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • More National Guardsmen Called to Ferguson

    Jeralyn
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    MO Governor Jay Nixon has ordered 2,200 more national guardsman to Ferguson. More than 2,200 additional National Guard troops will take to the streets in the St. Louis area at night, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. They will join 700 Guardsmen already... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson G. J. Decision : No Indictment, Violence Erupts

    Jeralyn
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    The prosecutor's office has released the grand jury testimony in the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. The grand jury declined to indict Officer Wilson. The local CBS affiliate has this recap, with links to some of the testimony.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Showtime's Homeland is back in its element. After a shaky start this season, it slowly got back on track, and the last two episodes were Homeland at it's best. Separated at birth: One of the two guys above is Saddam Jamal, a terrorist in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rudy Giulani's Shows His True Colors

    Jeralyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Rudy Giuliani is justly taking a heap of justly deserved criticism for his comments on Meet the Press about race and crime today. In a discussion about Ferguson and the disproportionate number of white cops in neighborhoods with a large minority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Black Friday is America’s premier gun-buying day

    Philip Bump
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    There is probably a place, somewhere in the country, where people are already camped out in front of a Cabela's, waiting for Friday at 6 a.m. so that they can go in and get a discount on a new firearm. Of the 10 days on which the FBI has conducted the most background checks since December […]
  • What we talk about when we talk about talking about politics at Thanksgiving

    Jaime Fuller
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    There is a set script to Thanksgiving, part of the reason the holiday feels so comforting. We eat stuffing and complain about the traffic. We see family we haven't seen since the last time we ate stuffing. Someone brings up politics and is either met with a fight or shushes or a mixed chorus of […]
  • How to be hyperpartisan this Thanksgiving: Eat what the presidents ate

    Philip Bump
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    A tweet from the National Archives caught our attention this morning, showing a marked-up version of the 1977 White House Thanksgiving menu. "Jimmy," it notes, referring to President Carter, "doesn't especially like green peas." Comments on proposed #Thanksgiving #menu: "Jimmy doesn't especially like green peas" @JimmyCarterNHS1 @CarterLibrary pic.twitter.com/SZoBYopFHJ — US National Archives (@USNatArchives) November 26, […]
  • Watch John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert celebrate the Thanksgiving turkey pardon

    Jaime Fuller
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Happy almost Thanksgiving! If you follow the rules, Wednesday won't involve talking about politics at all (good luck with that!), but if you need to get it out of your system, here are some comedy show segments on the White House turkey pardon. John Oliver is the latest addition to the canon -- he released […]
  • What John Boehner’s brine recipe really needs is more dirt pudding

    Jaime Fuller
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The award for most exciting Thanksgiving news dump of the year goes to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). He delivered. It sounds like a great brine recipe! Despite Boehner's professed years of tinkering with it, we think the formula could be improved. For one thing, it's not Ohio enough. Maple syrup is unquestionably a nectar, if not the […]
 
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  • Counting Your Blessings: Oil Prices

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    You probably are not thinking of the price of oil as something for which we should give thanks today. But if like most people you are traveling by car, you notice and have been noticing the decreasing price of gasoline. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average national gas price in 2013 was $3.51, in 2014 $3.39, and projected in 2015 $2.94. Increased production and soft demand account for this benefit. In New Jersey yesterday the average price was already a low $2.72 - considerably less than the national 2014 average and 2015 projection. Our prices are always well…
  • The Death of Democracy in Burlington County

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    "This wouldn't pass muster in Trenton" That's a quote from Doug O'Malley, Director of Environment New Jersey upon witnessing the pure disdain for the citizens of Burlington County exhibited by the Republican majority on the Freeholder Board on the morning before Thanksgiving. The issue was the nomination of Sean Earlen as the county's representative to the Pinelands Commission, a body whose mission is "Preserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural and cultural resouces of the Pinelands National Reserve." The Reserve is an area of 1.1 million acres spanning parts of seven South Jersey…
  • Pre-Turkey Day News Roundup & Open Thread: Wednesday November 26, 2014

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Pinch hitting for Rosi today as she gets the Turkey Day holiday started early. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday with friends and family. Please remember those who aren't as luck as you on this holiday and help if you can. On to the news of the day and as always, if we missed anything please leave it in the comments: NJ Households Carrying Very High Debt Even as households across the nation reduced their levels of debt in the slow recovery following the Great Recession, debt for many New Jersey families remains "very high", according to a new analysis. A $13 Million FaceliftThe Borgata…
  • Ferguson - The Psychology of Riots and Poverty

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    The rare non-NJ-specific post. Because most of us were watching last night, and some of us may be attending gatherings today in Montclair, Cherry Hill, Newark, Princeton or elsewhere. Promoted by Rosi. I'm not going to sit here and Monday morning quarterback the jury's decision. I don't have all the evidence, you don't have all the evidence the grand jury saw. We just...don't...know. But I wanted to address something else. I've seen a lot of people decrying the rioting and looting behavior. While I agree - it's reprehensible, I also like to come at this from a…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Philadelphia, Brooklyn, or Columbus DNC names convention finalist cities. No evidence that N.J. state job held by DiVincenzo's son was publicly advertised Joe D endorses Christie, his son gets a high-paying job he doesn't have to compete for. Christie's Dept. of Ed ducks press OPRA requests, and all accountability. And I remind you: DiVincenzo wants a fifth term as Essex County Executive. Media Hank Kalet at Channel Surfing makes a good case that newspaper endorsements - which apparently now stretch to pre-endorsement endorsements - are less valuable than laying out issues that matter,…
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  • Thanksgiving Day and the Powerful Play

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    (Photo: Lotus Carroll; Lost and Taken; Edited: JR/TO) Two hours ago, as of this Wednesday night writing, the ground around my back porch was brown and bare and sere. Where only scant weeks ago there was deep color in the New Hampshire woods - an astonishing riot of maple red and oak orange and birch yellow, the likes of which I have never seen before and may never see again, because it was simply that extraordinary - there are now only the skeletal fingers of bare trees holding court over a graveyard of fallen leaves. A few studiously green pines stand the watch, as they always do, but in the…
  • #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    Ferguson, Missouri. October, 2014. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee) This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. In some places, the police act like an occupying force. If the law does not represent you but only governs you, you are a subject, not a citizen. So what are the "blessings" that Americans should "gratefully acknowledge," as Abraham Lincoln put it in the…
  • Privateers Make a Water Grab

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    (Image: Tapped out via Shutterstock)In Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy, set in our near future, corporations own countries. These multinational corporations have grown so large as a result of globalization that they have sufficient economic power to take over or strongly manipulate national governments, initially only relatively small third-world governments, but later, larger developed governments too, effectively running whole countries. In Robinson's future history, the metanational corporations become similar to nation-states in some respects, while continually attempting to take over…
  • Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Most Americans - from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas - will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won't. Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's, Radio Shack, and other retailers are also requiring their low-paid workers to put in a shift.(Photo: Robert Couse-Baker)Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won't. Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job.
  • From Buy Nothing Day to Independence Day

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    It's time to make a strategic shift from Buy Nothing Day to a global Independence Day. Let's highlight the importance of framing and narratives, and the power of including the Global South, in a global day of boycott against multinational corporations.Buy Nothing Day (Black Friday - day after Thanksgiving) in San Francisco. (Photo: Steve Rhodes) If you value media that isn’t controlled by advertisers or billionaire sponsors, show your support today! Donate to Truthout now to keep independent media strong. Everything evolves. It's the movement of life through time. Those things that are fit…
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  • Can the ACA exchanges steer customers away from bad choices?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    An important feature on Healthcare.gov -- improved for the new open season, I believe -- could steer significant numbers of users toward plans best suited to their needs -- and perhaps point a way towards solving the "auto-renewal" problem, whereby existing plan holders may face steep price hikes if they fail to comparison -shop.The feature in question is addressed to those buyers who are eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies, which lower plan deductibles and out-of-pockets costs for lower-income buyers -- but only if they buy silver-level plans, which will cost them significantly…
  • Why go for the bronze?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    I've devoted a lot of posts to worrying about who bought high deductible bronze plans but shouldn't have, especially those who were eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies if they bought silver (Fortunately, most CSR-eligible buyers did choose silver.) This evening I have a post up on healthinsurance.org digging into who should buy bronze -- that is, for whom is a plan with, say, a $5,000 deductible at least a rational choice.One key: in  some states and counties, some bronze plans provide substantial benefits that kick in before the deductible is reached -- say, $20 primary…
  • The ACA and the white working class

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Bill Gardner this morning pointed out, as many have, that Americans approve of the core components of the ACA but disapprove of the law, I expected the corollary to be "slander works," or"it's really hard to communicate how these moving parts fit together," or some combination of the two.Instead, I was confronted with this chart from a paper by Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless(Redistributive effects of the ACA (from Aaron & Burtless, 2014).There's a lot of factors packed into that chart - taxes (including the individual mandate), the employer mandate, Medicare payment cuts. I would…
  • Gruber clips inspire powerful condensed defenses of the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On occasion, I've made my case against opinion writers' "paragraph briefs," which make an omnibus case for something by packing disparate and often dubious assertions in comma-separated series.An often more powerful variant, though still subject to slipping in slugs and ringers, is the link-packed paragraph brief.  These cite an array of evidence in a way that dares the reader not to take the cited authorities on faith -- each of them, maybe a half-dozen, are a click away. Of course, most of us do take most of them on faith most of the time. But the cards are on the table.The Gruber…
  • Fleshing out a (real) ACA hardship story in the WSJ

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    It's inevitable that reporters' vignettes about ACA shoppers will often lack context or essential details. Print space is limited, readers' attention is limited,  reporters' time is limited, and protagonists' grasp of their own experience may even be limited.Still, the back stories are often worth probing (3, 2, 1. 0). Here's one from today's Wall Street Journal, with Louise Radnofsky, Stephanie Armour, and Anna Wilde Mathews reporting on the first day of Open Season II. There's no inaccuracy, but the rate-shock subplot in this brief account does leave a question…
 
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  • Eat Turkey, Become American

    By Marie Myung-Ok Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    Thanksgiving was my Korean family’s annual recommitment ceremony to the United States.
  • How the Civil War Created Thanksgiving

    By Kenneth C. Davis
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    It took the war to make a regional New England holiday into a national one.
  • When Immigrants Lose Their Human Rights

    By Gary Gutting and Joseph Carens
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Like the feudal system and slavery before it, our current immigration policy ignores our fundamental moral obligations.
  • Surviving Andersonville

    By Ronald S. Coddington
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The story of one wounded Union soldier who lived through the horrors of the South's worst prison camp.
  • A Gander at Love

    By Anica Mrose Rissi
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Geese are mean and geese are dumb. But this is not really about geese.
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  • Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.
  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration.
  • Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course.
  • U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods.
  • Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

    samzenpus
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    An anonymous reader writes A malfunction in electronic voting machines in Saline County, Kansas, left over 5,000 votes uncounted. That's roughly one-third of the votes cast. Counting those 5,207 votes didn't change any outcomes in this case however. “That’s a huge difference,” county Chairman Randy Duncan said when notified by the Journal of the error. “That’s scary. That makes me wonder about voting machines. Should we go back to paper ballots?”Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

    Soulskill
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    McGruber writes: Fired HP CEO and failed Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is "actively exploring a 2016 presidential run." Fiorina has been "talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states, and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

    timothy
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Guardian: "Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot "murder and mayhem", David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies' actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby. He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities to report potential terror threats and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism. His comments to the House of Commons came after the…
  • How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

    Soulskill
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    schnell writes: The New Republic is running a fascinating article that analyzes the changing state of foreign development. Tech entrepreneurs and celebrities are increasingly realizing the inefficiencies of the old charitable NGO-based model of foreign aid, and shifting their support to "disruptive" new ideas that have been demonstrated in small experiments to deliver disproportionately beneficial results. But multiple studies now show that "game changing" ideas that prove revolutionary in limited studies fail to prove effective at scale, and are limited by a simple and disappointing fact: no…
  • Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

    Soulskill
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Starting about a week ago, The Great Firewall of China began blocking the Edgecast CDN. This was spurred by Great Fire's Collateral Freedom project, which used CDNs to get around censorship of individual domains. It left China with either letting go of censorship, or breaking significant chunks of the Internet for their population. China chose to do the latter, and now many websites are no longer functional for Chinese users. I just helped a friend diagnose this problem with his company's site, so it's likely many people are still just starting to discover what's…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Piggott’s post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on “real life”

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]
  • A bothersome GDP breakdown

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    None of this proves that the UK recovery is unsustainable. But there is nonetheless enough in these latest statistical breakdowns for policymakers to remain cautious.
  • British politics is heading back to 1974

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Suppose for a moment that you faced an upcoming General Election in which the governing Conservatives were pretty unpopular, having presided over a Parliament of economic crisis, domestic confrontation and ideological polarisation. But presume also that, during that contest, the Government was faced with a relatively unpopular Labour Party tainted by its past handling of economic [...]
  • The unpopularity of American power

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    I have a review of James Cronin’s new book, Global Rules, at Independent Voices. It is a high-quality history of the special relationship between America and Britain since the Second World War. It charts how the two countries shaped the rules of international trade and relations, and how this system survived the end of the [...]
  • Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.
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  • Andrew Napolitano: Thankful for Natural Rights

    Reason.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the government? What if they both believe that the government that gives gifts to its people can take those gifts back? On Thanksgiving, our gratitude is not to the government that assails our freedoms, but to the God who created us and for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,…
  • What To Be Thankful For? Natural Rights

    Andrew Napolitano
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the…
  • Brickbat: Bad Dog

    Charles Oliver
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Joanna Armand says her dog Zeus has never bitten anyone and no one has ever filed a complaint about the dog. Her daughter O'Hara Owens, who has severe neck problems and must use a wheelchair, says Zeus is the first to notice if she is in pain and comfort her. But Zeus is a pitbull, and the city council in their hometown of Moreauville, Louisiana, voted to ban pitbulls and rottweilers. The family must get rid of Zeus by Dec. 1 or the police will seize the dog, “dispose” of it and fine them. Alderman Penn Lemoine said the council banned the breeds because of complaints from residents. He…
  • Bad Dog

    Charles Oliver
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Joanna Armand says her dog Zeus has never bitten anyone and no one has ever filed a complaint about the dog. Her daughter O'Hara Owens, who has severe neck problems and must use a wheelchair, says Zeus is the first to notice if she is in pain and comfort her. But Zeus is a pitbull, and the city council in their hometown of Moreauville, Louisiana, voted to ban pitbulls and rottweilers. The family must get rid of Zeus by Dec. 1 or the police will seize the dog, “dispose” of it and fine them. Alderman Penn Lemoine said the council banned the breeds because of complaints from residents. He…
  • Ed Krayewski on How the World is Getting Better

    Reason.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Islamist extremists on the loose in the Middle East, drug cartels running wild south of the border, Ebola, nuclear proliferation, ubiquitous surveillance, climate disasters, beheadings. It's easy to imagine things are worse than they have been in a long time. We don't have the benefit of hindsight, yet we can take a step back and try to take a more detached look at things. The world may seem like a scary place but it’s also one full of promise, potential, and progress. Things are better than they’ve ever been before, writes Ed Krayewski, and they're getting better still. View this…
 
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  • Confused

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

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
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    The American Prospect

  • Cosby and Ferguson: Why Addressing Gender Violence and Racial Violence Is Not Either/Or Option

    Andrea Cambron
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Young women attend a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence Friday, October 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.  I've never understood the "one or the other" mentality. Being a mother, I am in an ever present state of multi-tasking. So when a male acquaintance that the Cosby scandal was a a distraction from the grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, I inquired, "How?" He asserted that if the lead news story becomes Cosby, then Ferguson and the protests in response to the police violence there become a footnote to the issue of racial violence in the town.
  • Obama's Treasury Nominee Is a Wall Street Shill

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Flickr/Alex E. Proimos If you want to understand what makes Elizabeth Warren so special in American politics, consider her nervy leadership of the campaign to block President Barack Obama's foolish nomination of one Antonio Weiss to be the top Treasury official in charge of the domestic financial system, including enforcement of the Dodd-Frank Act. For most of his Wall Street career, Weiss has epitomized everything that reeks about financial abuses. As chief of international mergers and acquisitions for Lazard, Weiss orchestrated what are delicately known as "corporate inversions," in which a…
  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
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    The American Prospect

  • Cosby and Ferguson: Why Addressing Gender Violence and Racial Violence Is Not Either/Or Option

    Andrea Cambron
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Young women attend a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence Friday, October 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.  I've never understood the "one or the other" mentality. Being a mother, I am in an ever present state of multi-tasking. So when a male acquaintance that the Cosby scandal was a a distraction from the grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, I inquired, "How?" He asserted that if the lead news story becomes Cosby, then Ferguson and the protests in response to the police violence there become a footnote to the issue of racial violence in the town.
  • Obama's Treasury Nominee Is a Wall Street Shill

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Flickr/Alex E. Proimos If you want to understand what makes Elizabeth Warren so special in American politics, consider her nervy leadership of the campaign to block President Barack Obama's foolish nomination of one Antonio Weiss to be the top Treasury official in charge of the domestic financial system, including enforcement of the Dodd-Frank Act. For most of his Wall Street career, Weiss has epitomized everything that reeks about financial abuses. As chief of international mergers and acquisitions for Lazard, Weiss orchestrated what are delicately known as "corporate inversions," in which a…
  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
 
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    Wonkblog

  • Beyond Brittany Maynard: Who is choosing to die with dignity

    Jason Millman
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman, took her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law earlier this month. (AP Photo/Maynard Family, FILE) Advocates are hoping Brittany Maynard's story will help their efforts to pass so-called "Death with Dignity" laws in more states around the country this coming year. A bill is advancing in New Jersey, though Gov. Chris Christie has said he'll veto it, while lawmakers in several other states, including Pennsylvania and Wyoming, are weighing similar bills. The Oregonian newspaper this week started running a series of readers'…
  • Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.—and all over the world

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    While humans have managed to domesticate dogs, and in doing so, alter their DNA, we haven't had quite the same effect on the cat genome. Cats, a new study notes, are still comparatively wild animals.  Make what you will of that. Dog lovers and cat lovers, respectively, certainly will—they have long argued over the relative merits of their respective pet preferences. This piece, originally published in July, paints a comprehensive picture of where  dog and cat owners live around the world, in case you find yourself in, say, Latin America, and on the verge of saying something you…
  • Taxi medallions have been the best investment in America for years. Now Uber may be changing that.

    Emily Badger
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A view of a Chicago taxi medallion. (Photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz) When Uber first launched as a fledgling ride-for-hire service in San Francisco four years ago, it was a tech and transportation curiosity, a niche company for the kind of people who travel in black town cars. Since then, the company has transformed from yet another app to a billion-dollar behemoth with major public policy implications. Lately, Uber has gotten itself embroiled in a new policy front over technology and privacy. All the while, it continues its city-by-city war with the cab industry over how best to regulate local…
  • Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

    Christopher Ingraham
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown has  once again put race front and center in our national conversation. This piece, originally published in August, looks at recent polling data to offer one explanation of the black/white divide in thinking about Ferguson: white people have relatively few black friends, and vice-versa.  "All my black friends have a bunch of white friends. And all my white friends have one black friend." That's the memorable punchline of a Chris Rock bit from 2009 on interracial friendships. And according to some…
  • Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Sen. Charles Schumer and President Obama (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Two internal Democratic Party disputes this week are surfacing tensions over who the party should focus on: the poor or the middle class. On Tuesday, an emerging $450 billion tax deal on Capitol Hill hit a snag when liberal Democrats and the White House insisted it also include a permanent expansion of low-income tax credits that have been a quiet but critical feature of President Obama's anti-poverty policy since 2009. Before the uproar, Democrats appeared willing to accept the deal, which was to extend tax…
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  • Six types of pie on Obamas' dinner menu

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    President Obama in his weekly address on Thursday said he planned to spend Thanksgiving with family and friend "eating some good food and watching a little football."That “good food” will include thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, according...
  • Ginsburg due back at work on Monday

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected back at work early next week after undergoing a medical procedure to implant a heart stent, her spokesperson told The Associated Press."She expects to be on the bench on Monday," Kathy Arberg...
  • Five things to watch in Ferguson

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend is going to be dominated by one story — Ferguson and its aftermath.Protests are likely to quiet as families gather around the table to celebrate the holiday — with many discussing the grand jury’s decision in...
  • Ferguson picks up pieces after chaos

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    National Guard reinforcements helped prevent a second night of chaos in Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meantime, residents and businesses began cleanup efforts.The Associated...
  • Obama celebrates service on his 'favorite' holiday

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    President Obama plans to watch some football on Thursday as he and his family celebrate Thanksgiving, his "favorite holiday.""Before we lift a fork, we lend a hand by going out into the community to serve some of our neighbors in need. And we give...
 
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:12 pm
    The petition of the day is: Mata v. Holder 14-185 Issue: Whether the Fifth Circuit erred in this case in holding that it has no jurisdiction to review petitioner’s request that the Board of Immigration Appeals equitably toll the 90-day deadline on his motion to reopen as a result of ineffective assistance of counsel under 8 C.F.R. § 1003.2(c)(2).
  • Editor’s Note

    Andrew Hamm
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect additional orders from the Court’s November 25 Conference. On Tuesday, December 2, we expect one or more opinions in argued cases; we will begin live blogging at this link shortly before 10:00 a.m.
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Eric Schnapper (Part five)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Wondering how it went; what to learn from looking back; the importance of moot courts; and why the regular presence of cameras at oral argument is a bad idea. “Just the way they say, ‘Battle plans never survive contact with the enemy,’ oral argument plans never survive contact with the Court.” In this six-part interview, Eric Schnapper — Supreme Court advocate and holder of the Betts, Patterson & Mines Professorship in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law — discusses his background, from Yale Law School to a twenty-five-year career at the NAACAP Legal…
  • Ginsburg has heart surgery

    Lyle Denniston
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Eighty-one-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a surgical procedure this morning to relieve a blockage in an artery in her heart, the Court announced. She had gone to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday night after experiencing discomfort “during routine exercise,” the Court statement said.   The procedure involved placing a stent to open the right coronary artery. “She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours,” according to Kathleen L. Arberg, the Court’s public information officer.
  • Argument preview:The Administrative Procedure Act, notice-and-comment rule making, and “interpretive” rules

    Brian Wolfman and Bradley Girard
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Brian Wolfman is the Edwin A. Heafey, Jr. Visiting Professor at the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Bradley Girard graduated from Georgetown Law in 2014. On December 1, in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association (consolidated with Nickols v. Mortgage Bankers Association), the Court will consider an important question of administrative law: Whether a federal agency must engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking before it can significantly alter an interpretive rule that articulates an interpretation of an agency regulation. Legal background The Administrative Procedure Act…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    John Cole +0
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    The annual tradition: Don’t drink too much to deal with the relatives. Also, when they engage you in political talk and start to offend you, just don’t respond. Wingnuts like to argue, and if you just ignore them they will shut up. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Thursday Morning Open Thread: Happy Thanksgiving (Watch Out for the Nut… meg)

    Anne Laurie
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 am
    (Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com) . I spent fifteen years in the Midwest (Michigan) and learnt an honest appreciation for salads involving Cool-Whip and Jell-O, but… frog eye salad? Pasta simply does not belong in a dessert product. (No, I’m not enamored of rice pudding, either.) Must be a west-of-the-Mississippi thing… unless Google has been punking the NYTimes. (They fell for the nutmeg story, after all.) *********** Apart from (faking) an appreciation of once-a-year IT’S OUR TRADITION dishes like snickers salad, mashed parsnips, green rice, creamed onions, pretzel…
  • They Just Pulled Up and Shot Him

    John Cole +0
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I don’t know how the police spin this (below the fold): It looks to me like a bored kid walking around with a toy gun, the cops raced up, and before the passenger was even out of the car they shot him. Holy hell. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • On Darren Wilson

    Soonergrunt
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I didn’t break any laws or do anything unethical in 4 combat tours as an Infantryman. To the best of my knowledge, I didn’t harm any innocents. But when I say my conscience is clear, I mean it only in the sense that I did what was necessary to achieve my mission goals and bring my troops home alive while keeping my honor and theirs intact. I have nightmares about Iraq and Afghanistan. They come less frequently now after seven years, but I cannot escape the reality that young men died because of my actions. They died by my hand, and at my orders. They weren’t…
  • Wednesday Evening Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:04 pm
    (Joe Veix, staff editor at Death and Taxes) With love, from valued commentor SiubhannDuinne. Click to embiggen. Freezing sleet, turning to snow, here. As the holiday countdown begins, what’s effed up and terrible in your neighborhood? Share This space reserved for your ad.
 
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    Oliver Willis

  • Bill Cosby Is Sick, But He Wasn’t Wrong About Black America’s Problems

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

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    After the passage of the Civil Rights Act, many southern Democrats rebelled against the party. Alabama Governor George Wallace ran against Johnson in the Democratic primary, but lost. By 1968, Wallace had left the Democrats and ran in the general election on the segregationist American Independent Party ticket, earning 9.9 million votes, 13% of the popular vote, almost all from the south. By 1972, Richard Nixon had coopted much of this movement, putting the blatant racial animus on the back burner but running on a promise to restore law and order after turbulent protests roiled the country in…
  • Who Passed The Civil Rights Act?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson You wouldn’t think we need to lay this out, but based on repeated erroneous comments I’ve received from conservatives over the years on this topic, here we go. The Civil Rights Act Passed The House And Senate With A Majority Vote From Both Parties The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (H.R. 7152) was introduced in the House of Representatives by a Democrat, Emanuel Celler of New York on June 20, 1963. A majority of Democrats voted for the bill in the House. 152 – 96 A majority of Republicans voted for the bill in the House. 138-34 More Democrats than…
  • Obama, Immigration Action, And Doing The Right Thing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It’s always a much better feeling when you just do the right thing. President Obama is on that path tonight with his executive action on immigration. The GOP has had years to get this right. They had a chance under George W. Bush when they ran the entire government, they had an opportunity to do this even with Democratic control. The votes are in the House right now to pass this but Speaker Boehner as usual was too cowardly to pull the trigger. Now substantive action on immigration reform belongs to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. While Republicans have made themselves into the…
  • Jim Webb’s Bizarre Presidential Campaign Launch

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Jim Webb is running for President, I guess. Jim Webb launched his presidential campaign with a strange video with bargain basement production values. There’s no real base of support for Webb within the Democratic Party. He’s not a rock star like Sec. Clinton, a progressive icon like Elizabeth Warren, a sitting progressive governor like Martin O’Malley, or an ideological warrior like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Webb was a decent enough senator, opposing the Iraq War with a centrist portfolio when that’s the sort of thing you needed to win as a Democrat in Virginia, but he…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • 27 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Happy Thanksgiving from you and yours graphic via shutterstock.com The post appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Stuff to be Thankful For

    Guest Voice
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Stuff to be Thankful For Raging Moderate by Will Durst You got to love Thanksgiving. You do. It’s the law. And be honest; doesn’t a little tryptophan poisoning amongst family and friends sound pretty comforting right about now? What with Ebola infested ISIS members slithering across the border carrying photos of Bill Cosby ogling Kim Kardashian’s butt? Besides, this holiday isn’t about greasing the wheels of capitalism with the fire hose of consumer debt like that other one just down the road. This one is about gluttony. Pure and simple. And the only attendant…
  • A Military Thanksgiving

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Wishing all our readers and their loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. Let us not forget our troops spending yet one more Thanksgiving away from their loved ones and those troops and their families who themselves need a helping hand at home this holiday. Below, some photos of troops helping troops this Thanksgiving and, below those, read how the Navy takes care of its own. Col. James Cluff, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, serves food during a Thanksgiving celebration at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 18, 2014. The wing hosted the event as a way to thank Airmen for…
  • Obama must reveal truth about CIA interrogations, UN experts say

    BRIJ KHINDARIA, Foreign Affairs Columnist
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Opponents of cloaking the Senate report on CIA interrogation practices in secrecy have won support from a top panel of United Nations human rights experts. They said significant secrecy would embolden torturers in other countries and should be rejected. In an open letter to President Barack Obama, seven rapporteurs to the UN Human Rights Council said, “Lasting security can only be achieved on the basis of truth and not secrecy.” “As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for…
  • The Ferguson grand jury proceedings, dissected

    KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Prior coverage: We anticipated the decision, but nothing prepared us for this much bumbling If there is any justice in this world, the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury proceedings could trigger a deep discussion of not only the racial divide in America but also much-needed reform of our “criminal justice system” and how we make our neighborhoods safe. I downloaded the almost 5K page testimony PDF Monday night and started reading on Tuesday. Reading this PDF is not straightforward; it is composed of images, so a normal PDF reader cannot “search within” the document.
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  • Ferguson burns while Mississippi flames

    John Aravosis
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    It’s been a year (or two) of contradictions. Last year, around the time the Supreme Court opened the door to nationwide gay marriages in its historic decision in US v. Windsor, the court also gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. And this year, while Ferguson, Missouri is aflame over the lack of an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of Michael Brown, gay marriage bans have just been struck down in Arkansas (remember Arkansas?) and Mississippi (Mississippi!). I’ve written before about the seeming contradiction between the pro-gay…
  • Never mind

    John Aravosis
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The NYT has issued a correction over its embarrasingly-erroneous report about Kim Kardashian and Kayne West. I have no idea who Kardashian is — I had to ask a friend about her last week. And I’m only marginally more familiar with Kanye West. In any case, I still got a chuckle of out this, considering it comes from the New York Times: Oh NYT, why can’t I quit you?
  • Was there a plot to kill JFK in Chicago, just weeks before his assassination?

    Arlene Lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Was there a plot to kill JFK in Chicago, just weeks before his assassination on November 22, 1963? And did the unraveling of that scheme force the plotters to move on to a secondary plan, in Dallas? There is so much fascinating — and often mind-boggling — information in James W. Douglass’ meticulously researched, extensively footnoted book “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.” (“The 2013 edition of the book was endorsed by Kennedy’s nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who said it had moved him to visit Dealey Plaza for the first time.”)…
  • Chuck Hagel’s resignation: McCain and Cornyn were right

    Chris Trejbal
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Republican senators who opposed the Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary were right about one thing: Hagel wasn’t qualified. Hagel resigned on Monday, reportedly under administration pressure to do so. Two years ago, when President Obama nominated the Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska to join his cabinet, he might have thought it would boost his bipartisan bona fides after the bitter 2012 presidential election. He might have even thought that senators would rally around one of their own nominated to a position that historically saw confirmations…
  • BREAKING: Grand jury refuses to indict Officer Wilson

    Chris Andoe
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    UPDATE: A grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. ______________ It’s pandemonium out here, they’re stampeding the police, they’re pushing down the barriers. Michael Brown’s mother was standing on a car when the decision was read, she broke down. The crowd broke down the temporary gate, things were being thrown at the cops, but things have now calmed down. I have a front row seat. Here’s video of Michael Brown’s mother, wearing the brown leather jacket and white hat (the paper confirms that’s her),…
 
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    VideoSift.com

  • United States of Secrets (part 1) - "The Program"

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    From PBS and Frontline: How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government's massive and controversial secret surveillance program -- and the lengths it went to try to keep it hidden from the public. Last year Edward Snowden downloaded tens of thousands of top-secret documents from a highly secure government computer network. The revelations that followed touched off a fierce debate over the massive surveillance operations conducted by the National Security…
  • Yeonmi Park - North Korea's Black Market Generation

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    “Trade for yourself. Think for yourself,” Park says. Via Libertarian Republic: North Korean defector Yeonmi Park‘s (박연미) speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum last month has been inspiring liberty lovers around the world. Park’s explanation for how the black market in her former country contributed to her understanding of freedom is an important lesson for why freedom to trade must be protected from government interference. Park’s speech focuses on the timeline of her trades on the black market, beginning with her as a child. She talked about learning love from Titanic: “A…
  • I'm Just A Bill vs Executive Order - SNL

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    A bill (Kenan Thompson) and an executive order (Bobby Moynihan) explain how government really works with a little help from President Obama (Jay Pharaoh).
  • Doubt - How Deniers Win

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: Why Voting Matters

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher imagines an alternative reality where Obama lost the last two elections and the country has been run by his rival, President Mitt McCain.
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    The American Prospect

  • Cosby and Ferguson: Why Addressing Gender Violence and Racial Violence Is Not Either/Or Option

    Andrea Cambron
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Young women attend a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence Friday, October 10, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.  I've never understood the "one or the other" mentality. Being a mother, I am in an ever present state of multi-tasking. So when a male acquaintance that the Cosby scandal was a a distraction from the grand jury decision regarding Ferguson, I inquired, "How?" He asserted that if the lead news story becomes Cosby, then Ferguson and the protests in response to the police violence there become a footnote to the issue of racial violence in the town.
  • Obama's Treasury Nominee Is a Wall Street Shill

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Flickr/Alex E. Proimos If you want to understand what makes Elizabeth Warren so special in American politics, consider her nervy leadership of the campaign to block President Barack Obama's foolish nomination of one Antonio Weiss to be the top Treasury official in charge of the domestic financial system, including enforcement of the Dodd-Frank Act. For most of his Wall Street career, Weiss has epitomized everything that reeks about financial abuses. As chief of international mergers and acquisitions for Lazard, Weiss orchestrated what are delicately known as "corporate inversions," in which a…
  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • The 2014 Election: A Summary

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story of the 2014 election is very simple. At each elected level of the Federal and State governments...with the exception of the White House, which was not on the ballot...the Republicans won handily, increasing their margin of control. Turnout (on a percentage basis) was the worst it has been since the 1942 national election. A Summary: Cook Political Report Votes Received as of 11/14/14 Republicans: 39,582,779 (51.77%) Democrats: 34,720,906 (45.41%) Others: 2,149,804 (2.8%) Republicans: 8 U.S. Senate seats (1 Senate race still undecided) 13 U.S. House seats (Assumes results of 5 house…
  • The 2014 Election: Voter Turnout

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Turnout of the eligible voting population regardless of voter registration status. The 2014 national voter turnout was 36.4%. This was the worst turnout in 72 Years. The 1942 Federal election turnout had a lower participation rate at 33.9%. The 2014 turnout rate was substantially lower than 2010 (42%), 2006 (41%), and 2002 (39.5%). Year Voter Turnout (of Total Eligible Voters) 2014 36.4% 2012 58% 2010 40.9% 2008 61.6% 2006 40.4% 2004 60.1% 2002 39.5% In 43 States less than half of the eligible population voted. No State broke the 60% voter turnout mark. In the three largest States - CA, TX…
  • Ideological Bent of the 2014 Electorate

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    In its post-election survey of the ideological bent of the 2014 electorate, The Winston Group found the following “philosophical bent” of the electorate: (1 is Liberal and 9 is Conservative) 1 Liberal -3.37 Obama -3.67 Democrats in Congress -5 The middle -5.55 Independents -5.79 Your own political ideology -6.6 Republicans in Congress -9 Conservative
  • 2014 Election Highlighted the Divide between the Major Parties

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The national exit poll of those voting in 2014 demonstrates the nature of the large divide between the two major political Parties. 68% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats are “very worried about the direction of the nation’s economy” in the next year. 78% of Democrats think the government should do more to resolve problems, while 77% of Republicans think the government is doing too many things and/or it is better left to business and individuals. 67% of Republicans said their family’s financial situation is worse compared to two years ago, while 57% of Democrats say the family’s…
  • Composition of the Electorate Based on Exit Polls

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
      2014 2012 2010 2008 Men 49 47 48 47    Married 33 29 xx xx    Unmarried 16 18 xx xx Women 51 53 52 53    Married 30 31 xx xx    Unmarried 21 23 xx xx           18-29 13 19 12 18 30-44 22 27 24 29 45-64 43 38 43 37 65+ 22 16 21 16           White 75 72 77 74 Black 12 13 11 13 Hispanic / Latino 8 10 8 9 Asian 3 3 2 x Other 2 2 2 3           Liberal 23 25 20 22 Moderate 40 41 38 44 Conservative 37 35 42 34           Democrat 35 38…
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • We Didn't Vote

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    A few close elections remain by Brian Leubitz Well, another election has come and gone. And once again, California was the break against a national wave election. Sure, there were a few disappointments, and a few races that are still in question. But California is still a state where the divisive values of the extreme right represented by the Republican party do not sell. The close ones to watch at this point are in the House of Representatives, where three Democrats are fighting to maintain their seats. Ami Bera and Jim Costa are just barely behind their Republican opponents, and Julia…
  • Field Issues Final Poll of the Year, Light Turnout Expected Tomorrow

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prop Yes No D/K 1 (Water) 54 22 24 45 (Justify Rates) 30 42 28 46 (Patient Safety) 32 49 19 47 (Sentencing) 51 23 26 Light turnout expected as we approach tomorrow's election by Brian Leubitz Field released their final piece of polling data on Halloween, this time a slew of data on the ballot measures. You can see a quick summary to the right. In terms of turnout, well, don't hold out high hopes. Despite a record number of registered voters in California, some analysts are predicting the total turnout for Tuesday's election could fall below 50 percent. KNX 1070's Pete Demetriou reports about…
  • Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Dems all carry leads in statewide races. Tom Torlakson is in a dogfight with Marshall Tuck by Brian Leubitz The final Field Poll came out today, and it had Democrats looking good in all of the partisan statewide races. As you can see from the table to the right, the Dems are all showing statistically significant leads. Add that to the Governor's 54-33 lead and all seems well in Democratic party land. However, state superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson has quite the fight in front of him in the next few days. While it is a nonpartisan race, the California Democratic Party has…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart Congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is – like a large number of Democrats – fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several more months.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama Administration…
  • Hamas Endorses a Massacre

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In the spring of 2000, I lived for a month in a Taliban madrasa, a religious seminary, located on the Grand Trunk Road outside of Peshawar, in Pakistan. The chancellor of the madrasa, a wrinkled, bearded, and often barefoot man named Samiul Haq, was said to be a confidante of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. I did not believe, when we first met, that he would agree to my presence in his school. I was open about my intentions: my goal was to write about the religious education of Pashtun boys who would soon be fighting on behalf of the Taliban, and by extension al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan. It…
  • A Withering Critique of Obama's National Security Council

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    If George W. Bush's foreign policy was a testament to the perils of overreaction, Barack Obama's foreign policy is becoming, to many experts, a testament to the dangers of underreaction. On the matter of Syria, in particular, fear of renewed U.S. involvement in the problems of dysfunctional Arab countries (a legitimate fear, of course) kept the Obama administration from trying to shape the Syrian opposition, and therefore the outcome of that country's ruinous civil war. The Syrian war is not Obama's fault (people in Washington have a tendency to think that Washington matters more than it…
  • A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee reported this week that President Obama recently wrote a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, in which he laid out the benefits for Iran of a nuclear compromise. “The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal,” the Journal reported. “Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • The Conservative Opportunity

    Kate O’Beirne
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Democrats lost white voters without college degrees—a big chunk of the middle class and an important swing vote—by huge margins this month. Why? Democratic pollster Mark Mellman told the Washington Post that his party had failed to credibly address these voters’ basic economic concerns including wage stagnation and the skyrocketing cost of higher education. “People are deeply suspicious that government can deliver on these problems,” Mellman says. “And they are not wrong. We’ve been promising that government can be a tool to improve people’s economic situation for decades,…
  • Hayes Responds to House Intel Benghazi Report

    Daniel Halper
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Steve Hayes responded last night to the controversial House intelligence Benghazi report: A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer also weighed in.
  • College Football Playoff Selection Committee Underrates the SEC, Pac-12

    Jeffrey H. Anderson
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    With just two weeks to go before it announces its 4-team playoff field, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee is underrating teams from the two strongest conferences — the Southeastern and Pac-12 — and overrating those from the other three major conferences—the Big 12, Big Ten, and ACC — according to the Anderson & Hester Computer Rankings.  Fortunately, this trend is not evident among the top-4, where the rankings matter most. The CFP Selection Committee’s top four teams are the same as the top four teams in the Anderson & Hester Rankings, although the…
  • Fmr Obama Aides Lash Out at Schumer

    Daniel Halper
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    New York senator Chuck Schumer criticized President Obama's passage of Obamacare. It "made no political sense," Schumer complained yesterday at the National Press Club. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them.”  The White House politely responded by praising its actions.  "I’d say if you want to have a conversation about the Affordable Care Act, we should, because we believe strongly the Affordable Care Act is working," said deputy press secretary Eric Schultz yesterday. But then some former Obama aides took to Twitter…
  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    William Kristol
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Americans have many customs as to what they say, or whether they say anything at all, when they assemble for Thanksgiving. But if you're looking for something unfamiliar but traditional, something both American and Biblical in spirit, here's a suggestion, courtesy of "The Book of Doctrine and Opinions," via Mosaic magazine. Here's the Thanksgiving prayer composed and recited by Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein of New York's Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun for its Thanksgiving Day service in 1940. The congregation recited in unison the last verse of the prayer. Eternal…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • How to Land an Airplane, If You're Blind

    James Fallows
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I spent much of this afternoon flying a small airplane, with my wife Deb. The idea (after closing an article) was to get off the East Coast, toward our destinations in the west, before the latest winter storm immured people in the east for Thanksgiving. Our landing at Huntington airport, on the West Virginia - Kentucky - Ohio border was right at dusk, so I was grateful for the big, wide runway and the absence of any problematic wind. On the other hand, I can see pretty well ... which is why I noted this video about what it is like to land the same kind of airplane I've been flying, if you…
  • Talking With Chuck Hagel

    James Fallows
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I like and respect former Senator, soon-to-be-former Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, and I am sorry that he is leaving this position. For day-job reasons, namely closing a long magazine story that involves the Pentagon, I have been absent from this site for a while and will be for another day. But let me quickly put up what I consider a useful reference: it's a conversation I had with Hagel just four weeks ago, at the Washington Ideas Forum here in D.C: In particular I direct your attention to: The section beginning at 15:30 in the video above, when I ask Hagel how his experience as an…
  • Is the U.S.-China Climate Pact as Big a Deal as It Seems?

    James Fallows
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I've been offline for many hours and am just now seeing the announcements from Beijing. The United States and China have apparently agreed to do what anyone who has thought seriously about climate has been hoping for, for years. As the No. 1 (now China) and No. 2 carbon emitters in the world, and as the No. 1 (still the U.S.) and No. 2 economies, they've agreed to new carbon-reduction targets that are more ambitious than most people would have expected. We'll wait to see the details—including how an American president can make good on commitments for 2025, when that is two and possibly…
  • How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

    James Fallows
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    This post is to introduce a new email newsletter that I hope you’ll be interested in. It’s about the “American Futures” reporting project that my wife Deb and I have been undertaking through the past year and are ready to take in what we think will be exciting new directions. When we began this project for The Atlantic in the summer of 2013, with our colleagues at Marketplace radio and the digital-mapping company Esri, our idea was to visit some of the smaller towns and cities the media tend to overlook, to see  how people were adjusting to the economic, environmental, and…
  • Vote Early and Often!

    James Fallows
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Get out and vote! I will be doing so in D.C. later today, though not, alas, for a full-fledged senator or representative, nor an anti-leafblower ordinance, but there's always next time. I'll vote once my wife Deb and I get back to D.C. from West Virginia, latest stop on our American Futures journeys. What you see above is part of the mailings flooding into homes in West Virginia's Second Congressional District. It's now represented by Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, who is expected to win today to succeed Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate. Alex Mooney is the Republican candidate to…
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    The American Scene

  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

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

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

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

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

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

  • Your Thanksgiving Recipes Open Thread

    SuperUser
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Doctor Science Brett asked for "a Thanksgiving recipe thread in time for pre-Thanksgiving grocery shopping", and it sounded good to me. Also, I'd like to have my traditional Thanksgiving (or other turkey-based holiday) recipes up somewhere that the family can find them in an emergency. My traditional turkey dinner includes: Herb-Brined Turkey, Chestnut-Rice-Rye Stuffing, Roasted-Garlic Gravy, and Two-Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier. The herb brining comes from this Epicurious recipe, the herb butter from this one, the stuffing was invented by my mother (who finds traditional bread…
  • The peculiar institution of American violence

    SuperUser
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    by Doctor Science I hadn't really understood, on a gut level, how unusual American violence is until after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO. As people started talking about what happens in other wealthy, "civilized" countries, I realized that Americans experience -- and expect -- an extreme level of violence from both police and their fellow citizens. As I've thought about it, I've come to the conclusion that the most important ingredient in American violence is slavery. The past isn't dead, it isn't even past. Here are some facts for comparison: How many Americans are killed by…
  • Don't know much about philosophy (NPhL Chinese, Curry and Caliphate division) open thread

    SuperUser
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    by liberal japonicus Those crazy folks over at Superscholar heard your complaints about the Eurocentric nature of the last chart and have come up with this. The title is a reference that I hope is obscure enough to keep the likes of y'all guessing, though whenever I think that, someone usually gets in within the first 3 comments.   Source: SuperScholar.org/
  • Words I never heard in the Bible

    SuperUser
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of them is "abuse". Warning: this post and the comments will be about abuse of all kinds. Know your triggers & limits. New Yorker reporter Rachel Aviv wrote about how exposing child abuse in the Brooklyn Hasidic community has made Sam Kellner an outcast. The article covers what I have to call "the usual": yet another tight-knit, conservative religious community that would rather toss abuse victims and their families aside than recognize what powerful men have been getting away with. I'm just going to talk about one aspect. After Kellner's son told him he'd been molested,…
  • The ACA, Statutory Construction, and SCOTUS

    Ugh
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    by Ugh Some comments on the midterm post have delved into the ACA and what's going on at SCOTUS and the state itself.  I was going to write a post on this but haven't had time.  So, take any angle you want on the ACA, no need to respond to the below. Proponents of the view that the ACA permits tax credits for those who purchase insurance on the federally run exchanges - despite statutory language arguably to the contrary - are quick to point out that more than 4 million people have obtained health insurance through the federal exchange and a decision denying the credits puts those…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Spinning Immigration Data

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Both sides in the immigration debate are simply misstating the facts. President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States. Obama said that “over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half.” Southwest border apprehensions are down 32 percent since fiscal year 2008, based on preliminary figures for fiscal 2014. The president also claimed that the number of unaccompanied children being apprehended at the border…
  • Misleading on Education Cuts in Louisiana

    Robert Farley
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    A new ad from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu takes liberties with the facts to make the claim that her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, “voted to cut $86 million from Louisiana schools.” Cassidy voted for a Republican budget that called for deep cuts to nondefense discretionary spending. The ad assumes cuts would be made equally across-the-board and concludes that Louisiana’s share would come to $86 million worth of cuts to special education, and elementary and secondary school funding this year. The problem is that neither Republican leaders, nor Cassidy himself, made clear where…
  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Responding

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    The aftermath of Ferguson continues to reverberate; how one Senate campaign took advantage of Facebook's micro-targeting tools; the new Congress' tech agenda; and much, much more
  • Mob Rule, Vigilante Behavior and Blasphemy in Pakistan's Digital Age

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Blasphemy cases in Pakistan are considered a norm these days. However, the latest incident of a mob beating to death a Christian couple is the most gruesome manifestation of this sensitive issue. The couple in Punjab was alleged to have desecrated a copy of the Qur’an. The mob attacked the couple, killed them, and later burnt their bodies in the brick kiln where they worked. The blasphemy law presents a frightening level of vigilante violence where prison and private guards, neighbors and colleagues turn into mobs killing those accused of blasphemy. Unfortunately, this mob behavior is being…
  • How Brigade is Taking Shape: An Interview with James Windon

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    The following is an edited transcript of an interview that Alex Howard conducted with James Windon, the president of civic engagement startup Brigade, last Wednesday November 19 at the Fusion RiseUp event in Washington, DC. That morning, Brigade had announced that it was partnering with a “carefully curated” set of organizations: Rainforest Action Network, Americans for Tax Reform, the Drug Policy Alliance, Represent.Us, Generation Opportunity, Forecast the Facts, FreedomWorks and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. With more than $9 million in venture funding from Napster…
  • First POST: Sad Reality

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    How social media changed the course of the Ferguson story; Ready for Hillary's 3-million-member email list; why Mark Cuban opposes net neutrality rules; and much, much more.
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: Can Hollaback's Storytelling Make For Safer Streets?

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    An in-depth look at how Hollaback!, a global anti-street harassment movement, goes from telling stories online to actually stopping harassment on the streets.
 
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    Corrente

  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    Body:  Readers, I'm suffering from what I think its a mild case of food poisoning. Assuming I sleep, and I wake up tomorrow, and still have it, what do I take?
  • In the garden: Here we go

    lambert
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Body:  Rushing out quickly while there's still light, contrast, and color.
  • Sigh...

    lambert
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Body:  #HongKong RT @antd: Police line at Soy St. Crowd chants "Shopping!" pic.twitter.com/iQWuCGsvWL — Free Mind (@FreeMindTH) November 26, 2014
  • Pro-cop twits bully school superintendent into submission

    lambert
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Body:  This, from the Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools: I apologize for the misunderstanding around my first tweet Monday night in which I reacted emotionally to the Ferguson grand jury's decision. My purpose was not to challenge the judgment of the police or the grand jury, but to express my sadness about this tragic situation. I deleted the tweet because it was being misinterpreted and it was distracting from the larger conversation about Ferguson. Here's the original tweet (via the Times):
  • Another Dose of Prosecutorial Discretion

    letsgetitdone
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Body:  Here's a footnote to my recent post on prosecutorial discretion. Of course, the Grand Jury verdict not to indict Darren Wilson in Ferguson was a product of prosecutor McCulloch's decision to perform a non-directive prosecution accompanied by a "jury dump" without benefit of clear guidelines and instructions. This had the predictable result that the jury would carry on its own trial, not only absent vigorous prosecution, but by all accounts a prosecution that played more of the role of a defense attorney then a representative of law enforcement prosecuting a crime.
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Awww

    susie
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    This 83-year-old Grandma always wanted to be in the Macy’s parade. This year, her family pulled it off:
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    susie
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m thankful for all my readers and contributing writers, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! –Susie
  • Happy Hour: Charles Mingus – Fables of Faubus

    Boohunney
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • Watching Ferguson burn

    susie
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Jeb Lund of Rolling Stone: Combined with the Ferguson and Clayton police preparations, McCulloch’s entire demeanor seemed to say, “Your move,” and either way the black community was fucked. If they didn’t riot, then the rotten system that lets white cops get away with killing black kids and prosecutors get away with using the law to absolve them works. Even a peaceable demonstration of disgust and refusal to some extent absolves the machine that churns up bodies. You have your vote, you have your First Amendment, and if nothing changes, then that must mean what we have…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Another kind of “smart pad” strives to keep women healthy and in-the-know about their bodies

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Another kind of “smart pad” strives to keep women healthy and in-the-know about their bodies by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Common sense says that when we are proactive about our health — have routine check-ups, perform self-examinations and pay attention to changes in our bodies — that we can usually avoid being in the late stages of a disease or illness when treatment is more costly and good outcomes questionable. For women, this is especially…
  • Vochitos, San Antonio car club helps needy with Thanksgiving dinners

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Vochitos, San Antonio car club helps needy with Thanksgiving dinners by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio What was supposed to be a small act of kindness ended up growing into a legacy for a group of Volkswagen enthusiasts. Vochitos, a family oriented car club hosts Operation Tur­key, where the entire club donates an entire thanksgiving dinner — ham, turkey, the entire shebang — to those who would have gone without. They make it a fun…
  • Guest Voz: Racial profiling of young men of color is a Civil Rights issue that needs to be fixed

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Racial profiling of young men of color is a Civil Rights issue that needs to be fixed by Latina Lista By Cynthia D. Mares LatinaLista As attorneys, Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that our legal system is just, that police officers who use undue force are held accountable, and that broken policies such as lack of training and lack of accountability are fixed before any more tragedies happen. Moreover,…
  • Practicing philanthropy this holiday season on #GivingTuesday

    Latina Lista
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Practicing philanthropy this holiday season on #GivingTuesday by Latina Lista LatinaLista — On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The day is known as #GIVINGTUESDAY. #GivingTuesday is a special day to not only remember all the special organizations doing extra-special work to make this world a better place, but…
  • How to train a baby to learn language faster

    Latina Lista
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. How to train a baby to learn language faster by Latina Lista By Rob Forman Futurity Brain scans show that training babies to distinguish language sounds from other sounds can speed up development in parts of the brain that are central to language skills. Researchers taught 4-month-old babies to pay attention to increasingly complex non-language audio patterns by rewarding them for correctly shifting their eyes to a video reward when the sound changed slightly.
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Get Real, Boris Johnson!

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    London’s mayor, an American citizen, goes mano a mano with the Internal Revenue Service. He should give up and pay up.
  • Fury After Ferguson

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is about whether black boys and men, as well as the people who love them, must fear both the criminal and the cop.
  • Counting Benghazi Blessings

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Congress has been very busy this year, so let’s give thanks for all the investigations into the 2012 attack on an American compound in Libya.
  • Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you don’t like the idea of America at war with Islamic State and with Islamic State’s sworn enemy, Iran, double down on diplomacy.
  • When Italians Meet Turkey

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Our Thanksgiving menu tends to sprawl. But then so do our feelings.
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    New York Observer

  • NY’s Sparkliest Spectacular: Radio City & the Rockettes

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
      The Rockettes as reindeer in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. (All photos courtesy of MSG Entertainment.) Pageantry. What ever happened to it? Humans crave it, that thrill of being a part of something grand and grandly presented. I myself, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, didn’t realize how dishwater dull my life had become until I walked into the lobby of Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center and was confronted by the enormous Christmas tree crystal chandelier surely at least 60 feet high. Made up entirely of sparkling white lights and looking just like the…
  • Through the Decades: A Brief History of Iconic Cocktails

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    With even the diviest of Hell’s Kitchen bars stocking the ingredients and recipes to serve each customer a different drink, a copious number of options has become the standard. But due to the seemingly endless vault of drinks up the sleeves of today’s bartenders, not everyone realizes that there wasn’t always such an array of spirits for their choosing. In fact, it took many years to build the liquor cabinet of today’s bars, and it wasn’t a smooth ride. “Spirits have all had their ups and downs,bar aficionado and consultantJesse Anholt, told the Observer over…
  • Programming Note: Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio hands out turkeys. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office) The politics team at the New York Observer will be off for the holiday. We wish you an extraordinary, transcendent, historic (and happy) Thanksgiving.
  • Al Sharpton Asks Media to Focus Less on Reaction to Ferguson

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Rev. Al Sharpton prays with the Brown, Garner and Gurley families. (Photo: Ross Barkan) Two days after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the killing of a black teen, Rev. Al Sharpton said today he is not worried about more unrest if there is no indictment in the case of Eric Garner–and chastised the media for focusing too much on the furious reaction to the grand jury’s ruling. “No, what I’m afraid of is that there will not be indictments of officers for killing unarmed people–that’s what I’m afraid of,” Mr.
  • Drew Barrymore, Rachel Roy and others on Thanksgiving Dreams

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Drew Barrymore (Actress) “I spent so many Thanksgivings with other people’s families or took it as an opportunity to check out and do my own thing. Now that I have my own family all I want to do is be with them. Each year it’s a little different on the cooking but I love to put bacon all over my turkey … so good.” Alison Brod (Publicist) “Dinner in the Hamptons in my glass kitchen with one of every pie that the Mecox farm stand has to offer.” Donald Robertson (Artist) “On the set of Wes Anderson’s next movie. Whatever it is and wherever it is.” Ryan Schinman (CEO) “The…
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    Gawker

  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
  • Lil Jon Flew Cross-Country to Vote After Not Receiving Absentee Ballot

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a nod to his "Turn Out For What" Rock the Vote campaign, rapper Lil Jon complained this morning on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that he was forced to board an early flight from L.A. to Georgia to vote in person in today's election after he never received a requested absentee ballot.Read more...
  • The Gawker Voter's Exhaustive Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Voting sucks. Off-year voting sucks the worst. Like Valentine's, Election Day 2014 seems less a heartfelt chance to express preferences than a mandate to give one's limited purchasing options a whiff of will and legitimacy. You can be forgiven for apathy. But you still must make some choices. Here's some info to help.Read more...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Libertarians are having a moment or something, and there is much excitement over the possibility of a presidential run by a bizarrely coiffed amateur ophthalmologist and civil-rights opponent. How could he be more obnoxious? By staking his candidacy on Silicon Valley brogrammers.Read more...
  • Mississippi Dems Probably Committed Voter Fraud by Aiding Thad Cochran

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Why 2016 Won’t Be Like 1980

    Daniel Larison
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    Ted Cruz offered this thought while speaking to a “pro-Israel” group in New York: Where we are today is very much like the late 1970s. The parallels between Obama and Carter are uncanny—same failed economic policy, same disastrous foreign policy. And I think ’16 will be like 1980. Apart from the inaccuracies in this comparison, Cruz’s “analysis” here is entirely derivative and it is exactly the same as Romney’s view of the 2012 election. Romney took for granted that Obama was “the same” as Carter, and assumed that more or less running a…
  • How Iran Hawks Spread Misinformation

    Daniel Larison
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Bret Stephens just makes things up: Iran came to the table cheating on its nuclear commitments. It continued to cheat on them throughout the interim agreement it agreed to last year [bold mine-DL]. And it will cheat on any undertakings it signs. This was reported yesterday: Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued its monthly update on the…
  • How Extension Benefits Foes of a Nuclear Deal

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Negotiations with Iran are being extended into next year in order to provide more time to reach a final agreement on the nuclear issue. However, as John Hudson reports, that additional time provides opponents of any deal new opportunities as well: The failure of Barack Obama’s administration to secure a deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear program by Monday’s self-imposed deadline hands a significant gift to hard-liners in both countries: a seven-month window to criticize, and potentially sabotage, a final deal between Iran and the West. There is a reason why Netanyahu was…
  • Scapegoating Hagel

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Julia Ioffe points out the big flaw in firing Hagel: All of this adds up to a rather strange way to address the criticism leveled at the administration’s foreign policy: If you fire the guy least responsible for it, it’s essentially a doubling down on what you’re already doing, thereby denying there’s a problem with it. That confirms the view that Hagel has been made a scapegoat for administration policy failures that he had little to do with, and it tells us why replacing Hagel probably isn’t going to lead to any significant changes in policy. Dumping Hagel is a…
  • So Much For Hagel

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    So Chuck Hagel “resigned” from his post as Defense Secretary this morning: Administration officials said that Mr. Obama made the decision to remove Mr. Hagel, the sole Republican on his national security team, last Friday after a series of meetings between the two men over the past two weeks. Hagel was reportedly dumped because of “concerns that he wasn’t up to the job of leading the Pentagon during its escalating war with the Islamic State.” I don’t know if that’s the real reason, but even so it’s still a somewhat odd decision to get rid of him…
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    TIME

  • Morning Must Reads: November 27

    mileskohrman2014
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    200,000+ Without Power As most of the U.S. prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, spare a thought for more than 200,000 American families who were facing the holiday without electricity after heavy snow felled power lines from West Virginia to Vermont early Thursday Is Turkey Actually Good for You? Do the nutritional perks of turkey deserve to be at the center of your Thanksgiving feast? Our weekly poll of five experts answer the questions that gnaw at you Ferguson Rallies Across the U.S. Demonstrators across the U.S. took to the streets in protest against a grand jury’s decision not to…
  • This is How You Prepare a Hotel Room for Presidential Turkeys

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    On the third floor of the Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown Washington, a stone’s throw from the home of President Obama, four people (the author included) armed with a giant roll of clear tape, wrapped brown paper, and three large bags of pine shavings faced an important task. In a couple of hours (the time fluctuated thanks to Monday afternoon traffic) two 50-pound turkeys would need to call the foyer of room 326 their home. There was much work to be done. Why would two birds be spending the night in a hotel that typically houses dignitaries (many of whom, I’m sure, eat…
  • Facts and Ferguson

    Joe Klein
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    It has come down to this in the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown: none of the evidence produced a clear enough picture of inappropriate behavior by Officer Darren Wilson. Indeed, the preponderance of forensic and eyewitness testimony suggests that Wilson was acting in self-defense against a violent perpetrator. But the eyewitness testimony is muddled, even among the local residents who supported Wilson’s version of the story. It is amazing how fast violence happens, how hard it is to remember events accurately. And so the grand jury couldn’t say–wasn’t asked to…
  • Over 450,000 Have Signed Up for Health Insurance

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Over 450,000 people signed up for health insurance via the healthcare.gov website during the first week of open enrollment, the Obama administration said Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services says 462, 125 people signed up for insurance between Nov. 15 and Nov. 21. Nearly half of those enrollees were new customers, Vox reports. Last year during the first month of the rocky rollout of Obama’s signature health care law, only about 106,000 people signed up for insurance. Enrollment via the Spanish-language version of healthcare.gov, however, lags. The site has had about…
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Undergoes Heart Surgery

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery on Wednesday. The 81-year-old justice is said to be “resting comfortably” and will likely be released within the next 48 hours, according to a Supreme Court release. Ginsburg had a stent — a small mesh tube that supports narrow or weak arteries — implanted in her right coronary artery. She reportedly felt discomfort during exercise on Tuesday and was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where a blockage was discovered. This is the latest health issue for Ginsburg, who was treated for cancer in…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Video Exclusive: Ben Carson “Feeling Fingers” From God To Run For President

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says there’s a, “good chance” that he will run for President of the United States and says he feels God’s fingers pulling on his collar to get into the 2016 race. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Compares President Obama To Vladimir Putin

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says President Obama is like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing the fact that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re releasing a short video…
  • The Brody File Show: Lame Ducks

    David Brody
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    This week on the Brody File Show, Congress is back in session and it has a lame-duck feel as Republicans get set to take over the reins. We go one-on-one with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Plus, we take a look at the controversy over "net neutrality." Finally, we speak with a U.S. healthcare worker in Liberia fighting the good fight against Ebola.
  • American Worker In Liberia Discusses Ebola With Brody File

    David Brody
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    This week on our Brody File show, we talked to Jolene Mullins, an American working in Liberia right now for PCI. The organization is doing great work and being quite an influence as they help prevent disease, improve communities and help with sustainable development all across the world. Watch her Skype interview below.
  • The Judges Strike Back: Gay Marriage Bans Ruled OK

    David Brody
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Well this is a BIG deal. Hey, same-sex marriage advocates, here’s a newsflash for you: Your march to so-called equality just took a big hit. And it came from your favorite avenue of change: Judges! Turnabout is fair play, right Read below from USA Today: The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation's circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Who will help that man?

    Harold Pollack
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    It’s amazing what we learn to walk past in big-city (North) America. Almost fifteen years ago, we took my daughters on a Toronto vacation. They were very young. The city I wanted to show them was the beautiful, somewhat imaginary place I remember from my own youth. In my mind’s eye, Toronto remains a squeaky-clean and safe counterpoint to gritty Rochester, Buffalo, and New York. This image was never fully accurate, even decades ago. Certainly today, Toronto faces every American urban challenge that doesn’t involve handguns. We walked out of our fancy hotel for sightseeing—and…
  • For those of you dreading Thanksgiving

    Harold Pollack
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    You are not alone. Maybe greatest cultural cross-over country song title ever.
  • Regrets and Your Rules of Life

    Keith Humphreys
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Early this morning I was walking back from a poker game with a friend of mine, and in discussing the various memorable hands I was reminded of how the frailties of human cognition can cause us to regret decisions that should not be regretted and to revisit our basic “rules of life” when it fact we should keep calm and carry on. There were 9 players at the table and the game was Texas hold ‘em. My hole cards were rags: A 4 of clubs and a 3 of diamonds. Several of the players in front of me made large bets, including one chap who almost never bluffs (i.e., when he bets big, he…
  • Providing Drug Treatment Under Threat of a Felony Charge

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Proposition 47, which California voters passed by a large margin last month, converts simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Opponents of the law maintain that the threat of a felony and the prison time that goes with it are necessary to pressure drug offenders seek addiction treatment. This argument makes four assumptions, all of which I find questionable. (1) Everyone who gets charged with drug possession needs addiction treatment. Epidemiologic data shows that the number of people who use drugs is substantially larger than the number of people who meet medical criteria for…
  • Arlene Pollack’s response to Zeke Emanuel on aging

    Harold Pollack
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Zeke Emanuel attracted widespread attention with his piece, “Why I hope to die at 75.” I wrote a response to Zeke’s piece at the Washington Post here. My stepmother Arlene had a better response, part of which was published in the Atlantic Monthly as well. They edited for reasons of space. I believe her response is worth including in-full: People like us, octogenarians, who despite an onslaught of medical issues requiring ultra frequent medical appointments, frequent procedures, tests for suspected problems, and all sorts of treatments to manage the aforesaid, are moving…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • About 15,000 Iowans could be protected under new immigration policy

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    About 15,000 undocumented immigrants living in Iowa will be eligible for deportation relief under President Barack Obama's latest executive order on immigration, according to the Pew Research Center's analysis. Iowa is home to an estimated 40,000 unauthorized immigrants (roughly 1.35 percent of the state's population). Of those, Pew Center researchers estimate that about 5,000 people became eligible for deportation relief under Obama's 2012 executive order regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Another 15,000 Iowans could receive deportation relief under the policy the president…
  • This is why presidents bury big news during holiday weeks

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    After a busy day, I sat down this evening to write my "Iowa reaction to Chuck Hagel's resignation" blog post. Only problem was, more than twelve hours after the news broke, I couldn't find any Iowa reaction. No press releases, no statements on Facebook or twitter from anyone in Iowa's current Congressional delegation or newly-elected delegation. Does that strike anyone else as odd? I would have thought the defense secretary resigning after less than two years on the job, probably under pressure from the president, possibly over disagreement with the administration's approach to Iraq and…
  • New Big 10 Rivalry? Iowa can compete with Maryland on clean water

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Iowans want clean water, but that has not motivated Iowa policymakers to tackle water pollution. Rather, the driving fear is stronger regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because of the "dead zone." That 5,000-square-mile area in the Gulf of Mexico has become toxic to life because of nitrogen and phosphorus, mostly from farm runoff. Iowa and Illinois are the top culprits. The state's "nutrient reduction strategy" is a narrow approach designed not to clean up Iowa's water in our lifetimes, but to forestall specific federal limits on polluted water. The plan is focused on how…
  • House continues assault on EPA: How the Iowans voted

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Before adjourning for the Thanksgiving recess, the U.S. House approved three bills last week designed to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to function. Iowa Republicans Tom Latham (IA-03) and Steve King (IA-04) voted for all three bills, while Democrats Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) voted against them all. On November 18, representatives passed the "EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act" by 229 votes to 191 (roll call). Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill, "Among other provisions, the measure would require the Scientific Advisory Board, which consults the…
  • House sues Obama administration over health care reform law

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives filed a federal lawsuit challenging several aspects of how the Obama administration has implemented the 2010 Affordable Care Act. You can read the plaintiffs' full case here (pdf) against two cabinet secretaries and the agencies they lead. The main arguments are that the Obama administration broke the law by delaying the employer mandate to provide health insurance, and also by providing certain payments to health insurance companies without having Congress appropriate those funds. The first point was expected, but the second argument surprised even…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Thanksgiving Open Thread

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Happy Thanksgiving, Tribbers! If you're anywhere near a computer today, why not post some thankful tunes, recipes, what you're up to, etc. And while you're at it, give this a read and be thankful you're not incarcerated. I'm picking up a sixtel of homebrewed barleywine and heading over for dinner with friends. Besides the brew, I'm contributing cornbread and kale salad. Discuss
  • Obama Pardons Turkey, Mocks Republicans

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Pardoning turkeys is stupid. So, why not have fun with it? President Obama joked Wednesday about his executive actions giving legal status to as many as five million undocumented immigrants, saying his Thanksgiving pardon of a turkey would doubtlessly be criticized as “amnesty.” Obama said the pardon of a turkey named Cheese would be the “most talked about executive action this month” and one that’s “fully within my legal authority.” “I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry, there is plenty of turkey to go around,” he said. Maybe Trey Gowdy can form a…
  • Daylight Video

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Offered without comment. Discuss
  • Lunch Buffet

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making trouble for the administration by opposing Anthony Weiss, their nominee to be Undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. National Review editor Rich "Starbursts" Lowry wants Congress to prevent President Obama from delivering the State of the Union address. Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a stent installed after feeling discomfort while exercising today. If your Facebook feed is filled with people saying racist crap about Michael Brown and Ferguson, you should do some personal housecleaning of your social networks. Too bad this is satire. Am I the only one…
  • A Grave Injustice

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Rodney King died too young on June 17, 2012. He was beaten nearly to death by Los Angeles police officers on March 4, 1991. He lived over 21 years after his beating. Michael Brown did not survive his encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Which outcome was more outrageous? Once the nation's eyes were trained on the LAPD, it wasn't long before we learned that it was an embarrassingly corrupt organization. The same has proven true for St. Louis County, which runs "a system that raises money for itself by deluging a largely-black population with fines and tickets for minor civic…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on Immigration

    Benjamin Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    President Barack Obama defended his decision to use executive authority to enact changes to the U.S. immigration system during an exclusive interview with “This Week,” challenging Republican Speaker John Boehner to “pass a bill” if he was not satisfied with the president’s unilateral actions. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own,” the president told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview in Las Vegas on Friday. “What I do have is the…
  • Full Interview Transcript: President Obama on ‘This Week’

    ABC News
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Pete Souza/The White House Below is the full interview transcript for the interview conducted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos with President Barack Obama. This may contain errors and will be updated. “THIS WEEK” PRESIDENT OBAMA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, thank you for doing this. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to be here. STEPHANOPOULOS: So you had a friendly crowd out there but a pretty fierce Republican reaction in Washington. The Speaker this morning says your acting like an emperor and you’re damaging the presidency. Your response?
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    Benjamin Bell
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about net neutrality at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of…
  • TransCanada CEO: ‘High Probability’ Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be Built

    Jessica Puckett
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Russ Girling, head of the company proposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, expressed confidence today that the project would soon be under way. “There is a very high probability this pipeline gets built,” Girling said today on ABC News’ “This Week.” “The need for transportation continues to grow, and the place where these producers want to put those barrels is into the Gulf Coast of the U.S. So, our shippers have not wavered one bit in the past six years.” If built, the 1,700-mile pipeline would pump about 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta,…
  • Excerpt: Daniel Bolger’s ‘Why We Lost’

    ABC News
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Excerpted from WHY WE LOST : A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel Bolger. Copyright © 2014 by Daniel Bolger. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Cover for WHY WE LOST : A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars" by Daniel BolgerINTRODUCTION I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Right to Fresh, Healthy Food is a Fundamental Human Right

    dandelionsalad
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Dandelion Salad More videos from the conference: Chris Hedges: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis, it’s been updated several times and includes talks by Chris Hedges, Bayo Akomolafe, Camila Moreno and Michael Shuman. The Economics of Happiness on Nov. 26, 2014 This is Helena’s talk at the Voices of Hope symposium, which also included the […]
  • Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties (#NDAA)

    dandelionsalad
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Romero Institute on Nov 23, 2014 Chris Hedges with civil rights attorney Daniel Sheehan and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry. 20:08 Event starts 34:04 Chris Hedges takes the stage 1:46:34 Discussion begins with Chris Hedges, Daniel Sheehan, and Keith McHenry Join the campaign to make Santa Cruz a Constitution Protection […]
  • Chris Hedges: No Ramifications For Police Who Murder + No Indictment For #Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

    dandelionsalad
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges GRITtv on Nov 24, 2014 Chris Hedges talks in anticipation of protests in Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an unarmed teenager Mike Brown, this summer. *** No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown RT on Nov 24, […]
  • Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser is Rewarded by Save The Children by Felicity Arbuthnot

    dandelionsalad
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 by Felicity Arbuthnot Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England November 23, 2014 “At Save The Children we want to delight and surpass your expectations.” (Save The Children website, complaints page) When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for […]
  • Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green + Q&A

    dandelionsalad
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Dandelion Salad Austerity fightback on Nov 17, 2014 Ian Angus, author and editor of www.Climateandcapitalism.com discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian is introduced by Richard Fidler, who writes and blogs at http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/ Recorded in Ottawa on November 16th, 2014, this event […]
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Bring Out The GOP's Ugliness

    Deacon Blues
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    New York GOP congressman Peter King has almost outdone himself today with his suggestion that President Obama call Ferguson, Missouri police office Darren Wilson and thank him for going through a tough four months for simply doing his job. We all know Wilson was simply doing his job and wasn't demonstrating unnecessary force when he pumped two slugs into the head of a wounded, unarmed black man at twenty-five feet, right Pete? And King's not alone, as other members of the GOP clown car now blame Obama for the unrest in Ferguson, as if all those uppity black agitators and commies had no reason…
  • Hagel Latest Casualty of White House Control

    Deacon Blues
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I was all set today to do a quick post on how the House GOP just gave Hillary Clinton her free shot to the White House with their late Friday news dump that they found nothing to their own Benghazi conspiracy theories after all. Sure, Lindsey Graham wants to still make headlines by attacking his own party for issuing a report that he says is "full of crap", but Trey Gowdy's committee now is pretty much dead before it started with this final report from the House intelligence committee dismissing their own theories that Hillary and the White House engaged in a massive cover-up of their own…
  • Shut Up John

    Deacon Blues
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    I have a simple message for John Boehner when he whines about President Obama not following the will of the people in opposing the Keystone pipeline: shut the f*ck up. "Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people," Boehner said. "Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid." When all you have in your rhetorical bag is a Gruberian swipe, then you're…
  • Jerry Brown's Empty Legacy

    Deacon Blues
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    As California Governor Jerry Brown heads into his historic fourth term in 2015, his record since returning to Sacramento has things to admire. But as some in the media and elsewhere have noted, what exactly will his legacy be at the end of this next term? Yes, he has turned around the state’s finances and long-term bond rating from the mess he inherited from the outgoing Schwarzenegger administration. But what will be the lasting imprint Brown leaves upon the state? To put it bluntly, not much. Brown’s signature “think big” initiatives are the ill-advised bullet train and the Delta…
  • Time for Reid and Pelosi to Go

    Deacon Blues
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Despite pleas from Democratic leaders to not act unilaterally on immigration until at least after an omnibus spending bill can be passed in the lame-duck congressional session, and from Republicans who've been warning him not to forego opportunities for collaboration with the new Congress, the White House is letting it slip out today that Obama will act next week by way of executive order to shield up to five million immigrants from deportation. This happens on the same day that the Senate Democratic caucus re-elected Harry Reid to be their leader, but not without opposition from centrist…
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  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

    DrossRotzank
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1383659 130004 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • President Bill Clinton on Being a Grandfather

    TheEllenShow
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Bill Clinton on Being a Grandfather President Clinton told Ellen about his first grandchild, Charlotte, and how he and Hillary are adjusting to their new roles. From: TheEllenShow Views: 199634 2464 ratings Time: 02:20 More in Entertainment
  • President Clinton Watches 'Grey's Anatomy'

    TheEllenShow
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    President Clinton Watches 'Grey's Anatomy' It seems everyone is a Shonda Rhimes fan these days. The former President is no exception. From: TheEllenShow Views: 305322 3044 ratings Time: 01:35 More in Entertainment
  • EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA

    El Pulso De La República
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA BAJA LA APP DE EL PULSO PARA ANDROID e iOS aqui: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iktwo.elpulso https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/id916281976?... From: El Pulso De La República Views: 545799 19966 ratings Time: 16:05 More in News & Politics
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 382406 17522 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
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    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
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    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    www.youtube.com The Ferguson Decision Riots: What I Think. One of my YouTube commenters asked what I thought about the riots happening nation wide. This video provides my answer. www.youtube.com On to Atlanta for Thanksgiving On United Airlines. Piccadilly Fayetteville GA Restaurant Great Food - YouTube Piccadilly Fayetteville GA Restaurant Great Food Piccadilly Restaurant in Fayetteville, Georgia is the best place for good and inexpensive food to take out or eat at their place. Piccadilly's my Mom's favorite and is located at 955 Glenn St N in Fayetteville , Georgia. www.youtube.com Atlanta…
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    Melanie Sykes Hot Body Twitter Trend - YouTube Melanie Sykes Hot Body Twitter Trend Melanie Sykes, the reality TV show star, has hit the Twitter Trend! And all because she showed her amazing body that looks to be of a 24 year old, only she is 44 years old. She is currently starring on I'm A Celebrity in The UK.
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    Cal Stanford Big Game Cal Gets 28 Yd Gain - YouTube Cal Stanford Big Game Stanford 10 Cal 7 - YouTube Cal Stanford Big Game. Cal scores! Stanford 10 Cal 7. www.youtube.com Cal Stanford Big Game: Stanford Long Drive Results In A Touchdown. A drive that started at the Stanford 40 resulted in a touchdown that was awarded after a call reversal. With 7:59 left it's Stanford 17, Cal 7 Steve Humphries Of A11 League At Big Game - YouTube Cal Stanford Big Game Stanford 30 Cal 7 - YouTube Cal Stanford Big Game Stanford 30 Cal 7. Stanford 38 Cal 10 6 Min 4 th Quarter - YouTube Stanford 38 Cal 10 with…
 
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  • NYT: We don’t need no stinking rule of law against banksters

    Bob Morris
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    The New York Times shows its true loyalties by defending the Obama Administration’s refusal to criminally prosecute corrupt bankers. Thousands of banksters went to prison during the S&L crisis of the 1980’s. Hardly any have during the Obama Administration. That’s because DoJ pointblank said it wouldn’t prosecute because it might upset the banking system. God forbid wealthy financiers be held accountable for their many crimes, which include money-laundering, rigging financial markets. and ignoring inconvenient laws. A major upset is precisely what the international…
  • Epic geek-out. Scottevest jacket with 35 pockets for gearheads!

    Bob Morris
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Listen to Skrillex while being pursued by shadowy forces of evil but be sure to remember what pocket you put the gun in. Don’t reach for the iPad by mistake. Do you need to travel with a tablet, a couple of smartphones, chargers,  assorted gear and cables, headphones, and maybe a weapon or two? No problem. The Brad Thor Alpha Jacket can handle that and more. Knives slip in the end of the sleeves, Handguns fit with no apparent bulge. Headphones can be attached to a smartphone and easily accessed along with the electronics. Scottevest has a full line of pants, shirts, and jackets. They…
  • Google says renewable energy on its own cannot reduce carbon emissions

    Bob Morris
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Google has tried long and hard to reduce the cost of renewable energy to that of coal. They now say this is not possible and further, entirely new methods of generating energy are needed because renewable energy, even in a best-case scenario, can’t do it all in reducing carbon emissions. Renewable energy is too variable and too location-specific. Further, the cost of replacing coal and natural gas with new energy sources needs to include the cost of shutting down the old plants, building new ones, then producing power at 4-6 cents per kWh with the power company making a profit (or at…
  • Ira Hansen, Nevada State Assembly Speaker, makes a “male apology”

    Bob Morris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    The new speaker of the Nevada State Assembly is sorry you are so upset by his totally taken-out-of-context comments about Blacks being simple-minded and Hispanics being mostly criminals. This is a classic “male apology” is where, instead of apologizing for being a douchebag, Ira Hensen is upset that you got so upset by his comments, which were clearly meant to be provocative and / or humorous. I’m glad I could clear that up for you for you. [His] statement is almost pure Limbaugh. “I’m sorry IF you were offended.” Of course people were offended – his comments were…
  • I don’t care how much I pay, gonna ride my poo-powered bus every day

    Bob Morris
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Bio-Bus will go into service in Britain next next, shutting people to an airport. It runs on biomethane derived from food waste and human poop. The company says that by using the alternative energy source, its new bus will also put out less carbon emissions than those powered by traditional diesel engines. The biomethane is being produced at a sewage treatment plant; the BBC says it “takes the annual waste of about five people to produce” a full tank. No shit, this is the best headline: All aboard the poop bus, now farting around the UK Inquiring minds want to know if the bus…
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  • Mobile Device Management for Healthcare

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data security is of paramount importance in the healthcare industry, where regulations are numerous and fines are serious. With MDM, your staff can use the smartphones and tablets they need to provide the best possible care, and IT can rest easy that devices comply to the policies that protect confidential data. Learn how to protect devices, no matter where they are or who owns them.Request Free!
  • BYOD & HIPAA Breaches at Hospitals Infographic

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution. Download this white paper to learn more!Request Free!
  • Redefining Security for the Cloud

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
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  • Be Thankful for Those Serving Their Country

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    While most Americans enjoy their Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, many members of the U.S. military are spending the day with each other on bases around the world. A Soldier adds cheese to green bean casseroles for a Thanksgiving Day meal on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 23, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak The DoD photo above is one of many shared today on my Facebook page. Check ‘em out, and have a Happy Thanksgiving! Click on image above to order Bob’s books.
  • Father Seeks Support for Wrongly-Convicted Soldier, Son

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, and with only minor modifications, I share a story published recently at SaveThisSoldier.com, the website run by CMSgt. John Stewart (USAF Ret.). Chief Stewart, by the way, is the father of former Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a Green Beret combat veteran whose life story is chronicled in my first book, Three Days in August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 201): Click image above to visit SaveThisSoldier.com. Current Status and Help Needed After release from prison March 31, 2011, SFC Stewart was forced to move to…
  • Ferguson Pizza Shop Owners Suffer Third Major Disaster — GoFundMe Account Established to Help Family Recover

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you read the KSDK.com story published this morning about an apparent arson fire that destroyed a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Ferguson, you know the fire came some three and a half years after the same building suffered severe damage caused by a tornado. But there’s more to this story that the St. Louis television news outlet did not report. For Doyle and Joy Beck, owners of the long-established Ferguson business who also own a Little Caesars at 3100 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill., the fire and tornado stand as Parts 1 and 3 of a real-life drama in which they never wanted starring…
  • Twenty-Five Structures Burn After Jay Nixon Fails Ferguson

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Five hours after sharing Ferguson news with 10 updates, I awoke to find this KSDK-TV video. Coming on the heels of the St. Louis County grand jury decision against indicting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it stands as perhaps the most-disturbing evidence of unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Twenty-five structures plus 10 cars at a car dealership set ablaze! Turning to Fox2Now.com, I watched and listened as a man — I think he was a local business owner, but have not found a video clip to share yet — was being interviewed about the unrest and…
  • NO INDICTMENT OF OFFICER DARREN WILSON!

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    in the case of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced at 8:20 p.m. Central that the 12 members of the grand jury could find no grounds upon which to issue a criminal indictment against 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson. More details coming soon. UPDATE #1 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:31 p.m. Central:  USA TODAY UPDATE #2 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:35 p.m. Central:  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s website overloaded (see pic below). UPDATE #3 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:40 p.m. Central:  Item by item, Prosecuting…
 
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  • Andrew Napolitano: Thankful for Natural Rights

    Reason.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if they both believe that our rights are not natural to our humanity but instead are gifts from the government? What if they both believe that the government that gives gifts to its people can take those gifts back? On Thanksgiving, our gratitude is not to the government that assails our freedoms, but to the God who created us and for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,…
  • Brickbat: Bad Dog

    Charles Oliver
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Joanna Armand says her dog Zeus has never bitten anyone and no one has ever filed a complaint about the dog. Her daughter O'Hara Owens, who has severe neck problems and must use a wheelchair, says Zeus is the first to notice if she is in pain and comfort her. But Zeus is a pitbull, and the city council in their hometown of Moreauville, Louisiana, voted to ban pitbulls and rottweilers. The family must get rid of Zeus by Dec. 1 or the police will seize the dog, “dispose” of it and fine them. Alderman Penn Lemoine said the council banned the breeds because of complaints from residents. He…
  • Ed Krayewski on How the World is Getting Better

    Reason.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Islamist extremists on the loose in the Middle East, drug cartels running wild south of the border, Ebola, nuclear proliferation, ubiquitous surveillance, climate disasters, beheadings. It's easy to imagine things are worse than they have been in a long time. We don't have the benefit of hindsight, yet we can take a step back and try to take a more detached look at things. The world may seem like a scary place but it’s also one full of promise, potential, and progress. Things are better than they’ve ever been before, writes Ed Krayewski, and they're getting better still. View this…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Ferguson, ISIS, Rand Paul’s Declaration of War, Black Friday, Our Latest Enemy of Freedom, and #LetTheTurkeyCool

    Matt Welch
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Did you catch some of the Ferguson talk on last night's Independents? Here's a sampling: On tonight's show (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later) we'll pick up the story with a Party Panel of "Progressive Messaging Expert and all around good guy" Richard Fowler, who was on the ground in Ferguson the last few days, and Fox News correspondent Dagen McDowell. The discussion will cover, among other aspects, the exquisitely awful arguments that have arisen this week about rioting, looting, and so forth. Later in the show, the duo will discuss Democratic…
  • Justice Ginsburg Has Heart, Expensive EPA Regulation Unveiled, National Guard Keeps the Lid on Ferguson: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has heart—trouble that is. She was hospitalized for a coronary blockage. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday hits, the Obama administration unveiled an air pollution regulation that business groups say could be the most expensive ever. Many Republicans still like the idea of Mitt Romney (!) as their presidential nominee. Why? Thanks, but no tanks (get it?), says Michele Fluornoy, who dropped out of the running to be Secretary of Defense. After a chaotic Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, officials turned to the National Guard last night to get a…
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  • Regional variations & personal votes at the 2010 Victorian election

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

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

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

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

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

  • Join Onkar Ghate’s Crusade for Reason and Freedom

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In December, ARI’s senior fellow, Dr. Onkar Ghate, will be on “The Road to a Free Society” tour. In his talk, “Religion vs. Freedom,” Onkar will argue that we need to break the alleged link between capitalism and religion.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 32]: John Cochrane on Inequality

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview John Cochrane, University of Chicago economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on the campaign to limit economic inequality.
  • Steve Simpson on C-SPAN2 on November 25

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Tomorrow night, C-SPAN2 will air a talk by Steve Simpson, ARI’s director of legal studies, titled “Cronyism, Corruption and Government Power.”
  • How Iran Gamed the Nuclear Talks

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Monday, November 24, marks a deadline in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. A glance at where things stand tells you just how well Iran has gamed the process. The pattern: Iran has set the terms and pocketed concessions.
  • The Garden of Eden Premise

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The other day I was thumbing through an interesting book, Pursuing Liberty: America Through the Eyes of the Newly Free, which contains interviews with eight American immigrants. It really captured what I think is one of the most notable and admirable characteristics of immigrants to this country: how many of them come expecting to work for a better life. They value freedom, not because it makes life easy, but because it makes success possible.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Schumer's Prescription for the Democrats

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Charles Lane, Washington PostNever one to shun the spotlight, New York Sen. Charles Schumer made himself the center of attention this week by delivering a scathing critique of recent Democratic Party political strategy, including his blunt view that it was disastrous to push for health-care reform early in President Obama’s first term.
  • Obama's Big Ferguson Failure

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Robert Merry, The National InterestPresident Obama’s statement issued in the White House pressroom minutes after the announcement of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson wasn’t just a botch. It was a tragic botch.
  • Fury After Ferguson

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    Charles Blow, New York TimesThe reaction to the failure of the grand jury to indict in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, touched something deep and ancient and anguished in the black community.
  • "Team of Rivals"? More Like Team of Yes Men

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
  • Grateful for the First Amendment

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
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    New Republic

  • The Reason Republicans Can't Pass Anything on Immigration

    Danny Vinik
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Why didn’t Republicans preempt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration with their own legislation? At the very least, that would have worsened the politics of Obama’s move. At best, it would have forced Obama to rethink taking unilateral action at all.New York’s Jon
  • Six Reasons I'm Thankful for a Republican Congress

    Brian Beutler
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I generally don’t go in for sentimental holiday rituals like announcing New Year's resolutions or giving children candy on Halloween. But in the interest of promoting counterintuitive thinking about American politics and juicing this website’s holiday traffic, I’m making an exception this Than
  • The Supreme Court's New EPA Case Has More to Do With Climate Change Than You Think

    Rebecca Leber
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to review an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting how much mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants coal-fired power plants can emit. The case is clearly important because of the health benefits—humans exposed to mercury are at risk for a host of h
  • Peru Forcibly Sterilized 300,000 Poor Women in the '90s. Now They Could Decide the Country's Future.

    Iain Aitch
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    The most stirring art has the ability to make us stop, think, and even act, but a new interactive documentary made in Peru may just help decide the political future of the whole country. Created as a result of collaboration between the University of Bristol and London-based Chaka Studio, the Quipu p
  • How to Dig a Perfect Grave: A Day With Britain's Top Undertaker

    Xan Rice
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    On a crisp autumn morning in a field outside Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Jonny Yaxley took an aerosol can of white line marker from his truck and sprayed an 86-by-34-inch rectangle on the grass. After cutting along the outline with a spade, he mounted a small excavator and clawed off strips of tu
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • EJ Dionne: Thank a politician today

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are lower than even those of journalists. If you run for office these days, all of your mistakes (and some you never made) are broadcast widely in some horrible TV spot. Read full article >>
  • With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Read full article >>
  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama pursues a can-do approach

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide? Read full article >>
  • Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Here Is Everything That’s Wrong With Chuck Schumer’s Obamacare Comments

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Joaquim Moreira Salles is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: AP Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made waves during his speech at the National Press Club in Washington DC this week, when he expressed that passing health care reform had been the wrong move for Democrats because it did not help middle-class Americans. The remarks come as a surprise not only because Schumer was one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest proponents during the legislative effort to pass the bill, but also because they seem to contradict the situation on the ground in Schumer’s own state. “Unfortunately, Democrats…
  • Envelope-Pushing Pakistani Bollywood Star Gets 26 Years For Blasphemy

    Beenish Ahmed
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    CREDIT: YouTube A Pakistani court sentenced Bollywood star Veena Malik and her media mogul husband to 26 years in prison for blasphemy. The court found their TV mock-wedding blasphemous because it was set to a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Mohammad’s daughter. “The malicious acts of the proclaimed offenders ignited the sentiments of all the Muslims of the country and hurt the feelings, which cannot be taken lightly and there is need to strictly curb such tendency,” the 40-page verdict said. The accused were not present at the trial, and the court arranged for…
  • Darren Wilson And George Zimmerman Described Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin The Same Way

    Alice Ollstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    CREDIT: AP and NBC Following the explosive announcement of the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, documents released to the public reveal for the first time a first-hand account of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson, who shot the unarmed Brown a total of 12 times, told a grand jury that the high schooler immediately provoked a violent confrontation. The description is eerily similar to another lethal confrontation with an unarmed black teen in broad daylight: the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin, told police…
  • Millennials’ Nonchalance About HIV Has Made The Virus A ‘Silent Killer’

    Sam P.K. Collins
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Dr. Lisa Sterman holds up a Truvada pill, an HIV treatment pill used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus, at her office in San Francisco. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson has inspired millions because of all that he has done with his success despite having HIV: start a foundation, spearhead redevelopment efforts in underserved communities, launch successful businesses ventures, and serve as an NBA commentator. On Sirius XM’s Hip-Hop Nation earlier this year, Johnson put to rest…
  • Happy Black Friday, Your Credit Card Information Could Very Likely Be Stolen Again

    Lauren C. Williams
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke It’s Thanksgiving, which means family time, good food, awkward conversations, record spending — and the anniversary of Target’s massive data breach, which leaked 110 million customers personal information from emails to credit card numbers. Over the past year, Target and other retailers have worked hard to repair their images. But since last holiday season, the industry is not much better prepared to stop another attack. Breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus, which exposed over 1 million customers’ credit cards last year, kicked off a year of…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Do exactly what you would do if you felt most secure. (J. Eckhart) — Either choose to wait for safety or start living. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. (L. Brown) — You can either build walls or knock them down. Your choice. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Lux: Toward an Agenda and Narrative that Can Win Elections

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, is cross-posted from HuffPo: This blog post is partly about politics and partly about economic policies that will expand America's middle class and make it more prosperous in the modern era. The story of the 2014 election was that Democrats can't succeed at the former without succeeding at the latter. A Democratic strategy, that is superb and state of the art on voter targeting and turnout, can't succeed if you haven't delivered the goods to the generally younger…
  • Were the Midterm Results Part of a Straight Line Or a Cycle?

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    It's now three weeks after the 2014 midterm elections, and a good time to reflect on how serious analysts differ on what happened and what it means. I did a bit of that at Washington Monthly: I'm no big number-cruncher, and don't have access to voter files or other data more sophisticated than exit polls, but my general take (articulated here and here) has been that the big GOP victory was the product of a number of things that happened to coincide in one cycle: a strongly pro-GOP midterm turnout pattern, a strongly pro-GOP "map" (at least for the Senate), a second-term midterm "drag" on the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    "The states with consistently high turnout tend to make it easy to cast ballots. Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin allow voters to register on Election Day. Colorado, Oregon and Washington state hold elections exclusively by mail. Washington often has high turnout but was closer to the middle of the pack this year at 41 percent." -- from Associated Press's Terrence Petty and Jonathan J. Cooper. Looking at it from other angles, six states, Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon had voter turnouts of more than 50 percent. Four of the six states, allow election day registration,…
  • Counter-Punching the GOP "Outrage" on Immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So the president's executive action on immigration has finally been announced, and as expected Republicans are full of real and phony outrage. Outside the immigrant communities most affected, how should progressives respond? I discussed that topic today at the Washington Monthly. For all the yelling and screaming about "Emperor Obama," his action was temporary and could be instantly revoked by a Republican president or superseded by legislation from a Republican Congress. But Republicans are in complete disarray on the subject, though there is a distinct trend towards "deport 'em all"…
  • Obama's Immigration Reform Rooted in Decency

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    The headline of Harold Meyerson's Washington Post column hits a core issue of the immigration debate: "Obama calculates the human cost of deportations." Written before the President issued his executive order, Meyerson nonetheless captured the central issue, the one few Republicans are willing to address: Of the thousands of words written lately on President Obama's impending order to exempt some undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, most have dealt with the politics of the issue, not the humanity behind it. What the media have largely failed to emphasize is that Obama's…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Actress Khushboo likely to join Congress today

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

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    Financial deepening in China is not simply a matter of reducing financial repression. In order to enable the corporate sector to manage the transition to a modern knowledge-based economy, China must also rebalance the financial system by carrying out a shift from bank and short-term funding toward equity and long-term bonds.
  • Global Solutions for Globalization’s Problems

    Ian Goldin
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The world has simultaneously benefited from globalization and failed to manage the inherent complications resulting from the increased integration of our societies, our economies, and the infrastructure of modern life. As a result, we have become dangerously exposed to systemic risks that transcend borders.
  • Abe’s Safe Bet

    Yuriko Koike
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Observers worldwide are scratching their heads at Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to risk his extensive reform agenda by calling a snap general election two years early. But, while Abe may be known for his boldness, he is no reckless gambler; he knows that he needs a strong mandate to achieve his reform goals.
  • The Geopolitical Impact of Cheap Oil

    Martin Feldstein
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    If the price of oil, which has fallen more than 25% in the past five months, remains at its current level, it will have important implications for many countries around the world, some good and some bad. If it falls further, as seems likely, the geopolitical consequences could be dramatic.
  • Social Choice and Social Welfare

    Amartya Sen
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Human beings have always lived in groups, and their individual lives have invariably depended on group decisions. But, given the daunting challenges of group choice, owing to the divergent interests and concerns of the group’s members, how should collective decision-making be carried out?
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • You Mad Because the GOP Knocked You Out?

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

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

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

  • Most Police Shootings Don’t Lead to Prosecution of Police

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    It perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise that Officer Darren Wilson will not stand trial for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A new study shows police involved in fatal shootings are rarely charged with a crime.   Criminologist Philip Stinson at Bowling Green State University reviewed 6,700 incidents of police being charged with a crime. Of this total, Stinson found only 41 officers indicted over a seven-year period for either murder or manslaughter in connection with on-duty shootings. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 2,718 justified homicides by law…
  • Texas Approves Controversial School Textbooks Still Laced with Ideologically-Driven Inaccuracies

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Conservatives in Texas have approved the use of school textbooks containing historical inaccuracies promoted by right-wing Christians.   The State Board of Education voted 10-5, with only the board’s Democratic members in opposition, to authorize new history books for Texas students. Inside the controversial texts are “factual inaccuracies and exaggerations of Moses’ impact on the founding of the U.S.,” according to the Austin Chronicle.   Before some revisions were made, the books were even worse. They contained a cartoon mocking affirmative action…
  • House Bill Would Permit VA Doctors to Use Medical Marijuana as Option for Patients

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would free VA doctors treating veterans to prescribe medical marijuana for post traumatic stress and other disorders.   Currently, the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits VA physicians under any circumstance from authorizing medical marijuana for patients. This position stems from the federal government’s classification of pot as a Schedule I drug, just like heroin and cocaine. In fact, federal law trumps state laws that permit medical marijuana use, even for veterans.   But Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)…
  • Lawsuit Aims at Environmental Impact of U.S. Coal-Leasing Program

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Two environmental groups have sued the federal government to force it to reveal how much a federal coal leasing program is contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.   The lawsuit, directed at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), says the coal leasing program’s impact on climate change hasn’t been updated or assessed since 1979.   “The 1979 report only briefly discussed the then-nascent science of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the federal coal management program’s emissions,” the suit (pdf) states. “This discussion, which comprises…
  • 80 Million Bacteria Are Transferred in a 10-Second Kiss

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Researchers in Europe have concluded that passionate kisses can involve a lot more than just emotion. They can also include upwards of 80 million bacteria being exchanged between two people.   The findings, published in the journal Microbiome, originated in the Netherlands, where researchers asked 21 couples visiting the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam to have their mouths swabbed.   “To our surprise, we found that those people that are intimately related ... share much more of that bacteria on their tongue than unrelated individuals,” Remco Kort, a microbiologist at the…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Democrats didn’t lose the midterms because women stopped caring about reproductive choice

    Donna Gratehouse
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com From LifeSiteNews, which I read so you don’t have to, comes this bit of taunting about the recent midterm elections: U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado was exhibit A. Curry said, as “a decent senator from a … Continue reading →
  • Take up backpack challenge to help the homeless

    Carolyn Classen
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Homeless Backpack Challenge is a project of The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation in partnership with The Tribe (press release): Their purpose is to get people to challenge two other people to purchase a backpack and place in it specific items. … Continue reading →
  • Losing the War on Terror

    Bob Lord
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    Perhaps the best thing to come out of Bill Maher’s insipid critique of Islam is this piece by Rula Jebreal: Why America is losing the war on terror — and the Islam debate is so flawed. Jebreal’s takedown of American … Continue reading →
  • Over 200 in downtown Tucson protest Ferguson shooting (photos)

    Carolyn Classen
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    200 protesters of all ages, ethnicities were at Ronstadt Transit Center tonight to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, against the failure of the Ferguson Missouri grand jury to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9, 2014 … Continue reading →
  • IOKIYAR: President Willard ‘Mittens’ Romney’s executive orders

    AZ BlueMeanie
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The high priest of Beltway centrism, political scientist Norm Ornstein, writing at The Atlantic takes another look at those executive orders that President Willard “Mittens” Romney promised he would sign on “Day One in office” — that thankfully never came … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • “I’m Scared to Be a Black Male Walking Down the Street”: Seattle Teens on Why They Skipped School for a #Ferguson March

    Kayla Schultz
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Seattle protesters march with arms raised yelling "Hands up! Don't shoot!" Photo by Mary Hansen. On Tuesday, students from Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of their classes, receiving unexcused absences. Members of the Black Student Union at Garfield made an announcement in the morning that they were joining the march, which was organized by the United Black Clergy and the local chapter of the NAACP. The students joined protesters and together they walked to the federal courthouse, shouting, “Hands up! Don't shoot!” and holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop…
  • #Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today

    Jedediah Purdy
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Huffington Post. Ferguson, Missouri. October, 2014. Photo by Sarah-Ji. This is a strange year, even an awful one, to celebrate Thanksgiving. A grand jury's refusal to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has crystallized ugly truths. Many Americans feel unsafe in their own neighborhoods, not despite law enforcement but because of it. In some places, the police act like an occupying force. If the law does not represent you but only governs you, you are a subject, not a citizen. Taking satisfaction in national blessings feels grotesque just…
  • Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight

    Mary Hansen
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Vancouver Opera violinist Carolyn Cole joined environmental activists and First Nations this week to protest energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion through British Columbia’s Burnaby Mountain. The Trans Mountain pipeline would bring 890,000 gallons of unrefined oil daily to export through the Burrard Inlet. “If it comes to me, I’m not going to back down.” Since September Kinder Morgan has been surveying the land in preparation for building the pipeline. But once workers started cutting down trees, activists disrupted progress by setting up camp at the site. The energy…
  • The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Saw #MockingjayPart1. Four words: IT WAS SO GOOD. Now I want to go solve all the world's problems. #MyHungerGames pic.twitter.com/dQFT7lrDcW — Liz Mallory (@Eliz_Mallory) November 21, 2014 This week, fans of the popular Hunger Games series relaunched a campaign called “Odds in Our Favor” to draw attention to economic and social inequality. The campaign asks fans to “fill the gap” between the social commentary of The Hunger Games and the world fans inhabit by sharing their stories of economic inequality with the hashtag #MyHungerGames. The result has been an outpouring of personal…
  • Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

    Sarah van Gelder
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Martha Williams. If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Big money’s dominance of elections, obstructionism by the Tea Party, and climate denial have brought action in Washington to a near standstill. But while the media focuses on the gridlock, a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are taking action. Cities can’t afford to wait for the ideological wars to play out. Climate change is a case in point. Cities are already experiencing the damage caused by…
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    Divided Under God

  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

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

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland… On Stockton St.

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    You can’t walk by Union Square and not take notice of the huge Central Subway construction site. And last week, the construction crews rolled out a grassy lawn over the two blocks along the walls surrounding the construction on the bottom of Stockton Street. Contrary to some speculation, the change is not permanent but is a temporary installation for the holidays. Winter Walk SF Two blocks on Stockton Street, between Geary and Ellis Streets, have been closed off since 2011 for the construction of the Central T subway line, a new underground Muni system that will connect parts of Third…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Protesters Arrested After Announcement In Grand Jury Decision On Fatal Missouri Shooting Oakland police have made numerous arrests Monday night in a protest that started in the downtown area and continued to Interstate Highway 580 following a grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in a fatal Missouri shooting. About 1,000 people have gathered in the downtown area Monday night in response to the grand jury’s decision announced around 6:30 p.m. in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. St. Louis County…
  • Weighing Housing Against History

    Andrew Cullen
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    There was once a time where San Francisco was known and loved for being a big city with a small town feel; full of classic bars and coffee shops, mom-and-pop businesses galore; a self declared home of the freaks. San Francisco was once a place made for, and made by, people from nowhere. As the city expands, sometimes harsh changes inevitably come with it. Even San Francisco’s Mayor, Edwin Lee has admitted that the city is indeed in a housing “crisis.” As San Franciscans scramble to make rent with combusting housing and living costs, City officials are tasked with making room for city…
  • Former SRO Tenants Illegally evicted for “Techie Commune”

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Six former tenants of a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel are suing their former landlord over wrongful eviction, after their building was damaged in a 2011 fire, then illegally converted into a “techie co-op.” “The Negev” – Dorm-Style Living for “The Tech World” The Park Hotel at 1040 Folsom Street was badly damaged in a fire in May 2011. Under the San Francisco rent control ordinance, the former tenants were entitled to return to their homes at the same rental price of $700 within 30 days of repairs. However, the former tenants reported to the Examiner, that they were unaware…
  • Urban Development Plans: Too Much for Mid-Market?

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    By: Caitlin Nelson The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an article by urban design critic John King about the proposed developments along Market Street. King notes that a number of developers are looking to build housing and hotels on the blocks between Fifth and Eighth streets, but isn’t optimistic about the potential for the future projects to rejuvenate the historically crime-ridden area. He argues that most of the new buildings seem to be aesthetically overcompensating, with too many competing architectural styles that will result in an overall look of confusion in the area…
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Michael Brown's Mother Reacts to Descison

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

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (Photo: Multnomah County Detention Center)Terrance Patrick Bean has been arrested on two felony counts of sex with a minor. Terrance Bean is also a huge supporter of Obama and in 2012, he is responsible for raising more than half a million dollars for the re-election campaign. "Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state," reports oregonlive.com. "He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several…
  • Bill Cosby - Oh Boy...Say it Ain't So

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Okay, I admit; I like Bill Cosby; I do not want to picture him as a man who would do harm to anyone, let alone rape a woman. With that being said, watch the video on the link...here. .Here is another interview from Barbara Bowman. In addition, her story - in her words, can be found here.Bowman, sort of a Sharon Stone-looking gal back in the day. When the news and allegations first came out about Bill Cosby, they seemed to surface and disappear as quick as they came. This was years ago. I think it's fair to say that the public at large assumed the matter was settled and that the claims…
  • Jonathan Gruber - "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage."

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    It's not that I was not aware of how the democrats in this country feel about the American voter; I am fully aware that they believe Americans are stupid. What shocks me is that there are still people inside this country who haven't figured it out yet.Read more »
 
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  • Feminism benefits men too – and it’s vital we bring our boys up to be more than victims of gender

    Glosswitch
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    When I first held my baby boys in my arms they had no idea of what “being a man” could mean. I now see gender closing in on them and I hate it. Until men start seeing women as human beings, their own humanity is held in check. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty On International Men’s Day Buzzfeed shared a list of things nine-year-old boys admitted to hating about being a boy. The list, originally compiled at a workshop held by Jeff Perera of White Ribbon, is both striking and sad. We know what gender does to all of us but it’s galling to be reminded of just how early the whole thing kicks in.
  • Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell loses his libel trial, which rules he did say the words alleged

    Anoosh Chakelian
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    The judge has ruled that former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell did say the word "pleb", or something close to it, in his libel trial against the Sun's owners over the Plebgate scandal. Andrew Mitchell did say "pleb", the judge rules. Photo: Getty The former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his libel trial against News Group Newspapers, the Sun's publisher, over the MP's alleged words at the Downing Street gates in 2012, an event now known as Plebgate. The judge ruled that he "did speak the words alleged". Mitchell was suing the publisher over its newspaper's claims that he called a…
  • The PM, Labour, SNP and the BBC: the political muddle of Scottish devolution

    Anoosh Chakelian
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Smith Commission says Scotland should set its income tax: what is the politics behind this decision? Lord Smith and his report on devolution to Scotland. Photo: Getty A colourful taste of the fraught politics surrounding the Scottish independence debate has returned. As the Smith Commission – the body tasked with deciding how much further power to devolve to Holyrood after the No vote – says Scotland should have full control over its income tax rates, questions emerge about the politics behind this decision. How come Labour, once against such all-encompassing fiscal control, has come…
  • Farage struggling and Clegg in danger of losing seat, Ashcroft poll shows

    George Eaton
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Ukip are five points behind the Tories in Thanet South with the Lib Dems just three points ahead of Labour in Sheffield Hallam.  Nigel Farage during the Rochester by-election, which Tory defector Mark Reckless won for Ukip. Photograph: Getty Images. Of all the constituency polls Lord Ashcroft has published in recent months (May2015 has collected them all here), today's is the most fascinating. In addition to polling 11 Lib Dem-Tory marginals, Ashcroft looked at the state of play in three noteworthy seats: Ed Miliband's Doncaster North, Nick Clegg's Sheffield Hallam and Nigel Farage's target…
  • Jon Cruddas MP's speech about building a digital state: full text

    Anoosh Chakelian
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Innovation and democracy. Jon Cruddas made a speech today about building a digital government. Photo: Getty Building a Digital State for Innovation and Democracy Speech to the Institute of Government Thursday, 27 November, 2014 Thank you Peter for inviting me to take part in your debate about effective government. I’d also like to add a thank you to Stefan Magdalinski for his contribution to this speech. Stefan spent some of the summer in my office getting us up to speed on what digital technology  can do for government and politics. Our task, in terms of Labour’s Policy Review has been…
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  • Emails: Hillary Clinton's Handlers Make Demands, Micromanage Her $300K Appearances

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Emails between Hillary Clinton's handlers and UCLA administrators reveal that the Clinton team micromanages her $300,000 appearances--down to the count of lemon wedges, color of stage armchairs, and type of cushions she uses in those chairs. The emails, obtained by The Washington Post in a Freedom of Information Act request, show the months of negotiations and the number of hoops that the authorities at the University of California at Los Angeles had to jump through to satisfy Hillary Clinton's handlers. The emails show the rock star-like manner in which Team Hillary operates.
  • 'The Pilgrim Chronicles' Excerpt: The Faith and Focus of the Puritans

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Through the Act of Supremacy and the Act of Uniformity, Queen Elizabeth’s Settlement solidly established the Church of England as the nation’s official government denomination. It was a compromise of sorts: the Church of England would retain its Protestant doctrine, but it would also keep familiar, Catholic-style worship ceremonies and traditions. The publication of English language Bibles, once outlawed in England, now proliferated, and commoners and gentry alike eagerly purchased personal copies. Learning and sharing Scripture became the rage in England. “Everywhere might…
  • Cops: St. Louis Men Planned to Kill Ferguson Prosecutor, Police Chief

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Only days before a grand jury released its decision on whether there would be a trial for the August shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, the FBI arrested two men who were allegedly looking to buy supplies to make a pipe bomb.  Sources say the men planned to kill St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch, and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, and also planned to bomb the famed Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. The two men were arrested on November 21 and accused of attempting to purchase explosives that they planned to use during the Ferguson protests. They were also brought up on gun…
  • Mitt Romney: Republicans Should 'Swallow Hard,' Pass 'Permanent' Amnesty Bill

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes Republicans should "swallow hard" and pass a permanent amnesty bill in the wake of President Barack Obama's executive amnesty that even Romney conceded would encourage more illegal immigrants to enter the country.  Romney recently told Spanish-language Univision that Obama is "giving people false hope" and "communicating to people outside this country, ‘Hey, get into the United States illegally and stay, because they’ll always let you stay.'” Romney's solution is for Congress to pass a…
  • Jose Antonio Vargas: 'Now Is the Time' for Illegal Immigrants to 'Come Out'

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    After President Barack Obama granted an executive amnesty to nearly five million illegal immigrants, Jose Antonio Vargas, the pro-amnesty advocate who will benefit from Obama's executive action, declared "now is the time" for illegal immigrants to come out.  "In the same way that coming out of LGBT people changed the LGBT community, now is the time for undocumented people everywhere, especially if you qualify [for Obama's executive amnesty] like me… now is the time for us to come out," he told Fusion's Jorge Ramos. Vargas, who won a Pulitzer Prize while working for the…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The Euro is dead, long live the Mark!

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    This morning’s news item from TzeTze “According to Affaritaliani.it, Germany has prepared an emergency plan just in case the Eurozone collapses. What’s covered in the plan? An exit strategy to go back to the Deutsche Mark: "Emergency plan to go back to the Deutsche Mark". That’s the title of the top secret document - whose existence is officially denied by everyone - and it’s said to have landed on the desk of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. In Germany the debate about the euro, has always been going on in the background, even though the official line is to deny it completely.
  • 24 hours to cancel the gift to the mafia from the Renzi government

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    “Time has nearly run out to cancel the umpteenth gift to the mafia from the Renzi government How? By approving the draft law put forward a few days ago by the 5 Star MoVement“. This is the message issued a few days ago by the 5 Star MoVement in a Facebook message. The message goes on to explain what’s happening in our Parliament. Here’s the rest of the message: “1 October saw the arrival in the Senate of the Renzi government’s legislative decree that alters the code of Anti-mafia laws (Government Act No. 103). An opinion on the text is needed first from the Committee on…
  • Passaparola - Mussolini did not kill Matteotti, by Arrigo Petacco

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Matteotti Case07:00 Arrigo Petacco- Good Day dear friends, I’m Arrigo Petacco and I was invited to come and speak on your blog about a very controversial case, even though it’s somewhat old, namely the Matteotti case and I’ll tell you what I think. Blog- The Matteotti murder of 1924 was a turning point for fascism because it was after this that the dictatorship was openly implemented, however, “Il Duce” claimed that he had nothing to do with Matteotti’s murder and that the people behind the murder should be sought in certain putrid financial and capitalist circles, into which…
  • Giacomelli against the people who are hard of hearing

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Imagine coming home one day, turning on the TV and not being able to hear the audio of a film or a TV News programme or if you are a child and you can’t follow a TV series because you are isolated by a wall of silence. And if the same thing happens the following day - and the day after that? This is what happens every day for the people with hearing loss (about 20,000) and they are thus not making full use of the public radio and TV service even though they are paying the licence fee without getting a discount. It’s definitely a situation that needs improving. In the Parliamentary…
  • Cono Cantelmi for a 5 Star Calabria #CalabriaPuoi

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    To govern Calabria you need courage. 41 year old Cono Cantelmi, a lawyer in Catanzaro, is the 5 Star MoVement’s candidate for the Region of Calabria in the elections on 23 November. Today he’s giving us a detailed account of the M5S programme for the Calabria that can finally make a change. What are the main points of the M5S programme in Calabria? The first: the citizen’s income to help those who are struggling to get by to give hope once more to the people of Calabria without work and to those people of Calabria that lose their job when they are expecting a baby so that youngsters can…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Harvard’s Asian-American Problem Has a Solution, Chapel Hill’s Does Not

    Roger Pilon
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Roger Pilon In his op-ed at the New York Times yesterday, Yascha Mounk, a fellow at New America, asked “Is Harvard Unfair to Asian-Americans?” A century ago, Harvard had a problem, he writes: “Too many Jews.” Today it’s Asian-Americans. Euphemistic admissions criteria like “character and fitness” solved Harvard’s problem back then. Today, numbers do the job. To get into the top schools, Mounk writes, Asian-Americans “need SAT scores that are about 140 points higher than those of their white peers.” And that’s brought on a suit by a group called Students for Fair…
  • Regulation Could Hamper Uber Privacy Reforms

    Matthew Feeney
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Matthew Feeney Uber has not had a good month. In the wake of an Uber executive’s worrying remarks regarding a possible smear campaign against critical journalists, the company has been on the receiving end of unflattering reporting related to its privacy policy and what one commentator has referred to as its “[something stronger than “jerk”] problem.” While it is certainly the case that Uber does have legitimate privacy issues to address, it should not be forgotten that existing regulations could hamper some of the privacy reforms many Uber passengers would like to see…
  • Just in Time for Thanksgiving, Another Turkey from the Obama Administration

    Patrick J. Michaels
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels The shameful Obama Administration practice of proposing dreadful environmental regulations on or near national holidays continues. Last year they were on global warming, and this year it’s low-level ozone. Neither regulation will have a detectable “benefit,” but both impose enormous costs. Perhaps President Obama’s placing this announcement in the news cycle just before Thanksgiving and Black Friday is indicative of how popular he thinks these regulations will be. So it goes. The lessons of November 4 remain unlearned, with the administration doubling down in…
  • Give Diplomacy a Chance in Ukraine

    Emma Ashford
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Emma Ashford As I discussed in an op-ed published at Al Jazeera America last week, it seems as though the Ukraine crisis is slowly solidifying into a ‘frozen conflict.’ This is bad for everyone: Allowing the Ukraine crisis to metastasize into a frozen conflict effectively guarantees future conflict in the region. It leaves the government in Kiev with a long-term insurgency within its borders, costing it dearly and inhibiting the greatly needed reform of the Ukrainian state. In addition, it keeps Russia and the West locked in a diplomatic stalemate and sanctions war which benefits no one.
  • Close America’s Bases on Okinawa: Okinawans Again Say No

    Doug Bandow
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Doug Bandow The United States is over-burdened militarily and effectively bankrupt financially, but Washington is determined to preserve every base and deployment, no matter how archaic. Case in point: the many military facilities in Okinawa. No wonder the Okinawan people again voted against being conscripted as one of Washington’s most important military hubs. The United States held on to the island after World War II, finally returning the territory to Japan in 1972. Even now, the Pentagon controls roughly one-fifth of the land. Opposition to the overpowering American presence crystalized…
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    A View from the Right

  • Replacing Boehner and McConnell

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

    sirrahc
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    “[W]e can surely find ways to work together on issues where there’s broad agreement among the American people.”  — President Barack Obama, post-midterms news conference (11/5/2014) A lot of the news these days is filled with talk about Obamacare (Grubercare?), immigration/amnesty, net neutrality, and climate change. But, I don’t feel like wading into those messes. […]
  • Don’t Screw It Up!

    sirrahc
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Though some of you may have already read your fill, I feel obliged to write some commentary on last week’s elections in the U.S. So, I’ll begin with the obligatory summary of election results: o  Not only did Republicans maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but they gained at least an additional […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 2 of 2)

    sirrahc
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    “With impressive erudition and polemical panache, David Hart smites hip and thigh the peddlers of a ‘new atheism’ that recycles hoary arguments from the past. His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that ‘the Christian revolution’ could happen again.”  — Richard John Newhaus, former EIC at First Things Continuing from last week, […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 1 of 2)

    sirrahc
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    “Few things are so delightful as watching someone who has taken the time to acquire a lot of learning casually, even effortlessly, dismantle the claims of lazy grandstanders.”  — Stefan Beck, New Criterion If you thought from this post’s title that I was going to enumerate several “delusions” of the “new atheists”, then I am […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

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

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

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

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss the final U.S. Senate debate between Pat Roberts and Greg Orman, hosted at KSN-TV in Wichita (including our thoughts Orman’s “get past abortion” comment). And the dispute over the new “Sex, Drugs and Politician” ad in the Governor’s race. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 13th PPP Poll Results October 9th Remington Research Group Poll Results (PDF) Lisa’s Kansas City Star article, “As I See It: Lisa Johnston on money…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5

    Kyle
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the October 8th U.S. Senate debate, the reasons behind conflicting poll results, and whether or not citizens are getting dumber. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: NBC/Marist Poll Results Kansas.com Coverage of the SurveyUSA Poll Results CNN/ORC Poll Results Fox News – October 8th Poll Results Videos: Jimmy Kimmel: Who is Joe Biden? and the October 8th US Senate Debate The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5…
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    Fair Observer

  • The European Union Will Accompany Latin America in the Path of Progress

    Kourosh Ziabari
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    An exclusive Fair Observer interview with former Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Trade ties and political exchanges between the European Union (EU) and Latin America are growing. The EU is the second biggest trade partner for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and some 2.2 million Latin Americans live in Europe. According to recent data, […] The post The European Union Will Accompany Latin America in the Path of Progress appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China

    Even Kuross
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Central Asian states are turning away from Russia and toward China as a market for their natural resources. While Moscow’s attention is directed towards its western border, another geopolitical development is taking place in Central Asia, where a number of hydrocarbon-rich states are being openly courted by Beijing as they look to transition past their one-dimensional […] The post Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship

    Naim Ameur
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Tunisians voted for Nidaa Tounes to ensure the defeat of Ennahda, an Islamist party that led the country after Ben Ali’s ouster. On October 26, Tunisia held its first parliamentary elections since an uprising ousted former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. US President Barack Obama congratulated “the people of Tunisia on the democratic […] The post No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom

    Cindy Reiff
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
      Tunisia’s young voters play a vital role in the country’s first free and fair election.  For many years the results of the presidential elections in Tunisia were known even before the elections had actually taken place. Not this time. Three years after the small North African country sent its autocratic leader Zine El Abidine […] The post Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Clotilde de Swarte
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is hindered by the attitude, perception and claims to victimhood. As Gazans are trying to repair what is left of their belongings, with tensions in Jerusalem running high, it seems important to analyze the latest round of violence in its proper context. As a matter of fact, Israel’s launch of Operation Protective […] The post Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    Booker Rising

  • Hello world!

    Rising_Booker
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    The one About

  • Alegeti unul dintre ceasurile de dama Casio si exprimati-va feminitatea

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Daca in trecut, Cartier, un producator renumit de ceasuri, fabrica printre primele ceasuri de mana destinate doamnelor si domnisoarelor, realizate cu bratari din aur si incrustatii din diamante, fiind practic niste bijuterii scumpe, mai mult decat un simplu indicator al trecerii timpului, astazi, ceasurile de dama au evoluat, aurul si diamantele au fost inlocuite cu materiale mai putin costisitoare, mai toti fabricantii de ceasuri moderni au si o colectie de lux cu pietre pretioase si poate bratari si cadrane suflate cu aur, tocmai ca vanzarile sa fie cat mai mari. Astazi, printre cele mai…
  • Scandaluri bizare si fascinante iscate in jurul mancarii

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Pepeni verzi care explodeaza. Daca este un singur lucru pe care mancarea nu are voie sa-l faca este sa exlodeze. Daca este un singur loc de pe glob unde asa ceva se intampla acela este China. Poate cel mai ciudat scandal legat de mancare care a zdruncinat China a fost in 2011, cand pepenii verzi din provincia Jiangtsu au inceput sa pocneasca, sa explodeze.Exploziile au inceput cu niste coji crapate pana la „suflul” unei explozii de marimea celei generate de o grenada si bucati sarite peste tot in jur. Un fermier a descris pepenii verzi ca pe niste mine antipersonal care nu il lasau sa…
  • Jucariile, cele mai cautate idei de cadouri in prag de sarbatoare

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Mos Nicolae si Craciunul sunt sarbatori in care cadourile capata un alt sens. Placerea de a oferi cadouri in aceasta perioada din an este foarte mare, iar copiii sunt cei care se bucura cel mai mult pentru ca primesc cadourile pe care le asteptau de mult.In materie de cadouri pentru copii, jucariile sunt cele mai cautate, in detrimentul articolelor de imbracaminte sau a altor idei de cadouri pentru copii. Este absolut normal sa se intample asa, avand in vedere ca universul celor mici este alcatuit din jucarii, care mai de care mai interactive si mai moderne. Reclamele TV contribuie si ele la…
  • Cum sa alegi un contabil pentru administrarea asociatiei de locatari?

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Un contabil bun te poate tine departe de necazuri, te poate ajuta sa iei deciziile potrivite, te poate scuti de cheltuieli inutile sau de amenzi. Iti simplifica viata, intr-un cuvant! Asta o stie oricine! Putin stiu, insa, cum sa aleaga un contabil potrivit sau un contabil profesionist si de incredere.Cand vine vorba despre administrarea unei asociatii de locatari, alegerea unui contabil potrivit este si mai dificila. Ai nevoie de un expert contabil sau de o firma de contabilitate cu experienta in gestiunea financiar-contabila a unei asociatii de proprietari. Contabilitatea pentru asociatiile…
  • Durerea omeneasca si ironia ei

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Cea mai mare parte a durerilor omenesti sunt inutile. Ele sunt create de dvs. insiva, atata timp cat viata va este condusa de o minte care nu este supusa observarii. Durerea pe care o creati acum este intotdeauna o forma de neacceptare, de rezistenta inconstienta la ceea ce exista. La nivelul gandului, rezistenta este o forma de a judeca. La nivel emotional, este o forma de negativism. Intensitatea durerii depinde de gradul de rezistenta la momentul prezent, care la randul sau depinde de gradul in care va identificati cu mintea.Mintea incearca mereu sa nege clipa de acum si sa scape de ea. Cu…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Spinning Immigration Data

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    Both sides in the immigration debate are simply misstating the facts. President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States. Obama said that “over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half.” Southwest border apprehensions are down 32 percent since fiscal year 2008, based on preliminary figures for fiscal 2014. The president also claimed that the number of unaccompanied children being apprehended at the border…
  • Misleading on Education Cuts in Louisiana

    Robert Farley
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    A new ad from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu takes liberties with the facts to make the claim that her opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, “voted to cut $86 million from Louisiana schools.” Cassidy voted for a Republican budget that called for deep cuts to nondefense discretionary spending. The ad assumes cuts would be made equally across-the-board and concludes that Louisiana’s share would come to $86 million worth of cuts to special education, and elementary and secondary school funding this year. The problem is that neither Republican leaders, nor Cassidy himself, made clear where…
  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Being Anti-Energy is Being Anti-Humanity

    Alan Caruba
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
      Everything you need to know about how perverse and dangerous the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is summed up in its latest report. Released on November 2, it issued the same tired, old and untrue claims of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems” The IPCC wants the world to […]
  • Needed: Accurate climate forecasts

    Paul Driessen
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
      Focusing on carbon dioxide (because that’s where the money is) threatens forecasts, and lives Paul Driessen and David R. Legates President Obama’s agreement with China is about as credible as his “affordable care” pronouncements. Pleistocene glaciers repeatedly buried almost half of the Northern Hemisphere under a mile of ice. The Medieval Warm Period (~950-1250 […]
  • You’ve been Gruber’d, Stupid!

    Alan Caruba
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
      “No.  I — I did not.  Uhhh, I just heard about this… I — I get well briefed before I come out here.  Uh, th-th-the fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff, uhh, expressed an opinion that, uhh, I completely disagree with wuh, uhh, in terms of the voters, is no […]
  • Obama’s Not the Only Democrat Hearing Voices

    Michael R. Shannon
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Letting voters that don’t vote set your political agenda is so liberating I’m surprised politicians didn’t think of it years ago. Richard Nixon used to refer to the “silent majority” when he was beleaguered and isolated in the White House. (This was during the dark days when a rogue IRS investigated and persecuted political groups […]
  • Obama Declares an Amnesty War

    Alan Caruba
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
      The same mindset that could conspire to foist ObamaCare on Americans by deception is at work to do the same thing with an unconstitutional, unilateral announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal—oops, “undocumented”—aliens living in America. What is amazing about this is that it was announced the day after the midterm election when Obama […]
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  • The Impacts of Obama's Immigration Order

    Edward Arnold
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Impacts of Obama's Immigration Order The Impacts of Obama's Immigration Order The Impacts of Obama's Immigration Order, President Obama, Immigration Executive Order, Edward Arnold Has Been Optimized We have heard a lot recently about President Obama's executive action on immigration. Here is what can be expected to come. Nationwide, there are an estimated 11.4 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Some states have lower undocumented populations than others, and for the most part, will be unaffected by Mr. Obama's actions. Estimates by the Migration…
  • Fire Chief Claims President Obama Is A 'Traitor' And 'Should Be Shot'

    Michael Allen
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fire Chief Claims President Obama Is A 'Traitor' And 'Should Be Shot' Fire Chief Claims President Obama Is A 'Traitor' And 'Should Be Shot' Internet Politics Fire Chief Facebook Has Been Optimized President Obama issued an executive order last week that will allow 4 to 5 million undocumented immigrants, who have lived in the United States for at least five years, to apply for a program that allows them to legally work in the U.S. without deportation threats. The executive order also says that immigrants of any age can apply for the "Dreamers" program,…
  • Congress Set To Pass Legislation For Disabled Americans

    Edward Arnold
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Congress Set To Pass Legislation For Disabled Americans Bill Aimed At Helping Disabled Americans Save Money For Expenses To Pass Congress Congress Set To Pass Bill That Would Help Disabled Americans Save Money Congress Set To Pass Legislation For Disabled Americans Congress Set To Pass Legislation For Disabled Americans, ABLE, Heritage Foundation, Edward Arnold Not Optimized Congress is set to pass a bill that will help disabled Americans save money without threatening their benefits. The Achieving a Better Life Act (ABLE) will try to fix a problem that has been affecting disabled Americans…
  • Christian Women’s Group Opposes Women’s History Museum

    Michael Allen
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Christian Women’s Group Opposes Women’s History Museum Christian Women’s Group Opposes Women’s History Museum Politics Religion CWA Logo Has Been Optimized The Christian group Concerned Women for America (CWA) has been trying to stop the construction of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C. The House approved the museum in a 383-33 vote earlier this year, but a similar bill has been blocked in the Senate by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), noted the New York Daily News.“Whose view of history is this going to be?” Penny Nance, CEO of CWA, told…
  • Poll: Ebola Is Most Followed News Story

    Edward Arnold
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Poll Finds Americans Paid More Attention To Ebola Than The Midterm Elections Poll: The Most Followed News Story Of November Revealed Poll Revealed Which News Story Was Most Followed This Month Poll Finds Americans Paid More Attention To Ebola Than The Midterm Elections Poll: Ebola Is Most Followed News Story, Ebola, Edward Arnold, Kaiser health policy news index Not Optimized A poll released by the Kaiser Health Policy News Index found that Americans followed Ebola more closely than any other news story in the month of November. Results showed that nearly eight in ten Americans said they…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Liz Roach: Thanksgiving Sides

    Liz Roach
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanksgiving is about more than just food.  Family, gratitude, fighting over ancient resentments…it all plays a role.  When a bunch of people (whether related or not) gather together over a holiday, there will be quirks.  And possibly arguments.  But, mercifully, there will always be food.  Lots of delicious, button-popping food. And while life may be as unpredictable as your Aunt Suzy’s newest hair color, you can always depend on your favorite stuffing. While I’m a big supporter of experimenting with food and beverages, there are times when tradition reigns supreme. It…
  • Josh Bowen: Enthusiasm — Turkey Day Edition

    Josh Bowen
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week has been a hard week. As most of you know I have been planning my own studio for a long time and this week a lot of my hard work has come to fruition. I am very close to opening my own business, through hell and high water. But what I learned about myself this week is it is easy to lose enthusiasm when going through hard times but you must persevere. Soon, my dream of having my own business will come true and for that I am thankful and enthusiastic.  So why not talk about enthusiasm and the components of during Turkey Week? So I went back into the archives and brought back this…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Sibling Rivalry

    John Y. Brown III
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sibling rivalry couldn’t possibly exist after 50, right? Of course not. Our mom has been under the weather the past few days but is now, thankfully, fully on the mend. My sister, Sissy, in Lexington called me yesterday and asked for a progress report. I reassured her that Mom was doing great now and I copied and pasted a text our mom had just sent me. (With one minor humorous edit I couldn’t resist adding.) “Sis, Mom wrote this earlier today to me. Here it is …. ‘So happy to be feeling better today! Still tired & not a lot of stamina yet but feeling so much…
  • Lauren Mayer: Weren’t We All Immigrants, Once?

    Lauren Mayer
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the best scenes in Blazing Saddles is when the railroad workers negotiate with Rock Ridge to help build the ‘false front’ town that will fool Hedley Lamarr’s evil army.  The racially mixed workers want to be repaid with land in town, and at first the townspeople object to including various ethnic groups.  Eventually they agree to accept the Chinese and African Americans but “we don’t want the Irish.”  However, when Sheriff Bart insists, the group’s leader finally says, “Oh, prairie sh*t, everyone!” and a happy ending ensues.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Obvious Shortcuts

    John Y. Brown III
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Am I the only one who thinks of these obvious shortcuts? In line boarding a flight and listening to a plastic surgeon boast about all his recent cosmetic surgery successes. Um, OK. That’s great and all. But wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just make glasses for everyone with lenses that makes everybody else look thin and hot? Pretty obvious. There is always an easier fix for those, like me, who are willing to think outside the box. Or see things through a slightly different lens. Sigh.
 
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  • Sri Lanka: Beyond an Uncivil Season. With Leslie Jamison, Rohini Mohan, and more

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Enjoy Sri Lankan food and hear four great authors discuss one big question: What happens in the aftermath of a three-decade long war?
  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s almost here! We’ll be set up this Sunday, September 21 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Booth #402.
  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    “To my mind, Guernica is the most important online intellectual and literary journal in America today.”
—Claire Messud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 New York, NY — The board of Guernica Magazine—an award-winning, free online magazine of art & politics, now in its 10th year as an entirely volunteer-driven, nonprofit publication—today announced the appointment of Lisa Lucas as Publisher and the magazine’s first full-time, paid employee. Michael Archer, co-founder of the magazine, will remain Editor-in-Chief. Archer, along with fellow board members Joel Whitney and…
  • Ain’ts

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
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  • Rick Scott Names Angela Cox to 4th Judicial Circuit

    Kevin Derby
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott named Duval County Court Judge Angela Cox to replace former Chief Judge Donald Moran on the 4th Judicial Circuit, covering Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. “As a county court judge, Judge Cox has demonstrated dedication to serving Florida families with dignity and integrity,” Scott said. “I am confident she will continue to honorably serve as a circuit court judge to families in the 4th Judicial Circuit.”
  • Clifford Wilson Taking Over on Interim Basis From Herschel Vinyard at DEP

    Kevin Derby
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Clifford Wilson will be interim secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as current Secretary Herschel Vinyard leaves his post on Dec. 1.read more
  • Saltwater License-Free Fishing Day in Florida Is Nov. 29

    Nancy Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Tuesday a saltwater license-free fishing day for Nov. 29.On this day, Florida residents and visitors "can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities firsthand" without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license, according to a press statement from the governor's office.read more
  • Ron DeSantis Wants More Sanctions on Iran

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called for more sanctions on Iran, even as the P5+1 extended talks with that nation on its nuclear program after Monday’s deadline passed.read more
  • Florida TaxWatch: Holiday Retail Sales on the Rise

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Florida TaxWatch released an economic commentary on Tuesday showing holiday sales will be on the rise from last year but insisted online sales continue to hurt revenue. "Florida's retail industry is alive and well, producing more jobs and bolstering state revenues, which enables our elected officials to fund necessary programs that benefit all Floridians," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch on Tuesday. Jerry Parrish, the chief economist for Florida TaxWatch, said increased tourism will help Florida garner more revenue.read more
 
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  • Giving Thanks And Keeping It Real

    Dennis S
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    In our complex, contemporary America, finding reasons to give thanks, especially in wake of Ferguson, are becoming more and more elusive. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Ferguson Is Also, And Again, About Guns

    Becky Sarwate
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    What's happening in Ferguson, and rattling the cages of strained municipalities throughout the country, is, of course, about our complicated and corrosive attitudes about race. And yes, always and forever when it comes to public safety and the senseless loss of life on American streets, it's about guns. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson Decision Is Another Sign Of American Apartheid

    Rmuse
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    America is not a civilized society and the concept of equality for all its citizens is exactly that; a concept. In fact, what America really has always been is a nation founded on the principles of apartheid, or the policy of racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-whites. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GOP Minority Outreach: Rudy Giuliani Continues Racist Tirade Over Michael Brown Killing

    Justin Baragona
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Over the past few days, both before and after the St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has made waves over his racially insensitive statements regarding Michael Brown's death and criminal statistics within the black community. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bernie Sanders Calls Congress’s Plan For Massive Tax Cut For Corporations Crazy

    Jason Easley
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Sen. Bernie Sanders called Congress's $440 billion plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations crazy, and urged President Obama to veto the bill. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

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

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

    Michel
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Following up on yesterday’s post “The future of the country“, I would like to share with you a letter written by Dani Haddad to Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. The letter is in Arabic language and posted on MTV Lebanon website: ثمّة من سيقرأ هذه السطور ويقول إنّ “الحقّ على عون”، أو “الحقّ على جعجع”. كفى تقاذفاً للمسؤوليّة! بادرا الى الحوار والاتفاق. حاضر المسيحيّين ومستقبلهم ودورهم أكبر من خلافاتكما. أيّ…
  • The future of the country

    Michel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    They say students are the future leaders of the country. Since the late 90’s, two Lebanese Christian groups (Lebanese Forces and Tayyar Movement) been fighting each other. In the 90’s they massacred each other which led to the total control of the Baath Syrian regime over Lebanon. Since then, these two groups never managed to get over their enmity. Yet both groups claim that they are educated, working for freedom …. and want to defend democracy in Lebanon. While their fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria got kicked out of their villages and country, while ISIS is massacring…
  • Simply Disgusting

    Michel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    After reading this story: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut in Dekwene, all I can say is WTF. How low can this society of ours can go? Regardless of what is going on in the country, you can lose touch with humanity, civility and respect. This old man, foreigner or not, should have not been treated this way. If you think this senior man, who is cleaning the street, is taking jobs from Lebanese, I dare you to find me a Lebanese who is willing to do the same job for the same salary. This country lost its morality …. Please read and share: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut…
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    Washington Wire

  • How a Deal on Tax Extenders Would Add to the Debt

    Maya MacGuineas
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Maya MacGuineas: That we are only now discussing what do to about tax breaks that expired nearly a year ago underscores just how broken our government has become.
  • Obama Pardons Turkey Named Cheese in Thanksgiving Tradition

    Byron Tau
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    In an annual Thanksgiving ritual, President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a 48-pound turkey in a ceremony at the White House.
  • 5 Questions About the EPA’s Smog Proposal

    Amy Harder
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far-reaching federal pollution restrictions. Here are five things you need to know about the standard.
  • Opportunities for Tech Workers, Firms in Obama’s Immigration Order

    Robert Litan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Robert Litan: If Congress gets around to sending an immigration bill to the president, it should include the H-1B portability provisions that are in his executive order.
  • Seib Video: Is Extending Iran Talks a Political Risk?

    Kate Milani
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    The U.S. and allies have extended negotiations aimed preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon by seven months. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains the political opportunities and the political risks for the Obama administration with this move.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Republican Texas Criminal Appeals Judge Calls For End To Death Penalty

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    “I conclude that it is wishful thinking to believe that this State will never execute an innocent person for capital murder.” After more than 15 years on Texas’ Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Tom Price calls for abolition. WASHINGTON — One week before Scott Panetti is due to be executed by the state of Texas, a retiring, longtime Republican judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has announced that he "now believe[s]" the death penalty "should be abolished." "Having spent the last forty years as a judge for the State of Texas, of which the last eighteen years…
  • New Yorkers Voted For A Bunch Of Celebrities Instead Of Actual Candidates

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Taylor Swift, Derek Jeter, and Frank Underwood all got votes. The New York City Board of Elections has released its voting data, which includes everyone who received a write-in vote. Here are some of the more outlandish options: Joel Page / Reuters Eric Thayer / Reuters View Entire List ›
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had Heart Surgery

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    The Supreme Court justice underwent a surgery for coronary blockage Wednesday. She is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours. AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a surgical procedure for coronary blockage at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Wednesday morning. Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours, according to a Supreme Court news release. The 81-year-old justice was admitted to the hospital Tuesday night after experiencing discomfort during routine exercise, the court announced. She…
  • "The World Should See This"

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Ferguson’s could-be Mike Browns take a furious pride in the chaos they’ve caused. Their pride arose from despair about a system that they believe has failed them over and over again. Protesters flip over a Ferguson police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 25. Jim Young / Reuters FERGUSON, Missouri — From his perch on Ferguson Avenue, Victor Mooring found a panoramic view of the smoldering remains from the previous night. The embers from a dying blaze could be seen about a mile down West Florissant Avenue. Several businesses along the street were charred beyond recognition.
  • Mississippi's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    “This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law.” The decision is on hold for 14 days. [Update: The state is appealing the ruling and is seeking a stay pending that appeal.] WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Mississippi on Tuesday night ruled that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples' marriages is unconstitutional — but the decision has been put on hold for two weeks. "Today's decision may cause uneasiness and concern about the change it will bring," U.S. District…
 
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  • My Imperfect Thanks

    Gary L. Welton
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Christian psychologist David Myers, in his writing and speaking about happiness, has suggested that long-term human happiness is not particularly dependent on our wealth or health. If you tell him that a year ago one person won millions of dollars in the lottery and another became paralyzed, you’ve given him no sense of their current happiness. We quickly adapt to our current context, and in the year since the lottery winnings and the accident, these individuals are no longer especially happy because of their money or overly saddened by their loss of movement. For example, a 65-degree day…
  • V&V Flashback – Thankful for a Fourth Grade Play

    Lee Wishing
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Editor’s note: This article was first published by the Center for Vision & Values on November 24, 2004. Did you ever learn anything profound from a fourth grade play? I did yesterday. I took an hour off of work to go to the humble theatre of Grove City Christian Academy — the little gymnasium of First Baptist Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania — to see my son’s play about the Mayflower Compact. I didn’t expect to learn anything. But I did. Among other things, I learned that the little Mayflower set sail for the Hudson Bay area in what was then part of the Virginia colony but it…
  • Faith-based Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections: Is the GOP the Religion Party?

    Brad Tupi
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future. The most obvious piece of information about religious voters is that a majority of them voted for Republican candidates a few weeks ago. Of voters who identified themselves as Protestants, 61 percent voted Republican and 37 percent Democrat. Catholics voted 54 percent Republican, 45 percent Democrat. Conversely, those who identified their religion as…
  • Conflict Between the Circuits: Gay Marriage back on the Supreme Court’s Table

    John A. Sparks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may have changed all of that. By voting 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four states under the appellate jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—the panel has now created a conflict between the circuits. This conflict exists because four other federal circuit courts had found bans on same-sex unions to be unconstitutional. We know now, at least according to…
  • Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Wow, I had barely recommended repealing the laws that restrict U.S. oil exports as part of an overall ramping up of competition in global oil markets when news hit that the Saudis were cutting the price of oil shipped to the U.S. The price of oil has been zigzagging downward since then—much to the benefit and delight of American motorists, who have seen gasoline prices fall, and to the angst of oil producers as lower prices squeeze profit margins. Some may think that the Saudis are targeting American producers by cutting the price of crude oil shipped to the States even as they raised their…
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  • Marissa Alexander Accepts Plea Deal, Should Be Released in January

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Over 1,000 days in jail. In the case of Marissa Alexander, a woman who was facing over twenty years in prison for shooting drywall, there has been a plea deal.  Alexander will agree that she is guilty on three counts of aggravated assault.  She may be released in January.  The next hearing in her case will be on January 27. The case around Alexander, a battered wife who shot a round into a wall to ward off abuse from her husband, has received national headlines.  The prosecutor in the case, Angela Corey, was determined to impose the mandatory minimums sentence on Alexander for discharging…
  • #HandsUpDontSpend: Pastor Jamal Bryant Urges Economic Boycott Ferguson Protest

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Nov. 27 to Dec. 2nd. Baltimore based Pastor Jamal Bryant has kicked off an economic protest/boycott set to take place from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.  The economic boycott is a way to protest the lack of prosecution of Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of teenager Michael Brown. The protest would last from November 27th (Thanksgiving) to December 2nd.  Bryant is calling on people to buy absolutely nothing during those days.  Those days are usually a time each year when retailers enjoy their best sales. Pastor Bryant led a successful and large protest in…
  • Walmart’s Associates: The Heartbeat of the Company

    Charlyn Stanberry
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    It’s the week of Thanksgiving and one of shoppers’ favorite days: Black Friday. On Black Friday, over 15 million people will descend upon Walmarts across the nation to take advantage of holiday specials. In fact, Walmart refers to Black Friday as the Super Bowl of retail. Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran, recently revealed the main reason he believes Walmart will be successful this holiday season: their associates. He refers to their associates as the heartbeat of the company as they’re on the front lines serving customers every day. With over 1.3 million associates,Walmart is a place of…
  • Activists gear up for Dec. 3 protests to highlight US role in funding Mexican security forces

    Adriana Maestas
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    As activists in Mexico have been protesting for weeks to draw attention to the 43 missing students from the Mexican state of Guerrero, their counterparts here in the United States are gearing up for an action on December 3 to draw the American public’s attention to the role that its tax dollars play in the state violence happening south of the border. The #USTired2 campaign seeks to promote peace instead in Mexico instead of continuing to fund Mexican security forces through the Merida Initiative. Since 2006 when former Mexican President Felipe Calderon ramped up his war on drugs with…
  • Wasserman Schultz Is Only Top to Admit Dem “Party Has a Problem”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    “We’re looking to identify our mistakes.” Notice how Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is the only top Democrat to admit there’s “a problem” with getting beat by Republicans with a 12% approval rating? Republicans shut down the government, led the least productive House in history, were the kings of the fillibuster and showed close to zero work product for two years yet the Democrats STILL couldn’t capitalize.While Rep. Wasserman Schultz admits a need to identify “mistakes” and that Democrats…
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  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    It appears that the Obama Administration is akin to the Keystone Cops. Just two days before Alton Nolen, the now notorious Islamic beheader, killed an innocent woman, the Obama Administration sent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Someone needs to explain to Rand Paul that the presidential election is more than two years away. Addressing a rowdy crowd in front of a pub in Manchester, New Hampshire, home of first-in-the-nation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Paul, Hagel and the WOT

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Rand Paul has come out and called for a formal declaration of War from Congress in the war on ISIS in Iraq. If there was any doubt that he is running for president in 2016 it should be eliminated by now. Chuck Hagel has been asked to step down as Secretary of Defense amid rumors that President Obama was unhappy with his job performance. What do these moves mean for the America’s continued War on Terror? We discuss in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Ferguson Grand Jury

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has reached a decision in the case involving officer Darren Wilson and the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. The jury of 12 declined to bring an indictment against officer Wilson for his actions on August 9th of this year. There was unrest in the community of Ferguson after the decision was released and several incidents of rioting as well as some looting. In this episode we detail the case and discuss the decision not to indict and how the community, and the nation as a whole, can proceed from here. Follow In the News on…
  • Not So Fast Out of Afghanistan

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    News dumps are when an organization releases a story at a time when it is likely to get the least amount of attention. Friday evenings are usually the best time to release stories that you don’t want to have a lot of attention paid to. This past Friday we got perhaps one of the saddest story dumps of the year. The administration announced that we will be widening the mission of troops in Afghanistan to include combat operations next year and beyond. We discuss whether the debates that we have about the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are loud enough and whether they…
  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
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    US Daily Review

  • November’s “Down Under” Theft of Your Bank Account

    brionnamuyco
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    By Lowell Ponte, Special for USDR On November 16, 2014, the world of banking and money was officially flipped upside down because of actions taken by the G-20 nations meeting “down under” in Brisbane, Australia. People deposit their money in banks for safety. But on November 16, this gathering of 35 national leaders turned your bank into one of the most unsafe places to put your money. Without warning, these G-20 leaders agreed that the money in your bank account can be seized to pay bank debts. And some of these leaders – especially President Barack Obama – have already begun…
  • America’s Best Hope and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:10 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   Eric Reed discuss “America’s Best Hope” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.c12Houston.com   The 3 A M Egos discuss yet another unusual story. A man calls 911 for a date, trying to get with the operator on this segment of the Price of Business. www.priceofbusiness.com       Host Kevin…
  • More Students Say #ThanksMichelleObama

    brionnamuyco
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    By Kyle Olson, Special for USDR   Is that a student’s lunch or a dog’s vomit? That’s what parents might be wondering after they see student Hunter Whitney’s recent “mystery mush” lunch.   When asked, the student theorized it was rice or an “artificially flavored rice substitute.” Whitney confirms the lunch was served at Richland Center High School in Wisconsin. Marissa Garrett tweeted:     She then provided this photo:   Jess Sency tweeted this ball of who-knows-what: Maya Wuertz posted her recent lunch at Austin High School in Minnesota: Many students…
  • Big Companies are Making Big Deals Again

    brionnamuyco
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR Recent financial woes reshaped the US economy, but big companies are making big deals again, especially in health care, technology and the media industry.  Monday was a tipping point following the acquisition between two big pharmaceutical companies and then with another multi-billion dollar takeover between two oil field service companies. It’s the biggest year on the books since 2000. The conditions are ideal, with borrowing costs low and share prices rising, and because deals don’t happen unless people are feeling good, it seems that…
  • Palestinian Bloodlust Unleashed

    brionnamuyco
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    By Joseph Klein, Special for USDR   Two Palestinian thugs, armed with cleavers, knives and a gun, invaded an orthodox synagogue in West Jerusalem early Tuesday during morning prayers, and proceeded to murder four Jewish worshippers in cold blood. At least a dozen others were wounded. Three of the murder victims were American citizens. The fourth was a British citizen. Three of the victims were also rabbis. Israeli police, arriving at the scene of the horrific massacre and exchanging gunfire with the Palestinians as they tried to escape, shot the murderers to death. But the…
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    American Patriot

  • Special Comment: “You are too much of a p*ssy to shoot me.”

    The American Patriot
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Those are the last recorded words of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man, who decided that it would be cute to try to football tackle a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson, who also happened to be a white man. A grand jury was convened, and the decision took a very long time. All the facts were considered. Witnesses were questioned, inconsistencies and outright lies were discarded. The facts are that this black man of 18 years of age and crazed on THC, attacked a white officer and was shot dead. Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job and because of that, was not…
  • UPDATE: Steps down – My feelings on Republican Nevada Assembly Speaker-dessignate Ira Hansen

    The American Patriot
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I am referring to this story here and here.  Please, go over and read the stories; I am not quoting that man’s tripe here. As I rule, I do not like to toss around the race card. However, this guy has zero business in the nevada legislature. I mean, I think it is every man’s right to think what he feels; but that sort of hatred has no place in public business of any sort; whether it be local, state or federal. Conservatism or more specifically, Republicanism and white nationalism are not compatible at all. Something that I have written about in the past. The Nevada Assembly just…
  • Pamela Geller is now starting to sound like David Duke

    The American Patriot
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is unreal. I support this woman and all; but she is dead wrong here. This is nothing more than straight up Jewish bigotry. Maybe Charles Foster Johnson was right about her after all. Read it and follow the link: (Opens in new window or tab) If 50 non-Muslims petitioned Walmart for anything — anything! — do you think Walmart would immediately cave? Neither do I. But when it comes to Muslims and the cruelty of halal slaughter, Walmart knew they would be facing headlines: “Islamophobia at Walmart!” “Walmart racist!” And who knows? Maybe even a visit from Obama’s DoJ would have…
  • Videos: Glenn Beck reveals disorder

    The American Patriot
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Videos: Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. The Story via The Blaze: Glenn Beck on Monday revealed the true extent of his health issues, saying he can no longer keep what has happened a secret from his friends, his staff or audience, whom he considers to be his family. If you have sensed a change in Beck — maybe you even thought he was losing interest in his program — Beck said it is because he was told he may only have several functional years left, and his health…
  • Video: Patrick Buchanan on the 2014 election

    The American Patriot
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The video starts at around 01:01:00: (Via Rare.us)
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • In Defense of Common Core State Standards

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

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

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

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

  • October Top 50: Releases and Decreases

    Laura Cantwell
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    iPhone 6 / Shutterstock.com The October Top 50 is here! See which sites saw a spike in traffic and which fell in the rankings. NYTimes and Forbes: NYTimes.com and Forbes.com each saw considerable MoM growth in October. Unique visitors to Forbes increased 12.52%, bringing the site to the #39 position while NYTimes.com saw an impressive 36.23% increase in UVs resulting in the site’s jump to position #33. Both sites gained traffic as a result of the iPhone 6 release, with “iPhone 6” registering as a popular search referral for both sites and additional related terms such as “Apple Pay”…
  • Sunday Series: NHL Scores Big in October

    Laura Cantwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Image from: NHL / Shutterstock October 8 kicked off the 2014-2015 season for the National Hockey League causing a drastic increase in traffic to hockey-related sites. With the start of the 98th NHL season of operation, and 97th season of play (#NHLLockout, never forget) many sites in our Hockey category saw a spike in unique visitors, most notably, NHL.com. Traffic grew by 77.78% for the site in October, bringing the total number of UVs to 3.2 million, up from 2.7 million in 2013. Perhaps this YoY increase is in part influenced by the upcoming NHL All-Star Game to be held in January, the…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Welcome to the weekend! As we prepare to dive into holiday-shopping season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite digital marketing articles from the past week. If you missed them, check them out below! Why It’s So Hard for Brands to Get Noticed on Amazon With regard to Amazon, brands have a lot of questions. What entices shoppers to click on which search result? How do certain brands appear to consumers on the site? What is the likelihood of shoppers to view products beyond the first search results page? Our study provides insight. How to Shift Your Marketing from Traditional to…
  • Webinar Replay: Mobile vs. Desktop Retail Shopping Trends & Implications

    Matt Pace
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today we are all witnesses to the ever-expanding role of mobile on consumers’ lives, and the explosion of new channels through which marketers can connect with shoppers as they research, engage with, and purchase products. Shoppers, of course, are savvier than ever. With the near ubiquity of smartphones and other mobile devices, consumers can now shop freely whenever they desire to online, or use their devices to better inform in-store purchases. Today, consumers don’t go to stores so much as stores go with them. To examine how consumers are using their mobile devices to shop, Millward…
  • Brands Searching for Success on Amazon

    Matt Pace
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Image from: Amazon / Shutterstock Despite recent stumbles with investors and cell phone shoppers (Fire Phone anyone?), Amazon remains the dominant player in US ecommerce. As the top spot for online shopping, Amazon’s reach is hard to overstate. Amazon accounted for 22% of consumer visits to any online retailer in September this year, up from 19% last year. For comparison, the top 5 online retailers combined account for half of all visits, while all other online retailers vie for share of the remaining 50%. For manufacturers of toys, diapers, groceries, auto parts, and everything in between,…
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    Tea Party 911

  • A morning-after lesson from Ferguson

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

    Editorial Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    by Donald Mellon A movement is underway to change the method of electing presidents. The objective of this movement is to convince states whose cumulative electoral vote count equals or exceeds 270 (the number needed to elect a president) to join an interstate compact. This compact requires that all member states cast all of their electoral delegate votes to the presidential slate obtaining the greatest national popular vote count during that election. To date the compact has been joined by the legislatures of 10 states and the District of Columbia representing 165 electoral votes. See if you…
  • Obama’s Amnesty and the Democrats’ War on Black Americans

    Lee Cary
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Obama’s proclamation of amnesty to illegal aliens is just the latest step in a long-running war conducted by Democrats against American citizens of African descent. But, there are early signs that the African-American community is waking up to the decades-long, false claim by Democrats, heralded since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as being the political party most concerned with the condition of Blacks. Obama’s dictatorial edict granting functional amnesty to millions of Hispanic illegal immigrants is not being well-received by some African-Americans who feel betrayed by the first Black…
  • It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Jan Shedd
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
      Amnesty for illegals is about to be shoved down the throats of the American people.  As everyone knows by now, tonight Emperor Obama will violate his oath of office and plunge yet another knife into the heart of America with an illegal order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens, in direct defiance of the will of the American people–just like Obamacare was. His Marxist supporters—pathological liars all—are trying to quell the blowback that the Democrats will suffer on account of this impeachable atrocity by telling us that none of the affected illegals will be…
  • Texas, We Have a Problem

    Jan Shedd
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    We’ve all heard it: “Texas is the #1 job creator in the country.”  “We passed a conservative budget with no new taxes.” “Gross domestic product is up, & unemployment is down.” “We have jobs-jobs-jobs,” 81% of which go to immigrants, legal and illegal.  Ever wonder what else are they aren’t telling us?  Turns out, a lot. How many rank & file Texans know that Texas: is #11 in the nation for reliance on federal dollars leads the nation in road debt is in more debt than the Postal Service, which is bankrupt has passed spending increases totaling $8 billion over…
 
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    Leah Griesmann

  • At Hohenschonhausen

    Leah Griesmann
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Though Berlin is one of Europe's most diverse and progressive cities, it doesn't take long for a foreign visitor to start to feel like they're partaking in a form of gloom tourism. Should we visit the Stasi Museum or the Holocaust Memorial? The Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue or the Reichstag? The bronze Stars of David commemorating Jewish Shoah victims embossed in the sidewalks below, and billboards with messages such as, "We Must Never Forget" overhead can feel like a non-stop assault of the city's horror-filled past. It was on a fittingly gray day that I decided to take the S-Bahn to former…
  • Dr. Nafis Sadik, 'Champion of Choice,' Talks Women's Rights

    Leah Griesmann
    8 Mar 2013 | 3:42 pm
    Dr. Nafis Sadik, the first female head of a major United Nations program (UN Population Fund 1987-2000), is the subject of a new biography, Champion of Choice (Cathleen Miller, University of Nebraska Press, March 2013). The biography follows Sadik's life from her birth in India through medical school in Pakistan and a storied career that includes brokering a twenty-year agreement on women's reproductive rights at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo that was signed by 179 governments ranging from China to Vatican City. When Dr. Sadik took a post at the fledgling…
  • Guns Do Kill People

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 8:17 am
    With millions mourning yet another of the mass shootings that have become the new normal in the U.S., the familiar pro-gun mantras are again trotted out, the most specious of which is, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." In order to begin any productive discussion about guns we must first set the record straight: Guns kill people -- they kill people effectively, thoroughly, and at an alarming rate in America, where gun access is much greater than any member country in the OECD. Guns kill people, and the greater the access to guns, the more people killed. The link between access to…
  • Asheville Tea Party Response to Sandy Hook: Great Gun Giveaway!

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 5:03 am
    As the nation mourns the horrifying mass shooting of children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party has posted a new flyer advertising their upcoming fundraiser The Great Gun Giveaway. Without a word of sympathy for the victims, the group's website also offers as a solution to future mass shootings an article urging teachers to carry and gun-free zones to be banned.
  • Lessons I Learned Waiting on Line

    Leah Griesmann
    25 Oct 2012 | 3:10 pm
    For tourists willing to brave monsoon-level humidity and odorous subway cars, summer in New York City offers many pleasures -- including that beloved theater tradition, Shakespeare in the Park. For a Sondheim fan like myself, this summer's revival of the Broadway musical Into the Woods set outdoors sounded like just the ticket. But how to get the ticket? Fortunately, when it comes to discounted arts events, New York City lives up to the ideal of egalite its famous statue proclaims. For those who can't afford to purchase tickets to Shakespeare in the Park there are two options that don't…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Training Syrian Rebels In Qatar

    Mohammad Tomazy
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    At a desert base, Gulf state Qatar is covertly training Syrian rebels with U.S. help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and ISIL, sources close to the matter say.The camp, south of the capital between Saudi Arabia's border and Al Udeid, the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East, is being used to train the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other moderate rebels, the sources said.Reuters could not independently identify the participants in the programme or witness activity inside the base, which lies in a military zone guarded by Qatari special forces and marked on signposts as a restricted…
  • Why Must The Syrian Regime Be Overthrown?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of totalitarian Arab regimes, which transformed the country from Republic into de facto monarchy. Bashar al-Assad inherited the presidency chair from his deceased father in an officially-named republic state.Furthermore, Syrian people have been prevented from political participation and from forming political opposition.The Syrian regime is one of the ugly regimes in the middle east. Lucky Syrian opponents were seized in Jails after horrible physical and emotional torture. In Syria, the human dignity has been insulted in the worst manner since Hafez al-Assad seized the power in…
  • Reviving The NATO

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    NATO’s Secretary General Jens StoltenbergNATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on NATO-member countries to boost their military spending on defense....Stoltenberg's demands come at a time of heightened economic tension in the European Union as ministers discuss a draft spending budget of €142 billion for 2015.The budget includes spending roughly €17 billion on boosting employment and roughly €3 billion on security and citizenship, according to the European Commission.Source: World Bulletin
  • No Individual Can Save A Nation

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    “No individual can save a nation. If a nation is sleepwalking and doesn’t wake then it will never be saved. But an individual can be a catalyst to wake them up”-Professor Cornell WestEditor's Comment:I totally agree with professor West. Political individualism introduced Hitler, Stalin and all other dictators who reached the power through elections or coups. However, the scientist or the intellectual or the catalyst or the philosopher is individual who can have great effect on the nation. Now a days, the world is ruled by oligarchs under various names. Goldman Sachs group inc., has…
  • Dedicated To American Tax-payers

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    BIDEN’S HOTEL BILL FOR TURKEY VISIT: $625KTrip lasted only 48 hoursThe vice president, his wife, and his entourage arrived in Turkey via Ukraine Friday evening around 7:30 local time for meetings with President Erdogan and other government officials. Biden departed for Washington, D.C. Sunday after meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The stay in Turkey alone racked up a hotel bill of approximately $624,734.Image Credits: Robert Linsdell / FlickrThe notice of the hotel contract was posted online uncharacteristically quickly, appearing on the very day of…
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    BizPac Review

  • Former US Marine goes from ‘Naked and Afraid’ reality show to fighting ISIS in Syria

    Joe Saunders
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    A former U.S. Marine has traveled from the uniform of the Corps to naked in the jungle to the front lines of the Western World’s latest war with Islamist savagery. According to the Daily Mail, 28-year-old Joshua Bell, who served a four-year stint with the Marines before being seen nationally on the reality show “Naked and Afraid,” is part of an expatriate force called The Lions of Rojava, fighters from the United States and other Western nations fighting with Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town of Kobane. Joshua Bell meets fellow “Naked and Afraid” contestant Amanda…
  • Homeless man begs for a Thanksgiving that he isn’t lonely; his wish comes true

    Carmine Sabia
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    One Virginia couple has set an example for others by exemplifying what the holiday season is all about. The couple, Ashley and Cory LeMore, answered an ad posted on their local news’ Facebook page by a lonely homeless man looking to spend Thanksgiving with someone, WTKR reported. Neal Shytles told WTKR that he has no family living close by and he spends the holidays by himself. “I am lonely like 365 days a year, but Christmas and Thanksgiving are two of the worst days, and I really miss having some kind of family atmosphere around me,” he said. The LeMores plan on traveling to…
  • See who broke the record for the largest gathering of Christmas elves ever, stealing title from England

    Carmine Sabia
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    On Tuesday, a huge collection of children between the ages of 9 and 15 descended on a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, to break the record for the largest gathering of Christmas elves ever. The youngsters were dressed in traditional elf costumes, complete with pointy ears, and assembled themselves into the shape of the word “Siam,” the original name of the country, reported Reuters. Even though 14 children were disqualified for not putting on their elf ears, the group was declared Guinness World Record winners with as many as 1,792 elves. The group broke the previous record of 1,110…
  • Stunning visual of special Twitter activity map as grand jury made announcement

    Tom Tillison
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    With the advent of social media, the way America gets its news has drastically changed. A reality that was brought to life in a visual posted by “The Daily Signal” that shows the reaction on Twitter to the news that a grand jury did not indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The announcement came just after 9 p.m. EST, and a map of the United States lit up like the night sky on the Fourth of July as it shows mentions of #Ferguson and “Ferguson.” The time covers the minutes leading up to the announcement and as violence begins to erupt…
  • Singer Billy Joel denies report that he ratted out Obama for still smoking

    Tom Tillison
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    Did he quit or not? While it’s not clear if he was just trying to be a big shot, legendary music icon Billy Joel allegedly said President Obama recently invited him to step out and have a cigarette with him, according to a source for The Hill. “I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke,” Obama allegedly said to Joel, according to the source. “Do you want to come with me?” The Hill reported that visitor logs show a “William Joel” visited the White House last December on the same day as the Kennedy Center Honors — Joel was an honoree last…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Republicans Bury 7th Benghazi Investigation Results Because It Debunks Their Arguments, Just Like the Other Six

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

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

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

  • Watch This Unemployed Army Veteran Get the Surprise of His Life

    Kelsey Harkness
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    After three years in the Army and deployment to Iraq, this soldier like many others  struggled to pay the bills and find a job. So “Pranking It Forward,” a charity campaign that does “pranks for good,” teamed up with “Extra” host Mario Lopez and first lady Michelle Obama to bring him the surprise of his life. The veteran, identified only as Jon, thought he was walking into just another job interview. What unfolded was a series of life-changing opportunities. Skip to minute six for the emotional reveal. >>> Commentary: America’s Veterans Deserve Better: 5…
  • Storm-Smacked Governor Makes Sunny Forecast for State-Run Weather Service

    Kelsey Harkness
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s time New York had its own state-run weather service to predict severe storms such as the one that has battered Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. Cuomo called for a system of Empire State weather stations even as he issued an apology for accusing forecasters of not sufficiently warning of the impending snowstorm that would slam Buffalo. Explaining the state government’s lack of preparedness for the historic storm that left 13 dead, the Democratic governor blamed the National Weather Service and its forecasters in a Saturday press conference in Alden, N.Y.: On the first phase of…
  • We Should Be Grateful for Our Problems

    Ed Feulner
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    It’s easy for Thanksgiving to boil down to little more than turkey, football and travel delays, but many Americans strive to make it more meaningful. They try to take the focus off of our problems and to reflect on our many blessings. As well they should. Consider the example set by Abraham Lincoln. Our 16th president was in the middle of a bloody and protracted civil war when he issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation. “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies,” it began. Frankly, we should be grateful for our…
  • What Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation Tells Us About Separation of Church and State

    Carson Holloway
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    At this time of year 150 years ago, in the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued his second presidential proclamation setting apart the last Thursday of November as a day of national thanksgiving. By doing so, and thus repeating a practice he had first established the year before, he set in motion a tradition that Americans still observe today. Lincoln’s proclamation—and indeed the entire history of presidential proclamations of Thanksgiving—challenges contemporary liberalism’s claim, endorsed by liberal majorities on the Supreme Court, that the Constitution requires a…
  • A Thanksgiving Sacrifice to Remember

    Hans von Spakovsky
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    As we sit down to feast with our families this holiday, the blessing might well include a word of thanks to the men and women of our armed forces. While we celebrate our national holiday in the warmth and comfort of homes, they serve at grave peril in faraway places like Afghanistan. Some of our troops are in South Korea. A United Nations committee has just voted to condemn the government of North Korea for human rights abuses and recommended its leaders – including Dictator Kim Jong-un – be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. North Korea’s barbarity towards its own people reminds…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • SAARC summit, PM Modi’s 6 Months, and Ferguson Protests

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    In this Thursday’s round-up, we bring you views on key agreements signed at SAARC summit, half-yearly review of Modi Government, ‘Sanskrit in KV’ debate, and much more… The post SAARC summit, PM Modi’s 6 Months, and Ferguson Protests appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman on “Ease of Doing Busines” Index – Parliament roundup

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Minister for Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that India’s Rank on the Ease of Doing Business Index is improving. Ministry of Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that India’s Rank on the Ease of Doing Business Index is improving. On extension of validity of industrial licenses by DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion), Ministry of Commerce & Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to Rajya Sabha said that the initial validity period of industrial license has been…
  • Fadnavis softens on Shiv Sena – Maharashtra may get a stable government

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Sena to be a part of Maharashtra Government, says Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis. In what can be saving grace for Shiv Sena, political fortunes of which has been on decline since it decided to break up with BJP, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that BJP is ready to accommodate Sena in the State Government. Earlier, in a much deserved treatment to Shiv Sena, BJP had refused to even acknowledge Sena’s demands for sharing power in the State. On Thursday in Mumbai, Fadnavis said, “The talks with the Sena will begin from tomorrow. Dharmendra Pradhan and Chandrakant Patil…
  • Amit Shah stopped from Mamata’s Kolkota

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    BJP president Amit Shah addressing a rally in Kolkata (File Photo) Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Thursday denied permission to BJP for holding a rally by its president Amit Shah on November 30 in the heart of Kolkata. The West Bengal Police had refused permission for the proposed rally outside Victoria Hall citing possible traffic dislocation. On November 25, the Calcutta High Court had directed the West Bengal unit of BJP to get clearance from the fire department and the Municipal Corporation for the rally. The court had earlier asked Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha to…
  • Govt launches e-visa facility for 43 countries

    Niti PTI Bot
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    New Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) In a move which will give a major boost to the tourism sector, the Government today launched the much-awaited electronic visa facility for visitors from 43 countries including US, Germany and Israel. “We want to promote tourism in the country in a big way. The contribution of tourism in the GDP is approximately 7 per cent and we want to double it up,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here after launching the e-visa facility here. Now, a visitor from these countries will just have to apply for an e-visa on the designated website and pay the…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech | The Gateway Pundit. Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered | WashingtonExaminer.com. Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Professor Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video)

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Indoctrination in the Classroom: Prof Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. WAR PRESIDENT: Bush Bombed 4 Countries… Obama ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan | Fox News. 1. Distorting Prosecutorial Discretion President Obama claims he is entitled to overhaul immigration ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Nov. 20

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009 | The Daily Caller Since 2009, the U.S. economy has added only ... [[ 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

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

    Liberal Fix
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.   If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Post-Election Show

    Liberal Fix
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the outcome of the 2014 Midterm elections. Our co-hosts will provide analysis of the 2014 results and the future of liberal politics. In addition, we will resist the temptation to follow others in conducting an autopsy on the Democratic Party, pointing instead to what we can do to turn things around in time for 2016. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Midterm Election 2014

    Liberal Fix
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the political landscape for the upcoming 2014 Midterm elections.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: w/ VT State Senator David Zuckerman (Progressive Party)

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Ferguson’s Violent Hangover and The Incredible Shrinking President

    21wire
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century WireA verdict was returned, and Ferguson burned. Anyone who was really paying attention was hardly surprised. It brought back memories of similar scenes; the 1965 Watts Riots, the Rodney King verdict and the subsequent 1992 LA Riots, and most recently the aftermath of the Zimmerman-Martin verdict in 2013. But this time it made little, if any sense.Monday evening in Clayton, Missouri, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a Grand Jury had delivered its decision for Officer Darren Wilson vs. Michael Brown. Five indictment charges…
  • LIVE UPDATES: Ferguson Riots, Protests Break Out Across U.S.A.

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    (REFRESH THIS PAGE FOR NEW UPDATES)FERGUSON LIVE21st Century Wire NOT GUILTY VERDICT DELIVERED IN FERGUSON – FOLLOWED BY PROTESTS AND RIOTING(START)MONDAY NOV. 24, 2014:10:00pm EST/9:00pm CSTSt. Louis County attorney and spokesperson for the prosecution, Bob McCulloch (D), delivers a live address from Clayton, Missouri on the Grand Jury’s decision on the Officer Darren Wilson vs Michael Brown case. A total of 5 indictment charges were presented to the Grand Jury, and the jury found “no probable cause” and a “no true” bill on all five of the original…
  • FERGUSON VERDICT: ‘No Probable Cause’ – Street Mobs Let Off Gunshots, Riots Begin

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE WITH MORE LIVE UPDATES SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireA St. Louis County attorney and spokesperson for the prosecution, Bob McCulloch (D), just delivered a live address from Clayton, Missouri on the Grand Jury’s decision on the Officer Wilson vs Michael Brown case. A total of 5 indictment charges were presented to the Grand Jury, and the jury found “no probable cause” and returned a “no true” bill on all five original charges.The family of the deceased 18 year old Michael Brown released a statement expressing their “profound…
  • ‘Empire Debate’ on CrossTalk: Sparks fly between Henningsen and DC Think Tank staffer

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    21st Century Wire says…‘Empire of Chaos’ was the debate topic on RT International’s CrossTalk today. Always a hotly contested subject when diverse opinions are brought together for a round table discussion.Sparks began to fly on air however, when 21WIRE’s Henningsen begins to challenge Washington DC foundation staffer Carafano’s establishment narrative about the true state of the geopolitical scene in 2014. Luckily, CrossTalk’s veteran host (and referee) Peter Lavelle was on hand to maintain a semblence of orderWatch on RT: How should we describe…
  • Hagel’s Ritual Resignation and ‘The War Ahead’

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire Another ritual resignation took place today in Washington… Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R) threw in the towel today by tendering his resignation to President Barack Obama, amidst all the usual pomp and circumstance at the White House (America’s equivalent to a royal divorce). His swift departure could be for a number of reasons – health, stress from having to lie to the public on a daily basis, or simply poor performance. Did Hagel really resign, or was he actually relieved of duty by his betters? The writing was already on the…
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    The Politic

  • Panel Condemns US Response to Ebola

    Michael Mei
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    “We’ve had two deaths from Ebola in the United States. Meanwhile, thousands have died in West Africa. It’s obscene [that] we’re panicking, hiding under our beds about something that will never really affect most people in this country.”
  • An Interview with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA Intelligence Officer

    David Shimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as a CIA Intelligence Officer for some 23 years, including domestic assignments such as the Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations and...
  • Dollar Dollar Bill: Mujib Mashal on American Money in Afghanistan

    Stella Shannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The American story in Afghanistan is less about military power and more about the power of the purse.
  • An Absurd “State of Affairs”

    Jackson Beck
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We should be thrilled by the show's break neck pace, but it's all too much.
  • A Hundred-Year Majority?

    JP Meredith
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Are this year's Republican congressional gains all that historic? The answer may surprise you.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Mad November

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

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

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

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Paul, Hagel and the WOT

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Rand Paul has come out and called for a formal declaration of War from Congress in the war on ISIS in Iraq. If there was any doubt that he is running for president in 2016 it should be eliminated by now. Chuck Hagel has been asked to step down as Secretary of Defense amid rumors that President Obama was unhappy with his job performance. What do these moves mean for the America’s continued War on Terror? We discuss in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Ferguson Grand Jury

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has reached a decision in the case involving officer Darren Wilson and the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. The jury of 12 declined to bring an indictment against officer Wilson for his actions on August 9th of this year. There was unrest in the community of Ferguson after the decision was released and several incidents of rioting as well as some looting. In this episode we detail the case and discuss the decision not to indict and how the community, and the nation as a whole, can proceed from here. Follow In the News on…
  • Not So Fast Out of Afghanistan

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    News dumps are when an organization releases a story at a time when it is likely to get the least amount of attention. Friday evenings are usually the best time to release stories that you don’t want to have a lot of attention paid to. This past Friday we got perhaps one of the saddest story dumps of the year. The administration announced that we will be widening the mission of troops in Afghanistan to include combat operations next year and beyond. We discuss whether the debates that we have about the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are loud enough and whether they…
  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… a Historic Election!

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Anarchist’s Guide to Voting

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

  • The Truth About Michael Brown, Ferguson and Officer Wilson

    Liberty Bell
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Written by Dollars & Crosses Rich Lowry has an excellent editorial on The Inconvenient (and tragic) Truths | New York Post: The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don’t shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. […] the credible evidence suggests […]The post The Truth About Michael Brown, Ferguson and Officer Wilson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • WoW!!

    Liberty Bell
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD The Watchers Council- it’s the oldest, longest running cyber comte d’guere ensembe in existence – started online in 1912 by Sirs Jacky Fisher and Winston Churchill themselves – an eclective collective of cats both cruel and benign with their ability to put steel on target (figuratively – natch) on a […]The post WoW!! appeared first on Citizens News.
  • OUTRAGE: Stores Fined for Not Opening on Thanksgiving

    Liberty Bell
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel I’ve always believed that on national holidays, like Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, stores (except maybe convenience stores and supermarkets) should be closed. Otherwise, the holidays don’t mean much. But we live in a free country and I believe in the free market. Stores can open on Thanksgiving and […]The post OUTRAGE: Stores Fined for Not Opening on Thanksgiving appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Sandcrawler PSA: Shut Up Kid!

    Liberty Bell
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:24 am
    Written by The Jawa Report Well its that time of year once again, that time when we are all reminded how little class and originality today’s protesters actually have…. I’m thankful this year to still be alive! And for Rusty and Vinnie and all the other Jawas. So the Jawas are all going to have […]The post Sandcrawler PSA: Shut Up Kid! appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Nationwide Ferguson Protest Arrest Toll Now Over 400

    Liberty Bell
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Written by The PJ Tatler Because justice, or something. National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in […]The post Nationwide Ferguson Protest Arrest Toll Now Over 400 appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Black Friday Horror: Hermès Bags Reek of Reefer

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    As you sharpen your nails to draw blood this Black Friday (okay Thanksgiving) be forewarned that all that glitters isn’t gold, and all that is Hermès isn’t necessarily lux.
  • More Kicks to Kill For

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Detroit news outlets are reporting an “incident” that took place earlier this month, involving a 16 year old being beaten almost to death over his Nikes. Yes, his Nikes. Some people just can't wait for Black Friday.
  • A Little on the Icelandic Banking Crash

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Still a little confused after flipping through Deep Freeze on what exactly happened with Icelandic banking? Don’t worry, as always PD has you covered. Sit back for the cliff notes version.
  • Memory Lane Monday: The Obama Nutcracker

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Oh, Obama. His Administration has pivoted to so many things over his six incredibly long years. The Obama Administration has pivoted to healthcare, then to resuscitating the ACA website. He’s pivoted to the three letter word jobs. Hell, he’s even pivoted to Asia.
  • Genius Idea: US Aid Going to Daash

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Need more proof that your taxpayer dollars are wasted? Okay, we’ve got that in spades. Obama Claus seems to think that the behead happy jihadists of Daash haven’t really been all that naughty this year. Sure they took over a few countries cities and left thousands of corpses along the roadside, but it’s not like they want the FED to be audited like those awful Tea Partiers (whom incidentally Obama Claus has decided were so bad that he’s actually taking coal from them).
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • United Nations Calls for an End to Industrialized Farming

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    By Maryam Henein, Truthout, November 26, 2014In 2013, the United Nations announced that the world’s agricultural needs can be met with localized organic farms. That’s right, we do not need giant monocultures that pour, spray and coat our produce with massive amounts of poisons, only to create mutant pests and weeds while decimating pollinators and harming human health. Don't believe the hype: We do not need genetically modified foods “to feed the world.”
  • Rhodes Forum 2014 [Flickr]

    WPFDC
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    WPFDC posted a photo: Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years On wpfdc.org rhodesforum.org
  • Rhodes Forum 2014 [Flickr]

    WPFDC
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    WPFDC posted a photo: Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years On wpfdc.org rhodesforum.org
  • Rhodes Forum 2014 [Flickr]

    WPFDC
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    WPFDC posted a photo: Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years On wpfdc.org rhodesforum.org
  • Rhodes Forum 2014 [Flickr]

    WPFDC
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    WPFDC posted a photo: Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years On wpfdc.org rhodesforum.org
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • U.S. & ‘International Banks’ Finance Ukraine’s Civil War

    Eric Zuesse
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Eric Zuesse On November 26th, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said, “Our cabinet has resumed the program of activity and cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other banks. Today international investors are not ready to go to the country, but international banks are ready to ...
  • The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

    User Submitted
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    William Loren Katz As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration of thanksgiving with the ceremonial pardoning of a turkey. Thanksgiving has a treasured place in the ...
  • ‘This Is Only the Beginning': Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount

    User Submitted
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Though Yes campaign was massively outspent, results showed slim margin, triggering automatic recount Andrea Germanos Advocates of labeling genetically modified foods are cheering that an Oregon measure that would require such labeling is headed to an automatic recount. Measure 92, as Common Dreams reported earlier this month, would mandate that beginning January 2016, certain food ...
  • Is Walmart the World’s Worst Corporation?

    User Submitted
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    John Logan That was the question posed last week by Public Eye, a counter-event to the World Economic Forum, as it sought a worthy winner for its “lifetime achievement award.” For sure, Walmart – which has already won a Public Eye award in 2005 for labor rights violations in its global supply chain – faces ...
  • Israeli Ruthlessness 101

    User Submitted
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News Israel has more crimes on its rap sheet than mere mortals can count. Going back well before its so-called War of Independence. Continuing multiple times daily. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. By rogue leaders and likeminded officials. More extremist now than earlier. Mocking rule of law ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • China Strengthening Claim To South China Sea Oil And Gas – Analysis

    OilPrice.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    By Colin Chilcoat Not gone and not forgotten, China is ready to solidify its claim to the South China Sea (SCS). Recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting significant land reclamation operations in the Spratly Islands in the SCS. The SCS is an important fishing ground and is believed to hold large amounts of oil […] The post China Strengthening Claim To South China Sea Oil And Gas – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Third-Quarter Results For North America-Focused Crude Oil Producers – Analysis

    EIA
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    According to a review of financial statements released in recent weeks and despite lower crude oil prices, companies drilling in North American tight oil formations recorded improved financial results in third-quarter 2014 as compared with third-quarter 2013 (Figure 1). The recent financial statements for a group of 30 publicly traded companies suggest that improved operational […] The post Third-Quarter Results For North America-Focused Crude Oil Producers – Analysis appeared... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Securing ASEAN’s Cyber Domain: Need For Partnership In Strategic Cybersecurity – Analysis

    RSIS
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The ASEAN region cannot afford a security lapse as the digital domain is supposed to propel its development. ASEAN should lead in forging partnership in strategic cybersecurity. By Elina Noor The Naypyidaw Declaration on the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision positions ASEAN as a rules-based and resilient community that is capable of upholding its centrality in […] The post Securing ASEAN’s Cyber Domain: Need For Partnership In Strategic Cybersecurity – Analysis appeared... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • MEPs Chart Course From Lima To Paris For Climate Change Talks

    Eurasia Review
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, the European Parliament said in a resolution voted on Wednesday. MEPs reiterated the pledge by the EU and its […] The post MEPs Chart Course From Lima To Paris For Climate Change Talks appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tunisia: Nation Prepares For Presidential Runoff

    Magharebia
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    By Monia Ghanmi Tunisian presidential candidate Béji Caid Essebsi is six percentage points ahead of incumbent Moncef Marzouki, but the margin is not big enough to prevent a run-off election in a fortnight. The Nidaa Tounes party chief won about 1.3 million votes, or 39.4% in the landmark election Sunday, while the interim president took […] The post Tunisia: Nation Prepares For Presidential Runoff appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • President Obama's Speech at Del Sol High School on Executive Action on Immigration

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comTwo years after visiting Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama came back. Before an overwhelmingly Hispanic audience, and tired of anti-immigrant Republicans in the House of Representatives, the President promoted his executive action on immigration, a measure that will benefit around five million undocumented immigrants. Following is most of his speech. "Two years ago we had a coalition." (There were business leaders, Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and farm and religious leaders). "The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how…
  • Discurso Sobre la Acción Ejecutiva de Inmigración por el Presidente Obama en la High School Del Sol

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comDos años después de su visita a la high school Del Sol, en las Vegas, el Presidente Barack Obama regresó. Frente a una audiencia abrumadoramente Hispana, y cansado de los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes de la Cámara de Representantes, el Presidente promocionó su acción ejecutiva en inmigración, una medida que beneficiará a alrededor de cinco millones de migrantes indocumentados. A continuación se encuentra gran parte de su discurso. "Hace dos años teníamos una coalición." (Esta contaba con líderes empresariales, legisladores Demócratas y Republicanos, y…
  • Mexicans Have Nothing to Celebrate This November 20th

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Calavera by Jose Guadalupe PosadaToday is November 19th, and tomorrow we will celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, a movement during which heroes like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata fought so that peasants and native Mexicanos—groups that were alienated by the government of Porfirio Díaz—could be integrated into mainstream society. Porfirio Diaz abdicated in 1910, and a new constitution that redistributed land and improved the treatment of workers was comulgated in 1917. But this constitution did not end the quest for equality in Mexico, and the battle for power…
  • Los Mexicanos No Tienen Nada Que Celebrar Este 20 de Noviembre

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Calavera por Jose Guadalupe PosadaHoy es 19 de noviembre, y mañana se celebrará el aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana, un movimiento durante el cual heroes como Pancho Villa y Emiliano Zapata lucharon para que los campesinos e indígenas—grupos alienados por el gobierno de Porfirio Díaz—fueran integrados a la sociedad. Porfirio Díaz renunció a su gobierno en 1910, y en 1917 se logró comulgar una constitución que facilitó la distribución de tierras y el mejor trato de los trabajadores. Pero esta constitución no terminó la busqueda por igualdad en México, y la batalla por el…
  • Nadie Conoce a Abarca/Nobody Knows Abarca - El Tacho

    Tomás Guerra
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
     José Luis Abarca Nunca nadie supo de él Ni siquiera por rumoresPero claro está que muchos, recibieron sus favoresMas como el bíblico gallo, en este asunto se juegaUna actitud similar, simplemente se le niega¿Quién fue el impulsor de Abarca*? Aquí se forma un enredoPorque entre tantos padrinos, no hay uno que pare el dedoHay un amigo de El Peje*, con el que tuvo mucho rocePero ante su actual desgracia, dice que ni lo conoceGaviota, grave verdad, con esto que ha acontecidoLa PGR detuvo, a un pobre desconocido* Jose Luis Abarca era alcalde de de Iguala Guerrero, y es el actor…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • EEOC nominees get boost from LGBT groups

    Chris Johnson
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission P. David Lopez (Photo public domain) A number of LGBT groups have come out in support of nominees for a federal agency charged with enforcing civil rights law amid opposition from Republicans and discontent from an anti-gay group. Both nominees were nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. P. David Lopez was named in July to serve for another term as the agency’s general counsel and Charlotte Burrows, a former staffer for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, was named in…
  • ’Mo playing ‘Moe’

    Patrick Folliard
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    From left are Sheldon Henry as Big Moe, Jobari Parker-Namdar as No Moe, Clinton Roane as Little Moe, Travis Porchia as Four-Eyed Moe and Paris Nix as Eat Moe in ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. It runs through Dec. 28. (Photo by C. Stanley Photography; courtesy Arena) ‘Five Guys Named Moe’   Through Dec. 28   Arena Stage   1101 Sixth Street, S.W.   $40-99   202-488-3300   Arenastage.org   Being part of Arena Stage’s production of the tribute musical “Five Guys Named Moe,” is an eye-opening experience…
  • Martin&Jeff add real value

    Mark Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jeff Brier and Martin Toews will celebrate 20 years of pioneering residential market service in 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Longtime local real estate luminaries Jeff Brier and Martin Toews will commence celebrating 20 years of pioneering residential market service with the new year. Satisfied clients throughout the region who have enjoyed attentive home buying and selling assistance with the Martin and Jeff Group will share in this milestone. It was in 1995 that the duo discussed collaborating over drinks at JR.’s bar in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. They both chuckle…
  • Liquid leftovers

    Kristen Hartke
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Turkey salad isn’t the only thing you can do with your Thanksgiving leftovers. (Photo by Kristen Hartke) You slaved over a hot stove all day and fed the masses until their bellies were bursting with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. You washed all those dishes, pried the wishbone out of the dog’s mouth and packed the leftovers neatly into color-coordinated Tupperware containers. At the end of it all, you deserve a drink. Not every leftover lends itself to a libation — mashed potato martini, anyone? — but there are a few items from the Thanksgiving table that meld…
  • Gift guide part 2: Deck the halls

    Mariah Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (1526 14th St., N.W.) is more than just a one-stop shop for modern furniture. The gay-owned shop also has a carefully curated selection of home accessories such as a mirrored lacquer serving tray for $335. Capri bar ware ranging from $16-49 can also be used as accent pieces for the tray. For a more modestly priced glass option, vintage home furnishing store Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St., N.W.) has cut glassware for $5 a piece. Art enthusiasts can also brighten up any bland wall with a colorful painting ranging from $200-600.
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • As You Enjoy Thanksgiving Leftovers, Thousands Will Die in the World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice

    Lady Freethinker
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Friday, November 28, most of us Americans will be reheating goodies left over from our Thanksgiving feast. But as we enjoy our tables of plenty, countless water buffalo, lambs, goats and birds will lose their lives in Nepal in a sacrifice to the Hindu goddess Gadhimai. The Gadhimai festival happens every five years, and it’s the largest ritual sacrifice in the world. Worshippers believe the goddess will grant them luck if they kill an animal – any animal – in her honor. Drunk on liquor and the thrill of the crowd, men relentlessly hack away at these poor animals, leaving the…
  • Walmart Workers Return Food Bin to Walton’s Park Ave Home: ‘We Want A Raise, Not Charity’

    Lady Freethinker
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember those obnoxious charity bins set up at Walmart stores last holiday season, so needy employees could receive canned-food donations instead of a fair paycheck? Well they’re back this year  – and pissing off more people than ever. Monday, a fed-up group of workers decided to tell Walmart exactly where they could put those bins, so to speak. They painted a giant food bin bright purple, dragged it to billionaire Walmart heiress Alice Walton’s Park Avenue condo, and chained it to the building where she couldn’t miss it. The civil disobedience doesn’t end…
  • Use Verizon or AT&T? ‘Supercookies’ May Be Spying On You

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: mirkuz via photopin cc I’ve long given up the delusion of privacy on the Internet. But it’s still jarring to learn that corporate espionage on citizens is even worse than most of us realize. As the The Washington Post revealsboth AT&T and Verizon use things called “supercookies,” which despite the tasty name are thoroughly nauseating. These supercookies  track our activity without any consent – and switching to “privacy mode” won’t help you. In fact, changing your browser settings will do nothing to protect you from the prying…
  • How Much Did We Pay To Arm ISIS?

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You don’t want to know. But in case you do, here you go:
  • These Are The World’s Worst Places to be Gay

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While I normally encourage people to live true to themselves, in some countries you need to stay in the closet if you want to live at all. As this graphic shows, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death in a disturbingly large portion of the world. (I just wish the two weren’t lumped in the same color – I’m curious to know how much of the map actually believes homosexuality is an “offense” worthy of execution.) I was very pleasantly surprised, however, to see that same-sex marriage is legal in so much of South America. Qué bueno! Via: TakePart.com
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Census Is Still Trying To Find The Best Way To Track Race In America

    Ben Casselman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifts in immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re examining three changes the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaireIn the first two installments, we looked at the proposed changes to the way the census counts people of Arab ancestry and same-sex couples. Here, in our final article: The bureau ponders a new way of asking about Hispanic…
  • The Census Still Doesn’t Know How Many Same-Sex Couples There Are

    Ben Casselman
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifts in immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re examining three changes that the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaire. We first looked at how the census counts Arab Americans. In this installment: counting same-sex couples.Same-sex marriage has gained legal acceptance faster than even its most ardent backers could have believed just a few…
  • The U.S. Census Is Trying To Get A More Accurate Count Of Arab Americans

    Ben Casselman
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifting immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re taking a look at three changes that the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaire. First up: the proposed addition of a new racial category for Arabs.The first time Rashad Al-Dabbagh saw a census form, he didn’t know how to respond.Sex? Male. Age? 20. But race? Al-Dabbagh, who moved to the United…
  • The Election Map Alone Doesn’t Explain The 2014 Republican Wave

    Harry Enten
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Throughout the 2014 campaign, we kept hearing that Republicans were going to do well because of the “map.” To take back the Senate, all they had to do was win seats in six states (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia) that voted against President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Even before Election Day, Obama blamed the map for the impending misfortune of the Democratic Party.It’s time to give the map argument a rest. Even if you control for the fact that a large number of races took place in red states, the Republican performance was the fourth-best by either…
  • Calling In The Missouri National Guard May Have Been A Bad Idea

    Oliver Roeder
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. The emergency hasn’t happened yet — it’s what might happen if a grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The National Guard, thanks to the order, is standing by.Nixon says he owes it to his citizens to protect them “from violence and damage” and that “the State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements.”The declaration “immediately enraged protest leaders and some…
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    kai arzheimer

  • Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    NYC’s fire dept. using data to predict where fires will occur  http://t.co/FAJmYwbh2R Reassuring to see that we’re not alone: Shit My Reviewers Say tumblr http://t.co/QlDOUOCg3y PHD Comics: The Academic Review Process http://t.co/wiK0Hs4HyG       The post Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • The Math of Post-Socialism

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Much merriment in the Eastern state of Thuringia: 25 years after the fall of the wall, the Greens and the SPD in the state parliament are poised to form a coalition with the Left (die Linke), which would give the Left its first minister president ever. What’s the Matter with the Left? Predictably, this is creating all sorts of backlash. On the surface, it is all about Thuringia, and about the Left’s uneasy relationship with the past. But on another level, it’s about the prospects of triple left (or red/red/green) coalitions in Western states and ultimately on the federal level. Photo by…
  • Google Scholar Fail

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google decided some time ago that their algorithms are so good that the old Humanities/Social Sciences/Hard Sciences button on Google Scholar did no longer earn its keep. As a Social Scientist trying to remember the exact title of that dear old Dalton 1984 piece, I could not agree less. Not my Dalton 1984 The post Google Scholar Fail appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    From the excellent LSE blog: European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making? http://t.co/huQ7dj1FNb @DarthPutinKGB: Russia Today has changed since the Donbass elections. http://t.co/eiwP7k7sQo (picture) Book chapter “Estimation techniques: Ordinary least squares and maximum likelihood” — Martin Elff http://t.co/NFw2rgYStd No real surprise is here, as tax-dodging assistance is a business model: Luxembourg tax files: how tiny state rubber-stamped tax avoidance on an industrial scale http://t.co/1YunXbJIk1 Short Gordon Tullock  obituary &…
  • East Germans Killed the FDP

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Even the Washington Post has woken up to the fact that 25 years after the uprising in the GDR, Germany stubbornly remains divided economically, politically, and socially. In the great scheme of things, this may matter less than you might think: In Western Europe alone, the UK, Spain, Belgium, or Switzerland – countries that have been around as nation states for much longer than Germany’s current iteration – are similarly diverse. But it keeps the German Politics crowd busy enough. I’m currently working on a piece that looks at the latest federal election in comparative (east…
 
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    Conservative Read

  • Whose freedom in America is safe today? – The Presumption of Liberty

    chris
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Andrew P. Napolitano | LewRockwell.com  In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Admits To Violating The Constitution

    chris
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
     Tells pro-immigration heckler “I just took an action to change the law” A frustrated President Obama told pro-immigration hecklers in Chicago Tuesday to “get the facts,”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson Seeks Rapid Repairs to Avoid Fate of Riot-Torn Cities

    chris
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
     Commercial districts in Detroit, Newark and Washington were ravaged by civil unrest in the 1960s, leading to decades of economic stagnation. In Ferguson, Missouri, business owners are seeking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • E-cigarettes contain 10 times amount of carcinogens: Japan research

    chris
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
     E-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israel says foiled Hamas plans for Jerusalem attacks

    chris
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
     Israel said on Thursday it had foiled plans by Islamist group Hamas to attack Israelis in Jerusalem’s largest soccer stadium, other parts of the city and the occupied West Bank.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Liberal Vocabulary Evolution

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The current liberal obsession with the 1 percent provides for some very interesting analogies regarding the words being used to describe them.The rich entrepreneurs are all "plutocrats" or "oligarchs" according to the new Liberal Vocabulary.The corporations are "fascist" and so on.How can the corporations be fascist? For reference why such a designation is a misnomer at best see my post Nazism, Fascism, Socialism.The New Yorker branded the outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg a plutocrat in a piece in August 2013"He is an outsized character: the biggest plutocrat in…
  • Low Ideals

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Brooks in the New York Times argued for low ideals in this piecehttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/opinion/david-brooks-the-case-for-low-ideals.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rssThe case for low ideals can be made in a variety of ways. One of the most important, in my opinion, is that high ideals come always at a price. The price is usually a high dose of self-righteousness and overconfidence that at certain point in time the people will understand how much better is the ideal and rush to implement it. The history of Socialism is a cautionary tale of what happens when high ideals are…
  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-26, Wednesday

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Civil unrest is spreading in America and Alex breaks it all down on this Wednesday, November 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show. More than 170 protests erupted across the U.S. yesterday and although many of them were peaceful, others were violent. Protestors in L.A. shut down a stretch of the 101 Freeway and over 1,000 demonstrators marched through Boston. In Ferguson, masked provocateurs confronted and threatened Infowars reporter Jakari Jackson and suspicions are mounting that the man killed in Ferguson was murdered in retaliation for giving Grand Jury testimony. Also, a University of…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-25, Tuesday

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, November 25 broadcast of Infowars Live, Alex Jones is back in the hot seat to break down the widespread chaos and destruction that ensued in Ferguson and other parts of the country, as a result of a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer over a justifiable shooting. Jones looks at how the event was politicized from the start and used to manipulate the masses and enflame racial tensions, with all the usual race-baiters taking the stage. Jones also examines why “Justice for Mike Brown” turned into looting and razing of minority-owned businesses, and also reviews…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-24, Monday

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Monday, November 24 edition of the worldwide Alex Jones broadcast, Nightly News host David Knight covers developments in Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury decides the fate of police officer Darren Wilson. Demonstrators calling for Wilson's prosecution have increased their protests, including a march in St. Louis that resulted in the closure of a highway and violence against reporters. Journalists in Ferguson also face continued harassment by police. Infowars reporters Jakari Jackson and Joe Biggs file live reports from Ferguson on today's global transmission. David also transits…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-23, Sunday

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the LIVE Sunday, November 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we've had Obama-care and Obama-phone, now comes Obama-law, and he's going to do more! Fill-in host David Knight looks at Obama's gloating about his ruling by fiat, the Republican reaction, or lack thereof, and also take your suggestions on what needs to be done. We'll also look at a case out of New York, in which a whistleblower was fired for questioning an “excessive force” report, as yet another apparent shooting of an innocent man hits the headlines. On today's show, Knight also covers the latest on the situation in…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-21, Friday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Obama has just committed his most blatant, impeachable offense and David Knight breaks it all down on this Friday, November 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Obama completely bypassed Congress and announced amnesty for millions of "anchor baby" parents and illegal immigrant children - as long as they've been in the country for five years. The Constitution, however, reveals he lacks the authority to pick and choose which to deport. His order will grant illegals social security numbers, work permits, and government-issued IDs, and many of these illegals will be able to obtain green…
 
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  • Hooray! 83 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are now available to download

    Todd VanDerWerff
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    It's Turkey Day, which means, for fans of venerable '90s cable series Mystery Science Theater 3000, it's also "Turkey Day," a chance to gorge on one of the funniest shows ever made and talk back to some of the worst movies ever. When the series was on the air, whatever network was airing it at the time would usually give over much of Thanksgiving to air real cinematic turkeys, hence the moniker. And thanks to the magic of the internet, you can relive those memories today. MST3K (as it's known by those in the know) began its life on KTMA, a small local station in Minneapolis, before making its…
  • There's nothing wrong with stores staying open on Thanksgiving

    Matthew Yglesias
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress has been running an ongoing campaign to shame stores for opening on Thanksgiving and encourage shoppers to patronize retailers who will be remaining closed. People should, of course, feel free to avoid Walmart, Target, and other open-on-holidays retailers if that's what they want to do. But the underlying notion that it would be systematically better for society if all stores closed — or followed the practice of three New England states and forced them to close — on Thanksgiving is a little ridiculous. Working on Thanksgiving is nothing new People…
  • Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off

    Julia Belluz
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    If anyone knows how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off, it's me. My struggle took off as soon as soon as I entered adulthood. At 18, in my last year of high school, I moved to Italy. In six months, in a town near the Adriatic sea, I managed to put on 25 pounds. The reason for my Italian waist expansion was clear: I ate ice cream, bread, and mozzarella di bufala like I'd never see it again. Before school, it was not uncommon to stop at a cafe and gossip over cappuccinos and b... Continue reading…
  • Map: Turkey density in the United States

    Matthew Yglesias
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The USGS Breeding Bird Survey collects data on, among other things, the locations of wild turkeys in the United States. Ralph McLaughlin from Trulia took that data and turned it into a county map of turkey population density in the United States. It also shows the names and locations of the various self-proclaimed "turkey capitals" in the country, three of which are actually named Turkey. Interestingly, there are two different towns that bill themselves as the Turkey Capital of Wisconsin. Note that this does not include large-scale turkey breeding facilities.
  • Map: what we're thankful for, according to our Facebook posts

    Sarah Kliff
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    We don't just tell our family what we're thankful for at the Thanksgiving table anymore. We post our thanks on Facebook, too — and that gives the data analysts at Facebook a trove of data to analyze about what, exactly, we're grateful for. Facebook scraped user updates for status updates containing the words "grateful" and "thankful" this past summer, when a few challenges circulated asking users to post about the things they cherished in their lives. And they found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that Facebook users are most thankful for their friends and families. (Facebook) More interestingly,…
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  • When Cops Are Unaccountable

    Paul Craig Roberts
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Events in Ferguson unfolded as most aware Americans thought they would. A white prosecutor guided a grand jury to the decision that the white policeman who shot and killed a young black male had just cause and committed no crime. The black majority but politically powerless community in Ferguson consists of Americans who are constantly harassed and abused by police. The black community responded predictably to the exoneration of the white policeman. The results were riots, looting, and the destruction of property. This response hardened the whites in their view that black people are…
  • The Ferguson Trick

    Butler Shaffer
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The ongoing events in Ferguson, MO, illustrate Thomas Pynchon’s point that “if they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” Like the Rodney King, and Trayvon Martin cases, the killing of Michael Brown by a white Ferguson policeman provided the state and its sycophantic media an opportunity to reinforce the popular mindset that social disorder derives from the inherently divisive nature of human behavior; that violent conflict is inevitable among people; and that only the authority of the state can protect us from a “nasty, brutish, and…
  • The Paleocon Dissent

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” Edmund Burke’s insight returned to mind while watching cable news coverage of the rampage in Ferguson, Missouri, after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The rioting, looting, arson and gunfire that began after McCulloch relayed the grand jury’s decision, a decision long predicted and anticipated, revealed the unspoken truth…
  • Got Pain?

    No Author
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There are a number of reasons to avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen often. You may be seeking alternatives because you experience pain but like to stay away from conventional medicines.Alternatively, you could be someone who just learned about the potential dangers that come with taking aspirin and ibuprofen regularly and are ready for something different. Ibuprofen and Aspirin have been linked to anemia, DNA damage, heart disease, hearing loss, hypertension, miscarriage and even influenza mortality (these are just 7 of the over 24 adverse health effects it’s been connected with.) Long-term…
  • Searching for the Non-Aggression Principle

    Bionic Mosquito
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Ferguson. Plenty of people are reacting; many violently, some ignorantly, some coming so close to the issue. So let’s put Kobe Bryant in the last camp: “You can sit here and argue about it until we’re blue in the face and protest about it,” Bryant said following practice on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Until the legal system, we have a serious legal system conversation, it’s going to keep on happening.” This would be helpful – a serious conversation. Bryant expounded those thoughts on Tuesday, saying there needs to be more “accountability” and…
 
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  • Powerful W. W. 2 Photograph

    Ben Spera
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Two French civilians say a prayer as they lay flowers on a fallen American soldier near the city of Cerentan in 1944 France. This picture says a lot about the respect and appreciation the allies had for each other, something the axis lacked. The post Powerful W. W. 2 Photograph appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Pluto Probe to Awaken from Hibernation

    Ben Spera
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Next month NASA’s New Horizons probe will wake up from it’s final hibernation in order to begun preparation for it’s arrival in the dwarf planet’s vicinity. The probe has travelled nearly 3 billion miles since launching in January of 2006. NASA will use the remaining travel time to test all of the pro