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  • What’s the Matter With Alabama?

    Paul Krugman
    By Paul Krugman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    Job growth in the deep red.
  • The Pimco Perplex

    Paul Krugman
    By Paul Krugman
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Understanding Bill Gross's terrible 2011.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    * Yet another shocking detail has emerged about the man who climbed the fence to the White House and got deep inside: The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent […]
  • States in Play: Part 3: Loss of a Democratic Power Leaves Arkansas in Doubt

    NYT > Politics
    By AMY CHOZICK
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Democrats face tough challenges in a state that is drifting right. Their popular governor must leave office because of term limits, and outside interests loom larger in a race that may determine control of the Senate.
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    The President figures that we're all too dumb to realize how well the country is doing.And the FBI thinks we're plenty stupid and can't figure out that there is a connection between radical Islam and the beheading in Oklahoma despite having a Facebook postings admiring ISIS and bin Laden and cheering the murders on 9/11. But then this has been a trend by law enforcement and this administration. And why is the man who threatened to behead a coworker being charted with terrorism and the guy who actually beheaded a coworker isn't? But then depending on the stupidity of Americans is rather a…
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    The Atlantic

  • Remaking Columbus's Most Downtrodden Neighborhood

    John Tierney
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    This is how provincial I am: I didn’t know until a few weeks ago that Columbus, Ohio—the state’s capital and by far its most populous city—is a gleaming metropolis. Of course, I knew of it as home to the Ohio State University and had even been there once almost 20 years ago for a conference. But until I was in Columbus again a few weeks ago with Deb and Jim Fallows to report for the American Futures series, I had no idea what a beautiful and interesting place it is. Until learning more about the city, I was one of those people who appended ", Ohio" to any reference to Columbus,…
  • Why Obama Should Say Very Little About Hong Kong, and Other Protest Readings

    James Fallows
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Following this item last night, three more useful things to read about the drama unfolding in Hong Kong. 1) "Why Obama should keep quiet about the Hong Kong protests," by Benjamin Carlson in Global Post. Ben Carlson—who is a much-missed former Atlantic staffer, and in recent years a resident of Hong Kong and Beijing—underscores this crucial point. What is happening in Hong Kong is not about foreign "interference" or meddling in China. But that is exactly how the government in Beijing would love to be able to portray it, and for them comments from an American president would be an absolute…
  • Is Vice's Documentary on ISIS Illegal?

    Andrew F. March
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    By now, you may have already seen Vice News’s extraordinary documentary “The Islamic State.” (As of this writing, it’s been viewed on YouTube more than 3 million times and counting since mid-August.) Vice boasts that “reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings.” Dairieh’s access is indeed unprecedented, and the product is gripping. He is shown traveling with ISIS fighters, interviewing Muslims who migrated to the caliphate,…
  • A 50-Year Protest for Good Writing

    Joe Fassler
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLeanIt’s hard to remember that The New York Review of Books was once a young upstart. Since its very first issue in February, 1963—Susan Sontag, Gore Vidal, and W. H. Auden were among many all-star contributors—the magazine has been a revered venue for essays, book reviews, and political reportage. Still, Robert Silvers, the paper’s legendary founding editor, told me that the Review’s…
  • Social Media, the New Press Release

    Robinson Meyer
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In 1928, The New York Times installed a news ticker on the side of its building. The prologue to today’s TV news tickers, the Times called it a “zipper” and displayed the headlines of the day on it. A few years later, it was gone. Today, the ticker has returned—though in a very different form. Last week, the Times debuted “Watching,” a live news feed on the news organization’s homepage. The new feature posts updates to developing stories, pictures, and links to live video links. It takes up a large swath of the right side of NYTimes.com, and, as Justin Ellis writes at Nieman…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Midday open thread: Happy 90th, President Carter. Single-use plastic bags bagged in California

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Matt Bors is A few good rebels: These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook September 30: Ave Maria University's Strangle-Hold on Women Goes Way Beyond Suing Obamacare, by TeamSarah4Choice Unsportmanlike to pray after NFL Touchdown if you are not a Christian, by Steven D GOP's "Republicans Are People" Video Can't Find Any - Uses Stock Photos, by News Corpse Jimmy Carter on his 56th birthday in 1980 receives a special cake from the United Auto Workers, Local #900, Detroit. Happy 90th birthday, Jimmy Carter: Birthday greetings can be posted at the Carter…
  • Yes, you're getting asked for money. A lot. And that's a good thing

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Iraq War vet Jim Mowrer, competitive in his race against execrable Iowa Rep. Steve King. Should he be people powered or Wall Street powered? Answer is obvious. We are in the stretch run for the 2014 elections, thus it's prime fundraising time. I've got some variation of this push-back in my last two posts, one yesterday and the other this morning: Stop asking me for money! I'm getting a million emails from people asking me for money! I get it. It's annoying seeing your email inbox clogged with fundraising appeals, then coming to Daily Kos and getting hit up with more appeals. Here's the thing…
  • Republicans spending six-figures to hold onto the governorship in ... Idaho?!

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Democratic nominee A.J. Balukoff This is certainly unexpected. The Republican Governors Association is spending what they describe as "six-figures" in a race that hasn't been on many people's radars until now. The RGA describes Democratic Boise School Board President A.J. Balukoff as a typical liberal tax-loving politician, who would be a "perfect fit for California." The RGA also recently spent $200,000 in Oklahoma, another heavily Republican state that had been looking safe for Team Red until recently. Republican Gov. Butch Otter has never been particularly popular even in this ultra red…
  • Koch brothers spend millions telling Latinos how stupid they are

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    "Oh, WalMart is a virtuous family owned business? I change my mind! De ahora en adelante votaré republicano!" Assholes. How have Latino audiences received [the Koch brothers'] message? “There’s a lot of questions. It’s not always an easy subject for some of the first generation to comprehend,” [Koch toady John] Mendez said. Stupid savages don't understand things such as: {...] Walmart [is] a successful “family business,” [...] those who take welfare have “condemned their children to life of mediocrity and subsistence,” [...] the Obama Administration has made life worse for…
  • Cory Gardner claims 'there is no federal personhood bill' ... but there is, and he co-sponsored it

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    This clip of Rep. Cory Gardner from from Denver's KDVR TV is nothing short of amazing because he spends nearly two minutes trying to claim that legislation that he co-sponsored—the federal personhood bill—does not exist: In the video, Gardner repeatedly claims that "there is no such thing as a federal personhood bill" when KDVR's Eli Stokols asks him to explain why he was willing to flip-flop on his support for Colorado's personhood measure but not the federal bill. It's a convenient answer for Gardner because by denying the existence of federal personhood legislation, he doesn't have to…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • WHO Warns of MERS Surge in Africa...

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    WHO Warns of MERS Surge in Africa...(Third column, 2nd story, link)
  • Local Law Enforcement Prepare as Extra Border Agents Depart...

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Local Law Enforcement Prepare as Extra Border Agents Depart...(Second column, 4th story, link)Related stories:REFUGEE STATUS GIVEN TO CENTRAL AMERICAN MINORS...
  • EBOLA PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    EBOLA PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN(Main headline, 1st story, link)
  • Authorities can seize guns from people who 'pose a threat'...

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Authorities can seize guns from people who 'pose a threat'...(Third column, 10th story, link)Related stories:CONTROVERSY: NEW LAWS IN CA...Plastic shopping bags banned...
  • SECOND POSSIBLE EBOLA CASE IN DALLAS...

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    SECOND POSSIBLE EBOLA CASE IN DALLAS...(First column, 1st story, link)Related stories:At Least 12 Thought to Be Exposed...Experts question two-day delay in admitting first patient...Told officials on initial visit was from LIBERIA -- then SENT HOME!US Visas Held By 13,500 People In Three Ebola Countries...TOP DOC: More will be infected...Feds may be unprepared for pandemic, internal govt reports show...Chris Matthews: 'Obama Said It Was Unlikely. It Has Happened. It's Here'...'Preppers' stock up on supplies...
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    Drudge Retort

  • Western U.S. Overrun Thousands of Wild Mustangs

    MUSTANG
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    There are now twice as many wild horses in the West as federal land managers say the land can sustain. The program that manages them has broken down, and unchecked populations pose a threat to delicate public land, as well as the ranches that rely on it. "There're so darned many," rancher Mark Wintch said, shaking his head as he bounced his red pickup through sage-dotted public land that his family has ranched since 1935. "It's a train wreck," said Robert Garrott, a professor at Montana State University. "I'm worried we are entering an intractable situation that will damage the land for…
  • How a 911 Caller Helped Get John Crawford Killed

    rcade
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Surveillance video from Walmart has been paired with the 911 call by the customer who claimed John Crawford III was pointing a gun at people in the suburban Dayton, Ohio, store on Aug. 5. Crawford was shot to death by police only seconds after they yelled a command at him. The gun was a toy air rifle sold at the store. Caller Ronald Ritchie appears to make several false statements during the 911 call, once claiming that Crawford was pointing the gun at children when that clearly is not happening. "At no point in the surveillance video did Crawford point the air rifle at anyone," writes Jesse…
  • Man Shoots Down Camera Drone in Jersey

    sitzkrieg
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    A New Jersey man was arrested after police say he shot down a neighbor's remote control drone. On Sept. 26 a man called police in Lower Township to report that his drone was shot down while he was taking aerial photos of his friend's house, which is under construction. He lost control of the drone as he heard gunshots and found it with several holes consistent with a shotgun blast. Police arrested Russell J. Percenti, 32, on charges of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief.
  • 68-Year-Old Killed by Cops in Own Driveway

    tonyroma
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Ernest Satterwhite was a laid-back former mechanic with some habits, including ignoring police officers who tried to pull him over. The last time he did that, the 68-year-old black great-grandfather got killed -- shot to death after a slow-speed chase as he parked in his own driveway, by a 25-year-old white police officer. Investigators determined that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven broke the law. A prosecutor, in a rare action against a police officer, sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed,…
  • Kevin Ward Jr.'s Family: Why Did Marijuana Matter?

    BruceBanner
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    As the world digested the news that Tony Stewart would not be criminally charged in the incident involving the death of fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr., the balance of public opinion seemed to shift in the NASCAR star's favor. Ward's family is questioning that now in a heartfelt open letter. Ward's aunt, Wendi, questioned the relevancy of the toxicology report, its efficacy, Stewart's positioning on track, and a whole host of other factors, eventually questioning the entire investigation itself. "Seems to me the wrong man was on trial," writes Ward's aunt Wendi. "Tell me why Tony Stewart was not…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Inside the International House of Prayer

    Josh Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Today we're publishing a fascinating, troubling investigation into something called the "International House of Prayer", the center of a charismatic Christian movement located just outside of Kansas City. It is a hive of young believers with branches across the world and a theology with a world-leaders-murdering Jesus which many evangelicals claim is distorting Christianity or even heretical. The movement has admirers and severe detractors within the broader charismatic and evangelical movements. And it has thrived on reputation for a less "muted", more radical and heroic version of the…
  • Yes, Yes It Is

    Josh Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Kilgore: Is extremism not a character issue?
  • More Trouble Brewing In Ferguson

    David Kurtz
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Some great original reporting from Dylan Scott on the deep distrust between the prosecutor in the Ferguson case and the family of Michael Brown that threatens the credibility of the entire probe.
  • Really Politico?

    Josh Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I'm wondering what the editors at Politico were thinking when they let through this bizarre line about Obama being such an abysmal manager that only his death by assassination is likely to bring about needed reform of the Secret Service. Read More →
  • This Is Almost The Worst

    Josh Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    An ex-con (who thankfully had no malicious intent) was allowed to go an elevator with the President while he was carrying a gun. "He agreed to hand over his gun as well, which surprised agents who did not know until then that he had been armed while he was near Obama." Read the rest.
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    Political Animal

  • "The Rick Scott Is Perfect!"

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    So the Republican Party's outreach efforts to young unmarried women is getting more substantive every day. You may recall the recent "Barack the Dog" ad depicting POTUS as one of those slippery guys you'd meet via online dating. Now there's a comparison of Florida gubernatorial candidates to wedding dresses, courtesy of the College Republicans, who really, really should know better: Don't know about you, but I nearly fell out of my chair when the ad began with a young soon-to-be-bride beaming and exclaiming "The Rick Scott Is perfect!" Even if one does decide to "say yes" to the current…
  • Lunch Buffet

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    With Yom Kippur coming up on Saturday, Jewish college football players are having to make a decision, including a starting lineman for my Georgia Bulldogs. Here are some fast-compliant midday news/views nibbles: * Republican nominee for Attorney General of Arkansas stripped of voter registration because of existing registration in DC; could now face removal from ballot. Voter fraud! Voter fraud! * Chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association, Peter Shumlin of VT, creates stir with personal endorsement of David Catania, an independent (and former Republican) who's running for DC mayor…
  • Obama Tops 50% On Something, a 2014 First!

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    WaPo's Aaron Blake has the news: Get ready to pop the champagne, White House. For the first time since January, President Obama is polling a 50 percent approval rating on an issue: his handling of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That is not a typo: It has been eight months since Obama last cracked half the American public on any given issue -- foreign policy or otherwise -- in Washington Post/ABC News polling. The newest WaPo-ABC poll shows 50 percent approve of Obama's handling of the Islamic State, as compared to 44 percent who disapprove. That's an improvement from August, when the…
  • GOPers Bobbing and Weaving on Cultural Issues

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    As a follow-on to my expression of fury about Joni Ernst having it both ways in the Iowa Senate race, Will Saletan has an instructive round-up on candidate debates around the country in which Republicans are notably on the defensive concerning their views on abortion, marriage equality, and other cultural issues. This is happening not just in blue or purple states, which you might expect, but also in places like Texas and Arizona. It's sure a role reversal from the behavior of the two parties on cultural issues not that terribly long ago, isn't it? But I wouldn't take much solace from it,…
  • Messing With Mitch

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    In a week when the air over Washington is full of speculation about where the party committees and "independent" moneybags decide to deploy their dollars down the midterm stretch, one bit of hard news is drawing gasps of surprise, per this report from The Hill's Alexander Bolton: Democrats in Washington are taking a risky bet by quadrupling their investment in Alison Lundergan Grimes, a young and largely unproven challenger, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). Spending a fresh $1.4 million on a statewide TV ad bashing McConnell is a gamble for the Democratic…
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    New Republic

  • Photos: Hong Kong's Occupy Protesters Are a Lot More Creative Than America's

    TNR Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    After Sunday night’s violent clashes, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations earned a new name: the Umbrella Revolution, so called because protestors are using umbrellas to shield against police pepper spray and tear gas. As the aggressive crackdown by China’s riot police brought tens of t
  • Happy First Birthday, Obamacare! The GOP Brought You This Dishonest Tweet.

    Danny Vinik
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Happy birthday, Obamacare! The Affordable Care Act turns one year old today.*On October 1, 2013, Obamacare’s health exchanges launched, allowing millions of Americans to (eventually) purchase affordable health insurance. That launch, of course, quickly fell apart as the federal exchange, Healthcar
  • The Biggest Question About Texas' Mysterious Ebola Case

    Jonathan Cohn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    It’s no great mystery how the first reported case of Ebola ended up at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the infected
  • Hong Kong's Protests: Six Scenarios for What Will Happen Next

    Christopher Beam
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Sunday, the leaders of the Federation of Students, one of the groups protesting in downtown Hong Kong, outlined their demands for the Hong Kong and central governments: Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung must resign; the National People’s Congress Standing Committee must retract its requireme
  • Men on "Morning Joe" Imply a Man Would Have Prevented the Latest Secret Service Scandals

    Rebecca Leber
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Revelations that the Secret Service mishandled several threats to Barack Obama, including a fence-jumper who ran into the White House and an armed man who rode an elevator with the president, forced USSS Director Julia Pierson to answer a barrage of questions Tuesday before a 
 
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    TIME

  • Mistake Led to Ebola Patient’s Initial Release

    Alex Altman
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Dallas hospital patient who has tested positive for Ebola virus indicated on his first visit that he had traveled to the city from West Africa, but was released after that information was not communicated to the entire medical team who treated him. MoreFirst U.S. Ebola Patient IdentifiedEbola Co-Discoverer: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’Texas Ebola Patient Had Contact With Children, Perry Says NBC NewsOutbreak Jitters: Can We Trust the CDC on Ebola? NBC NewsVery Civil Disobedience: Inside Hong Kong's Polite 'Revolution' NBC NewsThe patient first arrived at Texas Health…
  • Court Blocks Parts of North Carolina Voting Law

    Maya Rhodan
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    An federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked parts of a sweeping North Carolina voting law from taking hold ahead of this year’s midterm elections. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision to allow provisions of the law that eliminate same-day-registration and the casting of out-of-precinct ballots. The appeals court on Wednesday still allowed other portions of the law to stand, including the cut of seven early voting days. But in a 69-page opinion Wednesday, the appeals court said an August decision by the lower district court to allow the full law…
  • Pelosi Says Secret Service Director Should Resign

    Alex Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson should resign, a sharp rebuke from one of the top Democrats in Congress after a White House fence jumper made it inside the President’s home last month. “If Mr. Cummings thinks that she should go, I subscribe to his recommendation,” Pelosi said, referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on a House committee investigating the security breach. “I am subscribing to his superior judgment and knowledge on the subject. But I’m also further saying that this is…
  • Pentagon Dispatches 101st Airborne to Africa to Tackle Ebola

    Mark Thompson
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    While the U.S. military has dispatched some 1,600 troops to Iraq in recent weeks to deal with the threats posed by Islamic militants there, it apparently was saving its big guns for a more insidious threat: the Ebola virus. MoreU.S. Campaign Against ISIS Has Cost Nearly $1 Billion So Far, Report SaysAir Force Keeps Pilots Alive with iPlane UpgradeTexas Ebola Patient Had Contact With Children, Perry Says NBC NewsOutbreak Jitters: Can We Trust the CDC on Ebola? NBC NewsVery Civil Disobedience: Inside Hong Kong's Polite 'Revolution' NBC NewsOn Tuesday, the Pentagon announced it will soon have…
  • How 2014 Became the ‘Gotcha’ Election

    Alex Altman
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The story starts with chickens. Last spring, four hens wandered from an adjacent property onto the lawn of Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley’s lakeside vacation home. Irked by the smell, the Braleys brought the issue to the local homeowners’ association, whose lawyer got involved. No lawsuit was filed, and the neighborly squabble might have ended there—were it not for an enterprising Republican researcher who caught wind of the dispute. To the GOP, the chickens were a gift. Republicans were looking for ways to attack the character of Braley, the early front-runner in the…
 
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    Political Irony

  • Privacy be Damned

    Iron Knee
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Every once in a while, people in positions of power indadvertedly reveal not only that their view of reality is distorted, but also that they really have no idea what they are talking about. Recently, in response to leaked revelations that the NSA and other law enforcement agencies had pretty much free access to all of your personal communications, Apple and Google both announced that they were turning encryption on by default on iOS and Android. This is significant because Apple and Google will not have access to the encryption keys, which means that they cannot turn over your data to the…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Mitt Romney we think is going run again. He says he has no plans to run, but he said if he did run, this time things would turn out differently. Yes they would. This time he would get his ass kicked by a woman.” – Bill Maher “It turns out that country singer Larry Gatlin is a global policy genius and he’s writing policy memos to President Obama. I think I’ll wait to hear what Kenny Chesney thinks” – David Letterman “Sarah Palin’s whole family got into a drunken, public fistfight. Something police are calling a tragic case of trash on trash…
  • It is getting worse

    Iron Knee
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    According to political numbers site 538 the numbers are getting worse. As of this morning, the Republicans now have a 60% probability of winning a majority in the Senate. Oh well, I guess it just proves once again that you can buy an election in the USA. Related posts: What’s worse? McCain forgetting the truth or lying? Worse than Weiner Worse
  • The Pitchforks are Coming!

    Iron Knee
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Like Nick Hanauer, I am an unrepentant capitalist. But capitalism only works if, as he says, it is well managed. And right now, we are doing a worse than terrible job of managing our capitalists and plutocrats. Income inequality is rising at insane rates. The end result, history has shown us again and again, is either a police state or an uprising. We are already seeing early warning signs of both. I would add one caveat to his talk, however. Hanauer seems to focus on the minimum wage as a solution, but I think the big problem is not just income inequality, but inequality of opportunity. The…
  • How We Go To War

    Iron Knee
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Seven simple steps! And you knew someone was going to bring up Hitler, didn’t you? We have gotten so good at justifying new wars. I just wish we were as good at ending them. Also, I can’t seem to get rid of this nagging feeling that we are being suckered into this war. Related posts: War, Even a Culture War, Makes Money One War that has been Drug-Out The Drums of War, Nine Years Later
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Once Upon A Time, Mitch McConnell Worried About Coal Plant's Environmental Risks

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    In his earlier years, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was inclined to weigh environmental concerns against economic prospects when considering a proposed coal plant, according to a report Tuesday in the Hazard Herald of Kentucky. The Kentucky paper looked back to news reports and documents related to a 1984 proposal to build a coal-crushing plant and convert a dock for receiving coal that McConnell considered while serving as Jefferson County Judge-Executive. McConnell, the paper reports, wanted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the impact the proposal would have on…
  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves.
  • Burger King: Being Your Way is Not OK

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    In a move apparently to be more progressive and inclusive, Burger King recently changed its motto from "have it your way" to "be your way." It's good the company is trying to be more inclusive, but the company's recent decision to merge with Tim Hortons and move its headquarters to Canada which reportedly could score tax reductions for the company, is the opposite of progressive, it's downright regressive. By merging with Tim Hortons and reincorporating as a new company in our neighbor to the north, Burger King is deserting its American consumer base, leaving average citizens to pick up the…
  • Threat Leads To Evacuation Of Sandy Hook School

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    MONROE, Conn. (AP) — A threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Nancy Bartosik of the superintendent's office in the town of Monroe says the students are being moved Wednesday to a nearby school where they can be picked up by their parents. She says she does not immediately have information on the nature of the threat. A gunman killed 20 first-grade students and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 2012. The students resumed classes in a school in the neighboring town of Monroe, also called Sandy Hook Elementary…
  • Accused White House Intruder Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. Gonzalez's lawyer entered the plea on behalf of his client in a proceeding Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. A three-count federal grand jury indictment issued Tuesday accuses Gonzalez of unlawfully entering a restricted building while carrying a deadly weapon, a federal charge. He also was indicted in the Sept. 19 incident on two violations of District of Columbia law — carrying a dangerous weapon…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Food Tank’s Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food

    daniellenierenberg
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative methods that are creating a better, more sustainable food system while educating and informing eaters and consumers. The authors and editors that have contributed to this list make up some of the world’s leading experts on food justice and sustainable eating. Food Tank hopes the facts and information in these books will not only inspire people already involved…
  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Serena Nanda
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Florida Gold Coast: it’s paradise. From Miami to West Palm Beach, the beautiful beaches, warm winter weather, well-stocked art museums, luxurious gated communities, golf courses and upscale shopping malls and restaurants annually attract thousands of snowbirds and second homeowners, especially older folks. Founded by the visionary Henry Flagler, the Gold Coast is not just paradise for the 1% but also for middle- and working-class people who retire here to live the good life, avoid paying taxes in their home states and mix with those just like themselves. Holed up in gated communities,…
  • Emma Watson and the HeforShe Campaign

    Caitlin Williams
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Last week, Emma Watson news articles began popping up on my Facebook feed referring to Watson as “a game changer” for feminism. As a feminist, I wanted to know more. As a UN Goodwill Ambassador, the British actor known for her leading role in the Harry Potter feature film series gave a speech about gender equality on September 20, 2014. Her speech coincided with the launch of “HeforShe,” a UN campaign. She stated the purpose of this campaign clearly: to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. She talked about how gender inequality not…
  • Children killed in Homs double blasts

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Double bombing outside primary school in the central Syrian city kills at least 22 people, including 10 children.
  • The debate over ‘speaking white’

    BBC News - Home
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The woman who sparked a row over 'speaking white'
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • So, about the expansion of My Brother’s Keeper.

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    President Obama announced the expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative at a Congressional Caucus Event last weekend, and well … sigh. “We still have to close the opportunity gaps, and we have to close the justice gap — how justice is applied, but also what is perceived, how it is experienced,” Obama said at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in Washington on Saturday. “That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and the community was divided.” Uh huh. “Too many young men of color feel targeted…
  • Transcending the Trope: EJ Johnson on “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”

    Pia Glenn
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    From EJ’s Instagram account, @ejjohnson Rich Kids of Beverly Hills is standard E! Entertainment Network “reality” fare. Whether you call it a reality show, a docuseries, or unscripted TV, a reality rose by any other name is still reality. Well, actually it’s “reality,” glossed-up and staged and edited and yes, scripted, for the viewing pleasure of the type of people who made E! the network that the Kardashians built. If you’re sensing disdain in my tone, that’s because my tone is disdainful. I don’t care for that sort of programming for a number of reasons, and I had…
  • Transcending the Trope: Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order

    Pia Glenn
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Fully fleshed-out recurring characters on a procedural crime drama are like open-minded conservatives; I don’t really expect to encounter many, but they do in fact exist, and it’s such a delight to come upon them. One of my favorite characters is Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, played by the award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson on the TV show Law & Order. Law & Order ruled the airwaves with its “ripped from the headlines” plot lines for twenty years, and Lieutenant Van Buren called the fictional shots at the precinct for most of that time. At first glance, Van Buren looks like the…
  • (Dis)respecting the dead: The John Crawford Walmart Footage

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Last week, video footage of John Crawford’s murder hit social media, showing him setting down the BB gun and not wielding it around like a cartoon villain as certain eyewitnesses suggested. Reactions were mixed. Some felt the video should be required viewing for anyone dismissing the epidemic of state-sanctioned violence. Others, like me, posited that if contrarians have already been dismissing the severity of this epidemic, another video of another black man felled by the Thin Blue Line would do little to sway them. There is something eerily voyeuristic about watching someone’s life slip…
  • @BlackGirlNerds #7 | RPGs Examined

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    “A Race Cannot Survive and Thrive Being Categorically Evil.” Jamie and her panel discuss role-playing games, the various types, their history, and the role race plays in user enjoyment and engagement. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
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    Wonkette

  • Stupid Game Show Star Alex Trebek Does Not Even Know What Do Women Want

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Image via Knuk Okay, ladies, why are we castrating The Patriarchy today? We will tell you why. Because Alex Trebek, THAT IS WHY. The Jeopardy host was not really on our radar before, since he is A MAN so we do not pay attention to him — and also we do not have a teevee because they are kind of ugly; and also we do not have room in our house for one; and also it is a tool of the patriarchy and perpetuates terrible stereotypes about women; and also there is nothing good on anyway since Buffy ended — but we saw A Thing on the interwebs, and now we are OUTRAGED!!! During the game…
  • Wingnuts Pretty Mad At Obama For Letting Himself Be Killed Like That

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    This Secret Service thing, huh? It’s quite a mess, and by golly, the right is just outraged that the agency is doing such a crappy job of defending the president they hate. Thank heavens they know who’s responsible for the security lapses: That feckless dictator Barack Obama, who just can’t do anything right except take away all our liberties and make us live in a police state that is nonetheless not very good at keeping the president of the United States. For instance, there’s conservablogger Melissa Clouthier, who tweeted this analysis: So lazy, Barack! It’s…
  • Fox News Can’t Decide Whether Obama Is Trying To Cut Off Your Head Or Ebola You

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    It’s not as if we weren’t warned that Barack Obama was planning to let in all the terrorists to infect us with Ebola. But in case convicted “journalist” James O’Keefe is not your main source of Ebola news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that a man in Dallas has been identified as the first person in America diagnosed with the disease. CDC Director Thomas Frieden assured the country that they are absolutely on top of it and doing everything possible to ensure that the disease does not spread. “The bottom line here is that I…
  • Larry ‘Wide Stance’ Craig Is Back! And Guilty! Again!

    DDM
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Life is full of important lessons. Look both ways before crossing the street. If you are a professional sportsball player, don’t domestic violence a woman on video. Ladies, don’t get raped. And today, we learn a political lesson: If you are a closeted Republican politician soliciting anonymous gay sex in airport bathrooms, you CANNOT use campaign funds to try to reverse your guilty plea. Who knew?!? A federal judge Tuesday ordered former senator Larry “Wide Stance” Craig (R-Idaho) to pay the U.S. Treasury $242,000 for improperly using campaign funds to pay for his legal defense after…
  • Voter Fraud Is Real, And It’s All Republicans

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Republican governors and secretaries of state are determined to stop the scourge of Voter Fraud, by ensuring that the wrong kind of people can’t vote. (Poors, minorities, Democrats — you know the type.) Sure we laugh at them, but it’s no laughing matter. Voter fraud is a real problem. Among Republicans, anyway. Arkansas Online reports this disturbing discovery of one such Republican voter, Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas (sometimes) and former legal aide to good ol’ Mike Huckabee, who wants to vote in ALL the elections: the Arkansas ones, the Washington D.C. ones, and…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Chris Matthews: Didn’t Obama tell us it was “unlikely” Ebola would come to America?

    Allahpundit
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Expectations. Via RCP. So he did, Tingles. So he did. Two weeks ago: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low. We’ve been taking the necessary precautions, […] Read this post »
  • Video: Cop tases 62-year-old woman — while she’s walking away from him

    Allahpundit
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    "Based on the video, I have enough concerns to call for an internal investigation..." Via Becket Adams, it’s been too long since we’ve had a food fight in the comments about tasers and excessive force. Given how egregious the video seems (the tasing happens at around 2:20), I’m looking forward to hearing the pro-zap argument for this one. “When a cop tells you to do something, you do it […] View the video »
  • US: Our collateral damage policies don’t apply to Syria, Iraq air strikes

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Apology owed to Israel? When reports of civilian casualties began coming from US and coalition attacks in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration first insisted that the reports were inaccurate. The US normally has very restrictive rules of engagement on air strikes, especially from drones, in which the military had to have a “near certainty” of no potential civilian […] Read this post »
  • Clapper to intel community: You’ve done great work … on ISIS

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Duck. After Barack Obama blamed the intelligence community for the failure to anticipate the rise of ISIS, a number of people went back and checked the record. Count James Clapper among them. Fox News received a copy of a memo sent out by Clapper congratulating analysts within the intelligence community for keeping policymakers abreast of the […] Read this post »
  • Cindy Sheehan: Let’s face it, some liberals support Obama’s wars because of reverse racism

    Allahpundit
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Allies. Via Breitbart, I wonder what the precise moment was when Sheehan’s Absolute Moral Authority expired for lefties. Remember that old Maureen Dowd column, written at the height of liberal anti-war sentiment when progressives were lining Sheehan up as some sort of trump card in the media battle over Iraq? Quote: “[T]he moral authority of parents […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Try These Insurance Tips To Help You Get The Best Deal

    Randy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    TIP! Clearly explain what happened to get a quick response to your claim. Snap photos of the damage. These tips about insurance should help you understand your policies better, and choose the insurances you subscribe to more wisely. You may not know it, but you are most likely forking out too much money for the amount of coverage you receive, or not receiving enough coverage for what you pay. It is time to re-evaluate your policies and spending. TIP! In order to obtain the correct insurance, you must understand what is being offered by the company. Do not be afraid to get more information…
  • Investing 101: Everything You Need To Know To Get Started

    Randy
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    TIP! Always look into free resources for investments rather than a broker who is motivated by commissions. Avoid investment fraud by performing a thorough background check on any investment broker you are considering. While investments in the stock market are popular the world over, they are becoming more popular as people realize how beneficial the investment can be. Though, not everyone that jumps into the market does so with the right knowledge. Many choose their investments carelessly, and end up with poor results and lost money. If you would like to be one of the people that knows how to…
  • Suggestions To Make Your Online Business A Success

    Randy
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    TIP! It is essential to know the cost of production for any products that you sell. Wholesale sellers often offer their products at twice the cost to make them. It’s exciting to start a online business, but there are many hurdles to overcome. If you wish to have a company that’s home based, you should use the things you’re about to learn in this article. TIP! You should think about what you use in your own life when you decide on a product that your home business will market and sell. Identifying a need is the first step to selecting a successful product. It is important to…
  • What Makes A House A Good Buy In A Bad Market

    Randy
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. When they hear from you, they will be reminded of how much you helped them when they were purchasing their home. The endless components of searching for and purchasing a home can be enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Therefore, it’s crucial that anyone planning on buying a property takes the time to learn some of the tricks of the trade. TIP! If the home needs a few fixes, it may sell for a much lower price. This can be a money-saver in purchasing the home,…
  • Tips On How To Get The Best Insurance In Town

    Randy
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    TIP! Before you renew your policy, get new quotes to save money. Insurance companies use various criteria for coming up with policy premiums, and each is different. Insurance isn’t a walk in the park. Despite what that insurance may be for, it’s still a complex process. Fortunately, it can be less stressful than you think. With the right advice and the right knowledge, you can buy a policy with little to no stress. The tips in this article should help you. TIP! You can pay less for the different insurance policies you need if you bundle them together. Typically, companies offer…
 
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    FamousDC

  • DC Digital Firm Lighting Up Time Square For NASDAQ Opening Bell

    nolongerfamous
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Congrats to Michael Beach, Zac Moffatt and the team at Targeted Victory! Zac Moffatt via Twitter: Not every day you get to open Nasdaq! Thank you to @TubeMogul & @bjwilson34 for letting us be a part of it #America pic.twitter.com/Twma589SwzThe post DC Digital Firm Lighting Up Time Square For NASDAQ Opening Bell appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Local Radio Personality Gets Dissed by Dead President

    nolongerfamous
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Even local celebrities can sometimes get left hanging… Over the weekend, 94.7 Fresh FM radio personality Kelly Collis got dissed by Abe Lincoln. One thing that made Kelly feel better about Abe’s lack of respect: her amazing seat. h/t Tommy’s Instagram page.The post Local Radio Personality Gets Dissed by Dead President appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    #THANKS We had an amazing night with you! A very special thanks to our generous sponsors, The New Republic, CampaignGrid and Photox who made the night possible; oh and check out your FamousDC HH photos, you beautiful people; #NATIONAL Where is Kim Jong Un?; we’re all shellshocked; it’s so sweet when robots tweet to each [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Navin Sarma Photography Grand Opening

    fdc
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Navin Sarma, a regular contributor to FamousDC, is having a grand opening in Washington, D.C. of his best photographs of the city next week in Georgetown. Check out the event details below and go check out his amazing work! Grand Opening: “DC: Impressions of Urban Nature” Wednesday, Oct 1, 6PM L2 Lounge – 3315 Cady’s [...]The post Navin Sarma Photography Grand Opening appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Another Great FamousDC Happy Hour For the Books

    nolongerfamous
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Hawk ’n’ Dove last night for the FamousDC Final Push Toward November Happy Hour! It was fitting to celebrate 100 Years of the New Republic, with 100 days left in 2014, with well over one hundred of FamousDC’s beltway celebs. A very special thanks to our generous [...]The post Another Great FamousDC Happy Hour For the Books appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Mississippi County Sued for Indefinitely Holding Prisoners Without Charge or Access to Lawyer

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    The American Civil Liberties has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott County, which is about 25 miles from the capital of Jackson, over allegations that it has held prisoners for nearly a year without formal charge or access to an attorney. The two plaintiffs in the case are Octavious Burks, held for more than 10 months without formal charge, and Joshua Bassett, held for eight months. Burks was arrested for armed robbery, and Bassett for grand larceny and possession of methamphetamine. Overall, the ACLU estimates at least 50 people are being held in the Scott County in a similar situation…
  • Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    We look at the incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Kalief Browder never pleaded guilty and was never convicted. Browder maintained his innocence and requested a trial, but was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time served if he entered a guilty plea, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if he was…
  • After Censorship of History Course, Colorado Students & Teachers Give a Lesson in Civil Disobedience

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    After a county school board in Colorado proposed to rewrite the district’s high school history curriculum to stop teaching about civil disobedience, students and teachers have responded with acts of civil disobedience of their own. Classes have been canceled twice in Jefferson County as teachers stage mass sick-outs and students walk out of classes. At a protest last week, hundreds of Denver-area high school students held cardboard signs with slogans including, "Don’t make history a mystery" and "Keep your politics out of my education." The protests began after…
  • Headlines for October 1, 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biggest U.S.-Led Strikes on Iraq and Syria to Date as U.K. Joins CampaignU.S. Not Following Heightened Standards on Preventing Civilian Deaths for Syria-Iraq StrikesUnited Nations: Funding Shortfall Threatens Food Aid for Syrian RefugeesTaliban Launches Suicide Attack after U.S.-Afghan Troop DealTens of Thousands Continue Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong KongCDC Says First U.S. Ebola Case Can Be ContainedObama Approves Asylum Plan for Migrant ChildrenOklahoma Modifies Execution Protocol after Botched KillingSecret Service Chief under Fire as New Revelations Emerge About White House…
  • As U.S.-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Afghanistan has inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Joining him on stage Monday was Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan’s new vice president. Dostum is one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, once described by Ghani himself as a "known killer." Dostum’s rise to the vice presidency comes despite his involvement in a 2001 massacre that killed up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war. The victims were allegedly shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers after they surrendered to…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • The Caucus Ends Its Campaign

    By The New York Times
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Caucus on Monday suspended its campaign. Follow First Draft, a fast-paced political briefing on all things Washington and elections.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 21

    By Elena Schneider
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Congress approved funding for equipping Syrian rebels against Islamic States and lawmakers will discuss their votes on several of the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 14

    By Elena Schneider
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    President Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in a speech he gave on Wednesday. Lawmakers and analysts will discuss his strategy on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 7

    By Elena Schneider
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Lawmakers will weigh in on President Obama's international coalition to fight Islamist militants.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

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

  • The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    The Washington Post Editorial Board argues that the Obama Administration needs to do more to speak up for the demonstrators currently protesting against threats to their political freedom in Hong Kong: Beijing, however, has not acted yet; police in Hong Kong backed off on Monday and Tuesday after their use of tear gas over the weekend brought more people to the streets. Chinese authorities probably are weighing the risks of allowing the street occupations to continue against those of initiating a crackdown. That makes this a crucial moment for the United States to send a clear message to…
  • Republicans Will Hold The House, And Are Likely To Add To Their Majority

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    While the battle for Senate control remains up in the air, and it’s unclear what will happen in several Governor’s races around the country, there’s little suspense when it comes to the House of Representatives. By all estimates and projections, Republicans will retain the majority they won in that chamber in 2010 and, indeed, look poised to expand upon it: One year after plunging the country into what was then regarded as a near-apocalyptic 16-day shutdown of the federal government, House Republicans find themselves, improbably, in their strongest position politically since…
  • New York Times Cutting Staff Again

    James Joyner
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    The nation’s newspaper of record is slashing its reporting team. NYT (“New York Times Plans Cutbacks in Newsroom Staff“): The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced on Wednesday Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion…
  • Kissinger Wanted To Bomb Cuba

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    The New York Times reports that a new set of documents released by former President Ford’s Presidential Library reveals that Henry Kissinger, then Ford’s Secretary of State and National Security Adviser, drew up secret plans to attack Cuba in the middle of the Cold War: MIAMI — Nearly 40 years ago, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger mapped out secret contingency plans to launch airstrikes against Havana and “smash Cuba,” newly disclosed government documents show. Mr. Kissinger was so irked by Cuba’s military incursion into Angola that in 1976 he…
  • CDC Confirms First Ebola Case In The United States

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is being treated at a hospital in Dallas after becoming ill several days after returning from a trip to western Africa: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola that’s been diagnosed in the United States. “An individual traveling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States,” Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon. This person left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Classic Kids’ Song ‘How a Bill Becomes a Law’ Needs an Update

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Jon Stewart revamps the Schoolhouse Rock song to reflect how ineffective and inefficient Congress really is these days when it comes to passing laws in a hilarious new “Daily Show” segment called “How a Bill Becomes an Ad.” Related Entries September 30, 2014 Why Isn’t Congress Debating Our Attack on Islamic State the Way the U.K. Parliament Is? September 23, 2014 Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology
  • Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    As the United Kingdom joins the U.S. and others in another conflict in the Middle East, the “Trews” host analyzes what war is good for. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 1, 2014 Breach
  • Breach

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Signe Wilkinson Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 1, 2014 Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense
  • Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    By Juan Cole The GOP Congress’ assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all). Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 1, 2014 Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense
  • CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Shutterstock Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus. On Tuesday, the CDC confirmed that a man who recently returned from Liberia to the U.S. has tested positive for Ebola and is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. As has been the case in Africa, those with whom the man came in contact, including health care professionals, may need special attention (via NBCNewYork): The Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance crew…
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    PunditGuy

  • Seahawk Distress

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

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

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

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

    PunditGuy
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications. President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on…
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    ThinkProgress

  • In Historic Visit To D.C., Obama Offers Indian Prime Minister $1 Billion For Clean Energy

    Ari Phillips
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. CREDIT: AP/ Evan Vucci On Tuesday, the leader of one of the oldest democracies and the leader of the largest democracy discussed one of the world’s primary modern problems. President Obama and newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for over an hour in the Oval Office. While they announced agreements on a number of issues, climate change and clean energy were two of the foremost. The two leaders released a detailed…
  • How The Wealthy Are Demolishing The Bridge The Middle Class Need To Cross

    Alan Pyke
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Ruark The educational resources that are supposed to help lower- and middle-income families catch up to the rich are instead propping up economic inequality thanks to the spending habits of the wealthy, according to a new analysis from the Associated Press. The report is another reminder that income inequality is so heavily entrenched that even hard work and learning aren’t enough to reduce it. The wealthiest tenth of the country increased their average spending on early childhood education by more than a third during the Great Recession while average spending on…
  • Republicans’ Latest Pitch To Women: Voting Is Just Like Picking A Wedding Dress

    Aviva Shen
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot of CRNC video In the latest attempt to woo younger, more diverse voters, a Republican group has released an ad campaign comparing voting for various Republican gubernatorial candidates to Say Yes To The Dress, a reality show centered around women picking the right wedding gown. One ad, paid for by the College Republican National Committee, shows a young woman trying on a wedding dress and raving about Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) as her mother urges her to pick Charlie Crist instead. “Mom, this is my decision. And I see a better future with Rick Scott,” the bride…
  • How Government Health Care Will Save Us From Ebola

    Igor Volsky
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    CREDIT: AP Exactly one year after Republicans shut down the federal government in an effort to undercut the Affordable Care Act, Americans are relying on a robust federally funded health care infrastructure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. The Obama administration has mobilized a wide spectrum of government departments to fight the virus overseas and will continue to rely on the publicly funded health care system to ensure that the virus does not spread beyond the one diagnosed case in Dallas, Texas. Prior to Tuesday’s announcement of Ebola being diagnosed…
  • This Country Just Abolished College Tuition Fees

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel with college students CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Probst Prospective students in the United States who can’t afford to pay for college or don’t want to rack up tens of thousands in student debt should try their luck in Germany. Higher education is now free throughout the country, even for international students. Yesterday, Lower Saxony became the last of seven German states to abolish tuition fees, which were already extremely low compared to those paid in the United States. German universities only began charging for…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • The Apple Graveyard

    Chris Kirk
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Even the most “incredible” or “powerful” or “beautiful” device “ever” will someday go into the trash. The discontinuation of the iPod Classic is a reminder: It doesn’t matter how many oohs and ahhs an Apple product earns onstage or how long the lines are at its launch or how many thousands of dollars impatient rich people dole out for it on eBay. Like a common can of tuna, it has a shelf life, and will someday be worth nothing. But even after its functional death, an old gizmo can still stir something within us. Perhaps it’s nostalgia for a time when phones were smaller…
  • The Culture Gabfest “That Balloon Dog Didn’t Make Itself” Edition

    Stephen Metcalf
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 315 with Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens with the audio player below.
  • Slate Superfest East

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Slate Plus members! You can now access early ticket sales for the Slate Superfest East, live in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 17. General ticket sales will not begin until noon Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 3.
  • Mixed Feelings About a Mixtape

    Emily Yoffe
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    In this week's video, Prudie counsels a woman whose boyfriend makes her a perplexing playlist.
  • How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

    Carl Wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    What becomes an aging white hipster dude most? In every Mason-jar-stocked pseudo-saloon or fixie bike shop, anxious minds wander to the day when temp work stops being sufficient, when skinny jeans no longer can be tugged up over PBR-fueled love handles, and when so much snow flecks that bushy beard that it becomes indistinguishable from an Amish patriarch’s.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Chart: As Top Tax Rates Dropped, Top Incomes Soared

    Dave Gilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We're still posting a new chart on the current state of income inequality every day over the next week. Yesterday's looked at how the top 1 percent of Americans have captured half of all income. Today, let's talk taxes. In the past few years, we've heard a lot about overtaxed "job creators" and freeloading "takers." But consider this: As the income rates for the wealthiest have plunged, their incomes have shot up. Source: Tax rates: The Tax Foundation; top incomes: Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty (Excel)  Illustrations and infographic design by Mattias Mackler​
  • Ebola Patient in Dallas Had Contact With Several Children

    Alex Park
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Update 2, October 1, 2:20 p.m. EDT: With the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States isolated in a Dallas hospital and in serious condition, officials are closely monitoring the people he came into contact with—including several children. The unidentified patient, who arrived in the United States from Liberia on September 20, fell ill and went to the hospital on September 26, but was released with a prescription for antibiotics. On Wednesday, the AP reported that the patient told the hospital he had come from Liberia before his release. More MoJo coverage of the Ebola…
  • More Than 80 Percent of Teens Are Using the Wrong Birth Control

    Julia Lurie
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended long-acting reversible contraception, like IUDs and contraceptive implants, as "first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents." The guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, encourage pediatricians to discuss these long-acting options, known as LARC methods, before other contraceptive choices for adolescents because of the products' "efficacy, safety, and ease of use." It's no secret that a lot of teens have sex; according to the report, nearly half of US high school students report having had sexual…
  • New Mexico AG Opens Criminal Investigation Into Missing Susana Martinez Emails

    Andy Kroll
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    The New Mexico Attorney General's office is opening a criminal investigation into missing and/or destroyed emails covering part of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's tenure as a district attorney and also the tenure of Martinez's successor, Amy Orlando, a close friend of the governor. Complicating the investigation is the fact that New Mexico's AG, Democrat Gary King, is Martinez's opponent in this year's gubernatorial race.  The investigation was triggered by an internal report released last week by the district attorney in New Mexico's Third…
  • Chart: Half of All Income Goes to the Top 10 Percent

    Dave Gilson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    We'll be posting a new chart on the current state of income inequality every day for the next couple of weeks. Our last installment looked at stagnating middle-class incomes. Today, we look at both sides of the income split and how they've traded places. For the first time in a century, the top 10 percent of Americans control more than half of all income. If this trend persists, predicts economist Thomas Piketty, their share will rise to 60 percent by 2030. Source: Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty (Excel)  Illustrations and infographic design by Mattias Mackler​
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  • In Interview, Zimmerman Family Claims They've 'Learnt A Lot From The Kardashians'

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
  • Boston Herald Cartoonist Apologizes (Sort Of) For Obama "Joke" With Watermelon

    Scarce
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    The veteran cartoonist said his overt racism wasn't intentional. Or something along those lines. via Boston Herald Boston Herald cartoonist Jerry Holbert took to the airwaves this morning to apologize for a political cartoon that set off a social media firestorm after appearing on the paper's editorial page. “I want to apologize to anyone I offended who was hurt by the cartoon,” Holbert said this morning on Boston Herald Radio. “It was certainly, absolutely, not my intention.” The cartoon, a satire on recent Secret Service failures to protect the White House, depicts President Obama…
  • The Politico: How To Fix Secret Service, Assassination Style

    John Amato
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Earth to Politico, are you fu*king insane? The DC centered political publication posted an article that appeared in their magazine section that discusses the terrible dysfunction within the Secret Service, but concludes with about as sick an ending as I've ever read before. Ronald Kessler, a veteran national security reporter who obviously is a kook writes that the Secret Service is in terrible condition because of a leadership problem that only President Obama being assassinated could fix it, I kid you not. Behind the rotten culture is arrogance. After uniformed officers failed to take out…
  • Fox Host Asks CDC Director: Obama Lied About 'Things' So How Can We Trust You On Ebola?

    David
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Fox News host Steve Doocy on Wednesday asked CDC Director Dr. Tim Frieden how he could be trusted to tell the country the truth about Ebola when President Barack Obama had misled Americans about "a lot of things." Following the news that a case of Ebola had been diagnosed in Texas, Doocy told Frieden that his own daughter thought she might be at risk to contract the disease. "I know you say the public does not need to worry about it," Doocy said. "But I've got to tell you something, my daughter works in the building directly across the street from the hospital, and I talked to her last night.
  • Using Her 'Discretion,' Owner Of Arkansas Gun Range Declares It A 'Muslim Free Zone'

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for October 1, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    I like my coffee as I like my women: marginalized and subjugated by centuries of patriarchy. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for October 1, 2014
  • In the NFL, cheating pays

    Otherwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We Americans are an inconsistent lot, and nowhere is that more exposed than in our views on cheating. Sometimes we hold our heroes to the letter of the law, and excoriate them when they break the rules. Other times we … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    When a sex scene starts in a movie, I always tell my daughter something like “her zipper is stuck and he’s helping.” PS: My daughter is 23. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me … Continue reading →
  • Say Ello: six observations about the world’s newest social network

    Sam Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A month ago most of you had probably never heard of Ello. By now a lot of you have. And at the pace the news has been getting around in the past few days, this time next week even hermits … Continue reading →
  • Beeline: Classical Gas Museum, Embudo, NM

    Sam Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • What Do Prisoners Value Most?

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sarah Shourd argues that a certain “progressive” jail in New Hampshire has major drawbacks: There are many things about Cheshire County Jail that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other carceral space in the country. The warden, Rick Van Wickler, prides himself on the building’s environmental design—complete with a geo-thermic heating and cooling system—and overall low-carbon footprint. The correctional officers insist that there’s “very little conflict” between the 150 prisoners currently being held at this 240-bed facility. They also claim that they’ve had…
  • New York Shitty, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    A reader sends an ominous view from his East Village window yesterday morning: Another New Yorker pounces on my recent snark over the subway: Really, your pique about New York merely makes you look like an idiot. It’s like a bad breakup that you can’t get over. Well, try. You would also have a stronger case if you didn’t live in a city where the Metro stations look like the set of a science fiction film about the dystopian future. Every time I’m there, I half expect someone to come running into the Dupont Circle station screaming, “Soylent Green is people!” Several more dissenters…
  • Damon Linker Goes Trolling

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I’ve read quite a few slippery slope arguments from the religious right against allowing gay people to marry … but Damon really has discovered a doozy. He notes that a German Ethics Council has come out in support of allowing adult siblings to marry (something that the German government opposes): The council’s position is based on the claim that “the fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination” overrides all other moral considerations, including “the abstract idea of protection of the family.” That is very similar to the…
  • Whom Exactly Are We Bombing In Syria?

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    #Syria | Tomorrow’s @mortenmorland cartoon: “Hands up if you’re one of the good guys!” http://t.co/cQO217XrZj pic.twitter.com/lh5EDTeDVw — The Times of London (@thetimes) June 14, 2013 Last week, a US air strike meant to hit a base held by the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front almost hit a Free Syrian Army facility instead: Since U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began on Sept. 22, there has been no coordination between the U.S. military and its alleged partners on the ground, according to FSA leaders, civilian opposition leaders, and intelligence sources who have…
  • What Non-Nuclear Powers Want From America

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    It’s simple really, says Elaine Scarry: Last spring I went, as did many other people, to the UN when they had a conference in preparation for next spring’s Nonproliferation Treaty review. Country after country said, “We want a guarantee that the United States will never target us with a nuclear weapon.” I mean, that may seem ho-hum to us. But imagine now if you’re a citizen of this other country and you don’t feel an absolute guarantee that the United States won’t do this? In the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, President Obama wanted to present an improvement—and it was an…
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • So Many Liberals, So Few Lifeboats

    Gary North
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The liberal WaPo got bought last year by Jeff Bezos, who runs Amazon. It has just announced a freeze on pension benefits. The sinking ship of print media is doomed. It is a delight to see. All those liberals; so few lifeboats! They had hoped. They had dreamed. They had trusted management. Now they are getting a taste of economic reality. Oh, woe! They had no major competition for decades. Now there is Craigslist. Free. Now there is Drudge for all the wire service news. Free. Free for all. That’s what it is out there: a free for all. WaPo cannot compete.The strategy of buying up major city…
  • When the Beatles Met Elvis

    No Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In just a few short years, The Beatles created the most iconic albums of all time, changing music and pop culture forever. And while they recorded their greatest hits, the four lads from Liverpool were living out some of rock and roll’s craziest stories. From their first American tour to their troubled last days, The Beatles were constantly cooking up the strangest plans, meeting the most interesting people, and winding up in the weirdest places. 10. The Jelly Bean Incident When The Beatles arrived in America in 1964, they sparked a wild tide of mass hysteria that we all know as…
  • Say Yes to Butter and Cream

    Joseph Mercola
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most mainstream dietary advice recommends low-fat or non-fat dairy. But a growing number of experts argue that it’s far healthier to eat and drink whole dairy products, with all the fat left in. Dairy foods contain roughly 50 to 60 percent saturated fat, and conventional thinking is that saturated fat is bad for your heart. This idea has been thoroughly refuted as false. It’s a mistaken interpretation of the science. In a 2010 analysis,1 scientists said: “…There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary…
  • The Cradle of Kleptocracy

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Athens—This grimy, semi-Levantine, ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. A turn of the century apartment building, across the street from my house, where in 1942 or ’43 I watched a daughter and wife scream in horror from their balcony as three nondescript assassins executed a man while he bent over to get into his chauffeur-driven car. His name was Kalyvas and he was a minister in the Vichy-like Greek government of the time. He was bald and from my vantage point I saw the three red spots as the bullets entered his skull. His wife and daughter wore…
  • ISIS Is No More Islamic

    George Washington
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ABC News’ Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends and other U.S. media commentators say that Muslims are silent and complicit in the barbarian crimes of ISIS. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said that all Muslims are the same as ISIS, and implied that all Muslims should be met “with a bullet to the head”. Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists? Turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it. Father Elias Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association explains: “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out…
 
 
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  • Brave: the word that is being misused

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Okay, I'm putting on my rant pants today and complaining about a huge pet peeve of mine.  It has to do with the word brave, and the massive abuse of its definition running rampant around the internets of late.  I'm mostly referencing the overuse of it on blogs, and in comment sections of blogs, and instagram.No, it is not brave to take your oldest kid to kindergarten for the first time.  No, it is not brave to hike a small mountain.  No, it is not brave to tell people you have changed your mind about part of your life.  No, it is not brave to run a marathon.  No,…
  • How has Cate adjusted?

    Stephanie
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's been just over two weeks since we said our goodbye's to Cate and headed back home to resume "normal life" without our college student.  I'm not going to lie, it was really tough to drive off and leave her there.  Many tears were shed (by Spencer and I), as we hit the lonely road home and thought about how much we love and adore that girl and how our lives would never be the same from that moment on.And, it's true.  Our lives are not the same.  Things seem quieter here.  One less person at home feels significant.  For the first week or so, Wes kept asking me…
  • Letting my hair down: {day one}

    Stephanie
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (The super moon)20 random facts about myself1.  I keep my toenails painted year round.2.  I once dry heaved when my Grandma Genie guilted me into eating a cooked prune.3.  I need eight hours of sleep to function.  I need nine hours to be happy and seven to survive.4.  I can see through people within 3 minutes of meeting them.  It is a blessing and a curse.5.  I don't cry at normal crying moments- tear jerker movies, sentimental life experiences, terrible news.6.  My children go to their dad if they want something out of the ordinary.7.  If I ever…
  • resigned

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

    Stephanie
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
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  • Happy 90th Birthday Jimmy Carter

    Mark Murrmann
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday today, October 1. On the occasion of the 39th President's birthday, let's take a look back at his Presidency (and Governorship) with a handful of photos. Jimmy Carter, touring a display of American-made cars in Detroit is presented with a birthday cake from the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local #900, 1980. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library/National Archives   Graduation of Jimmy Carter from U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, Rosalynn Carter and Lillian Carter Pinning on Ensign Bars, 1946. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library/National…
  • Social Conservatives Are Freaking Out Because The GOP Let 2 Gay People Into The Party

    Patrick Caldwell
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among their ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of the national party (a third prominent openly gay candidate lost in a primary). But the social conservative groups that have long held sway over the party aren't taking the change in tone lightly. Late last week, three anti-gay rights groups—the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Family Research Council (FRC) and…
  • Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

    Kate Sheppard
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action Committee has been, well, vehicles. The climate change super-PAC, funded by billionaire investor Tom Steyer, recently rolled a truck filled with fake oil barrels into New Hampshire to chide Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown. A few days later, the group began touring Florida with an ark to taunt climate change hedging by Gov. Rick Scott (R). The…
  • Kenya Plans to Hang a Nurse for Botching an Illegal Abortion

    Alex Park
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Abortion is prohibited in Kenya except under certain circumstances, forcing hundreds of thousands of women underground every year to receive treatment. But it's not just these women who are putting their lives in danger: Late last week, the Kenyan high court gave a nurse the death penalty after a patient and her fetus died during an illegal abortion. The nurse, Jackson Namunya Tali, saw a teenage girl who'd recently come to the Nairobi area for a job as a domestic worker, according to the Daily Nation, Kenya's largest newspaper. Having had one child already, she decided to get an abortion…
  • America Spends $68 Billion a Year on 17 Major Intelligence Agencies. So Why Do We Keep Getting Caught Off-Guard?

    Tom Engelhardt
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. What are the odds? You put about $68 billion annually into a maze of 17 major intelligence outfits. You build them glorious headquarters. You create a global surveillance state for the ages. You listen in on your citizenry and gather their communications in staggering quantities. Your employees even morph into avatars and enter video-game landscapes, lest any Americans betray a penchant for evil deeds while in entertainment mode. You collect information on visits to porn sites just in case, one day, blackmail might be useful. You pass…
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    Raw Story

  • Greenland sediment sheds light on sea level rise

    Climate Central
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Greenland’s ice sheet is scraping rock bottom. No, it’s not hard up and in need of a loan. As ice moves from the center of the island to the sea, it’s scraping bedrock and transporting clues about just how fast the ice sheet is melting from the bottom up and what that means for sea level rise. The p...
  • Texas GOP lawmaker: Secularism is like Nazis putting a ‘bullet through the throat’ of Jews

    David Edwards
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Texas state Sen. Charles Perry (R) used his inauguration speech on Tuesday to warn that a government without God was similar to the Holocaust under Nazi Germany. After placing his hand on the Bible and taking the oath of office, the newly elected Republican talked about a “spiritual battleR...
  • College Republicans try to woo young women with bizarre Rick Scott wedding dress ad

    David Ferguson
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    The College Republican National Committee launched a new campaign aimed at young women voters on Wednesday. The debut ad is one of a series aimed at snaring young voters through the use of “culturally relevant” topics. The Wall Street Journal reported that the digital ad campaign cost ne...
  • School officials ban yoga pants so girls don’t look like that hooker from ‘Pretty Woman’

    Travis Gettys
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Girls have been banned from wearing leggings at a North Dakota school after officials said skin-tight garments make them look like prostitutes. An assistant principal at Devils Lake School District showed video clips from the R-rated Julia Roberts movie, “Pretty Woman” to some girls and asked them t...
  • Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly’s 3,000-mile migration

    Reuters
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world’s fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn. Scientists who scoured the genome of ...
 
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  • Benefit freezes and the final nail in caring Conservatisms coffin | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Guardian insists (Editorial, 30 September) on understanding the Conservative partys approach to social security policy in a discourse that supposedly distinguishes the deserving from the undeserving, the shirker from the skiver. George Osbornes announcements are, in fact, better understood as being a restatement of less eligibility as the economic and social spur to do wage work. Less eligibility is the idea that the independent labourers position should always been more eligible, more economically and socially preferable, than that of the pauper. Freezing benefits and tax credits aims to…
  • In knockabout politics its size that matters | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Knockabout is impossible in the huge hall of the Bundestag, its too big (Germans look to liven up Berlins political life with a bit of Westminster knockabout, 26 September). The key feature of the House of Commons is its small debating chamber only 21m by 14m. It was derived originally from a long narrow chapel with benches for members facing one another, thus disposing them to behave in an adversarial manner. This style of debate can make the chamber a lively, rather noisy place, with robustly expressed opinion, many interventions, expressions of approval or disapproval, and sometimes of…
  • Britains housing crisis: are garden cities the answer?

    Patrick Barkham
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Theyre billed as an idyllic alternative to generic commuter towns. But the first of a new generation of garden cities, in Ebbsfleet, Kent, has run into controversy. Will the end result be bog-standard suburban housing blighting the green belt?Beyond the shops a Co-op, a cafe, a tattoo studio called Demon Inkorporation are narrow terraced streets where doors open on to the pavement. A newer red-brick estate has been erected on an old slurry pit, and in the distance are wind turbines, pylons, the roar of the A2 and the surreal sight of container ships the size of tower blocks slipping down the…
  • Camerons tax cuts: short-term cheers at expense of longer-term problems

    Larry Elliott, economics editor
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Tories pledge of spending boost on health and education amid deficit means it is now the party whose numbers dont stack upImagine that Ed Miliband had remembered to talk about the deficit in his conference speech. Imagine also that the Labour leader had said that despite the country being in the red by close to £100bn he was planning to boost spending on health and education by £7bn a year.The reaction from the Conservative party and its media supporters would have been swift and brutal. Profligate. The economics of the madhouse. Alice in Wonderland financial management. And lots…
  • Former Tory donor raises Ukip donation to £1m over Hague comments

    Nicholas Watt, Steven Morris and Rajeev Syal
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Insurance millionaire Arron Banks increases pledge to Ukip by 1,000% as Conservatives dismiss scale of his past donationsThe millionaire former Tory donor Arron Banks has announced a tenfold increase in his planned donation to Ukip to £1m after William Hague said he had not heard of him.Arron Banks, who made his fortune in insurance, announced he was increasing his donation from £100,000 in protest at the comments from the leader of the Commons. Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • What the Secret Service mess says about government

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Secret Service director Julia Pierson is getting raked over the coals by both Republicans and Democrats who are outraged at security lapses that may have put President Obama at risk. Some apparently believe the growing controversy is being used by Republicans as one more cudgel with which to bash the Obama administration for alleged incompetence. […]
  • Morning Plum: Here’s why Republicans are attacking Dems on national security

    Greg Sargent
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    As I’ve noted here, Republicans have been attacking Democratic incumbents and candidates around the country as soft on terrorism — even as Republicans themselves mostly agree with Democrats in supporting President Obama’s escalation of the bombing of ISIS in Syria and his arming of the Syrian rebels. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll helps explain […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    * Yet another shocking detail has emerged about the man who climbed the fence to the White House and got deep inside: The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent […]
  • Is the public really clamoring for war?

    Greg Sargent
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    With Republicans pounding away on their national security drums in the run-up to the midterm elections, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a striking new ad that seems to suggest ISIS may present an “imminent threat” to the United States. The ad, which targets vulnerable Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, shows footage of […]
  • How the Supreme Court will continue helping GOP game elections

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Supreme Court has granted Ohio’s request to throw out a ruling by lower courts stopping the state from implementing a law on early voting passed by the Republican state legislature. Meanwhile, cases on Republican-passed voting laws in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Texas are also working their way through the courts, and may all wind […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Tabloid Age

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.When you have no standards to betray, when succeeding at a competition is more…
  • Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic…
  • George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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

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

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

  • Is Greg Orman a Liberal With a Lot of Money?

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Politics in Kansas lately seems like one big family affair, both of the political kind as well as the kitchen-table kind. It all revolves around Pat Roberts, the long-time GOP senator in the state whose re-election has suddenly got a lot less certain. Chad Taylor's decision to drop out of the race has meant that remaining independent challenger Greg Orman, a wealthy businessman, is now even or ahead in the polls. For GOP strategists, he is a liberal trojan horse riding under the cover of being an independent and a businessman. But it is Greg Orman who Pat Roberts will have to defeat to keep…
  • The Senate Race in Georgia and Voter Registration

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    The race in Georgia for the senate seat of retiring Sen R Saxby Chambliss is quite frankly, a little nasty. It's a close race of course - why else would it have to get nasty? After earlier this week linking, or attempting to link, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn's participation in Points of Light - the NGO run by Neil Bush - with Hamas, a terrorist organization, they are now accusing another group with links to Democrats of voter fraud, a felony in Georgia. The New Georgia Project was founded by State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and is dedicated to registering minority voters in…
  • Stealing From Taxpayers in Alabama

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Tim McCollum is an ambitious pubic servant. The assistant attorney general with the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that photographing public records is stealing from the state's tax payers. If you want a copy of some part of the public record, you're going to have to pony up the cash for those 3 pages of photocopying that would otherwise not flow into Alabama's state coffers. According to Tim McCollum's world view, it should be the Availability of Information Act and not the Freedom of Information Act. But does any state or local government, or the federal government, have the…
  • The Terrorist Who Lived in Rochester

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you are a returning member of the military, having done a turn of duty in Iraq, concerns about Veteran Affairs and the quality of medical treatment that you will receive, should you need it, is not your only worry. Aside from planning how to rejoin the workforce, there now appears to be another, far more serious, risk you could face. A Yemen-born naturalized US citizen has been arrested in Rochester accused of providing resources and logistical aid to potential ISIS recruits. But Mufid Elfgeeh has also been charged with purchasing and possessing handguns with silencers to be used against…
  • The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.His takeaway, "The Great Recession hurled incomes all the way back to the late 1980s and early 1990s." His pictorials indicate that median family income for 2013 ($46k) differed little from 1989 ($46k). He states that the median income of the top 10% for 2013 was $229k, which is 22% above the 1989 figure. No one seems to be looking for a significant change for a long while to come. Some call for tax reform; a fair tax, a flat…
 
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  • Photos: Hong Kong's Occupy Protesters Are a Lot More Creative Than America's

    TNR Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    After Sunday night’s violent clashes, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations earned a new name: the Umbrella Revolution, so called because protestors are using umbrellas to shield against police pepper spray and tear gas. As the aggressive crackdown by China’s riot police brought tens of t
  • Happy First Birthday, Obamacare! The GOP Brought You This Dishonest Tweet.

    Danny Vinik
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Happy birthday, Obamacare! The Affordable Care Act turns one year old today.*On October 1, 2013, Obamacare’s health exchanges launched, allowing millions of Americans to (eventually) purchase affordable health insurance. That launch, of course, quickly fell apart as the federal exchange, Healthcar
  • The Biggest Question About Texas' Mysterious Ebola Case

    Jonathan Cohn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    It’s no great mystery how the first reported case of Ebola ended up at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the infected
  • Hong Kong's Protests: Six Scenarios for What Will Happen Next

    Christopher Beam
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Sunday, the leaders of the Federation of Students, one of the groups protesting in downtown Hong Kong, outlined their demands for the Hong Kong and central governments: Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung must resign; the National People’s Congress Standing Committee must retract its requireme
  • Men on "Morning Joe" Imply a Man Would Have Prevented the Latest Secret Service Scandals

    Rebecca Leber
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Revelations that the Secret Service mishandled several threats to Barack Obama, including a fence-jumper who ran into the White House and an armed man who rode an elevator with the president, forced USSS Director Julia Pierson to answer a barrage of questions Tuesday before a 
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • 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.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash

    MATT JANCER
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local laws about moving sarin and […] The post How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Metaphors, Women and Guns

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    credit: wilsonmulesfootball.com Do you ever feel “the dint of pity,” as Mark Antony said in Julius Caesar, for losing football teams? Do you root for the little guy, or the little girl, in this particular instance? If so, you might want to take a few minutes and visit my latest article at The Truth About Guns, which the good folks there have been kind enough to publish. It’s titled “The Metaphors of Sports And Liberty.” It might be worth your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: football teams, Mark Antony
  • Reinventing The Wheel For $300,000!

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Rans V-Rex More frequently than frugal Americans prefer, a new federal government research boondoggle is exposed. The feds spend a million dollars on a study of the flatulence of lesbian Holsteins, or 1.5 million of why back scratchers feel so good. Now it’s time for one of the best–worst–in a long time. Your federal government, loyal Americans, has spent $300,000 dollars on the “deeper questions” about how people ride bicycles. The freebeacon.com has the story:  The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $300,000 studying how ‘humans interact with bicycles,’ the…
  • Education: Honor and Rationality

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    credit: dailyyonder.com “The National Guard,” “the national guard…” Hmmmm. It seems I’ve heard of that…something to do with defending the nation, if memory serves. The Volokh Conspiracy at the Washington Post has the story: T-shirts handed out by a National Guard recruiter at a local high school [Ravena, New York] have caused heated debate among parents, students and the school district. The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk superintendent says the shirts are not appropriate for students to be wearing in school. The T-shirts in question say ‘National Guard’ across the top and then…
  • Education Problems And Solutions, #5: The Higher Education Bubble (and the Soap Scum It Leaves Behind) UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: syracuse.com Life sometimes dissolves into farce, and that is nowhere so evident than in the world of Higher Education. I graduated from college in 1986. By then, I had military service and nearly a decade of police work under my belt and was in my 30s. By taking overloads every semester and every summer and interim session possible, I finished in 2.5 years. Because I attended a small Midwestern school focused on training excellent teachers, I managed to avoid much–not all–of the politically correct lunacy that currently infects our campuses. Consider that many of our…
  • Shaneen Allen: Resolution?

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    credit: nationalreview.com I’ve previously written about Shaneen Allen, the Pennsylvania single mother of two young boys arrested for carrying her handgun–lawfully carried in Pennsylvania–in the People’s Republic of New Jersey. Those articles: “Shaneen Allen: The Cruelty of New Jersey Authorities,” “Shaneen Allen At Bearing Arms,”  “Shaneen Allen: An Update” and “Shaneen Allen: A Real Race Card,” explain how the Atlantic City Prosecutor refused to allow Allen to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that would keep a felony conviction off her…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    President Obama, reportedly, has not attended over half of his daily intelligence briefings. Apparently, he thinks he's so brilliant that he's fine in just reading the report and doesn't need to question anyone to get more details or explanations of those reports. Allahpundit links to a column by Marc Thiessen to explain why the in-person briefings are so valuable that President Bush always met in person for his briefings that were held six days a week. According to former officials who have detailed knowledge of the PDB process, having the daily meeting — and not just reading the briefing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    The President figures that we're all too dumb to realize how well the country is doing.And the FBI thinks we're plenty stupid and can't figure out that there is a connection between radical Islam and the beheading in Oklahoma despite having a Facebook postings admiring ISIS and bin Laden and cheering the murders on 9/11. But then this has been a trend by law enforcement and this administration. And why is the man who threatened to behead a coworker being charted with terrorism and the guy who actually beheaded a coworker isn't? But then depending on the stupidity of Americans is rather a…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Obama has thrown his intelligence team under the bus, saying that they underestimated the rise of ISIS. However, they did warn him about ISIS. He just chose to ignore them.Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq.But in an interview that aired Sunday evening, the president told 60 Minutes that the rise of the group now proclaiming…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Hans von Spakovsky who, along with John Fund, wrote a book describing the depredations that Eric Holder had made at the Justice Department, Obama's Enforcer, explains how Eric Holder politicized the Justice Department.Mr. Holder is also responsible for spearheading an unprecedented politicization of the Justice Department, which should be of great concern to anyone who cares about the rule of law and the impartial administration of justice.Why care about who runs the U.S. Justice Department? It matters because Justice is one of the most powerful executive branch agencies in the federal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Michelle Obama is still badmouthing her own country as she worries about how women in America still face a daily struggle. Sure, there has been a lot of progress, but we are still not "anywhere near full economic, political, and domestic equality in the United States." Oh, please. Christina Hoff Sommers is exactly right when she argues that feminists have a vested interest in promoting myths about how rotten things are for women today.Jonah Goldberg makes a similar point as he aims a skeptical eye on the White House's efforts to convince people that 1 in 5 women on college campuses have been…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Obama Sent Illegals All Across The County, Forcing States to Pay for Schooling

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    President Obama secretly sent tens of thousands of illegals all across the country and into every state without bothering to inform governors that he was doing it and now the states are stuck footing the bill for healthcare and education. On September 29, the AP reported that “Unaccompanied minors… have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state.” But since the Supreme Court has made the disastrous ruling that state-run schools “have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status,” now the states are stuck footing the…
  • Silly Parents Mad Everyone Uses Their Daughter’s Name for ISIS Terrorists

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    A couple in Australia are demanding that people stop using their daughter’s name as the label to identify the terrorist group ISIS. If this isn’t the perfect story showing the idiocy, arrogance, and foolishness of some westerners, there isn’t one. Frank and Sheridan Leskien of Sydney, Australia are quite upset that people keep calling those darned ol’ terrorists in Syria the ISIS group. Why, darn it, everyone just knows that Isis is their beautiful, 8-year-old daughter’s name! So, all you big poopy heads better stop using their daughter’s name for those…
  • Secret Service Allowed White House Jumper to Run All Throughout the White House

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    (Personal note: I just got a new writing job that will have me working a bit harder than I am used to of late and I am really not sure how it might affect my posting here. But if I am suddenly not posting every single day, that may be why. I’ll try to keep everyone informed on my status.) What the heck happened to the Secret Service? Has it been so feminized that now it can’t even protect the president anymore? We are now learning that the Secret Service couldn’t stop one nutty dude from jumping the White House
  • County Officials in Florida Sidestep Law to Intimidate Gun Dealers

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    In Florida only the state is allowed to make laws, rules, or regulations that affect gun dealers. So, county officials are trying to intimidate gun shops into toeing their arbitrary “rules” even though the locals have no power at all to make such rules. In an effort to sidestep state laws, county officials are urging gun dealers who sell ammunition and weapons to police to “voluntarily” follow new rules created by officials–rules that have no force of law. As the Sun Sentinel reports… Under consideration is a voluntary program under which gun and ammunition…
  • Coach ‘Breaks The Law,’ Suspended for Praying With Team

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    A coach for a prep school in Arizona has been suspended for praying with his team during last week’s homecoming game. He was told it was “against the law.” Tom Brittain, the head varsity coach for Tempe Preparatory Academy–a state-funded charter school–found himself suspended after the “offensive” praying. The coach was told to keep the praying off the field, but apparently he didn’t feel disposed to have his constitutional right trod upon by school administrators. His boss, headmaster David Baum told the media, “He is a man who likes to…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Shocker 'o the day #greedheads

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Shocker 'o the dayby digbyIt turns out that when you cut taxes on the rich their incomes go up.  Who would have guessed?That's from a week-long series at Mother Jones about the effects of income inequality.  I thought this one was particularly interesting:That proverbial rising tide is really a giant wave. The wealthy are comfortably riding it on their multi-million dollar yachts while the rest of us are strapped to the keel. Sure, you could say we rise with that wave too but we're still under the water..
  • The patriarchal lizard brain is only resting

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The patriarchal lizard brain is only restingby digbyIt always comes back to this:We need to be careful that we are never, ever throwing the baby out with the bath water as far as the best person always has to get the job," [Deutch] said. "As we kind of go through her resume, you go 'Obviously, coming off the prostitute scandal, okay, yeah, women on top makes sense, good for the brand, if you will.' But the brand doesn’t work if it’s not competent.""In positions of national security, quota second, competency first," he added.Co-host Joe Scarborough then turned the conversation to the…
  • When Corporate Sponsors Leave ALEC and Rush. What We Learn by @spockosbrain

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When Corporate Sponsors Leave ALEC and Rush. What We Learn  by SpockoThe other day Google announced it will be leaving ALEC. "Google becomes latest company to abandon right-wing ALEC."This is a big deal. It comes on the heels of a number of other corporations like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo! having left ALEC.These things don't just happen magically. There are a lot of people who have worked very hard to make that happen. Here is a list of just some of them from the letter they sent to the Google folks earlier this month. I don't know all the people behind those…
  • Dark money and leitmotif by @BloggersRUs

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Dark money and leitmotifby Tom Sullivan We're all pretty tired about now of the fundraising emails. Even without opening them [DELETE], the familiar, red-flashing, DEFCON 1 subject lines from brand-name politicos introduce what's inside the way Wagner introduced recurring characters as they walked on stage. I know they are crafted by dedicated, hard-working campaign stiffs just poorly paid to do their jobs. And maybe the mailings "work," if raising as much money as fast as possible for your team is your sole focus. Still, it feels like democracy's death spiral. "Look Honey, there’s a fella…
  • Billo has a little tantrum

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Billo has a little tantrumby digbyOne would be tempted to think he has realized that he's making a total fool of himself which is why he's being so defensive.  But he's always like this:“Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleepin' clue how to fight the jihad. They don’t know anything," the Fox News host said on "The O'Reilly Factor." "And when somebody gets beheaded, their reaction is ‘Oh, that’s bad!’ But by being completely vacant, it doesn’t stop these people from mocking ideas that might have some value, might solve some complex problems.”"Because in the world of…
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    Eschaton

  • Ow

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Someone go to the CVS and get me some drugs please.
  • Lunch Thread

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Flu has been replaced with terrible headache. Might need to not stare at the screen for a bit.
  • Send Many Buckets

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    I suppose we aren't going to do anything about Syrian refugees, but perhaps we can help some Walrus-Americans.
  • I Wonder What Happened

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    I'm genuinely curious about what actually made Obama embrace forever war.
  • Gun Nuttery

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Open carry ammosexuals are quite certain that it's obvious that they are the good guys with guns, and that it's also obvious who the bad guys with guns are. They either haven't figured out what that means in practice, or don't care.
 
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  • The Great (Re)Training Robbery

    Peter Van Buren
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The government already spends approximately $18 billion a year to administer 47 job training programs, do they work?Barack Obama told Americans every worker deserves to know “if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.” A nice sentiment,and politically safe; it’s just the wrong answer. Those “better jobs” don’t exist, and training doesn’t create jobs. Despite all that, every year the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on job training, with little impact. What’s the right answer? In 2007 then-candidate Obama visited…
  • US To Stay In Afghanistan Indefinitely

    DSWright
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    So about that leaving Afghanistan by 2015 plan? Not so much. The US has now secured a new status of forces agreement that will keep the war going in Afghanistan indefinitely. Of course, given the US is back in Iraq after losing a status of forces agreement maybe these agreements are mostly symbolic anyway. If so, the symbolism could not clearer – the US has taken up permanent residence in Afghanistan. And so should end the DC press’ parlor game of whether or not America is “getting out” of the Middle East. It is debatable as to whether it was even possible given the…
  • Judge Rejects DOJ’s Secrecy Argument That Public Doesn’t Know How to Evade Location Tracking

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Judge Maria-Elena James In a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for information related to government policies and procedures for law enforcement use of cell phone tracking, a federal judge has ordered the release of records, which the Justice Department sought to keep secret by claiming they would “alert law violators”—otherwise known as criminals—to how to evade detection. The ACLU in Northern California and San Francisco Bay Guardian filed a lawsuit seeking documents on location tracking technology on July 31, 2012. The Justice Department has produced a few…
  • First Ebola Case Found In US

    DSWright
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    A man who took a flight from Liberia to Dallas, Texas has tested positive for the Ebola virus according to the Center for Disease control.Though there has been an Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa there is little reason to believe that, as things currently stand, there is a reason to worry about an outbreak in the US. Unlike the flu or cold the Ebola virus is not an airborne disease. It can only be spread through contact with bodily fluids of someone infected who is having symptoms. Flights coming in and out of areas in West Africa – such as Liberia – are being screened for…
  • Marijuana Decriminalized in Maryland Starting Today

    Jon Walker
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Marijuana is now decriminalized in MarylandNow the penalty for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana in Maryland is a small fine instead of possible jail time. Back in April Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law SB 364, but the law didn’t take effect until today, October 1st. This makes Maryland the 17th state plus D.C. where marijuana is decriminalized, according to NORML. Under the new rules adult possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is just a civil infraction similar to a parking ticket, instead of a criminal offense. The first time a person is caught with a…
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  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Our last open thread is full, here's another one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Long day in Court today, which means an open thread for you. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hostage John Cantlie Messages: Episode 2 Released

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Al Furqan Media has released the second episode of British hostage John Cantlie's video series today. You can view it here (If You Tube removes it, you can get it here.) The topic is President Obama's speech on 9/11 against ISIS. These... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Brazilian Hotel Evacuated as Hostage Paraded on Balcony

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    An employee at a luxury hotel in Brasilia has been taken hostage, handcuffed, strapped in a suicide vest and paraded on the balcony of a room on the 13th floor, with a gun to his head. The hotel has been evacuated and police are trying to get the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Views on ISIS From the Middle East

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    I'm always interested in how countries halfway around the world say they would address a problem here. I'm not talking about legal problems since laws in other countries vary too much, but in hands-on tackling of a problem that affects... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • Rob Portman sounds a lot like a presidential candidate

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was in Iowa on Wednesday, stumping for Senate candidate Joni Ernst while also stoking some speculation about his own interest in running for president in 2016. He called me to check in. "This looks a lot like Ohio," he said. "Except our cornfields are a little bit smaller." A lightly edited transcript […]
  • Rick Scott is like a terrific modern wedding dress. Charlie Crist, not so much.

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Have you heard of that terrific new wedding dress designer named Rick Scott? How about Charlie Crist, who is a favorite designer among moms, who apparently dig fuddy, duddy, grandma-looking wedding dresses for their daughters. Folks, this is the premise for the above ad. If you've got a minute, watch it. Let us all be […]
  • Five people have won election to Congress, despite being dead

    Philip Bump
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich would very much like to win his first bid for reelection to his seat in 34 days time. Interestingly, his father Nick Begich was also serving in his first term representing Alaska in the House when he narrowly won reelection in 1972. There is one catch: Nick Begich had been […]
  • The Secret Service story isn’t just about President Obama. It’s about us too.

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The ongoing story about the Secret Service's struggles to keep President Obama and his family safe play into a growing anxiety about the capacity of the institutions and people entrusted with looking out for us to do just that. The idea that a man armed with a knife could not only hop the White House perimeter […]
  • Everything you need to know about the Senate ad-spending battle — in 3 maps

    Aaron Blake
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    We're now less than five weeks from the 2014 election, which means it's crunch time -- both for winning races and for expectation-setting. Part of that expectation-setting game is pointing out, early and often, how your candidates are being overwhelmed by outside spending with little ammunition to fight back. The benefits are two-fold: 1) Offering a […]
 
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • CD05: "Gridlock:" Roy Cho new ad up on cable

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    If you live in the 5th congressional district you will soon be seeing this new ad from Democrat Roy Cho, who is running against entrenched Tea Party Republican Scott Garrett, New Jersey's long-running worst in Congress. It's a return to Cho's theme that the way Garrett sees governmental responsibility - or rather fails to see it, results in a failure to get the right things done, or much of anything done. A few examples? Women; Garrett positioning himself against protecting victims of domestic violence, opposing that women receive equal pay for equal work, and blocking access to life-saving…
  • Absence Makes the Heart go Harder

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    promoted by Rosi Chris Christie has spend a good portion, seemingly a majority of it, outside of the state of New Jersey and away from the people who elected him to lead and repair the state. Christie has even promised to continue the trend as he works to elect Republican governors in other states, governors we assume would actually do their jobs rather than engage in political efforts away from home. Apparently the people of New Jersey have noticed, and Christie's approval ratings are, according to Quinnipiac University, "sinking in the swamp."   New Jersey voters give Gov. Christie one…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    14 NJ women legislators - both parties A bipartisan group of female state legislators is pushing for the NFL to be stripped of the tax breaks it receives and for those extra tax funds to be diverted to domestic violence awareness and prevention. Christie, dreaming of 2016 as he fails at 2014 It's because we know the most about him: Hillary Clinton leads Christie in his own state, 50-40, with women driving those numbers. Women: 56-36, Clinton over Christie. NJ men are divided: 46 Gov, 43 Clinton. But in NJ, Clinton blows away other GOP contenders like Jeb Bush & Rand Paul by more than 20…
  • UPDATE: The real story behind Lily's trip to Camden

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi. Two weeks ago NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia visited New Jersey as part of her 50-state Back to School Tour. I wrote about her visit and meeting with NJ ed bloggers here, here and here. One of her stops was Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden which is also home to the co-located Mastery Charter School. While the NJ state assembly passed an amendment to the Urban Hope Act today which gives charter schools greater ability to expand in take over public education in Camden, I had a conversation with someone who was in close proximity to…
  • Christie: Kicking The Can Down The Road

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    What does a governor do when he is more concerned about his White House prospects and electing Republican Governors in November?  He kicks the can down the road.  Pen-Ben - He had initially planned to announce a solution in the summertime, but instead appointed a panel which has been beating the drum for changes but is yet to announce any plan. Of course, steps recommended by the commission are just suggestions, and the court and legislature have their say. Nonetheless, the process starts with a plan from him, and who knows when he will stop kicking the can.    Atlantic…
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  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Sonora River Poisoned by the Mining Industry, and More

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    In today's On the News segment: The mining industry pollutes the Sonora River and drinking water in Northern Mexico; a federal judge has restored protection for wolves in Wyoming; Archbishop Desmond Tutu has added his voice to world leaders calling for action on climate change; and more. TRANSCRIPT: You need to know this. We all know the saying, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." But, when it comes to drilling and mining, big business thinks that they can fool us over and over again. Last week, authorities in northern Mexico had to tell 25,000 residents not to use…
  • Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making." TRANSCRIPT:  SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: This is The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. Welcome to this edition of the Larry Wilkerson report. Larry…
  • Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong's Biggest Protests in Decades Challenge China on Political Freedom

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hong Kong is facing its biggest political unrest in decades as tens of thousands of protesters defy a police crackdown to demand greater freedom from China. The new round of protests began last week when thousands of college students launched a boycott to oppose China's rejection of free elections in 2017. The protesters want an open vote, but China's plan would only allow candidates approved by Beijing. After a three-day sit-in, police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds. But that only fueled a public outcry which brought even more into the streets, with estimates reaching…
  • As US-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Afghanistan has inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Joining him on stage Monday was Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan's new vice president. Dostum is one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, once described by Ghani himself as a "known killer." Dostum's rise to the vice presidency comes despite his involvement in a 2001 massacre that killed up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war. The victims were allegedly shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers after they surrendered to Dostum and the U.S.-backed…
  • Obama Administration Again Sides With Abusive Loan Servicers, This Time on Student Loans

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    A corrosive development is the ease with which lenders steal extract income which is not properly theirs from borrowers through what is at best incompetence and in far too many cases is fraud. This pattern has repeats itself again and again: in mortgage servicing, with debt collection, and more and more with student loan servicing. A big part of why servicers, who are less supposedly disreputable than kneecapping debt collectors, keep getting away with misconduct is that most borrowers are too broke to fight bogus charges and the cascading damage that results, often from interest…
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  • Buying a health plan: Don't try this at home?

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    In a recent post, I cheered a bit while noting that most ACA marketplace users who should have bought silver-level health plans did in fact buy silver plans. That is, most people whose income qualified them for subsidies reducing their plan deductibles and out-of-pocket costs -- subsidies available only with silver plans -- did buy silver. Somewhat less than 20% of those eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) bought bronze plans, which have higher deductibles and copays and disqualify a buyer from CSR..Perhaps a 15-20% "bad choice" rate is too high. After speaking with ACA navigator Kate…
  • Having some health insurance is better than having none. But American insurance...

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Those of us engaged in the long struggle to pass and implement the ACA have (not wrongly) fixated on how vital it is to have health insurance, and we've been cheered by the roughly 25% reduction in the nation's uninsured in the ACA's first year. We've also celebrated the ACA's ending of arbitrary policy rescissions, yearly and lifetime coverage caps, medical underwriting, and plans lacking essential benefits like childbirth and drug treatment.Some coverage is better than none. But recent good reporting is also highlighting the extent to which much if not most health insurance in America…
  • Did too many low income ACA shoppers buy bronze plans?

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Modern Healthcare's Virgil Dickson reports on a weak link in ACA coverage:Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say.The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. Deductibles on bronze plans average…
  • Repetition again*

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I share in the general admiration for the tour de force in gotcha editing pasted below the jump -- so much so that I've added its author to my blogroll.  But of course I want to add my two cents.In his book ‘Simply English’, Simon Heffer recommends cutting redundant words. Well, he’s convinced me. pic.twitter.com/9hHL0ZX8Nk— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) September 18, 2014Freeman is no pedant. His point is not that his victim, Daily Telegraph editor and prescriptive grammarian Simon Heffer, was not as concise as humanly possible in his concision admonition. In a followup post,…
  • Elisabeth Rosenthal exposes hospitals as free-billing zones

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I stand back in awe from the healthcare reporting of The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal, who since June 2013 has been exposing in front-page blockbuster after blockbuster the rampant greed and depraved price-gouging endemic to the US healthcare system. Her nine-part "paying till it hurts" series, indexed here, is worthy of a Pulitzer. It should galvanize the country as Silent Spring or The Other America did.Rosenthal's latest exposes many hospital ORs as free-billing zones in which an array of doctors, physical therapists and other service providers can insinuate themselves in a…
 
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  • Swing State Envy, Anyone?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Brooks and Collins on the confounding mid-term elections.
  • Massacre at Centralia

    By Nicole Etcheson
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    One of the worst crimes of the Civil War took place in an obscure corner of Missouri.
  • The Thermopylae of the West

    By Nicole Etcheson
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    How an outgunned Union force turned back the Confederate invasion of Missouri.
  • The Benefits of ‘Binocularity’

    By Erik Parens
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Neuroscience encourages us to see humans through a single lens. But a full picture of what it means to be a person requires another.
  • Downhill on a Forest Road

    By László Krasznahorkai
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    He didn't stop his car for the dogs in the road, but maybe he should have.
 
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  • California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

    Soulskill
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    schwit1 sends word that California governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required warrants for surveillance using unmanned drones. In his veto message (PDF), Brown said, "This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances. There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution." The article notes…
  • Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

    Soulskill
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Incremental improvements have been slowly but surely pushing solar power toward mainstream viability for a few decades now. It's getting to the point where the established utilities are worried about the financial hit they're likely to take — and they're working to prevent it. "These solar households are now buying less and less electricity, but the utilities still have to manage the costs of connecting them to the grid. Indeed, a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory argues that this trend could put utilities in dire financial straits. If…
  • US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

    timothy
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Taco Cowboy writes The United States of America has launched airstrikes, along with some of its Arab partners such as Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, against ISIL targets in Syria. ... Before the airstrike was officially announced to the press, a Syrian man living in Raqqa, Syria, tweeted about the bombings and the sounds of air drones all over Raqqa. ... Tomahawk missiles were launched from USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. Stealth fighters such as F-22s were also involved in the strike.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

    Soulskill
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car. According to the NY Times, a new assembly plant in Kansas is "part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for 'a nuclear-free world' and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy." Mind you, Mutual Assured Destruction is a dangerous path, and…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

    timothy
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    theodp (442580) writes "A month after he argued that Executive Action by President Obama on tech immigration was needed lest his billionaire bosses at Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC have to hire 'just sort of OK' U.S. workers, Re/code reports that Joe Green — Zuckerberg's close friend and college roommate — has been pushed out of his role as President of FWD.us for failing to Git-R-Done on an issue critical to the tech community. "Today, we wanted to share an important change with you," begins 'Leadership Change', the announcement from the FWD.us Board that Todd Schulte is the new…
 
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  • VID: Jay Leno and the Politics of Late Night

    Alexis Garcia
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    "How Jay Leno Changed the Politics of Late Night" is the latest video from Reason TV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • Could This Be the Start of Something Beautiful for the Libertarian Party?

    Stephanie Slade
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Over the weekend, CNN and ORC released a poll of North Carolinians showing the Libertarian candidate for Senate, Sean Haugh, receiving support from 7 percent of likely voters. He's one of several third party candidates receiving attention this year for their potential to muck up the outcome of close Senate elections. Given all that attention, some may be wondering whether the American people have become so fed up with the two major parties that they're finally ready to start throwing their support behind an alternative. With six in ten disapproving of congressional Democrats' job handling…
  • More Health Plan Cancellations are on the Way. Obamacare is to Blame.

    Peter Suderman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    At the end of last year, millions of Americans with individual insurance policies found out that, thanks to Obamacare, President Obama's repeated promise that anyone who liked their health plan could not keep their health plan was not, in fact, true.  This year, on the eve of a midterm election, it's about to happen again for hundreds of thousands of people across the country.  As the policy news site Morning Consult notes today, there are reports in multiple states that hundreds or thousands will see their plans cancelled at the end of the year as a direct result of not meeting Obamacare's…
  • Don't Panic About Ebola—And Don't Panic About People Panicking Either

    Jesse Walker
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When the news broke yesterday that a man in Dallas had been diagnosed with Ebola, my colleague Ron Bailey delivered the news with some sensible advice: "Don't Panic!" He had plenty of company. Politico published a story headlined "Ebola's here: Don't panic." The Los Angeles Times explained "why you don't need to panic," and Business Insider told us "Why You Shouldn't Panic." Salon, uncharacteristically cautious, said "there's (probably) no reason to panic." And in Ebola's new home, The Dallas Morning News ran an item headlined "Why a positive Ebola test in Dallas is no cause for panic." I…
  • New California Law Takes Away Second Amendment Rights Based on Flimsy Standards

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Yesterday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that strips people of their Second Amendment rights based on claims that they pose a danger to themselves or others. Under AB 1014, a cop or "an immediate family member"—which includes not just spouses, children, siblings, and parents but also in-laws and roommates, both current and former—can seek a "gun violence restraining order" that prohibits an individual from possessing firearms and authorizes police to seize any he currently owns. Such an order can initially be obtained without any notice or adversarial process. If the…
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  • How Deep is the Problem?

    Randy Toman
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) held that the great theological dogma of the “Fall of Man” was the prime source of error of man’s thinking. The abandonment of religion and philosophy was a must for him and then society could be turned to a purely scientific approach with experimental challenges. Such an approach was able to place the state above good and evil all the while it could experiment in Mythology—framing right and wrong as they adjusted the values & gauges of life and never be accused of sin against the social fabric or its culture. We can now see how…
  • RADICALISM

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

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

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

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
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  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The idea of naming military operations began in World War I, but initially they were secret code names, intended to conceal rather than to boast. Winston Churchill was very concerned with the code names of military operations in World War II, and advised in one 1943 memo, "Operations in which large numbers of men may lose their lives ought not to be described by code words which imply a boastful or overconfident sentiment." After World War II, the names of operations became more descriptive, since they were no longer classified. But it wasn't until the last few decades that we started to get…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
 
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  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The idea of naming military operations began in World War I, but initially they were secret code names, intended to conceal rather than to boast. Winston Churchill was very concerned with the code names of military operations in World War II, and advised in one 1943 memo, "Operations in which large numbers of men may lose their lives ought not to be described by code words which imply a boastful or overconfident sentiment." After World War II, the names of operations became more descriptive, since they were no longer classified. But it wasn't until the last few decades that we started to get…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
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  • Voters don’t really care about climate change. So why do Democrats keep talking about it?

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Brookings Institution A new Brookings Institution study of the 2014 primaries finds that climate change was the second-most mentioned issue among Democratic candidates for House races. Which is slightly puzzling, considering surveys consistently show environmental issues as ranking near the bottom of voter issue priorities. For instance, only 1 percent of respondents in a recent Gallup survey said the environment was the most important issue facing the country (in contrast, 41 percent named an issue related to the economy). A September Pew Research Center poll found that the environment…
  • Which car to drive if you want to get the most tickets

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Cars don't speed, drivers do. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo) The most ticketed car in the United States doesn't race to 60 miles per hour in fewer than four seconds, or, generally, come painted in red. It isn't Italian, German, or even American-made. And you probably haven't seen it in many movies, because, frankly, it just isn't all that fancy, or fast. A new study by Insurance.com, which surveyed more than 500 car models and 550,000 customers, found that a greater percentage of Subaru WRX (this car) owners are caught speeding and committing other traffic violations than those of any other car.
  • What the Ebola outbreak tells us about global inequality

    Ylan Q. Mui
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia in Liberia on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) When the first case of the Ebola virus entered the United States this month in Dallas, the medical team that treated the infected patient was quarantined and even the ambulance in which he was transported was decontaminated. When the virus entered Sierra Leone, an entire hospital was forced to shut down. That is just one sign of the glaring disparity in the responses to the Ebola virus -- a gap…
  • HHS is hiding health insurance rate hikes, former official charges

    Jason Millman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    A new lawsuit claims HHS isn't living up to its own transparency standards for health insurance filings. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Department of Health and Human Services is improperly hiding health insurers' requested rate increases from the public -- in violation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new lawsuit from a former administration health official. States are generally charged with reviewing health insurers' proposed rate increases, but HHS conducts reviews for several states that don't have an effective review program. HHS hasn't lived up to its obligation to make the rate…
  • Why Wall Street is betting on Republicans to take the Senate

    Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Although Senate banking committee ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), left, has expressed interest in taking over if the Republicans win the chamber, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), right, has emerged as the frontrunner. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) Wall Street is pumping more money into Republican campaigns this election cycle, betting that a flip in the Senate could usher in revisions to a key financial reform law. In past cycles, aside from the last presidential election, securities and investment firms have hedged their bets by donating roughly the same amount to both parties. But…
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  • Pelosi: Dems will take Congress, White House in 2016

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) predicted a Democratic sweep in 2016.Even if Republicans win the Senate in November, Pelosi suggested they won’t hold their majority for long.“Their days are numbered. I know that in two years, I know we...
  • Pelosi: Expect a war authorization vote in lame-duck session

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Md.) said Wednesday that Congress should get ready to debate and vote on an authorization for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the lame-duck session.“When this Congress comes back...
  • Cummings aide: Pierson must restore trust

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is stepping back from a call for the director of the Secret Service to resign in the wake of a series of security breaches.The Maryland Democrat spoke with Julia Pierson on Wednesday morning.An aide to Cummings, the...
  • Ex-senator fined for misusing campaign funds

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) must pay more than $240,000 for improperly using campaign funds in an effort to withdraw a guilty plea relating to a 2007 sex sting.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson...
  • Read indictment against alleged WH intruder

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Army veteran, on three counts for allegedly scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside the executive mansion earlier this month.Gonzalez will face federal indictment for...
 
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  • Wednesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The Court is scheduled to resume oral arguments in just a few days, and so previews of the upcoming Term and the cases on the Court’s docket continue.  Chantal Valery of Agence France-Presse looks at the Term as a whole, noting that the Court has “a slate of hot-button cases, including freedom of speech in the Facebook era and a likely reprise on gay marriage.”  And in Education Week (with graphic here), Mark Walsh surveys the Court’s education docket (or lack thereof), observing that “one would have to go back before the court’s landmark decision in Brown [v. Board of…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Cuti v. United States 13-1491 Issue: Whether a witness may give opinion testimony based in part on specialized knowledge and in part on personal experience, including answering counterfactual hypothetical questions, without satisfying the reliability and disclosure requirements for expert testimony of Federal Rule of Evidence 702, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16, and/or Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26.
  • Federal judge limits health care subsidies

    Lyle Denniston
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Deepening the controversy over tax subsidies to help lower-income workers obtain health insurance, a federal trial judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday barred those credits for individuals who shop for coverage on marketplaces run by the federal government, not by a state. That issue is already awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, with the federal government due to file there on Friday a defense of the subsidies scheme that has so far helped nearly five million individuals to afford health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  (That case is King v. Burwell.) In Oklahoma, U.S. District…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Yesterday the Justices met for the so-called “Long Conference,” at which they considered new petitions for certiorari for the first time since late June.  Once again, news coverage of the Court focuses on the cases slated for consideration at that conference, and in particular the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  Ben Winslow of Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City summarizes the story in Utah, where state officials have asked the Court to review a decision by the Tenth Circuit striking down that state’s ban.  In his Sidebar column for The New…
  • Editor’s Note

    Andrew Hamm
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues — and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it — we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.
 
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  • Not Even Trying To Hide It: Politico’s The President Must Die Edition

    Tom Levenson
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    In the thread just below this one, Commenter JPL (update: and Rikrayh) pointed to this story at TPM* in which Ronald Kessler, writing at Politico, declares: Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service. Give him credit (sic).  With this, Kessler hits the daily double.  He blames President Obama for something no other — and for “other,” read, I’m afraid, white — President would be expected to…
  • Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Does anyone remember that hilarious video of a bunch of white tone-deaf Clinton supporters in 2008 singing (painfully) as a counter to Obama girl? If so, do you have a link? There was one guy in particular who was amazingly bad. *** update *** I also vaguely remember three black women singing for either McCain or Romney. Am I just imagining that? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Chinese Security – Best in World

    constitutional mistermix
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    This is from our foreign correspondent B. Open thread. Share
  • Invisible PEARs

    Richard Mayhew
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Aaron Caroll Austin Frackt at the Incidental Economist is pulling his hair out over the New York Times piece on out of network docs at in-network emergency rooms. A number of people, especially ER docs, have taken exception to this…. The gist of their complaints seems to be that while 65% of hospitals are subcontracting to physician groups rather than employing them that’s not proof that they refuse to accept insurance. They further allege that they believe that the vast majority of those subcontracted groups are “in network”. Therefore, they claim that the likelihood of going to…
  • Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Happy Birthday, President Carter

    Anne Laurie
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    From commentor SiubhanDuinne: The hardhat in the photo tells you everything you need to know about this good man. Best wishes to President Jimmy Carter on his 90th birthday, October 1, 2014. I have had the immense pleasure and privilege of meeting him on several occasions over the past 25+ years. When I was recovering from open heart surgery (quadruple bypass) in 2001, he sent me a personally inscribed copy of his memoir An Hour Before Daylight, accompanied by a personal letter wishing me a quick recovery. I have never been adequately able to state what that meant to me, so I’m going…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Another Activist Conservative Judge Attempts To Destroy Obamacare

    Ron Chusid
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    A federal judge in Oklahoma, appointed by George W. Bush, has repeated the same ridiculous argument given by previous activist conservative judges to attempt to stop Obamacare. The claim is that the Affordable Care Act only provides for subsidies for policies purchased on state-run exchanges and not the federal exchange. This is based upon taking one portion of the law, which is poorly written and might suggest this, while ignoring all the other portions of the law which do not make such limitations on who can qualify to receive subsidies. Previously the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in…
  • (Updates) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Update II: As part of the 3,000 U.S. military to be deployed to West Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak, 700 soldiers from the 101st t Airborne Division headquarters will deploy in late October to Liberia. The Army will deploy another 700 soldiers from engineering units throughout the United States to supervise the construction of Ebola treatment units, conduct site surveys and provide engineering expertise, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, in an area with a range of infrastructure repair needs. Also, according to DOD, about 195 Defense Department personnel are…
  • CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US

    Guest Voice
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed… Share on Tumblr
  • Another stunning Secret Service fail: man with armed gun allowed into elevator with President Obama

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    The revelations that people got beyond the White House fence, and one got further into the White House than officially revealed, has now been coupled with yet another revelation that calls into serious question the efficacy of today’s Secret Service and the competence of its current leadership. The latest twist: a contractor armed with a gun was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. You almost have to say that twice to absorb it: a contractor armed with a gun was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. This latest revelation is so stunning in…
  • Cartoons: Secret Service

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com Share on Tumblr
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  • Sex, death and what banning books teaches our kids

    Jon Green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s 2014. Does anyone really think they can ban a book and come out the hero? The Riverside Unified School District in California banned The Fault in Our Stars — written by my namesake-sharing, fellow Kenyon College alumnus John Green — from its middle schools last week. The decision was made in a 6-1 vote by the district’s Orwellian-named “Book Reconsideration Committee,” because apparently “book reconsideration committees” are things that actually exist outside of the first draft of 1984. Yes, the Riverside School District has a formal…
  • “Boobs on the ground”: Fox host on female troops fighting ISIS

    John Aravosis
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A friend sent me this Jon Stewart clip from a few days ago, in which he discusses the GOP’s latest “treason” charge against President Obama: namely, that the President held a coffee cup while saluting. We’d written about this previously, and about how President Bush also saluted the troops with something in his hand, in Bush’s case a dog. But I hadn’t seen this video from Stewart, in which Fox Host Eric Bolling refers to a female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates as “boobs on the ground.” In fact, the pilot, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri,…
  • How contagious is Ebola really?

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that a patient in the US has Ebola. It seemed timely to have a discussion of just how contagious Ebola really is. As you probably already know, other American Ebola patients have already been flown back to the US for treatment, but they were brought in under conditions of quarantine. This patient traveled back from Africa (Liberia) on a commercial flight, arriving on September, 20th. He was asymptomatic while traveling. Ebola can only be transmitted when the patient is displaying symptoms. The patient developed Ebola symptoms on September…
  • Ebola now in the US, first case confirmed by CDC

    John Aravosis
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The CDC has confirmed that a man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, CBS News is reporting. I’ve been able to find nothing posted by the CDC publicly. Apparently the man had been in west Africa recently — Liberia, to be exact — where there’s been a rather large outbreak of Ebola. He’s been in strict isolation as soon as the hospital suspected Ebola. According to the CDC press conference, the man left Liberia on the 19th of Septemnber. Arrived in the US on the 20th of September. Had no symptoms, but then around the 24th of September, began to develop symptoms. Sought…
  • GOP Senate group run by Sen. Moran lapses into 9/11 trutherism

    John Aravosis
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Will the Republican party’s lapse into 9/11 trutherism be covered by the mainstream media? It probably should, no? In a stunning development, the official Republican party organ in charge of whipping US Senate campaigns, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), is using its Twitter account to promote the notion that 9/11 was an inside job. The NRSC is chaired by Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas. NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring yesterday used his Twitter account to direct people to a GOP Web page that included the following absurdly-offensive assertion…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    The idea of naming military operations began in World War I, but initially they were secret code names, intended to conceal rather than to boast. Winston Churchill was very concerned with the code names of military operations in World War II, and advised in one 1943 memo, "Operations in which large numbers of men may lose their lives ought not to be described by code words which imply a boastful or overconfident sentiment." After World War II, the names of operations became more descriptive, since they were no longer classified. But it wasn't until the last few decades that we started to get…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
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  • Brown Signs Bag Ban, Martins Beach Access Law, and Ends Gay/Trans Panic Defense

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    California becomes first state in the nation to ban plastic bags, but it could be headed to the ballot by Brian Leubitz Early next year, California will become the first state in the nation to bag plastic bags. Maybe: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other businesses on Tuesday. *** **** *** An industry group representing plastic-bag makers, called the American Progressive Bag Alliance, said Tuesday they plan to put a referendum on the ballot in 2016 to repeal the California ban.(WSJ) If the bag companies are…
  • Gov. Brown's Pen is Busy

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Governor is tearing through the stack of legislation on his desk by Brian Leubitz The Horseshoe is busy. Very busy. And it isn't just the governor and his legislative staff. Those folks who post his press releases on the website must be pulling all-nighters. If you check the Governor's official press release page, you will see a slew of signed and vetoed legislation. And that is just a fraction of what the bills that they are actually going through. The press releases from legislators, interest groups, and the governor are generally flying fast and furious. Perhaps to emphasize his middle of…
  • LA Times Op-Ed: No on 46 Campaign "Jaw-Droppingly Deceptive"

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    LA Times Editorial Board Member pens op-ed against deceptive campaign tactics by insurance funded No on 46 campaign by Brian Leubitz The members of the LA Times Editorial Board don't frequently go this far out on the limb against a ballot measure campaign. But check out this op-ed from a member of that board, Jon Healey, calling out the No on 46 campaign: Even by the political world's low standards of truthiness, a new commercial being aired by the No on Proposition 46 campaign is jaw-droppingly deceptive. *** **** *** Opponents are also trying to persuade voters that the measure would expose…
  • Wouldn't Kashkari's world be amazing?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    GOP candidate for governor pictures very different GOP than actually exists by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari made a big speech this weekend at the California Republican Party's convention. It was meant to do two things: shore up his base and project a vision of a moderate party that could face California's future challenges. In many ways, these goals are diametrically opposed to each other. It may have accomplished the base aspect, with convention goers seeming to be happy. Or at least they told the media that they were happy. Of course, it still wasn't enough for Controller candidate Ashley…
  • Brown Signs Ban against Spying on Consumers Using Rent-to-own Computers

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California to protect consumer privacy by restricting the use of spyware on rented computers. Thanks to Assembly Bill 2667 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica), consumers who rent a computer or similar electronic device in California will not fall victim to the use of invasive privacy technologies by the merchant or manufacturer who sold the item. The Assembly and state Senate each approved the bill without opposition. "Now that our legislation is signed, rent-to-own companies will no longer be able to use spyware to…
 
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 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…
  • The Reluctant Loner President Builds a Coalition and Goes After Terrorists Across Syria

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    So, our reluctant, hesitant, wan, diffident loner egghead of a president somehow managed to pull together a potent Arab coalition and launch an air war against extremists of the Islamic State terror group on their home turf. Very surprising, given his reputation. Defying expectations is one thing; winning a war in which victory has not yet been adequately defined is another. And yet, President Obama has taken the first, significant steps to at least slow, and possibly reverse, ISIS's expansion. Four quick, early morning observations (to be followed by more, I hope): 1. The Arabs of the Gulf…
  • Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took place in Berlin. Roth’s framing of this issue is very odd and obtuse. Anti-Semitism in Europe did not flare “in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza,” or anywhere else. Anti-Semitic violence and invective are not responses to events in the Middle East, just as anti-Semitism does…
  • Here's a New Way for Obama to Talk About Confronting ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    A president is axiomatically having a bad week when his understanding of warfare is criticized, in public, by the most revered living Marine general. This is what happened yesterday when retired Gen. James Mattis, the legendary former chief of U.S. Central Command, told the House Intelligence Committee that, “You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do.” Mattis is referring to President Obama’s promise to avoid deploying ground troops, no matter what, in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. (There are, of…
  • Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Searching for the elusive answer to a persistent question concerning the seeming gullibility of my fellow Americans—namely, why did 42 percent of adults surveyed this spring by Gallup say they believe that God created humans in their present form less than 10,000 years ago?—I recently found myself in the office of Ken Ham, the born-again Barnum behind Kentucky’s $35 million Creation Museum, debating a separate but related question, one whose existence I had not previously recognized but which became for me a source of instant paleontological delight: How could dinosaurs have coexisted…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Why Obama Should Say Very Little About Hong Kong, and Other Protest Readings

    James Fallows
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Following this item last night, three more useful things to read about the drama unfolding in Hong Kong. 1) "Why Obama should keep quiet about the Hong Kong protests," by Benjamin Carlson in Global Post. Ben Carlson—who is a much-missed former Atlantic staffer, and in recent years a resident of Hong Kong and Beijing—underscores this crucial point. What is happening in Hong Kong is not about foreign "interference" or meddling in China. But that is exactly how the government in Beijing would love to be able to portray it, and for them comments from an American president would be an absolute…
  • 'On the Other Side of the Shenzhen River'

    James Fallows
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    My friend Hai Zhang, who is originally from Kunming and whose writings and photos you can see more about here, sends this picture just now from across the Shenzhen River that separates Guangdong Province, in mainland China, from Hong Kong. He writes: On the other side of the Shenzhen River, I feel shamed, I cry and cry.  I think you know what I am crying for and what I am shamed of. For now, as the National Day Holiday dawns in Hong Kong and across China, three reading suggestions: 1) "Against My Fear, I See That You Hope," a message from a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to…
  • A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

    James Fallows
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The real reason to be a reporter is the chance it offers to see, ask about, and prowl around the world. For more on the high concept of the reportorial satisfaction in seeing, you can check this post from the summer. This has been a special satisfaction of our American Futures travels over the past year. The joy and the terror of the process is showing up in a place with a few questions in mind and a few contacts lined up, and then following leads, backing out of dead ends, and spending whole days in pursuits you hadn't foreseen. Inevitably you discover that the preparation was essential, but…
  • "When We Felt Threatened, We Opened Umbrellas and Raised Our Hands"

    James Fallows
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    From a reader in Hong Kong: I was at the uneventful (if tense) Legco [Legislative Council] demonstration on Saturday as well as last night's demonstrations between Causeway Bay and Central. It was as much depressing as, ultimately, uplifting. When I was incapacitated by a blast of pepper spray, I somehow found myself being reverse crowd-surfed to a safe area. There, a young girl cradled my head and poured water into my eyes. Some others wiped the chemicals off my arms and legs. When they went on to help the next injured person, an old woman kept watch over me, speaking soft Cantonese and…
  • Iron Pigs Rising

    James Fallows
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    It turns out that the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs aren't really that good at baseball, at least this year. They lost two of the three games we saw at Coca-Cola Stadium last month—a day-night doubleheader on a Saturday, and a night game the following Monday, all against the Syracuse Chiefs and all in idyllic, clear high-sky conditions. A few weeks later at the end of the season, the Chiefs were at the top of the triple-A International League Northern division, and the poor Iron Pigs were 15.5 games back in last place. Maybe we're not good-luck omens for plucky minor-league teams. Earlier in the…
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    6 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Looking for a society that values the sarcastic under-achiever

    liberal japonicus
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    by liberal japonicus Earlier, I wrote about the case of John Updike's trash and the person who went through it. From that  Moran told me he checked into the legality of what he was doing in the years he collected Updike’s garbage. He also asked friends for guidance about the ethics of his actions. It felt wrong to him, and dragged him back into a mind frame he’d been trying to snap. Moran says he had been having a difficult time in the months leading up to that afternoon in May 2006. As a recovering alcoholic, his long bike rides were part of plan to stay healthy and sober. But the…
  • The war on the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS/L, the Khorasan Group, etc. etc. etc.

    Ugh
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    by Ugh So, it seems the United States has embarked on yet another campaign of floggings for love in the Middle East, or as Glenn Greenwald, winner of this week's "trolling of the internets" headline award* put it "Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate."   It also seems that the United States has all but officially assumed the role of some kind of absent-ruler of a swath of the world that stretches from Morocco to Pakistan and reaches down into the Horn of Africa.  Where we have allies that hate each other,…
  • Adrian Peterson, Charles Barkley, and other scattered thoughts

    liberal japonicus
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    by liberal japonicus I'm back from 10 days in Kyrgyzstan, classes are about to start and there are too many interesting things to write about. ISIS? Scottish referendum? Ebola? But this piece responding to Charles Barkley's comments about the Adrian Peterson case had me thinking about growing up, discipline and a whole range of stuff. More below the fold A quick recap, Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, heard/saw his son push another boy off of his bike and he whipped him with a switch. Peterson was the person who a year earlier had  learned that he was the…
  • Is it more like Kafka or 1984?

    Ugh
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Ugh I'm leaning Kafka, but could be convinced otherwise, or why not both?   The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security. The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private…
  • Your binge-watching open thread

    SuperUser
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    by Doctor Science I've been binge-watching Brooklyn Nine Nine as I sort through papers, including paying the bills for my husband's double knee replacement. This is how broken the American health system is: surgeon's bill: $8500 per knee, total $17K. After the "negotiated discount adjustment" from the insurance company, the bill was ... $3700. That's a lot of negotiation. Total bill to us: about $1K, due to our deductible. inpatient hospital bill: $153,517, for surgery Wednesday, discharge on Friday. Plus $5742 for lab work, etc. Total: $159K. Then the insurance…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

    Ryan Flynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership My last blog post on budgeting for human rights explored the obligation for governments to use the maximum of available resources to realize rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Here we will examine what the obligation of progressive realization means for government budgets. Article 2 of the ICESCR states “each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps…especially economic…
  • What Is PFM?

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

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

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

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

  • Black Lung Battle in West Virginia

    Lori Robertson
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Republican Evan Jenkins claims Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall “cut black lung benefits,” in an ad that fires back after Rahall claimed Jenkins pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. We already said Rahall’s ad was deceptive, but Jenkins’ response is misleading. Jenkins’ ad refers to a 1981 bill that was intended to shore up the financing of the program by doubling the excise tax on coal. It did tighten eligibility requirements for future applicants, but it didn’t cut the amount paid to those then receiving such benefits. It was…
  • Cherry-Picking Salary Data in Oregon

    Robert Farley
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An ad from Republican Monica Wehby cherry-picks data to make the case that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is “paying the women on his staff thousands less than their male counterparts.” Actually, in 2013, women earned about 97 cents for every dollar earned by men in Merkley’s office, without accounting for job title, years of experience or other variables. Wehby uses data on less than a third of the staff over a shorter time period to make her claim. The ad features a chart that highlights average salaries for men and women with three job descriptions — legislative assistant,…
  • Abortion Distortions 2014

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Summary In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they’ve used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion. The real contrast between the parties on this polarizing issue is stark enough: Democrats tend to favor a legal right to abortion, and Republicans tend to oppose it. But in a number of TV ads we’ve seen running in September, the divide is made to seem wider than it really is. An ad in Virginia falsely accuses GOP House candidate Barbara Comstock of seeking to make abortions illegal…
  • FactChecking the Arkansas Senate Race

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Arkansas Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton began for us in June 2013 — just six months into the new Congress — with an article that carried the headline “It’s Groundhog Day for Fact-Checkers.” It hasn’t gotten much better for fact-checkers since then. The race — which remains a toss-up by virtually all accounts — has been our most fact-checked campaign of the 2014 congressional elections. Here are some of our findings: Illegal Immigration and Border Security Claim: Pryor voted “against a…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Midterm Deceptions

    FactCheck.org
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    FlackCheck.org, our sister website for political literacy, looks at two recent political campaign ads that mislead viewers using common patterns of deception. One of the TV ads doesn’t tell the whole story about a cut in the pensions of military retirees that never happened. And the other ad uses a quote out of context to make a U.S. Senate candidate look weak on border security. The following video is based on our articles “Playing Politics with Immigration” and “No Cuts for Military Vets,” which were published on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, respectively.
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  • First POST: Outgassing

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    How Beijing is throttling expressions of solidarity with the Hong Kong democracy protests; is the DCCC going overboard with its online fundraising tactics?; SumOfUs's innovative new engagement metric; and much, much more.
  • Occupy Central and China's Policy of Give and Take

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Since exploding on the international stage on Friday, the ongoing pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong known as Occupy Central has galvanized up to 80,000 people by some estimates and has made enough noise to capture attention and support from those as far away as Los Angeles, London, Paris and Perth. But inside mainland China, except for a few folks who shaved their heads to show solidarity, people there have remained noticeably quiet. The government's diligent censorship of Occupy Central coverage in China can explain part of the silence but not all of it.
  • With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups.
  • First POST: Lifestyles

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Showdown

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Body:  Brilliant from Hong Kong. Citizen-posted signs around Hong Kong police HQ urge cops to not just follow orders. #occupyhk pic.twitter.com/9H4srjOCit — Julie Makinen (@JulieMakLAT) October 1, 2014
  • Flexian infestations at the DCCC and Emily's List

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Body:  Sheesh, this is just awful. From Down with Tyranny:
  • In the garden: Winter has not yet come!

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Body:  Bees still working the squash; miraculously caught this one just before they took to the air: And also miraculously, the front garden came through with more poppies -- on September 30! Must have been those three hot days.
  • ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Federal judge strikes down subsidies in states without their own exchanges

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Body:  Modern Healthcare: In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage. Judge Ronald White, a George W. Bush appointee, invalidated an Internal Revenue Service rule interpreting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to allow the premium tax credits in states that have not established their own exchange. “The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or…
  • The Re-invent Democracy Platform and MMT

    letsgetitdone
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Body:  The MMT Uptake Problem Proponents of the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) approach to macroeconomics have had many successes since the approach was first synthesized in coherent form by Warren Mosler. There have been successful predictions of economic conditions: much work showing that the historical record accords with the MMT point of view, rather than the views of other approaches and paradigms, and also many instances where representatives of other approaches to economics have suddenly begun to use economic views first put forward by MMT economists. So, it's surely true that MMT…
 
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  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • Where’s Saudi Arabia?

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Go, Bernie, go! Washington (CNN) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate’s leading doves, said Tuesday he doesn’t want the United States leading the fight against ISIS. Instead, said the Vermont senator, who is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid, the nation should be focused on helping the middle class. Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he doesn’t want to see the United States fall into another “quagmire in the Middle East,” and he put the onus on Muslim countries to take on ISIS. “I’m sitting here wondering where Saudi…
  • Lunchtime jam

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You have the right to free Speech as long as you’re not Dumb enough to actually try it. “Know Your Rights,” by The Clash:
  • Kill the messenger

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    I am happy that, after all this time, Gary Webb’s amazing investigative work will finally be vindicated — but sorry the journalism establishment helped push him to suicide: Kill the Messenger, an actual film coming soon to a theater near you, is the true story of Sacramento-based investigative reporter Gary Webb, who earned both acclaim and notoriety for his 1996 San Jose Mercury News series that revealed the CIA had turned a blind eye to the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contras trafficking crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles and elsewhere in urban America in the 1980s. One of…
  • Beheading vs. drones

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Coleen Rowley: Why do Americans hate beheadings but love drone killings? What accounts for our irrational response to these two very different forms of illegal execution, one very profitable and high-tech, usually resulting in many collateral deaths and injuries, and the other very low-tech, but provoking fear and righteous condemnation from the citizens whose country prefers the high-tech? The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunder: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala For six years, Jennifer Rice’s family lived in a tiny Mayan village. Shortly after her family’s return to Michigan, Ana, one of her former neighbors, called and pleaded with Jennifer to purchase her handmade bags. As a young, illiterate, single mom, the needs of her family far outweighed her ability…
  • Guest Voz: Out of the shadows and out of poverty — Reducing poverty through immigration reform

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Out of the shadows and out of poverty — Reducing poverty through immigration reform by Latina Lista By Patrick Oakford LatinaLista The Census Bureau recently released new data on poverty in the United States. While the coverage that followed provided an overview of the new numbers, and in the case of TalkPoverty examined policy choices that would dramatically reduce poverty, there is one important issue that received little attention: the potential for…
  • An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity?

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity? by Latina Lista By Shelley Diaz CBC Diversity What is the overlap between challenged books and books by diverse authors? Inspired by the recent flurry of challenges to titles with diverse characters or by minorities or LGBTQ writers, young adult author and Diversity in YA cofounder Malinda Lo conducted an informal study to see whether there is a correlation between challenged books and diverse content. Using…
  • Texas contenders for governor offer differing views on immigration issues in public debate

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Texas contenders for governor offer differing views on immigration issues in public debate by Latina Lista Rio Grande Guardian HARLINGEN, TX — In a televised debate on Tuesday evening, gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis offered sharply contrasting views on two top immigration issues in Texas. Davis said she supports allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s permit to allow them to drive legally and with insurance on Texas roads.
  • Latinos’ threats to Democrats over immigration reform don’t make sense

    Latina Lista
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latinos’ threats to Democrats over immigration reform don’t make sense by Latina Lista LatinaLista — National polls have been showing that more and more Latinos have become disenchanted with President Obama. So much so that some Latino organizations have issued a warning to Democrats to not blame the Latino electorate if the GOP wins more elections this November, ousting the Democrat majority in the Senate. Perhaps it’s against this backdrop…
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  • Order vs. Disorder, Part 4

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The strategy of “containment” this go-round is not what it was during the Cold War.
  • Serving Without Protecting

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A hearing into the White House security breach underscores the public shame of the Secret Service.
  • Here There Is No Why

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Islamic State represents the counterhuman. The human has no alternative but to fight back.
  • The Hole in Holder’s Legacy

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. failed to prosecute cases related to the financial crisis.
  • Our Invisible Rich

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    They have become so wealthy that most Americans can’t imagine how much they’re worth.
 
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  • Christine Quinn Hails the Political Power of Andrew Cuomo’s Daughters

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Christine Quinn talks about the new Women’s Equality Party line (Photo: Will Bredderman). Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn–who helped Gov. Andrew Cuomo create the new Women’s Equality Party earlier this year–pointed to Mr. Cuomo’s and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s daughters when asked today to explain why 11 of the 17 candidates running on the new party line are men. Speaking at a WEP event at the Teamsters Union’s Manhattan headquarters, Ms. Quinn argued that the assistance of powerful male politicians, like the governor, is necessary…
  • Lady Macbeth as Ambitious Trophy Wife, Brava!

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth. (Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera) “We have waited in vain for two nights,” sings the Doctor in the last act of Verdi’s Macbeth, words that took on a peculiar resonance for the audience at the Metropolitan Opera last Wednesday. The first two nights of the company’s season comprised a listless new Figaro and a revival of La Bohème hobbled by a soprano in poor voice, both exercises in futility. But then came Macbeth, worth the wait of not just two nights but of two whole seasons. This revival, worthy of the Met’s status as the greatest opera house…
  • Madcap Kaufman and Hart Revival Is Stark Contrast to ‘Stalking the Bogeyman’

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Rose Byrne and Mark Linn-Baker in You Can’t Take It With You. (Photo by Joan Marcus) Like the perk of validated parking, sometimes seeing a play justifies all the trouble it takes to get there. You’ll have a fine, fizzy time at the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1936 farce You Can’t Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre. Directed without any empty spaces by Scott Ellis, it’s as cluttered with laughs as the wacky set by David Rockwell is cluttered with colorful junk from a bygone age. It’s back to the original three acts with two intermissions the way…
  • Painting Outside the Lines: New Shows at the Jewish Museum and EFA Project Space

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Norman Lewis, Lewis Crossing (1949) (Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY) The show “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952,” at the Jewish Museum through February 1, makes the case that race, gender and class identity mattered to American postwar abstraction. It also puts on view some thrilling paintings. The subjects are two very different, historically overlooked artists: Krasner and Lewis, both marginal figures in the story of postwar art. Both were New Yorkers. Krasner was from a family of Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn and studied at the…
  • Suburban Ennui: David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ is a Big, Pretentious Letdown

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Preposterous, illogical, senselessly over-plotted and artificial as a ceramic artichoke, David Fincher’s Gone Girl is another splatterfest disguised as a psychological thriller about the disintegration of a murderous marriage that I find one of the year’s grossest disappointments. At one point, I turned to the woman next to me—a distinguished lady film critic—and asked, “Does any of this make sense to you?” “Not a word of it,” she replied. So why is it being drooled over by gushing websites as a “sensational…
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    Gawker

  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Libertarians are having a moment or something, and there is much excitement over the possibility of a presidential run by a bizarrely coiffed amateur ophthalmologist and civil-rights opponent. How could he be more obnoxious? By staking his candidacy on Silicon Valley brogrammers.Read more...
  • Mississippi Dems Probably Committed Voter Fraud by Aiding Thad Cochran

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
  • A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchana

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchanan Enters the Wormhole" vows to stop all immigration into the U.S. because immigrants vote for "big government." It's an improvement on his deportation plan, "Operation Wetback."Read more...
  • The Vatican Is Really Butthurt About U.S. Citizens Approving Gay Marriage

    MTanzer
    11 Nov 2012 | 1:33 pm
    Last week, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted for marriage equality and the gays rejoiced! After all, this was the first time that gay marriage had been approved by popular vote. But just like at the end of The Avengers, there's another villan hiding in a distant galaxy, in this case, it's Europe.Read more...
  • The Gawker 2012 Election Night Liveblog

    Max Read
    6 Nov 2012 | 4:45 pm
    Tonight, on television: the season finale of American Politics. After millions of years of campaigning, human president Barack Obama and liquid-metal terminator Mitt Romney will meet on the Sacred Plains for the mythical and deadly Dance of Swords, the traditional choosing ceremony for our people. Who will win their bloody game? Who will retain control the Senate? Will Chris Christie finally attract the attention of his crush Bruce Springsteen? Will top CNN analyst The Will.i.am Hologram seize return to prophesy the birth of a God-Emperor whose reign will surpass a thousand years? Crack…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Why the U.S. Should Stay Quiet About Hong Kong

    Daniel Larison
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    As if on cue, the Post demands that Obama “send a message” to China about the protests in Hong Kong: Beijing, however, has not acted yet; police in Hong Kong backed off on Monday and Tuesday after their use of tear gas over the weekend brought more people to the streets [bold mine-DL]. Chinese authorities probably are weighing the risks of allowing the street occupations to continue against those of initiating a crackdown. That makes this a crucial moment for the United States to send a clear message to Mr. Xi: that repression is unacceptable and will damage China’s relations…
  • Obama’s Careless Rhetoric and U.S. “Indispensability”

    Daniel Larison
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Nikolas Gvosdev comments on the continuing mismatch between the Obama administration’s rhetoric and its actions: Part of the problem is the whiplash that is generated when U.S. statements are considered together in their entirety. A crisis in some part of the world is first described as a present or future major threat to the U.S. requiring decisive action. But then all sorts of limitations on what the U.S. is prepared to do are loudly trumpeted to the American people: no direct U.S. involvement or “boots on the ground,” only indirect support and “leading from behind.” Meanwhile…
  • Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Kevin Drum overstates the public’s enthusiasm for foreign wars: It’s like we’ve learned nothing from the past decade. Our politicians are in love with war. The public is in love with war. And the press is really in love with war. It just never ends. Drum isn’t that far wrong about most politicians and most of the press, but I don’t see much evidence that the public is “in love” with war. Yes, there is currently majority support for the administration’s decision to attack ISIS from the air, but there is reason to believe that this support is shallow and…
  • Another Foreign Protest, Another Pointless Demand That the U.S. “Speak Out”

    Daniel Larison
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Andrew Peek makes a predictable and unwise demand: President Obama must speak out publicly in support of the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and the sooner the better. There’s not really any reason why Obama must do this. Peek would like him to do it, but if Obama doesn’t it isn’t going to matter. On the other hand, if Obama did “speak out” about the protests in Hong Kong, there are several undesirable things that could happen. It would feed into the Chinese government’s paranoia about outside interference in its internal affairs. It would probably undermine…
  • Most Americans Aren’t Hawks

    Daniel Larison
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Aaron Blake comments on a new CNN poll that asks Americans to identify themselves as hawks or doves: Overall, it’s close, with 50 percent picking the doves and 45 percent picking the hawks. Among Republicans, though, it is decidedly not close. About seven in 10 (69 percent) say they are hawks, while just one-quarter (25 percent) side with the doves. The definition offered for being a hawk is someone “who believes that military force should be used frequently to promote U.S. policy.” Doves are those that “the U.S. should rarely or never use military force.” It…
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    TIME

  • Mistake Led to Ebola Patient’s Initial Release

    Alex Altman
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Dallas hospital patient who has tested positive for Ebola virus indicated on his first visit that he had traveled to the city from West Africa, but was released after that information was not communicated to the entire medical team who treated him. MoreFirst U.S. Ebola Patient IdentifiedEbola Co-Discoverer: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’Texas Ebola Patient Had Contact With Children, Perry Says NBC NewsOutbreak Jitters: Can We Trust the CDC on Ebola? NBC NewsVery Civil Disobedience: Inside Hong Kong's Polite 'Revolution' NBC NewsThe patient first arrived at Texas Health…
  • Court Blocks Parts of North Carolina Voting Law

    Maya Rhodan
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    An federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked parts of a sweeping North Carolina voting law from taking hold ahead of this year’s midterm elections. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision to allow provisions of the law that eliminate same-day-registration and the casting of out-of-precinct ballots. The appeals court on Wednesday still allowed other portions of the law to stand, including the cut of seven early voting days. But in a 69-page opinion Wednesday, the appeals court said an August decision by the lower district court to allow the full law…
  • Pelosi Says Secret Service Director Should Resign

    Alex Rogers
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson should resign, a sharp rebuke from one of the top Democrats in Congress after a White House fence jumper made it inside the President’s home last month. “If Mr. Cummings thinks that she should go, I subscribe to his recommendation,” Pelosi said, referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on a House committee investigating the security breach. “I am subscribing to his superior judgment and knowledge on the subject. But I’m also further saying that this is…
  • Pentagon Dispatches 101st Airborne to Africa to Tackle Ebola

    Mark Thompson
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    While the U.S. military has dispatched some 1,600 troops to Iraq in recent weeks to deal with the threats posed by Islamic militants there, it apparently was saving its big guns for a more insidious threat: the Ebola virus. MoreU.S. Campaign Against ISIS Has Cost Nearly $1 Billion So Far, Report SaysAir Force Keeps Pilots Alive with iPlane UpgradeTexas Ebola Patient Had Contact With Children, Perry Says NBC NewsOutbreak Jitters: Can We Trust the CDC on Ebola? NBC NewsVery Civil Disobedience: Inside Hong Kong's Polite 'Revolution' NBC NewsOn Tuesday, the Pentagon announced it will soon have…
  • How 2014 Became the ‘Gotcha’ Election

    Alex Altman
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The story starts with chickens. Last spring, four hens wandered from an adjacent property onto the lawn of Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley’s lakeside vacation home. Irked by the smell, the Braleys brought the issue to the local homeowners’ association, whose lawyer got involved. No lawsuit was filed, and the neighborly squabble might have ended there—were it not for an enterprising Republican researcher who caught wind of the dispute. To the GOP, the chickens were a gift. Republicans were looking for ways to attack the character of Braley, the early front-runner in the…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Audio Recordings Only On Brody File: Cruz, Perry, Jindal, Huckabee Call On God’s People To Restore Values of America

    David Brody
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    The Brody File has exclusively obtained brand new radio commercials recorded by possible GOP presidential candidates, urging conservative Christians to get out and vote in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Below you can listen to the spots recorded by Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry.   In one of the radio spots, Senator Ted Cruz tells the Christian audience, “The Bible is full of stories of men and women whose faith in God led them to take action during difficult times, trusting in Him for His glory.
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul tells Brody File That Impoverished Americans Should "give republicans another chance."

    David Brody
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In our exclusive Brody File interview room at the Values Voter Summit, Rand Paul reacts to the Obama Administration calling him "the most interesting republican" in 2016. He doesn't disagree with that assessment. He goes on to say republicans need to do more to grow its voter base.   Watch below with partial transcription. Rand Paul: “I think it is a compliment but I also think republicans need to realize that if we’re going to win national elections again the same old same old that has been losing will not win again.”  Rand Paul: “And I’m spending a lot of time going to areas of…
  • Brody File Exclusive: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie Not Invited To Values Voter Summit

    David Brody
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were NOT invited to this year’s Values Voter Summit,. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins broke the news to me just a little while ago in The Brody File’s private interview room. Watch below. Transcript below. Tony Perkins at FRC: “They were not invited this year because they just weren’t on the top of the list as to what they’re doing right now and whether or not it was relevant to the values voters and who they want to hear from. They shouldn’t take it the wrong way.” Tony Perkins at FRC: “There are folks that are quite frankly not at…
  • The Brody File Show: On the Border

    David Brody
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Brody File heads to the Mexican border this week as we profile U.S. Border Patrol down in Yuma, Arizona. We ride along with agents as they protect America against unlawful intrusions. Plus, CBN News's Jennifer Wishon reports from Guatemala on families there looking to make the trek to America. Finally, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offers his prescription for the immigration problem in the U.S.
  • Exclusive: Bobby Jindal Sends Op-Ed To The Brody File: “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion”

    David Brody
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    In an exclusive op-ed given to The Brody File, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says President Obama doesn’t care about following the law when it comes to a host of issues, including how Obamacare pays for abortions with taxpayer funded money despite his insistence that it would never happen. “Does the Administration care that they’re not following the law? Not in the slightest,” Jindal states. The op-ed is titled, “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion.” You can read it in its entirety below. From time to time, prominent newsmakers and politicians will send The Brody File…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Pyroholic Brethren II: Kant and the fine print

    James Wimberley
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    My earlier post with a sermon on five steps to carbon sobriety fell flat and attracted no comments. I promised a wonkish follow-up on the underlying principles. A small ethical problem: is a promise made to the empty air still binding? Bentham would no doubt have said say no, Kant yes. I’ve written the thing anyway, so, any gentle readers, here it is. I won’t defend the particular numbers I gave; they are only relevant to my family’s particular circumstances. I A collective action problem – but what sort? Carbon reduction is usually discussed here as a…
  • Major Mariam

    James Wimberley
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    What the fighter jocks and hens (footnote) say about Fox’s sexist disparagement of Major Mariam Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates Air Force, who took part in the strikes on ISIL as pilot of a F-16 (illustrated). Let’s also note a brilliant act of psychological warfare. Jihadists are, among other things, misogynists. They are quite ready to die as Ghazis in a hail of bullets from infidels. But the prospect of being killed in combat by a Muslim Arab woman must be deeply disorienting. The Nazi pilots and U-boat crews did not know how many of their deadly enemies were women. Had…
  • Patriots

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Colorado Congressman David Lamebrain Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, responded to one of his constituents, who asked a question that referred to “the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House” with a noncommittal “I can’t add anything to that.” But the lamebrain added: A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes saying, hey if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation. Let’s have a public resignation and state your protest and go out in…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Chasing Amy

    Johann Koehler
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    When I heard that Alison Bechdel had been awarded one of this year’s MacArthur grants, I reflected on some of the films I have reviewed and wondered how many would pass her test for gender bias in film. Recognizing that I unfortunately could think of only very few, this week’s movie recommendation was chosen on the basis of its memorably strong female lead character, in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997).* The film is set in a slice of New Jersey and New York that is heavily steeped in writer and director Kevin Smith’s familiar territory of comic books, cuss words, weed-induced…
  • Cliffs Notes for a Carbon Charge

    Michael O'Hare
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    The conversation in comments at Andrew’s post indicates it might be useful to go over the workings of a climate tax charge.  I like to call it a charge rather than a tax because it is much more like what we uncontroversially pay when we take potatoes from the supermarket, than what we pay government whether or not we use the fire department or the courthouse. The moral case for charging people when they warm the planet is pretty simple. The world has a fixed capacity to process greenhouse gases (GHG’s) while staying habitable for polar bears and people: when you let CO2 loose,…
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  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 30)

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post updated totals absentee ballots requested and returned, statewide and in Iowa's four Congressional districts, based on data from the Iowa Secretary of State's website. The latest tables are after the jump. Previous tables are here. Every day since September 22, Democrats have added more absentee ballot requests than Republicans, but not by much today. The Iowa GOP would be happy to reverse that trend as soon as possible.   Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 30, 2014 Congressional district Democrats…
  • IA-03 catch-up thread, with tv ads about education and terrorism

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Although all four of Iowa's Congressional districts are targeted in theory, only the third district is seeing large-scale independent expenditures as well as broadcast advertising by the candidates. Today Democratic nominee Staci Appel's campaign launched a new positive ad, focusing on her support for public education at all levels. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new spot bashing Republican nominee David Young over his call to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee is out with a new ad today about the…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 29)

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post updated totals absentee ballots requested and returned, statewide and in Iowa's four Congressional districts, based on data from the Iowa Secretary of State's website. The latest tables are after the jump. Previous tables are here. If turnout in this year's election is roughly on the level of 2010, with about 1.1 million Iowans participating, than approximately 15 percent of those who will vote have already requested early ballots. Today Nate Cohn posted his analysis of the Iowa early voting numbers at the New York Times' Upshot…
  • Q: When is an awkward comment worse than an outright falsehood?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    A. When it happens in a campaign debate. Since last night, I've been thinking about a ridiculous unwritten rule of our political culture. On the one hand, we have former State Senator Staci Appel. While debating her opponent in Iowa's third Congressional district, she expressed herself in a slightly inarticulate way. Later, she and her campaign staff clarified her position: she supports going through the existing system for revoking passports of people affiliated with terrorist organizations. But what she thinks doesn't matter to her opponents. They will keep twisting the meaning of her…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 28)

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post updated totals absentee ballots requested and returned, statewide and in Iowa's four Congressional districts. Follow me after the jump for the latest tables. I took the numbers from the Iowa Secretary of State's website. Previous tables are here. As of September 28, registered Iowa Democrats have requested about 40,000 more ballots than Republicans have. Democrats also claim to have generated a higher percentage of ballot requests than Republicans among Iowans who did not vote in the 2010 midterm election.   Absentee ballots…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • PA State Police Botch Cop-Killer Manhunt

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Promoted by Steven D. This is one of those only in America stories.      If there was any question that the Pennsylvania State Police-led manhunt for cop killer Eric Frein was in big trouble -- indeed, that the trail for the marksman-survivalist in the northeastern Pennsylvania woodlands may have gone cold -- a photograph on the front page of the Pocono Record on Monday, the 17th day of the search, betrayed a harsh truth.     It showed troopers clad in camouflage and SWAT team mufti preparing to search a vacant cabin for Frein.  The cabin was not one of many that…
  • Bob Graham Blames The Saudis

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Senator Bob Graham of Florida served 18 years in the Senate, after two terms as Florida's governor. He served on the Senate Intelligence Committee for many years and was its Chair after 9/11. In that position he had access to a lot more classified intelligence than most of the many "pundits" and so-called foreign policy experts who trumpet the new war against the Islamic State. He was a conservative Democrat for the most part. I am more inclined to believe what he has to say, and what he has to say is that we are making a big mistake in our new war against the 'Islamic State' in light of the…
  • The War in SW Asia Gets Bigger

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Guardian is reporting today that Turkey join the fight against the Islamic State and may even send ground troops into Syria, ostensibly to eliminate the threat posed by this radical organization. The real reason, however, for their involvement in this armed conflict is likely far different than the stated reason they are joining President Obama's much heralded coalition. After months of hanging back amid angry accusations of collusion, Turkey is gearing up for a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) that could include sending Turkish ground troops across the border into…
  • Ben Carson Is A Fool

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Promoted by Steven D with some edits for context. Link to Carson's comments on AP History classes. "I am a little shocked quite frankly looking at the AP course in American history that’s being taught in high schools across out country right now," Carson said. "There’s only two paragraphs in there about George Washington. George Washington! Little or nothing about Dr. Martin Luther King." Carson then lamented a few negative aspects of history included in the course framework like "a whole section on slavery and how evil we are," Japanese internment camps, and "how we wiped out American…
  • Secret Service - Cultural Failure?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Promoted by Steven D. Like all the other institutional failures being ascribed to cultures, such as the NY Fed, VA hospitals, etc? Or is the job/mission just too darn tough to expect zero failures?  Does the fact that only two Presidents have been shot in the past hundred plus years indicate that the Secret Service does a fine job or has mostly been lucky?  Lucky that Lynette Fromme waved a gun without firing and Sara Jane Moore fired and missed?  It's interesting to note that Moore came to the attention of the Secret Service before she shot at President Ford on September 22,…
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  • Are Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger ‘Simpatico’ on Global Mercenary Force?

    Jessica Puckett
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supports Bill O’Reilly’s idea of a global anti-terrorism mercenary force, the Fox News host told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I was with Henry Kissinger last night,” O’Reilly said Sunday on “This Week.” “And he told me my idea of a worldwide anti-terror force paid for by the coalition of nations under the supervision of Congress — Kissinger has endorsed that for years.” “Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger on a mercenary force?” Stephanopoulos asked.
  • Does John Boehner Believe American Boots on Ground Needed to Defeat the Islamic State?

    John Parkinson
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    While a U.S.-led coalition continues to strike militants in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS. “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview for ABC News in Portland, Maine, this week. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to take more than air strikes to drive them out of there. At…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: House Speaker John Boehner

    ABC News
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo On Sunday, “This Week” reports the latest on air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. Plus, we go one-on-one with House Speaker John Boehner. Plus, the latest on the threat from the Khorasan group with former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan and the former Counterterrorism Coordinator for the Homeland Security Department John Cohen. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, and ABC News…
  • 5 Simple Questions About the Syria Strikes

    Benjamin Bell
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    U.S. Navy/AP Photo The airstrikes by the US and its allies against ISIS in war-torn Syria leave many questions to be answered. We put five simple ones to ABC News contributor Steve Ganyard, a former deputy assistant secretary of state and a retired Marine Corps colonel. 1] This week the United States has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria. What do we know about what has been targeted? Are the targets concentrated in one area inside Syria? SG: As the week goes on there seem to more targets being hit in Iraq than in Syria.  The targets inside Syria are in the…
  • Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won’t Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction today on “This Week” that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort. “I will make you a prediction George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It will be up to each country to announce…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (must-see)

    dandelionsalad
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Dandelion Salad talkingsticktv on Sep 30, 2014 Talk by Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate given September 28, 2014 at Town Hall Seattle. see The Talk before the Walk: Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant, Chris Hedges, Brian Lehrer + Immortal Technique: Live for Revolution, Instead of Always […]
  • Chris Hedges: The Future Collapse + Perpetual Imperialistic War = Bombs on Subways in the West

    dandelionsalad
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: Building Different Relationships Before It’s Too Late ontheearthproduction on Sep 29, 2014 Journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges took time during his September 13, 2014 appearance at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to talk about the human race’s sustainability or potential collapse in the age of unstoppable climate […]
  • Once Upon a Time in the US of A: An Unfairness Tale by Ed Ciaccio

    dandelionsalad
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    by Ed Ciaccio Writer, Dandelion Salad September 28, 2014 Once upon a time in the US of A, the Plundering Class told their lackeys in the White House and Congress that huge war budgets would be necessary to provide the hundreds of thousands of unquestioning, expendable bodies to act as security guards to national (corporate) […]
  • Chris Hedges at Flood Wall Street: The System Itself Is Dead + NYPD Arrest Protesting Polar Bear

    dandelionsalad
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges ItsTheFree on Sep 25, 2014 Chis Hedges speaks to the crowd at #FloodWallStreet, the direct action joined by over 1000 people at Broadway and Wall Street to shut down the leading polluters and the biggest profiteers of activities and policies causing climate change. Chris Hedges at Flood Wall Street (NYC, September […]
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at the United Nations Assembly September 25, 2014 + Transcript

    dandelionsalad
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Dandelion Salad IranianTvChannel2 on Sep 25, 2014 Hassan Rouhani’s Speech at United Nations 25 September 2014 * [Same video with translator speaking] Video with translator on C-SPAN wwwMOXNEWScom * Full transcript: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/gadebate/pdf/IR_en.pdf * www.un.org Summary HASSAN ROUHANI, President of Iran, said he came from a region of the world whose many parts were currently burning […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Giving Foreign Policy Back To the GOP

    Deacon Blues
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    When Obama told Steve Kroft for Sunday’s “60 Minutes” that blame for the rise of ISIL rests with collective failures of the intelligence community and the Iraqi Army, he continued a tradition under his administration of blaming others for the faults of his own White House team. There was immediate pushback from within the intelligence community, both here and abroad, and from the national security media, challenging the notion that the White House was somehow blindsided by ISIL’s rise and the failings of the Iraqi armed forces. Both the IC and the media were quick to point out that…
  • Letter From California

    paradox
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    09/29/14 0642.21 PST San Jose, California It has been noted more than once that in 1978 California made a mushy pivot to stingy hold-the-line fiscal spending in what had once been a proudly functional social service state. I was 15 at the time, and in all the alleged arc of my adult perception and growth California has sputtered along in an infuriating slow-motion degradation of social services and priorities. Hopeful souls heralded the arrival of a Sacramento Democratic supermajority and alleged liberal Democratic governor as the beginning of a new era of government faith and investment, but…
  • 2016 News

    Deacon Blues
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    New York governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan overnight with other governors. I wasn’t aware there were that many New York Afghan American voters living in Kabul. And should new Grandma Hillary Clinton decide to go ahead and run in 2016 and end up with the Democratic nomination, it looks more and more likely that her two probable GOP challengers would be Mitt Romney or Rand Paul. How would a Clinton-Romney campaign look? Please stop yawning.
  • An Apology and Holder Re-Assessment

    Deacon Blues
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    I'm starting this post with an apology to commenter Suresh, whom I went after in the comments thread yesterday on my Eric Holder post. My reaction to Suresh's complaint that attacking Holder and Obama was a holdover from the 2008 Clinton-Obama fracas was strong. Suresh, for what it's worth, you have my apology. Holder, like the rest of Obama's cabinet is a reflection of the president. My big beef with Holder simply put is that his Department of Justice has given Wall Street a pass for destroying millions of lives. Whether that is a result of Holder's own assessment that he couldn't win…
  • Goodbye Holder

    Deacon Blues
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I’d like to tell you that I’m sad to see Eric Holder leaving as Attorney General, but I’m not. He did nothing to hold Wall Street accountable for the crash. He’s done virtually nothing to help consumers. And he’s led too much from behind on civil and voting rights. Given that there were far better choices for AG when Obama picked him, it’s more a commentary on the man who picked him than Holder himself, who was never as qualified for the job as any number of seasoned prosecutors or State AG’s. It’s also folly for the mainstream media to call Holder a prominent liberal voice in…
 
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Man Breaks Into The WRONG Game Of Thrones Fan’s Home

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Man Breaks Into The WRONG Game Of Thrones Fan’s Home ""Valour Morghulis," they say on "Game of Thrones," and to the uninitiated that means, "All men must die." That's a little lesson a bloodied Thomas McGowan might want to take to heart. The... From: The Young Turks Views: 96141 2669 ratings Time: 03:34 More in News & Politics
  • PM Narendra Modi addresses Global Citizen Festival in New York

    DD News
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    PM Narendra Modi addresses Global Citizen Festival in New York Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York on Saturday. Here is his full address. From: DD News Views: 62044 668 ratings Time: 07:35 More in News & Politics
  • CEOs Make WAY More Than ANYBODY Thinks

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CEOs Make WAY More Than ANYBODY Thinks "Rumblings of discontent about executive wages, the 1 Percent, and wealth gaps know no borders. And neither does fierce debate about income inequality in general. But until now, it's been relativel... From: The Young Turks Views: 57396 1657 ratings Time: 06:10 More in News & Politics
  • Do Americans Think Justice Is Fair To Blacks? POLL

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do Americans Think Justice Is Fair To Blacks? POLL "Today fewer than 4-in-10 (38%) of Americans say that blacks receive equal treatment under the criminal justice system. That's a ten percentage point drop from one year ago, when the public... From: The Young Turks Views: 65130 1532 ratings Time: 06:46 More in News & Politics
  • Выступление министра иностранных дел России Сергея Лаврова в рамках 69-й Генассамблеи ООН

    RT на русском
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Выступление министра иностранных дел России Сергея Лаврова в рамках 69-й Генассамблеи ООН В своей…
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    YouTube: Activism

  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through s... From: vlogbrothers Views: 214539 14596 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • THE KIDNAPPING CHILDREN EXPERIMENT!

    fouseyTUBE
    9 Feb 2014 | 4:20 pm
    THE KIDNAPPING CHILDREN EXPERIMENT! Growing up my biggest fear was getting kidnapped. I would get home early from school and sit on my front lawn until my parents came home because I felt like ... From: fouseyTUBE Views: 9469780 196015 ratings Time: 05:48 More in Entertainment
  • My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

    TEDx Talks
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
    My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 5549185 48647 ratings Time: 12:46 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • I Am President Snow

    vlogbrothers
    6 Dec 2013 | 9:29 am
    I Am President Snow In which Hank discusses The Hunger Games, the extreme inequality of our society, and what it means to be a citizen of The Capitol. Inequality is so difficult... From: vlogbrothers Views: 409375 17743 ratings Time: 03:59 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013

    TEDx Talks
    12 Nov 2013 | 6:12 pm
    Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013 Pachi Tamer estuvo disfrazado de indigente toda la mañana, cerca de la entrada a la conferencia, para luego, con mucho coraje, poder desnudar los prejuicios ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 305021 3591 ratings Time: 18:30 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • 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)Funny109876543210LameEpic Shark FailSmile Big for the Camera 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: 40Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 36.3Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Stupid stuff on steroids. Syria and comic book thinking

    William Boardman
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed” American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold. Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant around the nation’s terror-drenched reptilian brain. The collective rush to do “stupid stuff” kicked in with the mass-pavlovian response to cleverly-marketed, ISIS-produced infomercials featuring the…
  • Ginormous wind power / compressed air energy storage in Utah, Wyoming

    Bob Morris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    An ambitious plan to build a 2 GW wind farm in Wyoming and store excess power using compressed air in underground caverns in Utah. When energy is needed, the compressed air is released to power turbines. Most of the power would go to California when extra energy is needed. No fossil fuels will be used to generate energy. Compressed air energy storage is currently being used successfully in Alabama and Germany. It’s a proven technology that needs certain types of caverns to store the air in. As the Casper Star Tribune points out, the entire system—this so-called “Hoover Dam of…
  • Brothel, bar, and space aliens? Amaragosa Valley NV

    Bob Morris
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Woo-hoo. Get a dorky photo of yourself pretending to be a space alien then frolic inside the brothel. Nevada aims to please! The Alien Cathouse is on 95 north of Vegas in Amargosa Valley, part of a sad little truck stop, low-end convenience store, and “restaurant” that features fried bologna. We looked at the menu and walked out. The space alien theme is because it’s vaguely near Area 51. Nyuck, nyuck. The whole thing is deeply bedraggled, at least from the outside. One reviewer says it’s been prettied up inside and that he managed to keep his bill to less than $2,000…
  • Hawaii grid can’t handle the demand for solar, slowing installations

    Bob Morris
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    There is a huge demand for rooftop solar in Hawaii. However, the grid is barely able to handle the current amount of solar power. The utility has cut way back on new permits and the solar industry is losing workers. The problem, of course, is that solar is variable. When the sun shines, thousands of rooftop systems produce power, and some of it goes back into the grid. HECO says it is not deliberately trying to hurt the solar industry. Rather, the utility is seeing a growing number of circuits exceeding 100 percent of minimum daytime load during the daytime in residential areas. On the Big…
  • US Navy outmaneuvers Congress foes, continues commercial scale biofuel

    Bob Morris
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Sen. John McCain and other troglodytes in Congress tried to block the Navy from developing sources for biofuel. Happily, the Navy won and will be developing three biorefineries producing 100 million gallons a year of military grade biofuel. These include biofuel from waste chicken fat, municipal solid waste. and forestry leftovers. The Navy is committed to greatly reducing reliance of fossil fuels and completely accepts that climate change is happening. The Secretary of the Navy issued several energy goals to increase warfighting capability, both strategically and tactically. From a strategic…
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  • 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 Growing Pains of Legal Transformation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Process transformation in law firms is not a new phenomenon, and like all good trends it had to start somewhere, at some earlier point, before it began to spread.The process of process excellence in law actually began in both Australia and the US, and has now been in full force for around a decade. So while UK and EU firms may currently be feeling the growing pains of change, their colleagues across the water have already been through the transition, and have a few choice insights that they can share.Ahead of the ‘Legal Transformation: Process & Project Excellence’ Summit in…
  • 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…
  • 7 Deadly Sins in Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Remaining mindful of the often made pitfalls in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting could make all the difference!With this in mind and in preparation for the Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Summit, we designed this easy-to-digest eBook based on an interview with industry experts Johan Hulshof, IP & Legal Counsel at NXP Semiconductors and Brechtje Lindeboom, Legal Counsel at Federation Internationale de L’Automobile to discover what the most common mistakes are.Armed with these, you can be more confident that you will be able to avoid these potentially disastrous…
  • Year End Rush Tops Charts

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The top ten contracting agencies, which account for nearly 80% of total federal spend, see an average of 34% of annual contract obligations occurring in Q4 of fiscal year 2014. Download the analysis to see how top agencies and industries fare in Q4 compared to previous quarters.Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Intel Boss ‘Truly Insane,’ According to Former CIA Director

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In a McClatchy News article today, Marisa Taylor reports that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. issued a new polygraph policy Sept. 14 which requires federal government agencies conducting polygraph exams to ask applicants and employees if they have leaked classified information to the media. Doing so places him among the “truly insane,” according to one former CIA director. Former CIA Director John Deutch quoted in New York Times 12/10/1995. On page 6 of a New York Times article published Dec. 10, 1995, reporter Tim Weiner quoted former CIA Director John…
  • It’s Time to Stop Putting ‘Lipstick’ on the Polygraph ‘Pig’

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Federal government officials keep putting the proverbial “lipstick” on the “pig” that is the polygraph despite the fact a newer technology — proven far more accurate and effective in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay — is available and being used by more than 1,800 local and state law enforcement agencies. The latest effort to improve the appearance of the polygraph appears in an article by Blake McConnell and Timothy J. Weber, Ed.D. — a retired FBI polygraph examiner and a former federal polygraph instructor, respectively — in…
  • Writer Appears to Side With Prosecution Against Army Drill Sergeant Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The number of inflammatory and suggestive words in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published today about the court-martial of an Army drill sergeant on sexual assault charges leaves me speechless. Almost. It may turn out that the accused, Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, committed these acts. Whether he did or not, however, I take issue with the way writer Jesse Bogan approached this story. Why? Because it appears Bogan might be working for the prosecution on this first day of the Soldier’s court-martial at Fort Leonard Wood, 147 miles southwest of St. Louis. According to Bogan, several…
  • Afghans in USA Missing After Vetting Process Fails Again

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    This morning, I came across a recent CBS News article about the disappearance of two Afghans who were in the United States to receive specialized training from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Based on what I learned during a four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I believe Americans have reason to be concerned about these men. Left to right: Mohd Naweed Samimi and Mohammad Yasin Ataye. Alarm bells began ringing in my mind after I read that, according to a DEA spokesperson cited in the article,…
  • My How Things Have Changed in Places like Iraq

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    My how things have changed in places like Iraq. Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar – http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago. According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier. Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll…
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

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

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

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

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

    admin
    22 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    It would seem that everywhere you turn these days there are cries for equal rights and freedom of speech. Some of the loudest speakers are the ones that speak out in favor of gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and so on. Let me be clear. Every group of people just mentioned deserves to have equal rights in the United States. There is no reason that a group should be maligned simply because they are different. However, the biggest issue in this drama is not the lack of rights given to a minority but the lack of rights given to a large majority. Who has the biggest target on their…
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    Hit & Run

  • VID: Jay Leno and the Politics of Late Night

    Alexis Garcia
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    "How Jay Leno Changed the Politics of Late Night" is the latest video from Reason TV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • Could This Be the Start of Something Beautiful for the Libertarian Party?

    Stephanie Slade
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Over the weekend, CNN and ORC released a poll of North Carolinians showing the Libertarian candidate for Senate, Sean Haugh, receiving support from 7 percent of likely voters. He's one of several third party candidates receiving attention this year for their potential to muck up the outcome of close Senate elections. Given all that attention, some may be wondering whether the American people have become so fed up with the two major parties that they're finally ready to start throwing their support behind an alternative. With six in ten disapproving of congressional Democrats' job handling…
  • More Health Plan Cancellations are on the Way. Obamacare is to Blame.

    Peter Suderman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    At the end of last year, millions of Americans with individual insurance policies found out that, thanks to Obamacare, President Obama's repeated promise that anyone who liked their health plan could not keep their health plan was not, in fact, true.  This year, on the eve of a midterm election, it's about to happen again for hundreds of thousands of people across the country.  As the policy news site Morning Consult notes today, there are reports in multiple states that hundreds or thousands will see their plans cancelled at the end of the year as a direct result of not meeting Obamacare's…
  • Don't Panic About Ebola—And Don't Panic About People Panicking Either

    Jesse Walker
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    When the news broke yesterday that a man in Dallas had been diagnosed with Ebola, my colleague Ron Bailey delivered the news with some sensible advice: "Don't Panic!" He had plenty of company. Politico published a story headlined "Ebola's here: Don't panic." The Los Angeles Times explained "why you don't need to panic," and Business Insider told us "Why You Shouldn't Panic." Salon, uncharacteristically cautious, said "there's (probably) no reason to panic." And in Ebola's new home, The Dallas Morning News ran an item headlined "Why a positive Ebola test in Dallas is no cause for panic." I…
  • New California Law Takes Away Second Amendment Rights Based on Flimsy Standards

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Yesterday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that strips people of their Second Amendment rights based on claims that they pose a danger to themselves or others. Under AB 1014, a cop or "an immediate family member"—which includes not just spouses, children, siblings, and parents but also in-laws and roommates, both current and former—can seek a "gun violence restraining order" that prohibits an individual from possessing firearms and authorizes police to seize any he currently owns. Such an order can initially be obtained without any notice or adversarial process. If the…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • 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 -…
  • 2014 Tennessee Governors Race

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

  • Just What Is a “Moral Case” for Capitalism, Anyway?

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    When Yaron Brook and I started working on our book Free Market Revolution, which offers Ayn Rand’s moral defense of capitalism, the idea that capitalism needed a moral defense was virtually unheard of. Today, it’s so common that I was able to participate in a contest for who could make the best moral case for free markets. (I suspect that most of the credit for popularizing this idea goes, not to us, but to AEI’s Arthur Brooks.)
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 29]: Max Borders on Entrepreneurship and Inequality

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Max Borders, editor of The Freeman and author of Superwealth, on entrepreneurship and inequality.
  • Student Conference: Ayn Rand’s Individualism and the Case for Liberty

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    This week I had the chance to talk with Brittney Fay Rivera of The Undercurrent about a first-of-its kind, student-only conference. The Undercurrent conference focuses on Ayn Rand’s philosophy and its real world application. Listen in to the podcast to find out more about the event, which takes place October 11th and 12th at American University in Washington D.C. (P.S. There's still time to sign-up.)
  • The Atlas Venture Fund

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    A new grant-making fund was announced at the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference. The Atlas Venture Fund will award grants (or loans) to individuals to assist in their efforts to promote Objectivist ideas. Carl Barney, an ARI board member, announced the creation of the new fund and donated $1 million to start it.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 28]: Romina Boccia on Social Security and the Millennial Generation

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation, on Social Security and how it affects Millennials.
 
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    New Republic

  • Photos: Hong Kong's Occupy Protesters Are a Lot More Creative Than America's

    TNR Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    After Sunday night’s violent clashes, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations earned a new name: the Umbrella Revolution, so called because protestors are using umbrellas to shield against police pepper spray and tear gas. As the aggressive crackdown by China’s riot police brought tens of t
  • Happy First Birthday, Obamacare! The GOP Brought You This Dishonest Tweet.

    Danny Vinik
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Happy birthday, Obamacare! The Affordable Care Act turns one year old today.*On October 1, 2013, Obamacare’s health exchanges launched, allowing millions of Americans to (eventually) purchase affordable health insurance. That launch, of course, quickly fell apart as the federal exchange, Healthcar
  • The Biggest Question About Texas' Mysterious Ebola Case

    Jonathan Cohn
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    It’s no great mystery how the first reported case of Ebola ended up at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the infected
  • Hong Kong's Protests: Six Scenarios for What Will Happen Next

    Christopher Beam
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    On Sunday, the leaders of the Federation of Students, one of the groups protesting in downtown Hong Kong, outlined their demands for the Hong Kong and central governments: Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung must resign; the National People’s Congress Standing Committee must retract its requireme
  • Men on "Morning Joe" Imply a Man Would Have Prevented the Latest Secret Service Scandals

    Rebecca Leber
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Revelations that the Secret Service mishandled several threats to Barack Obama, including a fence-jumper who ran into the White House and an armed man who rode an elevator with the president, forced USSS Director Julia Pierson to answer a barrage of questions Tuesday before a 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Eric Holder and Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can — and must — always be a force for that which is right.” Read full article >>
  • Blase Cupich is Pope Francis’s American messenger

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, Wash., has been described in media accounts as a “moderate” within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He’s also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced Saturday, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him: “I am…
  • Republican control of Senate not a slam dunk

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts as well as the numbers are sometimes at odds with the statisticians. Read full article >>
  • A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
  • How Congress should debate the Islamic State strategy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • In Historic Visit To D.C., Obama Offers Indian Prime Minister $1 Billion For Clean Energy

    Ari Phillips
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. CREDIT: AP/ Evan Vucci On Tuesday, the leader of one of the oldest democracies and the leader of the largest democracy discussed one of the world’s primary modern problems. President Obama and newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for over an hour in the Oval Office. While they announced agreements on a number of issues, climate change and clean energy were two of the foremost. The two leaders released a detailed…
  • How The Wealthy Are Demolishing The Bridge The Middle Class Need To Cross

    Alan Pyke
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Ruark The educational resources that are supposed to help lower- and middle-income families catch up to the rich are instead propping up economic inequality thanks to the spending habits of the wealthy, according to a new analysis from the Associated Press. The report is another reminder that income inequality is so heavily entrenched that even hard work and learning aren’t enough to reduce it. The wealthiest tenth of the country increased their average spending on early childhood education by more than a third during the Great Recession while average spending on…
  • Republicans’ Latest Pitch To Women: Voting Is Just Like Picking A Wedding Dress

    Aviva Shen
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot of CRNC video In the latest attempt to woo younger, more diverse voters, a Republican group has released an ad campaign comparing voting for various Republican gubernatorial candidates to Say Yes To The Dress, a reality show centered around women picking the right wedding gown. One ad, paid for by the College Republican National Committee, shows a young woman trying on a wedding dress and raving about Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) as her mother urges her to pick Charlie Crist instead. “Mom, this is my decision. And I see a better future with Rick Scott,” the bride…
  • How Government Health Care Will Save Us From Ebola

    Igor Volsky
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    CREDIT: AP Exactly one year after Republicans shut down the federal government in an effort to undercut the Affordable Care Act, Americans are relying on a robust federally funded health care infrastructure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. The Obama administration has mobilized a wide spectrum of government departments to fight the virus overseas and will continue to rely on the publicly funded health care system to ensure that the virus does not spread beyond the one diagnosed case in Dallas, Texas. Prior to Tuesday’s announcement of Ebola being diagnosed…
  • This Country Just Abolished College Tuition Fees

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress. German Chancellor Angela Merkel with college students CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Probst Prospective students in the United States who can’t afford to pay for college or don’t want to rack up tens of thousands in student debt should try their luck in Germany. Higher education is now free throughout the country, even for international students. Yesterday, Lower Saxony became the last of seven German states to abolish tuition fees, which were already extremely low compared to those paid in the United States. German universities only began charging for…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world. (J. LeCarre) — View's better smack in the middle of the action! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. (E. Hoffer) — Complacency never makes a real difference in the world. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. (L. DaVinci) — The second is sharing that understanding with others. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Who knows the heat of a poet's heart when tangled in a woman's body? (V. Woolf) — Passion and estrogen, a dangerous mix! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. (H. Bergson) — Think and act like a woman and you'll beat them all! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Lessons from the 'Dump ALEC' Campaign

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The blogger Spocko at Hullabaloo has an informative read for those who were glad to see Google dump the Koch Brother's wing nut wrecking ball, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). As Spocko explains: This is a big deal. It comes on the heels of a number of other corporations like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo! having left ALEC. These things don't just happen magically. There are a lot of people who have worked very hard to make that happen. ... I think it's important to acknowledge this success and see what we can learn from it. Like the actions used to get advertisers to…
  • Dems Bet Heavy on Ground Game Edge

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    For perspective on the difference between Democratic and Republican midterm strategy, you really have to read Derek Willis's NYT Upshot post "Democrats Are Spending More on the Ground in Key Senate Races." The centerpiece in his post, quite a jaw-dropper really, is a chart, "A Democratic Edge in Key Senate Races," which graphically depicts how much of the midterm outcome is riding on Dem's GOTV spending. In Alaska, for example, Dems are spending $1.9 million for "local staffers; get-out-the-vote efforts and other field operations." to re-elect Mark Begich, vs. less than $225K for the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This video deserves to ride another day: Shane Goldmacher reports at The National Journal that "Democratic House Candidates Are Walloping Republicans in the Small-Money Game." Also at The National Journal, Alex Roarty asks "GOP strategists fret they aren't scheduled to spend enough in a handful of battlegrounds. Are they lowering expectations or setting up the blame game?" At Salon.com Thomas Frank has a good interview with Bernie Sanders entitled, "Bernie Sanders: Longterm Democratic strategy is "pathetic."" Among Sanders's insights is this one, which might make a pretty good meme for Dems…
  • New Ad vs. GA's Governor Shakes Up GOP

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal is in big trouble, as a result of the latest ranking of states by unemployment rates ---placing Georgia dead last. With polls showing the Governor's race in a stat tie, Democratic candidate Sen. Jason Carter wasted no time getting out a powerful new ad (above) calling Deal out. The script goes like this: Gov. Deal: "Now my focus on job creation is paying off." Narrator: "Really? Then why is Georgia ranked 51st, worst in the nation for unemployment? Middle class incomes are falling. We have 9,000 fewer teachers in Georgia's classrooms, 80,000 fewer…
  • Newsweek Addresses Dems' Quest for White Working-Class Male Votes

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Though it doesn't provide a unified field theory suggested by the title, Matthew Cooper's Newsweek cover story "Why Working-Class White Men Make Democrats Nervous" provides a number of insights about Democratic hopes for getting a larger share of the votes of white working-class males. Much of Cooper's article is historical review -- the emergence and staying power of the Reagan Democrats. Mining the theme of "painful estrangement between working-class white men and the Democratic Party, Cooper notes, ...The white working-class percentage of the electorate may be on the decline, but white…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • If there is Modi wave, why BJP has called PM for rallies: Sena

    Gautam
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Taking a dig at former ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for announcing that Narendra Modi would hold poll rallies in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the Prime Minister would not have been invited to address the public if BJP was confident of winning on “Modi wave.” “There are so many statements coming from them (the BJP) that speak about Modi’s plans to hold several rallies for the upcoming state assembly polls. “I have nothing against Modi. But it is very clear that if there was indeed a ‘Modi wave’ in the state, they…
  • Mamata wants guv’s say in judges’ appointment

    Gautam
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    New Delhi : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the Centre to clearly mention in National Judicial Appointments Bill that the Governor will have to follow the advice of the state government in the appointment of High Court judges. Banerjee’s communication to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad came in response to a letter written by him to all Chief Ministers requesting them to ratify a constitutional amendment bill to make way for the proposed commission for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. Once the Commission is put in place, it will scrap the present collegium…
  • Lone Sena minister Anant Geete to quit Union Cabinet

    Gautam
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Anant Geete, Shiv Sena’s lone memberin the Union Cabinet, will resign, party chief Uddhav Thackeray said at Mumbai on Monday, four days after the split in the saffron alliance. “After Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the US, Geete will go to him and submit his resignation,” he said. Sena sources said the party was also likely to quit NDA. Uddhav’s announcement followed estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray riling him at a poll rally here yesterday for the Sena “sticking to” power in Delhi despite breaking up with BJP. Raj had said that…
  • BJP, Sena still in talks; alliance hangs by the thread

    Gautam
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The high drama over seat sharing in Maharashtra seems far from over, with both the BJP and the Shiv Sena saying on Thursday that the talks between them were still on. As contradicting reports emerged in Delhi and Mumbai, both parties continued their blame game and brinksmanship, accusing each other of trying to break the alliance. BJP state chief Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that the Sena needed to come up with a fresh proposal as both the BJP and the smallier allies were unhappy with their stand. Earlier, sources said the Sena agreed to give three seats to smaller parties from its share.
  • Shiv Sena, BJP horses are unstoppable, says Saamana

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Saamna, which is the official mouthpiece of the BJP has also become all sweetness and light towards the BJP. An editorial in the newspaper today said the situation in the state is “good” and the “horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable” against “Congress-NCP mules”. Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also blamed “some in the media” for wanting the alliance to snap. “The situation in Maharashtra is good. The horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable. There is no value of…
 
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Asia’s Invention Boom

    Edward Jung
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    China is poised to join the US as a leading global force for innovation, with other Asian countries following closely behind. As Asian innovation comes into its own, the US and other developed countries must find ways to participate – or risk missing the opportunity of the century in a vain bid to recapture bygone supremacy.
  • The ECB’s Leap into the Unknown

    Jürgen Stark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The ECB’s decision to double down on monetary stimulus should be regarded as an act of desperation. Indeed, despite the central bank's aggressive approach, monetary policy in the absence of structural economic reform risks being ineffective.
  • Debeaking the Vultures

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, et al.
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In the midst of the ongoing dispute between Argentina and the “vulture funds” that hold its bonds, a broad consensus has emerged concerning the need for sovereign-debt restructuring mechanisms. Otherwise, US court rulings in the vultures' favor will give free rein to those who would sabotage future restructurings.
  • Brazil’s Cautious Voters

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Brazil's presidential election has come alive as the mixed-race Marina Silva mounts a serious challenge to President Dilma Rousseff. But, despite Brazil's economic troubles, corruption scandals, and recent World Cup humiliation, Rousseff's incumbency advantage is likely to be decisive.
  • Solving Europe’s Credibility Problem

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As the eurozone debates how to escape the stagnation trap in which it finds itself, one question has become increasingly important: Can governments credibly commit to trim public spending in the future while avoiding immediate cuts? Fortunately, the answer is yes: Fiscal accommodation now does not rule out consolidation later.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

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

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

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

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

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

  • Justice Department to Ban Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder may have announced his resignation, but that doesn’t mean he’s mailing in his final days on the job. On the contrary, the Department of Justice is now preparing a major policy change that will forbid federal law enforcement from profiling based on religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.   The Los Angeles Times reports that the new guidelines, to be announced within the next few weeks, will not contain an exemption for terrorism or other national security cases despite pressure from national security officials and others in the Obama…
  • Big Tobacco’s Dire Health Warnings on E-Cigarette Packs Seen as Cynical Marketing Strategy

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Some of the biggest names in the tobacco business who have diversified into selling e-cigarettes have surprised critics by warning consumers about their dangers.   Some observers wonder what Altria, maker of Marlboros, and Reynolds American, producer of Camels, are up to, and whether their health warnings are sincere or cynical in nature. On packages of Altria’s brand of e-cigarettes, part of the label reads: “Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed,” according to The New York Times. Reynolds…
  • Will Billing Rape Victims Thousands of Dollars for Medical Exams in Louisiana Finally Come to an End?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    As if being sexually assaulted isn’t terrible enough, the state of Louisiana makes victims of this crime pay for some of their medical exams and care following attacks.   Victims are often billed $1,700 to $4,000 for evidence collection, HIV and pregnancy tests and emergency room fees. One of the biggest hospitals in New Orleans, Interim LSU Hospital formerly did not charge victims. However, after the hospital control was transferred from Louisiana State University to private interests at the behest of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), victims began to be billed for some charges.   Some…
  • Judicial Appointees of Obama and Clinton to Weigh in on Restrictive North Carolina Voting Law

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    North Carolina’s tough new voting law may have survived its first legal test before a Republican judge, but now it faces a panel of Democratic ones on appeal.   The so-called “monster voting bill,” as dubbed by critics, was upheld in August by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, who was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.   Schroeder disagreed with the law’s challengers, including the N.C. State Conference of the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice, which argued House Bill 589 (pdf) violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act…
  • Amazon under Increasing Fire from Authors over Alleged Monopolistic E-Book Tactics

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Hundreds of authors have banded together against Amazon in opposition to some of its business practices, particularly those involving the selling of e-books.   The list of about 300 writers, calling themselves Authors United, features some of the biggest names in the literary world, including Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera, according to The New York Times.   Additionally, the estates of Saul Bellow, Roberto Bolaño, Joseph Brodsky, William Burroughs, John Cheever, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller and Hunter S. Thompson…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Mark Morrison, candidate for LD 10 Senate, does not meet candidate residency requirements

    AZ BlueMeanie
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Senator David Bradley (D-Tucson) from Legislative District 10 is one of the most respected elected leaders from Tucson, and recognized as an advocate for child welfare. Sen. Bradley defeated the widely despised Frank “don’t make me angry” Antenori (R-Not Tucson) … Continue reading →
  • Monty Python films at the Loft on every Wednesday in October

    Carolyn Classen
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    And now for something completely Python… Always look on the bright side of life and prepare for a massive month of Monty Python on the big screen as The Loft Cinema presents a moving tribute to killer rabbits, silly walks … Continue reading →
  • The Road to Aristocracy

    Bob Lord
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The annual Forbes list of America’s 400 wealthiest individuals was released Monday. Our 400 plutocrats had another stellar year, increasing their wealth by a tidy 13.5% to a record $2.29 Trillion. As has been the case for all but a … Continue reading →
  • The Arizona Republic’s understated endorsement of Terry Goddard for Secretary of State

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The editors of The Arizona Republic today endorsed Democratic candidate Terry Goddard for Secretary of State, but the editors (again!) mislead voters by asserting that it’s “a close call.” Secretary of State: Goddard has the edge in close call: Democrat Terry … Continue reading →
  • The trouble with E.Orr: he supports the most radical Tea Party members of the House for leadership

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The mythical moderate Republican Ethan Orr (R-Tucson) aka “E.Orr” is supporting some of the most radical Tea Party members of the Hose for leadership positions, which belies the faux “moderate” label the idiot media villagers assign to E.Orr. The Pima … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together

    Victoria Law
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. One evening nearly two years ago, as my daughter and I waited on the subway platform, I noticed a woman and a man standing several steps apart on the staircase. What caught my attention was a clatter as an umbrella bounced down several steps. Then I heard the woman say, very loudly, “Get away from me!” I thought about what the message would be if we simply ignored the abuse that was playing out in front of us. I asked my daughter to stay where she was, and I walked closer to the two. By then, the man had closed the distance between them and was standing less than…
  • Time for a New Containment Strategy? What Climate Marchers Can Learn from the Cold War

    Jim Shultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    At the People's Climate March in New York City. Photo by Stephen D. Melkisethian / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate In Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. More than 400,000 people jammed the streets of Manhattan on September 21, drawn from all parts by the magnetic force of the People’s Climate March. From Times Square to the upper reaches of Central Park West, a 40-block sea of humanity joined under banners that demanded action, named the responsible, and articulated the solutions. Most moving of all were those that expressed the fears and hopes of the…
  • Incredible Hulk and Former Goldman Sachs Guy Are Among the Many Pulling $50 Billion Out of Fossil Fuels

    Chuck Collins
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Incredible Hulk wants YOU to divest from fossil fuels. Photo by marvelousRoland / Flickr. It would seem that even the heirs to oil fortunes are getting the message on climate change. On Monday, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a foundation whose $860 million endowment was built on the Standard Oil fortune, announced that it intends to divest its holdings from fossil fuels and reinvest them in companies that produce renewable energy. “No investor’s assets are too small for the changes needed in the world.” And it wasn’t just large foundations moving their money. The same day marked…
  • 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief

    Shannan Stoll
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Kerry Morrison interviews homeless veteran John Watkins in the Hollywood Hills. Hollywood was one of the first communities to join the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Watkins has been provided with housing. Photo by Rudy Salinas at Path. 1. 100,000 homes so far Teams of volunteers across the country hit the streets early in the morning to put a name and a face to the long-term homeless in their communities. The volunteers started canvassing at 4 a.m., combing the streets to gather names, photographs, and stories of the people sleeping there. They searched for the people at the highest risk of dying…
  • Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency”

    Yessenia Funes
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Photo by Yessenia Funes. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York’s Bellevue Hospital and cut off its power, Anne Boyé, a registered nurse and president of the union’s Health and Hospitals Corporation Executive Council, helped evacuate more than 740 patients. Meanwhile, Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez and her team of nurses were walking door to door through the floods with flashlights on their heads, determined to find and save victims of the storm. Climate change is a public health care emergency. “The…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • 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…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

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

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

  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Firefighters Battled Vegetation Fire Near Hwy 101 And Petaluma River Firefighters battled a grass and brush fire that burned on both sides of Petaluma River near U.S. Highway 101 in Petaluma on Tuesday afternoon, a battalion chief said. Firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire on a field between Cinnabar Road and Highway 101 around 4:30 p.m., Petaluma fire Battalion Chief Russ Rasmussen said. Arriving fire crews found the fire covered from one-fourth to a half-acre of land between Cinnabar Road and the west side of the river, Rasmussen said. The fire had also burned an acre on…
  • Assemblymember Ting’s new bills will protect the rights of Non-Native English Speakers

    Reset Team
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Late last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills, authored by California State Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), both of which will provide improved rights to non-native English speaking residents in California. Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Healthcare On Thursday, the Governor signed Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2102 to improve healthcare for non-native English speaking residents Californians by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare. The bill requires the category “language” to be added to the demographic information collected for…
  • Rare Opportunity To House Veterans Downtown

    Andrew Cullen
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    San Francisco’s Worst SRO Renovated To House 130 Homeless Veterans On any given Friday, around 5:00 p.m., if you take a quick stroll down Kearny Street, on your way to Montgomery BART/Muni Station, you will almost always notice Rickhouse and sometimes even stop for a drink. How could you resist? Mixologists cater to your every handcrafted demand. The interior of exposed brick and wood liquor shelves, high enough the bartenders need library sliders, gives the feeling of being inside a whiskey cask. You have a choice: you can stand on the bottom level and listen to the sublime sounds of the…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Prosecutors Dismiss Murder Charge In 2013 Fatal Shooting The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Monday dismissed a murder charge against an Oakland man who had been charged in the fatal shooting of another man in the Sobrante Park district in East Oakland last October. Eric Lockhart, 22, was accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old Trent Prater in the 10600 block of Topanga Drive at about 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013, and also was charged with arson because authorities alleged that he set fire to the van he allegedly used to flee the scene of the shooting. But prosecutor Chris…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Shelter-In-Place Advisory Issued As Bomb Squad Works To Detonate Explosive Device Residents in the area of Central Avenue and MacArthur Avenue near Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg were asked to shelter-in-place as a bomb squad works to detonate an explosive device Sunday night, Contra Costa County officials said. The shelter-in-place advisory was issued at 9:30 p.m. Residents are advised to stay indoors, close all windows and doors and only use phones for life-threatening emergencies, county officials said. No further details were immediately available.   Shoplifter Nicknamed…
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    Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com » Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Facing Down A Campaign Print Disaster

    Online Candidate
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    What do you do when you realize that the wrong campaign domain name has been printed on your brochures! The horror! What could be worse?
  • Post In Haste, Repent At Leisure

    Online Candidate
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of the most dangerous consequences of online campaigning is that anything and everything can be scrutinized. From offline speeches that are uploaded to YouTube to even the most banal social media posts, everything is fair game.
  • Last-Minute Campaign Websites

    Online Candidate
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Even though election day grows near, there’s still time to create your local campaign website. We have a fast  turnaround period, so we can get your site designed within a few days! With some prepared material ready, we can get your site built fast. With campaign website packages starting at $149, our websites are perfect […]
  • Elements of an Online Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    An online presence is critical to election success. Online strategies have become more sophisticated. Candidates can be outclassed by opponents who simply run a better online campaign. Knowing the opportunities and taking advantage of them will improve your chance of success.
  • The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Even though there is plenty of good information about politics and online marketing, a lot of awful ideas and assumptions are still floating around. Here are some truly bad things that clients have told us over the years. Some are just misconceptions about online marketing and how it works, while other ideas can be election-breakers if followed through.
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • 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…
  • Joan Rivers - Rest In Peace

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It is with great sadness that I am writing about Joan Rivers passing on. She will indeed be missed. I remember her well from when I was growing up and her latest show, Fashion Police was absolutely hysterical. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was a classic on-liner.One of my favorites roles she played was on the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. Her and Miss Piggy had a classic scene where Rivers gave Miss Piggy a makeover."Pigs don't have eyebrows." "Well this pig is going to!"No doubt about it, Joan could make anyone's jaw drop with her harsh wit. She was quite a solid…
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    Politics

  • History gives the Tories the confidence they can beat Labour, but do the old rules still apply?

    George Eaton
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory.  David Cameron applauds as he listens to George Osborne speak at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Getty Images; The numbers show that they are losing but, in Birmingham, the Tories had the swagger of winners. After Labour’s funereal conference, the opposition was regarded as having relinquished any right to govern. The phrase that one heard repeatedly from Conservative MPs was: “We deserve to win.” They believed that their…
  • How much will Cameron’s tax changes cost?

    May2015
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Cameron’s plan to raise the tax-free allowance would have cost £12bn if introduced this year. The lower figures being quoted assume a delay until 2020. Cameron's tax plans could cost around £7bn, but depend on when they are introduced. Photo: Getty. You can read the full version of this piece on our new election site, May2015.com. David Cameron has announced two big tax changes this lunchtime: he is raising the amount of money you don’t have to pay tax on (the tax-free allowance) from £10,000 to £12,500, and increasing the amount you can earn before you have to pay the 40p rate of…
  • Cameron's best performance yet gives the Tories the hope they need

    George Eaton
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.  David Cameron delivers his speech at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Getty Images. If conference speeches decided elections, the Tories would now be on course for a landslide majority. With his party trailing to Labour in the polls, and shedding MPs to Ukip, David Cameron rose to the occasion and delivered his best performance since his election as leader. His address was fluent, passionate, inspiring and ruthless. The contrast with Ed Miliband's…
  • David Cameron’s policy blitz: here’s what he announced

    Anoosh Chakelian
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements. The Prime Minster gave a policy-heavy speech to Conservative party conference. Photo: Getty After a couple of years of policy-lite speeches from the Prime Minister, this year’s speech to Conservative party conference was packed with new announcements.   Maintaining the lowest corporation tax in the G20 Companies are coming from all over the world to invest and create jobs here. That’s not happened by accident. It’s because they see a government rolling out the red carpet for them,…
  • Why is the Conservative party in such a good mood?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    No more blues. Why don't the Tories have the blues? Photo: Getty One theme popping up in the events and bars of Conservative party conference this year is what a buoyant mood the Tories are in. With their propensity to enjoy a good party – and their rapidly vanishing reticence about holding champagne receptions – it’s fair to say that they were always likely to have a good time. But with so much media focus on the flat and lacklustre tone of Labour’s annual conference last week, insiders have been drawing comparisons between the moods of the two parties. The Tories are lagging behind…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • David Vitter: Thomas Perez Might Be Worse than Eric Holder

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Amidst reports that Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is on the short list for President Obama’s next Attorney General, his longtime critics are rising up in opposition. That includes Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), a long time Perez foe, who announced plans to block his confirmation hearing after Obama nominated him as Labor Secretary in 2013. “If anyone could be more politically biased than Eric Holder, it might be his understudy – Thomas Perez,” Vitter told Breitbart News. Vitter was critical of Perez after a 2011 fight in Louisiana when the Justice Department filed a…
  • Thom Tillis Slams Obama, Hagan: 'If You Can't Secure The White House, How Can You Secure America?'

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    RALEIGH, North Carolina -- At a campaign stop here, at which Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave him his endorsement, North Carolina’s GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis ripped President Barack Obama and incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for security failures, arguing that if Obama can’t keep intruders out of the White House, how can he secure the country? Tillis told a reporter as he walked around inside Big Ed’s City Market, a diner downtown, shaking hands and taking pictures: If you take a look at [it], we need to protect the president. Whether I disagree with his policies or not,…
  • Feds Grant $9 Million in Legal Aid to Unaccompanied Illegal Immigrant Minors

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The federal government will be providing the funding for legal assistance benefiting some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors recently apprehended illegally entering the United Sates. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that over the coming two years, it will be distributing $9 million to two refugee organizations to offer legal help to illegal immigrant minors in deportation proceedings, according to reports.  The funding will be distributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants through…
  • No More Delay for Obama's Fast and Furious Reckoning

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    When you’re going head-to-head with a deliberately obstructionist Department of Justice (DOJ), it’s important to set deadlines. I am pleased to report that the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia has ruled that the DOJ must submit a “Vaughn index” list of documents by October 22 in our continuing battle to unearth the truth about the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates turned back a motion from the DOJ asking that it be given an extra month to produce the…
  • RI Catholic Prep School Removes Portrait of Pro-Abortion Alumna, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    A Rhode Island Catholic preparatory school that Democrat gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo attended has removed her portrait in the wake of comments she made in support of Planned Parenthood and “reproductive freedom.” According to WPRI.com, Raimondo, who claims to be Catholic and is currently the state’s general treasurer, was valedictorian of her class at La Salle Academy in Providence. During a campaign event on Thursday, abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood announced its support of Raimondo, who used the endorsement against her Republican opponent, Cranston…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Renzie’s #SfasciaItalia “smash up Italy” decree

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    watch the video Here we are. The threat we’ve been dreading has arrived. And it’s up to each one of us to block it, to fight it, and to win. The “unblock Italy” decree that is really the “smash up Italy” decree has recently got to the Lower House. With five big, enormous, black holes, it is threatening the Italy of our dreams, the 5 Star Italy: Environment, Water in public hands, Renewable energy, Zero Refuse, and Connectivity. And yet, in this decree there’s drilling, incineration, pollution, easy-to-win tenders, citizens that get overlooked by central powers, by lobbies that…
  • The masters return

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    In the 1960s there were extremisms on opposing sides. Today there are fascist agreements Take away minimum rights from workers to get the economy going again? Just imagine the laughter - from Marchionne and Carrai... Oh master with your beautiful white trousersshell out the cashshell out the cashOh master with your beautiful white trousersshell out the cash so we can go homeExcuse us, oh master that we are causing you stress,this is the first time;Excuse us. oh master that we are causing you stress,this is the first time; we didn’t know how to go about thingsOh master with your beautiful…
  • Passaparola - Letter to Pope Francis - "A. Provolo" Association for the Deaf

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Letter to Pope Francis 09:00 For more than a Century the Antonio Provolo Ecclesiastical Institute of Verona has ensured a brighter future for deaf and dumb children, helping them in their studies and entering the job market, but some terrible things have happened in that building: priests and religious brothers sexually abused more than 60 boys and girls who were living at the Institute but now, more than thirty years later, they have mustered the strength to report what happened. The abuse that they are now talking about apparently went on for at least thirty years, right through to 1984. As…
  • Cemetery factories

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The government is doing everything it can to eliminate the unemployment problem and the lack of work. The solution is simple. You just have to eliminate the workers. In recent days the publication giving information about deaths at work (we could call them pre-announced homicides given the failure to apply safety regulations) has turned into a war bulletin. It’s one of Renzie’s few successes. A great +7.1% increase in the number of deaths in relation to the same period in 2013. 489 deaths up until now, and he is thinking about the abolition of article 18... Factories transformed into…
  • Ben Hur Grillo - video message from Circus Maximus for #Italia5Stelle

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Click here to see the video with subtitles on Beppe Grillo’s Youtube channel "Romulus and Remus, Numa Pompilius, Tullus Hostilius, Ancus Marcius. Here were the races, the chariot races! Ancus Marcius, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. 250,000 people came to the Circus Maximus from all over the known world to see the great chariots. Tarquinius! Where are you Tarquinius? Here there was trading, they had encounters, people who came together and had events. That’s what we want to do: to meet the people of the world. Come here and ask us questions. Ask the parliamentarians! You can ask anything you…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Little Evidence Supports the FDA's Proposed Food Label Rules

    Matthew Feeney
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Matthew Feeney In the upcoming issue of Regulation magazine, Robert Scharff, associate professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences at the Ohio State University, and Sherzod Abdukadirov, research fellow in the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, argue that the FDA’s two proposed rules on food nutrition labeling are supported by little evidence and should be scrapped. The food labeling rule would, as Scharff and Abdukadirov explain, result in a number of changes “involving both formatting and content changes to labels, increases in…
  • Obama Puts Americans at Risk: ISIL’s Neighbors Should Eliminate the "Caliphate"

    Doug Bandow
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Doug Bandow President Barack Obama is channeling George W. Bush in launching a new Mideast war. Why is Washington involved?  The Islamic State is evil, but the organization’s raison d’etre is establishing a Middle Eastern caliphate, or quasi-state, not terrorizing Americans. In fact, grabbing territory provided the United States with a target for retaliation in response to any attack, something lacking with al-Qaeda.  The murder of two Americans captured in the region was horrid but opportunistic. Morally abominable, yes. Cause for war, no. Washington has never had much success…
  • Washington Should Recognize India as an Emerging Great Power

    Doug Bandow
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Doug Bandow Before becoming prime minister, India’s Narendra Modi was barred from receiving a visa to visit the United States.  A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was tied to deadly sectarian violence. But now he leads one of Asia’s most important powers and the Obama administration is rolling out the red carpet. India long was ruled by the dynastic India National Congress Party, which enshrined dirigiste economics as the state’s secular religion.  Eventually, however, reality seeped into New Delhi. The Congress Party liberalized the…
  • China Celebrates an Anniversary of Its Dictatorship

    David Boaz
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Boaz Today the People’s Republic of China is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its founding on October 1, 1949, which is likely to produce even bigger crowds of protesters in Hong Kong demanding democracy. China’s opposition to democracy in Hong Kong and in China itself is not just the recalcitrance of cranky old men. It’s part of the Chinese Communist state’s founding mission.  Take the speech of Mao Zedong on July 1, 1949, as his Communist armies neared victory. The speech was titled, “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship.”…
  • New Research Erases Global Warming from Pacific Northwest

    Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger, Patrick J. Michaels
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:55 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.” — Poof, it was gone. Just like that, the human fingerprints on a century-long warming trend in Northwestern United States were erased and replaced instead by the telltale signs of natural variability.  That is the conclusion of new research published last week by a pair…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • 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 […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 2

    sirrahc
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    “[S]ome provision should be made for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief magistrate. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation [i.e., embezzlement] or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”  — James Madison, during the debates of the Constitutional Convention (1787) In Part 1 […]
  • Of Rattlesnakes and Unity

    sirrahc
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I had originally intended this post to be a continuation of “To Impeach or Not to Impeach”. But, unfortunately, I did not get as much done on it this week as I had hoped. (I blame Facebook.) As I worked on Part 2 — which may expand into a Part 3 — tonight, I realized […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 1

    sirrahc
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4 Should President Barack Obama be impeached? A lot of people seem to think so. There have been […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 3 – Strippergate

    Kyle
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss Strippergate – the big news this week in the Kansas Governor’s race. Also, another Gubernatorial debate, with the debut of the Libertarian candidate. Preview this episode now: 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: The Politico story that started all the fuss: Kansas gubernatorial candidate addresses 1990s strip club incident Video of the September 19th Gubernatorial debate in Overland Park The post SapphireWire Podcast –…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    In this episode, we listen to and dissect political ads from the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate races. As promised, all of the ads we discuss in this episode are embedded below. Preview this episode now: Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Watch the ads discussed in this episode: The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    In the inaugural episode of the SapphireWire Podcast, Lisa & Kyle discuss the week in Kansas politics, including a recap of the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate debates at the Kansas State Fair – who won, who lost, and missed opportunities. Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • A Better Way Forward

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Feb 2013 | 12:44 am
    Reviewing problems is a useful exercise but channeling this information into recommendations is the key to progress. This is my focus today. While this post does not include an exhaustive list of all improvements that we should consider as a party, I have outlined some of the most critical that I feel deserve immediate attention. End “Friendly Fire” When it comes to backing candidates, we could learn a thing or two from our competitors. They will support candidates who have made ridiculous, over the top statements (e.g., Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock). They will support folks who are…
  • My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems (Part 5)

    Lisa Johnston
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:00 am
    Before I launch into Part 5, I want to say I truly appreciate the supportive calls, emails, and messages I have received. It is clear that many individuals share some of my concerns but do not feel they can speak out publicly. Additionally, I appreciate those who have spoken out to add alternative views as vigorous debate is important for working through any issue. I also want to give a special thank you to those who have publicly shared their own thoughts and examples that echo my concerns. This is not easy and I appreciate your courageous candor. Once again, as with all of my posts, Part 5…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • War Reporters: In Harm’s Way

    Anthony Feinstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Why do war correspondents take the risks they do, and how do they cope with them? The persona of the war reporter is well established. These men and women occupy a unique niche in the media – a small, intrepid group whose high public profile is given a vast stage by a world perpetually in […] The post War Reporters: In Harm’s Way appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • By-Polls: The Message for Modi

    Mayank Singh
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Will Narendra Modi live up to the heightened expectations? India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can ignore its defeat in the by-polls only to its peril. The loss of the BJP ally Apna Dal’s seat in the state assembly to the Samajwadi Party is particularly galling. The assembly is in Varanasi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency. The […] The post By-Polls: The Message for Modi appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Education in Kurdistan: A Lost Cause?

    Aras Ahmed Mhamad
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    From child education all the way to university level, the curriculum in Iraqi Kurdistan is outdated. A modern education system facilitates development, prosperity and peace. A good education raises awareness, increases tolerance and helps to create broadminded, creative and productive individuals. However, when looking at the Middle East and Iraq in particular, the blatant neglect […] The post Education in Kurdistan: A Lost Cause? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Fair Observer: Best of the Month

    Fair Observer
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Pro-democracy protests are raging in Hong Kong, as life in the city has come to a standstill. This month, the United Nations hosted its annual jamboree in New York. The focus was on the 2014 Climate Summit and 100 Heads of State and Government attended it. More than 800 leaders from business and civil society […] The post Fair Observer: Best of the Month appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The $300 Billion Question

    Donald Marron
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    How should Congress budget for federal lending programs? Lending programs create special challenges for federal budgeting. So special, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates their budget effects two different ways. According to official budget rules, taxpayers will earn more than $200 billion over the next decade from new student loans, mortgage guarantees […] The post The $300 Billion Question appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • 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…
  • 10 ciudatenii care ne pot afecta luarea unei decizii

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ritmul muzicii din fundal. Nu ar trebui sa asculti Nirvana cand studiezi sau sa dansezi cand incerci sa gandesti. Asta spune teoria. Ascultarea unei muzici alerte in timp ce inveti ori vrei sa iei o decizie importanta este o idee foarte proasta. Stiinta spune contrariul. Un ritm alert al muzicii te poate ajuta sa iei decizii mai rapide si mai bune decat atunci cand asculti muzica lenta, de obicei clasica.Un studiu din ianuarie 2009 a examinat ce efecte au ritmurile diferite ale muzicii asupra performantei si luarea deciziilor. Rezultatele au fost fara echivoc. Participantii care au ascultat o…
  • Rafturi de cea mai buna calitate

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Inscriptionarea pieselor din mase plastice se poate efectua fie direct din scula, fie aplicandu-se ornamente din metal (aluminiu, otel laminat etc.) sau din masa plastica, motiv pentru care este bine ca atunci cand doriti sa realizati rafturi depozitare, sa utilizati plasticul. Inscriptionarea din scula se realizeaza fie prin efecte speciale, adica prin joc de umbra si lumina care se realizeaza prin portiuni alternante de suprafete mate si lucioase, sau prin alternari de suprafete striate cu portiuni mate, sau caserate si multe altele.Rafturile de depozitare indiferent ca le utilizam la o…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Black Lung Battle in West Virginia

    Lori Robertson
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Republican Evan Jenkins claims Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall “cut black lung benefits,” in an ad that fires back after Rahall claimed Jenkins pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. We already said Rahall’s ad was deceptive, but Jenkins’ response is misleading. Jenkins’ ad refers to a 1981 bill that was intended to shore up the financing of the program by doubling the excise tax on coal. It did tighten eligibility requirements for future applicants, but it didn’t cut the amount paid to those then receiving such benefits. It was…
  • Cherry-Picking Salary Data in Oregon

    Robert Farley
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An ad from Republican Monica Wehby cherry-picks data to make the case that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is “paying the women on his staff thousands less than their male counterparts.” Actually, in 2013, women earned about 97 cents for every dollar earned by men in Merkley’s office, without accounting for job title, years of experience or other variables. Wehby uses data on less than a third of the staff over a shorter time period to make her claim. The ad features a chart that highlights average salaries for men and women with three job descriptions — legislative assistant,…
  • Abortion Distortions 2014

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Summary In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they’ve used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion. The real contrast between the parties on this polarizing issue is stark enough: Democrats tend to favor a legal right to abortion, and Republicans tend to oppose it. But in a number of TV ads we’ve seen running in September, the divide is made to seem wider than it really is. An ad in Virginia falsely accuses GOP House candidate Barbara Comstock of seeking to make abortions illegal…
  • FactChecking the Arkansas Senate Race

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Arkansas Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton began for us in June 2013 — just six months into the new Congress — with an article that carried the headline “It’s Groundhog Day for Fact-Checkers.” It hasn’t gotten much better for fact-checkers since then. The race — which remains a toss-up by virtually all accounts — has been our most fact-checked campaign of the 2014 congressional elections. Here are some of our findings: Illegal Immigration and Border Security Claim: Pryor voted “against a…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Midterm Deceptions

    FactCheck.org
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    FlackCheck.org, our sister website for political literacy, looks at two recent political campaign ads that mislead viewers using common patterns of deception. One of the TV ads doesn’t tell the whole story about a cut in the pensions of military retirees that never happened. And the other ad uses a quote out of context to make a U.S. Senate candidate look weak on border security. The following video is based on our articles “Playing Politics with Immigration” and “No Cuts for Military Vets,” which were published on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, respectively.
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • The U.S. is Becoming a Weaker Nation

    Alan Caruba
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
      The news that the U.S. Air Force, joined at long last by some of the Arab nations most threatened by the Islamic State (ISIS), began bombing their headquarters and military sites in Syria was long overdue, but welcome. It took time because Obama had originally dismissed ISIS as a threat. It no doubt took […]
  • More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

    Michael R. Shannon
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Our famously detached president has recently decided to become very hands-on in the application of air power. Obama, like LBJ in Vietnam, is personally choosing the targets where he will employ U.S. aircraft. The first display of Air Force One might that we have the figures on was a $700,000 close-support effort in Denver for […]
  • THE BIGGEST PEACEFUL COUP IN WORLD HISTORY

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
      THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS ALMOST GONE. By: Al Cronkrite The culture of the United States of America is beginning to adjust to the new economic status brought on by the trade treaties and the world government legislation passed by our elected officials. The vibrant middle class that was a Hallmark of the nation […]
  • DIVIDED WE STAND: A TRADITIONAL MANIFESTO

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
      By: Selwyn Duke Conservatives are generally very nice people — who never saw a culture war they couldn’t lose. That is to say, we often hear cracks about how Barack Obama and his ilk may “evolve” on issues, but conservatives exhibit that tendency, too, and their evolution goes something like this: “Marriage is between […]
  • Islam Comes to Moore, Oklahoma

    Alan Caruba
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:57 pm
      It took the gruesome videos of two American journalists being beheaded by a masked Islamic State (ISIS) butcher, followed since then by more victims, to finally wake Americans to the threat that they face from Islam, but the beheading of a Moore, Oklahoma victim by a man who had been trying to get his […]
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • In Times of War

    zimko
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    IN TIMES OF WARThe other day I had saw an old friend of mine and it was a terrible thing.  When I was sure it was him I took cover behind a tank that was constructed entirely with 12-packs of Mountain Dew, which was apparently sold best in tank form. I hid behind the thing like a cowardly deserter and was ready to set my basket right where I stood and casually beat it out of there.  My old friend drifted lazily away with his cart and I briskly left the store, cursing and looking back at the abandoned basket.I had not wanted to talk to this friend because his well adjusted eyes…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations

    Will Hagle
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations Has Been Optimized The protests against the Chinese government currently taking place in Hong Kong are relatively unprecedented. The protests have escalated to a point that demanded a response from authorities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong. Even more citizens are expected to flood the streets on Wednesday, a national holiday and day off work.  The civil disobedience and political dissent being expressed by Hong Kong student citizens quickly captivated…
  • California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury

    Jared Keever
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury California Election Will Replace State Senator Rod Wright California Sets Date For Special Election To Fill Rod Wright's State Senate Seat California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury Headlines Politics Not Optimized California Gov. Jerry Brown has set dates for a special election meant to decide a replacement for former state Sen. Roderick Wright, who resigned from office last week.  Brown set a primary election date of Dec. 9 which will be followed by a…
  • Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video) Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video) Politics TV Weird News Jeanine Pirro Has Been Optimized Fox News "Justice With Judge Jeanine" host Jeanine Pirro warned her viewers last night about a possible upcoming invasion by the Middle East terrorist group ISIS on U.S. soil.According to RawStory.com, Pirro interviewed a former Navy SEAL who told viewers how to “protect themselves against terrorist attacks on our own soil.” Towards the end of her show, Pirro read responses by Fox News viewers (video below), who…
  • Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority

    Will Hagle
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority Has Been Optimized Hong Kong's 1997 transition of power from British to Chinese rule was peaceful and expected. It resulted in Hong Kong's recognition as a Special Administrative region, free to continue operating under its own capitalist economic system and political structure. An increasing number of Hong Kong citizens feel that their democracy is being threatened by the Chinese government, joining the  students that started protests against the central authority of Beijing. The protests…
  • Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’ $300K Government-Funded Bicycle Design Study Under Scrutiny Feds Spend $300K To Study Bicycle Designs Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’ Science Not Optimized The National Science Foundation study on how “humans interact with bicycles” is being blasted by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The study which lasted from October 2009 to June 2013 was designed to probe “deeper questions” about how people control bicycles and distinguishing their “desired…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Will Meyerhofer: A Bucket of Cockroaches

    Will Meyerhofer
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    My client – a second year corporate associate working in a foreign office – compared remaining at her biglaw firm to eating cockroaches. “You know, on one of those reality game shows where they dare you to eat a bucket of cockroaches and they’ll pay you a million bucks if you do.” I requested she elaborate. “My point is, at some juncture you stop and think – and this is probably a rational part of your brain: Hell, for a million bucks, I’ll do it. I mean, for a million bucks, you’ll do anything, so long as you can get it over with in a minute or two. The plan is to keep…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Affirmation of the Day

    John Y. Brown III
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Affirmation for the Day Today I will be the dopest and illest me I can be. Is it just me or does Panera Bread coffee taste superisingly bad? Just my opinon but I suggest they get rid of the current coffee guy and let the person who makes their pasteries start making the coffee too. EDITOR’S NOTE: As always, John Y. Brown III is dead wrong. Panera hazelnut coffee is quite delicious. And superisingly is not a word. JYB III is a left-wing neo-con anti-Semitic Zionist anti-barista anti-dentite
  • Lauren Mayer: Musical Peaceniks, 21st Century Style

    Lauren Mayer
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Even those of you not old enough to remember the 1960s have heard of the various counter-culture movements – anti-war demonstrations, hippies at Woodstock, ‘never-trust-anyone-over-30,’ and so on.  (I was in elementary school, so I wasn’t old enough for any of the really wild stuff.  My counter-culture activities were confined to teaching myself the guitar chords for “Where Have All The Flowers gone?” and macrame-ing myself a belt for my bell-bottoms.  But I digress . . . ) Music, politics and comedy were also combined frequently, from The Smothers…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Product

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tonight for the first time in my life –and at the considerable age of 51 — I bought and used “Product.” For my hair. The friendly and talkative hair stylist kept asking me what kind of “product” I used and I politely explained I had never used product before and wouldn’t need any, thank you. But she persisted. Finally, she had me pull out my phone and Google Patrick Dempsey (who is an actor and plays a character named Dr McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy) and told me that with the right product I could look like him. “His hair,” she…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Traveling with Allergies

    Erica and Matt Chua
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I had only one goal for India: survive.  Hours after I wanted to be in a hospital, between gasps for air, I wondered if my goal of survival was too ambitious.  The trip between Agra and Varanasi started well enough.  We had reserved beds in an air conditioned sleeper car, complete with fresh linen that was Four Seasons compared to our crowded and sweaty, jail-like experience in General Seating.  Shortly after laying down to sleep though the ride took a turn for the worst: I was struggling to breathe. To put it gently, I have terrible allergies.  One could say I’m allergic to life, but…
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s almost here! We’ll be set up this Sunday, September 21 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Booth #402.
  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    “To my mind, Guernica is the most important online intellectual and literary journal in America today.”
—Claire Messud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 New York, NY — The board of Guernica Magazine—an award-winning, free online magazine of art & politics, now in its 10th year as an entirely volunteer-driven, nonprofit publication—today announced the appointment of Lisa Lucas as Publisher and the magazine’s first full-time, paid employee. Michael Archer, co-founder of the magazine, will remain Editor-in-Chief. Archer, along with fellow board members Joel Whitney and…
  • Ain’ts

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
  • Silence and Southern Men

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Become ... Wedding Dresses

    Allison Nielsen
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have taken on two new and unexpected forms in the latest ad from the College Republican National Committee -- they're wedding dresses.Paying homage to the hit TLC Show "Say Yes to the Dress," where brides try on, scrutinize and (hopefully) fall in love with potential wedding dresses, the ad contrasts the two politicians as if they were haute bridal couture.read more
  • Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Backed by Thad Hamilton

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Thad Hamilton, the Democratic candidate running against Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, disagrees with his Republican rival on Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State. On Wednesday, Putnam strongly attacked the proposal. Hamilton talked to Sunshine State News on Wednesday and said he backed Amendment 2. read more
  • Jeff Atwater Talks About Parental Influence in New Video

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    State CFO Jeff Atwater, a solid favorite over Democrat William Rankin in November, showcased a new Web video on Wednesday in which he talks about his parents have shaped his life. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. “My mother and father taught my siblings and me that we have a duty – a responsibility to God, to Family, and to country,” said Atwater on Wednesday. “They led by example every day and he expected us to live it out every day, too.”
  • Alan Grayson Draws Fire From Carol Platt in CD 9

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Republican congressional candidate Carol Platt went on the attack on Wednesday, launching a new website attacking U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., on a host of fronts including domestic violence allegations to his record on foreign policy. “Alan Grayson tries to say that he's a congressman with guts,” Platt said on Wednesday. “The reality is, he's a congressman without honor.  His behavior, language and complete disrespect for our district is embarrassing. The voters of our district need to know the truth.read more
  • Adam Putnam and Florida Chamber Take Aim at Amendment 2

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    In Central Florida on Wednesday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Chamber of Commerce came out swinging at Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State. read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Bill Maher Unloads On Red State Democrats Who Think Bashing Obama Will Help Them Win

    Jason Easley
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Real Time host Bill Maher had some tough words for Democratic candidates who believe that bashing President Obama will help them win in November. Maher said that Democrats need to stop chasing voters who will never support them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GOP Senate Candidate Scott Brown Is Not Only A Carpetbagger, But Also A Total Hypocrite

    Justin Baragona
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    In an article that ran Wednesday in the Washington Post, Sean Sullivan pointed out that during his time in the Senate, Brown missed all six hearings that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held, even though Brown was a committee member [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Conservative Blames President Obama For His Own Potential Assassination

    Jason Easley
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    While writing about the problems at the Secret Service, the absurd conclusion was drawn that if President Obama gets assassinated it will be his own fault. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • With 33 Days Until the Election Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell 42%-40%

    Jason Easley
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    A new poll of Kentucky released today shows a very unpopular Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) trailing his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Senate race 42%-40%. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For Republicans ISIL is Only an Excuse to Attack Our President

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    The suspicion that Republicans are far more horrified by a black president than Islamic terrorists is borne out by the rhetoric [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • 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…
  • Act for the Disappeared during Lebanon civil war

    Ang Lebs
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Tomorrow is the day! Show your support to the families of #missing and visit their weekly sit in in front of grand serail in downtown Beirut from 11 to 4.  
  • The Masquerade of Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

    Ang Lebs
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    While many suggest that another extension of Parliament’s term is almost inevitable, the total candidates’ number to the Lebanese Elections 2014 is 514. Right out of the bat, this supposed to be election is a masquerade. – The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) said in their statement yesterday that according to article 50 of the Law 25/2008, 10 candidates, among the 514 hopefuls are officially considered uncontested winners. (LADE official statement in Arabic) – The LADE statement added, the decree failed to provide for the voting of Lebanese expatriates,…
  • Another September 14

    Ang Lebs
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Its September 14. Its our yearly appointment. Both of us far away from the homeland. Both sad and disgusted to where our country ended up. I’m not like others who write pages and pages about you, your character, your dream and vision. On every 14 of September, I have my small chat with you and I remember. I used to renew the promise, but not this year. You have to excuse me not to renew it this year. So let us begin our chat as usual. Bachir: Tell me what happened to our land? Me: What land? The one you loved and gave your life for? The 10452 Square Km? The one you dreamed about…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • College Republicans Make "Say Yes To The Dress" Parodies For Bunch Of Governor Races

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    “It’s our goal to start the conversation by presenting ourselves in a culturally relevant way,” College Republican National Committee chair Alex Smith told the Wall Street Journal . Florida youtube.com Pennsylvania youtube.com Michigan youtube.com Illinois youtube.com View Entire List ›
  • Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race Features Dueling Plagiarism Ads

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    In August, Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs. That’s why in September, Scott Walker is attacking my jobs plan, saying it takes ideas from other states. Well, of course it does…” The Associated Press Steve Marcus / Reuters Dueling TV ads in closely-watched Wisconsin gubernatorial contest are battling over Democratic candidate Mary Burke's jobs plan. Republicans in the state have seized on the large portions of plagiarized text in Burke's jobs plan and now Burke is fighting back with a new TV ad attempting to define the issue on her own terms. "In August, Wisconsin lost 4,300…
  • Source: Obama Speech Will Emphasize To Latinos That Immigration Action Is Coming

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    A source tells BuzzFeed News a much-anticipated speech at the Congressional Hispanic Institute Gala by the president will tell Latinos to wait 40 more days until after the election on long-awaited executive actions on immigration. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT President Obama will reaffirm his promise of administrative actions to slow record deportations before the end of the year during a high-profile speech to Latinos and Hispanic officials on Thursday, BuzzFeed News has learned. His speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) gala — his first there since 2011…
  • Coming Thursday: When Battered Women Are Treated As Criminals

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A preview of an upcoming BuzzFeed News investigation. Victoria Pedraza with her daughter Aubriana in 2010 Courtesy of Victoria Pedraza Two-year-old Bri was dead, with bruises all over her stomach. Her mother, Victoria Pedraza, told a story that didn't add up. She told a police officer in a taped interrogation that Bri had fallen off a fishing dock: The lake where Pedraza alleged the accident occurred Photograph by Wil Chandler for BuzzFeed View Entire List ›
  • Nation's Largest Teachers Union Plans To Spend More Than $40 Million In 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    That’s at least twice what the American Federation of Teachers said it will spend. Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images WASHINGTON — The nation's largest teachers union plans to spend between $40 and $60 million in this year's election cycle, two sources at the National Educational Association told BuzzFeed News. On Monday, the American Federation of Teachers, which has about half the membership of the NEA, said it would spend about $20 million in the same time frame. Those numbers encompass all election spending, from Senate races down to local ballot measures. While AFT…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • Wake Up, Conservatives! Examining Conservative “Support” for Common Core

    R.B.A. Di Muccio
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Most conservatives instinctively and correctly oppose Common Core. The issue becomes muddy when a few high-profile conservatives appear to be in favor of it. Such support provides a bottomless font of schadenfreude for Common Core’s mostly liberal supporters and gives them an effective wedge issue. Therefore, examining conservative “support” for national Common Core standards might be the single most important tactic in the fight against it. Prima facie, this support is based on a simple premise: public education is failing, so we should establish minimal standards that all kids must…
  • The Liberal Religion of “Tolerance”

    Paul G. Kengor
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point. A new survey by Pew Research finds that when it comes to teaching children, liberals place a far higher priority on teaching “tolerance” than teaching religion. That liberals do this in schools is abundantly clear, but they apparently do it in their homes as well. In this, Pew finds, liberals are the opposite of conservatives. “The starkest ideological differences [between liberals…
  • Air Power’s Siren Song

    Earl H. Tilford
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    In the early morning of September 23, 2014, American air forces—joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan—began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS. Nearly a week earlier, September 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests. At the conclusion of World War II, the Air Force achieved status as a separate and distinctive military service in…
  • Scotland: May We All Live Free

    Gary L. Welton
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The important cultural analysis by Geert Hofstede, conducted in the 1970s and 80s, and impacting many research paradigms since, concluded that the United States is the most individualistic culture in the world. However, there are a handful of Western countries that approximate our American rugged individualism, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Along with the U.S., these countries share a legacy of freedom and liberty. The state of New Hampshire tells us, “Live Free or Die,” but this motto reflects the heritage of our entire Western experience. Although we…
  • War: A Matter of Semantics

    Earl H. Tilford
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” —President John F. Kennedy For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire others to do the unthinkable. Modifiers attempt to qualify war with words like limited, total, defensive, preemptive, just, unjust, good, bad, glorious, tragic, legal, illegal, etc. A U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran who fought in a war that was described as “limited” estimated that during his 13-month tour he spent about 20 terrifying…
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    Politic365

  • Secret Service Boss Takes a Beating After Fifth Security Lapse in Four Years

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    During an appearance on Capitol Hill by Secret Service Director Julia Pierson in front of the House Government Oversight Committee (an appearance in dire need of communications advice), she flatly told onlookers that problems with the agency were “not a pattern.” Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) slammed the Secret Service’s “pattern of lax security.” But Director Pierson said there was, “not a pattern.”   Nevermind this conversation goes on with the head of a security team that protects the most threatened U.S. President in history since Abraham Lincoln.
  • Sen. Cory Booker Drops Bill to Sack NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Soooo… the NFL is a “non profit” that makes $9 billion a year.  Now Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is wondering what Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has brought up a trillion times before… Why does the NFL have tax exempt status? The Afro American: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Sept. 16 which would remove tax-exempt status from the head offices of the National Football League and other professional sports leagues, and redirect funds to support domestic violence programs.  Newark Star Ledger: ”U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wants to remove the…
  • SCOTUS Moves to Make Sure People in Ohio Can’t Vote Too Early

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    What did five members of the U.S. Supreme Court do yesterday?  They made sure that voters in Ohio have sss days to vote instead of xxx to vote.  They made sure that no one could vote the Sunday before election day.  They made sure no one started to make sure no one voted today.   The decision ended “golden week” where voters would be allowed to register to vote and then cast a ballot at the same time.  Because we couldn’t have that.   Meanwhile, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine didn’t even bother wasting time trying to…
  • Do You Understand the Implications of Title II Regulations on Broadband Services?

    Johnathan Burns
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The internet has really taken off in the last five years with the rapid emergence of mobile technology through smart phones, tablets and other devices that allow us the ability to connect to the web anywhere at any time.  And in this “internet age” the term net neutrality has been a highly contested and often time controversial issue with diverging view points across the telecom sector.  While many have heard pundits and legislators utter the phrase net neutrality, unless you are versed or savvy in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) jargon or read up on the latest telecommunication…
  • 20: Next Congress to Have Highest Number of Black Women Ever

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The 114th Congress.  There will likely be five new African American members of Congress in 2015.  All of them will be women.  With that, the 114th Congress is well on track to feature the highest number of African American women than at any other time in American history with a total of 20. The Congressional Black Caucus will have the most members — which is likely to be 46. The five new African American women in Congress are very likely to be: 1. (NJ-12) — Bonnie Watson Coleman is expected to win the seat of retiring Congressman Rush Holt in New Jersey.   2. (NC-12) — In…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

    admin
    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

    admin
    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

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

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

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Things have been a bit quiet on here recently. A combination of finishing university, some personal nightmares, and the recent launching of my new business (Duke of Hazard...it's a health and safety company...get it?) have meant my attention has drifted away. However I am going to bring it back, and want to start with a bit about workplace mental health. While developing some new courses on workplace stress and mental health I have been researching workplace absence statistics. You may, or may not, be shocked to discover that workplace stress and mental health is continually one of the…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Costs vs. Benefits

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The US has been bombing ISIS targets for the better part of two months. Evidence shows, however, that the successes have been minimal. Making the mission of degrading and destroying ISIS difficult is that they can easily disperse to the civilian population of the towns they control. How do we destroy ISIS if the fighters have withdrawn from the battlefield and into the civilian population? The US has spent more than $500 million on the bombing in the short time that we have been engaged. But so far, successes have not been commensurate with these costs. How are we going to define success in…
  • Here Come the Boots

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The news making headlines over the last week has been our military engagement with the extremist group known as ISIS. Specifically, which countries have joined our coalition and what role each will be playing. President Obama has repeatedly said that there will be no boots on the ground. But if you listen closely you’ll hear murmurs of that possibility from other members of our government. How are we defining success against ISIS and what will happen if in order to achieve that success boots on the ground prove necessary? We pose that question and wonder whether the decision to send…
  • Libertarianism’s Opportunity?

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Few presidents have had the ability to mobilize the entire nation to sacrifice for a common cause. Few have had the ability rally the American people to strive for a common goal. Present day presidents seem as unable as ever to create an air of national unity. A recent Gallup poll found that 42% percent of Americans identified as political independents, the highest mark ever recorded. Is the inability of present day presidents to unite the country a sign of the times we are living through or is the political landscape of the US shifting? And is there finally becoming room for a viable third…
  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Millennial Small Business Owners Most Optimistic and Likely to Hire

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by reynermedia       By USDR    Millennial small business owners are feeling the most positive about running and growing their business in today’s economy, according toCapital One’s second quarter Spark Business Barometer.   It is a quarterly survey measuring the economic perceptions and financial conditions of small business owners, and gauging sentiment on top issues and trends impacting small businesses today.   The nationwide survey revealed that overall small business sentiment is up – with 39 percent of all small business owners reporting a…
  • Prescription Drugs Drive Growth in Health Spending Over 4%

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo by Images Money     By USDR   Health spending in July 2014 grew 4.3% over July 2013, bringing the year-to-date increase to 4.4%.   This is well above the 3.6% growth rate estimated for 2013 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and, with further acceleration expected in the final two quarters, puts 2014 on track to be the first year since 2008 in which growth has exceeded 4%.   The primary driver of this increase is spending on prescription drugs, which grew by 11% in July, the fifth consecutive month of double digit growth. Growth in spending on…
  • Illegal Immigrant Explosion Breaks Recor

    brionnamuyco
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By USDR A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released on Thursday shows that the number of immigrants living in the United States – legal and illegal – reached a record 41.3 million as of July 2013, and thefasting growing immigrant population are from the Middle East, Asia and Africa. According to the report, the regions with the largest increases of immigrants to the U.S. from 2010 to 2013 were South Asia (up 373,000, 16 percent growth); East Asia (up 365,000, 5 percent growth); the Caribbean (up 223,000, 6 percent growth), the Middle East (up…
  • Serious Blow to Climate Change Argument?

    brionnamuyco
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    By USDR     According to the datasets used last year, October 1st will mark the 18thyear of “no significant warming trend in surface average temperature,” says Patrick Michaels, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science.     And even if the current 18-year trend were to end, it would still take nearly 25 years for average global temperature figures to reflect the change, said Michaels, who has a Ph.D. in ecological climatology and spent three decades as a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia.
  • CONFIRMED: First Diagnosed Case of Ebola in the US

    kprice
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    By the CDC, Special for USDR.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20. Photo courtesy of European Commission DG ECHO The person fell ill on Sept. 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Sept. 26. After developing symptoms…
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    The American Patriot

  • Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican

    The American Patriot
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    HotAir.com has a poll out that basically says that the majority of Republicans consider themselves to be “hawks” when it comes to foreign policy. Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican or a hawk. When they say “hawk”, they really mean neoconservative; when it comes to foreign policy — or if you want a more proper term — a supporter of Wilsonian foreign policy. I am neither of these; I am not for fighting armchair general wars, I am not for fighting wars that really have no real stated goal or clear mission. The truth is that ISIS was direct…
  • The American Spectator surrenders to terrorists

    The American Patriot
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Popehat has the scoop on it. To those criticizing it, I simply ask you this; are you going to pay their attorney fees? If not, shut up. The same people who criticize are the same ones who would not lift a finger of financial support to the magazine.  Those people have zero right to gripe at all.  
  • James A. Traficant, Jr. – Hero to the common man, dead at age 73

    The American Patriot
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Some sad news to report: YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - CLEVELAND (AP) – James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party. via James A. Traficant, Jr. – Hero to the common…
  • With Audio: Think Ron Paul is wrong about the Fed? Think Again

    The American Patriot
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Many people might think Ron Paul is kooky, when it comes to the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. I think this program here, that covers this issue here; proves that as very wrong. Check out this little program: Blogger reactions: Techdirt, Firedoglake and Capitol Report, Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo (H/T to This American Life Via Memeorandum)
  • Progressive Bloggers not impressed with Joe Biden’s Limousine Liberalism

    The American Patriot
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    For the record, I am referring to this here: The sheriffs on both ends of the Roaring Fork Valley expressed their displeasure Sunday about the impact and costs that Vice President Joe Biden’s short visit to Aspen this past weekend placed on their communities and agencies. Helicopters buzzing above Aspen and multiple road closures along Highway 82 and Interstate 70 on Friday and Saturday accompanied Biden’s entourage, which involved a 40-car motorcade and at least nine local law enforcement agencies. Biden, who stayed in town for less than 24 hours, was here to speak at a private event…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • 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.”                       …
  • The Government Accountability Project Launches Campaign To Protect Whistleblowers From Criminal Retaliation

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

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

  • Webinar Recap: Getting Mobile Right

    Katie Hrdy
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Millward Brown Digital recently hosted the webinar “Are you Getting Mobile Right?” Chris Collins and Rachel Eisenberg examined the top challenges marketers face when leveraging mobile to drive brand growth and offered insights to help marketers put mobile to its best use within their overall marketing strategies. Why is this important? Mobile now surpasses TV as the most-used screen among multiscreen audiences. Mobile has fundamentally changed the media landscape by increasing the opportunities for marketers to reach their consumers, but many brands are not adapting their marketing plans…
  • Sunday Series: The Guardians Generate Galactic Level Traffic for Marvel.com

    Laura Cantwell
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Image from: Guardians of the Galaxy / Shutterstock The Book Publishers category did well in August with MoM unique visitors up 25%. Marvel, a popular comic book publisher, experienced a 66% increase in traffic to their website, Marvel.com. This can likely be attributed to the release of their latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the superhero team of the same name that made their first appearance in Marvel Superheroes #18, penned in 1969. The blockbuster film boasts many accomplishments: it’s the highest grossing film of the year, the biggest August debut of all time, and it’s…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Welcome to the weekend! This edition of The Weekly Compete Pulse features five of the most popular digital marketing articles from our feeds this week. The Top 10 Questions Every Brand Must Answer To Grow In 2015 With 2015 around the corner, brands need to ensure they have their priorities in line. Make certain that your brand can answer these top questions for short and long term success. Mythbusters: Digital Media’s Biggest Misconceptions In this piece by Digiday, digital media pioneers and thought leaders respond to the question “What’s something everyone believes about digital media…
  • Smart Marketers Steal

    Laura Cantwell
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Image from: Stealing / Shutterstock You’ve probably heard the phrase “content is king,” but who is king of content? Since creativity is such a critical element of successful marketing strategies, we’ve put together a list of 10 innovative things brands have done to amp up their advertising awesome ideas that you definitely need to steal. 10. Make some noise. Engage your customers with charity. Every year, Guitar Center (this year’s Content Marketing Awards award winner) hosts a drum-off at its various locations across the country. Thousands flood into the stores to support friends…
  • Suck it up! Not only marketing, but consumer experience, drives conversion.

    Alyssa Maine
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Image from: Vacuum / Shutterstock At Millward Brown Digital, we know that driving traffic to your site is no easy task. Between affiliate, search, email and social marketing, consumers are often overloaded with ads, promotions and loyalty programs everywhere they turn. When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, it doesn’t get any easier, as consumers must decide between a variety of products and brands. But once vacuum shoppers land on a branded site, are those marketing efforts influencing a decision to purchase, and perhaps more importantly, is the experience helping to drive conversion? When we…
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  • 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…
  • Another Victory for Moderates

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    No, I am not talking about the latest Tea Party primary loss, although we know how to reverse this trend.  David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor proved that the right message and hard work on the ground by local activists can defeat even a well funded Republican with great name recognition and a relatively high conservative rating.  But these victories and losses do not inspire me to write much anymore.   Warning conservative voters about how Democrats plan to use all the money Obama is raising to mitigate losses in 2014 no longer inspires me either.  Our problems are much graver than…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The Great Challenge: Israel

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    This documentary revolves around the role of the Israeli lobbies, especially the AIPAC, which has a great deal of influence on the US congress. The lobby has always tried to show that the US and Israel's interest are intertwined and this way to persuade the Americans to agree with its policy. According to the interviewees, this is not true and the US national interests are not the same as the Israel's.A speaker in AIPAC
  • World Cup In Qatar

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    At least 1,200 workers enduring slave like conditions have died creating infrastructure in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup that a FIFA executive just claimed won’t be happening, although Qatari world cup chiefs refute this. Theo Zwaniger says that he does not believe Qatar’s climate is mild enough to host the event. Qatar contend that they will be able to cool the stadiums, while Zwaniger maintains that the World Cup goes on in many places other than inside the stadiums, putting tourists at risk.Cartoon: world cup in QatarWhat’s worse is that Qatar has imported at least 90% of the workers…
  • Israeli Blogger Writes In The New York Times

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mairav ZonszeinHamas had warned that it would fire a barrage of rockets at central Israel after 9 p.m., and it did.But the injuries suffered in Tel Aviv that night stemmed not from rocket fire but from a premeditated assault by a group of extremist Israeli Jews. Chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Death to leftists,” they attacked protesters with clubs. Although several demonstrators were beaten and required medical attention, the police made no arrests.....Israelis increasingly seem unwilling to listen to criticism, even when it comes from within their own family. Not only are they not…
  • Saudi Prince: War Against ISIS Really About Removing al-Assad

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Prince Turki Al-FaisalPrince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., tells CBS This Morning Anchor Norah O’Donnell, he hopes the airstrikes that include Saudi planes against ISIS are the first step in ultimately removing Syrian leader Bashar Assad and does not see any reason why they shouldn’t send in Saudi ground troops if necessary.
  • U.S. Petroleum Output

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Northeastern U.S. gas pipeline expansion project, late 2014 (Financial Times)US petroleum output set to exceed Saudi Arabia's for the first time since 1991.
 
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    BizPac Review

  • FCC considers shutting down stations that say ‘Redskins’ on air; could ‘tea party’ be next?

    Joe Saunders
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Democrats in the Senate launched a formal attack on the First Amendment in September. Obama supporters have been undermining it with the IRS since at least 2010. Now libs in the D.C. area are trying to do it with the FCC. The Federal Communications Commission is considering a petition asking it to deny renewing a license for a sports radio station because it refers to the Washington Redskins as “the Washington Redskins.” The fact that it’s the team’s name means nothing to this band of administrative fascists, because, according to the petition, the word “redskins” is “a…
  • What did Bob Beckel say in heated fight with co-hosts to get beeped like that?

    Hannah Bleau
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Five’s Bob Beckel is the liberal that everyone hates to love and loves to hate. He’s especially known for his on air slip-ups and use of vibrant language when he goes on a rant. For a while, Beckel had a personal swear jar, putting money in every time he used colorful language. But Tuesday night, Beckel’s words got the best of him. His co-hosts were commenting on the president’s tendency to place political correctness above the safety and security of the nation, especially when it comes to the Islamic State and the Islamic religion. “He’s always been concerned with…
  • MSNBC’s Matthews: Is Secret Service ‘laying down on the job because they don’t like’ Obama?

    Tom Tillison
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    With lapses in security to protect President Barack Obama in the headlines, it was only a matter of time before someone posited that the Secret Service may be “laying down on the job” because of a dislike of the president. It comes as no surprise that it happened on the pro-Obama network MSNBC. “Hardball” host ChrisMatthews cleverly introduced the idea that the Secret Service may want harm to befall the president by dismissing the possibility that the agency would want harm to befall the president. Liberal cat-fight: Tempers explode during commercial break on…
  • New Ellyn Bogdanoff ad highlights bipartisan support

    BizPac Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    With the latest polls showing former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff locked in a dead heat with Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs, the Bogdanoff campaign released a new ad today highlighting Bogdanoff’s bipartisan support.
  • CNN anchor catches hell for the unthinkable way he reported Oklahoma beheading

    BizPac Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Anyway you slice it CNN anchor John Berman created his own mess on air Tuesday morning. Berman used the phrase “any way you slice it” three times during a news report on the Oklahoma beheading. “It’s a sick fascination any way you slice it, and there is a woman dead any way you slice it, and this man faces the death penalty, likely, any way you slice it,” he said. The backlash must have been swift because Berman took to Twitter shortly after the segment and apologized for his lack of judgment. @Celestemary73 true on every count — John Berman (@JohnBerman) September 30, 2014…
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    Daily Signal

  • Dropping the TSA: 19th Airport Joins More Efficient Private Screening Program

    David Inserra
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Tired of long lines at TSA airport checkpoints? Today, the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) began a transition to private security screeners rather than Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners in a change that promises more efficient security measures. SFB just joined the TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP) that allows airports to replace TSA screeners with more flexible and cost-effective screening services provided by private companies and overseen by the TSA. While this may seem strange to many Americans who have grown accustomed to TSA-manned checkpoints,…
  • Saying ‘No’ to Undocumented Minors Lands Town in Hot Water

    Kathryn Watson
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    One small Virginia town is the target of a racial discrimination complaint from a fair housing group and a shuttered college that would have benefited from a plan to house undocumented minors. When word broke this summer the federal government—at the original suggestion of Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and Secretary of Education Anne Holton—was pursuing a contract with the closed St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville to house what could be hundreds of immigrants, locals made it clear they had serious concerns. About 1,000 people showed up at a June 19…
  • Job Losses Adding Up in America’s Most Liberal State

    Bruce Parker
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Jeb Spaulding’s unexpected departure as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration spells the loss of one of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s trusted advisers at a time when bad news mounts in a state Gallup ranks as the most liberal in America. The administration depicted Spaulding’s move to become chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges as an opportunity for career advancement. But the announcement of Spaulding’s departure came after five straight months of tax revenue misses, a subsequent $31 million revenue forecast downgrade by state economists and months of rosy talk of economic…
  • Happy Birthday, Long-Range U.S. Missile Defense!

    Michaela Dodge
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first operational deployment of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, the only ballistic missile defense system that currently protects the U.S. from a long-range ballistic missile threat. The interest in the development and deployment of the system came after the U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001. The Treaty gave U.S. adversaries a free hand to attack U.S. citizens for almost 30 years. U.S. adversaries took advantage of U.S. vulnerability. Ballistic missiles spread after the end of the Cold War. North Korea and…
  • Q&A: How Worried Should We Be About Ebola Spreading in U.S.?

    Steven Bucci
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yesterday, it was announced that the first case of Ebola had occurred in the United States. How huge a difference does it make that we now have someone with Ebola in the United States?  The difference is not that significant.  The Center for Disease Control is the best public health organization in the globe.  They will track down all who have been exposed and begin isolation and/or treatment. Since it takes time to show symptoms of the disease, isn’t it possible other people have it in the U.S. who came into contact with the first person? Could those people now be giving it to other…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • “Idea of India” Modi-fied

    Siddharth Zarabi
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Shashi Kumar, a Telugu software professional from a remote part of his now divided State, and his friends made an early morning two-hour drive to Washington to catch a glimpse of the Indian Prime Minister. It is easy for some people to dismiss the crowds that Narendra Modi drew during his just concluded four-day visit of the United States. Many in the media and several commentators have never seen such throngs when an Indian Prime Minister travels overseas. Many of those who covered the visit for Indian television channels, newspapers and websites were not around the last time a Prime…
  • Netanyahu bonds with Narendra Modi

    Preksha Sharma
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    This week’s international media round up brings you a comprehensive view of Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s call of ‘Make In India’ during his US visit. Also, the past week packed quite a punch with India’s successfully reaching Martian orbit, followed by the stupendous welcome that PM Modi received in America. His speeches at the Madison Square Garden and Global Citizen Festival received applause and ovation previously only reserved for rock stars. During his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of a…
  • Gurmeet Kanwal on why India needs a full time Defence Minister

    Danish Khan
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Arun Jaitley holds two important portfolios Finance and Defence, both demanding maximum attention. Till now Arun Jaitley has done a commendable and marvelous job as Defence Minister by clearing procurement longstanding proposals worth rupees 21,000 crore. But as both the ministries need full time attention India needs a full time Defence Minister. Big task at hand for the present Government is to find out who can take this enormous task and do justice as Jaitley has done. Listen to defence expert retired Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal from Centre for Land and Warfare Studies. The post Gurmeet…
  • India needs a Full-time Defence Minister

    Niti Guest
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    It needs to be critically examined whether a Minister holding the Finance portfolio in the Union Cabinet can simultaneously also perform the role of the Defence Minister with an equal amount of efficiency. In the first Budget presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance Government on July 10, 2014, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley — who also happens to be India’s Defence Minister — increased the allocation for Defence by about 12.5 per cent over the revised estimates figures for the previous financial year 2013-2014 from Rs 203,672 crore…
  • The colony catches up

    Manoj Kureel
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    India’s Mars mission became somewhat difficult to digest for some sections of the western elite who thought a former colony had no business being in competition with its former masters. The post The colony catches up appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
 
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    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.
  • Lesson From Recent Data Breaches: Strong User-Level Security Procedures Are Always Required

    JG
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:11 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 information a company collects from its clients is the bedrock of […]The post Lesson From Recent Data Breaches: Strong User-Level Security Procedures Are Always Required appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power

    JG
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Those who implement cloud computing in general, and AWS in particular, are often confused by the role that managed services providers play.  Cost and simplicity are driving the movement to leverage AWS through managed services providers as enterprises look for more ways to consume AWS services.  These services are easier to mix and match with […]The post Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches

    JG
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for contributing this article to our blog. Back in June, we took a look at some of the major breaches of 2014. We chose Heartbleed, the eBay breach and the data breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), mainly because of the magnitude of the breaches, the […]The post Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
      BREAKING NEWS: Ebola confirmed in Dallas, TX   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
      Kids get suspended for handing out candy that looks like Breaking Bad meth Store owner bans Muslims from her gun range   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
      South Bend wants you to register your security cameras Atheists upset over word ‘salvation’   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, Sept. 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Have a security camera? South Bend police want to know | Local – WSBT.com South Bend Police say they’re hoping camera owners will volunteer to ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, Sept. 29 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
      Do we need a new constitution Feds spent $300k studying our relationship with bicycles   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Wednesday with Keith Brekhus

    Liberal Fix
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Wednesday night's episodes are hosted by writer/sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and will typically focus on Electoral Politics. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • 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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: w/ GST Historian and "Sixteen Tons" Author Kevin Corley

    Liberal Fix
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. This episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose and features a pre-recorded interview with author and historian Kevin Corley.  In the novel "Sixteen Tons", Mr. Corley tells the story of the coal mine wars between the companies and the union organizers, that took place in the United States in the early 1900's.   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 Encore : w/ Hoosier School Heist Author Doug Martin

    Liberal Fix
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team is honored to present Doug Martin, the author of Hoosier Shool Heist for the real truth on the privatization of public schools and what is really behind conservative reform efforts.  They discuss the tactics of the right and what we on the left can do to stop what is going on and create awareness around the country.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: W/ Sociologist Salvatore Balbones (Ep 72)

    Liberal Fix
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Salvatore Babones.  Mr. Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several universities in the United States. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
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    21st Century Wire

  • TRON (1982) – The Ultimate in Predictive Programming

    Shawn Helton
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    by Jay DyerJay’s AnalysisOne of the elements I’ve sought to analyze here is the convergence of technology and esoterica, which is a connection generally overlooked. Despite modernity’s religious obsession with technology as the god of its own hands, the mythological nature of techne is largely unknown and forgotten. Having reached a point of godlike abilities, the power and exponential growth of technology is both wondrous and ominous. Disney’s 1982 Tron is directly relevant to this topic, though it’s often only remembered for its advanced special effects (for the time) and…
  • Episode #52 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Some Fear the Truth’ with Basil Valentine, Patrick Henningsen and Dean Ryan

    21wire
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Episode #52 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday September 28th, 2014 presented by host Basil with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as this week’s host Basil Valentine covers the top stories of the week from around the globe including the British PM David Cameron’s incredible UN speech where he managed to conflate ISIS/ISIL terrorism with the 9/11 and…
  • Navajo Nation Claws Back Half a Billion From US Federal Mafia

    21wire
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    21st Century Wire says…After a century of being taken to the cleaners by the US federal government, mining and energy giants, along with the nuclear power industry, the Navajo Nation has managed to claw back some of what is rightfully theirs.The historic legal victory addresses the issue of past mismanagement, but it still leaves the door open for the tribe to pursue more funds to deal with the government’s physical mess left behind regarding water, and uranium/radioactive pollution left on its reservation. Past uranium mining and ‘leach mining’ operations went mostly…
  • Scripted Ambush: Was the Pennsylvania Barracks Shooting Staged?

    Shawn Helton
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    21st Century Wire says…What was war reenactor Eric Frein’s role during the apparent shooting that took place at the Pennsylvania Blooming Grove police barracks?IMAGE: ‘ War simulator’ – Eric Frein (Photo link mcall.com)31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein, who is said to be a ‘war reenactor’, has been charged with shooting one Pennsylvania trooper and wounding a second on Friday, September 12th, at the Blooming Grove police barracks. Although there is no definitive evidence or clear motive directly linking Frein to the alleged murder, a massive 250 square…
  • The Silicon Valley’s New Corporate Fascists

    21wire
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    James Hall21st Century WireRemember the days when an entrepreneur would perfect their whiz kid ideas in a garage and bring them to market? Did Steve Wozniak ever envision the behemoth that Apple would become and the cult camp that worships every new product that flows from their robotic coolie assembly lines? Probably not.Is the new iPhone 6 worth fighting over, or dying over? Certainly not.Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania describes an example of the forbidding underbelly of corporatist business model that Apple exemplifies so dramatically. Notwithstanding this record of 21th century sweat…
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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

  • Midterm Countdown: Gubernatorial Leaners

    JP Meredith
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Taking a closer look at the governor's races that are up for grabs.
  • Aftershock: Echoes of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

    Joshua Meier
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Over the summer, protests erupted next to the Amistad Memorial Statue outside of New Haven’s City Hall. Student protesters rallied with “Free Palestine” and “Stop the Siege” signs. Young teens donned in Keffiyehs waved the Flag of the Arab Revolt, a banner of Pan-Arab colors that has represented the Palestinian people since 1964. These demonstrators...
  • The Usual Suspects: Connecticut’s Fight Against Racial Profiling

    David Shimer
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Tragedy struck on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri, when a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, eighteen-year-old black male. Within days of the shooting, thousands of enraged citizens took to the streets in protest, triggering a national discussion on contemporary race relations.  From slavery and segregation in America’s past, to cases of...
  • The Boundaries of Responsibility: New Haven Responds to Ebola

    Amrutha Dorai
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Adeline Bass lives in Connecticut, more than a thousand miles from the nearest case of Ebola. But the count of miles disguises her proximity to the virus which has proliferated in West Africa in the last few months: Bass is originally from Liberia, and her older sister still lives there. So do her brother-in-law, sister-in-law,...
  • The Challenges of a New Home

    Anna Meixler
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Iraqi Families Adjust to Life in New Haven
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Autonomy, Not Transparency, The Issue

    Jin Yao Kwan
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our anxiety to criticise, even with the best of intentions, we forget some who toil amidst such dissatisfaction. From student governance to shuttle buses to “Rag and Flag”, I too have been guilty of hopping onto the “Blame NUSSU” bandwagon. I can point sceptically to the woeful few who participated in the recent NUSSU Executive Committee External Elections, and chorus “see, nobody gives a shit about what goes on in that self-serving organisation”, but our own disengagement could very well make us complicit in this state of affairs. Continue reading →
  • More Than Corporate Leaders For Non-Profits

    Jin Yao Kwan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    I may not be the target audience of Mr. Lien’s commentary, and my pragmatism may not be representative of my contemporaries, but within a developing field it is not just about “attracting senior corporate people” to helm the NPOs and VWOs. Any change envisioned from the top – to craft sustainable missions and to shape organisations – must be matched by the abilities of those on the ground. Non-profits in Singapore face more challenges besides the recruitment and retention of staff members: training and development of employees, greater emphasis on performance measurement and…
  • The Trouble With Poor Studies

    Jin Yao Kwan
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A team from the National University of Singapore Business School sought to examine how competitive Singaporeans were, concluding that they “do not see themselves to be very competitive or kiasu” (TODAY, Sept. 19). Yet a closer examination of the report suggests that few meaningful conclusions can actually be drawn. Continue reading →
  • The Reality For Social Enterprises

    Jin Yao Kwan
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What is more critical than the definition of a social enterprise in the country – because “some businesses with a superficial social role” have claimed the label of a social enterprise “cynically” (ST, Sept. 21), such as taxi booking application GrabTaxi which has described itself as such – is to shed the presumption that Singaporeans would necessarily pay a premium for goods and services from these companies. In the beginning consumers might be drawn to these business models based on charitable causes or supported by employees from disadvantaged backgrounds, yet such compassion…
  • “Apa Itu Activist?”

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    It was a diverse line-up of speakers – of journalists, activists and advocates, lawyers and academics – with vastly dissimilar interests and backgrounds, tasked to address broad themes on civil society action and advocacy. And a crowd of 120 involved or interested in advocacy had gathered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to hear more from them. Through plenary sessions and group discussions “Apa Itu Activist?”, organised by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and the Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association last Saturday, sought to…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Costs vs. Benefits

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The US has been bombing ISIS targets for the better part of two months. Evidence shows, however, that the successes have been minimal. Making the mission of degrading and destroying ISIS difficult is that they can easily disperse to the civilian population of the towns they control. How do we destroy ISIS if the fighters have withdrawn from the battlefield and into the civilian population? The US has spent more than $500 million on the bombing in the short time that we have been engaged. But so far, successes have not been commensurate with these costs. How are we going to define success in…
  • Here Come the Boots

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The news making headlines over the last week has been our military engagement with the extremist group known as ISIS. Specifically, which countries have joined our coalition and what role each will be playing. President Obama has repeatedly said that there will be no boots on the ground. But if you listen closely you’ll hear murmurs of that possibility from other members of our government. How are we defining success against ISIS and what will happen if in order to achieve that success boots on the ground prove necessary? We pose that question and wonder whether the decision to send…
  • Libertarianism’s Opportunity?

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Few presidents have had the ability to mobilize the entire nation to sacrifice for a common cause. Few have had the ability rally the American people to strive for a common goal. Present day presidents seem as unable as ever to create an air of national unity. A recent Gallup poll found that 42% percent of Americans identified as political independents, the highest mark ever recorded. Is the inability of present day presidents to unite the country a sign of the times we are living through or is the political landscape of the US shifting? And is there finally becoming room for a viable third…
  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • 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…
  • The Award Goes To… Vice President Joe Biden

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The most overly dramatic statement after the beheading of another American journalist... ‘We Will Follow Them to the Gates of Hell’... and the AWARD goes to... Trying to make a job flipping hamburgers seem like more than it really is... and the AWARD goes to...  For standing up to BIG government when big government says one thing and then does the exact opposite... and the AWARD goes to...  For writing the most nasty, threatening tweets to her students and then suggesting that it was just a gag... and the AWARD goes to... For going past GO, collecting $3.4 million, and…
  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • War Always Comes Home

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can’t assemble a totalitarian war machine and expect it to never come home. Sooner or later, all those military-grade weapons end up in your own back yard. Pointed at you. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen the rise …
  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Cosmopolitan magazine endorses congressional candidate who accused female opponent of never having ‘a real job’

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitan magazine has officially endorsed Democratic congressional candidate John Foust in Virginia over his Republican opponent Barbara Comstock. The endorsement comes just over a month after Foust questioned whether Comstock — who has held positions as a congressional aide, lobbyist and spokesperson for the Justice Department – ”even […]The post Cosmopolitan magazine endorses congressional candidate who accused female opponent of never having ‘a real job’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • ARE THEY THE FIFTH COLUMN

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE or allies of the Obama Regime? The Gunny bets his dough that they are both! A fifth column in our midst, the enemies of Mom, Freedom, and apple pie and friends of Obama and his Rasputin, Iranian communist Valerie “the rat” Jarrett. President Cruz is going to have to […]The post ARE THEY THE FIFTH COLUMN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The September Issue of The Free Market is Now Online!

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Written by The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat The September issue of The Free Market, the Mises Institute’s monthly,  is now online! September’s issue features a new book review from David Gordon, and on the 100th anniversary of World War I, Hunt Tooley reflects on modern views of the war: In his new book Money, Steve […]The post The September Issue of The Free Market is Now Online! appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Muslim Child Leads Crowd in Chant ‘Curses Upon the Jews, And Victory for Islam’

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Written by “The Lid” “Allah Akbar! Death to America! Death to Israel! Curses upon the Jews, and victory for Islam,” are chants often heard at Islamist rallies. What makes this example so unusual is that the chants are being lead by a child . In the video below posted on the internet on September 27th, […]The post Muslim Child Leads Crowd in Chant ‘Curses Upon the Jews, And Victory for Islam’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • New Poll Puts Texas Gov Race in Single-Digits, But…

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler …it has a lot of screwy results within. The eighth annual Texas Lyceum poll is out, and at first blush it appears to hold some good news for Democrat governor challenger Wendy Davis. According to the poll, Republican Greg Abbott leads Davis by just nine points, 49 to 40. The […]The post New Poll Puts Texas Gov Race in Single-Digits, But… appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • October’s Book: Rise of ISIS

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Since there are not a lot of things in the world more chilling than a heavily armed and funded group of tyrants that like to play soccer with human heads, October’s PD Book Club pick is on the history of Daash.
  • Belfast Horror: The Daash/EU Flag

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    It seems that the horror invoked by the sight of a Daash flag was confused with the Statist terror the European Union flag invokes on the European masses.
  • Yet Another War Obama Sucks at Fighting: Ebola Comes to America

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    So, you know how earlier today in our September Recap, our staff told you to expect a chillingly frightening October? Well, here you go.
  • September Recap: A Peep into Daash

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Freetown got a lot less free in Sierra Leone, and Lois Lerner lamented getting the Jeffrey Dahmer haircut to Politico, but what else happened this month?
  • Memory Lane Monday: Bye Bye Holder

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    It seems that finally all of the late night canoodling, scandals, pleas for executive privilege, speeches against whitey and scalps of those that dare question Dear Leader have gotten to be too much for Attorney General Eric Holder, as he is ready to step down to make way for Janet Napolitano.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Avoiding a New Cold War and Ethnonationalist Provocations

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    A Paper by Valentina Fedotova, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014The conflict between two social systems - capitalism and communism vanished after the USSR had collapsed and Russia had gained its new democratic image that yet varied from copying the Western patterns to embodying unique national features. In reality Russia’s democracy was far more multiform. The USSR had broken down and Russia became a new country with quite positive image in the West. We are currently witnessing the…
  • Resolution of the “Music and Modern Technologies” Workshop

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014The workshop brought together practitioners and thinkers from the principal areas of global development in music and technology. The participants agreed that the organizers had done an extraordinary job in identifying key trends and areas, and that this meeting was - to the knowledge of those present - the first time that creative, social, philosophical, human well-being and environmental concerns had been brought together in such a well-focused way.
  • Report on the “Christianity in the MENA Region” Workshop

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014By Fr. Boulos Wehbe, Moderator of the WorkshopThe workshop was chaired by Fr. Boulos Wehbe, who opened it with an introductory address which outlined the historical path of Christianity since its inception and early spread by the apostles in the region. He stresseed on it being an Eastern religion which spread to the West but continued in the MENA region despite all the hardships it endured. Fr. Wehbe outlined the present state of the Christians in it and stressed on their feeling of being threatened and abandoned. He outlined the model of Lebanon as a…
  • Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    "Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region" Seminar will take place in Tehran, Iran, on October 1, 2014The event is organized by the Institute of Iran and Eurasia Studies - IRAS in cooperation with the ECO Cultural Institute, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Iranian Society for Cultural and Communication Studies, Center for Eurasian Studies and the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations."Click here to watch the Seminar's Schedule
  • Report on Plenary Meeting “Peace and Security in Europe and Asia in the Context of American Power”

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014The meeting was moderated by Chandra Muzaffar. The seven keynote speakers were Phyllis Bennis, Kumiko Haba, Fred Dallmayr, Junaid Ahmad, Sara Flounders, Tao Xie and Valentina Fedotova.The moderator opened discussions with observations on why the question of peace and security in Europe and Asia has become so significant at this point in time. In both continents it is the desire of the US elite to perpetuate its hegemonic power that has provoked reactions that have led to tension and conflict.
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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

  • How Corporate Executives Are Purchasing Our States—One Governership at a Time

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Some people have a myriad of recurring nightmares about being publicly embarrassed, such as rising to give a speech and realizing you know nothing about the topic — then realizing you’re naked. You might be surprised to learn though, that corporations also have such nightmares. OK, corporations aren’t really people, no matter what the Supreme ...
  • Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Wenonah Hauter Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of participating in the People’s Climate March, along with our allies and thousands of citizens from around the world. We stood together in New York City to demand that our world’s leaders take definitive action on climate change. Of course, a big part of our ...
  • Tesco shares plunge amid probe into dodgy accounting

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    A Tesco accounting scandal that wiped 4 billion pounds from the firm’s stock market value, and led to the suspension of four elite executives, has sparked a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) investigation into the retail giant’s bookkeeping. Britain’s biggest grocer, and the world’s third-largest retailer, shocked UK and global investors when it publicly announced on ...
  • Michael Brown Had a Father – But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Janine Jackson Any effort to improve the lives of black men that meets with the hearty approval of Bill O’Reilly ought to set off a few alarm bells. But My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative announced by Barack Obama in February, was received benignly by the corporate press, with the closest thing to criticism being “Should ...
  • British Citizen Hands Himself In To Scotland Yard After PM Cameron Statements To UN General Assembly

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron Says “Non-Violent Conspiracy Theorists” Are Just As Dangerous As ISIS” “David Cameron told the U.N. that “non-violent extremism” is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the government’s disposal. He references 9/11 and 7/7 Truthers as examples of the type of extremism that must ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • An Analysis Of Muslim Voices Against IS

    Eurasia Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Mustazah Bahari* In June, ISIS succeeded in expelling Iraq’s armed forces from its northern territories to Baghdad and took control over the large area. This development has caught the world by surprise. Immediately after, news and reports of ISIS’ violence on its opponents — the Shiite communities, Christians and other […] The post An Analysis Of Muslim Voices Against IS appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Zimbabwe: Waiting For The Future

    Eurasia Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Zimbabwe’s growing instability is exacerbated by dire economic decline, endemic governance failures, and tensions over ruling party succession; without major political and economic reforms, the country could slide into being a failed state. A year on since the election victory of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), Zimbabwe’s politics and economy are ever […] The post Zimbabwe: Waiting For The Future appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Saudi-UAE Pact A Ray Of Hope For Region – OpEd

    Arab News
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    By Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi Riyadh and Abu Dhabi’s strategic plan to cooperate more closely on the economic, political and social fronts is a ray of hope for a region whose prospects have been gloomy to say the least. To state the obvious, there has been little consensus on the way forward among the leading actors […] The post Saudi-UAE Pact A Ray Of Hope For Region – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Turkey Will Fight Islamic State, Wants Assad Gone

    Arab News
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday his country would fight against Islamic State and other “terrorist” groups in the region but said it would stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar Assad removed from power. “We will fight effectively against both ISIL (Islamic State)and all other terrorist organizations within the region; this […] The post Turkey Will Fight Islamic State, Wants Assad Gone appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iran: Stop Woman’s Execution, Pleads HRW

    Eurasia Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was […] The post Iran: Stop Woman’s Execution, Pleads HRW appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Tacho sobre las riquezas Mexicanas/Tacho on Mexico's riches.

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    El gobierno como siempre, se ha mostrado muy activo,al hablar de nuestro suelo, como elemento efectivo. Y activo en cuanto riqueza, lo que es una gran verdad, para muchos es la fuente, de una gran prosperidad. Para otros sin embargo, representa mala suerte,ya que muchos en su lecho, han encontrado la muerte. Cuando no es porque trabajan, sin debida protección,es porque quienes los explotan, causan contaminación. Para Mexico, los daños, porque riqueza y dineros,Gaviota, ya lo sabemos, es para los extranjeros. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -- - - - - - - - - - - - -…
  • Tacho Sobre La Independencia Mexicana - Tacho on Mexican Independence

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Todas las grandes ciudades, y hasta el más chico poblado, lucen en vistosos colores: verde, blanco y colorado.Cordeles de lado a lado, que cuadriculan los cielos, muestran fotos de los heroes Hidalgo, Allende y Morelos.Banderas por todas partes hacen acto de presencia, y todo  con un anhelo, festejar la independencia.Nomas que aquí algo no encaja. Se pierde más cada día, y conforme avanza el tiempo, hay menos soberanía.No hay mucho que festejar. No entiendo tanto jolgorio. Lo más congruente, Gaviota, es preparar un velorio.
  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Ahead of the curve

    Keith Loria
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rev. Robert Wood (Photo courtesy Equality Forum) While names like Harry Hay, Frank Kameny and Larry Kramer are well known for their efforts in championing rights for the LGBT community, one name that is often absent from discussions of the most important gay pioneers — yet equally deserving — is Rev. Robert Wood. Today, the 91-year-old Wood lives a fairly quiet existence in a retirement community in New Hampshire, although he does get called on to perform many same-sex marriages. More than 50 years ago, Wood spoke out for gay rights both in a controversial book and by fighting for the…
  • Del. high school faces bias probe

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    The Blade reported in June that students and a parent complained of anti-LGBT discrimination at Cape Henlopen High near Rehoboth Beach. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.) In a little-noticed development, the Delaware Human Relations Commission voted unanimously at its June 12, 2014 meeting to open an investigation into whether LGBT students at Cape Henlopen High School in the city of Lewes have been subjected to discrimination. Information about the commission’s action became part of the public record on Sept. 11 when the commission approved the minutes of the June 12 meeting…
  • Woman charged in fatal stabbing of girlfriend

    Steve Charing
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tamala Harris faces a second-degree murder charge. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Police) Baltimore City Police on Sept. 23 arrested Tamala Harris, 25, in connection with the stabbing death of her girlfriend, Tekeya Amanda Johnson, 24, in the 6000 block of Amberwood Road in the Northeast section of Baltimore, according to police charging documents. Officers responded to a report at around 5 a.m. of a domestic-related incident and a non-breathing victim. When entering the apartment, the officer shouted, “police.” The officer heard a female voice, later identified as Tamala Harris,…
  • Gay Harrisburg treasurer resigns after indictment

    Staff reports
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Former Harrisburg City Treasurer John Campbell, who’s gay, faces two felony counts related to alleged theft. (Photo courtesy Pennsylvania police) HARRISBURG, Pa. — Local authorities last month charged former Harrisburg City Treasurer John Campbell with theft after he allegedly stole nearly half the annual budget of an LGBT Democratic organization. The Patriot-News reported that Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico, Jr., on Sept. 11 filed charges against John Campbell. The newspaper cited court documents that say Campbell, who is gay, was the treasurer of the Capital Regional…
  • Speak Fire panel series launches with ‘House’

    Steve Charing
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Speak Fire panel series will take place at Chase Brexton Health Services, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) The Center for Black Equity Baltimore and the FreeState Legal Project partnered to host a Speak Fire panel series for black LGBTQ folks and allies. Its purpose is to reflect on histories of great resistance and love. The first of these panels on “house” will take place on Oct. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m., and from 8-9 p.m. there will be a vogue class by Boom St. Laurent. These will take place at Chase Brexton Health Services, 1111 N. Charles…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Fireman Saved a Hamster Family by Making a Tiny Oxygen Mask

    Lady Freethinker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I hope someone gives this man an award. Talk about respecting life — Washington fireman Eric Bamer went out of his way to save a family of hamsters from smoke inhalation. Trapped in a house fire, the five critters were passed out by the time firefighters could rescue them from the burning building. Obviously, no oxygen mask on hand was small enough to fit their tiny muzzles. So Bamer used tubing and a plastic bag to craft a mask that would do the job. Sadly, one hamster did not recover — but Oreo, Madonna and two unnamed hamsters are doing just fine. Some images from the scene:  …
  • Watch the Brilliant Anti-Oil Ad Once Banned from Youtube

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is there anything you can’t make with Legos? As Greenpeace discovered, you can even create social change (or try to, at any rate). They got creative with the building blocks in this video urging the Lego company to stop selling Shell Oil building sets, so no more children will be duped into thinking fossil fuels are “cool.” A few days after its release, the anti-oil ad was banned by Youtube for copyright infringement. But Greenpeace beat out the corporate bigwigs this time, so it returned for us to watch. Whether in schools, on television or at the toy store, I find this…
  • Top Fashion Designers Hope You Don’t Read This

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The fashion industry doesn’t like to talk much about how they get their furs. And as a new undercover investigation shows, they have some very good (and by that I mean awful) reasons for that. Over two years, investigators from Last Chance for Animals and Animal Equality infiltrated dozens of rabbit farms in Spain. They filmed horrific cruelty: rabbits left wounded or crippled with no medical treatment; other gravely ill animals simply bashed to death in front of the other rabbits. The bunnies live in tiny cages with metal wire beneath their feet until they’re killed at the…
  • Watch the Film that Opened the U.N. Climate Summit

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s fitting that Morgan Freeman,  on-screen portrayer of god (in Bruce Almighty), narrates this film about saving the world. (Not that Freeman himself believes in an invented creator.) Shown at the opening of the U.N. Climate Summit, What’s Possible tells us that we have the power to create a healthy planet that will allow humankind to thrive — but we need to start making it happen now. Listen up, world leaders.
  • Why Domino’s Needs to Change Its Pizza Box Right This Second

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve had the (dis)pleasure of ordering from Domino’s lately, you may have noticed the retro-designed box expressing some awfully sweet sentiments about the cows that supply the chain’s assortment of cheeses.  In case you haven’t, I took a picture during my last ordering experience (I know, I know — but they’re open late and unfortunately better than the other pizza places near me!).  Here it is: Makes you feel as warm and gooey as the melted cheese inside. But undercover investigators from Mercy for Animals went undercover to keep tabs on good old…
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  • 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…
  • How Many People Really Showed Up To The People’s Climate March?

    Hayley Munguia
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 promised to be “the largest climate march in history.” If media coverage is any indicator, it was. According to Google Trends, news headlines in September mentioned the phrase “climate march” more than any time in the history of the service’s data collection.But how many people attended the event? We don’t exactly know. A LexisNexis search shows that 2,021 articles written on or after Sept. 21 mention the words “People’s Climate March.” The New York Times wrote that 311,000 people were there. The Wall Street…
  • How FiveThirtyEight Calculates Pollster Ratings

    Nate Silver
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    See FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings.Pollster ratings were one of the founding features of FiveThirtyEight. I was rating pollsters before I was building election models. I was eagerly updating the ratings after every major batch of election results. I rated pollsters while walking two miles uphill … barefoot … in the snow. And then I got a little burned out on them. We last issued a major set of pollster ratings in June 2010 and made only a cursory update before the 2012 elections.What happened? Well, when you publish a set of pollster ratings, people are understandably…
  • The Most Important Award In Public Education Struggles To Find Winners

    Ben Wieder
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were both on hand Monday morning to crown the school districts in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and Orange County, Florida, as the first dual winners of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. They will split the $1 million prize, which comes in the form of scholarships worth up to $20,000 for graduating seniors.The prize, described variously as the Nobel or the Oscar or the Pulitzer of the education reform movement and sponsored by billionaire Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, aims to “regain the American…
  • How The FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast Model Works

    Nate Silver
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast model launched earlier this month. Right now, it shows Republicans with about a 53 percent chance of picking up the Senate next year. We owe you a lot more detail about how that forecast is calculated and how it might change between now and Nov. 4 — and how our model differs from some of the others out there.This article, which outlines the model’s methodology, is going to be on the detailed side. I’ve tried to keep the descriptions in plain language as often as possible (the footnotes get somewhat more technical). But it’s meant to be a…
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  • Official: Another Possible Ebola Case in Dallas, new patient feared to have virus

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Dallas health officials are now monitoring another person who they fear may have Ebola after coming into contact with the infected man currently being treated in Dallas, Texas.  “Let me be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trey Gowdy Destroys Director of Secret Service Over 2011 Shooting Incident

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Katie Pavlich,   Yesterday Secret Service Director Julia Pierson fielded questions from furious and skeptical lawmakers after a number of serious failures by the agency to properly protect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You May Not Be Into Politics but Politics is Into You

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Joy Overbeck,  People, especially young people, often say that they don’t care about politics. They’re just not into it; they think politics doesn’t affect their lives. Even if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
     Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israel’s Netanyahu tells Obama, Iran can’t be allowed to reach nuclear arms ‘threshhold’

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ukrainian Coat-of-Arms The current conflict in Ukraine has its roots in both the Russian, and the Ukrainian history. Indeed Kiev has a special place in the Russian history as the cradle of Russian statehood, the Kievan Rus. This is where Christianity was adopted in 867 AD so Russia was able to enter the civilized world as an equal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'On the other hand to be fair, both Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to Russia claim Kievan Rus as their ancestors. But the Kievan Rus was defeated and conquered by the Mongols.Ukraine has been for a long time in its…
  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-30, Tuesday

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this jam-packed Tuesday, September 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the destabilization of the Middle East through ISIS and the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong. A government report reveals Obama skipped nearly 60% of his daily intelligence briefings, a fact which hampers the White House's ability to spin the news in its favor. Residents in Hong Kong are in the streets protesting the Chinese government's decision to make the former British colony more authoritarian, and now police are shooting tear gas at the protestors standing up for their rights. On today's show,…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-29, Monday

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, September 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the intractable move toward war in Syria, including the establishment's plan to introduce ground troops as top globalist minion Henry Kissinger calls for a world mercenary army to fight terror. Alex also looks at disturbing new aspects of the police state and its surveillance grid. On today'a worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with Dr. Russell Blaylock about the mystery illness sweeping America. Dr. Blaylock is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He was a…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-28, Sunday

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, September 28 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Infowars Journalist Paul Joseph Watson is in studio to break down the latest headlines and discuss how the elite are attempting to hijack uprisings across the globe as citizens push back against their corrupt governments. Paul will also cover the ongoing situation in Syria in light of the latest push by the US for boots on the ground as Western government attempt to topple the Assad government under the guise of fighting ISIS. Then, Paul welcomes investigative journalist Jon Rappoport to discuss the persecution of Rob Schneider, who…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-26, Friday

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, September 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex wraps up the week reflecting on the geopolitical ramifications of Obama's unconstitutional war on Al Qaeda, now called IS, ISIS, or ISIL, and the US military's move to allow illegal immigrants to serve. Jones continues dissecting exiting US Attorney General Eric Holder's attacks on the Constitution, and exposes why the FBI has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices. On today's show, Alex welcomes best-selling author and world-renowned philosopher Doug Casey to break down his…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-25, Thursday

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this worldwide Thursday, September 25 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Alex plows through explosive news, including Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation announced today. The corrupt Obama insider is stepping down after six years heading the Justice Dept. Meanwhile, U.S. air strikes in Syria targeted two neighborhoods, killing 27 civilians, including six children, but no ISIS members, who weren't even active in the area. Also, the United Nations is proposing a global lead ammo ban which will serve as backdoor gun control by cutting the worldwide supply of ammo. In other news, the FBI…
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    Vox - All

  • Obama's getting more aggressive on ISIS — but it's putting more civilians at risk

    Zack Beauchamp
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Yesterday, Yahoo News reported a pretty ominous new development in the American air war against ISIS. In the Afghanistan and Pakistan drone campaign, the US puts relatively strict restrictions on targeting to avoid civilians. In Syria, Yahoo reported, these standards won't be used — putting Syrian civilians, like the roughly 12 already killed by one US strike, in greater danger. Last week also saw the first reported civilian casualties from American strikes in Iraq, according to Iraq watcher Joel Wing Expect to see more stories like this. While the American war against ISIS has so far…
  • Why America's health care system can stop Ebola, even though other countries couldn't

    Amanda Taub
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    On September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first confirmed case of a patient being diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Although that news is frightening, it does not mean that there is going to be an outbreak in the US on the scale of the one that is currently happening in West Africa. Stopping Ebola means getting the right people to do the right things at the right time Public health officials know how to stop Ebola in its tracksThis is a disease that we can control. To do that, a whole system has to work together. Because there is no vaccine for…
  • Gone Girl is one of the best movies ever made about marriage

    Todd VanDerWerff
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Even the worst marriages exist in languages that only the two participants speak. They're a series of gestures and secrets, inside jokes and barely perceptible facial expressions. And when a relationship turns sour, speaking that language becomes a curse, something constantly inviting your spouse in when you might want only to keep them out. And then, finally, you succeed. You forget how to speak it. You lock the other out. We think of the end of a marriage as a series of legal documents signed, a court hearing and a contract. But it comes earlier than that, and it's far more mundane. It's…
  • The Ebola response shows how unprepared we are for global pandemics

    Julia Belluz
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Ebola outbreak has finally reached America.On one hand, we're shocked: the hemorrhagic fever was previously only in West Africa, affecting people over there, far away, who did not have access to healthcare facilities and who do not all follow the best public-health practices.But on the other hand, every expert knew it was just a matter of time before this disease went global. Viruses don't respect political boundaries. And the spread of disease like this across national borders is just business as usual.Throughout history, there have been many global epidemics. They rip around the world,…
  • 35,000 walruses are swarming Alaska's shore — because their sea ice is vanishing

    Brad Plumer
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Pacific walruses have long depended on floating sea ice in the Arctic. They use it as a resting spot between dives, as they hunt for shrimp, worms, and various mollusks in the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf. Female walruses give birth on these ice platforms and raise their pups there. This could be the biggest walrus haul-out on record But thanks to global warming, all that Arctic sea ice is dwindling. And so, in recent years, walruses have been seeking refuge on the northern shores of Alaska and Russia. This September, scientists have discovered what may be the largest…
 
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  • So Many Liberals, So Few Lifeboats

    Gary North
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The liberal WaPo got bought last year by Jeff Bezos, who runs Amazon. It has just announced a freeze on pension benefits. The sinking ship of print media is doomed. It is a delight to see. All those liberals; so few lifeboats! They had hoped. They had dreamed. They had trusted management. Now they are getting a taste of economic reality. Oh, woe! They had no major competition for decades. Now there is Craigslist. Free. Now there is Drudge for all the wire service news. Free. Free for all. That’s what it is out there: a free for all. WaPo cannot compete.The strategy of buying up major city…
  • When the Beatles Met Elvis

    No Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In just a few short years, The Beatles created the most iconic albums of all time, changing music and pop culture forever. And while they recorded their greatest hits, the four lads from Liverpool were living out some of rock and roll’s craziest stories. From their first American tour to their troubled last days, The Beatles were constantly cooking up the strangest plans, meeting the most interesting people, and winding up in the weirdest places. 10. The Jelly Bean Incident When The Beatles arrived in America in 1964, they sparked a wild tide of mass hysteria that we all know as…
  • Say Yes to Butter and Cream

    Joseph Mercola
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most mainstream dietary advice recommends low-fat or non-fat dairy. But a growing number of experts argue that it’s far healthier to eat and drink whole dairy products, with all the fat left in. Dairy foods contain roughly 50 to 60 percent saturated fat, and conventional thinking is that saturated fat is bad for your heart. This idea has been thoroughly refuted as false. It’s a mistaken interpretation of the science. In a 2010 analysis,1 scientists said: “…There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary…
  • The Cradle of Kleptocracy

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Athens—This grimy, semi-Levantine, ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. A turn of the century apartment building, across the street from my house, where in 1942 or ’43 I watched a daughter and wife scream in horror from their balcony as three nondescript assassins executed a man while he bent over to get into his chauffeur-driven car. His name was Kalyvas and he was a minister in the Vichy-like Greek government of the time. He was bald and from my vantage point I saw the three red spots as the bullets entered his skull. His wife and daughter wore…
  • ISIS Is No More Islamic

    George Washington
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ABC News’ Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends and other U.S. media commentators say that Muslims are silent and complicit in the barbarian crimes of ISIS. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said that all Muslims are the same as ISIS, and implied that all Muslims should be met “with a bullet to the head”. Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists? Turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it. Father Elias Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association explains: “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out…