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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    * President Obama gave an interview to The New Yorker, and responded to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent assertion that she won’t retire this year because Obama would not be able to get any replacement confirmed by the Senate: I asked Obama if Ginsburg was right about his political weakness. “Well, we’ve got a pretty good […]
  • Good Question.

    Day By Day Cartoon
    Chris Muir
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • First Draft: Obama Votes Early

    NYT > Politics
    By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    President Obama cast his ballot in the midterm elections as early voting started in his hometown, Chicago, hoping to send a message to the Democratic faithful about the importance of turning out to vote.
  • The Swedish Navy Is Hunting a Russian Submarine and Doesn't Have the Tools for It

    Foreign Policy: Passport
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
  • Another Casualty of the War on Drugs

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The casualties are the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to our Constitution. The 4th says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” The 5th says “… nor shall any person … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Seems pretty clear, right? And yet we have this thing called “civil asset forfeiture” that allows police to seize…
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    The Atlantic

  • Democrats Defy Obama in Favor of an Ebola Travel Ban

    Russell Berman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Worried about the political fallout from the Ebola outbreak, vulnerable Senate Democrats are declaring their support for a U.S. travel ban from the afflicted countries in west Africa. In multiple cases, the Democrats are shifting off their earlier positions on the question, despite arguments from senior U.S. medical officials and the White House that stiff restrictions would only make it harder to prevent an infected person from entering the country. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire joined the crowd on Monday night, saying through a spokesman that she "strongly supports any and all…
  • What If America Had Canada's Healthcare System?

    Olga Khazan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    It's not uncommon, when Republicans score a major political victory, for American liberals to throw up their hands and say, "Screw this! I'm moving to Canada." More often than not, it's an empty threat—deterred either by the intricacies of the visa process or a glance at the January weather forecast in Winnipeg. But what if the opposite happened? What if Canada moved here? Specifically, what if its healthcare system were to pack up, migrate southward, and rain its single-payer munificence over America, for a change? To review, Canadian healthcare basically works like Medicare, but for…
  • How the Giants Hacked Baseball's Postseason

    Matt Schiavenza
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    As baseball’s World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City, the San Francisco Giants will compete to win their third championship in five years, a feat no National League club has accomplished since the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. But for a team whom sportswriters have begun referring to as a “dynasty,” the Giants’ five-year run is less a march of greatness than a case of a good team becoming great at just the right time. Since 2010, the year of the Giants’ first World Series victory since moving to San Francisco in 1958, the team has compiled a .538 winning percentage in the…
  • The Latest: Ebola in the United States

    The Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak. Keep checking this page for all the latest updates on the crisis. All times Eastern October 20, 10:12 a.m. New standards for protective gear The CDC will soon release stricter standards for personal protective gear for American hospital workers handling suspected Ebola patients. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…
  • Daily Life in the Shadow of ISIS

    Alice Su
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    DOHUK, Iraq — Meryem has renamed the third floor of Motel Kurdistan. “Welcome to Bayt al-Sinjar!” the 8-year-old shouted, flinging her arms wide as my elevator door opened. I followed her down a dim hallway to number 308, the 110-square-foot room where her family of six has lived since fleeing ISIS’s advance on their Yazidi village in August. “You can come here, but not Daesh,” Meryem said, using the Arabic name for ISIS as she opened the door. “No Daesh allowed.” Meryem’s is one of 90,564 displaced families—543,384 individuals—seeking refuge in Dohuk, a small city…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Mitch McConnell knows enthusiasm isn't free!

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    It was one of the great unanswered questions of the 2014 campaign: How in the world would the uninspiring Mitch McConnell build "enthusiastic" crowds to bring his campaign across the finish line? Now we know the answer—with a checkbook. McConnell will pay expenses in return for 'enthusiasm' at events The Kentucky Republican Party is offering volunteers all-expenses-paid trips to join Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign bus tour and "contribute to an enthusiastic atmosphere" at his events. In exchange for transportation, meals, and lodging, the state GOP expects the lucky few chosen for…
  • RNC says Wisconsin voters are stupid ... then asks them to vote for Scott Walker

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    We agree. This wasn't a smart choice. Early voting has begun in Wisconsin, and Mary Burke, Democratic challenger for the governor's seat, was at UW-Madison, rallying voters. She told supporters that she was starting her days at 4:30 in the morning and asked them for the same kind of enthusiasm, urging them to "be part of something incredible." At the same time, the Republican National Committee sent in what must pass for the big guns for them in support of Gov. Scott Walker, and, well, she was maybe less than motivating. Speaking at a Republican Party field office in Waukesha, the co-chair of…
  • Cartoon: The Globola crisis

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    (Click to enlarge) Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen
  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 am ET!

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    James O'Keeffe is on the loose,  again. "Do something illegal!" "No." "HA! JUST AS I THOUGHT! BUSTED!" We've still got a potent mix of stories to go through, and who knows what the morning will bring? There's more (read: meta) on that crazy Whisper story. And that'll lead to more consideration of just how perilous our privacy situation really is. And from there, maybe on to why some "Zombie Ideas" never die. And someone will probably think someone else has Ebola, or something. Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: Click this Link to Listen on your iTunes, Winamp or Windows Media Player Daily Kos…
  • Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Pollster forgets lessons of 2012, elects to go the full Paleologos

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Marilinda Garcia (R-NH) has led in two of 13 polls. Which makes her the favorite, according to one pollster. On Friday evening, I was in line at Costco purchasing a pizza for a little family dinner (because, when you're married with two kids, that qualifies as a wild Friday night). I was scanning my phone for new polling after a fairly soft day of volume (which, regrettably, continued into the weekend) when I saw a series of tweets from northeastern-based folks live-tweeting an event sponsored by the New England chapter of the AAPOR (American Association of Public Opinion Research). One…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • CONFUSION: US Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    CONFUSION: US Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS...(Second column, 10th story, link)Related stories:American security guard joins ground war against Islamic State...Militants launch 15 near-simultaneous attacks...
  • Cook: Demand 'off the charts'...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Cook: Demand 'off the charts'...(Second column, 9th story, link)Related stories:APPLE Crushes Earnings Expectations...RECORD 39.3 MILLION IPHONE SALES...
  • Scientists unveil floating 3D projection...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Scientists unveil floating 3D projection...(Third column, 19th story, link)
  • Uruguay's roll-out of marijuana experiment faces election risk...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Uruguay's roll-out of marijuana experiment faces election risk...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:Colorado Seeks Ban on Edible Pot...
  • 'Czar' will not attend House hearing...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    'Czar' will not attend House hearing...(Third column, 14th story, link)Related stories:Bobby Jindal takes up Ebola travel restrictions...Hospital Requiring Patients To Knock Before Entering ER...Must Answer Set Of Questions Before Allowed In...CDC releases new Ebola gear guidelines...Liberia's broken medical system fails to keep track of patients...Study Projects Spread of Virus...Obama Repeats: You Can't Get Ebola on Bus -- Day After Bus Quarantined...Drama continues around NBC News' chief medical editor...
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    Drudge Retort

  • No New Ebola Case in U.S. in 5 Days

    lee_the_agent
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    With no new Ebola cases in five days, authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system. The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning of this year. About 100 more people, most of them health care workers, are being tracked in Texas after coming in contact…
  • Sarah Palin's PAC Gave 3% to Candidates

    AMERICANUNITY
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Out of $1.4 million Sarah Palin's SarahPAC had available in the third quarter of this year -- $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time -- the PAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That's a little more than 3 percent. Viveka Novak of Open Secrets writes, "[T]he PAC's meager record on supporting other candidates may simply be a reflection of Palin's own penchant for keeping her checkbook closed when it comes to political appeals. The former governor has made…
  • Alabama House Speaker Indicted on 23 Felonies

    Corky
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested Monday on nearly two dozen felony ethics charges. The prominent Republican turned himself in to Montgomery, Alabama, authorities after being indicted on 23 felony counts, including the misuse of his public office for personal gain. Hubbard, whose book "Storming the Statehouse" details the 2010 Republican takeover of the state's legislature, which had been led by Democrats for 136 years, was indicted as part of an ongoing investigation in Alabama.
  • GOP Candidate: Fast Food Work Not a 'Real Job'

    rcade
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    This November, residents of 13 different Wisconsin counties will also vote on whether to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Brad Schimel, the Republican candidate for Attorney General in Wisconsin, told supporters at a Milwaukee County Republicans party that he's tired of the contentious statewide debate over the minimum wage. "I want every one of our neighbors to have a job again, a well-paid job, so we don?t have to argue about minimum wage for someone working at Burger King," he said. "Let's get them a real job."
  • Gas Prices Hit New Low for Year, Going Lower

    726
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Gas prices are hitting a new low for the year, and the downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA. The average price on a gallon of gas in the L.A.-Long Beach area on Monday was $3.52, down from $3.75 last month. In Orange County, the average price was $3.50, down from $3.72 last month. In the Riverside-San Bernardino area, the average was $3.48, and in Ventura, the average was $3.50. California has the highest gas prices in the continental U.S. According to Gas Buddy, the national average is $3.12, the lowest since Jan. 18, 2011.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Are Gremlins the New Black?

    Josh Marshall
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    South Carolina Republican doubles down on his attack on "Gremlins" - his word for gay men. "What we have is, I made a comment that same-sex couples that want to destroy traditional marriage and our way of life, they're gremlins. They're these creatures that are so destructive."
  • Expert International Trolling

    David Kurtz
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Yesterday two students from Rwanda were held out of school in New Jersey because of misplaced fears they could be carrying ebola. Ebola-free Rwanda is in East Africa, more than 2,000 miles from the nearest Ebola-infected country. But, you know. Africa! Today Rwanda began Ebola screening all visitors to the country who have been to the US in the previous 22 days. There's no evidence to suggest the move was in retaliation. Just karma.
  • Still Out There

    Josh Marshall
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    That far-right prepper who's been at large in the Poconos after killing a state trooper on September 12th has been sighted again.
  • Peak PRC

    Josh Marshall
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    True, Hong Kong has a separate political system from the mainland. But a special moment when the region's leader says they can't allow the public to vote on who should lead Hong Kong because poor people wouldn't totally dominate the election.
  • "That's Not Gonna Happen."

    Josh Marshall
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    At the state level, Republicans increasingly see the handwriting on the wall on the dread Obamacare: it's not going anywhere. Ohio Gov. John Kasich on repeal. "That's not gonna happen. The opposition to it was really either political or ideological. I don't think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives."
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    Political Animal

  • Whose News You Can Use

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    A big new Pew Research Journalism Project survey of media consumption patterns has a lot of fascinating detail. But the finding we'll hear most about confirms some of the most common stereotypes about what Pew calls "consistent" conservatives and liberals: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: * Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics. * Express greater distrust than trust of 24 of the 36 news sources measured in the survey. At the same…
  • Just Tuning In?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    We're now officially into the stretch run of the midterm election cycle, with two weeks left until Election Day. A big disclaimer to that milestone, of course, is early voting, which has been underway in some states since late September. Late last week the reigning expert on the subject, Michael McDonald, estimated that 1.9 million ballots had already been counted. Three states (OR. WA, and now CO) conduct all-mail-ballot elections. At the other end of the spectrum, the cycle will not end on November 4. Louisiana's "jungle primary" (everyone runs on the same ballot, with the goal being a…
  • Daylight Video

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    For no obvious reason, I woke up with Robin Trower music in my head. Here's his most distinctive contribution to Procol Harum during his years with that group, "About To Die."
  • Day's End and Night Watch

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Day zoomed by, which is good because I'm about to hop on a conference call with WaMo's techies to begin a review of how we are doing here traffic-and-social-media-wise. Here are some remains of the day: * Yet another Buzzfeed campaign website gotcha: Pat Roberts' shows field of sunflowers (symbol of Kansas), but actual photo taken in Ukraine. * January 2004 last time there was plurality for "right track" in a WSJ/NBC poll. * HuffPost offers quick 5-point summary of Doug Henwood's paywalled Harper's cover story encouraging lefty revolt against Hillary Clinton. * At Ten Miles Square, Martin…
  • Lowest Blow of Them All

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I've seen some pretty nasty, low-down political ads in my time, but a direct mail ad being run against a Democratic state legislator from East Tennessee by her Republican opponent really takes the cake (per a report from Fox Sports' Clay Travis): Gloria Johnson is an incumbent member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. She's engaged in a reelection battle with Eddie Smith. And with Alabama [a college football team]mtraveling to Knoxville, Smith just took off the gloves when it comes to East Tennessee political campaigns. He compared Gloria Johnson to Lane Kiffin in a mailed political…
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    New Republic

  • Two Reasons To Dial Back Ebola Hysteria

    Jonathan Cohn
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The news about Ebola last week was relentless, depressing, and scary. On Monday the news was reassuring and even a little hopeful, thanks to a pair of key developments.One was in Texas, whe
  • Study: Putting Women in Charge Makes Companies More Successful

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Gender equity has been a challenge in the corporate world for as long as there has been a corporate world. But progress towards a more gender-diverse work environment has continued throughout the years with government quotas and company-specific initiatives. And guess what? According to a groundbrea
  • These Two World Leaders Are Laughing While the Planet Burns Up

    Rebecca Leber
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Canada once had a shot at being the world's leader on climate change. Back in 2002, our northern neighbors had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties. In 2005,
  • I'm a Black Journalist. I'm Quitting Because I'm Tired of Newsroom Racism.

    Rebecca Carroll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My first job in media was as a television producer. I was 28 years old, eager and brimming with ideas, some of which I’m sure were good and others of which I’m sure were not. Not long after starting the job, I asked to produce a segment with a well-known black actor whose work I had long followe
  • My Solution to the Brunch Wars: Eggs for Dinner

    Bee Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The further you get through life, the more forcefully you may be struck by the poignant realization of how few meals remain. Working on the basis of three a day (snacks don’t count), there are just over a thousand opportunities a year to play with. Which brings us to brunch. In a recent New Y
 
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    TIME

  • Morning Must Reads: October 21

    Andrew Katz
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Behind the Fear Outbreak The almost-zero probability of acquiring Ebola in the U.S. often doesn’t register at a time of mass fear, and the country is in the midst of a national panic attack that has seen schools emptied, businesses temporarily shuttered and travelers from West Africa shunned Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the February 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Apple Bears Fruit in Fourth Quarter The tech giant reported a 12.7% bump in fourth-quarter profit, beating analyst…
  • Ebola Travel Ban Wins Support From Another Embattled Democratic Candidate

    Alex Rogers
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Over the past several days, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown has not let up hammering his Democratic opponent about Ebola. On Thursday, he called on President Barack Obama to institute a travel ban from West Africa. On Friday, he said Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is “rubber-stamping the President’s policy,” by opposing his position. He also told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that if 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had won, Ebola wouldn’t be a problem. The next day he wrote a letter urging Shaheen to accept a travel ban,…
  • Pelosi and Hillary Join Forces to Rally Democratic Women

    Jay Newton-Small
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Three generations of Birmingham family women turned out on Monday to see House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rally for female Democratic candidates. “It was fabulous, a wonderful event,” gushes Alanna Birmingham, 17, clutching one of the lunch’s floral centerpieces, a keepsake for her to take home. “You could just feel the energy in the room, all this beautiful female energy.” Birmingham was there with her mother and grandmother in a show of political unity the family hasn’t always enjoyed, especially when it…
  • GOP Wields Romney Fundraising List in Senate Battle

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    If Republicans retake the Senate next month, they’ll have done it with a lot of help from Mitt Romney. The former GOP presidential nominee’s digital operation may have been a generation behind President Barack Obama’s effort, but his email list has proven to be a potent fundraising too for the party as it looks for victory this fall. “It’s easily our most successful digital fundraising source,” said Matt Lira. executive director of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm. “As far as our fundraising is concerned, there’s the Romney list and…
  • Obama White House Finds Ebola and ISIS Crises Silver Lining

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    President Barack Obama has found a silver lining in months of global crises: an excuse for why he’s not out on the campaign trail for Democrats this fall. Asked Monday if it was odd two weeks before the midterm elections that Obama was not spending more time on the road for Democrats, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz pointed to all the president’s other commitments, including the twin crises of Ebola and ISIS, which have upended Senate campaigns around the country. “I don’t think it’s weird given everything that we are trying to manage,” he…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Palestinian convicted for 'interfering' with Israeli army work

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Jerusalem (AFP) - An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian activist, regarded by the EU as a human rights defender, for "interfering" with the work of a soldier, his lawyer said Tuesday.
  • Mentally ill Briton accused over jihad camp extradited to US

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    London (AFP) - A mentally ill man suspected of conspiring to establish a jihadist training camp in the United States was deported to the US Tuesday, British police said.
  • Egypt clamps down on campuses over new unrest fears

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cairo (AFP) - As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo's universities to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields.
  • Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.
  • Italian police say discovered huge 1.7 bn corporate fraud

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Rome (AFP) - Italy's financial police on Tuesday said they had broken up a ring of companies they believe used false accounting to defraud the state out of 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) of tax.
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    Political Irony

  • For Sale?

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

    Iron Knee
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down after two major security breaches at the White House. It turns out Pierson’s first job was actually as a costumed character at Disney World. I’m guessing the character was Sleeping Beauty.” – Jimmy Fallon “Julia Pierson hopped over the fence and turned in her resignation.” – David Letterman “Pierson told her colleagues that the Secret Service actually needed to be more friendly and inviting like Disney World. I guess that’s why all White House intruders got a $30 photo of themselves hopping…
  • Why Conservatives are Afraid of Ebola

    Iron Knee
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science. In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day. “It’s a very human reaction,” said Harland Dorrinson, a prominent anti-science activist from Springfield, Missouri. “If you put them…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “After all the recent security breaches at the White House, Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned today. She said she’ll miss being in the White House, but knowing the Secret Service, she should be able to come back any time she wants. The door is always open … literally.” – Jimmy Fallon “It was reported today that the recent security breaches at the White House could cost the director of the Secret Service her job. Luckily, after she’s escorted out of the building, it should be pretty easy for her to get back in.” – Seth…
  • Another Casualty of the War on Drugs

    Iron Knee
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The casualties are the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to our Constitution. The 4th says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” The 5th says “… nor shall any person … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Seems pretty clear, right? And yet we have this thing called “civil asset forfeiture” that allows police to seize…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • GOP Plan on Ebola: Cry Fire in a Crowded Theater

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Here's the bottom line. If your idea of leadership is a guy who cries fire in a crowded theater, then vote for the Republican candidate nearest you (or at least most of them) in the November election - and help make Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader. There is an Ebola crisis. It is in West Africa. And it could surely affect people in other areas of the world if the entire international community does not respond to contain it. It is absolutely in the entire world's interest to develop treatments for those who become infected, and a vaccine to prevent future epidemics. After all we all…
  • Scott Walker vs. Mary Burke Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Wisconsin Governor's Race 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Scott Walker vs. Mary Burke Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate…
  • Trust in Media Returns to an All-Time Low -- Is Anyone Surprised?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent. Is anyone surprised? With the major news shows parading out the same pundit hacks who were wrong the first time about Weapons of Mass Destruction pre-Iraq invasion, Americans everywhere are probably having severe flashbacks. In a perfect world, there would be a rule that if you are grotesquely wrong about one war, you have to sit the next war out. You're benched. Come back the following season and don't lie…
  • Top Regulator Says Bank CEOs Meant Well. This Evidence Says Otherwise.

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The head of one of Wall Street's most important regulatory agencies argued recently that Big Bank CEOs never intended to break the law or engage in foreclosure fraud. Instead, Thomas Curry of the Office of Comptroller of the Currency tells us they weren't cautious enough. Internal documents obtained from a bank-backed venture several years ago seem to directly contradict this claim. These documents, which include training materials, PowerPoint presentations, and videos, suggest that the industry made a conscious attempt to bypass local jurisdictions and automate processes - in what can best…
  • Democrats Hope Minimum Wage Ballot Questions Will Drive Turnout In Key States

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    CHICAGO (AP) -- As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4, the party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased. The issue is also a near-constant topic on the campaign trail,…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • A New York Times Columnist Spoke At A Fundraiser For A Group Working To Criminalize Gay Sex

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat spoke at a fundraising event for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing legal group that works to defend anti-LGBT discrimination and supported the criminalization of homosexuality. On October 16, ADF held an event titled "The Price of Citizenship: Losing Religious Freedom in America" in Denton, Texas. The event, which focused primarily on highlighting the alleged tension between LGBT equality and religious liberty, featured a conversation between radio show host Hugh Hewitt and Douthat. The event also featured an…
  • Chuck Todd Dishes On How Media Cover Scandals And Crises

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Like most journalists, Chuck Todd hates becoming part of the story. So when his recent criticism of Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was used as the basis of a Mitch McConnell campaign ad, the new Meet the Press host felt "physically ill." Todd spoke at length with Media Matters last week about life in the hot seat of NBC's top Sunday morning news program to which he ascended after two decades of political reporting at the network, MSNBC, and National Journal. Since he was…
  • FLASHBACK: When Conservative Media Didn't Care Bush's Bird Flu Czar Had No Medical Experience

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Fox News continues to lead the conservative attack on Ron Klain, whom President Obama appointed as the administration's Ebola coordinator, termed by some a "czar," to help direct the government's response to the rare virus and its arrival in Dallas, Texas.   After days of demanding White House action on the issue (such as appointing a czar), conservatives, led by Republican Party leaders, immediately criticized the choice of Klain. Why? Because he has no medical background and because he's enjoyed a career as Democratic political insider, working as chief of staff for…
  • O'Reilly: Federal Rulings Legalizing Gay Marriage Have Emboldened Houston Mayor To "Run Roughshod Over The Constitution"

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    From the October 20 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously:   Another Fox News Lie About The Subpoenas Of Houston's Anti-Gay Pastors No, The City Of Houston Isn't Bullying Anti-Gay Pastors - This Is Basic Lawyering O'Reilly Criticizes Supreme Court For Allowing Lower Court Rulings Ending Same-Sex Marriage Bans To Stand
  • Bill O'Reilly Smears Democratic Voters As Selfish

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    From the October 20 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: Fox's O'Reilly: 50% Of Voters Will Support Obama Because They "Feel That They Are Entitled To Things" O'Reilly: Obama, Dems Want An "Entitlement State," While GOP Wants A "Lean, Mean Economic Machine" Fox's Beckel To Co-Hosts: "You Can't Just Dismiss 60 Million People Who Voted For Obama As Dependency People"
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Are We Miscommunicating Gender in Science?

    Stephanie Murti
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    by Luisa Massarani, Sci Dev Net, UK – Later this month, Paraguay will host the 10th Iberoamerican Congress on Science, Technology and Gender. About 200 people, including scientists and students from different countries, will share experiences on various science and development issues — such as climate change, technological innovation, race, cyberspace, indigenous people and maths — and discuss them from the perspective of gender. Read More »
  • Pakistan’s Ahmadis Faced with Death or Exile

    Stephanie Murti
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    by Beena Sarwar, IPS, Italy –Two years ago, gunmen shot dead Farooq Kahloun’s newly married son Saad Farooq, 26, in an attack that severely injured Kahloun, his younger son Ummad, and Saad’s father-in-law, Choudhry Nusrat. Saad died on the spot. In Pakistan after travelling from his home in New York for the wedding, Nusrat died in hospital later. Four bullets remain in Kahloun’s chest and arm. A bullet lodged behind the right eye of Ummad, a student in the UK, was surgically removed months later. Read More »
  • Indian court jails five for life for gang-rape

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    An Indian court has sentenced five men to life imprisonment for gang-raping a 30-year-old call centre worker in 2010, two years before a fatal sex attack on a student sparked global outrage.
  • Ukraine, Russia gas deal may be just enough to get through winter

    Reuters: World News
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    LONDON (Reuters) - An interim natural gas deal by Moscow and Kiev, reached over the weekend, could supply just enough to get Ukraine through the winter as long as the weather does not become unusually cold, Reuters research shows.
  • Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

    Aaron Humes
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    The humble CREWS buoy hosts several instruments designed to measure conditions above and below the water, and keep track of these developing threats. Credit: Aaron Humes/IPSBy Aaron HumesBELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS)Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities.However, there has been a recent decline in the production and…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Extreme Haunted Houses and the Privilege of Paying for Fear

    Pia Glenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Like any holiday, ways in which Halloween may be observed vary greatly. One of the ways in which merchants rake in the holiday cash is by setting up professional haunted houses. These are not the haunted houses some of recall from youth, though. Today, a professional haunted house might include physical assault, being verbally berated, or submerged in water, all occurring under the legal umbrella of a waiver signed by the participant to indemnify the organizers in case of injury or accident. I don’t mind a good horror movie jump cue and I see the entertainment value in staged fear, but…
  • Upon Further Review #1: How Fans Become Horrible People, a Fanatical Look at St. Louis

    Shane Paul Neil
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    In my experience, explaining why I love sports to non-fans is much like explaining my Christianity to atheists. It usually ends in a debate I’m not so excited to participate in and I usually end up feeling a little less intelligent than when I started. There are certain groups of people who by default are bestowed a certain intellectual (and sometimes moral) superiority including non-sports fans, atheists and people who don’t own televisions. (They are by far the most intimidating people. WTF do you do all day?) It is sometimes easy to see where this superiority comes from. There are more…
  • #TWIBprime #590 | Happy Birthday Elon! Sponsored By @Bevel

    shanepaulneil
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    #TeamBlackness celebrates Elon’s Birthday, National Boss’ Day, and our sponsorship all AT THE SAME TIME. #TeamBlackness celebrates Elon’s Birthday, National Boss’ Day, and our sponsorship all AT THE SAME TIME. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjameswhite Imani Gandy @angryblacklady & Emily Epstein White @emeps Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon  - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook…
  • @BlackGirlNerds #9 | Extant Dissected!

    aaron rand freeman
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Extant! Hosts Jamie and Shareef spend an hour with Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher of Extant. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax and Shareef Jackson @ShareefJackson 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 @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • #TWIBprime #589 | Just Don’t Do It

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Seriously! Don’t Do It! #TeamBlackness discusses what not to do to make our days better, including how we shouldn’t make Swastika rings, shouldn’t allow Open Carry, and shouldn’t issue death threats at feminists. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
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    Wonkette

  • Poor James O’Keefe Can’t Even Trick Dumb Dems Into Committing Voter Fraud

    Beth Ethier
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Image via YouTube James O’Keefe’s fault – if he has a fault — is that his flair for the dramatic can sometimes get in the way of his top-secret undercover investigations. Subtlety is not something that comes naturally to the wunderkind who rose to conservative fame on the strength of his downmarket Huggy Bear impression. During his most recent operation in Colorado, however, things took a turn for the intellectual. O’Keefe’s new approach to expose all those left-wing ballot bandits: pass himself off as a liberal academic with the help of a young…
  • Charlie P. Pierce, Esq., Misses The George Will Who Didn’t Suck

    Doktor Zoom
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Conservative intellectual thought leader George Will made an ass of himself on Fox News Sunday this week, claiming “Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by ‘a sneeze or some cough.’” The alleged source of that “information,” the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, was quick to say, “Nuh-uh, George you are very very WRONG, you dip.” The authors of the piece, Lisa Brosseau and Rachel Jones, both of the University of Illinois, told PolitiFact that they had recommended only that…
  • Ohio Golden Boy Josh Mandel Pretends Nice Words About His Opponent Are For Him

    Gary Legum
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    We assumed we had seen the last of Josh Mandel, Boy Treasurer of Ohio, back in 2012 when he lost a Senate election to rumpled Shar-Pei Sherrod Brown. But apparently Mandel has been running for re-election for treasurer this year, against a Democratic state senator named Connie Pillich. For a guy who has consistently held a decent lead in the polls for the entire campaign, Mandel sure seems hard up for compliments to use in his ads. Over the weekend, several Ohio media outlets, particularly Columbus TV station WBNS, flagged an ad from the Mandel campaign that touted the Cleveland Plain…
  • Andrea Mitchell Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

    Kaili Joy Gray
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Have you heard the story about the president who got a blowjob from a lady who wasn’t his wife? Sure you did. Because that blowjob would be old enough to drive a car by now, and lots of hack “journalists” cut their teeth typing out the scintillating details of semen stains and cigars. Which is why they are the one subspecies on this planet, and probably any other in the universe, that can never forget. The world marches on, a president leaves office, another one steals his seat, then another takes his place — but the Very Serious Journalists will never let go of The…
  • Ron Paul Tells Dumb Son To Shut His Big Stupid Yap

    Kaili Joy Gray
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Grab your popcorn, it’s time for another round of Republican Daddy Issues: Ron Paul, who is a medical doctor, pointed out that an estimated 3,000 to 49,000 people died every year from influenza, but no one was considering a travel ban to stop the flu from spreading. “So right now, I would say a travel ban is politically motivated more than something done for medical purposes,” he concluded. Aw, heck, that almost sounds reasonable. Except that Ron Paul, the former doctor and former member of the House and former laugh riot during the last Republican presidential primary season, is…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Hawaii Democrat backs travel ban, denounces politicization of the issue

    Noah Rothman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Deluge. It’s becoming a groundswell. Relatively embattled Democrats facing the voters this fall have been abandoning the president’s position on a limited travel ban on Ebola-affected regions of West Africa in droves. Last week, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) expressed some support a limited travel ban. On Monday, they were joined by Sen. […] Read this post »
  • Subtle: Pro-Kay Hagan fliers warns GOP victory with lynching images

    Noah Rothman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Overpowering stench of desperation. Once is an isolated incident, but twice is something else entirely. Less than 24-hours after the rapidly imploding Wendy Davis campaign in Texas warned that the interracially married Greg Abbott may just try to ban interracial marriage as governor, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) supporters in North Carolina are also engaging in a bit of inelegant […] Read this post »
  • Age of Enlightenment: NY university offering training for couples on how to break up

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    This should end well Instapundit flagged this one as a Higher Education Bubble Update and it’s taking place in New York. The State University of New York (SUNY) campus at Delhi, west of the Hudson River, is offering an important training seminar for students. They’ll want to pay attention in this class, on the off chance that they ever […] Read this post »
  • Michele Bachmann must be doing something right if ISIS is after her

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Under guard Her name doesn’t appear in the national headlines nearly as often as it used to, but apparently there are those in other parts of the world who remember who Michele Bachmann is. Yet another ISIS video has popped up, and it includes the Minnesota congresswoman making remarks about terrorism. This has set off enough alarms […] Read this post »
  • The worst political ad ever? Or the most awesome?

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Loan sharknado Before you get your hopes up, this edition of Must See Political Advertising is brought to you by the GOP, not the Democrats. It was spawned out of the floundering race in Michigan, where Terri Lynn Land has seemingly failed to gain any traction against Gary Peters, (It’ difficult to find a poll where Peters […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

    Tamara Keith
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.» E-Mail This
  • After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

    Terry Gildea
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012. Now front-runner, she could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.» E-Mail This
  • Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

    Robert Siegel
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.» E-Mail This
  • This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

    Peter Overby
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.» E-Mail This
  • Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

    Mara Liasson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Make Your Home Based Business Work For You

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

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

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

    Randy
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    TIP! You have probably heard the saying, “Keep it simple.” This holds true for a lot of things, even the stock market. Everybody knows somebody that made it huge through investing, but they also know lots of people who lost quite a bit. The key is knowing where you should place your investing money to benefit yourself, instead of lining someone else’s pockets. You will improve your chances of getting returns by researching and minimizing transaction costs by taking a more passive strategy. TIP! Stocks are not merely certificates that are bought and sold. When you own stocks,…
  • Make Your Business Better With These Tips

    Randy
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    TIP! Be sure to do your best to hire competent people by conducting the proper research before hiring employees for your home business. The key is to ensure their suitability for the position for which you are hiring them, or else you may doom yourself to failure. Much like the home that a person lives in, to be stable, a home business enterprise requires a viable blueprint, a solid foundation and the required material to hold all the pieces together correctly. This article will help you put together a solid business plan and get started with your home based business. TIP! Clearly mark…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is set to sign into law a bill critics say will trample the free speech rights of prisoners. Last week, lawmakers openly said they passed the legislation as a way to target one of the state’s most well-known prisoners: journalist and former Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of killing of a Philadelphia police officer, but has long maintained his innocence. During a late night vote last Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House unanimously approved the "Revictimization Relief Act," which authorizes the censoring of public…
  • Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. We speak to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories. Richard Falk recently completed his term as special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights for the United Nations Human Rights Council. His writings about the Israel-Palestine issue and his experience as…
  • After Ignoring ISIS Assault on Kobani, U.S. Launches Major Strikes & Arms Turkey's Kurdish Foes

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not act to prevent the Islamic State from seizing Kobani because the Syrian Kurdish town was not a "strategic objective." But as news cameras on the Turkish-Syrian border showed Islamic State fighters assaulting a town in plain sight, the U.S.-led coalition responded with the most airstrikes of its Syria campaign. The U.S.-led coalition has also begun dropping air supplies of weapons and aid to the Syrian Kurds, a move it had resisted for weeks. Now Turkey says it will open its border with Syria to let…
  • Headlines for October 21, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cuba Sends 91 More Health Workers to West Africa, Offers to Work with U.S. on EbolaCDC Unveils New Health Worker Protocols for EbolaU.S. Continues Bombardment of ISIS Near KobaniIndonesia Inaugurates Joko Widodo as PresidentAustralian Police Drop Probe into 1975 Murder of 5 Journalists by Indonesian ForcesOscar Pistorius Sentenced to 5 Years for Girlfriend's Killing, Likely to Serve 10 MonthsReports: Ukraine Used Cluster Munitions in Donetsk in Possible War CrimePhilippines: After Murder of Transgender Woman, Protests Target U.S. Forces AgreementU.N. Warns of "Rampant" Sexual…
  • Media Enabled Musketeers: Russian & American Filmmakers with Disabilities Document Shared Struggles

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Meet the Media Enabled Musketeers, a group of Russians and Americans with disabilities who have banded together to raise awareness about disability issues through film. They have created a dozen short movies that delve into the everyday challenges faced by people with disabilities — issues of accessibility, love, dreams and prejudice. One of the films, "Don’t Look Down on Me," has become a YouTube sensation, viewed more than 2.6 million times. The film chronicles a day in the life of Jonathan Novick, a New York resident with achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism,…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    More so than the actual threat that Ebola has posed to the United States since the day that Thomas Eric Duncan, the one disease that has spread like wildfire through the country is fear and paranoia about an unknown disease, a fear that is spread by modern technology and word of mouth and which leads people to take action that, based on all available evidence, is entirely irrational. It’s manifested itself in numerous ways over the three weeks that have passed since the first case of Ebola in the United States was diagnosed. The media, of course, has played a huge role in the affair by…
  • Crossfire Canceled Again

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Last year, CNN brought back its long running battle of the partisan pundits series Crossfire as part of Jeffrey Zucker’s ongoing effort to remake the network, which had been struggling to keep up with Fox News Channel and, at the time, MSNBC. The format was slightly different, cut back to a half-hour, and had a rotating series of four hosts from the left and the right rather than a main stable of a prominent liberal and a prominent conservative. While there were sometimes guest appearances consisted of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Obama White House adviser Van Jones,…
  • America’s Disgruntled Civil Servants

    James Joyner
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    America’s federal workforce is increasingly disenchanted. Josh Hicks, reporting for the Washington Post (“Morale drops among Defense Department’s civilian workers“): Civilian defense employees have grown increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, and many wouldn’t recommend their organization as a good place to work, according to the federal government’s 2014 personnel survey. Employee approval ratings for the Defense Department, the federal government’s largest agency, dropped in 47 of 84 categories, according to a government workforce survey. Paige…
  • Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In the wake of the mass shooting incidents that grabbed headlines in 2012, especially the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many states reacted by passing laws to restrict gun ownership or otherwise close perceived loopholes in their gun control laws. One of the most prominent examples of that came in New York State where, under the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state passed a law called the Safe Act which, among other things, included provisions that make it easier for the state to deny a permit to own a…
  • Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Democrats have long had an electoral advantage among women, particularly among single and suburban professional women, that has helped propel them to victory in elections both in Presidential and non-Presidential years. In 2008, for example, exit polling showed that President Obama won women by 56% to 49%, and in 2012 the breakdown was 55% to 44%.  The reasons for the disparity in these elections, and in many others at the national, state, and local level have been the subject of speculation for decades ever since the so-called “gender gap” was first noticed. Among the…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Good News About Solar Energy From Disparate Parts of the World

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    By Juan Cole Morrocco, Mexico and India, among others, have some good news to spread regarding solar energy. Related Entries October 21, 2014 U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes October 20, 2014 Shells Land in Turkey as Kurds Fight Off Islamic State Forces in Kobane
  • Americans Need to Get a Grip: Ebola Is Not a Crisis in the U.S.

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    By Robert Reich The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections. Related Entries October 20, 2014 Ground Zero October 20, 2014 Ebola Reaper
  • U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    By Juan Cole In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, U.S. jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 20, 2014 John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives
  • Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. Related Entries October 20, 2014 The Blue-Collar Imperative October 9, 2014 A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism
  • Paralyzed Man Can Now Walk Thanks to the Cells in His Nose

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Shutterstock A knife attack put Darek Fidyka on his back for two years, but an amazing medical procedure appears to have partially mended his spinal cord. The BBC reports that researchers and doctors in the U.K. and Poland figured out how to transplant cells from Fidyka’s nose to his spine, along with a bit of nervous tissue from his ankle. The olfactory ensheathing cells taken from the nose are key, because they’re the only cells in the nervous system that regenerate as we age through adulthood. According to the Beeb, Fidyka has a long way to go, but he can now walk with some…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Congressional Candidate Calls Same-Sex Couples Gremlins, Destructive Creatures In Bizarre Video

    Carimah Townes
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot from Anthony Culler’s Facebook video After drawing criticism for a Facebook calling same-sex couples “gremlins,” a GOP candidate from South Carolina reaffirmed his position on marriage equality. Anthony Culler, who is challenging Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), set off a firestorm Monday with a Facebook post warning, “If you believe in traditional families and that marriage is defined as an institution between one man and one woman then I ask that you start acting like it and START VOTING like it! Do not buy the “cuteness” and “What will…
  • North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years

    Lauren C. Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    A North Carolina police department has been secretly gathering data from cellphones and other mobile devices with military-grade surveillance equipment. But the surveillance systems, which are supposed to be used to locate criminal suspects, are also tracking everyone else. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department, which serves nearly a million North Carolina residents, has been using portable surveillance systems that masquerade as a cell phone tower and picks up nearby wireless data on phones, laptops and other devices, The Charlotte Observer reported. The equipment has been frequently…
  • Ohio Governor Doesn’t Think Medicaid Expansion Is Connected To Obamacare

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich CREDIT: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), one of a handful of Republican leaders who has bucked the party to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, does not believe this provision is actually connected to the health care reform law. Kasich made headlines on Monday when he was quoted in an Associated Press story saying that Obamacare repeal is “not gonna happen,” adding that the opposition to the law “was really either political or ideological.” Since that’s an unusually frank admission from a Republican…
  • The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election

    Ian Millhiser
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Marc Levy The last month has been a terrible month for voting rights, but it could only be the beginning. Though the Supreme Court handed down four voting rights decisions in the past several weeks, three of which allowed voter suppression laws to take effect, all four of these were only preliminary decisions. It is likely that the justices will consider one or more of these laws again before they leave for their summer vacations at the end of June. And, if the Roberts Court’s previous record on voting rights is any indication, it is unlikely that a right that an…
  • Conservative Provocateur Creates Fake LGBT Group To ‘Expose’ Voter Fraud

    Zack Ford
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    CREDIT: Twitter/@JamesOKeefeIII James O’Keefe, perhaps best known as the undercover pimp who targeted the community organizing group ACORN, has once again been trying to target Democratic candidates with undercover schemes, this time in Colorado. Last week, he and two collaborators tried to bait field staffers working on the reelection campaign for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) into approving voter fraud using Colorado’s new vote-by-mail system. This year will be the first time Colorado voters have the opportunity to vote in a general election by mail. All registered voters will receive…
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    Slate Articles

  • Social Networking Didn’t Start at Harvard

    Jonathan D. Moreno
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Far from the Ivy-covered walls that gave rise to Facebook, the first social network analysis took place amid some far higher and more restrictive barricades—the ones that surround Sing Sing prison.
  • The International-Student Revolving Door

    Albert H. Teich
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    This piece was adapted from an article in the Fall 2014 edition of Issues in Science & Technology
  • Oh, Boy

    Emily Yoffe
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com
  • An Implanted Wearable Gadget Isn’t as Crazy as You’d Think

    Margaret Rhodes
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    This article originally appeared in Wired.
  • Forget Oculus Rift

    Will Oremus
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Virtual reality is making a comeback. At least, the hype about virtual reality is making a comeback. Its resurgence has been fueled by Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, which landed Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey on the cover of Wired. In the past year, companies such as Sony and Samsung have announced plans to develop virtual-reality gadgets of their own.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Everything You Need to Know About Ebola in America, in One Fantastic Quote

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Meet a man made of very stern stuff indeed Peter Pattakos spent 20 minutes Saturday in an Akron bridal shop, getting fitted for a tux for his friend's wedding. Thursday, his friend sent a text message, telling him that Ebola patient Amber Joy Vinson had been in the store around the same time. Pattakos, 36, a Cleveland attorney who lives in Bath Township, called the health department, which told him to call back if he exhibits any Ebola symptoms. He called a doctor, who told him not to worry. "I didn't exchange any bodily fluids with anyone, so I'm not worried about it," he said. "I'm much…
  • Elizabeth Warren Was on Fire This Weekend. Here Were Her 5 Best Lines.

    Sam Brodey
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    It's good to be Elizabeth Warren. The senior senator from Massachusetts spent her weekend campaigning for Democrats in Minnesota, Colorado, and Iowa, and by all accounts, she tore it up, and got more than a few calls to run for president. (Breaking: she still insists she isn't going to.) These were some of her biggest red-meat lines from the campaign trail: 1. "The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it. We can whine, we can whimper or we can fight back, and we’re here to fight back. We know what we’re fighting for and what we’re up against. We’ve got our…
  • The 5 Stupidest Paranoid Responses to Ebola

    Inae Oh
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    As President Barack Obama noted in his weekly address Saturday, Ebola is a serious public health issue. But the level of paranoia that has surfaced across the country since Thomas Duncan became the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the United States is not only unwarranted—it's  dangerous. Ripped straight from the headlines, here are just five of the more surreal incidents of Ebola panic. Syracuse University disinvites photographer. Ebola has an incubation period of up to three weeks. If someone hasn't gotten sick within 21 days of exposure, they're in the clear. But News…
  • Which Dad is More Embarrassing: Ron Paul or Rafael Cruz?

    Tim Murphy
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    If Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) do battle for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, they'll have to carefully manage their most popular yet embarrassing surrogates: their fathers. Here's a quick guide to the septuagenarian bomb-throwers.  
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 20, 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    A US Army Corporal carries a detonation cord to blow up expired ordinance in Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
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  • U.N. Questions Israel On Palestinians' Rights

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
  • Even One Soda A Day Changes How Your Cells Age

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
  • CNN Brings On ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ To Discuss Right Wing's Latest Version Of 'Obama's Katrina'

    Heather
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I don't know about anyone else, but pretty much the last person I want to hear from when it comes to the government's response to a crisis, real or perceived, is George W. Bush's former FEMA director, Michael Brown. I suspect I'm far from being alone. That didn't stop CNN from bringing him on to discuss the right wing's latest version of "this is Obama's Katrina" this Monday evening: Michael ‘Heckuva Job Brownie’ Brown Responds to Ebola/FEMA Comparison: Well, Brown was on CNN tonight to talk about the government’s response to Ebola, and Don Lemon had to bring up comparisons between that…
  • West African Med Student Speaks About Why She Opposes California Prop 46

    karoli
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ed. Note: Proposition 46 is one of the sneakier propositions on the California ballot this year. To sweeten the rest of the proposition for voters, the drafters added an increase to medical liability limits. But the balance of it is awful -- mandatory database checks for patients who take certain medications, like pain medication or ADHD drugs, and random drug testing for doctors. The upshot of this particular ballot initiative would deeply affect many Californians both through the costs of implementation and by placing another barrier in between them and their doctors. Here is one medical…
  • Michelle Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIL Threat

    Susie Madrak
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Real or imaginary? Always hard to say with this one: Federal law enforcement officials are taking an ISIL threat against Michele Bachmann so seriously that Capitol Police have given the Minnesota Republican her own security detail. An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources. Members of the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection Division were briefed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The police security…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Grave Risks Of A Travel Ban, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    With Marco Rubio preparing a bill to ban nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from entering the US, and with vulnerable Dem candidates hopping on the Ebolanoia bandwagon, our political class appears to be warming more and more to an Ebola travel ban. (Ron Paul, at least, has called out such proposals as bad, politically motivated policy). So the point bears repeating that a travel ban is not as commonsensical as its supporters make it out to be. Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman look back at past epidemics in which travel bans proved unhelpful, including the AIDS crisis: After HIV/AIDS…
  • Light My Fire

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Mary Pauline Lowry confesses to pyromania: The constraints of attentive parents kept my pyromania to a minimum for the next few years. I’d light a few matches while my mom was in the shower, or feed scraps of paper to the gas burner on the stove if she stepped out to the grocery store. I told no one about my urge to light things — not even my big sister, whom I usually told everything. My mom would sometimes let me light candles on the dinner table. She would watch me closely and joke about the incident with the advent wheel. I’d feel a twinge of guilt — she wouldn’t have laughed if…
  • Pregnant With Depression, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    David Bornstein argues that postpartum depression has been misunderstood: Postpartum depressions are often assumed to be associated with hormonal changes in women. In fact, only a small fraction of them are hormonally based, said Cindy-Lee Dennis, a professor at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health. The misconception is itself a major obstacle, she adds. Postpartum depression is often not an isolated form of depression; nor is it typical. “We now consider depression to be a…
  • Creepy Ad Watch

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    The above ad for BLAH Airlines – Virgin America’s parody of airline travel – is just a glimpse into the nearly 6-hour commercial tracing a flight from Newark to San Francisco. Jessica Plautz calls the full film “more than boring – it’s nearly Dalí-style surrealism”: It starts out boring, as you would expect on any flight with nothing but the safety manual to entertain you. Shots go back and forth between the back of the seat and our protagonist, a gaping dummy with a bowl cut. A fasten-your-seatbelts announcement 12 minutes in is so familiar…
  • Home Sweet Moon?

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Saskia Vermeylen considers what it might take to own a lunar homestead: If you just simply occupy a place and no one else can access or use it, aren’t you the de facto owner? Lawyers call this corporate possession (corpus possidendi) and it represents another reason why title deeds cannot be a legal proof of lunar ownership – no one is physically there. In order to possess something, both mind and body need to be involved. Intention alone is not sufficient; possession also requires a physical act. The difficulty of physically establishing an act of possession on the moon should protect it…
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    WSJ.COM

  • For More Teens, Arrests Replace School Discipline

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    A generation ago, students caught fighting at school, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody. Some communities are trying to reverse the practice.
  • SEC Is Steering More Trials to Judges It Appoints

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly steering cases to hearings in front of the agency’s appointed administrative judges, who found in its favor in every verdict for the 12 months through September, rather than taking them to federal court.
  • Gun-Sale Measures Compete for a State's Voters

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Residents of Washington state face competing measures on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.
  • Alabama House Speaker Arrested in Ethics Case

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard was arrested Monday on felony ethics charges, accused of using his public offices for personal gain.
  • Gridlock Could Prove Costly at Polls

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Capital Journal: This could be the year in which voters actually punish politicians who get in the way of compromise, Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib writes.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Government Slavery

    Ron Paul
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either “serving” in the military or performing some other type of government-directed “community service.” Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich’s proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right.
  • The Season of Your Birth

    No Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim. Researchers studied 400 people and matched their personality type to when in the year they were born. They claim that people born at certain times of the year have a far greater chance of developing certain types of temperaments, which can lead to mood disorders. The scientists, from Budapest, said this was because the seasons had an influence on certain monoamine neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and…
  • What Happened in the Ebola Hospital

    Gary North
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When Thomas Eric Duncan first came into the hospital, he arrived with an elevated temperature, but was sent home. On his return visit to the hospital, he was brought in by ambulance under the suspicion from him and family members that he may have Ebola. Mr. Duncan was left for several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present. No one knew what the protocols were or were able to verify what kind of personal protective equipment should be worn and there was no training. Subsequently a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolation unit– yet…
  • No Hazmat Suits for the Soldiers

    No Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Ebola hotspots in West Africa to battle the deadly disease will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission. Instead, the troops will be given only masks and gloves to protect them from the potentially fatal virus, General David Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing. The Kentucky-based Army division is being sent to Liberia to help coordinate the response to the epidemic, and will primarily be building hospitals and treatment and training centers.  Major General Darryl Williams, the commander of US troops in Africa,…
  • Rat City

    Russia Today
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A new study has found that New York City’s rats are hosts to at least 18 new viruses, never before encountered and unknown to science. There is a risk of a “a public health nightmare.” The research was conducted by a team from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, who analyzed viruses in Manhattan rats. “Everybody’s looking all over the world, in all sorts of exotic places, including us. But nobody’s looking right under our noses,” Ian Lipkin, a professor of neurology and pathology at Columbia, told the New York Times. The initial report was published in…
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  • Watch: Obama Warned 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Obama jokes with woman about her 'embarrassing' boyfriend as he votes early in Chicago.
  • Monica Lewinsky Gets Trolled After Calling for End to Cyberbullying

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter?? as part of an effort to raise awareness about cyberbullying. And in turn, got massively cyberbullied. After sending out her first tweet Monday morning, Lewinsky, who now describes herself as the first person to be ???destroyed by the Internet,??? quickly became...
  • Not What Democrats Needed To Hear

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES MIDTERM MESSAGING: ???The bottom line is, though, these are ??? all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress.????? Those words from President Obama on Rev. Al Sharpton???s radio show yesterday are going to make life...
  • More Prefer Public Transit to Road Building

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post poll favor expanded public transportation options over road building in government efforts to reduce traffic congestion. But where they live makes a difference. Overall, 54 percent prefer focusing on public transit, such as trains and buses, while four in...
  • Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A dangerous Maryland murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison Friday, and state corrections officials say they didn???t even know the man was missing until Sunday night.
 
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    town hall

  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

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

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

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

    Stephanie
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Whoa.  Life took over at the end of last week and I had to leave you all hanging with only posting the first part of this story and not getting to the good stuff until now.  So, sorry.  Unfortunately, I got all swirled up with my need to completely repaint my entire downstairs, help a friend whom I adore, and battle crazy mean menstrual cramps all at once, so time just got away from me.Okay, back to the story.  I'm thinking that maybe my metaphor is totally lame (although I did run it by one of my bestest friends who was in high school with me, and she "got it") but, maybe…
  • high school: a metaphor {part 1}

    Stephanie
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    (Cate and some of her roommates Monday night)The last six weeks of my oldest child's life have been, undoubtedly, the best six weeks of her life.  Her voice is happier, her smile is wider, her attitude is unbelievably positive and her joy-o-meter is off the charts.  It's almost as if she has literally broken out of a childhood cocoon, spread her fresh, wet and unbelievably gorgeous butterfly wings and taken flight.  A new lease on life, a fresh start, a clean palette- whatever you want to call it, she's embraced it with a vigor and love that makes me, and those who love her,…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • The Darker Side of Jason Mraz

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    It was the early aughts and the American pop scene was closing out the chapter on a decade of boy bands. Singer-songwriters were up to bat, as John Mayer and Jack Johnson crooned their way up the charts and into the hearts of a nation weary of synchronized dance moves and contrived collaborations. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an aptitude for wordplay Jason Mraz fit the profile when he burst onto the scene in 2002—and he came with his own distinctive flavor. Hailing from small town Virginia, he cultivated his talent at a New York City conservatory before rounding out the edges in…
  • Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through "Duck Dynasty" Is About to Be Texas' Second-in-Command

    Tim Murphy
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    As a Texas state senator, Dan Patrick has conducted himself in a manner consistent with the shock jock he once was. Patrick—who is now the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor—has railed against everything from separation of church and state to Mexican coyotes who supposedly speak Urdu. He's even advised his followers that God is speaking to them through Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. A former sportscaster who once defended a football player who'd thrown a reporter through a door (Patrick believed it wasn't the journalist's job to do "negative reporting"), Patrick…
  • Texas Just Won the Right to Disenfranchise 600,000 People. It's Not the First Time.

    Erika Eichelberger
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas' harsh voter ID law could remain in effect for the upcoming midterm elections, potentially disenfranchising some 600,000 mostly black and Latino voters. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the law may be "purposefully discriminatory" and warned that it "likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters." And Ginsburg noted that Texas' 2011 law falls in line with the state's long history of discriminatory voting laws. Here is a look at that…
  • Yes, Mass Shootings Are Occurring More Often

    Mark Follman
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    (Click to enlarge) Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in the Los Angeles Times. It's not a matter of if, but when and where the next mass shooting will happen: It might take place at another shopping mall, or college campus, or suburban office building, and probably not long from now. Yet, as these disturbing incidents keep appearing in the headlines, various commentators have argued that mass shootings are not on the rise. That may be true if you look at all mass shootings, including gang killings and in-home violence stemming from domestic abuse. But new research from…
  • "A Golden Age to Spy on Everyone:" A Conversation With Director Laura Poitras

    Tom Engelhardt
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Here's a Ripley's Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We're talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it's only…
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    Raw Story

  • Slain hostage’s family asks: Did 33 cops really have to fire 600 bullets during shootout?

    Travis Gettys
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    The family of a California bank teller who was killed after three robbers took her hostage has questioned whether police used unreasonable force during a pursuit through city streets. Misty Holt-Singh, a 41-year-old mother of two, was kidnapped with two other people during the July 16 robbery of a B...
  • WATCH: St. Louis cops arrest protesters for smashing ‘police brutality’ pumpkins

    David Edwards
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Police officers in Clayton, Missouri told reporters that they had to use force to arrest a woman holding a pumpkin with the word “racism” written on it because they “sensed” that she might smash it outside the St. Louis County Justice Center. Over the weekend, a group of most...
  • George H W Bush is furious about this GA Democrat’s campaign ad

    David Ferguson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Former President George H. W. Bush is not pleased to have been featured in an ad by Georgia Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Michelle Nunn. Recently, Republican candidate David Perdue featured ads showing Nunn with President Barack Obama in an effort to slow down Nunn’s campaign momentum ...
  • Georgia woman loses home over $94.85 in unpaid taxes — due to city’s clerical error

    Travis Gettys
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    A Georgia woman is facing the loss of her home over less than $100 in unpaid taxes – and she says city officials have admitted they might be to blame. Xui Lui said she never even knew she had an overdue tax bill on her two-bedroom condominium in Norcross, which she bought with cash in 2011. WSB-TV r...
  • 9 songs that are rape-ier than you realized

    Katie Halper
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is no shortage of misogynist, pervy, douchy and rape-y songs out there. Compiling them all into a list would be a Sisyphean Task, and yet, dear reader, here you are, reading a listicle of 5 songs that deserve special notice for their disturbing content. How, you must be asking, did I manage to...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Right up there with the greatest protest songs: why is the Ukip Calypso getting five-star reviews on Amazon?

    Priya Elan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    A rash of reviewers are rushing to laud Mike Reads anti-immigration song. But not all their comments can be taken at face valueOn Monday morning, the Ukip Calypso by the Independents had garnered three five-star reviews on Amazon. At the time of writing the number had grown to 128. Masterpiece and genius were just two of the superlatives used to describe the track, which sees Mike Read the former Radio1 DJ best known for banning records singing in the worst Jamaican accent since Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places. Lets look at this curious avalanche of hyperbole:Having been deaf since birth one…
  • Tory party returns impermissible donation linked to Russian banker

    Robert Booth
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Electoral Commission says it was not clear Henley Concierge Limited, associated with exile Andrei Borodin, was trading in UKThe Conservative party has handed back a £28,000 donation from a company believed to be associated with an exiled Russian banker which the Electoral Commission has ruled is an impermissible donor.Conservative central office accepted the sum from a company called Henley Concierge Limited following the auction of a portrait of Margaret Thatcher by the artist Darren Baker at the partys 2013 summer fundraising ball. Continue reading...
  • MPs debate the recall bill: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating the second reading of the recall bill 3.49pm BST The Board of Deputies of British Jews has issued a very strong statement condemning Ukips decision to form a group in the European parliament including an MEP from the far-right Polish party, the Congress of the New Right. (See 9.42am.) This is from Jonathan Arkush, board vice president.The Board is gravely concerned by reports that Ukip may sit in the same parliamentary grouping as a far-right Polish MEP in a bid save its funding. Robert Iwaszkiewicz…
  • Nigel Farage fined £200 for failure to declare free office space

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Ukip leader inadvertently broke electoral law when he failed to declare donation in kind, Electoral Commission rulesNigel Farage, the Ukip leader, has been fined £200 for breaking electoral law after he failed to declare that he was getting office space free.He has already paid the penalty after the Electoral Commission found he had not reported the donations in kind from John Longhurst since 2001. The use of the office space has been independently valued as rising from £3,500 to £3,800 a year over this time. Continue reading...
  • MigrationWatch chairman Sir Andrew Green appointed as a peer

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Labour accuses David Cameron of desperation over thinktank chiefs peerage, suggesting it is a response to Ukip popularity Sir Andrew Green, the long-term chairman of the thinktank MigrationWatch UK, has been made a peer by David Cameron.Labour immediately accused the prime minister of desperation, suggesting it was responding to the rising popularity of Ukip and attempting to prove the Conservatives anti-immigration credentials. Continue reading...
 
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  • Morning Plum: Republican accidentally tells the truth about Obamacare

    Greg Sargent
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has accepted the Medicaid expansion his state, recently suffered from an outbreak of accidental candor, making these remarks about the Medicaid expansion and the prospects for repealing Obamacare: “That’s not gonna happen,” Kasich told The Associated Press during a recent re-election campaign swing. “The opposition to it was really either […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    * President Obama gave an interview to The New Yorker, and responded to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent assertion that she won’t retire this year because Obama would not be able to get any replacement confirmed by the Senate: I asked Obama if Ginsburg was right about his political weakness. “Well, we’ve got a pretty good […]
  • Why Democrats are caving on Ebola

    Greg Sargent
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Earlier today, Paul Waldman asked a good question: Why can’t vulnerable Senate Democrats call for public calm about Ebola, rather than endorsing a travel ban to defuse GOP fear-mongering tactics? Would such a measured response really have to mean instant political self Ebolization? As far as I can gather there are two reasons Democrats are […]
  • Why can’t vulnerable Democrats tell people to calm down about Ebola?

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Like everything else, Ebola is becoming an intensely political issue, and Republicans see in it a precious opportunity just two weeks from Election Day. If fear is on the march, some have obviously calculated, the best thing to do is to nurture it, feed it, and ride its momentum to victory. As for their Democratic […]
  • Morning Plum: It’s not over yet, but Democrats have their backs to the wall

    Greg Sargent
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    I’ve been saying for months that Republicans are marginally favored to take the Senate. With the major forecasts shifting a bit more towards the GOP, Republicans have improved their position and are probably more-than-marginally favored to take control. Democrats do still have paths to retaining control. But they are increasingly narrow. Look at the map […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Raw Edge of The Break

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

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

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

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

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

  • Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

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

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

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    There should have been a consistent national outcry over the death penalty for a long time now, but the case of Clayton Lockett is as good a reason as any to bring the issue back to the forefront of public consciousness once again. Lockett, a 38 year old man, was executed in a 43-minute ordeal by the state of Oklahoma back in April. Officials called off the execution 33 minutes in, but Lockett spent ten more minutes writhing and gasping before he finally died. A recent autopsy showed that Lockett was killed by the lethal injection drugs, and not a heart attack, as was previously reported.This…
 
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Two Reasons To Dial Back Ebola Hysteria

    Jonathan Cohn
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The news about Ebola last week was relentless, depressing, and scary. On Monday the news was reassuring and even a little hopeful, thanks to a pair of key developments.One was in Texas, whe
  • Study: Putting Women in Charge Makes Companies More Successful

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Gender equity has been a challenge in the corporate world for as long as there has been a corporate world. But progress towards a more gender-diverse work environment has continued throughout the years with government quotas and company-specific initiatives. And guess what? According to a groundbrea
  • These Two World Leaders Are Laughing While the Planet Burns Up

    Rebecca Leber
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Canada once had a shot at being the world's leader on climate change. Back in 2002, our northern neighbors had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties. In 2005,
  • I'm a Black Journalist. I'm Quitting Because I'm Tired of Newsroom Racism.

    Rebecca Carroll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My first job in media was as a television producer. I was 28 years old, eager and brimming with ideas, some of which I’m sure were good and others of which I’m sure were not. Not long after starting the job, I asked to produce a segment with a well-known black actor whose work I had long followe
  • My Solution to the Brunch Wars: Eggs for Dinner

    Bee Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The further you get through life, the more forcefully you may be struck by the poignant realization of how few meals remain. Working on the basis of three a day (snacks don’t count), there are just over a thousand opportunities a year to play with. Which brings us to brunch. In a recent New Y
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • House Democrats Boost Incumbents With TV Money

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    House Democrats continue to bolster their incumbents, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee expanding its defensive spending.
  • Weak GOP Candidates May Need More Than a Good Year

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Republicans have the wind at their backs this year. But not every GOP nominee is taking advantage of that dynamic. As usual, some candidates are under-performing, proving once again that candidates and the campaigns they choose to run actually matter.
  • DCCC Raised $5 Million More Than NRCC in September

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $5 million more than its Republican counterpart in September, as the two committees headed into the final stretch of the cycle.
  • San Diego DA: No Charges in Carl DeMaio Campaign Incidents

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The San Diego District Attorney's office said it will not press criminal charges at this time regarding two investigations dogging Republican Carl DeMaio in a competitive House contest in California, according to a statement from the office Monday.
  • Michelle Nunn's Big Challenge: Breaking 50 Percent

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The competitive open-seat Senate race in Georgia has become an unwanted liability for Republicans' chances of winning a majority, but Democrat Michelle Nunn still has a perilous path to win a majority of the vote on Nov. 4.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s Building Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

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

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

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    credit: imgkid.com In America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 1, I wrote of my worries about the ability of our representative republic to recover, as it always has in the past, from the disasters that have befallen it. Without question, Barack Obama and Democrats are not solely responsible for our current state of affairs. More than enough Republicans have behaved selfishly, fecklessly and irresponsibly for decades. But never has America had a president like Barack Obama. Never has an American president so clearly hated America and Americans, capitalism, democracy, and battered our allies…
  • EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder, Part 2

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    On August 24, 2014, I posted an article titled “EPA Cockroaches v. Wyoming Welder,” the story of Wyoming welder Andy Johnson who, owning a modest eight acre ranch, had a dream. Johnson and his wife Katie wanted to build a small stock pond (depicted above–notice his palatial mansion in the background) to stock with fish, water their horses, attract livestock, and serve as an educational resource for their three daughters. Vicious environmental criminal and scofflaw that he is, Johnson met every requirement of Wyoming authorities for building the stock pond, and has the paperwork to…
  • Education Problems And Solutions #7: Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    credit: patheos.com In the first six articles of this series I’ve outlined a number of the problems facing public education, but not by any means all of them.  Those articles are: Education Problems And Solutions, #1: The Wages Of Failure UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #2: Unaccountability UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #4: Mission And Responsibility Creep UPDATED  Education Problems And Solutions, #5: The Higher Education Bubble (And The Soap Scum It Leaves Behind)  UPDATED Education Problems…
 
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Top Headline Comments 10-21-14

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Happy Tuesday. President Obama gives Republicans another gift. This guy just can't help himself. Oh, hey, the dude who cracked the Jack the Ripper case made a serious error, say other dudes. So, yay (?), that mystery remains a mystery....
  • Overnight Open Thread (10-20-2014)

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    2001 Holiday Inn Commercial Accurately Predicted Our Current Ebola Czar* * Note that there's no evidence that Rob Klain ever stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. He did work for Al Gore once though. Related: CBS Employee Snarkily Wonders When...
  • MNF Thread

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    A very exciting game tonight, the 3-3 Texans take on the 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. Ah well. It's a game. Have a pleasant evening y'all. She seems nice. OH! Please also notice Brandon's post calling for Decision Desk volunteers which I...
  • AOSHQDD Needs You

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    It has been a crazy year at the Decision Desk. I could talk about our calls and press but screw that. This is a humble request to the tens of thousands of loyal readers: we need you on Election Night....
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Votes to Suspend One Of Its Own Members In Bitter, Crazy Pornographic Email Tiff

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    There seems to have been bad blood boiling on the court for years. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice exposed as having sent and received pornographic emails, and who is accused of then trying to coerce a fellow justice, is temporarily...
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  • Cruising the Web

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

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

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

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    So does this CBS report give you any confidence in the CDC? They gave the second nurse to have come down with Ebola, Amber Vinson, permission to fly on an airplane even though she had a fever.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn't 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't officially fall into the group of "high risk" and was allowed to fly.Really They thought that a nurse who took care of Thomas Duncan and had a fever even if it wasn't…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you realize this? We actually do have someone who is basically our Ebola Czar, Dr. Nicole Lurie. Her job is, in her own words, to help our country prepare for, respond to and recover from public health threats.” She says her major priority is to help the country prepare for emergencies and to “have the countermeasures—the medicines or vaccines that people might need to use in a public health emergency. So a large part of my office also is responsible for developing those countermeasures.”But she has been invisible during the whole crisis about Ebola. So why has the top official…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Ebola: What’s Changed in 24 Hours?

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

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

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

    Dan
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I know it’s not fun to pick on people for their age. Unfortunately, Thad Cochran’s refusal to let go of power all too long past his prime mitigates my concern in that regard. Sources on the ground in MS tell me the Cochran campaign is looking increasingly cartoonish in trying to eek out a win in what most are coming to realize is a lost cause. So, no, it doesn’t surprise me that Team Cochran would hire a Democrat named  “Scooby Doo” to work for him at this point. This is just getting sad…. A Democratic political operative says he is working with…
  • MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Hm. MailOnline, the world’s biggest English language newspaper website, today announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joins the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President & Chief Operating Officer for the past four years. More via MailOnline hires Jon Steinberg The post MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO appeared first on Riehl World News.
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    Wizbang

  • Criticism Mounts for CDC Director Thomas Frieden

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

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

    Kevin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smash hit. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (David Robertson) – “Normally, Wizbang gives us the breast-case scenario for Oktoberfest. This year, Wizbang has given us the wurst-case scenario.” 2) (cathymv) – “The four whoresmen of the Oktoberfest.” 3) (iwogisdead) – “The San Francisco City Council is seen leaving this month’s meeting.” 4) (fustian24) – “Oktoberfest hasn’t been the same since the…
  • Former RNC Chairman Calls NRCC Ad “Racist”

    David Robertson
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is criticizing a political advertisement that the National Republican Congressional Committee is running in support of Republican Congressman Lee Terry of Nebraska. Appearing on The Round Up with Steve Kornacki, Mr. Steele said the following about the ad: You say to yourself, what is the point of this ad? I mean, in the context of the case or the situation, yeah, okay, the member of the house supported the law. But then to put it in this frame, says something very racist in my view. To watch the YouTube copy of Mr. Steele’s
  • Deadspin Pushes False Story Saying Colorado GOP Sen. Candidate Cory Gardner Lied About School Football Career

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The left was super, super excited to find out that Deaspin.com discovered that Cory Gardner, the Republican candidate for senate in Colorado, lied about playing football for his high school football team in the 1980s. The left went wild pushing the Deadspin.com story until… well, until the Deadspin story turned out to be false in every way. Gardner is currently a Congressman in the Centennial State but he decided to run against incumbent Colorado Senator Mark Udall–a Democrat. At first the left didn’t worry over much about Gardner because they assumed he couldn’t beat…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Warren on message by @BloggersRUs

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Warren on messageby Tom Sullivan Not unlike ghosts in The Sixth Sense, The Village hears just what it wants to. Itself, mostly, and the jangle of coins. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson hears in Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts something different, something many Democratic politicians lack: a clear message. Stumping for Democrats across the country, Warren has a powerful message that ordinary persons can hear if the Village cannot. Like South Dakotan Rick Weiland's prairie populism, Warren (born in Oklahoma) gets traction from a populist narrative: There once was consensus on the…
  • Hey, remember that ban on embryonic stem cell research?

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Hey, remember that ban on embryonic stem cell research?by digbyYep::ACTION ALERT! Developing Ebola vaccines use aborted fetal cell lines - moral options exist(Largo, FL) Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally effective.Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developed their ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK-293 cells…
  • Republican doctors are dangerous

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Republican doctors are dangerous by digbyIt must be Rand Paul day...Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: @MichelleObama pic.twitter.com/6CpMlpe8vC— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) October 16, 2014And yes, it's fine for Paul to eat as many donuts as he likes.  But for a doctor to be a smart assed jerk about Michelle Obama's very mild healthy eating and exercise campaign to get kids to eat their vegetables and go outside to play is just idiotic.Note Kentucky:But sure, let's make fun of anyone who is concerned about this public health crisis. (And be…
  • Is the US Government going to reaffirm the torturer's right to immunity?

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Is the US Government going to reaffirm the torturer's right to immunity?by digbyI don't know how I missed this. Marcy Wheeler reports:Yesterday, the New York Times reported (though the newspaper buried the story on page A21) that Obama Administration lawyers are debating whether the US has to comply with the Convention Against Torture’s prohibition on degrading treatment overseas.It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders, according to officials who discussed the…
  • No white hood? No rebel flag? Then you can't discriminate on the basis of race. Carry on.

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    No white hood? No rebel flag? Then you aren't discriminating on the basis of race. Carry on.by digbyMy piece in Salon today is about an upcoming Supreme Court decision about the Fair Housing Act. I recount some of the history of how it came to be:In his epic history of the 1960s, “Nixonland,” Rick Perlstein observed something that few people remember: The price was very, very high for politicians who backed these civil rights laws and that’s because there was a furious white backlash. It’s common knowledge that some of that backlash was formed by the urban riots of the period. But…
 
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  • Ross'd

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    One of my big pet peeves is liberals who interact with horrible conservatives as if they are good people arguing in good faith who we just happen to have very serious intellectual disagreements with. Ross Douthat is just a horrible person. Rod Dreher with a slightly smarter (career wise) filter.
  • Trump'd

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    OopsDonald Trump is personally liable for operating a for-profit investment school without the required license, a New York judge ruled in a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General against the real estate entrepreneur.New York state Supreme Court Justice Cynthia S. Kern said he was notified by the state in 2005 that his Trump Entrepreneur Initiative - known as Trump University until 2010 - was in violation of state education law.
  • Overnight

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Plan your Sunday brunch menus.
  • Thursday Night Thread

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
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  • Hey I Was There!

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    No I didn't see anybody doing coke.
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  • US Aid In Syria Going To ISIS

    DSWright
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lots of American bombs have been dropped on ISIS, but they're still gaining ground – http://t.co/jJx1a7SEpR pic.twitter.com/dX0TyUx4E1 — CBS News (@CBSNews) October 14, 2014 As if it was not tragic enough that much of the military equipment and munitions ISIS is using is supplied by the US via the Iraqi National Army, now it has been revealed that much of the humanitarian aid being provided by the US is also going to ISIS. In order to operate in Syria the health networks pay a portion of the aid and bribes to ISIS in the form of a tax. ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Good Morning! In the meantime, to make up for it, here’s a pun from Stephen Colbert: “What does Karl Marx put on his pasta? Communist Manipesto!” International Politics Overall - Chris Hedges: “The Imperative of Revolt” - When Western countries decide to go to war and the citizenry is not interested, they follow the old method of making up a threat to intimidate the population, as evident in the fight against the Islamic State. Middle East - With Israel acting out of control since whenever, the U.S. can do nothing but just stand idly by and accept whatever the…
  • “C’mon it is not like they are bankers or anything!

    Attaturk
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    I imagine this really builds one’s faith in governmental decision-making. The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social security after forcing them to leave the US. The payments, funded by taxpayers, were made through a legal loophole, an Associated Press investigation has uncovered. Some are still being paid. Former guards at Nazi labour camps, where millions died, are among them. Believe it or not, all – or at least most – of these people were not employed by Bank of America or Wells Fargo.
  • Late, Late Night FDL: I Put A Spell On You

    CTuttle
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Annie Lennox – I Put A Spell On You Annie Lennox’s new album, Nostalgia, is set to be released… On her forthcoming seventh studio album, Nostalgia, Annie Lennox bravely reinterprets Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, the chilling story of racist lynchings. A song which stunned audiences in 1939 and redefined popular music as we know it. The live performance video below is one of many lifted from Nostalgia, out on 27 October. It’s an album which finds the Eurythmics frontwoman tackling a variety of iconic, politically charged jazz standards composed by artists such as Hoagy…
  • Late Night: Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall!

    patrick devlin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Over the past months the national media have stumbled upon the fact that the Great American Prohibition of cannabis has some pretty nasty consequences for regular ‘folks’, as the president likes to refer to us. Perhaps you have followed the stories of the knowing and on-going aggressive application of our nation’s antiquated and unjustly applied local, state and federal laws regarding cannabis. The national press has reported on how the war on cannabis harms our sick citizens. There has been sympathetic reportage of the plight of families who have become medical refugees, forced…
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  • Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

    Jeralyn
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Update: The judge sentenced Oscar to five years in prison on the culpable homicide charge and imposed a three year suspended sentence on the firearm count. The sentences will run concurrently. He was taken into custody. Neither side indicated they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I'm just catching up on today's news. The Supreme Court will decide whether police can seize hotel registries of guests without a warrant. The 9th Circuit ruled the California law allowing warrantless access to the data violated the 4th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jared Polis: The Most Internet Friendly Congressman

    Jeralyn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Jared Polis is one of my favorite Congresspersons. (Unfortunately, I don't get to vote for him because he's not in my district.) Kevin Collier of the Kernel and The Daily Dot writes about Jared today: Jared Polis (D-Colo.) may be the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fl Supreme Court Says Warrant Needed for Cell Tower Data

    Jeralyn
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Courts continue to be divided on whether a search warrant is needed for cops to obtain cell site locator data. This week the Florida Supreme Court ruled a warrant is necessary. It is the first state to decide the issue based on the 4th Amendment. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • UN Calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty in Iraq

    Jeralyn
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    A new U.N. report on the death penalty in Iraq says it is fueling the violence and a moratorium should be imposed. The report says executions in Iraq have been increasing at an alarming pace and that is applied unfairly: Judges often pass... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Congress stinks, say Members of Congress

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Esquire's executive editor Mark Warren did something really interesting. Seeking answers for why Congress stinks, he asked the men and women who serve in the House and Senate. Ninety of them.  His piece "Help, We're in a Living Hell and Don't Know How to Get Out", which features long excerpted quotes from many of these […]
  • The GOP hates the ‘lamestream media’ even more than you think

    Aaron Blake
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to the outlets that the most conservative Americans get their news from, it's Fox News and everybody else. And by everybody else, we mean mostly a bunch of other conservative-leaning media. A new study from the Pew Research Center lays bare the increasing reliance on partisan and/or ideological news sources on the […]
  • Obama giftwraps another sound bite for Republicans

    Aaron Blake
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    A couple weeks ago, President Obama declared that, while he wasn't on the Nov. 4 ballot, his policies were. And just about every GOP candidate in a red or swing state soon launched an ad using that comment to tie his or her Democratic opponent to Obama. Well, Obama appears to have just handed Republicans some more […]
  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    1. New York Times reporter Helene Cooper used to live in Liberia. Revisiting the country in the middle of an epidemic reminded her of the resiliency of the place and its people. I couldn’t believe he had just gone up to a body on the side of the road. “It could have been an ambush!” […]
  • John Kasich just broke from his party on Obamacare. Or did he?

    Philip Bump
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post has been updated. "The opposition to [Obamacare] was really either political or ideological," Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told the Associated Press earlier this month. "I don't think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives." He also summarily dismissed the idea that a Republican-controlled Senate would […]
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  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Countdown: 14 Days CD3 & CD1: House Majority PAC shifts ad buy from Belgard to ... Cho? Nope. To Norcross. CD1: Norcross continues to widen lead and fill coffers, while Cobb argues his foe is engaging in political overkill and is out of touch with real people. Soft campaign for NJGov 2017: Democratic candidates for guv 2017 swarm Tedesco with two weeks to go. Soft campaign for NJGov 2017: Christie visits a Camden charter, so Sweeney visits a Camden charter. NJSen: Christie campaigns with Bell in Morristown diner, will be in NJ only 4 days of the next 15, pledging help to Bell, Donovan,…
  • NJ05. Yup. This is now a thing:

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    And so is this. The Cho campaign is calling in their chits. They want, and deserve, a big supportive crowd tonight. A skittish Scott Garrett has declined to attend a candidate forum that Roy Cho will walk into with boffo national press, polling showing him hot on Garrett's heels, and a formal request from his state party chair for merited DCCC resources. It's a bad week to be Scott Garrett. Al Doblin's even reminding voters that in 2008 the debate-phobic - and, uh, tone-deaf - Garrett sent a blind Jewish man to speak for him at a temple against opponent Dennis Shulman, a blind rabbi. Awkward.
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday Oct. 20, 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Ras Baraka writes in NYTimes: State control of public education has failed. Put our citizens back in charge. Newark's mayor, an educator for whom getting rid of Cami Anderson's chaotic, unprofessional 'One Newark' plan and its insults to children, parents and community became his campaign's key issue writes in the Times that the state has failed and local control should be returned immediately. Election Day Countdown: 15 Days CD5: Veteran North Jersey congressman Scott Garrett finds himself in tough race. CD5: Currie wants DCCC's Steve Israel to back up Cho. Ballot questions: Open space…
  • NJ Ebola preparedness in the unlikely event

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    The cable stations in particular are feeding the Ebola frenzy of fear. The main thing we have to fear is fear itself. It can drives us into a state of irrational worrying and a desire to take any action whether such action makes sense or not. There ARE steps and precautions to follow. Our State Department of Health (DoH) would play a key role in the event of an outbreak in New Jersey and must have an action plan to implement quickly and correctly should the need arise. In spite of this heightened fear, after many weeks no one who contracted Ebola in the U. S. has died. Winter pneumonia,…
  • Weekend News Roundup for Oct. 18-19, 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Stay classy, Princeton, New Jersey NBC chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman's break of a voluntary Ebola quarantine lead to signs around town urging people to "be on the lookout" for her and include her address and kids' names. Election Day Count-down: 16 Days CD5: Moran: Garrett's bogus claim on Sandy backfires. CD5: So I guess Garrett's going to try to redirect your attention to Ebola. NJSen: Too little too late: Christie to headline event for Bell. NJSen: Geraldo Rivera, Booker clash. NJGOP: They have plenty of Christie scandal legal bills (the taxpayers have more) but they've…
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  • I agree

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Kevin Drum meditates on "the usual preoccupation that political reporters have with process over substance":For example, Steve Benen notes today that Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes recently dodged "a straightforward question about whom she voted for in the 2012 presidential election" and got hammered for it. But in Iowa, when Ernst refused to say if she wants to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency or what she'd do for those who’d lose health care coverage if Obamacare is repealed, the reaction was mostly crickets.The difference is that Grimes was clumsy over her…
 
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  • The Reign of ‘Terror’

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

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

    By Peter D. Kramer
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In an era of systematic clinical research, medicine still requires the vignette.
  • When the Rebels Invaded Vermont

    By Rick Beard
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The St. Albans Raid was the northernmost Confederate attack on the Union.
  • What Union Soldiers Thought About the Civil War

    By daniel w. crofts
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    They weren't all selfless idealists. Many, like Charles Biddlecom, were deeply cynical about the war's aims.
 
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    Restoring Truthiness

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

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

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

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

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

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

  • Missouri State Senator arrested by Ferguson police

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    (Reuters) - A Missouri state senator was arrested on Monday night outside the police department of the embroiled city of Ferguson, authorities said, in another night of protests following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.
  • U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:04 pm
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government's response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.
  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A grand jury has indicted Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker on 23 criminal counts of corruption, court records released on Monday showed.
  • U.S. approves sale of $600 million in tank ammunition to Iraq

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday said it had approved the sale to Iraq of $600 million in tank ammunition manufactured by General Dynamics Corp , saying it would help the Iraqi government establish an integrated ground defense capability.
  • Alabama state House speaker indicted on corruption charges

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    (Reuters) - Alabama's powerful Republican state house speaker was indicted on 23 criminal counts of corruption by a grand jury, court records released on Monday show.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

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

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

    samzenpus
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Tailhook writes Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to "demand changes in pool reports" and has used this power to "steer coverage in a more favorable direction." Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to "create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients."Read more of this story at…
  • Will New European Commission Leaders Welcome Open Source and Open Standards?

    timothy
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    First time accepted submitter jenwike writes As Neelie Kroes leaves the office of the European Commission's VP of the Digital Agenda, we need to take a look the new, incoming leadership and ask where they stand on open source software and open standards. The Public Policy Director for Red Hat, Paul Brownell, gives thoughts on the two politicians that President-Elect Junker has named to lead on ICT for the new Commission: former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has been named as Vice President for Digital Single Market; and incumbent European Commissioner for Energy Gunther Oettinger (a…
  • Pro-Democracy Websites In Hong Kong Targeted With and Serving Malware

    timothy
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    An anonymous reader writes A threat campaign tracking report released by Volexity shows that a number of high profile websites related to the Hong Kong democracy movement have been infected with malware. This malware targets both the web servers themselves as well as website visitors. The sophistication and scope of the malware likely points to government involvement as has been the case in previous campaigns targeting Asian charities and government reform organizations.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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  • Fantastic Man on his return to London

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago – starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]
  • A World Cricket XI for the ages

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    One man’s pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 1910-2010.
  • Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a ten-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. Today (Oct 19) they have put two more building blocks in place with two state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they [...]
  • Barking Blondes: Rescuing from abroad

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Known as “a nation of animal lovers,” it’s a concern, therefore, that Britain’s animal rescue centres are bursting at the seams. Despite the likes of Paul O’Grady and his successful Battersea Cats and Dogs home series, there are simply not enough homes to go round. Some of the blame can be linked to the fact that [...]
  • Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]
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  • Watch: Keene Pumpkin Fest Lady Accuses Journalist of Being ‘Free-Stater,’ Tries to Censor Him

    Scott Shackford
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The weekend drunken riots in Keene, New Hampshire, didn't actually happen at the annual pumpkin festival. But obviously they're still going to be a big deal in a small town of 20,000. Of course, some folks are going to be more concerned about the reputation of the festival than the matters at hand. And some folks are going to make fools of themselves doing so. That person would be festival organizer Ruth Sterling, who interrupted the broadcast of public access reporter Jared Goodell and threatened to shut him down because she apparently didn't like him bringing up the rioting. She attempts to…
  • Lene Johansen on Oslo Freedom Forum 2014

    Reason.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Familiar D.C. faces, such as former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, Tom Palmer from Atlas Foundation, and John Fund and Jay Nordlinger from National Review Online were meandering across Eidsvoll Square in front of the Norwegian Parliament around noon, squinting in the bright, low-hanging winter sun. They are in town for the sixth Oslo Freedom Forum, notes Lene Johansen, where human rights activists from across the globe, including a woman who risked her life to get a glimpse at life outside North Korea in the movie Titanic, get together to talk about how to defeat dictators. View this…
  • Human Rights Conference Attendee Risked Her Life to Watch Titanic

    Lene Johansen
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Familiar D.C. faces, such as former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, Tom Palmer from Atlas Foundation, and John Fund and Jay Nordlinger from National Review Online were meandering across Eidsvoll Square in front of the Norwegian Parliament around noon, squinting in the bright, low-hanging winter sun. They are in town for the sixth Oslo Freedom Forum, where human rights activists from across the globe get together to talk about how to defeat dictators. This is the week where you will run into international notables like Gary Kasparov, Stephen Pinker, Jeffrey Wright, Bassem Youssef, Nico Sell,…
  • 'These are are all folks who vote with me,' President Says of Dems Trying to Escape His Lethal Clutch

    J.D. Tuccille
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Democratic candidates may run, but they can't hide—not from a president determined to tie them all to the mast of his sinking ship and take them down with him. After acknowledging to Al Sharpton in an MSNBC interview that many members of his party are disassociating themselves from him in an effort to gain traction with voters unimpressed by his agenda, President Obama noted, "the bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress." Those racing from Obama's embrace and desperately trying to convince all and sundry that they supported…
  • "The press should have no rights that the average citizen does not have."

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    On Wednesday, November 5, I'll be speaking at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum as part of Spiked Online's Free Speech Now! conference. Go here for details. Spiked's Tim Black interviewed me last week and the Q&A just went up, under the title "The Best Answer to Bad Speech? More Speech." Here are some snippets that help explain why I'm "nearly utopian" about free expression: "People have a right to free expression, and they have a right to free speech and free assembly. And that is what undergirds our press freedom. The press should have no rights that the average citizen does not have....  I…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Truth and How You Get to it

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

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) held that the great theological dogma of the “Fall of Man” was the prime source of error of man’s thinking. The abandonment of religion and philosophy was a must for him and then society could be turned to a purely scientific approach with experimental challenges. Such an approach was able to place the state above good and evil all the while it could experiment in Mythology—framing right and wrong as they adjusted the values & gauges of life and never be accused of sin against the social fabric or its culture. We can now see how…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • On Ebola, Like Terrorism, We Don't Actually Have to Be Right 100 Percent of the Time

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I'm done (for the moment, anyway) writing entire posts trying to remind/convince people that the chances of you dying from Ebola are incredibly small. But that doesn't mean there isn't more to say about the often idiotic reactions people are having to a disease that has infected a grand total of two Americans on U.S. soil. This struck me this morning: Rep. Tim Murphy, who chaired a hearing last week questioning the Obama administration's response to the Ebola virus, argued again on Sunday for restricting travel from West African countries where the disease is threatening to spill over into…
  • Chart: Values of Homes Owned by African Americans Take Outsized Hit Compared to Those Owned by Whites

    Valerie Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prince George's County Government Attractive homes line a street in Prince George's County, Maryland. This post originally appeared at the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Though it is widely believed that home values have stabilized in most areas during the recovery, a recent report by the Federal Reserve found that between 2010 and 2013, the inflation-adjusted median home value for all homeowners declined 7 percent. Even more startling, however, is how unevenly home values have recovered by race of the homeowner. This 7 percent decline in the inflation-adjusted median home value…
  • What Would Elections Be Like If Everyone Voted?

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Imagine, if you would, an election in which almost everyone turned out to vote. Campaigns would have to reorient their persuasion efforts, because they'd have to talk to everyone. It wouldn't matter whether it was a presidential year or a midterm year. All the time, money, and effort that goes into identifying potential voters, making sure they're registered, and then getting them to the polls would no longer be needed. And of course, people like me wouldn't be able to spend months talking about which voters were going to turn out and which ones weren't. One of the most fundamental features…
  • Did Austerity Bring On the Ebola Crisis?

    Joshua Holland
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy on Monday, October 6, 2014, in Anniston, Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an introductory training course for licensed clinicians. According to the CDC, the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease.   Terry O'Sullivan is a professor of political science at the University of Akron. His research focuses on "the risk and dynamics of catastrophic…
  • The Targeting of Young Blacks By Law Enforcement: Ben Jealous in Conversation With Jamelle Bouie

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Protesters hold a sign that reads "Don't Shoot" as they attend an evening rally Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington. Several hundred people attended the peaceful gathering to show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine.   While the election of Barack Obama as president may have seemed to some to herald a new era in American race relations, the killings of…
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  • On Ebola, Like Terrorism, We Don't Actually Have to Be Right 100 Percent of the Time

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I'm done (for the moment, anyway) writing entire posts trying to remind/convince people that the chances of you dying from Ebola are incredibly small. But that doesn't mean there isn't more to say about the often idiotic reactions people are having to a disease that has infected a grand total of two Americans on U.S. soil. This struck me this morning: Rep. Tim Murphy, who chaired a hearing last week questioning the Obama administration's response to the Ebola virus, argued again on Sunday for restricting travel from West African countries where the disease is threatening to spill over into…
  • Chart: Values of Homes Owned by African Americans Take Outsized Hit Compared to Those Owned by Whites

    Valerie Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prince George's County Government Attractive homes line a street in Prince George's County, Maryland. This post originally appeared at the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Though it is widely believed that home values have stabilized in most areas during the recovery, a recent report by the Federal Reserve found that between 2010 and 2013, the inflation-adjusted median home value for all homeowners declined 7 percent. Even more startling, however, is how unevenly home values have recovered by race of the homeowner. This 7 percent decline in the inflation-adjusted median home value…
  • What Would Elections Be Like If Everyone Voted?

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Imagine, if you would, an election in which almost everyone turned out to vote. Campaigns would have to reorient their persuasion efforts, because they'd have to talk to everyone. It wouldn't matter whether it was a presidential year or a midterm year. All the time, money, and effort that goes into identifying potential voters, making sure they're registered, and then getting them to the polls would no longer be needed. And of course, people like me wouldn't be able to spend months talking about which voters were going to turn out and which ones weren't. One of the most fundamental features…
  • Did Austerity Bring On the Ebola Crisis?

    Joshua Holland
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy on Monday, October 6, 2014, in Anniston, Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an introductory training course for licensed clinicians. According to the CDC, the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease.   Terry O'Sullivan is a professor of political science at the University of Akron. His research focuses on "the risk and dynamics of catastrophic…
  • The Targeting of Young Blacks By Law Enforcement: Ben Jealous in Conversation With Jamelle Bouie

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Protesters hold a sign that reads "Don't Shoot" as they attend an evening rally Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington. Several hundred people attended the peaceful gathering to show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine.   While the election of Barack Obama as president may have seemed to some to herald a new era in American race relations, the killings of…
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    Wonkblog

  • Despite what Kasich says, it’s hard to separate Medicaid expansion from Obamacare

    Jason Millman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Cleveland Clinic last year, using one of the nation’s best known hospitals to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) It seemed like a pretty big political moment last night: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, telling the Associated Press that Obamacare repeal wouldn't happen. Except Kasich later said it didn't happen that way. He still supports full repeal, putting him in line with the rest of his party. He just thinks that the law's Medicaid expansion should go forward regardless.
  • We knew China was rich. But not this rich.

    Ana Swanson
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The chart above, from Credit Suisse’s 2014 Global Wealth Report, shows global wealth broken down by deciles, or every 10 percent of the distribution. India accounts for over a quarter of all the people in the bottom half of the global wealth distribution, while half of all African adults are in the bottom 20 percent. North Americans and Europeans are concentrated at the higher end of the spectrum, together accounting for 64 percent of adults in the world’s wealthiest 10 percent. The graph particularly shows China’s success in becoming an upper-middle-income country in recent years.
  • Unions and the White House were hardly best friends. But now that’s changing.

    Lydia DePillis
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Secretary of Labor Tom Perez staunchly backs unions -- but there are other ways for workers to have a voice. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) For most of President Obama’s tenure, the White House and the nation’s labor movement have been anything but best friends. Unions were disappointed when the White House’s refused to restructure banks during the financial crisis. They were exasperated by its unwillingness to protect union members’ gold-plated health care plans in the Affordable Care Act. Labor was angered by Obama’s support for for sweeping free trade agreements, and…
  • How to stay calm in the final two weeks of the mid-term campaign

    Max Ehrenfreund
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    Why you shouldn't forecast elections by counting lawn signs. (AP/Danny Johnston) With the mid-term elections exactly two weeks away, President Obama made what seemed another strategic error Monday, saying that Democrats in competitive races "are all folks who vote with me" even if they aren't showing him love in the campaign. Republicans were already seizing on the comment, but the truth is it probably will have limited impact on the election outcome. The fundamentals have been set for months. We know the Republicans have a major edge, with most polling models showing the GOP winning the…
  • How the Supreme Court could still wreak havoc on Obamacare

    Jason Millman
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The court system could still deliver a strong blow to President Obama's signature health-care law. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Obamacare may not be the political issue it was this time last year, when a faltering Web site threatened to derail the program, but that doesn't mean it's in the clear. Ongoing legal challenges to one aspect of the law could still put its coverage expansion in serious jeopardy. The dispute has to do with whether the subsidies can be provided through public health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own, instead leaving the job to the feds. The…
 
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  • Ebola cracks list of Americans' top concerns

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Ebola has broken into the top 10 issues concerning Americans, tying worries over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and surpassing those over terrorism in general, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.Among top problems facing the...
  • Report: Bachmann given bodyguard over threat from ISIS

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been given a security detail by federal officials in response to a threat related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Politico reports.This type of protective detail — which is administered by the...
  • Obama confident he could replace Ginsburg

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    President Obama is confident he could get a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the Senate, because the intense media spotlight would prevent “shenanigans,” he said in an interview published Monday.Obama was asked to...
  • Obama has no interest in being a federal judge

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    President Obama is not interested in becoming a judge after wrapping up his tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., he said in an interview published Monday in The New Yorker.Obama, a former constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago, said...
  • Cardinal: Pope aims to be more accepting

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday said Pope Francis’s speech last week on marriage may not have signaled a monumental change for the Catholic doctrine, but did show the pope will “never forget people on either side” of the debate.A document...
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  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Saturday’s pre-dawn order in the Texas voter identification case continues to garner coverage and commentary.  In the Supreme Court Brief, Tony Mauro reports on recent remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attributing the Court’s “recent spate of unexplained emergency orders” – including the order allowing Texas to implement its voter ID law over her dissent — to “tremendous time pressure.”  And at his Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen queries whether Ginsburg’s dissent misstates what kinds of identification Texas officials will accept.  Briefly: Last Week Tonight With…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The petition of the day is: Illinois v. Cummings 14-209 Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment permits a police officer to request a driver to produce his license during a lawfully-initiated traffic stop but after reasonable suspicion or probable cause has dissipated, where the officer’s conduct is reasonable under the totality of circumstances and the stop is not unreasonably prolonged.
  • OT2013 opinion announcements

    Oyez Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    At the beginning of every Term, the Court releases the complete recordings of sessions to the National Archives and Records Administration. Oyez has collected these recordings and posted audio of all opinion announcements, including dissents from the bench, from OT2013. During the last Term, the Court addressed hot-button issues ranging from affirmative action to campaign finance reform, which led some of the Justices to vocalize their dissents. Highlights include: Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s first dissent from the bench, in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action: “My…
  • Privacy of hotel guest lists at issue

    Lyle Denniston
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Supreme Court, taking on an issue that reaches hotels and motels across the nation, agreed on Monday to rule on the power of city governments to require commercial lodgings to open their guest lists to the police.  In agreeing to hear a Los Angeles case, the Justices also said they would rule on whether a lawsuit can be filed to use the Fourth Amendment to strike down a police inspection law in its entirety, whatever the factual situation in a given case. The case of Los Angeles v. Patel was one of three new cases the Justices accepted for review.  The Court also asked for the federal…
  • Breaking News

    Andrew Hamm
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Court has granted three new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one more.Court has granted three new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one more.
 
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  • Tim Murphy: Blocking travel from countries with Ebola should be possible because President Barack Obama "has sealed off Israel in the past."

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Independent Senate candidate Larry Pressler claims Mount Rushmore presidents were independents, too Early in the election cycle, South Dakota was viewed as safely Republican in the 2014 midterms. But the emergence of a familiar face has left the outcome up in the air just weeks before Election Day. Larry Pressler was a Republican in the Senate for 18 years before losing to Democrat Tim Johnson in 1996. Now, as Johnson retires, Pressler’s back running as an independent, undercutting what was supposed to be a cakewalk for Republican Mike Rounds and giving…
  • Chain email: "2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 2015."

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Viral claim says IRS will be delaying tax refunds next year, but it's fake news Readers recently forwarded us a claim they had begun seeing in their inbox -- and which their friends were believing. It was a link to a story headlined, "2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 2015." This would be a pretty big deal if true. Is it? The short answer is: No. It turns out that the article was published in September 2014 on a website called the National Report. Here’s a portion of the article: "Normally when you file your…
  • Tom Cotton: Under my platform, "I will make no changes to the current (Medicare) system for current retirees and anyone approaching retirement."

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Tom Cotton says he wouldn't back changes for those on Medicare, but the ACA repeal he supports would During a debate in the hotly contested Arkansas Senate race, Republican Tom Cotton and Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor squared off over the question of Medicare and how it would be affected by the Affordable Care Act, the health care law sometimes called Obamacare. A moderator kicked off the exchange by noting that TV ads in the race had made several claims about possible changes to Medicare and where the candidates stood on those changes. Pryor was asked,…
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    Balloon Juice

  • He Didn’t Know the Gun Was Loaded

    constitutional mistermix
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Randy Credico, professional crank, says he saw NY AG Eric Schneiderman snorting coke at a Drinking Liberally event in 2005. Now that Schneiderman and others at the party are calling bullshit, his reply is one for the ages: Speaking from Mexico, Credico repeated to Capital that he saw Schneiderman use the drugs in a basement room. Credico, a drug reform advocate, has been hinting at Schneiderman’s drug use for months on Twitter, angered by Schneiderman’s involvement in busting up drug rings. But Credico never expected to make the papers, and said the issue—being seized upon by…
  • Keeping it like the Kaiser

    Richard Mayhew
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    There have been a flurry of articles in the past months about more hospitals becoming insurers and more insurers also becoming providers.  In most of the articles, there is a comment that these hospitals are trying to become fully integrated payer-providers just like Kaiser.  No they are not.  The payer provider model has been around US healthcare for a very long time, but the Kaiser twist on it is very wierd and as far as I know, no one else does it quite like Kaiser. Kaiser is a fully integrated payer provider with exclusive usage.  What does that mouthful mean?  It means Kaiser owns…
  • Tuesday Morning Open Thread: I {Heart} My Senior Senator

    Anne Laurie
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    We live in cynical times. At BloombergPolitics, Annie Linskey asks “What Exactly Is Elizabeth Warren Going For?“: … She has said she’s not running for president and disavowed a super-PAC formed to push her candidacy. And yet the former Harvard Law School professor is traveling a path familiar to presidential candidates, drawing crowds that would make some potential Democratic rivals jealous. With one week’s notice, hundreds of supporters shouldered their way into her Iowa events. Once again, a first-term senator who doesn’t look like the typical U.S.
  • By Request

    John Cole +0
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I chatted with the MARC folks, and boy have they been busy. I’ll post a big update tomorrow. You all were asking for Tunch pics, so I found one of my favorites: I loved him so much and still do. Makes me laugh every time I think about him. Share
  • Steelers Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We’ll see how they do. Share This space reserved for your ad.
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    Oliver Willis

  • No, Obama Didn’t Sound Like Bush At The United Nations

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The worst possible takeaway from President Obama’s speech at the United Nations today is the idea floating around the conservative bubble and even in some of the mainstream media that he sounded like President Bush. Obama has been almost exactly the same on terrorism from his time as a freshman senator to his fifth year of the presidency. When Bush spoke to the UN General Assembly in 2002, he was there to make the case for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. This was the speech where Bush made the claim, “Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Secret Letters To Santa Exposed

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Daily Banter can exclusively reveal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote letters to a mysterious man named “Santa” during her formative years. Clinton’s connections to this man have previously been undisclosed. Santa, who has also operated under the aliases “Father Christmas” and “Kris Kringle,” has apparently been at the center of a socialist scheme which has operated for hundreds of years. Santa and his shadowy cabal called “the elves” operate an international distribution network that gives toys to children without…
  • Green Lantern Liberalism

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Over the last few years a simplistic brand of Washington groupthink has been termed the “Green Lantern Theory” of presidential power. It is best embodied by simple-minded pundits like National Journal‘s Ron Fournier and the other permanent residents of the Morning Joe roundtable, who think that if Obama just did — something — he could get legislation past Republican obstruction in the House and Senate. But there is a strain of it on the left as well, the line of thought from some like Thomas Frank and further to the left like Cornel West that if only Obama did…
  • NFL Fans Defending Beating A Child’s Scrotum Are Scum

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The NFL’s Adrian Peterson beat his child until he bled. The NFL’s Adrian Peterson beat a child on his scrotum. The NFL’s Adrian Peterson didn’t think this was a big deal but hid it from doctors anyways. If you are an NFL fan defending this behavior in any way possible, you are a scumbag. I love the NFL, it’s the only sport I actually care about. But it is entertainment. It doesn’t actually matter. Whether your team goes 16-0 and wins the Super Bowl or goes 0-16, everything resets every offseason and you start all over again because it is entertaining,…
  • Obama Repeats The Strategy That Killed Bin Laden In Address To Nation About ISIS

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    When then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would pursue Bin Laden into Pakistan with or without the assistance of the Pakistani government, conservatives (and some Democrats, to be honest) lost it. How could he! Sean Hannity cried crocodile tears about Obama promising to “invade an ally” like Pakistan, while Rush Limbaugh fretted that Obama was “going to invade Pakistan and declare war on Pakistan and Musharraf.” Then when he was President and had the authority and the intelligence in hand, President Obama gave the order to go into Pakistan without their…
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Beware Of Those Politicians Who Spread Fear–We Have No Reason To Fear Ebola As Long As We Respond Sensibly

    Ron Chusid
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    A mood of fear is engulfing the country which might very well affect the midterm elections. Hopefully people will react rationally and reject the Republicans who promote unwarranted fears, play politics, and advocate for counterproductive responses such as travel bans. Unfortunately but this is not the probable response. As I discussed last week, even citing a report on Fox, we have no need to fear Ebola as long as proper precautions are taken. There is no need to panic, or initiate measures which would be counterproductive such as a travel ban at this time. There is no meaningful problem…
  • A Perplexing Political Puzzle

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political scientists who are interpreting them. A Gallop Poll last week reported that only 14 percent of Americans were satisfied with the performance of Congress. This is…
  • Fun With Electoral College Math

    Guest Voice
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally misrepresent the will of the people on what is by far the most important election vote we cast. Take the 2012 numbers. Obama had a convincing Electoral College win,…
  • Please Politicize Ebola (Guest Voice)

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Please Politicize Ebola By Tina Dupuy “Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush Limbaugh says Democrats politicize EVERYTHING. You get the picture. People who work in politics use politicization as a pejorative. Like a chef sneering at all the…
  • Warren makes the case

    EUGENE ROBINSON, Washington Post Columnist
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to. The Massachusetts Democrat has become the brightest ideological and rhetorical light in a party whose prospects are dimmed by — to use a word Jimmy Carter never uttered — malaise. Her weekend swing through Colorado, Minnesota and Iowa to rally the faithful displayed something no other potential contender for the 2016 presidential nomination, including Hillary Clinton, seems able to present: a message. “We can go through the list over and over, but at…
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  • Wehby, Merkley and a cowardly newspaper in Oregon

    Chris Trejbal
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    The Oregonian, Portland’s no-longer-daily newspaper, recently exhibited the sort of editorial cowardice that is symptomatic of an industry in decline. The paper’s editorial board chose not to endorse in Oregon’s U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican Dr. Monica Wehby. It printed a non-endorsement endorsement. The Oregonian doesn’t like Merkley because he’s a progressive Democrat. It doesn’t like Wehby because … well because she’s just that terrible of a candidate. Watching Wehby’s campaign implode has been fascinating. Just a few months ago,…
  • Pope demotes anti-gay cardinal as Vatican refuses to codify watered-down gay statment

    John Aravosis
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hey, it’s fascinating that the Vatican is in any turmoil at all over its position on gays. That’s progress in and of itself. I wrote last week about a new Vatican report, written by cardinals hand-picked by the Pope, which included a section on “welcoming” gays. Well, conservative Catholic leaders were having none of it, and they got the Pope’s men to pull back the welcome-wagon. Okay, maybe just a little. But even that wasn’t enough, as the now-weak-tea language still got voted down. At the same time, news comes that the Pope himself has demoted a…
  • NYC is like a huge movie theater with ridiculously expensive candy

    John Aravosis
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    New York City is like a huge movie theater with ridiculously expensive candy that you just gotta have anyway. That’s the epiphany I had this evening on my umpteenth visit to New York (though my first in over four years): This city is insanely expensive. Now, I know we’ve all heard about the cost of buying a place in NYC. (Want a one bedroom? For you, very special price of only $1 million.) But I never fully realized how much it costs just to live day-to-day here. I’m staying at my friend Kevin’s place in Chelsea. He’s out of town until tomorrow, so I went…
  • GOP using increasingly racist arguments against gay marriage

    John Aravosis
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Republicans really need to come out with a consistent position on inter-racial marriage. Because the way the GOP talks, it seems they’re a dead-set against the Supreme Court’s famous decision in Loving v. Virginia, where the court ordered the state of the Virginia to recognize the marriage between a black woman and a white man. At the time, the late 1960s, 17 states (all southern) had laws banning marriages between blacks and whites. The Supreme Court in Loving ruled that such “anti-miscegenation” laws were unconstitutional, overruling the racist will of the Southern…
  • Ted Cruz using gay-bashing to win White House in 2016

    John Aravosis
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Republican party reminds me a lot of the Vatican. Every time it claims to be trying to change, trying to let go of its inner-anger, the far right steps in, tut-tuts its finger, and things go back to the hateful, intolerant way they’ve always been. Case in point: Ted “Government Shutdown” Cruz, who has majorly embraced gay-bashing as his ticket to the White House in 2016. Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, is in the middle of the GOP primary pack for 2016. If you look at the Huffington Post’s summary of the polling among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, you’ll see…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Bill Maher Visits Northfield Minnesota - October 7, 2014

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

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    UNBLOCKED version of this video in the comment section. The Daily Show’s Senior Lady Correspondent Kristen Schaal is awfully impressed with the latest trend in Republican outreach to women: Ads that treat voting like being in a relationship. This is not sexist, because Lena Dunham started it, and she is an admitted woman. You won’t want to miss her explanation of how one big chunk of lady brains are devoted to thinking about relationships, and one other big chunk is devoted to bitchiness. It’s funny because it’s true! Also, women have had it with Barry Bamz, because “we gave Obama…
  • homelessness-nowhere to go but jail

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    with the current criminalization of poverty arresting and jailing homeless people can become quite expensive.salt lake city found a new approach that is more humane and...what this? 60% cheaper! from alternet: Kilee Lowe was sitting in a park when cops picked her up and booked her into jail overnight. After she got out the next morning, she returned to the park. The same officer who had thrown her into a cell not 24 hours before booked her again. It was back to jail for Kilee. Kilee has been cycling in and out of the criminal justice system for years. After three and a half years in federal…
  • Who is Joe Biden?

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    No surprise this country is in such a sorry state ... pathetic.
  • Bill Maher and Ben Affleck go at it over Islam

    VoodooV (/politics/member/VoodooV)
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Bill Maher, Sam Harris, argue with Ben Affleck over Islam.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • On Ebola, Like Terrorism, We Don't Actually Have to Be Right 100 Percent of the Time

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I'm done (for the moment, anyway) writing entire posts trying to remind/convince people that the chances of you dying from Ebola are incredibly small. But that doesn't mean there isn't more to say about the often idiotic reactions people are having to a disease that has infected a grand total of two Americans on U.S. soil. This struck me this morning: Rep. Tim Murphy, who chaired a hearing last week questioning the Obama administration's response to the Ebola virus, argued again on Sunday for restricting travel from West African countries where the disease is threatening to spill over into…
  • Chart: Values of Homes Owned by African Americans Take Outsized Hit Compared to Those Owned by Whites

    Valerie Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prince George's County Government Attractive homes line a street in Prince George's County, Maryland. This post originally appeared at the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Though it is widely believed that home values have stabilized in most areas during the recovery, a recent report by the Federal Reserve found that between 2010 and 2013, the inflation-adjusted median home value for all homeowners declined 7 percent. Even more startling, however, is how unevenly home values have recovered by race of the homeowner. This 7 percent decline in the inflation-adjusted median home value…
  • What Would Elections Be Like If Everyone Voted?

    Paul Waldman
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Imagine, if you would, an election in which almost everyone turned out to vote. Campaigns would have to reorient their persuasion efforts, because they'd have to talk to everyone. It wouldn't matter whether it was a presidential year or a midterm year. All the time, money, and effort that goes into identifying potential voters, making sure they're registered, and then getting them to the polls would no longer be needed. And of course, people like me wouldn't be able to spend months talking about which voters were going to turn out and which ones weren't. One of the most fundamental features…
  • Did Austerity Bring On the Ebola Crisis?

    Joshua Holland
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:39 pm
    (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Licensed clinician Hala Fawal practices drawing blood from a patient using a dummy on Monday, October 6, 2014, in Anniston, Alabama. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an introductory training course for licensed clinicians. According to the CDC, the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease.   Terry O'Sullivan is a professor of political science at the University of Akron. His research focuses on "the risk and dynamics of catastrophic…
  • The Targeting of Young Blacks By Law Enforcement: Ben Jealous in Conversation With Jamelle Bouie

    Harold Meyerson
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Protesters hold a sign that reads "Don't Shoot" as they attend an evening rally Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington. Several hundred people attended the peaceful gathering to show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine.   While the election of Barack Obama as president may have seemed to some to herald a new era in American race relations, the killings of…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

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

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    California becomes first state in the nation to ban plastic bags, but it could be headed to the ballot by Brian Leubitz Early next year, California will become the first state in the nation to bag plastic bags. Maybe: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other businesses on Tuesday. *** **** *** An industry group representing plastic-bag makers, called the American Progressive Bag Alliance, said Tuesday they plan to put a referendum on the ballot in 2016 to repeal the California ban.(WSJ) If the bag companies are…
 
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Lone Geniuses Are Overrated

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

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

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

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

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

  • Iowa Democrat Predicts GOP Senate Takeover

    Michael Warren
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Tom Harkin, the longtime Democratic senator from Iowa who is retiring at the end of the term, spoke with the New York Times about the Hawkeye State's Senate race. Harkin seems to take it as a given that Republicans will gain control of the Senate, even as his fellow Iowa Democrat, Bruce Braley, is mired in a difficult campaign to succeed him. Currently Republican state senator Joni Ernst leads Democratic congressman Braley by two-and-a-half points. The campaign had a defining moment early in the cycle when Braley told a fundraising event with a trial lawyers' group that if…
  • ‘Our Nige,’ The New Happy Warrior

    Richard M. Langworth
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Eighteen months ago Britain’s Nigel Farage was a political curiosity, head of a fringe party, gadfly member of the European Parliament, an ex-commodities broker who never went to college—dismissed as a nutcase by ruling elites in London and Brussels. Today he’s being touted as a future prime minister. “Our Nige,” as his supporters call him—personable, chatty, good-looking, beer swilling, chain-smoking—wants Britain, not the European Union, to run British affairs. To flip a quote from his hero Winston Churchill, he has none of the virtues they despise, and all of the vices they…
  • WH Blog: 'The Right to Conduct Business Is Earned by Being a Good Corporate Citizen'

    Jeryl Bier
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have made increasing the federal minimum wage one of their marquee issues during campaign appearances leading up to the 2014 elections. After pushing for an increase to $9.00/hour up through 2013, the president moved the bar up to $10.10/hour in his 2014 State of the Union Address. Now, on Monday, the White House enlisted Paul Saginaw, the co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the cause. According to Saginaw, "the right to conduct business is earned by being a good corporate citizen," which,…
  • White House Deletes Obama's 'Unpaid Bills' Admission from Transcript

    Daniel Halper
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama mentioned that there are some "unpaid bills" on his desk in Chicago--which he left when moved to the White House after winning the presidential election in 2008. Here's what he said: "One of the nice things about being home is actually that it's a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) -- I think eventually they got paid -- but they're sort of stacked up. And messages,…
  • Reconciling Robert Reich on Reconciliation

    Mark Hemingway
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Given that the Democrats are in total disarray heading into November, it's not surprising liberal groups are making all sorts of dire warning about how it will rain brimstone when the GOP takes control of the Senate. However, this item from MoveOn.org really takes the cake: If they seize control of the Senate this November, Republicans will use a little-known tool called “reconciliation” to get their way. Robert Reich explains in this new video from MoveOn.org. Please watch and share widely. As you might recall, "reconciliation" was the exact same legislative process…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams

    James Fallows
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I recognize that the social-intellectual ecology of blogging is different from what it was even three or four years ago. Back then—ah, the lost Golden Age of the Blog!—it was easy to assume, or imagine, an ongoing, incremental process of working out concepts in public and exploring evidence as it emerged. This was the era and the mood that Andrew Sullivan captured in his "Why I Blog" cover story for The Atlantic in November, 2008. The autumn of 2008 is "only" six years in the past, but it seems a different universe. George W. Bush was still the president. At least for supporters, Barack…
  • California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13: Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives

    James Fallows
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Three more installments to go! This is No. 13 in a series, started back in July, on the biggest infrastructure project underway in America, and either the most important one (if you're a supporter) or most misguided (if you are not). That's the proposal for a north-south California High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, which Governor Jerry Brown has embraced as his legacy project and is selling hard in his re-election campaign. For previous episodes see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7No. 8No. 9No. 10No. 11, and No. 12 Today, mail from some readers who say that California needs a better…
  • National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

    James Fallows
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    We're on the road again, right now in the not-exactly-small city of Pittsburgh. Here we're asking about some of its celebrated successes in downtown revitalization, technology-hub development, and other indicators of civic health, and the lessons they may offer for other parts of the country. More on that anon. For now, I direct your attention to two new reports from Columbus, Ohio. One, by Deb Fallows, is on the unusual approach that the Cristo Rey religious schools are taking for students from poor backgrounds. The other, by John Tierney, is about how the often-empty buzzword of…
  • The Glamorous Life of a Journalist, No. 1,832

    James Fallows
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Herewith an item from the email inbox. The sender is someone I don't know, and the country he is discussing is one I have never been to or written about. Most reporters get lots of PR pitches each day. This one seemed worth sharing as a little glimpse into today's news ecology. Hey James, We’ve never actually worked together, but I’m hoping to build a stronger relationship between my practice and The Atlantic. I recently accepted a position in [a big PR firm's] Foreign Governments practice, and will be representing a number of foreign entities that you’ve covered in the past. I’d love…
  • What the Beer Industry and the Computer Industry Have in Common

    James Fallows
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The photo above does not include any products of America's largest and best known craft brewery, the Boston Beer Company that produces Sam Adams. But it's a useful reference for several craft-beer-related points. 1) The middle beer in the shot above, in the tallest bottle, is Last Chance IPA from the excellent Weyerbacher brewery of Easton, Pennsylvania. Along with Bethlehem and some smaller cities, Easton is a Lehigh Valley neighbor of Allentown, whose downtown recovery project and long-term civic hopes (and baseball team, and champion gymnasts, and Boy Scout troops) we've discussed in our…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Gough Whitlam

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

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

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

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

    SuperUser
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    by regular commenter wj A recent blog post at the Economist looks at a comparison of the financial impact of obesity. And compares it to the impact of a college education. (The Swedish study that they look at finds them to be of the same magnitude. (And even being just overweight apparently has negatives, just not quite as large. Which leads me to a question: why does a college education go with higher lifetime earnings? The assumption, especially among parents pushing their children to go to college, seems to be that the relation is causal – getting a college degree allows you to earn…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Student Loan Stretching

    Lori Robertson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton mischaracterizes the Affordable Care Act’s impact on student loans, and a teachers union stretches Cotton’s voting record on the issue. Cotton says the ACA “nationalized the student loan industry” and implied students can’t get private loans from their local banks anymore. Not exactly. Plenty of banks offer private education loans, and the federal student loan program always has been a government program. Before the ACA, about half of federal student loans originated with private lenders while being guaranteed by the government. Now, the…
  • Jenkins Ads Mislead on Carbon Tax, Coal

    D'Angelo Gore
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Two highly misleading ads from Republican Evan Jenkins leave the false impression that Rep. Nick Rahall is responsible for higher electric rates and personally profited from his votes in Congress: Both ads imply that West Virginia’s electricity rates skyrocketed after Rahall voted for a budget resolution that called for a carbon tax. But the budget plan failed; no tax was ever implemented; and the 23.2 percent rate increase mentioned in one ad has nothing to do with a carbon tax. One ad says Rahall took “bribes” in exchange for votes, “pocketing millions of dollars in return” for…
  • FactChecking the Louisiana Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    As the campaigns head into the home stretch, the Louisiana Senate race has shaped up as one of the least positive in the country. Small wonder. Louisiana has become one of the key battlegrounds in the Republican Party’s efforts to regain control of the Senate. The seat has been held by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu since 1997, but polls show she is vulnerable in this red state. Landrieu faces Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness in the Nov. 4 election, but if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will square off in a Dec. 6 runoff. Polls show Cassidy…
  • The Uninsured in Kentucky

    Lori Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes disagreed at their Oct. 13 debate on how many Kentuckians had gained health insurance through the state exchange. McConnell disputed that the state website has insured 521,000 people. Grimes, meanwhile, said those half a million people had insurance for the first time. More than half a million people have signed up for coverage through the Kynect website for both private insurance and Medicaid, but Grimes is wrong to say they were all previously uninsured. Through the end of the open-enrollment period, 75 percent of Kentuckians who had…
  • Corbett’s Desperation and Deceit

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We’ve noticed that the most deceitful attack ads often come from candidates who are most desperate. For example, consider the claim by Pennsylvania’s unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett that his opponent “is promising to raise middle-class taxes,” when in fact Democratic nominee Tom Wolf promises to cut them. Wolf has proposed increasing the state’s income tax — but only for those making more than roughly $70,000 to $90,000 per year for individuals, or more than $140,000 to $180,000 for married couples. For the large majority of Pennsylvanians, whose…
 
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    TechPresident

  • What Tech Can and Can't Do to Eradicate Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Over the weekend, a group of technologists met in New York City to discuss the limits and potential uses of data in combatting the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
  • First POST: Front Pagers

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Tracking

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Hosts

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Africa Calling

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • In the garden: Still turning

    lambert
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Body:  My middle filbert in sweet light.
  • In the garden: Chores

    lambert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Body:  I think yesterday really was the last day for me to work outside: And that means I shortly have chores to do:
  • Medicare Utopia Myth Still Prevalent among Waking Victims of ACA High Cost-Sharing

    Rainbow Girl
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Body:  NYT. The Times profiles citizens who are realizing that the shiny "low" premiums they were PR'd to death to focus on by the Obama ACA PR Machine were meaningless, because high deductibles, narrow networks, out of pocket, cost sharing etc.
  • Identity politics as a subset of neo-liberalism

    lambert
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Body:  Jacobin: Let Them Eat DiversityBhaskar Sunkara: Neoliberalism is often presented as a unified, homogenous ideology, but you differentiate between “left” and “right” neoliberalisms — what’s the difference and which one dominates American politics today? Walter Benn Michaels: The differentiation between left and right neoliberalism doesn’t really undermine the way it which it is deeply unified in its commitment to competitive markets and to the state’s role in maintaining competitive markets. For me the distinction is that “left neoliberals” are people who…
  • Elizabeth Warren is so full of shit

    lambert
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Body:  Elizabeth Warren: 'The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it'. Sure, a little partisanship is fine, but this isn't funny any more. In fact, Warren's just lying. All you've got to do is look at the record:
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  • Speaker of Alabama House indicted on 23 felony counts

    susie
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Not that Dems are never indicted, of course, but Republicans are frequently notable for the sheer depth and width of their crimes: Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. Hubbard, 52, who led a historic Republican takeover of the state Legislature during the 2010 election, was charged after an investigation in his home county that has lasted more than a year. The charges against…
  • Christie refuses to release results of pay-to-play investigation

    susie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that one of the subjects is a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts: As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has helped Charlie Baker with millions of dollars worth of ads supporting his Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign. But that’s not the only way he may be boosting the GOP candidate in the final weeks of a close election: Christie officials are blocking the release of the findings of New Jersey’s pay-to-play investigation into Baker. The documents being withheld pertain to…
  • Another slowdown coming

    susie
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    This is what pissed me off about the government shutdown and the subsequent cuts: Ever hear Obama explain how bad they were, and what the long-term consequences would be? Of course not. This is the guy who was pushing the Grand Bargain, he wanted cuts! And look how well that’s working out for the rest of us.
  • Every river

    susie
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Kim Richey:
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    susie
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Joan Armatrading:
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • New survey shows most teens and young adults stay too long in abusive relationships

    Latina Lista
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New survey shows most teens and young adults stay too long in abusive relationships by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Young love can be a beautiful experience — unless one person in the relationship is an abuser. And even then, according to a new Mary Kay study, teens would rather suffer abuse in the name of “love” rather than call it quits. In the 2014 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey, 500 young men and women anonymously shared their stories of…
  • Crowdfunder: California’s Forgotten Children – Documentary

    Latina Lista
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: California’s Forgotten Children – Documentary by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: California’s Forgotten Children – Documentary Child trafficking and exploitation is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today. In the United States, over 100,000 children are being enslaved and sold for sex every day. Youth are most vulnerable to the tactics used by human traffickers and exploiters. Almost…
  • Urban Farmist : Farmers markets are ripe with stories waiting to be discovered

    Latina Lista
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Urban Farmist : Farmers markets are ripe with stories waiting to be discovered by Latina Lista By Aaron de Leon LatinaLista “You want some history? I can give you history dating back to 1890.” Pat of Pat’s Produce said with great pride. Pat’s history lesson was delivered in the middle of an adventure. The location was set at my local farmers market and my mission was to find someone with a story to tell. After passing vendors of trinkets,…
  • EPA Funds Border Projects

    Latina Lista
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. EPA Funds Border Projects by Latina Lista Frontera NorteSur The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this month new funding for environmental projects in U.S. and Mexican border communities. Totaling more than $8.6 million, grants are being awarded in conjunction with the San Antonio-based North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission as part of meeting the goals of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2020…
  • Crowdfunder: Giving victims of family violence a SafeNight

    Latina Lista
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Giving victims of family violence a SafeNight by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Giving victims of family violence a SafeNight Family violence (FV) agencies and their supporters have a responsibility to protect and serve women and children, and sometimes men who are being abused. Family Violence is Pervasive…. One in four women will experience family violence 1.3 million women are assaulted each year…. but most cases are never…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • China Versus America

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    How Chinese “harmony” and American “freedom” produce the dangerous clash of two exceptionalisms.
  • A World Without OPEC?

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How the shale revolution has weakened the power of the oil cartel.
  • The Quality of Fear

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The reaction nationally to Ebola is rooted in weaknesses in our cultural fabric.
  • Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K.

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It comes down to this: Amazon has too much power, and it is abusing it.
  • The Ebola Scare

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes incompetence can be a lot more frightening than any conspiracy theory.
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    New York Observer

  • Ghosts of Halloweens Past: Haunting Celebrations for History Buffs

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The Merchant’s House funeral procession. (Gardiner Anderson the, Merchant House.) What better time than Halloween to commune with the spirits of the dead—i.e. the historic figures who once populated our fair city and their bygone way of life—than the day in which the veil is (allegedly) lifted between the living and the dead? It is, even for non-superstitious sorts, a time of year in which it is particularly easy to learn more about the eerie rituals of the past. To that end, the city’s museums, historic houses and graveyards are offering an abundance of historically-themed…
  • On the Market: If You Give JPMorgan Chase $1B, They Promise Not to Cut Too Many Jobs

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    The Bronx. (Axel R-D, flickr) Do not photograph the books! In The New Yorker Bob Eckstein reports that Powerhouse Arena, a bookstore in Dumbo, as to remind customers not to snap photos of what may be the last living specimens of physical books in their natural retail environment. The illustrator documents the increasingly rare physical specimen and its near-extinct habitat. 32BJ, the Doorman’s Union, has launched a satirical video campaign marketing AVA High Line as part of its bid to get the building and its larger parent company, Avalon Bay properties, to allow employees to unionize,…
  • ‘Gotham’ Reference Guide 1×5: ‘Do Not Vex Me, Mortal’

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I mean he said don’t vex him. Remember last week when I said Gotham could really benefit from trimming the fat and putting unnecessary characters on the shelf until they offer something of importance? And by that I mean the characters that don’t drive the narrative, but still find time to bother the characters actually trying to do their jobs. And by that I mean Barbara. Well, this episode featured exactly zero scenes with Barbara, and it was exponentially better than all four that came before it. Coinky dink? I think not. Also, no Montoya. No Allen. No your husband is a corrupt…
  • Art World Abstracts: Queen Guitarist Lends Rare Photos to the Tate, and More!

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    British musician Brian May poses with an owl viewer in front of John Everett Millais painting Hearts are Trumps in 1872 which was inspired by Michael Burr stereoscopic photograph also entitled Hearts are Trumps 1866 as part of an exhibition entitled “Poor man’s picture gallery: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography” at the Tate Britain. (Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP, courtesy Getty Images) The Tate Britain gets a collection of Victorian era stereographic photographs on loan courtesy of Queen guitarist and doctor of astrophysics Brian May. The photographs will be featured…
  • Oscar De La Renta Dies at 82

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-American designer best known for his classic and feminine red carpet designs, has died at age 82. De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932. He studied painting in Madrid, then apprenticed with Cristóbal Balenciaga, before landing a job with Lanvin in Paris. He launched his own label in 1965. It didn’t take long for Jacqueline Kennedy to declare her allegiance. This began a legacy of dressing first ladies that included Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. (Michelle Obama made headlines earlier this month by publicly wearing a gown of his…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Endless Folly of the Cuba Embargo

    Daniel Larison
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Post defends the useless status quo on Cuba policy: Fully lifting the embargo now would reward and ratify their intransigence. A concession such as ending the trade embargo should not be exchanged for nothing. It should be made when Cuba grants genuine freedom to its people, the goal cherished by Mr. Payá. This is misguided for many reasons, not least of which is that there is no realistic chance that refusing to end the embargo will result in greater freedom for people in Cuba. It is likely that Cuba will continue to be an authoritarian and illiberal country for a long time after the…
  • Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

    Daniel Larison
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Roger Cohen shows why invoking American exceptionalism is frequently a crutch for extremely weak arguments. Here he attempts to use it to account for differences between China and America: The core problem is two forms of exceptionalism, the American and the Chinese. The United States is an idea as well as a nation. Americans, even in a battle-scarred inward-looking moment such as the present, are hard-wired to the notion of their country as a beacon to humanity. President Obama’s foreign policy is unpopular in part because he has interpreted a popular desire to regroup as license to be…
  • Gelb’s “Only Way” to Defeat ISIS Is a Terrible Idea

    Daniel Larison
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Leslie Gelb recycles a bad argument that he was making months ago: Now is not the time for false virtue or moral absolutism. The working principle now has to be first threats first. And the first threat to American interests today is ISIS and its cohorts. One doesn’t need to indulge in “moral absolutism” to be able to identify the serious flaws with what Gelb is proposing. Gelb wants the U.S. to team up with Syria and Iran to fight ISIS, but somehow thinks that the Syrian regime can be persuaded to behave less atrociously along the way. He says that “the first…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the exposure of Americans and Iraqis to chemical agents and the ensuing efforts by the U.S. government to cover up what happened. Uncle Sucker to the rescue. Stephen Walt catalogues the many mistakes that the U.S. is repeating in its newest war. Why India doesn’t involve itself in the Near East. Shashank Joshi reviews the reasons why India doesn’t intervene in or try to mediate the region’s conflicts. The varnish of Vietnam. Gordon Adams laments America’s habit of waging unwinnable wars.
  • The Perils of Threat Inflation

    Daniel Larison
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Stephen Walt sees the U.S. repeating past mistakes in its war on ISIS. The first mistake he identifies is the tendency to exaggerate foreign threats: Why is threat inflation a problem? When we exaggerate dangers in order to sell a military [action], we are more likely to do the wrong thing instead of taking the time to figure out if a) action is really necessary and b) what the best course of action might be. It’s fair to say that U.S. officials wouldn’t have to exaggerate foreign threats so often if military action were clearly necessary. The U.S. is an extraordinarily secure…
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    TIME

  • Morning Must Reads: October 21

    Andrew Katz
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Behind the Fear Outbreak The almost-zero probability of acquiring Ebola in the U.S. often doesn’t register at a time of mass fear, and the country is in the midst of a national panic attack that has seen schools emptied, businesses temporarily shuttered and travelers from West Africa shunned Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the February 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp Apple Bears Fruit in Fourth Quarter The tech giant reported a 12.7% bump in fourth-quarter profit, beating analyst…
  • Ebola Travel Ban Wins Support From Another Embattled Democratic Candidate

    Alex Rogers
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Over the past several days, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown has not let up hammering his Democratic opponent about Ebola. On Thursday, he called on President Barack Obama to institute a travel ban from West Africa. On Friday, he said Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, is “rubber-stamping the President’s policy,” by opposing his position. He also told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that if 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had won, Ebola wouldn’t be a problem. The next day he wrote a letter urging Shaheen to accept a travel ban,…
  • Pelosi and Hillary Join Forces to Rally Democratic Women

    Jay Newton-Small
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Three generations of Birmingham family women turned out on Monday to see House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rally for female Democratic candidates. “It was fabulous, a wonderful event,” gushes Alanna Birmingham, 17, clutching one of the lunch’s floral centerpieces, a keepsake for her to take home. “You could just feel the energy in the room, all this beautiful female energy.” Birmingham was there with her mother and grandmother in a show of political unity the family hasn’t always enjoyed, especially when it…
  • GOP Wields Romney Fundraising List in Senate Battle

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    If Republicans retake the Senate next month, they’ll have done it with a lot of help from Mitt Romney. The former GOP presidential nominee’s digital operation may have been a generation behind President Barack Obama’s effort, but his email list has proven to be a potent fundraising too for the party as it looks for victory this fall. “It’s easily our most successful digital fundraising source,” said Matt Lira. executive director of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm. “As far as our fundraising is concerned, there’s the Romney list and…
  • Obama White House Finds Ebola and ISIS Crises Silver Lining

    Zeke J Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    President Barack Obama has found a silver lining in months of global crises: an excuse for why he’s not out on the campaign trail for Democrats this fall. Asked Monday if it was odd two weeks before the midterm elections that Obama was not spending more time on the road for Democrats, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz pointed to all the president’s other commitments, including the twin crises of Ebola and ISIS, which have upended Senate campaigns around the country. “I don’t think it’s weird given everything that we are trying to manage,” he…
 
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    The Brody File

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nudgefail: The Case of Organ Donation

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

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

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

    Keith Humphreys
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Halloween month on RBC is devoted to movies about ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. This week, I offer an admittedly off-beat film recommendation from the early days of talkies: 1931′s Murder by the Clock. The plot centers on the Endicotts, a wealthy family in decline. The parsimonious matriarch of the clan, Julia Endicott (Blanche Friderici), lives in fear of a Poe-style premature burial and laments the fact that her direct heir is a musclebound half-wit (Irving Pichel, in a quasi-Frankenstein Monster sort of role). Julia reluctantly decides…
  • Rick Scott and fangate: the limits of ignorance

    Mark Kleiman
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    [See update below] Apparently the rules of the Florida gubernatorial debate forbade the contestants from using electronic equipment.  Rick Scott refused to participate (until his handlers told him how silly he looked) because Charlie Crist brought a fan on to the stage Yes, I know that there’s no legal minimum IQ required to become the governor of a state. But really, is it too much to expect the the former CEO of a big health- care company to know the difference between “electronic” and “electrical”? Update Well … not perzackly. A reader points out that…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 20)

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    As of yesterday, absentee ballot requests from Iowa Democrats now exceed the total early vote by Democrats in Iowa's 2010 midterm election. Ballot requests from Republicans and no-party voters surpassed those groups' 2010 early vote totals over the weekend. Convincing supporters to vote early is important, but it doesn't matter if they don't mail in their ballots. Democrats now lead Republicans by more than 15,000 in absentee ballot requests but by less than 2,000 in absentee ballots returned to county auditors. Follow me after the jump for the latest data on absentee ballots requested and…
  • National Republican Congressional Committee going for IA-01, IA-02

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ed Tibbetts reported today for the Quad-City Times that the National Republican Congressional Committee announced plans to buy television air time in Iowa's first and second Congressional districts. The NRCC says it will spend $900,000 on air time in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport markets to influence the IA-02 race, plus $400,000 in the Cedar Rapids market for IA-01. Although the NRCC gave IA-01 nominee Rod Blum and IA-02 nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks top-tier status in its program for challengers this summer, up to now the committee has only been advertising in Iowa's third district,…
  • Iowa Congressional 3Q fundraising news roundup

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Catching up on news from last week, the third-quarter campaign finance reports for Iowa's four Congressional districts are all online at the Federal Election Commission's website. My big takeaways: In the open seat race in IA-01, Democrat Pat Murphy has out-rased Republican Rod Blum, both during the third quarter and in the election cycle to date. But Blum went into the home stretch with a cash advantage, for two reasons: 1) he has put more than $200,000 of his own money into the campaign, and 2) he didn't have to spend heavily before the June primary--unlike Murphy, who had to spend most of…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 19)

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland is posting early voting numbers for all of Iowa and in each of the four Congressional districts. All data come from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. The latest tables are after the jump. Click here for previous tables going back to September 22. Absentee ballot requests from Iowa Republicans and no-party voters now exceed the total early vote from those groups in Iowa's 2010 midterm election. Ballot requests from Iowa Democrats are only about 4,000 below the total early vote cast by Democrats in 2010. Three big unanswered questions…
  • Weekend open thread: Senate polls and polling challenges edition

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. I've been reading about opinion polls, and specifically, the polling industry's growing challenge of sampling a group that looks like the electorate. Almost every day, a new poll appears on Iowa's U.S. Senate race. Since last weekend's Selzer poll for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg News, which showed Ernst up by 1 point, three other polls have shown small leads for Ernst, while one showed Braley slightly ahead. How Iowa's no-party voters are leaning is anyone's guess; some polls have shown Ernst…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Alabama Relives the Gingrich Revolution

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    As a couple, Alabama and the Democratic Party were more Nelson and Mary Clark Rockefeller than Mike Tyson and Robin Givens, if you know what I mean. If you don't, look it up. When the Republican Party finally seized control of the Alabama House after the 2010 midterm elections, it ended 136 years of unbroken Democratic rule. Given the Democratic Party of Alabama's legacy of racism and brutality, one might have been forgiven for thinking this changing of the guard was a good and well-merited thing. Alas, one would have been wrong. The Alabama Democrats were on the mend, while their successors…
  • The Surprisingly Persistent Bias in Senate Polling

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Promoted by Steven D At the start let me say what this isn't.  This is not an unskew the polls diary.  In fact, this is the opposite: this is a data driven diary that is based on one simple table.  These are the averages for all polls in October and November where the results found a margin of less than two points.  Honestly I didn't think I would find anything.  But the evidence is clear.  There is a consistent bias against Democrats.   Why am I the only one seeing this?  Honestly, most don't have data that goes back as far as I do (I think 538 goes…
  • The Rule is That Midterm Polls Are Biased

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Sam Wang looks at the Senate races from the last two election cycles that wound up being decided by ten percentage points or less. The red numbers (in the Final column) indicate that the Republican won or that they had a polling lead in the aggregate of the polling over the final three weeks of the campaign (in the Polls column). The blue numbers indicate the same for the Democrats. The Bonus column shows how much better the candidate did than the polls had indicated that they would do. In 2010, the polls in seven out of eight close Senate races underestimated the actual performance of the…
  • Late Night Music: Lyres

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
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  • Casual Observation

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    While you're worrying senselessly about getting the Ebola virus, your kids are facing much more serious threats, and I don't see the media demanding that the government do better than giving them tents and directions to "a thick patch of woods outside the town limits where they won't be rousted by the police." The biggest epidemic in the country is not Ebola, and our politicians are not being asked about it. Discuss
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael Hudson: Why are Stock Markets so Volatile?

    dandelionsalad
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com October 17, 2014 TheRealNews on Oct 17, 2014 Real serious depression pending as a result of austerity says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond and Finance Capitalism and its Discontents. * Transcript Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist. A Distinguished Research Professor at […]
  • Noam Chomsky’s Speech at UN General Assembly October 14, 2014 + Q&A + Gaza and the Prospects for Palestine

    dandelionsalad
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Dandelion Salad Updated Oct 19, 2014 with Noam Chomsky Realenlighten on Oct 15, 2014 365th Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. (Chomsky begins at 7:44) *** Noam Chomsky UN General Assembly October 14, 2014 (Full Q&A) Realenlighten on Oct 15, 2014 Full Question and Answer: 365th […]
  • Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson at Protest Against Police Brutality

    dandelionsalad
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Dandelion Salad Ferguson police arrest Cornel West, religious leaders protesting police shootings RT America on Oct 13, 2014 Ferguson, MO police on Monday arrested Dr. Cornel West and several religious leaders participating in a march to bring awareness to the widespread nature of police shootings. After a weekend of protests throughout the St. Louis area, […]
  • Noam Chomsky: The Origins of ISIS + Sibel Edmonds: US Cultivated, Financed ISIS

    dandelionsalad
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Noam Chomsky MIT Armenian Society on Oct 4, 2014 An interview of Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT by David Barsamian. The interview takes us on a general overview of the state of the Middle East, and the role that Turkey has played in it. Covering the origins of ISIS all the way to […]
  • Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress by Howard Zinn

    dandelionsalad
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    It’s that time of the year again. In case you missed reading this, here it is again. by Howard Zinn Writer, Dandelion Salad October 12, 2009 An excerpt from A People’s History of the United States. Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and […]
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Just Do It

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

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

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

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

    Deacon Blues
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Yes, I am greatly alarmed at the news about ongoing Secret Service security breaches over the last several years, at a time when this president has encountered vastly more threats than his predecessors. But I am also alarmed frankly at the default position of this White House to immediately and publicly support the Secret Service director in the midst of yesterday’s congressional debacle. Exactly how shaky are things inside the Service and inside the White House that such assurances are necessary? Update: So why give such an immediate defense if she resigned anyway? Why did the White House…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Who is Joe Biden?

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Who is Joe Biden? The Vice President's recent LA visit had Jimmy wondering how many people even know who he is. So as an experiment we sent a camera crew out onto Hollywood Bl... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 616281 2858 ratings Time: 03:34 More in Comedy
  • Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras

    DrossRotzank
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras SUSCRÍBETE: http://bit.ly/1a1sm3k SÍGUEME EN TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1aCnKiW ¡LIKE EN FACEBOOK!: http://on.fb.me/16XIVcT SÍGUEME EN GOOGLE+: http://goo.gl/Upf... From: DrossRotzank Views: 1957830 113613 ratings Time: 14:59 More in Entertainment
  • 15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever

    Danger Dolan
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever From a loyal TV audience suing because the weather wasn't right to a severed finger found in a bowl of chilli, we count 15 of the strangest cases ever seen i... From: Danger Dolan Views: 803021 14614 ratings Time: 08:58 More in Education
  • 'Pig' the Dog Turns Heads-When She Can't

    Associated Press
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    'Pig' the Dog Turns Heads-When She Can't A deformed dog in Alabama has gained popularity after thousands of internet viewers discovered videos of the odd shaped mutt named Pig who now has a Facebook... From: Associated Press Views: 1057428 2521 ratings Time: 01:14 More in News & Politics
  • Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes

    vlogbrothers
    2 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes In which Hank debates Hank on one of the most important debates in the United States today, whether to keep the internet open or to allow cable companies to ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 541171 23780 ratings Time: 03:43 More in People & Blogs
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    YouTube: Activism

  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through s... From: vlogbrothers Views: 264320 15636 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • Jim Parsons and Ellen Discuss 'The Normal Heart'

    TheEllenShow
    22 May 2014 | 11:27 am
    Jim Parsons and Ellen Discuss 'The Normal Heart' It's an important work in the history of the gay rights movement. Jim talked about the impact it's had on him and the world. From: TheEllenShow Views: 469072 5250 ratings Time: 03:52 More in Entertainment
  • My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

    TEDx Talks
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
    My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 5758492 50342 ratings Time: 12:46 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • I Am President Snow

    vlogbrothers
    6 Dec 2013 | 9:29 am
    I Am President Snow In which Hank discusses The Hunger Games, the extreme inequality of our society, and what it means to be a citizen of The Capitol. Inequality is so difficult... From: vlogbrothers Views: 411333 17784 ratings Time: 03:59 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013

    TEDx Talks
    12 Nov 2013 | 6:12 pm
    Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013 Pachi Tamer estuvo disfrazado de indigente toda la mañana, cerca de la entrada a la conferencia, para luego, con mucho coraje, poder desnudar los prejuicios ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 308693 3685 ratings Time: 18:30 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

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

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

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

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameTwo Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailSmooth Josh Real Smooth I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Votes: 37.3Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
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    Zennie62.com

  • Links for 2014-10-20 [del.icio.us]

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Corinth and Carter Recently Repaved - YouTube Corinth and Carter Recently Repaved Visit our blog Zennie62.com here: http://www.zennie62blog.com Peyton Manning Carves 49ers Vanilla Defense - YouTube Peyton Manning carved up the San Francisco 49ers set of plain vanilla defenses on the way to the record setting night where he set the NFL record for TD passes at 509. The question is why would the 49ers give basically the same defensive looks they gave in the preseason game? Cowboys Beat NY Giants But Eagles Lurk - YouTube The Dallas Cowboys beat the NY Giants 31 to 21 as Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray…
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    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rise Festival lights up the sky outside Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal Rise Festival lights up the sky outside Las VegasLas Vegas Review-JournalA rainbow appears behind sisters Michelle, left, and Corinne Cowan, from Lancaster, Calif., as they wait for a shuttle to head to the RiSE Festival Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 on a dry lake bed near Jean. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas Revi
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    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    www.youtube.com The World Bank released a stunning report that the Ebola Crisis could cost Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 32.5 billion in financial impact by 2015. The report calls for greater and faster coordinated international response. Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race - YouTube Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race Jill Broadhurst and I met at Cafe Trieste in The Rotunda for an interview on her run for Oakland City Council District Four Seat. Since I prefer that you watch the video and interpret her comments for yourself, I will only give a few…
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    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Justin Bieber - Baby Ft Ludacris - YouTube Justin Bieber Baby Ft Ludacris is the most misunderstood video ever. That is because Justin looks and sounds like he is all of 12 years old. Ludacris comes to the end of the song to save the whole deal. Ken Houston Oakland Mayors Race Interview - YouTube Ken Houston Oakland Mayors Race Interview Ken Houston, who's running for Mayor of Oakland, first came onto the Oakland Political Scene as the Community Liaison for Turner Construction Company. For this blogger, his first public media appearance was during the Oakland City Council Hearing on the repor…
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    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    SF Giants 6 ST Louis Cardinals 4 NLCS - YouTube SF Giants 6 ST Louis Cardinals 4 NLCS SF Giants 6 St Louis Cardinals 4 NLCS San Francisco Giants are one win away from the 2014 World Series. But it was a dramatic game that saw the SF Giants down 4-1 before they stormed back to tie in the sixth inning. San Francisco's going nuts, but it's still one Vlog Action Day: Inequality - YouTube Vlog Action Day - Blog Action Day : Inequality Vlog Action Day - Blog Action Day : Inequality . Vlog Action Day is today and the topic is inequality. Vlog Action Day is like Blog Action Day, but with video and on…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • You’re either butcher or cattle. Except when hunter becomes prey

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

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

    Bob Morris
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Central Arizona Project canal Phoenix admirably uses less water than it did decades ago, even as its population has grown hugely. The city wants to store its unused Colorado River allocation in Lake Mead for future use, but due to archaic, convoluted water laws, is not allowed to do so. This is the Tragedy of the Anticommons, where poor management leads to sub-optimal use of resources. As Butters once said on South Park, “Ouch, that makes my brain hurt.” Inkstain unravels the tangled skein that allows such absurdities to happen. It should be noted that Phoenix storing water in…
  • Mandalay Bay in Vegas now has 20 acres of rooftop solar

    Bob Morris
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    The Mandalay Bay casino and convention center in Vegas is ginormous. MGM Resorts, who owns it, has installed 21,324 photovoltaic panels on twenty acres of convention center roof. Yes, twenty acres… The 6.4 MW system will provide 20% of power for the center, with an additional 2 MW coming when the convention center is expanded. Well done, MGM. How big is Mandalay Bay? The main hotel is upscale. Delano, an even-more upscale hotel, is in a separate building. A super-upscale Four Seasons occupies five floors of the main hotel. The casino is 135,000 sq ft, The convention center is 1,000,000…
  • Drought will persist or intensify in crucial California areas

    Bob Morris
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers converge in the crucial Sacramento Delta. Water is pumped southward from there to the Central Valley and southern California and is fed by precipitation in the Sierra Nevadas. Unfortunately, the drought will persist in the Sierras, which is bad news for California. It doesn’t really matter if conditions improve in southern California as the vast bulk of its water comes from the Delta. Some reservoirs in northern California are considerably lower than last year, with some being perilously low. Camp Far West is at a mere 4% of capacity. In all, the…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsFrost and Sullivan White Paper: Taking a Fresh Look at Data Center VirtualizationRequest Free!
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

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

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

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

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Six Years Later, Terrorists Still Don’t Care Who They Hurt

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

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    UPDATE 10/18/2014 at 5:59 a.m. Central:  In an article this morning, ABC News expanded on the news I shared eight days ago. UPDATE 10/16/2014 at 8:32 a.m. Central:  My friend in Dallas tells me he observed a CDC representative at his place of employment (i.e., a major medical center in Dallas) “observing an in-service on one of the ICU units,” a possible indication they could be getting a patient soon. Same person said he’s “heard rumblings from Presby that nurses are threatening to walk out” after “being thrown under the bus” by CDC director and…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Watch: Keene Pumpkin Fest Lady Accuses Journalist of Being ‘Free-Stater,’ Tries to Censor Him

    Scott Shackford
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The weekend drunken riots in Keene, New Hampshire, didn't actually happen at the annual pumpkin festival. But obviously they're still going to be a big deal in a small town of 20,000. Of course, some folks are going to be more concerned about the reputation of the festival than the matters at hand. And some folks are going to make fools of themselves doing so. That person would be festival organizer Ruth Sterling, who interrupted the broadcast of public access reporter Jared Goodell and threatened to shut him down because she apparently didn't like him bringing up the rioting. She attempts to…
  • Lene Johansen on Oslo Freedom Forum 2014

    Reason.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Familiar D.C. faces, such as former Reason editor Michael Moynihan, Tom Palmer from Atlas Foundation, and John Fund and Jay Nordlinger from National Review Online were meandering across Eidsvoll Square in front of the Norwegian Parliament around noon, squinting in the bright, low-hanging winter sun. They are in town for the sixth Oslo Freedom Forum, notes Lene Johansen, where human rights activists from across the globe, including a woman who risked her life to get a glimpse at life outside North Korea in the movie Titanic, get together to talk about how to defeat dictators. View this…
  • 'These are are all folks who vote with me,' President Says of Dems Trying to Escape His Lethal Clutch

    J.D. Tuccille
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Democratic candidates may run, but they can't hide—not from a president determined to tie them all to the mast of his sinking ship and take them down with him. After acknowledging to Al Sharpton in an MSNBC interview that many members of his party are disassociating themselves from him in an effort to gain traction with voters unimpressed by his agenda, President Obama noted, "the bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress." Those racing from Obama's embrace and desperately trying to convince all and sundry that they supported…
  • "The press should have no rights that the average citizen does not have."

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    On Wednesday, November 5, I'll be speaking at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum as part of Spiked Online's Free Speech Now! conference. Go here for details. Spiked's Tim Black interviewed me last week and the Q&A just went up, under the title "The Best Answer to Bad Speech? More Speech." Here are some snippets that help explain why I'm "nearly utopian" about free expression: "People have a right to free expression, and they have a right to free speech and free assembly. And that is what undergirds our press freedom. The press should have no rights that the average citizen does not have....  I…
  • "God protects fools, drunkards, and the United States": Here's Hoping.

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    In his new USA Today column, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit produces a tidy and edited list of the current crises in the Middle East: In reverse order: ISIL is winning in Iraq, and we are losing. Airstrikes — quite modest ones compared to those unleashed against Saddam Hussein's armies over a decade ago — aren't doing the job, and the Defense Department doesn't seem to be able to round up enough (any?) of those much-touted "moderate" Syrian rebels to form a serious opposition force. The Kurds are stressed, and we're not getting them enough supplies. Meanwhile, the Kurds' long-term…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    On May 15th, 2013, a small lobster boat flying a banner that read “coal is stupid” dropped anchor in waters in front of the Brayton Point Power Station in Massachusetts. The two eco-activists aboard the boat, named the Henry David T., thereby blocked the path of the coal ship Energy Enterprise, which was carrying a load of 40,000 tons of energy-rich coal, from reaching the power plant.
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    New Republic

  • Two Reasons To Dial Back Ebola Hysteria

    Jonathan Cohn
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The news about Ebola last week was relentless, depressing, and scary. On Monday the news was reassuring and even a little hopeful, thanks to a pair of key developments.One was in Texas, whe
  • Study: Putting Women in Charge Makes Companies More Successful

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Gender equity has been a challenge in the corporate world for as long as there has been a corporate world. But progress towards a more gender-diverse work environment has continued throughout the years with government quotas and company-specific initiatives. And guess what? According to a groundbrea
  • These Two World Leaders Are Laughing While the Planet Burns Up

    Rebecca Leber
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Canada once had a shot at being the world's leader on climate change. Back in 2002, our northern neighbors had ratified the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first treaty that required nations to cut their emissions or face penalties. In 2005,
  • I'm a Black Journalist. I'm Quitting Because I'm Tired of Newsroom Racism.

    Rebecca Carroll
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    My first job in media was as a television producer. I was 28 years old, eager and brimming with ideas, some of which I’m sure were good and others of which I’m sure were not. Not long after starting the job, I asked to produce a segment with a well-known black actor whose work I had long followe
  • My Solution to the Brunch Wars: Eggs for Dinner

    Bee Wilson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The further you get through life, the more forcefully you may be struck by the poignant realization of how few meals remain. Working on the basis of three a day (snacks don’t count), there are just over a thousand opportunities a year to play with. Which brings us to brunch. In a recent New Y
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative

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

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

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

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    BURLINGTON, N.C. The clergy gathered in the ­second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
  • Why Democrats aren’t getting credit for the economy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    As Ken Burns’s superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, “Happy Days Are Here Again” is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren’t the Democrats, and the country, singing it loudly now? Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Proof That Comprehensive Sex Ed Classes Actually Help Kids Put Off Having Sex

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Comprehensive sex ed classes that emphasize healthy relationships and family involvement can encourage more middle school students to put off having sex, according to the results from a new study published in the Journal of School Health. The results have big implications for school districts that are trying to decide what type of health classes to offer to kids in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. The three-year study was conducted by researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women, who wanted to figure out whether Get Real — a comprehensive sex ed program…
  • Congressional Candidate Calls Same-Sex Couples Gremlins, Destructive Creatures In Bizarre Video

    Carimah Townes
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot from Anthony Culler’s Facebook video After drawing criticism for a Facebook calling same-sex couples “gremlins,” a GOP candidate from South Carolina reaffirmed his position on marriage equality. Anthony Culler, who is challenging Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), set off a firestorm Monday with a Facebook post warning, “If you believe in traditional families and that marriage is defined as an institution between one man and one woman then I ask that you start acting like it and START VOTING like it! Do not buy the “cuteness” and “What will…
  • North Carolina Police Officers Have Been Secretly Tracking Phones For Years

    Lauren C. Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    A North Carolina police department has been secretly gathering data from cellphones and other mobile devices with military-grade surveillance equipment. But the surveillance systems, which are supposed to be used to locate criminal suspects, are also tracking everyone else. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department, which serves nearly a million North Carolina residents, has been using portable surveillance systems that masquerade as a cell phone tower and picks up nearby wireless data on phones, laptops and other devices, The Charlotte Observer reported. The equipment has been frequently…
  • Ohio Governor Doesn’t Think Medicaid Expansion Is Connected To Obamacare

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich CREDIT: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), one of a handful of Republican leaders who has bucked the party to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, does not believe this provision is actually connected to the health care reform law. Kasich made headlines on Monday when he was quoted in an Associated Press story saying that Obamacare repeal is “not gonna happen,” adding that the opposition to the law “was really either political or ideological.” Since that’s an unusually frank admission from a Republican…
  • The Right To Vote Just Lost A Battle In The Supreme Court, But The War Comes After The Election

    Ian Millhiser
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Marc Levy The last month has been a terrible month for voting rights, but it could only be the beginning. Though the Supreme Court handed down four voting rights decisions in the past several weeks, three of which allowed voter suppression laws to take effect, all four of these were only preliminary decisions. It is likely that the justices will consider one or more of these laws again before they leave for their summer vacations at the end of June. And, if the Roberts Court’s previous record on voting rights is any indication, it is unlikely that a right that an…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

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

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

    Ramona
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do only 4 things: show up, pay attention, tell the truth, detach from the outcome. (A. Arrien) — 5: love without limits. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    As I go about in pity for myself, a great wind carries me across the sky. (Ojibwe Saying) — Your worries are blown away. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    An unexamined life isn't be worth living, an overexamined life is hell. (A. Thomas) — Self-absorbed is never enlightened! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Minimum Wage on Ballots May Hold Dems' Senate Majority

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

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: They're back. Like the fourth sequel to a bad horror movie, the Republican Right has once again chosen to embrace its long ignoble, hypocritical tradition of pandering to -- and stoking -- fear. As the election nears, their ads are filled with images of ISIL terrorists, Ebola viruses, Secret Service breaches, and "porous" borders through which knife-wielding Muslim extremists are surely infiltrating every corner of our society. It's not just…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Josh Kraushaar has a clue for Dems, particularly Michelle Nunn in GA in his National Journal post, "The Democrats' Most Effective Midterm Message: Outsourcing: Taking a page from Obama's 2012 playbook, Democrats have found a winning message in a dismal political environment." But it's not only Georgia; Kraushaar notes that the issue has traction in IL, MN, CT, MA, or pretty much any electorate with substantial numbers of "blue- and gray-collar voters that aren't that enthused about shiny young capitalists." Luke Brinker presents compelling evidence at Salon.com for "How the minimum wage could…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Political parties in Kerala gearing up for local elections

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

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

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

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

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

    Robert Skidelsky
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The creditor-debtor relationship embodies no iron law of morality; rather, it is a social relationship that always must be negotiated. When quantitative precision and an unyielding approach to debt obligations are the rule, conflict and penury soon follow.
  • Inheritance and Inequality

    Edward N. Wolff
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty emphasizes the rising share of inheritances and gifts in household wealth over time. This seems like a shocking revelation, implying ever-rising wealth inequality, but is it correct?
  • Ebola in America

    Abdul El-Sayed
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Despite the arrival of Ebola in the US, a serious outbreak is unlikely to occur, thanks to the strength of the US health agencies. But budget cuts introduced over the past decade could jeopardize the fight against any future epidemic.
  • Brazil’s Institutional Limbo

    Camila Villard Duran
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Brazil's presidential election will determine the future of the central bank – and therefore the country's macroeconomic trajectory. The 50-year old institution is ripe for reform, but neither candidate seems ready to give it the independence it needs, or to ensure that it is truly accountable to citizens.
  • America, the Balanced

    Jeffrey Frankel
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    It may be time to stop worrying about the US current-account deficit – and not only because of adjustment at home and in China. It is possible that, properly measured, America's true deficits were smaller than has been reported, and even that, in some years, they were not there at all.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

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

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

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

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

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

  • More Police Departments than Previously Thought Use Portable Surveillance Systems to Spy on almost Everyone

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    More U.S. police departments are employing electronic surveillance technology that can collect information from cell phones and laptop computers belonging not just to criminal suspects but also law abiding citizens.   The Charlotte Observer found the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have for eight years used such equipment, which goes by many names: Stingray, Hailstorm, AmberJack and TriggerFish.   But the technology, which mimics cell towers, is also used by other law enforcement around the country. It’s just not clear which departments, the newspaper says, because the federal…
  • House Ethics Office Earns Its Keep, but Senate’s Not Interested

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    With the help of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the U.S. House has increased the number of investigations into those who violate ethics rules. But the Senate has yet to follow the House’s lead and establish its own effort independent of the committee process to probe wrongdoing by members.   Since the creation of the OCE in 2009, the House Ethics Committee has handed down 20 disciplinary actions against lawmakers.   Compare that to the House Ethics Committee’s work prior to that, when the committee produced only 10 punishments over the course of a…
  • Facebook Asks DEA to Stop Creating Fake Profiles

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents have been creating phony Facebook profiles as part of their investigations and the social media giant wants the practice stopped.   In a letter (pdf) to the DEA, Facebook’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, asked the agency to end its practice of operating fake profiles to catch those involved with illegal drugs.   Sullivan said the DEA must comply with the same rules that all users must abide by in being part of the Facebook community, and that includes not lying about their true identity. “We regard DEA’s conduct…
  • The 25-Year-Old Unsolved Kidnapping that Led to a Significant Increase in the Recovery of Missing Children

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    If there is any good news to come of a 25-year search for a missing child, it is the progress that’s been made since in finding abducted children.   In 1989, an 11-year-old boy named Jacob Wetterling was abducted in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Wetterling, his brother Trevor and a friend were stopped by a masked gunman. Jacob was abducted and the other two were freed.   Jacob’s parents, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, have not seen him since. They have dedicated themselves to not only finding their lost child, but also helping other parents see their children come home safely.
  • Tennessee Woman Jailed for Having Overgrown Lawn

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Going to jail for a little grass isn’t uncommon, but a Tennessee judge might have taken the phrase too literally when he sentenced a woman to jail time for not maintaining the yard of her home.   Karen Holloway of Lenoir City had been cited by the city for the heinous crime of not pruning her bushes or mowing her lawn. She said that she worked and watched her children while her husband attended school and worked, so there was little time for yard work. When the yard wasn’t cleaned up, she had to appear in court with no lawyer.   She asked the judge, Terry Vann, if she…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

    Bob Lord
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    I’m not quite finished yet, but Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, is an absolute must read, regardless of where you are on the political spectrum and regardless of where you place the environment on … Continue reading →
  • District 11 can do way better than Steve Smith – elect Jo Holt to the Arizona Senate

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Rep. Steve Smith (R-Maricopa), running for the Senate in Legislative District 11, is part of the anti-immigrant “Super Friends,” with Russell Pearce, Cap’n Al Melvin, John Kavanagh, and Joe Arpaio. There is no problem in Arizona for which the “Super … Continue reading →
  • Marriage equality is just the first step to full equality

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Now that Arizona’s statutory and constitutional provisions banning same-sex marriage have been struck down by the court as unconstitutional, there is much more work to be done. The next step for the Arizona legislature will be to clean up a … Continue reading →
  • Prop. 122 proponents exploit children to mislead voters on unconstitutional ballot measure

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    A curious choice of wording in the Arizona Republic today – Gay marriage in Arizona: Some campaigns trying to exploit fight: “Gay marriage became legal in Arizona at the height of the campaign season. That made it irresistible for Democrats … Continue reading →
  • Find hope at Hope Fest 2014 at Kino Stadium

    Carolyn Classen
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    For 21 years, HopeFest has devoted its energy to passionately serving the hungry, needy and under-represented members of our community. Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations and time. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

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

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

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

    Jacob Swenson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme is "Building a movement that can win." Kansas People's Action canvassing event. Photo by the author. On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work for them—instead of…
  • My Cousin Was Shot Dead by a Police Officer. Here’s What It Means for the New Economy Movement

    Anand Jahi
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isExpanding how we think about what’s possible Charles Goodridge with his daughter, Shaniqua. Photo courtesy of the author. My cousin, Charles Goodridge, was one of many unarmed black men killed by police this past summer. Black communities across the country have mobilized in response to this spate of high profile police killings. Much of the recent organizing and activism has rightfully focused on the destructive role of police in the black…
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    Divided Under God

  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

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

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

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

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

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

  • SF Giants vs. KC Royals: World Series 2014 tickets, times and locations

    Reset Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The San Francisco Giants are on their way to their third World Series in five years. The coupling between, the 89-win Kansas City Royals and the 88-win San Francisco Giants may seem like an odd combination, as this is the first time two teams with less than 90 wins have met in the Fall Classic. Never the less, fans can expect an exciting 2014 World Series. San Francisco Giants Game Times Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals Tuesday, October 21, 5:07 p.m. PST, 8:00 p.m. EST Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Game 2: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals Wednesday…
  • MONDAY MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP

    Reset Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Two Men Killed In Separate Incidents Less Than Two Hours Apart Two men were killed in separate incidents less than two hours apart in Oakland on Sunday, police said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 800 block of 46th Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way around 7:20 p.m., Oakland police Officer J. Moore said. Arriving officers found a man shot several times and he was pronounced dead at 7:34 p.m., Moore said. Around 9:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1400 block of Chestnut Street near Lowell Park. A caller who reported the incident said the man…
  • The High Cost of Affordable Housing

    Andrew Cullen
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    San Franciscan’s often agree that the city is in desperate need of more affordable housing. In order to fulfill this need, public and private decisions are frequently being made to turn some of the city’s “underutilized” land into homes. In September, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee proposed a solution that included the building or rehabilitation 30,000 new homes over the next six years – the fastest rate in the city’s history. City Leaders Call for Action The mayor’s plan was delivered to the public last month, at the Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard, the soon-to-be construction site…
  • FRIDAY MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP

    Reset Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Giants Advance To Third World Series In Five Years The San Francisco Giants advanced to the World Series Thursday following a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals capped off by a three-run game-winning home run in the ninth inning by left fielder Travis Ishikawa. The Giants won the National League Championship Series 4-games-to-1 and will face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, San Francisco’s third in five years. The Giants previously won the title in 2010 and 2012. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who started the series finale Thursday at AT&T Park, was named the NLCS most…
  • Tensions Between “Techies” and Local Kids Spark Gentrification Debate

    Reset Team
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    A recent YouTube video showing a confrontation between local San Franciscans and tech industry employees, has sparked controversy in the City. Many see it as an illustration of the evolving local neighborhood resistance against the tech industry culture and its employees. Tech tensions high on the field The video, just under five minutes long, shows what have since been identified as Airbnb and Dropbox employees arguing with a group of local Mission district kids about their right to play soccer at Mission Playground, located on Valencia between 19th and 20th Streets. The tech employees…
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Fat Loss - Apply Ice

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

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

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

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

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

  • Peerage and prejudice: why a MigrationWatch representative in the Lords is bad news

    Anoosh Chakelian
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    David Cameron gives a peerage to Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch, which has caused controversy with its use of data, and harsh proposals regarding immigration. Talk about overcrowded. Photo: Getty The Prime Minister, for fear of losing more voters to Ukip, is doing everything he can to sound tough on immigration. Moving to the right on this concern is a bad move politically, which I, and many others, have argued won’t work for the Tories in their struggle against Ukip’s rise. However, ploughing on, David Cameron has today given a peerage to Sir Andrew Green, the founder and chair of…
  • The Foodbank Dilemma

    James Harrison
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    There have always been people in Britain who are hungry, and those who have tried to feed them. Recently, the rise of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network has brought the issue of hunger and its causes to public attention. What do foodbanks tell us about Britain today? A food package. Artwork by Lottie Stoddart The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one. Trussell Trust Website When I think about foodbanks now, more than anything else, I think about Louise.* Louise…
  • NHS reorganisation has caused a crisis by taking GPs out of consulting rooms

    Onkar Sahota
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    GPs face low morale, extra responsibilities and the largest patient load ever – it’s time for government to let them get back to seeing patients. Ed Miliband visiting a GP surgery. Photo: Getty Improving access to GPs is now the clear priority for Londoners particularly as 90 per cent of all NHS patient contacts are in general practice. The Prime Minister recently floated the idea of seven day a week opening for GP practices only for the idea to be rightly torpedoed by the Royal College of GPs (RCGPs) simply asking, where the GPs are to provide this service? The RCGP and the British…
  • Collective panic over ebola is just one example of the politics of fear gripping our leaders

    Sophie Foster
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    Our experts are being drowned out by baying, panicked mobs, and in this increasingly voter-pleasing landscape, it’s the loudest who wins. Knee-jerk decisions are increasingly made over taking evidence-based advice. Photo: Getty A government's job should be to educate and enlighten the people it serves, quelling its electorate’s fears by calling on the best information they have – and hire – for that very task. However in recent weeks and months, with an ever increasing lurch towards populism and short-term electioneering, we’ve started to see our leaders pandering to – and…
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail

    New Statesman
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    He also receives a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence. Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her three times through a door in their Pretoria home on 14 February 2013. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in September, but cleared of murder. His defence had argued for him to receive a sentence involving community service and house arrest, while the prosecution called for a minimum of ten years in jail. Judge Thokozile Masipa said that sentencing must be a…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Poll: 66 Percent of the Uninsured Unfamiliar with Obamacare

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    A new Kaiser Health tracking poll finds that even after four-and-a-half years of being the law of the land, Obamacare remains a mystery to most of the nation's uninsured. The poll found that two-thirds (66%) of the uninsured say they know "nothing at all" or "only a little" about Obamacare.  Uninsured individuals are also unaware of Obamacare's open enrollment period, which is just weeks away.  "Nine in 10 (89%) of the uninsured are unaware of when the next open enrollment period begins, including 76 percent who say they don't know and 13 percent who suggest a time other than…
  • Chicago Health Department Using Twitter to Expand Restaurant Inspections

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Chicago Department of Public Health has developed a unique program using Twitter to track Chicagoans complaining about food poisoning from local restaurants in order to launch surprise health inspections on city restaurants. Starting last year, the Chicago Health Department contracted with a developer to create a Twitter app that tracked people saying they were suffering from food poisoning in Chicago. After being alerted, the agency would then tweet follow-up questions to the sufferers and ask them to fill out a Health Department complaint form. The program, named Foodbourne Chicago, is…
  • The GOP Must Stop Legal Birthright

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    This article was was written by Howard W. Foster and originally posted by The National Interest. The Chicago Department of Public Health, like its counterparts in all major cities, is quite open about the availability of taxpayer-funded care for pregnant women who are in the country illegally. Hospitals cannot ask about a patient’s immigration status, or even for a social security number. Pregnant women are eligible for Medicaid, the State of Illinois will not report their presence to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and best of all, their newborn children are…
  • Kay Hagan Family's Stimulus Windfall 'Worse Than We Thought'

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    As has been previously reported, in 2009, after Democrat U.S. Senator Kay Hagan vigorously supported President Obama's $800 million-and-change stimulus package, a company co-owned by her husband, JDC Manufacturing, received $390,000 in federal grants and green energy tax credits. The Carolina Journal reports Tuesday that new documents prove "it's worse than we thought." From a report filed early Saturday by WRAL-TV news, we have confirmation that a cluster of businesses owned by Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s husband and other family members collected even more subsidies from…
  • Obama Shares Positive Spin: 'So Far We've Got One Person Dying of Ebola'

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    During a fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama shared with donors some positive spin on the fight to control Ebola in the United States. Obama reminded the crowd that although Ebola has been “the only story” in the news, there has not been "an outbreak and epidemic here.” “So far we've got one person dying of Ebola,” he explained, although he acknowledged that “people are understandably concerned." “To give you some sense of perspective, around 20,000 to 30,000 people die of flu every year,” he explained. Obama reminded his donors that he took…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • #Fuoridalleuro: Out of the euro - Either monetary sovereignty or default

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

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    "Renzi has slotted into the current package, the disgusting cut-health-care clause! If he has the courage, let the President of the Council, appear on TV and tell the Italian people the truth. The same truth that he kept hidden yesterday in a press conference at Palazzo Chigi: namely that his “Stability Law” offloads 4 billion of cuts onto the regions and that this will mean cuts to health care provision, a direct attack on the bare flesh of the citizens. The draft that the premier presented yesterday with a great fanfare, is hiding a “trap” for the regions: the so-called…
  • "Only the people can save Europe" M. Armstrong on the M5S referendum #fuoridalleuro

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    “As Julius Caesar said: "the die is cast". He also said I came, I saw, I conquered (Veni Vidi Vici). The entire idea of the euro is a total disaster. This is now about a dictatorship in Brussels that has built a political infrastructure which will promote civil war in Europe – not peace and harmony.” According to his blog article dated 14 October, the American historian Martin Armstrong, believes that “Now the biggest single party in the Italian parliament has at last expressed the will of the people – not an easy task in Europe these days. They are now demanding a euro referendum…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

    Chris Edwards
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Chris Edwards One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but I noticed that the firm’s gross domestic product forecasts with models hundreds of equations long were no better than simple forecasts based on the interest rate yield curve I’m sure that macroeconomic models have grown more sophisticated today, but they still can’t predict very well. Former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Edward Lazear, has a terrific piece today describing the inaccuracy of government forecasting models: My…
  • Backyard Birds Spreading as Climate Changes

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” ———- In a recent Global Science Report, we posted some good news coming out of California’s Sierra Nevada, where climate change (from whatever cause), has been partially responsible for a greening of the organo state. Technically, the biomass in the…
  • Updates on President Obama’s Immigration Enforcement Record

    Alex Nowrasteh
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Alex Nowrasteh Last May I wrote a blog post about President Obama’s immigration enforcement record. In that post I made some assumptions about the percentage of all “interior removals” (that is, deportations of illegal immigrants who were living in the United States) for the years 2001—2007, because of a lack of data. A recent report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) fills in those data gaps, except for the first two years of the Bush administration. Here are the updated data: The total number of internal removals over the last six years of the Bush…
  • Now More Than Ever, Courts Should Police Administrative Agencies

    Ilya Shapiro
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Ilya Shapiro Under the Bush administration, the Labor Department interpreted a piece of the Fair Labor Standards Act as exempting mortgage-loan officers from eligibility for overtime pay. The Obama Labor Department didn’t see the law the same way, however, and issued a re-interpretation. This was a worrying development for the Mortgage Bankers Association, which represents banks that relied on the original interpretation and whose interests were greatly affected by the re-interpretation, but were given neither notice nor the chance to comment on the change. The MBA thus sued the Labor…
  • How to Stop Wasting Money on Science

    Patrick J. Michaels
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Patrick J. Michaels In Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, former Energy Secretary (and Stanford professor) Steven Chu and his colleague Thomas R. Cech penned an opinion piece entitled How to Stop Winning Nobel Prizes in Science, in which they argue for better long-term planning and consistency in the public funding of science. Cato adjunct scholar Dr. Terence Kealey agrees, suggesting the right amount would be consistently $0. In August, 2013, Kealey wrote precisely about this in that month’s edition of Cato Unbound. Since then, he has stepped down after a long and successful…
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    A View from the Right

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 6

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

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

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

    Kyle
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the most recent poll results in the aftermath of last week’s strippergate story, the Democrats claim of Brownback selling sex toys, our take on the latest developments in the US Senate race, and a new the 3rd District Congressional race, featuring a flashback to Kevin Yoder’s skinny dipping escapades. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 1st Suffolk University/USA TODAY Kansas poll results KC Star coverage of the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 3 – Strippergate

    Kyle
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss Strippergate – the big news this week in the Kansas Governor’s race. Also, another Gubernatorial debate, with the debut of the Libertarian candidate. Preview this episode now: Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: The Politico story that started all the fuss: Kansas gubernatorial candidate addresses 1990s strip club incident Video of the September 19th Gubernatorial debate in Overland Park The post SapphireWire Podcast –…
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    Fair Observer

  • China is Becoming a Middle-Class Country

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

    Kourosh Ziabari
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    An exclusive Fair Observer interview with former Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas. Lithuania is one of the smallest countries in Europe. A diverse nation in terms of its ethnic make-up, Lithuania has a population of around 2.9 million people. After two occupations by Soviet forces in June 1940 and July 1994, and a Nazi invasion in June 1941, […] The post Relations With Russia Are Complicated appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 1)

    Jacob Straus
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling to provide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or roughing […] The post Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 1) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Will the US Government Ever Leave the Middle East Alone?

    Larry Beck
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    With US boots on the ground, the military presence in the Middle East will make the situation worse. There now seem to be well over 2,000 US boots on the ground in Iraq, assuming that each of our soldiers still has two feet and all are wearing boots. So, let’s get beyond “boots on the ground.” […] The post Will the US Government Ever Leave the Middle East Alone? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

    Knowledge@Wharton
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Pundits believe a rising “quit rate” will herald a more robust job market; but leaving voluntarily is about more than economics. Among several closely watched bellwethers of the incipient economic recovery, one indicator in recent months has quickened the pulse of pundits. The “quit rate” has inched up, setting off a round of optimism. “Workers […] The post When It’s Time to Quit Your Job appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Puneti in valoare masculinitatea cu haine rafinate

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

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

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

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

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

    Lori Robertson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton mischaracterizes the Affordable Care Act’s impact on student loans, and a teachers union stretches Cotton’s voting record on the issue. Cotton says the ACA “nationalized the student loan industry” and implied students can’t get private loans from their local banks anymore. Not exactly. Plenty of banks offer private education loans, and the federal student loan program always has been a government program. Before the ACA, about half of federal student loans originated with private lenders while being guaranteed by the government. Now, the…
  • Jenkins Ads Mislead on Carbon Tax, Coal

    D'Angelo Gore
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Two highly misleading ads from Republican Evan Jenkins leave the false impression that Rep. Nick Rahall is responsible for higher electric rates and personally profited from his votes in Congress: Both ads imply that West Virginia’s electricity rates skyrocketed after Rahall voted for a budget resolution that called for a carbon tax. But the budget plan failed; no tax was ever implemented; and the 23.2 percent rate increase mentioned in one ad has nothing to do with a carbon tax. One ad says Rahall took “bribes” in exchange for votes, “pocketing millions of dollars in return” for…
  • FactChecking the Louisiana Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    As the campaigns head into the home stretch, the Louisiana Senate race has shaped up as one of the least positive in the country. Small wonder. Louisiana has become one of the key battlegrounds in the Republican Party’s efforts to regain control of the Senate. The seat has been held by Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu since 1997, but polls show she is vulnerable in this red state. Landrieu faces Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness in the Nov. 4 election, but if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will square off in a Dec. 6 runoff. Polls show Cassidy…
  • The Uninsured in Kentucky

    Lori Robertson
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes disagreed at their Oct. 13 debate on how many Kentuckians had gained health insurance through the state exchange. McConnell disputed that the state website has insured 521,000 people. Grimes, meanwhile, said those half a million people had insurance for the first time. More than half a million people have signed up for coverage through the Kynect website for both private insurance and Medicaid, but Grimes is wrong to say they were all previously uninsured. Through the end of the open-enrollment period, 75 percent of Kentuckians who had…
  • Corbett’s Desperation and Deceit

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    We’ve noticed that the most deceitful attack ads often come from candidates who are most desperate. For example, consider the claim by Pennsylvania’s unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett that his opponent “is promising to raise middle-class taxes,” when in fact Democratic nominee Tom Wolf promises to cut them. Wolf has proposed increasing the state’s income tax — but only for those making more than roughly $70,000 to $90,000 per year for individuals, or more than $140,000 to $180,000 for married couples. For the large majority of Pennsylvanians, whose…
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  • Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

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

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

    Guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
      By Al Cronkrite As our society bounces down ward, flowing this way now and that way a little later, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is happening until it has already overwhelmed us. Almost everyone now knows that football stars Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson are guilty of violence within their families; a […]
  • Who Are the Kurds?

    Alan Caruba
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As this is being written there is a battle going on between the Kurds in a Syrian town on the border with Turkey, Kobani, and the Islamic State (ISIS) militants that have seized a large area of northern Syria and Iraq. ISIS is also moving south toward Baghdad. The only area they have not been […]
  • Obamacare Forces Retailers to Drop Coverage

    Michael R. Shannon
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
      Four years into Obamacare, taxpayers are still discovering ways the ACA is expensive in both tax dollars and damage to the healthcare system. Isn’t it ironic you can sue a doctor for negligence when he damages your health, but you can’t sue politicians for negligence when they damage a healthcare system? Trial lawyers could […]
 
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  • Crowd Walks Out During Obama Speech In Maryland

    Jared Keever
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Crowd Walks Out During Obama Speech In Maryland People Leave During Obama's Speech In Maryland Obama's Speech In Maryland Met With Heckling, People Leaving Crowd Walks Out During Obama Speech In Maryland Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized As the Nov. 4 midterm elections draw near, President Barack Obama made a rare campaign appearance in Maryland Sunday. The response from the crowd, some say, is proof of the president’s growing, or continuing, unpopularity. What did the crowd do?They got up and walked out. Speaking at a rally for Maryland Lieutenant Governor…
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Says Listen to 'Common Sense' Not Medical Experts on Ebola (Video)

    Michael Allen
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz Says Listen to 'Common Sense' Not Medical Experts on Ebola (Video) Sen. Ted Cruz Says Listen to 'Common Sense' Not Medical Experts on Ebola (Video) Health Politics World Sen. Ted Cruz Ebola Has Been Optimized Sen. Ted Cruz recently discounted Ebola medical experts because they are being paid by the Obama administration and said the country should follow his "common sense" advice. During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" today, Sen. Cruz called for a travel ban from West Africa (video below). “The biggest mistake that continues to be made is that…
  • Islamophobia Prompts Student Union To Not Denounce Islamic State

    Kathryn Schroeder
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Student Union Refuses To Denounce ISIS Because It Would Be 'Islamophobic' Islamophobia Prompts Student Union To Not Denounce Islamic State Student Union Refuses To Denounce ISIS Because It Would Be 'Islamophobic' Headlines Politics Has Been Optimized Britain’s National Union of Students has rejected a motion to condemn Islamic State terrorists because it may be seen as ‘Islamophobia.’ The London Evening Standard reports the National Executive Council made the decision because accepting it would represent a “justification for war.” The motion stated in part to…
  • Republican Party Accused of Airing Racist Ad in Nebraska (Video)

    Michael Allen
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Republican Party Accused of Airing Racist Ad in Nebraska (Video) Republican Party Accused of Airing Racist Ad in Nebraska (Video) Politics GOP Nikko Jenkins Ad Has Been Optimized A new ad produced by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) tries to link Nebraska State Sen. Brad Ashford (D) to Nikko Jenkins, a black man who killed four people. Jenkins was imprisoned for robbery and assault, but was released from jail on July 30, 2013, and killed four people in Omaha, Neb., reported the Journal Star. Omaha.com notes that a recent report by Nebraska's Ombudsman's Office claimed…
  • GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Opposes Government Feeding Poor Americans

    Michael Allen
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Opposes Government Feeding Poor Americans GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Opposes Government Feeding Poor Americans Health Politics Joni Ernst Has Been Optimized U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) believes the government should not be feeding poor Americans. In remarks from 2013 to the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club posted by Iowa Public Radio, Ernst expressed her opposition to the government assisting hungry citizens. “We have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do.
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  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said/She Said: Saying Goodbye to China

    Erica and Matt Chua
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Three months, 11,000 miles of travel and visiting more than 20 cities, we are leaving China.  After all this, what do we think of China? HE SAID: China brings to mind one word: wow.  I knew very little of China prior to coming here.  All I knew was that we had three months, where we would go and what we would do was completely unknown.  Wow, how time flew, we did so many things, traveled to so many places.  Wow, the people I met.  Wow, this country is beautiful.  Wow, the trains.  Wow, the people.  Wow, the history.  Wow, China, wow. Some big, eye-opening wows I am not going to…
  • Beth Gamulka: Worrying About Mom

    Beth Gamulka
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Dinner conversation topics in my home can vary from the serious to the mundane. My kids (all pre-teens and teenagers) still communicate with me in more than a series of grunts. They acknowledge each other’s existence. It’s fantastic. Imagine my chagrin when we spent a whole meal discussing their fears for my well-being. My kids are pretty aware of the world around them. They listen to and read the news. They also have a clear understanding of what I do every day. So, when they hear about health care workers who have contracted Ebola in Texas, it is no giant leap for them to worry about…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My Monday Morning

    John Y. Brown III
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    My Monday morning My world My way My terms My bed… Master of my universe Then the alarm goes off And all that’s left is My alarm clock
  • Saul Kaplan: Something Is Wrong With the Way We Aspire to Success

    Saul Kaplan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is the third of a 10-article series of conversations published on the Time website, authored by myself and Nicha Ratana, with transformational leaders who will be storytellers at the BIF10 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI. “If you’re in business today, you’re running for office every day.” So says Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company magazine and a progressive Democrat who recently conceded his bid for governor of New Mexico. Webber promoted an education-focused, pro-jobs campaign platform that leveraged his background in social business. The only…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Weird Pleasantries

    John Y. Brown III
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I just spoke to the guy who is helping us install a new shower in our hone and, after giving him the credit card number and paying, I thanked him for all his time and assistance. He thanked me and said to keep him posted and let him know how the installation goes and if we are happy with everything. I thanked him again and said, “When we get everything finished we’d love to have you come over to see it and take a shower in it yourself.” I love being an over-friendly Southerner –and joking around with people.
 
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  • Gwen Graham Hit by GOP PAC in New TV Ad

    Kevin Derby
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican Super PAC, waded into North Florida on Tuesday, announcing plans to spend $600,000 against Democrat Gwen Graham who is running against U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.  read more
  • Tom Rooney Honored by American Farm Bureau

    Kevin Derby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The American Farm Bureau presented U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney with its “Friend of Agriculture” Award at a meeting this week in Wauchula.read more
  • Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Opposed by JAX Chamber

    Kevin Derby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce (JAX Chamber) announced on Tuesday it opposes Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in Florida. The “Passage of Amendment 2 will produce uncertainty for small businesses at a time when we are coming out of one of the biggest recessions in decades,” said Ed Burr, the chair of government affairs for the JAX Chamber. “Businesses, especially small businesses, need a climate that increases productivity and limits risks and Amendment 2 does the opposite.”read more
  • Marco Rubio Unveils Ebola Travel Ban Bill

    Kevin Derby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Monday he will introduce a bill imposing a temporary travel ban on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone nationals due to those nations being impacted by Ebola, shutting down any new visas. Rubio plans to bring up the bill in November when the Senate reconvenes. The measure would end the ban until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) clears those nations.read more
  • Florida TaxWatch Study Finds Intermodals Help State's Economy

    Kevin Derby
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Florida TaxWatch released a study on Tuesday looking at the important role intermodal centers play in developing the Sunshine State’s economy. "Florida is uniquely poised to move goods more efficiently than our neighboring states and other competitors," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "Expanding Florida's intermodal points will allow the state to more efficiently transfer goods and even people between seas, roads, rails, air, and space."read more
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  • Predatory Journalism

    Allison Nielsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Thomas Sowell Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls "predatory lending."Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking -- or lack of thinking -- the answer is to have the government set an interest rate ceiling at a level that will be acceptable to third parties like the New York Times.read more
  • Colorful and Influential GOP Leader Tom Slade Dies

    Chris Moran
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Dara Kam and Jim Saunders News Service of Florida Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM read more
  • A Letter to Parents: There Is Such a Thing as Too Many Tests

    Nancy Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Patricia Levesque Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM There has been much said recently about an overabundance of testing in schools, and I understand that it can be difficult to decide how this impacts your child's education.read more
  • One more plea for 'No' on Amendment 1

    Nancy Smith
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Nancy Smith Posted: October 21, 2014 3:55 AM When the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative first made it to the 2014 ballot, I would've bet my last dollar that by now it would be about as popular as earthquake insurance. But, boy, would I have lost that bet.read more
  • Some Convenience

    Allison Nielsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
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  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

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

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

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

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

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

    Rmuse
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Now, after over five years of economists' warnings, banks, Wall Street, and the preponderance of retailers have joined Democrats in calling for quick and complete implementation of President Obama's economic policies to save America. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Activists Smell Publicity Stunt As State Senator Arrested At Ferguson Protest Monday Night

    Justin Baragona
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    During a small protest in front of the Ferguson police station Monday night, Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested for violating an order from police to not block traffic. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kirk Cameron Wants to Steal Halloween and Turn it Into Jesus Day

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    "You can give them Gospel tracts and tell the story of how every ghost, goblin, witch and demon was trounced the day Jesus rose from the grave" [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • South Carolina Congressional Races. You’ll Recognize The Winners.

    Dennis S
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I recently assessed the governor's race and the statewide races, all squarely in the Republican column unless all that voter fraud we've heard so much about comes rising to the fore. I'd like to limit my next observations to the seven races for the Congressional House Seats. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joni Ernst Promises Americans a Very Painful Lesson If Elected

    Rmuse
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Ernst's treatise on government dependency revealed that not only is she a hard line devotee of tea party orthodoxy, she has a perverse vision of America's 20th Century as a monumental error; because like the Koch's she sees government for the people as an abomination that needs to be abolished once and for all. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Term that fits

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    “The bottom line is though, these are all folks who vote with me.” youtube.com President Obama says Democrats avoiding him in the 2014 midterm elections are only doing so because they need to win and are strong supporters of his agenda. "So some of the candidates there, ya know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout," the president said in comments aired on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton. The president said that politicians running from him are supporters of his agenda, though — something…
  • Democrats: It's Your Fault We're Losing

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Two weeks to go until Election Day and the Democratic finger-pointing is in full swing. “This is typical ass-covering.” Obama and boxes of pastries on the trail in Illinois. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — With two weeks until Election Day, Democrats are focused on two things: shoring up what polls show to be an increasingly dire electoral position and furiously blaming one another for what went wrong. The first battle is being fought on the ground, mostly in red states with incumbent Democratic senators. The second is raging in the press, where readers have been…
  • Grimes "Amnesty" Ad Attacking McConnell Still On Television

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The ad is still airing in two markets (Cincinnati, which includes parts of Kentucky, and Paducah). A controversial television ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergran Grimes attacking incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell on immigration is still airing in at least two media markets. Grimes cited McConnell's vote for a 1986 law which gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people people in the United States illegally as the basis for the attack. Latino activists have criticized Grimes for the ad with some calling it "totally morally reprehensible." While there sometimes can be a…
  • Labor Department Completes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Rule

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Labor Department was tasked by the president this summer with devising regulations barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual awards gala in Washington, Oct. 2, 2014. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Labor Department has finalized a rule barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers, sending it to the Office of Management and Budget on Monday for review, BuzzFeed News has learned. The rule implements Executive Order 13672, which…
  • GOP Senator Campaign's Sunflower Fields Are In Ukraine

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Pat Roberts represents the Sunflower State (Kansas). The image Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on every page of his website and on his press releases of a sunset on a sunflower field is of a field in Ukraine. An image on his Facebook page is likewise from Ukraine. Kansas is the Sunflower State. Here's the header used on every page of Roberts' website: Via patroberts.com Here's the image on the press releases sent out by the Roberts campaign: Pat Roberts Campaign Press Release Here's Robert's image pulled out from his website: View Entire List ›
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    visionandvalues.org

  • When the Communists Murdered a Priest

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

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

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

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

    Tracy Miller
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    As the governor’s race heats up in Pennsylvania, one of the central issues is whether to enact a severance tax on natural gas. Democrat candidate Tom Wolf has emphasized the fact that Pennsylvania is the only state in the country without a severance tax. Critics of the status quo argue that the state is giving away its resources by not imposing such a tax. Those who oppose a severance tax emphasize that gas companies that drill in Pennsylvania pay other taxes, such as the corporate net income tax, so that the combined tax burden on business is higher than in other gas-producing states. Some…
 
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    Politic365

  • Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use strict voter ID law in Nov. election

    Adriana Maestas
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    On Saturday, the Supreme Court gave Texas the approval to move forward with implementing a strict voter identification law in the upcoming midterm election. Adam Liptak for The New York Times wrote: “The law, enacted in 2011, requires voters seeking to cast their ballots at the polls to present photo identification like a Texas driver’s or gun license, a military ID or a passport. Those requirements, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5 percent of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant…
  • Noerdlinger Obsession Verifies NY Reporters Make Way Under $170,000

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    “It’s none of your f—ing business.” — New York City Mayor Ed Koch.  If you want to learn every detail of every parking ticket or unpaid debt of the Chief of Staff of the wife of the Mayor of New York and her boyfriend, boy do I have a story for you.  Rudy and Judy Nathan and Donna Hanover? That was nothing.  When was the last time anyone can remember the boyfriend of a Chief of Staff of the wife of someone getting them lots of press attention?  Or the Chief of Staff of the wife of the President of the United States for that matter.  When can anyone remember knowing who the…
  • Rising Wireless Taxes Could Jeopardize Mobile Use

    Kristal High
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Economist Scott Mackey, in conjunction with the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, recently released Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014. On average, each month when people pay their wireless bills, roughly 17% of their total cost goes to state and local taxes, the study finds. Washington (18.6%), Nebraska (18.48%), New York (17.74%), Florida (16.55%), and Illinois (15.81%) have the highest tax rates in the country, and rates have generally been on the rise since 2006.  In most cases, wireless taxes and fees account for more than twice the state tax…
  • Republicans Release Willie Horton Type Ad to Help Rep. Lee Terry Get Elected

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Breaking News: Republicans release race-baiting Willie Horton style ad less than three weeks before election day.  Bet you could have never guessed that would happen.  Even though the headline at The Hill reads “NRCC releases Willie Horton-style ad in Nebraska House race,” the ad in question is perhaps worse than the infamous 1988 ad.  Lee Atwater may have blinked at this spot if he was still with us.  Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), who will never be confused with Albert Einstein, is all but sure to remain silent, this Congress gig is all he’s got. One of the reasons why…
  • Black Florida Newspaper Won’t Endorse Crist, Dings Dems

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Florida Courier Dings Florida Dems — Fails to Endorse Crist.  Another day, another interesting moment for the Democratic Party and Black newspaper (non)endorsements.  Yesterday the Call & Post in Cleveland, Ohio endorsed Republican John Kasich for Governor. Today, the Florida Courier failed to support Charlie Crist, a former Republican turned Democrat, for Governor.  Unlike Kasich who is running against a joke candidate, Crist is running against Tea Party Republican Governor Rich Scott.  Not that the Florida Courier is endorsing Gov. Scott — they aren’t, but that…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

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

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

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    A nurse at Texas pres hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola. She was one of those that cared for the first Ebola victim in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan. She is reportedly in good condition and is expected to make a recovery. In the wake of the revelation, and the Ebola fears that are spreading, a health official made the accusation that budget cuts are largely to blame for, if not the spreading of the disease, then for the lack of a vaccine and other therapeutics in the US that could help fight it. We discuss the merits of the accusation in our latest episode. Follow In the News on…
  • Would a Republican Senate Be that Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    We are in the final stretch of the midterm elections and most of the key senate races are virtual ties. Chances are 50/50, if not slightly better, that Republicans will gain control of the Senate after Election Day. Republicans have vowed to jam spending bills with amendments that would stall President Obama’s policies forcing either cooperation from the president or government shutdown. But if Republicans win the Senate they would control of 2/3 of the Federal government. Would that responsibility actually work to encourage more bipartisanship than brinksmanship? Follow In the News on…
  • Trouble at the Secret Service

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Unites States Secret Service is one of the most venerable security agencies in the country if not the world. We take pride in the fact that our elected officials enjoy some of the tightest security known to man no matter who they are. Recent allegations including the White House fence jumper and a man who fired shots at the White House with a semiautomatic weapon have placed the widely respected agency under the microscope. Is major reform needed at the Secret Service and what do the recent lapses say about the larger Federal Government’s ability to carry out its stated objectives?
 
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    US Daily Review

  • ACLJ Urges California Company to Reject Planned Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Photo by FaceMePLS                       By USDR    The American Center for Law & Justice called on a California company to reject a planned boycott of Israeli academics and academic institutions at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Los Angeles in November. The ACLJ contends that enforcing the ASA’s anti-Israel boycott would cause Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, which is hosting the ASA convention, to discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, and religion in violation…
  • CRS Urges Increase of Refugee Visas for Central American Children

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Photo by jvoves                                 By USDR    Catholic Relief Services applauds the Administration’s plan to allow several thousand Central American young children to apply for refugee status in the United States from their home countries as a first step to address the needs of so many children fleeing violence. The 4,000 refugee visas that would be allocated to people living in Latin America and the Caribbean are necessary but not sufficient.   “Many of the children and…
  • Tapping Into The Sports and Marketing Business

    brionnamuyco
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Chris Kidd, Special for USDR   Radio Host, Kevin Price and Chris Kidd, Financial Coach and Contributor on the Price of Business on Business Talk 1101 AM KTEK ( on Bloomberg’s  home in Houston ), recently  interviewed  Dereck Moss , Resource Guide LIVE Editor at Sports Business Journal about the services  his company provides, and some of the new technology in sports. Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is a national weekly trade magazine, and the flagship publication for Street & Smith’s Sports Group.   Check out that interview here.   *…
  • Architecture Meets Ice Cream and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored     “Architecture Meets Ice Cream” was the topic on this segment of the Price of Business with Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Super Julie Braun, & Guest Natashya Case .       Host Kevin Price talks with Guest Roger Janik about being an Inc 5000 company on this segment of the Price of Business.
  • DEALING WITH KNOW-IT-ALLS

    pollywhite
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Q. I had to terminate an employee after only six months. He was great during the interview. He had all the right answers. Unfortunately, once he became part of the team, we found him almost impossible to work with. He had to be right all the time. He wouldn’t stop talking until he had worn you down and made you accept his point of view. How can I make sure I don’t make this mistake again? A. Don’t feel bad. It’s very difficult to get the full picture of a potential worker even in a series of interviews. However, we can give you some tips to help you avoid this problem behavioral type…
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    The American Patriot

  • The hypocrisy of the neoconservatives

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

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

    The American Patriot
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Here is a taste of it; and by golly, he knocked it out of the ballpark. For all the lean times and lack of luxury both these generations experienced, there was never any talk in my house of how the government was “failing” them, nor hand wringing over when some distant elected official was going to make things better. It was just a given out in the country during those days. Nobody was going to come to your rescue. You were going to make it on your own, and come hell or high water you found a way to do so. If foreign threats grew so great as to require intervention, you packed your bags,…
  • Unreal: 10-Year-Old Pennsylvania Boy Charged with Homicide of 90-Year-Old Woman

    The American Patriot
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    They ought to put this punk away for the rest of his life. The Video: The Story: DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — State police charged a 10-year-old boy with criminal homicide on Monday. Troopers told Newswatch 16 the child’s mother is the one who told police about what her son had done.  When authorities interviewed him, the boy described how it happened on Saturday. Police said Tristen Kurilla, 10, of Damascus Township was visiting his grandfather on Saturday at his home on Skylake Road in Tyler Hill. Investigators said Kurilla went into the room of Helen Novak, 90, and after some kind of…
  • Off vaping and nicotine

    The American Patriot
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    I wrote a while back that I was off the smokes and now vaping. I then wrote about how I was stepping down the nicotine levels. Well, I now have some good news to report. I can now officially report that I am now officially off the vaporizer. I stopped like a week ago. Now, was it hard to do it? Oh, you flipping aye right it was! I still miss the thing; I still crave the nicotine. However, it is more of a mental thing, than an actual physical craving. I would love nothing more than to go down to the tobacco shop and pick up a new wick and a nice bottle of mountain dew flavored e-liquid at…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday Series: Test Prep Sites Score Well

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

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

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

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

    Tom Lucido
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Over the course of the past couple of years, shopping behavior has shifted dramatically from desktop to mobile platforms, and automotive shopping is no exception. Consumers are now visiting sites such as TrueCar.com, Edmunds.com, etc. while on dealership lots to compare prices and attributes of the vehicle they just test-drove to the rival model down the street. To examine these shifts in usage and the impact they could have on media optimization, Millward Brown Digital (which operates the Compete panel of millions of consumers) investigated mobile vs. desktop shopping trends during a seven…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Promising Treatment For Spine Injury

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

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

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Ebola and ISIS are the stars of news sites and blogs.Ebola:Every other year, a new viral strain annoy people. Chronologically, SARS, Birds(Avian) Flu, Swine Flu, then another 'advanced' strain of SARS appeared in the middle east (seriously, some theorists referred it to camels) and finally Ebola rises.I agree with editor of Moon of Alabama when he said: “40-70% of the Ebola infected people are likely to die from it. (That is not as deadly as life, mind you, as life has a total fatality rate of 100%.)”ISIS:Say whatever you want about ISIS, but let me ask some questions:Why didn't we hear…
  • My First Mammography Report

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
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  • The U.S. Economy

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    About half of the sales at the largest companies in the U.S. are made outside the U.S.Graphic by Bloomberg business
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Amateur-hour! WH foolishly tries to scrub Obama’s embarrassing ‘unpaid bills’ joke

    Joe Saunders
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Obama White House press aides tried to delete an embarrassing “joke” about unpaid bills the president made during a speech in Chicago on Monday – but they were too late. The joke was already out – and the embarrassment’s been around for years. Photo Credit: The Commentator Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser (where else?) Monday evening, President Obama talked about seeing the old home he lived in before moving into the White House with his wife, two daughters, and the first mother-in-law. “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a…
  • Toys R Us peddles meth dealer doll with drugs: ‘Breaking Bad’ star to burn protesting ‘mom action figure’

    Joe Saunders
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    A Florida mom is in a public tangle with TV star Bryan Cranston over an children’s action figure toy of Cranston’s meth-dealing character from “Breaking Bad.” But she’s losing on the popular front. In a petition launched on the website change.org, Fort Myers resident Susan Schrivjer asked Toys R Us to remove the Walter White action figure from its shelves, arguing that the fictional chemistry teacher’s product was too dangerous in the real world to put around children, even in toy form. “Toys R Us is well known around the world for their vast selection of toys for children…
  • Fellow black comedian calls Bill Cosby a rapist: ‘Way to ruin pudding for America’

    Michele Kirk
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    During a stand-up routine in Philadelphia Thursday, black comedian Hannibal Buress came down hard on fellow comic Bill Cosby, and it wasn’t funny. Here’s what he said via Buzzfeed (strong language) : Thirteen? And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate. Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. Well, yeah, you’re a rapist, so, I’ll…
  • Jindal nails Obama’s four stages of crisis management

    BizPac Review
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal outlined four stages of what he calls Obama’s “School of Crisis Management” on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”   Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Jindal introduced the four steps on Twitter Saturday, after the New York Times reported that the president was “seething” over the Ebola response. Here are the four stages from the @BarackObama School of Crisis Management. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) October 18, 2014 Stage 1 of Obama Crisis Management: Don’t worry, I got this. — Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal)…
  • Creepy up-close video of a giant bug being removed from guy’s ear

    Michele Kirk
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    A creepy up-close visual of a giant bug being removed from inside a guy’s ear is gross and fascinating at the same time. (On a personal note, my son had a roach crawl in his ear while he was training in the Marines. He said it was more painful than anything else he’d endured.) Extremely strong language and a warning to anyone who is easily icked out: proceed with caution. Here is a close-up of a similar extraction without the strong language. H/T: TheBlaze
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    Daily Signal

  • Uncle of Benghazi Victim: Will We Ever Learn?

    Michael Ingmire
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Most news accounts of the attack on Benghazi say it cost the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. My nephew Sean Smith was one of those other Americans. It’s been a frustrating two years since Sean died serving his country on Sept. 11, 2012. There have been countless news reports, multiple congressional investigations and more than one set of recommendations that either should’ve been followed before the attacks or that should be addressed going forward. But when it comes to definitive answers on what happened, how and why my nephew died that night, and what…
  • Make Conservatism Cooler, College Students Advise GOP Candidates

    Josh Siegel
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    RALEIGH, N.C.—Consider a few truths about the politics of students at North Carolina State University, a school known for its engineering and agriculture programs and said to be more conservative than the higher-profile University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Political ads turn the students off. They don’t pay attention to the ads, and are unlikely to be swayed by their impersonal nature. The students want to be both targeted and engaged. They want to feel wanted. And Republican-leaning students at NC State expect GOP leaders to master a tricky balancing act. Republicans won’t earn…
  • Hawaii Ranks Worst for Sales Tax Burden

    Malia Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    HONOLULU—Hawaii ranks worst in three major categories in the seventh annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, which tracks states’ economic policies based on 15 policy areas. Hawaii has no sales tax; residents pay a general excise tax for goods and services, including food, medical services and medical prescriptions. The state has the highest “sales” tax in the nation—about $42.62 per $1,000 of personal income is taken by the state—and, when the excise tax is equated to sales tax, Hawaii has the single most burdensome tax on goods. Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax…
  • Taxpayers Spend $40 Million Each Year on a Housing Project That’s Plagued by Mold, Missing Locks, Exposed Wiring

    Chris Butler
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    A taxpayer-funded housing project in Memphis has a host of dangerous safety violations, including problems with mold, exposed electrical wiring and missing locks, among countless other things. The long-troubled housing project is the subject of a new audit from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general. The Memphis Housing Authority receives $40 million in annual government funding, according to the audit. Auditors inspected 90 program units and found major violations with 77 of them. “The excessive violations occurred because the authority’s quality control inspection…
  • Poll Watchers Will Be Observing From Farther Away in One Democratic Stronghold

    M.D. Kittle
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    MADISON, Wis.—The same election commission that banned a 78-year-old poll monitor from observing next month’s election is pushing a policy that would keep election observers farther away from voters. Wisconsin Act 177, which into effect in April, allows the chief election inspector or municipal clerk to restrict the viewing area of poll observers to an area “not less than three feet nor more than 8 feet from the table at which electors announce their names and addresses to be issued a voting number a polling place.” Before the revised law, there was no specific designation of distance…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Uddhav Thackeray’s ego issues with BJP and Shiv Sena’s dark Diwali

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    BJP president Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai on Thursday. File photo PTI Uddhav Thackeray is getting jitters. The silence from BJP is hurting them. According to sources, having told the media that he was waiting for a telephone call from BJP, he came back and kept waiting. The haunting silence was so difficult to bear for him that he himself rang up Amit Shah to congratulate for the victory and talked about need to move on and not delve on the past. It is also reported that he had a word with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the same call who…
  • Manohar Lal Khattar to be new Haryana Chief Minister

    Niticentral Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    Manohar Lal Khattar won Karnal Assembly seat by 63,736 votes. The BJP Legislative Party in Haryana on Tuesday unanimously elected Manohar Lal Khattar as its leader. 60-year-old Khattar Khattar, who won Karnal Assembly seat by 63,736 votes, will be the first BJP Chief Minister in Haryana. Khattar’s election as the BJP Legislative Party leader was made at a meeting attended by 47 newly elected MLAs and senior Haryana BJP leaders at Chandigarh UT Guest House. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and BJP vice-president Dinesh Sharma also attended the meeting as Central Observers. In…
  • Delhi Assembly election: BJP bound to win in Delhi – Tavleen Singh

    Shivkant Gautam
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    After BJP’s outstanding victory in Maharashtra and Haryana, now the BJP is gearing for similar performance in Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party since long has been demanding re-election. In media, however, it has been reportedly negotiating a formula with Congress to form another Government in the national capital. Now the time has come for fresh election in Delhi so that people can get a stable and pro-development Government. We have senior columnist Tavleen Singh exclusively on Niti Central to discuss the entire issue. The post Delhi Assembly election: BJP bound to win in Delhi – Tavleen…
  • Hudhud-torn Visakhapatnam – Challenges ahead

    S Sudhir Kumar
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    The Andhra Pradesh government has done a commendable job in reducing loss of life. Cyclone Hudhud is probably one of the worst to hit the country. Indian Navy instruments had recorded the speed of the wind when it hit the coast at a whopping 250 kmph. I had the chance to visit Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram over the weekend. Though I have been reading about the unprecedented devastation in the newspapers and seeing it in the news, the magnitude was evident only when I saw it with my own eyes. The first and foremost thing people like the most about Visakhapatnam is the green cover all over.
  • India supports Modinomics – Haryana, Maharashtra are proof

    Surajit Dasgupta
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The chief executive of the country still has to correct his team members off and on, be it in the matter of appointing bureaucrats or in setting a date of virtual retirement (reportedly, no MP above the age of 75 can become a Minister, and this is Modi’s decision). It is generally believed that good economics is bad politics. It’s time economists learnt a lesson or two from the BJP’s star campaigner Narendra Modi in ways to sell their subject. Since he was made his party’s head of election campaign committee, he has been speaking of nothing but development aka sound economics. In…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

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

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

    JG
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. The idiom “out of sight out of mind” is just as relevant […]The post Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

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

    JG
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  Given the high level […]The post Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Should Indiana take over the toll road Idaho to force ministers to perform gay weddings Innocent Michael Brown narrative collapsing   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
      Facebook vs Casey Hendrickson’s company round 2 Miss Hitler pageant Woman accuses airline crew of locking woman in bathroom over ebola scare Ebola caused ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Oct. 20 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
      Offensive Halloween display Bikers going to fight ISIS Tim attempts to solve another Common Core problem   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, Oct. 20

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Idaho Halloween Display Includes Decapitated Obama Head « CBS Seattle “I’ve got the Grim Reaper on the ATV, and Obama’s head is on the spear ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Common Core Question Asks: “There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?”

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Common Core Question Asks: “There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?” | PUNDIT PRESS. In an intentional ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website…
  • Liberal Fix Encore : Liz Accles of Community Food Advocates

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

    Liberal Fix
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Join us as we talk to Raul Salazar about Quixote Village. Quixote Village is a self-governing community of about 30 homeless adults, supported by Panza, a non-profit corporation built from local faith communities and friends. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix w/ North Dakota State Reps Gail Mooney and Kylie Oversen

    Liberal Fix
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Listen in as host Naomi Minogue is joined by Gail Mooney, North Dakota State Representative for District #20 and Kylie Oversen, North Dakota State Representative for District #42 for a discussion about North Dakota state legislation and women's health issues. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Controlling the American Mind: The Viral Liturgical Psychodrama

    21wire
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Jay Dyer21st Century Wire In order to successfully navigate the raging sea of media shit storm, one must be ever-mindful of the overall designs of mass media without getting lost in endless details and rabbit trails that will be forgotten in a month. Remember Bowe Bergdahl? Remember how media was furiously researching his back story to make details match-up, all of which ended up being a futile effort. Remember the Malaysian planes?  I continually bring these recent reality television news events to mind because they are so illustrative of the present Ebola frenzy, playing in all theaters…
  • Nuland’s Folly: Ukraine Says ‘Yes’ to Russian Winter Discount Gas Offer

    21wire
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Here is – the net result of all the US and EU backed protests and killings in the Ukraine since last November and crippling US-led sanctions since April 2014.Today it was announced that the Ukraine has confirmed an agreement on a Russian winter gas price, as the two countries are set to resume trade – exactly where they were last winter in 2013…(Image Source: Business Insider)As 21WIRE reported last February, in a feature by F. William Engdahl:“An legitimately-elected (said by all international monitors) Ukrainian President, Viktor…
  • Episode #55 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Ebola: Twelve Monkeys in America?’ with guests Sharon Schloss, Jay Dyer and Dean Ryan

    21wire
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Episode #55 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday October 19, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as this week’s host Patrick Henningsen covers the top stories of the week from around the globe. In the first hour – a critical discussion on America’s premier pandemic frenzy, Ebola, and other top stories.
  • WEAPONIZED: The Case For Ebola Coming From a Bioweapons Lab

    21wire
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire Did Ebola really jump from African Fruit Bats to humans in 1976, or has this deadly pathogen emerged from a high-level bioweapons lab?The Ebola Airline Frenzy hit fever pitch this week in the US.  A select few lunatics in the corporate media government are saying some crazy things, too. For the first time ever, establishment conspiracy theorists are out-doing the blogasphere…Leading the charge is Capt. Al Shimkus, a retired Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, who believes ISIS terrorists will use “human…
  • Asia’s Lesson to US: Economic Freedom Equals Prosperity

    21wire
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Few Americans really consider just how controlled and government-managed the US economy truly is, because the truth of the situation is too horrific…Contrary to popular belief, the US does not run a free market or ‘capitalist’ economy – not even close. The government has it’s hands on the wheel at every turn: Federal income taxes, property taxes, payroll taxes, death taxes, corporate subsidies, bailouts, and other government/state sanctioned larceny, non-capitalist activities like quantitative easing (over-printing of paper) and…
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    MutantRambler

  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
  • I Am Thankful

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

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

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

    guanyinmiao
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    PM Lee’s position is anchored by two arguments: first, that the film runs contrary to established historical records which are “not seriously disputed”. Notwithstanding academic research which might have produced contrarian arguments, how can we evaluate the veracity of the accounts without access to such content in the first place? Surely with our desire to foster critical thinking – to view purported misinformation or disinformation with scepticism, for instance – we would be compelled to read contesting accounts? Or should we assume that the existing narrative is necessarily…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

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

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

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    A nurse at Texas pres hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola. She was one of those that cared for the first Ebola victim in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan. She is reportedly in good condition and is expected to make a recovery. In the wake of the revelation, and the Ebola fears that are spreading, a health official made the accusation that budget cuts are largely to blame for, if not the spreading of the disease, then for the lack of a vaccine and other therapeutics in the US that could help fight it. We discuss the merits of the accusation in our latest episode. Follow In the News on…
  • Would a Republican Senate Be that Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    We are in the final stretch of the midterm elections and most of the key senate races are virtual ties. Chances are 50/50, if not slightly better, that Republicans will gain control of the Senate after Election Day. Republicans have vowed to jam spending bills with amendments that would stall President Obama’s policies forcing either cooperation from the president or government shutdown. But if Republicans win the Senate they would control of 2/3 of the Federal government. Would that responsibility actually work to encourage more bipartisanship than brinksmanship? Follow In the News on…
  • Trouble at the Secret Service

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Unites States Secret Service is one of the most venerable security agencies in the country if not the world. We take pride in the fact that our elected officials enjoy some of the tightest security known to man no matter who they are. Recent allegations including the White House fence jumper and a man who fired shots at the White House with a semiautomatic weapon have placed the widely respected agency under the microscope. Is major reform needed at the Secret Service and what do the recent lapses say about the larger Federal Government’s ability to carry out its stated objectives?
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

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

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

  • Breaking Two Canadian Soldiers Run Down in Apparent Domestic Terror Attack (Update: Radicalized Muslim Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau Killed By Police in Attack) (Update II: One of The Canadian Soldiers Injured in Terrorist Attack Dies of His Injuries)

    Liberty Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Written by The Jawa Report al-Qaeda and ISIS has been asking for acts like this in various online magazines and videos. Toronto Star MONTREAL—The suspect in a hit-and-run that injured two Canadian soldiers in Quebec — an incident identified as a possible terror attack — is fighting for his life in hospital after being shot […]The post Breaking Two Canadian Soldiers Run Down in Apparent Domestic Terror Attack (Update: Radicalized Muslim Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau Killed By Police in Attack) (Update II: One of The Canadian Soldiers Injured in Terrorist Attack Dies of His Injuries)…
  • Wendy Davis’ Campaign Hits Rock Bottom–>Issues Press Release Claiming Greg Abbott is Anti-Dildo

    Liberty Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Written by “The Lid” When Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas Wendy Davis suggested her opponent Greg Abbot was against interracial marriages I was sure she had hit bottom.. Here’s what’s at stake in this election. Vote today. #MyTexasVotes pic.twitter.com/PQ1bT0sijC— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) October 20, 2014 I was wrong! A few hours later her campaign […]The post Wendy Davis’ Campaign Hits Rock Bottom–>Issues Press Release Claiming Greg Abbott is Anti-Dildo appeared first on Citizens News.
  • AUSTRALIA: Alleged vandalism against Perth mosques and Islamic school

    Liberty Bell
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM Slogans including “Ban Islam” and “Fuck Islam” were spray painted on the walls of a mosque as well as an Islamic school, while beer bottles allegedly were thrown at another mosque. (Hmmm, maybe it’s a reaction to the recent massive police … Continue reading →The post AUSTRALIA: Alleged vandalism against Perth mosques and Islamic school appeared first on Citizens News.
  • THIS JUST IN ON OBOLA’S EBOLA CZAR

    Liberty Bell
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE Not only is this dickhead Klain nothing but an asskissing politician but guess what? He was JANET “WACO” RENO’s Chief of Staff before he was Prezzy Obola’s money man, laundering cash to cronies through bankrupt businesses like Solyndra. EXCERPT:  “In a city where name recognition is synonymous with success, Ron […]The post THIS JUST IN ON OBOLA’S EBOLA CZAR appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Pro-Israel Protesters Disrupt Anti-Semitic Met Opera

    Liberty Bell
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Written by Washington Free Beacon Pro-Israel protesters disrupted the opening performance of the New York City Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” a controversial opera that critics say condones anti-Semitism and terrorism against Jews. The Met’s production of the opera, which begun its run on Monday evening, has been engulfed in controversy for months, with […]The post Pro-Israel Protesters Disrupt Anti-Semitic Met Opera appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Creepy Costumes: Cambodia John Kerry

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    We’ve made it clear several times here on PD that we are not fans of monarchy—any monarchy. So, since it’s October and our Mondays haven taken an even creepier twist, let’s talk about Mary Tudor. A.k.a. Bloody Mary.
  • Genius Idea: Trusting the CDC

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Of all of the clever government organizations that exist, the Center for Disease Control is one of the top Mensa heavy weights.
  • Urine Beauty Therapy

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    PD has told you about the wonders of adding gold to your beauty treatments, but we have yet to tell you about adding a shower to that gold aspect--- though it being October and the time for all things creepy and gross, why not? Urotherapy, the act of using urine as a healing agent is one icky recipe for beauty, but supposedly it’s one that works so well, you won’t want to keep it only for Halloween.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Principles for a New World Order

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    International conference Risks and Opportunities in the Civil Society – Public Institutions Relationship A Re-Assessment of the EU and Global Policy ProcessLUISS University – School of Government, May 7-9, 2015, Rome, ItalyThe aim of the conference is discuss the different and many faces of the relationship between civil society actors and public institutions, both governmental and intergovernmental ones. The conference goals is to gather both scholars and practitioners in a single dialogue inclusive but larger than the mainstream western narrative. It is in fact a firm assumption of the…
  • Presidential Elections in Brazil: What Kind of Domestic and International Scenarios are Opening on the Eve of the Next 26th October’s Second Round?

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Simona Bottoni, Associate Researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG), Rome (Italy)Results confirm that the last year’s presidential elections on October 5th were the most controversial in the current democratic Brazil: the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff, with her 41,5% of votes, has failed to avoid a second ballot, while the moderate Aécio Neves (PSDB) gained the 33,6%, far behind in the pre-election polls even compared to the other candidate Marina Silva (PSB), which succeeded the arena in full campaign due to the untimely death of Edward…
  • Happy Birthday to Professor Hans Köchler!

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Dear Professor Köchler,On the occasion of your birthday please accept our sincerest congratulations and the very best wishes!We highly appreciate our cooperation within the framework of the World Public Forum initiatives and your personal contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations discourse in your academic activities and as the President of the International Progress Organization.Your tireless efforts to uphold principles of justice and state sovereignty in international relations, incessant struggle against war and for peaceful and multipolar world order forged in the spirit of true…
  • Birthday Greetings

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To Co-Chairman of WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations“ and Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame Fred DallmayrDear Professor Dallmayr! Please accept our most sincere congratulations with your Birthday! Every year we feel more and more the intellectual support and bright enthusiasm from your side, which propel the WPF DoC community and make all of us achieve new level of Good Life experience. We thank you for your constant and active involvement into the everyday life of the dialogue of civilizations family and for your…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • Second Police Officer Shot in Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

  • Germany’s Merkel Agrees with ‘Angry’ Slovak Leader that Ukraine Bums EU to Pay for Russian Gas

    Eric Zuesse
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    But Merkel says EU taxpayers will have to subsidize Ukraine. Eric Zuesse On October 21st, the German Economic News  headlined (as translated), “Merkel: EU Taxpayers Should Finance Debt of Ukraine,” and reported that, “Angela Merkel visited [Slovakia's Prime Minister] Robert Fico on Monday [in the Slovak capital of Bratislava]. Both leaders demand that Kiev should take ...
  • DC police spent $260k on ‘Stingray’ surveillance system, left it unused for 6 years

    User Submitted
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Requests for documents have revealed not only that law enforcement in Washington, DC long ago acquired a controversial cellphone surveillance system known as a “Stingray,” but also let it sit around unused for around six years. Investigative journalists have been increasingly successful in recent months with regards to acquiring documentation and evidence concerning the use ...
  • Your email isn’t as private as you think

    User Submitted
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Employers must respect the privacy of employees’ communications, but there are exceptions. You may think that private emails from private accounts, and private messages from private social media accounts, are just that – private. You may also think that your employer cannot discipline you for their contents. You may be wrong. The European Convention on Human ...
  • New trolling laws ‘threaten freedom of speech’

    User Submitted
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Laws to deal with internet “trolling” already exist in the UK and newly-proposed legislation makes many worried about democracy and freedom of expression Gavin Macfadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, told RT. RT: How will the law define ‘trolling’ exactly – there’s no common definition even among the Internet community? Gavin Macfadyen: Indeed, ...
  • How The Federal Reserve Is Purposely Attacking Savers

    User Submitted
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    There’s something we ‘regular’ citizens wrestle with that the elites never seem to: a sense of moral duty. For example, following the collapse of the housing bubble, many people struggled with mortgages they could no longer afford to pay, fearing the shame of default. Many believed defaulting was wrong somehow; that it was their moral ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Afghanistan’s Political Transition

    Eurasia Review
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, inherits a government that is running out of money and losing ground to the insurgency. As foreign troops withdraw, the new government must stay united and move quickly on reforms. In its latest report, Afghanistan’s Political Transition, the International Crisis Group examines the politics surrounding the deeply contested 2014 presidential […] The post Afghanistan’s Political Transition appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Kosovo: 8-Year-Old Boy Returns Home From Jihadist Camp

    SETimes
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Linda Karadaku Erion Zena, the 8-year-old boy who was taken to a jihad camp in Syria by his father, was returned to Kosovo and to his mother on Wednesday (October 15th). Working with regional agencies on the ground in Iraq and Syria, the Kosovo intelligence service managed to get the boy back. Kosovo Prime […] The post Kosovo: 8-Year-Old Boy Returns Home From Jihadist Camp appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Morocco: Terror Threats Hit Tourism

    Magharebia
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    By Hassan Benmehdi This is a tough time for tourism, which is regarded as one of the most important sectors of the Moroccan economy. More and more holidays are being cancelled because of headline-grabbing threats from the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Bookings are becoming increasingly rare. The situation was […] The post Morocco: Terror Threats Hit Tourism appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • INTERPOL Facial Recognition Experts Meeting Develops Global Guidelines

    Eurasia Review
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The first meeting of the INTERPOL Facial Expert Working Group brought together global experts in biometrics to begin the process of developing international facial recognition standards. The two-day meeting (14 and 15 October) gathered 24 technical and biometrics experts and examiners from 16 countries who produced a ‘best practice guide’ for the quality, format and […] The post INTERPOL Facial Recognition Experts Meeting Develops Global Guidelines appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • 2014 Deadliest Year At Sea Off Yemen

    UNHCR
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined. One of the recent tragic incidents […] The post 2014 Deadliest Year At Sea Off Yemen appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • New poll shows Bowser with 12-point lead over Catania

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser holds a comfortable lead over her opponents less than two weeks from the election, according to a new poll. (Washington Blade file photo by Vladyslav Rekhovskyy) A new poll commissioned by the business advocacy group Economic Growth DC shows D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) leading her main rival, Council member David Catania (I-At-Large), by a margin of 45 percent to 33 percent, with independent Carol Schwartz at 12 percent. In a dramatic change from a similar poll commissioned by Economic Growth DC released on Oct. 1, the number of…
  • Roberta Kaplan representing plaintiffs in Miss. marriage lawsuit

    Michael K. Lavers
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Roberta Kaplan successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).The lawyer who successfully argued against the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court is now representing two lesbian couples in a federal lawsuit against Mississippi’s gay nuptials ban filed on Monday. Roberta Kaplan is the lead counsel in the case brought by Rebecca Bickett and Andrea Sanders of Harrison County and Jocelynn Pritchett and Carla Webb of Jackson who are seeking marriage rights in the Magnolia State. The Campaign for…
  • Screenings for ‘Gen Silent’ on tap

    Steve Charing
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dr. Imani Woody (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) The LGBT Older Adults Task Force of Howard County and PFLAG Howard County will host SAGE Metro DC in a free showing of documentary film, “Gen Silent.”  The film highlights how LGBT older people fear discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors forcing many to simply go back into the closet. A discussion led by Dr. Imani Woody, chair of SAGE Metro DC follows the film. The first screening tales place on Nov. 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. The second occurs…
  • Images from the Deep South

    Michael Key
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    The True Gospel Church of God in Christ near Jackson, Miss. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Blade reporter Michael K. Lavers and I earlier this year pitched the idea of going to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi to see what LGBT life is like in the South. Living in D.C., we wanted to see for ourselves just how different the experience was for our brothers and sisters who make their homes in places not known for LGBT inclusiveness. Our editor sent us out to gather stories and pictures. We had absolutely no idea what was in store for us. The Dandelion Project Dandelion Project founder…
  • Obama: Constitution guarantees marriage equality in 50 states

    Chris Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    President Obama said he thinks the U.S. Constitution guarantees marriage equality in all 50 states. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)President Obama made headlines in 2012 when he announced he completed his 18-month evolution and now supports same-sex marriage, but in an article published Monday he took that evolution a step further. In an interview with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, Obama said he now believes the U.S. Constitution affords same-sex couples the right to marry in every state throughout the country. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • These Are The World’s Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?)

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world.  They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing. The original document is more than 150 pages long, but this graphic sums it up nicely (the report is actually about the happiest countries of 2013, but it just came out this year). And as you may have guessed, the U.S. is not one of the world’s happiest countries.
  • This Woman Was Gunned Down for Not Giving Out Her Number

    Lady Freethinker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every woman — no matter what their size, color or facial features — knows what it’s like to be approached by a stranger demanding attention. And at that moment, the instinctual thought usually is, “how do I get out of this?” But no matter how awkward, demeaning or even scary that moment may be, I’ve never expected to be shot for rejecting a pick-up attempt. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to 27-year-old Mary “Unique” Spears of Detroit. She had just left a funeral when a 38-year-old man started harassing her. “Can I get your name,…
  • New Ad: GOP to Blame for the Ebola Outbreak

    Lady Freethinker
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This ad makes a point begging to be heard: As conservatives fearmonger their way across TV news channels (“stop all flights from West Africa!”), the reality is that the party’s own budget cuts have crippled the nation’s ability to fight back against ebola and other deadly diseases. In fact, NIH head Dr. Francis Collins said we would probably already have an ebola vaccine if not for reduced funding. Is the ad dramatic? Yes. But so are the slashes our essential services have suffered, even as our war chest sees no limits. Made by progressive powerhouse Agenda…
  • Are Atheists More Compassionate than the Religious?

    Lady Freethinker
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every once in a while, an uber-religious conservative stumbles onto my Twitter feed and tries to stick it to me with some fire-and-brimstone BS. The latest such troll professed that only two sides exist: “god’s eternity,” or “ego-centered self.” This mirrors one of the most common myths about non-believers: Without a god to tell us how to behave, we have no moral compass. To me and other non-believers, this is plainly ludicrous. I try my best to help people and other animals, protect the planet and prevent harm (I even set up a cruelty-free contraption so I…
  • Jon Stewart Schools Fox News: Worry About Climate Change, not Ebola

    Lady Freethinker
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nothing breaks it down quite like The Daily Show, and this clip is at the pinnacle of Stewart-served brilliance. While the plastic heads at Faux News yammer on about “Ebola, on the backs of Isis” taking us all down, Jon reminds them of what is actually killing/could likely kill millions of Americans: unhealthy food, guns and climate change. Yes, the very thing conservatives want to do absolutely nothing about. Tell ‘em Jon. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Pollsters Say They Follow Ethical Standards, But They Aren’t So Sure About Their Peers

    Carl Bialik
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    For our second poll of leading U.S. political pollsters, we asked about ethics. The pollsters who answered, even those who asked for anonymity, said they follow basic ethical principles such as not copying others’ work or letting campaigns dictate results. But many held doubts about their peers’ ethics, and about the media’s ability to parse honest, good polls from dishonest, lousy ones.As with our first poll, we contacted the most active political pollsters in our database.1 This time, 24 responded, on questions about ethics and about FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings…
  • The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Democrats — Or Republicans

    Nate Silver
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    This year’s Senate election is close. Republicans have the clearer path to a majority, but it’s a treacherous one. Republicans are favored in Iowa and Colorado, for example, but not by much. If Democrats eked out victories in those states and picked up the seat in Kansas (by persuading independent Greg Orman to caucus with them), they could control 50 Senate seats and keep their majority. Democrats could also still pick up seats from the GOP in Georgia and Kentucky. And Republican gains in Arkansas and Louisiana are probable but far from certain.So, we’ve not quite reached the point…
  • Senate Control Could Come Down To Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel

    David Wasserman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few weeks ago, the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, took to his “Nerd Screen” to outline an unconventional way to think about the midterm political landscape. His theory: 2014’s hottest races are boiling down to big Democratic urban areas and inner suburbs with lots of Starbucks coffee shops versus heavily Republican exurban hinterlands and rural areas with lots of Chick-fil-A restaurants.6But after immersing myself in numbers, maps and, admittedly, a spicy chicken sandwich, I discovered a slight problem: Neither chain’s political geography fits…
  • Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections

    Carl Bialik
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we write about polls regularly, especially ahead of big elections like next month’s. We rate pollsters for their accuracy and whether they lean Republican or Democratic. And we use their work to inform our election model and Senate forecast.Now we’re polling pollsters, too.We wanted to see what the most prolific political pollsters had to say about their work, the election, their industry and where it’s headed. We reached out to 60 of the most active political pollsters in the country, and 26 took our survey.7In their responses, most pollsters predict…
  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves. Since 1902, the city has required police officers to live within the city limits, but an arbitration panel recently ruled in favor of allowing officers to live within 25 air miles of downtown. City officials want the requirement to remain in place, as do the people of Pittsburgh, who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last year to keep it.Residency requirements are hugely unpopular among police officers in Pittsburgh and in other cities with similar rules. Many cities and states have contested the constitutionality of…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • Germany’s AfD has a racism problem

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The rise of Germany’s new far right party AfD has been nothing but meteoric. Founded only months before the 2013 General Election, the party came tantalisingly close to the electoral threshold, delivering the strongest performance of any new party since the 1950s. Eight months later, they made it easily into the European parliament (outperforming the Liberals (FDP)), and this summer, they won representation in three East German state parliaments, further startling the establishment. The biggest problem for any far-right party in Germany is respectability: Any (open) display of extremist…
  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Thomas Sowell: Predatory Journalism

    chris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
     The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Islamic State: Iran president pledges to back Iraq amid attacks

    chris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
     Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country’s fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group. Rouhani told... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pity Party Nation: Who Cares If You’re Offended?

    chris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    John Hawkins,   Since when did, “I’m offended,” become an argument that trumps all facts, logic and common sense? When did regularly claiming to be aggrieved on behalf of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    chris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
     The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GAO report finds thousands of government workers on paid leave, costing taxpayers millions

    chris
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
     WASHINGTON –  Thousands of federal workers who have been put on administrative leave for more than a month have been allowed to collect a paycheck, and accrue vacation days and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

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

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

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-20, Monday

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, October 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the militarization of the domestic U.S. response to Ebola and the White House sabotage of an Infowars petition calling for a general strike if Obama and the federal government continue to allow flights to enter the United States from West Africa. Alex talks with investigative journalist, author and columnist Wayne Madsen about Ebola and recent revelations about the NSA and the surveillance grid.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-19, Sunday

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Incompetence and apathy combine in the Obama administration's Ebola response, and Alex breaks it all down on this Sunday, October 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Infowars is calling for a general strike across the U.S. in response to the Obama administration’s tepid response to Ebola. For one thing, Obama golfed for nearly five hours on Saturday before having a meeting to discuss the Ebola pandemic in America, which wasn't even attended by his new "Ebola Czar," Ron Klain, who's a Democratic operative with no medical experience. Klain was simply appointed to funnel million dollar dea