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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    * That was quick: The corporate backlash to the law Indiana governor Mike Pence signed today allowing discrimination against gay people is already getting underway. * On the Medicare doc fix that overwhelmingly passed the House today, Sarah Kliff gives you the explainer you were looking for. * Fascinating: Today 61 Senators voted for an […]
  • Morning Plum: What the GOP budgets really tell us about the GOP economic agenda

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Yesterday, the House GOP leadership successfully passed a budget that would cut $5.5 trillion in spending, repealing Obamacare, block-granting (a.k.a., cutting) Medicaid, and slashing away at food stamps, education, and many other programs. If the Senate this week passes its budget, which contains similar cuts, Republicans in both chambers will try to put them together, […]
  • Could a Pilot Be Locked Out of a Cockpit in the Skies Over the United States?

    Mother Jones
    Jenna McLaughlin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    On Tuesday morning, Germanwings flight 9525, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in the remote southern French Alps. All 150 passengers and crew are presumed dead. Thanks to the quick recovery of one of the plane's flight recorders, some details of the final moments of the flight are now known: one of the pilots was banging on the cockpit door, presumably locked out, while the second pilot—identified as German Andreas Lubitz—was in the cockpit breathing normally. On Thursday morning, Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Germanwings's parent company Lufthansa, told…
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    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    * Sam Stein and his Huffington Post colleagues come through with an epic piece of reporting on the King v. Burwell lawsuit, sifting through piles of records to see if state or federal officials ever debated the idea that states failing to set up exchanges would lose subsidies, as the lawsuit claims the Affordable Care […]
  • 7 Reasons Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

    The American Prospect
    Robert Kuttner
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    iStockPhoto/© porcorex This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer—yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? Let me suggest seven reasons: 1. The Discrediting of Politics Itself The Republican Party has devised a strategy of hamstringing government and making any…
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    The Atlantic

  • The Sexually Conservative Millennial

    Emma Green
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Naomi/Flickr Hookups: how vague. Dictionaries and sources of Internet wisdom define them as casual sexual encounters, encompassing everything from kissing to intercourse, depending on which source you consult. Somehow, this frustratingly ambiguous term has also come to represent the social mores of a generation: Hookup culture, tastemakers assume, is the universal culture of Millennials. Not so, says a new study by the Public Religion Research Institute. It surveyed 2300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, and found that 37 percent think "sex between two adults who have no intention of…
  • End-of-Day Wrap-Up: The Horror of Germanwings 9525

    Jake Swearingen
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Ina Fassbender/Reuters What's Happening: The Horror of Germanwings 9525 Tuesday's tragedy turned into Thursday's horror after the audio recording for Germanwings Flight 9525 revealed that the plane had apparently been "deliberately crashed." The co-pilot: Authorities say Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, is responsible for the crash. Lubitz locked his fellow pilot out of the cockpit and then triggered the descent. Security checks on Lubitz didn't raise any concerns, but some are pointing to a six-month gap in his flight training as evidence that he might have suffered from…
  • A Horrific Building Collapse in New York

    David A. Graham
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Whole building is in flames now. pic.twitter.com/U3zGUPqi86 — Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015 Updated at 5:50 p.m. More than a dozen people have been injured in New York City after an East Village building exploded and erupted in flames Thursday afternoon. What we know The fire originated at 121 Second Avenue, according to DNAinfo, a mixed-use building with a discount sushi restaurant on the bottom floor. It then spread to 123 Second Ave and 119 Second Ave, engulfing both structures in flames including Pommes Frites, a well-loved Belgian fry restaurant. Firefighters…
  • Art Made By Ballpoint Pen: An Experimental Animation

    Chris Heller
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/388799/twenty-sheets-of-paper-and-a-dozen-ball-point-pens/
  • Will Californians Vote On Executing Gays and Lesbians?

    Russell Berman
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    Californians usually vote on several ballot initiatives during each election, like these in 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP) California has always done democracy a bit differently than most other states. Every other year, voters in the Golden State cast ballots not just for people to represent them, but for many of the actual laws that govern them. It's not quite the ancient Athenian model of citizens gathering on a hill to make decisions, but it's a version of direct democracy deeply-embedded in California's political culture. Over the years, voters have answered for themselves weighty questions…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Ice shelves could be gone within lifetime of people reading this story

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales Katherine Bagley at InsideClimate News writes Antarctica's Melting Edges Bad News for Sea Level Rise. "Within a lifetime of people who read this story many of these shelves will be gone ... This is real rapid environmental change," says reviewer of new study: The edges of Antarctica's ice sheets have been thinning at a rapid rate over the past decade—up to 70 percent faster than average in some spots—due to warming oceans and air. Known technically as ice shelves, these edges float just offshore in bays or fjords and act as barriers that keep larger,…
  • Ted Cruz is just like Galileo

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Galileo discovered evidence to support Copernicus’ heliocentric theory when he observed four moons in orbit around Jupiter. Beginning on January 7, 1610, he mapped nightly the position of the 4 “Medicean stars” (later renamed the Galilean moons). Over time Galileo deduced that the “stars” were in fact moons in orbit around Jupiter. [Adapted from Galileo Galilei, 1610, Sidereus Nuncius (“The Starry Messenger.”)] In the early 1600s, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) refined the recently developed telescope and pointed it to the heavens. There he saw lots of fascinating things, like tiny…
  • In preparation for presidential run, Ted Cruz surrounds self with jerks

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Go figure. Try to act surprised as we learn that Sen. Ted Cruz tends to surround himself with sleazy people that even other Republicans are loathe to associate with. By last summer, [Cruz] was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style and who has recently been in the news due to a tragic death. To say Roe has become known for a "bare-knuckled" style is apropos, given that one of his signature moves has been to deploy campaign trackers whose actions…
  • Cartoon: Taking liberty with liberties at Liberty

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • Exhaustive review of states' paper trails throws cold water on Obamacare challengers' case

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Supreme Court might have already held its vote on King v. Burwell, the case challenging federal tax credits to people buying Obamacare health insurance on the federal exchange because they live in states which did not create their own exchanges. The challengers posit that Congress intended it this way—that they wrote the law to explicitly exclude these millions of people from subsidies as incentive to states to create their own exchanges. The main problem for challengers is that pretty much nothing in the record of the law—from the very first meetings and hearings all the way through…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Prosecutor Pens Apology to Exonerated Death Row Inmate

    tonyroma
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    It was a long journey of conscience for a former Louisiana prosecutor. He went from celebrating a death sentence with rounds of drinks three decades ago to writing an anguished, open letter of apology after the convicted man was recently declared innocent and set free. "I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family," A.M. Stroud III wrote in a letter published in The Times of Shreveport. Ford is the exonerated prisoner released earlier this month from the Louisiana State Penitentiary after serving just shy of 30 years on death row. Stroud's letter was more than…
  • Explosion Shreds NYC Building in East Village

    AndreaMackris
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    An explosion rocked the East Village Thursday afternoon, critically injuring at least one person. The blast tore through 125 Second Ave. near St. Mark's Place about 3:20 p.m. "This is being considered a major emergency," an FDNY spokeswoman said. Investigators suspect the blast was caused by a gas leak at the Sushi Park restaurant on the ground floor of 121 Second Ave.
  • Indiana Gov Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    tonyroma
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. But many opponents of the bill, which included business leaders, argued that it could open the door to widespread discrimination. Business owners who don't want to serve same-sex couples, for example, could now have legal protections to discriminate. The bill has received much national…
  • Expelled OU Frat Member: Sorry About That Song

    rcade
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Surrounded by black community leaders at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, one of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon members expelled from Oklahoma University after being shown singing a racist fraternity song apologized. Levi Pettit of Dallas said, "The truth is what was said in that chant is disgusting, and after meeting with these people, I've learned these words should never be repeated." Pettit deflected questions about where he learned the song and instead focused on his own actions. He said, "Some have wondered why I hadn't spoken out publicly. The truth is I have had a…
  • Congressman Wants to Force 'So Help Me God' on Vets

    Buffalo_Bob
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Last week, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced a bill called the Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act of 2015 that would force cadets at the Air Force's Academy to say "so help me God" during their oaths. Johnson said, "Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion -- but not freedom from religion." Mike Pekarek responded on Johnson's website: "I've taken the oath four times. I've never mentioned any God, because I'm an atheist who is a patriot. This fight you cannot be allowed to win, both for my sake and for my Christian brothers in arms. America cannot have a…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • It Took A While

    David Kurtz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Corporate America slowly waking up to the Indiana anti-gay religious freedom bill that Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law today.
  • How Libertarian Will Candidate Paul Be?

    David Kurtz
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Rand Paul does a big U-turn and proposes an increase in Pentagon spending.
  • *Help Wanted*

    David Kurtz
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    We're looking for an office manager in our Washington, DC bureau. Please pass the word! Listing below: Read More →
  • The Cruz Troika

    Josh Marshall
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    In all the other Ted Cruz nonsense over recent days, I'm not sure how many people saw this piece by Josh Rogin, now at Bloomberg, on Cruz's foreign policy agenda. The article is based on extensive interview from last year. The part that stuck out to me is Cruz's list of three foreign policy experts he most trusts. It's quite a list. Read More →
  • Weaponized

    Josh Marshall
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    I've been mainly away this week. So I only got a chance to catch up with the site this evening. And I have to say our headline on this story about Tucker Carlson's brother's email about de Blasio's spokeswoman seriously understates what's in the piece. I have zero sensitivity to vulgar speech. But I'd say this fellow may have some unworked through hostility toward women. Buckley Carlson appears to suffer from a pervasive fear of emasculation common among certain early 21st century bros. In my recent Annals of Psychiatry journal article I termed this condition "ejaculatory rage." Read the…
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I'll be doing some checking around in Disciples of Christ circles to see how Sharon Watkins's protest against Mike Pence's "religious liberty" bill is playing among the faithful, and will report back when I know something. Here are some remains of the day: * House clears bipartisan bill fixing "Doc Fix" and extending (by 2 years) CHIP authorization. * BUT Greg Sargent says there's no reason to think this will lead to other bipartisan legislative acts. * New report in Science suggests loss of Antarctic ice is accelerating. * At Ten Miles Square, Michael O'Hare reports on the "Picketty of…
  • If You Are Going To Sabotage U.S. Diplomacy, Do It On Your Own Dime

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM's Caitlin MacNeal): Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that. She introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund "the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the…
  • Rand Paul the Omni-Hawk

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    To the extent that the battle over the FY 2016 budget resolution among Republican Members of Congress is being billed as a fight between defense hawks and fiscal hawks, let it be recorded Sen. Rand Paul has decided to side with both (per a report from Bloomberg Politics' Kathleen Miller): Two senators who may vie for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are pushing their colleagues to boost defense spending more than their party's budget seeks—even though one of them, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, has made a name for himself by pressuring leaders to accept spending cuts. Paul's…
  • The Walker National Security Doctrine: If It Bleeds, It Leads

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Believe it or not, there was something in that Hugh Hewitt interview with Scott Walker that's more disturbing than his claim that service as a county executive is a better qualification for leadership on international affairs than knowledge of and experience in foreign policy or national security. Check out this answer to Hewitt's question about why Walker prefers to call national security threats "safety issues." SW: I think it’s come to the forefront not so much because “national security,” that, to me, as I said [at lunch], is on page 6A of the newspaper where only a…
  • Lunch Buffet

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Sweet Sixteen starts up tonight. Trying to decide if I care. Probably will root for Wichita State over Notre Dame, and West Virginia over Kentucky. Man, will some couches burn if the 'Neers somehow win that one! Here are some less combustible midday news/views snacks: * Israeli president asks Bibi to form government, but then tells him to clean up damage he's done to relations with the U.S. * "Intolerant Jackass Act" ballot initiative offered as counter to California "Shoot the Gays" initiative. * Paul Waldman thinks conservatives are setting a trap for their own presidential candidates with…
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    TIME

  • Watch President Obama Interview The Wire Creator David Simon

    David Stout
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    A television writer couldn’t have scripted it better. President Barack Obama, a longtime fan of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, sat down with the show’s creator David Simon this week to speak frankly about America’s war on drugs and the perils of law enforcement. Simon, a vociferous critic of the federal government’s drug policies, pulled no punches as he spoke with the President. “What the drugs don’t destroy, the war against them tears apart,” said Simon. Obama appeared receptive to Simon’s criticism and insisted that things were…
  • Will Congress Reform the Criminal Justice System?

    Alex Altman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Van Jones likes to call his Republican buddies “brother.” As in Brother Mark (Holden, the general counsel at Koch Industries), or Brother Matt (Kibbe, the CEO of the conservative group FreedomWorks). Jones, a Democratic activist and former Obama adviser, beamed as he strolled the halls of a cavernous Washington hotel Thursday, clasping shoulders and squeezing hands with one unlikely conservative ally after the next. And Jones wasn’t the only one basking in the warm vibes of bipartisanship. If you mistakenly wandered into the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, you…
  • Aaron Schock and Downton Abbey Said Farewell at the Same Time

    Tessa Berenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rep. Aaron Schock gave his farewell speech to Congress Thursday at the same time that Downton Abbey producers announced the show would end after its next season. The irony? The Illinois Republican is resigning amid a series of scandals that began when he spent lavishly to model his Capitol Hill office after the show. We couldn’t help but notice some similarities in how the congressman and the producers of the show said their respective goodbyes: 1. Describing the emotional journey “I was never more excited than when I walked into this chamber six years ago. I leave here with…
  • U.S. Agents Attended ‘Sex Parties’ Funded by Colombian Drug Cartels, Report Says

    Justin Worland
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels while on assignment in Colombia, according to allegations in a new report. The Department of Justice (DOJ) report, a review of sexual misconduct allegations at several law enforcement agencies, cited widespread missteps at the agencies, including the failure of supervisors to report misconduct, inadequate guidelines for handling some behavior and a resistance to cooperating with DOJ requests. The “sex parties” in particular were listed as an example of…
  • Watch Ben Affleck Drop a Batman Reference in His Congressional Testimony

    Tessa Berenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Ben Affleck testified before the Senate Thursday as a philanthropist, not an actor. But he still found a way to mention Batman in his opening remarks. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing was on diplomacy and national security; Affleck is the founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy and grant initiative focused on helping communities in eastern Congo. As he addresses the ranking members of the panel, Affleck turns to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and says, “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman.
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Ukraine's Russia debt threatens IMF rescue

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    A default by Ukraine on $3 billion in debt to Russia this year could threaten the International Monetary Fund's lifeline to the embattled country, an IMF spokesman said. The Ukrainian government has begun negotiations with creditors for $15 billion in debt relief, part of a $40 billion, four-year financial rescue envisioned by the IMF. The Fund has approved a $17.5 billion loan to Ukraine as part of the package in exchange for the government's successful implementation of economic, budget and monetary reforms. Kiev's debt includes $3 billion lent by Russia in 2010 to the…
  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.
  • Senate pushes conservative budget toward approval

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:19 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward post-midnight Senate approval early Friday, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to end deficits, cut trillions in spending and repeal the health care law.
  • Obama talks drug war with 'The Wire' creator David Simon

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business — but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say.
  • Watchdog report faults DEA handling of sex party allegations

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog on Thursday faulted the Drug Enforcement Administration over allegations that agents attended sex parties with prostitutes on government-leased property while stationed overseas.
 
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    “Hillary Clinton was actually inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame yesterday. Hillary said she’s very proud of her Irish heritage, or her Italian heritage, or her Asian heritage. Whatever it takes to seal the deal with you guys. I’ve got to get into that Oval Office.” – Jimmy Fallon “The prime minister of Ireland will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the White House. So finally the Secret Service agents will have a drinking buddy.” – Conan O’Brien “St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth biggest drinking day in America.
  • In Summary

    Iron Knee
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Now that we have our first announced candidate, the presidential race (which somehow seems like it has been already going on for 53,000 years) is officially off and running! No related posts.
  • Naturally!

    Iron Knee
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    Yesterday, Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced he was running for the presidency, giving a speech that has already been fact-checked and unsurprisingly found to be lacking in truth. Our favorite presidential election results predictor, FiveThirtyEight.com, says that “Cruz almost certainly has no shot at winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries”. He isn’t even very popular among Republicans. And if he gets past that hurdle, in matchups against Hillary Clinton, “Cruz has done the worst of any of the possible 2016…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “During his weekly address to the nation, President Obama discussed higher education and said, ‘The most important skill you can sell is your knowledge.’ Or as English majors working at Starbucks put it, ‘No it’s not’.” – Jimmy Fallon “This weekend President Obama attended the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, and during his speech he joked that he is getting older and crankier. Which explains why he announced he no longer supports President Obama.” – Jimmy Fallon “Russia’s Vladimir Putin appeared in public for the first time…
  • Real Civics Lesson?

    Iron Knee
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    It sounded like a good idea to take fourth graders to their state legislature to observe how democracy works. In the spirit of learning by doing, students drafted a bill to learn the process of how a bill becomes law. They proposed House Bill 373, an act establishing the Red Tail Hawk as the New Hampshire State Raptor. The proposed bill passed out of the Environment and Agriculture committee and came to the floor for a vote, which is when things turned … well, normal. Legislator Warren Groen opposed the selection of the Red Tail Hawk because of the way it attacks its prey: It grasps…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Broadway Star Audra McDonald Slams Indiana Governor Over Anti-Gay Bill

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Broadway star Audra McDonald is not a fan of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his anti-gay legislation, and she let him know it. Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday. The bill allows companies to cite religious freedom in lawsuits if sued by a private party. Many worry this could legalize discrimination against the LGBT community, giving protection to business owners who refuse service to same-sex couples, for example. Ahead of a planned performance in Indiana, McDonald railed against Pence on Twitter, listing implications the discriminatory bill…
  • Martin O'Malley Wants U.S. And Israel To Get Out Of Each Other's Campaigns

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    NEW YORK -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that the United States should continue to push for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the process, he encouraged officials in both the U.S. and Israel to keep out of each other's political campaigns to diffuse tensions between the two allies. “I think leaders in both of our countries would be well advised not to get into the electoral politics of the other nation,” O’Malley said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “As close as we are, we would both be well advised to stay out of the…
  • Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore and the Power of Filial Piety

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    The death of Singapore's founder and guiding force, Lee Kwan Yew, saddened this prosperous, pragmatic city-state in ways most Westerners fail to grasp. In response to a note of condolence I sent to J. Walter Thompson's Singapore-based staff, one our of IT professionals wrote back, "Today, the world has lost a great man. Singapore has lost her founding father and I have lost my hero." My colleague, a father of three, is no old timer. An avid marathon runner, his turf is technology. His loss is nonetheless profound. North Americans and Europeans know that Mr. Lee orchestrated a miracle. Under…
  • U.S. Drops Graphic Anti-Islamic State Leaflets Over Syria

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The United States has dropped tens of thousands of graphic leaflets southwest of the Syrian city of Raqqa aimed at discouraging Islamic State recruitment, officials said on Thursday. The grisly, cartoon-style leaflets show recruits lining up to be shoved into a meatgrinder and is part of what the Pentagon formally calls "Military Information Support Operations," or MISO, meant to influence thinking on the battlefield. The Pentagon said a U.S. Air Force F-15 warplane dropped about 60,000 of the leaflets on March 16. "The message of this leaflet is that if you…
  • Louie Gohmert Apparently Isn't Going To Run For President After All

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    For one fleeting moment, it appeared that Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was thinking about running for the White House. Not so. Asked Thursday if he would endorse U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential run, the Tyler Republican opined to a Capitol Hill newspaper that he was mulling a presidential exploratory committee himself. "Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding president; however, I haven't ruled out an exploratory committee myself," Gohmert told The Hill, which posted the comment, triggering massive tremors along media/political fault lines. An aide later clarified that Gohmert,…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • The Daily Show Debunks Right-Wing Media's Favorite Myths On Campus Sexual Assault

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show debunked some of right-wing media's favorite myths about campus sexual assault, highlighting the high levels of the crime occurring at colleges and universities, the low instances of false reporting and the rarity of punishment for those accused. During a March 25 interview on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart spoke with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the director and producer of The Hunting Ground, a recently released "exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses," and discussed many of the most widespread misconceptions about campus sexual assault. The…
  • Is Fox News' Anti-Gay, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Catholic Pastor Being Courted By Rand Paul?

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been meeting with conservative Christian leaders "to gain support for his presidential campaign," including Fox News contributor and Pastor Robert Jeffress, according to U.S. News & World Report. Jeffress has condemned the LGBT community, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and Buddhists. Reporter Kenneth T. Walsh wrote on March 26 that "Paul has been quietly meeting with scores of leaders from the Christian right to gain support for his presidential campaign" and added that he has "talked in recent months" with Jeffress. …
  • Hannity: Obama "Wants To Give The Iranians Nuclear Weapons"

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    From the March 26 edition of Fox News' Hannity:Previously: Right-Wing Media Hype GOP Letter Seeking To Derail Nuclear Negotiations Between The United States And Iran MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Highlights Media Backlash To GOP Senators' Letter To Iran
  • Journalism Professors Issue Letter Critical Of 60 Minutes Ebola Coverage

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    More than 150 writers and professors sent a letter to CBS criticizing 60 Minutes' Ebola coverage, which they described as a "frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent."  According to Politico, former New York Times foreign correspondent and associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Howard D. French, along with 150 academics and journalists sent a letter to 60 Minutes' executive producer Jeffery Fager, condemning what they called "many of the worst habits of modern…
  • State Newspapers' Editorial Boards Shame GOP Senators Blocking Attorney General Vote

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 am
    Editorial boards in states with Republican senators are condemning their representatives for refusing to allow an up-or-down vote on Loretta Lynch, President Obama's highly-qualified pick to become the next U.S. Attorney General, despite bipartisan support for her nomination.Illinois' Journal Star: "Lynch delay just one more indictment of worst Congress ever" Iowa's Des Moines Register: "Lynch deserves confirmation vote" Kentucky's Courier-Journal: "Untangle the Senate" New Hampshire's Concord Monitor: "Another day, another game in the Senate" North Carolina's News & Observer: "Sens.
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • The Cost of a Miscarriage

    Samantha Seyler
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    by Jessica Grose, Slate, USA- Laurie Bertram Roberts was about 12 weeks pregnant with her third child when she thought something might be wrong. She was the married mother of twins at the time, working two jobs in Michigan City, Indiana—one in fast food, and the other as a buffet server. Because she didn’t have health insurance, she went to the ER when she noticed a pink discharge. They sent her home and told her to put her feet up. The next day, she started bleeding steadily, and she returned to the ER. Again, they told her to go home; even though the hospital had confirmed she was…
  • Lawmaker Says She’s ‘Sat Here Too Long,’ Discloses That She Was Raped and Had an Abortion

    Samantha Seyler
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    by Tara Culp-Ressler, Think Progress, USA- This week, Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) stood up during a legislative debate about a proposed abortion ban and revealed publicly for the first time that she had been sexually assaulted, became pregnant, and had an abortion. “You don’t respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice,” Fedor told her fellow lawmakers, who are attempting to outlaw abortion procedures after just six weeks of pregnancy. “What you’re doing is so…
  • TB: When Adherence Matters

    Hamzah Hussain
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    By Roselyne Sachiti, The Zimbabwe Herald, Zimbabwe - A little black pot and a stainless steel kettle rest on a two plate electric stove in a small poorly ventilated room. It is 10 in the morning and Primrose Dzangare of Jo'burg Lines in Mbare is preparing breakfast for her husband Lucky. The dual epidemic of TB and HIV also continues to be a major factor in morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, undermining efforts to prevent and control HIV. Read More »
  • Word Press Ban

    Hamzah Hussain
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    By Bina Shah, Dawn, Pakistan- The night before celebrations of Pakistan Day, March 23, news began to spread on Twitter that Pakistani internet users were not being able to access WordPress, arguably the world’s most popular and widely used free blogging and publishing platform and content management system. Thousands of Pakistanis use WordPress to host their blogs, and many software developers use WordPress tools to create websites as part of their business activities. Quickly, users began to speculate that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) had blocked WordPress blogs for…
  • Doctor is Pushing the Limits on International Abortion Laws

    Kim Amador
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    by Purvi Thacker, The New York Times, USA - Dutch physician and women’s rights activist Rebecca Gomperts spearheaded a global movement in 1999 when she used a loophole in international law to provide non-surgical abortion services to women on a Dutch-registered ship in offshore waters. Her mission was simple — to provide reproductive health services to women in countries where abortion laws were restrictive or where there was precarious and uninformed access to such services. “The project had the fervor of unabashed advocacy, but it also tugged at the issue of reviewing abortion laws at…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Finally! Real Regulation For Payday Loans

    Shane Paul Neil
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    President Obama is slated to present the new regulations set forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the ever-popular and often predatory payday loan industry. The speech, to be given today in Birmingham, Alabama, in addition to presenting the regulations will also tout the young agency that put them together. The CFPB was a part of the 2010 D0dd-Frank financial law. Their mission is to “make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other…
  • Back2Reality 286: Value Added

    shanepaulneil
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Suge Knight passes out when he hears how much walking free will cost, Mo’ne Davis shows she’s worth more than a nasty tweet, and Karrueche is about to get paid in-kind by the one and only Iyanla. ::praise hands:: Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B @TheTatiB  Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @GetBack2Reality? FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter [DONATE]The post Back2Reality 286: Value Added appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #What’s The Tea #91 | The Rough Side of the Mountain

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    On this episode we clock the tea on how we’re still listening to To Pimp A Butterfly, adult pre-school, Mo’Ne Davis, Uncle Snoop, the Empire finale, Meanwhile on Instagram, Hey Boo of the Week Sports Segment and much, much more. Featuring: Nic Ju @nicju Reggie White Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @What’s The Tea?: FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter|[DONATE]The post #What’s The Tea #91 | The Rough Side of the Mountain appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #664 | #WhiteGenocide Explained!

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Someone calls in to explain the #WhiteGenocide movement to #TeamBlackness. This a conversation not to be missed. #DrinkingTuesdays Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #664 | #WhiteGenocide Explained! appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • Sportsball #54 | The NCAA Tradition

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The Crew talks college basketball, Steve Nash’s retirement, Mo’ne Davis being great, and Russell Wilson’s potentially landmark new deal. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil, and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  The post Sportsball #54 | The NCAA Tradition appeared first on #TWIBnation.
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    Wonkette

  • Homosexual Spotted At Michigan Newspaper, May Be Armed With Agenda, Caution Advised!

    Evan Hurst
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    God-bothering Michigan state Rep. Gary Glenn, who is also president of the American Family Association of Michigan, has an ALERT and a DRUDGE SIREN and, hopefully, a SHOCK VIDEO, to share with the people who populate the city of Midland:  There is a homosexual, and he is at the newspaper right now, and even worse than that, they have made him the editor! Read more on Homosexual Spotted At Michigan Newspaper, May Be Armed With Agenda, Caution Advised!…
  • Ted Cruz Tossing A Fine Word Salad On Whether He’ll Enroll In Obamacare, Who Can Know? Not Him!

    Kaili Joy Gray
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Remember when we all laughed and laughed and OMG LOL LIRL laughed so hard even more that Senator Ted Cruz was going to insure his family through the evil, illegal, immoral, jobs-killing, democracy-destroying Obamacare exchanges? Of course you do, it was yesterday, and we are still laughing. Read more on Ted Cruz Tossing A Fine Word Salad On Whether He’ll Enroll In Obamacare, Who Can Know? Not Him!…
  • Asking For ‘Obamacare Horror Stories’ Not Working Out That Well For Lying Assclown Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Doktor Zoom
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) had a great idea to document just how horrible Obamacare has been for Americans: She went to her Facebook page, posted a chart that doesn’t merely lie about the ACA but also makes no logical sense (a bullet point list of lies would at least look sensible, but a line graph?), and invited readers to share their Obamacare horror stories: Read more on Asking For ‘Obamacare Horror Stories’ Not Working Out That Well For Lying Assclown Cathy McMorris Rodgers…
  • Here Is John Boehner, Too Drunk To F*ck (Video)

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Award-winning journalist (lol) Chuck C. Johnson has been promising us many SCOOPS this week! While we are still waiting on pins and needles and tenterhooks and fishbaits to find out which conservative politician’s CAREER Chuck is going to END with booby-grabbing revelations (IS IT BOB PACKWOOD????), we do have this sideways cell phone camera video of a man Chuck says is John Boehner, though there is no way to really know, come to think of it, slurring THE FUCK outta some names of some colleges. Read more on Here Is John Boehner, Too Drunk To F*ck (Video)…
  • DEA Gets Its Very Own Colombian Hookers-N-Blow Scandal

    Doktor Zoom
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    Members of the Secret Service have to be feeling pretty relieved that theirs is now not the only federal agency with an embarrassing hookers-in-Colombia scandal. Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency allegedly had “sex parties” — and possibly even wild sex parties — with prostitutes in Colombia from 2005 to 2008, according to a Department of Justice inspector general’s report. And just to add to the fun, the DEA agents’ prostie-parties were reportedly paid for by drug cartels, which is, depending on your perspective, either way worse or way better than…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Winnability. “Reagan can’t win, Ford says.” That’s the 1976 version. The 1980 New York Times version, with the nearly identical headline: “Ford Declares Reagan Can’t Win.” Ford was really quite sure of himself: “Every place I go, and everything I hear, there is a growing, growing sentiment that Governor Reagan cannot win the election.” New York magazine: […] Read this post »
  • Consensus of a dozen evangelical leaders: Huckabee is the most viable social conservative in the 2016 race

    Allahpundit
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Dude? Primary season’s not officially under way until someone publishes the quadrennial “divided social cons trying to unite behind single candidate” story. Here you go. Let the campaign begin! Mike Huckabee’s more viable than Scott Walker, huh?. Some on the Christian right remain skeptical of the effort to settle on a single socially conservative candidate. Similar […] Read this post »
  • Christie calls tax dollars derived from legalized marijuana ‘blood money’

    Noah Rothman
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    "Not on my watch." One of Chris Christie’s most appealing traits as a leading voice within the Republican Party is his advocacy for the reformation of the sentencing guidelines for New Jersey drug offenders. “What we’re dealing with most people here is an addiction, an illness that needs to be treated as such,” Christie said in 2012 after signing […] Read this post »
  • Does the new minimum wage mean an end to tipping?

    Jazz Shaw
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Keep the change Rushing through a steep increase in the minimum wage is going to have a number of effects on businesses, the prices consumers pay and employment. All of that is pretty much a given as we’ve discussed here on multiple occasions. At the LA Times, Michael Hiltzik takes a look at how such a change will […] Read this post »
  • Good news! Putin claims he can’t control his aggressive, anti-American military commanders

    Noah Rothman
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Goin' rogue? When Russian troops invaded and subsequently annexed the Crimean Peninsula, Western governments were understandably spooked. In a perfunctory display of dissatisfaction with Moscow’s disregard for the international status quo, the United States sent naval assets to the Black Sea. In April of last year, an international incident was narrowly averted after a Russian warplane attempted […] Read this post »
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Important Things To Know When Buying A Home

    Randy
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    TIP! If you are a real estate agent, you should seriously consider sending out cards during the holidays and on anniversaries you share with your clients. When your former clients receive a holiday card from you, they will remember how helpful your were when they purchases their home. The main issue of real estate is the risk that a property will lose its value. The following article contains some helpful hints and tips on all aspects of the home buying process. TIP! If you have kids, you need to make sure there is enough room for the family. Be mindful of safety also, especially if the house…
  • What Insurance Is Best For My Family And Kids?

    Randy
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    TIP! Purchasing more than one policy from any insurance company can equal money in your pocket. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold together. Insurance can be hard to figure out. We all wish to have excellent insurance coverage in the event of an accident or illness; however, no one wishes to be overcharged. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! While running a business, big or small, all insurance options need to be covered. Make a list of the possible risks you might face and ask your…
  • Your Stock Portfolio: What You Need To Know

    Randy
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:22 pm
    TIP! Stock market investments should be kept simple. If you keep the number of stocks you invest in under twenty, you will find it much easier to keep track of them all on a regular basis. High profits and good investing strategies are the result of learning the complexities of the stock market. Look into the reputation of any company you’re considering buying stock in and watch the trends of it’s value. Continue reading to find out how to use the market to your own advantage. TIP! It is important to know exactly what fees you will be charged when choosing an investment broker.
  • Ways To Make Sure Your Home Business Enterprise Works

    Randy
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    TIP! Keep track of your mileage and gas receipts when you use your car for your business. These travel expenses, even if they are only for a day trip, are considered to be 100% deductible. Most people have thought about being their own boss and running their own business. It may be that you have considered it too. There are few rewards similar to being able to set a schedule and make all the decisions. Keep reading to get some terrific advice about operating your work from home business. TIP! When you start a home business, there are many responsibilities to consider. Finding a good niche is…
  • What Identifies Height?

    Randy
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Height is a crucial consider our life. Being tall increases our confidence, helps us have better relationships, and can even help your career. People typically reach their complete height during puberty, however it’s possible for an adult who consumes right, gets enough sleep, and exercises regularly to obtain another 2-3 inches. Height is identified mostly by your genes, though others aspects such as nutrition and total health can also come into play. Though many of the aspects that identify your height run out your control, there are still a few things you can do to optimize your…
 
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    FamousDC

  • #ThrowbackThursday: Congressional Baseball

    fdc
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Today’s weather makes you want to be out there on the field, doesn’t it? Throwing way back to Rep. Nicholas Longworth, 1915. Photo via the Library of Congress Digital Archive The post #ThrowbackThursday: Congressional Baseball appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton Can’t Park

    fdc
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    We wouldn’t have known this except that Eleanor Holmes Norton parked outside the wrong window, as you can clearly see below: The post Eleanor Holmes Norton Can’t Park appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Jason Dick and Fawn Johnson Make it Official

    fdc
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    We were thrilled to hear Roll Call’s Jason Dick and National Journal’s Fawn Johnson got engaged this week at The Inn At Little Washington, and immediately asked for more details. Jason gave us the scoop: “We went to the Inn knowing we would get engaged, but not the hows and whens. After we checked in, […] The post Jason Dick and Fawn Johnson Make it Official appeared first on FamousDC.
  • 6 Ways to Reduce Work Distractions

    fdc
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    by Nicole Tieman DC is full of endless distractions. Just looking out your window can provide hours of entertainment; my view of K Street features a steady stream of business people walking briskly to important appointments and lunch meetings; tourists who I assume wandered too far from the National Mall in search of a cheap […] The post 6 Ways to Reduce Work Distractions appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Post-Administration Glow

    fdc
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Check out Sam Stein’s interview with President Obama for Huffington Post. Great quote from the reel: When asked how much sleep he gets a night, President Barack Obama said, “probably not enough.” “I will say that when people leave the administration and I see them six months later, they have that post-administration glow,” Obama told […] The post Post-Administration Glow appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • The power of the almighty dollar

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    "THIS is a great time for Americans to travel internationally," the Washington Post proclaimed last month. The main reason? The strong dollar. Russia is now a much cheaper place for Americans than it was a year ago but, of course, there's less reason for business travellers to go there since the harsh sanctions were introduced. More significant is the dollar's strength versus most European currencies, in particular the Euro. But all is not as it seems, explains Evan Soltas, an economics blogger. A strong dollar, he argues, doesn't have much influence on Americans' travel habits. But it…
  • Mayday

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    THE British political system is noted for producing strong, stable governments. But that is changing fast. May’s general election may generate a chaotic result—something financial markets are being slow to recognise.As in other European countries, voters are turning away from the mainstream parties. Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system moderates the impact of this change. But the polls nonetheless suggest that both the Conservatives and Labour, the two parties that have dominated British politics for a century, will fall well short of a majority—as they did at the last…
  • No use crying

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Udderly crucialHUMANS can digest lactose, the main carbohydrate in milk, only with the help of an enzyme called lactase. But two-thirds of people stop producing it after they have been weaned. The lucky third—those with “lactase persistence”—continue to produce it into adulthood. A recent paper* argues that this genetic quirk helps explain why some countries are rich and others poor.Justin Cook of the University of California, Merced, uses data on historical migration flows to estimate the ethnic composition of 108 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe in 1500. He then estimates what…
  • Gone shopping

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    “ITALIAN industrial policy is now made in Beijing,” lamented Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister, on March 23rd. His comment followed news the day before that China National Chemical Corporation (CNCC), a state-owned conglomerate, would buy Pirelli, an Italian tyremaker, for €7 billion ($7.7 billion). It will be the biggest Chinese investment in Italy so far, but just the latest in a string of acquisitions driven by China’s growing appetite for Europe’s brands and technology.CNCC agreed with Pirelli’s controlling shareholders to buy Camfin, a holding company which owns…
  • Land of temples and tech

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Blessed with the fruits of modern technologyREMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The room is much-loved by the gaggle of computer programmers, entrepreneurs and digital-media types who have lately begun to congregate there—but it would be better still if Yangon’s power were more reliable. It is a long way down when the lift is out of…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Why Is Climate Denier David Koch on the Board of Top Science Museums? Letter Urges Cutting of Ties

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    The nation’s top museums are facing calls to cut ties with billionaire funders who profit from global warming. In an open letter, a coalition of climate scientists, museum experts and environmental groups says science and natural history museums should stop accepting money from fossil fuel corporations and individual donors like the Koch brothers. Koch Industries has extensive energy industry holdings and has funded climate denial. David Koch is a board member of both the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of the most…
  • Brutalized in Taliban Captivity After Fleeing War He Opposed, Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    The U.S. military has charged Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was held in Taliban captivity for five years after leaving his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009. An earlier military report found Bergdahl likely walked away of his own free will, but stopped short of finding that he planned to permanently desert American forces. In Taliban captivity, Bergdahl has said he was beaten, tortured and locked in a cage after trying to escape some 12 times. He was freed last year in exchange for five Taliban militants. He now…
  • Endless War: As U.S. Strikes Tikrit & Delays Afghan Pullout, "War on Terror" Toll Tops 1.3 Million

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    As the United States begins bombing the Iraqi city of Tikrit and again delays a withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new report has found that the Iraq War has killed about one million people. The Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and other groups examined the toll from the so-called war on terror in three countries — Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The investigators found "the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around one million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan. Not included in this figure are further war…
  • Headlines for March 26, 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Houthis Warn of "Wide War" as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs YemenU.S. Begins Strikes on Tikrit, Aiding Iran-Backed OffensiveObama Admin Confident on Iran Nuclear Deal Before DeadlineEx-POW Bowe Bergdahl Charged with DesertionHouse Votes to Arm Ukraine; U.S. Delivers Armored VehiclesU.S. Army Apologizes for Neglecting Chemical Exposure of Iraq War VeteransWikiLeaks Reveals TPP Proposal Allowing Corporations to Sue NationsProsecutor: Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane in French AlpsThousands Mark Culmination of Historic Selma to Montgomery Marches
  • Private Prisons for Immigrant Families Grow Despite Court Ruling Against "Detention as Deterrence"

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    The Obama administration continues to expand its controversial practice of detaining mothers and their children despite a judge’s order that using it to deter mass migration is illegal. Starting last summer, thousands of Central American women with kids as young as a few months old crossed into the United States seeking asylum. Even though many were later found to have a "credible fear" of violent persecution, they found themselves rounded up and put into detention, with little chance for freedom until they were deported. But last month, a federal judge ordered immigration…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Late yesterday, the Army officials at Fort Bragg in North Carolina announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was returned to the United States from five years of Taliban captivity thanks to a deal that included the release of five prisoners from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, will be charged with desertion and other offenses that could lead to him spending the rest of his life in a military prison: On Wednesday, the Army announced that it was charging Sergeant Bergdahl with misbehavior before the enemy and desertion, raising the possibility that he could be imprisoned again, this time…
  • Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy

    Guest Post
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Modern Singapore’s founder and first prime minister (serving from 1959 to 1990) passed away at age 91 earlier this week. Reuters (“Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, dies at 91“): Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state’s rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial center. U.S. President Barack Obama described Lee, who ruled Singapore for three decades, as “a true giant of history”…
  • Obama Less Popular Than Fictional Presidents, More Popular Than Putin

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    A new poll indicates that most fictional Presidents are more popular than the real thing: Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama. A Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month found 54 percent of Americans held an unfavorable opinion of Obama, known for his cool and cautious presidential style, while 46 percent were favorable. In contrast, asked to imagine that David Palmer of…
  • Ted Cruz And The Question Of When A Candidate Is “Qualified” To Be President

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement yesterday that he was entering the race for the Republican nomination for President has raised some interesting questions about what it means to say that a person is or is not “qualified” to be President of the United States. Speaking strictly from the perspective of the requirements set forth in the Constitution, of course, it is clear that Cruz is legally qualified to serve in the office he is seeking. He is over 35 years of age, he has been a resident of the United States for at least the past fourteen years, and, notwithstanding the…
  • Obama To Slow Withdrawal Of American Forces From Afghanistan

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    American forces currently in Afghanistan will be staying there at least a bit longer after an announcement today by President Obama: WASHINGTON — The United States will halt the withdrawal of 9,800 troops from Afghanistan, half of whom were scheduled to leave in the months ahead, and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015. President Obama’s decision not to pull American military forces out of Afghanistan as quickly as planned came after a direct entreaty from the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, who has been visiting the United States this week. “I’ve…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Budgeting Bombs

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 26, 2015 Cruz March 26, 2015 How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans
  • Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Independent The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety. A couple of weeks ago, Uber, together with the organization U.N. Women, made the grand announcement that it would create 1 million jobs for women by 2020. But after intense criticism from trade unions, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women, declared that her organization would no longer support the initiative. Also read: Can Uber’s U.N. Partnership Fix Its Gender Problem? As The Guardian reports: Mlambo-Ngcuka’s about turn came…
  • Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore. Related Entries March 26, 2015 Cruz March 26, 2015 How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans
  • Cruz

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    By Milt Priggee, http://www.miltpriggee.com, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 26, 2015 Cruz March 26, 2015 How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans
  • Ted Cruz and the GOP

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 26, 2015 Cruz March 26, 2015 How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans
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    ThinkProgress

  • Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands

    Claire Moser - Guest Contributor
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    A toadstool rock formation in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. CREDIT: Shutterstock The new chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee secured a vote Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Senate on a controversial proposal to sell off America’s national forests and other public lands. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) amendment to Congress’s budget resolution passed by a vote of 51-49. The legislation would support and fund state efforts — which many argue are unconstitutional — to seize and sell America’s public lands. These include…
  • Babies Are Being Abducted, Raped, And Returned To Their Village In The Congo

    Beenish Ahmed
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    This woman, whose identity has been concealed for security reasons, was among nearly fifty women who were raped during a campaign by Congolese soldiers that took place on the night of January 1st 2011. CREDIT: AP Girls as young as 18 months are being abducted from their homes, raped, and then returned to their families in a rural community in a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Officials at the Panzi Hospital in the province of Sud-Kiva have tracked dozens of cases of sexual violence against children under the age of 10 in and around the village of Kivumu. “Last year,…
  • Ferguson-Area Police Agree To Stop Tear Gassing Without ‘Reasonable Warning’ And Exit Route

    Nicole Flatow
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    People run from tear gas after police dispersed protesters in Ferguson on Sunday night CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel Protesters in the Ferguson, Missouri, area got another win against local police Thursday, in a settlement to curb the use of tear gas and other chemical agents on protesters. The agreement dictates that police can no longer deploy tear gas on protesters and other peaceful crowds without first providing warning, nor can they deploy chemical agents in spaces with no exit route. The agreement comes after a judge preliminarily blocked the use of tear gas without warning, finding…
  • New Heat-Resistant Beans Could Stave Off Hunger In A Warming World

    Natasha Geiling
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Beans that can take the heat might feed a warming world. CREDIT: Flipser/Shutterstock Beans: they’re not fruit (technically, they’re legumes) but when it comes to feeding a growing, warming world, they might be magical. One of the world’s oldest staple crops, beans provide cheap, stable protein for some 400 million people in the developing world. Until recently, scientists worried that the food security provided by beans could be threatened by climate change, as global temperature rise would decimate world bean populations. Now, they’ve got 30 reasons for optimism, as…
  • At Private Dinner, Sources Say Scott Walker Has A Totally Different Take On Immigration

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    CREDIT: AP During a private dinner with New Hampshire Republicans in mid-March, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) supported the idea of providing a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants in the country, the Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday. The remarks, confirmed by three dinner attendees, comes at a time when Walker has swung wildly on a concrete position to address the undocumented immigrant population. Undocumented immigrants shouldn’t be deported and they should be allowed to “‘eventually get their citizenship without being given preferential…
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    Slate Articles

  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs

    Mike Pesca
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Listen to Episode 223 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • No Funds for You

    Michael Stratford
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
  • The Apps You Can’t Kill

    Lily Hay Newman
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    I have a folder on my iPhone called “Apple Crap.” The name is a little unfair. The apps that come pre-installed on iPhones aren’t all crap. I even use a bunch of them. But you can’t fit a lot of nuance into the folder names on an iPhone. And it turns out a lot of other people, faced with apps they don’t want and can’t erase, have had the same idea.
  • Room Disservice

    Kim Zetter
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    This post originally appeared in Wired.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • This Lawmaker Publicly Discussed Her Rape and Abortion. And Some Dude Laughed.

    Inae Oh
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    While speaking out against a proposed bill in Ohio that aims to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) revealed on Wednesday she had been raped during her time in the military and chose to have an abortion. "You don't respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice," Fedor said before the state senate. "What you're doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I've sat here too long." Her testimony comes just weeks after an Arizona…
  • Wondering What Happens in the Cockpit of a Crashing Plane? Read This Story.

    Tim Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    An international airliner falls out of the sky, seemingly for no reason. A cryptic recording from the cockpit voice recorder. The crash of Germanwings flight 9525 on Tuesday has, at least in the early going, left investigators with a lot of puzzling questions. It's also drawn obvious parallels to an earlier incident—the 1999 crash of EgyptAir 990 off the coast of Massachusetts. That crash, which killed 217 people, was ultimately chalked up to "manipulation of the airplane controls," according to the National Transporation Safety Board. But that euphemism left a lot unsaid. In a…
  • "Everything Could Be Taken Away From Me": Watch This Woman Bravely Fight an Anti-Transgender Bill

    Inae Oh
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    As Florida lawmakers continue to consider a bill aiming to make it a criminal act for transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, we'd like to direct your attention to Cindy Sullivan, who spoke out against the bill in incredibly brave and emotional testimony earlier this month. "I see this bill as effecting not just my business but my partner's business," Sullivan said. "If I go to use the restroom, everybody in that restroom has the ability to sue me and my family, affect my child, affect my reputation. Everything could be taken away from me." "You could put me in jail for being…
  • Ted Cruz Expected to Headline Event With a Man Who Compared Muslims to Nazis

    Jenna McLaughlin
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who announced his candidacy for President on Monday via Twitter, is expected to speak at the Young America's Foundation's "New England Freedom Conference" in Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday. Also on the lineup is Robert Spencer, the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America and director of the Jihad Watch blog. He is notorious for his attacks on Islam. "It's absurd" to think that "Islam is a religion of peace that's been hijacked by … extremists," he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. He has compared Muslims to Nazis and demanded…
  • Everything Changed on 9/11, Starting With Ted Cruz's Musical Taste

    Inae Oh
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    During a segment of CBS's This Morning show, Senator Ted Cruz attempted to explain how the attacks on September 11 moved him to shun the soulless genre of rock music and pick up country: You know, music is interesting. I grew up listening to classic rock and I’ll tell you sort of an odd story. My music tastes changed on 9/11. And it’s a very strange—I actually, intellectually, find this very curious, but on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, it—just as…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Jon Stewart Compares Fox To An 18 Year Old Jerking Themselves Off

    Heather
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart followed up on his segment from last week, where he took Fox "news" to task for the double standard when it comes to their screaming for accountability on Ferguson while refusing to hold themselves accountable for their Benghazi witch hunt. Now, not only are they refusing to hold themselves accountable for their horrid job of pretending to be a "news" organization, host Megyn Kelly wants to know when someone is going to call her and some of the other hosts there "heroes" for defending Ferguson, Mo. officer Darren Wilson and for supposedly getting that story…
  • Get Ready For Goober Gohmert 2016!

    Karoli
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For some reason The Hill turned to Goober Gohmert for a comment about his fellow Texan Ted Cruz running for the 2016 Republican nomination. Goober came back with a typically weird response. "Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding President; however, I haven't ruled out an exploratory committee myself," Gohmert said in a statement emailed to The Hill from a spokesperson. Later Thursday, an aide told the Texas Tribune that Gohmert was not entirely serious. “Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as…
  • Open Thread: Is It Christmas!?

    Bluegal aka Fran
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    h/t to the good Texan Redhead Rambles. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Perturbator

    Ryan Pressman
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    If you're into heavy grooves and intense synth solos, then look no further than Perturbator. He contributed this little number to the soundtrack of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, the second in an action video game series that takes place in the late '80s-early '90s. It works very well within the context of the original work, but it holds up quite well on its own, too. Here's to hoping we hear more from Perturbator sometime very soon. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Pat Robertson Explains Why The Germanwings Jet Crashed: 'Was The Pilot A Muslim?'

    David
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Christian televangelist Pat Robertson suggested on Thursday that the co-pilot's decision to crash Germanwings Flight 9525 could be explained if he was a Muslim. French prosecutors concluded on Thursday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had locked the pilot out of the cockpit, and then deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing 150 people. "What happened to that plane that crashed into the French Alps?" Robertson asked on Thursday's edition of The 700 Club. "Well, they've begun to find out. The pilot went to the lavatory and was soon locked out of the cockpit. He pounded on the…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • For Women’s History Month, meet Hatshepsut

    ceejay
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Wikipedia introduces Hatshepsut as follows: Hatshepsut (/hætˈʃɛpsʊt/; also Hatchepsut; meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies; 1508–1458 BC) was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. Hatshepsut came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. Officially, she ruled jointly with Thutmose III … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for March 26, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    App idea: BICKR. It facilitates hookups between people who want to have the kind of pointless arguments that married people have. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for … Continue reading →
  • Andre Gide’s Corydon: Defending who you are…

    Jim Booth
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.”                                           … Continue reading →
  • For Women’s History Month – meet Judy Chicago

    ceejay
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Of Judy Chicago, wikipedia gives the following introduction: Judy Chicago (born Judith Sylvia Cohen; July 20, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American feminist artist, art educator, and writer known for her large collaborative art installation pieces which examine the role … Continue reading →
  • Dammit, spring, hurry up

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Rare Truce in Land-Use Wars in Utah

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Legislation in the works would set aside some areas for wilderness and others for energy use. Congressional officials hope the deal could be replicated across the West.
  • Obama Struggles With a Messy Mideast

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Analysis: The Middle East has descended into a state of disarray unusual even for that troubled region, imperiling President Barack Obama’s policy dreams and leaving him with limited ability to control events.
  • GOP Race Shapes Up as a Marathon

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The race for the Republican presidential nomination is shaping up to be one of the most drawn-out in a generation.
  • Justice Department Watchdog Cites Drug Agency Sex Parties

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    A report by the Justice Department’s inspector general found law-enforcement agencies mishandle probes of sexual misconduct—including allegations of drug agents having sex parties in a foreign country.
  • Senate Starts March to Budget Vote

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The Senate started its blitz of amendment votes at noon Thursday and was expected to continue well into Friday morning, before voting on the budget’s passage.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Allied Troops Raped 285,000 German Women

    No Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There was no doubt that Private Blake W. Mariano of the 191st Tank Battalion was a brave man. As part of the American Army’s 45th Infantry Division, he had killed many Germans as he fought through Africa, Italy and southern France, before finally, in March 1945, he and his Sherman tank had crossed the Rhine into Germany. By April 15, 1945, Mariano had been away from his home in New Mexico for nearly three years. A father of three, the 29-year-old was divorced, although he did have a girlfriend in England. His loved ones, however, were far from his mind that evening. During the day, his…
  • The Greatest Threat to Life on Earth

    Paul Craig Roberts
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    According to news reports and to this appeal by Kristoferis Voishka the pro-American government installed in Lithuania is persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the anti-Russian propaganda that is driving Washington’s NATO puppets to war with Russia. Unlike their puppet government, Lithuanians understand that war with Russia means that Lithuania on the front line will be utterly destroyed, a result that would not bother Washington in the least, just as Washington is undisturbed when its forces obliterate weddings, funerals, and children’s soccer games. What is Lithuania? To Washington…
  • 4 Gun Friendly Countries

    Simon Black
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    March 26, 2015  Santiago, Chile  If there’s one lesson we can learn from the 20th century it’s that we should be suspicious of a government that actively tries to disarm its population. When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia one of the first things they did was set out to disarm the population. There were already a series of strict gun control laws in place, left over from the time of French colonialism, but the Khmer wanted to take no chances. They went door to door asking people if they had guns, telling them “no one has a need for a gun anymore,” because, “we’re here…
  • Quasi-Universal Intergalactic Moolah

    No Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Paper money has been around since China issued it in the seventh century. But not all banknotes are made of paper; they’ve been made of everything from wood and foil to leather and polymers. Here are the oddballs in the money world. 10 Germany’s 50-Pfennig Emergency Money Germany was already suffering shortages in coins and metals when World War I kicked off in 1914. With the advent of hostilities, silver prices skyrocketed, and copper and nickel were diverted to the war effort. Without coinage, commerce became nearly impossible, and municipalities and private businesses began printing…
  • Government Can’t Keep Us Safe

    Robert Wenzel
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Investigators are now of the opinion that the co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said today. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captain left the cockpit, refused to re-open the door and operated a control that sent the plane into its final, fatal descent, the prosecutor told a news conference. Here is what caught my eye about recent reports: “The guy outside [the captain] is knocking lightly on the…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don’t engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, ‘You’re a denier.’ They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be that it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.” – Sen. Ted Cruz, in an interview with Texas Tribune.
  • Biden Refuses to Rule Out White House Bid

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    MSNBC: “Interviews with more than a dozen people close to the vice president paint a picture of a politician torn between a decades-long aspiration for the presidency, a deep commitment his family and a recognition of a political reality tilted against him. For reasons both bigger and smaller than Hillary Clinton, Biden will not achieve the dream to which he’s now come so close. But he refuses to rule himself out completely and will keep a presidential pilot light burning as long as possible. If nothing else, the fiercely loyal Biden will use these next two years to defend the…
  • U.S. Caught In Middle East Proxy War

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    First Read: “Talk about the United States being in a difficult place. One hour, the U.S. is conducting airstrikes to combat Sunni extremists — ISIS — in Iraq… The next hour, it’s helping aid Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Shiite extremists — the Houthi rebels — in Yemen.” “The backdrop, of course, is the clear proxy war in the Middle East between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. But as the New York Times writes, one of the reasons why the United States has taken a more active role in the bombing campaign in Iraq is…
  • GOP Presidential Race Shaping Up as a Marathon

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    “The race for the Republican presidential nomination is shaping up to be one of the most drawn-out in a generation,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The candidate field looks unusually crowded, with more than a dozen contenders appealing to different slices of the GOP. The rise of super PACs allows candidates to stay in the race longer than before. And nominating rules meant to compress the process may complicate a front-runner’s ability to amass the delegates necessary to win.” “The result, some GOP strategists say, is that next year’s contest has the…
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Fix Medicare

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    “The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system on Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011,” the New York Times reports. “The measure, which would establish a new formula for paying doctors and end a problem that has bedeviled the nation’s health care system for more than a decade, has already been blessed by President Obama, and awaits a vote in the Senate. The bill would also increase premiums for some higher income beneficiaries and extend a…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • NYC Building Collapse Was Probably Gas-Related

    Edwin Rios
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    An apparent gas explosion caused two New York City buildings to collapse on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, with at least three in critical condition.  #BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue units on scene #SOD #ESU #K9 #Aviation #FD pic.twitter.com/d9iX4GOBUd — NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) March 26, 2015 Fire crews first responded to calls of a building collapse at 3:17 p.m. on Second Avenue near Seventh Street in Manhattan. Less than an hour later, about 250 firefighters rushed to the scene as…
  • Yes There's a Bush and a Clinton, but the 2016 Elections Represent Something Scary and New

    Tom Engelhardt
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and let me put what I do understand about it in a nutshell: based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. And here's what I find strange: the evidence of this, however inchoate, is all around us and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it or even say…
  • Could a Pilot Be Locked Out of a Cockpit in the Skies Over the United States?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:41 pm
    On Tuesday morning, Germanwings flight 9525, en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, crashed in the remote southern French Alps. All 150 passengers and crew are presumed dead. Thanks to the quick recovery of one of the plane's flight recorders, some details of the final moments of the flight are now known: one of the pilots was banging on the cockpit door, presumably locked out, while the second pilot—identified as German Andreas Lubitz—was in the cockpit breathing normally. On Thursday morning, Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Germanwings's parent company Lufthansa, told…
  • Indiana Just Made It Easier to Discriminate Against Gay People—And Just About Anyone Else

    Molly Redden
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Over loud objections from Indiana business leaders, GOP Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that protects business owners who refuse service to gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds. Organizers of mass events in Indianapolis, including the NCAA's Final Four, immediately decried the law as discriminatory, and suggested that the bill might cause the state to lose out on future business. The law allows Indianans who are sued for discrimination to cite their religious beliefs as a defense. It applies to a broad range of situations. An employer who refused to hire Jewish…
  • This Year's Hottest Destination for GOP Candidates Is the Mexican Border

    Tim Murphy
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit the US-Mexico border on Friday with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Walker, who is considering a run for president, is aiming to bolster his credentials as a critic of President Obama's immigration policies. A photo wouldn't hurt either. The Mexican border is now an almost mandatory pit stop for Republican politicians (especially presidential aspirants) looking for the aura of on-the-ground experience on immigration. Sure, talking to a rancher, staring across a river, and visiting a detention facility in McAllen for 30 minutes might not offer much of a…
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    Raw Story

  • How one $50 device could pose a threat to North Korea’s government

    Reuters
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:27 pm
    A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government’s efforts to keep its people isolated – a symbol of change in one of the world’s most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban North Korean househ...
  • Fresno’s deputy police chief arrested on drug conspiracy charges after federal investigation

    Reuters
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    The deputy police chief in Fresno, California, was arrested on Thursday on charges of participating in multiple conspiracies to distribute heroin, oxycodone and marijuana, the FBI said. Keith Foster, 51, was arrested along with three other residents of Fresno, about 170 miles south of Sacramento, an...
  • Jon Stewart compares Fox to teenager: You ‘spend 24 hours a day jerking yourself off’

    Arturo Garcia
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Daily Show host Jon Stewart followed up on last week’s look at the post-Ferguson state of Fox News on Thursday, observing that the network is still demanding respect for “getting it right,” attributing it to growing pains. “The great thing is, I get it now. Your network launc...
  • Federal researchers say your poop could be a goldmine — literally

    Medical Daily
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s possible there’s gold in your poop, according to a group of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Millions of dollars in it. In addition to the food we eat, human waste contains a variety of metals and minerals — including gold, copper, and silver, which find their way into waste t...
  • Arizona Tea Party senator: Church service should be mandatory to push ‘moral rebirth’

    Arturo Garcia
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Arizona state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R) derailed a discussion on gun legislation by expressing her support for mandatory church attendance nationwide, KPHO-TV reported. “Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get...
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Election 2015: David Cameron's TV interview - video highlights

    Guardian Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Highlights from David Cameron's televised Q&A with Jeremy Paxman ahead of the 2015 general election. The Conservative party leader is grilled on zero hour contracts, the minimum wage, VAT pledges and welfare cuts. Paxman also asks the prime minister about what he sees as his biggest foreign policy disaster so far• Paxman v Cameron: watch the questions that made the PM splutter - video Continue reading...
  • London offers Labour chance of big gains at general election, says poll

    Tom Clark
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Guardian/ICM survey puts party in line to gain eight seats in capital as Tories fall back and Lib Dem support collapses Continue reading...
  • Battle for No 10: verdicts on the first of the leaders’ TV programmes

    Polly Toynbee, Jonathan Freedland, Matthew d'Ancona, Hugh Muir, Gaby Hinsliff and Aditya Chakrabortty
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Our columnists give their opinions on how David Cameron and Ed Miliband fared in front of Jeremy Paxman and the TV cameras on Thursday night Continue reading...
  • Election 2015: Ed Miliband's TV interview - video highlights

    Guardian Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Highlights from Ed Miliband's televised Q&A with Jeremy Paxman ahead of the 2015 general election. The Labour leader is grilled on immigration, the economy and Labour's relationship with SNP and Alex Salmond. Miliband is also asked whether he is tough enough to take the country's top job as prime minister• Paxman v Miliband: mashup of the Labour leader's favourite phrase: Let me explain! Continue reading...
  • Cameron v Paxman v Miliband: what undecided voters think

    Guardian staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Guardian’s polling project shows prime minister doing well in the first leaders’ Q&A but many warmed to the Labour underdog Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    * That was quick: The corporate backlash to the law Indiana governor Mike Pence signed today allowing discrimination against gay people is already getting underway. * On the Medicare doc fix that overwhelmingly passed the House today, Sarah Kliff gives you the explainer you were looking for. * Fascinating: Today 61 Senators voted for an […]
  • Don’t expect a new ‘Kumbaya’ era in Congress

    Greg Sargent
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    A polar ice sheet lodged itself atop the entrance to Hell this afternoon, as the House of Representatives passed, by an overwhelming bipartisan margin of 392-37, a fix to the Medicare formula for reimbursing doctors, putting Congress on the brink of ending a saga that has been marked by punts and short term fixes for […]
  • How a new ‘religious freedom’ law could intensify the 2016 battle over religious right voters

    Paul Waldman
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Every once in a while, a controversial state bill gets a boost in attention and becomes the focus of a national debate. It happened with California’s Prop. 187 in the 1990s, and with Arizona’s SB 1070 in 2010 (both were about immigration). It may be about to happen again with a law in Indiana that […]
  • Morning Plum: What the GOP budgets really tell us about the GOP economic agenda

    Greg Sargent
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    Yesterday, the House GOP leadership successfully passed a budget that would cut $5.5 trillion in spending, repealing Obamacare, block-granting (a.k.a., cutting) Medicaid, and slashing away at food stamps, education, and many other programs. If the Senate this week passes its budget, which contains similar cuts, Republicans in both chambers will try to put them together, […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    * Sam Stein and his Huffington Post colleagues come through with an epic piece of reporting on the King v. Burwell lawsuit, sifting through piles of records to see if state or federal officials ever debated the idea that states failing to set up exchanges would lose subsidies, as the lawsuit claims the Affordable Care […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • "Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I get lectured by conservative commenters all the time about how little regard I have for the Constitution. They assume that they love it more than I do, more than other Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives do. But beneath all that boasting, I've found they have a tendency to disregard the Constitution entirely when it suits them. We can start this discussion with this week's rather poor bit of conservative judgment, the open letter from the 47 Senate Republicans to Iran.The framers deliberately concentrated the power of foreign policy into the President's hands. Just as it rarely works out…
  • Selma: 50 Years Later

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    It's been a while since I was genuinely impressed by a politician's speech. President Obama's speech in Selma, Alabama is the most steadfast defense of American Exceptionalism that I have ever heard. I think it even surpasses Ronald Reagan's Farewell address, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Clearly, it is intended was direct response to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's accusation that Obama does not love this great country. My life is very busy nowadays, I will not be available to respond to comments until Friday.
  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.Here's the way I figure it: In Islam, you are supposed to defend the faith, and you are not supposed to make war against your fellow Muslims. Of course, like many groups of people in the world, they will come to blows from…
  • Starting From A Foundation

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.I was a genuine bookworm, back in the day. I carried around a backpack everyday filled with more than just…
  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Campaign Finance On Steroids

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    A good article in today's WaPo relating to campaign fiance. Contains quotes from millionaires like "you know, we just don't count anymore" and from a large ex-donor, " I just think it's morally not right. It's corrosive on our democracy." There is this growing feeling that the money influence needs to be reined in. Here is a repost of an old post that still has merit, IMO.People are becoming more frustrated with their government as time passes. Most believe, as I do, that a third party, as we know it, is not seen as a viable solution. But, what about a party with a different political…
  • Sequester Tap Dancing in DC

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Americans for Prosperity want the GOP-controlled Congress to pass is a "budget that genuinely caps discretionary spending at sequester-level numbers", in the words of AFP president Tim Phillips. His next words in that interview back on March 15 were, "That's going to be a huge challenge for them." No kidding Tim. In the Senate, for example, GOP and Democrat lawmakers are hoping to put together a budget plan that would lift sequester caps for a couple of years, like the way they lifted spending caps back in 2013. It truly is a wonderful thing: Budget making in Congress. You craft legislation…
  • Sinful Behavior in Hotel Room Showers

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The EPA, according to media reports, is spending $15,000 to create a device that will somehow fit on the shower head of your hotel room and as well connect to a wireless system. All to monitor how long you spend in the shower and to develop an app for your cellphone that will help you see the evil in your habits and start taking short efficient showers, like in the armed forces. This appears to be absolutely ridiculous and beyond all belief. There is no way in the world that the EPA will spend less than $15,000 on recycled stationary, never mind developing a wireless system to control…
  • Florida Schools, Guns, Life, and Liberty

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Perhaps two Harvard Law School grads sniping at each other might not seem like a life and death situation. But when it's David Frum vs. David French and the topic is gun control, then guns, life and liberty are all in play. As the Florida House passes a bill allowing School Superintendents to designate individuals to carry concealed weapons on school premises, the spat between the two last year comes to mind. Concealed weapons are a right in all 50 states but, as in the Florida legislation which will have to pass through an apparently not very enthusiastic State Senate, the details concerning…
  • Hillary Shmillary

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    What is it about this woman? It absolutely blows my mind that people still view Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. Her hands are so dirty and her reputation so tarnished, does it really even matter what these emails say? This is political suicide for Democrats no matter how you look at it. I truly think that even the most devoted Democrats have genuine concerns about a Hillary run no matter how party loyal they may be. Her husband is one of two ever impeached presidents, and 16 years later she's a solid option? If Hillary Clinton were so qualified to be President why hasn't she won…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
  • Introducing OverView for Basecamp

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
  • Meet Colleen: Engage’s Operations Intern

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a Georgetown student, I think it’s sometimes difficult to venture out of what we affectionately call “the Georgetown bubble.” Stepping off the King Street metro for the first time to come to my new internship, I knew I had finally done it. Engage is located in Old Town Alexandria, and this area is indisputably beautiful. One of the best parts of coming to Old Town for work is the walk home. At night, as the sun begins to set, trollies pass by and the trees that line the brick sidewalks glow with festive lights. This nighttime walk has become a perfect opportunity for me to reflect…
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  • Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

    WhyTuesday
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Yesterday President Obama floated an idea our cofounder Norm Ornstein previously proposed in 2012 and 2006: mandatory voting might be the best way to increase America’s lousy voter participation. Should voting be mandatory? @BarackObama suggests it might be time to make it a requirement: http://t.co/iQIkJhPSB6 pic.twitter.com/lAzQz8jql2 — CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2015 Here’s what Norm said back in 2012: In my view, the best way to ameliorate this malign dynamic is to find ways to enlarge the electorate in primaries and general elections — to move our politics to where…
  • A #Selma50 Message To You

    WhyTuesday
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Obamas join hands with Laura and George W. Bush and @repjohnlewis at #Selma anniversary commemoration. #MarchOn pic.twitter.com/UEbeAqHOhb — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 7, 2015 It’s been a big week for Why Tuesday? and the entire election reform movement. Saturday witnessed the bipartisan commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. It was a reminder of how far we have come but also how far we have to go,…
  • Believe Us Now?

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

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

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

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    credit: cnn.com In the case of Bowe Bergdahl, I’ve written a number of articles. Foremost among them: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now? Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Why This, Why Now? Answers Social Reintegration For Dummies Everything Barack Obama says, or his minions say for him, has an expiration date. Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, June of 2014:  Susan Rice Lying (her lips are moving)credit: politico.com National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the prisoner swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the June 1, 2014 brodcast of ABC’s ‘This Week’ by saying…
  • Well, Is He A Jew?

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Let’s review: Russia is poised to invade and conquer its neighbors, plunging the world into another cold—potentially hot—war. The Middle East is in chaos, and Barack Obama, The One, is ignoring, insulting and/or threatening our allies and all but providing flowers, candy, prostitutes and massages for our enemies. Oh yes, and the viability of NATO hangs by a thread. So what does Mr. Obama do when the new Secretary General of NATO comes to Washington?   President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty…
  • Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part III

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    credit: insanemedia.net The first article of this series, “Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part I,” was posted two weeks ago. The second part, Connecticut: The Storm Fizzles, Part 2was posted last week. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report that is the basis for these articles is available here. This final article of the series discusses the final portion of the mental health section of the Commission’s report, wherein we learn that mentally ill people aren’t violent, but put a gun anywhere near a sane person, and “gun violence” is going to ensue. And as we learned in…
  • Teach Your Children Well

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    credit: janwellmann.com Kids. I work with hundreds every day, and I talk with them about their concerns and problems, about what worries them, and about their reality, which is, for the most part, astonishingly narrow and revolved around their school, family, friends, their daily lives. Most know very little about the great big world out there. In a way, that’s a good thing. They need a time in their lives when they’re protected, when they can learn and grow and not have to worry about mere survival. But eventually, they’ll be adults, and they’ll have to take on all of our burdens and…
  • Luxury and Liberty

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    credit: dibnergalley.com Over at Bearing Arms, my friend and colleague, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to print an article I recently wrote, titled “The Luxury of Self Defense.”  It’s an article about how we, fortunate to live in a first-word republic, take certain things for grated. We can afford to do that because we’re not struggling for mere survival on a daily basis. When we have the leisure to argue about philosophy and to try to establish utopias, we tend to lose track of what’s really important, such at the right to self-defense. I even try to define masculinity and…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    So just about everything that Obama administration tried to tell us about his trade of Gitmo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl was false. Tom Bevan writes,So, far from the fairy tale of a hero’s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn’t have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers. He very may well be court-martialed and spend a good deal of his life…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    This is really one of the funnier efforts by the administration to demonize Israel. The WSj reported yesterday that Israel had spied on the nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. And the administration is just so very angry. Not that Israel might have been spying since we all know that countries spy on each other. If we hadn't known that, Edward Snowden surely made it clear that the U.S. spies on our allies. And Israel denies that they spied on either the U.S. or its allies. As the story states, they say they got their information through other means.Israeli officials denied spying directly…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    On its fifth-year anniversary of the passage of Obamacare, IBD reminds us of the five biggest lies and exaggerations made by the Democrats about the bill.Daniel Greenfield refutes the "myth of Bibi Netanyahu's racism." In the media's horror over Netanyahu's warning about arabs being bused in, they ignored all the arab communities that did vote for him. The residents were uninterested in any of the accusations of racism being aimed at Netanyahu by the media. Instead they were interested in housing. As one resident put it, “I used to sleep in a cave with my goats. Now I ask my daughter what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Mark Leibovich has fun with what he calls "Hillary's eternal quest for relatability."“Relatable” is one of those perfectly awful words that has colonized the American vocabulary over an alarmingly short period of time. Writing in The New Yorker last year, Rebecca Mead described its rapid ascent in art and popular culture, but nowhere is it more perfectly at home than in the vacuous vernacular of campaign politics. It perfectly distills both the futility of the most famous woman in American politics embarking on a project to convince everyone that she can in fact relate to their everyday…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    Marco Rubio took to the Senate floor to contrast how Barack Obama delayed two days calling Benjamin or Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election win with how Obama quickly called Putin to congratulate him on his victory. Obama was one of the first to call Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the top Chinese communist, and Iran's Rouhani, and Turkey's Erdogan to congratulate them on their election victories. Yet Obama publicly delayed calling Netanyahu in public hissy fit that the Israelis dared not to vote for Obama's choice. Then Rubio goes to give the history of how Obama, since the…
 
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  • No, George Washington DIDN’T Say America Should Stay Out of Foreign Affairs

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    With the talk of how bad Islam is for civilization and the question of just what to do about it, we are seeing those lightly informed about American history claiming that our founders–in particular George Washington–warned us to stay out of “foreign entanglements.” In fact, however, Washington neither said this, nor meant for such a policy to be enacted. Many on the left and the isolationist right try to use the father of our country to support their ideas against the GOP and to justify their hope that the USA will pull out of the Middle East. Specifically they cite
  • Poor Overworked Senators

    David Robertson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “… the deadline coincides with a scheduled two-week recess that starts Monday. “Remember that nobody smells jet fuel quicker than a United States senator,” a senior Democratic aide said.” – TheHill.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • President John Quincy Adams: Koran is Filled With Hate

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Our founders better understood Islam than our current one appears to. Take our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, for instance. He understood clearly that Islam is a creed built on hate, violence, murder, and conquest. It is NO religion of peace. Take, for instance, how Adams described Islam in a piece he wrote in the late 1820s. How Adams explained Islam is exactly right. The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran. … The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart.
  • Conservative Pundit vs. Conservative Pundit?

    David Robertson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Andrew Breitbart was no fan of circular firing squads or purity tests. Andrew knew the most important thing in electoral politics was to win.” – Derek Hunter, Townhall.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Pope Francis vs. God?

    David Robertson
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    AP:”Pope Francis says nothing can justify the use of the death penalty.” Does Pope Francis know that God Himself once ordered the death penalty to be used? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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  • They are so worth it #mastersoftheuniverse

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    They are so worth itby digbyThe other day I wrote about the fact that Wall Streeters were lamenting that their bonuses only rose 2% this past year. Tough times.Mother Jones puts it into proper perspective:Yes, yes, I know that one Wall Street trader is worth a million minimum wage workers in this world. Unlike the contribution of  say, the nannies who raise their kids or the servants who feed them and clean their home, their contribution to this world is worth every penny and more of that 28.5 billion dollars. Indeed, they actually get a lot more. Remember, that's just their bonus.
  • Better than a bumper sticker

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Better than a bumper stickerby digbyTed Cruz's campaign logo looks so familiar. pic.twitter.com/XsWYau105R— clydetheslyde (@clydetheslyde) March 23, 2015This makes sense. As a Republican he's beholden to Big Energy and is likely to cause even bigger problems in the middle east than already exist. And he's well ... Ted Cruz, so the homage to the Onion is perfect.And anyway I've always thought Cruz looked like a sad eyed Pagliacci. A tear drop is perfect. And his voters can show their loyalty simply by embellishing their existing adornments:*Kidding, kidding.  Prisoners can't vote.
  • Forgiving Rand

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Forgiving Rand by digbyThis piece about how libertarianism's only true home being on the right came to mind this morning when I read this article by Paul Waldman about Rand Paul's rather convenient new position on military spending. In the original piece, the author contends that at one time he and all his libertrian friends were caught up in Obamamania, believing that he was going to be an economic moderate and an isolationist protector of civil liberties. (And considering that he was opposed by the warmongering hawk John McCain, you can see why at least a few of them might have leaned…
  • Scott Walker is a genius

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Scott Walker is a geniusby digbyA foreign policy savant at least:Walker: I remember the movie in the 80s, Trading Places…Hewitt: Right.Walker: …you know, with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, it’s like Iran and Israel are trading places in the sequel. In the eyes of this president, our ally is supposed to be Israel. Our adversary has been historically Iran. And yet this administration completely does it the other way around. We need to call radical Islamic terrorism for what it is, and a commander-in-chief who’s willing to act.Joan Walsh quips:No word on which nation is Aykroyd and which…
  • Bull in a china shop

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Bull in a china shopby digbyHere's some good news:Three major Shiite militia groups pulled out of the fight against the Islamic State in Tikrit on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes there.The militia groups, some of which had Iranian advisers with them until recently, pulled out of the Tikrit fight in protest of the American military airstrikes, which began late Wednesday night, insisting that the Americans were not needed to defeat the extremists in…
 
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  • Late Night FDL: Working In The Coal Mine

    CTuttle
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Lee Dorsey – Working In The Coal Mine Aloha, Firepups…! Since I was quickly hired after my interview yesterday, I will be unavailable to host y’all tonite, I do expect to be available for the weekend LN’s. Be nice to one another and the liquor cabinet is open to all. Be sure to clean up before the Over Easy crew arrive in the morning…! Mahalo for y’alls patience and understanding…! *g*
  • The Thirty-Eighth Day of the Trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    jane24
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    [Editor's Note: Below is an account of proceedings in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 24.] Proceedings began on March 24 with a continuation of testimony by Mathew Levitt, a witness for the prosecution who is claimed to be an “expert on terrorism.” I am given to understand that during an adequate cross examination David Bruck was able to persuade Levitt to confirm that not all who read “jihadist material” would go on to become “radicalized.” Aloke Chakravarty chose to reference Tsarnaev’s tweets from the day of the marathon during redirect. (I was particularly struck by…
  • TPP Would Empower Thousands of US Firms to Sue Governments, According to Document Published by WikiLeaks

    Kevin Gosztola
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Graphic developed by WikiLeaks for release of “Investment” chapter The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eleven other nations in the Pacific Rim would empower tens of thousands of corporations or firms to sue governments through largely secret tribunal proceedings if regulations violated their expectation for profits. WikiLeaks released another drafted chapter from the agreement, the “Investment” chapter [PDF], on March 25, adding to previous publications of the “Intellectual Property Rights” and…
  • Why the U.S. Will Fail by Winning in Mosul (and Tikrit)

    Peter Van Buren
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The United States will most likely suffer defeat in Mosul, even if it “wins” against IS. And you can pretty much substitute “Tikrit” in the story below anywhere you see “Mosul.” The reasons will be much the same as those that caused the defeat of American strategy in Iraq War 2.0: a failure to force reconciliation among the Iraqi Shia, Sunni and Kurds. Some History of Mosul A little history, repeating itself. In April 2003, an entire Iraqi Army Corps in Mosul surrendered to a small U.S. Special Forces group. The city fell into disorder, with the Central Bank plundered and the…
  • Facebook To Use Metadata From Chats To Alter News Feed

    DSWright
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Facebook Messenger is a News Feed signal: http://t.co/m6lYtQ6tW2 pic.twitter.com/Qy23HAXd0g — Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead) March 26, 2015 Social media monopoly Facebook recently held its developers conference called F8 where it talked about a series of new products it was introducing. One of the major areas of focus for the company is Facebook Messenger which is integrated with the social media firm’s chat service. Facebook Messenger, previously a stand alone application for mobile users, is going to expand into a whole range of e-commece sites and can track a user’s…
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  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Time for a new open thread. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Another Judgment Day for Amanda Knox

    Jeralyn
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    The Supreme Court in Italy will rule Friday on yet another appeal in the Amanda Knox case. If she loses, will she be extradited? Will Italy even file the request? I don't think given the unique and twisted history of the case, disputed facts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Utah Reinstates Death by Firing Squad

    Jeralyn
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law allowing executions to proceed by firing squad when lethal injection drugs aren't available. From the Governor's website: HB11, Death Penalty Procedure Amendments This bill... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I'm about to catch up on the day's news, and watch the Voice. Our last open thread is full. Here's a new one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid

    Jeralyn
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    Ted Cruz will seek the Republican nomination for President. Here's a place to discuss him and the 2016 Presidential race. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Christie in New Hampshire, adding insult to injury

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    In today's New Hampshire Suffolk University poll of prospective Republican presidential candidates Gov. Christie is tied for fifth place with 5 per cent, down from 11 per cent in Suffolks' prior poll. He is behind Jeb Bush (19%), Scott Walker (14%), and Rand Paul (7%). Adding insult to injury he is even behind Donald Trump (6%). This is the state where Christie's former senior campaign operative Matt Mowers took on the role of Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican Committee, presumably there to help Christie's prospects. How has that worked out? Mowers resigned his post in…
  • Let's celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ACA

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Patrick Murray's Monmouth University Polling Institute held a panel discussion yesterday on the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Its ominous title was: "Is it working in New Jersey?" Apparently not so well according to three businessmen on the panel - the presidents of Meridian Health, Monmouth Medical Center, and NJ Association of Health Plans. There was no ACA representative (such as  U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director Jackie Cornell-Bechelli who manages ACA locally), nor advocates who advise and help people enroll and who are more aware of of the…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, March 26, 2015

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Hungry for Spring? Me too. So, this will be good news for future Springs - more lovely pink trees. We're at the 1-year anniversary of the taxpayer-funded Mastro Report At the time Christie was "fully embracing" the report, which called for a series of reforms to make sure nothing like Bridgegate could happen again. So have there been any actual reforms? Matt Katz takes a look. Racial bias, cronyism tearing apart NJ National Guard, senior officers allege Internal records show the Guard has at least four senior officers, including two top minorities, alleging a "toxic command climate," fueled…
  • How Not to Run a Railroad

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    promoted by Rosi This article concerns some events that affect a relatively small number of people in a small corner of Burlington County, but there are lessons to be learned here for any community. There's a railroad bridge over Creek Road in Hainesport Township, NJ that is owned by Conrail and is over 100 years old. Near the bridge, there are numerous residences and businesses, and the roads carry 17,000 vehicles per day. Due to its age, the bridge had to be replaced, and that construction is happening now. At Wednesday night's meeting of the Burlington County Freeholders, several…
  • Camden School District Announces Closure and Takeovers

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    This post is cross-posted from the Local Knowledge Blog.  promoted by Rosi And here we are. Ever since the state takeover of education in Camden happened, I've had one mantra. You can't open schools without closing others. Today's news that 4 schools will be taken over by Renaissance schools, and an additional school will be closed, was expected by many following the Camden education scene. But it is no less sad, frustrating or angering for residents and those who wish to support Camden's traditional public schools. I want to make three main points about the closure and takeovers: 1)…
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  • Household Debt Is a National Crisis

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Student Debt Collectors. (Image: Khalil Bendib / OtherWords) Years after Toni Potter's husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills. Andrea Anderson, a young student in Oregon, has been saddled with $150,000 in college loans as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker. She knows she'll be paying the loans back for decades, threatening her other dreams of buying a home or starting a family. Linda Mock of Idaho was trapped by a payday loan that quickly grew from the original $300 to…
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal: Few Benefits, Many Questions

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A shipping port in Callao, Peru, in 2013. Peru is one of 12 nations involved in negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo: Tomas Munita for the New York Times) I was in Washington recently, giving a talk to the National Association of Business Economists. The subject was the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Not to keep you in suspense, but I'm thumbs down. I don't think the proposal is likely to be the terrible, worker-destroying pact that some progressives assert, but it doesn't look like a good thing for the world, or for the United States - and you have to wonder why the Obama…
  • Student Debt Collectors

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • Deep Dive: The White House's New Memo on Drones and Privacy

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Last month, President Obama released a presidential memorandum on the domestic use of drones by federal agencies. The memorandum addresses the implications for privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of having unmanned aircraft — the industry-preferred term for drones — in domestic airspace. The memorandum takes some steps in the right direction, but leaves many questions unanswered. Perhaps most critically, it fails to address two major issues: First, will law enforcement agencies be held to a higher standard than other governmental agencies such as the Bureau of Land…
  • For Goodness Rake!

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Truthout's weekly posting of, "The Green Ninja," a character created by a climate scientist and his team, provides an entertaining and educational way to help children – and everyone else - grasp the intricacies of climate change and learn what they can personally do to become involved in fighting it. See additional details about the series or head straight to this week's episode, "For Goodness Rake!" After a man excitedly turns on his new leaf blower, things get a little out of control. So, what are the pros and cons of gas-powered leaf blowers? Pros: They can save people time doing…
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  • "Obamacare, Obamacare! stay a little. Ha!*

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    As Greg Sargent never tires of reminding us, Republicans have been promising an ACA replacement plan for 50 months now and haven't been able to deliver. Ergo, Sargent asserts, claims by Republican legislators that they are developing a plan to replace the ACA and keep premium subsidies flowing should the Supreme Court rule for the plaintiffs in King are a ruse, designed to convince swing justices that chaos won't erupt if the court invalidates subsidies credited through the federal exchange.That is probably at least partially true, as Republicans have long proven themselves unable to unite…
  • Israelis read Obama right. Well, half right.

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    I have been arguing that the Obama administration's promise to reassess its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of Netanyahu's late-election disavowal of a two-state solution is not an expression of pique but the seizing of an opportunity. A report from the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren suggests that a lot of Israelis agree with me:Several Israeli analysts said the administration’s criticism of Mr. Netanyahu seemed like a pretext for a longstanding plan to change the United States’ policy of protecting Israel in international forums, which the administration has said it…
  • Chastising Netanyahu: Fury or cold calculation?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Characterizing the Obama administration's reaction to Netanyahu's late-election comments denigrating Arab voters and promising to prevent formation of a Palestinian state, the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren and Julie Davis echo a comment them in assertingthe White House issued a new signal that it remained furious with Mr. Netanyahu for campaign comments that also appeared to close the door on a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict.andthere was no sign of any softening from the administration over its anger with Mr. Netanyahu over his comments about the Palestinian question.Perhaps…
  • On U.S. support for Israel, Obama is turning the battleship a few degrees

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    As Obama discussed U.S. policy with respect to Israel in his recent sit-down with Huffington Post's Sam Stein, there were a couple of surprise turns -- at least, surprising to me as a transcript reader.First, this:OBAMA: Well, I had a chance to speak to Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday, congratulated his party on his victory'Congratulated...his party.' Not Netanyahu himself, not for the campaign he ran. Every word that Obama has said in response to Netanyahu's late-stage campaign comments and the election results has been calibrated to pressure the prime minister to prove by deeds, not…
  • Obama's America, and mine

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Not to be narcissistic or nuttin', but Obama's celebrated "we are..." riff at Selma, which widened the circle of national inclusion to encompass the Lost Boys of Sudan and (implicitly) undocumented immigrants crossing the Rio Grande, as well as "the Tuskeegee Airmen, Navajo code-talkers, and Japanese-Americans who fought for this country even as their own liberty had been denied," reminded me of a children's poem I wrote in the mid-nineties. It reflects a children's book canon (and a little extracurricular YA reading at the end) from the sixties and early seventies that perhaps Obama shared…
 
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  • Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

    samzenpus
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    An anonymous reader writes Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Intercept show the extent to which Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) cooperates with the NSA — and perhaps most interestingly details CSEC's "false flag" operations, whereby cyberattacks are designed and carried out with the intention of attribution to another individual, group or nation state. The revelations come in the midst of Canadian controversy regarding the C-51 anti-terrorism bill.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

    timothy
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    HughPickens.com writes Bill Davidow And Michael S. Malone write in the WSJ that recent rains have barely made a dent in California's enduring drought, now in its fourth year. Thus, it's time to solve the state's water problem with radical solutions, and they can begin with "virtual water." This concept describes water that is used to produce food or other commodities, such as cotton. According to Davidow and Malone, when those commodities are shipped out of state, virtual water is exported. Today California exports about six trillion gallons of virtual water, or about 500 gallons per resident…
  • Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

    timothy
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    New submitter PensacolaSlick writes that [Patrick Moore a], co-founder of Greenpeace, and seven-year director of Greenpeace International, with other very pro-environmental credentials, has come out with a brief rationale for why he is "skeptical that humans are the main cause of climate change and that it will be catastrophic in the near future." He argues instead that in a historical context, human activity has saved the planet, declaring that "at 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests, and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for carbon dioxide." (Consider the…
  • German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

    Soulskill
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    siddesu sends this report from The Intercept: German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country. 'They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,' Gabriel said.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

    timothy
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    HughPickens.com writes CNN reports that when asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it's time to make voting a requirement. "Other countries have mandatory voting," said Obama "It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything," he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly. "The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups. There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away…
 
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  • That hung parliament scenario in full

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]
  • Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]
  • Her Outdoors: Wasabi and chips

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Even though they take up a lot of space on the allotment, I wouldn’t stop growing potatoes each year for two reasons – first, because the taste is so much better than shop-bought, and second, because they are prolific. Potatoes do need a lot of compost for earthing up, but this just takes some planning [...]
  • Barking Blondes: ‘Dangerous Dog’ sentencing

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    This week, the Sentencing Council, drafted a new guidance for courts, on  ‘dangerous dogs sentencing’. Last year we saw the maximum sentencing for an owner, whose dog kills a person, increase from two to 14 years. The much-anticipated new guidelines, have now been sent to experts for public consultation. They will follow on from the changes made [...]
  • How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    The German techno legend reveals the thinking behind his label's new release, the snappily titled MDR Compilation.
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  • Venezuelan Government Collecting Signatures to Petition President Obama Over National Security Threat Declaration

    Ed Krayewski
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Earlier this month, President Obama declared Venezuela, a country transformed into a dictatorship, an “exrtraordinary threat” to the security of the United States, and imposed sanctions on high ranking government officials accused of human and civil rights abuses and corruption. U.S. sanctions lists have already included Venezeulan officials accused of being linked to the drug trade, but Obama’s executive order paves the way to more sanctions. Led by Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s second time a farce replacement, the Venezuelan government has continued to crack down on the opposition,…
  • Video: The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

    Nick Gillespie
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    "The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court" is the latest video from ReasonTV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • One Scandalized Illinois Rep. Exits, Another Emerges From Prison, U.S. Assists with Airstrikes in Iraq: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) gave his farewell speech on the floor of the House today, resigning and promising to "work tirelessly to make it up to" those he let down as a result of the allegations of misspending taxpayer dollars on personal things. Oh, hey there, interesting related story: Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was just released from federal prison today. He spent 17 months behind bars for using campaign funds on personal purchases. His full term isn’t actually done. He’s heading to a halfway house and may end up spending his final six months in house arrest. U.S. forces…
  • You Might Be Sexist If You Call Hillary Clinton 'Polarizing.' Or 'Secretive.' Or Anything Else Bad.

    Robby Soave
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    You shouldn't note that Hillary Clinton is polarizing. You sure as hell better not call her ambitious or inevitable, either. And whatever you do, don't say she's out of touch or represents the past. These are sexist code words, and political reporters should stay away from them, a pro-Clinton activist warned The New York Times. NYT reporter Amy Chozick received an email from a group titled "Hillary Clinton Super Volunteers" that instructed her not to use 13 different adjectives to describe the likely Democratic presidential candidate. Chozick tweeted parts of the email: "You are on notice…
  • Markets at Work: Following Germanwings Crash, Airlines Voluntarily Implement New Safety Precaution

    Stephanie Slade
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Earlier this week, 150 people lost their lives when an aircraft operated by the carrier Germanwings crashed inexplicably into a mountainside. Evidence now suggests the tragedy was not an accident: According to investigators, the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and then intentionally downed the plane. In recordings, the locked-out pilot can reportedly be heard trying to force his way back in. He wasn't able to do so because of safeguards put into place after the 9/11 attacks. Cockpit doors on planes today are heavily reinforced, and a pilot inside has the ability to override…
 
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  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
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    The American Prospect

  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
  • 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Icon Sportswire via AP Images Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) puts up a shot during the Div I Men's Championship - Third Round - Wisconsin Badgers v Oregon Ducks at the Centurylink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Wisconsin defeated Oregon 72-65 (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) This article originally appeared at Yes! magazine.  Did you fill out your office bracket for this year’s NCAA basketball tournament? I did. Although, for a couple reasons, I don’t feel great about it. For one, I don’t know who’s going to win just about any game, so my chances of winning the pool are…
  • 7 Reasons Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    iStockPhoto/© porcorex This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer—yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? Let me suggest seven reasons: 1. The Discrediting of Politics Itself The Republican Party has devised a strategy of hamstringing government and making any…
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  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
  • 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Icon Sportswire via AP Images Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) puts up a shot during the Div I Men's Championship - Third Round - Wisconsin Badgers v Oregon Ducks at the Centurylink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Wisconsin defeated Oregon 72-65 (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) This article originally appeared at Yes! magazine.  Did you fill out your office bracket for this year’s NCAA basketball tournament? I did. Although, for a couple reasons, I don’t feel great about it. For one, I don’t know who’s going to win just about any game, so my chances of winning the pool are…
  • 7 Reasons Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    iStockPhoto/© porcorex This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer—yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? Let me suggest seven reasons: 1. The Discrediting of Politics Itself The Republican Party has devised a strategy of hamstringing government and making any…
 
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  • Barack Obama talks the war on drugs with the creator of The Wire

    Christopher Ingraham
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Barack Obama called HBO series The Wire "one of the greatest pieces of art in the last couple of decades" in an interview with the show's creator that was released today at the Bipartisan Summit for Criminal Justice Reform. The Wire chronicled the effects of the drug war as it was waged on the streets of Baltimore in the early 2000s, detailing how both drug use and the clumsy, heavy-handed law enforcement response to it devastated many urban communities. As Simon summed it up, "what drugs don't destroy, the war against them is ripping apart." President Obama talks with David Simon…
  • In surprise show of support, filibuster-proof Senate majority backs paid sick leave

    Lydia DePillis
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    More time off?! (iStock) Just a few weeks ago, the Healthy Families Act — which would allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave — seemed like just another White House proposal doomed to die in the newly Republican Senate. But this afternoon, it gained a surprise vote of confidence: 61 senators voted for an amendment to the budget that would do essentially the same thing. That doesn't mean it will become law. Budget resolutions are not binding, so it's a largely symbolic move. But it's important: If family-friendly policies gain enough bipartisan support, they could…
  • The payday industry’s money-making model is coming to an end

    Chico Harlan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, center, listens to comments during a panel discussion in Richmond, Va., Thursday, March 26, 2015. Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) The payday lending industry markets itself as a helping hand for customers dealing with a short-term cash crunch or one-time emergencies. Lending ads frequently depict dented cars, flat tires, mothers looking…
  • Arizona is moving to block abortion coverage, cutting off poor women

    Danielle Paquette
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Some states are moving to limit abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Chris Greenberg/Bloomberg News) Arizona could soon become the latest state to block women from purchasing insurance plans through the federal health-care exchanges that cover abortion. The trend started soon after the Affordable Care Act created the marketplaces, granting states the power to decide if and how Obamacare plans cover termination. Supporters argue Arizona’s controversial measure will stop taxpayer money from funding procedures some deem immoral. The bill sailed through the state House and Senate…
  • Democrats’ conundrum: Voters often don’t trust government to fix inequality

    Jim Tankersley
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:21 pm
    There is a dangerous tension for Democrats on the issue of economic inequality, which new research lays bare. The more Americans learn about the widening income gap between the rich and everyone else, the research shows, the more they believe it's a serious problem. This would appear to be good news for Democrats, the party that has pushed inequality as a campaign centerpiece for several national election cycles now. It suggests that the more Democrats talk about the issue, the more voters might agree that something must be done about it. The problem, for Democrats, is in getting voters to…
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  • Bill Clinton to lead US at Singapore leader’s funeral

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 pm
    President Bill Clinton will lead the U.S. delegation attending Sunday’s funeral for Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore, the White House said Thursday.  Clinton will be joined by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as well as...
  • Pataki: Obama 'acted illegally' on Bergdahl swap

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.) on Thursday said that President Obama broke the law last year by cutting Congress out of the trade for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.“Not only did we release five very high-up Taliban terrorists in exchange for a...
  • Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in Indiana

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a potential GOP 2016 presidential candidate, signed a controversial religious freedom bill that some critics say sanctions discrimination against gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual individuals. The bill, which...
  • Panetta urges Obama to mend fences with Netanyahu

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ex-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday urged his former boss President Obama to repair his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."I know there have been personality differences. There's been a lot of concerns about the...
  • Oversight chairman vows scrutiny of DEA

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    The chairman of the House Oversight Committee vowed to investigate allegations of sex parties by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials and said he would work to fire those found responsible.Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) accused the DEA and...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The petition of the day is: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v. County of Alameda 14-751Issue: Whether the dormant commerce clause permits a local law that directly conscripts out-of-state manufacturers to enter the locality and to assume all costs and responsibility for collecting and disposing of unused medicines from local residents, for the avowed purpose of shifting the costs of this traditional government function from local taxpayers and consumers to foreign producers and consumers.
  • Argument preview: Justices to consider overruling long-standing precedent on patent misuse

    Ronald Mann
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    It’s patent day at the Court on the last day of March, with a pair of arguments in patent cases. First up is Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. You should be forgiven if the style of the case leads you to expect a copyright or trademark case involving one of Marvel’s characters. But no. This is a patent case, involving a patent for a toy, which could be (and has been) used for a Spider-Man toy that allows children to shoot foam string in the way that Spider-Man might shoot a web. The parties fell into a dispute when Marvel (the deep-pocket defendant) made such a toy, having previously met with…
  • An opinion on opinions

    Richard Booth
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    When the curtain rose for oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, on November 3, everyone thought the issue was whether a statement of opinion that turns out to be false gives rise to liability when it is included in a registration statement in connection with a stock offering under the Securities Act of 1933. The defendant Omnicare argued that liability could attach only if the opinion was not genuinely held by the speaker at the time. The plaintiff pension fund argued that falsity was enough because the 1933 Act creates a scheme of…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Yesterday the Court heard oral arguments in the challenge to an EPA rule that restricts the release of mercury and other pollutants from power plants.  Coverage comes from Lyle Denniston for this blog, Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News, Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire, Tony Mauro of the Supreme Court Brief (subscription required) and Richard Wolf of USA Today.  Commentary comes from Michael Bobelian of Forbes and  the editorial boards of The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the (Eugene, Or.) Register-Guard, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Court issued two opinions in argued cases…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The petition of the day is: LVNV Funding, LLC v. Crawford 14-858Issue: Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may be premised on the filing of a proof of claim in bankruptcy and determined using a least-sophisticated consumer standard.
 
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  • Bloggers: Say Michelle Obama "mandates" weighing children in day care.

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Social media posts say Michelle Obama is mandating that all day care kids be weighed First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative on healthy eating and physical activity may have been intended to be noncontroversial, but it hasn’t turned out that way. She has faced pushback from critics who assail her call for healthier school lunches as forcing kids to eat unappetizing meals and who say she’s second-guessing parents who know what’s best for their kids better than the government does. Now, a new front against her has opened in the…
  • Rand Paul: Says according to recent polls, no Republican candidate "is doing better against Hillary Clinton than myself."

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Rand Paul says polls show he has the best shot at beating Hillary Clinton Among the potential Republican contenders, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he is best-positioned to take on likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. In an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who asked about his chances at a win, Paul said, "I think when you see my polling, the polling that's out there so far, nobody is doing better against Hillary Clinton than myself." "Also though, when you poll people not just against each…
  • Ted Cruz: "Small businesses (are) going out of business in record numbers."

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Ted Cruz: Small business are going out of business 'in record numbers' Republican Sen. Ted Cruz became the first big-name politician to announce a 2016 presidential bid during an address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, of Texas, asked the audience to "imagine" (a word he used 38 times) what he believed a conservative administration could accomplish. "Think just how different the world would be. Imagine instead of economic stagnation, booming economic growth," Cruz said. "Instead of small businesses going out of business in…
  • David Simas: Job growth in the United States is now at the "fastest pace in this country's history."

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | White House aide says job growth now at 'fastest pace in this country's history' With the economy finally seeming to turn a corner, the Obama administration has been more aggressive recently about touting its accomplishments in creating jobs. But a claim made by one White House official recently was novel enough to catch our attention. The claim was made on CNN’s New Day by David Simas, the assistant to the president and director of the White House’s office of political strategy and outreach. "We're more than happy to compare the record of…
  • Ron Dermer: Says Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "didn't change his position" on a two-state solution.    

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Israeli ambassador tells U.S. audience Netanyahu didn't change position on two-state solution Sunday shows fixed their spotlight on newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose campaign-season remarks shutting down a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict inflamed tensions with the White House. Now Netanyahu and his delegates are saying the comments were misunderstood. The international uproar started when Netanyahu said a Palestinian state would not happen during his tenure if he won re-election to a fourth term,…
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  • Open Thread: Louie Gohmert Will Not Have Other People “Playing God” on His Turf

    Anne Laurie
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 pm
    We're SO close to a bracket of 64. RT @thehill: SCOOP: Rep. Gohmert weighing presidential bid http://t.co/SIagyo76hK pic.twitter.com/RzSCVDtZNg — Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) March 27, 2015 Yeah, now it’s officially Silly Season, and it’s not even April Fool’s Day: Conservative firebrand Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill that he might run for president in 2016… “Conservative firebrand” sounds so much more presidential than Charles P. Pierce’s cruelly accurate moniker for Gohmert: “Emperor for Life of the Crazy People.”…
  • NCAA Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Eers vs. UK. About the only good thing ’bout this, I am afraid, is that I will get to see Ashley Judd, and I just love her. Also, I am so over having puppies. I am ready for them to move on. We have any takers for Thurston? Mary still interested in Ginger? They have got to go. They destroyed the two pillows made by one of the readers for Tunch, shredded four new pee pads) (although shredded may not adequately cover how thoroughly they ripped these apart), and have spent the last 3 hours underneath my feet as I try to work play fighting with Rosie making an unGodly ruckus. At one point I…
  • Open Thread: Martin O’Malley Goes to Iowa

    Anne Laurie
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Scoop: Martin O'Malley to meet with Iowa activists 4/9 in Des Moines/Beaverdale day before Polk Dems speech #IACaucus — Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) March 26, 2015 O’Malley has a reputation as a plugger, and it’s serving him well in a state where the local Democrats have been hungering for some attention. Here’s CNN: …[I]t’s in Iowa where O’Malley must stake his ground. Failure here would almost certainly doom his campaign. But if he manages to do better than expected — or even stage an upset — O’Malley could emerge as a…
  • Mighty Veggie Edifice (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    The mister doesn’t like those metal, conical tomato plant support thingies; they aren’t tall enough to support his plants, he says. So he built the Tomato Twin Towers:   It might work out. What are y’all up to this evening? Share
  • What Are the Criteria?

    John Cole +0
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    As Betty mentioned, this afternoon, Indiana Governor Mike Pence slunk into the shadows with a bunch of like-minded bigots, and in a close private ceremony signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, effectively allowing businesses to discriminate again anyone, but in particular, gays and lesbians. Two quick questions: 1.) What criteria will business owners be using to determine who is and who is not gay? Ordering a latte? Saying please? Not liking President Bush? Or do you just have to be suspiciously gay-like to impinge enough on someone’s religious freedom to warrant being denied…
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    Oliver Willis

  • The Problem Of Fairy Tale History

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In order to have a dialogue and frank exchange of ideas, you have to operate from some sort of baseline. In the context of politics in America, that often relies on a common ground of history. This is yet another area in which the modern conservative movement has run smashing into actual facts. One of the reasons conservatives hate President Obama is the way in which he speaks about American history. Obama often discusses U.S. history from the idea that while founded with high ideals, America is continually in a fight to live up to those ideals. There is ample factual evidence to back up…
  • New Study: Republican States More Dependent On Government

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Based on the mantra we hear over and over again, job-creating Republicans are subsidizing the lavish lifestyles of liberals asking for handouts in blue states. Double points if they’re minorities, of course. Another study shows it isn’t true. According to WalletHub’s ranking of states based on their level of federal dependency, the majority of the most dependent states are in red territory: Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Montana, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and South Dakota. The only blue state in the bottom 10 is Maine. The post New Study: Republican…
  • Right Wing Fantasy Tales #1: The Plot Begins

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Barack Obama sat at the Resolute Desk with his shoes – purchased at exorbitant taxpayer expense – disrespectfully placed on its surface. He was unusually happy. “Everything is going according to plan,” he said out loud, relishing yet another display of narcissism, for a party of one this time. “Thanks to my allies in the mainstream media and ACORN, I’ve been elected to a second term. I’ve imposed socialism in the form of health care reform, and I still have three years left to destroy America from the inside.” He reached into the top pocket of his jacket and pulled out…
  • Netanyahu Needs To Be Reminded Israel Is America’s Junior Partner

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The longstanding relationship between America and Israel is very different between the alliance between America and countries like England, France, and Germany. Ostensibly our connection to the European powers are equal to equal. Despite our superpower status, these nations are looking us directly in the eye.
  • We Are At War And Patricia Arquette Is Not The Enemy

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    “Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!” – Patton, (1970) Patricia Arquette was way off base…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • A Farewell to Instagrams

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) distinguished himself in a very notorious yet meteoric career in Congress by, among other, decorating his Capitol Hill office in a “Downtown-Abbeyish” style the Sultan of Brunei would have killed for and by owning the only car in town with a cantankerous odometer that registered only half-a-mile for every mile of mileage reimbursement. Today, Schock — fresh from the covers of The Harvard Lampoon and Men’s Health — took some time from his busy House gym schedule to deliver an emotional farewell speech before a packed House The speech was in…
  • Jeb Bush Had Another Secret Email Account And Conservative Group Sues Clintons For Racketeering

    Ron Chusid
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Bush family and the Clinton family are tied so closely together, with many predicting, or rather fearing, that we will have another Bush v. Clinton election in 2016. Among their ties is a problem with private email accounts. While I have already noted news media reports of Jeb Bush having his own email problems, yet another problem has arisen. AP reports that Bush had yet another secret email account: When Bush released thousands of emails from his tenure as Florida’s governor as part of his preparations to run for president next year, he did so from the email account he shared…
  • Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “Deliberately” Crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525

    JANET SHAN
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Andreas Lubitz, 28, has been identified as the co-pilot of doomed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 that crashed in the French Alps. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said on Thursday that Lubitz made a “deliberate attempt” to crash the plane. Andreas Lubitz had 600 hours in flying time for the Airbus A320. The prosecutor said he had all the paperwork in place and was “fully qualified” to fly the plane. He is not on any terror list and they do not know his religion. Robin revealed that the captain was identified as Stephen S, a father of two. He was deliberately locked out of…
  • What Ted Cruz knows

    E.J. DIONNE, JR., WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have. It is no accident that Cruz began his campaign at Liberty University — founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell — by asking evangelical conservatives to consolidate their support behind him. The most important sentence in his speech was this one: “Today, roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting,” Cruz said.
  • Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report

    GREG PIPER
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report One of the two pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to be locked outside of the cockpit Tuesday as the Airbus A320 steadily descended from cruising altitude and eventually crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps, according to the New York Times, which cites a senior military official involved in the investigation into the tragedy… The post Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Republicans are trying to legally rig elections: Ohio Edition

    Sam Whipple
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    By now, Americans no strangers to the variety of inventive and ill-conceived ways that Republican state legislators have found to build barriers to the ballot box. AMERICAblog readers already know about the attempt to tweak the rules for electoral votes in Michigan and Nebraska, along with poll taxes in North Carolina and voter ID laws in around the country — laws that have altered electoral outcomes in Mississippi and Virginia. But now Ohio Republicans are pushing a new kind of voter suppression – one specifically targeting students in the Buckeye State. Late last week (and…
  • Anti-herpes drug to treat HIV?

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Research is continuing to discover new drugs to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The research isn’t just for drugs; it’s also for vaccines and some other techniques to try to prevent the transmission of and, finally, cure AIDS. Valacyclovir is a drug primarily used to treat people infected with Herpes Simplex virus (HSV). It has also been used to treat patients with chickenpox, patients infected with Epstein-Barr virus and to prevent cytomegalovirus infections. It’s been available to use for quite some time and often works well to treat people with HSV infections like genital herpes,…
  • In defense of bloody primaries

    Edward Visel
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    As Hillary Clinton begins to run into friction in her next attempt to win the presidency, Democrats are — to differing degrees — losing enthusiasm for the headlining race of 2016. At the same time, GOP candidates are facing any number of scandals-of-the-day, but Republican enthusiasm is as boisterous as ever. Why? It’s quite simple: Democrats have one serious contender for the presidency; Republicans have around a dozen possibilities. When a Republican candidate hits a snag, like Christie’s bridge-related problems, support shifts to other candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott…
  • David Brooks is a Stalinist

    James Neimeister
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Like any other week, the opinion pages of the New York Times two weeks ago brought us another rip-roaring David Brooks piece, wherein he pontificates about moral fibers and “the Cost of Relativism.” If Americans would just get back to enforcing social norms and usher in a “moral revival,” Brooks suggests, somehow we would be better off in unstated ways. Nothing out of the ordinary. What made that week special, however, was Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig of the New Republic’s rebuttal to Brooks, in which she tore apart Brooks’ unstated assumption that “the baseline moral values of…
  • New Jersey privatizes its water in the worst way possible

    Lucas Ropek
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Last month, Chris Christie sold off New Jersey’s public water supply to a bunch of corporations. The Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA), approved on February 5th, allows municipalities to sell their water facilities to private companies without public referendum. As part of Christie’s privatization task force agenda, WIPA aims to balance Jersey’s current budget crisis, while also fixing the state’s water facilities that ail from “emergent conditions,” or what the bill calls “serious risks to the integrity of drinking water and the environment.” The Protection Act has…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Is Obamacare Working?

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    ... the Affordable Care Act five years later YouTube: In which John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law's effectiveness and repercussions. I also look at health care in the United States more generally, and the limited scope of the Affordable Care Act relative to the size of the overall health care system in the U.S.
  • Pleasantries with Sarah Hanson-Young: Part 1

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    In the spirit of reading mean tweets, Greens senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young reads some of her fan mail. YouTube description: As a Federal Senator, I receive a lot of correspondence. In this video, I share some of the more heartwarming messages with you...
  • CNN's "Too Many Cooks" Parody of Annoying Politicians

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Via Dangerous Minds: "OK, this is borderline awesome. On its official YouTube account, CNN yesterday released a pretty darn good parody of Too Many Cooks, the one-off viral video that Adult Swim released late last year that poked fun at cheesy 1980s sitcom opening credit sequences. In CNN’s version, which repurposes both the title and much of the theme music of the original, the video appears to be a comment on what is sure to be a crowded and noisy primary season for the election of 2016. With no presidential incumbent in the race, the Democratic side, in terms of official candidates,…
  • Finnish parliament elections just got epic!

    kulpims (/politics/member/kulpims)
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:06 pm
    [yt] Finnish elections are not democratic towards small parties. OSCE has given many warnings considering this issue. But media does not reply to those warnings. Now things are about to change. They had to give each candidate 4 minutes of time in the national tv-station YLE. Hansi used his by making a big joke that went viral. Hansi Harjunharja did this because Finnish media uses boycott to keep small parties from entering the parliament. Join the fight by changing your profile picture. Use Hansis face. Together we are strong and together globally, we cannot be ignored!
  • President Obama Reads Mean Tweets

    lucky760 (/politics/member/lucky760)
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
  • 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Icon Sportswire via AP Images Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) puts up a shot during the Div I Men's Championship - Third Round - Wisconsin Badgers v Oregon Ducks at the Centurylink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Wisconsin defeated Oregon 72-65 (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) This article originally appeared at Yes! magazine.  Did you fill out your office bracket for this year’s NCAA basketball tournament? I did. Although, for a couple reasons, I don’t feel great about it. For one, I don’t know who’s going to win just about any game, so my chances of winning the pool are…
  • 7 Reasons Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    iStockPhoto/© porcorex This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer—yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? Let me suggest seven reasons: 1. The Discrediting of Politics Itself The Republican Party has devised a strategy of hamstringing government and making any…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • New website reveals billionaire's campaign to dismantle retirement security

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    by Carolyn Constantino A new website reveals that Enron-billionaire John Arnold has spent up to $50 million of his own fortune to dismantle retirement plans for firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees. The website - Truth About John Arnold - is sponsored by the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) and Californians for Retirement Security and traces the wide financial influence that one billionaire has on public pension fights. John Arnold amassed his fortune as an Enron trader, where he earned an $8 million bonus as the company's collapse decimated $1.5 billion in public…
  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by Rachel Johnson There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers. In a recent opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, cautioned against turning a blind eye to Fast Track: In the case of pending legislation authorizing fast-track authority for trade agreements, politicians and…
  • Speaker Atkins Unveils Critical Plan to Rebuild Transportation Infrastructure, Create Good Jobs

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation About 1/3 of all the bridges and overpasses in our state are showing signs of deterioration (i.e. crumbling). Seventy percent of our urban roads and highways are congested. California has the second-highest share of roads in "poor condition" in the nation. Given the amount of commuting and traveling Californians do, these are pretty alarming stats. But you get what you pay for. And, quite frankly, California's lack of infrastructure funding is embarrassing, and downright dangerous to all of us who spend so much time on the road every week. Today…
  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, according to preliminary findings of a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.   As Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano meet to discuss the financial future of the UC, it's imperative that they recognize the dire financial situation of many UC employees. The UC is the third largest employer in California, employing nearly…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

  • Israel's Dangerous Predicament

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Jason Reed/Reuters Last year, I interviewed President Obama about, among other things, the nature of the U.S. commitment to Israel. He talked about strong security ties between the two countries, and the unbreakable nature of their relationship. But he also suggested that, should the peace process break down in dramatic fashion, America's ability to manage the international ramifications for Israel—in the United Nations Security Council, and elsewhere—would be limited. "[I]f Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within…
  • Bibi Deploys the Southern Strategy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Amir Cohen/Reuters The chairman of Israel's Central Election Committee, Salim Joubran, a judge on the country's Supreme Court, is an Arab Israeli. In other words, the man who just supervised the Jewish state's latest election (and who also, by the way, sent a former Israeli president to jail), is not Jewish. This, of course, is a good thing. Arab Israelis (or Palestinian-Israelis, as many prefer to be called), suffer from various forms of discrimination as a minority group, but they have the franchise (17 members, out of 120, of the next Knesset will be Arab), and they are playing…
  • Netanyahu Dodges the Cross

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters) Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is fond of recalling Vice President Joe Biden's suggestion that he nail himself to a very large cross. It was 2011, and they were in Jerusalem, in Netanyahu's office. Biden was encouraging the prime minister to make a bold leap for peace, and not to waste time on half-measures. "My father always said, 'Don't crucify yourself on a small cross,'" Biden said. Netanyahu laughed. Only Joe Biden, he would tell people later, would travel to Jerusalem to encourage a Jewish…
  • Bibi's Opponent: 'I Trust the Obama Administration to Get a Good Deal'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Isaac Herzog interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg at the Brookings Saban Forum (Peter Halmagyi) Of the many differences between Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and the man who may unseat him, Isaac "Buji" Herzog (I'll post separately on the ridiculousness of Israeli nicknames), none strikes me as more immediately consequential than the contrasting ways in which they view President Barack Obama. Yes, Netanyahu and Herzog differ stylistically and dispositionally, and yes, their views on a range of economic, security, and social issues are miles apart, but it is their diverging…
  • Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Davide Monteleone “All comes from the Jew; all returns to the Jew.” — Édouard Drumont (1844–1917), founder of the Anti-Semitic League of France I. The Scourge of Our Time The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, the son of Holocaust survivors, is an accomplished, even gifted, pessimist. To his disciples, he is a Jewish Zola, accusing France’s bien-pensant intellectual class of complicity in its own suicide. To his foes, he is a reactionary whose nostalgia for a fairy-tale French past is induced by an irrational fear of Muslims. Finkielkraut’s cast of mind is generally dark, but…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Fix the GOP, Don’t Abandon It

    Jay Cost
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Last week, to much fanfare, Glenn Beck declared that he was leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent. During a Tuesday night appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, Beck explained his decision thusly: They surrendered on the abortion bill, surrendered on executive orders on illegal immigration, common core. They helped push through $3.5 trillion in deficits this last year. They won't fight Obamacare. They voted to confirm Katz Unstein (ph). They thwarted the bill on the NSA data collection. They're still not doing anything on Benghazi. They haven't done anything on…
  • Flashback: Top Dems Praised Bergdahl-Taliban Swap

    Michael Warren
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The United States Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy." Bergdahl allegedly abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by Taliban-aligned forces for nearly five years before the Obama administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban forces. Bergdahl returned to the United States in 2014 in exchange for the release of five high-ranking and highly dangerous Taliban commanders. President Obama made the announcement in a highly dramatic fashion, with a speech in the Rose Garden flanked by Bergdahl's parents. Plenty of…
  • Soft Durables

    Geoffrey Norman
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Bloomberg reports that: Orders for durable goods unexpectedly dropped in February, a sign the slowdown in global growth may be weighing on American manufacturers.  “Slowdown” may be a charitable description of a decline of: … 1.4 percent after a 2 percent gain in January that was smaller than previously estimated ... Durables are, of course, a fairly reliable indicator of the prospects for economic expansion.  Furthermore, it cannot be good news that: Orders for non-military capital goods excluding aircraft, considered a proxy for future business investment, also dropped 1.4 percent…
  • Report: Bergdahl to be Charged With Desertion

    Michael Warren
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held captive in Afghanistan by Taliban-affiliated terrorists for nearly five years, will be charged with desertion. Bergdahl was returned to the United States last year in exchange for five Taliban commanders being held at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Raf Sanchez at the Telegraph reports on Twitter: BREAKING: Bergdahl's lawyer says he's being charged w/ desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. Says 'premature' to say how he'll plea — Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) March 25, 2015 In a 2014 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD,…
  • Obamacare: Paying for the Subsidies

    Geoffrey Norman
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Sarah Ferris writes, at The Hill, that: Half of all households that received ObamaCare tax credits last year will likely owe money to the federal government, a new study found. Seems that: Nearly all families that received tax credits will either owe money or receive extra money because their tax filings had changed after they calculated their ObamaCare subsidies… And: Only 4 percent of households received the correct subsidy, according to the report, which uses data from the national Survey of Income and Program Participation. Also, there is some question as to how the Affordable Care…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Could the Germanwings Crash Have Been Avoided?

    James Fallows
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Leonhard Foeger/Reuters As I write I am listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement that the Germanwings crash in France this week was apparently a deliberate act of suicide/murder. The ramifications: 1) Has anything like this ever happened before? Yes it has. Back in 1999, EgyptAir flight 990, shortly after taking off from Kennedy airport in New York en route to Cairo, disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod. In 2001, my friend and then-Atlantic-colleague William Langewiesche, who has spent all his life around aviation, wrote a celebrated story for our magazine about…
  • What Hypoxia Could Do to Pilots

    James Fallows
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    A U.S. physiological technician on-board a C-17 Globemaster III ensures that crew members do not succumb to hypoxia. (Reuters) No one knows the cause of the latest airline disaster, the Germanwings crash yesterday in Southern France. As is usually the case after crashes, most first-day speculation is wrong or implausible. Also as is usually the case, Patrick Smith of AskThePilot has debunked many of the most fanciful cable-news theories, for instance that the plane might somehow have been remotely controlled, like a drone, or victim of "hacking" of its flight software. Without getting into…
  • If You're in Northern Mississippi This Weekend, Check Out 'The Blue and the Gray'

    James Fallows
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Historical re-enactment by students at Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus, MS, site of this weekend's concert everts (James Fallows) Last May, Deb Fallows wrote an account of a historical coincidence that linked The Atlantic Monthly of 150 years ago with the American Futures project we're doing for The Atlantic these days. In the town of Columbus, Mississippi, part of the "Golden Triangle" of Mississippi we described in more than a dozen posts last year, a few Union soldiers killed at the battle of Shiloh were buried in the local cemetery along with the much larger number of…
  • The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, Sponsored Content Edition

    James Fallows
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    "The Brain-Sucker: or, the Miseries of Authorship." How a similar offer might have looked in the 1780s. (Wikimedia commons) Over the past few weeks I've received emails like the one below almost every day. Hi there, I am just contacting you to see if you would be interested in hosting some third party content on your website, theatlantic.com? I am currently working with a sports betting website to find websites to submit unique articles to which link back to our client's website. We would make the article look natural by choosing a topic which is relevant to your website. The article would…
  • Lee Kuan Yew, the Leader Who Lasted

    James Fallows
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Young Harry Lee Kuan Yew after his People's Action Party won Singapore's elections in 1959. (Reuters) By the time of his death on Monday at age 91, Lee Kuan Yew had been out of the Western limelight long enough that some people may wonder why his passing deserves such notice. I'd offer these reasons: A post-colonial leader who lasted. Fifty-five years ago, when a slew of former European colonies were gaining independence and other nations were taking modern form, the landscape was full of charismatic leaders. Kwame Nkrumah was president of Ghana. Jomo Kenyatta was in detention but would…
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    The American Scene

  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

    Gabriel Rossman
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    A few months ago I read TAS alum Alan Jacobs’ book The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and it was truly fascinating. Probably the most entertaining bit was how early on the English attempted to impose their (high church) liturgy on the Scots and a Scotswoman hurled a chair at a priest, after which the bishop of Brechin “read his first service from the prayer book, he did so with two loaded pistols placed on the desk before him, in plain sight of the restive congregation.” Less entertaining, but ultimately more worthy of reflection is the story of George C. Gorham, a priest…
  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

    Gabriel Rossman
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday somebody asked Governor Walker if he believes in evolution and he ducked the question. As Ramesh argued, this was a mistake, and there was a fair amount of snark directed at this. Then there was a wave of counter-snark, stemming from the same impulse as Cooke’s recent NR cover story about how the NdGT “I love science” fan club is really about mood affiliation, much of it semi-sublimated anti-clericalism, and not really very much about scientific knowledge. I totally understand the impulse to call out the extent to which affirmation of science is 99% mood…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

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

  • that thing that margaret said...

    russell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    by russell for some reason, I recently found myself looking into the famous Margaret Thatcher quote.  You know the one: There is no such thing as society. It's a sort of counter-intuitive, and maybe disturbing, thing for the Prime Minister of a major nation to come out with.  So, I wanted to understand what she was on about. The quote comes from a much longer interview (which is worth reading) with Woman's Own, a UK lifestyle magazine.  I'd like to present the original quote in a slightly larger context: There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men…
  • Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare!

    SuperUser
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    by wj You just can't make upstuff like this. At least, my imagination can't manage it. The Des Moines Register reports today that Senator Cruz will be signing up for Obamacare. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/24/ted-cruz-health-insurance-obamacare/70384334/ It seems that his wife is taking leave from Goldman Sachs to support his campaign. So he can no longer be on her health care plan. (Doesn't the Senate give its members health care??? Since when?)
  • Limes and Planes

    SuperUser
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    by Doctor Science Mister Doctor and I were driving down a winding road the other day, and he asked me what the beautiful shade trees along it were. "Sycamores", I said, "what in Europe are called plane trees." He confessed that when he was young and heard of "plane trees" he was befuddled, not knowing if the grownups were talking about "just plain trees", or trees that had something to do with airplanes, or if they were flat, or grew on the plains, or what. We also talked about how confusing it can be when British and American English have two different words for the same thing, and I said I…
  • Acculturation

    SuperUser
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    by wj For the entire history of the United States, those who were already here have viewed with alarm that arrival of immigrants. In particular, the arrival of immigrants from new places. Currently, the focus is on Hispanics. Before that it was the Chinese and Japanese, before that the Italians and the Irish. In the earliest days of the republic, it was the Germans. Always the concern expressed has been that the new arrivals have a different culture, and will destroy the existing American culture. And/or that they will set up enclaves of their own culture and fail to integrate with the…
  • 28th Amendment

    russell
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    by russell In another thread, bobbyp linked to the Wiki page for the Shelby County v Holder case. The whole voting rights act brouhaha suggests, to me, a good candidate for a 28th Amendment: No citizen of the United States of America being 18 years or older in age shall be deprived of the right to vote in any election for federal office.  No conditions other than citizenship or having attained the age of 18 years at the time of the election shall be placed on the right of voting. Reword as you wish, and/or as need be.  As long as the intent, which should be obvious, is preserved, I'm…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Myanmar Needs Better Governance, Not Just a Stronger Government

    Ryan Flynn
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This article was written by Anjali Garg and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership Source: Flickr/Tom Godber   Myanmar is a country in the midst of enormous change. In 2011 the country embarked on a series of reforms that have helped pull it out of decades of isolation. The transition from military rule toward more open governance has included establishing a parliament, implementing a more market-based economic system, relaxing media censorship, and negotiating ceasefire agreements aimed at ending some of Asia’s longest-running conflicts. The government has also signaled a…
  • Links Roundup: News and Analysis on Transparency, Budgets, and More

    Jay
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
      Transparency Counties Not Giving Enough Information, Study Shows (Standard Digital) This article talks about the dearth in the budget information that counties in Kenya are making available to the public online, citing primarily a recent IBP Kenya brief. SEND-Ghana Gives Government a Thumbs up on Budget Transparency (SPY Ghana) At a recent event in Ghana on post-2015 and the OBS Tracker, SEND-Ghana commended the government for its budget transparency and called for greater public participation and expenditure monitoring. Transparency in Brazil (Development Initiatives) This brief…
  • The Cost of Reforming Pensions in El Salvador

    Ryan Flynn
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Credit: Flickr/ Mario Pleitez This article was written by Rocio Campos, International Budget Partnership  Salvadoran workers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in interest that the government should have paid on state pensions, according to a recent decision handed down by El Salvador’s Supreme Court of Justice. Despite interest rates on private savings averaging around 7 percent, the government has paid just 1 percent interest on public pension savings. Between 2007 and 2013 alone, this would have meant an additional USD 930 million being paid into the state pension system.
  • Engaging the Public in the Budget: Twitter Chats in Kenya

    Liz Heimann
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This article was written by Vivian Magero and John Kinuthia from IBP Kenya. The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBP Kenya) recently held a twitter chat on how government revenue is shared in Kenya. The Kenyan government is in the midst of reforming how revenue is shared among Kenya’s 47 counties. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), which makes recommendations to the Senate, is playing an important role in revising the formula for revenue sharing. CRA submitted its recommendations to the Senate in November 2014. Given the importance of these reforms, we felt there has been…
  • Public Finance Management in a Post-2015 World: Time to Care About Service Delivery?

    Ryan Flynn
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    This post was written by Sierd Hadley, Research Officer for the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, at the Overseas Development Institute As we motor on towards a Post-2015 development agenda it may also be time to build a new era for public finance management (PFM) – one which considers service delivery far more closely. Few would disagree that a better understanding of PFM and public sector management is central to reducing poverty. Fiscal stability is needed to promote economic growth and create jobs; while the distribution of public resources (including many forms of external aid)…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
  • Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely. The legal consensus is that Cruz qualifies because he was born to a U.S. citizen living abroad, making him a U.S. citizen at birth. FULL QUESTION Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president based on the fact he was born in Canada but his mother was American? Exactly what does the Constitution and our other laws say about this? FULL ANSWER Sen. Ted Cruz announced on March 23 that he will seek the Republican nomination to be president of the United States in 2016. But, as some readers were quick to…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz

    Robert Farley
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven’t. Some highlights: Cruz railed against a “government … that seeks to ban our ammunition.” The Obama administration sought to ban a certain type of armor-piercing bullet, not all types of ammunition. The proposal has since been postponed. Cruz claimed that as a result of the Affordable Care Act “millions … have…
  • Obama’s Exaggerated Health Care Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    President Obama made some exaggerated claims during a recent speech in Cleveland about the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican proposal for Medicare. The president said his health care law is “reducing the overall costs — $1,800 in people’s pockets.” The $1,800 is not a reduction in insurance premiums, but rather the difference between the cost of the average employer-sponsored plan in 2014 and what the average premium would have been if based on average rate increases from 2000 through 2010. The calculations were done by White House economic advisers, but even…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Data-Driven

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Get to know Clinton's digital team even better; Ted Cruz election announcement-related fundraising offers peak into the coming data-driven campaign arms race; New York City launches online community engagement pilot program called IdeaScale; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Too Much Information

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Will Facebook become the Walmart of News?; Hillary Clinton's digital team; how easy it is to get your hands on 4.6 million license plate scans; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Firsts

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Political reporters use Yik Yak to pep up stories about Ted Cruz's campaign announcement; The New York Times, Buzzfeed and National Geographic may agree to let Facebook host their news on its servers; Google fiber users to soon get targeted television ads; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Cowed

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    TedCruz.com for president; Meerkat fever; who does Facebook work for (probably not you); Medium, "the billionaire's typewriter"; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Checking

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    US pressures Germany to not offer asylum to Snowden; study shows the extent to which political advertising overshadows political news coverage; new site gives a minute-by-minute breakdown of most popular US gov't websites; Upworthy co-founder apologizes for breaking the Internet; and much, much, more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Return of the Firing Squad!!! WTF???

    libbyliberal
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    Body:  In “The firing squad returns to America” Barry Grey rails against the re-institutionalization of the firing squad for capital punishment in the state of Utah this week. How is this systematized sadism and violence to be explained? Can we expect to see demands for the return of other practices? What about drawing and quartering, evisceration, garroting?
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 -- 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights

    libbyliberal
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Body:  Re-post from 3-18-11 [historical info taken from American Experience presentation and poetry from Jonathan Fink] On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history.
  • Thoughts About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    letsgetitdone
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Body:  During a recent Amy Goodman interview of Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, on her Democracy Now show, Wallach neatly summarized the problems of progressives with the TPP: Well, fast-tracking the TPP would make it easier to offshore our jobs and would put downward pressure, enormous downward pressure, on Americans' wages, because it would throw American workers into competition with workers in Vietnam who are paid less than 60 cents an hour and have no labor rights to organize, to better their situation. Plus, the TPP would empower another 25,000…
  • 10 Considerations Post Netanyahu’s Racism/Fascism Victory

    libbyliberal
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Body:  1) There are 13 million residents in Israel but only 8 million of them have democratic rights ("Never Trust Netanyahu" by Lisa Goldman) 2) 650,000 armed settlers have taken over the West Bank ("Mideast Peace is Buried" by Eric Margolis) 3) Israel and its American advocates control both houses of the US Congress as well as both Democratic and Republican parties. The US provides Israel with $3 billion a year (Margolis)
  • Anyone here from Las Vegas?

    DCblogger
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Body:  Town Hall: Bernie Sanders TIME Tue Mar 31 2015 at 10:00 am VENUE Culinary Workers Union Local 226, 1630 S Commerce St, Las Vegas, United States
 
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  • It’s a hard rain gonna fall

    susie
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Leon Russell: Bookmark It
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    susie
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:33 pm
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    susie
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
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  • Massive fire in East Village after gas explosion

    susie
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    We’ve had six building collapse in Philly in the past month, some with gas explosions, some without. They say it’s from the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle we have with the imaginary global warming. Why be afraid of terrorists when our failing infrastructure is a more immediate danger? Here’s hoping no one was killed: As many as 30 people were hurt when an explosion caused a partial building collapse and ignited a massive fire in the East Village on Thursday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post. Flames were engulfing two buildings at the scene and firefighters were…
  • Happy Hour: Oscar Peterson – Sometimes I’m Happy…

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    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • ESPN’s Hugo Balta Views Sports as Universal Language

    Latina Lista
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Regardless of income, ethnicity or skin color, sports fans speak a universal language. So says Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN. The wide world of sports is a unifying force, and Balta sees it as his mission to involve a growing, multicultural audience for the global sports network. Working at the “worldwide leader in sports” is the perfect marriage of Balta’s professional and personal interests: developing and producing news and sports-related content and educating and informing an increasingly diverse audience. The…
  • Anglo bilingual rapper unites his passions for music and bilingualism in Bilingual Nation U.S.A.

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Kristal Bivona Language Magazine GueroLoco wears many hats: he’s an award-winning hip-hop en español artist, an activist for immigrant rights and language rights, and an inspirational speaker for students and teachers. He united his passions for music and for bilingualism in his project Bilingual Nation U.S.A., which he started with his high school Spanish teacher. This year, he and Bilingual Nation U.S.A. are in the running for four Chicago Music Awards, and he will be hosting the fifth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee. Language Magazine caught up with GueroLoco to find out what…
  • Crowdfunder: Creating a mural to bridge the gap between Puerto Ricans in New York and on the island

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: RAICES… A MURAL IN PUERTO RICO Three artists from New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, a trio with Puerto Rican ROOTS are on a mission to use the language of visual arts to bring community together and bridge the gap between the Puerto Ricans in New York and on the Island. Using art to document, preserve, educate, and bring awareness strengthens and empowers its people. “Without my Roots, there is no story”/” Sin Mis Raices, No Hay Historia” is a design created by the artist Mia Roman a NuyoRican born in Brooklyn NY from Puerto Rican…
  • Farmworker Uprising Shakes Baja California

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Frontera NorteSur BAJA, CA — Farmworker leaders, farm employers and Mexican government officials have initiated talks aimed at resolving a massive labor conflict connected to the U.S. food industry that’s rocking the border state of Baja California. Long-simmering labor grievances exploded into the open March 17 when thousands of farmworkers blockaded the Trans-Peninsula Highway between the agro-export region of the San Quintin Valley and the coastal city of Ensenada, a popular destination of U.S. tourists. Led by the independent Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for…
  • Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    Latina Lista
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El Comercio that, although scientific analysis has not dated the paintings, the symbols, style, and medium provide answers to their epoch. Gordillo claims that “we could be talking about paintings taking back 7,000 years B.C., since they have very…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Walker and Iran Hawks’ Phony Concern for Nonproliferation

    Daniel Larison
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Rejecting any achievable nuclear deal with Iran seems to be the latest litmus test for Republican presidential candidates. Scott Walker told Hugh Hewitt that he would repudiate a deal that the U.S. made that permitted Iran to retain some enrichment: HH: Would you reject that deal if you took the Oval Office? SW: Absolutely, on Day One. I mean, to me, it is, the concept of a nuclear Iran is not only problematic for Iran, and certainly for Israel, but it opens the doors. I mean, the Saudis are next. You’re going to have plenty of others in the region. People forget that even amongst the…
  • Boehner and the “Anti-War President”

    Daniel Larison
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Politico reports on some of the Speaker’s recent comments: Speaker John Boehner called President Barack Obama an “anti-war president,” and said the world is “starving for American leadership.” I briefly criticized this on Twitter earlier. As I thought more about it, it occurred to me that Boehner’s remarks include almost everything wrong with the way Republican hawks talk and think about foreign policy. We have the obsession with ill-defined “leadership” as some sort of cure-all. Boehner assures us that if America “leads,” “our allies in the…
  • The Warren Mirage

    Daniel Larison
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Damon Linker talks up a Warren-Webb alternative to Clinton. I found this section to be the least persuasive: As for foreign policy — well, let’s just say that given her left-leaning preferences in every other area of policy, I don’t fully believe Warren’s wan statements in defense of the status quo. I think she’s probably given foreign affairs little thought, and she’s picking her battles. And anyway, in my dream she’d have Jim Webb around to try and convince her to revisit her conventionally hawkish positions. That’s not very compelling. Linker…
  • Obama’s Venezuela Blunder

    Daniel Larison
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Frida Ghitis sums up the administration’s blundering in Venezuela: Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. A diplomatic miscalculation by Washington has strengthened the repressive Venezuelan regime and derailed the Obama administration’s campaign to bolster ties with Latin American nations after December’s landmark reopening of relations with Cuba. Venezuela is just the latest case in which U.S. sanctions have backfired and have contributed to the strengthening of the regime they were meant…
  • Cruz Is Going Nowhere Fast

    Daniel Larison
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Jonathan Bernstein pushes back on the idea that Cruz can win the nomination: But Williamson is assuming Cruz can be nominated. Sure, nothing in politics is impossible. And it’s possible the process has changed substantially, and we just haven’t noticed it; maybe the Republican Party has changed significantly, and we missed it. Barring that, however, everything we know about presidential-nomination politics cuts against Cruz as a plausible candidate. This is right, and I would just add a few more points. What we know about Republican nomination politics tells us that Cruz is an extreme…
 
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    TIME

  • Watch President Obama Interview The Wire Creator David Simon

    David Stout
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:28 pm
    A television writer couldn’t have scripted it better. President Barack Obama, a longtime fan of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, sat down with the show’s creator David Simon this week to speak frankly about America’s war on drugs and the perils of law enforcement. Simon, a vociferous critic of the federal government’s drug policies, pulled no punches as he spoke with the President. “What the drugs don’t destroy, the war against them tears apart,” said Simon. Obama appeared receptive to Simon’s criticism and insisted that things were…
  • Will Congress Reform the Criminal Justice System?

    Alex Altman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Van Jones likes to call his Republican buddies “brother.” As in Brother Mark (Holden, the general counsel at Koch Industries), or Brother Matt (Kibbe, the CEO of the conservative group FreedomWorks). Jones, a Democratic activist and former Obama adviser, beamed as he strolled the halls of a cavernous Washington hotel Thursday, clasping shoulders and squeezing hands with one unlikely conservative ally after the next. And Jones wasn’t the only one basking in the warm vibes of bipartisanship. If you mistakenly wandered into the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, you…
  • Aaron Schock and Downton Abbey Said Farewell at the Same Time

    Tessa Berenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Rep. Aaron Schock gave his farewell speech to Congress Thursday at the same time that Downton Abbey producers announced the show would end after its next season. The irony? The Illinois Republican is resigning amid a series of scandals that began when he spent lavishly to model his Capitol Hill office after the show. We couldn’t help but notice some similarities in how the congressman and the producers of the show said their respective goodbyes: 1. Describing the emotional journey “I was never more excited than when I walked into this chamber six years ago. I leave here with…
  • U.S. Agents Attended ‘Sex Parties’ Funded by Colombian Drug Cartels, Report Says

    Justin Worland
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officers participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels while on assignment in Colombia, according to allegations in a new report. The Department of Justice (DOJ) report, a review of sexual misconduct allegations at several law enforcement agencies, cited widespread missteps at the agencies, including the failure of supervisors to report misconduct, inadequate guidelines for handling some behavior and a resistance to cooperating with DOJ requests. The “sex parties” in particular were listed as an example of…
  • Watch Ben Affleck Drop a Batman Reference in His Congressional Testimony

    Tessa Berenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Ben Affleck testified before the Senate Thursday as a philanthropist, not an actor. But he still found a way to mention Batman in his opening remarks. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing was on diplomacy and national security; Affleck is the founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy and grant initiative focused on helping communities in eastern Congo. As he addresses the ranking members of the panel, Affleck turns to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and says, “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman.
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    The Brody File

  • Poll: Donald Trump in GOP Top Tier for President

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Donald Trump in the top tier of GOP presidential candidates? Read on doubters... A new Suffolk University Poll: With the Republican Primary in New Hampshire 10 months away, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the early favorites in the Granite State. Bush was the first choice of 19 percent, followed by Walker (14 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent), and businessman Donald Trump, who was testing the waters in New Hampshire last week, (6 percent). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Sunday night tweeted his intention to run for president, and New Jersey Gov. Chris…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ted Cruz Says "We are to be watchmen on the wall"

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    In my one-on-one interview this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, he tells The Brody File that evangelical voters should look to his proven record when distinguishing him from other GOP presidential candidates who will seek after their vote. "For too long politicians have said one thing and done another. And every one of us should ask, any candidate that shows up in front of us, you say you believe these principles, show me," he said. "When have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them and what have you accomplished? You shall know them by their fruits." Cruz’s strategy will be…
  • Obama Transparency: White House Sets Record For Censoring Documents

    David Brody
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Transparency in action? Remember when President Obama said the following line: “This is the most transparent administration in history.” Ummm… here’s the latest from The Associaed Press: The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn't find documents, and refused a record number…
  • Carly Fiorina to Headline Women's 'War No More' Panel

    David Brody
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Hey Hillary: The war is on and Carly Fiorina is getting ready to get up in your grill. Forget the "War on Women." We’re getting ready for the "War Between Women." Hillary vs. Carly for President? Hey, as James Bond would say, "Never say never." Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is seriously considering running for president of the United States and she will headline an all-star panel this coming Monday hosted by the influential organization Concerned Women For America. It’s called "War No More." It’s being billed as an event that provides "an honest dialogue on the worn…
  • Jeb Bush Brings on Influential Evangelical Figure

    David Brody
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Jeb Bush’s soon-to-be presidential campaign is getting a big jolt from an influential evangelical figure. Jordan Sekulow is joining Team Bush as a senior advisor for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC. Read what he says below: “Governor Bush knows how to take bold conservative ideas and put them into action. While we must continue to fight the bad policies and unconstitutional overreaches of the current administration, it is time for conservatives to start talking to all Americans about how we, as a nation, can lead again at home and abroad. I am excited to begin a conversation with conservatives…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Pot stings in school: But what about the children?

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Sam Hampsher asks an excellent question: Do we want to send police into schools to set students up for marijuana stings? It’s not easy to imagine what could justify that practice, other than the relentless pressure to “make cases.”
  • Graduated re-entry and the rhetoric of reaction

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This country has about five times as many people in prison and jail (per capita) as it ever had before 1975, and about seven times as many as other economically and socially advanced countries. Unfortunately, and contrary to current myth, most of those people aren’t innocent, and aren’t harmless “NonNonNons.” More than half are currently serving time for a violent offense, and many of the rest have prior convictions involving violence. So we can’t escape the mass incarceration trap by releasing “low-risk” offenders; to get back to a civilized rate of…
  • The most important book of 2015

    Michael O'Hare
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    I have wrung my hands in the past, in this space and elsewhere, about the collapse of a workable market for digital goods.  I find it hard to get people as excited about this as I am–if I still had enough hair for anyone to notice it would be on fire–but I have some help from Scott Timberg now  so I am going to try again.  Short version: buy this book, Culture Crash, and read it. Now. I believe it is the Piketty of 2015, and the first book I’ve stayed up to read straight through at one sitting–sometimes literally in tears, both of pain and of rage– in years. …
  • Housing policy success

    Michael O'Hare
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    As is well-known, housing prices in the Bay Area of California have become unsustainable; the median home price is $ 3/4 million in San Francisco/Oakland, more in the South Bay.  You need a household income of almost $150K to buy that house (which is no kind of mansion), and we are experiencing yuppification/gentrification conflicts and an exodus of the middle class (don’t even ask about blue-collar and service workers) to hour-long commutes away. One thing that would help a lot is relaxing the traditional hostility of our local planning bodies to owner-occupied rental housing. Last…
  • The bottom of the pit

    James Wimberley
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Will Rogers said it first: When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. From an IEA press release on Friday 13 March (sic), my emphasis: Global emissions of carbon dioxide stood at 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the preceding year. [...] In the 40 years in which the IEA has been collecting data on carbon dioxide emissions, there have only been three times in which emissions have stood still or fallen compared to the previous year, and all were associated with global economic weakness: the early 1980′s; 1992 and 2009. In 2014, however, the global economy expanded by 3%.
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Newest Iowa Utilities Board member may have conflict on Bakken pipeline

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Geri Huser may need to recuse herself from the Iowa Utilities Board's upcoming decisions regarding the Bakken Pipeline proposal, according to a report by Ryan Foley for the Associated Press. Earlier this month, Governor Terry Branstad appointed former Democratic state lawmaker Huser to the three-member Iowa Utilities board for a term beginning on May 1. She is not expected to have any trouble being confirmed by the Iowa Senate. Speaking to Foley about Huser's appointment, Branstad's communications director indicated that the governor wanted to have every Iowa Utilities Board member able to…
  • Iowa voting and reaction to the House Republican budget

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    The U.S. House approved a draft budget yesterday with some drama along the way. Details on the important budget provisions and how the Iowans voted are after the jump. A week ago, prospects to get any budget through the Republican-controlled House looked dicey. The Democratic caucus has been united against the GOP approach to budgeting, which calls for a balanced budget in ten years without any new revenues. That same old story would reduce taxes for the wealthiest Americans while slashing spending on discretionary programs that benefit low-income and middle-income people. Within the GOP…
  • Mid-week open thread: Pregnancy discrimination edition

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    All topics are welcome in this open thread. What news stories captured your attention lately? Although Congress acted during the 1970s to ban employers from discriminating against pregnant women, both attorneys and women have told me over the years that pregnancy discrimination remains common in the workplace. The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in today in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service. I enclose below some links about this important ruling. SCOTUSblog posted links to all important documents related to this case here. Click here to read the full text of the majority opinion,…
  • School Start Dates Have Nothing to Do With Tourism

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Dave Swenson  We have a debate in the Iowa Assembly on constraining early school starts.  It arose after the Iowa Department of Education indicated it would no longer routinely approve school starts prior to the week containing the 1st day of September.  Governor Branstad weighed in as well indicating that early start dates negatively affected attendance at the State Fair and threatened tourism.   School districts squawked, and the legislature weighed-in. The current Iowa House bill wants no starts prior to the 23rd of August, which is around the time when the State…
  • Martin O'Malley walks like a candidate and talks like a candidate, but...

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley continues to do everything a politician would do to set up a strong Iowa caucus campaign. So why am I still having trouble believing he will offer himself to Democrats as a alternative to Hillary Clinton?   Ever since I heard O'Malley speak at the 2012 Harkin Steak Fry, he has struck me as a candidate with strong potential appeal for Iowa Democrats. He has a mostly progressive record as governor of Maryland, he hits on populist themes with good applause lines, and he even has a semblance of Iowa roots as a former staffer for Gary Hart's campaign…
 
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  • Casual Observation

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Here's another thing I agree with the president about. HBO's The Wire is "one of the greatest pieces of art in the past couple of decades." So, let's see more action on the drug war before his second term is up. Discuss
  • Rand Paul the Hawk

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Pretty much the only thing Rand Paul and his father have going for them is a willingness to question America's role as a global policing power and the budgets that sustain that role. If Rand Paul isn't going to stick with his position on those issues, he's basically worthless. In his first year in the Senate, Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a budget that called for a $164 billion cut to defense spending by 2016. “Military funding has often far outpaced not only our most likely enemies, but has often outpaced the entire world’s military spending combined,” he wrote at the time as he outlined…
  • Jumping Off the Bridge

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    This made me laugh out loud. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward. “We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of…
  • On Yemen

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Here is what appears to me to be a pretty good primer on Yemen that concludes that Egypt and Saudi Arabia will make things worse by intervening and that all outside parties, including the U.S., will regret getting involved there. The other day, I somewhat cynically (and jokingly) suggested that Egypt’s junta represents the closest thing to a “moderate” Sunni organized fighting force and that they should invade the Arabian peninsula and restore order. I had Iraq and Syria more in mind than Yemen, but I am not really surprised that I anticipated their involvement abroad in the…
  • Our "No Justice" System

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    As a lawyer you quickly learn that the terms "justice" and the "American legal system" are not synonymous. Far from it. In far too many respects, our so-called "Justice System" deals primarily with power and authority and privilege. When justice manages to wedge its foot in the door it's rare and unusual event, especially for those with the wrong color skin and the least financial resources. The emotional core of this rant deals with three people and the result of their interactions with our criminal injustice system: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Ethan Couch. What's that you say? Those…
 
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  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

    Roberto
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The 2015 Miura International Marathon was unpleasant (due 5C temperatures, cold rain and lack of fitness), but at least I got a comic out of it ...
  • Black Like Me

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Japan-based writer Baye McNeil recently waged a successful one-man campaign against the (re)appearance of blackface on Japanese television, raising enough hell to persuade Fuji Television to remove the offending segment from its "Music Fair" broadcast.You've got a long way to go, though, Japan.In February, conservative former politician Ayako Sono wrote in a newspaper column that although rapidly aging Japan badly needs to import workers, people of different races should live separately. Sono wrote, "Ever since I learned of the situation in South Africa 20 to 30 years…
  • School's Out Forever!

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's education spending. The state is poised to cut $255 million from its K-12 schools budget over the coming two years, and plans to stop funding community colleges in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties. Universities will be hit by a $104 million cut in fiscal year 2016. Ducey said, “We’ve got a budget deal. We’re excited about where we are.”
  • The New (G.O.P.) Math

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds. The state is poised to cut $127 million from its budget over the coming two years, which would mean the loss of another $508 million in funds from the federal government for AHCCCS.
  • China Construction Daily

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
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  • Rubio: Give the Pentagon a Blank Check

    Deacon Blues
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This is one reason why the GOP contest for president in 2016 will be so much fun to watch: the opportunity to see competing Senate Republicans trash each other on fiscal austerity and defense spending. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz all agree that we should spend whatever is needed to jack up the defense budget while Rand Paul wants any increased defense spending to be offset by corresponding cuts elsewhere. If it were up to Cruz, Graham, and Rubio, they would take the easy way out and hide behind the bloody shirt of terrorism to scare everyone into another decade of Pentagon blank…
  • Killing The Planet Out Of Ignorance

    Deacon Blues
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    There's been a little buzz in the media today about a just-released Gallup poll on the public's views regarding the environment. Gallup's spin on their poll was that the public is less concerned about air pollution, water pollution, and climate change in 2015 than they were in previous years. This same Gallup poll found that all Americans are more positive about the environment than at any time since 2001. Gallup notes that part of this is due to political polarization: A final factor is the politicization of environmental issues. This is exemplified by the sharp political polarization in…
  • Dangerous True Believers

    Deacon Blues
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    It would be fun to criticize the chutzpah of a first-term United States senator who thinks they are presidential material after only being in Washington a couple of years. It would be easy to criticize those same senators for thinking they were God’s gift to democracy and the tonic to what ails the country, when their constituents just months earlier thought they were sending a representative of their state to the Beltway who reflected their views. But then the rest of us commoners don’t live in the world of delusion that many ambitious politicians live in, many of whom know before they…
  • Friday Quick Hits: Dealing with Israel and Lynch’s Nomination

    Deacon Blues
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Backtracking Bibi So Bibi tried yesterday to walk back his pathetic pre-election comments about Arab Israeli voters and rejecting a two-state solution, as if he can now say “never mind.” Well, f*ck him and the Likud leadership. The White House is correct to send messages to Netanyahu and Likud that we’re reassessing our relationship and strategic priorities. I’m hopeful that Obama said as much to Bibi in their call yesterday, that in light of Likud’s public comments towards Arab voters and the two-state solution the United States can no longer maintain blanket support for Israel…
  • MSNBC About To Be Gutted

    Deacon Blues
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    According to a piece from Politico today, MSNBC is about to undergo a shake-up. This is good, because the personality-driven approach installed by MSNBC president Phil Griffin over the last five years has failed. But rather than retooling MSNBC into an actual center-left news and opinion alternative to Fox, NBCUniversal’s corporate parent Comcast is about to eviscerate any chance at keeping the network as a real center-left news and opinion alternative. Griffin admitted several years back that his post-Olbermann approach was built upon establishing a following of MSNBC personalities among…
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  • Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 20931807 140200 ratings Time: 02:19 More in Comedy
  • Civilians Guess Military Phrases

    BuzzFeedYellow
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Civilians Guess Military Phrases These poor civvies don't stand a chance with these military terms. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! http://bit.ly/YT... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 670760 14028 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
  • Ellen for President

    TheEllenShow
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen for President She noticed a bumper sticker with political aspirations for her, and could only wonder what being President would be like. From: TheEllenShow Views: 888619 14263 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Entertainment
  • Thoughts from the Edge

    vlogbrothers
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thoughts from the Edge In which Hank thinks about the diversity and productivity of the boundaries between biomes and what that might mean for individuals, culture, and democracy. Particularly, our democracy, which... From: vlogbrothers Views: 246284 22540 ratings Time: 03:55 More in People & Blogs
  • Pot Quiz - Venice Boardwalk Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Pot Quiz - Venice Boardwalk Edition Colorado just launched an ad campaign for pot education. Pot and education aren't a great mix. To prove it we sent a camera crew to Venice Beach, which is probably the marijuana mecca of... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 494502 4313 ratings Time: 04:19 More in Comedy
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    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
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    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared - YouTube Ted Cruz is running for President, scarring 3 year olds everywhere. Today, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for President. His platform will be a collection of all of the lies he told about President Obama. Nothing more. Stay tuned. Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared Ted Cruz Running For President 3 Year Old Scared - Video Ted Cruz is running for President, scarring 3 year olds everywhere. Today, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for President. His platform will be a collection of all of the…
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    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    About The Alishia Thomas Videos - YouTube This Vlog is about the last two videos from Zennie62Media vlogger Alishia Thomas. In short: it was a test of the system! Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf At Oakland Marathon Says $12 Million Economic Impact Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf At Oakland Marathon Says $12 Million Economic Impact - Video Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf At Oakland Marathon Says $12 Million Economic Impact Zennie62Media vlogger Alishia Thomas uploaded this interview with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf at the Oakland Running Festival / Oakla African Americans In San Francisco 1960 To 1990 African…
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    22 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    On Blacks In Tech, Tech808 Oakland And Mitch Kapor - YouTube I just read the USA Today article about Tech808 Oakland and Mitch Kapor. The news presents the idea that there are not blacks in tech and many are ignored by Silicon Valley. Well the truth is we are here but we are ignored even by our own folks. I started Oakland's first blog in 2004 and started the On Blacks In Tech, Tech808 Oakland And Mitch Kapor On Blacks In Tech, Tech808 Oakland And Mitch Kapor - Video I just read the USA Today article about Tech808 Oakland and Mitch Kapor. The news presents the idea that there are not blacks…
 
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  • Western states to California. Fix the Sacramento Delta now

    Bob Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Hoover Dam, March 2015. Photo: John Fleck Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says California must fix Sacramento Delta water problems now, because the western states are in this together, what happens in the Delta affects Colorado River water usage, and vice versa. However, so far, the Colorado River community has been way more proactive, dare I say “awake”, than California has been. The regional water situation is bad and getting worse. Yes, things are better in the Colorado River basin this year, but are much worse in California. Southern California…
  • Wall Street technology will run new bitcoin exchange

    Bob Morris
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Photo by PerfectHue Small exchanges and independents in bitcoin are about to get steamrollered by well-financed big players. Nobel, which has tentacles from our favorite vampire squid deep within it, will be powered by NASDAQ technology. Another deep-pockets exchange, Coinbase, is partially backed by NYSE and is the first regulated US bitcoin exchange. I’m guessing neither exchange will allow money to mysteriously vanish, as has already happened on too many other bitcoin exchanges and marketplaces. However, regulation and anonymous transfer of money do not play well together. At some…
  • Marketeers. Take a tip from Boyd Gaming (and all casinos)

    Bob Morris
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Main Street Station. Photo by Ken Lund There’s plenty of good money to be made by having a niche. Casinos are expert at this. They appeal to their particular demographic. Boyd Gaming has three casinos in Downtown Vegas; Main Street Station, The California, and Fremont. 60-65% of their revenues come from visitors from Hawaii. It’s been this way for decades. Boyd markets in Hawaii, offers package deals, and makes sure Hawaiians can get superb Hawaiian food while visiting. Not surprisingly, Hawaiians keep coming back. There’s a lesson here for anyone selling a product or…
  • California drought having minimal impact on Big Ag, so far

    Bob Morris
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Photo by Omar Omar The supposedly apocalyptic California drought is having little impact of agriculture in the Central Valley. However, this is probably because new acreage using groundwater is replacing low-value crops. Pumping large amounts of groundwater is not sustainable as a long-term strategy. However, the real damage caused so far by the California drought is environmental, like disappearing fish, not economic. Water blogger John Flecks suggests in his newsletter “is that farmers are adapting to drought with shifts in their operations that are softening the disruptions. The…
  • Calico Trails hike, Red Rock Canyon

    Bob Morris
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Summit. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just outside Vegas. I did the Calico Trails hike today, 2.4 miles rated as moderate, however some of the pitches required fairly serious scrambling over steep rock inclines. The weather was perfect, about 75. In a couple of months it will be baking. Crag Pool
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  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackPreparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Request Free!
  • New Cyber Security Federal Regulations: How This Is Impacting Application Network

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Chief among the respondents were CIO/CTOs representing the financial services industry with global annual sales of $5 billion or more.DOWNLOAD THIS SURVEY NOW to read how new federal regulations on Cyber Security lead to:Revenue LossBusiness DisruptionLoss of ProductivityIt is imperative that companies, not just the financial services industry, do everything in their means to not only mitigate cyber threats, but also to comply with emerging industry regulations in order to optimally protect their networks, applications and data – and most importantly, their customers.Request Free!
  • CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
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  • Saint Louis Police Admit to Using Illegal Surveillance Tech

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department official confirmed today that its officers are using cell phone simulator technology many believe is illegal and violates citizens’ privacy. This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. As a follow-up to a piece I wrote and published Nov. 17 and as a result of reading several articles (see examples here and here) about the technology, I fired off two questions to SLMPD spokesperson Schron Jackson Feb. 23: 1) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any…
  • Barack Obama Following in Brother-in-Law’s Footsteps

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a Washington Free Beacon piece published today under the headline, Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles, I was reminded of a piece I published about the first lady’s brother’s coaching adventure five years ago in advance of the “Big Dance.” I share it again below. Click on image above to read article. Craig Robinson, the 47-year-old Chicago native and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, just completed his second season as head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers men’s…
  • Missouri’s Justice Problems Extend Beyond Municipal Courts

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Especially in the St. Louis metropolitan area, the state of Missouri’s municipal court system has been in the news a lot lately — see here and here — for all the wrong reasons. The state’s family court system, however, has not received nearly as much attention; therefore, I decided to fill the void. Largely due to the almost-nonexistent news coverage about it, family court was a place foreign to me until a few years ago when, at the request of a friend, I attended a child-custody hearing involving a thirty-something couple who had recently battled…
  • Municipal Court Judge Did Damage Beyond Ferguson

    admin
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    An article about the Justice Department’s report on the Ferguson Police Department caught my attention today, but not for the anti-police propaganda it contains. Instead, I was attracted to the message in it’s headline, A Wholesale Failure of Missouri Judges. Why? Because I’ve been aware of that failure for years.  Of course, the “failure” message doesn’t apply to all judges, but it does apply to Judge Ronald Brockmeyer, the municipal court judge highlighted in the wholesale failure article whose name first appeared on my radar four years ago. On Jan. 15,…
  • Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches?

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Two years ago today, I shared the news below for the first time. In light of the fact that a verdict is imminent in the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial that’s been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City recently (yes, it’s true), I decided to share it again with only minor modifications. Click on image above to download document (PDF). Jesse Trentadue’s ongoing effort to obtain information from the FBI continued this week when he filed a motion (PDF) aimed at convincing a federal judge in Utah to allow him access to information about the FBI’s…
 
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  • Susan Sarandon Wants Andrew Jackson Replaced with a Woman on the $20 Bill

    Kip Hooker
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Susan Sarandon Wants Andrew Jackson Replaced with a Woman on the $20 Bill Why is former U.S. President Andrew Jackson still on the $20 bill, as opposed to suitable candidates like Rosa Parks, Betty Friedan, or Sojourner Truth? If for no other reason Jackson deserves to be on the $20 bill because he ended the 2nd Bank of the United States in much the same way that the Federal Reserve should be ended now. But that isn’t to say that we aren’t entirely unsympathetic to the moonbat’s point of view. But instead let’s kick that arch-scoundrel, monarchist, mercantalist…
  • MSNBC apologizes for insulting country music

    J.P. Travis
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    MSNBC apologizes for insulting country music. This was a wasted apology—we’re pretty sure the number of people who listen to both country music and MSNBC is less than one.
  • Associated Press not sure Israel is a democracy

    J.P. Travis
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Associated Press not sure Israel is a democracy. We, on the other hand, are not sure the numbnuts at AP are journalists.
  • New York Times worried about Bergdahl getting a job

    J.P. Travis
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    New York Times worried about Bergdahl getting a job: “Another question is whether the Army will give Sergeant Bergdahl an honorable discharge if he is found guilty of desertion. For members of the military, an honorable discharge is no small matter, and not getting one can hinder not only a veteran’s job prospects, but the entirety of how a service member looks back on his or her career.”
  • DEA agents had cartel-funded ‘sex parties’ in Colombia, and other shocking revelations from a new report

    CO2Insanity
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    DEA agents had cartel-funded ‘sex parties’ in Colombia, and other shocking revelations from a new report. Oh what the hell, at least they weren’t playing golf every other day or taking extravagant vacations.
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  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

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

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

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

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

    Ed Krayewski
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Earlier this month, President Obama declared Venezuela, a country transformed into a dictatorship, an “exrtraordinary threat” to the security of the United States, and imposed sanctions on high ranking government officials accused of human and civil rights abuses and corruption. U.S. sanctions lists have already included Venezeulan officials accused of being linked to the drug trade, but Obama’s executive order paves the way to more sanctions. Led by Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s second time a farce replacement, the Venezuelan government has continued to crack down on the opposition,…
  • Video: The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

    Nick Gillespie
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    "The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court" is the latest video from ReasonTV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • One Scandalized Illinois Rep. Exits, Another Emerges From Prison, U.S. Assists with Airstrikes in Iraq: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) gave his farewell speech on the floor of the House today, resigning and promising to "work tirelessly to make it up to" those he let down as a result of the allegations of misspending taxpayer dollars on personal things. Oh, hey there, interesting related story: Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was just released from federal prison today. He spent 17 months behind bars for using campaign funds on personal purchases. His full term isn’t actually done. He’s heading to a halfway house and may end up spending his final six months in house arrest. U.S. forces…
  • You Might Be Sexist If You Call Hillary Clinton 'Polarizing.' Or 'Secretive.' Or Anything Else Bad.

    Robby Soave
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    You shouldn't note that Hillary Clinton is polarizing. You sure as hell better not call her ambitious or inevitable, either. And whatever you do, don't say she's out of touch or represents the past. These are sexist code words, and political reporters should stay away from them, a pro-Clinton activist warned The New York Times. NYT reporter Amy Chozick received an email from a group titled "Hillary Clinton Super Volunteers" that instructed her not to use 13 different adjectives to describe the likely Democratic presidential candidate. Chozick tweeted parts of the email: "You are on notice…
  • Markets at Work: Following Germanwings Crash, Airlines Voluntarily Implement New Safety Precaution

    Stephanie Slade
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Earlier this week, 150 people lost their lives when an aircraft operated by the carrier Germanwings crashed inexplicably into a mountainside. Evidence now suggests the tragedy was not an accident: According to investigators, the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and then intentionally downed the plane. In recordings, the locked-out pilot can reportedly be heard trying to force his way back in. He wasn't able to do so because of safeguards put into place after the 9/11 attacks. Cockpit doors on planes today are heavily reinforced, and a pilot inside has the ability to override…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
  • How Would The Sheepdog Deal with ISIS?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down. Source : Wikimedia.org - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
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  • What You Missed on This Week’s The Yaron Brook Show

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    On the last episode of The Yaron Brook Show, ARI’s Elan Journo filled in for Yaron, who is traveling in South America. If you missed the episode, listen below to hear Elan’s take on the latest foreign policy issues in the Middle East.
  • Live webinar with Don Watkins: “How to Think About Inequality”

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    On Wednesday, March 25, 7 PM ET, ARI and The Undercurrent invite you to a live webinar with ARI fellow Don Watkins. In this webinar, Don will briefly dissect the inequality debate, touching on issues like CEO pay, middle-class stagnation, poverty and the philosophy of egalitarianism. An extensive Q&A follows.
  • Monday on the Yaron Brook Show: American Medicine Flat Lining Under Obamacare

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Tune in Monday, March 23 for an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Elan Journo, ARI’s director of policy research and an expert in foreign policy, will guest host. Monday marks five years since Obamacare was signed into law. Elan will interview Rituparna Basu, ARI’s health care policy analyst, about the passage of Obamacare, its effects so far and where American health care is heading. Elan will also talk about the latest foreign policy issues in the Middle East.
  • Why Don’t Americans Have More Saved For Retirement?

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Eduardo Porter has a piece in The New York Times blaming Wall Street for the fact that the average American is allegedly going to run out of money in retirement. According to Porter, the average working family nearing retirement has just $104,000 in retirement savings — obviously not enough to keep someone afloat for twenty or thirty years. I’m not convinced that we are in fact facing a “retirement crisis.” But I want to set that aside. What’s interesting is who Porter blames for this problem.
  • What You Missed on Yesterday’s The Yaron Brook Show

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Yesterday, Elan Journo joined Yaron Brook as co-host of The Yaron Brook Show to talk about what America should do about the Middle East. Topics included: why radical Islamists hate the West; whether we should be friendly with Saudi Arabia; how American rules of engagement have damaged the morale of soldiers; who is to blame for innocents killed in war.
 
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  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.Read full article >>
  • This is no way to ease inequality

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.Read full article >>
  • The high cost of Netanyahu’s comeback

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party trailing Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union, the main opposition that allies Israel’s historic center-left Labor Party with the smaller centrist party of former foreign minister Tzipi Livni. Read full article >>
  • The Senate’s 47 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that, “if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to provide unrestricted, unfettered access to the weapons inspectors.”Read full article >>
  • Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s e-mail saga

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Open letters are the next new thing, so let’s imagine Hillary Clinton sending a simple note to all voters:Dear fellow American,I want to offer you what has always been the Clinton deal. You get peace and prosperity. I put up with endless scrutiny, countless attacks and bottomless mistrust. It’s a good deal for you, and I can handle the rest.Read full article >>
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Forever is comprised of nows. (E. Dickinson) — Immortality comes from always living in the moment. Siempre vive! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. (A. Einstein) — You get an A+ for questioning authority! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    I have lost something. But it's never too late to get it back. (American Beauty) — Start by figuring out what's missing. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. (A. Einstein) — And screwing up keeps life interesting! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Christian Right May Be Splintering in 2016

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    I'm second to no one in warning against wishful-thinking claims that the Christian Right (or for that matter, its Siamese Twin, the Tea Party) is dying or losing influence. But it does appear these folks are in a strategic muddle that could limit their impact on the 2016 Republican nominating contest, as I speculated at Washington Monthly: One emerging irony of the 2016 GOP presidential nominating cycle is that the Christian Right may have too many options for its own good. There are no likely candidates who dissent--as did, say, Rudy Giuliani in 2008--from the Christian Right's core…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, the majority rejected a lower court decision that upheld redrawing of state legislative districts packed African American voters into a small number of districts. Justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the progressives. Ian Millhiser reports at ThinkProgress: "Though the Court's decision in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama does not necessarily ensure that the state's maps will be struck down, it rejects a lower court's reasoning which upheld the unusual, racially focused method the state used in…
  • Cruz: Obamacare for Me OK

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
  • Waldman: Voter I.D. Fight Over for Now, Now Dems Can Focus on Doable Reforms

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman posts that "Democrats may have lost the battle over voter ID, but the war over voting isn't over." Regarding the Supreme Court Decision upholding the Wisconsin voter identification law, Waldman writes: It may be time for liberals to admit that, barring a significant change in the makeup of the Supreme Court, this just isn't a battle they're ever going to win. That doesn't mean every challenge to a voter ID law should be dropped. Many of these cases are still important to pursue because the details vary from one state to another. Some laws are more restrictive…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    In the New York Times Magazine, Jason Horowitz discusses "Do the Democrats and Israel Have a Future Together?" But the more interesting question might be "will the Administration's policy toward Israel affect support for Democrats in the 2016 elections?" Not much, would be my guess. CNN Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta reports findings of a new CNN/ORC poll: "The new poll finds 53% saying things are going well, 46% badly. That's the highest share saying things are going well that CNN/ORC polls have found during Obama's time in office...Assessing Obama's presidency overall, 50% consider his…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • ‘Lack of transparency in AAP alienating workers': Mayank Gandhi’s dig at leadership

    Gautam
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    AAP leader Mayank Gandhi contended on Saturday that the lack of transparency within the party was alienating workers, a reflection of the growing rift between him and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Gandhi had earlier said in a post on his blog that Kejriwal insisted on the ouster of senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Aam Aadmi Party’s political affairs committee at a national executive meeting on Wednesday. He contended their removal went “against the overwhelming sentiments” of AAP volunteers. In another post on his blog on Saturday, the leader from…
  • Kejriwal to step down as AAP convenor?

    Gautam
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    Amid the last-ditch efforts to tide over the differences within, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is learnt to have offered to step down as Aam Aadmi Party national convenor ahead of the party’s national executive meeting on Wednesday. Owing to ill health, the Mr. Kejriwal will be leaving for Bengaluru in the evening for 10 days’ naturopathy treatment, and may not attending the national executive meeting, during which the fate of two senior party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav would be decided. Both the senior leaders are expected to attend the meeting. While Mr.
  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
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  • Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny

    Christopher R. Hill
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    For the first time in nearly three years, the foreign ministers of China, South Korea, and Japan met last week in Seoul to discuss potential collaboration on a range of issues. But trilateral cooperation, while critical, can be effective only if all three countries recognize that their futures, like their pasts, are intertwined.
  • Latin America in the Second Machine Age

    Luis Alberto Moreno
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The Summit of the Americas in Panama City will focus on how to support inclusive growth in the Latin American and Caribbean economies, which have lately taken a major hit from falling commodities prices. Any strategy will have to boost the region's resilience to the next wave of automation.
  • Are Equities Overvalued?

    Michael Spence
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Since the global economic crisis, sharp divergences in economic performance have contributed to significant stock-market volatility. Now, stocks are reaching relatively high levels by conventional measures – and it is difficult to discern precisely why.
  • Europe’s Easy-Money Endgame

    Hans-Werner Sinn
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Rescue packages have relieved the eurozone’s financial distress, but at a high cost. Not only have they enabled investors to avoid paying for their poor decisions; they have also allowed overpriced southern European countries to defer real depreciation, which is necessary to restore competitiveness.
  • The Real Singapore Model

    Minxin Pei
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    The system that Lee Kuan Yew crafted during his 31 years as Prime Minister of Singapore is often mischaracterized as a one-party dictatorship superimposed on a free-market economy. But Lee's true genius was in using democratic institutions and the rule of law to curb the predatory appetite of his country'€™s ruling elite.
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  • Raw-G Drops a Hard Hitting New Song ‘Sangre’

    mrDaveyd
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    No More War.. Love Flows Through these Veins… This is the hook to an incredible new song called Sangre from Oakland based artist Gina Madrid aka Raw G and singer Nikila aka MamaWisdom1. They represents a growing breed of artists who unapologetic about using their music to make hard hitting political statements. Glad to see so many Oakland artists stepping up and doing incredible music that helps shift our thinking and get us to be more conscious.. Shout out to Raw G and Nikila for delivering an heartfelt song in such troubled times.. We Need more music like this.. salute‬…
  • Some Thoughts on the DOJ Ferguson Report

    mrDaveyd
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A couple of things to keep in mind about the DOJ’s Ferguson Report. First, all it does is confirm many of the things that independent media has long been reporting and what folks from Ferguson had long been articulating.. Sadly for more than a few folks, what was being asserted is now legitimate because the DOJ says so… I’ll let folks think on that for a minute.. Because folks may have dreads, not speak the king’s English or have a fancy degree or title next to their name, important truths were ignored.. and when I say ignored, I don’t mean folks didn’t…
  • Khan: A 9/11 Every Other Day

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Freelance Journalist Nida Khan In early 2010, I was engaged in an interesting discussion with a cab driver on the bustling streets of Karachi, Pakistan.  Like any good cabbie, he was in tune with the pulse of the city, and could articulate the general mood and climate of the area.  We talked at length about U.S.-Pakistan relations, but one statement he made in particular will stick with me perhaps forever:  “We have a 9/11 every other day,” he said. Still trying to process the immense tragedy of last Tuesday’s attack at the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan…
  • Christmas Eve: Protests, Drama & Cop Shootings

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    So it’s Christmas Eve, a time when we are supposed to have good will toward one another and spread peace. Sadly there is much turmoil across the land. First we have in Houston, Texas a Grand Jury decided NOT to charge a Houston police officer named Juventino Castro who shot and killed an unarmed man named Jordan Baker earlier this year.. Castro who was off duty at the time, but in uniform saw Baker riding his bike and mistook him for wearing a hoodie. He said Baker fit the description of a robbery suspect. He said when he approached Jordan, he ran away and then turned around and charged…
  • A Tale of 2 Cop Killers and the Movements Attached to Them

    mrDaveyd
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hope folks are paying close attention to whats playing out right now.. Police departments all over the country have put themselves on high alert and talking about safety concerns and how they can handle things differently… Many of these departments will be sending officers to NY for the funerals of the two were ambushed… Its important that folks look back at how police departments publicly responded in the aftermath of two ambushes that took place in June of this year (2014).. The most notable one involves convicted felon Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda who hung out at Cliven…
 
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  • Congressional Republicans Approve Huge Increase in Fund for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan despite Pentagon Asking for Less

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Republicans on Capitol Hill added $45 billion to a request by the Department of Defense to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the GOP’s budget plan.   Pentagon officials had asked for $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, a trick that has been routinely used by Congress to support the wars for years. They got that, and more. Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled House passed a budget plan that added $45 billion to the request for OCO.   Republicans put two budget proposals on the floor, nicknamed Price 1 and Price 2, after their…
  • Lawyer who Defends Corporations Accused of Creating Toxic Pollution Sues Neighbor for Smoking Inside his own House

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    When she’s not defending corporate polluters accused of releasing toxic substances, Nessa Coppinger is in court suing her neighbor for smoking in the privacy of his own home.   Coppinger is a principal of the firm Beveridge & Diamond, where she takes the lead on cases of corporations being sued for harming the environment. One example, found by Republic Report, has Coppinger defending Suncoke Energy, Inc., whose operations have allegedly produced “sludge-like deposits, strong odors, particulates, lead, mercury, arsenic, chromium, creosote, coal tar pitch, coal tar pitch…
  • Inspector General Report Accuses Homeland Security Official of “Unprecedented” Visa Intervention on Behalf of Harry Reid, Virginia’s Current Governor and Others

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inspector general has accused the department’s former No. 2 official of “unprecedented” interference in a visa program for wealthy foreign investors on behalf of prominent politicians.   Inspector General John Roth said in “an unusually harsh and detailed report,” according to Government Executive, that the former head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and deputy secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, had helped politically connected foreign investors seeking U.S. residency. Those receiving…
  • Why are so many Babies Dying in Vernal, Utah?

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    A small Utah town located near a major oil and gas drilling operation has witnessed a recent spike in infant deaths.   Neonatal mortality rates in Vernal, population 10,000, went up six-fold from 2010 to 2013, according to statistics compiled by local resident and midwife Donna Young. Young’s troubling conclusion seemed to be backed up by a government health report on baby deaths in a tri-county area that includes Vernal.   Infant mortality and birth defect data from Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah counties revealed the region experienced 13 infant deaths and 13 stillbirths in…
  • FCC Issues First TV Station Nudity Fine in 7 Years

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time in seven years has penalized a television station for airing content containing nudity.   The fine of $325,000 against WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, represents the first such action by the FCC since 2008. WDBJ got into trouble for showing a brief pornographic video clip on July 12, 2012, during a story on former porn star Tiffany Rose volunteering her time for a local rescue squad. The segment included three seconds from the woman’s website that featured an explicit video clip in a box on the side of the webpage, according…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Hypocrite of the month: State Sen. Sylvia Allen on morality

    cpmaz
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings It can be tough to single out a solitary Arizona legislator whose hypocrisy is greater than that of his/her colleagues, but the infamous Sen. Sylvia Allen served this one up like a BP … Continue reading →
  • Mad Max gets his budget in the House, the Senate attempts to follow suit

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The TanMan’s “Mad Max” strategy of staging a Thunderdome fight in the House actually worked for him on Wednesday. Unbelievable. The Washington Post reports, How Boehner got a much-needed victory on the budget: House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) racked … Continue reading →
  • Action Alert: Tell Governor Ducey to veto SB 1318 today

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    What Donna Gratehouse refers to as the “Lady Money Is Not Real Money” bill, SB 1318 (.pdf), passed the Senate on Wednesday and has been transmitted to the governor. Affordable Care Act abortion bill goes to the governor: On an … Continue reading →
  • Broadway Widening Redux: March 26 Meeting on ‘Community Alignment’

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    The beleaguered Citizens Task Force (CTF) of the Broadway Widening Project revolted at last week’s meeting and didn’t approve the city staff plan for widening Broadway Blvd. because it didn’t match the CTF’s recommendation from December 2014. Consequently, the CTF … Continue reading →
  • Moctoberfest at the Mercado

    Carolyn Classen
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Schedule below for Moctoberfest, 4 to 12 midnight at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento (west of I-10) — on March 28. Presented by Flam Chen, more at: www.moctoberfest.com. A Spring Carnival & Fundraiser for Many Mouths One Stomach… … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
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  • SFPD Headquarters Moving to New Building to Escape Infrastructure Issues

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The SFPD headquarters is moving into the newly constructed Public Safety Building in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood this week, leaving behind a seismically deficient Hall of Justice building suffering from recurring power outages and HVAC problems. The new $243 million Public Safety Building, located on Third Street, about two blocks south of AT&T Park, is the first step in a ten-year city plan to move occupants of the Hall of Justice to secure and safe buildings. On Saturday, the police department’s Southern station will become operational out of the new building. The…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Inmates at SF Jail Say Deputies Forced Them to Fight Gladiator Style Jail inmates held in San Francisco’s Hall of Justice allege sheriff’s deputies have forced them to fight “gladiator-style,” San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said today. Adachi said today that his office was alerted to the allegedly deputy-orchestrated fights through the father of an inmate via email on March 12. Adachi interviewed the man’s son, Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, who confirmed that he had been forced to fight twice and that the deputies were planning another fight. Garcia, who is…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Internal Investigation Launched into How Jail Inmate Escaped An inmate facing federal trafficking and weapon offenses who escaped custody at the county jail in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood late Monday remains at large, according to a San Francisco sheriff’s spokeswoman. The 26-year-old inmate, Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, was not handcuffed and was not in a secure part of the jail when he escaped, according to San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Kathy Gorwood. Gorwood said the inmate was taking out the trash under the watch of a sheriff’s…
  • New Raiders Stadium and A’s Venue Right Around the Corner

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Alameda County supervisors hope new negotiations between the county, the city of Oakland and a development firm yield a plan to keep all three Oakland sports teams at the existing Oakland Coliseum site without spending taxpayer money on stadium construction, the supervisors said at their meeting today. The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with New City Development LLC to come up with a development plan for the Coliseum area that includes a new Raiders stadium as well as a potential new venue for the Oakland A’s. New City is an investor…
  • Tuesday Midday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Searching For Escaped Inmate An inmate from the county jail escaped custody late Monday and is still at large, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. At about 8:45 p.m. Monday a deputy was escorting inmate Alexander Santiago-Gonzales to the basement of the Hall of Justice to take out the trash, sheriff’s officials said. On the way to the basement garbage dumpster, the inmate fled on Harriet Alley in the direction of Harrison Street, sheriff’s officials said. The deputy chased the inmate but was not able to apprehend him,…
 
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  • 25 Years Ago Madonna's Truth or Dare

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    I remember going to the theater to see this first-of-its-kind (not really), documentary Truth or Dare. It's hard to believe it was 25 years ago - holy cow! Am I really that old? Oh yeah.I was definitely a Madonna fan but, as the years have gone by, I guess you could say my interest in her has generally faded. However, there are times when her name comes up and I will read an article or watch a performance (The Super Bowl being the last). This last week, I had come upon a recent interview that Madonna did with Howard Stern.The English accent of hers was gone and while the interview by itself…
  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
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  • Punchy Miliband was the big winner against a flat Cameron

    George Eaton
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The Labour leader easily exceeded expectations and eroded the PM's advantage on leadership.  Ed Miliband interviewed by Jeremy Paxman earlier tonight. Photograph: Getty Images. It was Ed Miliband who had the most to gain from tonight's TV event - and he did. He was better-prepared, more fluent and more inspiring than David Cameron, reminding us of the qualities that enabled him to defeat his brother for the Labour leadership in 2010 (a subject raised several times). As one aide told me afterwards: "That's why David Cameron doesn't want to go head-to-head with Ed Miliband".  The evening…
  • 5 things we learned from Miliband and Cameron's Q&A

    Stephen Bush
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What we learned from the debates: David Cameron erred in avoiding a head-to-head; Ed Miliband is the new Dirk Kuyt and Jeremy Paxman's still got it. He's still got it. Photo:Getty. 1. Jeremy Paxman is a pro... There were plenty of raised eyebrows after Jeremy Paxman told attendees at the Adweek conference that he admired David Cameron, didn't think much of Ed Milband, and had been sounded out by the Tories to fill the vacant seat of Kensington and Chelsea. But any objections to Paxman's presence in the big chair were destroyed - along with the Prime Minister, who greeted the advertising break…
  • The Tories' campaign is in chaos

    Jon Ashworth
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    From the grubby attempt to oust the Speaker, to Afzal Amin and Grant Shapps, the Conservatives are in no state to address the country's problems.  David Cameron during his visit to the headquarters of ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia on January 23, 2014 in Crawley. Photograph: Getty Images. From Dudley North to botched grubby Commons coups, the Tory party campaign remains in an utter mess. Tonight this will be underlined. We will see the ludicrous spectacle of a Prime Minister turning up to the same studio at the same time as Ed Miliband yet refusing to debate him face to face. He’s…
  • When Labour comes to terms with embarrassing Uncle Tony, it can finally start to defend its record

    Helen Lewis
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Blair's most memorable legacy, the Iraq war, has Labour MPs distancing themselves from their own time in power. But there's a lot more to the post-1997 years - and some of it's pretty good. Tony Blair. Photo: Sang Tan - WPA Pool/Getty Images Almost every family has an embarrassing relative – the one who makes eyebrow-raising comments about Chinese gymnasts or once had to be carried out of Aunt Sylvia’s second wedding face down in the top tier of the sponge cake. Even the Middletons, who produced our preternaturally perfect future queen Kate, have one: Uncle Gary, once caught by the News…
  • Might Binyamin Netanyahu surprise us all - again?

    Uri Dromi
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu defied the polls to win re-election last week. Uri Dromes offers his quiet wish for statesmanship from the leader. Binyamin Netanyahu celebrates his re-election. Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images The outcome of the Israeli elections on 17 March was a great personal victory for Binyamin Netanyahu, who had been dismissed by pundits a few days earlier as a relic of the past. Indeed, it was a double victory: not only will Netanyahu be able to form a stable right-wing government, he’ll be able to address grievances of little interest to those outside Israel.
 
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  • Words are no longer enough

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Words are no longer enough. Denunciation is no longer enough. Against thieves and corrupt people it’s no longer enough. The lies of the Government and of its third-rate huckster, no longer hold water. Outrage is no longer enough. Institutional respect is no longer enough. Parliament no longer exists, it no longer represents anything, unconstitutional roulade of appointed people. Words are no longer enough. Corruption is never enough for them. Organised crime is no longer enough. Everything’s overflowing. Words, our words, demonstrations, elections, are no longer enough. We have to invent…
  • No one must go thirsty: water in public hands is a right

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    “Why is the water bill so high? In the last few years, have you ever tried to understand why something that should be a right is now something that makes a big hole in your savings? Someone would like to ruin the results of the 2011 referendum, in which a massive majority of the Italian people said “no” to every law that could place the handling of public water into private hands. However, in Italy, strange things are happening: water is cut off indiscriminately and without warning on a regular basis, the price of water has gone up by 95.8% in the last few years, the profits of the…
  • Let’s save Milan’s trees! #573alberi

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    The city of Milan is cutting down loads of trees (they’ve already brought down more than 700 in piazza Dateo and Corso Plebisciti) because "they are not compatible" with Milan’s M4 Metro project. But this project isn’t yet accurately defined and nor is it sure to happen. What’s more, it’s being managed by Stefano Perotti’s company called SPM Consulting. And Stefano Perotti was arrested less than a week ago together with Ercole Incalza, accused of being involved with kickbacks related to the big public works. Hands off the trees! Today the M5S city councillor, Mattia Calise,…
  • #Passaparola: Expo, the trade show of corruption - by Gianni Barbacetto

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    New Twitter Gallery "Hello to all the friends of Beppe Grillo’s Blog. Today we will be talking about the Expo. There are only a few weeks left now before the official opening of the event but the works are still behind and they are paying for all the delays that happened over the past 6 years, almost three of which were lost because the politicians were fighting amongst themselves about who was in charge, who was running the event and who was dishing out the money. The Passaparola of Gianni Barbacetto, co-author with Marco Maroni of the book entitled "Excelsior - Il gran ballo dell'Expo"…
  • #Expo, the final countdown (less than 39 days)

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Cartoon: TheHand "Welcome to the big binge opportunity that is Expo 2015, the event that is meant to change the face of Milan and trigger the Italian recovery. An adventure that started in 2008, and then there were three years lost to arguments, then a further three years spent trying to recover the lost time and to disengage the investigations revealing astounding cases of corruption" from the book called EXCELSIOR - Il Gran Ballo dell’Expo {Expo’s Great Ball - or great lie} by Gianni Barbacetto and Marco Maroni. Loads of books have been written about corruption and wasting public money,…
 
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  • Confused about the Middle East? So Is the United States

    Emma Ashford
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Emma Ashford Since the Arab Spring, many Middle Eastern countries have fallen into political chaos like dominoes. This week’s explosion of conflict in Yemen is just the most recent example. Though many of these conflicts are based on local grievances, they are being exacerbated by the involvement of the region’s larger states, and by the United States. America’s leaders denounce intervention by unfriendly states like Iran. Yet the United States ignores or even enables such actions by U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia. In doing so, America is simply contributing to the mess in the Middle…
  • Reg A+: Only a Partial Win for Small Business Capital Access

    Thaya Knight
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Thaya Knight Tuesday, the SEC approved final rules for so-called Reg A+, a new and revitalized version of the Regulation A exemption, created by the JOBS Act of 2012.  While the new rules remove barriers for issuers seeking a raise near the top of the $50 million cap, they fail to remove the greatest barrier – state registration – for the smaller issuers, effectively leaving them out in the cold.  Reg A has been essentially unusable for years.  The exemption allows a company to sell securities to the public without full registration, provided the issuer raises no more than $5 million…
  • Spring Regulation Issue: Oil, Obamacare and Tech Innovation

    Peter Van Doren
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Peter Van Doren This week, Cato released the Spring issue of Regulation. The cover article, by economist Pierre Lemieux, argues that the recent oil price decline is at least partly the result of increased supply from the extraction of shale oil.  The increased supply allows the economy to produce more goods. This benefits some people, if not all of them.  Thus, contrary to some commentary in the press, cheaper oil prices cannot harm the economy as a whole. A related article examines the dramatic increase in crude oil transported by trains and whether additional safety regulation of tank car…
  • Young v. UPS : Bias Plaintiffs Win at the Supreme Court

    Walter Olson
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Walter Olson As I’ve had occasion to note in this space, pundits regularly complain that the current Supreme Court is somehow throttling job-bias lawsuits out of some concern for employers’ rights. However, the Court’s recent rulings on employment discrimination law in fact tend toward the cautious and centrist, and the caseload of discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) remains near its all-time highs. (Thus the New York Times complained in 2013 that a Court decision four years previously had made it hopeless to file age-bias claims,…
  • Will the TPP Strengthen U.S. Foreign Relations?

    K. William Watson
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    K. William Watson The Obama administration wants us to believe that even while the Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping the global economy in favor of U.S. interests, it is also furthering U.S. foreign policy by strengthening alliances and containing China’s influence in the Asia-Pacific region.  Alan Beattie of the Financial Times has written a scathing rebuttal to this line of argument: This is an appealing fall-back for those who don’t like the deal’s content, but is at best one of the weaker arguments in favour. Whether or not agreements help strategic alliances, the intrusive and…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Why People Believe and Why People Kill: Countering Dennett and Harris

    sirrahc
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A few weeks ago, I said I would be sharing a few more passages from Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book Atheist Delusions. In this citation from early in the book, Hart is in the midst of pointing out some of the bad arguments, poor understanding of both religion and history, and sanctimony in the anti-religious […]
  • In Favor of the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

    sirrahc
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “You have to go to the doctor. You have to be diagnosed with the debilitating disease or medical condition. You have to get that diagnosis in writing. You have to send that written diagnosis to the Department of Health and wait for the department to send you an identification card in order to become a […]
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things

    sirrahc
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  — John Adams, Esq., Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, Dec. 4, 1770. We all, at some time or another, are guilty […]
  • Primer on Net Neutrality

    sirrahc
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “Title II regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem.”  — Logan Albright, Research Analyst at FreedomWorks I confess, I have been putting off taking the time & effort to get up to speed on this whole “Net Neutrality” thing. I mean, I had the gist of it but didn’t know […]
  • On Ethical Monotheism and Friedrich Nietzsche

    sirrahc
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, influential 19th-century philosopher and cultural critic Late last year, I posted excerpts from the Introduction to Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book, Atheist Delusions. I finally starting reading the rest of the book — slowly, now and then — and am really appreciating Hart’s […]
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    Fair Observer

  • India Doesn’t Need a Nanny

    Ashok Malik
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Indian society benefits from a meaningful and frank dialogue on women’s rights, not censorship. It was in the mid-1980s that Margaret Thatcher famously spoke of denying terrorists the “oxygen of publicity.” True, this was and is easier said than done. Terrorists — or even everyday criminals — resort to actions that are newsy by their occurrence, and a […] The post India Doesn’t Need a Nanny appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Germanwings Flight 4U9525: Deadlock Between Safety and Security

    Yijun Yu
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the Germanwings tragedy shows, the aims of safety and security are not always on the same team. It seems incredible that a pilot of a passenger aircraft could be locked out of the cockpit. But analysis from the cockpit voice recorder recovered from Germanwings Flight 4U9525, which ploughed into the Southern Alps in France on […] The post Germanwings Flight 4U9525: Deadlock Between Safety and Security appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • America’s Retreatniks Are Too Busy Calling the Kettle Black

    John Feffer
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about “American retreat,” yet they’re the ones stonewalling on sending US representatives to global institutions. The new talking point for the Republican Party — actually, it’s an old talking point in expensive new clothing — is “America is in retreat.” That’s the title of a recent book by Bret Stephens, a Wall […] The post America’s Retreatniks Are Too Busy Calling the Kettle Black appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Dhaka’s Silence in Wake of Avijit Roy’s Murder

    Arafatul Islam
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Can writers in Bangladesh depend on the government to protect them? The brutal murder of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born American writer, shocked many people in his home country. International human rights organizations condemned the killing, and the US government sent FBI agents to the capital city of Dhaka to investigate. However, Bangladesh’s “secular” government remained silent […] The post Dhaka’s Silence in Wake of Avijit Roy’s Murder appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • As a Nigerian, This is What Feminism Means to Me

    Ozichi Emeziem
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Why is the term “feminist” understood as a role for the angry woman who can’t find a man? *[Note: The author identifies herself as “womxn,” which is a means of linguistic dissociation from the word “man” and also a way to recognize the multiple intersections that construct gender identity. It is used in contrast to the […] The post As a Nigerian, This is What Feminism Means to Me appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Remedii si idei de tratamente interesante sunt de gasit in produse naturiste online

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Tratamentele facute de pe ureche au fost inlocuite in timp cu vizitele la medic si cumpararea de produse din ce in ce mai bune, in special naturale, alternative pentru diverse boli si pentru ficat. Si pentru ca deplasarea la farmacie nu prea e placuta si nici nu incanta pe nimeni, farmaciile mari si-au deschis si magazine online, de unde pacientii pot cumpara tot ce au nevoie, atat medicamente de sinteza, cat si cele naturiste.Avantajele produse naturiste online sunt multiple, dintre cele mai importante amintim rapiditatea comenzii, documentarea online inainte de cumparare, diversitatea de…
  • Progrese importante facute gratie berii

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    Succesul Americii Coloniale. Inflorirea Americii coloniale nu ar fi fost posibila fara istoria bauturii favorite, berea. Europenii din acea perioada nu prea erau fani ai apei obisnuite. Considerata nesigura, oamenii preferau sa bea bere. Cu cat inaintau spre sud, colonistii incepeau sa dea de apa infestata cu bacterii si plina de microbi, asa ca berea era pe lista de prioritati.Pe vase, berea nu li se dadea pasagerilor si era pastrata pentru echipaj, care se temea sa consume orice fel de apa. In colonia Virginia, prin 1630 a inceput sa se produca bere. Pentru ca numarul celor care au murit in…
  • Prelungeste viata echipamentelor automatizari apeland la servicii service automatizari

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Pentru ca o automatizare facuta pe orice tip de echipament sa functioneze in parametri normali trebuie sa se asigure service automatizari in ideea intretinerii si prevenirii defectelor. Pe masura ce se agraveaza, defectele si imprefectiunile duc la degradarea mecanismului care sta la baza automatizarii si se pierde orice posibilitate de actionare a acesteia. Daca defectiunile sunt remediate la timp, echipamentele nu vor fi inlocuite, se va face economie de bani si acestea vor functiona timp indelungat.Firmele specializate in asigurare service respecta termenele, actioneaza rapid si au…
  • Primul concert

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Adolescent fiind, mi-am invitat prietena la un concert de exceptie, tinut de o filarmonica din afara, interesat mai mult de ea decit de muzica clasica, despre care nu stiam mai nimic. Dupa ce se stinsera luminile si orchestra ataca primul scherzo, am inceput sa-i bijbii sinii, sfirsind prin a-i baga mina pe sub fusta, lucru care o scadaliza si iesi afara.- Orice ai spune, ma apar, interesant sa n-o pierd, toti fac la fel!- Stiu, zice, dar niciunul nu mi-a facut-o in timpul unui concert, care este sfint pentru mine! De data asta te iert, dar sa nu se mai intimple!
  • La ce sa fiti atenti cand cautati un restaurant nunti care sa fie pe placul tuturor

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Mancarea este, cum stie fiecare mireasa, cea care poate cuceri inimile invitatilor la petrecerea de nunta, facandu-i sa se simta bine si sa se bucure de fiecare moment petrecut in restaurante nunti. O modalitate foarte simpla prin care te poti asigura ca invitatii vor avea parte de o experienta de patru stele este sa cauti restaurante bucuresti a caror bucatarie o cunosti deja si o adori. Alegerea de restaurante nunti este la indemana pentru cuplurile care nu vor sa-si bata capul cu detaliile organizarii si asta pentru ca toate aranjamentele vor fi facute de personalul restaurantului…
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  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
  • Ted Cruz’s Presidential Eligibility

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Q: Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president? A: Most likely. The legal consensus is that Cruz qualifies because he was born to a U.S. citizen living abroad, making him a U.S. citizen at birth. FULL QUESTION Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for president based on the fact he was born in Canada but his mother was American? Exactly what does the Constitution and our other laws say about this? FULL ANSWER Sen. Ted Cruz announced on March 23 that he will seek the Republican nomination to be president of the United States in 2016. But, as some readers were quick to…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz

    Robert Farley
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven’t. Some highlights: Cruz railed against a “government … that seeks to ban our ammunition.” The Obama administration sought to ban a certain type of armor-piercing bullet, not all types of ammunition. The proposal has since been postponed. Cruz claimed that as a result of the Affordable Care Act “millions … have…
  • Obama’s Exaggerated Health Care Claims

    Eugene Kiely
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    President Obama made some exaggerated claims during a recent speech in Cleveland about the Affordable Care Act and the House Republican proposal for Medicare. The president said his health care law is “reducing the overall costs — $1,800 in people’s pockets.” The $1,800 is not a reduction in insurance premiums, but rather the difference between the cost of the average employer-sponsored plan in 2014 and what the average premium would have been if based on average rate increases from 2000 through 2010. The calculations were done by White House economic advisers, but even…
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  • Arizona Is One Step Closer To Passing A Controversial Abortion Bill

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Arizona Is One Step Closer To Passing A Controversial Abortion Bill Arizona Is One Step Closer To Passing A Controversial Abortion Bill Has Been Optimized Arizona lawmakers have passed a measure that blocks women from buying insurance that includes abortion coverage through the federal health care exchange, Reuters reported. The bill will now go to Republican Governor Doug Ducey, who has said he’s opposed to abortion, but it’s unclear if he’ll veto the bill or sign it into law. The bill also requires doctors to tell women they can reverse the effects of a chemical abortion, although…
  • As President, Scott Walker Would Overturn Any Iran Deal 'On The First Day'

    Ethan Brown
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    As President, Scott Walker Would Overturn Any Iran Deal 'On The First Day' As President, Scott Walker Would Overturn Any Iran Deal 'On The First Day' Has Been Optimized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, said he would reject any agreement the Obama administration signs with Iran on halting its nuclear energy program. When asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would reject the law, Walker responded, “Absolutely, on Day 1.” Walker added, “The concept of a nuclear Iran is not only…
  • Nebraska State Senator Compares Police To Islamic State Group (Video)

    Michael Allen
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nebraska State Senator Compares Police To Islamic State Group (Video) Nebraska State Senator Compares Police To Islamic State Group (Video) Local Politics World NebraskaWelcomeSign Has Been Optimized Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers compared the Middle Eastern terrorist group Islamic State group to American police during a hearing on March 20 about a bill that would allow concealed handguns in bars and restaurants that sell liquor. A video (below) of Chambers' comments surfaced on March 25 and caused a firestorm of criticism, noted the Nebraska Watchdog. After a pro-gun advocate mentioned…
  • Bernie Sanders on Republican Budget: 'Robin Hood in Reverse'

    Ethan Brown
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Bernie Sanders on Republican Budget: 'Robin Hood in Reverse' Bernie Sanders on Republican Budget: 'Robin Hood in Reverse' Has Been Optimized Sen. Bernie Sanders heavily criticized the Senate Republicans' new budget plan, vowing to move it in a “radically different” direction from what’s currently being proposed. Sanders, an independent from Vermont who generally caucuses with Senate Democrats on legislation, has listed significant changes he will propose as amendments to the Republican plan, including more spending on infrastructure and fewer cuts to Social Security…
  • Congresswoman's Remarkably Bad Parking Job Goes Viral (Video)

    Sean Kelly
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    Congresswoman's Remarkably Bad Parking Job Goes Viral (Video) Congresswoman's Remarkably Bad Parking Job Goes Viral (Video) Politics congress, eleanor holmes norton, video, parking, car, congresswoman Has Been Optimized Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton's embarrassing attempt at a parking job was caught on video (below) and has since become an Internet sensation. Norton was spotted attempting to park her van between two correctly parked vehicles. The two men who witnessed the incident began filming to document the absurd parking job. One of the witnesses summarized what had gone on up to…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Pour a Little Sugar…Out

    Josh Bowen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Humans have been using sugar since the 5th century. And since that time, humans have been consuming it in record amounts. In fact in 1801, historians estimate each American consumed 8.4 pound of sugar each year. In 1909, Americans consumed 85 pounds of sugar a year (6 lbs of corn sweeteners, 80 lbs of cane and beet sugar). In 1999 Americans consumed 151 pounds of sugar (84 lbs from corn sweeteners). Oh and by the way a person dies from Type 2 Diabetes every 7 seconds and it wasn’t officially discovered until 1935! Wow! There is a direct relationship to the amount of sugar one ingests to the…
  • Greg Harris: The Kase for Kasich

    Greg Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Speculation about a Kasich presidential run is still very much alive and well, and deservedly so. By any objective measure, Ohio’s economic situation has improved greatly under his leadership, which was affirmed in his landslide re-election. Kasich has emerged as somewhat a maverick at a time when other presidential contenders are sounding very much alike in making appeals to a small base of the Republican party (with some exception for Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul). Governor Kasich stands out for a track record that no other contender can offer: a track record of effectiveness at the state…
  • Lauren Mayer: Schadenfreude, Downton Abbey-style

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I don’t generally take pleasure in the woes of others, but every now and then it is delicious to see someone get a much-deserved come-uppance.  Like when that speeding shmuck who cut you off 2 miles ago gets pulled over by a cop, or when a morality-preaching evangelical gets caught with his pants down.  So you can’t blame people for gloating a bit about the spectacular (and quick) downfall of resigned Congressman Aaron Schock – he used taxpayers and donors to finance a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle having nothing to do with his district, and flaunted his exploits…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: March Madness Mittyism

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Call it pre-spring fever but every year in March (just before the basketball Madness begins), I break out with a serious case of roundball Walter Mittyism (James Thurber’s meek and mild-mannered fictional character with a daring and vivid fantasy life.) Growing up in Kentucky means the usual childhood dreams of grown-up greatness inevitably include, at some point, imagined greatness as a basketball player. For the vast majority of us, basketball greatness never goes beyond the dreaming phase. But it’s a dream that continues to linger posthumously. Kentucky basketball in March is a…
  • Josh Bowen: 12 Steps to Eating on the Go

    Josh Bowen
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Life is busy. We live in a world that goes a hundred miles per hour, everyday. Eating healthy can sometimes get put to the back of the line. From day to day travel to business trips to flying on airplanes, learning the best ways to eat better when we are busy can be challenging, but they can be done.  From the appendix of my book 12 Steps to Fitness Freedom here are 12 steps to eating on the go: Preparation 1. You either prepare to succeed or fail. Preparing your lunch ahead of time would ensure you didn’t stop for fast food on your way back to the office. 2. Knowing what restaurants are…
 
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  • Alcee Hastings Endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Democrats keep hopping on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s, D-Fla., bandwagon as he runs for the U.S. Senate in 2016. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., announced on Thursday he was backing Murphy.read more
  • Ron DeSantis Hits Obama Over Bowe Bergdahl

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    With the U.S. Army planning to try Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who served in the Navy, was a military prosecutor and currently chairs the U.S. House National Security Subcommittee, slammed the Obama administration negotiating to release him in exchange for five captured terrorists.read more
  • Gus Bilirakis Honored by U.S. Travel Association

    Kevin Derby
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., was honored by the U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday with its “Distinguished Travel Champion Award." Bilirakis was joined by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Prtitzker; U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.read more
  • Marco Rubio, Ted Yoho Want to Increase Online Tax-Filing Security

    Kevin Derby
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    As Americans gets ready to file their taxes next month, two Florida congressional Republicans brought out a bill this week to protect their security if they file online. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., introduced legislation on Tuesday forcing the Treasury Department to add tougher security measures, including security questions, for Americans who file their taxes online. Both Rubio and Yoho noted that Florida has been facing more identity threat problems than other states.read more
  • Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton Call for More Defense Spending

    Kevin Derby
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    On Tuesday night, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on the Senate floor to make a joint speech calling for more defense spending. Excerpts from Rubio’s speech are below:read more
 
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  • Editorial Cartoon: Bombs

    Bill Day
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Feeding the poor does nothing to help feed the corporate military industrial complex. The GOP Budget message to domestic spending needs: Let them eat bombs! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US House Is Functional For A Day, Passes Bipartisan Bill, Extends CHIP Funding

    Keith Brekhus
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the US House overwhelmingly passed a Medicare payment overhaul bill on Thursday. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Obama Vows To Veto Any Republican Bill That Unravels Wall Street Reform

    Jason Easley
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    President Obama issued his most direct threat to veto the Republican budget while speaking in Birmingham, AL today. The President warned Congressional Republicans that he would veto any bill that unravels Wall Street reform. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bernie Sanders Stands Up For The Middle Class By Dropping a Huge Fact Bomb On The Senate

    Jason Easley
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    In the midst of a Senate budget vote-a-rama that Republicans are filling with anti-Obamacare and economy killing votes, Senator Bernie Sanders took the Senate floor and dropped the fact bomb that raising the minimum wage is real job creator. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Desperate Rand Paul Morphs Into Defense Hawk, Proposes Increase Military Spending

    Keith Brekhus
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced a budget amendment to increase military spending by 190 billion dollars over the next two years. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Hariri, Erdogan and moderate voices

    Michel
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Former Prime Minister Saad Harriri and Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed their support for moderation in the face of Islamist extremism roiling the Middle East during a meeting Wednesday in Ankara.The meeting, which took place at the newly constructed presidential palace, discussed the situation in the Middle East, the need to coordinate efforts to address regional threats and the importance of “strengthening the moderate majority of the Arab and Islamic world,” according to a statement released by Hariri’s media office. (Source: Daily Star ) Hmmmm interesting…
  • Follow Up: Human Rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    The first public court session of CLDH representatives Marie Daunay and Wadih Al-Asmar was held Yesterday in front of Judge Elias Khoury (Publication Court of Baabda) in the presence of NGOs,  the European Union, embassies and United Nations representatives, showing their support to the two human rights defenders sued for denouncing allegations of torture in Lebanon. The session was a questionning by the Court and the lawyers of the two human rights defenders who face up to one year in jail and a fine in case they are convicted for defamation. Both insisted on the role of human rights…
  • Surprise Surprise

    Michel
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    According to Times of Israel, an annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats. The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide. The document cites Iran and Hizbullah’s endeavors to…
  • Another example of Lebanese racism …..

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Mother day is coming up and what a Lebanese should buy his mother as a gift? According to a Lebanese company, the best gift is a slave and they have deals on Kenyans and Ethiopians maids. A friend of mine wrote about it on blogbaladi . Lebanon is known for its bad records when it comes to Human Rights and respecting people of a different color. Racism is widespread in the country on every single level, specially in the sector of migrant workers. Don’t let the high rises, the flashy stores, the crazy parties fool you. Lebanese, in general are racist. You will be subjected to racism if…
  • Human rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Then following is from Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH): First public court session against CLDH for denouncing torture Date: March 17, 2015 Time: 09:00 am Place: Baadba Palace of Justice (Publication court) Dear colleagues and friends, Since its inception in Beirut in 2006 CLDH has been systematically documenting and denouncing the practice of torture in Lebanon. We strongly believe that the practice of torture is unacceptable, whatever the reason is, and whoever the perpetrators are. In 2011, CLDH published, in partnership with other NGOs a comprehensive report on torture in…
 
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  • Eleven Republicans Vote For Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    The nonbinding vote isn’t expected to create new law — but it’s a notable insight into a party in flux as the Supreme Court considers making nationwide marriage equality a reality this summer. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, joined by Senate GOP leaders, talks to reporters. J. Scott Applewhite / AP WASHINGTON — Eleven Senate Republicans joined with all of the Democrats on Thursday night in supporting an amendment to guarantee equal Social Security and veterans benefits to married same-sex couples — even if they live in a state that does not recognize such…
  • Mike Huckabee Once Threatened To Sue Owner Of MikeHuckabee.com For Copyright Infringement

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    “This letter shall serve as a demand upon you to cease use of the name ‘Mike Huckabee’ and the copyrighted logo in any internet domain name or website.” Via web.archive.org When Mike Huckabee was running for re-election as Arkansas's governor in 2002, his lawyers threatened legal action against the owner of the website MikeHuckabee.com, which hosted negative content about Huckabee. Kevin Smith, an Air Force veteran in Redfield, Arkansas paid $10 to purchase MikeHuckabee.com in 2002, the Associated Press reported at the time. He started the site because he was angry…
  • Congressman Resigning Over Scandal Drops Abraham Lincoln Reference In Farewell Speech

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    The perfect time for a Lincoln reference: your farewell speech after resigning from Congress amid a scandal over reimbursement of miles not traveled on a Chevy Tahoe. vine.co Resigning Rep. Aaron Schock offered some thoughts about adversity in his farewell address on the House floor Thursday, following his resignation amid scandal. "I also know that every person faces adversity in life," Schock said. "Abraham Lincoln held this seat in congress for one term. But few faced as many defeats in his personal, business, and public life as he did." Schock is resigning after scrutiny over his…
  • Leading National LGBT Organization Names First Woman, First Black President

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Aisha Moodie-Mills to take the helm at the Victory Fund and Institute. In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Moodie-Mills talks about working to bring change to the organization. Aisha Moodie-Mills WASHINGTON — The Victory Fund and Institute has picked Aisha Moodie-Mills — a black woman who has spent the past six years working to get the LGBT community to take diversity issues seriously — as its new president and CEO. Both within the organization and among leaders of other national LGBT organizations, Moodie-Mills' presence as a black lesbian stands in contrast…
  • GOP Congressman: Meddling Obama Operatives "Forced" Netanyahu To Reject Two-State Solution

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    “If the president had stayed out of it in the first place, that statement may never have been made.” Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia says interference by the Obama administration is responsible for Benjamin Netanyahu's comments that there would be no two-state solution if he were reelected for a fourth term as Israel's prime minister. "Well, you know, the president doesn't like to lose, and a lot of his people were on the ground, trying to help the opposition to Netanyahu," Griffith said on the John Fredericks Show. "They in…
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  • Five Elections that Mattered for Conservatism

    Samuel G. Casolari
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    In 1970, a young conservative who once played professional football and served as an aid to California governor Ronald Reagan was elected in an upstate New York congressional district. He was a different kind of Republican from New York. Neither the heir  to inherited wealth nor a seat on Wall Street, Jack Kemp, a football great for the Buffalo Bills, represented the hopes and aspirations of blue-collar, middle-class, hard-working Buffalo area constituents. He was also an idea man with cheerful energy and a winning personality. In today’s Washington of government shutdowns and funding…
  • A Golden Anniversary of Bad Decisions

    Earl H. Tilford
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    “A Great nation cannot wage a little war.” –Duke of Wellington to Parliament, 1838 In September 1964, shortly after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to conduct military operations against North Vietnam, the administration tasked the departments of defense and state for military options. The recent stalemate in Korea warned against future ground wars in Asia. Additionally, as November elections neared Johnson promised “no wider war” in Vietnam. Johnson instead focused on restructuring America into the “Great Society.”…
  • Grove City College: A Rarity in Higher Education

    John A. Sparks
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    In 1965, Russell Kirk, a man of letters and conservative commentator, wrote an essay entitled “The Rarity of the God Fearing Man.” He lamented the fact that we as creatures generally no longer take our Creator-God seriously enough to have a proper reverential fear of Him. He observed that sadly, God-fearing men were a diminishing and “scattered remnant” including—and perhaps especially—in higher education. Kirk knew Grove City College well, having come to the Western Pennsylvania school beginning in 1960 on numerous speaking engagements. Were he alive today, Dr. Kirk would be…
  • To Win or Not to Win: THAT is NOT the Question

    James Thrasher
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Winning has commandeered the high calling of sports and coaching. I walked into a Nike store with my kids and noticed the youth T-shirt table. I was shocked by what I saw: “Crushing You Will Be A Pleasure.” “Thank You for Being Such a Gracious Loser.” “I Promise to Help You Up After I Knock You Down.” And “Good Game: Maybe Next Time You Will Actually Score.” Do you find a consistent message amongst these T-shirts from one of the biggest sports retailers in the world? The slogans on the shirts give a sense of our nation’s obsession with…
  • What Did My Parents Ever Do to the Federal Reserve?

    Shawn Ritenour
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    In September 1993, President Bill Clinton reassured his radio audience that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be rewarded with a good life for yourself and a better chance for your children.” Picking up that theme over 18 years later, President Barack Obama affirmed that “Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same.” The trouble is neither the government nor the financial system backed by the Federal Reserve rewards people like my parents, who have worked hard and played by…
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    Politic365

  • Butterfield: Politically Driven Open Internet Debate Should Not Slow Sound Broadband Policy

    Kristal High
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Hailing from Wilson, North Carolina, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Congressman G.K. Butterfield understands well the challenges facing many Americans today. Comprised of roughly three-quarters of a million people, 53% of the residents of North Carolina’s first district are women, 26% are 20 years old and younger, 34% are between 20-44, and 40% are over the age of 45. In the district where nearly 80% of the residents have obtained at least a high school diploma and 20% have at least a bachelor’s degree or higher, the average income is $46,290. Butterfield’s district is…
  • Elijah Cummings Has a Few Words for Chief of Secret Service

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, ranking Democrat had a few things to say to Secret Service Chief Joe Clancy and none of those things were good.  The Secret Service has recently been dealing with an endless series of embarrassing incidents.  The latest known incident involved two drunk agents ramming a barricade at the White House during a bomb scare. On of the points Rep. Cummings made during the hearing was, “it appears to me we have an agency that is at war with itself…. we have to take advantage of this transformative moment…”  Will they?
  • Kardashian Congressman Aaron Schock is GOP’s Welfare Queen

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Could Anyone Be This Stupid? The Answer is YES.  American taxpayers funded $79,000 in furniture and $29,000 on a photographer over four months for soon-to-be-funded Rep. Aaron Schock (D-IL).  This is the same Rep. Schock who said food stamps were “a waste of money.”  I guess no one should be surprised that a member of the political party running a do-nothing House of Representatives with a deliberately thin schedule was behaving like soon-to-be-former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).  As the first millennial member of Congress, could it have been the case that Schock was watching…
  • Canadian born Ted Cruz to enter GOP race for president, let the birther stories begin

    Adriana Maestas
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    On Sunday, it was announced that Texas Senator Ted Cruz will launch his presidential campaign on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia. While Jeb Bush is “exploring” a run for president, Ted Cruz would be the first official candidate if he does in fact declare his intentions tomorrow. One issue about Ted Cruz that will certainly be mentioned is his place of birth. Ted Cruz was born to an American-born mother in Canada in 1970 because his father was working in the oil industry. Cruz’s father was born in Cuba. The Constitution requires the president to be a “natural…
  • Fmr. Rep Barney Frank Says Downton Abbey Aaron Should be “Exposed”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Should closeted gay politicians be allowed to keep their private lives private? Former Rep. Barney Frank shared his views on the topic when speaking about soon-to-be-former Congressman Aaron Schock.  Whether Schock is gay is out there in rumormillandia.  But judging by former Rep. Frank’s comments, he would appear to be assuming that the answer is yes. “When you are in public office and you vote opposite to the way you live your life, no I don’t think you have privacy,” said former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) about scandal ridden GOP Rep. Aaron Schock (D-IL).  Schock…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
  • The GOP House Budget

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    The GOP controlled House released their budget proposal last week. It’s a document that lays out the GOP’s plan to dramatically cut spending across social programs and the full repeal of Obamacare. Perhaps the most controversial element to the proposal though is its funneling of billions of dollars into a war contingency fund to circumvent the mandatory spending cuts known as Sequester. The provision sets up a showdown between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the Republican side in Congress. Which group has the better chance of prevailing? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show…
  • Ted Cruz is Running for President

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    One of the questions I like to ask myself during election cycles is whether candidates for president actually believe they can win. Herman Cain, in 2012, ran for president and actually became the frontrunner for a time. Subsequently though it became clear, at least to some, that his candidacy was more a career move and about book sales than a realistic quest for the White House. Does Ted Cruz actually believe he can win the presidency or is his candidacy more about advancing his own brand and becoming an influencer in the campaign and the national dialogue? We discuss in today’s episode.
  • Trafficking in Leverage

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    An anti-human trafficking bill that would set up a fund for victims has stalled in the Senate. The sticking point is anti-abortion language that Democrats claim was snuck into the bill by Republicans. The bill has failed twice to advance into the Senate and Republicans are now threatening to delay a vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General until the bill advances. In this episode we discuss the row over the bill as well as how leverage seems to have become the ultimate goal of legislators in Washington. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
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    せフレここ1番屋pnyu が凄い!!! エロい女とセフレぺろぺろ blog Powered by Prime Strategy Co.,LTD. 投稿サイトマップはせフレここ1番屋pnyu が凄い!!!の最初に登場しました。
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    US Daily Review

  • Merger Creates Food “Powerhouse”

    usdr
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    By USDR. H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. has  announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America with an unparalleled portfolio of iconic brands. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both Heinz and Kraft’s Boards of Directors, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company, and current Heinz shareholders will own 51% on a fully diluted basis. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined…
  • Tornadoes Strike Oklahoma

    usdr
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
     ByUSDR. It seems that, this time of year, tornadoes seem to be the norm in the state of Oklahoma. That reality became clear again lastnight. Farmers Insurance stated that Severe weather claimed at least one life and injured multiple others last night in Oklahoma. Tornadoes were reported throughout the state and significant damage was noted near both Moore and Tulsa.  In response, Farmers Insurance catastrophe claims representatives, agents, other personnel and resources are engaged and have begun helping customers who suffered damage from the storm. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John…
  • America’s “Bleakest Cities” Enjoy a Makeover

    usdr
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Lowes, Special for USDR This winter has been one of the harshest on record, and for many communities, the first day of spring will still be covered in snow. No city has been more impacted than Boston as residents have experienced one of the snowiest winters in recorded history. This week, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers kicked off the spring season by removing snow and brightening spirits at Boston’s Leahy-Holloran Community Center, where Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together installed a playground last year. Lowe’s Heroes spent Monday digging the playground out of…
  • USDR Newsstand: What We are Reading

    usdr
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    By Kelly Leung, AssociateEditor, USDR. Our periodical feature of what our editors, contributors, and readersare recommending. “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Built On a Lie?- It’s important for everybody to fight for justice for those killed in racially charged incidents. However, we must not let false narratives taint the facts. Source: washingtonpost.com Forget Reagan—Could Scott Walker be the Next Calvin Coolidge?- Scott Walker may channel some desirable traits of the most successful Republican presidents in the last 100 years, as a presidential candidate. Source: nationalreview.com…
  • US House Passes a Budget

    usdr
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    By USDR. Today the U.S. House of Representatives approved its FY 2016 budget that tackles the nation’s deficit and spending problems while providing essential funds to America’s military and homeland security forces. “Washington, like you and I, must live within its means and this budget confronts those problems head on,” said Texas Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX). “We have presented the Senate with the cure for the Washington’s spending problem and hope they pass our message to the White House.” While President Obama’s recent budget proposal never balanced and costs…
 
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    American Patriot

  • Washington Times: Congress must repeal and replace the Patriot Act

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This is very good. Via The Washington Times: The Patriot Act was fashioned with good intentions, but it has been dragooned to serve bad purposes. It was enacted during the national panic that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to protect Americans from the enemy. Now it’s employed by government busybodies to treat Americans themselves as the enemy. Fed up with the abuse, certain lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation to repeal the act. While we share their outrage, repeal without a workable substitute could leave the nation vulnerable to a new generation of evil.
  • Video: One funniest interviews I’ve seen in a long time

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This is Bill O’Reilly interviewing Glenn Beck. Now, at first, it’s a little slow. Bill talks about Glenn’s leaving the Republican Party; of which, Glenn back straightens him out on that little matter. Now the towards the end of this video is when the funny stuff starts. Give it a watch, you’ll love it. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com With all the depressing news in politics as of late, it’s good to see a little lighthearted humor on Fox News. (Via Bill O’Reilly HQ)
  • Jonathan Capehart admits that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was based upon a lie

    The American Patriot
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    I have to give this man props for being an honest man. It takes a real man to admit that He was wrong. Getting down to the meat and potatoes via WaPo: The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop…
  • The old “If you don’t support Zionism, you’re a Jew Hater!” trick

    The American Patriot
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Just wanted to show you how the neocon propagandists work. I’m going to post a few links, and I am going to use the google URL redirector, because I don’t want the neocon trolls coming here and giving me trouble. But, I wanted to show how these people work. Go Here, Here, and here to see how they work; it is the same thing that Al Sharpton and his ilk pull, every time there is a so-called ‘Racist” incident. All the neocons have to do is holler, “Jew Hatred!” and the discussion is shut right down and the Semite-Baiters win. I mean, after all, where do you…
  • Interesting Reading: American Sniper’s Myths and Misrepresentations

    The American Patriot
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    This is some seriously interesting reading: Few these days will admit to supporting the 2003 Iraq invasion, especially given that we now know that it helped give rise to ISIS. But the forerunner and current ally of ISIS was al-Qaeda in Iraq [AQI], bad people defeated by sometimes reluctant heroes in places the Baghdad-centric media avoided. I know; I have both celebrated and suffered with them. And I now suffer disgust at how Clint Eastwood used one of them—deeply troubled and flawed—and denigrated the others for a box-office and Oscar bonanza. I was embedded twice with SEAL Team Three,…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Search Share: Radio

    Drew Katz
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Image from: Radio / Shutterstock Last week we unveiled the Search Share Add-On, a new Compete PRO tool that provides high-level keyword analysis of a list of up to 40,000 keywords. With this new functionality, we wanted to continue to bring you insights on how to utilize the new data to advance your marketing efforts. In this piece we will discuss a list of the top 500 keywords from the search referral tab in the Radio category. For reference, this list includes keywords such as “Pandora,” “iHeartRadio,” “8tracks,” and “klove.” Radio is a particularly interesting grouping to…
  • Hotel Suppliers Dominant Online Despite OTA Growth

    Steve Solinsky
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Image from: Travel / Shutterstock Aggressive spending in the Hotel space has created much greater awareness for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in recent years. However, consumers are still looking to suppliers when the credit card is in their hands. Millward Brown Digital analyzed the hotel path-to-purchase to highlight how OTAs are utilized in the consumer journey, and how they can grow their share of consumer attention by reaching them at the start. OTAs Grow Their Share of Hotel Shoppers with Advertising Throughout 2014, OTAs spent aggressively on advertising, both digital and traditional,…
  • Environmental “Green” Websites in the Red?

    Drew Katz
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Image from: Environmental / Shutterstock We hear the term “Going Green” constantly these days. Be it from a personal or business perspective, more people and companies are striving to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” as environmental changes and impacts from increased industrialization are becoming more evident. With green initiatives becoming increasingly important, I thought it would be worthwhile to explore the digital landscape for websites devoted to the Earth’s landscape in the “Environmental/Green Information and Advocates” category on Compete PRO. The total category does see…
  • Search Share: Shoes & Accessories

    Drew Katz
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Image from: Shoes / Shutterstock In case you missed our last blog, the Compete PRO Search Share Add-On is up and running! This add-on allows you to quickly assess the share of paid vs. natural clicks and to see which brands benefit the most from each, for any list of up to 40,000 keywords. We have decided to add a brand new installment to the Compete Pulse to discuss trends, topics, and insights regarding the top 500 keywords for a category on Compete PRO. In this piece, we will analyze search share data over the month of February for the Shoes & Accessories Category with keywords like…
  • Expedia Stepping Out With an Even Bigger Footprint

    Lincoln Merrihew
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ The “Mechanics“ was the first patriot intelligence network.  Paul Revere, a member of this spy ring, rode to Lexington with William Dawes (who was sent by a different route) to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movement.  Here is Revere’s account: “… I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics [skilled workers], who formed ourselves into a Committee for the purpose of watching the Movements of the British Soldiers…  We held our meetings at the Green-Dragon Tavern… we frequently took Turns, two and two, to…
  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The 'Moderate Axis' Attacking 'Axis of Resistance' in Yemen

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan launched a military operation against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.Air strikes in #Yemen by Saudi Arabia. Picture in The capital Sanaa. pic.twitter.com/bTwROJebGW— Yemen Post Newspaper (@YemenPostNews) March 26, 2015Houthis captured city of Aden in the…
  • Israeli Delegation Heads To France Ahead of Final Round of Iran Nuclear Talks

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    A senior Israeli delegation traveled to Paris Sunday afternoon to discuss the nuclear deal coming together between Iran and world powers. The meeting between Israeli and French officials is set for Monday, two days before the final, decisive round of nuclear talks gets underway in Switzerland, where the sides will try to determine a framework for continuing the nuclear talks.The Israeli delegation includes National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and other senior figures in the Foreign Ministry and intelligence community. They are…
  • Israel To Build A New Barrier

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Sydney BarakatIsrael to build a new barrier in ​only ​border­-free zone in the regionIsrael continues to build ­ versus break ­ barriers. The Israeli government’s most recent ambitions, which seek to build yet another wall, show how little Israel is concerned with desegregating itself from other countries in the area.According to RT.com and PressTV, the Israeli government’s latest plan is to build a brand new fence along the Jordan border in order to protect an Airport that will be constructed in the area.The suggestion has already been approved by Israeli officials…
  • Reports: “Israeli Soldier Killed As Syrian Army Targets Gunmen In Quneitra”

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    According to reports by the Almayadeen News Agency and the Al-Akhbar News Agency, an Israeli officer was shot and killed, a few days ago, “during a meeting between Israeli officers and officials of the Free Syrian Army” in al-Quneitra city, southwest of Syria.Map: Quneitra governateThe reports allege the officer was among a number of Israeli commanders who met with leaders of the “Free Syrian Army” a few days ago, including Abu Osama an-Na’imi, who was also killed in the incident. They said the officer; referred to as “Johnny,” was killed when Syrian soldiers targeted a…
  • Iranian FM Responds To The Republicans' Letter

    12 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Iran’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif has issued a response on behalf of Iran regarding the open letter sent to the Islamic Republic of Iran and drafted by Republican Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 46 other Republican Senators. The response is nothing less than damnin,g and highlights the (new) international embarrassment the Republican Party has brought upon the United States. In the statement Dr. Zarif, stated:“In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has…
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
  • Have You Served Your Technology Today?

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    I am one of technology's lackeys, as are you. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not we all squander great swaths of life jumping at the commands of inanimate objects.
  • Mamie the Plow-Horse

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The following is the actual script - including stage direction in parentheses and italics - of a speech written for Ernest P. Blufous VI, President and CEO of Blufous International, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and direct marketers of aluminum siding, vacation rentals and burial insurance.
  • New News is Good News...Who Knew?

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Can you hear that sound? It's the sound of grandmothers across the country weeping for their fallen angel Brian Williams. Yes, that devilishly handsome broadcaster is in some hot water over recent comments.
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    BizPac Review

  • Hot mic puts one NCAA player on the hot seat: What did he say?

    Joe Saunders
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    A hot microphone got a college basketball player red in the face Wednesday when he blurted out his opinion of just how attractive one of the women sportswriters in front of him really is. Debra Bollman: Looking good! Fortunately for all concerned, it was a compliment. “God, she’s beautiful,” 20-year-old Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes whispered to a teammate at the speakers’ table, apparently not realizing the microphone in front of him was picking up every word. “Did you hear that?” he asked the crowd, suddenly realizing the situation. ‘Alright we’ll…
  • Global warming makes women prostitutes? California Dem earns an earful of scorn

    Nicole Haas
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    House Democrat Barbara Lee may have learned a hard lesson on what not to do while trying to garner support for a cause that’s quickly losing favor. The Californian stated in a proposed resolution Wednesday that women will eventually need to resort to selling sex when food and water become scarce due to global warming – because according to Lee, even the weather is sexist. Lee warned that climate change will victimize women and the poor disproportionately, and tried to create a dire scenario so horrific it had to be taken seriously. Only, it wasn’t. At least not by those who see through…
  • Pro-Hillary group threatens reporter about ‘sexist’ language; cue the social media scorn

    Nicole Haas
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    An organized group of Hillary Clinton supporters has issued a stern warning to at least one reporter – give our preferred presidential candidate special treatment, or else. The practice of mud-slinging, albeit ugly, is as old as the political arena itself. Now that that a woman might be going for the top spot in American politics, some of her admirers are demanding she be treated with kid gloves – all in the name of equality? A group of radical Hillary Clinton fans who call themselves the HRC Super Volunteers sent an email to New York Times reporter Amy Chozick, warning her that they’ll…
  • Natl. Guardsman, cousin charged with planning to join Islamic State, plotting attack in US

    Joe Saunders
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    A National Guardsman who was arrested trying to fly from Chicago to Egypt to join the Islamic State also helped plan with his cousin an attack on a military facility in Illinois, federal investigators said. According to CBS Chicago, Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds was arrested along with his cousin Jonas Edmonds on Wednesday. Hasan Edmondsm 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport while trying to catch a flight to Cairo, CBS reported. Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Aurora. According to CBS, Hasan Edmonds was contacted on Facebook by an undercover FBI…
  • ‘Do you know Baghdad Bob?’ WH spox opens up for questions from REAL Americans — and gets slammed

    Tom Tillison
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Perhaps White House press secretary Josh Earnest lost sight of the fact that conservative Americans dominates Twitter. While it’s a stretch to suggest that Earnest may have tired from taking too many tough questions from the White House press pool, for some reason he thought it would be a good idea to offer social media users the opportunity to ask a question. Earnest tweeted: “Ready to take your questions today for #AskPressSec, fire away!” Ready to take your questions today for #AskPressSec, fire away! pic.twitter.com/tD4xIhe05t — Josh Earnest (@PressSec) March 26, 2015…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • New Twitter Account

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Hello and thank you for visiting, Here at STL we have changed our Twitter account so that both Paul and I can post to the same feed. You can now find us over at @SparkingTheLeft or you could just hit the “Follow” button on our Twitter window found on the right side of our blog screen. Hope you will follow! Thank You Very Much, Kleier
  • In Response to My Latest Rant

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Yesterday I posted a rant on the “American exceptionalism” worldview I now find quite out of step of what we try to do here at STL. So I removed the post and am sorry if it offended anyone for when I read it later, I found parts of it offensive. Therefore, I have removed the post. But this does not mean that I will stop posting rants here and there but the next ones will be better thought out. Thank You from Kleier and Sparking The Left.
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mark Twain “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'”

    Kleier
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Taken from “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'” is by Mark Twain, “America’s greatest humorist”, 1835-1910. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” There were two “Reigns of Terror,” if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought with murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Abigail Adams “Ladies in Rebellion”

    Kleier
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Taken from “Ladies in Rebellion” drafted by Abigail Adams, the wife of one President of the United States and the mother of another, 1774-1818. This is from a letter to her husband written in 1774, during the Continental Congress. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws of which I suppose it will be…
  • Countering the Right: Right-Wing Scare Tactics on Seattle Minimum Wage Increase

    Paul Phillips
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every once in a while a news headline on Yahoo’s home page catches my eye, mostly because it seems completely ridiculous.  Yesterday was no exception when I saw the ominous headline “Restaurants in Seattle Going Dark as $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Looms“.  A scary headline for an article with content that shouldn’t scare anyone that made it past kindergarten. When it comes to right-wing scare tactics on minimum wage increases in general, one is forced to accept a fallacy that would crush their argument if they ever had to address it.  The fallacy is this: people making…
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    Daily Signal

  • House Passes Medicare Doc Fix Bill. How Did Your Representative Vote?

    Kate Scanlon
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    The House Thursday passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 — the so-called “doc fix” bill. The legislation was approved in a 392-37 vote. The bill, a bipartisan deal by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an effort to make sure Medicare doctors don’t receive a 21 percent pay cut for their services and to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for two more years. The bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate,” the…
  • Conservatives Are Well-Informed, Not Confused, about No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

    Lindsey Burke
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    In late February, the Student Success Act, a rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), was pulled from consideration on the House floor. Conservatives had voiced thoughtful concerns that the policies contained within the rewrite fell short of truly empowering state and local leaders, and as such, represented a missed opportunity. Conservatives weren’t confused about the proposal and didn’t fall prey to “misconceptions,” as some have charged. In fact, conservatives were anything but confused about the proposal, which, at 620 pages, spent nearly as much as No Child Left Behind and failed…
  • Exclusive: Afghanistan Chief Executive Vows US ‘Blood and Treasure’ Won’t Go to Waste

    Josh Siegel
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, Afghanistan’s chief executive promised a “new chapter” in relations with the United States and vowed that his country has to become self-reliant after more than 13 years of American nation-building. “In Afghanistan, the U.S. has invested a lot in blood and treasure and it’s important that those investments are preserved,” said Abdullah Abdullah, chief executive of Afghanistan, a role created as part of an American-brokered deal to end a political crisis ignited by election fraud in the nation’s presidential election last year.
  • Reflections on the Conservative Budget From the Lawmaker Tasked With Crafting It

    Melissa Quinn
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The Republican Study Committee’s budget didn’t pass the House, but the lawmaker in charge of crafting the proposal as head of the group’s Budget and Spending Task Force is reflecting on the mark it’s made on the Republican conference. The House voted on six budget proposals Wednesday, which included the Republican Study Committee’s “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget.” Using a rule called “Queen of the Hill,” the proposal receiving the most votes was the budget that won. Ultimately, the RSC’s fiscal blueprint did not pass the test, failing 132-294. But, the proposal satisfied…
  • Group That Inspired Charlie Hebdo, Fort Hood Attacks Stands to Benefit From Yemen Turmoil

    James Phillips
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Yemen has been engulfed in an intensifying civil war that has weakened U.S. counterterrorism efforts, created a vacuum of power in which al-Qaeda’s regional franchise can flourish and boosted Iranian influence in a strategic corner of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, an American ally, has fled the country. The Houthi rebel offensive towards the southern city of Aden prompted a Saudi-led military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis. Saudi Arabia has massed troops on the border, but is likely to stage only a limited ground operation to divert Houthi…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Charges Dropped For Woman Who Vandalized Satanic holiday display

    MiAtheistGal
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:46 pm
    You may recall a story from last December, involving a self-described “catholic warrior” who took it upon herself to remove a religious display in the Florida capital building rotunda.  Susan Hemeryck walked into the capital building, and yanked the display from the wire it was connected to, and attempted to leave with it. She was [...]
  • GOP Congresswoman Asks For Obamacare Horror Stories. Something Very Different Happened

    Anomaly
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) slammed the Affordable Care Act on on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing it into law.                         She asked constituents to share their Obamacare horror stories but the response was not what she expected. Rodgers wrote, “This [...]
  • ‘Anti-Government’ Man Threatened To Kill Police, Rigged Home With Booby Traps

    Anomaly
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    A St. Louis man with anti-government views who discussed plans to kill multiple police officers is now in custody on federal gun charges, but authorities who are searching his home on Thursday said they still fear booby traps left by the man could endanger their lives.                   [...]
  • Anti-Obamacare Sheriff’s Goal Is Met In Plea To Help Pay His Med Bills, So He’s Asking For Double

    Anomaly
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, an anti-Obamacare crusader, and a leader in the “constitutional sheriff” movement, opted to plea for financial assistance on GoFundMe.com to pay his medical bills and since the goal of $30,000 has been met, the GoFundMe page is now asking for $60,000.                 [...]
  • Conservative Loses His Sh*t After Rapper Azealia Banks Tweets Him A Vajayjay Pic

    Anomaly
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Azealia Banks was featured on the April issue of Playboy magazine and she looks fierce. A conservative blogger is now claiming that he has been “sexually harassed” by the contentious rapper because she tweeted him a photo of her lady parts.                       “If you guys [...]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Gujarat passes bill to ease ‘hardships’ faced by moneylenders

    Niti PTI Bot
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
      Gandhinagar, Mar 27 (PTI) The Gujarat government passed a bill in the Assembly today to amend certain provisions in the existing Gujarat Moneylenders Act, 2011, to ease "hardships" faced by moneylenders.   The original act was enacted by the Gujarat government in 2011 when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister after the then Gujarat state government felt the need for a stringent act to regulate moneylending transactions in the state, after several cases of harassment by moneylenders surfaced.   As per Section 21 of the original…
  • Growth Net Summit 2015- Day 2

    Niticentral Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The second day of the Growth Net Summit 2015 began today with speeches from keynote speakers including Union Minister of communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad and Power Minister Piyush Goyal. The event kicked off with a brainstorming session on technological innovation and economic growth, presented by the President of Smadja & Smadja, Claude Smadja and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who assessed the current economic condition and discussed about possible opportunities and scopes to enhance economic growth. Technological innovation and economic growth: Drawing a…
  • Chhattisgarh coal mine to boost Gujarat power output

    Niti PTI Bot
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:45 pm
      Gandhinagar, Mar 27 (PTI) The Centre has alloted Gare Palma Sector I coal mine in Chhattisgarh, having annual capacity to produce 55.50 million metric tonnes (MMT) of the fuel, to a Gujarat Government-run power company, the Assembly was informed today.   Gare Palma Sector I is one of the biggest mines in the country and it has been allotted to Gujarat State Electricity Corporation by the Union Coal Ministry, Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said.   In his statement in the House under Rule-44 (which deals with matters of public…
  • CAG: Lapses in Uttar Pradesh government’s free laptop scheme

    Niti PTI Bot
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
      Lucknow, Mar 26 (PTI) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found lapses in the Samajwadi Party government's ambitious scheme of distributing tablets and laptops among class 10th and 12th pass outs in the state.   A CAG report on General and Social Sector, tabled in the state Assembly today, said that excess financial provision was made as a result of which Rs 2,020 crore lapsed during 2012-2014.  The scheme was launched in 2012 to distribute tablets and laptops to students passing class 10 and 12th respectively.   The…
  • Manohar Lal Khattar to meet Union Agriculture minister for package

    Niti PTI Bot
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
      Chandigarh, Mar 26 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will meet Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh tomorrow regarding special package for farmers and crop insurance scheme.   This was stated by Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar who will also accompany Khattar.   An official release quoting Dhankar said that Khattar would also meet Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Birender Singh regarding water and sanitation and Adarsh Gaon Yojana (Model Village).   On water issue, Dhankar said that Delhi…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose?

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective way. This is […] The post Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Hardware fails. Versions expire. Storms happen. An ideal infrastructure is fault-tolerant, so even the failure of an entire datacenter – or Availability Zone in AWS – does not affect the availability of the application. In traditional IT environments, engineers might duplicate mission-critical tiers to achieve resiliency. This can cost thousands or hundreds of thousands of […] The post 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    When you migrate a legacy application to the cloud, a thorough audit of your app will reveal a number of elements or procedures that either do not scale well or are not compatible with your new cloud infrastructure. Unfortunately, quick “lift and shift” cloud migration tools do not always solve these issues. Our ultimate goal […] The post Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation 

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Good order is the foundation of all things. – Edmund Burke The benefits of DevOps are widely known: seventy percent (70%) of senior IT leaders believe the need for DevOps has never been greater — and the risk of manual, undocumented, slapdash procedures has also never been clearer. The pressure to deliver software applications quickly will only […] The post DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation  appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    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. Edward Snowden has unleashed a torrent of activity in the name of […] The post Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Thursday, March 26 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
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    26 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
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    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
      Gov. Mike Pence signs the RFRA into law   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Indiana Gov. Pence signs religious objections bill | CNS News Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a religious objections bill that some ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Podcast: Caller James Is Exactly What’s Wrong With America

    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The Indiana RFRA (Religious Freedom & Restoration Act) was just signed into law by Gov. Pence, and passed with bipartisan support in the legislature.  It ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • On The Historical Prescience of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Dutch
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    One of the best motion pictures made with the original cast of Star Trek was the 1991 classic Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The film is filled with fantastic space battles and political intrigue, and essentially mirrored the ending of the Cold War. But this film seemed to have foretold perfectly the dynamic of […] Related posts: TSE Chat Room: Star Trek vs. Star Wars TSE Top Ten Movie Countdown: #4 Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan On Historical comparisons: Iraq and The Philippines
  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

    Dutch
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little puzzled by the gleeful reaction of conservatives to the news that Brian Williams made up a story about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq. Lets begin by stating the obvious, that there is no defense for a national news anchor making up a story regarding his experiences in a […] Related posts: Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, and a range of other thievery On the costs of the Iraq war, for the Republican party. The Time Has Come, I’m Leaving The Democrat Party
  • Anti-Intellectualism Naturally Leads To Conservatives in Bed with San Francisco Liberals

    Dutch
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s very important to follow people who are on the opposite site of the political spectrum as you because it offers insight as to what they are secretly concerned for. If the consultants are riding a subject particularly hard you can bet they see the trends beyond whatever the frothing base are talking most about. […] Related posts: An Anti-Romney Remains For Conservatives Even After Texas Primary Results Why Liberals Really Hate Sarah Palin Anti-Americanism, and Football
  • Super Brave Of You To Hate On Olive Garden, Food Hipster!

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
  • Conservative Legal Test For Background Checks Never Seems To Extend To Voter ID Laws

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    There are conservatives I like. This is not some matter of the Venn diagram of our sets of beliefs have a large overlap. It’s a matter of intellectual consistency. Our friend Biggus Rickus is one, and another is National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cook is an Englishman with deep love for the Second Amendment. […] Related posts: Conservatives Hide Their Past By Throwing The American Legal System and NYC Under The Bus Racist Race Baiter In Chief? Or Conservative Troller In Chief? The Culture Of Conservative Bravado And Pissing-Match Primaries
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix With Guest Lou Colagiovanni

    Liberal Fix
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In this episode, Guest Lou Colagiovanni from Ruthless Politics, will join Keith Brekhus in discussing modern policing and the current conflict between police department policies and independent journalism. 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/or tackle 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…
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss contemporary politics including the GOP presidential hopefuls, the race to replace Barbara Boxer in CA 2016, gun politics, the Tea party debacle in Brownback's Kansas, climate change, and more. 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: Week In Review

    Liberal Fix
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Radio-CPAC Convention "Highlights" and More

    Liberal Fix
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
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    21st Century Wire

  • AIRBUS CRASH: What Caused Germanwings Flight to Crash into the French Alps?

    Shawn Helton
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    FOR FULL COVERAGE OF THIS STORY BE SURE TO TUNE IN THIS WEEKEND TO:THE SUNDAY WIRE RADIO SHOW21st Century Wire asks…What was it that caused Germanwings flight 9525 to descend abruptly into the French Alps?IMAGE: ’9525 Wreckage’ – Investigators comb over the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps. (Photo link usatoday.com)Last summer at 21WIRE weconducted a lengthy investigation into the history of avionics, following the ‘questionable’ vanishing of Malaysian flight MH370 and the downing of MH17.After extensively examining both the…
  • Britain Gives £280 MILLION to Military Industrial Complex to Boost Falklands Islands Defences

    Stuart Hooper
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    21st Century Wire says…While mainland Britain is under devastating austerity measures, the British government is spending £280 million on boosting its defences… in the Falklands Islands.This should not be seen as a response to any particular threat to the contested British territory, but instead as a payoff to the Military Industrial Complex – through an expansion of the UK defence budget. This thesis stems back to the British government’s refusal to go to war with Syria.Find a detailed explanation and look at the Falklands conflict in this video report from Stuart…
  • Apple Co-Founder Wozniak Warns of Dark Future: ‘A.I. Will Be Bad For People’

    21wire
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:28 am
    21st Century Wire says…Throughout our media and film productions, there is this almost macabre fawning of future technologies and the corresponding technocracy they will bring. It’s as if technology is omnipotent and all-pervasive, and only fool or an anathema would dare stand in the way of the inevitability of ‘progress’.Jay Dyer writes, “It is not by accident or an organic, “grassroots” trend that numerous films coming out are focused on artificial intelligence and the transhumanist takeover.”“In order to transition to the synthetic overlay…
  • Her (2013) – A Film About the Coming End of Man

    21wire
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Jay Dyer21st Century Wire ‘Her‘ is Spike Jonze’s 2013 dystopian love story starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombly, a lonely beta male stuck on a failed relationship from years prior, piddling away at a dismal tech job in a vacant megalopolis. In this distincly Apple-esque, 1970s future, Theodore spends his days writing personalized E-greeting cards for others in relationships. The irony is apparent, as the “personal” cards are written by someone else, highlighting the almost completely synthetic, virtual nature of this future. This is the dominant theme of the…
  • WAR: Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Neighboring Yemen

    21wire
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTAs 21WIRE previously outlined back in January, it was only a matter of time before a new full-blown conflict would break out in the geostrategic hot pot of Yemen.Yesterday we saw Saudi Arabian troops massed along the Yemeni border, which could only mean one thing.This afternoon the region’s worst fears were realized, as a Saudi Arabian-led coalition of 10 Arab states launched airstrikes in Yemen, including the destruction of the country’s main airport in the capital, Sanaa.After receiving the full-blessing of Washington DC on Monday, Saudi…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Trouble With Seminars

    guanyinmiao
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When I was in high school seminars were hard to come by, and students clamoured for seats to hear insights from guest speakers. Even greater fuss, if these speakers were parliamentarians or international personalities. Realising that the management of such sessions is not difficult organisations nowadays – schools and grassroots organisations in particular – hold … Continue reading →
  • Poor Influence

    guanyinmiao
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Telcos StarHub and M1 may have accepted a public apology by Singtel for a smear campaign ran last year, with the Infocomm Development Authority still investigating whether the company “breached the Telecom Competition Code” (ST, Mar. 21), it should also be determined if regulations concerning consumer protection and advertising practices were contravened. Especially if social media agency Gushcloud is cognisant of its legal responsibilities, it should not get away with a manicured apology which provides no guarantee against future transgressions. Marketing standards may now be tightened,…
  • Poor Foreign Worker Meals Symptom Of Exploitation

    guanyinmiao
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The poor meals offered to foreign workers – revealed by a study by the National University of Singapore and HealthServe of 60 Bangladeshi workers living in the Tai Seng area (TODAY, Mar. 21) – is a symptom of broader exploitation in Singapore, made more evident by the responses of their employers and the food-catering companies. More concerned with their financial performance or low-margin operations and pushing the blame around, the welfare of foreign workers appears to be the least of their concerns. Continue reading →
  • “I Am Talented”, From The Heart

    guanyinmiao
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I met David five years ago, when we joined the new youth council of the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS). And despite working on a few projects together (including a sustainable development conference in Sarawak, Malaysia) we had few chats, and I only heard his story at the first “I Am Talented” (IAT) event in February 2011. Back then the intent of IAT was for participating students to acquire new skills and be inspired by the accounts of adversity and triumph, and today the initiative – in its third edition – maintains the same philosophies, anchored even more firmly by…
  • Farm Group Faces Uphill Task

    guanyinmiao
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:56 pm
    As well-intentioned as the initiative by the coalition Kranji Countryside Association (KCA) may be, to “launch a youth wing to help uproot the stereotype that farming is just about feeding animals and planting vegetables” (ST, Mar. 15), its effectiveness is limited not only by perceptions of the industry, but also by the aversion against blue-collared occupations and the corresponding unwillingness to get their hands dirty. With a diploma or degree in hand, why work so hard in exhausting circumstances which may not provide adequate remuneration? Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
  • The GOP House Budget

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    The GOP controlled House released their budget proposal last week. It’s a document that lays out the GOP’s plan to dramatically cut spending across social programs and the full repeal of Obamacare. Perhaps the most controversial element to the proposal though is its funneling of billions of dollars into a war contingency fund to circumvent the mandatory spending cuts known as Sequester. The provision sets up a showdown between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the Republican side in Congress. Which group has the better chance of prevailing? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show…
  • Ted Cruz is Running for President

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    One of the questions I like to ask myself during election cycles is whether candidates for president actually believe they can win. Herman Cain, in 2012, ran for president and actually became the frontrunner for a time. Subsequently though it became clear, at least to some, that his candidacy was more a career move and about book sales than a realistic quest for the White House. Does Ted Cruz actually believe he can win the presidency or is his candidacy more about advancing his own brand and becoming an influencer in the campaign and the national dialogue? We discuss in today’s episode.
  • Trafficking in Leverage

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    An anti-human trafficking bill that would set up a fund for victims has stalled in the Senate. The sticking point is anti-abortion language that Democrats claim was snuck into the bill by Republicans. The bill has failed twice to advance into the Senate and Republicans are now threatening to delay a vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General until the bill advances. In this episode we discuss the row over the bill as well as how leverage seems to have become the ultimate goal of legislators in Washington. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • The Keystone Cops & More, Radio Awards

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the third week of March 2015. They say leadership starts at the top. The whole country was watching, he never blinked and was surprisingly polite. The head of the 'keystone cops' AWARD goes to... Joseph P. Clancy. Proving once again that elections do have consequences. The 'smart politician' AWARD goes to... Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When you lie, cheat, and mess up big.... confess quickly, and then ask for everything back. The Determination or Stupidity AWARD goes to... Lance Armstrong. They always say you can't pick your…
  • American Sniper & More, Radio Awards

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    What is a life worth? This one man is responsible for singlehandedly saving hundreds! The Medal of Honor 'Patriotism AWARD' goes to... United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ferguson erupts again! Two police officers shot after the Department of Justice report points to the Ferguson Police Department as racist. The 'Inflaming Racism in America AWARD' goes to... Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. 47 Republicans Senators sent a letter to Iran's leadership regarding their dealings with President Obama on a nuclear Iran. The 'I'm Not Impressed AWARD' goes to... the Ayatollah…
  • The Petraeus Plea & Much More, Radio Awards

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    From the most successful and well-known military officer in the nation to a plea deal and struggle to stay out of prison. The 'Fall From Grace AWARD' goes to... General David H. Petraeus. No one likes their picture taken, but this one is especially hated! The 'Shadow AWARD' goes to... Photographer Nelson Shanks. Tensions couldn't be higher this past week when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress - against President Obama's wishes. The 'Lemons to Lemonade AWARD' goes to... Former Governor and VP Candidate Sarah Palin. Probably the most controversial…
  • Conan In Cuba & Much More, Radio Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It hasn't happened since 1959 when Jack Paar took to the island nation. The 'I need to improve my ratings' AWARD goes to... For confusing everyone... the doublespeak AWARD goes to... Nothing like a good old fashion game of chicken. The AWARD for who blinks first goes to... If only renaming your town could improve the quality of life! The creative thinking AWARD goes to... If you say something enough times, doesn't that make it true? The convincing yourself AWARD goes to... Think about all the possibilities if we could transplant heads! The saving mankind AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Banks Lose Billions To Hackers, Radio Awards

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    CyberFraud Affects 5 Percent of the Planet’s GDP. It is fast becoming the crime of choice. The AWARD to apprehend the bad guys goes to... Cry all you want, the answer is still a resounding NO! Terrorists should not be entitled to our FAIR judicial system. The 'Eye for an Eye' AWARD goes to... Hugging and Kissing and Cuddling and Groping... it sounds like the words of a country song! The Touchy Feely AWARD goes to... Obamacare may be the law of the land, but its' future success is still pending. The AWARD of Determination goes to... In celebration of capitalism and brand building principles…
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    Citizens News

  • Zayn Malik “Quits”: One Direction Boy Band Now Jihad-Free

    Liberty Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel Good news: One Direction, the cheesy boy band afflicting the world’s daughters, is now jihad-free, as its resident jihadist, Sunni Muslim Zayn Malik, “quit” (or, more likely, was fired from) the band last week, the group and Malik announced yesterday. One Direction Now Jihad-Free: Michelle Malkin’s Fave Muslim […]The post Zayn Malik “Quits”: One Direction Boy Band Now Jihad-Free appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Michelle Obama: Put down that boxed mac and cheese and those cookies!

    Liberty Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Let’s hope this doesn’t drive sales of Girl Scout Cookies down. Michelle Obama penned an op-ed for CNN Thursday during which she predictably champions her Let’s Move! campaign to tackle childhood obesity on its five-year anniversary. Though the first lady boasts about the initiative’s accomplishments in the article — […]The post Michelle Obama: Put down that boxed mac and cheese and those cookies! appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Tillis: Questions ‘Remain Unanswered’ About Air Force Plans to Shutter Vital Airlift Wing

    Liberty Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Written by Washington Free Beacon Sen. Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) said on Wednesday that the Air Force has failed to allay concerns about the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing, a vital support unit for training U.S. special operations and airborne forces. The Air Force has signaled in recent months that it plans to phase […]The post Tillis: Questions ‘Remain Unanswered’ About Air Force Plans to Shutter Vital Airlift Wing appeared first on Citizens News.
  • I Proudly Condemn These Self-Proclaimed Patriots Who Adopted Shameful Leftist Tactics

    Liberty Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right My response to the misdeeds of these protesters? A strong desire to vomit. While some folks may want to praise crashing a meeting and preventing others from exercising their First Amendment rights because they disagree with the message, I don’t. Instead I’ll condemn the folks whose views on immigration I […]The post I Proudly Condemn These Self-Proclaimed Patriots Who Adopted Shameful Leftist Tactics appeared first on Citizens News.
  • (Once Again) Obama Helps Big Corporations Screw American Workers

    Liberty Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Written by GayPatriot While everyone was distracted talking about the First Lady’s hairdo, the Obama Administration quietly took some ‘Executive Action’ to help large corporations replace American workers with cheap foreign labor. Obama intends to make it easier to bring more foreign guest workers to the United States — likely at significant cost to workers […]The post (Once Again) Obama Helps Big Corporations Screw American Workers appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Beard Taxes Through History and Senator Chambers

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Big Razor and Barbasol might be pushing the public to abandon the beard craze, but as seen with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers’ beautiful white whiskers, beards are simply too great an accessory. Besides, for the moment we live in a glorious time where men aren’t forced to pay taxes on their facial hair. Again, that’s for the moment.
  • Merkel’s Rug

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    It’s officially Spring time for the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s not just Daash doing some redecorating. In fact, might we suggest that even you give your carpet a good balcony beating or two?
  • POTUS and FLOTUS Frequent Flier Miles

    23 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Last week, President Obama and Michelle Obama were both compelled to make public appearances (for the good of the country, of course) in Los Angeles, California.
  • Just Sayin’: Shocker---An Angry Mob Got it Wrong

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    You might have heard about the mob justice doled out by the men of Afghanistan last week, when they beat, burned and basically killed a 28 year old woman, they suspected of burning a Quran.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Who is Putin?

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Sure, Putin might have proven to be a possible coup conqueror this month, but who he is really? To find out, today we will go all the way back to 2007, when Vlad had Angela Merkel over to his Sochi home.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Ours to Master

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Our challenge is to see in technology both today’s instruments of employer control and the preconditions for a post-scarcity society.By Peter Frase, Jacobin, March, 2015Is Google making us stupid? Is Facebook making us lonely? Are robots going to steal our jobs? These, it seems, are the anxieties that afflict many today.Capitalism is defined by the drive to maximize profits, and one of the surest paths to that goal has always been reducing the cost of wage labor. Hence, the constant push to increase productivity through new production techniques, automation, and now computerization and…
  • Richard Falk on ISIS and Islamic “Essentialism”

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:31 pm
    An Interview with Richard Falk, Truthout, March 19, 2015It is crucial to understand the diversity of understandings and interpretations that are authentically present within each and every world religion.
  • First Expert Meeting on the Implementation of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

    22 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    UNESCO, Paris, France, March 24-25, 2015The Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures was adopted by UNESCO's Executive Board in April 2014 and approved by the UN General Assembly in December 2014. Its implementation will be the focus of an Expert meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 and 25 March 2015.Being the lead agency of the United Nations system for the Decade, UNESCO is called upon to mobilize different actors to set the basis for promoting mutual understanding conducive to the harmonious coexistence between peoples and countries.This expert…
  • Thomas Piketty on the Euro Zone: ‘We Have Created a Monster’

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    An Interview with Thomas Piketty taken by Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Pauly, Spiegel, March 10, 2015SPIEGEL: You publicly rejoiced over Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece. What do you think the chances are that the European Union and Athens will agree on a path to resolve the crisis?Piketty: The way Europe behaved in the crisis was nothing short of disastrous. Five years ago, the United States and Europe had approximately the same unemployment rate and level of public debt. But now, five years later, it's a different story: Unemployment has exploded here in Europe, while it has…
  • Escaping Economic Orthodoxy in Latin America: “I Think on the Whole the Departure has been a Success.”

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:51 am
    An interview with Ha-Joon Chang, a co-author of the “22 Ideas to Fix the World”, on the region’s alternatives to the Washington Consensus, NACLA, March 4, 2015In the 80s and 90s, all the Latin American countries followed the Washington Consensus policy and throughout those decades Latin America hardly grew at all—despite all the promises that if you follow these policies you’ll grow fast and foreigners will invest.
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Great Tips for Canvass and Phone Scripts

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    What makes great canvas or phone scripts for voter outreach? A great canvas or phone script can mean the difference between gaining and losing a supporter – it’s the key to creating quality voter outreach. Canvas and phone scripts for campaigns come with a variety of goals and content, but there are a few best practices that will help you to develop effective scripts for any context. Here are some quick tips to make your voter contact and advocacy scripts stand out: Keep it short Brevity is key. Respect people’s time. You’ve got just a few short seconds to chat with them and give…
  • Innovative Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Michele Hermanson
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Innovative consumer direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire your creativity. Here at The Campaign Workshop, we’re always on the lookout for innovative direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire our creativity. We often look to the commercial world for ideas that could translate to the political or advocacy direct mail world. Here are three campaigns we love: World Water Day in Belgium secret message mailer. This really innovative mail campaign is only visible when you put the card under water to reveal the message. This mind-blowing creativity comes to us from Belgium and we’re…
  • Designing an Effective Campaign Logo

    Joe Fuld
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    A Campaign logo should be simple, clean and clear. A campaign logo is something that many candidates obsess about.  The color, the font, the stressing of the first vs. the last name, incorporating a candidate photo or a sprit animal, we’ve heard it all. I like a good campaign logo, but this is a time in which many first-time candidates get taken advantage of.  Yes, the campaign’s brand is undoubtedly important and it is worth some conversation, but it should not be a long, arduous, drawn-out process. With that said, here are a few important items to consider when you’re designing…
  • Your PowerPoint Slides Suck – Please Fix Them

    Joe Fuld
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    great PowerPoint slides in 7 easy steps. Every year during conference season, I get aggravated about how badly most PowerPoint slides are.  PowerPoint is supposed to help a presentation  but in many cases the slides hurt  the presentation.  10-point type; 100 words on the screen; no images; and bullet points with a font that looks like it came with Windows 95.  On top of that, the presenters talk really, really fast. As someone listening to you, how is it possible for me to read all those words and listen to you at the same time? The truth is, I can’t understand your presentation…
  • Climbing the Campaign Job Ladder

    Margo Scott Dunn
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Making the most of a campaign job. When you first start to work on campaigns, everything is new and exciting. For many of us, we didn’t care what kind of grunt work we did; we just wanted to be in the fight. But, if a long-term career in politics interests you, there are some smart steps you can take early on that will help advance your career. Think of each department on a campaign as it’s own set of railroad tracks. There is a communications/new media/press track, a field track, a fundraising track and a support track. Switching from track to track will slow down your career, just as it…
 
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    Political Debate Blog

  • Liberal Media Blunder or Bias?

    Kyle Zsasz
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
      It's been a long time since I've allowed myself to stretch my mind throughout the political currents of today. I was actually enjoying my hiatus. Of course this all ended and the dream of avoiding politics ended when I was the cover of the New York Times today. Of course the inspirational 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches was a hot item but it didn't create as much waves as the New York Times itself did. Unfortunately the virtues and lessons being taken away from the historical civil rights march was overshadowed by one of the most blatant examples of…
  • Getting Back on Track

    Kyle Zsasz
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    As the only writer on the blog as of now it becomes a tough struggle when I can no longer blog. The site slows down, comments stop flowing in, and people like to dismiss the place as dead or inactive. This is of course not true. Over the past few weeks I have been having health problems that have landed me in the hospital frequently. I have been unable and unmotivated to blog (or pay much attention to politics in general for that matter) and let it go for awhile. After all the blog is still rather new and has not built up a viewership. I plan to upgrade this community to something much more…
  • Building the Political Web

    Kyle Zsasz
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lately I've been trying my best to keep a schedule of putting out a blog post daily. I'm on a late schedule right now with the Midterm elections happening so I'm going to take a moment to discuss the political movements on the internet and how a political blogger can succeed. You might not know this but I have been a political blogger for years and I have worked from project to project with some amazing people. My last blog was very successful and I only stopped using it because a friend, who had also taken the time to blog and build it up, wanted it and felt he could put the…
  • Two Days Until the Future

    Kyle Zsasz
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    In just two days the long awaited midterm elections of 2014 will end with the citizens voting and the candidates biting their nails in anticipation. By the end of the night we will know who will lead the Congress and the Senate for the  next two years. Personally I'm excited because like many watching the the election I am hopeful for a Republican win in both the Senate and the Congress. I like many Americans are tired of the Democrat's destructive and often unamerican policies and agendas. I'm tired of seeing them bring down America, turn our international interests…
  • Into the Political Fray

    Kyle Zsasz
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I've often thought about politics and whether I should toss my hat into the proverbial ring. I've always held myself back thinking that I am too young to consider it. I have to build my reputation, work on my background, and most importantly gain experience. The political arena after all is run and lorded over by the elderly and outdated. As I waited I gained a new idea and it placed me at a certain cross road. At one time I dreamed of holding office and being recognized as a leader in America. This dream met reality as I got older and realized that being one of…
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    Eurasia Review

  • Iran Demands Immediate Stop To Saudi Military Operations In Yemen

    Iran Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Iran’s Foreign Minister has called on Saudi Arabia to immediately cease its military aggression against Yemen. “We demand an immediate stop to the Saudi military operations in Yemen,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said. Zarif said the military operations constitute a violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and will only lead to bloodshed. “We will spare no effort to […] The post Iran Demands Immediate Stop To Saudi Military Operations In Yemen appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Driverless Cars Poised To Transform Automotive Industry – Analysis

    OilPrice.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    By Darrell Delamaide The newest Mercedes autonomous car looks like a car on the outside but like a lounge on the inside, with four swivel seats facing each other in a multimedia bubble of padded leather and walnut veneer. The F 015 ‘Luxury in Motion’ concept car unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las […] The post Driverless Cars Poised To Transform Automotive Industry – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Yemenisation Or Confederalisation Of Saudi Arabia? – Analysis

    Eurasia Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    As political crisis turns into civil war, Yemen’s embattled president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has appealed for international help. Yemen’s northern neighbour, Saudi Arabia has been very nervous about both Bahrain and Yemen uprisings which have unfolded since 2011. The regime in Riyadh unconvincingly warns it will “take necessary measures if needed” and currently the Saudis […] The post Yemenisation Or Confederalisation Of Saudi Arabia? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • In Presidential Run, Jeb Bush Should Stay True To His Vision – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    By Richard Kelly* As Jeb Bush moves closer to a presidential run, it brings to mind a day in 1994 when I escorted him through a Sarasota shelter for homeless and runaway children. As I explained our programs, he expressed deep concern for those in dire straits and wanted to know how he could help […] The post In Presidential Run, Jeb Bush Should Stay True To His Vision – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • UN Takes Major Step On Internet Privacy, Says HRW

    Eurasia Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    UN Human Rights Council members on March 26, 2015, took an important step in global efforts to protect privacy on the internet, as well as more broadly, Human Rights Watch said today. The council unanimously agreed to appoint a new UN special rapporteur, or expert, on the right to privacy. “How privacy is protected online […] The post UN Takes Major Step On Internet Privacy, Says HRW appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Eduardo Medina Mora: The #FastAndFurious Mexican Ambassador

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Embajador Eduardo Medina MoraBeginning in 2005, the DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) began a strategy to fight Mexican drug cartels that sounds like taken out of a movie: Under operation"Gun Runner," they  used straw gun buyers to sell arms to cartel members to try to get to their leaders. The operation later became "Fast and Furious," and it expanded to arming criminals in exchange for their information.Thousands of weapons were smuggled across the Southern border, and Mexican authorities knew about it, but some are flatly denying it. One of them is Eduardo…
  • Eduardo Medina Mora: El Embajador #RapidoYFurioso Mexicano

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Ambassador Eduardo Medina MoraComenzando en el año del 2005, la DEA y el Buró de Alcohol, Tobacco y Armas de Fuego (ATF) emprendieron  una estrategia para pelear a los carteles mexicanos que suena como sacada de una película: Bajo el nombre de "Gunrunner", usaron informantes encubiertos para venderles armas a miembros de los carteles para tratar de llegar hasta sus líderes. La operación mas después se renombró "Rapido y Furioso", y se expandió al grado de armar a criminales a cambio de su información.Miles de armas fueron escabullidas a través de la frontera sur, y las…
  • En el Amor no Existe el Género - Love Has no Labels

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
  • Kayla is My Valentine #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerShe has beautiful, dreamy eyes, and she is very down-to-earth. She loves animals, and you can clearly see that her puppy is quite the personality as well. She loves to help people, and she would give her life for yours in a life or death situation. But, more than anything, I love her warm and welcoming smile. Kayla, You are my Valentine. We will all miss you so much. ♥Kayla died last week while hostage of the terrorist group Islamic State, in Syria. She was reportedly killed during an airstrike conducted by Jordan in revenge for the murder of one of its pilots, who was burned…
  • Kayla Es Mi Valentina #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerElla tiene unos ojos hermosos y soñadores, y es una chica muy sensible. Le encantan los animales, y tú puedes claramente ver que su perrito también es toda una personalidad. A ella le encanta ayudar a la gente, y daría su vida por la tuya en una situación de vida o muerte. Pero, más que todo, a mi me cautiva su acogedora y cándida sonrisa. Kayla, tu eres mi alma gemela en este Día de San Valentín. Todos te vamos a extrañar. ♥Kayla falleció la semana pasada mientras era cautiva del grupo terrorista "Estado Islamico", en Siria. Según se dice, murió durante un…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Hillary Clinton condemns Indiana discrimination law

    Chris Johnson
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Hillary Clinton has condemned the Indiana discrimination law. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denounced late Thursday a recently signed religious freedom law in Indiana as an attempt to enable discrimination against LGBT people. Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love #LGBT http://t.co/mDhpS18oEH — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2015 The former secretary of state and potential 2016 hopeful voiced her objections via a Twitter message…
  • Md. lawmakers approve birth certificate bills

    Steve Charing
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Gay state Sen. Rich Madaleno co-sponsored the Maryland Senate bill that would allow transgender Marylanders to legally change their name and gender on their birth certificates without surgery. (Washington Blade file photo by Jeff Surprenant)The challenges faced by transgender Marylanders in trying to legally change their names and genders on their birth certificates will be eliminated if state lawmakers have their way. State lawmakers on Wednesday approved two separate bills — Senate Bill 743 and House Bill 862 — that would remove the expensive roadblocks facing trans individuals born in…
  • Court blocks implementation of FMLA rule for same-sex couples

    Chris Johnson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A federal court has blocked the implementation of an FMLA rule for same-sex couples. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from implementing a new rule to ensure married same-sex couples have access to the Family & Medical Leave Act even if they live in non-marriage equality states. In a 24-page decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, an appointee of George W. Bush, issued the preliminary injunction based on the threat of irreparable harm to Texas, which filed the lawsuit against the regulation. “The Court concludes that all of the Plaintiff…
  • California AG attempts to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot measure

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Photo public domain)California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday requested a court order to allow her to refuse to clear the way for the circulation of petitions to place on the ballot a proposed state law that would make gay sex a crime punishable by death. Harris was reacting to a ballot initiative called the Sodomite Suppression Act proposed by Matthew McLaughlin, an Orange County attorney who on Feb. 26 submitted a $200 check to Harris’ office to cover the fee for setting in motion a ballot measure under California’s initiative and…
  • Gay DNC vice-chair slams Ind. law as ‘outrageous’

    Chris Johnson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Gay DNC official Raymond Buckley called Indiana’s religious freedom law “outrageous.” (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) A gay top official with the Democratic National Committee on Thursday slammed the recently signed religious discrimination law in Indiana as “outrageous,” warning 2016 presidential candidates that supporting such measures won’t fare well in New Hampshire’s early primary. Ray Buckley, who’s one of five vice-chairs for the DNC and chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, made the comments on Thursday during a phone…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Activism Worked! An Anti-Whistleblower Bill, Defeated

    Lady Freethinker
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not often that I get to post a happy update, so this is pretty special. If you’ve been following my blog lately, you know that the Arkansas House proposed a bill to block audio recording in the workplace. That’s not just bad news for employees needing evidence of discrimination, harassment or safety hazards – It would spell doom for organizations like the one I work for, Last Chance for Animals, which relies on workers’ recordings to expose brutal abuse at factory farms and other horrifying places. This little-known bill was moving fast, so we rushed to create a…
  • What Animated Alpacas Can Teach us About Income Inequality (From the Director of Anchorman)

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Watch cartoon alpacas explain what’s so very wrong about our economic system. Confession: I find the squeaky creatures in the cartoon kind of annoying. But not nearly as annoying as the fact that our system is so backward that we need videos like this in the first place. Hats off to director of “Anchorman” for putting his storytelling skills to such important use. The post What Animated Alpacas Can Teach us About Income Inequality (From the Director of Anchorman) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • The Censorship Law Walmart REALLY Hopes WIll Pass

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like an ag-gag bill on steroids, this sweeping new censorship bill is music to the ears of the execs at Walmart, Tyson Foods and other corporations cited for abuse to workers, animals or both. Quietly passing the first two readings in the state House, Arkansas HB 1774 is now in committee and open to public comment before a recommendation and vote take place. The bill would make it illegal to record any “oral communication” between people with a working relationship unless all parties give consent. So whether your boss calls you “sweet ass” or tells you to get to work…
  • The Calculator is Here! See How Many Animals You Save When You Don’t Eat Meat

    Lady Freethinker
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you observe the occasional Meatless Monday or haven’t let flesh pass your lips for decades, it’s hard not to wonder exactly how many lives you’ve spared by opting for plant-based meals. And now, thanks to the Vegetarian Calculator, you can get an answer. Yes, it’s a rough estimate (it takes a lot of chickens to reach the caloric equivalent of a cow, after all, and not everyone eats the same portion sizes), but the system seems reasonably sound. The data comes from USDA statistics, and represents an average more than a customized calculation. I hung up my…
  • Tell BP: Clean Up Your Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast!

    Lady Freethinker
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
                        You made the mess, BP, now please clean it up. The Deepwater Horizon spill was the largest offshore oil spill in United States history, killing and maiming hundreds of animals and ravaging the environment. Without BP’s gross negligence, this disaster would have never happened – and now they’re putting greed over  responsibility by refusing to clean up their mess. A court ordered BP to pay $18 billion dollars for the damage they caused, but the conglomerate is trying to weasel out of the debt. They recently…
 
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  • A Brief Political History Of The United Kingdom

    Ben Lauderdale
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    We could make a case for starting a story on the historical context for the 2015 U.K. general election with the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s decision to build a wall across the neck of Great Britain in the year 122 or with the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. But we are reasonable people and will try to make do with just the past five centuries. Even that might seem a bit mad — what does the 16th century have to do with the 2015 election? It is not so much that it’s directly relevant, but that it shaped the parties and institutions of the U.K., which are very much at…
  • What Do U.K. Voters Want And What Are The Parties Promising?

    Mona Chalabi
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Even for a Brit, it’s not easy to decipher the key issues in the May 7 general election. There’s what politicians talk about and then what voters actually want from the next government.Because voters don’t get to have their say very often, I’d like to start by understanding what they see as the country’s problems. To do that, I looked at the issues that were the most frequently cited when the British electorate was most recently surveyed by Ipsos MORI.When asked in a face-to-face interview what they would say “is the most important issue facing Britain today,” 27…
  • Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win

    Harry Enten
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries.First, Cruz doesn’t have enough support from party bigwigs. To win the Republican or Democratic nomination, you need the backing of at least some of the…
  • How Israel’s Exit Pollsters Missed Right-Wing Rally For Netanyahu

    Carl Bialik
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The headlines Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swept to a surprising and convincing victory in the Israeli election Tuesday after his Likud party won at least five more seats in parliament than its chief rival. But the victory wasn’t really that overwhelming because of the subtle nature of the surprise.The reality is that Likud won only a quarter of the Knesset’s 120 seats and along with its closest allies won about as many seats as most pre-election polls indicated. That’s because even while Likud gained seats relative to the last pre-election polls, other…
  • Why Israel’s Election Is Too Close To Call

    Carl Bialik
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    There are two phases to the Israeli election that starts Tuesday. The first: electing some politicians. That’s the relatively easy part to forecast. The second: Figuring out who’s going to govern with whom.That is what’s really hard to predict.In the first phase, no party is likely to win a majority of the 120 seats in the Knesset, the country’s parliament. But the two main parties are still jostling to hold the most seats. Likud, the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is in a tight race for the most seats against the Zionist Union, the center-left leading opposition…
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    kai arzheimer

  • A Semi-Official Split in the (Thuringia) AfD

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Various media report this morning that the AfD caucus in the Thuringia state parliament has asked two of their MPs – Jens Krumpe and Oskar Helmerich – to resign their select committee memberships and/or has withdrawn the whip from them. Both had refused to sign the “Erfurt Resolution” that was initiated by their leader Björn Höcke (heavy Ümlaut alert), but had rather given their support to the competing “Germany Resolution”. Meanwhile, Spiegel Online has unearthed a blogger who claims that Höcke has written pseudonymously for a party paper of the right-wing extremist…
  • Why Germany’s NPD Might Not Be Banned After All

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Banning the NPD – What is at Stake? Germany’s NPD may be a racist, if not neo-Nazi outfit, but it enjoys the full protection and privileges the German constitution grants to parties. While the party is legal, it is entitled to state funding proportional to its (puny) electoral results. It can only be banned if six of the country’s eight supreme judges agree on a ruling, and only three institutions – the federal government, the federal parliament, and the federal council (the assembly of minister presidents) – can instigate this legal procedure in the first place. The…
  • Is Germany’s New Right-Wing Party AfD Falling Apart?

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Strife within the AfD In my recent West European Politics Article on the AfD (ungated pre-print still here), I argue that the party’s official position (i.e. their EP 2014 manifesto, their website and their social media activities) is soft-eurosceptic and not right-wing populist: For them, the enemy is Athens and the profligacy of the Greeks, not Islam, Turkey, or the Roma. I also argue that this official party line is very much shaped by party co-founder and co-chair Bernd Lucke, and that others disagree, not least because many AfD voters are (or were) not particularly concerned about the…
  • Elsevier, Cameron, Wolfinger: Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    ElsevierValentines are a thing David Cameron: why not drop in for a ‘chaterama’ while you ‘chillax’?  Ray Wolfinger obituary The post Elsevier, Cameron, Wolfinger: Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Update on the Afd “Putsch”

    Kai Arzheimer
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    “Der Flügel” (the “wing” or “tendency”) within Germany’s AfD that drew up the Erfurt manifesto, which calls for a more radical rightist approach to politics, claims that more than 700 people have signed the declaration within the first 24 hours. Taking a leaf out of the social-media savvy main party’s book, they have created a Facebook page, which has attracted 1,300 likes so far. Photo by sludgegulper The Thüringer Allgemeine newspaper reports that at least initially, only five of the party’s eleven delegates in the state parliament of Thuringia have signed the…
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    Conservative Read

  • The House of Tudor Didn’t Get the Last Word

    chris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Jeff Jacoby,  IT’S REMARKABLE what five centuries can do for a guy’s reputation.  When Richard III, the last Plantaganet king of England, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Afghan Woman Who Was Beaten To Death By Mob For Allegedly Desecrating The Koran Was Innocent

    chris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Matt Vespa,  Last week, Caleb Howe at Truth Revolt posted a brutal video of an Afghan woman being beaten to death by an angry mob for allegedly desecrating the Koran. “The crowd can be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Airport pat-downs of black women’s hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU

    chris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
     Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 injured, 3 critically, in NYC building explosion

    chris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
     An apartment building exploded and burst into flames Thursday in New York City’s East Village, injuring at least a dozen people, three of them critically, in what authorities said was a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut

    chris
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
     Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style... [[ 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 - 2015-Mar-26, Thursday

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, March 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into how the domestic military drill Jade Helm will employ role players to practice infiltrating U.S. towns, how cops confiscated a firearm from a legal gun owner and how a Texas bill would force children to undergo mandatory mental health screenings, which may deny them their constitutional rights later in life. On today's show James Knox, a telecom insider with deep connections, goes into detail about the NSA revelations whistleblower William Binney brought up on the show last week. You don't want to miss this explosive…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-25, Wednesday

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, March 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we continue our coverage of the ongoing attempt to acclimate the American people to the idea that it is perfectly normal to have a standing army in its midst. We also look at the absurdity of political correctness as it continues to normalize and make socially acceptable obesity, the effort to make trendy real-time GPS tracking and the move to control the news flow on Facebook, and a vote in the House to send lethal aid to Ukraine as tension increases between NATO and Russia. On today’s global transmission we talk with Sheriff…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-24, Tuesday

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, March 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the war on cash intensifies as the Justice Department encourages banks to file “suspicious activity reports” on customers withdrawing $5,000 or more. Also, Army veteran Joe Biggs responds to fallout from Infowars' coverage of Operation Jade Helm, a joint military training exercise that will encompass seven states and utilize civilians. We'll also examine allegations by George Zimmerman that Obama is “pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.” We'll also continue breaking down the latest election news and take…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-23, Monday

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, March 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover how presidential candidate Rick Santorum was questioned on missing nuclear warheads and how Democrats have not given up on an illegal ammo ban. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also announced he is running for president. On today's show, radio host Steven Crowder talks about his video in which he entered a Planet Fitness dressed as a woman to test the company's transgender bathroom policy. And Dr. Edward Group explains the benefits of vitamin D in your life and how it kills depression and boosts your mood while also helping to prevent…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-22, Sunday

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, March 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show we cover theescalating rhetoric between Iran and critics of its nuclear program deal. We also look at a call by the Islamic State for its followers to kill U.S. military personnel after the group posted the names, addresses and photos of service members online. Other topics on today’s worldwide broadcast include a move by NATO to engage in an information war with Russia and Prince Charles’ declaration that capitalism has its shortcomings. We also take a look at Amazon Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ intent to fill the skies 400 feet or…
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  • Vox Sentences: Bombs over Yemen

    Dylan Matthews
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    1. Proxy war Yemeni men loyal to the Houthis brandish their weapons on March 26, 2015 during a gathering in Sana. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images) Saudi Arabia has begun bombing Yemen in an effort to push back the Shi'a Houthi rebels who deposed the president in February and have been making major territorial gains recently. [Washington Post / Ali al-Mujahed] It's joined by nine other Sunni states, most notably Egypt, which has threatened to send ground troops into Yemen. [NYT / David Kirkpatrick] Saudi Arabia has said it's not considering a ground war for now but won't rule it out, with…
  • Who runs the world? Finnish girls.

    Libby Nelson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The gender gap in reading is huge. And it's biggest in Finland, home to students who are internationally renowned for performing well on standardized tests, as this chart from the Brookings Institution shows: (Brookings Institution) Girls in Finland are so good at reading that they are carrying a chunk of the nation's academic reputation entirely on their shoulders. Finnish boys aren't standouts in reading at all — their reading scores on the Programme for International Student Assessment are no better than average. Boys in Finland read about as well as boys in the US. Whatever works…
  • Democratic senator's amendment would defund Tom Cotton's stationery for letters to Iran

    Zack Beauchamp
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    For about two weeks now, Democrats have been steamed about Sen. Tom Cotton's letter to the Iranian leadership, clearly meant to undermine President Obama's ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and perhaps his presidential authority over foreign policy. On Thursday, one Democratic senator needled Republicans back — by calling on Congress to stop paying for their stationery. In a budget amendment reported by the Huffington Post's Zach Carter, Sen. Debbie Stabenow proposed a "deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ending taxpayer funding of Congressional letters to the government of…
  • Wikileaks reveals one of the most controversial chapters of Obama's big Asia trade deal

    Danielle Kurtzleben
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Wikileaks has leaked a chapter related to investment from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal the Obama administration is negotiating right now. The chapter deals with investor-state dispute settlement, one of the most controversial aspects of the deal. ISDS is a common part of modern trade deals. It allows companies to sue foreign countries whose new policies hurt those companies' interests. Critics say ISDS could cost taxpayers Wikileaks on Wednesday released what it claims is a 56-page draft chapter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is currently being negotiated…
  • Why coffee shops love your iced coffee habit

    Alex Abad-Santos
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Look alive, people: iced coffee season is here. We think. Yes, it's here, because it is very warm on the East Coast today. A few brave townies in your neck of the woods may have already donned their ratty old boat shoes, and North Face fleeces may already getting stuffed into closets and swapped for cardigans. With the advent of this wondrous season, we took the time out to give you the fundamental guide to the icy beverage — cost, caffeine content, and everything else you may have wanted to know. So why are we talking about iced coffee all of a sudden? Well, there's an unofficial season…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Allied Troops Raped 285,000 German Women

    No Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There was no doubt that Private Blake W. Mariano of the 191st Tank Battalion was a brave man. As part of the American Army’s 45th Infantry Division, he had killed many Germans as he fought through Africa, Italy and southern France, before finally, in March 1945, he and his Sherman tank had crossed the Rhine into Germany. By April 15, 1945, Mariano had been away from his home in New Mexico for nearly three years. A father of three, the 29-year-old was divorced, although he did have a girlfriend in England. His loved ones, however, were far from his mind that evening. During the day, his…
  • The Greatest Threat to Life on Earth

    Paul Craig Roberts
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    According to news reports and to this appeal by Kristoferis Voishka the pro-American government installed in Lithuania is persecuting Lithuanians who dissent from the anti-Russian propaganda that is driving Washington’s NATO puppets to war with Russia. Unlike their puppet government, Lithuanians understand that war with Russia means that Lithuania on the front line will be utterly destroyed, a result that would not bother Washington in the least, just as Washington is undisturbed when its forces obliterate weddings, funerals, and children’s soccer games. What is Lithuania? To Washington…
  • 4 Gun Friendly Countries

    Simon Black
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    March 26, 2015  Santiago, Chile  If there’s one lesson we can learn from the 20th century it’s that we should be suspicious of a government that actively tries to disarm its population. When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia one of the first things they did was set out to disarm the population. There were already a series of strict gun control laws in place, left over from the time of French colonialism, but the Khmer wanted to take no chances. They went door to door asking people if they had guns, telling them “no one has a need for a gun anymore,” because, “we’re here…
  • Quasi-Universal Intergalactic Moolah

    No Author
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Paper money has been around since China issued it in the seventh century. But not all banknotes are made of paper; they’ve been made of everything from wood and foil to leather and polymers. Here are the oddballs in the money world. 10 Germany’s 50-Pfennig Emergency Money Germany was already suffering shortages in coins and metals when World War I kicked off in 1914. With the advent of hostilities, silver prices skyrocketed, and copper and nickel were diverted to the war effort. Without coinage, commerce became nearly impossible, and municipalities and private businesses began printing…
  • Government Can’t Keep Us Safe

    Robert Wenzel
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Investigators are now of the opinion that the co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said today. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after the captain left the cockpit, refused to re-open the door and operated a control that sent the plane into its final, fatal descent, the prosecutor told a news conference. Here is what caught my eye about recent reports: “The guy outside [the captain] is knocking lightly on the…
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Validity and Soundness

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    My newest youtube masterpiece . . .
  • Five Reasons to Prefer a Basic Income to a Welfare State

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    In the above discussion on Same Seder’s The Majority Report He asks Karl Widerquist about why we should prefer a basic income to the welfare state if it is likely that even with a basic income we would likely need to keep many social programs like social security and medicaid in place. I thought it was a […]
  • Intro to Philosophy Videos

    gaurarader
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I’ve been working on some videos, which will ultimately be part of a full online course that I’ll use for the classes I teach and will just be available for those interested online (www.philosophyintrocourse.com) . Eventually they will also be accompanied by a text book that I’ve been working on. I’ve got the manuscript for an […]
  • Sitting All Day is Killing You and What You Should Do About It

    gaurarader
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Check out my latest post on Medium.com
  • A Response to Paul DeGrauwe’s “A Universal Basic Income is not Affordable”

    gaurarader
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here’s a link to recent article on medium.com.     to receive notification of new posts via email and here about the latest updates on my book projects and other supercool awesome stuff.
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    Pension360

  • In Washington State, Dueling Bills Aim to Change Pension Benefits

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Lawmakers in Washington state are considering two separate bills that aim to tweak pension benefits for new government hires. One proposal would cap the amount of income that can be used in the pension benefit formula. Another proposal would add two years to the retirement age required to receive full benefits. The first measure, Senate Bill 5982, deals with retirement ages. Explained by the Bellingham Herald: Senate Bill 5982 would add two years to the normal retirement age for people who enter most public employee pension plans in Washington after July 1, 2015. That would mean a standard…
  • Hawaii Pension Will Help Lead Class Action Suit Against Troubled Brazilian Energy Company

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    The Hawaii Employees Retirement System (ERS) will be the only U.S. plaintiff in a class action lawsuit aimed at a troubled Brazilian energy company, according to a report from KITV. Petrobras has been under investigation by Brazilian authorities for months in relation to an alleged kickback scheme. The lawsuit will deal specifically with allegations that the company made omissions and misstatements about its finances to investors. ERS says it lost $14 million on Petrobras-related investments. From KITV: KITV has learned the Employees Retirement System is to be the sole U-S plaintiff in a…
  • Expanded Pay-to-Play Rules Could Hurt Pension Investments, Says New Jersey Investment Chairman

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    In February, Pension360 covered a bill passed by New Jersey lawmakers that would expand pay-to-play rules as they relate to pension investments. The measure is timely, as several of the state’s pension investments have come under ethical scrutiny in recent months. Philly.com summarized the bill: [The bill] would expand restrictions on investments of state pension funds with outside money managers who donate to national political committees. The legislation also would require the state Treasury Department to regularly publish reports disclosing fees paid to private managers who invest…
  • Pension Pulse: America’s Pensions In Peril?

    Leo Kolivakis
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    By Leo Kolivakis Originally published at Pension Pulse As you can read [in this CNBC article titled Funding shortfalls put pensions in peril], America’s private and public pensions aren’t in good shape. There are a lot of reasons why this is the case and my fear is the worst is yet to come. One thing I can tell you, the attack on public pensions continues unabated. Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar for the conservative American Enterprise Institute wrote a comment for the Wall Street Journal, Pension Reform Doesn’t Mean Higher Taxes: The Pennsylvania State House held a hearing on…
  • Kentucky Lawmakers at Impasse On Teacher Pension Bill

    Ted Ballantine
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Kentucky lawmakers now stand at a crossroads after negotiations went south on Tuesday regarding the bill crafted to help fund the state’s Teachers’ Retirement System. In the House, lawmakers are pushing for a $3.3 billion bond to shore up the system’s finances. But Senate lawmakers re-crafted their version of the bill this month to include an official study of the pension system before any bond is issued. The two sides met on Tuesday, but failed to come away with any progress. From the Courier-Journal: House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, was pushing for $3.3 billion in bonds to…
 
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  • Act now on the report

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Sir,my name is mr sunday dada reside in lagos, am a PDP member a zonal chairman,in ayobo-ipaja LCDA under alimosho local government,please sir our leaders are enriching their pocket with all you are sending to us including what other aspirant were sending l mean our governor JIMI AGBAJE,also the senator SEGUN ADEWALE, (AEROLAND), please sir, can't you reach to the grass-root without them? because they scattered what we the zonal chairman and our exco gathered together to form wards and LCDA ,when ever our member discover their tricks, they change their mind and stop coming to meeting even to…
  • hello

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    I am Shakil and i leave in dhala, bangladrsh. 3 years ago i had a brain strock because i tried to die. bit now i a hab\ve dream to go amd become citizen of my favariot country. can you can be a cutizen if usa. pleae. let me know abot your thought at shakil.uddin@gmail.com
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    25 Mar 2015 | 11:32 pm
    I am Shakil and i leave in dhala, bangladrsh. 3 years ago i had a brain strock because i tried to die. bit now i a hab\ve dream to go amd become citizen of my favariot country. can you can be a cutizen if usa. pleae. let me know abot your thought at shakil.uddin@gmail.com
  • Bowe Bergdahl Matter

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Dear Mr. President, First I thank you for your service to our country. Second, now that charges of desertion have been made, it is more obvious than ever that mistakes were made early in this case. When mistakes such as this are made they impact our country in a very negative way and I respectfully request that you accept and acknowledge your personal responsibility and apologize to all of America. Bergdahl is most likely headed for prison and five of our sworn enemies are free. The buck stops with you, Mr. President. Please do not let stubborn pride keep you from doing the right thing. I…
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    25 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Hi this walter and i was just wondering if you can help me find a way into the navy
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    AJ

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    1 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Poverty Redistribution: Economics 101

    Bill Gelwick
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    We hear a lot about “Wealth Redistribution”. I’m here to tell you, that is an inaccurate statement. You CANNOT redistribute wealth, and in trying to do so, all you do is spread the poverty. Hence, the term used should be changed to “Poverty Redistribution”.   The truth is, When you confiscate money from a producer, and hand it over to someone who produces nothing, the odds are very high that nothing will be done with it. This money will be spent either on bills or on a frivolous purchase of some sort. The odds are almost zero that it will be invested in…
  • The Excellent Eighties

    Bill Gelwick
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    One of my most popular posts was on The Nostalgic Nineties, so why not follow it up with The Excellent Eighties? At first, it was to be a rant on how annoying 90’s kids could be when being all nostalgic for the decade of their teen years. But, as it turns out, the 90’s saw a lot of pure awesomeness. Well this one is starting out a little differently. I was a teen in the 80’s, so starting from my perspective, the 80’s were  “Excellent Dude” (Thank you Bill and Ted). Welcome to The Excellent Eighties The 1980’s were, in my opinion, one of the greatest…
  • What is Responsible Social Commentary

    Bill Gelwick
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Social Commentary can take on many forms. From talk radio and editorial TV shows to single frame cartoon images in newspapers or floating around the internet, taking a stand on social issues is what it’s all about. Often times this process devolves into baseless propaganda, but not always. For this site, I can assure you, we will stick to facts. Junk science and nonsensical rhetoric have no place here. So then, just what is social commentary exactly? Dictionary.com defines it as: Social Commentary - noun – a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group;…
  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Former British POW Describes the Horror of the Dresden Fire-Bombing

    James Burke
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seventy years ago, an estimated 25,000 people were killed in the fire-bombing of the German city of Dresden, one of the most controversial acts carried out by Western allied forces during WWII. In the above 10 minute report, the BBC spoke with several eyewitnesses, but predominately with a former British POW, Victor Gregg, who was greatly affected by what he saw on Feb. 13, 1945. As a soldier, Gregg had seen a lot of deaths before the bombing, but what he witnessed at Dresden shook him to his very core. “It dehumanizes everything, anything you have experienced before. I had been through…
  • This Nail House Is Being Swallowed Up by Development… Literally (Photos)

    Cecilia Kwan
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    A nail house is the popular Chinese name given to homes belonging to people who refuse to give into real estate developers due to poor compensation. Their places end up looking like nails sticking up out of the development that continues around them. For the majority of these cases, developers typically offer relatively low compensation to the residents, reflecting only the pre-development value of their properties or the cost of obtaining alternative housing elsewhere. Should residents resist, powerful developers can persuade local officials and courts to order residents off their land. In…
  • Venezuela: Where Buying Basic Essentials Requires a Humongous Effort

    James Burke
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I don’t like shopping. You could say it nearly gives me the cold sweats. If I had to live in Venezuela, I’d probably be driven mad by now. In the video above, the BBC reporter spends much of his day trying to chase down some very basic essential goods in Venezuela’s capital Caracas. We’re talking oil, flour, milk, etc. It’s all about lining up in the hope that you’ll get some basic food items, which may or may not actually be available. For you and me, these are items that we could pick up in a minute from a local convenience store. Oddly though, the queues in Caracas are hidden…
  • Why the Fight Against Islamic State May Result in the Sunni Muslims Not Having a Future in Iraq

    James Burke
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    The territory ruled by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) consists of large chunks of both Syria and Iraq. In recent months, some of that land has been wrested from their control by Kurdish and Iraqi forces that include Shia militias who have been reportedly funded and trained by Iran. Much of these areas lost by ISIS are inhabited by Sunni Iraqis. As seen in this report above from Human Rights Watch, some of the Sunnis have been targeted by Shia militias. In the Iraqi town of Amerli and surrounding areas during early September 2014, HRW found that Iraqi security forces, Shia militias and…
  • How Militarized Did the U.S. Navy Make Their Dolphins?

    Troy Oakes
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It seems like canines aren’t the only animals that can a land job with the military. The U.S. military has for years trained bottlenose dolphins to carry out military tasks, from locating underwater mines to finding the presence of enemy swimmers. At the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (or SPAWAR) in San Diego, California, the Navy has 85 dolphins and 50 sea lions. See some footage of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program “Dolphin 2013″ in Croatia: According to NBC, the program first started in 1960 when the Navy studied Notty, a female Pacific white-sided dolphin. The…
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    The National Memo

  • Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting 70 Percent Faster In Last Decade, Study Shows

    Geoffrey Mohan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times (TNS) The frozen fringes of western Antarctica have been melting 70 percent faster in the last decade, raising concern that an important buttress keeping land-based ice sheets from flowing to the sea could collapse or vanish in coming decades, a new study shows. An acceleration in the flow of massive ice sheets would add substantially to the ongoing rise of sea levels, according to Fernando Paolo, a geophysicist at the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and lead author of the study published online Thursday in…
  • Kansas Tea Partier Tim Huelskamp: Another Irate Obamacare Customer

    Lindsay Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Texas Senator Ted Cruz isn’t the only ardent critic of Obamacare in Congress who is signing up for health coverage under a law he’s vowed to repeal. Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp, chairman of the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, admits he, too, has enrolled for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, despite repeatedly voting to repeal it. “For the record — I am on Obamacare — yee-hah!” Huelskamp recently confessed to constituents at a town hall…
  • Net Neutrality Moves To Congress

    Lou Dubose
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    On February 26, Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler led the Democratic majority on the commission to a 3-2 net neutrality ruling that designated the internet a public utility and prohibits big internet service providers from establishing pay-to-play fast lanes for preferred content providers while slowing content for everyone else. By classifying the internet as a public utility under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Democratic majority insulated the FCC against the sort of lawsuits that blocked the commission’s earlier efforts. The fight over net neutrality now…
  • Endorse This: Congress Faces The ‘Mean Tweets’

    Eric Kleefeld
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Wednesday night’s annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner had a special video feature: Big-name members of Congress reading mean Tweets about themselves. Click above to watch some of our nation’s leaders taking verbal shots from the people — and dishing out some revenge, too — then share this video! Video via Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association/NBC News. Get More to Endorse Delivered to Your Inbox Close Thank you for subscribing! Email Zip Code Submit The post Endorse This: Congress Faces The ‘Mean Tweets’ appeared…
  • The Subjects of ‘1971’ Were Snowden Before Snowden

    Steven Zeitchik
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times (TNS) John and Bonnie Raines were an ordinary young married couple in the early 1970s. Raising three children in a Philadelphia suburb, he was a college professor, she was a homemaker. John had been a Freedom Rider in the 1960s, and he and his wife each attended anti-war protests. But neither showed a particular predilection for radicalism. Yet as the Vietnam War raged, the Raineses joined a plot that belied their unassuming lives: They helped execute the break-in of an FBI office from which more than 1000 documents were stolen. “She was a lot more…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Inspiration

    Ken W. Simpson
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain fading as echoes that merge as memories or thoughts thriving and twitching like leaves before they decompose in someone else’s clothes.Filed under: Articles
  • Seascape

    Ken W. Simpson
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The Sky was cobalt blue where seagulls flew floated or landed on damp sand beside the sea lapping back and forth dissolving the footprints of passing feet. Dark filaments of weed lay drying near tiny shells and jellyfish blobs below the lumpy beach where bodies of varying shapes lay supine and somnolent in the heat.Filed […]
  • Dress Rehearsal

    Ken W. Simpson
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Depictions of depravity and blissful beauty were portrayed as murals on the auditorium walls of the concert hall where animated faces on stage mimed discontent straining to remember lines as parodies of pleasantries through choreographed repetitive steps to the tinkle of piano notes played by nimble fingers in the orchestra pit.Filed under: Articles
  • The Emptiness of Entropy

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:42 am
    Disinterested time ticks apathetically in the negativity of silence. Cocooned inside rooms on elongated days without vanity or aspirations. Momentary moods meander between boredom and the futility of hoping for anything other than storms the loneliness of the night and anonymity in the darkness.Filed under: Articles
  • Arrival of Kalki

    Neil Flesch
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Arrival of Kalki When Kalki arrived and was manifested to the world he did not utter a single word. He walked slowly wearing simple white clothes, and he was barefoot. His face had a serene and indifferent expression to the world and people. As he walked armies fell on him but no hand, no weapon […]
 
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • A Bicommunal Cyprus Dialogue Forum is launched

    Miguel Atanet
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Turkish Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Özdil Nami. Photo credits: Bruno Mariani & UNDP UN SGSA Cyprus Espen Barth Eide: optimism growths on the possibility of Cyprus talks restarting in spring. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen visited Nicosia on Monday.     Negotiation delegations under the presidency of Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergün Olgun and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis attended the press meeting held in the Cypriot buffer zone on March 12th, 2015 to launch a dialogue forum on the Cyprus conflict. The process to establish this forum has…
  • Less than 2 out of 10 non-executive board members are women in Europe

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the EWL When executive boards are included, female representation is a lot lower.     Last week, the European Women's Lobby (EWL) launched its Second Progress Report about Women on Boards in Europe titled 'Cracks in the glass ceiling or just a trick of the light?'   The report tracks developments, progress and stagnation regarding women on company boards in 11 European countries, 2 of them, Iceland and Norway, non-EU member states.   This Second Progress Report is part of the EWL's ongoing work to ensure that gender parity at all levels…
  • EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Kyiv. The EU is ready to work further on guaranteeing full implementation of Minsk agreements at several different levels, most notably through support for OSCE. As part of this effort the European Union has donated 40 unarmoured vehicles and 24 armoured vehicles to the SMM. 15 of the armoured vehicles have now arrived in Kyiv. Five more SUVs are on their way. This completes the number of the armoured vehicles, as four cars have already been delivered prior to these new arrivals. The fleet will be officially handed…
  • The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh – on Feb.22 claimed responsibility for bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli earlier in the day. The group published photos of the bombings outside the Iranian embassy in central Tripoli earlier on Feb.22 on its Twitter account. Other photos broadcast by the group also showed destruction produced by the bombings in a parking lot attached to the house of the Iranian Ambassador in Libya, which is adjacent to the embassy headquarters.
  • Georgia Joins Creative Europe EU program

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    Freedom bridge - Tbilisi (Georgia) Georgia joins the EU program Creative Europe – On February 18, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection hosted a briefing dedicated to this event.  The briefing was presided by the Minister of Culture Mikheil Giorgadze and was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tamar Beruchashvili, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Bakradze and the EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman. On February 24, in Brussels, 16:00 local time, Georgian Minister of Culture and Monument Protection Mikheil Giorgadze and the European…
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    Political Wire

  • Millions Wanted to Vote But Couldn’t

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    New research finds that many more people wanted to vote in the 2012 presidential election but couldn’t register. Alex Street: “We estimate that keeping registration open through Election Day in 2012 would have allowed an additional 3 million to 4 million Americans to register and vote. We used the number of Google searches for ‘register to vote’ in the weeks leading up to the 2012 election to measure late interest in registering. These search terms were entered millions of times, and much of the activity fell at the very end of the campaign period.”
  • Bush Tops GOP Field in New Hampshire

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    A new Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire finds Jeb Bush leading the GOP presidential field with 19%, followed by Scott Walker at 14%, Rand Paul at 7%, Donald Trump at 6%, Ted Cruz at 5% and Chris Christie at 5%.
  • Conservatives Seek a Candidate to Counter Bush

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    “Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast,” the New York Times reports. “In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Rick…
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “On the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don’t engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream, ‘You’re a denier.’ They brand you a heretic. Today, the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. It used to be that it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier.” – Sen. Ted Cruz, in an interview with Texas Tribune.
  • Biden Refuses to Rule Out White House Bid

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    MSNBC: “Interviews with more than a dozen people close to the vice president paint a picture of a politician torn between a decades-long aspiration for the presidency, a deep commitment his family and a recognition of a political reality tilted against him. For reasons both bigger and smaller than Hillary Clinton, Biden will not achieve the dream to which he’s now come so close. But he refuses to rule himself out completely and will keep a presidential pilot light burning as long as possible. If nothing else, the fiercely loyal Biden will use these next two years to defend the…
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    JoelMDavenport

  • Episode 5 – (Not) The Shortest Episode Ever

    Joel
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Despite the early announcement, this is not the shortest episode ever. Enjoy our discussion of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, as well as movies in general.
  • Is Kickstarter the Future for Business?

    Joel
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve spent much time online, odds are you’ve heard of the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Kickstarter is essentially a place for people and businesses to gather capital from individuals interested in their product. These products range from movies to physical products like you’d find in an […]
  • New Indy Eleven Stadium in Downtown Indianapolis?

    Joel
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    This story is a bit more related to local news than my usual stuff here, but it’s a topic I’ve been discussing with people for the last several weeks and feel I should touch on a little. If you’ve read the About Me section or you know me at all, you’ll know I grew up […]
  • Episode 4 – Education

    Joel
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    A short episode in which we discuss the failures of the education system, and what could be done to change it. Sure we’re not qualified to teach or anything, but we’ve been through high school…which apparently makes us qualified?? Scratch that…we’re not qualified at all, but oh well.
  • American Democracy — An Introduction

    Joel
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Well, this post is going to be the start of a new post series here on the blog. I’ve been doing a lot of news related editorials lately, and while those are a blast to write and even better to research, I just kind of feel like I should branch out a bit more into […]
 
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    OpedSpace

  • When Silicon Valley eats Wall Street

    Dimitri Dadiomov, US
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    “There is an old joke that Wall Street has a river at one end and a grave yard at the other. Yet, this is strikingly incomplete. It omits the kindergarten in the middle.” Fred Schwed, Jr. The magic of Silicon Valley is not only that entrepreneurs take on ambitious startups—it’s that they often take on ambitious startups they know little about. They pick opportunities that seem promising even if they are outside of their own personal core competencies, and they figure it out. Move fast and break things. Throw ideas on the wall and see what sticks. Stay scrappy and iterate. Iterate.
  • Iceland: Fronting or Fighting Corruption?

    Lilja Jonsdottir, Iceland
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Recently, four Icelandic businessmen were sentenced by the Icelandic Supreme Court to a total of 19 years in jail for artificially inflating the stock price of Kaupþing (the bank they owned and managed) in the months leading up the financial crisis in 2008. With each serving 4-5 years in jail, these sentences for “white collar crimes” are unprecedented in Iceland.. “I believe that the judges first decided what the outcome should be and then afterwards wrote the verdict,” said Ólafur Ólafsson, one of the convicted, to Reuters shortly after being sentenced. His opinion seems…
  • Business Icons Porter and Rivkin On Inequality: ‘It Undermines The American Dream’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In September 2014, Professor Michael Porter and Professor Jan Rivkin released a seminal report on the state of the U.S. economy titled “An Economy Doing Half its Job.” In it, they argued that years of underinvestment in K-12 education, vocational skills training and infrastructure combined with the forces of globalization and technological change have resulted in the hollowing out of the Middle Class, rising inequality and an economy that is structurally underperforming. Below are excerpts from a conversation we had with them:   Can you briefly explain what the U.S. Competitiveness…
  • Bosnia 20 Years Later: A Country Heals (PHOTOS)

    OpedSpace
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Written by Michelle Ratpan Photos by Cindy Blažević As voyeurs and consumers of visual media, we see daily images of the seemingly unending conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya and the Ukraine, to name a few. These dark images are captioned with stories of atrocities, death and despair. What is often lost in visual and print media is the story after the conflict, the story of a people restored. In publishing this photojournalism essay, our hope is to commemorate the anniversary of a conflict which began nearly 23 years ago and to provide a narrative of hope for…
  • Iran Will Get Nukes And The World Better Deal With It

    OpedSpace
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    “The most common form of human stupidity is forgetting what one is trying to do.”  -Friedrich Nietzsche Arabs often say that Iranians are so patient that they prefer slaughtering their sheep with cotton, not with knives. Contrary to western politicians, whose attention spans rarely exceed the next elections, Iranians do not measure history in months or years, but rather in decades and centuries. They perceive themselves as the proud descendants of a great civilization spanning thousands of years. Why are the Iranians ready to pay such a dear price to get nuclear weapons? One…
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    Anarchant

  • AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations

    Ethan Glover
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I used to be a major fan of AntiWar.com. I’ve donated to previous campaigns to keep the site running. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to publicize some issues they’ve had with Google Adsense. And they seem to be using it as drama fodder to get more donations. They’ve lied about what Adsense is asking them to do. Maybe they did this on…Read moreThe post AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations appeared first on Anarchant.
  • There is No Scientific Consensus

    Ethan Glover
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The post There is No Scientific Consensus appeared first on Anarchant.
  • Bet On America?

    Ethan Glover
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Bet On America Pre-Debate Post-Debate Points Moved For The Motion 49% 64% 15% Against The Motion 23% 27% 4% Undecided 28% 9% -19% Intelligence Squared has the best debates, and this one was no exception. With the broad subject of Bet on America there is bound to be some great arguments. It was a pleasure…Read moreThe post Bet On America? appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Truth About College

    Ethan Glover
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    This summer I’ll be looking for a job in New Hampshire so I can drop out of college. I only have a year left, but I have yet to get anything valuable out of attending. My knowledge and skills are beyond what I need to get started in the industry I want to get started…Read moreThe post The Truth About College appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy

    Ethan Glover
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    How would a libertarian society deal with vaccinations? When presented with this question, the asker requested to assume that vaccinations are always good. But he also asked how a libertarian society would incentivize people to take vaccinations for the good of all. Even if it is harmful to the individual. I’m not going to talk…Read moreThe post The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy appeared first on Anarchant.