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  • The 100 Percent Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

    James Fallows : The Atlantic
    James Fallows
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned the latest accomplishment of Burlington, Vermont. Previously the site of such implausible-sounding but actually true achievements as "an airport that is pleasant" and "a newspaper that is doing well," it now boasted a "100% renewable" city energy supply. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more A reader in China, who is himself in the clean-energy business, writes to dispute the claim—really, how much of a step forward it represents. First he highlighted these parts of the AP story about the renewable claim. The story said: "[The local utility companies do…
  • Benghazi Panel Opens With a Whimper, Not a Bang

    Foreign Policy: Passport
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
  • Why ISIL Wants to Be In a War With America

    The American Prospect
    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    As we continue to debate our new war, or semi-war, or whatever you want to call it, it's important for people like me whose job it is to write about political developments not to pretend to know more than we do. It's not always easy to restrain yourself, since if you're a political blogger you have to have an opinion about everything (and fast). When we get into a topic like this that touches on so many different areas—the presidency, Congress, public opinion, terrorism, and so on—it can be difficult if not impossible to stay in the lane of the topics where you actually know what you're…
  • Israel’s NSA scandal

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    susie
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So that’s how it happened. The Israelis have been blackmailing gay Palestinians to force them to be informants (always the hallmark of a democratic nation, I say!): WASHINGTON — IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Among his most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that…
  • Saudis Lobbied McCain, Graham to Sell War

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    LarryMohr
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Daily Kos: Osama Bin Laden said he intentionally goaded America in to a war in the middle east to "bleed America to the point of bankruptcy." Well, as it turns out, ISIS and Saudi Arabia are trying to goad America into another war in the middle east and they've enlisted John McCain and Lindsey Graham to sell us that war. An August 2013 the Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy includes overthrowing Syrian government, which is Shiite, to put in place their own Sunni government so they, Saudis, can ultimately control Damascus.
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    The Atlantic

  • Portraits of Claustrophobic Russian Mothers

    Ann Hulbert
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Don’t be fooled by the cover, which might suggest droll tales for the era of the boomerang generation. This slim book is the third in a series of translations of the work of a 76-year-old Russian writer whose corrosively grim fiction, suppressed until the 1980s, now inspires comparisons with greats from Chekhov to Solzhenitsyn. To say it stuns is an understatement. The latest collection has a tamer title than its predecessors—There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales (2009) and There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He…
  • Stop the Bleeding

    Eleanor Smith
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    When the United States went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s, the gauze that was used to stanch the bleeding of wounded soldiers was so primitive, it could have come out of a Civil War medic’s kit. Uncontrolled bleeding is still a leading cause of combat death (it also kills thousands of American civilians every year), but bandages and other devices now in development could change that. In collaboration with civilian scientists, the Army has in recent years begun seeking new ways to prevent blood loss in the immediate aftermath of an injury. As a result, soldiers and medics…
  • Status Anxiety

    Matthew Hutson
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In 1899, Thorstein Veblen introduced his theory of “conspicuous consumption,” observing that people spent money to impress others. If pop lyrics are any indication, they still do. See Lorde’s song “Royals,” which notes the popularity of fancy champagne, luxury cars, and jeweled watches: “Everybody’s like, ‘Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece.’ ” What explains the enduring appeal of luxury goods? For one thing, they command deference. Dutch researchers reported in 2011 that people are more compliant toward someone wearing a respected brand’s logo, donating…
  • Naked on the Page

    James Parker
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    You remember, I’m sure, beloved reader, the punk-rock initialisms of the 1980s—back when the kids could name their bands with impunity, in decent obscurity, without being pilloried on cable news, devoured by the Internet, or investigated under the Patriot Act. MDC stood for Millions of Dead Cops, JFA was Jodie Foster’s Army (Jodie Foster being the celestial object to whom John Hinckley Jr. dedicated his attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan), and so on. COC, DRI, SNFU. O tempora! O mores! Anyway, if I was going to form a hardcore punk band today, right now, and give it a properly…
  • The Disruption Myth

    Justin Fox
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In the late 1970s, Dick Foster, a fast-rising young management consultant at McKinsey, began to notice something at once unsettling and exciting. McKinsey and other consulting firms spent most of their time helping companies do what they already did, only more efficiently. Yet Foster, an engineering and applied science Ph.D. who was one of the firm’s first experts on the technology industry, only had to look around him to see leading firms that seemed to be efficiently managed getting blindsided by upstart competitors. After several years of research, and a close reading of Thomas Kuhn’s…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: 'Facebook for the rich'

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The wealthy are different from you and me: A new social networking site bills itself as “the online country club for people with more money than time.” The Daily Mail has a more succinct description: “Facebook for the rich.” Netropolitan, as the site is called, costs $9,000 (U.S.) to join. The initiation fee is $6,000, plus a $3,000 annual fee. New York-based composer James Touchi-Peters came up with the idea when he realized he and his well-heeled friends needed somewhere to discuss their (rich-person) problems without the typical reactions they might get on traditional social…
  • Spotlight on green news & views: NYC People's Climate March is Sunday, hottest August, solar soars

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 19,325 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Bautista, Crisp-Sauray, and McKibben: A…
  • Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: Pat Quinn accuses Bruce Rauner of defrauding the government

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Leading Off • IL-Gov: Both major party candidates go hard negative in their new spots. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn accuses Republican foe Bruce Rauner of defrauding the government. The narrator describes Rauner's company, API, of cheating patients, taking Medicate money for itself, and leaving vulnerable citizens without the support they needed. Quinn has relentlessly portrayed Rauner as a heartless rich guy, but this spot is even more aggressive than usual. It's been a very nasty campaign, but this spot still stands out amidst it all. Rauner's own spot tries to link Quinn to other Illinois…
  • Cartoon: iRaq War 3.0

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • House votes to authorize training ISIS opposition in Syria

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    It's official: The House has approved a measure to authorize military training opponents of ISIS. The vote passed by a 273-156 vote and had the support of both House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The bipartisan vote was strongly supported by the administration. The president, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and top White House officials personally lobbied for the measure’s passage, calling more than 70 Democrats and Republicans on national security committees and in leadership posts to appeal for their support. Mr. Obama and his allies pleaded with lawmakers not…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • U.S. Continues to Subsidize Shoreline Development

    Whatsleft
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living. Breakneck development at the shore has trapped Florida in a costly Sisyphean effort to maintain its perpetually eroding beaches. More than a tourist attraction, the beaches protect all those buildings from the waves. Nearly half of Florida's beachfront is designated under state law as "critically eroding."
  • Lawmakers Want to Curb Antibiotic Use on Farms

    GalaxiePete
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D-N.Y.), urged fellow lawmakers to address the issue at a hearing on antibiotic resistance scheduled Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on health. "Industry has kept data showing the rampant, dangerous use of antibiotics hidden from the public for one reason: to protect corporate profits at the expense of public health," Slaughter said.
  • NASA Picks SpaceX, Boeing to Fly U.S. Astronauts

    Corky
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    American astronauts will soon have new homegrown rides into space. After a four-year competition, NASA has tapped the commerical spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil by 2017, agency officials announced Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, the two companies will reduce or end NASA's dependence on Russia for its orbital taxi service. Russia's Soyuz has been NASA's only crew access to space since the space shuttle fleet retired in 2011. "Today's announcement sets the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and…
  • Double Agent Served Inside Al Qaeda

    lee_the_agent
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Two worlds. Two identities and the ever-present, very real risk of death. That was the life of Morten Storm, a radical Islamist turned double agent, who's now lifting the lid on some of the world's best-kept secrets. "I had these different names. I had different personalities," Storm said. "I was Morten Storm, Murad Storm, Abu Osama, Abu Mujahid. ... It's some kind of schizophrenic lifestyle."
  • Saudis Lobbied McCain, Graham to Sell War

    LarryMohr
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Daily Kos: Osama Bin Laden said he intentionally goaded America in to a war in the middle east to "bleed America to the point of bankruptcy." Well, as it turns out, ISIS and Saudi Arabia are trying to goad America into another war in the middle east and they've enlisted John McCain and Lindsey Graham to sell us that war. An August 2013 the Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy includes overthrowing Syrian government, which is Shiite, to put in place their own Sunni government so they, Saudis, can ultimately control Damascus.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Mayor Rob Ford Diagnosed with Aggressive Cancer

    Josh Marshall
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    A Doctor for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford today announced that the Mayor has a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the fat cells. The tumor itself is in Ford's abdomen but it is not a tumor of one of the abdominal organs. The technical term is pleomorphic liposarcoma. Read More →
  • We're All Hobby Lobby Now

    Josh Marshall
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Well, this is turning out well. Member of polygamous Mormon splinter-group successfully cites Hobby Lobby to avoid testifying in federal court about child labor case.
  • What's the World Coming To

    Josh Marshall
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Series of twitter rants about "F*gs" and *N*ggers" forces Wisconsin Republican to drop out of race.
  • Who's Gonna Be First to Pull a Shiv?

    Josh Marshall
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Nate Silver says fellow forecaster's model is "wrong".
  • All's Well That Ends Well

    Josh Marshall
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Maureen Dowd now emerging as poster child for responsible weed consumption in ads from pot industry and moderate doob movement.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Another rush-hour blogging adventure on I-285 heading to another family appointment. For the thousandth time, wish metro Atlanta had a lot more of the socialist curse of land-use planning. C'mon Agenda 21! Here are some remains of the day: * At TNR WaMo contributor Stephen Burd discusses ways in which poor students sacrificed to steps colleges take to do well on prestige-based rankings like those of U.S. News. (Burd's report for NAF is here). * Gates asserts Obama "trapping himself" with IS strategy that will require ground troops. * Stewart and Colbert mock Lindsay Graham's Sunday Show…
  • Slavery and Theocracy Day

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I might be forgiven for not remembering earlier that this is Constitution Day, insofar as it was invented in 2004 by Sen. Robert Byrd as a mandate on instruction in schools receiving federal funds. But as you can imagine, it's not easy these days to reach agreement on the meaning of the Constitution, and as Dahlia Lithwick explains at Slate today, the Tea Folk tried to hijack the whole thing in 2011: In 2011, Tea Party groups attempted to “adopt” local public schools and provide them with Constitution Day materials created by W. Cleon Skousen, author of the 5,000 Year Leap, whose…
  • What Are We Fighting For?

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    I know it's perilous in progressive blog-land to quote Thomas Friedman, but I have to say he raises some pretty important questions about what the United States seems poised to do in the Middle East: [W]hen you act out of fear, you don’t think strategically and you glide over essential questions, like why is it that Shiite Iran, which helped trigger this whole Sunni rebellion in Iraq, is scoffing at even coordinating with us, and Turkey and some Arab states are setting limits on their involvement? When I read that, I think that Nader Mousavizadeh, who co-leads the global consulting firm…
  • Cruz's Litmus Test For Middle-Eastern Christians

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    You may have given passing notice, as I did, to an incident last week where Ted Cruz stalked off the stage of an event to honor persecuted Middle Eastern Christians because he encountered boos when insisting that Israel is the best friend Christians in the region could ever hope for. I figured Cruz was beefing up his reputation for pro-Israeli zealotry in pursuit of the votes of very different Christians (the kind that tend to participate in the Iowa Caucuses and South Carolina primary), and didn't give it much thought. But Ross Douthat chastised Cruz and the conservatives who immediately…
  • Lunch Buffet

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Discovered today that the Tag and Title Office is a lot easier to deal with when you take your mother-in-law who knows everybody there. Here are some mid-day news/views treats from local bake sales: * NRA announces plans to run ads in seven Senate races and three gubernatorial races, all on behalf of Republican candidates, of course. * At the Prospect, Paul Waldman weighs the odds of various trajectories for the new Benghazi! hearings. Something responsible and boring actually could even happen. * At MoJo Kevin Drum argues latest incarceration trends reinforce his hypothesis that reducing…
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    New Republic

  • College Rankings Are Destroying Financial Aid

    Stephen Burd
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the summer of 2008, Baylor University made an enticing offer to incoming freshmen. The Baptist university in Texas, which is now led by one-time Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr, said it would offer admitted students a $300 credit for the campus bookstore if they agreed to retake the SAT. Student
  • Does Corporal Punishment Really Cause Long-Term Damage? An Expert Weighs In

    Danny Vinik
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday morning for hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch, the reaction was mixed. Some were appalled by his actions. Many others expressed solidarity with Peterson. “Whippingwe do that all the time,” former N
  • California Won't Eliminate Campus Rape by Over-Legislating Sex

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Laws governing sexual conduct are about to change for the worse. With 20 percent of female students reporting sexual-assault incidents, California's State Senate recently passed legislation to target the crime on campuses. Bill 967, which passed unanimously and is also known as the "yes means yes" l
  • Rand Paul's Scattershot Foreign Policy Is Starting to Make Sense

    Jason Zengerle
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to foreign policy, Rand Paul contains multitudes. He was for ending foreign aid to Israel before he was
  • How I Fell Out of Love with Space Tourism

    Chuck Thompson
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week, a newly formed private American space concern called Space Development Ventures (a group that includes two former NASA astronauts) announced the launch of a global contest called Spaceship Earth Grant brought to you by Star Harbor Space Training Academy. The group promises the winner of t
 
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    Money.com

  • Airmen No Longer Required to Say ‘So Help Me God’ During Oath

    Maya Rhodan
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose. In a statement Wednesday, the Air Force said it arrived at the decision after consulting with the Department of Defense General Counsel; last week an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue if the Air Force did not change their policy. “We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee…
  • House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

    Alex Rogers
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region. The legislation, which also funds the government through mid-December, passed 273 to 156. But more than 70 members from each party voted against it, signaling the bipartisan wariness of many in Congress to engage in another Middle East conflict. “I don’t think it was the best choice but it was a step in the right direction,” said Representative Tony Cárdenas,…
  • The Fed Is Staying the Course, and That’s Great

    Michael Grunwald
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Federal Reserve’s monthly statement Wednesday was typically dull. Basically, the Fed is staying the course, because the economy is continuing a path of gradual improvement. MoreRegulators Promise to Be Tough on Big BanksGoogle Refunding Parents At Least $19 Million for Kids’ Unwanted PurchasesBachelorette Party Missing in Mexico After Odile Turn Up Safe NBC NewsMore Trouble: Arizona Running Back Charged with Assault NBC NewsEXCLUSIVE: Iran's President Blasts U.S.-Led Coalition NBC NewsThe Fed continued its “taper,” reducing the monetary stimulus it’s pumping…
  • Kerry Seeks to Assure Lawmakers About ISIS Strategy

    Alex Rogers
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry tried to assure lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. would not be alone in the fight against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, as Congress looks to pass legislation this week to equip and train the “moderate” Syrian rebels. MoreHouse Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian RebelsCongressional Hearing into Benghazi Attack Avoids Political CircusBachelorette Party Missing in Mexico After Odile Turn Up Safe NBC NewsMore Trouble: Arizona Running Back Charged with Assault NBC NewsEXCLUSIVE: Iran's President Blasts U.S.-Led Coalition NBC News“This…
  • Obama Falls to Bush-Level Approval Ratings

    Dan Hirschhorn
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    MoreMajority of Americans Lack Confidence in Obama’s ISIS Strategy, Poll FindsAmericans’ approval of President Barack Obama has dropped to a new low rivaling even the unpopularity that saddled George W. Bush at the same point of his presidency, according to a new poll, a troublesome sign for Democrats just weeks before the midterm elections. The New York Times/CBS News survey released Wednesday showed that 50% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance, while 40% approve. By comparison, in September of 2006 56% of Americans disapproved of Bush’s job…
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • House votes to fund anti-ISIS forces in Syria

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The vote was 273 -156, with significant opposition to the proposal in both parties. Many Republicans argue the strategy isn't tough enough to defeat ISIS; many Democrats worry the plan could drag the U.S. into another long military engagement.
  • Top Democrat wants 'specifics' from Kerry on ISIS fight

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Ahead of congressional testimony that Secretary of State John Kerry will give Wednesday, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee exclusively told CNN's Dana Bash that he wants to hear "specifics" about the plan to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
  • WH repeats: No troops in combat

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
  • Joe Biden stokes 2016 speculation in Iowa

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Vice President Joe Biden headlined a small Catholic event Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, stoking speculation about his presidential aspirations.
  • Why is the U.S. nervous about Scottish independence vote?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    When it comes to the prospective divorce of its closest friend, the United States is following the advice column carefully: don't take sides, keep your opinions to yourself, and avoid getting dragged into the fray.
 
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  • Fiji coup leader heads for landmark poll victory

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama was poised on Thursday to become Fiji's first elected leader in eight years as provisional results gave him a commanding lead after historic elections.
  • San Francisco lawmaker says he takes anti-HIV drug, urges wider use

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An openly gay San Francisco lawmaker went public on Wednesday with his daily use of a highly effective HIV-prevention drug and urged more at-risk city dwellers to do the same. Scott Wiener, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors, said in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post that he takes Truvada, in an effort to raise awareness about the drug's benefits. The pill, part of a therapy called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, can cut the likelihood of HIV infection for those at high risk by as much as 92 percent if taken daily, according to the U.S. ...
  • Wehby blames former staff for copied policies

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Monica Wehby on Wednesday blamed a former staff member for policy positions that matched statements from other Republicans word-for-word.
  • Obama, Poroshenko to meet as peace deal hopes rise

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Moscow (AFP) - Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko will meet with US President Barack Obama Thursday, amid hopes Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels may end after Moscow hailed an offer of self-rule for the separatists.
  • At least 15 police hurt as thousands rally in Ecuador

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Quito (AFP) - At least 15 officers were wounded and multiple arrests were reported in Quito as thousands gathered for rallies for and against leftist President Rafael Correa, officials said.
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    Political Irony

  • More Climate Propaganda

    Iron Knee
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Yesterday’s post was an amazing video showing how climate change deniers cast doubt on the science when there really is not any significant scientific doubt. But there are many other ways that propaganda is used by the climate deniers. For example, in 2012 the New York Times (the poster child for the supposed left-wing media) published an article titled “A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist“. The biofuel in question is cellulosic ethanol, which is a form of fuel alcohol made from agricultural waste products like corn stalks and cobs, leaves, wood chips, and…
  • Doubt

    Iron Knee
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Unfortunately, propaganda works, especially with enough money pumped into it, and with help from the right-wing media. How many times do we fall for this snow job before we get wise to their tactics? Another propaganda technique is telling people that they can’t do anything about the environment. For example, saying that it will destroy our economy. Well, you can do something about the environment. Thirty years ago we were facing an environmental catastrophe from a hole in the ozone layer, but we did something about it and now the UN has announced that the ozone layer is showing…
  • We Hate You, But We Vote For You Anyway

    Iron Knee
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Obama has a 54% disapproval rating. The Democratic Party has a 61% disapproval rating, making the party in general even more unpopular. But nobody beats the Republican Party, which has a whopping 72% disapproval rating. In fact, 47% of Americans – nearly half – say they “strongly” disapprove of the GOP. And yet, according to FiveThirtyEight politics, Republicans have a 59% chance of winning enough seats in the November election to get control of the Senate. Note that their forecast is updated regularly based on new polls, so the numbers might change slightly by the time you…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “President Obama will attend a NATO summit in Wales this week with 67 other world leaders. He’s trying to project strength, so the White House says he’ll be wearing his toughest shade of tan suit.” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama will be at a NATO summit, where he will discuss the recent actions of Vladimir Putin, who wasn’t invited. Then Putin said, ‘Has that ever stopped me before?'” – Jimmy Fallon “Vladimir Putin said today he hopes to have a Ukrainian peace deal by Friday. He’s reached out the olive branch. And if there’s…
  • Obamacare has Failed

    Iron Knee
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    … to live up to the warnings from the detractors. Related posts: Your government failed you, again Failed System Obamacare is Working!
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Game Of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin To Raise Funds On Behalf Of Sen. Tom Udall

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    When you play the game of thrones, you win, you die, or you raise funds. At least that is George R.R. Martin's new task, when the author of the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO's hit show "Game of Thrones," hosts a fundraiser on behalf of Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) at his personal cinema in Sante Fe next month. According to Udall's campaign, the Oct. 7 event will feature both the novelist and the senator for "a discussion on New Mexico issues and politics in support of Senator Udall’s re-election campaign." It will run attendees $250. An "exclusive V.I.P.
  • Koch Central Bank Freedom Partners Distributed Millions In Dark Money In 2013

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the central hub of the political empire of the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, reported raising $57.5 million in 2013 and disbursing $41.7 million to organizations in the Koch network. Freedom Partners, founded under the radar in 2011, emerged in 2012 as the main bank for Koch-related political operations. The group, organized under IRS rules as a 501(c)(6) trade association, distributed more than $250 million in the 2012 elections to an array of groups. Overall, the entire Koch network spent $400 million in 2012, according an…
  • Leaking Dominion Virginia Power Coal Ash Ponds Spur Complaint

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, "have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,” the Southern Environmental Law Center, representing Potomac Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, said in a statement. The groups made the allegation in a notice filed Wednesday with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and with the utility. The…
  • Scotland Hasn't Declared Independence Yet, But These Artists Have

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    On Thursday, Scottish voters will head to the polls to weigh in on whether or not the country will become independent of the United Kingdom. A posse of prank artists, meanwhile, seem to have already decided Scotland's destiny. Corralled by photographer Jon Parker Lee, the group of English and Scottish artist friends hoped to make light of the intense debate by propping up a fake passport checkpoint on Monday where the A68 highway crosses from England into Scotland. A video published yesterday by The Telegraph captures Lee and his friends dressed as phony border patrol agents at the fake…
  • Senators Call For Federal Judge To Resign Over Wife Beating

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Sept 17 (Reuters) - Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans of Alabama, joined Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in calling for the resignation of Alabama-based U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller. "Judge Fuller's unacceptable personal conduct violates the trust that has been placed in him. He can no longer effectively serve in his position and should step down," Sessions said in a statement. The calls for Fuller's…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • After Parsing Her Every Word, Press Now Demands Hillary Clinton Be Less Scripted

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Beltway media's theater critics posted their latest Hillary Clinton notices after she appeared at a political event in the important swing state of Iowa over the weekend. Bypassing substance as they now routinely do, scribes focused on style and many found it lacking: Too scripted!  Clinton, the commentators complained, didn't come across natural enough. She lacked the charm of her husband, her body language was off, and so were her fashion choices.   "She cautiously enunciates each word from her prepared text, even the jokes," wrote Roger Simon at Politico. "She is careful,…
  • On The Bill Press Show, Media Matters ' Matt Gertz Highlights How Conservative Media Exploit Benghazi For Financial Gain

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    From the September 17 edition of TawkrTV's The Bill Press Show:Previously: REPORT: Fox's Benghazi Obsession By The Numbers From Tragedy To Farce: How Fox News And The GOP Tarnished Benghazi All Questions Answered, Media Matters' Guide To The Benghazi Select Committee
  • NRA On Ray Rice: "All Anti-Gunners Around The World" Are "Providing An Example To Young Men That It's Okay To Beat Women"

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The National Rifle Association is commenting on NFL player Ray Rice's violent attack on his then-fiancée, speciously claiming that gun safety advocates are "providing an example to young men that it's okay to beat women as long as you can throw a football." This wild attack comes as the NRA is actively opposing legislation in the U.S. Senate to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers. The NRA weighed in on controversy surrounding Rice in a September 17 video commentary narrated by NRA News commentator Colion Noir. Noir sought to contrast how the New Jersey judicial…
  • This Fox Figure Warns Against Benghazi Conspiracy Theories Minutes After Pushing Cover-Up Myth

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    From the September 17 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Previously:All Questions Answered, Media Matters' Guide To The Benghazi Select CommitteeREPORT: Fox's Benghazi Obsession By The NumbersThe Benghazi Select Committee That Fox Built
  • Fox's Sesame Street Celebration Tries To Sweep The Clouds Of Past Attacks Away

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Fox & Friends celebrated Sesame Street's 45th birthday by hosting Muppet characters Grover and Abby Cadabby for a light-hearted appearance congratulating them on their longevity. But if the network had gotten its way in 2012, Grover wouldn't have made it past the age of 44 with his show's funding intact. The Sesame Street program is celebrating the kickoff of its 45th season on PBS, and two iconic Sesame Street characters -- Grover and Abby Cadabby -- visited the set of Fox & Friends on September…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Pakistan Floods Trigger Fresh Dam Debate

    Kim Amador
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    by Zofeen T. Ebrahim, Dawn, Pakistan – As Pakistan battles the ferocious waves of its angry rivers, Mirza Asif Baig, chairman of the Indus Water Commission (IWC), argues the destruction of the floods could have been averted if the country had invested more in dams. While Pakistan is currently wracked by floods, for most of the year the arid country has little rain. This year’s floods have killed almost 500 people in Pakistan and Indian administered Kashmir, displaced hundreds of thousands more and destroyed swathes of cotton crops. But most of the water dumped during the monsoon…
  • An Irritating Man

    cesar chelala
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    I never met anyone as irritating as the man who used to sit on the steps next to my apartment building in SoHo. Tall, heavyset, often in shorts, with sneakers and a cane, his sole purpose in life seemed to be to annoy the people in my neighborhood, none of whom could stand the sight of him. He used to ask passersby for money and when they didn’t give him any, he insulted them. In addition, he used to make a bothersome guttural sound which he repeated every few minutes for long stretches of time. The fact that it was practically impossible to get rid of him (the police claimed that he…
  • Women Don’t Have to Boycott the NFL

    Katharine Daniels
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    by Eliana Dockterman, Time, USA – I am a feminist who writes about feminist issues. I spent all of last week writing about NFL players Ray Rice, Ray McDonald and Adrian Peterson, all of whom have recently been or are currently being investigated over allegations of domestic violence or child abuse. When accusations surfaced that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and many others in the league might have systematically tried to cover up a video of Ray Rice punching his wife, I was disgusted and outraged. And yet on Sunday, I kicked back and tuned in to football without any qualms. Am I a…
  • Will the Upcoming Climate Summit Be Another Talkathon?

    Meenakshi Raman
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Climate defenders line the entrance to the National Stadium in Warsaw where the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP19 was held last October. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Meenakshi RamanPENANG, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit Sep. 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.It is most likely that it could go that way. The problem is that developed countries are pressuring developing countries to indicate their pledges for emissions reductions post-2020 under the Paris deal which is currently under…
  • OPINION: A Climate Summit to Spark Action

    Ban Ki-moon
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ban Ki-moon is Secretary General of the United Nations.By Ban Ki-moonUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)On Sep. 23, I have invited world leaders from government, business, finance and civil society to a Climate Summit in New York so they can show the world how they will advance action on climate change and move towards a meaningful universal new agreement next year at the December climate negotiations in Paris.This is the time for decisive global action. I have been pleased to see climate change rise on the political agenda and in the consciousness of people worldwide. But I remain alarmed that…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • On Staying Out Of It

    Pia Glenn
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    I adore Twitter. I really enjoy it. I understand that not everyone “gets” it, and that’s fine. Many people don’t use it, and that’s fine too. But I’m into it. This morning, like many mornings, I woke up and checked my Twitter timeline. I did a few ablutions between opening my eyes and internetting, but I’ll spare you the gory details. As I scrolled my TL, I was both shocked and not at all surprised to see that many of the people I follow were very very very angry, and all at one person. I had noticed the tumult last night before I went to bed. Someone had said something that…
  • No, You Can’t Use Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson to Defend Richie Incognito

    David Von Ebers
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Comedian and social media gadfly Jim Norton is at it again. Norton, you may recall, famously defended former “Opie and Anthony” shock jock Anthony Cumia after Cumia went on a racist and sexist Twitter rant against an African American woman he claimed had hit him last July. Cumia’s employer, SiriusXM, fired him, which prompted Norton’s defense: “He said harsh things, but he didn’t do harsh things,” Norton said. “I was annoyed at the press… If I had a pistol and that happened, I would’ve pulled it in sheer panic — and he didn’t. And he didn’t hit the woman back.”…
  • #TWIBprime #Segment | The Colorlines/FKH8 Controversy

    aaron rand freeman
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    A Moment To Clear The Air. In the wake of the Colorlines/FKH8 controversy Elon James White interviews Akiba Solomon from Colorlines  and Tara Conley.
  • #Sportsball #37 : Awful NFL News Recap Week 2

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    What Is “Normal”? The Sportsball Crew discusses Week 2 including the Bears upset win over the 49ers, the Giants Madden-tastic loss, the Bengals gearing up for playoff disappointment, how Adrian Peterson’s indictment shines a light on what is considered “normal” for all of us. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball:…
  • #TWIBprime #573 | Anatomy of a Kerfuffle

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
      An Apology or Clarification? #TeamBlackness discusses the Kanye West situation further, Condoleeza Rice possibly becoming the next NFL commissioner, and Elon interviews Akiba Solomon from Colorlines and Tara Conley regarding the Colorlines/FKH8 controversy. Featuring: Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook…
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    Wonkette

  • Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution! Even The Parts Without Guns.

    Doktor Zoom
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Happy Constitution Day, U.S. Wonkers of America and such as! On this day in 1987, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Yr Doktor Zoom distinctly remembers how none of the students in his freshman composition class got all of the really easy constitutional trivia questions right — simple stuff like “What does the Fifth Amendment protect?” and “Is it legal for the government to make you pray to your guns?” So have a fine evening of celebrating your U.S. Constitution (we’ve linked to the ACLU’s web…
  • Oklahoma Lawmaker Definitely Not Racist Against Muslim Islamics, Because Dictionary

    Doktor Zoom
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett is just an ordinary America-loving guy who resents being called a “racist” or an “Islamophobe” just because he tells the absolute undiluted truth about Islam, which is that it isn’t really a religion, but is instead a social and political movement that is aimed at world domination and destroying western culture. Oh, and also, it’s “a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out.” But he means that in a fact-based way, not a hateful or phobic kind of way. The brouhahah (from the Arabic word Ba’rou HaHa…
  • And Then There Was That Other Time Baby-beater Adrian Peterson Gave His Son ‘A Whopping’

    Kaili Joy Gray
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    For a guy who “never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Minnesota Vikings sportsball player guy Adrian Peterson sure has some poor dumb unintentional luck. It seems beating up his various four-year-old sons and causing serious injury somehow just keeps happening to poor unfortunate Peterson. According to a report by KHOU in Houston, Texas, police investigated an incident in June 2013 in which Peterson was disciplining his son — a different son, not the one he recently beat the crap out of with a tree branch — when, oops!, the kid…
  • Colorado PSA: Don’t Eat All The Pot Candy Like That Idiot MoDo

    Doktor Zoom
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Thank god, a Maureen Dowd column has finally resulted in something good for the world. After she chowed down on a pot candy bar and got super-hiiiiiiigh — very unpleasantly so — the legal marijuana industry in Colorado has referenced her “bad trip” column as part of an advertising campaign promoting Safe ‘n’ Responsible doobage. Without specifically naming Dowd, the Marijuana Policy Project, which the AP says is “the nation’s biggest pot-policy advocacy group,” will put up a billboard in a Denver neighborhood with several legal pot shops.
  • Obama Declares War On Ebola. Wingnuts Discover Ebola Just Misunderstood.

    Doktor Zoom
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    The U.S. government will be sending 3,000 troops to West Africa to help build treatment centers and coordinate services in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. President Obama announced the initiative during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta Tuesday. The deployment will be done in coordination with the World Health Organization and will be centered in Liberia, where the virus has hit the hardest. The U.S. effort will build 17 treatment centers in that country and will eventually be training 500 healthcare workers a week in patient care and in sanitary procedures to…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Independence. A referendum on Scottish independence that was once expected to collapse in resounding defeat was instead going down to the wire on Wednesday, with each side scouring lush Highland ridges, Gothic back alleys and rocky coasts seeking any advantage on the eve of a vote that could divide this island after three centuries of union. […] Read this post »
  • Sigh: Busch Gardens removes disembodied heads from Halloween display

    Mary Katharine Ham
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Boo. I tell you verily, there will always be overly sensitive blowhards and busybodies among us. All we can control is how we react, as a society, to said blowhards and busybodies. At Busch Gardens, they’re doing it wrong. This weekend, a front-page photo on the Williamsburg, Virginia Gazette got a handful of complaints. The picture […] Read this post »
  • Holder running out the clock on Fast & Furious?

    Ed Morrissey
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Hygiene. One of the first major scandals of the Obama administration may not get resolved until after Barack Obama leaves office — at least, if Eric Holder has anything to say about it. Politico’s Josh Gerstein reported last night on an effort by the Attorney General to keep the issue of executive privilege and Congressional subpoenas […] Read this post »
  • Surge: Walker regains the lead in Wisconsin

    Guy Benson
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Winning. Another new data point that’s turning Eeyore frowns upside down, placing a juicy cherry atop Wednesday’s happy (and sorely needed) polling sundae. Time will tell whether this apparent momentum is the beginning of a trend or just a flash in the pan — but we’re rolling with it, baby. A shot in the arm from the Badger […] Read this post »
  • Gallup: Americans trust in the media matches historic low

    Noah Rothman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A crisis of confidence. After a brief rebound, America’s confidence in the Fourth Estate again matched an all-time low in 2014, according to Gallup’s annual survey on public trust in the media. Only 40 percent of Americans believe that the press can “fully, accurately, and fairly” report the news. In 2012, trust in the media reached an all-time low […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

    Randy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    TIP! Try to find the best overall insurance company to take care of all your insurance needs. You can save some money and get a break on premiums if you move all of your insurance policies to the same provider. The topic of insurance can be very complicated for many individuals to understand. Although everyone would like quality coverage, the cost is also considered. Read on for some tips on how to handle insurance matters, and empower yourself to handle such things with ease. TIP! If you own a business, you should ensure that all aspects of your line of work is covered with your insurance…
  • Tips On How To Deal With The Stock Market

    Randy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    TIP! Spend time observing the market before you decide which stock to buy. Prior to laying any money down, it’s always smart to research the company behind any stock and to be aware of current market conditions. Investing your money in stocks can be a great way to increase your wealth, but you need to know what you are doing. If you desire to learn how you can generate big profits, continue reading this guide for great tips. Today is the day to profit from the stock market! TIP! You should always investigate the fees that you will be liable for from a broker before you register with…
  • Home Based Business Tips And Tricks For Success

    Randy
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    TIP! All of your efforts should keep your home business customers happy. It is easier to sell to people who have bought from you before and were satisfied, instead of selling to a new customer. Do you recall the first day you decided to open a business? It was vitally important then to learn as much as possible about work from home business strategies. However, you may benefit from some new information and ideas. Take the advice in this piece to heart so that you can be on top of your field. TIP! Establish a difference between work and personal time by creating a set schedule of work hours.
  • Find Tips And Tricks To Help You When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    TIP! A steady, non-confrontational approach is best when you decide to buy a property and enter the negotiating phase. Many people get too aggressive so that they can get a great deal, and they end up overdoing it and losing it. Purchasing a property can be exiting, but it can also be stressful. If you do not have a good solid grasp on the basics of buying real estate, you could wind up making a very costly mistake. Read below to find out how to avoid these pitfalls in real estate buying. TIP! Search for a spacious home if you already have, or are intending to have children. There are safety…
  • Do You Have Insurance? Read These Tips To Learn All About Your Insurance

    Randy
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    TIP! When shopping for insurance, look for a company that fulfill all of your insurance needs. By bundling your policies with a single insurer, you can receive a large discount on your premiums. Policies exist that can cover you with insurance range from health and vision policies to dental, automobile, home and life insurance. Within this article you will find advice on the different types of insurance, and how to decide whether they are needed by you. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. You need to be covered for every kind of opportunity.
 
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    FamousDC

  • Happy #ConstitutionDay!

    nolongerfamous
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Today is Constitution Day, so why not celebrate by … enjoying a constitutional rap. ThanksUSA, a non-profit that provides scholarships to the children and spouses of active duty military personnel, is currently sponsoring a music video contest. In honor of Constitution Day on September 17, 2014, we challenge teachers and students across the country to [...]The post Happy #ConstitutionDay! appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Un-ball-ieveable breaking news

    fdc
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Ladies & Gentlemen, Un-ball-ieveable breaking news! It appears we may have a Battle of the Balls on our hands…. Members of the Montana State Society are going ballistic. They claim local baller Spike Mendelsohn a.k.a the Ballburglar, as they have now dubbed him, is attempting to hijack their signature event “The DC Testy Fest” by [...]The post Un-ball-ieveable breaking news appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    #NATIONAL Never forget; don’t take your vitamins; A public apology that was actually terrible; male birth control is coming; these fashion models never need to eat; Ricky Gervais already got the new Apple Watch; Ducktales with real ducks; all your favorite movies recreated with stock footage; Schwarzenegger painted over Maria; absinthe-flavored writing; we’re all a [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Kid Dives Face-First Into Couch Instead of Meeting President

    fdc
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Kids, am I right? Photo via White House Flickr h/t MashableThe post Kid Dives Face-First Into Couch Instead of Meeting President appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Ben Droz hanging with Ryan Gosling

    fdc
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Some Canadian guy hanging with Ben Droz near the Lincoln Memorial.The post Famous Ben Droz hanging with Ryan Gosling appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Debate: Should Scotland Vote for Independence? Musician Billy Bragg vs. Historian Sam Wetherell

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Scotland is set to vote Thursday on whether to become independent from Britain for the first time since 1707. The question on the ballot will ask simply: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Polls show the referendum is too close to call, but many British politicians fear voters will choose independence. On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned voters that separation would be a "painful divorce." We host a debate between British musician and activist Billy Bragg and British historian Sam Wetherell. Bragg just published an article titled "Scottish…
  • As Activists Gear Up for People's Climate March, Rep. Jim McDermott Pushes Carbon Tax

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    World leaders are gathering at the United Nations next week for a major summit on climate change. On September 21, more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March being held in New York City. We talk to Rep. Jim McDermott about his bill, the Managed Carbon Price Act, that aims to reduce air pollution in the United States by establishing a federal price on the emission of greenhouse gases that are responsible for causing global warming. We also hear from one of the more than 170 climate activists from across the United States who are traveling to New York on…
  • U.S. Ground Troops Back in Iraq? General Hints Broader Military Effort May Be Needed to Fight ISIS

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    A week after President Obama vowed not to send ground troops into Iraq to fight the Islamic State, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted ground troops may be needed. “If there are threats to the U.S., I would of course go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. President Obama is expected to visit U.S. Central Command headquarters in Florida today to discuss his strategy to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile,…
  • Headlines for September 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dempsey: U.S. Ground Troops May Be Needed in IraqCodePink Peace Activists Interrupt Senate Hearing on ISISSyrian Gov't Airstrikes Kill 48; Islamic State Downs Syrian Plane34 Children Die in Syria from Tainted Measles VaccineManning: Bombs Cannot Defeat Islamic StateACLU: Chelsea Manning Denied Treatment for Gender TransitionObama Unveils U.S. Military Response to Ebola in LiberiaU.S. Ebola Survivor Criticizes Lack of Global Response to EbolaHagel on Treatment of Hostages' Families: "We Could Do a Little Better"U.S. Delays Curbing Power Plant Emissions 1 Week Before U.N.
  • An NFL Wife Tells Her Story: Intimidated Spouses Followed "Code of Silence" Around Domestic Abuse

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Calls are increasing for National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign over how the league has addressed domestic violence. So far this year, at least four players have been arrested for beating a spouse or partner, most notably Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. We are joined by Dewan Smith-Williams, the wife of former NFL player Wally Williams. When she asked the league for help, she was ignored and told to keep quiet. "It was just a code of silence — you didn’t tell, you didn’t talk about it," Smith-Williams says. "When you would talk…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • 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.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

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

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

  • Obama Must Be Honest About The Possibility Of American Ground Troops In His War Against ISIS

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As I noted yesterday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey raised some eyebrows he he stated that he would not rule out the use of American troops in a combat role in operations against ISIS in Iraq or, potentially, Syria notwithstanding the fact that the President and several members of the Administration have been repeating for weeks that there would be no American ground troops involved in the fight against ISIS. Today, the Army Chief of Staff essentially repeated Dempsey’s comments during a visit to Germany: WIESBADEN, Germany — The United States general who…
  • Good News For GOP, Bad News For Obama In Latest CBS/New York Times Poll

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    A new poll from CBS and The New York Times has good news for the GOP, but bad news for the President, especially when concerning the public’s confidence, or more appropriately, the lack thereof, in his plan to defeat ISIS: A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that President Obama’s approval ratings are similar to those of President George W. Bush in 2006 when Democrats swept both houses of Congress in the midterm elections. A deeply unpopular Republican Party is nonetheless gaining strength heading into the midterms, as the American public’s frustration with Mr. Obama…
  • On Eve Of Vote, Anti-Independence Forces Have Slight Lead In Scotland

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    By this time tomorrow, Scottish voters will be heading to the polls to decide the question of whether or not they should separate themselves from the United Kingdom and become an independent country for the first time in over three centuries. As I’ve noted before, the polling on the issue has gone back and forth with the anti-independence side seeming to have momentum in late August only to see the independence forces pull even in the past few weeks. As we wait for the only poll that matters, three final polls show the unionist side with a slight lead, but it seems as though the outcome…
  • Obamacare Fading As A 2014 Campaign Issue

    Doug Mataconis
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    After the public relations disaster of the roll out of the Affordable Care Act last October, a situation which wasn’t fully resolved until sometime in December, which was quickly followed by the numerous reports of people who were losing health insurance coverage that they had had for years, seeing their premiums skyrocket, and otherwise running into difficulties even signing up for insurance through the state or federal exchanges. Given all this news, there were many on the right who believed that, once again, Obamacare would be an issue that they could exploit in the upcoming midterms…
  • Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

    James Joyner
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    A heartwarming story from the Dallas Morning News: If there is a sliver of good news to emanate from the sudden and mysterious resignation of Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, it concerns minor league roving hitting instructor Brian Dayett. The Rangers on Tuesday added Dayett, 57, to their major league staff for the remaining two weeks of the season to satisfy a MLB directive to have a minimum of five coaches on the Major League Baseball pension and insurance plan. It means a lot to Dayett, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It will allow Dayett to increase his major…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • One Way or Another, Everything Changes

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:53 pm
    By Naomi Klein From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate.” Related Entries September 17, 2014 House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, But Not to Pay For It September 17, 2014 For the Love of Scotland
  • House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels, But Not to Pay For It

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
      Anti-tank munitions, like the high explosive fired in this photo, may make their way from the U.S. to Syrian rebels. U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal With the help primarily of Republicans, President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels won approval in the House on Wednesday. Passed as a budget amendment by a vote of 273 to 156, the measure is controversial if only that it reminds one of the United States’ covert war in Afghanistan a few decades ago. In that conflict, the U.S. funded and supported Afghan rebels and foreign holy warriors, some of whom turned out…
  • A Climate Week to Change Everything

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    By Amy Goodman The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process. Related Entries September 17, 2014 One Way or Another, Everything Changes September 17, 2014 Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution
  • Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.” Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences September 17, 2014 One Way or Another, Everything Changes
  • Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

    editor@truthdig.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Shutterstock A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation. Alexander Fomin, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, made this bit of news known at an arms trade exhibition in South Africa but declined to describe the deal further, as Reuters reported that day: Russia, the world’s second-largest arms exporter, has sought to boost its military ties with Egypt after relations between Cairo and its long-standing ally…
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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

  • Congressman: Don’t Trust Climate Scientists, They’re In It For The Money

    Emily Atkin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak A very interesting exchange kicked off today’s House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the Obama administration’s plan to fight climate change, between Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and White House Science Adviser John Holdren. In it, the freshman Congressman not only sealed himself in the books as a climate denier, but also admitted that he doesn’t accept the scientific literature…
  • Neil Patrick Harris And The Secret Sauce Of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

    Jessica Goldstein
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Elise Amendola Neil Patrick Harris, delight and wonder in human form, is publishing an autobiography. It’s called Choose Your Own Autobiography and is modeled after the beloved interactive children’s series, Choose Your Own Adventure. Harris, it turns out, was a diehard fan of the classic gamebooks as a kid. I know what you’re thinking: yet another thing we all have in common with Neil Patrick Harris. First introduced in 1979, the CYOA books sold over 250 million copies worldwide and were translated into 38 languages, and that was just in the first twenty…
  • Why U.S. Donuts Just Got More Environmentally Friendly

    Jeff Spross
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock As of Wednesday, your corner donut shop could be significantly more sustainable and forest-friendly. After months of urging, Krispy Kreme, the American global donut and coffee chain, committed to frying its donuts in palm oil from distributors who aren’t contributing to deforestation. They followed right on the heels of Dunkin’ Donuts, who made a similar commitment on Tuesday. Palm oil lacks trans fats, so it’s popular for cooking. And beyond that its uses are almost ubiquitous — from baking to lipstick, soaps, and cleaning products. As a result,…
  • John Kerry Calls On Code Pink To Support Military Action In Iraq

    Igor Volsky
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry directly addressed protesters of President Barack Obama’s war plans against ISIS during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as he made the administration’s case for taking military action against the terrorist organization. “I respect the right of Code Pink to protest and to use that right,” the former Massachusetts senator said, referring to the omnipresent anti-war group started by activist Medea Benjamin in 2002 to protest President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. As Kerry spoke, three Code Pink…
  • In Washington D.C., Record-Breaking Floods Could Happen Every Year

    Andrew Breiner
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The overflowing Tidal Basin covers a walkway across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. CREDIT: Associated Press Though more than half the Republican Party still denies the reality of climate change, the evidence may soon be lapping at their feet. A report (PDF) from Climate Central says Washington, D.C. is going to face much more severe flooding in coming decades, submerging homes, roads, military facilities, and even the iconic National Mall on a regular basis. The largest flood ever recorded in Washington, D.C. occurred…
 
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  • The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

    Sam Kamin
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    In 2002, 23-year-old Frank Ungaro made a serious mistake. He’d been smoking pot since he was a teenager in western New York state, but he’d since moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he’d graduated to selling marijuana. He was never a major dealer, he says. He sold marijuana on the side while working a pizza delivery job. “I wanted to make a little bit more money,” he says. “I wasn’t trying to get rich.” Whatever his motivations, his side business came to an end 12 years ago when he found himself pulled over by police in Boulder with 4 to 5 pounds of pot in his car.
  • Spanking Is Great for Sex

    Jillian Keenan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Once again, I’ve been accused of pedophilia. Well, to be technical, my sexual identity was called “somewhat pedophilic.” But we’re talking about one of the most loathsome things a person can be accused of, so why split hairs? I’m also regularly told that my sexuality is “repulsive,” “damaged,” and “abusive.” But all of those feel like Valentines compared with “pedophilic.”
  • Comedian Jen Kirkman Doesn’t Want Kids. Cue Outrage.

    Mike Pesca
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Listen to Episode 94 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Dear Prudie Early Release: All Shook Up

    Emily Yoffe
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    Emily Yoffe
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    US Army soldiers prepare to board a CH-47F Chinook with the Flying Dragons task force, which searches for illegal weapons in compounds in Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
  • This Republican Tried To Stop North Carolina From Apologizing For A Racist Massacre. He’d Like Your Vote, Please.

    Tim Murphy
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city's municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week of rioting. It was one of the worst single incidents of racially motivated violence in American history. But in 2007, when a nonpartisan commission recommended that the state legislature pass a resolution formally apologizing for the massacre, Republican Senate nominee Thom Tillis, then a first-term state representative, rose to block it. "It…
  • Even Liberia's Legislature Can't Escape the Ravages of Ebola

    Alex Park
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Of all the countries doing battle with Ebola, Liberia has been dealt the gravest blow. According to the World Health Organization, the impoverished West African nation now accounts for about half of all documented cases. And more than 1,200 residents are known or suspected to have died from the disease. In late August, the government quarantined an entire neighborhood for ten days to prevent the outbreak from spreading. Now the virus is forcing Liberian lawmakers to put their own work on hold. More MoJo coverage of the Ebola crisis. Why the World Health Organization Doesn't Have…
  • Rand Paul to Appear at Event Featuring Neo-Confederate Aide He Had to Fire

    Andy Kroll
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This week, the Ron Paul-led Campaign for Liberty hosts its fourth annual Liberty Political Action Conference, and the speaking list features a roster of well-known Republican politicians and libertarian activists. The biggest draw of this year's LPAC will undoubtedly be Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who each day inches closer to a 2016 presidential run. Slated to speak at the same event, though, is Paul's ex-aide Jack Hunter, who the senator fired after his past as a neo-Confederate advocate was revealed. Hunter used to be the social media director in Paul's Senate office, and he co-wrote…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 15, 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    A US Marine carries a round back to his gun in Hawaii for a fire mission. (US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla)
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  • Open Thread - Scotsmen!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I'm a proud owner of the Campbell chin myself, and wish my kinsman only what is best for all on the eve of their referendum. And a little Monty Python. We don't have to give up Monty Python, do we? Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Grupo Fantasma

    Ryan Pressman
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Grupo Fantasma (Group of Phantoms) hails from Austin, Texas and has a very interesting sound. While their original material is more upbeat most of the time, they do a great job of taking it down to a more intimate level. This eerie, yet beautiful cover of "Because" is one of my favorite things that they've done, plus it translates pretty well into Spanish. I always dig unique covers like this one. Got any favorite covers? Maybe one in a different language from the original?
  • Senate Race Polls Lean Toward Dems, So Media Starts Pro-GOP Spin

    karoli
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    On Tuesday, there was really good news for Democrats. The latest polls showed them pulling neck and neck to keep control of the Senate, data modelers like Nate Silver were adjusting their percentages to nearly 50/50, and Republicans were getting nervous. Let the spin machine begin. Our so-called "liberal media" couldn't wait to step on the accelerator pedal for why things suck for Democrats. Behold a sampling of today's headlines: CNN: NRA Focuses on Three Senate Races - Be afraid, little people. The gun nuts are arming themselves. The Atlantic: 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News…
  • TEAvangelical Nutjob: Bacon Served In Restaurants Means America Is A Christian Nation

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    On his radio show last Monday, right-wing embarrassment to humanity Bryan Fischer offered complete, definitive proof that America is a Christian nation: Delicious bacon, which he claims would not be sold in America if it was not a Christian nation. Apparently unaware that not all Jews and Muslims abstain from pork, Fischer said: "You want one…
  • Bill O'Reilly Shoots Down New Benghazi Claims

    John Amato
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    For Benghazi conspiracy theorists, you know you're having a really bad day when even Bill O'Reilly throws cold water on your phony claims. And it's especially bad news for an already discredited journalist, who previously tried to hype a bogus Benghazi report and lost her job over it. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly questioned whether the latest report from discredited investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, which baselessly suggested a Benghazi cover-up by State Department officials, actually constituted a "scandal." On the September 16 edition of his Fox News show, host Bill O'Reilly invited…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Tree of souls

    Sam Smith
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 17, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    I like my coffee as I like my women: willing to put up with my bullshit. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for September 17, 2014
  • The Art of War: How China captured Canada, and let’s be cool about this.

    Joshua Booth
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    They pulled the old Hong Kong on us. For the next 31 years, more than half of North America and the largest unprotected border in the free world belong to China. Without firing a shot. Don’t learn to shoot. Learn … Continue reading →
  • Scotland votes, and however it goes, expect bitterness to follow

    wufnik
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Scottish voters, as the whole world probably knows by now, will be voting on their potential independence from the United Kingdom on Thursday. Actually, that’s not what they were initially going to be voting on—that would have been whether Scotland … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 16, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    I wish the guy behind me would stop honking his horn. I’M ALMOST FINISHED TYPING THIS TWEET, YOU SELF-ENTITLED PRICK. Jeez. People. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    There’s a kind of hush all over Britain tonight, as Herman’s Hermits once had it. That bitter old lion, Gordon Brown, delivered a barn-burner for the union: Tell them this is our Scotland. Tell them that Scotland does not belong to the Scottish Nationalist Party. Scotland does not belong to the Yes campaign. Scotland does not belong to any politician – Mr Salmond, Mr Swinney, me or any other politician. Scotland belongs to all of us. This is not their flag, their country, their culture, their streets. This is everyone’s flag, everyone’s country, everyone’s…
  • The Great “Unraveling”?

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    [Re-posted from earlier today.] I’m a huge admirer of Roger Cohen’s writing – and can appreciate many of the thoughts percolating in his latest column on what he sees as a disintegration of the world order. He manages to cite Scottish independence, the rise of ISIS, and the devolved powers to Eastern Ukraine – and even Ebola! – as part of a trend toward dissolution and anarchy. But when I look at all the developments he is citing, I don’t really see anything that new. Take Iraq – please. What we are witnessing is the second major Sunni revolt since…
  • “Scotland’s Impending Disaster”

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    That’s how one reader puts it: I am an American and I love Scotland and Scottish culture. My father is from Scotland, my grandfather served as an officer in a famous Scottish regiment, The Black Watch, and he was given an award for bravery posthumously by the King of England in WWII. I am involved with Scottish charities in the US and have been a Trustee representing one of the largest Scottish charities here in the U.S. Sometimes when dealing with the home country, I’ve heard my fellow Scottish-Americans mutter, “The smart ones left”. I can’t help but feel this may be true, as…
  • Who Would Replace Cameron?

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    David Cameron To Scottish People: ‘I’ll Kill Myself If You Leave’ http://t.co/vE6YK8Gosx pic.twitter.com/3LEdSJ0y5z — The Onion (@TheOnion) September 17, 2014 Daniel Berman predicts a Yes vote would be bad news not only for David Cameron, but also for other prominent Conservatives: Cameron’s successor will be chosen for a very specific task; leading the Conservative party into the elections due next spring, not for the next two, three, five, or ten years. As such there are a number of considerations that may well lead the leading factions to settled on someone less prominent.
  • Is Britain Doomed Regardless?

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Gordon Brown’s stirring speech against Scottish independence: But, even if Scotland votes no tomorrow, Cassidy wonders if the union can survive: For, although the unionist side seems likely to win this round, in the longer term the impact of the referendum could well be disastrous for those who want to maintain the status quo. About the best they can hope for is a federalized Great Britain that retains the word “United” in its name but is, for most intents and purposes, two separate countries. And even that outcome may prove to be unsustainable. Indeed, the English, who today are…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Obama Plans to Tightly Control Strikes on Syria

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 pm
    President Obama insisted he won't authorize a U.S. ground war in the fight against Islamic State.
  • Chinese Hacked U.S. Military Contractors

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Hackers linked to China's government broke into computer networks of private transportation companies working for the U.S. military 20 times in one year, Senate investigators say.
  • Fed Plots Cautious Course on Rate Hikes

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The Federal Reserve took two steps toward winding down the historic easy-money policies that have defined its response to the financial crisis but stopped short of the move markets are awaiting most: signaling when interest rates will start to rise.
  • Lawmakers Plan to Introduce Bill Regulating 'Political Intelligence'

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the House on Thursday that would for the first time shed light on the political-intelligence industry. The new regulations are modeled after the disclosure rules for lobbyists.
  • Holder to Propose Bigger Whistleblower Rewards

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The Obama administration is pushing for a new law to increase potential cash payouts to whistleblowers who provide evidence of crimes on Wall Street, according to excerpts of a speech Attorney General Eric Holder will give Wednesday.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Flirting With Armageddon

    No Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Obama took to the airwaves yesterday, oh so coincidentally, on the eve of September 11, to roll out his latest “smart war.”  And it comes, oh so coincidentally, just before Congressional midterms when every member of Congress fears like the plague to be painted as a dove, just as happened in 2002 before Bush II took us to war. Whatever role ISIS plays in this, Syria is certainly the target.  It is telling that when it comes to money, Obama is asking Congress only for funding to train the Syrian “moderate rebels” in that bastion of Sunni moderation, Saudi Arabia. The rationales…
  • How the West Created ISIS

    No Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part 1 – OUR TERRORISTS “This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated,” Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon press conference in August. Military action is necessary to halt the spread of the ISIS/IS “cancer,” said President Obama. Yesterday, in his much anticipated address, he called for expanded airstrikes across Iraq and Syria, and new measures to arm and train Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces. “The only way to defeat [IS] is to stand firm and to send a very…
  • The World’s Best Paper Airplanes

    Jeremy Andenberg
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There are many skills fathers should pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to skip a stone, and of course, how to make a paper airplane. When it’s time to show your kids how to fold a humble piece of paper into a soaring jet, don’t stumble around and hastily construct one from the poor memory of your youth — one that takes a disappointing nosedive as soon as it leaves your fingertips. Instead, teach them the art of making a plane that can truly go the distance. The three designs below are tried and true (you wouldn’t believe some of the science behind paper…
  • I Don’t Carry a Gun on the Border

    David Hathaway
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Of course you carry a gun, right?  You live in the state with the No. 1 ranking for preservation of gun rights.  You live on the Mexican border.  We all know what Fox News says about that.  You roam the rural areas near the border.  Why wouldn’t you?  Of course you would sling that AR-15 over your shoulder or wear a sidearm as a matter of routine when working, driving, and hiking near the border.  You could probably even get on TV as you act out the part of a besieged rancher who is afraid of his shadow.  Well, not so for me.   I own guns, but I don’t regularly wear one when I…
  • Organized Thuggery

    Robert Ringer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The uproar over the Ray Rice domestic-abuse incident cries out for a truthful, politically incorrect article, so I decided to volunteer for the job. Rice’s Ali-like left jab to his then-fiancée’s kisser is but a blip on the crime screen of the hoodlum-saturated National Football League. Stuff like this, and worse — much worse — has been going on at an accelerating pace since at least the late seventies. Poor Ray just happened to get caught on tape. Heck, his “mentor” (Ray Lewis) pled guilty to obstruction of justice in a double homicide case in 2000 and got off without jail time…
 
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • IS 'fuelling UK far-right backlash'

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Islamic extremism in the Middle East and the Rotherham abuse scandal are fuelling a UK far-right backlash, a Home Office adviser claims.
  • Scottish independence: Decision day

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    People in Scotland will vote later on whether the country should stay in the UK or become an independent nation.
  • How to vote in the Scottish referendum

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The future of Scotland will be decided in the referendum on independence on 18 September. Here's a brief guide on how to make sure your vote is counted.
  • Billionaire in NI education grant

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    A US billionaire philanthropist donates almost £25m to shared education, dementia care and early years learning programmes in Northern Ireland, as part of an overall £58m investment.
  • Farmers call for government support

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Farmers urge the next government to give agriculture a boost at the 2015 election - with a list of demands to increase food production and help business.
 
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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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    Mother Jones

  • Why Scotland's Independence Vote Matters for Climate Change

    James West
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    As you've no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out—97 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.2 million people, are registered. Rugged, remote and sparsely populated as the country is, the actual ballots will take some time to be trucked, boated, helicoptered and fully counted: Results are likely to come in early Friday morning, US time. One of the big unknowns if Scotland votes…
  • What's the Point of Being a Superpower, Anyway?

    Tom Engelhardt
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It's possible I've lived most of my life on the wrong planet—and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but looking back from our helter-skelter world of 2014, I wonder. For most of the last several hundred years, the story in view might be called the Great Concentration and it focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. That rivalry took place among a kaleidoscopic succession of European "great powers," one global empire (Great…
  • Texas' New Public School Textbooks Promote Climate Change Denial and Downplay Segregation

    Mariah Blake
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    The battle over Texas textbooks is raging once again. On Tuesday, hundreds of citizens turned out for the first public hearing on the controversial social-science materials now under review as part of the state's contentious once-in-a-decade textbook adoption process. During the all-day proceedings, activists and historians pointed out numerous factual errors and complained that the books promoted tea party ideology while mocking affirmative action and downplaying the science linking human activity to climate change. "They are full of biases that are either outside the established…
  • 3 State Measures That Could End Legal Abortion

    Erika Eichelberger
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    States have approved more anti-abortion measures during the past three years than during the entire preceding decade. And this fall, voters themselves will also have the chance to decide whether to approve or block extreme anti-abortion ballot initiatives in three states. Ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota would effectively ban abortion by defining personhood as beginning at conception, and a constitutional amendment in Tennessee would allow the state legislature to pass draconian anti-abortion laws, including a ban. Here's a look at those ballot initiatives: Colorado's…
  • How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women

    Mark Follman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Recently the National Rifle Association has aimed to boost its appeal among women. Last year it launched its "new and improved" NRA Women's TV Network, and it has hired several accomplished female gun enthusiasts as official NRA News commentators. Women were a focus at its annual meeting in April, and next month the NRA will host a Women's Leadership Forum Executive Summit, which promises to "celebrate the role of women as powerful leaders." But for women who oppose the NRA, it's a different story. In the latest issue of its flagship magazine, America's 1st Freedom, the NRA targets Shannon…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Andy Murray on Scottish independence vote: 'Let's do this!'

    Kevin Rawlinson
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Wimbledon champion tweets apparent endorsement of yes vote in referendum, criticising negativity of the no sideHe may not have liked Alex Salmonds Saltire-waving as he won the Wimbledon championship, but Andy Murray appears nevertheless to have sided with the yes campaign over the Scottish independence referendum.In an eleventh-hour intervention, Murray who had kept quiet previously tweeted about his distaste for the no campaign on the day Scotland goes to the polls. In the early hours of Thursday morning he wrote: Huge day for Scotland today! No campaign negativity last few days totally…
  • Scottish independence: get to it and seize a 'new dawn' for Scotland, says Alex Salmond - video

    Guardian Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Alex Salmond addresses tens of thousands of yes activists on Wednesday night, the eve of the Scottish referendum on independence. Salmond urges Scots to 'get to it' by seizing the extraordinary chance for a 'new dawn for Scotland'. The final polls before the vote confirm the referendum hangs on a knife-edge Continue reading...
  • End of student cap was 'sprung on universities', ex-special adviser admits

    Richard Adams, education editor
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Nick Hillman says government plans for a free-for-all ignored issues of university entry standards and how to fund enrolmentThe government's plans for a free-for-all in university undergraduate numbers in England are "fuzzy" and were published without considering potential pitfalls, according to the special adviser to the universities minister at the time the policy was launched.Nick Hillman, who was special adviser to David Willetts as minister for universities when the lifting of the cap on student numbers from 2015 was launched last year, says in a new report "the policy was…
  • Scottish independence: two heavyweights throw their last punches

    John Crace
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Alex Salmond was full of glee and gumption in Perth, while Gordon Brown in Glasgow gave the performance of a lifetimeAfter two years on the road, the yes campaign came to Perth for their last night party. Shiny hats, shiny faces, Big Country's One Great Thing on an hour-long loop, and jeers for the pantomime villain, Nick Robinson. Alex Salmond had come to share his dream for the final time; the dream of a man who had found, much to his surprise, that the promised land might actually be in reach after all and he needed to rethink his persona of the permanent underdog. The wavering sincerity…
  • Scottish independence: David Cameron won't resign as PM if Scotland votes yes - video

    Guardian Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    David Cameron insists on Wednesday that he will not resign if Scotland votes yes in the referendum on independence on Thursday. Cameron stresses that his future will be decided soon enough at next year's general election in May 2015. The PM is to make a televised address in Downing Street early on Friday morning, shortly after the results of the Scottish referendum are declared, to try to calm the political atmosphere, whatever the result Continue reading...
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    * The House of Representatives took care of some business this afternoon, voting to authorize the administration to train and equip Syrian rebels (but just the nice ones): Despite the concerns, the House voted 273-156 Wednesday to insert an amendment that authorizes Obama’s plans into a broader short-term spending bill that will keep the federal […]
  • Will lawmakers really leave town without voting on war?

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Before Congress leaves town, it has just a couple of pieces of business to attend to. The most central is a continuing resolution that will keep the government open. Attached to that CR will be an amendment providing for support for Syrian rebel groups, just as President Obama asked for; it seems likely to pass […]
  • Nate Silver versus Sam Wang

    Greg Sargent
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    A public argument has erupted between two leading forecasters of the Senate battle — the internationally famous Nate Silver, and the little known Sam Wang, a professor of neuroscience at Princeton who dabbles in election forecasting as something of a hobby. The battle is being treated as a bit of a sideshow — as a […]
  • Morning Plum: Hating Obama, loving Obamacare

    Greg Sargent
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    When the political history of the Affordable Care Act is written, Kentucky will occupy a special place in the tale. The implementation of the ACA there has helped produce the second steepest drop in the uninsured rate of any state. Yet even though that’s occurring in one of the most unhealthy regions in the country, […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    * Yet another survey shows a significant reduction in the uninsured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. To understand what’s happening here, read Jonathan Cohn on why there are going to be a lot of confusing numbers about health care being released in the coming days. * Jeffrey Young also has a piece explaining the […]
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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

  • 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…
  • Obama, the Unconstitutional War President

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Besides the modern precedence of President Obama’s defeats in the Supreme Court in regards to their 9-0 rulings against him, the President has repeatedly violated the wording and spirit of the Constitution, as well as his own words, several times in waging war, a power that was given to the Congress for a variety of good reasons. Let’s take a look at the US Constitution’s text on the war powers. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a…
  • Say it Mr. President

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The terrorists in ISIS come from around the world, especially the developed world, according to info-grams at CNN's site. Finland, in percentage terms, has a relatively large population of jihadists in ISIS for example. Australia, Canada, the USA of course, and Britain and France all have residents who have joined the crazed army that is terrorizing locals and foreigners alike. For all those determinists who love to point to poverty as the ultimate cause, this data is an obvious refutation of their posture. This is ideology at work, a fanatical creed with delusions of medieval empire; a…
  • The legalization of drugs is not a political issue, but a scientific one

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    America's one-size-fits-all war on drugs has been going on for quite some time now with not much to show for it. Former government researchers from the UK have ranked 10 of the most frequently abused drugs (including alcohol) according to their relative harm. It's an effort to drive home the fact that what we think we know about the nature of drug harm is either incomplete or, in some cases, flat-out wrong.So what did they find? You can see for yourself here: Infographic by 12 Keys Recovery Surprising exactly no one, we can see that alcohol is far and away the most dangerous drug on the list…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Reboot Healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The Department of Health and Human Services is under new management. Sylvia Burwell has taken over for Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell’s new lieutenants include Andy Slavin and Kevin Counihan. Slavin helped HHS recover from its disastrous launch of healthcare.gov, repairing the site so that it could fu
  • This Diagram Could Hold the Key to Fixing Our Ailing Planet

    Brad Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This upcoming Sunday, over 100,000 people are expected to converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March. My colleague Rebecca Leber has explained that the “real goal” of the march, taking place two days before a United Nations climate summit, is “to show that climate action is a
  • This TV Show Pays Homage To—And Utterly Ruins—The Fault in Our Stars

    Esther Breger
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    "This is not a story where beautiful people learn beautiful lessons," Shailene Woodley’s 16-year-old cancer patient warns in the opening moments of The Fault in Our Stars, this summer’s weepy young-adult blockbuster. The movie, which grossed almost $300 million at the box office and is
  • The Strategy That Might Have Beaten Mitch McConnell

    Alec MacGillis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The New York Times on Wednesday carried a provocative front-page dispatch from Kentucky by Abby Goodnough, who’s been doing a superb job of covering the
  • What Ken Burns Doesn't Understand about the Roosevelts

    Mason B. Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    It’s now going on six years since the Photoshop wizards at Time outfitted Barack Obama with a gray hat, pince-nez eyeglasses, and cigarette holder and asked whether the president-elect would usher in a “new New Deal.” In 2011, Obama traveled to Osawatomie, Kansas, where Theodore Roose
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

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

    Jordan Golson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […] The post The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • A Tax-Dollar Funded Theatrical Titanic

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    credit: maxamoo.com I once worked at a small Wyoming high school in a poor school district. Not poor in terms of educational opportunity, but poor in finances. I was one of only two English teachers, and ended up, by default, being the theater director. Because my budget was such that I could afford a play, but no sets, props or costumes, I ended up writing several plays, one that was actually quite successful, and learned a bit more about theater, despite having been involved in all aspects of theater most of my life. And oh, what I could have done with $700,000.00 dollars! Writing a good…
  • The Sleeve

    Mike McDaniel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    In the never-ending avoidance of the effective means of stopping school shooters–arming willing staff–a variety of new gadgets and multi-step and expensive programs are constantly being developed and marketed. One of the newest was apparently thought up by teachers in Iowa. Called “The Sleeve,” it’s a triangular piece of metal that slides over the arms of common door-closing mechanisms. Of course, such a device would be of limited usefulness on doors that don’t have such devices, or that feature windows, but these folks are apparently well intentioned. Unfortunately, good…
  • Education Problems and Solutions #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com The first two articles in this, the updated version of this series, are: Education Problems and Solutions #1: The Wages Of Failure Updated  Education Problems and Solutions #2: Unaccountability Updated I update this series because the problems it addresses have not been resolved. In some ways, and in many places, they’re worse, and the consequences for failing to properly address these problems will be serious indeed for all Americans. Read on, gentle readers. This, the third in my series on education problems and eventual solutions, deals with the…
  • ChapStick Terrorism

    Mike McDaniel
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    School disruptor, Grace Karaffa Here’s yet another in my continuing “this makes me embarrassed to be an educator” series. This time an elementary school has banned a dangerous drug, the scourge of female lips: ChapStick. Fox News has the story:  When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough. The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case…
  • Stinky Writing

    Mike McDaniel
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    credit: bigeducationape.blogspot.com Gentle readers, forgive me. I don’t like to leave any article–with a few exceptions–up for more than four to five days. I follow Ben Franklin’s aphorism: Fish and visitors stink in three days. I add blog posts to the list. Please accept my abject apologies for not maintaining my own standards of late. The beginning of school has been berserk, as always, and the choral season has begun. As a result, my music schedule for the last week: Sunday: Two church services–6 hours Monday: Evening Master Chorale (symphony chorus)…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Nancy Pelosi has a very short memory as she claims that the Democrats "never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama."Could this be the time to restore powers to the states? We've gone so far from the original idea of power divided between the federal and state governments, that it seems impossible to put that genie back in the bottle.Now, however, states increasingly are complaining and pushing back or ignoring federal laws and mandates they say are out of touch, excessively burdensome, or unconstitutional.And with Washington immobilized by partisan gridlock, states find…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    President Obama sure does sound whiny about how tough his job is and how unfair it is that people criticize him. John Hinderaker comments on a NYT story on Obama's decision-making on attacking ISIS,Obama is “reluctant to decide” because “deciding often forces you into a more one-sided position than you’re comfortable with.” Of course it does! Before you decide, you can ponder the pros and cons, the one hand and the other hand, the various shades of gray, and leave it at that.But when you decide, you have to choose: to go to war; to bomb; to take a side; to incur casualties; to face…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    A president should want a vote from Congress to give him authorization for his efforts against ISIS. That would give him a legal support and would limit opponents for criticism from all who would vote for such an authorization. The administration is claiming that they don't need anything beyond the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) from 2001 to give the president power to go after anyone who attacked us on 9/11 or aided those who attacked us. Just last year Obama asked Congress to limit the AUMF because he said that all wars end and he had ended that war. Paul Mirengoff…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Too little, too late seems the general conclusion about the President's decision to bow to low poll ratings by announcing the US will be leading efforts to destroy the Islamic State. And of course, there was no acknowledgement that what he announced last night was the opposite of what he'd been saying just a few weeks ago about arming the supposedly moderate Syrian rebels to be the ground troops he refuses to send in from America. Just a month ago he was saying that it wasn't worth it to arm an army made up of doctors, lawyers, and pharmacists. And there was no acknowledgment that if Obama…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    The best aspect of the Republicans taking over the Senate would be seeing and hearing less of Harry Reid. This is his most humorous complaint. He has decided to waste a whole lot of Senate time on debating a proposed amendment that has no chance of passing out of Congress since it would need two-thirds of both houses. He wanted the symbolism of the proposal, but didn't really want to go any further. But it ended up that Republicans voted for advancing the proposed amendment to the floor for debate. And now Reid is annoyed that the Republicans voted for his purely symbolic time-waster.After…
 
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    Wizbang

  • A Growing Number of Teen Girls in West Volunteering for Islamist Terror Group ISIS

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Personal note: this one is up so late because I had to leave town for the funeral of my Niece’s 28-year-old husband. He passed of liver failure. I only note this because I most likely won’t be posting something on Wednesday. Officials in Austria have gone public with fears that the terror group ISIS may be finding a new wave of recruits among its teenaged girls after a number of girls have run away from home intending to join ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria. Unfortunately, Austria isn’t alone teens are fleeing countries all across the west to join jihadis.
  • Populist Hillary To Award Clinton Foundation Honors to Leo DiCaprio at Gala

    Warner Todd Huston
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Later this month, the Clinton Foundation is throwing a big gala to honor its 2014 Global Citizen Award winner, actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But with this hoity-toity gala, so much for Hillary being the “populist” woman of the people. As Hillary and her surrogates attempt to recast the former First Lady and Secretary of State as a populist woman of the people, her Clinton Foundation is set to celebrate with a dozen famous and high powered citizens of the world during its September 21 soirée. Famed actor DiCaprio is being honored for his work around the world with his Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was massive, botox-filled success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Mjolnir) – “The *Brilliant* John Kerry is puzzled by the dead silence following his greeting everybody with a ‘Shalom.’” 2) (RestlessLegs) – “Kerry helps process unaccompanied minors near the Mexican border.” 3) (fustian24) – “The good news is that they can behead him and Kerry can go on working.” 4) (yetanotherjohn) – “There but for the…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another monster success. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (guido81_MA) – “To tell you the truth, I only came here because I thought Mount Pleasant was the name of a golf course.” 2) (Rodney Dill) – “Mount Pleasant? Well I guess we’re not talkin’ ’bout Michelle then, huh?” 3) (Joe_Miller) – “Still not the smartest man in the room.” 4) (sarahconnor2) – “Another good reason to home school your…
  • Still a Slavish Flack: Carney Blames TV Networks for Fewer Obama Speeches

    Warner Todd Huston
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    By joining CNN as an on-air commentator, former Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney has passed through the revolving door between the Obama administration and the media, but he is still Obama’s man and in an interview with his new employer he noted that the TV networks are to blame for Obama not being allowed to make more TV speeches. It is lain that Carney will continue to be a bind flack for Obama even on CNN. Carney stepped down from his post as White House press secretary in June and by September it was announced he was joining CNN as
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    Hullabaloo

  • Crumbling under the pressure?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Crumbling under the pressure?by digbySomebody get this guy a valium:Speaking at a party at Downing Street, British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly said he’s had enough. “I have to say that after the events I’ve been facing over the past few days, assassination would be a welcome release.” Good lord, I hope he's just talking about the Scottish referendum and not something else ... .
  • The Great Debate

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The Great Debateby digbyI'm shocked, I tell you, shocked:There was precious little suspense about today's House vote on an amendment to include funds for the training of Syrian rebels in the CR. The debate was heated, sure, but these debates are always slanted toward the people who want to talk. The pro-funding side was so confident that Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Iraq veteran and leadership ally, took to the floor to mock the people who had not wanted this funding sooner."I don’t remember these colleagues stepping forward a month ago," he said. "By many, I was called a warmonger or a…
  • A throwdown between oracles

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A throwdown between oraclesby digbyIs there some reason anyone should care whether one election forecasting model is superior to the other?  I don't see how these models that aggregate polls to predict whether one party or the other will have a majority are anything more than a parlor game.(Or maybe a way for Vegas gamblers to lay odds...) They're fun.  I enjoy them because I'm a political junkie. But this "fight" between two of the top forecasters seems rather insubstantial to me. After all, political pros rely on their own polling in individual races to determine strategy ---…
  • It looks like somebody's clean money is touching somebody's dirty money after all.

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It looks like somebody's clean money is touching somebody's dirty money after all.by digbyI haven't seen many people comment on this so maybe I'm off base. But it seems to me that this is going to cause trouble:It was one of the trickiest issues when lawmakers were debating Obamacare, in the end, the Affordable Care Act squeaked through congress after lawmakers crafted a compromise about abortion coverage. Customers who wanted to purchase a health plan that covers abortion services would be required to send a separate check to their insurers for that coverage. That way, no taxpayer money…
  • 17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    QOTD: John Boehnerby digby“You might notice I have a few knuckleheads in my conference.”Everyone knows this is a negotiating tool as much as anything, right? Boehner *says to the Democrats, "Hey, I'd love to help you out here. We want the same things. But the knuckleheads in my caucus just won't stand for it. I can't control them, you know that. And I've got a lot of good people in these deep conservative districts who could be targeted if they don't toe the line. If you need our votes you're going to have to give a lot more than you've given or we just can't get there. What can I do?"…
 
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    Eschaton

  • Wednesday Night

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Rock on.
  • BigLaw

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Rumor mill has been that Drexel Law wouldn't survive. I guess they've had a reprieve.
  • Wednesday Evening

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    enjoy
  • What could go wrong

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Happy to be convinced otherwise, but pretty sure 'arming Syrian moderates' just means handing a bunch of weapons to random people.Our intelligence agencies are too busy looking at your sexts to have any clue.
  • BigLaw

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Don't go to law school, kids.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Late Night FDL: Don’t Cha

    Suzanne
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Pussycat Dolls — Don’t Cha, on The Ellen Degeneres Show. What’s on your mind?
  • Late Night: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History

    Crane-Station
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Ball gown and crown worn by Queen of the Krewe of Hiacynthians for their Mardi Gras ball, 1955. Letty Owings, age 89 and the author of this post, recalls history, customs and experiences in New Orleans in 1958-1959. New Orleans Mardi Gras No chapter on New Orleans would be complete without something about the Mardi Gras experience. We knew about the big parade, but beyond that we knew nothing of the festival. The secrets and functions of the city that revolves around a carnival remain obscure to outsiders. Mardi Gras is not just a celebration, it is a way of life meshed with social structure…
  • If ISIS Were Really a Movie

    David Swanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Rewrite!ISIS has created a movie preview for the coming war, a war it eagerly wants Washington to take part in. The White House and Congress would like to oblige, as long as the movie can be a short one, on the model of Libya. Here’s the plot: Evil force arises out of nowhere; United States destroys it; credits roll. If Libya-The-Movie had begun with years of support for Gadaffi or ended with the disaster left behind, the critics would have hated it. Framing is everything. Kathy Kelly published an article on Wednesday describing her visit some years back to a U.S. prison camp in Iraq…
  • New DoD Directive on Detainees Allows Sleep and Sensory Deprivation, Biometric IDs

    Jeff Kaye
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The U.S. has become a Torture Nation.On August 19, 2014, the Department of Defense released an updated version of its Directive 2310.01E on the “DoD Detainee Program.” It supercedes the previous version, dated September 5, 2006. Earlier this month, Steve Vladek at the Just Security blog, pondered why the government chose this particular time to release the new, updated directive. While his observations are important and worth considering, much of importance is omitted from his brief analysis. In my analysis — besides the potential legalities explored by Vladek, which impact…
  • More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

    Jon Walker
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The Affordable Care Act banned some of the private insurance industry’s worst practices, like denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, but that doesn’t mean they were just going to stop trying to find ways to get out of paying for customers’ health care. It simply started a game of consumer protection whac-a-mole where the industry comes up with innovative ways to screw sick people. Over at The Upshot Charles Ornstein looks at how insurance companies are designing their drug plans to discourage people with serious illness from signing up or make them pay more. From…
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    TalkLeft

  • Wednesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The House voted to train and arm "moderate" Syrian rebels. Australia carried out big anti-terror raids. Official government statement here. The media says a senior ISIS member, who is Australian, had called for a random public execution via... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama: No Ground Troops For Iraq

    Jeralyn
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    President Obama addressed the military in Tampa today. "I want to be clear. The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission," Obama said. "We will train and equip our partners. We will advise them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The iPhone 6 will be in stores on Friday. You can also preorder. It comes in two sizes. You can compare models here. If you are conflicted about which one to buy, read this. And if you currently have a grandfathered-in unlimited data plan, make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pentagon May Ask for Boots on the Ground in Iraq

    Jeralyn
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    At a congressional hearing today, General Martin Dempsey would not rule out sending ground troops to Iraq. “My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true,” he said.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Long day, just getting home. I'm going to catch up with ISIS and other news. DWTS has a new season tonight. Tommy Chong is one of the new contestants. This interview with him about the show and pot is pretty funny. (Added: I just saw Tommy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Fix

  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    1. Molly Ball at the Atlantic profiles Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate -- the party's A+ student -- in the Arkansas U.S. Senate race. Cotton’s campaign strategy seems to consist entirely of tapping this sentiment. His ads and speeches are exercises in putting “Pryor” and “Obama” in the same sentence as many times as possible; […]
  • Bernie Sanders singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ will change your life

    Jaime Fuller
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Before reading this post, you must click play on the above audio link. Yes, that's it. Go ahead. The song is indistinguishable from any kindergarten singalong for a few bars ... and then you hear it. "As EYE went WAHking." And then, from that moment, your life is changed forever. Although most accents seem to […]
  • Marco Rubio’s anti-Rand Paul foreign policy speech, translated

    Aaron Blake
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) gave a foreign policy speech on Wednesday. And if there was any doubt that he's aiming to be the most hawkish of all the potential 2016 presidential contenders, this should pretty much put that to rest. What the speech also contained were some not-so-veiled shots at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This isn't […]
  • President Obama and children spend the day touching each other’s hair

    Philip Bump
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    I don't remember being six years old. I am very confident that I was a little brat, given how I am now (Editor's note: Confirmed) and I'm pretty confident that I knew the name of the president. (It was Ronald Reagan, which narrows my age into an acceptable zone of vagueness.) But I clearly didn't […]
  • If there was ever a time when people regularly voted across party lines, it wasn’t recently

    Philip Bump
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    A bit of data in a national poll released by The New York Times on Tuesday caught our eye. It offered the standard generic Congressional ballot question -- will you vote for the Democrat or Republican in your House district? -- but included cross-tabs, data broken out by demographic, too. Republicans choose the Republican in their […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Disbarred: The other shoe falls for Pete Cammarano

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Pete Cammarano was disbarred today. The New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a 4-2 recommendation of its Disciplinary Review Board that Cammarano receive only a 3-year suspension of his NJ law license. The Court's Office for Attorney Ethics appealed that decision and the Court agreed. The decision was unanimous. From the decision: "An elected official who sells his office -- who offers favored treatment to a private developer in exchange for money -- betrays a solemn public trust. An attorney who engages in this form of public corruption, forsaking his oath of office and the oath taken when…
  • Hi, this is Cory Booker. Sorry Rosi missed your call ...

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    In the contest for Cory Booker's freshman year U.S Senate seat between the incumbent and Jeff "Who? Oh, gold standard guy" Bell, Booker is encouraging small-dollar donations with a clever offer that capitalizes on his rockstar popularity. As anybody who's run a congressional campaign where Booker has recorded a robo-call, he's good on the phone, and it gets a reaction from whoever's on the other end. Booker, who I'd like to see become more progressive as he settles in (a nearly guaranteed re-elect against the anti-marriage equality and anti-choice meh Bell) is following in President Obama's…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Today's roundup is brought to you by the monarch butterfly, and pending legislation for their habitat, and simple backyard things that help them come back. Rush Holt to Terrill 7th graders: I'm really very reluctant to go to war. Holt called "evil" those who refer to themselves as an "Islamic state" but does not believe war would make Americans safer, and believes the decision should be in the hands of Congress. Stay classy, Rutgers fans RU apologizes to Penn State for "Beat Ped State" shirts. Christie Katz: As Christie pre-campaigns for president,opponents pre-attack. Christie in New…
  • CD5: TeaCups: Roy Cho cable ad up today

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    As Bill mentioned in his Cho post this AM, Roy Cho's up on the air for cable TV viewers in Bergen today. It's called TeaCups. I think it hits Rep. Scott Garrett on the substance of his far-right voting history. Which is exactly where he needs to be hit. What do you think, Blue Jersey?
  • It Takes an Assemblyman being Wronged to get Police Cameras Right

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    This is cross-posted from the Local Knowledge Blog. Promoted by Rosi. Over the past few weeks I've tried to display some balance amidst the celebratory coverage of the Camden County Police Force. I hope it is possible to celebrate the drop in crime while also acknowledging the politics played with both the department and its numbers over the past few years. More importantly, I think it's critical to highlight the voices of those, particularly racial minorities, who are having a different experience with the police force. Part of the reason that is critical is that the troubles of Ferguson…
 
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  • Two questions about Obama's thinking about ISIS

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Peter Baker has a purported insider's view of Obama's thinking about the ISIS crisis™, based on interviews with 10 people present at two recent dinners the president held with foreign policy experts and journalists. Like most such exercises, it's not particularly revealing (with one exception noted at bottom), as the president is putting best foot forward with his guests and the guests assess him through a partisan prism (Richard Haas is respectfully negative, Jane Harman equivocally positive).  I was struck, though, by two questions Obama's not-so-private exegesis left unanswered. I…
  • Obama phones it in

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In press conferences on Aug. 28, Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, and in a Meet the Press interview on Sept. 7, Obama provided considerable detail about the way he plans to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. Key themes, cumulatively elaborated over the four sessions, were that 1) The U.S. would not act precipitously in Syria; 2) Obama would not "Americanize" struggle -- U.S. military support would be calibrated to Sunni political action; and 3) the effort would build methodically and take considerable time.Earlier today I traced these themes through all four of these quite recent Q&As because I…
  • No, Obama is not plunging neck-deep in the Big Muddy

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "We don't have a strategy yet." Those words of Obama's in an Aug. 28 press conference so flipped out the foreign policy establishment and media that no one heard heard what Obama was saying. A translation: The conditions are not yet in place for significant U.S. military action against ISIS in Syria. Our efforts now are concentrated on beginning to create such conditions.Those who fear that Obama is poised to plunge neck-deep in the Syrian muddy (here's to you, Mr. Sullivan) might look again at how he has elaborated this point repeatedly  -- in press conferences on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5,…
  • The Republicans' ACA shell game

    Andrew Sprung
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    The most credible rap against the Affordable Care Act is that it raises the cost of insurance bought in the individual market for people who have no preexisting conditions and earn too much to qualify for subsidies.That is true. Hence all the "rate shock" stories bruited by the GOP last fall.  Most of those stories did not survive scrutiny, because the GOP went for dramatic hardship cases, and most true hardship cases qualify for subsidized coverage.  Those truly dinged by the law were more like a couple with two children profiled by the New York Times earning about $100,000 per…
  • Question for Obama: Why is arming a "moderate" Syrian opposition no longer a "fantasy"?

    Andrew Sprung
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Back in January Obama suggested to David Remnick that trying to arm and shape a "moderate" opposition to Assad was futile:... I asked Obama if he was haunted by Syria, and, though the mask of his equipoise rarely slips, an indignant expression crossed his face. “I am haunted by what’s happened,” he said. “I am not haunted by my decision not to engage in another Middle Eastern war. It is very difficult to imagine a scenario in which our involvement in Syria would have led to a better outcome, short of us being willing to undertake an effort in size and scope similar to what we did in…
 
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    Opinionator

  • On Johnny’s Knee

    By Rene Denfeld
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Grown, with children of my own, I still dreamed of the abuser I once thought of as my father.
  • What’s Left of Positive Thinking?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Brooks and Collins on ISIS, football and the advent of three-person political races.
  • The Union’s Fake Canadians

    By Adam Arenson
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Why did so many black soldiers in the Civil War claim to be from America's neighbor to the North?
  • Drones and the Democracy Disconnect

    By Firmin DeBrabander
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Can the sort of honorable military battles that strengthen our national identity possibly be fought by drones?
  • Useless Creatures

    By Richard Conniff
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We act as though animals matter only when they benefit humans.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

    Soulskill
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    dcblogs writes: Scotland is not a major high-tech employment center, but it has good universities and entrepreneurial energy. About 70,000 people work in tech out of a total workforce of about 2.5 million, or about 3%. By contrast, financial services accounts for about 15% of employment in Scotland. But passions are high. "Honest, I've never been so scared in my life," said Euan Mackenzie about the prospect of separating from the U.K. He runs a 16-employee start-up, 1partCarbon, in Edinburgh, a platform that builds medical systems. "For tech start-ups, funding will be tougher to find and more…
  • Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

    timothy
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    The new battery factory that Tesla has announced it will build in Nevada comes with some nice perks: specifically, with a package of tax incentives, road construction, and legislative protection from the kind of dealer cartels that have hindered Tesla's ability to sell cars in some other states. A Bloomberg wire story gives some details about the size of the deal that Nevada made to attract the company: The biggest chunk of the deal, Tesla's sales tax exemptions, is worth an estimated at $725 million. In addition, the company would save more than an estimated $300 million in payroll and other…
  • Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

    samzenpus
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    First time accepted submitter ltorvalds11 writes Cuba says its economy is suffering a "systematic worsening" due to a US embargo, the consequences of which Havana places at $1.1 trillion since Washington imposed the sanctions in 1960, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against gold. "There is not, and there has not been in the world, such a terrorizing and vile violation of human rights of an entire people than the blockade that the US government has been leading against Cuba for 55 years," Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno told reporters. He also blamed the…
  • Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

    timothy
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    reifman (786887) writes "A thousand unionized healthcare workers protested outside Microsoft's Seattle offices over its Nevada tax dodge on Friday. Microsoft shareholders have pocketed more than $5.34 billion in tax savings as Washington State social services and schools have taken huge cuts. In a hearing Wednesday, the Supreme Court suggested it may hold the Legislature in contempt and order it to repeal all tax breaks to restore proper funding to K-12 schools and universities." I suspect Microsoft's lawyers are careful to engage in legal tax avoidance rather than illegal tax evasion.
  • "Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

    timothy
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    speedplane (552872) writes Tim Wu, the popular Columbia Law Professor, author of The Master Switch, and the guy who coined the term Net Neutrality, is running for Lieutenant Governor of the great state of New York. He "has waged a shoestring anti-establishment campaign," that is well underway, and has even begun receiving attacks from the incumbent: "It has not always been smooth for Mr. Wu .... Surrogates for Mr. Cuomo have pounced on his admitted lack of 'message discipline' for comments he made comparing net neutrality to the suffragist movement (which he says were taken out of context)…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Pete Tong’s position within the electronic music industry is about as high as one could imagine. Together with his MBE, he hosts two huge radio shows (one in the US and the other here in the UK), is recognised as one of the industry’s key tastemakers and DJs all over the world on a regular [...]
  • Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Time is something I’ve been thinking an awful lot about during the London leg of the spring/summer 2015 collections. Actually, that’s a lie. Because there’s no time to think. Or to eat, breathe, go to the toilet. Those kind of things. It makes you long, a little, for New York, for the wide open spaces of their fashion week calendar (at least, my fashion week calendar). In London, every hour, on the hour, there’s something to see.
  • Scottish independence makes no economic sense whatsoever

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    The question is whether the citizens of a future Scottish state believe that the apparent emotional and psychological benefits of independence outweigh the years of greater austerity and deflation that they will have to endure to secure the country’s material prosperity.
  • Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?
  • The Barking Blondes: Lost Dogs

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many films and works of fiction have been based on the tear-jerking scenario of a lost dog making its way home. Well how about this to tug on the old heart strings? A Labrador cross who covered 120 miles before being reunited with its owner? Howard Hughes, a reporter from BBC Radio Berkshire, contributed to our dog radio [...]
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  • Terrorists on the Southern Border vs. Terrorists Sponsored by the FBI

    Lucian McMahon
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony today from intelligence apparatchiks Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson concerning potential "threats to the homeland"—with ISIS, naturally, at the center of attention. The witnesses reminded the committee several times during the proceedings that, in the words of Olson, the intelligence community has "no information that ISIL is plotting an attack against the United States." Nor, once again, does the intelligence community have any…
  • FIRE to Colleges: Happy Constitution Day! Now Respect Free Speech Already

    Robby Soave
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education celebrated Constitution Day by mailing letters to 300 different colleges warning them that they are violating the First Amendment—and could face lawsuits if they don't reform soon. According to FIRE: Colleges that wish to bring their policies into compliance with the First Amendment are urged to contact FIRE. FIRE offers resources such as its guidebook for college administrators,Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies, a bound version of which is included in every certified letter sent today. All consultations and resources are…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Obama Waffling, Benghazi Paneling, V.A. Stonewalling, Scottish Secession, Millennial Couch-Surfing, Biden Shylocking, Private Space-Taxis, and Anthony Fisher on ISIS Propaganda!

    Matt Welch
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Tonight's episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) begins with President Barack Obama's latest mixed-up messaging regarding the War on ISIS. Party Panelists Guy Benson (Townhall Political Editor) and Rick Ungar (Forbes columnist) will deconstruct that, along with the surprisingly sober Day One of the Benghazi Select Committee hearings. Later in the show, the pair will discuss why Millennials are missing out on important life milestones, and whether Vice President Joe Biden should feel remorse for using the insult "shylock." With…
  • 'World War III Is a Very Important, Very Progressive War'

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    "Help Obama Kickstart World War III!" is a darling little video made by improvisational comedy titans Second City. I was introduced to it today via Twitter, but the video was made and released in 2013, during President Obama's push to use force against the Assad regime in Syria. Perhaps it has new relevance now that the U.S. House has voted to train and arm Syrian rebels in support of Obama's advertures in ISIS-slaying. Enjoy! (And remember: All WWIII crowdfunding donations can be sent directly to the Internal Revenue Service.)
  • Jesse Walker on the ISIS Conspiracies

    Reason.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For a century, Americans' anxieties about the southern border have mixed with their fears of one subversive force after another. Reason's Jesse Walker looks at how that history has affected the ISIS crisis. View this article.
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • RADICALISM

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why ISIL Wants to Be In a War With America

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    As we continue to debate our new war, or semi-war, or whatever you want to call it, it's important for people like me whose job it is to write about political developments not to pretend to know more than we do. It's not always easy to restrain yourself, since if you're a political blogger you have to have an opinion about everything (and fast). When we get into a topic like this that touches on so many different areas—the presidency, Congress, public opinion, terrorism, and so on—it can be difficult if not impossible to stay in the lane of the topics where you actually know what you're…
  • Benghazi Select Committee Hearings Begin; Craziness Inevitably to Follow

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    There's a lot going on in the world: we have a new war ramping up, Ebola is spreading, and various NFL players are discovered beating the crap out of women and children (and I for one am shocked that a group of men who have spent their lives being rewarded for cultivating their most violent instincts and abilities would turn out to be prone to violence). So it may have missed your notice that today marks the beginning of public hearings in the select committee on Benghazi, or as Ed Kilgore has termed it, Benghazi! In advance, Democrats on the committee have set up a website showing how all…
  • Naomi Klein: Pitting Environment Against Economy Risks Failure of Both

    Joshua Holland
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    TED Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, at her December 2010 TED Women Talk. This article was originally published at BillMoyers.com, the website of the television program, Moyers & Company. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system. But as we approach a tipping…
  • Republicans Go Boldly to (Sort Of) Support Obama on ISIL

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    For months, when you asked Republicans what they wanted to do about ISIL, they would be quick to assure everyone that they didn't want to deploy large numbers of ground troops. Trainers, intelligence folks, coordinators, sure — but they're very clear that they aren't advocating a re-invasion of Iraq. Whether their reticence about ground troops has its roots in the politics of renewing a desperately unpopular war, or it's because they genuinely believe it would be a bad idea, they were unambiguous on that point. What they did advocate was arming and training Syrian rebels. Likewise, it might…
  • What America Needs Is More Senators Who Can Handle Themselves In a Firefight

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad…
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    The American Prospect

  • Why ISIL Wants to Be In a War With America

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    As we continue to debate our new war, or semi-war, or whatever you want to call it, it's important for people like me whose job it is to write about political developments not to pretend to know more than we do. It's not always easy to restrain yourself, since if you're a political blogger you have to have an opinion about everything (and fast). When we get into a topic like this that touches on so many different areas—the presidency, Congress, public opinion, terrorism, and so on—it can be difficult if not impossible to stay in the lane of the topics where you actually know what you're…
  • Benghazi Select Committee Hearings Begin; Craziness Inevitably to Follow

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    There's a lot going on in the world: we have a new war ramping up, Ebola is spreading, and various NFL players are discovered beating the crap out of women and children (and I for one am shocked that a group of men who have spent their lives being rewarded for cultivating their most violent instincts and abilities would turn out to be prone to violence). So it may have missed your notice that today marks the beginning of public hearings in the select committee on Benghazi, or as Ed Kilgore has termed it, Benghazi! In advance, Democrats on the committee have set up a website showing how all…
  • Naomi Klein: Pitting Environment Against Economy Risks Failure of Both

    Joshua Holland
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    TED Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, at her December 2010 TED Women Talk. This article was originally published at BillMoyers.com, the website of the television program, Moyers & Company. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system. But as we approach a tipping…
  • Republicans Go Boldly to (Sort Of) Support Obama on ISIL

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    For months, when you asked Republicans what they wanted to do about ISIL, they would be quick to assure everyone that they didn't want to deploy large numbers of ground troops. Trainers, intelligence folks, coordinators, sure — but they're very clear that they aren't advocating a re-invasion of Iraq. Whether their reticence about ground troops has its roots in the politics of renewing a desperately unpopular war, or it's because they genuinely believe it would be a bad idea, they were unambiguous on that point. What they did advocate was arming and training Syrian rebels. Likewise, it might…
  • What America Needs Is More Senators Who Can Handle Themselves In a Firefight

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad…
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    Wonkblog

  • A look at who did (and didn’t) get mortgages in the boom, bust and after

    Dina ElBoghdady
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:19 pm
    African Americans and Hispanics are still feeling the pain of the housing bust, and they’re feeling it more acutely than white Americans, even all these years later. The Urban Institute captured the phenomenon in a series of interactive maps that show the distribution of 100 million mortgages originated from 2001 through 2012, broken down by race and ethnicity. The color coded maps allow users to take a deep dive into localities for a look at mortgage origination patterns. The maps chronicle what many researchers have already said: Loans to Hispanics and African Americans shot up…
  • How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

    Jonnelle Marte
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
  • Federal Reserve details new exit strategy, keeps record-low rate

    Ylan Q. Mui
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) The Federal Reserve on Wednesday released details of its plan to reverse nearly six years of easy money as it nears the end of its trillion-dollar stimulus campaign. The move comes amid an economic recovery that looks increasingly sustainable, even if it is not as robust as anticipated. The central bank released a more upbeat forecast for the job market Wednesday, predicting the unemployment rate would fall to between 5.9 percent and 6 percent by the end of the year. It slightly downgraded its assessment of economic growth this year to between 2 percent and 2.2…
  • This chart bodes very badly for the taxi industry in its battle against Uber

    Emily Badger
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    (Adam Berry/Getty Images) Despite the increasingly bitter PR war between the taxi industry and its startup foes such as Uber and Lyft, one fundamental question about the relationship between the two remains hazy: Are these new app-based transportation services creating new demand among consumers who never took taxis anyway, or are they straight-up stealing traditional taxi business? I've heard from regulators and officials in multiple cities who believe that cab companies and Uber serve fundamentally different consumer groups, that the idea of direct competition between the two is…
  • Most Americans haven’t given any thought to how they will die. This report shows why they should

    Peter Whoriskey
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Greg Lehman) The “death panel” controversy that erupted during the healthcare debate may have receded. But a report released today by the Institute of Medicine called “Dying in America” reminds readers that just because politicians aren’t talking much about how Americans are cared for at the end of life doesn’t mean the issue has gone away. “The controversy on this topic and the political desire to avoid it do not alter the fact that every person will face the end of life one day,” former IOM president Harvey V. Fineberg, and current…
 
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  • White House launches new campaign against sexual assault

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    President Obama and Vice President Biden will debut a new campaign urging men to get more involved in preventing sexual assault on college campuses Friday at the White House.The campaign, dubbed “It's On Us,” is designed around “the belief...
  • White House backs stopgap spending bill

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    The White House said Wednesday it supports House passage of a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government funded through Dec. 11.The measure is also expected to include language authorizing a program to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight...
  • 'Things have gotten really out of whack,' Biden tells crowd in Iowa

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Vice President Biden touched on a number of Democratic campaign themes during a speech in Iowa on Wednesday to help kick off a nationwide tour for a group of Catholic nuns traveling the country to register voters.Though his trip to the first-in-the-...
  • Club for Growth withdraws key vote on stopgap spending bill

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    The conservative group Club for Growth said Wednesday that it is pulling its key vote on the $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill because the vote will largely be driven by foreign policy.GOP lawmakers have attached an amendment to the bill authorizing...
  • Poll majority: Obama not tough enough on ISIS

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    A majority of Americans, including 4 in 10 Democrats, says President Obama is not being tough enough in confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group, according to a poll released Wednesday.Some 57 percent of those surveyed in...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Gosselin World Wide Moving v. United States ex rel. Bunk 13-1399 Issue: (1) Whether the Fourth Circuit erred in holding, in conflict with the Ninth Circuit, that the Shipping Act’s exemption from federal antitrust laws of any “agreement or activity relating to the foreign inland segment” of “through transportation” between the United States and a foreign country” does not apply where a collusive agreement relating to the “foreign inland segment” indirectly affects prices for overall “through transportation”; and (2) whether the Fourth Circuit…
  • Petitions to watch | The “Long Conference” of September 29 (Part III)

    Maureen Johnston
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    This is the third installment of “Petitions to watch” featuring cases up for consideration at the Court’s September 29 “Long Conference.”  Because the Court has not considered new petitions since the end of June, the number of petitions slated for review at the September 29 Conference is quite large – more than at any other Conference of the year. Therefore, we are posting our list of petitions to watch at the “Long Conference” in three separate installments. This final installment includes petitions seeking review of issues such as state bans on same-sex marriage and the…
  • Wednesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Briefly: In The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin discusses the “undue burden” standard for laws regulating abortion, which he characterizes as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s “most important triumph during her long and consequential tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court,” and whether that standard will survive if challenges to a Texas law requiring abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers come to the Court. In an op-ed for The National Law Journal (registration or subscription required), Ron Honberg urges the Court to grant the petition for certiorari filed by Texas death row…
  • U.S. urges review of investment cases

    Lyle Denniston
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    With the support of the Justice Department, two new cases on investment law are more likely to be reviewed by the Supreme Court:  one on the right of investors to sue for false stock registration statements, and one on the duty of employee benefit plan managers to get rid of questionable items in plan portfolios.  Asked by the Court for the government’s views, the Solicitor General urged the Court to rule on both. The Court’s docket indicates that the Justices will consider whether to grant the petitions in Moores v. Hildes, the registration statement case, and Tibble v.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The petition of the day is: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. 14-86 Issue: Whether an employer can be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights At of 1964 for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging an employee based on a “religious observance and practice” only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required and the employer’s actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice from the applicant or employee. In association with Bloomberg Law
 
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  • Trent Franks: "It is true that we know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico)"

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Is ISIS in Mexico and planning to cross the border? With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria growing in the Middle East, nearly half of Americans think the country is less safe than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, according to a recent poll. Some Republicans have expressed concern that the southern border is so porous, members of the extremist group could slip into the United States from Mexico. And a few have said such a plot is already in the works -- but federal agencies don’t agree. Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, said his state…
  • Amy Klobuchar: Children who witness domestic violence are "twice as likely to commit it themselves."  

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Klobuchar: Children who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to commit domestic violence The release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator revived conversations about domestic violence on the Sunday shows.   On the Sept. 14, 2014, edition of CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., shared an anecdote from her time as a prosecutor to illustrate the ills of domestic violence. "We had a poster outside the door so everyone would see it when…
  • Rand Paul: "Income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors."

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rand Paul says income inequality is worse in cities with Democratic mayors During a recent interview with NPR, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took aim at the belief -- widely held among Democrats -- that Republican policies are encouraging greater income inequality. "I think inequality can be a problem, and interestingly seems to be getting a little bit worse under this administration," Paul said. "Income inequality is worse in towns run by Democrat mayors than in towns run by Republican mayors." (Here’s the full transcript.) A reader…
  • National Republican Congressional Committee: Says "John Barrow voted with Obama 85 percent of the time."

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | NRCC says Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., voted with Barack Obama 85% of the time One of the biggest obstacles to a strong Democratic showing in the 2014 midterm elections is that approval ratings for President Barack Obama are mired in the 40 percent range -- and even lower in many red states. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee -- the House Republicans’ campaign arm -- is creating ads that emphasize the degree to which vulnerable Democratic incumbents have voted with Obama. We recently found two…
  • National Republican Congressional Committee: Says "Nick Rahall voted with Obama 94 percent of the time."

    15 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | NRCC says Nick Rahall voted with Barack Obama 94% of the time One of the biggest obstacles to a strong Democratic showing in the 2014 midterm elections is that approval ratings for President Barack Obama are mired in the 40 percent range -- and even lower in many red states. Because of this, it’s no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee -- the House Republicans’ campaign arm -- is creating ads that emphasize the degree to which vulnerable Democratic incumbents have voted with Obama. We recently found two NRCC ads using…
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    John Cole +0
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
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  • Some dots connect themselves

    Tim F.
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    So the other day a garden variety Turner Diaries survivalist made that faint snapping sound that you hear whenever one of them gets the uncontrollable urge to consummate his relationship with his guns. This one dressed up like a twelve year old playing Rambo and shot a couple of cops in Pennsylvania (warning: autoplay ad). In his story I noticed something odd between the lines. Eric Matthew Frein loved guns and war. He read about survivalist skills, but lived with his parents and drove their Jeep Cherokee the last two years. The 31-year-old suspect in the Friday murder of state police Cpl.
  • Once Again, This Is Good News for John McCain Roger Goodell

    Anne Laurie
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Another centipede shoe drops, per SBNation… Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on aggravated assault allegations, according to azcentral sports. According to a police spokesman, Dwyer was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. An NFL spokesperson said the league is looking into the arrest and the Cardinals have deactivated Dwyer, according to Jane McManus… The combination of these stories has shone a spotlight on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has seen prominent media members and women’s advocacy groups call for his…
  • He’s Just a Scared and Uptight, Metrosexual, Washingtonian

    John Cole +0
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Simon Maloy takes down Senator Butters: Sen. Lindsey Graham is terrified. The world as he sees it is just filled to the brim with terrifyingly competent terrorists groups who, without any warning and acting with unchecked efficiency, will make good on whatever threat they issue and waltz unimpeded into the United States and wreak havoc. He describes horrifying scenarios in which untold numbers of American citizens are killed. And Graham helpfully disseminates his disturbing visions of mass slaughter via cable news and the Sunday shows. This, of course, is precisely the sort of abject terror…
  • Wednesday Evening Open Thread: Historical Politico-Pornographic News Pic of the Week

    Anne Laurie
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Maybe it’s a hoax, but what th’ heck: Wanna help solve a mystery? It’s over at The Awl, it was found by Elon Green, and it features then-Governors George Romney and Ronald Reagan, their wives, and an as-yet-unidentified young boy. Trigger warning: I can’t believe MisterMix didn’t see it before I did. Apart from being reminded how innocent “the media” was forty-odd years ago, what’s on the agenda for the evening? Share This space reserved for your ad.
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  • August Was Hottest August Ever Recorded Per NASA Data

    Ron Chusid
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Living through 2014 has given many of us the sensation that after years of record warm years this could be an exception. Of course even if this was the case, one year would not change the overall trend, and certainly add no credence to the phony conservative claim of a hiatus in global warming. We can be mislead because having a generally cooler year in some areas does not mean the same is true globally. I was a bit surprised to find that the past August was the hottest on record and 2014 is still turning out to be one of the warmer years on record according to NASA’s data. The Hill…
  • FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile

    KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:21 pm
    The FCC received 1,776,471 emails and 1,297,691 electronic comments on its network neutrality proposal from late April to September 15. On Wednesday, the agency released daily and weekly data totaling 3,074,162 comments.. FCC net neutrality comments submitted via email; weekly data. FCC net neutrality comments submitted via electronic system ; daily data. The comment period officially opened on May 15, but the email account was established April 24. This explains the different start dates on the two charts. The first bump in daily online comments chart followed John Oliver’s June 1…
  • Scottish Opponents of Independence Slightly Ahead In Polls

    Guest Voice
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:57 pm
    (Reuters) – Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support for… Share on Tumblr
  • Wisconsin GOP Candidate Jacob Dorsey Drops Out of Race After Offensive Tweets

    JANET SHAN
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Wisconsin Republican state assembly candidate Jacob Dorsey, 19, is totally sorry for disparaging blacks and gays on social media, The Gazette reports.  He dropped out of the race after admitting he made offensive comments on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Here’s more from Talking Points Memo: In December 2013, Dorsey tweeted “f*gs need 2 leave my favorite state alone” after a judge decided not to stay the ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban, according to the NOManiancs blog. Now, Dorsey admitted that he made other offensive comments on Twitter…
  • Election Forecasts Now Improving For Democrats To Retain Control Of Senate

    Ron Chusid
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Various forecasts for who will control the Senate are now tilting in the direction of the Democrats, with most still agreeing the race is very close, continuing a trend I noted at the beginning of the month. Some of the predictions more favorable to Democrats have been those which concentrate more on polls as opposed to historical trends and other factors. Nate Silver had previously discounted many of the polls, noting both the low number and often poor quality of polls available. Silver is now reconsidering his prediction, decreasing chances for Republicans to take control of the Senate from…
 
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  • 90 y.o. gay newlyweds on falling in love 72 years ago (video)

    John Aravosis
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I wrote the other day about Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes of Iowa, ages 91 and 90, getting married the other day after 72 years of being a couple. Well, the women did an interview with the Des Moines Register. A-DOR-able. (Sorry, the Des Moines Register apparently thinks the year is 1999, and that it’s “nifty” to have the video below automatically auto-play because, you know, you’re too dumb to figure out how to push the play button. If anyone knows how to turn off the auto-play option, I’m listening.)
  • Twin 21 y.o. Canadians come out to the coolest parents ever (on camera)

    John Aravosis
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I love these parents. I love these guys. Two Canadian brothers — the Monastero brothers — who are fraternal twins, decided to come out to the parents together, and film it. The parents always suspected the one brother was gay, but not the other. And they were awfully cool about it. These guys are a riot. Now, in all fairness, all parents are not so cool. Mine were. But some disown you. That happened to my cousin for a number of years (but no more).
  • Voter ID laws just decided an election in Mississippi

    Jon Green
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a special election runoff last Tuesday, Glenn Bolin and Stephanie Bounds both received exactly 177 votes to become the next alderman for Poplarville, Mississippi. However, while 354 ballots were cast, 355 people showed up to vote. One person showed up without a valid photo ID and was forced to vote by affidavit. They didn’t return to the registrar’s office with the required ID, so the two candidates drew straws to determine the winner. Bolin won. We can’t be sure who would have won had all of the votes been counted, because no one knows who the 355th voter is or…
  • ISIS spelled backwards is sissy

    John Aravosis
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    ISIS, the latest big-bad in Islamist terror, is now playing the gay card. Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports that in a propaganda video from earlier this spring, an ISIS fighter explains why Muslims worldwide should flee non-Muslim countries, and join ISIS in a new terror-state nirvana that it plans to set up in Syria and Iraq. (Because when you think “slice of heaven,” whose mind doesn’t immediately run to war-torn Syria and Iraq?) You see, ISIS explains that if you don’t join their little band of merry men, your kids might be taught in school by gays,…
  • Was that actress REALLY arrested because she’s black?

    John Aravosis
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    UPDATE: TMZ has photos. I wrote yesterday about an African-American actress, Daniele Watts, who was arrested (the cops claim she was only temporarily detained, but she was in handcuffs) after someone phoned in a complaint claiming that Watts and her boyfriend were having sex in their car. At the time, I believed Watts, and wrote a rather indignant piece about it. Now, I’m less sure. One big lesson I’ve learned from my decades of gay rights advocacy is that you have to be really careful about crying wolf. Meaning, if you’re going to claim a gay civil rights violation,…
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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides. But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it? Source YouTube
  • Scottish Independence - Groundskeeper Willie

    nock (/politics/member/nock)
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Willie would like to lead the new nation.
  • David Cross on the Terrorists

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    David Cross annihilates the neocon lie that the terrorists hate America because of our freedoms. Source YouTube
  • Moore Says Obama Remembered Solely as First Black President

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Via Daily Caller: According to left-wing documentarian Michael Moore, history will remember President Obama solely for the color of his skin. Moore shared his frustrations in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, where he was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first documentary, Roger & Me. “When the history is written of this era, this is how [Obama will] be remembered: ‘He was the first black president.’ Okay, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama. A hundred years from now, ‘he was the first black American that got…
  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

    lurgee (/politics/member/lurgee)
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite. - June 18, 14
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  • Why ISIL Wants to Be In a War With America

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    As we continue to debate our new war, or semi-war, or whatever you want to call it, it's important for people like me whose job it is to write about political developments not to pretend to know more than we do. It's not always easy to restrain yourself, since if you're a political blogger you have to have an opinion about everything (and fast). When we get into a topic like this that touches on so many different areas—the presidency, Congress, public opinion, terrorism, and so on—it can be difficult if not impossible to stay in the lane of the topics where you actually know what you're…
  • Benghazi Select Committee Hearings Begin; Craziness Inevitably to Follow

    Paul Waldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    There's a lot going on in the world: we have a new war ramping up, Ebola is spreading, and various NFL players are discovered beating the crap out of women and children (and I for one am shocked that a group of men who have spent their lives being rewarded for cultivating their most violent instincts and abilities would turn out to be prone to violence). So it may have missed your notice that today marks the beginning of public hearings in the select committee on Benghazi, or as Ed Kilgore has termed it, Benghazi! In advance, Democrats on the committee have set up a website showing how all…
  • Naomi Klein: Pitting Environment Against Economy Risks Failure of Both

    Joshua Holland
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    TED Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, at her December 2010 TED Women Talk. This article was originally published at BillMoyers.com, the website of the television program, Moyers & Company. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein argues that if we had taken action years ago when scientists first established that human activities were changing our climate, we might have been able to deal with the problem of global warming with only minimal disruption to our economic system. But as we approach a tipping…
  • Republicans Go Boldly to (Sort Of) Support Obama on ISIL

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    For months, when you asked Republicans what they wanted to do about ISIL, they would be quick to assure everyone that they didn't want to deploy large numbers of ground troops. Trainers, intelligence folks, coordinators, sure — but they're very clear that they aren't advocating a re-invasion of Iraq. Whether their reticence about ground troops has its roots in the politics of renewing a desperately unpopular war, or it's because they genuinely believe it would be a bad idea, they were unambiguous on that point. What they did advocate was arming and training Syrian rebels. Likewise, it might…
  • What America Needs Is More Senators Who Can Handle Themselves In a Firefight

    Paul Waldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad…
 
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  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Effective legislator will bring new energy to SoS office by Brian Leubitz I'm not as big of a critic of Debra Bowen's time in office as some others. To be clear, while the office could have done a better job in some areas, like Cal-Access and some other very important data tools, she has made a concerted effort to make the voting process transparent. That being said, maybe we need a different type of leader in that office now. With the recent news that Sen. Alex Padilla was leading Republican electoral neophyte Pete Peterson by a relatively slim 43-36 lead in the recent Field Poll. Of course,…
  • Governor's Debate Gets Fiesty

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Governor and challenger spar in sole debate by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari had his big moment in the spotlight last night at the governor's debate. Jerry Brown remains the prohibitive favorite with a 19.5 point lead in the RCP polling average. At this point, it would take something of a disaster on multiple fronts for Kashkari to surge past Brown. But Brown is taking nothing for granted. His big war chest remains at the ready in case anything changes, and he is directly taking on his challenger. It began with a strong barb at Governor Brown from Kashkari: His 40 years in government has left…
  • A Few Bills of Note: Plastic Bags, Accreditation, Uber

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

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

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

    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…
  • Not Fighting ISIS Could Be Worse Than Fighting It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    My friend and colleague David Frum makes a compelling case against America’s ramped-up war on the terrorist group ISIS. The thrust of David’s argument is that the U.S. will be waging this war on behalf of the Iranian regime, which, of course, is our prime adversary in the Middle East, one that is more wily, more consequential, and (of course) much closer to crossing the nuclear threshold than ISIS is: The trouble with the policy of aid-Iran-but-don’t-admit-it is that the United States receives nothing in return—and specifically, no abatement of the Iranian nuclear program. The Obama…
  • Obama's Realization: There's No Way Out of the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    President Obama—who will tell the country tonight that the U.S. is taking its air war against the psychotic, end-of-days Islamist terrorists of ISIS directly to their safe havens in Syria—has now comprehensively learned, six years into his presidency, that Michael Corleone’s fatalistic insight about the mafia also holds true for presidents in the Middle East: “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.” A president desperate to make at least a semi-graceful exit from a very large swamp has learned that there is no way out. This will not be the Cairo speech of 2009, in…
  • Obama's Most Important Achievement in the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Here are five observations about President Obama’s frustrating and largely hapless encounter with the Middle East: 1)  Inaction has its consequences, just as action has its consequences; 2)  Just because you’re not interested in the Middle East doesn’t mean the Middle East isn’t interested in you; 3)  Chaos and collapse in the Middle East cannot be solely, or even (perhaps) mainly, attributed to the mistaken or ill-conceived ideas, goals, speeches, and strategies of American presidents; 4)  Obama, more than other presidents, gets no credit for his concrete accomplishments in the…
  • Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, and Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Shortly after I posted my interview with Hillary Clinton last month, I began hearing from liberal Democrats who were worried that her hawkish comments—on Syria, but especially on the Gaza war—would somehow provoke a primary challenge from her left (these conversations proceeded from the assumption that Clinton is running for president, which is a reasonable assumption). The Democratic Party base, the theory went, would be so offended by Clinton’s vociferous pro-Netanyahu positioning that it would agitate on behalf of a primary challenge. Elizabeth Warren, the populist Massachusetts…
 
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  • Made in America, Again

    James Fallows
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    In the decade after World War II, the United States produced more goods than the rest of the world combined. Now America’s share of world production is about 20 percent, which, depending on how you count, is about the same as China’s or slightly more. Most of this change reflects other countries’ rise rather than any American decline. In fact, U.S. manufacturing output is about six times higher than it was in 1950; American workers are nearly 10 times more productive than those in China. Moreover, as any country develops—even factory-dense China, even a champion industrial exporter…
  • The 100 Percent Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

    James Fallows
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned the latest accomplishment of Burlington, Vermont. Previously the site of such implausible-sounding but actually true achievements as "an airport that is pleasant" and "a newspaper that is doing well," it now boasted a "100% renewable" city energy supply. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more A reader in China, who is himself in the clean-energy business, writes to dispute the claim—really, how much of a step forward it represents. First he highlighted these parts of the AP story about the renewable claim. The story said: "[The local utility companies do…
  • Greening Up in Burlington, Rocking Out in Allentown

    James Fallows
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    1) Green Power in Vermont. Last year our American Futures team reported on several almost-too-good-to-be-true aspects of life in Burlington, Vermont. A print newspaper that was thriving. A commercial airport that was actually pleasant. A brewery whose output was so much in demand that it rationed sales to give everyone a chance. A strong business-and-social-responsibility culture, including in clean tech and info tech. Advances in traditional higher-ed but also in a "career-oriented" approach. An ability to absorb refugees and immigrants. Overall, effective governance and public-private…
  • Countdown to Tonight's Arena Debut in Allentown

    James Fallows
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday Marketplace had a very thorough story about Allentown’s effort to revive its downtown, and I did a teaser for a series of posts we’ll start next week. If you check the Marketplace link, you can read a great overview by Tommy Andres of the city's predicament and plans. As a bonus you'll see the incredibly Village People-esque Billy Joel music video of his early-80s song "Allentown" (which was actually about nearby Bethlehem) plus modern-day pictures of the city. You go can straight to the video here. For now, an update on the event that’s the official kickoff of the new era in…
  • The Eagles Come to Allentown, and So Does 'American Futures'

    James Fallows
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    In a few hours, our partners at Marketplace will carry their latest “American Futures” report, this one on an unusual, high-speed, and high-stakes effort to revive the tattered downtown district of Allentown, Pa. Starting next Monday, here at the Atlantic’s site, Deb Fallows, John Tierney, and I will kick off a new season of American Futures reports with a series of posts on Allentown's ambitions, challenges, and personalities. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more In between those two dates—to be precise, tomorrow night, Friday, at 8 p.m.—the new era in the town's…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • 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…
  • Help me Snopes myself!

    SuperUser
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Doctor Science In his July Wired article about the history of autocorrect, Gideon Lewis-Kraus writes:A commenter on the Language Log blog recently mentioned hearing of an entire dialect in Asia based on phone cupertinos, where teens used the first suggestion from autocomplete instead of their chosen word, thus creating a slang that others couldn't decode. (It's similar to the Anglophone teenagers who, in a previous texting era, claimed to have replaced the term of approval cool with that of book because of happenstance T9 input priority.)A few days ago, Anna North of the NY Times asked…
  • Slart's country journal

    SuperUser
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    from Slartibartifast, found in a hermetically sealed tupperware container It has been very difficult for me to remain in touch, respond to runaway italics and the like. We have recently moved out in the sticks, and one of the bonus features of being out in the sticks is that internet may or may not be available. Satellite internet, it turns out, is woefully inadequate to support e.g. 8 hours a day continuous EVPN. So now, at age 53, I find myself working out of my Dad's basement. It seems like a good time to start blogging again, just to round out the image. We moved here end of July,…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Playing Politics With Immigration

    Robert Farley
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates’ positions. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s ad criticizes Landrieu for supporting “amnesty” based on her vote for a bipartisan immigration bill in 2013. The bill included an earned path to citizenship, not blanket amnesty — a distinction Cassidy himself made in a 2013 interview. An ad from Sen. Mary Landrieu quotes Cassidy out of context to suggest he’s weak on border security. He is heard saying,…
  • Doubling Down in West Virginia

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Rep. Nick Rahall’s latest TV ad doubles down on the deceptive claim that Republican Evan Jenkins has pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. In the latest ad, a coal miner by the name of Jackie Counts Jr. says, “When I hear Evan Jenkins say that he’s gonna take away our black lung benefits, it just bothers me to no end.” Jenkins said no such thing. To the contrary, Jenkins says he is “firmly opposed to any cuts to the Federal Black Lung Benefit Program.” Counts also says in the ad, “If I lose my black lung benefits, I…
  • Colorado’s Contraception Controversy

    Lori Robertson
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Both sides in the Colorado Senate race are misleading voters in TV ads on Republican Rep. Cory Gardner’s proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills over-the-counter. Gardner says in a TV ad that he has a plan to sell oral contraceptives, or the pill, over-the-counter without a prescription. But Congress has nothing to do with the process for making drugs available over-the-counter. That’s done by the Food and Drug Administration if petitioned by the drug manufacturer. Gardner’s ad also says his over-the-counter plan would be “cheaper and easier, for you” than Democratic…
  • Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

    D'Angelo Gore
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, “admits she’s too liberal” and that “her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.” Not exactly. The ad cites the source as “her campaign plan,” but that particular memo — one of several included in a 144-page Nunn campaign document — talked about devising a strategy to push back against “potential Republican attacks” on Nunn. The likely attacks included that “Nunn is too liberal” and that a nonprofit…
  • NEA Advocacy Fund

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Political leanings: Liberal Spending target: Unknown The NEA Advocacy Fund is the super PAC of the National Education Association, the “nation’s largest professional employee organization.” The NEA describes itself as an “advocate for education professionals.” The NEA created its super PAC in late 2010, and it has been active ever since in congressional and gubernatorial races. From the beginning, the NEA Advocacy Fund spent its money exclusively against Republican candidates and in support of Democrats. The NEA Advocacy Fund spent $4.2 million in the 2010 election cycle in…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Connecting the Dots

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Take Back the Tech grades Facebook, Twitter, et al, on transparency; MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig talks about getting matched funds; and much, much more.
  • Can Technology Help Swing Scotland’s Referendum Towards Yes?

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom since 1707 and the old cultural ties to the rest of the British Isles are one of the main arguments made against independence in tomorrow's referendum vote. Yet if the Yes to independence side is to succeed – the polls narrowed in the final month of the campaign to within a couple of percent after a sudden surge in support for independence – it will be something much more modern that will win the day: the use of online technology in a top-down data driven manner and networked grassroots way.
  • First POST: Splits

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    USA Freedom Act divides Internet activists; Julian Assange's Reddit "Ask Me Anything"; New York's pro-net-neutrality protest; and much, much more
  • Personal Democracy Forum Italia: September 29th in Rome

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    In less than two weeks, on September 29th, Personal Democracy Forum will arrive in Italy for the first time, kicking off a series of conferences and events on innovation. More than 30 speakers will gather to explore the theme, “In a data society.”
  • After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality and Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo.
 
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    Corrente

  • Bernie! Pay attention! It was Democrats! Democrats! Democrats! who lost Florida for Gore

    lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Body:  Jim Hightower in Salon, November 28, 2000, before the Democrats had begun the blame-shifting that's the best thing they do: 308,000 Democrats voted for Bush. Hello. If Gore had taken even 1 percent of these Democrats from Bush, Nader’s votes wouldn’t have mattered. So, Bernie, when I hear you say stuff like this, I'm shaking my head:
  • In the garden: Autumn black-eyed susans

    lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Body:  Schneider Tele. More decay, in raking light, with Constable-like touch of red.
  • In the garden: Autumn honeysuckle

    lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Body:  Schneider 2x Tele. Perhaps not the first time this subject has been photographed, but still pretty.
  • Why I like this post from Matt Stoller on Saudi sponsorship of ISIS a lot

    lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Body:  (Here.) First, we agree -- confirmation bias alert -- on the nature of the state: The Saudi state, like all states, isn’t a coherent whole, but a set* of elites that interact with each other. There are thousands of ‘princes’ who basically just get oil income, but any of them can act independently and many of them do.
  • Brits use Scottish oil as collateral

    lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Body:  George Washington's blog: [A]s Max Keiser explained: (1) The UK can now borrow cheaply using the giant Scottish oil reserves as collateral (2) If Scotland leaves, the collateral (oil reserves) is no longer available (3) So the cost of borrowing money for Britain skyrockets
 
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    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
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    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • Israel’s NSA scandal

    susie
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So that’s how it happened. The Israelis have been blackmailing gay Palestinians to force them to be informants (always the hallmark of a democratic nation, I say!): WASHINGTON — IN Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents. Among his most shocking discoveries, he told me, was the fact that…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Over 60 percent of Latinas say they know a victim of domestic violence

    Latina Lista
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Over 60 percent of Latinas say they know a victim of domestic violence by Latina Lista LatinaLista — It’s said that domestic violence is more common than diabetes. And if social media is any indication, in the aftermath of the NFL fiasco handling of those players caught in acts of violence, domestic violence is at crisis levels. For too many Latino families it’s also a daily fact of life. A new survey by the Allstate Foundation, “Silent Weapon:…
  • Crowdfunder: Understanding the world’s issues in 3 minutes

    Latina Lista
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Understanding the world’s issues in 3 minutes by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Three Minute Post: 3-minute videos on world issues The founders of the Three Minute Post are graduates in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. They have spent years studying world politics, state conflict, civil war and foreign policy and want to share their knowledge, allowing them to contribute to the global…
  • Applying to College: 7 Tips for First-Generation Students

    Latina Lista
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Applying to College: 7 Tips for First-Generation Students by Latina Lista By Gianna Sen-Gupta NerdScholar Everyone who wants to get a college education should have the chance, but for some students it can feel like there are too many barriers in the way. For first-generation students — or those who are the first in their family to attend college — those obstacles on the road to college can be completely overwhelming. While parents of first-gen students often…
  • The woman behind the Democratic party’s twin threat: Rosie Castro

    Latina Lista
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. The woman behind the Democratic party’s twin threat: Rosie Castro by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa San Antonio, Texas — People en Español held an advanced screening of their newest Latino documentary series called “Habla.” The newest installment of “Habla” is called “Habla Men”, which features male Hispanic role models telling their story on camera. Those featured include a gay championship boxer, tough guy Danny Trejo and local…
  • National campaign launches targeting college students with eating disorders

    Latina Lista
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. National campaign launches targeting college students with eating disorders by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Across the country, college classes are in full swing with many students living away from home for the first time. While the popular warning to many of these students is to beware of the “freshman 15″ — gaining 15 pounds or more due to a new lifestyle and new stresses — there will be some students who won’t have to worry about gaining…
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Sex Is the Least of It

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina has gone from the Love Guv to the Facebook Congressman.
  • On Spanking and Abuse

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Drawing blood isn’t an expression of love. It’s an expression of anger and exasperation that morphs into abuse.
  • Take a Deep Breath

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Let’s ponder a few important questions about ISIS and the Arab world.
  • Apples and Hurricanes

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Obama can be measured without the yardstick of Bush.
  • Criminal Card Games

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the wake of the recent Home Depot breach, you have to wonder if data theft has become a condition of modern life.
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    New York Observer

  • Joan Rivers’ Doctor Took Selfie Before Allegedly Unauthorized Biopsy

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    May 27, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine) Joan Rivers’ cardiac arrest, which led to her death one week later, allegedly occurred during an unauthorized biopsy of her vocal cords at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in Manhattan, CNN reports. Rivers, aged 81, arrived for an endoscopy performed by the clinic’s director, Dr. Lawrence Cohen. As told by a staff member to CNN, Rivers’ personal physician—identified by TMZ as Dr. Gwen Korovin—stepped in after the procedure. Dr. Korovin, a well-known ear, nose, and throat doctor whose long list of celebrity…
  • Cuomo Spending Big on TV Ads in Race Against Astorino

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Few expect Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo this November — but that hasn’t stopped the incumbent governor’s campaign from sinking nearly $8 million into television ads in the race so far, according to a compilation of ad-buy figures provided to the Observer. In markets across the state, the governor’s campaign has spent some $7.7 million to place ads running on broadcast and cable networks and on New York City cable, according to the figures provided by a…
  • A New Boxed Set of Maria Callas Recordings Does Justice to the Opera Legend

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Maria Callas. It’s impossible to be indifferent to Maria Callas and her art. One thing everyone who loves opera has in common is a relationship with that diva, the Greek-American soprano who inspires love or hate, worship or revulsion. Her stage career was quite short by opera standards, barely a decade in the spotlight, but once seen, she was never forgotten. Ira Siff, now an opera director and commentator for the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts, was only 19 when she swept into New York for a couple of Tosca performances in March 1965, but he still recalls every instant. In the…
  • ‘Bootycandy’ Is a Tasteless Mish-Mash of Ugly Stereotypes Verging on Racism

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Phillip James Brannon, Jesse Pennington and Lance Coadie Williams in Bootycandy. (Photo by Joan Marcus) In the good old days, when Playwrights Horizons was snugly ensconced in a brick warehouse down in Greenwich Village, I saw some great plays. Since moving to 42nd Street, where the term off-Broadway no longer means what it used to, I’ve seen some of the most pretentious catastrophes ever written. A new anguish called Bootycandy is the newest head-scratcher. Thanks to another misguided rave in The New York Times, the night I saw it the sold-out house was walking out in sections, only three…
  • ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Fritters Away Jane Fonda’s Considerable Talent

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Jane Fonda and Jason Bateman in This Is Where I Leave You. I can’t imagine any film starring Jane Fonda to be a total loss, but This Is Where I Leave You, a vulgar, inept and gruesomely contrived load of junk misleadingly labeled a comedy comes perilously close. I know she wants to fuel her acting career by making as many films as time permits, but this is a deadly waste of her considerable talent that should have been sent special delivery to the morgue where dead scripts go. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU ★½ (1.5/4 stars) Written by: Jonathan Tropper Directed by: Shawn Levy…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Horror of Being a Normal Country

    Daniel Larison
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Douglas Murray is horrified by the prospect of less interventionism after a ‘yes’ vote: Debating some of this yesterday with a Nat on Sky it was put to me that one benefit of independence might be that Scotland could become a kind of Switzerland. Perhaps that is what the Nats are after. But that idea is what upsets and angers me most [bold mine-DL]. There is always a question of what we want to be in the world. And I know what the Scots Nats appeal to. It is the same thing petty nationalists the world over appeal to – the parochial, the inward-looking, the idea that we can avoid…
  • Cruz’s Bogus “No Greater Ally” Claim

    Daniel Larison
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    I was reading Mollie Hemingway’s latest comments on last week’s Cruz/In Defense of Christians incident, and I was struck by these lines: And then there are plenty of legitimate reasons that Christians might not find Israel to have been the best ally [bold mine-DL]. For one thing, it’s not really the job of Israel to be an ally to Christians in the region, except insofar as the alliance [bold mine-DL] works for all parties. There were many things wrong with Cruz’s performance last week and his subsequent attempts to spin that deplorable performance as an act of courage, and…
  • Is Scottish Independence Bad for America?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Frum makes a thoroughly unpersuasive case that the U.S. has much to lose from Scottish independence. He concludes with a preposterous attempt to pin some of the blame on the Obama administration in the event of a ‘yes’ vote: In February 1995, Bill Clinton traveled to Ottawa to speak in favor of Canadian unity. “In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect,” Clinton told the Canadian Parliament. The U.S. president was a more…
  • Scotland and Illegal Wars

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Gideon Rachman is opposed to the breakup of the U.K., which is fair enough. However, he uses some strange and irrelevant arguments to make his case: Yet the Scottish referendum campaign has been conducted as if the rest of the world stops at London. There has been almost no discussion of foreign affairs – apart from the nationalists’ inane refrain that a morally superior Scotland will not have to join in “illegal wars” [bold mine-DL]. The nationalists also insist that an independent Scotland will get rid of nuclear weapons. (Ukraine did just that, when it became independent, and now…
  • Is the Idea of Scottish Independence Baffling?

    Daniel Larison
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Niall Ferguson is predictably against Scottish independence, which isn’t particularly interesting. However, there was something he said about American views of the referendum that deserved a short comment: Even to the millions of Americans whose surnames testify to their Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, the idea that Scotland might be about to become an independent country is baffling [bold mine-DL]. I am part Scots-Irish on my mother’s side, and I don’t find it the least bit baffling. It isn’t up to me or any other Americans what happens later this week, but it…
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    Money.com

  • Airmen No Longer Required to Say ‘So Help Me God’ During Oath

    Maya Rhodan
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose. In a statement Wednesday, the Air Force said it arrived at the decision after consulting with the Department of Defense General Counsel; last week an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue if the Air Force did not change their policy. “We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee…
  • House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

    Alex Rogers
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region. The legislation, which also funds the government through mid-December, passed 273 to 156. But more than 70 members from each party voted against it, signaling the bipartisan wariness of many in Congress to engage in another Middle East conflict. “I don’t think it was the best choice but it was a step in the right direction,” said Representative Tony Cárdenas,…
  • The Fed Is Staying the Course, and That’s Great

    Michael Grunwald
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Federal Reserve’s monthly statement Wednesday was typically dull. Basically, the Fed is staying the course, because the economy is continuing a path of gradual improvement. MoreRegulators Promise to Be Tough on Big BanksGoogle Refunding Parents At Least $19 Million for Kids’ Unwanted PurchasesBachelorette Party Missing in Mexico After Odile Turn Up Safe NBC NewsMore Trouble: Arizona Running Back Charged with Assault NBC NewsEXCLUSIVE: Iran's President Blasts U.S.-Led Coalition NBC NewsThe Fed continued its “taper,” reducing the monetary stimulus it’s pumping…
  • Kerry Seeks to Assure Lawmakers About ISIS Strategy

    Alex Rogers
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry tried to assure lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. would not be alone in the fight against Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria, as Congress looks to pass legislation this week to equip and train the “moderate” Syrian rebels. MoreHouse Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian RebelsCongressional Hearing into Benghazi Attack Avoids Political CircusBachelorette Party Missing in Mexico After Odile Turn Up Safe NBC NewsMore Trouble: Arizona Running Back Charged with Assault NBC NewsEXCLUSIVE: Iran's President Blasts U.S.-Led Coalition NBC News“This…
  • Obama Falls to Bush-Level Approval Ratings

    Dan Hirschhorn
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    MoreMajority of Americans Lack Confidence in Obama’s ISIS Strategy, Poll FindsAmericans’ approval of President Barack Obama has dropped to a new low rivaling even the unpopularity that saddled George W. Bush at the same point of his presidency, according to a new poll, a troublesome sign for Democrats just weeks before the midterm elections. The New York Times/CBS News survey released Wednesday showed that 50% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s job performance, while 40% approve. By comparison, in September of 2006 56% of Americans disapproved of Bush’s job…
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  • Where have all the allies gone?

    Victor Davis Hanson
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns or Mongols of the past, sowing
  • Why do Americans hate America?

    Cal Thomas
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defection is that too many of
  • Are Government Bonds Really ‘Safe’?

    Dickson Buchanan
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of the striking ironies of our modern economy is that government bonds are considered safe-haven investments, while gold is a “barbarous relic” to be avoided at all costs. Since
  • Ebola Doctor (Cartoon)

    Rick McKee
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
  • No Boots (Cartoon)

    A.F. Branco
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    http://comicallyincorrect.com/2014/09/17/no-boots-on-the-ground/
 
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul In Guatemala

    David Brody
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Check out Jennifer Wishon's story on Senator Rand Paul  down in Guatemala. Jenny was on The Brody File show this week.
  • Random Acts Of History

    David Brody
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Brody File is proud to present a new feature on the show. Check out Matthew Keedy's, "Random Acts Of History."
  • Brody File Exclusive: Exclusive: Potential GOP Presidential Contenders Show Support For Twenty Week Abortion Ban

    David Brody
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Some potential GOP presidential candidates are showing their support for a piece of controversial abortion legislation. The Brody File has obtained letters from many of them backing a bill that would ban abortions in America after twenty weeks. Watch the television story below. The rest of the online story is below the video. Pro-lifers say the bill is one of the most important to come along in quite some time. It’s a federal attempt to ban all abortions after twenty weeks, the halfway point of pregnancy. It’s commonly referred to as the fetal pain bill, because of the prevailing medical…
  • Women Turn on Obama

    David Brody
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Not good...if you are a fan of President Obama that is... He's losing women (sounds like my dating days in years gone by!). Just kidding. See below from The Washington Post. Kimberly Cole was part of the coalition that voted in 2008 to make Barack Obama the 44th president and gave him another four years in 2012 to deliver on his promises of hope and change. Now, the 36-year-old mother of three young children in Valencia, Calif., is among the majority of Americans who have lost confidence in Obama’s leadership and the job he is doing as president. “He’s been faced with a lot of…
  • New Video: Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage By Middle Eastern Christians!

    David Brody
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Well, Sen. Ted Cruz had an interesting night in Washington D.C. Wednesday and our Brody File camera crew was there to capture it all. Middle Eastern Christians booed Cruz off the stage during his speech at a summit in Washington D.C. It was sponsored by a group called In Defense of Christians. Cruz came to speak about Christian solidarity with Israel but some in the crowd were Palestinian Christian supporters of the Syrian government and even the terrorist group Hezbollah. Things got rowdy. Watch the video below to see how it unfolded. Partial transcript below as well. Sen. Ted Cruz: Those…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Can’t anybody here play this game?

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Is there no-one down your NFL HQ who took a PR course in business school? Today we have another domestic violence arrest, and as the player is not a star and the team can do OK without him, a quick suspension. But we also learned that Peterson and Hardy’s “suspensions” (also Dwyer’s, I think) are vacations with full pay.  I thought paid vacation was a nice thing that people usually want more of! Roger, Roger, you don’t want pictures of these guys partying on the beach with floozies popping up in supermarket aisles; drawing multi-million dollar salaries,…
  • Watching the NFL twisting in the wind

    Michael O'Hare
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    The remarkably inept response of the NFL and three of its teams to players in trouble for various kinds of violent behavior has triggered an important but somewhat confused debate. Football is intrinsically a violent sport, where most of the action is big strong men trying to impose their will on other big strong men (fall down, drop the ball, etc.) not only by main strength as in judo but by ballistic collisions.  The game is already in some trouble from the brain damage caused by its repeated head impacts (helmets or not, concussions or not): it appears that about a third of players will…
  • Mass Incarceration: The Long Unwind

    Keith Humphreys
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The latest data on imprisonment shows that the U.S. continues to outpace any other country in rate of incarceration. However, after a more than three decade run of rising incarceration, the past few years have witnessed a reversal of the trend, which I expect to continue for reasons that I detail in my latest piece at Washington Post’s Wonkblog. Let’s break down the newest numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Bad news first: After dropping for several years, the number of state prisoners increased by 6,300 inmates in 2013. This both surprised and disappointed me because…
  • Bravehearts and canny widows

    James Wimberley
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Whichever way the Scots vote on Thursday – and at the moment it’s too close to call – the old Union is dead. Even if the Noes win, a constitutional settlement that is supported by only 51% of the people of one of the component countries of the United Kingdom is only surviving on life support. Cameron, Miliband and Clegg, in a last-ditch attempt to save the Union, have jointly offered a major constitutional change with more devolution. Tinkering with a constitution is like removing one strut from the Eiffel Tower, you can’t stop with one piece. Why should Scottish Westminster…
  • The Genetics Profession Confronts its Troublesome Inheritance

    Aaron Panofsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    On August 8, a remarkable letter appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Written by a group of five leading evolutionary geneticists and signed by another 135, it repudiated the main conclusions of Nicolas Wade’s book A Troublesome Inheritance. Wade was for many years the main science reporter for the New York Times covering developments in genetics and biology. His book purported to summarize the main findings of the research he had been covering: that the European, African, and Asian races are genetically defined and that they have faced different evolutionary pressures that…
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  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Flat-topped aster (Parasol whitetop)

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I've been to Whiterock Conservancy lots of times, but last week was my first visit in the company of naturalist and photographer Eileen Miller. Walking through a seep near the Middle Raccoon River, Eileen showed me quite a few native plants that I'd never recognized before, including this week's featured wildflower. Flat-topped aster (Doellingeria umbellata) is also commonly known as flat-topped white aster or parasol whitetop. I've enclosed several photographs after the jump. This post is also a mid-week open thread: all topics welcome. Flat-topped white aster is native to most of North…
  • IA-Sen polling discussion thread: Still looks like a tossup to me

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Iowa's U.S. Senate campaign has been stuck in a holding pattern for most of the summer. Seven straight opinion polls showed either a tied race between Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst, or one candidate ahead by 1-2 percentage points, well within the margin of error. For weeks, I've seen negative ads against both candidates almost every day on television, with a positive spot occasionally sprinkled in. I keep hearing the same anti-Braley or anti-Ernst ads again and again on radio too. Since no major external event has occurred to change the dynamic of the race, I was expecting to see more…
  • IA-03: Latham and Grassley endorse David Young in NRCC's latest ad

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Here's something you don't see every day: an independent expenditure for a positive commercial. Yesterday the National Republican Congressional Committee started running a tv ad in Iowa's third district featuring retiring Representative Tom Latham and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley endorsing David Young. I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial from the NRCC or its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, that didn't attempt to tear down the other candidate. Unfortunately for Democrats, this spot is probably way more effective than the NRCC's previous effort to…
  • Iowa Supreme Court allows "telemed" abortions to continue pending appeal

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The Iowa Supreme Court has put a stay on a state rule prohibiting doctors from prescribing abortifacient drugs to patients through a videoconferencing system, according to an e-mail blast from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland this evening. Excerpt: Today, the Iowa Supreme Court extended the stay on the Iowa Board of Medicine's telemedicine abortion ban, ensuring that thousands of women in Iowa will continue to have access to safe, constitutionally protected abortion while we fight to permanently reverse the ban. As our fight for Iowa women continues, we're pleased that the court has upheld…
  • Iowa City ranked 10th most "livable" city in U.S.

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Iowa City ranks tenth on Livability.com's second annual list of "100 Best Places to Live" among small to mid-sized cities in the U.S. Looking at 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, researchers calculated each city's "LivScore" using 40 data points falling under eight broad categories, explained in more detail here: amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, social and civic capital, and transportation. The website said of Iowa City, Annual cultural events and a strong literary history with writers like John Irving and Flannery O'Connor have helped…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Current Statistics Create Limit to Bias

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    This morning, Ed Kilgore ruminates on the contrast between non-statistical political prognosticators like Stu Rothenberg, Charlie Cook, and (heh) S.E. Cupp, who are very bullish on the Republicans' prospects in the midterms, and more rigorous analysts at 538, the Election Lab, and The Upshot, who began as Republican bulls but become more bearish everyday. There's also San Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium who has been bullish on the Democrats from the beginning, and remains so. The thing to remember here is that if you are going to compare the bias of liberal statisticians to the bias…
  • Rest and Recreation

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I'm off to the U.S. Open Cup Soccer Championship. It's a pre-birthday present to me, and I'm pretty excited. Talk among yourselves. Discuss
  • Goodbye, iPod

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I never owned an iPod. I do not like to wear head phones. I think it's less the discomfort of shoving something in my ears than it is a dislike of not being about to hear anything but the music. I want to have situational awareness, and dedicating my hearing 100% to music feels, to me, not all that different from wearing a blindfold. Even when blasting my stereo I can still hear the fire alarm. So, i won't miss the iPod, but it is significant that it only lasted thirteen years. And it totally transformed the music industry. No one buys CD's anymore. On the other hand, in my experience, an…
  • Wanker of the Day: Robert Stacy McCain

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Robert Stacy McCain is a real piece of work. It offends him that women would ask to be treated equally and then turn around and act outraged when a woman gets knocked unconscious by a man. "You wanted equality? BOOM! There's your equality. I decked you just like I would deck a man who irritated me." Do you see the perfect logic of that argument? It's infallible. Discuss
  • Casual Observation

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Oops. I inadvertently stuck my toe inside the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer bubble. It's a weird rabbit hole designed for gullible people. Discuss
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  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Roger Goodell ‘Should Go’ If He Lied

    ABC News
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    ABC News’ Micki Fahner reports: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., added his voice to the growing debate surrounding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fate, saying that Goodell “should go” if he lied about the NFL not having seen the violent video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious until TMZ posted the video last Monday. “If Roger Goodell lied, as a lot of people believe he did — because the security apparatus of the NFL is so competent and experienced that for them to not have known about this tape seems…
  • WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, saying the United States is at war with ISIS, today expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past. “There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable multi-ethnic Iraqi force so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” McDonough said today on “This Week.” ISIL is also known as ISIS or the Islamic State. Obama Pledges to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Destroy’ ISIS: What You Need To Know…
  • Three Democrats Who Could Challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016

    Benjamin Bell
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading back to Iowa for the first time since 2008 this weekend to speak at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry. And since she says she’ll probably decide on a 2016 run “after the first of the year,” ABC News took a closer look at three other Democrats who could challenge her for the nomination if she decides to run for the White House for the second time. 1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren The Massachusetts senator — speaking to ABC News’ David Muir earlier this year — said she is not running for president, but could she…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    ABC News
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images This Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough discusses the latest on the administration’s strategy against ISIS. Plus, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, discusses Hillary Clinton’s first trip to Iowa since the 2008 campaign, and the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd. Plus, we’re on the road with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on his back-to-school bus tour. See the whole political picture, Sunday on…
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    Benjamin Bell
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress. “You know, I am very optimistic. I believe in November Republicans are going to retake the Senate and we’re going to retire [Sen.] Harry Reid as majority leader,” Cruz told ABC’s Jeff Zeleny in New Hampshire Saturday night. On ISIS, Ted Cruz Tells President Obama to…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • ISIS Beheadings on Cue from Washington and London? by Finian Cunningham + Codepink Protests + Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis?

    dandelionsalad
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation, Sept. 16, 2014 Sept. 17, 2014 The gruesome beheading of a British aid worker by the ISIS terror group in Syria over the weekend provoked a stern warning from Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron who vowed to “hunt down the murderers” for […]
  • Chris Hedges: The State of Corporate Dominance in the World

    dandelionsalad
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Amendment Gazette on Sep 14, 2014 Interview with award-winning journalist and best-selling author Chris Hedges. Hedges spent fifteen years as a foreign correspondent for the NY Times, has written several books, including the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. His […]
  • Losing Credibility: The IMF’s New Cold War Loan to Ukraine by Michael Hudson

    dandelionsalad
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com, September 9, 2014 September 16, 2014 In April 2014, fresh from riots in Maidan Square and the February 22 coup, and less than a month before the May 2 massacre in Odessa, the IMF approved a $17 billion loan program to Ukraine’s junta. Normal IMF practice is to […]
  • Chris Hedges: The Disease of Imperialism + Transcript

    dandelionsalad
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges ontheearthproduction on Sep 15, 2014 Hedges speaks to thousands at this years 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest Chautauqua. The Progressive, Madison, WI * Transcript see Michael Parenti: The US Empire at Home and Abroad The Socialist Alternative to a World of Injustice by Danny Katch Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video […]
  • Michael Parenti: The US Empire at Home and Abroad

    dandelionsalad
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    with Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Parenti Blog michaelparenti.org Sept. 15, 2014 Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman Sept. 14, 2014 Parenti is an internationally renown award-winning author and lecturer. He’s a leading progressive political analyst. World and national issues will be discussed. Plays in a new window: http://progressiveradionewshour.podbean.com/mf/web/wnjmsk/Lendman_091414.mp3 Michael Parenti is an […]
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Dr. Brantly Goes to Washington

    Roberto
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Who can resist an Ebola comic?
  • White House Journal: Cardinal al-Rahi Has an Idea

    Roberto
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
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  • The ISIS Strategy

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

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

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

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    Deacon Blues
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Despite my pessimism yesterday about the Democrats' chances this fall, it remains crucial for the Senate to remain in Democratic hands, unless you'd be entertained by watching two years of endless investigations, hearings, impeachment talk, stonewalled nominees, and total inaction while the country crumbled. And we haven't yet talked about what a Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would mean for the Supreme Court. Then last night, along comes Nate Silver to surprise us with the news that his latest statistical modeling shows the GOP's chances of taking the Senate slipping. Whereas Silver…
  • Giving the GOP Immigration

    Deacon Blues
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    It may sound like a broken record, but the Obama administration has found a way to undermine the Democrats’ long-standing advantage on immigration. And although I don’t think a Politico poll in battleground districts is necessarily the last word on the matter, it is indicative of how the president and his “political team” dealt a lethal blow not only to the party on the issue, but also to the chances of comprehensive reform any time soon. In the first place, the president should never have threatened in June to act on his own before the election to slow deportations. For all of the…
  • 9/11 Did Not Herald A New Age of American Terrorism

    paradox
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    I am always relieved when 9/11 has come and gone, re-living parts of that awful day is bad enough, but I vividly remember an America before 9/11 when flying was fun, casualty lists where not compiled from war reports, and the country was not disgraced for starting a war for lies. I feel bad for the victims for 9/11 and their families, of course, my sorrow for them is not lessened by what we have become twisted into today. For various reasons—immature nationalism, war profiteering, bellicose militarism, sick internal politics, and a tiny regard for the “security” of Americans—our…
  • ISIL Isn't Boko Haram

    Deacon Blues
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    I watched MSNBC last night to get some of the reaction to the president’s speech on ISIL. I was not surprised to see Lawrence O’Donnell come out against any action and seeking a “do nothing” response, because he has been quite transparent and consistent on this and similar issues. Nor was I surprised at Chris Hayes’ reaction, which consists of asking why we should get involved with ISIL given the Iraq debacle and our lack of a similar military response to other localized terrorist groups (Al Qaeda offshoots, Boko Haram, etc. . . .). In fact, several of the guests drew equivalence…
  • Drone-Killing Presidents Aren’t the Problem

    paradox
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Few things are as irritating in life than the generalizing of yourself or group you belong to as being flat-out wrong, and it gets a lot worse when said individual is in a media position to spread the inaccuracy widely. The chump performing this evolution of irritation today is one Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, who blithely classifies liberals as weenies because [they are] uncomfortable with the idea of their president as a drone-deploying killer. I’m not foolish enough to claim voice to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, but this liberal will respond to this ridiculous assertion…
 
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  • Politics In America: For The Rich, By The Rich, Of The Rich.

    The Young Turks
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Politics In America: For The Rich, By The Rich, Of The Rich. "Republican Bruce Rauner would very much like to be the next governor of Illinois, and would like everyone to know what a regular, ordinary guy he is. Sure, ... From: The Young Turks Views: 54762 1188 ratings Time: 08:34 More in News & Politics
  • 30 Years Of Horrific Injustice & How Scalia Made It Worse

    The Young Turks
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    30 Years Of Horrific Injustice & How Scalia Made It Worse "Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiate... From: The Young Turks Views: 63566 1939 ratings Time: 08:00 More in News & Politics
  • VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines - September 3, 2014

    VICE News
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines - September 3, 2014 Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: ​​Crimea's ... From: VICE News Views: 74484 833 ratings Time: 02:47 More in News & Politics
  • Life Advice on #TableTalk!

    SourceFedNERD
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Life Advice on #TableTalk! Will, Reina and Trisha talk your topics and launch 'em. Enter the code: nerd199 at http://www.godaddy.com to get your domain name for just $1.99! More storie... From: SourceFedNERD Views: 139132 5829 ratings Time: 19:45 More in News & Politics
  • Broadway's 'Aladdin' Honors Robin Williams

    Associated Press
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Broadway's 'Aladdin' Honors Robin Williams Cast of Broadway's 'Aladdin' leads audience in rendition of 'Friend Like Me' for Robin Williams Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/Associat... From: Associated Press Views: 588920 2555 ratings Time: 01:51 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Vermont city acts unlawfully, unconstitutionally, judge finds

    William Boardman
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    City of Montpelier deprives city employee of due process rights One of the wonders of the American legal system is that you can win your case in court, only to have the court’s decision extend and magnify the underlying injustice. This is a story about how easy it is for a city government to run roughshod over an employee’s constitutional rights, including free speech under the First Amendment and due process of law under the Fifth Amendment. And it’s a story of how hard it is, despite those rights, for that employee to get any kind of justice from the state’s judiciary. This is a…
  • Burlington VT now gets 100% of power from renewable energy, sort of

    Bob Morris
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Burlington, a town of 42,000 in Vermont, recently bought the Winooski One 7.4 MW hydro plant and now claims to be 100% renewable. Well, maybe. While I applaud them for moving towards renewables, their logic is claiming to be 100% renewable is overblown and misleading. Over time Burlington will indeed produce more renewable energy than it uses. It sells the excess into the market. Plus, it sells renewable energy credits to southern New England utilities, and buys back cheaper credits. So, somehow, to some, this means the city is 100% renewable even though it sometimes buys fossil fuel energy.
  • Scottish independence referendum update

    Don MacKeen
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Flicker. User: Martainn With the Scottish independence referendum almost upon us, the Westminster government and its Better Together campaign continue to conjure up fearful stories of a grim future for an independent Scotland. After PM David Cameron met with supermarket bosses to spin stories of potential rising prices (with Walmart-owned Asda doing an about-face days later), the UK Treasury contacted journalists to tell them Royal Bank of Scotland was planning on moving if Scotland went independent. But as has been the case in these last days of campaigning, the Better Together story began…
  • Washington’s ISIS war drums: Do stupid stuff, do it now! 

    William Boardman
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    “Hopefully we get it more right than wrong” – organizing principle? As Hillary Clinton was widely quoted as saying recently, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.” Maybe others have pointed out that this is a pretty stupid statement, but that’s far from the conventional wisdom. Think about the levels of stupidity here. Only “Great nations”? What, small nations don’t need to get their acts together? And who says the United States is a “great” nation and in what sense is it great and isn’t spouting a…
  • Why I’m saying Yes to Scottish independence

    Don MacKeen
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    “1% of the world has 90% of the wealth And the system says to step on folk why helping yourself I hope you’re hearing these thoughts with amazement And inequity is consigned to the history pages I don’t want to see another lost generation” -Stanley Odd, Son I Voted Yes I was always going to vote Yes. Ever since my Scottish wife explained the situation of Scotland within the UK to me some twenty years ago, I’ve supported the principle of Scottish independence. And when we moved to Scotland from the USA in 1996, I saw the practical realities of the “United Kingdom” and…
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  • The Importance Of Board Level Buy In To Drive Enterprise-Wide Governance, Risk and Compliance

    17 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…
  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsMitigating the DDoS ThreatReal-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an OptionFrost and Sullivan White Paper: Taking a Fresh Look at Data Center VirtualizationRequest Free!
  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

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

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

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

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City. Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told…
  • Special Forces Soldier Treated as ‘Double-Max’ Prisoner

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    After his conviction and sentencing, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sent to the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Below is an excerpt from the book, Three Days In August, about his arrival at the Kansas prison: “The Green Mile” During the in-processing experience, Stewart received shorts, t-shirts, shoes and socks, shower shoes, toiletry items, toothbrush—“everything I need,” he said.  After that, his real prison experience began. “Then I’m walking down the long hall,” Stewart explained.  “There’s this huge hall…
  • Was It ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome’ or Something Else? Suspect in Bus Station Murder Still Not Prosecuted After Three Years

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Three years ago this week, Mohamed Dawod found himself charged with the murder of Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, Mo. As of today, he has not been prosecuted for his alleged role in the deadly shooting that took place less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mohamed H. Dawod Whether or not terrorism was involved, however, remains up in the air to this day, thanks in part to officials in the Southwest Missouri community who were quick to say the shooting by the 25-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., appeared…
  • Court-Martial Verdict Changes SF Soldier’s Life Forever

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    11 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    After enduring two long days as the defendant in a high-profile court-martial, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart walked out of an Army courtroom in Germany, knowing his life would never be the same. In the excerpt (below) from the book, Three Days In August, I describe some of what Stewart, a highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran and member of the elite Green Beret fraternity, was thinking at the time: Kelly Stewart on gun truck. “So, they find me guilty. It’s late at night. In an instant, my whole life got flushed right down the toilet,” said Stewart, recalling the verdict that…
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  • 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

  • Terrorists on the Southern Border vs. Terrorists Sponsored by the FBI

    Lucian McMahon
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    The House Committee on Homeland Security heard testimony today from intelligence apparatchiks Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, FBI Director James Comey, and Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson concerning potential "threats to the homeland"—with ISIS, naturally, at the center of attention. The witnesses reminded the committee several times during the proceedings that, in the words of Olson, the intelligence community has "no information that ISIL is plotting an attack against the United States." Nor, once again, does the intelligence community have any…
  • FIRE to Colleges: Happy Constitution Day! Now Respect Free Speech Already

    Robby Soave
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education celebrated Constitution Day by mailing letters to 300 different colleges warning them that they are violating the First Amendment—and could face lawsuits if they don't reform soon. According to FIRE: Colleges that wish to bring their policies into compliance with the First Amendment are urged to contact FIRE. FIRE offers resources such as its guidebook for college administrators,Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies, a bound version of which is included in every certified letter sent today. All consultations and resources are…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Obama Waffling, Benghazi Paneling, V.A. Stonewalling, Scottish Secession, Millennial Couch-Surfing, Biden Shylocking, Private Space-Taxis, and Anthony Fisher on ISIS Propaganda!

    Matt Welch
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Tonight's episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) begins with President Barack Obama's latest mixed-up messaging regarding the War on ISIS. Party Panelists Guy Benson (Townhall Political Editor) and Rick Ungar (Forbes columnist) will deconstruct that, along with the surprisingly sober Day One of the Benghazi Select Committee hearings. Later in the show, the pair will discuss why Millennials are missing out on important life milestones, and whether Vice President Joe Biden should feel remorse for using the insult "shylock." With…
  • 'World War III Is a Very Important, Very Progressive War'

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    "Help Obama Kickstart World War III!" is a darling little video made by improvisational comedy titans Second City. I was introduced to it today via Twitter, but the video was made and released in 2013, during President Obama's push to use force against the Assad regime in Syria. Perhaps it has new relevance now that the U.S. House has voted to train and arm Syrian rebels in support of Obama's advertures in ISIS-slaying. Enjoy! (And remember: All WWIII crowdfunding donations can be sent directly to the Internal Revenue Service.)
  • Jesse Walker on the ISIS Conspiracies

    Reason.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    For a century, Americans' anxieties about the southern border have mixed with their fears of one subversive force after another. Reason's Jesse Walker looks at how that history has affected the ISIS crisis. View this article.
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  • The Scottish Secession Disease

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Kevin Williamson, National Review
  • For the Love of Scotland

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    E.J. Dionne, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- 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.I know all of this because I would be one of those swing voters.My affection for Scottish…
  • Biden Gets Another Free Pass

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    David Harsanyi, The Federalist
  • Obama Insists No Ground Forces

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Alexis Simendinger, RCPDetermined to have the final word on whether U.S. combat troops will be put on the front lines to battle Islamic State terrorists, President Obama pushed his chest over the lectern at TampaÂ’s U.S. Central Command headquarters Wednesday and raised his voice.“I want to be clear: The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission,” he told an assembled military audience of 1,200 men and women at MacDill Air Force Base.His vow, repeated in every recent speech heÂ’s delivered about the new…
  • Attack ISIS? White House Needs Congress's Approval

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
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  • How to Reboot Healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The Department of Health and Human Services is under new management. Sylvia Burwell has taken over for Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell’s new lieutenants include Andy Slavin and Kevin Counihan. Slavin helped HHS recover from its disastrous launch of healthcare.gov, repairing the site so that it could fu
  • This Diagram Could Hold the Key to Fixing Our Ailing Planet

    Brad Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This upcoming Sunday, over 100,000 people are expected to converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March. My colleague Rebecca Leber has explained that the “real goal” of the march, taking place two days before a United Nations climate summit, is “to show that climate action is a
  • This TV Show Pays Homage To—And Utterly Ruins—The Fault in Our Stars

    Esther Breger
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    "This is not a story where beautiful people learn beautiful lessons," Shailene Woodley’s 16-year-old cancer patient warns in the opening moments of The Fault in Our Stars, this summer’s weepy young-adult blockbuster. The movie, which grossed almost $300 million at the box office and is
  • The Strategy That Might Have Beaten Mitch McConnell

    Alec MacGillis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The New York Times on Wednesday carried a provocative front-page dispatch from Kentucky by Abby Goodnough, who’s been doing a superb job of covering the
  • What Ken Burns Doesn't Understand about the Roosevelts

    Mason B. Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    It’s now going on six years since the Photoshop wizards at Time outfitted Barack Obama with a gray hat, pince-nez eyeglasses, and cigarette holder and asked whether the president-elect would usher in a “new New Deal.” In 2011, Obama traveled to Osawatomie, Kansas, where Theodore Roose
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Why Scotland will likely vote ‘no’ to independence

    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 >>
  • The new politics of foreign policy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake. Read full article >>
  • When moderates fight back

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem. Read full article >>
  • President Obama’s foreign policy beyond the sound bite

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” Read full article >>
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  • Congressman: Don’t Trust Climate Scientists, They’re In It For The Money

    Emily Atkin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak A very interesting exchange kicked off today’s House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the Obama administration’s plan to fight climate change, between Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and White House Science Adviser John Holdren. In it, the freshman Congressman not only sealed himself in the books as a climate denier, but also admitted that he doesn’t accept the scientific literature…
  • Neil Patrick Harris And The Secret Sauce Of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

    Jessica Goldstein
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Elise Amendola Neil Patrick Harris, delight and wonder in human form, is publishing an autobiography. It’s called Choose Your Own Autobiography and is modeled after the beloved interactive children’s series, Choose Your Own Adventure. Harris, it turns out, was a diehard fan of the classic gamebooks as a kid. I know what you’re thinking: yet another thing we all have in common with Neil Patrick Harris. First introduced in 1979, the CYOA books sold over 250 million copies worldwide and were translated into 38 languages, and that was just in the first twenty…
  • Why U.S. Donuts Just Got More Environmentally Friendly

    Jeff Spross
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock As of Wednesday, your corner donut shop could be significantly more sustainable and forest-friendly. After months of urging, Krispy Kreme, the American global donut and coffee chain, committed to frying its donuts in palm oil from distributors who aren’t contributing to deforestation. They followed right on the heels of Dunkin’ Donuts, who made a similar commitment on Tuesday. Palm oil lacks trans fats, so it’s popular for cooking. And beyond that its uses are almost ubiquitous — from baking to lipstick, soaps, and cleaning products. As a result,…
  • John Kerry Calls On Code Pink To Support Military Action In Iraq

    Igor Volsky
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry directly addressed protesters of President Barack Obama’s war plans against ISIS during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday as he made the administration’s case for taking military action against the terrorist organization. “I respect the right of Code Pink to protest and to use that right,” the former Massachusetts senator said, referring to the omnipresent anti-war group started by activist Medea Benjamin in 2002 to protest President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. As Kerry spoke, three Code Pink…
  • In Washington D.C., Record-Breaking Floods Could Happen Every Year

    Andrew Breiner
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The overflowing Tidal Basin covers a walkway across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel. CREDIT: Associated Press Though more than half the Republican Party still denies the reality of climate change, the evidence may soon be lapping at their feet. A report (PDF) from Climate Central says Washington, D.C. is going to face much more severe flooding in coming decades, submerging homes, roads, military facilities, and even the iconic National Mall on a regular basis. The largest flood ever recorded in Washington, D.C. occurred…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Life is filled with marvelous opportunities disguised as impossible situations. (C. Swindall) — Blessed frustrations! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up. (L. Tomlin) — But you can still have fun trying! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (A. Nin) — Courage shrinks or expands to meet one's expectations. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014

    Ramona
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can say no and smile when you have a bigger yes burning inside you. (Unknown) — You need the no to make space for yes! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-14-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014

    Ramona
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Education is what remains after forgetting everything learned in school. (A. Einstein) — The best teacher is always life! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-13-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • Political Reverberations of Scottish Independence May Shake U.S.

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    At The Nation John Nichols posts on "Scotland's Referendum on Austerity," with the theme of his argument well-encapsulated in the title. Nichols writes from Glasgow: Thursday's Scottish referendum vote is often framed in terms of the politics of nationalism--and the desire of a people for self-determination. And of course there have always been, and there still are, impassioned Scottish nationalists...But the reality that becomes overwhelmingly clear in the last hours before the referendum vote--which polls suggest will see an exceptionally high turnout and a close finish--is that this…
  • Dems Take Messaging to America's Front Porches

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    From Samnatha Lachman's HuffPo post "Here's How Progressives Plan To Beat Back The GOP Tide": "How do you encourage a discouraged electorate?" Karen Nussbaum, Working America's executive director, asked at a press briefing last week..."It's a matter of reaching these folks," she said, explaining that the organization has set a goal of reaching 1.5 million households -- or 2.5 million voters -- by Nov. 4. The group plans to hold 25,000 face-to-face conversations with voters every week until then. ...As part of this effort, roughly 400 Working America canvassers will go door-to-door between now…
  • Dems Strike Gold in Cultural Issues

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    Jonathan Martin's "Democrats Put Cultural Issues in Their Quiver" at The New York Times pegs the political moment exceptionally-well. Martin focuses on the senate campaigns in bellwether Virginia, Colorado and North Carolina, with drive-by references to Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas, to illuminate why Dems are getting their better-than-expected performances across the nation. As Martin observes: After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars. Democrats see social issues as potent for…
  • Creamer: Make GOP Answer for Bush/Cheney Policy and the Origins of ISIL

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: It takes a lot of gall for people like Dick Cheney to utter even one critical word about President Obama's strategy to eliminate the threat of ISIL in the Middle East. In fact, it was the unnecessary Bush/Cheney Iraq War that created the conditions that led directly to the rise of the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). Former George H.W. Bush Secretary of State James Baker said as much on this week's edition of "Meet the Press." He…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    The New York Times editorial board outlines a workable program for increasing midterm voter turnout to healthy a level, which includes the following key elements, some of which "are being tested on a broader scale": Better use of data; more paid workers and volunteers; big registrations drives and; reducing voter barriers. In terms of numerical goals, write the Times board members, "According to Catalist, a data analysis company, the groups with the biggest declines in turnout between 2008 and 2010 were voters younger than 30, down nearly 35 percentage points; black and Hispanic voters, down…
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  • Free Karnataka from Congress: Amit Shah

    Gautam
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Sending a strong political signal on his first visit to the state, Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Amit Shah has given a call to “free Karnataka from Congress”. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the construction of a martyrs’ memorial at the village, where 200 people were allegedly killed by the henchmen of the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1948 for hoisting the national flag and seeking unification with India. Mr. Shah’s visit to the village is being viewed by the political leaders within and outside the BJP as having political significance that goes…
  • BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi again demands CBI probe into medicine scam in Bihar

    Alka Anand Singh
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Alleging that the ongoing probe into the multi-crore medicine scam in going nowhere, Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday again demanded a CBI probe into the matter. “The ongoing probe into the alleged multi-crore medicine purchase scam is going nowhere as the state government has not fixed terms of reference and time frame to those officials probing the matter,” he told reporters in Patna. No official had been suspended or action taken against any even months after the alleged medicine purchase scam came to light months ago, Modi said. At a time when the state…
  • Maharashtra polls: Uddhav rejects BJP’s demand for 135 seats; ties in trouble

    Alka Anand Singh
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    MUMBAI: Further hardening his stand on seat-sharing with the BJP, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said he has rejected the saffron ally’s demand for contesting 135 seats in Maharashtra Assembly polls and hinted at going it alone, saying “everything has an alternative”.He, however, clarified that talks are still on to clinch a seat-sharing formula. “They (BJP) offered a proposal under which they wanted to contest 135 seats and I have rejected it,” Uddhav, who had on Saturday asserted the next Chief Minister would be from “Shiv Sena only”…
  • Uddhav Thackeray seeks to become CM, urges people to give him a chance

    Alka Anand Singh
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Mumbai: Openly expressing his desire to become the Chief Minister for the first time from a public platform, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday asked the electors to give him a chance and assured they would not regret. Uddhav, whose relation with BJP is under strain over seat-sharing for the assembly poll, also sought to assert the pre-eminence of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra politics vis-a-vis its ally, saying the “face” that will rule the state in the event of the saffron alliance coming to power will be from “Shiv Sena only”. “I want the people to give…
  • BJP President Amit Shah Charge-Sheeted For April Speech

    Gautam
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    MUZAFFARNAGAR: BJP president Amit Shah has been accused of delivering a hate speech in the run up to the national elections by the police in Muzaffarnagar, which was devastated by communal violence last year. The local police in this part of Western Uttar Pradesh, a four-hour drive from Delhi, has chargesheeted Mr Shah based on a video clip of a speech he delivered in April. A local court will now review the charge-sheet, which outlines the police’s alleged evidence against the politician. On Saturday, important by-elections are being held in the state. The BJP’s state unit…
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  • The Economics of Violence

    Bjørn Lomborg
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Given the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere that are constantly in the news, many people would probably say that war is the largest source of violence in the world. But that turns out to be spectacularly wrong.
  • Remaking the Money Market

    Mark Roe
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last month, at a US Federal Reserve Bank conference on the money market, officials lamented the market's enduring fragility. Six years after a run on the money market nearly brought the US – indeed, global – financial system to its knees, why has it still not been brought under control?
  • The System is Working

    Daniel W. Drezner
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    As the G-20 meeting of finance ministers starts in Cairns, Australia, the Legion of Gloom is at it again, claiming that the system of global governance structures ranging from the WTO and the G-20 to the major central banks is in desperate need of repair. In fact, the global economic order has worked remarkably well since 2008.
  • Revamping Europe’s Tattered Social Contract

    Kemal Derviş
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Europe's economy needs deep supply-side reforms, so that fiscal stimulus translates into sustainable long-term growth, not just temporary spurts and further increases in countries’ debt ratios. But too many call for structural reforms without specifying their content or considering the social, historical, and political context.
  • The G-20 to the Rescue?

    Wayne Swan
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    The G-20’s upcoming meeting in Brisbane, Australia, comes at a time when a precarious global economy requires big decisions to be made. But it is far from clear who will provide the decisive voice needed to set a bold agenda – and then shepherd its implementation.
 
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  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Day 9 of the Uprisings in Ferguson. We caught up with Rodstarz and G1 of Rebel Diaz who gave us a sobering front line report bout the police militarization and brutality unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The pair spoke about the onslaught of vehicles and the over the top response by police to those protesting the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown… They also gave us insightful context and perspective on things that took into account mass gentrification and media sensationalism that has added to the problems we see playing out before us. They also spoke on the type of anger that is…
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  • Treasury Dept. Ignores Fraud Charges and Awards Comerica 5 more Years of Providing Benefit Cards to Elderly and Disabled

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Comerica Bank seemingly was on its way out of doing business with the U.S. Department of the Treasury after it was learned that the bank had exposed thousands of elderly and disabled Americans to fraud. But somehow it just got another deal with the agency…for another five years.   The Center for Public Integrity first revealed Comerica’s foul-ups last year. An investigation showed thousands of individuals “had their Social Security and other benefits illegally rerouted to criminals’ accounts because of weak fraud controls” at Comerica, Daniel Wagner…
  • In House of Representatives, Republicans Remain the White Man Party

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    This just in: The Republican Party is as white as ever.   This fact is glaringly true in the U.S. House of Representatives, where nearly 90% of the GOP caucus is made up of white men. Not exactly representative of the U.S. population, which is less than a third Caucasian and male.   For anyone wondering, more than half (53%) of the House Democratic caucus are not white men.   David Wasserman at FiveThirtyEight wrote that once upon a time, white guys ruled Congress from both sides of the aisle (98% of House Democrats and 97% of House Republicans were white men in 1950).  …
  • Deadly Form of Black Lung Rises to 40-Year High

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Health progress for coal miners has taken a big step backwards with news that a fatal type of black lung disease is on the rise again throughout Appalachia.   Researchers say cases of advanced black lung (progressive massive fibrosis) have soared in number, reaching levels not seen since the early 1970s. The deadly version of the disease had all but disappeared by the dawn of the new millennium.   Researchers David Blackley, Cara Halldin and A. Scott Laney wrote in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that the increase “can only be the result of…
  • Vermont City Achieves All-Renewable Energy

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    It may not be a metropolis like New York City, but when the largest city of any U.S. state goes entirely renewable, it’s a significant achievement for those advocating a future without fossil fuels.   That’s what Burlington, Vermont, did recently after completing an energy deal that will result in the city of 42,000 receiving all of its power from wind, water and biomass, according to the Associated Press.   Burlington had been moving in the direction of renewable self-sufficiency for the past decade. But it wasn’t until the city completed an agreement bringing in…
  • In Population Shift, Majority of Adult Americans are now Single

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Half of the United States is now comprised of single adults, revealing a significant demographic shift that has been growing since the 1970s.   The country eclipsed the 50% mark last year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. At 50.2%, the U.S. now has nearly 125 million single Americans.   Being a singles-majority nation marks quite a change from what the U.S. looked like during its bicentennial year, 1976, when only 37.4% were single.   Today, just over half of all states (27) have singles-majority populations.   Those states with the highest percentages…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Why does Russell Pearce still have a taxpayer-funded job?

    cpmaz
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings By now, most people have heard of the rants of Russell Pearce, former president of the Arizona State Senate – he wants to sterilize poor women. By now, most people have heard of … Continue reading →
  • Stop Soldier Suicides Awareness event

    Carolyn Classen
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    STOP SOLDIER SUICIDES Awareness Event September 18th (press release)   Tucson, AZ –  The non-profit, Healing Arizona Veterans, organization announced today it is sponsoring a Stop Soldier Suicides Awareness Event to be held in Armory Park, Thursday,  September 18. The event is to increase … Continue reading →
  • The curious transformation of Martha McSally from ‘woman warrior’ to ‘victim’

    AZ BlueMeanie
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The woman who frequently refers to herself as a “woman warrior” who fearlessly stood up to her employer, the Pentagon — “Really, it was just me, all by myself” — over having to wear a head scarf out of respect … Continue reading →
  • View LD 2 Senate/House Clean Elections debate online

    Carolyn Classen
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    On Tuesday September 16 the Citizens Clean Election Commission held a debate at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Tucson airport for the candidates running for LD 2 Senate (incumbent Democrat Andrea Dalessandro and Republican challenger Daniel Estrella), and House (Democrat incumbents … Continue reading →
  • Fast Food Giants Want Congressional Lackeys to Protect Them from Unionization

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Over the past few years, fast food workers have made strides in their fight for a living wage, fair treatment by their corporate masters, and the right to unionize. Nationwide fast food strikes organized by the Service Employees International Union … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help

    Joshua Kahn Russell
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. As an organizer in the climate movement, I see many young white people grappling with racism and privilege, struggling to break through the limitations of middle-class white environmentalism. So it’s exciting that compassionate facilitator Chris Crass has written a book that will help. Towards Collective Liberation is a memoir, toolkit, self-help book, strategy reflection, and call to arms all at once. Its lessons about how to work in solidarity with frontline organizations ring true to current challenges and remind us that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
  • Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union

    Liz Pleasant
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. Nathan Hornes was sitting on the couch watching Maury when he saw the ad for Everest College. Owned by the for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Everest commercials are known to target low-income people, promising a flexible education and, through it, jobs that earn more than minimum wage. They're often aggressive, the actors calling viewers out for being lazy and then daring them to live up to their full potential. Hornes was an easy target. “The first commercial I saw was the girl and she’s like ‘Oh, you’ve got to get off the couch,’” he…
  • See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram

    Mary Hansen
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Photo by usinterior / Instagram. The Wilderness Act, which protected 9.1 million acres of mountains, forest, coastline, and other land, turned 50 this month. There’s no better way to celebrate these wild and protected places than to visit them. But then ... some weekends are for laundry. Luckily, many of the government departments responsible for the caretaking of protected places have gotten out their smartphones and opened Instagram accounts where staff, professional photographers, and other users post quite amazing photos. Below, you’ll find photos…
  • Video: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Is “Brother Earth”

    James Trimarco
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In this video produced by the Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project, a social change group based in Oakland, Calif., viewers meet the newest hero of the climate justice movement. That’s “Brother Earth,” a talking version of our own planet played by hip-hop star Boots Riley, the vocalist in the musical act The Coup. “I’ve spent billions of years getting my atmospheric outfit just right,” Riley says, running a finger down the collar of his leather jacket. “But lately, something’s been messing with my style.” That something, as you may have guessed, is climate change.
  • How Residents of a Rural New Mexico County Fought the Fracking Barons and Won—For Now

    Nina Bunker Ruiz
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Photo by the author. My parents live in Chacon, New Mexico, in a wind-chapped finger of high-mountain Mora Valley. My grandparents were determined to spend their last days there and are buried in Chacon’s campo santo. Every delicious summer of my childhood, I played in and along the Mora River, and now my children splash in the same cold mountain stream. “Querencia,” as it is used in the ordinance, means both a respect and love of place, and a safe haven from which one draws strength. Energy companies are seeking permits to explore natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, or…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Message to the Reset Community – Don’t Restrict Recreation

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    By: Andrea Buffa Save Our Recreation It’s a well-known fact that San Francisco is a city of dog lovers. With an estimated 160,000 dogs, it’s not surprising that the old story about San Francisco having more dogs than children turns out to be true. What is surprising is that the National Park Service is trying to severely restrict access to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) for dogs and their human companions. But it’s not just about the dogs. The GGNRA is proposing a new management plan that endangers all recreation and is a dramatic departure from how the GGNRA has been…
  • BART: Fleet of the Future?

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    By: Daniel Burt San Francisco has always been a city of innovation. When BART was opened in 1972, it was considered the finest in the world, a space age automated transportation system that revolutionized public transit. Today, over 40 years after the first train began operating, much of the same infrastructure is still utilized by commuters, including the oldest fleet of train cars of its kind. Starting next year, BART will begin to test the state of the art cars, which promise to be quieter, cooler, more comfortable and easier to use. The goal is to increase capacity and decrease travel…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    Police Release Video Of Man Suspected Of Burglarizing Computer Store Santa Clara police are searching for a man who appeared in video footage captured by a surveillance system in a computer store that was burglarized Sept. 3, police announced Tuesday. At about 4:20 a.m. Sept. 3, a man stole several laptop computers from Goldtek Computer at 500 Laurel Wood Road in Santa Clara, officers said. The man, with a goatee and wearing glasses, gloves, a long white T-shirt and white athletic shoes, is seen on the video footage entering a storage room, according to the video posted by police on YouTube.
  • San Francisco Teacher Gets Creative to Raise Funds

    Guest Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    By: Daniel Burt Grey Todd needed computers for his 6th grade class at Presidio Middle School. Convinced that interaction with technology during the learning process brought great benefits to his students, Todd decided to take initiative and find a way to provide a computer for every student in his class. Aware that requesting computers from the school would cost more money than the school had, and more time than Todd was willing to wait, he relied on technology to help him achieve his mission. Teachers Paying Out of Pocket Sadly, it’s not uncommon to hear that public school teachers pay for…
  • A Strike Imminent for San Francisco Teachers?

    Guest Author
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    By: Mahmoud Abunie The UESF (United Educators of San Francisco), a union representing San Francisco teachers, has gone through the first round of votes for a possible strike. UESF and the SFUSD have been negotiating since the beginning of the year for a renewed contract and they are seemingly far apart. The central issue for the teachers union is a raise of 21% over the next three years. The SFUSD is countering the offer with 8% over three years, which it approved in June. Is a strike imminent? Both sides have agreed to a mediator and hope to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Teachers…
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • 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…
  • Michael Brown - Juvenile Record 2nd Degree Murder?

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    UPDATED: NBC News is stating that Brown had no top felony convictions but the records remained sealed.Yes, that's what's being reported. A reporter who claims to be connected with law enforcement is saying definitively that Brown had a juvenile record and one glaring charge involves 2nd degree murder."Gentle giant" Michael Brown is being linked to a gang and second degree murder. The information should indeed be made available to the public and let us not forget this "gentle giant" had previously engaged in a strong armed robbery merely moments before this shooting occurred.Just listen…
  • The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind: I have decided to go ahead and write about this topic since my recent comments on social media concerning the suicide of Robin Williams cre...
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    Politics

  • Scottish Yes and the myth of the masses

    Jason Cowley
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The belief that waves of proletarian Scots will carry the nationalists to victory seems far-fetched.  Yes supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament building. Photograph: Getty Images. In repeated animated conversations and meetings I had today in Edinburgh, which feels febrile indeed, one subject came up again and again: turnout. I spoke to several prominent supporters of Yes Scotland, including the journalist Alan Taylor, who wrote the Sunday Herald’s pro-independence leader (the Sunday Herald, by the way, is the only newspaper to have endorsed independence). Taylor and others I…
  • The decision on whether to intervene in Iraq now rests in Labour’s hands

    George Eaton
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Cameron will need Miliband's support to win a vote on military action. But all the signs are that he will get it.  An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds a position on the front line in Khazer. Photograph: Getty Images. It is just 13 months since David Cameron became the first prime minister to lose a vote on a matter of peace and war since 1782. After his defeat over potential military action in Syria, many spoke as if an epochal shift comparable to Suez had occurred. William Hague, the then foreign secretary, considered resigning and told colleagues that he didn’t want to represent…
  • Scotland: What do the final polls suggest?

    Harry Lambert
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The pollsters have called the referendum – they all suggest the unionists will triumph tomorrow. A No victory now seems likely. Photo: Getty. For more on Scotland explore our new elections site, May2015.com. Two more pollsters, YouGov and Survation, have now published their final polls. They both handed the unionists a slender lead: YouGov are forecasting a 52 to 48 per cent victory and Survation suggest it will be 53/47. YouGov's poll, for the Times/Sun, was conducted online over the past three days; Survation's was a phone poll carried out in the last 24 hours. Different methodologies…
  • Salmond "could step down by November" if Scotland votes No

    George Eaton
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Scottish First Minister could make way for his deputy Nicola Sturgeon if independence is rejected.  Alex Salmond answers questions from journalists at Edinburgh Airport. Photograph: Getty Images. David Cameron insisted again today, as he has all along, that he will not resign as prime minister if Scotland votes in favour of independence tomorrow (although the choice, as Tory MPs point out in private, may not be his). The PM said at an event in Hampshire: My name is not on the ballot paper. What’s on the ballot paper is ‘does Scotland want to stay in the United Kingdom, or does Scotland…
  • Climbing for independence: meet the woman who scaled a cliff to support the Yes Campaign

    Hope Whitmore
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Lindsay Jarrett climbed the cliffs beneath Edinburgh Castle in the dark to place a foil YES sign somewhere everyone would see it. The message can be seen for miles. Photo: Independence Climbers On the morning of Saturday 13 September a bold white YES appeared on the cliffs leading up to Edinburgh Castle. It had been placed there overnight and at first people didn’t know where it came from. All they knew was that whoever put it there must have scaled the steep cliffs in the darkness, a daring and fearsome act of dedication to the Yes campaign. The deed became even more extraordinary after…
 
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    Breitbart Feed

  • The Immigration Silver Bullet: Insurgents Chart a GOP Path to Victory

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    How can Republicans recapture the U.S. Senate from Harry Reid and the Democrats? A new Politico poll points to a winning strategy — if GOP leaders have the courage to use the remaining seven weeks to nationalize the elections around one game-changing issue. Under the headline, “GOP has edge on immigration in midterms,” Politico offered a surprising review of battleground House and Senate races. The generally liberal publication found that two-thirds of likely voters disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the issue — and that even independent voters trust the…
  • Atheist Group Makes Air Force Accept Enlistment Oath Without 'So Help Me God'

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    The Air Force said Wednesday it has joined the other military services in allowing its members to take their enlistment or officer appointment oaths without including "so help me God."  The change was prompted by an atheist airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, who crossed out the words on his Department of Defense reenlistment documents. The previous policy had required that the four words be included, so the case was shuttled to the Department of Defense General Counsel, which ruled the airman was permitted to cross out the words. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James…
  • Buffett Drops Out of California Fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Less than 24 hours after Breitbart News first reported that Warren Buffett was scheduled to participate via conference call at Wednesday night's California fundraiser for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Grimes campaign confirmed the billionaire investor has dropped out of the event. Campaign spokesperson Charly Norton told a reporter for a blog on Kentucky's U.S. Senate race on Wednesday "Warren Buffett is not attending or participating in any event with Alison." When confronted with a PDF file of an invitation from the Grimes campaign to…
  • NY Times/CBS Poll: Majority of U.S. Dislikes Obama's Foreign Policy

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The latest New York Times/CBS News Poll shows Barack Obama has lost considerable ground with the American public regarding his foreign policy.  Fifty-eight percent of respondents disapprove of how Obama deals with foreign policy, 10 points higher than the CBS News poll conducted last month; 50% don’t approve of his actions regarding terrorism, a 12-point jump from last March. The percentage of those disapproving of Obama’s handling of terrorism is the highest of his presidency. Even one-third of Democrats, normally in lockstep with Obama, now think he has no clear plan for…
  • Jeff Sessions to Mount Anti-Amnesty Push on Senate Floor

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is drawing a line in the sand on immigration on a procedural vote on Thursday, he announced in a Senate floor speech Wednesday afternoon. Sessions is focusing on a procedural vote through which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to bring the Continuing Resolution to the floor and is working to paint the vote as a decision on whether or not to bring the House-passed immigration bills to the floor. The House bills were intended to prevent President Obama from extending unilateral amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Reid…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Invitation for musicians to change Italy #Italia5Stelle

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    The M5S is inviting musicians to take part in Italia5Stelle at the Circus Maximus on 10-11-12 October. We know it’s difficult to accept the invitation. Anyone taking part, especially if well known, will be attacked in all sorts of ways. They will probably be excluded from launching their own shows on the RAI and in Mediaset. A few of their shows will get cut out. But now is the moment to have courage so that we can put a stop the elimination of every space for democracy in this country. Because of your history, your career, your culture, many of you can deliver powerful messages through…
  • Violante, a majordomo in the Constitutional Court

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    >>> Follow the direct streaming view of the meeting between the M5S and the representatives of the security forces <<<<<<<<<<<< Right now in parliament a blackmail attempt is happening! They’ve offered us an exchange of voting: if we don’t vote for Luciano Violante as a member of the Constitutional Court, they won’t support the 5 Star MoVement candidate for a seat on the CSM (the supreme body for the judiciary). We are denouncing this blackmail and the old politics vision. We will never vote for Violante! Let’s just remember who this guy…
  • Passaparola - The USA, ISIS and the reason for the war in Iraq, by Marcello Foa

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    The truth about ISIS13:15 "What is Isis and where the heck did it pop out from? Until a few months ago we had not heard of it, now suddenly it is the definition of absolute evil. Where was Isis born, this Islamic organisation whose aim is to establish a caliphate covering a large chunk of the Middle East? The answer is somewhat surprising because in fact Isis was born in Syria, or rather within the scope of the guerrilla war that was being waged in order to topple the Assad regime. The false spring Do you remember what happened in the Middle East in recent years? There was a people’s…
  • The police - is you

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    “It wasn’t enough to leave them without functioning vehicles (no fuel) -without functioning photocopiers (no paper) - with threadbare uniforms, and then gathering their families to go and queue up at the soup kitchens run by Caritas. The Government has decided to leave them with less money in their pockets for the fifth consecutive year. In fact, the block on pay for public employees relates to police officers, carabinieri, finance police, forest rangers, prison guards, and fire-fighters. It’s that they are not just any old employees, but, with their lives, they guarantee the security…
  • Beppe Grillo at the rubbish dump in Collette Ozotto, Sanremo

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    "Today we we went to have a look, just as we did when we went to see the building site for EXPO 2015. This time we went to inspect the rubbish dump in Collette Ozotto, Sanremo. There were members of the Committee for the Environment and Productive Activities as well as other M5S spokespersons. Is it right that Collette, that already has to consider the limitations connected to the landscape, the hydro-geological situation, and the environment, should still have to put up with an increase in the size of the rubbish dump? Why is it that they are carrying on with the work, in spite of the…
 
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    The Conversation

  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

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

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

  • Bitcoin Charts, Finally

    Steve H. Hanke
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Steve H. Hanke Bitcoin, the new digital currency, remains a mystery to many. There is no better way to lift the fog surrounding bitcoin than to let the data speak. And data speaks loudest through charts. Yes, topological analysis is often the best route to comprehension. I have constructed – with my assistant, Mazin Al-Rayes – a series of charts that contain illuminating data about bitcoins and brief directions for use following each chart. How to interpret: Currently there are 13.235 million bitcoins in circulation. The issuance of new bitcoins will halt when the total number of bitcoins…
  • NYT Reverses Course on German Renewables

    Peter Van Doren
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Peter Van Doren This week the New York Times featured an article lauding Germany’s embrace of renewable energy in recent years. This came just under a year after it published a separate article questioning the costs of subsidized wind power.  The article last year noted that “Industrial users still pay substantially more for electricity here than do their counterparts in Britain or France, and almost three times as much as those in the United States, according to a study by the German industrial giant Siemens. The Cologne Institute for Economic Research said there had been a marked…
  • The Costs of Independence

    Emma Ashford
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Emma Ashford As my colleague Doug Bandow noted on Cato@Liberty a few days ago, Scottish independence is for the voters of Scotland to decide. And so it should be. But, as I write over at Foreign Policy, U.S. policymakers need to be aware that Scottish independence would carry some key costs for the United States: The loss of nuclear submarine basing privileges is the most concrete cost of Scottish independence, with Scotland’s nationalist party pledging a ‘nuclear-free’ Scotland if a Yes vote occurs. U.S. nuclear submarines, though based in King’s Bay, Georgia, use the United…
  • Customs and Border Protection’s Extravagant Houses

    Nicole Kaeding
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Nicole Kaeding U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the second largest agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency cost taxpayers $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, and its budget is growing quickly. Spending has increased 85 percent in the last ten years, after accounting for inflation. This chart shows CBP spending since 1970, including its recent meteoric rise. Regrettably for taxpayers, all of that money is not being spent wisely. The Washington Post recently highlighted one example of egregious CBP spending: U.S. Customs and Border Protection “vastly overpaid”…
  • Scottish Independence Will Kill Socialism on Both Sides of the Border

    Marian L. Tupy
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Marian L. Tupy Much has been said about the impact of Scottish independence on British politics. With the predominantly socialist parliamentarians from Scotland gone, the Conservative Party would likely come to dominate British politics for the foreseeable future. The much needed economic reforms and, perhaps, withdrawal from the European Union would become very likely.  What about the impact of independence on Scotland? The breakup of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic some 21 years ago provides an interesting example. The 1992 elections produced dramatically different results in the…
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    A View from the Right

  • 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 […]
  • 5 Noteworthy Quotes from the Week Ending 8/30/2014

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems (Part 4)

    Lisa Johnston
    7 Feb 2013 | 12:27 am
    My initial plan was for this to be a four-part series. However, Part 4 turned out to be far too long so I am presenting it in two segments. This post will focus largely on issues and problems related to the Kansas Senate races. Next week in Part 5, I will outline concerns that relate to all races and the party as a whole. As I have continued this series, I have been contacted by a number of folks cautioning me about engaging in this discussion. Some were earnest, caring folks who agree with my perspective but wanted to make sure I realized that I could receive substantial anger and blowback…
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  • Russian Roulette: Covering the War in Syria

    Reza J
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The beheading of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State has renewed attention to the situation of journalists in Syria. In light of James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s deaths, it is crucial to understand the dangers journalists face in Syria. For more than two years, it has been the most dangerous place for […] The post Russian Roulette: Covering the War in Syria appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Scottish Referendum: A Butterfly Rebellion

    Robin McAlpine
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    The British state has sent its big guns to Scotland, and found them overwhelmed by a movement of a thousand butterflies. The lairds came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. Then the lords came to warn us villagers to do as we were told. But we were in the fields building […] The post The Scottish Referendum: A Butterfly Rebellion appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes

    Tom Webster
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Scottish independence is the first stage in a process to work toward a better society. The way the debate on the pros and cons of the potential independence of Scotland has developed has been fascinating in a number of ways. The first is the considerable gap between the selectivity and the treatment in the mainstream […] The post Independent Scotland: A Wish for the Chance to Make Our Own Mistakes appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Scottish Referendum Explained

    James Butler
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Will Scotland secede from the United Kingdom? Background On September 18, 4 million voters in Scotland will be asked a “yes” or “no” question that could have profound implications for their country, and for the United Kingdom of which it is a part: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The fact that the referendum is […] The post The Scottish Referendum Explained appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Held in Captivity: The Psychological Trauma of a Hostage

    Paul Ashley
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Like Foley, Haines and Sotloff, hostages who are held by terrorists undergo psychological torment prior to their execution. It is highly distressing when we see a hostage paraded in front of a camera by terrorists. The brutal murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and now the British hostage David Haines on September […] The post Held in Captivity: The Psychological Trauma of a Hostage appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • 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…
  • Cursuri de la facultate la care nu ai participa niciodata

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Albul insuportabil al papusii Barbie. Da, chiar exista un curs despre asa ceva undeva in SUA, titlul complet fiind „The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie-Race and Popular Culture in the United States” (despre cultura „populara” si rasa in SUA). In esenta, cursul isi propune sa gaseasca raspuns la o singura intrebare: cum a influentat rasismul stiintific crearea Barbie. Elizabeth Chin ii avertizeaza pe studenti inca din prima ora ca acest curs nu e o joaca de copii.Cu o bibliografie foarte bine pusa la punct, cursul incorporeaza un continut academic foarte bine structurat si gandit pentru…
  • Drumul din cariera de piatra in constructia ta e mai lung decat ai fi crezut

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

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

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

    Robert Farley
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates’ positions. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s ad criticizes Landrieu for supporting “amnesty” based on her vote for a bipartisan immigration bill in 2013. The bill included an earned path to citizenship, not blanket amnesty — a distinction Cassidy himself made in a 2013 interview. An ad from Sen. Mary Landrieu quotes Cassidy out of context to suggest he’s weak on border security. He is heard saying,…
  • Doubling Down in West Virginia

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Rep. Nick Rahall’s latest TV ad doubles down on the deceptive claim that Republican Evan Jenkins has pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. In the latest ad, a coal miner by the name of Jackie Counts Jr. says, “When I hear Evan Jenkins say that he’s gonna take away our black lung benefits, it just bothers me to no end.” Jenkins said no such thing. To the contrary, Jenkins says he is “firmly opposed to any cuts to the Federal Black Lung Benefit Program.” Counts also says in the ad, “If I lose my black lung benefits, I…
  • Colorado’s Contraception Controversy

    Lori Robertson
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Both sides in the Colorado Senate race are misleading voters in TV ads on Republican Rep. Cory Gardner’s proposal to allow the sale of birth control pills over-the-counter. Gardner says in a TV ad that he has a plan to sell oral contraceptives, or the pill, over-the-counter without a prescription. But Congress has nothing to do with the process for making drugs available over-the-counter. That’s done by the Food and Drug Administration if petitioned by the drug manufacturer. Gardner’s ad also says his over-the-counter plan would be “cheaper and easier, for you” than Democratic…
  • Perdue Distorts Nunn Campaign Memo

    D'Angelo Gore
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Republican David Perdue says in a TV ad that Michelle Nunn, his opponent in the Georgia Senate race, “admits she’s too liberal” and that “her foundation gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.” Not exactly. The ad cites the source as “her campaign plan,” but that particular memo — one of several included in a 144-page Nunn campaign document — talked about devising a strategy to push back against “potential Republican attacks” on Nunn. The likely attacks included that “Nunn is too liberal” and that a nonprofit…
  • NEA Advocacy Fund

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Political leanings: Liberal Spending target: Unknown The NEA Advocacy Fund is the super PAC of the National Education Association, the “nation’s largest professional employee organization.” The NEA describes itself as an “advocate for education professionals.” The NEA created its super PAC in late 2010, and it has been active ever since in congressional and gubernatorial races. From the beginning, the NEA Advocacy Fund spent its money exclusively against Republican candidates and in support of Democrats. The NEA Advocacy Fund spent $4.2 million in the 2010 election cycle in…
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Our Pathetic President

    Alan Caruba
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The first thing you need to keep in mind is that Syria and Iraq are now just lines on a map at this point. They don’t exist as national states because the former is locked in a civil war that will replace its dictator one way or the other and the latter’s alleged government is […]
  • DiCaprio film magnifies the real climate change ‘monster’

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Tom Harris and Bob Carter Real problem is monstrous government programs that perpetuate poverty, disease and death In Carbon, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film about the “climate crisis,” we are told the world is threatened by a “carbon monster.” Coal, oil, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are causing dangerous climate change and must […]
  • Liberated Women and the Traditional Family

    Alan Caruba
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
      My generation, born in the late 1930s and the 1940s, has witnessed a dramatic change in the role and the rights of women in America. A significant result of the women’s liberation movement is a change in the role of traditional marriage that was reported in early September. “If you count a generation as […]
  • The War Neither Obama, Nor Any Other Nation Wants to Fight

    Alan Caruba
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
      Two trends have emerged since President Obama’s September 10 speech regarding his intention to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State. One is the understanding that he will not commit U.S. troops as “boots on the ground” to fight a force estimated variously between 10,000 and 30,000 depending on intelligence guesswork. The other trend is […]
  • President Obama’s Broad Coalition of One

    David Huntwork
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday […]
 
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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

  • U.S. Top Military Official Says America's Arab Allies Fund ISIS Terrorists (Video)

    Michael Allen
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    U.S. Top Military Official Says America's Arab Allies Fund ISIS Terrorists (Video) U.S. Top Military Official Says America's Arab Allies Fund ISIS Terrorists (Video) Nation Politics World U.S. General Martin Dempsey Has Been Optimized President Obama is continuing air strikes against ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq to stop the terrorist group from killing Arabs, but U.S. General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently admitted that America's Arab allies are funding ISIS. During an U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee meeting on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham…
  • Sarah Palin’s Time In The Spotlight Needs To End

    Chrysler Summer
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Sarah Palin’s Time In The Spotlight Needs To End It's Time To Wake Up And Move On From Sarah Palin Sarah Palin's Time In The Spotlight Needs To End Not Optimized Talk about stretching your 15 minutes of fame into an hour. I cannot understand for the life of me why Sarah Palin is still talked about, listened to, reported on, or even thought about. The former Governor and former Vice Presidential candidate resigned from office back in 2009 and suffered one of the most crushing losses in a national election when she and Senator John McCain took on Barack Obama back in 2008, six years…
  • Gun Store Owner Creates Controversy With Anti-Obama Sign

    Emily Smith
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Gun Store Owner Creates Controversy With Anti-Obama Sign Gun Store Owner Slams President Obama On Store Sign Gun Store Owner's Latest Political Sign Slams President Obama Gun Store Owner Creates Controversy With Anti-Obama Sign Politics guns, gun rights, gun store, texas, marquee, sign, obama, politics Has Been Optimized Marquee signs are typically used to catch the attention of those passing by, but one Texas sign in particular created by the owner of a gun store has drawn criticism for its controversial statement. “Does one of Obama’s family members have to be beheaded for…
  • West Virginia Authorities on the Lookout for ISIS (Video)

    Michael Allen
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    West Virginia Authorities on the Lookout for ISIS (Video) West Virginia Authorities on the Lookout for ISIS (Video) Local Nation Politics World West Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center Has Been Optimized The West Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center in Charleston is monitoring possible activities by the Middle Eastern terrorist organization ISIS in the poverty-stricken state. "Our role is receiving information," Thomas Kirk, director of the Fusion Center, told WCHS (video below). "There are areas in the United States that are not too far from here, that have very large populations that are…
  • 'Gay People Have the Same Rights as Everybody Else,' Says Anti-Gay GOP Candidate (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    'Gay People Have the Same Rights as Everybody Else,' Says Anti-Gay GOP Candidate (Audio) 'Gay People Have the Same Rights as Everybody Else,' Says Anti-Gay GOP Candidate (Audio) Legal Local Politics Weird News GOP Logo Has Been Optimized Georgia pastor and GOP congressional candidate Jody Hice claimed repeatedly on his radio show today that gay people have the same rights as heterosexuals. According to RightWingWatch.org, Hice, who is running for Rep. Paul Broun’s seat, insisted, "There are no rights that are missing" for gay people (audio below). Hice brought up gay…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: WWE

    John Y. Brown III
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    WWE superstar Damien Sandow pitches me on a unique idea. “I can see it now, John. Imagine the marquee.. Champion Damien Sandow vs challenger John ‘The Body’ Brown in an epic wrestling match at the Louisville YUM Center. It has all the classic elements of a great athletic drama. Youth versus Age; Strength versus Weakness; Speed versus Slowness; Agility versus Clumsiness; Exciting versus Dull; and Height versus Width. It could be a wrestling match for the ages.” As you can tell from my expression, I’m intrigued but still need some convincing before I accept this…
  • Lauren Mayer: ElevatorGate

    Lauren Mayer
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    There are fewer & fewer of us who actually remember the first scandal whose name ended in ‘gate,’ thus inspiring every other controversy to adopt a similar suffix, whether somewhat comparable (“BridgeGate,” about Chris Christie & the GW Bridge closure), unwieldy (the Mark Sanford “AppalachainTrailGate” sex scandal) or downright silly (criticism of the President’s summer wardrobe became “TanSuitGate”).  But part of why the -gate naming continues to this day is that the original Watergate scandal was a huge historic moment. I was in…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Diet Update

    John Y. Brown III
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Weighing in. One last time. 8 months and 4 days ago I weighed 205.4 lbs and set goal for myself to get down to 178.5 lbs. Today I weighed in at 177.1 lbs. I did it. But only for today. The point of this post isn’t to declare victory but to recommit to maintain this new way of eating and exercising. Daily. Somehow posting about my diet on Facebook and providing updates helped keep me accountable and the encouragement I received from so many Facebook friends was a wonderful motivator. Thank you. Very much. And now….not the end of a diet but merely the continuation of a new…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said/She Said: Best Wine Regions in the World

    Erica and Matt Chua
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    After a few bottles of wine it’s hard to determine, which wine and region are the best.  But we do our best in a sober moment to discern the best wine regions we have visited and where we are most looking forward to imbibing. HE SAID… Why is the sun so bright today?  Why does my head hurt so much?  Why is my mouth so dry?  Man, I need water…  Groggily opening my eyes to the noonday sun must mean one thing: I’ve enjoyed a wine region a little too much.  As the staunch environmentalist I am, I just can’t spit out the wine I taste, no, I, for the sake of not wasting, swallow…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Circling the Drain

    John Y. Brown III
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    That feeling you are “circling the drain.” For some it signifies the end. For others it signifies being on the brink of a new beginning. And for others still it means the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning or, for extreme pessimists, the end of the end. For me, though, it feels more like an extreme sport. Hangin’ 10. From near the drain. At least some days. Like today. Some days I feel like I am hitting on all cyclinders and am a masterfully mindful multi-tasking maniac. Other days I feel like my brain is operating aduquately for a 1963 model. And every now and…
 
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  • Florida TaxWatch Launches Center for Florida Citizenship

    Kevin Derby
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Florida TaxWatch launched the Center for Florida Citizenship at an event at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday. The new organization will educate Floridians on their state government and encourage them to become active in state affairs. "To hold government accountable, citizens must be directly involved in its processes," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, on Wednesday. "The Center for Florida Citizenship will give Floridians the tools they need to understand government and take necessary steps to effect change."read more
  • Carl Domino Plays Action Hero in New TV Ad

    Kevin Derby
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Former state Rep. Carl Domino, the Republican nominee challenging U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., released a new TV spot on Wednesday which is more akin to the preview of a summer blockbuster than a political ad. Domino ignores Murphy in the ad, instead focusing his fire on President Barack Obama and Washington. “Our new ad highlights the kind of leadership ‘action’ needed in Washington,” Domino noted about the new ad. Domino is an underdog against Murphy who has been filling the airwaves with TV ads. read more
  • Ron DeSantis Sounds the Alarm on Arming Syrian Rebels

    Kevin Derby
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    On Tuesday, freshman U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., sounded the alarm on arming rebels challenging the Syrian government. DeSantis noted that arming the Syrian rebels would lead to weapons in the hands of Islamist terrorists despite their efforts against Islamic State (IS) forces.  DeSantis wrote the following on Tuesday:read more
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Showcases Support of VA Reforms

    Kevin Derby
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the dean of the Florida congressional delegation, announced on Tuesday she was backing three bills to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs which has been under fire in recent months after revelations of altered waiting lists at medical centers across the nation. read more
  • Rick Scott's Team Hits Charlie Crist on Small-Business Issues

    Kevin Derby
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    With former Gov. Charlie Crist focusing  on small-business issues at an event in Boca Raton on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott’s team fired away at the Democrat’s economic record. Jerry Pierce, the Florida chairman of the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB) Leadership Council and Scott’s small business coalition chairman, came out swinging at Crist on Wednesday. read more
 
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  • 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…
  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

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

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

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

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

    John D. McKinnon
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    House Republicans took Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen to task again on Wednesday, citing his recent criticisms of congressional investigations into alleged IRS targeting of conservative groups. Wednesday’s hearing marked a renewal of GOP attacks on the IRS chief, after a period of relative quiet while Congress was on its summer break.
  • When Troops in Iraq Aren’t Boots on the Ground

    Matthew Rose
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    When are boots on the ground not boots on the ground? When they’re in Iraq.
  • United Kingdom Should Remain ‘Robust and United,’ Obama Tweets

    Reid J. Epstein
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he is for keeping the United Kingdom together, a day before Scotland will vote on whether to secede.
  • Fearing the Worst Is Regulator’s Job; What Should Investors Do?

    Robert Litan
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Robert Litan: For investors, the problems in the world mean their investment strategies should be tied to their time horizons.
  • Transcript: Obama Again Pledges No Ground War, Sees New ‘American Century’

    WSJ Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    President Barack Obama insisted he won't authorize a U.S. ground war in the fight against the militant group Islamic State, in a speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base. Mr. Obama was seeking to contain the fallout from a top commander's assertion that he would recommend U.S. ground troops if the current strategy falls short of the administration's goals. Here is the transcript of Mr. Obama's remarks, as provided by the White House.
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  • Exclusive: New Bill Aims To Stop Coal Companies From Denying Benefits To Miners With Black Lung

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Coal companies are supposed pay compensation to miners who contract the dreaded disease, but the companies have devised ways to get out of paying. The bill attempts to shut down those schemes. Roger Cook, a former coal miner with black lung, in 2013. Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader / MCT Two coal-state senators plan to introduce sweeping legislation Thursday to reform the federal program meant to provide benefits to miners suffering from black lung disease. For almost four decades, federal law has required coal companies to compensate miners who contract the debilitating and often…
  • The Stunning Velocity Of The Marriage Equality Movement

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    The direction and pace of court decisions about same-sex couples’ marriages rights in the past 15 months brought the issue back to the Supreme Court with unanticipated speed. All that remains is the justices’ decision whether to hear a case this term. Justine Zwiebel/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — When a federal court ruled on Louisiana's ban on same-sex couples' marriages earlier this month, something shocking happened: The judge upheld the ban. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman ruled the state's marriage ban was constitutional — issuing the first federal…
  • The People Who Organized Occupy Wall Street Are Now Suing Each Other

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The movement descends into litigation. “We can either go and beat him up or we can go to court.” WASHINGTON — Activists who organized the dormant Occupy Wall Street movement are suing another activist for control of the main Twitter account, and one of the plaintiffs says there was no other option but to turn to litigation to solve the dispute. The conflict centers around @OccupyWallStNYC, one of the main Twitter feeds that distributed information during the movement's heyday in 2011. The OWS Media Group filed a lawsuit against organizer Justin Wedes on Wednesday, which…
  • The Democratic Party Chair's Big Political Ambitions Have Stalled In DC

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    “It was abundantly clear that’s where she wanted to go. That talk has been considerably quieter.” Paul Morigi / Getty Images for FORTUNE WASHINGTON — Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was never particularly shy about her ambitions. Friends describe the Florida congresswoman as openly talking just a year ago about one day being speaker and moving up the ranks in Democratic leadership. She regularly doled out checks to rank-and-file members from her PAC and made it obvious she was courting their support. "It was abundantly…
  • Oregon Republican Senate Candidate Plagiarized Economic Plan From Several Sources

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    On the subject of eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse… Monica For Oregon Facebook / Via Facebook: monicafororegon Large portions of an economic plan released by Oregon Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby appear to be heavily plagiarized from multiple sources, including one section that copies word-for-word from a plan put out by Republican Sen. Rob Portman a month earlier. Likewise, portions of Wehby's plan also copy sections nearly-verbatim from the economic growth plan of a2012 congressional candidate named Gary DeLong and a survey from Karl Rove's group, Crossroads. The…
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  • V&V Q&A – Talking climate science with physicist Glenn Marsch (Part One)

    Glenn Marsch
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Editor’s note: After two leading newspapers ran climate-related pieces seemingly at odds with one another, The Center for Vision & Values discussed the contrast with Grove City College physicist Dr. Glenn Marsch. A New York Times article reported that President Obama is pursuing an international global warming treaty at the United Nations while a Wall Street Journal piece noted that there has been no evidence of global warming for the past 15-26 years. This is the first in a series of climate discussions with Dr. Marsch. V&V: On August 26, the New York Times reported, “The Obama…
  • The NLRB’s contribution to Obama’s anti-business crusade

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Having written earlier this summer about the whack-a-mole regulatory state running wild under the presidency of Barack Obama, the biggest question in my mind was which of the myriad federal regulatory agencies would be the next to throw a monkey wrench into the economy. It was a foregone conclusion that the EPA would be one of those agencies, and they haven’t disappointed, but the other most egregious offender is the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB has issued a ruling that McDonald’s Corporation may be considered…
  • Do we have a war strategy for ISIS?

    Earl H. Tilford
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    President Obama in his September 10 speech did not deliver a viable war-fighting strategy against ISIS. In fact, the president doesn’t seem to understand that ISIS is at war with the U.S. The 18th century Prussian strategist General Carl von Clausewitz defined war as “an act of force to compel the enemy to do your will.”  By that strategic definition, ISIS, the spawn of al Qaeda, has been at war with Americans for nearly two decades.  Its modus operandi is terrorism, which is currently defined as “violence conducted against innocents to achieve a political objective.” One of al…
  • How Ray Rice Proves Freud Wrong

    Gary L. Welton
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    As a 21st century data-driven psychologist, I find it difficult to invoke the name of Sigmund Freud. In fact, when trying to type his name, I misspelled it on my first three attempts. Some sort of slip, I guess. It has been suggested by some that Freud’s influence today is more noteworthy in the field of literature than in the field of psychology. As it turns out, many of his psychoanalytic ideas have not been supported by research data. One of his best-known concepts is that of catharsis. According to Freud, if people are given an opportunity to act out their pent-up frustrations,…
  • Designing history: The identity of the 21st century

    Gary L. Welton
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Our primary focus in December of 1999 was Y2K. Would the computer systems handle the millennial change? Might we suffer from serious computer snafus? In the midst of the Y2K hype, we knew, though sometimes forgot, that the year 2000 was, in actuality, the last year of the 20th century and the second millennium, rather than the first year of the new millennium. It was a year later that we officially welcomed the new millennial calendar, yet history tends to classify eras by defining events rather than by the actual numbers. As a result, one of my first thoughts on Tuesday, September 11, 2001,…
 
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    Politic365

  • #Ferguson: Rep. Hank Johnson’s Police Demilitarization Bill Gets GOP Support

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Three Republicans have signed on to Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bill to stop handing free military equipment to local  police.  The three Republicans are Reps. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Justin Amash (R-IL).  The bill was formally introduced today.  Democrats John Conyers and Jim Moran are also co-sponsors.    Rep. Johnson says he expects more Republicans to sign on.  Johnson and the others want to reform the Pentagon’s 1033 Program which gives military-grade weapons to local law enforcement departments at no charge.   After the unrest in Ferguson. Mo.,…
  • Members of Congress Vocal on Ray Rice Go Silent Federal Judge Mark Fuller

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    After Roland Martin shined a spotlight on Alabama Judge Mark Fuller, Congresswoman Terri Sewell became the first member of Congress to call for the federal judge’s resignation.  Why? Because in the wake of the scandal over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Fuller, a federal judge, is in the midsts of a domestic violence scandal. Federal judges have lifetime appointments to the federal bench. After Martin spoke on the case over the last ten days on his show #NewsOneNow on @TVOne, Chris Hayes did a segment on Judge Fuller last night on MSNBC.  Congress has the power to remove…
  • Duke Energy Makes a $500M Investment in Utility-Scale Solar

    Kristal High
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    On September 15, Duke Energy announced plans to commit $500 million to utility-scale solar power in the state of North Carolina. This announcement is the latest development in an industry-wide embrace of large-scale renewable energy generation by utilities across the country. These efforts grew out of a Request for Proposals (RFP) that Duke issued in February of this year. Among other things, the RFP sought projects that were in the company’s current transmission and distribution queue and that could be stitched together to provide a significant amount of power (hundreds of megawatts…
  • CA State Sen. Roderick Wright to resign this month, following criminal conviction

    Adriana Maestas
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    California State Senator Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) announced on Monday that he would resign from the state legislature effective September 22. This comes after being convicted for felony perjury and voting fraud charges for lying about living in his Senate district when he ran back in 2008. According to the Los Angeles Times: “”Effective Sept. 22, 2014, I hereby resign from the California State Senate,” Wright said in a letter Monday to the Senate secretary. “It’s painful,” Wright said in an interview. “At the end of the day you want to consider what’s the best…
  • Iowa: DREAMers Ask Hillary About Immigration, Get No Answers

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    DREAMers asked Hillary Clinton about the issue of President Obama’s latest delay on immigration.  Clinton, along with her husband, were in Iowa today at Sen. Harkin’s famous 37th (and final) annual Steak Fry in Iowa.  The event was first held on a farm in Iowa and quickly became the signature political event in Iowa. A group of immigration activists along a rope line attempted to get actual policy details out of the Clintons as they signed books, shook hands and made small talk.  They got much more of a conversation out of Rep. Steve King during an earlier attempt.
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • 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! ]]
  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • His Highness Blacker and his Privy Court

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

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every now and again my interest is briefly ignited by things that don't really matter. This week, I was reminded of the complaints over ACPO's status as a limited company. Despite what the conspiracy theorists may say, there is nothing wrong, or suspicious, with ACPO being a limited company. Not every limited company is limited by shares, and ACPO is an ideal example of a company that needs a legal personality but is 'not for profit'. I'd agree that it is an unusual arrangement and would be in favour of it being replaced by an organisation created by Royal Warrant, which…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
  • Is Big Gov’t Really All That Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For decades we have been hearing that big government is the enemy and that big government creates more problems than it solves. But when give the choice of keeping or doing away with the programs that are the biggest reasons our federal government is as large as it is Americans to an overwhelming degree choose to keep them. In this episode we discuss this disconnect and attempt to identify some of the reasons for it. We discuss our focus on keeping taxes low when the shortfall is made up mainly with ever-growing debt and deficits, and pose the central question, how much government do we…
  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

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

  • US House Backs ISIS War Effort

    kprice
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    By USDR.       The U.S. House of Representatives voted this evening to give Congressional authorization to the Secretary of Defense to immediately begin the process of training and equipping the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the moderate opposition fighting the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The measure that passed with strong bipartisan support restricts the Administration’s authority, emphasizes Congressional oversight and places a 90 day time limit on the authorization.       “It’s clear that ISIL is the…
  • The War at Home

    brionnamuyco
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    By Robert Spencer, Special for USDR         As the Islamic State beheads a third hostage and the world recoils in horror and reassures itself that all thishas nothing to do with Islam, it is useful to remember that jihad activity continues in the United States – although hardly anyone notices amid the rush to dissociate Islam from the mounting violence committed in its name and in accord with its literal teachings.         Take, for example, a Muslim from Seattle, Ali Muhammad Brown. KING 5 News reported that Brown is “currently in jail…
  • American Airlines Goes Paperless with Electronic Manuals

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
          By USDR    American Airlines was the first airline with a paperless cockpit, and now American’s cabins are also paperless. The airline is the first mainline carrier to provide flight attendants with electronic manuals, accessible through a handheld tablet.   “The accessibility and functionality that the tablet provides our flight attendants will greatly improve their work environment,” said Hector Adler, vice president of Flight Service for American Airlines.   “The tablet allows us to reduce our dependency on paper products and to…
  • Infectious Borders

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
          By Mark Davis, Special for USDR    Catastrophic consequences of Obama’s open border policies are emerging throughout the country in the form of infectious diseases.   Enterovirus 68, a very rare strain of this virus, is spreading epidemically across the nation. Rarely seen above the southern border is endemic below it. Thousands of hospitalizations resulting from this contagion have been reported. Asthmatic children have been especially hit hard with this bug.   The CDC has been nearly dismissive concerning the potential threat of this pathogen and…
  • Financial Analyst Announces Bitcoin Price Outlook

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
          By USDR      Financial authority Peter Leeds, with the help of his full analysis team, has announced their official outlook for Bitcoin prices. Upon in-depth review, the Leeds team has identified the main price drivers for Bitcoin, and developed their opinion for upcoming valuation and trading activity for the digital currency.   Among their findings, they expect the main criteria which will drive valuations to be critical mass, competition levels, and the attrition rate.   Leeds explained that a product or service needs to be used by over 30 percent…
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    The American Patriot

  • Responding to stupidity

    The American Patriot
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I rarely, if ever, engage in Blog wars anymore. Because quite frankly, I think they suck and they do nothing, but cause problems for all parties involved. However, when I see that someone takes it upon themselves to make baseless accusations against me; I feel the need to correct the record. What I am referring to is some blowhole on a blogspot webblog took it upon himself to accuse me of being a lap dog of Rod Dreher’s. Now, had he taken the time to search my site and see that I have disagreed with Rod Dreher in the past on this blog and my previous one; he would see that I am not a…
  • Rod Dreher says something that I have been thinking for a long while

    The American Patriot
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    No bigger truth has been spoken on a blog: When someone like Ted Cruz, son of a fundamentalist Christian pastor, has the unspeakable arrogance to go into this group of Orthodox, Catholic, and Coptic Christians who are facing the martyrdom of their entire communities and expect them to recite the gospel of American neoconservatism — that is, not simply to denounce anti-Semitism, which the people in that audience were willing to do, but to affirm the goodness of the state of Israel,  even if doing so would put their own lives in danger once they return home – he forces the rest of us…
  • UPDATED: Sarah Palin and Family reportedly involved in a drunken brawl

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Oh, this is very interesting… Family Values? Riiiiight. Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit:  Just when I was about to give up on them, the Gods of gossip came visiting this week, and as they’ve done in the past, they beckoned me to look towards Wasilla, towards the fortress of Our Lady of the North, the woman who was almost a heartbeat away from the presidency, whose family had a dramatic weekend, Wasilla style! As many of us have read, Bristol Palin was visited by a Floridian stalker on Sunday who somehow ended up on the family’s balcony. The stalker currently sits in…
  • Video: Leftist Michael Moore channels his inner George Wallace

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Okay, the headline is a bit of snark… But, could you imagine if a Republican had said this? Blogger reaction is here:  Truth Revolt, Hinterland Gazette, National Review and Washington Free Beacon (Via Hollywood Reporter, H/T to HotAir.com)
  • Video: Bill Whittle says, “Free Speech, What Free Speech?”

    The American Patriot
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    This is interesting to say the least. (Via The Right Scoop)
 
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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

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Welcome to the weekend, and your weekly edition of the Weekly Compete Pulse! Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week below. ALS Ice Bucket Raises $110M In Donations, Marketers Take Note As discussed in our recent blog post, traffic to ALSA.org skyrocketed and demographics shifted drastically as a result of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. This article by MediaPost discusses the exciting data via Millward Brown Digital. Take a look at the analysis here. 4 Reasons Why CEOs Need to Care About Digital Marketing According to MDG, some CEOs tend to have a less than favorable…
  • August’s Top 50: Old and News

    Laura Cantwell
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Image from: Celebrity / Shutterstock The August Top 50 is here! See which sites saw a spike in traffic and which fell in the rankings. CNN & Huffington Post: Both CNN and the Huffington Post saw MoM growth in August. CNN.com cashed in at #35 after seeing 13.53% growth while Huffingtonpost.com climbed three spots to #16 with 16.65% growth in August. Why might these sites have seen such an increase in traffic last month? Well, search referrals point to celebrities. During the month of August, Robin Williams passed, Tracy Morgan issued a public statement that he was struggling to recover…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: A Social Success

    Laura Cantwell
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Early this year, most Americans were minimally, if at all, familiar with the term. Cue the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, the organic social media awareness campaign of which Justin Timberlake, George W. Bush, and Bill Gates are all veterans. With $109 million dollars raised for the ALS Association, compared to the 2.8 million the organization raised in the same timeframe last year, we can concretely say that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has easily been the most successful social media campaign of Summer ’14. As discussed in our August Data is Now Live article,…
  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part III)

    Katie Hrdy
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    If you’ve read the other two posts in this series (here and here), you know that we recently launched our newest study, Getting Mobile Right, to help marketers put mobile to its best use within their overall marketing strategies. In the study we identified three major questions that marketers are asking to better understand how mobile can propel their brands: Where and how can we reach consumers on mobile? How can we engage consumers with mobile advertising? How can we increase our share of mobile consumer activity? In this post we’ll review the last question: How can marketers increase…
  • Sunday Series: Jocks and Geeks

    Laura Cantwell
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Geek / Shutterstock Exercise was big in July- both physical and mental. This week’s Sunday Series features two websites that each experienced strong MoM growth. Take a look at these fast moving categories to see how one industry heavyweight and one digital rookie punching above its weight class worked their ways to the top. The Brawn: July was an action-packed month for UFC.com. The site grew 34 percent with 771 thousand unique visitors during the month. Actually, July was strong for most mixed martial arts websites, with nearly every member of the top ten experiencing growth in…
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    Tea Party 911

  • 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…
  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

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

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The 360° Forum

    Mohammad Tomazy
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Dear readers,Feel free to share your news and views on our forum.Users can customize their privacy as desired.Links, multimedia and text customization are also available.This site is designed, written and edited by amateur blogger for non-profit and noncensored purpose.I believe in social and alternative media, far away from giant corporations.Note: Neither bigotry nor offending materials are acceptable.URL:http://www.arabworld360.info/p/forum.htmlMohammad Tomazy,The Editor
  • Is New Zealand's PM Lying?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Auckland, New ZealandBY EDWARD SNOWDEN |Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false. If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched. At the NSA I routinely came across the communications of New Zealanders in my work with a mass surveillance tool we share with GCSB, called “XKEYSCORE.” It allows total, granular access to the database of communications…
  • F.B.I.'s Facial Recognition Project Is Now Ready

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Facial recognitionThe Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Next Generation Identification System, a biometric database reliant on tens of millions of facial-recognition records, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday.The NGI system, after three years of development, is billed by the FBI as a new breakthrough for criminal identification and data-sharing between law enforcement agencies."This effort is a significant step forward for the criminal justice community in utilizing biometrics as an investigative enabler," the FBI said in a statement.The NGI database contains over 100…
  • Israel And Ukraine's Crisis

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Reports indicate weapons shipment including drones was approved by Defense Ministry, nixed by Foreign Ministry. According to Arutz ShevaDefense Minister Ya'alon, Foreign Minister Liberman (Arutz Sheva)A Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware including drones to use against pro-Russian separatists, said the report on Channel Two television.It was not reported when the visit took place, or when the decision to turn down the request was taken.According to the report, the Defense Ministry had given the green light for the sale of pilotless aircraft…
  • Beyond The War On ISIS

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    NBC News' Brian Williams offered up some ISIS-related fearmongering as part of his commemoration of the September 11 attacks (Fair.org).Since the 9/11 attack, a new era has begun in favor of the American neoconservative elites.Bush's administration declared war against al-Qaeda, and promised the American people to punish every person involved in 9/11 catastrophe.Bush accused the former Iraqi regime of supporting al-Qaeda  prior Iraq's invasion, and he also accused saddam's regime of reserving weapons of massive destruction. However, these accusations are now well-known to be…
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    BizPac Review

  • Gowdy sets tone in opening: ‘We can just be Americans in pursuit of the facts, the truth, and justice’

    Tom Tillison
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    There were no fireworks in the making Wednesday as Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., got the House Select Committee on Benghazi off to a quiet start. In his opening statement, Gowdy said he was hopeful for an investigation “worthy of the memory of those who died.” “I remain hopeful there are still things left in our country that can transcend politics,” he said. “I remain convinced our fellow citizens deserve all of the facts of what happened before, during, and after the attacks in Benghazi and they deserve an investigative process worthy of the memory of those who…
  • Is the White House Constitution Day message downright offensive?

    George Upper
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    President Barack Obama celebrated America’s 10th observance of Constitution Day by tweeting a picture of himself giving a speech at the National Archives building. The irony was not lost on many. The president has been accused even by the likes of liberal law professor Jonathan Turley and Democratic commentator Kirsten Powers of creating the worst constitutional crisis in living memory, so any hope that he might actually honor the founding documents of the United States – much less their DWEM (dead, white, European male) authors – on his Twitter feed were predictably misplaced. His…
  • Gowdy grills first witness in Benghazi hearings; Hillary might be in trouble already

    Joe Saunders
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Wednesday’s hearings by the House Select Committee on Benghazi got off to a rocky start for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – even if she wasn’t in the room. Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., grilled lead off witness Gregory Starr, an assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, noting that the department’s security procedures hadn’t improved since the 1998 twin embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania – and Clinton should be familiar with since she was in the White House at the time as first lady. Since Clinton had been secretary of state since 2009, the…
  • Video: Black Princeton professor blasts Obama, Holder, Sharpton for being useless

    Joe Saunders
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    One of the ugliest things about the disaster of the Obama presidency has been that it’s been hardest on the very people that back him the most. So when a lefty black Princeton scholar slams Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the race-baiting Al Sharpton in one swoop, it’s worth listening to. Black Americans voted for Obama’s re-election by an obscene 96 percent, but according to professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, his administration has been “lukewarm” toward his natural most faithful constituents, with real assistance virtually “nonexistent.” “Instead of reaping some…
  • Two Marines are marching to Washington with a message for Obama

    Free Beacon
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Facebook Marine Corps veterans tired of seeing fellow Marine Andrew Tahmooressi stuck in Mexican prison are traveling nearly 300 miles by foot to Washington, D.C., to tell President Obama to do whatever he has to do to get Mexico “to turn our Marine loose.” Marine Corps veteran Terry Sharpe is 63 years old and began walking the 287 miles from his home in Summerfield, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C., two weeks ago to raise awareness about Tahmooressi, who has been in a Mexican prison since March. “I just got tired of nothing being done,” Sharpe told the Washington Free Beacon on…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

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

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Takeaways From the Benghazi Panel’s First Hearing on Security Failures

    Josh Siegel
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The House special committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attacks today convened its first public hearing, examining progress in implementing security improvements at U.S. embassies and other missions abroad. Although no fireworks erupted, the State Department’s failure to follow through on an independent group’s No. 1 security priority after the attacks proved a major highlight. Here’s a look at that issue and five others that surfaced as the House Select Committee on Benghazi began its work in public. 1. ‘Most Important’ Idea Not Adopted The State Department rejected the…
  • As Senators Quiz Kerry on ISIS, House OKs Obama Request to Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

    Melissa Quinn
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    After lengthy debate that aligned Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the argument, the House  today passed an amendment allowing the Obama administration to help Syrian rebels in the fight against the terrorist group ISIS. Lawmakers voted 273 to 156 this afternoon to authorize the Pentagon to arm and train “moderate” rebels to combat ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL, exceeding the required 218 votes. The provision, which will be attached to a continuing resolution to fund the federal government until Dec. 11, bears a $500 million price tag. “By authorizing the…
  • Bobby Jindal: How the ‘Radical Left’ Uses Energy Costs to Control Americans

    Kelsey Harkness
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal yesterday accused the Obama administration of making energy more expensive with the goal of making Americans more dependent on government. “The Left, they like to tell us they are the ones [who] are following science and we’re the science deniers,” Jindal said to a small group of reporters after delivering a speech at The Heritage Foundation to debut his energy jobs plan. “But I think overall, their approach to energy is telling.” The Republican governor said the “radical” Left wants energy to be scarce and expensive because it empowers the federal…
  • Do Women Really Earn 22 Percent Less Than Men?

    Rachel Greszler
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Census Bureau released updated data this week showing that the so-called “gender pay gap” between men and women reached a record low, with women earning 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. But does this mean that a woman who performs the exact same job as a man gets paid 22 cents less on the dollar? Of course not. If companies behaved that way, they would face lawsuits. Their profits would also suffer: underpaid women would jump ship to competitors and overpaid men would drive up costs and reduce companies’ competitiveness. Even within the government pay scale, women make only 89…
  • 5 Key Points Marco Rubio Made in His Big Defense Speech Today

    Diem Salmon
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., outlined his views on the role of America in the world, why we need American power, and his position on what the U.S. military should look like in a speech today. Here is a brief recap of what Rubio said: 1. “Foreign policy is domestic policy.” “Never before have our people and our economy been so connected and dependent to the world. What happens across the planet can have a greater impact on your family than what happens down the street.” 2. Rubio’s Foreign Policy doctrine “In this globalized world, conflict breeds economic disruption.” “We must…
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    India News Analysis, Op-Eds and Podcasts on Niti Central

  • Xi Jinping’s India visit, Maharashtra Assembly Poll, and BJP’s debut in West Bengal

    Niticentral Staff
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    In this Wednesday’s round-up, we bring you views on Xi Jinping’s visit to India, Maharashtra Assembly polls, Jadavpur University’s molestation and a lot more… BJP’s West Bengal debut – Alarm bells for Mamata Excerpt: The silver lining was West Bengal which demonstrated that the BJP can become the main challenger  to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Writes Sudesh Verma BJP overconfidence risks Narendra Modi’s Agenda Excerpt: Everyone in the party believed that the Modi magic that took BJP to an unprecedented victory in May  was still alive. Therefore, the very…
  • Yasin Malik’s hijacking act – Irrelevance in Kashmir

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Kashmir separatist leader Yasin Malik. File Photo PTI Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik’s act of disrupting rescue operations in Srinagar has at last hit the national mainstream media. The videos were doing rounds in social media since September 13, when the incident occurred. The video clearly shows Yasin Malik’s men pushing people out of the boat, including an old woman. The biggest irony is that not only has the State Government been found in rescue operations, it is now reluctant to take any action against the man who officially holds an Indian passport but goes about campaigning…
  • Jadavpur University shamed! Niti Exclusive with students

    Akash Maithal
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    In the latest development in the Jadavpur University molestation case, 35 students who were part of a protest outside the campus have been arrested by police. The students were demanding a fresh probe into the case where a woman student was dragged into a men’s hostel and molested. In an exclusive interview to Niticentral, a girl student on the condition of anonymity revealed when the agitated students approached the VC, he outrightly said that he is not paid to speak to students. She also said that the aim of the protest was to get justice for the survivor. Shedding more light on the…
  • BJP’s West Bengal debut – Alarm bells for Mamata

    Sudesh Verma
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    The silver lining was West Bengal which demonstrated that the BJP can become the main challenger to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. BJP’s West Bengal victory in the recent by-polls to the Basirhat Dakshin assembly seat was a bright spot in an otherwise grim outcome. While the BJP should take the recent drubbing at the by-polls with the seriousness it deserves, to describe the BJP’s loss as a mark of fading Modi magic would be gross exaggeration. NarendraModi was nowhere in picture in these by-elections and it was not a mandate on Modi. On the contrary the results of Uttar Pradesh…
  • Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Shiv Sena will play ball

    Saswat Panigrahi
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Shiv Sena is trying to take advantage of BJP’s poor show in the by-elections by using it to affect the seat sharing calculus of the BJP-Shiv Sena combine Maharashtra Assembly poll preparations have seen Shiv Sena play hardball with the BJP on seat sharing. The BJP’s reverses in the recently concluded by-polls may have given it further ammunition. The BJP was dealt a surprise blow in the Assembly by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat losing 13 of the total 23 seats for which elections were held. These are the States the BJP swept in the Lok Sabha election four months…
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    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.
  • Understanding the Limits of AWS

    JG
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    By default, Amazon Web Services, AWS, does not allow you to take all the resources you need.  Indeed, there are hard and soft limits that you should understand, before deploying to AWS. By the way, most public cloud providers set resource limits to protect cloud users from themselves, in terms of getting a huge bill […]The post Understanding the Limits of AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More

    JG
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note from the author: 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.  […]The post How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge

    JG
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The mass migration of applications to the AWS cloud is about to begin.  Most enterprises plan to migrate applications and systems to AWS to capture cost efficiencies, scalability, and agility benefits, and to avoid impending data center expansions. The issue is that there are many ways to migrate applications to AWS, each with its own […]The post AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

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

  • Baltimore Sheriff Candidate: “White People Should Just Shut the F*ck Up” (Video)

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Baltimore Sheriff Candidate: “White People Should Just Shut the F*ck Up” (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. A man running for Baltimore County sheriff on an ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ROFL! 14 ISIS Terrorists Blowed Themselves Up Loading Chlorine Into Rocket

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    LOL! 14 IS militants killed as their rocket explodes | Business Standard News. At least 14 members of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group were ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
      Bra and band-aid colors are racist Student suspended for selling Pepsi Soda vs Pop finally resolved   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
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    Casey Hendrickson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Should police officers who get a dui be fired Schools getting military equipment Indiana BMV to issue refunds   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team interviews Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us as we have a great discussion concerning the development of hate groups within the U.S. and what can be done to combat the proliferation of hate crimes. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Bankers Rule: City of London vs. Scottish Independence

    21wire
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    James Hall21st Century Wire Now that the independence referendum is too close to call, the bankers express their worry. The media blitz ramps up to tip the outcome. Scottish independence has finally rattled the City of London which has the usual banksters forecasting the dislocations from a currency panic.Scotland has a long and noteworthy history of banking. Money, savings and investing is entrenched in the culture and society. Edinburgh is the fourth largest financial centre in Europe (after London, Frankfurt and Paris). Much of this reputation has arisen from its history of innovation…
  • Israel’s Cue: Syrian ‘Rebels’ Occupy Golan Heights, Seize UN Weapons and Vehicles

    21wire
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:40 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Perfect timing. We were waiting for the stage director to whistle-in Israel somewhere into this ISIS Crisis and to help the US and Britain with their Syrian regime change project. Here is the perfect pretext…In 1981, after a long-running, brutal attempted Israeli land grab of Syria’s Golan region, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 497, which called the State of Israel to withdrawal from its de facto annexation of the Golan Heights. A UN Peacekeeping Force was put in place there to maintain that key buffer zone. Ever…
  • Devil’s Deal: US-Backed Syrian Rebels Already Signed Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

    Shawn Helton
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    21st Century Wire says…While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we now learn that opposition groups the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda affiliate ‘al Nusra Front’, have officially aligned themselves with ISIS…IMAGE: ‘Masking the truth’ – An apparent member of ISIS featured in the PR rise.Terror Merger in SyriaDespite grand words by US President Obama and British PM David Cameron, here’s what’s really behind their plan to bomb ISIS in Syria…In a report first appearing on Orient-News…
  • Ted Cruz: ‘I Pledge of Allegiance to Israel’

    21wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    SARTRE21st Century WirePresidential wannabe politicians seldom will champion an American First foreign policy, but are eager to stand behind a Pro-Zionist agenda, even at the expense of our own essential national interest. Can an elected US official serve two masters?The mess that engulfs the Middle East is only getting worse. Throughout all the past administrations and swings in the post World War II cast of enemies, Israel is never mentioned by the establishment as a force that undermines American national security. The axiom that Zionism is an unquestioned ally and friend of the United…
  • Staged ISIS Videos are the Plot of Iron Man 3 (2013)

    21wire
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    by Jay DyerJay’s AnalysisAs our friend, the talented writer Peter Parker pointed out back in May of 2013, the intelligence scripting for the news events surrounding radical Islamic terrorists seem to find their curious parallel in certain Hollywood blockbusters.  Parker explained with precision how the plot of Iron Man 3 in particular demonstrated this obvious correlation with Ben Kingsley’s character, The Mandarin, playing the laughable role of the British actor cum terrorist.  In the plot, the terrorists were fake, kidnapping Iron Man and holding him ransom.  Sound…
 
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    The Politic

  • Rev. Ian Paisley’s Lessons in Redemption

    Noah Daponte-Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Regardless of whether you agree with his politics—I certainly do not—Rev. Paisley was a remarkable man who deserves remembrance.
  • Goodell Must Go

    Olivia Paschal
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    To be commissioner of the National Football League means taking responsibility for both its successes and its failures, and the NFL failed in more than one respect this off-season.
  • Full Court Press: The State of Voter I.D.

    Robbie Flatow
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The Seventh Circuit’s Friday ruling is another politically motivated act in the political minefield of voter I.D. statutes.
  • Midterm Countdown: Senate Leaners

    JP Meredith
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Profiling the close contests in New Hampshire, Michigan, Colorado, Georgia, and Kentucky.
  • Bring Hirsi Ali to Campus, If Only to Challenge Her Ideas

    Daniel Judt
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    "The concern over Hirsi Ali’s influence on campus if she comes to speak points to a lack of faith in the Yale community, a lack of faith that is perhaps heightened when the topic is religion. People do not think others will critically engage with Hirsi Ali’s ideas."
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Chase Continues

    Jin Yao Kwan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Mindsets are far too entrenched. Instead of asking junior college or polytechnic graduates to shun college, what should be emphasised is that the signalling effect of the degree is losing value, and is therefore no guarantee for a (well-paying, comfortable) job. Continue reading →
  • Our Finnish Obsession

    Jin Yao Kwan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    There appears to be a predilection to raise the Finnish example in public discussions without consideration for the details of education policies. Last year throughout the Our Singapore Conversation sessions, especially those organised by the Ministry of Education, whenever participants were asked about improvements to the education system in Singapore, “let Singapore be like Finland” was a common reply. But missing in these responses were the “whats” and “hows”: what approaches can Singapore adopt from Finland, and the implications for educators? How can we compare the strengths…
  • Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

    Jin Yao Kwan
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seeking approval from anyone, it would appear, has never been a priority for the law professor. “I look back at my time in Parliament without any regrets”. The “Captain Obvious” label hardly bothers him, and has not changed the way he contributes to socio-political discourse in Singapore rigorously. One might not always agree with Mr. Tan’s perspectives, but he will continue to do more – with academic training and knowledge – beyond this NMP stint. And I believe we are all the better for it. Continue reading →
  • Choice To Go Under The Knife

    Jin Yao Kwan
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Blaming the media per se for the growing popularity of cosmetic treatment is convenient, but not necessarily accurate. The desire to go under the knife could also stem from problematic conceptions of body image and self-esteem, which are influenced mostly by everyday interactions: with peers, friends, teachers, and parents. A child with parents who have done such procedures, for instance, is more likely to do so themselves. Taunts, jibes, and careless remarks can affect too. Through this the media appears to be a contributory factor. Continue reading →
  • Beyond The Exposure To Pornography

    Jin Yao Kwan
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It is tempting to read our children’s exposure to pornography – based on findings gathered by Touch Cyber Wellness in Singapore (ST, Sept. 6) – with alarm, since the consumption of pornography is often perceived to be deleterious. A host of ramifications are associated with it. In the ST report, “[e]xperts say the findings are worrying as such content affects young people’s attitudes and behaviour towards love and sex, and may lead to sexual crimes”. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
  • Is Big Gov’t Really All That Bad?

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    For decades we have been hearing that big government is the enemy and that big government creates more problems than it solves. But when give the choice of keeping or doing away with the programs that are the biggest reasons our federal government is as large as it is Americans to an overwhelming degree choose to keep them. In this episode we discuss this disconnect and attempt to identify some of the reasons for it. We discuss our focus on keeping taxes low when the shortfall is made up mainly with ever-growing debt and deficits, and pose the central question, how much government do we…
  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

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

  • 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…
  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
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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

  • EVERYONE RELAX, HANOI JOHN FONDA KERRY AND THE

    Liberty Bell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE State Department, along with El Commandante Obama, got our six o’clock covered. EXCERPT:  “Secretary of State John Kerry sought to stress to Congress Wednesday that no U.S. combat troops will be sent into fight extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – testimony that came ahead […]The post EVERYONE RELAX, HANOI JOHN FONDA KERRY AND THE appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Your ‘to do’ list to save America

    Liberty Bell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by WND » Ann Coulter The most important words printed in the New York Times since “REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER” were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded […]The post Your ‘to do’ list to save America appeared first on Citizens News.
  • An Unbearable And Choking Hell: The Loss Of Our Freedoms In The Wake Of 9/11

    Liberty Bell
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Written by Western Journalism “I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked […]The post An Unbearable And Choking Hell: The Loss Of Our Freedoms In The Wake Of 9/11 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    Liberty Bell
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama […]The post House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Free Trade is Awesome Because Brazilians Go To Disney World, by Art Carden

    Liberty Bell
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by EconLog In early 2013, I had the privilege of speaking at a student conference in Brazil. While I was making my travel arrangements, I asked my Facebook network whether I should pay the extra $ 100 for Economy Comfort on the international legs of the flight. My sister (who was a missionary in […]The post Free Trade is Awesome Because Brazilians Go To Disney World, by Art Carden appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Back to School Ban: Chap-Stick

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    Back to class means back to the arbitrary bans put into place by overzealous school boards that will not be satisfied until your child is heavily sedated and encased in bubble wrap. Joining the campus scourges of leggings, improperly chewed pop-tarts, salt, American flags, birthday candles, Duck Dynasty tees, and scantily clad parents is chap-stick.
  • Venezuelan Shortages: Flour, TP, Coffins, Breast Implants

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    Okay Caracas--- your streets weren’t quite filled when Maduro made sure there was no bread on the shelves. You didn’t blink when cooking oil became impossible to find. You stayed when Charmin was rationed.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Jacques Costeau

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    As PDers start to tackle September’s Book Club choice of Larken Rose’s The Most Dangerous Superstition, you’ll start to see how Statism, tyranny , and even eugenics have been served up to you from your first toddling steps.
  • Just Sayin’: Maybe Stop Tweeting

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Seriously? Seriously? Come on! 
  • Genius Fatwa: Peep on Your Betrothed

    12 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    Note that today instead of talking about tyranny’s usual Genius Ideas like inflating the dollar into oblivion, or telling rape victims to urinate on themselves, we want to delve into a Genius Fatwa.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    An Article by Phyllis Bennis published at The Progressive on September 10, 2014President Obama is right: There is no military solution. Military actions will not set the stage for political solutions; they will prevent those solutions from taking hold.Escalating military actions against this violent extremist organization is not going to work.The bottom line is there is no immediate action that will make ISIS disappear, even if U.S. airstrikes manage to get the right target somewhere and take out an APC or a truckload of guys with RPGs or whatever.
  • An open Letter from the Netherlands

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    An open letter from the Netherlands to Vladimir Putin"...It’s unfortunately true, that our media have lost all independence and are just mouthpieces for the Powers that Be. Because of this, Western people tend to have a warped view of reality and are unable to hold their politicians to account."Click here to read the letterSource: http://ommekeer-nederland.nl/brief-met-excuses-aan-president-putin/
  • An Appeal to the Nations of the World

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:22 pm
    cnsr.ru, September 11, 2014To all people of goodwill in the everywhere: to leaders of all faiths, to the architects of public opinion, to those at the helm of professional, women’s and youth organizations, to the UN General Assembly, to the heads of state and legislative bodies and to the mass media.We, the Participants of the Moscow International Forum “Large Family and Future of Humanity” (September 10-11, 2014), express our profound concern because certain countries are pursuing tenacious policies and an unprecedented propaganda campaign, all of which is leading to the ultimate…
  • Pope Francis’ Homily at the World War I Memorial in Redipuglia

    14 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    “Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep”Rome, September 13, 2014 (Zenit.org)Here is the translation of Pope Francis' homily during Mass at the World War I memorial in Redipuglia, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war's beginning.
  • The Battle for Civilisation

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.orgIn my previous essay, I argued that ISIS and the Islamic State are demonic forces that pose an existential threat to civilisation. We face a battle against barbarism, not a clash of civilisations. Fighting the barbarians who slaughter innocent men, women and children is a battle for civilisation – for ancient ways of life, ancestral homeland, millennia-old traditions and different faith communities such…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • BART Police Officer Slams Woman to Floor, Incident Captured on Video

    User Submitted
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    According to BART, at about 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday, operators reported that a black female suspect was acting erratically and was banging on train windows.  The woman was attempting to force open the doors of trains by pulling the doors apart as the trains left the station. In cell phone video posted to YouTube by ...
  • Occupy group abolishes nearly $4 million in student loan debt

    User Submitted
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    On the third anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, an offshoot group announced that it has erased $3.8 million worth of private student loan debt. The group, Strike Debt, said in a press release issued on Wednesday this week that its Rolling Jubilee initiative has purchased nearly $4 million in private student debt owed ...
  • Chelsea Manning: How to Make ISIS Fall on Its Sword

    User Submitted
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire. The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths ...
  • A Public Bank Option for Scotland

    Ellen Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Scottish voters will go to the polls on September 18th to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. As video blogger Ian R. Crane colorfully puts the issues and possibilities: [T]he People of Scotland have an opportunity to extricate themselves from the socio-psychopathic global corporatists and the temple of outrageous and excessive abject materialism. ...
  • When War Erupts Patriots Will Be Accused Of Aiding “The Enemy”

    User Submitted
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In modern times, war is never what it seems. Mainstream historians preach endlessly about grand conflicts over territory, resources, political impasse, and revenge, but the cold hard reality is that all of these “motivations” are actually secondary, if they are relevant at all. As I and many analysts have covered in great detail in the ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Gun Buyers Must Declare Race, Ethnicity To Purchase Firearms – OpEd

    Jim Kouri
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    While he and his Attorney General Eric Holder complain about police racially profiling blacks and Hispanics, President Barack Obama’s administration is racially profiling American citizens who purchase firearms at licensed gun shops in the United States, according the few news outlets actually covering the story on Tuesday. Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives […] The post Gun Buyers Must Declare Race, Ethnicity To Purchase Firearms – OpEd... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Ukraine: US Should Raise Rights Issues, Says HRW

    Eurasia Review
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The Obama administration should urge Ukraine’s leadership to stop human rights violations by Ukrainian forces in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine is expected on September 18, 2014, to request United States military and economic assistance in an address to Congress and a meeting with President Barack Obama. “The Obama administration’s […] The post Ukraine: US Should Raise Rights Issues, Says HRW appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • New IS Video Threatens Obama With Impending War

    Al Bawaba News
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Islamic State (IS) has released a video threatening U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. with impending war. The 52-second clip — the latest in a series of well-edited propaganda videos — shows explosions in slow motion and attacks on U.S. troops. It added clips of Obama speaking from the White House as flames […] The post New IS Video Threatens Obama With Impending War appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • What Putin Really Feared In Ukraine – Analysis

    Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    By Chris Miller What are Vladimir Putin’s goals in Ukraine? What prompted the Kremlin to annex Crimea, foster an insurgency on its own border, and provoke the region’s most dangerous crisis since the end of the Cold War? Most analysts have assessed Moscow’s policy through the perspective of Russia’s enduring interests in Ukraine, whether cultural, […] The post What Putin Really Feared In Ukraine – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Remarks By President Obama At MacDill Air Force Base

    Eurasia Review
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    By US President Barack Obama Tampa, Florida THE PRESIDENT: Hello, MacDill! (Applause.) I want to thank General Austin for his introduction, Lloyd, for your exceptional leadership — were you about to sneak off the stage? GENERAL AUSTIN: Yes, sir. Yes, sir, I was. THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. (Laughter.) It’s better when Lloyd is not standing […] The post Remarks By President Obama At MacDill Air Force Base appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • 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…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Mary Cheney: Backing gay rights will help GOP become majority party

    Chris Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Mary Cheney spoke at the Log Cabin Republicans Spirit of Lincoln Dinner on Wednesday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)For Mary Cheney, backing gay rights isn’t just the right course of action for the Republican Party in moral terms, it’s also the path that’ll help the GOP at the polls. The lesbian political consultant and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney made the case for Republicans to back gay rights during her keynote speech Wednesday at the National Log Cabin Republicans annual “Spirit of Lincoln” dinner in D.C. “Simply and clearly…
  • Liquor board rules against company opposing DC Eagle license

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The DC Eagle plans to relocate to Benning Road, N.E. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Sept. 10 rejected a request that it reconsider its earlier decision denying a petition to reopen the protest period for opposing an application by the DC Eagle for a liquor license at its new location at 3701 Benning Road, N.E. Celia Properties Limited Partnership, a company that owns a shopping center adjacent to the Eagle’s property, petitioned the ABC Board to reconsider the earlier denial on grounds that the Eagle failed to post in a visible and…
  • Catania, Mendelson, Snowden receive top GLAA ratings

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    David Catania received a top rating from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in their latest ratings. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania (I-At-Large) received a +10 rating on LGBT-related issues from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the highest possible score under GLAA’s rating system. GLAA, which released its ratings on Wednesday, gave Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) a +9 rating and former Council member and mayoral contender Carol Schwarz, who’s also running as an independent, a…
  • House Dems bullish on ENDA discharge petition

    Chris Johnson
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) speaks at a Capitol Hill press conference on Sept. 17, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) House Democrats who initiated a discharge petition to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act were optimistic about its prospects despite obstacles ahead for the legislative maneuver. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who’s gay and chief sponsor of ENDA, held a news conference on Capitol Hill with Democratic colleagues Wednesday to tout the importance of the discharge petition, which he had filed with the House clerk’s office earlier in the day. Polis…
  • Midnight cowboy?

    Terri Schlichenmeyer
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    (Image courtesy Harrington Park Press) ‘Male Sex Work and Society’   Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott   Harrington Park Press   $50 paperback / $120 hardcover   512 pages   When most people think of sex workers, female prostitutes come to mind. There is evidence, however, that the World’s Oldest Profession may have had practitioners of both sexes all along. Editors Victor Minichiello and John Scott explore the phenomenon — both historically and in contemporary life — in the weighty new “Male Sex Work and Society,” in which they say sex for…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Fox News is Terrified of Meatless Mondays (Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Sure, we all expect Faux News to go after the First Lady when she tries to instill nutritional standards in schools — do they ever miss an opportunity to stick it to the White House? But it’s downright disturbing to see them attacking schools themselves just for taking meat off the menu one day a week. In a segment titled “Trouble with Schools” (see the video above, if you can stand it), Fox & Friends chatted up Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who accused schools of brainwashing children by serving vegetarian chili and grilled-cheese sandwiches…
  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • 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…
  • After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever

    David Wasserman
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” Southerland, who is locked in a tight race against a female Democrat, is one of just a few endangered House Republicans in 2014 and has mostly himself to blame for his predicament.In the short term, Republicans are a lock to keep the House. Yet the…
  • The Enduring Political Impact Of 9/11 For Those Who Were Closest

    Dan Hopkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    In the days just after the Sept. 11 attacks, I called an uncle in Wyoming to check in and let him know how I was doing. At the time, I was living in a part of Brooklyn quite close to the World Trade Center site. But he made it clear that I wasn’t the only one on that phone call who was shaken. “You know, we really felt those attacks out here, too,” I remember him saying.I hadn’t yet gone to graduate school in political science at the time, but the bulk of political scientists wouldn’t have been surprised by my uncle’s level of concern. A long, distinguished body of research in…
  • Registered Voter Polls Will (Usually) Overrate Democrats

    Nate Silver
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the long run, Republicans and Democrats each win elections about half the time. This is not only a strong historical tendency80, but also one well predicted by political theory. A party that continually loses elections because it’s too far removed from the political center or because it appeals to too narrow a range of voters should seek to remedy that by expanding its coalition or moving toward the median voter — perhaps by compromising some of its ideological goals.Sometimes the transition can be rough. The Republican Party, for example, is currently engaged in a battle between…
  • The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren’t Talking About

    Hayley Munguia
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    When Samuel Henry was a kid growing up in D.C. in the late 1950s, he and his friends were devoted Washington Redskins fans — they had the jerseys and knew the lore. And as the lore had it, the “reddish-brown tint” of paint on the team’s downtown D.C. headquarters came from the blood of Native Americans. “When I was a kid, me and my friends, we really thought that they had captured and killed Native Americans and pasted them all over the building,” Henry said. “We were just kids, we didn’t know any better. But we really, honestly believed that.”Now, almost 60 years later,…
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    Conservative Read

  • Ann Coulter: Your ‘to do’ list to save America

    chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
     The most important words printed in the New York Times since “REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER” were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Here Are 5 Epic Reasons Trey Gowdy Has Hillary Clinton And Obama Quivering In Fear

    chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
     South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is garnering national buzz for his quick wit, stellar intellect, and knowledge of law–but more importantly his willingness and unwavering ability to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trey Gowdy Came Out With Guns Blazing To Open The Benghazi Probe With A Bang

    chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 pm
     With no limits on what it could examine or when it should finish, the special House panel set up to conduct a thorough investigation of the deadly attack at Benghazi kicked off its public... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biden apologizes for ‘Shylocks’ gaffe, visits Iowa

    chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
     Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for referring to people who squeeze U.S. military personnel serving overseas on loans and other financial issues as “Shylocks,” a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

    chris
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
     Ukraine’s prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • 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…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-17, Wednesday

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, September 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the latest on the Ebola virus now spreading across western Africa and Obama's military response to the growing epidemic while the border in the United States remains open to everything from drug dealers and foreign terrorists. Alex also covers a United Nations vaccination program overseen by al-Qaeda “rebels” in Syria that has killed dozens of children and he also covers the admission by a U.S. military official that Arab allies of the U.S. fund ISIS. On today's show Alex talks with Scottish-American…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-16, Tuesday

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, September 16 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Rob Dew breaks down both the threat of Ebola and the threat of ISIS crossing America's southern border. Obama is sending 3,000 troops into Ebola's danger zone in western Africa while simultaneously ensuring the border remains wide open for anyone to enter. ISIS knows this and could take advantage of America's porous border if they haven't done so already. Former British official and climate change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton joins the show to discuss Scottish independence and the latest lies from "global warming" advocates.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-15, Monday

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, September 15 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the U.S. government's ongoing attempts to downplay the Ebola crisis as the State Department quietly orders 160,000 Hazmat suits. Then, Alex breaks down new satellite images showing record level sea ice in the Antarctic, once again shattering predictions from global warming scientists who claimed all Arctic summers would be “ice-free” by 2013.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-14, Sunday

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Infowars takes an in-depth look at the exploding Ebola epidemic threatening an airborne spread on this live Sunday, September 14 broadcast. Infowars reporters Rob Dew and Paul Joseph Watson break down the government's foreknowledge of an airborne Ebola pandemic, and question whether patients being flown into the US threaten the general population. We'll also analyze ISIS' latest propaganda beheading video being used as a pretext for military expansion, and Obama's threat to launch full scale war on Syria if it attempts to defend itself. We'll also dissect the latest on Scotland's attempt to…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-12, Friday

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this jam-packed Friday, September 12 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the current independence movements in Scotland and Catalonia, the recent comments from a top German virologist who said five million people could die from Ebola, and how Obama's plan for war in the Middle East is a decades-long war in the making. World traveler, actor, musician and activist Scottish John is in studio to explain the upcoming vote for Scottish independence. Geopolitical analyst Mimi Al-Laham, AKA Syrian Girl, also joins the show to reveal what you're not being told about the recent Middle East…
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    Vox - All

  • What we know (and don't know) about a rare virus infecting kids across the US

    Julia Belluz
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    A rare virus — enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68 — is infecting children across the country and sending them to hospitals with severe respiratory infections and breathing problems. Though the virus doesn't appear to be deadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning doctors and parents to be on the lookout. "This is a very unusual situation," said Dr. Greg Storch, director of infectious diseases at St. Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri. "We don't fully know what to expect." Here's what we know and what we don't knowso far. What we know — Missouri and…
  • How Spotify used listening data to discover Cornell students wake up early

    Libby Nelson
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Music streaming service Spotify analyzed listening data from the 40 universities where students were most likely to subscribe to their student deal for Spotify Premium. According to the company, this doesn't just tell you which artists are popular on which campuses — it tells you students' sleeping schedules, too. On average, based on when at least 50 percent of Spotify subscribers are listening to music, the typical college Spotify listener wakes up at 9:30 a.m. and goes to bed around 1 a.m. But Cornell University wakes up early: Other things that Spotify found make colleges…
  • The sexism of the television industry, in 6 charts

    Kelsey McKinney
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Scandal's Olivia Pope and The Good Wife's Alicia Florrick may be front and center in many TV fans' hearts, but women are still highly underrepresented in the television industry. According to a new study, first publicized by Deadline, women's roles both on screen and behind the scenes have declined in the past few years. The report, titled "Boxed In," was conducted by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University and randomly selects one episode to use as analysis. That's a small sample size, but it bears out what other industry trends and…
  • Why is Obama sending military to attack the Ebola virus?

    Julia Belluz
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Tuesday's announcement by President Barack Obama — that the US would be sending in an army of 3,000 to fight Ebola — came as a relief to the many wondering when the international community would wake up to the daily horror show playing out in West Africa. But the tactics also raised some questions: why was Obama sending soldiers to fight off a virus? And why has he been characterizing this disease spread as a "security threat" and "security priority"? Why Obama is describing Ebola as a "security threat" Obama has repeatedly referred to the threat of Ebola in security terms, arguing the…
  • The Bechdel test is only a small part of Alison Bechdel's genius

    Alex Abad-Santos
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    On Wednesday, Alison Bechdel's brilliance was recognized. Bechdel was named to the 2014 class of MacArthur fellows and awarded $625,000 — the foundation's so-called "genius grant." While many know Bechdel's name because of the Bechdel Test, a guide to determine if a film features even partially realized female characters, the MacArthur Foundation recognized her for "redefining" the memoir with her works Are You My Mother? and Fun Home "Many young people only know my name because of the test — they don't know about my comic strip or books," Bechdel wrote in 2013. So here is a brief…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Flirting With Armageddon

    No Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Obama took to the airwaves yesterday, oh so coincidentally, on the eve of September 11, to roll out his latest “smart war.”  And it comes, oh so coincidentally, just before Congressional midterms when every member of Congress fears like the plague to be painted as a dove, just as happened in 2002 before Bush II took us to war. Whatever role ISIS plays in this, Syria is certainly the target.  It is telling that when it comes to money, Obama is asking Congress only for funding to train the Syrian “moderate rebels” in that bastion of Sunni moderation, Saudi Arabia. The rationales…
  • How the West Created ISIS

    No Author
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part 1 – OUR TERRORISTS “This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated,” Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon press conference in August. Military action is necessary to halt the spread of the ISIS/IS “cancer,” said President Obama. Yesterday, in his much anticipated address, he called for expanded airstrikes across Iraq and Syria, and new measures to arm and train Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces. “The only way to defeat [IS] is to stand firm and to send a very…
  • The World’s Best Paper Airplanes

    Jeremy Andenberg
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    There are many skills fathers should pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to skip a stone, and of course, how to make a paper airplane. When it’s time to show your kids how to fold a humble piece of paper into a soaring jet, don’t stumble around and hastily construct one from the poor memory of your youth — one that takes a disappointing nosedive as soon as it leaves your fingertips. Instead, teach them the art of making a plane that can truly go the distance. The three designs below are tried and true (you wouldn’t believe some of the science behind paper…
  • I Don’t Carry a Gun on the Border

    David Hathaway
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Of course you carry a gun, right?  You live in the state with the No. 1 ranking for preservation of gun rights.  You live on the Mexican border.  We all know what Fox News says about that.  You roam the rural areas near the border.  Why wouldn’t you?  Of course you would sling that AR-15 over your shoulder or wear a sidearm as a matter of routine when working, driving, and hiking near the border.  You could probably even get on TV as you act out the part of a besieged rancher who is afraid of his shadow.  Well, not so for me.   I own guns, but I don’t regularly wear one when I…
  • Organized Thuggery

    Robert Ringer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The uproar over the Ray Rice domestic-abuse incident cries out for a truthful, politically incorrect article, so I decided to volunteer for the job. Rice’s Ali-like left jab to his then-fiancée’s kisser is but a blip on the crime screen of the hoodlum-saturated National Football League. Stuff like this, and worse — much worse — has been going on at an accelerating pace since at least the late seventies. Poor Ray just happened to get caught on tape. Heck, his “mentor” (Ray Lewis) pled guilty to obstruction of justice in a double homicide case in 2000 and got off without jail time…
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Basic Income Week! (And My Top Posts On Basic Income)

    Gaura Rader
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This week is basic income week!!!!! There’s lots of cool stuff going on around the world to promote basic income. Check the International Basic Income Week website here. There’s also going to be a great series of over 20 Reddit AMAs on basic income with whole bunch of super awesome people (and me). Check out […]
  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    Gaura Rader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls, and suburbs. Americans are unique in the developed world in their political views. Sociologist have long puzzled over the fact that Americans are willing to tolerate much higher levels of inequality than those in […]
  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
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    Pension360

  • Rhode Island, Raimondo Defend Hedge Fund Position After CalPERS Pullout

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Rhode Island’s pension fund invests nearly $2 billion in hedge funds, or 14 percent of its overall portfolio. In light of CalPERS high-profile pullback from hedge funds, The Providence Journal asked Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island’s Treasurer, for her thoughts on CalPERS’ decision and the fate of hedge funds in Rhode Island’s portfolio: State Treasurer Gina Raimondo sees no immediate reason to pull Rhode Island’s pension money out of hedge funds, just because the largest public pension fund in the U.S. – the California Public Employees Retirement System – has announced plans to do…
  • Maryland Fund Looking For New CIO

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System is looking to hire an executive search firm to hire the fund’s next chief investment officer. The fund has put the Request for Proposal on their website. The document can also be found at the bottom of this post. According to Pensions & Investments, the proposals are due by September 22 at 2 pm Eastern Time. The fund’s previous CIO, Melissa Moye, left the fund recently to work for the US Treasury Department. Pensions & Investments reported at the time: [Moye] is leaving at the end of August to become a senior policy adviser with the…
  • Video: CalSTRS CIO On Sticking With Hedge Funds

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    In the above video, we get to hear the Chief Investment Officer of CalSTRS, Christopher Ailman, weigh in on CalPERS’ decision to divest from hedge funds. The gist: CalPERS did what was right for them, but CalSTRS is sticking with hedge funds. “CalPERS’ decision does not change our mind or our opinion,” Ailman said during the interview. CalSTRS made its first hedge fund seed investment earlier this year when it committed $200 million to Legion Partners Asset Management LLC. Bloomberg reported back in May: CalSTRS, based in Sacramento, California, pledged $200 million to Legion in…
  • Detroit Retiree Committee Explains Decision to Support Pension Cuts

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    When Detroit initially announced its plans to cut back worker pensions earlier this year, the Detroit Retiree Committee took a hard line: the cuts were unconstitutional and the Committee wouldn’t support them. But the Committee eventually backed down, and retirees easily approved the pension cuts at the ballot box. What caused the Committee to reverse course? Today, during testimony at Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, we got a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes decision-making that led to the change in sentiment. From the Detroit Free Press: “Part of the test of whether Detroit’s…
  • New York Common Fund’s Hedge Fund Target Is “Under Review”

    Ted Ballantine
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    New York’s Common Retirement Fund says it is “reviewing” its hedge fund investments, including the allocation targets for such investments as set in its investment policy. The Common Fund makes investments for the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) as well as other systems. Pension360 previously covered the fund’s investment policy, which allows for higher allocations towards hedge funds. Now, the Common Fund is reviewing those allocations. From Business Insider: “We are currently reviewing our asset allocations with the goal of maximizing our risk-adjusted…
 
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    Message President

  • Request Letter to Honorable President of USA.

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Rachel Mary Gomes 127, Tejkunipara, Tejgaon Dhaka – 1215 Bangladesh. Date-17-09-2014 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 The Honorable President, Thank you for the opportunity to write you. I am Rachel Mary Gomes. I am 14 years old. I read in class VIII, in Bacha English Medium School (American Missionary School). I am the only child of my parents. My father’s name is Rony Francis Gomes & my mother’s name is Rebeca Folia. The reason I am writing this letter as a request to you because I really want to come & visit your country because when I read in…
  • What a sad story

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Paul C. Hunter Foundation invented Caller-id, The Hiv Cure, and those electronic signals on u'r cell phone is us. Please help as many people as u could. Your an angel!
  • Africa 54 Summit

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    AFRICA 54 HEAL THE PLANET GLOBAL ORGANISATION-HTP An H.T.P Redefined Global Agenda P .O Box 3977 Kampala, Uganda -East Africa Email:africafiftyfour@gmail.com, healdeplanet@gmail.com Mobile: +256702137566 (UG), +256773137566 (UG), +255765911626 (TZ), +254729829065 (KE) Website: www.africa54.webs.com, www.healdeplanet.webs.com Date: 08th/Sep/2014 To: His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Republic of Uganda CC: Prime Minister, Minister in Charge of Presidency, MOF, MOI, IGP, MOS, MOW&TP, Speaker of Parliament &MO (Finance) Dear, RE: INVITATION TO LAUNCH AFRICA 54 AND PARTICIPATE IN THE…
  • MY WORSHIP1 MY LORD

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    BROWN AZKU SULE P.O.BOX 8505, WUSE, ZONE 3, NIPOST OFFICE, ABUJA, FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, NIGERIA. E/MAIL bs78122@gmail.com Phone +2348 169 650733. YOUR EXCELLENCE! MY LORD AND MY KING, PRESIDENT OBAMA OF UNITED STATE OF AMERICA. REVERENCE TO MY DEAR LORD, IS A EXCEEDING GRATITUDE OF EXPRESSION TO MY KING, THE LORD OF THE EARTH, THAT I AM ALWAYS SUBMISSIVE AND COMMITTED TO SERVICE. MY LORD IS MY DESIRE OF ALL NATION, SPLENDOR IN GLORY AND OF ALL GLORIOUS, KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT MY LORD IS PERFECT IN WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING TO DESIGNED AND UNDERSTAND ALL THINGS EVEN THE SECRETE AS IT…
  • The civilian people in Kobani regions (Syria)

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Dear Barack Obama The civilian people in Kobani regions and all around area, are under attack of ISIL , Now the people need your help as a leader of free world more than ever, where they been targeted by the most vicious terrorist group known to humanity , please do as you promise to save incident people in that regions , let’s not let the tragedy of Shingal to be repeated .
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    averagejoebook.com

  • What is Responsible Social Commentary

    Bill Gelwick
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Social Commentary can take on many forms. From talk radio and editorial TV shows to single frame cartoon images in newspapers or floating around the internet, taking a stand on social issues is what it’s all about. Often times this process devolves into baseless propaganda, but not always. For this site, I can assure you, we will stick to facts. Junk science and nonsensical rhetoric have no place here. So then, just what is social commentary exactly? Dictionary.com defines it as: Social Commentary - noun – a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group;…
  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
  • Common Sense for Your Inbox or Timeline

    Bill Gelwick
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Fortunately we are all familiar enough these days with the concept of urban legends not to fall for many of the emails that used to catch people. Nobody is fearful of waking up in a bathtub of ice with no kidneys anymore. And nobody is going to give their bank account info to a Sudanese Prince so eh can stash some money there. BUT, there are still things that get floated out there, via email and social media, that are completely bogus. What prompted this post was an email from a friend this morning. Now, in his defense, it was something someone had sent him, and he was obviously skeptical, so…
  • Just for Fun

    Bill Gelwick
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Okay, I saw this and thought why not. Here is a word search filled with words from this blog. I hope you enjoy. Free Word Search PuzzlesMake Your Own Word Search The post Just for Fun appeared first on .
  • Completely Senseless

    Bill Gelwick
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Okay, this was not the topic I was planning on for this week, but events occurred that I feel should not be ignored. I’m talking about three completely senseless deaths and all the hype surrounding each.   Michael Brown If you have not heard about the police shooting of Michael Brown by now, odds are you do not have a Facebook account nor do you own a television. I rarely watch TV unless it’s something recorded and I still managed to come across the story on there.   I’m not certain of all the details, and don’t really have a need to know, but apparently Michael Brown was…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Wicked Hella Good Commercial: SOUTH BRONX Rejuvenation

    Ben Grinberg
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This ain’t no feel-good-about-nothing “altruism” hot air. This is the real deal. Check it out. A woman escapes poverty and comes back to help her community at its root. I feel good. But it’s not about myself. It’s about the South Bronx and its residents and the prospects for real change. And all that from a Holiday Inn commercial. Sick. (Youtube/Screenshot)  
  • Why Is Santa Claus Moving From Lapland to China?

    Cassie Ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    There might not be any snow in Chengdu, but Father Christmas is going to set up base there anyway, once a Christmas-themed indoor park gets built next to Floraland. With over 100,000 square feet to develop by 2016, the new Santa Park will be similar to the original one in the Arctic, and will even have its own “Finland Street.” The project is a joint venture between SantaPark and Lappset in Finland, and Chengdu Pureland Investment Co. Ltd.
  • WATCH Dan Washburn’s Intro to ‘The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream’

    Cassie Ryan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Rule No. 1 when building a golf course in China: Don’t call it a golf course! Once banned by the Communist Party for being too “bourgeois,” golf is thriving in China even though officially no golf courses have been built in the past decade. Journalist Dan Washburn provides a fascinating insight into the country’s growth using its link with golf in his book The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream.  
  • Social Responsibility? It’s a Hindrance to Overseas Chinese Enterprizes

    David Clapp
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Western enterprises view social responsibility as an essential element when making overseas investments. However, when Chinese companies are making money overseas, the issue of taking social responsibility is a hindrance, according to a report on China Dialogue. What Chinese corporations do not yet understand is that “in many developing countries, the voice of the people is very important,” the China Dialogue article said. Chinese firms fail to anticipate environmental conflicts that eventually break out with locals, and their financial consequences. In fact, when the local people or…
  • LOOK: Purple Teddy Bear Turns Into Crawling Bug Nightmare

    Iris Lu
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Bobbie the lavender bear used to be so popular in China that every girl wanted one to help her fall asleep. Originally it was an Australian product, but the Chinese market was soon flooded with fake Bobbies that looked just like real ones. A Weibo blogger recently posted these shocking Bobbie photos, saying: “Damn! I finally figured out why there are so many bugs in my house.” The post was shared almost 40,000 times, and some netizens identified the bugs as rice weevils. Either the fake bear wasn’t sealed properly, or the rice hadn’t been fully dried first.
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    The National Memo

  • The Politics Gap Between The Rich And The Rest

    Jill Lawrence
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The super rich really are different from most Americans, and not just because they have more money. They are also more political — a gap that is as disturbing as the wealth gap, and a major contributor to its growth. In his new book, Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust, Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, analyzes the careers, personalities and politics of the world’s wealthiest. “You have a lot of people trying to convert economic power into political power,” West told me. “I wrote the book to inform people about…
  • A Rough Month In America For Women

    Froma Harrop
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mark Sanford’s heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep. from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That’s how Chapur found out, too. Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways — ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch. September opened with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s unsuccessful attempt to swat away felony charges by making his wife take the entire rap for rampant corruption.
  • Better Together?

    Henry Decker
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The post Better Together? appeared first on The National Memo.
  • Midterm Roundup: Another Plagiarism Scandal

    Henry Decker
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Wednesday, September 17: • According to the Wesleyan Media Project, Democrats are running more ads than Republicans in the key Senate races taking place in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia. That’s good news for Democrats (assuming that political ads actually make a difference, which is up for debate). • Two new Quinnipiac polls upend the conventional wisdom in hotly contested races. In Iowa, Quinnipiac finds Republican Joni Ernst…
  • More Data Rebut GOP Attacks On Minimum Wage

    Jeanne Mack
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Raising the minimum wage is one of many issues that will likely become a casualty of Congress’s inaction before the midterm elections. The Minimum Wage Fairness Act – which was introduced in November 2013 by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and would raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 over the course of a two-year period — is strongly supported by President Obama, the Democratic caucus, and a broad public majority. But it has almost no chance of becoming law anytime soon. Republicans and some business groups argue that raising the minimum…