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  • Daily Caller Column Blames Gay Service Members For Rise In Military Rape

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    An opinion column for The Daily Caller blamed gay and bisexual men for much of the military's sexual assault problem, arguing that the 2010 repeal of the armed forces' Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy had worsened the problem of rape in the military. In an August 27 column, writer Dave Benkof asserted that the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members was responsible for an "uptick in same-sex rape." According to Benkof, "[o]nly a fierce ideologue" would deny that allowing LGBT soldiers to serve openly would lead to an increase in sexual assault:…
  • Chris Wallace Says Fox News Colleague Ben Carson Doesn't Have A "Serious Chance To Be President"

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    From the August 28 edition of KFTK's Allman in the Morning:Previously: Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson The Fox News Candidate With Nowhere To Run
  • Morning Plum: Scott Brown calls for replacing Obamacare with Romneycare

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I’ve argued, multiple Republican Senate candidates have been, to varying degrees, running against the word “Obamacare” while professing support for its general goals and fudging on whether they would take its benefits away from people. This suggests the politics of Obamacare — while a net liability for Dems — are unfolding in a more […]
  • Capital Field Notes: Two Senators Willing to Defy the Party Line

    NYT > Politics
    By DEREK WILLIS
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Willingness to vote against the majority of one’s party is something that has become much less common in the Senate.
  • War on drugs as excuse to expand police state thuggery and surveillance

    Politics in the Zeros
    Bob Morris
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ron Paul, sounding like a left wing radical, says war on drugs is being used as an excuse to militarize the police, giving them weaponry far beyond what they need. With Ferguson, Paul says, the war has come home. I completely agree. There is plenty of common ground between the non-authoritarian left and the libertarian right. The war on drugs is of course an abject failure. The drugs flow in because crooked banks and hedge funds need the money. This process is exactly what happens with the war on terror, which has also mostly been a failure, and which enriches a few to the detriment of the…
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    The Atlantic

  • Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

    Alexis C. Madrigal
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
      A zipping comes across the sky. A man named Neil Parfitt is standing in a field on a cattle ranch outside Warwick, Australia. A white vehicle appears above the trees, a tiny plane a bit bigger than a seagull. It glides towards Parfitt, pitches upwards to a vertical position, and hovers near him, a couple hundred feet in the air. From its belly, a package comes tumbling downward, connected by a thin line to the vehicle itself. Right before the delivery hits the ground, it slows, hitting the earth with a tap. The delivery slows, almost imperceptibly, just before it hits the ground, hardly…
  • Late Summer Reading, Cheering and Otherwise, But Worth Checking Out

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

    Megan Garber
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    In 2012, US Weekly ran a photo essay depicting the marriage of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Well, the "marriage." Of "Angelina Jolie" and "Brad Pitt." The essay was actually the work of an artist, Alison Jackson, who imagined, via extremely effective doppelgangers, what it would look like were the couple of seven years to make the thing official. The whole essay was creepy, and funny, and, above all, revealing. So desperate was the world for Brangelina to become Mr. and Mrs. Brangelina, it seems, it stepped in where reality had faltered: We just made up our own version of their…
  • Why Eastern Ukraine Could Become Russia's Next 'Frozen Conflict'

    Brian Whitmore
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    We've been here before. Most of the world just wasn't paying attention. When Russian-backed separatists seized control of Georgia's Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions in the early 1990s, it didn't make international headlines. Likewise, when separatist fighters in Moldova's Transdniester region took control of that strip of territory with Moscow's implicit blessing, it was largely met with a collective yawn in the international community. The script and the playbook have been the same as has the result: exploiting a local ethnic conflict, the Kremlin has repeatedly used local proxies, and…
  • California's Underground Water War

    Erica Gies
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Grape vines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920. They grow Zinfandel, Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Syrah grapes but are best known in this area of Central California for a blend called The Crash, named after a remarkable incident in 1956, when a B-26 crash-landed 200 yards from the family home. Four of the five Air Force men aboard survived, bailing out in the nearby fields. Now a new crash threatens, as groundwater levels beneath the vineyards…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: ISIS followed the CIA model by torturing with waterboarding

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Jon Queally at CommonDreams writes Modeling CIA Torture, ISIS Waterboarded Those It Captured: Report: The Washington Post reports on Thursday that at least four individuals taken captive by the Islamic State were tortured and that the group—also known as ISIS—appeared to be modeling the CIA's use of torture as it employed waterboarding as one of the painful techniques they used. Worldwide condemnation followed revelations that in the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration approved the CIA to torture suspected terrorists during interrogations conducted at secret 'Black Sites' – or…
  • Cartoon: Who do you think you are?

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Republicans make an unexpected investment in dark-red Nebraska

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Leading Off: • NE-Gov: Until now, the Nebraska gubernatorial race hadn't been getting much attention since Republican Pete Ricketts narrowly won his primary back in May. Democratic nominee Chuck Hassebrook is a good candidate but he hasn't been given much of a chance in this very red state. There has been very little polling here and while a June PPP poll for Hassebrook showed him only down four, national groups have largely ignored the race. Until now that is. The RGA just released a spot tying Hassebrook to Obamacare as closely as they can, with some other shots at Obama thrown in. It's…
  • After 9 year old shoots instructor, NRA pipes up with worst possible response

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The NRA continues to prove to be a group of terrible human beings. Here's what the NRA Women twitter account piped up with on Wednesday while the rest of American media was showing videotape of a presumably now-traumatized 9-year-old girl losing control of a fully automatic Uzi before spraying her tourist-friendly "instructor" with bullets, killing him. "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range" via @TeamWON. READ: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/... — @NRAWomen The tweet was deleted about an afterwards; the article linked to is a look at various products meant to make shooting…
  • Midday open thread: 2nd quarter GDP revised upward, 'I like my girls chubby,' polygamist victory

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is God-Man: Enter the Purse Thief!: 2nd quarter GDP growth revised upward to 4.2 percent: In its second calculation of seasonally adjusted, annualized growth in gross domestic product for April-June, the Commerce Department reported Thursday that this broad measure of all goods and services was a bit better than reported in its first calculation last month, up 4.2 percent instead of 4 percent. A consensus of analysts had expected the report to clock in at a slight decrease to 3.8 percent. Despite the stronger showing, however, growth for the first half of the…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • "Ice Bucket Challenge" Fail for All Times

    AMERICANUNITY
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    "If you had to imagine the platonic form of a failed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it would probably involve a guy in camo cargo pants and an American flag vest, waving an even bigger confederate flag, who sets his own hair on fire." -- Gawker
  • Cops Shoot and Kill 'Cops' Crew Member

    HeliumRat
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    A crew member with the Cops television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha, Nebraska, officers confronted a robber armed with an air gun at a midtown restaurant, police said. The robber also was shot and killed. The Omama World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy's near 43rd and Dodge Streets. Officials said it appears the only shots fired came from police. Cops sound engineer Bryce Dion, 38, worked on numerous TV series as a sound mixer and assistant cameraman. "Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated…
  • Dad Acquitted of Murdering Driver Who Killed Sons

    zack991
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. Police failed to produce a murder weapon linked to the killing, gunpowder residue tests on Barajas' hands were negative and no witnesses saw anything that…
  • Judge Tosses Part of Utah Polygamy Ban

    AndreaMackris
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A federal judge declared a portion of Utah's polygamy ban unconstitutional late Wednesday, essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the state. U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled the phrase in the law "or cohabits with another person" is a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is without a rational basis under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
  • Paul Campaign Paid Iowa Pol to Switch Allegiances

    taxman
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    A former Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to "concealing payments" from Paul's campaign in exchange for his support, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. In December 2011, state senator Kent Sorenson, then the Iowa chairman for Bachmann's campaign, made a surprise announcement that he had switched his endorsement to Paul. At the time, Sorenson said he made the decision based on his support for Paul's policies, but this week he admitted to accepting tens of…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Does Gillibrand Have A 'Responsibility' To Name Her Harassers?

    Kay Steiger
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    A debate broke out on Twitter among three male journalists — New York Times’ Nick Confessore, Politico’s Alex Burns, and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin — on Thursday afternoon: Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whose anonymous colleagues she said told her she was “porky,” "chubby," and “fat” during the months just after she had a baby, have a responsibility to name her harassers? Confessore and Burns say yes, Sarlin says no. Read More →
  • This Ain't Paint Ball

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    A good piece linking that awful Uzi accident involving a 9-year old girl and what is called "gun tourism." It includes a bit more about where that incident happened: "The dusty outdoor range calls itself the Bullets and Burgers Adventure and touts its "Desert Storm atmosphere." You get the idea.
  • Until Conspiracy Do We Part

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Legal experts confirm that Bob McDonnell's extraordinary legal defense that he and his wife could not have committed conspiracy because they're weren't even speaking to each other is in fact extraordinary.
  • Today In Social Media Outreach

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The NRA tweets about kids having fun at the shooting range after 9-year-old's fatal Uzi accident.
  • If You Weren't Looking, You Probably Miss It

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    The Republican Party's remarkable change of course on Obamacare has happened just slowly enough over the past few months that it hasn't yet registered in the broader political consciousness. But it's real and profound, as Dylan Scott reports.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Well, did it again with the late afternoon plunges beyond politics. Hope you appreciate it as much as news-cycle reporting. Here are some remains of the day: * Jon Ralston kicks around speculation on whether Harry Reid will retire or run again in 2016. * Fox's Chris Stirewalt introduces meme we'll hear again & again: Obama trying to bait Republicans into government shutdown to save Dem Senate. Not their fault if they can't resist, right? * TNR's Jonathan Cohn touts California sick-leave legislation as possible national model that will both help workers and improve public health. * At Ten…
  • Denying White Privilege

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Charles Blow of the New York Times does us all a service by pointing out the peculiar ability of some people (well, Bill O'Reilly, but he's hardly atypical) to acknowledge nonwhite folk in this country suffer from discrimination while denying while folks are "privileged." [O]nce one acknowledges the presence of bias as an impediment, one must by extension concede that being allowed to navigate the world without such biases is a form of privilege. That privilege can be gendered, sexual identity based, religious and, yes, racial. When one has the luxury of not being forced to compensate for…
  • Keystone to Medicaid Expansion Momentum? Probably Not.

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    So one of the larger holdout states for Medicaid expansion, Pennsylvania, has reached agreement with HHS to expand eligibility for 300,000 low-income citizens (potentially double that number eventually), in exchange for cost-sharing and work-search requirements. This has been in the works for a good while. I don't know if Gov. Tom Corbett thought the action might lift his moribund re-election campaign, but it's probably too late for that. I also don't know if I would share the belief that this could reignite momentum for the expansion among the 23 remaining refusenik states, beyond the three…
  • When a Little Outrage Becomes a Big Deal

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Probably most people who have been driving for a while have a DMV or parking enforcement horror story they can tell. I have several from DC, one of them revolving around an irrational requirement that you had to prove (via notarized documentation, no less) ownership of a car to pay to have a boot removed ("So I'm a car thief," I said to an annoyed clerk. "I'm going to pick a car with a boot on it and come pay you $300 to have it removed so I can steal it, instead of stealing a car without a boot?"). But as David Scheff reminded us in a gripping column at TIME earlier this week, there are…
  • Lunch Buffet

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    As the comment thread at Daylight Video reflected, rock music aficianados have always had mixed feelings about Iggy Pop and his amazingly extended career. But for me, he'll always be associated with the early 80s' heyday of the Atlanta punk/new wave music scene, mainly because of his frequent performances at the 688 Club (Iggy performed there a solid week when the place first opened; they kept his spray-painted song list on the stage wall for years). Cf. this great 2008 article on the long-closed but fondly remembered 688. Here are some more conventional midday news/views items: * At Vox Max…
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    New Republic

  • Why the $#&@! Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today? They Had a Very Good Reason.

    Amy Cohn
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Comedian Louis CK has absolutely no patience for the complaints of airline passengers, as he explains in one very funny, albeit profanity-laced bit. "People on planes, they complain," he says. "They get off the plane, they come to your house,
  • Can "Doctor Who" Survive an Older Leading Man?

    Elaine Teng
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “Doctor Who” returned last Saturday with a new leading man, Peter Capaldi, as the twelfth incarnation of the time-traveling alien. The British classic has always relied on the concept of “regeneration,” the clever gimmick that the Doctor can take on a new body—which means a new actor—wh
  • Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'

    Jason Guriel
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the early ’80s, when it came time for the Replacements to title their third album, they went with a wink: Let It Be, the name of the Beatles classic. “[N]othing is sacred,” said Paul Westerberg, the Replacements’ chief songwriter. “[T]he Beatles were just a fine rock & roll
  • FedEx Refuses to Treat Your Friendly Delivery Guy Like a Real Employee

    Danny Vinik
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    FedEx exerts very tight control over its drivers. It requires them to wear a certain uniform and demands that they are clean cut. It tells them where to deliver packages, at what time do it, and how to interact with customers. The company even has something called the “little-finger” test, which
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    Josh Kovensky
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Labor Day: Raising the Minimum Wage Stiffs the Poor

    Ryan Sager
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Another Labor Day, another bold plan to increase the minimum to help the working men and women of America! MoreWatch Johnny Manziel Dancercize in New Snickers AdWall Street Goes GreenMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in Hospital NBC NewsBeach Closed, Keep Out: Billionaire Tries to Block Surfers NBC NewsArizona Shooting Instructor Killed by Single Shot to Head NBC NewsOn Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce a proposal to jack his city’s minimum wage from $9.00 all the way up to $13.25 over three years. That puts him ahead of President Obama, who has called for…
  • Why Kirsten Gillibrand Should Keep Her Harassers’ Names Secret

    Charlotte Alter
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) revealed in a new book excerpt Wednesday that some male colleagues had called her “porky,” “chubby” and “fat.” Naturally, a shocked and offended public is demanding her harassers be brought to justice. Get the pitchforks! And the regular forks! Specifically, some male journalists are asking that Gillibrand name names, because they are so deeply concerned with curbing sexual harassment in American government: MoreA Battle of Two VeteransHow to Reclaim the F-Word? Just Call BeyoncéMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in…
  • Obama Says ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISIS

    Zeke J Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    MoreObama and Congress Play Hot Potato With War Powers in SyriaU.S. Investigating Reports of Second American Jihadist Killed in SyriaMother of American Held by ISIS Pleads for His ReleasePresident Barack Obama seemed to commit the worst of Washington gaffes Thursday when he updated the American people about the ongoing threat from Islamist militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. MoreObama and Congress Play Hot Potato With War Powers in SyriaMother of American Held by ISIS Pleads for His ReleaseMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in Hospital NBC NewsBeach Closed, Keep Out:…
  • LIVE: Obama Speaks on ISIS and Ukraine Crisis

    Dan Stewart
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    President Obama is expected to address the nation from the White House press briefing room on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) and worsening violence in Ukraine.
  • Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We Are Better Than That’

    Zeke J Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    MoreFerguson Wrestles With What to Do NextFerguson Gathers to Say Farewell to Michael BrownFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first public comments Thursday on the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., calling for the country to address “inequities” in the criminal-justice system. The likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate addressed both the shooting and the days of often violent protests that followed, saying, “This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray.” Clinton’s…
 
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  • Support for Scottish independence growing, poll shows

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Support for Scottish independence is increasing three weeks ahead of a referendum, a poll published Friday showed, amid attempts by British Prime Minister David Cameron to make the business case for retaining the union. Cameron on Thursday urged Scottish people to reject independence in a rare speech in Glasgow in which he argued the union was a strong economic advantage. A Survation survey found 47 percent of respondents would vote "Yes" to independence, compared to 53 percent who would vote "No", excluding people who were undecided. "Yes" campaign leader and…
  • US commander who transformed special forces steps down

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The US commander who helped place special operation forces at the forefront of the American military hung up his uniform, hailing a "golden age" for the elite commandos. Admiral William McRaven, 58, rose to prominence for his role in overseeing the successful 2011 raid by Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistani compound. Experts and fellow officers say he helped shape a new doctrine for commandos and a new approach in Washington to military power that emphasizes "small footprints" over large-scale deployments. At a ceremony on Thursday, marking…
  • Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. Obama had previously said he planned by the end of summer to find ways to change immigration regulations, unilateral action he said was made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive reforms. Asked whether he would delay his decision on immigration changes, Obama talked about the time his administration has invested on apprehending migrant children, nearly 63,000 of whom have come across the southwestern border since October…
  • 'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as far away as Swaziland. SwaziLeaks members -- who refuse to say who or where in Swaziland they are, for fear of being targeted -- started a Twitter feed a year ago. "We wanted to try and expose some of the exploitation and corruption of the rich and powerful," SwaziLeaks told AFP. Swaziland is an absolute monarchy ruled by King Mswati III. The government is frequently accused of stifling dissent and…
  • Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked the world. Dampening hopes of imminent air strikes in Syria, Obama said he was still developing a comprehensive plan to defeat IS, which has also overrun large swathes of Iraq. The civil war in Syria has killed some 191,000 people since it erupted in March 2011 with President Bashar al-Assad's bloody effort to put down an uprising. The…
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    Political Irony

  • The Media is the Message

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Jon Stewart nails it again, with humor. My favorite quote is the guy who says “You know who talks about race? Racists.” Isn’t he talking about race? Does that mean he is identifying himself as a racist? If so, then I’m agreeing with him! Related posts: A Message from the TSA A Message From the Queen Deciphering McCain’s message
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted after he threatened to veto funding for a district attorney’s office unless she stepped down. He’s now the most controversial governor in the country – which is why today he got a gift basket from Chris Christie.” – Jimmy Fallon “Rumor has it that Texas Gov. Rick Perry badly wants to run in the next presidential race. You can tell Perry’s behind it because they’re starting to make signs that says ‘Perry 2017′.” – Conan O’Brien “It looks like Rick Perry’s chances in…
  • Dope Saves Lives

    Iron Knee
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    A study just published in the Internal Medicine Journal of the American Medical Association finds that states that have legalized medical marijuana have 25% fewer deaths caused by overdoses of prescription drugs. The reduction in deaths occurred directly following the legalization of medical marijuana. According to the lead author of the study: “We think that people with chronic pain may be choosing to treat their pain with marijuana rather than with prescription painkillers, in states where this is legal.” Other studies have had similar results. This is probably caused by the…
  • Children?

    Iron Knee
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    © Shannon Wheeler Maybe we shouldn’t let the police in Ferguson play cops and robbers either. Related posts: Indoctrinating Our Children Suffer the Children Out of the Mouths of Children
  • Three’s a Trend!

    Iron Knee
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Three law enforcement officers (from three different police departments) involved in the Ferguson events have been suspended because of their extremely racist words and actions. How extreme? Here are some examples, courtesy of New York magazine: St. Louis County officer Dan Page appears in a video posted to YouTube of an hour long speech he gave to the Oath Keepers, where he calls black people “little perverts”, Obama “that illegal alien claiming to be president”, gay people “sodomites”, Muslims “they will kill you”. But most troubling is his…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Looks Like The 'Burger King's' Subjects Are Royally Pissed Off

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Tolstoy wrote in War and Peace that "kings are the slaves of history." And when the "king" in question depends on the patronage of happy customers for his well-being, his monarchy is also a slave to public opinion. Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side. In fact, if social media is any gauge, the Burger King's American subjects are downright pissed. Burger King's Facebook page currently features the rather unfortunately-timed slogan, "Chicken Fries Are Back." (Is that as in, too chicken…
  • When Men Lose in Politics, It's Never Their Fault

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary election loss this summer to a little-known Tea Party challenger was a shock. But the reasons given for the loss were not. After the history-making, 12-point loss, the usual rhetoric made the rounds. The takeaway was this: Cantor was the casualty of a bigger battle. Often, when a woman loses, it's seen as her fault, even if she was the casualty of a bigger battle, like the political climate or -- dare we even say it? -- sexism. When a woman loses, we hear comments on her personality, her personal choices, her hair, her hemlines, her voice. We…
  • California Legislature Passes 'Yes Means Yes' Standard For College Sexual Assault Policies

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:52 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not indicated his stance on the bill. Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his bill would begin a paradigm shift in how California campuses prevent and investigate sexual assault. Rather than using the…
  • The Myth of a Post-Racial America

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years. Perhaps it's an unspoken concerted effort to keep race as a center plot in the story that is America. Perhaps it's an inherent inability to think in those hallowed "post-racial" terms that seemed to be on a nascent rise not too…
  • From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:05 pm
    This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere. You will see it on your drive to the beach as you travel roads and bridges built by AFSCME members. You will find it when you head to a barbecue at the park maintained by city workers and kept safe by police officers. It's at the hospital where our nurses and technicians are on the nightshift, ready to assist you in an emergency. As proud…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Chris Wallace Says Fox News Colleague Ben Carson Doesn't Have A "Serious Chance To Be President"

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    From the August 28 edition of KFTK's Allman in the Morning:Previously: Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson The Fox News Candidate With Nowhere To Run
  • Daily Caller Column Blames Gay Service Members For Rise In Military Rape

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    An opinion column for The Daily Caller blamed gay and bisexual men for much of the military's sexual assault problem, arguing that the 2010 repeal of the armed forces' Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy had worsened the problem of rape in the military. In an August 27 column, writer Dave Benkof asserted that the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members was responsible for an "uptick in same-sex rape." According to Benkof, "[o]nly a fierce ideologue" would deny that allowing LGBT soldiers to serve openly would lead to an increase in sexual assault:…
  • AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against Muslims

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) are demanding action from Fox News after a host linked all Muslims to terrorists and advocated for violence against practitioners of the faith.  In an August 27 statement, the Asian American Journalist Association condemned Fox co-host Andrea Tantaros for making blanket statements conflating all Muslims to the Islamic State and advocating for violence against them. AAJA called on the network to apologize: AAJA calls for Tantaros and Fox News to apologize for the…
  • Fox Host Wonders Whether An Executive Order On Immigration Is "Shutdown Bait"

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Fox News host Bret Baier raised the notion that a possible forthcoming executive order on immigration from President Obama may be government "shutdown bait." In June, President Obama announced he was considering issuing an executive order that could allow millions of law-abiding undocumented immigrants to stay temporarily in the United States. While the specifics of the possible order are still unknown, the Washington Post reported this "could include temporary relief for law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are closely related to U.S. citizens or…
  • Fox Revives Right-Wing Myth That Government Assistance Pays "Better Than Working"

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    From the August 28 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:Previously: Right-Wing Media Have No Clue How Anti-Poverty Programs Work Fox Claims That Declining Minimum Wage Is "Growing Exponentially" Dishonest Fox Chart Overstates Comparison Of Welfare To Full-Time Work By 500 Percent
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Shazia Yousuf

    Kim Amador
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Shazia Yousuf was born in downtown Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir. When she was three, armed war broke out in the valley against Indian occupation. Her childhood only reminds her of empty classrooms, bolted doors, friendlessness, and untold stories. When she grew, she wanted to be a storyteller. She did her undergrad in biology and her Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism from University of Kashmir. In January 2009, she joined a local news magazine, KashmirLife as correspondent and began writing features about Kashmiri women and how the war changed…
  • No English, Please

    cesar chelala
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Late in life (I am 74 years-old) I became a ping-pong aficionado. I practice it at a senior center near my house. I was lucky that as I started playing I found a very good companion, an old Chinese man. We get along very well and have the same technical level (very low) so we enjoy playing together. At the beginning, when I tried to ask him some questions, he stopped me saying, “No English, please.” So I resigned myself to having a good non-verbal communication with him. After several weeks of playing together I was only able to learn three basic facts about him: His name (Mr. Chu,) his…
  • New Report Says U.S. Health Care Violates U.N. Convention on Racism

    Kirstin Kelley
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    by Miriam Zoila Pérez, Colorlines, USA - Focus groups conducted by Sistersong document racial discrimination experienced by black women in health care settings. The women in these groups described the ways in which negative stereotypes about black women impacted how their health providers treated them, what information they were offered, and even the likelihood of being questioned about drug use during pregnancy. One woman from Jackson, Mississippi, shared that her doctor had assumed she wouldn’t be able to use birth control effectively: “After I had the baby, and I went back for my…
  • West Africa: WHO Fears Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    [VOA]The World Health Organization says Ebola could infect more than 20,000 people across West Africa by the time the outbreak is over.
  • Pakistan’s Khan looks isolated as crisis reaches crossroads

    Reuters: World News
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated in his struggle to bring down the prime minister on Thursday after a fellow protest leader announced he was ready to allow thousands of anti-government demonstrators to go home.
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    VALID | a TWiB! Publication

  • @TWIBprime 564 | The Puppy Kicker

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

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    So Lifetime, the network who gave us gems like Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? and the Fantasia Barrino Story are blessing us again with a show that promises to unleash the “strong black woman” inside. Here’s a brief description: Lifetime premieres Girlfriend Intervention, an all-new unscripted makeover series where each week four experts—beauty pro Tracy Balan, home and sanctuary guru Nikki Chu, style and fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon and soul coach Tanisha Thomas—help restore one woman’s confidence and inner glow. In making over their wardrobes, beauty routines, homes and minds,…
  • On Colorism and Light Privilege

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

    David Von Ebers
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The year was 1983. I had graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign the previous spring, and I still had my gaudy orange key ring that boldly if hilariously proclaimed: “The ’80s Belong To The Illini.” And, in fact, between the as-yet-unsanctioned football and basketball programs run by Mike White and Lou Henson, respectively, that claim wasn’t altogether outrageous. After an early non-conference loss to Missouri, the 1983 football Illini began to look like a legitimate contender, rounding out the month of September with victories over unranked Stanford and Michigan…
  • @TWIBprime 563 | The Automatic Princess

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Gun Culture Is Problematic. #TeamBlackness discusses #Ferguson, solid parenting decisions, serial killers, and Beyonce to lighten the mood. Featuring: Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
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    Wonkette

  • John McCain Just Wants To Remind You How Iraq Got This Way (Obama)

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    John McCain is very upset with that wimpy Barack Obama for not announcing a new policy of bombing the ever-lovin’ bejeezus out of ISIS everywhere, and immediately after the President’s presser today, the Senator From Constant Seething just couldn’t wait to let us know that Obama was Morally Weak: OK, yes, ISIS is like the Evil League of Evil married the Legion of Doom and they all ate beans together, we got it. And Barack Obama is doing nothing! Except bombing them and building alliances and stuff, but not nearly enough bombing. If only we could have the same Barack Obama…
  • Watch President Obama Share His Favorite Cat Gif Or Something

    Kaili Joy Gray
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We have no idea what he’s going to say. Probably “Screw you guys, I’m out of here and hitting the links. Enjoy President Biden.” 4:14 PM: Okay, seriously, what is up with this suit, huh? 4:17 PM: Obama’s talking about Iraq. And Syria. Basically, it’s all effed up. Maybe Bill Kristol’s right and we should just bomb all the things. 4:21 PM: Obama is asked if he needs permission from Congress to go into Syria. He doesn’t really want to answer that question, probably because the first thing that comes to mind is, “Those assholes?” What…
  • Pat Robertson Pretty Jazzed About How ISIS Terrorists Are Pulling End Times Prophecy Together

    Doktor Zoom
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    ISIS is a bunch of unstoppable murderous thugs trying to drag the Middle East into a New Medieval Order, and Pat Robertson couldn’t be more tickled by the prospect. You see, children, Brother Pat is excited by their goal of unifying Iraq, Syria, and chunks of Egypt into a radical Islamist caliphate, because he’s pretty sure that would fulfill a prophecy from Isaiah 19: 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third,…
  • Ben Shapiro Just Doesn’t Get Why These Gays Have To Ruin Sports With Politics

    Gary Legum
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Whey-faced anger bear Ben Shapiro has never met an issue he could not connect to the scourge of leftism and political correctness that is ruining America for whiny, snot-nosed, privileged jerks like Ben Shapiro. Today’s example: This highly unintelligent screed over at Dead Breitbart’s Internet Crypt for Koala-Fondling Lechers, in which Genocide Ben, taking as his jumping-off point the recent controversy over an ESPN report on the showering habits of openly gay sportsballer Michael Sam and his teammates, whines about how politics have invaded American sports. Damn liberals! Always…
  • Sen. Kay Hagan’s Opponent Will Do All The Math For Her Dumb Little Lady Brain

    Kaili Joy Gray
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Let’s say you are the North Carolina house speaker, and your name is Thom Tillis — hypothetically. You have big bold dreams of being a fancy-pants United States senator, so you decide to challenge sitting Sen. Kay Hagan. Let us also say, just hypothetically, that while polling shows you are only slightly behind Sen. Hagan overall, it also shows you are having a wee bit of a problem wooing the ladies — you are a Republican after all — and “Hagan’s lead [is] 52 percent-34 percent among women.” (For those of us who are bad at math, that’s kind of a big…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Strategy. President Obama said Thursday he has not decided on stepped-up military action against the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, cautioning that he remains committed to a strategy that protects U.S. interests and builds broader partnerships to combat the threat posed by the militant group. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said during a […] Read this post »
  • Citizen legislator Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn’t really live in Louisiana

    Mary Katharine Ham
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    "I don't think she lives there." Yet another rich citizen legislator has run into the buzzsaw of residency requirements— the quaint notion that a person who represents a state should live in that state and have some passing acquaintance with it to the point of even visiting more than occasionally. It’s not solely a Democratic issue, of course, but rather one […] Read this post »
  • Democrats go after Republican for self-defense measure he took…14 years ago

    Matt Vespa
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Dude, really? This is one of those weird stories coming out of 435 congressional races this year. In New York’s 24th congressional district, Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei went after his Republican opponent, John Katko, for having his firearm stolen 14 years ago, which was used in a robbery that killed two people. It’s tragic, but Maffei is […] Read this post »
  • Rubio: If I had to vote again on my Gang of Eight immigration bill, I’d vote no

    Allahpundit
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Meh. I hope you guys appreciate how hard he’s been pandering to you lately. Because he’s pandering awfully hard. This reminds me of the debate before the 2012 primaries got rolling over whether Romney should repudiate RomneyCare. Lots of righties said yes, definitely. He’s got to get that monkey off his back; otherwise he’ll be vulnerable […] Read this post »
  • Obama lets another red line lapse in Ukraine, and the consequences will be dire

    Noah Rothman
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Doing crisis negotiations wrong. As has been a recurring theme since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power could not have been clearer in her August 8 address to the United Nations. Speaking about a proposed “humanitarian aid” convoy which Russia indicated would penetrate Ukraine’s border, Power warned Russia that the United States would […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

    NPR Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

    Mara Liasson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.» E-Mail This
  • Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

    Scott Horsley
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.» E-Mail This
  • Colo. Democrats Bet On Immigration To Boost Udall's Re-Election Bid

    Kirk Siegler
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Sen. Mark Udall's campaign has been hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner hard on the issue, and the state's Latino community is once again thought to be the constituency that could decide the race.» E-Mail This
  • Rep. Ryan Cautions Obama Not To Issue Immigration Executive Order

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Steve Inskeep talks to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan about the prospects for an immigration bill. On Friday, Morning Edition will talk to Ryan about his ideas for fighting poverty.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Insurance Is A Fact Of Life. Learn The Dos And Do Nots.

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

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

    Randy
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    TIP! If any business expenses arise from having to entertain clients, you can deduct these costs out of your taxable earnings. Such meetings would be considered legitimate business expenses. Any online business is an excellent way to earn some extra cash or even earn a full-time living. The amount of time you dedicate to your business will be directly related to the degree of success that you enjoy. This piece is meant to offer some good home based business advice. TIP! Finding the right product for your business can be difficult. Think about products that make your life easier as a start.
  • Finding Your Dream Home: Advice For Buyers In Today’s Market

    Randy
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    TIP! Take a moderate approach to negotiating a real estate purchase. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. A lot of people today fear buying real estate for so many reasons. Whether they’re worried about real estate laws or have concerns about the market, real estate is complex, and there is plenty for any prospective buyer to consider. There is still money to be made in real estate, and this article will help you to identify the best investment opportunities. TIP! Each real estate agent needs to…
  • The Keys To Success When Dealing With Insurance

    Randy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TIP! Make sure you get current quotes before choosing or renewing your policy. Most insurance companies determine their rates in various manners and they are not always figured the same way. Insurance provides a financial safety net when illness, accident or tragedy strike. There are a huge variety of insurance products out there. There are many things you can insure, like your pets, home and car. Insurance helps flatten out the risk curve over time rather than forcing you to pay a large bill when something goes wrong. This article will discuss all types of insurance, and how you can benefit…
 
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    FamousDC

  • #TBT Is It November Yet?

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

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

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

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

    fdc
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Have $342,552? Want a kid? [D.C. is your place to be] American History is about to get a little more [LGBT] Pharrell’s hat (yes that one) is about to get a little more [Newseum] Sign of the Virginia Whale [spotted in a river] DC’s Pokémon world championships [in photos] Uber will go corner store shopping [...]The post Hyper Hill: August Wire appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • After Police Abuses Caught on Video, a New Guide Teaches How to Best Archive and Distribute Footage

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Cases like Rodney King, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner and Michael Brown have helped fuel demands for police accountability. We are joined by a guest who has advice for the growing number of people filming police abuse with their smartphones and video cameras, particularly with respect to how to properly preserve such video. Yvonne Ng is senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video." Watch part two of this interview.
  • The Biggest Tax Scam Ever: How Corporate America Parks Profits Overseas, Avoiding Billions in Taxes

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    As Burger King heads north for Canada’s lower corporate tax rate, we speak to Rolling Stone contributing editor Tim Dickinson about his new article, "The Biggest Tax Scam Ever." Dickinson reports on how top U.S. companies are avoiding hundreds of billions of dollars by parking their profits abroad — and still receiving more congressionally approved incentives. Dickinson writes: "Top offenders include giants from high-tech (Microsoft, $76 billion); Big Pharma (Pfizer, $69 billion); Big Oil (Exxon­Mobil, $47 billion); investment banks (Goldman Sachs, $22 billion);…
  • Tax Dodging Whopper? Burger King Moves to Canada After Merger with Tim Hortons

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    This week Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion, creating the third-largest fast-food chain in the world. The newly created firm will be headquartered in Canada where the corporate tax rate is lower than in the United States. While Burger King denies it was motivated by lower taxes, the deal has revived the debate over so-called tax inversions, whereby U.S. companies use mergers to move overseas and avoid U.S. tax rates. In July, the Obama administration estimated tax inversions could cost the United States as much as $17 billion…
  • As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, "Only a Big Movement" Can Take on Global Warming

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    As international climate scientists warn runaway greenhouse gas emissions could cause "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts," the Obama administration is abandoning attempts to have Congress agree to a legally binding international climate deal. The New York Times reports U.S. negotiators are crafting a proposal that would not require congressional approval and instead would seek pledges from countries to cut emissions on a voluntary basis. This comes as a new U.N. report warns climate change could become "irreversible" if greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked. If…
  • Headlines for August 28, 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S., Ukraine: Russian Forces Stage Cross-Border AttacksWHO: Ebola Cases Could Eventually Top 20,000 Mother of Kidnapped Journalist Issues Appeal to Islamic StateFreed American Reporter Thanks Supporters after Return from SyriaU.N. Panel: Syrian Gov't, Islamic State Committing War CrimesLibya Warns of "Full-Scale Civil War" as Militia Fighting ContinuesOhio Protesters Call for Probe into Police Shooting of Black Wal-Mart CustomerHundreds March over Chicago Police Shooting; Commander Charged for Gun IncidentMissouri Gov. Seeks 1st Black Cabinet Member for Law Enforcement…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

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

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

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

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a militant group that has taken over large parts of northern Iraq, drawing the United States back into the conflict in Iraq.
  • Reactions on Twitter to James S. Brady’s Death

    By MICHAEL ROSTON
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Users of social media platforms remembered James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Being Jerry Jones

    Steven L. Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:18 pm
    While Doug Mataconis will love this interview, James Joyner and I need a stiff drink or two after reading (however, I cannot afford the Johnny Walker Blue):  Jerry Football The facts: Since the start of the 1997 season, the Cowboys have established themselves as the NFL’s masters of mediocrity, with a record of 136-136 and only one playoff victory. Each of the past three seasons, Dallas has finished 8-8, missing the playoffs by losing its final game ignominiously to a different division rival. Each subpar season further separates Jones’ first flush of glory — three…
  • Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    NATO is alleging today that at least 1,000 Russian combat troops are now operating inside Ukrainian territory: WASHINGTON — NATO released photographs on Thursday that it said shows Russian artillery units operating in Ukraine, and asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had now joined the separatists fighting there against the Ukrainian armed forces. “Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Brig. Gen. Nico Tak of the Netherlands, a senior officer in…
  • UK Poorer Than All US States Except Mississippi

    James Joyner
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Having spent a number of years living in Alabama, I’m well acquainted with the phrase, “Thank God for Mississippi.” While we had a lot of problems, we could always point to our western border for a state that was even more backwards. Perhaps it’s time for that slogan to cross the Pond. The Spectator‘s Fraser Nelson did the math and explains “Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi.” His methodology is pretty straightforward: You take the US figures for GDP per state (here), divide it by population (here) to come up with a…
  • A Quote to Ponder

    Steven L. Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    “I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in Libya, and we spent $25 billion training the Iraqi army, which then subsequently turned and ran when confronted by ISIS. So I think to believe that we can go in again with airpower primarily and some special forces and eliminate this problem is fanciful.”—Stephen Walt on calls…
  • For Want of a Strongman

    Steven L. Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this is a silly remark made by someone who is trying to fill time on a silly commentary show where there really is no need to deal with reality nor where there are really any consequences for what is said. This is, quite frankly, infotainment at its worst. Still, it does reflect a…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • NFL Boss Roger Goodell Makes Up for Dropping the Ball on Domestic Violence Policy

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
      NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pictured here at the Super Bowl in 2009. Wikimedia Commons Admitting that he hadn’t gone far enough in guiding the National Football League’s policy on domestic violence and had flubbed the Ray Rice case in late July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped up Thursday to announce more stringent rules for players and other employees. Also see: NFL News Last month, Baltimore Ravens running back Rice was barred from playing two games after he was charged with assaulting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an altercation last February at an…
  • Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing. Related Entries August 28, 2014 NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update) August 25, 2014 Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process
  • NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    aco.nato.int According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. NATO officials pointed to satellite footage (see image) taken Aug. 21 that they claim shows Russian self-propelled artillery in southern Ukraine, the BBC reported Thursday. Also read: Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Countries That Imposed Sanctions Against Russia This account was echoed by Ukrainian army officer Mykhailo Lysenko, who declared that “a…
  • Colonization by Bankruptcy: High-Stakes Chess for Argentina

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt Territories were once captured by military might. Today they are annexed by debt. Destitute nations are driven into international bankruptcy courts that could do with whole countries what bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a single shot being fired. Related Entries August 15, 2014 Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement or Pillage? August 8, 2014 Greg Palast: How Obama Could End Argentina’s Debt Crisis
  • The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    By Anya Schiffrin, TomDispatch Despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia. Related Entries August 28, 2014 Comcast Can Do Whatever It Wants August 25, 2014 Read This Now: Two Reasons Why Facebook Wants to Fix Obnoxious Headlines
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    PUNDITGUY

  • “COPS” TV Show Crew Member Dies After Being Shot

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

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Depending on who you pay attention to, you may hear that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is either no big deal, because it’s really hard to catch, or, it’s much worse and that the severity is being under reported. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remarked on Wednesday that he believes things are much worse than anyone is willing to report. “It’s even worse than I’d feared,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. “Every day this outbreak…
  • Brown Shooting Audio Might Be a Hoax

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you’ve been watching CNN at all over the last 24-hours, you’ve no doubt heard the audio clip purporting to be the exact moment Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. This morning, CNN had two former law enforcement officials on the program to comment on the validity of the audio. They were skeptical. “I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is one of Howard Stern’s punk people,” former LAPD officer David Klinger said. “It came out, what, two weeks after the event, and so I don’t have a high degree of confidence in it.” “But, it could…
  • Tony Blair: Let’s Restore Gaza!

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    As details on the long-term truce in the Israel / Palestinian conflict continue to flow out to the public, some are rushing to put measures in place to rebuild after the destruction from the thousands of bombs that were dropped over seven weeks. The rebuilding wouldn’t necessarily be an area wide endeavor. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now Middle East Quartet Envoy, wants to immediately focus on opening the Gaza Strip to the world. He wants nations to join in the rebuilding effort, but it should be controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents…
  • That Homeless Guy Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV Award? He’s Wanted in Oregon

    PunditGuy
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Oops. It was strange enough when Miley Cyrus sent 22-year-old homeless man Jesse Helt onstage at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to accept her statue for Video of the Year and issue a PSA about the plight of runaway teens in America. Now, two days later, we’re learning that police have a warrant out for Helt in Oregon. According to The Oregonian, Helt was arrested in 2010 for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary after breaking into the home of a man who he believed sold him bad marijuana. He ended up pleading guilty and serving 30 days in jail for the misdemeanor charges plus…
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    ThinkProgress

  • The Hidden Problems With The NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy

    Travis Waldron
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    CREDIT: AP National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new league-wide policies for domestic violence and sexual assault in a letter to owners Thursday. The policies, put in place after widespread criticism of Goodell’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, include standard punishments for players involved in domestic violence or sexual assault: six games for a first offense and a supposed lifetime ban for a second. “I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I…
  • Chile Is Poised To Pass South America’s First Carbon Tax

    Andrew Breiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Chile’s Atacama Desert. CREDIT: Shutterstock It’s a big year for fighting climate change in Chile. A carbon tax is set to go before its House of Representatives next week, as part of a larger tax reform package that includes measures intended to fight air pollution and climate change. Chile would become the first country in South America to institute a carbon tax, and the second in Latin America after Mexico, which imposed its carbon tax in January. A carbon tax is what it sounds like. The government charges emitters of carbon pollution for every metric ton they release into the…
  • No, Kirsten Gillibrand Shouldn’t Have To Name Her Harassers

    Alice Ollstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    CREDIT: AP Images Just a few hours after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) went public with accounts of sexual harassment from her fellow lawmakers, a cadre of mostly male reporters took to the airwaves and Internet to question her credibility. Politico’s senior congressional reporter, John Bresnahan, posted “I challenge this story. I don’t believe it” on Twitter in response to Gillibrand’s interview. Bresnehan later deleted the tweet and called it “moronic.” Other reporters, including the New York Times’ Nick Confessore and Politico’s Alex…
  • GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare

    Igor Volsky
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA) CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke Pennsylvania will soon become the 12th Republican-led state to expand its Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act at a time when conservatives across the country are downplaying their opposition to the law. On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce that it had granted a waiver and reached agreement with the state to provide health care coverage to 500,000 low-income residents through private insurance. The waiver will make Pennsylvania the 27th state, plus the District of Columbia, to…
  • After Oklahoma Rejects Common Core, Replacement Standards Rejected For Failing To Prepare Students

    Max Marchitello - Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Max Marchitello is Policy Analyst for the Pre-K-12 Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) CREDIT: AP/Sue Ogrocki In June, Oklahoma repealed the Common Core curriculum standards. On Thursday, the Department of Education (DOE) rejected the state’s plan to reuse its old academic standards because they will not prepare high school graduates for college and careers. When Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) signed the Common Core repeal bill, she said confidently, “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be…
 
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  • Lock Pickers, Meet 3-D Printers

    Dallas Jensen
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    “Bumping a lock" is an old art that's become more difficult. But Wired reports that lock-picking engineers Jos Weyers and Christian Holler have come up with simple software that can 3-D print sophisticated new bump keys. It isn't hard.
  • Gilbert Gottfried Speaks for the Birds

    Mike Pesca
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Listen to Episode 81 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Bobby Jindal’s Desperate Move

    Dahlia Lithwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Department of Education and Arne Duncan in federal court Wednesday, claiming they have illegally coerced states into adopting Common Core education standards, which violates the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution as well as federal education law.
  • Down With the Penn State Penalty

    Chris Laskowski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    In July 2012, in the wake of the horrific Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up, the NCAA announced sweeping sanctions against Penn State University. Some targeted the university as a whole, including a $60 million fine and five years of oversight by former Sen. George Mitchell. The most visible were specifically directed at the football team: reducing scholarships, banning postseason play through the 2015–16 season, vacating past wins, and allowing players to transfer without penalty.
  • Treaty-ish

    Eric Posner
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    President Obama “is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement” but “without ratification from Congress,” the New York Times reports. Yet the U.S. Constitution provides that two-thirds of the Senate must consent to an agreement in order for it to be a valid treaty. So the Times reports that Obama’s goal is a “hybrid agreement” that blends “legally binding conditions from an existing 1992 treaty with new voluntary pledges.” Somehow, countries would be legally required to make emission cuts that would also be voluntary. Not a treaty, but a treaty-ish.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

    Alex Park
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe are benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty." The most striking evidence comes from NATO, which has released satellite photos of what it calls "concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine." Digital Globe/NATO According to NATO, the image above depicts…
  • Ex-George Washington University President Responds to Controversy Over His Sexual Assault Remarks

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Class of 2015 at West Point receive their class rings as they enter their final academic year. (US Army Photos by John Pellino/ USMA DPTMS VI)
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 26, 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    US Marines conduct a Helicopter Support Team exercise. (US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco)
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  • Open Thread - Open Up A Can...

    Bluegal aka Fran
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Via College Humor. Open thread below...
  • Scott Walker Urges Voters To Get Their News From Fox News

    karoli
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Governor Scott Walker has some serious problems these days. Recently released emails show that he's thick as thieves with the Koch network and may even have coordinated expenditures with Club for Growth and other donors. Currently, he's trying to deny any knowledge of a $700,000 contribution from a mining company that just happened to coincide with his approval for them to, well, mine. His state ranks near rock-bottom in job creation, he's loathed by many in his state, and he's widely regarded one of the top five corrupt Republican governors in the country. This has generated some bad press,…
  • Curious Car Crashes: Louis Freeh, The Man With The Secrets

    WhoWhatWhy.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    By Russ Baker Any serious student of history is on alert for “interesting accidents.” Because sometimes they are accidents. Sometimes, they’re not. We have no opinion at the moment on the one-car-wreck that left former FBI director Louis Freeh badly injured around noon on August 25, other than to note some curious facts: the police were hours late informing the office of the governor of Vermont; Freeh was flown by helicopter to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in New Hampshire under armed guard, and has remained under armed guard; the hospital has refused to confirm that he is a…
  • Koch-Sucking Republican Governors Association Caught On Video Heaping Praise On Evil Koch Brothers!

    Anonymous
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    What do the Koch brothers get for their campaign funding and lavish hospitality? Anything they want. And now, GOP governors are up for sale. We all know both Democrats and Republicans rely on large campaign contributions to get elected, and then have to at least give big donors a seat at the table. Even the most…
  • Rebuilding Strong Unions Is Vital To Rebuilding The Middle Class

    Robert Borosage
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven’t gone up in the twenty-first century. Inequality reaches new extremes. Corporate profits are reaping a record portion of the nation’s income while worker wages wallow at record lows. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fair less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers – we should understand how vital reviving worker unions…
 
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Insights into the Repressive Character of the Government in Egypt

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

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

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

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

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

  • An Apple A Year

    Sue Halpern
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    by Sue Halpern What do I (think I) know about the new iPhone 6? That it’s going to have a bigger screen. That’s it’s going to have two bigger screens since there will be two models. That the model with the even bigger screen is not going to be available right away. That both screens are going to be made from “stronger than steel” sapphire glass. That it is going to have rounded edges, just like the old days. That it is going to have a whole new operating system. That it will be able to measure my heart rate and count my steps. That it will be my e-wallet. That it…
  • Golden Age of Radio, Ctd

    Bill McKibben
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    by Bill McKibben So many great responses to my musings on audio documentaries yesterday with lots of suggestions: Radioopensource.org, with the inimitable veteran Christopher Lydon and his equally inimitable producer Mary McGrath; 99% Invisible, hosted by Roman Mars; On the Media, which is probably the most useful sustained media criticism in American journalism, Hardcore History with Dan Carlin, which was new to me; and Stuff You Missed in History Class were among the many vote-getters. I wanted to take the chance to plump for a show I’m always trying to get people to listen to,…
  • The Spiral Of Silence

    Sue Halpern
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    by Sue Halpern When I read this Pew report last week, about how social media does not foster meaningful dialog about public policy among people who might not share one’s own view, I can’t say that I was surprised. Researchers, interested in finding out if Facebook and Twitter encouraged people to engage with each other on divisive current events, interviewed slightly less than 2000 Americans, asking them if they would share their views about Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations with their social media “friends.” Apparently, in the pre-Internet olden days, people were…
  • Face Of The Day

    Dish Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    by Dish Staff A soldier inspects a woman with an infrared thermometer for signs of fever, one of the symptoms of Ebola, at a checkpoint in Nikabo, a village in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 27, 2014. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak has now killed more than 1,500 people across four West African countries, including at least 120 healthcare workers. Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Also, a reader passes along this heartbreaking update on Saah Exco, the ten-year-old Liberian boy we featured last week on the Dish.
  • “It Really Doesn’t Matter Whether Or Not You Agree With The Israeli Government’s Policies”, Ctd

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I want to thank the Dish readers who responded to my recent post on anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Yes, even the furious ones. You’ve helped clarify my thoughts on the topic. Below, I respond to several (overlapping) dissents. One reader writes: Regarding Phoebe’s post “It really doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with the Israeli government’s policies,” I think she and others are misreading the NYT’s letter to the editor, or at least I (and I’m sure the many others to whom this letter is not “jumping out”)…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Obama Does Not Plan Escalation Against Islamic State

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    President Barack Obama signaled the U.S. has no immediate plans to escalate military operations against Islamic State extremists in Iraq or Syria.
  • Oklahoma Denied Waiver on No Child Left Behind

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Oklahoma won't receive a one-year extension of its waiver from aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act after the state repealed the Common Core State Standards earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education said.
  • Texas Judge Rules State is Underfunding Public Schools

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    A state judge ruled Texas is still failing to adequately fund public schools, after legislators last year restored $3.5 billion in spending cuts.
  • Fed Chief Yellen Still a Multimillionaire

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her husband owned at least $5.3 million in assets last year, according to documents released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
  • States Push for Overdose-Reversal Drug

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Many states faced with a pain-pill and heroin epidemic are pushing to make naloxone, which can reverse overdoses, more widely available to drug users, their peers and loved ones.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Autism-MMR Vaccine Coverup

    Gary North
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    For 13 years, the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control covered up the fact of the increased risk for boys receiving the MMR vaccination on schedule. It turns out that the risk is far worse for blacks. One man inside the CDC blew the whistle. He is ashamed that he covered up. I wonder if this will lead to Congressional hearings. I wonder if any heads will roll for the sake of appearances. I do not wonder if the CDC’s budget will be cut. Not a chance. This video is very good. It is well produced. It is horrifying.
  • The Staged Beheading

    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Originally published at WhoWhatWhy.org James Foley’s beheading made him into something no journalist wants to be: a part of the story. Not only has his murder by ISIS terrorists made him part of the story, it has made the freelancer for GlobalPost a central figure in the story about America going back to war in Iraq. In what has become a grim kabuki theater since the beheading of Daniel Pearl by al-Qaeda, Foley’s death was apparently recorded in high definition and broadcast globally on social media. Now the question of whether Foley’s killing was staged for the cameras has…
  • Imperial Fun

    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It was not even a year ago when we were bombarded with messaging that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a Supreme Evil and Grave Threat, and that military action against his regime was both a moral and strategic imperative. The standard cast of “liberal interventionists” –  Tony Blair, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Nicholas Kristof and Samantha Power - issued stirring sermons on the duties of war against Assad. Secretary of State John Kerry actually compared Assad to (guess who?) Hitler, instructing the nation that “this is our Munich moment.” Striking Assad, he argued,…
  • Eat Manfood and Lose Weight


    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When you hear the word “diet” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most men, you probably think about tiny portions of bland, boring diet foods. A small chicken breast with some steamed broccoli. Plain oatmeal. Cottage cheese. And, of course, salad. Lots and lots of salad. Or perhaps you thought about one of the many trendy diets that have succeeded in grabbing the public’s attention over the years: Atkins, The Zone, South Beach, or Paleo. It’s likely that you’ve even tried one of these diets in the past. “Don’t eat carbs, they make you fat!” exclaim…
  • Corrupt From Top to Bottom

    Paul Craig Roberts
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges. Law is just one public institution, but it is a corner stone of society. When law goes, everything goes. Only about 4 percent of federal felony cases go to trial. Almost all, 96 percent,…
 
 
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  • resigned

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Does a 9-Year-Old Come to Shoot a Fully Automatic Weapon?

    Rebecca Cohen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    A 9-year-old in Arizona accidentally killed her gun instructor on Monday when the Uzi he was teaching her to fire recoiled out of her control and shot him in the head. A video of the incident shows 39-year-old Charles Vacca switching the gun into automatic mode, then standing at the girl's side as she pulls the trigger and the weapon's force wrenches her arm in his direction. Many commentators have since expressed disbelief—though not the NRA, which was busy talking up fun for kids at gun ranges—that a child was permitted to wield a weapon with such firepower. It's illegal to eat…
  • Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

    Molly Redden
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    On Tuesday, the country's top immigration court ruled that some migrants escaping domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the United States. The decision, from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), is a landmark: It's the first time that this court has recognized a protected group that primarily includes women. The ruling offers a glimmer of hope to asylum-seekers who have fled horrific abuse. The decision has also infuriated conservatives, who claim that the ruling is a veritable invitation to undocumented immigrants and marks a vast expansion of citizenship opportunities for…
  • Your Cellphone Company Says Your Location Info Is Private. Think Again.

    Dana Liebelson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Sunday, the Washington Post published an exposé revealing that private companies are peddling surveillance systems to foreign governments that track the location of cellphone users in the United States and abroad. The report raised a basic question: How can this be happening when cellphone companies generally promise not to disclose their customers' location information without their consent? The main problem is that location information is available on a global network that can be accessed by thousands of companies. And in the wake of the Post story, US cellphone companies are…
  • Remember the Wendy Davis Filibuster? The Law She Fought Is Driving Dozens of Abortion Clinics Out of Business

    Hannah Levintova and Kristine Stolakis
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    At the new Planned Parenthood clinic in Dallas earlier this month, exam rooms were stocked, desks, chairs, and computers were installed, and even a few phones had started to ring. Construction workers came in and out, and the waiting room stood empty, save for a corner stack of moving boxes. "We're just waiting for furniture," said Kelly Hart, senior director of government relations for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, while giving a tour of the clinic, which opened to patients two weeks ago. This facility, a preexisting ambulatory surgical center that Planned Parenthood purchased and…
  • In Wake of Arizona Uzi Killing, NRA Tweets About Kids Having Fun With Guns

    Mark Follman
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    There's no shortage of grim gun news in the United States, including numerous killings involving children, but there was something particularly disturbing about an incident on Monday in which a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her instructor to death with an Uzi. The tragedy unfolded at an Arizona gun range near Las Vegas that draws visitors through a tour company called Bullets and Burgers. How on earth was such a child allowed to fire such a powerful weapon on fully automatic, by a person who knows enough about firearms to have served in the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan? See video of the…
 
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    The Raw Story

  • Report: Islamic State waterboarded James Foley and other captives in Syria

    Agence France-Presse
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Washington (AFP) – At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said Thursday. Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other kidnapped Westerners were waterboarded “several times,” the newspaper said, citing people familiar with their treatment. Sources involved in trying to free the hostages have confirmed to AFP that waterboarding was used on at least one hostage.
  • California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

    Reuters
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in “enhanced” oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier, thicker crude to the surface. Water also comes to the surface during oil drilling, but it is unclear how much of that…
  • New Jersey woman dies in her car while taking a nap between working four jobs

    Arturo Garcia
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    A 32-year-old New Jersey woman reportedly working four part-time jobs died from carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping in her SUV between shifts, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported. Police in Elizabeth found Maria Fernandes dead inside the vehicle on Monday afternoon. Authorities believe she pulled the SUV, a 2001 Kia Sportage, into a convenience store parking lot to take a nap, but left the car running while she slept. Toxicology reports on Fernandes’ death are still pending, but police believe that carbon monoxide from the car, combined with fumes from a spilled gasoline can…
  • ‘The next battlefront’: Google unveils airborne delivery drone prototypes

    Reuters
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, marks the company’s latest expansion beyond its Web-based origins and could help Google break into lucrative markets such as commerce and package delivery, ratcheting up the competition with Amazon.com Inc. Google, the world’s largest Internet search engine, said it will take years of development to create a service with multiple…
  • Hartford police chief ripped by union for joining anti-police brutality protest

    Reuters
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) – The head of the police union in Connecticut’s state capital on Thursday blasted the city’s police chief for marching with protesters demanding that criminal charges be dropped against a teenager subdued by an officer’s stun gun last week. Dozens of demonstrators marched to police headquarters in Hartford on Wednesday night to take up the cause of Luis Anglero Jr., who was stunned by Detective Shawn Ware as police tried to disperse a crowd earlier this month. After they arrived, Police Chief James Rovella and other officers…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Jeremy Hunt tells hospitals they must serve up better and healthier food

    Denis Campbell
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    More fruit, less salt and choice of meal to be offered, with failure to make changes considered a breach of contractsHospitals will be forced to ensure patients receive better quality and healthy food in a crackdown by ministers on what campaigners claim is one of the NHS's longest-running failings.Under a demanding set of mandatory standards, hospitals will among other measures be required to offer fresh fruit around the clock and reduce salt in meals, or risk being fined or losing vital NHS contracts. Continue reading...
  • Hugh Muirs diary: Hail Prince Albert the man who launched a thousand quips

    Hugh Muir
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    How Lidl went upmarket with a smutty gag from its adman An education for those attending the very swish launch at Londons Victoria and Albert Museum of Lidls new £20m marketing push for upmarket types. Some will have known that Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, is the colloquial term for a male genital piercing. Others will have been motivated to look it up. Either way, they will have been more clued up at the end than at the beginning. This glimpse of urban slang was brought to them by Peter Souter, boss of TBWA, the ad agency involved in the launch. Perhaps unsure of his…
  • Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip puts pressure on David Cameron

    Nicholas Watt and Ben Quinn
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Tory whips scramble to secure party against further departures after hardline Eurosceptic MP triggers Clacton on Sea byelectionDavid Cameron was forced to interrupt a pre-referendum trip to Scotland on Thursday as the Conservative leadership scrambled to deal with the surprise defection of a hardline Eurosceptic MP to Ukip, triggering an early byelection.A major operation by the Conservative whips, launched within minutes of the announcement by Douglas Carswell, ensured that fellow Eurosceptics echoed the prime minister in warning that future defections to Ukip would make an in/out EU…
  • Rotherham scandal: 'police spent much time trying to disprove victim abuse'

    Josh Halliday, Helen Pidd and Ami Sedghi
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Labour MP John Mann says government should run South Yorkshire if police commissioner Shaun Wright fails to resignA longstanding culture of disregard for victims of rape, sexual assaults and other major crime was exhibited by the police force at the centre of the Rotherham child abuse scandal, the official watchdog concluded on Thursday.As its embattled police commissioner, Shaun Wright, refused demands to quit from David Cameron, an inspection of South Yorkshire police found that officers spent a "great deal of time trying to disprove" the victims of sexual abuse rather than…
  • Cameron urges business leaders to 'choose openness over narrowness'

    Libby Brooks
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Heckled by protesters outside the Hilton, his presence in Glasgow was appreciated by a local cabbie 'it's about time'In the rank outside Glasgow's Hilton hotel is that rare breed: the undecided cabbie. Embarking on what looks set to be a profitable night for fares, the first two drivers shake their heads at the prospect of the forthcoming referendum, more vigorously at the notion that David Cameron's speech to business leaders inside the hotel later that evening will make any difference to their decision.Third in line, driver Robert McMaster is more reliably definitive. "It's about…
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    * President Obama made another statement to the press today. Among other things, he’s trying to downplay the idea that the current military action against ISIS will pull us into Syria or deeper into Iraq: Well, first of all, I want to make sure everybody’s clear on what we’re doing now because it is limited. […]
  • Another big boost for Obamacare

    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In another sign that the politics of Obamacare continue to shift, the Medicaid expansion is now all but certain to come to another big state whose Republican governor had previously resisted it: Pennsylvania. The federal government has approved Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s application for the state’s own version of the Medicaid expansion, without a handful […]
  • How GOP frustration could produce another government shutdown

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Get ready for another shutdown showdown, because it’s apparently on its way. Few Republicans will say so explicitly, and when the question is put to them directly they deny it, but that may well be where we’re headed. And I actually have a bit of sympathy for them on this question. If the government is […]
  • Morning Plum: Scott Brown calls for replacing Obamacare with Romneycare

    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I’ve argued, multiple Republican Senate candidates have been, to varying degrees, running against the word “Obamacare” while professing support for its general goals and fudging on whether they would take its benefits away from people. This suggests the politics of Obamacare — while a net liability for Dems — are unfolding in a more […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    • No one knows exactly what kind of executive actions President Obama is likely to take on immigration, but Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa report that people in both parties are getting frightened of the potential fallout: In the past few days, Democratic candidates in nearly every closely fought Senate race have criticized the idea of […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Citizen Second Class

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

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

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

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    What Robin Williams meant to each of us and all of us is likely impossible to define. What is very clear and easy to define was his support for US troops in the fight against terrorism. He saw with clarity what 9/11 meant and the enormous task at hand facing the free world as a result of the emergence of international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. While Hollywood divides along political lines like anywhere else, Robin Williams unqualified support for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way was perhaps more unusual among his colleagues than it should have been.
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why the $#&@! Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today? They Had a Very Good Reason.

    Amy Cohn
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Comedian Louis CK has absolutely no patience for the complaints of airline passengers, as he explains in one very funny, albeit profanity-laced bit. "People on planes, they complain," he says. "They get off the plane, they come to your house,
  • Can "Doctor Who" Survive an Older Leading Man?

    Elaine Teng
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “Doctor Who” returned last Saturday with a new leading man, Peter Capaldi, as the twelfth incarnation of the time-traveling alien. The British classic has always relied on the concept of “regeneration,” the clever gimmick that the Doctor can take on a new body—which means a new actor—wh
  • Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'

    Jason Guriel
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the early ’80s, when it came time for the Replacements to title their third album, they went with a wink: Let It Be, the name of the Beatles classic. “[N]othing is sacred,” said Paul Westerberg, the Replacements’ chief songwriter. “[T]he Beatles were just a fine rock & roll
  • FedEx Refuses to Treat Your Friendly Delivery Guy Like a Real Employee

    Danny Vinik
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    FedEx exerts very tight control over its drivers. It requires them to wear a certain uniform and demands that they are clean cut. It tells them where to deliver packages, at what time do it, and how to interact with customers. The company even has something called the “little-finger” test, which
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    Josh Kovensky
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Will New Hampshire GOP Voters Anoint a Rising Star?

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new TV ad in Arkansas Thursday that continues a theme of portraying Republican Rep. Tom Cotton as someone voters can't trust.
  • Thom Tillis Rebuts Democratic Attacks in New Ad

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is going up with a new ad Tuesday to combat Democratic ads attacking him for cuts to education.
  • Romanoff Courts Latinos Crucial to Colorado Race

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Aurora, Colo. -- Outside the Cinema Latino as he campaigned against Rep. Mike Coffman, Democratic House hopeful Andrew Romanoff outlines his strategy for winning over Hispanic voters critical to his chances in the Nov. 4 contest.
  • Top 5 Races to Watch in the South

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    The South continues to be dominated by big Senate races, with a couple of interesting House races sprinkled in for fun.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Less Lethal = Less Life

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    credit: patdollard.com The Michael Brown Case has brought many anti-police zealots out of the woodwork, but it has attracted as many opposed to armed self-defense. These are people who, through animus or simply a lack of understanding, suggest that when rushed by a drug-fueled, 6’4” 300 pound felon that has already attacked and injured you, you should be restricted to “less-lethal” means, such as a Taser, bean bag rounds, pepper spray and similarly ineffective means to stop them without really hurting anything but their feelings. The good folks at the Truth About Guns have been kind…
  • Obama DOJ: Zoning For Me But Not For Thee

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    credit: hackerearth.com Americans that have been conscious and paying attention during the last six years have had more than sufficient reason to suspect that when President Obama has claimed to be Christian, he might not be telling the truth. In fact, there is more than sufficient reason to suspect that Mr. Obama has no idea what the truth is. First he drew a red line, then he didn’t. He got our troops out of Iraq, then someone else did. Whatever; nothing is his fault. Obamacare would save every family $2500, everyone could keep their doctors and hospitals and their insurance. Millions…
  • Sacrificed On the PC Altar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Fired Principal Amy Lacey File this account under “You’re much better off not working there.” From Townhall.com:  On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. ‘I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help…
  • Bless Me High School, For I Have Blessed A Sneeze

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    File this one under: Education Stories That Make Me Ashamed To Be A Teacher. As is often the case, the British media covers American stories much better than our media. Via the Daily Mail:  DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A Dyer County High School student was sent to the principal’s office on Monday morning after saying ‘bless you’ to another student who sneezed. Seventeen-year-old Kendra Turner told the State Gazette the phrase was on a list of things students were not allowed to say in that class, including ‘my bad,’ ‘hang out,’ ‘dumb,’ ‘stupid’ and ‘stuff.’…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

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

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

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

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    It would be nice if the administration would get its story straight. First we have the President's regrettable expression of insouciance about how ISIS is the JV team. Now with that quote being resurrected along with his non-stop golf-playing while ISIS has made progress in Syria and Iraq, his Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes acknowledged that the killing of James Foley "represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen." He went on to say that the administration regards that execution as "an attack on our country." And now the chairman of the Joint…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Just what anyone who is observant could have guessed about the disparity in how late-night shows treat Republican and Democratic politicians.Conservatives and Republicans have long griped that late-night hosts are by and large liberal, and the book's balanced and exacting authors have the numbers and figures to back this up. In every election since 1992, the GOP presidential nominee has been the butt of more jokes than the Democrat. Overall, the authors "coded nearly twice as many jokes about Republicans as about Democrats." As they put it: "an unexpected finding was that Republican…
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    Wizbang

  • Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Leave it to leftist Illinois to use a museum dedicated to celebrating Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in history, as a platform to celebrate a loser like Adlai Stevenson while at the same time ignoring Ronald Reagan, a native son, big winner, and another greatest president. If you think this isn’t just another example of why Illinois is the single worst state in the union in nearly every metric that makes up a successful state, then you are immune to logic. Illinois spent billions building the Lincoln Library near the state capital in Springfield. The place opened to
  • Moving to Canada? Good For Burger King

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Liberals are aghast with the news that fast food giant Burger King might move its headquarters to Canada if it buys out the Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons. Libs are mad that BK is doing this to skip out on paying America’s confiscatory taxes. Well, I say good for BK! The accusation BK is facing from America’s capitalism-hating lefties is that by taking over Tim Hortons and moving its HQ to Canada, BK is skipping out on its patriotic duty to pay the American corporate tax rate–which happens to be the highest tax rate in the industrialized, western world.
  • Finally a Lib ‘Journalist’ With Guts to Say He Wants Conservatives Banned from TV

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    We already know that the fascist, authoritarian left wants to ban anyone and anything they don’t agree with. But usually they have the good sense not to say so out loud for fear that people will realize they are fascist authoritarians. But one “journalist” finally admitted the truth. Left-winger Ed Kilgore, who blogs for Washington Monthly magazine, made to comment on the new ideas that NBC has for revamping Meet The Press when Chuck Todd takes over the venerable Sunday political show (Todd himself is an old Democrat operative, by the way). In his August 25 post entitled,…
  • Socialism Doesn’t Pay: Britain is Poorer Than Any US State But Mississippi

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Fraser Nelson of The Spectator did some number crunching recently and found a shocking fact: Britain is poorer than every State in the USA but one. As Nelson wrote on August 22, “if Britain were to somehow leave the EU and join the US … we’d be the 2nd-poorest state in the union, poorer than Missouri. Poorer than the much-maligned Kansas and Alabama. Poorer than any state other than Mississippi, and if you take out the south east we’d be poorer than that too.” This is both shocking and disheartening, especially to American liberals. The liberals all assume that Great
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another sizzling success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (yetanotherjohn) – “Know why Obama rides alone in the golf cart? So there’s room for his ego.” 2) (David Robertson) – “Obama operates a golf cart the way that he governs: Steering to the left and going into the rough.” 3) (Par4Course) – “Obama looks for James Foley’s killer in the same way OJ looked for Nicole Brown Simpson’s ‘real…
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Perlstein and Parton chewing the fat about Reagan and the 70s

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Perlstein and Parton chewing the fat about Reagan and the 70sby digbyYou can hear it at Virtually Speaking, here.It was fun!Also too: Buy the book!
  • From the *schmaht as a whip* file: GOP adopts the "women are stupid sluts" strategy.

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From the schmaht as a whip file: GOP adopts the "women are stupid sluts" strategy.by digbyNorth Carolina GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis is, like all Republicans, having some problems attracting women voters. So he's decided to talk to them as if they are 6 years old and patronize that silly lady Senator he's running against as a feather-head who can't add numbers. I'm sure it's going to be very effective for him:Personally, I think he missed a great opportunity to call her a slut and tell her to close her legs. That strategy works like a charm. BTW: it's his math that's questionable ...
  • "But then, they always blame America first"

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    "But then, they always blame America first" by digbyHey, do any of you oldies remember this speech from 1984?They said that saving Grenada from terror and totalitarianism was the wrong thing to do - they didn't blame Cuba or the communists for threatening American students and murdering Grenadians - they blamed the United States instead.But then, somehow, they always blame America first.When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the "blame America first crowd" didn't blame the…
  • And in another piece of good news ...

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    And in another piece of good news ...by digbyThat worked out well:Weeks of fighting escalated in Libya this weekend as anti-government fighters secured control of the country’s main airport in the capital, Tripoli.A group of pro-government fighters from the western city of Zintan had controlled the airport since the 2011 fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But on Saturday, a coalition of Islamist fighters from the city of Misrata called "Operation Dawn" pushed that group out.It’s been just a little over three years since the Zintanis and Islamist fighters battled side by side against…
  • SCOTUS has your back by @BloggersRUs

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    SCOTUS has your backby Tom SullivanNo, not your back, innocent victim of law enforcement gone wrong. They've got law enforcement's back. You're on your own. The dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, Erwin Chemerinsky, explains. There's not only immunity for cities for the misconduct of their employees -- for, say, wrongful death or prosecutorial misconduct -- but immunity for officials themselves against personal lawsuits, and “qualified immunity” for officials unless “every reasonable official” would have known the conduct in question was unlawful. Such…
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    Eschaton

  • Late Night

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Rock on.
  • Zephyr Teachout Super Wuster

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Really, New Yorkers, consider getting rid of Cuomo. He's like the the worst of 1993 era democrats, with extra evil added. Vote Teachout/Wu for the comedy if nothing else!Also, too, we're looking at you Rahm...
  • Thursday Evening

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Tomorrow is...
  • Free Money

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Our soon to be ex-governor seems to sorta be doing the right thing, though it might be better to just wait for the next governor and cut out the bullshit.
  • Wanker of the Day

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Nick Confessore.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night: Jon Stewart on Race (& Ferguson in the Media)

    Kit OConnell
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
      Jon Stewart returned from a brief hiatus with a brilliant take down of the racially charged Ferguson coverage in the media, primarily on FOX News. Not that they are the only offenders: new favorite picture ever pic.twitter.com/3uJRqNVzvg — rob whisman (@robwhisman) August 27, 2014 But there’s no denying Fox’s work is especially egregious, as called out by Salon in Joan Walsh’s recent piece “Ferguson’s booming white grievance industry: Fox News, Darren Wilson and friends:”
  • Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

    Steve Horn
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Is widespread offshore fracking in America’s future? In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America — of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy — a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the oil and gas…
  • Prepare to Bomb More Brown People: A New Bogeyman “Worse than Hitler!”

    joe shikspack
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    There’s a new bogeyman in the middle east. It is a terrible monster of great proportions, a barbaric, sectarian, unrepentant butchery machine. Its name is ISIS and like the previous bogeymen (Saddam, Ahmadinejad, Gaddaffi, Osama bin Laden, Assad and Putin) it is like (or worse than) Hitler. You would think by now government propagandists would get worried that trotting out the Hitler meme so frequently would cause “Hitler fatigue.” Nonetheless, now that the terrible threat has been identified by a news media eager for action and ratings, there is a growing push for America…
  • Over Easy News

    Ruth Calvo
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Najat Vallaud-BelkacemThe community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion. An uneasy truce allowed Gaza residents to venture out onto battered streets to acquired supplies needed for their existence, as an Egyptian-brokered peace continued for an undefined period. ‘After 50 days of warfare in which a terror organization killed dozens of soldiers and civilians, destroyed the daily routine (and) placed the country in a state of economic distress … we could have expected much more than…
  • John Kerry Makes a Deal

    David Swanson
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Oh, damn it all. Barry, it’s not my fault.Barry! Barr -er Mr. President, I got Congress out in the parking lot looking at the new SUVs. I’m pushing the missile strikes on the Syrian government hard, but just a few little ones, and then ka-blam we get em with the whole package deal, 800 vehicles plus fuel and maintenance, a little shock, a little awe, a little razzmatazz, and we reel em right in. Ataboy, John, go get em. Tick. Tock. Tick. Oh, damn it all.  Barry, it’s not my fault. They were on recess and listening to people at town hall meetings. And AIPAC is totally AWOL. And…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS: Frogmarch, Killings and Beheadings of Soldiers

    Jeralyn
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Yesterday, ISIS posted photos of captured Syrian soldiers being forced to march across the desert in their underwear, presumably to their deaths. A video (non-violent) is here. Today Reuters reports ISIS released another video showing they were all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tech Talk

    Jeralyn
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    My iPhone 5s died yesterday. It just wouldn't turn on. I ended up having to plug it into my computer and restore the factory settings, and then an old backup. It took hours, and it worked -- until this morning. Dead as a doornail again. I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Our last open thread is full, here's a new one. All topics welcome. On James Foley's kidnappers: Before "the Beatles", there were the Belgians. Lots of dots to connect. The latest victim of police "walking while black" syndrome:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Potential New Audio of Michael Brown Shooting

    Jeralyn
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Driving this afternoon and listening to CNN on Sirius, the main story was not ISIS or Syria, it was a new audio of the Michael Brown shooting that a passer-by captured on his cell phone while video-chatting with a woman. As he tells her how fine she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

    Elahe Izadi
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday while talking about Ukraine and the Islamic State, and political Twitter promptly went nuts. Over the suit. You see, Obama has a tendency to wear gray or blue suits.   "You'll see I wear only gray or blue suits," Obama told Vanity Fair in 2012.  "I'm trying to pare down […]
  • An eye-popping chart that shows how campaign finance reform has failed

    Chris Cillizza
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In March 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act -- commonly known as McCain-Feingold for its two lead Senate sponsors -- became law. It sought to make political donations far more transparent and to keep unregulated "soft" money out of the political process. A decade removed from the law's passage -- and in the wake of […]
  • Republicans are struggling to win women voters. This is not a new problem.

    Jaime Fuller
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    GOP outside groups Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network put together an internal report on the Republican Party's problems with women, and they came to many of the same conclusions as those who have been criticizing the party for years. Politico obtained the report, titled  “Republicans and Women Voters: Huge Challenges, Real Opportunities,” and reported that polling […]
  • Mitt Romney isn’t running for president again. But people will still keep talking about it.

    Chris Cillizza
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    No, Mitt Romney isn't going to run for president again -- for the third time! -- in 2016.  That's according to almost every Romney source I've talked to over the past year or so. “Mitt won’t run," one Romney insider told me today. "But that won’t stop people from talking and writing about it." No, […]
  • The 2016 presidential contenders are all basically Miley Cyrus

    Jaime Fuller
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    "If politicians are like rock stars, Rick Perry is Miley Cyrus." So said the Concord Monitor, a New Hampshire newspaper, when trying to step back and figure out what the Texas governor's visit to the state means for 2016. It wasn't because they are both forever associated with an unfortunate prime-time appearance -- either for […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Slideshow: Rally in Camden in Solidarity with Ferguson Protesters

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Ferguson, Missouri and Camden, New Jersey. They have a lot in common, not the least of which are poverty and foreclosure, a majority African-American population with a higher percentage white police force, and privatizing of the local public schools. Here are some photos from a solidarity rally this afternoon in Camden, which we wrote about yesterday: Created with flickr slideshow. Thank you to #JusticeforMikeBrown Camden for the photos.
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, August 28, 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Atlantic County: the biggest employment drop of all U.S. metropolitan areas compared to the same time (July) last year That's how bad the jobless situation in Atlantic City is. Campaigns CD3: DCCC makes $131k media buy to go negative on GOP's Tom MacArthur. This discussion is interesting, with some pretty obvious concern trolling ... November ballot question: Trenton voters will decide on mandatory paid sick leave. NJSen: Jeff Bell goes up on radio - to talk gold standard. Going on a nugget of info in a Ledger story, a Dem Freeholder has Democratic Freeholder Tracy Zur has asked the NJ AG's…
  • Stay Classy, Save Jersey!

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:56 pm
    smh ... promoted by Rosi
  • Quote of the day: "it appears that all hell is breaking loose"

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Well this is an unfortunate choice of words. Things haven't been going so well in Medford, Burlington County. In just the last month, it has been brought to light that two managers abruptly left their positions this month and the town's fire chief has been accused of sexual harassment with a former township employee. And that is only the most recent bad news. But regardless of what is going on in the town, I'm not sure why Medford Councilman Randy Pace accepted this premise.  Even if he is correct, there has to be a better way to say your quote of the day on the state of their town: "I…
  • Thursday in Camden - Rally in Solidarity with Protesters in Ferguson

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Ferguson and Camden; one hit hard with foreclosures, the other topping lists of poorest cities in America, with double the national poverty rate, and nearly triple that of surrounding Camden County. Both with police issues; Ferguson the national epicenter for police misconduct, Camden, with its police services in flux - entire department disbanded, new force brought in, with officers much whiter and from the suburbs and young recruits who didn't know the people they patrol. There are issues of loss of community control in both, with schools in Camden and part of Ferguson under state control…
 
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  • Inching toward immortality

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

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

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

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Lev Grossman, a fantasy writer whose works I have not yet been privileged to read, has a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful tribute to C. S. Lewis, who brought him into the worlds of reading and of fantasy. He focuses first on a passage that I used to xerox for students, also trying to capture its magic:Even more than that, it’s the way he uses language—which is nothing like the way fantasists used language before him. There’s no sense of nostalgia. There’s no medieval floridness. There’s no fairy tale condescension to the child reader. It’s very straight, and very clean—there’s…
  • "What's a subsidy?" -- It's hard to reach the uninsured

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Back in May, I noted a remarkable finding in a McKinsey survey of those who bought or sought health insurance in the individual market during the ACA's first open season:  Most of those who failed to obtain coverage were eligible for subsidies but did not know they were eligible. Two thirds of subsidy-eligible respondents who visited healthcare.gov but did not enroll were not aware of their eligibility -- and so had no idea how much health insurance would actually cost them.Those findings are corroborated in a survey conducted at about the same time (April 10-28), commissioned by…
 
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    Opinionator

  • What Doctors Can’t Do

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

    By DAVID SHAFER
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    People drop dead in hallways all the time. But suspicion makes for a much better story.
  • What Does It Mean to ‘Throw Like a Girl’?

    By ERIC ANTHAMATTEN
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Athletes like Mo'ne Davis aren't just playing sports, they are resisting the colonized space around the female body.
  • On Not Writing

    By BILL HAYES
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Just as the body needs time to rest, so too does an essay, or a book.
  • My Daughter, Her Rat

    By JULIE METZ
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    A rodent helped calm my teenager’s anxiety.
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America.
  • California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought.
  • Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:13 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.
  • Toy weapons won't look like real ones under California bill

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    (Reuters) - The California State Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a bill that would require certain replica guns to be painted bright colors or made transparent to prevent police from confusing toy guns for real weapons.
  • Florida appeals court says state can rule on gay marriage ban

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    MIAMI (Reuters) - An appeals court in Florida on Thursday rejected a motion by its attorney general that urged the state's top court to delay a ruling on its same-sex marriage ban until the U.S. Supreme Court eventually decides on the issue.
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

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

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

    timothy
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    According to a Reuters report, China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Google's mobile operating system Android. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile…
  • Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

    timothy
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    schwit1 (797399) writes The U.S. Air Force on Thursday issued a request for information from industry for the replacement of the Russian-made engines used by ULA's Atlas 5 rocket: "Companies are being asked to respond by Sept. 19 to 35 questions. Among them: "What solution would you recommend to replace the capability currently provided by the RD-180 engine?" Air Force officials have told Congress they only have a broad idea of how to replace the RD-180. Estimates of the investment in money and time necessary to field an American-built alternative vary widely. Congress, meanwhile, is…
  • Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

    Soulskill
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Terrorist organization ISIS has been in the news a lot lately for their hostile activities in Iraq and Syria. They've also been very active online, posting propaganda and photos on various social networking sites to try to recruit more members. Frequently, they'll have pictures of themselves in nondescript locations — but even carefully selected images give clues to a real location. Citizen journalists at Bellingcat analyzed a group of these photos, comparing buildings and bridges in the background to images from Google Earth. With very little to go on, they…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • The Barking Blondes: Doggy diets

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]
  • Conservative image detoxified at last?

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Labour’s lead over the Conservatives remains squeezed, at two points, little changed from last month’s three-point margin, in the ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. But the poll’s Favourability Index finds that the Conservative Party is viewed more favourably than Labour for the first time, suggesting that [...]
  • Poll alert

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month Labour had a three-point lead. This month we have resumed our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of: • five parties, including the Scottish National Party, now that we are into the final month of [...]
  • Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Dusan Kovacevic is the operational manager at Serbia’s one and only EXIT Festival. It is a music event that has its roots steeped in politics and was conceived as a student movement which fought for freedom in the Balkan region. It is now one of the biggest festivals in Europe and remains active in social causes, this year using its position to raise money for the victims of devastating floods in the Balkans.
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Zenon Evans Discusses Ukraine, Iraq on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS in New Hampshire Tonight 9pm ET

    Zenon Evans
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    At 9pm ET I will be on the Tom Brown show discussing this week’s big news including the ongoing situations in Ukraine and Iraq. Listen live here.
  • Federal Appeals Court Endorses a Heckler's Veto of Provocative Preaching

    Jacob Sullum
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Two years ago, Ruben Chavez, Arthur Fisher, and Joshua DeLosSantos, members of a Christian evangelical group known as Bible Believers, attracted a hostile crowd while preaching hellfire and damnation at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The crowd, which consisted mostly of children, pelted the three evangelists with water bottles and other trash. Police responded by threatening to arrest Chavez and his friends for disorderly conduct unless they left the festival. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, banishing the provocative preachers from the…
  • Papers Please? St. Paul Cop Harassed Black Man Waiting For His Kids for ID, Caught on Tape

    Ed Krayewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    While voter identification laws are a hot button issue in national politics, those laws aren't usually discussed in the broader context of identification requirements in various aspects of everyday life.  For starters, border patrol agents dozens of miles away from an international border ask for identification purportedly to root out illegal immigrants. Identification is required at the doctor's office, for increasing amount of medication, at the airport, on trains and now even for some interstate bus trips, for renting a car, getting into most government buildings, and so on in that…
  • Pa. Teachers Rehired After Admitting to Having Sex in School, Accusations of Harrasment

    Ed Krayewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    In McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Angela DiBattista, a fourth grade teacher who lost her job in 2011 after admitting to having sexual relations  in the early 2000s with another fourth grade teacher, Patrick Collins, also under investigation at the time, was reinstated for the school year that starts next week. She was fired being charged with “immorality” after the two admitted to having sex between six and eight times at the school after hours. Collins was fired in 2005 on charges of harassment of DiBattista and violating school policy, but was “absolved,” reinstated and able to retire…
  • J.D. Tuccille Asks If Police Are More Damned Trouble Than They're Worth

    Reason.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In the Spring, months before Michael Brown was shot and Ferguson erupted in reaction, whoever writes New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton's blog for him posted, "In my long police career I have often drawn inspiration from a great hero of mine, Sir Robert Peel.  Peel founded the London Metropolitan Police in 1829." The post listed the nine "Peelian Principles" attributed (probably spuriously) to the founder of modern policing and formulated to combat crime in a rapidly modernizing city. The principles are remarkable both for the high ideals to which they aspire, and the…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is Liberty?

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

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    June 3, 2014 The Thing is Upon Us: I have been listening to the intensity of the conversation increase as indicators from the talk show guys seem to sound like the danger (is upon us) with their voices getting louder and louder. The newsletter I get also seem to be getting sharper in their written words to tell us of the impending danger that is upon us——below are a couple of paragraphs from Andrew Hoffman and the milesfranklin.com blog. (bold below) Let’s face it wherever one looks the specters of stagnation, inflation and unrest are front and center; as the age of…
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    The American Prospect

  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

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

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
  • McConnell’s Appeal to Millionaire Donors Makes Case for Constitutional Amendment on Political Money

    Miles Rapoport
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks toward the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington. He surely did not intend it, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment allowing Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on the influence of money in politics. We appreciate his help and his clarity. The good news is that the Senate will vote on just such a proposal next month, the Democracy for All Amendment (S.J. Res 19).
  • Jindal's Assault on Abortion Rights the Latest Round in the War on Women

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Saturday, June 21, 2014. In 1973, abortion became a constitutionally protected right in the United States. But, judging from the repeated full-fledged attacks on Roe v. Wade and all the protections it provides, it's as if the anti-choice movement has been plugging their ears and singing, “La la la, I can’t hear you!” for the last forty-one years. Unfortunately, its members have proven themselves to be good at multitasking, stirring up…
  • Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? (Tenants Have Their Doubts)

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes, dynamited over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market…
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  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

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

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
  • McConnell’s Appeal to Millionaire Donors Makes Case for Constitutional Amendment on Political Money

    Miles Rapoport
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks toward the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington. He surely did not intend it, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment allowing Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on the influence of money in politics. We appreciate his help and his clarity. The good news is that the Senate will vote on just such a proposal next month, the Democracy for All Amendment (S.J. Res 19).
  • Jindal's Assault on Abortion Rights the Latest Round in the War on Women

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Saturday, June 21, 2014. In 1973, abortion became a constitutionally protected right in the United States. But, judging from the repeated full-fledged attacks on Roe v. Wade and all the protections it provides, it's as if the anti-choice movement has been plugging their ears and singing, “La la la, I can’t hear you!” for the last forty-one years. Unfortunately, its members have proven themselves to be good at multitasking, stirring up…
  • Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? (Tenants Have Their Doubts)

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes, dynamited over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market…
 
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  • Contraception, Obamacare subsidies and ice buckets: Health care’s summer to remember

    Jason Millman
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Health care hasn't exactly had a relaxing summer. (Flickr/Ken Teegardin) Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here. When Obamacare's frantic enrollment period ended in April, it seemed like there could finally be a slowdown in health-care news. This…
  • Pennsylvania’s Republican governor expands Medicaid

    Jason Millman
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is the 9th Republican governor to expand Medicaid. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Pennsylvania won federal approval to expand its Medicaid program to nearly 500,000 low-income adults on Thursday, becoming the ninth state led by a Republican governor to join the expansion under the president's health-care law. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett had sought the Obama administration's permission to use money authorized by the Affordable Care Act to purchase private health insurance for poor adults. With Thursday's announcement, Corbett and the federal Centers for Medicare and…
  • The core question in Bobby Jindal’s Common Core lawsuit

    Max Ehrenfreund
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    (REUTERS/Brian Frank) In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal claims that the Obama administration improperly impinged on local school administrators by encouraging states to adopt the Common Core standards. The federal suit marks an escalation in a series of legal skirmishes in Louisiana and elsewhere over Common Core, the hotly debated effort to establish a more-or-less uniform national rubric for evaluating students' academic performance from kindergarten through high school. Jindal initially supported the program. The Republican governor's critics have…
  • Yes, the stimulus worked: highway spending would have fallen 20% without it

    Matt O'Brien
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Source: San Francisco Fed Nobody wants to be defined, President Obama said, by something they prevented. Even if that something is as big as a second Great Depression. That's why the stimulus has become such a political orphan. The Recovery Act was only big enough to stop a worse collapse, but not start a better recovery. And since we don't know how much worse it would have been otherwise, it's easy to say that it didn't do anything at all. But that, of course, isn't remotely true. Take highway spending, for example. Between 2008 and 2011, highway spending didn't really change, as you…
  • There’s a big gap between what men and women make in the restaurant industry

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Female food service workers are getting short-changed. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo) The overall gender pay gap has been well-documented, but a new report shows it's particularly pronounced in the food service industry, where women are being underpaid in just about every job--even when accounting for tips. The median hourly wage paid to women is less than it is for men in all but one of the eleven jobs surveyed in a report by the Economic Policy Institute. In some cases, the gap is slight—for cashiers, dishwashers, food preparation workers, and hosts and hostesses, it's a matter of cents.
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  • Wife of GOP lawmaker Andy Harris dies

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Rep. Andy Harris's wife of more than three decades, Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, passed away Thursday, the Maryland Republican's office said in a statement."Sylvia “Cookie” Harris, beloved wife of over 30 years to Congressman Andy Harris, devoted mother...
  • President forges ahead on immigration order

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    There should be "no doubt" that the White House is willing to move forward unilaterally on immigration reform, President Obama said Thursday amid bipartisan calls for him to avoid acting alone."It continues to be my belief that, if I can't see the...
  • Obama's tan suit shocks social media

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Journalists were shocked by President Obama’s decision to wear a tan suit Thursday as he delivered a statement from the White House on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.Reaction to his tan suit was mixed on...
  • Uzi killing by 9-year-old sparks outrage

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
     A fatal incident in which a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range this week has sparked outrage on social media.Pundits, talk show hosts and journalists expressed disbelief that a child...
  • WH: Rubio's constitutional concerns on immigration action unwarranted

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The White House pushed back at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over his criticism of the president's plans to take executive action on immigration, saying whatever steps the president takes would be within his legal authority."I note that...
 
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  • Petition of the day

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

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

    Amy Howe
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Briefly: In The National Law Journal’s Supreme Court Brief (registration or subscription required), Tony Mauro reports on the reorganization of the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office in the wake of the upcoming retirement (effective September 1) of Chief Deputy Clerk Chris Vasil.  (Lyle Denniston also reported on these developments for this blog.) Elsewhere in the Supreme Court Brief, Marcia Coyle covers a new filing by the Florida Bar, which “has taken the unusual step of urging, instead of opposing, U.S. Supreme Court review of a state ethics rule prohibiting judicial candidates from…
  • New advice on how to handle same-sex marriage appeals

    Lyle Denniston
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    In the most specific advice so far on how the Supreme Court could handle the same-sex marriage cases, lawyers for an Oklahoma lesbian couple urged the Justices on Wednesday to consider two options:  a slimmed-down, one-issue, one-case review or a sweeping, all-issues, multiple-cases approach. That filing also suggested that the Court might want to divide argument between two different constitutional tests for judging the validity of states’ bans on same-sex marriage.  The document was the closest thing the Court has so far seen to a distinct plan for review of the rapidly expanding…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:13 pm
    The petition of the day is: Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar 13-1499 Issue: Whether a rule of judicial conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. In association with Bloomberg Law
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  • Bernie Sanders: "In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9 percent."

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | John McCain says he holds the record for 'Meet the Press' appearances Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a few pointers for Chuck Todd, who takes the helm of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sept. 7. On Aug. 27, McCain appeared on MSNBC’s the Daily Rundown as part of Todd’s weeklong send-off. "I called to congratulate you and as the person who has the most appearances on Meet the Press, I’d be glad to give you a lot of advice and counseling, including the best gotcha questions of the week," McCain said. "And I have one other…
  • Chain email: Says Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad chartered a plane to remove 124 young illegal immigrants from his state and take them back to Honduras.

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Did Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad charter a jet to send 124 immigrant children back to Honduras? The surge in unaccompanied minors coming from Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico may have moved off the front pages in recent weeks, but it’s still a hot topic on the Internet. A reader recently sent us a chain email that lauds Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, for purportedly standing up to President Barack Obama’s decision to send more than 100 unaccompanied minors to Iowa. According to the email, Branstad quickly chartered a jet…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Thursday Evening Open Thread: Just Us

    Anne Laurie
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    White privilege, in the original French meaning of "private law", is real. Class privilege is too. http://t.co/ch1juiWhwG — Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) August 28, 2014 From Quartz, “These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from black people and the poor“: … Ferguson’s economy steadily withered over the last decade, as did its population. Yet even as the number of adult residents fell 11% between 2010 and 2013, fines collected by the city’s court system surged 85%, hitting $2.6 million last year… In fact,…
  • I Hate These People With a Passion

    John Cole +0
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    If this is God’s idea of Christian behavior, God sucks: I say we buck up for an all expense paid trip for his family to an Arizona shooting range, complete with complimentary Uzi and nine year old. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Kentucky Kernels

    Anne Laurie
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Front page of the Courier Journal has Mitch McConnell's promises to the Koch brothers in their secret mtg http://t.co/XzDErYDAmg #kysen — Justin Barasky (@JustinBarasky) August 28, 2014 The backstory, as described by Mr. Charles P. Pierce: Charles and David Koch — America’s favorite political porn merchants and the Mitchell Brothers of the Citizens United era — are having a week for themselves. Really, it’s like watching a really good episode of that HBO series about the Nevada brothel. First, yesterday, noted ‘ho Mike (Payola) Allen, one of the founding…
  • Good News Everybody

    Richard Mayhew
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    As expected, the Feds in the form of CMS and HHS approved with some conditions the Healthy PA this is not really Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Expansion waiver this afternoon.  I have a game in a couple of minutes so here are the highlights. Go Live is January 1, 2015 Expected to cover between a quarter and half a million people. Significant changes to current Medicaid in the form of collapsing various programs into far fewer groups, and different co-pay structures. Health Incentive/Wellness incentives in the form of lower co-pays No deductibles Premiums will be charged in 2016 and beyond for…
  • Thursday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s almost here! It’s almost here! Englishman Stephen Fry’s impression of American college football: Of the spectacle (not necessarily the game), Fry says: “I really don’t know if anything sums up America better. It’s simultaneously preposterous, incredibly laughable, impressive, charming, ridiculous, expensive, overpopulated, wonderful…America.” H/T: Valued commenter (and faithful Jawja Dawg) Raven. PS: GO GATORS! Share
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Cartoon: Uzi insanity

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com Share on Tumblr
  • Too detached to lead? (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Too detached to lead? by Michael Gerson Washington Post Writers Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Having once served a president, I don’t begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence of the president’s routine. The intelligence briefings stalk him. Presidential respites are measured in hours, not days or weeks — say, a few hours on a golf course. And the public would be selfish and shortsighted to demand those downtime hours,…
  • NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders

    Guest Voice
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Update as of 8 a.m. EDT: A senior NATO official has said that there are over 1,000 Russian troops operating inside Ukrainian borders, BBC reported. Update as of 7:15 a.m. EDT: Russia is carrying out an invasion in Ukraine, Ella Polyakova, a member of Vladimir Putin’s advisory council on human rights, reportedly said. “When masses of… Share on Tumblr
  • Kansas Independent Might Be Key To Control Of Senate

    Ron Chusid
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    With control of the Senate so close, anything which might alter a race in a state felt to be dominated by one party could have huge ramifications. Sam Wang offers a plausible scenario which could make Kansas competitive: In national politics, Kansas is considered as Republican as they come: Mitt Romney carried the state in 2012 by twenty-two percentage points, and the last Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Kansas was Lyndon Johnson, in 1964. But this year, the reliability of Sunflower State politics seems to have been upended. With control of the Senate in a tight, uneasy race,…
  • Why John Eligon’s New York Times profile of Mike Brown isn’t as bad as many people think

    MICHAEL STICKINGS, Assistant Editor
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    I certainly understand why so many people are upset about certain aspects of John Eligon’s article on Mike Brown in the Times, specifically the use of the phrase “no angel” and, well, basically all of this: Michael Brown, 18, due to be buried on Monday, was no angel, with public records and interviews with friends and family revealing both problems and promise in his young life. Shortly before his encounter with Officer Wilson, the police say he was caught on a security camera stealing a box of cigars, pushing the clerk of a convenience store into a display case. He lived in…
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  • Oh mighty ISIS

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

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

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

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s time to start thinking about getting your flu shot for this year. The flu vaccine is available in some locations sites now, and will be available at most other places in a few weeks. Remember that it takes a few weeks to build an antibody response to the antigens in the flu vaccine. You’re not immediately protected against the flu as soon as you are injected. So it’s preferable to get it before cases of the flu start popping up around you. Most cases of flu usually occur in January and February (in the US). But a number of cases often start occurring in October, so getting…
  • American Heart Association raises concerns about e-cigarettes

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    The American Heart Association (AHA) has come out with a policy statement on the use of e-cigarettes (ecigs), making a case for tighter control of e-cigarette sales and use. The policy statement was published online in the AHA’s journal, Circulation. The article cites studies, information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health organizations. The article also refers to statements made by the American Lung Association (ALA), American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Forum of International…
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  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

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

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

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

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

    ChaosEngine (/politics/member/ChaosEngine)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    YT: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Good to see at least someone in the US government understands reality.
 
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  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

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

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
  • McConnell’s Appeal to Millionaire Donors Makes Case for Constitutional Amendment on Political Money

    Miles Rapoport
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks toward the Senate chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington. He surely did not intend it, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment allowing Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on the influence of money in politics. We appreciate his help and his clarity. The good news is that the Senate will vote on just such a proposal next month, the Democracy for All Amendment (S.J. Res 19).
  • Jindal's Assault on Abortion Rights the Latest Round in the War on Women

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    (AP Photo/Molly Riley) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers the keynote address during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington, Saturday, June 21, 2014. In 1973, abortion became a constitutionally protected right in the United States. But, judging from the repeated full-fledged attacks on Roe v. Wade and all the protections it provides, it's as if the anti-choice movement has been plugging their ears and singing, “La la la, I can’t hear you!” for the last forty-one years. Unfortunately, its members have proven themselves to be good at multitasking, stirring up…
  • Can Private Capital Save Public Housing? (Tenants Have Their Doubts)

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Traditional public housing is out of favor and substantially out of funds. It’s bureaucratic, concentrates the very poor, and is literally crumbling due to a huge backlog of deferred maintenance. Yet despite real catastrophes—such as Chicago’s bleak, crime-ridden Robert Taylor Homes, dynamited over a decade ago—public housing provides low-rent apartments to some 2.2 million people, and much of it is reasonably well run by local authorities. For half a century, presidents, legislators and housing developers have sought alternatives, involving supposedly more efficient private market…
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  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Assembly Passes Victim-Centered Sexual Assault Policy

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

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

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

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Candidates for Governor will face off on Sep 4 in LA by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari has been lobbying for a debate with Governor Brown for a while. It's the typical challenger stuff, claiming he was dodging, or chicken, yada, yada. But for a position as large as Governor of California, a debate is a worthwhile use of everybody's time. Once you strip away all the BS, hopefully we can have a productive conversation. And that conversation will happen on September 4 in Los Angeles. Kashkari had challenged Brown to 10 debates, but until now, Brown had brushed off that proposition. Most polls show…
 
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Europe's Slow Surrender To Intolerance

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed.  This is assuming—as seems probable, but not 100 percent certain—that this raid is even what the Hamas leadership…
  • Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s rocket arsenal, and even as it destroys the tunnels meant to convey terrorists underground to Israel (and to carry Israeli hostages back to Gaza).  This is not the first time Israel has found itself losing on the battlefield of perception. Why is it happening again? Here are six possible reasons: 1. In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state actor can win merely…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Late Summer Reading, Cheering and Otherwise, but Worth Checking Out

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

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

    James Fallows
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Last night I wrote about the upcoming race for the governorship in Maine. Four years ago, the Independent candidate (and my longtime friend) Eliot Cutler narrowly lost to the Tea Party Republican Paul LePage. Now LePage is running for reelection, Cutler is running against him as an independent, and the Democrats have nominated Mike Michaud, the incumbent representative from Maine's northern, rural Second District. I said that I admired and supported Cutler, but that on venerable Atlantic "of no party or clique" principles I'd be happy to post a 30-second video from the other candidates like…
  • Third-Party Watch in Maine

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    First, a disclosure. Eliot Cutler, who nearly won the race to become Maine’s governor four years ago and is now running for the job again, is a close family friend. My wife and I often hung around with him and his wife Melanie when we were all living and working in Beijing. He ran an American law firm's office there; she was in practice as a doctor. The Cutlers’ daughter Abby, now herself a doctor, was once a young editorial staffer at The Atlantic. Eliot CutlerDuring the 2010 race, I did an item saying that if I were from Maine, I would enthusiastically vote for Eliot for governor. This…
  • Militarization of the Police, Fargo Edition

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The stormtrooper look by law enforcement in Missouri has usefully brought into focus the long-term trend of police forces morphing into military units. For previous installments and a reading list, see here and here.  Today's photo, courtesy of Michael Vosburg of the Fargo, N.D. Forum, is of a police team six months ago, in the winter. The photo is worth a second look, for details ranging from the vehicle's license plate to the choice of green camouflage in the snow. The full story, by Archie Ingersoll, is also worth reading. It points out that the last big public disturbance in the Fargo…
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    The American Scene

  • Heighten the contradictions

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

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

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

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

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

  • A useful way of looking at the tolerance question

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

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

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

    liberal japonicus
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    by liberal japonicus I try to avoid naming particular commenters in the post, but in this case, I'll happily make an exception. McT wrote I'm ready to have that conversation with BobbyP. Why don't the bosses around here let him guest-post?  Guest posts, sure, and I'd up the ante, it would be nice to have a few new frontpagers. Nominations, thoughts, ideas?
  • The best Ferguson overview I've seen

    SuperUser
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    by Doctor Science Why the Fires in Ferguson Won't End Soon by Jamelle Bouie, in Slate.Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you'll hear a story about the police. "One of my friends had a son killed by the Ferguson Police Department, about 10 years ago," said Carl Walker, a Vietnam veteran and former parole officer who came to show his support for demonstrators in Ferguson. "They wouldn't release the name of the officer who killed him. Why wouldn't you release the name?" "The cops said he shot at them—case closed," said Al Cole, referring to a cousin who was killed by Ferguson police in 2000. "Even…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What Is PFM?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Holder Using $17B Bank of America Lawsuit Settlement to Fund Progressive Shock Troops -

    Mars-ax
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    By: Andrew McCarthy (National Review) Government coercion of the financial sector to make irresponsible loans was the primary driver of the 2007-08 financial meltdown. Yet, as we’ve previously observed here, “Washington has searched every place but within for a scape …
  • Yes, Obamacare is cutting the deficit - The Washington Post

    @SAJP
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Rut roh! Another Republican Lie busted! The goobers need something new to whine and shriek about!  Some predictions: "Obama breathes too much air!" "It's Obama's fault that our lawsuit isn't working!" "Obama spends too much time doing his job!" "Obama is taller than Dub …
  • Stephen Colbert rips Fox News for blaming media for Ferguson violence

    Rebecca Kesler
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    On The Colbert Report last night, Stephen Colbert returned from his two-week-long hiatus and surveyed how the dialogue about race in America has changed in his absence. “Sadly,” he began, “Ferguson, Missouri is now best known for racial conflict, police brutali …
  • NRA says; Kids Just Wanna Have Fun...so buy them an Uzi for Christmas!

    RF Schatten-6727858
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    "Who would put an Uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl? What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with this culture?". Joe Scarborough was simply, shocked!! Well, Joe!...the answer to all 3 of your questions...is you!! You, and what your philosophy represents...along wit …
  • Boehner, Camp Profit From Corporate Bid to Avoid U.S. Tax - Bloomberg

    L78lancer
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    If there is any misunderstanding about why congress doesn't do anything to address the problems of this nation including mitigating the tax inequities that exist, it's because they are too busy fixing conditions that benefit them and thier corporate benefactors and sugar dad …
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

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

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

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

    Lori Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A conservative group’s ad attacking Sen. Mark Pryor shows an image of a senior man while saying Pryor “suggested raising the retirement age” for Social Security. He did — but not for the gentleman pictured. Pryor’s suggestion pertained to those who are now teenagers. The Arkansas Senate race has featured plenty of political messages aimed at scaring seniors. Back in February, Pryor ads made misleading claims about Medicare costs and benefits under a plan that his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, had supported. A few months later, the liberal Senate…
  • Father Doesn’t Always Know Best

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    A super PAC formed by the father of Rep. Ted Yoho’s primary challenger claims Yoho is “first in line” at “feeding at the special interest trough,” but offers up two misleading examples: The ad accuses Yoho of taking “a nearly $20,000 junket paid for by a special interest group.” But the ad doesn’t mention that the “junket” was a trip to Israel or that Yoho is a member of the House Foreign Affairs’ subcommittees on the Middle East and terrorism. It also says, “Yoho takes an Obamacare subsidy for himself.” The…
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    TechPresident

  • The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

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

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Why net neutrality matters to people angry about police brutality; how online tools enabled dozens of nationwide vigils responding to Ferguson; why we're not winning the war on online trolls; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • And not one bankster went to jail, not one

    lambert
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Body:  Brad DeLong: A year and a half ago, when some of us were expecting a return to whatever the path of potential output was by 2017, our guess was that the Great Recession would wind up costing the North Atlantic in lost production about 80% of one year’s output–call it $13 trillion. Today a five-year return to whatever the new normal might be looks optimistic–and even that scenario carries us to $20 trillion. And a pessimistic scenario of five years that have been like 2012-2014 plus then five years of recovery would get us to a total lost-wealth cost of $35 trillion. At some…
  • Distant sounds of breaking glass

    lambert
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Body:  Will Bunch in Philly, still plugging away: Then something approached, like a gathering storm. “I heard a distant sound, like a rally of noise and people -- like when people fight, with cheering and jeering, and it seemed far away,” recalled [Richard] Watson, now 68, grey-haired and soft-spoken. “Then I heard breaking glass. Then I heard more breaking glass, and it sounded like it was on my block! “That’s when I said, ‘Whoa, what’s going on here?’ Then I heard the sirens.”
  • Bill Gates gives Cornell $6.1 million to "depolarize" the GMO debate

    lambert
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Body:  Oh, good: Supported by a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science will help inform decision-makers and consumers through an online information portal and training programs to help researchers and stakeholders effectively communicate the potential impacts of agricultural technology and how such technology works. The project will involve developing multimedia resources, including videos of farmers from around the world documenting their struggles to deal with pests, diseases, crop failure and the limited resources available in…
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Body:  RT @ABC: Brain-eating amoeba found in segment of Louisiana water supply | HAVE THEY TRIED CUTTING THE AMOEBA'S TAXES? — Political Line (@PoliticaILine) August 28, 2014
  • "NATO: These new satellite images show Russian troops in and around Ukraine"

    lambert
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Body:  I like the clickbait-style "These new satellite images," although "These 6 new satellite images" would be more effective. WaPo: The photos were taken by a company called DigitalGlobe. Based in Longmont, Colo., they take high-resolution satellite photos across the world. This is bizarre. We're setting up a casus belli with Russia on digital evidence from a private company? Doesn't the government have any satellites? What do they show?
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Happy Hour: Chet Baker – The song is you…

    Boohunney
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • What we did to women in Iraq

    susie
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Our sanctions managed to kneecap a secular, woman-friendly state and turn it into a fundie breeding ground: As independent journalist Rania Khalek explained earlier this year: Contrary to popular imagination, Iraqi women enjoyed far more freedomunder Saddam Hussein’s secular Ba’athist government than women in other Middle Eastern countries. In fact, equal rights for women were enshrined in Iraq’s Constitution in 1970, including the right to vote, run for political office, access education and own property. Today, these rights are all but absent under the U.S.-backed government of…
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • U.S. officers were ‘stunned’ at extent of Gaza bombing

    susie
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Link: “Eleven battalions of IDF artillery is equivalent to the artillery we deploy to support two divisions of U.S. infantry,” a senior Pentagon officer with access to the daily briefings said. “That’s a massive amount of firepower, and it’s absolutely deadly.” Another officer, a retired artillery commander who served in Iraq, said the Pentagon’s assessment might well have underestimated the firepower the IDF brought to bear on Shujaiya. “This is the equivalent of the artillery we deploy to support a full corps,” he said. “It’s just a huge number of weapons.” Artillery…
  • ‘Very urban areas’

    susie
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    My God, these cops are parodies of themselves! CLAYTON, Mo. — The head of the Saint Louis County Police, who oversaw the crackdown on protests in nearby Ferguson shortly after a teenager was shot and killed by a police officer there, is defending the way his officers used military-style equipment even during peaceful daytime protests. Chief Jon Belmar said Wednesday that in his opinion — as well as in the opinion of police chiefs around the country — much of the military-style equipment now used by police is necessary “because we patrol very urban areas.” Belmar added…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games

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

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Creating a Wikipedia for plant-growing advice by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Creating a Wikipedia for plant growing advice OpenFarm is a free and open database for farming and gardening knowledge. Similar to Wikipedia, the data is free for everyone to access and anyone can contribute content. Because people grow plants differently based on environmental conditions and growing practices, OpenFarm provides a framework for everyone to…
  • VIDEO: Immigration Could Set Stage For Big U.S. Budget Showdown

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. VIDEO: Immigration Could Set Stage For Big U.S. Budget Showdown by Latina Lista LatinaLista — President Obama’s self-imposed deadline for taking independent acton on immigration reform is fast approaching. As can be expected, conservatives are not happy. However, rather than execute their fundamental duty as elected officials — pass legislation for the good of the country — they have resorted to an old tactic that left a very bad impression of the…
  • Spaniard father and his 7-year-old son will compete again in Chicago Triathlon

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Spaniard father and his 7-year-old son will compete again in Chicago Triathlon by Latina Lista By Elizabeth Pederson Extra News The Chicago 2014 Lifetime Kids Triathlon, one of the largest triathlons in the world, along with the Chicago Triathlon will take place on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 respectively. Thousands of children participate in this annual event, which allows young kids from across the nation to take part in an eclectic sport that promotes fitness, healthy…
  • Without intervention, Latino Millennials on same path as parents towards financial insecurity

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Without intervention, Latino Millennials on same path as parents towards financial insecurity by Latina Lista LatinaLista — When it comes to money, Latinos see spending, saving and investing through a different lens. While the Suze Ormans and Dave Ramseys of the financial world bluntly advise people to think of themselves first when it comes to their money, most Latinos do the exact opposite. In fact, a recent Wells Fargo survey found that 55 percent of Latinos…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Fall of France

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Has President François Hollande doomed the European project as the disastrous consequences of austerity policies grow more obvious with each passing month?
  • The Mental Virtues

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How do you build character in front of your keyboard at work?
  • Bill O’Reilly and White Privilege

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We can’t expect equality of outcome while at the same time acknowledging inequality of environments.
  • He Has a Dream

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    President Obama, who once boldly and candidly addressed race, has outsourced the issue to the Rev. Al Sharpton.
  • Lost in America

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We’ve gone from gumption to gloom, with political implications that are impossible to foretell.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Obama is Going to the Hamptons This Weekend, Halting All Seaplanes

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    (Photo: Getty) Earlier this week there was dire news of a rosé drought hitting the Hamptons–the lifeblood of those who frequent the region–causing mass panic and, most likely, a mass purchase of the last remaining drops of vino. Yet this morning things took an unexpected turn for the worse when Page Six broke that those planning on spending Labor Day weekend anywhere within the realms of East Hampton, Nantucket, Montauk or Martha’s Vineyard would be unable to travel there by seaplane. According to the Post, the FAA has issued a no fly warning for this weekend in lieu of…
  • ‘Extant’ Recap 1×9 and 1×10: ‘A Pack of Cards’

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Last night’s double episode of Extant was two long hours of kidnapping babies and creepy hallucinations that left me tired, confused and no closer to figuring out why Halle Berry decided to do this show. What I do know is that Extant’s writers are reeeeeaaally into hallucinations. First we see Alan Sparks, who has recently  experienced several hallucinations of his daughter Katie. But because this is Extant, it’s not a normal hallucination. Despite the fact that she was an adult when she died on an ISEA mission to space, Sparks sees her as a little girl, complete with blonde…
  • Why Vox Media Took on @SavedYouaClick Over Tony Soprano Spoiler

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yesterday morning, the explainer site Vox.com published a 5,000 word story about Sopranos creator David Chase that answered the question posed by the headline: “Did Tony Die at the End of the Sopranos?” Twitter feed @savedyouaclick, which tweets spoilers responses to headlines and tweets that are known as clickbait because they are phrased as a question (thereby enticing readers to click on the link), tweeted the answer to the question posed by Vox’s headline: No. RT @voxdotcom: Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos? David Chase finally reveals the answer— Saved…
  • Scott Stringer: ‘I Don’t Work For This Mayor’

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Photo: Facebook) Even as other elected officials rallied around Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer continued to criticize the mayor for failing to hand over universal prekindergarten contracts for review — and vowed to go it alone in holding the administration accountable if necessary. “Sometimes it’s going to be lonely. Sometimes the establishment is going to criticize me. I understand that. I knew that when I ran for this office. And I said the following: I will work with the administration, and believe me I have, but I will also…
  • ‘It’s Not News': de Blasio Administration Dismisses Stringer Pre-K Analysis

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images) A pack of administration officials and allied pols joined Mayor Bill de Blasio today to aggressively dismiss a scathing analysis of the mayor’s prekindergarten program. Mr. de Blasio, along with prominent administration and elected officials like Public Advocate Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, took turns rejecting the entire premise of Comptroller Scott Stringer’s analysis, which tarred the mayor’s Department of Education for not submitting for review more than 70 percent of the…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Constant fear-mongering and threat inflation do eventually have an effect on public opinion: As we can see from these results, the increase among those saying that the U.S. does “too little” comes mostly from Republicans, and even among Republicans most say that the U.S. does too much or does the right amount. There is more demand for greater activism than there was nine months ago, but the vast majority of Americans still doesn’t want a more activist foreign policy.  Despite the steady drumbeat for more aggressive U.S. measures in various foreign conflicts, more than…
  • Warren and Democratic Hawks

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dave Weigel comments on Elizabeth Warren’s utterly conventional “pro-Israel” views: A few weeks ago, when Warren announced a post-midterms trip to Israel, it was covered as a box-checking exercise for a possible 2016 run. What if it’s not that? What if Warren has the foreign policy views you might expect from a baby boomer who was a registered Republican during much of the Clinton presidency? [bold mine-DL] In that case, she’s not well positioned at all to build a left-wing political coalition against the Clintons, as she keeps saying she won’t do. Whenever…
  • Obama, Congress, and War Powers

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    It should go without saying that Congressional authorization is required for an ongoing war against ISIS, but we all understand that this isn’t going to happen. Neither the post-9/11 AUMF nor the authorization for invading Iraq applies to this conflict, as Robert Golan-Vilella makes very clear, and the president is not entitled to wage war on his own authority. Nonetheless, the president will probably continue to wage war without any authorizing vote from Congress because he can and because he has done so once already in his presidency and suffered no consequences. Among the many other…
  • The Democratic Party’s Many Hawks

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Daniel Henninger must be joking: If anything, the modern Democratic Party is more hostile to national defense than it was in 1984. Let us hypothesize that Mrs. Clinton is a Democratic hawk. Name one other office-holding hawk in the party? He allows that Feinstein might barely qualify, but claims not to be able to think of any others. There are unfortunately only too many Democratic hawks in office at the moment. Menendez and Schumer are obvious examples that should immediately spring to mind, and one need only look at how readily Senate Democrats have lined up behind Iran sanctions and ruling…
  • Feast of the Dormition

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The grave and death could not hold the Theotokos, who is sleepless in her intercessions and an unfailing hope in her mediations. For as the Mother of Life she was translated unto life by Him Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb.
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Labor Day: Raising the Minimum Wage Stiffs the Poor

    Ryan Sager
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Another Labor Day, another bold plan to increase the minimum to help the working men and women of America! MoreWatch Johnny Manziel Dancercize in New Snickers AdWall Street Goes GreenMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in Hospital NBC NewsBeach Closed, Keep Out: Billionaire Tries to Block Surfers NBC NewsArizona Shooting Instructor Killed by Single Shot to Head NBC NewsOn Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce a proposal to jack his city’s minimum wage from $9.00 all the way up to $13.25 over three years. That puts him ahead of President Obama, who has called for…
  • Why Kirsten Gillibrand Should Keep Her Harassers’ Names Secret

    Charlotte Alter
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) revealed in a new book excerpt Wednesday that some male colleagues had called her “porky,” “chubby” and “fat.” Naturally, a shocked and offended public is demanding her harassers be brought to justice. Get the pitchforks! And the regular forks! Specifically, some male journalists are asking that Gillibrand name names, because they are so deeply concerned with curbing sexual harassment in American government: MoreA Battle of Two VeteransHow to Reclaim the F-Word? Just Call BeyoncéMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in…
  • Obama Says ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISIS

    Zeke J Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    MoreObama and Congress Play Hot Potato With War Powers in SyriaU.S. Investigating Reports of Second American Jihadist Killed in SyriaMother of American Held by ISIS Pleads for His ReleasePresident Barack Obama seemed to commit the worst of Washington gaffes Thursday when he updated the American people about the ongoing threat from Islamist militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. MoreObama and Congress Play Hot Potato With War Powers in SyriaMother of American Held by ISIS Pleads for His ReleaseMelissa Rivers: Mom 'Resting Comfortably' in Hospital NBC NewsBeach Closed, Keep Out:…
  • LIVE: Obama Speaks on ISIS and Ukraine Crisis

    Dan Stewart
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    President Obama is expected to address the nation from the White House press briefing room on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS) and worsening violence in Ukraine.
  • Hillary Clinton on Ferguson: ‘We Are Better Than That’

    Zeke J Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    MoreFerguson Wrestles With What to Do NextFerguson Gathers to Say Farewell to Michael BrownFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first public comments Thursday on the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., calling for the country to address “inequities” in the criminal-justice system. The likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate addressed both the shooting and the days of often violent protests that followed, saying, “This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray.” Clinton’s…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

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

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

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

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

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that any potential attempt to impeach President Obama should be taken off the table. “"Oh yes,” McCarthy tells me during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. “When people ask me that, I say, ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’” Instead of impeachment, McCarthy supports Speaker John Boehner’s constitutional overreach lawsuit against the president. Watch the clip below along with a full transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE David Brody: The…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Mismatch between patient preferences and what Medicare covers

    Don Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    I have a new paper with Duke and NIH colleagues out this week (early online) in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (full pdf:JCO-2014-Taylor) that demonstrates gaps between the stated preferences of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and their caregivers about what Medicare should cover, and what the benefit package actually covers. The gaps we highlight show beneficiaries and caregivers allocating finite resources toward now-uncovered benefits that broadly speaking are designed to maximize quality of life: unrestricted cash  (some level chosen by 46%) home based long term care (52%…
  • The Limits of Shaming and Guilt-induction as Argumentation Tactics

    Keith Humphreys
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Kevin Drum has written a doleful, observant pair of posts about certain argumentation tactics he observes among leftists. In the first he addresses guilt: let’s be honest: We really do rely on guilt a lot. You should feel guilty about using plastic bags. About liking college football. About driving an SUV. About eating factory-farmed beef. About using the wrong word to refer to a transgender person. About sending your kids to a private school. And on and on and on. We all contribute to this, even when we don’t mean to. And maybe guilt is inevitable when you’re trying to…
  • Will Assad follow Maliki out the door?

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    As far as I can tell, ISIS rose by taking advantage of the fact that both Iraq and Syria had intolerably anti-Sunni governments. Kevin Drum argues that the Obama Administration played its hand well in Iraq, using the threat of ISIS and the promise of U.S. help against it to force Nuri al-Maliki out of power. Whether Maliki’s replacement turns out to be better, in terms of dealing decently with the Sunni minority, remains to be seen; but he could hardly be worse. Of course, we don’t have that kind of leverage in Syria (where the Sunni are an oppressed majority rather than an…
  • Jean Redpath 1937-2014

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I’m writing this though tears. There are no words. Fortunately, there are songs.
  • Ending the Euro: An Impermissible Discussion?

    Keith Humphreys
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    The Eurozone remains an economic basket case, creating neither jobs nor economic growth. The Eurocracy is now abuzz with more policy proposals that will allegedly save the common currency. To this outside observer, the most remarkable aspect of each subsequent round of Europanic is how few policy insiders are willing to revisit the fundamental premise that Europe needs this floundering banknote at all. Economists have noted that from its conception the Euro was deeply flawed. Giancarlo Corsetti argues that the Eurozone does not actually protect against the “original sin” of…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-02: First Loebsack and Miller-Meeks debate live-blog and discussion thread

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

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Today's featured plant is native to much of North America and is edible in limited quantities. In fact, one experienced forager called this plant and its close relatives "my favorite wild edible." After the jump I've enclosed several pictures of Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta). As a bonus, I included two shots of American bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum), one of my all-time favorite Iowa wildflowers. It's a common sight in wooded areas and along many shady bike trails throughout the summer. This post is also a mid-week open thread: all topics welcome. Many North American wildflowers…
  • Kent Sorenson pleads guilty over hidden payments scheme (updated)

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that former State Senator Kent Sorenson has pleaded guilty to two charges related to hidden payments in exchange for supporting Ron Paul for president. When he abandoned his position as Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign chair to endorse Paul less than a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses, rumors immediately circulated about alleged payments for his support. Sorenson repeatedly denied those rumors. However, he has now admitted that he received $73,000 in concealed payments after endorsing Paul. As part of his plea agreement, he also admitted lying…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Good Piece on Israeli Point of View

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Yossi Klein Halevi has an interesting piece up at The New Republic that provides an Israeli point of view about the war with Gaza and the general situation there. I don't have much to say about it right now. I am kind of digesting it. It's a mixture of propaganda and honest reflection, and it gives some good insights into the psychological element that is involved on the Israeli side. The situation there is definitely deteriorating. Security is getting worse. Foreign relations are getting worse. The quality of life is taking a hit. And the conclusions that are being drawn will not change the…
  • That's Better

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Apparently, Pennsylvania Republicans realized that they are less popular than chlamydia and decided to expand Medicaid. This will improve their chances in November, but they've dug a pretty big hole, especially on education funding. Still, any sign of sanity from this group is welcome and will be rewarded, at least is some small way. Discuss
  • Two Stories of Police Stops

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Consider this a kind of thought experiment: You are driving home at night in a nice car, not a luxury car, just a plain standard, clean, relatively new sedan. You have no bumper stickers on your car of any kind, political, religious, humorous or whatever. You have not been drinking or taking illicit substances. You are dressed casually in a collared shirt and slacks. You have driven your car in accordance with all traffic laws, at least as far as you are aware. A block from your home, a police care pulls in behind you, its lights flashing. You pull over to the side of the road near your…
  • I Gotta Wear Shades

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    As a political prognosticator, I am at somewhat of a disadvantage this year because I live in Pennsylvania where sanity prevails. According to a recent Franklin & Marshall University poll, the incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett is losing to Democrat Tom Wolf by a whopping 25 points. The poll found the incumbent trailing his Democratic challenger by 49 percent to 24 percent, with one in four registered voters still undecided. Pennsylvania has never voted out an incumbent governor, so these poll results should be stunning. Something less decisive but related is happening in Michigan,…
  • Video of Black Man's Death Raises Questions

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    John Crawford was the unfortunate black man holding a BB gun in the toy section of a Walmart Store in Beavercreek, OH, when police, in response to several 911 calls, shot and killed him on August 5, 2014. Police have maintained that Crawford was waving the BB gun around in a threatening manner when they arrived and refused their commands to drop the "weapon" (even though Ohio is an "open carry" state), thus requiring his execution style death by cop. However, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, who assigned the case investigating the police homicide of Mr. Crawford to a special prosecutor,…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Former NYPD Commissioner: Militarization of Police Should Be Examined

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

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

    Anja Crowder
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    AP Photo This Sunday, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, discusses the latest on the threat from ISIS and the execution of American journalist James Foley, only on “This Week.” Plus, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, who represents Ferguson in Congress, discusses the unrest in Missouri. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and ABC News contributor and former Obama White…
  • Rep. Kinzinger: ‘Worst Case Scenario’ for Mideast Playing Out in Iraq, Syria

    ABC News
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    ABC News’ Elizabeth McLaughlin and Jake Lefferman report: Rep. Adam Kinzinger issued a stark warning about recent events in Iraq today on “This Week” and called for the extremist group ISIS, which has seized large amounts of territory within the country, to be crushed. “What we’re watching in Iraq and Syria frankly is the worst case scenario for the Middle East,” Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. WATCH: A Look at the Iraq/Syria Border Where Refugees Are Fleeing to Safety WATCH: U.N. Declares Emergency Over Iraqi Refugee Crisis U.S.
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ‘Thunderstruck’ by Images of Ferguson Police

    Benjamin Bell
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today he was astounded by some of the images that came out of Ferguson depicting what he described as an “over-militarization” of the police force. “I, all of us were thunderstruck by the pictures we saw,” Nixon told Martha Raddatz in an interview in Ferguson. “I mean, the over-militarization, the MRAPs rolling in, the guns pointed at kids in the street. All of that I think instead of ratcheting down brought emotion up.” But Nixon rejected responsibility for failing to quell the ongoing unrest in Ferguson. “I’ve been…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution

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

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

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

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

    dandelionsalad
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page August 22, 2014 Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, […]
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Bored by the Border

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

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

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

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, Arizona, hilarity ensued.A Republican sheriff who takes a hard line against immigration and aspired (aspires?) to political office.A few busloads of undocumented minors (who never arrived).A Republican congressional primary candidate who tried to use the protest to his advantage.A busload of YMCA campers who happened to be driving by.A mariachi band.In other words, just another day in Arizona politics.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Ferguson's Questions and Hypocrites

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

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

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

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

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
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    Zennie62.com

  • Gen-Y's tech twist on engagement, weddings and parenthood

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

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

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

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

  • Wealthy Montecito abuses water rules, highlights California drought problems

    Bob Morris
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Goodness, you wouldn’t want to think Montecito mansion owners would follow water rules like other Californians. And too many of these arrogant rich don’t. Some are utter water pigs. They continue to use as much water as they want and pay fines instead. Plus they pump from wells and truck water in. Where is the trucked-in water coming from? No one is saying. However it’s no doubt from nearby, also drought-stricken, locations. The top three users for Montecito in 2012/13 guzzled close to 30 million gallons alone. “That’s enough water to provide the needs of a small…
  • War on drugs as excuse to expand police state thuggery and surveillance

    Bob Morris
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ron Paul, sounding like a left wing radical, says war on drugs is being used as an excuse to militarize the police, giving them weaponry far beyond what they need. With Ferguson, Paul says, the war has come home. I completely agree. There is plenty of common ground between the non-authoritarian left and the libertarian right. The war on drugs is of course an abject failure. The drugs flow in because crooked banks and hedge funds need the money. This process is exactly what happens with the war on terror, which has also mostly been a failure, and which enriches a few to the detriment of the…
  • California can learn from Las Vegas about water reclamation

    Bob Morris
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Southern Nevada cleans 100 million gallons of sewage a day then pumps 90 million gallons a day back into Lake Mead for future use. The rest is used for irrigation and other gray water needs. Yes, what is flushed down the toilet in Las Vegas is turned back into drinking water, over and over again. You may go yuck. However the water is indeed clean, so really, what’s the problem? This massive cleaning of water means Las Vegas can take way more than its allocated share of Lake Mead water, since it can reuse whatever it pumps in. There are no California cities to my knowledge that reclaim…
  • France dissolves parliament in attempt to protect banksters

    Bob Morris
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Credit: planetwaves.net French PM Manuel Valls has dissolved his government after a crisis ignited, forced by the economy minister saying France should stop austerity and not mimic what Germany does. “Austerity” means microscopic interest rates. This benefits banksters and no one else. Banksters borrow virtually free from the central bank and uses the money to speculate. Little if any of it is used to build the economy and jobs. France has entered uncharted political waters after the prime minister, Manuel Valls, presented his government’s resignation amid a political crisis…
  • Collapse of American Exceptionalism. China, Russia openly mock US

    Bob Morris
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    When China and Russia, the other two superpowers, openly challenge the US to the point of ridicule, then something fundamental has changed in geopolitics. US supremacy as shot-caller in international politics is over. It just is. Deal with it. An new era is emerging. There will be serious blowback at home over this as our fall from dominance accelerates. It’s not just that Obama is so disinterested in world politics he appears comatose. The US public is tired of endless wars that only beget new wars and make things worse. Our ruling class is venal and corrupt, focused primarily on…
 
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

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

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

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

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

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

  • Today Marks Fourth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

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

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

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

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

  • Zenon Evans Discusses Ukraine, Iraq on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS in New Hampshire Tonight 9pm ET

    Zenon Evans
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    At 9pm ET I will be on the Tom Brown show discussing this week’s big news including the ongoing situations in Ukraine and Iraq. Listen live here.
  • Federal Appeals Court Endorses a Heckler's Veto of Provocative Preaching

    Jacob Sullum
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Two years ago, Ruben Chavez, Arthur Fisher, and Joshua DeLosSantos, members of a Christian evangelical group known as Bible Believers, attracted a hostile crowd while preaching hellfire and damnation at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan. The crowd, which consisted mostly of children, pelted the three evangelists with water bottles and other trash. Police responded by threatening to arrest Chavez and his friends for disorderly conduct unless they left the festival. According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, banishing the provocative preachers from the…
  • Papers Please? St. Paul Cop Harassed Black Man Waiting For His Kids for ID, Caught on Tape

    Ed Krayewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    While voter identification laws are a hot button issue in national politics, those laws aren't usually discussed in the broader context of identification requirements in various aspects of everyday life.  For starters, border patrol agents dozens of miles away from an international border ask for identification purportedly to root out illegal immigrants. Identification is required at the doctor's office, for increasing amount of medication, at the airport, on trains and now even for some interstate bus trips, for renting a car, getting into most government buildings, and so on in that…
  • Pa. Teachers Rehired After Admitting to Having Sex in School, Accusations of Harrasment

    Ed Krayewski
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    In McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Angela DiBattista, a fourth grade teacher who lost her job in 2011 after admitting to having sexual relations  in the early 2000s with another fourth grade teacher, Patrick Collins, also under investigation at the time, was reinstated for the school year that starts next week. She was fired being charged with “immorality” after the two admitted to having sex between six and eight times at the school after hours. Collins was fired in 2005 on charges of harassment of DiBattista and violating school policy, but was “absolved,” reinstated and able to retire…
  • J.D. Tuccille Asks If Police Are More Damned Trouble Than They're Worth

    Reason.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In the Spring, months before Michael Brown was shot and Ferguson erupted in reaction, whoever writes New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton's blog for him posted, "In my long police career I have often drawn inspiration from a great hero of mine, Sir Robert Peel.  Peel founded the London Metropolitan Police in 1829." The post listed the nine "Peelian Principles" attributed (probably spuriously) to the founder of modern policing and formulated to combat crime in a rapidly modernizing city. The principles are remarkable both for the high ideals to which they aspire, and the…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Navy With a Mission in Mind

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    George Will, Washington PostRussia’s ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State’s erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the “near seas,” meaning China’s seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert’s multiplying preoccupations — CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.
  • Will Harry Reid Run Again in 2016?

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Jon Ralston, PoliticoThe loser in that 1974 race was 34-year-old Harry Reid, whose putative killer instinct had killed the messenger (i.e. himself), theoretically ending his political career. But four decades later, buoyed by a series of fortunate events and a determination bordering on indomitability, Reid appears to be poised to embark on a bid for a sixth term.Or is he?
  • Why Democrats Can Asian-Bash With Impunity

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Michelle Malkin, NY Post
  • Obama's Low-Grade Demagoguery

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
  • Alonzo Cushing Finally Gets His Due

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    John Steele Gordon, CommentaryThe beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed.
 
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    New Republic

  • Why the $#&@! Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today? They Had a Very Good Reason.

    Amy Cohn
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Comedian Louis CK has absolutely no patience for the complaints of airline passengers, as he explains in one very funny, albeit profanity-laced bit. "People on planes, they complain," he says. "They get off the plane, they come to your house,
  • Can "Doctor Who" Survive an Older Leading Man?

    Elaine Teng
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “Doctor Who” returned last Saturday with a new leading man, Peter Capaldi, as the twelfth incarnation of the time-traveling alien. The British classic has always relied on the concept of “regeneration,” the clever gimmick that the Doctor can take on a new body—which means a new actor—wh
  • Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'

    Jason Guriel
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the early ’80s, when it came time for the Replacements to title their third album, they went with a wink: Let It Be, the name of the Beatles classic. “[N]othing is sacred,” said Paul Westerberg, the Replacements’ chief songwriter. “[T]he Beatles were just a fine rock & roll
  • FedEx Refuses to Treat Your Friendly Delivery Guy Like a Real Employee

    Danny Vinik
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    FedEx exerts very tight control over its drivers. It requires them to wear a certain uniform and demands that they are clean cut. It tells them where to deliver packages, at what time do it, and how to interact with customers. The company even has something called the “little-finger” test, which
  • Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine

    Josh Kovensky
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia invaded Ukraine months ago, but President Vladimir Putin’s forces escalated the fighting this week. NATO
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • 2014 and the limits of rage

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

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

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

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Read full article >>
  • Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines? Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • The Hidden Problems With The NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy

    Travis Waldron
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    CREDIT: AP National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new league-wide policies for domestic violence and sexual assault in a letter to owners Thursday. The policies, put in place after widespread criticism of Goodell’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, include standard punishments for players involved in domestic violence or sexual assault: six games for a first offense and a supposed lifetime ban for a second. “I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I…
  • Chile Is Poised To Pass South America’s First Carbon Tax

    Andrew Breiner
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Chile’s Atacama Desert. CREDIT: Shutterstock It’s a big year for fighting climate change in Chile. A carbon tax is set to go before its House of Representatives next week, as part of a larger tax reform package that includes measures intended to fight air pollution and climate change. Chile would become the first country in South America to institute a carbon tax, and the second in Latin America after Mexico, which imposed its carbon tax in January. A carbon tax is what it sounds like. The government charges emitters of carbon pollution for every metric ton they release into the…
  • No, Kirsten Gillibrand Shouldn’t Have To Name Her Harassers

    Alice Ollstein
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    CREDIT: AP Images Just a few hours after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) went public with accounts of sexual harassment from her fellow lawmakers, a cadre of mostly male reporters took to the airwaves and Internet to question her credibility. Politico’s senior congressional reporter, John Bresnahan, posted “I challenge this story. I don’t believe it” on Twitter in response to Gillibrand’s interview. Bresnehan later deleted the tweet and called it “moronic.” Other reporters, including the New York Times’ Nick Confessore and Politico’s Alex…
  • GOP Governor In Tough Re-election Bid Prepares To Implement Obamacare

    Igor Volsky
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA) CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke Pennsylvania will soon become the 12th Republican-led state to expand its Medicaid program in accordance with the Affordable Care Act at a time when conservatives across the country are downplaying their opposition to the law. On Thursday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce that it had granted a waiver and reached agreement with the state to provide health care coverage to 500,000 low-income residents through private insurance. The waiver will make Pennsylvania the 27th state, plus the District of Columbia, to…
  • After Oklahoma Rejects Common Core, Replacement Standards Rejected For Failing To Prepare Students

    Max Marchitello - Guest Contributor
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Max Marchitello is Policy Analyst for the Pre-K-12 Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) CREDIT: AP/Sue Ogrocki In June, Oklahoma repealed the Common Core curriculum standards. On Thursday, the Department of Education (DOE) rejected the state’s plan to reuse its old academic standards because they will not prepare high school graduates for college and careers. When Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) signed the Common Core repeal bill, she said confidently, “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Be the kind of woman that, when your feet hit the floor, the devil says 'Oh Crap, She's up!' (Unknown) — I'm working on it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. (Unknown) — And if no one answers when you knock, get a battering ram! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You asked the way. I pointed ahead. Ahead of myself as well as you. (G. Shaw) — It's all waiting for us, over the horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. (Fight Club) — The great and beautiful compost heap of life. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Gubernatorial Panorama

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    In her Salon.com post "The left's secret midterm weapon: How marijuana ballot initiatives can change turnout," Heather Digby Parton concludes that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's opposition to a medical pot is 'political malpractice.' Parton cites some compelling data to make the point: ... Studies have shown that a controversial ballot initiative can boost turnout by as much as 4 percent in off year elections. For years the Republicans used "gay marriage" as the boogeyman to rouse their social conservative voters but that seems to have backfired on them in recent years as marriage…
  • Disapproval of Congress May Boost Turnout, Help Dems

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Jeffrey M. Jones writes that "Disapproval of Congress Linked to Higher Voter Turnout," and explains at Gallup Politics: Congressional job approval, currently 13%, is on pace to be the lowest it has been in a midterm election year. Moreover, a near-record-low 19% of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve re-election. This latter measure shows a similarly strong relationship to voter turnout as does job approval. Voter turnout in midterm elections has ranged narrowly between 38.1% and 41.1% since 1994, considerably lower than the 51.7% to 61.6% range for the last five…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Molly Parker's "Democrats roll out new strategy to motivate folks to the polls" at the Southern Illinoisian" describes the challenge Dems face in Illinois -- and a template Dems can use in other states: "...5.1 million Illinoisans voted in the last presidential election, compared to 3.6 million that voted in the last midterm election. That means some 1.5 million people sit out midterm elections. Of those 1.5 million, roughly 1.2 million of those non-voters are Democrats...so-called "drop-off voters" have been identified in every county and every precinct in the state. Party leaders are going…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Another Trinamool MLA’s shocker: As long as the world exists, there will be rapes

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

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

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

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

    Gautam
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday questioned the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring Jharkhand when bypolls in 10 Assembly seats were taking place in Bihar. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is laying foundation of several projects and making speech in neighbouring Jharkhand when bypolls in 10 Assembly seats in Bihar is taking place …This can influence voting in the by-elections,” Manjhi…
 
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  • Ending East Asia’s History Wars

    Yuriko Koike
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Georges Clemenceau, who, as France’s prime minister, led his country to victory in World War I, famously said that “war is too important to be left to the generals.” Japan is now discovering that history is too important to be left to newspaper editors.
  • The Greater Depression

    J. Bradford DeLong
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Seven years after the global financial crisis began, the US and eurozone economies are still performing well below potential – and are facing additional downward shocks. When will their leaders admit that the Greater Depression has begun?
  • Washington Recaptured

    Simon Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Two hundred years ago, Washington DC was captured by the British – who then set fire to official buildings, including the White House, Treasury Department, and Congress. Today, it is a domestic interest group – very large banks – that has captured Washington, and the costs are likely to be far higher than they were in 1814.
  • The Silence of the BRICS

    Jaswant Singh
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The world, it seems, is in the grip of geopolitical anomie, with no leader, group of leaders, or institution commanding sufficient authority to restore order. For many, this global rudderlessness recalls Europe’s sleepwalk into catastrophe 100 years ago.
  • A Step Closer to Brexit?

    Peter Sutherland
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The referendum on Scottish independence, to be held on September 18, comes at a time of growing opposition in the UK to remaining in the EU. This is significant, because Scotland is the strongest base of pro-European sentiment in the UK.
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  • Live Dispatches from Ferguson: Standing at the Crossroads

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Professor Rickey Vincent The August 1, 2014 release of the James Brown biopic Get On Up has been a long anticipated event for many music fans and people that grew up with Soul Brother Number One as an integral part of their lives.  The film has been praised by mainstream critics and ripped by many who believe it did a disservice to one of the greatest African Americans that ever lived.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Many of Brown’s closest supporters such as Bootsy Collins and Charles Bobbitt have stated that while flawed, they enjoyed the film also. If nothing else, the release of the…
  • Curfews & Repression in Ferguson Represents Further Consolidation of Right-Wing Power

    mrDaveyd
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    This is a response post from former political prisoner and Black Panther Dhoruba Bin-Wahad. He was responding to a post I had put up that was dealing with how the corporate media had capitulated to police last night and went along with the curfew and allowed themselves to be placed in Free speech zone pens. I also noted that they were allowing the focus to shift from the murder of unarmed Michael Brown to be one about curfews and debates about whether Ferguson police shot smoke or tear gas.. I also noted how the corporate media was pushing the narrative of a killer cop being a hero. I’m…
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    News - AllGov

  • Like the Introduction of Cable TV, Social Media Cuts off People from Those with Opposing Ideas

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Social media may bring large numbers of people together, but it doesn’t necessarily encourage open discourse and sharing of opposing views.   The Pew Research Center and Rutgers University say Twitter, Facebook and similar platforms cause people to suppress their opinions when they perceive their friends think otherwise.   This “spiral of silence,” researchers say, extends into the real world among those who spend a lot of time using social media. As a result, the Internet is only helping polarize the United States even further, as Americans interact mostly with…
  • Shipping of North Dakota Oil Puts a Hold on Grain Distribution

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    The oil bonanza that has enriched North Dakota’s economy hasn’t made money for everyone in the state, particularly farmers struggling to load their crops on trains monopolized by petroleum shipments.   The situation has led to agricultural goods sitting around at risk of rotting, which could result in huge financial losses for an industry that used to be the state’s most important. “Agriculture was North Dakota’s No. 1 industry for decades, representing a quarter of its economic base, but recent statistics show that oil and gas have become the biggest…
  • Troubles in the Blood Industry

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    The blood business is hemorrhaging money and jobs due to changes in medicine that have reduced the need for transfusions.   With minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy now common and surgeons no longer routinely ordering transfusions after some procedures, hospitals don’t need to stock as much blood as they once did. But falling demand has hurt those in the blood business, such as the Red Cross.   Matthew Wald at The New York Times reports transfusions are down about 30% since 2009, going from 15 million units to 11 million. Blood banks’ revenue is…
  • States with Medical Marijuana have Lower Rate of Drug Overdoses

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The availability of legal medical marijuana has resulted in noticeably fewer prescription drug overdoses in the jurisdictions it’s accessible, according to a new medical study. Researchers using federal health statistics found a 25% annual reduction in drug overdose mortality rates in states that allow medical marijuana. They also discovered that the reductions tend to occur very shortly after adopting medical marijuana laws and strengthen over time.   “We think that people with chronic pain may be choosing to treat their pain with marijuana rather than with prescription…
  • Latest in 3-D Printing: High-Quality Skeleton Keys

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    The marvel of 3-D printers, which can make a variety of objects out of hunks of plastic, is proving to be a nightmare for those trying to keep things locked up.   Duplicate keys that open high-security locks can now be made by anyone, thanks to 3-D printers. And they can do so without even having the original key to work from, according to Wired’s Andy Greenberg. With just photographs of keyholes on hand, experts can create “bump” keys that can open “millions of locks with a carefully practiced rap on its head with a hammer,” Greenberg reports.   Jos…
 
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  • Wear your pjs to Cat’s Pajamas Adoption Party

    Carolyn Classen
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
  • A vote for Doug Ducey is a vote for Cathi Herrod as the ‘shadow governor’ of Arizona

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I have warned you previously that a vote for “Cathi’s Clown” Doug Ducey means electing Cathi Herrod and her Christian Taliban Center for Arizona Policy the “shadow governor” of Arizona. As a key adviser to Dicey Ducey, Cathi Herrod will … Continue reading →
  • RGA attack ad fails the sniff test

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Well that didn’t take long. The day after the election, the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) was on the air with an attack ad against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal. The RGA would have you believe that Fred DuVal is single-handedly … Continue reading →
  • The Wicked Witch of the West has lost her magic

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Wicked Witch of the West, Governor Jan Brewer, is a spent political force in Arizona. She no longer possesses any magic, and she is powerless within her own Arizona Republican Party. Only the incumbent state legislators whom Brewer endorsed … Continue reading →
  • Questions for Martha McSally: Do you support a government shutdown over immigration?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:38 pm
    CD 2 GOP candidate Martha McSally supported Rep. Steve King’s Tea Party non-compromise border bills in the House. Martha McSally is a ‘Deportation Republican. Now Steve King is threatening to shut down the government in September if President Obama uses … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

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

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour

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

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

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

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

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

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

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

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

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

  • Political Campaign Slogan Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind

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

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

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

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

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

  • Scottish No campaign lead falls to six points in first post-debate poll

    George Eaton
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The race narrows again after Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling.  Alex Salmond during his live TV debate with Alistair Darling on Scottish independence. Photograph: Getty Images. There were many, including myself, who questioned whether Alex Salmond's victory over Alistair Darling in Monday's Scottish independence debate would have any effect on voting intention in the referendum. But the first poll carried out since the contest suggests it may well have done. A Survation survey for the Daily Mail puts the No side down four points to 53 per cent and the Yes side up four points to…
  • What Carswell's defection means for Labour and the Left

    Matthew Ward
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    How confused has politics become when it takes an irritable right-winger to state a philosophy of the Left? Douglas Carswell, who held the safe Tory seat of Clacton, has defected to UKIP. Photo: Getty. Friends of the political establishment should be disturbed by Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP this morning. It was a surprise to all; unaccompanied by the familiar rumours and cryptic-burblings in the media that normally precede major political "moments". The announcement was bold and resolute, made in considered and perspicuous language, and formulated to persuade rather than deceive.
  • John Redwood: I don't understand why Carswell has defected to Ukip

    George Eaton
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Leading Tory eurosceptic says Carswell's decision doesn't make sense after Cameron's EU referendum pledge.  Conservative MP and former cabinet minister John Redwood. Photograph: Getty Images. The most puzzling aspect of Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip is that he had got what he most wanted: a promise of an in/out EU referendum from David Cameron. Indeed, the PM has gone further and vowed to resign if he is to unable to deliver on his pledge after the general election. At his press conference with Nigel Farage this morning, Carswell declared that the Tories were not seeking "real change"…
  • Watch: David Cameron and Douglas Carswell clash in the Commons

    Anoosh Chakelian
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Watch the PM clash back in 2012 with the backbench MP who has today defected from his party to Ukip. David Cameron clashed with Douglas Carswell in the Commons two years ago. Photo: YouTube screengrab Today, the backbencher and MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell announced he would be defecting from the Conservative party to join Ukip. Aside from being a vocal critic of much of what the Tory leadership has and hasn't done in power, he is also known to be forthright in his disagreements with David Cameron. Never was this tense relationship plainer than in 2012 when the two clashed in the Commons…
  • Gloria De Piero MP on social mobility: "parliament still operates like a closed shop"

    Gloria De Piero
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    As the news emerged today that Britain remains deeply elitist, the shadow women and equalities minister discusses her own experience, and how Labour can boost social mobility. Westminster, according to De Piero, is a closed shop to women, ethnic minorities, and working class people. Photo: Getty "Britain remains deeply elitist". That's the conclusion Labour’s Alan Milburn and the Social Mobility Commission have arrived at after analysing over 4,000 leadership roles. For all the progress we’ve made, it’s still the case that the best pathway in public life is to be white, male and from a…
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  • Obama Administration Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has punished the state of Oklahoma for repealing the Common Core standards and reverting to its previous academic standards by rescinding the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the second state ever to lose its waiver from the law. As Caitlin Emma of Politico reports, Indiana, on the contrary, was granted a one-year extension of its waiver from NCLB because, though Gov. Mike Pence (R) declared he was the first governor to repeal the Common Core standards, his state’s replacement standards are remarkably similar to the…
  • Louie Gohmert: Obama Isn't Going to Do Executive Amnesty

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the key conservative members in the House of Representatives, predicted on Fox News on Thursday that President Barack Obama's threats of unilateral amnesty are all smoke and no fire.  “I don’t think he will [do an executive amnesty],” Gohmert said when Fox News’ Neil Cavuto asked him if it’s an “impeachable offense” for the president to grant executive amnesty to upwards of five million illegal aliens. Gohmert’s comments came in response to the president’s latest remarks on ISIS and immigration on…
  • Obama: 'Administrative and Executive Choices' Needed Due to Congressional Inaction on Border Crisis

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Answering a last-minute question after making remarks on the ongoing crises abroad, President Obama reiterated his commitment to moving forward unilaterally to make America’s immigration system “work better.” “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better. But some of these things do affect timelines, and we’re going to be working through as systematically as possible in order to get this done. But have no doubt, in the absence of congressional action,…
  • 'Have No Doubt': Obama Vows Executive Action on Immigration Reform

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    After wrapping up questions at his press conference today, President Obama returned to the podium to answer a question from a reporter about his strategy on acting on immigration. Obama explained that although “hope springs eternal” that Congress would address immigration reform, he felt that he had to act to make the system better. “We’ve had a lot of stakeholder discussions, that set of proposals is being worked up,” he said, referring to several meetings at the White House with immigration activists and business leaders. Obama acknowledged the summer border…
  • Flashback: Sarah Palin After Obama Accepts Pres. Nom: What Exactly Is His Plan?

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Six years to the day after he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, President Barack Obama announced that he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, which recently beheaded American photojournalist James Foley. “I don't want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said of ISIS at a Thursday press conference. “We don't have a strategy yet.” After Obama accepted the nomination in front of Greek columns on August 28, 2008, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin asked, “But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the…
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  • #Italia5Stelle at the Circus Maximus

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “For 18 months, the M5S has been battling to eliminate the activity of the parties that act in such a way as to parcel out segments of the RAI, and we’ve been fighting to end the evil influence of politics. You just have go to the website of the Parliamentary Supervisory Committee for the RAI to see some of our speeches and you will understand this, straight away. The issue of the politicisation of the RAI certainly does not relate to the M5S given that it is coherent and it has not asked for any appointment to positions like the directors of the TV News programmes, or online programmes,…
  • Orlando, minister without dignity

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    The M5S will not participate in any discussion on the so-called reform of the justice system that is what is wanted by a convicted criminal with the objectives that are the separation between the careers of prosecutors and judges, the abolition of the principle of mandatory prosecution, the direct accountability of the judiciary, the prohibition on the publication of transcriptions of telephonic interceptions, and the reduction of the time period before the Statute of Limitations blocks proceedings. This is a reform that is tailor-made for thieves and it was preceded by Berlusconi’s…
  • Passaparola - The A.la.t.h.ha Non-profit Welfare Community

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Watch the Passaparola10:00 A.la.t.Ha. is a Non-profit Social Cooperative that has been working to make the lives of people with physical and motor disabilities easier for almost twenty years. A.la.t.ha. was born of a man’s dream to turn himself from pure businessman into a welfare entrepreneur …, that man is Donato Troiano, founder of A.la.t.Ha and today we are posting his Passaparola. "Hello and welcome to Alatha. Here at Alatha our aim is to create many job opportunities for both normal and disabled people, in other words total, general integration and provide the simplicity and…
  • The MoVement and metropolitan cities

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    “The Single Party has shown that it wants to keep on decreasing the popular sovereignty and the use of tools that facilitate popular participation in democratic life (referenda and popular initiative laws). The constitutional reforms under discussion would have the members of the Senate appointed by the regional councillors. The reform of the provinces and of the metropolitan cities sets out that the councillors are to be appointed by the very same town councillors previously elected to the provinces. Elected representatives that appoint elected representatives, this is in contravention of…
 
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  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

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

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards.Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
 
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  • They're Not Making Jeff Smiths Like They Used To

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

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

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

    Matthew Feeney
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Matthew Feeney Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) vetoed HB 4075, a ridesharing bill backed by Illinois’ taxi industry that was overwhelmingly passed by the state House and Senate earlier this year. If the bill had been signed into law, Illinois drivers using ridesharing services for more than 18 hours a week would have had to adhere to burdensome regulations such as a requirement for a chauffeur’s license. The bill would also have created a new legal category (“commercial ridesharing agreements”) and required rideshare companies to provide its drivers with the…
  • The Unintended Consequences of Environmental Policy: For the Birds

    Marian L. Tupy
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Marian L. Tupy So, here is a story to make your blood boil. According to National Review, “the federal government acted with a bias, giving renewable-energy companies a pass on unlawful bird deaths while rigorously prosecuting traditional energy companies for the same infractions.” The NR article follows a string of recent stories complaining about tens of thousands of birds cut up to pieces or fried in the sky by windmills and solar plants. Speaking of birds… Five decades ago, Rachel Carson, of Silent Spring infamy, helped to ban a pesticide called DDT. Back then, DDT was widely used…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Journey of Light + Creeping Superfluid

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

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

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

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

    sirrahc
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    After last week’s post of the Dr. Hugh Ross video, I got to thinking about “the scientific method”. Ross is certainly a big fan of it, as is anyone — scientist or layman — who is at all familiar with the scientific enterprise. Indeed, anyone in search for truth in any arena should be a […]
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    Fair Observer

  • What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists

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

    Natasha Roth
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more Israel tries to homogenize Jerusalem and harmonize its history, the more divided it becomes. [This article was written before the Gaza War. The conclusion has been updated to address the current situation.] On May 28, tens of thousands of Jews in Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day by marching through the city waving flags, chanting racist slogans […] The post Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

    Corinna Mullin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools of repressive instruments of power. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence […] The post From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Wilfred Burchett: The Atomic Plague

    Wilfred Burchett
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Wilfred Burchett was the first reporter to enter the city of Hiroshima after the bombing in 1945. Wilfred Burchett’s “The Atomic Plague” is often referred to as “the scoop of the century.” He was the first correspondent to enter the city of Hiroshima after the bombing, arriving with the first wave of US Marines on […] The post Wilfred Burchett: The Atomic Plague appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • An Ordinary Marriage: Russia in the 19th Century

    James Blake Wiener
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Relationships between men and women in 19th-century Russia did not follow the widely accepted clichés. An Ordinary Marriage is based upon the rich and eccentric private documents of the Chikhachev family — gentry landowners who lived in provincial Russia — and offers a fascinating take on 19th-century Russian history and culture. The microhistory probes the […] The post An Ordinary Marriage: Russia in the 19th Century appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Necesitatea utilizării becurilor cu led

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

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Steagul Patriotilor. Este folosit de nationalistii extremisti din Quebec si a devenit un simbol al miscarii patriotilor din perioada 1832-1838. Seamana cu steagul bundeslandului german Rinul de Nord-Westphalia. Verdele de pe steag reprezinta irlandezii, albul, canadienii francezi iar rosul, englezii din acea zona. Stilul tricolor a fost inspirat din steagul Frantei, un simbol al revolutiei franceze care a fost o sursa de inspiratie pentru miscarea patriotilor. A devenit mai apoi steagul national al Republicii „Canada de Jos”, odata cu adoptarea declaratiei ei de independenta, in 1838.
  • Urme ale trecutului….distruse astăzi sub privirile noastre….

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Castelul Cantacuzinilor din centrul comunei Măgureni, astăzi, se pare că a rămas doar o umbă a istoriei. Se spune că a fost construit între anii 1666-1671 de către Drăghici Cantacuzino în stilul palatu-lui seniorial bizantin, evidențiindu-se prin decorațiile speciale, prin sistemele de boltire și prin materialele și procedeele de construcție. Povestea sa este fascinantă. Castelul reprezintă tipul caselor feudale influențate de arhitectura turcească care își grupa camerele, cele peste treizeci de încăperi, în jurul turnului prevăzut cu numeroase ascunzători.
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    FactCheck.org

  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

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

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

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

    Lori Robertson
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    A conservative group’s ad attacking Sen. Mark Pryor shows an image of a senior man while saying Pryor “suggested raising the retirement age” for Social Security. He did — but not for the gentleman pictured. Pryor’s suggestion pertained to those who are now teenagers. The Arkansas Senate race has featured plenty of political messages aimed at scaring seniors. Back in February, Pryor ads made misleading claims about Medicare costs and benefits under a plan that his Republican challenger, Rep. Tom Cotton, had supported. A few months later, the liberal Senate…
  • Father Doesn’t Always Know Best

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    A super PAC formed by the father of Rep. Ted Yoho’s primary challenger claims Yoho is “first in line” at “feeding at the special interest trough,” but offers up two misleading examples: The ad accuses Yoho of taking “a nearly $20,000 junket paid for by a special interest group.” But the ad doesn’t mention that the “junket” was a trip to Israel or that Yoho is a member of the House Foreign Affairs’ subcommittees on the Middle East and terrorism. It also says, “Yoho takes an Obamacare subsidy for himself.” The…
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  • America, Our Debt-Ridden Nation

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

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

    Alan Caruba
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
      As their children either start or return to school, parents are naturally concerned about the quality of education they receive from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In the past, before the teachers unions gained virtual control of the schools and before the federal government decided it had to impose “national standards”, it was the job […]
  • If it quacks like a duck … it must be a turtle

    Guest
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
      By Robert Felix “Why We’re Definitely Not Headed for Another Ice Age.” When I saw that headline in Newsweek, I thought, do they know something that I don’t? But once I read the article, it left me wondering how in the world they came to that conclusion. It reminds me of the great retort […]
  • What is the Difference Between the DNC and the CPUSA?

    Alan Caruba
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
      On the home page of the Communist Party USA it says “A better and peaceful world is possible—a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.” No, it’s not Socialism which is a watered down version of Communism. Real Communism is the kind […]
 
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  • Georgia Governor Mistakes Activists for Undocumented Immigrants (Video)

    Michael Allen
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Georgia Governor Mistakes Activists for Undocumented Immigrants (Video) Georgia Governor Mistakes Activists for Undocumented Immigrants (Video) Education Politics Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Has Been Optimized Georgia Governor Nathan Deal assumed activists from the Undocumented Student Alliance were undocumented immigrants during an awkward public appearance on Tuesday. Gov. Deal was answering questions at an event hosted by the University of Georgia College Republicans, which provided him with pre-approved questions (video below).However, an activist went off script and asked, “Gov. Deal,…
  • ISIS Threatens To Execute Another American Hostage, Demands $6.6 Million

    Jared Keever
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    ISIS Threatens To Execute Another American Hostage, Demands $6.6 Million ISIS Demands $6.6 Million Or Another American Hostage Will Be Executed ISIS: $6.6 Million Or Another American Hostage To Be Executed ISIS Threatens To Execute Another American Hostage, Demands $6.6 Million Headlines Nation Politics World Not Optimized A third American hostage, held by the Islamic militant group the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has been identified as a 26-year-old, female aid worker who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian work in Syria.  ABC News reports that the group…
  • 27 Percent Of Young French People Identify With, Support ISIS

    Lina Batarags
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    New Poll Shows that 16% of French Citizens Support ISIS Polls: Support For ISIS May Be Higher in France than in Gaza 27 Percent Of Young French People Identify With, Support ISIS 27 Percent Of Young French People Identify With, Support ISIS Has Been Optimized Two separate polls conducted this week set out to determine what kind of support ISIS garners from people in different areas of the world. The biggest takeaway? More than a quarter of young people in France have a positive attitude towards ISIS. The first poll was conducted by ICM Research for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, and…
  • Calif. State Sen. Ben Hueso Arrested For DUI After Vote Against Ride-Sharing Apps

    Jared Keever
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Calif. State Sen. Ben Hueso Arrested For DUI After Vote Against Ride-Sharing Apps Sen. Ben Hueso Arrested For Drunk Driving After Voting For Stricter Ride-Sharing Regulations Sen. Ben Hueso Apologizes For DUI Arrest Calif. State Sen. Ben Hueso Arrested For DUI After Vote Against Ride-Sharing Apps Headlines Nation Politics Not Optimized California state Sen. Ben Hueso, a Democrat, was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  Business Insider reports that just hours before his arrest Hueso had voted for legislation, sponsored by Democratic…
  • New Footage Shows Hamas Fired Rockets From Gaza Hospital (Video)

    Emily Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    New Footage Shows Hamas Fired Rockets From Gaza Hospital (Video) Hamas Seen Firing Rockets From Gaza Hospital (Video) Hamas Fires Rockets From Its Own Hospitals (Video) New Footage Shows Hamas Fired Rockets From Gaza Hospital (Video) Politics World hamas, rockets, gaza, israel, launch, footage, video, politics, international, terrorism, war Not Optimized Rumors of Hamas indiscriminately launching missiles from schools, mosques and hospitals were proven to be true on Monday when aerial footage showing a rocket launched from a medical center was uploaded to YouTube. The video was released by…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My advice to young people entering the workforce

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    My advice to young people entering the workforce.Don’t be intimidated. The competition is long on resume and first impression but short on practical usefulness and follow through.If you can write and speak in complete sentences, respond to emails and phone calls within 24 hours, be courteous and appropriate, show up for work on time and don’t leave until you are supposed to and do all these things for three consecutive weeks and then keep doing them daily after that, you will be in the 98th% percentile and have a long and promising future in the work world. Be patient with…
  • Josh Bowen: 10 Foods You Need in Your Diet

    Josh Bowen
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Of all the types of questions a fitness professional is asked, nutrition is the most common subject. Quite frankly people are clueless when it comes to what they eat. Conversely, that is not their fault. In this country we search for the quick fix, the easy way out and our media has done a great marketing job on “diets.” These diets usually consist of restriction some selection of food; fat, carbs, meat etc. So we are constantly told what we “shouldn’t” eat and rarely are we told what we should eat. So I wanted to put together a list of 10 foods that most everyone needs (barring…
  • Will Meyerhofer: Save the World

    Will Meyerhofer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    If law students are annoying, then pre-law students are twice as annoying. There’s something about observing these lemmings scrabble their way into the maws of ruthless law schools, despite dire warnings and appeals to common sense, that just…gets under my skin. Even after so much effort has been expended for their benefit – i.e., which part of “Way Worse Than Being a Dentist” didn’t you understand? – these piteous creatures patiently queue up for their punishment, hungry to “learn to think like a lawyer.” If your resolve weakens, and pity prevails over contempt, you might…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: A Call to Non-Lameness

    John Y. Brown III
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A call to action. A call to non-lameness. Is it really possible that there are a few people still out there who find it downright giggle-worthy to send other people on Facebook a private message pretending to be someone else –someone who is younger and of the opposite sex— in order to fake a romantic interest to see what the person on Facebook will say? It was funny the first 3 or 4 times. The next dozen or so times seemed to be when this prank seemed to crest in raw hilarity and start to slowly decline so that by the 70th or 80th time it has been tried on you, you don’t…
  • Carlton Weddington: The Caged Pol Sings, Part Three

    Michael Steele
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Ex-inmates life chances shrink because few institutions or programs are prepared to give them the tools and job training to get work and become productive citizens. Many become burdens to their families, and some end up homeless.  A good number of ex-inmates develop mental problems, which often go untreated.” – Come on People, by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint. Nationally, 1600 men and women are released from prison each day. Many will return to communities throughout the country with no more education, programming or sense of purpose than when they arrived to prison.
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Nan Rich Joins Charlie Crist on Statewide Unity Tour

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

    Kevin Derby
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Florida Association of State Troopers (FAST) endorsed Attorney General Pam Bondi for a second term on Thursday. Bondi, a Republican, faces Democratic nominee former DCF Secretary George Sheldon and Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer in November. “As a prosecutor in the 18th Judicial Circuit, Pam Bondi proved herself a strong advocate for justice,” said Mike Kirby, FAST’s chairman, on Thursday. “That has carried over into her job as attorney general and she continues her commitment to the safety and well-being of Florida’s citizens and visitors.read more
  • Rick Scott Names Lester Bass to Duval County Court

    Kevin Derby
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott named Lester Bass, a longtime figure in Jacksonville legal circles, to the Duval County Court, replacing Judge Russell Healey who was elevated to the circuit court. Bass has been a general magistrate and hearing officer in the 4th Judicial Circuit for more than a decade and worked as an assistant public defender in Hillsborough County and an assistant state attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit which covers parts of the First Coast. read more
  • College Football Helps Florida Economy, New Study Shows

    Kevin Derby
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    With the kickoff of the college football season set for this weekend, including the national champion Florida State University Seminoles starting the season against Oklahoma State, a new study from Florida TaxWatch finds the seven Division I NCAA football teams in Florida help boost the Sunshine State’s economy. "Florida taxpayers should be cheering on Florida football programs this year, because Florida team wins create value for the state," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, on Thursday.read more
  • Lee County to Opt Out of Statewide Tests

    Allison Nielsen
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The Lee County School District voted Wednesday evening to be the first in the state to opt out of standardized testing. By a vote of 3-2, the Lee County School Board decided to pull the district out of statewide testing, effective immediately.According to the News Press, Wednesday's meeting was full of people both in support of and opposed to opting out of testing. read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Editorial Cartoon: Uzi Insanity

    Bill Day
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Even the awful story of a nine-year-old girl accidentally killing someone with a machine gun won't affect NRA-bought Washington politicians. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Of Course! Rush Limbaugh Blames George W. Bush’s Great Recession On President Obama

    Justin Baragona
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    During Thursday's broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show, conservative blowhard Rush Limbaugh made the unbelievable claim that the Great Recession, which took place from December 2007 to June 2009, was President Obama's fault. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can You Hear Me Now? GOP Poll Finds Women Are Not Impressed with Republicans

    Sarah Jones
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Karl Rove and other Republicans needed to commission a poll to tell them that women see Republicans as "intolerant," "lacking in compassion," and "stuck in the past." [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mitch McConnell Runs Away From Reporters After Leak Of Secret Speech To the Kochs

    Jason Easley
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been caught on video literally running away from reporters after audio of a secret speech that he gave to the Koch brothers was leaked. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2012′s Biggest Loser Karl Rove Confidently States GOP Will Overtake Senate In Midterms

    Justin Baragona
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Republican strategist and campaign funder Karl Rove wrote that the Republicans are all but assured of taking over the Senate following November's midterm elections [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bahrain Says State Department Official Still Not Welcome

    Felicia Schwartz
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Diplomatic tensions flared anew this week between the U.S. and longtime ally Bahrain, with the Gulf State denying a U.S. claim that a top State Department official had been invited back to the country after he was ejected in a dispute last month.
  • So Far, NATO and U.S. Avoid ‘Invasion’ Talk

    Erin McCarthy
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Once again, the question of how to define the latest escalation in Ukraine and Russia's geopolitical crisis has left the international community searching for synonyms.
  • Obama on ISIS: ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’

    Jeffrey Sparshott
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    President Obama said, perhaps unartfully, that his administration is still developing policies to roll back the Sunni extremist group Islamic State.
  • Obama Watchers Briefly Mesmerized by Tan Suit

    Natalie Andrews
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    President Barack Obama had strong words on Russia and the Islamic State on at a news conference on Thursday afternoon, but there was one thing distracting many from hearing him at first: What he was wearing.
  • Hillary Clinton Cites Racial Inequities in First Ferguson Comments

    Peter Nicholas
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Hillary Clinton, in her first public comments on a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., said that policing must be rooted in “trust” and “professionalism” rather than “fear,” and that African-Americans face “inequities” in the nation’s judicial system that whites would never tolerate.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against Ferguson, St. Louis For Police Actions

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    “Defendants took up arms and, in militaristic displays of force and weaponry, engaged U.S. Citizens as if they were war combatants,” the suit claims. Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 11. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters WASHINGTON — A multimillion dollar lawsuit was filed in federal court in Missouri on Thursday, seeking compensation for "excessive force" by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the days after the shooting of Michael Brown. According to the suit, the excessive force included false arrest, assault, and battery; led to intentional…
  • Obama On ISIS: "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The president said media might be “further ahead” than where the administration currently is on strikes in Syria. View Video › President Obama said Thursday that "we don't have a strategy yet" to combat ISIS militants and the possibility of strikes in Syria. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we're at than what we currently are," President Obama said in response to a question about consulting with…
  • Autopsy: Lethal Injection Killed Man In Oklahoma's Botched Execution

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Broader review of Oklahoma’s execution procedures ordered after Clayton Lockett’s botched execution also coming to a close, with a report expected in the next week, officials say. AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File WASHINGTON — Clayton Lockett, the inmate who died in Oklahoma's botched April execution, died from "judicial execution by lethal injection," according to the results of an autopsy ordered by the state's governor. The broader review of the state's execution procedures also is coming to a close, according to the state's director of the…
  • U.S. Officials Won't Call Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine An "Invasion"

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Whatever you do, don’t call it an invasion. NATO imagery showing Russian artillery operating inside Ukraine. Handout / Reuters WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are refusing to call Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine this week an invasion, and the issue is not on the agenda for Thursday's National Security Council meeting. "Today the president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL," a White House official said on Thursday…
  • How One Union Is Playing For Both Sides In The Battle Between Uber And Taxis

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    East Coast vs. West Coast. Lucy Nicholson / Reuters WASHINGTON — As the bitter divide between ride-sharing and taxi companies continues to grow, one union is trying to unite all the drivers, no matter who they work for. The Teamsters think they can have it both ways — organizing drivers from Uber and Lyft on the West Coast and defending the taxi unions on the East Coast. In Seattle, the Teamsters have aligned with both traditional taxi drivers and drivers who use apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. The recently created California App-Based Drivers' Association, an affiliate of…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

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

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

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

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

    Richard G. Jewell
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    In case you missed it, this past weekend Dr. Richard Jewell, newly retired president of Grove City College, guest hosted the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show. Dick talks with University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Stu Sutin about the coming crisis stemming from the ever increasing costs of a college and university education. Dick also talks with Grove City College professor Dr. Paul Kengor and Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Dr. Kiron Skinner about the principles of a Reagan Conservative. Click here to listen.  
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    Politic365

  • AZ Superintendent who pushed ban on Mexican American studies loses GOP primary

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

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

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

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

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Next Monday, the National Bar Association will start filing open records requests in cities with a bad history regarding police brutality.   Those cities are: Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR, Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Kanas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV; New York City, NY; Cleveland, OH; Memphis, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX and Milwaukee, WI. After the choking death of Eric Garner…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

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

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

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

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

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

  • Price tag of the PCC Association

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

  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • America's Plea

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why is there a Millennial Marriage Gap – Why is this generation not marrying?

    brionnamuyco
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    By Dr. Nancy H. Wall, Special for USDR         How many of your friends, family members, and acquaintances, born after 1980, are still single today?  There are more Singles in this Millennial generation compared to Singles in previous generations at this same age.  Are Millenials not getting married, or are they are just not marrying as early!  They’re an impulsive generation, but they also like to, and are used to, testing things before making a final decision.   They want to make the right decisions and make commitments to the right things.  They also realize…
  • New SBA “Safe Harbor” Policy Could Cheat Small Businesses Out Of Billions

    brionnamuyco
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Photo courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center       By USDR        The Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking public comment on a new policy that would create a “safe harbor from fraud penalties” for large businesses that misrepresent themselves as small businesses to illegally receive federal small business contracts.       Individuals can send comments to the SBA on the “safe harbor from fraud penalties” policy by going the proposed rule on the Federal Register website and clicking on “Submit a formal…
  • Beat the Crowds and Do it Cheaply this Labor Day

    brionnamuyco
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Photo by Scott       By USDR        As the last long weekend of summer, Labor Day marks the final chance for travelers to take a vacation before the weather starts to cool. For those in the know, there are ways to beat the crowds this holiday weekend and save some money in the process.       While domestic airfares are up 6.6% this year at an average of $343 for a round-trip flight, travelers who have some flexibility can save.   Based on Travelocity’s Best Days to Fly data, deal-hungry travelers should consider departing…
  • PANDORA Jewelry and Disney Announce New Strategic Alliance

    brionnamuyco
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Photo by Yun                 By USDR        PANDORA Jewelry announced a new strategic alliance with The Walt Disney Company beginning this fall that will give the brand a presence in Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.       PANDORA in turn is creating an original collection of beautifully designed Disney-themed jewelry launching at retail locations this fall, in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products.       “To say that PANDORA is excited about our relationship with Disney is an…
  • PlayStation4 Sales Surpass 10 Million Units Worldwide

    brionnamuyco
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by Vernon Chan       By USDR        Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. recently announced that the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 10 million units worldwide as of August 10, 2014, demonstrating the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history.       “The responses we have received for the PS4 system’s unique gameplay experiences powered by the network, along with its vast game portfolio has been phenomenal, and I am absolutely delighted that PS4 was able to reach…
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    The American Patriot

  • UPDATED: Idiot Democrat Doug Wilkey wants to shut down kid’s lemonade stand.

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

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

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

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

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    This video is epic and very timely. (Via The Blaze) Here’s his interview on Fox and Friends: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com If more African-Americans thought more like this guy, and less like Al “interloper” Sharpton and Jesse “hymietown” Jackson; this Country would be a much nicer and safer place for everyone.
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part II)

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

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

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

    Conor O'Mahony
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Image from: Potato Salad / Shutterstock Summer’s quickly coming to a close, but there’s still time left to enjoy some family time and maybe a few more cookouts before it does. Jumping into July’s fast movers, regular cookout feature, potato salad, made a splash on Kickstarter.com in July. Zack Brown launched a Kickstarter project in order to raise $10 to make a potato salad, and the ensuing response from the Internet was overwhelming (the project has ended, but raised more than $55k in total). The fourth-most-viewed project in Kickstarter history definitely made a significant impact on…
  • Niche Food Sites Hungry for Disruption

    Gabriel Sehringer
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Is there anything that can’t be delivered nowadays? A few years ago, “delivery” was only synonymous with pizza, mail, and Chinese take-out. The past few years, months, and even weeks have given the term a whole new meaning. Take announcements since January as indications that delivery services as we have known them are changing: Delivery.com now offers personal picnic packages to hungry people in Central Park and GrubHub has decided to get more serious about their ice cream deliveries. Not only that, but behind the scenes of the food delivery business, there are numerous partnerships…
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    Tea Party 911

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Did Israel Bombard Gaza Neighborhoods? — U.S. Officers Answer

    Mohammad Tomazy
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Twice daily throughout the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) operation, a select group of senior U.S. military and intelligence officers at the Pentagon received lengthy written summaries of Israeli military action in Gaza. The reports — compiled from information gleaned from open sources, Israeli military officers with whom U.S. officials speak and satellite images — offered a detailed assessment of Israel’s battlefield tactics and the performance of its weaponry, a considerable portion of it supplied by the United States. A senior U.S. military officer said:The only possible reason for…
  • Let's Treat Assad Fairly - Like Any Other Pro-West Dictator in the Middle East

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Opinion, by Bruce Melton |   Glenn Greenwald thinks it's funny that while a year ago, we were told that it was an absolute emergency to bomb Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and arm insurgents fighting to overthrow him, now we're being told that it's an absolute emergency to bomb Assad's main military opponents. Greenwald concludes that the main constant of US foreign policy is that we always have to bomb people; exactly whom we have to bomb right now is much less important.I don't dispute Greenwald's thesis as far as it goes, but there is another important way to look at…
  • Truce Items Between Palestinian Resistance And Israel

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    1. Return of Israeli tanks positions so that farmers can work.2. Freeing of all prisoners arrested since June 23 (when 3 Israeli settlers were killed by Hamas operatives), and improving the conditions of those currently in prison.3. Lifting of Israel’s naval blockade around Gaza along with the complete opening of the land border crossings.4. Establishment of an international airport and seaport in Gaza.5. Expansion of Gaza fishing zone by six miles.6. Open the Israel-Gaza border crossings permanently under UN supervision, instead of under Israel’s watch.7. Ten-year truce with Israel along…
  • Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed brethren, but also to the official Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause. The current war on Gaza, and the dubious role played by Egypt in the ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel are cases in point.Read these comments by Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Centre in Washington to…
  • Buying Democracy

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
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    BizPac Review

  • Insult to injury; VA mocks veterans with ‘Oscar the Grouch’ depiction

    Hannah Bleau
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    What was intended to be a staff joke ended in bad PR for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. An instructional slideshow presented to VA employees in Philadelphia depicted disgruntled veterans as Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch. Despite the lighthearted intention, there’s nothing funny about the dysfunction in the VA system. Philly.com reports that the slideshow was intended to insruct employees how to handle unhappy veterans with “unrealistic expectations.” “For a long time, there was a stereotype of Vietnam veterans, that they’re mentally unstable and violent, bitter,…
  • Football player lied about heroically jumping off balcony to save his nephew from drowning

    Joe Saunders
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    In the universe of social media, the might be such a thing as too much publicity. Just ask Josh Shaw. Photo Credit: Canoe.ca The story of the USC Trojans’ cornerback who endangered his playing career to save his nephew from drowning seemed almost too good to be true. Turns out, it was. Shaw, the newly elected team captain has admitted lying about injuring both ankles in a jump from a hotel balcony, USA Today and other news outlets reported Thursday. How exactly he did get hurt remains a mystery – though his name has arisen in connection with a burglary investigation by the Los Angeles…
  • Why everyone in America should be watching the Florida governor’s race

    Joe Saunders
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Florida Democrats did the country a favor Tuesday. When they sealed their disgraceful deal in the gubernatorial primary by putting Charlie Crist officially on the ballot, Sunshine State Dems pushed the campaign for governor even further into the national spotlight heading into November’s elections. Photo Credit: WPBF And they set up a race between a Republican Rick Scott and newly minted Democrat Crist with as clear a difference between the two candidates as a country could ask for. As a nationally televised debate Wednesday proved, the Scott-Crist contest is one Republicans can be proud…
  • MSNBC’s Maddow mocks her own spineless Democrats for ‘wuss-itude’

    Richard Berkow
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Left-wing liberal Rachel Maddow pulled no punches describing Congressional Democrats afraid to vote on whether to authorize airstrikes on ISIS in Syria as “one of the biggest outbreaks of Democratic wuss-itude we’ve seen I think in the press in a long time.” Interviewed on MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Show, the arch-progressive evening host mocked those anonymous Democratic officials who told The Hill they were reluctant to take a position for fear of voter backlash. “Please let us keep complaining from the peanut gallery and throwing stuff,” she derided. “Please don’t make us be the…
  • Boston bombers’ sister threatens boyfriend’s ex with a bomb; turns herself in

    Tom Tillison
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    One brother is dead and another is awaiting trial for detonating two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, but that sobering reality failed to stop their sister from threatening to blow up a rival. Ailina Tsarnaev, the sister of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — brother Tamerlan Tsarnaeva died in a gunbattle with police — allegedly threatened the mother of her boyfriend’s kids over the phone, the local Fox affiliate reported. “Leave us alone,” she allegedly told the woman, according to My Fox Boston. “I know people who can put a bomb on…
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    Sparking The Left

  • “Radicalization”

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

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

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

    Kleier
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, was decapitated by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants on a 4:40 minute video this past Tuesday posted on the internet. ISIS claimed that the murder was in retaliation for recent airstrikes by the American military on their forces in Iraq which, but today’s post is not just about Mr. Foley’s tragic death but by the dangers faced by journalists around the world. It’s about journalists being heroes, and I’m not talking about “talking heads” or, God forbid,…
  • Why Ferguson Shooting is Officer Darren Wilson’s Fault

    Paul Phillips
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    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 first words between both parties were Wilson’s and they allegedly were, “Get the f— on the sidewalk.”  This may seem insignificant, but it most certainly is not. We have to remember that police officers are supposed to be…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Tot Is Family’s Sole Survivor as ISIS Terrorists Target Iraqi Town

    Josh Siegel
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After escaping a terrorist-besieged Iraqi town with his family, 2-year-old Hassan was wounded when a suicide bomb went off near a mosque. The blast in the Kurdistan-controlled Kirkuk province, set off by terrorists from the group Islamic State, killed the boy’s entire immediate family. Today, three weeks later, the toddler remains in the hospital, bandages covering much of his face. Dr. Ali al-Bayati, head of an Iraq-based humanitarian group called the Turkmen Saving Foundation, said of Hassan: He belongs to a refugee family who left Amerli seeking a safe place after the savage attack of…
  • Education Savings Accounts: Enabling Customized Learning

    Brittany Corona
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    An education option that better targets resources, empowers parents, and tailors a student’s learning experience specifically to his needs—while also enabling families to save for college? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s the reality for families in Arizona and Florida that have access to pioneering education savings accounts (ESAs). In 2011, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the nation’s first education savings account program into law. Known as Empowerment Scholarship Accounts in Arizona, ESAs are true to their name: They empower parents with the ability to fully customize…
  • In Digital Age, Government Fails to Trace Food Stamp Fraud Online

    Kelsey Harkness
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    States are ill equipped to detect and report food stamp fraud in the digital age, including attempts to sell benefits for cash, alcohol and other services,  a new report says. Much of the fraud occurs through social media and e-commerce websites such as Craigslist, the investigation by the Government Accountability Office found. The GAO reviewed state and federal efforts to address fraud committed by recipients of food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which falls under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report noted: The Office of Management and…
  • This City May Hike Minimum Wage to $13.25 an Hour

    Katrina Trinko
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    California’s at it again. On Labor Day, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a three-year series of hikes to the city’s minimum wage that will raise it to $13.25 an hour, according to the Los Angeles Times. A labor activist, Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, applauded the move, telling the Times, “There is a crisis in wages for the working poor and we feel strongly about the largest increase as soon as possible.” But will the hike ultimately help low-income men and women in Los Angeles? That’s not so clear. First, let’s be clear:…
  • CBO Updated Budget Outlook Shows Economy Headed in Wrong Direction

    Rachel Greszler
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    New figures from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm the ongoing negative economic impact of Obama-era policies such as the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Act, controls on energy production and transport, and Keynesian stimulus spending. In an update to its annual Budget and Economic Outlook yesterday, the CBO projects lower gross domestic product (GDP), lower wages and salaries, and reduced retirement income for Americans in the years ahead. According to CBO’s updated outlook, recent GDP growth has not met its previous projections, and the economy simply isn’t recovering…
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Haryana Assembly election: HJC-BJP alliance over, BJP on Mission 46

    Saswat Panigrahi
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
      HJC however, with a mere 6 per cent vote share, stood at number 4 in the last Lok Sabha election. The three-year alliance between BJP and Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) has ended with HJC supremo Kuldeep Bishnoi on August 28 announced the snapping of ties. “We are breaking the alliance. We are dumping the BJP,” Bishnoi said addressing a Press conference in Chandigarh. Also present on the dais was Venod Sharma. Venod Sharma who? Venod Sharma the father of Manu Sharma — Jessica Lal murder convict — and long-time Congress leader who left Congress and floated his own…
  • Narendra Modi reaches out to Japan, China and America

    Danish Khan
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    In the month of September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s calender has three important visits lined up. First , Japan a country who’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shares a good relationship with our Prime Minister, a fact which is easily understood in the series of tweets by Narendra Modi – “On 30th August I will begin my visit to Japan. I am keenly looking forward to the visit, which will boost relations between our 2 nations.” “Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the the…
  • Uttar Pradesh by-polls – BJP looks set for gains

    Biswajeet Banerjee
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Instead finding a solution to these problems the Chief Minister blames the Centre for not giving enough electricity to Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party gears up for another battle of ballot in the crucial State of Uttar Pradesh which will go to polls on September 13. By-elections would be held in 11 Assembly seats and one Parliamentary seat vacated after 2014 Lok Sabha election. The test is crucial because out of these 11 Assembly seats, 10 were won by BJP in 2012 Assembly election. Also, one Rohaniaya seat is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency…
  • Haryana Assembly Poll: Who benefits from HJC – BJP Breakup?

    Shivkant Gautam
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
  • Chetan Vaidya: Smart Cities will trigger job generation, economic growth

    Suraj Prasad
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    Professor Chetan Vaidya, director of School of Planning and Architecture strongly believes that job generation for millions of unemployed youth can be triggered by creation of Smart Cities. While speaking on inclusive approach that must be followed, else the project may not sustain, he said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to build 100 smart cities in order to make India visible on international map is welcome move.” The NDA Government has allocated a 7,000 crore towards this project. Chetan Vaidya lays stress on how these cities will have to be integrated in order to…
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    Cloud Computing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
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  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
      Sorry, we lost hour 1 today.   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Aug. 28

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    After Hearing What a Tea Party Group Recently Did in Ferguson, You Likely Won’t Be Surprised That You Haven’t Heard About It | TheBlaze.com The story won’t spark controversy or make many front pages, but there is some good happening in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CNN Names 7 Companies That Keep More Than $50 Billion Offshore, I Wonder Who They Donate To

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    ‘It’s not news, it’s CNN’ (my longtime pet name for CNN) just published an article naming 7 US companies that keep more than $50 billion offshore to avoid the US’s extremely high corporate tax rate.  For the record,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Passersby Help Chubby Prairie Dog Stuck In Hole

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    This ridiculous and adorable video supposedly originated in Russia. The video description translated from Russian says: Someone ate too much and paid for it. Stuck in his own hole in the middle of the main road of Olkhon. Had to bail out gluttonous... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team interviews Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us as we have a great discussion concerning the development of hate groups within the U.S. and what can be done to combat the proliferation of hate crimes. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Ferguson, MO Unrest and Rick Perry Indicted

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae gives us an update on her efforts to help the homeless. Naomi Minogue, guest co-host John Sheirer, and Keith Brekhus discuss contemporary GOP House shenanigans and the need to get out the vote in 2014. 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

  • ‘ISIS Here’ Plot Now in CNN’s Ferguson Production

    21wire
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The high-end of intellectual distortion is supplied by globalist ‘think tanks’, but the low-end of public brainwashing comes from the mainstream media — in this case CNN. As Washington continues to run out of script ideas for its ‘War on Terror’ narrative, the cable news network’s coverage of Ferguson now includes a protester (crisis actor?) wielding a sign that reads ‘ISIS Here’ in the background of reporter Jake Tapper as he moves down the street. Is this a random caught on camera, or, a set piece strategically…
  • Results of MH17 Investigation to Remain ‘Classified’

    21wire
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    21st Century Wire says…We suspected this would be the case, so we prepared our own investigative report on July 25th regarding the downed Malaysian airliner over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine: MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False FlagNow, in a recent report published by Global Research, it’s been confirmed that on August 8th, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a “non-disclosure agreement pertaining to data obtained during the investigation into the causes of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17.”Our translation:…
  • No More Warnings: Has the Police State Already Arrived?

    21wire
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s hard to imagine, after last year’s Boston martial law exercise and most recently the Ferguson crisis, expecting any more fair warnings of an impending police state in your own community. The question now is — ‘So what’s to be done?’Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?by John W. Whitehead“I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked — but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American…
  • Episode #47 – SUNDAY WIRE: Shawn Helton LIVE from ‘Baghdad to Gaza to Ferguson’ with special guest Jason Casella

    21wire
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Episode #47 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday August 24th, 2014 presented by guest host Shawn Helton with 2 hours of power-packed talk radio and music from 9am to 11pm PST…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the US, as guest host Shawn Heltoncovers the top stories of the week around the globe — from ‘Baghdad to Gaza to Ferguson’ — including the Western-NATO-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…
  • COVER-UP: Is Hamas Leader Al-Arouri A ‘Double Agent’ for Israel?

    Shawn Helton
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    *UPDATED*21st Century Wire says…Turkey has openly acknowledged that a top Hamas operative has been residing within its borders. The United States has also acknowledged this fact.Saleh al-Arouri, one of the founding members of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades was exiled to Syria until the Arab Spring, quickly making his way to Turkey thereafter Al-Arouri, formerly jailed in Israel for his Hamas membership has recently claimed that Hamas was involved in the deaths of three Israeli teens – without providing evidence.Earlier this summer, when the Palestinian unity government was…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Financial Illiteracy

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

    Jin Yao Kwan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    In other words, if chartering trains is cost-efficient, will SMRT – and the Land Transport Authority, which “is looking into taking action against [the train operator]” – encourage or allow other schools to do the same for sporting events at the new National Stadium, beyond the National Education shows during National Day Parade rehearsals? Continue reading →
  • Practising What Is Preached

    Jin Yao Kwan
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The Government – through the Civil Service – has to take the lead to shift this social culture. Academic achievements might approximate to, yet does not equate to, success at work. Meritocracy can be operationalised through broader, more continuous lenses, by blurring distinctions between different qualifications and between different degrees as employees prove themselves at the workplace. The Government has to clear and precise with its schemes, for they will signal a commitment to this "diversification of pathways". Otherwise, the rhetoric since the National Day Rally speech will be…
  • Eyeballing The News, From The Breakfast Table

    Jin Yao Kwan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Accusations about her “agenda” because of her past employment in the SPH will persist, but they matter little. Her institutional memory, in my opinion, matters. If the commentaries in “Bertha Harian” and “Troublemaker”, together with our challenging yearlong adventure at BN, are anything to go by, Miss Henson will continue to contribute to socio-political discourse while keeping a critical eye on the mainstream media – for the love of journalism. Continue reading →
  • NMP Selection Matters

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It would appear probable that some former NMPs – hailing from functional groups which are already well represented by elected parliamentarians or even government agencies – might not be able to contribute further to existing discourse. In this vein the selection of the NMPs comes under question. If the intent of the NMP scheme is to introduce independent and non-partisan voices in Parliament so as to broaden the scope of discussion, and yet if the profiles and discrete perspectives of the NMPs approximate closely to what is already out there, then it would follow that fresh insights would…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
  • The Award Goes To… the Washington Redskins

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is Malcolm’s take on what mattered most for the second week of August 2014. Having the determination and conviction to keep the name of your business that you started in 1932, the AWARD goes to... The man who travels half way around the world to help sick people and becomes deadly sick himself, and the AWARD goes to... Making the stupidest statement of the year, the AWARD goes to... Taking a number one television show and dropping it into last place during his tenure, the AWARD goes to... Having the most patience while carrying out their responsibilities as they're being insulted…
  • The Award Goes To... Bieber & Bears

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A politician who has come off script to reengage in another war, but doesn't want to call it a war AWARD goes to... You do as I say, or I'll sue you... in fact I may sue you even if you don't do what I say, the AWARD goes to... We know where your vulnerability lies, and we plan to strike back AWARD goes to... One of the most successful and repetitive songs that has annoyed many people and black bears too AWARD goes to... The Shinseki award has been given to the President and Congress for doing such a fine job for Veterans all across America! The AWARD goes to... You talk bad about me, and…
  • The Award Goes To… Rospotrebnadzor

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The best line from a radio host AWARD goes to...  The most worthless poll of the week AWARD goes to... Telling MSNBC that they're shallow, because they're MSNBC AWARD goes to...  The most devious and brilliant scam all at the same time AWARD goes to... The dumb criminal who obviously didn't listen to his mother AWARD goes to... I'll get even with you and harass you because I don't like your politics AWARD goes to... A dad who beat the living hell out of a man who will never look at children again in his life AWARD goes to... Finally someone stands up to McDonalds by suing them for…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
 
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    Citizens News

  • For a war correspondent’s mother, James Foley killing hits close to home

    Liberty Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Written by Christian Science Monitor | World As a parent who often spent nights hovering on the edge of sleep, my heart aches not only for Jim – murdered by Islamic State militants – and other captive journalists, but for their families.The post For a war correspondent’s mother, James Foley killing hits close to home appeared first on Citizens News.
  • NATO delegations from Canada and Russia look to start Twitter Cold War

    Liberty Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics Let the passive aggressive subtweet battles begin! The Canadian delegation to NATO took to Twitter to poke fun at Russia’s “accidental” military action across the Ukrainian border with a map reminding them where Russia ended. The map pictured gave Crimea back to Ukraine. Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers […]The post NATO delegations from Canada and Russia look to start Twitter Cold War appeared first on Citizens News.
  • DOLLAR: New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds State’s School Choice Program

    Liberty Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by Dollars & Crosses Concord, N.H.—Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court reversed the Superior Court for Strafford County and saved the state’s tax-credit scholarship program. The program provides low-income families with education scholarships, which parents may use to send their children to a private school, a tuition-charging public school in a neighboring school district or […]The post DOLLAR: New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds State’s School Choice Program appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks

    Liberty Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Written by Washington Free Beacon Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report. Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes […]The post Ron Paul: Government Had Foreknowledge of 9/11 Terror Attacks appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Looking At 2016 – Perry/Cruz Edition

    Liberty Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right Both these guys are mentioned as candidates for President in 2016. Both are conservatives (though of different stripes) and both are popular among Texans and nationally. It even has the potential to split the vote of Texas conservatives in the GOP primary. Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 […]The post Looking At 2016 – Perry/Cruz Edition appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Stephen Harper's Deranged Thought Process Is Based On Highly Flawed Right Wing Ideology

    leftdog
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By: Jakeet Singh  Tue Aug 26 2014  Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes. Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader…
  • Remembering Jack ....

    leftdog
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    No One Had More Fun Doing Segments On 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Than Jack Layton
  • Federal documents show Harper's Conservatives are thwarting scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North.But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts.In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss.“Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August…
  • World War One ... historical stupidity that seemed like a good idea at the time

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I see that the Canadians are being brainwashed into thinking that World War One was a great and glorious moment in Canadian history. You are being told that Canadian soldiers died for Canada's 'freedom' during the First World War ... to 'protect and preserve our nation'. Nonsense!!!Any one with even a fleeting knowledge of history will struggle with this interpretation of the pointless, meaningless conflict known as 'the First World War'.Stop any citizen on the street and ask them what the reason for the First World War was ... and see if they know. Essentially, three Royal 'cousins' ...
  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating…
  • A Vision for the Future

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of CulturesA Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable…
  • Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon Results

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    On August 25, 2014 the WPFDC Executive Board chose the winners of the Rhodes Marathon – 2014We are glad to congratulate the following authors who were recognized as winners of the contest:Beatriz Bissio (Brazil) - Islam and the West: Another Form of Coexistence is Possible. History Allows to Understand Why;Dimitry Chistilin (Ukraine) - BRICS’ Role in Forming New Architecture of the World System in the Context of Long-term Development;Toni Kaestner (Germany) - A Vision for the Future. Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures;Dimitri Kitsikis (Canada) - Plethon as Founder of…
  • The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    A Paper by Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014South Asia today has more poor and malnourished people than sub Saharan Africa. It is also marked by frequent incidents of violence, political instability and regime change. Because of an exponential increase in terrorist activities, it is becoming a global flashpoint.India, Nepal and Bangladesh are contiguous countries of South Asia. Bangladesh and Nepal are located in a terrain full of rivers that is fertile and the northern and…
  • Behind Obama’s ‘Chaotic’ Foreign Policy

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    An Article by Robert Parry published at Consortiumnews.com on August 21, 2014The chaos enveloping U.S. foreign policy stems from President Obama’s unwillingness to challenge Official Washington’s power centers which favor neoconservatism and “liberal interventionism” – strategies that have often undercut real U.S. national security interests.
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    Patriots Movement

  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
  • Ben Carson Forms 2016 PAC

    Cal Sullivan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Doctor Benjamin Carson, the conservative super star that emerged from a political dinner last year after criticizing the President to his face , has done what so many people have been calling and asking for him to do. He’s finally taking visible steps towards a White House run in 2016 and may be one of the first candidates to emerge from what has been so far a very speculative race. The 62 year old retired neurosurgeon formed a super PAC on Saturday named One Nation and has appointed Texas businessman Terry Giles as the chairman. “No doubt he’s one step closer to making a…
  • Nancy Pelosi Charges at GOP Speaker

    Cal Sullivan
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It seems like something out of a C-SPAN parody more so than a real life event in our country’s governing body. It happened however. Not just once but twice in the same speech. Representative Tom Marino was at the podium speaking about the Border Bill that was up for vote. He spoke about many things under it and then took the time to reminisce and remind the Democrats…that they had two entire years controlling the White House, the Congress, and the Senate..and that they did nothing about immigration. Clearly as we see now this illegal immigration thing was not random or sudden.
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • NATO Forces in Eastern Europe May Lead to Endless War, Hostilities – Expert

    User Submitted
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    The deployment of NATO forces to new bases in Eastern Europe opens new possibilities for endless war and hostilities, New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) Alice Slater told RIA Novosti. The disturbing saber rattling from NATO chief Anders Rasmussen announcing that NATO will deploy troops for the first time in Eastern Europe since ...
  • Government propaganda and the enslavement of humanity

    User Submitted
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Bernie Suarez  RINF Alternative News As we move through 2014 and beyond, humanity stands in awe of government propaganda, engineered narratives and ongoing scaremongering. With part of humanity awakened to the control system’s tactics, many of us are locked in focus mode, brainstorming new ways of exposing the ongoing propaganda. No sooner do we expose ...
  • Officer to Citizen: “You must be doing something wrong if you invoke your rights”

    User Submitted
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Two videographers were in Jacksonville Florida conducting a First Amendment Audit on Wednesday. They were filming prisoners being transported in and out of the Duval County Courthouse’s sally port. A sally port is usually behind a wall or other fixed protection but the this one empties right on to a public roadway. The first cameraman is ...
  • Dave Lindorff and David Swanson Try to Count the Current Wars

    User Submitted
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Host Dave Lindorff interviews David Swanson, labor and peace activist, author of the book “War No More: The Case for Abolition” and the website warisacrime.org, about the rapidly expanding crises that the US has been promoting in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and the many countries where the US is using attack drones. Listen here Swanson argues ...
  • 53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq

    User Submitted
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dear President Obama: As religious communities, leaders, and academics, we write to express our deep concern over the recent escalation of U.S. military action in Iraq. While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer. Lethal weapons and airstrikes will ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • IEA: Policy Uncertainty Threatens To Slow Renewable Energy Momentum

    Eurasia Review
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22% […] The post IEA: Policy Uncertainty Threatens To Slow Renewable Energy Momentum appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Australia Energy Profile: World’s Second-Largest Coal Exporter In 2012 – Analysis

    EIA
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Australia is rich in commodities, including fossil fuel and uranium reserves. It is one of the few countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that is a significant net energy exporter, sending nearly 70% of its total energy production (excluding energy imports) overseas, according to data from Australia’s Bureau of Resource […] The post Australia Energy Profile: World’s Second-Largest Coal Exporter In 2012 – Analysis appeared... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Cycle Of Nationalism In North East Asia – Analysis

    ISN Security Watch
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Tom French believes that China, Japan and South Korea are locked into a spiral of mutual suspicion, insecurity and even hate. So what should they do about it? He believes it’s time to jettison the hyper-nationalism and pursue mechanisms that lift the three countries beyond their troubled pasts. By Thomas French The anniversary of the […] The post The Cycle Of Nationalism In North East Asia – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Advancing Backwards: Bolivia’s Child Labor Law – Analysis

    COHA
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    By Malavika Krishnan In the midst of a global fight against child labor and poverty, Bolivia stands alone on an empty street. As the world actively seeks to reduce the exploitation of young children in the workforce, La Paz recently amended its child labor law, making it more flexible and allowing children as young as […] The post Advancing Backwards: Bolivia’s Child Labor Law – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Nisteling: The Art Of Deep Listening – OpEd

    Robert J. Burrowes
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The word ‘listening’ has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where there is little real listening […] The post Nisteling: The Art Of Deep Listening – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón má por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
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  • Obama Photos 8/3

    Barack loves Michelle
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” launch event with members of the National Football League at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, La., Sept. 8, 2010. At right are former NFL coach Tony Dungy and former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (27). First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, left, in the Blue Room after a Joining Forces program for military and veteran caregivers in the East Room of the White House, April 11, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama visits with…
  • Obama Photos 7/30

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and parents for lunch at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with Partnership for a Healthier…
  • Obama Photos 7/29

    Barack loves Michelle
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    President Barack Obama greets Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes during a White House event honoring the team and their 2013 World Series Championship, April 1, 2014 President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Elsa Smith, age 5, and Sage Smith, age 6, Lincoln’s cousins. President Barack Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April…
  • Obama Photos 7/28

    Barack loves Michelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014.  first lady Michelle Obama arrives to deliver gives the keynote address during Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education…
  • Obama Photos 7/27

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Top Colombian court rules gay couples can adopt

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Ana Elisa Leiderman and Verónica Botero. (Photo by Bea Leiderman)The Colombian Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled gays and lesbians in the South American country can legally adopt the biological children of their same-sex partners. El Tiempo, a Colombian newspaper, reported the judges in a 6-3 decision said gays and lesbians can legally adopt the child of their same-sex partner if he or she is their biological parent. The ruling also stipulates the petitioner must receive permission from the Colombian authorities before they seek to adopt their partner’s child. Agence France Presse…
  • Marriage case roundup: Oregon, North Carolina, Oklahoma

    Chris Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Numerous developments n marriage cases have taken place in Oregon, North Carolina, Utah and Oklahoma (Photo by Bigstock).Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to halt same-sex marriages from taking place in Virginia, numerous developments throughout the country have taken place in litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples. Some developments directly result from the Supreme Court decision in the Virginia case, but others are unrelated. Here’s are breakdown of what happened on Wednesday: * OREGON — The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday determined…
  • Executive director of Md. LGBT group arrested during immigration protest

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans was among those arrested outside the White House on Thursday during an immigration reform protest. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans was among the more than 100 people who were arrested outside the White House on Thursday during a protest in support of immigration reform. Evans and thousands of others who marched from the headquarters of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Southwest Washington earlier in the day specifically urged the Obama administration to grant visas to undocumented…
  • The fallacy of gay ‘plus-sign’ politics

    Mark Lee
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Political activists need to win, not scold, support on non-gay issues. I’ve grown a bit weary of being told to sit up straight and get my gay politics right. Most people don’t much fancy being told what to do or think. Yet a tone of admonishment is the tenor and tactic that too many lesbian and gay political activists have increasingly utilized of late when attempting to command community conveyance of support on non-gay issues. It belies a transparent “gay panic” prevalent in some activist circles – the belief that too many of us view political issues and electoral candidates from…
  • Gay screen themes

    Brian T. Carney
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Out actor George Takei in a scene from ‘To Be Takei.’ (Photo courtesy Dodgeville Films) This week, LGBT filmgoers in D.C. will have the chance to see two indie movies about two very different men named George. The first is “To Be Takei,” a documentary about the omnipresent George Takei. In a rather scatter-shot manner, filmmaker Jennifer Kroot chronicles the turbulent life of the actor turned activist. It will be screened Tuesday and Thursday at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. The pieces of the life are fascinating. As a child during World War II, Takei and his family were held in an…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
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  • It’s Really Hard To Measure The Effects Of Abortion Restrictions In Texas

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last summer, after Wendy Davis had come and gone, the Texas legislature passed a package of abortion bills that has effectively forced most of the state’s clinics to close. The bills didn’t ban abortion outright, but instead placed new restrictions on abortion providers, such as a mandate for expensive structural changes (e.g. wider hallways and new ventilation systems) for clinics. Proponents said that more rigorous standards would protect women’s health, but obstetricians and pro-choice advocates warned that the law would serve a pro-life agenda, and that its consequences could…
  • The Poorest Corner Of Town

    Ben Casselman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. — “I am!” “Mike Brown!” “I am!” “Mike Brown!”By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it — “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the old standby, “No justice, no peace!” — had been going on for hours. An early-evening thunderstorm and the calm but firm interventions of local clergy helped make this perhaps the most peaceful night since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown 11 days earlier. Still, there were several moments when it felt like a…
  • Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis?

    Nate Silver
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.9 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets…
  • Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

    Reuben Fischer-Baum
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
  • Are Bad Pollsters Copying Good Pollsters?

    Harry Enten
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    The political polling industry is a mess. Fewer and fewer people are willing to respond to telephone surveys, particularly automated ones, and the costs of live interviews are climbing ever higher. Meanwhile, polls have gained prominence in the political media (FiveThirtyEight itself is a part of this trend), and the Internet seems willing to give a home to almost any survey.Demand is up, and quality supply is down. The result: pollsters that use nontraditional methodologies such as online and automated surveys are getting more press than ever, and they get included in the models of the main…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Writers Who Change How You Read

    chris
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Daniel McCarthy,  In late 2008 I put myself through a crash course in the works of Willmoore Kendall, the “wild Yale don,” as Dwight Macdonald called him, who had been one of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Unschooling: the Future of Education?

    chris
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Gracy Olmstead,  Ben Hewitt doesn’t send his boys to school—he doesn’t even own a curriculum. He’s an “unschooling” parent. Though the method has grown in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS, the Neocons, and Obama’s Choices

    chris
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
     Scott McConnell  Confronting the new Islamic State requires reevaluating old alliances and enemies.  Though Congress and the president were out of town, the final weeks of August... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Oil Rules Iraq

    chris
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Kelley Vlahos  From the ISIS insurgency to Kurdish independence, Iraqi politics depend on who controls the crude. There is an oil tanker the size of four football fields representing the full... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Muslim rape of Christian nuns

    chris
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Raymond Ibrahim  Despite how unsavory and barbaric Islamic groups and persons around the world have been acting—whether Nigeria’s Boko Haram, Mesopotamia’s Islamic State,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The very scary word in Putin's new statement on the Ukraine crisis

    Max Fisher
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin just dropped the biggest, scariest dogwhistle of the Ukraine crisis: "Novorossiya." The word literally means "new Russia" — it was an old, imperial-era term for southern Ukraine, when it was part of the Russian Empire, and is now a term used by Russia ultra-nationalists who want to re-conquer the area. Putin has used the word twice during the crisis. First, he used it in April, about a month after Russia had invaded and annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea, subtly suggesting that the annexation was justified because Crimea was in Novorossiya and thus…
  • 'We don't have a strategy yet': What everyone gets wrong about the quote that will haunt Obama

    Zack Beauchamp
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When President Obama gave a press conference Thursday afternoon on Iraq and Ukraine, he mostly reiterated things he or his aides had already said. But there was one line that'll be quoted again and again, particularly by critics. When asked about whether his future plans for combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) required congressional authorization, Obama ducked. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," he said, before uttering the line that'll likely haunt him for the rest of his presidency. "We don't have a strategy yet." On one level, it's an absolutely devastating…
  • The Obama suit backlash is a promising sign of gender equality

    Danielle Kurtzleben
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Obama spoke at a Thursday press briefing to address serious foreign policy issues like Ukraine and ISIS. Naturally, Twitter responded thoughtfully. If Republicans claim Obama's suit is unconstitutional, nobody will be able to argue with them. — CC:Indecision (@indecision) August 28, 2014 You see, Obama came out not in his usual muted, nondescript dark-colored suit but in what many agreed was some sort of beige-colored monstrosity. Who gave President Obama that old church suit from my dad's closet? — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 28, 2014 This is a major deviation for the president;…
  • Pennsylvania is expanding Medicaid. Here's how.

    Adrianna McIntyre
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Pennsylvania — a state with a Republican governor and GOP-controlled legislature — became the 27th state (alongside the District of Columbia) to join Obamacare's growing Medicaid expansion. The decision is a long time coming: Pennsylvania has been pursuing an alternate Medicaid expansion since late 2013, which wouldallow it to tweak the public program's rules. Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced final approval of the state's waiver application, wrapping up several months of negotiation between Pennsylvania and the feds. The White House has estimated…
  • Angelina Jolie's Maleficent—the huge summer hit no one talked about

    Kelsey McKinney
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Maleficent isn't hyped up as one of the summer's huge blockbusters in the way that Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction are. Yet Maleficent, a movie about the villain of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, outperformed X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the theater. Released Memorial Day weekend, the most competitive time for summer movies, Maleficent had a big opening. But where Maleficent proved its popularity was in its staying power:it spent eight weeks in the Top 10 and had a higher multiplier (a good estimate…
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  • The Autism-MMR Vaccine Coverup

    Gary North
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    For 13 years, the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control covered up the fact of the increased risk for boys receiving the MMR vaccination on schedule. It turns out that the risk is far worse for blacks. One man inside the CDC blew the whistle. He is ashamed that he covered up. I wonder if this will lead to Congressional hearings. I wonder if any heads will roll for the sake of appearances. I do not wonder if the CDC’s budget will be cut. Not a chance. This video is very good. It is well produced. It is horrifying.
  • The Staged Beheading

    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Originally published at WhoWhatWhy.org James Foley’s beheading made him into something no journalist wants to be: a part of the story. Not only has his murder by ISIS terrorists made him part of the story, it has made the freelancer for GlobalPost a central figure in the story about America going back to war in Iraq. In what has become a grim kabuki theater since the beheading of Daniel Pearl by al-Qaeda, Foley’s death was apparently recorded in high definition and broadcast globally on social media. Now the question of whether Foley’s killing was staged for the cameras has…
  • Imperial Fun

    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It was not even a year ago when we were bombarded with messaging that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a Supreme Evil and Grave Threat, and that military action against his regime was both a moral and strategic imperative. The standard cast of “liberal interventionists” –  Tony Blair, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Nicholas Kristof and Samantha Power - issued stirring sermons on the duties of war against Assad. Secretary of State John Kerry actually compared Assad to (guess who?) Hitler, instructing the nation that “this is our Munich moment.” Striking Assad, he argued,…
  • Eat Manfood and Lose Weight


    No Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When you hear the word “diet” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most men, you probably think about tiny portions of bland, boring diet foods. A small chicken breast with some steamed broccoli. Plain oatmeal. Cottage cheese. And, of course, salad. Lots and lots of salad. Or perhaps you thought about one of the many trendy diets that have succeeded in grabbing the public’s attention over the years: Atkins, The Zone, South Beach, or Paleo. It’s likely that you’ve even tried one of these diets in the past. “Don’t eat carbs, they make you fat!” exclaim…
  • Corrupt From Top to Bottom

    Paul Craig Roberts
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Every public institution in the United States and most private ones are corrupt. To tell this story would be a multi-book task. Lawrence Stratton and I have written one small volume of the story. Our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, now with two editions and multiple printings, documents the corruption of law in the United States and has been cited in rulings by Federal District and Appeal Court judges. Law is just one public institution, but it is a corner stone of society. When law goes, everything goes. Only about 4 percent of federal felony cases go to trial. Almost all, 96 percent,…
 
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • Lesson Learned from Tennis Match

    Ben Spera
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
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  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
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  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
  • Israel and The Right to Self Defense

    Gaura Rader
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The main argument being used in Israel’s defense is that “Israel has a right to defend itself,.” President Obama has said it. Hillary Clinton is saying it.  Isreal claims it has such a right. There have been a number of response’s to this claim including an excellent one by John Dugard,  emeritus professor of international law at […]
  • Israel’s A Betrayal of Humanity: A Response to Yair Lapid

    Gaura Rader
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Yair Lapid, Israel’s Minister of Finance and the head of Yesh Atid, Israel’s second largest political party, wrote an article titled The Betrayal of The Intellectual on Huffington Post. The article is worth examining because I think it shows just how disconnected people involved in Israeli politics are from reality. And also because the arguments are so […]
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    Pension360

  • Missouri Law Bans Pension Advances, Helps Retirees Recoup Losses

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Pension360 covered last week the rising business of pension advances—businesses that apply the concept of a payday advance to retirement benefits by giving retirees an option to receive their pension as a lump sum. But Missouri recently passed a bill that outlaws the practice and gives retirees a chance to take legal action against the business that gave them their pension advance. Today, the State Treasurer announced that the law goes into effect immediately. Reported by KFVS: Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced House Bill 1217 goes into effect on Thursday – meaning…
  • Memphis Fund Ramps Up Risk With New Investment Strategy

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    It’s been brewing for months, but now the decision is unanimous: the board that governs the City of Memphis Retirement System has decided to turn to a higher-risk investment strategy involving increased allocations toward private equity, hedge funds and foreign stocks and bonds. From the Commercial Appeal: The Memphis pension board cast a unanimous voice vote Thursday morning to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in retirement assets out of U.S. stocks and bonds and into assets with higher risk and potentially higher rewards, such as international stocks and bonds, and new investments in…
  • Does Rhode Island’s Pension Fund Performance Justify Its Fees?

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    David Sirota is shining more light on the Rhode Island pension system’s investment returns—and fees—under Treasurer Gina Raimondo. According to his reporting, the combination of fees and “below-median” returns are costing the state’s taxpayers. From Sirota: According to four years’ worth of state financial records, Rhode Island’s pension system has delivered an average 12 percent return during Raimondo’s tenure as general treasurer. That rate of return significantly trails the median rate of return for pension systems of similarly size across the country, based on data…
  • North Carolina Fund Draws Fire For Fees, Conflicts of Interest

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell is the sole trustee of the state Retirement System. That gives her power and control over the state’s pension investments that very few Treasurers share—but it also puts her in a position to take the brunt of the blame when things don’t go as planned. Cowell is drawing an especially large amount of flak the past few months from critics condemning for her habit of accepting donations from investment firms—and then outsourcing investments to some of those same firms. Tom Bullock of WFAE reports: During Cowell’s two successful campaigns to be North…
  • Private Equity Coming to Your 401(k)?

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Private equity has become a staple in defined-benefit plans around the world. But it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to phase out defined-benefit plans and shift new hires into defined-contribution systems. Accordingly, private equity funds are now setting their sights on 401(k) plans. Daisy Maxey writes in the Wall Street Journal: Some big names of the private-equity world are working to make private-equity funds an option in defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, as soon as next year. Pantheon Ventures LLP, a private-equity fund investor overseeing $30.5…