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  • Why More Women Are Turning to Heroin

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    Adrienne LaFrance
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Diego Cervo / Shutterstock Throughout the history of modern medicine, substance abuse researchers have focused their investigations almost exclusively on men. It wasn't until the 1990s that scientists, prompted by federal funding aimed at enrolling more women in studies, began widely exploring how drug dependence and abuse affects women. And it turns out that gender differences can be profound. Women tend to become dependent on drugs more quickly than men, according to the most recent data from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. This is especially the case among those…
  • Why Would a Fighter Jet and a Little Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?

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    James Fallows
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet performs high above during the National salute to American Heros Air and Sea show on Ft. Lauderdale. (Marc Serota / Reuters) Mid-air collisions are among the rarest and most horrific aviation perils. The most famous collision involving airliners in the United States, the crash of planes from United Airlines and TWA over the Grand Canyon nearly 60 years ago that killed everyone on board, led to dramatic changes in U.S. air-traffic control procedures. (There were two other U.S. airline collisions in the 1960s). In 2002, a Russian passenger airliner and a DHL…
  • Proof-positive that Hillary Clinton has the press on the ropes (a post-4th open thread)

    MichelleMalkin.com
    Doug Powers
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    **Written by Doug Powers I’m still recovering from an Independence Day evening of grilling, fireworks and threatening to drop Roman candles down the pants of anybody who tried to lecture us about Obamacare, so here’s an open thread for whatever we feel like talking about, which may or may not include the following… Leading off, the Clinton campaign created moving rope lines for the press while Hillary marched in a New Hampshire 4th of July parade: Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4 — Maggie…
  • Hot Greece

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    I’ve been thinking about the economic crisis in Greece (and the rest of Europe), and I have one question: When did bankers stop acting like businessmen and start acting like gangsters, who will kneecap customers if they don’t repay their loans? I don’t ask this question because I am a socialist, I ask it because I am a capitalist! The whole point is that in order for capitalism to work, there must be risk associated with any reward. I have invested in many companies, big and small. I’ve made money off some of them, and some of them have failed and I lost some or all of…
  • Donald Trump Just Issued Another Insane Rant About Mexico

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    Ben Dreyfuss
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Donald Trump is a dumb person who is dumb. For a very long time that dumbness didn't really come with consequences. He had his TV show and his hotels and a lot of fans in the Republican party. Sure, people knew he was a lunatic, but none of his corporate business partners really cared. That changed a few weeks ago when from his mouth biliously flowed some totally racist nonsense about Mexicans being rapists. Ever since the blow back from businesses newly ashamed of their association with Trump has been unflagging. Univision? Gone. Macy's? Gone. NBC? Gone. Today, Donald Trump issued a…
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    The Atlantic

  • Why More Women Are Turning to Heroin

    Adrienne LaFrance
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Diego Cervo / Shutterstock Throughout the history of modern medicine, substance abuse researchers have focused their investigations almost exclusively on men. It wasn't until the 1990s that scientists, prompted by federal funding aimed at enrolling more women in studies, began widely exploring how drug dependence and abuse affects women. And it turns out that gender differences can be profound. Women tend to become dependent on drugs more quickly than men, according to the most recent data from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. This is especially the case among those…
  • Why Have Negotiation Deadlines Anyway?

    Adam Chandler
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Carlos Barria / Reuters “I love deadlines,” wrote the British humorist Douglas Adams. “I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” On Tuesday, a deadline for Iran and six world powers to reach a deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program whooshed by—for the fourth time since an interim nuclear agreement was signed in November 2013. "We are interpreting in a flexible way our deadline, which means that we are taking the time, the days we still need, to finalize the agreement," European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Vienna. Mogherini,…
  • The Subway Performer With a #1 Hit Song

    Nadine Ajaka
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/396830/subway-performer-hit-song/
  • Why Would a Fighter Jet and a Little Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?

    James Fallows
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet performs high above during the National salute to American Heros Air and Sea show on Ft. Lauderdale. (Marc Serota / Reuters) Mid-air collisions are among the rarest and most horrific aviation perils. The most famous collision involving airliners in the United States, the crash of planes from United Airlines and TWA over the Grand Canyon nearly 60 years ago that killed everyone on board, led to dramatic changes in U.S. air-traffic control procedures. (There were two other U.S. airline collisions in the 1960s). In 2002, a Russian passenger airliner and a DHL…
  • How Greece Became European

    David A. Graham
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    The School of Athens (Raphael / Public domain) Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe? The answer might seem obvious: The country is on the European landmass, of course, and it’s part of the European Union—for now at least. But the question has been fraught, and the answers have been unstable, contingent, and hedged since before the advent of the modern Greek state in the 19th century. The ongoing negotiations that may ultimately decide Greece’s EU membership are just the latest attempt to find an answer. If you look at old maps of Europe, the Balkan…
 
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  • First Draft: Hillary Clinton Tests Message Before Liberals in Iowa

    AMY CHOZICK
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to one of the most liberal pockets of the state that shunned her in 2008, to speak at a public library packed with Iowans who ranged from curious to see the former first lady to committed to caucusing for her in next February’s contest.
  • Republicans Aim to Hamper Obama’s Policies With Spending Bills

    JONATHAN WEISMAN
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Congressional Republicans are using the budget process to try to dismantle President Obama’s policies, setting up a fiscal feud this fall that could lead to a government shutdown.
  • P.G.A. Moves Event From Donald Trump Golf Course

    BRENDAN PRUNTY
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    The Grand Slam of Golf, an exhibition event in October, was to be held at Donald Trump’s golf course in Los Angeles, but will be played elsewhere in light of his comments on Mexican immigrants.
  • States Weigh Gay Marriage, Rights and Cake

    JACK HEALY
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    With same-sex marriage now legal everywhere nationally, a case involving a Colorado baker is being closely watched as a test of the boundary between personal religious objections and legal discrimination.
  • Obama Hosts a Top Official From Vietnam at Oval Office

    JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    President Obama’s meeting with the Communist official, Nguyen Phu Trong, was timed to mark the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the onetime war enemies.
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    Daily Kos

  • Obama administration unveils plan to triple solar capacity in subsidized housing

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Obama administration is moving forward with new projects to expand the use of ever-cheaper solar power in America. This time it's a plan to bring solar panels to America's lower and middle class, people who could greatly benefit from lower electricity bills and generally can't come up with the necessary funds to install those systems. The administration announced that it intends to triple the capacity of solar and other renewable energy systems it installs in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make it easier for homeowners to borrow money for solar improvements and start a nationwide…
  • Rick Perry 2.0 gives up on reinstating the military's gay ban

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I swear on my glasses I'm smarter than I was last time around. The new and improved Rick Perry offered this razor-sharp analysis over the weekend when he was asked whether he would try to bring back "don't ask, don't tell" as president. "I have no reason to think that that's going to be able to be done. That clearly has already—the horse is out of the barn." Damn. Must be the glasses. Cuz last time Perry ran, he deduced that ending the military's gay ban signaled the downfall of America. From his "Rick Perry Strong" ad: "I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian, but you don’t need to…
  • Midday open thread: Cosby, Back to the Future, and U.S. soccer

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Dawning of the obvious: Anyone out there still defending Bill Cosby? Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and other people, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Actually, there are a few Cosby defender dead-enders out there. Which says a lot about why women hesitate to come forward with rape accusations. For them, and for the holdouts-until-now, Jamilah Lemieux asks How is your Bill Cosby…
  • Florida county votes to actually put the Confederate flag back up at government building

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Welcome to America.   By America, we mean conservative Florida where going a week without flying the racist Confederate flag ripped apart the heart and soul of some cowardly county commissioners. Marion County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to once again fly the Confederate flag at the county's government complex. The flag was taken down last week and temporarily replaced with a flag with the seal of Marion County. Here's the rub—if you brought the flag down to honor the victims of the Charleston shooting, what does it mean when you put it back up?
  • Get ready for the next Obamacare legal challenge in the news

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Obamacare is not out of the courts yet, though the Supreme Court's King v. Burwell decision last month will whittle some of the more than a dozen pending cases down by at least a few. At the moment, the most threatening case—at least in terms of potential to do damage—is pending now before the federal District of Columbia district court. In this challenge, House Republicans argue that the administration is spending money Congress did not appropriate for cost-sharing provisions in the law that include reduced deductibles, copays and coinsurance for qualifying enrollees. Judge Rosemary…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Obama Gears Up for Domestic Policy Offensive

    Corky
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    While President Barack Obama's top foreign-policy initiatives -- particularly on Cuba, trade and Iran -- have dominated the headlines lately, the White House is gearing up for a domestic policy push that's largely been under the radar. The effort is designed both to burnish Obama's domestic-policy legacy and to try to make headway on issues where progress has lagged. The White House announced this week a proposal to expand overtime pay to about five million more Americans, and on Wednesday Obama traveled to Tennessee to highlight his health-care law in the wake of last week's Supreme Court…
  • Trump: Rubio 'Weak' on Immigration, Cruz 'Brave'

    harry_powell
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Donald Trump said fellow Republican presidential nominee Marco Rubio is "weak" on immigration, as the real estate mogul on Saturday continued to defend his controversial remarks on the subject in an interview on Fox News' Fox and Friends. "There's tremendous crime and illegal immigration is just incredible. As far as Rubio, he's very weak on immigration," he said. "You know, I have great relations with Mexico and I love the Mexican people, and the spirit of the Mexican people. These are people just pouring across the border."
  • F-16 Collides With Small Plane Over South Carolina

    REDIAL
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    An F-16C fighter jet and a Cessna 150C private airplane collided Tuesday morning in the sky over a Berkeley County, South Carolina, rice plantation, an FAA official said. The midair collision was reported after 11 a.m. 25 miles north of Charleston. The military pilot from Shaw Air Force Base survived after ejecting from the damaged F-16. One of the people who heard the crash was Kathryn Dennis, a star of Bravo's Southern Charm reality TV show set in Charleston. "There are pieces of aircraft around the rice fields," Dennis said. "There are parts of the plane in our yard."
  • Bernie Sanders, Health Clinics and GOP Hypocrisy

    Corky
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Lee Fang, The Intercept: The conventional wisdom on Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is that he's a charming if impractical dreamer, a pie-in-the-sky socialist who's good at inspiring young people and aging hippies, but hopeless at the knife fighting that real-life politics requires. Despite the inherent limitations of a self-described democratic socialist who eschews the norms of Beltway fundraising, the Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont has won legislative victory after victory on an issue that has been dear to him since his days as Burlington's mayor. That issue is the…
  • Voice of Mister Burns Back on 'Simpsons'

    rcade
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Exxxxx-cellent. Looks like Harry Shearer isn't leaving "The Simpsons" after all. Shearer -- who had apparently left the show over a contract dispute in May -- will be returning to the show for its 27th season this fall. The actor's Simpsons characters include Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner.
 
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  • Busted

    Josh Marshall
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    So Gov Walker was in on that scheme to radically increase government secrecy in Wisconsin after all.
  • The Great Gifting

    Josh Marshall
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    When did the final moment come in your mind? There are so many contenders. For me it's the cultural destruction of the Dukes of Hazzard or perhaps the announced decision of golfer Bubba Watson, who bought the original 'General Lee', that he will paint over the Confederate Flag on the 1969 Dodge Charger's roof and replace it with an American flag. But whatever the breakthrough moment is, there's no way not to stand in awe at the rapidity of the change. Across the country, or more specifically across the South, one-time supporters of the Confederate flag, supporters of flying it over state…
  • Is Anyone STILL Defending Cosby?

    David Kurtz
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Amanda Marcotte on the latest revelations about Cosby.
  • A Very Telling Silence

    David Kurtz
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    The immediate threat to Wisconsin's public records law seems to have passed, but the question of who was behind the move to essentially eliminate it remains very live. We now have the state legislature's Republican leaders admitting they knew about it in advance, but Gov. Scott Walker still mum on the subject -- which may tell you everything you need to know. Here's the latest on who know what and when.
  • Tossed Over the Color Line

    Josh Marshall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    1955: A staunch segregationist sheriff (Willis V. McCall) reclassifies a "white" family Lake Country, Florida as "black", triggering a forced move out of a white neighborhood, expulsion from white schools and this article in Ebony magazine.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    One a these days people will be voting on Tuesdays. Political Animals can barely wait! Here are some remains of the day: * Marco Rubio delivers a Big Speech on Higher Ed, apparently denouncing accreditation systems while endorsing data on post-college earnings. Seems he's having it both ways, but we'll see later. * New poll shows Democrats and liberals feel about the same as Republicans and conservatives about John Roberts. * Will Marshall, not exactly a peacenik, makes case for any Iran nuke deal being better than the status quo. * At The Grade, Alexander Russo reviews media coverage of…
  • The Immigration Question GOPers Keep Avoiding

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    This is hardly a new subject for debate (I mentioned it earlier today in terms of The Donald's culture-war posture on the subject). But I appreciate Sahil Kapur's (now with Bloomberg Politics) bulldog effort to get a clear answer from GOP presidential candidates: what, exactly, do you want to do with the 11 million or so undocumented people living in the country right now? With few exceptions, Republican presidential candidates have lined up in strong opposition to legal status for undocumented immigrants. Not by executive action, not by legislation. "No amnesty," said Wisconsin Governor…
  • Jimmy Carter and the Great Lost Southern Baptist Tradition of Freedom

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    So the 39th President of the United States had this to say in an interview at HuffPost (per a summary from Mediaite's Alex Griswold), when asked about same-sex marriage: I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage, but I’m not- that’s just my own personal belief,” [Carter] concluded. “I think Jesus would approve of any love affair that was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else. And I don’t think that gay marriage damages anyone else." In feeling free to express his opinion about Jesus' attitude towards a topic on which the Bible is…
  • Drifting Towards Grexit

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I'm hardly an expert on public finance, especially in the convoluted context of the Greek collision with its European creditors. But two days after Greek voters decisively vetoed an unconditional surrender to the Troika controlling financial assistance for Greece, European financial and political leaders seem more focused on developing common talking points than on offering debt relief--temporary or permanent. The Guardian's Jennifer Rankin explains: Greece will a make formal proposal on Wednesday to tap the EU’s €500bn bailout fund, the European stability mechanism, said the…
  • Lunch Buffet

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sorry I was a little late with my last post, but I don't wade into nineteenth-century waters with quite the self-confidence of my esteemed distant colleague Mr. Chait. Here are some contemporary news/views treats before I start frantically trying to assemble this week's TPMCafe column: * Who says Barack Obama disrespects journalists? He's taking his summer vacation once again on Martha's Vineyard, where the media bigfoots tend to gather as well. * Take-Down-the-Confederate-Flag bill moves on to SC House, where more significant resistence is expected. * Speaking of said flag, brouhaha erupts…
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    The New Republic

  • Rihanna Is No Pam Grier

    Noah Berlatsky
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cheated and disrespected, a black woman on film enacts bloody vengeance using her cunning, her ruthlessness, and the fact that society compulsively underestimates her. The final scene shows her expressionless—perhaps traumatized but unbowed, a survivor who has overcome abuse and humiliation and se
  • Three South Carolina Senators Voted to Keep the Confederate Flag Flying. Here’s Their Reasoning.

    Naomi Shavin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds. While 37 senators 
  • Obama’s Agenda Is Helping Hillary by Cornering Republicans

    Brian Beutler
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Three months ago, as the prospect of an international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions came into focus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged that as a first-term president in 2017 he would unilaterally void any deal,
  • Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

    Jeet Heer
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to f
  • How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

    Jamil Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I didn’t realize until I was a little bit older that what we all saw thirty years ago this week in Back to the Future was a sexual assault, but I recognized the hero moment immediately. When George McFly opens the car door to find bully Biff T
 
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  • Proof-positive that Hillary Clinton has the press on the ropes (a post-4th open thread)

    Doug Powers
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    **Written by Doug Powers I’m still recovering from an Independence Day evening of grilling, fireworks and threatening to drop Roman candles down the pants of anybody who tried to lecture us about Obamacare, so here’s an open thread for whatever we feel like talking about, which may or may not include the following… Leading off, the Clinton campaign created moving rope lines for the press while Hillary marched in a New Hampshire 4th of July parade: Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4 — Maggie…
  • Vigilance is patriotic

    Michelle Malkin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Vigilance is patriotic by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something — even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They’ve increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement officials across the country. The heightened stance comes in the wake of a bloodthirsty ISIS call to arms for Ramadan; multiple jihad outbreaks in Kuwait, France…
  • Obama admin: Honor the spirit of Independence Day by convincing your family this gov’t mandate is awesome; Updated

    Doug Powers
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Obama administration wants you to remind your family and friends this 4th of July that nothing honors the spirit of the occasion more than a gigantic government mandate. Obamacare’s the best thing that ever happened to independence, even if some of your family members are in denial: The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be…
  • Activist worlds collide: Anti-cop demonstrator protected by police

    Doug Powers
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:38 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Wednesday evening, the movement Disarm NYPD continued their “no cop zones” crusade with a flag burning at a Brooklyn park. Veterans and bikers counter-protested and chased off the vermin after they’d managed to set fire to an American flag. That’s when one demonstrator decided just this once it might be a good idea to disregard the anti-cop group’s mission statement: When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker…
  • Feel the Bern, Hillary! Packed house in Madison, WI cheers Bernie Sanders’ plan to turn US into Greece

    Doug Powers
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers With Greece going down the crapper overseas and the Obama administration working the plunger, Bernie Sanders is pitching his plan to re-create it in America. Judging from this crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, Sanders has some backing. Feel the Bern, Hillary: Sanders calls for a political revolution in Madison. pic.twitter.com/L5ZIztpHFH — Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015 Bernie Sanders in Madison is a natural draw — like Buddy Hackett in the Catskills. Hillary can draw adoring crowds that large, but they’re all “reporters” and Clinton…
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  • The U.S. Army Plans to Cut Troop Numbers to Pre-World War II Levels

    pnashjenkins
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The U.S. Army has announced plans to cut 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilian employees over the next two and a half years in accordance with Pentagon budget reductions. The plan will decrease the size of the army to 450,000 troops — the lowest it has been since 1940, the year before the U.S. entered World War II. Prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, there were around 480,000 active-duty service members, USA Today reports. Some of the cuts are the anticipated deflation of the troop surge witnessed in 2012, when the armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were at their peaks. The remainder…
  • It’s Official: More People Are Running for Presidential Nomination Than Ever

    Jack Linshi
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    It’s official: More people are running for a major party’s presidential nomination than ever. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said Tuesday that he plans to announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination during the first week of August, making him the 17th candidate on the GOP side. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, noted in a tweet that is a record for the number of presidential candidates for a single political party. The Democratic field is much narrower, with just five candidates. Gilmore, 65, told the Richmond…
  • Hillary Clinton Ties Jeb Bush to GOP Field on Immigration

    Sam Frizell
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton attempted to link her Republican counterpart, Jeb Bush, with other GOP presidential candidates who have staked out positions against immigration reform. In her first sit-down television interview since as a candidate, Clinton told CNN that the 2016 Republican field ranges “across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile toward immigrants.” She also took aim at Bush, arguing that the former Florida governor’s position on immigration is “regrettable.” “He doesn’t believe in a path to…
  • Hillary Clinton: A Woman Shouldn’t Have to Share the $10 Bill

    Jack Linshi
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the Treasury Department on Tuesday for its decision not to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill when a woman is added to the redesigned bill in 2020. “I don’t like the idea that as a compromise you would basically have two people on the same bill. One would be a woman. That sounds pretty second class to me,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “So I think a woman should have her own bill.” The former Secretary of State also echoed some advocates who argue that a woman should instead be honored…
  • Congress Considers Changes to No Child Left Behind

    ryantbeckwith
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is making another run at rewriting the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, even as the White House urges changes that the administration says would ensure that schools be held accountable when their students are seriously lagging their peers in other better-performing elementary and middle schools. The Senate opened debate Tuesday on an update to the 2002 law, with the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., calling it “the most effective path toward higher standards, better teaching and real accountability.” The annual…
 
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  • Who is in, and about to get in the GOP race for president

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The Republican presidential field: who's in and who's still waiting for the right moment.
  • AP source: Fed's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.
  • LaHood wins Illinois GOP race to replace ex-US Rep. Schock

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    SHERMAN, Ill. (AP) — State Sen. Darin LaHood won the GOP nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, defeating an anti-establishment conservative writer in a heavily Republican swath of central Illinois.
  • Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore plans presidential run

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore will announce a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination next month.
  • US says only 60 Syrians being trained to fight IS

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Only about 60 Syrian rebels are being trained by the United States to take on the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, admitting it was far below the number hoped for. The disclosure is likely to add to criticism of the Obama administration's military strategy, with US Senator John McCain saying that the United States was "losing" the fight against the extremists, who have overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq. Several lawmakers including McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, grilled Carter and the military's top general, Martin Dempsey,…
 
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  • The Right’s Right to Deny Rights?

    Iron Knee
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Jen Sorensen I’m just waiting for them to exercise the right to shut up. My only consolation is that future generations will undoubtably look back at gay bashers the same way we look back at slave owners. Related posts: Gun Rights? Absolutely! Voting Rights? Meh How Dare You Deny Us Our War??? Is the NRA doing for Gun Rights what the WBC is doing for Christianity?
  • Hot Greece

    Iron Knee
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    I’ve been thinking about the economic crisis in Greece (and the rest of Europe), and I have one question: When did bankers stop acting like businessmen and start acting like gangsters, who will kneecap customers if they don’t repay their loans? I don’t ask this question because I am a socialist, I ask it because I am a capitalist! The whole point is that in order for capitalism to work, there must be risk associated with any reward. I have invested in many companies, big and small. I’ve made money off some of them, and some of them have failed and I lost some or all of…
  • It is more than 5 years later…

    Iron Knee
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    And all that stuff has been implemented. And please, before you leave, make sure Sean Hannity has his waterboarding charity event. Related posts: The Proper Use of Torture Ten Years After Four More Years
  • If a Trump Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

    Iron Knee
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Jon Stewart has a good point. Donald Trump is not the problem. The problem is us. Why do we pay attention to anything Trump says? Trump is following the traditional right-wing script. Now he’s whining about being America’s whipping post because he’s willing to bring up things like immigration that nobody else wants to talk about. Poor me, says Trump. First of all, Trump is certainly not the only person who is talking about immigration. Obama tried to talk about solving the problem of illegal immigration, but was soundly denounced by the Republicans. And Trump’s…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Donald Trump announced that he’s running for president. During his speech he told the crowd that if elected he would be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ Then God said, ‘Hey, don’t drag me into this publicity stunt.'” – Jimmy Fallon “In his presidential announcement speech yesterday, Donald Trump pledged to become ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created’. This is from the man who coined the catch phrase ‘You’re fired’.” – Conan O’Brien “Donald Trump is running for…
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Hillary Clinton Piles On San Francisco Officials, Putting Sanctuary Cities Under Even More Heat

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    WASHINGTON -- After a deadly shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by a man who had been deported five times, lawmakers are calling on the county to drop its policy against cooperating with immigration enforcement. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton became the most high-profile Democrat to wade into the debate on Tuesday, telling CNN that San Francisco should have worked with agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported," she said in an interview. "So I have absolutely no support…
  • Gun Used In San Francisco Pier Killing Belonged To Federal Agent, Source Says

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:27 pm
    A man who had been deported from the U.S. five times used a handgun that belonged to a federal agent in last week's killing of a 32-year-old woman in San Francisco, a law enforcement source said Tuesday. Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, charged in the July 1 fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle on Pier 14, used a pistol that was the property of a federal agent, KGO-TV first reported. A source confirmed KGO's report to HuffPost. Lopez-Sanchez appeared in court Tuesday to be formally charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. In an earlier TV interview, he said he had found the gun wrapped up…
  • Mining Heads Into The Deep Sea, Raising Environmental Concerns

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Mining in the deep sea for minerals is uncharted territory, but one company is well on its way to making it a reality. Now, the company is trying to convince skeptical audiences it's a good idea. Shontel Norgate, chief financial officer of Nautilus Minerals Inc., pitched a roomful of ocean advocates at last month's World Ocean Summit on the idea of deep-sea mining for minerals like copper and gold. Mining offshore, said Norgate, has a smaller environmental footprint than mining on land. Plus, she said, it doesn't require relocating communities or accounting for other human consequences of…
  • Whatever, Sen. Ellen Roberts

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:24 pm
    State Sen. Ellen Roberts quickly went from being a rarity in Colorado, a great Republican hope to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, to being just another common Colorado Republican implosion, in the tradition of Ken Buck, Scott McInnis, Bob Beauprez, etc. Now Roberts is saying everyone made too big a deal of her contemplation of a U.S. Senate run, especially the Durango Herald's Peter Marcus, who first broke the news that Roberts was "in the process of thinking" about challenging Bennet. Roberts told KNUS radio-host Krista Kafer last week: Roberts: I had honestly answered a question to…
  • Groundbreaking Tennessee Law Lets Good Samaritans Save Dogs Trapped In Hot Cars

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    If Bonnaroo, Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry weren't enough, here's one more reason to love Tennessee: They're doing right by dogs trapped in hot cars. Under a law that went into effect July 1, anyone in Tennessee who breaks into a car to save an animal will be free of civil liability. House Bill 537 is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. The move has been cheered by animal advocates. “The ASPCA strongly supports states giving law enforcement and Good Samaritans the ability to intervene to protect animals suffering in hot cars,” said Chloë Waterman, the ASPCA's senior…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox Guest's "Tough Question" For Hillary Clinton's CNN Interview: "Where Were You When Benghazi Was Happening?"

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    From the July 7 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: Fox News Sets Standards For CNN's Clinton Interview Nearly 40 Percent Of Fox's Hillary Clinton Interview Was About Benghazi REPORT: Fox's Nonstop Benghazi Coverage Is A $124 Million Boon For The GOP
  • From Scandal To Farce: What The Clinton Email Coverage Tells Us About The Press

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    When the story of Hillary Clinton's private email account first broke in March, the Beltway media's response resembled barely controlled hysteria as pundits searched for adjectives to describe the impending political doom in store for Clinton. Ron Fournier at National Journal immediately announced that perhaps Clinton shouldn't even bother running for president, the damage she faced was so grave. And New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wondered if the revelation meant Clinton had a secret political "death wish." According to the nattering nabobs of negativism (to borrow a phrase), the…
  • How The Rolling Stone Rape Story Failure Has -- And Hasn't -- Changed Media Coverage

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Three months after a Columbia University investigation found major journalistic errors in a Rolling Stone report on campus sexual assault at the University of Virginia, major news outlets say they have not adjusted their approach to covering similar stories. But rape survivor advocates say they have seen less coverage of the issue since the failures of the Rolling Stone report came to light, and, in some cases, an increased hesitancy in trusting survivors' accounts.
  • Fox's Brit Hume Blames "The Deregulation Of Sex" For Campus Sexual Assaults

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    From the July 7 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:Previously: Despite Right Wing Media Claims, Feminism Didn't Invent Rape Culture Fox's Brit Hume: "I, Myself, Totally Dispute" Campus Sexual Assault Statistics Fox's Misguided Attempt To Downplay Prevalence Of Campus Sexual Assaults  
  • Breitbart Attributes Fake Quote To Obama Advisor To Attack Iran Talks

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Breitbart.com inaccurately attributed a fake quote from a facetious tweet to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes in an attempt to smear the Obama administration for negotiating with Iran. Rhodes sat down with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg on June 29 at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the U.S.' nuclear talks with Iran. When asked whether President Obama believes negotiations will lead to a change in Iran's behavior, Rhodes responded affirmatively and added, "We believe that an agreement is necessary and has to be good enough to be worth doing even if Iran…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Half of India’s Rural Population Live Without Regular Income: Report

    Caitlin Williams
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Smita Prakash, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore - India’s chronic rural poverty is a major obstacle to the country's ambition of becoming a dominant Asian power, according to a recent survey showing half of its rural population still lack regular income. Read More »
  • Growing Up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian Teen

    Caitlin Williams
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Fatma Naib, Al Jazeera, Qatar - "I still remember the sound of the bombs," says Farah Baker softly. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because the 17-year-old from the Gaza Strip helped document the devastation wrought by Israel's assault on the region last summer. Under her Twitter name, Guess what , the then 16-year-old student offered the world a glimpse into the death and destruction she witnessed - 140 characters at a time. Her posts went viral. Read More »
  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

    Reuters: World News
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a desperate bid to win fresh aid from skeptical creditors at an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday, before his country's banks run out of money.
  • Nation remembers 7/7 bombing victims

    BBC News - Home
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Memorial services and a minute's silence are held in memory of the 52 people killed in the 2005 London bombings.
  • ‘Real risk’ of famine in Yemen as death toll passes 3,000

    Reuters: World News
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflict-ridden Yemen, where more than 3,000 people have been killed and one million displaced since war broke out in March, is at risk of famine, aid chiefs said on Tuesday, the day after the conflict's highest one-day death toll was recorded.
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #Sportsball #64: Equal Opportunity Jingoism

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The Crew discusses the US Women’s World Cup victory and the disrespectafforded women athletes worldwide, the dismissal of an FSU quarterbackfor punching a female student, and Russell Wilson and Ciara’s refusal to give us all super babies. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil, and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]   The post #Sportsball #64: Equal…
  • #TWiBprime #715 | #askyourselfaquestion

    TWiB.FM
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses Bill Cosby’s admission that he drugged women in 2005, a bizarre attack on a Chinese student, wildly revisionist history in Texas school textbooks, and the upcoming TWIB show #askyourselfaquestion with host De’Shon Jenkins. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how…
  • #TWiBprime #714 | #BBHMM

    TWiB.FM
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    #TeamBlackness and Back2Reality’s Jarrett discuss Rihanna’s #BBHMM video with Mikki Kendall, why Obama is tasked with leading the race discussion, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | The post #TWiBprime #714 | #BBHMM…
  • #TWiBprime #713 | Hashtag N!gg*r

    TWiB.FM
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    #TeamBlackness talks traditional marriage persecution complex, #attackonblacklife, the nature of the first amendment and more.   Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | The post #TWiBprime #713 | Hashtag N!gg*r appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • TWIB AfterDARK #59 | Big D*** Jesus

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    Jaila and Aaron sit with Sarah of EvolvlingMatter.tumblr.com to discuss how the American religious Right has stretched all the way to Australia, then discuss Jesus as a sexual being, and immature medical journals. Help fund Shine Louise Houston’s latest film “Queer Women of Color” HERE: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/snapshot-shine-louise-houston-s-next-feature-film#/story journals.Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy…
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    Wonkette

  • ‘God Hates Retirement’ Is Wingnuts’ Hot New Reason For Killing Social Security

    Doktor Zoom
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    We’re pretty sure that two examples makes for a trend (or at least it does at the New York Times), so it’s officially time to call this a genuine wingnut epidemic: Citing the Bible as proof that God wants you to never retire, so please stop complaining if Social Security gets cut/eliminated, OK? The latest scholar to discover this important Biblical principle is rightwing fake historian David Barton, who explained Monday that retirement is a foreign, pagan concept that the One True God frowns upon, because Babylonians made it up. Read more on ‘God Hates Retirement’ Is…
  • Bill Cosby: Always Room For Moral Scolding (While Paying The Women Their Rape Moneys)

    Evan Hurst
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    America learned Monday night that, shocker of all shockers, when you’re starting to lose count of how many women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, there’s PROBABLY a grain of truth in the story, or at least enough truth to fill a date-rape pill capsule. Looking at the unsealed case which reveals that yes, Cosby did get the rape pills so he could put them in the women, we find other goodies too! Like for instance, Cosby admits that he offered alleged victim Andrea Constand moneys, so she could go to college and learn how to read good and do other stuff good too:…
  • New Texas Textbooks Love The Confederacy (And Their Sisters) So Much

    Doktor Zoom
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Hey, just in time for the post-4th-of-July reminders that school starts up again far too soon, comes this Washington Post story about the brand new history books that will be hitting Texas classrooms in the fall. As we’ve noted previously, the Texas Board of Education adopted some fun new history standards in 2010, and the final products of all that hard work to ensure that children know that Moses wrote the Constitution are finally on the way! We can hardly wait to get our hands on a copy! Read more on New Texas Textbooks Love The Confederacy (And Their Sisters) So Much…
  • Well Of Course Undocumented Immigrants Are Helping Build Donald Trump’s New DC Hotel

    Doktor Zoom
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    How’s this for a shocker? Turns out that there’s a whole bunch of immigrant construction workers — some in America legally, some here illegally, and some who crossed the border illegally and then got legal status — who are building Donald Trump’s newest luxury hotel in Washington DC. Imagine that! And they’re kind of pissed that the guy who ultimately pays for their services is so intent on insisting that illegal immigrants are largely a bunch of violent rapers who have been sent by the Mexican government to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids. Read…
  • South Carolina Senator Cries Hilarious Man-Sobs For Confederate Flag Bested By Gayness

    Evan Hurst
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The South Carolina Senate voted Tuesday to remove the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol grounds, sending the bill to the state House, and hopefully, eventually, to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. This is very bothersome for state Sen. Lee Bright (R-No Shit), who just doesn’t see why we’re spending all this time talking about the Confederate Flag, not when the FLAG OF GAY HOMOSEXUAL ABOMINATION is currently flying over the ENTIRETY OF AMERICA. Bright, who is Ted Cruz’s campaign co-chair for South Carolina (obviously), melted all the way down into a pile of shouty…
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    Hot Air

  • Hillary: When you diss the government, you diss yourself

    Mary Katharine Ham
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Nope. Well, good. The 2016 likely nominee for the Democratic Party has given us another creepy, statist attempt to socialize the blame for government’s bumbling, so that all of us are responsible, not any one person actually in the government. “When people diss the government — we’re really dissing ourselves and dissing our democracy,” Clinton said. […] Read this post »
  • “99.9 percent of gun owners obey the law” says…Bernie Sanders

    Mary Katharine Ham
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Truth to power. Alternate headline: Improbably ascendant anti-establishment socialist endangers cred with liberal base by sounding sane on guns. On Sunday, Bernie Sanders appeared on “Face the Nation” with Jake Tapper. Jazz wrote up some of that interview, here—notably, how Bernie is fashioning himself as the outsider against the most entrenched insider ever to entrench. In keeping with […] Read this post »
  • WaPo op-ed: Amy Schumer’s jokes “inspiring” mass shooters

    C.T. Rex
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    "A laugh can be a very powerful thing." A few days back Jazz stepped up to the defense of comedian Amy Schumer, the latest target of humorless social justice twits who have no capacity to distinguish between fiction and reality, but he obviously did not realize just how dangerous letting people laugh at things is.  According to an op-ed in the Washington Post, Schumer’s […] Read this post »
  • Democrat Tammy Baldwin: The First Amendment doesn’t extend ‘far beyond’ ‘institutions of faith’

    Matt Vespa
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    what?! Our friends at NewsBusters posted this little tidbit from Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who said on the June 27 broadcast of Up with Steve Kornacki, that the First Amendment only applied to institutions of faith.  The discussion revolved around the Obergefell ruling from the Supreme Court, which said there is a constitutional right to gay marriage. […] Read this post »
  • Oh yes: KFC introduces pizza/fried chicken slop to Hong Kong market

    Allahpundit
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Yes. A palate cleanser via BuzzFeed, which calls this “horrifying” because that’s what you’re supposed to do on the Internet when a fast-food chain promotes a new Frankenfood. I could understand the upset over the hot-dog pizza from Pizza Hut (whose parent company also owns KFC, by the way) just because the sheer volume of grease […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Do You Want To Lower Your Insurance Rate? Find Out How.

    Randy
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    TIP! To help you get a discount, you should consider purchasing your insurance policies from a single company. Most major insurance companies are happy to offer a discount on multiple products like auto and homeowners insurance. Insurance can be very confusing. Therefore, gaining knowledge about insurance should assist you in understanding policies more effectively, and be helpful in better selecting the insurances that you subscribe to. Many people are not getting their money’s worth, and are spending more for the coverage that they do have than they should. Determine if you currently…
  • Solid Ways To Improve Your Online Business Revenue

    Randy
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    TIP! D These days, it is easy to be flooded with information about starting and maintaining a home-based business. Be certain you don’t buy any old thing. Review this piece to determine what is fact and fiction when it comes to home businesses. TIP! As you start your business, send emails to loved ones and co-workers about what you’re doing. Offer freebies or price breaks as a way to get the business going. You should be able to talk about your business plan and goals in a few sentences. The ability to sum your business up in a few simple sentences is an impressive skill that…
  • Tips And Tricks For Investing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    TIP! Be sure to use free resources to check out the reputation of any potential brokers. By taking the time to investigate their background, you leave yourself less open to the possibility of investment fraud. If you’re just started to get involved with the stock market, it is an exciting time. Depending on your long-term financial goals, there are many different methods by which you can get into the stock market. Before you invest, general market knowledge is needed. Here you can indulge yourself in learning what it takes to become successful with investing. TIP! When you are investing…
  • Excellent Advice For Anyone Thinking Of Purchasing A Home

    Randy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    TIP! You need to stay moderate when you are dealing with real estate purchases. Do not be too extreme with your offers. When you purchase real estate it’s very exciting, but can also be quite stressful. If you do not have the appropriate information, you can potentially make mistakes that you will have to live with for a long time. To help you avoid these mistakes, make sure that you read the essential real estate purchasing tips featured below. TIP! If you have children or plan on having them, you should look for a home with enough room for a family. Think about the safety of a home…
  • The Things They Did Not Tell You About Insurance

    Randy
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    TIP! You can bundle your insurance policies if you want to save money on your insurance. Often times, insurance companies will offer a significant discount to consumers who purchase multiple policies from them, such as home and auto. There are so many different kinds of policies that it is easy to get lost in it all. To ascertain what insurance types you need, and what is the most cost effective way of getting them, read some of the hints in this article. TIP! You can lower your insurance premiums by raising your deductible, but it can have some negative consequences. However, you need to…
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    FamousDC

  • Serena Williams Has a Famous Fan Club

    Sarah Gunion
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Grammy winners, supermodels, and art collectors, oh my! Clinton Yates of the Washington Post points out Serena’s star-studded lineup in her cheering section at Wimbledon. We spy with our little eyes: John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Drake, Karlie Kloss, and Dasha Zhukova. The post Serena Williams Has a Famous Fan Club appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Top 5 Spots for a Boozy Weekday Lunch

    Sarah Gunion
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    There are boozy brunch specials to be found all over the city every weekend. However, a boozy weekday lunch deal is a bit harder to come by. Fear not, we've done the work for you and tracked down a few of our favorites. We've gathered a range of cuisines to suit any palate and all for $20 or less. So whether its your coworker's birthday, your boss is out of town, or you need just a bit of liquid courage before that afternoon pitch (note: we said, "just a bit") these five restaurants will fix you right up! The post Top 5 Spots for a Boozy Weekday Lunch appeared first on FamousDC.
  • “Northern Hospitality”: A DC Time Lapse

    Sarah Gunion
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    As if we needed to be convinced of our city’s beauty, Dan Dowly has reassured us with this exquisite time lapse video shot at over 25 different locations throughout the nation’s capital. The post “Northern Hospitality”: A DC Time Lapse appeared first on FamousDC.
  • A Perfect Fit

    Sarah Gunion
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Local nonprofit, Thrive DC partners with Adams Morgan retailer, Le Bustiere Boutique and international brand, Curvy Kate to bring 500 new bras and underwear to homeless women. “Homeless women struggle in unique ways that are oftenoverlooked but are critical to their ability to build themselves up with dignity and determination. Proper hygiene and clean, presentable garments are […] The post A Perfect Fit appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND Weather: Keep your rain gear on standby! This Saturday’s 4th of July is looking a bit grey with a 50% chance of thunderstorms and a high of 81. Sunday is mostly sunny with a high of 85  but might bring some rainy skies in the evening hours. Awesome events […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Two paradoxes

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    THE Greek crisis manages to combine elements of tragedy with farce. Everybody was waiting for the Greeks to present a new proposal to the Eurogroup of finance ministers today, only for initial reports to suggest they had no plan at all; it subsequently emerged that they resubmitted last week's proposal but in oral, not written, form. Here is the statement of the Eurogroup president, Jeroen DijsselbloemWe welcomed our new Greek colleague and listened to his assessment of the situation after the "No" vote in Greece. There were no new proposals at this point from the Greek minister, and the…
  • The economic consequences of Syriza

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    AFTER the party in Syntagma Square celebrating the landslide victory for the "no" campaign in Sunday's referendum comes the hangover. They went wild "because we are tired of everything, from all the lies, from paying for the rich, and from years of austerity, especially for young", as one partying Athenian told us. To be fair, with youth unemployment rates of over 50%, many have had little to celebrate for a long time. Young Greeks support the aggressive stance taken towards the country's lenders by Syriza and its leader, the Greek prime minister Alexis Tspiras, whose position in…
  • A red flag

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    CHINA is certainly not the first country to try to prop up a falling stockmarket. The central banks of America, Europe and Japan have all shown form in buying shares after crashes and cutting interest rates to cheer up bloodied investors. But the circumstances and the manner of China’s intervention of the past ten days make it an outlier, worryingly so.The trigger in China’s case is perplexing. Yes, the stockmarket is down a third over the past month, but that has simply taken it back to March levels; it is still up 80% over the last year. Growth, though slowing, has stabilised recently.
  • Be afraid, but not too afraid

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    GREECE is moving steadily closer to leaving the euro, it seems. The country’s financial woes should, on the face of it, be good news for the places with which it competes for tourists. Last week, the British government advised travellers to stock up with all the cash they might need before travelling to Greece. Pictures of long queues outside cashpoints and worries about the reliability of hospitals, airports and the like are, no doubt, making visitors consider alternatives such as Spain and Italy.Indeed, competitors could reap a double benefit from the trouble on the euro zone's…
  • Bear wrestling

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
        OVER the weekend authorities in China took fresh steps to halt the precipitate decline in the country’s stockmarket, which has fallen by nearly one-third in just a few weeks. Today those actions are being put to the test. Twenty-one brokers pooled assets to create a 120 billion yuan ($19 billion) fund for investing in large stocks, to stabilise the market. The fund may struggle: its value is only one-fifth of daily trading volume. Separately, stock exchanges suspended initial public offerings. By stopping the supply of new shares, they hope to prop up demand for…
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    Democracy Now!

  • A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    The Greek election has also factored into the U.S. presidential race. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "I applaud the people of Greece for saying 'no' to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly. In a world of massive wealth and income inequality, Europe must support Greece’s efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering." Sanders’ anti-austerity platform is resonating with voters. On Monday, Sanders spoke before 9,000 in Portland, Maine. Last…
  • Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    As Greek voters reject further budget cuts and tax hikes in exchange for a rescue package from European creditors, who is to blame for the debt crisis embroiling Greece? Is Germany trying to crush Greece to set an example? Will Greece leave the eurozone? What does this mean for the global economy? We speak to Richard Wolff, emeritus professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and visiting professor at New School University. He’s the author of several books, including, most recently, "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism." Still with us in Athens,…
  • "A Europe of Equals": Report from Athens as Greek Voters Seek Alternatives to Austerity

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has arrived in Brussels for an emergency eurozone summit two days after Greek voters overwhelmingly turned down the terms of an international bailout in a historic rejection of austerity. On Sunday, Greeks, by a 61-to-39-percent margin, voted against further budget cuts and tax hikes in exchange for a rescue package from European creditors. Tsipras is scrambling to present a new bailout proposal as Greek banks remain shut down. If Greek banks run out of money and the country has to print its own currency, it could mean a state leaving the euro for the first…
  • Headlines for July 7, 2015

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Greece Talks Continue After Historic Anti-Austerity VoteYemen: Nearly 200 Killed in Deadliest Day of Saudi OffensiveObama Vows to Intensify "Long-Term Campaign" Against ISILIran Nuclear Talks Set to Continue Past Tuesday DeadlineSouth Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag at CapitolNYC to Pay Occupy Wall Street Protesters $330K for Pepper-SprayingLeak Shows Hacking Team Sold Spyware to FBI, DEAReports: U.S. Spied on Brazilian Officials, German MediaEric Holder Returns to Corporate Law Firm with Bank ClientsReport: 95% of Elected Local Prosecutors are WhiteBill Cosby…
  • Bree Newsome: As SC Lawmakers Debate Removing Confederate Flag, Meet the Activist Who Took It Down

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    As South Carolina state lawmakers begin debate on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia, we are joined by Bree Newsome, the 30-year-old African-American woman who took down the flag herself. On June 27, 10 days after the Charleston massacre and one day after the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Newsome scaled the 30-foot flagpole at the state Capitol and took the flag in her hand. "I come against you in the name of God!" Newsome said. "This flag comes down today!" As soon as she reached the ground, she and fellow…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Sunday Deadline for Greece

    Steven L. Taylor
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Via the BBC:   Greece debt crisis: Eurozone ‘gives Sunday debt deadline’ They had better get their act together (yes, I know) as their performance today was, well, underwhelming:  Greece turned up empty-handed to emergency bailout talks.
  • Women’s World Cup Pay Disparity Is Due To The Marketplace, Not Discrimination

    Doug Mataconis
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In the wake of the impressive win of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Sunday, Mary Pilon at Politico raises a point that I’ve seen repeated in other venues over the past two days, namely that the winning team of the Women’s World Cup will get paid a fraction of what the participants in last year’s 2014 FIFA World Cup were paid: CHICAGO — This is a Great American Sports Town and here it was that I watched the Women’s World Cup, taking place 3,500 kilometers away in Vancouver, Canada. By kickoff Sunday night, hundreds of soccer fans had poured…
  • Fireworks Dumbitude

    Steven L. Taylor
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    The older I get (and as I approach “you kids get off my lawn”-ness), the more I get frustrated by fireworks in the wild.  By that I mean:  I love a good fireworks display, but wish people would stop buying the durn things and setting them off days before (and days after) the 4th of July (or New Year’s Eve) in my neighborhood.   They upset the dog and are just generally annoying.  Further, and more importantly, they are dangerous—after all we are talking gunpowder, phosphorous, etc.  It is why, despite yearly pleas I refuse to buy any for…
  • Will the Last Cosby Defender Turn off the Lights on the Way out…

    Steven L. Taylor
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Via the BBC:  Bill Cosby admitted he gave woman drugs before sex In his 2005 testimony, Mr Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intent of giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The case was brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University – the Philadelphia college with which Mr Cosby was once closely associated. Details at the link.
  • Soccer Ratings Win for World Cup Champs

    Steven L. Taylor
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Via NPR:  U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win While some 17 million American viewers tuned in to the 7 p.m. ET start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million at 8:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary data from industry website TV Media Insights. Those figures are comparable to the 2014 World Series’ Game 7, which attracted 23.5 million viewers — far more than any other game of the 2014 series. As a comparison, consider that the Golden State Warriors’ recent…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Teaching in Prison and Learning ‘What It Means to Resist’

    editor@truthdig.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    In this clip from his June 7 talk in Los Angeles, Truthdig columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges tells the very personal story of how teaching a class in a maximum security prison gave him deeper insights into what it means to stand up against injustice. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences July 5, 2015 A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book
  • World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

    editor@truthdig.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Trodler / Shutterstock Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall. But by the end of Tuesday’s emergency meeting in Brussels, it seemed the Greeks needed a little more time to come up with a concrete plan that would build on the momentum they had drummed up in Sunday’s referendum vote, which soundly registered their rejection of the bailout deal devised by the European…
  • Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

    editor@truthdig.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    By Roisin Davis Despite his efforts to champion his constituency—the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women—the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences July 5, 2015 A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book
  • Bill Cosby Story Blows Up Again After Report About Court Case (Updated)

    editor@truthdig.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The fallout from a cascade of accusations in recent months about Bill Cosby’s alleged drug-enabled sexual assaults, which the veteran comic and his legal team had attempted to stem, became more serious this week. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences July 5, 2015 A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book
  • Dylann Roof Indicted on Three New Charges in Charleston Church Shootings

    editor@truthdig.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
      Charleston, S.C., church shooting suspect Dylann Roof. (Chuck Burton / AP) As of Tuesday, legal repercussions have multiplied for Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old man accused of killing nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17. He now faces three additional attempted murder charges stemming from the massacre. The Los Angeles Times brought word of the new charges: Roof, 21, a suspected white supremacist, already had been charged with nine counts of murder and one weapons charge in the killings of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Arizona’s Attempt To Stop Latinos From Learning Their History Just Ran Headlong Into A Federal Court

    Ian Millhiser
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    In 2010, the Arizona legislature enacted a so-called “ethnic studies” ban that prevented students in a predominantly Latino school district from studying in a program that incorporated “historical and contemporary Mexican American contributions into coursework and classroom studies.” On Tuesday, however, a federal appeals court cast the future of this program into serious doubt. Though the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Arce v. Douglas does not strike down this law in its entirety, it suggests that such a decision is likely to…
  • Will Bill Cosby’s Admission Have Real Legal Consequences? We Consult The Experts

    Jessica Goldstein
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    When the 2005 court deposition of Bill Cosby — formerly beloved comedian, currently alleged serial rapist — came to light this week, courtesy of the Associated Press, a person could have read the statement and thought: Did he just confess? Cosby acknowledges in the deposition that he purchased quaaludes; when asked if, at the time of this acquisition, “was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”, Cosby answered, “Yes.” Over 40 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Their allegations…
  • NBA’s Retired Players Will Finally Be Guaranteed Health Insurance

    Alan Pyke
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Retired National Basketball Association (NBA) players will receive health insurance throughout their lives under a players union proposal expected to be ratified by a player vote later this month. The plan will reportedly tap $10 to $15 million per year from the players’ share of the nearly $3 billion that ESPN and TNT are paying annually for the league’s broadcast rights over the coming decade. Many of the roughly 1,500 living former NBA players were out of the league years before the salary and endorsements explosion of the modern era. League rules mean that players are only…
  • Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Make Solar Power More Accessible

    Ari Phillips
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    On Tuesday, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for low-income families to take advantage of solar power. The bill, called the “Low Income Solar Act,” came the same day that the Obama Administration announced a similar program aimed at installing 300 megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing by 2020. The Sanders bill would aid in this effort by providing $200 million in Department of Energy loans and grants to help offset the upfront costs associated with installing solar…
  • Company Raises Its Minimum Wage To $15 So Employees Won’t ‘Worry About Making Ends Meet’

    Bryce Covert
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Internet Truckstop Group, an Idaho-based company that owns a number of internet trucking logistic websites, is raising base pay for its employees to $15 an hour. The company has 250 full- and part-time employees, about 110 of whom will get a raise because of the increase. Most average $11 to $12 hours currently. CEO Scott Moscrip said the company, whose revenues have grown between 10 and 30 percent a year, was due for a pay increase. “We want our employees to be happy,” he told the Idaho Statesman. “We don’t want them to have to worry about making ends meet. We want to reward the…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Nerds in the Hood

    Mike Pesca
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Listen to Episode 292 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Our Impoverished Debate About Housing Segregation

    Maya Dukmasova
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A quest to remedy poverty has animated a certain cross section of American society since Jacob Riis took his camera and flash bulb into the dank tenements of Manhattan and produced How the Other Half Livesin 1890. Let’s call this cross section the liberal establishment.
  • Bicycles Can Drive Themselves

    MinutePhysics
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    A normal bicycle is stable thanks to a perfect union of engineering, design, and physics. However, scientists remain uncertain about the balance and interaction of the many variables that allow a riderless bike to stay up on its own. In the video above, the MinutePhysics team walks you through some combinations that work and others that don't.
  • Serious Bill-Paying Skillage

    Laura Hudson
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Armada is a story about how gamers are the most important people in the world. This is not a new story; it's served as the inspiration for countless video games over the past 40 years, not to mention the recent harassment campaigns that spawned out of gaming culture and the wounded, entitled pride at their heart. While the aims of the novel are onanistic rather than malicious, Armada nonetheless demands to be bronzed as the perfect embodiment of the impulses that so often make games—and gaming culture—boring, self-indulgent, and regressive.
  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    Emily Yoffe
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below: 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Hillary Clinton Says She Is "Very Disappointed" in Donald Trump

    Inae Oh
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    In a new interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton weighed in on the continuing controversy over Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech in which he characterized Mexican immigrants crossing the border as criminals and  "rapists." "I am very disappointed in those comments," Clinton said. "I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying 'enough stop it.'" Trump's remarks have sparked national outrage over their racist descriptions, even prompting several businesses and television networks long associated with the real…
  • The Vast Majority of America's Elected Prosecutors Are White Men

    Jaeah Lee
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    A study released on Tuesday reveals a glaring lack of diversity among America's elected prosecutors. The data, gathered by the Center for Technology and Civil Life and published by the Women's Donors Network, examines the racial and gender makeup of the more than 2,400 elected city, county and district prosecutors, as well as state attorneys general, serving in office during the summer of 2014. Here are the key findings: 95 percent of all elected prosecutors were white. 79 percent of all elected prosecutors were white men. In 14 states, all elected prosecutors were white. Just 1 percent of…
  • What Really Happened With Jesse Jackson's Reddit Appearance

    Josh Harkinson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    You may have read about the situation at Reddit, the online community that devolved into mutinous turmoil after the firing of a popular employee last week. Well, I was pretty close to the center of the storm, and I can tell you that there's more to the story. The fired employee, Victoria Taylor, coordinated the "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) forum, where celebrities and regular people ranging from Bill Murray and President Obama to some random vacuum-cleaner repairman answer Redditors' questions in real time. In response to Taylor's dismissal, the site's army of volunteer moderators shut down…
  • Donald Trump Just Issued Another Insane Rant About Mexico

    Ben Dreyfuss
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Donald Trump is a dumb person who is dumb. For a very long time that dumbness didn't really come with consequences. He had his TV show and his hotels and a lot of fans in the Republican party. Sure, people knew he was a lunatic, but none of his corporate business partners really cared. That changed a few weeks ago when from his mouth biliously flowed some totally racist nonsense about Mexicans being rapists. Ever since the blow back from businesses newly ashamed of their association with Trump has been unflagging. Univision? Gone. Macy's? Gone. NBC? Gone. Today, Donald Trump issued a…
  • South Carolina Senator Rants Against Gay Marriage During Vote on Confederate Flag Removal

    Inae Oh
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    In a historic 37-3 vote, members of South Carolina's Senate just voted to remove the Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds. Monday's vote followed hours of debate, with lawmakers overwhelmingly making the case to do away with the racist symbol once and for all. Perhaps confused by the subject at hand, Sen. Lee Bright used Monday's debate as an opportunity to voice his support in keeping the flag and dually attack the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision last month, not to mention the "abomination colors" showcased by the White House to celebrate the court's decision. "This nation was…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Felon Dinesh D'Souza Spreads Fake Photo Of Hillary Clinton With Confederate Flag

    Heather
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Someone needs to keep this guy off of the Internet while he's finishing his sentence. From Litle Green Footballs: Hilarious: Dinesh D’Souza Falls for Fake Photo of Hillary Clinton With Confederate Flag: Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza, who is often described as an “intellectual conservative,” fell hook, line and sinker for that fake photo of Hillary Clinton with a “Confederate flag” on her bookshelf, debunked yesterday by LGF contributor “Vicious Babushka.” Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn't that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf?
  • Hillary Clinton Rips GOP Candidates On Immigration: In 'The Same General Area' As Trump

    Heather
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:58 pm
    "Very disappointed" is about the nicest thing you could say about this lot of xenophobic fearmongers, but Hillary Clinton took the diplomatic route while reminding the CNN audience that there isn't a whole lot of distance between Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP 2016 clown car when it comes to their policy positions on immigration. They're all more than happy to keep that cheap labor flowing and assure that we continue to have at worst, slave labor, or at best, a permanent underclass with no right to participate in our democracy. Hillary Clinton: I'm 'Very Disappointed' In Trump 'Rapist'…
  • Florida County Votes Unanimously To Fly Confederate Flag

    Karoli
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There's always got to be the one place where they buck the trends, right? Contrarian Marion County, Florida, is that place. Commissioners voted unanimously to put the confederate flag right back up the flagpole, with the excuse that it represents "history." I suppose that "history" depends on which perspective you're looking through, doesn't it? Salon: Officials in Florida’s Marion County have decided to buck the national — not counting Mississippi — trend of removing the Confederate battle flag from government buildings by restoring the one they took down after the June shootings in…
  • If It's July, It's Faux Scandal Season

    Karoli
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    It's July, and the summer before the One that Counts. That means it's also time to gin up some scandals, because Fox News and the right wing noise machine need grist for their mill and distractions to avoid real issues. This week's effort comes to us via Katie Pavlich at TownHall.com and her messaging pal Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch. Once again, we arrive at the first stop -- a new installment in the IRS "scandal," mostly because it is imperative that the pressure stay on the IRS to back away slowly from any scrutiny whatsoever of those non-profit organizations funding the message machine.
  • Even Conservatives Who Are Convicted Felons Get NY Times Interviews

    John Amato
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Being a conservative pundit or politician means you never have to say you're sorry and you can always wind up with a glowing profile from the Washington Post, Politico or The NY Times. You can even get a headline like this even if you're a convicted felon. Dinesh D’Souza Isn’t the Real Criminal After your conviction for violating campaign-finance law, you served an eight-month sentence, spending nights in a confinement center. Irving Kristol once said that a neoconservative is a liberal who has been ‘‘mugged by reality.’’ So what’s a conservative whose reality is being…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Once upon a time she was beautiful

    CJ Newlife
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 7, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Shark Week was pretty much ruined for me after Obama made all the sharks get gay-married. Thanks, Barry. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 7, 2015
  • Greece votes “No,” leaving us where?

    Gavin Chait
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    When Yanis Varoufakis left academia to take up his position as Greece’s finance minister after the far-left electoral victory which brought Syriza to power, he said words to the effect that – if things didn’t work out – he could … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 6, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Hey Prince Charles, who died and left you king? *Prince Charles bursts into tears and runs away* Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 6, 2015
  • Racism: Update for white Christians

    Joshua Booth
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    During the epidemic of denial regarding the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, accurately described as PTSD-like by my friend Sam, the genius editorialist Ta-Nahisi Coates published an open letter to his son, in which he struggles with … Continue reading →
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    Power Line

  • Donald Trump Was Right

    John Hinderaker
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    (John Hinderaker) For the last week, I have intended to write about Donald Trump’s observation that some illegal immigrants are rapists–or, rather, about the crazed over-reaction to Trump’s undeniably true observation. We have written many times about outrages committed by illegals who should have been deported long before they finally committed crimes so horrific as to attract nationwide notice. Darron Wint and Francisco Sanchez are two recent instances of immigrants who would have been deported under any sane immigration system, but who, left undisturbed by the powers that…
  • Goodnight Vienna (6)

    Scott Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    (Scott Johnson) There are no surprises in Omri Ceren’s latest email update from Vienna, but if you have been following his reports, you will find this of interest (footnoted URLs at the bottom). Omri writes: The parties missed another deadline this morning, and talks are now expected to go through the end of the week. Mogherini told reporters this morning: “I am not talking about extension. I am talking about taking the hours we need to try to complete our work”(?). The overwhelming consensus from press and analysts here in Vienna nonetheless hasn’t changed: the…
  • Another Day, Another Leftist Fraud [With Comments by John on the Democrats' "One Drop" Rule]

    Steven Hayward
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    (Steven Hayward) In what could be practically a daily feature, another case of Liberal Ethnic Identity Theft (LEIT-skinned??) has been uncovered. The Daily Caller has the story: Andrea Smith, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, has started to draw attention in the wake of the Dolezal incident from those who say she has for years falsely claimed to have Cherokee blood. The case is arguably much more significant, though, because while Dolezal was a relatively undistinguished academic at Eastern Washington University, Smith is recognized as a…
  • In Portland, the mania of Bernie

    Scott Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    (Scott Johnson) Reader Dave Begley reported for us on the mania of (and for) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Now we can go to the tape to check out the mania for Bernie in Portland, Maine (video below, too long at about an hour). Times are tough in Obama’s America! A revolution in political consciousness! Fight for Social Security! Fight for Social Security taxes! Raise the minimum wage! Transform America (again)! Brothers and sisters, we are going to end “wealth inequality”! It is “grotesque”! We are going to send a…
  • The deep meaning of San Francisco

    Scott Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    (Scott Johnson) In one phase the modern novel takes up the idea of expressive form. James Joyce took it about as far as possible in Ulysses, with the style of each chapter varying to mirror the content. In the “Aeolus” chapter placed inside a newspaper office, for example, Joyce exhausted the variety of rhetorical devices available in English to capture windbaggery in action. The city of San Francisco now presents as a real life study in expressive form. San Francisco is the expressive form of the Democratic Party. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders documents the…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • It Is Accomplished

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    As Gandhi never quite said, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest argument after my TNR cover-story on the matter was laughter. “This is the loopiest idea ever to come down the pike,” he joked. “Why are we even discussing it?” Those were isolating  days. A young fellow named Evan Wolfson who had written a dissertation on the subject…
  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private. That means bloggers put themselves out there in far more ballsy fashion than many officially sanctioned pundits do, and they make fools of themselves more often, too. The only way to correct your…
  • The Miracle Of Francis

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I quit blogging (at least) once before in 2005 – but the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ended my premature retirement. I knew Ratzinger’s work intimately, and had wrestled with it for years. I knew instantly that the church I loved…
  • A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore all the excellent reads. I could probably spend a year going back and reading so much of what I missed. Also, how will we know where to go next if you don’t leave the site up for us to explore the “Blog Love” list? And some of the “Threads” have great significance (suicide, abortion – these have…
  • As The World Turns

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The core sign of the entrenchment of social change is that the opposition eventually accepts it or acquiesces to it. When I started campaigning for…
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    WSJ.COM

  • San Francisco Killing Sparks Illegal Immigrant Detention Debate

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:26 pm
    The fatal shooting of a woman in San Francisco last week, allegedly by an illegal immigrant man convicted of seven felonies and previously deported to Mexico, has sparked a debate about the extent to which local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities should cooperate.
  • U.S. Seeks Mideast Shift to Follow Iran Deal

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    The White House is crafting a Middle East strategy for the remaining 18 months of President Barack Obama’s term that would more forcefully address conflicts in Iraq, Yemen and Syria amid tensions over the conclusion of talks with Iran.
  • Fight Over Health Law Turns to Medical-Device Tax

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Congressional Republicans see a repeal of a tax on medical devices as their best opportunity to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
  • Two Reasons Not to Dismiss Donald Trump

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Republicans would be wise to heed both the harm and the lesson of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, writes Gerald F. Seib.
  • South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds, though the proposal still needs approval from the state House and the governor.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Ultimate Act of Insurrection

    Daisy Luther
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s Independence Day! The 4th of July! Burgers! Picnics! Fireworks! That’s what it’s all about, right? Go, America! Actually, no, there probably weren’t any hotdogs cooking on the grill on Independence Day in 1776. When the founding fathers of our nation signed the Declaration of Independence, they probably weren’t wondering if the beer was cold yet, if Ben was going to burn the burgers again, or whether Thomas remembered the lighter for the fireworks. They were thinking about freedom. The whole purpose of the gesture was that these men were tired of bowing down to someone who did…
  • Beer Goes Far Better With Food

    No Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Beer is a better drink to serve with food than wine, Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year has claimed, as she advises hosts to serve it a Champagne flute or brandy snifter rather than traditional pint glasses. Jane Peyton, who was named Sommelier of the Year by The Beer Academy in May, said that there was too much snobbery around pairing beer with food. She advised serving beers made with Champagne yeast as an aperitif or ales with chocolate and coffee flavours with rich desserts like tirimusu. “It’s actually much better pairing with a food than wine and there are so many special beers…
  • Will Texas Stop Licensing Marriage?

    No Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) has an intriguing response to Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decision imposing a national mandate to override the diverse ways in which state governments deal with same sex marriage. Simpson is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a special session of the state legislature to consider Simpson’s proposal that Texas end marriage licensing in the state. Simpson’s radical response to the court’s decision should not be too surprising given that earlier this year he responded to the war on marijuana with a bill that…
  • Who Has Denigrated Marriage?

    Laurence M. Vance
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians are not going to like what I am going to say. And neither are most ordinary conservatives. But that has never stopped me before. The recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges was inevitable: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. It was inevitable because exactly two years before, the Supreme Court, in the case…
  • Nowhere To Run

    Chris Sullivan
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850 to deal with the problem of runaway slaves and the weakening of a 1793 law with the same objective. All people want to keep the fruits of their labor and when this desire is violated they seek some remedy, whether it be a change in the law or a change in location. If a slave could make it to Canada he was probably safe from the slave catchers. Some northern states had laws against black people – slave or free – moving into the state, so Canada was probably the best option. If a slave could escape to a free area he could keep all his earnings since…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Gilmore Will Run for President

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) told the Richmond Times Dispatch that he is running for president and plans a formal announcement in the first week of August. “He said he does not think any other Republican candidates have addressed what he considers the vital national security and economic concerns facing the nation.”
  • Clinton Steps Up Attack on GOP Field

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton escalated her criticism of her GOP presidential rivals during a campaign stop here in Iowa, “knocking the field of candidates on immigration reform, health care and LGBT issues while steering clear of directly attacking her Democratic primary rivals,” the Washington Post reports. Said Clinton: “How many people running on the Republican side try to demean immigrants, insult immigrants, cast aspersions on immigrants? They know as well as we know, we are not going to deport 11 or 12 million people living here. I hear the Republican candidates — and it’s…
  • U.S. Fighter Jets Met Russian Bombers

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    “The US scrambled fighter jets to intercept four Russian bombers that were flying close to the coast off California and Alaska on Independence Day,” according to the Independent. “The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) has not said if either pair of bombers was armed. At the time of the interceptions, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called President Obama to wish him a happy July 4th.”
  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    “Hillary is not bad. It’s just, we all know she is having an excitement problem. We all know that. It’s not a secret.” — Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Herald.
  • Golf Tournaments Dump Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    “The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump’s golf course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate’s comments on illegal Mexican immigrants,” the AP reports. Meanwhile, Yahoo News reports that ESPN announced “that it has moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Los Angeles to Pelican Hill Golf Club in nearby Newport Beach, Calif.” Said ESPN: “We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Scott Walker's Office Was Part of a Sneaky Effort to Keep His Records Private

    Russ Choma
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Update (7/7/15): Gov. Scott Walker's office has confirmed in a statement that it was involved with the measure to change Wisconsin's open-records law to block access to many currently available government documents. The statement was released after Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) acknowledged that Walker's office took part in discussions to slip the changes into a last-minute budget bill. Fitzgerald said the governor's office had specifically cited the volume of requests it receives as one reason for the measure. Another Wisconsin Republican lawmaker, Rep. Dale Kooyenga,…
  • These GOP Candidates Are Standing Behind Donald Trump

    Allie Gross
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Following Donald Trump's controversial comments suggesting that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" who bring drugs and crime to America, his fellow 2016 contenders have largely condemned his inflammatory remarks. But a handful of Republican hopefuls have either defended the real estate mogul or, in one case, fled a question on the subject to avoid going on the record. Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson are standing behind Trump. They have defended (even applauded) the billionaire, in what might be attempts to appeal to conservatives opposed to immigration reform. Continue Reading »
  • Here's What Happens When You Ask a Bunch of Hippie Kids to Act Like Correctional Officers

    Michael Mechanic
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It has taken Hollywood more than four decades to turn the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment into a feature film, but not for lack of trying. There have been numerous attempts, retired psychology professor Philip Zimbardo told me. One involved Leonardo DiCaprio, whose father, George, was one of his students. But they kept falling through, either due to the whims of Hollywood or because Zimbardo found the treatments "too grandiose." To use the university's name in The Stanford Prison Experiment movie, which hits theaters on July 17, producer Brent Emery had to agree that he would portray the…
  • What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

    Katherine Reynolds Lewis
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nina D'Aran, the principal of Central School in South Berwick, Maine, has implemented many of Dr. Ross Greene's methods and philosophy along with her staff. Tristan Spinski/GRAIN   Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a third-grader with a history of acting up in class, was flipping out on the playground. He'd taken off his belt and was flailing it around and grunting. The recess staff was worried he might hurt someone. Robinson, who was Will's educational aide, raced back to the…
  • Teddy Roosevelt Was Obsessed With Making the Dollar Look Like the Greek Drachma

    James West
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    After Sunday's decisive vote to reject a financial bailout offer, Greece may now be inching closer to leaving the eurozone—the collection of 19 countries that maintains the euro. If it does, it will need a new currency, of course, likely the drachma—the name of Greece's currency going back to ancient times. Ancient Greek drachma coins, as it happens, were famous for their artistry, especially the handcrafted, high-relief designs—three-dimensional and elaborate—that rose from the faces of the coins. Many coins from Athens featured an owl, the bird representing the…
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    Raw Story

  • WATCH: ‘The Simpsons’ skewers Donald Trump in a hair-raising adventure for Homer

    Arturo Garcia
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    While Fox News has been rallying behind Donald Trump, Fox’s The Simpsons was not as generous, releasing a short skit online getting inside the Republican presidential candidate’s head — or rather, his scalp. “Trumptastic Adventure” opens with Homer being recruited as on...
  • Los Angeles cop arrested for setting girlfriend’s hair on fire after beating her

    Arturo Garcia
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery for allegedly attacking his girlfriend before setting her hair on fire, the Orange County Register reported. Prosecutors said 33-year-old Alejandro Flores attacked the woman on June 28 inside their B...
  • Revealed: Scott Walker and GOP allies tried to undermine low-wage workers and open records laws

    International Business Times
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and his allies in the state legislature added a slew of provisions to the state’s budget proposal late last week, including language that would cut out the term “living wage” from state law and replace it with “minimum wage.” That change could be significant...
  • Subway drops spokesperson Jared Fogle amid child pornography investigation

    International Business Times
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Jared Fogle and Subway will no longer be synonymous — at least for now. The sandwich giant decided to cut ties with its spokesman after 15 years following a search by federal and state agents of Fogle’s Zionsville, Indiana, home Tuesday morning as part of a child pornography investigatio...
  • Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore wil reportedly join GOP presidential field

    Reuters
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore said on Tuesday he would join the crowded race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Gilmore, who briefly sought the 2008 Republican nomination before dropping out, said in an interview with the newspaper that ...
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Steve Bell on Jean-Claude Juncker's reaction to the Greece referendum – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
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  • Chris Grayling's Groundhog Day – it's an Evel horror

    John Crace
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Leader of the house suffers another humiliation as House of Commons stages emergency debateIn Groundhog Day, Bill Murray got to relive the same day over and over again until he was note perfect. In the House of Commons, Chris Grayling’s life is travelling in the opposite direction. Having been caught trying to sneak English votes for English laws through parliament using a change in standing orders rather than the full legislative process last Thursday, the leader of the house was forced to suffer a worse nightmare after Lib Dem Alastair Carmichael dug out a standing order of his own to…
  • George Osborne to raise Victoria Cross and George Cross payments to £10,000

    Patrick Wintour Political editor
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Annual fee, which is to be funded by £3m in fines levied on banks, has been announced ahead of budget speech on WednesdayFuture recipients of Britain’s highest awards for military and civilian bravery, the Victoria Cross and the George Cross, will receive an annual payment of £10,000 from the state, which will be funded from fines levied on banks.The funding is expected to be part of a larger package of donations to military causes from bank fines, building on the £450m for good causes announced using banking fines over the past five years. Continue reading...
  • Direct aid, subsidies, tax breaks – the hidden welfare budget we don’t debate

    Aditya Chakrabortty
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Vast sums are handed out in corporate welfare and official silence is skewing the debate, so the public don’t know where billions of their own taxes are goingIn 2013, just days before laying out his autumn statement, George Osborne told the BBC: “The cost of welfare is one of the things that makes the public finances unsustainable. We need an affordable state.” The government had to cut the bloated welfare state because it was sucking up too much money.Yet in the financial year ending March 2013, the Guardian can reveal, Britons handed £93bn in welfare to corporations. That is…
  • The £93bn handshake: businesses pocket huge subsidies and tax breaks

    Aditya Chakrabortty
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Guardian’s analysis reveals that hidden subsidies, direct grants and tax breaks to big business amount to £3,500 a year given by each UK householdTaxpayers are handing businesses £93bn a year – a transfer of more than £3,500 from each household in the UK.The total emerges from the first comprehensive account of what Britons give away to companies in grants, subsidies and tax breaks, published exclusively in the Guardian. Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    * In her much-hyped interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton sought to tattoo the GOP with Donald Trump’s views on immigration: Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for his comments on Mexican immigrants in the first national interview of her presidential campaign. “I’m very disappointed in those comments, and I feel very bad and very disappointed with […]
  • How durable is the Democratic advantage among Latinos?

    Greg Sargent
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Is the overwhelming advantage that Democrats appear to be building among Latinos durable? Or could it prove far more ephemeral than it appears? Put another way, can Democrats count on the 2016 GOP presidential ticket re-running Mitt Romney’s historically bad performance among Latino voters? Or could a Jeb Bush (or, less likely in my view, […]
  • Republicans have won the battle over money in politics. Should anyone celebrate?

    Paul Waldman
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    As the candidates for president have begun announcing their second-quarter fundraising hauls, a couple of things have become apparent. First, there is a huge amount of money flowing into the campaign, even to some second-tier candidates. And second, the campaign finance system is a joke. As we now approach the anything-goes situation that Republicans have […]
  • Morning Plum: Voting access is dismal throughout the south, new report finds

    Greg Sargent
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    The Post’s Niraj Chokshi has the scoop on an interesting new report that the Center for American Progress is releasing today that rates all the states in terms of how well their voting systems are faring. The report divides the question of how to rate the health of our democracies in the states into three […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    * Things are changing down in Dixie: The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. The bipartisan proposal, which emerged after last month’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, was approved by a 37-to-3 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Senate has […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
  • Paranoia Bites The Hand that Feeds It

    9 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.When it comes to conspiracy theories, I dislike them all. Wasn't always that way. between about the age of 8 and 13, I was a big believer in things like UFOs, government conspiracies, and all those other things I'd lump under…
  • A Problem of Identification

    4 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    At a recent Staff Development event, we had a speaker from the Federal Reserve over to talk about the Demographics of the city we serve. What he had to say was pretty astounding, even to someone like me. This report contains much of the surprising information about Houston and it's Metropolitan area, and it should suprise you, too.The speaker's presentation, which went beyond the information in there, said that the current reality of Houston, with it's incredibly diverse population, reflects the future of our country. He backed what he said by showing us the percentage of Americans in terms…
 
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • Trump Goes Too Far but Should Take a Bow

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The Trump bomb on illegal immigration could also be characterized, unfortunately, as a flare: illuminating voter anger over the border and over what GOP voters perceive as a lack of law enforcement. On the border and inside the borders in terms of the deportation/amnesty divide. Trump's comments were blunt and even racist, but they can also be seen as a far more direct statement of what many GOP candidates have already proclaimed: the border must be enforced and the lack of enforcement has consequences within America. Ted Cruz did not denounce Trump, unlike many other GOP candidates like Bush…
  • Marriage Should Mean One Plus One and No One Else

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    If you believe Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute, then heterosexual marriage has been an artificial construction imposed by Christianity. The then recently-converted Constantine unleashed the apparatus of his decaying empire - reborn under Christ - to persecute what had been a natural part of human society. And in his April article at Cato's site, he also gave a passing nod to drug prohibition, which will surely fall in the glorious march of Libertarianism, the kind that is taking natural liberty to it's "logical extreme" through a process that is "wonderfully radical." So if your child's…
  • Comfortable With a Flag

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Liberal means something very different in Europe and South America, for example, than it does in the US. Abroad, it follows more closely along the classic 18th century lines of individual liberty and is more like libertarianism - to an extent - than in America. One can argue that the evolution of liberalism in North America as an interventionist, statist, and progressive ideology or perspective has to do with conservatism in America in past ages. And that brings one to the institution of slavery and the shootings in Charleston and even the reasons that Dylann Roof apparently gave for the…
  • As You Get to Know Rand Paul, Will You Like Him?

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Rand Paul's stance on immigration seems to be to: 1. Secure the Border first 2. Then, provide some sort of amnesty to the 11 + million illegals in America While there is as much anger at government as there ever has been in the country, does that make an angry voter libertarian? If, as a GOP voter, one professes mistrust and hostility towards so-called RINO's, do you believe in true Libertarianism? Immigration, and specifically amnesty or immigration reform of one kind or another, is a flashpoint. It will help answer the question of who is actually a libertarian espousing maximum freedom and…
  • Who Does Ben Carson Have to Impress?

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Since Daniel Allott's hit piece on Ben Carson back in May, the debate has been not over what Dr. Carson is capable of - most things he sets his mind and soul on might be overstating it, but not by much - but rather over what Dr. Carson should study up on and how long it will take him. According to Allott he needs to spend time working his way up through the Washington establishment and learn how to "build consensus" which smells like knowing who is located where on K street. The "humility" he deems lacking in Carson means Ben needs to bone up on his hypocrisy a little. And his need to learn…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • EC 101

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Cuba and US back to biz as usual. Stand by for a new influx of 'huddling masses' needing a job. Puerto Rico on it's back so we should expect more huddling masses from there, and so on - - - EC101 - when there is a shortage of something that something cost more. More oil equals a lower price. Less gold equals a higher price, and so on - - - A shortage of airline seats equals higher priced tickets. Some think the airline corpocracy is dickering with the number of seats available. An overabundance of capital labor equals lower labor rates. Some think the corpocratists are/have been dickering…
  • Judge Presnell and Marcus Dwayne Robertson

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    How high a bar does prosecutorial evidence have to clear in order for someone like Marcus Dwayne Robertson to be convicted? It's a reasonable question to ask, seeing that U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has thrown out the case against Robertson, who is accused of aiding and training or inspiring potential American jihadists to emigrate to training camps abroad. Robertson was the leader of crazed muslim bank-robbing gang Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves that robbed and killed in New York in the early 90's. At the time he was also close to Omar Rahman, the "Blind Shiek" responsible for the…
  • Therian Wimbush's Excessive Litigation

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A few years ago, the House Judiciary Committee, investigating the effect of excessive litigation on the United States' global competitiveness, was told of five types of litigation abuse by plaintiffs counsel: improperly recruiting plaintiffs, importing foreign claims, piggybacking off government investigations, pursuing aggregate litigation, and seeking third party litigation financing. They forgot to add a sixth: plain old crazy litigation by self-represented plaintiffs. In Georgia, the bizarre case of Recardo and Therian Wimbush, and their nine children - one of whom they essentially locked…
  • Bureaucrats and the Pursuit of Your Happiness

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Existing Home sales are up nicely and new home sales are expected to follow and prices are firming as well in the face of limited inventory growth. 30 year mortgage rates are around 4% and will rise slightly at some point in the future as the Fed finally begins to lightly tap on the gas pedal. All we need is Ike in the White House right? Wrong. As the economy slowly builds a stable base and things improve, the mood in America is far from sunny. As conservatives debate the flag flying in South Carolina with many saying it's time to take it down, and while liberals and other progressives rage…
  • Jeb Bush and the Democratic Establishment

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Some people are still arguing about the 92 election and Ross Perot's supposed role as a spoiler. If you believe the spoiler crowd, the diminutive Texan cost Jeb Bush's father the election. Others insist that given the economy and the tailing off of the Iraq War boost, as well as 12 years of GOP administrations, Clinton had a low hurdle to climb over and would have won with or without Perot in the election. Does Jeb Bush feel that he now has to compete with a whole host of Ross Perots? If only all those pesky GOP rivals would drop out, or at least most of them, we could have a serious GOP…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

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

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

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

  • Rihanna Is No Pam Grier

    Noah Berlatsky
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cheated and disrespected, a black woman on film enacts bloody vengeance using her cunning, her ruthlessness, and the fact that society compulsively underestimates her. The final scene shows her expressionless—perhaps traumatized but unbowed, a survivor who has overcome abuse and humiliation and se
  • Three South Carolina Senators Voted to Keep the Confederate Flag Flying. Here’s Their Reasoning.

    Naomi Shavin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds. While 37 senators 
  • Obama’s Agenda Is Helping Hillary by Cornering Republicans

    Brian Beutler
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Three months ago, as the prospect of an international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions came into focus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged that as a first-term president in 2017 he would unilaterally void any deal,
  • Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

    Jeet Heer
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to f
  • How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

    Jamil Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I didn’t realize until I was a little bit older that what we all saw thirty years ago this week in Back to the Future was a sexual assault, but I recognized the hero moment immediately. When George McFly opens the car door to find bully Biff T
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • The return of Helen Demidenko: from literary hoaxer to political operator | Jeff Sparrow

    Jeff Sparrow
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Revisiting the Demidenko affair, one of the defining culture wars of the 1990s, can help us understand the return of its protagonist to public lifeThe two leading parliamentary opponents of wind turbines, David Leyonhjelm and John Madigan, have novelists in their employ. Madigan’s chief of staff is one Brendan Gullifer, the author of Sold, a satirical novel published by Melbourne publishers Sleepers. Leyonhjelm is advised by Helen Dale, aka Helen Darville, aka Helen Demidenko, author of The Hand that Signed the Paper.Dale’s involvement in the wind turbine “debate” is of particular…
  • Fancy a kangaroo kebab? There are so many ways to teach Indigenous culture | #IndigenousX

    Kellianne Anderson for IndigenousX
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    @IndigenousX host Kellianne Anderson is helping to ensure that all Australian children know the history of their land and about the people who lived here before themI feel I am lucky to have the job I do. Education is my passion and I love being able to make a difference. I work for the Queensland Department of Education and Training as a principal project officer, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in schools (Eatsips) in the Darling Downs South West Region. My region covers a large area of southern Queensland, from the Lockyer Valley to the Queensland and South…
  • Conservatives' collective tantrum over the pope has been a wonder to behold | Dominic Kelly

    Dominic Kelly
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The week-long freakout in the Australian over Laudato Si’ is the overdue realisation by conservatives that the Catholic church doesn’t belong to them There are few events in the Australian media as simultaneously sad and hilarious as an extended tantrum from the Australian. While our national broadsheet’s recent focus has been on confecting outrage about Q&A, its hysterical response to Pope Francis’s second encyclical has flown under the radar. With Laudato Si’ Pope Francis has called on the world to act to prevent catastrophic environmental destruction, and in the process…
  • Steve Bell on Jean-Claude Juncker's reaction to the Greece referendum – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
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  • Long life? I think we’ve cracked it | Catherine Shoard

    Catherine Shoard
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    From what I can make out, if one wants to live forever – or at least until 110 – you must head straight to your local hipster restaurantThere’s a sign on Susannah Mushatt Jones’s kitchen wall. It reads: “Bacon makes everything better.” You could legitimately quibble with this. Not better for the pig, of course. Plus, what about concerns around the cholesterol and sodium content, as well as links between bacon and chronic pulmonary disease and diminished sperm morphology? But it’d be hard to argue to her face: Jones is the world’s oldest living person. On Monday, when she…
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Bernie Sanders: National Holiday Voting

    WhyTuesday
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    This just in from the 2016 presidential campaign trail: Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 2, 2015 Thanks for pointing out how silly Tuesday voting is, Senator Sanders. Now we’d love to hear from the other 2016 candidates on election reform, as we did in 2012 and 2008. If YOU don’t know why we vote on Tuesday, you’ll find the answer here. Spoiler: absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
  • Amb. Young to Candidates: Speak Up

    Ambassador Andrew Young
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    The following post by our co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young first appeared as a letter to the editor in the New York Times. In “Let the People Vote” (editorial, June 5), you are right to applaud Hillary Rodham Clinton in making voting reform a top priority. However, I firmly believe that this issue is not about Republican versus Democrat. I believe that all Americans want the same thing: a fraud-free election in which as many citizens vote as possible. It is a disgrace that turnout in America ranks 138th out of 172 democracies around the world. It is common sense that if you want to fill…
  • Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

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

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

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

  • Marco Rubio: He Worked Hard And Did Well For His Family–The Republican Bastard!

    Mike McDaniel
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    credit: newyorktimes Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio scares Democrats to death. How can we know this with certainty? Their media subsidiary has been attacking him with breathless stories implying horrific wrong doing and corruption. But isn’t that a good thing? Exposing corruption on the part of politicians? We report; you decide. I first wrote of The New York Times’ initial salvo in the sliming Rubio campaign in Marco Rubio: Out Of Control Lawbreaker. In that article, we learned that since 1977, Marco Rubio has received four traffic citations! That’s right;…
  • Countering Islamist Ideology: Never Mind!

    Mike McDaniel
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    On July 6, Mr. Obama met with military leaders at the Pentagon–oh, to have been a fly on the wall in those meetings!–and thereafter gave a brief speech, but took no questions. There was nothing surprising about the President’s comments, but some were revealing of a man with a strategy. That’s right. Despite saying he has no strategy regarding ISIS, Mr. Obama certainly does, but it has nothing to do with defeating ISIS or Islamist terrorism, particularly state-sponsored terrorism. “Kicking the can down the road” might be the best description of Mr. Obama’s…
  • The Mental Rape And Sadness Of Wedding Cakes

    Mike McDaniel
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Around about the Fourth of July, it’s worthwhile–and becoming more and more necessary–to revisit our founding documents, particularly the Declaration of Independence.  Consider these two passages: WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes…
  • Deny The Premise: BC/AD v. BCE/CE

    Mike McDaniel
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    credit: flickr.com Upon occasion, people ask where I get ideas for articles. I tell them that from time to time, I find a sealed envelope on the front step of my home, delicately scented and written in elegant cursive, in an alluringly feminine hand. In those envelopes are found a 3” X 5” plain file card with tantalizingly few words suggesting a topic. Neighbors have, from time to time, caught a glimpse of a tall, willowy young woman with long, dark hair, clad entirely, and formally, in black, a wide brimmed hat obscuring her face. None have seen her face clearly, but all describe her…
  • Teaching Shakespeare: It’s Greek To Me

    Mike McDaniel
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: biography.com From time to time, people come along and announce to the world through the always helpful offices of the Media, that they are doing something terribly courageous, as though by merely telling the entire world, they are in some sort of deadly danger. Bruce Jenner’s recent transformation into a sort of woman is a case in point. I suspect I could have completed my journey on this small, blue planet quite satisfactorily without knowing of Jenner’s issues, nor have I gained a new definition of courage in the knowing. In fact, Jenner has been lauded by all the usual…
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  • Going on vacation

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I'll probably be unavailable for blogging over the next week as I'm going on vacation out to New Mexico. Have a wonderful 4th of July and I'll start up again when I return.
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Reuters interviews African Americans who regard the whole controversy over the Confederate flag a distraction. Ya think? And I'd go beyond the problems mentioned in the article about violence in their communities and racism from the police. There is a lot more to the economic problems so many blacks face and it has nothing to do with the Confederate flag.Ah, the Greecification of the United States draws ever closer.The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    Jonathan Last imagines how Bernie Sanders' success as a protest candidate will lead to Zombie Hillary, the undead candidate who just keeps attacking.And if there's one thing we've learned about Hillary Clinton over the years, it's that she never backs down.Not when the press went after her for Travelgate. Not when the House of Representatives was drafting articles of impeachment against her husband. Not when she was clearly losing the 2008 nomination. Not when she was being investigated for Whitewater, or Benghazi, or State Department emails, or ... well, you get the idea.Like a zombie,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Well, that was disappointing, but I hadn't really expected the Supreme Court to rule differently based on the questions asked at oral argument. It is very discouraging to have the principle that the bureaucracy and administration can determine what a law means even when they have to make up their interpretation. It's ironic that so many pundits are saying that having the decision go the way it did on King v. Burwell is a political plus for the Republicans since they don't have to figure out a way to give people subsidies while still remaining committed to ending Obamacare.Yuval Levin explains…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    George Will has some very good questions for Hillary Clinton.Three times in your memoir Hard Choices you say that as secretary of state you visited 112 countries. Do you think “peripatetic” is a synonym for “effective”? ....President George W. Bush said that when he looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes he saw a “very straightforward and trustworthy” man. You looked into Putin’s regime and saw an opportunity for a cooperative policy “reset.” Were you or Bush more mistaken?In March 2003, Bush launched a war of choice to accomplish regime change in Iraq, mistakenly believing it…
 
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  • The Current Presidential Race

    David Robertson
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Aristotle said that Man by nature is a political animal. When he said “animal”, he wasn’t referring to the kind of animal that one might find in a petting zoo. Political animals are more like the carnivores that one might encounter during an African safari. When dealing with one, it is a good idea to be armed with an elephant gun and plenty of ammunition. Speaking of elephants, some folks are describing the current GOP presidential field as a clown car full of clowns. That description doesn’t work, because there are too many GOP contenders for even a clown car.
  • Greek Banks Shut Down Withdrawals – Could This Happen in America?

    Michael Becker
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Greek banks have closed their doors to depositors. Actually, they've closed their doors to "withdrawers" there aren't any depositors
  • Iran Won’t Allow Inspections – US Doesn’t Care

    Michael Becker
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    We're pretty sure that the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry not only don't care if Iran gets nuclear weapons
  • “The Bible is not so much a book, but a library”

    Rick Rice
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Fr. Robert Barron takes on the Bible literalists and the critics who puff themselves up by critiquing the Bible through the literalist lens.   Excellent stuff: Once I left behind the prison that I believe is Sola Scriptura, I experienced what I believe is the freedom that Christ promised. Honestly. Hat tip to Padre Steve. Crossposted at Brutally Honest.
  • Flag Desecration at Valdosta State Stopped by a Girl

    Michael Becker
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    Actually, Michelle Manhart isn't "a girl" she's an Air Force veteran who took offense at a group that was walking on the US flag to protest racism.
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  • White people can't be terrorists, Part II

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    White people can't be terrorists, Part IIby digbySo, this isn't terrorism either:A Tennessee man was indicted on Tuesday for a plot to burn down a mosque, school and cafeteria in a small, rural New York town with a large Muslim community. According to federal charges, 63-year-old former congressional candidate Robert Doggart advertised his plot on Facebook and tried to recruit others to join him in his mission to “cut them to shreds.” Despite those allegations, Doggart was released into the custody of two family members last week, which has inflamed some critics who accuse…
  • About that Christian coalition...

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    About that Christian coalition...by digbyI wrote about a potential Catholic Evangelical split the other day for Salon. I think there are more reasons for it than just the Pope, but that's actually reason enough. Now this:ANKENY, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay marriage and abortion in past elections.The vocal pivot from such traditional…
  • Eight months ago this happened

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Eight months ago this happenedby digbyHard to believe:WASHINGTON — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a…
  • That time Bill Cosby blamed rape on rap music

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    That time Bill Cosby blamed rape on rap musicby digbyBack in 2005, I was appalled by Cosby's judgmental blatherings about the failing of black culture on Meet the Press one morning. When I went back to look at the transcript, this came up:MR. COSBY: But you see, when youth does that, you have to understand that youth—these are, these are kids, they, they don’t have the responsibilities that, that we have. They don’t have to have a job. They don’t have to support a family. They don’t have to buy insurance. They—so they’re, they’re free-forming and they’re freewheeling. It’s…
  • All American torture #yeswedothattoo

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    All American torture #yeswedothattooby digbyThis piece about the years long torture regime in Chicago --- and the fight for reparations for those who had suffered under it:The 20-year reign of police torture that was orchestrated by Commander Jon Burge—and implicated former Mayor Richard M. Daley and a myriad of high ranking police and prosecutorial officials—has haunted Chicago for decades. In These Times has covered Burge and the movement to achieve a modicum of justice for his victims very closely over the years (you can read our past coverage here, here, here, here, and here).
 
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  • Sometimes It's Best To Shut Your Piehole

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I like very much that the whole "mansplaining" concept and term was introduced to the world. I don't think I'm really a mansplainer - I don't actually think the ladies always need my sage knowledge - but I do get that sometimes I engage in discussion in a style which can probably be seen that way. I used to teach, so sometimes I go into "teacher mode," and like many people I can be a blowhard knowitall at times which isn't actually the same thing as mansplaining, but it can seem very much the same.Still that there's a word and a concept makes me aware of the possibility, and I'm just a bit…
  • Drumming On The Walls

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Funny.Thrush tries to pull rank on Digby. Hilarious. I've long been amused when they get their panties in a twist because people actually read their stuff and dare to think they might be influential? Would they prefer that they were completely inconsequential? Villagers are so weird.
  • Tuesday Crass Commercialism

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Ta-Nehisi Coates is smarter than most of us, so I suspect his new book is worth reading..
  • Choices

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    We've let transportation infrastructure degrade in the past. If we're going to do it again, we should do it by choice, not by random attrition.
  • Success Stories

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    I get annoyed when people talk about the legal constraints that central banks face because "do whatever the fuck they want just call it an emergency" seems to govern their actual behavior when necessary. Greece is a tiny part of the Eurozone. The ECB could have taken over their debts without causing inflation. They could've mailed giant checks to every citizen of Greece without causing inflation. They could have made the lives of actual people infinitely better at essentially no cost.But Teh Moral Hazard!!! The only moral hazard issue we see these days is that big banks lend without fear of…
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  • Greek Update: Proposal? What Proposal? I Thought You Were Going To Make A Proposal

    Frederick Leatherman
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, accompanied by his new finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, arrived at an afternoon meeting of Eurozone finance ministers without a formal written proposal. That’s right. No proposal. The Wall street Journal reports, Emboldened by Sunday’s poll results, Mr. Tsipras’s government sought a consensus with opposition parties for a new bailout proposal to present. But that plan offered no economic-policy specifics beyond a call to reduce Greece’s debt mountain. At the so-called Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers, Mr. Tsakalotos read out proposals…
  • If Only Chicago Police Treated All Marijuana Smokers As If They Were Deadheads

    Kevin Gosztola
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Parking lot hang at the Grateful Dead show up north. Let the games begin……#deadhead pic.twitter.com/gJtwKttKiv — The Tulips (@tulipsmusic) June 28, 2015 Tens of thousands of fans of the Grateful Dead traveled to Chicago for the final three reunion concerts, which the band’s “core four” musicians will likely ever perform. Police knew numerous fans would smoke marijuana. However, police only made one arrest for cannabis possession in violation of the city’s ordinance against public weed consumption. The Chicago Sun-Times reported, “Chicago Police…
  • Jill Stein: Time To Reject The ‘Lesser-Evil’ & Stand Up For The Greater Good ?

    Mnar Muhawesh
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The presidential campaign season is upon us, and the corporate-aligned, two-party duopoly is dominating the conversation taking place in American media. In turn, the corporate-funded media is selling only candidates whose agendas align and don’t disrupt commercial fundraising. In this winner-take-all system, voters are left to choose between the lesser of two evils. And Americans are growing weary of the status quo. Indeed, over 58 percent of Americans believe a third U.S. political party is needed because the Republican and Democratic parties “do such a poor job” representing the…
  • Thank You for Supporting My Husband, Jeffrey Sterling, Who is Now in Prison

    Holly Sterling
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    [*Editor’s Note: The following is a message that was sent to Roots Action members and is published with permission.] First, I want to express my deep appreciation to you for signing the petition that urged the government to drop charges against my husband, Jeffrey. “As a whistleblower, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling went through channels to inform staffers of the Senate Intelligence Committee about the ill-conceived and dangerous CIA action known as Operation Merlin,” the petition said. Unfortunately, the government went ahead with its prosecution. After a trial…
  • Over Easy: Summer Vacation

    cmaukonen
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    Alexander Springs – Don Richards Flickr Creative Commons The first year we spent in Naples Florida after moving there my family discovered two things. First that come June the whole town pretty much emptied out and  the reason was that it was just too bloody hot and humid to stick around. Even though the gulf was close by, it was no relief as by July it was like swimming in hot pea soup. We then decided that the next year we had to vamoose as well. Our finances were meager but we still had our camping equipment from when we used to camp across Pennsylvania. So we decided to camp and…
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  • Monday News and Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    President Obama just held a news conference on ISIS. I only caught the last 10 minutes. He said we would continue what we've been doing, and that we can't defeat ISIS militarily, we have to defeat their ideology. Update: The part of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Egypt Bans Reporters' Use Of ISIS Terminology

    Jeralyn
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Egypt's Foreign Ministry has issued a new style guide for media coverage of terrorism. It bans the use of the words "ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State." It instructs reporters not to use any religious based terms when referring to terrorist groups,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Targeted Killings of the Al Harzi Brothers in Iraq and Syria

    Jeralyn
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    On June 23, the Pentagon announced Tunisian Ali al Harzi, who was a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack, was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq on June 15. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced his brother, Tariq al Harzi, (pictured above)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fourth of July Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    As America celebrates Freedom and Independence today, here are some thoughts on what they mean. Happy Fourth of July, everyone. I hope you all have a great day planned. When you return, please tell us about it. This is an open thread, all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • What's Up, Democrats?

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    I'm a Democrat. I can't remember the last time I found a Republican who deserved my vote. I'm active in local Democratic politics. But when Democrats do things that are counterproductive, they should be called out. For everyone's good. There are two initiatives backed by Democrats that have me concerned, one on the national level and one here in New Jersey. I receive many emails from a "Draft Biden" movement. Joe Biden would be a great president. He has devoted his life to public service, is an expert on foreign affairs, and has the empathy and compassion to be on the right side of social…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Senators Ray Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg intend to introduce legislation that would force Christie to resign from office because he is running for president He's gone much of the time, makes decisions that benefit his own 2016 campaign. Time for him to go, and for legislation to be in place for any future Gov who ignores his duties to this state to try for the White House. Bravo, Frank Pallone Guest op-ed at the Ledger: Obamacare is here to stay, so time for Republicans to move on. More Washingtonia (and more Bravo): Obama signs first responders bill sponsored by Rep. Payne, which outlines…
  • Confronting Chris Christie's record: Broad viewership vs. niche audience at MSNBC

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Jim Keady will be on MSNBC's The Ed Show at 5pm, as he says to discuss Chris Christie's lying this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe. I only wish that the people brave enough to confront the Governor on the playing field of his record in New Jersey had more access to MSNBC's flagship Morning Joe, like Christie does. The show is required viewing - it's on in the House gym every morning. The audience is huge. It's Republicans and Democrats. By contrast, The Ed Show is excellent but I'd guess it's a niche audience. Outside the troll viewership, most of the people who watch it already agree. Keady…
  • Newark Residents Should Select Their Next Superintendent

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    This morning, this letter signed by 60 residents from across the state, asking the NJ State Board of Education to reject the nomination of Chris Cerf as the next Superintendent of Schools in Newark went live on several education sites. The letter, below with signers, will be sent to the Stare Board, Many of the signers are educators and parents, representing many diverse communities all over the state. Most people in New Jersey - like most of those signing the letter - live in districts where there is local control. And Newark deserves nothing less, particularly after the state's record of…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, July 6, 2015

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    Woooooo hoooooo! U.S. takes the Women's World Cup in soccer, and in Delran - Rutgers and U.S. team star Carli Lloyd's hometown, jubilation. Lou Greenwald: Democracy Act makes provides necessary updates to N.J. election laws ... New Jersey has seen voter participation decline to historic levels in nearly every election over the past decade. We must ask ourselves why this has happened. Many factors are involved, but chief among them is our own election laws. They are outdated relics from a different era - and a major part of the problem. #Christie2016 Kelly: Christie enters the arena - Jersey…
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  • Think California's Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine's

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Palestinian water tanks vandalized by Israeli settlers in Hebron. (Photo: ISM Palestine/Flickr) California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a water “state of emergency.” Ordinary Californians are bearing the brunt of this disaster. While the governor has imposed restrictions to reduce residential water consumption, businesses in the fields of agriculture and hydraulic fracturing have been largely exempt. Brown’s unwillingness to take on these gargantuan corporate water-wasters lends a sharp political element…
  • Greece's Syriza: A Government With Tactics but No Strategy

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    After five months in power, Syriza remains staunchly pro-euro and has refused to deliberate the pros and cons of Greece remaining in the eurozone, which the nation cannot do without accepting European bailout funds and agreeing to austerity. The outcome of the referendum in no way implies that Greece will have it any easier in its negotiations with the euromasters.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at a press conference after a meeting with the German Chancellor in the Chancellery in Berlin, March 23. (Photo: 360b / Shutterstock.com) After five long years of brutal austerity measures that…
  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: Alaskan Wildfires Have Destroyed More Than 1 Million Acres of Land in 2015, and More

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In today's On the News segment: Wildfires in Alaska have already consumed more than 1 million acres of land this year alone; the Dalai Lama publicly endorsed Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the climate; BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation will have to pay out billions of dollars in fines as a result of the 2010 oil disaster; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this. The 2015 wildfire season is off to a blazing start. And, even though you may not be…
  • Dawning of the Obvious

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • A Socialist Surge in the US? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises Greek Anti-Austerity Vote

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Greek election has also factored into the U.S. presidential race. On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "I applaud the people of Greece for saying 'no' to more austerity for the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly. In a world of massive wealth and income inequality, Europe must support Greece's efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering." Sanders' anti-austerity platform is resonating with voters. On Monday, Sanders spoke before 9,000 in Portland, Maine. Last week he drew more than 10,000…
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  • Saved from the Medicaid Gap

    Andrew Sprung
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    Prompted in part by my observation last week that at least a third of Florida's 1.4 million private plan enrollees on healthcare.gov would have been Medicaid-eligible if the state had accepted the ACA Medicaid expansion, Richard Mayhew poses a question (or rather, elaborates on one posed in a comment on my post):Liberal technocrats have been assuming that the states which refuse to expand are giving up massive amounts of money and thus economic growth by refusing to expand Medicaid will eventually expand.  However, are we accounting for the additional cash flow coming in as premium and…
  • ACA in Mississippi: Low incomes, high silver selection, high attrition -- and no Medicaid

    Andrew Sprung
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    The first thing to note about Mississippi's ACA private plan marketplace enrollment is that attrition after initial signup was terrible. As of the end of open season in mid-February, the state had 104,523 enrollments through healthcare.gov; as of March 31, the total had dropped to 80,011, just 77% of the February total. On all 37 states using healthcare.gov, 87% of initial enrollees were still aboard by March 31.The high attrition is particularly distressing in that Mississippi's enrollment population is about as low-income as they come -- and consequently, enrollees' premiums were…
  • Alabama's Obamacare buyers ride a Silverado

    Andrew Sprung
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Spotlight here is on Alabama in my continuing close look at how many low income ACA private plan buyers accessed Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies by buying silver plans. (Yesterday, HHS released detailed county-level data about buyers of private plans on healthcare.gov, the federal exchange, enabling a close look at state stats.)CSR is available to buyers with household incomes below 251% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and strongest for buyers under 201% FPL. It is available only with silver plans, the second-cheapest of four metal levels available on ACA exchanges -- a fact…
  • Refusal to expand Medicaid swelled Florida's private plan ACA signups

    Andrew Sprung
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Today CMS released detailed county-by-county enrollment data for private plans signups in the 37 states using healthcare.gov in 2015, as of February 22, just past the end of open enrollment,*. State-by-state income and metal level selection figures can be toted up from the county data Let's take a quick look at Florida and specifically Miami-Dade county, site of 2015's strongest signup surge.We already knew that Florida -- which to date has refused to enact the ACA Medicaid expansion -- became the state with the most private plan enrollments, logging just shy of 1.6 million by the end of open…
  • The president's left hand

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    In response to those who paint Richard Nixon as a master of liberal domestic policy, Elizabeth Drew cites his approach to formation of the Environmental Protection Agency:He’s given credit for signing into law several bills to improve the environment, including establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. But in fact, Nixon wasn’t very interested in the subject and he fobbed it off on his aides to handle, saying at one point: “Just keep me out of trouble on environmental issues.” He privately called the then-rising environmental movement “crap” for “clowns.” That…
 
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  • The return of Helen Demidenko: from literary hoaxer to political operator | Jeff Sparrow

    Jeff Sparrow
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Revisiting the Demidenko affair, one of the defining culture wars of the 1990s, can help us understand the return of its protagonist to public lifeThe two leading parliamentary opponents of wind turbines, David Leyonhjelm and John Madigan, have novelists in their employ. Madigan’s chief of staff is one Brendan Gullifer, the author of Sold, a satirical novel published by Melbourne publishers Sleepers. Leyonhjelm is advised by Helen Dale, aka Helen Darville, aka Helen Demidenko, author of The Hand that Signed the Paper.Dale’s involvement in the wind turbine “debate” is of particular…
  • Fancy a kangaroo kebab? There are so many ways to teach Indigenous culture | #IndigenousX

    Kellianne Anderson for IndigenousX
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    @IndigenousX host Kellianne Anderson is helping to ensure that all Australian children know the history of their land and about the people who lived here before themI feel I am lucky to have the job I do. Education is my passion and I love being able to make a difference. I work for the Queensland Department of Education and Training as a principal project officer, embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in schools (Eatsips) in the Darling Downs South West Region. My region covers a large area of southern Queensland, from the Lockyer Valley to the Queensland and South…
  • Conservatives' collective tantrum over the pope has been a wonder to behold | Dominic Kelly

    Dominic Kelly
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The week-long freakout in the Australian over Laudato Si’ is the overdue realisation by conservatives that the Catholic church doesn’t belong to them There are few events in the Australian media as simultaneously sad and hilarious as an extended tantrum from the Australian. While our national broadsheet’s recent focus has been on confecting outrage about Q&A, its hysterical response to Pope Francis’s second encyclical has flown under the radar. With Laudato Si’ Pope Francis has called on the world to act to prevent catastrophic environmental destruction, and in the process…
  • Steve Bell on Jean-Claude Juncker's reaction to the Greece referendum – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
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  • Long life? I think we’ve cracked it | Catherine Shoard

    Catherine Shoard
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    From what I can make out, if one wants to live forever – or at least until 110 – you must head straight to your local hipster restaurantThere’s a sign on Susannah Mushatt Jones’s kitchen wall. It reads: “Bacon makes everything better.” You could legitimately quibble with this. Not better for the pig, of course. Plus, what about concerns around the cholesterol and sodium content, as well as links between bacon and chronic pulmonary disease and diminished sperm morphology? But it’d be hard to argue to her face: Jones is the world’s oldest living person. On Monday, when she…
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  • Researcher Who Reported E-voting Vulnerability Targeted By Police Raid in Argentina

    Soulskill
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    TrixX writes: Police have raided the home of an Argentinian security professional who discovered and reported several vulnerabilities in the electronic ballot system (Google translation of Spanish original) to be used next week for elections in the city of Buenos Aires. The vulnerabilities (exposed SSL keys and ways to forge ballots with multiple votes) had been reported to the manufacturer of the voting machines, the media, and the public about a week ago. There has been no arrest, but his computers and electronics devices have been impounded (Spanish original). Meanwhile, the information…
  • Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications

    timothy
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to 'leave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'" That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To…
  • Pew Survey Documents Gaps Between Public and Scientists

    samzenpus
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    PvtVoid writes: A new Pew Research Study documents an alarming gap between public perception of scientific issues and the opinions of the scientists themselves, as measured by a poll of AAAS scientists. Even worse, the gap is partisan, with clear differences between Republicans and Democrats, and between conservatives and liberals. For example, while 98% of AAAS members agree with the statement that "Human beings and other living things have evolved over time", only 21% of conservatives agree, compared with 54% of liberals. Global warming, similarly, shows an ideological gap: 98% of AAAS…
  • Scientist Union's Talks Stall Over Pay

    Soulskill
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    HughPickens.com writes: The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor contract between California's state government and the 2,800 employees represented by the California Association of Professional Scientists expired this week, spotlighting yet again the long-running feud over whether the tiny union's members should earn as much as their peers in federal and local governments and private industry. "It's a challenge to keep people motivated," says Rita Hypnarowski. "We talk about retaining the best and the brightest, but I can see that's not going to happen." A recent survey by the Brown…
  • Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites

    Soulskill
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Identity is important in fashion - especially today, when there are so many clothes that all seem to look the same. The important thing for designers is distinguishing themselves and their wares from the rest of the flock.
  • David Vincent on Sankeys, its evolution and latest changes

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    David Vincent is the owner of Sankeys, a British clubbing institution which was born in Manchester and has been transported over to Ibiza, where it’s enjoying unparalleled success. For the past five years it has grown and evolved into one of the most popular destinations for Ibiza’s clubbing faithful, with a diverse range of parties [...]
  • John ‘00’ Fleming on The Brighton Music Conference

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last week the second annual Brighton Music Conference took place down on the south coast. BMC aims to create a space where those involved in the electronic music industry can network, collaborate and get more insight into the inner workings of our business. I invited DJ legend John ‘00’ Fleming to write about the event [...]
  • Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 or £2,000, Two nights ago, twenty were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly coloured designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster House by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. There was a London taxi lookalike, a bamboo [...]
  • Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I have been watering my plot for nearly an hour, first thing in the morning or late in the evening, just before it gets too dark to see my way back to the allotment gate, to prevent this heat destroying my months of hard work. My vegetables and fruit bushes are teeming with crops now, [...]
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  • Does Donald Trump Belong at FreedomFest?

    Brian Doherty
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    FreedomFest is an annual gathering of speakers and listeners interested in, as the title indicates, "Freedom." Reason folk have likely appeared at every one of them; I've personally spoken at more than three, and this year as in past years there is a dedicated Reason Day at the conference, Saturday July 11. The event launches tomorrow at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and is projected to attract around 2,000 attendees. A last minute addition to the roster was announced this week in a press release I received via email from FreedomFest: Donald Trump, now one of the leading candidates for…
  • 5 Things Know About the Iran Deal

    Ed Krayewski
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    These talks have been going on since 2013—the issue is decades old Western concern over Iran's nuclear programs goes back decades. Since the late 1990s, various intelligence agencies have been warning Iran was just a couple of years away from a nuclear bomb. In 2003, weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran's nuclear activities were not in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a party. Later that year, talks started between Iran and France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They broke down in 2005 over Iran's nuclear…
  • Republican Candidates Fight for Spot in Fox News Debate, Right-to-Die Dead on Arrival, Trump Hypocrisy: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Republican candidates are running out of time to improve their poll numbers such that they can qualify for the Fox News debate. Gee, I wonder if the Trump hotels employ any undocumented workers? The California right-to-die bill has stalled due to Catholic opposition. Edward Snowden coming back to the U.S.? Yeah, right. Okay. Sure. Negotiations with Iran will continue until at least Friday. The failure of the Rolling Stone UVA rape story hasn't persuaded journalism outlets they should cover sexual assault differently, according to a Media Matters report. Read Brendan O'Neill on the ridiculous…
  • Backpage.com Says Screw Off to Squeamish Credit Card Companies by Dropping Fees For Adult Ads

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Backpage.com, the online classified-ad clearinghouse that's become a battleground in the new war on sex work, has announced that it will stop charging users to post ads in its "adult" section, at least temporarily. Until now, users could post free ads elsewhere on the site but were charged fees to promote in the adult section, which houses ads for escorts, strippers, and other erotic entertainers. So what's the big deal about Backpage switching up its fee structure? The change comes in response to Visa's and Mastercard's recent decisions to stop processing adult-ad payments, a move the…
  • Encryption is Vital to Protecting Internet Security: New Report Opposes Government Mandated "Backdoors"

    Ronald Bailey
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, "Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy," in which government snoops, ah, intelligence and law enforcement officials, will try to beg, cajole and frighten lawmakers into forcing telecommunications companies to eschew strong encryption that would protect the privacy of their customers. In addition, the would-be spies will demand "exceptional access" to data and communications by mandating the installation of "backdoors" in the products and services of telecommunications and data…
 
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  • Columbia University Was Invested in Incarceration—Until Students Stopped It

    Justin Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    AP Photo/Ted S. Warren In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 detainees are shown inside a holding cell at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washashington, a facility operated by The GEO Group Inc. under contract from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  The private prison industry is a growth industry—exploding by 350 percent in just 15 years. As the federal and state governments are facing slimming budgets, contracting out prison operations to private companies is seen as a convenient way to deal with ever-increasing rates of incarceration and detention. At the same…
  • The Joy of No

    Robert Kuttner
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images Thousasnds of jubilant government supporters celebrate after the result of the referendum showed the "No,'' majority in Athens, Greece on July 5, 2015.  An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post.  The ‘No’ vote to austerity is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever. The financial press and the European elite played Tsipras’s surprise referendum as reckless and…
  • World Cup Corruption: The Bigger Scandal

    Seema Rajouria
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    (Photo: AP/DPA/Amnesty International) What migrants encounter in Qatar: Worker accommodations are shared with old paint cans and other toxic waste. Amnesty International found "an alarming level of exploitation." Ganesh Bishwakarma left for Qatar in 2013 to join the thousands of migrant workers hired to work on construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He had a dream of earning enough to build a comfortable life for himself and his impoverished family in the Dang District of Nepal. Six weeks later, he was back home, in a coffin. The 16-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, leaving his…
  • How Donald Trump Changed the GOP Debate on Immigration

    Paul Waldman
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    AP Photo/Jim Cole Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Here's how the immigration issue was supposed to play out for Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign. During the pre-primary period and into the initial wave of voting, the candidates would tell voters how tough they'll be on undocumented immigrants, talking about building fences and enhancing border security. Then, as a likely nominee emerged, he'd begin to use a more welcoming rhetoric in the hopes of winning back the Hispanic…
  • The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation

    Richard Rothstein
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was…
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  • Columbia University Was Invested in Incarceration—Until Students Stopped It

    Justin Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    AP Photo/Ted S. Warren In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 detainees are shown inside a holding cell at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washashington, a facility operated by The GEO Group Inc. under contract from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  The private prison industry is a growth industry—exploding by 350 percent in just 15 years. As the federal and state governments are facing slimming budgets, contracting out prison operations to private companies is seen as a convenient way to deal with ever-increasing rates of incarceration and detention. At the same…
  • The Joy of No

    Robert Kuttner
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images Thousasnds of jubilant government supporters celebrate after the result of the referendum showed the "No,'' majority in Athens, Greece on July 5, 2015.  An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post.  The ‘No’ vote to austerity is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever. The financial press and the European elite played Tsipras’s surprise referendum as reckless and…
  • World Cup Corruption: The Bigger Scandal

    Seema Rajouria
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    (Photo: AP/DPA/Amnesty International) What migrants encounter in Qatar: Worker accommodations are shared with old paint cans and other toxic waste. Amnesty International found "an alarming level of exploitation." Ganesh Bishwakarma left for Qatar in 2013 to join the thousands of migrant workers hired to work on construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He had a dream of earning enough to build a comfortable life for himself and his impoverished family in the Dang District of Nepal. Six weeks later, he was back home, in a coffin. The 16-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, leaving his…
  • How Donald Trump Changed the GOP Debate on Immigration

    Paul Waldman
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    AP Photo/Jim Cole Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Here's how the immigration issue was supposed to play out for Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign. During the pre-primary period and into the initial wave of voting, the candidates would tell voters how tough they'll be on undocumented immigrants, talking about building fences and enhancing border security. Then, as a likely nominee emerged, he'd begin to use a more welcoming rhetoric in the hopes of winning back the Hispanic…
  • The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation

    Richard Rothstein
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was…
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  • CVS Health leaves U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Jacob Bogage
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CVS announced Tuesday it would leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Pharmacy giant CVS Health announced Tuesday that it would end its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the group's stance on tobacco deregulation. CVS, which became the first major drug store to remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from all of its stores last year, said it was "surprised" by reports that the Chamber had lobbied foreign governments to ease restrictions on tobacco sales. "CVS Health’s purpose is to help people on their path to better health, and we…
  • Why Oreos might as well exist in their own cookie stratosphere

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    On Monday morning, Mondelez International introduced the latest twist on the Oreo, the best selling cookie in the world. Oreo Thins are similar to the original wafers, except that they're, well, slimmer. The new cookies are each about 4 millimeters thinner and 18 calories lighter. But despite their meager size, the new, slimmed down Oreos are actually faced with a pretty tall task: to extend the unparalleled—and seemingly endless—rise of what is, without question, the most widely eaten cookie in history. (Mondelez via AP) Here in the United States, Oreos might as well exist in…
  • Twinkies are not just back from the dead. Their baker may now be worth billions.

    Drew Harwell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    Twinkies sit on a shelf inside a Hostess outlet store in Peoria, Ill., in 2012. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg) In 2012, Hostess, the iconic American bakery giant behind Ding Dongs, Ho Hos and Twinkies, was bankrupt, with plans to slash more than 18,000 jobs and close its doors for good amid a crippling nationwide strike. Then, in 2013, a snack-cake savior appeared. The Missouri-based sweets maker was bought for $410 million by a partnership between private-equity giant Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos, a billionaire turnaround artist known as "Mr. Shelf Space" for his…
  • Fascinating photos show the best and worst office designs for employees

    Ana Swanson
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Lego's beautiful open office format offers spaces for concentration and inspiration. Designed by Rosan Bosch & Run Rjord, photographer Anders Sune Berg. Lego's office in Denmark is designed to let its employees imagine and play like kids again, while still working like adults. The center of the room has space for informal meetings -- including a slide from the second floor, if you don't feel like taking the stairs. The sides of the room have more private space where designers can concentrate on their work. The work tables have built-in bonsai gardens, and there are plenty of…
  • Discovery’s Shark Week has forced a TV feeding frenzy

    Jacob Bogage
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Nat Geo Wild is right: Sharks cannot sign exclusive contracts with a television network. That’s a good thing, because the American TV viewing public loves sharks. Sharks are really cool. They swim really fast, eat things and occasionally launch themselves out of the water to snag a seal. Like this: A great white shark. (iStock) Nom nom nom. For nearly three decades, Silver Spring-based Discovery has dominated the world of sharks with its annual Shark Week, bringing in millions of viewers and scaring just as many beachgoers. But Nat Geo Wild, a joint venture between D.C.-based National…
 
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  • Jimmy Carter: 'Jesus would approve gay marriage'

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday."I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief," the Democrat said in an interview on HuffPost Live. "I think Jesus would...
  • Clinton: Let Puerto Rico restructure its debt

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on Congress to allow Puerto Rico to access United States bankruptcy laws amid a looming debt crisis in the island territory. "Congress and the Obama administration need to partner with Puerto Rico by providing...
  • Obama to host Senate Dems

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    President Obama will host Senate Democrats for a meeting and reception on Tuesday, a White House official said.   The White House says the gathering will mostly be a social occasion. But it gives the president a chance to huddle...
  • Obama calls women's soccer team

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    President Obama on Monday called the U.S. women’s soccer team to congratulate them on winning the World Cup.  Obama praised the squad for “displaying the strength and spirit that makes our country great — in front of the...
  • South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The South Carolina Senate has voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.  Senate members voted 37-3 on Monday to remove the flag, according to the Post and Courier.  The flag...
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  • Event announcement

    Kali Borkoski
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    On Thursday at 2 p.m., the Constitution Project will host its Term recap at the Rayburn House Office Building. Steve Vladeck will lead the discussion. For more information, and to RSVP, visit the Constitution Project’s website.
  • Event announcement

    Kali Borkoski
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    On July 8, the Law and Economics Center at George Mason will host a “wrap-up” of the Court’s energy and environment docket from the October Term 2014. The event will take place at the National Press Club and will also be available in a live stream. For more information and to register, visit George Mason’s website.
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    End-of-Term overviews come from Nina Totenberg of NPR, who describes the October Term 2014 as a “historic term, a surprisingly liberal term – and a nasty term.”  And C-Span has video of a panel featuring a group of Supreme Court reporters discussing the just-ended Term and making predictions for next year. Other coverage of and commentary on the Court focus on criticism of the Court by Republican presidential candidates.  At Yahoo! News, staff of the National Constitution Center discuss calls by Mike Huckabee for term limits, while Katie Zezima of The Washington Post reports on Ted…
  • Monday round-up

    Amy Howe
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    End-of-Term overviews continue to pour in.  Adam Liptak discusses the Term in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, in which he notes that, although political scientists will say that the just-ended Term was a “liberal Term for the ages,” all of that could change next Term.  In The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro observe that several of the Court’s high-profile decisions “revealed deep divisions among the justices – not just between the left and right sides of the bench, but often within the Court’s conservative wing.” …
  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Court is in summer recess.
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  • Facebook posts: Say Hillary Clinton’s top 10 donors are mainly "banks, corporations and media," while Bernie Sanders’ top 10 donors are labor unions.

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Meme says Hillary Clinton's top donors are banks and corporations, Bernie Sanders' are labor unions As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains ground on Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the two candidates’ supporters have been sparring, including over campaign donations. Recently, a reader sent us a social media meme that paints Clinton’s list of donors as dominated by corporate interests, whereas Sanders’ top 10 donors come largely from labor unions -- a dichotomy that, to Democratic primary voters, puts Sanders in a more…
  • Donald Trump: "Hundreds of thousands of (illegal immigrants are) going to state and federal penitentiaries."

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Trump immigration claim has no data to back it up Despite the backlash, Donald Trump has remained steadfast in his position that illegal immigrants from Mexico bring rampant crime to the United States. "You have illegal immigrants pouring through the country," the ultra-wealthy businessman and Republican presidential candidate said on Fox Business Network July 1. "They're incarcerated. Many of them are in jails. You have hundreds of thousands of people going to state and federal penitentiaries. That just came out in a Homeland Security…
  • Donald Trump: Says his book, The Art of the Deal, is "the No. 1 selling business book of all time."

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Is Donald Trump's 'Art of the Deal' the best-selling business book of all time? Appearing on CNN to defend his controversial comments on "rapist immigrants," Donald Trump said he doesn’t understand why Republican party leaders are so quick to publicly dismiss him. After all, Trump reasoned, he’s surging in the polls and has had a track record of success: He  attended one of the best business schools in America, created a hotel and entertainment empire, and is a bestselling author to boot. "They like to say, well, we don't…
  • Facebook posts: "The House of Representatives just voted 300-131 to remove ‘country-of-origin labeling’ on chicken, pork, and beef sold in the U.S."

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Canadian hog farmers and Congress want to repeal a consumer labeling law. Here's why Thanks to a little-known congressional bill, it may soon be impossible to tell whether your Fourth of July burger is all-American Angus or beef imported from the Amazon, according to a Facebook meme. "The House of Representatives just voted 300-131 to remove ‘country-of-origin labeling’ on chicken, pork, and beef sold in the United States," the meme says. "Sorry but you don’t deserve to know where your meat is coming from." What beef could…
  • Ted Cruz: The Supreme Court’s views "are radically out of step with public opinion" regarding its decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Ted Cruz says Supreme Court on same-sex marriage is out of step with public, but polls don’t agree The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide isn’t what the American people wanted, says Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz, who is running for president, is an outspoken critic of the court’s 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that overturned the country’s remaining same-sex marriage bans. In an interview on Morning Edition June 29, NPR’s Steve Inskeep talked with Cruz about how he and other…
 
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  • Before You Ask

    John Cole
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    No, it wasn’t me, damnit: A West Virginia man was charged with holding two deer captive inside his Cabell County home Monday, according to a Facebook post by West Virginia Natural Resources Police. Police received a tip about the unusual animal occupants and responded to the home, where they discovered two bucks inside the residence. An investigation revealed the deer had been living inside the home for at least a year. Time to start WESTVIRGINIAMAN on twitter? Share
  • Open Thread: Gojira Smash!

    Anne Laurie
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Google’s explanation: The lights dim. Cameras start to roll. A film crew silently watches. Suddenly! From behind a hand-built skyline, a towering beast appears! Shaking off a layer of dust, the massive foam-and-rubber monster leans back to act out an amazing roar (the sound effect will be added in later). Then, stomping towards the camera, the giant moves closer, and closer, until…”Cut!” Seen this film before? This live action genre, known as “Tokusatsu” (特撮) in Japanese, is unmistakable in its style, and still evident in many modern beast-based thrillers. In today’s…
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup – Honduras v USA Open Thread

    Randinho
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Time for the US men to prove themselves! Can they defend their title and ensure a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Girls Got Game

    John Cole
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    This is cool- Muslim girls who wanted to play simply couldn’t because of their clothing, so the University of Minnesota and the girls designed their own: When Muslims on the Cedar Riverside Community School girls’ basketball team in Minneapolis found their traditional clothing interfered with sports activities, they sought a solution. With the help of students at University of Minnesota’s College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the girls designed their own sports attire that met both religious and cultural standards. Jennifer Weber, a…
  • Open Thread: Least Surprising Political News of the Day

    Anne Laurie
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    From the Wall Street Journal: The nation’s largest Latino advocacy group says it invited every presidential candidate to annual convention next week. Not a single Republican plans to attend, a spokesman said. Democrats Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, will appear at a lunch Monday in Kansas City, Mo., before the National Council of La Raza, an advocacy and civil rights organization for Latinos. Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont originally had a conflict but now plans to appear as well, his spokesman said……
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  • I Think I Could Take Bernie Sanders In A Fistfight, by Joe Biden

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    My fellow Americans, It has been an honor to serve as your Vice President for the last 6 years. My wife Jill and I have been discussing what – if any – next steps we’d like to take as the Obama administration winds down. After careful consideration and several hours spent consulting with my advisers I have come to a conclusion: I think I could take Bernie Sanders in a fistfight. Senator Sanders has been a tireless champion of the little guy, and he has been a strong ally of our administration in the Senate, often pushing us to be more progressive than we may have originally intended…
  • Totally Not Racist White Guy Pretty Sure A Woman Or Minority Couldn’t Do His Job

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Joe Patterson, who is definitely not a racist, told his friends today that he was “pretty sure” that neither a woman nor minority could do his job. “It’s not that I’m bigoted,” Patterson, 32, told his associate, “it’s just that the job I do requires a certain set of skills that couldn’t possibly be duplicated by the vast majority of women or minorities.” Patterson then gave a demonstration of the five-step process he uses to copy text from one document to another, followed by saving the document then printing it out. “I’m sure that if a woman or…
  • Local Conservative Just Waiting Until Noon So Rush Limbaugh Tells Him What To Think

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    A local man has told friends and relatives that he will comment on the news of the day “around twelve o’clock or so,” noting that he’s just waiting on syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh to “tell him how to think.” Mike Wayne, 43, said he would like to offer his original thoughts on important topics but believes it is “much simpler to have Rush do my thinking for me.” Associates have noted that Wayne often struggled with pressing national and international issues and seems “relieved” having Limbaugh do the thinking for him. Some have…
  • Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol Suffers Third-Degree Burns After Issuing Hot Take

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:45 pm
    WASHINGTON – Bill Kristol, founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard suffered third-degree burns after issuing a hot take which complained that Hillary Clinton had not succeded based on merit. Fire chief Pen Worthington said Kristol had been scarred when people noticed “the guy who owes his political and media career to the fact that his father was a political activist was talking shit about merit.” Worthington said the burns “were indicative of the fact that a simple Google search would show just how full of it Kristol is.” This is not Kristol first…
  • U.S. Media “Well Ahead Of Schedule” For Producing 2016 Election Bullshit

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    WASHINGTON – At a press conference at the National Press Club, a spokesperson for the U.S. media said that news outlets were “well ahead of schedule and exceeding all existing forecasts for the production of election-related bullshit.” Abby Wambaugh told those in attendance that the industry “expects to create a record amount of bullshit coverage of this election,” rivaling “2008, our best year to date.” Independent observers agreed with Wambaugh, noting that the media is producing more bullshit than had seemed possible just months ago. Professor Hal…
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  • The Current Presidential Race

    David Robertson
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Aristotle said that Man by nature is a political animal. When he said “animal”, he wasn’t referring to the kind of animal that one might find in a petting zoo. Political animals are more like the carnivores that one might encounter during an African safari. When dealing with one, it is a good idea to be armed with an elephant gun and plenty of ammunition. Speaking of elephants, some folks are describing the current GOP presidential field as a clown car full of clowns. That description doesn’t work, because there are too many GOP contenders for even a clown car. A better…
  • Donald Trump’s diabolical plan to own centre stage

    Richard Barry
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I think everyone is noticing a phenomenon that Steve Benen wrote about a few days ago, which is that Donald Trump is driving a lot of the debate amongst Republican presidential candidates. It reminds me of something a counsellor friend once said to me, which is that in any group of people, whether family or friends or co-workers or whatever, one person frequently gets the lion’s share of attention. It’s usually because the behaviour is so outrageous that everyone needs to talk about it, complain about it, or devise ways to deal with the mayhem created by said individual.
  • The Past Through Pictures V

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    It’s not as hot today but it’s still warm so how about some more winter pictures from Munich.  Swans in the Isar river that cuts through Munich. Ice skating: Links to previous posts. Change Is Hard – II The Past Through Pictures  The Past Through Pictures II The Past Through Pictures III The Past Through Pictures IV The post The Past Through Pictures V appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • South Carolina Senate Approves Flag Removal Bill

    PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    State Senate gives final passge of the bill on a vote of 36-3 with 5 not voting. They needed 67% they got 92% of those who voted and 82% of overall membership. Goes to State House next, where test votes suggest similar margins. One test vote passed 93-18 which is 83% or 75% of overall membership. The post South Carolina Senate Approves Flag Removal Bill appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Bernie Sanders, Guns, And A Respect For Individual Liberty

    Ron Chusid
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Clinton supporters have increasingly been trying to smear Bernie Sanders by claiming he is pro-guns and supports the NRA. Actually the NRA has in various years given him grades of F and D- on gun control measures which he has supported, including bans on assault weapons, restrictions on concealed weapons, ending the “gun-show loophole,” and expanded background checks, plus opposing shortening waiting periods. This is what he said when interviewed by Diane Rehm: Well, I come from a state which has virtually no gun control. And in Vermont, guns are seen as something people use for hunting,…
 
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  • IJReview: Voter ID laws not racist because Mandela

    Jon Green
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal brought by Kansas and Arizona asking them to allow the states to impose proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration in federal elections. Registrants are already required to swear to their citizenship on penalty of perjury, and the relevant federal agency had already told the states that their request was frivolous. But that didn’t stop IJReview from taking a dig at the Court’s decision with one of the odder arguments I’ve seen in favor of voting rights restrictions: Nelson Mandela wore a shirt that said…
  • Same-sex marriage is still illegal for many Native Americans

    Jon Green
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Last month, the Supreme Court declared that the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause prohibits states from banning same-sex marriage. However, that ruling didn’t apply to the 566 federally-recognized Native American tribes in the United States. This being the case, same-sex marriage remains illegal in at least eleven tribes, while twelve have actively affirmed marriage equality. The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma goes as far as to prohibit both marriage and divorce for persons of the same gender. LGBT Seminoles can’t get married, and if they do they can’t ever…
  • North Carolina pastor flies Christian flag above American flag, encourages others to do the same

    Jon Green
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pastor Rit Varriale knows a thing or two about America. He knows that it exists, he knows that a lot of Christians live within its borders and he knows that, now that marriage equality is the law of the land, all of those Christians are going to be forced to gay marry each other. Or something. Varriale also knows that this affront to religious liberty will not stand, and so he has erected a flag pole in front of his church and flown the Christian flag above the American flag, encouraging other like-minded pastors to do the same. Setting aside for the moment that this is technically illegal,…
  • Rand Paul: “If we tax you at 50%, you are half slave, half free”

    Jon Green
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Rand Paul didn’t have much to say in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality. He did not issue a statement the day the ruling was issued, staying silent until the following week. Even then, writing in an op-ed in Time, his position was the typical Evangelibertarian talking point: commitment both to marriage being between one man and one woman and the idea that the government shouldn’t prevent people from entering into contracts. Of course, Paul would rather not talk about marriage because it isn’t in his wheelhouse. His position on…
  • Report: Ballot access worse in Southern states

    Jon Green
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    A new report from the Center for American Progress, entitled “The Health of State Democracies,” takes a deep dive into the democratic performance of each state in the Union. The report evaluates states across three categories: ballot access, representation and influence. On ballot access in particular, Southern states don’t stack up well. As the map below shows, you can get most of the way toward predicting whether a state will receive an F in the reports evaluation of ballot access by starting with a map of the Confederate States of America: Ballot access by state The…
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  • Columbia University Was Invested in Incarceration—Until Students Stopped It

    Justin Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    AP Photo/Ted S. Warren In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 detainees are shown inside a holding cell at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washashington, a facility operated by The GEO Group Inc. under contract from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  The private prison industry is a growth industry—exploding by 350 percent in just 15 years. As the federal and state governments are facing slimming budgets, contracting out prison operations to private companies is seen as a convenient way to deal with ever-increasing rates of incarceration and detention. At the same…
  • The Joy of No

    Robert Kuttner
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images Thousasnds of jubilant government supporters celebrate after the result of the referendum showed the "No,'' majority in Athens, Greece on July 5, 2015.  An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post.  The ‘No’ vote to austerity is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever. The financial press and the European elite played Tsipras’s surprise referendum as reckless and…
  • World Cup Corruption: The Bigger Scandal

    Seema Rajouria
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    (Photo: AP/DPA/Amnesty International) What migrants encounter in Qatar: Worker accommodations are shared with old paint cans and other toxic waste. Amnesty International found "an alarming level of exploitation." Ganesh Bishwakarma left for Qatar in 2013 to join the thousands of migrant workers hired to work on construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He had a dream of earning enough to build a comfortable life for himself and his impoverished family in the Dang District of Nepal. Six weeks later, he was back home, in a coffin. The 16-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, leaving his…
  • How Donald Trump Changed the GOP Debate on Immigration

    Paul Waldman
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    AP Photo/Jim Cole Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Here's how the immigration issue was supposed to play out for Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign. During the pre-primary period and into the initial wave of voting, the candidates would tell voters how tough they'll be on undocumented immigrants, talking about building fences and enhancing border security. Then, as a likely nominee emerged, he'd begin to use a more welcoming rhetoric in the hopes of winning back the Hispanic…
  • The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation

    Richard Rothstein
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was…
 
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  • Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brown wasted no time in signing the bill yesterday. SB 277 requires all children entering day care, kindergarten or 7th grade to be vaccinated, although the legislature included a specific exemption if a child's physician concludes that immunization is not recommended for reasons including family medical history. ... Sen. Pan, speaking on KPCC's…
  • Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Decision makes marriage equality the law of the land across the nation. by Brian Leubitz You can find many words on the marriage decision plastered all over the interwebs. But I wanted to point out the closing of Justice Kennedy's decision in the 5-4 Obergefell decision. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
  • Budget Deal Reached?

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Legislature passed bill yesterday with $750mil over Gov.'s budget by Brian Leubitz Yesterday, the Legislature passed a budget as was required by the Constitution (and 2010's Prop 25) to keep their paychecks coming. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno acknowledged there's no deal yet with Gov. Brown but says he'd challenge anyone who calls this spending plan a "sham." "This budget, fiscally responsible, pays down more debt - faster; puts more money in our rainy day fund; puts more money into public education; and begins - if minimally - to reinvest in the needs of the people of the state of…
  • Legislative Recap on Health: #Health4All; Out-of-Pocket Costs; Medi-Cal, Etc.

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Senate and Assembly adjourned Thursday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to pass all bills out of the first legislative chamber. The good news is that most key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed out of the house of origin, while one bill, opposed by public health groups, was defeated. Bills moving forward deal with limits and protections against unfair out-of-pocket costs; efforts at improving Medi-Cal; and most notably a significant expansion of access to coverage for all regardless of immigration status. These bills now head to the second half of the…
  • The Mighty Bay Bridge?

    28 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Another rod fails testing by Brian Leubitz When you spend $6.5 billion on something, you expect it to last a few years, even if it is one of the world's widest bridges. (That $6B+ price tag also set a Guinness record!) Caltrans officials downplayed the failure, stressing that 99 percent of the 407 rods that underwent testing passed, and said that the cause will need to be determined by further tests in a materials lab. But the failure of a second rod leaves the possibility that more rods could eventually fail. "Hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion occurs over time," said Steve Heminger,…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Benjamin Myers / Reuters In a recent post, I suggested that the intervention of two men, the former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, might help improve the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time I wrote this, both men had reputations as people who were concerned about preserving the extraordinarily complicated, and extraordinarily close, U.S.-Israel relationship, and both had spent a good deal of time calming the…
  • 'Israel Cannot Absorb 3.5 Million Palestinians and Remain a Jewish and Democratic State'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Dan Balilty / AP Last week, I spent an illuminating hour with Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and now a leader of the opposition. Lapid, a voluble former television broadcaster, is the head of the Yesh Atid party—the name translates as, “There is a future.” This, of course, is a very Jewish thing to name a political party, for a large number of reasons I’ll let you figure out. Lapid is a leader of the great mass of disillusioned centrists in Israeli politics. He could conceivably be prime minister one day, assuming Benjamin Netanyahu, in whose previous cabinet he…
  • Taking on the Jewish Anti-Obama 'Ingrates'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters The other day, Rob Eshman, the editor in chief of the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, published an op-ed that I knew would cause his inbox to fill with hate mail. The piece is entitled, “A Jewish ‘Thank You’ to President Obama.” In it, Eshman calls the president’s Jewish critics “a bunch of ingrates.” He argues that Obama’s recent statements about Israel, Jews, and Zionism could have been interpreted with nuance and met with some measure of gratitude. The president, over the past couple of weeks, has made various philo-Semitic and pro-Israel statements,…
  • A Critique of Obama's Understanding of Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters After I posted an interview with President Obama late last month, I received any number of interesting responses (and also many non-interesting responses, and also some profane non-interesting responses), but few were as comprehensive as that of Yossi Kuperwasser, a former Israeli general and intelligence expert who served until recently as director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Kuperwasser asked me if I would post some of his critique, and I said yes, happily, though I agree with only 46 percent of it. I’ll get to my disagreements another time. I…
  • ‘Look ... It’s My Name on This’: Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Pedro Santana / AFP / Getty On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry. “A majority of American Jews want to support the Iran deal,” I said, “but a lot of people are anxiety-ridden about this, as am I.” Like many Jews—and also, by the way, many non-JewsI believe that it is prudent to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of anti-Semitic regimes. Obama, who earlier in the discussion had explicitly labeled the supreme leader of Iran,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Why Would a Fighter Jet and a Little Cessna be in the Same Part of the Sky?

    James Fallows
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    An F-16 from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, seen in 1998 (Brian Snyder / Reuters) Mid-air collisions are among the rarest and most horrific aviation perils. The most famous collision involving airliners in the United States, the crash of planes from United Airlines and TWA over the Grand Canyon nearly 60 years ago that killed everyone on board, led to dramatic changes in U.S. air-traffic control procedures. (There were two other U.S. airline collisions in the 1960s). In 2002, a Russian passenger airliner and a DHL cargo jet collided over Überlingen, Germany. Investigators…
  • Why Obama Gave a Christian Speech Without Mentioning Jesus

    James Fallows
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Concluding page of Epistle to the Hebrews, from 1611 edition of the King James Bible. President Obama began his recent "Grace" speech with a passage from this book. ( Wikipedia ) Over the weekend I explained why I thought Barack Obama’s “Grace” speech, in eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight others, was so rhetorically and politically effective. Yesterday I quoted readers on what they liked and didn’t about his presentation. One who objected was an evangelical Christian. I had said I was struck by the president’s easy use of explicitly Christian language and references in the…
  • Readers React to Obama's ‘Grace’ Speech

    James Fallows
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Tonya McKelvey-White among mourners singing Amazing Grace before the burial of Reverend Clementa Pinckney (Randall Hill / Reuters) Over the weekend, I did an assessment of Barack Obama’s “Grace” speech, his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and tribute to the eight other members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church family who were murdered in Charleston. I am warming up for another minute-by-minute post about the speech, which is all the more interesting as I watch it for a second time. For now, a range of pro and con reaction—about the speech, about the president,…
  • Obama’s Grace

    James Fallows
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    President Obama during the singing of Amazing Grace on Friday in Charleston (David Goldman / AP) I think Barack Obama’s eulogy yesterday for parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator. It was also one that could have come only at this point in his public career—and not, for instance, when he was an intriguing figure first coming to national notice, as he was during his celebrated debut speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston 11 years ago; or when he was a candidate fighting for…
  • Books by Friends: Skyfaring, America's Moment, Republic of Conscience

    James Fallows
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Henri Matisse, The Reader. Perhaps she is reading something written by a friend! ( Wikimedia ) As in several previous installments in this series, I disclose for the record that I have some connection with the authors of these books. But as in the previous cases, these are all books I’d recommend whether or not I’d known their authors. I’m mentioning them with deliberate brevity, both to encourage you to find out  more yourself and because if I waited to do "real" write-ups I'd take longer to get around to it. Seriously, these are books you will be glad to have read. An elegant…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Belated Open Thread - 2016 Candidates

    SuperUser
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    by wj I neglected to set up an open thread for the weekend -- lulled by the fact that everybody stopped posting comments on July 3rd. Oops. Anyway, here's something that Thompson posted to the old thread, which seems worth a thread of its own. thompson: www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/0706/Can-Bernie-Sanders-find-middle-ground-on-guns-video I disagree with Sanders on a lot of his positions, but I respect both his principles and his desire to find common ground. He continues to impress me and I hope he ends up being the D candidate...I think its might (*might*) lead to having an…
  • Hugo voting: how, why, for what

    SuperUser
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    by Doctor Science This is a guide intended for fans from the transformative works/Tumblr ends of fandom who are voting for the Hugo Awards for the first time. There are two basic principles for Hugo voting: You do not have to vote in every categoryWhen you *do* vote in a category, you have to at least look at all the legitimate nominees. You don't have to finish them, but you're honor-bound to at least try. Choosing, by George Frederick Watts. A much better representation of the process than the usual Judgement of Paris, I feel. What "uncontrollable sneezing" is a metaphor for I leave up to…
  • Frederick Douglass

    Ugh
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    by Ugh But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.  The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To…
  • Jerry Seinfeld and Trevor Noah

    liberal japonicus
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I'm looking forward to Trevor Noah taking over the Daily Show, and below the fold is Seinfeld's "Comedians in cars getting coffee" with Trevor Noah. Very interesting.
  • Dear Transformative Works Fandom: Please think about voting for the Hugo Awards

    SuperUser
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:40 pm
    by Doctor Science Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, short stories, art, movies, TV shows, or meta? Have you heard of the Hugo Awards in the past as a good thing, and heard rumors of shenanigans this year? Do you have US$40 you could spend for the right to vote, and incidentally getting some good e-books out of it? You could be a Hugo voter! How to become a Hugo voter The Hugos are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, which has a convention in a different city every year. This year's Worldcon is Sasquan and is taking place in Spokane, Washington, from…
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    International Budget Partnership

  • Budget Analysis: A Tool for Effective Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    For years, governments throughout the world have adopted commitments to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions of women, men, and youth. But governments have not always followed up these commitments with the policies and funds needed to effectively implement them. As a result, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy rates are still unacceptably high. As citizens, we must hold our governments accountable to their commitments. Budget analysis is a powerful tool to determine whether governments have allocated sufficient financial resources to fulfill their promises and…
  • What Have We Learned from Tracking Budget Transparency More Frequently?

    Deidre
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report. Since 2006 IBP has published the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the only independent, regular, and comparative assessment of budget transparency and participation worldwide. Over the years, users of the OBS — including civil society, donors, and the private sector — have asked us to update it more frequently. However, producing the full Open Budget Survey in less than the current two year schedule would be challenging, given the investment of time and resources required to conduct such comprehensive research. That said, IBP recognizes…
  • Links Roundup: Recent Budget News and Research

    Jay
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    New Country-Specific Research and Publications Improving the Budget Process in Fragile and Conflict-Ridden States: Two Modest Lessons from Afghanistan (Public Administration Review) This paper uses the improvement in Afghanistan’s Open Budget Index score from 2008-2012 as an entry point to explore how donors try to intervene and promote transparency as part of broader efforts in public financial management development and how legislative strengthening has also contributed to budget reform. The analysis shows that a fragile state can improve its budgetary transparency and enhance governance…
  • Why Finance Ministries Should Be Good Story Tellers

    reyebrow_ibp
    21 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    If government ministries were characters in a play, the ministry of finance would likely be cast as the villain. Far from being the underdog, the finance ministry is often at the center of modern government, wielding a great deal of (formal and informal) power and influence over a country’s public resources by virtue of its control over the budget. Given this critical role, it is often the finance minister who becomes collateral damage when things go bad. Yet some finance ministers and ministries have managed to escaped vilification and been widely respected for shielding the country…
  • Monitoring Spending in a Post-2015 World: How Can It Work?

    reyebrow_ibp
    6 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership. Two big meetings related to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in the coming months: the Financing for Development conference, and the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This has shifted focus to the short-term negotiations that will decide the shape and content of the SDGs, what the targets and indicators will look like, and what resources will be available to try and achieve them. We have been following this debate very closely at IBP, calling for transparency,…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Mailbag: Trump’s Announcement Speech

    FactCheck.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This week, a reader sent us a letter about Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants coming to the United States. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.   Trump on Mexicans Thank you for pointing out the discrepancies in Trump’s presidential announcement speech [“Trump Tramples Facts,” June 16, 2015]. I was, however, saddened and amazed that these did not include the now infamous statements he made…
  • Polar Bears and Extreme Weather

    FactCheck.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    SciCheck writer Dave Levitan of FactCheck.org was interviewed by Ira Flatow for a segment on Science Friday about the 10th International Conference on Climate Change. Levitan and Flatow discussed a claim from Sen. James Inhofe about the polar bear population, as well as claims from Rep. Lamar Smith about global temperatures and the influence of climate change on extreme weather patterns. Levitan’s segment begins at the 5:15 mark and ends at 10:25: https://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/2015/07/scifri201506126.mp3 SciCheck is made possible by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
  • Obama’s Numbers (July 2015 Update)

    Brooks Jackson
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Summary Since Barack Obama first took office: The economy has added nearly 7.9 million jobs, and the unemployment rate is now lower than the historical median. Business establishment start-ups have increased by 20 percent, and the number of job openings is the highest in more than 14 years. The purchasing power of weekly paychecks is up 2.6 percent, despite some recent slippage. Nevertheless, the number of people receiving food stamps is still 43 percent higher than when Obama was first sworn in, despite recent declines. And the home ownership rate has continued to decline, to the lowest…
  • Was Hillary Clinton the Original ‘Birther’?

    Robert Farley
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Two Republican presidential candidates claim the so-called “birther” movement originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. While it’s true that some of her ardent supporters pushed the theory, there is no evidence that Clinton or her campaign had anything to do with it. In an interview on June 29, Sen. Ted Cruz said “the whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008,” and earlier this year, Donald Trump claimed “Hillary Clinton wanted [Obama’s] birth certificate. Hillary is a birther.” Neither Cruz nor Trump…
  • Fiorina Shortchanges Marijuana Research

    Dave Levitan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    In questioning the value of medicinal marijuana, Carly Fiorina said “we don’t understand how it interacts with other drugs.” In fact, there is information about marijuana’s interactions with other medications, although major clinical trials using marijuana have been limited by its legal status. Fiorina spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who asked her about the legal status of marijuana in Colorado (it also has been legalized in Washington). She said she believes in states’ rights but that legalizing marijuana is a “bad idea” (at the 30:20 mark):…
 
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  • Diamonds and rust

    susie
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Joan Baez with the song she wrote about Bob Dylan: Bookmark It
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    susie
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Diane Birch and Daryl Hall: Bookmark It
  • Happy Hour: Eddie Lockjaw Davis – In the Kitchen…

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    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
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    7 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
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  • Overdiagnosed

    susie
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    I’ve been saying this for years. There was even an exodus of readers who were so angry that I was implying their treatment might have been unnecessary — but it could have been. And now, another study, a big one, saying the same thing: The importance of regular mammograms to ending breast cancer has been widely endorsed by everyone from a government-backed panel to patient advocacy groups and Angelina Jolie. Is it possible they’ve all been wrong? A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine published Monday looked at data from 16 million women in 547 U.S. counties in 2000. More than…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • To see the legacy of slavery, look at present-day school systems

    Latina Lista
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. To see the legacy of slavery, look at present-day school systems by Latina Lista By Heather O'Connell The Conversation None of us alive today had any direct involvement in slavery in America, but we continue to be affected by its legacy and could even be perpetuating it in subtle, everyday ways. One of the ways the legacy of slavery manifests is through the school system. My recent research with Robert L Reece suggests the school system has been deeply affected by…
  • Chile celebrates first Copa America win in 99 years with a viral parody of the winning game

    Latina Lista
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Chile celebrates first Copa America win in 99 years with a viral parody of the winning game by Latina Lista LatinaLista — The U.S. wasn't the only country setting off fireworks this past weekend. Chile was celebrating a historic win over Argentina in the finals of the World Cup soccer tournament where Chile beat Argentina, a first in the Copa America games. The win ends a 99-year wait for a Copa America trophy. Needless to say that social media exploded with…
  • Guest Voz: There is good news amid threats on the environment, quest for gender equality and yes, even Trump’s offensive remarks

    Latina Lista
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: There is good news amid threats on the environment, quest for gender equality and yes, even Trump’s offensive remarks by Latina Lista By Martha Ramos LatinaLista The struggle for gender equality is very closely associated with defending the environment, both relate to human rights. They serve as the three main pillars for the development of a civilized society. So the events of the last few weeks are good news. While the women's world soccer…
  • Crowdfunder: Bracelets to end human trafficking

    Latina Lista
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Bracelets to end human trafficking by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Bracelets to End Human Trafficking Slavery still exists in the 21st Century. No country is immune to their young girls and boys falling victim to human trafficking. The Red Thread Movement supports the fight against human trafficking by selling bracelets woven by survivors in Nepal. The money raised supports survivors, helps fund safe houses, and raises awareness of…
  • Report: School achievement gaps show need for ‘No Child’ overhaul

    Latina Lista
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Report: School achievement gaps show need for ‘No Child’ overhaul by Latina Lista By Soyenixe Lopez Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Schools across the country have made “remarkable progress” toward closing achievement gaps between different groups of students, but “troubling achievement gaps” remain for the lowest-performing schools, administration officials said Monday. A state-by-state report released by the White House showed a wide disparity in reading…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Soften the Greek Deal

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Give Tsipras what he wants and see how long he lasts. It's the only way to stop this government using a German scapegoat to hide its incompetence.
  • The Good Jobs Strategy

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Can companies offer both low prices and good jobs? Yes, a management professor finds.
  • Paris When It Sizzles

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Is France still snug in its padded jewelry box, or has L’uberisation cracked the box?
  • California, Camelot and Vaccines

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It’s Jerry Brown over Bobby Kennedy Jr., in a victory for science and sense.
  • The Sunny Side of Greed

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Corporations as soulless and evil? Not on the Confederate flag, same-sex marriage and a host of other recent issues.
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    Observer

  • Greece’s Path to Staying in the Eurozone

    kkursonobserver
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    A Greek default or 'Grexit' would call into question the very idea of Europe at a time of multiplying international tensions
  • A Letter From My Grandmother in 1943

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    The letter below was penned by my maternal grandmother, Gertrude Stern, to her three children. I don’t know what specific happening other than the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, spurred her to pen this letter. What I do know is that her words are extremely relevant today and I only wish I had the opportunity to meet her.
  • City to Host Ticker-Tape Parade for U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Friday

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team will become the first women's athletic squad to ever be honored with a ticker-tape parade through downtown Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes.
  • I Don’t Know Enough About You: A Remembrance

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Joe was my girlfriend’s grandfather. The three of us lived together in Brooklyn. He had lived in that same apartment for over fifty years, alone mostly, since his wife died at 29. It was like living in someone’s walk-in time capsule. He kept things. A steel fan that was older than he was. A 1929 Underwood no. 5 typewriter. Two Holtzer-Cabot car motors in his closet for “tinkering.” Holy Bibles, shofars, and postcards. But his most beloved artifact was his 1924 Victor Victrola.
  • The Perfect Nothing Catalog Is Relocating to the Rockaways

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Frank Traynor's curiosity shop will reopen as The Nothing Mud and Seltzer House.
 
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    Gawker

  • Accused Child Molesters Heart Huckabee

    Adam Weinstein
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Duggars be damned: It turns out presidential Easter ham Mike Huckabee has another alleged child molester in his coterie. A prolific co-author of Huck’s and other Christian moralists’ books left his church and escaped prosecution when the statute of limitations ran out on his alleged sexual assaults of a young girl.Read more...
  • Rick Santorum Had a Campaign Rally in Iowa and Only One Person Showed Up

    Adam Weinstein
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Some competitors thrive on being the underdog. Some find humor and vigor in humiliating setbacks. And some are just glass-jawed failure artists, their piled losses more befitting than any theoretical small victory. Rick Santorum is the latter, having reached mediocrity’s apogee while eating lunch alone on Monday.Read more...
  • Remember When Jeb Bush Proposed Public Shamings for Unmarried Moms?

    Adam Weinstein
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    People forget today that George W. Bush first ran for president as a “compassionate conservative” because it was novel to do so: Most conservatives openly acknowledged that they were pricks by 2000. Like George’s brother Jeb, who wrote in 1995 of wanting society to attach a “sense of ridicule” to single parenting.Read more...
  • Ah Yes Oh Rick Perry Yes Yes Thank You God

    Adam Weinstein
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    He’s in! He’s got a website where he flaunts his geeker glasses and salutes a lot. Presumably he’s been working on his mnemonics, but hopefully not. Oh, happy day. Happy happy day. 2016, brothers. We will ride through the gates of Valhalla shiny and chrome. Witness me!Read more...
  • Bobby Jindal Is Less Popular Than Even Barack Obama in Louisiana

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Bobby Jindal launched a presidential exploratory committee today, because hey, that’s what you do. Presumably he’ll be exploring outside the state he governs, because as much as Louisianans hate Democrats and Obummer, they hate Bobby more, a new poll shows. Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Clinton’s Bad Foreign Policy Record

    Daniel Larison
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Hillary Clinton is having fun at Iowa voters’ expense: Hillary Clinton would like Iowa Democratic caucus-goers to consider her entire foreign policy record, not just her vote to go to war in Iraq, which she admits was a mistake. I’m not sure why Clinton thinks that considering her entire record would eliminate voters’ doubts about her foreign policy judgment. She seems to think that it will work if she recites the phrase “smart power” often enough and skips over the details of the policies she supported. If Democratic voters actually did take her entire record…
  • The Outrageous U.S. Role in the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Rolling Stone reports on Saudi war crimes in Saada province in northern Yemen. Here the report mentions how the U.S. role in the campaign is perceived by Yemenis: Many of Saudi Arabia’s weapons and aircraft were purchased from the U.S. We have encountered remnants of both conventional and cluster bombs likely made in the U.S.A., including BU-97 cluster bomb submunitions, which were transferred to Saudi Arabia by the U.S. in the Nineties. The U.S. has also provided both in-flight refueling and targeting intelligence to bombing missions. As a result, there is a widespread perception among…
  • The Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    The death toll from the bombing campaign in Yemen continues to rise: Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to air raids and intensified fighting that began on March 26. More than 3,000 people have been killed since then as the Arab coalition tries stop the Houthis spreading across the country from the north. Another humanitarian…
  • Rubio vs. Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Unsurprisingly, Marco Rubio is not very popular in Cuba: “If Marco Rubio becomes president, we’re done for,” said Héctor Montiel, 66, offering a vigorous thumbs-down as he sat on the Havana street where Mr. Rubio’s father grew up. “He’s against Cuba in every possible way. Hillary Clinton understands much more the case of Cuba. Rubio and these Republicans, they are still stuck in 1959.” Rubio dismisses these criticisms as proof that he must be “on to something” in his dead-ender opposition to normalizing relations, but it is really a sign that his preferred policies…
  • Why Is the War on Yemen Being Ignored?

    Daniel Larison
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    David Wearing succinctly describes the war on Yemen: It is a case of the wealthiest Arab states joining forces to bomb and starve the poorest, with the assistance of two of the world’s richest and most powerful countries. One of those two is the U.S., and the other is Britain. Just as the Obama administration has backed the Saudi attack from the start, Cameron’s government pledged support “in every practical way short of engaging in combat” once the campaign had begun. Remember that this is the same government that has supposedly presided over British “retreat”…
 
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    TIME

  • The U.S. Army Plans to Cut Troop Numbers to Pre-World War II Levels

    pnashjenkins
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The U.S. Army has announced plans to cut 40,000 troops and 17,000 civilian employees over the next two and a half years in accordance with Pentagon budget reductions. The plan will decrease the size of the army to 450,000 troops — the lowest it has been since 1940, the year before the U.S. entered World War II. Prior to the Sept. 11 attacks, there were around 480,000 active-duty service members, USA Today reports. Some of the cuts are the anticipated deflation of the troop surge witnessed in 2012, when the armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan were at their peaks. The remainder…
  • It’s Official: More People Are Running for Presidential Nomination Than Ever

    Jack Linshi
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    It’s official: More people are running for a major party’s presidential nomination than ever. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said Tuesday that he plans to announce his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination during the first week of August, making him the 17th candidate on the GOP side. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, noted in a tweet that is a record for the number of presidential candidates for a single political party. The Democratic field is much narrower, with just five candidates. Gilmore, 65, told the Richmond…
  • Hillary Clinton Ties Jeb Bush to GOP Field on Immigration

    Sam Frizell
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton attempted to link her Republican counterpart, Jeb Bush, with other GOP presidential candidates who have staked out positions against immigration reform. In her first sit-down television interview since as a candidate, Clinton told CNN that the 2016 Republican field ranges “across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile toward immigrants.” She also took aim at Bush, arguing that the former Florida governor’s position on immigration is “regrettable.” “He doesn’t believe in a path to…
  • Hillary Clinton: A Woman Shouldn’t Have to Share the $10 Bill

    Jack Linshi
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the Treasury Department on Tuesday for its decision not to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill when a woman is added to the redesigned bill in 2020. “I don’t like the idea that as a compromise you would basically have two people on the same bill. One would be a woman. That sounds pretty second class to me,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN. “So I think a woman should have her own bill.” The former Secretary of State also echoed some advocates who argue that a woman should instead be honored…
  • Congress Considers Changes to No Child Left Behind

    ryantbeckwith
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is making another run at rewriting the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, even as the White House urges changes that the administration says would ensure that schools be held accountable when their students are seriously lagging their peers in other better-performing elementary and middle schools. The Senate opened debate Tuesday on an update to the 2002 law, with the bill’s main sponsor, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., calling it “the most effective path toward higher standards, better teaching and real accountability.” The annual…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Faith, Freedom and the GOP

    David Brody
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    This week's Brody File show features some of our one-on-one interviews that took place at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. Special guests include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Faith and Freedom Coalition CEO Ralph Reed. Plus, we take a look at the controversial Jade Helm 15 military exercises inside the U.S.
  • 5 Fun Facts about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson

    David Brody
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Brody File presents this 2016 presidential edition of, "5 Fun Facts." This week: Five interesting facts about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson you may not know.
  • Ralph Reed on GOP in 2016: 'They better bring their 'A' Game'

    David Brody
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Ralph Reed, CEO of the Faith and Freedom Coalition has a stern warning to the Republican Party when it comes to the 2016 Election: "They better bring their 'A' game." Reed says evangelical voters are turning out at record pace but the Republican National Committee has to do a better job at attracting more diverse electorate to the polls. "What we cannot do is we can''t do the job of the candidate. We can’t and do not aspire to do the job of the Republican National Committee and the plain fact is that even though we did our job the Republican party was outhustled on the ground…If we…
  • Ralph Reed on Evangelical Voters: 'We're Stronger Than Ever'

    David Brody
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Ralph Reed, CEO of the Faith and Freedom Coalition says despite the social change in America, the evangelical movement is stronger than ever before. "While they (the media) keep writing our obituary and claiming that the winds of social change are against us, they’re missing the reality right in front of their noses, which is that we've never been this strong and we've never been this effective not on our best day. Not when Reagan was elected, not when George W. Bush was elected, not when Newt Gingrich became speaker. We're stronger than ever." It's true that evangelicals are more involved…
  • GOP Presidential Candidate Marriage Report Card

    David Brody
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:27 pm
    And so it begins… Evangelical voters now have their first real indication of which presidential candidates are willing to stick their neck out and risk some political capital on the marriage issue. Here is the report card: A GRADE: Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. All three offered some sort of constitutional amendment to rectify what is being called, "judicial tyranny" by the Supreme Court. Clearly they all realize they need the evangelical vote to win but beyond the strategic calculation, all three truly have a heart for this issue. It's part of their DNA makeup. Huckabee is a…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Costs and Benefits of Presuming Guilt

    Keith Humphreys
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Megan McArdle takes on Ezra Klein’s call for presuming that male college students who are accused of rape are guilty unless conclusively proven otherwise: Ezra Klein wrote, “men need to feel a cold spike of fear when they begin a sexual encounter.” This is not the solution, or even a solution. This is, in fact, a problem. In the 1970s and 1980s, a lot of people were walking around this country with a constant background terror of being assaulted, and a lot of people decided that the way to solve that problem was to make a lot of men, mostly poor and black or Hispanic, feel…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Paper Chase

    Johann Koehler
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    While the opening credits roll, we watch the latest batch of first-year law students find their seats in the classroom at Harvard Law School. Rather than beginning the first lecture with some cliché about how only one person is ‘cut out’ to graduate from law school among the one in your seat and the two on either side of you, Professor Kingsfield, played by John Houseman, dives straight into Hawkins v. McGee—the infamous ‘hairy hand’ case. In Kingsfield’s contracts classroom, there are no prefatory remarks, no congenial introductions, and no easy questions. There is just the law.
  • Is Pot Cultivation Starving Us of Water?

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Christopher Ingraham has a fascinating piece in Washington Post on the water demands of marijuana cultivation. Drawing on a study in the journal Bioscience, Christopher notes that growing an acre of weed consumes more water than growing an acre of wine grapes and about as much water as an acre of (notoriously thirsty) almonds. An environmental catastrophe in the making? I doubt it. The amount of water required for an agricultural industry is a function of two variables: (1) The amount of water per unit of land (acre, square mile, whatever) and (2) The amount of units of land needed to meet…
  • A harm reduction approach to gang violence: The Pass 36 campaign

    Harold Pollack
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    This Cure Violence campaign is pretty interesting. “Give a pass. And kiss your kids when you get a pass.”  
  • The Trials of British Psephology

    Keith Humphreys
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    The 2015 UK Election wasn’t just a nightmare for the Liberal Democrats and Labour, it was also a disaster for British psephologists. In the closing weeks of the election, all the major pollsters repeatedly predicted a hung parliament, with the Tories and Labour netting approximately the same number of seats. In the wake of Conservatives’ stunning victory, pollsters have been defending their methods and trying to determine how they got the election outcome so wrong. My initial reaction to the pollsters was sympathetic. 2015 was an usual year: There were more parties than ever with…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Obergefell Decision Enhances Religious Liberty

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Since the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, affirming the right of same-gender couples throughout the country to marry, some politicians and pundits have claimed religious liberty is now threatened in our nation. "This decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty," said Mike Huckabee. Bobby Jindal said the decision was the start of an "all-out assault on religious freedom." Ted Cruz said, "Religious liberty has never been so threatened as it is today." Of course, that's not true. The decision has no adverse impact on any…
  • Republicans, this is how to talk about the Confederate flag

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    While too many Republicans of national stature "tread carefully" in commenting on displays of the Confederate flag, Iowa GOP Chair Jeff Kaufmann provided a clinic this week on how to talk about the issue. The truck pulling the Marion County GOP float in Pella's July 4 parade featured three Confederate flags (click through for a photo). Rod Boshart of the Cedar Rapids Gazette contacted Kaufmann for comment and was rewarded with outstanding material. "I am just absolutely, utterly disgusted on multiple levels," Kaufmann said in a telephone interview. "Shame on them and I don't want them in my…
  • Four takeaways from Branstad destroying the Iowa legislature's budget compromise

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Late in the afternoon on the last day state offices were open before the long holiday weekend, Governor Terry Branstad used his veto pen to strike "all the big deals" Iowa House Republicans and Senate Democrats negotiated to end this year's legislative session. The budget compromise was already a much better deal for statehouse Republicans than for Democrats. House GOP leaders got the global budget targets they had demanded, which were lower than what the governor requested and Democrats proposed. Most of the concessions to Democrats came in House File 666, a $125 million collection of…
  • Ryan Wise is the new Iowa Department of Education director

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Catching up on news from last week, Governor Terry Branstad appointed Ryan Wise to lead the Iowa Department of Education, effective July 1. I've enclosed below the full statement from the governor's office, which includes more background on Wise. He should have no trouble during the Iowa Senate confirmation process, having served as deputy director at the education department since September 2013. Wise replaces Brad Buck, who started work on July 1 as superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. It's no surprise that he sought new opportunities after less than two years in…
  • Weekend open thread: July 4 edition

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Happy Independence Day to the Bleeding Heartland community! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend--preferably not by setting off amateur fireworks. Although the Iowa House voted this year to legalize fireworks, the bill never came to a vote in the Iowa Senate. So amateur fireworks are still illegal, which is just as well, since they cause too many emergency room visits and distress for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. We caught the fireworks display after the Iowa Cubs baseball game on Friday night and are going out in a little while to see the Windsor Heights…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Serious Question

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I would love to short coal and agree that it makes good financial sense to do so. The only problem is that I don't know how best to do it. I have a basic knowledge of how to trade stocks and bonds, and how to short them, but when it comes to shorting whole industries? I don't know how to do that. Or, I should say, I can figure out some way to do it, but probably not the best way. Discuss
  • Wanker of the Day: Marc Thiessen

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    The recent move to suppress the open display of the American swastika, better known as the Confederate Flag, has gotten to former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen. First he notes that the paper he writes for, the Washington Post, is named after a slaveowner. Then he emulates the Charleston, South Carolina shooter by looking up statistics on black-on-black and black-on-white crime to justify his ideological blinders. And then he attacks us city folk for some kind of reverse bigotry and intolerance. Now come all these self-righteous liberals from cities such as New York, Los Angeles and…
  • Happy Independence Day

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    What a great Fourth of July this year. A day that many associate with flag-waving, parades, and fireworks means so much more this year. Most years we hear speeches regarding the ideals on which this country was founded, liberty and equality, and often those recycled platitudes leave many of us - those who see the inequality and lack of liberty for so many in our society - with a bad taste in our mouths. And though too many Americans still struggle under the weight of intolerance, discrimination and bigotry, this year we can truthfully say that our nation has seen an advance in our ongoing…
  • "I was just trying to console him"

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Something tells me officer Terigi Rossi of the Dallas PD, and a former "star" of the reality TV show, Dallas SWAT, has a vocabulary problem. Either that, or he has serious anger management/emotional/steroid abuse issues. Because this isn't the kind of behavior that I would call an attempt to console anyone: In profanity-laden terms, Rossi is seen on video telling the teen what's going to happen if he doesn't shut up. "I'll break your f***ing neck," he says in the recording, which News 8 obtained through an open records request. "You understand me? You understand me?" [...] Rossi told internal…
  • Casual Observation

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Man, I really had some misconceptions about how the gravity of the Earth, Sun, and planets really works. I was very surprised by how many things I had been thinking about either in too simplistic a way or I was just wrong about. I had not known that there was such a significant gravitational difference between cities, or that the big gaseous planets had so little pull, or that it's best to think of astronauts in space as being in free-fall rather than in a low-gravity environment. Discuss
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: The Enemy is Corporate Power, Part 2

    dandelionsalad
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Jul 7, 2015 On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism. Transcript from … Continue reading →
  • Chris Hedges: Liberals are a Dead Force, Part 1

    dandelionsalad
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Jul 6, 2015 On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man … Continue reading →
  • Noam Chomsky: The US Empire: “We Own The World”

    dandelionsalad
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Noam Chomsky Brave New Films on Jul 6, 2015 Many Americans are not accustomed to the idea that America sits atop a global empire, but with military bases and forces spread out across the world, interventions in dozens … Continue reading →
  • Untold Truths About the American Revolution by Howard Zinn (2009)

    dandelionsalad
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Repost from July 4, 2009 by Howard Zinn Writer, Dandelion Salad Excerpt from The Progressive July 3, 2009 July 5, 2015 There are things that happen in the world that are bad, and you want to do something about them. … Continue reading →
  • Put Away The Flags by Howard Zinn

    dandelionsalad
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Repost from July 3, 2010 by Howard Zinn Writer, Dandelion Salad crossposted at The Progressive (2006) July 4, 2015 On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, … Continue reading →
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Sergeant Park (20)

    Roberto
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
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  • Golden Balls

    Roberto
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
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  • Getting into Bed with The Great Satan

    Roberto
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
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  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

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

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

  • Walk Away From the Talks

    Deacon Blues
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    As much as the public may support a deal with Iran over lifting the sanctions in exchange for monitoring of its nuclear program, President Obama should be prepared to walk away from the now-extended negotiations if Tehran refuses to allow the IAEA access to military sites and scientists. I know that the lack of a deal will likely result in an end to multinational sanctions against the Iranian regime, because Iran is counting on, and knows that some countries won't care anymore about any Iranian nuclear program and will want to curry favor with them. That is the major duplicity behind John…
  • A Bridge to Nowhere

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Chris Christie entered the GOP 2016 presidential demolition derby today, and we should all be glad. Because if there's one thing the country needs, it's another tough-talking, empty-suit Republican trying to use style to overcome a near-total lack of substance. Actually, Christie has some substance. But it's mostly the trail of political bamboozlement and economic destruction he will leave behind in New Jersey.
  • Democrats and "Judicial Rejectionism"

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat." --Supreme Court rejectionist Mike Huckabee after the Court's same-sex marriage ruling A good number of conservatives around the country are so angry at the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage that they call for open rejection of the decision. Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, the Texas AG (well, that isn't surprising) and others are calling the court imperial and activist over the decision. So…
  • EPA Must Do Better Staff Work

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    There are times, rarely, when I do find myself agreeing with the conservatives on the Supreme Court of the United States. Today is one of those days. The media is widely reporting today's 5-4 decision against the Environmental Protection Agency on power plant emissions as a major setback for the Obama administration and the environment. Well, yes and no. Yes, it's a setback because the five conservatives ruled that the EPA was defective in its regulatory process under the Clean Air Act for not explicitly considering industry costs in complying with the new rule aimed at limiting emissions of…
  • SCOTUS Narrowly Finds Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

    Deacon Blues
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    I will go to my grave unhappy with Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for his part in the Court’s Bush v. Gore and Citizens United rulings, and the conservative majority’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act. But let no one say he doesn’t deserve praise for his moral and judicial leadership on the rights of same-sex couples.
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    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Coliseum City : Floyd Kephart To Own Oakland Raiders At Taxpayer Expense - YouTube The Coliseum City proposal sent out by Floyd Kephart and New City Development LLC has a provision for the company to buy 20 percent of the Raiders. Mr Kephart also wants the City to add a public investment - else the deal can't get done. Thus, Oakland and Alameda County taxpayers would wind up making Ray Best Cartoonist In Fayetteville GA Talks Comic-Con #SDCC - YouTube Ray, who works at the Office Depot in Fayetteville, Georgia, is also the town's best cartoonist. Coliseum City : Floyd Kephart To Own Oakland…
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    6 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Abby Wambach Already A Champion Win Makes Her Goddess - YouTube Abby Wambach Already A Champion Win Makes Her Goddess My vlog response to Ants Rants on Abby Wambach. Tobin Heath Scores! USA 5 Japan 2 #USAvJAP - YouTube Tobin Heath scores to make it USA 5 Japan 2 at 51 min stoppage time. USA 5 Japan 2 #USWNT Wins Women's World Cup - YouTube USA 5 Japan 2 #USWNT Wins Women's World Cup!!! Hope Solo Clobbers Japan USA 5 Japan 2 #USAvJAP - YouTube Hope Solo almost took this Japanese player's head off while defending goal for USA v Japan. Abby Wambach Already A Champion Win Makes Her Goddess Abby…
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    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast - Video Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast At SF Pride Breakfast, local Oakland lawyer Fred Hertz stopped to talk with me about the legalization of gay marriage and a new field, gay divorce. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/Vp-0EJNjChM Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade - Video Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and her wife Pamela Kaplan share their view of the SF…
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    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Madame Tussaud's Letters To Laverne Cox - YouTube Laverne Cox of "Orange Is The New Black" has the first transgender wax figure ever and at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in San Francisco. In her honor, patrons at SF Pride were invited to write "Letters To Laverne." Willie Brown Says President Obama Surpassed Reagan - YouTube At SF Pride Breakfast, former San Francisco Mayor and California Speaker Willie Brown said at SF Pride Breakfast that President Obama surpassed Roland Reagan in his record of transformative actions. Beth And I Get On Drink Bus For SF Pride Parade Beth And I Get On Drink Bus…
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    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Details emerge in northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootout - Las Vegas Review-Journal Details emerge in northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootoutLas Vegas Review-JournalLas Vegas police investigate the scene of a shooting that left one person dead in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Alexander and Pecos roads, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Another person was transpor
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Compact fusion reactors are safe, emissions-free, and coming

    Bob Morris
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works says their compact fusion reactors will be operational in ten years. If so, this could change the world. Seriously. Compact fusion reactors are emissions free, safe, and produce prodigious amounts of energy, 3-4x more than nuclear fission. Further, gas lines into existing gas turbines can be replaced with heat exchangers coming off fusion reactors, so infrastructure for it already exists. Normally I would tend to discount such research. However this is coming from Skunk Works, developers of multiple famous aircraft designs and lots more too. This…
  • Intellectuals and their attraction to fascism, communism, ISIS

    Bob Morris
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    True believers, who are always supported by at least some intellectuals Part of the attraction of intellectuals to totalitarianism is, as Bob Dylan put it, “you just want to be on the side that’s winning.” The regime may be thugs, however intellectuals can find cozy, lucrative positions inside it. That they may eventually be tortured on orders of Maximum Glorious Leader is an occupational hazard of apologists for brutal regimes. Mark Safranski details the fascination by some intellectuals for fascism and communism. I was once in a far left group and saw first-hand the…
  • Young Greek woman: “I am terrified of tomorrow”

    Bob Morris
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    ATM line in Greece A anguished 21 year old Greek woman details how horrendous the situation is there now. She prays it will not get worse, and is almost certainly wrong. Greece has no good choices. It doesn’t even have bad choices. Greece should do what Iceland did. Call bankster’s bluff by defaulting on the debt, all of it. It really has no other choice. And Iceland has survived, and survived well. Banksters insist Greece must borrow ever more to pay back previous loans. This is not done to help Greece but to protect their own crumbling balance sheets, which are filled with toxic…
  • To sovereign citizens, tax protesters, and other idiots

    Bob Morris
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Schiff is currently serving 13 years for tax crimes Tax protesters contort the Constitution to meet preconceived notions that they are magically exempt from paying income tax. Their efforts are both comical and delusional. They write books, give expensive seminars, rope in the gullible and greedy, and convince them they are “sovereign citizens” or other such rubbish, and thus don’t have have to pay income tax. Sometimes they go to prison. Generally, they end up owing the IRS large amounts due to interest and penalties. And yes, when there is fraud and continued noncompliance…
  • California water districts forced to reverse canal flow

    Bob Morris
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several water districts in the California Central Valley, as usual, stored water in the San Luis Reservoir, assuming they could swap that water for water coming from the Delta-Mendota Canal this summer. However, this year, because of the drought, there is no incoming canal water. The water districts are installing pumps to reverse water flow in the canals and pump the stored reservoir water uphill for 62 miles back to where it came from, lifting it 18 feet along the way. Fuel for the pumps will cost $500,000 a month. It’s either that or orchards and crops die. In a desperate move to…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Information on Environmental Fear Mongering

    indianaoracle
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Environmental fear mongering and silencing continues (http://www.regnery.com/books/the-silencing/, by Kirsten Powers). It does so largely because the broader public has little more than their skepticism to rely upon.  An honest, public debate around the-world-is-ending-and-it-is-our-fault, is still being repressed and/or ignored by the press and media. To help shine some light into this dark corner, below is a […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound. During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 2

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Demographics & the Situation of the Main Players Country-Population-Sect Total estimated Muslim population in the Middle East: 410 million (all country figures below are rounded up).  It is estimated there are 1.5 bil Muslims around the world. Over the 40 Muslim-dominated countries in the world: 85% are Sunni. Egypt: 88 mil; 53% Sunni Iran: 79 […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 3

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Of Sunni – Shia Overview The two main things occurring now in the Middle East are, 1) a boiling Sunni v. Shiite (Saudi Arabia v. Iran) situation presently focused in Syria; and 2) expanding aggression by ISIS, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi Arabia v. Iran situation, if not checked somehow, will lead […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 4

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Middle East Foundations Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations. Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam and the […]
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  • Government Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Security on the web is becoming an increasingly important topic for organisations to grasp. Recent years have seen the emergence of the hacktivist movement, the increasing sophistication of online career criminals and now the very real threat posed by nation states compromising personal and corporate security. The Open Web Application Security Project gives us the OWASP Top 10 to help guide the secure development of online applications and defend against these threats. This course takes you through a very well-structured, evidence-based prioritisation of risks and most importantly, how…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    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 about how the laws around e-signatures enable business transformation.Request Free!
  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, 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:Accelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big DataThe Cost of Doing NothingRequest Free!
  • Data Gov Event Programme

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the UK Government’s first ever Chief Data Officer taking the lead, it's clear that data driven transformation is the path to radically improved processes and services across the Public Sector.For local governments, Big Data insight has already proved to have a huge impact across diverse projects and smart city applications. In the UK, Harrow Council have already announced savings of over £4m using Big Data mapping information to streamline waste collection and grounds maintenance.The government’s digital revolution is now turning from focusing on individual online…
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  • Does String of Incidents Show Donald Trump Right?

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Evidence of the Obama Administration’s failure to secure our nation’s borders has surfaced in no fewer than three highly-publicized incidents involving illegal immigrants who, after being deported as many as five times, stand linked to the deaths of innocent Americans in 2015. Perhaps, Donald Trump is right, and the United States does have an immigration problem. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player The first incident resulted in back-to-back murders the morning of January 31. Suspected of the murders is 31-year-old Victor Manuel Reyes, a man who was sentenced…
  • Freedom Still Exists in My ‘Forever Hometown’

    admin
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Today, more than ever before, the freedoms celebrated by Americans on Independence Day appear to be at risk. Among the most important are some freedoms I remember growing up with in Enid, Okla., during the ’60s and ’70s. Enid, Okla., is known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States” and boast an enormous grain storage capacity. The people of Enid had the freedom to feed the world. Because my “forever hometown” in North Central Oklahoma was known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States,” its residents could have boasted about having some of the tallest buildings…
  • Second Amendment’s Value Evident After Motel 6 Incident

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of a letter shared with me and several others by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. He gave me permission to share it with you, and I suggest you read it after watching this video. Dear Friends: No lessons are better learned than those that strike close to home.  The purpose of this email is just to remind as many of my friends as possible of…
  • Throwback Thursday: Ferguson Troubles Began in Garden

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Three years ago today, I shared news about a man in Ferguson, Mo., — yes, the same town where the Michael Brown incident took place in August 2014 — who was fighting for the right to grow food in his garden without first obtaining permission from the city. Below I share that story again, along with an update and some observations. On April 23, 2012, Karl Tricamo received a citation from the city of Ferguson, Mo., for gardening without permission. During World War I and World War II, it was considered one’s patriotic duty to plant a “victory garden” in…
  • Pre-Blast Videotapes FBI Claims ‘Might Have Been Misfiled’ Remain at Center of Ongoing Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Four years ago today, I shared an update about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that was taking place in federal court and continues to this day in Salt Lake City. In case you missed it when it was published on this site and on Breitbart.com, I share it again with only minor modifications. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19,…
 
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  • Chinese stocks are crashing

    CO2Insanity
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Chinese stocks are crashing.  Evidently some fortune cookies were incorrect.
  • Sen.Sessions: City Officials Harboring Illegal Immigrant Felons Could Be Charged With Crime

    CO2Insanity
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Sen.Sessions: City Officials Harboring Illegal Immigrant Felons Could Be Charged With Crime. How about accessory to murder Senator?
  • Caption this.

    CO2Insanity
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Caption this. Hillary greeted this guy then deleted the tweet after she found out what the tattoo said.
  • Occupy Democrats thinks a Mexican laborer destroys Trump’s position. 14 dead Americans say otherwise.

    CO2Insanity
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Occupy Democrats thinks a Mexican laborer destroys Trump’s position. 14 dead Americans say otherwise.  That’s 14 people who would be alive today were it not for sanctuary city silliness and Obama’s importation of illegal future Democrat voters. There’s a list at the link.
  • SOURCES: SF PIER 14 SUSPECT USED FEDERAL AGENT’S GUN

    CO2Insanity
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    SOURCES: SF PIER 14 SUSPECT USED FEDERAL AGENT’S GUN. They’re not saying whose gun it it yet, or how this murder suspect obtained it. The  below statements make us think perhaps this incident is going to change things in a positive manner. It also has outraged San Franciscans such as Frank Zona, a longtime resident who rode his bicycle to the pier earlier this week “to contemplate” the killing. “It makes me sick,” Zona said, as tourists walked onto the pier. “I’m a die-hard Democrat but this makes me want to vote for Donald Trump for (his…
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  • Does Donald Trump Belong at FreedomFest?

    Brian Doherty
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    FreedomFest is an annual gathering of speakers and listeners interested in, as the title indicates, "Freedom." Reason folk have likely appeared at every one of them; I've personally spoken at more than three, and this year as in past years there is a dedicated Reason Day at the conference, Saturday July 11. The event launches tomorrow at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and is projected to attract around 2,000 attendees. A last minute addition to the roster was announced this week in a press release I received via email from FreedomFest: Donald Trump, now one of the leading candidates for…
  • 5 Things Know About the Iran Deal

    Ed Krayewski
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    These talks have been going on since 2013—the issue is decades old Western concern over Iran's nuclear programs goes back decades. Since the late 1990s, various intelligence agencies have been warning Iran was just a couple of years away from a nuclear bomb. In 2003, weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency reported Iran's nuclear activities were not in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a party. Later that year, talks started between Iran and France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They broke down in 2005 over Iran's nuclear…
  • Republican Candidates Fight for Spot in Fox News Debate, Right-to-Die Dead on Arrival, Trump Hypocrisy: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Republican candidates are running out of time to improve their poll numbers such that they can qualify for the Fox News debate. Gee, I wonder if the Trump hotels employ any undocumented workers? The California right-to-die bill has stalled due to Catholic opposition. Edward Snowden coming back to the U.S.? Yeah, right. Okay. Sure. Negotiations with Iran will continue until at least Friday. The failure of the Rolling Stone UVA rape story hasn't persuaded journalism outlets they should cover sexual assault differently, according to a Media Matters report. Read Brendan O'Neill on the ridiculous…
  • Backpage.com Says Screw Off to Squeamish Credit Card Companies by Dropping Fees For Adult Ads

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Backpage.com, the online classified-ad clearinghouse that's become a battleground in the new war on sex work, has announced that it will stop charging users to post ads in its "adult" section, at least temporarily. Until now, users could post free ads elsewhere on the site but were charged fees to promote in the adult section, which houses ads for escorts, strippers, and other erotic entertainers. So what's the big deal about Backpage switching up its fee structure? The change comes in response to Visa's and Mastercard's recent decisions to stop processing adult-ad payments, a move the…
  • Encryption is Vital to Protecting Internet Security: New Report Opposes Government Mandated "Backdoors"

    Ronald Bailey
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing, "Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy," in which government snoops, ah, intelligence and law enforcement officials, will try to beg, cajole and frighten lawmakers into forcing telecommunications companies to eschew strong encryption that would protect the privacy of their customers. In addition, the would-be spies will demand "exceptional access" to data and communications by mandating the installation of "backdoors" in the products and services of telecommunications and data…
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  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Greg Gutfeld, RCP Changing Lanes
  • The Making of a Clinton Echo Chamber

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Philip Rucker, Washington PostOne day in May, operatives from a Washington-based super PAC gathered New Hampshire mayors, state representatives and local politicos at St. Anselm College for a day of training.
  • A Four-Step Path Out of the Greek Crisis

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    Jeffrey Sachs, Huffington PostThe Greek crisis is a tragedy for the country and a danger for the world economy. Germany is demanding that Greece continue to service its debts in full, even though Greece is clearly broke and the International Monetary Fund has noted the need for debt relief. The collision of reality (Greece's insolvency) with politics (Germany's demands) was bound to create a disaster. And, indeed, it has: the shocking collapse last week of the Greek banking system.
  • Obama WH Complicit in Murder of Kate Steinle

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Bill O'Reilly, FOX NewsLast Wednesday Kate was walking with her father in San Francisco when she was shot dead on the street for absolutely no reason at all.
  • The Resonant Words, and Wisdom, of "Silent Cal"

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    Carl Cannon, RCPNinety-four years ago today, Vice President Calvin Coolidge spoke at the second annual conference of the American Classical League, being held at the University of Pennsylvania.It was a typical assignment for a vice president -- then, as it would be now -- but Coolidge warmed to the task. He gave a spirited and well-received address to a group formed in the waning days of World War I to promote the teaching of Greek and Latin and classical history.“We come here today in defense of some of the great realities of life,” he began. “We come to…
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    The New Republic

  • Rihanna Is No Pam Grier

    Noah Berlatsky
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cheated and disrespected, a black woman on film enacts bloody vengeance using her cunning, her ruthlessness, and the fact that society compulsively underestimates her. The final scene shows her expressionless—perhaps traumatized but unbowed, a survivor who has overcome abuse and humiliation and se
  • Three South Carolina Senators Voted to Keep the Confederate Flag Flying. Here’s Their Reasoning.

    Naomi Shavin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds. While 37 senators 
  • Obama’s Agenda Is Helping Hillary by Cornering Republicans

    Brian Beutler
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Three months ago, as the prospect of an international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions came into focus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged that as a first-term president in 2017 he would unilaterally void any deal,
  • Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

    Jeet Heer
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to f
  • How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

    Jamil Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I didn’t realize until I was a little bit older that what we all saw thirty years ago this week in Back to the Future was a sexual assault, but I recognized the hero moment immediately. When George McFly opens the car door to find bully Biff T
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Liberated by grace

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.Read full article >>
  • Obama, overtime, and the value of hard work

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people have had a chance to rise.Thus was Chris Christie’s opening tribute to his hard-working parents and grandparents the most affecting part of his announcement Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. The New Jersey governor bestowed praise across gender lines, describing his grandmothers as women “who knew how to work and who knew that hard work would deliver something for their children.” Read…
  • When change stops waiting

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.The move against the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina quickly cascaded into a national effort to cast aside commemorations of secession, slavery and white supremacy. This was more than symbolism. It represented something bigger — the nation’s turn toward “thoughtful introspection and self-examination,” as President Obama put it in his powerful eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on…
  • How America can free itself from guns

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying “enough” after Charleston. But this time, we don’t even expect anything to happen.Read full article >>
  • Charleston and the politics of evasion

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.Nonsense, you say. Have we not been talking about race and racism for our entire history? Our conversations have been especially intense in recent years — about the response to President Obama as our first African American president, about sentencing reform and the over-incarceration of men of color and about the wave of highly publicized police shootings of African Americans.Read full article >>
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-07-2015

    Ramona
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    All that’s necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. (E. Burke) — The ultimate in irresponsibility. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-07-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015

    Ramona
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Water runs faster if you remove an obstruction here and there. (Yogiswami) — How often we end up blocking our own streams! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-06-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015

    Ramona
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. (H. VanDyke) — Failure to launch, the ultimate terminal disease. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015

    Ramona
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Consciousness is sweet strident music made by the friction of existence. (G. Santayana) — Mine sounds a lot like Prodigy! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015

    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • 'Rules' for Covering Hillary Clinton Reveal Disturbing Bias

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    From Jonathan Allen's post, "Confessions of a Clinton reporter: The media's 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary" at Vox.com: The Clinton rules are driven by reporters' and editors' desire to score the ultimate prize in contemporary journalism: the scoop that brings down Hillary Clinton and her family's political empire. At least in that way, Republicans and the media have a common interest. I understand these dynamics well, having co-written a book that demonstrated how Bill and Hillary Clinton used Hillary's time at State to build the family political operation and set up for their fourth…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    In connection with the Trump dust-up, Marcus Brenton makes a compelling argument at the Sacramento Bee that Latino consumer power is a more mighty force at this juncture than Latino political power. "Latinos were only 15.4 percent of California voters in 2014, Romero said. Of course, voter turnout was awful in 2014 - it's usually lower for all groups during midterm elections. But in the previous midterm cycle, Latinos were 16.7 percent of voters..."In the Texas race for governor, Democrat Wendy Davis won the Latino vote 55 percent to 44 percent but lost the election to Republican Greg…
  • Ferrera's Open Letter Clarifies GOP's Trump Problem

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    "America Ferrera: Thank You, Donald Trump!", Lauren Moraski's CBS News report on the actress's perceptive open letter on Trump's Mexican-bashing at HuffPo, should provide cause for concern among smarter GOP strategists. As Moraski quotes Ferrera: "You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn't that awesome?" she wrote. "Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants…
  • Marcotte: 'Ralph Nader's Dishonest, Sexist Rant Against Hillary Clinton'

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    From Amanda Marcotte's "Ralph Nader's Dishonest, Sexist Rant Against Hillary Clinton" at Talking Points Memo: Nineties nostalgia is cute when it's all about overalls and Nicki Minaj sampling "Baby Got Back," but Ralph Nader is taking it too far, by trying to revive his all-too-successful late '90s campaign to convince huge numbers of American liberals that there is no meaningful difference between Republicans and Democrats. In a recent interview with Larry King for Ora.TV, Nader launched a rather scurrilous accusation of secret Republicanism at Hillary Clinton that recalled his similar…
  • Parting Blows From SCOTUS

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Aside from some of last week's less publicized but significant conservative victories on the Supreme Court in cases involving Clean Air regulations and the death penalty, its latest term ended with a couple of signs of trouble in orders for cases it will hear next year. I discussed them briefly at Washington Monthly: One involves a racial gerrymandering complaint from Arizona Republicans which could create new problems for what is left of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Another, and the one that got a lot of horrified reaction from progressives today, is a case designed to enable SCOTUS to…
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  • Greece’s Vote for Sovereignty

    Dani Rodrik
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    When the Greeks voted “no” in the July 5 referendum they asserted the priority of their democracy over those in other eurozone countries. If the Greek vote is a victory for anything, it is a victory for national sovereignty.
  • International Taxation and Global Development

    José Antonio Ocampo
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    When it comes to funding development, taxes are perhaps the most critical piece of the puzzle. But the system for taxing multinational companies' global profits is broken – and it is exacerbating inequality both within and across countries.
  • Taxing Tobacco

    Oleg Chestnov, et al.
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Over the last ten years, impressive gains have been made in the battle against tobacco use, but much more remains to be done. By taxing tobacco, we have the potential to reverse the epidemic, prevent widespread illness and suffering, and save millions of lives every year.
  • Why Ukraine Deserves a Haircut

    Erik Berglöf
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The battle in Ukraine over the future of reform is far from won, but real progress has been made. The country's private creditors must now do their part and join the international community and the IMF in taking a haircut on their debts.
  • Greece’s “No” is No Victory for Democracy

    Bernard-Henri Lévy
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Despite what many are saying – especially those who do not have to bear the consequences of their words – Greek voters’ rejection on Sunday of the latest bailout offer from their country’s creditors did not represent a “victory for democracy.” In fact, it is quite the opposite.
 
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  • Three Supreme Court Justices have been Ruling on Cases Involving Companies Whose Stock they Own

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    The Supreme Court’s top justice and two associate justices have repeatedly ruled in cases involving companies in which they owned stock, according to a court watchdog group.   The organization Fix the Court says in a report (pdf) that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito have created potential conflicts of interest by participating in decisions that potentially affected their stock portfolio.   Fix the Court reviewed cases heard by the court between 2009 and 2013, and focused on 19 cases in which the three justices owned stock in…
  • Connecticut Wage Theft Law Shifts Burden of Proof from Employees to Employers

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Lawmakers in Connecticut are requiring employers caught shortchanging workers out of wages to prove their actions were unintended, putting the burden on businesses for the first time.   Senate Bill 914, approved by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dan Malloy, gives employees the ability to collect double the amount owed to them by their employers. The new law is expected to deter companies from cheating workers out of regular and overtime wages.   “This is going to mean the transfer of millions of dollars each year from cheating employers to low-wage…
  • Goldman Sachs-Supported Solar Company Uses Prison Labor to Make Panels

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    A leading maker of solar panels in the United States backed by Goldman Sachs has been using prison labor to help keep its production costs down.   Suniva Inc., based in Georgia, contracts with UNICOR, the name of the 80-year-old Federal Prison Industries, so inmates can assist with the assembly of solar panels.   Company officials told Reuters that prison labor accounts for only a small portion of its manufacturing operations, less than 10%. They say Suniva factories in Georgia and Michigan employing 350 people produce most of the panels. Several hundred inmates make solar panels at…
  • Paul, Chafee and Webb are most Marijuana-Friendly Presidential Candidates; Christie most Hostile

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    With legal marijuana now the fastest-growing industry in the United States, it is only fitting for someone to grade the current group of presidential candidates on their pot platforms.   The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a pro-legalization advocacy group, has put out a voter’s guide to the 2016 presidential race which shows the most marijuana-friendly candidate so far is Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Paul, whose GOP philosophy contains streaks of libertarianism, got an “A” grade for his support of states to establish their own marijuana policies. He also…
  • Inspired by Chief Justice Roberts, Polygamous Couple Applies for Marriage License

    7 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Although Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts opposed the ruling that legalized gay marriage, he wound up inspiring at least one polygamist to seek legitimacy for his multi-marriage lifestyle.   In his dissenting opinion, Roberts wrote that allowing homosexuals to lawfully wed could result in polygamists making the same legal argument to sanction and legalize their definition of marriage as well.   A Montana man, Nathan Collier, has done just that. A former Mormon who was excommunicated for polygamy, Collier married his first wife, Victoria, in 2000. He applied for a second…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • New report on the ‘Health of State Democracies’

    AZ BlueMeanie
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report today rating the “Health of State Democracies.” Explore the report and data on the interactive: www.healthofstatedemocracies.org. Here are summary reports. The Health of State Democracies, and Liberty and Justice for … Continue reading →
  • State Rep. Victoria Steele declares for Congress

    AZ BlueMeanie
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Legislative District 9 Representative Victoria Steele (D-Tucson) is no longer exploring a run for Congress — today she declared in a message to supporters that she is a candidate for Congress for CD 2 in Southern Arizona. Steele filed her … Continue reading →
  • Deputy Chief Chris Nanos appointed to replace retiring Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

    Carolyn Classen
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors today appointed Pima County Chief Deputy Chris Nanos as the new Pima County Sheriff, effective August 1, 2015. Sheriff Dupnik’s resignation was accepted by the Board and he will serve until the end of July. … Continue reading →
  • “Both sides” nonsense and REAL IDs

    Donna Gratehouse
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com This past session the GOP majority in the Arizona Legislature whiffed on a chance to address the dumb and unforced dilemma the state is in with regard to our drivers licenses and IDs not complying with federal … Continue reading →
  • NASA New Horizons Mission: Pluto is ready for its close-up

    AZ BlueMeanie
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    When I was in grade school making a mobile of the solar system for science class, Pluto was the ninth planet. Yeah, that was a long time ago. Things have dramatically changed since then. Is Pluto a planet? The answer … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: After Marriage Equality Case, the Christian Right is Calling for a Theocracy

    Kevin Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being” That’s the message that was quickly churned out from Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President in the form of a graphic that was shared by thousands over Facebook and other social media sites, following the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.  Huckabee, the candidate of choice thus far in polling of the Christian Right, is boldly asserting that the rules of his religion trump the laws of the United States, and should be followed in place of the laws of the land.  It certainly isn’t much of a stretch to…
  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Undocumented Immigrant Charged with Killing Woman at Pier 14 Reignites National Debate on Sanctuary Cities Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee have expressed their concerns that prior to fatally shooting a 32-year-old woman near the San Francisco Ferry Building on Wednesday, the suspect and undocumented immigrant had been deported five times for various felonies and was not handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for his sixth deportation. The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, as a result of San Francisco’s status as a…
  • SFGate: Legislators Take Aim at Proposition 13 Loophole

    Reset Team
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    By Melody Gutierrez San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting calls it one of the most vexing issues in the state Capitol, a loophole in California’s Proposition 13 that allows commercial property buyers to wiggle out of paying higher taxes. It’s a problem, Ting says, that even the staunchest defenders of the 1978 initiative have agreed needs to be fixed. No one, however, has agreed on how. The law, called the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, was designed to protect property owners from substantial increases in property taxes due to annual reassessments and rising property…
  • Monday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Bay Area Ocean Temperatures Above Historical Average Ocean water temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area are above their historical summertime average, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. Meteorologist Charles Bell said the ocean temperature at the Monterey Bay buoy should be 56 degrees at this time of year. It touched 64 degrees Sunday. Temperatures closer to San Francisco are at least five degrees above normal, Bell said. The biggest impact will be on coastal residents who will be warmer as land temperatures don’t drop as low as they would have, he said. Almost no one…
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July in San Francisco

    Cole Stephens
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    As San Francisco recovers from the festivities of last weekend’s Pride Celebration, the city prepares for yet another crazy weekend as the summer’s biggest holiday draws near. This year, the Fourth of July holiday lands on a Saturday, so expect to see many more people showing up to events all throughout the city. Reset San Francisco invites you to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending some of the many events that will be going on in the City. FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL (July 4th & 5th 10am – 6pm) The largest free Jazz festival on the west coast, the Fillmore Festival…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Fatal Shooting on Pier 14 Police said they detained a person of interest Wednesday evening in connection with a fatal shooting that took the life of a 31-year-old woman on Pier 14 in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to the vicinity of Embarcadero and Mission Street and found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to police. Officers flooded the area and detained a subject matching the description…
 
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
  • 7 Things About Starting A Political Campaign That You Want To Know

    Online Candidate
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Whether running for federal, state or even local office, starting a political campaign is no small undertaking. A political campaign committee must be created, hiring a campaign staff, putting together a campaign budget and crafting the right message and strategy to win. As online has emerged as a pillar of successful campaigning, here are some […]
  • What’s Your Big Question?

    Online Candidate
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We get a lot of questions from clients looking to get their campaigns started online. Some are experienced with working online while others are brand new to the idea. While we provide articles and resources to help navigate the world of online campaigning, there’s always something new to cover. We want to put together a […]
  • Online Reputation Management for Local Campaigns

    Online Candidate
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    When someone searches your candidate's name, what do you want to appear in the search results? You'll probably find some old newspaper articles (good or bad) and maybe some nasty blog posts or discussion board comments - especially if you are an incumbent.
  • Why Your Domain Name(s) Really Matter

    Online Candidate
    19 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    To paraphrase The Bard, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to acquiring domain names for political campaigns, it can mean a lot. Choosing the wrong name or failing to get the right name can cause problems for many candidates. Cybersquatting is pretty common, with speculators hoping to cash in buying domain names. Sometimes this […]
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Hollywood Scandals, Criminals, and Tragedies

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I always find myself on websites talking about various scandals that have gone on in Hollywood. We can pretty much agree that crazy stuff happens everywhere but, for some reason the crazy appears to hit a peak when it comes to Hollywood and its players. The most immoral people seem to run Hollywood.So here's a list of some scandalous behavior that's come out of Hollywood and has shocked America. It's not a full list by any means but, it's a start. I will try and stick with the stories that are already proven. Some of these stories may indeed amount to gossip but I will ONLY…
  • #80 - Why don't people trust GMOs?

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
  • How On Earth Did I Miss ElevatorGate?

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:50 pm
    If you are like me, you missed this story. If you already know this story...well, lucky you...so let's go back to 2011.... yes, 2011.Rebecca Watson who fancies herself a feminist-skeptic (which is basically an oxymoron), posted this video:Lovely, is it not? Rebecca first complains about misogyny and then she relays a story about a blind man who was in an elevator with her and asked her to his hotel room for a cup of coffee. [GASP!] I know, right?! After you're done wailing and gnashing your teeth, please come back ...there's more.Well, not everyone in the atheist community agrees…
  • #083 - Spooky Ghosts

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
  • Milo Yiannopoulos Schools Crowder On #GamerGate || Louder With Crowder

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:16 am
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    Politics

  • A decade after 7/7, our anti-terror efforts stopped attacks but lost the battle for hearts and minds

    Shiraz Maher
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    Millions of pounds have been poured into counter-extremism initiatives over the past decade. But this has failed to provide the response to 7/7 that the UK wanted. The memorial to the victims of the 7/7 attacks in London. Photo: Getty On Friday 3 July, a day before he was killed in a drone strike in the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, I spoke with the British fighter Abu Rahin Aziz. We discussed the ten-year anniversary of the bombings in London, and the government’s subsequent counterterrorism strategy. He was in bullish mood: celebrating the attacks and warning of more in…
  • What's it like to be a Home Office minister when your city explodes?

    Tony McNulty
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Ten years ago today, terrorists attacked the city of London. Former Home Office minister Tony McNulty writes about his memories of that day. The wreckage of a bus in Tavistock Square. Photo: Getty Images The pause seemed to last forever. I was having yet another post-lunch cigarette in the Commons smoking room, watching the television. Jacques Rogge was about to announce the winning city for the 2012 Olympics and paused very briefly after saying “awarded to the city of...”. You could feel the whole city hold it breath as his next word - ‘London’. I whooped for joy watching the crowd…
  • Frank Field MP accuses DWP benefits assessors of asking when terminally ill claimants “expect to be dead”

    Anoosh Chakelian
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    “They have been asked directly whether they think they will soon die, and by what date they expect to be dead.” A terminally ill patient in his hospice room. Photo: Getty The new chair of the Work and Pensions select committee, Frank Field, reports that two of his terminally ill constituents have directly been asked by benefits assessors when they expect to die. He is challenging the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the intrusion his constituents claim to have suffered. The Labour MP for Birkenhead wrote a letter to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on 30…
  • Does it matter that Liz Kendall's not a mother? The row reveals more than you think

    Stephen Bush
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    A blog by Helen Goodman, an MP supporting Yvette Cooper, has triggered a small row. But it's what's not in the blog, rather than what is there, that's the real problem. Also kind of a big deal. Photo:Getty Images Does it matter that Liz Kendall isn’t a mother? That’s the latest mini-controversy to erupt in the Labour leadership race. Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, has triggered a row with an article for the Huffington Post which contains the following gem: “Much more important to me than being an MP and shadow minister is that I am a mum. I have two children and although they…
  • English votes for English laws: a Tory power grab dressed up in constitutional jargon

    Owen Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Conservatives' plans are a dog's breakfast that may finish off the United Kingdom for good, warns Owen Smith MP. Torn asunder? Photo: Getty Images The banality of this particular EVEL is its nakedly partisan purpose. Faced with the prospect of navigating five stormy years, with a majority of just twelve, the Tories are shamelessly trying to turn the legitimate debate about devolution for England into a wholly illegitimate extension of their majority to 105. It is, as Angela Eagle said last week, playing with fire on the constitution and it is to the eternal discredit of the Conservative…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Emiliano satanasso

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    “The fear of being controlled by the main opposition force has led Emiliano to carry out an unheard-of act of institutional violence against all the people of Apulia“ - these are the first words pronounced by the M5S councillor when Michele Emiliano annoounced the 3 M5S Cabinet members - even though this was against their will. We are wondering how he could even dream up something like that: the nomination of people to the position of cabinet member, without even condulting them. Today this bit of news arrived as though it were normal to learn from the press as a way of affirming that…
  • Passaparola - There is no future for the Euro, by Nigel Farage

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    New Twitter Gallery Is it definitely all over for the Euro following the outcome of the Greek referendum? According to Nigel Farage, within the next 10 to 15 years (this blog believes a lot sooner - ED) Italy and a number of other important EU member countries will abandon the common currency. The Blog interviewed him just a few days prior to the referendum to find out more about his point of view. Blog: After two months of negotiations, Greece has decided not to repay their loan from the IMF (International Monetary Fund). There is a gentleman’s agreement that says that debts always have to…
  • The Citizens’ Income is constitutional

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    >>>Today Beppe Grillo is in Athens with some M5S spokespersons. They are demonstrating solidarity with the people of Greece on this referendum day that could change the future of Europe. Keep up to date in real time from 4:00 pm onwards on the Facebook pages for Beppe Grillo and the M5S <<< by M5S in Parliament “Do you remember just a few weeks ago when the President of the Council stated that our draft law was unconstitutional? He said that just to discredit the M5S proposal for the Citizens’ Income.Well we’ve got a dilemma here: either the Premier is ignorant, or he…
  • Open Letter in solidarity with the people of Greece

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    from the website "ricercaperlagrecia.com“: #TuttiAdAtene from the website ricercaperlagrecia.com [a translation of the letter is available in Greek and French / è disponibile la traduzione della lettera in greco e in francese – to sign the letter, send an email to ricercaperlagrecia@gmail.com] 29 June 2015 Kind regards to the people of Greece and, in particular, to our colleagues working in education, academia and research. We are writing a few hundred kilometres away from you, although this distance is shortened by our awareness and the concerns for the future. We are monitoring with…
  • Italy like Cyprus: if the bank goes bust you pay #prelievoforzoso

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    by M5S in Parliament "It’s called European Directive 2014/59/EU. It means that as of 01 January 2016, if your bank has a crisis, it’s you that has to pay with your curent accounts, shares and bonds. Today there’s a top limit of 100 thousand euro, but it could rise to 30 thousand as it is right now in Germany. VIDEO How the Bail-in works (obligatory cash withdrawal) If you remember, it’s the same that happened a few years ago in Cyprus: to prevent banks going bust they gathered in money from the savers with a bail-in, and this brilliant idea was so pleasing to Europe that it was…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s...
  • How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to...
  • ON PATRIOTISMA few words about patriotism – something we...

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    ON PATRIOTISMA few words about patriotism – something we talk a lot about, especially around July 4th, but seldom stop to examine its real meaning. True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag. And it’s not mostly about securing our borders from outsiders. It’s about coming together for the common good.Real patriotism is not cheap. It requires taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going – being willing to pay taxes in full rather than seeking tax loopholes and squirreling away money abroad.  Patriotism is about preserving and protecting our…
  • OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASSThe U.S....

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASSThe U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold – what you can be paid and still qualify to be paid “time-and-a-half” beyond 40 hours per week – from $23,600 a year to $50,400.This is a big deal. Some 5 million workers will get a raise. (See accompanying video, which we made last month.) Business lobbies are already hollering this will kill jobs. That’s what they always predict – whether it’s raising the minimum wage, Obamacare, family and medical leave, or better worker safety. Yet their predictions…
  • Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the...
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • E-Verify Simply Does Not Work

    Jim Harper
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Nearly twenty years ago, John J. Miller of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Stephen Moore, then the director of fiscal policy studies at the Cato Institute, published a study responding to the rising demand for immigration law enforcement. “A National ID System: Big Brother’s Solution to Illegal Immigration” was the name of their Cato Institute policy analysis. They highlighted costs to the liberty of native-born Americans from systems that seek to root out illegal immigrants with identity cards and tracking. I reprised their study in a way and expanded on it seven years ago in…
  • Do Tariffs Promote Human Rights?

    K. William Watson
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    A number of Republican Senators have written a letter to President Obama raising the issue of human rights abuses in Vietnam.  They have a laundry list of good reforms they want to see in Vietnam before that country is included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement currently under negotiation. The letter includes this broad claim about the purpose of the TPP: The Trans-Pacific Partnership should not serve as simply another trade agreement. As the collective name suggests, TPP should send a message to the international community that its member nations consider one another as…
  • The Obamacare Giveaway – It’s Better to Be 64 than 30 (sometimes)

    Aaron Yelowitz
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Take a typical 30-year-old and 64-year-old, earning identical amounts of money, living in the same place, and choosing the same health plan. Who will pay more for that health care plan under Obamacare? No one would dispute that 30-year-olds have much lower health care costs than 64-year-olds, on average. A compelling illustration comes from a highly cited article using the National Medical Expenditure Survey; the authors show that health care costs for 64-year-old women and men are approximately 2 to 4 times that their 30-year-old counterparts (Cutler and Gruber, 1996, p. 429). A natural…
  • Criminal Law 2.0

    Tim Lynch
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Alex Kozinski, a federal appellate judge on the Ninth Circuit, has just published a powerful critique of the American criminal justice system in the Georgetown Law Journal (titled “Criminal Law 2.0”).  He begins, “much of the so-called wisdom that has been handed down to us about the workings of the legal system, and the criminal process in particular, has been undermined by experience, legal scholarship, and common sense.”  Here are the common myths that he goes on to persuasively debunk: 1. Eyewitnesses are highly reliable 2. Fingerprint evidence is foolproof 3. Other types of…
  • The Security Implications of Grexit

    Emma Ashford
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    This weekend’s news was dominated by the sorry tale of Greece, where a referendum on whether to accept the terms of a new European Union bailout failed by a landslide. Now Greece’s Eurozone creditors face the uneasy choice between offering a more generous bailout plan, or accepting a Greek departure from the Euro. Sunday’s referendum was just the latest debacle in the five-year tug-of-war between Greece and other Eurozone members. The ruling Syriza party has been openly hostile to the austerity-focused conditions of EU bailout loans – which run counter to their left-leaning economic…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • On This 4th of July

    sirrahc
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope y’all are enjoying your long holiday weekends! If you have been fortunate enough to have good weather, fantastic! My family didn’t plan any activities, and it’s just as well, because it has been raining on and off here all weekend. Even got a brief thunderstorm Saturday. But, rain or […]
  • Executive Authority vs. Executive Privilege

    sirrahc
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” — President Obama, not-so-subtly implying that he’ll do whatever he can to advance his agenda As you may have noticed, the current […]
  • Replacing Hamilton on the U.S. $10 Bill

    sirrahc
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    “Our democracy is a work in progress. This decision of putting a woman in the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”  — Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury You’ve probably already heard about it, and if you haven’t, you’ll likely hear more about it […]
  • Advances in Bionics

    sirrahc
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Yes, I realize that the title might make you think this post belongs on my “Heroes and Aliens” blog, but this is about the real-world development of “bionic” prostheses and orthoses. Last month, I ran across a list of really cool, recent advances in the field of bionics that I thought would be fun to […]
  • What to Make of Jade Helm 15

    sirrahc
    7 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    “All we want to do is be sure our guys are trained for combat overseas. That’s it.”  — Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria “Friends, when it comes to freedom, we must question, verify and vet everyone and everything. We must never check our brains or blindly trust, especially the government.”  — Chuck Norris, actor, author, and […]
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    Fair Observer

  • 7/7 London Bombings: Healing and Trauma 10 Years On

    Fair Observer
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The memories of the London bombings are still overwhelming, not just for survivors and victims’ families, but also the first responders. On July 7, 2005, four explosions ripped through London. Four suicide bombers targeted busy public transportation routes during the morning rush hour, carrying out terrorist attacks on three underground trains and a double-decker bus. Overall, […] The post 7/7 London Bombings: Healing and Trauma 10 Years On appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • World Economy Needs a Bernie Sanders Presidency

    D.A.S. Khalsa
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Bernie Sanders seems to be the only US presidential candidate who is willing to talk about the world that everyone else sees. “Socialism” has long been a bogeyman in American politics. The very term in anathema; practically alone, it derailed Hillary Clinton’s health care proposals of the 1990s. But during that time, in a socialist […] The post World Economy Needs a Bernie Sanders Presidency appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Cultural Diversity is a Positive Light in a Dark World

    Lucas Ausems
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    The cultural diversity of the Asian-African Commemoration Conference is admirable. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] If you were in Bandung, Indonesia in April, you wouldn’t have been able to avoid the 2015 Asian-African Commemoration Conference. The streets were decorated with colorful flags and banners depicting the now iconic leaders who attended […] The post Cultural Diversity is a Positive Light in a Dark World appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Regulated Profit-Oriented Monopolies is a Flawed System

    S. Suresh
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Inefficient and inherently flawed, regulated profit-oriented monopolies fail the people they serve. We are in the middle of a four-year drought in California, and no one knows if next winter will produce enough rain and snow to break out of it. Water usage and conservation have become heavily debated topics, with opinions ranging far and wide. […] The post Regulated Profit-Oriented Monopolies is a Flawed System appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Obsessing About Records: Yoga and the Guinness Book

    Vinay Lal
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Many Indians rejoice in the universalization of yoga, yet some are alarmed by its commodification. What is it about the Guinness World Records that makes Indians dizzy with anticipation and sends them on a bizarre journey of self-gratification? A number of public commentators, among them a New York Times correspondent, appear to have stumbled upon this phenomenon […] The post Obsessing About Records: Yoga and the Guinness Book appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Avantajele mobilei din PAL melaminat

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Este destul de greu sa te decizi ce mobila sa achizitionezi atunci cand doresti sa o faci, din pricina modelelor destul de variate, daramite daca ne mai gandim la faptul ca exista avantaje si dezavantaje pentru diversele materiale. De exemplu mobila pal melaminat prezinta avantajul ca este cea mai accesibila ca pret si are o mare rapiditate in executie. In plus exista o mare varietate de culori si se poate realiza orice tip de mobilier la orice dimensiuni.Pe de alta parte dezavantajele pot fi subliniate de faptul ca mobilierul din PAL este foarte sensibil la umiditate, la diferente de…
  • Jurnal filozofic

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    "Urmăresc cu interes, cînd se opresc două trenuri în staţie, cu ce aviditate se uită oamenii unii la alţii. E prea puţin să spui că vor să întîlnească o cunoştinţă. Nu, e un sentiment metafizic: vor să vadă pe celălalt. Fiecare se vede pe sine în celălalt. Şi rîde." — Constantin Noica
  • Schimba aspectul exterior si interior al locuintei tale cu vitralii traditionale

    31 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Toata lumea isi doreste ca locuinta in care s-au mutat de curand sa arate cat mai bine si sa reziste in timp, indiferent de modul in care e amplasata casa sau de clima de acolo. Un aspect deosebit al unei locuinte se poate obtine in multe feluri, insa nimic nu intrece efectul pe care il pot avea vitralii traditionale montate la usi sau geamuri.Vitraliile traditionale sunt niste compozitii decorative care apar dupa ce bucatele de sticla colorata sunt asamblate in cele mai neasteptate modele. Dispunerea simetrica sau asimetrica a vitralii traditionale se realizeaza prin legarea cu retele de…
  • Despre Grecia Turistica si Culturala

    22 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Pentru multi dintre noi, vara a fost departe, insa avand in vedere ca luna Mai devine tot mai scurta si de domeniul trecutului, trebuie sa ne gandim la concediul de vara, care se apropie. Pentru unii simplul fapt ca vine caldura este un lucru bun si PonticTour Grecia vine cu oferte de vacanta tot mai favorabile.In Grecia nu numai ca ai ce vedea ca si peisaje si te poti distra de minune pe plajele incredibil de curate, cu marea azurie, insa daca ajungi prin luna Iunie, s-ar putea sa ai parte si de evenimente impresionante, extrem de frumoase, evenimente specifice lumii grecesti sau lumii…
  • Sistemul limfatic functioneaza mai bine daca luati TOTAL CLEANSE LYMPH 60CPS

    15 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Omul este o fiinta foarte fragila, simpla, dar in acelasi timp complexa. Este un paradox pe care-l intalnim la nivelul fiecarui organ al corpului uman. Sangele si limfa sunt doua lichide circulatoare care asigura functionarea optima a fiecarui organ din corp. Daca despre sange s-a tot vorbit si se cunosc mai multe decat ne-am fi dorit sa stim vreodata, limfa nu este chiar asa de comuna in studiile despre lichidele din corpul nostru.Limfa este deosebit de importanta pentru imunitate si detoxifierea organismului, pornit din ganglionii limfatici, un fel de depozite de limfa. Ea sta la baza…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Mailbag: Trump’s Announcement Speech

    FactCheck.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This week, a reader sent us a letter about Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants coming to the United States. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the email we receive. Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.   Trump on Mexicans Thank you for pointing out the discrepancies in Trump’s presidential announcement speech [“Trump Tramples Facts,” June 16, 2015]. I was, however, saddened and amazed that these did not include the now infamous statements he made…
  • Polar Bears and Extreme Weather

    FactCheck.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    SciCheck writer Dave Levitan of FactCheck.org was interviewed by Ira Flatow for a segment on Science Friday about the 10th International Conference on Climate Change. Levitan and Flatow discussed a claim from Sen. James Inhofe about the polar bear population, as well as claims from Rep. Lamar Smith about global temperatures and the influence of climate change on extreme weather patterns. Levitan’s segment begins at the 5:15 mark and ends at 10:25: https://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/2015/07/scifri201506126.mp3 SciCheck is made possible by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
  • Obama’s Numbers (July 2015 Update)

    Brooks Jackson
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Summary Since Barack Obama first took office: The economy has added nearly 7.9 million jobs, and the unemployment rate is now lower than the historical median. Business establishment start-ups have increased by 20 percent, and the number of job openings is the highest in more than 14 years. The purchasing power of weekly paychecks is up 2.6 percent, despite some recent slippage. Nevertheless, the number of people receiving food stamps is still 43 percent higher than when Obama was first sworn in, despite recent declines. And the home ownership rate has continued to decline, to the lowest…
  • Was Hillary Clinton the Original ‘Birther’?

    Robert Farley
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Two Republican presidential candidates claim the so-called “birther” movement originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. While it’s true that some of her ardent supporters pushed the theory, there is no evidence that Clinton or her campaign had anything to do with it. In an interview on June 29, Sen. Ted Cruz said “the whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008,” and earlier this year, Donald Trump claimed “Hillary Clinton wanted [Obama’s] birth certificate. Hillary is a birther.” Neither Cruz nor Trump…
  • Fiorina Shortchanges Marijuana Research

    Dave Levitan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    In questioning the value of medicinal marijuana, Carly Fiorina said “we don’t understand how it interacts with other drugs.” In fact, there is information about marijuana’s interactions with other medications, although major clinical trials using marijuana have been limited by its legal status. Fiorina spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who asked her about the legal status of marijuana in Colorado (it also has been legalized in Washington). She said she believes in states’ rights but that legalizing marijuana is a “bad idea” (at the 30:20 mark):…
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • Breaking Your 100$ at a Gas Station

    zimko
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    I had to come out of retirement for this one. It happens like this.  I wake up early for my 12 hour double shift at the Conoco. I get to the shop around 8:30am (half an hour early, extending my day by a bit more, but hey, it's worth it to get a jump on the relentless consumers).  I walk up to the door while running through a list of things I have to do (do the morning count, count cigarettes, login and make sure all the work orders are closed, and about 10 other things, check the gas levels etc, etc..)  but I'm side tracked by the two scowling customers who are waiting for…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Eli Mitchell: Aaron Harrison: Big shot taker to undrafted

    RP Nation
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Aaron Harrison, along with his twin brother Andrew were regarded as top 5 players in the 2013 recruiting class. `They were expected to shine at Kentucky immediately and be drafted in the lottery of the 2014 NBA draft along with fellow Kentucky signee, Julius Randle. Aaron did shine in his freshman season by averaging 13.7 PPG and hitting huge shots in the NCAA Tournament but it was overlooked by NBA scouts because of his inconsistency and body language on the floor. If Aaron would have entered his name into the draft he most likely would have been drafted in the late 1st round because of a…
  • Josh Bowen: 4 Nutrition Myths

    Josh Bowen
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I love myths. They are fun to me. This wild and wacky fitness world provides us with a LOT of myths and the problem lies in the fact people believe them. Quite frankly, sometimes I get caught up in the myths. It is very easy to do with all the magazines, fitness gurus and my favorite the internet trainers, dispelling all this wonderful information to the world. EVERYONE is an expert these and its hard to decipher what is correct and what is not. And truth be told, there are no absolutes, sometimes it just depends. So, let us take a stroll down my four favorite nutritional myths, shall we? If…
  • David Host: The Right Result – But a Troubling Ruling

    RP Nation
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    I have long been hesitant to write about the marriage equality issue because of my own nuanced feelings on the issue. I have always strongly believed that our society must confer the same protections and benefits upon couples regardless of sexual orientation – and as the current debate has progressed, I have become increasingly persuaded that such benefits must include the civil contract which the law defines as “marriage.” Thus, on a basic policy level, I agree with today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Yet, I remain fundamentally uncomfortable with this ruling for other reasons.
  • Josh Bowen: Why Your Body Hurts: 5 Inflammatory Ingredients

    Josh Bowen
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Pain is a unique thing. It often comes out of nowhere and in some cases for unknown reasons. We often push it off as arthritis or old age (guilty) in hopes that it will get better. We stretch (not recommended), foam roll, apply Rock Sauce, take NSAIDs etc. to decrease our pain. These are are all great thing and do have some effect on our pain levels but they only deal with the site of our pain, not the source. We often can look to our diets for the reason we are in so much pain. Make no mistake about, inflammation can be deadly. Whether in the muscles, joints or in the organs, when our bodies…
  • Eli Mitchell: Where will the Cats Land?

    RP Nation
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    John Calipari has preached all season that his main goal has always been to get his players drafted. On Thursday night seven of Calipari’s players will be waiting to hear their names called. Four of those players have been projected as lottery picks and two more have heard their names mentioned in the first round. Let’s look at possible destinations for each Cat. Karl Anthony Towns will hear his name called very early on Thursday night with Minnesota and Los Angeles as potential landing spots. Towns is recognized as the best two way player in this draft. Whether he is picked first or…
 
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  • Vern Buchanan's Bill to Replace DD-214 With Veterans ID Card Heads to Obama's Desk

    Kevin Derby
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 7, 2015 - 8:30pmA bill from a Florida congressman which ensures every veteran receives an ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs without burdening taxpayers is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk after the U.S. House backed it without opposition Tuesday.  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., introduced the Veterans ID Card Act earlier this year. Buchanan’s bill would ensure all veterans receive ID cards from the VA instead of just those who served 20 years in the armed forces or are seeking medical treatment for service-related wounds. 
  • Court to Weigh Allowing Guns in University Housing

    Nancy Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    By: Jim Saunders News Service of FloridaDate: July 7, 2015 - 7:15pmAfter a high-profile legislative debate this spring about concealed weapons on college campuses, a state appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.
  • When Bragging is Winning

    Caitlin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:53 pm
    By: Kathleen ParkerDate: July 8, 2015 - 7:00amWASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?" No. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?" No.
  • Statue for a New Age

    Caitlin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    By: Henry PayneDate: July 8, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Florida Among Top Five States in Healthiest Fiscal Condition

    Allison Nielsen
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    By: Allison NielsenDate: July 7, 2015 - 7:30pmGood news for Florida: a new study released Tuesday shows Florida is in the top five for the nation’s healthiest states financially.
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  • Vern Buchanan's Bill to Replace DD-214 With Veterans ID Card Heads to Obama's Desk

    Kevin Derby
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 7, 2015 - 8:30pmA bill from a Florida congressman which ensures every veteran receives an ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs without burdening taxpayers is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk after the U.S. House backed it without opposition Tuesday.  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., introduced the Veterans ID Card Act earlier this year. Buchanan’s bill would ensure all veterans receive ID cards from the VA instead of just those who served 20 years in the armed forces or are seeking medical treatment for service-related wounds. 
  • Court to Weigh Allowing Guns in University Housing

    Nancy Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    By: Jim Saunders News Service of FloridaDate: July 7, 2015 - 7:15pmAfter a high-profile legislative debate this spring about concealed weapons on college campuses, a state appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.
  • When Bragging is Winning

    Caitlin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:53 pm
    By: Kathleen ParkerDate: July 8, 2015 - 7:00amWASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?" No. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?" No.
  • Statue for a New Age

    Caitlin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    By: Henry PayneDate: July 8, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Florida Among Top Five States in Healthiest Fiscal Condition

    Allison Nielsen
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    By: Allison NielsenDate: July 7, 2015 - 7:30pmGood news for Florida: a new study released Tuesday shows Florida is in the top five for the nation’s healthiest states financially.
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

    Michel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Travel section on CNN website, there is a photo article by Jacopo Prisco, published on July 1, 2015 . You can figure out what’s about from its title: “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction”. Picture # 11: Old Buildings of Beirut: “As if decades of civil war and bombardments weren’t enough, the remaining old buildings of Beirut are now under threat by property developers who are looking to create new luxury blocks on real estate currently occupied by traditional structures. Many have been hastily deemed unfit for living,…
  • No respect ….

    Michel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Couple of days ago, I attended a dinner fund-raising for my friend Faycal El-Khoury who is running on the Liberal party ticket in the region of Laval-Les Iles in the next Canadian elections. Faycal is originally from Lebanon. He settled in Canada in 1976. Faycal graduated from Concordia University as civil engineer. He led a great career in Canada and abroad. My friend Faycal is a soft-spoken man, who enjoys laughing and serving the community. I was amazed of the turn-out of the fund-raising. It was a melting pot: Quebecers, major key players in the Liberal party, Lebanese from all sects,…
  • Leaked Video: Lebanese internal Security Forces torturing prisoners

    Michel
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
      Couple of days ago, a video was leaked on social media have revealed police officers beating and torturing several Islamist prisoners held in Lebanon’s Roumieh prison. , prompting the justice minister to call for an investigation into the incidents. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said he is responsible and vowed to bring those policemen to justice and take all legal measures against those found guilty of misconduct. justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called the incidents “brutal and barbaric”, pushed to name those behind the beatings, “in order to refer them to…
  • Wikileaks – Saudi Cables continues ….

    Michel
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    The following is another specimen of Lebanese politicians and media. It is to note, that these politicians and media portray themselves as sovereign and defender of democracy. MP Amine Gemayel asking permission from Saudi Arabia to open a new page with Syrian regime. He assets that he will only make the move under Saudi directive and political line. MP Nadim Gemayel, well the Saudi regime didn’t find any use of meeting him. Michel Moawad asked the Saudi immediate help to regain what they lost in last parliamentary election. MTV Television asked for financial help ($25 million)from Saudi…
  • What does it mean when you ask foreign country to fund your political party?

    Michel
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    You will have different answers to this question. It depends on who is answering it. Many Lebanese will see it normal because it has been like this for ages. Others will tell you if “this” party accepts funding from “this” country, its OK for other party to accept funds from “that” country. Another group will say: good for them this is “Shatara” (Cleverness). In politics, when you accept or ask for funds to finance your political party from a foreign government, you become a slave to that country. Your political decisions will not be free and…
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    Washington Wire

  • John Kasich: In D.C. and on a Roll

    Reid J. Epstein
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich came to Washington Tuesday to meet with lobbyists about running for president, but he used a different euphemism to describe them.
  • Twizzlers, Rice Krispie Treats Sustain U.S. Negotiators on Iran in Vienna

    Felicia Schwartz
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Since reaching an interim deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief in November 2013, negotiators from six world powers and Iran have criss-crossed the globe to meet in European cities like Vienna and Geneva to hammer out the terms of a framework accord and a final deal. On Tuesday, as another deadline came and went, U.S. officials described to reporters how the U.S. delegation has managed to cope with long stints on the road away from home.
  • Florida’s Economic Leap Under Jeb Bush Helped By Housing Bubble, Economists Say

    Bob Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Jeb Bush says he can deliver 4% annual growth as president because he did it in Florida. But that record, economists say, was due to a housing bubble that popped the year he left office.
  • Among Ingredients Needed for Faster Growth? Greater Appetite for Risk.

    Robert Litan
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Robert Litan: Government has limited ability to influence the appetite for taking risks among entrepreneurs, investors, and larger companies. And without risk-taking, we are unlikely to see the kinds of major new innovations that will propel our economy toward a higher growth trajectory.
  • A Uniter and A Fighter: Bush and Walker Videos Illustrate Appeals

    Reid J. Epstein
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Republican White House hopefuls Jeb Bush and Scott Walker released campaign videos on Tuesday. For a clue to the nature of their respective appeals to voters, listen to the background music.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Ted Cruz To Chris Christie: Your "Oppo Research Guys" Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    “You know, he can choose to say what he wants to say…” Mark Wilson / Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christie's "oppo research guys" got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in "Republican-on Republican violence," said on Fox News Monday that he didn't "need to be lectured by Ted Cruz." Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trump's controversial remarks on Mexican…
  • Louisiana Justice Would Ignore U.S. Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    “The most troubling prospect of same sex marriage is the adoption by same sex partners of a young child of the same sex,” Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jefferson Hughes writes. Michael Robinson, left, and Earl Benjamin, partners for almost 14 years, exchange vows before Judge Paula Brown in a ceremony at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New Orleans. Kathleen Flynn / AP On Tuesday, the Louisiana Supreme Court dismissed as moot a pending case about the rights of a same-sex couple married out of state because, the court ruled, the U.S. Supreme Court…
  • Clinton: Undocumented Immigrant Charged With Killing Woman In S.F. Should Have Been Deported

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall / AP In her first national TV interview as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the undocumented immigrant charged with killing a woman on San Francisco’s waterfront should have been deported.The fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle, 32, as she strolled with her father last week set off a national debate about San Francisco’s policy to only honor immigration holds for people with violent records or who have an outstanding arrest warrant.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had…
  • Rep. Barbara Lee: Bernie Sanders’ Message “Resonating," “Galvanizing Progressives”

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    “And I think by the turnout and by what the response of the people around the country, we see that his message is resonating and so I think it’s a good thing that he’s out there.” Scott Olson / Getty Images California Rep. Barbara Lee, a key leader of progressive House Democrats, says she believes Bernie Sanders' candidacy is "galvanizing progressives" and the progressive agenda. "I know Bernie first as a colleague and as a friend. I did serve with him on the then-Banking Committee and we actually came up with, initially, with the National Housing Trust Fund,…
  • Ben Carson In 2005: Going Off Oil Will Stop Cancer, Defeat Terrorism, And Create Jobs

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    “What if the President came out tomorrow and said, ‘Within ten years, we are going to become petroleum-independent. We are going to change our energy source.’ Think about what the implications of that would be.” View Video › buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said in 2005 that switching from petroleum to a "new energy source" would halt rising cancer rates, precipitate the defeat of "Osama and his buddies," and create "astronomical" job growth. The retired neurosurgeon made the comments in September 2005 at a Town Hall…
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Kresta in the Afternoon: Exclusive Contest

    Editor
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Welcome “Kresta in the Afternoon” Listeners Here is Your Exclusive Contest: Win 1 of 10 Signed Copies. Click the book below to enter today! Enter to Win a Signed Copy!
  • Barack Obama and the Grace of God

    Gary S. Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    President Barack Obama’s remarkable eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, one of the nine victims of the recent tragic shooting there, has again called attention to the president’s often misunderstood faith. Obama’s singing of the venerated Christian hymn “Amazing Grace” and focus on the theme of grace has been widely discussed. Sadly, Obama has been called upon to play the role of our national pastor, our comforter-in-chief, numerous times in his six and half years in office—in the aftermath of shootings in…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – Dr. Paul Kengor discusses his book “Dupes” at The Institute of World Politics

    Paul G. Kengor
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    On Monday June 29, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, spoke at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. In this interesting video, Kengor discusses his book, “Dupes: How the Communist Left Has Manipulated the Progressive Left for a Century.” He presents aspects of his extensive research on the role of the “dupe” in modern American history, exploring how many progressives have been manipulated to aid the communist agenda.
  • John Adams and American Independence

    Gary S. Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    As we celebrate our independence and astounding development from a fledging nation to the world’s superpower, we should applaud the extraordinary contributions of numerous founders. One of them whose accomplishments are often overlooked is John Adams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and his cousin Samuel Adams typically receive the lion’s share of the credit for the creation and early success of the United States. In fact, John Adams has frequently been viewed as “somewhat of a loser.” He is the only president among the first five who was not…
  • That Flag Would Have Offended Your Great-Great Grandfather

    Dr. Paul C. Kemeny and Dr. Gillis J. Harp
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Recently, while waiting in line at a store in Grove City, Pennsylvania, we saw a young man several customers in front of us wearing a sweatshirt with the Confederate battle flag on its back and a caption that read, “If This Flag Offends You, You Need a History Lesson!” An hour or so later, we saw the same teenager hop into a pickup truck with Pennsylvania tags. While the citizens of South Carolina are rightly debating the appropriateness of flying the Confederate flag on state grounds, it struck us as pretty ironic that here in western Pennsylvania a teenager would venerate the…
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    Politic365

  • Baltimore, Low Income Communities, At Heart Of New Obama Administration Solar Initiative

    Politic365 Staff
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    From Medicare audits to riots in the wake of Freddy Gray’s untimely death at the hands of local police, Baltimore has made headlines this year on several occasions.  Today, however, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings had good news to share as they joined officials from the Obama Administration to announce a new solar initiative targeted at low- and -middle income families. Since President Obama took office, solar electricity generation has increased to 20 times what we were generating before he uttered his oath of office. Last year alone…
  • Secondary Markets Pose New Opportunity for Spectrum Shortage

    Kristal High
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    These days, most people rely on mobile devices – cell phones, smartphones, you name it – to stay connected on the go.  As mobile use increases, so too does the demand for spectrum – the radio waves that make it possible for us to use our wireless devices to make calls, browse the Internet, watch the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, or download the latest app. But as demand increases, the federal government, private industry, consumer advocates, and everyone in between are trying to figure out how best to get more spectrum to support our explosive use. According to…
  • Blacks Need Not Apply? Only 1.68% of Twitter’s 2,910 U.S. Employees Are Black

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Twitter reported that only 49 of its 2,910 U.S. employees are African American.  A stunning stat, even by the low diversity standards of American tech companies.  That’s 1.68 percent of their American work force. Tech companies are notorious for pushing members of Congress for H1-B VISA as if they talent isn’t here in the U.S.  What many tech companies are not so great at is looking into HBCU graduates who are graduating with STEM related degrees in droves. Lord knows you could probably get the same stat if you polled U.S. news organizations which is perhaps why these…
  • Ferguson in Virginia: Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man Dead in 2011, Shot a 2nd Dead in 2015

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    “Denyakin was shot 11 times by Rankin, who was responding to a 911 call about the 26-year-old aggressively banging at the door of a building where he was staying,” — The Guardian, June 2015.   Question: How many unarmed people can a cop shoot dead before being fired? Portsmouth, Virginia Police Officer Stephen Rankin has outdone former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.  And he’s probably outdone any other cop in the United States.  You see, Stephen Rankin should be contacted by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only cop in America who has shot two…
  • Walker’s Legacy Hosts 2nd Annual Awards at #ESSENCE2015

    Politic365 Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    In 2009 Walker’s Legacy – named as an homage to Madam C. J. Walker - was founded as an entrepreneurial association for women of color across America. Today, the national collective aimed at uplifting women in business, is partnering with Accelerate with Google to host an impactful brunch during Essence Music Festival Weekend.  Walker’s Legacy is on a mission to increase the number of women entrepreneurs of color by improving access to key resources. “African-American and Hispanic women are making great strides in entrepreneurship throughout the country, our goal for this…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The prototypical America hater: James Carroll

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ 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

  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
  • Confederate Debates

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A 21 year-old man walked into the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC a little over a week ago and after listening to a bible discussion, opened fire on the participants killing nine of them. His stated goal, we learned later, was to start a race war because, he felt, African-Americans were, “taking over the country.” The debate in the wake of the tragedy has centered around the confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol Building grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley announced on Monday that she would move to have the flag removed. But are there deeper issues that need to be addressed…
  • Democrats Say No Deal on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The president has been trying for several years to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement done. Democrats have been wary of granting the president the fast-track authority (TPA) he claims is vital to getting a larger TPP agreement done. The president pulled out all the stops last week, making a personal visit to Capitol Hill, to plead with Congressional Democrats to give him their support on crucial votes for his trade agenda. But in a stunning defeat Congressional Democrats voted against a worker assistance program (traditionally a Democratic priority) in order to slow down the…
  • Underestimate at Your Own Risk

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    In 2012 the Republican field of presidential nominees was often referred to as the clown car. Candidates were criticized for having positions that were out of step with the mainstream and for generally seeming to be not quite ready for prime time. The 2016 field of Republican hopefuls has swelled to nearly 20 candidates. Many on the Democratic side believe the field is going to be a repeat of 2012: full of unserious candidates whose stars will shine brightly at the outset but eventually fizzle out. Are Democrats underestimating Republicans’ ability of making the case that they should win…
  • Patriot Games

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire this week unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in Congress were…
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    FXを始めたい!初心者でも楽にわかるFX口座開設の方法を晒す。

  • FX口座開設アフィリエイトで5万円以上儲ける方法

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    FXは各会社ごとに様々なキャンペーンをやっています。例えば ・口座開設だけでOK ・口座開設後に、5万円以上を入金して取引を1回したら10,000円のキャッシュバック というようなサービスがあるのです。特に最初に紹介した口座開設だけでお小遣いが貰えるキャンペーンはかなりオイシイです。 ・満20歳以下の人(例外もあり) ・75歳以上の人 ・日本人であっても海外に在住している人(例外もあり) ・本人確認書類と住所が一致しない人…
  • FX口座開設で得するキャンペーン内容について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    ・A業者の場合 口座を開設するだけで、アマゾンの商品券を5000円プレゼント。また期間中に入金10万円以上と3カ月以内に400lot以上の取引をすれば10,000円のキャッシュバックを得る事が出来ます。 ・B業者の場合 こちらでは口座の保有者が知人を紹介すると最大5000円のキャッシュバックを得ることができます。紹介だけなら簡単にできそうですよね。 ・C業者の場合…
  • FX口座は1口座のみではなく複数の口座を開設したほうが良い

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    スキャルピングとは1日の中で数分から数十分の短期間で売買を繰り返し、薄い利益での回数を多くして大きな利益にするという方法です。デイトレードより保有時間と値幅が小さい取引が特徴です。 ●なんでスキャルピングはダメなの? 短期間の投機的な取引について国からの規制が検討されている。このような短期売買の風当たりがきつくなっているからと言われていますが、もし口座を凍結されても詳細な回答を得る事は難しいです。…
  • FX口座が凍結された!?原因と対処法について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    ●スキャルピングをしていると目をつけられやすい スキャルピングとは1日の中で数分から数十分の短期間で売買を繰り返し、薄い利益での回数を多くして大きな利益にするという方法です。デイトレードより保有時間と値幅が小さい取引が特徴です。 ●なんでスキャルピングはダメなの?…
  • 1万円からでもできるFX口座について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:51 pm
    ここは初心者の方がよく勘違いしてしまうポイントなのですがFXは最初から百万等の大きなお金を出す必要は特にありません。実は1万円程度のお金からでも十分開始する事が可能です。 そもそも投資にはリスクはつきものです。ますは少額の資金で初めて見るのが初心者の方にはぴったりかもしれませんね。FX取引だけで毎月何百万と稼いでいる投資家も多くは1万円からスタートしています。 ●1万円でFX投資を始める方法とは…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • The Haters are a-Hatin’

    usdr
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    By Joe Messina, Special for USDR Here we go again. For those of with a very low IQ and the inability to look words up in a dictionary, by definition, “disagreement” is not “hate”! Me believing that my viewpoint is correct and yours is not, is not hate. Believing I am better than you because my viewpoint is right, could be hate and, in some cases, even racism. Many were outraged last week when I posted my take on the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage. The haters popped a blood vessel, called me a hater, and then went on to say I have no business being on a local school board because I…
  • Local Entrepreneur Opens Strengtherapy Center for Older Adults in Sugar Land

    usdr
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    By USDR Sugar Land is the latest home to a company that is achieving its mission of helping older Americans to age successfully, restore vitality and gain the ability to live life to its fullest through its scientifically proven Strengtherapy® System that regenerates years of functional strength. ActiveRx Sugar Land is the first location to open in a 25-unit regional development footprint in the Houston metropolitan area by ActiveRx, an emerging franchise brand with a national network of Strengtherapy® Centers. Bart Duckworth, the Houston-based regional franchise developer, is partnering…
  • The Conservatarian Revolution

    usdr
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    By the Price of Business, Media Partner of USDR. On a recent Price of Business Show, show Host and USDR Publisher and Editor in Chief, Kevin Price interviewed Charles C.W. Cooke of www.nationalreview.com/author/charles-c-w-cook and they discussed The Conservatarian Revolution You can learn more about the guest at www.nationalreview.com/author/charles-c-w-cooke. Here is that interview in its entirety:
  • Obamacare and Regulations

    usdr
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    By the Price of Business, Media Partner of USDR. On a recent Price of Business Show, show Host and USDR Publisher and Editor in Chief, Kevin Price interviewed Brian Domitrovic of www.briandomitrovic.com  and they discussed Obamacare and RegulationsYou can learn more about the guest at www.briandomitrovic.com  . Here is that interview in its entirety:
  • Washington Post Gets Acolades from Pro-Gun Group for Reporting

    usdr
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    By CCRKBA, Special for USDR The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is applauding Monday’s exposure by the Washington Post of questionable data about school shootings used by the gun prohibition lobby to stoke public emotion against Second Amendment rights. The newspaper’s fact checker confirmed what was first suggested last year following an Oregon incident: Anti-gunners use an overly broad definition of “school shooting” to pad the data. This followed a claim by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) that since Sandy Hookthere has been, on average, one…
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    American Patriot »

  • Two reasons why Hillary Clinton will never be President

    The American Patriot
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    For one, Hillary Clinton seems to want to be able to control the press or at least, her press. The story via CNN: Gorham, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton’s campaign used a rope to keep journalists away from the candidate on Saturday while she walked in this small town’s July Fourth parade. The ensuing photos of journalists, including a CNN reporter, being somewhat dragged by a thin white rope as Clinton walked down Main Street caught fire online. Initially, Clinton’s campaign was not using a rope to corral the press, allowing journalists to get close to her and ask her…
  • Happy Independence Day 2015!

    The American Patriot
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    This is a special day for me, as an American. I will let the videos set it up for you. Freedom. The word in itself, conjures up many images in one’s mind. Here’s another way of looking at it: On this day, 239 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress decided that they had enough of British rule over them. They also put it into writing. You would be alarmed how many young people really do not know this document and what it truly stands for… It reads: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the…
  • Sorry, but, Michael Cushman is absolutely full of crap about Cuba

    The American Patriot
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    I saw this over at Southern Future and I about fell out of my chair: Today’s move by Washington, DC is to be applauded as it will improve relations between neighbors and enable us to rebuild ties with another post-plantation culture with which we share much history. Southern nationalists are presently active in the Cuban community in south Florida (and are defying anti-Southern hostility from US forces) and we hope to see these efforts greatly expanded on the mainland and on the island. Now prior to this, Cushman talks about the history of Cuba and how some wanted to make Cuba a southern…
  • What I will be doing Saturday and Sunday

    The American Patriot
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    When I am not writing about politics and such, I have another hobby. This is what I will be doing tomorrow and Sunday. Check out: Field Day 2015 | K8CPA’s Shack 
  • June 26, 2015 The week that a stupid white kid drove ol’ dixie down

    The American Patriot
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    A few days before my birthday no less. His name is Dylan Roof and he just killed the symbol of the American south. It has even hit Hazzard County. Others feel the same way. Rod Dreher: Yes. If it troubles you, white Southern Christian, to give up the Confederate battle flag, think of it as an act of sacrifice in solidarity with your fellow Christians who suffered and died, and who saw their churches burned down, at the hands of whites who acted in service of that flag’s ideals. I have contempt for cheap theatrical stunts like Burn The Confederate Flag Day, gratuitous acts of protest that…
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Great Outdoors Meets Digital

    Sam Jacobson
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Image from: Camping / Shutterstock After a very long and cold winter for much of the Unites States, people across the nation are appreciating the warm weather like never before. What better way to enjoy sun than to pack up way more stuff than you need, spend a week in close quarters with your family, and go somewhere you’ve never been before? Okay that wasn’t phrased quite right… I’ll try again. Let’s go camping! Two sites embodying the spirit of summer camping trips are CampingWorld.com and ReserveAmerica.com. Camping World will outfit you with the gear, ReserveAmerica will help…
  • Athleisure Driving Fabletics Success

    Olivia Spector
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Image from: Athleisure / Shutterstock For all who enjoy comfort, the “athleisure” trend is certainly something to celebrate. Wearing gym attire and looking fashionable is an unbeatable combination of ease and style. There are many companies in the athletic-wear industry who have long been the top dogs, including, Lululemon and Athleta. While these brands are exceptionally successful, Kate Hudson’s new line, Fabletics, has begun to give these active wear veterans a new competitor to watch out for. The ecommerce site’s success is undeniable while investigating the unique visitors count…
  • My Coke Rewards Yielding Loyalty and Engagement Online

    Drew Katz
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Image from: Soda / Shutterstock What’s one way for brands to build not only loyalty, but also engagement online? Free, cool stuff usually does the trick (for me especially) and Compete PRO data backs this up. Take MyCokeRewards.com for example, the rewards program for Coca-Cola brands. The website had 7.4 million visits providing a month-over-month (MoM) growth of 36.2%. There were 93.2 million page views representing a MoM growth of 44.8% and overall attention also saw a MoM rise of 40.1%. What do all these numbers show? Well on the surface they represent loyalty and engagement. People are…
  • May Data is Now Live – Flower Sites Bloom for Mother’s Day

    Eric Keating
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Image from: Flowers / Shutterstock June 22 Update: May 2015 data is now live for free users of Compete.com as well! To get priority early access to data each month, start your Compete PRO subscription today! May data is now live and available in Compete PRO. With May data comes the annual analysis on the impact that our favorite holiday celebrating moms has on the Internet, and this year was no exception. While ProFlowers.com is one of the biggest sites featured in the Fast Movers list this month, 1800Flowers.com stole the show in terms of flower sites seeing exceptional month-over-month…
  • May Top 50: Apples to Apples, News Making News

    Drew Katz
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Image from: Top 50 / Shutterstock Data for the month of May is now live for Compete PRO users! Per usual, the data has spoken and we listened – compiling some of the most compelling stories out of the top 50 websites over last month. Apples to Apples? Apple.com (15) grew month-over-month (MoM) by 2.1% and had 49.3 million unique visitors during this May. This boost could be attributed to the Apple Watch, which is currently only available via online order. But this is only one popular product, in an army of many devices and applications that people are still actively searching for. In fact,…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva |  As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat.Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions…
  • Wahhabism, Al Saud and ISIS – The Unholy Trinity

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Catherine Shakdam | Although ISIS has certainly been sold as an Islamic movement, everything it professes and teaches stands against Islam and its teachings. This divide actually goes beyond Islam’s great schism – which schism it needs to be noted remains part of this myth Saudi Arabia has been so eager on selling the world.If indeed religious disagreements have occurred over the centuries and if Muslims have in truth fought and argue over the legitimacy, legality and religious superiority of their schools of thoughts and judicial principles, scholars did so in the knowledge…
  • The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Palestinian workers wait to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Jalameh, south of the West Bank city of Jenin, on their way to work in Israel. (Mohammed Ballas / AP)By Sandy Tolan | For years the “A-word” has been off-limits in polite conversation about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The A-word, we have been told, unfairly singles out the Jewish state and its use is perhaps even anti-Semitic. Such declarations can have a powerful silencing effect.However, in 2002 Archbishop Desmond Tutu broke the taboo, writing in the British newspaper The Guardian that “the humiliation of…
  • Israel and Saudi Arabia's Secret History of Cooperation

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    By Asher Orkaby | Those following the turmoil in the Middle East might be surprised to hear of increasingly friendly relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, longtime rivals that now face the shared threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.Last November, Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister, Ali al-Naimi, expressed a willingness to sell oil to Israel, which it still does not formally recognize. “His Majesty King Abdullah has always been a model for good relations between Saudi Arabia and other states,” Naimi told reporters in Vienna, “and…
  • VIDEO: Israeli Corporal Jailed for Publicly Saying the Occupation of Gaza Corrupts Israel

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    Israeli Cpl. Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison on the charge of participating “in a political meeting, while in uniform, in the presence of the media.” The army’s history of punishing soldiers’ public statements suggests that what he said, “not just the public venue, is what upset someone influential.”Hear Shachar Berrin’s coments at the 42:55 mark in the video above.Gershom Gorenberg writes at The American Prospect that the charge was inaccurate:He was in uniform, and TV cameras were recording. But it wasn’t a political meeting. And judging from circumstances,…
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    BizPac Review

  • Opinion: A glimpse at what America could look like in 2040 if libs aren’t stopped

    Carmine Sabia
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Opinion post submitted from Angry Bald Dude blog: The year is 2040. A father sits down to tell his child a tale of how America used to be… Child, There used to be a time when I could call you son. That was before it was declared that parents cannot force a gender on their children and must wait for the child to tell them what gender they are. There used to be a time where I could tell you about God, the wondrous and glorious Creator of all that is, was and ever will be, with no fear of being punished for child abuse because I didn’t only teach you science. When I was a kid, children could…
  • Remember that couple busted for having day sex on a busy beach? Wait til’ you hear the punishment . . .

    Carmine Sabia
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    A Florida man was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars Monday for having sex on a public beach. On July 14 we reported that Jose Caballero, 40, and his “partner in crime” 21-year-old Elissa Alvarez were arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior after a grandmother took video of them engaging in sexual intercourse within eye shot of children. Both Caballero and Alvarez are both now forced to register as sex offenders but while Alvarez was sentenced to time served Caballero’s sentence is tougher because he previously served eight years on drug charges and was facing…
  • NC pastor causes controversy flying Christian flag above American flag; hopes to spark movement

    Carmine Sabia
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    While the debate over the Confederate flag rages, a North Carolina pastor is putting God before country by flying the Christian flag above the U.S. flag outside of his church causing quite a bit of controversy on social media. Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C., held a flag-raising ceremony Sunday and raised the Christian flag above Old Glory, according to Fox 46 in Charlotte Pastor Rit Varriale told the station the placement signifies his commitment to put “God first” and to take a stand against America’s movement away from God. The church is taking a stand against the recent…
  • Brazilian cops don’t play! Wild video shows suspect get shot from helicopter

    Carmine Sabia
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    In Brazil there is no such thing as “hands up don’t shoot.” Video has surfaced of a Brazilian helicopter police chase of a criminal — and it is astonishing. Share Tweet In a scene that could never happen in America, the police shot at the fugitive from a helicopter into his car until he finally stopped. The video shows he was arrested moments later, and his car was full of blood. Doubt Al Sharpton is going to go there any time soon. The post Brazilian cops don’t play! Wild video shows suspect get shot from helicopter appeared first on BizPac Review.
  • Teacher gets exactly what he deserves for stomping on flag in front of class

    Lauren Cooley
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    An Illinois high school teacher sparked protest from local veterans in May when he threw the American flag on the ground and began to stomp on it. He has now been fired. The teacher, identified as Jordan Parmenter of Martinsville Jr./Sr. High School, claimed it was simply a lesson in free speech. Students, however, claimed Parmenter stomped on the flag after they objected to his using it as a pointer. The school board sided with the upset students, parents, and local veterans, voting 6-0 to fire Parmenter in late June. “I have no words to describe my anger,” parent and Marine Corps…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Carlos Marighella, Brazilian Guerrilla Fight

    Kleier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

    Kleier
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street…
  • McKinney PD Should Award Commendation Medals, Just Not to Their Officers

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video.  No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested.  It was a reflexive reaction of courage.  It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform. The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Robert G. Ingersoll

    Kleier
    24 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    A statement by Robert G. Ingersoll, American lecturer and free-thought spokesman. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” Whoever produces anything by weary labor, does not need a revelation from heaven to teach him that he has the right to the thing produced.
  • Frontline Must-See: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”

    Kleier
    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This episode of Frontline entitled “Secrets, Politics, & Torture” is a must watch. It covers the entire CIA torture history since September 11th, 2001, and all that surrounded it in the political world. It explains how torture techniques did not lead the CIA to any actionable intelligence and how the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a piece of propaganda portraying torture methods as effective. Must Watch! Here’s the link. Frontline: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”
 
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    The Daily Signal

  • Bobby Jindal: Greece Is a ‘Warning Sign of Where We Could Be Headed’ Under Obama

    Kate Scanlon
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    MANCHESTER, N.H.— While speaking at a town hall Tuesday night in New Hampshire, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said that the Democratic presidency of Barack Obama is “taking us down the path towards socialism.” “You want to see our future, look at Greece,” said Jindal, who is running to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. “Taxes are too high, government spending is too high, pensions are underfunded, regulations are stifling the economy and private sector growth is too slow. But there is one key difference. The EU [European Union] may decide to bail out Greece. There…
  • Christian Baker Makes Case for Not ‘Expressing’ Support of Same-Sex Marriage

    Ken McIntyre
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The owner of a family business that makes custom cakes today asked a Colorado appeals court to strike down state rulings that he discriminated against a same-sex couple by declining to provide a cake to celebrate their wedding. “People shouldn’t be forced to choose between earning a living and exercising their fundamental rights.”—@AllianceDefend’s Jeremy Tedesco Lawyers for “cake artist” Jack Phillips argued that compelling the suburban Denver baker to express his artistic talents in connection with the 2012 wedding of two men would violate his First Amendment rights not only…
  • Poverty Isn’t the Root Cause of Jihadist Terrorism. Here’s What Is.

    Waller Newell
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    What is the best way for America to combat terrorism? That question is bound to loom large as we enter the next presidential race. Yet a coherent answer has not yet emerged because there is confusion over exactly what terrorism is. In my essay “Understanding Tyranny and Terror: From the French Revolution to Modern Islamism“, I argue that terrorists must be understood as motivated by a utopian vision that seeks to impose, by force, a monolithic collective in which all individual liberties are erased. This is nothing new, and first began with the Jacobin Terror of 1793 and continued…
  • Experts Warn Against Dangers of Iran Nuclear Deal as Talks Are Extended Again

    Natalie Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Iran and six world powers extended negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program Tuesday, blowing through another deadline as diplomats struggle to notch a final agreement. The U.S. State Department confirmed early in the day that talks would continue into the end of the week as key points regarding the containment of Iran’s nuclear program remain in dispute. This is now the fourth deadline extension since an interim deal was struck in April. On Tuesday, experts critical of the nuclear negotiations discussed the implications for the current talks during a panel event at The Heritage…
  • Let Them Have Solar Panels: New Obama Plan Doesn’t Help Poor, But Reducing Regulations Would

    Nicolas Loris
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The White House is planning to give more than a half a billion dollars in government and private funding for solar panel installations for low and moderate-income households. Too bad the White House is simultaneously hurting those same struggling Americans by pushing energy regulations that will hike their utilities costs. The Obama administration plans to modify existing federal programs through executive order to triple the amount of solar systems on federally-subsidized housing. The administration also wants to make it easier for low-income families to take out loans up to $25,000 to…
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    FreakOutNation

  • North Carolina Pastor Wants Christian Flag Flown Above Old Glory

    Anomaly
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Fox and Friends enjoys playing the victim in their weekly The Fight For Faith segment, which shows sanctimonious Christians being persecuted by non-religious heathens, and the courageous battle that ensues. Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviews a North Carolina pastor who believes that all Americans should value his deity over their own country. He wants to divide the [...]
  • She Just Can’t Stop Herself: Paula Deen Deletes Tweet Of Photo With Son In ‘Brownface’

    Anomaly
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Paula Deen, a documented racist and former Food Network star, is at the center of controversy again. Wash, rinse, repeat.                           On Tuesday morning, Deen’s social media accounts for some reason thought it was acceptable to send out a tweet and post [...]
  • Dinesh D’Souza Circulates Fake Photo Of Hillary Clinton With Confederate Flag

    Anomaly
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    A photo that Conservative author and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza is circulating on was debunked but he hasn’t taken it down or issued a correction, a thing which totally shocks us.                       On Tuesday, D’Souza took aim at Hillary Clinton by circulating a fake [...]
  • Montana Woman Charged With Mailing Loaded Gun To Democratic Senator

    Anomaly
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A Montana woman has been indicted in federal court for allegedly shipping weapons to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont).                       Cathleen Roselyn Cantlon, 56, of Troy, pleaded not guilty to the charges of interstate mailing of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a firearm [...]
  • 60-Year-Old Camper Killed By Apparent Stray Bullet, ‘High-Powered Rifles Being Shot’

    Anomaly
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Welcome to America, a country in which a 60-year-old man camping with his family can be killed by a stray bullet. It’s not clear who the shooter is, however, a witness told CBS Denver that there were some high-powered rifles being shot in the area, as well as AK-47s with multiple rounds.       [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • A Second Green Revolution – NaMo’s dream

    Niti Wonk
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs made two critical policy decisions last week as it approved the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana and the National Market for Agricultural Produce. On multiple occasions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has discussed the importance of these decisions in kick starting the second green revolution for reviving Indian agriculture. These two reforms are part of a series of measures that the central government has taken in the last few months for helping farmers. If we have to help the farmers, we must be able to reduce the uncertainties and risks attached…
  • IIT-M to light 50 Rajasthan villages with solar power

    Niti PTI Bot
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 pm
      Jodhpur, Jul 7 (PTI) IIT Madras will light up 50 villages in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts using solar energy.   Jodhpur Power Distribution Company MD Arti Dogra today said 23 villages of Baap Panchayat Samiti in Jodhpur and 27 villages of Jaisalmer have been chosen for this pilot project.   Centre will be providing Rs 10 crore for this project, she said.   About 4000 houses in these villages would be provided electricity under this project using solar energy. The villages could not be provided electricity earlier as there was no…
  • Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse

    Niti PTI Bot
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Brussels, Jul 8 (AP) Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. Overcoming their surprise when Tsipras failed to present them with a detailed plan, the leaders reluctantly agreed yesterday to a final summit Sunday, saying that could give both sides an opportunity to stave off collapse of the struggling but defiant member nation. Underscoring the gravity of the challenge, European Union President Donald Tusk decided to call all 28 EU leaders to…
  • Atali row: Committee members meet villagers

    Niti PTI Bot
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Faridabad, Jul 7 (PTI) Members of a committee, formed to find a solution to the Atali dispute, today visited the village and met the people of a community to work out steps to break the ice between the two groups. The committee members reached the village at 11 AM and held talks with the residents.” Almost all the families from one community have shifted out of the village, so they could not be contacted. Hence, we are looking forward to meet them with the help of district administration,” Mohan Dagar, a committee member said. In order to find a solution to Atali dispute, more…
  • BSNL to add 93 more Wi-Fi locations in Andhra, Telangana

    Niti PTI Bot
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
      Hyderabad, Jul 7 (PTI) BSNL Andhra Pradesh Circle has plans to launch Wi-Fi services in 93 more locations covering AP and Telangana this month, a senior official said today.   In AP Circle, Wi-Fi services have been launched in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada at 79 locations (32 in AP and 47 in Telangana) and it is expected to be launched at 93 more locations (58 in AP and 35 in Telangana) in this month, BSNL AP Circle Chief General Manager P V Muralidhar told reporters here.   Public can access the internet at Wi-Fi…
 
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017. Why are enterprises going hybrid? […] The post Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    A major PCI compliance requirement related to penetration testing will go into effect later this month, on June 30, 2015. Organizations must make sure that their IT teams  and their service vendors are up to the new standards. While penetration testing has long been a “best practice,” the new PCI DSS 3.0 requirements will not […] The post New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Auto scaling has long been one of the major selling points of cloud computing. But like most popularized technology features, it has accumulated its fair share of misconceptions. These common mistakes tend to get in the way of constructive conversations about cloud architecture, and usually mislead IT leaders into believing auto scaling is simple, quick […] The post Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Tuesday, July 7 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
      FSU quarterback is dismissed from team over punching woman in a bar who hit him first, the audience is divided on if he is ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, July 7 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    No hour 2 podcast today, backup producer forgot to record it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, July 7

    Casey Hendrickson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    F-16, small plane collide in midair over South Carolina | Fox News An Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided Tuesday over ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 6 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
      Guy waits to pull over in well-lit parking lot, charged with felony   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, July 6 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
      People mad NYPD cop used non-lethal force Dutch to experiment with universal wage Vegans nearly kill their baby     [[ 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 with Guest Duane Burghard

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

    Liberal Fix
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team interviews John Sheirer, author of Tales of a Real American Liberal.  John and the crew will be discussing how liberals and conservatives can learn to play together.  John will also stick around to discuss the major news item, the progress of gun control reform. 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 Radio - The Supreme Court's Big Week

    Liberal Fix
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the three major court rulings handed down this week that were prorgessive victories. The rulings discussed will include preserving a law against discrimination in housing, upholding Obamacare subsidies, and the landmark ruling in favor of the right to marry.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments…
  • Liberal Fix Radio - Perspectives on Charleston

    Liberal Fix
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the Charleston shootings, and tie in racism, gun culture and the socio-political context of the domestic terror attack. They also remember the nine fallen members of Emanuel AME Church. The killer's name will not be mentioned during the broadcast.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Susan Greenhalgh

    Liberal Fix
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Harvard University Professor of Anthropology Susan Greenhalgh, author of Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America's War on Fat. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Numbered Man – An Analysis of The Prisoner (1967)

    Shawn Helton
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Jay Dyer21st Century Wire1960s spy fiction is some of my favorite fiction…  Developing its own unique aesthetic, from Bond to The Saint to Harry Palmer, the vivid, flamboyant style of both the spies and their cinema incarnations created an iconic pop phenomena that survives still (as 007 is still going strong).Everyone knows 007, but few are aware of the more philosophical, science fiction based British cult show, The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan not only starred in the show, but is also the series’ co-creator, following his successful Danger Man series, and…
  • Apres ‘NO': Patrick Henningsen Discusses What We Can Expect With Greece

    21wire
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    21st Century Wire says…As crowds filled the the streets of Athens after the EU financial referendum, technocrats and bankers in Brussels and Frankfurt initiated Plan B in their bid to eventually push Greece’s ‘uncooperative’ Syriza government out of power.21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen warned viewers on Sunday evening that it might be premature to celebrate after the “NO’ vote… READ MORE SYRIZA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syriza Files-
  • GREECE: The One Biggest Lie You Are Being Told By The Media

    Shawn Helton
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    21st Century Wire asks… What’s really been happening in Greece? ‘Voting No’ – Greece rejects latest IMF finance deal. (Photo link report.az)Truth and SatireGlobal Research NewsEvery single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?Except that it is abig fat lie not only about Greece, but about other European countries…
  • Flower Children 2.0: This Time It’s ‘Tune Out, and Turn Off’

    21wire
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    “This disintegration of values opens up a positive void in which free experimentation is possible. But if experimentation does not consciously oppose itself to all the mechanisms of power, then at the critical moment, when all values are sucked into the vortex, new illusions fill the void; power abhors a vacuum.”From the essay, ‘The Poverty of Hip Life’, part of ‘CONTRADICTION’ (unpublished draft, April 1972)Randy Johnson21st Century WireIs the real world a little too Real? Need to decompress? Could we all use a little more “peace and love” without…
  • Episode #91 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Festival of Terror’ with co-hosts Patrick Henningsen, Basil Valentine and guest Bill The Greek

    21wire
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    Episode #91 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday July 5th, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from the banks of Londinium in Albion, as co-hosts Patrick Henningsen and Basil Valentine, cover the world’s most audacious stories and outrageous news this week. In the first hour, we’ll discuss this week’s ‘Festival of Terror’ as…
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    The Politic

  • Voting for Your Supreme Court

    Jackie Salzinger
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    The next president will decide whether or not to unleash the floodgates of judicial progress.
  • SpaceX Explosion Proves Rocket Science Is Hard

    Brady Currey
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    The incident will have little effect on the future of either the company or commercial space flight.
  • A Terminator’s Salvation

    Henry Robinson
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fumbles may be keeping him out of elected office. But that doesn’t mean that he must—or should—eschew politics altogether.
  • Dear FIFA: A Message for President Sepp Blatter

    Charlotte Finegold
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    A letter inspired by the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team ahead of the Women's World Cup final.
  • A Summer in Brussels

    Diego Fernandez-Pages
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    The city can often feel like a big, complicated, internationally sanctioned clock.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Throwback: Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

    guanyinmiao
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Before the new batch of Nominated Members of Parliament were announced last year, I had the chance to interview Mr. Eugene Tan - Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University - where I quizzed him about his contributions to parliamentary debate, the attention he has paid to the tertiary institutions in Singapore, as well as reform to the electoral system. And I did ask him about the "Captain Obvious" label too. Continue reading →
  • Track Effectiveness Of Accreditation Of Training Courses

    guanyinmiao
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The well-intentioned move to provide accreditation for skills, such as “leadership, technical, and specialist skills picked up over ... [the] two-year National Service (NS) stints” (TODAY, Jul. 1), seeks to minimise the disruption caused by the NS obligation, and could be useful not just for those who move into the civilian workforce, but perhaps also for those who apply to the universities. Yet the effectiveness of the initiative is less clear, and whether industry employers will be receptive is not guaranteed. Moreover besides the convenient vocations of signals, transportation, and…
  • e27: Venture Into The Upper Echelons

    guanyinmiao
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    My internship choices are oftentimes pragmatic - to make my future less uncertain, by working in companies of different sizes and industries, and on this occasion to also take a break from the business school ) - and although I leave each stint no less certain of what lies ahead, and perhaps even sceptical of my contributions, I always receive much more than I give. In e27 ("Entrepreneurs 27", with 27 representing the median age of entrepreneurs, according to an essay by venture capitalist Paul Graham), a media and events startup housed in Block 71, I have been exposed to the bustling tech…
  • Throwback: National Youth Council 2.0

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    After it was announced in 2014 that the National Youth Council would no longer be under the purview of the People's Association, I expressed some scepticism over its programmes and activities. The letter - "More Than Autonomy Needed for NYC 2.0 to Work" - was published in TODAY, and its director Ng Chun Pin penned a reply, "NYC Committed to Evolve and Build Genuine Engagement with Youth", a few days later. Continue reading →
  • Hard To Ascertain Social Media Influence In Politics

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Social media may have increased propinquity between politicians and their constituents – heightening that sense of nearness and immediacy – but that does not necessarily guarantee “dialogic communication” or a “cooperative and communicative relationship” (ST, Jun. 20). After all, such phenomena seem more applicable for personal interactions, not parliamentarians with a large following. More broadly speaking, it is hard to ascertain the influence of social media in politics, and even harder to determine whether social media engagement has tangible impact: to “legitimise…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
  • Confederate Debates

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A 21 year-old man walked into the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC a little over a week ago and after listening to a bible discussion, opened fire on the participants killing nine of them. His stated goal, we learned later, was to start a race war because, he felt, African-Americans were, “taking over the country.” The debate in the wake of the tragedy has centered around the confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol Building grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley announced on Monday that she would move to have the flag removed. But are there deeper issues that need to be addressed…
  • Democrats Say No Deal on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The president has been trying for several years to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement done. Democrats have been wary of granting the president the fast-track authority (TPA) he claims is vital to getting a larger TPP agreement done. The president pulled out all the stops last week, making a personal visit to Capitol Hill, to plead with Congressional Democrats to give him their support on crucial votes for his trade agenda. But in a stunning defeat Congressional Democrats voted against a worker assistance program (traditionally a Democratic priority) in order to slow down the…
  • Underestimate at Your Own Risk

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    In 2012 the Republican field of presidential nominees was often referred to as the clown car. Candidates were criticized for having positions that were out of step with the mainstream and for generally seeming to be not quite ready for prime time. The 2016 field of Republican hopefuls has swelled to nearly 20 candidates. Many on the Democratic side believe the field is going to be a repeat of 2012: full of unserious candidates whose stars will shine brightly at the outset but eventually fizzle out. Are Democrats underestimating Republicans’ ability of making the case that they should win…
  • Patriot Games

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire this week unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in Congress were…
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • The Tacky Pink Plastic Flamingo Lives On

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Donald Featherstone isn’t exactly a household name - but his creation is world famous. Featherstone is responsible for creating the pink plastic flamingo back in 1957. Fact is this plastic bird is not native to Florida or any of the tropics - it is however native to Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World. As the world mourns the loss of Donald Featherstone at the age of 79 - we’re reminded of his incredible talent and desire to make people happy.
  • Chinese Pull Off The ’Steal of the Century’ - News Awards

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s being called the biggest and most effective cybersecurity theft ever! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Steal of the Century’ AWARD goes to… The ‘I Told You So' AWARD goes to… The ’Kinder, Gentler, Sincere Effort’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Gift of Life’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Best Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Patriotism Exploitation' AWARD goes to… The ‘Life Begins at 92’ AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get…
  • What is the life of an American Soldier worth?

    25 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    What is the life of an American Soldier worth? Is it worth the safety and security of your family? Is it worth an education? Is it worth your decision to praise the God of your choosing? Is it worth your vote at the ballot box? Is it worth a life full of opportunity? Is it worth a day at a baseball game with your son?
  • David ‘Top 10’ Letterman - Weekly News Awards

    22 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    The man who perfected the ‘Top 10 List’ said goodbye from the Ed Sullivan Studio in NY for the final time while 13.76 million viewers tuned-in. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Originator’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Lack of Transparency' AWARD goes to… The ’Taking a Stand on Principle’ AWARD goes to… The ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ AWARD goes to… The ‘living life and doing it my way' AWARD goes to… The ‘Crazy Dictator of the week' AWARD goes to… The ‘I don’t need you quite yet’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Doing it…
  • Creative Accounting at the VA - Weekly News Awards

    15 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The VA health care system is being described as a culture of “lawlessness and chaos”. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘$24,999 Creative Accounting’ AWARD goes to… The 'Foreign Cash Sweepstakes' AWARD goes to… The ‘Hand in Cookie Jar’ AWARD goes to… ‘Realigning Young Attitudes' AWARD goes to… The 'I’ll Be Whoever You Want Me To Be' AWARD goes to… The AWARD for ‘Inexperience has Consequences' goes to… The ‘Resiliency of Nature' AWARD goes to… …and then there’s the ‘Tip of a Lifetime’ AWARD and that goes…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
  • The 5,000-Life Question

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the …
  • Why We Should Criticize Chris Kyle

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There’s a hero’s story sweeping the hearts and minds of America. The legend of a righteous warrior who piled enemy bodies high. A marksman whose heroism saw no equal. The legend of Chris Kyle. A legend that we must crush.…
  • I Am Pro-Suicide

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s a delicate subject, but after the passing of a dear friend by his own hand, I feel I have to say something. Too many have suffered in silence and indignity, so I must speak: I am pro-suicide. No, I’m …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Corruption and Malfeasance Breed Distrust

    Liberty Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Written by GayPatriot Pollster Rasmussen is shocked… SHOCKED… to find that people are losing their respect for laws and the courts. Rasmussen’s new survey found that now a third (33%) of likely U.S. voters support the rights of states to ignore federal court rulings, a 9-point increase from February. The number opposing states’ rights to […]The post Corruption and Malfeasance Breed Distrust appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis

    Liberty Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Public anger over austerity in Greece. Via: Flickr by how will I ever There seems to be a widespread belief that Greece is in the trouble it is in today because it will not implement the policies that Europe […]The post The Overlooked Roots of the Greek Crisis appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Pathetic: U.S. Has Only Trained 60 Syrian Fighters to Fight ISIS

    Liberty Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Written by The PJ Tatler Does it get any sadder than this? The United States was only training about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle Islamic State as of July 3, far below expectations, partly due to rigorous U.S. vetting of recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday. “We are looking for ways […]The post Pathetic: U.S. Has Only Trained 60 Syrian Fighters to Fight ISIS appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Democrat Senator Proclaims That First Amendment Does Not Apply to Individuals

    Liberty Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Disingenuous authoritarians will sometimes pretend that the Second Amendment does not honor an individual right to bear arms, but only a group right — that is, only well-regulated militias have a right to bear arms. Why stop at the Second Amendment? Publicly homosexual Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) wants to use the same […]The post Democrat Senator Proclaims That First Amendment Does Not Apply to Individuals appeared first on Citizens News.
  • SHOCKING! BBC rejects British Prime Minister’s demand to stop using the term “Islamic State” when referring to the Islamic State terrorist group

    Liberty Bell
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM BRITISH PM DAVID Cameron recently joined the chorus of British politicians who argue that the name “Islamic State” is offensive to Muslims and should be banned from the English vocabulary. And, of course, as everyone knows, David Cameron understands Islam … Continue reading →The post SHOCKING! BBC rejects British Prime Minister’s demand to stop using the term “Islamic State” when referring to the Islamic State terrorist group appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

    leftdog
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s. The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would…
  • How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......

    leftdog
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...May 20, 2013:When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's…
  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

    leftdog
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries listThe United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11thCanada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...

    leftdog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan. CBCThe notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine.  "In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Just Sayin’: “Justice” Finally Comes to the GSA Vegas Posterchild

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    In further proof that what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas (in case Prince Harry’s little naked tryst back in 2012 didn’t convince you), Jeff Neely is finally getting his wrist slapped for invoicing the General Services Administration for his Vegas bathtub break at the M Resort Spa Casino.
  • Memory Lane Monday: GrExit

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    Sunday’s Greek ‘OXI’ vote was yet another episode of the soaring epic Union of Europe, a tale where there are no outright good guys and many now think first premiered over a hundred years ago.
  • Genius Idea: Obama Goes For Fireworks

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    With a little over a year left in office, Dear Leader has yet another tradition he’d love to get rid of. No, PD isn’t talking about term limits (though probably ole’ Barack isn’t keen on them either), but in preparation for this holiday weekend, we wanted to look at the Obama Administration’s last ditch efforts to ban fireworks.
  • After Launch: Macy’s Jumps From the Sinking Trump Ship

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    As terrible as Hillary Clinton’s multiple presidential campaign rollouts were, Donald Trump might have secured the prize for worst 2016 announcement. Heck, in this politically correct age, you say Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists with the caveat that you assume some are actually good people, and all of a sudden you’re more radioactive than plutonium.
  • July’s Book: Popular Economics

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    With the country of Greece now accepting the role of bankruptcy pioneer, July looks like a great month to brush up on economics. Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics by John Tamny lays out some basic economic truths that often get overlooked by the IMF.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Václav Klaus: I Think That Many People, Especially in Europe Still Live in a Nirvana of Self-Satisfaction

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:49 pm
    An Interview with Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, for Global Gold, February 2015“The European integration process which started as an attempt to build a friendly and cooperating community of nations has been transformed to a totally different construct, to the European Union. This shift is, for me, the main problem. Europe needed liberalization, deregulation and elimination of all kinds of barriers among its member states to do business, to trade and carry out investments. I am for integration, but I am very much against unification. That is the substance of my…
  • Neither Greater Asia nor Greater Europe: America’s «Chaos» versus a Silk World Order

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Strategic Culture Foundation, July 3, 2015Tectonic geopolitical shifts are taking place in Eurasia. The Venetian merchant Marco Polo and the Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta, both great travelers of their days, would be thoroughly impressed with the trade networks that are developing. The Eurasia of today is developing into a vast network of superhighways, railroad connections, mammoth ports, and sophisticated airports.
  • People and Planet First

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Naomi Klein’s Press Statement at the Vatican, This Changes Everything, July 1, 2015And now we are confronted with the reality that we were never the master, never that boss—and that we are unleashing natural forces that are far more powerful than even our most ingenious machines. We can save ourselves, but only if we let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature—respecting and harnessing its intrinsic capacity for renewal and regeneration.
  • How to Select the Next UN Secretary-General

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Ngaire Woods and Nina Hall, Project Syndicate, May 4, 2015When the United Nations elects a new secretary-general next year, the world will face a crucial choice. With crises erupting in every region of the world, the need for strong, decisive leadership is self-evident. And yet the selection process for filling important international posts has often been characterized more by political horse-trading than a meritocratic search for the best candidate.
  • Theories of Oppression and Another Dialogue of Cultures

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    An Ambedkar Memorial Lecture delivered by Ashis Nandy at Ambedkar University, Delhi, on April 14, 2012All dialogues have to cross borders – cultural, political and, above all, psychological. Usually these borders are thought of as international or civilisational borders. When we cross these borders, we are supposed to get a new, deeper, more empathetic understanding of the other ways of looking at the world and at ourselves. There is an implicit assumption in this proposal, particularly when it involves crossing the borders within us. Others are never entirely strangers. They are also…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Winning Political Campaigns: Message Development Matters

    Sophie Thurber
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A strong message makes for winning Political campaigns A strong, clear message is the cornerstone for winning political campaigns, plain and simple. If you can’t tell voters who you are and why their vote for you will make a difference, your candidacy is going to be one epic uphill slog. So, where do you start? Get thyself a message box. The good old Tully Message Box may seem like a simplistic exercise for such a complex problem, but its simplicity is what makes it so useful. The message box is divided into quadrants, each with its own question: What do you say about yourself? What do you…
  • Grassroots Campaigns: a Political Memory

    Joe Fuld
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    How I learned grassroots campaigns from the master Every Fourth of July, I think about my former boss, Congressman Jim Jontz. Jim taught me the importance of grassroots campaigns, real conversations, and knocking on doors. Jim was a congressman from Indiana’s 5th district and a progressive legend. In his first campaign, he won a state representative seat by 4 votes. He went on to win a state Senate seat by less than 100 hundred votes and three congressional elections by less than four thousand votes total. I, along with many future campaign operatives, got my start in politics by doing…
  • Why Advocacy and Elections Matter

    Joe Fuld
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Advocacy and Elections: Love, marriage and health care If you have not read the opinions from last week’s Supreme Court rulings, you should check them out. You can read summaries of the opinions on marriage equality here, and excerpts on the Affordable Care Act ruling here. The opinions are amazing and the words of the majority opinion make me proud, but also sadden me, because there’s still a lot more work to be done and our opponents aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Both the decision on marriage and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not have been predicted just a few years ago.
  • CPA Campaigns: Your Cost Per Acquisiton Is Over, Now What?

    Sophie Thurber
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    CPA campaigns don’t end with reaching your supporter goals Cost-per-acquisition (CPA) campaigns are a great way to build your list while demonstrating public support for your advocacy campaign. But once the dust settles and you’ve reached your signature goals, what do you do? No matter what, you should expect some list churn—it’s just part of the process of managing a supporter list. That said, if you don’t do anything, I guarantee that you’re going to lose more people than you’d like. There are a host of things you can do, both short, and long-term, that will keep your new…
  • Campaign Website Tips: a Better Campaign Website

    Lizzie Kendrick
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Campaign Website Success Tips Building a campaign website is often the first step a candidate makes when launching his or her run for office. There is good reason for this: a campaign website is typically the first major interaction people will have with a candidate. So what are the essential elements of a successful campaign website? Before you delve into the content of your site, you should focus on making sure that your site works well for your end user. There are a few basic things your campaign website should be able to do that are essential: Donations Your campaign is going to need to…
 
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Re-Configuring The Middle East: Islamic State And Changing Demographics – Analysis

    James M. Dorsey
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    The Syrian civil war and Iraqi sectarian conflicts involving Islamic State (IS) have had far-reaching consequences for the demographics across the region. Once a relatively ethnically homogeneous autonomous region, Iraqi Kurdistan has seen its demography change radically as large numbers of Arab refugees pour into what was once an independent Kurdish state-in-waiting. The influx of refugees fleeing areas of Iraq controlled by IS and fighting across the country, has pitted the Iraqi military and... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Expect Limited US-Iran Détente – Analysis

    RSIS
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries have witnessed unprecedented diplomatic engagement between the United States and Iran. Contrary to expectations, a final nuclear deal will not achieve a significant rapprochment, but only a limited détente in US-Iran ties. By Sumitha Narayanan Kutty* A final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) will have far-reaching implications. The 80... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • A New Take On Britain’s Chronic Identity Crisis – Analysis

    Geopoliticalmonitor.com
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    By Neil Thompson The United Kingdom has been a fixture of European and global politics for several centuries and remains a key player. But after decades of decline the next few years seem certain to test the integrity of its political make-up as it faces the consequences of a long avoided question: What does Britain stand for in the twenty-first century? As a state the UK is still a key global player diplomatically and militarily. It plays leading roles in the EU, UN, and Nato among other... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Japan: Empowering The Youth – Analysis

    Dr. Rajaram Panda
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    On 17 June 2015, the Japanese Diet passed a bill to lower the voting age to 18 from 20, adding 2.4 million new potential voters to the nation’s current voting population of 104 million and to the country’s rapidly greying electorate.. Japan last changed its voting age in 1945 when Japanese women gained the right to vote, when it lowered the requirement from 25 to 20. This is the first extension of suffrage in Japan since then. Japan’s decision is in conformity with the world’s trend of... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Chinese Submarines In IOR: Game Changers? – Analysis

    Eurasia Review
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    By P K Ghosh* If media reports are to be believed, the alarm bells in the Indian Ministry of Defence have been ringing again – the ministry was once again taken aback when a modern Yuan-class 335 conventional submarine crossed the Arabian Sea and entered Karachi port on May 22 for a week. But such “surprises” had occurred earlier, when Chinese boats docked in Sri Lanka at the end of last year – upsetting India considerably – and yet again when the Chinese deployed... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Barely Adventist: Donald Trump to Explain Himself at Universidad de Montemorelos in México

    Tomás Guerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    "In an attempt to brandish his foreign policy credentials and limit the damage from his comments about immigration from Mexico, Donald Trump has announced a tour of Mexico during which he will visit Universidad de Montemorelos, an Adventist university in the Northern Mexican state of Nuevo León," read the Friday note on Barely Adventist."In the spirit of Christian forgiveness, we have allowed Mr. Trump to address an audience in Montemorelos," said Claro Tratamos, a spokesperson for the school. "Although we in no way endorse his presidential bid, Mr. Trump's candidacy is of great interest to…
  • Barely Adventist: Donald Trump Se Va A Explicar en la Universidad de Montemorelos

    Tomás Guerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    "En un intento por desplegar sus habilidades en  política exterior y limitar el daño por sus comentarios acerca de la migración de México, Donald Trump ha anunciado un tour por México durante el cual visitará la Universidad de Montemorelos, una universidad adventista en el estado norteño de Nuevo León". Esta fue la nota de Barely Adventist - Apenas Adventista - del viernes."En el espíritu del perdón Cristiano, hemos permitido que el Señor Trump hable ante una audiencia en Montemorelos," dijo Claro Tratamos, un vocero de la universidad. "Aunque de ninguna manera respaldamos su…
  • México y Su Búsqueda Por La Justicia

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Foto por ANSUR"Algún familiar del cadaver seis. Cadaver seis... ¿El seis quién se lo va a llevar? El seis", gritaba el hombre afuera del Servicio Médico Forense de Michoacán, México, mientras entregaba los cuerpos de 42 criminales que fueron abatidos en una batalla con la policía federal el mes pasado. ¿Para qué entregarlos en una manera más delicada? Al fin y al cabo solo eran criminales, y entregar cuerpos a familiares en pena se ha convertido en una rutina para el gobierno de este país.Los cuerpos pertenecían a miembros del Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), una de las…
  • México And Its Quest For Justice

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Photo by ANSUR"Are there any relatives of body number six? Body number six... Who is going to take number six? Number six?," screamed the man outside of the Forensic Medical Services in Michoacan, Mexico, as he handed out the bodies of 42 criminals killed in a battle with federal police last month. Why bother doing it in a fancier way? They were just criminals, and handing out bodies to grieving families has become a routine for this country's government.The dead bodies belonged to members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the many criminal bands that are terrorizing Mexico,…
  • Selena, We Will Always Love You

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    For me, it still feels like it was yesterday. I clearly remember the radio DJ announcing it in a somber tone: "Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music, has just died in Corpus Christi. May she rest in peace." I had just seen Selena a few months ago. It was in Montemorelos, where she, Pete Astudillo, and the rest of the Quintanillas gave a great performance at Parque Almazán. Her voice was just as beautiful as that of a singing bird. She also had a charisma that charmed everyone at first sight. Selena was, and still is my idol. For months, her tragedy filled many of us with grief.
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
  • First Lady Covers More Magazine & Europe

    Barack loves Michelle
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A little over a year ago, we started tossing around ideas about how we could collaborate with Mrs. Obama. At the time, having her serve as the first-ever guest editor of More seemed like a crazy dream, but it was at the top of my list. We knew that partnering on an issue would be a lot of work—I’m not sure the White House understood exactly how much!—but we were thrilled when they said yes. This is truly the First Lady’s issue. From the beginning, she said she didn’t want the whole magazine to be about her. It was hard to take off my editor’s hat and not focus all of my attention…
  • First Lady King College Prep High School Commencement

    Barack loves Michelle
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional commencement address to the graduating class of King College Prep High School in Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year old young lady who was shot dead in 2013 was also a student at King College Prep High School, she would have been a graduating senior this year. The school won a contest promoting student applications for financial aid and according to reports all 177 of the schools graduating seniors have been accepted to college. See the full video of First Lady’s speech below. MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.)…
  • 7 Times Michelle Obama Was the First Lady of Style

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    When it comes to fashion, it isn’t uncommon for the spouses of political figures and heads of states to be scrutinized from head to toe, literally. From Eleanor Roosevelt to Jackie Kennedy to our current First Lady, Michelle Obama, the fashion choices of America’s First Lady’s have always been under a microscope, either headlining a trend or for striking up so-called ‘controversy’ (think: First Lady Michelle and arms-gate) As her admirers, we find the First Lady’s style to be elegant, fun, and modern though her critics have accused her of lacking taste and…
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    Barack loves Michelle
    22 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Good morning BLM community! Quote of the day to leave you inspired: Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.- Franz Schubert   It looks like SOMEONE isn’t as excited to be in the White House with the President and First Lady as I would be! I caption this one “When your parents drag you to the White House but you’d rather be at home watching Peppa Pig!” On the first anniversary of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Gay Men’s Chorus prepares for Cuba trip

    Michael K. Lavers
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:41 pm
    20 members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will travel to Cuba on July 10, 2015, where they will perform with their Cuban counterparts. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will travel to Cuba on Saturday where they are scheduled to perform with their Cuban counterparts. The 20 members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington who are traveling to the Communist island will perform in a series of nine concerts in and around Havana with Mano a Mano, a gay chorus, before returning to the U.S. on July 18. They will also raise money for…
  • Kansas governor signs religious freedom executive order

    Chris Johnson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) signed a religious freedom executive order. (Photo public domain)Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback acceded on Tuesday to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage by recognizing gay nuptials in his state, but on the same day signed an executive order prohibiting adverse action against clergy and religious organizations for opposing same-sex unions. In a statement, Brownback said he signed the directive — Executive Order 15-05, “Preservation and Protection of Religious Freedom” — to uphold religious liberty in the aftermath of the court ruling.
  • FreeState Legal’s Paschall to address Prime Timers

    Steve Charing
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Patrick Paschall will speak Sunday to the Prime Timers. (Photo courtesy Patrick Paschall) Patrick Paschall, the newly named executive director of Free State Legal, will be the guest speaker at the next general meeting of the Prime Timers of Baltimore. The meeting takes place Sunday. FreeState Legal is a legal advocacy organization for the low-income LGBTQ community, offering legal services and policy advocacy. Paschall has more than a decade of experience in LGBTQ activism, which he will describe to the membership Prime Timers of Baltimore. He will explain the work of FreeState Legal and his…
  • Trans groups to march for visibility

    Steve Charing
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The rally and march are aimed at raising awareness and visibility of transgender issues. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Using the hashtag #BaltimoreTRANSUprising, members of various transgender advocacy organizations have scheduled a march on July 24 originating in Charles Village. The event is being coordinated by the Baltimore Trans Alliance. “#BaltimoreTRANSUprising, will be an opportunity for the transgender community and our allies in Baltimore City to put a voice and a face to our anguish from the various traumas we have experienced in this city and to demand…
  • Meridian Pint anniversary

    Damien Salas
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Meridian Pint (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) Meridian Pint (3400 11th St., NW) celebrated its fifth anniversary on July 1. 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Live Animals are Sealed in Plastic and Sold As Keychains (Shocking Pics)

    Nina
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Turtles, fish and lizards are being stuffed and sealed into plastic bags and sold on the streets as keychains in China. The cost of these animals lives? About $1.50. Swimming in a small pool of colored water, the animals only last until the oxygen is used up. Then, they can theoretically be released and kept as pets – although it’s doubtful that the same people who think an animal makes a nifty trinket have the slightest clue about how to properly care for them. In an interview with CNN, David Neale, animal welfare director of Animals Asia said, “Lack of food and diminishing…
  • Why Some Republicans Hate Healthy Eating

    Doug Warner
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s always a lot of fat in Washington, but Republicans these days are recommending the American people would be better off eating it than cutting it. They’re fighting against the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years to provide a sound basis for healthy eating. This year, the independent doctors and nutrition scientists who make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee added a recommendation to think about the environment when chowing down at dinner. Raising meat for consumption, especially beef, has a huge environmental impact due to higher carbon…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Message To People Who Think Pope Francis Shouldn’t Talk About Climate Change

    Nina
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    (Think Progress, by Emily Atkin) When Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment earlier this month, he faced some criticism from people who said religious leaders do not have the correct expertise to speak authoritatively about climate change. Acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is not one of those people. On Tuesday, the author and host of the late-night talk show StarTalk tweeted that despite being a religious figure, Pope Francis is more than qualified to talk about scientific issues. In a series of tweets , Tyson noted that the Vatican Observatory employs dozens of…
  • Sign to Tell Yahoo: Stop Selling Dolphin and Whale Meat Online!

    Nina
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sign Here to Tell Yahoo: No More Dolphin and Whale Meat! Read the petition First Name Last Name Email To Yahoo! Inc. I was shocked and dismayed to learn that Yahoo Japan sells whale and dolphin meat. These majestic sea mammals are killed in cruel and barbaric ways, and your company should not support such brutality. Dolphin and whale meat are also unhealthy for human consumption. Please do the right thing for both animals and humans. I implore you to stop selling dolphin and whale meat at once. [signature] Get updates about this and other social justice issues   Sign Now Share this with…
  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dog Barks, in One Simple Graphic

    Nina
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Do you know when your dog wants to play, when he needs something, or when she’s trying to warn you about danger? Now you can learn. Other odd facts are included, like the one about the dog that does not bark but does sing. Via: Dog The Blog The post All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dog Barks, in One Simple Graphic appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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  • Understanding Different Measures Of Abortion

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every time a new set of statistics on abortion is released, a debate ensues about what the numbers mean and how they should be used. The latest example came in June, when The Associated Press released a survey showing that the U.S. abortion rate declined by about 12 percent from 2010 to 2014. The study sparked a lively conversation along familiar ideological lines about whether the drop resulted from growth in anti-abortion sentiments or increased use of contraception, and even cold, hard numbers couldn’t provide an answer that satisfied both sides.So why aren’t the numbers enough?
  • Chris Christie’s Path Will Only Get Steeper From Here

    Harry Enten
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for the presidency, which officially began Tuesday morning, is likely to fall off the George Washington Bridge and end up in the Hudson River. Christie, who was at one time seen as a potential front-runner, has run into not one, not two, not three, not four, but arguably five problems in his bid for the presidency.Problem 1: Christie is too moderate.My colleague Nate Silver has pointed out that Christie’s ideological scores, based on public statements and his donors, make him more liberal than all the other serious Republican candidates except…
  • The GOP May Regret Its Lasting Battle Against Gay Marriage

    Harry Enten
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Same-sex marriage is supported by most Americans. And after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s also the law of the land. But how it will play out in the presidential campaign is far from settled. While the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates were quick to embrace the Supreme Court’s decision, the Republican candidates — beyond saying that marriage should remain between a man and a woman — were split.Some Republicans, including Marco Rubio, said the country must abide by “the law of the land.” Jeb Bush essentially agreed, calling for additional…
  • Bobby Jindal Should Have Run In 2012, Not 2016

    Harry Enten
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    Imagine, if you will, that a young Republican governor of a Southern state is thinking about running for president. He’s wildly popular at home — on his way to winning re-election with 66 percent of the vote. He’s Indian-American in a party that desperately wants to reach out to nonwhite voters. He’s got rock-solid conservative credentials, and he would be entering a historically weak primary field.But he doesn’t pull the trigger.Four years later, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is unpopular in his home state. He’s trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton there in a hypothetical 2016…
  • Pols And Polls Say The Same Thing: Jeb Bush Is A Weak Front-Runner

    Harry Enten
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Money isn’t everything, and it certainly isn’t the only thing in presidential campaigns. Still, as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially enters the 2016 presidential campaign today, there’s going to be a lot of talk about whether his super PAC can hit its $100 million fundraising “goal” by the end of the month. You should mostly ignore those stories; money matters, but Bush will clearly have plenty of cash. Pay more attention to whether GOP officials — governors, senators and House members, in particular — are backing Bush.Late last week, Bush unveiled a raft of…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • What the Upcoming AfD Conference is About

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In my recent article on the Alternative für Deutschland party, I stress the fact that the AfD is built on an alliance of assorted right-wingers. With no upcoming election campaigns in sight, things have come to a head over the last months, and the various factions have set up Photo by pilot_micha within the party. The fault lines run mostly along the lines of state-level parties, with the Eastern parties and Hesse taking the most clearly xenophobic/immigration sceptic positions, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein subscribing to Lucke’s “liberal” line, and the very large NRW…
  • Cameron in Europe, Women in Parliament, Danish Elections, & Thatcher’s Jumper: Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Cameron in Europe: Not a Good Place to Be The Parliament of Women, 1656 Jacob Christensen on the 2015 election in Denmark: Forming a Government – The Game Begins Dazzling picture of Margaret Thatcher, campaigning to stay in EU in 1975 Referendum. Where’s that jumper now? The post Cameron in Europe, Women in Parliament, Danish Elections, & Thatcher’s Jumper: Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Was heißt und zu welchem Ende studiert man (die) “Alternative für Deutschland”? Vier Rezensionen

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    David Bebnowski, Die Alternative für Deutschland. Aufstieg und gesellschaftliche Repräsentanz einer rechten populistischen Partei, Wiesbaden: Springer VS essentials (2015), 46 Seiten. Sebastian Fischer, Der Aufstieg der AfD. Neokonservative Mobilmachung in Deutschland, Berlin: Bertz + Fischer (2015), 109 Seiten. Alexander Häusler und Rainer Roeser, Die rechten “Mut” -Bürger. Entstehung, Entwicklung, Personal und Positionen der Alternative für Deutschland, Hamburg: VSA (2015), 156 Seiten. Andreas Kemper, Rechte Euro-Rebellion. Alternative für Deutschland und Zivile Koalition e.V.,…
  • The Alternative für Deutschland’s Facebook Fanpage is a Prime Location for Rightist Online Discourses in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    One rather intriguing feature of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party is their very strong social media presence, especially on Facebook. I’m currently updating and expanding my previous analysis of this page, and the stats are impressive. From March 2013 until June 2015, the federal party’s account has posted 2188 updates, roughly 2.5 per day. Even more impressive are the 57,034 posts by other accounts (about 69 per day). While it is easy to buy likes, that level of activity is hard to fake: This is a busy place for europhobes and immigration sceptics. As everywhere on the…
  • German Politics, British Maps, Greek Shenanigans: Four Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Interesting piece in the Economist on Germany’s emerging foreign AfD removes whip from “too liberal” MP, two more may follow (in German). My update on the AfD faction in Thuringia is here. ONS constituency interactive maps Greeks continue to love euro more than they love Tsipras The post German Politics, British Maps, Greek Shenanigans: Four Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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    Conservative Read

  • Profile of Homegrown Islamic State Terror Suspects Doesn’t Fit Scare Campaigns

    chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Rachel Marsden,   Over the long Independence Day weekend in America, did you spend more time in your little bedroom community pondering the potential of a terrorist attack than wondering... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Impending Consequences of Liberal Progressive Socialist Economics

    chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Allen West,  Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once stated, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” The fallacy of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Clinton jabs Republican field on immigration policy

    chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said a Republican in the White House would mark a “big U-turn” for the nation and assailed the GOP presidential field’s stance on an immigration overhaul.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • America Will Be Completely Taken Over By The New World Order

    chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    In Nov. 2010, Pres. Obama travelled to Mumbai, India where he said, “There is going to be a tug-of-war within the U.S. between those who see globalization (world government) as a threat and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For Normal Relations With Cuba, End U.S. Interventionism

    chris
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Ron Paul,  Last week, we saw an encouraging sign that the 50 year cold war between the U.S. and Cuba was finally coming to an end. President Obama announced on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Gorbachev and the Mirage of Reformed Socialism

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Gorbachev and the Mirage of Reformed SocialismAfter the death in 1982 of one of the longest serving Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev, there was a quick succession of two Communist Party octogenarians that tried to preserve the the Soviet Union status quo who also died in quick succession.Then the tables were turned, and a young apparatchik named Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as General Secretary of the Communist Party. He embarked on an ambitious set of reforms that were supposed to transform the society, and rejuvenate the image of the Soviet Union and socialism in general. The two main…
  • Government, Economy, and Socialism

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Government, Economy, and SocialismThe failure to recognize that socialized societies are NOT socialist is another common misconceptionThe examples abound but commonly they are concentrated along the lines:"Look at Sweden, they are Socialist, and have free childcare, free healthcare, etc. And they do not need capitalism to be prosperous...""Denmark has the highest happiness index and they are Socialist, aren't they?!""The Scandinavian countries have less inequality than the US, look what capitalism has brought us...""Canada is a socialist country, they have publicly funded healthcare..."The…
  • On Income Inequality II

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Income Inequality, Ideology and NumbersOh, the Income Inequality, the rallying cry of the Left, how many times this tale has been spun to create a false sense of urgency, to bash success, and instigate class hatred and envy? From the Zucotti Park tents of Occupy Wall Street, to the halls of academia, the tale continues. That is, it continues until facts and numbers get in the way.A recent article in the NY Times is trying to make right while providing meaningful numbers that the income inequality has actually decreased during the period when it became the main liberal ideological…
  • Greece, Syriza and the EU

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Greece, Syriza, Socialism and the EUhttp://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1692109/communist-rooted-syriza-party-wins-greece-elections-likely-shake-euroThe recent paean of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis from Syriza, high on ideals, short on practical suggestions, is another example of Socialist mantra; "Give us your  (EU) money so we can help the people but don't expect any return!".http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/yanis-varoufakis-no-time-for-games-in-europe.html?ref=opinionVaroufakis' "proposals" do not extend beyond the Syriza election populist promises.
  • Socialist Retail, Lines, and Shortages

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    Socialist Retail, Lines, and ShortagesThe Socialist economy, at least on paper, is geared towards satisfying the needs of the workers. The reality though was something incredibly different. The central planning despite the attempts of liberalizing it is extremely inefficient at predicting customer demand. In fact the terms supply and demand, those basic economic terms that exist in the free market economy, were not included in the Economics college courses, or if included they were decried as capitalistic means for oppressing the proletariat.The Socialist retail reality was a shining example…
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-07, Tuesday

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, July 7 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest as the financial overlords prepare to make Greece suffer for its resistance to the tyranny of the banks. A report by Infowars reporter Lee Ann McAdoo reveals Americans are wary of a similar and far more catastrophic financial collapse in the U.S. We also cover news that officialdom is obliged to admit a story about the murder of black teens by a supposed white supremacist is fake and Obama’s declaration that ISIS will be defeated with “better ideas” as opposed to military force. On today’s…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-06, Monday

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, July 6 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we discuss the defeat of the globalists in Greece. Financial forecaster Gerald Celente joins the show to explain how the central banks were beaten by Greek voters who shot down another round of "austerity" measures which would've destroyed Greece in the long-term. The banksters were angry that Greece - the cradle for democracy - even had a vote to allow its citizens a voice in the matter. What the World Bank and IMF are doing to Greece, they will eventually attempt here in America, so it's critical to focus on the Greece crisis. Also, the…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-05, Sunday

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, July 5 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, the historic financial situation in Europe is examined as early poll results show an overwhelming majority of Greeks voting "no" on a referendum for a bailout deal and austerity measures, a move which could lead the country to potentially exit the Eurozone and even the EU. Then, we'll break down Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's authoritarian behavior at a press rally in New Hampshire where journalists were literally "roped off" in yet another show of disdain for the press. We'll also cover foreign policy news in light of the…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-03, Friday

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the LIVE Friday, July 3 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, the financial crisis in Greece reaches mythological proportions, as the Greek bank fails to reach an agreement with international monetary loan sharks. Economist Martin Armstrong is also warning global power brokers may attempt to rig the referendum on whether to accept a bailout deal. The war on terror industry is also launching their annual Fourth of July speculative terror threat assessment, telling Americans to steer clear of Independence Day celebrations and “remain vigilant.” On today's show, financial analyst and author…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-02, Thursday

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, July 2 edition of the Alex Jones Show we continue our coverage of the battle over flags as the left demonizes the U.S. flag in addition to the Confederate flag. We also cover the unfolding economic drama in Greece and its ultimate effect on the European, global and U.S. economy. Also we cover the baseless threats of a terrorist attack over the 4th of July holiday as the state ramps up its surveillance grid. On today’s broadcast we talk with former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and Ted Anderson.
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    Vox - All

  • China's stock market has lost 30 percent of its value in a month

    Timothy B. Lee
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    China's stock market is crashing. In the opening minutes of trading Wednesday, the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell by more than 8 percent. An hour later, it was down about 4 percent for the day. More than 1,300 companies — representing about 40 percent of the value of companies on the mainland — have halted trading in an effort to stop the slide. The declines come despite desperate measures by the Chinese government to prop up stock prices. Over the last year, the market surged thanks to borrowed money Between June 2014 and June 2015, China's Shanghai Composite…
  • Vox Sentences: Hillary and Jeb agree: Let Puerto Rico go bankrupt

    Dara Lind
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Getty / Joe Raedle Puerto Rico, my heart's devotion While you were busy watching the Greek debt crisis, Puerto Rico announced that it is officially not going to be able to pay back its creditors. Vox's Matt Yglesias explains. [Vox / Matt Yglesias] But Paul Krugman doesn't think you should call Puerto Rico "America's Greece." [NYT / Paul Krugman] Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush both say Puerto Rico should be eligible to file for bankruptcy, just as US cities can. [Vox / Matt Yglesias] What about granting the island statehood, as San Juan's former mayor has suggested? [The Hill / Hernán Padilla]…
  • Donald Trump just gave the Donald Trump-iest statement possible

    Andrew Prokop
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Backlash against presidential candidate and self-promoter Donald Trump's inflammatory statements that "rapists" are coming to the US from Mexico has spilled over to his business interests. Univision, NBC, Sealy, and Macy's have all severed ties with Trump in some way already. And in the past few days, ESPN canceled a charity golf tournament scheduled for the Trump National Golf Club, and NASCAR announced it wouldn't hold banquets at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. To most observers, this seems like terrible news for Donald Trump. But the man himself insisted in a defiant…
  • The debate over prescription painkillers, explained

    German Lopez
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The number of deaths linked to opioid painkillers has risen dramatically over the past two decades. But tens of millions of Americans still suffer from serious pain and stand to benefit from these drugs. How do policymakers balance those conflicting forces as they consider more restrictions on opioids? It's a question public health experts and lawmakers have been struggling with over the past few years as opioid deaths have risen. In late April at Stanford University, two experts — pain medicine expert Sean Mackey and addiction expert Anna Lembke — held a debate on the issue, giving a…
  • Colorado offered free birth control — and teen abortions fell by 42 percent

    German Lopez
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking more funding to continue a privately funded birth control program that has, by several measures, been a startling success. The program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at family planning clinics in Colorado. It contributed to a 40 percent drop in Colorado's teen birth rate and a 42 percent drop in the state's teen abortion rate between 2009 and 2013, according to state data reported by the New…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • The Ultimate Act of Insurrection

    Daisy Luther
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s Independence Day! The 4th of July! Burgers! Picnics! Fireworks! That’s what it’s all about, right? Go, America! Actually, no, there probably weren’t any hotdogs cooking on the grill on Independence Day in 1776. When the founding fathers of our nation signed the Declaration of Independence, they probably weren’t wondering if the beer was cold yet, if Ben was going to burn the burgers again, or whether Thomas remembered the lighter for the fireworks. They were thinking about freedom. The whole purpose of the gesture was that these men were tired of bowing down to someone who did…
  • Beer Goes Far Better With Food

    No Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Beer is a better drink to serve with food than wine, Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year has claimed, as she advises hosts to serve it a Champagne flute or brandy snifter rather than traditional pint glasses. Jane Peyton, who was named Sommelier of the Year by The Beer Academy in May, said that there was too much snobbery around pairing beer with food. She advised serving beers made with Champagne yeast as an aperitif or ales with chocolate and coffee flavours with rich desserts like tirimusu. “It’s actually much better pairing with a food than wine and there are so many special beers…
  • Will Texas Stop Licensing Marriage?

    No Author
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Texas state Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) has an intriguing response to Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court decision imposing a national mandate to override the diverse ways in which state governments deal with same sex marriage. Simpson is asking Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a special session of the state legislature to consider Simpson’s proposal that Texas end marriage licensing in the state. Simpson’s radical response to the court’s decision should not be too surprising given that earlier this year he responded to the war on marijuana with a bill that…
  • Who Has Denigrated Marriage?

    Laurence M. Vance
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians are not going to like what I am going to say. And neither are most ordinary conservatives. But that has never stopped me before. The recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges was inevitable: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. It was inevitable because exactly two years before, the Supreme Court, in the case…
  • Nowhere To Run

    Chris Sullivan
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850 to deal with the problem of runaway slaves and the weakening of a 1793 law with the same objective. All people want to keep the fruits of their labor and when this desire is violated they seek some remedy, whether it be a change in the law or a change in location. If a slave could make it to Canada he was probably safe from the slave catchers. Some northern states had laws against black people – slave or free – moving into the state, so Canada was probably the best option. If a slave could escape to a free area he could keep all his earnings since…
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    Gaura Rader

  • Why not Kill All Sharks?

    Gaura
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In honor of shark week 2015 I suggest that we actively pursue eradicating sharks from the face of the Earth. Okay, well maybe that’s hyperbole but I think the question of whether we ought to or not raises some interesting questions. The first thing that strikes me is that I really wouldn’t mind it if there were no more sharks. Especially after the recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina. I don’t feel the same way about lions and tigers but I literally have no emotional response that would make me want to preserve their existence. If I could push a button and…
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    With the Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling today in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states the fight for marriage equality is now over. Justice has prevailed. And in an even more rapid and stunning reversal confederate flag will no longer be flown on state or federal property. In the wake of these stunning developments I think it is so important that we take time honor the activists that have worked for years, and in many cases decades, on these issues. And also to remember the victims of hatred, intolerance, and violence. It seems unlikely that we would have seen the…
  • Should the Confederate Flag be Banned?

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
  • Basic Income and Possibilities for the Radical Transformation of Humanity

    Gaura
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    As I was watching a video of a dog and dear who are best friends I got to wondering about why it was that the dog had absolutely no interest in eating the helpless little fawn that would certainly be a delicious treat for the dog. There are various factors at work that make the situation possible. Dogs have been bred to be less violent over many thousands of generations since humans first domesticated wolves. But there is also the not insignificant fact that the above dog has probably never had to kill to eat. He may never have even killed in his entire life! He has also probably never even…
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    Pension360

  • Texas Teachers Pension Invests $250 Million in Green Buildings

    Ted Ballantine
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    The Teachers Retirement System of Texas has committed $250 million to two funds that look to invest in “green” and LEED-certified buildings. The two funds – both managed by Principal Real Estate Investors – will target apartment, retail and industrial buildings that have been designed and constructed using sustainable practices and materials. From IPE Real Estate: The US pension fund committed $100m to Principal’s Green Property Fund II and $150m to the manager’s Green Property Sidecar II fund. The manager said it would seek existing properties with potential for improvement…
  • Corporate Pension Funding Improved By 9 Percent in June

    Ted Ballantine
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Corporate pension assets are at an all-time high, and June brought more good news for the companies with defined benefit plans: corporate pension funding increased by 9 percent last month according to Mercer. From the Wall Street Journal: The overall pension deficit among companies in the Standard & Poor’s 1500-stock index, which tracks the broad market, fell by $35 billion, or more than 9%, to $346 billion, Mercer said. That estimated deficit is now $158 billion narrower than where it ended last year. Behind the move is an increase in the discount rate, a hypothetical yield on a…
  • Analysis: Closed Sessions Under the Texas Open Meetings Law

    Gary Lawson
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    In this piece, Strasburger & Price attorneys Gary Lawson and Gus Fields analyze a recent court opinion regarding Texas Open Meetings Law — What can be discussed in a session closed to obtain legal advice? And how should such a session be planned for? The Texas Court of Appeals for the 14th District, Houston, issued its opinion in In Re City of Galveston on March 3, 2015. The opinion addressed the scope of what can be discussed in an executive session closed to obtain legal advice under Texas Government Code Open Meetings Law. Before getting into the holding in In Re City of…
  • Congress Continues Eyeing Pension Changes for Federal Employees

    Ted Ballantine
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Congress has passed a series of benefit changes for federal workers in recent years, most notably boosting employee contributions for new hires from 0.8 percent to 4.4 percent. But more changes could be coming, including a change in the pension benefit formula that would likely trim benefits for many workers. From the Federal Times: As Congress wrestles with major legislation over the summer and into the fall, members of Congress and federal employee groups are warning that federal pension contribution increases and retirement cuts are a real danger. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., […]…
  • Pennsylvania’s Distressed Municipalities Could Take Pension Cues From Harrisburg, Says Report

    Ted Ballantine
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Pennsylvania’s municipalities are collectively shouldering around $8 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, and nearly 50 percent of the state’s municipal systems are classified as “distressed”, according to a recent report from state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Those distressed municipalities should look to Harrisburg – whose pension fund is currently running a surplus – for a roadmap to better funding, according to the same report. From the Scranton Times-Tribune: State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently cited Harrisburg’s success in funding its pensions…
 
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    Message President

  • DO YOU KNOW? CHRIST JESUS as GOD’S gift of love to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. My GREA

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    DO YOU KNOW? CHRIST JESUS as GOD’S gift of love to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. My GREAT & GLORIOUS GOD & FATHER in HEAVEN & GLORY. Blessed is the nation & the PEOPLE who's GOD is our LORD. CHRIST JESUS. KING of the JEWS & KING of the universe. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of CHRIST JESUS, KING of the JEWS & KING of the Universe. for it is the power of GOD to salvation for everyone who believes, For the Jew first and also for the Greek. & GENTIL pagans, heathens, barbarians, synthians, slave & free. For in it the righteousness of God is…
  • DO YOU KNOW? CHRIST JESUS as GOD’S gift of love to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. My GREA

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    DO YOU KNOW? CHRIST JESUS as GOD’S gift of love to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. My GREAT & GLORIOUS GOD & FATHER in HEAVEN & GLORY. Blessed is the nation & the PEOPLE who's GOD is our LORD. CHRIST JESUS. KING of the JEWS & KING of the universe. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of CHRIST JESUS, KING of the JEWS & KING of the Universe. for it is the power of GOD to salvation for everyone who believes, For the Jew first and also for the Greek. & GENTIL pagans, heathens, barbarians, synthians, slave & free. For in it the righteousness of God is…
  • bout taking Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson,s name off anything

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Dear Barack Obama, I was very sad to think that you feel it correct to remove the nnames of these 2 men off anything because they owned slaves. You must remember the times they lived in and not what is going on today. Thomas Jefferson was a founding father and as such gave us the tools to have the great nation we enjoy today. Andrew Jackson was the hero of the Battle of New Orleans and many other battles before he was president. I think the whole country has to stop and think. I also do not like coments about the police my grandson is one and New York and i feel his job gets harder and more…
  • ASSISTANCE

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Dear barak Obama,hope your doing fine,back to me the pen holder am not fine because of the poverty am having in Uganda,am called Biftu lata, a mother of one kid i leave in grass thatched house here in Kampala Uganda am homeless mother i need your help please Mr president as am typing this letter to you some one helped me with laptop and internet to send to you please do some thing to help me out of this poverty Mr president,you can contact me on 0782776757 please that is my number to reach me.i will be very happy to hear from u Mr president,i remain sincerely yours,BIFTU LATA,0782776757
  • code

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    dear barack obama, I was thinking at work and I invented a code....i think that it is indecipherable by a computer and so I'd like to offer it to you.
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Newborn Baby Received Fractured Skull When Dropped by Nurse

    Troy Oakes
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    A Pennsylvania newborn baby was airlifted to a Pittsburgh children’s hospital 60 miles away after being dropped on his head by a sleeping nurse. The baby received a skull fracture and bleeding on the right side of his skull. The Uniontown police have confirmed that a 30-year-old nurse was reportedly “drowsy” when the incident occurred at 6 am local time at the birthing center in the Uniontown hospital. Nurse drops newborn, airlifted to Pittsburgh hospital: CBS News reported that Jacqueline Hunt, the 1-day-old baby’s mother, said: “The pediatrician came in and told…
  • First Fatal Incident on a Japanese Bullet Train as Man Sets Himself Alight

    Troy Oakes
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Two people have died after a fire was started on the Japanese bullet train. This is the first fatal incident the high speed rail network has had in its 50 years of service. It is believed that a man in his 30s had boarded the first carriage, sitting at the front behind the driver’s cabin. Then without warning, he poured liquid from a plastic container on his head and then ignited it. A woman was also killed after being overcome by smoke. Bullet train fire suicide—man sets himself ablaze: According to The Guardian, Japanese media quoted a witness as saying the man, who has not been named,…
  • Varoufakis’ Resignation, Greeks’ ‘No’ Raise Market Uncertainty

    Hermann Rohr
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    After Greece gave a big ‘No’ to further austerity measures, market investors became even more uncertain.  While the thousands of ‘No’ campaigners celebrated the results in Athens, the euro slowly plummeted downward, and the markets became even more uncertain. The euro was trading at $1.1114 on Friday, but as of 5:10 GMT, the euro sank to $1.1012 on Monday. The news that Varoufakis is leaving his post made the euro gather even more drive, trading at $1.1069 at 5:55 GMT, picking up just a little. Still, the euro currency lost half a percent on Monday against the U.S. dollar.
  • Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Not ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment’

    Troy Oakes
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the drugs Oklahoma uses for lethal injection do not violate the Eighth Amendment barring “cruel and unusual punishment.” The ruling was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas voting with the majority. “Our first ground for affirmance is based on petitioners’ failure to satisfy their burden of establishing that any risk of harm was substantial when compared to a known and available alternative method of execution,” Alito wrote. Court rules on the use of…
  • In Life, You Get What You Give

    Yi Ming
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The richest man in Asia, Li Ka-shing, said that in these three areas, the more you spend, the more you earn. Let’s take a look at the three principles behind this statement. Investing money in educating yourself No matter what your financial circumstances are, educating yourself is always a wise decision. Li believes that current challenges are from lessons not learned in a previous lifetime, so even if you have to borrow the money to do so, investing in yourself this way will provide you with the means to repay the loan in the future. Money for your parents Regardless of your parents’…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Florida County Puts The Confederate Flag Back Up

    Eric Kleefeld
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Now here’s something you don’t expect to see in the current national climate: A local government that takes down the Confederate flag — and then puts it back up. The site is Marion County, Florida, which is home to the city of Ocala. The county administrator and county board chairman had decided to take the flag down, in the wake of the high-profile racially motivated mass murder at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the subsequent public backlash against displays of the Confederate flag on public property. However, on Tuesday the County Board of…
  • North Carolina Mom Takes Fight Against Climate Change To Washington

    Franco Ordonez
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — It was warm out, and the new mom just wanted to take her baby girl for a walk around the pond in her East Charlotte, N.C., neighborhood. A friend suggested she check the air first. Code orange: unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and the elderly. That was the warning when Danielle Hilton checked the air quality index for Mecklenburg County. She decided she and her daughter, Makena, would do afternoons inside. That was the summer of 2008. It was a bad time for the Charlotte region in terms of air quality. Some…
  • Heroin Use And Addiction Are Surging In The U.S., CDC Report Says

    Lisa Girion
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Heroin use surged over the past decade, and the wave of addiction and overdose is closely related to the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials said Tuesday. A new report says that 2.6 out of every 1,000 U.S. residents 12 and older used heroin in the years 2011 to 2013. That’s a 63 percent increase in the rate of heroin use since the years 2002 to 2004. The rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90 percent over the same period, according to the study by researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…
  • Thomas Piketty: Germany’s Position On Greek Debt A ‘Huge Joke’

    Sam Reisman
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Thomas Piketty is calling out Germany. The French economist who rose to prominence with the publication of his 2013 treatise on income inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, gave a candid interview to German newspaper Die Zeit, in which he described Germany’s taking a hard line on Greece’s debt as hypocritical and a “huge joke.” In a 61-to-39 public vote Sunday, Greeks rejected a bailout proposal from the other European Union leaders that would have kept the country afloat but increased austerity measures, which have already taken a severe toll on…
  • Endorse This: Jimmy Carter Gives Jesus’ Stamp On Marriage Equality

    Eric Kleefeld
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing marriage equality across the country, the nation is getting a new round of assurance that everything will be all right — from Jimmy Carter, possibly the most religious man to be President of the United States in the last 50 years. Watch the elder statesman talk about what Jesus would say, his own deep religious faith, and the novelty of seeing visitors come to his small church in Plains, Georgia — just to see a former president teach Sunday school. Video via HuffPost Live. Get More to Endorse Delivered to Your Inbox…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Tidal Vibes

    Ken W. Simpson
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    Bouncing around Getting a kick out of sound Who was that? No one knows The shape of disdain An unkind sight The infatuation of a dream Scenes that disappear Boats on the beach Water flowing Gracefully sliding Beneath a bridge A deceptive theme Bequeathed to posterity The dawn of another day Go away.Filed under: Articles
  • Veranda View

    Ken W. Simpson
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    My grandpa liked to sit on the back veranda and watch the birds as they pecked at scraps in the ragged grass near a lazy tree not far from a paling fence I sometimes climbed. He listened to the bird songs like an excited child a small, wizened man bald, with a pot belly slouched […]
  • What Possessed You?

    Ken W. Simpson
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:15 am
    Bacon and eggs in the morning add ‘h’ to ate before deceiving. Unsheathed as shark’s teeth add ‘f’ to ear in the afternoon. A venomous night curdled words add ‘d’ to read before retiring.Filed under: Articles
  • Anarchic Red

    Ken W. Simpson
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Photographs of fireflies at night beside a pond disdainful of the rain not far the sound of footsteps a snapping twig and pits and pockmarks along a track.Filed under: Articles
  • Confessions of a Dying Day

    Ken W. Simpson
    26 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    Cycles of innocence and regret hints of pink enveloped by the beauty of music hovering, dissolving over decomposing leaves shards of broken glass promiscuous ways and brittle egos as shadows dance away.Filed under: Articles
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    Political Wire

  • Gilmore Will Run for President

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) told the Richmond Times Dispatch that he is running for president and plans a formal announcement in the first week of August. “He said he does not think any other Republican candidates have addressed what he considers the vital national security and economic concerns facing the nation.”
  • Clinton Steps Up Attack on GOP Field

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton escalated her criticism of her GOP presidential rivals during a campaign stop here in Iowa, “knocking the field of candidates on immigration reform, health care and LGBT issues while steering clear of directly attacking her Democratic primary rivals,” the Washington Post reports. Said Clinton: “How many people running on the Republican side try to demean immigrants, insult immigrants, cast aspersions on immigrants? They know as well as we know, we are not going to deport 11 or 12 million people living here. I hear the Republican candidates — and it’s…
  • U.S. Fighter Jets Met Russian Bombers

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    “The US scrambled fighter jets to intercept four Russian bombers that were flying close to the coast off California and Alaska on Independence Day,” according to the Independent. “The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) has not said if either pair of bombers was armed. At the time of the interceptions, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called President Obama to wish him a happy July 4th.”
  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    “Hillary is not bad. It’s just, we all know she is having an excitement problem. We all know that. It’s not a secret.” — Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Herald.
  • Golf Tournaments Dump Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    “The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump’s golf course in Los Angeles, the first significant fallout for golf from the Republican presidential candidate’s comments on illegal Mexican immigrants,” the AP reports. Meanwhile, Yahoo News reports that ESPN announced “that it has moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Los Angeles to Pelican Hill Golf Club in nearby Newport Beach, Calif.” Said ESPN: “We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at…
 
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  • Central African Republic: What We Can Learn From Civil War

    William Clowes, UK
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A reporter with a license to report should probably do some reporting. After only six weeks, I didn’t yet feel equipped to take on Kinshasa, a pretty unfathomable metropolis of more than 10 million. The political complexity, the mix of Machiavellianism and crude oppression, the relationship between the restless streets and the seats of power were still way beyond my grasp. I needed something unsubtle, something more event-driven, something where the sides were more clear-cut, something fewer rivals had already covered. The answer I came up with was the war in the Central African Republic…
  • Why California’s New Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    On Saturday June 13, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, following the success of similar legislation in San Francisco and Seattle. Few people seriously dispute the principle that those who choose to work (as opposed to simply collecting benefits) should be rewarded by earning wages that afford them a minimally decent life. However, an increase to $15 an hour over just a few years is a radical move that will irreversibly hurt small and medium-size businesses and result in perverse incentives for…
  • A Case for ‘Europe’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU. A Syriza look-a-like party, Podemos, has captured the hearts of voters in Spain and now rules its two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Britain’s Tory party, bowing to its rightist fringe, threatens a “Brexit.” Anti-immigrant, far right parties are winning elections from Denmark to France to Italy. In the face of these twin populist insurgencies of the far-left and the far-right…
  • Why Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not Enough

    Sebastian Johnson, US
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding clouds, pregnant with the force of an awful history, a terrible miasma. Each name, each place a peal of sorrowful thunder. And last week, another muzzle’s flash and a hail of bullets. Nine dead at Bible study. Nine empty seats at dining room tables. The vacant spot in a pew; the silent desk in the well of the state senate; the stolen dreams of a community, carefully and lovingly tended,…
  • India: A Republic Of Silence

    Shashank Shukla, India
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt I write this article as a personal appeal and in a state of alarm. Alarm at the efforts to silence all criticism against the current Indian government and alarm at the level of silence being practiced institutionally by the government, by the media, by the civil society and by the public in general, slowly but surely turning…
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  • Faham Seks Menurut Freud

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Dalam wacana psikoanalisis yang dimajukan oleh Sigmund Freud, perbincangan mengenai seks dan faham sekitarnya adalah begitu menonjol dan menjadi pemusatan kepada banyak cabang teori psikoanalisis yang lahir terkemudiannya. Malah, dengan faham seks yang dicarakan oleh Freud inilah jua menjadi penyebab kepada perkembangan lanjut psiko-seksual setiap manusia bermula usia kanak-kanak lagi.Freud percaya bahawa kehidupan manusia itu selanjutnya terbina atas kapasiti mereka yang mahukan keseronokan dan kenikmatan yang tiada berkesudahan. Dan segala ini adalah akibat kesan libido, suatu bentuk tenaga…
  • Kemaskini Bibliografi (Jun 2015)

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    Berikut merupakan senarai buku yang memasuki koleksi bibliografi sepanjang bulan Jun ini. Entah mengapa, kini nafsu membaca telah mengarah beralih kepada karya-karya berbahasa Melayu, dari penulis-penulis tempatan terutamanya siri karya Sasterawan Negara dan penulis-penulis karya klasik Melayu.Namun begitu, antara perkara yang paling menggembirakan adalah apabila tuhan mempertemukan saya dengan buku Tragedi Nadra tulisan Haja Maideen, edisi pertama yang berbahasa Melayu. Kalau tidak silap, sudah hampir 2 tahun saya mencari buku ini di merata tempat, namun tidak ketemu jua.Sehinggalah ada…
  • Memahami Id, Ego dan Superego

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Penulisan yang lepas, saya cuba memahami kerangka besar wacana psikoanalisis, dan dalam tulisan itu, dinyatakan bahawa punca pertama kepada keadaan ketidaksedaran (unconsious) yang berlaku pada diri manusia adalah yang disebut sebagai pre-reflective drives, yang saya majukan terjemahannya kepada tabii. Menurut Freud, tabii manusia paling utama adalah rangsangan seksual. Makanya, apa yang saya fahami dari kupasan Fuad Rahmat, akibat dari proses manusia yang semakin berkembang dan pergerakan zaman, rangsangan seksual semakin cenderung dilihat sebagai suatu benda yang berbaur negatif, yang…
  • Sejarah Natrah Yang Dilupakan

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Semalam, ianya giliran saya menjadi pembentang bagi aktiviti mingguan +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café. Saya memilih untuk membentang buku tulisan Fatini Yaacob yang berkisar tentang gadis Belanda bernama Nadra atau popularnya dengan panggilan Natrah. Tidak dinafikan, membaca tulisan Fatini Yaacob ini berkali-kali pun tidak pernah jua mendatangkan jemu.Bahkan, setiap kali membacanya, pasti akan teresak bersendirian, walau sudah pun maklum akan jalan penceritaan dan pengakhiran kisah hidup Natrah dan Mansur itu bagaimana. Tapi, itulah hakikat kisah Natrah ini, yang tidak jemu untuk…
  • Perihal Kemunduran Ekonomi Melayu

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Kesimpulan akhir yang dikeluarkan hasil Sidang Meja Bulat Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu (MTEM) pada 17 Jun yang lepas, mendapat reaksi yang pelbagai dalam kalangan masyarakat yang peduli. Kesimpulan-kesimpulan itu jelas menunjukkan Melayu terus menjadi kumpulan yang terpinggir dalam persaingan ekonomi dan kekayaan di Malaysia.Reaksi khalayak, kita boleh buat jangkaan sendiri. Tipikal khalayak yang belum cukup akal yang kedapatan ramai di Facebook, mereka tidak segan silu menyalahkan Cina sebagai sebab utama kemunduran ekonomi Melayu. Mereka pergi lagi jauh dengan menyalahkan DAP, tidak…
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  • BOOM: Church Posts an EPIC Sign About the Supreme Court (Every American Should See This!)

    TPIWriter
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    At the recent Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee slammed the Supreme Court for legalizing “gay marriage.”   A local church in the city of Holbrook, New York loved his comments so much, they turned it into a sign. And local liberals are furious!   The Christian Church at Holbrook made it quite clear that it’s not a big fan of that [Supreme Court] decision, which will have minimal impact in New York, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2011. On Monday and Tuesday, a message on a sign outside the church located…
  • WHOA! You’re Not Going To Believe Who Is Siding With Donald Trump

    Rusty Weiss
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly blasted the Obama administration for the killing of an innocent woman in San Francisco at the hands of an illegal immigrant, saying the administration’s polices made them complicit in her death.   The fiery comments came after, much to everyone’s surprise I’m sure, he defended the content of Donald Trump’s recent controversial immigration remarks. O’Reilly said that while Trump was too broad in his commentary, he was “correct in saying that only a massive wall will stop the chaos and even then drugs and…
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches Are Now…. RACIST?

    TPIWriter
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    With so many sensitive “politically correct” problems now, we’re now living in a society where even FOOD can be deemed racist. I’m not kidding! Principal Verenice Guiterrez, who certainly voted for Obama, runs the Harvey Scott School (K-8) in Portland, Oregon. And she has made an announcement that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are racist! Why? Because, as Principal Guiterrez explained, this effort effort was made to, “improve education for students of color.” She noted that some students – such as those from Mexico or Somalia – haven’t eaten…
  • Ben Carson Just NAILED IT! Says THIS About Donald Trump and Illegal Immigration

    Wayne Dupree
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Donald Trump’s comments in his presidential announcement speech calling Mexican immigrants who come across the border illegally “rapists,” has drawn plenty of condemnation from his fellow 2016 candidates, but has also revealed a schism in the GOP. Amid the condemnation, a few Republicans are saying he was right to focus on the negative consequences of illegal immigration even if they didn’t endorse the way he did it. While Cruz acknowledged that Trump’s way of speaking is “colorful” and “not the way I speak,” he said he wouldn’t…
  • Former CNN Anchor Survives Gun Fight, BLASTS Gun Control Advocates

    Rachel Mullen
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell and her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro were staying in a hotel on a cross-country road trip when convicted felon Tomorio Walton barged into the room. They are both licensed to carry handguns and are experienced with firearms. De Caro has a military background in Special Forces. Russell detailed the story to CNN and stated that even though de Caro, who was in the shower when the intruder burst in, was still naked but was able to shoot and kill the man who had already had his gun drawn.     Russell is very vocal in her support of the Second…