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    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
  • There's a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon. Here's how to see it

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    Joseph Stromberg
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    On Thursday afternoon and early evening, people across the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be treated to a pretty cool astronomical phenomenon: a partial solar eclipse. The moon will pass between Earth and the sun and appear to take a nicely rounded bite out of the sun for a period anywhere between a few minutes (for people on the East coast) to over an hour (for those on the West coast). The sky won't go dim (that only happens in a total eclipse), but it'll still be an interesting sight worth checking out. There is, however, a caveat: you definitely shouldn't look at the eclipse…
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    Betsy Newmark
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    When you hear Democrats claim that Obamacare has expanded health coverage, think again.What we’ve learned is that the Obamacare gains in coverage were largely a result of the Medicaid expansion and that most of the gain in private coverage through the government exchanges was offset by a decline in employer-based coverage. In other words, it is likely that most of the people who got coverage through the exchanges were already insured.Claiming to expand Medicaid while leading millions to lose their employer-provided insurance wouldn't have had the same appeal as pretending that the law would…
  • REPORT: Autopsy Reveals Michael Brown Did Not Have Hands Up When Shot...

    Drudge Report
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    REPORT: Autopsy Reveals Michael Brown Did Not Have Hands Up When Shot...(Second column, 8th story, link)Related stories:WASH POST: New evidence supports officer's account...Police Chief: 'Very Unlikely' Officer Will Be Charged...Protesters march inside Police Dept...'All Hell Going To Break Loose'...AUNT: 'They Will Feel And See Wrath Of God's Vengeance Come Upon Them In Mighty Way'...
  • Cold Turkey

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    Adam Chandler
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered this sharp critique of an American airdrop of weapons on Monday, which was meant to reach the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani: "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. Why did it turn out wrong? Because some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL." As we noted on Tuesday, at least one cache of American weapons was reportedly intercepted by Islamic State fighters, who have been engaged with Syrian Kurds in a feverous battle for Kobani for over a month now. The Pentagon claims…
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    The Atlantic

  • Going Home to Columbus

    Deborah Fallows
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    On the first full day of our visit to Columbus for American Futures, I went to see the Tree Walk, a collection of 35 trees in the Old Deaf School Park, right downtown. The school, then called the Ohio Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, opened in 1829, one of the earliest such schools in the US and the only one publicly funded at the time. By 1868, seven stately buildings housed about 400 students. I was interested to see the native Buckeye, Aesculus glabra, which I knew from my 7th grade Ohio history is the state tree. It was listed as Number 17 on the walking guide, way up on the north side…
  • The Teenage Fans of ISIS

    Polly Mosendz
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Last week, three teenage girls from America were picked up in Germany as they attempted to travel halfway around the world in order to join ISIS. A father of one of the girls, Assad Ibrahim, had been in touch with his daughter on Friday, after her school called to tell him she never made it to class that day. The teenager told her dad that she was just running late, but failed to come home that night. The other two, who are sisters, claimed they were at the library when their dad, Ali Farah, called. The three girls were reported missing soon after. The parents discovered that the girls'…
  • Cold Turkey

    Adam Chandler
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered this sharp critique of an American airdrop of weapons on Monday, which was meant to reach the Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani: "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. Why did it turn out wrong? Because some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL." As we noted on Tuesday, at least one cache of American weapons was reportedly intercepted by Islamic State fighters, who have been engaged with Syrian Kurds in a feverous battle for Kobani for over a month now. The Pentagon claims…
  • The House GOP's New War on Incompetence

    Russell Berman
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    House Republicans haven't officially locked down their majority for next year, but they're already sketching out a legislative agenda for when they do. In a memo to lawmakers on Wednesday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the party would target the federal bureaucracy with an eye toward restoring "competence" across a range of scandal-plagued departments and agencies. He cited the well-documented problems at the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, the IRS, last year's launch of the federal health insurance exchanges, and the more recent response to Ebola, along with several other…
  • Criminalizing the Hands That Feed the Homeless

    Matt Schiavenza
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    On Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the latest American city to pass a measure restricting food distribution to the homeless, part of a growing trend in the country over the past several years. The measure, whose passage elicited protests from outraged residents, prohibits feeding sites from operating within 500 feet of each other or 500 feet from any residential area. But while the prohibition isn't total, the restriction reflects a belief that homeless people are better served in facilities that also provide mental health and drug rehabilitation services. "Street feeding is one of…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Everything is politics, politics is everything

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    given trajectory of Ebola-in-US, appears govt/public health authorities may have handled somewhat more effectively than advertised — @JohnJHarwood Either Ron Klain is a super genius or we didn't really need an "ebola czar" and people were freaking out for bad reasons — @AdamSerwer Matthew Dickinson: From a political perspective, then, Obama is hoping that Klain’s appointment will help quell some of the Republican-stoked concerns regarding the Obama administration’s managerial competence – at least for the next two weeks! But it’s not clear how much of an impact Klain’s…
  • Open thread for night owls: A fifth of Detroit's population, 142,000 people, could lose their homes

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    One of the tens of thousands of foreclosed houses in Detroit that you can read about here. At The Atlantic, Rose Hackman writes One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes—Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars, if only they knew how to work the system: As Detroit seeks to leave bankruptcy behind and get back on its feet—ramping up development with construction of a light rail and a new hockey arena that will cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars—it is simultaneously bearing witness to a process that could evict up to 142,000 of its residents,…
  • Republicans promise to target IRS if they win control of Congress

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Republicans say control of the Senate will allow them to accomplish what Darrell Issa could not. For the past 18 months, hardly a day has gone by without a Republican on Capitol Hill making some wild allegation about the Obama administration conspiring to use the IRS as a political weapon against tea party groups. The only thing that's been missing: Any evidence whatsoever that there was such a conspiracy. But Republicans say that would change if only they were given complete control of Congress, reports The Hill: “Most of the oversight has, frankly, been taking place in the House,” Rep.
  • Scandal news shake up Republicans in two key Senate races

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Republicans campaign on the idea that government can't work, so why is anyone surprised when they can't make government work? But today's biggest question, really, is why the hell did South Dakota Republican Mike Rounds just admit he knowingly helped a top aide loot state coffers? In a huge admission, former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the GOP nominee in this year's Senate race, acknowledged Tuesday that he did in fact know that a top former cabinet official, Richard Benda, was going to work for investors running a meatpacking concern called Northern Beef, right around the same time that…
  • Spotlight on green news & views: Preparing for Paris climate talks, saying goodbye to whistleblower

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 19,830 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. UN climate talks to resume in Bonn—by…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • 3 Denver Teens Run Away to Join ISIS

    rcade
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Three Denver teens left the country without their parents' knowledge and booked flights to join the Islamic State, a journey that ended when they were stopped in Germany. The girls, 15- and 17-year-old sisters of Somali descent and a 16-year-old of Sudanese descent, were stopped at an airport in Frankfurt after their parents reported them missing on Friday. School officials found out about their trip after students told them the girls had discussed their plans on Twitter. "Some of the students (on Twitter) told them it was a bad idea, others said good luck," said Cherry Creek School District…
  • Texas Oil Tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt Dies

    rcade
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Nelson Bunker Hunt, the down-home Texas oil tycoon who owned a thousand race horses, drove an old Cadillac and once tried to corner the world's silver market only to lose most of his fortune when the price collapsed, died on Tuesday in Dallas. He was 88. "A billion dollars ain't what it used to be," he said in 1980 after silver stakes he amassed with two brothers, Herbert and Lamar, fell to $10.80 from $50.35 an ounce. In barely two months, their holdings and contracts for purchases -- corralling a third to half the world's deliverable silver -- had plunged from a $7 billion value in January…
  • Rick Scott on Minimum Wage: 'How Would I Know?'

    Doc_Sarvis
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    In a Florida gubernatorial debate Tuesday night, Gov. Rick Scott (R) was asked whether he supports the concept of a minimum wage. "Sure," he replied. But when asked what it should be, he responded, "How would I know -- I mean, the private sector decides wages." He may not have an answer for where the minimum wage should be, but he's ensured that Floridians can't decide for themselves. In 2013, he signed a bill that bans local cities and counties from passing their own higher wages or other benefits like paid sick days.
  • ISIS Intercepts Arms Airdrop for Kurds

    kanrei
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the Islamic State. The video appeared authentic and corresponded to AP reporting of the event.
  • South Korea Tears Down Christmas Tower

    rcade
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    South Korea has torn down a 43-year-old Christmas tower on the border with North Korea that the North had threatened to attack with artillery. The 59-foot steel tower, tipped with a cross, used to be illuminated with cascades of light bulbs around Christmas during the Cold War years. Batteries of loudspeakers sent Christmas carols drifting across the snow-capped border into the North, where the totalitarian regime repressed religious freedom.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Meet the Lord High Badass of Canada

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    As you have no doubt heard a member of the Canadian military and an attacker were killed today in the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa in what appears to be the second ISIL-inspired 'lone wolf' terrorist attack in Canada this week. Amidst all the other details and repercussions of this incident, there's one detail that I didn't fully grasp until this evening. And that is that the guy who shot and killed Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau, thus ending the attack, wasn't just someone from the Sergeant-at-Arms office but the actual Sergeant-at-Arms, 58 year old Kevin Vickers - the holder of an…
  • EXCLUSIVE

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) tells TPM he's going to vote to legalize pot in Oregon.
  • Very Interesting

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    After the national Dems jump back into the Kentucky Senate race, McConnell's campaign releases a memo and internal poll showing him 8 points ahead of Grimes. The public polls have ranged from ties to healthy McConnell leads. But only one other recent poll - and that, Rasmussen - has shown an 8 point spread.
  • Key Points

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Update: October 22, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT Here are the relevant details as of this moment on the situation in Ottawa. One gunman dead and one Canadian soldier dead. No information motives of the shooter. Multiple news outlets named the suspect as Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, born in 1982. Police investigating multiple shooting sites in the vicinity of the Canadian parliament building. Early reports of a possible shooting near a major shopping mall have since been dismissed by police. What's not clear is whether each of these shooting was the work of a single gunman who is now dead or…
  • This is Amazing

    Josh Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Martha Coakley's loss to Scott Brown, bringing the accidental Senator to national prominence, almost upending Obamacare and in many ways drawing open the curtain on what would become the 2010 blow out is an almost iconic event. This year Massachusetts Dems gave her a shot at Governor. And it looks like she may be on a course to blow this one too. Check out this chart.
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    Political Animal

  • Midterm Falloff Defined With Precision

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Leave it to Ron Brownstein to come up with the most precise and efficient way to explain the phenomenon--generally called "the midterm falloff problem for Democrats"--that I've talked about so often in this space (basically because half the political writers in America still don't quite get it): [W]hile the voting falloff between presidential-year and midterm elections has remained constant, its impact has been vastly magnified by a racial and generational realignment that has remade each party’s base of support since the 1980s. In presidential and congressional races alike, Democrats…
  • Lunch Buffet

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Very upset to learn one of my esteemed predecessors in this space, MoJo's Kevin Drum, has had to be hospitalized with a back and/or bone ailment. Here's hoping and praying Kevin gets well quickly. Here are some midday items in the chafing dishes: * As situation in Ottawa begins to emerge from mist, one shooter killed inside Parliament Building by sergeant-at-arms, a Canadian soldier killed at nearby memorial, at least one additional injury, and at least one shooter still abroad. * TPM's Sahil Kapur discusses fears among MA Dems that Martha Coakley about to lose another unlosable statewide…
  • Breaking News: Gunfire in Canadian Parliament

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Reports are still highly conflicted right now. But at about 10:00 AM EDT this morning, gunfire broke out near and in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa. Multiple shooters seem to have been involved, and there's one recurring report that the parliamentary sergeant-at-arms (a bit literal in this case) took down one of them. There's no consensus on deaths or injuries--or arrests, for that matter--at this point, and the Parliament Hill area remains on lockdown. And of course there's no information now as to motives for the shootings. Here's a shaky video of shots being fired inside the…
  • Pence Backing Away From Medicaid Expansion?

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    The most important data point for those who believe Republican governors will all eventually stop posturing and go along with the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion has been the apparent decision of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to joint the parade. Pence, after all, is a former chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, and a darling of movement conservatives, many of whom hoped he'd run for president in 2012 or 2016. But the heralds of a deal between Pence and the Obama administration may have been a bit premature, as a trio of right-wing wonks writing at Forbes report happily if…
  • Standing In Line For Democracy

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    At Ten Miles Square this morning, Jim Sleeper has a web-exclusive piece making the eloquent point that Americans being threatened by voter suppression (specifically the Texas voter ID law just upheld by the Fifth Circuit) should learn a lesson from protesters in Hong Kong: When Hong Kong students named their recent demonstrations for democratic elections “Occupy,” they reminded me not only of the Americans demonstrating for economic justice in 2012 but also of Beijing protesters who carried a “Goddess of Democracy” modeled on our Statue of Liberty across Tienanmen…
 
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    TIME

  • Meet America’s Most Sucessful Political Families

    Adam Glanzman
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It's that time of year again: Bushes and Clintons galore are on the campaign trail supporting candidates who are up for election. Here's a look at America's most successful political dynasties
  • Corporations, Advocacy Groups Spend Big on Ballot Measures

    Michael Scherer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bonnie Marsh is worried that many of her neighbors’ health problems stem from big companies farming genetically modified crops around her in Maui County, Hawaii. So she helped collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot that would ban growing such crops until an environmental study is done. “We’ve come forward because we feel there’s a real threat to the health of the Earth,” said Marsh, a nurse who focuses on natural remedies. “We are done being an experimental lab.” Marsh said her group, Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for…
  • DSCC Back On Air to Support Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Alex Rogers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The official Democratic group working to saving the party’s Senate majority is going back on the air to provide a late boost to Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat trying to throw out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a week after the group shocked political observers by appearing to pull out of the race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will reserve $650,000 in advertising, according to a DSCC official, who said that internal polling shows undecided voters turning to her. A week ago, it appeared that Grimes would be left on her own as she entered the home…
  • No, Republicans Aren’t Yet Winning the Women’s Vote

    Jay Newton-Small
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Associated Press dropped its latest national poll Wednesday ahead of the midterm elections due to be held in less than three weeks. The poll had a spate of expected findings: likely voters favor Republicans to take control of the U.S. Senate, the top issue remains the economy, and no one likes either party very much. Then, buried in the seventh paragraph of the story, was this nugget about women voters: Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress…
  • Morning Must Reads: October 22

    Andrew Katz
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Ebola Fears Could Curb Flu Since Ebola’s first symptoms resemble that of the flu, fears about Ebola could drive patients to doctors and emergency rooms with flu symptoms. Each year, the CDC estimates that between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu, though most don’t see their doctor Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 A former Washington Post reporter remembers a legendary newspaperman, who was the most celebrated editor of his time Ferguson Commission Formed Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • White House fence jumper charged with assault

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.
  • Spain jobless rate dips under 24%

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Spain's painfully high unemployment rate eased further last quarter, dipping under 24 percent for the first time since 2011 as economic recovery apparently gained pace, official data showed on Thursday. The rate is still among the highest in the rich world with more than five million people unemployed, but Spain's government said the improvement boded well after several years of economic crisis and austerity measures. In the busy July to September tourism period, when many Spanish companies take on new staff, the unemployment rate was 23.67 percent, down from 24.47 percent in the…
  • New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Japan was stung Thursday by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar. The new revelations could deal another serious blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose administration is already facing a public backlash over its bid to turn Japan's shuttered nuclear reactors back on while his plan to revive the economy stalls. On Thursday, newly appointed industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa, a Harvard graduate and former senior…
  • Gunmen kill at least 30 in new C. Africa attacks: UN

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in fresh attacks this week in the strife-torn Central African Republic, UN peacekeepers said on Thursday. Several dozen people were also wounded in the attacks on the central village of Yamale on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the gunmen pillaging and burning down houses, UN force MINUSCA said. News of the attacks prompted hundreds of people to seek shelter in refugee camps in the nearby town of Bambari, the MINUSCA statement said.
  • Tanzania to vote on new constitution in April 2015

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Tanzania will hold a referendum in April 2015 on a new constitution, the government has announced, a move rejected by the opposition, who said Thursday that the drafting process ignored it. The opposition is angry because the draft constitution makes few major changes to the structure of government, claiming it has therefore rejected its calls for a strengthening of the federal system to limit presidential powers. "I can confirm April 30 as the date for referendum," Attorney General Frederick Werema said. Opposition lawmakers led by the Chadema party stormed out during debate on the…
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    Political Irony

  • Conservative Utopia?

    Iron Knee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This blog reported in August about how Kansas senator Sam Brownback was creating a conservative utopia with no taxes for businesses, and massive cuts to schools and other social programs. He had plenty of help from the Koch brothers, who are headquartered in Wichita. And the state legislature, after getting rid of most of those pesky Democrats even purged all their moderate Republicans. Even back in August, their “conservative experiment” was showing signs of not working out like they said it would. Well, it has gotten even worse, as reported by the Daily Show: Related posts:…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “A survey found that more than half of Americans see President Obama’s time in office as a failure. While the rest said, ‘You saw him in his office? When?'” – Jimmy Fallon “Obama was actually in his office yesterday. He met with his Secret Service director to talk about the recent White House security breaches. First they had to address the elephant in the room. Not metaphorically — an actual elephant wandered into the room. Security’s just awful.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today is the 10th anniversary of when Martha Stewart had to go to the…
  • Dress for Success, Period!

    Iron Knee
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    OMG! Stephen Colbert is hilarious: He even cracks himself up a few times. Related posts: Rick Perry is a jackass. Period. Success? Bush: Flushed with Success
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. He celebrated the way he always does: having someone try his cake before him.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s birthday, as those of you who are friends with him on Facebook know.” – Jimmy Kimmel “Vladimir Putin turned 62 years old today. It must be tough buying him a gift. What do you get for the man who has everywhere?” – Jimmy Fallon “Putin turned 62 today. To celebrate, he took a trip to Siberia — you know, the place they send other people in Russia as…
  • For Sale?

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

  • A Funny And Fascinating Evening With Madeleine Albright

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Over the next few months I will be attending The New Jersey Speaker Series, an inaugural series of talks produced by Fairleigh Dickinson University. The impressive list of speakers are Madeleine Albright, Alan Alda, Steve Wozniak, Olympia Snowe, David Gergen, David McCullough and Dan Rather, each influential voices in today's world. Part One: An evening with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. From time to time we have pre-conceived notions about people. As much as we try not to, we do. Last week while I was on my way to hear Madeleine Albright speak, I feared that her presentation…
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Spends Almost $1.8 Million Each Day

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats' campaign arm spent nearly $1.8 million a day on average during the first half of this month. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it raised $8.8 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. The committee began October with $34 million in the bank but has been spending aggressively, leaving it with $16 million for the final three weeks before Election Day. Most political committees faced a Thursday deadline to file their final reports before voters go to the polls Nov. 4. The 15-day reports were the last look at the committees' financial strength…
  • Justice Department Condemns Leaks In Michael Brown Case As Attempt To 'Influence Public'

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    The Justice Department condemned a series of leaks from the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., The Los Angeles Times reported. The death of the unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9 sparked weeks of protests and a national debate over police tactics. The leaks from the official inquiry into the shooting appear to support the account of the incident given by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, that he and Brown struggled, and that he opened fire when Brown allegedly reached for his gun. An unnamed Justice Department spokeswoman called the leaks…
  • Syria Airstrikes Kill 553, Including 32 Civilians, During Monthlong Offensive Against ISIS: Monitor

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    BEIRUT, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 people, including 32 civilians, during a month-long campaign in Syria against Islamic State militants, a Syrian monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the majority of the deaths, 464, were Islamic State fighters. Six of the civilians were children and five were women, the Observatory said. It said 57 members of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front were also killed in the air strikes, which started a month ago. Strikes hit the provinces of…
  • Mark Warner vs. Ed Gillespie vs. Robert Sarvis Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Virginia Senate Race 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Mark Warner vs. Ed Gillespie vs. Robert Sarvis Senate race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Dana Loesch's New Gun Book Botches Quotes From The Founding Fathers

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Conservative commentator Dana Loesch's new book Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America includes spurious quotes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers, despite the fact that it purports to teach readers about "the history of the Second Amendment." Loesch, who hosts a radio show on The Blaze, is currently on a media tour promoting her book and has made appearances on Fox News programs The Kelly File, Fox & Friends, Hannity and America's Newsroom. She joins other conservative authors, including Emily Miller and Glenn Beck, in advancing a pro-gun…
  • "Reminiscent Of The Ku Klux Klan": Fox Attacks "Vile" Ferguson Reference In Democratic Voter Registration Flier

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    From the October 22 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Conservative Media Race-Baiting: Ferguson Edition Right-Wing Media Continue To Decry Ferguson Residents Registering To Vote The Daily Show Blasts Fox News' Problematic Coverage Of Race In Ferguson Fox's Ingraham: Registering Ferguson Residents To Vote Is Part Of "The Politics Of Division"
  • Chuck Todd Explains The Meet The Press "Balancing Act" And How Diversity Is A "Front-Burner Issue"

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    If Chuck Todd's plans for the new Meet the Press are successful, within a year the show will balance the need to explain the inner workings of Washington to viewers with elevating public concerns that are not getting enough attention in the political sphere. In the second part of a three-part interview series with Media Matters, Todd lays out his goals for Meet the Press, the struggle for guest diversity on Sunday political shows, and the current state of the media landscape. Responding to a frequent progressive critique of the Sunday shows -- that they are obsessed…
  • O'Reilly Denies White Privilege Benefit From Growing Up In Whites-Only Levittown

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    From the October 22 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Related: This is what the legacy of 'white privilege' looks like in Bill O'Reilly's hometown Previously: On The Daily Show, Bill O'Reilly Refuses To Back Down On Denial Of White Privilege Bill O'Reilly's Persistent Campaign To Deny The Existence Of White Privilege
  • Veteran Sun-Times Reporter Resigns, Says Paper Didn't Support Him During Smear Campaign

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned from the paper over what he calls a "breach" in the wall that exists "between owners and the newsroom to preserve the integrity of what is published." McKinney, a 19-year veteran of the Sun-Times, posted an October 22 resignation letter on his personal blog explaining that he co-reported a story examining litigation involving the former company of Bruce Rauner, now the Republican candidate for Illinois governor. The piece, he wrote, was backed by "our editors and supported by sworn testimony…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

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    Kim Amador
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Christine Stark is a speaker, organizer, trainer, and an award-winning writer and visual artist of Anishinaabe/Cherokee ancestry. Her essays, poems, and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Her poem, “Momma’s Song”, was released by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble as a double manga CD. She is also a co-editor of Not for Sale, an international anthology about prostitution, trafficking, and pornography. She is a co-author of the groundbreaking “Garden of Truth: The…
  • Back to school, or not?

    Stephanie Murti
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Yasmina Hatem, Now., Lebanon– Every fall, schools across Lebanon open their doors for returning students, however Syrian children are missing out on education as the country’s overstretched public school system struggles to find space for the young refugees.Out of 355,000 school-aged refugees between the ages of 5 and 17 registered by the UNHCR, only 90,000 enrolled in Lebanese public schools in the 2013-2014 school year. Read More »
  • EU to call on Russia to help stabilize Ukraine: statement

    Reuters: World News
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU leaders will urge Russia at a summit this week to do more to stabilize Ukraine, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters, but diplomats expect no change in sanctions on Moscow in the near future.
  • Cote d’Ivoire: Ivorian Club Scene Fertile Ground for Teenage Pregnancies

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Yopougon -On Rue de Princesse, the main party street in Yopougon, a raunchy neighbourhood in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan, every second house has been converted into an outdoor bar and grill, a maquis, ready for the weekend.
  • Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic

    Jim Lobe
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Credit: Twitter/@AntDeRosaBy Jim LobeWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus.Concern about the potential threat posed by the virus has clearly grown over the past two weeks, especially after two nurses at a Dallas hospital who helped treat a fatally infected Liberian man contracted the virus. But a major…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • On That Despicable Ray Rice Halloween Costume

    Pia Glenn
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    ICYMI, Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was released by the NFL following discovery of a violent beating of his then-fiance, now wife and dragging of her unconscious body. And this fella dressed up as him for Halloween. What is wrong with people? Okay, no–don’t answer that. I’m well aware that it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round and we all have different taste levels and moral compass settings and comedic sensibilities and backgrounds and life experiences and intelligence levels and so on, but sometimes I just have to wonder what the hell someone is thinking. So many things make me…
  • There’s No Ex-Cub Factor in This Year’s World Series … Or Is There?

    David Von Ebers
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Baseball is a game of absurd complexity and equally absurd superstition. It has nearly unfathomable regulations, like the infield fly rule or what constitutes a balk, and there are at least seven different ways for a batter to get on base other than by getting a hit. That is, if you count offensive interference and defensive interference as separate methods of getting on base … which you should, when you really think about it. But it’s the sheer goofiness of baseball lore that makes it the idiosyncratic, byzantine and yet uniquely American phenomenon that it is. And there is no greater…
  • Extreme Haunted Houses and the Privilege of Paying for Fear

    Pia Glenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Like any holiday, ways in which Halloween may be observed vary greatly. One of the ways in which merchants rake in the holiday cash is by setting up professional haunted houses. These are not the haunted houses some of recall from youth, though. Today, a professional haunted house might include physical assault, being verbally berated, or submerged in water, all occurring under the legal umbrella of a waiver signed by the participant to indemnify the organizers in case of injury or accident. I don’t mind a good horror movie jump cue and I see the entertainment value in staged fear, but I…
  • Upon Further Review #1: How Fans Become Horrible People, a Fanatical Look at St. Louis

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

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

  • Fox News: Young Women Should Go Find Sexxytimes Online And Leave Democracy To Grownups

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Fox News hostroid Kimberly Guilfoyle said Tuesday that America would be a far better place if young women would just please stay home and go do their Twittergrams and Tindermatches instead of cluttering up our elections with all their stupidness. She urged the frivolous young things to avoid voting in this year’s midterms and to only return to the polls when they have the maturity to vote like a respectable married lady, preferably one with a good Republican cloth coat and a little dog named Checkers. The ever-ferretlike Greg Gutfeld set the tone, noting that “with age comes…
  • Hey, Look At This Extra Money Democrats Found Laying Around For Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Kaili Joy Gray
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    So there is an election? In, like, two weeks? And it’s sort of important — because ALL elections are important, duh — but there is a very good chance that this election will give Republicans control of the Senate so they can finally finally impeach President Obama, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and require every schoolchild who is not being homeschooled by soon-to-be-retired Rep. Michele Bachmann to sing “Jesus Loves Me” every morning before reading the Bible for biology class. Or … Maybe not? A week ago, Democrats were basically closing up shop, at…
  • WonkiFact: Yep, Rick Scott Delayed Execution For Attorney General’s Campaign Schedule

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    During the second, fan-free debate between former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist* and current Gov. Rick Scott (R-Malfoy Manor) Tuesday night, the accusations flew hot and heavy. One of the more notable exchanges involved the question of whether Gov. Voldemort knowingly delayed a prisoner’s execution last year so it wouldn’t conflict with a campaign event being held by his attorney general, Pam Bondi. Instead of saying whether he knew that Bondi had requested him to reschedule the execution of convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore so she could hold her big campaign launch party, Scott…
  • Chris Christie Will Win Presidency With New Jersey Charm And Probably Whacking His Opponents

    Gary Legum
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Human meatball Chris Christie, governor of the Turnpike Exit State, is gearing up for his inevitable presidential run in 2016. Which means giving America a glimpse of that fabulously warm personality type that once made Tony Soprano the most popular murdering sociopath in America. In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — speaking of murderous sociopaths — Christie suggested the next president must be a governor because our current experiment of electing a legislator has failed so spectacularly. (Whether anyone pointed out to him that our last president was a governor, and…
  • Green Bay Alderman Will Listen To Citizen Just As Soon As She Isn’t A Terrorist

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    A nice lady in Green Bay, Wisconsin, wrote her alderman, because she is a good citizen. “Hey,” she wrote, “howsabout some free bus service on Election Day for the poors and democracy and suchlike?” But she wrote it classier because she is not Yr Wonkette. “Sure,” Chris Wery responded, “just as soon as you, A Muslim, denounce and renounce Sharia law and Hamas.” Well, um, hrmmmm? On the one hand, it is “good” that Green Bay Alderman Chris Wery makes sure that each citizen who writes to him on topics like “transportation” is…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Attack. Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down by a man dressed all in black with a scarf over his face. “I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black with a kerchief over his nose and mouth and something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting […] Read this post »
  • Twitter blocks petition supporting Houston pastors

    Jazz Shaw
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Coincidence? Ed has already brought everyone up to date on the Houston pastors who found themselves looking at a subpoena for their sermons. That had plenty of people up in arms, and it quickly spilled over into social media. An online petition in support of the pastors cropped up at Houston We Have a Problem. (houstonproblem.com) […] Read this post »
  • Breaking: New White House fence-jumper taken down by K9s, apprehended

    Mary Katharine Ham
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Again. Another person jumped the fence at the White House tonight, but didn’t make it far across the lawn before being surrounded by Secret Service dogs and officers. Secret Service officials apprehended a person who jumped the White House fence late Wednesday. The intruder was captured well before reaching the residence. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan […] Read this post »
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Barack who?

    Allahpundit
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    “Barack Obama was on the ballot in 2012 and 2008.” Well, now I don’t get it. I thought Democrats had a huddle at the beginning of the month and decided that, with a Republican tsunami gathering, they had to abandon the whole “Barack who?” shtick and make a strong push to get core Democratic voters to turn out. That’s the point of Obama’s otherwise bizarre […] Read this post »
  • What election? Network news gives up on covering midterms

    Noah Rothman
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You're not imagining things. It is probably safe to assume that you have been following the midterm elections closely. You decided to click on this link, which would indicate that you have at least a passing interest in the coming national vote in which Americans will determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress for the remainder of […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Outside Group Sends Blunt Message In N.C. Senate Race

    S.V. Date
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    The Koch Brothers-backed American Future Fund is running online ads supporting Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh, who backs marijuana legalization. The slogan? "More weed, less war."» E-Mail This
  • Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

    Peter Overby
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.» E-Mail This
  • Another Man Jumps White House Fence, But Is Stopped On The Lawn

    Chris Hopkins
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    A month after a man armed with a knife leapt the White House fence and got deep into the first floor of the building, another man made a run across the North Lawn Wednesday night.» E-Mail This
  • Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

    Nina Totenberg
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court is correcting its own record. That's not exactly rare, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first justice to call the public's attention to her own mistake.» E-Mail This
  • Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

    Pam Fessler
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    About 1 in 5 voters now mails in his ballot. But many ballots are rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • It Is Possible To Get Affordable Dental Insurance

    Randy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance companies use different criteria for determining policy premiums, and every one is different. By following these tips, you will have a better understanding of your existing policies. You will also be able to choose new policies with greater skill. You are more than likely overpaying for your coverage and may not have the coverage you truly need. Get a better handle on insurance basics and choosing options that meet your needs with these suggestions. TIP! To help you get…
  • Strategies That Will Work For You When Dealing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    TIP! Always maintain realistic expectations about your investments. It is common knowledge that stock market success and overnight riches do not happen instantly, unless you do a lot of high risk trading. While most people know someone who has become rich by investing in the stock market, most people also know someone who has been made bankrupt by the stock market. You need to be able to distinguish sound investments from ones that will cost you a lot of money. The more you know about investing, the more likely it will be that you will end up turning a profit on the stock market. The…
  • Make Your Home Based Business Work For You

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

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

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

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    After world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky gave a major address on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hall of the United Nations General Assembly last week, Amy Goodman interviewed the world-renowned linguist and dissident before an audience of 800 people. Chomsky spoke at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. “One important action that the United States could take is to live up to its own laws. Of course it would be nice if it lived up to international law, but maybe that’s too much to ask,”…
  • In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. "The pattern that was set in January 1976 continues to the present," said Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of…
  • Headlines for October 22, 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Video Appears to Show U.S. Arms Airdrop in ISIS HandsU.N. Warns ISIS Assault on Yazidis May Be "Attempted Genocide"WHO Plans Large-Scale Ebola Vaccine Trials for JanuaryU.S. Imposes Ebola Restrictions on Travelers from West AfricaU.S. Cameraperson, Spanish Nurse Declared Ebola FreeAfghanistan: Opium Poppy Crop Hits Record High, Despite $7 Billion in U.S. FundsNorth Korea Releases U.S. PrisonerMexico: Global Day of Action Held for 43 Missing Students; Soldiers Accused of Executing 15 PeoplePhilippines: U.S. Marine Accused of Murder Moved to Base, Still in U.S. Custody7.8 Million…
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners

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

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

  • Today in Politics

    The New York Times
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    President Obama is turning to scientists for ideas on battling Ebola, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is making another trip to Iowa, and the White House's fence remains penetrable.
  • Another Fence-Jumper at the White House

    Michael S. Schmidt
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    A man jumped the White House fence but was immediately apprehended, the Secret Service said.
  • ‘This Is Ben.’ Enough Said.

    David E. Sanger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Times's David E. Sanger remembers a conversation with Ben Bradlee about an article in The Times.
  • The Bradlee Interview: Are You a Moonie?

    Peter Baker
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    As a young reporter, interviewing for a job with Ben Bradlee was momentous, intimidating and always memorable. My turn came in 1988.
  • Politics Helpline: Ads, Soft Money and Leftover Cash

    First Draft
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The Times’s resident campaign finance experts answered select questions on money and politics in the midterm elections.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • The Attack On Canada’s Parliament And The Lone Wolf Terrorist

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    For most of the day yesterday, the area around Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada was locked down as tight as a drum as police and Federal authorities continued a search related to the shooting that occurred yesterday at the Canadian War Memorial and the shooting spree that echoed through the halls of Parliament, forcing M.P.’s, Senators, and members of the press into lockdowns in various parts of the building that weren’t completely lifted until nearly twelve hours after the attack. Within hours, we knew that at least one person, a Canadian Armed Forces Reservist named…
  • Do The Atlanta Falcons Know Where London Is?

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday in a game that will air quite early in the United States, with a 9:30am Eastern start time on the East Coast, though. Earlier this week, though, the Falcons tried to inform their fans of what it takes to move an entire N.F.L. team overseas for a week and, well, they kind of fumbled: The NFL’s international series continues this week with Detroit and Atlanta playing in England on Sunday. The Falcons landed in London on Monday, which is actually a minor miracle when you consider the map they were…
  • Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The midterm elections are now less than two weeks ago, but the American people don’t seem to care very much: Americans can care less. Candidates, parties and outside groups have spent months—and hundreds of millions of dollars—campaigning in states with tight races that could determine control of the Senate. The one thing they can’t seem to do is make people care. In the last two midterm cycles in 2006 and 2010, interest in the election increased dramatically between June and October of the election years, rising to 61%  from 55% in 2006 and to 61% from 51%…
  • Is Early Voting A Bad Idea?

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    In most states in the United States, it’s now possible to engage in some form of early voting prior to the actual General Election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, the date set aside by the Constitution for Federal Elections. A majority of states, thirty-three by my count, now allow some form of in-person early voting in the weeks prior to the election. The mechanics and timing of such early voting varies from state to state, of course, and has been subject to changes by state legislatures that, in cases such as that of Ohio, have led to litigation in Federal…
  • Shooting at the Canadian Parliament

    Steven L. Taylor
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Via the BBC:  Shots fired inside Canada parliament “Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspect. The gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament. The situation is ongoing as of this posting. Update:  CNN is reporting that the lone gunman is dead.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Sea Rise May Still Pose Man-Sized Threat

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Although new research discounts the likelihood of a two-metre sea rise this century, the predicted impacts of global warming are still bad news for the many millions of people living at or near sea level. Related Entries October 21, 2014 Amazon Deforestation Reaching New Heights—and the Future May Be Worse October 17, 2014 Ice Loss Sends Alaskan Temperatures Soaring
  • Will the War on Terror Be the Template for the Ebola Crisis?

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that, while President Obama was sending at least 1,600 military personnel to fight ISIS, his first response to the Ebola crisis was also to send 3,000 troops into Liberia in what the media has been calling an “Ebola surge.” Related Entries October 23, 2014 Is This the End of National Sovereignty in the Middle East? October 22, 2014 Iran Proposes an Axis Against Islamic State to Iraq as an Alternative to the U.S. Coalition
  • The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    By Michael Hudson With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain. Related Entries October 20, 2014 ‘Paul Krugman’s Sloppy, Wet Kiss’ for Barack Obama October 17, 2014 Kevin Spacey Played Obama’s Ebola Czar on TV
  • Is This the End of National Sovereignty in the Middle East?

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    By Juan Cole The legislature of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (a super-province of Iraq) has voted to send Kurdistan forces to the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane to help it fight off a concerted attack by Islamic State. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 22, 2014 Iran Proposes an Axis Against Islamic State to Iraq as an Alternative to the U.S. Coalition
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    ThinkProgress

  • Over Half Of LGBT Students Feel Unsafe At School, Report Shows

    Zack Ford
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    CREDIT: GLSEN GLSEN has released its biennial study about the experience of LGBT students across the country. Though the overall climate improved slightly in 2013 compared to the 2011 results, LGBT students still largely feel unsafe, experiencing high rates of harassment and discrimination within the school system. As a result, their educational opportunities are measurably compromised. What It’s Like For LGBT Students Overall, schools can still be a particularly toxic environment for LGBT students; 55 percent say they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 38…
  • U.S. Solar Is 59 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought It Would Be Back In 2010

    Jeff Spross
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock The price of utility-scale solar power is 59 percent below where analysts thought it would be at this point back in 2010. That’s the word from a new report out of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Furthermore, between 2012 and 2013 alone, the price of a solar system your neighbor or your local businesses owner might install on their roof dropped 12 to 15 percent. And depending on where it’s located and the shape of the market, it could fall another 3 to 12 percent by the…
  • Senator Blasts Obama For Working With World Partners To Contain Ebola Epidemic

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Looking to the World Health Organization (WHO) for cues on how to combat the global health threat posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa amounts to “political correctness,” according to one GOP senator who is accusing President Obama of not doing enough to safeguard Americans from the virus. The comments ignore the fact that the real health crisis is unfolding abroad, not within U.S. borders. “The President has said, ‘Well I’ll follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization.’ That’s what he…
  • Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

    Joe Romm
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly methane, (CH4), a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as…
  • University Of North Carolina Investigation Finds Rampant Academic Fraud Involving Athletes

    Travis Waldron
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Kenneth Wainstein, the lead investigator into UNC’s academic fraud case, revealed findings Wednesday. The University of North Carolina on Wednesday released the results of an independent investigation into academic fraud in the university’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies, finding that the creation of so-called “paper classes” with few real academic requirements aided more than 3,000 students. The 136-page report, commissioned by the university and conducted by ex-federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, found that while the sham classes “were taken…
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  • Monster

    Emily Yoffe
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week; click here to sign up. Please send your questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. (Questions may be edited.)
  • The Actual World

    Kim Stanley Robinson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Early on a September morning, we drove through hard rain over Donner Pass. In Reno the skies cleared, and we headed south on Highway 395, which runs under the eastern wall of the Sierra Nevada, one of the greatest escarpments on Earth. Paul Park, Gary Snyder, and I were on our way to a trailhead called North Lake, west of Bishop, California. The plan was to rendezvous late that afternoon at a high Sierra lake and camp there that night. Then the next day some dozen of us would ascend a peak and name it “Mount Thoreau.”
  • The Ebola Story

    Willa Paskin
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Fade in on a smiling infant at dusk. His mother, sister, and grandmother bustle around him, chattering happily in a foreign language. [Don’t alienate audiences with subtitles]. An animal, something like a bat, flies out of the trees, and drops a piece of fruit on the ground. [Specific animal subject to change with science.] The child, reaching out a chubby arm, picks the fruit up and puts it to his mouth, slobbering on it, sucking on it, eating some of it. His mother comes over and picks him up. He drops the fruit. In her arms, he begins to cough.
  • Landslide Landrieu

    John Dickerson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana—Imagine paying insurance on a beach house and then canceling the policy a couple months before hurricane season. That is Sen. Mary Landrieu's election-eve message, both figuratively and literally. “Who will be here for us if there is another Katrina?” asked state Sen. Ben Nevers at a Monday rally for Landrieu in Baton Rouge that featured Bill Clinton. Landrieu ticks off the names of the hurricanes that have hit the state in her stump speech. Another storm will come, and voters shouldn't trade away her proven ability to fight for relief in the…
  • We Work Hard for Less Money

    Mike Pesca
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Listen to Episode 120 of Slate’s The Gist:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Map: The Most Popular NFL Teams Everywhere in America—According to Twitter

    AJ Vicens
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    For now, even after all the concussions, the domestic violence, and the still-horribly named team from Washington, DC, Americans still love their pro football. Twitter took a stab at measuring the popularity of every NFL franchise by looking at the official Twitter handle for each team and then counting followers of those teams in each county. It's an imperfect measure, for sure, but it's a nifty interface and a lot of fun! Take a look:
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 22, 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    A US Marine Sgt. speaks with a local child while on patrol in Afghanistan. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)
  • Elizabeth Warren Demands An Investigation Of Mortgage Companies

    Erika Eichelberger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate non-bank companies that service Americans' mortgages, noting in a letter co-signed by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) that an increasing number of lawsuits has been filed in recent years against these firms—which are not regulated as strictly as banks. Mortgage servicers, whether they are owned by banks or not, handle mortgages after they've been sold to a customer. That means they take care of administrative business including collecting mortgage payments and dealing with delinquent…
  • Rwanda Hits Back at America's Ebola Paranoia

    Inae Oh
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Rwanda will be begin screening all Americans entering the country for Ebola, regardless if they're exhibiting symptoms or not, government officials in the East African nation announced Tuesday. Coincidence? The new measure comes just days after two Rwandan students were denied enrollment at a New Jersey school over Ebola fears, even though Rwanda has had zero cases of Ebola. The United States, on the other hand, has had three confirmed cases. Rwanda is also more than 2,500 miles from the closest Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The US Embassy in Rwanda explains the situation: On October 19, the…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Ebola in America, in One Fantastic Quote

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

    Bluegal aka Fran
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    There's a new You Tube show debuting this week called "Nixon's The One," starring Harry Scherer as a spot-on Tricky Dick. In this clip HR Haldeman proposes to his boss strategies to "destroy the networks," leading to Haldeman's suggestion of a peculiarly familiar idea for a cable news company. Of course, Roger Ailes worked in the Nixon White House, too. Open Thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Fever The Ghost

    Ryan Pressman
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    These guys have been doing pretty well and they're in the middle of a tour that's taking them from the U.S. to Europe. Good to see some indie talent getting noticed these days. On top of that, their music video was animated by the very talented Felix Colgrave, an artist whose works became well known on the webste, Newgrounds.com. Hopefully Fever the Ghost has a long and successful future ahead of them! Got any favorite music videos.
  • Gohmert: Gay Massage Will Make Our Soldiers Vulnerable To Terrorism

    Heather
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Wingnut Rep. Louie Gohmert appeared on right-wing "Christian" radio this Tuesday and went off on a bizarre rant about allowing gays to serve in the military while discussing President Obama's decision to send troops to West Africa to assist with controlling the Ebola outbreak. From Right Wing Watch: Louie Gohmert: Gays Shouldn't Serve In The Military Because Massages Will Make Them Vulnerable To Terrorism: Somehow that discussion eventually prompted him to launch into criticism of the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the most perfectly Gohmert-esque fashion imaginable. "I've had…
  • Another Day, Another White House Fence Jumper (Video)

    karoli
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Well, why not? It went so well for the other ones. ABC News: A fence jumper was apprehended tonight outside the White House after he scaled the north fence, a Secret Service spokesman told ABC News. A K-9 unit caught the fence jumper, who was then taken into custody, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. The suspect kicked at one of the dogs, then another dog subdued him. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident. Today was the day a comprehensive report about the Secret Service was released, and it wasn't pretty. Among other things, agents left their duty posts to assist a…
  • Yes, Please Vote For A 'Reagan Country'

    John Amato
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Conservative cranks that occupy the Evangelicals have often opined for their own beloved city, state or country that could become a home to their homophobia, xenophobia and their bibles. A former speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and Bush hatched his own plan to have the South secede from the Union and become a Traditional Values country known as "Reagan," until they come up with a better name. Raw Story: Douglas MacKinnon, a former speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, appeared Tuesday on The Janet Mefford Show to promote his new book, “The Secessionist States of…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Breaking Bad toy fiasco

    Cat White
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Irwin Mainway would be proud. Even he would have a hard time topping this headline: “Toys R Us pulls meth-toting ‘Breaking Bad’ action figures from shelves after Florida mom’s protest.” The dolls, based on the recently concluded AMC series, featured characters … Continue reading →
  • ALEC: Church activists are hurting us. Make them stop

    Cat White
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The conservative political Goliath known as ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) may have met its David in the guise of Unitarian-Universalists and other progressives. ALEC has been wounded not with a sling and stone, but knowledge and organized financial pressure … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for October 22, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    I hate being alone with my own thoughts. In fact, I’m taking out a restraining order so my thoughts have to keep 500 feet away. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich … Continue reading →
  • The Home Front, a cyber warrior’s guide

    Joshua Booth
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Android users: your phone is under attack. You know that Swype keyboard that’s so much nicer than clicking on each letter? That’s a surveillance device that logs every word you input. Switch to Google Keyboard right now. Swype Keyboard Free … Continue reading →
  • The most beautiful college campuses in America: 10 thoughts on a new list

    Samuel Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    There’s a new list out ranking the 20 most beautiful college campuses in America. These things are always subjective, and they can start more arguments than they settle, but I have to admit that this is a not-bad list. I … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Diploma Wrapped In Red Tape

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Albert H. Teich urges legislators to chuck a part of the student visa process: The United States is in a worldwide competition for the best scientific and engineering talent. But its regulations and procedures have failed to keep pace with today’s increasingly globalized science and technology. Rather than facilitating international commerce in talent and ideas, they too often inhibit it, discouraging talented scientific visitors, students, and potential immigrants from coming to and remaining in the United States. Many elements of the visa and immigration system need attention, as I…
  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    A reader sends the above screenshot: You might note the contrast between American and Canadian reporting on the Ottawa shooting. I listened to CBC on my drive in to work (I live in Los Angeles), and I was impressed by just how measured the reporting was, even with the crisis still ongoing. The attached picture probably goes a long way to explaining why Americans are terrified that tomorrow ISIS will be invading and imposing Sharia, and that we’re all going to die of Ebola, even though the chance of that actually happening is about 1/100th the chance of getting hit by lightning.
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Acrobat Vlad Khvostik performs during a photocall at the Moscow State Circus in Clapham in London, England on October 22, 2014. The circus is located at Clapham Common from 22nd October to 2nd November. By Carl Court/Getty Images.
  • Those Regressive Scandinavians, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Mike Konczal lets the air out of Cathie Jo Martin and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez’s claim that the US has a more progressive tax system than Sweden: They are measuring how much of tax revenue comes from the top decile (or, alternatively, the concentration coefficient of tax revenue), and calling that the progressivity of taxation (“how much more (or less) of the tax burden falls on the wealthiest households”). The fact that the United States gets so much more of its tax revenue from the rich when compared to Sweden means we have a much more progressive tax policy, one of the most…
  • Giving Gray Some Shade

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The political philosopher John Gray is known, among other things, for his iconoclastic and often brilliant review essays (we recently featured his takedown of Richard Dawkins here). Anthony McCarthy returns the favor by panning Gray’s recent book, The Silence of Animals, quipping that it “could equally well have been called The Silence of Turnips“ Things take a downward turn towards the end of the first part of the book, where at least the examples are engaging and concern recognisable human travails. At the end of this first section, there is the statement: ‘When truth is…
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  • Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shooting Deaths

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Four former Blackwater USA security guards accused of the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqis in 2007 were found guilty—one of murder, and three others of voluntary manslaughter.
  • South Dakota Senate Race Gets Spirited

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A South Dakota Senate race that was seen as an easy pickup for Republicans has become surprisingly competitive, spurring both major parties to place last-minute advertising buys.
  • Air Bag Recalls Trigger New Scrutiny

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    A suddenly expanded recall of air bags is turning into a new safety crisis for the auto industry and intensifying scrutiny of U.S. regulators’ ability to oversee auto makers and their suppliers.
  • How Medicare 'Self-Referral' Thrives on Loophole

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    A Florida medical group shows how doctors can order Medicare-funded procedures from entities in which they have financial interests, despite a decades-old federal law seeking to ban most ‘self-referral.’
  • Party Preparations: Senate Maneuvering Begins

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    With Republicans looking increasingly likely to take control of the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are already considering how they will operate in the chamber if the levers of power are reversed.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Malaysia Air 370 Suspicions

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world. SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still…
  • The Evil of WWI

    T. Hunt Tooley
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The fiftieth anniversary of the First World War in 1964 felt nothing like the current centennial observances. It is worth asking what has changed. When I was growing up in the sixties in a small town in Texas, World War I seemed as remote to me as the Revolutionary War. Not that the conflict was not unknown to me. In our city park there was a statue of a First World War soldier and a memorial to hometown sons who had died in the war. And my grandmother and grandfather told me stories of relief and celebration in 1918 at the war’s end. At school, the dumbing down of “social studies” was…
  • The Doctor Is in

    Gary North
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Price competition has just taken a giant step forward in medical care. Walmart is getting into the clinic business. This will be mass production.  Most people are within a short drive of a Walmart. Medicare people can get in. Walmart will not be taking other medical insurance except for its in-house program. This means reduced paperwork. This will take out the bottom of the market for physicians. Now physicians will have to specialize . . . or join an HMO. This is all the medical care most people need most of the time. They just want to be told that they are not really seriously sick. For…
  • The London Beer Flood

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Two hundred years ago today, a 15-foot-high tidal wave of one hundred litres of beer swept through London. A three-storey-high vat of beer ruptured, flooding the streets and destroying homes, and eight people died in one of the strangest alcohol-related accidents in history. To those who died, the cause is largely inconsequential. But we all have to perish someday, and drowning in litres of beer is a spectacular way to go. Here are some of the most memorable and bizarre ways to die. The Boston Treacle Flood The US version of the beer flood took place in 1919, when a steel tank of black…
  • Not Parroting the State?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is…
 
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    town hall

  • good hair

    Stephanie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    When Emma was born she was bald as a cupie doll.  Literally, no hair.  And honestly, I expected as much.  Most blond-headed, blue eyed kiddos have little-to-no hair at birth.  Cate had been similar, except for a decent patch of growth on the lower head/upper neck area that she rubbed off with time.So, when Alice was born, and I saw that sweet baby head covered with curly blond hair I knew we were in for a bit of a change.  And, by golly, I was right.As a toddler, her hair was delightful.  I could put it in adorable piggy tails that would curl so sweetly and frame…
  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

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

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

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

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

  • Scott Brown’s Big-Money Sellout

    Andy Kroll
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Name a major super-PAC or dark-money outfit and there's a good chance it has helped Republican Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts now trying to oust Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Karl Rove's American Crossroads? Check. The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity? Check. The US Chamber of Commerce, billionaire Joe Ricketts' Ending Spending, FreedomWorks for America, ex-Bush ambassador John Bolton's super-PAC—check, check, check, and check. Despite being a darling of conservative deep-pocketed groups, Brown once was a foe of big-money machers. As a state…
  • Ratings of Animal Planet Show Nosedive After MoJo Exposé

    James West
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Animal Planet's hit reality TV show Call of the Wildman came under intense scrutiny earlier this year as the subject of a seven-month Mother Jones investigation into behind-the-scenes animal mistreatment. Now, it's no longer such a hit. Prime time audiences for this year's season tumbled by nearly a third compared to 2013—translating to an average loss of more than 400,000 viewers per first-run episode, according to figures supplied to Mother Jones by Nielsen, the media ratings company. The Mother Jones exposé, published January 21, revealed that the show trapped and caged wild…
  • SWAT Teams Keep Killing Innocent People in Their Homes

    Sam Brodey
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, 85 percent of SWAT operations target private residences. When heavily-armed policemen conduct raids at peoples' homes, they often go in expecting a fight from hardened criminals—but sometimes they're wrong. Here are a few cases where botched SWAT raids ended in tragedy: Bounkham Phonesavanh Curtis Compton/ZUMA Press One night last May, 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh ("Bou Bou") was sleeping in the Atlanta home of relatives. Around 2 a.m., a SWAT team arrived to arrest Bou Bou's 30-year-old cousin, an alleged drug dealer. Officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room where…
  • The Making of the Warrior Cop

    Shane Bauer
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Story and Photos by Shane Bauer | Wed Oct. 22, 2014 6:00 AM ET By 7:30 on Thursday morning, the capacious ground-floor convention center of the Oakland Marriott was filled with SWAT teams. Mostly men, mostly white, dressed in camouflage or black fatigues, they stood in groups of eight or ten, some eating pastries, others sticking to coffee and a dip of tobacco. A few wandered the expo hall, stopping by booths to test the feel of armored vests, boot knives, and sniper rifles, grab swag like grenade-shaped stress balls, or drop tickets into a box for a raffle of iPhone covers and pistols. "Want…
  • Climate Change Is Kicking the Insurance Industry's Butt

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    In the months after Hurricane Sandy, insurance companies spooked by rising seas dropped coastal policies in droves. That could become an increasingly common story, according to the largest-ever survey of how insurance companies are dealing with climate change, released today. Global warming is increasing the risk of damage to lives and property from natural disasters beyond what many insurers are willing to shoulder. And most insurance companies aren't taking adequate steps to change that trend, the survey found. That's a problem even if you don't live by the coast: When private insurers back…
 
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    Raw Story

  • Colorado man admits to killing Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy

    Reuters
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    A Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine-fueled frenzy pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday as part of a deal in which prosecutors will dismiss a kidnapping charge in the case, court documents showed. Michael Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, admitted his role in the st...
  • Washington soldier accused of gunning down wife because another man bought her liquor

    Reuters
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    A U.S. soldier accused of shooting his wife to death as she sat working on a computer inside their home in Washington state pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Army Specialist Skylar Nemetz, 20, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, kille...
  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign

    Reuters
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police said on Wednesday. A police report said Margot Blacker, a longtime local fixture of the political left who s...
  • California prisons to end race-based lockdowns

    Reuters
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    The California prison system has agreed to settle a long-running civil rights lawsuit by ending race-based lockdowns of inmates, court records show. The 21-page stipulated settlement, which has not been filed in court but was published online by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, provides for lockd...
  • Reporter quits Chicago paper, saying GOP candidate influenced coverage

    Reuters
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat. Dave McKinney, a 19-year veteran of the paper who covered the state ca...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Philip Hammond questioned by intelligence and security committee: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including Nick Clegg hosting his LBC phone-in and Sir David Omand and Philip Hammond giving evidence to the intelligence and security committee 1.02pm BST Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, is about to give evidence to the intelligence and security committee.It is carrying out an inquiry into privacy and security.· expectations of privacy, and the extent to which it may be appropriate to intrude into an individuals privacy in order to protect the rights and safety of others;· whether it is acceptable to…
  • Twenty MPs declare over £100,000 from second jobs

    James Ball and Harry Davies
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Former ministers among those saying that they received combined £7.1m in income from outside parliamentMPs, including former coalition ministers who have since returned to the backbenches, have declared more than £7.1m earnings from second jobs and outside interests, according to parliamentary records.An analysis by the Guardian shows that 26 MPs declared more earnings from directorships, paid employment or shareholdings than they did from their parliamentary salary, with more than 20 declaring more than £100,000 in outside earnings in the latest register of members interests.
  • Enhanced Scottish devolution must not be conditional on devolution elsewhere

    Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Smith commission cross-party talks described as constructive, though key differences over tax and spending remainFurther powers for Scotland must not be conditional on devolution elsewhere in the UK, according to one of seven principles agreed at the first cross-party talks of the Smith commission, which was set up to fast-track greater powers after the country rejected independence in a referendum last month.David Cameron was criticised when he appeared to link further devolution for Scotland to the question of English votes for English laws in his speech the morning after the vote. Continue…
  • Theresa May: police use Tasers too often against mentally ill

    Alan Travis, home affairs editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Half of those subdued are black or minority ethnic Home secretary to order review of use of forceThe home secretary, Theresa May, is to order an in-depth review of the use of force by police amid particular concerns that physical restraint and Tasers are being used too often against mentally distressed people.May will on Thursday cite evidence from the London Assembly that up to 30% of people Tasered by the Metropolitan police are emotionally or mentally distressed, and 50% of those Tasered are from black or other minority ethnic backgrounds. Continue reading...
  • Juncker tells Cameron: you cant destroy EU migration rules

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Commission president warns PM over irresponsibility as new poll reveals 56% support in Britain for remaining in unionJean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European commission, has rejected out of hand any attempt by David Cameron to destroy the fundamental rules of the EU on free movement of people.In an echo of the remarks by the outgoing president José Manuel Barroso, who warned that the prime minister is making a historic mistake on the EU, Juncker said on Wednesday that he would not compromise in an irresponsible way on rights that date back to foundation of the EEC.
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    * Mitch McConnell seems to have a good handle on how to spend money wisely: When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Bentonabruptly resigned in late August amidst revelations of apparent ties to an Iowa bribery scandal, the campaign assured reporters that Benton had not been very involved with the campaign since that May’s primary. […]
  • What Republicans don’t get about the minimum wage

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Republicans don’t like talking about the minimum wage, which is only natural given that their position is one that is extremely unpopular (raising the minimum to $10.10 an hour, the level advocated by Democrats, regularly polls at 70 percent or more). But while their political problem on the issue stems from their policy stance, the […]
  • A blistering attack on Mitch McConnell

    Greg Sargent
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Whatever chance Alison Lundergan Grimes has of ousting Mitch McConnell in Kentucky probably turns on just how badly disliked the Senate Minority Leader remains within the state. As Aaron Blake has observed, the McConnell camp has bet it all on tying Grimes to Obama — who is even less popular than McConnell is — but […]
  • Morning Plum: Forcing climate change onto the national agenda

    Greg Sargent
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    The 2014 elections have been a dispiriting affair, replete with Democratic skittishness about the major legislative achievement known as Obamacare and wretched GOP demagoguery about Ebola and the border. But despite all this, and even if Dems lose the Senate, there may be one bright spot: Liberals may have made a bit of headway in […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    * The White House states the obvious, that if red state Democrats lose, it’ll be mostly their own fault: A day after President Obama tied Democratic candidates to his policies, the White House said those people would ultimately be responsible for their own Election Day triumphs or disappointments. “The success of many of these Democratic […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Raw Edge of The Break

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

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

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

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

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program. Does it make it better that he said he didn't mean it…
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  • Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ideas for 23-24 October

    Bella Mackie
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Post your suggestions for subjects you'd like us to cover on Comment is free Continue reading...
  • Dont despair. We can help those whose lives are threatened by climate change

    Tim Farron
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    As EU leaders meet to agree carbon targets make your voice heard on the greatest risk to health, agriculture and business Continue reading...
  • Parents are responsible for teaching our children kindness even if it ruins the fun

    Rebecca Carroll
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    We should worry more about raising mean kids than whether we feel like hypocrites for asking them to be better than usParents understand that life is a constant barrage of why questions Why cant I have four cupcakes? and Why does that man on our block always call me Papi? . As our kids get older, its also a relentless string of comparisons between what they know that we were allowed to do when we were their age, and what they are not allowed to do now that we are the adults. In these moments, it can be difficult to decide when to give them straight answers and when to massage the truth a…
  • Apparently people should become slim to save the NHS, but its not so simple

    Anne Perkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Some people never had a chance to be fat. Perhaps some never had a chance to be thin Continue reading...
  • Whats your word of the year?

    Open thread
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Meme and twerking may have just made it into the Collins dictionary, but there are plenty of interesting words already out there tell us about your favourites Continue reading...
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FixItChallenge

    Tom Rossmeissl
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
  • The 2014 Voting in America Summit

    Tom Rossmeissl
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Wednesday night, we turned a page in our movement to fix our broken voting system. Bringing together leaders from across the political spectrum — including Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Congressman John Larson and dozens of voting experts — we renewed the debate about how to reform our voting system. Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott started last night’s discussion by explaining his father’s own struggle with the inconvenience of voting. His father started his shift at the shipyard at 7 AM, and…
  • Summit on Election Reform

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    While the world’s most famous democracy ranks 138th out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, there remains a deafening silence in Washington about the critical condition of our voting system. We’re determined to change that. So this week we kick-off a new chapter for Why Tuesday?. Join us today for a summit on election reform, and stay tuned for a new grassroots platform to push for a renewed debate. WhyTuesday is sponsoring a summit along with The Hill brining together academics, thought leaders, and legislators from across the political spectrum. Wednesday, June 11 |…
  • LET’S HAVE THIS DEBATE

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    “We can fix this, and we will,” said President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union address about the long lines, low turnout and deceptive practices that plague America’s broken voting system. But now its up to all of us—from both parties—to make it happen. That’s why we’ve launched Reform.WhyTuesday.org to help track and contact your legislators on election reform. TAKE ACTION: Where do your legislators stand?
  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4.2: The Media, at TTAG

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    credit: clashdaily.com As bits of pieces of information trickle out in the Michal Brown case, I’m compiling information for a new addition to the articles in that archive. The next article will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, you might want to visit The Truth About Guns, where my weekly contribution this week is something of a primer on the Brown case, the law, and the way the media makes self-defense more difficult for us all. The article is titled “Practicing the Art of Self Defense–From the Media.”  By the way, please keep in mind that when one contributes…
  • I’m OK; You’re Audited

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    President Obama displaying dignity at a state funeral.credit: NYPost As much as I despise the harm Barack Obama is doing to America and Americans, I’m never entirely comfortable calling the President of the United States a pathological liar and narcissist. Like most Americans, I want every President to be a capable, honest, honorable person. I want him–or her–to succeed on behalf of all Americans, and the world, because America’s strength and influence are vital to world peace and prosperity. In “America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2” I spoke of Mr. Obama’s serial…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

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

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

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

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    When you hear Democrats claim that Obamacare has expanded health coverage, think again.What we’ve learned is that the Obamacare gains in coverage were largely a result of the Medicaid expansion and that most of the gain in private coverage through the government exchanges was offset by a decline in employer-based coverage. In other words, it is likely that most of the people who got coverage through the exchanges were already insured.Claiming to expand Medicaid while leading millions to lose their employer-provided insurance wouldn't have had the same appeal as pretending that the law would…
  • Cruising the Web

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

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

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

  • Ebola: What’s Changed in 24 Hours?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Politico Claims its ‘Unclear’ if Colorado Healthcare Plan Cancellations are Fault of Obamacare

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The Senate race in Colorado has begun to turn in favor of the Republicans over the last few months but that favor may grow as this week it was learned that some 22,000 citizens are losing their healthcare plans. But Politico claims it is “unclear” if those cancellations are a result of Obamacare. On Friday, only weeks before voters go to the polls, the Colorado Division of Insurance announced that 22,000 Coloradoans were losing their insurance plans this year and another 200,000 will likely lose theirs in 2015. The announcement could not have come at a worse time for incumbent
  • Sec. of State John Kerry: Climate Change Causes Islamic Extremism

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    In an address at the State Department on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to make sure that everyone understood that Islam does not cause extremism, but deprivation and “climate change” do. Kerry appeared at a reception at the State Department in honor of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha and thought it was important to set the record straight that groups like ISIS aren’t really driven by Islam but by poverty, youthful populations, and climate change. “The extremism that we see, the radical exploitation of religion which is translated into violence, has…
  • Criticism Mounts for CDC Director Thomas Frieden

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    That Film About Money by tristeroA friend of mine, James Schamus, spent his summer vacation making two hilarious, brilliant, and deeply unsettling films about the bizarre subject of modern money. They are not to be missed:That Film About Money, Episode 6 of We The Economy The Second Part of That Film About Money, Episode 7 of We The Economy Much about our very weird country is revealed in the process. Enjoy (if that's the word)!
  • Emperor Keith and his very odd trades

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Emperor Keith and his very odd tradesby digbyThis certainly stinks to high heavenAt the same time that he was running the United States' biggest intelligence-gathering organization, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander owned and sold shares in commodities linked to China and Russia, two countries that the NSA was spying on heavily.At the time, Alexander was a three-star general whose financial portfolio otherwise consisted almost entirely of run-of-the-mill mutual funds and a handful of technology stocks. Why he was engaged in commodities trades, including trades in one…
  • Exceptionally hysterical

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Exceptionally hystericalby digbyUS vs Canada:How embarrassing .....
  • QOTD: Larry Klayman #nuttierthanafruitcake

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    QOTD: Larry Klaymanby digbyThis one really takes the cake:Does anyone doubt that former Alabama Gov. George Wallace was a racist, after he banned blacks from attending the state’s university in the 1960s? So too can anyone refute that Obama’s not even temporarily banning West Africans from entering the United States is also as least de facto racism, as this high risk caper puts whites and others at risk at the expense of not even temporarily “inconveniencing” his fellow Africans. Wallace and Obama are both despicable and both to be condemned to the trash heap of history for their…
  • Can you have a democracy when the government spies on the press?

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Can you have a democracy when the government spies on the press?by digbySteve Coll of the New Yorker (and dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of journalism) writes about the threat to the freedom of the press posed by government incursion on our privacy through technology. He's moved to do it by his viewing of Laura Poitras' "Citizen Four" about the Edward Snowden story, in which it's revealed just how thoroughly the government has infiltrated all of our communications systems:In fashioning balanced practices for reporters, it is critical to ask how often and in what ways…
 
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  • A Universal Truth…well, almost!

    Attaturk
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    monopoly card by BXGD at flickr.com Hey, look a non-American ironically sums up America’s shared little secret. Representatives from trade unions, women’s groups and left-leaning political parties marched on the house of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive C.Y. Leung on Wednesday after he told media outlets that free elections would give poor people too much power. On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive said in an interview that Hong Kong required a nominating committee to screen electoral candidates, claiming that if the city allowed the direct civil nomination demanded by democracy…
  • Late Late Night FDL: Mentiras

    Suzanne
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Grupo Fantasma — Mentiras on Austin City Limits, November, 2007. What’s on your mind?
  • Late Night: Dusty Springfield

    Elliott
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien. Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man (From “Live At The Royal Albert Hall”)   French & Saunders meet Dusty Springfield – BBC Documentary 1994.
  • Karen Greenberg: Will the U.S. Go to “War” Against Ebola?

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    A mobile lab set up in Guinea early in the epidemic Sometimes, if you want to catch the essence of a moment, however, grim, you need to turn to humor. Recently, the New Yorker’s resident satirist Andy Borowitz produced one of his patented fake news stories that began this way: “The president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, attempted on Wednesday to defuse the brewing controversy over his decision to change the network’s official slogan from ‘The Most Trusted Name in News’ to ‘Holy Crap, We’re All Gonna Die.’” Can there be any question that a pandemic disease, which may, by…
  • WA Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Backpage.com Online Child Sex Trade Case

    Crane-Station
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    In March 2012, 15-year-old “S” was sold in the metro D.C. area as a 19-year-old “Judy.” In June 2012, a 16-year-old from Maryland was trafficked by a pimp who posted her on Backpage.com for a series of days with the subject line “My hour glass body is waiting for you. Apple booty a?? ..” These are examples of underage girls being advertised on Backpage. Three victims have sued, in Washington state. Is Backpage immune from liability for ads placed on its website advertising sex with minors? Yesterday, the WA Supreme Court heard oral arguments on this…
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  • Canadian Shooting Suspect Zehaf-Bibeau 's Background

    Jeralyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    The Canadian Parliament shooting suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, has an interesting background. His mother, Susan Bibeau, is the head of Canada's immigration division. She has a law degree, a masters of business administration degree and has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Leaks in Michael Brown Death Investigation

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I haven't been following the Michael Brown case lately, but I am interested in the issue of law enforcement leaks that favor Officer Wilson at a time when the grand jury is considering whether to charge him. The spokesman for the St. Louis... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Shootings at Parliament in Ottowa

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    There were three shooting incidents today in Ottowa. One was inside Parliament, one at the War Memorial where a soldier was shot, and one near the Rideau Centre Mall. At least one shooter, the one at Parliament, is dead. Prime Minister Harper was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Our last open thread is full, so here's a new one. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Prosecution Over Non-Existent Oregon Training Camp

    Jeralyn
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    The U.S. just can't let the terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon die, even though it never existed. Since 2002, the U.S. has been charging and imprisoning people for acts related to the Bly camp that were committed in 1999. (New York... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama

    Aaron Blake
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    We've written plenty on this blog about Democrats' enthusiasm deficit in the 2014 election. This gap was, is and will almost definitely continue to be real through Nov. 4. But while it's well understood that Obama's unpopularity is driving GOP enthusiasm, we haven't really studied the inverse -- i.e. just how little Obama's presidency is motivating Democrats to vote. […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    1. Former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee died on Tuesday. Here is the Washington Post's obituary, and here are a handful of memories from those who knew him. 2. Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura write about the president's reliance on his close advisers instead of his Cabinet in times of distress. 3. Bloomberg Politics […]
  • Vote for me, because puppies (Video)

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The race for Gabby Giffords's old House seat has been a mean one. Giffords's PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has run attack ads against Republican candidate Martha McSally's position on background checks, and outside groups have spent a total of nearly $4 million against her. Her opponent, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, has had more than […]
  • Another poll shows Cory Gardner ahead in Colorado. Is the seat slipping away from Democrats?

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    For weeks, Rep. Cory Gardner (R) and Sen. Mark Udall (D) have been statistically tied in polls of the Colorado Senate race, with Gardner in the lead but well within the margin of error. Now a new poll, taken over the last four days, shows Gardner leading by seven points. According to the USA Today/Suffolk University poll, […]
  • Chris Christie versus Rand Paul, part 19: Ebola

    Philip Bump
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) don't like each other. This isn't "news," as such; the two got into a feud in July 2013 over foreign policy and government spending and who was better, Springsteen or Rush (probably). Now, a new front has been opened: How scared we should be about Ebola. […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Star-Ledger journalist alums: Requiem for a Newspaper

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I love this photo of last night's gathering of some of the old hands now gone from the Star-Ledger, as the Ledger itself is now gone from Newark. That was the subject of discussion last night at an event on the Rutgers Newark campus called Requiem for a Newspaper: the Star-Ledger Leaves Newark - a bittersweet title. It is most certainly now gone from Newark, whose name it once carried on the masthead and housed in a nondescript office building in Woodbridge.  I asked our friend Bob Braun, who was on hand last night along with mayor Sharpe James, and others, what the discussion got him…
  • TONIGHT 8pm: Got #Twitter Questions for #NJ11 Dem @MarcDunec?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    What do you do when your opponent hides in the complacency of his incumbency and famous family name, and won't come out and debate you? You do this:   Twitter Town Hall with Marc Dunec 8pm TONIGHT Hashtag: #AskMarkNJ11 Follow @MarcDunec Dem candidate for Congress, CD 11 Opponent: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen You can tweet Marc Dunec your questions in advance Dunec's campaign complains that Frelinghuysen, in office 19 years, has consistently avoided debating opponents. In this cycle, they say he's declined League of Women voters in both Wayne and Livingston, Sussex County Tech (HS) and…
  • Tom MacArthur's Investment

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Tom MacArthur may be a right-wing extremist on social issues and a Bush acolyte who still believes that "trickle down" works, but one thing he's not is stupid. MacArthur's career may be summarized by the phrase "follow the money." As an insurance executive, he is accused of shortchanging his employees on overtime pay and of denying payment to disaster victims. He's against a federal minimum wage law and against the Paycheck Fairness Act. As CEOs are wont to do, he worships the bottom line. So why is he investing north of $4 million of his own money to buy a seat in Congress - a seat that pays…
  • Tedesco vs. Donovan: punches but no knock-out

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    On a dreary evening yesterday some 150 people crammed into the Bergen County Freeholders chambers. The event was the final debate for the position of Bergen County Executive between one-term incumbent Republican Kathe Donovan and challenger Democrat Jim Tedesco. Most conspicuous were Tedesco supporters who wore his name on their T-shirts. Applauding during the debate was disallowed. The two candidates rotated in first answering each question, and the opponent responded, but further rebuttal was not permitted.   Unlike other debates where candidates hue toward the middle and tend to agree…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Well, isn't this convenient? NJ won't release probe of controversial pension investment - the subject of investigative reporting by David Sirota - until after the election Sirota: Chris Christie Blocks Release Of Pay-To-Play Probe Of Charlie Baker, Massachusetts GOP Nominee. Jerseynomics Analysis: NJ facing hefty price tag for new rail tunnels. Heckuva job, Christie. This will cost more than the ARC tunnel you canceled 4 years ago, and the feds will expect NJ to pay more of it. Transportation Commissioner: Tax hike is needed to fix roads. Campaign money in the June Primary: NJPIRG study finds…
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    Truthout Stories

  • Former UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. We speak to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories. Richard Falk recently completed his term as special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights for the United Nations Human Rights Council. His writings about the Israel-Palestine issue and his experience as…
  • After Ignoring ISIS Assault on Kobani, US Launches Major Strikes and Arms Turkey's Kurdish Foes

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not act to prevent the Islamic State from seizing Kobani because the Syrian Kurdish town was not a "strategic objective." But as news cameras on the Turkish-Syrian border showed Islamic State fighters assaulting a town in plain sight, the U.S.-led coalition responded with the most airstrikes of its Syria campaign. The U.S.-led coalition has also begun dropping air supplies of weapons and aid to the Syrian Kurds, a move it had resisted for weeks. Now Turkey says it will open its border with Syria to let Iraqi…
  • In UN Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announces plans to set up an investigation into the attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent assault on the Gaza Strip, we broadcast the speech of world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly at an event sponsored by the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. "The pattern that was set in January 1976 continues to the present," said Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Israel…
  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Care What You Wear

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    The United States represents the largest apparel market in the world, with total annual sales of $331 billion. The average American household spends about 3.8 percent of its total income on clothing. That may be only about one third the amount consumer households spend on food. Still, every consumer dollar spent on clothing has an impact—from economic to environmental, ethical to health.Here are ten reasons why you should care what you wear.1. Synthetic fibers pollute the natural environment. Clothes are made from both natural fibers, like cotton, hemp and wool, and…
  • Chevron Greases Local Election With Gusher of Cash

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    (Image: AK Rockefeller) Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! When the Citizens United decision came down in 2010, many feared the Supreme Court had unleashed vast and unfettered campaign contributions from corporations bent on tightening their hammerlock on government and politics. That hasn't happen as much as anticipated – yet. Individual billionaires and millionaires have dominated the scene instead. Perhaps it's in part because some corporations dipping their toes…
 
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  • A surprise (to me) regarding Medicaid eligibility under the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I learned an interesting fact about the ACA from Kaiser's Larry Levitt on Twitter today. It's well-known to ACA watchers that a low-income worker whose employer offers insurance deemed "affordable" according to ACA formula cannot buy subsidized private coverage on the exchanges. What I suspect is less well-known, and what Larry spelled out, is that the availability of employer-sponsored insurance does not negate Medicaid eligibility for someone whose household income is low enough to qualify for Medicaid.It may seem unlikely that a worker offered ACA-compliant insurance by her employer…
  • I agree

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

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

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

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

  • Ideas for 23-24 October

    Bella Mackie
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Post your suggestions for subjects you'd like us to cover on Comment is free Continue reading...
  • Dont despair. We can help those whose lives are threatened by climate change

    Tim Farron
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    As EU leaders meet to agree carbon targets make your voice heard on the greatest risk to health, agriculture and business Continue reading...
  • Parents are responsible for teaching our children kindness even if it ruins the fun

    Rebecca Carroll
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    We should worry more about raising mean kids than whether we feel like hypocrites for asking them to be better than usParents understand that life is a constant barrage of why questions Why cant I have four cupcakes? and Why does that man on our block always call me Papi? . As our kids get older, its also a relentless string of comparisons between what they know that we were allowed to do when we were their age, and what they are not allowed to do now that we are the adults. In these moments, it can be difficult to decide when to give them straight answers and when to massage the truth a…
  • Apparently people should become slim to save the NHS, but its not so simple

    Anne Perkins
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Some people never had a chance to be fat. Perhaps some never had a chance to be thin Continue reading...
  • Whats your word of the year?

    Open thread
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Meme and twerking may have just made it into the Collins dictionary, but there are plenty of interesting words already out there tell us about your favourites Continue reading...
 
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    Opinionator

  • The Other Side of the Living Sea

    By Tiphanie Yanique
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The truth about my grandmother’s Puerto Rican childhood.
  • What Would Edmund Burke Say?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Brooks and Collins on revolutionary change, oppositional politics and the electoral future of Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton.
  • Sheridan’s Ride

    By Jed Morrison
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The Union's scorched earth campaign in the Shenandoah Valley was almost defeated at the Battle of Cedar Creek.
  • The Reign of ‘Terror’

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

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

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

    samzenpus
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going…
  • India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

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

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

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

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

  • Fantastic Man on his return to London

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

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

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]
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  • Andrew Napolitano on Feds Monitoring 'Truthiness' of Social Media Speech

    Reason.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation (NSF), an entity created to encourage the study of science—encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities—announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, writes Andrew Napolitano. But when the feds get into the business of monitoring…
  • The Government's "Truthy" Squad Monitors Political Speech on Twitter. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Andrew Napolitano
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation (NSF), an entity created to encourage the study of science—encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities—announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke;…
  • Back of the Bus

    Charles Oliver
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Former Maryland Transit Authority driver Karen Murphy is facing multiple charges of assault and conspiracy after allegedly arranging for a gang of youth to attack a family riding on her bus. Murphy reportedly became angry when she asked the family to move to the back of the bus and the mother said that it was too crowded.
  • Brickbat: Back of the Bus

    Charles Oliver
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Former Maryland Transit Authority driver Karen Murphy is facing multiple charges of assault and conspiracy after allegedly arranging for a gang of youth to attack a family riding on her bus. Murphy reportedly became angry when she asked the family to move to the back of the bus and the mother said that it was too crowded.
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Continues the Marijuana Arrests He Called 'Unjust and Wrong'

    Jacob Sullum
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Drug Policy Alliance reports that "despite campaign promises made in 2013, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal—or even surpass—the number of arrests under his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg." Last July, by contrast, De Blasio claimed "the lowest-level marijuana arrests are down, and the focus is on serious crime, as it should be." Who is right? It depends on how you count. From January through August of this year, according to a new report from DPA and the Marijuana Arrest Research Project (MARP), the NYPD made 19,684 petty…
 
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  • Words to the Pastor

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

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

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

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

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

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
  • SCOTUS to Texas: Go Forth and Discriminate Against Your Citizens Starting Monday

    Liz Kennedy
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The Supreme Court said Saturday that, for the first time, it is allowing a voting law to be used for an election even though a federal judge, after conducting a trial, found the law is racially discriminatory in both its intent and its impact, and is an unconstitutional poll tax. It is not only not a good look for the court, it is an abdication of the federal responsibility to protect every American voter from racially discriminatory voter suppression. These continuing voter restrictions are the worst attack on Americans’ voting rights since Reconstruction led to the Jim Crow era. We are in…
  • When Guns Trample Speech, Do We Have a Democracy?

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) People protest on the campus of Utah State, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. School officials in Logan were set to go ahead with the event with extra police after consulting with federal and state law enforcement who told them the threat was consistent with ones Anita Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches elsewhere.  Don’t look now, but I think…
  • Why Liberals Love (and Trust) NPR

    Paul Waldman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Pew Research Center has one of its ginormous studies out today, this one about polarization and media use, and as usual it's full of interesting stuff. I want to make a point about news in general and NPR in particular, and then after that, for those who care about these things, I have a methodological point to make about how we measure ideology. One of the distinct things about the Pew results is that conservatives love, love, love Fox News, while no single news outlet has the same kind of near-universal use among liberals. Look, for instance at this chart showing which sources each…
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  • Have Republicans Found a Way To Insure Poor People and Still Hate Barack Obama?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
  • SCOTUS to Texas: Go Forth and Discriminate Against Your Citizens Starting Monday

    Liz Kennedy
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The Supreme Court said Saturday that, for the first time, it is allowing a voting law to be used for an election even though a federal judge, after conducting a trial, found the law is racially discriminatory in both its intent and its impact, and is an unconstitutional poll tax. It is not only not a good look for the court, it is an abdication of the federal responsibility to protect every American voter from racially discriminatory voter suppression. These continuing voter restrictions are the worst attack on Americans’ voting rights since Reconstruction led to the Jim Crow era. We are in…
  • When Guns Trample Speech, Do We Have a Democracy?

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) People protest on the campus of Utah State, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. School officials in Logan were set to go ahead with the event with extra police after consulting with federal and state law enforcement who told them the threat was consistent with ones Anita Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches elsewhere.  Don’t look now, but I think…
  • Why Liberals Love (and Trust) NPR

    Paul Waldman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Pew Research Center has one of its ginormous studies out today, this one about polarization and media use, and as usual it's full of interesting stuff. I want to make a point about news in general and NPR in particular, and then after that, for those who care about these things, I have a methodological point to make about how we measure ideology. One of the distinct things about the Pew results is that conservatives love, love, love Fox News, while no single news outlet has the same kind of near-universal use among liberals. Look, for instance at this chart showing which sources each…
 
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  • The ongoing Hobby Lobby battle: Who else can get an exemption?

    Jason Millman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling is sparking new regulatory battles. (EPA photo/Jim Lo Scalzo) Even four months after the Supreme Court's divisive Hobby Lobby decision, we still have no idea just how broad the ruling's impact will be. That's thanks to the ambiguity of the 5-4 decision, which said owners of "closely held" for-profit businesses don't have to offer contraceptive coverage that violates their religious beliefs. The problem is the court didn't define what actually constitutes a "closely held" business that could claim such an exemption in the first place. And federal…
  • Why regulators are making it easier to get a mortgage

    Dina ElBoghdady
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Three years ago, in the dark days of the housing crisis, regulators pressed for a controversial rule change aimed at cracking down on shoddy and dishonest lending practices. Now they’re rolling back their plans. The original proposal called on lenders to hold a stake in the mortgages they sold to investors – specifically loans with less than a 20 percent downpayment. The government insisted such “risk retention” would encourage more prudent lending. No longer would banks be off the hook if they offloaded loans that later went bad. But then came fierce…
  • There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence

    Chris Mooney
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
      Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez, left, avoids a high inside pitch caught by Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, right, in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sept. 24. There could be a little realized connection to the weather. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States -- producing "an additional 22,ooo murders, 180,000 cases of rape," and many other crime increases by the year 2099 -- it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument…
  • It’s official: the U.S. drug war in Afghanistan is a $7.6 billion failure

    Christopher Ingraham
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    An Afghan security force member destroys an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start, according to a scathing new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan opium poppy crop, providing the raw material for the bulk of the world's heroin supply, reached record levels in 2013 and is likely to climb even higher this year, the report finds. "The recent…
  • It’s the worst year ever for auto recalls. Why are so many dangerous cars still on the road?

    Drew Harwell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    (AP Photo/David Goldman) It's the worst year for auto recalls in U.S. history, with more than one in five cars and trucks at risk of sometimes critical, deadly defects. But the disjointed recall system patched together by automakers and regulators is leaving millions of broken vehicles still on the road. Federal regulators on Wednesday urged the owners of 7.8 million Hondas, Toyotas, BMWs and other vehicles to “take immediate action” on a recall for malfunctioning airbags that blast out metal shards. The defect, tied to Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata, has been linked…
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  • Fence jumper caught outside White House

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
     A man was taken into custody Wednesday after jumping the fence on the North Lawn of the White House — the first such incident since a veteran with a knife was able to scale the fence surrounding the executive mansion and run inside.The Secret...
  • Obama phones Canadian PM

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    President Obama has spoken to Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper about the shooting in Ottawa, the White House said Wednesday. The president first was told about the incident by his top homeland security aide, Lisa Monaco. Officials inside the U....
  • Soldier, suspect killed in shooting near Canadian Parliament

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    brightcove.createExperiences(); Police on Wednesday said a gunman killed a member of Canada’s armed forces near the Parliament building in Ottawa, leading to a lockdown in the...
  • Puerto Rico upholds gay marriage ban

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    A federal judge in Puerto Rico upheld the territory’s gay marriage ban in an opinion Tuesday that could reignite legal challenges against same-sex marriage in some Northeastern states.“Ultimately the very survival of the political order depends upon...
  • American journalist declared free of Ebola

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    An American freelance journalist has been cleared of the Ebola virus after he fell ill while working as a cameraman for NBC News and Vice News in Liberia, according to reports.Ashoka Mukpo tweeted Tuesday night that he’s had three consecutive days...
 
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  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    As Lyle reported for this blog yesterday, the Court released a revised version of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent from the Court’s order allowing Texas to implement its voter identification law.  In the new version, Ginsburg corrected a mistake about whether a particular form of identification – issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – would meet the requirements of the new law.  Other coverage of the correction comes from Nina Totenberg of NPR, who notes that it was “the erring justice herself . . . who asked the court’s public information office to…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    The petition of the day is: Hoyle v. United States 14-165 Issue: Whether, when the Federal Sentencing Guidelines calculate a person’s offense level based on prior convictions that are expressly excluded under the relevant federal statute, the statute or the Guidelines control.
  • Appeals court ponders future of war crimes trials

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit listened closely, but noncommittally, on Wednesday to a broad constitutional attack on the system of war crimes tribunals now operating at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The hearing — running more than twice as long as the assigned half-hour — ranged over the trial of Abraham Lincoln’s assassins, a military trial in the Civil War, a sabotage trial during World War II, and an 1895 case involving a Chinese national convicted outside of the regular court system. The point of that exploration…
  • Ginsburg edits her voting rights dissent

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a new version of her dissent, released early Saturday morning in a Texas voting rights case, to fix an error about one kind of ID card that voters can use to qualify to vote.  The revised dissenting opinion, in full, can be read here. As the majority of the Court allowed Texas to continue enforcing a strict new law requiring voter ID documents before registered voters may cast ballots, Ginsburg dissented for herself and Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, arguing that the restrictions will deny the right to vote to hundreds of…
  • Idaho governor pursues new test of same-sex marriage (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    UPDATED 5:54 p.m.  The Ninth Circuit Court has told lawyers for same-sex couples who challenged the Idaho ban to reply by November 12 to the en banc rehearing petition. ———— After being rebuffed by the Supreme Court and by a federal appeals court on the issue of same-sex marriage, and after saying that the state would no longer resist such marriages, the governor of Idaho on Tuesday night filed a plea for new review by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The plea by lawyers for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, seeking to have a three-judge…
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  • Tom Cotton: Says Mark Pryor "votes with Obama 93 percent of the time."

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Cotton: Pryor votes with Obama 93 percent of the time Tom Cotton says Mark Pryor votes in lockstep with President Barack Obama, but Pryor says he’s one of the most independent senators. Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor, in a tight race that could decide which party controls the Senate. Like many other Republicans facing against incumbent Democrats, Cotton often attacks Pryor for voting in line with Obama’s policies more often than not. In the candidates’ first debate Oct. 13,…
  • Chain email: The Affordable Care Act says that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. …  Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age."

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Five years on, chain email about cancer treatment rationing after age 76 is still Pants on Fire A reader recently sent us a years-old chain email that has morphed into something more timely. It now has the heading, "IMPORTANT ACTION INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER, 2014  VOTE." For years before that, though, the chain email has floated around the Internet, making the scary claim that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. Cancer hospital will ration care according to the…
  • Tim Murphy: Blocking travel from countries with Ebola should be possible because President Barack Obama "has sealed off Israel in the past."

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

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

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

  • Calling the consolidation efficiency bluff

    Richard Mayhew
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Last week, a major specialty practice in the east suburbs of my central city announced that they had agreed to be bought out by Big City Medical Group.  BCMG will now control 85% of the orthopedists, 100% of the dermatologists, 90% of the nephrologists, 75% of the oral surgeons and 50% of the cardiologists who practice in three well populated counties east of the Big City.  The press releases claim that BCMG will realize significant efficiencies and cost savings.  The buy-out price only makes sense if BCMG either sees 30% efficiencies or 25% above trend reimbursement increases.   The…
  • Anybody Got A Recommendation for An Upright Freezer?

    Anne Laurie
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Spousal Unit just came up from the basement and announced that our twenty-year-old Kenmore has expired. Since much of our at-home menu relies upon pre-cooked meals, and our kitchen frig/freezer is an undersized ‘apartment’ model (crappy 1950s kitchen configuration), we need to get a new one delivered ASAP. Any advice on what to look for — and what to avoid — greatly appreciated! Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • So Much for the Ninth Commandment

    John Cole +0
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    So much fail: @EWErickson Ummm. Michael Griffin, Paul Hill, Scott Roeder, Jim David Adkisson, Reic Rudolph, the KKK- want me to go on? #christianswhokill — John Cole (@Johngcole) October 23, 2014 I guess the “old” followers don’t count. He’s clearly never watched Soldiers in the Army of God. Share
  • Souls to the Polls in Georgia

    Anne Laurie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    (Jim Morin via GoComics.com) Stacy Abrams, a hero for our times, as reported by Marin Cogan in NYMag: Last month, the woman behind a massive effort to transform Georgia from a GOP stronghold to a potential swing state this year got news she wasn’t expecting — her wildly successful voter-registration effort was being investigated for fraud. Now, two weeks before the election, she’s locked in a fight with the state’s election officials to make sure the people she registered are able to turn out on Election Day. Whether they’re able to cast ballots could have major…
  • Well, I’m Glad That’s Settled

    John Cole +0
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    The Washington Post just cleared Darren Wilson: Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis…
 
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  • Most/Least Trusted News Sources, Ctd.

    Ballard Burgher
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Politifact.com offers a comment from its archives on the Pew study of most and least trusted news sources. PunditFact is tracking the accuracy of claims made on the five major networks using our network scorecards. By that measure, 61 percent of the claims fact-checked on Fox News have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, the most among any of the major networks.   As for the rest: • 45 percent of the claims made on NBC and MSNBC rate Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire; • 38 percent of the claims made on CBS rate Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire; • 36 percent…
  • When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly American Jewish businessman Leon Klinghoffer, and threw him overboard in his wheelchair. The opera’s composer, John Adams, was quoted as explaining that…
  • UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

    DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the Parliment, Kevin Vickers, who killed the gunman in the Parliment building, is a white haired man, who appeared usually and formally in the Parliment, dressed in…
  • Political Polarization–How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News

    Ron Chusid
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    The Pew Research Center has released a study on Political Polarization and Media Habits. Most of their findings, summarized below, are as would be predicted: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics. Express greater distrust than trust of 24 of the 36 news sources measured in the survey. At the same time, fully 88% of consistent conservatives trust Fox News. Are, when on Facebook, more likely than…
  • Beinart on US Isolationism

    Ballard Burgher
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Peter Beinart on the myth of American Isolationism in The National Journal. Given the overwhelming evidence, both from politicians and the public, that isolationism in America today is virtually nonexistent, why do so many high-profile commentators and politicians depict it as a grave threat? One clue lies in a word that these Cassandras use as a virtual synonym for isolationism: “retreat.” If the subtitle of Bret Stephens’s forthcoming book is The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder, its title is America in Retreat. In their op-ed warning of a new “cycle of American…
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  • John Oliver: Ayn Rand – How Is This Still A Thing?

    John Aravosis
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Because I’m loathe to pull punches, I’ll admit to liking Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand, in college. Some of her non-Atlas writing, especially about the Soviet Union, was pretty spot on. (I was, and remain, pretty hawkish on all things Soviet, including modern-day reincarnations. I’ve never been a great fan of bullies.) And ironically, as John Oliver points out in the video below, Rand was pro-choice and really didn’t like Reagan. Sadly, a lot of really bad people like Ayn Rand nowadays. Which would make anyone with a soul think twice. John Oliver takes Rand on in his…
  • Meet a few people I saw texting and driving while leaving NYC yesterday

    John Aravosis
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    I was in New York City for a few days, and took the bus home last night (only $30, who knew?), and damn if I didn’t see a number of people texting while driving. First there was this woman. We were entering the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey, around W. 39th. The woman’s car was actually moving, inching ahead in traffic, while she was texting, hands on the phone, not the wheel, and she kept looking down at the phone while the car was moving. That’s what finally motivated me to snap the photo. Car is moving, and you’re looking down at your phone having a text…
  • Pakistani Christian woman set to die after drinking “Muslim” water

    Jon Green
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    On Thursday, a Pakistani court upheld the death sentence of Aasia Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, a Christian woman convicted of violating the country’s anti-blasphemy law. Her neighbors had accused her of making derogatory comments about Islam after they objected to drinking from a bucket of water that she (a non-Muslim) had touched. Her case drew headlines in 2011 after two Pakistani politicians who supporter her, and spoke out against the anti-blasphemy law were assassinated. The judge who convicted one of the assassins for murder was also forced to flee the country. More…
  • Wehby, Merkley and a cowardly newspaper in Oregon

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

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

  • truth can be the revolution-a message to humanity

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    the speech is taken from 1940's "the great dictator" a movie starring charlie chaplin.it was chaplins first speaking film with this stirring and controversial speech about hitler,anti-semitism and fascism. how surreal that such a speech would still be as powerful and succinct in todays political climate 75 years later.
  • henry giroux-we have lost the language of compassion

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    "In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability "to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations." "We have no way of understanding that link anymore," Giroux says, "because what we've done is we've defined freedom in a way that suggests it's the freedom to do anything you want and screw everybody else."
  • Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote

    RFlagg (/politics/member/RFlagg)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    CGP Grey finally gets another Politics in the Animal Kingdom video out, explaining the Single Transferable Vote.
  • chris hedges has 15 minutes to start a revolution

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”
  • Bill Maher Visits Northfield Minnesota - October 7, 2014

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

  • Have Republicans Found a Way To Insure Poor People and Still Hate Barack Obama?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    At the risk of being overly optimistic, I think we may have reached a tipping point on Medicaid expansion, where it will soon become completely acceptable for Republican states to accept it, insure their poor citizens, and reap the economic and social benefits despite the taint of Obamacare. I'm not saying there won't be holdouts, because there will be. But something is changing. I'll explain why in a moment, but first, the quick background. (Skip this paragraph if you know all this.) When the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could opt out of the expansion of Medicaid included in the…
  • The Seeds of a New Labor Movement

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. If anyone has the right to be upbeat about the prospects of the American labor movement, it should be David Rolf, the president of a Seattle-based long-term care local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Between 1995 and 1999, while still in his 20s, Rolf directed a campaign that unionized 74,000 home care workers in Los Angeles. It was the largest single unionization since the United Auto Workers organized Ford in 1941. SEIU then sent him to Seattle, where he has nearly quadrupled SEIU’s Washington…
  • SCOTUS to Texas: Go Forth and Discriminate Against Your Citizens Starting Monday

    Liz Kennedy
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The Supreme Court said Saturday that, for the first time, it is allowing a voting law to be used for an election even though a federal judge, after conducting a trial, found the law is racially discriminatory in both its intent and its impact, and is an unconstitutional poll tax. It is not only not a good look for the court, it is an abdication of the federal responsibility to protect every American voter from racially discriminatory voter suppression. These continuing voter restrictions are the worst attack on Americans’ voting rights since Reconstruction led to the Jim Crow era. We are in…
  • When Guns Trample Speech, Do We Have a Democracy?

    Harold Meyerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) People protest on the campus of Utah State, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Logan, Utah. Utah's campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. School officials in Logan were set to go ahead with the event with extra police after consulting with federal and state law enforcement who told them the threat was consistent with ones Anita Sarkeesian receives when she gives speeches elsewhere.  Don’t look now, but I think…
  • Why Liberals Love (and Trust) NPR

    Paul Waldman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Pew Research Center has one of its ginormous studies out today, this one about polarization and media use, and as usual it's full of interesting stuff. I want to make a point about news in general and NPR in particular, and then after that, for those who care about these things, I have a methodological point to make about how we measure ideology. One of the distinct things about the Pew results is that conservatives love, love, love Fox News, while no single news outlet has the same kind of near-universal use among liberals. Look, for instance at this chart showing which sources each…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

  • CA-52: Carl DeMaio's Campaign. Yuck.

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Openly gay Republican accused of sexual harassment by Brian Leubitz I've not really mentioned the burning wreck that is Carl DeMaio's 2014 Congressional campaign. But, boy is it in fire right now. Voice of San Diego has a full timeline of the various scandals with a very fitting opening sentence: In 10 years covering San Diego politics, including the one where Bob Filner was mayor, I have never seen a more bizarre political scandal than the one surrounding Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign over the last few weeks. (VoSD) The article follows the rather bizarre twists and turns of a…
  • The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

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

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

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

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

  • Lone Geniuses Are Overrated

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

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

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

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

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

  • 'Of No Party or Clique' at The Atlantic

    James Fallows
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    "Of no party or clique" was the founding motto of our magazine, 157 years ago next month. In practice this mainly means that we should aspire to present each article or argument on its merits, and not as expressions of some other agenda. (Though of course we all have our larger worldviews, blind spots, favorites, etc.) Sometimes it means there are disagreements in the arguments presented in our pages or on this site. For the record I want to note two recent disagreements, one about a journalistic tone and one about a diplomatic goal. 1) Gary Hart. Last week I wrote that I found Matt Bai's All…
  • Books by Friends

    James Fallows
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    I give the "by friends" disclosure just for the record. I mention these books because, whether or not I'd known their authors, I would think they deserved attention. And I'll mention each as tersely as I can, both so you can discover their virtues for yourself and because if I waited to do "real" writeups I'd probably never get around to it. 1) All Our Yesterdays, by Erik Tarloff. Erik and his wife Laura D'Andrea Tyson were friends of ours when my wife and I lived for a while in their home town of Berkeley, and when they lived for a while in our current home town of DC. Erik has been a…
  • In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams

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

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

    James Fallows
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    We're on the road again, right now in the not-exactly-small city of Pittsburgh. Here we're asking about some of its celebrated successes in downtown revitalization, technology-hub development, and other indicators of civic health, and the lessons they may offer for other parts of the country. More on that anon. For now, I direct your attention to two new reports from Columbus, Ohio. One, by Deb Fallows, is on the unusual approach that the Cristo Rey religious schools are taking for students from poor backgrounds. The other, by John Tierney, is about how the often-empty buzzword of…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Gough Whitlam

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

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

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

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

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

  • Buying Democracy in America

    RF Schatten-6727858
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    "We are not living in a democracy when giant corporations like Chevron can buy local governments. That's called Oligarchy, not Democracy. We have got to fight back." ~~~ Bernie Sanders Why shouldn't Chevron have the right to buy an election? Koch Industries buys them all the tim …
  • Four important ways to advance the conversation on Palestine

    Meloney
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip over the summer prompted an unprecedented outpouring of solidarity for Palestinians in the West, from street protests to expressions of outrage by mainstream politicians. Israel suffered serious damage to its reputation, while supp …
  • Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan

    SuperSaiyan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much as happened in the 1990s, …
  • GOP candidate with fetish-related felony record warns against 'homosexual agenda'

    Plantsmantx
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    A Michigan Republican with a criminal record for breaking into cars and masturbating is urging residents to move out of state to avoid the “homosexual agenda.”
  • Panetta, Congress and the Redline

    Robert Wendell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I am so sick and tired of the Obama bashing and in particular the red line in Syria, you know the use of chemical weapons by Assad against the rebels. I have always been confused by the President’s opponents who constantly bring up his failure to follow thru on his red line …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn’t an “imminent threat” to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator’s remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said. Udall went on to say, “But if we don’t respond to the threat it represents, they will be a threat to this country.” And a USA Today article cited on-screen in the Crossroads ad quotes Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as telling the…
  • NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley “voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley’s clearly stated position. The fact is, Braley voted most recently to raise taxes on only about the top 1 percent, while keeping federal income taxes the same for all who are less affluent. Braley consistently favored holding income-tax rates steady for all but individuals making more than $200,000 a year, or $250,000 for couples. The vote cited by the ad is one Braley cast in the House in 2010 as a protest against extending…
  • Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

    Robert Farley
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Clay Aiken’s latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes. Aiken falsely claims Ellmers “voted against the payroll tax cut because she thought $1,000 out of your pocket is not that much money.” She voted against a two-month extension because it wasn’t long enough, and helped craft a bipartisan bill that extended the payroll tax holiday for one year. Aiken also says Ellmers failed to “stop a Fort Bragg Air Wing from being moved out of state,” because she missed a deadline for filing a bill amendment with the House Rules Committee.
  • FactChecking the Michigan Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Michigan Senate race pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. The two candidates have faced plenty of attacks from outside spending groups, who have poured enough money into the race to make it the seventh highest in terms of outside dollars. In fact, those groups — not the candidates themselves — have so far been the focus of our fact-checking efforts. False and misleading claims have centered on taxes, equal pay for women, health care, outsourcing jobs, Medicare and…
  • Student Loan Stretching

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

  • First POST: Reminders

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Why the RNC hasn't managed to reboot how Republican campaigns use voter data; new ways of using phone banking to get out the vote; how the UK's digital director is still ahead of the e-govt curve; and much, much more.
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: With Waze, Who's in the Driver's Seat?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Can you be a "connected citizen" if you don't know that you are connected to government? That's the question that's been on my mind since Waze, the crowdsourced traffic data company recently acquired by Google, announced a major new partnership with ten local cities and governments around the world called "Connected Citizens." Under this program, Waze will be giving city, state and county authorities like the New York Police Department and Rio de Janiero's Operations Center real-time traffic incident data (aggregated and anonymized) and in turn getting timely and relevant data from the…
  • First POST: Patient Zero

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Monica Lewinsky emerges with a mission to fight cyber-bullying; Marc Andreessen explains his political philosophy; tech donors to MayDay PAC get pushback from Congressional incumbents; and much, much more.
  • What Tech Can and Can't Do to Eradicate Ebola

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

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

  • Eugene Puryear, showing how it is done

    DCblogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Body:  Will Sommer Speaking of sleepy parties inexplicably active in this election, remember the Statehood Greens? Had a Council seat for a while until Catania poleaxed party warhorse Hilda Mason in 1998, been known for kooky candidates ever since?
  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Body:  I confess it: I hate flossing. And not only that, I hold to the bizarre and so clearly "just a rationalization" theory that my teeth are an ecology, and if I get them too clean, I could kill off beneficial bacteria and end up worse than before. (To be fair to myself, my theory was semi-borne out by my last trip to Thailand: Despite 7 (seven) years without dental care of any kind, I had only three cavities, and, except for the disintegrating molar caused by a poor filling from a corporate dental rental extraction machine, all were small.) That said:
  • Latest DCCC mail blast: "All hope is lost!" Translation: Mission accomplished...

    lambert
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Body:  ... if you believe Steve Israel's role is to throw elections, and after Howie's work it's hard not to. Anyhow, whoever's doing DCCC's bulking mailing must have some kinda weird billing arrangement, because they aren't purging their list. I mean, I've never given them a dime, and never will. But Steve Isreal is still choking my inbox with spammage. Why's he doing that, unless he's got an incentive?
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Body:  Knock knock! Who's there? Control freak. Now you say "Control freak who?" — David Astle (@dontattempt) October 21, 2014
  • So I'm not the only one annoyed by DCCC mail blasts

    lambert
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Body:  DCCC email, 4:08 pm: "STUNNING Comeback" DCCC email, 5:00 pm: "Pack up. Go home. It's done." — Emma Roller (@emmaroller) October 21, 2014
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Blue

    susie
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Jayhawks:
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    susie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Jeff Buckley:
  • To make you feel my love

    susie
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Adele covers one of Bob Dylan’s rare love songs:
  • Mitch is going down

    susie
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Good news, people! Click here to donate: WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are reversing course and putting campaign cash behind Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Wednesday said it has asked stations in Kentucky to set aside $650,000 in ad time to help Grimes. A committee official shared the plan with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss media strategy. The move follows the committee’s decision last week to stop spending money on ads in the…
  • Happy Hour: Louis Armstrong – Moon River

    Boohunney
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New US Census report shines a light on the reality of today’s multigenerational Latino households by Latina Lista LatinaLista — For the last couple of years, it’s been widely reported how many millennials still live with their parents. Yet, a story that has flown under the radar is how many grandparents are now living with their children and grandchildren. According to the latest US Census report, Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012,…
  • Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Curbbed – a safe place for Students to buy & sell At the end of each semester, many students are found with items that no longer have any use to them. Normally, as anyone who has driven on a college campus at the end of the semester notices, these items are placed on the curb in hopes someone will give them a home. “Curbbed” is…
  • Animation studio ventures into bilingual education

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Animation studio ventures into bilingual education by Latina Lista By Gregory van Zuyen Language Magazine One of the many challenges facing educators at this time of year is getting students back into the right behavioral mode for learning. It’s natural for students to slip out of “school habits” during the summer, but reinstating good learning practices can be time-consuming and frustrating. Unfortunately, there’s now so much pressure on teachers to stick…
  • Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team

    Latina Lista
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team by Latina Lista By Bill Sarno CTLatinoNews In the team photo for the 2014 Connecticut College women’s soccer team, sisters Nicole Medina and Michelle Medina stand like bookends at the opposite edges of the group. However, on and off the field, the two first-year students from Hartford are usually a lot closer. They are twins, but not identical. The daughters of Orlando and Maria Medina, who emigrated from…
  • New federal data reveals there’s a reason why more Latinos and Blacks aren’t realizing the dream of home ownership

    Latina Lista
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New federal data reveals there’s a reason why more Latinos and Blacks aren’t realizing the dream of home ownership by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Diversity is a concept everyone understands but it’s a practice that (surprisingly) is getting more pushback these days than ever before. From Silicon Valley to mainstream media newsrooms, diversity is increasingly having a polarizing effect on people rather than being seen as a stepping stone to a more…
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • What Women Want

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From personhood to motherhood, women’s issues dominate 2014 campaigns.
  • Putin and the Pope

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two leaders with a lot of influence who matter in very different ways.
  • Capitalism’s Suffocating Music

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Corporate sponsors have turned every last place and personage into ads.
  • China Versus America

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    How Chinese “harmony” and American “freedom” produce the dangerous clash of two exceptionalisms.
  • The Quality of Fear

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The reaction nationally to Ebola is rooted in weaknesses in our cultural fabric.
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    New York Observer

  • Don’t Call It Vintage: Inside Byronesque, the RealReal and the Krone Collection

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Kate Krone’s vintage silk Halston jumpsuit. Like many successful entrepreneurs, Julie Wainwright’s business idea was slightly selfish. “I built the business I wanted for myself,” confessed the CEO and founder of The RealReal, an online designer clothes, jewelry and accessories consignment website selling everything from $9,000 Chanel Lego bags to diamond-encrusted Cartier watches. Just as Net-a-Porter proved people wanted a site for online luxury shopping, The RealReal proved they needed a place to sell the goods on when boredom set in. While eBay wallowed in dubiousness and…
  • Recchia Addresses Gaffes in Quieter Debate Against Grimm

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Domenic Recchia and Congressman Michael Grimm debate in Staten Island. (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) In a much tamer match-up between Congressman Michael Grimm and challenger Domenic Recchia Jr., Mr. Recchia acknowledged a recent string of gaffes that has provided fodder for his opponent, headlines and even late-night television. “I had one little flare, you know, incident, but one thing, I’m not the best public speaker. I never was,” Mr. Recchia, a Democratic former councilman, said. “But you know what I am? I’m someone who works hard. I’m not a slick speaker like my…
  • Cuomo and Astorino Clash Over Legal Troubles, Race and Taxes

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (Photo: Lauren Draper). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican rival, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, clashed bitterly during what’s likely to be their only televised debate–sidelining the two minor party candidates and refusing to stay on topic, battering each other over their respective federal legal problems, records on taxes and allegations of racial and gender prejudice. The two tangled at the forum in Buffalo over United States Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation of Mr. Cuomo’s abrupt disbandment of and…
  • Klinghoffer Brawl Reveals How the (Kosher) Sausage Is Made

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward (Twitter) There’s a Yiddish saying that translates to something like “Where there are two Jews, there are three opinions.” That’s especially true when it comes to Jewish publications – no reader’s ever entirely pleased and sometimes they’re ferociously angry. Like when you kind of accuse them of arson. This afternoon, a nasty fight erupted between Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management and a co-founder of the ad hoc group “Stop the Klinghoffer Opera,” and Jane Eisner, the editor…
  • Bill Clinton, Rallying for Tim Bishop, Warns of ‘Ideological Extremism’

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Bill Clinton tonight. (Photo: Ross Barkan) STONY BROOK– Former President Bill Clinton, making a second campaign stop in four years for an imperiled Long Island congressman, lashed out against “ideological extremism” in Washington and warned that toxic moneyed interests are swamping Democrats nationwide. “The biggest threat to our collective future today is the political dysfunction in Washington fueled by big money special interests and political extremism,” Mr. Clinton said tonight at Stony Brook University, a mid-sized public university in Suffolk County.
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Another bit of revisionism in the Mitchell Reiss article I commented on earlier is the misleading description of how the Romney campaign related to the different factions of the GOP on foreign policy: The challenge for the Romney campaign’s stewards was to assemble as big a “tent” as possible, bridging the divide from libertarians who wanted a more restrained U.S. role in the world to internationalists who wanted a more active leadership role, and including social conservatives, business conservatives, evangelicals, free traders and Tea Partiers. Too much specificity could risk driving…
  • Foreign Policy Hawkishness Is a Dead End for the GOP

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Former Romney campaign adviser (and sometime MEK booster) Mitchell Reiss reminds us why Romney was so incompetent when it came to foreign policy. Here is his revisionist account of Romney’s blunder in relation to the Cairo protests and the Benghazi attack: A more sustained focus on world affairs might have prevented the Romney campaign from committing one of its most serious errors: the mishandling of the Benghazi tragedy, when four American officials, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were murdered by Islamic terrorists. In the pressure cooker of a tight race, the Romney…
  • The Sikorski Flap

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Unsurprisingly, it turns out that an alleged Russian proposal to partition Ukraine with Poland in 2008 never happened. Now the Polish politician who made the claim, the ex-foreign minister and current speaker Radek Sikorski, is in a bit of trouble back home: The claim of a Russian offer was explosive, and dominated Polish media for much of the day Tuesday. But after an embarrassing series of news conferences, Mr Sikorski was forced to admit it had never happened. A media-savvy former reporter who has handled the press with aplomb for years, Mr Sikorski acknowledged that “my memory failed…
  • Washington’s Foreign Policy Illusions

    Daniel Larison
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Robert Merry traces the many U.S. foreign policy failures since 2001 to Washington’s embrace of two different, related illusions: So it isn’t just Bush and Obama, or their minions, who have perpetrated so much foreign-policy incompetence over nearly a decade and a half. A major contributor has been a flawed outlook made up of two hopeless illusions—the ameliorative impulse and national greatness conservatism [bold mine-DL]. So long as the American people permit their leaders to fashion the country’s foreign policy based on those two illusions, the incompetence will continue. As…
  • The EU Referendum in the U.K. and the Pundit’s Fallacy

    Daniel Larison
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Daniel Hannan puts on a master class in committing the pundit’s fallacy: A landslide election victory would surely follow [bold mine-DL]. If even so moderate a politician as David Cameron felt that EU membership could no longer be tolerated, the country would rally to his cause [bold mine-DL]. Hannan is famously one of the most Euroskeptic Tories alive, so it’s understandable that he wants Cameron to take this position before the next election. He may even believe that it is the smart move politically, but it is telling that Hannan simply takes for granted that all it would take…
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    TIME

  • Meet America’s Most Sucessful Political Families

    Adam Glanzman
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It's that time of year again: Bushes and Clintons galore are on the campaign trail supporting candidates who are up for election. Here's a look at America's most successful political dynasties
  • Corporations, Advocacy Groups Spend Big on Ballot Measures

    Michael Scherer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Bonnie Marsh is worried that many of her neighbors’ health problems stem from big companies farming genetically modified crops around her in Maui County, Hawaii. So she helped collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot that would ban growing such crops until an environmental study is done. “We’ve come forward because we feel there’s a real threat to the health of the Earth,” said Marsh, a nurse who focuses on natural remedies. “We are done being an experimental lab.” Marsh said her group, Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for…
  • DSCC Back On Air to Support Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Alex Rogers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The official Democratic group working to saving the party’s Senate majority is going back on the air to provide a late boost to Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Democrat trying to throw out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a week after the group shocked political observers by appearing to pull out of the race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will reserve $650,000 in advertising, according to a DSCC official, who said that internal polling shows undecided voters turning to her. A week ago, it appeared that Grimes would be left on her own as she entered the home…
  • No, Republicans Aren’t Yet Winning the Women’s Vote

    Jay Newton-Small
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The Associated Press dropped its latest national poll Wednesday ahead of the midterm elections due to be held in less than three weeks. The poll had a spate of expected findings: likely voters favor Republicans to take control of the U.S. Senate, the top issue remains the economy, and no one likes either party very much. Then, buried in the seventh paragraph of the story, was this nugget about women voters: Women have moved in the GOP’s direction since September. In last month’s AP-GfK poll, 47 percent of female likely voters said they favored a Democratic-controlled Congress…
  • Morning Must Reads: October 22

    Andrew Katz
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Ebola Fears Could Curb Flu Since Ebola’s first symptoms resemble that of the flu, fears about Ebola could drive patients to doctors and emergency rooms with flu symptoms. Each year, the CDC estimates that between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu, though most don’t see their doctor Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 A former Washington Post reporter remembers a legendary newspaperman, who was the most celebrated editor of his time Ferguson Commission Formed Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of…
 
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    The Brody File

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why the “I’m not a scientist” excuse is like a glass of tea

    Andrew Sabl
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Like many who care about climate change, I’ve noted with a mixture of disbelief and anger the latest trick by Republican politicians: they don’t explicitly deny climate change but attempt a kind of agnosticism. The line is to say, with great modesty, “I’m not a scientist” and therefore can’t be confident that anything needs to be done. (Meanwhile, though “I’m not an economist,” I’m sure that any proposed action would cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.) David Shiffman’s short Slate article on this is great. In particular,…
  • Catching a Catfish

    Keith Humphreys
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    In The Guardian, Kathleen Hale offers her riveting tale story of tracking down an Internet troll who turns out to be a catfish. At one point, she makes a powerful observation on the psychology of those who troll: Why do hecklers heckle? Recent studies have had dark things to say about abusive internet commenters – a University of Manitoba report suggested they share traits with child molesters and serial killers. The more I wondered about Blythe, the more I was reminded of something Sarah Silverman said in an article for Entertainment Weekly: “A guy once just yelled, ‘Me!’ in the…
  • Nudgefail: The Case of Organ Donation

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

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

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

  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Plain gentian (cream gentian)

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Some late summer wildflowers are tall enough be seen from a mile away, some catch your attention with masses of flowerheads, and some make up for being low to the ground with brilliant-colored blossoms. Today's featured wildflower is none of the above. Plain gentian (Gentiana alba) is native to much of the Midwest, including Iowa. Also known as cream gentian, yellow gentian or sometimes white prairie gentian, it "grows in well drained soils of moist meadows, prairies and open woods with full sun to partial shade." The plant usually is only 1 to 2 feet tall, and the white blossoms are either…
  • Two views of changing Iowa demographics

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Today's Des Moines Register features a long front-page story by Daniel Finney and Jeffrey Kummer on Storm Lake (Buena Vista County) as one of Iowa's most diverse communities, and expected trends in the state's demographics between now and 2020. I encourage you to click through and read the whole thing. After the jump I've enclosed a few excerpts and one graphic from the feature. Separate, shorter pieces examine diversity trends in the Des Moines metro area (Polk and Dallas counties), Webster County (including the Fort Dodge area), and Butler County (the least diverse in Iowa).   On…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 21)

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post the latest early voting numbers, as compiled by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. I enclose below the latest data on absentee ballots requested and returned statewide and in each of Iowa's four Congressional districts. Click here for previous tables going back to September 22. As of yesterday, Republicans have nearly caught up with Democrats in ballots returned to county auditors. Democrats lead by a little more than 18,000 in absentee ballot requests, but early votes only count if the ballots come back in. Absentee ballots…
  • Iowa House Republican candidate James Butler has history of abuse, misconduct

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Yesterday the Iowa Democratic Party published online several disturbing documents about James Butler, the Republican nominee in Iowa House district 26. Butler narrowly won a GOP primary and faces first-term Democratic State Representative Scott Ourth. The seat covers most of Warren County, including the cities of Indianola and Carlisle (a detailed map is after the jump). House district 26 is one of central Iowa's most politically balanced state legislative districts. As of October 2014, it contained 6,421 active registered Democrats, 6,802 Republicans, and 7,046 no-party voters. Before the…
  • Who would joke about feeding people into farm machinery?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Besides a sociopath, that is. The answer is Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, speaking at a campaign event yesterday. "Do you know how many lawyers it takes to grease a combine? Only one but you gotta feed him in real slow." According to Kathie Obradovich, the crowd of about 50 people in Boone found this quip funny, along with State Representative Chip Baltimore's follow-up crack about seeing trial lawyers on combines in the countryside. Obradovich added that in her view, the governor's joke was "a groaner, not to mention in poor taste." That's putting it mildly. Democratic gubernatorial…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Our National Humiliation Continues

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Louie Gohmert is an elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That he is clearly head-trauma insane does not seem to trouble his Texan constituents. See if you can understand the following: "I've had people say, 'Hey, you know, there's nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks,'" he said. "Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it's a different kind of fighting, it's a different kind of war and if you're sitting around getting massages all…
  • Casual Observation

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    I suspected as much when I saw the publication and the headline, but then I chided myself for being too cynical. Unfortunately, it's currently impossible to be too cynical. And that's a big problem. Discuss
  • GOP's Breakout Star is a Lunatic

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Shane Goldmacher of the National Journal provides one more example of what the Democrats are up against in this media environment. The Republicans' Senate nominee in Iowa, Joni Ernst, is a gaffe machine whose policies range from arresting federal officers who are implementing ObamaCare to opposing the mythical Agenda 21 to supporting a Personhood Amendment that would ban several popular forms of contraception to waxing nostalgic for the days when the poor relied on church charity to eliminating the EPA, the IRS, and the Department of Education, to a balanced budget constitutional amendment to…
  • A Contrary View of Bradlee's Death

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Anyone who is or ever has been anyone in Washington DC journalism has probably been to dinner at the home of Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, so it is to be expected that Bradlee's death would bring out a waterfall of laudatory reminiscences and unrestrained praise. Personally, for all Bradlee's accomplishments, and he had many, I find it impossible to divorce him and his salon from some of the worst pathologies of our nation in the postwar era. It's hard to express how much contempt I have built up over the years for the Beltway consensus on American power and American politics, and Bradlee was…
  • Late Night Music: Lyres

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 2, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 23, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry. * Transcript see Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript Chris Hedges, […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 1: The Surveillance Machine

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 22, 2014 We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by accident […]
  • History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter + Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    by Gareth Porter Writer, Dandelion Salad crossposted at ISP, Oct. 17 2014 Washington October 23, 2014 Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is […]
  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 21, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry. * Transcript see Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 2, interviewed by Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript Chris Hedges, […]
  • Michael Hudson: Why are Stock Markets so Volatile?

    dandelionsalad
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com October 17, 2014 TheRealNews on Oct 17, 2014 Real serious depression pending as a result of austerity says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond and Finance Capitalism and its Discontents. * Transcript Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist. A Distinguished Research Professor at […]
 
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  • Just Do It

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

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

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

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

    Deacon Blues
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Yes, I am greatly alarmed at the news about ongoing Secret Service security breaches over the last several years, at a time when this president has encountered vastly more threats than his predecessors. But I am also alarmed frankly at the default position of this White House to immediately and publicly support the Secret Service director in the midst of yesterday’s congressional debacle. Exactly how shaky are things inside the Service and inside the White House that such assurances are necessary? Update: So why give such an immediate defense if she resigned anyway? Why did the White House…
 
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  • Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras

    DrossRotzank
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras SUSCRÍBETE: http://bit.ly/1a1sm3k SÍGUEME EN TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1aCnKiW ¡LIKE EN FACEBOOK!: http://on.fb.me/16XIVcT SÍGUEME EN GOOGLE+: http://goo.gl/Upf... From: DrossRotzank Views: 1978104 114046 ratings Time: 14:59 More in Entertainment
  • 15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever

    Danger Dolan
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever From a loyal TV audience suing because the weather wasn't right to a severed finger found in a bowl of chilli, we count 15 of the strangest cases ever seen i... From: Danger Dolan Views: 830728 14802 ratings Time: 08:58 More in Education
  • 'Pig' the Dog Turns Heads-When She Can't

    Associated Press
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    'Pig' the Dog Turns Heads-When She Can't A deformed dog in Alabama has gained popularity after thousands of internet viewers discovered videos of the odd shaped mutt named Pig who now has a Facebook... From: Associated Press Views: 1059490 2527 ratings Time: 01:14 More in News & Politics
  • Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes

    vlogbrothers
    2 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes In which Hank debates Hank on one of the most important debates in the United States today, whether to keep the internet open or to allow cable companies to ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 541871 23793 ratings Time: 03:43 More in People & Blogs
  • Understanding the Central African Republic

    vlogbrothers
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Understanding the Central African Republic In which John discusses the ongoing war in the Central African Republic and how complex news stories that don't meet our expectations can go ignored, even wh... From: vlogbrothers Views: 433308 16874 ratings Time: 05:22 More in People & Blogs
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

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

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

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

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameTwo Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailSmooth Josh Real Smooth I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Votes: 37.3Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
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    Mayor Raymond L Schnitzer Tribute Celebration Nov 9th - YouTube Mayor Raymond L Schnitzer Tribute Celebration Nov 9th Many knew Mr. Schnitzer in his various capacities as a teacher, coach, Athletic Director and Vice Principal at Scotch Plains - Fanwood High School for 35+ years, and as Mayor of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Now, a tribute celebration wlll be held Su Trio sought in theft from event on Las Vegas Strip - KVVU Las Vegas Trio sought in theft from event on Las Vegas StripKVVU Las VegasPolice said Tuesday they are looking for three people who stole something from an event happening at…
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    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    www.youtube.com The World Bank released a stunning report that the Ebola Crisis could cost Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 32.5 billion in financial impact by 2015. The report calls for greater and faster coordinated international response. Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race - YouTube Jill Broadhurst Interview Oakland City Council D4 Race Jill Broadhurst and I met at Cafe Trieste in The Rotunda for an interview on her run for Oakland City Council District Four Seat. Since I prefer that you watch the video and interpret her comments for yourself, I will only give a few…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • U.S. on a highway to Hell. Start a war and lose an empire

    Bob Morris
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The U.S. blunders on, resolutely refusing to accept reality, leaving other countries in shambles as its own  power erodes. Syria and Iraq are consumed with war. Libya is nearing full-scale civil war. American intervention in Ukraine has been counter-productive at best. It’s almost comical, says Russian expat Dmitry Orlov in a sobering yet humorous essay.  He thinks the U.S. could shatter and fall like the U.S.S.R. did. The American behavior throughout this succession of defeats has been remarkably consistent, with the constant element being their flat refusal to deal with reality in…
  • You’re either butcher or cattle. Except when hunter becomes prey

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

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

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

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

  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most financial services companies in Europe and North America, their very structure is, in many cases, flawed to begin with. Across the globe, emerging countries seem to be doing a whole lot better when it comes to GRC implementation simply because they do away with siloed structures to begin with. While they might not have the established reputations, brand promise and global reach of their European and North American peers, when it comes to organizational structure, they are far ahead of the curve. An integrated approach to GRC is the complete opposite of the original siloed…
 
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    Bob McCarty

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Reason.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation (NSF), an entity created to encourage the study of science—encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities—announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, writes Andrew Napolitano. But when the feds get into the business of monitoring…
  • Brickbat: Back of the Bus

    Charles Oliver
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Former Maryland Transit Authority driver Karen Murphy is facing multiple charges of assault and conspiracy after allegedly arranging for a gang of youth to attack a family riding on her bus. Murphy reportedly became angry when she asked the family to move to the back of the bus and the mother said that it was too crowded.
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Continues the Marijuana Arrests He Called 'Unjust and Wrong'

    Jacob Sullum
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Drug Policy Alliance reports that "despite campaign promises made in 2013, marijuana possession arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are on track to equal—or even surpass—the number of arrests under his predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg." Last July, by contrast, De Blasio claimed "the lowest-level marijuana arrests are down, and the focus is on serious crime, as it should be." Who is right? It depends on how you count. From January through August of this year, according to a new report from DPA and the Marijuana Arrest Research Project (MARP), the NYPD made 19,684 petty…
  • Tonight on The Independents SCRATCH THAT: Your Indies Co-hosts Will Be on a Special Live Discussion About the Ottawa Attack, Hosted by Neil Cavuto

    Matt Welch
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Instead of seeing The Independents tonight on Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, alert viewers will see the co-hosts of The Independents, talking with FBN/Fox interviewer extraordinaire Neil Cavuto about the onslaught in Ottawa, implications for civil liberties, and maybe even the fresh new White House lawn-jumper, all through the hour. Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake! And tune back in again Friday, for a great show on "Midterm Madness." Want to catch up with some recent Independents segments? Click here.
  • Press Freedom Deteriorating Throughout the Americas, Says Media Advocacy Group

    J.D. Tuccille
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The bad news is that the United States has been slapped again for its government's downward-spiraling respect for freedom of the press. The good news is that our officials' transgressions pale in comparison to the crimes inflicted on free speech and free inquiry throughout the Americas, as compiled by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). Basically, free press-wise, the whole hemisphere is sliding. With regard to the U.S., IAPA points out: The U.S. government of President Barack Obama is continuing to prohibit officials from talking to the press. In the United States and Canada…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

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

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

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

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

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

  • Peter Schwartz on ISIS and “Non-Interventionism”

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Think about the barbarians of the Islamic State, and ask yourself if your views line up with an “interventionist” or “non-interventionist” policy. Weigh the two alternatives; which tack is right?
  • The Adam Smith Institute’s Third Annual Ayn Rand Lecture

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

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

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

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In The Wall Street Journal, Scott W. Atlas of the Hoover Institution discusses various government policies that are threatening medical innovation. He identifies Obamacare, for example, as a culprit.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Liberal Media Give Up on Covering Midterms

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Noah Rothman, Hot AirIt is probably safe to assume that you have been following the midterm elections closely. You decided to click on this link, which would indicate that you have at least a passing interest in the coming national vote in which Americans will determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress for the remainder of the Obama presidency. If, however, you have been closely following the coverage of the coming midterms, you might have noticed that network news outlets do not appear to share your enthusiasm. YouÂ’re not imagining things.
  • How Big Is Canada's Terror Network?

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Mak,Lake & Siegel, The Daily BeastTerrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the countryÂ’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larger extremist network.
  • Why Mary Landrieu Is In So Much Trouble

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Sean Trende, RealClearPoliticsIt happens like clockwork. Every six years, observers start the cycle predicting the demise of LouisianaÂ’s Sen. Mary Landrieu. Every six years, they are proven wrong, as she somehow pulls off an improbable victory.But this year might really be different. For the first time, Landrieu trails badly as we approach the November primary. Her saving grace in 2008 – historically high black turnout – seems unlikely to materialize this cycle, while her saving grace in 2002 – a runoff coalition that favored her – seems…
  • Obama and the End of Greatness

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Jeff Shesol, The New Yorker
  • We Need Diverse Energy Sources

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Amit Ronen, RealClearPolitics
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative

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

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

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

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

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

  • Over Half Of LGBT Students Feel Unsafe At School, Report Shows

    Zack Ford
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    CREDIT: GLSEN GLSEN has released its biennial study about the experience of LGBT students across the country. Though the overall climate improved slightly in 2013 compared to the 2011 results, LGBT students still largely feel unsafe, experiencing high rates of harassment and discrimination within the school system. As a result, their educational opportunities are measurably compromised. What It’s Like For LGBT Students Overall, schools can still be a particularly toxic environment for LGBT students; 55 percent say they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and 38…
  • U.S. Solar Is 59 Percent Cheaper Than We Thought It Would Be Back In 2010

    Jeff Spross
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock The price of utility-scale solar power is 59 percent below where analysts thought it would be at this point back in 2010. That’s the word from a new report out of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Furthermore, between 2012 and 2013 alone, the price of a solar system your neighbor or your local businesses owner might install on their roof dropped 12 to 15 percent. And depending on where it’s located and the shape of the market, it could fall another 3 to 12 percent by the…
  • Senator Blasts Obama For Working With World Partners To Contain Ebola Epidemic

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Looking to the World Health Organization (WHO) for cues on how to combat the global health threat posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa amounts to “political correctness,” according to one GOP senator who is accusing President Obama of not doing enough to safeguard Americans from the virus. The comments ignore the fact that the real health crisis is unfolding abroad, not within U.S. borders. “The President has said, ‘Well I’ll follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization.’ That’s what he…
  • Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

    Joe Romm
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly methane, (CH4), a super-potent greenhouse gas, which traps 86 times as…
  • University Of North Carolina Investigation Finds Rampant Academic Fraud Involving Athletes

    Travis Waldron
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Kenneth Wainstein, the lead investigator into UNC’s academic fraud case, revealed findings Wednesday. The University of North Carolina on Wednesday released the results of an independent investigation into academic fraud in the university’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies, finding that the creation of so-called “paper classes” with few real academic requirements aided more than 3,000 students. The 136-page report, commissioned by the university and conducted by ex-federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, found that while the sham classes “were taken…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

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

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

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

  • Here Comes Over-Interpretation

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    One of the things I dread about every Election Night is the tendency of pundits and spinners to over-interpret the results. It could very easily happen this year, because this has every appearance of being a sui generis election, and one with virtually no predictive value for the next cycle. I went through some of the reasons this is the case at TPMCafe today: If Democrats hang onto the Senate, it could be a sign that the election was not as "nationalized" as expected, or inversely, that a national GOTV effort succeeded in helping them overcome the usual "midterm falloff" problem. And if…
  • Early Voting in TX Brightens Dem Hopes

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Nate Cohn of NYT's The Upshot doesn't see any good news for Democrats in early voting data thus far. But maybe he should take a closer look at Texas, where early voting numbers are encouraging for Dems. As Zachary Roth writes at msnbc.com: After an energetic Democratic campaign to get new Texas voters to the polls, turnout rates spiked on the first day of early voting in the state. According to figures released by the secretary of state's office, Texas' six largest counties all saw increases in voting Monday compared to the first day of early voting in 2010, the last midterm election. The…
  • Minimum Wage on Ballots May Hold Dems' Senate Majority

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

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

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

  • Political parties in Kerala gearing up for local elections

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

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

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

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

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

    Merit Al-Sayed, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    If macroeconomic indicators are to be believed, Egypt’s economic growth has ground almost to a halt over the past three years. Worse, however, the past three decades attest to the failure of conventional macroeconomics to guide policymakers in managing development.
  • Children’s Champions

    Gordon Brown
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    This year’s Nobel Peace Prize, honoring the girls' education campaigner Malala Yousafzai and children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, recognized a global children's civil-rights struggle. But the sad fact is that children are doing more than adults to fight for their own rights.
  • The TPP’s Missing Ingredient

    Simon Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    The typical approach when seeking to finalize an agreement aimed at reducing trade barriers is to ask for less, not more, from those on the other side of the table. But the Trans-Pacific Partnership is different: It will work only if the US insists that participating countries do not engage in currency manipulation.
  • China’s Hong Kong Follies

    Sin-ming Shaw
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The massive protests that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for more democracy. But they actually reflect frustration among a population that has been poorly governed by a succession of leaders picked by China’s central government more for their loyalty than their competence.
  • Europe’s Brush with Debt

    Hans-Werner Sinn
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his Italian counterpart, Matteo Renzi, refuse to comply with the eurozone's 2012 fiscal compact; instead, they intend to run up fresh debts. Their stance highlights a fundamental flaw in the European Monetary Union’s structure – one that Europe’s leaders must address before it is too late.
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  • For the Bottom 90% of Americans, Financial Security is Slipping Away

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    No matter how you look at it, the economic picture for most of America is not good. From too much debt to not enough savings to shrinking incomes, the vast majority of Americans are confronted with erosion of their financial security.   A new economic study (pdf) from the National Bureau of Economic Research paints a bleak outlook for 90% of the country. This great mass once enjoyed a growing share of the nation’s wealth from before the Great Depression until the 1980s, according to researchers Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman . The share of the wealth for that group peaked at 35%…
  • U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Fight Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan…Which is Now at an All-Time High

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    An expensive failure might best describe the United States’ effort to curb opium poppy cultivation in war-torn Afghanistan.   Since the start of the war, the U.S. has poured $7.6 billion into counternarcotics operations aimed at stopping poppy production by local farmers, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). But this investment has not produced the results sought by the U.S. military or the Obama administration.   SIGAR says in a new report (pdf) that “Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in…
  • 2.4 Million U.S. Financial Records a Day Stolen by Hackers in Last 6 Months

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    If there were more than 2 million bank robberies in a single day it would be big news, but that’s essentially what’s happening at the hands of computer hackers.   In just the last six months, cyber intruders have stolen an average of 2.4 million financial records a day. The number of records hacked over that period reached 439 million with more than 500 million compromised over the past year, according to USA Today.   “We’re in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement,” Robert Anderson, executive assistant…
  • Senators Coburn and Lee Fight to Halt Creation of a Women’s History Museum

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Two of the U.S. Senate’s most conservative members are coming under fire for blocking a bill that calls for creating a national women’s history museum.   The bill, authored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), would establish a bipartisan eight-member commission to study the building of such a museum. Passage of the legislation would not mean a green light for the project.   But Republican senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Lee of Utah are blocking the measure from moving forward in the Senate. They say the plan could…
  • In a Reversal, Rwanda Screens Air Passengers Arriving from U.S. for Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Turnabout is fair play, or perhaps just prudent when the matter involves the deadly Ebola virus.   The government of Rwanda has decided to start screening all visitors arriving from the United States, where one person who contracted Ebola in West Africa died and others infected with the virus have been treated.   The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says local authorities are requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days “to report their medical condition — regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola — by telephone…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • About that terrible no good Clean Elections board decision

    Donna Gratehouse
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com I haven’t gotten around to addressing it, what with the marriage equality hoopla and teenage abortion explosions taking place at this very hectic pre-election time, but last week the Clean Elections Commission allowed GOP Corp Comm candidates … Continue reading →
  • The legacy of ‘Reaganomics’: most Americans are poorer today than in 1987

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    “Reaganomics” — blind faith in supply-side “trickle down” down GOP economics which redistributed wealth upwards to the über-rich investor class on the promise that making the so-called “job creators” even wealthier would create economic expansion and prosperity that would “trickle … Continue reading →
  • Mr. Etch A Sketch to fund raise for Etch A Sketch McSally

    AZ BlueMeanie
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Willard “Mittens” Romney, “Mr. Etch A Sketch” thanks to his political strategist Eric Fehrnstrom’s unscripted remark, Mitt Romney Etch A Sketch Comment Quickly Becomes a Meme, is coming to Tucson to fund raise for congressional candidate Etch A Sketch McSally. … Continue reading →
  • Gov Brewer Floods LD9 Race with Dark Money for Orr

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Governor Jan Brewer is flooding Tucson’s legislative district 9 race with $101,000 to buy the seat for Republican Ethan Orr. In addition to the Brewer donations, 63% of Orr’s $49,000 has come from from dark money donors. In comparison, challenger … Continue reading →
  • Traditonal Japanese music concert at Yume gardens

    Carolyn Classen
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Yume Japanese Gardens is located south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, at 2130 N. Alvernon Way. You can purchase tickets online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/japanese-folk-song-recital-tickets-13376400173?aff=eorg
 
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  • Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. The terrorist organization Islamic State recently released a glossy recruiting video targeted at young men, a fairly common practice for the tech-savvy ISIS. This time, though, was different. The video replicates Grand Theft Auto 5, the massively successful—it made over $800 million its first day in release—and quite violent video game, and offers gamers the chance to “do the things you do in games, in real life on the battlefield.” What we're seeing now is how the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved. That ISIS would attempt…
  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Resilience Is A Team Sport

    Guest Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    By:  Jenny Gottstein In 1989, my father was at Candlestick Park watching the World Series when Loma Prieta struck. He joined others in the streets to direct cars as San Franciscan’s struggled to find loved ones and return home without traffic lights. Meanwhile, I was in daycare across the city. The only thing I remember was crowding under the Lego tables with my playmates, and watching one teacher comfort another teacher who was sobbing uncontrollably. Growing up in the Bay Area, you are constantly reminded that “the big one” will come any day now. Unlike a tornado or hurricane,…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Maritime Historical Park Proposes Doubling Entrance Fees The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is proposing to double its entrance fees for adults and annual park passes, representatives from the park said Tuesday. The national park, located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, operates and maintains historic boats and ferries dating from as early as 1886. Representatives said they would first hold a public open house, create an online forum, and use social media to reach out to stakeholders and discuss the proposed entrance fee increase before it goes into effect in 2015. The open…
  • SF’s Gentrification Debate Continues Off The Field

    Andrew Cullen
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This time – the kids win. San Francisco Rec and Parks squashes adult permits at Mission Playground After a controversial YouTube video sparked a fierce gentrification debate last week, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department decided to end reserved adult play at Mission Playground on Thursday. Many San Franciscans saw the video as an embodiment of the greater gentrification conversation throughout the Bay Area and as a result, the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club organized a rally on Thursday morning at City Hall, to demand an end to the private renting out of San Francisco’s…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    3 Teens Arrested In Mexico In Connection With Windsor Fatal Shooting Three Santa Rosa teens were arrested in Mexico on Monday morning in connection with a Windsor shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy and injured three others during a birthday party in June, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Flavio Ramos Caballero and Oscar Gustavo Aguilar, both 17, and 16-year-old Duane Darcell Morgan were found in Sonora, a state in Mexico, and were sent to U.S. authorities who booked them into Pima County Jail in Arizona, Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said. They will…
  • SF Giants vs. KC Royals: World Series 2014 tickets, times and locations

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

  • Fat Loss - Apply Ice

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

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

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

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

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

  • Matthew Barzun: Despite ebola and Isis, could it be that we are living in the best of times?

    Matthew Barzun
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain.  Echoing Roosevelt: Matthew Barzun greets President Obama at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, 3 September. Photo: Getty We live in challenging, complex, even confusing times. Our world is in constant flux. Charles Dickens’s description of the French Revolution seems just as appropriate today: it is the worst of times. Indeed, it may be even more true now, as the changes are…
  • Why arming the Kurds is the only option – even for anti-war progressives in the west

    Mehdi Hasan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State. People watch from the Turkish-Syria border as Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobani fight Islamic State militants. Photo: Getty Quiz question: who said that the west must “strengthen the Kurdish fighters, who are doing a good job of fighting Isil”? Was it: a) US senator John McCain, b) former prime minister Tony Blair, or c) Respect MP, George Galloway? Yep, you guessed right. It wasn’t the neocon McCain or the…
  • Lib Dems are guilty of aiding and abetting the Tories; they deserve a long sentence

    Sadiq Khan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    We can't forget how many policies the Lib Dems have happily supported that are against the grain of everything we thought they believed in. The Lib Dems deserve a long spell out of harm's way. Photo: Getty What I heard from the recent Liberal Democrat conference has left me not just disappointed, but angry. I can see why, given their poor ratings in the polls, they are keen to trumpet what they see as the "successes" of the coalition as their doing. They plead "not guilty" to aiding and abetting the Tories. And they are desperate to dump the blame solely on the Tories for the policies with…
  • How to fix Britain’s broken workplaces

    Paul Hunter
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    A new inquiry into Britain's work problems presents a vision of workplace citizenship. It's time to introduce workplace citizenship to Britain's employers. Photo: Getty There’s something seriously wrong with the world of work, and not just in the places you would expect. We know that the UK is near the bottom of the EU low pay league and that those on low pay make up a fifth of the labour force (the same as in 1994, despite the introduction of the minimum wage). And, we know we are world leaders in zero-hours contracting and outsourcing.  But, the problems at work today are no longer…
  • Could NHS England's call for more funding and an overhaul help Labour?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Health service leaders have released a report calling for drastic changes; could this help Ed Miliband on the way to the election? NHS England's call for drastic changes could benefit Labour electorally. Photo: Getty Today, NHS England and five other public health bodies have released a report calling for radical changes to the health service to help it survive an imminent funding crisis. The six national leading health bodies have outlined a five-year plan for the NHS, putting forward a plan to help plug the annual £30bn shortfall they claim will open up by 2020 – something that has been…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Tennessee Democrat: GOP Opposition to Obamacare Will Cause Ebola Epidemic

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    A liberal Democrat Congressman from Tennessee is insisting that because of their opposition to Obmacare, Republicans could cause an Ebola epidemic in his state. Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen has a long history of making over-the-top, incendiary comments, and this month he took to Twitter to needle Republicans over resistance to both the expansion of Medicaid and Obama's takeover of our national healthcare system with his signature Obamacare law. In a combative tweet, Cohen said, "If ebola comes to #tennessee our failure to have expanded #medicaid will cause much greater epidemic as uninsured…
  • Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels: Texas Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn Differ on GOP Vision

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Texas' two Republican Senators disagree on what Republicans should prioritize if the party regains control of Congress.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is considering a 2016 presidential run and is seen as the conservative voice in Congress, wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who may become Majority Whip if the GOP wins a net of six Senate seats this year, believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and…
  • Obama Honors Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    President Obama issued a statement on Tuesday honoring former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee after he passed away at the age of 93. “A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country’s finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told—stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better,” he wrote in a statement issued by the White House. Obama praised Bradlee for setting a standard for…
  • Grimes Accuses McConnell of Trying to Take the Vote Away from Blacks

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan-Grimes' is falsely accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell of trying to take the vote away from blacks in the Bluegrass State. In two new radio ads aired by Democrat Alison Lundergan-Grimes' campaign, Kentucky civil rights leader Georgia Powers asserts that "Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are trying to take away our right to vote." The Grimes campaign bases this claim on McConnell's 2002 vote against allowing convicted felons to vote, as well as a 2007 bill to implement a voter ID law. McConnell's spokesperson Allison Moore called the ads…
  • House GOP Doctors Call for Ebola Travel Restrictions

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Members of the House Republican Doctors Caucus are encouraging President Obama to institute temporary restrictions on travelers coming from Ebola-inflicted nations. “As doctors and nurses, we have been closely monitoring the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa with concern,” 16 members of the caucus wrote in a letter to Obama Tuesday.  “The transmission of Ebola to two health professionals who helped care for Thomas Duncan is extremely concerning, as is the possibility that many more Americans were potentially exposed to the virus by these individuals,” they…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • #Fuoridalleuro: how much is the euro costing us?

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    When people speak about a return to monetary sovereignty, of having a currency under the control of the Italian State and not of foreign banking entities, often people are saying "And after that? Then what happens?". They’ve got used to the euro and they have more trust in the financial killers , in the loan sharks living next door, in this case represented by the financial institutions of European countries that have bought our public bonds in the last few years (of which at least 30% are in foreign hands), than in any Italian government. And you have to understand them when you think of…
  • #Fuoridalleuro: Out of the euro - Either monetary sovereignty or default

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

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

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

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

  • Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge...

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge of Big Soda who was doing a “push poll” — trying to get me and all my neighbors to vote against Berkeley’s proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks. Big Soda is pulling out all the stops — and the money — to prevent the tax, because Big Soda knows that if it fails in Berkeley it can’t pass anywhere. Yet, just like tobacco, we know a small tax reduces consumption. And just like tobacco, consumption of sugary soft drinks is a huge health problem. One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of…
  • Getting a Grip on Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two...
  • Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities than at Public Universities

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite...
  • Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    According to a new federal database put online last week, pharmaceutical companies and device makers...
  • Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars on Rich Allies and Failed States

    Doug Bandow
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Doug Bandow America accounts for nearly 40 percent of globe’s military outlays, but Washington hawks believe that the federal government never spends enough on the Pentagon.  The United States should scale back its international responsibilities and cut Pentagon outlays accordingly. Military expenditures are the price of Washington’s foreign policy.  And the cost is high—about $627 billion budgeted this year, before counting extra expenditures for the latest Mideast war.  The war lobby minimizes the magnitude of America’s military spending through statistical…
  • Is Idaho Really Forcing Ministers to Officiate Weddings?

    Walter Olson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Walter Olson It’s important to push back against the tendency of modern anti-discrimination law to trample the rights of private business and property owners to follow the dictates of their own religious scruples or other personal conscience. It’s also important to get the facts right in each of these controversies as they arise, lest we be stampeded into mistaken assumptions and alarmist misreadings. At Overlawyered, I’ve got some thoughts on the Hitching Post wedding chapel case from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which may pose dangers in both of these directions. 
  • Wastebook: 100 Silly Government Projects

    Nicole Kaeding
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Nicole Kaeding The office of Senator Tom Coburn released its fifth annual “Wastebook.” The report highlights “100 silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects” funded by federal tax dollars or government debt. The 100 projects in this year’s report cost taxpayers $25 billion and represent the enormous scale of the federal government. Among the waste in the report: The National Institutes of Health’s grant-making is roundly criticized. NIH provided $533,000 to study the “effects of meditation…from reading Buddhist texts,” $1.5 million to develop a smartphone game to help…
  • Immigrants Don’t Grow Government

    Alex Nowrasteh
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Alex Nowrasteh Many critics of immigration claim that immigrants will grow the size of government.  As their argument goes, allowing for more lawful immigration to the United States will produce a larger government through immigrant voting behavior or their children’s voting behavior.  However, if another factor like institutional changes can explain the growth of government, we would expect government to grow independently of the size of the immigrant stock. There are many measures of the size of government, many of which are included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2014…
  • U.S. Floods, Droughts and Global Warming: Another Wardrobe Failure

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger, Patrick J. Michaels
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger and Patrick J. Michaels Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” — It is the current rage in the mainstream media and the government to tie almost everything into human-caused global warming—from a sluggish economy to Ebola,  and everything in between (and then some). In fact, virtually none of these claims are supported by a…
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    A View from the Right

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

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

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

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

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

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

  • How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

    John Pilger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    John Pilger marks the death of Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from “tributes” to a man whose political demise is one of America’s dirtiest secrets. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister, Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements […] The post How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children

    Carl Jylland-Halverson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    When homelessness and youth intersect, it becomes a problem of vulnerable people being exploited in both the developed and developing nations. A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female approach a car window on the near north side of Chicago. Both are involved in survival sex and both are trying to help one another get through […] The post Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

    Tom Engelhardt
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Laura Poitras discusses her new film, Citizenfour, on the Edward Snowden affair that unveiled a global surveillance scandal. Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state […] The post Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • China is Becoming a Middle-Class Country

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

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

  • Puneti in valoare masculinitatea cu haine rafinate

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

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

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

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

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

  • Crossroads Skips Context in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The conservative group Crossroads GPS attacks Colorado Sen. Mark Udall for saying the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant isn’t an “imminent threat” to the United States. The ad leaves off the rest of the senator’s remarks and then cites a news article that actually supports what Udall said. Udall went on to say, “But if we don’t respond to the threat it represents, they will be a threat to this country.” And a USA Today article cited on-screen in the Crossroads ad quotes Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as telling the…
  • NRSC Distorts Braley Tax Record

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    In Iowa, a Republican ad claims that Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley “voted to raise taxes on every single Iowa taxpayer.” That badly distorts Braley’s clearly stated position. The fact is, Braley voted most recently to raise taxes on only about the top 1 percent, while keeping federal income taxes the same for all who are less affluent. Braley consistently favored holding income-tax rates steady for all but individuals making more than $200,000 a year, or $250,000 for couples. The vote cited by the ad is one Braley cast in the House in 2010 as a protest against extending…
  • Aiken’s Attack Ad Is Off-Key

    Robert Farley
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Clay Aiken’s latest attack ad against incumbent Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers hits a couple of bad notes. Aiken falsely claims Ellmers “voted against the payroll tax cut because she thought $1,000 out of your pocket is not that much money.” She voted against a two-month extension because it wasn’t long enough, and helped craft a bipartisan bill that extended the payroll tax holiday for one year. Aiken also says Ellmers failed to “stop a Fort Bragg Air Wing from being moved out of state,” because she missed a deadline for filing a bill amendment with the House Rules Committee.
  • FactChecking the Michigan Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Michigan Senate race pits Democratic Rep. Gary Peters against Republican Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, to replace the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. The two candidates have faced plenty of attacks from outside spending groups, who have poured enough money into the race to make it the seventh highest in terms of outside dollars. In fact, those groups — not the candidates themselves — have so far been the focus of our fact-checking efforts. False and misleading claims have centered on taxes, equal pay for women, health care, outsourcing jobs, Medicare and…
  • Student Loan Stretching

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael R. Shannon
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
      Four years into Obamacare, taxpayers are still discovering ways the ACA is expensive in both tax dollars and damage to the healthcare system. Isn’t it ironic you can sue a doctor for negligence when he damages your health, but you can’t sue politicians for negligence when they damage a healthcare system? Trial lawyers could […]
 
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  • GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio) GOP Candidate Compares U.S. Public Schools to Nazi Germany (Audio) Politics Religion Weird News Jody Hice Has Been Optimized GOP Georgia candidate and former pastor Jody Hice, who is running for a seat in Congress, claimed in 2011 that public schools in America had been turned into “camps for indoctrination,” which he compared to Nazi Germany.According to RightWingWatch.org, Hice made the extraordinary claim on his local radio show (audio below). "Obviously, if we have government, which is what the public school is, if we…
  • Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video)

    Michael Allen
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video) Candidate for Texas Lt. Gov. Claims God Speaks Through Phil Robertson (Video) Entertainment Politics TV Weird News Dan Patrick Has Been Optimized Texas Lt. Governor Gregg Abbott (R) is running for governor against Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) leaving the second highest position in the Lone Star state open. Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R) is leading in the polls in the race for Lt. Governor against State Sen. Leticia Van de Putt (D) despite some of his odd claims, notes Mother Jones. Patrick, whom Texas…
  • Woman Stoned To Death By ISIS With Approval From Her Father (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    ISIS Members Stone Young Woman To Death With The Approval Of Her Father (Video) ISIS Posts Video Of Cruel Stoning Of Young Women For Allegedly Committing Adultery (Video) Woman Stoned To Death By ISIS With Approval From Her Father (Video) ISIS Members Stone Young Woman To Death At The Approval Of Her Father (Video) Headlines Internet Lifestyle World Has Been Optimized Disturbing new video from ISIS shows members of the terrorist group stoning a woman to death, and her own father is reportedly part of the crowd throwing the rocks. The woman in the clip is reportedly accused of committing…
  • Crowd Walks Out During Obama Speech In Maryland

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

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

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The headline today in the Courier-Journal reports a sharp–even shocking –decline in law school applications for the three KY law schools: 60% at UL and 40% at UK and NKU over the past 3 years. And this decline follows national trends for law school applicants. The verdict? A law school education and the debt incurred to complete it is no longer as good an investment as it once was given the current market crunch for new attorneys and the projected income for those who do find legal work. That is simple math and, frankly, a bursting of the law school bubble, so to speak, has been…
  • Lauren Mayer: The Sound of Marriage Equality

    Lauren Mayer
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whatever you thought of the live ‘Sound of Music’ starring Carrie Underwood, it was still commendable for a number of reasons, including exposing country fans to musical theatre, and showing people who’d only seen the movie the numbers & scenes that were cut from it. (Not that Julie Andrews wasn’t adorable, but in the movie the Captain dumps Baroness Schraeder just because of one dance with his employee, which is sort of creepy.  In the actual musical, Schraeder turns out to be a Nazi appeaser, and possibly a sympathizer, which is a slightly better reason . . .) I…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Dear God

    John Y. Brown III
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear God, When you invented shaving every morning for men, what were You thinking? I know it was a long time ago and there was a good reason for it at the time. Just help me to understand. P.S. I have lost 29 lbs this year. Since you don’t follow me on Facebook, you probably hadn’t heard. Pretty good, huh? Hope the shaving question didn’t make You mad. Not questioning you. I am just curious. I think losing weight has given me more confidence and allowed me to be more assertive. And ask questions I wouldn’t have asked last year when I was heavier. Let me know on the…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said/She Said: Saying Goodbye to China

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

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

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Using his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., went to bat for Glo Smith, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on Wednesday. West included Smith in his “races to watch” list in addition to the 14 candidates he endorsed.read more
  • Rudy Giuliani: 'I’ve Never Met Someone in Politics that I Disrespect More than Charlie Crist'

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the stump for Gov. Rick Scott and lashed out at former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat in the race, saying “I’ve never met someone in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.” Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. read more
  • Crist's Minimum Wage Hike at the Expense of Jobs Draws NFIB Fire

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Bill Herrle, the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Florida chapter, came out swinging at former Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday. Herrle pointed to Crist saying in Tuesday night’s debate against Gov. Rick Scott that he was for raising the minimum wage even if it led to job loss.read more
  • Jeff Atwater Holds Commanding Lead Over William Rankin

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Florida CFO Jeff Atwater holds a commanding lead over Democratic rival William Rankin according to a new poll. St. Leo University released a poll of likely voters on Wednesday which shows 50 percent backing Atwater, 35 percent behind Rankin and the remaining 15 percent undecided. The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.
  • Adam Putnam Blowing Out Thad Hamilton in New Poll

    Kevin Derby
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is cruising to a second term according to a poll released on Wednesday. A poll of likely voters from St. Leo University shows Putnam with 51 percent while Democrat Thad Hamilton takes 35 percent and 14 percent remain undecided. The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.
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  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ang Lebs
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, a party that suppose to defend Lebanon sovereignty and freedom, tweeted today that one of the solution to free the Lebanese Army soldiers held captive by the terrorists groups Al-Nusra and ISIS is “to take a decision as soon as possible calling for Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately.” Instead of saying no negotiation with terrorists and the soldiers must be freed immediately, not only Mr. Geagea is abiding by the terrorists demands, he is using the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldiers to push his own political…
 
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  • North Carolina Republican Senate Candidate's Website Hacked

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Thom Tillis and the “Gum Tree Pokie Machine.” The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sometime Wednesday, hackers appeared to infiltrate the website of State Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Carolina. Pages of Tillis' website disappeared and were replaced by ads for the Gum Tree Pokie Machine, an online casino. Other pages promised tips on how to "How To Hack Pokie Machines." The hacked pages appeared on sections of the website not immediately obvious to visitors but still hosted by the ThomTillis.com domain name. A knowledgable…
  • GOP Senate Candidate's Ad On ISIS Uses Footage From ISIS Propaganda Film

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Tom Cotton ad about national security and ISIS uses some footage from a 55-minute, graphic propaganda film the militant group put out in September. youtube.com An ad from Republican Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton about his military experience and national security issues uses footage from an ISIS propaganda video as B-roll. Cotton's ad, "Decisions," which came out on Oct. 13, highlights the "tough decisions" Cotton would have to make as a senator about ISIS, the militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, and cites Cotton's work as an Army Ranger. The ad about ISIS…
  • U.S. Government Watching Ottawa Developments, Not Increasing Threat Level

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    President Obama has been briefed, but the threat level across most of the federal government has not been changed. Armed RCMP officers approach Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa on Oct. 22. Chris Wattie / Reuters WASHINGTON — United States officials are monitoring the situation following the shootings at a Canadian parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday. Early reports that various parts of the federal government are stepping up their security posture appeared to be either overstated or were not able to be confirmed. President Obama was briefed by one of his top…
  • John McCain: Pentagon Spokesman Admiral Kirby An "Idiot"

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    “This idiot Admiral Kirby was asked, I think yesterday, that said, ‘John McCain says that we are losing, what do you say?’ The guy, you gotta run it, you gotta run it. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. I mean, it’s amazing.” View Video › Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain does not have a high opinion of Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Speaking with North Carolina conservative talk radio last week, McCain said Kirby was an "idiot." "It's the most amazing thing. It's the most amazing thing," McCain said on the Tyler Cralle Show on…
  • Idaho Governor Asks Appeals Court To Reconsider Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter tells the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that its ruling in favor of marriage equality could cause significant harms, “especially [to] the children of heterosexuals.” [Update: Alaska’s attorney general asks for the 9th Circuit to consider its appeal of his state’s marriage ruling as well.] Lawyers and plaintiffs who sued the state over a gay marriage ban hold a press conference outside of the James A. McClure Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Oct. 7. Patrick Sweeney / Reuters WASHINGTON — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on…
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  • War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

    Earl H. Tilford
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com. Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Most wars, however, have been between states of unequal strength, and outcomes do not always favor the side with the larger battalions—the American…
  • When the Communists Murdered a Priest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

  • Why Have Marriage Rates Hit a New All-Time Low?

    brionnamuyco
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    By Gerard Lameiro, Special for USDR myFOXdc.com reported this week about how marriage rates have hit a new, all-time low in the latest census data.  Are you surprised?  And, how bad is this trend?  Plus, why have marriage rates dropped this precipitously?  First, lets look at the actual data …   The percentage of U. S. adults who have never been married hit a new, all-time low.  Compare the numbers from 1960 with the latest available data in 2012.  Back in 1960, about 10% of adults over age 25 had never been married.  In 2012, in sharp contrast, about 20% of adults over the…
  • Obama’s Cloward-Piven Weapon of Mass Destruction

    brionnamuyco
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR Do you ever get the feeling everyone is in on a joke, except you? That maybe you are the punchline? That everyone is secretly laughing at you?   Well the joke is on America. Obama and his socialist cabal are in on the joke. Illegal aliens are in on the joke. The only ones left out are the rest of us- law-abiding American-born citizens and taxpayers. We are the joke. And everyone knows it…but us.   Do you see the picture above? It was taken yesterday by my friend- a U.S. border agent. He texted it to me- direct from the processing center. It…
  • Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To Extend ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ To U.S

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Photo courtesy of MoneyBlogNewz                       By USDR      A letter from the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group to Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, noted that successful implementation of the Right To Be Forgotten requires a balance between an individual’s privacy and the public’s right to know in making a decision to remove a link in a search engine result.   “I was heartened to see – based on Google’s own numbers – that you appear able to strike…
  • Obama And CDC Sued Over Ebola Epidemic

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Photo by Beth Rankin                               By USDR      Larry Klayman, a former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor and founder of Freedom Watch, announced that he has filed a lawsuit against President Barack Hussein Obama and those in his administration, including the director of the Center for Disease Control, who are recklessly exposing the American people to the deadly Ebola virus and thus furthering a national epidemic.   As Klayman wrote in his weekly column in www.wnd.com last…
  • Hoffa: Mexican Cross-Border Trucking Program Has Failed

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Photo by Carissa Rogers                         By USDR    After spending tens of millions of dollars over the past three years to monitor and inspect trucks domiciled in Mexico, the Mexican Cross-Border Trucking Program ended recently. Unfortunately, by all significant measures, the program has been a failure.   While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has collected large quantities of data, the vast majority of it is worthless in determining if the border was opened to trucks domiciled in Mexico would safely perform…
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    The American Patriot

  • BREAKING NEWS: TERRORIST ATTACK IN CANADA (Coming to America?)

    The American Patriot
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Here is live video from CBC: Memeorandum has the round-up. HotAir.com has video of the parliament shooting: Folks, ISIS is no joke, neither is radical Islam. It’s time to stop acting like Islam is not threat to freedom.
  • Audio: Palin family talk about brawl to police.

    The American Patriot
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Remember that Brawl that involved the Palin family that I told you about? Well, here’s the audio: (WARNING: LANGUAGE! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!) CNN, Radar Online, and Mediaite have the story. There is no denying it; that is Sarah Palin, Bristol, and Willow’s voices. Sarah Palin has been mum about it, which is stupid, why not just tell the truth about it?  
  • The hypocrisy of the neoconservatives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Online-Only Retailers are Positioned to Take a Bite Out of Pet Sales

    Jason Caine
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The continued growth of ecommerce in CPG and grocery categories is creating a host of new challenges for both retailers and CPG brands. The relatively low cost of entry into ecommerce versus traditional brick and mortar retail businesses has resulted in dozens of new online retailers across CPG categories. For example, the razor category has gotten a lot of attention recently, where DollarShaveClub.com has grown from nothing to almost 800,000 shoppers a month in just two years. For consumers, the convenience of ordering regularly purchased items online represents a significant opportunity for…
  • Sunday Series: Test Prep Sites Score Well

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

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

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

    Laura Cantwell
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Happy Columbus Day Weekend! In honor of the holiday, we hope you’ll explore some of our favorite articles from the past week. Here are the top five digital marketing articles from our feeds. The 5 Digital Marketing Trends for 2015 It’s predicted that digital marketing will continue to thrive in 2015. This article by Innovation Enterprise discusses how the industry is likely to transform in the coming year. Learn what will remain relevant and what will become vital in 2015 here. 10 Tips For Creating Your Social Media Strategy Social media is crucial for any business, but getting started…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

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

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

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

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

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

  • The U.S. War On Terrorism

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Not only did the “world change” on that day, but the lexicon of that world changed as well. Phrases like ‘war on terror’ and ‘axis of evil’ became the new stereotypes of American foreign policy. Al-Qaeda went from legitimate enemy to a scapegoat-like collective term for anything the White House and Pentagon wanted to achieve. More money? Yes, it’s necessary to continue the war on terror. More troops? Yes, to battle Al- Qaeda and prevent attacks on American soil. Since 2001, the military’s cumulative spending has reached a staggering $6 TRILLION. The war in Iraq has so far cost…
  • How To Blog?. And How To Be Successful Blogger?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    There is no specific formula for creativity. However, there are many tips and techniques that being acquired by experience and curious 'learning', but first of all, I believe that the process is accumulative and not just like easy.1. Be Patient:Patience is, by far, the second most important factor. Every e-author or editor or blogger wants to deliver his/her 'message' to audience. Nevertheless, Google has changed its searching 'algorithm' this year (2014), so new bloggers must be patient to guarantee "on-ground feet" within millions of websites.2. Original Content:Don't steal contents. Search…
  • Facebook Demands DEA To Stop Using Fake Profiles

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Facebook has written a letter to the US Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA], demanding it stop operating fake profile pages and cease all agency activities on the social network that involve impersonation of others during ongoing DEA investigations.Source: RT
  • New Promising Treatment For Spine Injury

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

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

  • What a hoser! Ignorant Al Sharpton thinks Iowa’s the capital of Canada

    Joe Saunders
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Al Sharpton thinks Iowa’s the capital of Canada. The race-baiting MSNBC host, whose inflammatory rhetoric is matched by his ignorance of the world outside New York City and Washington, D.C., threw off CBC reporter Chloe Fedio Wednesday night during an interview on Sharpton’s “Politics Nation.” “What’s the latest tonight in Iowa?” Sharpton asked, apparently unaware Fedio was actually in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. To her credit, Fedio looked only briefly puzzled before cutting off a slight giggle.. “Well, in Ottawa …. The situation is less tense than before,” she began.
  • Korean War vet battles to fly his American, POW flags: ‘We fought for that flag’

    Carmine Sabia
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    A Korean War veteran is under under attack from his homeowner’s association due to his public display of patriotism. Robert and Judy Willits, of Greenfield, Ind., erected a flagpole in their front yard, proudly flying the American and POW flags to honor Robert’s brother, Lester, who served with him and never returned. Now, the association wants it gone, claiming it’s a violation of neighborhood rules. The Willits are not willing to surrender to the demands, reported WTHR 13 in Indiana. “Lester is still there so I’m going to keep it up,” Robert Willits said. The couple moved into…
  • ‘Dogs got him’: White House intruder jumps fence while Obama was in residence

    Joe Saunders
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    A man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday put up a real dogfight before finally being taken down by the Secret Service. According to MSN.com, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., was arrested shortly after leaping the fence on the North Lawn of the White House about 7:15 p.m. The White House was put on lockdown until about 9 p.m. “Dogs got him, a Secret Service spokesman said. The dogs he punched and kicked were taken to a veterinarian for treatment. Check out CNN’s video of Adesanya’s arrest here. Unlike previous recent incidents where President Obama was not at home, the…
  • Florida Five: Giuliani campaigns for Scott, Governor’s race still deadlocked

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:11 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Hospitals battle state over emergency care for undocumented immigrants – A coalition of Florida hospitals is challenging a state policy on emergency care for undocumented immigrants. The coalition, which includes Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, says the state Agency for Health Care Administration has been unlawfully limiting payments to hospitals that provide emergency services to undocumented immigrants. “There clearly is a federal intent that these hospitals be paid, and the state is…
  • Busted on undercover video: Dems encourage voter fraud, it’s not ‘like lying or stealing’

    George Upper
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Undercover journalist James O’Keefe gave Donna Brazile fair warning earlier this week. After this week, you’re really going to regret saying this, @donnabrazile pic.twitter.com/Vzr6Bgd99w — James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 20, 2014 On Wednesday, the guerilla reporter released a Project Veritas Action video that showed three Colorado Democrats on hidden camera advocating voter fraud in the state’s all mail-in ballot election. O’Keefe, who is probably best known for the undercover videos that led to the disbandment of the Association of Community Organizations for…
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    Daily Signal

  • This Spunky College Intern Is the Face of the New Republican Ground Game

    Josh Siegel
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. – An app on his cracked iPhone has directed the new face of the Republican ground game to Currituck Street. Rhett Johnson parks his SUV stuffed with Chick-fil-A wrappers alongside a curb. His neon-orange running shoes touch ground. “I can’t do phone calls,” says Johnson, a 21-year-old political science student at North Carolina State University and former trombone scholar. “I’m a happy-go-lucky guy. I’d rather be boots on the ground.” “I’d rather be boots on the ground,” says @RhettLeeJohnson. Before he knocks on the first door, Johnson…
  • Government Spends $1 Million to Study ‘Subversive Propaganda’ Online

    Mike Gonzalez
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Should the same federal government that improperly denied conservatives tax-exempt status and sought to investigate newsrooms now be tracking the Twitter hashtag #teaparty? Should it be the arbiter of what constitutes “misinformation” online or attempt to reduce “subversive propaganda”? Well, the bureaucracy thinks the answer to all those questions should be yes–and it has already sunk $1 million in the effort. This latest attempt by the federal bureaucracy to limit free speech comes courtesy of a powerful independent agency. Though not a household name, the National Science…
  • 3 Schoolgirls’ Attraction to ISIS Reveals 24/7 Security Concern

    Josh Siegel
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    News that three teen-age schoolgirls from the Denver area skipped class and headed off to join the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria isn’t as surprising as it first appears, a national security expert says. “This is something law enforcement officials are going to have to be on 24/7,” James Carafano, vice president of foreign and defense policy at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.  “It’s going to require robust international cooperation and the appropriate, prudent use of domestic law enforcement as well.” In this case, German authorities arrested the…
  • 6 Outrageous Times VA Employees Did Wrong and Still Got Paid by You

    Melissa Quinn
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The Department of Veterans Affairs remains embroiled in a scandal that resulted in the deaths of at least 40 veterans assigned to its medical facilities. Now, a report from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., outlines the actions of numerous VA employees who were suspended for various offenses but continued to get a salary from taxpayers. Coburn today released his annual Wastebook, which highlights “frivolous” projects backed by taxpayer dollars. This year’s edition notes that taxpayers shelled out $19 million in compensation for government employees placed on administrative leave for a variety…
  • From Africa to the US: Ebola in One Timeline

    Philip Wegmann
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    President Obama calls the Ebola virus a “serious disease.” The World Health Organization classifies the outbreak an “international health emergency.” Below are the facts, tracking the spread of the West African epidemic to the United States. >>> Use the arrows to advance or jump to an event using the scrollbar at the bottom. The post From Africa to the US: Ebola in One Timeline appeared first on Daily Signal.
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Al-Qaeda and ISIS coming together against India?

    Danish Khan
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    How real and big is the threat posed by ISIS and Al-Qaeda to India? Gurmeet Kanwal from Centre for Land and Warfare Studies explains that at present both the groups are not acting in concert with each other. The reason for this is that the present leadership of ISIS is too radical. At a point of time in the past, when they had gone to meet Osama Bin Laden, it is said that even he found them to be virulently radical compared to Al Qaeda. In future they could work together at various operational levels since their goal is to create an Islamic State extending from West to East Asia. To fight the…
  • Deepavali – Many festivals in one!

    Hari & Hema
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    While Deepavali is celebrated all over India, it is interesting to note that it is celebrated in different parts of India to rejoice very different events. (Image courtesy: Choo Yut Shing) Winter marks a period filled with festivals of lights and Deepavali ushers in this season of lights. Deepavali is by far the most popular festival, celebrated all over India. It is also the most popular Indian festival celebrated all over the world. Deepavali as the name itself suggests, is the festival of lights – an array of lights, literally. While Deepavali is celebrated all over India, it is…
  • Arun Shourie on Pakistan – Diplomacy or War

    Niticentral Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Arun Shourie on handling Pakistan On August 18, 2014, India called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan which were scheduled to be held on August 25 in Islamabad. The talks were called off in the wake of Kashmiri separatist leaders being invited to meet Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit. This created lot of buzz in the national as well international media. Arun Shourie in his book “We must have no price” has dedicated an entire chapter to India having only a choice between Diplomacy and War when it came to Pakistan. Mr. Shourie states that every time there is a change…
  • Rajesh Jain on Making India Rich

    Rajesh Jain
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Understanding the root causes of why we are still poor will lay the foundation of a Rich India. After three decades we celebrate our first Diwali under a single-party majority government, and a government that is non-Congress since a decade. Now we have an opportunity for making India a rich and prosperous nation within a generation. It is time to ask: what do we have to do? Just a generation ago, China had a lower per capita income than India. Now, China’s per capita income is 4.5 times that of India. While India’s per capita income in dollar terms grew by 4 times from the mid-1980s to…
  • PM Modi’s reforms gift for Diwali

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Centre to soon facilitate easy business ambiance to investors Doing business is going to be easier in India as Narendra Modi Government is preparing to cut down the time for registering a business from 27 days to a single day. According to a Times of India report, the Centre will facilitate a single registration for all labour laws, overhaul of tax systems, reduction in the number of permits required, easing up property registration, quick electricity connection that are expected to make India an attractive destination for investment. Even after more than two decades of economic reforms since…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

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

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

    JG
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. The idiom “out of sight out of mind” is just as relevant […]The post Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

    JG
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Software is eating the world, and especially the world of systems management.  As we evolve to a world of Infrastructure-as-Code, it becomes imperative the technology powering complex, web-facing applications be automated for high availability, compliance, and auto scaling.  Over the past several years at Logicworks, we built a dedicated team of DevOps experts who use […]The post Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach

    JG
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  Given the high level […]The post Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Oct. 22

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Child seduction charge filed against fired Concord JV girls soccer coach – Elkhart Truth A Concord High School soccer coach has been charged with child ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Mom wants Breaking Bad toys taken out of adult toy aisle in Toys r Us Indiana to kick dead beats off food stamps [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Remy has a new song parody about Obama scandals Students at Catholic university want free condoms [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Casey got scammed by an airline ticket website Which founding father are you Survey on liberals and conservatives and media outlets [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, Oct. 21

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Which of the Founding Fathers Would You Be? | TheBlaze.com Which of the Founding Fathers Would You Be? Court says not so fast with those ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website…
  • Liberal Fix Encore : Liz Accles of Community Food Advocates

    Liberal Fix
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Liz Accles, Executive Director for Community Food Advocates in New York City.  The discussion focuses on the problem with school aged children going hungry in NYC and the pursuit of a universal school meal program. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Raul Salazar, Program Manager for Quixote Village

    Liberal Fix
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Join us as we talk to Raul Salazar about Quixote Village. Quixote Village is a self-governing community of about 30 homeless adults, supported by Panza, a non-profit corporation built from local faith communities and friends. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix w/ North Dakota State Reps Gail Mooney and Kylie Oversen

    Liberal Fix
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Listen in as host Naomi Minogue is joined by Gail Mooney, North Dakota State Representative for District #20 and Kylie Oversen, North Dakota State Representative for District #42 for a discussion about North Dakota state legislation and women's health issues. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Canada Shooter Media Hoax: FOX News says ‘It’s Terrorism, It’s ISIS’

    21wire
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTUncanny timing. Just as the book on Ebola is closed, suddenly, a new chapter on ISIS is open. Have intelligence agencies finally dragged Canada into the ‘War on Terror’?This morning, the Canadian Parliament building located in the capitol of Ottawa, was reported to have been besieged by a Canadian citizen – a ‘lone wolf gunman’ named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (pictured below).BREAKING | This is a photo of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, gunman in this morning’s shootings in Ottawa. #cbcOTT #OTTnews pic.twitter.com/OLSxlYPelj— CBC Ottawa…
  • CIA Propaganda War: Did ISIS Mortars Really Hit US Embassy In Baghdad?

    21wire
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says…“Oceana has always been at war with Eurasia.” -1984The internet is a blaze with reports that ISIS mortars have hit the US Embassy compound in Baghdad. The question now is, was it really ISIS, or is it just another installment in a CIA-driven propaganda war?Reports began circulating on Tuesday that ISIS had “taken credit” for a mortar attack hitting the US Embassy in Baghdad. Alleged ISIS supporters/fighters began Tweeting: “Four rockets strike Green Zone in #Baghdad; helicopters hovering over the Green Zone; ambulances heading that way…
  • Dear Mr. President: Why is U.S. ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Going Straight to ISIS?

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The US State Department, led by the fumbling John Kerry, and flippant Jen Psaki and the even more flippant CIA sorority operative, Marie Harf, all seem to be Stuck on Stupid when it comes to Syria.The tired old lie – that U.S. foreign assistance is spread around the world in the name of ‘peace and good will’, has finally been delivered the knock-out blow it needed to be put out of its banal misery this week…SORORITY BRAIN TRUST: Lack-luster spin merchants Psaki and Harf fail to cover for droll Kerry’s gross incompetence.A truly…
  • EBOLA, ISIS and UKRAINE: The Kev Baker Show with guest Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Ebola Hype EXPOSED, Ukrainian Mass Graves & MH17 Cover-up & ISIS UNCOVERED with Patrick HenningsenHost Kev Baker and his crew in a power-packed 1 hour interview discussion with guest Patrick Henningsen from 21st Century Wire…READ MORE EBOLA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Ebola Files-
  • 21st Century Eugenics: Population Reduction Done Through Vaccine Poisons

    21wire
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    SARTE21st Century WireAttitudes toward medical ailments and treatment vary widely, usually based upon the degree of trust in the type of health care practice that a patient believes to be the best healing method. The American Medical Association (AMA) is an advocacy association that promotes the validity of medical therapy, but it’s heavily based upon manufactured designer drugs. The establishment corporatist scientists have a tendency to claim a corner on proof. However, they often expound on their accepted view using selective memory. Facts can stand in the way of implementing the…
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    MutantRambler

  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
  • Missing the point.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you. But, surely, if that person is smarter, prettier and better then they wouldn’t want to be you? They’re more than happy being a better human being than you will ever be.
  • Lets crack open some smokes and enjoy some premarital sex

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    I stumbled across a website the other day that really caught my eye, and no, for once this wasn’t anything to do with pornography. Nip your browsers over to http://wilstar.com/smokefree/ and enjoy the anti smoking information for a few minutes before coming back here. We’ll wait for you don’t worry. The information provided on this website is just one of many that are online perpetrating the information that smoking is bad for you and that its all totally 1960′s and we as a species should have grown out of it by now. I always find it interesting that these websites are all written…
 
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    The Politic

  • Don’t Count on the Mailman

    JP Meredith
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A switch to all-mail voting won’t necessarily be a boon for Colorado Democrats.
  • At a historical crossroads, Brazil should embrace change

    Gabriel Fritsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Thursday, June 20th 2013. We were all there, together with the 2 million people in the streets of 22 different cities around Brazil. It was one of the largest public demonstrations in the country’s history.
  • Dan Malloy Talks Politics over Pasta

    Hedy Gutfreund
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    “Want to grab a meal sometime?” is probably one of the most ubiquitous phrases at Yale, but most people probably haven’t asked it of the Governor of Connecticut.
  • US Climate Change Envoy: The Clock is Ticking

    Riddhima Yadav
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The address by Stern, who has been the lead negotiator for the US at global climate talks since 2009, comes at a crucial time for climate negotiations.
  • Alibaba Unveiled: Inside China’s E-Commerce Giant

    Stephanie Saunderson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In the light of a highly successful IPO recently, Stephanie Saunderson takes a better look at the company synonymous with online business in China.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Philanthropy As Civic Engagement

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
  • I Am Thankful

    guanyinmiao
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I take things for granted. I used to have a #3thingstobegratefulfor hashtag on Twitter, but I lost interest after some time. The hashtag lost its meaning too. Far too often I focused on the superficial and events which happened outside my routines, and there were days when I – ironically – scraped for things to … Continue reading →
  • Of Information And Communication

    guanyinmiao
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    That the government is trying out different means to “simplify information and provide as much information as possible to the people” (TODAY, Oct. 11) is encouraging, though whether Singaporeans have adequate access to information is in question. This is not necessarily about the supply or presentation of information – because the government could point to quantitative data on Statistics Singapore, its fact-checking site Factually, as well as parliamentary speeches made by ministers – but about the utility of such information. Continue reading →
  • A Cautious Start

    guanyinmiao
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    With this emphasis of symbolism over utility, the immediate phase of publicity matters. Projecting the SAFVC too far into the future will be unrealistic, because the SAF would look to assess the efficacy of its first volunteers. The initial success of the SAFVC will therefore be measured by the number of applicants across those in Singapore who are not liable for NS, and then by the number who stay in the programme. An uphill task, when one considers the independent survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies last year, which found that 13.6 per cent of the women polled were willing…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    To be willing to put a vote to the people, knowing full well that you could come out on the losing end... and the AWARD goes to... For standing up to islamic militant thugs that are out to destroy the world... and the AWARD goes to... Buckling under pressure because it's the PC thing to do... the AWARD goes to...  For bringing the most insensitive product to market... it reminded people of a 1970's massacre in a bad way... and the AWARD goes to... For learning the hard way that the coverup is always worse than the crime... the AWARD goes to...  A multibillion dollar corporation that…
  • The Award Goes To… the National Football League

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Protecting your brand at all cost... even if you have to tell a little white lie.... and the AWARD goes to... For not only fulfilling your campaign promise of never bringing America into another war, but for convincing the Secretary of State that... hear no war, see no war, smell no war... Thanks for the warning that our smart phones and computers may malfunction... and the AWARD goes to...  For sticking to his story even when it seemed like he was just trying to get away with murder! and the AWARD goes to... For reminding Americans that President Obama will be remembered, even 100 years…
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    Citizens News

  • South Korean KFC’s newest sandwich puts American fast food to shame

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics KFC If you ever feel like American fast food is too meager, KFC in South Korea has just the thing for you. The Zinger Double Down King piles beef and bacon between two fried chicken fillets that serve in lieu of a bun. It’s the more hardcore answer to the […]The post South Korean KFC’s newest sandwich puts American fast food to shame appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels: Texas Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn Differ on GOP Vision

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Written by Breitbart Feed Texas’ two Republican Senators disagree on what Republicans should prioritize if the party regains control of Congress.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is considering a 2016 presidential run and is seen as the conservative voice in Congress, wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama’s executive grants […]The post Bold Colors vs. Pale Pastels: Texas Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn Differ on GOP Vision appeared first on Citizens News.
  • China deploys troops and fighter jets in response to unauthorised flight

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Written by World news | The Guardian Three aviation technology company employees arrested for flying mapping drone near Beijing airport Continue reading…The post China deploys troops and fighter jets in response to unauthorised flight appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Missouri Democrat: My Biggest Enemy Is the President of the United States

    Liberty Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler Click here to view the embedded video. The Missouri Torch reports that Democrat state Representative Ed Schieffer, a candidate for the Missouri state Senate, met with the Lincoln County Tea Party this week to ease any fears they might have that he would be taking orders from President Obama: My […]The post Missouri Democrat: My Biggest Enemy Is the President of the United States appeared first on Citizens News.
  • CAN WE FINALLY ADMIT THAT THE WORLD HAS A MUSLIM

    Liberty Bell
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE problem? EXCERPT:  “A Muslim convert shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation’s capital on lockdown.  Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as […]The post CAN WE FINALLY ADMIT THAT THE WORLD HAS A MUSLIM appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Shooting On Parliament Hill In Ottawa !!! UPDATED

    leftdog
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
     - There have been 3 separate shooting incidents in and around the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada. Details are sketchy. Early reports that Soldier at War Memorial has died from attack.- At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.- An arrest has been made.- One victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.- Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament. Dozens of shots were heard.- Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of…
  • Canada's Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservatives Tax Cuts ....

    leftdog
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.While most individual Canadians don't earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country's businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year's share by Jan. 30.The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called "corporate tax freedom day" came much later…
  • Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...

    leftdog
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Stephen Harper Mocked Over Empty UN General Assembly For His Speech
  • Andrew Scheer Is The WORST House Of Commons Speaker In The Entire History Of Canada's Parliament!!

    leftdog
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
     Speaker Scheer and the death of ParliamentBy Montreal SimonFor years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent.They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.For this is what happened when Tom Mulcair rose to ask this question about Canada’s mysterious mission in Iraq:“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has failed to answer clear…
  • Harper Refuses To Answer ANY Questions On Iraq Mission - Partisan House Of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer Refuses To Follow Rules Of The House!!

    leftdog
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Speaker Andrew Scheer is so completely in the pocket of the Prime Minister's Office, he will not follow the Rules of the House and require the Conservative Government to adhere to some sane relevancy when answering questions in Question Periond.  SHAME ON SPEAKER SCHEER!!!Tue, Sep 23: "NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wanted to talk about Canada’s military mission in Iraq. Conservative MP Paul Calandra wanted to talk about a NDP fundraiser’s inflammatory comments about Israel. What followed was an utterly bizzare exchange which ended with Mulcair questioning the Speaker of the House’s…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Taxpayer Horror: WebMD Obamacare Payout

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The next time you decide to use the World Wide Web to diagnose that tumor or ulcer, you might want to keep the following in mind. Last month, it finally came to light that the site with the fastest cancer trigger on the internet, WebMD was given a reasonable $13,932,914 to promote the Affordable Care Act through the Health Care Priorities Educational Initiative.
  • 2014’s Top Adult Trick or Treat Bags

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    Last year, the Obamacare bag was all anyone in the medical industry could talk about, but if you plan on going door to door peddling your Mitch McConnell wares (a truly horrifying thought) or just counting your neighbors’ sick, you’ll want to carry one of these babies.
  • Creepy Costumes: Cambodia John Kerry

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    It’s time our staff put something to rest. While most of the internet swears that Secretary of State John Kerry is merely a moonlighting Herman Munster, PD wishes to repudiate that claim.
  • Planned Parenthood Brings You the Creepiest Accessory of the Season

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Past October PD articles have brought you creepy skull, snake, and bat baubles galore, but this year Planned Parenthood went way above and beyond the classic ghoulish motif---well into the disturbing category. If you donate $10 or more a month to the DCAF (that’s the DC Abortion Fund) you’ll score your very own coat hanger pendant necklace.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Bloody Mary

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    We’ve made it clear several times here on PD that we are not fans of monarchy—any monarchy. So, since it’s October and our Mondays haven taken an even creepier twist, let’s talk about Mary Tudor. A.k.a. Bloody Mary.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Gandhi for Today: Self-Rule, Non-Violence, Struggle for Justice

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    A Paper by Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum, presented at a Plenary Session of the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014 The central topic of this session is the work of Gandhi (and at least one of the thinkers who influenced him: Leon Tolstoy). Gandhi’s work is sprawling, it comprises over 100 volumes. These books deal with a great variety of themes; I want to focus here on one area of his life and work which, however, is central and overshadows the rest: the area of politics and political action. I title my talk: “Gandhi for Today”—because it is not enough just…
  • Gusi Peace Prize to be Awarded to Professor Hans Köchler

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    President of International Progress Organization again honoured for his civil society initiatives.Manila / Vienna, 22 October 2014RE/25172c-isIn an official communication addressed to Prof. Hans Köchler, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gusi Peace Prize International, Amb. Barry Gusi, announced that Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, will be awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for 2014. According to the Chairman, Prof. Köchler receives the prize in recognition of his contributions, as philosopher of law, to the peaceful solution of international…
  • The Musical Olympus Festival Returns to Berlin with the Motto “Music – for Peace”

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    On November, 14, 2014 the Musical Olympus Festival will present its participants on stage of the Chamber Music Hall at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Last time the festival’s participants performed on this stage in 2011. On the gala night one of the best concert halls in Germany will host the stars of the Musical Olympus: Igor Yeliseev (double bass, Russia), Marc Bouchkov (violin, Belgium), Rémi Geniet, (piano, France), as well as tenor Mario Chang (Guatemala). All performers are prize winners of prestigious international musical competitions and participants of the Musical Olympus festival…
  • Helsinki and Paris – a New Security Architecture for the Euro-Asia Space

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org1. Europe’s new schism?The continual crisis in Ukraine is perpetuating an East-West schism that was never overcome after the end of the Cold War. Even if there is no all-out war between the major powers involved in the Ukrainian conflict, Europe faces the distinct prospect of a permanent divide at its very heart. The EU increasingly looks like an annex to the United States, which has historically…
  • Principles for a New World Order

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    A Paper by Anthony Werner, Editor-in-Chief, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, presented for the 12th Rhodes Forum, September 26, 2014‘Whatever lives is full of the Lord. Claim nothing; enjoy, do not covet His property.’Eesha UpanishadThis is an English translation of an ancient Sanskrit scripture preserved in India that would have been known to both Gandhi and J.C. Kapur. Tolstoy’s book, The Kingdom of God is within You, which so influenced Gandhi, echoes this. The verse is also a reminder of our relationship to the universe in which we live. I have chosen it because I want to focus on a…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • Second Police Officer Shot in Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last night we reported that a police officer was shot in the arm when he interrupted a robbery in progress in the troubled town of Ferguson (MO). That event spurred a large scale protest mob containing an estimated 100 individuals outside the Ferguson Police Station shouting and chanting. Last night another attack on a police officer happened hours later when another officer came under attack in a drive-by attack leaving him with multiple injuries to his arm and face. It’s reported that the window to his squad car was smashed. The officer was sent to the hospital for evaluation with…
  • Officer Shot In Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Update: The injured officer was actually male and the structure involved was the Ferguson Community Center which the police conduct routine nightly checks on during their beat patrols. The suspect is still at large and a manhunt is underway.  More unrest in Ferguson (Mississippi) as a female police officer is shot while attempting to subdue a robber that she had caught in the act. At about 9:20 PM on Saturday the unnamed police officer was on her normal police beat and accidentally interrupted a would be robber breaking into a business. The robber fired one shot, hitting the officer in the…
  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • UK ‘aid for executions’ in spotlight as Pakistan set to restart hangings

    User Submitted
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    More than a hundred prisoners apprehended in UK-funded drug arrests are now facing execution in Pakistan, after a judge scheduled a hanging that would end the country’s 2-year death penalty moratorium. A one-month stay of execution granted to Pakistani prisoner Shoaib Sarwar expires next Monday (27th October), leaving Mr Sarwar at imminent risk of death. ...
  • The Rape of Democracy

    Eric Zuesse
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Eric Zuesse On the one side are conservatives, who resent taxes and self-identify with rich people who say that government is basically a huge waste of money and only private business is efficient and productive. On the other side are liberals, who don’t resent anything and who say that government is good enough to be ...
  • List of the World’s Richest Countries; America’s Special Role in It

    Eric Zuesse
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Eric Zuesse The world’s richest countries are the ones where the median wealth per person is the highest. This system ranks nations truly according to the most-representative person in each given nation — the person who is in the exact middle of that nation’s population in terms of per-person wealth. Consequently, for example, if a ...
  • Neocon Sabotage of Iran-Nuke Deal

    User Submitted
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Paul R. Pillar David Sanger’s article in the New York Times about how the Obama administration is seeking a nuclear accord with Iran that would not require any early votes in Congress has garnered a lot of attention. Naturally, the administration in response has offered assurances that Congress has a role to play and no ...
  • UN Gaza War Inquiry: Hold the Cheers

    User Submitted
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On October 21, Reuters headlined “UN chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry.” “UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel’s recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of UN sites to ...
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  • Jokowi’s ‘Look West’ Foreign Policy: Expanding Indonesia’s Sphere Of Influence? – Analysis

    RSIS
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    While President Jokowi has to contend with intense short-term domestic challenges, it does not mean he will completely decry the internationalist foreign policy outlook of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. His primary strategies will be to turn Indonesia into a “global maritime nexus” and pursue a “Look West” strategy. By Leonard C. Sebastian and Emirza Adi Syailendra […] The post Jokowi’s ‘Look West’ Foreign Policy: Expanding Indonesia’s Sphere Of Influence? – Analysis... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Al Baghdadi And The Doctrine Behind The Name – OpEd

    IPS
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    By Farhang Jahanpour When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu’minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. The choice of the long title […] The post Al Baghdadi And The Doctrine Behind The Name – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Hagel, Italian Defense Minister Discuss ISIL Operations

    Eurasia Review
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti today to discuss planned Italian contributions to the fight against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel […] The post Hagel, Italian Defense Minister Discuss ISIL Operations appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pentagon Confirms ISIL Intercepted One Airdrop To Kurds Fighting In Kobani

    DoD News
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By Nick Simeone One of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria most likely fell into enemy hands, a Pentagon spokesman said today, but a majority reached their intended recipients. “We still know that the vast majority of resupply bundles that we dropped went to […] The post Pentagon Confirms ISIL Intercepted One Airdrop To Kurds Fighting In Kobani appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Colombia: FARC Leaders Head To Havana

    MISNA
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At least six leaders of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group headed to Cuba to take part in peace negotiations underway for two years with the Colombian government in Havana. Military operations were suspended in three areas in Colombia to facilitate the departure of the guerrilla leaders. Among the FARc commanders is […] The post Colombia: FARC Leaders Head To Havana appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Catania: ‘I’m best qualified to be mayor’

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    ‘I see a city that can do better,’ said mayoral candidate David Catania. ‘And I see things that aren’t right and I want to make them right.’ (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series profiling the leading candidates for mayor. Last week’s interview with Carol Schwartz is available here. Next week: Muriel Bowser.   If he should emerge as the winner in the Nov. 4 mayoral election, D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) would become the first non-Democrat, the first white person, and the first out gay to…
  • Mich. LGBT group receives $3 million donation

    Staff reports
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Henry Messer, on right, with partner Carl House. (Photo courtesy of Equality Michigan) DETROIT — Michigan’s only statewide LGBT advocacy group on Oct. 21 announced it had received the largest donation in the organization’s history. Equality Michigan said in a press release it had received $3 million from the estate of Henry Messer. More than $1 million will go directly to the organization, while the additional money was donated to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan that contains Equality Michigan’s endowment. Messer, a brain surgeon who was discharged from the U.S. Air…
  • Push for trans military service recalls efforts against ‘Don’t Ask’

    Chris Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Transgender service members discuss their experiences in the military at an ACLU, Palm Center forum. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Three years after the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” enabled openly gay people to serve in the U.S. military, a renewed push is underway to allow transgender Americans to serve openly in the armed forces — and the challenges and opportunities in making progress are remarkably similar. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Palm Center, a San Francisco-based think-tank on sexual minorities in the military, hosted a…
  • Campaign for ‘USS Harvey Milk’ stalled?

    Thom Senzee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sean Sala supports efforts to name a Naval vessel after Harvey Milk. (Photo courtesy Thom Senzee) Organizers insist that a national campaign to persuade the United States Navy to christen “the next appropriate ship” the USS Harvey Milk in honor of the slain civil rights leader and naval veteran, launched nearly two years ago, is still on course. But they confess that achieving their goal is far from a sure thing. To date, the highest-level, officially acknowledged conversation about the prospect of the U.S. Navy naming a ship after Milk happened during the tenure of gay San Diego City…
  • Philadelphia LGBT liaison dies

    Staff reports
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Philadelphia City Hall (Photo by Antoine Taveneaux; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) PHILADELPHIA — Gloria Casarez, the first director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, died last weekend. She was 42. The Philadelphia Gay News reported that Casarez died after a long battle with breast cancer. “She was a clear, strong voice to the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia and across America,” said Mayor Michael Nutter in an Oct. 19 statement that announced Casarez’s passing. Casarez, a native Philadelphian, was the coordinator of the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Woman Went to a Fox Farm for a Fur Coat, and Came Home With a Pet (Pics Included)

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I just love stories like this. When Natalia Gaintseva’s husband decided to gift her with a new coat and let her pick out her own fur, she went along with idea. So the Russian couple headed to a fox farm to choose the very skin that would soon, they thought, hang from her shoulders. But Natalia had no idea what she was in for. At the farm, she got to see the animals up close, and realized she could never be responsible for the killing of one of these gorgeous creatures. One fox, in particular, stole her attention. “When I saw her cowering at the back of the cage, I felt really sorry for…
  • How the NFL is Royally Screwing American Taxpayers

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know the NFL is a nonprofit organization? So the same league that can afford to pay commissioner Roger Goodell a ridiculous $44 million per year doesn’t pay one cent of federal tax. But that nauseating fact, my friends, is not what this post is about – because it gets much, much worse. Where the NLF really sticks it to the taxpayer is in stadium costs. As I learned on NPR this morning (I’m a junkie), you and I shoulder the majority of funding for these behemoth structures. So while the $10-billion-a-year NFL machine profits like a bandit from games played in local…
  • This Newly Approved Pesticide Spells Doom for the Monarch Butterfly

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does EPA really still stand for “Environmental Protection Agency?” From fracking-contaminated drinking water to unchecked air pollution at coal plants, protecting the planet doesn’t seem like the highest priority over there these days. And now that the EPA has approved a powerful new pesticide to help GMO crops survive,  monarch butterflies are more imperiled than ever – and for everyone (like me) who has cherished childhood memories of monarchs, this news is pretty grim. The new poison spray, called Enlist Duo and made by Dow AgroSciences, is meant specifically for…
  • These Are The World’s Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?)

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world.  They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing. The original document is more than 150 pages long, but this graphic sums it up nicely (the report is actually about the happiest countries of 2013, but it just came out this year). And as you may have guessed, the U.S. is not one of the world’s happiest countries.
  • This Woman Was Gunned Down for Not Giving Out Her Number

    Lady Freethinker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every woman — no matter what their size, color or facial features — knows what it’s like to be approached by a stranger demanding attention. And at that moment, the instinctual thought usually is, “how do I get out of this?” But no matter how awkward, demeaning or even scary that moment may be, I’ve never expected to be shot for rejecting a pick-up attempt. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to 27-year-old Mary “Unique” Spears of Detroit. She had just left a funeral when a 38-year-old man started harassing her. “Can I get your name,…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Pollsters Say They Follow Ethical Standards, But They Aren’t So Sure About Their Peers

    Carl Bialik
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    For our second poll of leading U.S. political pollsters, we asked about ethics. The pollsters who answered, even those who asked for anonymity, said they follow basic ethical principles such as not copying others’ work or letting campaigns dictate results. But many held doubts about their peers’ ethics, and about the media’s ability to parse honest, good polls from dishonest, lousy ones.As with our first poll, we contacted the most active political pollsters in our database.1 This time, 24 responded, on questions about ethics and about FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings…
  • The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Democrats — Or Republicans

    Nate Silver
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    This year’s Senate election is close. Republicans have the clearer path to a majority, but it’s a treacherous one. Republicans are favored in Iowa and Colorado, for example, but not by much. If Democrats eked out victories in those states and picked up the seat in Kansas (by persuading independent Greg Orman to caucus with them), they could control 50 Senate seats and keep their majority. Democrats could also still pick up seats from the GOP in Georgia and Kentucky. And Republican gains in Arkansas and Louisiana are probable but far from certain.So, we’ve not quite reached the point…
  • Senate Control Could Come Down To Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel

    David Wasserman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few weeks ago, the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, took to his “Nerd Screen” to outline an unconventional way to think about the midterm political landscape. His theory: 2014’s hottest races are boiling down to big Democratic urban areas and inner suburbs with lots of Starbucks coffee shops versus heavily Republican exurban hinterlands and rural areas with lots of Chick-fil-A restaurants.6But after immersing myself in numbers, maps and, admittedly, a spicy chicken sandwich, I discovered a slight problem: Neither chain’s political geography fits…
  • Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections

    Carl Bialik
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we write about polls regularly, especially ahead of big elections like next month’s. We rate pollsters for their accuracy and whether they lean Republican or Democratic. And we use their work to inform our election model and Senate forecast.Now we’re polling pollsters, too.We wanted to see what the most prolific political pollsters had to say about their work, the election, their industry and where it’s headed. We reached out to 60 of the most active political pollsters in the country, and 26 took our survey.7In their responses, most pollsters predict…
  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves. Since 1902, the city has required police officers to live within the city limits, but an arbitration panel recently ruled in favor of allowing officers to live within 25 air miles of downtown. City officials want the requirement to remain in place, as do the people of Pittsburgh, who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last year to keep it.Residency requirements are hugely unpopular among police officers in Pittsburgh and in other cities with similar rules. Many cities and states have contested the constitutionality of…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • Germany’s AfD has a racism problem

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The rise of Germany’s new far right party AfD has been nothing but meteoric. Founded only months before the 2013 General Election, the party came tantalisingly close to the electoral threshold, delivering the strongest performance of any new party since the 1950s. Eight months later, they made it easily into the European parliament (outperforming the Liberals (FDP)), and this summer, they won representation in three East German state parliaments, further startling the establishment. The biggest problem for any far-right party in Germany is respectability: Any (open) display of extremist…
  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Barack who?

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Allahpundit,  Well, now I don’t get it. I thought Democrats had a huddle at the beginning of the month and decided that, with a Republican tsunami gathering, they had to abandon the whole... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Weird News: Florida woman sets roommate on fire over spaghetti spat, Meatballs?

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
     An argument turned vicious in Florida when an incensed woman poured fingernail polish remover over her roommate then ignited it. The fight, according to a witness, erupted after Carlos Ortiz... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Ukraine’s revolution remains unfinished

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
     In the afternoon of February 20, after the morning’s dead had been cleared away, Volodymyr Melnychuk arrived outside Kiev’s October palace. Higher up the hill stood the seats of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friend says Ottawa gunman knew homegrown jihadist, wanted to travel to Middle East

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
     The convert to Islam who fatally shot a Canadian soldier guarding that country’s national war memorial Wednesday morning before attacking Parliament and being fatally shot by its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Former Bellevue, Wash., official accused of stealing pro-gun campaign sign

    chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
     A former City Council member in Bellevue, Washington, has been accused of stealing campaign signs urging voters to block the expansion of background checks for gun buyers in the state, police... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-22, Wednesday

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, October 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, David Knight unveils the impact the upcoming election could have on America, especially as Democrats brace for huge losses, including control of the U.S. Senate. Alex breaks down the latest developments of Ebola and victory in human health as the public begins to reject fast food. Anthony Gucciardi also covers other critical developments in health news. Additionally, a U.S. Border Agent says his department is not ready to guard the border from illegal immigrants who are infected with Ebola. Joining the show to break down this…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-21, Tuesday

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, October 21 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down how Obama's new “Ebola czar” Ron Klain is another enthusiastic advocate of population control who thinks there are too many people in Africa. Jones also discusses studies by U.S. Army scientists that found Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. On today's show, Alex welcomes former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, whose cocaine sources were revealed to have connections to the CIA in an expose by journalist Gary Webb. Also today, Jones also invites documentary filmmaker and There's…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-20, Monday

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, October 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the militarization of the domestic U.S. response to Ebola and the White House sabotage of an Infowars petition calling for a general strike if Obama and the federal government continue to allow flights to enter the United States from West Africa. Alex talks with investigative journalist, author and columnist Wayne Madsen about Ebola and recent revelations about the NSA and the surveillance grid.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-19, Sunday

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Incompetence and apathy combine in the Obama administration's Ebola response, and Alex breaks it all down on this Sunday, October 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Infowars is calling for a general strike across the U.S. in response to the Obama administration’s tepid response to Ebola. For one thing, Obama golfed for nearly five hours on Saturday before having a meeting to discuss the Ebola pandemic in America, which wasn't even attended by his new "Ebola Czar," Ron Klain, who's a Democratic operative with no medical experience. Klain was simply appointed to funnel million dollar deals to…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-17, Friday

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, October 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex continues to break down the eroding Ebola situation as the federal government's response to every new potential case becomes increasingly absurd. Alex will examine how yet another potential victim, a Texas nurse now stuck on a cruise ship in Belizean waters, was able to leave the country without being quarantined, as well as the decision of multiple students at the University of Texas, paralyzed by political correctness, to sign a petition allowing the government to ship in countless Ebola patients. On today's transmission, Alex…
 
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  • Forensic expert: Michael Brown autopsy suggests he wasn't shot with his hands up

    German Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The official St. Louis County autopsy report on Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, has been obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Two independent forensic experts told the newspaper that the report indicates the first shot was fired at close range and that Brown was later shot without his hands up. The latter conclusion contradicts the statements of multiple eyewitnesses to the shooting, who say that after a scuffle between the two by Wilson's police car, Brown ran, and then turned and put his hands up before he was shot. The…
  • Living through Ebola

    Julia Belluz
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
  • There's a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon. Here's how to see it

    Joseph Stromberg
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    On Thursday afternoon and early evening, people across the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be treated to a pretty cool astronomical phenomenon: a partial solar eclipse. The moon will pass between Earth and the sun and appear to take a nicely rounded bite out of the sun for a period anywhere between a few minutes (for people on the East coast) to over an hour (for those on the West coast). The sky won't go dim (that only happens in a total eclipse), but it'll still be an interesting sight worth checking out. There is, however, a caveat: you definitely shouldn't look at the eclipse…
  • The DCCC just sent the saddest political fundraising email ever

    Andrew Prokop
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Democratic campaign commitees' ridiculous, over-the-top email fundraising appeals have become a running joke of the 2014 cycle (example: "We're on the verge of the Dem-pocalypse"). The latest one from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, via Zeke Miller, is perhaps the most ridiculous yet: Why is the DCCC using these silly-seeming tactics? According to the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe, it's because they've been tested extensively and they seem to work: Democrats also say they aren't worried about the risk of backlash - because the messages appear to be working. The DCCC has…
  • These midterm elections will be the most expensive ever. Easily.

    Andrew Prokop
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Total spending on this year's Congressional elections will likely top $3.9 billion, according to anew projection from the invaluable Center for Responsive Politics. This would make 2014 the most expensive Congressional election cycle in history, easily topping the $3.6 billion spent in 2010 and 2012: The midterms as a whole will likely cost considerably more. This figure doesn't count any of the contested governors' races around the country. And for Congressional races, it leaves out spending by outside groups on "issue ads" that don't have to be reported to the FEC. Based on what has been…
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  • Malaysia Air 370 Suspicions

    No Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Tim Clark has been a senior manager at the airline Emirates since 1985 and has been instrumental in developing it into one of the world’s largest airlines. Today, the 64-year-old is seen as a knowledgeable expert and critic of the aviation industry. His view of the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 is a provocative one. The plane that disappeared was a Boeing 777 and Emirates operates 127 such aircraft, more than any other airline in the world. SPIEGEL ONLINE: It’s now October, seven months after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, and we still…
  • The Evil of WWI

    T. Hunt Tooley
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The fiftieth anniversary of the First World War in 1964 felt nothing like the current centennial observances. It is worth asking what has changed. When I was growing up in the sixties in a small town in Texas, World War I seemed as remote to me as the Revolutionary War. Not that the conflict was not unknown to me. In our city park there was a statue of a First World War soldier and a memorial to hometown sons who had died in the war. And my grandmother and grandfather told me stories of relief and celebration in 1918 at the war’s end. At school, the dumbing down of “social studies” was…
  • The Doctor Is in

    Gary North
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Price competition has just taken a giant step forward in medical care. Walmart is getting into the clinic business. This will be mass production.  Most people are within a short drive of a Walmart. Medicare people can get in. Walmart will not be taking other medical insurance except for its in-house program. This means reduced paperwork. This will take out the bottom of the market for physicians. Now physicians will have to specialize . . . or join an HMO. This is all the medical care most people need most of the time. They just want to be told that they are not really seriously sick. For…
  • The London Beer Flood

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    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Two hundred years ago today, a 15-foot-high tidal wave of one hundred litres of beer swept through London. A three-storey-high vat of beer ruptured, flooding the streets and destroying homes, and eight people died in one of the strangest alcohol-related accidents in history. To those who died, the cause is largely inconsequential. But we all have to perish someday, and drowning in litres of beer is a spectacular way to go. Here are some of the most memorable and bizarre ways to die. The Boston Treacle Flood The US version of the beer flood took place in 1919, when a steel tank of black…
  • Not Parroting the State?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubb