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  • Joni Ernst ducks a discussion of the issues

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In a way, it’s fitting that as the Iowa Senate race comes down to the wire, Joni Ernst is declining to meet with the editorial board of Iowa’s most influential newspaper, a snub that the paper itself is now casting as a refusal to discuss her specific prescriptions for the future of the state. It […]
  • The real problem with Joni Ernst’s quote about guns and the government

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Regular readers will know that I’m a critic of the “My opponent said something objectionable and I’m outraged!” school of campaigning, not to mention the “Candidate said something objectionable!” school of campaign coverage. One of the most important rules in assessing “gaffes” or outsized statements is that if the moment was extemporaneous, out of character, […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    * Mitch McConnell seems to have a good handle on how to spend money wisely: When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Bentonabruptly resigned in late August amidst revelations of apparent ties to an Iowa bribery scandal, the campaign assured reporters that Benton had not been very involved with the campaign since that May’s primary. […]
  • The People Conservative Media Don't Want To Vote

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    As the 2014 midterm election draws near, right-wing media figures have worked to discourage certain groups of people from voting, claiming some are too dumb to make an informed decision. But this isn't new -- conservatives have long advocated for onerous voter ID laws and even prerequisite civics tests, policies that work to suppress the vote, even going so far as to say that women shouldn't be allowed to vote. Media Matters looked back at the citizens conservative media have deemed unworthy of voting:
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
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    The Atlantic

  • Will Avengers: Age of Ultron Go Too Grim?

    Christopher Orr
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Once The Avengers crossed the gazillion-dollar line in global box office, it was a fairly safe bet that director Joss Whedon was going to have a lot of latitude when it came to the sequel. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. A good thing, because Whedon is among the most witty, innovative pop-culture artists working today. And a bad thing, because he is often not content with being witty and inventive, and has a long history of steering his projects in unnecessarily—and often unsatisfactorily—dark directions. For many of his fans, this represents a great strength; in my estimation…
  • 'Children Are Not Children Anymore'

    Polly Mosendz
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Since the beheading of American journalist James Foley this past summer, the Islamic State has managed to successfully recruit young people from around the world to join their cause, including three American teenage girls, who attempted to travel to Turkey and cross into Syria. (Their efforts were quickly thwarted by the FBI and their parents.) Though the terrorist group proudly boasts about their Western members on social media, most of their recruitment remains focused on locals, particularly young boys, in the areas they have taken over. @Hano1_4ISIS has created, quite literally, a "School…
  • How Cicadas, Squirrels, and Bees React to Solar Eclipses

    Shirley Li
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Cross your fingers for clear skies, space fans: A partial solar eclipse will grace the skies on Thursday afternoon over most of North America. According to NASA's predictions, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun and cast a shadow that will obscure up to 81 percent of the yellow star. If you're planning on gazing at the sun, you've hopefully prepared by gearing up with filtered telescopes, binoculars, viewfinders, or—if you're handy—pinhole projectors. That's the human reaction to an eclipse: get out the telescope and start looking. The rest of the animal kingdom seems less…
  • Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the Ulysses-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley tech industry said that his state should just forget about railroads—normal, high-speed, maglev, or whatever. Instead it should embrace the future represented by self-driving cars. (For previous episodes see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4,No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11, No. 12, and No. 13. Today's is No. 14.) Almost no one who's written in since then agrees. Here is a sampling of the case made, in dozens of…
  • Bollywood's Holy Day Looks Abroad

    Tanya Basu
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Diwali, described variously as the Hindu New Year and the religion’s festival of lights, marks the end of a holy month bookended by two new moons and a slew of festivals in between—including the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. It also marks one of the biggest box office days on the planet, thanks to the rising popularity of Bollywood films. “Diwali is the biggest Indian holiday of the year, so in turn, the Bollywood industry uses it to launch some of its biggest films,” Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com, said in an email. “The audience is available at this time and often has…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Look how close Democrats are to winning ... and losing

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Charlie Crist, working the GOTV in Miami. I've been saying this is a 50-50 election, with base intensity the tie-breaker. These non-presidential-years are brutal for Democrats, as our core base demographics—single women, people of color, young voters—are the least likely to vote. But really, our ability to turn them out will essentially determine whether we come out of this elections as winners, or let the Republicans walk away with big wins. Using the poll aggregator at the Huffington Post, I've compiled the current state of the hottest races this cycle, as well as what would happen if…
  • GOP congressman now says 'government largesse' also to blame for suicide

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    GOP Rep. Don Young of Alaska isn't just standing by his assertion to Wasilla High School students that friends and family of suicide victims are to blame because they failed to provide enough support, he's also now adding "government largesse" to the list of things he blames for suicide. Asked about the “lack of support” comment, Young expanded on it and added that suicide in Alaska didn’t exist before “government largesse” gave residents an entitlement mentality, according to an audio recording of his senior center appearance. He also criticized school administrators for supporting…
  • Midday open thread: climate change and violence, new jobless comp applications still under 300,000

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Did you know fun facts about Boston?: Please chip in $3 to help get out the vote for our Daily Kos-endorsed candidates. Initial unemployment compensations still under 300,000: For the week ending Oct. 18, seasonally adjusted initial first-time claims for jobless compensation were 283,000, up 17,000 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2013, such claims were 347,000. The less volatile four-week running average fell to 281,000 to its lowest level since May 6, 2000. The total number of people claiming compensation for the week ending Oct. 4 was…
  • Rep. Peter King says Ebola virus has turned airborne, scolds experts for being 'wrong'

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Uuuugh. "I am not a scientist," Republicans opine when confronted with the science of climate change. Oh, if only we could convince them they were not epidemiologists either. Republican Rep. Peter King thinks the doctors are wrong on Ebola, suggesting the deadly virus might have mutated and gone airborne in an interview with Long Island News Radio last week. “You know my attitude was it’s important not to create a panic and it’s important not to overreact and the doctors were absolutely certain that this can not be transmitted and it was not airborne and yet we find out the people who…
  • Why is Joni Ernst hiding from the Iowa press?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Joni Ernst It seems Joni Ernst really doesn't want to do serious interviews on the issues with the editorial boards and news stations of Iowa. Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu blew the whistle: Is Joni Ernst afraid of newspaper editorial boards? After much negotiating, she was scheduled to meet his morning with writers and editors at The Des Moines Register, but last night her people called to unilaterally cancel. She has also begged off meetings with The Cedar Rapids Gazette and The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Indeed. The aforementioned Cedar Rapids Gazette: So we hoped, amid all the…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Reagan Aide Calls for Anti-Gay Southern Secession

    rcade
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A former aide to President Ronald Reagan is calling for southern states to secede from the union and form a new conservative nation called "Reagan" where citizens wouldn't be forced to compromise on "traditional values" like marriage. "You have to remember that all 11 states from the South, including ultimately Texas, seceded legally," conservative author Douglas MacKinnon said. "They left the union peacefully, they left the union legally, and then President Lincoln ... part of the problem there was that the North realized very quickly that it could not survive economically without the power…
  • DOJ Condemns 'Irresponsible' Ferguson Leaks

    rcade
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, the investigation has sprung a few leaks. New details from the inquiry into Michael BrownÂ’s Aug. 9 death -- all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson's story of what happened that day -- have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days. The Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as "irresponsible and highly troubling" and said, "There seems to be an…
  • Machine Cats Vote for Wrong Candidate

    ABH
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
  • Krugman: How About a Clinton-Warren Ticket?

    Corky
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has an interesting vision of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket: Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren "looking over her shoulder so she doesn't stray too far." Speaking on HuffPost Live Wednesday about Clinton's domestic policy, Krugman said, "When she talks now, she sounds substantially to the left of the old Hillary Clinton."
  • Could Earth's Magnetic Poles Suddenly Flip?

    rcade
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    A pilot looking down at her plane controls and realizing magnetic north is hovering somewhere over Antarctica may sound like a scene from a science-fiction movie, but new research suggests the idea isn't so far-fetched in the relatively near future. A magnetic field shift is old news. Around 800,000 years ago, magnetic north hovered over Antarctica and reindeer lived in magnetic south. The poles have flipped several times throughout Earth's history. Scientists have estimated that a flip cycle starts with the magnetic field weakening over the span of a few thousand years, then the poles flip…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Why Makes Voting Hard? Here's Why.

    Josh Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A good visual explanation of why low turnout elections are terrible for liberals and liberal values.
  • Bristol's HunterChelsea Primal Scream

    Josh Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Bristol Palin has now broken her silence with a fusillade directed at basically everyone about Hunter Biden, Chelsea Clinton and about how, if the media weren't out to get her family, she'd be toasted as a "feminist hero." As on the night in question, she claims she only retaliated against the homeowner whose party her family crashed in the stretch Hummer limo after he became violent with her - notwithstanding the fact that all the other witnesses at the party (with the exception of the Palin family) to Anchorage police that she attacked first. Of course, beyond the particulars of who struck…
  • Wow, Maybe This Really is 2010

    Josh Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Joni Ernst says she doesn't just carry her gun to ward off criminals. She's also carrying it to use against the government if they aren't constitutiony enough for her standards.
  • Eye of the Tiger

    Josh Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Martha Coakley is trying really, really hard to blow another statewide race in Massachusetts. Can she do it? Seem so.
  • Meet the Lord High Badass of Canada

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    As you have no doubt heard a member of the Canadian military and an attacker were killed today in the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa in what appears to be the second ISIL-inspired 'lone wolf' terrorist attack in Canada this week. Amidst all the other details and repercussions of this incident, there's one detail that I didn't fully grasp until this evening. And that is that the guy who shot and killed Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau, thus ending the attack, wasn't just someone from the Sergeant-at-Arms office but the actual Sergeant-at-Arms, 58 year old Kevin Vickers - the holder of an…
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    Political Animal

  • Why the Focus on Late-Term Abortions?

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In a long, long New Yorker piece on the antichoice Susan B. Anthony List and the contemporary politics of abortion, Kelefa Sanneh in passing succinctly identified the reasons why antichoicers have focused on the tiny percentage of abortions that occur after 20 weeks, which might seem to conceded a lot of ground in order to produce "wins" of dubious value: While the other side talked broadly about “choice,” pro-life activists needed to talk more narrowly about the unpleasant details of abortion. This helps explain why the movement is targeting abortions performed after twenty…
  • Diss Breitbart, Lose Your Senate Seat!

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I don't know about you, but I needed a good laugh this afternoon, and predictably got one at the Breitbart site, where there's a screaming all-caps headline above a story wherein a reporter explains in incredibly detailed, turgid, Explosion-of-the-Hindenburg prose how he got kicked out of a Jeanne Shaheen event in New Hampshire. For all I know, this action was indeed offensive and Wrong and worth bitching about. But the LOL moment was when said reporter got a NH GOP spox to help him blow up the whole thing into a Game-Changing event: New Hampshire Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Horn…
  • Paul-a-Palooza Set For Next Month

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It's not often that we get to find out in advance exactly when a candidate decides whether or not to run for president. But apparently all sorts of sources have told National Journal's Shane Goldmacher exactly when and where advisers to Rand Paul will gather for a discussion of 2016. It'll be in DC on November 12. "This is the come-to-Jesus before the planned launch," said one Paul insider, who has been invited to the gathering. The meeting of the Kentucky Republican's kitchen Cabinet has been kept under wraps [until now, I guess], with most of the invitees not even told who else will be…
  • The Wave Resists Appearing, For Now

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Looking at today's polls, it's obvious that in some of the races where a couple of surveys have convinced observers the long-awaited GOP wave is appearing, respondents in new polls aren't entirely obeying the zeitgeist. We've been told Mark Udall is toast, but there he is within the MoE in a new Reuters/Ipsos survey. Joni Ernst has supposedly had the whip hand over Bruce Braley for close to a month now, but there the two candidates are, within the MoE again in a new Quinnipiac survey. Jeanne Shaheen is holding onto a lead, however small, over Scott Brown in two new polls from NH. Insider…
  • Lunch Buffet

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Having way too much fun watching Captain Beefheart videos, and wishing the techies hadn't imposed a four-video-per-day limit on me. Here are some brightly illuminated midday news/views treats: * Paul Waldman looks at Joni Ernst's remarks on using her gun against "the government" more charitably than I did, and suggests she be given chance to clarify, which I'm confident she will not take. * Scott Brown lists occupation in recent campaign finance filing as Massachusetts state senator. * Peter Beinart broadly reviews anti-democratic tradition behind voter suppression. * Family tradition:…
 
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    TIME

  • What the Ferguson Leaks Tell Us About Michael Brown’s Death

    Alex Altman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    As a St. Louis County grand jury weighs whether to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a series of leaks have provided new information about the skirmish that led to Brown’s death and ignited a national debate about race and police violence. A lot has happened since Brown died after a confrontation with Wilson on Aug. 9. Here’s a guide to making sense of it: What’s new? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained Brown’s official autopsy report on Oct. 22, which indicates he was shot near the right thumb at very close…
  • Democrat vs. Democrat Down To Wire in Silicon Valley House Race

    Jay Newton-Small
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Don’t look now, but a moderate might get elected to Congress next month from California. In California’s 17th congressional district, which encompasses much of Silicon Valley, two Democrats are on the ballot on Nov. 4. One is seven-term incumbent Rep. Mike Honda, 73, and the other 38-year-old former Obama Administration official Ro Khanna, who is trying to unseat his fellow Democrat. Why wasn’t this battle decided in California’s June 3 primary? Honda and Khanna both “won” that primary: they both gained enough votes to advance to the general election and…
  • Treasury Department’s Anti-Terrorism Chief Says Cutting Off ISIS Funds Of High Importance

    Maya Rhodan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is the “best-funded” terrorist organization the U.S. has ever confronted, the Treasury Department’s top official for combating terrorist financing said Thursday. Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Thursday David Cohen, the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at Treasury, outlined a multi-pronged strategy for cutting off ISIS’s access to resources — including as much as $1 million per day in oil sales. Touching on a topic of heated international debate, Cohen also…
  • Russell Brand Explains How You Start a Revolution

    Salima Koroma
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Russell Brand’s new book, Revolution, begins in a bathroom stall before his now infamous interview with English journalist Jeremy Paxman. In the last moments of silence before the sit-down, he throws up a few prayers (not to mention a couple of Eminem lyrics) and plans for the best. In the next hour, that interview (or more appropriately worded, that clash) with Paxman — wherein Brand expounded on his views about errant voting paradigms, the stifling power of oligarchies, and the exploitation of the underclass — would throw him into a political sphere no one was really…
  • The Incredible Rise in Campaign Spending

    Chris Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, added an hour to its nightly newscast this year to profit from all the political ads ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but demand was still too great. “There is only so much inventory I have,” explains WHO-TV station manager Dale Woods. It is the same in tight races all across the country. Nearly bottomless campaign and super-PAC bank accounts have been unloaded on airtime, mailings and get-out-the-vote efforts. And in recent years, the spending growth has accelerated. Since the mid-1980s, the amount dumped on elections by campaigns and…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems.
  • Navajo high court orders election postponed

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The top court on the largest American Indian reservation ordered tribal election officials Thursday to postpone the Navajo Nation's presidential election and immediately reprint ballots without the name of a candidate who was disqualified in a language fluency case.
  • Feds to gather 'nuisance' mustangs in Nevada

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wranglers plan an unusual wild horse roundup near the Nevada-Utah line, where ranchers and rural residents say protected mustangs are knocking down fences and impregnating domesticated mares.
  • Palin backs independent for Alaska governor

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin has snubbed her former lieutenant governor in his bid for re-election, supporting an independent candidate after Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell dismantled the increased oil taxes that were a signature part of her time as governor.
  • 'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.
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    Political Irony

  • Conservative Utopia?

    Iron Knee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This blog reported in August about how Kansas senator Sam Brownback was creating a conservative utopia with no taxes for businesses, and massive cuts to schools and other social programs. He had plenty of help from the Koch brothers, who are headquartered in Wichita. And the state legislature, after getting rid of most of those pesky Democrats even purged all their moderate Republicans. Even back in August, their “conservative experiment” was showing signs of not working out like they said it would. Well, it has gotten even worse, as reported by the Daily Show: Related posts:…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “A survey found that more than half of Americans see President Obama’s time in office as a failure. While the rest said, ‘You saw him in his office? When?'” – Jimmy Fallon “Obama was actually in his office yesterday. He met with his Secret Service director to talk about the recent White House security breaches. First they had to address the elephant in the room. Not metaphorically — an actual elephant wandered into the room. Security’s just awful.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today is the 10th anniversary of when Martha Stewart had to go to the…
  • Dress for Success, Period!

    Iron Knee
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    OMG! Stephen Colbert is hilarious: He even cracks himself up a few times. Related posts: Rick Perry is a jackass. Period. Success? Bush: Flushed with Success
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. He celebrated the way he always does: having someone try his cake before him.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, as those of you who are friends with him on Facebook know.” – Jimmy Kimmel “Vladimir Putin turned 62 years old today. It must be tough buying him a gift. What do you get for the man who has everywhere?” – Jimmy Fallon “Putin turned 62 today. To celebrate, he took a trip to Siberia — you know, the place they send other people in Russia as…
  • For Sale?

    Iron Knee
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Toles With free shipping and next day delivery, and complete secrecy guaranteed by the Supreme Court! Our favorite data-driven prognosticator of elections, Nate Silver, is predicting that the Republicans have a 62% chance of winning a majority in the Senate, while the Democrats have a 38% chance of keeping the majority. That’s a whopping 24 point spread. And over the last few weeks, the GOP chances have been increasing. How is this happening? Simple, money. More than $100 million has been spent on just one Senate race in North Carolina. That flood of money bought around…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Joni Ernst And The Shifting Politics Of Avoidance

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Joni Ernst, an Iowa state senator and the GOP candidate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat, stirred a lot of emotions Thursday, after she bailed on a number of meetings she was scheduled to have with the editorial boards of local newspapers, including the Des Moines Register, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Is this going to matter? If you consider the fact that the end product of a sit-down with newspaper editors is an editorial endorsement, perhaps not. There's plenty of relevant research suggesting the power of newspaper endorsements is over-rated. But what if you…
  • One My Lai a Month

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    "When somebody asks, 'Why do you do it to a gook, why do you do this to people?' your answer is, 'So what, they're just gooks, they're not people. It doesn't make any difference what you do to them; they're not human.' "And this thing is built into you," Cpl. John Geymann testified almost 44 years ago at the Winter Soldier Investigation, held in Detroit, which was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. "It's thrust into your head from the moment you wake up in boot camp to the moment you wake up when you're a civilian." The cornerstone of war is dehumanization. This was the lesson of…
  • Top Joni Ernst Donor Sued Over How He Treats His Help

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The race for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat is among the closest in the nation, and one of a handful that could determine control of the Senate this fall. In her final debate with four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst recently said she doesn't see a need to reform current campaign finance laws, because she believes in "political free speech." Since the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision in 2010, big money has flooded into politics at levels never seen before, giving the ultra-wealthy the green light to use their megabucks to fund the kind…
  • 8 Impossible Choices People Who Can't Afford Food Make Every Day

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Hunger in the U.S. is on the rise, with one in seven people turning to Feeding America to get help, a new report concluded. In its recent study on the growing problem, Feeding America -- which helps people in need through its network of food banks -- underscored how hunger will never be an isolated issue. Far too often, all isn’t solved once a struggling household gets something to eat. With food insecurity typically comes impossible trade-offs. In order to put food on the table, low-income families have to sacrifice another basic need that no one should have to live without. Feel Hungry or…
  • Ebola.com Sells For More Than $200,000 -- Including 19,000 Shares Of Cannabis Sativa Stock

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Two Las Vegas entrepreneurs attempting to sell the rights to Ebola.com succeeded in selling to the highest bidder -- literally. Chris Hood and Jon Schultz paid $13,500 for the rights to Ebola.com back in 2008 and have just sold it to a company called Weed Growth Fund. The terms of sale call for Hood and Schultz to get $50,000 in cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., a company run by former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson that hopes to market legal cannabis products throughout the world. The stock is currently trading under the CBDS ticker symbol at $8.55 share, which means the…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Rand Paul Has A Friend At Time

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Republican Rand Paul certainly seems to be riding an extended wave of glowing press coverage, as reporters and commentators line up to dub the Kentucky senator a deeply fascinating man.   From Politico:  "Rand Paul, The Most Interesting Man in Politics." The Washington Post: "Rand Paul Is The Most Interesting Man In The (Political) World" And now this week's cover story from Time: "The Most Interesting Man In Politics." What the supportive Paul coverage lacks in originality, it makes up for in passion and admiration. We've learned Paul represents "the most interesting voice in the…
  • Hundreds Protest George Will Speech As He Defends Campus Rape Comments

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Several hundred students reportedly protested George Will's speech last night at Miami University in response to his claim that efforts to fight sexual assault have made "victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges" on college campuses. Will, whose column is distributed by the Washington Post News Service and Syndicate has been criticized by U.S. senators, media, and women's equality groups since the publication of his "coveted status" piece on June 6. Will has been making similar comments for more than two decades. The columnist's appearance at the…
  • Chuck Todd On Media Sexism And "Disease" Of "Fatigue" Toward Hillary Clinton

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Chuck Todd hopes the media has "grown up" and will avoid sexist coverage of Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential run. In the final installment of Media Matters' three-part interview series with Todd, the new Meet the Press host discusses the challenges facing media outlets covering a possible Clinton White House bid. During her 2008 presidential run, Clinton faced near-constant sexism from the press. Asked whether things might be different if Clinton chooses to run in 2016, Todd explained he'd "like to think the media's grown up about that."…
  • The People Conservative Media Don't Want To Vote

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    As the 2014 midterm election draws near, right-wing media figures have worked to discourage certain groups of people from voting, claiming some are too dumb to make an informed decision. But this isn't new -- conservatives have long advocated for onerous voter ID laws and even prerequisite civics tests, policies that work to suppress the vote, even going so far as to say that women shouldn't be allowed to vote. Media Matters looked back at the citizens conservative media have deemed unworthy of voting:
  • Iowa Newspapers Speak Out Over Joni Ernst Snubbing Them

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst has canceled or declined to meet with editorial boards at several major Iowa newspapers, including the Des Moines Register, the largest circulation daily in the state.  In interviews with Media Matters, staffers at those outlets suggested Ernst's lack of availability is nearly unprecedented. Ernst is a state senator and the Republican nominee for the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin. She is facing Democratic challenger Bruce Braley, currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In a…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Food Day Events Coming to a City Near You

    daniellenierenberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Food Day, founded by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is October 24th. Their goal is to help inspire Americans to change their food choices and convince businesses, schools, farms, and policy makers to implement healthier, more sustainable food policies. Thousands of events around the country will bring eaters together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for action to make food safe, healthy, affordable, and accessible. Chicago is gearing up for an October 23 celebration of Food Day including events around the city organized by Building a Healthier Chicago, involving…
  • Beaten, Trapped, Abused and Underpaid – Migrant Domestic Workers in the UAE

    Kim Amador
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Clar Ni Chonghaile, The Guardian, UK – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has failed to protect female migrant domestic workers from beatings, hunger, overwork, underpayment and forced labour, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, urging authorities in the Gulf State to end the traditional kafala visa sponsorship system, which perpetuates much of the exploitation. In a new report, HRW said the kafala system, which decrees that a domestic worker cannot move to a new job before their contract ends without the employer’s consent, trapped many women in abusive conditions. There are at…
  • Liberia: Gay Community Under Attack in Liberia Over Ebola Outbreak

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dakar/New York -Leroy Ponpon doesn't know whether to lock himself in his flat in Monrovia because of the deadly Ebola virus, or because he is gay. Christian churches' recent linking of the two have made life hell for him and hundreds of other gays.
  • Africa: Thousands of Child Migrants Feared in Thrall to Italian Traffickers

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    [Guardian Network]Rome -Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.
  • Boko Haram ‘abducts more women’

    BBC News - Home
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Dozens of women and girls have been abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants despite a reported truce, residents say.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Renée Zellweger, Iggy Azalea, and Playing Favorites with Female Celebrities

    Pia Glenn
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    A few days ago, actress Renée Zellweger appeared at a film industry event and her appearance in the red carpet photos was heavily questioned and criticized. There were questions about possible plastic surgery that may have taken place, and many insults aimed at her age, facial structure, and industry standing. I’m not writing about Renée Zellweger’s face. I find the media pile-on and the social media vitriol horrific and I salute those who clapped back. #ReneeZellweger remained a trending topic as the day went on, which is like a calendar year in internet time. Over on Twitter, I began…
  • On That Despicable Ray Rice Halloween Costume

    Pia Glenn
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    ICYMI, Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was released by the NFL following discovery of a violent beating of his then-fiance, now wife and dragging of her unconscious body. And this fella dressed up as him for Halloween. What is wrong with people? Okay, no–don’t answer that. I’m well aware that it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round and we all have different taste levels and moral compass settings and comedic sensibilities and backgrounds and life experiences and intelligence levels and so on, but sometimes I just have to wonder what the hell someone is thinking. So many things make me…
  • There’s No Ex-Cub Factor in This Year’s World Series … Or Is There?

    David Von Ebers
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Baseball is a game of absurd complexity and equally absurd superstition. It has nearly unfathomable regulations, like the infield fly rule or what constitutes a balk, and there are at least seven different ways for a batter to get on base other than by getting a hit. That is, if you count offensive interference and defensive interference as separate methods of getting on base … which you should, when you really think about it. But it’s the sheer goofiness of baseball lore that makes it the idiosyncratic, byzantine and yet uniquely American phenomenon that it is. And there is no greater…
  • Extreme Haunted Houses and the Privilege of Paying for Fear

    Pia Glenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Like any holiday, ways in which Halloween may be observed vary greatly. One of the ways in which merchants rake in the holiday cash is by setting up professional haunted houses. These are not the haunted houses some of recall from youth, though. Today, a professional haunted house might include physical assault, being verbally berated, or submerged in water, all occurring under the legal umbrella of a waiver signed by the participant to indemnify the organizers in case of injury or accident. I don’t mind a good horror movie jump cue and I see the entertainment value in staged fear, but I…
  • Upon Further Review #1: How Fans Become Horrible People, a Fanatical Look at St. Louis

    Shane Paul Neil
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    In my experience, explaining why I love sports to non-fans is much like explaining my Christianity to atheists. It usually ends in a debate I’m not so excited to participate in and I usually end up feeling a little less intelligent than when I started. There are certain groups of people who by default are bestowed a certain intellectual (and sometimes moral) superiority including non-sports fans, atheists and people who don’t own televisions. (They are by far the most intimidating people. WTF do you do all day?) It is sometimes easy to see where this superiority comes from. There are more…
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    Wonkette

  • Sarah Palin Is A Communist RINO Now

    Alex Ruthrauff
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Niche lifestyle brand Sarah Palin has endorsed a Democrat in Alaska’s race for governor. Really! Former Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker. […] “Last night my family, along with Byron and Toni Mallott, and our campaign staff attended a reception hosted by Todd and Sarah Palin at their lakeside property in Wasilla,” said Walker in a press release sent Wednesday. Bill Walker is not a Democrat; he’s a Palin pal who’s running as an independent. But Byron Mallott, Walker’s running mate since the two teamed up in a ballot reshuffle to screw over…
  • Gov. Nikki Haley Wants To Arm All The Lady-Beaters, For The Constitution

    Kaili Joy Gray
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina runs a hell of a state. It’s the kind of state where Stand Your Ground laws don’t apply to victims of domestic violence — because that would be ridiculous! — and it’s still A-OK to let your Confederate freak flag fly because the out-of-state CEOs Haley talks to don’t have a problem with it. Also, she ended racism by getting elected, YOU’RE WELCOME. Since Haley has her re-election in November pretty much assured (good job, South Carolina, we’re very proud of you), she’s obviously feeling pretty confident…
  • Senate Dems To Old Nazis: No Social Security For You!

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This seems like a probably good idea: Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey plan to introduce legislation that would cut off Social Security benefits for accused Nazi war criminals. We weren’t actually aware that was a problem, but it turns out that “dozens” of former SS guards and other suspected war crimers continued to collect Social Security even after they were forced to leave the U.S., thanks to a loophole in immigration law that the Justice Department used to persuade them to get out of the country. Schumer and Casey want to end the payments, although at this point only…
  • Steve King: Dogs May Go To Heaven, Gays Not So Much

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Iowa Congresscantaloupe Steve King has some thoughts on The Gheys, as well as on where you will find them in the afterlife and where you won’t. Sadly, according to King, the odds of Heaven having any really good discotheques are pretty slim, so people who have lived lives of great rectitude should just resign themselves to spending eternity in the equivalent of a Holiday Inn cocktail lounge. In an interview with local paper The Jefferson Herald, King hinted that he isn’t terribly thrilled that the Pope is considering mucking around with the family, even if the Catholic Church ends…
  • Texas Texbooks Gonna Jesus Away All The Global Warming

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    We told you a while back about some of the fun distortions of American history that have made it into textbooks written to Texas’s terrible history standards, but history isn’t the only subject that goes off into rightwing fantasyland in Texas textbooks. The Washington Post brings us this review by Josh Rosenau, from the National Center for Science Education, who looks at how some of the books submitted for the Texas Board of Education’s approval cover climate change. You may be astonished to learn that they aren’t always the most accurate, science-wise! (Which is to…
 
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    Hot Air

  • NYC doctor who recently treated Ebola patients rushed to hospital with 103-degree fever

    Allahpundit
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Again? People are inured to “possible Ebola case” stories at this point because of how many silly false alarms there have been over the past few weeks. Every time a passenger gets sick on a trans-Atlantic flight, local media starts breathing into a paper bag. This one looks legit, though. The doctor was in Guinea, an […] Read this post »
  • Revealed: ICE released some illegals charged with violent crimes — after telling Americans they hadn’t

    Allahpundit
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Lies. Via Guy Benson, the key point is the lying, not the fact that they’re putting dangerous people who have no right to be here back onto America’s streets. After all, they do that all the time. The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the […] Read this post »
  • Latest viral video: Priests doing a dance-off in the Vatican*

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Gaudium et spats. I can finally claim to have been at the cutting edge of a viral video — because I saw this one in Rome a couple of weeks ago with one of the priests in the clip. I’m not sure that’ll impress too many people, but I’ll take what I can get. Early in my coverage […] View the video »
  • Arbiter orders NFL commissioner to testify in hearing on Rice appeal

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Resistance. An ugly chapter in this year’s NFL season may get even uglier in a couple of weeks. Former Baltimore running back Ray Rice and the NFL Players Association filed an appeal of the additional punishment Rice received when explicit video of his assault on his then-girlfriend-and-now-wife emerged after Rice got a much-criticized two-game suspension. NFL […] Read this post »
  • TEMS Thursday: Duane Patterson, John-Henry Westen, Jason Mattera

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    4 ET! Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! Duane “Generalissimo” Patterson brings us up to date on the week’s top stories and gives us a preview of tonight’s Hugh Hewitt show. LifeSiteNews.com co-founder John-Henry Westen was out at the Synod with me, and […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • It Is Possible To Get Affordable Dental Insurance

    Randy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance companies use different criteria for determining policy premiums, and every one is different. By following these tips, you will have a better understanding of your existing policies. You will also be able to choose new policies with greater skill. You are more than likely overpaying for your coverage and may not have the coverage you truly need. Get a better handle on insurance basics and choosing options that meet your needs with these suggestions. TIP! To help you get…
  • Strategies That Will Work For You When Dealing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    TIP! Always maintain realistic expectations about your investments. It is common knowledge that stock market success and overnight riches do not happen instantly, unless you do a lot of high risk trading. While most people know someone who has become rich by investing in the stock market, most people also know someone who has been made bankrupt by the stock market. You need to be able to distinguish sound investments from ones that will cost you a lot of money. The more you know about investing, the more likely it will be that you will end up turning a profit on the stock market. The…
  • Make Your Home Based Business Work For You

    Randy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    TIP! Make sure you understand your production costs on homemade items. Wholesale prices are usually double the cost of production. There are many benefits to having a home business enterprise, including flexible hours and calling the shots. You have the opportunity to work on something you are passionate about. Interested in starting one? Look to the tips here to help you reap the rewards today. TIP! When you are going to hire people to help with your home business, it is important to do your research on them. The people that you hire must be dependable and knowledgeable with regard to the…
  • Read On For Home Buying Tips You Should Know

    Randy
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    TIP! When negotiating with a seller, make a reasonable offer. Many times people are too aggressive because they are trying to get the best price, and they end up losing out entirely. Real estate can be a complicated topic for anyone to learn. So before you take a leap into the market, make sure that you first educate yourself about the topic. Knowing what you are getting yourself into can give you the advantage of foreseeing problems before they arise, and protect your family and you from hardship in the future. For some tips and advice on the art of buying real estate, read on. TIP! If a…
  • Insurance Advice You Can’t Live Without

    Randy
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    TIP! Save your wallet some grief and price shop for current quotes whenever a policy of yours comes up for renewal. Insurance providers utilize a number of different considerations when calculating the premium prices of your policy, and each company has its own distinct formula. There are so many different kinds of policies that it is easy to get lost in it all. The tips in this article will help you decide on the best insurance to get. TIP! Try to buy multiple types of insurance from one company, if possible. Many insurance companies offer a discount to customers who carry more than one…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Marie Formica
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    #NATIONAL A man, a fan; Joe Biden in aviators with cash; also Joe Biden and dogs that look like Joe Biden; they’re letting just anyone into the ol’ U.N. Security Council these days; do Texas healthcare workers just want to kill everyone? jeez; this healthcare worker definitely wants to kill everyone; where did this space [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Mattie Duppler Leaving ATR For the Hill

    nolongerfamous
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    After five years at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Mattie Duppler is leaving her post as the Director of Budget and Regulatory Policy to move to the hill. She’ll be joining the House Republican Conference chaired by Cathy McMorris Rodgers as their Coalitions Director. In addition to crafting policy, Mattie was a regular the [...]The post Mattie Duppler Leaving ATR For the Hill appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    #NATIONAL Your name can go to Mars; Google hired a camel for desert streetview; skip the jack-o-lantern, make a keg; you have a carefully engineered craving for bacon; yes, your dog heard and understood that; Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel – Senate elections edition; Is brunch for jerks? Discuss; Maureen Dowd should try a rookie [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Raise your hand if you’re reading this at the Nats game. Look around. Now go high five those other people raising their hands. They are awesome. #THENATIONALS  Nats fans -Tag/tweet us your pics at @FamousDC / @Famous_DC! We’ll pick the best and give away an hour worth of a free open bar for you and [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • What does a #Natitude playoff Friday game at 3:07 pm mean to DC?

    fdc
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Nats fans -Tag/tweet us your pics at @FamousDC / @Famous_DC! We’ll pick the best and give away an hour worth of a free open bar for you and a guest at our next Happy Hour. Make sure you’re on the list here Photo by Keith Allison 1. Tons of OUT OF OFFICE start popping up around [...]The post What does a #Natitude playoff Friday game at 3:07 pm mean to DC? appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Banking Services

  • A Swiss banker on trial: A day of reckoning?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A Swiss banker on trial Rubric:  Raoul Weil has gone on trial for aiding tax evasion Main image:  20141018_wbp503.jpg IN 2008 Bradley Birkenfeld, an American working for UBS, blew the whistle on the giant Swiss bank’s offshore operations, which had helped thousands of rich Americans to dodge their taxes. Among the lurid details that he revealed was the use of encrypted laptops, the smuggling of diamonds in toothpaste tubes for clients, and evidence of bankers travelling to America on tourist visas to avoid arousing…
  • ING: Up and at ’em

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Party v the people Fly Title:  ING Rubric:  Slim, trim and solvent, ING is looking to regain its disruptive mojo Location:  AMSTERDAM LESS than a decade ago ING Group, with its orange lion logo, was the epitome of finance rampant. Its banking, insurance and asset-management activities sprawled across the globe. Today, as it emerges early from a state bail-out precipitated by its large portfolio of American mortgages, it is again an example—this time of the sort of institution that new, more demanding prudential rules…
  • Business this week

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Main image:  20140927_WWC772.png The superlatives came thick and fast to describe Alibaba’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the world’s biggest, raising $25 billion after underwriters exercised an option for extra shares at the debut price of $68, and it was far ahead of Facebook’s IPO, which had held the record for a tech flotation. Alibaba’s share price rose 38% on the first day of trading, though it fell back somewhat in following sessions. Capping it all Jack Ma, who founded the company, was…
  • Arab Bank: Consorting with terrorists

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  Arab Bank Rubric:  A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks Location:  New York AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find that Arab Bank knowingly provided assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently was complicit in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed. The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week’s verdict notwithstanding, it…
  • The future of banking: You’re boring. Get used to it

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  The future of banking Rubric:  Big banks have changed a lot, but there is more restructuring to come Main image:  20140927_FND001_0.jpg SINCE the financial crisis, it has become commonplace to argue that banks should be run as utilities, not casinos. At least in terms of their financial performance, that seems to be happening. In 2006, the eight American banks that regulators have since labelled “globally systemically important” generated casino-like profits, with returns on equity of 30% on…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Execs Remain Free as Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives involved in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. On Wednesday, the jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were convicted of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts. The operatives were tried for the deaths of 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians who died when their Blackwater unit opened fire. We speak to Jeremy…
  • Citizenfour: Inside Story of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Captured in New Film by Laura Poitras

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    "At this stage I can offer nothing more than my word. I am a senior government employee in the intelligence community. I hope you understand that contacting you is extremely high risk … This will not be a waste of your time." This was one of the first messages Edward Snowden wrote to filmmaker Laura Poitras beginning an exchange that helped expose the massive surveillance apparatus set up by the National Security Agency. Months later, Poitras would meet Snowden for the first time in a Hong Kong hotel room. Poitras filmed more than 20 hours of footage as Snowden debriefed reporters…
  • Headlines for October 23, 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    2 Dead in Attack on Canadian War Memorial, ParliamentReport: U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Killed 32 CiviliansPentagon Confirms Islamic State Got U.S. Arms Drop4 Blackwater Operatives Found Guilty in Nisoor MassacreWHO: True Ebola Death Toll May Be 15,000WHO: 1.5 Million Died of Tuberculosis in 2013Mexico: Tens of Thousands Protest Students' Disappearance; Iguala Mayor ImplicatedWhite House Fence Jumper Quickly ApprehendedDOJ Condemns "Selective" Leaks in Michael Brown Case"O22" Protests Against Police Brutality Held in Over 80 Cities
  • Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:42 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 last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident 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,”…
  • In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech 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…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    For several years now, the State of New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting as part of an effort to revitalize the casino business in Atlantic City, which has suffered in recent years from the fact that neighboring states and Native American tribes have opened their own casinos that have significantly cut back on out of state traffic into the state for destination gambling. The process started in 2012 when Governor Christie signed a bill into law meant to implement a 2011 voter referendum that authorized sports betting at the Atlantic City casinos and select horse racing venues,…
  • Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s been nearly three months now since Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri Police Office Darren Wilson in an incident the facts of which remain largely shrouded in mystery, rumor, and sometimes conflicting eyewitness statements to the media. The shooting itself, of course, set off more than two weeks of protests and confrontations between the police and citizens in the streets of the St. Louis suburb, with protesters demanding that Wilson be arrested and the police responding, at least initially, with an overly excessive militarized response that only seemed to…
  • British Government Backs N.F.L. Franchise In London, But It Doesn’t Make Sense

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    This weekend, the NFL will stage the second of three games scheduled this year at Wembley Stadium in London between the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, continuing a program that began several years ago and has been market by at least one N.F.L. game overseas every year during the regular season. Each of the games has apparently been well received across the pond, with Wembley selling out each time the league had been there in recent years, and that has led to speculation about a possible future franchise in London. N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell himself has made no secret of the idea…
  • Another White House Fence Jumper

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, just weeks after another fence jumper made it deep into the executive mansion amid a series of security failures. Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly apprehended the latest fence jumper, who authorities identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air,…
  • Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse who treated Timothy Eric Duncan to become infected with the Ebola virus is reportedly already free of the virus: Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially deadly virus. Vinson will be transferred into a different unit at Emory University Hospital and is still being treated in the serious communicable diseases unit, the family said. “Amber and our family are ecstatic to receive this latest report on her condition,”…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Nudrat Kamal Huddled around a table, surrounded by a group of teenagers who volunteer every evening, Sohail Rahi and Nadeem Baig explain the birth, vision and achievement of the Lyari Youth Cafe in Karachi. Related Entries October 23, 2014 How Young Pakistanis Help Themselves October 23, 2014 Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
  • How Young Pakistanis Help Themselves

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Nudrat Kamal Progress in the creative and performing arts in Pakistan is hindered by creeping religious fundamentalism. Nevertheless, there are artistic young people who chase their dreams. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth October 23, 2014 Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
  • Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Zubeida Mustafa The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible. Related Entries October 23, 2014 Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth October 23, 2014 How Young Pakistanis Help Themselves
  • Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Michael Nevradakis, Truthout We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy; and with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship. Related Entries October 19, 2014 The Imperative of Revolt October 18, 2014 Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism
  • Ebola Buddy

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    By Mark Fiore Related Entries October 22, 2014 Ebola Defense October 22, 2014 WMDs
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    ThinkProgress

  • Leading Opponent Of Marijuana Legalization Cites Pot As Cause Of Michael Brown’s Death

    Nicole Flatow
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool Discussion about just how Michael Brown died was revived this week after a new gunshot residue analysis and autopsy leaked to the press provided more information about the crime scene. But a psychiatrist who was honored last year by the White House and serves on the board of a prominent anti-marijuana group seized instead on the full results of the toxicology report to argue there is another contributing cause of Brown’s death: marijuana. In a blog post that was publicized on the Facebook page of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project…
  • For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns

    Ari Phillips
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    CREDIT: shutterstock More than three times as many Californians are following news about the drought than are following news about the state’s gubernatorial race. A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 62 percent of voters are following the drought very closely while only 18 percent are following the election very closely. About another 30 percent were following each “fairly closely.” This isn’t just because incumbent Democratic governor Jerry Brown leads his Republican opponent by 16 points. For the first time since 1998 when the PPIC…
  • Texans Call On School Board To Remove Climate Denial From Textbooks

    Katie Valentine
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, pro-science supporters rally prior to a State Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks, in Austin, Texas. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay Thousands of Texans are calling on the state legislature to fix errors in proposed science textbooks, many of which skew facts about climate change. Petitions with more than 24,000 signatures from Texas residents were delivered to the Texas Board of Education and textbook publishing executives in Austin this week. The petitions call for changes in the state’s proposed new science textbooks, which…
  • Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family

    Bryce Covert
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Four major chain stores — Dillard’s, Burlington, REI, American Girl — confirmed to ThinkProgress on Thursday that they will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day as other stores begin to announce they’ll begin Black Friday a day early. In explaining its decision, a spokesperson for Dillard’s told ThinkProgress, “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.” The other three didn’t elaborate on the reasons for staying closed. By…
  • Americans Don’t Trust The Medical Profession

    Sam P.K. Collins
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Americans count among the least trusting of the medical profession, according to an international health care survey. The findings, which appeared in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, show significant levels of suspicion of doctors, especially among those who make less than $30,000 annually. Researchers studied public health polls dating back four decades, including one conducted by a consortium of universities between 2011 and 2013 during which people in 29 countries answered survey questions. In that poll, 58 percent of Americans said they trust the…
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    Slate Articles

  • Vampire Porn

    David Auerbach
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Video sites are by far the biggest consumers of bandwidth on the web: Netflix, YouTube, Twitch … MindGeek. Or maybe that last one doesn’t ring a bell? Founded in 2007 by Canadians Stephane Manos and Ouissam Youssef, MindGeek (formerly known as Manwin and Mansef) has over 100 million daily visitors and is one of the top 10 consumers of bandwidth; some reports have them in the top three. They operate nearly a hundred websites that in total consume more bandwidth than Twitter, Amazon, or Facebook. Of all top content providers, though, Mindgeek has by far the most shadowy presence. Its…
  • Panda Sluggers

    William Saletan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Democratic candidates are on the run. In ad after ad, debate after debate, they’re being hammered for “voting 97 percent with Barack Obama” and supporting “the policies of this failed president.” They need a boogeyman. And they’ve found one: China.
  • Ukraine’s Slow Descent Into Madness

    Lucian Kim
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    KIEV, Ukraine—Less than a year ago, Viktor Yanukovych was not yet the disgraced former president of Ukraine and ruled over his impoverished but peaceful nation from Mezhyhirya, his sprawling residence outside Kiev. Here Yanukovych entertained his cronies aboard a fake Spanish galleon, watched TV from the comfort of his wood-paneled Jacuzzi, and prayed for redemption in a jewel-encrusted private chapel.
  • The Real Secret of Serial

    Hanna Rosin
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Like many people I know, I am addicted to Serial, the podcast from the people behind This American Life that reinvestigates the 15-years-ago murder of a high school girl, Hae Min Lee, and reveals its discoveries one week at a time. (In today’s episode we dig deep into the timeline of the crime. I listened before breakfast.) But for all the plot twists and turns that the show unveils every week, there is one thing I really want to know that I bet will never be revealed: Does reporter Sarah Koenig already know whether she thinks Adnan Syed, the ex-boyfriend who is in jail for the murder, was…
  • The United States of Reddit 

    Christian Rudder
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Adapted from Dataclysm: Who We Are When We Think No One's Looking by Christian Rudder. Out now from Crown Publishers.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • New York City Health Care Worker Being Treated for Possible Ebola

    Inae Oh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A health care worker who had been treating Ebola patients in West Africa was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan on Thursday after suffering from Ebola-like symptoms, including a 103-degree fever and nausea. The New York City Health Department released a statement indicating the patient had returned to the country within the past 21 days. The patient was transported by a specially trained HAZ TAC unit wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  After consulting with the hospital and the CDC, DOHMH has decided to conduct a test for the Ebola virus because of this patient’s…
  • Students at a Nebraska High School Can Now Pose With Guns in Their Senior Portraits

    Inae Oh
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Seniors at Broken Bow High School in Nebraska have been granted their God-given right to pose with guns for their upcoming senior portraits, just as long as the photos are taken off campus and done "tastefully." “The board, I believe, felt they wanted to give students who are involved in those kinds of things the opportunity to take a senior picture with their hobby, with their sport, just like anybody with any other hobby or sport,” Superintendent Mark Sievering explained to local paper, the Omaha World-Herald. One would think such a bizarre proposal would prompt some level of…
  • Elizabeth Warren's Latest Comment About Running For President Is the Most Cryptic Yet

    Tim Murphy
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    With 106 weeks until the next presidential election, speculating about a potential Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) candidacy is like going on a long car ride with a six-year-old. "Are you running?" No. "How about now?" No. "Now?" No. "Now?" No. "What about now?" No. "Are you running?" No. "Are you running?" [exasperated sigh] "Aha!" But Warren does continue to do the things people who are considering a run for president tend to do—flying to Iowa to rally the troops on behalf of Rep. Bruce Braley, for instance, and going on tour to promote a campaign-style book. Her latest venture, a…
  • Map: The Most Popular NFL Teams Everywhere in America—According to Twitter

    AJ Vicens
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    For now, even after all the concussions, the domestic violence, and the still-horribly named team from Washington, DC, Americans still love their pro football. Twitter took a stab at measuring the popularity of every NFL franchise by looking at the official Twitter handle for each team and then counting followers of those teams in each county. It's an imperfect measure, for sure, but it's a nifty interface and a lot of fun! Take a look:
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 22, 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    A US Marine Sgt. speaks with a local child while on patrol in Afghanistan. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
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  • Canada Offers A Lesson On How Media Can Cover 'Breaking News'

    John Amato
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    James West at Mother Jones wrote a great piece about how well and mannered the CBC covered the Canada shootings Wednesday, as compared to how the American media uses the ridiculous "Breaking News" hyped up nonsense that gives us no information, but hopes you'll stayed tuned anyway because they tell you it's "Breaking News." The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting. Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the shootings in Ottawaunfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy…
  • Joni Ernst's Got A Gun

    John Amato
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The wild and wacky Joni Ernst Campaign show just keeps getting better and better. Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, said during an NRA event in 2012 that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government. “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro, Iowa. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family -- whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s…
  • Pope Frank: Abolish Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment

    Susie Madrak
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I really do admire this man: VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. "It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor," the pope said Oct. 23 in a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law. "All Christians and people of good will are thus called…
  • Fox Host: Pro-gun Control Supermodel Is 'Known For Her Bottom... She Should Stick To That'

    David
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    When it comes to expressing opinions on gun control, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said on Thursday that supermodels should keep their mouths shut and their clothes off. Following the shooting near Parliament in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, supermodel Chrissy Teigen made what The Huffington Post called "a good point" about the difference between gun violence in the U.S. and other countries. "[A]ctive shooting in Canada, or as we call it in america, wednesday," she wrote on Twitter. "That's not a joke. It is a fact," she added. But as is usually the case with Fox News, hosts at the network…
  • The Economy: What Is The Closing Argument Of Democrats?

    Robert Borosage
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How should Democrats make their case on the economy? In the last days of the election, this isn’t a rhetorical question. For all the furor about Ebola, ISIS, Ferguson, the Secret Service, and Obama, the economy will remain the determining issue in this election. And that is a challenge for Democrats, with polls showing, bizarrely enough, that voters give Republicans the edge on the economy. Two challenges remain for candidates. They must ignite their base voters and get them out to vote, and they must appeal to the low-information, undecided voters or, rarer, true independents who are just…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Maeve Binchy and the well written happy ending…

    Jim Booth
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Maeve Binchy’s fictional world is one where those who try to do good turn out well…as for the others…. As I’ve made clear by now to any who read my essays on the books I read, I have devoted 2014 … Continue reading →
  • Colorado’s Amendment 67: cynical and cruel, not compassionate

    Brian Angliss
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Colorado's latest zygote personhood amendment is a cynical ploy to use a tragic accident and a now closed legal loophole to ban all abortions in the state. Continue reading →
  • Breaking Bad toy fiasco

    Cat White
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Irwin Mainway would be proud. Even he would have a hard time topping this headline: “Toys R Us pulls meth-toting ‘Breaking Bad’ action figures from shelves after Florida mom’s protest.” The dolls, based on the recently concluded AMC series, featured characters … Continue reading →
  • ALEC: Church activists are hurting us. Make them stop

    Cat White
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The conservative political Goliath known as ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) may have met its David in the guise of Unitarian-Universalists and other progressives. ALEC has been wounded not with a sling and stone, but knowledge and organized financial pressure … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for October 22, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    I hate being alone with my own thoughts. In fact, I’m taking out a restraining order so my thoughts have to keep 500 feet away. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • “The Death Of Klinghoffer” Lived

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    John Adams and Alice Goodman’s 1991 opera explores the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American Jew who was killed during the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by members of the Palestine Liberation Front. The Metropolitan Opera’ new staging of the play opened on Monday night, but long before the curtain was drawn, the drama had already begun, as the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish organizations (and some guy named Rudy Giuliani) protested the Met’s decision to stage a show that they claim has anti-Semitic overtones and tries to justify…
  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Whom does an atheist thank after making a game-winning play?
  • Can Obama Seal The Iran Deal Without Congress?

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Earlier this week, David Sanger reported that the administration is looking at ways to avoid a Congressional vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran, including ways to suspend sanctions via executive fiat. Jack Goldsmith takes issue with that approach, arguing that it would make any eventual deal very tenuous: The fact that the President does not think he can get Congress on board for any deal with Iran signals to Iran that any deal would be with the President alone, and would last only as long as his waiver authority – i.e. two more years. The deal could last longer, as it did with the last…
  • The State Of The Race In South Dakota

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    New South Dakota Senate Poll: Rounds 48; Weiland 24; Pressler 16 http://t.co/J3kMx5nKIO — Jon Lauck (@jlauck1941) October 23, 2014 Earlier this week a reader from Texas gave us a great rundown of midterms down there. A reader in South Dakota follows suit: Six months ago, I would tell anybody who would listen that there was zero chance that the Senate seat held by Democrat Tim Johnson was going to go to another Democrat. Former Governor Mike Rounds, a Republican, would win by a land slide. I used to laugh when I would see SD even put in any category but a surefire GOP win. Now, I am not…
  • Dissents Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A reader quotes me: I still favor maximal religious liberty – even for a public accommodation like this one because requiring individuals to perform a marriage ceremony against their beliefs is just something we don’t do in a liberal society. This business had two parts, based on the descriptions you provided. The first part was in the performance of marriages by the owners, and I agree that the owners should not be forced to perform a marriage contrary to their beliefs. But it sounds like their second business was in renting the space like you’d rent a ballroom at a hotel, with…
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    WSJ.COM

  • How Medicare 'Self-Referral' Thrives on Loophole

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    A Florida medical group shows how doctors can order Medicare-funded procedures from entities in which they have financial interests, despite a decades-old federal law seeking to ban most ‘self-referral.’
  • S.C. House Speaker Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Violations

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell resigned his office and pleaded guilty to a slate of campaign-finance violations, a stunning fall for a man who had been one of the state’s most powerful leaders for more than a decade.
  • Party Preparations: Senate Maneuvering Begins

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    With Republicans looking increasingly likely to take control of the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are already considering how they will operate in the chamber if the levers of power are reversed.
  • South Dakota Senate Race Gets Spirited

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A South Dakota Senate race that was seen as an easy pickup for Republicans has become surprisingly competitive, spurring both major parties to place last-minute advertising buys.
  • 2014 Poll Tracker --- Senate, Governors, Other Races

    8 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Explore the Wall Street Journal's guide to top Senate and governor races and compare sentiment in national polls. Data provided by Real Clear Politics.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Malaysia Air 370 Suspicions

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world. SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still…
  • The Evil of WWI

    T. Hunt Tooley
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The fiftieth anniversary of the First World War in 1964 felt nothing like the current centennial observances. It is worth asking what has changed. When I was growing up in the sixties in a small town in Texas, World War I seemed as remote to me as the Revolutionary War. Not that the conflict was not unknown to me. In our city park there was a statue of a First World War soldier and a memorial to hometown sons who had died in the war. And my grandmother and grandfather told me stories of relief and celebration in 1918 at the war’s end. At school, the dumbing down of “social studies” was…
  • The London Beer Flood

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Two hundred years ago today, a 15-foot-high tidal wave of one hundred litres of beer swept through London. A three-storey-high vat of beer ruptured, flooding the streets and destroying homes, and eight people died in one of the strangest alcohol-related accidents in history. To those who died, the cause is largely inconsequential. But we all have to perish someday, and drowning in litres of beer is a spectacular way to go. Here are some of the most memorable and bizarre ways to die. The Boston Treacle Flood The US version of the beer flood took place in 1919, when a steel tank of black…
  • The Doctor Is in

    Gary North
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Price competition has just taken a giant step forward in medical care. Walmart is getting into the clinic business. This will be mass production.  Most people are within a short drive of a Walmart. Medicare people can get in. Walmart will not be taking other medical insurance except for its in-house program. This means reduced paperwork. This will take out the bottom of the market for physicians. Now physicians will have to specialize . . . or join an HMO. This is all the medical care most people need most of the time. They just want to be told that they are not really seriously sick. For…
  • Not Parroting the State?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is…
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    ABC NEWS

  • A Brief History of the Craziest Congressional Campaign of the Year

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If anyone in Hollywood writes a movie script based on one Congressional campaign of the 2014 midterm election season, Tinseltown should look no farther than California???s 52nd congressional district. A film about this political drama, which pits freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters against former city councilman Carl DeMaio, might not garner any Oscar nominations, but it has all the scandalous allegations and sexual intrigue of a silver-screen blockbuster.
  • Bristol Palin Explains Brawl, Attacks Bidens, Clintons

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Bristol Palin has blogged a defense of herself and her family, as well as explaining what really happened during a brawl on the evening of Sept. 6.
  • Success and Fun: the Bradlee Effect

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    But we have to be able to do serious things, without taking ourselves too seriously. The world can be a heavy place, so why not try to add some lightness more to our life whether in our professions or our partnerships. Doing serious things in a fun way might be a paradox, but it is the path to succeeding.
  • Close To Home

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES IT???S PRECISELY THE KIND OF ATTACK THAT U.S. OFFICIALS FEAR: While there is no indication that the events in Canada pose a direct threat to the U.S., President Obama told reporters the shootings in Canada underscore that the U.S. must...
  • Ebola Czar Ron Klain Starts His Job - Quietly

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Newly-installed Ebola Czar Ron Klain appeared for the first time today with his new boss President Obama in the Oval Office ??? and said not a word. In fact, the president didn???t even introduce Klain or acknowledge him during a brief press avail after their...
 
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  • good hair

    Stephanie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    When Emma was born she was bald as a cupie doll.  Literally, no hair.  And honestly, I expected as much.  Most blond-headed, blue eyed kiddos have little-to-no hair at birth.  Cate had been similar, except for a decent patch of growth on the lower head/upper neck area that she rubbed off with time.So, when Alice was born, and I saw that sweet baby head covered with curly blond hair I knew we were in for a bit of a change.  And, by golly, I was right.As a toddler, her hair was delightful.  I could put it in adorable piggy tails that would curl so sweetly and frame…
  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

    Stephanie
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Yesterday I almost wrote a massive post about people who complain.  Which is ironic seeing as I am a huge complainer, and I would have simply been complaining about complainers.  I need to stop having a beef with everyone.  Jeez.  So, today I thought I'd write about something less Debbie Downer like t.v.!Lately, I've been watching more television than normal.  It's fun.  I'm mean, I barely watched anything over the summer, and now that fall is in full-swing my t.v. viewing habits have ramped up and I'm really enjoying it.  I know y'all might be pooh-poohing…
  • Revere Pewter

    Stephanie
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
     I always get wildly inspired to do an indoor project once the school year begins and I have a bit of quiet time in the house again.  But, since Wes and I are still in the process of remodeling our kitchen (concrete countertops, new back splash, painting cabinets white, etc...) I needed to do something that was easy, cheap and could be done by me alone.  So, I chose to paint my entire family room, nook, hallway and kitchen last week. Ten years ago I had painted the majority of my house in my then favorite color, Peanut, by Devine Paint.  And, it had been great.
  • Waluga

    Stephanie
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I attended Waluga Jr. High in 1985 and 1986.  It's no longer called Waluga, it's now called Lakeridge Jr. High and has expanded to include the neighboring elementary school as part of it's campus (going from a 7th and 8th grade school to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade school).  Alice had a volleyball game last Saturday at Waluga, so I took some pictures of the old school while we waited for her game to start.Our family drives by this school every Sunday as we head to Grannie and Papa's house for dinner.  I love point it out and tell my kids silly stories from my days there.  The…
  • high school: a metaphor {part 2}

    Stephanie
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Whoa.  Life took over at the end of last week and I had to leave you all hanging with only posting the first part of this story and not getting to the good stuff until now.  So, sorry.  Unfortunately, I got all swirled up with my need to completely repaint my entire downstairs, help a friend whom I adore, and battle crazy mean menstrual cramps all at once, so time just got away from me.Okay, back to the story.  I'm thinking that maybe my metaphor is totally lame (although I did run it by one of my bestest friends who was in high school with me, and she "got it") but, maybe…
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    Mother Jones

  • Kevin Vickers, Canada's Badass National Hero, Is a Portrait of Humility

    Jenna McLaughlin
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Kevin Vickers, Canada's sergeant at arms since 2006, is being heralded worldwide as a national hero after he reportedly shot and killed an armed assailant in the nation's Parliament building Wednesday morning. It was a highly emotional moment when Vickers returned to Parliament today—watch the video above—and was greeted with an extended standing ovation. Witnesses are convinced that Vickers, 58, prevented a large-scale massacre in Ottawa. And though he has not yet spoken publicly about his actions (he's notoriously modest), his record of public service is proof enough of his…
  • Watch How Ebola Spread Across Liberia

    Alex Park
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    When Ebola came to Liberia on March 22, it was a serious problem—not an existential threat to the entire country. Twelve people fell ill, and 11 of them died. By the end of April, the outbreak seemed to have run its course. But when the virus returned in late May, it moved more swiftly, spreading to 5 of Liberia's 15 counties by July. By early August, a majority of the counties had been affected. Based on figures released by Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, we've reconstructed the path of the virus in that country. The first Liberian cases were in the northern part of…
  • Scott Brown’s Big-Money Sellout

    Andy Kroll
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Name a major super-PAC or dark-money outfit and there's a good chance it has helped Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Karl Rove's American Crossroads? Check. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity? Check. The US Chamber of Commerce, billionaire Joe Ricketts' Ending Spending, FreedomWorks for America, ex-Bush ambassador John Bolton's super-PAC—check, check, check, and check. Despite being a darling of conservative deep-pocketed groups, Brown once was a foe of big-money machers. As a state…
  • SWAT Teams Keep Killing Innocent People in Their Homes

    Sam Brodey
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, 85 percent of SWAT operations target private residences. When heavily-armed policemen conduct raids at peoples' homes, they often go in expecting a fight from hardened criminals—but sometimes they're wrong. Here are a few cases where botched SWAT raids ended in tragedy: Bounkham Phonesavanh Curtis Compton/ZUMA Press One night last May, 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh ("Bou Bou") was sleeping in the Atlanta home of relatives. Around 2 a.m., a SWAT team arrived to arrest Bou Bou's 30-year-old cousin, an alleged drug dealer. Officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room where…
  • Ratings of Animal Planet Show Nosedive After MoJo Exposé

    James West
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Animal Planet's hit reality TV show Call of the Wildman came under intense scrutiny earlier this year as the subject of a seven-month Mother Jones investigation into behind-the-scenes animal mistreatment. Now, it's no longer such a hit. Prime time audiences for this year's season tumbled by nearly a third compared to 2013—translating to an average loss of more than 400,000 viewers per first-run episode, according to figures supplied to Mother Jones by Nielsen, the media ratings company. The Mother Jones exposé, published January 21, revealed that the show trapped and caged wild…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Rochester byelection: Tories select local businesswoman Kelly Tolhurst

    Press Association
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Winning candidate edges out rival by slimmest of margins as Tories reveal determination not to lose another seat to UkipLocal businesswoman Kelly Tolhurst has been selected as the Conservative candidate in the Rochester and Strood byelection after narrowly topping a postal ballot open to all voters in the constituency. Tolhurst pipped fellow Tory councillor Anna Firth to the nomination, with 50.44% of the 5,688 votes cast, as against 49.56% for her rival.There is likely to be disappointment among the Tory high command at the relatively low turnout, as they set up a costly postal primary in…
  • Unsavoury campaign swung Smethwick in 1964 | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Keith Graham (Letters, 21 October) suggests an alternative reason for Patrick Gordon Walkers 1964 Smethwick defeat. But his theory that it was the intervention of a Liberal candidate, on a higher turnout, that swung the result is factually wrong and also at odds with the national trends in that election. The turnout was down, not up, in Smethwick, by 2% (also nationally). Obviously, third candidate reduced the percentage votes of Tory and Labour. However, across the country the Tories lost a parliamentary majority of 100, their vote down by 6%. In Smethwick their percentage vote increased by…
  • Will Uruguay's marijuana experiment survive under 'Pepe' Mujica's successor?

    Uki Goñi in Montevideo
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Luis Lacalle Pou, 41, challenges Tabaré Vázquez, 74, for presidency in most liberal nation of South AmericaTiny Uruguay, the most progressive country in Latin America, is expecting this weekend a historic electoral showdown between the elderly socialists who have been in power for the past 10 years, represented by Tabaré Vázquez, 74, and young conservatives, represented by Luis Lacalle Pou, 41 who, although running behind in pre-election opinion polls, hope to take the presidency in what appears to be an inevitable second round slated for 30 November.Whoever wins the contest…
  • EU leaders set to strike climate deal to cut greenhouse gases 40% by 2030

    Ian Traynor and Arthur Neslen in Brussels
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    But Poland threatens to use veto against agreement aimed to set the stage for Paris summit if it is not granted exemptionsEuropean leaders were expected to strike a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030.But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised. Continue reading...
  • Politics Weekly podcast: the cost of saving the NHS

    Presented by Hugh Muir and produced by Phil Maynard
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Michael White, Anne Perkins and Rafael Behr join Hugh Muir to discuss the plans to reform the NHS, the debate on Britain and the EU and the ill-advised Ukip calypso Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Joni Ernst ducks a discussion of the issues

    Greg Sargent
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In a way, it’s fitting that as the Iowa Senate race comes down to the wire, Joni Ernst is declining to meet with the editorial board of Iowa’s most influential newspaper, a snub that the paper itself is now casting as a refusal to discuss her specific prescriptions for the future of the state. It […]
  • The real problem with Joni Ernst’s quote about guns and the government

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Regular readers will know that I’m a critic of the “My opponent said something objectionable and I’m outraged!” school of campaigning, not to mention the “Candidate said something objectionable!” school of campaign coverage. One of the most important rules in assessing “gaffes” or outsized statements is that if the moment was extemporaneous, out of character, […]
  • Morning Plum: Yes, some vulnerable Democrats are standing up for Obamacare

    Greg Sargent
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Don’t look now, but some of the most embattled Democratic Senators and candidates have actually been offering a surprisingly spirited defense of the political Ebola otherwise known as Obamacare. And get this: Some of them have actually spoken up a bit for its success in expanding health coverage to poor people. Remarkably, they have not […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    * Mitch McConnell seems to have a good handle on how to spend money wisely: When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Bentonabruptly resigned in late August amidst revelations of apparent ties to an Iowa bribery scandal, the campaign assured reporters that Benton had not been very involved with the campaign since that May’s primary. […]
  • What Republicans don’t get about the minimum wage

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Republicans don’t like talking about the minimum wage, which is only natural given that their position is one that is extremely unpopular (raising the minimum to $10.10 an hour, the level advocated by Democrats, regularly polls at 70 percent or more). But while their political problem on the issue stems from their policy stance, the […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Raw Edge of The Break

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    At this point, I think you just can't help yourself. You saw hope and change, and you said, oh, I want none of that. No return to a more new-deal, more Keynesian sort of system. No, let's go and prove that all those defeats came because we didn't push our views hard enough down people's throats. Let me be blunt here: people wanted change. Now they won't be satisfied with what might have left them feeling fulfilled earlier. And you set this in motion, just so you could disappoint people in one man. I'm sorry to tell you, or perhaps glad, that all he had to be was the guy smart enough to be in…
  • Indigenous People's Day or Columbus Day?

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Seattle, Washington is the latest in a group of cities to celebrate "Indigenous People's Day" as a counter-celebration of federal holiday, "Columbus Day," acknowledging Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, in protest of the genocide of Indians upon Columbus's arrival, some cities and states are taking it upon themselves to change the holiday. There's no issue in celebrating the culture of Native Americans and the value they hold in the history of America. However, "boycotting" a holiday over the history of our country makes absolutely no sense, and why would Native…
  • A Philosophy of Courage

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Some things you build, you put together and you fasten them with hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers. Other things you grow, and to grow those things, you have to have the courage to let them have a life of their own. Courage I think too many people lack nowadays.You can construct an empty shell of any philosophy from parts, folks paying lip service to ideals, but retreating to expedience and prejudice when challenged. I believe in my country. I believe it's something special. I believe it's something worth fighting for. Not just, though, as a patch of land to protect, or a population…
  • Obama's Semper Latte Salute

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The White House shared this video on Instagram, and backlash ensued. Obama never served in the military, and that shows here. However, if it's not necessary to salute since he's not a former or retire military member, he should've just skipped it. Oh my, this just does not look good. Regardless, he's the Commander in Chief of the United States and I expected better. Loading President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014. Watch him speak at 12:50pm ET on his plan to #ActOnClimate: http://wh.gov/climate-change View on Instagram
  • Senator Pearce Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program. Does it make it better that he said he didn't mean it…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • A Question for Governor Kasich

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    According to John Kasich's friend Curt Steiner, Kasich is a solid GOP man but a "biological Democrat" meaning the son of a mailman was raised in a working class and Democrat environment. While Kasich has been in politics for the GOP most of his adult life and was already a state senator in Ohio at 26, he has always been a centrist, although he would likely label himself as a pragmatist. So, Ohio Governor Kasich's getting into bed with Obamacare is nothing to be shocked about. Even if he says he is not in bed with Obamacare, or only part of it, and that the press completely misquoted him. This…
  • Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    As much as the President or democrats or others don't want to believe it, Obama IS a war president. The "Bush's fault" argument doesn't hold much value anymore because, yes, Obama did bring troops home from Iraq, but he sent thousands more over to Afghanistan, and he's been at war his entire presidency. He's just not a strong war president. The Ebola outbreak has prompted a need for boots in Africa to contain the virus (agreed), and Obama is "all in." With just 3 confirmed cases of Ebola in the US, the virus has been played a non-threat to the people here. ISIL or ISIS is a direct and urgent…
  • 3 Dollars a Day in Wisconsin

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    It's a quite a change to go from being a high-powered Harvard MBA grad working for Mckinsey & Co. in New York and Washington DC to working with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in her home state of Wisconsin. But that's what Mary Burke chose to do a few years back. after spending some time working for the family business her father set up, Trek Bicycle Corporation, where she briefly held a couple of executive positions. From the boys and girls club to spending her own money to get elected to the Madison School Board was a logical step for Mary, who had also spent some time as Wisconsin…
  • When ATF Gunwalking Went Wrong

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Let's be fair to Eric Holder. The absolute mess over Operation Fast & Furious which he is trying to cover up, on executive orders from Obama himself, actually started in 2006 with Operation Wide Receiver. It's not the multiple regulations at state and federal levels on gun sales and exports of guns. It's not the fact that straw purchases, nominee purchases where the final buyer is unable to or unwilling to directly purchase a firearm, is not illegal. It's not the fact that the ATF already had been doing what are called gun-walking operations to trace possible illegal firearm purchases and…
  • The IRS Got It Wrong ... Again

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    As far was Washington is concerned, $5.2 billion is petty change as the beltway joke about a billion here, a billion there and suddenly you're talking real money, cynically states. As far as the average taxpayer, it is a lot of money. So when the IRS reveals that it gave out $5.2 billion in fraudulent tax returns, it does not sit well with taxpayers who are still waiting for a check for amounts overcharged by the tax authorities. But the larger question is, why do you have to give money to Washington in order for them to decide how much you overpaid and then send you back all, or some, or…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Life on Mars, or Running in Arizona's 1st District

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    TUBA CITY, Ariz. | Arizona's 1st District is so vast and diverse that running for political office involves time travel.
  • What Counts As a GOP Wave in 2014?

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Most neutral observers expect Republicans to take the Senate and make at least small gains in the House, but talk about a possible GOP political wave has all but disappeared.
  • 5 Sleeper House Races

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    In the midst of wall-to-wall political coverage before Election Day, this handful of House races have managed to mostly fly under the radar.
  • Will Obama Leave the Democratic Party Better Than He Found It?

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Barack Obama was elected on a swell of energy and enthusiasm, but he might leave the Democratic Party worse off than when he took office.
  • South Dakota Senate Race Returns to Form

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Republican attacks on Democrat Rick Weiland and Independent Larry Pressler appear to have worked, making it more likely that the GOP will pick up the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, as long expected.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s Building 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. They tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors, reiterated the need to […] The post The Navy’s Building 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.
  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
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    Why Tuesday?

  • FixItChallenge

    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 |…
  • LET’S HAVE THIS DEBATE

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    “We can fix this, and we will,” said President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union address about the long lines, low turnout and deceptive practices that plague America’s broken voting system. But now its up to all of us—from both parties—to make it happen. That’s why we’ve launched Reform.WhyTuesday.org to help track and contact your legislators on election reform. TAKE ACTION: Where do your legislators stand?
  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4.2: The Media, at TTAG

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    credit: clashdaily.com As bits of pieces of information trickle out in the Michal Brown case, I’m compiling information for a new addition to the articles in that archive. The next article will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, you might want to visit The Truth About Guns, where my weekly contribution this week is something of a primer on the Brown case, the law, and the way the media makes self-defense more difficult for us all. The article is titled “Practicing the Art of Self Defense–From the Media.”  By the way, please keep in mind that when one contributes…
  • I’m OK; You’re Audited

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    President Obama displaying dignity at a state funeral.credit: NYPost As much as I despise the harm Barack Obama is doing to America and Americans, I’m never entirely comfortable calling the President of the United States a pathological liar and narcissist. Like most Americans, I want every President to be a capable, honest, honorable person. I want him–or her–to succeed on behalf of all Americans, and the world, because America’s strength and influence are vital to world peace and prosperity. In “America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2” I spoke of Mr. Obama’s serial…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Walther P22 In the past, I produced a series on the rationale for gun ownership. It’s time for an update, and probably, an expansion on that series, and my friend and fellow blogger/editor at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to sponsor the series. The first installment “A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership,” is now up at Bearing Arms. I’ll follow it each week with new installments. The purpose of the series is to explore in some depth the issues relating to gun ownership, including philosophy, politics, firearm types and their advantages and…
  • In-Service Training And Brain Damage

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    More than two years ago–March 20, 2012, to be precise–I wrote an article titled “Education: Fixing Intelligence and In-Service Training.” I chanced upon that article again recently, and it struck home, so I decided to update it. credit: justsomething.co I, gentle readers, am an education seminar survivor. I won’t identify that seminar as such things are a bit of a sore spot for administrators, but suffice it to say it’s all the rage these days in Texas, and while it was not the worst brain cell abuse to which I’ve ever been subjected, it wasn’t far from the bottom,…
  • America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    credit: imgkid.com In America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 1, I wrote of my worries about the ability of our representative republic to recover, as it always has in the past, from the disasters that have befallen it. Without question, Barack Obama and Democrats are not solely responsible for our current state of affairs. More than enough Republicans have behaved selfishly, fecklessly and irresponsibly for decades. But never has America had a president like Barack Obama. Never has an American president so clearly hated America and Americans, capitalism, democracy, and battered our allies…
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    When you hear Democrats claim that Obamacare has expanded health coverage, think again.What we’ve learned is that the Obamacare gains in coverage were largely a result of the Medicaid expansion and that most of the gain in private coverage through the government exchanges was offset by a decline in employer-based coverage. In other words, it is likely that most of the people who got coverage through the exchanges were already insured.Claiming to expand Medicaid while leading millions to lose their employer-provided insurance wouldn't have had the same appeal as pretending that the law would…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Don't buy the Democratic accusations that it is the Republicans' fault that there is no Surgeon General. Remember that Harry Reid changed the rules in the Senate so that the Democrats could push through any nominee they wanted. The reason Reid hasn't brought Obama's nominee up for a vote is because there are Democratic senators who don't want to vote for him. So blame Obama for putting up a nominee even members of his own party don't want to vote for.How lame has Wendy Davis's candidacy for Texas governor gotten? Now she and her supporters are suggesting that Greg Abbott would defend a ban on…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Well, it's been an interesting few days as the public has gotten to see the curtain pulled back on how the government behaves. And, contrary to the progressive ideals, the people who work in the government are no more infallible than ordinary blokes. Just as the public has learned from the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, the stimulus, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Katrina, and on and on. You think that it would eventually sink in that the government is composed of ordinary people with no real incentives to get things right. Why they should be trusted with more and more…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Tom Bevan does my work for me. I'd just been talking with my husband about all the controversial decisions and actions that the Democrats have put off for after the election: Obamacare rate increases, Keystone Pipeline, immigration action, the report on Bowe Bergdahl's desertion, etc. I couldn't even remember all of them. Well, now Tom Bevan posits that the "Democrats' Kick-the-can strategy" is backfiring. His list adds to mine.The number of significant issues they have attempted to kick down the road and dodge until after the midterms is substantial -- and growing by the day.The Keystone XL…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • 9 percent of voters ‘enthusiastic’ about Obama

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    This seems high to me: “9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama”…. The post 9 percent of voters ‘enthusiastic’ about Obama appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Joni Ernst carries Her 9 mm Everywhere

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    According to firearm-o-phobic TPM Joni Ernst carries her 9mm everywhere. There are worse things to carry, I suppose. Like a sissified .22 pistol, or something. “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere….” The post Joni Ernst carries Her 9 mm Everywhere appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Ebola: What’s Changed in 24 Hours?

    Dan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    There’s been some understandable speculation as to how some things seem to have changed with regard to Obama’s handling of the domestic Ebola crisis in the last 24 hours. An at best seemingly lethargic, when not playing golf, Obama looks fully engaged and a second nurse has been flown to Atlanta. Additionally, various communities and entities – schools and airlines for example – are beginning to look almost hyperactive in their response to the threat. Without wanting this to seem like a sky is falling scenario – it isn’t that – by putting together a…
  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

    Dan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps the better question is, is there a government agency Obama hasn’t exploited for political gain? Full pdf of the Landmark Legal release here. (LEESBURG, VA) — Landmark Legal Foundation today asked Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected Agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election.  Mark certainly has a way of turning a phrase. heh “The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the…
  • Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad Cochran

    Dan
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Seriously is the NRSC trying to give Republicans a reason to come out and vote against Cochran in the primary? Talk about out of touch. McCain is heading to the state to campaign for Cochran on Sunday, his campaign confirmed to The Hill. The Arizona senator is the latest in a parade of prominent establishment figures to throw their weight behind Cochran as he attempts to fight off a fierce primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) ahead of Tuesday’s vote. More via McCain to hit campaign trail for Cochran | TheHill. The post Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad…
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    Wizbang

  • ‘The Week’ Reveals a Typical Left-Wing Bias in a Science Article

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The media is drowning in major cases of left-wing bias, we all know. But small examples of left-wingery pop up all the time in articles and a recent piece in the The Week gives us a perfect example of how the media slips in small digs at the right even in articles that are essentially supposed to be non-political. On October 20, Nicholas Warino posted a piece in The Week that was supposed to be about the new scientific discoveries that might lead to 1,000-year life spans for we mere mortals. But while trying to lighten the mood in an
  • Politico Claims it’s ‘Unclear’ if Colorado Healthcare Plan Cancellations are Fault of Obamacare

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Senate race in Colorado has begun to turn in favor of the Republicans over the last few months but that favor may grow as this week it was learned that some 22,000 citizens are losing their healthcare plans. But Politico claims it is “unclear” if those cancellations are a result of Obamacare. On Friday, only weeks before voters go to the polls, the Colorado Division of Insurance announced that 22,000 Coloradoans were losing their insurance plans this year and another 200,000 will likely lose theirs in 2015. The announcement could not have come at a worse time for incumbent
  • Sec. of State John Kerry: Climate Change Causes Islamic Extremism

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    In an address at the State Department on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to make sure that everyone understood that Islam does not cause extremism, but deprivation and “climate change” do. Kerry appeared at a reception at the State Department in honor of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha and thought it was important to set the record straight that groups like ISIS aren’t really driven by Islam but by poverty, youthful populations, and climate change. “The extremism that we see, the radical exploitation of religion which is translated into violence, has…
  • Criticism Mounts for CDC Director Thomas Frieden

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    As the Ebola crises worsens and it becomes clear that the Obama administration and the Centers for Disease Control are operating on incomplete or even false information, Obama’s appointed CDC director is finding mounting criticism of his handling of the crisis. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden was appointed to his position by President Obama in 2009 and now, as the face of the Obama administration’s flawed response to this developing Ebola situation, he faces the toughest task in his long, administrative career. It is a career that began in New York City in 2002 when Frieden was…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. There were way too many excellent captions to honor, so go read the rest of the entries. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (fustian24) – “We’re all agreed then. It’s Bush’s fault.” 2) (Rodney Dill) – “First order of business…. how do we rearrange the deck chairs.” 3) (GarandFan) – “Okay, it’s settled. Susan Rice will go on the Sunday talk circuit and will blame ROGUE NURSES for…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Have you heard of "ballot harvesting"? You will. #votefraudfraud

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Have you heard of "ballot harvesting"? You will.by digbyMy piece at Salon this morning is about another hysterical "vote fraud" pseudo-scandal, this time from Arizona. I recount some of Arizona's Greatest Vote Suppression hits first and then:Operation Eagle Eye may have faded but the vote suppression activities continue in Arizona just as they continue all over the nation. And like everywhere else, the modern approach is to hysterically accuse Democrats of committing “voter fraud” and creating an illusion that perfectly legal election practices constitute corruption of our electoral…
  • In fact, they are the Real America, the rest of us are foreigners

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    In fact, they are the Real America, the rest of us are foreignersby digbyTruth:You're either the Party of Lincoln, Or you fly the Confederate flag. You cannot be both http://t.co/vVfRdChcAU pic.twitter.com/N7OJvfqmTz— Candace Brown (@CandaceTX) October 23, 2014I cannot count the ways in which this (from 2013) is idiotic:Plans by a heritage group, the Virginia Flaggers, to erect a large Confederate flag on a major road outside Richmond has drawn considerable fire from critics who say it's a symbol of hate.That's not true, says Barry Isenhour, a member of the group, who says it's really about…
  • Hope and change Rand Paul style

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hope and change Rand Paul styleby digbySo Rand Paul is going to give a big foreign policy speech tonight which is being characterized as being "to the left" of the liberals in the Democratic Party, which is very interesting. One can only wonder who his constituency for such a thing might be. It certainly makes you wonder which Republicans he plans to convince to vote for him. He will, of course, attack Obama for many things, some of which will undoubtedly be right. (The foreign policy consensus in both parties is certainly ripe for criticism.) He is going to quote Malala and sound very…
  • Koch allies court NC stoners by @BloggersRUs

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Koch allies court NC stonersby Tom Sullivan Last night a colleague forwarded an email she received from an NC friend: I was watching the Good Wife on Hulu Plus last night, and this ad with a couple of attractive young people talking about how cool it is that Sean Haugh wants to legalize marijuana. When it came up a few minutes later, I realized it couldn't be for real, and I searched it on the internet, and yes, it's the Kochs trying to pull votes away from Kay Hagan. It is one of a series of 10 commercials that "came as a complete surprise" to Haugh. Whatever you are hearing from pollsters…
  • That Film About Money by tristero

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    That Film About Money by tristeroA friend of mine, James Schamus, spent his summer vacation making two hilarious, brilliant, and deeply unsettling films about the bizarre subject of modern money. They are not to be missed:That Film About Money, Episode 6 of We The Economy The Second Part of That Film About Money, Episode 7 of We The Economy Much about our very weird country is revealed in the process. Enjoy (if that's the word)!
 
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    Eschaton

  • Heartland Traditions

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Next they'll teach us about a little thing called "Christmas."
  • Afternoon Thread

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Lived around the corner from the pizza shop in this ad for about 4 years.
  • Na Ga Ha Pen

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    I'm still pretty sure that real autonomous cars won't be a thing in my lifetime.
  • Earmark'd

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The "war on earmarks" was one of the stupidest things in recent years. Everybody in politics loves mostly pointless goo-goo process issues because they're all non-partisany and responsible, but earmarks are how shit gets done.
  • Woo Hoo!!!

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Well that recession is over!!!Spain’s unemployment rate fell to the lowest since the end of 2011 in the third quarter as its economy turned into one of the fastest-growing in the euro region.Joblessness fell to 23.7 percent in the three months through September from 24.5 percent in the previous quarter, Spain’s national statistics institute INE said in Madrid today. The economy grew 0.5 percent in the period, the Bank of Spain predicts. Time for more austerity because reasons!
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    Firedoglake

  • Looking for Firedoglake

    Peter Van Buren
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Firedoglake and I spent several years looking for each other. In my final months at the State Department, just before getting pushed out because of my whistleblowing, Firedoglake was one of the web sites firewalled from our desktop computers because of its Wikileaks content. Despite sites like FDL being available everywhere (it is called the world wide web after all), State pretended the Chelsea Manning-disclosed material was still protected and thus while I could see it on my government classified computer without turning into a pumpkin, I could not view it on sites like FDL. Odd. After my…
  • Governor Christie Says GOP Needs to Win in Order to Control ‘Voting Mechanisms’

    DSWright
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Just in case it was not clear how the GOP plans to win elections despite having a shrinking demographic, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to remove any doubt – rigging the vote. In an amazingly honest speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Governor Christie said that the GOP had to control the voting process if they were to succeed in 2016. Christie’s statements come in the wake of a wave of voter ID laws meant to drive down poor and minority turnout throughout the country – voters who generally vote Democrat. The US Supreme Court recently upheld Texas’…
  • Local Law Enforcement Chipping Away at the Fourth Amendment

    Peter Van Buren
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the People from their government. That’s quite literally becoming history today as new challenges, now from local law enforcement, chip away at the Fourth Amendment’s protections of privacy. New…
  • Scott Brown Is Proof All Politics Is Now National

    Jon Walker
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Scott Brown campaigning in New Hampsher since he lost last time in MassachsettsThere is no better sign that our federal politics are becoming dominated by strong coherent parties than the unusual career of Republicans Scott Brown. He was elected senator in Massachusetts during a special election but lost in the next general. After looking around for other offices to run for in the state, he decided to move to New Hampshire and started his run for Senate there immediately. If voters are most concerned about finding aggressive advocates for local concerns, Scott Brown would be a lousy choice…
  • Was NSA Head Insider Trading?

    DSWright
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Former NSA Director Keith Alexander According to documents filed by former NSA Director Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA was speculating in commodities linked to China and Russia while receiving asymmetric information on the countries as part of his job. The use of asymmetric or non-public information for financial gain is a crime known as insider trading. The shares Alexander bought and sold while head of the NSA include those connected to the secretive and politically sensitive potash market. The potash market is largely controlled by Russia and Belarus and one of the largest consumers…
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  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canadian Shooting Suspect Zehaf-Bibeau 's Background

    Jeralyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Update: Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf have made a statement expressing their devastation at their son's actions and their sorrow for the victim, his family and people of Canada. His mother says she grieves for the people, not her son. She spoke... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Leaks in Michael Brown Death Investigation

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I haven't been following the Michael Brown case lately, but I am interested in the issue of law enforcement leaks that favor Officer Wilson at a time when the grand jury is considering whether to charge him. The spokesman for the St. Louis... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Shootings at Parliament in Ottowa

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    There were three shooting incidents today in Ottowa. One was inside Parliament, one at the War Memorial where a soldier was shot, and one near the Rideau Centre Mall. At least one shooter, the one at Parliament, is dead. Prime Minister Harper was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Our last open thread is full, so here's a new one. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Are Democrats losing their edge among women?

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A notable finding in a new AP-GfK poll: Women have moved in the GOP's direction since September. In last month's AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress while 40 percent wanted the Republicans to capture control. In the new poll, the two parties are about even among women, […]
  • ‘Morgan Freeman’ endorses a ‘viable candidate’ in Massachusetts (Video)

    Aaron Blake
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When you're an independent candidate for major statewide office, you need all the help you can get. And venture capitalist Jeff McCormick, despite investing $1 million of his own money in his campaign for Massachusetts governor, is polling in the low single digits. So now, he's enlisting some big-name help for his final push: Nelson Mandela and […]
  • 36 breaches of the White House perimeter, mapped

    Philip Bump
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    We are reposting this article from September to include the most recent fence-jumper, 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya. That Omar Gonzalez was able to walk into the White House after jumping the fence and sprinting across the lawn surprised most Americans and infuriated Capitol Hill. But that he tried, and where he tried from, should surprise absolutely […]
  • Popularity is overrated when it comes to winning Senate seats this year

    Philip Bump
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin makes an interesting point: In several key races this year, voters will be picking between two candidates who, overall, are viewed more negatively than positively. There are a few obvious reasons for this, as Sarlin points out: increased political polarization leads to less of a middle ground of opinion, the ceaseless flood […]
  • Kentucky now has the most interesting Senate race in the country

    Chris Cillizza
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    One week after going off the television airwaves in Kentucky, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now back up with ads in the race, a reversal that has led many — me included — to wonder what exactly is going on in the Bluegrass State. Seeking answers to that question, I sought out a half-dozen (or so) […]
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  • Who won last night's CD12 debate at TCNJ: Bonnie Watson Coleman or Alieta Eck?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    It was pouring rain last night on The College of New Jersey's Ewing campus for the debate of CD12 combatants Dr. Alieta Eck and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Hard to find the Mayo Concert Hall in the dark. Note to college: more lighting. And the parking lot wasn't anywhere near it. Nevertheless, it was a packed house. And that was great. Made for many lively moments of engagement from the noisy audience of students and local politicos, to the frustration of the moderator. This district, Rush Holt's until January, is not competitive. Only late-breaking scandal or, you know, a massive…
  • Ebola: Christie giving orders in a rare moment, but the message is reassuring

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Only rarely do we get a glimpse of Governor Christie in a private moment when he is addressing his staff. Such occurred yesterday morning just before his Ebola conference. The camera and audio were on and operating before the press and audience were called into the Hackensack Hospital meeting room. With key staff members he was taking a stern, tough guy, approach, "We must be aggressive," and insisting on effective, strong quarantining. It sounded like someone who likes to bark orders. Of course he was only in New Jersey for a brief visit until he takes off again to Iowa. It is others who…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Christie Christie's NJ approval rating in NJ continues to slip. Chris Christie just exposed his entire party's deceitful voter suppression plan. The Record on Christie's "disturbing" comments on Republicans controlling voting mechanisms. How Chris Christie and Scott Walker are stepping in it. Moran: Christie, poor guy, is tired of minimum wage talk. Why Christie can't doodle discussion of the minimum wage. Countdown: 12 Days CD5: Cook Political Report rating shifts. CD5 & CD3: Roy Cho vs. Aimee Belgard, PolitickerNJ's 'Fight of the Week'. CD3: In pricey, high-profile race, candidates mostly…
  • Star-Ledger journalist alums: Requiem for a Newspaper

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I love this photo of last night's gathering of some of the old hands now gone from the Star-Ledger, as the Ledger itself is now gone from Newark. That was the subject of discussion last night at an event on the Rutgers Newark campus called Requiem for a Newspaper: the Star-Ledger Leaves Newark - a bittersweet title. It is most certainly now gone from Newark, whose name it once carried on the masthead and housed in a nondescript office building in Woodbridge.  I asked our friend Bob Braun, who was on hand last night along with mayor Sharpe James, and others, what the discussion got him…
  • TONIGHT 8pm: Got #Twitter Questions for #NJ11 Dem @MarcDunec?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    What do you do when your opponent hides in the complacency of his incumbency and famous family name, and won't come out and debate you? You do this:   Twitter Town Hall with Marc Dunec 8pm TONIGHT Hashtag: #AskMarkNJ11 Follow @MarcDunec Dem candidate for Congress, CD 11 Opponent: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen You can tweet Marc Dunec your questions in advance Dunec's campaign complains that Frelinghuysen, in office 19 years, has consistently avoided debating opponents. In this cycle, they say he's declined League of Women voters in both Wayne and Livingston, Sussex County Tech (HS) and…
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  • A surprise (to me) regarding Medicaid eligibility under the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I learned an interesting fact about the ACA from Kaiser's Larry Levitt on Twitter today. It's well-known to ACA watchers that a low-income worker whose employer offers insurance deemed "affordable" according to ACA formula cannot buy subsidized private coverage on the exchanges. What I suspect is less well-known, and what Larry spelled out, is that the availability of employer-sponsored insurance does not negate Medicaid eligibility for someone whose household income is low enough to qualify for Medicaid.It may seem unlikely that a worker offered ACA-compliant insurance by her employer…
  • I agree

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    with this Dish reader:I choose to believe that Obama will not adopt Bush administration interpretation of torture treaty obligations, will not adopt a West African travel ban, and will not go deep into Syrian quagmire.Maybe “hope” is a better word.Re Sully's closer: "I’m hoping too. And doing what little I can to help make it so": When I read the Times article claiming that Obama is "considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty [UN Convention Against Torture] imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders," I…
  • NYT spotlights plight of ACA bronze plan buyers, leaves out vital context

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    [first posted 10/18]The Times has a front-page story today, by Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear, that highlights the plight of ACA private plan buyers who bought plans with such high deductibles that they are foregoing needed treatment.  This is a real problem -- bronze plans in particular have terribly high deductibles, averaging $5,000 per individual -- but vital context is missing. Here's the framing:About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with…
  • The ACA marketplace and the toilet paper aisle

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    My last post was in protest to a New York Times front-page article that highlighted the very real plight of ACA private plan buyers who were forgoing needed medical care because they'd bought high-deductible, mostly bronze-level plans. My beef was that the article omitted important context, e.g., that only 20% of ACA shoppers selected bronze and that the vast majority of low-income buyers who were eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) bought silver plans that allowed them to access those important secondary subsidies.I also suggested that the four individual narratives in the piece should…
  • CMS warns current ACA enrollees to shop anew.

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I am glad to note that CMS, in its outreach to current enrollees in ACA plans, is shifting its emphasis away from auto-enroll and toward encouragement to shop for the best deal.When current enrollees log onto healthcare.gov  after the 2015 marketplace opens on November 15, their new applications  will be pre-filled with their latest information from 2014. That's good. CMS also provides a good deal of information in fairly simple terms in this 5-step instruction sheet. Also good. It begins with a useful warning:REVIEW - PLANS CHANGE, PEOPLE CHANGE. Every year, insurance companies…
 
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  • The Other Side of the Living Sea

    By Tiphanie Yanique
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The truth about my grandmother’s Puerto Rican childhood.
  • What Would Edmund Burke Say?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Brooks and Collins on revolutionary change, oppositional politics and the electoral future of Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton.
  • Sheridan’s Ride

    By Jed Morrison
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The Union's scorched earth campaign in the Shenandoah Valley was almost defeated at the Battle of Cedar Creek.
  • The Reign of ‘Terror’

    By Tomis Kapitan
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The rhetoric of terror continues to immerse us in a nightmare of skewed reason and perpetual warfare.
  • Two Horses, One Language

    By Susanna Forrest
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What do we learn when we ride a fellow mammal who can read us at a deeper level than we can read ourselves?
 
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    Restoring Truthiness

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

    Hank Griffin
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    No means Yes, and other ThinkspeakYouTube Thank you friends of Restoring Truthiness for your tireless pursuit of the Truthy. Sorry to say, but this may be our last post. But it’s not all bad news, in fact, Republicans may win control of the Senate – the long national nightmare will be over – in two more years when a “real” American is again President of the United States. (To so many in this country, including the Republican leadership, Obama’s not real, he just isn’t, they can’t explain why.) But in the mean time, both the House and the Senate…
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging

    Hank Griffin
    4 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging It makes me cry to see Juliet Binoche cry. And all because of Daniel Day-Lewis’ philandering. Oh, she she tried to get even by having her own affair, but her lover turned out to be a Stasi agent, a government spy. And they took pictures so they could blackmail her.  Communism in Bohemia. But enough of this Hollywood artsy-fartsy.  This is America! We defeated Communism! The very idea that a government would spy on its own people and use compromising photos or letters to blackmail them is thankfully something we will never see in this country.
  • The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?

    Alexandria Love
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?  Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Unbalanced Economy, Bedtime Story I want you to take a trip with me (in your mind) for a brief moment, and pretend you are a child living your dream childhood.  Think of the neighborhood, the sights, the smells, and what your imaginary parents are like? In this vision, do you have siblings or are you an only child? What is dinner like at the end of the day? Now imagine your neighbors (can you see them) through the eyes of this child? Are they safe? Do they care for you as much…
  • Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty

    Alexandria Love
    13 Jan 2014 | 10:56 am
    Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty  THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE – NARA – 549861 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty While speculation looms over Governor Christ Christie’s camp regarding the now  widely known “Bridge gate”  scandal (the purposeful creation of traffic congestion on the George Washington Bridge for the soul purpose of personal gain [what the Christie administration stood to gain is yet to be determined]).   Yet “We the people” are left out of the fray according to comments made during…
  • President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!

    Alexandria Love
    14 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!President Obama ran his presidency campaign on the ticket of “Change” and he won, twice, because that is what Americans said they wanted. In fact, we the people are constantly obsessing over the mere notion of how we want “Change”. Moreover, for over half a century it has been the claims of many psychologists that change has become the steady state of the contemporary American culture. Affordable Care Act Rally at the SCOTUS (Photo credit: SEIU International) On the other hand, in general the psychology literature often describes…
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  • Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

    timothy
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    dcblogs writes IBM is an officially sanctioned trusted supplier to the U.S. Defense Dept., and the transfer of its semiconductor manufacturing to GlobalFoundries, a U.S.-based firm owned by investors in Abu Dhabi, will get U.S. scrutiny. Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Adams, who authored a report last year for an industry group about U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities and national security, said regulators will have to look closely. "I don't want cast aspersions unnecessarily on Abu Dubai — but they're not Canada," said Adams "I think that the news that we may be selling part of our…
  • Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

    timothy
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from The Guardian: Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers. The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence. Last week the Joint…
  • Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

    samzenpus
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going…
  • India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

    timothy
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    vasanth writes India has successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), early on October 16. This is the 27th consecutively successful mission of the PSLV(Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The entire constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015. The satellite is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as in the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. In the Kargil war in 1999, the Indian military sought GPS data…
  • Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

    samzenpus
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    cartechboy writes It's a story we've come to see quite often: a state trying to ban Tesla's direct sales model. It seems something sneaky just happened in Michigan where Tesla sales are about to be banned. Bill HB 5606 originally intended to offer added protection to franchised dealers and consumers from price gouging by carmakers, and was passed by the Michigan House in September without any anti-Tesla language. However, once it hit the Senate wording was changed that might imply the legality of a manufacturer-owned dealership was removed. The modified bill was passed unanimously by the…
 
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  • Jim Epstein on How Cops Are Beating Crime in America’s Poorest City

    Reason.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Camden, New Jersey, considered the poorest and most dangerous city in America, is getting a reputation for being the epicenter of Big Brother-style law enforcement. The city's streets are monitored by 121 cameras and 35 microphones, which feed data to a new $4.5 million Real Time Tactical Operations Intelligence Center. The police department owns a mobile "Sky Patrol," which is a platform that extends 40 feet into the air, providing a bird’s eye view of the city for a bevy of camera feeds. While Camden's tilt towards surveillance is somewhat disconcerting, writes Jim Epstein, overall the…
  • How Cops Are Beating Crime in America’s Poorest City

    Jim Epstein
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It's been called "surveillance city," "a police state," and "a proving ground for futuristic crowd-control technology." Camden, New Jersey., considered the poorest and most dangerous city in America, is getting a reputation for being the epicenter of Big Brother-style law enforcement. A VICE story that aired recently on HBO and a piece in Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi—which depicted Camden as an apocalyptic "dopescape of barred row homes and deserted factories"—drove home this point. The city's streets are monitored by 121 cameras and 35 microphones, which feed data to a new $4.5 million…
  • Ottawa Shooter Had Jihadist Ties, Millennials Dig Libertarian Over GOP Candidate, New Opportunity for Ebola Freakout: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in the Ottawa shootout that left a Canadian soldier dead (as well as himself), was a convert to Islam with ties to jihadists. Oh, great. Republicans with visions of a GOP-dominated Senate dancing in their heads may want to thank a cluster of retiring Democratic geezers for clearing the way. Senator Rand Paul is laying out his ideas for restrained foreign policy in a high-profile speech in New York. And not a moment too soon. Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis polls better among Virginia millennials than the Republican Party's Ed Gillespie. Worth…
  • Why Common Core Will Fail: 'Children Are Not Standardized'

    Robby Soave
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Forbes contributor Alice Walton has written a terrific roundup of the anti-Common Core expert consensus. Numerous education researchers and academics have reservations about greater classroom standardization—particularly in the early grades, where excessive testing and homework is most deleterious for kids. Walton writes: David Elkind, long-time child development expert at Tufts University and author ofThe Hurried Child, says that a related problem with the Common Core standards is that “children are not standardized.” Between ages 4 to 7, he says, kids are undergoing especially rapid…
  • Why Dems and Reps Both Want a Midterm Election About Nothing

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Less than two weeks away, the midterm elections seem like an episode of Seinfeld: They’re about nothing. I've got a new Daily Beast column up about the midterms. Here's a snippet: The most riveting stories so far deal with trivial matters that sound like deleted scenes from a George Costanza fever dream. Did Charlie Crist break the rules by having a fan blowing on his crotch during the Florida guberntorial debate? Is Texas’ Greg Abbott anti-dildo and anti-interracial marriage? Did Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner really play high school football? Neither the Democrats nor the…
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  • 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…
  • Obama…whose side is he on?

    The Outsider
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Mideast is in turmoil with ISIS threatening to kill everyone who does not convert to their convoluted religion. This is happening primarily because Obama ordered out our military and left a vacuum just as G.W. Bush warned it would. Many of Obama’s staunch appointees gave the same warning including the military and Pentagon leaders. Obama refused to listen and refused to act on the advice of his experts! All of his appointees to every government agency are involved in scandals and none are fired or held accountable, in fact they are either promoted or continue to receive a salary and…
  • Romans 13

    Randy Toman
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In Paul’s letter to the Romans— Chapter 13 verses 1-7 we have his instructions as to conduct we should hold fast to in the arena of politics. It is the conduct as it pertains to these verses that has been distorted and perverted and because these verses have a direct bearing on what God demands of us in having proper conduct for that of governing by and for the people—it becomes critical that we understand the teaching in those few verses. We have over the years, drifted into a mode were the interpretation and dictates of these verses have come to mean—-all power is in the…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
  • Barack Obama, the Veto-Less President

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    If the Republicans take over the Senate in this year's election, as now looks likely, one thing seems certain: President Obama will be issuing a lot of vetoes in the next two years. Or maybe not over the whole two years, but certainly at first. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, there would be an initial spasm of pointless legislating, as they set about to fulfill the promises they've made over the course of Obama's presidency: repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing environmental protections, cutting taxes, establishing "the Reagan" as…
  • Have Republicans Found a Way to Insure Poor People and Still Hate Barack Obama?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
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  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
  • Barack Obama, the Veto-Less President

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    If the Republicans take over the Senate in this year's election, as now looks likely, one thing seems certain: President Obama will be issuing a lot of vetoes in the next two years. Or maybe not over the whole two years, but certainly at first. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, there would be an initial spasm of pointless legislating, as they set about to fulfill the promises they've made over the course of Obama's presidency: repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing environmental protections, cutting taxes, establishing "the Reagan" as…
  • Have Republicans Found a Way to Insure Poor People and Still Hate Barack Obama?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
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    Wonkblog

  • The terrifying idea that the economy might stay stuck forever just got more terrifying

    Matt O'Brien
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    (Alan Light/Flickr) The U.S. economy has fallen, and it can't get up. At least that's the way it seems. That's because our slump hasn't really ended, even though the Great Recession officially did more than five years ago. Growth has been low, unemployment is still high, and it'd be even more so if the labor force hadn't shrunk so much. And all this, remember, has happened despite interest rates being zero the whole time. It's the opposite of what we would have expected: big crashes are usually followed by big comebacks. So why has this time been different? Well, it hasn't — not if you…
  • Primary care doctors to patients: Don’t forget about us

    Jason Millman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) With an estimated 25 million new people becoming insured over the next few years, a coalition of family physicians have a message for the country: Don't forget about us. The timing is right for the group, which on Thursday announced a five-year, $20 million campaign aimed at promoting the importance of primary care. The flood of newly insured patients presents a big opportunity for primary care doctors, when you consider this: just one-third of uninsured adults said they have a regular doctor, about half the rate of the insured population, according to a 2013 Kaiser…
  • The presence of marijuana in Michael Brown’s system tells us little about why he died

    Christopher Ingraham
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    A makeshift memorial sits near the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) An autopsy and toxicology report obtained Tuesday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch find, among many other things, that Michael Brown had THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, in his system at the time of his death. This finding is already being spun by marijuana legalization opponents to score political points about the potential dangers of marijuana use, and may be a factor in grand jury deliberations over…
  • What Republicans plan to do to demolish Obama’s legacy if they win the Senate

    Steven Mufson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    One of these guys would like to dismantle the legacy of another one of these guys. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) When Republicans seized control of the House four years ago, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) took over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and compared his plans for President Obama’s health care law to strategy in the game of Jenga, in which players remove wooden blocks one by one from a tower until it collapses. "It's like this game," he told me back then. "We're going to pull out the pieces." With Republicans increasingly likely to win control of the Senate in two weeks, and…
  • How Arizona, Texas, and other solidly red states could soon turn purple

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Appealing to Hispanics will be crucial to the long-term success of the Republican party. (Harry Cabluck/AP Photo) Some of the country's most traditionally conservative states are at a greater risk of turning purple than the GOP might realize. More than 25 million new Hispanic and Asian voters could join the electorate by 2020, according to a new study by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), an advocacy group for immigration reform. That number alone should raise an eyebrow—after all, no president in history has won the popular vote by more than 18 million ballots. But…
 
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  • Axelrod: Obama sometimes 'negligent in the symbolism' of presidency

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    President Obama can be “negligent” in attending to the optics required of his office, former senior adviser David Axelrod said in an interview published Thursday.The president has come under frequent criticism for his management style in recent...
  • 7 charges for alleged WH fence jumper

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    A 23-year-old Maryland man has been charged with three felony and four misdemeanor counts after allegedly jumping over the northern fence of the White House Wednesday night.Dominic Adesanya was charged with two counts of felony assault for allegedly...
  • Fence jumper caught outside White House

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
     A man was taken into custody Wednesday after jumping the fence on the North Lawn of the White House — the first such incident since a veteran with a knife was able to scale the fence surrounding the executive mansion and run inside.The Secret...
  • Obama phones Canadian PM

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    President Obama has spoken to Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper about the shooting in Ottawa, the White House said Wednesday. The president first was told about the incident by his top homeland security aide, Lisa Monaco. Officials inside the U....
  • Soldier, suspect killed in shooting near Canadian Parliament

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    brightcove.createExperiences(); Police on Wednesday said a gunman killed a member of Canada’s armed forces near the Parliament building in Ottawa, leading to a lockdown in the...
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  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part two)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Two important cases — Richmond Newspapers, Inc. v. Virginia (public access to trials) and Larkin v. Grendel’s Den, Inc. (the First Amendment Establishment Clause and a church’s power to control a liquor license) — in a long career and assessing the problem and real impact of the Supreme Court taking on Bush v. Gore. “People ask, ‘Why did you pick constitutional law?’  I mean, come on.  Who, with a real opportunity to dig into a subject of law would not want that to be constitutional law?  It has everything.  It has history.  It has moral philosophy.  The…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    As Lyle reported for this blog yesterday, the Court released a revised version of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent from the Court’s order allowing Texas to implement its voter identification law.  In the new version, Ginsburg corrected a mistake about whether a particular form of identification – issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – would meet the requirements of the new law.  Other coverage of the correction comes from Nina Totenberg of NPR, who notes that it was “the erring justice herself . . . who asked the court’s public information office to…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The petition of the day is: Hoyle v. United States 14-165 Issue: Whether, when the Federal Sentencing Guidelines calculate a person’s offense level based on prior convictions that are expressly excluded under the relevant federal statute, the statute or the Guidelines control.
  • Appeals court ponders future of war crimes trials

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit listened closely, but noncommittally, on Wednesday to a broad constitutional attack on the system of war crimes tribunals now operating at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The hearing — running more than twice as long as the assigned half-hour — ranged over the trial of Abraham Lincoln’s assassins, a military trial in the Civil War, a sabotage trial during World War II, and an 1895 case involving a Chinese national convicted outside of the regular court system. The point of that exploration…
  • Ginsburg edits her voting rights dissent

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a new version of her dissent, released early Saturday morning in a Texas voting rights case, to fix an error about one kind of ID card that voters can use to qualify to vote.  The revised dissenting opinion, in full, can be read here. As the majority of the Court allowed Texas to continue enforcing a strict new law requiring voter ID documents before registered voters may cast ballots, Ginsburg dissented for herself and Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, arguing that the restrictions will deny the right to vote to hundreds of…
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Tom Cotton: Says Mark Pryor "votes with Obama 93 percent of the time."

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Cotton: Pryor votes with Obama 93 percent of the time Tom Cotton says Mark Pryor votes in lockstep with President Barack Obama, but Pryor says he’s one of the most independent senators. Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor, in a tight race that could decide which party controls the Senate. Like many other Republicans facing against incumbent Democrats, Cotton often attacks Pryor for voting in line with Obama’s policies more often than not. In the candidates’ first debate Oct. 13,…
  • Chain email: The Affordable Care Act says that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. …  Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age."

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Five years on, chain email about cancer treatment rationing after age 76 is still Pants on Fire A reader recently sent us a years-old chain email that has morphed into something more timely. It now has the heading, "IMPORTANT ACTION INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER, 2014  VOTE." For years before that, though, the chain email has floated around the Internet, making the scary claim that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. Cancer hospital will ration care according to the…
  • Tim Murphy: Blocking travel from countries with Ebola should be possible because President Barack Obama "has sealed off Israel in the past."

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Rep. Tim Murphy says air ban on Israel offers precedent for Ebola travel policy Ebola was once again Topic A on the Sunday news shows. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace had an exchange with Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., over one of the most contentious Ebola-related issues -- whether to enact a travel ban from countries where Ebola is spreading, such as the west African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Here’s the exchange: Wallace: "I want to talk about the threats from those countries -- the ‘hot zone’ -- to this country,…
  • Cory Gardner: The CDC is "spending money on things like jazzercise, urban gardening and massage therapy" that could be redirected to Ebola.

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Amid Ebola cases, Cory Gardner blasts CDC spending on 'jazzercise,' 'urban gardens' As fears over Ebola reached a crescendo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., took a shot at the federal government’s handling of the disease during a debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner has been gaining ground in the closely watched Colorado Senate race, and that contest is just one of many around the country in which Ebola has become an issue. Gardner, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "Perhaps the CDC should quit…
  • Larry Pressler: "All four on Mount Rushmore, they were all independents at one critical point in their career."

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Independent Senate candidate Larry Pressler claims Mount Rushmore presidents were independents, too Early in the election cycle, South Dakota was viewed as safely Republican in the 2014 midterms. But the emergence of a familiar face has left the outcome up in the air just weeks before Election Day. Larry Pressler was a Republican in the Senate for 18 years before losing to Democrat Tim Johnson in 1996. Now, as Johnson retires, Pressler’s back running as an independent, undercutting what was supposed to be a cakewalk for Republican Mike Rounds and giving…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Long Read: “How Obama Transformed the Judiciary”

    Anne Laurie
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The accretion of numeric detail is nice, but it’s the last couple of paragraphs in his article that are liable to spark arguments, assuming any Media Villagers read that far. Jeffrey Toobin, in the New Yorker: … When President Obama took office, the full D.C. Circuit had six judges appointed by Republican Presidents, three named by Democrats, and two vacancies. By the time of the Halbig decision, Obama had placed four judges on the D.C. court, which shifted its composition to seven Democratic appointees and four Republicans. In light of this realignment, the Obama Administration…
  • Keeping Up With the Palins

    constitutional mistermix
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’ve tried to resist commenting on the Palin’s snowbilly-style drunken fistfight, but Bristol has made me break my vow of silence with this comment: Bristol went on to berate the media for ignoring a scandal involving the “real Vice President’s kid” — a reference to one of Joe Biden’s sons, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve for failing a drug test. Bristol also said that if Chelsea Clinton had been in her shoes, the media would have “held her up as some feminist hero.” Bristol is upset because, to hear her tell it, she…
  • When White Privilege Meets The Police

    Elon James White
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Let’s put this story in the “white people sure are ballsy” category. Gavin Seim, who describes himself as a constitutional activist, flagged down a cop in an unmarked car in Grant County, Washington, and filmed an exchange asking for the cop’s identification and whether he was pulling people over: The cop seems partly amused, partly in disbelief as Seim asks him for identification….The officer then shows two forms of ID. Seim asks if he’s been stopping people in the unmarked vehicle. When the officer admits he has, Seim explains that it’s against…
  • Nope.

    Betty Cracker
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    And shame on you for even asking, BBC America! Open thread. Share
  • Why I live at the P.O. and Other Random Crap

    Betty Cracker
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Some of y’all give me crap about living in a backward hellhole like Florida. Well, were you able to pluck a Cherokee Purple tomato off your vine last night and have it for dinner with a little salt, pepper and mayo on multigrain bread? I thought not. But seriously, I live here because I was born here, as were my father and grandfather and his father, and my family and friends are here. Plus, the mister, an Upstate New Yorker, couldn’t be dragged out of Florida, not even by the Budweiser Clydesdales. He joined the Air Force right out of high school, and his hitch included stints in…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks

    Guest Voice
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst… Share on Tumblr The post Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Bruce Bartlett Argues That Obama Is A Republican

    Ron Chusid
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    There’s nothing really new here, but it will be interesting to see conservative response to Bruce Bartlett’s article in The American Conservative entitled, Obama Is A Republican. The article is a rehash of how Obama’s record is actually quite conservative, clashing with the conservative myth that he is a socialist. He started with mentioning other Republicans who supported Obama’s election, and next discussed foreign policy: One of Obama’s first decisions after the election was to keep national-security policy essentially on automatic pilot from the Bush…
  • My beef with Training Day

    Chocolate TeddyBear, TMV Movie Critic
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    I have extremely conflicting feelings about Training Day. A part of me loves this film, while another hates everything it represents. That is a rare feat for a film to achieve. On the bonus disc of Brian De Palma’s Scarface, there is a documentary about the impact of the 1983 film on popular culture. I remember this short doc clearly because it was pretty much filled with hip-hoppers who were passionate about Scarface. It feels obvious now, but a lot of early 2000′s hip-hop music and imagery was clearly inspired by Scarface. The film’s influence on hip-hop goes even further…
  • Most/Least Trusted News Sources, Ctd.

    Ballard Burgher
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Politifact.com offers a comment from its archives on the Pew study of most and least trusted news sources. PunditFact is tracking the accuracy of claims made on the five major networks using our network scorecards. By that measure, 61 percent of the claims fact-checked on Fox News have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, the most among any of the major networks.   As for the rest: • 45 percent of the claims made on NBC and MSNBC rate Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire; • 38 percent of the claims made on CBS rate Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire; • 36 percent…
  • When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly American Jewish businessman Leon Klinghoffer, and threw him overboard in his wheelchair. The opera’s composer, John Adams, was quoted as explaining that…
 
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  • It was terrible, but was the Ottawa attack terrorism?

    John Aravosis
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Canada’s Prime Minister, along with CNN and Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network, and now even the White House, are all referring to the horrible shooting in Ottawa, Canada last night as “terrorism.” But was it really? In case you hadn’t heard, a lone gunman opened fire yesterday, and killed, a soldier standing guard at the Canadian National War Memorial. He then went into the parliament building, shot a guard, and was gunned down before being able to harm anyone else. But was it terrorism? I’ve written about this topic before, about whether some…
  • Police release audio of Palin family drunken brawl

    John Aravosis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Anchorage police have released a series of audio tapes of interviews with Sarah Palin and much of her family, following a drunk brawl the Palins were involved at a private party in Anchorage. It’s a long story, and honestly, it’s not worth getting into the details. All you need know is that the entire Palin family got into a drunk brawl, leaving people bloody and bruised, and oddly, in the case of a “heavily intoxicated” daughter Bristol, shoeless. This is the family that John McCain and the entire Republican party wanted to put in the White House in 2008. This is…
  • Brain cells associated with smell are helping paraplegics walk

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Darek Fidyka may appreciate his nose more than many other people.  Not because of how it makes him look, or how it allows him to smell the fragrance of flowers, but because it’s letting him walk again. Fidkya, was stabbed during a knife attack in his native Bulgaria when he was just 36.  One of the stab wounds essentially severed his spinal cord.  It left him paralyzed and unable of feel sensation from his chest down. The severed nerve cells couldn’t transmit signals to and from his brain. When the spinal cord is severed, scar tissue begins to form, and it successfully blocks any…
  • John Oliver: Ayn Rand – How Is This Still A Thing?

    John Aravosis
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Because I’m loathe to pull punches, I’ll admit to liking Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand, in college. Some of her non-Atlas writing, especially about the Soviet Union, was pretty spot on. (I was, and remain, pretty hawkish on all things Soviet, including modern-day reincarnations. I’ve never been a great fan of bullies.) And ironically, as John Oliver points out in the video below, Rand was pro-choice and really didn’t like Reagan. Sadly, a lot of really bad people like Ayn Rand nowadays. Which would make anyone with a soul think twice. John Oliver takes Rand on in his…
  • Meet a few people I saw texting and driving while leaving NYC yesterday

    John Aravosis
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    I was in New York City for a few days, and took the bus home last night (only $30, who knew?), and damn if I didn’t see a number of people texting while driving. First there was this woman. We were entering the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey, around W. 39th. The woman’s car was actually moving, inching ahead in traffic, while she was texting, hands on the phone, not the wheel, and she kept looking down at the phone while the car was moving. That’s what finally motivated me to snap the photo. Car is moving, and you’re looking down at your phone having a text…
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    VideoSift.com

  • truth can be the revolution-a message to humanity

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    the speech is taken from 1940's "the great dictator" a movie starring charlie chaplin.it was chaplins first speaking film with this stirring and controversial speech about hitler,anti-semitism and fascism. how surreal that such a speech would still be as powerful and succinct in todays political climate 75 years later.
  • henry giroux-we have lost the language of compassion

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    "In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability "to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations." "We have no way of understanding that link anymore," Giroux says, "because what we've done is we've defined freedom in a way that suggests it's the freedom to do anything you want and screw everybody else."
  • Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote

    RFlagg (/politics/member/RFlagg)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    CGP Grey finally gets another Politics in the Animal Kingdom video out, explaining the Single Transferable Vote.
  • chris hedges has 15 minutes to start a revolution

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”
  • Bill Maher Visits Northfield Minnesota - October 7, 2014

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    YouTube: Filmmaker and Real Time Real Reporter Alexandra Pelosi documents Bill Maher’s recent visit to Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Maher was in Northfield on October 7, 2014 to host a non-televised panel discussion about Rep. John Kline’s voting record.
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    The American Prospect

  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
  • Barack Obama, the Veto-Less President

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    If the Republicans take over the Senate in this year's election, as now looks likely, one thing seems certain: President Obama will be issuing a lot of vetoes in the next two years. Or maybe not over the whole two years, but certainly at first. With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, there would be an initial spasm of pointless legislating, as they set about to fulfill the promises they've made over the course of Obama's presidency: repealing the Affordable Care Act, slashing environmental protections, cutting taxes, establishing "the Reagan" as…
  • Have Republicans Found a Way to Insure Poor People and Still Hate Barack Obama?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In early September the NBC/WSJ poll found that 67% of us think the country is on the wrong track. At mid-month, the CBS/NYT survey found 66% saying the country is on the wrong track. 76% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. 23% are satisfied. [Gallup 9/14] Americans are split evenly, 39% to 40%, as to whether they trust the Democrats or the Republicans more in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years. [WP/ABC 9/14] As of 2010, “One in four women (24.3%) and one in seven men (13.8%) age 18 and older in the United States have been…
  • President Obama

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 9/28) is 43% approval/52% disapproval. In August 2014, the NBC/WSJ survey found women with a disapproval rating of 47% and an approval rating of 46%. In September, that same survey has found with a 52% disapproval rating and a 42% positive rating among women. Of the five most recent two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating is essentially tied with George W Bush. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. (By this date Richard Nixon had left office.)…
  • Where have all the voters gone

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    “Where have all the voters gone” As voting has been made easier by wider use of no-excuse absentee voting, mail voting, and early voting generally, turnout has gone down. Prior to 1972, only Tennessee and Idaho offered so-called “no excuse” absentee voting. In all other states if you wanted to vote absentee you needed a reason. In 1972, less than 5 percent of American voters used absentee ballots. In 1975 Congress enacted the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act which allowed overseas voting age eligible U.S. citizens without legal domiciles in the United States to vote absentee.
  • The Races

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    14% approve of the way Congress is doing its job. This has been the average approval rating for all of 2014. This is somewhat higher than the 9% approval recorded earlier this year. Among those who follow national politics closely, only 8% approve of the job being done by Congress. 40% of adult Americans “care a great deal” about who controls Congress. This includes 43% of Republicans and Republican leaners, and an equal number of Democrats and Democratic leaners. Only 36% of adults can correctly identify which Party controls each of the two houses of the Federal Government. [Gallup 9/14]…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Since passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, the President’s Party has lost an average of nearly 6 U.S. Senate seats in the mid-term election of the 6th year of the President’s term (this includes circumstances when a President was replaced by the Vice President). The most dramatic exception was Bill Clinton in 1998, when the Democrats did not lose a single seat. (Clinton had overseen the loss of 10 Democratic Senate seats in the 1994 and 1996 elections.) 1918 Wilson -6 1926 Harding/Coolidge -6 1938 F. Roosevelt -7 1950 Truman -5 1958 Eisenhower -12 1966 Kennedy/Johnson -4 1974 Nixon/Ford…
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  • CA-52: Carl DeMaio's Campaign. Yuck.

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Openly gay Republican accused of sexual harassment by Brian Leubitz I've not really mentioned the burning wreck that is Carl DeMaio's 2014 Congressional campaign. But, boy is it in fire right now. Voice of San Diego has a full timeline of the various scandals with a very fitting opening sentence: In 10 years covering San Diego politics, including the one where Bob Filner was mayor, I have never seen a more bizarre political scandal than the one surrounding Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign over the last few weeks. (VoSD) The article follows the rather bizarre twists and turns of a…
  • The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Two seats get big attention by Brian Leubitz The media thrives on big statements, but shades of gray are everywhere. And that is true for the Senate elections here in California. So, with that, here is a "big statement" quote from former FPPC chair (and SoS candidate) Dan Schnur: "If Republicans can win both of those seats, it will be seen as their first step back toward political relevance in California," said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. "But if Democrats get the supermajority back, it's difficult to see California becoming a two-party state again…
  • Consumer Federation: Prop 46 Opponents Are Privacy Hypocrites

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    by Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California Health care industry-funded ads sounding the Prop 46 privacy alarm flunk the straight face test. The ads allege Prop 46 sets up a secret medical record database that will be vulnerable to hacking. Not only is this absolutely false, it's galling when you consider that the hospitals and insurance companies funding the ads have exposed millions of their own patient records through their negligence. Prop 46 creates no new patient database. It does put to better use a database that has been in place for 17 years. The…
  • The Wilderness Just Keeps Getting Bigger for the CRP

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Statewide elections bring big challenges to Republican playbook by Brian Leubitz California Republicans really want to be like other Republicans. They want to win lots of elections and support some crazy, right-wing policies. But, it turns out in California, that's kind of a non-starter. In fact, the odds are so stacked against that craziness, that Republicans statewide are well behind out of the starting gate. From Jim Newton of the LA Times: Aaron McLear, senior advisor to the Kashkari campaign, pointed out to me last week that, for a Republican to win statewide, he or she needs to carry…
  • Oh, yeah, there are ballot measures

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Ballots are in the mail. I'm voting yes. by Brian Leubitz In case you missed it, the election started a few days ago. Ballots went in the mail early this week, and by the end of this weekend, millions of votes will already have been cast. So, how are you voting on those pesky ballot measures? NextTen has a helpful guide, California Choices, with information about the measures and who has taken a position on either side. But here's how I'm leaning as of right now. I probably won't actually cast my ballot for another week or two, but this is my general inclination right now: Yes. On all of…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Lone Geniuses Are Overrated

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Somewhat to my surprise, Walter Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators, a group portrait of the men and women who invented computers and the Internet, is riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving. My surprise is not rooted in doubts about Isaacson’s skills; he is considered to be the leading biographer of the digital age for a reason. I was surprised because I find books about technology unreadable. I enjoy machines as much as the next Amish-by-disposition American, which is to say, among other things, that I don’t care very much about where they come from, and on those occasions…
  • When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation's capital. The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon he had delivered about Israel and Hamas. It turns out that there was a lot more on Rabbi Steinlauf's mind during the High Holidays than just the Middle East. This afternoon, he e-mailed his thousands of congregants to announce that he and his wife, Batya, a respected rabbi in her own right, were getting divorced, because he has come…
  • 'A Terrible Slaughter Is Coming'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The theme of the week in the Syria conflict—that airstrikes are of only limited use in the struggle to degrade and destroy the Islamic State terror group—is about to be underscored in terrible fashion in the besieged border town of Kobani, which is under sustained, and mainly unanswered, assault by as many as 9,000 ISIS terrorists armed with tanks and rocket launchers. I just got off the phone with a desperate-sounding Kurdish intelligence official, Rooz Bahjat, who said he fears that Kobani could fall to ISIS within the next 24 hours. If it does, he predicts that ISIS will murder…
  • Understanding the Goals of Hamas and Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    A couple of weeks ago, Laurie Goodstein, in the Times, wrote of American pulpit rabbis who are sometimes too skittish to express their true feelings about Israel and, in particular, its current government: Debate among Jews about Israel is nothing new, but some say the friction is now fire. Rabbis said in interviews that it may be too hot to touch, and many are anguishing over what to say about Israel in their sermons during the High Holy Days ... I expressed the thought on Twitter (a famous vehicle for complicated thoughts) that it is pathetic for rabbis to avoid discussing certain subjects…
  • A Pugnacious Obama Takes on (Most of) the World

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    President Obama, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, just delivered a speech that reminded me of Hillary Clinton at her most pugnacious, and of John McCain at his most tranquil. He reminded me of the second-term George W. Bush as well. Obama labeled ISIS "evil" (remember the trouble Bush created for himself when he used such terms?) and promised the destruction of its "network of death"; he excoriated Russia explicitly and at length for bullying its way into Ukraine; he made a direct demand on the Muslim world to disassociate itself from the extreme Islam of ISIS; and, most…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Obama Touts Nunn in Georgia

    Michael Warren
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Barack Obama called into an Atlanta radio station to urge Georgia voters to elect Michelle Nunn to the U.S. Senate so that the president can "keep on doing some good work." "If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means that we can keep on doing some good work," said Obama on V-103, an urban contemporary radio station. Listen to the audio below: Nunn is in a tight race for Georgia's open Senate seat against Republican David Perdue. The state leans Republican, and Nunn will need to motivate the Democratic party's black…
  • House Homeland Chair: 'Homegrown Terrorism Is a Real Threat'

    Daniel Halper
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    House Committee on Homeland Security chair, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, released this statement on the attack yesterday in Ottawa, Canada: “The attack in Ottawa is yet another reminder that homegrown terrorism is a real threat not only to our country but to our allies as well. Whether these individuals train in Syria or Iraq and then return home, or are inspired and recruited over the internet while in their basements, their danger to society is the same. The United States must wage a robust effort here at home to combat violent Islamist extremism by working with local communities to…
  • State Dept. Urges Israel to Remain Calm After Terror Attack Kills American, Injures Others

    Daniel Halper
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    After the latest terror attack in Israel, the State Department issued the following statement urging all sides -- which would include Israel, the victims here -- to remain calm: The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident. The Jerusalem Post…
  • Changes Everything, Right?

    Geoffrey Norman
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Headline over a long, detailed Kimberly Kindy and Sari Horwitz pice in the Washington Post: Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson Ms. Kindy and Ms. Horowitz write that the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri that led to several days of what we call, these days, “unrest”– and promises of more to come if “justice were not done – occurred pretty much as the police officer (and several fearful eyewitnesses) had described it.  That: … police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson…
  • Bureaucracy’s Latest Challenge: Listening to the Public

    Kevin R. Kosar
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    The American public often rails about bureaucracy. It is not difficult to fathom why. Who amongst us has not fumed while standing in a long line at an understaffed post office? And how many of us have thrown up our hands in frustration at the complexity of income tax instructions and outsourced the work to an accountant? The public tends to explain bureaucratic behaviors by attributing ill motives to the bureaucrats. Civil servants, they allege, are arrogant and lazy. Scholars, such as the late James Q. Wilson, have provided us with social scientific evidence of what many individual suspect:…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the Ulysses-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley tech industry said that his state should just forget about railroads—normal, high-speed, maglev, or whatever. Instead it should embrace the future represented by self-driving cars. (For previous episodes see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4,No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11, No. 12, and No. 13. Today's is No. 14.) Almost no one who's written in since then agrees. Here is a sampling of the case made, in dozens of…
  • Rebecca Frankel and War Dogs at Sixth and I Tonight

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Rebecca Frankel is an editor at Foreign Policy, a friend of our family, and the author of a great new book called War Dogs. Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post, a man who does not lightly distribute praise, gave it a very positive review in the Post this past Sunday ("exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving"). The NYTBR wrote about the book here, and you can hear her on the Diane Rehm show here. This evening at 7, I'll be leading a discussion with Rebecca Frankel at the Sixth and I Synagogue in downtown Washington. Tickets are $12, but you get two free tickets with the purchase…
  • 'Of No Party or Clique' at The Atlantic

    James Fallows
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    "Of no party or clique" was the founding motto of our magazine, 157 years ago next month. In practice this mainly means that we should aspire to present each article or argument on its merits, and not as expressions of some other agenda. (Though of course we all have our larger worldviews, blind spots, favorites, etc.) Sometimes it means there are disagreements in the arguments presented in our pages or on this site. For the record I want to note two recent disagreements, one about a journalistic tone and one about a diplomatic goal. 1) Gary Hart. Last week I wrote that I found Matt Bai's All…
  • Books by Friends

    James Fallows
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    I give the "by friends" disclosure just for the record. I mention these books because, whether or not I'd known their authors, I would think they deserved attention. And I'll mention each as tersely as I can, both so you can discover their virtues for yourself and because if I waited to do "real" writeups I'd probably never get around to it. 1) All Our Yesterdays, by Erik Tarloff. Erik and his wife Laura D'Andrea Tyson were friends of ours when my wife and I lived for a while in their home town of Berkeley, and when they lived for a while in our current home town of DC. Erik has been a…
  • In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams

    James Fallows
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I recognize that the social-intellectual ecology of blogging is different from what it was even three or four years ago. Back then—ah, the lost Golden Age of the Blog!—it was easy to assume, or imagine, an ongoing, incremental process of working out concepts in public and exploring evidence as it emerged. This was the era and the mood that Andrew Sullivan captured in his "Why I Blog" cover story for The Atlantic in November, 2008. The autumn of 2008 is "only" six years in the past, but it seems a different universe. George W. Bush was still the president. At least for supporters, Barack…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Gough Whitlam

    SuperUser
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    by liberal japonicus A very short post about Gough Whitlam, who recently passed away. Whitlam was a major figure in the 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis and googling now shows the site http://whitlamdismissal.com/, with the source documents. When I first found out about it, maybe a decade and a half after it took place, being an American, there was a focus, possibly because it was Aussies telling me, the American, this on the aspect of US control. Whitlam withdrew Australian troops from Vietnam in 1972, and tales have floated around about CIA involvement along with his relationship with…
  • The problem with gaming is subtractive masculinity

    SuperUser
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    by Doctor Science I made my post about subtractive masculinity because I was thinking about fan and gamer culture -- and lo and behold, almost as soon as I posted "Gamergate" (which has been boiling along for months) leveled up to get covered by the mainstream press. To cut a very long story extremely short, there's been yet another case of self-labeled "gamers" showing that they disagree with a woman ... by inundating her and anyone associated with her with threats of rape, torture, and murder. [1] Subtractive masculinity is why the prospect of women being associated with video games gets…
  • Celts, Philip the II, and other old sh*t

    SuperUser
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    by liberal japonicus Regulars probably know that I am all about the old sh*t. So here are a list of links to some things that have made my heart go pitter-pat. This looks like a great book. I much earlier read Celtic Empire, whose title was ironic, because everyone knew the Celts didn't have an empire. The tomb of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great, has been confirmed. The Guardian often has stuff of things discovered, like this and this, and there was recently a Viking hoard (as opposed to horde) discovered, but my search turned this interactive site of a British museum exhibition…
  • Subtractive Masculinity

    SuperUser
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    by Doctor Science I've mentioned my theory of subtractive masculinity from time to time, but I want to put it down coherently in one place. "Subtractive masculinity" means that out of the universe of possible human actions or qualities, the only ones that a boy can rely on to signal his masculine status are ones that are not publicly exhibited by women or girls. Here's a Wiser's Canadian whiskey ad that shows subtractive masculinity in action, in the form of the "cootie effect":   Direct Youtube Link A woman gives her meek husband her very girly, pink purse to hold. After she's gone he…
  • Correlation, Causation, and College: a guest (!) weekend open post

    SuperUser
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    by regular commenter wj A recent blog post at the Economist looks at a comparison of the financial impact of obesity. And compares it to the impact of a college education. (The Swedish study that they look at finds them to be of the same magnitude. (And even being just overweight apparently has negatives, just not quite as large. Which leads me to a question: why does a college education go with higher lifetime earnings? The assumption, especially among parents pushing their children to go to college, seems to be that the relation is causal – getting a college degree allows you to earn…
 
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  • Gov. Scott to be no-show for deposition in records case

    The Dude Dean
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott is planning to be a no-show Friday for a deposition in a lawsuit he filed in California to block the release of information about Google email accounts used by him and his executive staff.  Attorney Steven R. Andrews was prepared to put the governor under oath  …
  • Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

    Kenm77
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It's not uncommon for fear to appear this close to Halloween... but this year the fear is not supernatural it's conservative manufactured. This AP article provides a very good perspective on how Ebola hysteria has contributed to a well crafted environment of fear... other h …
  • Michelle Obama to run for Senate? First Lady supporters hope for 2018 CA office

    Zone-3068627
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Is Michelle Obama considering running for a Senate seat in 2018? The First Lady is reported this week to be supported by a growing number of followers who believe that she should pursue politics herself after President Barack Obama leaves the White House. ** *[A]n ideal slot  …
  • Partial response to strike call against PM visit - The Hindu

    @satsangi
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Kumar- Commented: All the separatists were missing during the floods. Indian army was the only source of solace for the people affected by the flood. It is high time we recognize these parasites and make way for their extinction.
  • Will Minorities Lose if Republicans Win? Yes.

    tt16
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    All minorities combined form a very large block of the voting public. In a few years the combination of minorities will be the majority and will control the elections. Voter repression is the name of the game for Republicans especially TeaPublicans. If they win, here's some of th …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell

    Robert Farley
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thought you’d seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting. The Grimes ad says McConnell “even voted to end the payroll tax credit” and refers in small print to McConnell’s vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal that permanently extended the Bush tax cuts for most but allowed a temporary payroll tax cut to expire. All but three Democrats also voted for the bill, and the expiration of the payroll tax…
  • Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn’t an “imminent threat” to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator’s remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said. Udall went on to say, “But if we don’t respond to the threat it represents, they will be a threat to this country.” And a USA Today article cited on-screen in the Crossroads ad quotes Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as telling the…
  • NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley “voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley’s clearly stated position. The fact is, Braley voted most recently to raise taxes on only about the top 1 percent, while keeping federal income taxes the same for all who are less affluent. Braley consistently favored holding income-tax rates steady for all but individuals making more than $200,000 a year, or $250,000 for couples. The vote cited by the ad is one Braley cast in the House in 2010 as a protest against extending…
  • Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

    Robert Farley
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Clay Aiken’s latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes. Aiken falsely claims Ellmers “voted against the payroll tax cut because she thought $1,000 out of your pocket is not that much money.” She voted against a two-month extension because it wasn’t long enough, and helped craft a bipartisan bill that extended the payroll tax holiday for one year. Aiken also says Ellmers failed to “stop a Fort Bragg Air Wing from being moved out of state,” because she missed a deadline for filing a bill amendment with the House Rules Committee.
  • FactChecking the Michigan Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Michigan Senate race pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. The two candidates have faced plenty of attacks from outside spending groups, who have poured enough money into the race to make it the seventh highest in terms of outside dollars. In fact, those groups — not the candidates themselves — have so far been the focus of our fact-checking efforts. False and misleading claims have centered on taxes, equal pay for women, health care, outsourcing jobs, Medicare and…
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    TechPresident

  • Tracking the Pulse of Elections in 2014 and Beyond

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Dan Ancona, who has been building online tools for empowering people in democracies since 2002, tells us why we should use Pulse.
  • Tunisia's Youth Activists Dissect Budget Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Amira Yahyaoui is known for her plucky efforts to monitor the National Constituent Assembly -- turning up at private committee meetings, nettling officials with live tweets, taking their attendance and recording their every vote. Now she wants to open up Tunisia's economy too, starting with the state budget.
  • First POST: Reminders

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more.
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: With Waze, Who's in the Driver's Seat?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Can you be a "connected citizen" if you don't know that you are connected to government? That's the question that's been on my mind since Waze, the crowdsourced traffic data company recently acquired by Google, announced a major new partnership with ten local cities and governments around the world called "Connected Citizens." Under this program, Waze will be giving city, state and county authorities like the New York Police Department and Rio de Janiero's Operations Center real-time traffic incident data (aggregated and anonymized) and in turn getting timely and relevant data from the…
  • First POST: Patient Zero

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Howie Hawkins in NY gubernatorial TV debate

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Body: 
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Body:  Bold publishing decision to put out a magazine with 80 empty pages pic.twitter.com/waakHIIosq — Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) October 23, 2014
  • Eugene Puryear, showing how it is done

    DCblogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Body:  Will Sommer Speaking of sleepy parties inexplicably active in this election, remember the Statehood Greens? Had a Council seat for a while until Catania poleaxed party warhorse Hilda Mason in 1998, been known for kooky candidates ever since?
  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Body:  I confess it: I hate flossing. And not only that, I hold to the bizarre and so clearly "just a rationalization" theory that my teeth are an ecology, and if I get them too clean, I could kill off beneficial bacteria and end up worse than before. (To be fair to myself, my theory was semi-borne out by my last trip to Thailand: Despite 7 (seven) years without dental care of any kind, I had only three cavities, and, except for the disintegrating molar caused by a poor filling from a corporate dental rental extraction machine, all were small.) That said:
  • Latest DCCC mail blast: "All hope is lost!" Translation: Mission accomplished...

    lambert
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Body:  ... if you believe Steve Israel's role is to throw elections, and after Howie's work it's hard not to. Anyhow, whoever's doing DCCC's bulking mailing must have some kinda weird billing arrangement, because they aren't purging their list. I mean, I've never given them a dime, and never will. But Steve Isreal is still choking my inbox with spammage. Why's he doing that, unless he's got an incentive?
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Solar eclipse tonight

    susie
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    At 5:50 pm EST, visible through much of the country. Good stuff for Scorpios!
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim...
  • Economic growth

    susie
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yeah, the highest poverty rate for children in 20 years. Yay, Wall Street!
  • Good news

    susie
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Look at all the other drugs we’re not researching because of our backward drug laws: In a study published this month in Translational Psychiatry, researchers have found that a drug called ketamine can help quickly reverse anhedonia in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression (also known as manic-depression or bipolar disorder). Ketamine has previously been shown to help rapidly reverse other aspects of depression in a number of studies; doctors use the drug to treat patients at several hospitals around the country, although it remains illegal to possess without a…
  • Kind of crazy

    susie
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Isn’t it, that they can’t get them to pay attention to global warming? One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously. The city commission of South Miami, FL — a city that sits just west of the University of Miami in Coral Gables — passed a resolution this week that calls for Florida to be split into a North Florida and a South Florida, a creation of an additional state that would allow South Florida to take climate change preparation and adaptation into its own hands. “It’s very…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunder: Darma: Sit smart for a healthy body and mind

    Latina Lista
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Darma: Sit smart for a healthy body and mind by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Darma — Sit smart for a healthy body and mind Recent studies have linked sedentary behavior (measured by time spent sitting) to higher rates of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. Physical inactivity is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth in the world. Darma is the world’s first “inactivity…
  • Global warming has cost Peru 40% of glacial surface

    Latina Lista
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Global warming has cost Peru 40% of glacial surface by Latina Lista By Agnes Rivera Peru This Week Peru is lauded for its diverse landscape, but the country’s snowy peaks are at risk of disappearing. According to a recent study performed by the National Water Authority (ANA) “19 mountain range glaciers in Peru have lost more than 40% of their surface in the last 40 years” (El Comercio). The smaller glaciers within the Cordillera Blanca range, in the northern…
  • A Voice for Migrant Students

    Latina Lista
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. A Voice for Migrant Students by Latina Lista By Victoria Rossi La Voz de Austin It was a familiar conversation, as routine as her family’s yearly drive from Texas to California and back again. Each October, Luz Hinojosa sat quietly by her parents as her teachers tried to stop her from taking their class. Recently arrived from California, Hinojosa wasn’t just starting school six weeks late; she wanted to take courses that challenged even the students who’d…
  • New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households by Latina Lista LatinaLista — For the last couple of years, it’s been widely reported how many millennials still live with their parents. Yet, a story that has flown under the radar is how many grandparents are now living with their children and grandchildren. According to the latest US Census report, Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012,…
  • Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell At the end of each semester, many students are found with items that no longer have any use to them. Normally, as anyone who has driven on a college campus at the end of the semester notices, these items are placed on the curb in hopes someone will give them a home. “Curbbed” is…
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Active Fatalism

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We have heroism all wrong. Consider Sisyphus happy: He has a task and it is his own.
  • What Women Want

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From personhood to motherhood, women’s issues dominate 2014 campaigns.
  • Putin and the Pope

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two leaders with a lot of influence who matter in very different ways.
  • Capitalism’s Suffocating Music

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Corporate sponsors have turned every last place and personage into ads.
  • China Versus America

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    How Chinese “harmony” and American “freedom” produce the dangerous clash of two exceptionalisms.
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    New York Observer

  • New York’s First Possible Ebola Patient at Bellevue Hospital

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Ebola fever continues, as a new patient has been admitted to Bellevue Hospital. (Getty) New York City Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett revealed in a press release that EMS units transported a male healthcare worker with Ebola symptoms to Bellevue Hospital earlier today. The 33-year-old doctor, identified by The New York Post as Craig Spencer, lives on 147th Street in Manhattan and is reportedly suffering from a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He was working in Guinea, one of the three African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, and returned to the U.S. within the past three…
  • Female Pols Snubbing Women’s Equality Party for Working Families

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Public Advocate Letitia James vowing to vote the Working Families Party line. (Screengrab) Here are some women who won’t be voting on the Women’s Equality Party line: Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Borough President Gale Brewer. Those three elected officials will be voting a straight ticket for the Working Families Party, they pledged today in a video released by the labor-backed WFP today. The video, dubbed “Women Speak Out: We’re Voting Working Families,” was sent out in an email blast on the same day that Gov. Andrew Cuomo…
  • Mera and Jennifer Rubell on ‘The Collecting Gene’

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Catherine Morris, Mera Rubell and Jennifer Rubell. As an immigrant, “my family’s survival was based on giving up ownership,” explained art collector Mera Rubell, at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday. At its 12th annual Women in the Arts Luncheon Wednesday, the museum honored contemporary art collector Rubell and her daughter, artist, Jennifer Rubell. The Rubells along with Catherine Morris, curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, took the stage for a conversation before lunch. The trio of women wore jet black which could have been an art installation in…
  • Human Rights Dominate the Discussion with Michael Keaton and Charlie Rose

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Catherine Malandrino babbles on to Charlie Rose at last week’s Spirit of the Lafayette/Hermione project gala. (Photo by Patrick McMullan) “It’s about being more visible not just within the gay community, but the community at large,” Martina Navratilova began to Shindigger as we sipped red wine at the inaugural Athlete Ally Action Awards. “That’s what’s made a difference for us in making headway in legal protections and advancements,” she told us. Athlete Ally, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization in LGBT sports, honored the tennis legend and Yogi Berra, James Blake,…
  • Hillary Clinton Boosts Andrew Cuomo and His Women’s Equality Party

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stumping for Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) Former Secretary of State and potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton brought a little extra enthusiasm to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign and his Women’s Equality Party Thursday — urging women to vote in their own interests for Mr. Cuomo. “Let’s not kid ourselves. We have not achieved equality,” Ms. Clinton told the crowd at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown during a Women’s Equality Party rally. “We have not yet seen the kind of progress on all…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    A majority continues to support the war against ISIS (57%), but most Americans don’t think the campaign is going well: A larger majority (62%) doesn’t believe that the campaign has a “clear goal,” and an even larger majority (73%) thinks that U.S. allies aren’t doing enough to help. All of this bodes ill for sustained public support of the war as it enters its third month. The administration’s claim that it had the support of a “broad coalition” was always misleading, and the public has noticed the lack of substantial contributions from U.S.
  • The Virtues of Early Voting

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    John Fund identifies some problems with early voting. This is the least persuasive part of the argument: Gans and other observers are also concerned that early voters won’t have the same information as those who vote on Election Day. They may miss out on candidate debates or be unable to factor in other late-developing election events. “Those who vote a month in advance are saying they don’t care about weighing all the facts,” says Adams, the former Justice Department official. One secretary of state I interviewed compared early voting that takes place before debates are finished with…
  • UKIP and Euroskepticism

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Despite some recent gains by UKIP in Britain, Euroskepticism in Britain has been declining. Iain Martin speculates that the two are directly connected: Support for UK membership of the EU is actually up a bit, according to a new poll. Ipsos Mori shows that support for the EU at its highest level since 1991. YouGov’s EU referendum tracker also gives the status quo a narrow lead by 40 per cent to 39 per cent this month. How can this be when Ukip is running rampant? The truth is that for all the cocky Ukip rhetoric about a people’s army, the party appeals to nothing like a majority.
  • The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Another bit of revisionism in the Mitchell Reiss article I commented on earlier is the misleading description of how the Romney campaign related to the different factions of the GOP on foreign policy: The challenge for the Romney campaign’s stewards was to assemble as big a “tent” as possible, bridging the divide from libertarians who wanted a more restrained U.S. role in the world to internationalists who wanted a more active leadership role, and including social conservatives, business conservatives, evangelicals, free traders and Tea Partiers. Too much specificity could risk driving…
  • Foreign Policy Hawkishness Is a Dead End for the GOP

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Former Romney campaign adviser (and sometime MEK booster) Mitchell Reiss reminds us why Romney was so incompetent when it came to foreign policy. Here is his revisionist account of Romney’s blunder in relation to the Cairo protests and the Benghazi attack: A more sustained focus on world affairs might have prevented the Romney campaign from committing one of its most serious errors: the mishandling of the Benghazi tragedy, when four American officials, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were murdered by Islamic terrorists. In the pressure cooker of a tight race, the Romney…
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    TIME

  • What the Ferguson Leaks Tell Us About Michael Brown’s Death

    Alex Altman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    As a St. Louis County grand jury weighs whether to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a series of leaks have provided new information about the skirmish that led to Brown’s death and ignited a national debate about race and police violence. A lot has happened since Brown died after a confrontation with Wilson on Aug. 9. Here’s a guide to making sense of it: What’s new? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained Brown’s official autopsy report on Oct. 22, which indicates he was shot near the right thumb at very close…
  • Democrat vs. Democrat Down To Wire in Silicon Valley House Race

    Jay Newton-Small
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Don’t look now, but a moderate might get elected to Congress next month from California. In California’s 17th congressional district, which encompasses much of Silicon Valley, two Democrats are on the ballot on Nov. 4. One is seven-term incumbent Rep. Mike Honda, 73, and the other 38-year-old former Obama Administration official Ro Khanna, who is trying to unseat his fellow Democrat. Why wasn’t this battle decided in California’s June 3 primary? Honda and Khanna both “won” that primary: they both gained enough votes to advance to the general election and…
  • Treasury Department’s Anti-Terrorism Chief Says Cutting Off ISIS Funds Of High Importance

    Maya Rhodan
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is the “best-funded” terrorist organization the U.S. has ever confronted, the Treasury Department’s top official for combating terrorist financing said Thursday. Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Thursday David Cohen, the under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at Treasury, outlined a multi-pronged strategy for cutting off ISIS’s access to resources — including as much as $1 million per day in oil sales. Touching on a topic of heated international debate, Cohen also…
  • Russell Brand Explains How You Start a Revolution

    Salima Koroma
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Russell Brand’s new book, Revolution, begins in a bathroom stall before his now infamous interview with English journalist Jeremy Paxman. In the last moments of silence before the sit-down, he throws up a few prayers (not to mention a couple of Eminem lyrics) and plans for the best. In the next hour, that interview (or more appropriately worded, that clash) with Paxman — wherein Brand expounded on his views about errant voting paradigms, the stifling power of oligarchies, and the exploitation of the underclass — would throw him into a political sphere no one was really…
  • The Incredible Rise in Campaign Spending

    Chris Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa, added an hour to its nightly newscast this year to profit from all the political ads ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but demand was still too great. “There is only so much inventory I have,” explains WHO-TV station manager Dale Woods. It is the same in tight races all across the country. Nearly bottomless campaign and super-PAC bank accounts have been unloaded on airtime, mailings and get-out-the-vote efforts. And in recent years, the spending growth has accelerated. Since the mid-1980s, the amount dumped on elections by campaigns and…
 
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    The Brody File

  • The Pastors Strike Back: Bibles and Sermons Sent To Houston Mayor

    David Brody
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You’ve no doubt heard of the classic Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Well, it’s time for a new movie and it’s just starting. It’s called, “The Pastors Strike Back.” Fresh off the stunning attack on religious liberty down in Houston where pastors were told by Houston’s Mayor to hand over their sermons, there is now an effort underway by pastors across America to VOLUNTARILY send Bibles and their sermons to the mayor of Houston. Mike Huckabee called for it and so has influential Christian author Eric Metaxas. Metaxas tells The Brody File, "Never in our history has…
  • The Brody File Show: The Kansas Two-Step

    David Brody
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This week on the Brody File Show - The midterm elections are approaching, and we're sitting down with two of Kansas' top politicians: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Hopes Houston Pastors Incident Sparks "Revival Of Faith"

    David Brody
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says he hopes that this incident where Houston pastors have been told to hand over their sermons will help spark revival in America and wake up evangelicals in this country to get more politically involved. “It is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for…
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    David Brody
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and…
  • Ted Cruz and The Gospel

    David Brody
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    The pictures below say it all. Ted Cruz has something special and Thursday in his hometown of Houston Texas it was clearly on display. The Brody File saw it up close. He came to his home church here (Houston’s First Baptist Church) to hold court about the Houston pastors who have come under a vicious religious liberty attack by city officials, led by the mayor. As Cruz was speaking, he was in his element because what he has is not a political skill.  Nor is it an intellectual one.  When it comes to his relationship with evangelicals, he has a spiritual connection. He is one of them. He…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Why the “I’m not a scientist” excuse is like a glass of tea

    Andrew Sabl
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Like many who care about climate change, I’ve noted with a mixture of disbelief and anger the latest trick by Republican politicians: they don’t explicitly deny climate change but attempt a kind of agnosticism. The line is to say, with great modesty, “I’m not a scientist” and therefore can’t be confident that anything needs to be done. (Meanwhile, though “I’m not an economist,” I’m sure that any proposed action would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.) David Shiffman’s short Slate article on this is great. In particular,…
  • Catching a Catfish

    Keith Humphreys
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    In The Guardian, Kathleen Hale offers her riveting tale story of tracking down an Internet troll who turns out to be a catfish. At one point, she makes a powerful observation on the psychology of those who troll: Why do hecklers heckle? Recent studies have had dark things to say about abusive internet commenters – a University of Manitoba report suggested they share traits with child molesters and serial killers. The more I wondered about Blythe, the more I was reminded of something Sarah Silverman said in an article for Entertainment Weekly: “A guy once just yelled, ‘Me!’ in the…
  • Nudgefail: The Case of Organ Donation

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Behavioral economics is cool science with numerous applications. The concept of nudges, for example requiring newly hired workers to sign a form to stop automatic retirement contributions rather than having to sign a form to start them, is certainly useful in many contexts. But as I write in Washington Post’s Wonkblog, it can’t solve some problems, including the shortage of organ donations, which leaves over 120,000 Americans on the waiting list: One commonly proposed solution to the organ shortage derives from behavioral economic “nudge” principles. Rather than requiring…
  • Turning the clock back

    Lowry Heussler
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    No, I’m not referring to daylight savings time. The Supreme Court apparently thinks that making it hard for Texans to vote is a good thing. Catapult me back to 1964. I guess we have to join Texas in that era. Bring back the Freedom Rides. I would hope that if we baby boomers got the ball (and buses) rolling, some of the Facebook generation might join us. Perhaps my youthful colleague Steve Davenport (who commented eloquently on Keith’s recent essay about Facebook narcissism) could be our liaison to the under-thirties. At my age, the prospect of a long bus ride does not thrill me,…
  • Consider Staying in the Closet

    Keith Humphreys
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Three phrases I am tired of hearing in the media: “Breaks his/her silence”, “the last taboo” and “comes out of the closet”. The first appears regularly on the magazines at the supermarket checkout. Magazine covers trumpet for example that — at last! — a 3rd rate television star is “breaking his silence” over the failure of his marriage to a 4th rate country and western singer. The implication is that the breaking of the blessed silence is a gift to the world and we should be grateful, but I wish these people would just shut up. Why…
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  • IA-Sen: Ernst campaign preparing for possible recount

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    As the latest opinion polls show a close U.S. Senate race in Iowa, representatives of Joni Ernst's campaign have requested detailed information about ballot-counting and recounting procedures in at least five Iowa counties that have often produced Democratic vote margins, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports today. In Johnson County, which includes the Iowa City area, the auditor was asked to provide (1) all election training manuals, and any documents stating: (2) the SOP for counting ballots (absentee, Early and normal ballots); (3) for handling absentee ballots; (4) listing each and every…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 22)

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Six weeks ago, Bleeding Heartland argued that it was too soon for Iowa Democrats to celebrate a lead in early voting, in part because Republicans had plenty of time to catch up. Yesterday, the number of absentee ballots registered Republicans had returned to county auditors exceeded the number of ballots returned by registered Democrats. A press release by a GOP consultant noted that it's the first time Iowa Republicans have ever led in early voting. Democrats still lead in absentee ballots requested, but Republicans also claim that in recent days, they have generated more ballot requests…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Plain gentian (cream gentian)

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Some late summer wildflowers are tall enough be seen from a mile away, some catch your attention with masses of flowerheads, and some make up for being low to the ground with brilliant-colored blossoms. Today's featured wildflower is none of the above. Plain gentian (Gentiana alba) is native to much of the Midwest, including Iowa. Also known as cream gentian, yellow gentian or sometimes white prairie gentian, it "grows in well drained soils of moist meadows, prairies and open woods with full sun to partial shade." The plant usually is only 1 to 2 feet tall, and the white blossoms are either…
  • Two views of changing Iowa demographics

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Today's Des Moines Register features a long front-page story by Daniel Finney and Jeffrey Kummer on Storm Lake (Buena Vista County) as one of Iowa's most diverse communities, and expected trends in the state's demographics between now and 2020. I encourage you to click through and read the whole thing. After the jump I've enclosed a few excerpts and one graphic from the feature. Separate, shorter pieces examine diversity trends in the Des Moines metro area (Polk and Dallas counties), Webster County (including the Fort Dodge area), and Butler County (the least diverse in Iowa).   On…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 21)

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post the latest early voting numbers, as compiled by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. I enclose below the latest data on absentee ballots requested and returned statewide and in each of Iowa's four Congressional districts. Click here for previous tables going back to September 22. As of yesterday, Republicans have nearly caught up with Democrats in ballots returned to county auditors. Democrats lead by a little more than 18,000 in absentee ballot requests, but early votes only count if the ballots come back in. Absentee ballots…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Stupid Thread

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What's the stupidest thing you've seen today? I've been perusing the interwebs, and I know that today's competition is stiff. Discuss
  • Casual Observation

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Haven't heard from Family Man in a long time, and I wonder if he would also join in an crusade against anti-slackism. Considering his reputation, I think that he would. Discuss
  • Chuck Todd's Lame Apology

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I am not a Chuck Todd hater, but I do wish he hadn't been absorbed into the Beltway punditry Borg. He says he feels physically ill about the Mitch McConnell campaign using his words against Alison Lundergan Grimes, but he's the one who said that Grimes had disqualified herself by refusing to tell voters who she voted for, which is her right as a U.S. citizen. He has his excuses, but they mainly involve his impatience with politicians not answering questions in a forthright and honest way. Media Matters called him on his double standard in this portion of their interview with Todd. MEDIA…
  • A Senate Outlook Teaser

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I have a lot of things on my plate at the moment, which is making it difficult for me to set aside the time I need to do a Senate predictions piece. I'd like to do something more comprehensive than any kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants analysis, but that isn't something I can do quickly. By way of a teaser, however, I have to warn you that I am growing increasingly pessimistic about Iowa and that the situation in Colorado has me very concerned. If we lose one or both of those two races, the entire picture on election day changes. If you're looking for a good place to help out, these are the…
  • Aperitif for Destruction

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Good morning! Discuss
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan: ‘This Synod Was Not to Make Any Decisions’

    Jessica Puckett
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
      Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said today that the new report regarding family life out from the Catholic Church this weekend does not signify a monumental change in doctrine or teaching. The much-debated document, which included language regarding the church’s stance towards gays and lesbians as well as divorced Catholics, was the final work product of a historic meeting — or synod — of bishops this month, which Dolan said is intended to set the agenda for further discussions this year and a second synod next fall. “This synod was not to make any…
  • 5 Simple Questions About the Midterm Elections Answered

    Benjamin Bell
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Voters fill out their ballots at a polling station in Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 5, 2013 With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, we figured it would be helpful to step back and address a few simple questions. For that, we turn to Shushannah Walshe, deputy political director for ABC News and co-author of “Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Candidate.” Walshe has also consulted for the HBO show “The Newsroom.” 1] So, let’s start with the basics. For those who don’t know or have been…
  • Excerpt: Tavis Smiley’s ‘Death of a King’

    ABC News
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      The cover of "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year" is pictured. Excerpted from DEATH OF A KING: THE REAL STORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S FINAL YEAR. by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz by arrangement with Little, Brown, an imprint of Hachette Book Group (USA), Copyright (c) Tavis Smiley 2014. INTRODUCTION I hold this project precious for reasons that are both intensely personal and politically urgent. As a young boy growing up in a trailer park in rural Indiana, my initial encounter with the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Amid Broad Worries of an Ebola Outbreak, Two-Thirds Say Government Should Do More

    Gary Langer
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    (Richard Drew/AP Photo) Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus in the United States, and about as many in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the federal government is not doing enough to prevent it. Indeed, more than four in 10 – 43 percent – are worried that they or an immediate family member might catch the disease. That’s similar to the level of concern about other viral outbreaks in some previous ABC/Post polls – but more consequential, given Ebola’s high mortality rate. See PDF with full results,…
  • Dempsey: ‘Challenging Task’ Against ISIS Without Sunni Support for Iraq Government

    Benjamin Bell
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said today that the fight against ISIS would remain a “very challenging task” until the Iraqi government is able to win over the substantial Sunni population living between the capital cities of Iraq and Syria. “The government of Iraq, which is moving but has not yet achieved a narrative that would cause the 20 million Sunnis who live between Damascus and Baghdad to believe that their future is with the government of Iraq, in the case of Iraqis, and certainly the Syrian regime is not reaching out to the Sunni…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 2, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 23, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry. * Transcript see Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript Chris Hedges, […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 1: The Surveillance Machine

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 22, 2014 We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by accident […]
  • History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter + Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    by Gareth Porter Writer, Dandelion Salad crossposted at ISP, Oct. 17 2014 Washington October 23, 2014 Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is […]
  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 21, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry. * Transcript see Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 2, interviewed by Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript Chris Hedges, […]
  • Michael Hudson: Why are Stock Markets so Volatile?

    dandelionsalad
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com October 17, 2014 TheRealNews on Oct 17, 2014 Real serious depression pending as a result of austerity says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond and Finance Capitalism and its Discontents. * Transcript Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist. A Distinguished Research Professor at […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • GOP Walking Into Destruction

    Deacon Blues
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Yes, a GOP takeover of both houses of the federal government would be a bad thing, and would ensure endless investigations and confirmation battles for the Obama administration. But after looking at the agenda priorities of a likely House and Senate GOP leadership according to the New York Times, it becomes clear that Barack Obama’s salvation lies in the expected stupidity of his GOP foes. According to Jackie Calmes’ great piece in today’s paper, the House and Senate GOP can’t even agree on what to pursue, with the House GOP seeking passage of the usual grab-bag of right wing…
  • Just Do It

    Deacon Blues
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    There’s no reason to pussyfoot around about what’s happening politically right now in this country, so let’s cut to the chase. The GOP has no ideas or solutions, and was deathly afraid to defend their record and rhetoric and fend off a populist Democratic message. So in true Rovian fashion, when in a weak spot, attack. In the GOP’s case, this means scare the elderly white people. Whether it be scaring the elderly white people with the brown kids assaulting our border from the south (the first scare), or scaring them with the Islamic terrorists from ISIS (the second scare), or now…
  • Another Tone Deaf Choice

    Deacon Blues
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Naming a political hack as your Ebola "czar", rather than a nationally-respected medical professional is not the way to calm the public's fears. Yet I expected nothing more from this administration. Really, Ron Klain is the guy you came up with? I'm sure he'll command the respect of hospitals and public health systems around the country. Based on this type of decision-making, I guess we can expect some other political hack for the new AG now rather than someone with bipartisan respect. Democrats need to distance themselves from the administration on Ebola, because they can't afford to be…
  • Same-Sex Marriage and 2014

    Deacon Blues
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    To the surprise of many, the Supreme Court today started its new term by refusing to act upon lower-court rejections of same-sex marriage bans. By not taking up even one challenge of the potential cases before them, the court let stand circuit court rulings against state bans on same-sex marriage, thereby allowing the lower-court rulings to take effect and enable same-sex marriage in the states affected. The conventional wisdom amongst court observers is that the Court felt it unnecessary to weigh in on the matter when all circuit court cases to date have agreed that such bans are…
  • Paul Stokes Fear Over Ebola

    Deacon Blues
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    For Rand Paul to align himself with crackpot Louis Gohmert and spread fear and hysteria about our efforts to deal with the Ebola crisis in Africa only shows that the man has no business being a serious presidential candidate. He, like Gohmert, would however make a good carnival barker. Gohmert can be excused because he is a laughingstock that deserves to be representing Texas. Paul is a healthcare professional, who should know better.
 
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras

    DrossRotzank
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras SUSCRÍBETE: http://bit.ly/1a1sm3k SÍGUEME EN TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1aCnKiW ¡LIKE EN FACEBOOK!: http://on.fb.me/16XIVcT SÍGUEME EN GOOGLE+: http://goo.gl/Upf... From: DrossRotzank Views: 1984437 114226 ratings Time: 14:59 More in Entertainment
  • 15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever

    Danger Dolan
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever From a loyal TV audience suing because the weather wasn't right to a severed finger found in a bowl of chilli, we count 15 of the strangest cases ever seen i... From: Danger Dolan Views: 830728 14802 ratings Time: 08:58 More in Education
  • Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes

    vlogbrothers
    2 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes In which Hank debates Hank on one of the most important debates in the United States today, whether to keep the internet open or to allow cable companies to ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 542080 23797 ratings Time: 03:43 More in People & Blogs
  • Understanding the Central African Republic

    vlogbrothers
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Understanding the Central African Republic In which John discusses the ongoing war in the Central African Republic and how complex news stories that don't meet our expectations can go ignored, even wh... From: vlogbrothers Views: 433308 16874 ratings Time: 05:22 More in People & Blogs
  • Mass Incarceration in the US

    vlogbrothers
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Mass Incarceration in the US Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Poli... From: vlogbrothers Views: 1179583 53478 ratings Time: 03:41 More in People & Blogs
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • Genital Warts Therapy – Why Wartrol Is an Excellent Remedy to Manage Genital Blemishes

    thylow
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Are you wanting to find out how to use Wartrol? When it comes to the process of just how to use Wartrol, well let me be the very first to inform you there are a married couple of points you have to take into factor to consider. Of all just what is Wartrol? In case you don’t understand currently, Wartrol is in truth a homeopathic treatment composed from ingredients which all have actually recovering homes associated to genital warts. These ingredients are then greatly weakened to a degree risk-free for human bodily consumption. How you can use Wartrol? In order to use Wartrol, there a…
  • Nail disorder

    thylow
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The most usual source of infection associated to the toenail is due to fungi, which is clinically rated in up to twenty percent of all conditions concerning toe nails. Due to the scope of such condition, afflicted individuals are continuously in search of toenail fungi residence remedies. A toenail that is had an effect on by such a fungus infection will certainly have a thickness, in uniformity. Its irregular appearance will certainly range, in discoloration, from yellow to cloudy-like and even brown. The make-up of such contaminated nails will certainly be rugged and also crumble-like, in…
  • Funny or Lame Panel

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameTwo Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailSmooth Josh Real Smooth I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Votes: 37.3Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
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    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
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    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    www.youtube.com The World Bank released a stunning report that the Ebola Crisis could cost Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 32.5 billion in financial impact by 2015. The report calls for greater and faster coordinated international response. Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race - YouTube Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race Jill Broadhurst and I met at Cafe Trieste in The Rotunda for an interview on her run for Oakland City Council District Four Seat. Since I prefer that you watch the video and interpret her comments for yourself, I will only give a few…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, deranged lone-wolf killer, recent Islam convert

    Bob Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    ISIS actively recruits mentally unbalanced zealots to be used as the equivalent of suicide bombers. The mentally ill find such causes because it helps quiet the voices in the heads. Wackos seek out Islamist websites where they are carefully cultivated, groomed, and exploited. Plant a few messages and wait for the explosion to happen. It can also happen with no overt contact. This has little to do with religion and quite a lot to do with politics. Religion is the cover. Two Canadians have been killed in three days, seemingly at random, by loner lunatics who recently converted to Islam. The…
  • U.S. on a highway to Hell. Start a war and lose an empire

    Bob Morris
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The U.S. blunders on, resolutely refusing to accept reality, leaving other countries in shambles as its own  power erodes. Syria and Iraq are consumed with war. Libya is nearing full-scale civil war. American intervention in Ukraine has been counter-productive at best. It’s almost comical, says Russian expat Dmitry Orlov in a sobering yet humorous essay.  He thinks the U.S. could shatter and fall like the U.S.S.R. did. The American behavior throughout this succession of defeats has been remarkably consistent, with the constant element being their flat refusal to deal with reality in…
  • You’re either butcher or cattle. Except when hunter becomes prey

    Bob Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Darkly dystopian TV like Walking Dead and Breaking Bad mirror the current darkening national mood, says the Burning Platform. The cannibalistic Terminus in Walking Dead lures in the unsuspecting by pretending to be a refuge. Any resemblance between this and war pigs increasing their wealth by sending ever-more to die while banksters loot the country and a corrupt government pretends to enforce Rule of Law is, of course, precisely the point. TV is a metaphor and reflection of what people are thinking and feeling. Such dark moods are probably healthy. More and more, people on all sides of the…
  • Class war being waged by the rich against the rest of us

    Bob Morris
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Huge funding cuts for public education in Philadelphia lead to children sharing textbooks and locked bathrooms. Some nonprofits now make job applicants pay for security checks for low paying jobs. These are examples of the well-off trying to grind down everyone else to further enrich themselves. Income disparities are widening. Too many families are dropping out of the middle class. The Democratic Party would have no trouble winning elections if it went back to its roots of supporting the poor, the disadvantaged, minorities, and unions. Yes the two parties have big differences on social…
  • Tragedy of the Anticommons. Phoenix wants to store water, can’t

    Bob Morris
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Central Arizona Project canal Phoenix admirably uses less water than it did decades ago, even as its population has grown hugely. The city wants to store its unused Colorado River allocation in Lake Mead for future use, but due to archaic, convoluted water laws, is not allowed to do so. This is the Tragedy of the Anticommons, where poor management leads to sub-optimal use of resources. As Butters once said on South Park, “Ouch, that makes my brain hurt.” Inkstain unravels the tangled skein that allows such absurdities to happen. It should be noted that Phoenix storing water in…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

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

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

    indianaoracle
    14 Oct 2013 | 10:13 am
    For all the talk about “government shutdown” and “defaulting on our debts,”  this current bit of theatre is really about paying for new/increased over-debt-limit spending which occurred since last time, and the license to continue to do so.  Most of the public has no idea what is really going on. Notice the lack of emphasis […]
  • Immigration Reform – The Public be Damned

    indianaoracle
    19 Jul 2013 | 5:49 am
    “Immigration reform” in today’s Orwell-esque public discourse (doublespeak) translates into legalization of those who are here illegally and not doing much to discourage future waves of illegal immigration. The aptly named, “Gang of Eight” in the Senate, conjured up a bill for this purpose and then for good measure loaded it with pork for their […]
  • Supreme Court is Too Supreme

    indianaoracle
    18 Jul 2013 | 7:56 am
    The media has managed to vilify Robert Bork to such an extent that his recent passing was hardly a blip on the continuum. Bork was one of the best legal minds in the country during his time and argued before the Supreme Court on many occasions. As Solicitor General, he was also the central figure […]
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  • 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…
  • HIPAA Compliance, PHI and BYOD

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare providers are responsible for securing data on endpoint devices, and for ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations. This becomes even more challenging when BYOD is introduced into the environment. Healthcare practitioners are as passionate about their mobile devices as anybody, and 90% of them use their personal smartphones for work. On the surface, this makes a lot of sense – not only is the practitioner already familiar with the device, but BYOD can also help cut costs. The problem? Securing a personally owned device is much harder than securing a managed device. Download this…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    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…
  • The Importance Of Board Level Buy In To Drive Enterprise-Wide Governance, Risk and Compliance

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most financial services companies in Europe and North America, their very structure is, in many cases, flawed to begin with. Across the globe, emerging countries seem to be doing a whole lot better when it comes to GRC implementation simply because they do away with siloed structures to begin with. While they might not have the established reputations, brand promise and global reach of their European and North American peers, when it comes to organizational structure, they are far ahead of the curve. An integrated approach to GRC is the complete opposite of the original siloed…
 
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    Bob McCarty

  • Green Beret Holds No Grudge Against His German Accuser

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge. Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq. “I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice. Stewart’s…
  • Six Years Later, Terrorists Still Don’t Care Who They Hurt

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    “Terrorists Don’t Care Who They Hurt.”  That was the overarching message of a direct mail piece (below) from the Republican National Committee that arrived in my mailbox six years ago today. Sadly, little has changed since then, except that we have more terrorists and are doing less to fight them. Hope we don’t fight Ebola with the same lack of fortitude. Oh wait, we already are. Click on image above to order Bob’s books.
  • Family Members of Fallen Marine File Lawsuit Against DoD

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Members of the family left behind by Marine LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr. have filed suit against several Department of Defense entities and individuals, alleging they were systematically misled about the death of their loved one at the hands of an Afghan “ally.” LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., USMC The complaint, according to a Washington Post report Thursday, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York, and names the Department of Defense, the Navy Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as defendants. In addition, it names Gen. James F. Amos, the soon-to-retire commandant…
  • Three Days In August Turns Three Years Old Sunday

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Sunday marks the third anniversary of the launch of Three Days In August, my first nonfiction book in which I chronicle the life story and wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Three years ago today, I shared the photo below which shows country music star Toby Keith, right, shaking hands with Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Learn more about the book at ThreeDaysInAugust.com. To order a copy of the book, click here. See also: Other posts related to the book and Amazon customer reviews of the book. Click on…
  • Second Dallas Hospital Receives Possible Ebola Patient!

    admin
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas received its first possible Ebola patient Thursday night, a hospital spokesperson confirmed today. Baylor spokesperson Craig Civale confirmed during a phone conversation at 8:21 a.m. Central, that a patient arrived at the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Central Thursday. After being brought into the facility through a private entrance and put into isolation, the patient was monitored for a few hours before being transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. Careful not to reveal anything about the patient’s identity, Civale emphasized the patient…
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    Hit & Run

  • Jim Epstein on How Cops Are Beating Crime in America’s Poorest City

    Reason.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Camden, New Jersey, considered the poorest and most dangerous city in America, is getting a reputation for being the epicenter of Big Brother-style law enforcement. The city's streets are monitored by 121 cameras and 35 microphones, which feed data to a new $4.5 million Real Time Tactical Operations Intelligence Center. The police department owns a mobile "Sky Patrol," which is a platform that extends 40 feet into the air, providing a bird’s eye view of the city for a bevy of camera feeds. While Camden's tilt towards surveillance is somewhat disconcerting, writes Jim Epstein, overall the…
  • Ottawa Shooter Had Jihadist Ties, Millennials Dig Libertarian Over GOP Candidate, New Opportunity for Ebola Freakout: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in the Ottawa shootout that left a Canadian soldier dead (as well as himself), was a convert to Islam with ties to jihadists. Oh, great. Republicans with visions of a GOP-dominated Senate dancing in their heads may want to thank a cluster of retiring Democratic geezers for clearing the way. Senator Rand Paul is laying out his ideas for restrained foreign policy in a high-profile speech in New York. And not a moment too soon. Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis polls better among Virginia millennials than the Republican Party's Ed Gillespie. Worth…
  • Why Common Core Will Fail: 'Children Are Not Standardized'

    Robby Soave
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Forbes contributor Alice Walton has written a terrific roundup of the anti-Common Core expert consensus. Numerous education researchers and academics have reservations about greater classroom standardization—particularly in the early grades, where excessive testing and homework is most deleterious for kids. Walton writes: David Elkind, long-time child development expert at Tufts University and author ofThe Hurried Child, says that a related problem with the Common Core standards is that “children are not standardized.” Between ages 4 to 7, he says, kids are undergoing especially rapid…
  • Why Dems and Reps Both Want a Midterm Election About Nothing

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Less than two weeks away, the midterm elections seem like an episode of Seinfeld: They’re about nothing. I've got a new Daily Beast column up about the midterms. Here's a snippet: The most riveting stories so far deal with trivial matters that sound like deleted scenes from a George Costanza fever dream. Did Charlie Crist break the rules by having a fan blowing on his crotch during the Florida guberntorial debate? Is Texas’ Greg Abbott anti-dildo and anti-interracial marriage? Did Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner really play high school football? Neither the Democrats nor the…
  • Federal Involvement Is the Problem With Common Core, Education Experts Agree

    Patrick Hannaford
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Common Core education standards have become increasingly controversial since their creation in 2009. Supporters have pointed to the need for higher, more consistent standards; much of the opposition has focused on the confusing new method of teaching math. But both of these arguments ignore the fundamental problem with Common Core: federal involvement. By using heavy-handed incentives to compel states to adopt the standards, the federal government destroyed the notion that Common Core was a legitimately state-led effort. Washington's actions made it nearly impossible for education leaders…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Think about the barbarians of the Islamic State, and ask yourself if your views line up with an “interventionist” or “non-interventionist” policy. Weigh the two alternatives; which tack is right?
  • The Adam Smith Institute’s Third Annual Ayn Rand Lecture

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    On November 3, in London, U.K., the Adam Smith Institute will hold its third annual Ayn Rand Lecture. The public is invited to hear David Sokol, CEO of Teton Capital, give a talk titled “Atlas Is Shrugging: Why We Must Act Now to Defend Free Enterprise.”
  • Join Yaron Brook in Denver on November 13 for the Atlas Shrugged Revolution Dinner

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We are pleased to announce the inaugural Atlas Shrugged Revolution dinner for the Rocky Mountain region. Join your fellow admirers of Ayn Rand for an event benefiting the programs of the Ayn Rand Institute. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, will be our speaker. We will also announce the winners of the high school essay contest for the region.
  • Policy Digest: Regulatory State Edition

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Not too long ago, Steven Greenhut wrote an unusually good piece for U-T San Diego, criticizing employers in California’s construction industry for lobbying for a regulatory crack down on its lower-cost competition. He correctly points out the futility of their approach: “[B]y lobbying for new rules on others rather than for less red tape for everyone, they have lost any right to seriously complain about any additional regulations future Legislatures impose on them.”
  • Obamacare vs. Medical Innovation: You Can’t Have Both

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In The Wall Street Journal, Scott W. Atlas of the Hoover Institution discusses various government policies that are threatening medical innovation. He identifies Obamacare, for example, as a culprit.
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  • Southern Dem Stars in 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Brent Budowsky, The HillWhile the last Republican governor of Virginia appears headed toward prison, the senior Democratic senator from Virginia is headed toward a landslide reelection and serious consideration for the Democratic ticket in 2016. While the last Republican governor of Virginia appears headed toward prison, the senior Democratic senator from Virginia is headed toward a landslide reelection and serious consideration for the Democratic ticket in 2016.
  • Do Dems Always Win Close State Elections?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Dan McLaughlin, FederalistThe year is 1986. It’s the sixth year of the president’s term in office, and that generally spells trouble. Between 1900 and 1974, the average loss for the party in power in the White House following an incumbent re-election had been 39 House seats and five Senate seats; between 1874 and 1958, the average loss in the sixth year of a president’s term had been 60 House seats and eight Senate seats. And Republicans were defending a bunch of Senate seats they won narrowly in the landslide general election of 1980, except without President Reagan (and…
  • Can a Pro-Life Platform Win Elections?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Kelefa Sanneh, The New YorkerThe afternoon in May, Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, took the Senate floor to ask for a vote on a provocatively named bill: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after twenty weeks of gestation. “There are only seven countries in the world that allow elective abortions at this stage,” he said. “At twenty weeks, people have been born and survived.”
  • Obama Too Cool for Crisis Management

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Joshua Green, Bloomberg BWeekBy the time President Obama gave in and appointed an Ebola czar on Oct. 17, the White House response to this latest national crisis had already run a familiar course: the initial assurance that everything was under control; the subsequent realization that it wasn’t; the delay as administration officials appeared conflicted about what to do; and the growing frustration with a president who seemed a step or two behind each new development. Meanwhile, public anxiety mounted as cable news hysteria filled the vacuum and shaped the perception of the unfolding…
  • Shaheen's Obamacare Fix: Appoint a Committee

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Byron York, ExaminerWith the midterms less than two weeks away, liberal commentators have put a lot of heat on Republican candidates who advocate repealing Obamacare but don't have a fully-formed plan to replace it. There's been less attention to Democrats who pledge to "fix" the president's troubled healthcare overhaul. What, specifically, would they fix? Tuesday's Senate debate in New Hampshire, between incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and GOP challenger Scott Brown, was a textbook case of a Democrat promising to fix Obamacare without offering much in the way of actual fixes.
 
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  • EJ Dionne: The politics of Ebola

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    BOSTON Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’s North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. Read full article >>
  • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. Read full article >>
  • When our government was good

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THORNDALE, Pa. Tom Wolf’s mood is sunny but his words are serious. He’s answering teachers’ questions at an elementary school featured last year in a New York Times story about the costs of overcrowding and underinvestment. The Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor, Wolf criticizes incumbent Tom Corbett (R) for education cuts, but he is not terribly partisan about it. Wolf is a businessman who also holds a PhD in political science, and he offers a brief commentary on the importance of “public goods,” not a term typically invoked on the stump. Read full article >>
  • ‘Citizens United’ is turning more Americans into bystanders

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics has always been nasty, the argument goes, so we should get over it. Read full article >>
  • EJ Dionne: A North Carolina rebellion against the ultra-conservatives?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    BURLINGTON, N.C. The clergy gathered in the ­second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
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  • Leading Opponent Of Marijuana Legalization Cites Pot As Cause Of Michael Brown’s Death

    Nicole Flatow
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry Pool Discussion about just how Michael Brown died was revived this week after a new gunshot residue analysis and autopsy leaked to the press provided more information about the crime scene. But a psychiatrist who was honored last year by the White House and serves on the board of a prominent anti-marijuana group seized instead on the full results of the toxicology report to argue there is another contributing cause of Brown’s death: marijuana. In a blog post that was publicized on the Facebook page of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (Project…
  • For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns

    Ari Phillips
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    CREDIT: shutterstock More than three times as many Californians are following news about the drought than are following news about the state’s gubernatorial race. A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found that 62 percent of voters are following the drought very closely while only 18 percent are following the election very closely. About another 30 percent were following each “fairly closely.” This isn’t just because incumbent Democratic governor Jerry Brown leads his Republican opponent by 16 points. For the first time since 1998 when the PPIC…
  • Texans Call On School Board To Remove Climate Denial From Textbooks

    Katie Valentine
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, pro-science supporters rally prior to a State Board of Education public hearing on proposed new science textbooks, in Austin, Texas. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay Thousands of Texans are calling on the state legislature to fix errors in proposed science textbooks, many of which skew facts about climate change. Petitions with more than 24,000 signatures from Texas residents were delivered to the Texas Board of Education and textbook publishing executives in Austin this week. The petitions call for changes in the state’s proposed new science textbooks, which…
  • Four Chain Stores Will Close On Thanksgiving Day To Let Workers Spend Time With Family

    Bryce Covert
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Four major chain stores — Dillard’s, Burlington, REI, American Girl — confirmed to ThinkProgress on Thursday that they will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day as other stores begin to announce they’ll begin Black Friday a day early. In explaining its decision, a spokesperson for Dillard’s told ThinkProgress, “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.” The other three didn’t elaborate on the reasons for staying closed. By…
  • Americans Don’t Trust The Medical Profession

    Sam P.K. Collins
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Americans count among the least trusting of the medical profession, according to an international health care survey. The findings, which appeared in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, show significant levels of suspicion of doctors, especially among those who make less than $30,000 annually. Researchers studied public health polls dating back four decades, including one conducted by a consortium of universities between 2011 and 2013 during which people in 29 countries answered survey questions. In that poll, 58 percent of Americans said they trust the…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Not all that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it's faced. (J. Baldwin) — You must see to shift. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do only 4 things: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, detach from the outcome. (A. Arrien) — 5: love without limits. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Here Comes Over-Interpretation

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    One of the things I dread about every Election Night is the tendency of pundits and spinners to over-interpret the results. It could very easily happen this year, because this has every appearance of being a sui generis election, and one with virtually no predictive value for the next cycle. I went through some of the reasons this is the case at TPMCafe today: If Democrats hang onto the Senate, it could be a sign that the election was not as "nationalized" as expected, or inversely, that a national GOTV effort succeeded in helping them overcome the usual "midterm falloff" problem. And if…
  • Early Voting in TX Brightens Dem Hopes

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Nate Cohn of NYT's The Upshot doesn't see any good news for Democrats in early voting data thus far. But maybe he should take a closer look at Texas, where early voting numbers are encouraging for Dems. As Zachary Roth writes at msnbc.com: After an energetic Democratic campaign to get new Texas voters to the polls, turnout rates spiked on the first day of early voting in the state. According to figures released by the secretary of state's office, Texas' six largest counties all saw increases in voting Monday compared to the first day of early voting in 2010, the last midterm election. The…
  • Minimum Wage on Ballots May Hold Dems' Senate Majority

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's too late to put any more minimum wage measures on Nov. 4 ballots, but signs are that it's a good way for Dems to go, looking forward. As Sarah Burnett writes in an AP story: Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4, the party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased. The issue is also a near-constant topic on the campaign trail, as Democrats work to identify themselves as stalwarts for the middle class and to paint Republicans -- who typically oppose raising the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    At VOXXI Tony Castro explains "The midterm paradox of the US Latino vote," noting a new Pew Research study which finds that "It comes as a disappointing paradox that though a record 25.2 million Latinos are eligible to vote in these midterm elections -- comprising 10.7 percent of eligible voters nationwide -- they only make up a small share of voters in the many states with close Senate and gubernatorial races this year...Specifically, in the eight states with the closest Senate races, just 5 percent of eligible voters on average are Latinos and average substantially under half of the…
  • Why "Personhood" Matters

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    There's been quite a bit of discussion during this midterm cycle about the "Personhood" movement and its efforts (via ballot initiatives and proposed federal and state constitutional amendments and statutes) to give zygotes the full rights of citizenship, in order to infallibly protect them from destruction via abortions, IV fertilization, or certain kinds of birth control. But "Personhood" has become a real problem from pols who embraced that radical Cause and are now getting heat for it, including most notably 2014 Senate candidates Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst and Thom Tillis. So they're…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Political parties in Kerala gearing up for local elections

    Gautam
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    While the Congress that heads the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) will hit the roads from November 4 to energise party workers, the Left parties and the Bharatiya Party (BJP) are revamping their party machinery and finalising strategies to expand their support base. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V M Sudheeran will kick off the party’s preparations by undertaking a march (yatra) from the state’s northern tip of Manjeswaram to the southern tip of Trivandrum next month. An expanded executive committee of the KPCC that met at Trivandrum on Friday finalised the yatra,…
  • UP to develop Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi ‘heritage arc’

    Gautam
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Lucknow: With an intention to boost tourism in Uttar Pradesh, the state government will develop a “heritage arc” involving Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi on the lines of “Agra-Jaipur-Delhi triangle”. “Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi will be developed as a ‘heritage arc’ by improving infrastructure, including roads, pathways and condition of monuments, among other things, to attract tourists in a big way,” chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters after a meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council. Stressing that tourism has a direct impact on the economy and image of the state and job…
  • Could have acted against Deshmukh, Shinde in Adarsh scam: Prithviraj Chavan

    Alka Anand Singh
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Mumbai: Just a day before the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has triggered a controversy. In his interview to a daily, the Congress leader admitted that he failed to act against former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde in the Adarsh scam. The newspaper quoted Chavan as saying that had he sent the top Maharashtra Congressmen to jail, the party would have been decimated in the 2009 Assembly elections. The Chief Minister also reportedly said in the interview that he did not order an inquiry against the irrigation scam involving NCP leader…
  • Congress cracks whip on Shashi Tharoor, removes him as AICC spokesperson

    Gautam
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Taking a dim view of Shashi Tharoor’s praise of Narendra Modi and his appreciation of the “Swachh Bharat” campaign, the Congress cracked the whip on Tharoor on Monday, removing him as All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accepted the recommendation of the AICC disciplinary committee to removeShashi Tharoor from the list of spokespersons of the AICC with immediate effect. “The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had submitted a complaint in this regard to the disciplinary committee,” said party general secretary…
  • Hinduism is ‘global heritage’, not ancestral property of Indians: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

    Gautam
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    New Delhi: Quite vocal about his views on Hinduism, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that for Indians ‘Hinduism’ is not their ancestral property but a heritage that belongs to everyone in the world. Bhagwat, who was present at the launch of the international edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism on Friday along with other dignitaries, stressed on the need of imparting knowledge among the children about their cultural roots. “Children must be made aware about their roots as such knowledge is missing from their education and learning system today.
 
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  • Ebola’s Next Frontier

    Hrishabh Sandilya, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc in West Africa is stoking fears of an uncontrollable pandemic, though developed countries – and most developing countries – have little to fear. India, however, could be in serious danger.
  • Europe’s Fiscal Wormhole

    Guntram B. Wolff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The fulfillment of policy rules in the eurozone appears to be impossible without growth, but growth appears to be impossible without breaking the rules. With all of the rules pointing toward recession, how can Europe boost recovery?
  • A New Macroeconomic Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Both neo-Keynesians and supply-siders have tried and failed to overcome the high-income economies’ persistently weak performance in recent years. It is time for a new approach, one based on sustainable, investment-led growth.
  • The WTO’s Reform Crisis

    Emily Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The World Trade Organization’s director-general, Roberto Azevêdo, has called for an urgent shakeup of his institution, and one of the main reform proposals is to abandon consensus-based decision-making. That might boost efficiency, but it could jeopardize one of the WTO’s greatest assets: its legitimacy.
  • The Rebirth of Egypt

    Merit Al-Sayed, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    If macroeconomic indicators are to be believed, Egypt’s economic growth has ground almost to a halt over the past three years. Worse, however, the past three decades attest to the failure of conventional macroeconomics to guide policymakers in managing development.
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    News - AllGov

  • For the Bottom 90% of Americans, Financial Security is Slipping Away

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    No matter how you look at it, the economic picture for most of America is not good. From too much debt to not enough savings to shrinking incomes, the vast majority of Americans are confronted with erosion of their financial security.   A new economic study (pdf) from the National Bureau of Economic Research paints a bleak outlook for 90% of the country. This great mass once enjoyed a growing share of the nation’s wealth from before the Great Depression until the 1980s, according to researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman . The share of the wealth for that group peaked at 35%…
  • U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Fight Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan…Which is Now at an All-Time High

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    An expensive failure might best describe the United States’ effort to curb opium poppy cultivation in war-torn Afghanistan.   Since the start of the war, the U.S. has poured $7.6 billion into counternarcotics operations aimed at stopping poppy production by local farmers, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). But this investment has not produced the results sought by the U.S. military or the Obama administration.   SIGAR says in a new report (pdf) that “Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in…
  • 2.4 Million U.S. Financial Records a Day Stolen by Hackers in Last 6 Months

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    If there were more than 2 million bank robberies in a single day it would be big news, but that’s essentially what’s happening at the hands of computer hackers.   In just the last six months, cyber intruders have stolen an average of 2.4 million financial records a day. The number of records hacked over that period reached 439 million with more than 500 million compromised over the past year, according to USA Today.   “We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” Robert Anderson, executive assistant…
  • Senators Coburn and Lee Fight to Halt Creation of a Women’s History Museum

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Two of the U.S. Senate’s most conservative members are coming under fire for blocking a bill that calls for creating a national women’s history museum.   The bill, authored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), would establish a bipartisan eight-member commission to study the building of such a museum. Passage of the legislation would not mean a green light for the project.   But Republican senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah are blocking the measure from moving forward in the Senate. They say the plan could…
  • In a Reversal, Rwanda Screens Air Passengers Arriving from U.S. for Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Turnabout is fair play, or perhaps just prudent when the matter involves the deadly Ebola virus.   The government of Rwanda has decided to start screening all visitors arriving from the United States, where one person who contracted Ebola in West Africa died and others infected with the virus have been treated.   The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says local authorities are requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days “to report their medical condition — regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola — by telephone…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Two GOTV events this weekend

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I will link to Craig at Random Musings for the first event on Saturday. Rally to Move AZ Forward!!: This coming Saturday, October 25, from 4 – 7 p.m., join many of the great candidates for office this year at … Continue reading →
  • Howard Fischer dissembles for Prop. 122

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services purports to be an objective news reporter. But as everyone here at Blog for Arizona has pointed out on numerous occasions, Fischer is frequently a water carrier for GOP talking points. Today he crosses … Continue reading →
  • Arizona Daily Sun endorses David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Flagstaff’s Arizona Daily Sun today endorsed Democrat David Garcia for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Garcia will be special leader for state schools: It’s rare in a state as politically polarized as Arizona for a candidate to win bipartisan support. But … Continue reading →
  • Arizona Daily Sun endorses Ann Kirkpatrick (CD 1)

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    The Arizona Daily Sun of Flagstaff today endorsed Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for reelection. Kirkpatrick responsive to the many faces of CD1: There’s always a risk of sounding parochial when endorsing a hometown candidate in a congressional race. But U.S. Rep. … Continue reading →
  • Walk with Mayor Rothschild on Turquoise Trail

    Carolyn Classen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Now that the SW desert weather has cooled down a bit, join me in walking with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild on a 2.5 mile route around downtown Tucson. Plus there’s refreshments later at the lovely La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. The terrorist organization Islamic State recently released a glossy recruiting video targeted at young men, a fairly common practice for the tech-savvy ISIS. This time, though, was different. The video replicates Grand Theft Auto 5, the massively successful—it made over $800 million its first day in release—and quite violent video game, and offers gamers the chance to “do the things you do in games, in real life on the battlefield.” What we're seeing now is how the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved. That ISIS would attempt…
  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

    John Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Photo by Alex Leung / Flickr In 2000, I organized a meeting in China that brought together independent trade unionists, campaigners for corporate codes of conduct, and human rights advocates. We had spirited conversations about strikes and labor organizing and how to deal with the Communist authorities in Beijing. We didn’t worry about the government monitoring or breaking up our meeting. Hong Kong is not just a playground for the rich. One in five residents lives below the poverty line. True, we were in China, and the Chinese…
  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri

    Liz Pleasant
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Clergy make their way through downtown #Ferguson, headed for police department. #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/dVdABacMRl — Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) October 13, 2014 On the morning of Monday, October 13, protesters and clergy members gathered atWellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, for a group prayer and brief training in civil disobedience. From there, the crowd walked to the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Department, where they were met with a line of police officers in riot gear. "We’re taking our cue from the fearless activists in North Carolina." According to the…
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    Divided Under God

  • 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…
  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

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

  • Petition: Say NO to tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists

    Reset Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The post Petition: Say NO to tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists appeared first on Reset San Francisco.
  • Thursday Morning Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    New Stadium For Raiders Remains Possible After Investor Is Added The possibility of building a new football stadium for the Oakland Raiders adjacent to the current O.co Coliseum remains alive after the last-minute addition of financial adviser Floyd Kephart to a group of investors who want to develop the site. A planning team has been trying for two years to get Oakland’s Coliseum City project off the ground. Plans call for at least one new sports stadium at the Coliseum complex plus housing, retail stores, hotels and housing. The planning team’s exclusive negotiating agreement…
  • Resilience Is A Team Sport

    Guest Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    By:  Jenny Gottstein In 1989, my father was at Candlestick Park watching the World Series when Loma Prieta struck. He joined others in the streets to direct cars as San Franciscan’s struggled to find loved ones and return home without traffic lights. Meanwhile, I was in daycare across the city. The only thing I remember was crowding under the Lego tables with my playmates, and watching one teacher comfort another teacher who was sobbing uncontrollably. Growing up in the Bay Area, you are constantly reminded that “the big one” will come any day now. Unlike a tornado or hurricane,…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Maritime Historical Park Proposes Doubling Entrance Fees The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is proposing to double its entrance fees for adults and annual park passes, representatives from the park said Tuesday. The national park, located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, operates and maintains historic boats and ferries dating from as early as 1886. Representatives said they would first hold a public open house, create an online forum, and use social media to reach out to stakeholders and discuss the proposed entrance fee increase before it goes into effect in 2015. The open…
  • SF’s Gentrification Debate Continues Off The Field

    Andrew Cullen
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This time – the kids win. San Francisco Rec and Parks squashes adult permits at Mission Playground After a controversial YouTube video sparked a fierce gentrification debate last week, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department decided to end reserved adult play at Mission Playground on Thursday. Many San Franciscans saw the video as an embodiment of the greater gentrification conversation throughout the Bay Area and as a result, the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club organized a rally on Thursday morning at City Hall, to demand an end to the private renting out of San Francisco’s…
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Fat Loss - Apply Ice

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    An article I ran across claims that ice packs might be helpful for weight loss.Simply strapping an ice-pack to a fatty area like the thighs or stomach for just 30 minutes can burn away hard-to-shift calories. The cold compress works by triggering the body into turning flabby white fat into calorie burning ‘beige’ fat. The article goes on to suggest that we should lower the temperatures inside our homes in order to encourage fat loss. I find this claim to be rather interesting. We do stay indoors more and more in these modern times and we certainly tend to heat our homes more,…
  • About That Waitress and Rush Limbaugh

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Mad World NewsSo yesterday I run across a story about Rush Limbaugh and how he tipped this waitress $2000 for service.Merritt Tierce, who is now an author, refers to the generous tips she received from Limbaugh as “blood money” in her debut novel “Love Me Back.” Tierce said she donated most of the money to the TEA Fund, which is a charity that funds abortions for low-income women.Teirce states: “It felt like laundering the money in a good way. He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person. It was really bizarre to me that he gave me $2,000, and he’s evil incarnate…
  • Bill Maher Making Sense

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    It seems as if the last few times I've heard Bill Maher he has brought some truth to the table. Maybe Bill hasn't strayed as far as I once thought. I used to LOVE Politically Incorrect back in my college days but, for some reason he seemed to have strayed over the years, heading over to la-la-liberal-land.I digress.This time, Bill Maher is speaking with Charlie Rose and brings up issues about Islam that need to be heard. The issues with homosexuals being beheaded and  women not being treated equal and forced to wear burkas are those that should be a concern for all of us. This is not a…
  • Ward Churchill Tells More Fables on Megyn Kelly's Show

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

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

  • Another boost for Burnham as McCluskey names him as most impressive shadow cabinet minister

    George Eaton
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The Unite head's comments suggest the shadow health secretary could win his support in a future leadership contest.  Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham pictured after delivering his speech at last month's Labour conference. Photograph: Getty Images. After once being regarded as a Blairite technocrat, Andy Burnham has reinvented himself in this parliament as one of Labour's most passionate and effective campaigners. His stand against NHS privatisation has made him the darling of party activists (he regularly tops the shadow cabinet league table) and his plan to integrate health and social…
  • The thinking behind Miliband's five-point plan on immigration

    George Eaton
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Labour leader aims to position his party as the only one offering "credible" change.  Ed Miliband campaigns before the Rochester and Strood by-election earlier today. Photograph: Getty Images. Labour wants the general election to be defined by living standards and the NHS. But with immigration rising in salience (some polls show voters now regard it as the most important issue facing the county), and David Cameron planning a major speech on the subject before Christmas, it recognises that it needs a response. Ed Miliband's speech in Rochester and Strood today, ahead of the by-election on…
  • Leader: Britain’s dismal drift towards Brexit

    New Statesman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    The possibility of withdrawal is not one that should be regarded with equanimity. Outside the EU, the world’s single largest market, the UK would suffer high economic loss and would be cut adrift. Heading for the Brexit? David Cameron arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels determined to take a harder line with Europe, 23 October. Photo: Getty Three years ago this month, David Cameron walked through the division lobby in opposition to a referendum on European Union membership. “This is not the time to argue about walking away,” he said. “Not just for their sakes but for ours.
  • Commons Confidential: The Ukip One bags a place among the left-wing firebrands

    Kevin Maguire
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell has opted to sit in the Commons chamber on the front bench below the gangway populated by the socialist heckler tendency. Back to school: Douglas Carswell arrives for his first day in parliament as a Ukip MP. Photo: Getty Fun and games between Labour’s awkward squad and the Ukip One. Since his triumph in Clacton for the Purple Shirts, Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell has opted to sit in the Commons chamber on the front bench below the gangway populated by the socialist heckler tendency. Predictably, the Ukip squatter’s presence isn’t embraced by the…
  • Matthew Barzun: Despite ebola and Isis, could it be that we are living in the best of times?

    Matthew Barzun
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain.  Echoing Roosevelt: Matthew Barzun greets President Obama at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, 3 September. Photo: Getty We live in challenging, complex, even confusing times. Our world is in constant flux. Charles Dickens’s description of the French Revolution seems just as appropriate today: it is the worst of times. Indeed, it may be even more true now, as the changes are…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • New York City Says Hospital Testing Healthcare Worker for Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker who returned to the United States from West Africa with a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city's Health Department said on Thursday. Preliminary test results were expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. The patient being treated at Bellevue Hospital is a healthcare worker who returned to the United States within the past 21 days from one of the three African countries facing the Ebola outbreak, it said. Read the rest of the…
  • USCIS Official: Obama 'Absolutely' Headed Towards Executive Amnesty

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agents are often kept in the dark about decisions by the agency's top brass, but the president of its employee union says the writing on the wall: Obama is headed toward issuing a major executive amnesty.  “Absolutely this is what they must be doing,” Kenneth Palinkas president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, said in an interview with Breitbart News Thursday when asked if a recent USCIS solicitation seeking material for millions of new immigrant documents indicates that the Obama administration is…
  • White House: Sen. Begich 'Entitled to His Opinion' on Obama Relevance

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest argued that President Obama was still relevant in many ways, even though Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) has told Alaska voters that Obama is not relevant in the midterm elections.  “I did [vote for him], but that’s irrelevant,” Begich told the Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg. “The president’s not relevant. He’s gone in two years.” “Sen. Begich is certainly entitled to his opinion,” Earnest replied. “I think the vast majority of Americans would agree that whoever the sitting President of…
  • Debate: Governor Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino Trade Jabs

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    BUFFALO, New York—New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo refused to take the blame for problems relating to the Common Core educational standards among other issues at a candidates debate forum hosted by WNED in Buffalo on Wednesday night.  Westchester County Executive Republican Rob Astorino, Libertarian Mike McDermott, and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins joined the governor. "Cuomo’s Common Core has been an unmitigated disaster. Everyone admits that. The rollout was terrible. The implementation is terrible. This is the federal government guiding decisions in our own…
  • Travel Lobby Praises Obama for Not Instituting Full Ebola Travel Ban

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The travel lobby praised the Obama administration this week for not instituting a full Ebola travel ban.  After the Obama administration announced a limited travel ban on those from West Africa, limiting those travelers to five airports where they could be screened, U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow lauded the Obama administration for not implementing a full travel ban that he claimed would be an "overreaction." "This is a substantive step in addressing an issue the public has understandably expressed a great deal of concern about, while avoiding a policy overreaction with…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The South of Italy has been forgotten while the euro has existed #fuoridalleuro

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    “The South of Italy is suffering the effects of unemployment at an average of 19.7% and youth unemployment at more than 50%, while the process of de-industrialisation is getting worse and as ever, the best brains are obliged to emigrate to get recognition for their abilities, if all goes well. Since 2007 the GDP of the South of Italy has gone down by 47.7 billion euro; the number of companies has fallen by 32 thousand; more than 600 thousand jobs have been lost; and 114 thousand people are supported by the temporary redundancy fund. Since January, companies have closed down at a rate of 573…
  • #Fuoridalleuro: how much is the euro costing us?

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    When people speak about a return to monetary sovereignty, of having a currency under the control of the Italian State and not of foreign banking entities, often people are saying "And after that? Then what happens?". They’ve got used to the euro and they have more trust in the financial killers , in the loan sharks living next door, in this case represented by the financial institutions of European countries that have bought our public bonds in the last few years (of which at least 30% are in foreign hands), than in any Italian government. And you have to understand them when you think of…
  • #Fuoridalleuro: Out of the euro - Either monetary sovereignty or default

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    The interest payments on the public debt are killing the country and pulling the welfare state to pieces. Every year the interest payments on the public debt are going to increase and will amount to 100 billion by 2015. In 2011 the State paid 78 billion to finance its debt. In 2012, the figure was 89 billion, in 2013 it went up to 95 billion and in 2015 it’s expected to be 99.8 billion. In the last 30 years, Italy has paid out 3,100 billion in interest payments on the debt. That’s a massive amount! The billions that the State has to set aside for interest payments on the debt means…
  • Passaparola - Earth Overshoot Day - How many Italies are we consuming, by Mathis Wackernagel

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Watch the video with subtitles 08:00 Earth Overshoot Day was on the 22nd August, the date on which humanity exhausted its ecological budget for one year. Earth Overshoot Day is the day on which, according to the Global Footprint Network’s estimates, man’s requirement of resources exceeded the planet’s ability to regenerate: in just a little over eight months we used up all the resources available so, from the 22nd August through to the end of the year, we will be using more resources than we can afford, thereby putting ourselves in debt to this planet. Beppe Grillo Mathis…
  • Ebola in Rome?

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    "The Ebola Virus epidemic, the most virulent ever recorded, is now frightening every country in the world, including the United States. And yet the evidence of what was about to happen was clear: already in April 2014, members of our Health Committee looked at the issues and they understood the dangers of the Ebola Virus and the potential epidemic that was unfolding. The World Health Organization thought that it would have run its course in a few months with a few hundred deaths. But instead, we are in October 2014 with 4500 deaths and 9000 new cases of people infected and estimates are…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge...

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge of Big Soda who was doing a “push poll” — trying to get me and all my neighbors to vote against Berkeley’s proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks. Big Soda is pulling out all the stops — and the money — to prevent the tax, because Big Soda knows that if it fails in Berkeley it can’t pass anywhere. Yet, just like tobacco, we know a small tax reduces consumption. And just like tobacco, consumption of sugary soft drinks is a huge health problem. One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of…
  • Getting a Grip on Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two...
  • Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities than at Public Universities

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite...
  • Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    According to a new federal database put online last week, pharmaceutical companies and device makers...
  • Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Philadelphia Teachers Disrupt School Board Meeting

    Andrew J. Coulson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Andrew J. Coulson In poll after poll, parents tell us that they care about academic achievement, but that they also want schools to help instill good values. And since children are adept at drawing lessons from adults’ behavior as well as from their words, it’s always nice when teachers conduct themselves with decorum and sensitivity. Which begs the question, how many parents would want their children to emulate the teachers who disrupted last week’s meeting of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission—the district’s governing body? For that matter, how many of these…
  • Americans Don’t Know How Good They Have It

    Doug Bandow
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Doug Bandow CAIRO—“I could be arrested when I leave here,” said a journalist who I met at the tiny Marriott near Cairo’s Tahir Square.  A student activist observed that he could be detained at any time.  A veteran human rights activist calmly stated:  “Some of our groups will be closed.  Some of us will be imprisoned.  It is inevitable.” Most foreigners travel to Egypt to play tourist.  I visited with a human rights delegation, reminding me yet again about how lucky Americans—and, indeed, most Westerners—are. Most important are the basic…
  • Does Foreign Outsourcing Supplant or Augment Domestic Economic Activity?

    Daniel J. Ikenson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Daniel J. Ikenson Voters in Massachusetts, Georgia, Illinois, and elsewhere are being treated to a little 2012 redux, as desperate candidates try to paint their opponents with last election’s popular pejorative: “Outsourcer!” You may recall the accusations exchanged between President Obama and Mitt Romney two years ago, as each sought to portray the other as more guilty of perpetuating the “scourge” of outsourcing. At the time, I faulted Romney for running away from what I thought was his responsibility (as the businessman in the race) to explain why companies outsource in the…
  • Bill Gates Recognizes the Improving State of Humanity

    Chelsea German
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Chelsea German With the newspapers full of crises, it can be hard to maintain a proper perspective on the progress humanity has made, and to remember that there are individuals striving every day to make the world a better place. In a recent interview, businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates discussed the improving state of humanity, and the work that he is doing through private charity to help those in need.  He said, I think the idea that people are worried about problems, like climate change or terrorism or these challenges of the future, that’s okay. But boy, they really lose…
  • Wading Through Disability Paperwork

    Nicole Kaeding
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nicole Kaeding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to 11 million individuals, costing $140 billion annually. Its trust fund will become insolvent by 2016, so policymakers have little time to reform the system. Funding is not the only issue facing the program. A new report from the Washington Post highlights the long list of disability cases waiting to be adjudicated. Individuals apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to claim disability benefits. The file is reviewed by an administrator who makes an initial ruling, with 32 percent of applicants qualifying.
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    A View from the Right

  • Celebrating 5 Years of AVftR (plus a Top 10)!

    sirrahc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This month marks the 5th anniversary of the maiden post for “A View from the Right”. I can hardly believe it has been that long! That first post was the beginning of a 9-part series called “What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare?”, and it was my first attempt at writing anything of the sort. […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 4

    sirrahc
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    “Congress must step up and hold him accountable. Impeachment would also pose a credible threat to any future president by sending a clear message that the American people simply will not stand for having a king. If we do nothing, that threat is lost.”  — CapitalismInstitute.org The legal case for impeachment against President Obama is […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 3

    sirrahc
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    “I want Obama to go through the [impeachment] process because he has it coming…. Obama should be forced to defend his contemptible lies and actions. If for no other reason than his unbearable arrogance, the schmuck should have to pay a penalty.”  — columnist Burt Prelutsky On the other hand,… “[W]e should focus our attention […]
  • Suicide of a Nation

    sirrahc
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    It happened again. I realized early this week that I was not going to be able to finish “To Impeach or Not to Impeach” in time to publish on Sunday as planned. This time, I am travelling out of state to spend several days with my brother and his family. (I think that’s a pretty […]
  • There Should Be No U.S. Citizens Fighting as Jihadists

    sirrahc
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The title above makes what seems like an obvious statement. Yet, they exist, and they travel using U.S. passports. A recent email from Michele Bachmann reminded me, “Currently, Americans fighting with terrorists abroad are allowed free access to re-enter the United States, as some already have! They are likely put on a terror watch list […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • 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 Paul Davis Strip Club Mailer The post SapphireWire…
  • How to Listen to a Podcast

    Kyle
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    For those of you new to podcasts, this video provides a quick explanation of the various ways to listen to a podcast. Of course you can listen The SapphireWire Podcast on SapphireWire.com. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can listen and subscribe to SapphireWire on the go with the built-in Podcasts app, just search for “SapphireWire”. For more great podcast apps, The Sweet Setup has a great overview of the best options for iOS. Android users can use apps like Stitcher Radio to listen and Subscribe. Thanks for listening to The SapphireWire Podcast! The post How to Listen to a Podcast…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 4

    Kyle
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the most recent poll results in the aftermath of last week’s strippergate story, the Democrats claim of Brownback selling sex toys, our take on the latest developments in the US Senate race, and a new the 3rd District Congressional race, featuring a flashback to Kevin Yoder’s skinny dipping escapades. 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 1st Suffolk University/USA TODAY Kansas poll results KC Star coverage of the…
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    Fair Observer

  • How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

    John Pilger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    John Pilger marks the death of Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from “tributes” to a man whose political demise is one of America’s dirtiest secrets. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister, Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements […] The post How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children

    Carl Jylland-Halverson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    When homelessness and youth intersect, it becomes a problem of vulnerable people being exploited in both the developed and developing nations. A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female approach a car window on the near north side of Chicago. Both are involved in survival sex and both are trying to help one another get through […] The post Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

    Tom Engelhardt
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Laura Poitras discusses her new film, Citizenfour, on the Edward Snowden affair that unveiled a global surveillance scandal. Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state […] The post Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • China is Becoming a Middle-Class Country

    John Bruton
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    In the wake of the 2008 economic crisis, the developing world has been drawing conclusions about systems of government in the West. I was recently in Hangzhou attending a Global Investment Conference organized by Euromoney. At one point in time, Hangzhou was the capital of China and the biggest city in the world. It is about […] The post China is Becoming a Middle-Class Country appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Relations With Russia Are Complicated

    Kourosh Ziabari
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    An exclusive Fair Observer interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas. Lithuania is one of the smallest countries in Europe. A diverse nation in terms of its ethnic make-up, Lithuania has a population of around 2.9 million people. After two occupations by Soviet forces in June 1940 and July 1994, and a Nazi invasion in June 1941, […] The post Relations With Russia Are Complicated appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Puneti in valoare masculinitatea cu haine rafinate

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Vrei sa-ti cumperi o haina sau incaltaminte si pretul afisat la raftul din magazinele din mall e prea mare? Nu e cazul sa renunti la a-ti completa garderoba cu articole vestimentare care te scot in evidenta. Mydressing vine cu o oferta de haine pentru barbati second-hand si outlet pe care nu ai cum sa o refuzi. Preturi mici, calitate garantata de branduri celebre si garantie 30 de zile, pe asta se bazeaza boutique-ul online mydressing, un spatiu virtual elegant si rafinat unde poti comanda ce modele doresti, outlet sau second-hand, usor si rapid. Pazeste-te de frig cu bluzele sau puloverele…
  • Prabusiri de avioane controversate si teorii conspirative credibile

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Zborul 455 Cubana de Aviacion. Zborul 455 Cubana de Aviacion a fost doborat de doua bombe in octombrie 1976, la scurt timp dupa ce a plecat din aeroportul din Barbados. Bombele au fost confectionate din explozibili din plastic pusi in tuburi de pasta de dinti. Amplasarea bombelor a fost posibila cu ajutorul a doi indivizi, care s-au urcat din Trinidad si s-au dat jos in Seawell-imediat dupa detonarea bombelor au fost identificati si arestati. Unul dintre teroristi a marturisit autoritatilor ca lucra pentru CIA, sub acoperire, dar si-a retras spusele mai tarziu. Mai tarziu, cei doi au…
  • Puffere cu serpentina de calitate

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Centrala termica pare ca nu isi mai face treaba ca inainte? Vrei sa ai apa calda mai repede la robinet si sa fie cald in casa mai repede si mai usor? Atunci ai nevoie de un puffer pentru instalatia ta termica. Pufferul nu e altceva decat un rezervor unde se acumuleaza apa calda care vine de la centrala. Agentul termic se elibereaza treptat si sporeste confortul din locuinta. De aici si reducerea de combustibil si autonomia crescuta, dar si reducerea de noxe emanate in aerul din incapere. De asemenea, cazanele vor rezista mai bine si mai mult spre deosebire de instalatiile de incalzire fara…
  • Un mic accident

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Coprezentatoarea emisiunii “Splash! Vedete la apa” a suferit un grav accident domestic. Intr-un moment de neatentie, roscata s-a impiedecat de un umeras care i-a spintecat piciorul. Bianca Dragusanu a marturisit si a povestit intregul eveniment nefericit, dar si multe alte subiecte in cadrul emisiunii “Acces Direct”, la Antena 1. Fosta roscata, actuala blonda, a marturisit ca in momentul accidentarii era o zi de duminica, iar ea a inceput sa faca curat in camera sa. Bianca spune ca una dintre cauzele accidentarii a fost faptul ca ea este zodia Peste, iar pestii au coada, nu picioare,…
  • Tricouri barbatesti must have

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Imaginea clasica a barbatului rebel si sexy abia trezit din somn si imbracat intr-o pereche de jeansi uzati si in tricou a facut inconjurul cinematografiei si este deja o imagine iconica. De aici si ideea ca un barbat arata cel mai bine in tricou si jeansi si ca ar trebui sa luam mult mai in serios alegerile pe care le facem atunci cand vine vorba despre alegerea tricourilor pentru garderoba proprie.De la un obiect de lenjerie (si ma refer aici la tricourile simple, mulate sau chiar si mai largi) pana la un obiect vestimentar folosit la munci mai active si dinamice, astazi tricoul - in…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell

    Robert Farley
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thought you’d seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting. The Grimes ad says McConnell “even voted to end the payroll tax credit” and refers in small print to McConnell’s vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal that permanently extended the Bush tax cuts for most but allowed a temporary payroll tax cut to expire. All but three Democrats also voted for the bill, and the expiration of the payroll tax…
  • Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn’t an “imminent threat” to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator’s remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said. Udall went on to say, “But if we don’t respond to the threat it represents, they will be a threat to this country.” And a USA Today article cited on-screen in the Crossroads ad quotes Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as telling the…
  • NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley “voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley’s clearly stated position. The fact is, Braley voted most recently to raise taxes on only about the top 1 percent, while keeping federal income taxes the same for all who are less affluent. Braley consistently favored holding income-tax rates steady for all but individuals making more than $200,000 a year, or $250,000 for couples. The vote cited by the ad is one Braley cast in the House in 2010 as a protest against extending…
  • Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

    Robert Farley
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Clay Aiken’s latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes. Aiken falsely claims Ellmers “voted against the payroll tax cut because she thought $1,000 out of your pocket is not that much money.” She voted against a two-month extension because it wasn’t long enough, and helped craft a bipartisan bill that extended the payroll tax holiday for one year. Aiken also says Ellmers failed to “stop a Fort Bragg Air Wing from being moved out of state,” because she missed a deadline for filing a bill amendment with the House Rules Committee.
  • FactChecking the Michigan Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Michigan Senate race pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. The two candidates have faced plenty of attacks from outside spending groups, who have poured enough money into the race to make it the seventh highest in terms of outside dollars. In fact, those groups — not the candidates themselves — have so far been the focus of our fact-checking efforts. False and misleading claims have centered on taxes, equal pay for women, health care, outsourcing jobs, Medicare and…
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

    Alan Caruba
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
      One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia. Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done […]
  • Curbing Obama power grabs

    Paul Driessen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help? You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats. But he certainly knew […]
  • Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

    Alan Caruba
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
      As this is being written, Rasmussen Reports says that 48% of likely voters approve of President Obama’s performance in office while 50% disapproved. Other polls indicate far more unhappiness with Obama, but in general one must conclude that half the voters are idiots. He is an enormous failure domestically and with his foreign relations. […]
  • Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

    Michael R. Shannon
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
      Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control, is sorry. Now instead of one Ebola patient, we have a dead Ebola patient and a newly infected nurse, with a third showing symptoms as she flies about the country. Frieden laments, “I wish we had put [an Ebola containment] team like this on […]
  • An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

    Alan Caruba
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
      The tendency of pundits is to address the decline in American culture and traditional moral values. The concerns addressed include the rather sudden, but widespread embrace of same-sex marriages or calls for the legalization of marijuana so anyone can get high without the fear of arrest. You can probably name a few things you […]
 
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    opposingviews.com

  • Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron

    Michael Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron Health Legal Local Politics Anti Abortion Sign Has Been Optimized The pro-life group Created Equal wanted to use a Jumbotron to show a graphic abortion video outside at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Tx., today. However, local police would not allow the group to use a Jumbotron because Alamo Plaza is a historic area and digital screens are not allowed (video below). Created Equal says their permit was revoked last night, but they still showed up at Alamo Plaza this…
  • Gays Will Weaken U.S. Military with Massages Says Rep. Louie Gohmert (Video)

    Michael Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Gays Will Weaken U.S. Military with Massages Says Rep. Louie Gohmert (Video) Gays Will Weaken U.S. Military with Massages Says Rep. Louie Gohmert (Video) Nation Politics Religion Weird News World Rep. Louie Gohmert Gay Military Has Been Optimized Rep. Louie Gohmert claimed during a radio interview yesterday that having gay people in the U.S. military will weaken the armed forces because homosexual servicemen will be giving massages. According to RightWingWatch.org, Rep. Gohmert made his strange prediction on the "Point Of View" program (video below). "I've had people say, 'Hey, you know,…
  • GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio) GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio) Politics Religion Weird News Jody Hice Has Been Optimized GOP Georgia candidate and former pastor Jody Hice, who is running for a seat in Congress, claimed in 2011 that public schools in America had been turned into “camps for indoctrination,” which he compared to Nazi Germany.According to RightWingWatch.org, Hice made the extraordinary claim on his local radio show (audio below). "Obviously, if we have government, which is what the public school is, if we…
  • Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video)

    Michael Allen
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video) Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video) Entertainment Politics TV Weird News Dan Patrick Has Been Optimized Texas Lt. Governor Gregg Abbott (R) is running for governor against Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) leaving the second highest position in the Lone Star state open. Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R) is leading in the polls in the race for Lt. Governor against State Sen. Leticia Van de Putt (D) despite some of his odd claims, notes Mother Jones. Patrick, whom Texas…
  • Woman Stoned To Death By ISIS With Approval From Her Father (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    ISIS Members Stone Young Woman To Death With The Approval Of Her Father (Video) ISIS Posts Video Of Cruel Stoning Of Young Women For Allegedly Committing Adultery (Video) Woman Stoned To Death By ISIS With Approval From Her Father (Video) ISIS Members Stone Young Woman To Death At The Approval Of Her Father (Video) Headlines Internet Lifestyle World Has Been Optimized Disturbing new video from ISIS shows members of the terrorist group stoning a woman to death, and her own father is reportedly part of the crowd throwing the rocks. The woman in the clip is reportedly accused of committing…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Ticked Off

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes I can feel so ticked off that I am not even sure who or what I am mad at. And when I get so mad I can’t figure out who or what to blame, it usually means the thing or person I am so angry with … Is me. And then I feel embarrassed. But not nearly as angry.
  • Jason Atkinson: A Klamath Update

    Jason Atkinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Josh Bowen: 3 Thoughts We Should Stop Having About Fitness

    Josh Bowen
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have been traveling the last few days and have had several conversations with people on the planes I’ve been on about fitness. One in particular with my taxi cab driver who picked me up at the airport in Florida. The lady must have been in here early 40’s and in decent shape but really wanted to be in better shape. After finding out what I did for a living she instantly started probing me for information. And as it is in many cases the person will ask questions or state beliefs only to validate their own beliefs regardless of my opinion on the subject matter. 15 minutes into our…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Hidden Value of a Legal Education

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The headline today in the Courier-Journal reports a sharp–even shocking –decline in law school applications for the three KY law schools: 60% at UL and 40% at UK and NKU over the past 3 years. And this decline follows national trends for law school applicants. The verdict? A law school education and the debt incurred to complete it is no longer as good an investment as it once was given the current market crunch for new attorneys and the projected income for those who do find legal work. That is simple math and, frankly, a bursting of the law school bubble, so to speak, has been…
  • Lauren Mayer: The Sound of Marriage Equality

    Lauren Mayer
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whatever you thought of the live ‘Sound of Music’ starring Carrie Underwood, it was still commendable for a number of reasons, including exposing country fans to musical theatre, and showing people who’d only seen the movie the numbers & scenes that were cut from it. (Not that Julie Andrews wasn’t adorable, but in the movie the Captain dumps Baroness Schraeder just because of one dance with his employee, which is sort of creepy.  In the actual musical, Schraeder turns out to be a Nazi appeaser, and possibly a sympathizer, which is a slightly better reason . . .) I…
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Rubio Hits the Airwaves in Iowa and Colo. for GOP Senate Candidates

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is hitting the airwaves in two states holding competitive U.S. Senate races as the GOP looks to wrest control from the Democrats.read more
  • Marco Rubio: Canada Parliament Shooting was 'Islamic Extremism'

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered his thoughts on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who attacked the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. In his rampage, Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.read more
  • Charlie Crist's Economic Record Blistered in New RPOF Ad

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Thursday, hitting former Gov. Charlie Crist’s economic record. Polls show Crist, the Democratic nominee after spending most of his political life with the GOP, and Gov. Rick Scott running close.In Tuesday’s debate with Scott, Crist brushed off attacks on his economic record, insisting he was not responsible for the bad times as the recession impacted more than Florida. The ad points to decisions Crist made as worsening the Sunshine State’s problems.read more
  • Marco Rubio, Mark Kirk Warn John Kerry on Gaza Aid

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Wednesday to chide U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to send $150 million to the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) over its role in actions directed against Israel. The senators pointed to three cases of rockets at a UNRWA facility in Gaza and wrote Kerry to demand taxpayer dollars won‘t be used against Israel.read more
  • Allen West Goes to Bat for Corrine Brown's Opponent

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Using his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., went to bat for Glo Smith, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on Wednesday. West included Smith in his “races to watch” list in addition to the 14 candidates he endorsed.read more
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    Restoring Truthiness

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

    Hank Griffin
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    No means Yes, and other ThinkspeakYouTube Thank you friends of Restoring Truthiness for your tireless pursuit of the Truthy. Sorry to say, but this may be our last post. But it’s not all bad news, in fact, Republicans may win control of the Senate – the long national nightmare will be over – in two more years when a “real” American is again President of the United States. (To so many in this country, including the Republican leadership, Obama’s not real, he just isn’t, they can’t explain why.) But in the mean time, both the House and the Senate…
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging

    Hank Griffin
    4 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging It makes me cry to see Juliet Binoche cry. And all because of Daniel Day-Lewis’ philandering. Oh, she she tried to get even by having her own affair, but her lover turned out to be a Stasi agent, a government spy. And they took pictures so they could blackmail her.  Communism in Bohemia. But enough of this Hollywood artsy-fartsy.  This is America! We defeated Communism! The very idea that a government would spy on its own people and use compromising photos or letters to blackmail them is thankfully something we will never see in this country.
  • The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?

    Alexandria Love
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?  Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Unbalanced Economy, Bedtime Story I want you to take a trip with me (in your mind) for a brief moment, and pretend you are a child living your dream childhood.  Think of the neighborhood, the sights, the smells, and what your imaginary parents are like? In this vision, do you have siblings or are you an only child? What is dinner like at the end of the day? Now imagine your neighbors (can you see them) through the eyes of this child? Are they safe? Do they care for you as much…
  • Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty

    Alexandria Love
    13 Jan 2014 | 10:56 am
    Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty  THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE – NARA – 549861 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty While speculation looms over Governor Christ Christie’s camp regarding the now  widely known “Bridge gate”  scandal (the purposeful creation of traffic congestion on the George Washington Bridge for the soul purpose of personal gain [what the Christie administration stood to gain is yet to be determined]).   Yet “We the people” are left out of the fray according to comments made during…
  • President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!

    Alexandria Love
    14 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!President Obama ran his presidency campaign on the ticket of “Change” and he won, twice, because that is what Americans said they wanted. In fact, we the people are constantly obsessing over the mere notion of how we want “Change”. Moreover, for over half a century it has been the claims of many psychologists that change has become the steady state of the contemporary American culture. Affordable Care Act Rally at the SCOTUS (Photo credit: SEIU International) On the other hand, in general the psychology literature often describes…
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • The Term that fits

    Ang Lebs
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    A Chauvinist pig thinks their gender is more superior than the other, usually a man who thinks he can do as he wishes to a women. Yesterday, Zahle MP, Nicolas Fattouche, assaulted an employee of the courthouse in Baabda responsible for filing lawyers complaints. According to media sources, MP Fattouche arrived at the complaints office to file a complaint. The employee, Manale Daou was working on filing complaints but the MP insisted to serve him first. The deputy didn’t like that Mme Daou took few seconds to put the files she has in front of her in order, he proceeded to insult her and…
  • Only in Lebanon

    Ang Lebs
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Only in Lebanon …. Terrorism trial for suspects in the Sidon clashes between Army and militants delayed because one of the suspects is sick and the other is in a football training camp with the Lebanese national team. Source: Daily Star It is to note that the battle of Aabra – Sidon occurred  on June 2013, and involved the Lebanese Army and Sunni militants in the city of Sidon, Lebanon. Clashes between the followers of militant preacher Ahmed Al-Assir resulted in the deaths of 17–18 soldiers, 25–40 al-Assir gunmen and two civilians.  
  • Different Approach

    Ang Lebs
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    To find out the difference between Walid Jumblatt and his Druze community and Samir Geagea and the Christian community, all you have to do is to read the news. Examples: – Jumblatt told party members (PSP party) at a private meeting, “We will defend the villages of Rashayya if attacked by insurgents, but we do not want to infringe on anyone. If the battle is imposed on us, we will enter it. He asked the partisans in Aley, Chouf and Metn to be on standby to help the people of Rashaya and Hasbaya and their defense if called needed. – PSP member, Majed Kamil Zahr, was killed…
  • Gebran Bassil derogatory gesture

    Ang Lebs
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Foreign Minister, while shaking hands with Emirati foreign ministry delegation asked about a woman called Caroline and made a gesture in with his hand which can be translated as “physically attractive female” while describing her to the Emirati foreign minister. M. Bassil, the son of a chauvinist society, made a gesture that not only insulted “Caroline” but the all Lebanese women. Will Bassil apologize? I doubt. As I said he is the son of the Lebanese chauvinist society. Sadly, the majority of Lebanese man are chauvinist. I will let you…
  • Samir Geagea in line with Nusra and ISIS demands

    Ang Lebs
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, a party that suppose to defend Lebanon sovereignty and freedom, tweeted today that one of the solution to free the Lebanese Army soldiers held captive by the terrorists groups Al-Nusra and ISIS is “to take a decision as soon as possible calling for Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately.” Instead of saying no negotiation with terrorists and the soldiers must be freed immediately, not only Mr. Geagea is abiding by the terrorists demands, he is using the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldiers to push his own political…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Rand Paul Says Decision On Presidential Run Will Wait Until The Spring

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    “We didn’t make any decision, we’ll talk about it in the spring,” the senator says. Gary Cameron / Reuters Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, whose potential run for president in 2016 is increasingly seen as inevitable, is likely to make a decision on when to announce a run for president in the first part of next year. "We didn't make any decision, we'll talk about it in the spring," Paul said when asked at what time he would make an announcement about his presidential bid. Paul made the remark during an interview with BuzzFeed News, taxiing on the runway at LaGuardia…
  • Hillary Clinton As Surrogate: More Like The Main Attraction

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    People left the room Thursday after Clinton finished her opening remarks for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The former secretary of state continues workshopping a speech that could double for a presidential campaign. Hillary Rodham Clinton appears with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a "Women for Cuomo" campaign rally in New York City on Thursday. Mike Segar / Reuters "This is the country where if you work hard, you can make it. And each generation is supposed to have it a little better than the one before." "That's why I'm here today," Hillary Clinton said to an audience of hundreds. "I want…
  • Taylor Swift Loves Cookies

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
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  • Peter King Slams Doctors On Ebola, Suggests Ebola Went Airborne

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    “The doctors were absolutely certain that this can not be transmitted and it was not airborne and yet we find out the people who have contracted it were wearing all protective gear.” View Video › Republican Rep. Peter King thinks the doctors are wrong on Ebola, suggesting the deadly virus might have mutated and gone airborne in an interview with Long Island News Radio last week. "You know my attitude was it's important not to create a panic and it's important not to overreact and the doctors were absolutely certain that this can not be transmitted and it was not…
  • At His Rally, Andrew Cuomo Basically Endorses Hillary Clinton 2016

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    “I hope she does something really, really, really big.” Reuters Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out any last flickers of speculation that he might run for president against Hillary Clinton when he shared the stage with the former secretary of state at a rally for his reelection campaign late Thursday morning. "I hope she does something really, really, really big," said Cuomo at the start of his speech here inside a Manhattan hotel. He took the stage just after Clinton, who was greeted as she stepped up to the podium with loud "2016" chants. The nod to the Clinton campaign for president many…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

    Earl H. Tilford
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com. Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Most wars, however, have been between states of unequal strength, and outcomes do not always favor the side with the larger battalions—the American…
  • When the Communists Murdered a Priest

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of three thugs from communist Poland’s secret police had seized and pummeled him. He was bound and gagged and stuffed into the trunk of their cream-colored Fiat 125 automobile as they roamed the countryside trying to decide where to dispatch him. This kindly priest was no less than the chaplain to the Solidarity movement, the freedom fighters who…
  • American Boots on the Ground: A Moral Basis

    L. John Van Til
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Americans can see or hear about dozens of terrorist acts every day. They can tune in to their favorite TV shows or go to the local cinema and be bombarded with violence and mayhem endlessly. Perhaps these events should be called “virtual terrorism.” Consider this as you read more. Americans can also, of course, tune in to media outlets that are continuous accounts of terrorist acts. These accounts describe suicide bombers, mass slaughter of innocent civilians, car bombs, and much more. The most disturbing terrorist acts at the moment involve public beheadings of reporters or other…
  • A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor. I have to confess that I almost didn’t watch it. There were two reasons for my reluctance. First, I am not a fan of either Teddy or FDR as presidents. The former was guilty of a lust for war and domestic strongman tendencies, and the latter tragically prolonged the Great Depression. Second, I had watched a one-hour preview of the seven-part series and found it almost nauseating in its worshipful tone. Listening to the hostess, one would…
  • The Collective Suicide of Conservative Talk-Radio

    Paul G. Kengor
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Conservative talk-radio is hurting. Liberals are gleefully circling the wagons, celebrating their adversary’s imminent demise, even as conservative talk-radio remains far more popular than liberal talk-radio. Liberals think they know the reason for the decline: they believe that conservatism is on the decline, and that conservatives are so dispirited with the nation’s leftward drift that they’ve literally tuned out. Though there’s a smidgen of truth to that, it isn’t the answer. In truth, the real culprit might make liberals even happier; it will fuel the class envy they thrive…
 
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    Politic365

  • Immigrant activists target Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan with billboard campaign

    Adriana Maestas
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    This week a group of immigrant activists in North Carolina unveiled a billboard campaign taking aim at Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for her immigration positions. Hagan was one of the five Democratic senators who opposed the DREAM Act in 2010 and recently voted in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that would have done away with the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Hagan has presented herself as being to the right of most of her Democratic colleagues on immigration. In North Carolina, Latino voters are about…
  • #HBCU Advocates, Black Caucus React to Final Parent PLUS Change

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In October 2011, the Department of Education tightened the loan standards for Parent PLUS Loans.  The change effected over 30,000 students at HBCUs at a collective loss in tuition to the schools of over $150 million. In 2013, Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized for the impact of the change. After a contentious three years of meetings and negotiations with HBCU advocates and members of Congress, the Department of Education announced the new and final rule update for Parent PLUS Loans.  The change is scheduled to take effect July 2015.   Representatives at the Department of…
  • Why Do Democrats Think They Can Bash Obama and Get Black Votes?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here are a few election time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes?  Why should Black voters be motivated to turnout after months of watching Democrats bash the President?  What exactly is the strategy for Democrats to get Black voters out? Many Democrats running this cycle, even in states and districts with large Black voting populations like North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana, have made the deduction that annoying and ignoring Black voters is less important than winning white ones.  The…
  • Will Ferguson Flyer Sent By Georgia Democrats Motivate Black Voters?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Update:  Gov. Nathan Deal calls Democrats #Ferguson Ad “Despicable…” It’s Up to You to Make Change Happen. As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a flyer that is reported to have been sent out by the Democratic Party of Georgia evokes the recent events in Ferguson in an effort to get out the Black vote.  The flyer does have “Democratic Party of Georgia” on it.  If it is from the Democrats in Georgia it would be quite a change in strategy. Many have noticed that the 2014 election cycle has featured Democrats campaigning against President…
  • Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use strict voter ID law in Nov. election

    Adriana Maestas
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    On Saturday, the Supreme Court gave Texas the approval to move forward with implementing a strict voter identification law in the upcoming midterm election. Adam Liptak for The New York Times wrote: “The law, enacted in 2011, requires voters seeking to cast their ballots at the polls to present photo identification like a Texas driver’s or gun license, a military ID or a passport. Those requirements, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5 percent of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • 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! ]]
  • NFL Brings Political-Correctness to the League

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

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

  • Can’t Vote in Texas

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Our Bill of Rights guarantees us personal freedoms and liberties among which are the freedoms of speech, religion, and press etc. But I would argue that the most important freedom our system of government grants us is the right to vote. If taken away, that right would alter our society in a much more fundamental way than any of the others. Last year the Supreme Court chose to overturn a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since then several states have passed, or attempted to pass, strict voter ID laws. Some view the motivation behind these laws as political. In this episode we…
  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For years many believed that the main contribution of the internet to the world would be economic; the fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners could compete with the biggest retail players in the market. But what if the main contribution of the internet turns out to be political? What if the internet turns out to be a more powerful weapon of revolution than a weapon of trade? Protests have erupted in Hong Kong over the last week over the decision by the Chinese government to allow only candidates that have been vetted by them to run for leadership. The government is downplaying the…
  • ISIS Whack-a-Mole

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    ISIS forces have besieged the northern Syrian town of Kobane this week. Tens of thousands of people have fled the town for bordering Turkey. Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview that it is probable that the town will fall into enemy hands. The US and coalition forces have been bombing ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq for the last two months and yet the ISIS advance has slowed. Are we in danger of falling into a pattern of pushing ISIS out of certain territory while seeing other territory fall into their hands at roughly the same rate? Follow In the…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Obama “Hugged and Kissed” Nurses Exposed to Ebola

    brionnamuyco
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    By USDR VIDEO-Today, Pres. Obama addressed the case of the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas, Joy Amber Vinson, by saying he has so much faith in the protocols followed by hospital health care workers that he hugged and kissed them. Vinson is being transported to Emory Hospital in Atlanta,where three previous Ebola patients have been treated, two of whom were released in August. The third arrived in September. Speaking in the White House Cabinet Room,Obama said he “felt perfectly safe” hugging, kissing and shaking hands with the Emory nurses: “I want to use…
  • Ebola is Everyone’s Problem

    brionnamuyco
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR Another week and thousands more are dead, dying or recently infected with the Ebola virus. Volunteers are stepping up to assist aide workers. The US is sending financial support and wealthy people like Mark Zuckerberg are donating millions of dollars in hopes of helping stop the virus from spreading. The world is currently re-thinking about disease prevention protocols—specifically the US—after Dallas nurse, Nina Pham was infected following treating Eric Duncan. There is hope, despite the World Health Organization announcing a 20% increase in…
  • State Rep – Common Core Repeal a ‘Matter of Time’

    brionnamuyco
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
     By Kyle Olson, Special for USDR   If you ask Ohio State Rep. Matt Huffman, the death of Common Core is not a question of if, but when.   The Lima News reports:   State Rep. Matt Huffman updated Van Wert County Heartland Patriots members on the advancement of House Bill 597, a proposal that would effectively repeal Common Core in Ohio.   Huffman, along with state Rep. Andy Thompson, introduced the bill July 29. Huffman has been one of the more vocal state legislators against Common Core, and has said that Ohioans feel Common Core is too much federal intrusion into…
  • Why Have Marriage Rates Hit a New All-Time Low?

    brionnamuyco
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    By Gerard Lameiro, Special for USDR myFOXdc.com reported this week about how marriage rates have hit a new, all-time low in the latest census data.  Are you surprised?  And, how bad is this trend?  Plus, why have marriage rates dropped this precipitously?  First, lets look at the actual data …   The percentage of U. S. adults who have never been married hit a new, all-time low.  Compare the numbers from 1960 with the latest available data in 2012.  Back in 1960, about 10% of adults over age 25 had never been married.  In 2012, in sharp contrast, about 20% of adults over the…
  • Obama’s Cloward-Piven Weapon of Mass Destruction

    brionnamuyco
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR Do you ever get the feeling everyone is in on a joke, except you? That maybe you are the punchline? That everyone is secretly laughing at you?   Well the joke is on America. Obama and his socialist cabal are in on the joke. Illegal aliens are in on the joke. The only ones left out are the rest of us- law-abiding American-born citizens and taxpayers. We are the joke. And everyone knows it…but us.   Do you see the picture above? It was taken yesterday by my friend- a U.S. border agent. He texted it to me- direct from the processing center. It…
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    The American Patriot

  • BREAKING NEWS: TERRORIST ATTACK IN CANADA (Coming to America?)

    The American Patriot
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Here is live video from CBC: Memeorandum has the round-up. HotAir.com has video of the parliament shooting: Folks, ISIS is no joke, neither is radical Islam. It’s time to stop acting like Islam is not threat to freedom.
  • Audio: Palin family talk about brawl to police.

    The American Patriot
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Remember that Brawl that involved the Palin family that I told you about? Well, here’s the audio: (WARNING: LANGUAGE! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!) CNN, Radar Online, and Mediaite have the story. There is no denying it; that is Sarah Palin, Bristol, and Willow’s voices. Sarah Palin has been mum about it, which is stupid, why not just tell the truth about it?  
  • The hypocrisy of the neoconservatives

    The American Patriot
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    I really hate to have to point stuff like this out; but when it is pretty flipping’ glaring, it is hard to ignore it.  As I rule, I don’t like pulling the “this is racist” card, unless I absolutely HAVE to and only where I feel it is absolutely warranted; and here, it is, in a big way. The big kicker, this guy is Jewish. Which really blows my mind. It seems that one of the biggest neocon bloggers on the planet is channeling his inner George Wallace. Donald Douglas, who is Jewish, I assume — links to a story on The Smoking Gun about an 8-year-old boy who crashed…
  • Movie: Farmland (2014)

    The American Patriot
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    A movie about the forgotten people of America…. farmers.
  • Jazz Shaw writes one of the best postings I have read in a long time

    The American Patriot
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Here is a taste of it; and by golly, he knocked it out of the ballpark. For all the lean times and lack of luxury both these generations experienced, there was never any talk in my house of how the government was “failing” them, nor hand wringing over when some distant elected official was going to make things better. It was just a given out in the country during those days. Nobody was going to come to your rescue. You were going to make it on your own, and come hell or high water you found a way to do so. If foreign threats grew so great as to require intervention, you packed your bags,…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • 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,…
  • Why The Answer To ISIS May Lie In Demographics

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

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

  • Online-Only Retailers are Positioned to Take a Bite Out of Pet Sales

    Jason Caine
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The continued growth of ecommerce in CPG and grocery categories is creating a host of new challenges for both retailers and CPG brands. The relatively low cost of entry into ecommerce versus traditional brick and mortar retail businesses has resulted in dozens of new online retailers across CPG categories. For example, the razor category has gotten a lot of attention recently, where DollarShaveClub.com has grown from nothing to almost 800,000 shoppers a month in just two years. For consumers, the convenience of ordering regularly purchased items online represents a significant opportunity for…
  • Sunday Series: Test Prep Sites Score Well

    Laura Cantwell
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    It’s fall, and for high school seniors that means one thing: college applications. In September the sites in our test preparation category saw strong MoM growth, particularly those that focus on college admission tests. Collegeboard.org did well last month. Up 35% in traffic from unique visitors, the site made its way into the top 1000 sites, pulling in with a Compete Rank of #946. The SAT-focused page of the website, sat.collegeboard.org, received s total of 1,175,734 UVs in September. The website associated with the other prominent college admissions exam, actstudent.org, saw substantial…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In this edition of the Weekly Compete Pulse, we’ve featured a few of our favorite email marketing, content marketing, and overall digital marketing articles. If you missed any of them on our feeds this week, take a look at them below! What Really Makes a Digital Ad ‘Premium?’ Advertising Age is reestablishing their definition of “premium” ads within the confines of context and content. To educate yourself on their take on the term, and to learn their three things that advertisers need to consider in order to optimize their premium ads, check out the article. Email Marketing…
  • Sunday Series: US Open Serves Up Some Heat

    Laura Cantwell
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    With the release of September data comes a new list of fast moving categories! Topping the list is tennis, with several related sites seeing a dramatic increase in traffic in September. Likely, this is due to the US Open, which began in August and awarded its champions during the September 8 finals. Traffic to usopen.org increased significantly in September, up 330.51%. The site saw its annual spike in traffic last month jumping from under 400,000 unique visitors in August to 1.7 million in September (up from 1.3 million in September 2013). Moreover, average stay has dramatically lengthened…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Happy Columbus Day Weekend! In honor of the holiday, we hope you’ll explore some of our favorite articles from the past week. Here are the top five digital marketing articles from our feeds. The 5 Digital Marketing Trends for 2015 It’s predicted that digital marketing will continue to thrive in 2015. This article by Innovation Enterprise discusses how the industry is likely to transform in the coming year. Learn what will remain relevant and what will become vital in 2015 here. 10 Tips For Creating Your Social Media Strategy Social media is crucial for any business, but getting started…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

    Lee Cary
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By Lee Cary On November 4, 2014, Democrat Senator Dick Durbin likely will reap the benefits of the Illinois Political Combine, again. In Illinois, there’s only one political party. It’s the “Combine” – the collaborative combination of Democrat and Republican politicians and party officials who work together to harvest the taxpayers’ money.  (Credit John Kass, Chicago Tribune writer, for coining the term about 16 years ago.) On June 17, 2013, TeaParty911 posted a two-part exposé on how the Illinois Republican Central Committee elected a new Republocrat Committee Chair.  That’s…
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Coming to Forney

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Kaufman County Tea Party                                                                              KaufmanCountyTParty.org 214.724.0337 RayMyers24@yahoo.com Forney, TX: America’s toughest sheriff, the honorable Joseph M. Arpaio, is coming to Texas and will be the keynote speaker at the Kaufman County Tea Party’s 2014 “Don’t Mess with Texas” Fundraiser and Silent Auction, to be held at the First Baptist Church of Forney on September 20th at 7:00 PM.  In a time when many conservatives are intimidated by…
  • Pot Rot

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Three states have legalized marijuana with the blessing of the Obama administration.  Even the governor of Texas has dipped his toe into incremental legalization by expressing support for decriminalization. This country is in a fight for its very survival. We have a president who is a communist and hates America He is doing everything he can to undermine and destroy our Constitution. Unemployment and gas prices are through the roof. Unless Israel intervenes, Iran will soon have the bomb. We are being overtaken economically and militarily by other countries who hate us as much as our…
  • Sur-prise! Sur-prise!

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

    Lee Cary
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Lee Cary Janet Yellen’s August 22, 2014 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was a verbal shell game with an invisible pea. The first paragraph in Yellen’s speech began with this sentence: “In the five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the United States since the Great Depression.” Then, the first paragraph ended with the admission that “…five years after the end of the recession, the labor…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The U.S. War On Terrorism

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Not only did the “world change” on that day, but the lexicon of that world changed as well. Phrases like ‘war on terror’ and ‘axis of evil’ became the new stereotypes of American foreign policy. Al-Qaeda went from legitimate enemy to a scapegoat-like collective term for anything the White House and Pentagon wanted to achieve. More money? Yes, it’s necessary to continue the war on terror. More troops? Yes, to battle Al- Qaeda and prevent attacks on American soil. Since 2001, the military’s cumulative spending has reached a staggering $6 TRILLION. The war in Iraq has so far cost…
  • How To Blog?. And How To Be Successful Blogger?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    There is no specific formula for creativity. However, there are many tips and techniques that being acquired by experience and curious 'learning', but first of all, I believe that the process is accumulative and not just like easy.1. Be Patient:Patience is, by far, the second most important factor. Every e-author or editor or blogger wants to deliver his/her 'message' to audience. Nevertheless, Google has changed its searching 'algorithm' this year (2014), so new bloggers must be patient to guarantee "on-ground feet" within millions of websites.2. Original Content:Don't steal contents. Search…
  • Facebook Demands DEA To Stop Using Fake Profiles

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Facebook has written a letter to the US Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA], demanding it stop operating fake profile pages and cease all agency activities on the social network that involve impersonation of others during ongoing DEA investigations.Source: RT
  • New Promising Treatment For Spine Injury

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Illustration: Spine injury (Truthdig ©) | A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord.The BBC reports that researchers and doctors in the U.K. and Poland figured out how to transplant cells from Fidyka’s nose to his spine, along with a bit of nervous tissue from his ankle. The olfactory ensheathing cells taken from the nose are key, because they’re the only cells in the nervous system that regenerate as we age through adulthood.According to the Beeb, Fidyka has a long way to go, but he…
  • 5-year-old Palestinian Girl Hit By Settler Car Succumbs To Death

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    A young Palestinian girl was deliberately hit by an Israeli settler.Einas Khalil, five, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said.Einas Khalil, the victimThe girl and young Nilin Asfour were walking on the main road near the village when they were hit, and were taken to the hospital in Ramallah where their wounds were described as serious.Source: Ma'an News
 
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    BizPac Review

  • ‘Damn you, whitey!’: Converting to Islam and becoming a terrorist is white privilege?

    Tom Tillison
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Be careful, white people. Murtaza Hussain is on to your scheme. In response to the tragic news Wednesday that the man who killed a Canadian soldier before being killed himself in the country’s Parliament minutes later was a convert to Islam, Hussain posted a tweet that made a rather improbable claim: Newest form of white privilege: converting to Islam, committing heinous act, dying, letting all the brown/black people take the heat for it. — Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) October 22, 2014 As you can see, Hussain, who writes for The Intercept, believes white people are purposely…
  • ‘A beautiful little Smith & Wesson’: Gun rights supporters give liberal pundit more than she bargained for

    George Upper
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the Huffington Post on Wednesday dredged up a two-year-old statement made by the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa and treated it as news. Liberals were only too happy to play along. Without any context, HuffPo ran a 26-second clip of Joni Ernst’s remarks at the NRA and Iowa Firearms Coalition Second Amendment Rally in Searsboro on Aug. 25, 2012. “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, nine millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere,” Ernst said in the clip. “But I do believe in the right to carry, and I…
  • Ferguson’s black witnesses who support Darren Wilson are afraid of mob retribution

    Tom Tillison
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Photo Source Gateway Pundit With protests in Ferguson, Mo., taking on more of an “Occupy Wall Street” feel with each passing day, protesters refuse to acknowledge the growing possibility that officer Darren Wilson’s actions the day he crossed paths with 18-year-old Michael Brown may have been justified. And it’s a possibility that a number of black witnesses have long accepted, but are too afraid to publicly acknowledge, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper reported that according to its sources, “more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have…
  • ‘Armed citizenry’ is the best deterrent to terrorists, and Canada attack proves it, Judge Napolitano says

    Joe Saunders
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Even the strongest hero needs the means to be heroic. That was the lesson from Wednesday’s attack on the Canadian Parliament by a recent convert to Islam, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said. On “Fox and Friends” Thursday, Napolitano noted that the man who stopped 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in his quest to kill Canadian lawmakers would not have been allowed to carry a gun under Canadian law if he were not a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “Thank God he was there,” Napolitano said. “But if he had not been there, or if he had not had that gun”…
  • Churches slam back against state order to pay for abortions under Obamacare

    Carmine Sabia
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    The state of California is continuing the Obama Era’s nationwide assault on religious freedom by deciding to classify abortion as “basic healthcare” and forcing churches to pay for the procedures through their employee insurance programs. Michelle Rouillard, director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care, wrote in a letter to seven insurance companies in August that California’s constitution and a 1975 state law compels them to cover elective abortions, reported World Magazine. The mandate was written in response to complaints regarding Santa Clara University and…
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    Daily Signal

  • The Wrongdoers at the IRS Get Away Scot-Free

    Hans von Spakovsky
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Federal district court Judge Reggie Walton has dismissed two lawsuits filed against the IRS, Lois Lerner and other agency employees by True the Vote, Linchpins of Liberty and forty other conservative organizations that were targeted by the IRS. They were subjected to long delays in receiving their tax-exempt status and were inappropriately forced to provide information on their members, donors and political beliefs that the IRS was not entitled to and that was irrelevant to their tax-exemption application. >>> Judge Sides With IRS, Dismisses Lawsuits by Conservative Groups Over…
  • Is Next Step in War on Religious Liberty Inspection of Religious Schools? That’s Happening in the UK

    Genevieve Wood
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    There is no doubt that the rights the First Amendment protects–freedom of speech and freedom of religion–are increasingly the most attacked. Some of the most recent high profile cases have revolved around the ongoing attempts by the government via Obamacare to force religious groups to provide contraception coverage in their health plans and taxpayers to fund elective abortion coverage in theirs. Not to be outdone, zealots for same-sex marriage and issues surrounding “gender identity laws” have been on the warpath too. Last week, a couple in Idaho, both ordained ministers, were…
  • New Mortgage Rule Exempts Everyone from the Rule

    Norbert Michel
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Federal regulators have finalized a new risk-retention rule, a process mandated by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Title IX of Dodd–Frank requires all mortgage securitizers—any firm that packages and sells mortgages into mortgage-backed securities (MBS)—to retain a 5 percent credit risk in the underlying mortgages. The logic behind the rule is that it will protect investors because it forces companies to keep “skin in the game” when they sell mortgages. Put differently, the rule provides securitizers with an incentive to package only…
  • Sugar Is Evil and Other Silly Claims in the Obesity Wars

    Ericka Andersen
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Don’t go blaming willpower for the obesity epidemic–that’d be a “crime” according to the documentary “Fed Up,” by the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” Laurie David and hosted by Katie Couric. The film, whose tagline is “the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see,” presents sugar as a harmful, addictive drug and dismisses exercise as a vital component of weight loss. “The message has been pushed on us–it’s your fault you’re fat,” says Dr. Mark Hyman in the trailer, following up with, “forget about it.” And that’s what the 2014 film, at least…
  • Judge Sides With IRS, Dismisses Lawsuits by Conservative Groups Over Targeting Scandal

    Melissa Quinn
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    A federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided today with the Internal Revenue Service and dismissed lawsuits by tea party organizations seeking redress for improper delays and scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status. District Judge Reggie B. Walton ruled that two lawsuits by True the Vote and Linchpins of Liberty, along with 41 other conservative organizations, were moot because the IRS took steps to address the scandal and “publicly suspended its targeting scheme.”’ “It’s a disappointing ruling because it basically leaves targets of bad behavior by the IRS without a…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Al-Qaeda and ISIS coming together against India?

    Danish Khan
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    How real and big is the threat posed by ISIS and Al-Qaeda to India? Gurmeet Kanwal from Centre for Land and Warfare Studies explains that at present both the groups are not acting in concert with each other. The reason for this is that the present leadership of ISIS is too radical. At a point of time in the past, when they had gone to meet Osama Bin Laden, it is said that even he found them to be virulently radical compared to Al Qaeda. In future they could work together at various operational levels since their goal is to create an Islamic State extending from West to East Asia. To fight the…
  • Deepavali – Many festivals in one!

    Hari & Hema
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    While Deepavali is celebrated all over India, it is interesting to note that it is celebrated in different parts of India to rejoice very different events. (Image courtesy: Choo Yut Shing) Winter marks a period filled with festivals of lights and Deepavali ushers in this season of lights. Deepavali is by far the most popular festival, celebrated all over India. It is also the most popular Indian festival celebrated all over the world. Deepavali as the name itself suggests, is the festival of lights – an array of lights, literally. While Deepavali is celebrated all over India, it is…
  • Arun Shourie on Pakistan – Diplomacy or War

    Niticentral Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Arun Shourie on handling Pakistan On August 18, 2014, India called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan which were scheduled to be held on August 25 in Islamabad. The talks were called off in the wake of Kashmiri separatist leaders being invited to meet Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit. This created lot of buzz in the national as well international media. Arun Shourie in his book “We must have no price” has dedicated an entire chapter to India having only a choice between Diplomacy and War when it came to Pakistan. Mr. Shourie states that every time there is a change…
  • Rajesh Jain on Making India Rich

    Rajesh Jain
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Understanding the root causes of why we are still poor will lay the foundation of a Rich India. After three decades we celebrate our first Diwali under a single-party majority government, and a government that is non-Congress since a decade. Now we have an opportunity for making India a rich and prosperous nation within a generation. It is time to ask: what do we have to do? Just a generation ago, China had a lower per capita income than India. Now, China’s per capita income is 4.5 times that of India. While India’s per capita income in dollar terms grew by 4 times from the mid-1980s to…
  • PM Modi’s reforms gift for Diwali

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Centre to soon facilitate easy business ambiance to investors Doing business is going to be easier in India as Narendra Modi Government is preparing to cut down the time for registering a business from 27 days to a single day. According to a Times of India report, the Centre will facilitate a single registration for all labour laws, overhaul of tax systems, reduction in the number of permits required, easing up property registration, quick electricity connection that are expected to make India an attractive destination for investment. Even after more than two decades of economic reforms since…
 
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    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. 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, this Mr. Churchill’s words could not be truer. Businesses utilizing cloud […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the third piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the second piece here. The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development […]The post The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps

    JG
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    This is the second piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the first piece here. It is said that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. But how do you measure behavior or mindset? Therein lies the challenge with measuring DevOps. Much more than a buzzword, DevOps is about a mindset […]The post The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing

    JG
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 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. The idiom “out of sight out of mind” is just as relevant […]The post Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

    JG
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Software is eating the world, and especially the world of systems management.  As we evolve to a world of Infrastructure-as-Code, it becomes imperative the technology powering complex, web-facing applications be automated for high availability, compliance, and auto scaling.  Over the past several years at Logicworks, we built a dedicated team of DevOps experts who use […]The post Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Oct. 22

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Child seduction charge filed against fired Concord JV girls soccer coach – Elkhart Truth A Concord High School soccer coach has been charged with child ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Mom wants Breaking Bad toys taken out of adult toy aisle in Toys r Us Indiana to kick dead beats off food stamps [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Remy has a new song parody about Obama scandals Students at Catholic university want free condoms [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Casey got scammed by an airline ticket website Which founding father are you Survey on liberals and conservatives and media outlets [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, Oct. 21

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Which of the Founding Fathers Would You Be? | TheBlaze.com Which of the Founding Fathers Would You Be? Court says not so fast with those ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to…
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: w/ 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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore : Liz Accles of Community Food Advocates

    Liberal Fix
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Liz Accles, Executive Director for Community Food Advocates in New York City.  The discussion focuses on the problem with school aged children going hungry in NYC and the pursuit of a universal school meal program. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Raul Salazar, Program Manager for Quixote Village

    Liberal Fix
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Join us as we talk to Raul Salazar about Quixote Village. Quixote Village is a self-governing community of about 30 homeless adults, supported by Panza, a non-profit corporation built from local faith communities and friends. 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…
  • Liberal Fix w/ North Dakota State Reps Gail Mooney and Kylie Oversen

    Liberal Fix
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Listen in as host Naomi Minogue is joined by Gail Mooney, North Dakota State Representative for District #20 and Kylie Oversen, North Dakota State Representative for District #42 for a discussion about North Dakota state legislation and women's health issues. 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…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Canada Shooter Media Hoax: FOX News says ‘It’s Terrorism, It’s ISIS’

    21wire
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTUncanny timing. Just as the book on Ebola is closed, suddenly, a new chapter on ISIS is open. Have intelligence agencies finally dragged Canada into the ‘War on Terror’?This morning, the Canadian Parliament building located in the capitol of Ottawa, was reported to have been besieged by a Canadian citizen – a ‘lone wolf gunman’ named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (pictured below).According to FOX News, this is a shooter “with possible connections to ISIS” (Islamic State terrorist organization) Really?BREAKING | This is a photo…
  • CIA Propaganda War: Did ISIS Mortars Really Hit US Embassy In Baghdad?

    21wire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says…“Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia.” -1984The internet is a blaze with reports that ISIS mortars have hit the US Embassy compound in Baghdad. The question now is, was it really ISIS, or is it just another installment in a CIA-driven propaganda war?Reports began circulating on Tuesday that ISIS had “taken credit” for a mortar attack hitting the US Embassy in Baghdad. Alleged ISIS supporters/fighters began Tweeting: “Four rockets strike Green Zone in #Baghdad; helicopters hovering over the Green Zone; ambulances heading that way…
  • Dear Mr. President: Why is U.S. ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Going Straight to ISIS?

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The US State Department, led by the fumbling John Kerry, and flippant Jen Psaki and the even more flippant CIA sorority operative, Marie Harf, all seem to be Stuck on Stupid when it comes to Syria.The tired old lie – that U.S. foreign assistance is spread around the world in the name of ‘peace and good will’, has finally been delivered the knock-out blow it needed to be put out of its banal misery this week…SORORITY BRAIN TRUST: Lack-luster spin merchants Psaki and Harf fail to cover for droll Kerry’s gross incompetence.A truly…
  • EBOLA, ISIS and UKRAINE: The Kev Baker Show with guest Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Ebola Hype EXPOSED, Ukrainian Mass Graves & MH17 Cover-up & ISIS UNCOVERED with Patrick HenningsenHost Kev Baker and his crew in a power-packed 1 hour interview discussion with guest Patrick Henningsen from 21st Century Wire…READ MORE EBOLA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Ebola Files-
  • 21st Century Eugenics: Population Reduction Done Through Vaccine Poisons

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    SARTE21st Century WireAttitudes toward medical ailments and treatment vary widely, usually based upon the degree of trust in the type of health care practice that a patient believes to be the best healing method. The American Medical Association (AMA) is an advocacy association that promotes the validity of medical therapy, but it’s heavily based upon manufactured designer drugs. The establishment corporatist scientists have a tendency to claim a corner on proof. However, they often expound on their accepted view using selective memory. Facts can stand in the way of implementing the…
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    MutantRambler

  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
  • Missing the point.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you. But, surely, if that person is smarter, prettier and better then they wouldn’t want to be you? They’re more than happy being a better human being than you will ever be.
  • Lets crack open some smokes and enjoy some premarital sex

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    I stumbled across a website the other day that really caught my eye, and no, for once this wasn’t anything to do with pornography. Nip your browsers over to http://wilstar.com/smokefree/ and enjoy the anti smoking information for a few minutes before coming back here. We’ll wait for you don’t worry. The information provided on this website is just one of many that are online perpetrating the information that smoking is bad for you and that its all totally 1960′s and we as a species should have grown out of it by now. I always find it interesting that these websites are all written…
 
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    The Politic

  • Don’t Count on the Mailman

    JP Meredith
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A switch to all-mail voting won’t necessarily be a boon for Colorado Democrats.
  • At a historical crossroads, Brazil should embrace change

    Gabriel Fritsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Thursday, June 20th 2013. We were all there, together with the 2 million people in the streets of 22 different cities around Brazil. It was one of the largest public demonstrations in the country’s history.
  • Dan Malloy Talks Politics over Pasta

    Hedy Gutfreund
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    “Want to grab a meal sometime?” is probably one of the most ubiquitous phrases at Yale, but most people probably haven’t asked it of the Governor of Connecticut.
  • US Climate Change Envoy: The Clock is Ticking

    Riddhima Yadav
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The address by Stern, who has been the lead negotiator for the US at global climate talks since 2009, comes at a crucial time for climate negotiations.
  • Alibaba Unveiled: Inside China’s E-Commerce Giant

    Stephanie Saunderson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In the light of a highly successful IPO recently, Stephanie Saunderson takes a better look at the company synonymous with online business in China.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • 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 →
  • I Am Thankful

    guanyinmiao
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I take things for granted. I used to have a #3thingstobegratefulfor hashtag on Twitter, but I lost interest after some time. The hashtag lost its meaning too. Far too often I focused on the superficial and events which happened outside my routines, and there were days when I – ironically – scraped for things to … Continue reading →
  • Of Information And Communication

    guanyinmiao
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    That the government is trying out different means to “simplify information and provide as much information as possible to the people” (TODAY, Oct. 11) is encouraging, though whether Singaporeans have adequate access to information is in question. This is not necessarily about the supply or presentation of information – because the government could point to quantitative data on Statistics Singapore, its fact-checking site Factually, as well as parliamentary speeches made by ministers – but about the utility of such information. Continue reading →
  • A Cautious Start

    guanyinmiao
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    With this emphasis of symbolism over utility, the immediate phase of publicity matters. Projecting the SAFVC too far into the future will be unrealistic, because the SAF would look to assess the efficacy of its first volunteers. The initial success of the SAFVC will therefore be measured by the number of applicants across those in Singapore who are not liable for NS, and then by the number who stay in the programme. An uphill task, when one considers the independent survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies last year, which found that 13.6 per cent of the women polled were willing…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Can’t Vote in Texas

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Our Bill of Rights guarantees us personal freedoms and liberties among which are the freedoms of speech, religion, and press etc. But I would argue that the most important freedom our system of government grants us is the right to vote. If taken away, that right would alter our society in a much more fundamental way than any of the others. Last year the Supreme Court chose to overturn a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since then several states have passed, or attempted to pass, strict voter ID laws. Some view the motivation behind these laws as political. In this episode we…
  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For years many believed that the main contribution of the internet to the world would be economic; the fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners could compete with the biggest retail players in the market. But what if the main contribution of the internet turns out to be political? What if the internet turns out to be a more powerful weapon of revolution than a weapon of trade? Protests have erupted in Hong Kong over the last week over the decision by the Chinese government to allow only candidates that have been vetted by them to run for leadership. The government is downplaying the…
  • ISIS Whack-a-Mole

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    ISIS forces have besieged the northern Syrian town of Kobane this week. Tens of thousands of people have fled the town for bordering Turkey. Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview that it is probable that the town will fall into enemy hands. The US and coalition forces have been bombing ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq for the last two months and yet the ISIS advance has slowed. Are we in danger of falling into a pattern of pushing ISIS out of certain territory while seeing other territory fall into their hands at roughly the same rate? Follow In the…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • 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…
  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    To be willing to put a vote to the people, knowing full well that you could come out on the losing end... and the AWARD goes to... For standing up to islamic militant thugs that are out to destroy the world... and the AWARD goes to... Buckling under pressure because it's the PC thing to do... the AWARD goes to...  For bringing the most insensitive product to market... it reminded people of a 1970's massacre in a bad way... and the AWARD goes to... For learning the hard way that the coverup is always worse than the crime... the AWARD goes to...  A multibillion dollar corporation that…
  • The Award Goes To… the National Football League

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

  • Fantasy Football Preview, Week 8: Rankings and Sleepers

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Written by Breitbart Feed Week 8 is here. This week’s action kicks off tonight with a key divisional matchup between the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. But first, a recap of last week’s top performers. Week 7 featured a pair of record-breaking performances from quarterbacks young and old. Russell Wilson led all fantasy […]The post Fantasy Football Preview, Week 8: Rankings and Sleepers appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Canadian Terrorist Contacted Known Syrian Terrorists

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Written by “The Lid” Police sources confirmed this image tweeted from an ISIS account depicts Michael Zehaf-Bibeau The day after the attack we are learning more about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the slain Muslim convert who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in an attack on the Canadian parliament. The most stunning new information is that the […]The post Canadian Terrorist Contacted Known Syrian Terrorists appeared first on Citizens News.
  • North Korea’s Ebola Response Mirrors ‘World War Z’

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign PolicyThe post North Korea’s Ebola Response Mirrors ‘World War Z’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Sandcrawler PSA: Save the Trees

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report After all, a printed ballot that is not fraudulently filled out is a tree that died in vain. Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, […]The post Sandcrawler PSA: Save the Trees appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Jeanne Shaheen’s Ebola opportunities team

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Written by WND » Ann Coulter In this year’s midterm elections, New Hampshire’s Scott Brown is taking on the slickest Democratic politician since John Edwards. Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presents herself as a regular mom who “rearranges the dishes in the dishwasher if it is packed by someone else” – as she told the Boston […]The post Jeanne Shaheen’s Ebola opportunities team appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Shooting On Parliament Hill In Ottawa !!! UPDATED

    leftdog
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
     - There have been 3 separate shooting incidents in and around the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada. Details are sketchy. Early reports that Soldier at War Memorial has died from attack.- At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.- An arrest has been made.- One victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.- Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament. Dozens of shots were heard.- Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of…
  • Canada's Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservatives Tax Cuts ....

    leftdog
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.While most individual Canadians don't earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country's businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year's share by Jan. 30.The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called "corporate tax freedom day" came much later…
  • Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...

    leftdog
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Stephen Harper Mocked Over Empty UN General Assembly For His Speech
  • Andrew Scheer Is The WORST House Of Commons Speaker In The Entire History Of Canada's Parliament!!

    leftdog
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
     Speaker Scheer and the death of ParliamentBy Montreal SimonFor years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent.They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.For this is what happened when Tom Mulcair rose to ask this question about Canada’s mysterious mission in Iraq:“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has failed to answer clear…
  • Harper Refuses To Answer ANY Questions On Iraq Mission - Partisan House Of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer Refuses To Follow Rules Of The House!!

    leftdog
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Speaker Andrew Scheer is so completely in the pocket of the Prime Minister's Office, he will not follow the Rules of the House and require the Conservative Government to adhere to some sane relevancy when answering questions in Question Periond.  SHAME ON SPEAKER SCHEER!!!Tue, Sep 23: "NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wanted to talk about Canada’s military mission in Iraq. Conservative MP Paul Calandra wanted to talk about a NDP fundraiser’s inflammatory comments about Israel. What followed was an utterly bizzare exchange which ended with Mulcair questioning the Speaker of the House’s…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Creepiest Massage: Slithering Snakes to De-Stress

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Yup, today’s dose of creepy is on the raved about benefits of a snake massage, but no, we promise we won’t be making the obvious Anthony Weiner or happy ending jokes----that would be simply too gross.
  • Taxpayer Horror: WebMD Obamacare Payout

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The next time you decide to use the World Wide Web to diagnose that tumor or ulcer, you might want to keep the following in mind. Last month, it finally came to light that the site with the fastest cancer trigger on the internet, WebMD was given a reasonable $13,932,914 to promote the Affordable Care Act through the Health Care Priorities Educational Initiative.
  • 2014’s Top Adult Trick or Treat Bags

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    Last year, the Obamacare bag was all anyone in the medical industry could talk about, but if you plan on going door to door peddling your Mitch McConnell wares (a truly horrifying thought) or just counting your neighbors’ sick, you’ll want to carry one of these babies.
  • Creepy Costumes: Cambodia John Kerry

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    It’s time our staff put something to rest. While most of the internet swears that Secretary of State John Kerry is merely a moonlighting Herman Munster, PD wishes to repudiate that claim.
  • Planned Parenthood Brings You the Creepiest Accessory of the Season

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Past October PD articles have brought you creepy skull, snake, and bat baubles galore, but this year Planned Parenthood went way above and beyond the classic ghoulish motif---well into the disturbing category. If you donate $10 or more a month to the DCAF (that’s the DC Abortion Fund) you’ll score your very own coat hanger pendant necklace.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Gandhi for Today: Self-Rule, Non-Violence, Struggle for Justice

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    A Paper by Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum, presented at a Plenary Session of the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014 The central topic of this session is the work of Gandhi (and at least one of the thinkers who influenced him: Leon Tolstoy). Gandhi’s work is sprawling, it comprises over 100 volumes. These books deal with a great variety of themes; I want to focus here on one area of his life and work which, however, is central and overshadows the rest: the area of politics and political action. I title my talk: “Gandhi for Today”—because it is not enough just…
  • Gusi Peace Prize to be Awarded to Professor Hans Köchler

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    President of International Progress Organization again honoured for his civil society initiatives.Manila / Vienna, 22 October 2014RE/25172c-isIn an official communication addressed to Prof. Hans Köchler, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gusi Peace Prize International, Amb. Barry Gusi, announced that Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, will be awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for 2014. According to the Chairman, Prof. Köchler receives the prize in recognition of his contributions, as philosopher of law, to the peaceful solution of international…
  • The Musical Olympus Festival Returns to Berlin with the Motto “Music – for Peace”

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    On November, 14, 2014 the Musical Olympus Festival will present its participants on stage of the Chamber Music Hall at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Last time the festival’s participants performed on this stage in 2011. On the gala night one of the best concert halls in Germany will host the stars of the Musical Olympus: Igor Yeliseev (double bass, Russia), Marc Bouchkov (violin, Belgium), Rémi Geniet, (piano, France), as well as tenor Mario Chang (Guatemala). All performers are prize winners of prestigious international musical competitions and participants of the Musical Olympus festival…
  • Helsinki and Paris – a New Security Architecture for the Euro-Asia Space

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org1. Europe’s new schism?The continual crisis in Ukraine is perpetuating an East-West schism that was never overcome after the end of the Cold War. Even if there is no all-out war between the major powers involved in the Ukrainian conflict, Europe faces the distinct prospect of a permanent divide at its very heart. The EU increasingly looks like an annex to the United States, which has historically…
  • Principles for a New World Order

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    A Paper by Anthony Werner, Editor-in-Chief, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, presented for the 12th Rhodes Forum, September 26, 2014‘Whatever lives is full of the Lord. Claim nothing; enjoy, do not covet His property.’Eesha UpanishadThis is an English translation of an ancient Sanskrit scripture preserved in India that would have been known to both Gandhi and J.C. Kapur. Tolstoy’s book, The Kingdom of God is within You, which so influenced Gandhi, echoes this. The verse is also a reminder of our relationship to the universe in which we live. I have chosen it because I want to focus on a…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • Second Police Officer Shot in Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last night we reported that a police officer was shot in the arm when he interrupted a robbery in progress in the troubled town of Ferguson (MO). That event spurred a large scale protest mob containing an estimated 100 individuals outside the Ferguson Police Station shouting and chanting. Last night another attack on a police officer happened hours later when another officer came under attack in a drive-by attack leaving him with multiple injuries to his arm and face. It’s reported that the window to his squad car was smashed. The officer was sent to the hospital for evaluation with…
  • Officer Shot In Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Update: The injured officer was actually male and the structure involved was the Ferguson Community Center which the police conduct routine nightly checks on during their beat patrols. The suspect is still at large and a manhunt is underway.  More unrest in Ferguson (Mississippi) as a female police officer is shot while attempting to subdue a robber that she had caught in the act. At about 9:20 PM on Saturday the unnamed police officer was on her normal police beat and accidentally interrupted a would be robber breaking into a business. The robber fired one shot, hitting the officer in the…
  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Obama Is 100% Opposed to Accountability. But the Problem Goes Even Deeper …

    Eric Zuesse
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked accountability, everywhere he can. He did it for the top officials who had caused illegal tortures to be used by the Government. He did it for the top officials who had caused mega-banks to crash in 2008 (whose crimes have, in turn, led to taxpayer-bailouts of the ...
  • UK police Taser use on rise against mentally ill, minorities

    User Submitted
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into police use of Taser stun guns, after it emerged the weapons were increasingly and disproportionately used against black Londoners and the mentally ill. On Thursday, May said she wanted to see clear data on the reasons why officers deployed Tasers in specific incidents. The weapons were ...
  • UK ‘aid for executions’ in spotlight as Pakistan set to restart hangings

    User Submitted
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    More than a hundred prisoners apprehended in UK-funded drug arrests are now facing execution in Pakistan, after a judge scheduled a hanging that would end the country’s 2-year death penalty moratorium. A one-month stay of execution granted to Pakistani prisoner Shoaib Sarwar expires next Monday (27th October), leaving Mr Sarwar at imminent risk of death. ...
  • The Rape of Democracy

    Eric Zuesse
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Eric Zuesse On the one side are conservatives, who resent taxes and self-identify with rich people who say that government is basically a huge waste of money and only private business is efficient and productive. On the other side are liberals, who don’t resent anything and who say that government is good enough to be ...
  • List of the World’s Richest Countries; America’s Special Role in It

    Eric Zuesse
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Eric Zuesse The world’s richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation — the person who is in the exact middle of that nation’s population in terms of per-person wealth. Consequently, for example, if a ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • US Crude Exports And Re-Exports Continue To Rise; Some Volumes Sent To Europe And Asia – Analysis

    EIA
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The United States exported 401,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of crude oil in July 2014 (the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau), the highest level of exports in 57 years (Figure 1) and the second highest monthly export volume since 1920, when EIA’s published data starts. Recent crude oil exports are also noteworthy […] The post US Crude Exports And Re-Exports Continue To Rise; Some Volumes Sent To Europe And Asia – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tackling Nuclear Terrorism In South Asia – Analysis

    NDU Press
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    By Feroz Hassan Khan and Emily Burke Since India and Pakistan conducted their nuclear tests in 1998, every danger associated with nuclear weapons – proliferation, instability, and terrorism – has been linked to the region. And despite nuclear deterrence and the modernization of nuclear forces, South Asia is a far cry from achieving stability. Indeed, […] The post Tackling Nuclear Terrorism In South Asia – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • UEFA To Rule On Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem

    Balkan Insight
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    By Besar Likmeta The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will hold a hearing on Thursday to discuss disciplinary proceeding against the Serbian and Albanian football federations over the match on October 14, which was called off amid battles on the pitch. European football’s governing body was expected to deliver a ruling after meeting on […] The post UEFA To Rule On Serbia-Albania Match Mayhem appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Jabhat Ansar Al-Din: Analysis And Interview

    Syria Comment - Joshua Landis
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi for Syria Comment Jabhat Ansar al-Din (Supporters/Partisans of the Religion Front) is a coalition of four groups originally set up in July of this year, comprising Harakat Sham al-Islam, Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa al-Ansar, The Green Battalion and Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya. Of these groups, Harakat Sham al-Islam was set up by […] The post Jabhat Ansar Al-Din: Analysis And Interview appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Russia Training 1,200 Nigerian Special Forces

    MISNA
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    More than 1,200 Nigerian security personnel are in Russia receiving anti-insurgent training by Russian special forces. The trainees on return will form a nucleus of the special forces brigade to in particular combat the Boko Haram terrorist group. The majority of the personnel chosen for training are from the elite groups of the army, the […] The post Russia Training 1,200 Nigerian Special Forces appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Dining

    Staff reports
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here. Best new restaurant Barcelona Runner-up: Rose’s Luxury Barcelona (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) In the heart of the booming 14th Street N.W. corridor near Logan Circle is Barcelona, an always-bustling spot that has one of the largest outdoor seating areas in the neighborhood and a classy-yet-low-key vibe on the block between Q and R streets. Part of a chain, the restaurant, under the direction of Executive Chef John Critchley, features mostly tapas but has a few entrees…
  • Best of Gay D.C. XIII: People

    Staff reports
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here. Best Singer or Band Frankie & Betty Runner-up: Wicked Jezabel Frankie and Betty (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Frankie & Betty are a queer acoustic rock duo comprised of Rachel Bauchman (vocals/bass/guitar) and Jessie Strick (lead guitar). Since forming in 2011, they’ve played numerous events, including Roanoke Pride, Phasefest several times and more. They have shows planned at Tree house Lounge on Monday night and the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday. Look them…
  • Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Community

    Staff reports
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here. Best House of Worship Foundry United Methodist Church Lou Ann Sandstrom, left, and Kathleen Kutschenreuter at their wedding recessional at Foundry United Methodist Church on Sept. 28, 2013. (Photo by Paul Morse Photography; courtesy the couple) 1500 16th St., N.W. 202-332-4010 foundryumc.org Runner-up: Metropolitan Community Church of Washington Best Home Furnishings Miss Pixies Furnishings & Whatnot Miss Pixie’s (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) 1626 14th St.,…
  • Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Lifetime Achievement Award

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The LGBT community was divided in the city’s hotly contested Democratic primary in April when Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) finished ahead of Mayor Vincent Gray to capture the Democratic Party nomination for mayor for the Nov. 4 general election. But virtually all of the city’s prominent LGBT activists agree — regardless of whom they supported in the primary — Mayor Gray’s record and…
  • Best of Gay D.C. XIII: Nightlife

    Staff reports
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    To see the winners of the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. readers poll in other categories, click here. Best Outside-the-District Bar Freddie’s Beach Bar Freddie’s Beach Bar (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) 555 23rd St. South Arlington, Va. 703-685-0555 freddiesbeachbar.com Runner-up: Club Hippo Baltimore Best Rehoboth Bar Blue Moon Runner-up: Purple Parrot Blue Moon (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) After more than 30 years of entertaining crowds of tourists and locals alike, the Blue Moon is an iconic presence on Baltimore Avenue. The restaurant side of the…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Woman Went to a Fox Farm for a Fur Coat, and Came Home With a Pet (Pics Included)

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I just love stories like this. When Natalia Gaintseva’s husband decided to gift her with a new coat and let her pick out her own fur, she went along with idea. So the Russian couple headed to a fox farm to choose the very skin that would soon, they thought, hang from her shoulders. But Natalia had no idea what she was in for. At the farm, she got to see the animals up close, and realized she could never be responsible for the killing of one of these gorgeous creatures. One fox, in particular, stole her attention. “When I saw her cowering at the back of the cage, I felt really sorry for…
  • How the NFL is Royally Screwing American Taxpayers

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know the NFL is a nonprofit organization? So the same league that can afford to pay commissioner Roger Goodell a ridiculous $44 million per year doesn’t pay one cent of federal tax. But that nauseating fact, my friends, is not what this post is about – because it gets much, much worse. Where the NLF really sticks it to the taxpayer is in stadium costs. As I learned on NPR this morning (I’m a junkie), you and I shoulder the majority of funding for these behemoth structures. So while the $10-billion-a-year NFL machine profits like a bandit from games played in local…
  • This Newly Approved Pesticide Spells Doom for the Monarch Butterfly

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does EPA really still stand for “Environmental Protection Agency?” From fracking-contaminated drinking water to unchecked air pollution at coal plants, protecting the planet doesn’t seem like the highest priority over there these days. And now that the EPA has approved a powerful new pesticide to help GMO crops survive,  monarch butterflies are more imperiled than ever – and for everyone (like me) who has cherished childhood memories of monarchs, this news is pretty grim. The new poison spray, called Enlist Duo and made by Dow AgroSciences, is meant specifically for…
  • These Are The World’s Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?)

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world.  They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing. The original document is more than 150 pages long, but this graphic sums it up nicely (the report is actually about the happiest countries of 2013, but it just came out this year). And as you may have guessed, the U.S. is not one of the world’s happiest countries.
  • This Woman Was Gunned Down for Not Giving Out Her Number

    Lady Freethinker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every woman — no matter what their size, color or facial features — knows what it’s like to be approached by a stranger demanding attention. And at that moment, the instinctual thought usually is, “how do I get out of this?” But no matter how awkward, demeaning or even scary that moment may be, I’ve never expected to be shot for rejecting a pick-up attempt. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to 27-year-old Mary “Unique” Spears of Detroit. She had just left a funeral when a 38-year-old man started harassing her. “Can I get your name,…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Pollsters Say They Follow Ethical Standards, But They Aren’t So Sure About Their Peers

    Carl Bialik
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    For our second poll of leading U.S. political pollsters, we asked about ethics. The pollsters who answered, even those who asked for anonymity, said they follow basic ethical principles such as not copying others’ work or letting campaigns dictate results. But many held doubts about their peers’ ethics, and about the media’s ability to parse honest, good polls from dishonest, lousy ones.As with our first poll, we contacted the most active political pollsters in our database.1 This time, 24 responded, on questions about ethics and about FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings…
  • The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Democrats — Or Republicans

    Nate Silver
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    This year’s Senate election is close. Republicans have the clearer path to a majority, but it’s a treacherous one. Republicans are favored in Iowa and Colorado, for example, but not by much. If Democrats eked out victories in those states and picked up the seat in Kansas (by persuading independent Greg Orman to caucus with them), they could control 50 Senate seats and keep their majority. Democrats could also still pick up seats from the GOP in Georgia and Kentucky. And Republican gains in Arkansas and Louisiana are probable but far from certain.So, we’ve not quite reached the point…
  • Senate Control Could Come Down To Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel

    David Wasserman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few weeks ago, the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, took to his “Nerd Screen” to outline an unconventional way to think about the midterm political landscape. His theory: 2014’s hottest races are boiling down to big Democratic urban areas and inner suburbs with lots of Starbucks coffee shops versus heavily Republican exurban hinterlands and rural areas with lots of Chick-fil-A restaurants.6But after immersing myself in numbers, maps and, admittedly, a spicy chicken sandwich, I discovered a slight problem: Neither chain’s political geography fits…
  • Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections

    Carl Bialik
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we write about polls regularly, especially ahead of big elections like next month’s. We rate pollsters for their accuracy and whether they lean Republican or Democratic. And we use their work to inform our election model and Senate forecast.Now we’re polling pollsters, too.We wanted to see what the most prolific political pollsters had to say about their work, the election, their industry and where it’s headed. We reached out to 60 of the most active political pollsters in the country, and 26 took our survey.7In their responses, most pollsters predict…
  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves. Since 1902, the city has required police officers to live within the city limits, but an arbitration panel recently ruled in favor of allowing officers to live within 25 air miles of downtown. City officials want the requirement to remain in place, as do the people of Pittsburgh, who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last year to keep it.Residency requirements are hugely unpopular among police officers in Pittsburgh and in other cities with similar rules. Many cities and states have contested the constitutionality of…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • Germany’s AfD has a racism problem

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The rise of Germany’s new far right party AfD has been nothing but meteoric. Founded only months before the 2013 General Election, the party came tantalisingly close to the electoral threshold, delivering the strongest performance of any new party since the 1950s. Eight months later, they made it easily into the European parliament (outperforming the Liberals (FDP)), and this summer, they won representation in three East German state parliaments, further startling the establishment. The biggest problem for any far-right party in Germany is respectability: Any (open) display of extremist…
  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • In Politics, Patience Isn’t Overrated – But Loyalty Often Is

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Jeff Jacoby,  Over on the Metro page, my Boston Globe colleague Yvonne Abraham coaxed the Massachusetts gubernatorial hopefuls into taking the Proust Questionnaire, a survey of personality and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lebanon reports first suspected case of Ebola

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
     A Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and was quarantined on Thursday in a Beirut hospital, the first such suspected case in the country, Lebanon’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sears to close 61 stores, lay off about 5,500, Kmart to Close 46 More

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Sears is shuttering more than 100 stores and laying off at least 5,457 employees, investor website Seeking Alpha reported on Thursday, indicating the struggling retailer may be stepping up store... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama’s White House Can’t Take a Joke

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
     There’s a poignant moment midway through Ron Chernow’s superb biography of George Washington when the father of our country, struggling to make his Mount Vernon plantation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Health Worker Back From Africa Being Tested at Bellevue for Ebola, NYC Says

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
     A New York health-care worker is being tested for a possible case of Ebola at Bellevue Hospital Center. Paramedics brought the patient in with a fever and gastric distress, according to a city... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-23, Thursday

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, October 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the latest insanity from the climate change crowd as the Australian government funds a play centered on the murder of so-called deniers. Alex also examines the GOP votes flipped to Democrat and the supposed terror attack in Canada yesterday and how it is a staged Gladio event. On today's broadcast Alex talks to a medical whistleblower who exposes current Ebola cases in America which are being covered-up by the government.  Doctors and medical professionals are being told to refer to the cases as "malaria."  Alex…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-22, Wednesday

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, October 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, David Knight unveils the impact the upcoming election could have on America, especially as Democrats brace for huge losses, including control of the U.S. Senate. Alex breaks down the latest developments of Ebola and victory in human health as the public begins to reject fast food. Anthony Gucciardi also covers other critical developments in health news. Additionally, a U.S. Border Agent says his department is not ready to guard the border from illegal immigrants who are infected with Ebola. Joining the show to break down this…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-21, Tuesday

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, October 21 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down how Obama's new “Ebola czar” Ron Klain is another enthusiastic advocate of population control who thinks there are too many people in Africa. Jones also discusses studies by U.S. Army scientists that found Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. On today's show, Alex welcomes former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, whose cocaine sources were revealed to have connections to the CIA in an expose by journalist Gary Webb. Also today, Jones also invites documentary filmmaker and There's…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-20, Monday

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, October 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the militarization of the domestic U.S. response to Ebola and the White House sabotage of an Infowars petition calling for a general strike if Obama and the federal government continue to allow flights to enter the United States from West Africa. Alex talks with investigative journalist, author and columnist Wayne Madsen about Ebola and recent revelations about the NSA and the surveillance grid.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-19, Sunday

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Incompetence and apathy combine in the Obama administration's Ebola response, and Alex breaks it all down on this Sunday, October 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Infowars is calling for a general strike across the U.S. in response to the Obama administration’s tepid response to Ebola. For one thing, Obama golfed for nearly five hours on Saturday before having a meeting to discuss the Ebola pandemic in America, which wasn't even attended by his new "Ebola Czar," Ron Klain, who's a Democratic operative with no medical experience. Klain was simply appointed to funnel million dollar deals to…
 
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    Vox - All

  • #GamerGate has won a few battles. It will lose the war

    Todd VanDerWerff
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Felicia Day is, by any measure, a geek hero. She played a recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and her online programming efforts have included the beloved web series The Guild. Her production company is even named Geek & Sundry. So she's got cred. And on Wednesday, she posted a mild response to the #GamerGate brouhaha that has ripped through the video game community — and the world at large — for nearly two months now. Day's comments were, by the standards of the #GamerGate war, restrained. She said she was sad #GamerGate had made her, as a woman, suspicious and scared of fellow…
  • Why Uber drivers can't win: they're fighting supply and demand

    Timothy B. Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Uber used to be a premium alternative to traditional taxi cabs. But as the market has grown more competitive, Uber has aggressively slashed fares. Today, an UberX ride can be cheaper than a conventional taxi in some metropolitan areas. And many Uber drivers are furious about it. Because Uber takes a flat 20 percent of drivers' fares, the fare cuts have translated into pay cuts for drivers. On Wednesday, drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles organized in front of Uber offices, accusing the company's white collar workers of getting rich while the drivers struggle to make ends meet. Some of…
  • The fascinating world of plant communication: Ferns "talk" to each other to determine their sex

    Joseph Stromberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Ferns, it turns out, are far more sophisticated than you might realize. As revealed in a new study in Science, Japanese climbing ferns are actually capable of chemically communicating among themselves to ensure the proper ratio of male and female plants. A group of researchers from Japan's Nagoya University found that, within a given group of ferns, early-maturing female plants emit a chemical that's detected by later-maturing plants, causing them to develop into males. This is only the latest in a spate of recent studies finding that plants can communicate in surprisingly sophisticated…
  • DC's streetcar isn't even running and it's already making buses slower

    Matthew Yglesias
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A while back, I referred to Washington, DC's ongoing mixed-traffic streetcar as the worst transit project in America. City Lab's David Alpert fired back, accusing me and other streetcar critics of making the perfect the enemy of the good. The point about the DC streetcar (and this is often true of mixed-traffic streetcar projects) is that they're not just expensive, they're actually bad for mass transit. Consider this update on the streetcar's progress from Michael Laris at the Washington Post who reports, among other things, that "buses are facing significant delays behind the…
  • Ideas not going anywhere? Try these 5 tips on creativity from Isaac Asimov

    Brandon Ambrosino
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Over 50 years ago, Isaac Asimov, the prolific science-fiction author, wrote an essay on creativity. It was published for the first time this week, and it's a must-read. As scientist Arthur Obermayer, who was a friend of Asimov, explained in an introduction to the essay, he only recently found Asimov's "On Creativity" while he was cleaning out some old files. And even though, says Obermayer, the essay was written half a century ago, "its contents are as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it." As Obermayer explains, while he was working as a scientist in Boston, he came to be involved…
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    LewRockwell

  • Malaysia Air 370 Suspicions

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world. SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still…
  • The Evil of WWI

    T. Hunt Tooley
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The fiftieth anniversary of the First World War in 1964 felt nothing like the current centennial observances. It is worth asking what has changed. When I was growing up in the sixties in a small town in Texas, World War I seemed as remote to me as the Revolutionary War. Not that the conflict was not unknown to me. In our city park there was a statue of a First World War soldier and a memorial to hometown sons who had died in the war. And my grandmother and grandfather told me stories of relief and celebration in 1918 at the war’s end. At school, the dumbing down of “social studies” was…
  • The London Beer Flood

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Two hundred years ago today, a 15-foot-high tidal wave of one hundred litres of beer swept through London. A three-storey-high vat of beer ruptured, flooding the streets and destroying homes, and eight people died in one of the strangest alcohol-related accidents in history. To those who died, the cause is largely inconsequential. But we all have to perish someday, and drowning in litres of beer is a spectacular way to go. Here are some of the most memorable and bizarre ways to die. The Boston Treacle Flood The US version of the beer flood took place in 1919, when a steel tank of black…
  • The Doctor Is in

    Gary North
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Price competition has just taken a giant step forward in medical care. Walmart is getting into the clinic business. This will be mass production.  Most people are within a short drive of a Walmart. Medicare people can get in. Walmart will not be taking other medical insurance except for its in-house program. This means reduced paperwork. This will take out the bottom of the market for physicians. Now physicians will have to specialize . . . or join an HMO. This is all the medical care most people need most of the time. They just want to be told that they are not really seriously sick. For…
  • Not Parroting the State?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is…
 
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and Some Tangentially Related Thoughts on Basic Income

    gaurarader
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Sarah Jaffe did a really great interview with Naomi Klein on her new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. In the interview she mentions basic income, which to me really reinforced my thoughts that basic income is intimately connected with the shift to sustainability. In one sense it is a little disappointing because […]
  • Guinea Pigs, Basic Income, and Something for Nothing

    gaurarader
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    In speaking with people about basic income one common response is “Why should people get something for nothing? One response would simply be that civilization is essentially “something for nothing.” Here is the full quote from from James Harvey Robinson: “One cannot help but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase ‘getting something for nothing’, as if […]