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  • Leonard: Why Uber Must Be Stopped

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    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Andrew Leonard, Salon: There's little doubt that Uber is the closest thing we've got today to the living, breathing essence of unrestrained capitalism. This is like watching Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller in action. This is how robber barons play. ... What happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all? What happens when the local taxi companies are destroyed and Lyft is crushed? When Uber has dominant market position in every major city on the globe?
  • Why Atlantic City is failing and Vegas isn’t

    Politics in the Zeros
    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Revel Atlantic City. 2 years old. Cost $2.4 billion. Closing this weekend. Atlantic City casinos opened 36 years ago with great hoopla about being an East Coast Vegas. Today, one casino there has already closed and three more will close imminently, leaving Atlantic City economically devastated. Revel is the poster child for the decline and fall. Constructed just two years ago for $2.4 billion, the 57-floor hotel casino has been in bankruptcy twice and will close permanently this weekend. Predictably there are brave plans to repurpose casiona as apartments or condos. But for that to happen,…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Aug-27, Wednesday

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    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Wednesday - Alex Jones
  • For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?

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    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    While most Americans were settling in for a long weekend, many of the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates — Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Pence — went to Dallas for a convention of Americans for Prosperity, the group through which Charles and David Koch channel much of their political money. If […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    • On this Labor Day, it’s good to start with Jonathan Cohn’s interview of longtime labor organizer Richard Yeselson on the state of unions in the United States: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Your Guide to the Latest Depressing News Out of China

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    First, for fair-and-balanced purposes, if you'd like to start with some depressing trends out of the US, be sure to read “The punditry vs. the presidency,” by Michael Cohen in the NY Daily News. It is about the destructive, non-accountable pundit pressure on Barack Obama to prove his strength by “doing something” about the crises underway around the world. Ah, it brings the "why we hate the media" days back so vividly. On to China. 1. Politics. Last night my wife and I heard the cheering news on (state controlled) China Central TV that universal suffrage was coming to Hong…
  • What's Wrong With Checking Out Leaked Nude Photos of Celebrities

    Jessica Valenti
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    It is not difficult to look at naked women on the Internet. There are, after all, a lot of men and women who post nude photos of themselves online hoping for pageviews, extra income, or just exhibitionist titillation. So with the news over the weekend of “leaked” nude photos of various celebrities, can we please all agree not to search these pictures out? If we want to look at nude people, let’s restrict ourselves to photos of people who actually want us to see them nude. It’s not like there’s a lack of them to choose from. Because, look: When people seek out stolen images like…
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats: A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's…
  • The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed

    Peter Beinart
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the Middle East. Peel away the layers of grave-sounding but vacuous rhetoric, and you’re left with almost nothing intellectually nourishing at all. Take Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s op-ed on Saturday in The New York Times. It starts with a lie: that Obama said “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with ISIS. In fact, Obama was speaking…
  • 'A Ukraine Peace Plan That Excludes Ukrainians Is Unacceptable'

    Uri Friedman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:14 am
    Last week, The Atlantic published a 24-point plan for ending the conflict between Russia and Ukraine—the product of a meeting between Russian and American experts and former officials on the Finnish island of Boistö. Now, a group of American and European experts and former officials, coordinated by David Kramer of Freedom House, has written a response, rejecting the Boistö agenda and urging Russia to end its aggression against Ukraine. The letter—which comes as Ukrainian and Russian officials are holding talks in Belarus with Ukrainian separatists and international mediators, amid…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Global warming and loss of labor productivity

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Joe Romm at Climate Progress writes Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity: Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know. In 2013, a NOAA study projected that “heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.” If we stay near our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway, then we face a potential 50 percent drop in labor capacity in peak months by century’s end. Many recent studies project a collapse in labor productivity…
  • Things you can learn from Mom and Dad

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dave Margulies via politicalcartoons.com (with permission) “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” - Mark Twain On this Labor Day, 2014, I thought I'd give a hat tip to some parental advice (direct and indirect) that would be worth keeping in mind. Lessons from Dad Ron Fournier has a thought-provoking column about rushing to judgment that I've been mulling over for several days, based on his father's experience being a Detriot riot cop…
  • Election Diary Rescue: Week 34

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 50 diaries. (KY-Sen) What you need to know about Mitch McConnell and Jesse Benton by zenofmconnell - Mitch McConnel (R) is in the fight of his life against Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). A look at who Jesse Benton is, and how his indictment in a notorious bribery case may impact the race. (AZ-03) Grijalva's Opponent Demands Excommunication by Hi Jolly - Republican candidate Gabriela Sucedo Mercer has earned some fame for outrageous statements on Facebook. She's keeping it up this time…
  • Unequal pay starts early

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Women face lower pay right out of the starting gate, and through their working lives. Union membership reduces the pay gap, by the way.
  • A child accidentally shoots a man dead & the NRA wants to remind us how kids can have fun with guns

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Not that it's a surprise, but the NRA once again proves the obvious. It's a wretched organization led by wretched people: On Monday, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with a submachine gun called an Uzi. The girl accidentally pointed the weapon up towards her instructor when the enormous weapon’s recoil was too powerful for her to control. A horrible tragedy, right? Not only is a man needlessly dead, but a little girl is permanently scarred. The lesson to be learned is clearly not to give automatic weapons to children. But did we even need to learn that…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Man Beats Woman, Child, Throws Toddler from Car

    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A 46-year-old Chicago man is in custody after beating a woman, hitting her seven-year-old son when he tried to intervene and throwing an 18-month-old girl out a vehicle window early this morning, according to police. The girl was struck by the car as the man fled. Both children are hospitalized in stable condition.
  • Tony Stewart Returns to Nascar Racing

    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Nascar driver Tony Stewart returned to racing Sunday after a three-week hiatus that followed the accident in which Stewart struck and killed fellow sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. after the 20-year-old racer got out of his crashed vehicle and yelled at Stewart. "This has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This will affect my life forever," Stewart said Friday. Ward's father Kevin Ward Sr. criticized Stewart for his role in his son's death in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard. "Apparently, Tony Stewart was the only one…
  • NYPD Investigated for Another Restraint Death

    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The New York Police Department is under investigation for a second restraint-related death, this one involving a drugged, emotionally disturbed man four days before a fatal videotaped chokehold that fueled community outcry and led the department to overhaul its use-of-force training. The medical examiner's office cited "physical restrain by police" as a factor in the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton, who went into cardiac arrest in an ambulance and died on the way to a hospital. It ruled his death a homicide.
  • NASA Approves Ginormous Mars Rocket

    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    NASA's newest rocket will be the largest rocket ever constructed, standing 400 feet tall -- 40 feet taller than the massive Saturn V rockets that carried men to the moon. The new Space Launch System is designed to send astronauts to asteroids or even Mars. "After rigorous review, we're committing today to a funding level and readiness date that will keep us on track to sending humans to Mars in the 2030s -- and we're going to stand behind that commitment," NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said.
  • Leonard: Why Uber Must Be Stopped

    rcade
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Andrew Leonard, Salon: There's little doubt that Uber is the closest thing we've got today to the living, breathing essence of unrestrained capitalism. This is like watching Andrew Carnegie or John D. Rockefeller in action. This is how robber barons play. ... What happens when a company with the DNA of Uber ends up winning it all? What happens when the local taxi companies are destroyed and Lyft is crushed? When Uber has dominant market position in every major city on the globe?
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Self-Hating?

    Josh Marshall
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Jon Stewart on whether he's a "self-hating Jew" ...“Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them,” Stewart told the reporter. “So when someone starts throwing that around, or throwing around you’re pro-terrorist, it’s more just disappointing than anything else. I’ve made a living for 16 years criticizing certain policies that I think are not good for America. That doesn’t make me anti-American. And if I do the same with Israel, that doesn’t make me anti-Israel. You cannot outsmart dogma, no matter what you do. If there is something…
  • Here's Your Labor Day News Dump

    Kay Steiger
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has announced his resignation, effective Saturday, amid questions over his alleged role in a 2012 Iowa bribery scandal when he was working for Ron Paul.
  • The Big 3-0

    David Kurtz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Florida Republicans set up website alternative to the Obamacare exchange. It signed up 30 people.
  • Just In

    David Kurtz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Judge tosses Chris McDaniel's lawsuit challenging Sen. Thad Cochran's win in the GOP primary runoff.
  • Does Gillibrand Have A 'Responsibility' To Name Her Harassers?

    Kay Steiger
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    A debate broke out on Twitter among three male journalists — New York Times’ Nick Confessore, Politico’s Alex Burns, and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin — on Thursday afternoon: Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whose anonymous colleagues she said told her she was “porky,” "chubby," and “fat” during the months just after she had a baby, have a responsibility to name her harassers? Confessore and Burns say yes, Sarlin says no. Read More →
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Sunset Watch

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Since it's a major federal holiday, I'm wrapping up early and then going out to clean the grill. Labor Day is traditionally the end of the tourism season here on the Central Coast, so it's a good day for people-and-puppy watching on the walking trail, too. But everyone should read the new issue of the Washington Monthly before feeling free to goof off, of course. Here are some remains of the day: * At Think Progress Ian Millhiser provides a comprehensive account of the great Pullman Strike of 1894, which inaugurated the modern era of labor struggle in the U.S. and exposed the radicalism of…
  • British Tremors

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you get bored with the U.S. midterm election cycle that according to some ancient traditions really begins today, there's always British politics, where a mandatory parliamentary general election to be held no later than next May is already being described as a potential "earthquake." It's looking like a preliminary tremor will occur in an October by-election in which the anti-EU, anti-immigrant UKIP party is very likely to secure its first parliamentary representation, per this HuffPost article: David Cameron looks set for a by-election humiliation at the hands of Ukip following former MP…
  • Unions Today

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    If you want some stimulating reading for Labor Day, I strongly recommend the interview of labor strategist and all-around fabulous political writer and thinker Rich Yeselson, conducted by TNR's Jonathan Cohn. The piece covers a lot of ground, from the myth of union responsibility for Detroit's problems to the possible wave of unionization among franchise employees if the courts don't screw that up. But I'll just quote Rich's big-picture observation about the anti-union culture of the United States and its irrationality: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even…
  • Rubio's Novel Immigration Reform Strategy

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Now that Sen. Marco Rubio, who not that long ago was going to be the "savior" of the Republican Party by leading it to play a role in the enactment of comprehensive immigration reform, has performed a 180 degree turn on the subject, you'd hope he'd admit his flip-flop or shut up about it. But no: he wants us to understand (per a report from The Hill's Peter Sullivan) that embracing a legislative repeal of the very DACA policies he once embraced is just a new strategy for immigration reform. Seriously: Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told The Hill that Rubio’s strategy for achieving…
  • Anti-Labor Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    I'm pretty sure I've mentioned here before the profound effect of spending my most formative childhood years in a place that was sort of a monument to capital's war on labor. LaGrange, Georgia, in the early 1960s was a textile company town ruled economically, politically and socially by the Callaway family, proprietors of Callaway Mills. People there still talked--whispered, really--about the anti-union violence that occurred there a generation earlier: On September 1, 1934, The General Textile Strike of 1934, also known as the Uprising of ’34, began. 170,000 southern workers and 44,000…
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    New Republic

  • What ISIS's Leader Really Wants

    Graeme Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The wor
  • The Ten Worst-Paying Jobs in America

    Naomi Shavin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s easy to forget now, but the original purpose of Labor Day wasn't to invite your friends over for a cookout, some beers, and one last chance to celebrate the summer. It was to recognize the contributions of American workers, at a time of
  • Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?

    Jonathan Cohn
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Editor's Note: Rich Yeselson worked in the labor movement as a strategist and researcher for contract and organizing campaigns for over 20 years.  "Fortress
  • Science Does Not Support the 'Rule of Seven' for Relationships

    Alice Robb
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate. Daily Mail “relationship expert” Tracey Cox
  • Miami Is the #1 Airport in America for Shipping Dead Foreigners. Here's What It Costs to Fly a Corpse Home.

    Jan Nijman and Michael Shin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In October 2012 a raft carrying twenty-three Cuban refugees on its way to Miami capsized and a reported fourteen people drowned. It had happened to hundreds more before them, and they surely will not be the last. Every year more than 1,000 Central Americans die trying to illegally cross the U.S. bor
 
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  • The U.S. Should Not Wage War Against ISIS Like Afghanistan and Iraq

    Mark Thompson
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The U.S. waged two effective short-term wars following 9/11. Unfortunately, the nation then grafted them onto far more ambitious enterprises that not only drove their costs, in American blood and treasure, through the roof, but also sowed the seeds for failure. MoreU.S. Military Targets Extremists in SomaliaU.S. Air Strikes and Aid for Iraqi Town Under SiegeU.S. Launches Airstrike Against Islamist Rebels in Somalia NBC NewsHow Safe Is Your Cloud? What to Know About Alleged Celeb Hack NBC NewsDid Handcuffed Man Kill Himself? Family Demands Probe NBC NewsThat’s the key takeaway to keep in…
  • Obama Plugs ‘Immigration Rights’ in Labor Day Address

    Zeke J Miller
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Delivering a fiery address marking Labor Day in Milwaukee on Monday, President Barack Obama for the first time indicated his support for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. “Hope is what gives us courage; hope is what gave soldiers courage to storm a beach,” Obama said, harkening back to his 2008 presidential campaign. “Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights and workers’ rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigration rights.” It was the first time “immigration rights” had been included in the…
  • Biden Celebrates Labor Day With Call For ‘Fair Wage’

    Justin Worland
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden celebrated Labor Day with a call for a “fair wage” at a union rally for workers in Detroit on Monday. “Folks, the middle class is in real trouble now,” Biden said to an enthusiastic crowd. “A job’s about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity, it’s about your place in the community, it’s about who you are.” Biden’s 20-minute speech employed a populist and personal tone as he took on everything from the estate tax to American corporations that have moved operations overseas. Biden, who is…
  • Rick Perry Disavows Tweet Calling Democratic D.A. a Drunk

    Dan Kedmey
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Texas Governor Rick Perry deleted an “unauthorized” tweet sent out from his official account on Sunday evening, that included a mocking image of a district attorney who is involved in a criminal indictment against the governor. “I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down,” Perry tweeted from his official account. The removed tweet included an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg surrounded by beer bottles with a derisive comment about her drunk driving conviction in 2013. Lehmberg refused to resign after the conviction, prompting Perry to…
  • Iraqi Forces Break ISIS Siege After U.S. Air Campaign

    Zeke J Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    The Iraqi military announced Sunday it had broken a siege of the town of Amerli by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, hours after the United States launched an air campaign to assist Iraqi civilians there. MoreThe U.S. Should Not Wage War Against ISIS Like Afghanistan and IraqAid Flows Into Iraq Shi‘ite Town After Siege BrokenU.S. Launches Airstrike Against Islamist Rebels in Somalia NBC NewsHow Safe Is Your Cloud? What to Know About Alleged Celeb Hack NBC NewsDid Handcuffed Man Kill Himself? Family Demands Probe NBC NewsArmy spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Iraqi…
 
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  • Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
    For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the ...
  • US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, claiming "casualties" but with no details if the main target was killed. "The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.
  • 5 things to know about driving on marijuana

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know about marijuana and driving:
  • Marijuana's hazy contribution to highway deaths

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.
  • Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war.
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    Political Irony

  • Carried Away

    Iron Knee
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The book “My Parents Open Carry” is about a 13-year-old and her parents “as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together. What’s not so typical is that Brenna’s parents lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense.” But the best part are the quotes from editorial reviews, like: “I’m going to read it to my kids tonight.” – Glenn Beck “What a beautiful bedtime story…” – Stephen Colbert (link to video) “Thank heavens! I… lament how closeted gun owners are, and how I seldom hear from…
  • Police v. Bankers

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    © Jen Sorensen At some point, did we stop being a nation of laws? When will the powerful — bankers, police, politicians, even the president — be held to the same standards as the poor? Is that really too much to ask? Related posts: Bankers have feelings, too! Police Officer Sues For Right to be Racist Police State We Can Believe In
  • Speaking of Obamacare and Embarrassment

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Florida is one of the states that refused to expand Medicare coverage for poor people. Instead, last March the Republican-controlled state government created an alternative to Obamacare called Florida Health Choices, and appropriated over $2.5 million to start it up and launch its website. So, how did that work out for them? So far, six months after the launch, Florida Health Choices has signed up a grand total of 30 people. That’s out of 764,000 people in Florida who are too poor to afford subsidized plans under Obamacare, but can’t qualify for Medicaid because Florida refused…
  • Pound Foolish

    Iron Knee
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A week or so ago, the Chicago Cubs had a bit of a disaster. Four and a half innings into the game it started raining — hard — but they didn’t have enough grounds crew to cover the field with tarps quickly enough. The attempt to cover the field was so pitiful the audience booed. Finally, after a long delay and with the field an unplayable mess, the game was called because of rain. Which gave a 2-0 win to the Cubs. Their opponents, the SF Giants, protested the call and won. It was the first successful protest in major league baseball in 28 years. So the game was resumed two…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Missouri Governor Jay Nixon apparently sent the National Guard to Ferguson without letting the White House know first. When he heard he was left out of such an important decision, Obama said, ‘Holy crap, I’ve been Bidened!’” – Jimmy Fallon “Yesterday Egypt’s foreign ministry called on the United States to show respect for the rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Yeah, Egypt said that. Man, talk about living in glass pyramids.” – Jimmy Fallon “Disneyworld has become a popular location for Republican fundraisers. A favorite…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?" Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who lost cognitive functions. They are using it in terms of Joan Rivers and what doctors may discover when they bring her out of the induced coma she has been in after suffering cardiac arrest. Discovery Institute even goes as far as calling it "the v word." I presume they think people in vegetative states find the term offensive. Discovery Institute may not realize…
  • Eric Cantor To Join Investment Bank Moelis & Co. As Vice Chairman And Managing Director

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Sept 2 (Reuters) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will join investment bank Moelis & Co as vice chairman and managing director, the company said, adding that Cantor will also be elected to its board. Cantor, who was defeated in June by a Tea Party challenger in a Republican primary election, will provide strategic counsel to the company's corporate and institutional clients on key issues, Moelis said. "Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions with CEOs and senior management as we help them navigate their most…
  • Wealthy Political Donors Seize On New Latitude To Give To Unlimited Candidates

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization.
  • School Absence Can Set Students Back Between 1 And 2 Years: Report

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussions about the intricacies of curricula -- a new report is arguing that reformers have overlooked a game-changing solution: addressing absenteeism. While it may seem obvious that students who miss more school would not perform as well as other students, a new report released Tuesday shows just how much of a difference attendance can make. According to the report, written by nonprofit advocacy group Attendance Works, about 1 in 5 American students…
  • The Other Marriage Discrimination

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Same-sex couples who wish to marry are on a winning streak in the courts, and public polling reveals that marriage equality enjoys a higher level of support than at any time in the past. This increasing openness to different kinds of relationships and families provides an opportunity to think more broadly about how we can dignify the relationship decisions of all people -- not only those who wish to marry, but those who don't. Singleness is on the rise in the United States. According to the 2010 census, nearly 100 million Americans eighteen and over (43.6 percent) are unmarried, and of these,…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • News Outlet: Karl Rove Twisted Our Reporting For His Anti-Dem Attack Ad

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Colorado Independent criticized Fox News contributor Karl Rove and his political group for twisting its reporting into a misleading attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Rove is the co-founder of Crossroads GPS, an IRS 501(c)(4) group that funds attacks against Democratic candidates across the country. The Associated Press reported on August 19 that GPS plans to spend more than $6 million on television ads in Colorado. The group's latest Colorado ad attacks incumbent Sen. Udall for supporting health care reform, with a narrator claiming…
  • Laura Ingraham Tells Radio Listeners That Obama Considers Them, Not Islamic State, The "True Enemy"

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    From the August 29 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:Previously: AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against MuslimsMuslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won't Tell You That Laura Ingraham Defies Reality, Suggests Muslim Leaders Haven't Condemned ISIS Violence
  • Fox's Geraldo: Obama Should Encourage American Muslims "To Be Americans First"

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    From the August 29 edition of Fox News Fox & Friends: GERALDO RIVERA: I would like the President of the United States to say to Muslim Americans, you are our fellow citizens, we adore you. You are part of the American mosaic. We incorporate you. We extol the virtue of your wonderful religion. But I ask -- me speaking again as the president -- you Imams in the various mosques around the country, to begin preaching American patriotism. Begin spotting these troubled youngsters, disabusing them of the notion that their first loyalty is to jihad…
  • The Foreign Leaders Conservative Media Wish Were In Charge Here

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    International incidents are a prime opportunity to daydream about foreign leaders who'd make better presidents than Barack Obama, at least inside the conservative media bubble. David Cameron has now joined Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu on the right's list of foreigners they'd rather have in the Oval Office than the man the nation elected. On August 28, President Obama delivered remarks on the U.S. military's approach to the rising terror threat from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and recent developments in Ukraine. Right-wing media figures responded with disdain,…
  • Chris Wallace Says Fox News Colleague Ben Carson Doesn't Have A "Serious Chance To Be President"

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    From the August 28 edition of KFTK's Allman in the Morning:Previously: Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson The Fox News Candidate With Nowhere To Run
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Pope Francis Has Done Little to Improve Women’s Lives

    Kim Amador
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    by Tina Beattie, The Guardian, United Kingdom – Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants a poor church of the poor. At a time when millions of people are experiencing the impact of brutal economic policies and unbridled corporate greed, he has attracted admiration from Catholics and non-Catholics for his condemnation of the economic system and the simplicity of his own life. Read More »
  • Lesotho: Police Absent, Courts Close as Lesotho Crisis Talks Continue

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    [allAfrica]Talks between Lesotho's coalition partners on the future of the nation's government were continuing in Pretoria on Monday, the country's news services reported.
  • Al Qaeda in Yemen executes three ‘spies’ for guiding drone strikes

    Reuters: World News
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    SANAA (Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants in Yemen executed three local men in the easterly Hadramout province on Monday whom they suspected of assisting U.S. drone strikes, security sources told Reuters.
  • HK police use pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong heckled a top Chinese official on Monday (Sep 1) as he explained China's decision to control which candidates can stand in the city's next leadership election. Police have confirmed the use of pepper spray on some protesters.
  • Indonesia’s first female governor jailed for corruption

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Indonesia's first female provincial leader Ratu Atut Chosiyah was jailed for four years Monday (Sep 1) for bribing a top judge over an election dispute.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Black Girl Nerds #3 | All Things James Bond

    aaron rand freeman
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Civil War Is Unleashed. Jamie moderates a panel to discuss all facets of James Bond, the best bond, best villain, best moments, the best theme song, and whether Idris Elba a good choice for a Black James Bond. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax @Big Bada Rob @TheReyVolution and @TheAntiNerdSays Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • “And Over Here, We Have a Negro…”

    Pia Glenn
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    It just happened again. I belong to a fairly upscale gym chain that has locations all across the country. I go back and forth between New York and Los Angeles frequently, and I’ve also visited two of this gym’s Chicago locations. At this point, it’s happened many times on both coasts and once in the middle of the country, so what I’m about to describe is neither a regional quirk nor any one individual’s folly. I am generally one of few black members at the gym, at whichever location, and often the only one. And without fail, every time one of the white Membership Advisors is giving…
  • @TWIBprime 564 | The Puppy Kicker

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    How Does This Happen? #TeamBlackness discusses a man caught kicking a puppy, a live update from the ground in Ferguson, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Do YOU have a “Strong Black Woman” dying to come out? Please say no.

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So Lifetime, the network who gave us gems like Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? and the Fantasia Barrino Story are blessing us again with a show that promises to unleash the “strong black woman” inside. Here’s a brief description: Lifetime premieres Girlfriend Intervention, an all-new unscripted makeover series where each week four experts—beauty pro Tracy Balan, home and sanctuary guru Nikki Chu, style and fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon and soul coach Tanisha Thomas—help restore one woman’s confidence and inner glow. In making over their wardrobes, beauty routines, homes and minds,…
  • On Colorism and Light Privilege

    Pia Glenn
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Over on Twitter yesterday, I came across a series of unfortunate tweets from a black woman who is of a fair complexion that seemed to deny the existence of colorism. She very quickly got some nasty blowback and went on to say that she never denied it existed, only that she had never experienced it, and has in fact suffered for her tone, having been ostracized from darker-skinned circles because of her color. A quick note on why I’m not naming her or addressing her directly: I didn’t engage with her on Twitter because she was being called names and very clearly took a Block and Roll…
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    Wonkette

  • Deleted Comments Of The Day: Labor Day Loonies Edition

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Happy Labor Day, workers of the world! While you and your grillables marinate in anticipation of the big holiday Bar-B-Q/bonfire, we bring you these offerings from the comments queue. Just be careful not to leave them out too long — like mayonnaise, they go bad in the sun. First up, since it mentions jerbs, we have this reply to our piece on North Carolina senatorial candidate Thom Tillis, who will defeat Kay Hagan by writing numbers on a whiteboard and calling it math. “Scottyncstate” seems to have mixed feelings about his home state … that, or he thinks Yr Wonkette…
  • McDonnell Grift Trial, Week Five: Maureen Goes Gaga

    Beth Ethier
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
      Photo: US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia Prosecutors and defense attorneys ended the fifth week of the federal corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell with their closing statements and, as a reward for not vomiting or bursting into tears at being reminded of it all, the long-suffering jury was given a reprieve in the form of the holiday weekend and directed to come back at 9:30 Tuesday morning for instructions. Since they are down to one alternate juror, we hope that no more than one of them decides a life on the run is better than having to deliberate on the…
  • It’s Labor Day (In Case You Didn’t Know) And Other News You Can Maybe Use

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone enjoy having the day off, except for those of you who don’t have the day off. Also, enjoy some news. Now that NBC has gotten rid of that old host of “Meet the Press” — David something? Who can remember? — the whole gang is real excited about Chuck Todd. Sundays are going to be so awesome now! Well, if praying the gay away doesn’t work, there’s always holding your child hostage, apparently: A British lesbian activist has flown home to safety after being held captive by her mother in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who wanted to…
  • At The New York Times, A Slow News Day

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Things have quieted down in Ferguson and we have a holiday weekend, so the New York Times is full of analysis-type stuff today. There’s a pretty good piece on Democrats’ attempts to mobilize African-American voters who are outraged over Michael Brown’s shooting (and another story about that effort in Ferguson, specifically). There’s also longish story about the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to prevent Hong Kong from doing free-n-fair elections, which is both well-reported and interesting, but which we bet you won’t read because it is not sexxay, you…
  • The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report: Sarah Reveals The True Meaning of Labor Day

    Dan Weber
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    When Sarah Palin announced her new online channel, Wonkette commenter Fartknocker ponied up the coin to buy us a year-long subscription, plus a couple beers for our troubles. This week’s installment of The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report, Presented By Fartknocker, features Sarah getting everything wrong about Labor Day. We have no other way to describe what is going on here, and we’re not sure why Palin put this video out in the first place. It start with some facts about the history of Labor Day that Sarah found on Wikipedia, about how hard-workin’ people built America. What…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Unilateral. White House officials are locked in an intense debate over whether President Barack Obama should announce a plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants before Election Day — mindful that whichever choice they make could be tagged as the reason that Democrats lost the Senate… [I]t could hurt Democrats in the four most […] Read this post »
  • Hensarling: It’s time to end the Ex-Im Bank

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    "Barack Obama is chasing business enterprises -- and jobs -- away." In my final interview from AFP’s Defending the Dream summit in Dallas, I spoke for a few minutes with Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, about two pressing issues for Congress when it returns to work this week. With the FY2015 budget on the table, a decision has to be […] Read this post »
  • Got room for one more crisis? In Pakistan, protesters threaten government’s stability

    Noah Rothman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Crisis fatigue. With international crises boiling on three continents, it is easy to think that things could not possibly get any worse. But, of course, they can, and that proposition is being tested presently in Pakistan where anti-government protests area growing more aggressive. 300 were injured in overnight battles with government forces on Saturday night into Sunday […] Read this post »
  • Engel: Military officials “apoplectic” over Obama’s “no-strategy” comment

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Vacuums. Well, golly, I can’t imagine why. What military force wouldn’t appreciate a little confidence-shattering announcement from its Commander in Chief in the face of a looming threat against the nation and its allies? AP included this clip from yesterday’s Meet the Press in his QOTD roundup last night, but it’s worth its own post: NBC’s Richard […] Read this post »
  • The Democratic revolt continues: Key senator calls for Obama to arm Ukraine

    Noah Rothman
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Mutiny. The revolt among key Democrats in the Senate’s foreign policy establishment expanded to another front on Sunday as members of the president’s party grow ever more anxious about Barack Obama’s confused and rudderless approach to crises overseas. On Sunday, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told Meet the Press host Andrea […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Simple Ways On How You Could Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    TIP! Learn about the fees you’ll be paying before you choose a broker. Be sure to inquire about entrance and exit fees, as well. Are you constantly expecting returns on your investments but never see any? Everyone wants to see high yields on their portfolios, but not everyone takes the time to learn the strategies for realizing these profits. If you want to learn how to get the most out of the money you put into the stock market, take a careful look at the helpful advice you will find below. TIP! Avoid thinking of stocks as generic elements; instead, think of them as a key piece of the…
  • Tips And Tricks For The Online Business Owner

    Randy
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    TIP! One great thing you can accomplish when you’re working at home is getting a PO Box. Never use your house address when posting things online. An at-online business can help you supplement your income, or provide full or part-time employment. If you invest the necessary time, you’ll find success. These tips can help your business along the way. TIP! To keep track of your business, open a checking account strictly for the business. All business-related transactions should occur with this account. If you depend on a home business for your primary income source, you should always…
  • Eyes Wide Open – Useful Tips To Know When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    TIP! Real estate agents should keep in contact with former clients over the holidays and on the anniversaries of their home-buying. When you contact them, they will recall how you helped them with their real estate experience. As with any other high-stakes transaction, you need to know what you are doing before you sign on the dotted line. Knowledge can help you make beneficial decisions for your family that will last for many years. This article will give you several tips that will help you when looking to purchase real estate. TIP! If you’re thinking about relocating, you may want to…
  • Insurance Is A Fact Of Life. Learn The Dos And Do Nots.

    Randy
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    TIP! To get a better deal, search for bundles that insurance companies offer. For a fixed rate, you can get a car insurance and a motorcycle insurance. Insurance can seem like a Rube Goldberg problem to many people. Everyone wants good coverage, but nobody wants to pay more than they have to because that can only cause problems. Approach your insurance search in an organized manner to find the most affordable coverage that meets your needs. TIP! If you want a quick response to your claim, describe clearly what happened. You should also take clear photographs of the damage. You can pay less…
  • Earn Money With These Stock Market Tips

    Randy
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    TIP! If you are seeking ways to maximize your investment potential, it is important that you set long-term goals and have a plan. You’ll get more return if you make realistic investments instead of making high risk, unpredictable investments. Whether you are new to the financial world, or someone who is experienced, anyone can be helped with some knowledge about the basics of stock market investing. This article contains information that may benefit you. If you want to be as lucrative as possible when venturing into the stock market, follow the tips in this article. TIP! Keep in mind…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    #THELIST Are you on our list? We’re pulling together happy hours in September and October on Capitol Hill. #NATIONAL Yo, Russia – chill bro, you’re being totally harsh; 50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather update: point to Mayweather; is this the new imaginary girlfriend story of 2014?; Google’s cars can’t drive in snow, rain, or 99% of [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • #TBT Is It November Yet?

    nolongerfamous
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    For realz.The post #TBT Is It November Yet? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Werth Goes Gnome

    Ladies Who Lobby
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Did you get a Jayson Werth gnome? We did, too. And he’s gotten in to all kinds of trouble so far. We are here to present the adventures of Jayson Werth, Gnome, via Snapchat. North by Northwest Werth Snowwerth Waldo Werth Frozen Werth Rapunzel Werth Princess Werth Werthy the Bear DinoWerth Elmo Werth Married Werth [...]The post Werth Goes Gnome appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Recess Bucket List

    fdc
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    It’s the last two weeks of recess. Have you checked everything off your recess bucket list? Better start working if you haven’t… Put off every conceivable task that you could until next week Taken a three-hour lunch at Bullfeathers Taken a much more harried three-hour lunch, off the hill (“sure, I can come downtown!”) Locked [...]The post Recess Bucket List appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    #HEY Are you on the list? Are your friends on the list? We’ve got happy hours coming in September. #NATIONAL Monkey selfies; That app Secret? It’s not so secret; So true we’re not sure how this made it on the Onion; Three words: mug of bacon; the White House is giving up making its coders [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In New York, Siegman studied and was ordained as an…
  • Ferguson Crackdown Sparks Review of Police Militarization that Mainly Targets Communities of Color

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    President Obama has ordered a White House-led review of federal programs that fund and distribute military equipment to state and local police. Obama cited concern at how such equipment was used during the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown. One of the BearCat armored trucks used during protests there was paid for with $360,000 in Homeland Security grants. According to Pentagon data published by The New York Times, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns during the Obama administration, along with nearly 200,000…
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: Chicago Murder Outbreak Linked to Deep-Rooted Issues of Poverty, Unemployment

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    In Chicago, five people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded in an outbreak of shootings in the city last weekend. The wounded included a 3-year-old boy. We speak to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat from Illinois.
  • As 145 Arrested in White House Protest, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Urges Obama to Halt Mass Deportations

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Immigrants and their allies held protests in more than a dozen cities Thursday to mark what they called the National Day to Fight for Families. Calling on President Obama to take executive action and stem his record level of deportations, about 145 people were arrested in front of the White House after laying red carnations over photos of deported loved ones. The protest came as President Obama called on Congress yet again to help address immigration reform, but suggested he would take executive action if it is the only way to address the situation. We speak to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez…
  • Could U.S. Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Weaken Islamic State — or Win Them More Recruits?

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    President Obama is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to help build a regional coalition against the Islamic State, or ISIS, the militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama admitted. We speak to journalist Jonathan Steele, author of “Defeat: Losing Iraq and the Future of the Middle East.” Steele says that at this point, he believes ISIS represents a “marginal threat” on Western interests and that airstrikes will be counterproductive.
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    President Obama drew criticism on Thursday when he said, "we don't have a strategy yet," for military action against ISIS in Syria. Lawmakers will weigh in on Mr. Obama's comments on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    James Foley's execution at the hands of Islamic militants set off a firestorm in the United States. The American response to I.S.I.S. will dominate the Sunday conversations.
  • 10 Questions for the Iowa Senate Candidates

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Times's John Harwood interviewed the two candidates, Bruce Braley, a Democrat, and Joni Ernst, a Republican, vying to succeed Tom Harkin in the Senate.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 16

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri will make the rounds on the Sunday network shows to discuss the unrest in Ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 10

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a militant group that has taken over large parts of northern Iraq, drawing the United States back into the conflict in Iraq.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Baby Boomers Shocked They’re Getting Old

    James Joyner
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Michele Willens wonders, “When Did We Get So Old?” Yes, my generation, born between 1946 and 1964, has physical concerns: Friends are dying, joints are aching, and memories are failing. There are financial issues, with forced retirement and unemployment, children needing money and possibly a bed, and dependent parents. But for many of us, it is a psychological quandary that is causing the most unpleasantness: looking around and suddenly being the oldest. Every generation gets old, but for those who were told we’d be forever young, it just seems more painful.
  • US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

    James Joyner
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Massive US intervention has for now liberated Amerli, averting humanitarian disaster. Another crisis looms. WaPo (“U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege“): Iraqi troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine. “Amerli has been liberated,” said Mahdi Taqi, a local official who spoke by phone from inside the town after the army had…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    The Life’s A Beach Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Badi Khlif ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: JWH – Looking ahead to 2016, Hillary ponders whether she got the right dog neutered. Second: Tillman – Politics: it turns out its effects are indistinguishable from spending a long time in Florida. Third: Robert W. Armijo – Hillary, hot on the Benghazi trail. HONORABLE MENTION OldSouth – She Who Must Be Obeyed, strolling the beach with her toy poodle and her lapdog. jd – Is that a kielbasa in his pocket or is he just happy to be in a caption…
  • White House May Hold Off On Immigration Action Until After Election

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    At the beginning of the summer, President Obama said that he was directing his administration to come up with steps that he could take as President to deal with immigration issues in light of the fact that the House of Representatives had made it clear that it would not be acting on either the bill that the Senate passed last year or any other bill before the midterm elections. Almost immediately, the President’s announcement was cited by many on the right as another sign of the executive overreach that they have accused him of for several years now, and which is also the basis for the…
  • Denmark’s Bestiality Brothels?!

    James Joyner
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Bestiality and prostitution are legal in Denmark. And not just separately. A regular correspondent with a longstanding interest in the region stumbled upon this story from 2008 and passed it along. Ice News (“Animal brothels legal in Denmark“): Laws in both Denmark and Norway are fairly open when it comes to a person’s legal right to engage in sexual activity with an animal. The law states that doing so is perfectly legal, so long as the animal involved does not suffer. According to the Danish newspaper 24timer, this interesting gap in the law has led to a flourishing…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • U.N. Forecasts From the Future Predict Climate Hell

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A series of year 2050 weather forecasts imagined by well-known television presenters warns of “floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia” in support of this year’s United Nations climate summit. Related Entries September 1, 2014 Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore August 31, 2014 The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
  • Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    whitehouse.gov President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved. More specifically, Obama’s latest War Powers Resolution update included details about what he couched as an international effort to assist a town south of Kirkuk called Amirli, according to McClatchy (via the Miami Herald): In his latest War Powers Resolution sent to Congress, President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. Armed Forces to conduct targeted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver…
  • All NFL Teams Pass on Michael Sam

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The openly gay NFL hopeful and recipient of this site’s Truthdigger of the Week distinction was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. No team picked him up during the league’s waiver period. Sam played with the Rams during the preseason. Coach Jeff Fisher said the outcome was “a football decision” that had nothing to do with Sam’s sexual orientation. “We mentioned when we signed Michael that it was going to be a tough road,” Fisher told NFL.com. “Those four defensive ends we have on the roster are good, they’re very productive. It’s a strength of our…
  • Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    Shutterstock From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe. As The Washington Post reported Monday, the opposing sides’ inability to agree about the meaning, scale or nature of the clash made Moscow’s call for a cease-fire go unheeded. Also read: Shades of Gaza in Ukraine? Meanwhile, Ukraine’s minister of defense considers the moment…
  • The New York Times Speaks in Defense of Labor

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    On the eve of Labor Day, the editors of The New York Times called for a federal “full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy.” Wages, salaries, and the number and quality of jobs remain in a state of neglect five years into a recovery that has taken spectacular care of corporations. As a share of the economy, for example, after-tax profits for corporations in 2013 were as large as they ever have been, while the share of compensation for labor dropped to its lowest point since 1948. “Worse,” the editors continue, “the…
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    PUNDITGUY

  • iCloud Celeb Photo Leak: Absurd Narcissim

    PunditGuy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This is the world we live in. Ukraine, Syria, Ebola, ISIS, Terrorism, our President without a strategy, and what are we talking about? Hackers who got into iCloud accounts storing naked pictures of celebrities; naked pictures the celebrities took OF THEMSELVES!  Stupid. Vacant. Self-serving. Vanity. When we should be focused on REAL ISSUES that will have a serious impact on our future, our security, and our children, we’re worried about how Jennifer Lawrence is “coping” with this. We’re worried about how Kate Upton will ever recover.  There are women posting naked pictures of…
  • Militants Swimming in US Embassy Pool

    PunditGuy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Obama administration at work. According to Ambassador Deborah Jones, “The U.S. Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked,” and “those who have actually visited the embassy know the truth.” The video shows the truth. We’ve lost Tripoli. Obama lost Tripoli.
  • Apple Employee, Dr. Dre, Questioned for Suge Knight Shooting

    PunditGuy
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Probably false, but, a delicious report nonetheless. Billionaire to be Beats headphones founder Dr. Dre was questioned earlier today after a man apprehended for shooting Suge Knight says the former Deathrow artist paid him $100,000 carry out the hit. “He gave me $50k upfront and promised me another $50k and lifetime supply of Beats headphone once Suge was dead,” said the man accused of shooting Mr. Knight at a party with singer Chris Brown and many other celebrities in attendance. As of right now Dr. Dre has only been brought in for questioning to prove he’s innocent, but if sufficient…
  • Obama: No Strategy Yet for Combating ISIS

    PunditGuy
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    No plan. Nothing. Clueless. President Obama acknowledged Thursday he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action, while he also downplayed reports of a new Russian invasion in Ukraine. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of his plans for defeating the Islamic State in Syria. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.” See the video here. This can’t be good news for the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, whose mother pleaded with the…
  • “COPS” TV Show Crew Member Dies After Being Shot

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The show “COPS” has been must see TV for millions of people in the U.S., and I’m sure many, like me, have wondered if anyone involved in the production of the reality TV show has ever been hurt, or has somehow become the story rather than the storyteller. It happened last night. A crew member with the “Cops” television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha officers confronted a robber — who also was fatally wounded — at a midtown restaurant, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. The World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy’s near…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Lena Dunham: Hacker Responsible For Stealing Naked Celebrity Photos Is A ‘Sex Offender’

    Adam Peck
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    This weekend’s revelation that dozens of celebrities and famous personalities were victims of a targeted hacking aimed at exposing private, sexually suggestive photos has reopened the conversation about online security and privacy. Lena Dunham, the award-winning creator and star of HBO comedy Girls, took to Twitter to condemn the release of the photos and make a point about the nature of the photos that have been released: Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)…
  • Conservatives Protest Labor Day By Staging A Work-In

    Igor Volsky
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    CREDIT: AP A conservative think tank is protesting the federal Labor Day holiday by staging a work-in on Monday in a gambit to celebrate “the freedom to keep your job when you choose not to join a union.” “We’re calling it Right-to-Work Day,” Tom McCabe, CEO of Washington state’s Freedom Foundation, announced in a post on the organization’s website. The name refers to an effort by conservative lawmakers across the country to advance so-called “right-to-work” legislation that would allow union members to opt out of paying union dues while still…
  • Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

    Joe Romm
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide Winston Chu drinks water as his crew paves streets in a heat wave. CREDIT: AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know. In 2013, a NOAA study projected that “heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.” If we stay near our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway, then we face a potential 50 percent drop in labor capacity in peak months by century’s end. Many…
  • The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage

    Ian Millhiser
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Note: The following is adapted from the author’s forthcoming book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. In 1894, Chicago was the Midwest’s gateway to the rest of the United States. Twenty-four different railroad lines centered or terminated in Chicago, covering the nation in over forty thousand miles of rail. Farmers, merchants, craftsmen and factories hoping to bring their goods to the rest of the nation — and potentially, to the rest of the world — had to first bring those goods to…
  • Why We Care So Much If Hello Kitty Is Or Is Not A Cat

    Jessica Goldstein
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    CREDIT: AP Last week, beloved and bizarre cultural icon Hello Kitty went through an identity crisis. First, news broke that the creature was not, in fact, a cat. As the Los Angeles Times reported: “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” The nation was shocked. Or, at least, confused. Either out of genuine anger or a mix of surprise…
 
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  • Close Your Heart

    James Verini
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Even by the standards ofBangui, the capital of Central African Republic and one of the poorest cities in the world, Saïdou is poor. Unlike the districts around it, with their neatly packed-in houses behind walls and gates, Saïdou, which occupies an oblong dirt plot near the city center, resembles a slum in a less orderly African city like Kinshasa or Lagos. That is another way of saying it resembles a village. There are no walls or gates. The one-story cinderblock homes face one another at strange angles. You go between them on dirt paths or by stepping through the undergrowth and…
  • The Most Important Figure in School Reform We Never Talk About

    Dana Goldstein
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers—mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be the most important figure in school reform: the principal?
  • Lego in the Lab

    Jessica Hamzelou
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    This article originally appeared in New Scientist.
  • House of Cards: Magic and Probability

    Cathy O'Neil
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Listen to Episode No. 16 of Slate Money:
  • The Longform Guide to Modern Las Vegas

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    Every weekend, Longform shares a collection of great stories from its archive with Slate. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks, plus features from 70 of the world’s best magazines, including Slate.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Russia Is Going After McDonald’s. (Can We Give Them Jack in the Box?)

    Alex Park
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Russia's health inspection agency is scrutinizing more than 100 McDonald's locations and has forced the company to temporarily close multiple others in the country. The agency says McDonalds outlets are getting inspected because some have violated sanitary regulations— but others see retaliation for US sanctions on Russia. "This is a prominent symbol of the U.S. It has a lot of restaurants and therefore is a meaningful target," Yulia Bushueva, managing director for Arbat Capital, an investment advisory company, told Bloomberg. "I don't recall McDonald's having consumer-safety problems…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 29, 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    US Marines exit the well deck of the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko)
  • This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

    Alex Park
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe aren't benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty." The most striking evidence comes from NATO, which has released satellite photos of what it calls "concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine." Digital Globe/NATO According to NATO, the image…
  • Ex-George Washington University President Responds to Controversy Over His Sexual Assault Remarks

    Dana Liebelson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    A former university president came under fire this week for the advice he gave on how to combat sexual assault on college campuses. On Tuesday, George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Trachtenberg appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show and said, "Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave." Critics pounced. Jezebel slammed his comments as "jaw-droppingly stupid," and the website noted, "If this is the attitude freely…
  • Don't Feel Bad for Tall People on Planes. They Probably Make More Money Than You.

    Dave Gilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Amid the raging, only-in-August debate over whether it is ever okay to recline your airplane seat, a good dose of schadenfreude has been directed at the vertically advantaged, as summed up by this tweet from one of my own bosses: Tall people: the pain you feel when someone reclines their airline seat is a small taste of your lifelong privilege: http://t.co/up4wZ5Caql — Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) August 27, 2014 It's true: Being of above average height, particularly if you're a man, does come with significant perks beyond having your own weather patterns. As a 2004 paper on the…
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  • Cops Rough Up Citizen Journalist For Videotaping Republicans Being Nasty

    karoli
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    One look at Nydia Tisdale should tell anyone with half a brain that she's hardly a physical threat to a couple of police officers with a gun. But that didn't stop them from forcibly ejecting her when Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens cracked a good ole boy joke about Michelle Nunn and noticed that he was caught on tape. The force with which the police ejected her was so over the top that even the lady Republicans were appalled. And rightly so. TPM: About 10 minutes later in the video, a hand aggressively blocked Tisdale's camera. The footage showed her being pushed out of the…
  • Open Thread - Back To School With Ronan Farrow!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Or from another perspective: For the love of all that is holy! Ronan Farrow lost the entire continent of Europe! Angela Merkel and everything! h/t Politicalprof. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With 65daysofstatic

    Ryan Pressman
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    My favorite thing about this song has to be the beat; it's such an unusual pattern to use in triple meter. Compound their sense of rhythm with their talent for creating varied, yet beautifully complimentary layered arrangements and you've got yourself a recipe for some awesome music. Their progressive sound has not only distinguished them as a music act alone, but it has even allowed them to contribute music to an upcoming (and equally progressive) video game, No Man's Sky. The thought of navigating an enormous, procedurally-generated universe with this as your soundtrack could very well…
  • Fox Pundits Have The Gall To Complain About The Media's Loss Of Credibility

    Heather
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Howard Kurtz and his guests on this Sunday's Media Buzz took a walk down bizarro-lane and made believe they themselves and the network they work for are not exactly what's wrong with our corporate media these days. Driftglass already did a very fine job going after Kurtz for this debacle, which I'll share a portion of here: "What Is Dead May Never Die" Edition. For sheer yardage gained in the direction opposite of reality on a single play, I've got to give it to Howard Kurtz of Fox News this week. As you may know, Mistah Kurtz's career as a third rate purveyor of media insider gossip was in…
  • Man Of God Huckabee Hates Regulations On Fronts For Money Laundering

    Vegasjessie
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Operation Choke Point was designed to scrutinize businesses that make it easy to launder money and helps to keep a closer eye on the financing of dangerous terrorist activities. In other words, President Obama is trying to keep us safer by following a trail of cash that could be used to fund acts of terror. This is, according to the Right, another power grab by the Black Socialist in Chief. If only President Obama was a Republican White Male, he would be lauded for his plan to keep tabs on businesses that are often fronts for real shady activities. Reverend and former Arkansas Governor, Mike…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Homeopathy, Scientology, conspiracy theories and for-profit-quackery: let’s keep global health science based

    Guest Scrogue
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    by David Lambert By all accounts, post-earthquake Port-au-Prince was hell on earth. Already suffering from crumbling infrastructure and poor housing conditions, the Haitian capital was perhaps the least equipped city on Earth to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Within hours, … Continue reading →
  • Science!

    tnjhargrove
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Let me tell you about middle school science projects. When I was a kid in a small town in Tennessee back in the long ago, science wasn’t held in the same reverence it is in 2014. Our projects were constrained … Continue reading →
  • Voting – stand your ground against Republicans?

    Rev. Dickie "Drive-By" Dixon
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I saw this meme on Facebook, extolling the importance of voting. But then I thought, hey, wait. What if you crop out the top and bottom? It’s the Republican platform! Jesus is coming, and he’s a self-made man.
  • Top Gear meets electric cars – Renewable Journal for 9/1/2014

    Brian Angliss
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    In 2011, Top Gear pretty much crapped all over the Nissan Leaf and the Peugeot IOn. By 2013, Top Gear America gave electrics cars some grudging respect. Continue reading →
  • Thinking about race – just one white woman’s journey

    Guest Scrogue
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Recent events in Ferguson prompt me to write this now by ceejay Through most of elementary school, my best friend was Leslie. I loved her. We were a couple of nerds who didn’t really fit in with anyone but each … Continue reading →
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Insights into the Repressive Character of the Government in Egypt

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The response of the Egyptian government to the investigative report "All According to Plan" [حسب الخطة  Arabic link] by Human Rights Watch is extremely revealing and provides insights into the mentality of the al-Sisi regime.  In short, as reported by the flagship al-Ahram, HRW is biased, serves U.S. interests, is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood and had no authority to conduct research in Egypt.  There is a deep-seated suspicion of foreign NGOs in Egypt. I have witnessed it numerous times over the past 35 years.The latest…
  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Murat Cem MengüçNowadays, the similarities between Israel and Turkey are ever more striking. Both countries are populated by a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual demographic. And, both are ruled by governments/states which insist on a uniform national identity. The ruling elite in both countries consider themselves as chosen people who would realize a heavenly fiction. They both oppress a particular ethnic community more than the other ethnicities, to the extent that they murder them in thousands. And, both countries suffer from the consequences having toyed, or toying with…
  • Visions of Gulf Security

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Courting Fitnah: Saudi responses to the Arab UprisingsMARCH 20, 2014By Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University* This memo was prepared for the “Visions of Gulf Security” workshop, March 9, 2014.[Download this essay and a dozen others from the March 2014 conference.]The logic and impact of Saudi interventions in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria suggest a state pursuing confounding aims with improvised, if not impulsive policies. It is often asserted that the instability-averse Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a status quo power, but recent Saudi actions suggest that it seeks to undermine…
  • What do the Turks want?

    2 Jun 2013 | 8:17 am
    Until now, Turkey’s governing Islamist and conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw itself as immune to the political and economic turmoil which shook Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Having regulated its economy, especially its banking sector prior to the global meltdown of 2007-2008, AKP government believed it was on the right track. Having subsided the Kurdish insurgency in a rather peaceful manner, it thought it avoided a possible Kurdish Spring. And having dealt with the Syrian war in tandem with the international community, it was careful enough to avoid being sucked…
  • "The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lessons from the Iraqi Refugee Experience"--a new report from the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University

    18 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Download the free report (PDF) from the IIS website.  A Kindle version is due presently, and an iBooks edition is in progress.[Cross-posted with "From the Field"]From the Foreword:Credible estimates reveal that one of every six Syrians has fled their home, or what remains of their home, often with little more than what they might carry in their arms or wear on their back. Millions have sought safety in other towns and villages, and many have been forced to flee several times to escape the crossfire of rival opposition fighters and government forces. About one and half million Syrians now…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • “The Lingering Stain Of Slavery”

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    by Dish Staff Stephen Mihm studies it at length: In 2002, two economic historians, Stanley Engerman and Kenneth Sokoloff, published an influential paper that tried to answer a vexing question: why are some countries in the Americas defined by far more extreme and enduring levels of inequality—and by extension, limited social mobility and economic underdevelopment—than others? The answer, they argued, lay in the earliest history of each country’s settlement. The political and social institutions put in place then tended to perpetuate the status quo. … Harvard economist Nathan Nunn…
  • Wining And Opining

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    by Dish Staff Charles Simic muses about the best philosophy to take toward wine: I remember a story about President Nixon habitually guzzling rare vintage Bordeaux during state dinners without sharing it with his guests, having it poured into his glass by a trusted servant from a bottle wrapped in a white napkin to conceal the label. A part of me understands his reluctance to share. As Jesus said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet.” But when it comes to wine I can’t follow our Lord’s advice. I would die of…
  • A Poem For Monday

    Alice Quinn
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    by Alice Quinn From the anthology, Tudor Poetry and Prose, which I praised last week, I relish the following passage about lyrics from song-books of the time: Singing seems to have been almost universal in Elizabeth England. The countryside, the street corner, the cottage, and the tavern rang with ballads, rounds, catches . . . . The craftsman’s shop was ‘a very bird-cage’ says [Thomas] Dekker, and [Thomas] Deloney in his Gentle Craft writes that every journeyman shoemaker had to be able to ‘sound the trumpet, or play upon his flute, and bear his part in a three-man’s song, and…
  • A Double Negative

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    by Dish Staff Ivan Kreilkamp entertainingly tears down the practice of titling polemics “Against [X]“: The crankily oppositional intellectual journal N+1 has made a regular diet of “Against [X]” in the past decade: “Against Exercise,” “Against the Rage Machine,” “Against Reviews.” The formula’s quality of brashly counterintuitive overstatement is well suited to twenty-first-century online publishing. When someone throws down the gauntlet against something as seemingly benign, necessary, or positively good as interpretation, happiness, exercise, or young-adult…
  • Faces Of The Day

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    by Dish Staff Photographer Laura Grabman emails us the background on the above pic: That party took place exactly 5 years ago, Labor Day weekend on the boardwalk at Coney Island in 2009. I happened to be walking by this group of partiers and I wound up staying for two hours photographing them. By the time I left they were hugging and kissing me goodbye. These people loved the camera and they loved to dance. I took about 300 photographs that day and I really enjoyed how uninhibited they were and how much fun they were having. The late afternoon light was perfect and so was the music. See more…
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  • How 2016 GOP Wannabes Spent the Summer

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
    The most intriguing presidential jockeying is unfolding on the Republican side, writes Gerald F. Seib. And the GOP cast of characters spent the summer sorting themselves into a matrix of different categories.
  • Eric Cantor to Join Wall Street Bank

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Eric Cantor plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis & Co., as the recently deposed House majority leader embarks on a new career on Wall Street.
  • North Korea's U.S. Detainees Ask for Help

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    North Korea gave foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
  • GOP Eyes Agenda for Senate

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    As their election hopes grow, Senate Republicans are starting to plan an agenda intended to extract policy concessions from President Obama without inducing the capital's market-rattling brinkmanship of recent years.
  • U.S. Believes Closed Embassy in Libya Is Secure

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 pm
    A State Department official said Monday it believes the closed U.S. Embassy compound in Libya remains secure, and an Islamist militia group apparently is guarding it.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Truth About the Cold War

    David Gordon
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I recommend that readers begin with the essay by Murray Rothbard listed here. As Rothbard often stressed, one cannot infer a nation’s foreign policy from the nature of its domestic regime. Communist totalitarianism did not necessitate an aggressive foreign policy; and in the post-World War II period, Rothbard contended, Russian foreign was largely defensive in character. The main Communist danger to America was internal rather than external. Alperovitz, Gar. The Decision to the Use the Atomic Bomb.Argues that the decision to use atomic weapons against Japan was intended as an anti-Russian…
  • Protesting in a Police State

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you’re planning on participating in a peaceful demonstration or protest keep one thing in mind, at any time it could turn into a bloody riot. In the past it has been a common practise for governments to send agent provocateurs to mingle among the demonstrators until a given time or signal, and then to begin instigating violence as both a way to demonize the peaceful protesters in the media, and as an excuse to send in the riot troops to bust heads. As demonstrations around the world can attest to, this tactic has not gone out of fashion. So what should you do if suddenly rubber bullets,…
  • Good News for Polar Bears

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012. To put it another…
  • Is Even Henry Kissinger Terrified?

    Bionic Mosquito
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Henry Kissinger is out with an essay in the Wall Street Journal “on the Assembly of a New World Order” (HT Ed Steer).  Some parts of it are rather difficult to understand or interpret (is it written in code that only the elite can decipher?).  I will attempt to go through it line by line (probably not every single line) and see if, by the time I finish, I can make some sense of it. Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. Translated: Pretty much…
  • Recovery?

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Presented with little comment aside to suggest one scratch beneath the thinning veneer of record nominal stock prices every once in a while to take the temperature of the ugly reality that no one is talking about… 1) Stocks are at record highs because global growth is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and plunging growth expectations 2) Stocks are at record highs because employment is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and the employed population…
 
 
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  • resigned

    Stephanie
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school.  I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.Spencer has always been a people person.  Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people.  He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others.
  • Q & A -- about dropping Cate off for college

    Stephanie
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
  • There she goes...

    Stephanie
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Our oldest is officially leaving the nest today, and our lives will never be the same.But, she'd ready.  A thousand times more ready than either her father or I were at her age.  A grand adventure is awaiting her.
  • Wes to the rescue

    Stephanie
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    (you can see the tip of the bolt on the top left of the tire)As Emma and I drove home from the grocery store, I did a number on my rear left tire and got a flat.  For some reason, a massive metal bolt was perfectly placed on the roadway, just waiting for me and my van to make a serious connection with it.  Immediately after running over it, I knew something had happened and I pulled off the busy street onto a small side road and looked at the damage.  I could hear the air hissing out of my tire and I watched it go flat within minutes.My first thought was Wes and my need for him…
  • I spare no expense when it comes to...

    Stephanie
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Small kitchen appliances.  I've told Wes that the minute my KitchenAid stand mixer dies (and cannot be resuscitated by him), I will high-tail it over to Costco and drop a few hundred bucks to buy a new one.  I cannot, will not entertain the idea of functioning as a full-time household cook/baker without one.  I feel the same way about vacuums and kitchen utensils.  My thing is this: items I use every single day in my home must be of sound quality and usefulness because I use them every. single. day.Jeans.  My "daily uniform" often consists of jeans and a top with a…
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    Mother Jones

  • "Bull City Summer": Incredible Photos From a Year Embedded With a Minor League Club

    Ian Gordon
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twenty-five years after Bull Durham introduced the world to the minor league world of Crash Davis, Annie Savoy, and Nuke LaLoosh, a group of writers and photographers descended on Durham, North Carolina, to document life with the hometown team. The result is Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark, a rich photo book interspersed with smart, poignant essays about the game's rhythm, its injustice, and its occasional grace. The essayists introduce us to a familiar cast of characters: the elderly couple who've missed just 50 games in 30-plus years; the aging veteran playing out the string in…
  • Stop Dreaming. Republicans Are Not Going for a Carbon Tax.

    Ben Adler
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don't accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle fantasize that a carbon tax could win bipartisan support as part of a broader tax-reform package. A carbon tax could be revenue neutral, the dreamers point out, and if revenue from the tax is used to cut other taxes, it shouldn't offend Republicans—in theory. And so people who want to bring Republicans into the climate movement like to argue that…
  • This Is What a Farmer Looks Like

    Kiera Butler
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    During the 2013 Super Bowl, Marjorie Gayle Alaniz was captivated by a commercial for Dodge Ram trucks that featured portraits of American farmers. She couldn't help but notice, however, that among the many farmers shown, there were only a handful of women. Alaniz, who comes from a family of Iowa farmers, was disappointed. "I wondered, how has this happened, that images of farms don't include women, when practically every farm has a woman working on it?" Indeed, according to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, 46 percent of American farm operators are women. Shortly after her Super Bowl…
  • This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.

    Molly Redden
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala. One of those women is a Honduran named Rosemary. In June, she entered the US with Daniela, her 11-year-old daughter, and both were detained near the border. Rosemary and Daniela are currently detained in a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, set up by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Is Boko Haram Teaming Up With ISIS for a Super Caliphate?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group with a foothold in northeastern Nigeria that's known for its mass kidnappings and violent tactics, released a video earlier this month making an unprecedented claim: The group announced it had added the city of Gwoza to "the Islamic caliphate." Experts are unsure about the exact meaning of this claim, which was issued by BokoHaram's leader, AbubakarShekau. There are at least two possibilities: The group has declared its own caliphate in Nigeria, or it has pledged allegiance to ISIS—that is, the so-called Islamic State run by Abu Bakral-Baghdadi in…
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    The Raw Story

  • Puppy-kicking CEO to be kicked to the curb. Universe smiles approvingly, wags tail

    TBogg
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Des Hague, the puppy-kicking CEO with “emotional response” control  issues is expected to be taken out back of the Centerplate Worldwide Overpriced Wieners & Beer Corporation barn and [spoiler alert]  put down like Ole Yeller sometime on Tuesday, according to my crappy hometown newspaper that is really awful, but I’ll trust them this one time only. According to the SD-UT: Stadiums and other venues that employ Centerplate for food and beverage concessions have been informed that the ouster of the company’s CEO will be announced on Tuesday. Desmond Hague, CEO of the…
  • Bronx man uses his car and a chain to decapitate himself

    Eric W. Dolan
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A 51-year-old man committed a grisly suicide by decapitating himself in the Bronx Monday morning, according to the New York Daily News. Police said the man tied a chain from his head to a pole. He then got in his car, a 2005 Honda CRV, and sped off, beheading himself. [Ambulance at night via Shutterstock.com]
  • Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked

    Reuters
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    By Ian Simpson (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities’ intimate photos. Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award for “Silver Linings Playbook” and stars in “The Hunger Games” movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday. The source of the hack was unclear. Images purporting to be of dozens of other female actresses, models and athletes were also posted. The…
  • Lawyer tells his entire firm: The ‘gay plague of AIDS’ is a consequence of immorality

    Eric W. Dolan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    A senior lawyer faces “immediate and severe” action from his Virginia law firm after sending out a company-wide email attacking same-sex marriage and calling AIDS the “gay plague.” “The email infuriated me,” Ken Direktor, a member of Becker & Poliakoff’s management committee, said to the Daily Business Review. “I’ve been here 28 years, and we promote and support a work environment that’s diverse and collegial. An email as divisive as this runs directly contrary to the core values of the firm.” Walter Kubitz was upset that a federal judge in…
  • Ukraine warns of ‘great war’ with Russia ‘the likes of which Europe has not seen since WWII’

    Agence France-Presse
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the fast-escalating crisis opened behind closed doors in the Belarussian capital Minsk, attended by government, separatist and Russian envoys. The rebels have launched a major counteroffensive in recent days that the Ukrainian government and its Western allies claim is backed by Russian forces — a charge Moscow…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Scottish independence referendum campaign - live

    Ben Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll shows the yes-no gap closing 8.39am BST Heres a google map of events happening today which Ill try to update and add to. 8.20am BST The TimesScotland is within touching distance of independence, according to a poll for The Times. which splashes on Victory in reach for Salmond. The YouGov poll says that the yes campaign needs only three more points to claim victory. It puts support for independence at 47pc, against 53 pc who say they want to remain in the UK. 8.05am BST Good morning and welcome to…
  • Nick Clegg's Today interview: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs questioning the BBC and the police about the coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richards home, Boris Johnsons LBC phone-in and Nick Cleggs interview on Today 8.29am BST Nick Robinson, the BBCs political editor, is now giving his post-match commentary.David Cameron was vague to the point of waffleishness yesterday about the passport proposal, Robinson says. Now Clegg is confirming that this may be impossible. That begs the question why Downing Street briefed the plan in the first place, he says. 8.25am BST…
  • Boris Johnson attacks 'myopic' Airports Commission as estuary plan is rejected

    Gwyn Topham, transport correspondent
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Panel tasked with deciding on additional runways in the south-east rules out mayor's plan for hub in the Thames estuaryThe London mayor, Boris Johnson, has launched a withering attack on the "irrelevant" and "myopic" Airports Commission, after the panel tasked with deciding where to build additional runways in the south-east finally ruled out his plan for a new hub in the Thames estuary.The commission said that after detailed study it had concluded the proposal for a new four-runway airport had "substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential…
  • Scottish independence: yes campaign gets poll boost

    Press Association
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Yes Scotland claims breakthrough in runup to referendum with latest YouGov poll putting no campaign only six points aheadSupport for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to the latest poll.The no camp is now six points ahead of the yes campaign, down from 14 points in mid-August and 22 points early last month, excluding undecided voters. Continue reading...
  • Hugh Muirs diary: Hes gone, but the spectre of Douglas Carswell haunts his old rivals

    Hugh Muir
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Why theyre treating the Tory turncoat with kid gloves The defection of Douglas Carswell continues to provoke fear and soul-searching within the Tory party. Fear that he may be the thin edge of the Ukip wedge; soul-searching because the high-ups know so many in the party agree with him on the life or death issues that confront the leadership. With Nigel Farage suggesting Carswell may win a landslide majority and the former deputy speaker Nigel Evans calling for the Tories to walk away from the contest in Clacton, no surprise that they are hugging Carswell close. So those who might seek his…
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    • On this Labor Day, it’s good to start with Jonathan Cohn’s interview of longtime labor organizer Richard Yeselson on the state of unions in the United States: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that […]
  • For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    While most Americans were settling in for a long weekend, many of the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates — Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Pence — went to Dallas for a convention of Americans for Prosperity, the group through which Charles and David Koch channel much of their political money. If […]
  • On the Islamic State, the voices counseling panic grow louder

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    There’s a new message coalescing around events in the Middle East, coming from Republicans, the media, and even a few Democrats: It’s time to panic. Forget about understanding the complexities of an intricate situation, forget about unintended consequences, forget about the disasters of the past that grew from exactly this mind-set. We have to panic, […]
  • Morning Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    All: I’m off today, but the excellent Paul Waldman will be entertaining you all day. Enjoy!
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    Enjoy.
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water. Post by George W. Bush. Bush concludes, "Now it's my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton,"…
  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.I live in a state where the Governor made a big show of refusing to set up a state exchange. How was that possible? Because the Roberts court forced the system to become peacemeal, ruling…
  • Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Trigger Warning Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the…
  • About me/Refugees or Illegals?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals! My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant. That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest. In case you haven't been paying attention, thousands of unaccompanied children have left their Central American countries and headed for the United States, were caught by the Border Patrol and are currently in makeshift detention centers pending…
  • Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.From my point of view, and the view of many Americans, Cantor and the Tea Party aren't too far apart. Cantor and others, in fact, pushed much of the hard right stuff of the last two Congresses. He was part and parcel of the whole effort to obstruct the Obama…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • 'We Don't Have A Strategy' Is A Good Strategy

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    I like the President's plan of not rushing to knock ISIS out of the sand box too quickly. Seems prudent to work to beef up the Iraqi military and use them to conduct 'take back' ops in Iraqi cities with the help of tactical airstrikes by the US. This would push ISIS into the desert where any large contingents could be attacked from the air. ISIS troops would drift into Syria and war against the Assad regime. When either Assad or ISIS is declared a winner we could take advantage of a weakened force and start supporting the original rebel faction in Syria with airstrikes and weapons as needed.
  • Citizen Second Class

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Burger King is becoming inverted in Canada. One of about 50 large corporations that have chose to further globalise their bottom line.Inversion is supposedly about improving the profit margin but, in this case, not easily seen. The US corporate tax rate is around 39% while Canada's rate is around 15%. Makes good sense when using these numbers. However, the GAO reports that the effective US corporate rate is 12.5% and that one in 4 corps pay no taxes. So, one has to assume the true Canadian rate is less than 12.5% and/or, it could be that Burger King will now be able to use profits squirreled…
  • Pay-to-Play And Distaste For Politics

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
    Gists from a WaPo article titled "The GOP's remedy for 'pay-to-play". A major reason for Cantor losing his position was that he lost at the polls over his perceived support for Wall St and banking, wasn't taking care of the home folks.His loss is emblematic of the need for political parties to raise really large sums of money to get elected or remain in office. This upsets the voters leaving the incumbents to feel the need to raise even more money next time, and so on - - - It's long been the bane of elected officials to work the phones to raise money for their candidacy and for other party…
  • ISIS and James Foley

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    What do you say to John and Diane Foley, the parents of James Foley, who was decapitated in a barbaric, and sickening ritual by a crazed terrorist who happens to be a member of ISIS? How do you bring justice to bear on a terrorist act like this? Kidnappings for ransom money, large amounts of ransom money, have become a staple of Al-Qaeda and now of ISIS as well. The Europeans - with the exception of the British - have been only too happy to oblige, to the tune of $125 million according to some estimates. ISIS wanted to catch up to that total in a hurry with James Foley - they also hold other…
  • The Truth in Ferguson

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    The Justice Department will be there. The FBI is coming. The State Highway Patrol is already there. So is Al Sharpton, and the beleaguered local police have been pushed to the background to provide support presumably. Ferguson has seen night after night of violence - until Thursday evening when protests were peaceful. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is under critical scrutiny as his past political decisions are being dragged back out into the open to suggest that he has been less than helpful to the state's African American community in the past, and in the present. President Obama has asked…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
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    New Republic

  • What ISIS's Leader Really Wants

    Graeme Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The wor
  • The Ten Worst-Paying Jobs in America

    Naomi Shavin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s easy to forget now, but the original purpose of Labor Day wasn't to invite your friends over for a cookout, some beers, and one last chance to celebrate the summer. It was to recognize the contributions of American workers, at a time of
  • Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?

    Jonathan Cohn
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Editor's Note: Rich Yeselson worked in the labor movement as a strategist and researcher for contract and organizing campaigns for over 20 years.  "Fortress
  • Science Does Not Support the 'Rule of Seven' for Relationships

    Alice Robb
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate. Daily Mail “relationship expert” Tracey Cox
  • Miami Is the #1 Airport in America for Shipping Dead Foreigners. Here's What It Costs to Fly a Corpse Home.

    Jan Nijman and Michael Shin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In October 2012 a raft carrying twenty-three Cuban refugees on its way to Miami capsized and a reported fourteen people drowned. It had happened to hundreds more before them, and they surely will not be the last. Every year more than 1,000 Central Americans die trying to illegally cross the U.S. bor
 
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call's latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators.
  • Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.
  • Top 5 Races to Watch in the Southwest

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    The battle for the Southwest really boils down to just one state: Arizona.
  • Likely Stockman Successor Has Deep Texas Roots

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    WOODVILLE, Texas -- Brian Babin, the small-town dentist poised to take over Steve Stockman's House seat in November, may be a political unknown in Washington -- but don't try peddling that line to folks here.
  • Will New Hampshire GOP Voters Anoint a Rising Star?

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    RINDGE, N.H. -- The total Hispanic population in the sprawling 2nd District hovers just above 3 percent, making it one of the least diverse House districts in the country. But Granite State Republicans could nominate a young Latina with star potential who's already earned plaudits from national conservatives.
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire

    Jordan Golson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […]
  • All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today

    Liz Stinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years.
  • The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight

    Jordan Golson
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War I, but it had revolutionized […]
  • The Simple Tweaks Mercedes Used to Turn a Sedan Into an Armored Beast

    Alex Davies
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Some people don’t like riding in a car if they can’t literally put their feet up while ensuring the cabin has exactly the fragrance they desire. Others prefer cars that can stand up to terrorist attacks. For those who fall into both categories, Mercedes-Benz offers the new S600 Guard, the armored version of its flagship […]
  • This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank

    Jordan Golson
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Renault FT looks puny in comparison to the armored vehicles driving around today's battlefields, but 100 years ago, it was a big deal.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Rube Goldberg Lives!

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The G8 Pro V2credit: guardian 8 Rube Goldberg lives indeed. For those of a younger generation, a Rube Goldberg device is a ridiculously complex mechanism that requires unnecessary steps to accomplish a single, simple task. You’ve seen them: a ball rolls down a ramp, which falls into a cup, which tips over to knock down a row of dominos, which…etc. Now there is a marvelously technological Rube Goldberg device that is designed, at great cost, to replace firearms, pepper spray, and perhaps even cell phones. It is as unwieldy and comical as a real Rube Goldberg device. Unfortunately, some…
  • Education Problems And Solutions, #1: The Wages of Failure UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: gridworks.net In 2011, I wrote a seven-part series on the problems of contemporary education, and proposed solutions for them.  It’s time to revisit and update that series.  Much has changed in the age of Obama. Seizing control of the educational apparatus is always a primary goal of good communists everywhere, because molding the minds of the young is the vanguard of the revolution.  Or in Obama-speak, the fundamental transformation of America.  Let’s go forward to the past: NOTE:  This is the first of a multi-part series on the problems facing public education.  I…
  • The Real Thing

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This, gentle readers, is how it’s done. There is nothing as feckless as a gun free school zone sign, nothing as unlikely to actually deter murderers bent on killing children. But letting a bad guy know he’ll be facing armed adults deadly serous about protecting kids, and not letting him know how many or where? Ah. Isn’t that obvious? Isn’t that rational? Isn’t that actual school safety as opposed to feeling safe? It’s in Texas. You don’t suppose that has anything to do with it, do you?Filed under: Education, Firearms Tagged: gun free school zone
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Michael Browncredit: the political insider.com Since the publication of my first three articles on the Michael Brown case (the Michael Brown archive is available here), much–and little–has happened.  The fun of rioting having lost its luster, and the looted stores having lost their merchandise, Ferguson is mostly quiet. CNN has obtained an audiotape it represents as a tape of the shooting, presenting it as extraordinarily important. That there is apparently no convincing evidence it is what it purports to be is not a bar to yet another breathless media story. On this tape,…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Overnight Open Thread (9-1-2014)

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donna Brazile: Obama Doesn't Have Time to Deal With All You Dumb Hillbillies Because if you want the president of the US to have an actual strategy to deal with the spread of IS, you just might be a redneck....
  • Spaced-Out Challenge: Finding Uranus

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Uranus as imaged by Don Banfield/Cornell University/Palomar Observatory Welcome again to the Spaced-Out Challenge! Whether you have a question about equipment, a new astronomical discovery you want to expand on, or just want to kick back and enjoy the...
  • Caillebotte

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
  • Emergency Content Thread: Just the (wrong) punchline [WeirdDave]

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Sometimes when Gingy and I aren't busy overseeing our vast empire of syphilitic weasels, we play a game we call "That's now how any of this works". Well, that's not quite true. I like to play the game, Gingy mostly...
  • State Department Hikes Fee To Renounce Citizenship Amid Record Number Of Renunciations

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The State Department's new fee schedule will become effective on September 12. It includes a five-fold increase in the cost to renounce citizenship. The fee for individuals to renounce U.S. citizenship is jumping to $2,350 as of Sept. 12—more than...
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Victor Davis Hanson details Obama's weak knowledge of history. He just doesn't seem to know very much and keeps getting details wrong. But that doesn't matter to him since he has a progressive view of historic forces leading inexorably towards better, more civilized times. That's why he keeps saying that those he disapproves of are "on the wrong side of history," or that Putin or ISIS are not behaving as one should in the 21st century and that is why they are doomed to failure.A Pollyannaish belief in historical predetermination seems to substitute for action. If Obama believes that evil…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Gosh, Obama sure makes it look like amateur hour, doesn't he? All those aides who had to scramble to try to say that Obama really does have a strategy for going after ISIS and didn't mean to say what he actually said must be wondering why they let him go out there without a teleprompter. So he finally decided to be the most transparent president ever and tell everyone in the world that, despite all that ISIS has been doing all summer, he doesn't have a strategy yet. But maybe he'll get one soon right after the fundraisers that he has for this weekend. Who would expect him to have made sure…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Congratulations to the school where I teach which was ranked 15th in the South and 20th nationally by the Daily Beast based on data from the Department of Education. I have felt very lucky to teach at a school with such a thoughtful and caring administration and faculty. And the students are just lovely. I still look forward to every day at work even though it's exhausting.And this is no surprise: "Charter schools spend less than public schools, but achieve better results." I can certainly testify that this is true of my school:Why are charters so cost-effective and productive? “It appears…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Professors at my alma mater, GWU, staged a rebellion for the right to tell kids that they could buy textbooks cheaper online.Here's a cool invention from NC State researchers to help women identify drinks laced with the date rape drug. But, for some reason, several liberals are against it. They don't want males to market something to prevent date. Figure that one out.Well, of course the media have a double standard in how they approach telling the stories of victims killed by the police. Without double standards, they'd have no standards at all.Can a New Hampshire politician survive if she…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Oh, what a surprise - the DOJ is now saying, oops, those Lois Lerner emails haven't disappeared after all. Just as so many people said must be true, there is a back-up system so those emails all exist. But the Justice Department is whining about how inconvenient it will be to access those emails. So what's the use of a back-up system if the government can't access the emails it has backed up?Michael Barone reaches back to Elihu Root for some good advice.“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So…
 
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    Wizbang

  • “Weighing Our Options.”

    Shawn Mallow
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    From The Hill: “Addressing reporters at the White House, Obama vowed Congress would not be “left in the dark” as officials draft plans to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said. (YIKES!–Ed.) Noting media reports suggesting the president was weighing expanding airstrikes into Syria, Obama said “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.” “We need to make sure that we’ve got…
  • Thanks Democrats: Future US Workforce to be LESS Literate

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    In conjunction with allowing the poorest, least educated foreigners to flood into this country by the millions, our failed education system is creating a permanent underclass that every year is giving the USA a less educated work force. Add to that a culture in at least one segment of our society that devalues education in the first place and we have a recipe for the downfall of our country. Dave Frum, the purported “conservative” columnist at The Atlantic brought up a report from 2007 that I had not seen before, a survey that is quite alarming for the health of
  • Massive Leak Of Stolen Celebrity Nudes Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton And Others Consumes The Internet

    Doug Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Late Sunday, Reddit and 4Chan exploded with one or more hackers dumping a large collection of stolen nude images from a long list of Hollywood celebrities. Among the celebrities affected are Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza, Victoria Justice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Teresa Palmer. The list of celebrities posted Sunday at 4Chan was much longer (totaling over 100 female stars and athletes) so it is possible that more stolen photos are forthcoming. Several of the stars representatives have confirmed the leaks of the…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another massive success. There were so many good entries it’s probably best that you go read them all… Anyway, the assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (yetanotherjohn) – “Inaction figure” 2) (sarahconnor2) – “Forget ISIS. Hillary is going to be pissed when she finds out he took her favorite pantsuit.” 3) (Bird666) – “Panama Jack-off” 4) (Retired military) – “Yes we tan” 5) (Joe_Miller) –…
  • Rotherham

    Michael Laprarie
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Maybe I need some help here. You see, I’m writing a piece about Rotherham, a mid-size city in Yorkshire, UK. Over 1400 underage girls, mostly British, have been systematically abused there since 1997, mostly at the hands of Pakistani nationals who are a part of the city’s large immigrant community. The story exploded in the UK press this week as allegations that Rotherham authorities were fully aware of the abuse, yet declined to prosecute suspects for fear of being labeled “racists,” were splashed across front pages. So here’s my problem. I go to the MSNBC…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Navel gazing about November

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Navel gazing about Novemberby digbySam Wang at Princeton Election Consortium thinks the Democrats are going to hold the Senate:In most cases, added assumptions (i.e. special sauce) have led the media organizations to different win probabilities — which I currently believe are wrong....The major media organizations (NYT, WaPo, 538)...all use prior conditions like incumbency, candidate experience, funding, and the generic Congressional ballot to influence their win probabilities — and opinion polls.....Longtime readers of PEC will not be surprised to know that I think the media…
  • Keep calm and carry on

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Keep calm and carry onby digbyVia Buzzfeed from yesterday:A message has gone viral claiming that there is a high likelihood of a terrorist attack on London’s underground network on Monday morning and all London police officers have been called in to a special 4 a.m. shift.Wow. That sounds really scary. Except it wasn't true.But a Metropolitan Police spokesman told BuzzFeed the text message is “completely untrue” and no extra officers are coming in early.The Met, which is responsible for policing the capital, say they have a policy of not normally commenting on hoaxes for fear of…
  • Charts 'O the Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Charts 'O the Dayby digbyHere's a nice short labor day piece by Ezra Klein about unions and capitalism (including a thoughtful quote by Rich Yeselson.)  You can click over to read it but I thought I'd just share the charts:Far be it from me to suggest that the continuing campaign to destroy unions in America has contributed to income inequality. But let's keep on bashing them! It's so much fun..
  • Big Brother is paranoid

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Big Brother is paranoidby digbyOk, we're officially a depraved, paranoid society. A man was taking pictures of his daughters on the ferry as the family went on vacation. He's been doing that every year since they were little. Now they are teenagers:Totally engaged with the scene in front of me, I jumped when a man came up beside me and said to my daughters: “I would be remiss if I didn’t ask if you were okay.”At first none of us understood what he was talking about. His polite tone and tourist attire of shorts, polo shirt and baseball cap threw us off. It took me a moment to figure out…
  • As California goes, let's hope the rest follow

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    As California goes, let's hope the rest followby digbyGood news for anyone who eats in restaurants in California:Early on Saturday morning, the California Senate passed a bill guaranteeing at least three paid sick days a year for about 6.5 million workers, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D).Brown’s office said it supports the bill, and in a statement after it passed he said, “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians.” Assuming he signs the bill, California will become just the second state ever to guarantee paid sick leave and the law will be the…
 
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Rock on.
  • Monday Night

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Less lazy blogging will hopefully return tomorrow.
  • Rescue thread.

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Sam Seder has a collection of stirring and inspirational rabble-rousing speeches up for Labor Day.
  • Maybe They Don't Know What They're Doing

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I have no doubt that the 1% are mostly horrible selfish hoarder assholes who act in what they think is their own self-interest, but it is wrong to think that they are supergeniuses who actually have any idea what they're doing. Even if the Mr. Rich Guy who made all the money is super smart, there's no reason to think his heirs are.Sadly the consequences of their actions might be poverty for all of us and a couple percentage points reduction in rates of return for them. Ultimately our poverty might be more entertaining for them than their slight reduction in wealth growth. Still.
  • Divine Revel

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Don't know specifics, but empty buildings really don't last very long...
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    Firedoglake

  • Late, Late Night FDL: Lady

    CTuttle
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Stevie Nicks – Lady Stevie releases several new songs… Stevie Nicks is gearing up to release her new album 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault this fall, which has her unearthing old demos and unreleased tracks. She’s already given fans the mid-tempo rocker “The Dealer,” and now she’s offering up the soft piano ballad, “Lady.” As Stereogum points out, the Fleetwood Mac singer’s latest is actually an updated version of an old Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham demo called “Knockin’ On Doors.” On the introspective track,…
  • Late Night: Mining the Earth

    KateCA
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Mining the Earth: 1 Sep 2014 *US.  Not specific to mining or fracking, but it does illustrate the deadly absurdities humans have created:  “Federal officials are looking for train cars to haul nuclear waste towards its final resting place.  Too bad they have no idea where that train will actually go.” And now, we return to our regular programming. *IA. Up in northeast IA, Allamakee County  has adopted “a countywide ordinance restricting mining the silica sand used in other states to extract natural gas and oil” through fracking.   Next door, Winneshiek County  has imposed  “a…
  • Update on “Suicide” of Handcuffed Man in LA

    OldFatGuy
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 pm
    “Houdini Handcuff Suicide”Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, is calling for the Feds to investigate the “suicide” of Victor White. Saying the explanation by the Louisiana authorities “fundamentally defies all logic” he asked: … why police initially said White was shot in the back but the coroner’s report found he was shot in the chest; how a left-handed man could have shot himself in the right side; how police managed to find drugs on the suspect’s body but not a .25 caliber handgun;…
  • Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

    Steve Horn
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Syncrude’s base mineOn the Friday before Labor Day — in the form of an age-old “Friday News Dump“ — the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016. With the capacity to accept 140,000 barrels of tar sands product per day, the company’s rail facility serves as another step in the direction towards Enbridge’s quiet creation of a “Keystone XL Clone.” That is, like TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline…
  • FDL Movie Night: The Genius of Marian

    Jane Hamsher
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The Genius of Marian trailer from WeOwnTV on Vimeo. I remember when my mother was dying — or, more accurately, when I realized she was dying. My first thought was that it couldn’t be happening, because life without her wasn’t imaginable. I looked around to hit the STOP button somewhere, but there just wasn’t one. So I resigned myself to the awful fact that I was indeed going to lose her, and all I could think about was how I could fill the time I had left with her with things that were meaningful and express to her all she meant to me. The Genius of Marian is…
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    TalkLeft

  • Obama's Latest War Authorization Letter and ISIS Update

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    President Obama has written Congress explaining his decision to conduct airstrikes on Amerli: Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) As I reported on August 8 and 17, 2014, U.S. Armed Forces have conducted targeted airstrikes in Iraq for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Labor Day Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Happy Labor Day. (Version with Axl Rose here.) Lets drink to the hard working people Lets drink to the lowly of birth Raise your glass to the good and the evil Lets drink to the salt of the earth [More...] I just noticed that at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NY Times: Guantanamo Decaying

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The New York Times has some new articles on the decaying of Guantanamo. Camp X-Ray is now a "ghost prison." Here are the photos. The original complex, Camp X-Ray — with kennel-like cages that were used for about four months in 2002 while... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Army Lawyer Resigns, Alleges "Show Trial"

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Maj. Jason Wright, one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyers in his military commission trial, has resigned from the Army, which terminates his representation. In an interview, he says the U.S. is guilty of human rights violations and creating a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It's the last weekend of summer. Sure went by fast. President Obama visited Westchester, NY today and the Secret Service reported they are investigating a threat against him and searching for a 2014 Volkswagon Jetta. Obama then went to Rhode... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Fix

  • Rick Perry makes a Twitter ‘oops’

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    On Sunday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry tweeted this image out from his personal @governorperry Twitter account accompanied by the text "A2": That tweet was deleted and @governorperry then tweeted this: A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down. — […]
  • Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Labor Day is almost here, which means the 2014 midterms are only slightly more than two months away. Unfortunately, political consultants have not found a way to make summer not precede fall, so it is likely that you and many of your fellow voters haven't paid much attention to politics or polls since the solstice. Fortunately […]
  • Who had the worst week in Washington?

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    When is a house a home? That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) confronted this past week when The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker reported that the Democratic incumbent’s listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home. Landrieu lives, primarily, in Washington — in a $2.5 million house she and her husband, Frank […]
  • Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm.  New Orleans […]
  • Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere. Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • 10 Tips Before Your Campaign Or Organization Hits Send On That Next Email

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    READ THIS POST or the KITTEN GETS IT. Promoted by Rosi. This started as a rant yesterday on my Facebook page and turned into a more substantive, suggestive post at my JRS Strategies business blog. Here are a few notes for those campaigns and organizations clogging up ‪#‎Email‬ Inboxes with end of the month solicitations (You Know Who You Are): 1.) Stop apologizing to me, clearly you're not sorry because you keep emailing. 2.) Stop reminding me you keep emailing, I already saw the other 20 emails you sent without your reminder. 3.) Stop failing to include an unsubscribe button. At least…
  • Labor Day News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Report: Nearly a third of N.J. residents considered poor This is Legal Services of NJ calculation, not the equation used by the census, but they say the federal government definition of poverty is flawed, and grossly underestimates the number of New Jerseyans who battle to provide for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and child care. 'Insecure, underpaid, highly stressed': Rutgers report looks at state of American workforce. Too bad more of them aren't unionized. Opinion: Christie broke promises to police, firefighters, N.J. voters THIS. Menendez calls Russian action in Ukraine 'direct…
  • The NJ Casino Windfall Is Dead. Long Live Atlantic City! - Part VI

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    "How to win at the board game Monopoly: While luck is a factor in winning Monopoly, fortune can be fickle... You need to bankrupt all of your opponents before they can do the same to you... Finish off struggling players... Play dirty." - WikiHowThe iconic monopoly game has likely been instructive to casino operators. As we approach Gov. Christie's September 8 Atlantic City Summit and as we discuss changes needed, don't look to the casinos for much help. Casino corporations do gambling - what they know best and what provides them with the highest return. Don't expect them to invest a lot in…
  • Labor Day Weekend Roundup & Open Thread for August 30-31, 2014

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Your bill for Christie Christie's self-exoneration just went up to $7.3 million dollars Billed to the taxpayers and Friday news-dumped, for the "report" that put nobody under oath, and produced no audio- or video-tape, or transcript of any interview, and failed to interview even some of the key Bridgegate players. But cost $7.3 million dollars. And is likely to go up. Tom Moran, true to type, invents reasons why Cami Anderson's stupendous failures are still about her being the only person in Newark who cares about children Never mind about the city leaders, mayor, parents, students, faith…
  • Adult Leadership

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    It's a well-known fact that Congress is dysfunctional. The Republican leadership behaves like a miffed three-year-old. "If you don't play the game my way (i.e. stand in the way of progress), then I'll take all my toys (i.e. shut down the government) and go home (i.e. take more vacation than any other Congress has in the past.)" Given the child-like behavior of Speaker John Boehner, Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann and the rest of that crowd, it would be beneficial to elect some real adults to the House of Representatives - people who would earn their salaries and perks by actually working for…
 
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  • "We don't have a strategy yet. Let me repeat that..."

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Regardless of whether Obama's assertion that "we don't have a strategy yet" for confronting ISIS in Syria and potentially beyond (as opposed to in Iraq) was well advised, it was not a gaffe in the sense of an inconvenient truth that slipped out.It couldn't have just slipped out, because Obama reiterated the point and elaborated it at length. His reasons for describing the strategy as in progress and TBA were multiple: 1) to reassure that he was not beginning a large-scale military operation without consulting Congress; 2) to pressure prospective coalition partners to play their parts and…
  • Gideon Levy, Jeremiah

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    I want to stay near silent in paying tribute, via this 2010 profile by Johann Hari, to Gideon Levy, Israel's most hated Jewish Israeli reporter and one of its bravest. Just a couple of excerpts below (okay, four)..Levy’s father never saw any parallels between the fact he was turned into a refugee, and the 800,000 Palestinians who were turned into refugees by the creation of the state of Israel. “Never! People didn’t think like that. We never discussed it, ever.” Yet in the territories, Levy began to see flickers of his father everywhere – in the broken men and women never able to…
  • Inching toward immortality

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Kaiser Health News reports on medical research -- funded, albeit minisculey, by the ACA -- that taps into longstanding dreams:Imagine if scientists could recreate you---or at least part of you---on a chip.That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and hefty health care costs that accompany arriving at the right treatment.Right now, at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers in bioengineer Kevin Healy's lab are working to make that happen. Funded under a provision of the health law, they're trying…
  • Will the ACA reduce the disability rolls?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Two years ago, I was riveted by TNR reporter Alec MacGillis' chat with a woman on line for a free REM medical clinic in rural Tennessee. Notwithstanding that she knew nothing about the ACA, she offered a stunning instant analysis, once the basics were described to her, of one likely economic effect:..it it was hard to find visitors to the clinic who would not benefit directly from the law. Barbara Hickey, 54, is a diabetic who lost her insurance five years ago when her husband was injured at his job making fiberglass pipes. She gets discounted diabetic medication from a charity, but came to…
  • In which Clinton slams Obama by articulating his "organizing principle"

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A typical account of Hillary Clinton's assessment of Obama's foreign policy in the Goldberg interview ran like this one in the New York Times:Her blunt public criticism of the president’s foreign policy in The Atlantic this week touched off frustration among Mr. Obama’s advisers and supporters, especially her suggestion that under Mr. Obama, the United States lacked an “organizing principle” in its approach to international relations. “ ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Mrs. Clinton said. Three things to note about this takeaway:1. Clinton didn't…
 
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    Opinionator

  • Why New York City Opposed Abe Lincoln

    By BILL MORGAN
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    In the 1864 election, Gotham delivered nearly twice as many votes to the president's opponent, George B. McClellan.
  • Sympathy for a Desert Dog

    By JAMES SUZMAN
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The Ju/’hoansi villagers I lived with communed with animals. So why didn't they grieve for the dog who had befriended me?
  • Losing Our Touch

    By RICHARD KEARNEY
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    As sex and social life go virtual, our ability to know the world, and each other, through touch is at risk.
  • What Doctors Can’t Do

    By TINA ROSENBERG
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Community health workers can support, guide and encourage patients to manage their health over the long term.
  • A Scandal at the C.I.A. Maybe.

    By DAVID SHAFER
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    People drop dead in hallways all the time. But suspicion makes for a much better story.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

    samzenpus
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    An anonymous reader writes New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next. Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

    timothy
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Foreign Policy has an in-depth look at the contents of a laptop reportedly seized this year in Syria from a stronghold of the organization now known as the Islamic State, and described as belonging to a Tunisian national ("Muhammed S."). The "hidden documents" folder of the machine, says the report, contained a vast number of documents, including ones describing and justifying biological weapons: The laptop's contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organizations -- and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State's…
  • How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

    Soulskill
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Rick Zeman writes: The Center for Public Integrity has a comprehensive article showing how Big Telecom (aka, AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Time Warner) use lobbyists, paid-for politicians, and lawsuits (both actual and the threat thereof) in their efforts to kill municipal broadband. From the article: "The companies have also used traditional campaign tactics such as newspaper ads, push polls, direct mail and door-to-door canvassing to block municipal networks. And they've tried to undermine the appetite for municipal broadband by paying for research from think tanks and front groups to portray…
  • Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

    Unknown Lamer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    frdmfghtr (603968) writes Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article: "Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the…
  • Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

    Unknown Lamer
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Jason Koebler (3528235) writes American Commitment, a conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a "grassroots" campaign to kill net neutrality — at one point suggesting that "Marxists" think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea. American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the FCC is plotting a "federal Internet…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata government is now celebrating its first 100 days in power. Modi is now in Japan on his first big international visit as the guest of prime minister Shinzo Abe, who has given him an effusively warm personal welcome that reflects their rapport Two days ago it was announced that economic growth reached 5.7% for the [...]
  • The Barking Blondes: Dog People

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    With the passing of a close friend, the Barking Blondes realise just how important their dogs are
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Juicy Ripe Nectarine & Dolcelatte Salad

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This salad is as simple as it gets; takes five minutes to make and no time at all to scoff. It's a great dish to serve alongside a BBQ or as an appetiser. Anna Barnett explains how
  • The Barking Blondes: Doggy diets

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Anna Webb and Joanne Good discuss dog diets
  • Her Outdoors: Finland edition

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]
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  • Cop Forced 8 Women to Have Sex With Him Under Threat of Arrest

    Robby Soave
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    An Oklahoma City cop was arrested for forcing eight different women to have sex with him. The officer, 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, allegedly told his victims that he would arrest them if they did not engage in various sexual acts with him. The Detroit Free Press—which covered the case because Holtzclaw is a former Eastern Michigan University football player—reports: Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one…
  • Ira Stoll on Labor Day and Big Government

    Reason.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, writes Ira Stoll, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. Indeed, public sector unions are so important that it’s impossible to tell the story of the big city and state governments without accounting for their influence. View this article.
  • In Government, Every Day Is Labor Day

    Ira Stoll
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. The numbers tell the story. Among private sector employees — the ones who work for for-profit companies or non-profit organizations that are not part of the government — the percentage who belong to labor unions plummeted to a mere 7.5 percent last year, from 23.3 percent in 1977, according to UnionStats.com. By the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ more…
  • World War II Started 75 Years Ago Today, Still Shaping Foreign Policy

    Ed Krayewski
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Seventy-five years ago today, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, kicking off World War II in Europe. Two weeks later, the Soviet Union would join and invade Poland too. In 1941, Adolf Hitler would turn on the Soviet Union, driving that country to the Allied powers. Today, Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, still uses its role in the latter part of World War II to frame its wider foreign policy. Putin once said World War II gave Russia a "great moral right" to a "security strengthening" foreign policy because of the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany. In the United States,…
  • If Democrats Seek to "Rally Blacks" Against Police Militarization, They Might Start with the Congressional Black Caucus

    Nick Gillespie
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    The New York Times reports that, "At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks." Specifically, the Times says Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.... “Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • RADICALISM

    The Outsider
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We hear this word being used much lately, especially in describing some of the ISIS terrorists that are apparently from the U.S. I notice that they are blacks that have accepted the perverted Islamic beliefs and have changed their names to names that are common in the Muslim world. The Black Panther groups have done the same thing. Does anyone remember the Black Panther thugs that made their presence known at some of the voting precincts in Philadelphia a few years back? They should have been arrested for disrupting the people’s voting rights, a violation of the voters 1st amendment but…
  • What is Liberty?

    Randy Toman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The American problems have festered and ballooned into something that will shortly become uncontrollable agitation of the culture—-causing much civil unrest. This frustration of the public is manifesting itself in a fashion that has not been seen here in the USA in any times of past history. Once “Liberty”—-as it is thought of today—– became the end rather than merely a means to an end, a fundamental change in the very definition of Christianity occurred. Christianity with its Calvinism of the founding father’s era was changed into an Arminian self-rule and we no…
  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
  • Still Nader After All These Years

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
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  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
  • Still Nader After All These Years

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
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    Wonkblog

  • Name That Data winners, week 7

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    This week I asked you to name to two-word search terms, which I denoted as “red” and “blue.” How’d you do? @_cingraham am i doing this rite? pic.twitter.com/FElwBZjRwX — Mike Bostock (@mbostock) August 29, 2014 No Mike, you are definitely not doing this rite. A number of you guessed something communism-related: @_cingraham It is definitely something with socialism and communism; the ngram chart tracks these 2 very closely. #namethatdata — Maria Guzenko (@mguzenko) August 29, 2014 As it turns out, the Ngram chart for "communism" and "socialism" does closely resemble our mystery…
  • Oklahoma’s public schools are starting the year in legal limbo

    Max Ehrenfreund
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kelci Gouge teaches a third-grade class at a summer reading academy in Oklahoma City. (AP/Sue Ogrocki) As the new school year starts around the country, educators and students in Oklahoma are caught in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. government and the state's lawmakers over what to teach in their classrooms and how. Since state lawmakers threw out the Common Core standards earlier this year, the state of Oklahoma has been at risk of losing its protection from strict requirements in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that if every student was not proficient…
  • What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

    Emily Badger
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Dante Washington is employed, has a degree and his own home in Baltimore. He defied the statistics of a 25-year-long research project that was turned into a book "The Long Shadow" which centers on children growing up in poverty -stricken areas of Baltimore. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post BALTIMORE — In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms. They sat in any quiet corner of the schools they could claim: the sociologists from Johns Hopkins and, one at a time, the excitable first-graders. Monica Jaundoo, whose…
  • Where foreign students are coming from

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    International students are a boon for American universities. (Michael Okoniewski/Bloomberg News) Foreign countries are sending tens of thousands of students to American universities every year, propping up school budgets and contributing billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. And no city sends students to American universities quite like Seoul. The South Korean capital funneled more than 56,000 students into U.S. bachelors, masters, and PhD programs between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study by The Brookings Institute. Beijing, China, the second biggest contributor, sent almost 50,000…
  • Why are Venezuela’s supermarkets so empty?

    Matt O'Brien
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    davidhdz/Flickr Venezuela's supermarkets don't have enough food. Or toilet paper. Or, well, anything really. And that's why the government is about to start fingerprinting people to ration goods. But why can't an oil-rich country even keep its stores stocked? Well, it's the price controls, stupid. They always and everywhere create shortages. Here's why they have done so in Venezuela. 1. The government is running a massive deficit, around 14 percent of GDP, that it's financing with the printing press. The problem, of course, is that money is worth less when you create more of it to pay…
 
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  • Obama to press Congress on minimum wage boost

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    President Obama on Monday will tout the progress made since the economic collapse during Labor Day remarks in Milwaukee.A White House official said Obama will also honor working Americans and will reaffirm his commitment to ensure more Americans can...
  • Cruz dismisses talk of government shutdown over immigration

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) late Saturday shrugged off the idea that Republicans would shut down the federal government if President Obama took executive action on immigration reform.“There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down...
  • Sunday show wrap-up: ISIS dominates

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
      ISIS McCain: Obama ‘either in denial or overwhelmed’ The Republican senator said he is "astounded" by recent comments from the president.  http://ow.ly/AUCyW Rep. Rogers: Obama’s foreign policy ‘in freefall’ The House...
  • Feinstein: Obama ‘too cautious’ on ISIS

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that President Obama has perhaps been “too cautious” in confronting the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).“I think I've learned one thing about this president, and that is he...
  • Sunday shows to focus on national security

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Lawmakers from both parties will appear on the Sunday shows as the Obama administration weighs taking military action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria.The lawmakers are also likely to be asked about Russia’s repeated...
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  • Legal wars on abortion heating up

    Lyle Denniston
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing.  In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after a federal judge in Austin struck it down on Friday afternoon.  The issue may not stop at the appeals court level. The issue has also spread to Lousiana, where a federal judge on Sunday night temporarily blocked a similar law from taking effect in that state…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The petition of the day is: Kolon Industries, Incorporated v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company 14-77 Issue: Whether, under 28 U.S.C. § 455(b), the federal recusal statute, a federal judge is relieved of his mandatory statutory duty of self-disqualification simply because neither party filed a timely motion to disqualify the judge. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Last of first-round same-sex marriage cases is in

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    The last in the first round of new same-sex marriage cases to reach the Supreme Court — an appeal by a county clerk in Virginia — was filed on Friday, and it offered the Court a variety of options for confronting the constitutional controversy.  While making a plea that this case be the one chosen for review, it also accepted being put on hold if the Court were to choose to move ahead with another case instead. A key facet of the new petition, McQuigg v. Bostic (not yet assigned a docket number), was a suggestion that the Court put its primary focus on the basic issue of state…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Bonner v. City of Brighton, Michigan 14-63 Issue: (1) Whether certiorari should be granted to resolve the conflicting decisions between the Michigan Supreme Court and other states’ courts as to whether an ordinance violates substantive and procedural due process when it creates a presumption that an unsafe structure shall be demolished as a public nuisance if the cost to repair the structure would exceed its value and when the ordinance does not afford the owner an option to repair as a matter of right; and (2) whether the Brighton code of ordinances §…
  • Utah couples support same-sex marriage review

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    The same-sex marriage case that is most familiar to the Supreme Court — from Utah — is close to being ready for the Justices to consider it alone or among other cases for review.  Lawyers for three couples — two who wish to marry, and one seeking official recognition of their existing marriage — on Thursday filed a brief supporting review of the already-filed appeal by Utah state officials. This is the lawsuit in which the Supreme Court itself on January 6 blocked a federal judge’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, to allow time for an appeal.  Since…
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Peter King: The United States had "allies lined up" for air strikes in Syria and then Obama "pulled the rug out."

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Peter King: U.S. had 'allies lined up' for air strikes in Syria before Obama 'pulled the rug out' Sunday marked the one-year point from President Barack Obama’s Aug. 31, 2013, Rose Garden address seeking congressional approval to conduct air strikes in Syria against Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Twelve months later, the situation in Syria remains a troubling international crisis, amplified by the growing presence of the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, throughout the region. Across all five major Sunday political shows, Republicans…
  • Burger King: After merging with Tim Hortons of Canada, Burger King is "not moving. … Our headquarters will remain in Miami" and "(we) will continue to pay all of our federal, state and local U.S. taxes."

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Burger King says it's 'not moving' and 'will continue to pay all' of its taxes When Burger King, the American fast-food icon, announced a deal to join forces with the Canadian coffee-and-donuts giant Tim Hortons, the reaction was swift. Burger King, it turned out, would become part of a Canadian parent company, potentially resulting in significant savings on what it pays in U.S. taxes -- a maneuver known as a corporate tax "inversion." Politicians, and ordinary Americans, cried foul. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, urged customers to bring their…
  • Bernie Sanders: "In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9 percent."

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bernie Sanders says tax share paid by corporations has fallen from 33% to 9% since 1952 As politicians and commentators were criticizing decisions by companies to shift their corporate headquarters overseas in order to cut their tax bill to Uncle Sam, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., created a shareable meme to illustrate how much corporate tax collection has plunged over the past few decades. The meme says: "Want to better understand why we have a federal deficit? In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue.
  • Mark Pryor: Says Tom Cotton "voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola."

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Pryor says Cotton voted 'no' on pandemic prevention bill, ignores Cotton's 'yes' vote While it’s highly unlikely that Ebola will make it to the United States, the pandemic has wormed its way into one of the most contentious U.S. Senate races -- in Arkansas. Despite the fears of many Americans, experts on infectious diseases -- including the Centers for Disease Control -- say there is a very, very low likelihood that the United States would experience an Ebola outbreak. Compared to west Africa, America has well-resourced health care services, as…
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: "Cory Gardner is sponsoring a bill to ban all abortions right now."

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Democratic group claims Cory Gardner backs bill to 'ban all abortions' Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s running to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, is finding his stance on abortion targeted by another Democratic attack ad. We previously rated a Udall claim that Gardner "championed" an effort to ban birth control in Colorado as Half True. The latest 30-second spot, aired by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, features a handful of women criticizing the Colorado Republican’s pro-life stance. "Why do guys like Cory…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Late Night Labor Day Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    While we’re technically still in the Labor-Day window, I want to recommend Ed Kilgore’s Washington Monthly post on “Anti-Labor Day“: I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned here before the profound effect of spending my most formative childhood years in a place that was sort of a monument to capital’s war on labor. LaGrange, Georgia, in the early 1960s was a textile company town ruled economically, politically & socially by the Callaway family, proprietors of Callaway Mills. People there still talked—whispered, really—about the anti-union violence that occurred…
  • Another Labor Day Sign

    constitutional mistermix
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    As a comment on my earlier post, Reader N sent this sign from a butcher’s shop (“Labor Day Hours / On Monday September 1st, we will close at 2 PM. Don’t complain because you all get a three-day weekend”) Yet another open thread. Share
  • The Greatest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    John Cole +0
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Confederate Flag- check American Flag vest- check Flask of whiskey- check Drunken southern drawl- check Fire- check All this needs is a pick-em-up truck, some chewing tobacco, and a shotgun, and this would be the perfect video. (via Wonkette) Share
  • OPEN THREAD- NOW WITH NUDE SELFIES

    John Cole +0
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    No, we don't have nudes of @ggreenwald. Stop asking. — NSA Public Relations (@NSA_PR) September 1, 2014 Raging debate on twitter about the celebrity leaks. Obviously a violation of privacy and horrifying for those involved, especially since many of the victims allegedly deleted the photos a while back but for some reason they were still on the cloud. I still don’t know why anyone would run around with nude selfies of themselves on the phone or stored to the cloud, but the fact that people did try to delete them should mute the musings of fatheads like me. At the same time,…
  • Happy Labor Day

    Kay
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Here’s a nice story about workers coming together to create a non-state collective alternative to state actions (worker-friendly laws and regulation) for worker protection and negotiation. Those non-state entities are called labor unions, and no one has come up with anything to replace them yet which is probably why they keep rising from the dead every time they’re declared O.V.E.R (!) and annoying both politicians and private sector CEO’s with their olde timey, noisy and unfashionable demands. Obviously, both political leaders and private sector CEO’s would find this…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Carl Hiaasen: If you don’t ask, Rick Scott won’t tell (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Rick Scott is our own man of mystery, Austin Powers without the hair mop and dance moves. No Florida governor has ever operated with such jet-setting stealth, concealing so many details of his daily travels and contacts. He says he’s out working nonstop for the citizens of his adopted state, yet his official schedule is full… Share on Tumblr
  • The Yazidi Nightmare: Hopefully Some of It Is Over

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    While there are a thousand reasons not to use military force in support of the tens of thousands of innocents “over there” who are being tortured, abducted, raped and murdered en-masse, one reason to do so — although many will say it is a flimsy one — is because our national psyche and our national conscience tells us that it is the right thing to do. The rescue of an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 Yazidis who had fled to Mount Sinjar, where they languished for days in the heat without food, water or medicine until “Kurdish forces, aided by U.S. air strikes, managed to help most…
  • Happy Labor Day

    Kevin Purcell
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Hope your weekend was a great one. Some quotes ===> A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. Albert Einstein My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. Indira Gandhi There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right. Bill Cosby…
  • Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast

    HART WILLIAMS
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Labor Day actually falls ON Labor Day this year. Monday, September 1, 2014. It was the strangest of days, it was the  most predictable of days. Happy Labor Day.  Are Unions Dead? Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic —  An interview with Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert … Are unions dead?  —  No.  —  Explain, please.  —  Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still significant American institutions…. Yes: who could have predicted that, having literally bought themselves the best legislatures and Supreme…
  • New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    New Technology Could End The Debate Over Pipeline Safety by James Stafford, Oilprice.com Who could have ever imagined that North America would surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids? A decade ago, that would have seemed laughable. Yet that’s exactly what has happened; and it’s not just Saudi Arabia that has been left in North America’s dust — Russia has, too. The surge in North American oil and gas production is arguably the most important development in energy over the last decade. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that…
 
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  • “Grindr” gay smartphone app turns off “distance” option in face of privacy concerns

    John Aravosis
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The popular gay smartphone app “Grindr” has turned off its “show your distance” option, apparently in response to concerns raised last week by privacy advocates. Grindr, an app used by gay men to meet other gay men (for dating, finding friends, or just hooking up), uses your location to find other Grindr subscribers in your area. Users are given the option of showing how many feet, meters, miles or kilometers they are away from the other users. Because the app doesn’t show which direction you are from the other user, it was considered to be relatively safe.
  • Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead

    John Aravosis
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Only days after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her firearms instructor to death with an Uzi submachine gun, Groupon is offering its subscribers target practice packages that include Uzis. Groupon initially shut down its gun packages after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newton, Connecticut, where nearly two dozen young grade school kids were shot to death. The packages however started up again six months later. Here’s one from Groupon’s Florida operation. It, and the deal below from Texas, include Uzis: And here’s Texas: The AR-15, also mentioned in the above ad,…
  • Oh mighty ISIS

    John Aravosis
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    “Oh mighty Isis.” It seemed time :-)
  • This gun owner thinks it’s nuts to hand a 9 y.o. an Uzi

    Becca Morn
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    John wrote earlier about the 9-year-old girl in Las Vegas whose parents thought it would be a good idea to let her shoot an Uzi submachine gun. Not surprisingly, the gun, set on automatic — a setting at which it fires 600 rounds per minute — went wildly out of control in the little girl’s hands. As she lost control of the weapon, it shot her instructor in the head, killing him. Simplifying somewhat, there are basically three ways a gun or rifle can fire. (Not going to get into single-action vs double-action.) One: The gun fires. and then you need to do something to…
  • 9 y.o. girl shoots instructor dead while learning to fire Uzi machine gun

    John Aravosis
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    The parents of a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey, visiting Las Vegas, thought it would be a neat idea to teach their fourth grader how to shoot an Uzi. An Uzi is a submachine gun. The kind of gun that when you hold the trigger down it just keeps shooting and shooting. So they took the child to the Last Stop, a combination extreme shooting range and burger joint where kids and adults can shoot machine guns and launch grenades. Oh, and they throw in a free burger too. So guess what happened next? Moments before the 9 y.o. girl shot her instructor in the head with an Uzi, killing him. After…
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  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

    lurgee (/politics/member/lurgee)
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite. - June 18, 14
  • Rap Critic: Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio

    DerHasisttot (/politics/member/DerHasisttot)
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Interesting in-depth analysis of the song during its time and environment.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

    Sagemind (/politics/member/Sagemind)
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Palestine Israel 101 - History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - Israeli Narrative - Palestinian Narrative Side by Side Comparison of Israel and Palestine - Religion - Population - Economy - Military A Path to Resolution of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - The Two State Solution - Support for Peace
  • Cop Says Obama Doesn't Follow Constitution, Neither Does He

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Via Liberty Viral: A New Jersey police officer responded to a citizen’s inquiry about problems with a local animal shelter by claiming he is not required to follow the constitution because the president doesn’t either. From Freethoughtproject: Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of objections about recent violations at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. According to the Community outreach facebook page created to expose the atrocities of the shelter, Reform Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, there is a long stemming controversy from the Helmetta Mayor,…
  • Sen. Whitehouse debunks climate change myths

    ChaosEngine (/politics/member/ChaosEngine)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    YT: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Good to see at least someone in the US government understands reality.
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    The American Prospect

  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
  • Still Nader After All These Years

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
 
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  • State of the Nation

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In early August the NBC/WSJ poll found that 71% of us think the country is on the wrong track. In the last year the wrong track number has ranged from a low of 62% (9/13) to a high of 78% (10/13). 76% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. 2% are satisfied. [Gallup 8/14] The official BLS unemployment rate for July 2014 is 6.2%, up a point from the previous month, but still down 1.1% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is…
  • President Obama

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 8/14-16) is 41% approval/53% disapproval. Of the six most recent, two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating continues to be better than Richard Nixon and is tied with George Bush II. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. The list of 6 follows:   Approve Disapprove Reagan 61 27 (8/11/86) Clinton 62 35 (8/23/98) Eisenhower 56 27 (8/25/58) Obama 42 51 8/18/14) G Bush (II) 42 54 (8/20/06) Nixon 24 66 (8/5/74) Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS…
  • The Congress

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    83% disapprove of the way that Congress is handling its job. 55% disapprove strongly. 13% approve of the job being done; 2% approve strongly. [Gallup 7/14] In July, surveys conducted by Fox, Gallup, and CBS show that approval of the job being done by Congress ranges from 13-15% approval. Four surveys taken by The Economist/YouGov during July averaged 8.5% approval. The latter is down from an average 9.3% approval in three surveys taken during June. 19% of registered voters say that most Members of Congress deserve re- election. 50% think their own Member deserves re-election. [Gallup 8/14]…
  • 2016

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Since the last edition of the Watch (early July), one Democrat and seven Republicans have been added to the list of people who have said they are thinking about running for President, or who have been talked about by others as potential candidates for the top office. The Republicans are Michelle Bachmann, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, John Huntsman, Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump, and Mitt Romney. The Democrat is Joe Manchin. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains the one person who clears the field if she decides to run. Chatter at the moment is that Clinton might be headed toward a…
  • This and That

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Meaning of Words Ever since my days growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, I have used two words that I found quite descriptive. It has now been brought to my attention that these two words have not been granted entry to any English language dictionary, the suggestion being that they are, therefore, not words. The words and their meaning follows: Catsafranas – confused, mixed up, complicated Difugalty (Difugalties) – a problem
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • A Few Bills of Note: Plastic Bags, Accreditation, Uber

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    As legislative deadline draws near, bills aplenty by Brian Leubitz It's that time of year again. The season for quickie news stories proclaiming one new law or another. With the legislative deadline coming at the end of the month for bills to get out of the Legislature, we will be seeing plenty more in the next few days. In fact, I'll be on KALW's Your Call on Sept. 2 at 10AM to talk about a few of the noteworthy bills. But before we get there, let's take a look at a few already on the move. Senate Bill 270 by Senators Padilla, de León and Lara, passed off the California State Assembly Floor…
  • Assembly Passes Victim-Centered Sexual Assault Policy

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Would require unambigious affirmative consent by Brian Leubitz The Assembly passed Sen. Kevin de León's SB967 yesterday, requiring two-sided affirmative consent on college campuses. A bill doing so, SB967, passed the Assembly on a 52-16 vote Monday as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. It now heads back to the Senate for what is expected to be a final vote on amendments. The bill by state Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, changes the definition of consent for campuses investigating sexual assault cases by requiring "an…
  • Governor Signs Smartphone Theft Bill

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Leno bill requires anti-theft software by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown signed Sen. Leno's SB 962 today addressing the growing epidemic of smartphone theft in California. SB 962 requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions to render the devices useless if stolen. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation prompting every consumer to enable a kill switch as the default setting during the initial setup of a new smartphone. Sen. Leno then went full Colbert in his assesment of the bill: "California has just put smartphone thieves on…
  • A Necessary Drop in the Immigration Bucket

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    California leaders agree to $3M for legal aid for undocumented children While three million dollars is really just a drop in the bucket for the  the many undocumented children and their legal expenses, it sends a strong statement: Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Legislative leaders announced legislation Thursday that sets aside the money for non-profits that provide legal help to unaccompanied minors currently in California. *** **** *** "These young people have legal rights and responsibilities, but they cannot fully participate in complex immigration proceedings…
  • Get Ready for Lots of Advertising: Props 45 and 46 Favored by Likely Voters

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Proposition Yes No DK 45 - Justify Rates 69 16 15 46 - Drug Testing/Malpractice 58 30 12 47 - Sentencing 57 24 19 Measures draw ire of health insurance companies and doctors by Brian Leubitz The Field Poll has been doing a study of health care issues with the California Wellness Foundation, and today they released their numbers on the two health care related measures on the ballot. (Poll summary) As you can see from the numbers to the right, the health insurance companies aren't that popular. As you can see if you look a bit higher to the right, they are starting to spend on advertising.
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats: A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and -- in the words of a local news report -- "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" -- for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's…
  • Why I'm Ending My Boycott of German Cars

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    So I told Mrs. Goldblog last week that I had a revelation. “Did you find Jesus?” she asked. No, not quite that big, I said. My revelation concerned German automobiles, I said. Specifically, it has been revealed to me that it is now theoretically possible for us, as a Jewish family, to buy a BMW. The chains of belief and sentiment and psychic unease that have kept me from making such a purchase have been sundered. Mrs. Goldblog immediately registered her dissent, though she understood the source of my volte-face: It was the result of a visit we had just made to a dormant Icelandic…
  • Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much anti-Jewish activity today is within Europe’s large Muslim-immigrant population; but the young men who threaten their Jewish neighbors draw on the language and traditions of European anti-Semitism as much as they do on Muslim modes of anti-Semitic thought.) On the other hand, the intensity, and velocity, of anti-Jewish invective—and actual anti-Jewish thuggery—has surprised even…
  • Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that “when you have a professional army ... fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit…
  • What Would Hamas Do If It Could Do Whatever It Wanted?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    In the spring of 2009, Roger Cohen, the New York Times columnist, surprised some of his readers by claiming that Iran’s remaining Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility.” Cohen wrote: “Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran—its sophistication and culture—than all the inflammatory rhetoric.” Perhaps. In this, and other, columns, Cohen appeared to be trying to convince his fellow Jews that they had less to fear from the Iran of Khamenei and (at the time) Ahmadinejad…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • CNN to Islamist Cleric: 'I Respect That You Try to Get Your Message Out However You Can'

    Daniel Halper
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    CNN host Brian Stelter told terror-supporting cleric Anjem Choudary that he "respect[s] that you try to get your message out however you can." He made the comments after Choudary said sharia was coming to America: Stelter made the comments after Choudary said, "I believe that the sharia is the best way of life. I believe one day it will come to America and the rest of the world." "When I hear you say that, as an American, I know you've said that in the last few days, it reads to me as something that's propesterous," said Stelter. "But I respect…
  • Supporter to Obama: 'Announce a State of Emergency' To Get Around GOP Congress

    Jeryl Bier
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    In 2014, President Obama has made much of his pen-and-a-phone strategy to accomplish his goals in the face of what he calls an "unprecedented pattern of obstruction" from Republicans in Congress. Apparently the president's supporters are on board with the idea of unilateral executive action. At a meeting last Friday, a supporter of the president asked about the possibility of "a state of emergency." The president relayed the story to another groups of supporters at a Democratic National Committee event later in the day at a private residence in Purchase, New…
  • Video: Libyan Rebels Swim, Belly-Flop in U.S. Embassy Pool in Tripoli?

    Daniel Halper
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Here's video reportedly of Libyan rebels swimming (and doing a belly-flop) in the U.S. embassy pool in Tripoli: And here's the raw video from the embassy: "Libyans have overrun a residential compound abandoned by the American Embassy when it pulled out of Tripoli in July, according to a video circulated online Sunday. Dozens of gleeful trespassers could be seen gathered around a swimming pool inside the compound, and a few dived in from the second-floor balcony, all fully clothed," the New York Times reports. Like most foreign governments, the United States withdrew its…
  • Obama: Bush-Cheney 'Security Apparatus' Makes Us 'Pretty Safe'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama. First the president said the situation in the Middle East is "scary," according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.  "I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after…
  • Obama: ISIS 'Doesn’t Immediately Threaten the Homeland'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." Obama also claimed to be "seeing a change in the order in the Middle East." He called it "scary." The comments come after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. "[I]nternationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.  And I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • You Guide to the Latest Depressing News Out of China

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    First, for fair-and-balanced purposes, if you'd like to start with some depressing trends out of the US, be sure to read “The punditry vs. the presidency,” by Michael Cohen in the NY Daily News. It is about the destructive, non-accountable pundit pressure on Barack Obama to prove his strength by “doing something” about the crises underway around the world. Ah, it brings the "why we hate the media" days back so vividly. On to China. 1. Politics. Last night my wife and I heard the cheering news on (state controlled) China Central TV that universal suffrage was coming to Hong…
  • California High-Speed Rail No. 10: Palate Cleanser

    James Fallows
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As a reminder, this is No. 10 in a series on the proposed north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which deserves national attention as the highest-stakes infrastructure project underway anywhere in America now. (Although someone from Philadelphia just wrote to say: Uncle! What we really need is HSR from the East Coast through to the Midwest. I know what he's talking about, but I'll leave that to someone else.) For previous installments see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7No. 8, and No. 9. The previous entry was very long and detailed—it was a reply by Dan Richard, the…
  • California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As a reminder, this is No. 9 in a series on the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which according to me deserves national attention as the highest-stakes infrastructure project underway anywhere in America now. For previous installments see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7, andNo. 8. We have a few more installments still to go. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more When last we visited this topic, with No. 8, eight readers were offering eight complaints about the concept and execution of the system. Back in early July, with No. 3, the chairman of…
  • Late Summer Reading, Cheering and Otherwise, But Worth Checking Out

    James Fallows
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    My colleague, Alexis Madrigal, has a wonderful daily newsletter called 5 Intriguing Things. If you haven’t signed up for it, you can check out back issues here and sign up to get it delivered daily here. In the same spirit, and before resuming the High Speed Rail saga, here are five (bonus six!) articles worth mentioning. These are connected only by my having noticed them while reading and traveling and wanting to pass them on.  1) The Washington Monthly's sensible college rankings. As I've chronicled here before, in one chapter of life I was involved in trying to clean up the…
  • California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

    James Fallows
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. It is the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which had its genesis before Jerry Brown’s second coming as California’s governor but is now his signature project as he runs for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term. For…
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    The American Scene

  • Heighten the contradictions

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

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

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

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

    Matt Feeney
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    When the Columbine massacre happened one of the first things I thought of, thanks to Hegel and Nietzsche, was the internet.The internet was just then becoming this participatory thing, for everyone, and I had the Hegel-inspired bad feeling that one effect of this new technology of self-assertion would be a nagging and widespread condition of abstract discontent. In the olden days of Aristotle summoned by Hegel in the Phenomenology, it was only rich guys, who’d proven themselves in battle and owned slaves they’d taken in battle, who had the freedom to make a huge deal about their…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Stolen iphone nudes and John Updike's trash

    liberal japonicus
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    by liberal japonicus Been seeing a lot of articles about the stolen nude photos, (here is the google realtime newsfeed) and, as it usually happens, a bit of serendipity in seeing this New Yorker article. This is not to suggest that John Updike's trash are nude photos of celebs, but juxtaposing the two stories is interesting.   I'd connect this to notions of toleration, defined as things you could do, but you won't. I'm not sure if there is anyone who I am so interested in that I would like to rummage through their roadside trashbags, but I would give my eyeteeth to find…
  • Hugo Awards post-game analysis

    SuperUser
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    by Doctor Science The 2014 Hugo Awards were announced August 17, and the results weren't terribly surprising. The "Sad Puppies Slate", put together by Larry Correia and other self-described conservatives, lost by a landslide.[1] Now Correia says both that he isn't surprised by the results, but also that they prove he was right: My stated goals this entire time was to get some political untouchables onto their sainted slate, so that they would demonstrate that there was serious political bias in the awards. ... I predicted that the SJWs[2] would mobilize to stop the untouchable barbarians, so…
  • A useful way of looking at the tolerance question

    SuperUser
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    by Doctor Science Over at digby's, Batocchio wrote a good, long analysis of the tolerance issue we've also been discussing. The most useful part, for me, is this chart: The real problems with tolerance are the categories Batocchio accurately labels "Smug Hipster Assholes" and "Friendly but Misguided Authoritarians". The FMAs are much nicer people than the SHAs, more pleasant to be around, and can be wonderfully helpful and caring when you have a direct, personal problem. In contrast, even when they're on your side the SHAs can be so annoying you just want to…
  • Out of the nest

    SuperUser
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    by Doctor Science I got back yesterday from dropping Sprog the Younger off at BALAC (the Boston Area Liberal Arts College where she's a freshman). It took a lot less time than I expected, because they used a move-in procedure I only heard about last year, when an e-friend encountered it moving her sprog into the University of Toronto. I'm guessing it's become common for colleges in urban areas or where parking is at a premium. What happens is that you drive up with your offspring and a car full of stuff, and they sort you by dorm into a holding area parking lot. Every so often they send a…
  • A true hermit can never tell you why he is a true hermit

    liberal japonicus
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This piece about Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, fascinating.  Following his arrest, the court of public opinion was deeply divided. The man who wanted to live his life as invisibly as possible had become one of the most famous people in Maine. You could not walk into a bar in the Augusta area without stumbling into a debate about what should be done with Christopher Knight. Some said that he must immediately be released from jail. Stealing cheese and bacon are not serious crimes. The man was apparently never violent. He didn't carry a weapon. He's an introvert, not a…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What Is PFM?

    Jay
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership Public Financial Management (PFM) is a term often thrown about when talking budgets and budgeting. Just as often its definition remains somewhat mysterious. A heterogeneous group of experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and think tanks—including yours truly from IBP, representing civil society views on the matter—collaborated on a recently published paper that tries to “demystify the concept.” It aims to present a simple yet innovative way…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

    Jay
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the instrumental role of budgets in promoting development, redistributing wealth, and reducing poverty has been increasingly recognized. Second, this growing recognition of the importance of budgeting in addressing some of the…
  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

    Deidre
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Ahead of the 4 July holiday in the States, we’ve compiled a list of publications, articles, and other interesting links to keep you up-to-date on recent happenings related to budget work, participatory budgeting initiatives, budget websites, and much more. Enjoy! Research and publications ODDC Dissemination of the Uganda/Kenya Case Study: Highlights (Development Initiatives) This post reviews the findings of a study “How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation.” Book Review: Public Financial Management and Its…
  • The Hidden Corners of Public Finance: Where Can CSOs Look, and for What?

    Ryan Flynn
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative Budget transparency, the mantra goes, is key for citizens to hold governments accountable for how they spend public money. But what if public spending does not happen through the budget, or if a good share of public resources are not captured in budget documents? Time and time again, the Open Budget Survey has shown that many governments keep certain corners of public finance hidden from public view. Questions in the Open Budget Survey that are linked, for example, to extra-budgetary funds,…
  • Unlocking Budget Data in Australia: the BudgetAus Collaboration

    Jay
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post was written by Rosie Williams of InfoAus. Budget transparency in Australia has recently taken a big step forward with the first ever release of federal budget data in machine readable format. Prior to this year, budget data in Australia had been locked away in PDF and Word documents. While these publications met the broad guidelines for reporting government spending to the public, analysis of government spending remained a difficult and time consuming process. Providing information is one thing, making it usable is yet another. Unlocking the data As a novice programmer with a degree…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense: The DCCC doesn’t provide evidence of “insider deals.” Instead, it assumes corruption because Allen’s company once received a contract when it wasn’t the lowest bidder. It also speculates that Allen benefited from his brother’s position as a county commissioner even though the brother recused himself from votes involving Allen’s company. The ad also says that…
  • Trading Jabs in Michigan

    Robert Farley
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters. Land’s ad blames Peters for the fact that “Michigan gas taxes are siphoned off by Washington instead of staying here and being spent on Michigan’s crumbling roads.” But Michigan got a return of $1.03 on every highway dollar spent on federal gasoline taxes in 2012. An ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, claims Land “said guaranteeing equal pay for women who do the same work as men is not a good idea.” Land…
  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of “profiting from her votes in Congress.” But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts. The ad says that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office,” but her family’s estimated net worth has actually declined since she took office in January 2009. There is also less than meets the eye to the ad’s claims about “a shady stock deal and a conflict of interest.” The claim about “votes” that supposedly enriched her family refers to the American Recovery and…
  • Presidential Vacations

    Lori Robertson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. FULL ANSWER Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.) The recent barrage from our readers coincides with Obama’s 15-day family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard…
  • South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

    Robert Farley
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor’s race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley “hid it from us for over two weeks” — but the ad fails to mention that Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators. “She did what we asked her to do,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told FactCheck.org. Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has repeatedly criticized Haley for her handling of a security breach…
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    TechPresident

  • In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law.
  • The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality.
  • In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.
  • Ushahidi Provides Journalists With Instant Real-Time Crisis Data

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Times have changed since Ushahidi first launched its crisis mapping platform in the violent aftermath of the 2007 elections in Kenya. With the use of social media now widespread, so too has the way in which many media, international organizations, and local NGOs now work. Ushahidi has had to go social.
  • Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Environmental monitoring can be expensive and difficult but tech is changing how we relate to the environment. Until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. But as smart phones have gotten into more hands, and more people get connected online, environmental activism has started to shift, or grow, as well.
 
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    Corrente

  • Real Fiscal Responsibility 4; Carter: Education Reform

    letsgetitdone
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Body:  If you're reading this you've landed near but not at the beginning of my very lengthy series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods, beginning in 1977 - 1981 with the Jimmy Carter period. My first post explained why I chose to start my evaluation with the Carter period, and also laid out my related definitions of fiscal sustainability, and fiscal responsibility. It explained why fiscal responsibility is closely connected to the idea…
  • What Avedon said

    lambert
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Body:  If every word of this weren't true, I'd call this a rant:
  • Cannonfire is right

    lambert
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Body:  Cannonfire looked into Yandex, the Russian mail service. I'm testing some new keen Drupal software, and I needed to create a number of accounts, so I thought I'd test it out. It's pretty slick! And as Cannonfire says:
  • Let the bedwetting begin!

    lambert
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Body:  'Hundreds' of Americans linked to IS: lawmaker.
  • In the garden: The race against mildew

    lambert
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Body:  As you can see, I've got some nice orange something-or-others coming in, at lower left, under the leaves, and as usual, at upper right, a great teaming mass of tomatoes are all going to ripen at once. So, success!
 
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  • The end of the summer

    susie
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Dar Williams:
  • One less bell to answer

    susie
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    The 5th Dimension:
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    susie
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
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    1 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
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  • Casinos to laid-off workers: Happy Labor Day!

    odd man out
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I was telling Swamp Rabbit about my Labor Day Weekend trip to Atlantic City, where three casinos are closing and more than 5,700 casino workers are being laid off over the next two weeks. “Closed” stickers were slapped onto the Showboat’s front doors by security personnel at 3 p.m. yesterday. Just like that, 2,100 people were out of work. A stunned looking woman standing nearby told me she’d worked in the employees’ cafeteria for 25 years and was still hoping Caesars Entertainment, Showboat’s owner, would reverse its decision to pull the plug. Good luck…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform by Latina Lista by Gary Segura Latino Decisions In a matter of weeks or even days, we anticipate that President Obama will articulate some changes to immigration administration and enforcement that will provide some security to undocumented persons living and working in the United States. This action will represent the full and final defeat of the legislative effort at the hands of House Republicans. Despite some…
  • Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific by Latina Lista By Deborah Charnes LatinaLista I’d heard the expression, but I wasn’t really sure what it meant. Living off the grid. I attended a lecture by a photographer who talked about living off the grid in Canada. I sensed she was fleeing from society. Holed away in the hinterlands. Homeschooling the kids. Tending to the fields to supply their food consumption. I got the impression living…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists For over a third of a century, Hispanic Link has built its national reputation by finding unique voices and covering breaking news. The news service, syndicated nationally in both English and Spanish, has produced nearly 6,000 news features and opinion pieces by Hispanics…
  • Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed by Latina Lista By Luis Montoya Rio Grande Guardian BROWNSVILLE, TX — State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border. “It’s embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line,” Oliveira told Action 4 News KGBT-TV. “This is the fault of the state. This…
  • Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games by Latina Lista By Agnes Rivera Peru This Week The International Surfing Association has chosen Peru to be host of 2014´s surfing competition. The 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (WSG) is an ISA World Championship that brings together surfers from all over the world to compete in Team, Open, and Women divisions. Surfers will be looking to catch a break on the waves of Punta Rocas. In the 1965 ISA World Surfing…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Human Toll of Offshoring

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What should we be doing to make globalization work for us instead of against us?
  • The Revolt of the Weak

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This summer, the bad guys have looked energetic while the good guys have looked tired, putting the norms of civilization under threat.
  • Obama’s Messy Words

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There’s inadequate urgency or reassurance in the president’s language, as Americans gaze with horror at events abroad.
  • The Medicare Miracle

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    After all the talk about how providing health care to the uninsured would be unaffordable and unsustainable, it turns out that it isn’t hard at all.
  • Obama and the Warmongers

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president’s deliberative approach to the ISIS threat may be drowned out by the chants for blood.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Stringer Theory: a Democrat Rises to Challenge de Blasio

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The mayor and the comptroller. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office) Scott Stringer was stunned. Mr. Stringer, the city comptroller, found himself last week on the receiving end of the sort of Bloombergian wrath that is rarely seen from Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat with an operative’s sense of discretion. Mr. de Blasio had wrangled two pols from Mr. Stringer’s Upper West Side base, along with many other shared allies, to repudiate his latest analysis of the mayor’s prekindergarten plan, even digging out a statement from a former Bloomberg chief of staff to drive the…
  • ‘The Leftovers’ 1×10: The Prodigal Son Returns…Next Week

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The penultimate episode of the HBO drama provided us with a bit of backstory by pulling a #tbt to October 13th (aka the day before the Sudden Departure.) In it we learned that if you hate your children enough you actually can wish them away! We also learned that you should always jump at an opportunity to sleep with not-your-wife in a trashy motel because you never know when the Rapture will make that not-wife disappear faster than you can stress-smoke a hidden mailbox cigarette! “I can’t quit you, Nicotine!” – Kevin Unfortunately the creators of the show were too…
  • ‘Ray Donovan’ Recap 2×8: ‘Sunny’

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This does not end well. (Showtime) Some shows might take off for the holiday weekend (I’m looking at you HBO) but not Ray Donovan. What the show lacks in believable dialogue it makes up for in work ethic. This week there’s some real action, same shitty Boston accents and of course, lots of phone calls. So many phone calls. Here’s the story of this week’s Ray Donovan told mostly through all those calls: Ray calls Avi – R: “You watching Abby cheat on me with that cop, Jim?” A: “I’d rather not say.” Lee Drexler calls Ezra – “I’m back. Quit it…
  • ‘Doctor Who’ Recap 8×2: Abnormal Psychology

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor goes into a Dalek. (Ray Burmiston/BBC) Last week, the new Doctor announced a new mission: He’s out to right the wrongs he has committed in his very, very long life. Before we can get started on that, though, he’ll need some sort of definition of “right” and “wrong”—and what better place to do that than a ship named the Aristotle? Doctor Who is fond of staging morality plays, and as with this episode, they are often left satisfyingly open-ended. But this time around, the show takes the usual elements of its moral universe and turns them on…
  • ‘The Real Housewives of Melbourne,’ 1 x 6: Anyone for Tennis?

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The last Real Housewives of Melbourne episode was pretty light on Lydia, so this week, we check in with her first. She’s at her interior decorating school, where she’s showing her instructor, Kieron, her latest arts n’ crafts decorating project.  Ummm what even is this. Kieron doesn’t seem to be particularly impressed, but maybe it’s just because he’s not thinking on Lydia’s level. “He does admire my opinion, and so he questions himself,” Lydia tells the camera. Would we call that “admiration”? Speaking of interior design,…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The GOP’s Foreign Policy Swagger Problem

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chris Christie unsurprisingly knows nothing about foreign policy: It was not, according to several of those in attendance, a tough or unexpected inquiry. But Mr. Christie, usually known for his oratorical sure-footedness, offered an uncharacteristically wobbly reply, displaying little grasp of the facts and claiming that if he were in charge, Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, would know better than to mess with him. According to an audio recording of the event, he said Mr. Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same…
  • Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Ben Judah proposes a thoroughly crazy idea: If we believe that Ukraine will one day become a member of the European Union and NATO, then we should be ready to arm it. We must face the fact that the costs of unlimited European Union and NATO expansion have meant war with Russia by proxy — and then fight the war. Having reignited the hottest moments of the Cold War, we must deal with the consequences of encouraging democratization in Eastern Europe. This logic demands that we send Western military advisers to Kiev, and give the Ukrainians full intelligence and satellite support. And we must…
  • Beware of Threat Inflators Offering “Solutions”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Michael Cohen offers a useful reminder that the world is still mostly much more secure and peaceful than it used to be: Worst of all, the constant calls for a quick and usually muscular response to perceived national security threats gives Americans a false sense of insecurity. The fact is, while people may be relentlessly, breathlessly trying to make us believe that we’re on the cusp of World War III, the world is actually pretty safe. From Latin America and Europe to the Far East and broad swathes of sub-Saharan Africa, most of the world is at peace. While 2014 has been a particularly…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The case for restraint. William Ruger reviews Barry Posen’s Restraint for the current issue of TAC. Keeping the threat from ISIS in perspective. Paul Pillar urges Americans not to exaggerate the threat. Iraq, Obama, and the future of war powers. Robert Golan-Vilella explains why Congress needs to vote on a new authorization for ongoing military action in Iraq. “Smart power” set Libya on fire. Michael Brendan Dougherty counts the costs of the Libyan war. Who cares about Ukraine? Thomas Graham reminds us that Ukraine has always mattered far more to Russia than it does to the…
  • Breaking the Bad Habit of Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Thomas Donnelly writes a very weird response to a recent Sean Kay argument: Both Sean Kay and Barack Obama would like to see America repudiate its traditional strategic culture, to stop intervening and to end our involvement in “other people’s” conflicts. At least Realists make no pretense about being attuned to others’ cries of “Liberta! Liberta!” But those cries still resonate in most American ears, and it’s the president’s tone-deafness that is souring his supporters [bold mine-DL]. Donnelly’s proof for this “traditional strategic…
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • The U.S. Should Not Wage War Against ISIS Like Afghanistan and Iraq

    Mark Thompson
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The U.S. waged two effective short-term wars following 9/11. Unfortunately, the nation then grafted them onto far more ambitious enterprises that not only drove their costs, in American blood and treasure, through the roof, but also sowed the seeds for failure. MoreU.S. Military Targets Extremists in SomaliaU.S. Air Strikes and Aid for Iraqi Town Under SiegeU.S. Launches Airstrike Against Islamist Rebels in Somalia NBC NewsHow Safe Is Your Cloud? What to Know About Alleged Celeb Hack NBC NewsDid Handcuffed Man Kill Himself? Family Demands Probe NBC NewsThat’s the key takeaway to keep in…
  • Obama Plugs ‘Immigration Rights’ in Labor Day Address

    Zeke J Miller
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Delivering a fiery address marking Labor Day in Milwaukee on Monday, President Barack Obama for the first time indicated his support for the rights of immigrants in the U.S. “Hope is what gives us courage; hope is what gave soldiers courage to storm a beach,” Obama said, harkening back to his 2008 presidential campaign. “Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights and workers’ rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigration rights.” It was the first time “immigration rights” had been included in the…
  • Biden Celebrates Labor Day With Call For ‘Fair Wage’

    Justin Worland
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden celebrated Labor Day with a call for a “fair wage” at a union rally for workers in Detroit on Monday. “Folks, the middle class is in real trouble now,” Biden said to an enthusiastic crowd. “A job’s about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity, it’s about your place in the community, it’s about who you are.” Biden’s 20-minute speech employed a populist and personal tone as he took on everything from the estate tax to American corporations that have moved operations overseas. Biden, who is…
  • Rick Perry Disavows Tweet Calling Democratic D.A. a Drunk

    Dan Kedmey
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Texas Governor Rick Perry deleted an “unauthorized” tweet sent out from his official account on Sunday evening, that included a mocking image of a district attorney who is involved in a criminal indictment against the governor. “I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down,” Perry tweeted from his official account. The removed tweet included an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg surrounded by beer bottles with a derisive comment about her drunk driving conviction in 2013. Lehmberg refused to resign after the conviction, prompting Perry to…
  • Iraqi Forces Break ISIS Siege After U.S. Air Campaign

    Zeke J Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    The Iraqi military announced Sunday it had broken a siege of the town of Amerli by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, hours after the United States launched an air campaign to assist Iraqi civilians there. MoreThe U.S. Should Not Wage War Against ISIS Like Afghanistan and IraqAid Flows Into Iraq Shi‘ite Town After Siege BrokenU.S. Launches Airstrike Against Islamist Rebels in Somalia NBC NewsHow Safe Is Your Cloud? What to Know About Alleged Celeb Hack NBC NewsDid Handcuffed Man Kill Himself? Family Demands Probe NBC NewsArmy spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Iraqi…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: The Happy Conservative

    David Brody
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    This week on The Brody File we give you a closer look at Kevin McCarthy, the new House majority leader. Our crew heads to Bakersfield, California, where we go one-on-one with McCarthy to discuss public policy, his faith and his upbringing. Plus, we hear from his wife Judy who talks about her faith and being a Christian in today's culture. Join us for a show you won't see anywhere else!
  • The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    This week's Brody File Show looks at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? Also, we go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote.
  • Only On Brody File: GOP Faith Outreach Director on Republican Party: "This is the place where God’s got a home"

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here’s a question for you: Where have all the evangelical voters gone? Have they been raptured? No, actually millions are sitting on the couch simply not voting (Maybe they’re watching Fireproof!). This week on The Brody File Show we look at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again Believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? We go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote. Watch below and see a very small partial…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: GOP Majority Leader Talks House Of Cards: "I got no royalties!

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy jokes about how actor Kevin Spacey is using a line of his in the popular Netflix drama, “House of Cards.”  McCarthy tells members to, “vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me.” Well, Spacey know uses that line on the political television drama. We talked about that during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. McCarthy wants royalties (well, maybe not)!   Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY…
  • Video Exclusive: GOP House Majority Leader Tells Brody File Tea Party Won't Be Shut Out

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that he doesn’t plan to shut out the Tea Party or any other GOP faction in his new role as House Majority Leader. “I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion," McCarthy tells The Brody File during a visit we had with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE David Brody: I know…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Skip the bread, have a biscuit.

    Michael O'Hare
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    And more carbonara on my spaghetti, please. Wow.
  • Mining the ocean

    Michael O'Hare
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Codfish from the waters off New England was once the cheapest protein in the world; salted, it went everywhere in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where poor people figured out how to make it palatable and invented all the bacalhau/bacalao/merluzzo dishes that now appear as gourmet specials on menus.  Now, not so much. A 1951 seafood restaurant menu looked like this:   Seen finan haddie on any menus lately? Real Gulf red snapper? Any other good-tasting fish except salmon? There was no bluefish at Legal Seafoods this summer, but there’s always farmed tilapia; it tastes like…
  • I now tweet.

    Andrew Sabl
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Having just returned from the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting, in which arson at the main hotel in the middle of the night effected a mass slumber party of political scientists on the lawn and in the hotel ballroom, I was so entertained by reading on the web the hashtags #APSAonfire and #APSAsuspects that I was provoked into signing up for twitter. I won’t promise—or threaten—to tweet incessantly. But if you want quick notices of my blog posts, and the occasional one-liner, you can now find me @andysabl  
  • Quote of the day

    Johann Koehler
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The flame of conception seems to flare and go out, leaving man shaken, and at once happy and afraid. There’s plenty of precedent of course. Everyone knows about Newton’s apple. Charles Darwin said his Origin of Species flashed complete in one second, and he spent the rest of his life backing it up; and the theory of relativity occurred to Einstein in the time it takes to clap your hands. This is the greatest mystery of the human mind — the inductive leap. Everything falls into place, irrelevancies relate, dissonance becomes harmony, and nonsense wears a crown of meaning.
  • While the language police are having donuts

    Michael O'Hare
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    As anyone learning it as a second language will tell you, English could use some tidying up. The orthography alone is a mess: a “Spelling Bee” would be completely silly in most other languages, where letters are used with some relationship to phonetics. Never mind Chinese. Then we have all those idiomatic traps (in front of, but behind);  illogicalities, real and seeming: loosen = unloosen, raveled = unraveled, inflammable=flammable; and all the words whose negating barnacles can no longer be pried off:  It had been a rough day, so when I walked into the party I was very chalant,…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: Labor Day edition

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. Labor Day has been a federal holiday for 120 years, and it's just one of many reasons Americans can be grateful to the organized labor movement. Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. It's a wet and muddy holiday weekend in central Iowa, as Des Moines just closed out the rainiest August on record. Hummingbirds will start flying south soon, and early September is a good time to see monarch butterflies on their migration through Iowa. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near…
  • Planned Parenthood appeals to Iowa Supreme Court in telemedicine case

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Yesterday Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked the Iowa Supreme Court to put on hold a state rule banning the use of "telemedicine" for medical abortions. A Polk County District Court recently upheld that rule, on grounds Bleeding Heartland discussed here. Planned Parenthood argues that it is likely to succeed on the merits when the Iowa Supreme Court considers its appeal of the lower court ruling, that the state ban would "irreparably harm" Planned Parenthood and its patients, and that a temporary injunction on the rule while the appeal is pending "will not harm the interests of the…
  • IA-02: First Loebsack and Miller-Meeks debate live-blog and discussion thread

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Four-term Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack and his three-time Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks are debating in Iowa City tonight, starting at 7 pm. Iowa Public TV is live-streaming the event here. I'll post updates after the jump. Any comments about the race in Iowa's second Congressional district are welcome in this thread. UPDATE: The archived video is now available at IPTV's site. My comments are below.   First Q from Radio Iowa's O.Kay Henderson is to Loebsack: people say your list of accomplishments is short. What's one thing you could tell people that you've done?
  • IA-03: David Young promises to listen

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Republican candidate David Young has launched the second radio spot promoting his Congressional campaign in Iowa's third district. I've posted the audio and full transcript of "Listen" after the jump. (For whatever reason, Young's campaign never did post the first general election radio spot, featuring Senator Chuck Grassley, on their official YouTube channel.) The new commercial features Young speaking calmly and deliberately about how Iowans expect their elected officials to listen more than talk. It's the most slow-paced political ad I've heard in a long time. I wonder if it's too slow to…
  • Iowa's medical marijuana law too limited, unworkable

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    On the last day of this year's legislative session, Iowa lawmakers took a baby step toward legalizing the medical use of marijuana in this state. I found it regrettable that the only compromise acceptable to Governor Terry Branstad and key Iowa House Republicans limited access to cannabis oil suitable for treating seizure disorders. Thousands of other Iowans suffer from debilitating chronic and/or life-threatening conditions, which could be alleviated with medical marijuana in other forms. Turns out, the new law isn't even helping the few hundred people who could theoretically benefit from…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Just What We Need

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    What everyone needs just about now is a collapse of the nuclear-armed Pakistani government, because our issues in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Israel, and Libya aren't enough. We obviously need more chaos. Civilian planes getting shot out of the sky, reporters getting beheaded, and major outbreaks of the Ebola virus just haven't created enough excitement. So, let's see what happens when the government in Islamabad falls and we have to go searching for the pieces of their nuclear weapons program. Discuss
  • Hating On Mitt Romney

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Former Bush speechwriter Marc A. Thiessen really does not like Mitt Romney. In the 1991 movie “Naked Gun 2 ½,” Police Lt. Frank Drebin drinks away his sorrows in a blues bar while sad music plays and the camera pans across a wall with pictures depicting the worst disasters in history: the Chicago fire . . . the Hindenburg . . . the Titanic . . . and Michael Dukakis. If they did a remake today, they would replace Dukakis’s picture on the wall with one of another Massachusetts governor: Mitt Romney. Ramesh Ponnuru feels the same way. Why so little love…
  • With Allies Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    I think lightning should strike him or something. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new…
  • Why You Should Care About the NY Lt. Gov. Race

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Keep your eyes on Tim Wu. He's a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He's running in the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo's preferred candidate Kathy Hochul. You may remember Ms. Hochul as the politician who won a surprise victory in a May 2011 special election for the 26th District. Most people thought that Hochul won by campaigning against Paul Ryan's plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system. She lost her bid for reelection in 2012 in part because her district was redrawn. While she was in Congress she did some things, like voting to hold Eric Holder in…
  • Chattanooga: Fastest Internet in US

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Yes, you read that right. Internet speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second are the norm in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Not the spot you might have predicted, would you. Certainly not the place I anticipated would have faster, better internet than anywhere else in the United States, and one of the faster internet speeds on the planet. Not only that, but the fast internet is helping to lead Chattanooga out of the economic doldrums. [A] group of thirty-something local entrepreneurs have set up Lamp Post, an incubator for a new generation of tech companies, in the building. A dozen…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Be ‘Smart About What We Do’ on ISIS

    Imtiyaz Delawala
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    While some Republicans have criticized President Obama for not acting quickly enough to combat the growing threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said today on “This Week” that the U.S. has to be “smart about what we do” and not rush to act. “I think frankly there’s way too much emphasis on acting now and doing something immediately instead of being smart about what we do,” Cole said on the “This Week” roundtable. “I think the elements of a strategy are already there. We know we’re going to use air power.
  • Richard Clarke Calls Obama ‘Wrong’ on World’s Dangers

    ABC News
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    ABC News’ Adam Teicholz and Kari Rea report: President Obama is “wrong” to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president’s attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East. Obama told an audience at a Democratic fundraiser in New York Friday that the “world has always been messy” but added, “I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The ISIS Terror Threat

    ABC News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Reuters This Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest on the terror threat warnings over ISIS. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. Check the “This Week” page for full guest listings. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook here. You can also follow the show on Twitter here Go here to find out when “This…
  • Former NYPD Commissioner: Militarization of Police Should Be Examined

    Kari Rea
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today that the federal programs that arm local forces with military-style equipment should be reviewed, perhaps limiting access to situations when there is “a major emergency.” The issue of whether police should be using military equipment has heated up after Missouri police began patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in Humvees, dressed in SWAT gear, and pointed automatic weapons at crowds in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. “I think the military equipment, the distribution of excess military equipment,…
  • ISIS Intent on Hitting West, ‘External Operations’ Under Way, McCaul Believes

    Benjamin Bell
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul said today he believes that ISIS, the jihadist army that has taken control of large part of Iraq and brutally murdered American journalist James Foley, has external operations under way to hit the West. “Their focus right now is establishing the caliphate. But don’t kid yourself for a second, they [are] intent on hitting the West. And there are external operations, I believe, under way,” McCaul, R-Texas, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “We have tens of thousands of foreign fighters…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

    dandelionsalad
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Dandelion Salad George Moore Films on May 28, 2014 This film was shot mostly in four days, on zero-budget, by (at the time) 16 year old director George Moore. More details on the production at georgemoorefilms. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of impoverished working men who are joined one day […]
  • Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges LeighaCohen on Aug 28, 2014 A meeting of 8 diverse panelists met on August 27th 2014 at Project Reach located in NYC to discuss Strategies for the Revolution. The meeting by Deep Green Resistance of New York. [...] In this much edited video version of the entire 2 hour event, […]
  • Michael Parenti: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into Submission, West Fears Russia’s “Big White Trucks”

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    with Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Parenti Blog michaelparenti.org August 28, 2014 by John Robles RIA Novosti August 28, 2014 The West is trying to turn the Russian humanitarian aid convoy “… into a duplicitous dangerous act because it would better fit with the kind of scenario that they have been putting forth about […]
  • Ralph Nader: The Democracy Gap

    dandelionsalad
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dandelion Salad with Ralph Nader Commonwealth Club on Aug 26, 2014 Ralph Nader, Political Activist; Author, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State; Twitter @RalphNader Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; “Token Conservative” Blogger, SFGate.com; Twitter @debrajsaunders — Moderator Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what […]
  • Carl Dix: The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

    dandelionsalad
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Cindy Sheehan Writer, Dandelion Salad Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog August 24, 2014 Cindy Sheehan on Aug 23, 2014 www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com www.revcom.us see also: We Stand With the Defiant Ones Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State by Glen Ford Behind Ferguson police, the St. Louis corporate elite by Stephen Millies The racist militarization of Ferguson, MO by […]
 
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  • The ISIS Strategy

    Roberto
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
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  • Bored by the Border

    Roberto
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another of my Arizona-specific efforts for TucsonSentinel.com.It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters. Not jobs, not education, not health care, not the environment (definitely not the environment) and not gun control (definitely not gun control). No, it's time to talk about The Border.
  • Protest in America

    Roberto
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.A Cliven Bundy, Michael Brown comic about (the color of) protest in America.
  • While Syria Burns ...

    Roberto
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Just kiddin', Mr. President.I understand that apples have a much longer shelf life.
  • The Statesmen

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
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  • Ferguson's Questions and Hypocrites

    Deacon Blues
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I was gone for all of last week, and I had hoped to avoid commenting on the sad spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri. Suffice it to say we still don’t know exactly how the fateful confrontation unfolded between patrol officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, and the way the political leadership is handling this, we may never know. However, no matter how large and intimidating young Mr. Brown may have been to Officer Wilson, who has been described today in favorable terms, there still needs to be an explanation why such force was used, including two heads shots into an unarmed suspect from a…
  • These Are Not Good Graphs

    paradox
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    [Cross-posted at Daily Kos.] Three days ago I saw a tweet of Obama propaganda, an allegedly sincere blast of four graphs demonstrating the very good underlying results of leadership that were being distracted from by the House lawsuit. I am deeply disturbed and seriously unsettled, not of course with the partisan cheerleading but with the fact that the graphs represent various political disasters and flaming mistakes of horrifying scope, not accomplishments to boast of. In an evolution of zero fun I will attempt to illuminate the truth so that the little people might possibly not be put…
  • Worthless Votes

    Deacon Blues
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It now appears that House Republicans will make every effort to pass a meaningless "deport the kids" measure today, and then pass a second bill to prevent the president from granting more permanent status to immigrant children who've been in the country for years. The net result, as Harry Reid noted today is that "House Republicans will vote to deport children who have been living in the United States their entire lives." Operationally, these votes are irrelevant because the Senate has left town and nothing legislatively will happen on these issues until later in the year, if then. All of the…
  • GOP Says "Screw The Kids"

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    After screaming at the top of their lungs several weeks ago about the “crisis” caused by thousands of immigrant children “storming” our borders, and Barack Obama’s alleged indifference to the issue, House Republicans this afternoon couldn’t even muster enough votes to do anything about it. But suing the president and going on vacation? Sure. In other words, these kids were nothing but political props to John Boehner and the GOP, and GOP governors should be directed to fire their anger not at the White House, but at their own GOP delegations. Did you hear that Rick Perry? As I said…
  • It's Not Heartlessness

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
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  • Yogi Adityanath in Aap Ki Adalat (Full Episode) - India TV

    IndiaTV
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Yogi Adityanath in Aap Ki Adalat (Full Episode) - India TV Subscribe to Official India TV YouTube channel here: http://goo.gl/5Mcn62 Firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath has attacked the minority community, saying riots happen wherever they are... From: IndiaTV Views: 53407 1227 ratings Time: 55:47 More in News & Politics
  • How To Decrease Overdose Deaths

    The Young Turks
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    How To Decrease Overdose Deaths "A new study suggests that medical marijuana could provide some relief from the national epidemic of prescription painkiller overdoses, which kills more Americans each year than car crashes... From: The Young Turks Views: 34411 1156 ratings Time: 06:36 More in News & Politics
  • A Clacton coup

    ukipwebmaster
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    A Clacton coup Essex men and women find their voice with UKIP. Follow on twitter: @ukipwebmaster. From: ukipwebmaster Views: 1756 98 ratings Time: 09:10 More in News & Politics
  • Meth Lab Found In Church Basement

    Secular Talk
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Meth Lab Found In Church Basement It may not be one of the Ten Commandments, but it kind of goes without saying that thou shalt not cook meth in a house of worship. But two women were accused of cooking meth inside a rural... From: Secular Talk Views: 6339 374 ratings Time: 05:11 More in News & Politics
  • Henry Kissinger Admits New World Order Plan (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay

    Mark Dice
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Henry Kissinger Admits New World Order Plan (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay Henry Kissinger Calls for a New World Order (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay titled "Assembly of a New World Order." SUBSCRIBE* for more great videos! Mark Dice is a media analyst, author,... From: Mark Dice Views: 12720 465 ratings Time: 04:22 More in News & Politics
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  • Gen-Y's tech twist on engagement, weddings and parenthood

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    While Gen-Y is still getting married at much lower rates than previous generations, some millennials are finally beginning to grow up, entering the world of marital engagements, wedding planning, and parenthood. True to form, their choices reflect advancements that set them apart from Gen-Xers, who were the first to utilize technology to chronicle their love stories on websites like theknot.com, build wedding registries online, gift personalized CDs with digitally remastered music as wedding favors, show spliced video montages of the bride and groom's childhood at wedding receptions, and…
  • Tech in dating: decoding the social rules of text, online dating & social media, by Dr. Christina Villarreal, Clinical Psychologist

    31 May 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Let’s face it: flirting, finding love and managing relationships have always been complicated, but with the involvement of countless forms of technology now impacting every little step of the way, the social rules of love and sex have only gotten more confusing. The role of tech in dating is a primary topic in psychotherapy sessions I conduct with young singles in the Bay Area of California- the world’s hub and backbone of tech culture. Part of my role as their clinical psychologist is to help them decode and navigate the emerging social rules of text, online dating and social media to…
  • Cohabitation: a generational trend that’s here to stay, but does it work?

    29 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once in a while a treatment issue pops up so frequently among young adult patients in my psychotherapy practice, I begin to feel like it’s a generational trend, or perhaps specific to living in the Bay Area. More and more people are struggling to make their romantic relationship work while cohabiting. Like many desirable urban areas, Bay Area rent prices continue to soar with no end in sight. In spite of having well-paying jobs, many young adults are weighed down with hefty student loans, and have learned to enjoy an expensive lifestyle where smartphone bills, an expectation of recreational…
  • Links for 2013-01-09 [del.icio.us]

    10 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    Presidential Inauguration: Zennie62 Credentialed To Cover Ceremony [Translate] Las Vegas, NV – The Presidential Inauguration will have a new media member, literally: Zennie62.com / Zennie62Media. As this blogger prepares to attend the second day of the International CES 2013 here in Vegas (Zennie62 coverage sponsored by Tout.com) the Standing... Soundmatters Cool New Soundbar For iPad, Tablets [Translate] CES Soundmatters has an incredible new product that this blogger just tested here at International CES 2013, Las Vegas, today, Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. As of the video will show…
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    9 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    CES Twitter Hashtag Confusion: Uses #2013CES, Intel Buys #CES, Take Note #NMX [Translate] CES Well, talk about some real Twitter hashtag confusion: CES, the name of what some signs call “The Consumer Electronics Show” has used the hashtag #2013CES, with Gary Shapiro, the organization’s executive director, leading the way. But now, on the morning of... Sony At CES: Bravia HD TV, Xperia Z, 4K, Wow; Presentation Doesn't [Translate] CESSony has gained a reputation at CES for presenting great products and a fantastic presentation. A presentation that was generally marked by the…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Why Atlantic City is failing and Vegas isn’t

    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Revel Atlantic City. 2 years old. Cost $2.4 billion. Closing this weekend. Atlantic City casinos opened 36 years ago with great hoopla about being an East Coast Vegas. Today, one casino there has already closed and three more will close imminently, leaving Atlantic City economically devastated. Revel is the poster child for the decline and fall. Constructed just two years ago for $2.4 billion, the 57-floor hotel casino has been in bankruptcy twice and will close permanently this weekend. Predictably there are brave plans to repurpose casiona as apartments or condos. But for that to happen,…
  • Bill Gates says poor countries can’t afford renewable energy

    Bob Morris
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Those living in poverty need cheap energy to help them get a better life. Lectures by wealthy countries saying poor countries need renewable energy now to cut carbopn emissions is unrealistic and will keep them in poverty. Instead, such countries need cheap, clean fossil fuels. So says Bill Gates, whose foundation has serious influence and clout. Even as we push to get serious about confronting climate change, we should not try to solve the problem on the backs of the poor. For one thing, poor countries represent a small part of the carbon-emissions problem. And they desperately need cheap…
  • California passes toothless law regulating groundwater pumping

    Bob Morris
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Fissure caused by groundwater pumping, Antelope Valley CA California is in denial about water. Other Western states have long had rules regulating water pumped from wells. California has finally passed such a measure. However the law is vague and will do little to alleviate problems in the current drought. Groundwater pumping accounts for up to 60% of water used during droughts in California. In some areas, roads, canals, and aqueducts are buckling because so much water is being pumped from aquifers. You might think this would cause a sense of urgency in normally comatose California…
  • Horrific child porn Tor site busted by traditional and cyberwar methods

    Bob Morris
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Tor itself may still be technically secure. However, it can’t protect against stupid mistakes or concerted attacks. The FBI used traditional police methods as well as cyberwar techniques to bust a sickening child porn site hosted on Tor where members talked about torturing and killing infants. Tor sites can only be accessed using the Tor browser and are generally considered secure. Except when users make dumb errors, that is. Timothy DeFoggi was just convicted of three federal child porn charges. Astonishingly he had been cybersecurity director of the U.S. Department of Health and…
  • Coffee is better with fresh roasted beans. Nesco FreshRoast

    Bob Morris
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Home roasted coffee is superior to store-bought because it is so fresh. Coffee loses flavor after being roasted, no matter how carefully it is packaged. Plus, you can control how dark you want the roast with a home roaster. This is important. The darker the roast, the more you taste the roast. The lighter the roast, the more you taste the bean. This distinction is mostly lost on Starbucks, who generally almost burns their beans. Also, lighter roasts have more caffeine! We were living in an apartment with a tiny interior deck for two years and roasting wasn’t possible there. The roaster…
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  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • Real-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an Option

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When the MNPD was in need of a tool to help officers access photos, communicate instantly, submit reports quickly, and get real-time inquiries on suspect information, they weren't sure where to turn. What they did know, is that value, durability and usability were of the utmost importance.A study of existing platforms being utilized around the nation was conducted to identify the best solution; MNPD understood that any potential solution had to include a mobile computing component that incorporated state of the art technology and the ability to withstand the harsh environment of law…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper covers:Likelihood of attacks for different industriesTop business concerns of DoS/DDoS attacks2013 notable attack vectors and landscapeDoS/DDoS protection best practicesRequest Free!
  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

    15 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed conflict. The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Today Marks Fourth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Four years ago today, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The sentence came one day after the highly-decorated combat veteran was found guilty of sexual assault charges during a military trial that lasted less than 48 hours and produced results that were anything but just. Click image above to order book. Incredibly, no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the alleged crime was presented during the trial. Instead, based almost solely on the testimony of a German woman,…
  • FBI Officials Accused of Telling Key Witness to Take Vacation to Avoid Testifying During New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Those familiar with my five years of reporting on Jesse Trentadue and his efforts to force the FBI to provide him copies of surveillance camera footage recorded in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the bombing at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, will appreciate this update from the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City. Click image above to download Trentadue motion (pdf). The text below is one of several filings made by Trentadue during the weeks following the four-day trial about which a federal judge is expected to issue his ruling within six months.  Though the text of…
  • MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On America’s Forum Wednesday

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I’ll appear as a guest on the NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum, Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the latest “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan and how it relates to my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph. Click image above to order book. Specifically, I’ll discuss the flawed vetting process that cost Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, his life as the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War,…
  • Welcome

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing on a…
 
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  • The ISIS map of the world

    J.P. Travis
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The ISIS map of the world. The black is their caliphate, all Christian and Jewish countries eliminated. It would be funny if we didn’t all suspect that Obama has a similar map in his head.
  • German forests full of radioactive wild boar

    J.P. Travis
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    German forests full of radioactive wild boar. If we can teach these nasty critters to parachute and then push them out of a plane over ISIS territory… Hey, it’s a better idea than anything Obama has so far.
  • GERALDO RIVERA: SECOND AMENDMENT IS ‘BLIND AND STUPID’

    CO2Insanity
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    GERALDO RIVERA: SECOND AMENDMENT IS ‘BLIND AND STUPID.’ Was Jerry was looking in the mirror taking another selfie when he came up with that line?
  • VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

    CO2Insanity
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    VP Joe Biden speaks in Detroit on Labor Day. There’s a lot wrong with this picture. Fox says: “Several hundred people, mostly union workers, crowded old Tiger Stadium to hear vice president Joe Biden speak Monday morning ahead of the organized labor’s annual parade. ” It’s comedy gold that in a union town like Detroit that Joe could only get “several hundred” people to turn out. Tiger Stadium’s capacity is 52,416. We fail to see how “several hundred people” could be “crowded.” You gotta love Biden saying “The…
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Files Appeal To Force Crappy Teachers On Poor Kids

    CO2Insanity
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Empire Strikes Back: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Files Appeal To Force Crappy Teachers On Poor Kids. Jerry returns the BJ the teacher’s union gave him during the last election.
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    Hit & Run

  • Cop Forced 8 Women to Have Sex With Him Under Threat of Arrest

    Robby Soave
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    An Oklahoma City cop was arrested for forcing eight different women to have sex with him. The officer, 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, allegedly told his victims that he would arrest them if they did not engage in various sexual acts with him. The Detroit Free Press—which covered the case because Holtzclaw is a former Eastern Michigan University football player—reports: Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one…
  • Ira Stoll on Labor Day and Big Government

    Reason.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, writes Ira Stoll, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. Indeed, public sector unions are so important that it’s impossible to tell the story of the big city and state governments without accounting for their influence. View this article.
  • World War II Started 75 Years Ago Today, Still Shaping Foreign Policy

    Ed Krayewski
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Seventy-five years ago today, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, kicking off World War II in Europe. Two weeks later, the Soviet Union would join and invade Poland too. In 1941, Adolf Hitler would turn on the Soviet Union, driving that country to the Allied powers. Today, Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, still uses its role in the latter part of World War II to frame its wider foreign policy. Putin once said World War II gave Russia a "great moral right" to a "security strengthening" foreign policy because of the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazi Germany. In the United States,…
  • If Democrats Seek to "Rally Blacks" Against Police Militarization, They Might Start with the Congressional Black Caucus

    Nick Gillespie
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    The New York Times reports that, "At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks." Specifically, the Times says Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office.... “Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what…
  • Labor Day Replay: The Sharing Economy

    Meredith Bragg
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    As we celebrate Labor Day, the annual holiday dedicated to the American labor movement, it's worth considering how the sharing economy is changing the workforce and rebranding capitalism.  Earlier this year, Reason TV's Jim Epstein released a four-part series exploring various facets of this trend. The series, along with the companion article "All Hail the 'Sharing Economy!' A Mushy Phrase Gives Liberals Cover to Join the Fight Against Big Government," were originally released on May 13, 2014. You can watch the full series above or click the the link below for text, links, and…
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  • Residency Issue Comes to the Fore in Key Races

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCPLouisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this cycle, and her re-election race is one of the most watched. It is not only expected to be a long one, as a December runoff seems likely, it could also play an instrumental role in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate next year. So when a report last week revealed that the three-term senator claims her parentsÂ’ home address in New Orleans as her voting residence, opponents jumped at the opportunity to make an issue of this revelation.Landrieu is a scrappy…
  • Try Realism in the Middle East

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Richard Cohen, Washington PostAmerica rarely does time capsules anymore, but the ones it does should include videos from February 2011 of American TV reporters exulting in the triumph of the Arab Spring. "This is the sound of a people rising," ABC's Terry Moran told us from Cairo. For Egyptians, it was a day "when a people rose and made themselves a new country, a new world, a new life."That new life today looks depressingly like the old one. The military government of Hosni Mubarak has been replaced by the military government of Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. In between came the interregnum of the…
  • What the Left Must Do to Defeat the Wingnuts

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Joan Walsh, Salon
  • Year of the Woman Governor Hits a Snag

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Kyle Cheney, Politico
  • It's Still Not the End of History

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Timothy Stanley & Alexander Lee, Atlantic
 
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    New Republic

  • What ISIS's Leader Really Wants

    Graeme Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    On June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The wor
  • The Ten Worst-Paying Jobs in America

    Naomi Shavin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It’s easy to forget now, but the original purpose of Labor Day wasn't to invite your friends over for a cookout, some beers, and one last chance to celebrate the summer. It was to recognize the contributions of American workers, at a time of
  • Happy Labor Day. Are Unions Dead?

    Jonathan Cohn
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Editor's Note: Rich Yeselson worked in the labor movement as a strategist and researcher for contract and organizing campaigns for over 20 years.  "Fortress
  • Science Does Not Support the 'Rule of Seven' for Relationships

    Alice Robb
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bloggers and busybodies are divided over whether or not the age difference between actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, and musician Chris Martin, 37, automatically renders their relationship inappropriate. Daily Mail “relationship expert” Tracey Cox
  • Miami Is the #1 Airport in America for Shipping Dead Foreigners. Here's What It Costs to Fly a Corpse Home.

    Jan Nijman and Michael Shin
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In October 2012 a raft carrying twenty-three Cuban refugees on its way to Miami capsized and a reported fourteen people drowned. It had happened to hundreds more before them, and they surely will not be the last. Every year more than 1,000 Central Americans die trying to illegally cross the U.S. bor
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  • A Market Basket of dignity

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor-Day speeches in U.S. history would be delivered by a chief executive? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? Read full article >>
  • 2014 and the limits of rage

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races. Read full article >>
  • Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam-dunk issue for Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” Read full article >>
  • Ferguson divides us less than we imagine

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    African Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. Read full article >>
  • Where goes the neighborhood?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Read full article >>
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  • Lena Dunham: Hacker Responsible For Stealing Naked Celebrity Photos Is A ‘Sex Offender’

    Adam Peck
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    This weekend’s revelation that dozens of celebrities and famous personalities were victims of a targeted hacking aimed at exposing private, sexually suggestive photos has reopened the conversation about online security and privacy. Lena Dunham, the award-winning creator and star of HBO comedy Girls, took to Twitter to condemn the release of the photos and make a point about the nature of the photos that have been released: Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)…
  • Conservatives Protest Labor Day By Staging A Work-In

    Igor Volsky
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    CREDIT: AP A conservative think tank is protesting the federal Labor Day holiday by staging a work-in on Monday in a gambit to celebrate “the freedom to keep your job when you choose not to join a union.” “We’re calling it Right-to-Work Day,” Tom McCabe, CEO of Washington state’s Freedom Foundation, announced in a post on the organization’s website. The name refers to an effort by conservative lawmakers across the country to advance so-called “right-to-work” legislation that would allow union members to opt out of paying union dues while still…
  • Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

    Joe Romm
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide Winston Chu drinks water as his crew paves streets in a heat wave. CREDIT: AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know. In 2013, a NOAA study projected that “heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.” If we stay near our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway, then we face a potential 50 percent drop in labor capacity in peak months by century’s end. Many…
  • The True Story Of How One Man Shut Down American Commerce To Avoid Paying His Workers A Fair Wage

    Ian Millhiser
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    Note: The following is adapted from the author’s forthcoming book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. In 1894, Chicago was the Midwest’s gateway to the rest of the United States. Twenty-four different railroad lines centered or terminated in Chicago, covering the nation in over forty thousand miles of rail. Farmers, merchants, craftsmen and factories hoping to bring their goods to the rest of the nation — and potentially, to the rest of the world — had to first bring those goods to…
  • Why We Care So Much If Hello Kitty Is Or Is Not A Cat

    Jessica Goldstein
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    CREDIT: AP Last week, beloved and bizarre cultural icon Hello Kitty went through an identity crisis. First, news broke that the creature was not, in fact, a cat. As the Los Angeles Times reported: “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” The nation was shocked. Or, at least, confused. Either out of genuine anger or a mix of surprise…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You see things and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?' (G. Shaw) — It's good to do a bit of both. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Political Strategy Notes - Labor Day Edition

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    So, "Where Would Workers Be Without labor Unions?" At Arizona Centeral Angel Rodriguez has an answer for Arizona -- and a challenge for workers. This new Gallup poll indicates a majority of Americans (53%) support labor unions, but unions have a lot of work to do in educating the public, which also supports the so-called "Right to Work" laws by an even larger margin. From the Omaha World-Herald's Cindy Gonzales: "24.4: The biggest percentage of union members from a state is New York. North Carolina is the smallest, with 3 percent. 26: States (including Iowa) that saw their union membership…
  • "Keeping ____ Honest" Not a Great Rationale For Presidential Primary Candidacy

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Since talk of a primary challenger to the presumed presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton is a topic that won't go away for a while, it's probably as worthwhile to think about what a challenger might say as to speculate about his/her identity. It's a question I discussed today at Washington Monthly. I began by quoting Jonathan Chait: The 2016 Democratic presidential campaign is beginning to take shape. It's a highly unusual campaign. Hillary Clinton commands the massive party loyalty of an incumbent, except she's not an incumbent, so it is possible for another Democrat to challenge her…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Politico has obtained an internal Republican report commissioned by two conservative groups: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network, which says "although Republicans have tried to improve outreach to female voters, women still believe the party is "stuck in the past" and "intolerant." Forty-nine percent of women polled for the report looked on the GOP unfavorably. Only 39 percent felt that way about the Democratic Party," reports Marina Fang at HuffPo. "The report drew its conclusions from focus group discussions and a poll of 800 registered women voters. In top issue…
  • Gubernatorial Panorama

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    With all the vast attention understandably being paid to the Senate landscape this year, it's worth remembering there are just as many gubernatorial as senatorial contests in November--36 of each, to be exact. So I offered a quick panoramic view of the gubernatorial scene this year at TPMCafe: One factor in the relatively small national attention attracted by governor's races this year has been a surprisingly low number of retirements despite a sour mood of anti-incumbency. Twenty-nine incumbents ran for re-election; four more were term-limited; only three (Linc Chafee of RI, Deval Patrick of…
  • Despite Concerns, Senate Dems in Better Late-August Position Than 2010

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Caitlin Huey-Burns's post "How Democrats Can Hold Their Senate Majority" at Real Clear Politics is not well-titled, since it is more a horse race update than a genuine how-to. Read as a recap, however, it does offer a "road ahead" snapshot of the challenges Dems face in holding their upper-chamber majority. As Huey-Burns elaborates: ...It's not all doom and gloom for Democrats. A silver lining, party operatives say, has been there all along. What the party has going for it are strong, battle-tested incumbents. And that advantage is holding up -- so far. "Republicans have a terrible record of…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Rahul should’ve become minister: Prithviraj Chavan

    Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNew Delhi: A day after Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to speak out more often in the public domain, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan targeted the Gandhi scion saying that the party would not have suffered badly if the latter had proved himself before electorates. In an interview to a leading daily, Chavan said party’s massive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections could have been averted…
  • Another Trinamool MLA’s shocker: As long as the world exists, there will be rapes

    Gautam
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalAnother leader in Mamata Banerjee’s  Trinamool Congress has sparked off a controversy by mocking rape. “Rapes were committed earlier, rapes are being committed now. As long as the world exists, there will be rapes,” Deepak Haldar the Trinamool legislator from Diamond Harbour, said at a public meeting in his constituency on Wednesday evening. He later tried to explain that he was quoted out of context and that his intent was…
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav’s aide candidate for lone Legislative Council seat

    Gautam
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalJD(U) has decided to give its seat in the Bihar Legislative Council to its alliance partner RJD, which is set to nominate Bhola Yadav, a close aide of Lalu Prasad, for the lone vacancy in the Upper House. “After discussion with leaders of alliance parties it has been decided that Bhola Yadav will be joint candidate of the alliance for the lone Council seat,” Bihar RJD President Ramchandra Purbey said today. Bhola Yadav, close to…
  • Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit’s meeting with Rajnath Singh suggests she may resign soon

    Gautam
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNEW DELHI: Amid reports that she may be shunted out of Kerala, governor Sheila Dikshit on Monday met home minister Rajnath Singh. She will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee in the evening, fuelling speculation that she may put in her papers. During her 15-minute meeting with the home minister, Dikshit is understood to have discussed about her continuation in the Thiruvananthapuram Raj Bhavan, sources said. But details of the discussion are…
  • BJP demands white paper on Mamata Banerjee’s Singapore trip

    Gautam
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded that the West Bengal government should publish a white paper about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s trip to Singapore to attract investments. “We demand publication of a white paper by the state government on Mamata Banerjee’s Singapore trip. We want to know what the purpose was and how much has been achieved,” BJP state President Rahul Sinha said. Banerjee on Friday…
 
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  • Let the Middle East Govern Itself

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    The West's interventions have consistently destabilized the Middle East, while causing massive suffering in the affected countries. It is time for the US and other powers to allow the Middle East to govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations Charter.
  • Why Israel?

    Shlomo Ben-Ami
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The grotesque coupling of solidarity with Palestine and anti-Jewish invective seems to have forged a politically correct form of anti-Semitism that is drowning out legitimate criticism of Israel's policies in Gaza. Why does Israel’s controversial behavior, unlike that of other countries, call into question its right to exist?
  • Down with Dengism

    Minxin Pei
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    China has held a series of high-profile ceremonies honoring the 110th anniversary of former leader Deng Xiaoping’s birth. But, though Deng deserves appreciation for having brought China back from the abyss of Maoism, his authoritarian development model is impeding China’s prospects.
  • Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

    Joseph E. Stiglitz
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    The economist Thomas Piketty’s forecast of still higher levels of inequality does not reflect the inexorable laws of economics. Indeed, the main question today is not really about capital in the twenty-first century; it is about democracy in the twenty-first century.
  • Abenomics, European-Style

    Nouriel Roubini
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Two years ago, Shino Abe’s election as Japan’s prime minister led to the advent of “Abenomics,” a three-part plan to rescue the economy from a treadmill of stagnation and deflation. It now appears that the European Central Bank has a similar plan in store for the eurozone.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Day 9 of the Uprisings in Ferguson. We caught up with Rodstarz and G1 of Rebel Diaz who gave us a sobering front line report bout the police militarization and brutality unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The pair spoke about the onslaught of vehicles and the over the top response by police to those protesting the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown… They also gave us insightful context and perspective on things that took into account mass gentrification and media sensationalism that has added to the problems we see playing out before us. They also spoke on the type of anger that is…
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    News - AllGov

  • Immigration Court Gives First Approval of Asylum for Domestic Abuse

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals ruled last week that women who are domestic violence victims who are unable to leave their relationship are members of a particular class that can qualify for asylum in the United States.   Aminta Cifuentes fled Guatemala in 2005 with her two children after enduring abuse from her husband including weekly beatings, rape and being doused with burning paint thinner. She sought help from Guatemalan police, but was told they wouldn’t intervene in a domestic dispute. Her petition for asylum in the United States was originally…
  • Military Weapons Given to Police have Gone Missing

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Pentagon’s 1033 program, under which surplus equipment is given to police agencies, has come under fire for the overwhelming images of military hardware being brought to bear against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Now it’s the equipment that no one can see that’s causing additional problems for the program.   An investigation by Fusion shows that 184 law enforcement agencies have been suspended by the program for losing the equipment and other violations of program guidelines. In some cases, the equipment’s not merely missing, but has been sold by…
  • Pennsylvania Finally Releases List of 243 Cases of Water Contaminated by Oil and Gas Drilling

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Pennsylvania has finally revealed the extent of the contamination of water wells caused by drilling for gas and oil in the part of the Marcellus Shale deposits that run through the state.   The list released Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reveals 243 instances in which drilling contaminated water wells. Some of the causes of contamination were methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable, according to the Associated Press.   An investigation by Pennsylvania’s auditor…
  • Government Printing Office Wins Dubious Title of Federal Agency with Highest Discrimination Complaint Rate

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    The good news: Complaints about workplace discrimination by federal employees fell in fiscal 2012 by 6.7%. The bad news is that the Government Printing Office (GPO) still led the list of complaints with 1.22% of its workforce filing complaints, according to a report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It was the second year in a row the GPO led the list.   The EEOC held more than 8,000 hearings that year. Surprisingly, an increasing number of the hearings concerned its own employees; the EEOC was third on the list of complaints, climbing four spots on the…
  • Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing: Who Is Lourdes Castro Ramírez?

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    On July 31, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Lourdes M. Castro Ramírez to be the director of the Office of Public and Indian Housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.   Castro Ramírez was born in Juchitlan, Jalisco, Mexico, came to the United States at age 4 with her family and settled in Lynwood, California, near Los Angeles. She graduated from Lynwood High School in 1989 and went across town to UCLA. There, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and Chicano studies and subsequently a Master’s degree in urban planning.
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Race for the AZ Legislature: a general election primer

    cpmaz
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings While the races for Arizona’s statewide offices garner the most attention, both from the MSM and the general public, the race for the control of the state legislature is at least as important … Continue reading →
  • Labor Day: show some respect for the working men and women of America

    AZ BlueMeanie
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Today is Labor Day, and unlike almost every other newspaper in America, our sad small town newspaper the Arizona Daily Star (“All the news that Jim Click decides is fit to print”) failed to publish an editorial opinion recognizing the … Continue reading →
  • Sorry, Henry, the Demise of Home Ownership is Not a Good Thing

    Bob Lord
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Lots has been written about the declining rate of home ownership in America. Henry Grabar at Salon sees this as a good thing, as he explains in America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually … Continue reading →
  • Free admission during September at Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

    Carolyn Classen
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    “A visit to The Mini Time Machine Museum of miniatures is one of many great things to do in Tucson. Our miniature museum is sure to excite the senses and pique the imagination.” Museum Hours Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm Sunday 12pm-4pm Closed … Continue reading →
  • An anniversary that still haunts us

    Karl Reiner
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Given the event’s lasting impact, it’s a shame the 24th anniversary passed with hardly a mention. Back on August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein sent his forces storming into Kuwait. The sudden attack stunned the world, smashed rapprochement with the United … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour

    Betty Udesen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    It was an outrageously ambitious goal—a 64 percent pay hike to more than twice the federal $7.25 an hour minimum wage. But in a short time the Seattle City Council met the demands of workers and organizers, unanimously approving the first $15 minimum wage in the nation. Read more about how it happened here, and meet some of the workers on the frontlines below. For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to school, pay the rent, and visit the dentist. Portraits and interviews by Betty Udesen. Imeleta Noa, 51 Noa works 36 hours a week and is paid $10.53 per hour…
  • Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First

    Mari Margil
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The author is associate director at the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Cecily Anderson / Flickr. In June 2014, in a much awaited decision, New York’s Court of Appeals delivered a blow to oil and gas corporations while giving a much needed lift to communities facing fracking. The court, which is the highest in the state, held that towns in New York can use local zoning laws to ban oil and gas extraction. The ruling has been widely celebrated among environmentalists and communities, and those involved are to be commended. This case proves that our communities are capable…
  • Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena

    Jim Shultz
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Jim Shultz adapted this article from a report by The Democracy Center, where he is executive director. A roof in New York City shows a map of the five boroughs after a rise in sea levels. Photo by Molly Dilworth / Flickr. The citizens’ movement for action on the global climate crisis has, over time, developed a love-hate relationship with international campaigning. For years, people from all over the planet have joined together across national boundaries to address a crisis that knows no such boundaries. The climate movement is stepping back into the international arena once again The…
  • Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media

    Alexis Goldstein
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Image is from a tweet by Rana Nazzal. After police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, the city’s population rose up in protest. The police responded with an incredibly militarized response, including heavy use of tear gas. More than 100 Palestinians and 16 supporting organizations have signed a statement of solidaritywith the people of Ferguson. That violence has led to a massive outpouring of support for the protesters from across the United States. On August 14, vigils occurred nationwide as a part of a National Moment of Silence, launched…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
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    Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.comRunning for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Political Campaign Slogan Ideas

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A lot rides on your campaign slogan, so choose yours carefully. A slogan should connect to voter concerns and acknowledge the current political environment. It needs to be both memorable and concise. Basically, your slogan should summarize the essence of your campaign in a single phrase.
  • New Custom Political Domain Extensions Available!

    Online Candidate
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Looking for something a little different than the typical .com. org or .net for your political organization? Now you can register all types of domains - from the traditional .com and .orgs to cutting edge extensions such as .democrat, .republican, .voting, .community and more.
  • Political Domain Squatting

    Online Candidate
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Domain squatting or cybersquatting is the term used for someone who registers a domain that infringes on another's intellectual property or trademark. Some squatters attempt to sell names back to rightful owners for a profit, while others use the names to deceive. Political domain name squatting has grown in prevalence and can even effect local candidates.
  • Adding a Personal Touch to Your Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Personalizing your campaign is one of the most effective strategies you can use to win a local election. The larger the district you’re running in is, however, the more difficult it will be to effectively practice personalization.
  • In Which Tense Should You Write Your Website Copy?

    Online Candidate
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    We've recently had a few clients reach out to us, concerned that their campaign websites are not ranking as well as expected for candidate name searches. Generally, this has to do with the age of the site, the existing content that ranks and whether the website content actually mentions the name of the candidate.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind: I have decided to go ahead and write about this topic since my recent comments on social media concerning the suicide of Robin Williams cre...
  • Jesse Jackson Not Wanted in St. Louis?

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Jesse Jackson was confronted by protesters. The video makes it clear that many are not happy with Jesse's presence, going so far as to accuse him of selling people out, being lazy by not participating in the march, and not being a real leader. Ouch!More Videos From Western Journalism
  • Michael Brown

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The recent story concerning the shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has taken off and spun into a weave of stories that contain accusations of racism and police brutality.I have been around awhile now so when I hear the names Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, I know to keep calm, let the facts come out, and soon we will be exposed to the outrageous lies that surround the case. Read more »
  • Dershowitz vs. Chomsky

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 2012 a debate took place at Harvard between Alan Dershowitz and Noam Chompsky; the topic was Israel. Considering the current situation in the Middle East, I am posting this debate for those that have not seen it before or those who would like to see it again.
  • Loving Joan Rivers!!!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
 
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    Politics

  • Boris Island plans are rejected, but is this really a blow for the Mayor?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    A proposal to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary is to be rejected in an apparent blow to the Mayor of London. But could it help him? The airport expansion plan seems to have flown over the Mayor of London's head. Photo: Getty The BBC is reporting that the plan for airport capacity expansion in Britain – building a new island airport in the Thames estuary – is to be rejected by Howard Davies’ Airport Commission. It is thought to be “too risky” and the “logistical challenges” are too great. The Thames estuary option is known as “Boris Island”, because it is the pet…
  • Is a Commons vote a better way of taking Britain to war than the Royal Prerogative was?

    James Gray and Mark Lomas
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The most crucial of all decisions – to go to war – must not be left in the constitutional and procedural shadowy shambles it currently is Going to war used to be decided by the PM in cabinet acting on the Royal Prerogative. Photo: Getty Hope, as we all idealistically might, that the era of armed conflict is over, we all know that it is not. It is a certainty that British troops, planes and ships will be involved in warfare somewhere in the world in the years to come. It’s Iraq and Syria, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Afghanistan, for now, but who can tell where it will be in ten years…
  • Dominic Grieve warns Cameron that anti-terrorism plan would breach UK law

    George Eaton
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Former Tory attorney general says proposal to prevent British terror suspects from returning home would "offend basic principles of our own common law".  Former Conservative attorney general Dominic Grieve leaves No.10 Downing Street earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images. After several days of coalition negotiations, David Cameron has just delivered his Commons statement on how the government plans to fill what he described as "the gaps" in Britain's anti-terrorism armoury. As expected, he announced that the police would given the "temporary power" to seize passports at the border…
  • Transfer Deadline Day blows apart scare stories of Labour's plan to reinstate 50p tax rate

    James Mills
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    How footballers behave on Transfer Deadline Day suggests that raising the top tax rate isn't that dangerous. Footballers don't necessarily work harder if they're paid more. Photo: Getty Today sees a biannual event in which tens of thousands of people in our country glue themselves to their television and computer screens in a mass monitoring of a rare and globally mobile species. No I am not describing Autumnwatch with Bill Oddie. I am of course talking about Transfer Deadline Day, and the movements of many millionaire footballers across the globe. The event twice a year when we can all watch…
  • Austerity is making life unbearable for those with mental health conditions

    James Elliott
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Strangulation of funds has seen the NHS Mental Health Trusts lose £253m, 2.3 per cent of their funding. Tight budgets mean mental healthcare isn’t a possibility for millions in Britain. Photo: Flickr/Lee Haywood The core ideal of the NHS, that makes it so beloved by British people, is its promise of healthcare free for all. That promise has now become incompatible with the reality of austerity. By 2020, the NHS will require an extra £30bn just to keep services at their present level. This strangulation of funds has seen the NHS Mental Health Trusts lose £253m, 2.3 per cent of their…
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  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's Standing in Technology

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a…
  • Ferguson Police Begin Wearing Cameras

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Police in the US town roiled by protests after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager are now wearing body cameras in a bid to calm local anger, a news report said. More than 1,000 protesters again marched Saturday in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, over the August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of a white police officer. Some in the St. Louis suburb have also lashed out at the police response to the protests -- which turned violent on several occasions -- accusing authorities of unnecessarily heavy-handed tactics. Ferguson police began wearing the cameras on Saturday,…
  • Leading Keynesian Economist Uses the 'D' Word

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Most Keynesian economists do not want to admit that we are in another depression. They find the word painful. They find it painful because it contradicts the idea that Keynesian economic ideas have ended depressions forever. It also contradicts the idea that the massive and continuing Keynesian stimulus applied by world governments since 2008 has worked. For this and other reasons, euphemisms such as the Great Recession have been embraced not only by Keynesian economists but by their allies in government and in the mainstream press. I argued that we were in a depression in a January article…
  • Obama Gets Fired Up for 'Immigration Rights' at LaborFest

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    President Obama delivered a fiery speech at Laborfest 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin voicing support for unions and organized labor. He also voiced his support for “immigration rights,” lumping it together with civil rights, gay rights, and voting rights. “Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights and workers’ rights and civil rights and voting rights and gay rights and immigration rights,” he said. “Cynicism is a bad choice,” he added. “Hope is a better choice.” During his speech, Obama asserted that the…
  • As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Between Friday and Sunday night as the long Labor Day weekend began, three people were killed and 33 wounded -- and the weekend still has one more day to go, since Labor Day falls on Monday this year. The long weekend began with a flurry of shootings, 11 in all, on Friday night. The weekend's first homicide also happened Friday in the city's Back Of The Yards near south side neighborhood when at 10:45 PM police found a 36-year-old man lying on a sidewalk -- shot dead. Less than five hours later, a 43-year-old man was shot and killed farther south. By late Sunday night, a third man was…
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  • Passaparola - Police offices without any safety equipment, by Igor Gelarda - Secretary of CONSAP

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Watch the complaint video! The Passaparola of Igor Gelarda, Secretary General of the police Trade Union CONSAP "In recent days we as the police trade union CONSAP have started a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs , but what has happened? What has happened is that thousands of my colleagues in the National Police Service, as well as the Carabinieri and other forces of law and order have been involved in various capacities in illegal immigrant processing operations. Invariably these illegal immigrants come from places where certain illnesses that had disappeared here…
  • The justice “Package", by Antonio Di Pietro

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “I‘ve just finished reading the actual content of the momentous decisions taken yesterday by the Council of Ministers - the reform of the justice system - there’s so much fanfare about all this and yet I‘ve been wondering “but up to what point is it legitimate to undermine the good faith of the Italian people?”. Then, however, I read the headlines and some of the articles in some of the regular regime-backing newspapers and especially some of the statements made by some “enlightened” ministers and I thought: “but how can the Italian people evaluate whether these reforms are…
  • The mafia has won - thanks to Renzusconi #GrassoDimettiti Grasso resign

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    "Renzi and Berlusconi have eliminated the crime of exchanging political favours with the mafia. According to the Court of Cassation, based on the “416ter” {article 416 comma 3}, something that Renzi and Berlusconi really wanted and that we vehemently opposed, to make a vote-buying arrangement with a Mafioso is no longer a crime if there’s no use of the mafia method in gathering votes. Thus unless the voters are forced to go to the urns at gunpoint, then there’s no crime and any politician making an agreement with a Mafioso is guilty of no crime. This is the meaning of a statement…
  • #Italia5Stelle at the Circus Maximus

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Italia a 5 Stelle” {5 Star Italy}: an event lasting three days from Friday 10 October to Sunday 12 October when we can come together for a series of meetings with the two thousand M5S elected representatives throughout Italy and in Europe as well as with citizens and supporters. It’s an ambitious event, but it’ll be neither the first nor the last one in our history. Anyway we are used to throwing our hearts beyond the obstacles and thus we began in good time, on 1 July, to collect the series of permissions needed for Rome’s Circus Maximus following each bureaucrat step with great…
  • Kick the party puppets out of the RAI

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “For 18 months, the M5S has been battling to eliminate the activity of the parties that act in such a way as to parcel out segments of the RAI, and we’ve been fighting to end the evil influence of politics. You just have go to the website of the Parliamentary Supervisory Committee for the RAI to see some of our speeches and you will understand this, straight away. The issue of the politicisation of the RAI certainly does not relate to the M5S given that it is coherent and it has not asked for any appointment to positions like the directors of the TV News programmes, or online programmes,…
 
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    The Conversation

  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

    Amber Griffiths, Lecturer in Natural Environment at University of Exeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Studying one subject won't help save the world. ShutterstockAcross the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change poses serious challenges for education and how we prepare graduates for an unpredictable future. Courses addressing environmental change and social adaptability are slowly appearing in university prospectuses around the world. For the most part, these topics come in the form of new post-graduate courses. For example, Harvard…
  • What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards.Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
 
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  • Ensuring Safe Food in a Free Market: A Lesson from China

    K. William Watson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    K. William Watson Many Americans view the dissemination and enforcement of food safety standards as a basic function of government, and it’s difficult for them to imagine a world where food is both safe and unregulated. Libertarians can point out that the safety of a product is, just like quality and price, something that consumers directly care about and as such will be most effectively preserved in a competitive free market.  But it’s one thing to make abstract economic arguments and quite another to have real life examples. Well, here’s an interesting story from China, as…
  • Why Tax Credits Survive Legal Challenges But Vouchers Often Don't

    Jason Bedrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Jason Bedrick Yesterday, on the same day that the New Hampshire Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s scholarship tax credit law, a district court judge struck down Oklahoma’s special-needs voucher law. Both vouchers and scholarship tax credit laws are constitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but vouchers laws have often run afoul of states’ historically anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prohibit public funds from being expended at religiously affiliated schools. By contrast, scholarship tax credit laws have a perfect record at both the federal…
  • They're Not Making Jeff Smiths Like They Used To

    David Boaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    David Boaz For generations of Americans, “Jefferson Smith” was the archetype of the honest, hard-working man of the people who gets into politics to serve the public interest and stands up to powerful interests. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the quintessential movie about a corrupt system that can be toppled by a single man of integrity. So maybe it’s no surprise that there seem to be a lot of Jeff Smiths getting into politics. What better name to inspire confidence? Unfortunately, Sen. Jeff Smith of some unnamed Western state would be mighty embarrassed by some of the Jeff…
  • Another "Winn" for Educational Freedom in New Hampshire

    Andrew J. Coulson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Andrew J. Coulson In ACSTO v. Winn (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s scholarship donation tax credit program on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in the first place, because they could not show any specific injury to themselves caused by the voluntary program. Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a case involving that state’s new scholarship program. Importantly, this preserves the perfect legal record of modern education tax credit school choice programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can…
  • Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice

    Jason Bedrick
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Jason Bedrick Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low- and middle-income…
 
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  • 5 Noteworthy Quotes from the Week Ending 8/30/2014

    sirrahc
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The title says it all. These aren’t necessarily the “Top 5″ topics, based on any particular rating scale. But, they are (I thought) notable commentary on some important issues, foreign and domestic. I’ve added a few comments of my own, as usual. 1) UK Prime Minister David Cameron re Islamic State: “We are in the […]
  • Journey of Light + Creeping Superfluid

    sirrahc
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I decided to throw a couple more science-bytes at you from astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Zweerink. They’re brief but fun bits of science trivia to pack into your “li’l pea brain” (as my friend likes to say). And, if you realize that, technically, that is not physically possible, then we’re on the same wavelength. 1) “We […]
  • A Bad Argument for Banana Design

    sirrahc
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Okay, here’s another “Real Science” moment from the staff at Reasons to Believe (RTB). This time, Dr. Jeff Zweerink explains why saying “The banana was perfectly designed for human hands.” is a bad argument. (Personally, I don’t think I have ever heard that argument for ID.) This one isn’t quite as weird as the one […]
  • General Flynn’s Sobering Exit Interview

    sirrahc
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    “[W]ith all these crises we’ve been discussing, the nation is confronting a dangerous era, facing multiple threats and challenges from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Islamic terrorist groups, you name it. If I wasn’t in there shaking things up, I probably wouldn’t have been doing my job.”  — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn After 33 years […]
  • The Scientific Method, part 2: Is It Biblical?

    sirrahc
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “The Universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.” — Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) In my last post (part 1), I briefly explained in principle and procedure what comprises the “scientific method”. Today, I want to get a bit into the intersection of “science” and “faith”, as you may have guessed […]
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    Fair Observer

  • Refugees: Stopping the Madness

    Harun Yahya
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Widespread violence around the world has caused millions of people to suffer and live in poverty. Muslim countries are rocked by war, hunger and poverty. The cries for help of people who live amid death, injury and destruction are heartbreaking. In the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, thousands of homes were demolished and damaged […] The post Refugees: Stopping the Madness appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

    Paige Elenson
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the transformational practice of yoga, she is persuading African youth to […] The post Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • My Name is Kurdistan: A Documentary by Lorenzo Giroffi

    Fair Observer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Lorenzo Giroffi, an Italian filmmaker, takes us on a trip across the Kurdish heartland. Kurdistan is in the news. As Islamic State extremists battle Kurdish armed forces and Iraqi soldiers, one might assume that Kurdistan is a region plagued by death and destruction. But the Kurdish homeland, stretching across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, is […] The post My Name is Kurdistan: A Documentary by Lorenzo Giroffi appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists

    Bruce Newsome
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Why are British Muslims so well-represented in the self-declared “Islamic State”? The United States and Britain have similar-sized Muslim minorities, but US officials have estimated that approximately 100 Americans are fighting with the Islamic State, while their British counterparts put the number at 500 Britons; although Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood estimates more than 1,500. […] The post What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem

    Natasha Roth
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more Israel tries to homogenize Jerusalem and harmonize its history, the more divided it becomes. [This article was written before the Gaza War. The conclusion has been updated to address the current situation.] On May 28, tens of thousands of Jews in Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day by marching through the city waving flags, chanting racist slogans […] The post Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Drumul din cariera de piatra in constructia ta e mai lung decat ai fi crezut

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Nu e cladire de birouri mai „rasarita” care sa nu aiba piatra naturala pusa pe jos sau pe pereti-marmura, granit, cine isi permite. Pana la urma, piatra a fost cam prima pe care omul a pus mana in preistorie. La inceput s-au folosit doar tehnici simple de cioplire, slefuire fina, chiar gaurire pentru a construi ceva rudimentar sau pentru a face unelte de vanatoare si pentru acasa-de cele mai multe ori, acasa era sinonim cu o grota.Astazi, piatra naturala e la mare cautare iar prelucrarea ei si drumul din cariera de piatra pana in cladirea unde este etalata e unul lung si costisitor. Sa…
  • Comunicarea in scris pe net e istorie: aplicatia de schimb de emoticoane e aici

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Inchipuiti-va ca discutati cu cineva pe Yahoo Messenger si sunteti obosit si va e greu sa mai tastati, va incurcati in litere, in idei formulate coerent. Ati da orice sa puteti rezolva o conversatie pacatoasa la o ora inaintata din noapte numai prin trimiterea de emoticoane ciudatele. Emojili va ajuta sa faceti asa ceva intr-o maniera foarte usoara. Cand au aparut prima data, emoticoanele erau niste adjuvante ale unei conversatii in scrie pe Messenger, exprimand diverse stari de spirit, actiuni, fel de fel de „prosteli”-erau insotite si de sunete.Prin aplicatia Emojili, care poate fi…
  • Necesitatea utilizării becurilor cu led

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Becurile cu led s-au dovedit a fi cele mai eficiente dispozitive de iluminare din ultimii ani, motiv pentru care in prezent cunosc foarte multe intrebuintari, și de asemenea au si foarte multe aprecieri atat din partea consumatorilor casnici cat si din partea consumatorilor industriali.Becurile cu led sunt prezente in aproape orice casa, iar ele sunt la mare cautare si pentru ca au un aspect estetic foarte placut si sunt usor de instalat. Cand achizitionam un bec cu led luam in calcul mai multe avantaje iar unul esential care reprezinta de fapt principalul criteriu de selectie este faptul ca…
  • Biologia sexului si secretele unei sexualitati incendiare

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Femeile „fierbinti” si sanatatea. Cand faci scufundari, corpul incepe sa secrete un hormon al stresului numit cortizol. Cortizolul e raspunzator de actiunile primare care ne indeamna sa trecem la lupta sau sa ne aparam cu orice pret pentru a supravietui-in tot corpul apare adrenalina care te face sa fii pe pozitie pentru ore bune. Pune o femeie atragatoare si sexy intr-o camera unde e un barbat viril si barbatul nu poate sa mai faca distinctia intre niste picioare frumoase si niste labe de urs.De fapt, numai ca te afli in camera cu o femeie naucitor de frumoasa si foarte sexy determina…
  • Camera de supraveghere, cea mai importanta piesa a unui sistem de supraveghere

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Cea mai importanta componenta a unui sistem de supraveghere este camera de supraveghere. Pe piata gasiti o varietate impresionanta de firme si de branduri care promit o supraveghere de nici cei mai aprigi hoti nu vor mai avea curajul sa intre in casa dvs. Specialistii in sisteme de supraveghere de la http://www.instalaricamere.com, cei mai buni din domeniu si cei mai seriosi de piata din Romania, va pun la dispozitie o gama larga de camere de supraveghere foarte bune si moderne, de la camera ip la cele de interior ori exterior si camera speed dome, excelente pentru sisteme de supraveghere…
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  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense: The DCCC doesn’t provide evidence of “insider deals.” Instead, it assumes corruption because Allen’s company once received a contract when it wasn’t the lowest bidder. It also speculates that Allen benefited from his brother’s position as a county commissioner even though the brother recused himself from votes involving Allen’s company. The ad also says that…
  • Trading Jabs in Michigan

    Robert Farley
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters. Land’s ad blames Peters for the fact that “Michigan gas taxes are siphoned off by Washington instead of staying here and being spent on Michigan’s crumbling roads.” But Michigan got a return of $1.03 on every highway dollar spent on federal gasoline taxes in 2012. An ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, claims Land “said guaranteeing equal pay for women who do the same work as men is not a good idea.” Land…
  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of “profiting from her votes in Congress.” But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts. The ad says that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office,” but her family’s estimated net worth has actually declined since she took office in January 2009. There is also less than meets the eye to the ad’s claims about “a shady stock deal and a conflict of interest.” The claim about “votes” that supposedly enriched her family refers to the American Recovery and…
  • Presidential Vacations

    Lori Robertson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. FULL ANSWER Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.) The recent barrage from our readers coincides with Obama’s 15-day family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard…
  • South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

    Robert Farley
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor’s race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley “hid it from us for over two weeks” — but the ad fails to mention that Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators. “She did what we asked her to do,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told FactCheck.org. Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has repeatedly criticized Haley for her handling of a security breach…
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  • Shaking, Quaking, and Freezing

    Alan Caruba
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
      Have you noticed how much earthquake and volcanic activity has been occurring lately? There was a major earthquake in Napa, California on Sunday, August 24th as well as considerable volcanic activity from Iceland to Papua, New Guinea. August was also a month that set records for colder U.S. temperatures. According to the National Oceanic […]
  • Meet Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The Leader Of ISIS And The New Caliph Of The Islamic State

    David Huntwork
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
      The Muslim world has been without a Caliph and Commander of the Faithful for ninety years, and now the new fundamentalist Islamic entity in Iraq and Syria known as the Islamic State has put forth a pretender to claim the title. At the age of 43, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi burst upon the national scene […]
  • America, Our Debt-Ridden Nation

    Alan Caruba
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Let’s look at just some of the latest news about the U.S. economy: # According to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Services, the federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000—over $2 trillion—in benefits and entitlements in the 2013 fiscal year, October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Most of the benefits, 69.7% came from non-means tested government […]
  • Decapitating the U.S. Military

    Alan Caruba
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
      Many Americans were shocked by the Islamic State video of the beheading of the photo journalist James Foley. Perhaps they had already forgotten the decapitation of Wall Street Journal journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002. Most certainly, the memory of the murder of nearly 3,000 on September 11, 2001 with the destruction of the World […]
  • Common Core Rapidly Losing Support

    Alan Caruba
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
      As their children either start or return to school, parents are naturally concerned about the quality of education they receive from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In the past, before the teachers unions gained virtual control of the schools and before the federal government decided it had to impose “national standards”, it was the job […]
 
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  • Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video) Islamist Militia Who Took Over U.S. Embassy Compound In Tripoli Shown Playing In Pool (Video) Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video) Headlines Internet Lifestyle Politics World Not Optimized After Islamist militia members announced they had taken control of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, newly released video shows members of the group playing in the pool at the compound.The newly released video shows a large group of men standing around the pool at the Embassy in…
  • Footage Shows Successful Airstrike Against ISIS (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Newly Released Clip Shows Airstrike Against ISIS By U.S. Military (Video) Footage Shows Successful Airstrike Against ISIS (Video) Newly Released Clip Shows Airstrike Against ISIS By U.S. Military (Video) Headlines Internet Legal Lifestyle Nation World Has Been Optimized This past month, the United States announced plans to use airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq to try and stop their heinous actions. Two days ago, U.S. Central Command released a video (below) of one of those strikes in action. The clip, which is said to have taken place on August 26, shows an ISIS armed truck driving…
  • Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video) Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video) Nation Politics Obama Tan Suit Has Been Optimized Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) expressed his displeasure at President Obama for wearing a tan suit while making a statement about the terrorist group ISIS on Thursday."When you have the world watching a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do..." Rep. King told NewsMaxTV today, noted Buzzfeed (video below). "For him to walk out, I'm not trying to be trivial here, in a light suit, light…
  • Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video) Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video) Entertainment Politics Weird News Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books Has Been Optimized Really Big Coloring Books, a publishing company in St. Louis, Mo., is re-issuing its anti-terrorist coloring books for children. Wayne Bell, the founder of Really Big Coloring Books, made the announcement on a video (below) that he posted on YouTube on Aug. 25. “[Our books] tell the truth, they tell it often, and they tell the…
  • National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video) National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video) Local Nation Politics National Guard Has Been Optimized Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) called out the National Guard to guard the U.S.-Mexico border in July, even though that jurisdiction belongs to the U.S. Border Patrol. The National Guard cannot arrest or detain any undocumented immigrants, but Gov. Perry claims the troops are necessary because "terrorists" from the Middle East may be sneaking over U.S.-Mexico border, noted…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Aha Moments

    John Y. Brown III
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is kind of personal, and I have never talked about it before but here goes.We all know what “Aha moments” are –when we have clarity of thought about something that has confused us and it finally and suddenly makes sense. The obvious explanation breaks through to us.Well, I think for most people –based on what I have read –these “Aha moments” are brief sensations lasting only a few seconds and happen only rarely. But for me, they typically last 4 or 5 minutes –or longer. And one time in 1992 I had an “Aha moment” that lasted…
  • Saul Kaplan: Innovators Leverage the Deadwood

    Saul Kaplan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s time for me to come clean.  In today’s social media crazed world it will come out sooner or later anyway.  I have one high school varsity letter and it’s for bowling.  Yes, you heard right, bowling.  And it wasn’t ten-pin, but candlepin bowling.  Anyone who grew up in New England, with parents like mine who looked for ways to get the kids out of their hair on rainy Saturdays, knows exactly what I’m talking about.  Candlepin bowling rocks. For those of you who aren’t from New England, candlepin bowling is a unique version of the sport invented in 1880 in Worcester,…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Diet Update – Before and After Pics

    John Y. Brown III
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here is my “Before” alongside my future “After” pic. About 6 months from now….while thinking about how much better I look with all that weight off, especially when I stand on a rock and look out over the ocean while wearing faded torn jeans with a tan and long hair with the wind blowing through it and a stylish watch in case I want to know what time it is.   Serious before and after:
  • Julie Rath: How to Turn Heads at the Beach

    Julie Rath
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Not ready to go as itty bitty as Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer? Even if you aren’t swimming home through the posh pools of suburbia, you should still do everything in your power to look your best when hitting the beach or pool. (And no, those ballooning board shorts don’t cut it.) Below are my tips on what to look for in a well-fitting swimsuit, and my all-time favorite brand and style: 1) Trim leg openings make very slim legs look less so, and broad legs more proportioned. 2) A waistband that lies flat against your stomach will reduce any unnecessary bulging through the middle. This…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My advice to young people entering the workforce

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    My advice to young people entering the workforce.Don’t be intimidated. The competition is long on resume and first impression but short on practical usefulness and follow through.If you can write and speak in complete sentences, respond to emails and phone calls within 24 hours, be courteous and appropriate, show up for work on time and don’t leave until you are supposed to and do all these things for three consecutive weeks and then keep doing them daily after that, you will be in the 98th% percentile and have a long and promising future in the work world. Be patient with…
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Jay Fant Beats Paul Renner by 2 Votes

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Banker Jay Fant was declared the winner of the Republican primary to replace Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, in the Florida House on Friday. After the Duval County Elections Supervisor held a machine recount and examined ballots, Fant beat attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner by 2 votes: 5,962 to 5,960. read more
  • Florida TaxWatch Marks Labor Day by Noting Job Growth

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    With Labor Day being celebrated on Monday, Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch weighed in on Friday, noting an increase of private-sector jobs in the Sunshine State over the last year. "Monday, Sept. 1st, Americans will celebrate Labor Day, a time to thank our nation's workers for their role in building economic growth and prosperity,” Calabro said. “This year, more working Floridians have reason to relax and celebrate the long weekend. From July 2013 to July 2014, Florida saw an increase of 208,500 private, nonfarm jobs.read more
  • NRCC Chairman Goes to Bat for Carlos Curbelo Against Joe Garcia

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    On Friday, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), sent out a fundraising email on Carlos Curbelo’s behalf, attempting to link Joe Garcia with U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Walden warned Republicans that Democrats planned to support Garcia with their checkbooks and called for Republicans to open their wallets for Curbelo.  read more
  • Lee County May Reconsider Vote to Opt Out of Testing

    Allison Nielsen
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Lee County School Board, which voted to opt out of statewide standardized testing this week, could be pumping the brakes on its decision to leave testing behind. The board will be meeting next Tuesday to discuss the vote and consider rescinding its decision. The News Press reported board member Mary Fischer, who served as the tiebreaker for the 3-2 vote, requested the meeting.read more
  • Nan Rich Joins Charlie Crist on Statewide Unity Tour

    Kevin Derby
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Former Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich will be attending unity rallies across Florida on Thursday with former Gov. Charlie Crist who beat her in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. But Rich could not resist a final shot at Crist who refused to debate her during the primary campaign . “Last night I spoke with Charlie Crist to congratulate him,” Rich posted on Facebook on Wednesday. “It was a brief call, I didn't feel like debating him.”Rich offered more enthusiasm later on Wednesday in another Facebook post. read more
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    Maddow Blog

  • Labor Day, 2014

    Steve Benen
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    There's been some recent progress on the labor front, though there's so much more work needs to be done.
  • McConnell campaign manager resigns amid bribery scandal

    Steve Benen
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Jesse Benton announced late Friday that he would step down from McConnell's team, fearful of "becoming a distraction" from the Republican campaign.
  • This Week in God, 8.30.14

    Steve Benen
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    First up from the God Machine this week is a look at the real-world consequences of a Supreme Court ruling on the separation of church and state.
  • Friday's Mini-Report, 8.29.14

    Steve Benen
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Today's edition of quick hits.
  • Rep. Peter King, Obama's new fashion critic

    Steve Benen
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    No one seems to have been quite as outraged by the color of President Obama's suit as Rep. Peter King (R) of New York.
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

    Ang Lebs
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
  • Really annoying

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’m watching right now a Lebanese TV program on MTV called “Min el ‘Ekhir” (from the end). What really got on my nerve is one of the guests, Elie Hatem. Elie came 3rd in 2009 in Karaoke World champion. You may wonder why he got in my nerve. MTV Lebanon is a Lebanese TV station. The program “Min el Ekhir” is a Lebanese program. The guests are Lebanese. The audience is 100% Lebanese. Elie Hatem pretended that he can’t  speak 2 words in Lebanese. He spoke mostly in English. Elie Hatem, guess what? For me you looked so silly speaking Lebanese and mixing…
  • ISIS and Nusra

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    From those who missed it and specially for those who insisted that there is a difference between the two groups. Both, ISIS and Nusra, were involved in Arsal attack. They attacked the Lebanese army posts, killed and kidnapped its soldiers. The estimate number of the attackers according to news reports around 2,000 terrorists. Military analysts said that the attack was well planned. So for those who lied to their supporters for the past year, Arsal attack proved that there is a military coordination between ISIS and Nusra group, at least in Lebanon. Just to correct the compass of few…
  • Why don’t you shut-up?

    Ang Lebs
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    There is nothing worst than trying to figure out if the name of a Lebanese army Martyr is someone you know from thousands of miles away. I wanted to pick up the phone to find out if it’s really him the minute I read the name. I didn’t. I was afraid to confirm my fears. The next day I searched online newspapers, blogs and social medias trying to figure out more about this martyr. I found out he lived in where I once lived. My fear increased. I switched my search for a picture of him. A recent one. I found it on a friends blog. My fear was confirmed. The young kid with whom I walked…
  • Turn off Your Walkie-Talkie Shamel

    Ang Lebs
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    “Turn off Your walkie-talkie Shamel, and starts destruction” اقفل جهازك يا شامل وابدأ بالدمار الشامل. This sentence was written on a picture of Brigadier General Shamel Roukoz and shared on social media. Roukoz is the head of operations in Arsal area. Lebanon debate site wrote an article about it and in it they addressed the Brigadier General with a letter of support. The author of the letter asked him to:  “Turn off your walkie-talkie Shamel and declare it a war with out any political calculation.  A war against terrorism, against the…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • The Ordinary, Insane McDonnell Meltdown

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    How farce turns into tragedy. The disaster that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face — excessive gifts from a donor and friend; exposure and disgrace; and a federal trial that centered on the couple's relationship — has two distinct phases. First, the utter smallness of everything to do with the scandal; and next, the actual tragedy. The secret of the McDonnells and the source of nearly all their problems is this: They are ordinary. Go right back to the beginning. In January of 2010, Gov. Bob McDonnell, the handsome new hope of the Republican Party, responded…
  • How Conservative, Tough-On-Crime Utah Reined In Police Militarization

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    With the help of libertarians, the ACLU, and a law from Maryland, the conservative legislature in Utah is leading the way in reigning in police tactics. Lucas Jackson / Reuters WASHINGTON — Here's how you convince a legislature full of law-and-order Republicans to back efforts to rein in militarized police tactics: Take a law passed by the Democratic legislature of Maryland, get the local chapter of the ACLU (and a group of libertarians) to rework it slightly, put it on the floor, watch it pass basically unanimously. That was the unlikely recipe used — successfully — by…
  • It's On: Lawyers Fight For Supreme Court To Take Their Marriage Equality Case

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The only question is whether the justices will agree to take on the issue — and, if so, which case or cases it’s going to be. Gary Cameron / Reuters WASHINGTON — Some of the top appellate lawyers and leading LGBT legal groups in the nation are squaring off in unusual filings at the Supreme Court this week asking the justices to hear their respective case about marriage equality. Technically, the lawyers were responding to Supreme Court filings by state or county officials in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Utah that ask the justices to hear their case in order to uphold bans on…
  • American White Nationalists To Hold Conference With Russian And European Far Right

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The fringes of the U.S. conservative movement build bridges with their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic. National Policy Institute / Via npiamerica.org WASHINGTON — The white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute is holding a conference in October in Hungary that will feature Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist thinker who is increasingly popular in Kremlin circles. Richard Spencer, the president of NPI and a former writer at the American Conservative, said the conference, which will also feature figures from the ascendant European far right, would be the…
  • A Republican Congressman Is Actually Upset About Obama's Tan Suit

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Is this real life? View Video › Republican Rep. Peter King of New York is no fan of tan. The conservative member of Congress from Long Island blasted President Obama for wearing "a light suit, light tan suit" to talk about the threat of ISIS on Thursday. "There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday," King said of President Obama on NewsMaxTV. "When you have the world watching... a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I'm not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit,…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • A high school curriculum that teaches the truth about communism…. A Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Paul G. Kengor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Vision & Values: Dr. Paul Kengor, you recently completed a curriculum that teaches high school students about communism—that is, an accurate portrayal of communism. Tell us about it. Kengor: The curriculum is titled, “Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy,” and was done for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an organization formally recognized by the U.S. Congress. The foundation memorializes the 100 million dead victims of communism in the 20th century—that’s double the combined deaths of World War I and II, the two deadliest conflicts in the history of…
  • Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

    Marvin J. Folkertsma
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft. In a bay packed with 260 Allied warships, the effect of such an overwhelming demonstration of power could hardly fail to impress. The aerial procession roared over the remains of an empire whose hordes had swept across Asia like a scythe of murder and annihilation for the previous decade and a half. Probably no country suffered more under Japanese occupation than China,…
  • Cell phones while driving: Should the State House decide?

    Gary L. Welton
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in effect in 12 states; two of them will become effective within the next year. Be aware that when you cross a state line, you could be committing a crime. These laws have been justified by claims that 25 percent of the nation’s car accidents are “caused” by cell phones. The claim, however, that a given behavior “causes” a particular result is a claim…
  • Time for face time with Vladimir

    Earl H. Tilford
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last week, and plenty more. His attention was fixed on fundraising in Las Vegas when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on fundraising in New York when a Malaysian plane was shot down by Russians, and he was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard while Russia furthered its aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Europe is about to relive 1938, the year Adolph Hitler…
  • The Obama economic record: the worst five years since World War II

    Tracy Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared The Daily Caller. In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession of 2008-09. After four years of slow growth, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2014. That figure has been widely reported, but here are some figures that have not been reported, and they are quite eye-opening: Over the first five years of Obama’s…
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    Politic365

  • Race and Politics: GOP Black Outreach Ends in Ferguson, Missouri

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Ferguson and the GOP.  Suddenly, tank-like military vehicles rolling down an American street isn’t too much government.  After the killing of Mike Brown, it’s been quite intriguing to think back on all the times when “conservative” lawmakers and operatives have had so much to say about “too much government” — when it’s health care coverage.  But MRAPs, snipers, teargas and military gear-clad police vs. a group of mostly African American protesters?  That scene brought on lots of conservative silence. Back in late 2009 and 2010, all that…
  • AZ Superintendent who pushed ban on Mexican American studies loses GOP primary

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    On Tuesday, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal lost in the primary election. This defeat came after Huppenthal admitted to making offensive comments on blogs under a pseudonym saying that welfare recipients were “lazy pigs,” compared the work of Planned Parenthood to the Nazis, and saying that Spanish language media should be shut down. A few years ago, Huppenthal also pushed the ban on Mexican American studies being taught in Arizona public schools asserting that it promoted resentment towards other groups. This ban was a point of contention with the…
  • Solarize or Polarize? The Truth About Solar in North Carolina

    Kristal High
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    In North Carolina the state is getting more and more of its energy from the sun. The Tar Heel State currently ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to solar installations, right alongside states like California and Arizona. But as many are discovering, there’s a dark side to solar, one that oftentimes doesn’t get mentioned by those trying to ‘solarize’ communities. Despite clever slogans and grassroots campaigning, solar power tends to polarize communities by creating a gap between those who can afford to participate and those who can’t. And even for those who can pay to play,…
  • Raising Black Sons in Light of…

    Guest Contributor
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    By: Jolanda Jones As a single mom of a Black man, business owner, lawyer, former city council member, US Track & Field member, and human rights activist, I was asked to be an expert panelist, on our local television affiliate, on raising black sons in light of Ferguson along with two black male fathers, both of whom are extremely successful business men.  I was surprised that the segment began with the statement that Ferguson had caused parents to now have discussions with their sons about the police.  I didn’t agree with that statement.  Ferguson didn’t initiate a discussion.  It…
  • Third Insane Incident of Brutality Involving #Ferguson Police Surfaces

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    For a small police force of only 53 people, the Ferguson Police Department’s officers appear to have a talent for being involved in alleged incidents of misconduct and brutality that are the catalyst of lawsuits. In three separate incidents brought to light in the media, the Ferguson Police Department is not called to the scene but instead, officers approach citizens on their own.  Further, these incidents happen at a time when crime is at a historic low across the U.S. and down in Missouri. Last night, The Huffington Post reported that Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma is being…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

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

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Executive vice president of Target posted on the company’s blog that, “It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Social Security Administration’s $300 Million Debacle

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • While rockets rain down on Israel, Obama suggests restraint

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Israel Launches Ground Invasion in Response to Hamas Rockets In the midst of Israeli civilians being relentlessly bombed by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • His Highness Blacker and his Privy Court

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Yesterday I published an article about a gentleman by the name of Alan Blacker who has been making himself look like an utter moron in recent days. In that article I talked about a company that Mr Blacker had created in 1999 called The Privy Arbital Court Service Limited. Since posting that article I have had an email from a reader who shared a website stored on webacrhive that appears to show that Mr Blacker was part of quite an elaborate scam. There is a lot of information on this page and I haven't had a chance to look through it all, but it suggests that Mr Blacker was…
  • Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil.

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The profession has had the pleasure of learning more about Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil. Most of you will know of this fellow by now, he made a mockery of himself at a recent trial and its ripples have a lot further to travel yet. 
  • Price tag of the PCC Association

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every now and again something catches my interest, usually when I've downtime. Knowing that ACPO is a limited company, I typed it in to a well known database of limited companies. Despite what the conspiracy theorists say, there is nothing wrong, or suspicious, with ACPO being a limited company. Not every limited company is limited by shares, and ACPO is an ideal example of a company that needs a legal personality but is 'not for profit'.  I bounced around ACPO, to The Police Ict Company Limited (never heard of it...here it is). An unusual name of former directors. From there…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds. He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue. Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog. But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished which mission are…
  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Give it to us Straight

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds.  He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue.  Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog.  But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The…
  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • America's Plea

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    My Dear American People,Have I not provided you with opportunities that are the envy of the world?  Are you not the most free and prosperous people on the planet?  Did you not rapidly ascend from a group of loosely aligned colonies to global powerhouse in the blink of an eye?  Has human potential been nurtured and unleashed to a magnitude not previously experienced by any other civilization in human history?  As the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, I ask but one more - Why would you surrender this state of exceptionalism for apathy? I was but a…
  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Somewhere along the way our concept of a qualified person became horribly skewed.  Reputations used to be something built upon achievement.   Today, perception is more important than tangible results.  Strangely, we have begun to place our faith in people who have done nothing to deserve it.  An unsubstantiated persona of prominence reigns supreme when we pick our leaders.  With great fanfare and a sense of inevitability we hold them up as legends in their own time.  Since none of them have done anything worthy of this distinction, the story’s unhappy…
  • Independence Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago yesterday greatness was born.  A nation forged in revolution not just against the rule of an empire, but against an accepted fate devoid of choice.  Thirteen colonies united in the defiant cause to cast off the oppression that pervaded the old world.  An audacious Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed self-determination as an inalienable right of all.  Centuries of darkness were swept away as the light of a new beacon of hope was ignited.  The new world was no longer just a geographic term it was now a legitimate expectation…
  • Global Power Vacuum

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is a better place with the United States as the preeminent global power.  As Americans are famous for, we boldly redefined the role.  Historically a position seized with an eye toward creating or expanding an empire, we have done neither.  In fact, our actions are more in line with those of a comic book superhero than dominant world power.  Regardless of the completely baseless propaganda of some of our detractors, we have not embarked on any great campaign to colonize other nations nor have we used our unparalleled military might as a hammer to subjugate the…
  • The Great Democratic Deception

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To make one believe you are helping them all the while siphoning away their desire and ability to resist is a most devious charade.  Only those truly obsessed with power or lacking a soul would lead another down this destructive path for if left unchecked, the result is a descent to the often dark place of dependence.  Dependence is the ultimate tool of subjugation for it changes want to a perception of need.   This deception is the core of Socialism and ironically the reason it will always fail, for a people wholly dependent on a national government will never be able to…
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    US Daily Review

  • Gov. Brown to Poor Californians: Let’s Spend Tax Dollars on Central Americans

    brionnamuyco
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    CA Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo by Neon Tommy.                           By USDR        In spite of the dire needs of the state of California, Governor Brown has announced legislation to spend millions of dollars providing legal services to minors arriving in California from Central America.       Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and state legislative leaders support giving three million dollars of state funds to outside groups to prevent the deportation of those who have arrived illegally…
  • Germ-Killing Robots Deployed in Battle Against Ebola

    brionnamuyco
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    TRU-D SmartUVC disinfection robot travels to Liberia to tackle the Ebola virus (PRNewsFoto/TRU-D)     By USDR       Two 5-foot-5 superbug-slaying machines were deployed from the United States last week en route to JFK Hospital and ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Republic of Liberia, where they will aid in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.       The devices, known as TRU-D SmartUVC(TM), will help disinfect health care environments where Ebola patients are being treated. TRU-D is the only portable UV disinfection device on the market with…
  • Noble Energy Announces Bright Exploration Results In The Deepwater Gulf Of Mexico

    brionnamuyco
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Photo by David Wilson                       By USDR        Noble Energy, Inc. recently announced that the Bright exploration well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico reached the targeted Upper and Middle Miocene objectives and did not encounter hydrocarbons.       Drilled to a total depth of 13,500 feet on Atwater Valley 362, the well has been plugged and abandoned. Full well assessment and the integration of drilling results into the Company’s geologic models is ongoing to determine forward exploration…
  • What Employers Are Looking for in Insurance and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored       What Employers Are Looking for in Insurance – Chris Hudspeth & Jonathan Crane Host Kevin Price, Guest Chris Hudspeth, & Guest Jonathan Crane discuss “What Employers Are Looking for in Insurance” on this segment of the Price of Business. Check out that interview here.        …
  • UK Prime Minister on the Religious Extremism Terrorist Threat

    kprice
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:31 pm
    By David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK   Good afternoon. Earlier today the Home Secretary confirmed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has increased the threat level in the United Kingdom from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’. This is the first time in 3 years that the threat to our country has been at this level. My first priority as Prime Minister is to make sure we do everything possible to keep our people safe. Today I want to set out the scale and nature of the threat we face and the comprehensive approach that we are taking to combat it. We’ve all been shocked and…
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    The American Patriot

  • Sickening: Upstate NY farmers targeted for not hosting Lesbian wedding

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    This one comes via Selwyn Duke and is reported at The New American: It gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding”: Government officials in New York have told an upstate farming couple that they must host same-sex “weddings” on their property — and because they refused to do so they must pay a $13,000 fine. The hapless farmers are Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who have owned Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, for more than a quarter century. During much of that time at least, writes The Daily Signal’s Leslie Ford, they have opened “the farm to the public for…
  • UPDATED: Idiot Democrat Doug Wilkey wants to shut down kid’s lemonade stand.

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Update: I’ve gotten some pushback for writing what I did and publishing the guy’s address. Well, I have one thing to say about that: Watch this video: Does this kid strike you as being a typical snotty nosed punk kid, who thinks the world owes him something? No, He doesn’t.  He is a fine, polite young man, who is trying to make an honest buck, so that he can buy some things and see his grandma. …and for some crotchety old fuddy-duddy to cause a stink like this; it is just straight up bullcrap and I decided, that if he wanted to make this kid’s life difficult, I…
  • How ironic: Black cop kills white youth — Media and Feds totally silent

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Funny how this works. It was the same with my late cousin in 1994. My cousin was white and police involved were black and latino. No media frenzy, no government, nothing. The story: While Ferguson, Missouri, burns with racism and rioting, misinformation and mayhem over the Michael Brown shooting, another American city is also grappling with the death of an unarmed young man at the hands of police. The incident occurred just two days after the Ferguson event, but, unlike in that case, where a white cop shot a black youth, in this instance the races are reversed. Unlike in Ferguson, there is no…
  • Joe Piscopo says adios to the Democratic Party

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Join the club Joe. Joe writes in the Washington Times: (via Newsbusters) I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class,…
  • Thug Michael Brown was shot in the front, and not in the back as the lying liberal media said

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The money quotes via The New York Times, which come via Darlene over at Protein Wisdom: Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the…
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Whistleblower Summit For Civil & Human Rights Echoes King's Call For Truth

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

    Kyle Graczyk
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Notice: If you want to learn more about the efforts of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), visit their website here. While I have focused on one of GAP's corporate & financial accountability campaigns, you can find GAP's campaigns in other fields here.               A new GAP campaign seeks to prevent federal and corporate employees from being unjustly embroiled in criminal investigations and prosecutorial referrals as retaliation for blowing the whistle.        In response to whistleblowers disclosing information…
  • The Need To Strengthen Anti-Reprisal Protections Within The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Introduction         You all have probably been wondering where the blog posts have been since my last brief entry back in March. Unfortunately, I do not have any at my disposal to post right now. Fortunately, I will be getting back into writing regular entries fairly soon. What I do have today is the first of a series of entries that I have written on behalf of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). I was recruited by GAP to lead a six-week social media & advocacy effort to push the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen anti-reprisal…
  • Rachel Canning: A Microcosm for Society's "Blame-Game" Complex

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
            I first heard about this story one day after switching on CNN in Washington. I couldn't believe the story upon first glance. Eighteen-year old Rachel Canning returns to her Lincoln Park, New Jersey home after attempting to sue her parents for not paying her college tuition. Even with this development, she is still in the process of suing her parents for college tuition and legal fees. While her return home is "not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," this may be the first signal of a potential break in the case. Hopefully, she will end this…
  • "The Inner Man? Who Cares?" I Care

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The quoted text in the following post is sourced from the article "The Inner Man? Who Cares," which debuted on October 15, 1999 in the Washington Post; pages 90 to 92 in the Crown Forum edition of the book.             Charles Krauthammer is one of the only people that I can bear on Fox News. Yes, he is a conservative, but he is the only one that seems rational, down-to-earth, and whose argument seems grounded in reality and fact. This does not mean that I agree with every view that he displays. Hence, the following instance. I read one of the articles from…
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy Labor Day Weekend! Here in Boston, we’re soaking in the warm weather while we still can. If you find yourself with some free time when not winterizing splashing around in your pool, check out a few of our favorite digital marketing articles from our feeds this week. Millward Brown Acquires InsightExpress To Bolster Digital Measurement It’s been an exciting week in our office with announcement that we will be growing the Millward Brown Digital family! Our acquisition of InsightExpress takes our capabilities to the next level, allowing us to provide the ultimate behavioral and…
  • Conversion Optimization: Which Metrics Matter?

    Jared DeLuca
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Image from: Measure Success / Shutterstock I’ve written a lot about conversion optimization before because I firmly believe it’s one of the most important things any business can do to increase success, but conversion rate doesn’t have to mean online purchases. Even if you don’t have an ecommerce offering for your business, you can still focus on optimizing your conversion rates. Yes, I said plural “rates.” What do I mean? Obviously at the end of the day you care about your business making more money while providing value to your customers. How you define…
  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part II)

    Katie Hrdy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    As announced in our post last week, we recently launched our newest study, Getting Mobile Right, to help marketers put mobile to its best use within their overall marketing strategies. In the study we identified three major questions that marketers are asking to better understand how mobile can propel their brands: Where and how can we reach consumers on mobile? How can we engage consumers with mobile advertising? How can we increase our share of mobile consumer activity? We explored the first question in last week’s post, so this week we’ll review the second: How can marketers engage…
  • Recipe for Success

    Mark Rogol
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Image from: Recipe / Shutterstock Since first launching in 2010, JustAPinch.com, “an old-fashioned-looking recipe swap website,” but truly a vertical social network around recipes has grown to stand among the largest recipe websites on the internet. At its core, Just a Pinch strives to bring together hometown cooks and family recipes. What may seem like an old-fashioned idea has successfully transcended into the digital age in recent years. With traffic up 66% this year alone, Just a Pinch can attribute its noteworthy success to its engaged users and effective social media marketing…
  • The Compete Weekly Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    It’s Saturday. Congratulations, you survived the work week! This edition of the Compete Weekly Pulse has a strong focus on one of our favorite topics—blogging! Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week to learn all about how your can optimize the results of your blogging endeavors. How To Create A First-Rate Content Marketing Strategy If you want your brand to be successful, utilizing content marketing is no longer optional. The reality of today’s digital marketing is that your potential customers are likely forming their opinion of your brand long before actually…
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    Tea Party 911

  • FED Chair Yellen’s Latest Speech Is A Shell Game With An Invisible Pea

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

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    No, I am not talking about the latest Tea Party primary loss, although we know how to reverse this trend.  David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor proved that the right message and hard work on the ground by local activists can defeat even a well funded Republican with great name recognition and a relatively high conservative rating.  But these victories and losses do not inspire me to write much anymore.   Warning conservative voters about how Democrats plan to use all the money Obama is raising to mitigate losses in 2014 no longer inspires me either.  Our problems are much graver than…
  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Maybe three percent of the adult population become addicted gamblers. Yet private gambling is illegal in most cities and states, except for government gambling schemes called lotteries. Less than eight percent of the adult population has a drug-addiction problem they can’t control. Yet all drugs are illegal for all adults in this country. Only a small number of men are sex addicts who can’t stop themselves from going to prostitutes. Yet prostitution, the combination of sex and free enterprise between consenting adults, is illegal in most parts of the country. The vast majority of adults…
  • Discrimination — The Politically Incorrect Guide

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
  • Race Baiters Make Appeal to Low Information Voters

    Terrell AronSpeer
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an election year delivered to Republicans and tied up neatly with a bow, what else could we expect?  The mass of illegal entrants at the border is not a shock to this administration.  It is a plan well executed.  I know, we are supposed to believe that the poverty and narco-violence south of our border is a new thing; that this new pressure has pushed populations of babies into Texas.  Really, we are told they are just walking across the border and that now the border patrol is all tied up changing their diapers.  WOW!  Really?  Where do I begin?   Well, first let me remind…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • ISIS's Economic Sources

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Mohammad Tomazy  |  The Western governments are carrying out military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), mainly by drones, intelligence and assisting Iraqi and semi-autonomous Kurdish government northern Iraq.ISIS controlled area in Syria and Iraq, The EconomistSince the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Western governments have applied economic and military sanctions against Syrian regime, including banning of oil export which mainly located in the northeastern Syrian territories (Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa districts). So far, these oil-rich…
  • Smiley MSMBS World News

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The wickedly satirical Juice Rap News casts a discerning eye over the remarkable series of events over the last few weeks.From Gaza to Syria, ISIS to Ukraine, sinkholes to Ebola, and Ferguson to Robin Williams, the world has been experiencing a seemingly endless series of disturbing events: how do we manage to deal with all the painful ironies and bloody tragedies of these times?Source: RT
  • The Israeli Jihadists

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Her name is Katie. She is from the Netherlands, and chose to serve in the Israeli navy instead of remaining in her country. Will her government label her and the rest of the hundreds of Dutch youth serving in the Israeli military asjihadstrijders (jihad fighters), the name given to the hundred or so that went to Syria? Katie, a Dutch-Israeli dual citizen, is after all a jihadist in occupied Palestinian lands. Israel's genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip is entering its second week. The death toll has risen to more than 600, with thousands more injured and…
  • Godfathers Of Terrorism

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The ideology of the Saudi regime is that of ISIS even if the foreign policies differ, Wahhabi Islam [the official ideology of the Saudi monarchy] is fully in sync with ISISCalifornia State University-Stanislaus Professor Asad AbuKhalil tells The Progressive.Read full informative and reliable article on Washington's Blog
  • Fox News Logic

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    By Nick Anderson, Truthdig
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    BizPac Review

  • Yikes! LA Times replaces word ‘illegal’ with ‘verbal gymnastics’ of Olympic proportions

    Amanda Shea
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    If verbal gymnastics were an Olympic sport the LA Times would bring home the gold with their new replacement for the ultra-offensive word “illegal” with the term “informal workers.” Happy (Illegal) Labor Day! #LATimes refuses to use term "Illegal"…now refers to 'informal" workers… http://t.co/49OJT5QLw9 — Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 1, 2014 California leftists bend over backwards, creatively contorting terms to such an extent that one may soon need a political correctness translator to make sense of what…
  • This license plate, paired with Obama sticker, speaks volumes about the progressive left

    Amanda Shea
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The entitlement mindset that flourishes under President Barack Obama, is clearly displayed on the back of this car. Who can blame this motorist for wanting to live a life  recreation instead of work – just like the commander-in-chief they voted in to office? The snapshot was found on Young Conservatives and has made the rounds around social media. The  “H8 WRKN” license plate paired with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker speaks volumes of the welfare era America seems to be stuck in.  Why wouldn’t someone chose welfare over work? It often pays better than…
  • Chatter indicates attack on Southern border; ‘it’s coming very soon,’ source says

    Joe Saunders
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Fort Bliss, the American Army post across the border from the crime-ridden Mexican city of Juarez, is on high alert against a potential terrorist attack through the Labor Day weekend — but the Obama administration won’t admit it. A Fort Bliss news release blandly describes the precautions, which include closing two normally open to civilian traffic and random inspections at others, as the “results of several recent security assessments and our constant concern for the safety of military members, families, employees and civilians,” according to the El Paso Times. That’s…
  • Harry Reid’s alma mater dumps his name from building amid growing pressure

    Joe Saunders
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Harry Reid’s alma mater is disowning him – for $40,0000. The Nevada Democrat and Senate majority leader has made his name synonymous with the disastrous government, crony capitalism and dysfunctional democracy of the Obama Era. Photo Credit: Godfather Politics But it’s a name Southern Utah University in Cedar City won’t have on its outdoor center anymore after a successful pressure campaign by Beehive State conservatives. “We had people step up and pledge money towards removing his name,” Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens told The  Spectrum, a Gannett newspaper in Utah. “In…
  • Remembering Labor Day’s forgotten workers

    Watchdog
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Monday is Labor Day, and if your town is anything like mine, it will be celebrated with a parade of union members marching and driving their vehicles — many of them public ones, such as fire engines and dump trucks. It’s a fun parade, if you can get past the sirens, the politicians and the noise of all the Teamsters honking horns on their 18-wheelers. But hey, this is their day, right? Not quite. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

    Paul Phillips
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yesterday, Israel showed the world just how much it wants peace in its land by taking more land away from the Palestinians, a move sure to make matters worse.  And they did this by giving a stunningly laughable reason for the seizure: Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June. (Emphasis added) This reasoning begs the question: if Israel gets more land for the killing of three teens, how much land does Palestine get for Israel’s killing of over 2,000 people, including nearly 600 children,…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Albert Camus’ “Reflections on the Guillotine”

    Kleier
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Short essay by Albert Camus entitled “Reflections on the Guillotine” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: In relation to crime, how can our civilization be defined? The reply is easy: for thirty years now, State crimes have been far more numerous than individual crimes. I am not even speaking of war, general and localized, although bloodshed too is an alcohol that eventually intoxicates like the headiest of wines. But the number of individuals killed directly by the State has assumed astronomical…
  • “Radicalization”

    Kleier
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Douglas McAuthur McCain, and American Islamic State (IS) fighter, was reportedly killed by the Free Syrian Army on August 25, 2014. He is the first reported American killed in the line of fire with IS (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), not just fighting with rebels against Syrian dictator Bashaar al-Assad. According to a report in the NYT, it seems that Mr. McCain lost his way as a young man and turned strong religious beliefs and convictions to give himself purpose and stability. On the SITE (or SITE Intelligence Group) blog, a group that tracks radical Islamic websites and other traffic,…
  • Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct

    Paul Phillips
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement.  While the future of this situation can be debated, the past cannot.  And the truth sometimes hurts. “I think Western politicians are already realising the growing and fast-spreading threat of terrorism,” Lavrov said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria and Iraq. “And they will soon have to choose what is more important, a [Syrian] regime change to satisfy personal antipathies, risking deterioration of the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Bjornstjerne Bjornson, from “Beyond Human Might”

    Kleier
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Excerpt from a play by Bjornstjerne Bjornson entitled “Beyond Human Might” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: (Here a young clergyman is speaking to a crowd of miners in the midst of bitterly fought strike) Bratt: Here it is dark and cold. Here few work hopefully, and no one joyfully. Here the children won’t thrive–they yearn for the sea and the daylight. They crave the sun. But it lasts only a little while, and then they give up. They learn that among those who have been cast down…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Why the Left Sees Hispanics as Agents of Change

    Mike Gonzalez
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez talks about his new book, “A Race for the Future,” released today. >>> First Look: Mike Gonzalez’s ‘A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans’ The post Why the Left Sees Hispanics as Agents of Change appeared first on Daily Signal.
  • ‘Militarization’ Critics Want to Review a Pentagon Program After Ferguson. But Police Get Gear This Way, Too.

    Melissa Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    President Obama has led a chorus of cries for a review of a Pentagon program supplying “excess” weaponry and equipment to state and local police following events in Ferguson, Mo., but it turns out that another federal agency is a major player behind the “militarization” trend. The Department of Homeland Security offers grants designed to increase the preparedness of state, county and local law enforcement agencies in the event of a terrorist attack or other hazards. Besides equipment, the grants cover planning, organization, training and exercise. In fiscal year 2014, DHS awarded…
  • 4 Everyday Americans Hurt by Operation Choke Point

    Kelsey Harkness
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Countless business owners across America have lost  bank accounts because of a Justice Department initiative called “Operation Choke Point.” According to a House report, the secretive effort pressures financial institutions to deny a variety of legal businesses access to the very banking system they need to survive, simply because the Obama administration finds the businesses objectionable. Targeted enterprises include payday lenders, pawn shops and gun sellers. Meet four business owners who experienced Choke Point’s adverse effects firsthand:   The post 4 Everyday Americans Hurt…
  • FBI Radio: Public Service or Self-Serving?

    Sharyl Attkisson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Listen to the radio and you might run across a segment that sounds something like a news report. A newsy music introduction plays as woman’s officious-sounding voice begins narrating a story. In a stilted delivery that appears to mimic that of a news anchor, the woman states, “In a move demonstrating the FBI’s valuable role of protecting national security, Director James Comey creates a separate Intelligence Branch…” It turns out this isn’t a news report at all. And the “news anchor” is actually a public affairs specialist. How many tax dollars are being spent for the…
  • Why the Abortion Rate Is Declining

    Chuck Donovan
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Over the most recent decade for which data are available (2001–2011), the overall U.S. abortion rate, calculated as the annual number of abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44), has dropped, continuing a trend that first appeared in 1980. The decline has been steeper since 1990, with a brief plateau in the middle of the past decade. The 2011 rate for the nation is the lowest since 1973. >>> The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity Discussions of U.S. abortion trends must always be accompanied by caveats. The United States has an incomplete national abortion…
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • 100 Days of Modi Sarkar, India-Japan ties, and Markets on a high: Top & Trending

    Preksha Sharma
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed his 100 days in office, citizens across the country shared their enthusiasm over ‘acche din’ as promised during the elections, saying that Modi can be a match winner. Encouraged by economic growth of 5.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014-15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it has generated a “huge positive sentiment” while exhorting Japanese businessmen to invest in India. Japan and India upgraded their partnership to the level of ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ with the signing of a defence pact…
  • 100 Days of Modi Sarkar: Redefining foreign policy, Bhutan to Japan and beyond

    Niti Guest
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Narendra Modi is keen to put his stamp on diplomacy. A mixed bag of triumphs and trials in foreign policy marked the first 100 days of the Modi Government. The list includes an unprecedented invitation to SAARC leaders and the Prime Minister of Mauritius to attend the swearing-in of the new Government, a visit to India’s steadfast friend Bhutan, support to BRICS and its New Development Bank, assertion of friendship to Russia, stress on economic and commercial ties in a meeting with the Chinese President, a signal that India would be even-handed between Israel and Palestine, even while…
  • 100 days of Modi Sarkar: Thumbs-Up by Tavleen Singh , Dr. Kiran Bedi

    Shivkant Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    आज मोदी सरकार के 100 दिन पुरे हो गए हैं, लोकप्रियता या कांग्रेस या फिर कहूँ गांधी परिवार के प्रति आसक्त मीडिया हाउसेस मोदी के एक-एक दिन का हिसाब मांग रहे हैं | ये वही मीडिया है जिसने 60 साल हिसाब नहीं माँगा और आज एक-एक मिनट का हिसाब मांग…
  • Ye dosti…

    Manoj Kureel
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The India-Japan friendship is in full bloom once more, fed by the Modi-Abe rapport and mutual interests.
  • 100 days of boring news – Why media needs Modi

    Suryakiran Tiwari
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    A retired senior journalist who has many friends in BJP says, “I feel politics is at least less murky now. There are no harsh words used. It is good if it continues this way, though boring for us.” For political commentators, Indian politics is entering a phase which is devoid of any masala. No sound bytes, no “unconfirmed reports”, no gossip. All the chutzpah of the political circle has vanished. BJP leaders have been issued strict warnings to not speak to the Press out of turn. Unconfirmed sources are one of the main inputs for journalists and a tight lid on such sources has…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

    JG
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Much of the discussion on law firm security has focused on data […]The post Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting

    JG
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the […]The post Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think.

    JG
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Private cloud was popular in the early days of cloud computing when enterprises struggled with security and control issues.  These days, public cloud dominates, as revealed in the recent “State of the Cloud Study” from RightScale. The reasons for the growth of public clouds are pretty clear, including low operating costs, instant scalability, and […]The post The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Cat Goes Crazy With Laser Pointer On Head

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:51 pm
    You can get a donkey to work all day by tying a carrot to its head to hang right in front of him. Alex Burkovskiy tried something similar with his cat. Instead of entertaining his cat with a laser point, Alex simply tied a laser pointer on top of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dog Balances Fruits And Vegetables On Head

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Lemon beagle Maymo is a very popular dog just for his adorable face. In this silly video, his owner balanced 100 fruits and vegetables on the patient dog’s head, just for fun. Just look at that face!   Source link [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Truth About Beats By Dre

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    You may not have heard of them, but you’ve most likely seen them everywhere. It seems that all the cool kids are wearing those funky headphones called Beat by Dre, even when they aren’t listening to music. So what’s up with this new trend? Are these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Man Catches His Dying Drone Right Before It Dropped Into Lake

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    Redphive was having so much fun with his new drone that he completely lost track of time. Soon, the battery on his quadcopter was nearly empty, and the drone started to slowly descend. The problem was, he had it flying over a lake and it didn’t have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kids React To Ice Bucket Challenge

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Whether you are sick of it or not is irrelevant. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spread awareness like wild fire and raised millions of dollars. As the trend is slowly ending, The Fine Brothers decided to talk about the Challenge with their group of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
      Special guests Sandy Anglin Phillips (campaign manager at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) and Deborah Hernandez (So Cal chapter leader with Moms Demand Action) will join co-hosts Naomi Minogue and John Sheirer to discuss the recent gun tragedy in Arizona where a 9 year old girl accidentally shot a man to death with an uzi. A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Guest Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team interviews Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us as we have a great discussion concerning the development of hate groups within the U.S. and what can be done to combat the proliferation of hate crimes. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Ferguson, MO Unrest and Rick Perry Indicted

    Liberal Fix
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. In this episode, Keith and Naomi will discuss the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the felony indictments passed down today against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • Liberal Fix Encore w/ House Candidate Amardeep Kaleka from Paul Ryan's District

    Liberal Fix
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Join the Liberal Fix team as they welcome Democratic Congressional candidate from Wisconsin's 1rst District, Armadeep Kaleka.  Mr. Kaleka hopes to challenge Representative Paul Ryan for his seat in Congress.  Amardeep Kaleka is a former teacher, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and community organizer.  After the death of his father, who died protecting members from an attack from a gunman at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, of which he was the President, Amardeep Kaleka became involved in gun legislation…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Patrick Henningsen on Red Ice Radio: Hour 1 Interview on ‘ISIS Crisis and the New Fear Culture’

    21wire
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    21st Century Wire Red Ice Radio – Hour 1 Interview Patrick Henningsen is an independent journalist and founder of 21st Century Wire, an independent media voice for geopolitical news and analysis. Patrick returns to discuss the ISIS crisis. He’ll talk about who is funding the crisis and how recruitment is done. Does ISIS pose a threat? Patrick explains how ISIS did not come from Syria. We’ll also discuss what Israel wants out of the Syrian situation. Later, we’ll speak about the beheading of James Foley and how social media is being used as a pretext to go to war. In the second…
  • Episode #48 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘ISIS HYSTERIA GRIPS US’ with host Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Episode #48 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday August 31st, 2014 presented by guest host Patrick with 1.5 hours of power-packed talk radio and music from 9am to 11pm PST…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the US, as guest host Patrick Henningsencovers the top stories of the week around the globe — focusing on the new ISIS hysteria which is steamrolling America. Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield -…
  • ISIS dot com: Social Media Barons Are Pushing the New Barbarity

    21wire
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireSomething stinks in the upper echelon of the mega media barons.Isn’t it interesting how Facebook bots will censor certain political posts, or how your page can be pulled down for a remark someone behind the communitarian curtain claims is ‘offensive’, while jihadist and ISIS terror gangs are allowed to openly use the same social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for recruitment, ‘martyr selfies’, marketing, T-Shirt sales, and to post murder photos?If only the problem ended there. Something much deeper, and much more…
  • The Israeli Blackmail Machine: The Clintons Weren’t the Only Ones

    21wire
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Dean Ryan21st Century WireAt a time when the Oval Office was renamed the Oral Office, and cigars became a favourite past time of presidents and kinksters alike, the leader of the free world was at the mercy of Israel’s impressive blackmail machine. A powerful new book released at the end of July has brought to light how racy phone sex conversations between Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky were wiretapped circa 1997-98, and used as a blackmail against the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton Inc. :The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political…
  • ‘ISIS Here’ Plot Now in CNN’s Ferguson Production

    21wire
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The high-end of intellectual distortion is supplied by globalist ‘think tanks’, but the low-end of public brainwashing comes from the mainstream media — in this case CNN. As Washington continues to run out of script ideas for its ‘War on Terror’ narrative, the cable news network’s coverage of Ferguson now includes a protester (crisis actor?) wielding a sign that reads ‘ISIS Here’ in the background of reporter Jake Tapper as he moves down the street. Is this a random caught on camera, or, a set piece strategically…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Old Points About New Media

    Jin Yao Kwan
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Offline discussions on new media and socio-political discourse on the platform always seem to converge on three points: new websites challenging the dominance of the mainstream media, the regulation of the Internet, as well as the future of new media in Singapore. And the same happened at the “YOUthSpeak Forum” last Tuesday, when I – … Continue reading →
  • Financial Illiteracy

    Jin Yao Kwan
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Even as a business student with some knowledge of financial concepts making sense of these policies takes time and effort. On the one hand financial education should be emphasised, and on the other financial information should be presented in more intuitive ways. At the present moment many are overwhelmed by the avalanche of details and figures. Continue reading →
  • Seeing Red Over Chartered Trains

    Jin Yao Kwan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    In other words, if chartering trains is cost-efficient, will SMRT – and the Land Transport Authority, which “is looking into taking action against [the train operator]” – encourage or allow other schools to do the same for sporting events at the new National Stadium, beyond the National Education shows during National Day Parade rehearsals? Continue reading →
  • Practising What Is Preached

    Jin Yao Kwan
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The Government – through the Civil Service – has to take the lead to shift this social culture. Academic achievements might approximate to, yet does not equate to, success at work. Meritocracy can be operationalised through broader, more continuous lenses, by blurring distinctions between different qualifications and between different degrees as employees prove themselves at the workplace. The Government has to clear and precise with its schemes, for they will signal a commitment to this "diversification of pathways". Otherwise, the rhetoric since the National Day Rally speech will be…
  • Eyeballing The News, From The Breakfast Table

    Jin Yao Kwan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Accusations about her “agenda” because of her past employment in the SPH will persist, but they matter little. Her institutional memory, in my opinion, matters. If the commentaries in “Bertha Harian” and “Troublemaker”, together with our challenging yearlong adventure at BN, are anything to go by, Miss Henson will continue to contribute to socio-political discourse while keeping a critical eye on the mainstream media – for the love of journalism. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds. He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue. Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog. But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished which mission are…
  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Give it to us Straight

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds.  He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue.  Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog.  But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The…
  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
 
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • PTA Parents Allegedly Frame Another Parent By Planting Drugs In Her Car

    Nkorni Tankwa
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    The trial of a Southern California couple who were arrested after they allegedly tried to frame another parent by planting drugs in her car is currently under way. Police say Jill and Kent Easter were so involved in a Parent-Teacher … Continue reading →
  • Medicine Hunter Reveals 5 Aphrodisiacs Plants To Boost Your Sex Life

    Nkorni Tankwa
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Chris Kilham, commonly referred to as “The Medicine hunter”  travels the world studying plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. During his travel, kilham says he’s stumbled across “natural traditional plant base medicines.” Among which are 5 aphrodisiacs plants … Continue reading →
  • Oklahoma Cop Charged With Sexually Assaulting 8 Black Women Under Threat Of Arrest

    Nkorni Tankwa
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested last week for allegedly raping or sexually abusing eight African American women, between the ages of 34 and 58, under the threat that they will be physically harm or arrested if they … Continue reading →
  • Here Is What Coffee Does To Your Brain

    Nkorni Tankwa
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    It has become the world’s most addicted drug. Millions of Americans start their day with it and millions more have said they’re simply incapable of functioning without it, but have you ever wondered about what coffee actually does to your … Continue reading →
  • Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel in “Friends” Goes Super Viral

    Nkorni Tankwa
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Last night, late night host Jimmy Kimmel brought his audience his rendition of the hit 90s show “Friends.” After telling his guest, Jennifer Aniston, about being a fan of the show, he presented her with a “Friends” fan fiction script, … Continue reading →
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
  • The Award Goes To… the Washington Redskins

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is Malcolm’s take on what mattered most for the second week of August 2014. Having the determination and conviction to keep the name of your business that you started in 1932, the AWARD goes to... The man who travels half way around the world to help sick people and becomes deadly sick himself, and the AWARD goes to... Making the stupidest statement of the year, the AWARD goes to... Taking a number one television show and dropping it into last place during his tenure, the AWARD goes to... Having the most patience while carrying out their responsibilities as they're being insulted…
  • The Award Goes To... Bieber & Bears

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A politician who has come off script to reengage in another war, but doesn't want to call it a war AWARD goes to... You do as I say, or I'll sue you... in fact I may sue you even if you don't do what I say, the AWARD goes to... We know where your vulnerability lies, and we plan to strike back AWARD goes to... One of the most successful and repetitive songs that has annoyed many people and black bears too AWARD goes to... The Shinseki award has been given to the President and Congress for doing such a fine job for Veterans all across America! The AWARD goes to... You talk bad about me, and…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Florida: 2 Muslims arrested after bar fight, threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him”

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia via 2 arrested after starting bar fight, making threats, Volusia cops say. h/t Atlas ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Two men are facing charges after Volusia County deputies said they started a fight at a bar Wednesday night. Staff at the Jus’ Beachy Bar on Ocean Shore Boulevard claimed they refused to […]The post Florida: 2 Muslims arrested after bar fight, threatened to “kidnap an American and behead him” appeared first on Citizens News.
  • THE GUNNY

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE growing up like a boss!The post THE GUNNY appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Taliban R&R

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report Gang banging goats! It’s from November 2013 so we may have posted it before, but who cares!The post Taliban R&R appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Joe Biden will creep on basically anyone.

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Written by Naked DC Lucy Coffey is a hero. Not only is she the oldest living female veteran at 108 years old, having braved World War II in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, but she’s earned two bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon but she’s survived an afternoon with Joe Biden. Turns out, 108 years old […]The post Joe Biden will creep on basically anyone. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Feminist Rages Against ‘Sex-Obsessed Christian Group’ Spreading ‘Myth’ Of an Oversexed Pop Culture

    Liberty Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Written by NewsBusters blogs Over at Salon.com, feminist writer Amanda Marcotte is as consistent as the Parents Television Council in addressing MTV. PTC thinks it's a smutty channel, especially due to buzz-baiting sexual pranks like the twerking of Miley Cyrus at the 2013 show. Marcotte thinks if anything, MTV is behind the curve of cultural […]The post Feminist Rages Against ‘Sex-Obsessed Christian Group’ Spreading ‘Myth’ Of an Oversexed Pop Culture appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Canada Slips From Most Developed Nation In The World To 11th Place Because Of Stephen Harper And The Conservatives .. Shame!!

    leftdog
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Canada 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 greater rate.When the numbers are adjusted for gender inequality, Canada slumps to 18th place. The United States fares even…
  • Stephen Harper's Deranged Thought Process Is Based On Highly Flawed Right Wing Ideology

    leftdog
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By: Jakeet Singh  Tue Aug 26 2014  Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes. Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader…
  • Remembering Jack ....

    leftdog
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    No One Had More Fun Doing Segments On 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Than Jack Layton
  • Federal documents show Harper's Conservatives are thwarting scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North.But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts.In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss.“Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August…
  • World War One ... historical stupidity that seemed like a good idea at the time

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I see that the Canadians are being brainwashed into thinking that World War One was a great and glorious moment in Canadian history. You are being told that Canadian soldiers died for Canada's 'freedom' during the First World War ... to 'protect and preserve our nation'. Nonsense!!!Any one with even a fleeting knowledge of history will struggle with this interpretation of the pointless, meaningless conflict known as 'the First World War'.Stop any citizen on the street and ask them what the reason for the First World War was ... and see if they know. Essentially, three Royal 'cousins' ...
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: Labor Day in Ferguson

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    For this Monday, our staff thought we’d bring you a quote that’s a little more current, from a forced racial issue that hit rigor mortis long ago. That’s right, Ferguson (Ferguson, Missouri, not Ferguson, Frasier’s butler).
  • Genius Idea: EU Seeks to Ban Hairdryers that Work

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Who could have predicted that hitching your horse to the EU cart would mean you would have to say goodbye to your blow dryer, vacuum, and any other appliance with enough wattage to actually do something other than buzz?
  • August Recap: Summertime Sadness

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What? A recap already? Yeah, already. Do we really need to prolong this August of Obama’s golf retreat, Iraqi retreat, and the ISIS beheading fest?
  • Shocker: TSA Computer Glitch Overcharges Travelers

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    PDers may recall back in July when we discussed how illegal immigrants were waved through TSA without passports or other screening the TSA was jacking up fees for their safety services.
  • Just Sayin’: That’s deserved or How to Be an Idiot

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Drudge had an excellent headline last week along the lines of, “Woman Breaks into Giraffe Exhibit, Gets Kicked in Face,” and our staff was just wondering if anyone else out there hoped there would be an attached picture or video?
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Dialogue between Civilizations: Vladimir Yakunin's Special Lecture Held at Lanzhou University

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    LZU.EDU.CN, August 25, 2014On the afternoon of Aug.24th, Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railway Corporation, Founder of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations", delivered a speech in the lecture hall of LZU Graduates Activity Center at the invitation of Lanzhou University and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. President Wangcheng chaired this meeting.
  • The Battle against Barbarism

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.orgIntroductionFor the past few weeks, the world has watched on in horror as ISIS has intensified its barbarian campaign, killing thousands in unspeakably brutal ways and expelling many more. Eyewitness reports tell a gruesome story of summary executions, beheadings and crucifixions – Christians being nailed alive to crosses and left there to be bleed to death. The severed heads and mutilated bodies have…
  • The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating…
  • A Vision for the Future

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of CulturesA Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable…
  • Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon Results

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    On August 25, 2014 the WPFDC Executive Board chose the winners of the Rhodes Marathon – 2014We are glad to congratulate the following authors who were recognized as winners of the contest:Beatriz Bissio (Brazil) - Islam and the West: Another Form of Coexistence is Possible. History Allows to Understand Why;Dimitry Chistilin (Ukraine) - BRICS’ Role in Forming New Architecture of the World System in the Context of Long-term Development;Toni Kaestner (Germany) - A Vision for the Future. Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures;Dimitri Kitsikis (Canada) - Plethon as Founder of…
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    Patriots Movement

  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

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

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

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
  • Ben Carson Forms 2016 PAC

    Cal Sullivan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Doctor Benjamin Carson, the conservative super star that emerged from a political dinner last year after criticizing the President to his face , has done what so many people have been calling and asking for him to do. He’s finally taking visible steps towards a White House run in 2016 and may be one of the first candidates to emerge from what has been so far a very speculative race. The 62 year old retired neurosurgeon formed a super PAC on Saturday named One Nation and has appointed Texas businessman Terry Giles as the chairman. “No doubt he’s one step closer to making a…
  • Nancy Pelosi Charges at GOP Speaker

    Cal Sullivan
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It seems like something out of a C-SPAN parody more so than a real life event in our country’s governing body. It happened however. Not just once but twice in the same speech. Representative Tom Marino was at the podium speaking about the Border Bill that was up for vote. He spoke about many things under it and then took the time to reminisce and remind the Democrats…that they had two entire years controlling the White House, the Congress, and the Senate..and that they did nothing about immigration. Clearly as we see now this illegal immigration thing was not random or sudden.
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  • Watchdog: Children Need Better Education

    User Submitted
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    A major academy chain has been heavily criticised by the schools watchdog after inspectors concluded that too many pupils are not getting a decent education. Inspectors warned that around half of the academies run by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) are not yet considered good, adding that some had been left to “flounder”. AET insisted ...
  • Plebgate shows police dishonesty

    User Submitted
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    A Scotland Yard report on the “plebgate” saga shows “industrial levels of dishonesty by police working in Downing Street”, an MP has claimed. The force has published a series of documents summarising its inquiry into the aftermath of the confrontation, called Operation Alice, which has seen four police officers sacked. It also released CCTV footage, ...
  • Ferguson cops start wearing body cameras after private companies donate 50 of them

    User Submitted
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Police officers wore cameras for the first time on Saturday during protest Officers captured high-quality images of demonstrators taunting police  Differing accounts of killing of Mike Brown lead to calls for body cameras Meanwhile officer who pushed CNN anchor on air has retired on full pension Police officers in Ferguson have begun wearing body cameras ...
  • The Nanny State Is Chemically Castrating Our Children’s Brains

    User Submitted
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Dave Hodges RINF Alternative News Government should not be in the business of mandating personal choices and government should never be allowed to legislate choices which should be reserved for parents with regard to their children’s health and welfare. The parents are sovereign over the welfare of their children, not the nanny state. In the name of increasing the corporate ...
  • Israel’s Latest Land Grab

    User Submitted
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On Sunday, Israel’s Civil Administration announced confiscation of around 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land. It lawlessly declared it State Land. It’s to establish a Gva’ot settlement. It’s located south of Bethlehem. It’s in the Southern West Bank. Peace Now calls itself “the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Ukraine: Changing The Guard In Donetsk – OpEd

    IWPR
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    By Dmitry Durnev The latest change of leadership in Donetsk sees Moscow resident Alexander Borodai replaced by a Ukrainian national, Alexander Zakharchenko. Borodai and others like Igor Girkin aka “Strelkov” and their people are out. A new team of lower-profile figures has come in, many with backgrounds in the Russian military. When Borodai arrived in […] The post Ukraine: Changing The Guard In Donetsk – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • NATO Chief Lays Out Package To ‘Bring Georgia Closer’ To Alliance

    Civil.Ge
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    (Civil.Ge) — The package that NATO plans for Tbilisi at the summit in Wales this week will include establishing “a defense capacity building mission” and training center in Georgia, more Georgian participation in NATO exercises and “occasionally” NATO military exercises in Georgia and expanding NATO liaison office in Tbilisi, according to NATO Secretary General Anders […] The post NATO Chief Lays Out Package To ‘Bring Georgia Closer’ To Alliance appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iran FM Optimistic Nuclear Issue To Be Resolved In Time

    Iran Review
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is optimistic that the issues related to the country’s nuclear energy program “can be resolved in time.” “I am quite optimistic after discussions with Lady Ashton that we can in fact resolve this issue in time,” Zarif said. “I hope with the readiness and political will that […] The post Iran FM Optimistic Nuclear Issue To Be Resolved In Time appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Netanyahu Says Won’t Send Delegation To Cairo Talks

    Maan
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not plan to send a delegation for negotiations in Cairo as stipulated by the ceasefire agreement that ended seven weeks of fighting in Gaza, Israeli media reported Monday. Channel 10 said in a TV report that Netanyahu told his cabinet in a closed session that he would not send […] The post Netanyahu Says Won’t Send Delegation To Cairo Talks appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Nothing Islamic About This Caliphate – OpEd

    Arab News
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    By Linda S. Heard Weak-minded young Muslim men with western passports are attracted by the notion of an Islamic State. More than 1,500, including 500 Brits, eager to translate their video games into real life or infused with religious fervor or angered by US-led foreign policy missteps, have voted with their feet. Many others, interviewed […] The post Nothing Islamic About This Caliphate – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • WTF Superheroes

    Vladyslav Rekhovskyy
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Pussy Noir performs at Town Danceboutiqe for the “WTF Superheroes” party on Aug. 31, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Vladyslav Rekhovskyy) The WTF Superheroes party was held at Town Danceboutiqe on Sunday with performances by Pussy Noir, JaxKnife and Salvadoria Dali. (Washington Blade photos by Vladyslav Rekhovskyy)   
  • Michael Sam cut from St. Louis Rams

    Michael K. Lavers
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The St. Louis Rams on Saturday cut Michael Sam from the team ahead of the start of the regular season. (Photo by Marcus Qwertyus; courtesy Wikimedia Commons).The St. Louis Rams on Saturday released gay defensive end Michael Sam during the team’s final cuts before the start of the regular season. “I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level,” said Sam on his Twitter page. “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful…
  • Opposing sides in trio of marriage cases seek Supreme Court review

    Chris Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    All parties in the three most advanced marriage equality cases have filed petitions before review with the Supreme Court. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)Pressure on the Supreme Court to make a nationwide ruling on the issue of marriage equality is at its greatest point ever now that parties on both sides in each of the three most advanced marriage cases have petitioned justices for review. Before the start of Labor Day weekend on Friday, opposing sides in the Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia marriage lawsuits — parties for marriage equality and against it — had submitted petitions…
  • Gulf Coast’s LGBT residents mark Katrina anniversary

    Michael K. Lavers
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Belle Reve Executive Director Vicki Weeks shows photos of the hurricane damage to her organization’s building. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) NEW ORLEANS — It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2005, when Vicki Weeks, executive director of Belle Reve, a residence for people with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, and three of her staffers began to evacuate the Crescent City ahead of Hurricane Katrina with eight clients who had no other way to leave. It took the group eight hours to drive three miles on Interstate 10 in New Orleans because of a massive traffic jam.
  • Cincinnati will cover GRS costs starting in 2015

    Staff reports
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    (Photo by J. Stephen Conn) CINCINNATI — Cincinnati will cover transgender health needs under its city insurance plan starting next year, the Enquirer, a Cincinnati Gannett paper, reports. Officials said they plan to promote the change as a way to lure people to the region. “Since I’ve been here I’ve worked to make this city as competitive and inclusive as possible,” the paper quoted Chris Seelbach, the city’s first out councilman, as having said. “This is a another step in that direction.” Seelbach led a council majority in signing a letter urging the…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
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  • Migration Isn’t Turning Red States Blue

    Harry Enten
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Last week, The New York Times’s Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt published an article, “The Growing Blue-State Diaspora,” which made the case that transplants from blue states are making red states purple. “This pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six,” they wrote.It’s a fascinating hypothesis, but it’s overstated, in our view. The first problem is that the predominant political trend of the past two decades has not been consistently better performance by…
  • It’s Really Hard To Measure The Effects Of Abortion Restrictions In Texas

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last summer, after Wendy Davis had come and gone, the Texas legislature passed a package of abortion bills that has effectively forced most of the state’s clinics to close. The bills didn’t ban abortion outright, but instead placed new restrictions on abortion providers, such as a mandate for expensive structural changes (e.g. wider hallways and new ventilation systems) for clinics. Proponents said that more rigorous standards would protect women’s health, but obstetricians and pro-choice advocates warned that the law would serve a pro-life agenda, and that its consequences could…
  • The Poorest Corner Of Town

    Ben Casselman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. — “I am!” “Mike Brown!” “I am!” “Mike Brown!”By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it — “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the old standby, “No justice, no peace!” — had been going on for hours. An early-evening thunderstorm and the calm but firm interventions of local clergy helped make this perhaps the most peaceful night since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown 11 days earlier. Still, there were several moments when it felt like a…
  • Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis?

    Nate Silver
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.9 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets…
  • Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

    Reuben Fischer-Baum
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
 
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    Conservative Read

  • McCain affected by PTSD, needs psychiatric care: Madsen

    chris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
     American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen says Republican Senator John McCain’s “actions do not comport with those of a sane person,” probably he is suffering from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Judge: Obama Facing 10 Years To Life In Prison

    chris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
     Shepard Smith asked Judge Andrew Napolitano whether or not the Taliban prisoner exchange was legal under the NDAA H.R. 1960 Statute.  The judge explained that the swap was illegal because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Left’s Attempt to Institutionalize the Rewriting of US History

    chris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Ron Radosh,  A New Step Forward Through their “Long March Through the Existing Institutions”  Recently, a few conservative intellectuals have raised serious questions about the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russia outraged after Kiev accuses Moscow of nuclear attack threats

    chris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
     Following comments from Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valery Geletey of MOSCOW threatening with a nuclear attack on its neighbor, MOSCOW said it was shocked by the statement. Russia warned... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • UN: ISIS and govt forces guilty of atrocities in Iraq

    chris
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
     Islamic State militants have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” over several months of fighting in Iraq, a UN official said in an emergency debate Monday. The UN... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Jennifer Lawrence is more than a nude photo

    Alex Abad-Santos
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Over the weekend, nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and several other female celebrities and athletes were leaked on the internet. The photos were  probably hacked from Lawrence's and her fellow celebrities' phones and computers without their consent — a complete invasion of privacy. But there's something more than just a violation of privacy here. Lawrence isn't the first — Scarlett Johansson was hacked in 2012 — and probably (unfortunately) will not be the last female celebrity or athlete this happens to. And it's time to think about how these hacks, and the interest in them reflect…
  • Three sentences no one should forget about unions

    Ezra Klein
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Ex-union strategist Richard Yeselson makes a crucial point in his discussion of organized labor with the New Republic's Jonathan Cohn: What's ironic about that is that unions are inherently conservative institutions, which historically developed parallel with the development of capitalism itself. They are as much a part of capitalism as Henry Ford or Apple. Unions use contracts — and there's nothing more intrinsic to capitalism than the right of contract — to link their members to the fortunes of the companies they contract with. This is a point often lost in the debate about unions:…
  • A woman named Isis explains what it's like to share a name with ISIS

    Max Fisher
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, typically known as ISIS, has been catastrophic for the millions of people under the group's rule, who now live under barbaric, Taliban-style religious extremism and, in many cases, face threats of genocide for their religion or ethnicity. But there is another class of victims who don't want to be forgotten: people named Isis. ISIS is a murderous jihadist group and a cancer seeping across the Middle East. Isis is an ancient Egyptian goddess whose name is shared by some non-Egyptians today. They are pronounced exactly the same, and that can be…
  • This is what the Nile, Dubai, aurora borealis, sandstorms, and more look like from space

    Max Fisher
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photos of the Earth taken by astronauts and posted to social media have become a mainstay of online media, even a cliché. Still, no matter how many you see, they can still be surprisingly powerful, both for their simple, stark beauty and for their ability to show you a familiar thing in a novel way. Here, then, are some of the photos and vines posted by American astronaut Reid Wiseman, who arrived at the International Space Station in May for a six-month mission. Photos from the ISS can be especially stunning, as the proximity to the Earth makes the atmosphere and the curvature unusually…
  • In America, Labor Day is a lie

    Ezra Klein
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Labor Day is a day of rest that commemorates years of war. Congress inaugurated the holiday just days after President Grover Cleveland sent 12,000 federal troops to break the Pullman strike. The tactics were bloody; U.S. deputy marshals killed two men, and wounded many more. That was 1894, an election year. Cleveland needed a way to win workers back to his side. He saw an opportunity in a federal holiday honoring workers — as well as organized labor. "The movement for a national Labor Day had been growing for some time," writes PBS Newshour. "In September 1892, union workers in New York…
 
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  • The Truth About the Cold War

    David Gordon
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I recommend that readers begin with the essay by Murray Rothbard listed here. As Rothbard often stressed, one cannot infer a nation’s foreign policy from the nature of its domestic regime. Communist totalitarianism did not necessitate an aggressive foreign policy; and in the post-World War II period, Rothbard contended, Russian foreign was largely defensive in character. The main Communist danger to America was internal rather than external. Alperovitz, Gar. The Decision to the Use the Atomic Bomb.Argues that the decision to use atomic weapons against Japan was intended as an anti-Russian…
  • Protesting in a Police State

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you’re planning on participating in a peaceful demonstration or protest keep one thing in mind, at any time it could turn into a bloody riot. In the past it has been a common practise for governments to send agent provocateurs to mingle among the demonstrators until a given time or signal, and then to begin instigating violence as both a way to demonize the peaceful protesters in the media, and as an excuse to send in the riot troops to bust heads. As demonstrations around the world can attest to, this tactic has not gone out of fashion. So what should you do if suddenly rubber bullets,…
  • Good News for Polar Bears

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012. To put it another…
  • Is Even Henry Kissinger Terrified?

    Bionic Mosquito
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Henry Kissinger is out with an essay in the Wall Street Journal “on the Assembly of a New World Order” (HT Ed Steer).  Some parts of it are rather difficult to understand or interpret (is it written in code that only the elite can decipher?).  I will attempt to go through it line by line (probably not every single line) and see if, by the time I finish, I can make some sense of it. Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. Translated: Pretty much…
  • Recovery?

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Presented with little comment aside to suggest one scratch beneath the thinning veneer of record nominal stock prices every once in a while to take the temperature of the ugly reality that no one is talking about… 1) Stocks are at record highs because global growth is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and plunging growth expectations 2) Stocks are at record highs because employment is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and the employed population…
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • Lesson Learned from Tennis Match

    Ben Spera
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
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  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
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  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
 
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    Gaura Rader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls, and suburbs. Americans are unique in the developed world in their political views. Sociologist have long puzzled over the fact that Americans are willing to tolerate much higher levels of inequality than those in […]
  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
  • Israel and The Right to Self Defense

    Gaura Rader
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The main argument being used in Israel’s defense is that “Israel has a right to defend itself,.” President Obama has said it. Hillary Clinton is saying it.  Isreal claims it has such a right. There have been a number of response’s to this claim including an excellent one by John Dugard,  emeritus professor of international law at […]
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    Pension360

  • Local New York Lawmaker Calls For Review of “Double-Dipping” Policy

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    A local New York lawmaker is calling for changes in the way Westchester County handles so-called “double-dipping”, the term commonly used to describe a worker who draws both a salary and a public pension concurrently. Reported by Politics on the Hudson: In the wake of the arrest of an aide to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on a DWI charge, Democratic Legislator Ken Jenkins is renewing his call for legislation to require to Board of Legislators to approve pension waiver requests. Hugh Fox Jr., the aide, who is also the chairman of the Westchester Conservative Party, had secured…
  • 44 Municipal Workers Face Charges After Montreal Pension Protest

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    CREDIT: Russell Copeman Dozens of municipal workers in Montreal are facing criminal charges after participating in a protest that left the city hall in shambles. The protest stems from a proposed law, Bill 3, which would force workers to pay more into the pension system to cover funding shortfalls. From the Canadian Press: Montreal’s police chief says 44 people will face criminal charges in connection with a rowdy pension protest inside city hall earlier this month. Marc Parent says the charges will include participating in an illegal gathering, mischief and assault. Around 250…
  • Retirement Confidence Climbing (For Most) As Workers Become More Engaged With Their Plan

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    A recent survey reveals that more workers are confident in their retirement income in 2013 than in 2009, but most are still worried about their long-term prospects–especially those 50 and older. From Pension Benefits: Retirement confidence climbed between 2009 and 2013, and nearly one-quarter of employees are now Very confident’ of having enough income for the first 15 years of retirement. This reflects improving financial conditions over the past four years as employees have rebuilt their savings. When asked to assess their prospects 25 years after retiring, however, only 8%…
  • Pennsylvania Auditor General Calls For “State-Wide Solution” After Audit Reveals Scranton Pension System Could Be Broke Within 3 Years

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    After a two year audit, Pennsylvania’s Auditor General announced today that Scranton’s pension system could become broke in 3 to 5 years—and forcefully indicated that Scranton was symbolic of larger, state-wide pension funding issues. On Scranton, the Times-Tribune reports: That dire prediction [3-5 years] could be optimistic, as the pension funds face paying out as much as $10.5 million owed to retired police and firefighters because of the $21 million back pay court award to active members. The auditor general’s office did not evaluate the impact of the award in its audit released…
  • States Move To Give Private-Sector Workers Access to State-Run Retirement Plans…But Not Everyone Thinks It’s A Good Idea

    Ted Ballantine
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    There are millions of private-sector workers in the United States without retirement plans, but the past year has been an active one for state and federal lawmakers trying to make sure these workers can gain access to a state-run plan if they want one—nearly a third of states in the US are drafting legislation for such systems. But Dale E. Brown, president and chief executive of the Financial Services Institute Inc, published a piece this week in Investment News advocating against such state-run systems. One reason, he says, is the skewing of small business incentives: State-run retirement…
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    Message President

  • Information message

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:19 pm
    HELLO SIR.... I have a inportant message in hibrw for you to know what is going in midel east to day.....but you have to translet thisb messge in english.I can not do that,my english is very poor for this .To send to you this message I need a email address....if you want this information .I think is very inportant for you to know that...... My email ........barakj37@orange.net.il........promis not to tall no one about this message.......Johanan Barak
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    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    hey Mr President, You had better Wake UP! The dollar is losing ground on the global market cause we keep spending 200 million a DAY! a DAY. AS you went to econ 201 do you understand what this means? HEY, forget your econ advisers, look at what the world wide economy is doing! They are all moving away from the US Dollar as the stabalixing currency in this world. and when your damn fed reserve finally says our dollars is worth 10 0r 20% less, then can you see all your cites shutting down and a run on your upside down cash heavy banks with no collateral? Can you and Michelle wake up and stop…
  • Request Letter to Honorable President of USA.

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Rachel Mary Gomes 127, Tejkunipara, Tejgaon Dhaka – 1215 Bangladesh. Date-02-09-2014 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500. The Honorable President, Thank you for the opportunity to write you. I am Rachel Mary Gomes. I am 14 years old. I read in class VIII, in Bacha English Medium School (American Missionary School). I am the only child of my parents. My father’s name is Rony Francis Gomes & my mother’s name is Rebeca Folia. The reason I am writing this letter as a request to you because I really want to come & visit your country because when I read in…
  • Rebuild the Education in Dafur

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    My name is Omhagain Dayeen I come to the USA as refugee from Darfur with my family with my master degree from Sudan my goal is to rebuild the education in Darfur. Now I am human right activist and genocide educator if you like to know about me you can just go to YouTube or google you can fine any thing about me , the reason I am sending you this is I Like you to give me free education because now I am taking student loan, to help my people in Darfur and with higher education I can have butter chance to share in the education system, in the future in Darfur I really need your help now I am…
  • Emergency Unemployment Benefits

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Dear President Barack Obama, I am writing to ask if you could sign the paperwork to extend benefits for those of us who have exhausted our unemployment. I have worked since I was 15 years old and collected unemployment three times and always had benefits remaining at the time I found a new job. I am 58 years old and trying to support myself, however my benefits like many others are gone. I had an interview this past Tuesday on August 26, 2014 but no response from them. I would like a job but until I find one rent, lights, car notes still have to be paid. I know you have the power to help.
 
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    Communities Digital News

  • Destroying Uber, Lyft and MonkeyParking free market app based businesses

    Michael Hausam
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The city's motivation, financial transactions occurring as part of an exchange of information, is about a fundamental philosophical issue with capitalism.
  • Labor Day and its link to Socialism

    Dennis Jamison
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    SAN JOSE, September 1, 2014 —  Labor Day was not just created as a nice idea by labor union officials to honor the efforts of those who labored; it was born from the heat and intense political friction of the summer of 1894. Although the first Labor Day parade in New York City on September...
  • Policy solutions to heal Ferguson post race hustler animus

    James Richard Edwards
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    There are simple steps to help avoid another Ferguson tragedy.
  • Obama’s foreign policy: How fair is the criticism?

    Matthew Geiger
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 — Criticism of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy record has mounted with the tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East. How much of this criticism is actually due? President Obama and his team have made mistakes, including critical ones like their mishandling of the Bengh