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  • Pew Admits Flaw In Poll Being Used To Attack Stronger Gun Laws

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The research group whose misleading poll question was heavily touted by the media to suggest "growing public support for gun rights" has acknowledged that the question was flawed. Last week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that asked respondents whether it is more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns." The poll showed increased support for the gun rights answer and a drop in support for regulating guns. The results were reported by numerous media outlets, especially by…
  • That’s rich! Why so many wealthy Americans think they’re middle class

    Salon.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Recent remarks from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew help shed light on a troubling phenomenon
  • Good Reasons to Uphold the Cuban Embargo

    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right?
  • Ferguson Prosecutor: Sure, I Sent Liars To Grand Jury. That’s A Problem Now?

    Wonkette
    Doktor Zoom
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    On Friday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch spoke publicly about the grand jury process for the first time since November, when he announced that the grand jury had found officer Darren Wilson a swell guy. He also admitted that he knew that some of the witnesses he put before the grand jury were lying and obviously couldn’t have seen what they claimed. “There were people who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath,” he said, and seemed perfectly OK with that, actually. Here’s the full interview: In particular, he said that he was quite sure…
  • Turkish TV show fined over 'dance with a stranger' stunt...

    Drudge Report
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Turkish TV show fined over 'dance with a stranger' stunt...(Third column, 13th story, link)
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    The Atlantic

  • Obama: North Korea Hack 'Cybervandalism,' Not An Act of War

    Allen McDuffee
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    For as outspoken as President Barack Obama has been about the gravity of North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures, in which he said the United States "will respond proportionally," he said Sunday that he doesn't consider the cyber intrusion "an act of war." "No, I don't think it was an act of war, I think it was an act of cybervandalism that was very costly, very expensive," Obama said in an interview with CNN aired on Sunday, adding, "We take it very seriously." On Friday, President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the cyberattack that has caused significant embarrassment for Sony and led to…
  • Canada's Foreign Minister: American Influence Will Make Cuba a Better Place

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    President Obama is receiving sustained criticism from Republican senators, conservative media, and many Cuban-Americans for his efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and bring about the eventual end of the U.S. economic embargo. But he has strong allies in Canada's Conservative government, which has otherwise taken a more aggressive approach to such issues as Vladimir Putin's Ukraine adventures, and to supporting the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, than a) one might expect Canada to take; and b) the Obama administration. I met with the Canadian foreign…
  • Why So Many Rappers Have Been Silent About #BlackLivesMatter

    Jeff Baird
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Last week, as I stepped into the crowds of Washington Square Park for the latest protest, N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police” simmered in the air, the sound distorting from a nearby portable speaker. In the weeks following the two controversial grand jury decisions, the song has again risen to ubiquity in New York; it can be heard pulsing through cheap headphones on the G train, and rattling bass-heavy car stereos at red lights in predominantly nonwhite neighborhoods. It’s been 26 years since its release, and yet—as it did most powerfully after the 1992 L.A. riots (a response to the Rodney…
  • When Kids Stop Believing in Santa

    Olga Khazan
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this week, a woman wrote in to Slate's Dear Prudence advice chat asking whether it's considered lying to allow her daughter, who is three, to continue to believe in Santa Claus. Prudie's take: Nah. Reality will eventually out," wrote the columnist, Emily Yoffe, "but there’s so much reality in this life, that one of the delights of childhood, and of being a parent, is to spread a little fairy dust occasionally." Later in the chat, though, another person wrote in saying that his or her parents kept the Santa thing going until the writer was nine, at which point this person found out…
  • U.S. Releases Four Afghan Detainees From Guantanamo

    Allen McDuffee
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Four Afghans who were held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay were released late Friday, the Department of Defense announced Saturday—the latest step in the Obama administration's attempt to dismantle the wartime detention center now holding 132 detainees. According to officials, action was taken at the request of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in the hope of building stronger relations between Washington and Kabul. Of the detainees the U.S. has released over the last several years, it was the first time any had been repatriated to Afghanistan.
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. Zornick: How bad can Rubio and Congress muck up the Cuba shift?

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The guy who said his family fled the Castro regime three years before there was a Castro regime says the U.S. should continue the half-century embargo against the island nation. At The Nation, George Zornick writes How Bad Can Marco Rubio and Congress Muck Up the Cuba Shift?. An excerpt: Even if Congress doesn’t lift the embargo, the degree of opposition on Capitol Hill will significantly affect Obama’s attempted policy shift. Senator Marco Rubio openly threatened during a press conference Wednesday that the Senate would not confirm an ambassador to Cuba, and he also promised to work…
  • Happy days are here again

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Democrats still have a lot to learn from FDR about politics. In 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for a second term and, just like four years earlier, the campaign featured the song, "Happy Days Are Here Again." In 1936, the unemployment rate in this country was 16.9 percent. How did FDR dare trumpet the return of "happy days," with so many still suffering the effects of the Great Depression? Because an unemployment rate (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) of 16.9 percent was a significant improvement from the 24.9 percent unemployment rate in 1933, the year he took office, and…
  • 2014 candidates versus the expectations game

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Final Senate Race Ratings The 2014 election is, thankfully, in the books and fading in the rearview mirror. For the truly devoted elections nerds, though, the work's just beginning, slicing and dicing the results to see what happened, and where our strengths and weaknesses are. For starters, let's take a look at how the various candidates did individually, and how those candidates did when compared to the expectations that were set for them. While Daily Kos Elections experimented this year with a quantitative predictive model (which turned out well, narrowly beating all the other models), we…
  • You won't believe what happens in a manual recount

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You think you voted. But we'll confirm that in a hand count. Spend enough time working campaigns, and you'll eventually be a a part of a race that's so close that isn't decided on election day. This is especially true of states like California and Washington, where vote-by-mail and provisional ballots continue to be processed for weeks afterward. Spend even more time working campaigns, and you just might be lucky enough to be part of a race that's so close that even when all the ballots have been counted and the election is certified, the result is so close—just a handful of votes…
  • Cuba and 50 years of other foreign policy failures, brought to you by a willfully ignorant media

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    While watching The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart recently, it became obvious to me why bad American foreign policy can continue without much public objection. What many Americans fail to see is how it hurts the country’s credibility. Many times what Americans perceive as hate, indifference, disrespect, lack of appreciation, or downright hostility is simply blowback from policies foreign to the average American citizens. Why are these policies foreign to the average American citizens? They are foreign because of bad, biased, or coerced reporting. The media went into hyperventilating mode…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Pneumonia

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said Saturday. Ali, 72, was admitted to a hospital in an undisclosed location Saturday morning and is being treated by a team of doctors and remains in stable condition, spokesman Bob Gunnell said.
  • Jordan Ends Moratorium on Executions, Hangs 11

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Jordan ended an eight-year moratorium on executions on Sunday when 11 men were hanged at dawn. The men had been convicted of murder charges from 2002 to 2004, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry. On Thursday, a record number of countries threw their weight behind a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions: 117 of the 193 member states voted in favor of the resolution, 38 voted against it, and 34 abstained.
  • Ohio Moves to Make Elections More Competitive

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive — a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures. But in an era of hyperpartisan gerrymandering, which many blame for the polarization of state and national politics, Ohio took a step in the opposite direction last week. With the support of both parties, the Ohio House gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to draw voting districts for the General Assembly using a bipartisan process, intended to make elections more competitive.
  • Krugman: Putin's Bubble Bursts

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    Paul Krugman: If you're the type who finds macho posturing impressive, Vladimir Putin is your kind of guy. Sure enough, many American conservatives seem to have an embarrassing crush on the swaggering strongman. "That is what you call a leader," enthused Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, after Putin invaded Ukraine without debate or deliberation. But Putin never had the resources to back his swagger. Russia has an economy roughly the same size as Brazil's.
  • Poll: Clinton 61, Biden 14, Warren 13

    rcade
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hillary Clinton is off her peak but still overwhelmingly strong in support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while Elizabeth Warren has inched up in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton's backed by 61 percent of Democratic and Democratic leaning independents who are registered to vote, giving her a vast advantage over potential rivals Joe Biden, at 14 percent, and Warren, the freshman U.S. senator from Massachusetts, at 13 percent.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • 1000 Percent

    Josh Marshall
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    City Councilman Robert Cornegy (Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights): "This sets us back 1000 percent. I don't even know how you come back from this. If you wanted to articulate what the worst case scenario could be at a time when the city is trying to get back on track with police and community relations, this is it."
  • Sony CEO: "We Have Not Backed Down"

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Sorry, Sony dude. If you want a mulligan you're gonna have to ask for it.
  • Good Lord, People

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Michigan woman files trademark on phrase "I Can't Breathe" for hoodies and t-shirts.
  • FBI Statement on Sony Hack

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here's the FBI statement placing blame on North Korea for the cyber attacks on Sony. Full statement after the jump ... Read More →
  • Arff

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dog shoots Wyoming man after stepping rifle.
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    Political Animal

  • See You Next Year!

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I'm not going to do a traditional "Odds & Ends" today because I have a few things to say before I turn out the lights on this weekend's blogging. First of all, let me say that I have totally enjoyed my two weekends of blogging here at Political Animal this December. I am exceedingly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to many more in 2015. That's my selfish reason for asking each and every one of you to click on this link right now and make a donation to the Washington Monthly. Regardless of what awaits us next year, I'd like to be here to talk about it. Secondly, I'd like to share…
  • What does "breaking up the banks" mean?

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    After the recent drama about the 2015 spending bill in Congress, a lot of people are talking about the "disarray" amongst Democrats. I was particularly intrigued by what Greg Sargent wrote about that this week. There is broad Democratic agreement that the party must come up with a more comprehensive response to stagnating wages and the failure of the recovery to achieve widespread, more equitable distribution. Dems mostly agree on a range of policy responses, such as a minimum wage hike, pay equity, expanded pre-K education, and big job-creating investments in infrastructure. But there are…
  • Flame Throwers and Fire Fighters

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    It's obvious that the big story of the day is the murder of two NYC police officers yesterday. I'm always hesitant to comment on a story like this as its unfolding. Its better to wait for all the information, process it, and see what we can draw from it. But as people are weighing in, there are those that are fanning the flames and those that are trying to tamp them down. For example, in the category of flame throwers. Rudy Giuliani: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on…
  • Learning From Fly-Over Country

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    For a couple of years now, I've been suggesting that we take our eyes off the coasts for just a minute and focus on two states in fly-over country - Minnesota and Wisconsin. We might learn a thing or two about the results of Democratic vs Republican governance. About a year ago, Lawrence Jacobs did just that. Minnesota and Wisconsin share much more than bone-chilling winters: German and Northern European roots; farming; and, until recently, a populist progressive tradition stretching back a century to Wisconsin’s Fighting Bob La Follette and the birth of Minnesota’s…
  • What to Expect From the 114th Congress

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Very shortly all eyes will be on the 114th Congress to see how they are going to respond to the bold moves from President Obama. Kevin Drum summed up their dilemma this way: GOP leaders had plans for January, but now they may or may not be able to do much about them. Instead, they're going to have to deal with enraged tea partiers insisting that they spend time trying to repeal Obama's actions. They can't, of course, but they have to show that they're trying. Its important to note why they can't repeal Obama's actions. That is first of all because this President has been careful to recognize…
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    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

    Doug Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    **Written by Doug Powers “Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!” The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change. In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.” The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by…
  • Now how about a report about how many Dems already knew about the CIA’s interrogation techniques?

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”? The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been…
  • If you like your Slurpee, you can keep your Slurpee: Obamacare ads coming to 7-Eleven receipts

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service: ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups. Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews…
  • The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way. You’ll know why in a moment. “Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops…
  • Elizabeth Warren was against government shutdowns before she was for them

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown: Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week: Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.
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    TIME

  • Poll: Hillary’s Lead for 2016 Democratic Nomination Has Shrunk

    Jack Linshi
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s lead over possible candidates for the 2016 Democratic nomination has “shrunk significantly,” a new poll found. 61% of likely Democratic voters in December say they would vote for Clinton, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, down from her lead of 63% in November, and 73% in January. Vice President Joe Biden is in second place with 14%, the poll said, and Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren is in third with 13%, though Warren has emphasized that she is not seeking a nomination. For the Republican nomination, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt…
  • U.S. Transfers 4 Guantánamo Prisoners to Afghanistan

    Dan Kedmey
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Four Guantánamo prisoners were transferred to Afghan authorities, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a continuing push by the Obama administration to close the contentious prison. The detainees boarded a U.S. military plane and were flown to Kabul overnight, ending a decade of detention at the prison for suspected involvement in Taliban-affiliated militias, Reuters reports. “Most if not all of these accusations have been discarded and each of these individuals at worst could be described as low-level, if even that,” an unnamed senior official told Reuters. The transfer…
  • President Obama Confuses James Franco, Joe Flacco in Speech

    Jennifer So
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    President Obama addressed the nation Friday regarding Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview following repeated cyber-attacks on the studio, but when he spoke about the film’s stars he accidentally conflated James Franco and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into “James Flacco.” Did Obama just say James Flacco for James Franco? That is is all kinds of awesome if so. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 19, 2014 Only moments after the slip up occurred someone had already snatched up the Twitter handle James Flacco and started a parody account.
  • Barack Obama Holds First Ever All-Women Press Conference

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama’s traditional end-of-year press conference Friday was historic for reasons that had nothing to do with the substance of the president’s comments. All eight of the reporters who questioned Obama were women—and nearly all were print reporters—an apparent first for a formal White House news conference, a venue traditionally dominated by male television correspondents. “The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White…
  • Obama Looks to the ‘4th Quarter’ of His Presidency

    Alex Altman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the end of a grim year that saw his approval ratings sink, his party pummeled in elections and his legislative agenda stymied by opponents, President Barack Obama made an impassioned argument Friday that the nation has emerged stronger than ever from economic upheaval and an unending sequence of foreign crises. It was a rare glimpse of vintage Obama, the upbeat change-agent from his campaign days, who has all but vanished after six tough years of turmoil. In his ceremonial year-end news conference, Obama was buoyant, bantering with the press corps, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…
 
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • 8 best vines in politics 2014

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Whether it's competing in a guitar battle or doing a karate kick in costume, there's a lot a politician can do in six seconds. With that, I give you the best Vines in politics for 20104:
  • Obama's briefing room gender gap motivated by 2016 politics?

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Girl Power was a first-time topic for our Sunday trip around the "Inside Politics" table, along with some key things -- and people -- to watch for as we leave 2014 behind and brace for 2015 and 2016.
  • Christie to Obama: Tell Cuba to hand over cop killer

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate -- finally broke his silence on President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba in a letter to the President issued on Sunday.
  • Blame piles on NYC mayor for cop shooting

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Several police officials and politicians are pointing fingers at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after two New York City police officers were murdered on Saturday, following weeks of protests against police treatment of minorities in New York and around the country. And one is pulling the President of the United States into the fray.
  • Rubio continues fight against Cuba deal

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio, who is considering a presidential run, said Sunday that President Barack Obama has thrown away valuable leverage to bring about political changes in Cuba and attacked his potential opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who agrees with Obama's decision to switch course on Cuba.
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi "reaffirmed China's relevant position, emphasizing China opposes all forms of cyberattacks and cyber terrorism" in a conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, the foreign ministry in Beijing said in a statement. ...
  • Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have been calling for the replacement of CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, who was appointed by Democrats in 2009 and whose term expires next month. ...
  • Australian PM under fire for women comments

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused on Monday of craving "a world where men do the big jobs and women do the ironing" after saying his biggest achievement for females was reducing household bills by axing a carbon tax. The backlash came after he unveiled sweeping changes Sunday to his ministry, dumping Defence Minister David Johnston, promoting Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and appointing only his second woman to cabinet. It followed recent opinion polls showing his personal approval rating and that of his conservative government had plunged over tough spending…
  • President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 2

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — How President Barack Obama spent the second day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Sunday:
  • Today in History

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today is Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. There are nine days left in the year.
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    Political Irony

  • Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

    Iron Knee
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [excerpted from The New Yorker] “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. — No stars. “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a…
  • Goodbye to the Colbert Report

    Iron Knee
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The Colbert Report had its final episode and is off the air forever. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video of the entire last show, but here’s a link to it. The most amazing part was the sing-along. You really should watch the whole show, but if you don’t want to, here’s just the sing-along: After you watch that, you may have a question or two (or three, or more). You can get the answers here. The Colbert Report is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert! Related posts: Daily Show & Colbert Report on Sarah Palin Bill O’Reilly claims he doesn’t report rumors…
  • Turnabout

    Iron Knee
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    © Jen Sorensen Actually, if they did only half as much horrible shit to us as we have admitted doing to them, we would have likely dropped nuclear weapons on them by now. Related posts: Turnabout is Fair Play Turnabout Turnabout
  • The End of Insanity

    Iron Knee
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 pm
    They say that insanity is when you keep doing the same thing, hoping for a different result. Well, we’ve had an embargo against Cuba for 53 years, hoping that would change Cuba. It hasn’t worked. So I am overjoyed that Obama has decided to change our relationship with Cuba. We are going to open an embassy in Cuba and chart a course toward normalizing relations. For those who say that is a bad idea, we normalized relations with many of our former enemies, including Russia, China, and Vietnam, and the world didn’t end. Our dysfunctional relationship with Cuba is the last relic…
  • Cheney Doubles Down on Torture

    Iron Knee
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In addition, Cheney claimed that our waterboarding wasn’t torture because we elevated the victim’s feet so that they wouldn’t drown. The Fact Checker reviews Cheney’s statements and finds him completely full of bullshit. He has lied to us repeatedly, with absolutely no remorse, and he doesn’t dare stop lying now. He would do anything and say anything to save his own lying ass. Related posts: Arizona Governor Doubles Down on Racist Lies It’s Torture! Gingrich Doubles Down
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Egypt Refers 26 Men Arrested At Gay Bath House To Trial

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality. The prosecution official said Wednesday the trial will begin Sunday, a quick referral in a case that has captured public attention following the men's televised arrest. Scenes of half-naked men escorted by policemen out of the bath house in Cairo on Dec. 7 were filmed by a private TV channel and later aired amid criticism from activists. Many in the public were also stunned by the widely circulated pictures of the bathers…
  • Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about." Rudy claims specifically that the propaganda against the police started with the president. Yet at no time has the president ever said anything about hating the police. Instead, he urged calm and peace. What he said immediately after police tear-gassed protestors in St. Louis: We've got to make sure that we are able…
  • Terrorism's Tour de Farce: Sony and Cheney

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman? *On Obama and Cuba. Bob thinks it ridiculous to balk at recognizing Cuba after 50 years of a failed policy. "We recognize Communist China but not Cuba? Saudi Arabia but not Cuba?" In any event, "the Castro regime is not going anywhere and the economy has been liberalizing." Rich distinguishes between…
  • Obama To Nominate Sally Yates To Be Deputy Attorney General

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    (Adds cases Yates has worked on as federal prosecutor, names Republicans who oppose Lynch) By Julia Edwards HONOLULU, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said. Yates, 54, currently serves as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia where she is known as a close ally of outgoing U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's Justice Department. She is a vocal proponent of Holder's policies on lowering incarceration…
  • My Take on Ferguson

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Many protests have taken place and much has been said in the past weeks about Ferguson and race relations in America. Meanwhile, the recent shooting of African-American teenager Akai Gurley in the stairwell of his East New York housing project has been qualified and downplayed because it happened at the hands of a "nervous rookie cop" (see press coverage of event) who entered the stairs with a cocked gun -- as if being a rookie excused gunning down a young black man. This last police-perpetrated homicide hit home particularly strongly with me, because I had read some of my poetry once with a…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Sharyl Attkisson Compares Sony Hack To Benghazi Hoax On Fox News

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    From the December 21 edition of Fox News' Media Buzz:Previously: Limbaugh Manages To Connect Sony Hack And Movie Cancellation To Benghazi Hoax Stonewalled: Sharyl Attkisson's Failed Attempt To Rehabilitate Her Bogus Reporting REPORT: Fox's Benghazi Obsession By The Numbers
  • Right-Wing Media Hide Obama And De Blasio Statements To Blame Them For Violence Against Police

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    Conservative media figures hid statements from President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio condemning violent protests. Instead, they misleadingly suggested the politicians were to blame for December 20 murder of two New York City police officers by a gunman, who was reportedly retaliating against the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police.Two NYPD Officers "Assassinated" In Apparent Act Of Revenge Two Police Officers "Assassinated" By Gunman "Angered About The Eric Garner And Michael Brown Cases." According to The New York Times, NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and…
  • Fox's Stacey Dash: Government Assistance Is "The Democratic Party's New Version Of Slavery"

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    From the December 19 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: Fox's Stacey Dash: The Democratic Party Has "A Plantation Mentality" Ingraham: Democrats Won't Let Black Americans "Off The Plantation" Without Being Labeled A "Sell-Out" Fox Contributor: Certain Black Voters Bought Into Democrats' "Plantation Idea" Of Dependency
  • Pew Admits Flaw In Poll Being Used To Attack Stronger Gun Laws

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The research group whose misleading poll question was heavily touted by the media to suggest "growing public support for gun rights" has acknowledged that the question was flawed. Last week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that asked respondents whether it is more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns." The poll showed increased support for the gun rights answer and a drop in support for regulating guns. The results were reported by numerous media outlets, especially by…
  • Tampa Tribune Whitewashes Jeb Bush's Murky Business Record In Support Of Presidential Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    A Tampa Tribune editorial supporting former Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to explore the possibility of running for president claimed that his past business dealings, which include questionable investments, taxpayer bailouts, and failed ventures, "add to his qualifications" to be president.The Tampa Tribune Claims Jeb Bush's Business Background Qualifies Him To Be President The Tampa Tribune: Bush's Business Record "Only Adds To His Qualifications." According to a December 17 Tampa Tribune editorial positively highlighting Jeb Bush's decision to run for president, Bush's "sophisticated…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • India’s Bride Trafficking Fuelled By Skewed Sex Ratios

    Kim Amador
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    by Anu Anand, The Guardian, UK – Just 90 minutes’ drive from the thriving city of Gurgaon, near Delhi, a business hub in India and home to corporate giants Google and Microsoft, Hari Singh Yadav, landowner, farmer and eldest of seven brothers sits outside his front door and bemoans his bachelor status. “There are not enough girls from my caste in our village, and I’m already 34 years old, so now no one wants to marry me,” he says. Only three of his brothers have found wives. “Here, if you don’t marry, people shun you. I want to go to [the southern city of] Hyderabad and get…
  • Havana Today, Guantánamo Tomorrow

    cesar chelala
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    President Obama’s decision to reestablish normal relations with Havana –a measure long overdue- signals a significant shift in the U.S. government position regarding Cuba. To improve on that decision, given the stain that Guantánamo represents for the U.S. government, a return of Guantánamo to Cuba is in order. That measure would not only be a rightful one, but would notably improve the U.S.’ battered image in the continent. Havana sunrise. Photo by Flickr user Howard Ignatius and used under a Creative Commons license.Guantánamo has a complex history. Initially, the U.S. government…
  • Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

    BBC News - Home
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
  • Only fraction of Gaza pledged aid delivered

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Just two percent of $5.4bn pledged by countries to help rebuild Palestinian enclave has been transferred, officials say.
  • Iran honors nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

    Reuters: World News
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #Sportsball #46: The Invisible Streak

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Team Never To Be Mentioned. The Sportsball Crew discusses Aaron Rodger’s terrible game, the Saints getting into the playoffs, the Bulls, the enjoyably terrible Knicks and Nets, and the winning streak of the NBA Franchise in Oakland. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed…
  • #TWIBprime #618 | ‘Till Death Do Us Part

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Not The Best Response. #TeamBlackness discusses Camille Cosby’s defense of her husband, Charles C. Johnson making strides to be the worst journalist ever, and how to be a proper ally in the struggle against oppression. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • @BlackGirlNerds #15 | The Age of Nerdcore

    aaron rand freeman
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Nerdcore. Jamie discusses the growing Nerdcore genre of music with artists Raheem Jarbo, Sammus Synthesizer, Mario SkyBlew, and more! Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • #TWIBprime #617 | A Difficult Year

    aaron rand freeman
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    2014 Was A Thing. #TeamBlackness discusses the aftermath of episode 616, a misunderstanding involving Jay-Z, the “Driving While Black” app, and the New York Attorney General seeking the power to investigate police killing of unarmed civilians. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • @WeNerdHard #88 | The Exclusivity Wars

    aaron rand freeman
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Tomb Raider to X1. #BitterCynicalAdults discuss Street Fighter 5 and Tomb Raider, the new era in exclusivity deals, Dragon Age, and general dragon bigotry. Featuring Elon James White @elonjames,  Fahnon Bennett @FahnonB , N’Jaila Rhee @blasianbytch 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 @WeNerdHard: SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes |  Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook | Twitter | [DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report: The Greatest Gift Of All

    Dan Weber
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    This week, Sarah Palin pumped out a lot of Christmas-themed content, showing us that it is truly better to give than to receive, so long as you’re giving to the Sarah Palin Channel. On closer inspection, all her Christmas videos are from the same filming session, thus further proving our theory that the Sarah Palin Channel is the most ruthlessly efficient grift going. Also, someone Grinched the Sarah Palin Channel! When you try to watch “Keeping Christ in Christmas” — and why would you need to watch anything else? — this is all you see. Yr Wonket thinks this might have…
  • Sundays With The Christianists: Why ‘Huckleberry Finn’ Is Eeeevil (Not The Reasons You Thought!)

    Doktor Zoom
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    We’ve decided that we’re actually rather grateful to wingnut radio preacher Kevin Swanson for writing his bizarre e-screed Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West, which makes the case that American and European civilization have been ruined by all of our philosophy and literature. We’d be much better off, Swanson suggests, if we lived like the Puritans, only maybe with the internet so Kevin Swanson could do his podcast and sell ebooks. Why are we grateful to Kevin Swanson? Because his awful little book’s awful chapter on Mark Twain finally reminded us to…
  • Nominate Your Terrible Local Lawmakers for Legislative Sh*tmuffin of the Year!

    Beth Ethier
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    It’s that time of year again, Wonketeers! We’re gathering nominations for our coveted Legislative Shitmuffin of the Year award. Competition for 2014 honors in both national and state divisions has been fierce and we want to be sure we don’t overlook any worthy nominees, particularly among those who ply their trade in the state capitol buildings across our great nation. Don’t get us wrong, it’s been a busy year for the legislative shitmuffins in Washington, but it’s important not to mistake that for having passed laws. They spent a lot of time on bills that…
  • Derp Roundup: Fans Of Killer Cops Can Breathe Just Fine, Why Do You Ask?

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Time for another roundup of the dumbest of the worst of the unfathomably stupid! We scrape the mishegas off our browser tabs, puree it into a frothy mess, and serve it up to you with a warning to not overdo it on the brain bleach. Proceed with caution and gin. Our Top Derp goes to the clever people who came up with these hilarious “I Can Breathe” sweatshirts for a pro-police rally in New York City Friday. Get it? Get it? If you simply never break any laws ever, and always comply with cops’ lawful orders, you will never be strangled or shot, and you can therefore breathe. Of…
  • Ferguson Prosecutor: Sure, I Sent Liars To Grand Jury. That’s A Problem Now?

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    On Friday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch spoke publicly about the grand jury process for the first time since November, when he announced that the grand jury had found officer Darren Wilson a swell guy. He also admitted that he knew that some of the witnesses he put before the grand jury were lying and obviously couldn’t have seen what they claimed. “There were people who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath,” he said, and seemed perfectly OK with that, actually. Here’s the full interview: In particular, he said that he was quite sure…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Blame. [T]he scene outside Woodhull Hospital wasn’t entirely supportive. “You’re a bunch of killers,” a passerby told cops standing sentry there, according to one police source. And short distance from the crime scene—where a crowd was backed up by the police tape—a few members of the crowd repeated “fuck the cops” within earshot of a Daily […] Read this post »
  • Likely 2016 GOP nominee wants Joanne Chesimard returned from Cuba first thing

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    "an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police" The proposed rapprochement between the United States and Cuba put forward by President Obama this week has produced plenty of domestic tension and political conflict, but might it also lead to some opportunities? In the case of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, possibly so. While he was not the first person to bring it up, […] Read this post »
  • Rahm Emanuel’s son mugged outside of Chicago home

    Jazz Shaw
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    "What else you got?" This is one of those strange stories which may take a bit of unpacking before any clear message emerges. It begins with an event which is – all too sadly – so unremarkable in any city or sizable town in the United States today as to not merit more than a page five mention in […] Read this post »
  • Will Dems who blamed Palin for Giffords attack refuse a ‘conversation’ about NYC shootings?

    Noah Rothman
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A new "conversation." Jazz already wrote the definitive take on the grisly execution-style shooting of two New York City police officers and the role that irresponsible commentary from elected leaders – particularly Mayor Bill de Blasio – might have played in that attack. Jazz is right to question the part that the mayor’s self-indulgent and unhelpful rhetoric might […] Read this post »
  • Obama has no idea how to handle North Korean attack on private citizens

    Noah Rothman
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    But off to Hawaii anyway. Outgoing CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with President Barack Obama for his final interview of the year on Friday in which she probed him over his government’s response to the North Korea-linked cyber-attack on Sony Studios. Crowley asked if the administration considered the costly and dramatic attack on the livelihoods of American citizens, complete […] Read this post »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Not Afraid To Negotiate When You Are Buying A Home

    Randy
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    TIP! Try to contact your former clients around the holidays and during anniversaries of their purchases. They will remember how you helped them with their home buying experience. There are different rules when it comes to financing, searching, and buying a home, so the whole process can be overwhelming and complex. It is imperative to learn the tricks of the trade in the real estate market in order to have a great home buying experience. TIP! Often times, homes that require a lot of fixing up will be sold at discounted prices. This saves you money on your purchase, allowing you to invest…
  • Tips About Insurance To Help Make It Stress Free

    Randy
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance carriers use all kinds of criteria when determining premiums, and each company is a bit different regarding what they use. There are a lot of different policies you can get, and it can be confusing! The advice in this article will help you to understand what sort of insurance coverage you need and how to get the best deal possible. TIP! When searching for insurance, look for a company that offers the best overall solution for your needs. In many cases, having multiple…
  • For Great Advice On How To Invest, Try These Helpful Tips!

    Randy
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    TIP! Be sure to diversify your investments across a few different areas. It is not a wise decision to have all your money tied up into one specific investment. Whether you are a beginner investor, or a seasoned trader, you can always gain more knowledge about the stock market. Investing is more than simply buying stock when it’s low and selling when it’s high. Continue on to the article below so you begin to learn how to be a profitable investor. TIP! Don’t buy into any talk of market timing. Historical data shows that results come from investing the same amount of money…
  • Deal With Your Home Based Business With These Tips

    Randy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    TIP! If a product that you sell is no longer in stock, say so on your website. Customers are certain to be upset with you if the products they ordered will take weeks to arrive to them. There are undoubtedly many would-be entrepreneurs out there who dream of launching a home-based business. The luxury of working the hours you desire and having no boss is very appealing. However, actually implementing this plan is separate from dreaming it. This article provides some advice on how to put your plan into action. TIP! Become a part of a forum of home business group online. You can network with…
  • Before Buying A House, Read This Article

    Randy
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    TIP! When negotiating with a seller, make a reasonable offer. Many people get too aggressive so that they can get a great deal, and they end up overdoing it and losing it. This is the best time in history to follow the crowd and invest in real estate. It can provide respectable profits, and doesn’t require much start up cost. Advice in this article can help you find solutions that are affordable and are sure to be profitable. TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. When you keep in touch with them,…
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    FamousDC

  • Federal Election Commission vs. Shaun McCutcheon + Paris Hilton

    fdc
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Because America.The post Federal Election Commission vs. Shaun McCutcheon + Paris Hilton appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    #NATIONAL We miss Boardwalk Empire; North Korea = 1, Sony = 0;  Jay Cutler is not having a good week; Can you make this go Woodhouse? err… viral?; Got the club going up … on a Tuesday; North Korea is so ********{HACKED}********{REMOVE TEXT}******; #DISTRICT Bill Clinton still has A-game; Ask Sean Spicer where Reince Priebus […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade?

    Marie Formica
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    That feeling when your mom calls you and your pundit brother out on C-SPAN: “Oh God, it’s mom.” – Dallas Woodhouse   h/t C-SPANThe post The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • There’s a New Shultz in Town

    Marie Formica
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    And she’s a baby, named Camden Danielle. Congratulations to our own famous Josh and Robin Shultz!The post There’s a New Shultz in Town appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    #NATIONAL If you have to ask what Serial is, you need this Vox post h/t Morgan Gress; The 12 days of bacon is everything; Sony’s leaked emails are really entertaining; Colbert is killing it with interviews lately; What’s in the box?!; It’s just $4; #DISTRICT Dear house staffer telling the Google check-in desk at the […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • The road to nowhere near Wigan Pier

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    OVER the past few weeks, debates over British fiscal policy have been conducted under the shadow of George Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier" a powerful description of the poverty he found in the north of England in the 1930s. On December 3rd, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, in his Autumn Statement, announced plans to turn Britain's deficit, which stood at £108 billion ($169 billion) last year, into a surplus of £23 billion by 2020. Because the government does not want to raise taxes to fund these plans, public spending is forecast to fall from 41% of GDP…
  • Cracking the shells

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    CORPORATE secrecy has shot up the global political agenda over the past couple of years. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been kicking up a stink about the liberal use of anonymous shell companies—which exist on paper only, with no real employees or offices—by corrupt officials, money launderers and other financial ne’er-do-wells. For proof of the economic harm this can cause, look no further than the billions of dollars siphoned out of Ukraine through shady shells by Viktor Yanukovich and his cronies. New legislation in the European Union, agreed on December 16th, marks…
  • The new American

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    IT HAS BEEN a bit more than a year since American Airlines and US Airways officially merged. Integrating the two airlines will take another few years. But the merged entity—dubbed American Airlines—is already planning to spend significant sums on its planes and hubs.American announced earlier this month that it will shell out $2 billion on new seats, power outlets for passengers' gadgets, and in-flight entertainment upgrades. It also claims that its aircraft fleet will be the youngest, on average, of the big traditional American carriers by the end of 2014. Additionally, American plans to…
  • The dark clouds around the silver lining

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    IT MUST seem churlish of me to maintain my grim pessimism about the Fed's current course of action, given the steady flow of encouraging data from the American economy. But try as I might, I cannot muster the same Panglossian enthusiasm as my colleague about the way policy is unfolding. This is not the best of all worlds.My colleague reckons that the American economy is "converging rapidly on full employment". I think the Fed shares his view. Ironically, this is actually an exceptionally negative statement about the strength of the American labour market. Despite recent rapid job growth,…
  • The best of all worlds

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    WHAT could be better than an economy converging rapidly on full employment? A central bank in no mood to get in the way. That is the happy combination America now enjoys, and it explains the stock market's euphoric reaction to today's meeting of the Federal Reserve.In the statement releaed after its meeting, the Fed hailed "solid job gains" and diminishing slack in the labour market. Projections of its officials put unemployment at or below its long-run “natural” rate a year from now. This is not an economy in need of zero interest rates. And, as officials had broadly hinted beforehand,…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Authorities in New Jersey have said they hope a historic warming of ties between the United States and Cuba will help them capture and imprison Black Panther Assata Shakur. "We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes. The encounter left both the officer and a fellow Black Panther, Zayd Malik Shakur, dead. Shakur has said she was shot by police with both arms in the air, and then again from the…
  • Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken…
  • New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. Fracking involves blasting sand, water and toxic chemicals deep into shale rock to release oil and gas, a process which can poison water supplies and pollute the air. Following a two-year study, New York Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said fracking was too risky. We speak to biologist, activist and author Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Also…
  • From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Democracy Now! co-host Juan González discusses his exclusive year-end interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The list of his accomplishments in just one year has shocked even me — a total skeptic after more 35 years of covering urban politics in this country," writes González in his latest column. "And it’s not just the big issues like education, affordable housing, reform of police-community relations, or new contracts and pay raises for city workers. It’s also a host of less publicized but important measures affecting ordinary New Yorkers.
  • Headlines for December 19, 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S. General: Turning Point Against ISIS Will Take At Least 3 YearsIraq: Kurdish Forces Break Siege of Yazidis on Mount SinjarSyria: 230 Islamic State Victims Found in Mass GraveISIS Leaders Killed as WikiLeaks Publishes Docs on CIA Doubts About "High-Value" AssassinationsNigeria: Boko Haram Kills 30, Kidnaps 200 in Village of GumsuriReport: Attorney Sought to Free U.S. Hostage in FBI-Backed BidPakistan Kills 67 Militants, Revives Death Penalty After School MassacreNew Jersey Hopes Cuba Thaw Will Bring Capture of Black Panther Assata ShakurU.S. Prosecutors Sue New York City over…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL. BloombergBusinessweek (“U.S. Soldiers Fight Islamic State in Iraq, Kurds Advance“): U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in the western Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported, as Kurdish forces advanced in the north. The U.S. troops were from al-Assad military base, the biggest in Anbar, First Lieutenant Muneer al-Qoud from the Iraqi police said by phone. Meanwhile, a U.S. senior military…
  • In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Although careful not to call it an act of war, President Obama has made clear that he does intend for their to be some sort of response by the United States to the hacking attack against Sony Pictures and the related threats of unspecified acts of terror if Sony released the move ‘The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and which the F.B.I. has specifically tied to North Korea. As The Atlantic’s Adam Chandler notes, though, our options may be quite limited: As Reuters points out, Washington may not have a lot of options.
  • Kevin Drum’s Lympho-Somethings Way Down

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Great news on the Kevin Drum front: I’m 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy, and last week my doctor ordered up sort of a halftime report on how I’m doing. This is an extended set of lab tests, and today she called to tell me the results. Apparently they came out great. Unfortunately, I don’t actually remember the names of the protein markers and other things we were looking for, so I have to be a little vague here. Immunoglobulins? Lympho-somethings? In any case, the levels were way, way down, and that’s what we were hoping for. This means the chemo is…
  • Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Yesterday afternoon, two New York City Police officers were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car by a man who who apparently had traveled to New York for express purpose of killing police in revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown: Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. The suspect then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,…
  • Russia Invades Ukraine, Hookers Raise Prices

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    The Moscow Times has a headline you don’t see every day: “Falling Ruble Hits Russians Where it Hurts Most as Condom Prices Soar.” (The story’s a few days old; I just saw it via their Twitter feed this morning.) The economic crisis has hit Russians in their most sensitive spot as condom prices in the country have risen by 15 percent and are likely to continue swelling, a news report said. The ruble has depreciated 44 percent against the U.S. dollar since the start of the year and the currency continues…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    By Chris Hedges A student group has revoked an invitation for me to speak at a university because of my views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its action is part of the routine censorship carried out on campuses against those who will not read from the Israel lobby’s script. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences December 15, 2014 ISIS—the New Israel
  • Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    By Alexander Reed Kelly The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about. Related Entries December 21, 2014 Cheney Xmas Ghost December 20, 2014 Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’
  • Hopes, Fears and Doubts About Cuba’s Oil Future

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by L.C. Nottaasen (CC BY 2.0) One of the most plentiful oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba’s northwest coast, but experts say low oil prices and better opportunities elsewhere mean a Cuban oil boon is unlikely in the near future—even if U.S. business restrictions are relaxed. AP reports: It’s a prospect welcomed by Cubans desperate for economic growth yet deeply concerning for environmentalists and the tourism industry in the region. … “(Cuba) is not going to be the place where operators come rolling in,” says Bob Fryklund, chief…
  • Head of Police Union Declares War on Protesters After NYPD Cops ‘Assassinated’

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
        Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, speaks during a news conference at Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday. AP/John Minchillo Two NYPD officers were killed Saturday in what a tearful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described as “execution style” as they sat in a patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The man identified as the gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot and killed himself after shooting officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The Guardian quoted NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, whose voice cracked with…
  • Sony Pictures

    editor@truthdig.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries December 21, 2014 Sony December 19, 2014 Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow
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    PunditGuy

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    PunditGuy
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
  • Seahawk Distress

    PunditGuy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Mayday. My Seahawks looked mortal today. The were beaten by the San Diego Chargers 30 to 21. They didn’t perform like the same team. The defense was clearly shocked by the heat (it was 97 degrees) and the ferociousness of the Charger offense. They didn’t let up. It seems like the Seattle offense barely got a chance to play, and I don’t think Marshawn Lynch had a dozen carries. It wasn’t our day. Worried? Maybe. It’s hard to have two championship seasons back to back. Not many teams are capable of it. Playoffs? For sure. I won’t say today that I expect the Seahawks to be back in…
  • U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

    PunditGuy
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At first I thought the album sucked. I listened again. I was wrong. It’s a masterpiece. I’ve never been “into” U2 for their politics, or social commentary. I could really do without Bono’s preaching in-between songs during shows. Sure, he does more than just talk, he goes out there and gets stuff done, stays informed, etc., but so do millions of other smart people. Big deal. What I like about U2 is the music. It’s always been about the music. And for that I thank The Edge. I’m convinced it’s all him. Adam Clayton is a great bass player, and he’s getting better with each…
  • 9/11

    PunditGuy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Never forget.
  • I Don’t Want An Apple Watch, and You Shouldn’t Either

    PunditGuy
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I could easily point to this article on Engadget and be done. Go ahead an read it, because many of the arguments made there resonate with me. My honest thoughts are these: Apple Watch needs a separate charging plug. That’s just another I need to carry with me. The device requires an iPhone. Do you have to have it in your pocket? In proximity? Why wouldn’t I just pull out my phone instead of looking at my wrist? Aside from my wife, why would I want to send my heartbeat to anyone? And even with my wife, wouldn’t that get old after awhile? “Yeah, honey, love you…
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • A Startling Admission By The Ferguson Prosecutor Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson

    Judd Legum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    CREDIT: AP Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson. In an interview with radio station KTRS on Friday, McCulloch said that he decided to present witnesses that were “clearly not telling the truth” to the grand jury. Specifically, McCulloch acknowledged he permitted a woman who “clearly wasn’t present when this occurred” to testify as an eyewitness to the grand jury for several hours. The woman, Sandra McElroy, testified that Michael Brown charged at…
  • California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought

    Ryan Koronowski
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, Madison Gardner, 4, left, and her brother Mason, 3, play on flooded Wohler Road near a vineyard in Forestville, Calif. Recent storms have eased California’s decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon their already paltry conservation efforts. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File December has been a wet month for California, as the “Pineapple Express,” a tropical atmospheric river of moisture barreling off the Pacific Ocean, brought inches of rain and punishing winds to…
  • Fox News Seizes On NYC Cop Killing To Bash Obama

    Igor Volsky
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Fox News seized on the execution style murder of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to condemn President Barack Obama and other African American leaders for advocating reforms to the justice system following the deaths of two unarmed black men. The 28-year-old gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, may have been seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose killers were not indicted though the grand jury system. Those decisions, seen by many as an injustice, sparked protests across the country and led to massive demonstrations in New York…
  • Cuban Oil May Prove A Boon For U.S. Companies

    Ari Phillips
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock With diplomatic relations warming between the U.S. and Cuba, oil and gas companies may train their sights on what’s off Cuba’s coast — large oil reserves. Right now Cuba produces just over 50,000 barrels per day of oil and relies on Venezuela for around another 100,000 bpd. However with Venezuela’s economy reeling from the staggering drop in oil prices this year, Cuban officials want to avoid the impacts of a sudden drop in Venezuelan support. The commitment by Cuba and the U.S. to normalize relations may allow Cuba to buy more oil on the open…
  • Rubio’s New Foreign Policy: Engagement With The World Doesn’t Lead To Political Freedom

    Josh Israel
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on ABC’s This Week CREDIT: ABC’s This Week Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), under fire from his colleague Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his isolationist response to President Obama’s overtures to normalize relations with Cuba, took to the Sunday morning shows to defend himself. Rubio has staunchly defended a 50-year-old total embargo on the country aimed at destabilizing the Castro regime. On ABC’s This Week, Rubio claimed that increased commerce would only empower the Castro regime without improving the country’s poor human rights record. Asked how…
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    Slate Articles

  • Ronald Reagan Is Kobe Bryant

    Eric Betts
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In a recent New York magazine interview with Frank Rich, Chris Rock had this to say about President Obama: “Everybody wanted Michael Jordan, right? We got Shaq. That’s not a disappointment. You know what I mean? We got Charles Barkley. It’s still a Hall of Fame career.”
  • Whither the Barf Bag?

    Daniel Engber
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    I threw up on a plane once. It’s not my favorite travel memory, but one that came up again during a recent flight, when I noticed that the seatback pouch in front of me was ill-equipped. SkyMall catalog? Check. In-flight magazine? Check. Plastic-lined receptacle for human vomit? Whereabouts unknown.
  • Everyone Drink Up

    Melinda Wenner Moyer
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The holidays are all about extended family, which means, by necessity, they’re also all about alcohol. But what if you’re a nursing mom? On the one hand, you’ve probably been told by your friends to start drinking Guinness, based on the popular notion that dark beer can boost milk supply. But your parenting books almost certainly tell you the opposite—that you should be very careful about imbibing alcohol as a nursing mom because it seeps into breast milk and thus into your baby and could pose various risks. The popular parenting website WhatToExpect.com, for instance, advises moms to…
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Eventually

    Ben Blatt
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Santa Claus is meticulous—we know this. He spends the entire year preparing for a single evening. He assembles a comprehensive list of childhood behavior that is presumably hundreds of millions of entries long. He then checks the list not once, but twice.
  • Battered and Blue

    Jamelle Bouie
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    On Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot a former girlfriend in Baltimore. Hours later, in Brooklyn, New York, he ambushed and killed two police officers in their car and then killed himself. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described the murders as “execution-style.” Police don’t have a motive for the shootings, but Brinsley had a long criminal record—he was arrested for robbery charges in Ohio in 2009 and served two years in prison for felony gun possession in Georgia—and had made anti-police messages on Instagram the day of the shooting.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Despite Tragedy, Police Deaths Have Been Trending Down

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    As officials continue to investigate yesterday's tragic killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, details have surfaced about the suspect, 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. Anti-police posts he appears to have published on social media sites prior to the killings have lead many to connect his crime to protests that occurred in previous weeks, and some commenters have cast blame on officials including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama, all of whom have…
  • Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries. Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that…
  • Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

    James West
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: pic.twitter.com/QA44ySvsL3 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, 2014 By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below:
  • Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

    Erika Eichelberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The Federal Reserve announced it would delay for up to two years implementation of a crucial section of the Volcker rule—one of the most important regulations to come out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule generally forbids the high-risk trading by commercial…
  • Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year. "Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of someone who’s sensibilities probably need to be offended." "I wish they'd spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in…
 
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Open Thread - ICYMI - Conan Season 4 Supercut!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Conan goes there with the weirdness. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Tiny Tim

    Ryan Pressman
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    However, I'd say that most music is probably a good substitute for all that background noise that gets pumped into malls and elevators. Holidays or not, I like Tiny Tim, and I think we'd all be better off if more artists were as lighthearted as him and didn't take themselves so seriously. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Fox Pulls Channels From Dish Network

    karoli
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For just a minute, Dish Network improved greatly. After failing to come to an agreement with Fox News, Fox yanked Fox Business and Fox News from the Dish network lineup. Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers. Fox is urging viewers with emails and tweets to switch to another TV provider. Both sides in the latest spat are blaming each other. Englewood, Colorado-based Dish Network Corp. said in a statement that 21st Century Fox, Inc., was blocking access to the two chancels as part of contract negotiations. New York-based Fox said Dish shut down the server at 11:50 p.m. Saturday,…
  • Ohio Officer Wishes For Slavery And The 'Extermination' Of All Blacks -- Then Blames 'Immaturity'

    David
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    An auxiliary officer with the Fairview Park Police Department, who had written that black people should be "exterminated," resigned from the force last week. The Cleveland Scene first reported that Aaron McNamara had a position as a volunteer officer as he finished his college degree and prepared for a full-time job on the force. But those plans were derailed when comments he had made on the Internet over the last two years came to light. According to the Scene, McNamara like to hang out in the YouTube comment area, where he was caught "regularly dropping racial and gay slurs, unambiguously…
  • Bill Kristol Expects Liberals To Have Same Mass Protests For Dead Cops As Unarmed Black Teens

    David
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Sunday suggested that liberals should start a movement to protest against the killing of two slain police officers in New York City in the same way that they had reacted to the ongoing trend of unarmed black teens being killed by law enforcement. On Saturday, NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos died after being ambushed and shot to death in their police car. The suspect, who later took his own life, had expressed anti-police sentiments on social media. During a discussion panel on Sunday, Kristol echoed the sentiment of people like former New York…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • The Shortest Day

    wufnik
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with … Continue reading →
  • Happy Winter Solstice from Scholars & Rogues

    Scholars & Rogues
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
  • Defoe’s Moll Flanders: The Economies of Life

    Jim Booth
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    What Daniel Defoe depicts in Moll Flanders is the story of a person who lives purely for pursuit of “the main chance”: accruing wealth at the cost of family, friends, self-respect…in the hope that once one has “a stock” there … Continue reading →
  • A strange moment in a New Age bookstore

    Samuel Smith
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Never mind religion. Know your customer, right? Something … odd … happened today. As I have noted here before, I am not a Christian. I’m either atheist or pagan, depending on your perspective, and this afternoon I was in full-on … Continue reading →
  • Graphic: Transparent Obama

    Frank Balsinger
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    For the first time in a while I decided to just play around with graphics. Initially I was looking to see what filters I could use to prep a photographic image for screen printing. I tinkered with a tractor and … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish This Weekend

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I hope to be doing some more torture blogging this week (and a Merry Christmas to you too!) but a couple of quick notes for tonight. The first is that, of course, no one at the CIA will suffer any consequences for their astonishing attempt to spy on their Senate overseers: The five C.I.A. officials who were singled out by the agency’s inspector general this year for improperly ordering and carrying out the computer searches staunchly defended their actions, saying that they were lawful and in some cases done at the behest of CIA director John Brennan. So we discover that it was Brennan…
  • We’ll Meet Again

    Andrew Sullivan
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive So I arrived at the usual spot on 54th Street without knowing quite what to expect (and not for the first time). The clue – we were told to memorize the tune and lyrics of “We’ll Meet Again” – didn’t require much prep on my part. The song is close to a national anthem in England – which may be why Samantha Power and I seemed to be the only ones really belting it. So I arrived a little lubricated and was assigned to “Group 4″ in an office…
  • A Poem For Sunday

    Alice Quinn
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    by Alice Quinn “The Oxen” by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928): Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock. “Now they are all on their knees,” An elder said as we sat in a flock By the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there To doubt they were kneeling then. So fair a fancy few would weave In these years! Yet, I feel, If someone said on Christmas Eve, “Come; see the oxen kneel “In the lonely barton by yonder coomb Our childhood used to know,” I should go with him in the gloom, Hoping it…
  • Fare Thee Well, My Honeys

    Michelle Dean
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    by Michelle Dean Andrew asked me to guest-blog here the day before The New Republic hit the skids. Both events came out of the blue for me, so they’re linked in my mind now. All week I’d meant to getting around to commenting on the weirdness of it, but then the Sony hack and North Korea came crashing into the news cycle, and here we are at my last post. What I want to say has little to do with TNR. It’s more about about how that entire mess, as it unfolded, made me feel as someone who writes online but has aspirations to do more than just blogging with her life. And the way…
  • Quote For The Day

    Dish Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    by Dish Staff “[T]he close unity of Incarnation and Cross should be kept in view. Christ came first as a baby, one totally dependent, a pure recipient (and rather like the adopted child example above – unplanned in the extreme). As receiver of the gifts of material comfort, human love and approval, and earthly power, Christ’s reception is marked by self-abnegation at every turn. The truest receptivity of the gifts of others will take the form of suffering; suffering a gift which redefines the form of one’s life completely. A gift, which comes unbidden and may wreak change upon the…
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    WSJ.COM

  • New York's Mayor Faces Fresh Test in Ambush Deaths

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The ambush killings of two New York City police officers on Saturday poses a new challenge for a mayor whose support of recent protests has drawn some criticism.
  • White House Weighs Options Against North Korea

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Some measures would intensify financial pressure on Pyongyang’s ruling elite; the White House could move to redesignate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
  • Obama Faces Battle With Congress Over Cuba

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Congress controls some of the most significant restrictions on travel, tourism and trade between the two countries, and lawmakers from both parties have made clear they plan to complicate Mr. Obama’s efforts.
  • Obama Plans More Gitmo Transfers

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Obama aims to make 2015 a landmark year in his long-stalled effort to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, with plans to announce a flurry of detainee transfers in coming weeks.
  • Bush's Ties to Donors Put Rivals in a Bind

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Jeb Bush’s announcement that he will explore a White House bid threatens years of work by other Republicans who have cultivated many of the wealthy donors loyal to the Bush family.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • 10 Cheap, Effective Home Security Tips

    No Author
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part of prepping is making sure your home is secure now so your prep, as well as your family, is safe and secure. As your stockpile increases the threat of robbery becomes all too real. All it takes is the wrong person seeing you load up your guns for a day at the range to get a thief more than a little interested in what else you have in your home. Instead of leaving things to chance or relying on an alarm system, check out these cheap yet effective home security tips below to keep your home safe and secure while making sure you have as much of your budget as possible to use for your prep.
  • Taki’s Older Gentleman’s Guide

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Here is my Christmas gift to Takimag readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but it’s also available to married ones who might wish to test whether that old magic still works. (Female readers of the best magazine in the whole wide world may also pick up a few hints.) This is not to be confused with the amateurish, vulgar, and embarrassing inventory of the Swiss-American Julien Blanc on how to pick up women. His guide was meant for tattooed beer drinkers trying to pull drunken tarts in cheap bars. Mine is for gentlemen endeavoring to make an impression on ladies and well brought…
  • Anti-Male Lies

    William L. Anderson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the month since Rolling Stone published its infamous “rape of Jackie” story about a University of Virginia student who was brutally raped at a fraternity party, a number of things have come to light. First, the story was false; Jackie was not raped, there was no party at the fraternity house in question the night the assault was supposed to have occurred, and even Jackie’s “date” was a work of fiction. Second, UVA officials acted in typical Pavlovian style when RS published the story: President Teresa Sullivan – whose tenure at UVA already has included an unsuccessful attempt…
  • Inspire Self-Reliance and Freedom

    Daisy Luther
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Do you want to inspire your kids to be free and self-sufficient?  There’s nothing better than a good book to point them in the right direction. My kids are total bookworms, so I enlisted their help to compile this list of favorites. Some folks may pooh-pooh the idea of fiction as  a teaching tool, but reading about a character who is smart, adaptable, self-reliant, and skilled can influence the way your child or teenager thinks.  These books are not all specific to kids in prepper families – many of them are just tales of kids who are put into situations in which they must rely on…
  • Mean-Spirited Vengeance

    Fred Reed
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Vi and I spent a couple of weeks in Cuba a few years back for The American Conservative. Nice place, good people, government a mixed bag, mostly sorry. Varadero, Cuba. Photo: FOE Staff Some things surpass all understanding. Why in the name of God and little catfish are we embargoing Cuba? The revolution occurred in 1959, some 55 years ago. A young man then of 20 would now be 75. The Mariel boat lift came in 1980, 35 years ago. The same man of 20 would now be 55. Even a newborn would be 35. Which is to say that all “Cubans” under thirty-five, and a very high proportion of those older, in…
 
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    ABC NEWS

  • Watch: NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs on Mayor

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Officers mourning two killed in the line of duty turn their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he prepares to address the shootings.
  • In Hawaii, Obama Responds To NYPD Shooting

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    The commander-in-chief snags a little R&R.
  • Rubio Calls Rand Paul 'Chief Cheerleader' of Obama Foreign Policy

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio responded to criticism from fellow Republican and potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul over his position on Cuba, insisting today that he would oppose the ???Obama-Paul foreign policy,??? and referring to the Kentucky senator as ???chief cheerleader??? of the president???s overseas...
  • Clinton: Off Her Peak, but Still Towering

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Hillary Clinton is off her peak but still overwhelmingly strong in support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while Elizabeth Warren has inched up in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton???s backed by 61 percent of Democratic and Democratic leaning independents who are...
  • U.S. Seeks Help from China With Korean Hackers

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    WASHINGTON ??? The United States has asked for the cooperation of China to help combat the destructive cyber-attack on U.S. information systems the government says was carried out by North Korea. The attack has created fears of attacks in the U.S. and caused Sony to...
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Survivors urge abuse inquiry overhaul

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
  • Labour attacks street light cuts

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.
  • 'Real change' in Scots NHS urged

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The chairman of the BMA in Scotland calls for "real change" to ensure the NHS in Scotland is sustainable for future generations.
  • Villiers' rallying call on NI talks

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says it is "make your mind up time" for Northern Ireland's political leaders ahead of cross-party talks.
  • May targets student visa 'abuse'

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

    David Corn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner's interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, when Disney was dealing with pressure from China about Martin Scorcese's Tibet film, Kundun. Eisner said, "we do not take, as a company, a position either in human…
  • Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers to the microorganisms residing in and on our bodies. These microbes outnumber our own cells 20-to-1. And each person's microbiome is unique. Recent research has suggested that in humans, a healthy microbiome may play an important role in everything from speeding up metabolism to fighting disease, and major companies like…
  • Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

    Bryan Schatz
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Pew Research Center released a survey this month suggesting that for the first time in two decades more Americans support "gun rights" than "gun control." But the poll's question on that point, asking respondents whether it's more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns," drew sharp criticism from some experts, who say it offered a false choice. "I could not think of a worse way to ask questions about public opinions about gun policies," Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and…
  • How This British Scientist Saved Japan’s Seaweed Industry

    Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker Wikimedia Commons A version of this article was originally published on Gastropod. Foraged from the rock cliffs and shallow waters of the world's coastlines, seaweed has been an important food, fuel, and fertilizer since ancient times. Today, modern farming has supplanted wild harvesting; in Asia, more than 6.5 million tons are farmed each year. But the industry would never have thrived the way it does today without the important contributions of one woman in the United Kingdom: Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker, who studied seaweed biology in the 1940s. In this episode of…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Greece’s radical left could kill off austerity in the EU | Owen Jones

    Owen Jones
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If Syriza wins a possible snap poll in the new year, positive repercussions could be felt across EuropeAnother war looms in Europe: waged not with guns and tanks, but with financial markets and EU diktats. Austerity-ravaged Greece may well be on the verge of a general election that could bring to power a government unequivocally opposed to austerity. Momentous stuff: that has not happened in the six years of cuts and falling living standards that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers.But if the radical leftist party Syriza does indeed triumph in a possible snap poll in the new year, there…
  • Councils leaving large areas of England in dark to save money, Labour says

    Nicholas Watt
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Opposition survey finds that 106 out of 150 English councils are turning off or dimming streetlights in response to spending cutsLarge areas of England are being “plunged into darkness” as a direct result of government spending cuts, according to the Labour party, after a survey found that 75% of councils were turning off or dimming streetlights to save money. Continue reading...
  • Theresa May warned Tory leadership chances at risk from advisers’ infighting

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Home secretary’s cabinet colleagues say Rochester byelection canvassing row could affect Cameron successionTheresa May, the home secretary, has been warned by cabinet colleagues to act as a “team player” or risk damaging her chances of succeeding David Cameron as leader of the Conservative party.May has been told to rein in her special advisers who acted in an “arrogant” way after declining to campaign in the recent Rochester and Strood byelection. Continue reading...
  • Controversial plan to delay dispatch of ambulances put on hold after backlash

    Nicholas Watt and Mark Tran
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Department of Health says changes unlikely to be introduced by original target date of first week of JanuaryA controversial plan to delay the dispatch of ambulances in some urgent medical cases is to be put on hold after a backlash against the “highly dangerous” proposals.As Jeremy Hunt was accused of keeping parliament in the dark about the plan, the Department of Health indicated that it was highly unlikely that the changes would be introduced by the original target date of the first week of the new year. Continue reading...
  • Ukip councillor Rozanne Duncan expelled for ‘jaw-dropping’ comments

    Kevin Rawlinson
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kent councillor is alleged to have brought the party into disrepute in yet-to-be-broadcast TV interviewA Ukip councillor in Kent has been expelled for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute with “jaw dropping” remarks in a yet-to-be-aired television interview, it has been reported.Rozanne Duncan is a councillor in South Thanet, the Kent constituency where Nigel Farage intends to stand in next year’s general election and in August let slip the party leader’s plans, which had hitherto been kept secret. Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Enjoy.
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    Greg Sargent
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:54 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    * President Obama held his last press conference of the year today, and after some crowing about strong job creation, low gas prices, and more people with health insurance, he was immediately asked about North Korea hacking into Sony: President Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in opting to cancel the […]
  • Five questions for President Obama

    Greg Sargent
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    President Obama is set to hold a press conference this afternoon. He’ll likely be asked to account for the large Democratic losses in the last election, and he will probably try to make the case that his last two years can be a time of progress and action, as opposed to a lame-duck period of […]
  • Morning Plum: Marco Rubio’s big anti-Obama moment

    Greg Sargent
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The New York Times reports this morning that Obama plans a number of steps on his own to render the embargo on Cuba a lot weaker. Among them: Issuing regulations to facilitate agricultural exports and allow U.S. companies to export various good to that country, and moving forward on ending Cuba’s designation as a state […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Thank you President Romney for 2014 being best year for job gains since 1999

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Wait, he didn't win? This job growth is still happening despite having a Democrat in the White House? Oh.Folks will remember that Romney promised robust job growth if he were elected. At the time many folks pointed out that projections already showed robust growth coming either way. My biggest fear was simply that Romney would win and the narrative would be set in stone that he saved our country from the Obama doldrums. It was a running theme on this site as well as others. Now we see that growth and we didn't need a new president to get it. We've averaged 217,000 jobs per month since…
  • Pride in its Two Senses

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    One of the most galling things about the lead-up to the Iraq war was being told that I didn't care enough about my country, even that I wanted to see harm come to it. I continued to see people insulting liberals about wanting to lose the Iraq war, and today, they claim we want to see ISIS behead people, and another attack on our soil. What a waste, to so discourage people, to make pride in our country once again the provinced of the gullible and the extreme.I feel you have to earn a reputation. America isn't great because we're somehow surrounded by some sort of divinely bestowed aura.
  • Senate Releases Torture Report

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    The US Senate has recently released and declassified a report investigating the CIA's detention and interrogation programs. I have not had an opportunity to actually look at the report so I will not comment on its details. There a lot of things that this country did that many wish were not publicized. I have the opposite view. It is important to publicize these things in order to serve as a reminder to any future decision-makers that their decisions will be scrutinized by the public. In the long run, I always come down on the side of more transparency for those who seek it because…
  • GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    A report has been released from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives regarding the events of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Every conservative conspiracy theory regarding the incident was thoroughly debunked:-- No "stand down" order was ever ordered. -- Air Support was never denied -- Security for the CIA facility was sufficient -- Intelligence gathered before September 16, 2012 indicated that the attack evolved from a protest against an islamaphobic YouTube video. Evidence to the contrary was not discovered until two days later. -- Nobody involved with the incidents was intimidated or…
  • Obama Strikes Back on Immigration

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Constitution assigns the executive branch of our government the task of enforcing the laws of our nation. The Constitution also assigns the President with the duty to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Taken together, these two obligations certainly empower a President to not enforce laws he believes may be unconstitutional. However, that does not seem to be the case with Obama's decision to change how his administration will enforce immigration law.Rather than citing Constitutional grounds, the decision rests upon the concept of prosecutorial…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Good Reasons to Uphold the Cuban Embargo

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right?
  • I Have An Idea!

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Instead of building every electrical appliance with a cord, how about making a recip extention?Imagine the savings! A lamp with no cord. A refrigerator with no cord. No cord on the next soni tv! You supply the cord. Did you ever notice all of those cords that are wrapped around those appliances you don't use any more? Why are they there? Why not have just one cord coming out of the wall?
  • What Exactly Is a Minimum Wage Job?

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Is a wage a contract or a social obligation? As the debate over raising the minimum wage continues, this fundamental question seems to underlie the differences between those who advocate a state-based mandated raise in the minimum wage and those who state that market forces need to play out, and that local state conditions should determine minimum wages, rather than a national standard. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has received tons of flack from liberal and hard-left organizations, some of whom say the minimum wage should be raised to over $20.00 an hour, a proposition that goes beyond…
  • It's Time Washington Got Serious About Driverless Cars

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Like it or not, driverless vehicles are on their way. While it's easy to imagine what kind of implications they will have on our everyday lives - more time during your commute to read the morning paper or enjoy your coffee, for example - it's a little more difficult to imagine how they will affect the economy on both a national and global scale, not to mention our personal finances. That said, the news so far is very promising, making it all the more obvious that our leaders need to get serious about this coming revolution. So far, only four states (California, Nevada, Florida, and Michigan)…
  • Wise Words from Mike Rowe

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Mike Rowe encountered a liberal spamming his Facebook page, who repeatedly asked how ANY Christians could possible vote Republican. Rowe's response in brilliant. Post by Mike Rowe.
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

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

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

  • This Is What Our Hellish World Will Look Like After We Hit the Global Warming Tipping Point

    Rebecca Leber
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The de facto assumption of climate change policy is that the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-Industrial levels, or risk hitting a tipping point where the impact becomes irreversible. The figure dates back to 1975, when econ
  • Don't Blame Protesters for the Murder of Two New York Cops

    Claire Groden
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The murder of two New York City policemen on Saturday has outraged
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Age of False Accusations

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Catherine Bellcredit: the dailymail.com These are dangerous days to be a police officer, an educator, or a young man in college. False accusations of all kinds are flying fast and thick, and once one sticks to an innocent, they are forever stained. How can this be? How can the innocent be harmed by any false accusation? Consider the case of Catherine Bell, a former assistant principal whose life was upended by an absolutely false accusation. The Daily Mail has the story:  An assistant principal falsely accused of having sex with a teenage student was forced to sell her home and has revealed…
  • Obama DOJ: Unconscious Thought Crime

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    credit:cafeconlecherepublicans.com During my police days, street cops hated “shotgun supervision.” Shotgun supervision occurs when supervisors notice what may or not be a problem exhibited by one officer, and impose “solutions” that effect everyone. Instead of focusing on the single officer that may or may not have a problem, they blast everyone. This not only insults and angers the officers that aren’t doing anything wrong, since supervisors are not directly talking to the person they think is doing something wrong, that person probably won’t get the message. Now we have a…
  • Sex Mis-Education

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    credit: foxnews There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story:  Students at one…
  • The Porn Paradox

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    credit: britannica.com In Jacobellis v. Ohio in 1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart explained the difficulty in defining obscenity: I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [‘hard-core pornography’], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. credit; fox news.com Cultural standards change significantly over time. What was shocking and most would consider obscene is surely not so shocking and…
  • Educational Happy Endings: 1960 v. 2013

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    credit; pinterest.com As part of a larger series of articles, my favorite Bookworm—Bookworm—provided this charming story: When I was in 2nd grade, one of the reading books we had at school (which probably dated back to the 1940s) included an absolutely wonderful story about the way in which a teacher changed an entire neighborhood.  As I remember it, the teacher had a little girl in her class who always smelled stale and dirty.  For Christmas, the teacher gave the little girl a small perfumed soap.  The next day, the little girl showed up at school wearing her ragged clothes, but…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Winter Sky Wonders For Your Christmas Telescope

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The universe is waiting Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I've posted the astronomy thread, but I wasn't going to let Christmas come and go without a quick guide for you amateurs just getting your first...
  • Ted Nugent Explains How An Electric Guitar Works (CBD)

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Probably a better description than 99% of America's high school physics teachers are capable of.......
  • Food Thread: Miscellaneous Stuff [CBD]

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hanukkah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday that has been raised to ridiculous heights because of its proximity to Christmas. But that's okay, because giving and receiving gifts is rarely a bad thing. And we get to make potato...
  • The Gaming thread (without much gaming)

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Not gaming related but this is cool Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio TOYS R US dressed as...
  • What Happened to "Reasonable People Can Disagree?" [Y-not]

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Recent events have led me to a troubling realization about the state of the GOP (to which I have belonged since 1980 and to which I still belong, but perhaps not for long) -- it is currently dominated by factions...
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Washington Post explains pretty clearly what was wrong with the President's gift to the Castro regime.Mr. Obama argued that his sweeping change of policy was overdue because the strategy of isolating the Communist regime “has had little effect.” In fact, Cuba has been marginalized in the Americas for decades, and the regime has been deprived of financial resources it could have used to spread its malignant influence in the region, as Venezuela has done. That the embargo has not succeeded in destroying communism does not explain why all sanctions should be lifted without any meaningful…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons. The administration continues its negotiations in Iran without achieving anything except extending Iran's opportunity to continue building its weapons program. It's not so much that recognizing Cuba and ending the embargo is the wrong thing to do, but that Obama gave Cuba what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    This is what mush sounds like. Secretary Kerry was asked about why he was holding discussions about the Palestinians' move to introduce a draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation instead of just vetoing the resolution as the U.S. has always done in the past. See if you can parse what Kerry said in his answer.Now, coming back to the first part of the questions, right now, what we’re trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward in order to create the climate; the atmosphere; the political space, if you will, to be able to go back to…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Patrick Poole writes that the Iranian cleric who took the Sydney cafe hostage was more than a "lone wolf." He was a "known wolf." He was someone who was well-known to Australian authorities from his prior actions. orn Manteghi Bourjerdi, Monis fled Iran for Australia in 1996 and thereafter had multiple run-ins with the law. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while working as a “spiritual healer” in 2002, and was also charged as an accessory when his ex-wife was stabbed to death by his girlfriend last year.He had written despicable letters to families of Australian soldiers…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    The unfolding hostage crisis in Sydney is a horrific story. We can all imagine how this could be any of us or our friends who happened to stop in a bakery for a cup of coffee. I've long thought that the most efficient way for terrorists to paralyze western economies would be to have small attacks on ordinary life so that people would fear to go out shopping or gathering. Good luck to the Australians in dealing with these terrorists.Ross Douthat notes two separate reports on the differences between the college-educated and the struggling working class. One notes that divorce is declining among…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story

    Dan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    This should be interesting: via Rolling Stone begins fully reporting its rape story – The Washington Post. The post Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Hmm Alex, a third year student at UVA who asked we only use his first name, said he first read the piece not realizing he’d be a central figure in the Rolling Stone article. “I, you know, slowly dawned on me that this was, you know, in fact, the story Jackie, you know, similar to the story Jackie had told me in some ways,” Alex said. Alex realized he was the “Andy” in the article identified as a friend of Jackie’s who saw her after the incident in 2012. The post CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends appeared first on Riehl World…
  • Discrepancies: U-Va. Rolling Stone alleged sexual assault

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    The obvious discrepancies between different versions of the now infamous UVA rape story will be much discussed. I’m not going through all of them, just a few I found particularly interesting for my own processing  of the different reports. To kick that off, lest we forget, for whatever reason, Buzzfeed dropped this into the middle of the UVA story on the 5th and we haven’t heard more on it. It at least appears to be a significant thread left hanging. Christopher Pivik, a former member of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia, has retained attorney Andrew Miltenberg, a…
  • Charles C. Johnson’s Dumb, Despicable New Low In Attacking Jackie

    Dan
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    Intent on continuing his despicable stalking of a 20 year-old girl named Jackie, the central figure in a now infamous Rolling Stone story, seemingly deranged mud-slinger Charles C. Johnson put up a post that claims to reveal how Jackie’s “activism” goes all the way back to high school. What it does is give the despicable little man-child yet one more opportunity to publish the full name of an alleged rape victim. I won’t link his fetid site and have redacted her last name. Oh my gosh!!! This devious little girl sounds like the second coming of Lena Dunham, Sandra Fluke…
  • Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods

    Dan
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The report says Wenner’s furious – not furious enough, evidently. People should be being fired, not re-signing. What bullshit. The Observer has exclusively learned that in the wake of Rolling Stone‘s blockbuster story about campus rape at the University of Virginia and the subsequent fire that that story’s reporting has come under, the magazine’s deputy managing editor offered to resign. The post Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods appeared first on Riehl World News.
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    Wizbang

  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    This weekend’s edition of the Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. The assignment this weekend was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (RestlessLegs) – “Oops. Gotta go. SportsCenter is on.” 2) (yetanotherjohn) – “Takes a midterm lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.” 3) (David Robertson) – Obama: “I would like to stay and discuss how to solve our nation’s problems, but I have a tee time in 30 minutes.” 4) (Rick Adams) – “‘A Republic, if you can keep…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another hit. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rodney Dill) – “William…. you won’t believe this… I’ve stumbled into a Camilla Parker Bowles Fan Club… or convention… or something…” 2) (fustian24) – “Someone tell Cosby it’s a TRAP!” 3) (EricSteel) – “Hello Jeeves, bring me my Hitler costume.” 4) (Vagabond661) – “Yes the carpet matches the drapes. And they come with a…
  • Liberals Lose: FCC Rules That ‘Redskins’ Isn’t Profanity

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Left-wing pushers of political correctness have been trying to find any legal thread to force the NFL’s Washington DC-based football team to stop using the name “Redskins,” a word that activists claim is “racist.” The left’s most recent attempt was to get the FCC to rule that “Redskins” was “profane” and so cannot be used on the air because it breaks profanity rules. But the FCC just ruled against the liberal’s effort to redefine the team name as a profanity. Last week the FCC ruled against the liberal activist’s claims…
  • OPEN THREAD: Texas Plumber Gets Threats After Video Shows ISIS Using His Old Truck

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Consider this an Open Thread. But first…. Some very, very bad luck has rocked a Texas plumber who’s used truck somehow ended up on video and seen being used in Syria by ISIS terrorists. The Plumber’s name and phone number are right there as big as life on the door and now he is getting all sorts of threats. Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer sold his old truck a while ago, but was dismayed to see it being used as a gun platform by ISIS. Once the truck started showing up on video–with his phone number still prominently displayed on
  • A Peaceful Muslim Speaks Out

    David Robertson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    For the sake of fairness to peaceful Muslims, the following commentary by a peaceful Muslim is republished below: “Teaching tolerance through Islam” - Dr. Yameen Khalil, Tulsa World, Friday, December 19, 2014, p. A 17. Each time I see a news headline with a link between Islam and terrorism my heart sinks. As I watched and read about the hostage situation in Sydney, I had the same sinking feeling as I saw yet another shocking story of possible terrorism. These acts of terrorism are becoming more and more prevalent with many of the perpetrators claiming to be Muslims. However, these
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • With a secret service elf in tow

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With a secret service elf in towby digbyHo, ho, ho ...President George W Bush turned up at a hospital in Santa outfit just recently - no media (via @sarahrstevenson) pic.twitter.com/cl0N9mJ9JJ— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) December 20, 2014Some of the commentary about him being the greatest living president is a bit much though. Let's not get carried away. Playing Santa for a day doesn't change anything.  But it is a nice thing to do.  Good for him.It's annual holiday fundraiser time. Your support is very much appreciated.
  • Learning from Gitmo

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Learning from Gitmoby digbyThe "9 Travesties Of Justice In 2014 That Would Be Totally Unbelievable If They Weren’t True' from Think Progress are all horrible and you must read about each one of them to fully understand why some of us are convinced that the US needs to shut the hell up about how great we are. But this one struck me as particularly interesting:Mississippi defendants have been jailed for a year without ever being charged.There is an epidemic of individuals in the United States jailed for extended periods of time before they’ve been convicted of anything. Many of them are…
  • Guns, cops and freedom

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    This post will stay at the top of the page for a while.  Please scroll down for newer material.Guns, cops and freedomby digbyIt's annual holiday fundraiser time! Your support is very much appreciated.I've been writing a lot about guns lately (haven't we all?) and find that it brings in more angry right wing commentary than anything else I write. This piece I wrote for Salon last spring brought in the most hateful comments and emails I've ever received in all these years of writing on the internet. I couldn't be more proud ...Imagine you’re sitting in a restaurant and a loud group of…
  • When the authorities get hysterical they make themselves and everyone else less safe

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When the authorities get hysterical they make themselves and everyone else less safeby digbyA little blast from the past via Media Matters:Claiming to be acting under the bloody "banner of Liberty and Truth," Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda, entered CiCi's Pizza in Las Vegas on Sunday right before noon and executed two local policemen on their lunch break. Authorities say Jerad approached one officer while he was refilling his soda cup and shot him in the head from behind, before he and Amanda opened fire on his partner. While patrons scrambled to safety, one of the shooters reportedly…
  • Why we still fight

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This post will stay at the top of the page for a while.  Please scroll down for new material.Why we still fightby digbySince it's Holiday Fundraising time it seems like a good day to revisit a post I wrote a few years back about what blogging is and why I do it. Some of it is outdated now --- things have moved on, politics have changed in many ways. But my underlying philosophy still holds:Wednesday, May 02, 2007Why I Fight by digby I have not had time to really get into Jonathan Chait's cover story in this weeks New Republic but I will write something more…
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  • Holly Jolly Whatever

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Holiday schedule kicking in soon, including tiny bit of travel, so this blog will be extra sucky some days over the coming week. Don't worry, I'm sure there will be plenty of horrible things happening to keep you entertained even if I don't have any time to say anything about them.
  • Sunday Evening

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Tomorrow is...
  • Big Eyes

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    10+ years ago I saw a quite a good exhibit at a contemporary art museum called "Trash Culture." I suppose roughly speaking it was about stuff that's so bad it's good, probably lots of things that John Waters would like. The exhibit included things from people like Ed Wood, The Shaggs, Florence Foster Jenkins, probably CDs by William Shatner AND Leonard Nimoy, etc. It also included Margaret Keane, who I don't think I'd heard of before. Anyway, no idea if the movie is any good, but it's an interesting subject.
  • Garbage People*

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    I don't know why I keep being surprised that there are so many horrible people. Against better judgment I followed a facebook argument between a friend and a notfriend, which at some point involved the notfriend daring my friend, who had lived in Philly for 20 years, to "stand on a corner in Philly," the implication being that roving bands of young black men would instantly tear him to shreds like movie piranhas if he did so.*not to be confused with people tasked with taking away my garbage, who generally do a pretty good job.
  • Pretty Sure Obama Didn't Say That

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    But America's Worst Human, Rudy 911, can make incendiary things up and still be treated like royalty by his media sycophants.
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  • Late Night FDL: The Season’s Upon Us

    Suzanne
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Dropkick Murphys — The Season’s Upon Us. What’s on your mind?
  • WikiLeaks Releases CIA Manual Advising Undercover Agents on Travel & Avoiding ‘Secondary Screenings’

    Kevin Gosztola
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Cover page for CIA manual published by WikiLeaks The CIA is an integral part of the United States’ global security state, which collectively has contributed to the proliferation in airport security screening measures since the September 11th attacks. Yet, this may not exactly serve the agents who have to travel under cover. A secret CIA manual publishedby WikiLeaks and titled, “Surviving Secondary,” details how airports around the world pose a threat to covert operatives traveling through any of the world’s airports. It provides some rather incredible examples of…
  • Palestinian Children Win International Math Competition Two Years in a Row

    Ben Norton
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Palestinians Ahmad Ayman Nashwiyeh, 8, on left, who won second place and Dania Husni al-Jaabari, 14, on right, who won first place in the 2014 Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International Competition / via Maan In December 2014, Dania Husni al-Jaabari, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from Al-Khalil (not Hebron),won first place in the Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International Competition. She solved 240 math problems in six minutes. Ahmad Ayman Nashwiyeh, an eight-year-old Palestinian boy also from al-Khalil, won second place. He solved 180 problems in six minutes. The two children competed…
  • It’s Just a Shot Away

    Masoninblue
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, ambushed and killed two NYPD officers yesterday as they were sitting in their parked patrol car in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. He fired two shots through the passenger side window hitting both of them in the head. Then he ran into a nearby subway station and committed suicide, shooting himself in the head. Brinsley apparently did not know the officers. The Washington Post reports, Before he made his way to Brooklyn on Saturday morning, police said, Brinsley shot his girlfriend about 5:45 a.m. in Owings Mills, Md., about 15 miles outside Baltimore. The…
  • Podcast: The ‘Cuban Five’ — On Their Case & Release from US Prison as Part of a Prisoner Swap

    Kevin Gosztola
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mara Verheyden-Hilliard The release of the last three members of the “Cuban Five” as part of a prisoner swap marking a shift in United States policy toward Cuba was a victory for people all over the world, who had been seeking justice and freedom for them. The “Cuban Five” are five men, who were sent to Miami in the 1990s to collect intelligence on violent right wing groups believed to be responsible for attacks on Cuba. These attacks were being perpetrated by Cuban exiles and, to some extent, at least had the tacit support of the CIA. Neither of the men were spying on…
 
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  • Police Union President Blames Protesters and Mayor for Officers' Murder

    Jeralyn
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Just when the police were about to get some sympathy as a result of the killing of two Brooklyn police officers, the President of the Police Union, Patrick Lynch, takes to the microphones and outlandishly claims there's blood on the hands of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Two Brooklyn Police Officers Shot and Killed

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Two Brooklyn police officers who were sitting in their patrol car were shot and killed by a lone gunman from Baltimore. The gunman shot himself in a nearby subway station. The Daily News has a graphic photo of him alive on a stretcher as he was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Holidays: Remembering to Heart Your Favorite Bloggers

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    December likely is the month that bloggers balance the ledger sheet and reassess their time commitment to blogging because of the financial drain. How many hours were spent blogging, how much money did it cost in lost income from their day job and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Plays Up Public Killings and Punishment

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    There have been a slew of ISIS videos showing public killings and punishment the past few days. Some take place after prayers when the public areas are already crowded. ISIS is clearly trying to impress upon the public that spying and failure to go... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Afghan Guantanamo Detainees Return Home

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    Four more detainees have left Guantanamo. They are Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul. All are from Afghanistan and were returned to Afghanistan. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • ‘Serial’ takes on Santa

    Chris Cillizza
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    "Serial", the true crime podcast narrated by Sarah Koenig, has become a cultural phenomenon. (It is the single most downloaded podcast in history; I am one of the millions now listening.) Now, "Serial" is taking on another case that has baffled people for ages: Is Kris Kringle really delivering presents to all of the children […]
  • Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

    Scott Clement
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge her for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her status as most prohibitive Democratic front-runner […]
  • Obama as culture warrior

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama has just concluded the most active six weeks of his presidency, in which he has racked up a list of legacy-level actions. And it is a grab bag of moves -- both substantive and symbolic -- that should make most progressives swoon. Executive order on immigration reform. Check. Reversing 50 years of Cuba […]
  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    1. Because it's Friday: Slate created a widget that imagines how President Obama would mispronounce your name. Also, here is a video of retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann rapping. 2. Jason Horowitz writes about Hillary Clinton and her history with Israel. 3. Todd C. Frankel investigates the questions surrounding the death of a young black man […]
  • Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Philip Bump
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check. Claim 1: 2014 was the strongest year for […]
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  • @GovChristie's Pension Mess: Fat Wall St. Firms, Screwed Public Employees

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman David Sirota of the IBT has been doing stellar work on the conflicts of interest that have become a staple of the Christie administration. And no where is the skirting of ethics more brazen than in New Jersey's management of public employee pensions: During today's meeting of the New Jersey State Investment Council, private equity executive Robert Grady announced he is stepping down from the chairmanship of the panel. Christie has called Grady a "friend of mine for nearly 40 years" whom he relies on for political advice. In recent months, campaign finance…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Dec. 20-21, 2014

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today's roundup is brought to you by elephants and pigs. Ray Lesniak left little stuffed animals on the desk of each of his fellow Assembly members - for a good reason, and we wish him Merry Christmas too. Star-Ledger's exit interview with Rush Holt Beautiful work, both subject and writer (Dave D'Alessandro of their Editorial Board). Speaking of great guys profiled, This profile of 90-year-old Brendan Byrne at WSJ. "Presidential" Washington Post talks with 4 people who got Christie riled up - including the two exchanges that launched Christie's reputation in 2010 as volcanic, and given to…
  • We need preparedness not bluster to face future epidemic outbreaks

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Politicians who go against the advice of experienced public health officials do so at their own peril and that of the people they serve. Gov. Christie should have learned this lesson in October and November when he ignored what the CDC and Ebola-experienced doctors recommended. Christie demanded instead a form of quarantine which was unnecessary and harmed the broader effort to encourage healthcare workers to assist Ebola patients and people at risk in Western Africa. In the process the focus was on detaining a nurse in an outdoor, poorly equipped tent. Christie's approach may have played…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    New Jersey shows up for Stephen Colbert's send-off Watch. Huge victory for transgender people - and young people After Delay, NJ High School Lets Transgender Student Use Boys Restroom: Rubin Smyers, 16, spent months pressuring his Ocean County high school for equal access under state and federal law. Big congratulations to a kid who fought for his rights. Andrea Bowen of Garden State Equality wrote about Rubin for Slate. Bergen Grassroots honors Sen. Loretta Weinberg With the Byron Baer award.   Jerseynomics Al Jazeera: Closed for murder: Paterson tries to stem crime by imposing business…
  • State Democrats want to know: What are your priorities? Well, NJDSC, here are mine.

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Dropping into my inbox today - yours too, probably - is one from NJ state Democrats informing me they want - no, "need" - to know what my 2015 priorities are. What issues I - you, we - want to see action on, presumably from them. Frankly, I like all the choices. But what I really want from NJDSC is not on the list ('ll post their list, with link, on the jump).  See, it's unclear to me from their issues list if it's Democratic legislators asking or NJDSC, in which case I'm not certain how much sway they can exercise in determining legislative agenda or policies. For that matter, I also…
 
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  • Four Ways 2014 Was a Pivotal Year for the Internet

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    The death of the internet is at hand. Sound familiar? That’s what Internet pioneer Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 when he wrote that spiraling demands on the fledgling network would cause the Internet to “catastrophically collapse” by 1996. Metcalfe, of course, was dead wrong: The internet is still chugging along, with a predicted 3 billion users by year’s end. Still, the internet’s fate feels distinctly uncertain as 2014 draws to a close. At stake is whether the internet remains a democratic, user-powered network — or falls under the control of a few powerful entities. Here…
  • Why USAID Could Never Spark a Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Any attempt to engineer a US-affiliated movement from above is destined to be revealed for the farce that it is. Between 2006 and 2007, I received numerous visits from two State Department officials at my home in Harlem, New York. I had just written a book on Cuban cultural production, with a large section on rap. I was never home when they came, so they left messages with my neighbors, telling them I should urgently contact them. When they finally found me at home one day, I agreed to meet with them at a nearby Starbucks. During the meeting, they wanted to know about my research on Cuban…
  • Truthout Interviews Michael Meurer on Torture Photos and Uruguay Thwarting Supply-Side Austerity Policies

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Will Truthout’s mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! (Image: electron; Edited: JR/TO)Truthout contributor Michael Meurer talks about the release of 2,000 photographs of the US torture of prisoners and the ways in which Uruguay has drawn neoliberal wrath for thwarting supply-side economics and corporate governance. With the release of the US Senate Select Committee report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program, Truthout contributor Michael Meurer puts the spotlight on the still unreleased photographs…
  • The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Marines exit a CH-53E Super Stallion as they are inserted into a training area in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 2, 2014. (Photo: Sgt. Frances Johnson / US Marine Corps) 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Most recently, the central government failed (again) to conduct fair and organized…
  • Take the Chains Off: The Struggle for Racial Justice Continues

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Protesters in Seattle, December 6. (Photo: scottlum) We jumped in front of traffic. Car headlights blinded us; we held up our hands and yelled, “I can’t breathe.” These were the last words of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Black man who was strangled to death by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo on Staten Island. Running between cars, we slapped high-fives with drivers and held signs above our heads. On December 3, thousands flooded the New York streets after news broke that Pantaleo had not been indicted after murdering Garner. It was the second time in 10 days that a grand jury refused to…
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  • New data: health exchange design matters

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    [The post below updates this one with important new information from Connecticut]Why was there such huge variation among states in the proportion of ACA private plan buyers in the first open season who bought bronze plans -- the plans with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles and copays? In Hawaii, 41% of ACA shoppers bought bronze; in Mississippi, 8% did.Part of the answer, as I've noted before, lies in a state's relative levels of wealth and health. Lower income buyers are eligible for generous Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays and…
  • Employers, HSAs and the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Jay Hancock at Kaiser Health News reports that significant numbers of small businesses may stop offering health insurance to their employees, sending them instead to the ACA exchanges. This could be a good thing for employees who earn little enough to qualify for strong ACA subsidies -- win-win for employer and employee at the federal government's expense.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, small employers in 2014 paid an average of nearly $5,000 for solo coverage and a bit more $10,000 for a family premium. What if an employer wants to compensate employees for dropping a benefit…
  • Health exchange design has a clear impact on metal level choices

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Why was there such huge variation among states in the proportion of ACA private plan buyers who bought bronze plans -- the plans with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles and copays? In Hawaii, 41% of ACA shoppers bought bronze; in Mississippi, 8% did.Part of the answer, as I've noted before, lies in a state's relative levels of wealth and health. Lower income buyers are eligible for generous Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays and yearly out-of-pocket (OOP) maximums -- but only if they buy silver plans. Fortunately, most did. If you're sick and poor, a…
  • Scalia researched torture's efficacy by watching "24"

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Antonin Scalia reacted* to the Senate torture report with a defense of torture, as reported by the AP*:"Listen, I think it's very facile for people to say, 'Oh, torture is terrible.' You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions of people. You think it's an easy question? You think it's clear that you cannot use extreme measures to get that information out of that person?" Scalia said.That jogged a memory. What planted this scenario in Scalia's mind? Hark back to June 2007, via the…
  • Obama: Drop that "Plans for under 100!" pitch

    Andrew Sprung
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hey, Mr. President: you may have the right audience here. But you have partly the wrong message:Obama appeared Dec. 8 on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” where he took the place of host Stephen Colbert for a regular segment called “The Word” -- retitled “The Decree” for his appearance -- to pitch enrollment to young viewers.“Most young people can get covered for less than $100,” Obama said, using lines purportedly meant for Colbert. “How is the president going to get that message out to the kids? The administration really needs to take down this "plans for under…
 
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  • China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault.
  • Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.
  • Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.
  • China tells U.S. opposes all forms of cyber attacks, 'terrorism'

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China opposes all forms of cyberattacks and cyber "terrorism", the country's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday.
  • Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said.
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  • "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Slate reports that even old movies are enough to trigger a pretty strong knee jerk: Team America, World Police, selected as a tongue-in-cheek replacement by Dallas's Alamo Drafthouse Theater for the Sony-yanked The Interview after that film drew too much heat following the recent Sony hack, has also been pulled. The theater's tweet, as reprinted by Slate: "due to circumstances beyond our control,” their Dec. 27 Team America screening has also been canceled." If only I had a copy, I'd like to host a viewing party here in Austin for The Interview, which I want to see now more than ever.
  • Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    cartechboy writes The common assumption among Tesla fans seems to be that state auto-dealer lobbyists are working with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. Is it true? The New York Times published an article with some data points that assesses the supposition. While the article mainly focuses on the conflict between Uber and the Republican party, some quotes could be easily applied to Tesla. For instance, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or…
  • Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    SternisheFan passes on this excerpt from an Ars Technica article: On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially…
  • Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

    Soulskill
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    New submitter aquadood writes: According to the Sunlight Foundation's analysis of recent comment submissions to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality, the majority (56.5%) were submitted by a single organization called American Commitment, which has "shadowy" ties to the Koch brothers' network. The blog article goes on to break down the comments in-depth, showing a roughly 60/40 split between those against net neutrality and those for it, respectively.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

    timothy
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    As reported by The Independent, A scientific study has found that Greenland is actually connected to the area beneath the polar ice where the North Pole lies – thanks to a huge stretch of continental crust known as the Lomonosov Ridge. Since Greenland is a Danish territory, that gives the country the right to put its hat in the ring for ownership of the stretch of land, Denmark’s foreign minister [Martin Lidegaard ] said. ... Of the five Arctic countries – the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark —only Canada and Russia had indicated an interest in the North Pole…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Triple the Ginger, Gingerbread Ice Cream with Panettone Waffles and Drunken Apricots

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This has to be one of my favourite Christmas inspired desserts. Although a little labour intensive, this dessert really does pay off. The crunchy panettone waffles combined with ginger ice cream topped with the boozey apricot syrup is something special. Although a fair bit of effort goes into this, the upside it you can prepare [...]
  • Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]
  • Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    In the fourth of my Club To Club interviews I caught up with Lorenzo Senni, an artist who is universally respected within Italy and outside of his home nation. His experimentation with trance music, and his leftfield take on electronic music in general has placed him in an enviable position as one of Italy’s most [...]
  • UKIP seen as more left wing than Tories

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Voters see the UK Independence Party as being to the left of the Conservative Party, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll asked people to locate themselves and political parties and leaders on a spectrum ranging from 0, very left wing, to 10, very [...]
  • Poll alert

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As well as asking people how they would vote, we asked them where they would place the following on a left-right scale: Your own political views David Cameron Ed Miliband Nick Clegg Nigel Farage Conservative Party Labour Party UKIP, UK Independence Party Liberal Democrat Party Green Party Prince Charles Russell Brand Suffice [...]
 
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  • Jingle Budget: Did Uncle Santa Bring You a Present?

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Congress Makes Christmas Come Early" was originally released on Dec. 18, 2014. The original text is below.  Merry cromnibus Christmas, Everybody! The $1.1 trillion budget passed by congress sure can buy lots of gifts and presents for everyone. Are you on Uncle Santa’s list? These lucky bastards are. Approximately 1:30 minutes. Written by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Meredith Bragg View this article.
  • Video: Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Slams Putin

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    "I think we've forgotten many important lessons of the Cold war," says former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Especially when it comes to dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin: "You cannot project weakness....Putin's game is [not chess but] poker. And he knows how to bluff." Kasparov sat down recently with Reason's Nick Gillespie on the anniversary of the Berlin's Wall's Collapse and of Kasparov's world championship. Kasparov, now a human rights activist, discussed communism, lessons from the Cold War, and the rise of Vladimir Putin as a new threat to freedom and peace. View this…
  • In the Rush to Blame Everyone for the Shooting of NYPD Cops, Don't Forget to Include the Actual Shooter

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the wake of the horrific and unjustifiable shooting of two NYPD officers who were sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn, the mad rush is now on to indict a wide range of co-conspirators and "real killers." This is a tired and worn-out gambit and its high point (that is, low point) has already probably been reached in the Twitter feed of deluxe troll Charles C. Johnson: Expect slightly more sophisticated versions of this argument to emanate throughout the blogosphere and cable-news-a-verse like the Blob over the next couple of weeks. Just as Sarah Palin's defense of gun rights has zero…
  • What Obama's Cuba Deal Means for the Future of Cuban Cigars

    Jacob Grier
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons. Americans will now have somewhat fewer restrictions on travel, business, and banking on the island, and they will be allowed to send higher remittances to family living there. In Cuba, the deal includes the release of political prisoners and a promise of expanded Internet access. Yet the one benefit that captures the imagination of many is the possibility that Cuba's most famous export, cigars, may finally become legally available in the United States. If only it…
  • Jacob Grier on What Obama’s Cuba Deal Means for the Future of Cuban Cigars

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons. Americans will now have somewhat fewer restrictions on travel, business, and banking on the island, and they will be allowed to send higher remittances to family living there. In Cuba, the deal includes the release of political prisoners and a promise of expanded Internet access. Yet the one benefit that captures the imagination of many is the possibility that Cuba's most famous export, cigars, may finally become legally available in the United States. If only it…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Getting Out

    Randy Toman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Having big problems within the social fabric cannot be denied, and the attempted solutions of these individual issues will not correct the larger problems.  I have stated this to a number of people——the problem is much larger——in that “We the People” have been placed on the wrong path going in the wrong direction and many do not understand the correcting of this problem—–the one or two or three issues we might correct in the scope of things—-mean nothing, especially if we cannot bring these two concerns into play. (A)  Understanding the root of…
  • Confused

    Randy Toman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In Otto Scott’s book “Robespierre” copyright 1974— on page 169—–it has this sentence: “Like many young men they subconsciously confuse education with character.” Scott is obviously talking about the young men in late 1700’s France with Robespierre and the French Revolution.  This same confusion I think is ramped in today’s culture.  We have in today’s Colleges and Universities a twisting of what is to make-up the young man’s character in that education as if the educational process will turn out fine upright citizen even as they are filling their…
  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • Truth and How You Get to it

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

  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
 
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  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
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    Wonkblog

  • Putin’s Groundhog Day: The Russian people keep paying the price for their leaders’ incompetence

    Matt O'Brien
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    (Reuters/Maxim Zmeyev) In the bad old days, Russia's facsimile of an economy would crash every time the price of oil did. The government would go broke, the currency would collapse, and ordinary people would see their standard of living evaporate. Now if all this sounds familiar, that's because the bad old days never went away under Vladimir Putin. He just got lucky until now. So now, like they have for generations, the Russian people are paying the price for their government's economic illiteracy. And it's a miserable price to pay for the nation's 140 million people. The Soviets knew this…
  • Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Everything in moderation, including masturbation. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) There could be an unlikely contributor to the decline of marriage in this country. And it's free pornography on the Internet. A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend. "The results in this paper suggest that such an association exists, and…
  • The days of the year when Americans are most drunk, visualized

    Philip Bump
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    In this marvelous, modern age, even outlets you hadn't considered offer bits of data. Like the manufacturer of the BACtrack breathalyzer, which plugs into your phone and tells you just how drunk you are. Granted, if you have a portable breathalyzer that you bring with you wherever you go, you probably drink more than the average person. But after anonymizing and compiling data from those probably-above-average-drinkers, the company released a report with a perhaps-surprising finding: People drink more in the winter. They created this graphic, an interactive version of which is at their site.
  • 2014: The year we finally learned how to talk seriously about dying

    Jason Millman
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) A new rule just approved in Massachusetts will reportedly make the state the first to require doctors to discuss with terminally ill patients how they wanted to be cared for at the end of their lives. Though doctors already have been voluntarily holding these types of conversations with patients for years, most patients don't have an end-of-life care plan — and that could make the last few days or weeks of life needlessly painful, confusing and expensive for the patient and the patient's family. Here's how the new Massachusetts rule, implementing legislation from…
  • Investors who can’t bet on Uber are betting instead on the death of taxi medallions

    Emily Badger
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    (REUTERS/Sergio Perez) The 23-page market report warns of "financial ruin" for Medallion Financial Corp., a 70-year-old company that has long lent money to drivers and investors in New York, Chicago and Boston looking to buy expensive taxi medallions. The coveted assets give owners the right to operate taxicabs, and for decades they have been the best investment in America, providing a steady business for a company that goes by the ticker symbol TAXI. But the market report, released to the media on Thursday at a time when transportation companies Uber and Lyft are threatening…
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  • President Obama offers condolences, support to NYPD commissioner

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    President Obama on Sunday called the commissioner of the New York Police Department to express his condolences over the killing of two police officers and pledge support in the coming weeks.“In their conversation, the president reiterated his call...
  • Obama back on links on day 2 of vacation

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    President Obama spent his second day of vacation the same way he did the first: hitting the links at the Marine Corps base near his Honolulu beach home.Two of the president’s golfing partners were the same as on Saturday: aide Mike Brush and...
  • Obama's job approval numbers tick upward

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    President Obama’s job approval rating has inched up to 47 percent, according to a survey released Sunday by Gallup, the best showing for the president in more than seven months.Obama still remains underwater, with 49 percent of Americans...
  • New York congressman: Stop the cop-bashing

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), and members of the media need to stop “cop-bashing” in the wake of the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday.“This is an absolute tragedy,...
  • Sunday show wrap-up: Sony dominates

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    SUNDAY SHOW WRAP-UP: SONY HACK DOMINATES December 21, 2014   SONY HACK Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea  President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony...
 
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Justices will meet for their next Conference on January 9. The January sitting begins on January 12.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Fox v. Fox 14-435 Issue: Whether, under the Due Process Clause, a state court must have personal jurisdiction over an assailant to award a no-contact order, valid only within that state, to a victim of abuse who is domiciled in the state.
  • Appeals court: Gun control must meet toughest test

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Breaking ranks with other federal appeals courts, and probably setting up a major test case for the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that laws imposing controls on the personal right to have a gun must satisfy the most rigorous constitutional test.  And, in another split with other courts, it was the first to strike down a federal gun law under the Constitution’s Second Amendment as expanded by the Supreme Court six years ago. Since the Justices’ ruling in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding in the Second Amendment a…
  • Court won’t add to delay of Florida same-sex marriages

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Over the dissents of two Justices, the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon refused to delay — beyond January 5 — a federal judge’s order that would permit same-sex couples in Florida to marry after that day. Neither the apparent majority of seven nor the two dissenters gave any explanation.  Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas simply noted that they would have granted the plea by state officials to extend the postponement beyond the early January date. In refusing the request by Florida officials, the Court followed the pattern that it had maintained for the past…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Dahlia Lithwick (Part four)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Cameras in the Supreme Court and the importance of seeing government at work; whether audio provides sufficient access; and how the Internet affects thinking about the Court in public. “I think always the humor was a means to an end. And the end is, to help folks who don’t live in this world understand why it matters.” Dahlia Lithwick covers the Supreme Court and writes about law more broadly for Slate.com.  In this six-part interview, Ms. Lithwick discusses law school, practicing law, and how she began covering the Supreme Court; the tension among the media covering the Court, the…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Sunday Night Open Thread: Just As Well, If True

    Anne Laurie
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    From the Annals of Improbable Research file, in the Washington Post, “Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem“: … A team of researchers, who published their findings in The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany, determined that the rise of free Internet pornography is not only correlated with a pronounced decline in percentage of young adult males who are married, but might actually be contributing to the trend… Broadly, higher Internet usage was associated with lower marriage rates. But pornography use in…
  • “Those Who Will Not Learn From History… “

    Anne Laurie
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    In 1992, more than 4,000 off-duty NYPD cops stormed City Hall, blocked Brklyn Bridge, beat up reporters. No arrests. http://t.co/MFKrPmqDta — Mister Bunny (@AskMisterBunny) December 21, 2014 From the NYTimes archives: September 17, 1992 — Thousands of off-duty police officers thronged around City Hall yesterday, swarming through police barricades to rally on the steps of the hall and blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly an hour in the most unruly and angry police demonstration in recent memory. The 300 uniformed officers who were supposed to control the crowd did…
  • A Thought Experiment

    John Cole +0
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    For one second, imagine the head of a teacher’s union blamed a school shooting on George Bush. In hours, how long would the union continue to exist? How long would that person have a job? How long would it be before the person’s entire family had been doxxed and Malkin or the Orange Avenger Johnson was outside their house? Share
  • Thanks, Obama

    constitutional mistermix
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The gas station I use has special “membership” pricing on Sunday, so my company this morning while filling my tank was a bunch of guys driving 10 MPG pickups. I’m sure all of those camo-wearing Limbaugh listeners were silently thanking Barack Hussein Obama for the cheap gas they were putting in the 40 gallon tanks of their shiny, gas-guzzling penis extensions. Not really, because gas prices only matter when they’re high and there’s a Democrat in office. Otherwise, they’re political dark matter. Share
  • Long Read: “The Kiss”

    Anne Laurie
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    (Tank McNamara via GoComics.com) It’s lookback season in the media. Bryan Curtis, at Grantland, asks “Michael Sam got drafted, we all witnessed something special, and then … what happened?“: … Remember your smile, because what came after wasn’t nearly as fun. A lot less fun, in some cases. A rearguard of bigots and the enablers of the NFL’s no-“distractions” policy had their own sultry kiss in front of the world. Players and reporters tried to say the right things, to give no offense — which is better than the alternative, but can have a certain…
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    Oliver Willis

  • More & Better Democrats

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Nancy Pelosi The Democrats shouldn’t always get what the leadership of the Democrats demands. On balance, of course I’m going to agree with Democrats more often on most issues, but sometimes, they are wrong. President Obama and Rep. Steny Hoyer, among others, were on the wrong side of the vote on the Omnibus bill on Thursday night. I know that they thought the bill was the least bad option on the table, but it did too much harm to the functioning of our government and it should have been opposed by all Democrats. But instead we had a fight about it, led by progressives like Leader…
  • Eric Garner And The Death Of Logic And Reason

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Eric Garner When it comes to issues of race and law and justice, I am probably best described as a conservative. I tend to err on the side of conservative action, in favor of the status quo (within reason) and in favor of law and order instead of the squishy, touchy-feely side of things which I am uncomfortable with. I don’t know if I can do that anymore after today. Because there isn’t much in this world that is more black and white than the video of Eric Garner being killed. It isn’t ambigous. We can argue about what happened to Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but we all…
  • MSNBC’s Scarborough: “I’m A Millionaire Elitist, The Same As Everyone Else”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (NEW YORK) – MSNBC host Joe Scarborough wants America to know that he is “a millionaire elitist” just like most Americans are. The host and and alpha male of the cable news network’s Morning Joe program said he wants to “dispel any notions” that he experiences life any differently from anyone else. “Like most Americans, I have a car service take me to my job in the morning, where I have makeup applied by an underling, then read off of a teleprompter and spout off my uninformed opinion to dozens of people watching across the country. Just like everyone…
  • Microsoft Word Keeps Inserting “LOL” In Rand Paul Presidential Speech

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    (BOURBON, KY) – Rand Paul’s copy of Microsoft Word keeps inserting the phrase “LOL” in the document where he is composing his presidential announcement speech. “Every time I write the phrase ‘when I am elected President’, the darn program inserts a string of ‘LOLs’,” the Kentucky Senator said. “Every time.” A technology consultant from Babbages said he believed that Paul’s document was triggering his computer’s little used “credulity processor.” “Usually these things never go off, but the…
  • Bill Cosby Is Sick, But He Wasn’t Wrong About Black America’s Problems

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    It is very clear from all the recent reports that there was and still probably is something very wrong with Bill Cosby. Something like 16 women have come forth to say Cosby either sexually assaulted, molested, raped, or took advantage of them. Court finding or not, it defies common sense to believe he didn’t do something very wrong with those victims. The problem is I’ve seen the occasion of these revelations taken by some as vindication about the crusade Cosby embarked on a few years ago, embodied by what is now known as the “pound cake” speech. Essentially, Cosby…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Newsweek Staff’s Favorite Films of 2014

    Guest Voice
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Life in an increasingly digitized world means, among other things, that you can stream practically any film you want online or through providers like Netflix; more and more, cinema is designed to be viewed from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy recliner. Still, the convenience is no substitute for sitting in a dark movie theater, electrified by… The post Newsweek Staff’s Favorite Films of 2014 appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Despite Problems, Santa Still on Schedule

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Fortunately, no matter the myriad of problems the world faces during what should be a season of joy and peace, NORAD has informed the Defense Department that “every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents to the world’s estimated 1.9 billion children.” As reported here, NORAD has gone Hi-Tech, using increasingly sophisticated sensors, tracking algorithms, models and communication systems to detect and track Santa in a timely manner and to communicate vital information to the American people — especially to the young ones. As the magic date…
  • Time for a convention of the states?

    DEAN ESMAY, Guest Voice Columnist
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    I see some Conservatives are echoing some Liberals who’ve been saying it’s time to hold a Constitutional Convention. Since I have for some time now believed our Constitution is functionally broken, with just about every exploitable part of the thing exploited, I think it’s a fine idea. On the other hand, this group appears to only be using their call to appeal to conservatives and conservative issues (and by “conservative” I mean Conservative in the modern American political context, not necessarily what would classically be called conservative). Doubtless,…
  • Techies Join Other Liberals Who Are Not Ready For Hillary

    Ron Chusid
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Hillary Clinton continues to look like a strong favorite to win the 2016 Democratic nomination, but there continues to be many Democrats who hope that the party decides upon a liberal nominee. This includes the techies who helped Obama to beat her in 2008. Politico reports: Scores of the Democratic techies who helped Barack Obama defeat Hillary Clinton for the 2008 presidential nomination are now seeking alternatives to Clinton in 2016. Some are even promising the same kind of digital throw-down to sink her presumptive front-runner campaign as they did in 2008. Clinton is still expected to be…
  • The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

    Guest Voice
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. “Ida” – Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its director, Pawel Pawlikowski, wasn’t previously a major name in international cinema. Yet at a time when most filmmakers can’t keep their movies under two hours, Pawlikowksi plunges into Polish history and… The post The AP’s top 10 movies of the year appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
 
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  • Monkey desperately revives fellow unconscious monkey (video)

    John Aravosis
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s a rather amazing video. A monkey in India frantically bites and then dunks in water a fellow monkey who has fallen unconscious after touching some high-tension electrical wires over the local train system. The second money eventually comes around. It’s just amazing to see how much human, self-aware, animals can be.
  • Kids surprised by gift of kitten (video)

    John Aravosis
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    This is via Ellen DeGeneres, and it’s pretty sweet. The kids found a kitten a few days before. The parents were going to turn it over to a no-kill center, but at the last minute changed their minds. The video shows the kids being surprised by the reappearance of the kitten. You need to watch the entire thing.
  • PO’d kangaroo takes down drone (seriously)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This is pretty great. A drone was checking out some kanagaroos in Australia, until the kangaroo — baby kanga in tow — finally got supremely ticked off and took the drone out. It’s a pretty amazing video. See it below.
  • Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast (video)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Last night was Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast on the Colbert Report. As you know, Colbert is moving over to take David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show. Here are the various segments, including a rather interesting one in which seemingly every guest (or practically every guest) that Colbert has had on over the years came back for a final group song. There’s everyone. And I mean everyone. Enjoy.
  • The Banality of Bitter: “A Christmas Carol” revisited

    John Aravosis
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Channel-surfing last night, I stumbled upon Patrick Stewart’s TV-version of “A Christmas Carol” (not his one-man show). Watching Scrooge visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past for the umpteenth time in my life, I had a bit of unexpected insight. As you get older, you get bitter. Or at least you run the risk. It’s something I never appreciated at all when I was younger. Now, I get it. Not to say that I’ve become bitter. But rather, that entering my sixth decade of life (I’m 51) I’ve begun to understand how it is that people become bitter, in a way I…
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  • Weediquette: Vice meets the Fuck It I Quit Lady

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    YouTube: On November 4, 2014, the state of Alaska was faced with a Alaska measure to potentially make recreational marijuana legal. In this episode of Weediquette, we follow democracy in action through the eyes of Charlo Greene. Greene became the firebrand folk hero of the "Yes on 2" movement after she famously quit her job as a news reporter on the air to run a cannabis club. VICE travels to Alaska to follow Charlo, and along the way we meet a cast of Alaskan natives who all have something at stake in this election.
  • jon stewart-rage against the rage against the machine

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Jon Stewart did not have much trouble finding absurd reactions to the largely peaceful protests against police violence that have been occurring around the country. In New York, protesters carrying #BlackLivesMatter banners have blocked traffic at times. The horror! Fox Newsian John Stossel has even made the claim that blocking traffic is a form of "violence." Jon Stewart pointed out that if blocking traffic is violence then it is time to indict the New York City marathon, the Macy's Day parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a million other parades and every street fair selling crappy…
  • daily show-jon stewart lampoons the omnibus bill

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) campaign against a provision in the latest federal spending bill seemed to amuse Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday. “She’s so cute — she thinks she can change the system,” Stewart said of Warren. “Fresh meat. But don’t worry; one of the mean girls will get her back in line.” Stewart then showed a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rebuking Warren, telling her, “There’s something in here you don’t like? Welcome to democracy.” It was a clever line, but Stewart wasn’t about to let Graham off the hook. “Lindsey Graham says,…
  • Bill Maher: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Women in Government

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    "Nobody cares that Mitch McConnell looks like a muppet."
  • Barney Frank: Ridicule is a Powerful Weapon

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: The retired Massachusetts congressman shares his philosophy on the therapeutic and polemic power of humor. Ridicule, says Frank, was one of his greatest weapons. Not only does humor get you remembered, it often helps you persuade audiences through laughter and levity.
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    The American Prospect

  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the 3rd week of November, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 65% of us think the country is on the wrong track while 25% of us think the country is on the right track. The official BLS unemployment rate for November 2014 is 5.8 %. There is no change from October and it is down 1.2% 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 11.4 %. This is down from 13.1% in November 2013. 2.7% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 3.7% in November 2013. In the…
  • The 2014 election: A little more

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Winston Group recently made the following point. Of the 48% who rated the economy as “not so good” in 2014, 58% voted Republican and 41% voted Democrat, a spread of 17 points in favor of the Republicans. In 2012, when 45% had the “not so good” position, 55% favored the Democrats and 42% the Republicans, a 13 point spread. In a further analysis, the Winston Group reported on the ideological shift among the Parties in the last six national elections. Based on the exit polls, David Winston and Myra Miller write in part: “Republicans and Independents moved slightly farther to the…
  • President Obama

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama’s job approval (as found by Gallup 12/6) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. The NBC/WSJ survey found the President’s job approval at 44%, up a smidgen from a year earlier. Americans’ approval of how Obama is handling the economy is at 43%, up 4 points from a year ago. However, his approval rating on handling foreign policy is down 6 points from a year ago. [NBC/WSJ 11/14] Obama’s job approval among blacks so far this year is 84%, among Asians 64%, among Hispanics 53%, and among whites 32%. [Gallup] Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS Nov. 2014…
  • Congress

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    53% of us want the Republicans in Congress, rather than President Obama, to have the most influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Early in 2012 Obama was chosen by a margin of 46% to 42%. By 2013, the Republicans were slightly ahead. That trend has continued. This response is similar to what happened in other recent non-presidential year elections. After the 2010 election the Republicans were selected by 49% to 41%. But after the 2006 election, the Democrats were selected over President Bush by 61% to 31%. [Gallup 11/14] The House Currently 434 House seats have been…
  • Looking Ahead to 2016: Contest for President

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    This is the current list of potential contenders. Inclusion on this list requires very little connection to an actual intention to run for President. For example, if someone suggests publicly that you should or might be a candidate and you do not deny it, you are on the list.  Republicans Democrats Jeb Bush Joe Biden Chris Christie Hillary Clinton Bobby Jindal Andrew Cuomo Rand Paul Kristin Gillibrand Marco Rubio Amy Klobuchar Paul Ryan Martin O’Malley Mike Pence Elizabeth Warren John Kasich Howard Dean Scott Walker Duval Patrick Ted Cruz Brian Schweitzer Rick Santorum Mark Warner Rick…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most Democrats have a committee chair by Brian Leubitz Below the fold you will find the full list of committee chairs. All in all, given the big number of committees, most Democratic legislators who aren't in leadership get a chair. I think the exceptions were Lorena Gonzalez, who is the vice-chair of the Local Government committee with Republican Brian Maienschein getting the chair, and Nora Campos, who is on rules. And Rob Bonta has two chairs, keeping PERS and getting the Health Committee this year. Accountability and Administrative Review Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield),…
  • Your New Legislators: The Term Limits Dance Shifts

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
  • Brown Appoints Leondra R. Kruger, 38, to State Supreme Court

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Will join a block of young Brown-appointed justices by Brian Leubitz Governor Brown is making judicial appointments for the long-term. After appointing now Justices Liu and Cuéllar, he has appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leondra R. Kruger to replace Justice Joyce Kennard. Here's the quick bio: Leondra R. Kruger, 38, of Washington, D.C., has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel since 2013. She served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Canada's Foreign Minister: American Influence Will Make Cuba a Better Place

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    President Obama is receiving sustained criticism from Republican senators, from conservative media and from many Cuban-Americans, for his efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, and to bring about the eventual end of the U.S. economic embargo. But he has strong allies in Canada's Conservative government, which has otherwise taken a more aggressive approach to such issues as Vladimir Putin's Ukraine adventures, and to supporting the  government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- than a) one might expect Canada to take; and b) the Obama Administration. I met with…
  • How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come. In Havana, we stayed on the Plaza de Armas, a square that is in the heart of the old city, a carefully restored neighborhood in a capital that is otherwise collapsing on itself. Each morning, booksellers would set up stands in the square, and each morning, my 13-year-old son would roam about, talking to the booksellers and taking pictures of their shelves. One morning, he…
  • Good Riddance to a Ridiculous Cuba Policy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    In March, I drove with my family from the Cuban capital, Havana, to the colonial town of Trinidad, through the city of Cienfuegos. We were more or less the only car on a very rutted road. Cienfuegos is a city of roughly 150,000 people, but it seemed dead. Its buildings were in a state of decay—just like most of the neighborhoods of Havana—and goods were being moved by donkey cart. My wife and I explained to our children that this is what can happen to a people, and to an economy, under communist rule. We spent days trying to teach them about Cuba's dual-currency system—a dollar-based…
  • 'The Case for Rage and Retribution'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    On September 12, 2001, Time magazine, in a special issue devoted to the Qaeda attacks of the previous day, published a column by one of its most prominent contributors at the time, Lance Morrow. The column was headlined, "The Case for Rage and Retribution." The subtitle read: "What's needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury—a ruthless indignation that doesn't leak away in a week or two." Morrow's core argument: Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa. A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious,…
  • The Many Obstacles to a Strong Nuclear Deal With Tehran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Updated 11/24/14 The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is—like a large number of Democrats—fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (On Monday, negotiators extended the deadline for a final deal until next July.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama administration that it…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Travel Chronicles, from West to East

    James Fallows
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Everyone has got lots of things to think about at the end of a year. But I wanted to note things we've seen, have reported on, and are about to cover in our ongoing travels across the country. 1. This Past Week: Deb Fallows completed her four-installment chronicle of what it is like to cross the continent at low altitude, with various surprises, rewards, and challenges along the way. If you missed them, they are: Flying West From the Winter," on getting out of D.C. just before a big storm Connecting the Dots Over America," day two, with an intended destination of Little Rock and an unexpected…
  • The Diplomatic Life: It's Not All Striped Trousers and Sips of Tea

    James Fallows
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Yesterday I did a brief compare-and-contrast on the U.S. decision to normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter in the 1970s, and Wednesday's announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. The normalizations were similar in both being sensible, realistic, and in America's interest—or so I contend. One difference, I said, was the level of rancor the two decisions generated. In the Cuban case, we've seen some protests in Little Havana (below) and heard Senator Marco Rubio's…
  • Obama Just Ended the Stupidest Part of U.S. Foreign Policy

    James Fallows
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For at least 35 years, the U.S. embargo on diplomatic or commercial dealings with Cuba has been the single stupidest aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Not the most destructive: that title would go to the decision to invade Iraq, plus the ongoing ramifications of the age of torture, open-ended war, and the security/surveillance state. But the Cuba policy has been the stupidest, because there have been absolutely zero rational arguments for its strategic wisdom or tactical effectiveness. Jeffrey Goldberg, who has traveled in Cuba and interviewed Castro, more tactfully calls it "ridiculous." In my…
  • Fascinating New Ways of Depicting the Motions of the Air and the Seas

    James Fallows
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yesterday I mentioned a fabulous site for envisioning the swirl and flow of winds around the world. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, and if you have any interest in the geophysical world, take a minute now to check out the Czech-originated site Windyty. Okay, glad to have you back. Here are several followups: 1) Oceans have currents, too. From a professor at a major state university who specializes in fluid dynamics: As a working scientist whose curiosity was sparked by the New York Times science section in high school, I greatly appreciate seeing more science-related content in venues read…
  • Envisioning a River of Air

    James Fallows
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    By the classification rules of the world of physics, we all know that the Earth's atmosphere is made of gas (rather than liquid, solid, or plasma). But in the world of flying it's often useful to think of air as a fluid.* Landing with crosswinds in an aircraft has some similarities to tacking in a sailboat. The turbulence created by high winds over rough terrain is easiest to understand if you think of it as the counterpart to the whitewater rapids created when water flows over stones. [*Thanks to physics-world friends who have written in to emphasize that both gases and liquids can be…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • I don't know if I can keep watching Brooklyn Nine Nine

    SuperUser
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    by Doctor Science So a guy in Baltimore with no known gang connections shot his ex-girlfriend, then went up to Brooklyn, assassinated two police officers, and killed himself when confronted. His social media posts claimed he did this to avenge the death of Eric Garner -- though I've heard no explanation of why he started by shooting his ex. It does continue the American custom of start by shooting a woman, so I think it possible that attacking his ex was the original crime, assassinating NYPD cops was just a particularly dramatic suicide plan. The NYPD is enraged -- after all, "up in arms" is…
  • Obama surrenders to Castro! Viva la revolucion!

    Ugh
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    by Ugh I always thought our post-Castro Cuban policy was insane (and the embargo continues to be insane).  It certainly has been insane since the fall of the USSR.   How is it that we could normalize relations with Vietnam and China, each of which killed thousands of U.S. soldiers in, you know, actual full blown shooting wars?  But not with Cuba because....why?  It's too close?  The beaches are too nice?  It's just been ridiculous all the way down. So, good for Obama.  Here's hoping the embargo gets lifted too, although that seems doubtful given the current state of…
  • Your New Car Smell Open Thread

    SuperUser
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
    by Doctor Science We now have enough money that when my old car (2001 Honda Accord, 147K miles)'s transmission decided to bid farewell to this mortal coil, we could just go out and buy a new car: A 2015 Subaru Legacy. In "Twilight Blue Metallic" so it's not the same color (black, white, or beige/gray) as every other damn car in the mall parking lot. The ability to just plain go out and buy a new car, instead of laboriously finding an acceptable used care you have to constantly repair and worry about, is a classic example of the Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Economic Injustice, which states that…
  • My favorite books of 2014: Fiction

    SuperUser
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    by Doctor Science For my own reference, and in case any of you are looking for gift-giving suggestions. This list is all fiction I read for the first time in 2014, whether it was published this year or not. In order by author's last name. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014). Maybe the best and most realistic "Surprise! You're suddenly the hereditary monarch!" story I've ever read. The hero may be a goblin in an empire of (mostly) elves, but the fact that his royal life is filled with meetings, paperwork, no privacy, and very little freedom for actual action is very realistic. That…
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Report

    Ugh
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Ugh It seems it's been released.  Washington Post copy here.  WaPo story on the report here.  From the WaPo story: After being transferred to a site in Thailand, Zubaida was placed in isolation for 47 days, a period during which the presumably important source on al-Qaeda faced no questions. Then, at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2002, the CIA launched a round-the-clock interrogation assault — slamming Zubaida against walls, stuffing him into a coffin-sized box and waterboarding him until he coughed, vomited and had “involuntary spasms of the torso and extremities.” More to say…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: MonopSony

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Debating whether the Sony hack is a national security issue; living in the Age of Outrage; how Black Twitter is changing the civil rights scene; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Company

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more.
  • Pan-African Whistleblowing Platform AfriLeaks Launched

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    In 2007, WikiLeaks received and published documents revealing corruption and misconduct perpetuated by the former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his family. The case, which was then picked up by the Guardian, helped Julian Assange’s nascent whistleblowing platform gain crucial momentum]. Now, history is coming full circle asThe African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) has launched afriLeaks, a pan-African whistleblowing platform, by gathering together a dozen partner media companies.
  • First POST: Mood Slime

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Cloudy

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Go shopping

    lambert
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Body:  For example, at the Mall of America: Because nothing says "We're not really an Orwellian police state" like imperious threats displayed on a giant screen. pic.twitter.com/ijWmDaSbvK — Ira Brooker (@irabrooker) December 20, 2014
  • Arthur needs to take his cat to the vet

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Body:  Here. If you've got a little extra to spread XMas cheer, you could do worse than throw it Arthur's way.
  • Confession time: I love my bellows!

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Body:  This year I decided I was tired of coughing all winter from starting the fire in the wood stove by blowing on it, and getting all this horrible fine ash in my lungs. So I splurged on an excellent bellows: The Long John Bellows. It's made from wood, the bellows are suede, and the nozzle is copper, so I can direct the airflow right at the coals. There's no plastic. "Not a toy but a tool!" So now my fire starts much quicker, I don't have to get down on my knees, and I don't have that horrible dry hacking cough so many Mainers have.
  • Twitter founder: News, including the news on Twitter, is bad for your mental health

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Body:  Business Insider, an interview with Twitter co-counter Evan Williams: WILLIAMS: Yeah. Twitter is essentially a news service, and news is important for society, but personally I don't want to spend most of my reading time reading news. I get a lot more value out of other types of content and I think most people do as well. There's a natural urge to know what's going on. It's biological and it's social: What's new? What's everyone talking about? What's this shiny object? The vast majority of it isn't valuable to people and it may be even harmful, and that's well-reported, accurate…
  • Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Body:  The New Yorker. So awesome. This is my favorite: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a factory. I believe more movies should be made about enterprising young boys who are given factories. —Three and a half stars. But there are many others!
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Unlike most American demographics, Latino families don’t necessarily see teen pregnancy as a bad thing. The idea of it “takes a village to raise a child” has been a concept in practice for many generations in Latino families, especially so if the parents are teens. This isn’t to say that the…
  • Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning by Latina Lista LatinaLista — A traditional dish many Mexican families include on their Christmas menu is pozole. It’s not uncommon to see the soup served up in the distinctive decorated bowls for which Mexico is famous. The bowls, decorated with lead-based glaze, have long been known to be a source of elevated lead levels in the bloodstreams of Mexicans. Acid from spicy foods served on the…
  • Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: AbilityList.org Fifty-six million Americans have at least one disability, making them the nation’s largest minority group. On average people with disabilities experience less education, less employment, worse health outcomes, and higher poverty rates. What if there was one place online where people with disabilities and their…
  • Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure by Latina Lista By Camila Osorio Avendano Feet in 2 Worlds It’s late on a July evening. About a hundred people are crowded into a botanica in the South Bronx. Shelves along the walls are filled with potions and dry herbs to cure problems ranging from kidney disease to “how to get your marriage to work.” A group of drummers leads the crowd in songs that celebrate Anaisa, the Dominican name for…
  • San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio After 18 weeks of learning the fundamentals of cooking, the students of the Culinary Training Program at the San Antonio Food Bank have finally completed their curriculum. It wasn’t easy, but seeing that people, local shelters and children were enjoying the food they cooked made it worth it. Now the end has come, and it’s time to…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Pursuing Justice for All

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    America’s anguish over judicial fairness stretches across generations and the racial gulf.
  • Conquest Is for Losers

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There is still a powerful political faction in America that hasn’t learned this lesson.
  • Hacking Our Humanity

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Conversations aren’t confidential. Spontaneity is ill-advised. This is bigger than Sony. We’re all exposed and diminished.
  • Who’s Playing Marbles Now?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There was a lot of Putin envy going around earlier this year. Oh how things have changed.
  • What Will Israel Become?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The country’s choices narrow. Peace? Or annexation?
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    New York Observer

  • Police Unions Haven’t Only Battled Bill de Blasio’s City Hall

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio at an NYPD promotions ceremony. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) The president of the city’s most prominent police union saw a villain in City Hall. The mayor accused the union boss, seemingly bent on the Democratic mayor’s destruction, of irresponsible rhetoric motivated by the desire for a better contract. The gulf between the two appeared to be unbridgeable. The year was 1992. As Mayor Bill de Blasio confronts a pair of hostile police unions convinced that he is responsible for the deaths of two police officers Saturday, he is reliving a conflict…
  • ‘The Affair’ Season Finale: ‘You Are Under Arrest’

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Things get heated. (Showtime) So…it seems a little silly for us to still be doing this whole differing narrative thing, doesn’t it? At the end of the first season of The Affair, we learn that in present day Alison and Noah are living together in a NYC apartment that only an author that has dinners with super famous actors could afford. They seem happy, things seem normal, and most importantly they are both still alive. So. Why then is it even necessary for the nine previous episodes to have such drastic differences in Noah and Alison’s memories? It doesn’t appear…
  • The Ten Best Rock, Folk and World Records of 2014

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tunde Adebimpe and TV on the Radio, pictured her in October at the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, earned a spot on the author’s Top 10 list. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) U2—Songs of Innocence Cloud Nothings—Here and Nowhere Else Songs of Innocence was not on this list until my grandmother passed away this past week. And then it clicked: a powerful and poignant collection of memories — the first time you heard your favorite band, met your first love, said your last goodbye. It’s the ghostly voices, just out of reach, that open “California,”…
  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Mourn With Cardinal Dolan

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning. (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) For a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Cardinal Dolan spoke about the good…
  • US Sanctions Russian Sex Symbol

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Natalia Poklonskaya, prosecutor of Crimea, has been targeted by the US Treasury Department for being among Ukrainian Separatists. Her image became an anime sensation in Japan. She took South Korea and China by storm. She has hundreds of fan clubs And videos and songs about her have notched millions of viewers. Every time she changes her hairstyle, the Kremlin mouthpiece RT reports this fact for the entire world to know. She is even depicted in video games. She is thirty-four, divorced, has a daughter. She loves to play the piano and draw. In Russia, they call Natalia Poklonskaya…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Setting Realistic Goals for Cuba Policy

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gordon Adams warns supporters of normalization against setting unrealistic goals of political change in Cuba: Maybe it would be better to say that recognition and economic relations with Cuba are good things in their own right. And maybe one day Cuba becomes a liberal democracy with a free economy. But that choice is not ours to make. It belongs to the Cuban people. Adams is right that both sides of this debate have tended to advance competing arguments about which policy would more effectively promote political change in Cuba. While critics of the embargo are absolutely right that it is a…
  • The Nonsensical Case Against Normalization

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Rubio appeared on ABC’s This Week yesterday and said this about normalization with Cuba: We have those policies of normalization toward Vietnam, for example, toward China. They’re not any more politically free today than they were when that normalization happened. They may have a bigger economy, but their political freedoms, certainly I would not hold up China or Saudi Arabia or Vietnam as examples of political freedom, proving my point, that engagement by itself does not guarantee or even lead to political freedoms. It’s true that diplomatic engagement does not necessarily…
  • Rubio’s Losing Bet on Cuba Policy

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Jonathan Bernstein responds to my post on Rubio and the politics of normalization with Cuba: But just because a policy polls well doesn’t mean it will help candidates who support it. For one thing, most people don’t really care much about most policy issues, even though they’ll answer survey questions. For another, it’s likely that the issue will have died down by fall 2016, even in Florida, and most voters won’t even remember what Rubio did. That’s a fair point, and Bernstein could be right about this, but let me say a little more about this question. I suspect that the issue…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Obama’s Cuba opportunity. Philip Peters made the case for a change in Cuba policy. Neoconservatism’s theory gap. Leon Hadar reviews Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat and finds it thoroughly lacking. Ending the stupidest part of U.S. foreign policy. James Fallows celebrates the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. A welcome blow against posturing in foreign policy. Paul Pillar applauds the opening to Cuba. Did the U.S.-Cuba deal help promote peace in Colombia? Richard McColl speculates on the connection between the resumptions of U.S.-Cuban relations and…
  • The Paul-Rubio Fight over Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Rand Paul said recently that he thought normalization with Cuba was “probably a good idea” and that the embargo “hasn’t worked.” That prompted Rubio to declare that Paul “has no idea hat he’s talking about.” Weigel reports on Paul’s response: That got Paul thinking, and he took to social media today to pummel Rubio. In a two-paragraph post on Facebook, Paul asked why Rubio didn’t want a “new approach” instead of the continuance of an obvious debacle. “Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat…
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    TIME

  • Poll: Hillary’s Lead for 2016 Democratic Nomination Has Shrunk

    Jack Linshi
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Hillary Clinton’s lead over possible candidates for the 2016 Democratic nomination has “shrunk significantly,” a new poll found. 61% of likely Democratic voters in December say they would vote for Clinton, according to a poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, down from her lead of 63% in November, and 73% in January. Vice President Joe Biden is in second place with 14%, the poll said, and Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren is in third with 13%, though Warren has emphasized that she is not seeking a nomination. For the Republican nomination, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt…
  • U.S. Transfers 4 Guantánamo Prisoners to Afghanistan

    Dan Kedmey
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Four Guantánamo prisoners were transferred to Afghan authorities, the Pentagon said Saturday, as part of a continuing push by the Obama administration to close the contentious prison. The detainees boarded a U.S. military plane and were flown to Kabul overnight, ending a decade of detention at the prison for suspected involvement in Taliban-affiliated militias, Reuters reports. “Most if not all of these accusations have been discarded and each of these individuals at worst could be described as low-level, if even that,” an unnamed senior official told Reuters. The transfer…
  • President Obama Confuses James Franco, Joe Flacco in Speech

    Jennifer So
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    President Obama addressed the nation Friday regarding Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview following repeated cyber-attacks on the studio, but when he spoke about the film’s stars he accidentally conflated James Franco and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into “James Flacco.” Did Obama just say James Flacco for James Franco? That is is all kinds of awesome if so. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 19, 2014 Only moments after the slip up occurred someone had already snatched up the Twitter handle James Flacco and started a parody account.
  • Barack Obama Holds First Ever All-Women Press Conference

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama’s traditional end-of-year press conference Friday was historic for reasons that had nothing to do with the substance of the president’s comments. All eight of the reporters who questioned Obama were women—and nearly all were print reporters—an apparent first for a formal White House news conference, a venue traditionally dominated by male television correspondents. “The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White…
  • Obama Looks to the ‘4th Quarter’ of His Presidency

    Alex Altman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the end of a grim year that saw his approval ratings sink, his party pummeled in elections and his legislative agenda stymied by opponents, President Barack Obama made an impassioned argument Friday that the nation has emerged stronger than ever from economic upheaval and an unending sequence of foreign crises. It was a rare glimpse of vintage Obama, the upbeat change-agent from his campaign days, who has all but vanished after six tough years of turmoil. In his ceremonial year-end news conference, Obama was buoyant, bantering with the press corps, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…
 
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    The Brody File

  • House Call With Dr. Ben Carson

    David Brody
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    This week’s Brody File show spends the entire half-hour giving you a closer look at Dr. Ben Carson. We travel down to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where we talk to him about his political future, his faith, and public policy issues. Plus, watch an interview with his wife Candy who looks ahead to what a possible presidential run would mean for her family.
  • Ben Carson Tells Brody File: 'I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult'

    David Brody
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Ben Carson tells The Brody File that he thinks the corporate tax rate in America should be 25 percent or less (it's currently close to 40 percent) and he says reforming entitlements doesn’t need to be the first priority when fixing the economy. “I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult,” Carson tells The Brody File. “I would reform the tax code, which is absolutely draconian and I think you would see an explosion of our economy.” Carson thinks our tax code should reflect God’s tithing system of giving 1/10th. “Tithing was a system that was established by…
  • Ben Carson Says He Is an 'Instrument in the Hand of God.' Says America Needs a "'Spiritual Awakening'

    David Brody
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Before you know it, the 2016 presidential race will be here. A number of potential candidates are being talked about and one popular choice is a very well-known doctor. The Brody File visited with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy at their home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Below is the national television story that will air on The 700 Club tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.11). Mandatory Courtesy for TV, Internet and Print: CBN News/The Brody File Among the highlights from Dr. Carson in the piece: On God in his life: "We recognize that we are being instruments in the hand of God. He is the one who…
  • The Brody File Show: Political Squabbles

    David Brody
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This week The Brody File show takes a closer look at the potential fights within the Republican Party over the direction of foreign policy. Plus, we examine the legality of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. Finally, Janice Dean from Fox News joins us to discuss her new book about Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard.
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Warns Media and Political Class: 'I'm Not Going to Take the Bait'

    David Brody
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Dr. Ben Carson tells The Brody File that if he runs for president of the United States you won’t see him lose his cool. “I think some of the people on the political scene get a little frustrated sometimes because I’m not going to take the bait. I’m not going to get angry. It’s just not going to happen.” Watch the clip below. For those who know Ben Carson’s amazing story (just Google, “Gifted Hands”), you’ll recall that as a troubled youngster in Detroit he had a major anger problem. At 14, he almost killed another student after trying to stab him during an argument. The…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Richard Ford makes me cry

    Harold Pollack
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    No policy memo or psychometric scale can capture the tactile experience of private sadness, trauma, and loss. For that, we need the literary or the biographical imagination. Richard Ford’s Sportswriter trilogy is ostensibly about many things. Yet as Stephen Metcalf observed in Slate, these books are really about the shattering (and then the gradual, only-partial reconstruction) of protagonist Frank Bascombe’s life brought about by the death of his young son from Reye’s syndrome. In Lay of the Land, the third book of the trilogy, Frank’s life takes various twists and turns on the…
  • An Unusual But Successful Christmas Music Pairing

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I can’t honestly say that I always — or even ever — wanted to know what would happen if David Bowie and Bing Crosby worked together. But some producers had the daft-sounding idea and it turned out very well indeed: Remarkable backstory here.
  • Home delivery as an option in cannabis policy

    Mark Kleiman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    You can get a pizza delivered. You an get a movie delivered. You can get a book delivered. You can even get your groceries delivered. Why shouldn’t you be able to get a gram of cannabis delivered? Do we really need physical storefronts, or could the whole legal cannabis market be virtualized?
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife

    Keith Humphreys
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Your film reviewer is on Christmas vacation this week, and so we re-run a prior recommendation that is perfect for the holiday season… The only people who grow old were born old to begin with. If you were asked to recall a 1947 Christmas movie that was nominated for a best picture Oscar, you would probably come up with the famous Miracle on 34th Street. But remarkably, it was only one of two Christmas films so honored that year. The other is this week’s film recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife. Anglican Bishop Henry Brougham (A miscast but appealing David Niven) is under…
  • Cheap oil fallout

    Michael O'Hare
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I filled up my car for just under $3 a US gallon yesterday and got a short-lived sugar high, followed by the predictable crash. Gasoline in the US retails for about half what it should counting its climate effects and the taxes it should carry for road use, so this is overall, and importantly, a Bad Thing, as is anything that makes fossil fuels cheaper rather than more expensive. Of course $55 oil is a very big deal in an world addicted to petroleum in other ways, like selling it, as the Russians and Venezuelans will tell you. Oil companies, of course, are scrambling. BP, trying to stop the…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • 50 "most wanted" Iowa Republican discussion thread

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Following up on last week's look at "most wanted" Iowa Democrats, Jennifer Jacobs wrote a feature for today's Sunday Des Moines Register on "50 of Iowa's makers and shakers for the Republican presidential caucuses." Any comments about the list or GOP politics in general are welcome in this thread. It seems like Jacobs couldn't decide whether she was making a list of the 50 most influential Iowa Republicans, or the people who will be most sought out by presidential candidates. A lot of names in the top ten will almost certainly not endorse any candidate before the Iowa caucuses (Governor Terry…
  • Weekend open thread: Stephen Colbert farewell edition

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. Happy Chanukah to those who are celebrating. It looks like most of Iowa won't have a white Christmas, but at least that will make travel easier for people going home for the holidays. This week Stephen Colbert wrapped up production of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Dozens of political and cultural celebrities showed up to help sing "We'll Meet Again" during the final show on Thursday. Next year Colbert will take over the CBS Late Show from David Letterman. Although I've been a fan…
  • Iowa seen benefiting from normalized relations with Cuba

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. would normalize relations with Cuba after about a year of secret negotiations involving Canada and Pope Francis. On hearing the news, my first thought was that when the Soviet Union collapsed, I would never have believed it would be another 23 years before this happened. My second thought was that expanded trade with Cuba would help Iowa's economy. Matt Milner reported for the Ottumwa Courier that agricultural groups are bullish on the news. I've posted excerpts from his story after the jump. Key point: A paper written in 2003 for Iowa…
  • Final news roundup of how Harkin and Grassley voted

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Senator Tom Harkin cast his final votes in Congress yesterday as the upper chamber wrapped up the lame-duck session. He and Senator Chuck Grassley were on opposite sides as Democrats confirmed a batch of presidential nominees on Monday and Tuesday. You can view all the roll calls here; the nominees were approved mostly along party lines. They included several judges and assistant secretaries of various agencies and Dr. Vivek Murthy, confirmed as surgeon general by 51 votes to 43, with only one Republican yes vote. Murthy had been the target of a relentless "smear campaign" by conservative…
  • New Iowa caucus thread: Jeb Bush exploring and a "Run Warren Run" event in Des Moines

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Who's up for a new thread on possible presidential candidates? The big news on the Republican side today was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announcing that he will "actively explore" a presidential bid. Bush is forming a leadership PAC to raise huge piles of money "help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation." I can't see Bush winning the GOP nomination, given his past support for immigration reform including a path to citizenship. Among Iowa conservatives, his support for "Common Core" educational…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Serious Question

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Wait. The federal government ultimately made a $22.7 billion profit on bailing out A.I.G.? Discuss
  • Happy Holidays

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Last night I was at a Chanukah/Housewarming party which was very nice. Today, I am doing Christmas with the extended family. The holiday season has already arrived for me. If you are in a giving mood, please consider making a donation to the site. Some big changes are coming next year, and they aren't cheap to implement. Here's wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season. Here's something to get you in the mood: Discuss
  • A Movement of Submentals

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    This pretty much sums up the current condition of the American right: "It's easier to believe in a benevolent God -- the baby Jesus -- than it is in some kind of theory about global warming. It's just easier, isn't it not?" - Bill O'Reilly, on The O'Reilly Factor, December 16, 2014. O'Reilly was making the point that literal belief in the story of Jesus's virgin birth that is laid out in later gospels is easy, while believing that burning fossil fuels causes climate change is hard. He's thinks that this is self-evident and obvious. Another way of putting this is that O'Reilly thinks it is…
  • NLRB Goes After McDonald's

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    And the beat rolls on: In a significant victory for fast-food demonstrators, the Obama administration filed 13 legal complaints on Friday against McDonald’s USA, LLC, alleging 78 instances in which it violated federal labor law by punishing workers for taking part in fast food protests. This is the first time the fast-food giant has been held even partly responsible for labor violations allegedly committed by any of its 2,500 independent owners or franchisees. The franchisees operate their restaurants under contracts with McDonald’s that explicitly free the company of any responsibility…
  • That Looks Bad in Print

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    It makes a difference whether or not print media outlets are willing to call torture "torture." Just look at this snippet from the Associated Press: In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. After weeks of torture that included being subjected to prolonged stress positions and sleep deprivation at a secret site…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Marco Rubio: Rand Paul ‘Chief Cheerleader’ of Obama Foreign Policy

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    This story has been updated Sen. Marco Rubio responded to criticism from fellow Republican and potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul over his position on Cuba, insisting today that he would oppose the “Obama-Paul foreign policy,” and referring to the Kentucky senator as “chief cheerleader” of the president’s overseas agenda. “Rand, if he wants to become the chief cheerleader of Obama’s foreign policy, he certainly has a right to do that,” Rubio, R-Fla., told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Sen. Marco Rubio

    ABC News
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Following President Obama’s historic opening with Cuba, “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sunday on “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, ABC News contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook…
  • 2016 Presidential Race: Where Things Stand

    Benjamin Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    (Lisa Lake/Getty Images) So, now that the midterm elections are over — in case you missed it, the GOP did pretty well — we can now focus on the 2016 presidential race. Get excited! For the latest on the 2016 presidential race, we turn to ABC News’ deputy political director Shushannah Walshe. 1] So the big news this week is that Jeb Bush is going to explore the possibility of running for president. How is that different from actually running for president? It’s kind of confusing. It is a bit confusing and it really is likely just a step before a step before an…
  • Excerpt: ‘The Professor and the President’ by Stephen Hess

    ABC News
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    'The Professor and The President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House' Veteran of four presidential administrations, Stephen Hess, is out with a new book from The Brookings Institution about the unlikely relationship between Richard Nixon and his first assistant on urban affairs, Harvard professor and East Coast liberal Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The story, full of personal, first-hand accounts, is one of chance and lucky timing that brought about a bipartisan friendship at the highest level of Washington. “It is such a surprising story of how politics really work.
  • Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Acknowledges ‘Human Toll’ on Interrogators

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden today acknowledged the “human toll” taken on by CIA interrogators who participated in the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the years following 9/11. “I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll on our CIA interrogators, because after all, although that person across the table from you was a terrorist, he’s also a human being,” Hayden told ABC’s Martha Raddatz today on “This Week.” “I would not want people in the room doing this who were not…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • John Pilger: Ukraine Crisis Could Start World War III + WWIII – The Calm Before The Storm

    dandelionsalad
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Dandelion Salad Updated: Dec. 21, 2014 with John Pilger goingundergroundRT on Dec 20, 2014 John Pilger, film-maker and award winning journalist, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the headline events of the year, from CIA torture to the Ukraine crisis. He says the whole tenure of the BBC coverage of the Torture report […]
  • Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives by Ellen Brown

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    by Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog December 20, 2014 The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions […]
  • If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    by William Blum Writer, Dandelion Salad www.killinghope.org December 20, 2014 American Exceptionalism and American Torture In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an […]
  • Balls To War – When A World War Stopped To Play Football (Christmas Truce 1914)

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Dandelion Salad In case you missed this from last year posted at the end of an article. Merry Christmas! StoptheWarCoalition on Sep 8, 2013 http://noglory.org/ Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox. On Christmas 1914 in the first world war, thousands of troops on both sides unilaterally declared a truce and played football friendlies instead […]
  • Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home

    dandelionsalad
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Dandelion Salad Good news! RT on Dec 17, 2014 President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York. *** Obama announces end to 50-year standoff […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Energizing the Base(s)

    Deacon Blues
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    We can now safely assume both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are running for the GOP nomination in 2016. Both have some of the same financial backers as would Chris Christie, who still has delusions of being a viable 2016 GOP presidential nominee. So all three will be jostling amongst the 1% base of the GOP to demonstrate why they have what it takes to beat the Tea Party base and Hillary Clinton in the same cycle. Bush will be doing a balancing act of looking like a reasonable adult for the 1% against the base while reminding that same base he's quite conservative himself. Against this backdrop and…
  • Falling Oil Prices Doom Keystone XL?

    Deacon Blues
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    One of the ironic byproducts of declining worldwide oil prices is that the economic sense behind the Keystone XL pipeline has evaporated. Extracting oil from Canadian tar sands and then shipping that oil thousands of miles across the American midwest to Gulf refineries not only does nothing to reduce the price of American energy and gasoline, but also requires a certain oil price-point to make economic sense. With oil now trading in the mid-fifties per barrel, and likely to go lower, that price-point is now well above the market. According to some conservatives, this does not matter. Incoming…
  • 30 Democratic Senator Sell-Outs

    Deacon Blues
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Here are the 30 Democratic senators (more than half of those who voted in favor) who passed the Crominus spending bill yesterday and sent it on to President Obama for his certain signature. They knowingly endorsed a bill that stripped out a key protection of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, and a bill that endangered the pensions of many Americans. Baldwin (D-WI) Begich (D-AK) (defeated in 2014) Bennet (D-CO) (defeated in 2014) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Coons (D-DE) Donnelly (D-IN) Durbin (D-IL) (leadership) Hagan (D-NC) (defeated in 2014) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)…
  • Democrats Sell Out Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "This is the kind of compromise the president’s been seeking from Republicans for years now." --Josh Earnest yesterday, explaining exactly why this president is a disaster Yesterday’s sell-out by the White House, Steny Hoyer, and the Senate Democratic leadership on the Crominbus and gutting of Dodd-Frank should serve as a wake-up call to the progressive wing of the party these last two years. Watching Barbara Mikulsky, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Hoyer, and the White House agree to GOP ransom demands is proof that the Washington wing of the Democratic Party deserved to lose last month. Going…
  • 57 Shameful Democratic Votes

    Deacon Blues
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    It turns my stomach to see Obama and his White House staff trying to strong-arm House Democrats to pass the despicable government funding measure while they admit it rolls back key provisions of Dodd-Frank. Obama and his staff are trying to tell Nancy Pelosi's caucus that they should hold their nose and vote for "Cromnibus", even if Wall Street gets a big win out of it, and even if the GOP gets to allow Wall Street to bankroll their convention, because things will only get worse next year. To which I say to the White House: "F*ck no." The 1,603-page measure, negotiated by Republican and…
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    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    EDS Air Conditioning. - Florida Air Conditioning - YouTube EDS Air Conditioning - Florida Air Conditioning. EDS Air Conditioning. - Florida Air Conditioning A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Aaron Sorkin's Wrong About Sony Hack - YouTube Aaron Sorkin's Wrong About Sony Hack http://www.zennie62blog.com/2014/12/16/sony-hack-tech-crunchs-sarah-perez-right-reporting/ Aaron Sorkin wrote an NY Times Op-Ed where he says that the media should not report on the contents of the Sony hacked emails. I agree with Sarah Perez of Tech Crunch who ar Aaron Sorkin's Wrong…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • America, the abyss beckons. Is this what we want?

    Bob Morris
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    I came of age in the turbulent, violent 1960’s. Things are now more polarized than then. We can keep screaming at each other as we near the abyss or we can figure out a way to avoid the coming chaos and splintering. “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” Murdering cops because a cop killed someone is monstrous. Yelling that a mayor who did not pull the trigger is responsible is also monstrous. None of this insanity will lead anywhere good. The various tribes…
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    Bob Morris
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    When superpowers collapse, it often happens in just a few years. Historian Alfred W. McCoy in 2010 says the US empire started unraveling when Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 and may effectively be over by 2025, bankrupted by military overreach and hubris. Me, I think it’s obvious the American Empire is crumbling and the smartest thing to do would be to accept that and plan for a new future. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen until events force it.  And that means internally things could get quite tumultuous. MCcoy speculates on what might happen. Washington’s global…
  • White House says Sony hack “national security” issue. N. Korea responsible

    Bob Morris
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Does the White House know Sony isn’t a governmental entity and is headquartered in Japan? Do they even care? There is no actual proof linking North Korea to the Sony attack. However, reality will not dissuade the Ministry of Propaganda in D.C. from blaming North Korea and using the incident to scare the public. Sadly, rather than appearing resolute and determined, the Obama Administration is mostly looking foolish, with its panties all in a twist over a computer break-in against a stupid company with minimal security. Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking…
  • Is Nigeria becoming a failed state? Boko Haram kidnaps 100 more women

    Bob Morris
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Boko Haram logo Does Nigeria even have a functioning army now? Presumed Boko Haram rebels just invaded yet anotherNigeria village, machine-gunned residents, and captured 100 women and girls. There was no security in the town, no mobile communication, nothing to stop the attack. Gosh, Nigeria security might as well just have posted signs outside the town saying “Come get our girls.” The obvious question is – is the Nigeria military hopelessly compromised, corrupted, and infiltrated by Boko? Because they really don’t appear to be doing much of anything to protect the…
  • Lima Accord a continuation of previous do-nothing evasion

    Bob Morris
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Yet again, a supposed climate accord produces little if anything of substance. Countries can now decide what they want to do about climate change and when to implement the changes. If they do anything at all. Which they don’t have to. Basically, the Lima Accord is PR fluff, a bedraggled attempt to put a happy face on a failed climate change conference where nothing much was accomplished. The split between developed and developing countries remains huge. Developed countries want developing countries to have comprehensive climate change remediation too. Developing countries say, with some…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

    indianaoracle
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry. However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around […]
  • Social Justice: Walmart and McDonalds – Business Economics for Laymen

    indianaoracle
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you pay attention to tv news at all, you have heard time and again about workers demonstrating/striking for higher wages, higher benefits, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and there are circumstances where such complaints are justified. But there many examples of such actions putting companies out of business or forcing unacceptable tax […]
  • The Ferguson Hustle

    indianaoracle
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Ferguson has a population of around 21,000 of which 13,400 are black.  I am not going to comment on the racial issues of Ferguson, but rather on what the media is covering: riots. The rioting will stop when the locals no longer support imported professional agitators and anarchists.  The media is covering the riots, but […]
  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

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

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

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • Nordic Special: What's in a Word? Turns out a lot

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    IP Troll Tracker Stephanie Kennedy, is the CEO of 898 data, for the last 5 years she has optimized large data sets and developed custom software for clients to track their information to help them make insightful business decisions. She has over 20 years experience dealing with patent assertion and litigation consulting. Since 2001, Stephanie has made it her mission to track and take down IP Trolls, ahead of her talk at the Nordic IPR Summit in 2015,Stephanie exclusively reports on the impact IP Trolls are having on the Nordic region.Request Free!
  • Nordic Special: The 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Understanding the do's and don'ts of intellectual property can be a tricky business in the ever-shifting, modern, global legal environment. For this reason we spoke with intellectual property experts including Joakim Hammarsjö, Managing Director at Sandvik Intellectual Property AB and Magnus Johansson, Corporate Intellectual Property Counsel at Kongsberg Automotive to compile a list of the 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR.Request Free!
  • SMART CITIES NEWS

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SMART CITIES NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider new infrastructure developments for sustainability, quality-of-life, and economic growth.Next-Gen Cities: reporting the shift in complex municipal network deployments for traffic control, smart parking, emergency services, public lighting, and more.Industry News: latest projects, regulations, and more.At no cost, subscribers can opt-in to…
 
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    Bob McCarty

  • Was Justice Served on Russian Roadway?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Only on rare occasions do I share videos minus any direct connection to something in my books or politics. Today, however, I make an exception by showing a dashcam video from Russia. Purportedly, it shows a car involved in a high-speed chase exploding into pieces after being struck by lightning. And did I mention the vehicle’s occupants had allegedly robbed a church moments earlier? According to the article that accompanied the video above, witnesses to the event insist the vehicle was hit by lightning. Though it’s difficult to tell with certainty that lightning was involved in…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 14-20

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    After sharing my weekly recap one week ago today, another piece of news arrived unexpected via my Facebook page. I shared it under the headline, The National Bet ‘Thoroughly Engrossing Crime Thriller’. Then I went about covering a plethora of news, ranging from the arrest of an FBI agent to agreeing with a slick-talking Democrat. Below is recap of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com: Click on image above to order a copy of The National Bet. Sunday, Dec. 14 — While spending most of the day working on my next book, I did find time to read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article…
  • Which United States Senator Sent This Message?

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    After telling my Facebook friends how strange it felt to receive an email message from one of my U.S. senators — with whom I disagree on almost everything — about the recent passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending package, I decided to share the opening paragraphs of that message (see screenshot below) and see if you could guess who sent it before I revealed the sender’s name. Click on image above to see who sent it. After clicking on the image above, you’re probably as disappointed as I am that the U.S. senator from Missouri who should have sent the message…
  • Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the…
  • TALK RADIO ALERT: Listen to The Scott Horton Show Today

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    TALK RADIO ALERT:  Tune in to The Scott Horton Show! I’ll be making a guest appearance at 12:30 p.m. Eastern TODAY to discuss my latest reports about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial going on now in Salt Lake City. You can stream the show directly from any of the following sites:  Liberty Radio Network; APS Radio News; or Anomaly Radio. If you didn’t know an Oklahoma City Bombing trial was taking place, you’re not alone. Thanks to me, however, you can catch up on things by reading these articles. UPDATE 12/17/14 at 12:05 p.m. Central:  Just finished the interview and, although I…
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  • Grace Dunham on NYC Cop Executions

    Kip Hooker
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Grace Dunham on NYC Cop Executions: “cops’ lives are worth no more than anyone else’s. or, rather, all lives are more important than worth.” As for the first part of her statement; the very excellent sentiment that, all things being equal, all live are equal is completely ruined by her use of the concept to diminish the death of two people whose (so far as we can tell) sole intention was to protect and serve and whose deaths were directly caused by that intention. Obviously to her their lives are not equal. As for the second part of the statement. We are guessing that…
  • AL SHARPTON DENOUNCES NYC COP KILLINGS, REPORTS DEATH THREATS AGAINST HIMSELF

    CO2Insanity
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    AL SHARPTON DENOUNCES NYC COP KILLINGS, REPORTS DEATH THREATS AGAINST HIMSELF. Death threats? How’s it feel Al. Liking your instant karma?
  • Brandeis University student leader

    J.P. Travis
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Brandeis University student leader: i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today. lmao, all i just really dont have sympathy for the cops who were shot. i hate this racist fucking country.
  • White House Says Courts Have NO Power to Review Obama’s Decision-Making

    CO2Insanity
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    White House Says Courts Have NO Power to Review Obama’s Decision-Making. Obama keeps getting worse by the day our Congress is feckless.
  • Dietl: Bill de Blasio Should Resign, Take His Wife And Go Live In Cuba

    CO2Insanity
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Dietl: Bill de Blasio Should Resign, Take His Wife And Go Live In Cuba. Take all the other race baiters with you.
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Christian Rights Around The World

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

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

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

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I never gave much thought to what people thought when they learned I was a smoker. I tried to make sure I only smoked in places where I was confident that my secondhand smoke wouldn’t phase anyone, and figured that it was my life and my body and no one had the right to tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. To a certain extent, I still think that way. But, when my brand new husband came home and announced that he’d decided to become an ordained preacher and help people better understand their chosen religion, I realized that my smoking wasn’t just my problem any longer. At every…
  • Keep the Energy in Your Home Positive

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

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Congress Makes Christmas Come Early" was originally released on Dec. 18, 2014. The original text is below.  Merry cromnibus Christmas, Everybody! The $1.1 trillion budget passed by congress sure can buy lots of gifts and presents for everyone. Are you on Uncle Santa’s list? These lucky bastards are. Approximately 1:30 minutes. Written by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Meredith Bragg View this article.
  • Video: Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Slams Putin

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    "I think we've forgotten many important lessons of the Cold war," says former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. Especially when it comes to dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin: "You cannot project weakness....Putin's game is [not chess but] poker. And he knows how to bluff." Kasparov sat down recently with Reason's Nick Gillespie on the anniversary of the Berlin's Wall's Collapse and of Kasparov's world championship. Kasparov, now a human rights activist, discussed communism, lessons from the Cold War, and the rise of Vladimir Putin as a new threat to freedom and peace. View this…
  • In the Rush to Blame Everyone for the Shooting of NYPD Cops, Don't Forget to Include the Actual Shooter

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the wake of the horrific and unjustifiable shooting of two NYPD officers who were sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn, the mad rush is now on to indict a wide range of co-conspirators and "real killers." This is a tired and worn-out gambit and its high point (that is, low point) has already probably been reached in the Twitter feed of deluxe troll Charles C. Johnson: Expect slightly more sophisticated versions of this argument to emanate throughout the blogosphere and cable-news-a-verse like the Blob over the next couple of weeks. Just as Sarah Palin's defense of gun rights has zero…
  • Jacob Grier on What Obama’s Cuba Deal Means for the Future of Cuban Cigars

    Reason.com
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week's announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons. Americans will now have somewhat fewer restrictions on travel, business, and banking on the island, and they will be allowed to send higher remittances to family living there. In Cuba, the deal includes the release of political prisoners and a promise of expanded Internet access. Yet the one benefit that captures the imagination of many is the possibility that Cuba's most famous export, cigars, may finally become legally available in the United States. If only it…
  • WATCH: Judge Andrew Napolitano on The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers

    Nick Gillespie
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    "Judge Andrew Napolitano: America is becoming a Surveillance State" was originally released on Dec. 19, 2014. The original text is below.  "Jefferson and Madison and William O. Douglas and everybody that took a stand for human liberty would be turning in their graves," roars Judge Andrew Napolitano about President Obama's decision to use drones on American citizens. The syndicated columnist, Fox News senior judicial analyst, and outspoken libertarian sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss his new book, Suicide Pact:The Radical Expansion of…
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  • Regional variations & personal votes at the 2010 Victorian election

    Geoff
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    With the Victorian election almost upon us there are many guides to individual seats available. To add to these I have developed a simple regression model to predict the 2010 Labor primary and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Corruption & machine politics

    Geoff
    22 May 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have an article in the Conversation about the trade union and home insulation Royal Commissions held by the government. The article doesn’t imply any judgement about the significance of the matters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

    Geoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    I am writing a book with the working title of Australia after socialism that explains the Australian intellectual left since the early 1990s. Tim Rowse in a review in Arena Magazine No. 4 of Meaghan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Parliament worthwhile? Further thoughts

    Geoff
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I have an article in The Conversation on controversies around the performance of the Speaker of the Australian federal parliament.  A veteran MP from the conservative wing of a conservative party she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The end of Catholic reconservatism: reblogged from 2010

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The appointment of George Pell to a position in the Vatican (as a budget-cutting manager) reminds us of the interminable debate about the power of Catholic conservatism in Australia. Back in 2010 I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

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

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

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

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

  • Proof that Inequality Harms Economic Growth?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you follow the inequality debate, then you’ve no doubt heard that the OECD has just released a report claiming to show that economic inequality lowers economic growth. I’ll have more to say about the study itself soon. But the most striking thing is the response to the report: namely, that its conclusions have been trumpeted uncritically by the media and by everyone who already believes inequality is a problem.
  • Freedom of Speech, “Islamophobia,” and the Cartoons Crisis [Podcast]

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Is there a climate of self-censorship regarding Islam? Has fear led artists and writers to avoid discussion and criticism of Islam? So it seemed to the journalists at Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s largest daily paper, in the fall of 2005.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 35]: Steve Simpson on Inequality, Democracy, and Money in Politics

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Steve Simpson, director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, on inequality, democracy, and money in politics.
  • Ayn Rand’s Novel Ideal to Be Released This Summer

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On December 3, New American Library (NAL) announced it would publish Ideal on July 7, 2015, a novel penned by Ayn Rand more than eighty years ago. This will be the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged. The announcement captured the attention of Ayn Rand enthusiasts as well as several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR and Newsweek.
  • In Defense of First Class

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over at the L.A. Times, Michael Hiltzik uses flight travel as an analogy for today’s economic inequality. But he draws exactly the wrong lesson.
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  • The Duck That Roared

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    E.J. Dionne, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama's most difficult year in office.He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in foreign affairs and on issues ranging from immigration to climate change.But his underlying political position is weaker, meaning that Obama and his aides are aware that changing the trajectory of the nation's debate and the fortunes of his party are…
  • Obama's Still in Charge & Also Still Failing

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Jonathan Tobin, Commentary
  • Pursuing Justice for All

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Charles Blow, New York Times
  • Will Pelosi, Dems Become "Party of No" in '15?

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCPIn the final days of the 113th Congress, Nancy Pelosi was seen shredding the Capitol Hill steps with BMX-style tricks and lashing out at the White House over the contentious bill to keep the government open.Okay, the former might have been a stunt double (part of a Stephen Colbert skit). But the point is, Pelosi isnÂ’t heading into 2015 -- when Democrats will be in the minority in both chambers for the first time in almost a decade -- quietly. After losing a significant number of seats last month, Democrats have a lot to figure out. Divisions over strategy and…
  • Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

    21 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Joel Kotkin, The Daily Beast
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    The New Republic

  • This Is What Our Hellish World Will Look Like After We Hit the Global Warming Tipping Point

    Rebecca Leber
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The de facto assumption of climate change policy is that the world must limit the increase in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above pre-Industrial levels, or risk hitting a tipping point where the impact becomes irreversible. The figure dates back to 1975, when econ
  • Don't Blame Protesters for the Murder of Two New York Cops

    Claire Groden
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The murder of two New York City policemen on Saturday has outraged
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The duck that roared

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office.He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in foreign affairs and on issues ranging from immigration to climate change.Read full article >>
  • The Schumer prescription for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government’s role in helping struggling middle-income Americans — and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.Read full article >>
  • Obama’s Boehner bailout

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?Read full article >>
  • Reactions to the CIA report suggest that many involved would do it all over again

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate intelligence committee’s report, I fear that we can’t.Read full article >>
  • In politics, does evidence matter?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address expressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use a little of this in the partisan and ideological warfare that engulfs our nation’s capital.Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • A Startling Admission By The Ferguson Prosecutor Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson

    Judd Legum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    CREDIT: AP Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch admitted that he presented evidence he knew to be false to the grand jury considering charges against Darren Wilson. In an interview with radio station KTRS on Friday, McCulloch said that he decided to present witnesses that were “clearly not telling the truth” to the grand jury. Specifically, McCulloch acknowledged he permitted a woman who “clearly wasn’t present when this occurred” to testify as an eyewitness to the grand jury for several hours. The woman, Sandra McElroy, testified that Michael Brown charged at…
  • California Still Needs 11 Trillion Gallons Of Water To End Its Drought

    Ryan Koronowski
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this Dec. 12, 2014, file photo, Madison Gardner, 4, left, and her brother Mason, 3, play on flooded Wohler Road near a vineyard in Forestville, Calif. Recent storms have eased California’s decade-long drought somewhat, but state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon their already paltry conservation efforts. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File December has been a wet month for California, as the “Pineapple Express,” a tropical atmospheric river of moisture barreling off the Pacific Ocean, brought inches of rain and punishing winds to…
  • Fox News Seizes On NYC Cop Killing To Bash Obama

    Igor Volsky
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Fox News seized on the execution style murder of New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos to condemn President Barack Obama and other African American leaders for advocating reforms to the justice system following the deaths of two unarmed black men. The 28-year-old gunman, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, may have been seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose killers were not indicted though the grand jury system. Those decisions, seen by many as an injustice, sparked protests across the country and led to massive demonstrations in New York…
  • Cuban Oil May Prove A Boon For U.S. Companies

    Ari Phillips
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock With diplomatic relations warming between the U.S. and Cuba, oil and gas companies may train their sights on what’s off Cuba’s coast — large oil reserves. Right now Cuba produces just over 50,000 barrels per day of oil and relies on Venezuela for around another 100,000 bpd. However with Venezuela’s economy reeling from the staggering drop in oil prices this year, Cuban officials want to avoid the impacts of a sudden drop in Venezuelan support. The commitment by Cuba and the U.S. to normalize relations may allow Cuba to buy more oil on the open…
  • Rubio’s New Foreign Policy: Engagement With The World Doesn’t Lead To Political Freedom

    Josh Israel
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on ABC’s This Week CREDIT: ABC’s This Week Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), under fire from his colleague Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his isolationist response to President Obama’s overtures to normalize relations with Cuba, took to the Sunday morning shows to defend himself. Rubio has staunchly defended a 50-year-old total embargo on the country aimed at destabilizing the Castro regime. On ABC’s This Week, Rubio claimed that increased commerce would only empower the Castro regime without improving the country’s poor human rights record. Asked how…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    It's important for an explorer to be willing to be led astray. (R. VonOech) — A journey's more interesting without the map. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have. (Z. Ziglar) — And know what you want before you begin! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    What I do is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. (Unknown) And I want the biggest bang for my buck! — (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Another Blow to the Big Adult Republicans

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    With the president's partial normalization of relations with Cuba this week, followed by yet another explosion of fury from Republicans (other than the outlier, Rand Paul), it's becoming obvious the original plans of congressional Republicans to showcase their positive, agenda-setting side once total control of Congress came into their grasp is looking mighty shaky. I talked about this yesterday at the Washington Monthly: At the end of a post reciting the big moves "our bored, exhausted, disengaged president" has taken since the midterm elections, Kevin Drum makes an important point about…
  • Jeb Bush's Dilemma

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Jeb Bush earned some extensive chatter from the political world by suddenly expressing an active interest in the race after months and years of Hamlet-like behavior, while also forming a leadership PAC to support allies and show the flag. He does have some assets along with the much-noted problem of recent friction with conservatives over his positions favoring Common Core education standards and some sort of legalization of undocumented immigrants. But at TPMCafe, I isolated what seems to be the problem he simply cannot solve: Bush's central problem is that in outside donor circles, he…
  • TDS Special Feature: Articles from our Readers:

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Middle Aged: Democrats have failed to sufficiently address the economic insecurity of this large and important cohort of working- and middle-class citizens by Henry Moss Henry Moss is a retired private sector educational administrator with a PhD in philosophy. He lives in the Bronx and can be reached at hmoss011@gmail.com About 45% of Americans are between the ages of 40 and 65, roughly the middle ages. Their political importance, however, is even greater than the numbers suggest as they worry not only about themselves but about their adult children and aging parents, and, in many cases,…
  • TDS Special Feature: Articles from our Readers:

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    A Teachout Moment For Hillary Clinton: A First Look At 2016 Through The Lens Of 2014 by Sean McKeown scientist and engineer Sean McKeown has been involved in several national and New York-based campaigns, and is writing a book on finance and economics." There is an emerging progressive populist movement that many in the media have called "The Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party" thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Groups such as the PCCC embrace this label for the purposes of memes and soundbites, but while describing this emerging…
  • Creamer: Cruz and Pelosi Budget Battles Show Why Dems Have 2016 High Ground

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: Over the last week we have seen played out in the national political spotlight the fundamental reason why Democrats have the high political ground in 2016. Senator Ted Cruz used every procedural move available to block Senate consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriation bill that he demanded defund President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions. Senator Warren and House Leader Nancy Pelosi led campaigns to prevent inclusion of a provision to…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Actress Khushboo likely to join Congress today

    Gautam
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    Chennai: Famous actress Khushboo is likely to join the Congress on Wednesday. She is in New Delhi and is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at 5 pm. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President EVKS Elangovan is also present in New Delhi. A formal announcement over her induction into the party is expected after the meeting. Kushboo had quit the DMK after the Lok Sabha elections 2014 following differences with party treasurer MK Stalin. However, there is no official confirmation about her joining the Congress.Actress Khushboo likely to join…
  • JD(U) may oust Manjhi as Bihar chief minister

    Gautam
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    PATNA: Speculation is rife in Bihar’s political circles over the possible ouster of Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister after he said his days in the office are numbered. The speculation gained strength a day after Manjhi said his days in office were numbered as his detractors in the party were making every effort to remove him from the chief minister’s post. Manjhi said, “I know efforts are on to remove me, I may or may not continue till November end.” Manjhi, who belongs to the economically backward Mahadalit community, is known for his controversial remarks.
  • Devendra Fadnavis hopeful of breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena

    Gautam
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    NEW DELHI: Voicing confidence of a breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said it has been a friend of BJP and the two parties will remain friends in the future. “Shiv Sena has always been a friend and in future we will be friends,” Fadnavis said at a seminar in New Delhi. The comment by the chief minister comes two days after Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was BJP’s Maharashtra in charge, hoped that something good will emerge out of the talks between the two parties. There is growing pressure from the ranks of…
  • Muslims and Dalits must come together: MIM’s Owaisi

    Gautam
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Although just a fraction, this share means MIM candidates managed to make quick inroads into the bases of bigger parties. A barrister by training from London’s Lincoln’s Inn, Owaisi’s anti-Hindutva stand helped build his image as a next-generation Muslim leader, but he is increasingly taking his fight to the bastions of the so-called secular parties. Owaisi has shaped his politics around the credo of his father and former MP, the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi: that Indian Muslims are a neglected lot and therefore they must empower themselves. Mercurial, strident and sometimes seen as…
  • Sena slams Pawar over snap poll remarks

    Gautam
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Shiv Sena today hit out at NCP Sharad Pawar after he asked his party to be ready for snap poll, saying he “is known for playing politics of distrust” and was trying to take advantage of the current instability. Though NCP declared unconditional outside support to the minority BJP government the day Assembly poll threw up a hung verdict, party chief Sharad Pawar yesterday said that the state government’s stability was not NCP’s responsibility and asked party workers to be ready to face a snap poll. “Sharad Pawar is taking advantage of this unstable government,…
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  • Why Cuba Turned

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The agreement between the US and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations looks like a victory for the communist island. But that conclusion leaves out a crucial variable: the collapse in the price of oil, which leaves Cuba economically vulnerable and increases the likelihood of political change.
  • A Petition for Peshawar

    Gordon Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The murder of 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan is the latest example of what is becoming a horrific pattern: armed men using students as pawns in their conflicts, turning access to education into a weapon of war. The world cannot afford to stand by as schools are shut down and children become afraid to pursue an education.
  • Unlocking ASEAN’s Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani, et al.
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been asking whether ten countries with different cultures, political systems, and levels of economic development can act in concert to expand their collective potential. Judging by their leaders' ambitious vision for cooperation, the answer may be yes.
  • Where Has Global Warming Gone?

    Ka-Kit Tung
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    For the last 15 years, according to the conventional way of measuring global warming, the planet does not seem to have become any hotter. But the reason is not that our greenhouse-gas emissions are no longer changing the earth’s climate, it is that surface temperature is a poor measure of human-induced warming.
  • Is the ECB Doing Enough?

    Peter Praet
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    The ECB has implemented a series of measures in response to economic sluggishness and financial trepidations in the euro area. Tentative evidence suggests that the measures are delivering tangible benefits to the European economy, and the ECB still has plenty of weapons in its arsenal should they prove necessary.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Thoughts on Cuban Hip Hop Being Used to Overthrow the Gov’t

    mrDaveyd
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    There’s a been a lot of conversation about the recent revelations of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists being via infiltrated through an agency called USAID with the goal of shaping opinions and sparking unrest to create a climate that would lead to the overthrow of the Cuban government. You can peep one of the many stories about that HERE—http://huff.to/1qMR5T7 In speaking about this case, I noted that far too many have fallen into the trap of seeing themselves and this music/culture as being unique in it being besieged, put under surveillance and being deemed a potential threat to…
  • Everyone But Us (Sobering Thoughts on Ferguson & Racial Justice )

    mrDaveyd
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Lots to think about in the aftermath of the St Louis Grand Jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson.. Racial Justice scholars David J Leanord and J Love Calderon offer up some keen insight and resources to tap into.. The announcement that the St. Louis Grand Jury’s decision would not indict Darren Wilson was about much more than his potential prosecution; yes, it was yet another reminder of America’s creed, where justice for African Americans remains a dream deferred and where politically, culturally, and morally black lives don’t matter.  “Police violence, a lack of due process,…
  • You Mad Because the GOP Knocked You Out?

    mrDaveyd
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Election 2014 The Aftermath: Well folks, the people have spoken with their choice of candidate or their willingness to sit it out and make a statement of how unhappy they are with the system or the electoral process. The agendas of those who are now in control of both houses has been made crystal clear for a number of years.. Hence look for them to carry it out full steam. The privatization of schools, medicare, social security and the elimination of safety net programs are all on the menu. Look for them to go full steam ahead with pushing forth Keystone XL and TPP..(Trans Pacific Partnership…
  • Election Day 2014-Deep East Oakland Mayoral Debate

    mrDaveyd
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    A couple of weeks ago it was pointed out that the 15 people vying for Oakland’s top post as Mayor had done a record number of debates. They had reached into every part of the city except Deep East Oakland. We are talking specifically about the area about 98th Avenue. Its apart of the city that is often bashed upon by the media. Some folks came together and decided to change things. Rev Mustafa and Rev Harry Williams of Basic Ministries which is located  on a 107th street did what was deamed impossible. They reached out and got all the top candidates to show up. This is the only time…
  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

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

  • EPA Declines to Classify Coal Ash as Hazardous Waste

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday finally announced federal rules for the disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste product of electric power generation. However, the decision came as a disappointment to those who had hoped the substance would be classified as hazardous waste.   EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rules, which will cover 1,425 coal ash ponds and landfills in 37 states, will treat coal ash the same as common household waste. That designation comes even though coal ash contains chemicals such as arsenic, chromium, mercury, and lead.   “We feel…
  • Congress Ends 35-Year Ban on Abortion Coverage for Peace Corps Volunteers

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    For the first time since the 1970s, female Peace Corps volunteers will receive federal assistance for abortions, granting them the same coverage as those in other federal programs.   As part of the omnibus spending bill adopted by Congress, medical coverage for Peace Corps volunteers will include abortion in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. That’s the same limitations in place currently for “federal prisoners, female troops, women on Medicaid, and much of the federal workforce,” Josh Hicks reported in The Washington Post.   The change in coverage comes…
  • South Carolina Judge Voids Murder Conviction of 14-Year-Old…70 Years after he was Executed

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The conviction of a 14-year-old boy who was found guilty of the March 1944 murder of two girls in South Carolina was vacated last week because a judge found the defendant’s rights had not been adequately safeguarded by the prosecution.   George Stinney Jr., who was black, was charged with murder for the death of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames, who were white. He was arrested after a neighbor said she’d seen Stinney talking to the girls shortly before they disappeared. Stinney confessed to police, but later said the confession had been…
  • Costa Rica’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Román Macaya?

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Román Macaya Hayes took his post as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States in August 2014. It’s the first diplomatic post for Macaya, a businessman and former presidential candidate.   Macaya was born in Florida on September 19, 1966, to Ernesto Macaya Ortiz and Roberta Hays Macaya Ortiz, an American. His parents were educated in the United States, and Macaya went to college in the U.S. as well. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1988 with a B.A. in chemistry, minoring in modern art. He went on to UCLA, earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1993.   Macaya…
  • Panama’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Emanuel González-Revilla?

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Businessman Emanuel Arturo González-Revilla Lince was appointed as Panama’s ambassador to the United States in August 2014 and presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on September 18. It’s the first such posting for González-Revilla.   González-Revilla was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, but was educated in the United States. He attended the Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey, and then studied business at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Attending…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • How the anti-government GOP got it wrong, and TARP turned a $15.35 billion profit for the American taxpayer

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The modern-day Republican Party is an anti-government insurgency, one best captured by P.J. O’ Rourke: “Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then they get elected and prove it.” It has become religious dogma within the GOP … Continue reading →
  • Your opportunity to protest Crazy Uncle Joe Arpaio’s frivolous lawsuit

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    I do not often agree with Robert Robb of The Arizona Republic, but back in July he had a thought provoking commentary with which I agree questioning the utility of Arizona electing so many offices that are appointed offices in … Continue reading →
  • SCOTUS allows same-sex marriages to proceed in Florida

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Over the dissents of two Justices, the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon refused to delay — beyond January 5 — a federal judge’s order that would permit same-sex couples in Florida to marry after that day. Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog reports, … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of December 21, 2014

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
  • Cartoon of The Week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • 12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

    Lindsey Weedston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photo by Beverly Yuen Thompson / Flickr. It seems inevitable that with widespread social change comes the violent and bigoted pushback from those afraid of straying from the status quo. And in the age of the Internet, conflict comes with corresponding online movements. Plus hashtags. This year alone, we saw a massive movement erupt around the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers, from Los Angeles to Ferguson, Missouri. We saw several horrific mass shootings, including the misogynistic murder of college students in Santa Barbara, California. And we saw the kidnapping of…
  • UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

    Jim Shultz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addresses the Conference of Parties. Photo by Presidencia Perú / Flickr. During one of the “high-level” climate policy negotiating sessions here in Lima, where the words of the top diplomats seemed to float in to the air and disappear, a senior representative from Mexico used his time to tell a story. He recounted how he had once attended a meeting in Mexico City with an important international delegation when the city’s famous seismic alarm system sounded, signaling a serious earthquake less than a minute away. “The political battles that matter…
  • The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

    Fran Korten
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. In June, I attended an event in Boston that signaled to me that the concept of the New Economy—and the grassroots movement behind it—had come of age. Click here to subscribe to YES! The event was the conference of the New Economy Coalition. The halls were full of students, cooperative leaders from the deep south, climate justice activists from Native reservations, labor leaders, and others identifying with the New Economy. Folks who had been at conferences such as this for years were also there—farmers, Main Street business owners, sustainability entrepreneurs,…
  • Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season

    Mary Hansen
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Every Christmas, my grandmother, a retired journalist and voracious reader of murder-mystery novels, used to send my parents money to buy each of my eight siblings and me a gift. The stipulation was: It had to be a book. It’s worth the extra time and effort to shop at local and independent stores. Our “grandma book” gift tradition continues and, now, includes my three in-laws, and five nieces and nephews. The task of fulfilling seventeen book requests often falls to my dad. Normally the great, Grinch-y grumbler this time of year, he brags that, thanks to Amazon, this is one Christmas…
  • An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food

    Richard Schiffman
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Photo by the International Rice Research Institute / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. By now, most Americans know that the world's rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago. It is essential that we preserve the remaining crop…
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    Divided Under God

  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
  • Rick Santorum Shows Us Again How Historically Illiterate He Is

    Kevin Davis
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images On Monday, a conference call with Rick Santorum was released via YouTube by STAND, a right-wing conservative organization run by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia minister who has of course dabbled in politics.  STAND is an acronym for “Staying True to America’s National Destiny,” which is quite obviously all Jackson could come up with after already picking the name STAND.  And I’m sure he thinks it’s catchy as hell.  Besides, you know they mean business when they actually hyphenate “between” as…
  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy openlysecular.org I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
 
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  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Large Flames Visible At Chevron Refinery Flaring at Chevron’s Richmond refinery produced dramatic flames and smoke Thursday evening that were visible for miles. Flames and water vapor became visible when a process unit at the refinery needed to be depressurized and shut down, according to Chevron spokesman Braden Reddall. The depressurization process, which produces a flare and water vapor that looks like smoke, makes it possible to shut down the unit safely, Reddall said. Reddall said fence line air quality monitors showed no impact to the community. Reddall said he could not discuss…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    THURSDAY MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP 49ers Release Lineman Ray McDonald As SJ Police Probe Sexual Assault Claim The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday ended defensive lineman Ray McDonald’s contract with the team citing a “pattern of poor decision making” the same day San Jose police said a woman had accused him of sexual assault. “We as an organization have notified (McDonald) and his agent that we have terminated his contract,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement on the 49ers’ team website. “Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    County To Consider New Deal Meant To Improve SJ Fire’s Response Time To 911 Emergencies San Jose and Santa Clara County will consider today a new incentive contract for emergency medical services as the San Jose Fire Department struggles to meet county standards to be on time for at least 90 percent of its 911 emergency responses. The one-year pact, on the meeting agendas for both the San Jose City Council and the county’s Board of Supervisors, would restore funds the county withheld from San Jose in February after the city failed to meet the 90 percent standard in 22 of 25 months…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Man Shot And Killed Near Bancroft Avenue Saturday Night A man was shot and killed in East Oakland on Saturday night, police said on Sunday. Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the 2000 block of 85th Avenue near Bancroft Avenue around 8:10 p.m., according to police. Arriving officers located the man unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. No arrests were made and no suspect information was available Sunday morning, police said. Anonymous Group Of Artists Claim Responsibility For Effigies On UC Campus…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Protesters Block Both Directions Of Hwy 24 Near Macarthur Bart Hundreds of people made their way into Oakland after walking through city streets in downtown Berkeley Tuesday night to protest decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. The protests started around 6:20 p.m. when police said about 100 people were marching through the University of California at Berkeley’s South Campus area. About an hour later, the group grew to a larger crowd at Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near Civic Center Park, in Berkeley, police said. They…
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  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    So, my first article was okay but I feel as if perhaps I've left some things out so I will just continue here...1) I feel this entire Ferguson episode can be looked upon as an opportunity for conservatives to better engage in dialogue with many blacks. We first need to acknowledge, there is a segment of the black population that does indeed feel as though the system is against them. Whether this feeling is justified or not, we must at least acknowledge this.Putting aside our egos, even our ideology for a moment can give us an opportunity to further investigate the problems and concerns that…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the recent events that have materialized in Ferguson and throughout the country, it feels as if a great divide has been exposed. You are either a person who accepts the facts of what occurred and believe that the Grand Jury made the correct decision or you are spending your time calling those that support the Grand Jury racists.Read more »
  • Michael Brown's Mother Reacts to Descison

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Of course we expect a mother to be upset in this Ferguson case. Certainly we have all been in situations where we are too close for comfort, it prevents us from understanding the full picture or taking in the reality.The decision was made not to indict Officer Wilson because this is what the Grand Jury concluded based on the facts, the witnesses, the physical evidence, and other statements. They had the option of inditing him on a wide variety of charges including involuntary manslaughter. There simply was NO case to be made. No probable cause was found.Read more »
  • Ferguson - Riot Time

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    SourceI guess I knew it was going to happen. I feel as if no matter what the decision was going to be - indictment or not, Ferguson was going to get rocked tonight by unruly people who are hell bent on destroying their own home town.Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. The grand jury was given the entire facts of the case and have determined that there simply is no case against this man According to various current sources, the federal investigation will produce the same outcome - no case against Wilson.Let's be clear here. Many of the witnesses had changed their stories when…
  • Top Obama Supporter and Gay Rights Advocate Terry Bean Arrested - Child Sex Scandal

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (Photo: Multnomah County Detention Center)Terrance Patrick Bean has been arrested on two felony counts of sex with a minor. Terrance Bean is also a huge supporter of Obama and in 2012, he is responsible for raising more than half a million dollars for the re-election campaign. "Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state," reports oregonlive.com. "He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several…
 
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  • Forming alliances: a run-down of the parties’ red lines

    Anoosh Chakelian
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Hung parliament preparations. The parties are drawing up their "red line" policies. Photo: Flickr/bixentro As the polls have narrowed and the smaller parties are bigger than ever, a hung parliament in May 2015 is looking increasingly likely. The parties have started laying out their red (and pink) lines for when it comes to forming alliances next year. Here’s what we know so far:   The Conservatives An in/out EU referendum in 2017 David Cameron has made this a “cast iron” guarantee, promising that he will not “stand as Prime Minister” unless he can secure a referendum on the…
  • Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January

    George Eaton
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.  Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks at the Labour conference in Manchester earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images. Labour has spent much of the last fortnight addressing its political weaknesses. Ed Miliband has made high-profile speeches on the deficit and immigration (the two subjects he forgot to mention in his conference address) and has announced general election pledges related to both. On the former, Labour has promised to reduce borrowing every year and to avoid unfunded…
  • Helen Lewis on Yarl’s Wood: we are detaining people indefinitely who have committed no crime

    Helen Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    There are 13 immigration detention centres in Britain but only the name of Yarl’s Wood really resonates – it’s where nearly 400 stateless, powerless women – the majority of whom say they are previous victims of sexual violence – are held. The entrance to the Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Photo: Aliya Mirza/Women for Refugee Women Lily tells me that the moment they began her screening interview, they took away her bag – and with it her phone. Then she was told that she would be taken to a detention facility. “It was nine o’clock at night. Then they said, ‘The van is here…
  • The Milibands’ enduring rivalry, Gladstone’s example and Antony Sher plays Falstaff

    Jason Cowley
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s almost as if we are yearning for politicians of greater and diverse experience who know something of life beyond Westminster. Ed and David Miliband at the moment when the former won the 2010 Labour leadership contest. Photo: Getty One day, surely, a good play will be written or dramatic film made about the rivalry of the Miliband brothers. When David left the Commons to go into self-exile across the water in New York as chief executive of the charity International Rescue Committee it was widely assumed that this was the end of his political career. Ed had not only beaten his brother…
  • Commons Confidential: A shocking secret Santa

    Kevin Maguire
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Plus: an unexpected gnome. Tories have been ordered to be full of ho, ho, ho this Christmas. Photo: Getty The Chancer of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is playing Scrooge by threatening permanent austerity, yet word went out from Tory HQ for MPs and candidates to be full of ho, ho, ho. So Andrew Atkinson, the Conservative challenger to Labour’s Ian Lucas in Wrexham, donned the full outfit to play Santa in the Welsh town. Festivities were moved to the Pentre Gwyn Community Centre after the usual venue, Kingsley Circle, was shut by council cuts. Atkinson is a hard-line deficit slasher so his…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With 'Beyond Laughable' Error Rates

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure. On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber's work. "In recent weeks," Davids wrote, "significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan…
  • New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in…
  • Goodlatte: Court's 'Unconstitutional' Executive Amnesty Opinion 'Good Sign'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The recent court opinion declaring portions of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be “unconstitutional” bodes well for future litigation against the president’s recent order, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Breitbart News.  Tuesday, District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that aspects of Obama’s executive actions go “beyond prosecutorial discretion” to actually legislating. He made these judgments as part of an opinion dealing with a criminal case. “President Obama’s unilateral legislative…
  • Cruz on Cuba: Another Obama 'Very, Very Bad Deal'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    While the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross is a welcome news, the Obama administration has made the underlying issues with the Castro regime in Cuba “worse,” according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  “Fidel and Raul Castro have just received both international legitimacy and a badly-needed economic lifeline from President Obama,” Cruz — whose father immigrated to the United States from Cuba — said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.  “But they remain in control of a totalitarian police state modeled on their old state sponsor, the Soviet…
  • Alabama's Sessions Steps Aside in Budget Chair Race, Gives Spot to Wyoming's Enzi

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will not chair the U.S. Senate Budget Committee next year when the newly elected GOP majority takes over in Congress’ upper chamber. Instead of Sessions, Wyoming’s Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) will chair the powerful committee. Sessions has been the ranking member of the prized panel for the last four years, during which Democrats had the majority. Before that, and for the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, Sessions served as the ranking member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Most…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Mayor of Trani: arrested #TuttiInGalera

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Only eighteen months ago, the M5S slogan was "Tutti a casa“ {send them all home}, now it’s been updated to "Tutti in galera“ {send them all to prison}. Corruption in public administration at a local level has become endemic. To work in public administration you’ve got to take a test in “petty-thieving-from-the-public-purse”. One thing attracts another, just like little bribes, and bit by bit it gets to involve all the town councils and all the regional councils. We need more than a tsunami to clean out the Augean stables of Italy whose filth has even spread into government, In…
  • The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    "The security detail", is a common way of referring to them - thus providing them with anonymity. They are the police officers and the carabinieri that are mowed down during a kidnapping, as happened for Aldo Moro, or a homicide, as happened with Falcone and Borsellino. In our country, it’s the officers of the police force and the carabinieri that have paid the highest price in blood at the hands of terrorists and organised crime. Hundreds have been killed since the second world war. Men and women mentioned in the records simply as "the security detail“. The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints…
  • #RenzieBuffone Renzi the international fool

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    This morning’s news item from TzeTze “The incredible madness of holding the Olympics in Italy, announced yesterday by that pseudo premier answering to the name of Matteo Renzi, has thrown the pebble into the pool of foreign newspapers that today have seriously attacked Renzi’s choice. The British daily paper, the Telegraph writes: "Italy's ambition to host the 2024 Olympics, in the middle of its worst recession since the Second World War, has been greeted with derision." They point out that the games would be hosted in “Rome, Florence, Sardinia and Naples – home of the Camorra…
  • Giulietto Chiesa’s arrest

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    “The M5S MEPs Tamburrano and Adinolfi are worried about the arrest in Estonia of the jourrnalist Giulietto Chiesa. Such things should not happen in “civilised Europe”. While it is criticising Turkey for arresting journalists, it is staying silent about Chiesa’s arrest, thus demonstrating its own double standards. Yesterday Isabella Adinolfi and Dario Tamburrano, MEPs with the 5 Star MoVement, yesterday learned of the arrest of Giulietto Chiesa, a jourrnalist and a former MEP. They were horrified and worried and they said “We were immediately struck by the absolute lack of…
  • The Pope’s not meeting the #DalaiLama

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    In the last few days, the Dalai Lama has been in Rome for the 14th conference of Nobel Peace Prize winners, originally to be in South Africa until the Dalai Lama was refused a visa to avoid annoying China. The Tibetans tried to arrange a meeting with the Pope but that’s not going to happen. A "political" response rather than an evangelical one. This Pope has received everyone, just everyone, even Balotelli - and he had a short discussion with him in private. Evidently, the Dalai Lama hasn’t yet scored two goals when playing against Germany. The Vatican has explained that they don’t want…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Worst Congress Ever? You Must Be Kidding

    David Boaz
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    David Boaz The Establishment media really love laws and government. NPR, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Pew Research, NBC, Politico – they’re all lamenting the “least productive Congress” ever. Or more precisely noting that the just-concluded 113th Congress was the second least productive Congress ever, second only to the 2011-12 112th Congress. But what’s the definition of a “productive Congress”? One that passes laws, of course, lots of laws. Congress passed only 286 laws in the past two years, exceeded in slackerdom only by the 283 passed in the previous…
  • You Ought to Have A Look: Poor Climate Models, Ethics and Climate Policy, New White House Guidelines

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. — Here are a couple of items from around the web that caught our eye this week: The first is an analysis of recent climate model performance…
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

    Tim Lynch
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint is that federal law prohibits possession of marijuana and that Colorado law “conflicts with and stands as an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of” the federal government. Thus, the argument runs, Colorado’s Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution and should be declared invalid. Unlike, say, Maine or Hawaii,…
  • Bandying "Terrorism"

    Jim Harper
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Jim Harper George Clooney has now joined North Korea’s United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam in bandying charges of “terrorism” against a foe. North Korea’s emissary in New York complained in July that the production of Sony’s film, The Interview, was “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.” So, too, according to Clooney, was the threat leveled by unknown persons against theaters that might show the film: “Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a…
  • A Practical (and Semi-Optimistic) Plan to Tame the Federal Leviathan

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Daniel J. Mitchell Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, I’m prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at what’s been happening in our lifetimes. New entitlement programs, adopted by politicians from all parties, are further adding to the long-run spending crisis. The federal budget has become much bigger, luring millions of additional people into government dependency. The tax code has become even more corrupt and complex, with more than 4,600 changes just between 2001 and 2012 according to a withering report from outgoing…
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    A View from the Right

  • What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

    sirrahc
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The Visit of the Magi (from Matthew 2 (NASB)): 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and […]
  • #BlackLivesMatterToo

    sirrahc
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I may get “in trouble” for TABWW (i.e., talking about Blacks while White), but I’m gonna do it anyway. In the wake of the recent, highly-publicized incidents in which a white police officer killed an unarmed Black man (e.g., Michael Brown, Eric Garner) and the subsequent non-indictments of the officers involved, you may have noticed […]
  • 3D Atlas of the Universe

    sirrahc
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “My job is to translate the difficulty of science into understandable stories.”  — Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History This is really fascinating! Carter Emmart has spent the last several years “coordinat[ing] scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate yet visually stunning and immersive space experiences in the […]
  • Aspartame: How Bad Is It, Really?

    sirrahc
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I make a habit of not drinking anything artificially sweetened with aspartame (aka aminosweet). (In fact, I tend to avoid “diet” drinks in general.) I remember reading or hearing something many years ago that said studies showed aspartame causes serious health issues, when consumed regularly. In fact, if you follow the various “alternative health experts” […]
  • As Dr. King Spins in His Grave

    sirrahc
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I recently heard a radio interview with a guy named Joe R. Hicks. I really appreciated what he had to say regarding the situation in Ferguson, MO, and the problems within the Black Community that are denied or left unaddressed in such controversial situations. Hicks is an African-American commentator & activist, former Executive Director of […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

    Kyle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Lisa & Kyle continue their discussion of the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including finding and fostering inspiring candidates, candidates taking a stand and stating their beliefs, and the need for people to speak out to help turn things around. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy analysis, but a worthwhile read that underscores many of the points made in…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 6

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

  • For Drug Addicts in Kabul, Life and Death Are Never Far Apart

    Sadeq Naseri
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    Drug addiction is having a devastating effect of Afghan society. [To view the photo feature, click on the mini gallery below.] In addition to economic challenges and insurgent violence, Afghanistan is facing a growing drug problem. As the world’s leading opium producer, it is likely the situation will deteriorate after international troops leave Afghanistan. But while […] The post For Drug Addicts in Kabul, Life and Death Are Never Far Apart appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

    Jacob Straus
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or roughing it […] The post Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • America Is No Longer the Land of the Free

    Atul Singh
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Distraction, fixation with standardized tests and ballooning debt put students on the road to intellectual serfdom. For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized America’s myth of freedom and prosperity. As per myth, America is the hallowed land where immigrants from all over the world arrive to shoot for the stars. In […] The post America Is No Longer the Land of the Free appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • This is Not Recognition

    Miko Peled
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    A real struggle is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes, argues Miko Peled. As the recognition by European countries of a so-called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick — dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites, such as the likes […] The post This is Not Recognition appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems

    Lewis Aptekar
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    In the developed world, poverty is neither sufficient nor a necessary condition for homelessness. Regardless of wealth, political ideology, government decree or religious affiliation, there is no place on the globe that has succeeded in eliminating homelessness. This is extraordinary, when you consider that homelessness, particularly among children, is distinguished as a grave ethical failure. […] The post Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Informatia pierduta poate fi recuperata imediat cu ajutorul unei firme recuperare date

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Primele versiuni ale de acum celebrului Windows ne-au invatat ca un computer nu e o masinarie perfecta. Ecranul albastru, erorile fatale sau codurile interminabile de eroare afisate pe ecrane, ne reamintiteau ca tehnologia este departe de a fi perfecta.O buna parte din aceste erori erau generate de suportul de stocare al datelor: HDD-ul si mai nou SSD-ul. Atunci a aparut o problema serioasa: cu atatea erori si eventualitatea unor date inutilizabile, ce se poate face pentru o recuperare date eficienta? Marii producatori de software au venit imediat cu solutii de recuperare a datelor la nivel…
  • O reteta de supa crema de te lingi pe degete!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Recent am primit in dar - un robot de bucatarie si cum sunt nerabdatoare sa incerc retete noi - iata ca am facut-o si pe asta - supa crema - asa cum nu am mai gatit niciodata. De regula fac mancare fara proportii, adica pun ce-mi trece prin cap si inventez incontinuu iar rezultatul este unul excelent. In cazul in care insa nu iese, asta e - macar mizez pe ideea ca nu am urmat nici o reteta si pur si simplu am incercat.Asadar, supa crema are la baza legume, foarte multe legume. Eu am folosit urmatoarele: doua sfecle rosii potrivite trei cartofi curatati, nu prea mari, nu prea mici doua morcovi…
  • Precizia scandinava si inovatia au un nume: ceasurile Axcent originale

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    In lumea creatorilor de ceasuri a fost mereu o batalie stransa intre vintage si modern, clasic si futurist. Cea mai evidenta transpunere a acestei lupte pentru suprematie se poate observa cu usurinta in colectiile de ceasuri lansate de marile branduri de pe piata. De exemplu, la Ceasuri Axcent originale se vede clar incercarea designerilor celor mai buni din Scandinavia de a imbina noul si vechiul sub un brand care incearca mereu sa fie racordat la trendurile actuale din moda si la tendintele cele mai noi din industria producatoare de ceasuri.Abordarea creativa, unica, a dus la recunoasterea…
  • Cel mai bun remediu impotriva racelii - ghimbirul

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Iata ca am racat in toamna-iarna asta si pentru a nu stiu cata oara si sincer m-am cam saturat sa iau pastile si sa ma ameteasca din cauza ca nu sunt suficient de bune sau sa arunc banii pe fereastra din cauza ca oricum sistemul meu imunitar este la pamant. Asa ca m-am decis: de data asta ma tratez natural. Si care sunt inamicii numarul ! ai racelii: vitaminele, pe care le iau cel mai mult din lamaie, adica vitamana C - un luptator inascut, care iti intareste si sistemul imunitar si te apara si de antioxidanti.Totusi mai uimita sunt de ghimbir avand in vedere ca nu l-am consucmat pana acum…
  • Faci sport? Cum iti alegi incaltamintea?

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Alergatul si mersul pe jos sunt printre cele mai naturale forme de exercitiu din viata noastra. Asadar, este important sa alegem un echipament adecvat, care sa ofere un efect maxim de fiecare data cand le practicam. Cu inovatii tot mai inedite, marii designeri de incaltari sportive s-au intrecut in crearea de echipamente pentru fiecare activitate in parte, astfel incat sa putem beneficia de cea mai inalta tehnologie in timpul exercitiilor fizice. Prin urmare, este important sa stim cum sa alegem incaltaminte de calitate, in functie de fiecare activitate sportiva pe care o practicam.Alegand…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
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  • Still more politicized pseudo-science?

    Paul Driessen
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    The neonics and honeybees saga takes interesting, potentially fraudulent turn. Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn. Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year […]
  • We’re Number Two

    Alan Caruba
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
      The U.S. was the world’s number one economy prior to World War II, but it took off bigtime after the war and there has not been a day of my long life in which we were not number one—until now. The International Monetary Fund recently released its calculations regarding the world’s economy and concluded […]
  • Greenpeace again offends indigenous people

    Guest
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    By Craig Rucker Radical global warming campaigners trespass on treasured Inca cultural sites. Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural sites […]
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    Alan Caruba
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
      When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental […]
  • They Get the Subsidy, Taxpayers Get the Bill

    Michael R. Shannon
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
      Right now Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is not very popular in Harry Reid’s Democrat Senate. The irony is he may not be much more popular with the leadership in Mitch McConnell’s Republican Senate next year.   Vitter is one of those annoying people who believe members of the House and Senate should be subject […]
 
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  • NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs On Bill de Blasio When He Enters Room (Video)

    Charles Roberts
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs On Bill de Blasio When He Enters Room (Video) NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs On Bill de Blasio When He Enters Room (Video) Politics Has Been Optimized Tensions have been high between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officers for weeks, but the hostility finally reached a boiling point on Saturday evening after two cops were gunned down in an execution-style ambush.As DeBlasio entered the hospital to speak to the families of the officers who had been shot, a room full of officers literally turned their backs on him. The incident was caught on a cell…
  • 'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video)

    Michael Allen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video) Jesus, Not The Government, Should Be Health Care Provider, Says Colorado Republican (Video) Controversial Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt Suggests Jesus Is A Health Plan (Video) Colorado Republican Favors Jesus Over Obamacare As Health Plan (Video) Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Prayer, Not Doctors, Best Health Plan (Video) 'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video) Health Politics Religion Gordon Klingenschmitt Has Been Optimized Former Navy chaplain…
  • Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent

    Matiss Batarags
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent Travel Sites Experience 95 Percent Increase In Cuban Searches Following President Obama's Announcement Many Experts And Tourists Worried About 'Americanization' Of Cuba If US Embargo Is Lifted President Obama's Cuba Announcement Spurs Flurry Of Travel Searches Visit Cuba Before It Gets Ruined By Tourists Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent Economy Geography Travel World Cuba, Embargo, Travel search, 95 percent, Visit cuba, cuban…
  • Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill

    Edward Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill kenya lawmakers, brawl kenya, parliamentary fight kenya Has Been Optimized Kenyan lawmakers erupt in a parliamentary brawl after passing a very controversial anti-terrorism bill. The bill will allow authorities additional powers to crack down on terrorists, including allowing them to hold suspects for nearly a year. The bill also will punish journalists who publish unnapproved photos of terrorist suspects or undermine the state's terrorism operations. Journalists could go to jail for up…
  • Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax'

    Edward Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax' Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax' big banks too big to tax, wall st bankers, justice department, newsweek too big to tax Has Been Optimized A Newsweek article has found that the big banks on Wall Street are in fact too big to tax. By reviewing the settlements of fines and fees that Wall Street banks have had to pay federal agencies, the article found that those settlements are deductible from the taxes the banks pay. “For nearly every dollar a bank or lender has pledged to pay in cash... up to 35 cents will find its way back into…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Facebook Fever Break?

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first time I just had the urge to post something on Facebook –but resisted doing it. Because —and this is so weird for me to type — because it seemed “silly.” I can’t recall that ever happening to me. Ever! I don’t know what this means …but I fear it means something. That something unusual is happening to me. Something pivotal. Like that first deep raspy cough you notice before pnuemonia sets it. Or like the feeling when a fever breaks and you know you are going to be okay. I feel like this disinclination to post something absurd and…
  • Julie Rath: 3 Mistakes You Are Making Everyday — And How to Fix Them

    Julie Rath
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    People often ask me – usually at parties – if I walk around every day critiquing peoples’ outfits. While I can turn my critical eye on and off, and I certainly never go up to anyone and give them my opinion unsolicited, there are certain mistakes that I see consistently. If you’re someone who cares about how he looks (and I assume if you’re reading this article, you are), read on for three common errors and how to easily nip them in the bud. 1) Loafers with your suit – I get it. Traveling in lace-ups is no fun. Try a monkstrap instead, like the pair above. You can slip in and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: In praise of Goldilocks and the Golden Mean

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This holiday season be Goldilocks-esque and seek that desireable middle point between two extremes. Don’t eat too much nor eat too little. Don’t talk too much nor talk too little Don’t expect too much of yourself but don’t expect too little. Don’t expect too much of others but don’t expect too little of them either. Don’t sleep too much but don’t sleep too little. Don’t buy too much but don’t buy too little. Don’t feel too much but be sure to not feel too little. Don’t think too much nor think too little. Don’t act…
  • Josh Bowen: Got Protein?

    Josh Bowen
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Nutrition is polarizing. Nutrition is not black and white. Nutrition can not and never should be the same for everyone. These statements are the reason we have so many diet books, nutritional questions and a population of people that have analysis by paralysis on trying to eat “healthy.” As I have written before, not all proteins are created equal. Some contain more essential amino acids than others. To keep from rehashing old material click on the link above to read about the differences in proteins. The biggest question I get is “How much protein should I take in?”…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Modernized Ecclesiastes 3

    John Y. Brown III
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is a time to love There is a time to hate There is a time to be sad  There is a time to be joyful There is a time to judge There is a time to seek forgiveness There is a time to feel ecstatic and have hallucinations There is a time to feel paranoid and have cotton mouth And there is a time to titrate your medications
 
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage in Florida

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Friday for same-sex marriages to begin next month in Florida.The Supreme Court justices said in a ruling released Friday they would let a federal trial judge's decision backing marriage rights to take effect. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled in August to allow same-sex licenses to start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has fought to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, vowing to defend the state's Constitution.read more
  • Jim Boxold Takes Over Florida Transportation Department

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Gov. Rick Scott named Jim Boxold as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation on Friday. Boxold, currently the chief of staff of the department, will take over on Jan. 3.read more
  • Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8 Percent

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the unemployment rate in Florida dropped to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008. Back in October, the rate stood at 6 percent. Scott also noted that Florida has seen 715,700 new jobs in the private sector since he took over. During the 2010 campaign, Scott said his economic policies would create 700,000 new jobs over seven years.read more
  • Rep. Katie Edwards Files Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

    Nancy Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed legislation Thursday that would include domestic violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence referral service organizations in public records exemptions.HB 125 would create a registry and certification process under the Department of Children and Families for organizations that provide services, but not shelter to victims of domestic violence. read more
  • Voters Trust Republicans on More Major Issues, Poll Finds

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Voters trust the Republican Party a little bit more than the Democratic Party on a larger number of issues, according to a poll released Thursday.The Rasmussen Reports poll found more likely U.S. voters trust the GOP more on eight of 15 major issues regularly tracked by the pollster -- the economy, national security, Afghanistan, taxes, job creation, government spending, small business and gun control. read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Obama Asks The American People To Reject Violence After The Shooting Of 2 NYC Police Officers

    Jason Easley
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    President Obama strongly condemned the ambush killing of two New York police officers, while calling on the American people to reject violence. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rudy Giuliani Lies While Blaming Obama For The Murder of Two New York Police Officers

    Jason Easley
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In order to blame Obama for the murder of two New York police officers, Rudy Giuliani had to tell a massive lie about the president that had no relationship to reality. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NLRB Charges McDonald’s With Employee Rights Violations

    Rmuse
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    The NRLB said that since last year, it received 181 complaints against McDonald's, not individual franchises, and found clear cut and universal unlawful conduct by the company in 86 cases proving that McDonald's does control individual franchisees as a "joint employers" of its "fast food workforce." [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Turns The Tables On Republicans By Arguing That Gitmo Is Too Expensive To Keep Open

    Jason Easley
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    During an interview on CNN, President Obama used one of the GOP's favorite arguments against them, but arguing that Gitmo is too expensive to keep open. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ben Carson’s Embarrassingly Stupid Attack on Obamacare

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Ben Carson thinks Obamacare is unconstitutional because it doesn't help everybody. The only problem with that is that it DOES help everybody [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Quotes From Sunday Talk Shows: Police Officers Killed, Cuba, Sony Hack

    Tim Hanrahan
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Here's a rundown of notable quotes from the Sunday talk shows, on the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers, the Sony hack, and the new Cuba policy.
  • Marco Rubio Criticizes ‘Obama-Paul’ Policy on Cuba

    Andrew Grossman and Philip Shiskin
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) stepped up his foreign-policy debate with Sen. Rand Paul over Cuba by tying the Kentucky Republican to President Barack Obama.
  • Obama Calls Sony Hack ‘Cybervandalism’ Not Act of War

    Byron Tau
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    President Obama said that the North Korean hacking of Sony Pictures' computer systems was an act of "cybervandalism," not an act of warm and confirmed that the U.S. was considering adding North Korea back to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • Obama Condemns Killing of Two New York Officers

    Carol E. Lee
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    President Barack Obama condemned the killing of two New York City police officers in a statement released by the White House late Saturday night.
  • Sunday Talk Preview: Cuba, Sony Hack

    WSJ Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida makes the rounds this Sunday to discuss the U.S.'s move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. The hacking attack of Sony Pictures will also be discussed on this Sunday's news shows. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will appear on CNN's "State of the Union" for an interview with Candy Crowley. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press:
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  • Congressman Peter King: It's Time For President Obama, The Media, NYC Mayor To Stop Cop-Bashing

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    “It’s really time for our national leaders, the president, it’s time for the mayor of New York, and really for many in the media to stop the cop bashing, to stop this anti-police rhetoric,” King said on Fox News View Video › Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island, appearing on Fox News Sunday, cited the death of two NYPD officers as reasons for President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to "stop the cop bashing and anti-police rhetoric." "This is an absolute tragedy, what occurred in New York, and it's really time for our national leaders, the…
  • Rubio: It's Unfortunate Rand Paul Has Adopted And Is Supporting Obama's Foreign Policy On Cuba

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    “I think it’s unfortunate that Rand has decided to adopt Barack Obama’s foreign policy on this matter.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio responded to a series of tweets and a Facebook post from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) criticizing his view on U.S.-Cuban relations. Paul had wrote that Rubio was "acting like an isolationist" for not supporting normalized relations with Communist Cuba. His comments came after Rubio went on Fox News Thursday night and said libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator "has no idea what he's talking about" in regard to…
  • Supreme Court Allows Florida Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In January

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    A late Friday order from the Supreme Court means same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry beginning Jan. 6. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida's request to stop same-sex couples from marrying during the state's appeal of a federal case challenging the state's ban on such marriages. The decision, absent some unexpected development, means that same-sex couples will be able to marry beginning January 6. Under the trial court's order striking down the ban as unconstitutional, the injunction was stayed — or…
  • Miami Venezuelans Try To Succeed Where Their Cuban Allies Failed

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    From one day to the next, Obama ended Cuba’s decades-long isolation and signed sanctions against Venezuela’s president. Miami’s Venezuelans had to mourn even as they celebrated. People peer from their windows beside a giant banner with Cuban former president Fidel Castro (right) and Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez during a march in Havana on Sept. 30, 2014. Stringer / Via Reuters MIAMI — Venezuelans in South Florida had a huge victory to celebrate, but they were careful not to look too happy. In the space of 24 hours, President Obama signed fresh sanctions…
  • Obama: Sony Made "A Mistake"

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    The president says Sony shouldn’t have killed The Interview. Larry Downing / Reuters President Obama criticized Sony for pulling The Interview at his end-of-year news conference Friday. "I think they made a mistake," Obama said. The president said he was "sympathetic to the concerns" at Sony after a massive hack exposed embarrassing internal emails and other corporate secrets. On Friday, the FBI said North Korea was responsible for the hack. Despite the cyberattack, Obama said canceling the release of the film was caving to North Korean demands. "We cannot have a society in which some…
 
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  • The Cuba Deal: Coexisting and Profiting with Tyrants

    Alejandro Antonio Chafuen
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. We all celebrate when an innocent person is released from prison. The freedom of Alan Gross is welcome news. But the release of three convicted Cuban spies and operatives (who were directly responsible for the killing of other innocents), the continued lack of consultation by the administration with other branches of government and Congress, and the disregard for the unrelenting oppression of political freedoms are a high cost to pay. The leading Cuban-Americans in the legislature, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Robert Menéndez…
  • The Powerful Force of Political Names: Are the Brands Going Out of Style?

    Samuel G. Casolari
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    The 2014 midterm elections came to an end with the crushing defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. Her loss, however, was part of a series of defeats for political families over the last two midterm elections. In Louisiana, Landrieu is part of a politically connected and influential family whose political presence extended several decades in Louisiana and New Orleans politics. Her brother is currently mayor of New Orleans and her father was a cabinet official in Jimmy Carter’s administration. In Arkansas, Tom Cotton defeated Mark Pryor by a resounding margin. The Pryor name goes…
  • Pick Your Poison: NSA, Google, or Facebook

    Freedom Readers
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On October 21, 2014, Grove City College professors Dr. William Birmingham, Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, Dr. Samuel Stanton, and Mr. Brian Dellinger ’07 spoke to over 130 students and guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. In this interesting discussion–held in the beautiful new STEM Hall–the panel discusses privacy issues and concerns.
  • Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

    John A. Sparks
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could bring that gigantic piece of legislation to the Supreme Court for yet another review. Adler told the committee that the language of the ACA gives individual states an option when it comes to setting up health care insurance exchanges—marketplaces where citizens can buy health insurance under the ACA. States could create them, or more importantly, could elect not to create them. In…
  • Wolfboy and Princess Cupcake: The Complementarity of the Sexes

    Paul G. Kengor
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Ecumenism at its best was recently demonstrated at the Vatican, where dozens of faith leaders worldwide assembled to remind us of the essential complementarity of men and women in life, marriage, and parenthood. It was enough to prompt a high-five between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor James Robison. Of course, do we really need reminding that male and female are different? Absolutely, especially with the advent of same-sex marriage, which is prompting assertions that it “doesn’t matter” whether two men or two women parent a household. Ask any parent if males and females are…
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  • Senate passes bill expanding drug war with Transnational Drug Trafficking Act

    Adriana Maestas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    On Monday, the Senate passed the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which expands the war on drugs. This law gives the Justice Department the authority to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. The law also ensures that current penalties apply to chemical producers from other countries that illegally ship precursor chemicals (for example: cold medicines to be turned into meth) into the U.S. knowing these chemicals will be used to make illegal drugs. The bill was co-authored by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA). According to The…
  • Government funding bill with Wall Street giveaways passes in House

    Adriana Maestas
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a government funding bill, but some of the more progressive members of the House stood in opposition to this spending bill because it contained policy riders that benefited the big banks and the wealthy. One rider would permit the big banks to perform more high-risk trades with taxpayer backed funds. The second policy rider in question would increase the amount of money that individuals can give to national political parties for retiring campaign debt, hosting a convention, and replenishing recount funds. According to Mother Jones,…
  • Latino support for President Obama up, and majority of Americans still support path to legalization

    Adriana Maestas
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released some new data today from a recently conducted survey that shows a mixed response from the public for the President’s recent executive action expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. Overall, 50% of Americans disapprove of the President’s executive action to protect the up to four million undocumented immigrants from deportation, while 48% of Americans approve of the action. Predictably, an overwhelming percentage of Republicans (82%) disapprove of the immigration action, while…
  • #Ferguson Rep. Hank Johnson Drops Special Prosecutor Bill to Alter Grand Jury System

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) just dropped his second piece of legislation related to Ferguson and the death’s of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.   Johnson’s first bill would cut back Pentagon Program 1033.  This legislation would attempt to fix the grand jury system.  Grand Juries failed to indict police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo in the shooting and strangling deaths of Brown and Wilson — both of whom were unarmed.  Though today might be the last day of the 113th Congress, this bill is likely to be filed again by Johnson in early January. Today, conservative…
  • Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress. This week will likely be the last week of the 113th Congress. When Congress reconvenes again in January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. But the last week of a Congress is always unpredictable and full of bills passing. Some pieces are ceremonial — others are substantive.  You never know what legislative language might get tacked on to a bigger (read: spending) bill at the last minute as part of a last minute deal.   Below are four pieces of legislation related to the topic of the moment: Police brutality.  Last year…
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  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • CIA and Torture: The World Reacts

    Mike Dakkak
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of the biggest reasons cited for not divulging details about the CIA’s secret detention program is that it will raise violent sentiment against the US and make us less safe. Yet aside from a few countries taking glee in the sometimes embarrassing details contained in the report, reaction in the Middle East and the broader world has been largely muted. We discuss in today’s program. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
 
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  • Falling Oil = Increased Spending, Not Exactly

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    By  Bill  Tatro, Specil forUSDR I once, at 17 years old, kept the President of the United States waiting as I struggled with the concept of productivity. My Professor, the Economics Adviser to LBJ, graciously took an extra 20 minutes after class to try to explain his Keynesian thought process. Unfortunately, to this day, I don’t get what you do with the people you just put out of work other than hand them a food stamp card. Fifty years later I am struggling with another concept, being espoused by economists, central bankers, politicians, mainstream media and even the majority of talk…
  • Two Thirds of Shoppers Plan to Buy at Least Half of Their Gifts Online

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    By  USDR Holiday sales as compared to overall annual retail sales have been trending downward for about a decade. Holiday sales in 2013, at $663.5 billion, were 18.7% of overall retail sales, well below the peak of 19.6% seen in 2004. However, one holiday shopping segment is prime for growth, as online shopping is set to be prolific this year. Indeed, new Mintel research conducted just this month finds that two thirds (67%) of online holiday shoppers plan to buy at least half of their presentsonline. This already high statistic rises among Millennials (80%) and Generation X (72%), those with…
  • Republicans Get Ready to Rumble

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    ByUSDR Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement today that he will “actively explore” the presidency marks the start of an 18 month battle for control of the RepublicanParty. On one side are Bush, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the candidates of the establishment or moderate wing of the party. On the other side are the conservatives who comprise the list of almost two dozen potential presidentialcandidates. The nomination battle will be fierce, expensive and “wide open,” according to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who…
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Less Like Christmas

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:23 am
    By Joe Messina, Special forUSDR Can you feel it in the air? Can you tell what time of the year it is? It starts in September… rapid fire… What are we doing for Halloween? Thanksgiving? and Christmas, err, I mean the holidays? Almost no one has an issue with Halloween. And after years of telling the little ones to take nothing from strangers, we dress up our little people, scare the life out of them, and then tell them its funny! Make sure you check your candy and don’t talk to strangers, except those people in masks giving out candy, because they’re not really strangers, they’re…
  • CAGW Recognizes “Porker of the Month”

    usdr
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:22 pm
    By  USDR Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler its December Porker of the Month for taking the FCC on a high-tech holiday spending spree by increasing funding for the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) E-Rate program. On December 11, 2014, the FCC voted 3-2 to approve the chairman’s proposal to raise the spending cap on the E-Rate program by $1.5 billion annually, resulting in a 17.2 percent increase in the USF fees charged to Americans on their telephone and wireless bills. The E-Rate program, which provides…
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  • Obama just capitulated to the communists in Cuba

    The American Patriot
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This is terrible….just awful. Fausta’s Blog and Babalu Blog have the details. Here’s the truth via Val Prieto: So the Obama administration traded 3 spies implicated in the murder of US citizens for a humanitarian worker and an “unknown” intelligence source. Because bowing to communists and terrorists is what Obama and his cohorts do best. This is a major setback for the opposition and dissident movements in Cuba. The Obama administration, by making this “deal”, has confirmed that they are OK with the repression, brutality, incarceration, and murder…
  • A good example of why I really do not go to Church anywhere.

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    For the record, I don’t agree with everything that the dude below writes. However, when I saw this posting here by Darrell at “Stuff Fundies Like”; my heart went out to the guy. The reason is this here: I have been there and it sucks. Depression is a real thing and after 9/11, I had thoughts of suicide. Now my way of coping and handling it, might not have been what Darrell is doing. But, that does not take away from the fact that what he is going through is a very real thing. Anyhow, click on the link to read: E-mails from Fundies: Depression Diagnosed at Stuff Fundies…
  • Video of the day: “Oh God, it’s Mom”

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    This is too funny: (Via WaPo)
  • Jeb Bush says he is running for President

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Oh Dear Lord in Heaven. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.    Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren. We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the…
  • Guest Voice: Jim Hightower: State legislatures are helping rich lenders rip-off Military personnel

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    I am posting this, because I find this one to be particularly disturbing. Here is the original story by the New York Times. Take it away Jim! Audio: Loan sharks and their lobbyists really know how to put the “ick” in eth-icks. Though they’ve tried to buff-up their public image by calling themselves “consumer lenders,” their game remains the same ethical mess it’s always been. They target poor and financially struggling people, entice them to borrow with come-ons touting “quick & easy” money, then hook them to installment loans with interest…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: Holiday Icing

    Laura Cantwell
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Image from: Shutterstock With the holidays quickly approaching it’s no surprise that the jewelry category saw a jump in traffic last month. The category itself saw an increase of 31.78% in unique visitors while several of the category top sites saw an even larger increase. Zales.com held on to its number one position last month, seeing an increase of 73.87% in unique visitors. Aside from search terms containing the site’s name, “promise rings,” “engagement rings,” and “wedding bands” ranked high among top search referrals. Surprisingly, more females tended to visit the site…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    There’s still time to fine-tune your digital marketing for last-minute shoppers before the holidays are in full swing. Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week. 6 Ways Big Data Will Shape Online Marketing In 2015 If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop thinking of big data as just a buzzword. As a marketer, big data is readily available to you, so familiarize yourself with this tool and learn how to utilize it in your 2015 marketing. Examining Search and Social Behavior for Holiday Shopping For many consumers, online shopping is far preferable to heading to a…
  • November Top 50: Introducing Cyber Week

    Laura Cantwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Image from: Shutterstock The lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday have continued to blur this year, with more consumers shopping online during “Cyber Week” rather than distinctly in person on Friday and online three days later. This new trend has impacted the traffic that a number of sites saw in November. See which of the top 50 sites were impacted by online Black Friday shopping below. Best Buy: Bestbuy.com saw an increase of 52% in unique visitors in November, almost certainly due to Black Friday. Among the most common search referral terms directing to the site, several…
  • Is Trivago Cleaning Up?

    Lincoln Merrihew
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Image from: Rolling Stone Trivago is one of the newer players in the US online travel space and has used TV ads featuring actor Tim Williams. Unlike most spokespeople, he had a somewhat tousled look perhaps designed to appeal to the everyman (or woman). That look caused mixed reactions among consumers and drove coverage in the trades, such as CNN. Trivago leveraged that attention by holding a contest, the winner of which got to orchestrate a Tim makeover.
  • Sunday Series: Children and Baby Needs

    Laura Cantwell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Image from: Shutterstock Though the “Children and Baby Needs” category has seen a decrease in UVs in 2014, the category picked up in November, moving its way into our list of top moving categories. With regard to YoY traffic, the category is down 21.51%, but last month traffic increased 45.16%. This sudden change in direction makes sense when you take a look at which sites are included in the category. Lego.com followed the category trend. The site is down 26.59% in YoY traffic but saw a 34.92% increase in November. With serious holiday shopping occurring during November, it’s…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • Why Presidential Candidate Polls Mean Nothing Now

    Lee Cary
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    “News” outlets have been politically biased since, at least, the days when Jefferson was Secretary of State. The biggest difference today is that there are many more, and ever more, “news” outlets. And most of the dominant ones are firmly aligned with the liberal progressive movement underway in the U.S. since, at least, the late 19th Century. The good news is that readers, in growing numbers, are learning how to filter out the hard news from among the spin-and-glitter of biased reporting. There is no clearer impact of journalistic spin these days than the shilling now underway for…
  • UPDATE: GOP Establishment Targeted 2 Michigan Republican House Members for Defeat in November

    Lee Cary
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The GOP Establishment targeted two conservative, Republican Congressmen from Michigan for defeat in the November midterms.  The Establishment won one, and lost one. Last March, we chronicled here how Michigan’s 11th District freshman Congressman Kerry Bentivolio’s election in 2012 was an embarrassment to the GOP establishment. We asked this question in a subsequent article:  “Will the GOP Establishment that failed to block Cong. Kerry Bentivolio in ’12 try again in ’14?” The answer was “Yes” – they tried again, and succeeded this time. In the GOP primary election, David…
  • State Nullification has an Undeserved Bad Reputation

    Donald Mellon
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    ~ by Donald Mellon ~ When you read or hear “Nullify” in the context of federal laws what comes to mind? You might think it is an illegal act committed by state legislatures. You might think that because the Constitution says federal laws are the supreme laws of the land they cannot be nullified by the states. Also if the Supreme Court decides a federal law is constitutional then no state can nullify that law? If you believe any of these statements you are part of the majority but they are all false as you will see. The majority believes those statements are true because  nullification…
  • Warmists Have Shone the Way

    Donald Mellon
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    by Donald Mellon Physicist’s approach to finding answers is all wrong. Warmist have shone the true path. Physicists have been looking for the theory of everything for a long time. Relativity is the theory of big things like heavenly bodies and velocities approaching the speed of light. Quantum mechanics is the theory of little things like atoms and protons and photons. They search for the one theory, a unifying theory, that can explain the physics of both big and little things. But they are having problems. They observe the cosmos and have to invent dark energy and dark matter to…
  • A morning-after lesson from Ferguson

    Lee Cary
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    When the progressive welfare state goes broke, some large African-American neighborhoods in Big Blue Cities will be left to burn by the police. On the morning after the Grand Jury No True Bill decision was announcement, it was clear that the policing authorities followed a planned, minimum-response strategy. They offered little resistance to looting and property destruction, perhaps in order to avoid bloodshed and media scrutiny. The outcome:  On the morning after, there were few, if any, reports of serious injuries.  No media videos went viral showing police physically subduing looters. …
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The U.S. Sanctions' Policy

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The U.S. sanctions on Cuba failed to tame Cuban leadership, according to the U.S. president Obama himself. After the U.S.-Soviet nuclear escalation at the beginning of 1960s ,CIA  engineered a plot to overthrow Cuban president Fidel Castro. Although the CIA utilized some Cuban opponents (most of them reside in Florida), the result was failure of Pig of Bay Invasion.  Does this story remind us of CIA-engineered Syrian opponents?Any way, Obama has finally admitted failure of sanctions policy against Cuba. Meanwhile, the U.S. congress is preparing to issue further sanctions against…
  • Cheney Files

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Cartoon: The top secret files of Dick Cheney (dailykos)
  • Hamas-Iran Relationship

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    My personal opinion on "Hamas-Iran relation" is that the relationship will never be permanent or stable, because both sides based their concept on different and  even contradicted sectarian ideology, although they share common interests, such as liberation of Palestine. Moreover, Hamas's leadership restored ties after Hamas's severe funding crisis, due to multi-lateral siege over Gaza strip.
  • The Emperor's Behavior

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    "US President Barack Obama signs the Ukraine Freedom Act but does not want to impose sanctions under the law, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday.“The President signs H.R. 5859 [Ukrainian Freedom Act] into law, signing the legislation does not however signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy…” Earnest said.“At this time the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law but act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized if circumstances warranted,” he added.Washington…
  • Iranian Official: West Bank Will Turn Into ''Zionists' Hell''

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that arming the West Bank would soon start to turn the region into a hell for the Zionists.“The US cannot provide security coverage for the Zionist regime since the entire occupied Palestinian territories can be targeted by the overlapping fire power of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” Salami said in an interview with the state-run TV on Sunday.Brigadier General Hossein SalamiElaborating on plans to arm the West Bank, he said, “The West Bank Palestinians will not abandon…
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    BizPac Review

  • 25 arrested after ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters take over Mall of America

    Wayne Dupree
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    In the festive season of great tidings and joy, Americans descended on the Mall of America’s rotunda in Bloomington, MN on Saturday afternoon chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” Minnesota Public Radio gave a snapshot of the day’s events by publishing photos, video and interviews. According to its first-hand account: This rally was part of a series of nationwide protests scheduled after police officers were not charged in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Photo credit: Angela Jimenez / For MPR News The Mall of America…
  • Dumb criminal steals a car from dealership, returns to complain about battery on hand lock

    BizPac Review
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A car dealership in Hialeah Fla. unknowingly let a thief drive off with one of its cars. The dealership didn’t have a lot of time to panic over the mistake, since one of the brazen criminals returned the following day to complain that the battery wasn’t working on the key-chain click lock. An employee told her he would fix the problem and called the cops while she waited, CBS News 4 reported. What an intelligent criminal we have here.
  • Florida police officer fatally shot was NYPD veteran

    Wayne Dupree
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:13 am
    Florida law enforcement veteran Charles “Charlie K” Kondek, 45, was fatally shot early Sunday morning in the line of duty, according to BayNews9. Officer Kondek’s name was displayed on the Tarpon Springs Police Department Facebook page around 11:15 a.m. The heart felt message had been shared close to 1.5K times at the time of this post. Post by Tarpon Springs Police Department.   Kondek, a father of five, was a 17-year veteran of the police department, primarily working the midnight shift. He spent five years as an officer with the New York City Police Department…
  • Blame the victim and run! ‘Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer’ to N. Korea

    Tom Tillison
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    Photo Source TruNews.com U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said President Obama should be responding to the North Korea cyber attacks on Sony Pictures instead of vacationing in Hawaii. “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t think that’s enough. North Korea attacked, then threatened violence.” Coming up short of calling the cyber attack an act of terrorism, the Michigan Republican said it was a “nation state attack on the United States.” In a year-end press…
  • Freak accident! Stray truck tire barrels through window sending 77-year-old flying

    BizPac Review
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    This was some seriously unfortunate timing for Manuel Mendoza, a janitor at a medical clinic in Texas. Mendoza was in the path of a runaway tire and was thrown across the room when it barreled through the window. He wasn’t seriously injured, according to reports. According to Fox News, “the tire had apparently flown off a truck on the nearby freeway, rolled through the parking lot and then hit the clinic.” What are the odds? Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Republican Obstructionism So Bad, Even Trent Lott Saying It’s Out of Control

    Paul Phillips
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Sometimes, things get so bad you just have to laugh. Former Republican Senate majority leader, Trent Lott, had some interesting advice for incoming Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and what he thinks about the obstructionists in the current Republican party.  The quote speaks for itself: “The leadership is going to have to find a way to deal sternly with some of these members…. I wouldn’t put up with some of the stuff that they’re doing,” said Lott. He characterized last year’s partial government shutdown – spearheaded by tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas…
  • Republicans Bury 7th Benghazi Investigation Results Because It Debunks Their Arguments, Just Like the Other Six

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the tried-and-true tactics that both political parties use to bury news they don’t really want getting to the public is the release of information late in the day before the weekend starts.  This catches the public when their attention on political matters is waning for the week and doesn’t allow for the information to be debated in the usual news cycle like it normally would.  Last Friday was no different when the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, headed by Republicans, released its findings on the 7th investigation into the attacks on…
  • Why Ferguson Shooting is Officer Darren Wilson’s Fault

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Re-posting this since nothing has changed this reality, including all of the variously disputed autopsy results.  Officer Wilson performed his job poorly and, as the decision now looms very close, should be justifiably punished for his actions. As the situation in Ferguson continues to unfold, one aspect of the shooting should be examined profusely: the initial action of Officer Darren Wilson. The only witness to the initial contact outside of Wilson is Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, so this is a bit of a he-said-he-said.  But, as has been widely reported, according to Johnson the…
  • Just Like in 2012, Progressive Ideas Win Big on Election Day

    Paul Phillips
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Photo: Tim Pierce After President Obama won reelection in 2012, I pointed out how progressive ideas did really well when put to the vote by the public on ballot measures.  While the Republican party is celebrating their non-surprising gains in the legislative branch, progressive ideas absolutely dominated on the ballot, even in red states. Taking a look at the 13 initiatives highlighted by CNN, 12 have been decided as of this writing.  In only one case did the progressive side lose and even that was not a majority loss (58% approved medical marijuana in Florida, 60% was needed). …
  • 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,…
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    Daily Signal

  • 13-Year-Old Son of Fallen NYPD Officer Posts Heartbreaking Goodbye to Father on Facebook

    Kelsey Harkness
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    The son of fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot to death along with his partner in their cruiser Saturday afternoon, has penned a heartbreaking goodbye to his father on Facebook. In it, 13-year-old Jaden Ramos writes: “Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad.” Ramos, 40, was one of the two police officers shot and killed as they sat in their squad car in Brooklyn while working overtime. He leaves behind two children. The other slain officer, Wenjian Liu, 32, was a newlywed of two…
  • ‘Obama-Paul’ Cuba Policy Not Working for Marco Rubio

    Kelsey Harkness
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    The spat between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over President Obama’s attempt to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations spilled into the weekend, surfacing on the Sunday talk show circuit this morning. “Rand, if he wants to become the chief cheerleader of Obama’s foreign policy, he certainly has a right to do that,” Rubio said on ABC’s “This Week” of Paul’s support for the president’s strategy on the Communist state. He added: I’m going to continue to oppose the Obama-Paul foreign policy on Cuba because I know it won’t lead to freedom and…
  • The Reasons Behind Obama’s Failures

    Ted Bromund
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    In early October, President Obama warned his supporters to “make no mistake: these policies [of mine] are on the ballot. Every single one of them”. After the November elections, he probably wishes he hadn’t said that: the scale of the liberal defeat is remarkable, as are its causes. In 2008, Obama had long coat-tails: when he took office in 2009, the House of Representatives had 256 Democrats. In 2015, it will probably have 188. But the underlying reasons for Obama’s failure run deeper than the normal swings of the political pendulum. Four of them are vital. The first is that a good…
  • How to Reform No Child Left Behind

    Lindsey Burke
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Lawmakers already are talking about reauthorizing No Child Left Behind — the George W. Bush-era education initiative. “I’d like to have the president’s signature on it before summer,” challenged Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who will assume chairmanship of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee when Congress resumes in January. But lawmakers should be pursuing bold education reforms, not searching out weak legislative compromises that fail to limit federal overreach. Congressional conservatives should take this opportunity…
  • Timeout! Minnesota City Passes Moratorium on Solar Power

    Tom Steward
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    MONTICELLO, Minn. — Supporters of solar power say the future is bright in Minnesota, thanks to a slew of subsidies toward requiring big utilities to generate 1.5 percent of their power from solar by 2020. Despite a rush by some cities to get on the bandwagon, Monticello was the first municipality in the state to impose at least a temporary moratorium prohibiting installations to generate solar power. “Given this emerging technology, it would be wise for the city to be proactive and take the opportunity to understand this issue for development and for regulations,” said Angela…
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    The Allegiant

  • Play Many Popular Casino Games at William Hill Vegas Casino

    Richard Cavalli
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:57 pm
    If you are a casino enthusiast or got something to do with casinos, then you would surely know about the most popular gambling institutions of the world, William Hill. It has been in operation since 1934 in the United Kingdom and started to offer online services for casino and gambling enthusiasts since the 10s. William Hill is one of the longest running gambling sites online and offers £25 welcome bonus for new players. All you need is to register at William Hill to enjoy this welcome bonus and you need not turn over X amount of times in order to avail this welcome bonus. There are a number…
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Does India’s Center Right need a Fox News ?

    Gautam Mukherjee
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Narendra Modi – The only star of the Right. Ideas may be flowing at a right-of-centre conclave in Goa, but most of the participants are painfully obscure. There are hardly any media or political stars, and any that might be counted to serve, can be reckoned on the fingers of both hands. The Right Wing Indian thinkers and professors don’t live in India; they come if transported in, all-expenses paid, five-star and first-class. They are employed in the West, mostly in the United States, where they are appreciated and well-paid. As for Right Wing Indian novelists and litterateurs; do…
  • Bhaiyyaji Joshi: Conversions should stop

    Niti PTI Bot
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Haridwar, Dec 21 (PTI) Religious conversions should be stopped as it is creating many problems in the country, General Secretary of RSS Bhaiyyaji Joshi said here today. “We want people to follow their own religion with dedication. Religious conversion is not good,” Joshi said, however, adding, “ghar vapasi” if one does it out of free will, should be “welcomed.” On the Indo-Pak relations he said,” In the present circumstances we should to talk to Pakistan on our own terms only.” The RSS leader was here for the yearly programme of…
  • Virbhadra Singh: Consultative Committee of pensioners be formed soon

    Niti PTI Bot
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Shimla, Dec 21 (PTI) A Joint Consultative committee of pensioners would be constituted within 10 days to resolve their issues, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said. Presiding over the Silver Jubilee Convention of the State Level Pensioners Welfare Association at Hamirpur today, he expressed concern over the demand for extending the benefits on Punjab pattern. Singh said that government is giving Punjab Scales to its employees and is not obliged to extend other benefits given by Boards and Corporations in Punjab to its employees. “Our state employees or the few bodies and…
  • Ghar Wapsi we should be really focused on

    Offstumped
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Would it be too much to expect prioritizing the “Ghar Wapsi” of Hindu Temples over everything else ? (File Photo) Does the Vishwa Hindu Parishad want Narendra Modi to be a one time Prime Minister ? This is a question that has one exercised over the manner in which the public discourse has been hijacked away from “Make in India”, “Digital India” and “Swacch Bharat” to focus almost obsessively on “Ghar Wapsi”. It perhaps was telling that the only headline to emerge out of the India Ideas Conclave as far as the mainstream media goes…
  • Good and Evil redefined Pakistan style

    Manoj Kureel
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Selective retribution against Bad Taliban while wink at Good Taliban will only result in more Taliban. The post Good and Evil redefined Pakistan style appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This the 8th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 7 here. Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology […]The post How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 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. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here: The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS – Part III. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Student Leader Resigns After Stating She Has ‘No Sympathy’ for Murdered Cops

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    The Brandeis University student leader who publicly stated that she had “no sympathy” for the executed New York Police Department officers resigned her position on ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ventura Now Suing Book Co That Published ‘American Sniper’

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Jesse Ventura is still not done going after Chris Kyle and his book “American Sniper.” The former Minnesota governor is now setting his sights on ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Co-Founder of Hamas Reveals Arafat Lied; Gave Hamas Weapons For Second Intifada

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Interviewed on Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV channel, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Al-Zahhar admitted that as the Camp David talks began to fall apart in July of 2000,  Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat supplied Hamas with the necessary ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dr. Evil Invades SNL — Disses N. Korea, Sony & GOP

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    During Saturday Night Live‘s cold open, Mike Myers’s most villainous character, Dr. Evil, invaded the airwaves to poke fun at North Korea and Sony Pictures ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are Sharpton, de Blasio — Even Obama — Culpable in Murder of NYC Cops?

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Al Sharpton has been everywhere these last few months, organizing marches through his National Action Network to protest the deaths of black men at the ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Chad Hauser

    Liberal Fix
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chad Hauser, Executive Director of Cafe Momentum. 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 promoting…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Maya Schenwar

    Liberal Fix
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Nicollette Hahn Niman

    Liberal Fix
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Nicollette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef: The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer Turned Cattle Rancher. Nicolette Hahn Niman previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm–animal welfare. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic online.  Hosted by…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Tim Kuhner

    Liberal Fix
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Tim Kuhner, author of Capitalism v Democracy. 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 promoting progressive…
  • Liberal Fix Encore with Walter Brasch, author of "Fracking Pennsylvania"

    Liberal Fix
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.   If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
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    21st Century Wire

  • Episode #64 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Military Media Complex’ with guests Tim Fox and Ken O’Keefe

    21wire
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Episode #64 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday December 21, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-7pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE, with host Patrick Henningsen from 21WIRE, covering the week’s top stories from the US, Europe and beyond including the ‘Sydney Siege’. In the first hour – Patrick covers SONY’s false flag hack and The…
  • ‘#ICantBreathe’ Revenge Shooter Kills 2 NYPD Officers, Then Shoots Himself

    21wire
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The name of the #ICantBreathe revenge shooter has been released by the NYPD this afternoon. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot and killed two NYPD officers, shooting point-blank execution style in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy district, before running into a nearby Marcy Avenue subway station and committing suicide in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood at 2:45pm EST on December 20th. The African-American gunman used the hashtag #ShootThePolice, along with two other hashtags believed to be #EricGarner and #HandsUpDontShoot (in support of Michael Brown). He posted the…
  • Axis of Lies: Obama, North Korea & Sydney Siege Decoded with Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Getting to the bottom of two of this month biggest and most mysterious stories.Watch this great discussion yesterday with 21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen and Buzzsaw host Sean Stone…The Lip TVThe Australian hostage situation in Sydney and unusual circumstances around Sheikh Monis’ connections to the Iranian and Australian government, plus the possibility of him being a patsy to enact more anti-terror legislation in Australia is discussed. We also talk about the Sony hack, and the US government’s pinning the blame on the North Korean government in…
  • ‘The Interview’, A Sony False Flag Hack and Hollywood’s Empire of Mediocrity

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century WireIt’s official: Sony Pictures has pulled the plug on The Interview – across all media platforms.The chain of events which led to this point may forever be marked by historians as a seminal, watershed moment in this troubling epoch, known simply as, ‘The Age of Stupidity’.Without a doubt, the most exciting piece of foreign theater involving the US and North Korea since Dennis Rodman and The Fish That Saved Pyongyang…It couldn’t be any more ridiculous; a twisting and turning, real-life cloak and dagger drama…
  • The Sony Pictures Hack, Explained

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    21st Century Wire says…So far, this is the mainstream media’s most comprehensive report on the Sony hacking scandal.Bear in mind, anything that comes out of Washington DC, including ‘FBI confirmations’, we’ll still have to take with a pinch of salt… The SwitchHackers broke into the computer systems of Sony Pictures entertainment in October. The attackers stole huge swaths of confidential documents from the Hollywood studio and posted them online in the following weeks — exposing them to everyone from potential cybercriminals to journalists who have…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The marathon is tough because shortcuts do not exist. Especially if you have an ego, told people about the attempt, and have friends tracking your progress on the mobile application. How difficult can it be, I wondered before the marathon, because in the unlikeliest of scenarios I could stride across the course within the nine-hour limit? So from the 15-kilometre mark I got into a routine of fast-marching (all credit to the months of training as a reconnaissance trooper, during my National Service) for a short distance after a water station, yet at the turning point of miserable East Coast…
  • UNASMUN, Four Years On

    guanyinmiao
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    There is more to do in the bigger picture, in Singapore, beyond the organisation of the conference. Despite their gentler learning curves (vis-à-vis debates, for instance) and varied applications in school, simulations like MUN in the country have unfortunately been dominated by a few schools. And I think that's a shame. We've tried hard at UNASMUN to train delegates and teachers with the basic know-how, so that they can develop or further their own programmes, yet there is tremendous room for improvement. Continue reading →
  • Mad November

    guanyinmiao
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Will be back in December! Continue reading →
  • When We Appropriate Community Service

    guanyinmiao
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Somehow, it unsettles when community service and its initiatives are valorised. Schools - like corporations - have incentives to appropriate projects, because they are proof of civic-mindedness. But so much goes unchallenged. Are we portraying individuals to fit a predetermined narrative, one that benefits is disproportionately? Why are we clamouring to be recognised, to give ourselves public pats on the back? In our anxiety to represent these individuals have we objectified them, and thereby lost sight of broader, structural challenges? Continue reading →
  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • CIA and Torture: The World Reacts

    Mike Dakkak
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of the biggest reasons cited for not divulging details about the CIA’s secret detention program is that it will raise violent sentiment against the US and make us less safe. Yet aside from a few countries taking glee in the sometimes embarrassing details contained in the report, reaction in the Middle East and the broader world has been largely muted. We discuss in today’s program. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • Celebrities Join Stephen Colbert To Say Goodbye Ones And For All And The NY Times Tells Us What It Was All About

    Nkorni Tankwa
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The last episode of the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert was aired a few hours ago and what an episode it was. Besides the fact that it was pact full with with celebrities, including Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, Keith Olberman, … Continue reading →
  • Jon Stewart Slams Dick Cheney: Is He A “Righteous Warrior or a Psychopath?”

    Nkorni Tankwa
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On last night’s episode of the Daily Show Jon Stewart slammed Dick Cheney, for continuing to defend the abusive actions of CIA officials towards prisoners in the years following 911. Referencing Cheney’s Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, where  the … Continue reading →
  • Meet Italy And Japan’s Most Highest Paid Gigolos

    Nkorni Tankwa
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Apparently the job of a  gigolo, which will be the equivalent to a female escort, is not unusual in countries like Italy and Japan. Their services are very much in demand and women, especially from both countries, don’t mind paying … Continue reading →
  • Forbes: 2014 Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians

    Nkorni Tankwa
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    It’s that time of year when Forbes magazine begins to compile it’s wealth list of movers and shakers. After exploring the music industry through out the year, Forbes revealed that the top ten earners made a combine 1.4 billion dollars … Continue reading →
  • Super Model Beverly Johnson Comes Forward With Her Own Allegations Against Cosby

    Nkorni Tankwa
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    A few hours ago ABC news aired super model Beverly Johnson’s graphic testimony against comedian Bill Cosby. Sitting down with Nightline, Johnson tells how in 1986 she was contacted by her modeling agency about auditioning for a role in the … Continue reading →
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
  • The Award Goes To… Race Baiters (and much more)

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    For becoming a most invaluable resource of hate, violence and race baiting all across America... the AWARD goes to… He isn't even sworn in yet, but this governor-elect is already causing waves on a national scale... and the AWARD goes to… Creating a public relations nightmare on how NOT to handle a scandal... and the AWARD goes to… For not properly securing valuable research, and ultimately losing your brains in the process... and this AWARD goes to… For giving the media such a meaty and yet worthless story to report on... the stupidity AWARD goes to… …
  • The Award Goes To… a Historic Election!

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Recognizing that the United States of America needed a correction course immediately... this AWARD does not go to the Republicans... it goes to… One of the most controversial societal issues facing Americans. Let's call it the hot potato contest... and the AWARD goes to...  Authenticity and politics is equivalent to environmentalists being supportive of the keystone pipeline. Being Yourself no matter what... the AWARD goes to...  What goes around comes around... you scratch my back and I'll ignore you when you need me! and this AWARD goes to...  For making the dummies…
  • The Award Goes To… Hurricane and Jordan

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
  • Liberty’s Last Hope Is in New Hampshire

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
  • Back to the Frontlines

    Joël Valenzuela
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. People the world over remain preoccupied with …
  • Mideast Conflict: A Blanket of Hatred

    Alon Starkman
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Xenophobia has always been regarded as an internal problem for states, and while many governments have taken some kind of measure towards educating people against it, often it seems to end up on the back-burner. However, the long term consequences …
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    Citizens News

  • THE IDIOCY OF PMSNBC HIGHLIGHTED

    Liberty Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE Its hard to imagine that they have viewers who actually watch this drivel and even worse, believe it to have some sense of sanity to it. The post THE IDIOCY OF PMSNBC HIGHLIGHTED appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Worst Congress Ever? You Must Be Kidding

    Liberty Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty David Boaz The Establishment media really love laws and government. NPR, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Pew Research, NBC, Politico – they’re all lamenting the “least productive Congress” ever. Or more precisely noting that the just-concluded 113th Congress was the second least productive Congress ever, second only to the 2011-12 […]The post Worst Congress Ever? You Must Be Kidding appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Obama returns four “low-level” Gitmo jihadis to…Afghanistan

    Liberty Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia via Pentagon returns four Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan | Fox News. The Pentagon said Saturday it has released four Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to their home country, President Obama’s most recent effort to reduce the detainee population toward his goal of closing the facility. They will be […]The post Obama returns four “low-level” Gitmo jihadis to…Afghanistan appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Nebraska Mom and Two Boys

    Liberty Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report Tera Stewart (Omaha, Nebraska) Tera Stewart of Omaha, Nebraska was arrested for having a physical relationship with two boys — one was 15 and the other was 12. Both boys were friends with her daughter and were originally at the house doing homework. The 39-year-old mother, who also goes by […]The post Nebraska Mom and Two Boys appeared first on Citizens News.
  • New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

    Liberty Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Written by Breitbart Feed ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in […]The post New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Pulling “The Interview” For Fear of the Dreaded DPRK

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    In perhaps the most brilliant move of 2014 (an assessment our staff does not take lightly, mind you) Sony Pictures has decided that giving into the demands of a hacker group supposedly working for a chunky and childish despot is the way to go, thereby canceling the United States release of Seth Rogan’s The Interview.
  • Gold in the Water

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    For those in Whitehall, Montana it seems that the 2014 Christmas holiday will be a heck of a lot flashier than years past, since this year along with the standard snowflake residents are also receiving a fair amount of gold flake. That is when they turn on the tap.
  • Just Sayin’: Hostage Situations are Bad All the Way Around

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We already mentioned REI’s unfortunate Isis Sydney Sweater and the screaming description, but after Monday’s hostage situation at the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place (conveniently where most Australian media is housed), a whole slew of others are facing unforeseen consequences.
  • Fair Isle ISIS

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    While tartan is the big sale item this season (thanks in part to the bosom heaving Outlander) leave it to the fashion conscious bad boys of Daash to stick with a winter classic, the Fair Isle.
  • Breaking: Taliban Attack in Peshawar

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    As of 3 p.m. European Central Time, 126 are reported dead, mostly children from grades 1-10, after the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban) laid siege to an army established public school in Peshawar.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The UN Involvement in Palestine: a Historical Perspective

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    By Diego Del Priore, Associate Researcher, Near East and North Africa Programme, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG)The proclamation of the 2014 International Year of the Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the General Assembly of the United Nations constitutes the opportunity to take stock of the UN involvement in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the core themes intimately linked to it. In the same year of the bloodshed in the Gaza strip many issues remain unsolved, as the situation on the ground and the progressive…
  • Prominent Leaders Back Resolution Calling for U.S. and Europe to Reject Geopolitics and Collaborate with the BRICS

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The Schiller Institute, December 17, 2014A grouping of more than 100 prominent politicians, businessman, academics, scientists and artists from 20 countries have publicly endorsed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Europe to collaborate with the “BRICS” nations in the interest of peace and economic development. The resolution, sponsored by the Schiller Institute, was issued in response to the offer of China's President Xi Jinping for the United States to join China's New Silk Road development program and abandon the policies of confrontation with particularly Russia and China.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    An Article by Colin Todhunter published at Global Research on December 15, 2014Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?
  • NATO: Danger to World Peace

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Immanuel Wallerstein, November 15, 2014The official mythology is that between 1945 (or 1946) and 1989 (or 1991), the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) confronted each other continuously – politically, militarily, and above all ideologically. This was called the “cold war.” If it was a war, the word to underline is “cold” since the two powers never engaged in any direct military action against each other throughout the entire period.
  • Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers’ Coup

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    By Ellen Brown, Common Dreams, December 13, 2014For three centuries, private international banking interests have brought governments in line by blocking them from issuing their own currencies and requiring them to borrow banker-issued “banknotes” instead. Political colonialism is now a thing of the past, but under the new FSB guidelines, nations could still be held in feudalistic subservience to foreign masters.
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA’, Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’

    Eric Zuesse
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Eric Zuesse In a December 19th interview in the Russian magazine Kommersant, George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA’ firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” Perhaps he is saying ...
  • Fidel’s Legacy

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News At age 88, he’s Cuba’s elder statesman. A legend in his own time and then some. Defying critics. Outwitting them. Outliving them. This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any standard. On the 50th anniversary of his July 26, 1953 Fort Moncada attack, media scoundrels pronounced ...
  • Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

    Michael Snyder
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.  Now that Jeb Bush has all but officially declared that he is running for president, a “dream matchup” between Bush and Hillary Clinton is being touted as “inevitable”.  But ...
  • The “Blame Russia” Mainstream Media Chorus Over Ukraine as Viewed from Canada

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Roger Annis The Globe and Mail is the only newspaper in Canada spending time and resources to report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine. Seasoned Globe reporter Mark MacKinnon has been in and out of there for many months. The newspaper published a substantial article by him in its Saturday edition of Dec. 6. The article is a useful reference ...
  • Review admits CIA assassination programs strengthen extremist groups

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Document published by Wikileaks reveals agency’s own internal review found key counter-terrorism strategy “may increase support” for the groups it targets Jon Queally Wikileaks on Thursday has made public a never-before-seen internal review conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that looked at the agency’s drone and targeted assassination programs in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Sri Lanka Ranks 89 In Forbes’ Best Countries For Business

    Eurasia Review
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The Sri Lanka government said that the country is placed 89th out of 146 nations in the Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2014 ranking, while India was 93rd. The Sri Lanka government said in a statement that Forbes noted, “however, low tax revenues are a major concern. A large trade deficit remains a concern, but […] The post Sri Lanka Ranks 89 In Forbes’ Best Countries For Business appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Riddle Of Argentina – Analysis

    VoxEU.org
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Argentina is the only country in the world that was ‘developed’ in 1900 and ‘developing’ in 2000. Various explanations highlight the roles of trade openness, political institutions, financial integration, financial development, and macroeconomic instability. No study has so far attempted a quantitative assessment of the relative importance of each of these competing factors. This column […] The post The Riddle Of Argentina – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tropical Fish Moving Into Temperate Waters

    Eurasia Review
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Tropical herbivorous fish are beginning to expand their range into temperate waters – likely as a result of climate change – and a new international study documents the dramatic impact of the intrusion in the Mediterranean Sea. Temperate waters are typically dominated by algal “forests” and have naturally low levels and limited diversity of herbivores, […] The post Tropical Fish Moving Into Temperate Waters appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • North Pole: Santa Swamped By Millions Of Letters

    UN News
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the United Nations postal agency, which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) released data this week showing that Posts in countries […] The post North Pole: Santa Swamped By Millions Of Letters appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iran Central Bank Announces New Rules For Interest Paid On Deposits

    Radio Zamaneh
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    New Iranian central bank directives have put an end to the payment of daily interest on deposits, and only a minimum one-year deposit is allotted interest at 22 percent. Reports indicate, however, that some financial institutions are still offering daily interest rates at 27 percent per annum. The joint meeting of bank executives and directors […] The post Iran Central Bank Announces New Rules For Interest Paid On Deposits appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Marion Eichhloz, The Last Survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Has Died

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Eastland disasterMost people don't even know about the tragedy that unfolded on July 24th, 1915, in the Chicago River, just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. This was the day of Western Electric Co.'s annual employee picnic. Around 7,000 people were waiting on six ships to be ferried from Chicago's Lakefront to Washington Park, in Michigan City, Indiana. Workers (mostly migrants), and their families were eager to enjoy the park's roller coaster and dancing pavilion, a bathing beach, and its amusement park. But instead, that morning 844 people died, including 22 entire…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    La tragedia del EastlandCasi nadie sabe de la tragedia que ocurrió el 24 de julio de 1915 en el Río Chicago, solo tres años después  del hundimiento del Titanic. Esto pasó el día del picnic anual de los empleados de la compañía Western Electric. Alrededor de 7,000 personas esperaban ser transportadas en seis barcos de la costa de Chicago a Washington Park, en Michigan City, Indiana. Los trabajadores (la mayoría de ellos migrantes), y sus familias estaban ansiosos por disfrutar de la montaña rusa de este parque, de su pabellón de baile, su playa y su parque de diversiones. Pero…
  • Las Vidas Afroamericanas También Valen

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Hoy pasó por mi edificio una de las marchas en contra de la brutalidad policíaca. "La Supremacía del Blanco es Perversa", decía una de las pancartas.  Esta era una de las muchas demostraciones que hoy organizaron iglesias y grupos de jovenes aquí en Chicago y alrededor de todo Estados Unidos. Bloquearon varias interseciones tirandose al suelo como si estuvieran muertos , mientras continua creciendo este movimiento nacional. Lástima que mi espalda no me deja, o me hubiera unido. ♥♥♥"Nuestros hermanos y hermanas están muriendo, nadamás por causa de la brutalidad…
  • Black Lives Matter

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A march against police brutality passed by my building earlier today. "White Supremacy is Evil," read one of the protest signs. This was one of the many demonstrations that churches and young people in Chicago and around the United States organized today. The demonstrators blocked many intersections by staging die-ins, while this national movement keeps growing. Sadly, my back wouldn't let me, or I would have joined.♥♥♥"Our brothers and sisters are dying in the street, just because of police brutality. We got to stop killing one another!" said one of the pastors in this protest at 47th…
  • President Obama's Speech at Del Sol High School on Executive Action on Immigration

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comTwo years after visiting Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama came back. Before an overwhelmingly Hispanic audience, and tired of anti-immigrant Republicans in the House of Representatives, the President promoted his executive action on immigration, a measure that will benefit around five million undocumented immigrants. Following is most of his speech:"Two years ago we had a coalition. The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how things work in Congress. It was a good, common-sense bill that would've made our immigration system a…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Bowser names lesbian as director of Dept. of Housing

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Polly Donaldson talks to reporters after Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser named her as director of the D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.) D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced on Saturday that she will nominate Polly Donaldson, an out lesbian and recognized expert in affordable housing and homeless-related programs, as director of the city’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The cabinet-level appointment requires confirmation by the City Council, an action that virtually all political observers believe the Council will…
  • Report: 594 LGBT people murdered in Americas during 15-month period

    Michael K. Lavers
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    LGBT rights advocates protest outside the Jamaican Embassy in D.C. in August 2013. A report the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released this week indicates nearly 600 LGBT people were killed in the Western Hemisphere between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 31 of this year. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Sturtz)A report the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released on Wednesday indicates anti-LGBT violence claimed the lives of at least 594 people in the Western Hemisphere between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 31 of this year. More than half of these reported deaths during this 15-month period…
  • One year after Utah, a cascade of rulings on marriage

    Chris Johnson
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Michael Ferguson (left) and Seth Anderson were the first gay couple to be married in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of Seth Anderson) It was one year ago on Dec. 20, 2013 that a federal judge in Utah ruled the U.S. constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in the state, starting an unprecedented cascade of 35 or so court rulings in favor of marriage equality over the course of the next year. First among same-sex couples to marry in the state were Salt Lake City residents J. Seth Anderson and Michael Ferguson, who became an overnight Internet sensation for broadcasting…
  • Supreme Court won’t halt Florida same-sex marriages

    Chris Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t halt same-sex marriages in Florida. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Same-sex couples may begin to marry in Florida after Jan. 5 as a result of a district court ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered late Friday. In a one-page order, the court announced it has rejected the request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, to place a hold on same-sex marriage in the state beyond Jan. 5 as litigation seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Florida continues on appeal.
  • Mariela Castro urges U.S. to end embargo against Cuba

    Michael K. Lavers
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Mariela Castro Espín, right, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, speaks with LGBT rights advocates attending the ILGA World Conference in Mexico City in October. She urged the U.S. to end its embargo against Cuba during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. (Photo courtesy of Francisco Rodríguez Cruz/Paquito el de Cuba)The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Thursday said supporters of human rights should urge the U.S. to end its embargo against her country. “Those who support human rights in Cuba should end the embargo,” Mariela Castro Espín told…
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  • Watch: This is Where America’s Deported Immigrants Go

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you call them “undocumented immigrants,” “illegals” or just “human beings,” nobody deserves to go through what America’s deportees experience when they’re dumped back into Mexico with no money and even less hope. This video takes you to Tijuana, where you can see how mothers, children and men live when the land of the free rejects their right to live in peace. Think it’s rough standing in line for the latest iPhone? Try waiting your turn to eat at this soup kitchen.
  • A Tiny Lego Wheelchair Helped this Crippled Tortoise Walk Again

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Blade is a tiny tortoise with a bone disorder so severe, he couldn’t hold up his own weight. So his genius of a vet, Dr. Carsten Plischke, made him a wheelchair out of Lego blocks. Now Blade gets around just fine, as you can see for yourself in the video and way-too-adorable pics. May he enjoy many more years of rolling around the house!    
  • Watch What Happens When You Drink 10 Cokes a Day

    Lady Freethinker
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sugar is bad, boys and girls. This man set out to prove that point and, shockingly, found that guzzling Coca Cola all day causes weight gain. But as for his premise that “fat doesn’t make you fat?” Welllll, not so much. I wish he hadn’t done this “experiment” to push the meat-based paleo diet, which is one of the worst diets for both animals and the planet. Try eating 10 sticks of butter a day and get back to me.
  • Why Do White Cops Shoot Black Men? Here’s What Science Says

    Lady Freethinker
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      You don’t have to think you’re racist to feel racist. You can subconsciously fear Black people even if you voted for Obama and cringe every time you hear the “N” word.  And if you happen to be an armed White police officer, you may be quicker to pull the trigger on an African-American. That’s the takeaway from Mother Jones reporter Chris Mooney, who went to New York University’s psychology department to try to understand why, in a culture that seems to widely accept African Americans, police officers seem to kill far too many of them. At NYU,…
  • Watch: This is What Bill Nye Has to Say About GMOS

    Lady Freethinker
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      The more I see from Bill Nye, the more I dig him. While other non-believers gave him heat for debating creationism with Ken Ham, I was pleased to see such a beloved, family-friendly figure show Bible Belters that it’s OK to question their religion. Given Nye’s track record, it’s no surprise to see him present one of the most balanced views of GMOs I’ve ever seen. From “We’re creating a whole new species” (scary) to “Would you rather eat the virus-riddled, natural papaya or the GM?” (hmmmm…), both sides of the story are…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Army Is Building An Algorithm To Prevent Suicide

    Andrew Flowers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jerry Evans Jr. fills out a suicide report every time he picks up the phone. “Everyone who calls the crisis line gets assessed. If they call trying to refill a prescription, because they just dialed the wrong number, they still get assessed,” he explained.He’s a responder at the Veterans Crisis Line. It’s a hotline administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs that takes calls from veterans, active-duty soldiers and civilians who are seeking help for suicidal thoughts and behavior. Evans wants to know whether the person at risk has a plan and the necessary means to…
  • Should States Spend Billions To Reduce Class Sizes?

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Last month, voters in Washington decided that the state’s classes were filled with too many kids. A ballot initiative seeking to limit class sizes to 17 students for kindergarten through third grade and to 25 students for all others squeaked by, garnering only 51 percent of the vote. But a majority is a majority, and now the state must cut class sizes at every grade level — meaning it needs to hire thousands of new teachers, counselors, teaching assistants and librarians.The initiative will cost nearly $5 billion through 2019, a hefty sum considering that the state’s current…
  • The Most Conservative And Most Liberal Elite Law Schools

    Oliver Roeder
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Supreme Court convened for its December sitting this week, and it may deliver its first opinions of the term as soon as Tuesday. But while it goes about business as usual, some worry that the famously cloistered institution is becoming too cloistered, its ranks filled more and more with blindered Ivy League elite.In November, Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court writer, wrote an article for the New Republic titled “Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia,” a reference to the law school alma maters of the current justices.Lithwick, a Yale alumna,…
  • How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies

    Christie Aschwanden
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.The Nature Conservancy has a project in the works near Saratoga, New York, that will preserve an area that’s already home to these lupines and…
  • The Census Is Still Trying To Find The Best Way To Track Race In America

    Ben Casselman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifts in immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re examining three changes the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaireIn the first two installments, we looked at the proposed changes to the way the census counts people of Arab ancestry and same-sex couples. Here, in our final article: The bureau ponders a new way of asking about Hispanic…
 
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  • New Publication: The AfD: Finally a Successful Right-Wing Populist Eurosceptic Party for Germany?

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am pleased to be able to inform you that the editors are happy with the revisions you made to your article and we can now proceed to publication. I could not agree more. The revised article will appear in 2015, possibly rather late. Meanwhile, the author’s version of my piece on Germany’s Alternative party (which shows, amongst other things, that the AfD has positioned itself very close to the governing CSU (or vice versa?) is available here. The post New Publication: The AfD: Finally a Successful Right-Wing Populist Eurosceptic Party for Germany? appeared first on kai…
  • Five More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Sage advice from Andrew Gelman: How to read (in quantitative social science). And by implication, how to write. http://t.co/1nVQ62cVMj New Statesman | “It’s sad they’ve sunk to such depths”: Tories use Ukip candidate’s Turkish name on a leaflet http://t.co/DiznLrWmXX Sigh Your holiday shopping guide for political scientists – The Washington Post http://t.co/1GEEJpDiT3 PHD comic: not my problem http://t.co/IvQaFyrXmY The % of Ukip voters at 2014 Euros who say will vote Ukip at 2015 GE -> http://t.co/cAH2X59nbP The post Five More Links I Liked appeared…
  • Five Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Still looking for a Christmas present? Now available in Paperback: Class Politics and the Radical Right – Routledge http://t.co/ilhCXBlczm #InstantClassic Crooked Timber: Fly Air Gini http://t.co/s85aIzxA4u Art Goldhammer on Sarko’s inevitable comeback: He’s baaaaaack! http://t.co/5Q9Eu0Rt5L This has already happened as hinted at here: Trouble in (the Guardian’s) Paradise: anti-immigration party could bring Swedish government down http://t.co/B40ApmwCsq This will help you to get into that festive spirit: The Blair-Brown Christmas letters http://t.co/rhLSQYlsKL The post…
  • More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Various news outlets reported this afternoon that there had been talks, perhaps even agreement between the (state) CDU and the (state) AfD to prevent Ramelow from being elected Minister-President. Obviously, nothing came out of this (neither party put a candidate on the slate), but still: Wither the blessing of the leadership, Merkel has created a cordon sanitaire between CDU and the AfD. Talks with the intention of forming a coalition, or at least gaining AfD support for a CDU minority government would be an act of open rebellion.Photo by Tjflex2 The post More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?
  • Germany gets their first Minister-President of the Left

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Friday, the state parliament at Erfurt voted in Bodo Ramelow as Minister-President of Thuringia. He is the first member of the Left party to hold such an office, backed by the first ‘red-red-green’ (Left/SPD/Greens) coalition ever. 25 years after the fall of the wall, that is still a highly controversial constellation. Ramelow has been trying to diffuse the issue for months, and kicked off his reign with an apology to the victims of the former socialist state party SED, the pre-predecessor of the Left. His election also marks the end of a 24-year-spell during which the state’s…
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    Conservative Read

  • We’ve Known for 1,700 Years that Torture Nets False Confessions

    chris
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Washington’s Blog We’ve Known for Thousands of Years that Torture Doesn’t Work.  Mark Costanzo (Claremont McKenna professor of psychology) and Ellen Gerrity (Duke University... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New TISA leak: secret trade deal threatens privacy rights

    chris
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:12 pm
    ROAR Mag – by Santiago Carrion  On Wednesday, the Associated Whistleblowing Press published a new leak revealing US attempts to undermine privacy rights, net neutrality and internet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cop shooter bragged to Brooklyn bystanders just before fatally shooting NYPD Officers

    chris
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
     Seconds before a cop-hating maniac ambushed and gunned down two NYPD officers in cold blood, he boasted, “Watch what I’m going to do!” Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s twisted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

    chris
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
     President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In 2016, Republicans will be fighting to hold Senate majority

    chris
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:57 pm
     Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-21, Sunday

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Sunday, December 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex will examine the cowardly and brutal murder of two New York police officers who were ambushed in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and how the tragedy only serves to divide law enforcement and the public even further. Alex will also discuss information surrounding the alleged shooter's background including his ties to a Marxist prison gang and how the mainstream media has continually worked to stir up racial division. Then, Alex will break down the success of Spokane's protest Saturday, the defiant…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-19, Friday

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, December 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight delves into the latest on the Sony Pictures hack as the U.S. plans to blame North Korea and also China, Russia and Iran. Following the malware attack, lawmakers in the U.S. pushed to reinvigorate CISPA-style legislation. David also looks at the claim North Korea planned attacks on America’s nuclear plants. The Infowars crew in Washington files a report today as they continue their coverage on a Washington state sheriff’s deputy proclaiming law enforcement officers need armored military vehicles…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-18, Thursday

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, December 18 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, guest host David Knight delves into the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korea, breaking down who may actually be behind it and the far reaching implications it can have on free speech, the open internet, cyber security and more. Knight also looks at CNN's failed #AskACop hashtag and gives the latest on the fallout from a video featuring a sheriff's deputy admitting MRAPs are meant to take on Constitutionalists. Infowars reporterswill also checkin from Spokane, Wash., the site of a planned protest set to take place on…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-17, Wednesday

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, December 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex and David Knight cover the explosive tension between the U.S. and Russia, particularly through economic warfare and the engineered fall of the Russian Ruble. Also, David covers the obsession with power in Washington, D.C., as President Obama rules by fiat through memoranda and how lawmakers are instigating another Cold War with Russia. Also, American doctors are violating their ethics by helping the CIA torture prisoners. On today's show Washington state representative Matt Shea discusses the fallout in Spokane after the…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-16, Tuesday

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, December 16 edition of the worldwide transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight runs down the latest on several fronts, including the Taliban massacre in Pakistan and the energy war emerging as the U.S. and its EU partners dust off the Cold War and target Russia along multiple fronts. Prison Planet editor and journalist Paul Joseph Watson co-hosts with David during the first hour of today’s global broadcast. David talks with Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research, about the energy situation and the emerging war with Russia.
 
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    Vox - All

  • Rudy Giuliani says Obama and black leaders incite "anti-police hatred"

    Matthew Yglesias
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The cold-blooded murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have sparked a lot of hot takes, but perhaps none so bold and drastically wrong than the one offered by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who cast the blame squarely on "four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police." He said black leaders, in particular, have contributed to "an atmosphere of severe, strong anti-police hatred in certain communities." Giuliani went out of his way to be clear that he's not blaming a handful of bad apples. He thinks the culprits are everyone…
  • Loved Serial? You should binge The Staircase next

    Todd VanDerWerff
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You need to watch: The Staircase How can I see it: It's on DVD, and you can digitally download it on iTunes. It's not streaming for free anywhere, but both the DVD and purchase of the full season on iTunes are relatively inexpensive. What is it: This one is perfect for fans of the true crime podcast Serial, which recently concluded its first season. Like that show, The Staircase follows the story of a murder and the man accused of that murder. But unlike Serial, The Staircase predominantly takes place during the trial of writer Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, who died…
  • 5 surprising things scientists have discovered about swearing

    Joseph Stromberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    There's a surprisingly rich body of research about swearing. Academics have studied the prevalence of accidental obscenities on live TV, the frequency with which nurses are sworn at by patients, and, naturally, the significance of swear words in Quentin Tarantino films. They've also done a decent amount of work into the prevalence and effect of swearing in our everyday lives. Here are some of the more interesting things they've found. 1) Swearing seems to be getting more common over time It's tough to accurately track the frequency of public swearing — partly because our definition of…
  • 7 addictive podcasts that aren't Serial

    Libby Nelson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everything good — including the first season of Serial — must come to an end. The good news is there are hundreds of great, interesting podcasts out there that aren't Serial. Many of them are nothing like Serial. But they're still fun, fascinating, and entertaining. Here are seven recommendations from podcast-listeners at Vox Media. (We're not recommending This American Life, Planet Money, or RadioLab because they're so well-known, but if you liked Serial, you'd probably like those too. If you want a bigger guide to all the podcasts out there, Chris Hall's Unplayed Zero is excellent, and…
  • Here's why millions of Americans are binge-watching Korean dramas

    Brandon Ambrosino
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    It used to be that the TV series Americans were able to consume were all pretty much produced right here in the US. Acclaimed shows from other shores — even countries that spoke English — rarely showed up in America, and if they did, it was only sporadically on PBS. But in the last several years, that's been changing. More and more British, Canadian, and Australian series arrive here every day, and sites like Hulu bring in shows that aren't in English (like Hatufim, the Israeli show that served as inspiration for Homeland). And then there's DramaFever, an online video streaming service…
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    LewRockwell

  • 10 Cheap, Effective Home Security Tips

    No Author
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part of prepping is making sure your home is secure now so your prep, as well as your family, is safe and secure. As your stockpile increases the threat of robbery becomes all too real. All it takes is the wrong person seeing you load up your guns for a day at the range to get a thief more than a little interested in what else you have in your home. Instead of leaving things to chance or relying on an alarm system, check out these cheap yet effective home security tips below to keep your home safe and secure while making sure you have as much of your budget as possible to use for your prep.
  • Taki’s Older Gentleman’s Guide

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Here is my Christmas gift to Takimag readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but it’s also available to married ones who might wish to test whether that old magic still works. (Female readers of the best magazine in the whole wide world may also pick up a few hints.) This is not to be confused with the amateurish, vulgar, and embarrassing inventory of the Swiss-American Julien Blanc on how to pick up women. His guide was meant for tattooed beer drinkers trying to pull drunken tarts in cheap bars. Mine is for gentlemen endeavoring to make an impression on ladies and well brought…
  • Anti-Male Lies

    William L. Anderson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the month since Rolling Stone published its infamous “rape of Jackie” story about a University of Virginia student who was brutally raped at a fraternity party, a number of things have come to light. First, the story was false; Jackie was not raped, there was no party at the fraternity house in question the night the assault was supposed to have occurred, and even Jackie’s “date” was a work of fiction. Second, UVA officials acted in typical Pavlovian style when RS published the story: President Teresa Sullivan – whose tenure at UVA already has included an unsuccessful attempt…
  • Inspire Self-Reliance and Freedom

    Daisy Luther
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Do you want to inspire your kids to be free and self-sufficient?  There’s nothing better than a good book to point them in the right direction. My kids are total bookworms, so I enlisted their help to compile this list of favorites. Some folks may pooh-pooh the idea of fiction as  a teaching tool, but reading about a character who is smart, adaptable, self-reliant, and skilled can influence the way your child or teenager thinks.  These books are not all specific to kids in prepper families – many of them are just tales of kids who are put into situations in which they must rely on…
  • Mean-Spirited Vengeance

    Fred Reed
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Vi and I spent a couple of weeks in Cuba a few years back for The American Conservative. Nice place, good people, government a mixed bag, mostly sorry. Varadero, Cuba. Photo: FOE Staff Some things surpass all understanding. Why in the name of God and little catfish are we embargoing Cuba? The revolution occurred in 1959, some 55 years ago. A young man then of 20 would now be 75. The Mariel boat lift came in 1980, 35 years ago. The same man of 20 would now be 55. Even a newborn would be 35. Which is to say that all “Cubans” under thirty-five, and a very high proportion of those older, in…
 
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    Pension360

  • San Diego Pension to Begin Recruiting New CIO In 2015, But Board Worried Internal Clashes Could Scare Candidates Away

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The board of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA) heard plans to begin recruiting a new chief investment officer in 2015 – including job postings and coming up with a pool of candidates. Previously, it had only been decided that the fund would move on from current-CIO Salient Partners, and a general salary range for the new job was decided upon. But board members wondered aloud at Thursday’s meeting whether the internal drama at the fund would scare good candidates away. From ai-cio.com: Mary Hobson of recruitment firm EFL Associates told the board on Thursday…
  • New Jersey Senate Fails to Overturn Christie Veto of Bill Changing State Pension Contribution Schedule; Would Have Made Cutting Payments More Difficult

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    The New Jersey Senate attempted but ultimately failed on Thursday to override Gov. Christie’s veto of a bill that would have altered the schedule on which the state pays its annual pension payments. The amended schedule would have made it more difficult for the state to cut its pension contributions in the future. The bill was proposed after Gov. Christie cut the state’s pension payments by over $2 billion to plug revenue shortfalls in the general budget. From NJ.com: The bill (S2265) would have required the governor to make pension payments quarterly in July, October, January and April,…
  • Emanuel Confident Pension Plan Will Survive Lawsuit

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Four unions on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to increase pension contributions for city employees and reduce COLAs. But Emanuel said Thursday he thinks the plan will pass legal muster, in part because he worked with dozens of unions to formulate it. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Two days after four unions followed through on their threat to challenge the mayor’s plan, citing the same constitutional guarantee at the core of the state case, Emanuel argued that he had no choice but to raise employee contributions by 29 percent and sharply reduce…
  • Major Creditor Comes Out Against San Bernardino Bankruptcy Plan That Fully Pays CalPERS

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    A major creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino told Reuters Thursday that it would oppose a bankruptcy plan that mandates the city keep paying CalPERS in full. San Bernardino’s current plan doesn’t disrupt payments to CalPERS and keeps pensions intact. The creditor has not been identified. From Reuters: A major capital markets creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will oppose any exit plan that is more favorable to Calpers, California’s public pension fund, a source familiar with the creditor’s strategy said on Thursday. The creditor intends to pursue a new approach…
  • Arizona Pension CIO Counters Claims of Being States Worst-Performing System

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Ryan Parham, chief investment officer of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), penned a piece in the Arizona Capitol Times on Thursday defending his fund against claims of being Arizona’s “worst-performing pension plan.” But Parham says the raw return numbers don’t tell the whole story. Here’s what Parham has to say: All too often, fiction and gossip move faster than truth and reason. As such, it is often stated by our detractors that our $8 billion portfolio is the state’s “worst-performing pension plan,” which gives the impression that our investment…
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    Message President

  • Please Dear President

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Dear barack obama My name is Ibrahim Khaled Mazbudy , from Lebanon, 18 years old. Sir since childhood and I love America but a societal imperative in Lebanon make us never say "America" most times, today and in your custom and with your good goals and good thing you did my love for you and for America increased I am an ambitious guy and I love the look of the future and change for the better and I want to build my future in America and be a US citizen and realize my goals and ambitions in the United States and after I saw how your charity have asked the girl because of her poor…
  • 1/32 Rule

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Derr President arack Obama, Will you please try to strike down the 1/32 rule to be considered black. I beleive that if your 1 parent is white and the other os black, the children from that union is 50;50. sincelely, Michael S. Moody.MD
  • Need of WRO

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Dear Mr Putin, My name is Keshab Chapagain. I was born and raised in Nepal but I am currently living in Sydney. I am a deeply religious person. I believe in scientific study of religion and establishing ones relation with the God. Every religion has their importance. When I was in Nepal, I practiced Hinduism. I meditated. Now I am practicing Hare Krishna. I also joined congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. More or less every religion is suffering from extremist view. What to speak of Islam, your country and the whole civilized world is fighting war against Islamic extremists. You have a…
  • Need of WRO

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Dear Mr Obama, My name is Keshab Chapagain. I was born and raised in Nepal but I am currently living in Sydney. I am a deeply religious person. I believe in scientific study of religion and establishing ones relation with the God. Every religion has their importance. When I was in Nepal, I practiced Hinduism. I meditated. Now I am practicing Hare Krishna. I also joined congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. More or less every religion is suffering from extremist view. What to speak of Islam, your country and the whole civilized world is fighting war against Islamic extremists. You have a…
  • Your leadership is leaving the wrong mark... it was supposed to be full of hope

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mr President, Your latest remark, this time centering on the controversial film , The Interview, which may or may have not precipitated a revenge hacking attack from Nort Korea (one can never tell with American propaganda machine which often churns out at best half truths and at worst outright damaging lies) shows even more how deluded the Nobel committee were in awarding you with the Nobel Peace Prize even before you had done anything remotely worthy. Your Presidency has caused as much suffering if not more as your "illustrious" predecessors, for a great example, I urge you to…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Russian Economy in Dire Straits, Putin Blames External Factors (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Russia’s economy is heading for a deep recession and Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into damage control and along the way has  blamed Russia’s issues on “external” forces. Speaking at an end of the year press conference, that went for three hours, President Putin said Russia’s economy was in crisis because of western sanctions, big slides in oil prices and a free-falling ruble. See the video for more on that.  So what does this all mean for everyday Russians? The country’s falling rouble and runaway inflation has already seen frightened Russians line up to…
  • President Obama Says U.S. Will Respond to North Korea’s Cyber-Attack on Sony (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    As many suspected, it WAS the North Koreans who launched the recent massive cyber-attack against Sony for their satirical film The Interview and now President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond accordingly. What that means I don’t know but full marks to President Obama for his comments made during an end-of-year news conference which you can see in the above video. As part of that he spelled out how absurd it is for North Korea to do what it did. And see the video below for a brief wrap on the North Korean unit – which is actually based in China – which carries out the…
  • Just Awesome! See How Liberating Skateboarding Can be for Kids in Kabul (Video & Pictures)

    Ben Maloney
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Afghanistan is a country devastated by war and, as seen in the above video, its capital – Kabul – isn’t an easy place to live, especially for kids. But don’t be turned off by the above image of a severed goat’s head, just press play. Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul isn’t a gruesome video – the goat’s head is as bad as it gets – it’s about a  group of kids, both boys and girls, making life a little more livable through skateboarding. It’s positive and life affirming. It’s well worth watching whether you’re a skate fan…
  • Why Is the Chinese Government Building Low-Income Units in New York City?

    Ben Grinberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    China’s largest state-owned property developer‘s latest venture is a $4.9 billion 15-tower housing project in a brownstone-covered Brooklyn neighborhood: hipster-central. The Greenland Holdings Group project broke ground this week. Formerly known as the Atlantic Yards site, the space has been rebranded as ‘Pacific Park,’ and sits in Prospect Heights, next to to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Over a third of the planned apartment towers’ 6,430 units will be designated for lower-income families, according to the project’s website. This means they would…
  • Toys of War: Childhood in South Sudan (Video)

    Ben Maloney
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Many of the Nuban people have been forced to flee their homes and find refuge in the Yida refugee camp, South Sudan. It’s a place where finding a decent meal or a comfortable place to sleep is unlikely but at least it’s safe from war. It’s also a place where children have found ways to make life a bit more normal. Like it was back where they came from – the Nuba Mountains. As shown by the above video made by Andrew Berends, the children make their life better with homemade toys made from clay or other materials. Image: Screenshot/Youtube Many of these children have…
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    The National Memo

  • Looking Beyond The Hype To See Domestic And Sexual Violence

    Mary Sanchez
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Congratulations, America. We seem to be moving beyond the need for the perfect victim. We no longer require a bruised and bloodied virginal innocent to make us believe that sexual assault and domestic violence occur at astounding rates in the U.S. Significant steps are beginning to be made toward preventing assaults and trying more cases. More importantly, we are asking ourselves why it took us so long to reach this crucial level of understanding. We may see evidence of this hard-won and long overdue evolution in the scandals surround the NFL and Rolling Stone magazine. NFL Commissioner Roger…
  • Cartoon: Israel’s Future

    Jeff Danziger
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The post Cartoon: Israel’s Future appeared first on The National Memo.
  • Arizona ‘Dreamers’ To Line Up For Driver’s Licenses; Brewer Vows Fight

    Kevin Baxter
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times (TNS) PHOENIX — Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents. A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s directive to deny driver’s licenses to more than 20,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally. However, Brewer still isn’t ready to take no for an…
  • Many Cubans Optimistic — And Cautious — About New U.S. Ties

    Tim Johnson
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Foreign Staff (TNS) HAVANA — Francisco Gavez, a barber, shoved a newspaper into a visitor’s hands. “Have you seen how the newspapers are covering this? Take a look at Granma,” he said. The mouthpiece of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma reprinted the entire speeches of Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announcing the imminent restoration of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations after more than five decades. The upshot, Gavez said, is that Cuba will have a brighter future. Other measures to relax the U.S. economic embargo, established in…
  • Carly Fiorina Prepares A Long-Shot Candidacy For President

    Josh Richman
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News (TNS) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Carly Fiorina blazed a trail as the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, and the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard now seems to have an even bigger “first-ever” achievement in mind. Fiorina, 60, is declaring “the end of the Obama era” at national conservative conferences, paying not-so-subtle visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, and courting potential contributors and staff for what looks like a presidential campaign by the only woman so far in the Republican field. But even as…
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    nFates Reviews

  • Metro far beyond of being there

    Neil Flesch
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Metro far beyond of being there One day, I found a young man sitting on the Metro floor with his head resting on his knees. There was no kind of apparent movement in his static body. He was simply abandoned in himself, distant, miniature, tiny and apparently hurt before the indifferent reality of things that … Continue reading →
  • The Richness of Simplicity

    Neil Flesch
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The Richness of Simplicity It’s Tuesday. I walk with no hurry on the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. And meanwhile, I’m watching, in the course of my way, the people standing and staring in the shops windows, handbags, clothing, cars, watches and jewelry. Some of these people come up to even sit on the sidewalks. In … Continue reading →
  • Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom

    Neil Flesch
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom Preamble * New York has the world famous Statue of Liberty. Perhaps for her constant presence, its people are generally indifferent to threats that fascism and tyranny that their own government inflicts, directly and indirectly, in the form of military, police, social, economic and political repression and … Continue reading →
  • Curiosity

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Curiosity Elephant seals gross and flabby ignorant of protocol ponderously scratch. Uniformed unicorns importune tame peacocks wearing pink petticoats. Fluted columns fade at twilight into the secrecy of a passing thought. Toy soldiers on parade fragile, glittering lost.   HomeFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Books, Fiction, Life, Love, Personal, Photography, Thoughts, Watch & listen, Writing
  • CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves

    Neil Flesch
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves All American citizens on a greater or lesser degree, have a clear vision on how the prevailing hypocrisy in the political theater of the USA works. And if, until now, someone had doubts, or some kind of illusion about the hypocrisy and rot that circulates the halls … Continue reading →
 
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution

    Miguel Atanet
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments Peace needs other weapons The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed today.   “Parliamentarians for Peace” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for…
  • Article 1

    Miguel Atanet
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Article 1. Human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected. Human Rights Day 2014   The standards, procedures and institutions that ensure Human and Fundamental rights in the EU emanate from local, national and international organisations, the last of which include the ‪‎EU‬ itself, the Council of Europe , the OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations. The core international obligations that the EU and its Member States have taken on, the Human Rights instruments they have formally accepted and the…
  • Robert Schuman, l'architecte de l'intégration européenne

    Miguel Atanet
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page (Parlement).Le traité de Paris fut signé par les six membres fondateurs le 18 avril 1951, soit un an à peine après le discours. 9 mai 1950, Robert Schuman's speech En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page Parlement.   L’homme d’État Robert Schuman, éminent juriste et ministre français des Affaires étrangères de 1948 à 1952, est…
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh

    Miguel Atanet
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Armenian Genocide Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries BASEL, Switzerland, 4 December 2014 - We, the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry,­­ State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir – remain strongly committed to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  There is no military solution, and we call on the sides to refrain from violence and work actively…
  • South Stream: the Azerbaijani factor

    Miguel Atanet
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    South Stream & Nabucco The rivalry between Azerbaijan and Russia trying to gain access to the market of Southeast Europe have became Moscow's halting of the South Stream pipeline according to Azerbaijani sources.   If Azerbaijan has already provided supply route and starts to create together with partners an infrastructure, which includes TANAP and TAP pipelines as well, then Russia is still ahead of this whole process, considering Europe's agreement. The European Union by the way was the one that basically "killed" the South Stream.   Even if Russia gets access to…
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    Political Wire

  • Jeb Bush’s First Follow

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Mother Jones notes the first person Jeb Bush followed on Twitter was none other than his brother’s former deputy chief of staff and political adviser, Karl Rove.
  • Obama Vows Again to Close Guantanamo Prison

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    President Obama said that he will do “everything I can” to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Reuters reports. Said Obama: “It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We’re spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”
  • Activists Try to Rile Up Christie

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Washington Post: “Since his first year in office, in 2010, Christie has engaged in at least 14 raised-voice confrontations with regular people, often at town halls. These moments, played and replayed on YouTube, have become a defining characteristic of the governor — as proof that he’s either a tough, no-nonsense leader or a swaggering bully.” “Now, as Christie considers whether to run for president, he is increasingly facing questions about whether his hard-nosed act will play among voters who may not be quite so hard-nosed as those in New Jersey. Christie will also…
  • Bush Has Big Hurdle in Iowa

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    “With no love lost for Jeb Bush among the Republican base, the Iowa caucuses could be an early stumbling block in his 2016 quest,” The Hill reports. “The former Florida governor’s business-friendly stances and willingness to criticize GOP hard-liners make him popular with the donor class. But the first-in-the-nation state hasn’t been kind to establishment candidates in recent years.”
  • Clinton Still Holds Commanding Lead

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds Hillary Clinton is off her peak but still overwhelmingly strong in support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Clinton leads with 61%, followed by Joe Biden at 14% and Elizabeth Warren at 13%. “Still, Clinton’s support has slipped from 69 percent in June, down by 8 points, while support for Warren is up by 6 points – not remotely enough to make it look competitive at this stage, but movement nonetheless. Biden has held essentially steady.”
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    JoelMDavenport

  • Choosing to Die

    Joel
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I’m going to continue in the writing style I’ve been in, and I’m going to tell you a story. Although this story is fictional, I hope it at least causes you to think. Thank you. Many years ago, there was a terrible plague. This plague spread throughout all of humanity, killing multiplied millions upon millions […]
  • The Story

    Joel
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    “If God is love, why do bad things happen?” That’s a question I’m often asked, but for the longest time I’ve been unable to answer in a satisfactory manner. In the spirit of my recent posts, this explanation will be in the form of a story. However, this story wasn’t invented by me, or any […]
 
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    OpedSpace

  • Millennials, Nostalgia and Urban Preservation: Why we Clamor for a Past we Never Had

    Elena Weissman, US
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    For a generation that grew up with unparalleled accessibility to the past, memory has never been more appealing. We immerse ourselves in the appropriated memories of previous generations, fixating on symbols like Mason Jars and cobblestones, resisting any visible break with the sepia-toned days of yore. We romanticize the architecture and styles of centuries past, admiring brick while eschewing glass as cold and ugly. And every single month, a millennial population roughly the size of Russia actively contributes to Instagram, its Polaroid-esque fading and filter options feeding the millennial…
  • Can Europe no Longer Afford “La Dolce Vita?”

    Andrew Novo, US
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    The European Union gave three of its financial miscreants (Belgium, France, and Italy) Christmas presents early—three extra months to bring their budgets in line with legal requirements. All three governments will exceed the EU’s requirement for budget deficits to not exceed three percent of GDP. The problem, however, is far more serious than a three months grace period can correct. In France’s case, the government has admitted that the three percent target will not be reached until 2017, at the earliest. But Europe’s real problem is not budget deficits or arbitrary financial…
  • A Blessing in Disguise?: The Impact of the Midterm Elections on US Foreign Policy

    Daniel Epstein, US
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    On Tuesday, November 4th, US citizens made dramatic changes to the makeup of their government. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Republicans won control of the Senate, giving them a majority in both houses of Congress and dealing a blow to the party of current President Barack Obama. The election can be viewed as a referendum on the immediate pa