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  • Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Mary Grady
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Restoring a WW2-era B-29 bomber to flying condition is no easy task. The post Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far appeared first on WIRED.
  • Amazon Hires Jay Carney, Former Obama Press Secretary

    NYT > Politics
    By DAVID STREITFELD
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Amazon has hired Mr. Carney as senior vice president for global corporate affairs. The move is unusual, as Amazon is known for grooming employees from within.
  • We’re Not in Kansas, Toto!

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’ve posted a number of stories (here, here, or here) about the conservative experiment going on in Kansas sponsored by the Koch brothers. It involves (in case you can’t guess) massive tax cuts for business (they pay no taxes), and massive cuts in education, roads, and social services. Ultra-conservative governor Sam Brownback predicted “enormous prosperity” for the state. Instead their economy is going to hell in a handbasket, accompanied by massive deficits, high unemployment, and – perhaps worst of all – being made fun of by The Daily Show. But there has to be a…
  • Fox News Cherry-Picks From Obama's Town Hall To Suggest He's Illegally Enforcing Immigration Policy

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Fox News cherry-picked from President Obama's statements at a town hall event to falsely suggest Obama is illegally enforcing his immigration directives in violation of a court order temporarily blocking the directives from going into effect -- but the Obama administration has already suspended implementation of the executive action to comply with the ruling. On February 25, Obama spoke "directly to the Latino community" at an MSNBC town hall. Speaking with Telemundo and MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart, the president discussed the implications of the recent halt on his immigration…
  • Georgia Congresscrank Never Vaccinated His Kids And They All Turned Out Mostly OK

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    Doktor Zoom
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Yet another Republican has gone on the record in favor of infectious diseases. At a town hall meeting last week in Cartersville, Georgia, freshman Rep. Barry Loudermilk explained that he thinks vaccinations should not be mandatory, because none of his unvaccinated children ever caught anything that killed them. Why, yes, Loudermilk is a member of the House Science and Technology Committee. Why do you ask? Loudermilk was answering a question from an audience member who wanted him to investigate whether the Centers for Disease Control had covered up data in a 2004 study that determined there…
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  • The Ping to Prayer

    Matt King
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters Looming over the palatial interior of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in Abu Dhabi’s central district, are nine multi-faceted digital clocks shaped like flowers. Surrounded by a majestic setting of white marble and crystal chandeliers, the LED screens might appear out of place if they weren’t also encapsulated in gold pedals, blending in with the gilded designs of vines and flowers crawling along the walls. Each of the clocks present Muslim worshippers with the current time and date, along with the five regular daily prayer times (a practice called “Salat,”…
  • The Ultimate Net-Neutrality Reading List

    Adrienne LaFrance
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters You've likely already heard the big tech news of the day: The FCC voted to approve reclassification of broadband as a public utility and—wait, wait, where are you going? Come back! Net neutrality, I have been told, is not a term to put in a headline you want people to click on. Fair enough. The debate over the future of the Internet is wonky, and technical, and full of legal jargon. But! It's also fascinating if you can find the right stories. And though the people of the Internet are celebrating a victory today, many of the core questions in the net neutrality…
  • America Is Still a Labrador Nation

    Adam Chandler
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters Author's Note: All dog puns have been effaced by The Atlantic's merciless editors. The results are back from the lab and they shouldn't give you paws. On Thursday, the American Kennel Club released its annual rankings of the most pupular popular dog breeds in the United States and make no bones about it, the Labrador Retriever fetched scored top dog honors for the 24th consecutive year. "Originally bred to fetch game," the AP notes, "Labs have proven able and willing to play virtually any canine role: search-and-rescue and police work, agility and other dog sports,…
  • An Anti-ISIS Summit in Mecca

    Edward Delman
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Majdi Mohammed/AP President Obama isn’t alone in grappling with how best to counter ISIS and its brand of Islamic extremism—and convening summits for just that purpose. Earlier this week, the Muslim World League, a Saudi-backed alliance of Islamic NGOs, wrapped up a little-noticed three-day conference in Mecca on “Islam and Counterterrorism.” With the patronage of Saudi Arabia’s newly minted King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a keynote address by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university, al-Azhar in Egypt, the program sought to address the…
  • How Education Shaped Communist Cuba

    Andy S. Gomez
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    An American flag beach towel hangs on a makeshift clothesline in Havana, Cuba. (Ramon Espinosa/AP) F is for Fidel, Y is for Yanqui. This mantra used for teaching the alphabet in revolutionary Cuba shows just how far its educational divide with the U.S. has stretched. No sector illustrates better how Cuba and the U.S. have grown apart in over 50 years than education. Cuba claims today that its academic standards are among the highest in the world, and the country has educated tens of thousands of foreign students, mostly in medicine. U.S. policymakers know little about the methods used in…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. Whatley at The Baffler: Dangerous Designs on (AP) American History

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Slaves plant sweet potatoes on James Hopkinson's plantation c. 1862-3. At The Baffler, Stuart Whatley writes Dangerous Designs on (AP) American History: Any city upon a hill invariably rests on a mound of bullshit, and the extent to which one knows it depends largely on one’s willingness to inhale through his or her nose. In this sense, we might simplify the ongoing debate over the College Board’s updated AP U.S. History framework as a debate over whether or not public schools should be cultivating future generations of mouth-breathers. A wave of recent proposals in state legislatures…
  • More mysterious craters spotted in Siberia

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Last year researchers were at a loss to explain several large craters found deep in the rugged Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now satellite imagery has found several more and geologists feel they may be the tip of the iceberg: "I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them... I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters more," Prof. Vasily Bogoyavlensky ... "It is important not to scare people, but to understand that it is a very serious problem and we must research this." Researchers ventured deep inside one of the holes last November, collecting data in…
  • House Dems oppose GOP push for 3-week DHS funding bill

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Three weeks. That's how long House Republicans want to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Scott Wong explains: The measure is meant to buy time for Republicans to figure out how to fight President Obama’s immigration policies, GOP leaders told members on Thursday. The three-week measure would stave off a shutdown at the agency slated for 12:01 a.m. Saturday, but it’s only a temporary fix. Republicans say it would give them a chance to pursue a longer-term solution and iron out differences between House and Senate funding bills. Three weeks. Cuz, ya know, a lot can change.
  • Cartoon: Shock and Awe II

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
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  • Keystone XL story definitely not over. Nebraska lawsuits could delay permit decision for years

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Suncor tar-sands processing plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta, in September. In 1967, Suncor helped pioneer the commercial development of Canada's oil sands, one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. You wouldn't have guessed it from some of the reporting, blog commentary and comment thread talk about President Obama's veto earlier this week, but the Keystone XL pipeline is far from dead. Foreign Policy, for instance, headlined its story on the subject "Obama Kills the Keystone Pipeline to Nowhere." No, he didn't. What Obama did do on Tuesday was veto the bill Congress…
 
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  • Sportscaster Call Out Racists at High School Game

    reinheitsgebot
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    When students at a North Texas high school held up signs reading "White Power" during a basketball game against a more racially diverse rival last week, the story hit the national news. The reaction was one of near universal condemnation among those who spoke out, but the school's adminstrators have done little more than lament the episode and take away the signs. Sportscaster Dale Hansen of WFAA in Dallas is adamant that more is required than simply confiscating some signs. He points out that kids are taught to hate, as he was growing up, by parents and grandparents and teachers and coaches…
  • Global Warming Opening Up Massive Craters in Siberia

    rcade
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:10 pm
    In the middle of last summer came news of a bizarre occurrence no one could explain. Seemingly out of nowhere, a massive crater appeared in one of the planet's most inhospitable lands. Early estimates said the crater, nestled in a land called "the ends of the Earth" where temperatures can sink far below zero, yawned nearly 100 feet in diameter. The saga deepened. The Siberian crater wasn't alone. There were two more, ratcheting up the tension in a drama that hit its climax as a probable explanation surfaced. Global warming had thawed the permafrost, which had caused methane trapped inside the…
  • Missouri Governor Candidate Dead in Apparent Suicide

    rcade
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Tom Schweich, Missouri's Republican state auditor and a leading contender for the governor's office in next year's election, died Thursday after apparently shooting himself in his Clayton home. "What we know at this point suggests an apparent suicide," Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said. A police source told the Post-Dispatch that Schweich's wife was in another room of their house when she heard her husband making phone calls, followed by a single gunshot. Schweich was 54.
  • $150,000 Dress Worn to Oscars Stolen

    rcade
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    The $150,000 pearl-studded gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o to Sunday's Academy Awards was stolen Wednesday from her hotel room in West Hollywood, California. Detectives on Thursday were investigating the theft at the London, a luxury hotel just off Sunset Boulevard, said Lt. William Nash of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Nyong'o hit the Oscars red carpet in the plunging custom Calvin Klein gown encrusted with 6,000 white Akoya pearls. Fortune estimated the value of the pearls alone at $150,000.
  • Russian TV Actor Wakes Up to Find Testicles Missing

    rcade
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Police in Russia are tracking a gang -- apparently including a doctor -- who drugged a Moscow TV actor and removed his testicles, British tabloids are reporting from Russian media reports. Dmitry Nikolaev, 30, had a drink with a young blond woman who approached him at a bar and accepted her invitation to a sauna. After some beers he remembers nothing until waking up at a bus stop in pain with blood in his trousers. The Daily Mail tabloid reports that Nikolaev "was too embarrassed at first to explain what had happened to his wife."
 
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  • Jaw Dropping

    Josh Marshall
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:36 pm
    We reported earlier that Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich died today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Schweich was considered a leading candidate to run for governor. Now the editorial page editor of the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger, has come forward to say that in the days leading up to Schweich's suicide he had confided to Messenger that he was planning to reveal that the head of the state Republican party was leading a whispering campaign suggesting that Schweich was in fact a Jew. Read More →
  • The House GOP Just Showed Its Hand

    David Kurtz
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    The House GOP backed down big time tonight in this silly fight over whether to defund DHS as a protest of Obama's immigration moves. Sahil Kapur has the details on what is looking like a very toothless shutdown threat.
  • Primetime!

    David Kurtz
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Scott Walker at CPAC: Islamic State? Pfft, I already took on union protestors.
  • Join Me to Talk to Aurin Squire

    Josh Marshall
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I'm going to be leading a live chat with Aurin Squire on tomorrow at 2 PM at The Hive (sub req). Aurin has written a number of pieces for us in the last few months. This piece on black and hispanic police officers in the post-Ferguson era, this piece on the hidden women of Black History of Month and just this last week this piece on the end of black respectability politics. Get your questions in now and join us on Friday at 2 PM.
  • Where's My Cookie?

    Josh Marshall
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Rightwing provocateur James O'Keefe: Where's my Polk Award?
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    So if you can manage to be awake at 3AM EST tonight, you can start binging on Season Three of House of Cards. That's at a manageable midnight here on the West Coast, if you don't start work at 5:00 like I do. Here are some remains of the day: * As we speak, House GOPers are meeting to figure out how the hell to get out of the jam they are in. They'll probably loft some temporary funding measure. * MO State Auditor and presumed 2016 Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich dies of apparently self-inflicted gun wound. * More than a million 2014 Obamacare enrollees picked different health…
  • Christie at CPAC: The Ol' Murder-Suicide Scenario?

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I admit that I don't think enough of Chris Christie as a presidential prospect to have spent a lot of time thinking about what he might say at CPAC. But what the hell: he's won two more gubernatorial elections than Gail Collins or I have won, so we probably should not write him off entirely. Still, I don't find the tack he took at CPAC all that promising (as reported by Bloomberg Politics' Margaret Talev): Pointedly criticizing his chief rival, Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie portrayed himself as a Washington outsider who won't buckle to criticism from the media, and as a man who…
  • Yes, It's Time to Think About 2018

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Yeah, I know, the only thing that annoys some people more than talking about early 2016 polls (repeat after me: All Data Has Some Value) is talking about elections after 2016. But what the hell, we've already broken the seal on the 2020 races that will determine the power to influence the next round of redistricting, so what's the harm of talking about the election before that? More to the point, Greg Sargent's thinking about 2018 as a test of whether Democrats can begin to reverse a big GOP advantage in the states, and he's published an interview with incoming Democratic Governors…
  • The Designated Hillary-Slapper

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:11 pm
    When Carly Fiorina's name first got circulated as a potential 2016 president candidate, I was more than a little puzzled, given her dubious record as a business executive and her dismal performance in her one run for political office. I did figure GOPers would welcome her to the field because it was unseemly to have no women running the year Democrats will likely nominate Hillary Clinton. But now that she's spoken at CPAC (her position as a board member of the sponsoring organization, the American Conservative Union, scored her a prime first-day speaking slot), her role in the campaign is a…
  • Lunch Buffet

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Last night got caught a couple of times during choir practice checking for the score of a key game for my Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball team. They won over Ole Miss 76-72, probably punching a ticket for the NCAA tournament, and I made it through a final rehearsal of the Bach arrangement of Luther's Lenten classic, "Out of the Depths I Cry to Thee." Here are some less stressful midday news/views treats: * FCC set to vote on new net neutrality rules today. * At the Plum Line, Paul Waldman argues net neutrality is good positive example of how progressive activists can influence Obama…
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Earnest and Psaki back up Obama: Not just Jews shop at ‘randomly’ attacked kosher stores, so stop with the profiling!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers During an interview with Vox, President Obama spoke about “vicious zealots” who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” In other words, “unkind acts of randomness.” Instead of walking it back, Josh Earnest et al are sounding like defense attorneys for the attackers attempting to get their clients out of hate crime charges: “Does the president have any doubt that those terrorists attack that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?” Karl asked. “It is clear from the terrorists and the writings…
  • Bill Nye shares climate change proof: The Wyoming hills are alive with ‘science’!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Want proof of “climate change”? TV “scientist” and football pressure expert Bill Nye said last week to look no further than this hill in Wyoming: Bare slopes in Jackson Hole, WY. Nothin' to worry about- just a little climate change… pic.twitter.com/GwmYoKUQls — Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) February 6, 2015 The science is settled! Lack of snow on a hill (oops, I mean “slopes”) in Wyoming = “climate change” — Blizzard in New England = “climate change.” See how this works? Here’s a still…
  • “Success story” update! Cut-and-run Obama shuts down Yemen embassy

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Just in from the Associated Press: “BREAKING: US officials: US Embassy in Yemen to suspend operations amid security concerns.” And Reuters: “U.S. official in Washington confirms American embassy in Yemen is closing.” As I said in my column two weeks ago reviewing President Obama’s bloody Yemen disaster: When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA…By words and action, the Obama White House has demonstrated that its primary allegiance lies not with protecting Americans, but with…
  • Another ‘general policy’ bites the dust': Kerry and Biden meet with Netanyahu election rival

    Doug Powers
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    **Written by Doug Powers President Obama recently gave this excuse for why he wouldn’t meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when he’s in the country for a planned speech to a joint session of Congress (less any Democrats who are definitely not boycotting but just might be too busy to show up): A meeting so close to Israel’s March 17 election could be seen as helping Netanyahu. “I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an excerpt of a CNN interview…
  • Man-made climate change alarmists continue to be busted revising history

    Doug Powers
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    **Written by Doug Powers There’s a simple concept that continues to be on display here: If present reality isn’t cooperating with your desired goal, just go change the past: Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a…
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  • Jeb Bush Reaches Out to Conservatives at CPAC

    Zeke J Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jeb Bush will make his first overtures Friday to conservative activists, a segment of the Republican Party that remains skeptical of the presumptive presidential candidate. The former Florida governor’s appearance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington marks an early test of whether he can assuage a grassroots base that rejects his support for immigration reform and Common Core education standards and is leery of his political lineage. Given the choice by conference organizers, Bush has opted for a question-and-answer session instead of a traditional…
  • Michelle Obama Says It’s Time to ‘Fight Back’ Against Unhealthy-Food Ads

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This week marks five years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move campaign, which sought to reduce childhood obesity and get kids eating healthier. She’s taken aim at school lunches and encouraged more activity and water consumption. Now she wants more pushback on unhealthy-food advertisements aimed at kids — and celebrities are on board to help. “If folks are going to pour money into marketing unhealthy foods,” she said at an event Thursday in Washington, “then let’s fight back with ads for healthy foods, right? Let’s do…
  • Obama Meets With Trayvon Martin’s Parents on Third Anniversary of His Death

    Andrew Katz
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – the parents of Trayvon Martin – paid a visit to the White House to honor the third anniversary of their son’s shooting. They joined President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a special reception in recognition of African American History Month on Thursday, during which the President thanked the Martins for their attendance “on what’s a very difficult day for them.” “Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter,…
  • Obama Thanks Redditors After FCC Approves Strict Net Neutrality Rules

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    President Barack Obama knows his Reddit slang. In a handwritten note, the Commander-in-Chief said he wished he could “upvote” every one of the Redditors who commented on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s net neutrality rules amid the hard-fought battle. It's a pretty great day for the internet → wh.gov/net-neutrality #ilamas #NetNeutrality http://t.co/vdS8EFRDz2— Alex Wall (@Alex44) February 26, 2015 On Thursday, the agency approved the strongest rules yet in a vote split along party lines. “This would not have happened without the activism…
  • Real Time: Ted Cruz Rallies the Right at CPAC

    julialull
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired up the conservative base during his speech Thursday, the first day of CPAC 2015. Watch #RealTime to see what you missed.
 
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  • Court clears six of killing Britons in India riots

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
    A court in India on Friday cleared six men of murdering four people including three British nationals during 2002 religious riots in the prime minister's home state of Gujarat. At least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed in a frenzy of communal violence in 2002 in the western state where Narendra Modi was chief minister before he was elected prime minister last year. The three British nationals were burned alive when a mob torched their car as they drove into Gujarat from the adjacent state of Rajasthan during the bloodshed, some of the worst religious violence to hit India since…
  • German MPs unblock Greek aid in parliament vote

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:41 am
    German lawmakers approved Greece's hard-won bailout extension Friday in a move the finance minister called "not easy" but necessary, removing the last hurdle to keep crucial international aid flowing to Athens. Despite scepticism in Europe's top economy, the four-month reprieve for Greece won overwhelming backing as expected in the lower house of parliament where Chancellor Angela Merkel's left-right coalition commands a crushing majority. Germany's deeply pro-European Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had vigorously urged MPs to approve the breathing space for…
  • Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse not a big deal

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.
  • Obama goes from interviewee to interviewer for StoryCorps

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making the switch from interviewee to interviewer.
  • Greek economy contracts more than first thought: official data

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:15 am
    Athens (AFP) - Greece's troubled economy contracted by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 instead of the 0.2-percent figure given earlier this month, the state statistics agency said on Friday.
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  • Neutrality for the Win!

    Iron Knee
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Today, the FCC made two important decisions that will have a profound effect on the future of the internet. Most widely reported is their vote to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the communications act. The immediate impact is that telecoms cannot charge extra for internet “fast lanes”. All traffic must be treated equally, which is the whole point of “net neutrality”. Title II allows regulation of prices of telecommunication services, but the FCC has explicitly promised that they will not do this for broadband service. Also…
  • We’re Not in Kansas, Toto!

    Iron Knee
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’ve posted a number of stories (here, here, or here) about the conservative experiment going on in Kansas sponsored by the Koch brothers. It involves (in case you can’t guess) massive tax cuts for business (they pay no taxes), and massive cuts in education, roads, and social services. Ultra-conservative governor Sam Brownback predicted “enormous prosperity” for the state. Instead their economy is going to hell in a handbasket, accompanied by massive deficits, high unemployment, and – perhaps worst of all – being made fun of by The Daily Show. But there has to be a…
  • Instant News

    Iron Knee
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow One of the things I love about doing a blog is that it gives me the luxury of waiting until the initial internet and 24-hour news hysteria dies down. That way I can do a bit of reading, investigating, and thinking. Of course, my job is to find the irony, hypocrisy, and just plain humor in the situation. I leave actual news to others! Related posts: McCain’s instant payback from big oil The Future of News? Ironic Blog Roundup: Jon Stewart v. Fox News, The Right to Remain Silent, and Those Crazy Mormons
  • Agressive Obama?

    Iron Knee
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Speaking of ISIS, according to Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), the Obama administration is “more aggressive toward Americans, Republicans, conservatives, Christians” than toward ISIS. First, how many bombing runs has Obama made against ISIS? Around a thousand or so? How many bombing runs has Obama made against Republicans, conservatives, or Christians? Second, how many terrorist attacks have been committed by right-wing extremists? Not counting anything prior to the 2001 September 11 attacks (which means we leaving out things like the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, which killed 168…
  • What ISIS Really Wants

    Iron Knee
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    There is a somewhat long, but fascinating article in The Atlantic by Graeme Wood, which explains something that the mainstream media has gotten totally wrong. What is ISIS (or ISIL, or Islamic State, or whatever the press is calling it this week)? What motivates them? Why are they beheading fellow Muslims? Why are some Muslims flocking to join them and other Muslims condemning them? Or as the article puts it: The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s…
 
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  • Jon Stewart: Why Does The Obama Administration Keep Prosecuting Whistleblowers?

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:32 am
    Blowing the whistle seems great! Herve Falciani blew the whistle on HSBC, the British bank that allegedly helped clients evade taxes. Switzerland rewarded him with charges of industrial espionage. We wouldn't do something like that here in America, right? Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency official who provided information about mismanagement at the agency to a Baltimore Sun reporter, got the Espionage Act thrown at him. "I assume you mean the rarely enforced provision of the Espionage Act, that involves rewarding whistleblowers with millions of dollars and unlimited blow jobs,"…
  • What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:01 am
    Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)? Perhaps a couple of bridges to somewhere or a new highway? A quaint premise, indeed, but not as far-fetched as you might think, considering the amount of money American taxpayers have been losing to taxpayer identity theft. The Treasury Department was drained of an estimated $5.8 billion in tax refunds by identity thieves filing fraudulent returns during the 2013…
  • U.S. Northern Command: Loose Llamas Had No Connection To ISIS

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The military just shot the elephant in the room. Hours after two llamas wreaked havoc on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona Thursday, the United States Northern Command answered the questions on everyone's minds: Who were the llamas working for? And do they have connections to the so-called Islamic State in Syria? Rest easy folks, the U.S. military assures us that there was no breach in homeland security. @julianbarnes Llama had no known connections to ISIS. Appears to have self-radicalized.— NORAD & USNORTHCOM (@NoradNorthcom) February 26, 2015 The tweet from Northern Command reads: "Llama…
  • Jeb Bush, 2016's Gay-Friendly Republican

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Quietly, Jeb has filled his campaign-in-waiting with some of the most open proponents of gay rights in the Republican Party. And donors think he sees the issues the same way they do — pro-LGBT.
  • Policlips Now: The Best Stuff You Didn't See Live This Week In 2 Minutes

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    In this week's edition of "Policlips Now," we're highlighting the best political clips you may have missed while you were working. Whether it was Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) crude Bill Clinton joke during CPAC, or a senator throwing a snowball on the Senate floor, we're rewinding the must-see happenings in politics. Watch the video above.
 
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  • Fox's Tantaros Is Just Asking: "Is This White House Anti-Semitic?"

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    From the February 26 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously:  Host Of Fox's Outnumbered: Obama Is Anti-Semitic Fox's Andrea Tantaros: "Some Have Said" President Obama Is An "Ex-Muslim" Fox's Tantaros: Obama "Has A World View That Is Very Anti-American"
  • Fox News Cherry-Picks From Obama's Town Hall To Suggest He's Illegally Enforcing Immigration Policy

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Fox News cherry-picked from President Obama's statements at a town hall event to falsely suggest Obama is illegally enforcing his immigration directives in violation of a court order temporarily blocking the directives from going into effect -- but the Obama administration has already suspended implementation of the executive action to comply with the ruling. On February 25, Obama spoke "directly to the Latino community" at an MSNBC town hall. Speaking with Telemundo and MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart, the president discussed the implications of the recent halt on his immigration…
  • Facebook, Fox Entertainment Executives Spoke At Media Conference Featuring Anti-LGBT, Islamophobic Extremists

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Top executives from Facebook and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment spoke at a conference for right-wing media personalities that features a number of anti-LGBT groups and Islamophobes and is co-sponsored by a right-wing birther website that has suggested President Obama is secretly gay. National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is holding its International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 23-26. According to the convention's website: The NRB International…
  • Bill O'Reilly's Killing Truth

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
  • After FCC Passes Net Neutrality, Fox Attacks New Rules As Government Power Grab That Will Slow Down The Internet

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    A Fox News Special Report segment attacked new rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure net neutrality, claiming the rules were done in secret and would slow down the Internet. But the FCC received millions of public comments in favor of net neutrality, and experts say the rules will ensure Internet fairness.Today, the FCC passed "net neutrality" rules, which allows the agency to regulate Internet service as a utility and prohibits "Internet service providers from granting faster access to companies that pay for…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Our Construction Industry May Simply Be Entrenching Poverty In Concrete

    Hamzah Hussain
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    By Muthoni Thang'wa, Daily Nation, Kenya- What impact, if any, has the growth of large housing and shopping complexes and developments such as Two Rivers, Migaa, Tatu City, Buffalo Hills, Thika Greens and many such others in rural or peri-urban areas had on the economic outputs in these areas? Such development obviously shifts a work force away from urban areas and helps the growth of infrastructure in the rural areas in which they are located. Nevertheless, their impact on agriculture and its growth nationally is equally alarming and not well thought out. Read More »
  • A Mission of Mercy

    Samantha Seyler
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    by Seema Jilani, New York Times, USA- I wasn’t worried about whether the baby would die. I knew he would. My fear was that I couldn’t keep him alive long enough so he could take his last breath in his mother’s arms. His mother was still in McAllen, a town 10 miles from the Texas-Mexico border — but hundreds of miles and more than an hour’s flight from where her son was, with me, in Houston. She had slogged through coyote-plagued deserts, her seven-months-pregnant belly buoyant in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande. She carried her 4-year-old daughter on her hip as the waters lapped…
  • 101 Facts That Make Us Hopeful About the Future of Food

    daniellenierenberg
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    by Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small Food Tank is highlighting stories of hope, innovation, and success in creating a better food system. From women’s land access in Chad and urban green spaces in Australia to chefs in the United Kingdom and the United States implementing local, sustainable food sourcing—there are thousands of innovations giving us hope about the future of food. Food Tank is featuring 101 bright spots in the food system that we hope will inspire eaters, businesses, researchers, scientists, funders, donors, and policy makers to create—and support—a more sustainable…
  • China’s loans to Latin America rise

    BBC News - Home
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Loans from China to Latin America rose by 71% to $22bn in 2014, new figures from the China-Latin America Finance Database suggest.
  • US officials question Netanyahu’s judgement

    Al Jazeera English
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Escalation of hostile exchanges between traditional allies comes six days before Israel PM gives speech to US Congress.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Back2Reality #282 | Colors of the Wind

    shanepaulneil
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Locks of Love Giuliana Rancic’s comments have everyone talking race; the whitest Oscars in a long time spark conversation around equality and ethnicity; a man goes on a bleaching spree when his girlfriend won’t share; and a woman is busy double clicking her mouse watching 50 Shades of Grey. And the social critique that is Pocahontas. Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B Angelique Jackson & Ro Blvd 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 @Back2Reality?
  • Race, Social Media and Engagement

    Elon James White
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    The conversation around the toxicity of Twitter and the hordes of angry social justice warriors who will attack any one who doesn’t understand their secret lingo has become cartoonish. I see emails and posts through out social media warning of the impending doom when trying to be reasonable at the hands of #blacktwitter or another subgroup on the platform. In an attempt to shift the conversation I took to Twitter to attempt to give a different perspective. The following was my attempt at a deeper look into the supposed Twitter “mob” mentality. RELATED   [View the story…
  • #What’s The Tea #87 | Yeezy Season

    shanepaulneil
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Thomas joins us to clock the tea on origin stories, our stans, zodiac, Ts Madison, NYFW, Kanye’s Adidas line, Kanye’s Breakfast Club interview, Khloe/Amber Twitter beef, The Slap, How to Get Away With (Wig) Murder, Meanwhile on Instagram, Hey Boo of the Week Sports segment and much, much more. Featuring: Nic Ju @nicju Reggie 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 @What’s The Tea?: FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter|[DONATE]The post #What’s The Tea #87 | Yeezy Season appeared first on…
  • #TWIBprime #649 | Shut Up and Learn

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses this week’s calamity and the laziness and refusal to learn that caused it. Sometimes anger is justified. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM  The post #TWIBprime #649 | Shut Up and Learn appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • Apparently There’s No “BLACK” In Team

    Elon James White
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    So this was published about the Patricia Arquette situation: Part of the push-back at Arquette was an off-shoot of anger at the Oscar nominations being “too white,” giving complainants a more specific target to shoot at, and that drew in women of color feminists who have been engaged with white feminists in a cold war for years that will never end. No really.  That was actually published. But let’s keep going…: Of particular note was the recent ugliness between Nicole Sandler and Elon James White, after Sandler defended Arquette, only to be accused of being complicit in the…
 
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    Wonkette

  • Sen. Inhofe: If Global Warming Is Real, Where Did I Get This Snowball?

    Kaili Joy Gray
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. James (“Jim” to his friends, “Dickface” to most of America) Inhofe knows global warming is a hoax, as he has proven repeatedly, why won’t you dumb people listen to him instead of all those “scientists” who say otherwise? (No, not the scientists paid by the oil and gas industry to deny climate change is real; the other 99 percent of scientists who say yes it is TOO real.) Well, FINE, here is Inhofe on the floor of the Senate, once and for all proving that global warming is not real because snow, and he happens to have that…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Lady Named Butt Not Racist, Just Loves White People

    Evan Hurst
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Gather round, little children, your Tennessee Wonkette has a nice story for you! It is about one of our august state representatives, a gentlelady by the name of Sheila Butt, who once said there would be no global warming if we used more hairspray, but this is not about that. This is about the fact that Sheila is Not Racist. Everybody is being mean to her and saying she is racist, though, because she went on the Facebook recently to comment on a nice note from the Council on American-Islamic Relations encouraging Republicans to stop hating Muslims so much. Butt said what we REALLY NEED is…
  • Ted Cruz Will Win Back America By Mentioning Reagan, Sexting

    Kaili Joy Gray
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Calgary) was on FIRE, y’all, preaching so hard at the attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, and unlike most of the other RINO speakers, he didn’t need no stinkin’ TelePrompter to testify, praise the lord! Cruz came out swingin’ like a BOSS. Or maybe like a PRESIDENT? (No, not like a president. Nothing like a president. Seriously, dude, you’re never gonna be president. It is not going to happen. We’d suggest you give up now, but it’s too fun watching you try, so go on, go on!) Wow! God bless CPAC. OK!
  • FCC Approves Obama’s Secret Plan To Keep Internet Pretty Much The Same

    Doktor Zoom
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    The Federal Communications Commission voted to uphold Net Neutrality today, guaranteeing either that Internet Service Providers can’t charge content providers different rates to transmit their data, or possibly that Freedom is Dead Forever, again. House Speaker John Boehner didn’t exaggerate the seriousness of the vote a single bit: By our count, that’s a full 57.8 KB of exaggeration, at least in JPEG format. It’s such a secret plan that it’s only been debated for years, and is hidden in plain sight under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The incredible…
  • Georgia Congresscrank Never Vaccinated His Kids And They All Turned Out Mostly OK

    Doktor Zoom
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Yet another Republican has gone on the record in favor of infectious diseases. At a town hall meeting last week in Cartersville, Georgia, freshman Rep. Barry Loudermilk explained that he thinks vaccinations should not be mandatory, because none of his unvaccinated children ever caught anything that killed them. Why, yes, Loudermilk is a member of the House Science and Technology Committee. Why do you ask? Loudermilk was answering a question from an audience member who wanted him to investigate whether the Centers for Disease Control had covered up data in a 2004 study that determined there…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Elites. Bush will return to the conservative gathering Friday as one of his party’s leading possible presidential candidates — but one who still needs to find the right way to connect with the conservative activists who have not joined establishment donors in an early rush to back him… Rather than mingling with friendly donors at receptions, […] Read this post »
  • Video: Inhofe throws snowball in Senate to demonstrate impact of climate change

    Ed Morrissey
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    "Mr. President, catch this." Which is to say, there hasn’t been any. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) recently took the gavel in the Environment and Public Works Committee from Barbara Boxer, and Inhofe has relished playing the role of climate-change skeptic even more than he did as ranking member. Today, Inhofe rebuked Barack Obama for his recent comments about climate […] View the video »
  • CPAC Interview: Rep. Marsha Blackburn on ObamaCare, Net Neutrality

    Ed Morrissey
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:41 pm
    "The day the ObamaNet was born." Earlier today, I spoke with Rep. Marsha Blackburn at CPAC, who finds herself at the center of three key policy issues on Capitol Hill. Blackburn was preparing to grill HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell later in the day about the rolling disasters of ObamaCare, especially the tax bombs that will shortly go off on millions of […] Read this post »
  • Lawless: Treasury throws unauthorized $3 billion to insurers under Obamacare, won’t say why

    Noah Rothman
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Banana republic. It’s right there in the Constitution: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” Which is why this latest episode of lawlessness from the administration […] Read this post »
  • The media seems eager to declare CPAC to be Rubio’s “last chance”

    Jazz Shaw
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    It's a bit early for dancing on graves, don't you think? I’ll confess that Marco Rubio hasn’t exactly been burning up the track in the latest polling. He’s taken a few positions which have seen some of his stalwart supporters jumping ship over the past twelve months or more and there are always fresh faces popping up and looking for attention. But if I might slow […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • CPAC Attendees Hear From GOP Presidential Hopefuls

    Don Gonyea
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is a draw for some 10,000 activists. Would-be GOP presidential candidates are differentiating themselves from others who may run.» E-Mail This
  • House, Senate Divided Over Homeland Security Funding

    Ailsa Chang
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    The department runs out of money at midnight. The Senate is on track to pass a bill to fund the department with no strings attached. The House will vote on a bill to fund the department for 3 weeks.» E-Mail This
  • White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

    Chris Arnold
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:07 am
    The Labor Department will draft new rules requiring retirement advisers to put consumers' best interests first. The industry warns low-income people might lose out on financial planning advice.» E-Mail This
  • Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

    S.V. Dáte
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    Bush has appeared almost exclusively before friendly audiences since leaving the Florida governorship eight years ago, but today he faces a crowd of conservative activists.» E-Mail This
  • 'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

    Josh Rogers
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.» E-Mail This
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Supplement Your Income With A Home Business

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    TIP! If you need to spend time driving to get things done for your business, it’s vital that you record your mileage and keep careful track of all your receipts. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. Millions of people have dreamed, at one time or another, of launching their own home-based business, and of the incredible opportunities it can provide. Setting your own schedule and not having to deal with a boss can be a great benefit. Making this dream a reality is tough, but it can be accomplished. Read on to…
  • Basic Guide On How To Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    TIP! Before choosing a broker, do your homework first. Look at the resources offered online that can give you an assessment of each broker’s reputation and history. Take your time and do your research about any company you are considering investing in, so that you can gain the most success. If you are serious about increasing your profit opportunities you should continue to read this article. You can see a return on your investments almost immediately. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the stock market does…
  • Practical Advice For Buyers In The Real Estate Market

    Randy
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    TIP! If you make an offer and the seller doesn’t accept it, there’s always room for negotiation. The seller might be willing to meet you half way, cover closing costs, or finalize some repairs. With all the complexities and red tape of buying real estate, you can quickly be overcome by confusion or overwhelmed with the stress. Learning all of the tips that you possibly can is very important for success in purchasing a home. TIP! You may have to be flexible in order to close on a home. There are trade-offs that must sometimes be made between buying in a particular neighborhood,…
  • Useful Information About Insurance

    Randy
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    TIP! You can save serious dollars off of insurance premiums by bundling your policies. A lot of insurance companies give discounts, the most common one being a discount for having more than one policy with the company. Cars, houses, boats, teeth, health, and even lives: all of them can be insured! Read this article to find out more about different types of insurance, and learn how to select the best policies. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. Many policies give you coverage for most of the risks that could potentially take placem but there…
  • Making The Most Out Of Your Work From Home Business

    Randy
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:21 pm
    TIP! Be sure you can talk about business via a soundbite. The ability to sum your business up in a few simple sentences is an impressive skill that clients appreciate. Would you believe someone who said that you could open up a home business today, and eventually make enough money so that you can quit your current job? Many people out there are selling the working from home idea. It is possible to have a successful work from home business, but there isn’t any one-size-fits-all solution, and there are no guarantees of success. These tips will show you what it takes to start your…
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    FamousDC

  • Sorry, D.C. Dudes

    fdc
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    “According to a new survey by date-auction site WhatsYourPrice.com, single men in Washington, D.C. spend $177 on a first date.That comes in at #5 on the list!” 1st Date DC Men @Uber_DC-$50 Drinks-$40 Dinner-$100 Realizing she lives in Arlington and it’ll never last…Priceless http://t.co/G9Rcf3xyZO — Robert Myers (@robbievmyers) February 26, 2015 h/t Cloture ClubThe post Sorry, D.C. Dudes appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Stanton & Greene Moves Into Pour House Space

    fdc
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Sure, it may not have a basement themed like a German beer hall, but it’s a beautiful bar we can’t wait to try. The motif is practically timeless, the floor covered with miniature mosaic tiles, the walls paved with New York City subway tiles. The lights were chosen in tribute to early 20th century Pullman […]The post Stanton & Greene Moves Into Pour House Space appeared first on FamousDC.
  • That Box on Your Desk with Numbers on it is a Telephone. Try it Out.

    fdc
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    h/t Jim BillimoriaThe post That Box on Your Desk with Numbers on it is a Telephone. Try it Out. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • A House of Cards on Sesame Street

    fdc
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    It used to be so innocent… Some people say there’s too much pork in this town. Frank Underwolf could not agree more.The post A House of Cards on Sesame Street appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Hyper Hill: Winner Winner

    fdc
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Miss the Oscars last night? [Here’s a recap] Watch out this morning for ice [as usual] Are you young or old? This NYT quiz [will help you find out]The post Hyper Hill: Winner Winner appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Poverty’s long farewell

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    AN UNWIELDY forum, the United Nations struggles to get nations to agree to firm targets, let alone achieve them. So it is deservedly proud of having already met its goal of halving the share of people living in extreme poverty by the end of this year, compared with the level of 1990. In fact, the milestone was reached five years early. In 1990, 36% of the world’s population lived in abject poverty. By 2010 this was down to 18%. In absolute terms, the number of those in such desperate straits has fallen from 1.9 billion to about 1 billion today.This conspicuous success has set the stage for…
  • Spring tide

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    The fresh, clean, premium-priced waters of ChangbaishanBENEATH the frozen flanks of East Asia’s most revered mountain, in China’s north-eastern Jilin province, a huddle of sleek new processing plants will soon be packaging its precious essence: spring water. Known to the Chinese as Changbaishan, the mountain and its premium mineral water are the stars of the country’s frothing bottled-water market.In a country with just 7% of the world’s freshwater supplies but 20% of its population, cheaper bottles of water taken from river basins, lakes and underground, and of purified tap water,…
  • Slowing charge

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    THERE have been few better opportunities for financial firms in America over the past half-century than providing credit cards. For customers, they offer a convenient way to pay and easy access to credit; for merchants, they simplify the mechanics of collecting money, which once required vast billing and collection departments; for third parties, they create clever channels for marketing. No wonder that the companies that provided the plumbing and the banks that offered the credit experienced years of profitable growth, with only the occasional lull when the economy was in recession.The good…
  • Why Target lost its aim

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Where are the shoppers?AT ONE of Target’s shops in downtown Chicago, one recent weekend, customers congregated in the electronics department and the area that sells towels and bedding. Upstairs, the women’s clothes department was almost deserted. A quick examination of its stock revealed why: dowdy dresses, garish sweaters and jackets that any reasonably fashion-conscious woman under 60 would surely spurn.For many shoppers, Target no longer hits the spot. In its annual results this week it admitted that the cost of retreating from a disastrous foray into Canada, and of closing…
  • In the stocks

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    STUART GULLIVER, the boss of HSBC, grumbles that publicly owned businesses are now being held to a higher standard of behaviour than bishops. A more apt comparison might be medieval monks, given the self-flagellation that the London-based banking giant has felt obliged to perform in the wake of a tax-dodging scandal. It has run grovelling, full-page apologies in newspapers, admitting that the episode is a “source of shame”, and sent top brass to sit in the stocks in front of the British parliament’s tomato-wielding Treasury committee.The cause of this penance is the leaking to the media…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Who Bankrolls the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State have reportedly abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive. Meanwhile, the Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John," who has been featured in several beheading videos, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born former resident of London. In other news, two U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have reportedly killed over three dozen people in Iraq, including at least 20 civilians. Also this week, UNESCO is has condemned the Islamic State for destroying the…
  • Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guantánamo

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    A former Guantánamo Bay interrogator involved in torture was also a longtime Chicago police officer known for abusing people of color. According to The Guardian, Richard Zuley spent three decades as a notoriously brutal detective on the Chicago police force. From 1977 to 2007, Zuley used tactics including torture, threats and abuse to elicit confessions from suspects, the majority of whom were not white. One of those confessions was later ruled to be false, and the sentence was vacated. Zuley’s methods included shackling suspects to walls through eyebolts for several hours, allegedly…
  • A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police are operating a secret compound for detentions and interrogations, often with abusive methods. According to The Guardian, detainees as young as 15 years old have been taken to a nondescript warehouse known as Homan Square. Some are calling it the domestic equivalent of a CIA "black site" overseas. Prisoners were denied access to their attorneys, beaten and held for up to 24 hours without any official record of their detention. Two former senior officials in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice are…
  • Headlines for February 26, 2015

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Iraq: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 20 CiviliansISIS Militant "Jihadi John" IdentifiedISIS Captures Up to 300 Christian HostagesHRW Condemns Syria's Use of Barrel BombsAfghanistan: Suicide Bomber Targets NATO Envoy's CarAvalanches Kill Over 200 amid Heavy Snow in AfghanistanBolivia: Thousands Displaced by "Unprecedented" FloodsGeorgia: Extreme Weather Delays Execution of WomanFCC Set to Pass Historic Net Neutrality Rules3 Brooklyn Men Arrested for Bid to Join ISIS in Case Involving InformantSupreme Court Appears to Side with Muslim Woman Denied Job over HijabSnowden…
  • On National Adjunct Walkout Day, Professors Call Out Poverty-Level Wages & Poor Working Conditions

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day. Adjunct professors on campuses across the country hope to draw attention to what many say are poverty-level wages, with no chance to advance to a tenured track position. We are joined by Louisa Edgerly, an adjunct instructor at Seattle University, where she will join other adjuncts and students — along with tenure-track professors — in walking out at noon today.
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • A Supreme Court Case That’s Just A Little Fishy

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Yesterday, in one of the more unique legal arguments it has been presented with in recent years, the Supreme Court ruled that fish are not “tangible things” for purposes of the Sarbanes-Oaxley law: WASHINGTON — A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a Florida fisherman, throwing out his conviction for tossing evidence — undersize grouper — back into the Gulf of Mexico under a federal law aimed mostly at white-collar crime. The fisherman, John L. Yates, was convicted of violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which imposes a maximum sentence of…
  • From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up” File (TP for Oil Edition)

    Steven L. Taylor
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Via Bloomberg:  Tissue Paper-for-Venezuelan Oil Swap Offered by Trinidad. The absurd nature of the headline aside, this is not a funny story at all given the utter disaster that is the Venezuelan economy.  The unnecessary and man-made nature of the the situation just adds to the tragedy.
  • Will The GOP Pay A Political Price For The DHS Shutdown Showdown?

    Doug Mataconis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    With less than 36 hours to before the current funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security expires, it remains unclear exactly how this latest Capitol Hill battle is going to resolve itself. While the Senate appears poised to pass a clean funding bill that does not include the language purporting to “defund” the deferred deportation immigration program that President Obama announced in November, known as DAPA (Deferred Action For.Parents Of Americans And Legal Permanent Residents), The Senate seems poised to pass bills largely mirroring the plan proposed by Senate Majority…
  • Controlling Congress

    Steven L. Taylor
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:52 am
    Even this morning I keep hearing reporters use the verb “control” to describe the Republican Party’s relationship to Congress.  This word choice is especially disjunctive given that the stories in which this word is deployed are those about the current fight over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (i.e., the fight that the Republicans are currently losing in the Congress that they have been described as “controlling”). This makes me think of something that some dude wrote back in November: Note that I did not say that the Republicans would…
  • Speaking of IRV

    Steven L. Taylor
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    My post on voting for Best Picture (and the ensuing comments) talked quite a bit about IRV (instant run-off voting).  Georgia is presenting a case where IRV might solve a problem (and is, apparently, at least being discussed). Via Peach Pundit:  Finding Alternatives to Runoff Elections Just Got More Urgent One of the most disruptive features of the 2014 election cycle was a result of a court ruling that in order to allow overseas soldiers enough time to vote in a runoff election, absentee ballots would need to be provided 45 days prior to election day. Following the judge’s…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Energy Lobbies Are Making It Harder to Use Solar Power

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    langalex/CC BY-SA 2.0 Utility companies are leading the effort to reduce the benefits of “net metering”—the practice by which homeowners or businesses earn financial credit for generating electricity with renewable energy technology such as solar panels. Lucas Mearian reports at Computerworld: For example, Hawaiian Electric Co. Inc. this year asked the state’s Public Utilities Commission to abolish its net metering policy because customers with photovoltaic panels aren’t paying their fair share of maintenance costs. Indiana legislators are pushing bills to make it more…
  • Jihadis Deface and Destroy Iraqi Cultural Artifacts (Video)

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    The Islamic State group has destroyed thousands of books, manuscripts and replicas of ancient sculptures in Mosul libraries and museums. The Guardian reports: Reports this week that Mosul’s central library has been ransacked by Isis and 100,000 books and manuscripts burned has cast an international spotlight on a new wave of destruction that has been raging through the northern Iraqi city since last summer. Earlier this month the head of the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) voiced alarm over “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library…
  • Houses of Worship

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:33 pm
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries February 25, 2015 Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2 February 24, 2015 Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)
  • Tankers

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    By Signe Wilkinson Related Entries February 25, 2015 Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2 February 24, 2015 Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)
  • Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

    editor@truthdig.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
      This video still shows the man identified by The Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi. (BBC) He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi. The BBC also reported that day that Emwazi, who is said to be in his mid-20s and had worked as a computer programmer, is the black-clad man appearing in video clips that show the deaths of American journalists James Foley and Steven…
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    ThinkProgress

  • GOP Hopeful Slams Hillary For Clinton Foundation, Forgets To Mention Her Own Extensive Involvement

    Kay Steiger
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Carly Fiorina with Bill Clinton at a Clinton Foundation event last year. CREDIT: YouTube Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton and her family’s foundation for allegations that it has accepted money from foreign governments at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment. And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments do not represent a conflict of interest,”…
  • Scott Walker: I Crushed Wisconsin Unions, So I Can Handle ISIS

    Alice Ollstein
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    CREDIT: AP At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, DC, Wisconsin Governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker was asked what his plan would be, were he in the White House, to combat the terrorism perpetuated by the Islamic State In Syria (ISIS). As an enthusiastic crowd cheered, he responded not with a plan but with an argument for why his battles against organized labor in his state makes him the most qualified for the job. “We need have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message that not only will we protect American soil,…
  • China Cut Its Coal Use 2.9 Percent Last Year, Will They Peak Even Before 2020?

    Joe Romm
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Miners shovel coal at a north China mine near a power plant and chemical factory. CREDIT: AP/Oded Balilty China cut its coal consumption 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop this century. Domestic coal production fell 2.5 percent. As we reported last year, the Chinese government announced in November it would cap coal use by 2020. The new data raise the possibility the peak in coal consumption will come even sooner. This reversal on coal utterly refutes the GOP claim that China’s recent climate pledge with the United States “requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.”…
  • Latino Conservatives Beg Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform

    Alice Ollstein
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    CREDIT: AP At a panel on immigration at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, DC, two prominent Latino conservatives pleaded with the new Republican majority in Congress to introduce and pass an immigration reform bill. “If we don’t do anything these next two years, we will fail as a party,” said Alfonso Aguilar with the American Principals Project. “There are some on the conservative side who would rather maintain the status quo, and the status quo is not acceptable.” Mario Lopez, a self-described “proud…
  • Left Shark, Meet The Law: What Can Celebrities Actually Trademark?

    Jessica Goldstein
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Conroy Last week, Marshawn Lynch filed for the trademark to the phrase, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” If those words sound familiar, it’s probably because you remember the line as Lynch’s answer to over 20 questions on Super Bowl XLIX media day. Lynch’s Beast Mode apparel will sell shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with the phrase within the month. Lynch has been down this road before; he filed for a trademark to “About that action BOSS” last year, and, according to ESPN, expects to own that trademark by…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Corrections

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:05 am
    In a Feb. 26 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s last name.
  • All Box, No Sex

    Willa Paskin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    The salient piece of information about Sex Box, the new reality show starting tonight on WE TV in which couples have sex in a box on stage, is that viewers of it will see and hear absolutely no sex. This is both a reassuring and disappointing tidbit of information: What is the world coming to if couples are having sex in a box on basic cable for our titillation? But what is the point of a show called Sex Box if there is no sex in it?
  • America’s Unfair Rules of the Road

    Corinne Ramey
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    At the easternmost edge of Lake Erie, where the lake meets the Niagara River, the Peace Bridge connects the United States and Canada. The two-thirds-of-a-mile-long bridge is one of the busiest border crossings between the two countries, connecting Canada’s Fort Erie with Buffalo, New York. Every day, an average of more than 15,000 vehicles, about 3,400 of which are trucks, drive over its steel girders.
  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • Why Bill O’Reilly Won’t Share Glenn Beck’s Fate

    Justin Peters
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    For a while it looked like Bill O’Reilly could be finished at Fox News. The year was 2009, and O’Reilly’s star had been overshadowed by a larger ball of gas: Glenn Beck, whose eponymous television show launched on Fox that January and soon became the most talked-about news program in America. With his chalkboards and conspiratorial ramblings, Beckcaptured the Tea Party zeitgeist, and left The O’Reilly Factor in an unfamiliar position of comparative irrelevance.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Elizabeth Warren Launches New Battle Against the Fed

    Inae Oh
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    While speaking before the Senate's Banking Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hit Fed Chair Janet Yellen with a string of harsh questions over the performance of Scott Alvarez, the Fed's general counsel, who is at the helm of an investigation of a Fed leak from September 2012. Warren has expressed frustrations over the investigation's lack of public information.  "Wall Street banks could profit handsomely if they knew about the Fed’s plans before the rest of the market found out, and that’s why any leak of confidential information from the Fed results in…
  • The FCC Just Approved Net Neutrality

    Inae Oh
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to categorize the internet as a public utility and thereby uphold strong net neutrality regulations. Advocates applauded the passage as a victory for internet consumers, blocking what had been described as the creation of internet "fast lanes" for companies willing to pay more for high-speed service. The vote came down to a 3-2 margin, with dissents from Republicans Michael O'Reilly and Ajut Pai.  "The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one, whether government or corporate, should…
  • Obama Just Vetoed the GOP's Keystone Bill, and This Democratic Presidential Hopeful Is Pissed

    Patrick Caldwell
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Jim Webb is sounding increasingly serious about running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Last week, National Journal's Bob Moser wrote a cover story wondering whether the former Virginia senator could "spark an anti-Hillary uprising," in which Webb explained that his absence from the campaign trail this winter was, in part, the result of major knee surgery to fix problems leftover from his days in the Vietnam War. Webb struck his first blow against his fellow Democrats on Wednesday. But rather than targeting Clinton, his likely presidential opposition, he struck out against…
  • We Have Some Good News For You About Marijuana

    Inae Oh
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    When comparing seven commonly used recreational drugs, marijuana clocks in as by far the least dangerous, nearly 114 times safer than the most dangerous drug concluded in a new study—alcohol. This is according to research recently published in Scientific Reports, which examined the exposure risks of heroin, meth, alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy,  tobacco, and marijuana, by individuals. While previous studies have long suggested marijuana use poses a lesser mortality risk than alcohol—a point commonly cited in calls to increase legalization in more states—such a wide margin…
  • Walmart Is Finally Raising Its Minimum Wage

    Inae Oh
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    On Thursday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced the company would be raising its baseline pay to at least $9 an hour beginning this spring and then up to $10 an hour by February 2016, a move that will affect an estimated 500,000 employees. The decision, announced in both a press release and during a quarterly earnings call Thursday morning, follows years of mounting public pressure from both outside and within Walmart to boost its notoriously low wages and improve labor practices. The company has repeatedly responded to such criticism by pointing out that it pays more than the federal…
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  • Senator Whitehouse Rips 'The Senator With The Snowball'

    karoli
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:57 am
    After Senator James Inhofe trolled the entire Senate with his snowball on Thursday, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse stepped up to the mic with his fact snowplow to clear away the mess. So much win. Here's the transcript: WHITEHOUSE: I'd just like to complete my remarks with regard to the Senator from Oklahoma and his snowball. I'd like to ask unanimous consent that I show the Earth Now website on the iPad device that I have. And if you go to Earth Now it's actually quite easy to load, and you can see how that polar vortex measurably brings the cold air down to New England where we are right now.
  • Palin Inadvertently Suggests She's Not Qualified To Be President

    Heather
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Sarah Palin told the CPAC 2015 audience that "honorable" presidential candidates should spend some time serving in our military. I guess that leaves her and the rest of the GOP field out of the running. Sarah Palin: No current Republican candidates are qualified to be president — and neither am I: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) suggested — perhaps unwittingly — on Thursday that neither she nor any Republican weighing a 2016 presidential campaign is eligible for the position. “It’s said that old men declare wars, and then they send the young ones to fight ‘em,” Palin said…
  • Open Thread - Did Somebody Say Llamas?

    driftglass
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    A month from now we will all have forgotten balloon boy the llama drama. But for now, Python! Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Tatsuro Yamashita

    Ryan Pressman
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Tonight, Tatsuro Yamashita hits us with some smooth, funky jams all the way back from 1982. From what I've heard, Japan had a pretty good funk scene back in the day, even after the heyday of the genre in the U.S. This is a bit more on the poppier side of funk, but it's funky nonetheless. Here's a tip: if you ever get an itch to hear more out of a genre that you feel like you've heard it all from, look outside of the U.S. for some other countries' takes on the style. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Bill O'Reilly Now Says He Only Saw Pictures Of 'Nuns Being Shot In The Head'

    John Amato
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Bill O'Reilly has been in the middle of a hail storm against his own credibility with his previous work and Media Matters researched another one of BIll's claims and exposed it as false. Bill O'Reilly has claimed repeatedly that he witnessed the execution of nuns while reporting in 1981 on the civil war in El Salvador, an apparent fabrication that is at odds with both history and what O'Reilly himself has said about arriving in the country after the event took place, according to new information unearthed by Media Matters. O'Reilly has spoken on several occasions about his time covering the…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Fenced

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:50 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for February 26, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    In regards to your ad for a “rock-star web designer”: I’m habitually late, I’m a narcissistic diva and I’m high on drugs. When do I start? Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at … Continue reading →
  • Walking the walk on global warming – Renewable Journal for 2/25/2015

    Brian Angliss
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Leasing solar panels and acquiring an electric vehicle helped clear a mental block that had kept me from writing much about industrial climate disruption for about two years. Continue reading →
  • Tournament of Rock: The 5280 – The Amends vs Seraphim Shock

    Samuel Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In Match #7, Wovenhand trounced Winger and advances to the second round. Our final preliminary round match features an up-and-coming indie rock band from Boulder vs one of the noisiest, darkest acts in 5280 history. The Amends Boulder indie rockers with a … Continue reading →
  • George Harrison’s Birthday…

    Jim Booth
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:41 pm
    George Harrison’s 72nd birthday…a bittersweet reminder that All Things Must Pass… In many ways it’s pointless to write or say much more about The Beatles. They remain, despite revisionist rock historians’ best efforts, rock music’s most important band. Arguments about … Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private. That means bloggers put themselves out there in far more ballsy fashion than many officially sanctioned pundits do, and they make fools of themselves more often, too. The only way to correct your…
  • The Miracle Of Francis

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I quit blogging (at least) once before in 2005 – but the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ended my premature retirement. I knew Ratzinger’s work intimately, and had wrestled with it for years. I knew instantly that the church I loved…
  • A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore all the excellent reads. I could probably spend a year going back and reading so much of what I missed. Also, how will we know where to go next if you don’t leave the site up for us to explore the “Blog Love” list? And some of the “Threads” have great significance (suicide, abortion – these have…
  • As The World Turns

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The core sign of the entrenchment of social change is that the opposition eventually accepts it or acquiesces to it. When I started campaigning for…
  • How To Read The Entire Internet

    Patrick Appel
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Patrick Appel “Send me five links a day” was the original job Andrew gave me. Now, in the more than seven years since then, I have almost certainly read more than a million blog posts. It is entirely possible, during that time, that I have read more posts than anyone else on the planet. Andrew liked to call interns his “leaf cutter ants” because they would go out into the blogosphere, locate Dish-worthy content, and send it to him for posting. When I began working for the Dish, discovering the most intelligent voices online was an exhausting but manageable task. Those…
 
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  • Susan Rice to Address Israel Lobby Group

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    The White House will send National Security Adviser Susan Rice to represent the administration at the annual conference hosted by Washington’s strongest pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate Internet service like a public utility, expanding the U.S. government’s oversight of a once lightly regulated business.
  • Presidential Hopefuls Court the GOP Base

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Would-be GOP presidential candidates began making their appeals to conservatives at the annual CPAC meeting.
  • Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote.
  • Republicans Discuss Short-Term Homeland Security Fix

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Republican leaders, scrambling to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday, began preparing a temporary fix to buy time to continue negotiations.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Truth Is the Real Dissent

    No Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion – Thomas E. Woods Jr. Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War – Paul Fussell We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now – Thomas E. Woods and  Murray Polner Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, 2nd Edition: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection – Neil Z. Miller The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny…
  • Libertarians and Conservatives Have Failed

    Gary North
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    For an organization that has a message that supposedly is able to transform the world, the American Right has certainly proven to be completely incapable of recruiting and training cadres of true believers who are willing to go out and spread the message. I was aware of this five decades ago. In my opinion, not much has changed. Yes, there have been political activists. There is a cadre of people who, for fat salaries supplied by trusting political donors, will work to get some compromising suit elected. The suit will then sell out the trusting donors. Has anything fundamental changed in…
  • A Chilling Gaze

    Tim Hartnett
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Every dog has his day. The shepherd breeds got theirs on Christmas with the limited release of American Sniper. The film gives mainstream traction to the idea that armed government employees are to society what guard dogs are to livestock. Rush Limbaugh couldn’t resist all the hype and crashed in January 27th. That’s when the schlock-jock declared himself an equal to a soldier, a cop or any other member of the packs that watch our backs. So far neither the Pentagon nor the constabulary has driven him back to the herd. Going to the dogs is the latest craze for anyone looking to come off as…
  • The Net Neutrality Scam

    Ryan McMaken
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web? In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only become more widespread and service today is far faster for many people — including “ordinary” people — than it was twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. Today, broadband in Europe, where the internet is…
  • Sports Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Suit Jackets

    No Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sports jackets. Suit jackets. Blazers. Most men use these terms interchangeably, as do many men’s clothing retailers. Because of this, the differences between these three classic menswear pieces ends up being a mystery. Are these jackets really all that different? (Yes, they are!) And why should a man even care to take the time to learn these details? Let me give you three reasons: 1) It’ll save you money. Armed with this knowledge, you can buy the right jacket that will stand the test of time. 2) You’ll show respect to others. Each of these jackets has a slightly different level of…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Walker Compares Union Protests to ISIS

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) told conservatives that his experience with union protests has prepared him to confront terrorists, TPM reports. Said Walker: “I want a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil. We will have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message not only that we will protect American soil but do not take this upon freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world. We need a leader with that kind of confidence. If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can…
  • Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Dies In Apparent Suicide

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich (R), a leading contender for the governor’s office in next year’s election, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Politico: “The incident sent a shudder through Missouri government and political circles. Schweich had been in the early stages of an already-tense primary against Catherine Hanaway, a former state House speaker and U.S. attorney.” The post Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Dies In Apparent Suicide appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Jindal Contradicted on Cause of Budget Crisis

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “has repeatedly claimed that Louisiana’s projected $1.6 billion financial shortfall in the next fiscal year is primarily due to falling oil prices, but the state’s own economist is saying — in no uncertain terms — that this is not the case,” the New Orleans Times Picayune reports. “Unlike Jindal, Albrecht blamed the majority of the shortfall on Louisiana’s budgeting tactics over the last few years. He said Jindal and the Legislature have relied on piecemeal funding  sources — trusts, revenue from property…
  • The Toxic Consequences of Netanyahu’s Speech

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Dan Drezner: “The thing about most foreign policy decision-making is that a lot of it is irrevocable. In some cases it’s literally impossible: The United States can’t un-invade Iraq, for example. In other cases, the cumulative effects of certain choices renders a particular policy essentially locked in. The United States can’t really renegotiate NAFTA or dramatically curtail its economic opening to China, for example…” “This makes Netanyahu’s decision to deliver this speech all the more confusing. The marginal value-added of addressing Congress (as opposed to…
  • Republicans Only Trust Fox News

    Taegan Goddard
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    Public Policy Polling: “The extreme polarization in what media outlets people trust continues this year. Fewer than 25% of Republicans trust ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN, and NBC. They’re closely divided on PBS with 37% trusting it and 39% distrusting it. But really they just trust Fox News and nothing else with 66% saying they put their faith in it to just 25% who don’t.” “It’s almost the opposite story when it comes to Democrats. Majorities of them trust ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News, and PBS. And more of them than not (44/30) trust Comedy…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • You've Probably Never Heard of America's Worst Police Force

    AJ Vicens
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    On the evening of August 11, 2007, several members of the Punta Santiago Scooter Club volunteered to serve as escorts for a 15-year-old girl celebrating her quinceañera. The yellow-shirted club members' parked scooters partially blocked traffic on Highway 3, a two-lane road outside the eastern Puerto Rican town of Humacao. Miguel Cáceres Cruz, a 43-year-old member of the club and a father of three, was helping to direct traffic when a police car tried to pass. According to witnesses and police, the cops exchanged rude words with Cáceres, after which three officers got out…
  • GOP Chair of House Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn't Vaccinate My Kids

    Bryan Schatz
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn't vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his first town hall meeting last week.  Loudermilk was responding to a woman who asked whether he'd be looking into (discredited) allegations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had covered up information linking vaccines to autism. He responded with a rather unscientific personal anecdote: "I believe it's the parents' decision whether to immunize or not...Most of our…
  • Some Climate Engineering Ideas Are Insane. This One Isn’t.

    Eric Holthaus
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:21 pm
    This story originally appeared on the Slate website and is reproduced here apart of the Climate Desk collaboration. According to technological optimists, in the next two or three decades, humanity will embark on a new era of possibility. Super-smart computers and other advances may even make certain types of less risky, large-scale climate actions a reality. Open any number of sci-fi books from the last few decades and you have an idea of how nanotechnology could make planetary-scale engineering possible. (Kim Stanley Robinson's work comes immediately to mind.) Maybe swarms of…
  • These Photos of World Lawmakers Pummeling Each Other Almost Make You Appreciate Congress

    Bryan Schatz
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Twice last week, brawls broke out in Turkey's parliament over a controversial bill that would give the police more power to crack down on protestors. Punches were thrown, kicks landed, a chair launched. One MP fell down a flight of stairs. It was like the golden early days of cage fighting when rules were laughed out of the arena and MMA fighters' posses joined in the mayhem. But at least no shots were fired, unlike the time in 2013 that a Jordanian MP tried to come after a colleague with an AK-47. (No one was harmed.) While American members of Congress haven't had a serious dust-up in…
  • Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts?

    Tim McDonnell
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to blackouts across the country. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate policy. It calls for the nation to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 and requires each state to reduce the "intensity" of its power sector—that is, how much greenhouse gas is produced per unit of energy. States can choose from a wide array of…
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    Raw Story

  • WATCH: This is what happens when experiments on humans go very, very wrong

    Medical Daily
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:32 am
    When Human Experiments Go Way, Way Wrong [VIDEO] Living in the 21st century means most of us have been privileged to see recent medical advancements that have led to the eradication of deadly diseases. Although heart disease and cancer continue to claim many American lives in the U.S., scientists co...
  • New evidence suggests non-Celiac gluten sensitivity is real

    Medical Daily
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    There’s been public debate as to whether or not gluten sensitivity is a real condition or just some sort of uniform delusion manifested in hypochondriacs and picky eaters. A viably testable condition that one in every hundred Americans does suffer from is celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that...
  • Scientists use drones to bring you this spectacular video from inside an active volcano

    Newsweek
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    You can only get so close to an active volcano before it’s too close. Sam Cossman, a self-identified “adventurer and filmmaker,” recently decided to take advantage of new technology to capture footage and create a 3-D map of an active volcano. Leading a team that included climber and photographer Br...
  • Verizon releases typewriter memo dated 1934 to dispute FCC’s net neutrality vote

    Newsweek
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    Minutes after the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historical vote in favor of net neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all Web traffic equally—Verizon issued a 1934-style press release slamming the decision. “Today (Feb. 26) the Federal Commun...
  • Activists hope to send two Russian alcoholic bears to rehab

    Newsweek
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:11 am
    Two alcoholic bears may be given a new lease on life if animal rights groups succeed in their bid to have them moved from a cage outside a restaurant in Sochi, Russia, to a rehab facility in Romania. As the Russian news agency Tass reports, the two male bears are being helped into recovery by a…...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Nigel Farage speaks at Ukip's spring conference: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:58 am
    Rolling coverage of the Ukip spring conference in Margate, including Nigel Farage’s speech 11.58am GMT More Ukip memorabilia from the conference hall.The Ukip Christian Soldiers are back: accusing 'the LGBT' of a recruitment drive for 'fresh blood' in primary schools pic.twitter.com/I5UnFAYf8nUKIP are giving away free UKIP condoms at their spring conference. I asked the man if they're purple. He didn't know. pic.twitter.com/6CPxYfpAiL 11.51am GMT Paul Nuttall, the Ukip deputy leader, is speaking now on “Rebalancing the union”.He says Ukip is the only party with elected representatives…
  • The scandal of councils turning away the homeless is finally being exposed

    Hannah Fearn
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    A London council’s admission that it has been dodging its responsibility to homeless people is a chance to come clean on the size of our housing crisis Continue reading...
  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson in 'pink tie' jibe at Labour MP

    Dugald Baird and agencies
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    Shadow transport minister kicked off the row by claiming that the BBC presenter is ‘basically an idiot’ who is ‘not representative of motorists’Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson has traded online insults with a Labour MP, saying the motoring show is not made “for people who wear pink ties”. Shadow transport minister Michael Dugher kicked the row off by describing Clarkson in an interview with House magazine as “basically an idiot” who was “not remotely representative of motorists”. Related: Jeremy Clarkson in foul-mouthed Twitter rant against Liverpool paper Labour's transport…
  • What does the future hold for the Cancer Drugs Fund?

    Kim Thomas
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:57 am
    Since 2010, the fund has had £200m a year to spend on drugs and has treated 60,000 patients, but many feel it has outstayed its welcome Continue reading...
  • Election 2015: The Guardian poll projection

    Guardian Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:46 am
    Our model takes in all published constituency-level polls, UK-wide polls and polling conducted in the nations, and projects the result in each of the 650 Westminster constituencies using an adjusted average Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:16 pm
    * If you were looking at the shutdown crisis over the Department of Homeland Security and saying to yourself, “You know what would be great? If we did this all over again in a month,” then you just may be in luck: House Republicans are considering passing a short-term bill to fund the Department of […]
  • In the states, Democrats have a long, long battle ahead

    Greg Sargent
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    If you care about the long term prospects of the Democratic Party, here’s something to start paying attention to right now: The gubernatorial races in the next few cycles. Their outcome could help determine what the next decade’s redistricting outcomes could look like — which in turn could help influence Democratic chances of winning back […]
  • How liberals can get results out of the Obama administration

    Paul Waldman
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Today the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on rules enshrining “net neutrality” into law. It’s a significant moment for the future of the Internet, but it’s also one of the few major examples in the last six years in which liberal activists forced the Obama administration’s hand in an area where it had […]
  • Morning Plum: A Court decision gutting ACA could be a lot worse than you think

    Greg Sargent
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    The potential impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies in three dozen states is often discussed in terms of the millions who could lose health coverage, potentially destabilizing insurance markets across the country. But it turns out that the impact could be considerably more dramatic than that, radiating out to produce untold economic […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    * The shutdown ball moves back to John Boehner’s court: The stalemate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was broken Wednesday as the Senate voted 98-2 to proceed to legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown. Democrats agreed to support the DHS bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.Here's the way I figure it: In Islam, you are supposed to defend the faith, and you are not supposed to make war against your fellow Muslims. Of course, like many groups of people in the world, they will come to blows from…
  • Starting From A Foundation

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.I was a genuine bookworm, back in the day. I carried around a backpack everyday filled with more than just…
  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
  • Mitt Romney 3.0?

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again. I don't see any particular reason he shouldn't. Why not? It's sort of become a tradition not to try again if you come that close and fall short. But who really cares about that? It may just be that it sucks so bad to run for president that if you don't get the win you don't have the energy to try again. I'd like to know what our friends on the right think of another potential run. I say yes, because I still feel the way I felt when…
  • Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.I have been, at different times of my life, an atheist, an agnostic, and a Roman Catholic Christian. I have been a Moderate Republican, Cheering the First Bush on, a Clinton Democrat, backing him on his compromises, and an Obama Democrat, backing him on his challenges to the old order.
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  • After Scott V. Jeb, How's Ben Doing?

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The latest Quinnipiac Poll of likely GOP Iowa Caucus-Goers has Scott Walker pulling ahead of the pack with a closely grouped bunch trying to find their groove behind the pole position. There's lots of media coverage of Jeb's somewhat disappointing numbers - his favorables are strong but so are his unfavorables - and less so of Rand Paul's relatively strong showing, especially among liberals. Not much is said about another candidate who with far less resources is just behind Paul and Huckabee and has the lowest unfavorables of any of the candidates. That would be Ben Carson who has remarkably…
  • The Question Giuliani Asked

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    The media, mostly on the left side of the spectrum - fuss over Giuliani's comments about Obama's alleged lack of love for America overlook, or sidestep a basic fact. As in the Bill Ayer's controversy over Obama's relationship on several boards in Chicago during the 90's and up until 2002 with the former terrorist, the issue is not whether Obama exchanged secret handshakes with Bill Ayers, or had the PLO flag up on his dormitory wall back when. The issue is the basic philosophical outlook that a Bill Ayers has and it's relationship to his radical and violent past; an outlook shared by a…
  • Fighting ISIS: Resolute Leadership From Other Countries

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Despite the U.S.-led coalition air raids against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the brutal group continues to thrive and is in fact spreading to other countries. Many warned President Obama when he began his campaign against ISIS in August last year that his approach was weak, half-fast, and would do little to diminish the capabilities of ISIS in the near-term. Time and time again Obama has shown that he lacks the resolve to meaningfully degrade ISIS and has beat around the bush when discussing it. On the other hand, strong leadership against ISIS has been found in the capitals of Jordan and Egypt…
  • What the Left Gets With Liz Warren

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If only Elizabeth Warren was a guy. Then it would be easy for the Democrat's election machinery to choose Hillary above all evidence of surging polls and spreading and gushingly enthusiastic grassroots support. Barak won the nomination, and yes the election, because he was, Barak. Now it's Hillary's turn to be the Democratic nomination for president because she's Hillary. But the confines of identity politics within which the Democratic have chosen to operate, as well as a sizable portion of the academic world, are now confronted within that delineated and self-righteous space with Liz's…
  • Joni Ernst and State Rights

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    While the media spat over Joni Ernst's military service in Kuwait and Iraq is front and center lately, perhaps the attacks of the so-called "truthers" have a deeper motive. It seems most, if not all, veterans consider her performance in the Middle East worthy and valuable - not losing a single member of her company while doing convoys up a dangerous road is no small matter. But aside from the need for revenge perhaps over Kerry truthers, there is another issue that Ernst takes a stand on that seems to anger progressives: state rights. The Tenth Amendment and it's succinct wording give…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Net Neutrality, Yaahhhoooo

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Passage of Net Neutrality into law is about the greatest thing since canned beer, IMO. Being a good 'centrist' I see this law as the best way to police/regulate the Internet providers.I recall the bad ole days when Internet speed was something like 2400bps. There were few pictures or advertisements as I can recall. As speed increased so did price and so did advertising. Today, I surmise that a good 1/3 of Internet bandwidth is used for advertising. You are paying for the service and suffering the unwanted ads. Way worse for television xmsn via cable and satellite. I can order a movie directed…
  • Oscar Speech Propaganda

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    You can't knock JK Simmons for reminding us to call our moms and dads, if we're so fortunate to do so. However, there were other Oscar speeches that were filled with pleas for wage equality, suicide prevention, and Alzheimer's awareness, which all have their own importance. However, it's hard to process John Legend's comments about slavery and black incarceration, while millions of people watched and most people would just believe every word he said. Social media puts celebrities in a position for herds of people to hear what they have to say no matter how ignorant the comments, and usually…
  • When Jeb's Bandwagon Catches Fire

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Jeb Bush wants to be president, and the details of what type of president he will be can be worked out later. At least that seems to be the attitude of a significant part of the GOP. Just look at the polls and decide who would do best against Hillary is the approach. The numbers and how to improve them seem to dominate, at least for those donors and former Bush padre and Dubya advisors who are lining up to help fund or to be part of Jeb's team. What that says about any policy platform that his team is cobbling together from ideas long past due is not encouraging. Catchphrases like Liberty and…
  • The President Hits a Homer

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Watched the President's presentation on how we should deal with the Muslim extremist problem. I believe this is the best presentation he has given. He nailed it good as to how citizens of the world should react to terrorism. He covered the good, bad and ugly as it relates to the world community, noting that in order to win the day there must be a broad range of policies/actions covering political, law enforcement, human resources, economic opportunity/assistance, and so on - - -I believe his words, going strongly toward inclusion of the world's citizens, will find praise in the US and the US…
  • Fakeahontas and the Real Hiawatha

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    While a slight fuss has been raised, and understandably so, over the location of the Run Warren Run office in the Cedar Rapid's suburb of Hiawatha, it may have unintended ironies for those who make fun of its location. The fact that Warren desperately invoked a dubious Native American Heritage to help her gain Ivy League employment is now part of her record, as it should be for anyone who may soon be seeking the Presidency. The fact that Hiawatha was mistakenly used by Longfellow, however, to refer to an Ojibwa trickster rather than the historical, if mythical, unifying figure that helped…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
  • Meet Colleen: Engage’s Operations Intern

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a Georgetown student, I think it’s sometimes difficult to venture out of what we affectionately call “the Georgetown bubble.” Stepping off the King Street metro for the first time to come to my new internship, I knew I had finally done it. Engage is located in Old Town Alexandria, and this area is indisputably beautiful. One of the best parts of coming to Old Town for work is the walk home. At night, as the sun begins to set, trollies pass by and the trees that line the brick sidewalks glow with festive lights. This nighttime walk has become a perfect opportunity for me to reflect…
  • Meet Francisca, Engage’s Spring 2015 Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    On my way to Engage on the first day of my internship, I could feel a mixture of excitement and stress. My thoughts jumped from making sure I had brought everything I needed, to a backup plan (a large coffee and asking for directions) if I did not quickly find my destination. However, as soon as I met the team at Engage, my stress was overtaken by excitement of joining the team! As a Government major at Georgetown University, I am captivated by the growing number of factors and events that affect governing. From a neighborhood block watch to a city government to a country’s legislature,…
  • Meet Alex, Engage’s Newest Digital Strategy Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Hey guys! I’m Alex, Engage’s newest Digital Strategy intern. I hail from Los Angeles California, but have lived here in DC for the last few years while attending Georgetown University. Georgetown is where I met Maggie, the Operations Manager here at Engage. Maggie worked at this cool grocery store on campus where my freshman dorm friends and I would all go to get milkshakes late at night when we didn’t feel like doing homework. Fast-forward to three years later, and here we are again, hanging out at Engage. No milkshakes here, but I’ll make sure that changes soon.
  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton's likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.
  • Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    As conservative operatives and activists gather this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a handful of notable GOP senators are absent from the speaking lineup.
  • Congressional Republicans All Over CPAC Lineup

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., has only been in Congress for six weeks, but he is already preparing a talk at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.
  • House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    A few House Democrats have found more favorable odds in California's Senate race after former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa eschewed a bid for the open seat.
  • Remembrance of Shutdowns Past

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Republicans scored big gains in the 2010 and 2014 elections because both of those midterms were about President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Democrats had successful elections in 2006, 2008 and 2012 primarily because they made those elections about the GOP and George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp

    Jordan Golson
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    For public safety agencies, sniffing out explosives and other contraband is a tricky task. Handheld explosive detectors can be as small as a purse, but still must be manually operated. Permanently mounted sensors need to be even bigger. Dogs are useful in some scenarios, but they're expensive to deploy en masse and must always have a handler. The post This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp appeared first on WIRED.
  • Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far

    Mary Grady
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Restoring a WW2-era B-29 bomber to flying condition is no easy task. The post Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

    Kevin Poulsen
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quad copter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination. The post Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier

    Katherine Kornei
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aircraft carriers are complicated. They’re floating cities and mobile airbases, housing thousands of sailors and airmen, tens of aircraft, multiple nuclear reactors, and their own hospitals, barbershops, chapels, and zip codes. Carriers support defense and humanitarian efforts worldwide and can travel upwards of 100,000 nautical miles each year. Each United States aircraft carrier—there are 10 […] The post The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier appeared first on WIRED.
  • Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead

    Alex Davies
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Not every idea inspired by war is a winner, and the list of failures must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Giving of Oneself

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Matthew Parker and Lindsey Painter All too often these days we read stories of teachers violating their oaths by engaging in improper relationships with students. Equally often, we read about corruption, greed, and plain stupidity in education, usually on the part of the adults that are supposed to be in charge.  Thankfully, such reports are relatively rare.  They are newsworthy primarily for that reason.  In the education system in which I gladly labor, great and willing self-sacrifice for the good of kids is the rule, not the exception. For a change, here’s a story that just may…
  • No, It’s Not My Fault

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    credit: news.nationalpost.com Much, of late, has been written about the plight of the black family, “the black family” commonly being a generalized and compressed version of familial dysfunction centered in dysfunctional urban areas ruled for generations by equally dysfunctional Democrat political machines, at least some of which politicians are themselves black. Such analyses usually ignore the fact that more blacks than ever before live solidly middle class lives and are well integrated into society, living as fully accepted, productive Americans who just happen to be black. There is,…
  • The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 43: A Kink In The Narrative

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    L To R: Social Justice Martin, the real Martin, the result of social justice Even for an administration that is a law unto itself, there are apparently some things that go too far. Via Fox News:  The Justice Department announced Tuesday it will not file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. ‘Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young…
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside–Yee Hah!

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    I’ve been looking for an opportunity to use the Goracle photo for some time, and my favorite Bookworm has provided it. SMM readers, I’m sure, are aware of “The Gore Effect:” commonly, wherever Al Gore turns up to lecture on global warming, a blizzard ensues. I’ve always considered this evidence that the universe does indeed have a sense of humor. Consider this from the Goracle:  In his Dec. 10, 2007 Nobel Prize speech, Gore said ‘Last September 21, as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is…
  • Bob McDonald: Obamite Arrogance, Example # 2,384,198

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    credit: abcnews.com In the exalted age of Obama, I’ve become, sadly, accustomed to corrupt, stupid and indefensibly arrogant federal bureaucrats insulting members of Congress charged with oversight of their agencies. It goes without saying their insults of the public, for whom they generally reserve their greatest contempt, are equally infuriating.I do not, for the most part, have sympathy for congress critters, finding most of them nearly as useless, destructive and vile as any Obamite, but ultimately, they do represent us and America, as poorly as we may often choose them, and the mere…
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  • Overnight Open Thread (2-26-2015)

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Quote of the Day Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute tells a story about Julian Simon, the late and great economist. He was at some environmental forum, and he said, "How many people here believe that the earth is increasingly...
  • Andrew Stiles: Fall of Elderly Woman Bad News for Hillary Clinton

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    I'm not sure at which Eldercare Group Home this happened, but somewhere a lonely old woman was performing some kind of Satanic-themed cabaret and she took a nasty tumble. Andrew Stiles thinks this is a bad sign for Hillary Clinton,...
  • Random Folks Destroy Some Random Things and Knife a Random Person to Death

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Random property damage. They destroyed a library containing 112,000 rare volumes, then went on to a museum to destroy antiquities. Random murder and maiming: A Bangladeshi-American writer who endured threats from Islamists over his secular views was hacked to death...
  • So This Will Be The Next Five Days' Hysteria

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Scott Walker gave a bad answer. Asked about ISIS, Walker responded, "If i can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe." It's a dumb answer for the reasons Geraghty elucidates, though I don't know if...
  • In Left's Always Mutating Mutant Hierarchy, Muslims Are The New Gays

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Jamie Kirchick writes on a bunch of topics related to identity politics in this long piece; worth reading. He examines the Rock-Paper-Scissors hierarchy of victims; Muslims are now at the top of the Victim Period, and at the very bottom,...
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Eliot Abrams explains how the Obama administration has fostered bad relations with Netanyahu and Israel.First comes the personal relationship and the desire to see Netanyahu lose the election. Recall that Obama became president before Netanyahu became prime minister, and it is obvious that the dislike was both personal and political before Netanyahu had done anything. Obama does not like people on the right, period—Americans, Israelis, Australians, you name it. Obama also decided immediately on taking office to pick a fight with Israel and make construction in settlements and in Jerusalem…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    As Obama has vetoed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, let us remember, as Holman Jenkins writes, that oil isn't traveling through our country. It's just doing so by a much more risky method than a pipeline.It’s better to be lucky than good. President Obama, who arrived promising to heal the planet and halt the rising seas, instead presided over a fossil-fuel renaissance in America. If you were unemployed and found a decent job in Obama’s economy, there’s a good chance it was a fracking job. If things are finally looking up for the middle class, cheap gas is a major…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:58 am
    The Obama administration is conceding itself to an almost complete surrender to Iran in nuclear negotiations.The latest round of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and its Western partners and Iran ended today in Geneva without agreement. But it’s clear that the Obama administration is hoping that its latest concessions will entice Iran to finally sign a document in the coming weeks that could somehow be interpreted as a foreign-policy victory for a president badly in need of one. To support this notion of an impending deal, a “senior administration official” briefed the press on the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:57 am
    So are you waiting on the edge of your seats for Hillary 5.0? She has hired marketing image-makers who have quite happily blabbed to the Washington Post about their efforts to rebrand her in preparation for her presidential run.Clinton and her image-makers are sketching ways to refresh the well-established brand for tomorrow’s marketplace. In their mission to present voters with a winning picture of the likely candidate, no detail is too big or too small — from her economic opportunity agenda to the design of the “H” in her future campaign logo.“It’s exactly the same as selling an…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    John Kerry pronounces what he believes is the best way to fight terrorism. It's the Marie Harf approach.The most basic issue is good governance. It may not sound exciting, but it is vital. People who feel that their government will provide for their needs, not just its own, and give them a chance at a better life are far less likely to strap on an AK-47 or a suicide vest, or to aid those who do. I'm sure that will do well in stopping ISIS. This administration continually shows a lack of understanding of what Isis really wants. If only they would read Graeme Wood's illuminating essay in The…
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    Wizbang

  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will for all outstanding contests will be announced Monday morning, I promise…
  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee Scolds Conservatives at CPAC 2015: Beware of ‘Unserious’ Candidates

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Mike Lee is one of the few consistent conservatives in Congress, but he made a somewhat interesting choice for his subject at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He scolded the audience against “unserious” Republican candidates. To tepid applause, Lee warned his audience against the platitudes and talking points of candidates who are just throwing out red meat and urged them to reconsider the candidates in the light of serious policy ideas. Why is this odd? Well, for one thing that is what many of the participants come for. They want the red meat, the platitudes…
  • FBI: Investigating Islamists in ALL 50 States

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    In his continuing effort to whitewash Radical Islamic terror, President Obama has been heard all over the country scolding the media for “hyping” the dangers of radical Islam. But now even his own FBI is warning that they are investigating radical Islamists in all fifty states. During a recent interview with the liberal Vox.com the president said that the media “absolutely overstates the risks of terrorism,” essentially blaming the media for hyping the threat of terror for a brand of “it bleeds it leads” sensationalism. But even as Obama has been running…
  • Oops! Pope Francis needs PR help.

    David Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    According to the book of Exodus, Moses needed his brother Aaron to do all of his speaking for him. Apparently, Pope Francis is needing his own Aaron, because the Pontiff is once again in trouble for something he said. Here is an excerpt from an AP story titled “Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope’s drug comment“: The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis’ casual speaking style…
  • CPAC: Good, Bad or Irrelevant?

    David Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    CPAC: Good, bad or irrelevant? Your thoughts?
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Forcing Change in Big Media's Pro-war Bias @spockosbrain

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Forcing Change in Big Media's Pro-war Biasby SpockoYesterday I posted some positive steps to get anti-war and anti-torture voices into the media.Today I want to suggest some other steps and some leverage methods to force the issue.I'm going to be discussing them and the research that led to them tonight on Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd. at 6 pm PDTToday Digby wrote about Chris Hayes and Laura Ingram pointing out how the networks push war. Now, what to do to change it?Following Lee Fang's Nation article on retired generals pushing bombing without being identified. I dug into the process…
  • Rahmbo on the run

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Rahmbo on the runby digbyMust read 'o the day by Rick Perlstein:On Tuesday, Chicagoans voted themselves a reprieve. With 45.4 percent of the vote, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ended the first round of his first reelection bid almost five points below what he needed to avoid a runoff election in April—and three points below his performance in the last major pre-election poll. “Mayor 1%” will face second-place finisher Jesus “Chuy” García, the soft-spoken, compassionate Cook County board member who proclaimed himself with a Chicagoan lilt the “neighborhood guy”—who over-performed the…
  • Natch

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Natchby digbyFor real ....
  • Shades of gray over 50

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Shades of gray over 50by digbyDara Lind at Vox published this helpful chart to see the progress of President Obama's graying hair:As you can see, it's not a serious story.  In fact, it's quite funny.But it does raise a point that I've been wanting to make for years. At about the time any president becomes a lame duck everyone starts to remark how much the office has aged them.  Their hair has gone gray and they look much more haggard than they did when they came into office. Now I'm sure the office does take its toll. A normal person can't even imagine the stress, even for the ones…
  • Chris Hayes FTW #refusingtobuythehype #realjournalism

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Chris Hayes FTWby digbyI wrote a piece for Salon today about the war porn the cable TV news networks are broadcasting into America's living rooms. I recount the days after 9/11 when the media went wild and ushered in the Iraq war without any skepticism or dissent. I recount the particular case of MSNBC which famously fired anti-war Phil Donohue with Chris Matthews quoted in the press saying that Donohue would "bring down the network." And I may have mentioned the political response, like Huckleberry's calm and thoughtful analysis :"This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all…
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    Eschaton

  • Morning Thread

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    Everybody always talks about the weather, but nobody is willing to do anything about it.For instance, Senator Inhofe threw a a snowball on the Senate floor to prove that there is no global warming. He chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee.It really is too early to start drinking.
  • Late NIght Thread

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:37 pm
  • Evening Thread

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Out for the night. On your own!
  • Afternoon Thread

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Rock on.
  • The Purpose Of Drive-Thrus

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    I never knew.
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: Am I Evil?

    CTuttle
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Metallica – Am I Evil? Metallica has a busy schedule ahead of them… Metallica have announced that they have been selected to headline this year’s Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this September. The band had previously announced that they would be a headliner for the inaugural U.S. based version of the festival which will be taking place in Las Vegas on May 8-9 and May 15-16. They will be headlining the World Stage at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds on May 9th. The band had the following to say about headlining the Brazil…
  • Mining & Fracking World Whirl

    KateCA
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Rachel Maddow on two major oil fires on either side of the country. *Big News: President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill. *Worldwide. Sand is disappearing around the world, through legal and illegal means. It’s becoming yet more natural resources we are consuming far too fast. Preview from PBS’ up-coming full-length feature on Sand Wars. *Worldwide. Ocean acidification (OA) satellite mapping reveals the Arctic and Antarctic “are particularly sensitive to OA”, the Greater Caribbean Reef is under attack by human impact, and the “Amazon plume” “is the largest…
  • CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

    Norman Solomon
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences — casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program. With negotiations between Iran and the United States at a pivotal stage, fallout from the trial’s revelations about the CIA’s Operation Merlin is likely to cause the International Atomic Energy Agency to re-examine U.S. assertions that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. In its zeal to…
  • After Hearing, Capitol Police Arrest Lawyer for Shouting Question at Clapper About NSA Surveillance

    Kevin Gosztola
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Shahid Buttar, a constitutional lawyer and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), was arrested by Capitol police at the end of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified. In video posted by the peace group, CODEPINK, Buttar shouts a question about NSA surveillance at Clapper as he is leaving. An officer is already nearby, which suggests he had already tried to get Clapper’s attention prior to the first question heard in the video. “In March 2013, you misled the Senate Intelligence…
  • Chicago News Radio Show Mocks, Laughs & Downplays Guardian Story About Chicago Police ‘Black Site’

    Kevin Gosztola
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Screen shot of Roe Conn’s Twitter profile photo Radio hosts for WGN, a major AM radio station, have mocked, laughed and downplayed a story from The Guardian suggesting the Chicago Police Department operates a “black site” or secret interrogation site at Homan Square, where people arrested have been disappeared, abused and denied due process. Hosts Roe Conn and Sylvia Perez of “The Roe Conn Show” reacted to the Guardian story by Spencer Ackerman during their afternoon show after it broke on February 26. Conn essentially sought to kill the messenger in order to…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Jihadi John's Travel to Syria

    Jeralyn
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I see many news reports saying Mohammed Emwazi, aka "Jihadi John" went to Syria in 2012. CAGE says it was 2013. In early 2013, Mohammed's father suggested that he should think about changing his name by deed poll, so that perhaps the name... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "Jihadi John" Identified

    Jeralyn
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    The black-clad executioner in ISIS beheading videos has been identified by the media as Mohammed Emwazi. He grew up in London, graduated college, and according to CAGE, which corresponded with him, was harassed by British intelligence and prevented... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Twitter vs. ISIS

    Jeralyn
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    I really wish Twitter would stop deleting ISIS accounts. In the last three hours, 20 accounts I've been following are gone. This has been going on for weeks. I don't like one-sided news. ISIS accounts are a source of information. Following... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Indonesia: The Coffins Have Arrived, Widodo Holds Firm

    Jeralyn
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Today it was announced ten coffins have arrived on Nusakambangan island, Indonesia's island of death. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has refused to budge on the imminent executions of drug offenders, which by all accounts will proceed as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:22 pm
    The Voice is on fire this season. Incredible performers, and I'm glad to see Christina Aguilera back -- it's not really The Voice without her. This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • Members of Congress answer the only important question: “What colors are the dress?”

    Hunter Schwarz
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    The Internet is a weird place. On Thursday night, a BuzzFeed post of a photo of a dress from Tumblr -- following so far? --  went viral because people can't seem to agree if it's white and gold or blue and black.  (The post had more than 11.8 million views as of this posting.) Thankfully, […]
  • Memo to Scott Walker: Islamic State ≠ Wisconsin protesters

    Chris Cillizza
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said something he shouldn't have on Thursday night during his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference.  Talking about the threat posed to the United States -- and the broader global community -- by the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State, Walker volunteered: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters. […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    1. Marco Rubio on the rise, McClatchy. 2. Urban sprawl is still a thing, National Journal. 3. How everyone got it wrong on net neutrality, the New Yorker. 4. Following Kansas' lead on income tax cuts, Governing. 5. "How to Get Away with Murder" is TV's most progressive show, the Daily Beast. 6. House of […]
  • Jim Inhofe’s snowball has disproven climate change once and for all

    Philip Bump
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has, once and for all, disproven climate change. While "eggheads" at "science laboratories" were busy worrying about how the increase in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere was leading to a long-term upward shift in temperatures and increased atmospheric moisture, Inhofe happened to notice that it was cold outside. Weirdly cold outside. […]
  • Chris Christie wants you to know he REALLY doesn’t like the New York Times

    Chris Cillizza
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    If there's only one thing Chris Christie wants to make sure you know after his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, it's this: He really, really doesn't like the New York Times. At one point, he told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who was interviewing him at the conservative conclave, that he […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Cami Anderson gets another year - and $255k - to be incompetent in Newark

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Less than 150 hours after leaders of the Newark Student Union ended a 4-day sit-in, representing a city revulsed at Superintendent Anderson's school management, the State of New Jersey's contempt for Newark kids and the peole who care about them is complete: Cami Anderson's contract was renewed today, with a raise to $255,06. The students pushed past of efforts to starve them out, intimidate their folks. They simply, repeatedly asked for a meeting with their chief . Anderson avoided her workplace for days, hiding out (and photographed) at Tiff's, a pub in Union (6.76 miles away - I…
  • Net Neutrality WIN / Municipal Broadband WIN

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Two good things out of Washington today - better than this embarrassment also that also happened there today. Net Neutrality:The FCC passed net neutrality rules based on the strongest legal authority-Title II of the Telecommunications Act-to keep access from being controlled by corporations acting in their own interest, and not in the public's interest. Vote was 3-2, Democrats for, Republicans against. Before the meeting, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler reached out his arms to clasp the hands of fellow Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel (it's a great photo). The new policy, he said, will…
  • QotD - The Heck with Women's Health Edition

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    "I vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget" - Chris Christie at the Conservative Political Action Conference
  • Booker joins Menendez, disses Obama

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Here's how Netanyahu's strategies are playing at Haaretz, Israel's oldest daily paper. It isn't pretty. On the other issue - Booker is the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus in the U.S. Senate, many CBC members will boycott the speech, charging disrespect on the President. President Obama, when he was in Congress, was a CBC member. I'd be interested if our readers have strong opinions on this. - promoted by Rosi Joining New Jersey's other "Democratic" senator, Neocon Bob Menendez, Cory Booker has announced that he will attend Benjamin Netanyahu's effort to undermine President Obama…
  • An Air-brushed State of the City Address in Camden

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Cross-posted from the Local Knowledge Blog. "Air-brushing" Camden - DAMN - that's the perfect phrase. Thanks, Stephen, for this post about what the Christie administration and official and corporate Camden refuse to give a damn about. THIS POST is what they should be reading. - Rosi No matter how skeptical I am walking into the building, the shark room in the Camden Aquarium always takes my breath away. It's majestic. It gives any event a little gravity. Not that the Cooper's Ferry Annual Meeting, featuring the mayor's State of the City Address, needed more pomp and circumstance. It had every…
 
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    Truthout Stories

  • Obamacare Is Not Some Left-Wing, Socialist Plot; It Is a Republican Plot

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Most of the tenets of Obamacare were introduced way back in 1971 by Richard Nixon, a Republican president. (Photo: Tim Pierce)Obamacare is not some communist, left-wing, socialist plot. It's a Republican plot. Back in 1971, then President Richard Nixon was extremely concerned that he would have to face then Sen. Ted Kennedy in the 1972 presidential election. At that time, Senator Kennedy was pushing a proposal for a national single-payer health care plan that would extend coverage to all Americans. Nixon knew that Kennedy's proposal would be popular with the American people, and could…
  • Net Neutrality Is Back! But the Fight Isn't Over Yet

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Depending on whom you talk to, today's vote is either a victory for consumers, civil rights activists and a ragtag coalition of grassroots advocates that formed an alliance with Silicon Valley to take on the behemoth telecoms, or a government power grab that will turn the internet into a lumbering public utility and squash technological innovation and investment. (Photo: Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com) Federal regulators approved tough net neutrality rules today. Still, the fight for internet freedom continues, and advocates say public participation will be as important as ever.Depending…
  • How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of an International Power Struggle

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises. Amid the many fossil-fueled conflicts in the region, one of them, packed with threats, large and small, has been largely overlooked, and Israel is at its epicenter. Its origins can be traced back to the early 1990s when Israeli and Palestinian…
  • Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding From ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    A new investigation exposes how one of the top scientists involved in denying climate change has failed to disclose his extensive funding from the fossil fuel industry. Dr. Wei-Hock Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has downplayed global warming and rejected human activity as its cause, arguing the sun is more responsible than greenhouse gases from pollution. Climate denialists - including Republican Senator James Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee - frequently cite Soon’s work to reject concrete action. But documents obtained by the…
  • Who Is Bankrolling the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State have reportedly abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive. Meanwhile, the Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John," who has been featured in several beheading videos, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born former resident of London. In other news, two U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have reportedly killed over three dozen people in Iraq, including at least 20 civilians. Also this week, UNESCO is has condemned the Islamic State for destroying the Mosul…
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  • Gallup misreads its state ACA data: state-run marketplaces no better at reaching uninsured

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    Gallup does a great service in tracking the decline in the uninsured rate state-by-state since ACA implementation. But they draw a misleading conclusion from their latest data set:Collectively, the uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own state exchanges or partnerships in the health insurance marketplace declined significantly more last year than the rate in states that did not take these steps. The uninsured rate declined 4.8 points in the 21 states that implemented both of these measures, compared with a 2.7-point drop across the 29 states that have…
  • Michael Leavitt envisions a post-King negotiation to amend the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    If the Supreme Court upholds the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell and thus cripples the ACA exchanges in three quarters of the states, what then? Neither side is talking about how they might compromise to avoid de-insuring 7 million Americans and crippling the insurance market. But Michael Leavitt -- former HHS Secretary under George W. Bush, former 3-term governor of Utah, current CEO of an eponymous healthcare consultancy -- goes there, in an interview with me, now up on healthinsurance.org. Here's the core of what he envisions:[A] possibility would be to take the current subsidy…
  • Conservative reform of the ACA: cutting strings at different ends

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    When those few conservatives who would genuinely like to see affordable health insurance available to all Americans -- and the many Republican office holders who pretend to -- float alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, they talk about making insurance more affordable, about offering more choice and flexibility to insurers and hence to customers.Giving insurers more flexibility generally means three things. First, reducing or eliminating the ACA's federally mandated Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) -- which include mental health, drug treatment, childbirth and children's dental coverages…
  • Obama's seductive love for America

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    The irony in this "Obama doesn't love America" crap is that Obama got himself elected by holding up  to Americans a flattering mirror that was suited to the moment.The national narrative that Obama put forward in 2007/8 had two salient points (okay, may it had three or four or five, but two come to mind here). It was, first, a bid to move the political center to the left -- to cast American history as a progression in which Americans at various crux points demanded and obtained new common investments in shared shared prosperity and new extensions of equal opportunity to an ever-widening…
  • The disappearing shoparound on Healthcare.gov

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    While enrollment figures in the ACA's first open season ultimately exceeded expectations, a disturbing number of those who remained uninsured remained ignorant of federal aid that would make insurance affordable for most of them. A McKinsey & Co survey conducted in April 2014 found that two thirds of subsidy-eligible respondents who'd tried to use Healthcare.gov and cited unaffordability as the reason they remained uninsured were unaware that they were eligible for subsidies. In a more recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, almost half of still-uninsured respondents who said they were…
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • U.S., Cuba to meet for second round of normalization talks

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:04 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuban and U.S. officials meet in Washington on Friday for a second round of talks aimed at restoring diplomatic relations, amid friction over Cuba's place on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:10 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.
  • Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:57 pm
    FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured.
  • Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:06 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown.
  • On visit to U.S., Britain's Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:45 pm
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

    Soulskill
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Republican resistance has ended for the FCC's plans to regulate the internet as a public utility. FCC commissioners are working out the final details, and they're expected to approve the plan themselves on Thursday. "The F.C.C. plan would let the agency regulate Internet access as if it is a public good.... In addition, it would ban the intentional slowing of the Internet for companies that refuse to pay broadband providers. The plan would also give the F.C.C. the power to step in if unforeseen impediments are thrown up by the handful of giant companies that run…
  • Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

    Soulskill
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: As expected, President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have given the green light for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "By saying no to the legislation, Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline. The White House has said the president would decide whether to allow the pipeline when all of the environmental and regulatory reviews are complete. ... Since 2011, the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would deliver up to 800,000 barrels daily of heavy petroleum from the oil sands of Alberta to ports and…
  • H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

    timothy
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Ever wanted to know how much H-1B holders make per year? Developer Swizec Teller, who is about to apply for an H-1B visa, took data from the U.S. Department of Labor and visualized it in a series of graphs that break down H-1B salaries on a state-by-state basis. Teller found that the average engineer with an H-1B makes $87,000 a year, a good deal higher than developers ($74,000) and programmers ($61,000) with the same visa. ("Don't call yourself a programmer," he half-joked on Twitter.) Architects, consultants, managers, administrators, and leads with H-1Bs…
  • How One Climate-Change Skeptic Has Profited From Corporate Interests

    timothy
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Lasrick writes Elected officials who want to block the EPA and legislation on climate change frequently refer to a handful of scientists who dispute anthropogenic climate change. One of scientists they quote most often is Wei-Hock Soon, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun's energy can largely explain recent global warming. Newly released documents show the extent to which Dr. Soon has made a fortune from corporate interests. 'He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while…
  • L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

    timothy
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    In an announcement yesterday reported on by Ars Technica, [Los Angeles school superintendent] Ramon C. Cortines said that the city can't afford to buy a computer for every student. The statement comes after intense controversy over a $1.3 billion initiative launched by Cortines' predecessor, former superintendent John Deasy, in which every student was supposed to be given an iPad loaded with content from educational publisher Pearson. (That controversy is worth reading about, and sparked an FBI investigation as well.)Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:22 pm
    The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]
  • Vicars and tarts, fear and clothing: Thomas Tait, Mary Katrantzou, Marques’Almeida and Giles

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, philosophers frequently question if it makes a sound. I pose you this: if we watch a fashion show, but it’s in the dark, did we really see it at all? Would be nice if such a question remained philosophical - but Thomas Tait decided to materialise it as an illogical staging concept for his autumn/winter 2015 show on Monday afternoon.
  • Tom Ford’s Hollywood fashion epic – live! Sort of.

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    To avoid the publicity disaster of clashing with the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Monday - at least, when it comes to the all-important column inch - the savvy designer Tom Ford (who, please remember, was once up for an Oscar himself) shifted his show to Los Angeles. He’d already decided to do it last October; he told me he was going to pack his front row with celebrities and have a red carpet laid out front. Tom Ford is a man of his word, and of bloody-minded conviction. At about three this morning, GMT, he did just that.
  • Marc Jacobs gives us Vreeland, with pizzaz

    20 Feb 2015 | 6:39 pm
    I couldn't watch the autumn/winter 2015 Marc Jacobs show - theoretically, I was on an early flight back to London to attend the memorial of Professor Louise Wilson. In actual fact, I wound up sat in the airport watching it unfold on a computer screen, departure delayed. It was a great show. The kind you regret not seeing.
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian: Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Leeks & Fresh Thyme

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    If you fancy a treat every now and then, then this is a recipe not to miss off the list. What’s great about this dish is that it’s super rich in flavour so I’d be surprised if you got through more than one slice (practically a diet dish!) Serve with roasted tomatoes and charred lettuce and you’ve got a full meal. For those avoiding carbs, try swapping the bread for a generous slice of beef tomato.
 
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  • Brickbat: Co-Parenting

    Charles Oliver
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Jason Hughes battered Natalie Allman with a dumbbell, slashed her throat with a knife, and tried to smother her with a pillow, all in front of their two sons. Hughes is now in prison for the attack, and a British judge says he'll send Allman to prison, too, if she doesn't keep Hughes updated on their children. She must send letters and photos of the boys to Hughes three times a year.
  • Co-Parenting

    Charles Oliver
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Jason Hughes battered Natalie Allman with a dumbbell, slashed her throat with a knife, and tried to smother her with a pillow, all in front of their two sons. Hughes is now in prison for the attack, and a British judge says he'll send Allman to prison, too, if she doesn't keep Hughes updated on their children. She must send letters and photos of the boys to Hughes three times a year.
  • California Unions' Double Standard on Flex Time

    Steven Greenhut
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    California legislators routinely tout our state's economic prospects by noting its success in spawning innovative technology and "green" industries. That may be true, but these and other companies must struggle under a labor code designed more for fast-food workers and last century's assembly lines. At issue are California's rigid overtime rules, which require companies to pay hourly employees time-and-one-half not only for time worked in excess of 40 hours a week — but for time worked beyond eight hours each day. As the state's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement declares, "Eight…
  • Forget Scott Walker’s ISIS/Unions Comments: Today’s Republican Foreign Policy Scandal Is That GOP Elites Still Agitate for Pre-Emptive War

    Matt Welch
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    You would think, given the media coverage, that the most important foreign policy discussion today at the Conservative Political Action Committee came when current GOP darling Scott Walker, governor of a state with a considerably smaller population than New York City, uttered these comments about how he would approach Islamic terrorists: "I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil," Walker said. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world." Walker's…
  • The FBI and Domestic ISIS Arrest: Keeping Fear Alive as a Government Mission

    Brian Doherty
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept has some perspective worth keeping in mind regarding this week's spincter-tightening announcement of Domestic ISIS! Right here in New York City! As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” One of the frightening terrorist villains told the FBI informant that, beyond having no money, he had encountered a significant problem in following through on the FBI’s plot: his mom had taken away his passport. Noting the…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
  • WHO’S PLAN?

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
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  • The Libertarian Delusion

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and demand yields a price that signals producers what to make and investors where to put their capital. The more that government interferes with this sublime discipline, the more bureaucrats deflect the market from…
  • Anti-Choice Activists Dishonor Black History, Co-Opting Language of #BlackLivesMatter

    Monica Raye Simpson
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch) Alveda King (center), niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., joined about 75 others in an anti-abortion prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood office in Glenwood, Oregon, Monday, February 4, 2013. King has traded on the name of her famous uncle to become a leader in the right-wing anti-abortion movement. For decades, a great debate has raged in this country between those who believe in the human right to a safe and legal abortion and those who call themselves “pro-life” and consider abortion to be morally wrong. The anti-choice…
  • Workers Centers: Organizing the 'Unorganizable'

    Justin Miller
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    (Photo: CTUL) On November 28, 2014, workers for a company contracted to clean retail stores staged a Black Friday strike in front of a Target store in Minneapolis, just blocks from the big-box chain's headquarters. The action was organized by the CTUL workers center.  Most days Maricela Flores starts work at three in the morning—3:30 a.m. on a late day. Flores and her co-worker are tasked with cleaning an entire sprawling 125,000-square-foot Target store in six hours—every day. They sweep, buff, wipe, and scrub the store, erasing the evidence of the day of the previous day’s shoppers,…
  • 'Selma' and 'The Birth of a Nation': A Tale of Two Films, 100 Years Apart

    Charlotte M. Canning
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s infamous and influential film The Birth of a Nation. This anniversary is more significant than simply marking how far we have come since a time when joining the Ku Klux Klan could be depicted in the mainstream media as the way to heal our national wounds.  The Birth of a Nation centennial, as coincidentally observed by the nationwide release of Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, commemorates our enduring national desire to see our history performed and embodied.  Since its premiere, The Birth of a Nation has been heralded as a…
  • He Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

    Gershom Gorenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) The Israeli prime minister speaks to his Likud party members during a campaign event near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, February 9, 2015. The French author Georges Perec earned peculiar literary distinction by writing a 300-page novel called La Disparition (A Void) without once using the letter "e." His countryman, Michel Dansel, published Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train from Nowhere), a novel in which he managed to avoid the use of a single verb. I envy these writers, whose lives were apparently so graced with calm that the only thing they want to exclude from their…
 
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  • The Libertarian Delusion

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and demand yields a price that signals producers what to make and investors where to put their capital. The more that government interferes with this sublime discipline, the more bureaucrats deflect the market from…
  • Anti-Choice Activists Dishonor Black History, Co-Opting Language of #BlackLivesMatter

    Monica Raye Simpson
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch) Alveda King (center), niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., joined about 75 others in an anti-abortion prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood office in Glenwood, Oregon, Monday, February 4, 2013. King has traded on the name of her famous uncle to become a leader in the right-wing anti-abortion movement. For decades, a great debate has raged in this country between those who believe in the human right to a safe and legal abortion and those who call themselves “pro-life” and consider abortion to be morally wrong. The anti-choice…
  • Workers Centers: Organizing the 'Unorganizable'

    Justin Miller
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    (Photo: CTUL) On November 28, 2014, workers for a company contracted to clean retail stores staged a Black Friday strike in front of a Target store in Minneapolis, just blocks from the big-box chain's headquarters. The action was organized by the CTUL workers center.  Most days Maricela Flores starts work at three in the morning—3:30 a.m. on a late day. Flores and her co-worker are tasked with cleaning an entire sprawling 125,000-square-foot Target store in six hours—every day. They sweep, buff, wipe, and scrub the store, erasing the evidence of the day of the previous day’s shoppers,…
  • 'Selma' and 'The Birth of a Nation': A Tale of Two Films, 100 Years Apart

    Charlotte M. Canning
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s infamous and influential film The Birth of a Nation. This anniversary is more significant than simply marking how far we have come since a time when joining the Ku Klux Klan could be depicted in the mainstream media as the way to heal our national wounds.  The Birth of a Nation centennial, as coincidentally observed by the nationwide release of Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, commemorates our enduring national desire to see our history performed and embodied.  Since its premiere, The Birth of a Nation has been heralded as a…
  • He Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

    Gershom Gorenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) The Israeli prime minister speaks to his Likud party members during a campaign event near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, February 9, 2015. The French author Georges Perec earned peculiar literary distinction by writing a 300-page novel called La Disparition (A Void) without once using the letter "e." His countryman, Michel Dansel, published Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train from Nowhere), a novel in which he managed to avoid the use of a single verb. I envy these writers, whose lives were apparently so graced with calm that the only thing they want to exclude from their…
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  • Warren Buffett has some pretty questionable eating habits

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Cherry Coke: Warren Buffett's kryptonite. (Nati Harnik/AP Photo) Warren Buffet drinks his first Coke of the day for breakfast. The second comes sometime not too long after. And the third he downs before heading out from work. But that's not all: He actually has another two once he's home. And he does it every day. "I’m one quarter Coca-Cola," Warren Buffett told Fortune magazine this week. "If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola. I drink at least five 12-ounce servings. I do it everyday." That's nearly 200 grams of sugar in soda alone, or roughly 8 times what the…
  • Can bankruptcy save Puerto Rico’s state-run corporations?

    Michael A. Fletcher
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Policymakers in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, have struggled to deal with the country's massive debt. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo) Puerto Rico is buried under at least $73 billion in debt that has left its economy in a near perpetual recession and caused a significant number of its residents to relocate to the mainland. Worse, the island’s status as a U.S. territory leaves it legally unable to reorganize its staggering debt in bankruptcy. But a bill before Congress would change that—somewhat. The measure would give Puerto Rico’s state-run corporations, which provide crucial services…
  • Map: Llamas are literally everywhere

    Christopher Ingraham
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Don't let this happen to you. (Flickr user B Rosen/CC) Well. Did everybody enjoy the high-stakes drama of a live llama chase this afternoon? Good. Now that the llamas have been apprehended, it's time to sit back, take a deep breath and ask how we got to this place. As always, the USDA Agricultural Census has the answers to soothe us in our time of national need. There were 76,086 llamas in the United States as of 2012. This represents a significant decrease from 2007, when 122,680 llamas called the United States home. In 2012, here's where all of those llamas lived: [Map: Literally every goat…
  • Why the Reagan wing of the GOP is worried

    Jim Tankersley
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    Ronald Reagan in 1988 (AP Photo/Scott Stewart) The Republican debate over Reaganomics is really a debate about priorities. The question for conservative thinkers is whether former President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economic prescription is sufficient for today’s economic problems, particularly for America’s struggling middle class. There’s a faction arguing that Reagan’s diet of shrinking government and cutting tax rates across the board remains just as potent today as it was when Reagan took office 34 years ago. This is the group that still believes a rising tide in the U.S.
  • Why the number of people identifying as both white and black doubled in a decade

    Ana Swanson
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog's social media site. The number of people identifying as both white and black in the U.S. Census doubled between 2000 and 2010, to 1.8 million. According to Bill Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies demographics, the rapid change is a sign that historically stark ideas about race are softening. It wasn’t until the 2000 Census that federal statistics even allowed people to identify themselves as multiracial. Today, the fastest growing racial group in the country is those who identify themselves as “two or more” races, says…
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  • Obama marks anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    President Obama on Thursday commemorated the third anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black high school student shot dead in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer. “Today on the third anniversary of...
  • McConnell and Reid to meet with Netanyahu

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Senate leaders from both parties will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., next week.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with Netanyahu...
  • Homeland Security chief steps up pressure on Congress

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson stepped up his pressure on Congress to fund his agency through the rest of the year, warning Thursday that emergency response efforts will suffer nationwide if there is a shutdown.Speaking less than 48...
  • Rice, Power will attend pro-Israel gathering; Obama, Biden won't

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    The White House will send United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power and national security adviser Susan Rice to speak at a prominent pro-Israel lobbying group’s annual event amid tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming...
  • Poll: 1 in 3 say Obama doesn't love America

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    More than a third of Americans don't think President Obama loves America, according to a new survey.Less than half of adults, 47 percent, said the president loves his country, while 35 percent said he doesn't and 17 percent weren’t sure, according...
 
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  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    All eyes are on next week’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the challenge to the availability of tax subsidies for individuals who purchase their health insurance on a marketplace created by the federal government.  I previewed the case earlier this week in Plain English; other coverage and commentary come from David Savage of the Los Angeles Times (registration may be required), Julie Appleby of Kaiser Health News (via Philly.com), Paul Barrett of Bloomberg, Elizabeth Wydra in an op-ed for The Washington Post, Joel Ario, Michael Kolber, and Deborah Bachrach at The Commonwealth Fund…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    The petition of the day is: Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore 14-520Issue: (1) Whether “primarily and unconditionally liable” spousal guarantors are unambiguously excluded from being Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) “applicants” because they are not integrally part of “any aspect of a credit transaction”; and (2) whether the Federal Reserve Board has authority under the ECOA to include by regulation spousal guarantors as “applicants” to further the purposes of eliminating discrimination against married women.
  • Argument recap: Justices dubious of paying fees for defending bankruptcy fee applications

    Ronald Mann
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    It looked bleak for petitioner Baker Botts from the earliest moments of the argument yesterday in Baker Botts L.L.P. v. ASARCO LLC. The issue in the case is whether the fees that a law firm (Baker Botts) spends defending a fee application in bankruptcy can be compensated out of the estate, and the Justices who showed much interest in that question seemed hesitant (at best) to allow compensation. For almost the entire time Aaron Streett was at the lectern (for Baker Botts), he was peppered with questions from the Chief Justice and Justices Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Scalia’s…
  • Book review: Law professor, feminist, and jurist extraordinaire

    Barbara Babcock
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    Scott Dodson, editor, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cambridge University Press, 2015 (336 pp., cloth, $29.99) Scott Dodson, the editor of this volume, has brought together an impressive group of law professors, lawyers, historians, and journalists to write about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy. There are sixteen essays, each devoted to different periods of her life and work, with very little overlap in the coverage, and no real conflict of interpretation. In addition to Dodson’s own essay, the book includes contributions by, among others, Thomas Goldstein, Lani Guinier, Robert…
  • Petitions to watch | Conference of February 27

    Maureen Johnston
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    At its Conference on February 27, 2015, the Court will consider petitions seeking review of issues such as Article III standing in class actions, exemption from California’s campaign finance disclosure requirements, and the retroactive application of Miller v. Alabama. This edition of “Petitions to watch” features petitions raising issues that Tom has determined to have a reasonable chance of being granted, although we post them here without consideration of whether they present appropriate vehicles in which to decide those issues.  Our policy is to include and disclose all cases…
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  • American Crossroads: "The Clintons' foundation took millions from foreign governments" including United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Conservative group claims Hillary Clinton's foundation took millions from foreign governments A group founded by Karl Rove launched one of the first salvos of the 2016 presidential election cycle with a Web video attacking presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. American Crossroads released a video Feb. 23 that features audio of a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat from the party’s progressive wing, warning that "powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor." The video…
  • Mike Lee: The FCC’s net neutrality policy includes what is "essentially a massive tax increase."  

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Effect of net neutrality rules on taxes is uncertain Does net neutrality mean a big tax increase? The Federal Communications Commission just approved a proposal reclassifying Internet service as a telecommunications utility -- claiming that it will preserve the concept of net neutrality. While proponents of the policy shift argue that the changes won’t spur additional fees or taxes, opponents argue the opposite. "This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class being passed in the dead of night without the American public really…
  • Eric Holder: Last year, "we saw the first reduction in the federal prison population in 32 years."

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Federal prison population drops for first time in 3 decades, Eric Holder says Federal prisons recently hit a notable benchmark, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this week. In remarks at the National Press Club on Feb. 17, 2015, Holder made the case for sentencing reform and touted the Smart on Crime initiative on his watch. That program discourages federal prosecutors from pursuing harsh minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug criminals. "This newly unveiled data shows we can confront over-incarceration at the same time that we…
  • Robert McDonald: "Nine hundred people have been fired since I became secretary (of Veterans Affairs). We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times."

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | VA secretary claims 900 firings, 60 related to wait times, since he took over When Robert McDonald took over as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in July 2014, the department was mired in a scandal over veterans’ health care, involving a whistleblower’s claims that VA employees had manipulated wait-time data. The controversy led to the ouster of McDonald’s predecessor, Eric Shinseki. So what has McDonald done to clean up the embattled department since he arrived? He offered some details during a Feb. 15 appearance on NBC’s…
  • Facebook posts: Say George Washington said that "when government takes away citizens’ right to bear arms it becomes citizens’ duty to take away government’s right to govern."

    20 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Did George Washington offer support for individual gun rights, as meme says? Would George Washington have been an ally to modern-day gun-rights groups? A social-media meme suggests that he would have. Around the time of Washington’s 282nd birthday, a reader sent us the meme, which includes a painting of Washington and a quote purportedly written or uttered by the nation’s first president: "When government takes away citizens’ right to bear arms it becomes citizens’ duty to take away government’s right to govern." But are…
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  • Friday Morning Open Thread: Saunter

    Anne Laurie
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    (Arlo & Janis via GoComics.com) As a lifelong night owl (and the offspring of two night owls), I endorse the new research described in the New Yorker by Maria Konnikova in “No, Mornings Don’t Make You Moral“: The idea of the virtuous early bird goes back at least to Aristotle, who wrote, in his Economics, that “Rising before daylight is … to be commended; it is a healthy habit.”… In last January’s issue of Psychological Science, Maryam Kouchaki and Isaac Smith took that theory even further, proposing what they called the morning morality effect, which posits…
  • CPAC Snapshots: They Can Always Get Worse

    Anne Laurie
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Scott Walker: "If i can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe." There were… fewer guns in the #WIunion protests. — daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 26, 2015 SC Rep. Jeff Duncan buttonholes Nigel Farage. "I like to say I'm American UKIP." pic.twitter.com/zZpF9s1CW2 — daveweigel (@daveweigel) February 26, 2015 “… Ukip has now become the most popular party among white, male, working-class pensioners; this is the key to its success…. Women are just one of a number of groups that tend not to vote for Ukip. Others…
  • Llama Drama (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    A pair of escaped llamas in Arizona blew up the Internet today. Here is their beautiful and tragic bid for freedom in its entirety: Here’s a tweet that pretty much sums it up: White Llama: Loner Black Llama: Thug — Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) February 26, 2015 I have a soft spot for llamas because a pair of them at the Busch Gardens theme park once proved me right about something in immediate and dramatic fashion. This was ages ago. The llamas in question were separated into two habitats bisected by a foot path. A companion and I were sauntering between the separated llamas. The…
  • CPAC Shitshow

    John Cole +0
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    Anyone watching? Any liveblogging worth noting, or do we no longer do that now that twitter exists? Share
  • Net Neutrality Passes

    John Cole +0
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    On a party line vote: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, a milestone in regulating high-speed Internet service into American homes. The new rules, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, are intended to ensure that no content is blocked and that the Internet is not divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for Internet and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else. Those prohibitions are hallmarks of the net neutrality concept. Mobile data service for smartphones and tablets is being placed under the…
 
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  • We Are At War And Patricia Arquette Is Not The Enemy

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    “Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!” – Patton, (1970) Patricia Arquette was way off base…
  • Poor Put-Upon Conservatives Get Saddled With Racism. Here’s Why.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel has written a piece from the conservative perspective, noting how they feel besieged and put-upon when we on the left assign malicious racial intent to their actions. They feel under siege, the poor dears, they feel smeared, the precious darlings. Oh well. This, like many other things, does not occur in a vacuum. The core Republican vote is white and male, overwhelmingly so. Nearly ever other demographic group in America votes for the Democratic Party: Women, blacks, Latinos, LGBT, Asian, etc. This isn’t new. The right panders to the needs and fears of its…
  • Rudy Giuliani, An “Obscure Pol”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Rudy Giuliani A phenomenon I have run into for years and years on the right reared its head again today. When a conservative figure steps outside of the self-reinforcing right wing media bubble (Fox News and talk radio) and into the harsh light of the real world where we’ve move passed the right wing high water mark of 1955-ish, they throw the guy or gal under the bus with lightning fast speed. Someone can go from a top rated radio show host (hi Rush) or a member of the House of Representatives (Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann for instance) to “who?” so quickly.
  • Mitt Romney, The Novel

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Inspired by a somewhat overwrought New York Times lede discussing Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for President for a third time, I wrote up some purple prose starring George Romney’s boy: The blinding white snow reflected in Mitt Romney’s eyes as he dismounted Rafalca, his bible glistening with early morning dew. The eagle broke away from its flock, lightly landing on Romney’s shoulder. It leaned into his ear. “You tried,” it whispered. Romney methodically folded the plans he had drawn up for a personal ski lift, neck muscles straining against his Oxford…
  • How One Jeb Bush Campaign Hire Reveals How Dumb The Political Press Is

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Jeb Bush’s not quite campaign has made a new hire! The staffer in question is one David Kochel, who is being described by the political press as “key” hire for Bush, because hiring Kochel “is a sign that Mr. Bush is moving quickly to assemble his political team” according to the Wall Street Journal. It is a signal that “another important player has made his choice,” reports the Des Moines Register. And Bloomberg Horrible Person Mark Halperin raves that it is “1 of the 5 most significant developments of ’16 cycle so far.” Man, this…
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  • Suicide Among Middle-Aged Linked To Money Troubles

    Guest Voice
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Money influences many decisions in our lives, and more than a few people would say too many. Since 1999, suicide rates among middle-aged adults have risen nearly 40 percent, with a noticeable uptick since the financial crash. Now, a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds economic factors, such as loss of a job,… The post Suicide Among Middle-Aged Linked To Money Troubles appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: National Security Threat

    MIKE PETERS, Guest Voice Cartoonist
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    National Security Threat by Mike Peters Of Related Interest: –Why Did Boehner Make This Awkward Kiss Face at a Reporter? –GOP leaders set to swerve DHS off the cliff –Jackson Lee: GOP threatens to shut down Homeland Security --GOP’s shutdown mess a ‘comedy of errors,’ Pelosi says –House Republicans Not Ready To Cave On DHS Funding Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on…
  • The magic of dubbing: Mary Poppins Sings Death Metal (VIDEO)

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I’ve always been fascinated with voice overs, cartoon voicing — and movie dubbing. Early in sound film’s history, movies studios were trying to figure out how to make a film in one language appeal to viewers who understood other languages. Hal Roach even had Laurel and Hardy re-film some shorts in Spanish (and French) using a few of the original actors, some native speakers and “the boys” doing the story in a tongue they couldn’t even understand. For instance, 1930′s “Blotto” became “La Vida Nocturna” all done by the cast in…
  • Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Daryl Cagle Cartoon: GOP Threatens Dept of Homeland Security appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Make the deal with Iran

    EUGENE ROBINSON, Washington Post Columnist
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:20 pm
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is clearly right — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong — about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran’s place in the world is much more complicated. As I’ve written, I don’t fault Netanyahu for aggressively defending Israel’s interests as he sees them. Next week’s planned speech to Congress is House Speaker John Boehner’s fault; I don’t blame the Israeli leader for accepting an invitation that never should have been offered. But I…
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  • Credit Suisse buys article in The New Republic to court LGBT community

    Jon Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There isn’t a lot of money in journalism these days. The Internet has forced the print editions of newspapers and magazines to either close down their shops or move online. And even when they do launch themselves into cyberspace, they find that people don’t want to pay for information that they can find on Twitter for free. It doesn’t help that the traditional way to monetize online content — display advertisements, like the one to the left of this sentence — aren’t very effective. Only 0.1 percent of banner ads are clicked; 85 percent of those clicks come…
  • Rep. Aaron Schock (R – Downton Abbey) lawyers up after new spending revealed

    Jon Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Following reports that Illinois Republican Aaron Schock paid for private flights to and around his home district using taxpayer and campaign dollars, possibly in violation of House ethics rules, a new report from the Associated Press shows new spending by the Congressman on public and campaign accounts that has led our nation’s most Abercrombiefied member of Congress to lawyer up. From POLITICO: Schock has hired William McGinley and Don McGahn of the Washington law firm Jones Day to lead his legal team. Veteran GOP communications operatives Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh are helping…
  • About Aaron Schock

    John Aravosis
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps it’s a question of age and experience, and knowing enough to know better, but the first time I saw GOP Rep. Aaron Schock’s Instagram account, I winced. Schock, age 33, has been serving as Peoria’s congressman to the US House since 2009. Young, cute, and sporting a well-sculpted physique he wasn’t shy to share with the tabloids, Schock was differently newsworthy, and seemed to genuinely relish the attention. But Washington is a fickle lover. And while the town is not nearly as bitter and back-stabbing as they depict on “Scandal” or “House…
  • John Kasich’s greatest hits

    James Neimeister
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Sunday morning, John Kasich went on CNN’s State of the Union to talk about his cross-country “crusade” for a balanced budget, a move that has been widely interpreted as a test run for his presidential campaign. When asked directly whether he would actually run, Kasich clucked non-answers like “I don’t know” and “all my options are on the table.” In other words, he is almost certainly going to run and I, for one, hope he does. As a young, politically engaged native Ohioan, I must be one of the hundred – nay, thousand – people in the country who could actually pick…
  • Obama’s faith should be a non-issue. Here’s why it keeps coming up.

    Jon Green
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Saturday, Wisconsin Governor and soon-to-be presidential candidate Scott Walker added another item to the growing list of noncontroversial questions he refuses to answer. This time, it concerned President Obama’s religion. Asked by The Washington Post if he thinks Obama — who has gone out of his way for six years to inject his Christian faith into his rhetoric, largely due to conservative conspiracy theories that he’s actually a secret Muslim — Walker responded: “I don’t know.” Per the Post: “I’ve actually never talked about it or I…
 
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  • V for Varoufakis

    Lilithia (/politics/member/Lilithia)
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: Dear Greek Folks, the time has come: we surrender! Take all our money, you may also take Helene Fischer, but please, keep this financial Hercules off us. We could only just bear with Costa Cordalis so this is clearly way too much! - http://neomagazinroyale.de
  • Watch German official squirm when confronted with Greece

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Paul Mason lights a fire under German Deputy Finance Minister's arse with very simple questions about the current situation in Greece.
  • Canadian lawmaker blames his absence on tight underwear

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
    A brief and exciting moment at Canada's House of Commons
  • Police State Too Much? Send in a Marine!

    my15minutes (/politics/member/my15minutes)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    thanks to Cory Doctorow. Colonel Peter Martino (USMC, Ret.) briefly addresses the City Council of Concord, NH, in regards to their proposed acquisition of an armored personnel carrier (APC).
  • Our Women Should Not Be Allowed to Drive Lest They Get Raped

    makach (/politics/member/makach)
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Saudi Historian: Our Women Should Not Be Allowed to Drive Lest They Get Raped During a TV show, Saudi historian Saleh Al-Saadoon said that women should not be allowed to drive on the grounds that they might get raped if their car broke down on the roadside. "[Western women] don't care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do", he said on the January 11, 2015 show on the Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.
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  • The Libertarian Delusion

    Robert Kuttner
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 am
    This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and demand yields a price that signals producers what to make and investors where to put their capital. The more that government interferes with this sublime discipline, the more bureaucrats deflect the market from…
  • Anti-Choice Activists Dishonor Black History, Co-Opting Language of #BlackLivesMatter

    Monica Raye Simpson
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch) Alveda King (center), niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., joined about 75 others in an anti-abortion prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood office in Glenwood, Oregon, Monday, February 4, 2013. King has traded on the name of her famous uncle to become a leader in the right-wing anti-abortion movement. For decades, a great debate has raged in this country between those who believe in the human right to a safe and legal abortion and those who call themselves “pro-life” and consider abortion to be morally wrong. The anti-choice…
  • Workers Centers: Organizing the 'Unorganizable'

    Justin Miller
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:36 pm
    (Photo: CTUL) On November 28, 2014, workers for a company contracted to clean retail stores staged a Black Friday strike in front of a Target store in Minneapolis, just blocks from the big-box chain's headquarters. The action was organized by the CTUL workers center.  Most days Maricela Flores starts work at three in the morning—3:30 a.m. on a late day. Flores and her co-worker are tasked with cleaning an entire sprawling 125,000-square-foot Target store in six hours—every day. They sweep, buff, wipe, and scrub the store, erasing the evidence of the day of the previous day’s shoppers,…
  • 'Selma' and 'The Birth of a Nation': A Tale of Two Films, 100 Years Apart

    Charlotte M. Canning
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s infamous and influential film The Birth of a Nation. This anniversary is more significant than simply marking how far we have come since a time when joining the Ku Klux Klan could be depicted in the mainstream media as the way to heal our national wounds.  The Birth of a Nation centennial, as coincidentally observed by the nationwide release of Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, commemorates our enduring national desire to see our history performed and embodied.  Since its premiere, The Birth of a Nation has been heralded as a…
  • He Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

    Gershom Gorenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) The Israeli prime minister speaks to his Likud party members during a campaign event near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, February 9, 2015. The French author Georges Perec earned peculiar literary distinction by writing a 300-page novel called La Disparition (A Void) without once using the letter "e." His countryman, Michel Dansel, published Le Train de Nulle Part (The Train from Nowhere), a novel in which he managed to avoid the use of a single verb. I envy these writers, whose lives were apparently so graced with calm that the only thing they want to exclude from their…
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  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by Rachel Johnson There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers. In a recent opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, cautioned against turning a blind eye to Fast Track: In the case of pending legislation authorizing fast-track authority for trade agreements, politicians and…
  • Speaker Atkins Unveils Critical Plan to Rebuild Transportation Infrastructure, Create Good Jobs

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation About 1/3 of all the bridges and overpasses in our state are showing signs of deterioration (i.e. crumbling). Seventy percent of our urban roads and highways are congested. California has the second-highest share of roads in "poor condition" in the nation. Given the amount of commuting and traveling Californians do, these are pretty alarming stats. But you get what you pay for. And, quite frankly, California's lack of infrastructure funding is embarrassing, and downright dangerous to all of us who spend so much time on the road every week. Today…
  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, according to preliminary findings of a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.   As Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano meet to discuss the financial future of the UC, it's imperative that they recognize the dire financial situation of many UC employees. The UC is the third largest employer in California, employing nearly…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

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

  • Netanyahu Invites Arab Ambassadors to His Big Speech -- And Gets Rejected

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Abir Sultan/Reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with a group of ardently pro-Israel Democratic senators next week in Washington, but he very much wants to see the faces of Arab ambassadors in the audience during his controversial address to Congress. Netanyahu's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has tried, without success, to recruit Arab ambassadors to come to his boss’s speech, e-mailing them personally to plead for their attendance. Dermer, who is not a trained diplomat, is the man who helped engineer the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to…
  • Israeli Ambassador: Netanyahu Never Meant to Disrespect Obama

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Reuters) Earlier this week, shortly after I published a lengthy post critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, Dermer expressed his general dissatisfaction with the piece to me. But he also agreed to a request to answer several questions about the recent controversy, which centers on an invitation to Netanyahu from House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on Iran, and other subjects. The White House has expressed anger about being blindsided by the invitation. Here are the…
  • The Netanyahu Disaster

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters/The Atlantic) Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel’s annihilation and the means to carry it out. Netanyahu’s options are limited.
  • Hamas Warns: Give Us Money Or We'll Become Terrorists

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Not extremists (Reuters) Buried in an Agence France Presse article about the failure of international donors to pay the $5.4 billion they've pledged to help rebuild Gaza is an absolute gem of a quote: A Hamas official warned recently that the territory could become a breeding ground for extremism unless promised reconstruction is accelerated. "Our message to the world, which is scared of terrorism and extremism, is that the delay in rebuilding Gaza and the continuing blockade against it will make it a ripe environment for the spread of extremism and terrorism," Khalil al-Haya told a Gaza City…
  • French Prime Minister: 'I Refuse to Use This Term Islamophobia'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Unity Against Islamophobia" at a conference on the Islamization of Europe in 2010. (Michel Euler/AP) The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, has emerged over the past tumultuous week as one of the West’s most vocal foes of Islamism, though he’s actually been talking about the threat it poses for a long while. During the course of an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he told me—he went out of his way to tell me, in fact—that he refuses to use the term 'Islamophobia' to describe the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice,…
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  • Clinton Foundation Accepted Millions in Foreign Cash With Hillary At State Dept.

    Mark Hemingway
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    The Washington Post is up with a doozy of a story showing some serious and troubling financial conflicts of interest during Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State. Read the whole thing, but here are some key paragraphs: The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday. ... In one instance, foundation officials acknowledged they should have sought approval in…
  • The Barbarians

    Geoffrey Norman
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    ISIS continues its war on civilization by burning: Thousands of ancient and irreplaceable manuscripts [from] the Mosul library in Iraq. One Mosul library official believes that up to 112,000 books were destroyed – spanning centuries of learning, and including books registered on a UNESCO rarities list. Meanwhile, we learn the identity of the man – known colloquially as "Jihad John” – who beheads the helpless captives of ISIS.  He is reportedly: … Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in…
  • Poll: Voters Want a Conservative Alternative in Response to King v. Burwell

    Jeffrey H. Anderson
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the Obama administration has been illegally providing taxpayer-funded subsidies in 36 states under the guise of implementing Obamacare, and there’s been much debate about what Congress should do if the Court rules that the administration’s actions have been lawless.  A new McLaughlin & Associates poll, commissioned by the 2017 Project, finds that a majority of likely voters — 51 percent — wants Congress to propose a conservative alternative in response to such a ruling, while only 20 percent want Congress to…
  • First Time Claims; Up: Inflation, Down

    Geoffrey Norman
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    The recovery may be slowing and the end of the Fed’s QE efforts receding further into the future. As Bloomberg reports: Jobless claims increased by 31,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Feb. 21 from a revised 282,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 49 economists surveyed by Bloomberg saw claims little changed at 290,000. Meanwhile, as Business Insider reports: Consumer prices fell 0.7% in January, a bit more than expected, while "core" inflation rose slightly more than forecast at 0.2%.
  • Obama: Goal Is to 'Reduce the Possibility of Iran' Getting Nukes

    Jeryl Bier
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Amid reports that a nuclear deal with Iran may freeze that country's ability to produce nuclear fuel for only ten years in exchange for sanctions relief, President Obama appeared to soften his words on the Iran negotiations if not his position. Following a meeting with the Amir of Qatar earlier this week, the president characterized the ongoing talks as trying "to reduce the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon," and "to verify that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon." These words ("reduce the possibility" and "does not have", as…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Sobering News Out of China, Part Four Million

    James Fallows
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Getting through the Chinese Internet firewall is something like getting through this gate into the Forbidden City (Wikimedia commons) Last week I mentioned the latest chapter in the Chinese government's efforts to seal the country off from the rest of the Internet — and what I considered an out-of-date report in the Guardian about the situation. The Guardian report was based on the palmy-in-retrospect era a few years ago when the government censored attempts to organize protests, but otherwise let people have their say. No more. From a foreign reader in Shanghai:   The Guardian article…
  • Welcome Eleanor Fallows

    James Fallows
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    There has been a lot of heavy weather in this space recently. Herewith a spot of wonderful cheer. Please welcome Eleanor Rose Fallows, who made her debut on February 11 in Newport Beach, California. This is young Eleanor as she looked this past weekend, when we had the joy of visiting her parents Tad and Annie Fallows, and her big brother Jack, at their home in Corona del Mar. Her parents, like all parents of young children, are exhausted but happy. Or happy but exhausted. We, like most grandparents, are just happy. Previously in this series: Welcome Jack Fallows, and Welcome Tide Fallows.
  • Sebastian Junger on Chickenhawk Nation

    James Fallows
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The Atlantic Sebastian Junger, who has produced moving accounts of the human face of combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere (to say nothing of  the narrative mastery of The Perfect Storm), and whose war movie Restrepo I recommended a few years ago, has written what is presented as a counter or critique to my "Tragedy of the American Military" article. I hope you will read it. When you're done, I invite you to head back here. The overwhelming majority of the (overwhelming) response I've gotten to this article has impressed me by engaging with the case I actually made. I mention this because so…
  • The 'Existential' Chronicles Go On

    James Fallows
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting in Geneva last month (Rick Wilking/Reuters) Yesterday I argued that it was time for Americans to drop or ignore the words "existential threat" when thinking about Iran and its nuclear potential. The words have become a slogan or incantation taking the place of thought. Now, response: (1) A slew of readers have written in with variants of this sentiment: The populated stretch of Israel from Haifa to Tel Aviv is about 55 miles as the crow flies. One or two nuclear weapons delivered in minutes by Iranian…
  • On 'Existential' Threats

    James Fallows
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Detail from the cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel 'On the Beach,' about the existential threat to all of humanity from nuclear war I have received a foreseeable flood of mail in response to the collection of Israel-and-Iran letters posted three days ago. I am not going to quote any more of it. As has been evident for many years, there is an unbridgeable chasm in outlooks on this topic. Having offered a sample of the current state of that divide, I'll say Enough for now. This makes me all the more admiring of diplomats who try to find ways across the chasm, starting with what I saw from…
 
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    The American Scene

  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

    Gabriel Rossman
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday somebody asked Governor Walker if he believes in evolution and he ducked the question. As Ramesh argued, this was a mistake, and there was a fair amount of snark directed at this. Then there was a wave of counter-snark, stemming from the same impulse as Cooke’s recent NR cover story about how the NdGT “I love science” fan club is really about mood affiliation, much of it semi-sublimated anti-clericalism, and not really very much about scientific knowledge. I totally understand the impulse to call out the extent to which affirmation of science is 99% mood…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
  • Heighten the contradictions

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

  • If a bomb doesn't go off, is it still a bomb?

    liberal japonicus
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
    by liberal japonicus It would be hard to overestimate my lack of understanding of economics. So when I read an article like this, I'm totally baffled. Some graphs from the article Takatoshi Ito, an economist at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, argued at a panel discussion on Monday that unless the Japanese government can raise its sales tax to north of 15%, from its current 8%, Japan’s economy will suffer a fiscal crisis sometime between 2021 and 2023. That’s because as Japan’s population continues to age, its famously high savings rate will have to fall,…
  • Yes, what should America do with its high-risk detainees?

    Ugh
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    by Ugh This is a bit dated, but Jack Goldsmith, whose claim to fame is being less insane than John Yoo and Jay Bybee, and Jane Harman, former Democratic congresswoman and now President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (NOT the one at Princeton, it seems), had an Op-Ed in the WaPo entitled "What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?"   This is, apparently, a vexing question for the two of them.  They begin with the hard question, The easiest question is whether to release the 54 who the administration has…
  • Ta Nehisi Coates on David Carr

    liberal japonicus
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    by liberal japonicus There have been a number of wonderful pieces about David Carr, like this one by Jennifer Senior at NYMag that ends with this: There came a moment after September 11 when I told David how sad and afraid I was to be single. This was a risky confession: David wasn’t much for whining; he believed in toughing it out, in stoically bearing life’s hard knocks. But I was lonely, scared, and horrified to discover — as so many unmarried people were back then — that if the world came to an end, no one would check in on me besides my parents, and that I myself would have no…
  • Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are frozen

    SuperUser
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    by Doctor Science It's been a long and very cold day for me. I woke up this morning to Mister Doctor saying the pipes were frozen and he had to be leaving right now. Fortunately it wasn't a complete freeze -- the hot water was still running. Running hot water for a while got us to where we had some cold water running, but that didn't completely work. Eventually Mr Dr found the frozen bit and set the hairdryer up to point straight at it for a while. Victory! We are definitely going to leave a faucet running tonight. On Tuesday we finally managed to close on the short sale for the new house. So…
  • Trust and the love of money are the root of all scams

    SuperUser
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    by Doctor Science More evidence of the conservative grifter problem just came out, in a report from Right Wing News. They found that the bottom 10 performing PACs we researched spent $54,318,498 overall and only paid out $3,621,896 to candidates -- less than 7%. My theory about why American conservativism has more of a problem with scams than liberalism is two-fold:"Demand Side": conservatives are more loyal, and are thus better marks for affinity scams of all kinds."Supply Side": Conservatives believe very strongly in capitalism and in making money, so conservative political operatives are…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
  • Feb. 14: US Exceptionalism, Climate Change, Global Attitudes

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
  • ‘Amnesty Bonuses’?

    D'Angelo Gore
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Q: Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration? A: There is no automatic payment, but some working immigrants could claim up to four years of earned income tax credits if they meet eligibility requirements. FULL QUESTION Is it true that illegal immigrants who sign up and who have paid no income taxes will get back $24,000 though they have not paid any income taxes? ____________________________________ Is it true that illegal immigrants who receive amnesty and a Social Security number would…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: SciCheck Findings

    Lori Robertson
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    FlackCheck.org, our sister website for political literacy, recaps the recent work of SciCheck, our new feature on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. This video looks at Sen. Rand Paul’s claim that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after vaccinations, Rep. Gary Palmer’s assertion that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified,” and President Barack Obama’s claims about the Human Genome Project’s return on investment and the cost of sequencing…
  • Paul Knocks Flies and NIH Funding

    Dave Levitan
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul made several misleading statements about the National Institutes of Health and some of the research that it funds. Paul claimed the NIH’s budget has been increasing “for years.” That’s not accurate even in raw dollars. And when adjusted for inflation, the budget has actually decreased over the last decade. He also suggested the NIH wasted $1 million on a study of whether male fruit flies prefer older or younger females, and in the process he belittled the impact of basic research using flies — which has yielded dozens of discoveries and even a few…
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    TechPresident

  • Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited.
  • First POST: Impossibles

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    The FCC vote; a proxy Democratic primary battle in Chicago; Gov Andrew Cuomo begins deleting all state employee emails more than 90 days old; men talking about women in tech; and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] We Need a Yelp for Civic Engagement to Get the 21st Century Democracy We Want

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    We have more opportunities to get involved in our communities, through a wider array of tools, processes, meetings, and apps than ever before. Some of these opportunities are interesting and beneficial, while others—especially the ones supported by governments in the name of public participation—can be frustrating and may even be harmful. So how should we judge? What kinds of public engagement are helpful?
  • Scoring for Livability: How Place I Live Wants to Empower Homebuyers and Renters

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Nobody ever says “I want to live somewhere with lots of pollution, crime and a high unemployment rate.” That, at least, is the assumption behind Place I Live, a website that aggregates, parses and creates visualizations with open data so potential homebuyers and renters can better understand different neighborhoods. Place I Live relaunched on Open Data Day, February 21, with new data and improved functionality.
  • First POST: Off the Books

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Chicago's "black site"; The New York Times reports "little guys" like Tumblr and Reddit have won the fight for net neutrality but fails to mention Free Press or Demand Progress; Hillary Clinton fan products on Etsy to inspire campaign slogans?; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • From Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Anti-TPP Public Screams (all 22 of them)

    metamars
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Body:  If you want to get a space-eye view of anti-TPP actions in the US, please go to http://www.flushthetpp.org/actions/ . I count 22 events, and none in populated NJ. OTOH, from a comment in the nakedcapitalism.com diary Gaius Publius: Tobacco Deaths, TPP and the “Trade” Courts, we read:
  • Betraying Overachiever Obama To Put ProNazi WWIII On Resume?

    libbyliberal
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Body:  Robert Parry in “Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?” writes: You have a senior Ukrainian official [Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko] saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.
  • Iowa gives Bernie Sanders an enthusiastic reception

    DCblogger
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Body:  “People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16
  • Back To The Future

    okanogen
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Body:  I think I just got teleported back to February, 2008. The “we” in “we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights” in Arquette’s rousing feminist appeal for fair pay and equal rights ignores how white women as a group have historically been, and in many ways remain, deeply invested in systems of white privilege and white supremacy in the United States and the West. In the United States, white women actively supported Jim and Jane Crow. There were also women’s and children’s auxiliaries of the Ku Klux Klan. All you need to do is substitute "Patricia Arquette" with…
  • ACLU of TX: Solitary Confinement Cells = Incubators of Psychoses

    libbyliberal
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    Body: 
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Looks like children’s book publishers need longer time-out to improve diversity in titles

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    LatinaLista — In 1994, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison began to keep track of the diversity in children’s literature. The cooperative didn’t just want to know how many books were authored by American Indians, Asian/Pacifics and Asian/Pacific Americans, and Latinos but how many children’s books were about each group, including those stories about children of color written by white authors and/or illustrators. As a New York Times‘ article revealed several years ago, the representation has…
  • Crowdfunder: Finding Freedom: Poetry and Portraits of Former Inmates

    Marisa Treviño
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Finding Freedom: Poetry and Portraits of Former Inmates Finding Freedom is a collection of poetry & portraits from recently incarcerated individuals living at Chicago’s St. Leonard’s Halfway House. Shortly after moving to Chicago, Brandon Crockett volunteered to teach a poetry class at St. Leonard’s Ministries, a halfway house and agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services on Chicago’s near west side. The agency serves individuals recently released from prison. In the seven years since, Brandon has collected hundreds of poems…
  • Recognizing Women Leaders at Community Radio Stations in Guatemala

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Cultural Survival The legalization of community radio stations has been an on-going struggle for Indigenous communities in Guatemala for almost 20 years. Community radio stations operate in the fear of being raided by the Guatemalan Public Ministry because the current telecommunications law does not allow for non-profit community radio—despite its guarantee in the 1996 Peace Accords, the Guatemalan Constitution, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The constant persecution of community radio operators puts not only the right to freedom of expression at risk but also…
  • Garcia forces Rahm into April runoff

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    By Todd M. Freimuth, Alex V. Hernandez and Chris Zois Extra! CHICAGO — Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia made history yesterday, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into the city’s first ever runoff election for mayor. “Nobody thought we’d be here tonight. They wrote us off, said we didn’t have a chance; said we didn’t have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we’re still standing…we’re still running and we’re going to win,” Garcia told supporters. Garcia’s supporters filled up the Alhambra Palace restaurant on Tuesday night ahead of the runoff…
  • In only five years, Latinos will account for over 40% of the increase in U.S. employment

    Latina Lista
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    LatinaLista — Dr. Steve Murdock, founding director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, has long been sounding the alarm to legislators and policy makers of a future where Latinos will become not only Texas’ majority but the nation’s. In that respect, Murdock and other economic analysts make clear that unless more Latinos get an education, receive equal opportunities and secure jobs that pay well, the economic outcome for the U.S. is pretty shaky. Adding fuel to this prediction is a new report by IHS…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Converting the Ayatollahs

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The nuclear negotiations with Iran are based on misguided premises and could have disastrous outcomes.
  • What Greece Won

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Why all the negative analysis about the debt deal that has actually done the rest of Europe a favor?
  • Adieu, Chris Christie, Adieu

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    With no reform to show off, the reform governor has blown any real chance at winning the Republican presidential nomination.
  • ISIS Heads to Rome

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The murderous ways of the Islamic State are no joke, but the Italians’ mocking of ISIS is rather appropriate.
  • The G.O.P.’s Assertive God Squad

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    One religious group in particular has a political impact disproportionate to its size.
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    Observer

  • ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Premieres; Reveals ‘Ins & Outs’ of Underwood’s America

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:57 am
    Fasten your rib bibs and light up your nightly cigarettes, because the new season of "House of Cards" is waiting in your Netflix queue. Like all things, some of the things are different and some of the things are the same. (Frank Underwood said that.) Here's what's in and what's out for this new season. In: Talking to the camera Frank is still treating the camera as a depository for his delusions of grandeur, and he silver-tongues right at us in the very first scene, on a visit to his father's grave back in South Carolina. Frank pontificates about being POTUS and all that delicious power he…
  • Staten Island Democrats Pick Vincent Gentile to Run for Michael Grimm’s Seat

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Vincent Gentile fired a fusillade of attacks as he officially launched his campaign against Daniel Donovan to replace Michael Grimm.
  • Bill O’Reilly’s Brand of ‘Guttersnipe’ Journalism

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When Bill O'Reilly called David Corn a "despicable guttersnipe" last week, you could be forgiven for thinking "gutterwhat?"
  • Schneiderman’s Supplement Scam

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Mr. Schneiderman either “knew or should have known,” as lawyers like to say, that the test he used wasn’t appropriate for his conclusion.
  • City and NYPD Sergeants Reach $8 Million Agreement in Overtime Lawsuit

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    The same week as the city settled contract negotiations with the NYPD's sergeants union, it also agreed to pay $8 million to more than 5,000 sergeants to settle a lawsuit alleging the city had failed to pay them overtime.
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Iran Hawks’ Phony Concern for Nonproliferation

    Daniel Larison
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Charles Krauthammer makes a number of absurd claims in his latest column. This was the funniest: Such an agreement also means the end of nonproliferation. When a rogue state defies the world, continues illegal enrichment and then gets the world to bless an eventual unrestricted industrial-level enrichment program, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is dead. One may reasonably question the sincerity of any hard-line opponent of negotiations with Iran when it comes to support for nonproliferation. If they had their way, the P5+1 would have insisted on such impossible conditions that the…
  • Walker’s Silly Foreign Policy Remarks at CPAC

    Daniel Larison
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Speaking at CPAC, Scott Walker must have thought he was being very clever when he said this: If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world. This is a very silly thing to say, but unfortunately I think Walker was saying this in earnest. There really is no comparing facing down domestic political opposition with addressing challenges and threats from overseas, but Walker’s national political identity is wrapped up with his battle with public sector unions and so every other issue that he talks about ends up being linked back to that. It doesn’t follow at…
  • The SNP Surge and the British General Election

    Daniel Larison
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Alex Massie considers the implications of a big SNP general election win: Scottish votes could well determine the outcome of this general election, but the matter of Scotland — that is to say, the battle of Britain — will not be resolved this May. This is just a preliminary skirmish for the other, larger, battles that lie ahead. David Cameron would be wrong to think that his mission in May is to sneak over the finish line: his fight will have just begun. So unionists are entitled to feel a deep and heavy sense of foreboding. This election is going to be a disaster. This further confirms…
  • Britain’s Many Wars of Choice

    Daniel Larison
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Marc Champion bemoans the shrinking U.K. military budget: Perhaps this rapid British retrenchment was inevitable given the severity of the financial crisis and the still raw memory of overreach in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet defense budgets should be determined by security needs, not the other way around [bold mine-DL]. With no political party arguing for U.K. defense ahead of May’s election, the outcome is likely to be a weaker, more insular Britain [bold mine-DL], increasingly undeserving of its permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. It’s true that military budgets…
  • The Absurd “No Light” Approach to Managing Allies and Clients

    Daniel Larison
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Jeb Bush is all for it: I think a better solution is to have a forceful foreign policy where we’re supportive of our friends, where there’s no light between our closest allies [bold mine-DL], like Israel, like our neighborhood, like NATO. Bush is hardly the only hawk to favor this approach to managing relations with allies and clients, but I believe he is the first would-be candidate of this cycle to put things in these terms so far. The idea that there should be “no light” between the U.S. and its allies and clients might be superficially appealing at first, but it…
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    TIME

  • Jeb Bush Reaches Out to Conservatives at CPAC

    Zeke J Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jeb Bush will make his first overtures Friday to conservative activists, a segment of the Republican Party that remains skeptical of the presumptive presidential candidate. The former Florida governor’s appearance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington marks an early test of whether he can assuage a grassroots base that rejects his support for immigration reform and Common Core education standards and is leery of his political lineage. Given the choice by conference organizers, Bush has opted for a question-and-answer session instead of a traditional…
  • Michelle Obama Says It’s Time to ‘Fight Back’ Against Unhealthy-Food Ads

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This week marks five years since First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move campaign, which sought to reduce childhood obesity and get kids eating healthier. She’s taken aim at school lunches and encouraged more activity and water consumption. Now she wants more pushback on unhealthy-food advertisements aimed at kids — and celebrities are on board to help. “If folks are going to pour money into marketing unhealthy foods,” she said at an event Thursday in Washington, “then let’s fight back with ads for healthy foods, right? Let’s do…
  • Obama Meets With Trayvon Martin’s Parents on Third Anniversary of His Death

    Andrew Katz
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – the parents of Trayvon Martin – paid a visit to the White House to honor the third anniversary of their son’s shooting. They joined President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a special reception in recognition of African American History Month on Thursday, during which the President thanked the Martins for their attendance “on what’s a very difficult day for them.” “Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter,…
  • Obama Thanks Redditors After FCC Approves Strict Net Neutrality Rules

    Maya Rhodan
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    President Barack Obama knows his Reddit slang. In a handwritten note, the Commander-in-Chief said he wished he could “upvote” every one of the Redditors who commented on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s net neutrality rules amid the hard-fought battle. It's a pretty great day for the internet → wh.gov/net-neutrality #ilamas #NetNeutrality http://t.co/vdS8EFRDz2— Alex Wall (@Alex44) February 26, 2015 On Thursday, the agency approved the strongest rules yet in a vote split along party lines. “This would not have happened without the activism…
  • Real Time: Ted Cruz Rallies the Right at CPAC

    julialull
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired up the conservative base during his speech Thursday, the first day of CPAC 2015. Watch #RealTime to see what you missed.
 
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Capitol Conversations

    David Brody
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    This week The Brody File heads to Capitol Hill where we look at how women lawmakers are making their voices heard like never before. Plus, Newt Gingrich sounds the alarm on radical Islam. Finally, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks about how Christian lawmakers should act in Congress.
  • A Christian Slaughter

    David Brody
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Franklin Graham pretty much summed it up when he posted the following remark on Facebook regarding the 21 Christians who were beheaded by ISIS: "The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these…
  • Jeb Bush and Gay Marriage

    David Brody
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Jeb Bush will go into the 2016 presidential race as the GOP frontrunner but he will be maligned from the start. Where to begin? Common Core and Immigration Reform will present problems for him. Could the gay marriage issue be a problem, too? More below from The Washington Examiner: Conservatives already irked at Jeb Bush over his support for immigration reform and Common Core educational standards are boring in on hints he is warming to same-sex marriage, a no-no among evangelicals who dominate early primaries and caucuses. Two events this year put them on notice that Bush is backing away…
  • Poplitical in New Orleans

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Join host David Brody and Poplitical contributor Amber Strong who travel to New Orleans to bring you the best mix of politics and pop culture.
  • Praying for Spiritual Revival

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Brody File heads to New Orleans and reports on an effort by Christians to pray for spiritual revival in America. Interviews with Gov. Bobby Jindal and influential evangelical political operative David Lane.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Hobo with a Shotgun

    Johann Koehler
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
      Back in 2007, Robert Rodrigues and Quentin Tarantino released a pair of ’80s exploitation revival feature films under the combined title of Grindhouse. They also held a competition for directors to submit trailers of imaginary films, consistent with the theme of the genre, that could be screened beforehand. One such trailer was eventually turned into its own feature length film four years later, and is this week’s movie recommendation. It’s Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). An especially grizzled Rutger Hauer plays The Hobo (buckle up; the clichés don’t…
  • Have “black sites” come to Sweet Home Chicago?

    Kelly Kleiman
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The Guardian and The Atlantic have now both reported that Chicago police maintain a site at which they interrogate suspects without booking them or letting them talk to their lawyers.  On the Huffington Post, this is what I have to say about that. As it turns out, this news doesn’t come too late to have an impact on the race for mayor in Chicago.  Perhaps we can use the six weeks before the runoff election to ask Rahm what he knows about these sites, and when he knew it.
  • Labour’s Scottish Message vs. Ramsay MacDonald

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    With Britain’s two main parties running neck and neck in a race in which neither is expected to get an outright majority of seats, each is trying to persuade minor party voters to “come home”. For example, to help stanch Labour’s Scottish losses to the Scottish National Party, Labour advocate Jim Murphy is arguing that a vote for the SNP is a vote for the Tories: It is a simple fact that the single biggest party gets to form the next government. I couldn’t square this claim with my recollection of UK political history (more on that in a moment), so I consulted…
  • Drug history and drug policy

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Johann Hari’s new book nails nails Harry Anslinger as a lying racist fanatic.   But what does that tell us about cannabis policy going forward?  Not much, I’d say.
  • Fidelity investments wrote their own little investment card. Guess what is missing?

    Harold Pollack
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Fidelity Investments today tweeted “6 steps to pay off #debt while saving money at the same time.” 6 steps to pay off #debt while saving money at the same time: http://t.co/xPBib6loz5 #ASW2015 pic.twitter.com/oTcTYTPIWW — Fidelity Investments (@Fidelity) February 23, 2015 These are pretty good rules, nicely presented. Indeed they remind me of something I first posted here at Samefacts: Want financial advice? 2) @haroldpollack gives it free...in index card form. pic.twitter.com/FxZURVw5z6 — Sendhil Mullainathan (@m_sendhil) September 5, 2013 That index card is probably my most…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • More than 170,000 Iowans could be affected by Anthem cyber-attack

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    When hackers attacked the major health insurance company Anthem earlier this month, the ensuing data breach may have affected 172,727 Iowans, the Iowa Insurance Division announced today. Any Iowan impacted by this cyber-attack will be contacted by Anthem and identity theft repair services are available.  Affected Iowans may also sign up for additional free services which include credit monitoring services and a free identity theft insurance policy. "The Iowa Insurance Division is working with Anthem and regulators in other states to monitor this situation and we will continue to update…
  • Iowa Senate approves bills on wage theft, minimum wage increase

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    While the gasoline tax increase grabbed most of the attention, the Iowa Senate approved two other significant bills on Tuesday. Senate File 270 would combat Iowa's wage theft problem, estimated to cost workers about $600 million annually. After the jump I've enclosed State Senator Bill Dotzler's opening remarks on the bill, which cover its key provisions. Victims of wage theft testified at an Iowa Senate hearing in late January, and when you hear their stories, it's hard to understand why this remains a partisan issue. It makes sense when you read the lobbyist declarations on the bill,…
  • Mid-week open thread: Tragedies

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    Several recent tragedies in the Des Moines area have been on my mind this week. Last Friday, a body was found in Water Work Park, later identified as Richard Miles, a Iraq War veteran who had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after three deployments. He had sought in-patient help at the VA hospital in Des Moines on February 15, but was sent home with medication. He disappeared two days later. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has written to the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking a federal investigation into Miles' case and more generally the mental health…
  • Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill, with Iowa reaction

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    As expected, President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would have forced approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In his message to Congress, Obama said the bill "conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment."   Republican leaders will attempt to override the veto, but those efforts will almost certainly fail, since the bill didn't muster a two-thirds majority in either the House or the Senate. The next likely step is for Congressional…
  • Branstad signs gas tax hike, immediately calls for expediting new lane construction

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    This morning Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 257, which raises the state gasoline tax by 10 cents a gallon and includes several other provisions related to transportation funding, permit fees, and fuel taxes. The Iowa House and Senate just approved the bill yesterday, with substantial bipartisan support and opposition in both chambers. Gas tax revenues go into Iowa's Road Use Tax Fund, which distributes money among state, county and local governments according to a set formula. Because Iowa lawmakers did not incorporate any  "fix it first" language in Senate File 257, I remain…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Edward Gibbon Wept

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, brought a snowball in a plastic bag onto the Senate floor Thursday, carefully removed it from the bag, and lobbed it at a congressional page. This was the kind of spectacle I never want my preschool child to see. Why did it happen? As heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes once told Larry Merchant when asked why he let a lighter Michael Spinks push him around the ring, "I dunno Law-ry, why do anybody do what they do? Why do Gaddafi do what he do? I dunno Law-ry." It had something to do with there being snow…
  • Joke Line is Back With a Man-Crush on Jeb

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    I don't know what I thought. I guess I thought that Joke Line had slinked off to some tropical retirement hideaway. Out of sight, out of mind, mainly. But, apparently, he's back and this time he's got a man-crush on Jeb Bush. It's not that he agrees with Jeb Bush on major substantive things that actually matter, like what kind of policy we should have toward Iran or Cuba. But Jeb's got a good temperament. ...Bush’s speech wasn’t exactly a barn burner. His delivery was rushed and unconvincing, though he was more at ease during the question period. He was criticized for a lack of…
  • Chicago PD's Black Site: Homan Square

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Unbelievable as it may seem, The Guardian is reporting today that the Chicago Police Department operates its own "Black Site" where people are taken, tortured and held in shackles without notification of family or the ability to have a lawyer present. One man is alleged to have died there after having been beaten. Shades of the "Disappeared" from the days a military junta ruled Argentina, but its happening here and now in a major city in the United States, and the place is known as "Homan Square." The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering…
  • Whites Do Not See Racism; Research Does

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    In a recent poll, while 70% of African-Americans believe blacks are treated less fairly by the police, only 37% of whites feel the same way. Obviously, the rash of media coverage of police killings of African-Americans has had little if any effect in how the majority of white Americans view police mistreatment of minority populations. This mirrors results in other areas in which whites do perceive discrimination against blacks: For example, 73% of whites do not believe blacks are treated unequally by the courts; 84% think they are treated equally in the workplace; and 87% of whites do not…
  • Serious Question

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Is it just me, or was The Stupid exceedingly strong today? Discuss
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Gut Will Guide His 2016 Decision

    Jessica Puckett
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history, plans on relying on his gut as to whether he will run for president in 2016. “Before I make that decision, I have to develop a sense in my own gut as to whether or not there is the grassroots support across this country,” the Vermont senator told ABC News during an interview in Iowa. “My gut is telling me very clearly that there is a lot of responsiveness to the fact that there is something wrong in this country.” Should he decide to make a White House bid, Sanders would not…
  • One Thing That Might Surprise You About Hillary Clinton

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Lisa Lake/Getty Images This week, we asked Amy Chozick, national political reporter for the The New York Times, who covers Hillary Clinton, about when the former secretary of state might announce her 2016 intentions, her possible competition and one thing that surprised Chozick about Clinton. Read our conversation below before Chozick appears on the “This Week” roundtable Sunday. 1] Hillary Clinton has not said she is running for president, although obviously many people assume she will. If she does, what do we know about when she might announce? Amy Chozick: The…
  • Excerpt: ‘Shame’ by Shelby Steele

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    'Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country,' by Shelby Steele SEE STEELE SUNDAY ON “THIS WEEK” Excerpted with permission from Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country, by Shelby Steele.  Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.  Copyright © 2015. Chapter 1: The Great Divide Not long ago I was the lone conservative at a panel discussion on race and politics at the famous Aspen Institute in Colorado. The day before the panel was to take place, some of us were asked—as a way of…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo. Sunday on “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Plus, two senators considering runs for the White House – Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. – come to “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with New York Times national political reporter Amy Chozick, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., TIME political…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The Battle Against ISIS

    ABC News
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Thousands of Jordanians participate in a mass demonstration after Friday prayers near Al Hussein Mosque to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State (IS) group earlier this week, on Feb. 6, 2015 in Amman, Jordan. This Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest in the battle against ISIS and the debate over President Obama’s proposed authorization of force, with Iraq War veteran Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • War on Whistleblowers (featuring Edward Snowden and David Carr) 2015

    dandelionsalad
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Feb 23, 2015 War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their … Continue reading →
  • Three Evils of Capitalism

    dandelionsalad
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Dandelion Salad leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015 Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature. Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials. see also Extinct—Extincter—Extinctest by Dmitry Orlov … Continue reading →
  • Aid to Ukraine May End US Empire by Finian Cunningham + Video Reports

    dandelionsalad
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from PressTV Feb. 11, 2015 Hosting the German Chancellor in Washington this week, US President appears to have developed cold feet over ardent American calls to send lethal weaponry to Ukraine. … Continue reading →
  • Chris Hedges: War is a Drug

    dandelionsalad
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Dandelion Salad Sent to DS by David Gutnick, CBC radio with Chris Hedges CBC Radio’s Ideas By David Gutnick Paul Kennedy, interviewer February 9, 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges spent decades as a war correspondent for the New York … Continue reading →
  • Rocket Kirchner: My View of Snowden

    dandelionsalad
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    with Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) February 8, 2015 “Past, far past magnetic fields of surveillance, Ratso’s off the Grid…” Ratso’s off the Grid pflvtmh’s channel on Feb 8, 2015 Written and performed … Continue reading →
 
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    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    POLITICOMIX

  • China Construction Daily

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • SB 1435

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another comic for TucsonSentinel.com.A state lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye when members aren’t set to take action.SB 1435, introduced by Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would require that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public. She said it’s difficult for members of elected bodies, especially those with three and five members, to talk without the threat of breaking the open meetings…
  • Independence Day

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. Non-party affiliated voters make up the largest group of Arizona’s 3.24 million registered voters, about 36 percent, at 1.16 million. Republicans account for 1.11 million voters, followed by more than 933,000 Democrats and 26,000 Libertarians.Originally published at TucsonSentinel.com.
  • Vlad the Crisis Manager

    Roberto
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Thanks to CL for the inspiration.
  • APEC Wine Club

    Roberto
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Television Has Improved

    paradox
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    In our political cycles this is the time of year I pity professional political writers, for “February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero.” Being an off-election year just makes it worse, only a minor action of a possible HMS shutdown garnering negligible interest for a new Republican low of stupid. In this black void of nothing to write about attention will be briefly turned to television, an enormously powerful force in all our lives I regard with the highest suspicion and alarm. That infernal box has enormous potential for harm, it can…
  • Boehner's 15 Minutes Are About Up

    Deacon Blues
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 pm
    With the Senate poised to send the House a clean DHS funding bill in the next day or so, John Boehner's worst days are ahead of him. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank noted late this afternoon, Boehner faces the prospect of cobbling together a voting majority (including Democrats) to push through a funding bill to avoid a shutdown, or standing tough with his extremist base and having the department shut down, something 60% of America opposes. If Boehner does the former, and cobbles together a deal, it could cost him his Speakership only weeks after gaining the benefit of a totally GOP-led…
  • Heading Over a Cliff, Part Two

    Deacon Blues
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com We’re headed for a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, because of the bad decisions by two men: President Obama and John Boehner. Obama for his part never should have poked the House GOP in the eye right after the 2014 elections by going ahead with his Executive Order, setting the relationship with the congressional GOP on a needlessly hostile course. Even then, if he had stopped at prosecutorial discretion to relax deportations and not gone further with granting benefits to those affected, he would have a stronger case. Instead, the White…
  • Giuliani's Jump the Shark Week

    Deacon Blues
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    You've read the pathetic things Rudy Giuliani said earlier this week at a Scott Walker fundraiser in New York with GOP elites. Now, in his desperate attempts to wash the stain of racism from his skin, Rudy tells us what he said about Obama wasn't racism because Obama's mother was white. Seriously. Rudy, you weren't talking about his mom, were you? You were talking about him. And more tellingly, if Obama were white, would you be saying anything at all about him? Of course not. Instead, when caught, the best you can do is spew "socialism" or "anti-colonialism", which are the words GOP elites…
  • Jeb is Bush/Cheney II

    Deacon Blues
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Jeb Bush rolled out a trial balloon today at Chicago, field-testing his foreign policy message for 2016. The speech succeeded in that the media reliably has overplayed the tag line "I'm my own man" (a typical Rovian maneuver), but failed to show exactly how he is different from his brother. Jeb prescribes that the way to ensure security in the world is for America to project its power around the globe. Before you think that you misheard that, Bush's team made sure the media knew before the speech how many GOP heavyweights were advising him. And yes, after reading that many of these people…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Ellen for President

    TheEllenShow
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen for President She noticed a bumper sticker with political aspirations for her, and could only wonder what being President would be like. From: TheEllenShow Views: 622991 12151 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Entertainment
  • The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement

    Comedy Central
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement Jon shares an important decision with an unsuspecting audience. * Watch more from this episode on The Daily Show.com and the CC app: http://on.cc.com/1E05o8F. From: Comedy Central Views: 789509 4950 ratings Time: 03:21 More in Comedy
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    10 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    The Daily Show - An Egyptian Satirist in America - Bassem Youssef Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef suggests ways in which to improve the conditions in the Middle East. * Watch more from this episode on The Daily Show.com and the CC app: http://on.cc.c... From: Comedy Central Views: 515493 4675 ratings Time: 05:00 More in Comedy
  • How Powerful Is Australia?

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    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Powerful Is Australia? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Australia may have the largest military in Oceania, but how does it measure up with the world at large? Is the nation a g... From: TestTube Views: 198545 3426 ratings Time: 03:28 More in Science & Technology
  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

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    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
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    ノートンの暴露日記

  • 春日部市の評判の良い歯科医院。

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    埼玉県春日部市で歯科医院をお探しの方は、ぜひ”ほんまる歯科医院”をご指名ください。虫歯や歯周病などの治療を含む一般診療、予防やトリートメントケア、さらに矯正治療やインプラント治療などの審美歯科治療も行っています。…
  • インプラント治療で失敗しないために

    admin
    14 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    歯が一度欠損してしまうと、自然には元には戻りません。欠損した歯を補う治療として、入れ歯やブリッジなどがありますが、どちらの治療法も強度にやや難があります。 入れ歯の場合は健康な歯にも大きな負担がかかりますし、ブリッジの場合は、健康な歯まで削らなくてはいけません。 噛みあわせが悪くなってしまったり、硬いものが食べられなくなってしまったり、何かと問題も多いんです。…
  • インプラント治療はどれくらいの期間が必要か?

    admin
    5 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    ただ、インプラントは大掛かりな設備が必要と聞いて、治療期間も長引きそう、と思い敬遠する人も多いようです。しかし、その治療期間は当日のみで終了するという超短期治療で完了します。施術前にインプラントが可能かどうかの検査が必要になるのですが、それも一日で終了し、後は手術日まで待機します。合計しても事前検査の日と手術日の2日間で、治療は終了するのです。…
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    admin
    9 Mar 2013 | 10:00 pm
    3月は引っ越しのシーズン。4月からの新生活に備えて現在住んでいるアパートやマンション、一軒家から引っ越しをお考えの方も多いと思います。でも引っ越しの際には必ずと言っていいほど、不要となる家電や家具などがでてきます。特に大型の冷蔵庫や洗濯機、マッサージチェアなどは引っ越し費用も高く見積もられることも多いのが実情です。…
 
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    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Mayor Schaaf Must Form Raiders Stadium Task Force - YouTube Oakland Mayor Schaaf Must Form Raiders Stadium Task Force Oakland is behind the 8-ball in forming a credible effort to keep the Oakland Raiders in Oakland. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf must form a task force on the retention of The Oakland Raiders ASAP. Carson, California, with its resident-driven effo Dez Bryant Video - NFL Releases Doc Exonerating Bryant - YouTube Dez Bryant Video - NFL Releases Doc Exonerating Bryant The NFL Network's Ian Rapport released a link to a document that is a police report which refers to the…
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    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
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    22 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jameis Winston - Jameis Winston Killing It At NFL Combine - YouTube Jameis Winston - Jameis Winston Killing It At NFL Combine Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner, is putting on a passing clinic at the NFL Combine. Winston has not only made every throw but they have all been of a textbook variety. Mike Mayock said that Jameis has to stop throwing intercepti Driving To Oscars Red Carpet At Hollywood And Highland - YouTube Driving To Oscars Red Carpet At Hollywood And Highland In this video you will ride with me to Hollywood and Highland, home of the Academy Awards and the Oscars Red…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Snake oil bonds sold to school boards by banksters

    Bob Morris
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    That nice man from the Big Bank explained to us at the school board meeting how their nifty new bonds will save us a bunch of money. True, the bonds are a little hard to understand. But as long as something (I’m not sure what) goes up, our borrowing costs go down! So that means we can load up on debt for new construction because they’re practically giving the money away. We won’t have to impose new taxes which means avoiding all those tedious public hearings and screaming members of the public. This magic is achieved by the wonderfulness of Capital Appreciation…
  • Populism as a coming force in elections

    Bob Morris
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Midwest farmers started populism as a political force in the US Voters increasingly are angry at corruption in high places, cronyism, endless war, and a feeble economy made worse by systematized looting from the top. This is populism. However, for now, populism is spread all over the political spectrum. Should it somehow coalesce, with the various factions coming together on issues they agree on, it would be a powerful force. Populism is the US was started by Midwest farmers who were losing their farms to predatory banks and getting screwed by crop speculators. Once of the first things they…
  • Generating power from flow of water in existing water lines

    Bob Morris
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Lucid Energy installs turbines inside major water mains. The flow of water turns the turbines, creating electricity. Unlike other forms of renewable energy, this is not dependent on the weather, only on downhill water flow, making it excellent for heavy industry, server farms, and more. The video highlights the deep relationship between water and power. It takes electricity to move water and it takes often takes large amounts of water to create energy. Using these turbines on major water pipelines would get the amount of outside energy needed to move the water. Big power plants and industrial…
  • Tesla, and extraordinary delusions and the madness of crowds

    Bob Morris
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sorry, but Tesla just isn’t different or revolutionary. There is nothing new or startling about Tesla electric vehicles, which after all, use a technology that has been around since the 1890’s. Ditto for Telsa’s announcement it will build batteries to store solar power for homes. Again, this has already been done by many other companies, and Tesla has no new ideas here. Further, Tesla is not profitable and will not be until at least 2020, if ever. However, that one-man hype machine Elon Musk spins an alluring tale of a wondrous EV future with solar panels everywhere. In…
  • Solar power, energy storage, and biomass to create 24/7 power

    Bob Morris
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    A proposed power plant in Israel will generate power continually by using solar thermal to power turbines, storing excess heat for future use, and burning garbage that would be otherwise be landfilled. Most solar thermal plants focus the sun’s heat to a central tower to run the turbines. This innovative design by Brenmiller Energy stores the heat from each reflector apparently as steam in underground pipes, releasing it as needed. Backup power will be created by using biomass as fuel, allowing 24/7 energy production from renewable energy. “Solar power stations integrating storage and…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Common Core: The Conceit and Downsides Central Planning

    indianaoracle
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    As everyone with access to daily news knows, Jeb Bush appears to be running for POTUS and is a strong advocate of “Common Core.” He also advocates legalizing and welcoming more aliens in from Mexico. His characterization of this campaign plank is “an act of love.” The two are connected. Common Core is connected to […]
  • Coming to a PC Near You

    indianaoracle
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Prediction:  This POTUS is going to attempt to put the internet under government control and bureaucracy.  Make it a federally controlled entity. If your response to that prediction is serious doubt, read on. What follows is the Takeover Playbook, Signals: Taking Over the Internet, Who Benefits, and Who is Potentially Hurt. Right now activity around […]
  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

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

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

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Governments across the globe are being forced to do more with less. As they strive to meet increased expectations from digitally-savvy citizens — and promote economic health for their regions — many government agencies are looking to technology for answers. By moving key IT systems to the cloud, governments can gain benefits that extend far beyond the IT realm.Request Free!
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    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As government leaders prepare for the next phase of business intelligence, they must be smarter in how they approach data to unlock its full value. We suggest they focus on contextual computing.Request Free!
  • The Economy of Security: How Physical and Cyber Security Drive Economic Vitality

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    What is not as widely considered is the fact that cyber and physical security breaches can have a negative effect on economic vitality. Read this white paper to gain a better understanding of the connection between economic vitality and security.Request Free!
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    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Government benefits of all sizes that are using cloud-based services encompass citizen-centric services, security-rich and highly available, improved efficiency, and cost optimization.Request Free!
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    20 Feb 2015 | 12:50 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:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackBest Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecureNew Strategies for a New World of IT: Are You Ready?Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • You’re Not Getting Any of My Chocolate!

    admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    I enjoy chocolate and politics, but I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Therefore, I decided to share some history that combines the first two topics with the commercialized holiday instead of sharing my chocolate. This illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues. An illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues,…
  • Sunday Humor Round Number Two — Literally

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Call it Round Two of my Sunday funnies. After sharing a piece involving the late actor, Don Knotts, earlier today, I thought I’d share more humor in the form of a television commerical for Poo~Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, a product actually sold around the world. Enjoy! Yes, I know this viral video is almost nine months old and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times on YouTube, but I still found it funny enough to share. I’m on a laughing binge today. For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please…
  • Nervous Weatherman Skit Big Break for Actor Don Knotts

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Sometimes, one has to get away from business and politics and simply enjoy something funny. Today, I offer you the chance to do just that by watching a video of the late actor Don Knotts. Best known as “Deputy Barney Fife” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he got his big break by playing a nervous weatherman in a skit on “The Steve Allen Show.” Post by West Virginia Celebrities. According to the folks at the West Virginia Celebrities Facebook page, dedicated to news and information about celebrities who call West Virginia home, Knotts made his debut on “The Steve…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Feb. 1-7

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    In addition to spending a lot of time working on my first screenplay, I adopted a one-post-per-day approach to things during the first week of February 2015 at BobMcCarty.com. INELIGIBLE? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Click image above to read about this topic. On the same day I published my last weekly recap, I shared a guest piece written by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College, the…
  • Arkansas’ Freshman Senator Shreds Obama Administration False Narrative on Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    According to a Department of Defense puff piece today that focuses on the Capitol Hill testimony of Brian P. McKeon yesterday, the question is not whether to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, it’s how to do it. Others, including first-term Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), offer an opinion seemingly 180 degrees opposite the one espoused by the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy and the Obama Administration. Beginning at the 3:00-minute mark in the video above, Senator Cotton grills McKeon about the Obama Administration’s false narrative that the mere…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Brickbat: Co-Parenting

    Charles Oliver
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Jason Hughes battered Natalie Allman with a dumbbell, slashed her throat with a knife, and tried to smother her with a pillow, all in front of their two sons. Hughes is now in prison for the attack, and a British judge says he'll send Allman to prison, too, if she doesn't keep Hughes updated on their children. She must send letters and photos of the boys to Hughes three times a year.
  • Forget Scott Walker’s ISIS/Unions Comments: Today’s Republican Foreign Policy Scandal Is That GOP Elites Still Agitate for Pre-Emptive War

    Matt Welch
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:12 pm
    You would think, given the media coverage, that the most important foreign policy discussion today at the Conservative Political Action Committee came when current GOP darling Scott Walker, governor of a state with a considerably smaller population than New York City, uttered these comments about how he would approach Islamic terrorists: "I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil," Walker said. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world." Walker's…
  • The FBI and Domestic ISIS Arrest: Keeping Fear Alive as a Government Mission

    Brian Doherty
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept has some perspective worth keeping in mind regarding this week's spincter-tightening announcement of Domestic ISIS! Right here in New York City! As my colleague Murtaza Hussain ably documents, “it appears that none of the three men was in any condition to travel or support the Islamic State, without help from the FBI informant.” One of the frightening terrorist villains told the FBI informant that, beyond having no money, he had encountered a significant problem in following through on the FBI’s plot: his mom had taken away his passport. Noting the…
  • Shoot and Kill No One, Get Charged with Murder Because Compatriot in Crime is Shot and Killed by Someone Else

    Brian Doherty
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Those who think punishments should fit crimes might question the application of "felony murder" charges against people involved in a criminal activity that results in someone shot and killed even though the person charged was neither shooter nor killer. Alternet via the Guardian details a case of a dumb kid who committed a dumb crime for which a partner-in-crime was killed by the homeowner they were robbing. He got 55 years for what was essentially an act of breaking and entering. Details: The boy was unarmed, had pulled no trigger, killed no one. He was himself shot and injured in the…
  • Today Ted Cruz Is a Marijuana Federalist—a Year Ago, Not So Much

    Jacob Sullum
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:56 pm
    At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) endorsed marijuana federalism during an exchange with Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity. "Look," Cruz said. "I actually think this is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called 'the laboratories of democracy.' If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that's their prerogative. I personally don't agree with it, but that's their right." It is heartening to hear Cruz, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, endorse this…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

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

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

  • Special Edition of The Yaron Brook Show: The Conservative Movement

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Tune in tomorrow, Friday, February 27, for a special episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Yaron will broadcast live from CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservatives in America, and will give his take on the conservative movement.
  • Today on The Yaron Brook Show: The Oscars, ISIS and More

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, topics included: whether Obama loves America; whether ISIS is Islamic; Scott Walker; the virtues necessary for a selfish life; and the Oscars.
  • Selfishness Part III: What Does Living the Good Life Require?

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    On Monday, February 23, Yaron Brook will talk about the virtues of rational selfishness as presented in Ayn Rand’s essay “The Objectivist Ethics” in The Virtue of Selfishness.
  • Panel: Freedom of Speech or Tyranny of Silence? [Audio]

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    We at the Ayn Rand Institute regard free speech as essential to a free society; you can’t have one without the other. That’s why we have a long and proud history of taking an uncompromising and unequivocal stand for free speech.
  • The Yaron Brook Show: Living a Flourishing Life

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, Yaron talks about altruism in practice and the virtue of rationality. Topics included: The terrorist attacks in Denmark; the debt crisis in Greece and the morality of sacrifice; the value of reason and the virtue of rationality; selfishness and charity.
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A challenger throws Rahm Emanuel for a loop

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    CHICAGOThe mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city’s ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where “every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success.”Read full article >>
  • Taking Obamacare for granted

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s done?Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening to talk on Friday with Sylvia Mathews Burwell,the secretary of Health and Human Services.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP superego win the day?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, a.k.a. the conscience, and the id. Read full article >>
  • James Comey’s candor on race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.In “Parting the Waters,” the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration meeting during which Hoover “expressed no sympathy for civil rights and painted an alarming picture of subversive elements among the integrationists.”Read full article >>
  • Jon Stewart, Brian Williams and the new media age

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way. “Look,” he said, “we politicians may have thin skins, but you guys in the media have no skins.”Read full article >>
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Learn to be still in the midst of activity, to be vibrantly alive in repose. (I. Gandhi) — To find balance in all things. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. (A. Camus) — Don't hold back, waiting for 'someday!' (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. (A. Camus) — I say, the more absurd, the better! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for changing them. (D. Waitley) — Oooh, responsibility. Scary! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    I'm going to be the person on the outside that I've been on the inside my whole life. (G. Carlin) — Truth in advertising! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Republican Courting Disaster on Education, Part I

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Aside from the big New Deal entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, and of course national defense, the government functions most popular among Americans involve public education. Republicans, following radical conservative thinking on education, are increasingly tempted to take an ideological bender into direct attacks on public education, particularly when their lower-tax and less-government agenda forces them to find large areas of the public sector to cut. This week I've noted two examples of this dynamic. The first, involving higher education, was at TPMCafe: Some high-profile…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    From President Obama's remarks at a Miami Town Hall, as reported by Mollie Reilly at HuffPo: "In the last election, a little over one-third of eligible voters voted. One-third! Two-thirds of the people who have the right to vote -- because of the struggles of previous generation, had the right to vote -- stayed home. I'm willing to bet that there are young people who have family members who are at risk of the existing immigration system who still didn't vote."..."Why are you staying at home?" Obama said. "Why are you not participating? There are war-torn countries, people full of poverty, who…
  • The Possibilities and Limits of the 50 State Strategy

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    The second part of Le Champignon's Daily Kos post "Democrats wise up, return to 50 State Strategy" addresses the core concern of the title and opens with this observation: The 50 State Strategy was never intended to install progressives in deep-red districts and states. This simply isn't going to happen. There's no reason for these states to vote for a local progressive if they won't vote for a non-local progressive (i.e., our president). Sure, there are exceptions. I can see why West Virginians, dependent on the extraction industry as they are, would not vote for someone who was a staunch…
  • Towards a Welcoming 'Big Tent' --- That Can Win Elections

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    A Daily Kos blogger with the handle "Le Champignon" has a post "Democrats Wise Up, Return to 50 State Strategy," which provides a pitch for unity with a diss for "pet causes...to the exclusion of everything else." The post has stimulated an interesting discussion (see comments) about the relative merits of 'big tent' inclusiveness vs. a more 'purist' progressive vision. Further, We need to be the Coalition of the Dispossessed. We are the groups who are marginalized by sexist men, by racist whites, by homophobic straight cis people, by the uncaring rich, by the supremely powerful, by the…
  • Game On -- Battle for State Legislatures Begins

    24 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Emma Roller has some very good news in her National Journal post "Can Democrats Ever Win Back State Legislatures? One group is putting $70 million on it happening in the next five years." The bad news is it's going to take some time. As Roller puts it, "Caring about the 2016 presidential race is so over; now all the cool kids are watching 2020...Since 2008, Democrats have lost control of 30 state legislative chambers--totaling 910 seats--and 11 governorships." Further, ...Today, Republicans control 68 out of the country's 99 state legislative chambers--every state has two chambers except for…
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  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
  • Delhi elections 2015: Confident of running Delhi govt for next 5 years : Kejriwal

    Gautam
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is confident that the voters of Delhi will give a clear verdict in this elections. Kejriwal, who answered a range of questions from readers on TOI Hangout, said that his party has a 7-point action plan for Delhi once they are voted to power. In an hour-long session, AAP chief responded to questions on several issues, and expressed confidence that AAP will be able to run government in Delhi for the next five years.Kejriwal dubbed his aide-turned-political rival, Kiran Bedi, the challenger in these elections, and said she should be the one to fight from his…
  • brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil

    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
 
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  • Europe’s Chimerical Capital-Markets Union

    Howard Davies
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    At a time when Europe’s currency union is at risk, and its banking union remains at an early stage of development, the endlessly creative European Commission is embarking on another adventure: a so-called “capital markets union.” Given the current political climate, the new initiative is unlikely to have a transformational impact.
  • Putin’s Gas Problem

    Paul R. Gregory
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:20 am
    Last December, Gazprom and a Turkish pipeline company signed a memorandum of understanding to construct a gas pipeline from Russia to Turkey under the Black Sea. The $12 billion project is likely to reinforce Russia's reputation as an unreliable partner and accelerate Europe's search for alternate sources of supply.
  • China’s Dual-Track Challenge

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    With China's economic slowdown more apparent than ever, its prospects of avoiding a hard landing are weakening. Whether policymakers succeed will depend on whether they can navigate the challenges stemming from an increasingly divided economy.
  • Making Do With More

    J. Bradford DeLong
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Ensuring that the workers of today and tomorrow can capture the benefits of the information age will require us to redesign our economic system. Only by finding ways to put true value on the goods we produce can we sustain a middle-class society, rather than one of techno-plutocrats and their service-sector serfs.
  • Emerging Economies’ Demographic Challenge

    Martin Neil Baily, et al.
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Population aging is often cited as a major economic challenge for the developed world. But shifting demographics pose an even greater threat to the growth prospects of many emerging economies, and only far-reaching productivity-enhancing reforms can ensure continued gains in prosperity.
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  • Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret Interrogation Center

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Chicago police have been accused of operating the equivalent of a “black site” interrogation center, reminiscent of those used by the Central Intelligence Agency.   A warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square has been in use for years by special police units conducting off-the-books interviews, according to The Guardian. Some of those taken to the facility reported being beaten and shackled by police who don’t log information about those questioned there. Many taken to the location are “poor, black and brown,” Spencer Ackerman reported for…
  • “What the Drilling Industry has Bought and Paid for in Campaign Contributions they shall Receive.”

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    An Ohio Supreme Court decision last week compelled a justice to do something few public officials do when it comes to addressing the connection between campaign contributions and political favors.   After the court sided with drillers in a fracking regulation case in a 4-3 decision, Justice William M. O’Neill, who was in the minority, in his dissent wrote that “the oil and gas industry has gotten its way.” Even more pointedly, O’Neill added: “What the drilling industry has bought and paid for in campaign contributions they shall receive.”   What…
  • Why is Congress Turning over Public Lands to Foreign Copper Mine Companies?

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Nearly 2,500 acres of public lands in Arizona has been handed over to two foreign mining companies that plan to excavate $130 billion in copper from an area considered sacred to Native Americans.   Oak Flat, part of the Tonto National Forest about 100 miles north of Tucson, is the site where Resolution Copper Mining, a British-Australian partnership, intends to develop an enormous copper mine.   Resolution got permission to create the mine after Arizona’s two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, slipped a provision into the Defense Reauthorization Act. McCain says…
  • Oakland VA Lost Thousands of Veterans Claims, Found Them, and Then Lost Them Again

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The Oakland, California, regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stuffed 13,184 benefit requests, some dating back to the 1990s, into a file cabinet where they were discovered in 2012, partially processed and then promptly lost. The department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) documented the sad tale (pdf) in a report published last week.        A Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) management support team was sent to Oakland in late 2012 and discovered the “informal” claims with no record that anyone had looked at them.
  • Is it Time for Americans who Earn more than $118,500 a Year to Pay more into Social Security?

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    With more Americans relying on Social Security for their income, some have raised the question whether it is time for the federal government to raise the amount of income that’s taxable to fund the program.   Currently, earnings up to $118,500 are taxed and funneled into the Social Security trust fund. Income above that level isn’t subject to Social Security withholding, putting a disproportionate burden on lower-income earners.   According to the Social Security Administration, in 1983, about 11% of all income escaped being taxed by Social Security. By 2012, that number…
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  • FCC approves net neutrality, Providers, GOP vow to block it

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    First, the good news today. FCC approves strict rules on Web providers: The Federal Communications Commission approved strict new rules for Internet providers Thursday in a historic vote that represents the government’s most aggressive attempt to make sure the Web … Continue reading →
  • Teabaggers throw a temper tantrum, they want their shutdown of DHS

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Un-freakin’-believable. The only reason we can’t get a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill done is because of the Tea Party Caucus in the House, and a cowardly Weeper of the House, John Boehner, who cannot — or will … Continue reading →
  • Patricia Arquette was not malicious in her backstage comments, but she was mistaken

    Donna Gratehouse
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com I cheered right along with Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez when Patricia Arquette made an impassioned demand for women’s rights and, specifically, pay equity in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress last Sunday. And then she … Continue reading →
  • Provocative Möda Provŏcateūr 2015

    Carolyn Classen
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    A Different Kind of Fashion Show The 12th Annual Möda Provŏcateūr, presented by Title Sponsor, FreedomSmoke International, and supported by Arizona Lottery and WABA Hair Supply is an event celebrating the best of Tucson style while raising funds for the … Continue reading →
  • Riddle me this, gun fetishists, why do you need silencers?

    Donna Gratehouse
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com Photo: www.atf.gov Alas, because the annual AZ Legislature session coincides with the busiest time of year for my place of business I cannot keep up with all the bills as the wonderful Craig McDermott does. But I … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

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

  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Bicyclist Struck, Killed By Car Late This Afternoon A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in East Oakland late Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to reports of an accident between a vehicle and bicycle in the area of Prune and San Leandro streets shortly after 4:30 p.m., Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said. Arriving officers found the injured bicyclist, a woman in her 30s or 40s, who was pronounced dead by emergency crews at the scene, Watson said. The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators, she…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Man Struck, Killed By Out-Of-Service Caltrain In Tunnel An out-of-service Caltrain that struck and killed a man in a tunnel in San Francisco on Monday night has been released from the scene, a spokeswoman said. The collision occurred in Tunnel One shortly after 9 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said. The train was heading south and continued traveling in that direction once it was released as of about 10:45 p.m., she said. Once crews clean up the scene, all trains will be allowed to resume regular scheduled service, Ackemann said. BART will continue to accept Caltrain tickets at…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Coast Guard Rescues 6 People In Waters Near Crissy Field A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued six people in the waters off of San Francisco’s Crissy Field late Sunday morning, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard received a report of an outrigger canoe taking on the water near Crissy Field shortly before 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Ensign Jake Urrutia said. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew responded to the scene and found six people from the canoe in the water, he said. The crew rescued all six people and they were taken to Station Golden Gate to be evaluated by emergency crews waiting on shore,…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Raiders Looking At Joint Stadium Site In Southern California The Oakland Raiders on Thursday announced plans to share a stadium in Southern California with the San Diego Chargers if both NFL teams fail to find new stadium solutions in their hometowns. In a joint statement by the two conference rivals in the AFC West, the teams said they are looking at a stadium site in Carson in Los Angeles County while still looking at options in their respective current cities. “We have both been working in our home markets to find a stadium solution for many years, so far unsuccessfully,” the…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    City College Will Defend Its Accreditation Following Court Injunction The chancellor of City College of San Francisco said Wednesday that the college will take up the opportunity provided by a court injunction to seek reconsideration of a regional commission’s decision to revoke its accreditation. “We plan to avail ourselves of the remedy afforded by Judge Karnow and look forward to a fair hearing where we can present our case,” Chancellor Art Tyler said in a statement. The final injunction was issued by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow on Tuesday together…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Check Out Our New Political Platform Tool

    Online Candidate
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Coming up with campaign slogan isn't too hard. The real work comes when it's time to come up with a political platform to attract voters. We can help!
  • 5 Tips To Mix Online Into Your First Fundraising Event

    Online Candidate
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    With some planning, you can turn your first fundraising event into something that increases awareness, gains you more interest in your campaign - and perhaps brings in some additional money!
  • .REPUBLICAN and .DEMOCRAT Political Domain Name Sale!

    Online Candidate
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Right now, you can register your .DEMOCRAT or .REPUBLICAN domain with Online Candidate for a special price of $7.99. Find your next domain name today!
  • What’s Your Campaign Theme?

    Online Candidate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    For political purposes, your campaign theme is basically a single message which is used to communicate an integrated political message. It should be based on a clear reason why a candidate is running for office, and backed up by an overall identity that shapes the overall campaign. The goal, of course, is to convince people to vote for you.
  • When One Domain Name Just Isn’t Enough

    Online Candidate
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Your domain name is large part of your online brand, so it's important to choose the right domain name for your political campaign or organization. Here are some times when you may want to consider using additional domain names...
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
  • Happy Festivus! Airing My Grievances

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    In honor of Festivus I decided to make a list ...I've got a lot of problems with you people and now you're gonna hear about it!Don't argue with me. I'm right. If you do these things, I assure you that you are pissing people off and one day you might get punched in the mouth, in which case you would deserve it.1) Ya know when it's daytime but the sun is covered with a wall of clouds? Overcast. Yeah, during this time about 90 percent of people use headlights, while about 10 percent of you have not only managed to buy a vehicle without daylights but you drive around without putting your lights…
 
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  • Hard choices lie ahead - here's how the next government might make them

    Jonathan Portes
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    The next government can use data to make cuts more effectively and in a fairer way than this one The Treasury has put together data on how its policies impact on people. Ministers have been sluggish at using it. (Photo:Getty) One of the unforeseen consequences of coalition, combined with fixed-term Parliaments, is that we currently have a lame-duck government. Nothing is happening in terms of government policies – instead ministers are promising, on behalf of their own party not the government as a whole, to do things if they are elected to govern alone. The consequence has been the…
  • The story of tuition fees: from keepy-uppy to political football

    Anoosh Chakelian
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
    Labour is proposing a cut in tuition fees, but it was the party that made students pay in the first place. The muddled timeline of tuition fees. Photos: Getty Appropriately for a higher education policy, the tuition fees story has been approached in the manner of student politics: stridently, sometimes misleadingly, and with a whole lot of feelings. The development of tuition fees in Britain is a muddled timeline zigzagging from Tony Blair’s “absolute nonsense” to a burning effigy of Nick Clegg, followed up with a jauntily autotuned apology replayed every few months on the Today…
  • Tristram Hunt: "You wouldn’t go to an accountant because they really like numbers"

    Stephen Bush
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:07 am
    Ahead of Ukip's conference in Margate, Tristram Hunt says that Labour can use the politics of aspiration to attack Ukip. "We've got to shine a light on Ukip policies" (Photo:Getty) Tristram Hunt has returned from the Medway in a pugnacious mood.   The shadow education secretary has described Ukip, who are seeking to supplant Labour as the second force in Kent, as a “clarifying force”, and I sense that the trip to Kent has the same effect on him. It’s certainly raised his antipathy to the Prime Minister a notch. “[Cameron’s] chasing the Ukip vote, particularly in the southern…
  • Nick Clegg's £281 billion debt bombshell? Labour reveal the cost of £9,000 fees

    Stephen Bush
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Ed Miliband and Ed Balls will attack the coalition's fees model for betraying young people and piling billions onto the national debt Two Eds are better than one: Ed Miliband and Ed Balls will round on the coalition's fees model before announcing their own The current fees system is piling £16 billion extra worth of debt to the public finances every year and will have added £281 billion worth to the national debt by 2030, Ed Miliband will say later today as he and Ed Balls launch the latest of Labour's zero-based spending reviews before unveiling the party's fourth manifesto pledge - it is…
  • I've had four years of using the Job Centre - and four years of incompetence

    Gary Boyd
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Using the Job Centre has exposed me to institutionalised bullying, poorly-chosen medical experts, and incompetence, says Gary Boyd. So I've decided to do something about it People queue outside a job centre in Bristol (Photo:Getty) I’ve been using the job centre for the past four years. I’ve had four years of incompetence. My life was put on hold as the job centre lost my forms and then denied all responsibility. I had to wait months for the money I needed to live and support my family. I applied for ESA because I have a lifelong congenital heart defect, anxiety and depression, and was…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Naples: see Itron and die

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    “In Naples there are 46 families at risk of having no income and no future because of the American multinational that is taking action based on just speculative ideas while forgetting its own industrial objectives. The Itron Group, has an annual turnover of 1.9 billion dollars, and it produces methane gas metres in Naples. It’s got an efficient factory with excellent ROI indicators, plenty of orders from all over the world, from the Emirates to Bolivia, and from Pakistan to Australia. Now this American giant has decided to close down this factory and concentrate production in Rheims, in…
  • Black ISIS, black oil

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    «Twenty years ago, I was a good hunter and I often went hunting. I had two dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer and a setter, and from dawn to dusk we went up and down the gullies so by the end of the day, the dogs were tired out. On returning back to the home of the local people, the first thing we did was to feed the dogs. And we gave them a massive bowl of soup that was perhaps enough for five. On one occasion, I saw a small scraggy, starving, weak cat approaching. It was really frightened and it crept closer very slowly. He looked at the dogs, miaowed meekly and placed a paw on the edge of…
  • No entry for 160 families in Genoa

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    “Concordia - no way forward: Renzi just comes to Genoa to get a selfie with the wreck of the cruise ship! 160 people employed by Costa Crociere are at risk of losing their jobs because the CEO Michael Thamm has decided to merge with the Hamburg company called AIDA (and Costa Crociere is still making a profit). On Friday of last week, the employees received an email, asking them (with no forewarning) to put a cross in a box to say whether or not they are willing to move to Hamburg. But the Costa Crociere staff are working in highly specialised sectors and their expertise would be lost to…
  • Passaparola - Together we can stop the big tax evaders, by Hervè Falciani

    23 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    New Twitter Gallery The passaparola of Hervé Falciani, co-author, with Angelo Mincuzzi, of the book entitled"La Cassaforte degli Evasori" Pub. Chiarelettere Blog: What are the Falciani lists?” Hervè Falciani: Hello to all the friends of the Blog. Above all they are clues gathered over many years that enable us to check up on the HSBC Bank: a prime example of an International offshore bank, one of the largest in the world, and that explains the workings of this network of banks that currently operate in the shadows and are hiding half of the world’s debt. That’s a fact. Half of the…
  • Etruria Bank: Arezzo’s feeding trough #Bancaetruria

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    The hurried reform of the popular banks “After Matteo Renzi rushed through the hotly contested reform of the popular banks, a reform made more palatable with the portability of current accounts, there were suspicions of share speculation (and this is currently being investigated by the Rome Prosecutors). Before the decree got government approval - the decree that was like a lightning strike and transformed them into joint-stock companies - the Bank of Italy arranged for the Etruria Bank to be placed under special administration because of serious capital problems, and then the bank’s…
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

    Steen Rasmussen, External Research Professor at Santa Fe Institute, USA & Professor, Head of the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Head of Science Board, Initiative for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at University of Southern Denmark
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Future technology won't just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies. Sergey Nivens/ShutterstockThroughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the past century – in biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence – holds the promise to do the same for our current, post-industrial world. Our political institutions, the rule of law, human rights, the banking system, our education system…
  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen's University Belfast
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy, CC BYAs the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of questions around employment law, morality and responsibility. Ultimately, though, the motivating factor behind any return to football is likely to be far more prosaic. On October 17 last year, Evans was released from prison having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a…
  • 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…
  • Creating space for the leadership Australia needs

    Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University of Technology
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:59 pm
    This election is a serious choice about the type of society we want to become. AAPIn a recent lecture, Ross Garnaut argued that after decades of prosperity, Australians must now choose between two radically different approaches to our problems. The choice is between a “business as usual” approach, which preserves the status quo, and a “public interest approach”, which requires that Australia change its minds, policies and actions when evidence supports change. None of the political scheming observed in Canberra in recent times alters this analysis, or our choice. If anything, these…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19...
  • The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but...

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but Stop it PermanentlyThe President says he’ll veto the Keystone XL pipeline. He should do more, and put an end to the project altogether. He has the authority. Oil from Alberta’s tar sands is the dirtiest in the world – causing not just serious environmental damage when it’s extracted but also when and if it leaks out along its route from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Please tell the White House to veto it permanently.
  • How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost...
  • Back to the Nineteenth Century

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and...
  • The Share-the-Scraps Economy

    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Hold Politicians Accountable for Debacle in Libya

    Doug Bandow
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Doug Bandow Will America ever again be at peace? Pressure is building for the U.S. again to intervene in Libya. Less than three years after Libya’s civil war the country has ceased to exist. This debacle offers a clear lesson for American policymakers. But denizens of Washington seem never to learn. The administration presented the issue as one of humanitarian intervention, to save the people of Benghazi from slaughter at the hands of Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy. Although he was a nasty character, he had slaughtered no one when his forces reclaimed other territory. In Benghazi he only…
  • Fifth Time's a Charm? Why the Court Should Strike Down the Armed Career Criminal Act as Unconstitutionally Vague

    Trevor Burrus
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:04 am
    Trevor Burrus The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) increases the minimum criminal penalty for defendants convicted of illegal firearm possession who also have three prior violent crime convictions. While the Act lists many crimes as qualifying as “violent”—such as burglary, arson, and extortion—it also contains a catch-all provision, a “residual clause,” that includes crimes that “otherwise involve conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.” While that language may seem clear, its precise meaning has bedeviled courts for decades. In fact,…
  • Repeating News Story: Eroding Shorelines and Imperiled Coastal Villages in Alaska

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was in Alaska last week at the invite of the Alaska Federation of Natives to discuss climate change and other issues. During her visit, she made a side trip to the 400 or so person town of Kivalina, located on a low-lying barrier island along Alaska’s northwest coast. The settlement sprung up about a century ago when the Interior Department decided to erect a school there under a program to promote the “education of natives in Alaska.” The same program established schools in other coastal…
  • New York Proposes Special Bitcoin Regulation, But Won't Say Why

    Jim Harper
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    Jim Harper Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued the second draft of its “BitLicense” proposal, a special, technology-specific regulation for digital currencies like Bitcoin. For a second time, the NYDFS claims to have a strong rationale for such regulation, but it has not revealed its rationale to the public, even though it is required to do so by New York’s Freedom of Information Law. If you’re just joining the “BitLicense” saga, the NYDFS welcomed Bitcoin in August 2013 by subpoenaing every important person in the Bitcoin world. A few…
  • New Coke and the Iraq War

    David Boaz
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    David Boaz Donald Keough, who was president of Coca-Cola, has died at age 88. All the obituaries lead with his role in the New Coke debacle. On April 23, 1985, Coca-Cola replaced its amazingly successful product with a new formula, called New Coke. Some people liked the new flavor, but many did not. On July 11 the company reversed its decision and reintroduced the original formula, called for a time Coca-Cola Classic. Wikipedia reports, “ABC News’ Peter Jennings interrupted General Hospital to share the news with viewers.” The experience was generally regarded as one of the biggest…
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    A View from the Right

  • On Ethical Monotheism and Friedrich Nietzsche

    sirrahc
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, influential 19th-century philosopher and cultural critic Late last year, I posted excerpts from the Introduction to Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book, Atheist Delusions. I finally starting reading the rest of the book — slowly, now and then — and am really appreciating Hart’s […]
  • Ants vs. Global Warming

    sirrahc
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    FUN FACT: Ants make up 15-25% of the total mass of living animal tissue on the continents! We’ll get back to the ants in a minute. But, first… The Sun is a nuclear furnace. Hydrogen, the lightest element and most abundant chemical substance in the universe, is constantly being fused within it into helium. Over […]
  • A Local Flood Interpretation of Genesis 7

    sirrahc
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    “[I]f the report is a phenomenological depiction, permitting the possibility of a local flood, the meaning is not substantially altered: all that Noah and his generation know is swallowed up by the waters so that none survives.”  — Dr. Kenneth A. Mathews, The New American Commentary, Vol. 1A In my Facebook travels, not long ago […]
  • New “House Freedom Caucus” to Push Conservative Agenda

    sirrahc
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:20 pm
    “If the RSC shrinks from its duties, if it allows the executive branch to establish the entire legislative agenda, if it refuses to “frame the issues” in a conservative manner by bowing to the ideological deviations in store, the Republican Study Committee will sink to an impotent posture. However, a new group of ideologically committed […]
  • Keystone Conundrum

    sirrahc
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Charisma is Priority One

    Lisa Johnston
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Hate the reality all you want, but charisma and likability must be a screening criterion and litmus test for candidates in high profile races. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when I bring up the fact that low information voters choose candidates based on these type of peripheral variables to activist Democrats – many people ignore my comment and try not to talk about it. I can just hear the thoughts running through people’s minds about how this shouldn’t be the case, knowledge and policy positions should be the most important, they would never pick a candidate based on non-substantive…
  • Guide to Choosing a new KDP Chairperson

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As current KDP chair, Joan Wagnon, announced that she will be stepping down and that a new leader will be selected at Washington Days in early March, I wanted to put together a few thoughts for Democrats around the state to consider when selecting the next chair for the Kansas Democratic Party. The Kansas Democratic Party needs a leader who: Welcomes everyone to the party who wants to be involved No exclusion, no cliques, no BS. Respect and honor differences of perspective and approaches within the party. No friendly fire – when your forces are outnumbered you shouldn’t shoot someone who…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

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

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

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

  • The Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated Without Iran

    Landon Shroder
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    The US can work with Iran to defeat the Islamic State, or it can isolate Iran and risk provoking conflict on two fronts. Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more — and with that, we will yet again authorize war in Mesopotamia. There is no doubt that the Authorization for the Use of […] The post The Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated Without Iran appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Are British Muslims Becoming “Radicalized”?

    Duncan Thomas
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    Why are second-generation British Muslims joining the Islamic State? Following the murder of Lee Rigby in 2013, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered a characteristically vacuous response: “There is not a problem with Islam … but there is a problem within Islam.” That is, while not quite bigoted enough to equate Islam with terrorism […] The post Are British Muslims Becoming “Radicalized”? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Is Homelessness a Free Choice?

    Cameron Parsell
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Describing homelessness as a choice helps gain a sense of control over not only the circumstances, but the identity of the homeless. In 2012, we set out to unpack some of the contexts and circumstances that situate and make meaningful the espoused choices to be homeless that people make. To this end, we developed a […] The post Is Homelessness a Free Choice? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • What We Think the Islamic State Wants is Wrong

    Tahir Abbas
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    The Islamic State is a turbo-powered al-Qaeda but far more hideous. Amid much discussion about the Islamic State (IS), there remains a horrendous gap in understanding what is plaguing the minds of sensible people everywhere. A growing body of people are seeking to define IS as deeply Islamic in its outlook and practice. But by […] The post What We Think the Islamic State Wants is Wrong appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Despite Problems, Greece’s Economy Has Growth Potential

    John Bruton
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Greece’s future needs to be underpinned by a credible plan that focuses on private sector-led growth, argues former Prime Minister John Bruton. It is important to note that the recession in Greece has been much deeper than expected by those who agreed the original bailout package in 2010 — a 25% fall in output against […] The post Despite Problems, Greece’s Economy Has Growth Potential appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Ce date de contact sunt necesare pentru vanzarea unei case?

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    O vanzare rapida a casei poate incepe atunci cand se listeaza datele de contact corecte. Locatia aproximativa a imobilului care va fi vandut va trebui sa fie afisata prima in anunt. Un client trebuie sa aiba o idee cat se poate de clara atunci cand citeste informatiile care definesc tranzactia. Tipul de proprietate in cauza va trebui, de asemenea, sa fie precizat de la inceput. Aceasta include informatia daca o proprietate este de tip apartament sau o alta forma de cladire rezidentiala.Tipul specific de proprietate ar trebui sa fie mentionat in asa fel incat un client sa stie la ce fel de…
  • Manevre

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Mitul invincibilitatii a fost infirmat. Cei care mai credeau ca Elena Udrea e de neatins, - precum Sfinta Fecioara! - s-au inselat. Judecatorii au mentinut, fara sa clipeasca, pentru inca treizeci de zile catusele puse de procurori… cu toate rinjetele si semnnele cabalistice ale Elenei Udrea. Mai incolo, Traian Basescu ia cu asalt sediul PMP, fara sa-i pese prea tare de problemele fostei sale asistente, inlocuind „Garajul”cu Noul Birou de expresedinte, amenajat chiar de catre aceasta. Flerul copoiului batrinn, care adulmeca primejdia, il indeamna sa-si paraseasca birlogul conjugal si…
  • Dezinsectia in Bucuresti, o misiune deloc imposibila

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Bucurestiul este cel mai aglomerat oras din Romania si cel mai mizerabil. In subsoluri si pe langa blocuri, pentru ca gunoaiele nu sunt luate la timp, apar focare de mizerie si foarte multi daunatori, de la sobolani, la gandaci sau chiar purici. Pentru a scapa de astfel de daunatori este necesara o dezinsectie Bucuresti permanenta, cu substante de calitate, concentrate, aplicate de specialisti in domeniu care nu rateaza nici un loc unde s-ar putea ascunde micile insecte sau animalute.Rovent, firma specializata in curatenie generala si dezinsectie pentru business si rezidential, cu experienta…
  • Zbor intrerupt

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    Ion Margarit era cunoscut ca un mester neintrect la tot felul de dracovenii. Ultima inventie, la care lucra de citiva ani, un fel de aparat de zbor, stirnise, la inceput, vilva printre localnici, dar interesul scazu cu timpul, din cauza uitarii. Margarint nu abandona insa proiectul, incercind sa depaseasca dificultatile aparute si lipsa de bani.Doi ani mai tirziu reusi sa-l finalizeze, in secret, acesta trebuind doar sa mai fie incercat. Proba de foc se desfasura intr-o zi frumoasa de vara, fara vint si fara alte semne deosebite de ploaie sau furtuna, undeva pe Dealul Mare, un loc izolat,…
  • Achizitionarea pieselor pentru masini

    15 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    Nu conteaza cat de indemanatic ar putea fi un sofer sau cat de mult crede ca stie despre masini, nu trebuie alese piesele auto fara a verifica in prealabil starea masinii la un mecanic calificat. Daca se vor ivi probleme tehnice mai tarziu, va fi mai greu de stabilit care era principala cauza pentru acestea.Mai degraba decat sa se bazeze numai pe propriile cunostinte, este recomandat ca cei interesati sa contacteze piese360.ro/ pentru a obtine datele necesare privind respectivele piese auto Chevrolet de care este nevoie. Unii proprietari nu pot intui exact cauza defectiunii, asa ca in aceste…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
  • Feb. 14: US Exceptionalism, Climate Change, Global Attitudes

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
  • ‘Amnesty Bonuses’?

    D'Angelo Gore
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Q: Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration? A: There is no automatic payment, but some working immigrants could claim up to four years of earned income tax credits if they meet eligibility requirements. FULL QUESTION Is it true that illegal immigrants who sign up and who have paid no income taxes will get back $24,000 though they have not paid any income taxes? ____________________________________ Is it true that illegal immigrants who receive amnesty and a Social Security number would…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: SciCheck Findings

    Lori Robertson
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    FlackCheck.org, our sister website for political literacy, recaps the recent work of SciCheck, our new feature on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. This video looks at Sen. Rand Paul’s claim that “many” children have developed “profound mental disorders” after vaccinations, Rep. Gary Palmer’s assertion that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified,” and President Barack Obama’s claims about the Human Genome Project’s return on investment and the cost of sequencing…
  • Paul Knocks Flies and NIH Funding

    Dave Levitan
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul made several misleading statements about the National Institutes of Health and some of the research that it funds. Paul claimed the NIH’s budget has been increasing “for years.” That’s not accurate even in raw dollars. And when adjusted for inflation, the budget has actually decreased over the last decade. He also suggested the NIH wasted $1 million on a study of whether male fruit flies prefer older or younger females, and in the process he belittled the impact of basic research using flies — which has yielded dozens of discoveries and even a few…
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    opposingviews.com

  • The FCC Votes To Protect Net Neutrality

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    The FCC Votes To Protect Net Neutrality The FCC Votes To Protect Net Neutrality Has Been Optimized The battle for net neutrality is finally over.  Today the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve net neutrality rules despite months of strong opposition from Republicans and telecom and cable companies.  Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn joined forces to reclassify consumer broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act. Net neutrality holds that all internet traffic, whether it’s a personal blog or Netflix,…
  • CPAC 2015: What You Need To Know

    Ethan Brown
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    CPAC 2015: What You Need To Know CPAC 2015: What You Need To Know Has Been Optimized Conservative Political Action Conference takes place every February. Started in 1973, the political conference has become quite influential in Republican circles, namely for its polling that virtually determines which Republican is the most popular and which Republican has the best chance of advancing his or her career in politics. Aspiring politicians, from Ronald Reagan to Mitt Romney, have attended CPAC in the past, further increasing their national exposure and presence and eventually winning the…
  • Conservatives Threaten John Boehner With Overthrow

    Ethan Brown
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    Conservatives Threaten John Boehner With Overthrow Will John Boehner Be Overthrown By Conservatives? DHS Funding Issues May Lead To John Boehner Coup Conservatives Threaten John Boehner With Overthrow Not Optimized There is momentum by conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives to oust John Boehner (R-Ohio) from his powerful role as Speaker, due to Boehner’s position on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Despite not having a majority of House Republicans in favor to vote the Speaker out, the conservatives in favor of the plan believe the minority is growing, and…
  • Poll: 54% Of Republicans Think Obama 'Deep Down' Is Muslim

    Kathryn Schroeder
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Poll: 54% Of Republicans Think Obama 'Deep Down' Is Muslim 54% Of Republicans Believe Obama Is Muslim 'Deep Down,' Poll Shows What Religion Is Obama 'Deep Down'? Poll's Results Will Surprise You Poll: 54% Of Republicans Think Obama 'Deep Down' Is Muslim Headlines Politics Religion Not Optimized Results from a poll administered in the fall of 2014 by Assistant Political Science Professor Alex Theodoridis of the University of Merced show 54% of Republicans think President Obama is “deep down” a Muslim. Theodoridis posed the following question to…
  • D.C. Legalizes Marijuana Amid Tensions With Congress

    Ethan Brown
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    D.C. Legalizes Marijuana Amid Tensions With Congress D.C. Mayor, Congress Republicans Butt Heads Over Marijuana Legalization Republicans Threaten D.C. Mayor Over New Marijuana Legalization D.C. Legalizes Marijuana Amid Tensions With Congress Not Optimized Two Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said that the mayor of the nation’s capital may serve jail time if the city implements and enforces new legislation that legalizes the use of recreational marijuana. On Feb. 24, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) sent a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Best Damn Grocery List Ever

    Josh Bowen
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have a few people request nutritional advice and/or grocery store lists. Using my Exercise Nutritionist certification from Precision Nutrition, I have compiled the best damn grocery store list I could compiled. These are only items you will see in a big box grocery store, some local farmer’s markets or Whole Foods may have a wider variety, but I wanted to keep it to things you could find where you shop now. I also didn’t want to link it to anything, so that you would have all the information in this email for you to print off and go to the grocery store. Aspire Fitness…
  • Lauren Mayer: Who Says Jewish Mothers Aren’t Hip?

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of a mom’s primary roles in life is to embarrass her children, and my sons would be the first to tell you I’ve done a great job in that capacity.  And while I don’t think I fit the cliche of the overbearing Jewish mother, I have been known to nag them about eating, and of course like any good Jewish mother, I secretly yearn for a gay son (because he’d never leave me for another woman . . . cue rim shot), although both my boys have had to tell me, “Sorry to disappoint you mom, but I’m straight!” When I started doing these weekly videos, my younger…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said-She Said: Our New Loves

    Erica and Matt Chua
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    hort-term travelers often curse the idiosyncrasies of foreign destinations such as  strange toilets and unidentifiable foods.  Being long-term travelers, we had no choice but to accept the local choice until we found we actually loved these options.  Here are a few of the things that shocked us: HE SAID… I love the conveniences and consistency of the developed world.  I love that I can get the same cup of Pike Place Roast at every Starbucks globally.  I love that I can get an Egg McMuffin in every McDonald’s I find.  Knowing what I’m going to get removes a lot of anxiety and,…
  • Saul Kaplan: Practically Radical

    Saul Kaplan
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Click here to review/purchase Beware of random collisions with unusual suspects.  Unless, of course, if you want to learn something new.  In that case seek out innovators from across every imaginable silo and listen, really listen, to their stories.  New ideas, perspectives, and value creating opportunities are in the gray areas between unusual suspects.  It seems so obvious and yet we spend most of our time with the usual suspects in our respective silos.  We need to get out of our silos more. It’s human nature to surround ourselves with people exactly like us.  We connect and spend…
  • Julie Rath: 3 Steps to Attracting Women Naturally

    Julie Rath
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Guest post by Sarah Jones of Introverted Alpha Learn exactly how to approach social and dating skills in a way that gets results. Even though natural attraction may sound like an inherent gift — that you’re either born with or not — it is no such thing. The truth is that like anything worth building, natural attraction is simply a skill. I have found that when men develop a strong and benevolent sense of self, they can’t help but attract women who are a great match for them. I’ve seen it over and over again, with men who didn’t think they could even get themselves out of the…
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson Push for Info on IS Killing Americans

    Kevin Derby
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    On Wednesday, Florida’s two U.S. senators -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio -- joined together with eight other senators to introduce a bill updating the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program offering up to $5 million for information on the murder of four Americans by Islamic State (IS) terrorists.read more
  • Educators, School Officials Weigh in on Executive Order to Suspend Standardized Testing

    Allison Nielsen
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test for Florida's 11th-graders, prompting state lawmakers to weigh in on the elimination of the Florida Standards Assessment English-language arts assessment.The test was supposed to be given this spring. "Governor Scott's executive order shows that he values feedback from Florida's teachers and parents and will take action necessary to ensure students are prepared for success," said State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand. read more
  • Gus Bilirakis Takes Aim at Obama's Net Neutrality Plan

    Kevin Derby
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., weighed in on President Barack Obama’s plan to offer more regulations on the Internet on Thursday. Obama’s “net neutrality” proposal is before the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday where it is expected to pass on a 3-2 vote.read more
  • Rick Scott Keeps Maurice Ferre, Kenneth Wright on Transportation Commission

    Kevin Derby
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced on Wednesday he was keeping former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre and former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Kenneth Wright on the Florida Transportation Commission. When first named by Scott to the Transportation Commission in 2011, Ferre ranked as one of the most high-profile Democrats appointed by the Republican governor. Ferre had broken with his party to back Scott during the 2010 election cycle, backing the Republican candidate over Democratic nominee Alex Sink.read more
  • Alan Williams Honored as Legislator of the Year by NBCSL

    Kevin Derby
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Florida Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, was named as the “Legislator of the Year” by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), a group which represents almost 675 lawmakers from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The NBCSL praised Williams for his work on extending voter hours, his efforts to ensure the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles educates Floridians on drowsy driving and his role in the creation of a Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.read more
 
 
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  • Can’t blame others

    Michel
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    From one side, we have Michel Aoun who refuses to send his deputies to elect a president if he is not sure he will be the president. From the other side, you have Samir Geagea who refuses to drop his run to become president even though he didn’t get enough votes to win the elections. Yet, we have Michel Aoun saying that March 14 coalition is at the mercy of Saudi Arabia and its policy of the region. We also have Samir Geagea saying that March 8 is at the mercy of Iran/Syria decision. Both men want the “Lebanonization” of the elections. But the rivalry between the two is…
  • Future Movement … The moderate Muslims

    Michel
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Last Sunday, MP Khaled al-Daher led an angry Islamist protest in Tripoli’s al-Nour Square to condemn the removal of Islāmic flags from the roundabout. The banners were taken down by police as part of a campaign for removing the flags and banners of all political parties from the streets of Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli. During the protest, MP Daher said: “If they want to remove religious symbols, let them start in Beirut. Let them start with the Christ the King Statue (in Keserwan). Let them start with the pictures of some saints ‘who are opening their arms wide’ in Jounieh.” His…
  • Ashrafieh without Bachir

    Michel
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Ashrafieh is the beginning …. the beginning of Bachir …. and today Ashrafieh is without the famous Bachir picture. This time his son Nadim removed the picture raised on August 23 in commemoration of Bachir’s assassination. His son, Nadim (who was elected a deputy for one simple reason “he is the son of Bachir”) declared that he decided to remove the picture because first they forgot to remove it after the ceremony, second to abide by the government decision to remove pictures and party slogans from Beirut and third he hopes that others who raise black and yellow…
  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

    Michel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    After the masquerade of extending the Lebanese parliament mandate by more than 2 years, I couldn’t find the right words to describe the political disaster committed by Lebanese MPs. This is the second time, the Lebanese Parliament extended its own term. The first time was in 2013. I’ve read for the past couple of days that the right to vote was stolen from the people. What people? I didn’t see any serious opposition for both extensions? Few hundred demonstrated yesterday and that was it. Some might argue that people were represented by the boycott of the extension session…
  • A Letter to Christians by Mr. Antoine Najem

    Michel
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1992, Mr. Antoine Najem, the conscience of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Cause, wrote a letter to Lebanese Christians. He made it clear that to face current events, “we must look at the roots of the problem and concentrate on them, in order not to forget the first, and it must be the starting point. If we don’t we will not be able to have the right diagnosis or a clear vision for our future”. In the introduction of his letter, Mr. Najem added that: “The basis for this vision is to stay. To stay free Christians in our country Lebanon and not somewhere…
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • House Republicans Still Hate The Senate

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    The “blame the Senate” mantra continues for the House GOP over the DHS funding battle. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to the media. Yuri Gripas / Reuters WASHINGTON — At the start of this session of Congress, House Republicans were hopeful that things would be different and with the GOP in charge of the Senate, everyone would finally be on the same page. After all they'd spent the past four years complaining that Democratic leader Harry Reid was their main blockade to real progress. But now there is an open split between how House Republicans…
  • A Politician Threw A Snowball On The Senate Floor To Try To Disprove Climate Change

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm
    As you may know, that’s not how the science works. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, has taken a number of stands against the idea that human actions are dangerously changing the climate. Sue Ogrocki / AP He even wrote a book on the "hoax" and "conspiracy" of global warming. Amazon / Via amazon.com "Do you know what this is? It's a snowball." "Mr. President, catch this." vine.co View Entire List ›
  • Amanda Renteria Top Contender To Become Hillary Clinton's National Political Director

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Renteria met with Hillary Clinton in mid-February and is the leading contender to become the national political director for her expected campaign, two sources told BuzzFeed News. An early signal that Latino outreach will be serious. Amanda Renteria Jacquelyn Martin / AP Amanda Renteria, the first Latina chief of staff for a U.S. senator, is a top contender for the high-profile national political director role in an eventual Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, two sources told BuzzFeed News. Renteria met with Clinton the second week of February in New York City, where Clinton is said to…
  • Ron Paul Blames Psychotropic Drugs For "American Sniper" Murder And Other Mass Shootings

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    “…almost always these massive shootings whether they are military or not, occur with the doctors involved giving psychotropic drugs to people who are depressed.” View Video › buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com Former Congressman Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Wednesday that "American Sniper" Chris Kyle would be alive today if his killer was not using psychotropic drugs. Paul has repeatedly linked or blamed mass shootings on the use of psychotropic drugs. "If Eddie Ray Routh had never served in the military, I'm of the…
  • Chicago Conservation Group Doubts Obama Foundation Poll That Shows Support For South Side Library

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Friends of the Parks, a nonprofit group focused on preserving Chicago’s parks, told BuzzFeed News they plan on commissioning their own poll to gauge the level of support for a plan to build Obama’s presidential library on a public park in South Side Chicago. Scott Olson / Getty Images WASHINGTON –– One of Chicago's most powerful conservation groups is casting doubt on findings released Wednesday by the Barack Obama Foundation that reveal broad support among residents for a plan to erect the Obama presidential library on public parkland. Friends of the Parks, which…
 
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The FCC versus Internet Freedom

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Earlier this month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that its five commissioners will conduct a vote on February 26 to decide whether to grant itself the authority to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. It’s highly likely the FCC will give itself this new power. Lawsuits are certain to follow. The Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz denounced FCC Chairman Wheeler’s decision to apply outdated regulations designed to manage the erstwhile Ma Bell telephone monopoly to today’s rapidly evolving Internet. He warned…
  • Here’s the Guy Rudy Is Talking About: Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party no. 47544

    Paul G. Kengor
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Rudy Giuliani is being roundly criticized for several recent statements he has made about President Barack Obama, including the claim that Obama in his youth was influenced by a literal communist. I cannot address all of Giuliani’s remarks, but I can certainly speak to the influence of the communist he referred to. In short, Rudy was correct and he even had Obama’s exact age (nine) right when he was first introduced to this person. “From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was…
  • Remembering the “Miracle on Ice”

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    February 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the upset victory by the U.S. hockey team over their heavily favored Soviet rivals in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Ever since known as the “Miracle on Ice,” Sports Illustrated named this game “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.” I heartily concur. As a lifelong sports fan whose privilege it has been to hear or see a number of the top sports thrills of the last four decades of the 20th century—Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off homer against the mighty Yankees in the 1960 World Series; Bob Beamon’s jaw-dropping long jump in…
  • “It Was a Real Killing Field”—Remembering Iwo Jima

    Paul G. Kengor
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    On February 19, 1945, 20-year-old Bill Young of Mooresville, North Carolina, disembarked an LST on a miserable hunk of black rock called Iwo Jima. He was part of a 75-mile-long convoy of ships preparing to dislodge the Japanese from this volcanic remnant of an island. The territory was formally part of Japan, meaning it was considered literal sacred ground to Japanese soldiers. Just how many Japanese were there, and where, was a mystery to Bill and the approaching Marines. It took his crewmen six weeks to arrive. They slept in cots under a tarp erected on the deck; all beds below were taken…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – 2015 – Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture

    Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture Series
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:25 am
    In the Ninth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, “Reagan for the Millennials,” best-selling Reagan biographer and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, Paul Kengor, interviews two special guests: Andrew Coffin ’98, Young America’s Foundation vice president and director of the Reagan Ranch, and Ashley Pratte, former spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation—and then opens the microphone for questions. The lecture was held on January 29, 2015, at Grove City College before more than 400 guests.
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    Politic365

  • Open Carry Gun Laws Won’t Work for Black People Until Racial Bias Abates

    Brandon Patterson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Earlier this year, video went viral of a 62-year-old Black grandfather being chocked and tackled by three White men in Florida, an open carry gun state, after one of them saw a gun in his waistband and assumed he was a criminal.  He had a carry permit.  Back in August, John Crawford was killed in a Walmart by Ohio police who thought the toy gun he was holding – merchandise at Walmart – was a real one.  And less than two months later, police in the same state killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice because they thought his bb-gun was real. The problem is, Ohio is also an open carry gun state. …
  • Does White America Want Black Celebrities to be Seen and Not Heard?

    Brandon Patterson
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The White masses can’t seem to handle it when Black celebrities don’t do specifically and exclusively what they get paid to do. Marshawn Lynch has been called a “thug” and a “jerk” for refusing to speak to the media at pre-Super Bowl press conferences last month.  Richard Sherman was called the same things for the opposite reason in advance of the Super Bowl last year: for being overzealous and “arrogant” during interviews.  Kanye West hasn’t had much negative press lately, but he’s known for refusing to talk to the media unless it’s on his terms, and he has been…
  • Jesús “Chuy” García forces Rahm Emanuel into mayoral runoff

    Adriana Maestas
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    On Tuesday, Chicago incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had the endorsement of his former boss, President Obama, failed to win 50% + of the vote and will now face a runoff with Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Rahm Emanuel is clearly the establishment candidate with a war chest of over $15 million and most of that money coming from about 100 donors. Emanuel has about four times the amount of money raised by his four opponents. Emanuel’s support from the wealthy establishment has earned him the nickname, “Mayor One Percent.” He has been criticized for not…
  • Respect President Obama’s Office, If Not the Man

    Guest Contributor
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    By: Catherine E. Pugh, Majority Leader, Maryland State Senate; President National Black Caucus of State Legislators Rudy Giuliani stands in a long line of those who think it is okay to degrade this President.  Never in the history of this country, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with him, has a President been this disrespected – there have been disagreements more often attacking one’s policy and not the character or beliefs of the individuals. With “Selma” the movie fresh in my mind after watching it last week, Giuliani’s recent statements about President…
  • Chair of Obama’s Board of Advisors on #HBCUs: “Disappointed and Saddened”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The State of HBCUs.  On February 4 in Washington, D.C., Hampton University President Dr. William Harvey had a message for Dr. George Cooper, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and the Obama Administration.  And if there’s one thing Dr. Harvey isn’t — it’s subtle. He gets right to the point. Dr. Harvey is the Chairman of President Obama’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and has been the President of Hampton University since 1978.  He delivered remarks in Washington on the status of HBCUs in his capacity as the Chair of President…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The prototypical America hater: James Carroll

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

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

  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
  • VA Scandal Update

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Last year it was revealed several Veterans Administration facilities were falsifying records in an effort to make it seem that veterans were receiving medical attention within approved time frames. It is believed that up to 40 veterans lost their lives because of lack of timely care at these facilities. President Obama appointed former Proctor & Gamble CEO, Bob McDonald to the head of the VA in an effort to stem the tide these problems. McDonald made a recent appearance on Meet the Press in which some of the statistics on progress given have been disputed. In this episode we discuss the…
  • Sister Soulja & Missed Opportunities

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker, in New York City last week, attended a private group dinner in an attempt to woo wealthy donors ahead of a possible presidential bid. At that dinner former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some controversial statements about President Obama, namely that the president does not love America. Instead of distancing himself from Giuliani’s comments when asked about them, Gov. Walker said only that the Mayor can speak for himself. In this episode we discuss Giuliani’s comments and the related fallout. We also explore the idea that in politics, refusing to distance…
  • Obamacare Second Enrollment Hiccups

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Obama administration announced that roughly 800,000 taxpayers may have received erroneous information regarding their Obamacare subsidies. Information that may affect their tax returns. The administration also announced the second enrollment period that ended last week will be extended for another 6 weeks starting in March. The administration has done this to allow people who are going to liable for the tax penalty this year to avoid paying it next year. In this episode we analyze these setbacks in the broader context of whether the government has bitten off more than it can chew when it…
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    US Daily Review

  • Images from CPAC 2015

    usdr
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    By USDR. For decades the Conservative Political Action Conference has been an important annual event for decades.  It is often a prelude to the up coming presidential season.  The following are videos from various sources that are capturing the event this year. The Official Trailer for CPAC: Ted Cruz tackles Hillary Clinton: Ben Carson: Conservatives Do Care about the Poor: The WSJ on What to Expect atCPAC:
  • How to Find True Leaders

    usdr
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests.*Sponsored Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Frank Granett, & Guest Dr. Fran Walfish discuss “How to Eliminate Family ?Stress Caused by ADHD” on this segment of the Price of Business. Host Kevin Price and Contributor Tom Taormina discuss “How to Find True Leaders” on this segment of the Price of Buisiness Host Kevin Price & Guest…
  • 90% of Illegal Border-Crosser Work Permits Approved by Feds

    usdr
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    By USDR Fully 90% of work permit applications by illegal border-crossers have been approved, a new analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data for 2009 to 2014  shows. “The categories that showed the fastest growth in issuances are some of the most controversial types of issuances,” the CIS analysis of the 7.4 million work permits issued to aliens shows: “Issuances to illegal aliens, tourists, students, and family members of temporary workers doubled over the time period. This suggests that recent policy changes with respect to these types of aliens could be…
  • Iranian Opposition Leader: “Mullahs Need Ousted from Middle East

    usdr
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    By Iran News Update, Special for USDR Speaking at an international conference titled, “Islamic Fundamentalism: Roots, Solutions, Role of Iranian Regime,” Maryam Rajavi, the head of the Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance ofIran said, “The first and foremost imperative step in confronting extremism under the veneer of Islam is to evict this regime, particularly from Iraq and  Syria.” At the event held in Paris on Saturday Rajavi said, “the consequences of any partnering with the mullahs’ regime in the coalition against ISIS is a…
  • Who is the “Chap” Behind the Mask?

    usdr
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    By USDR It has been a mystery surrounded by significant speculation, but now it is revealed who the “man behind the mask,” known for committing acts of atrocity against hostages of ISIS really is.  This from BBC News: This from the Huffington Post: “Investigators believe that the masked killer known as “Jihadi John,” who fronted Islamic State beheading videos, is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. “In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an…
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    American Patriot

  • Worthy petition to sign..

    The American Patriot
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
  • Why Rand Paul is never, ever going to be President

    The American Patriot
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Because who in their right mind is going to want someone, whose Father says stuff like this, to be President of the United States of America? Not me. Audio: The Story:   Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really…
  • Whoa……

    The American Patriot
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Because I don’t really want to be sued, and I do not want to get in the middle of the “war.” I will not post names or anything. But, I ask you to go read here this here, now. My suspicions of said person mentioned in said article were correct. WOW! All I am saying about that one!  
  • Police State Video: Chicago has it’s own CIA-type black site

    The American Patriot
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    The shocking video: …and the story, via the Guardian: The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic…
  • Fox News Channel’s Facebook bigotry problem.

    The American Patriot
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I really hate to be the one to report this, but, because I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, who abhors any sort of true and honest bigotry towards anyone, I must. I came across this on facebook, now keep in mind; this is not an official Fox and Friends facebook page; but, rather, a “fan page” of the show. The screenshots will tell the story. Now this is what I said in response to the above and you can go read the replies to that reply of mine. My reply: Charles Patrick Adkins Okay it’s time for me to say something here. I am conservative, I am also a christian of a 32…
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • From Boom To Bust: Alaska's Attempt At Crashing The Natural Resource Party

    Kyle Graczyk
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
                In a joint announcement via social media with the Department of the Interior, President Obama announced the intention of designating 12 million acres of the Arctic wilderness as off-limits for oil and gas exploration. This considerable landmass—comprising a key part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)—supports an array of animal and plant species. While officially designating the land as wilderness would require congressional action, which in and of itself is doubtful in the wake of the Senate’s passing…
  • In Defense of Common Core State Standards

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Notice: This is the fifth and last installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these articles to the site. This article is written from a perspective that is geared towards explaining why preserving Common Core would make sense for New Jersey and other states.
  • Why Educational Security Depends on Reviving The Elementary & Secondary Education Act

    Kyle Graczyk
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Notice: This is the fourth installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.Johnson at ESEA signing with childhood…
  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

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

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

  • Sunday Series: Beanpot Hockey Tournament Finals

    Drew Katz
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’ve got some great digital news for you to enjoy this weekend! Below are 3 articles bound to intrigue you or advance your marketing strategy. How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care Companies constantly throw around the word “data,” but it is useless if you don’t actually implement and use it. Pfizer is an example of a company that is putting their data to work. See how the company is advancing the medical field and patient care through the use of data in this story presented by Forbes. 5 Stats That Prove Businesses Must Personalize To Win Customers Putting a personal…
  • January Top 50: Reading and Writing-Centric Platforms Grow

    Drew Katz
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • Marketing to GenX: The In-Between Generation

    Katie Hrdy
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Image from: GenX / Shutterstock As announced in my last two posts on Millennials and Baby Boomers, a few weeks ago we launched our newest research “Getting Audiences Right: Marketing to the Right Generation on the Right Screen” in which we analyze how Millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers use digital devices differently to consume content and shop for products online. In the last of my three-part series, I’ll review some key takeaways for GenX (those born between 1965 and 1980). When it comes to screen usage, Millennials and Boomers are interesting to compare to each other. Of…
  • Sunday Series: A Fitness Forward January

    Drew Katz
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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    Tea Party 911

  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker of the House

    Editorial Staff
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his decision to buck the status quo and challenge John Boehner in the race for House Speaker: “After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change.  There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership.
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The Next Battle in Yemen

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is preparing Yemen's battle from the South.The resigned president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi secretly left his house in Sana'a and fled to Aden. The GCC-backed president rescinded his resignation and attempted to reclaim his position again.Earlier on September 21, Iran-backed Houthis captured the capital Sana'a and controlled the main governmental institutions.Ministerial communiqué from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) asked the Security Council to authorize the use of military intervention in Yemen under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.The UN Security Council…
  • HSBC Involved in Serious Criminal Activity

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    The banking giant HSBC is today accused by a former Director of Public Prosecutions of engaging in “a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity”.In a damming intervention Lord Ken Macdonald, who led the Crown Prosecution Service until 2008, said there existed “credible evidence” of HSBC’s involvement in “grave” cross border crimes that should have been the subject of urgent and “sustained criminal investigation” in the UK.Lord Macdonald added that a decision by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs not to investigate HSBC for its role in facilitating…
  • Arabic Words in English

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Algorithm and sofa, coffee and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are the gift of Arabic to English.The East and West have been meeting for centuries, leaving their mark on both Arabic and the languages of Europe. Here are 40 English words that came from the Arab Middle East.Arabic words generally didn't enter English directly. They usually arrived through other European languages, chiefly Spanish and Italian, and were of two main types: scientific terms - reflecting the preeminence of the Arab world in science during the Middle Ages, and the names of goods, reflecting both the…
  • Professor Juan Cole - Exposed

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Professor Juan ColeJuan Cole is Professor of History at University of Michigan. I think he is one of well-knowledgeable Western professors on the Arab and middle eastern affairs. Nevertheless, knowledge does not determine the scientist's moral stances. For example, persons who develop biological and nuclear weapons are essentially scientists but there is a debate on their moral stances, because weapons of massive destruction are blind and do not select the targeted enemy in certain population.I should emphasize that I have nothing to do with Professor Cole's personal affairs, but I want to…
  • US Spy Operation Manipulates Social Media

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up…
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  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
  • Have You Served Your Technology Today?

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    I am one of technology's lackeys, as are you. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not we all squander great swaths of life jumping at the commands of inanimate objects.
  • Mamie the Plow-Horse

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The following is the actual script - including stage direction in parentheses and italics - of a speech written for Ernest P. Blufous VI, President and CEO of Blufous International, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and direct marketers of aluminum siding, vacation rentals and burial insurance.
  • New News is Good News...Who Knew?

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Can you hear that sound? It's the sound of grandmothers across the country weeping for their fallen angel Brian Williams. Yes, that devilishly handsome broadcaster is in some hot water over recent comments.
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    BizPac Review

  • Florida Five: Fundraising binge hits Tallahassee, Former House speaker seeks legal fees

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Fundraising binge begins for lawmakers – Days before the Florida Legislature convenes for its annual 60-day session, state lawmakers already are busy and shifting into overdrive — raising money from special interests, that is. In what has become an annual rite, most state legislators are in an all-out fundraising binge, collecting as many checks from special interest groups as possible before the legislative session formally starts on March 3. Read more Florida Politicians on standby until Marco Rubio makes up his mind…
  • Watch and see how much the Obamas must love America

    Michael Dorstewitz
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has received lots of flak this past week for his claim that President Obama doesn’t love America. But many think that it was evident right from the get-go, when he announced his intention to “fundamentally transform America.” You don’t change something — especially fundamentally — that you love. And it wasn’t just the president — The first lady apparently feels the same.
  • Mall of America gun ban creates a ‘kill zone’ of ‘unarmed sheep’

    Nicole Haas
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The doubling down on Mall of America’s gun ban after threats of terrorism have sparked harsh criticism from Second Amendment advocates and at least one Minnesota lawmaker. In response to a direct terrorist threat, one of America’s largest malls reminded its patrons – with signs throughout – to leave their guns at the door if they choose to visit. “The situation with the Mall of America is completely ridiculous. It is just the opposite of what they should be doing. If we’re threatened with an attack of any kind, the last thing you ever want to do is disarm citizens.” State Rep.
  • Carly Fiorina takes on Hillary at CPAC: Explain your lousy leadership, hypocrisy

    Nicole Haas
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Carly Fiorina is a highly accomplished business woman and rising political star. She’s also a potential presidential nominee for 2016 who explained in an interview with BizPac Review that it is “her experience and not her gender that qualifies her to comment on Hillary Clinton’s lack of accomplishments as Secretary of State.” Fiorina expanded upon her criticism of Hillary as well as her love of county at CPAC 2015. “I know that it is only in this country that a young woman can go from secretary to CEO. And that is because our founders knew what my mother taught me. Everyone has…
  • Mississippi police officers required to learn Spanish or face discipline

    Michael Dorstewitz
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:35 am
    The Jackson, Miss. Police Department is now requiring its officers to take a Spanish language course four times a year as a condition of employment. “The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” police Chief Lee Vance told Fox News Latino. “We’re not looking to make anybody fluent.” Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com The quarterly classes are only two hours long, which Vance admits “will definitely not get them there,” but said it’s at least a beginning. “The program is designed for people who have no knowledge of the Spanish…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/25/15)

    Paul Phillips
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A little bit of good news and a lot of bad… Nearly 80% of the voters in Chicago supported publicly financed campaigns.  When put to a public vote, this issue leaves little doubt where many stand on the idea that speech is money and where it belongs in our political campaigns.  Most of us want it out and want the corruption that comes along with it gone as well.  A Gallup poll showed half of the country was in favor of this in 2013, a number very likely to continue growing as the explosion in spending by outside groups who can hide their donors also continues.  Of course, Congress…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/21/15)

    Paul Phillips
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Prominent climate change-denying scientist has been outed as a fossil fuel-funded hack.  Wei-Hock Soon, who has testified to Congress and state governments and been a guest on conservative news programs, has been destroyed in an article today that contains the following tidbits: He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have…
  • Stopping Terror At The Source

    Kleier
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On this past Tuesday the Los Angeles Times published a letter by Pres. Obama on countering terror recruitment here in the U. S. and around the world. He stated we cannot defeat terrorists with military actions alone, but we have to go after their cadre of recruiters who draw them in so effectively and other measures. The President also stated that, More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better. Governments…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/19/15)

    Paul Phillips
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Lies and income inequality, oh my! Israel is lying about the West’s negotiations with Iran.  Not exactly shocking but this sums it up nicely: (U.S.) State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that there was a “selective sharing” of information. “I think it’s safe to say that not everything you’re hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the details of the talks,” she said. But, hey.  It’s Israel.  I’m sure they’ve never lied about anything in the past, particularly when they’ve claimed they…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Pres. Abraham Lincoln “Working and Taking”

    Kleier
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    Taken from the Lincoln -Douglas debates from Civil War Pres. Abraham Lincoln entitled “Working and Taking” from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” That is the real issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles that have stood the face to face from the beginning of time. The one is the common…
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    Daily Signal

  • Top 12 Takeaways From America’s Biggest Conservative Conference

    Rob Bluey
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at America’s largest conservative conference. We’ve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first day. 1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’ The Wisconsin governor arrived at CPAC as the early 2016 frontrunner in Iowa, home to the much-anticipated Republican caucus next year. His speech, which came at the end of day one, drove home an economic message, touching on issues such as taxes and jobs that have played a big role in…
  • Bobby Jindal Says ISIS Fighters Need to Be ‘Hunted Down and Killed’

    Melissa Quinn
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today criticized President Obama for failing to properly combat ISIS and said the United States needs to “hunt down and kill” members of the terror organization. Jindal spoke about the emerging threat of ISIS, the brutal terrorist group also known as the Islamic State, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, held outside of Washington, D.C., today. “We don’t need a war on international poverty, we need a war on the evil radical Islamic terrorism,” the Louisiana governor said. Jindal criticized the president for failing to deliver a…
  • Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of ‘Hard-Working Taxpayers’

    Ken McIntyre
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    When a heckler briefly broke into his speech this evening, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a ready comeback. Walker joked that the man must be a union activist who followed him from Wisconsin to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, where the Republican governor was speaking outside Washington, D.C. Then he added, to hearty applause, “those voices can’t drown out the voices of hard-working taxpayers.” That theme—that Walker has prevailed against public employee unions and other opponents to fight for Wisconsin taxpayers—ran throughout his 15-minute speech to CPAC.
  • New House Bill Unlikely to End Amtrak’s Habit of Losing Taxpayer Money Selling Food

    Emily Goff
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Don’t expect Amtrak to stop selling $16.15 burgers for $9.50—and asking taxpayers to subsidize the loss. In a 2012 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, then-chairman Rep. John Mica, R.-Fla., expressed outrage about Amtrak’s $16.15 hamburgers: $9.50 is paid by passenger and the rest subsidized by taxpayers. He went on to say that Amtrak’s $84 million loss in 2011 translated to a $68,000 taxpayer-funded subsidy for every Amtrak food and beverage employee. Three years later, taxpayers are still losing—and a new passenger rail reauthorization bill that governs the…
  • How Twitter Reacted to Conservative Presidential Pitches at CPAC

    Ben Smith
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The Conservative Political Action Conference opened today with a star-studded ensemble of 2016 presidential hopefuls. The day began with Ben Carson, the celebrated neurosurgeon, delighting a conservative audience, both in-person and on Twitter. Mobbed at CPAC: Dr. Ben Carson pic.twitter.com/E271E0aiGq — Alex Pappas (@AlexPappas) February 26, 2015 Dr. Carson at CPAC: 'Lets Defund Obama's Golf' http://t.co/AZEASWufbs via @BreitbartNews #tcot — John Galt (@dhrxsol1234) February 26, 2015 - @RealBenCarson says GOP should oppose Obama's executive amnesty: "Defund…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Scott Walker At CPAC: I Can Take On ISIS Because I Took On Unions

    Anomaly
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:51 pm
    That ISIS business? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is all up in that. On Thursday, Walker compared his experience in undermining unions to taking on the Islamic State. Meet Scott Walker, tough guy. “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world,” Walker told a packed crowd at the […]
  • Here Is A Video Of John Boehner Making Kissy Face Noises At A Reporter

    Anomaly
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    One cannot possibly imagine why House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made kissy face noises at a reporter during a press conference yesterday. Alan at Liberaland wonders if “it means he hates the press. Or he just likes to pucker up.” Somehow it was all inspired by a question from a reporter about Senate Majority Leader […]
  • CPAC! A Fond Look Back On The Circuses That Were

    Ramona Grigg
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It’s CPAC time!  I almost missed it!  (My invitation no doubt was lost in the mail.)  Since 2009, shortly after I first started writing this blog, I’ve been fascinated by the dizzy doings over at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). I admit that before I took to writing a political blog, I didn’t know much […]
  • Missouri Republican Official Dies After Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

    Anomaly
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    On Thursday, in what his staff described as a “medical situation,” Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, 54, was taken to a hospital. Fox 2 Now reports that Schweich sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Auditor’s office confirmed that he was pronounced dead. “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor […]
  • NY School Official Who Emailed ‘Run, Ni***r, Run’ Image, Says He’s Not A Racist

    Anomaly
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino claims he’s not racist or sexist, even though he emailed highly offensive material to politicians, with one showing an image of African men fleeing a plane as it lands on a dirt runway, captioned, “Run, ni***r, run.” Nope. Nothing racist there at all. Paladino insists […]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Land Acquisition Bill and Farmer’s Interest

    Shivkant Gautam
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    There were protests from the Parliament to the streets against Government’s Land Ordinance. While the BJP is claiming it to be farmer-friendly, the Opposition says it’s against the farmers. Know Government’s arguments in favour of the bill. मोदी सरकार के भूमि अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश पर संसद से सड़क तक हंगामा है। विपक्षी जहां इसे किसान विरोधी बता रहे हैं, वहीं बीजेपी इसे किसान…
  • NaMo Thanks President with a dressing down to Congress

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:46 am
    PM Narendra Modi speaking in Lok Sabha Prime Minister Narendra Modi today replied in Lok Sabha to the debate on the President’s address to the joint session of the Parliament. PM Modi’s reply to Motion of thanks to President’s Address Mr. Modi began his speech by thanking all the MPs and added that the debate has been very good. Many MPs expressed their thoughts and several MPs sent their views in writing as well. He added that many members would be wishing what if this happened, what if that happened. He added that he sees all that as positive sign. In reply to opposition alleging…
  • Jihadi John: The Masked Beheader of evil Islamic State

    Jagriti Kumari
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    Jihadi John identified Jihadi John, man behind the gruesome beheadings of Americans, Britons and Syrians, whose identity was a mystery, has now been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwait born Londoner. Washington Post first identified him citing unidentified former associates. Two US Government sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Reuters that investigators believed Jihadi John was Emwazi. He became the face of the brutality of the Islamic State (ISIS) and world’s most wanted men. Jihadi John’s barbarity was known to the world in August 2014 when a video…
  • Net Neutrality adopted by US regulator amid major protests

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    US regulators approves strict rules in favour of net neutrality (Image Via Twitter) In a step, some would argue as increased Government control over Internet, US regulators approved strict rules in favour of net neutrality on Thursday. Net neutrality means that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. That the Internet service providers should not discriminate or charge differently to different users, content, site, application, any mode of communication. According to the new rules, Internet providers will be banned from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with…
  • Government open to practical suggestions on land bill

    Niti PTI Bot
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:40 pm
    New Delhi, Feb 27 (PTI) Government today again indicated its willingness to tweak the land bill, saying its top leadership is in touch with opposition parties and will consider suggestions coming from them. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that the government had already said it was open to “well-meaning and practical” suggestions on the contentious issue. Citing letters written by Congress leaders and the then Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan against the land Act brought in by the UPA,…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey

    IL
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Six years ago during a quarterly senior management meeting at Logicworks I suggested that healthcare, and particularly the hosting of cloud-based healthcare applications, should be a major strategic focus for our 2010-2011 business plan.  Logicworks was already a leader in Software-as-a-Service delivery and one of the recognized Managed Hosting providers in the industry.  Our clients […]The post The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough?

    IL
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Healthcare’s New “Anthem” is Encryption, But Not Everyone Sings From the Same Hymnal 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 […]The post Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing

    IL
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    HIPAA Horizon 2015: Audits and Healthcare Cloud Guidance 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. 2014 ended with a […]The post 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS

    IL
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Improving the End User Experience with Amazon Web Services This the final post of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 8: DevOps Automation.  End user experience is a combination of several factors: the reliability, availability and performance of the infrastructure, platforms and applications that an organization offers, and the impact these have on user […]The post Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS

    IL
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Financial Implication and Benefits of an Automation using DevOps in AWS This the 8th part of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 7: How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS.  Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. […]The post DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • I Don't Feel So Good: A Bar With Swingsets For Seats

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    I Don’t Feel So Good: A Bar With Swingsets For Seats February 26, 2015 in adult playgrounds, are we having fun yet?, bar, damn rich ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Feminist "Equal Pay" Myth Gets Debunked… THOROUGHLY

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    Feminists…. STOP! Okay so I’m sure you’ve heard the Patricia Arquette equal pay Oscar speech. Now before we get to the gender gap MYTH and ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 14 Minutes Of Mesmerizing Water Transfer Painting

    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    14 Minutes Of Mesmerizing Water Transfer Painting February 26, 2015 in chemistry, don’t even act like there’s not a water wizard you’re holding captive in ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Andrew Klavan: Good News, Beheaded Christians

    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Good news! Our optimistic host, Andrew Klavan, takes a look at President Obama’s belief that no religion is responsible for terrorism. Sure, everywhere you look ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For Evil To Succeed

    Casey Hendrickson
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:14 pm
    All that is required is for good men to do nothing.   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

    Dutch
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little puzzled by the gleeful reaction of conservatives to the news that Brian Williams made up a story about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq. Lets begin by stating the obvious, that there is no defense for a national news anchor making up a story regarding his experiences in a […] Related posts: Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, and a range of other thievery On the costs of the Iraq war, for the Republican party. The Time Has Come, I’m Leaving The Democrat Party
  • Anti-Intellectualism Naturally Leads To Conservatives in Bed with San Francisco Liberals

    Dutch
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s very important to follow people who are on the opposite site of the political spectrum as you because it offers insight as to what they are secretly concerned for. If the consultants are riding a subject particularly hard you can bet they see the trends beyond whatever the frothing base are talking most about. […] Related posts: An Anti-Romney Remains For Conservatives Even After Texas Primary Results Why Liberals Really Hate Sarah Palin Anti-Americanism, and Football
  • Super Brave Of You To Hate On Olive Garden, Food Hipster!

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
  • Conservative Legal Test For Background Checks Never Seems To Extend To Voter ID Laws

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    There are conservatives I like. This is not some matter of the Venn diagram of our sets of beliefs have a large overlap. It’s a matter of intellectual consistency. Our friend Biggus Rickus is one, and another is National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cook is an Englishman with deep love for the Second Amendment. […] Related posts: Conservatives Hide Their Past By Throwing The American Legal System and NYC Under The Bus Racist Race Baiter In Chief? Or Conservative Troller In Chief? The Culture Of Conservative Bravado And Pissing-Match Primaries
  • Conservatives Losing Perspective On Reality With Hashtag Activism Snark

    Dutch
    14 May 2014 | 9:12 am
    In the age of Obama, conservatives have fashioned themselves into the China of mass produced, cheap outrage. It’s not difficult to understand why conservatives dislike the policies of our second black president. What is difficult to understand is why they exhaust themselves on the most basic matters that were previously par for the course in […] Related posts: Historical Perspective On Health Care Reform Before The West Coast Swing Conservatives Gleefully Proclaim Ft. Hood Terrorism As The Nation Mourns Conservatives Inadvertently Argue For Separation Of Church And State
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    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/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Encore: with Guest Maya Schenwar

    Liberal Fix
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle 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…
  • ENCORE: Liberal Fix Radio w/Lorraine Chavez and Economist David Ruccio

    Liberal Fix
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Friday Night's episode will feature Lorraine Chavez and David Ruccio disucssing income inequality. Lorraine was the 2013 spokesperson in Chicago for Fight for 15 and she is now continuing her activism for workers rights in the food and retail industry in the greater Chicago area. David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. David also blogs at Occasional Links and Commentary on Economics, Culture and Society and at Real World Economics, Review Blog. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. 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/or tackle tough issues…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

    Liberal Fix
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our special guest is Victor Pickard. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.  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/or tackle 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…
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    21st Century Wire

  • FCC Votes In Favor of New Net Neutrality Regime, But How ‘Neutral’ Will It Be?

    21wire
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:15 pm
    21st Century Wire says…These last few weeks saw a vicious partisan battle take place in the United States over new government policies regarding Net Neutrality.Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to implement strict new “Net Neutrality” rules designed to make sure Internet service providers treat all ‘legal’ content equally. It got really ugly in the week preceding today’s FCC ruling. Democrats and other liberal pundits have said that losing Net Neutrality would allow mega corporations to dictate who has access to the fast lane, and who…
  • Coming Soon: Full-Body Transplants, But Is Your Soul Included?

    Stuart Hooper
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:47 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Medical science continues to push the envelope of advancement, and is currently taking some startling new turns…Dr. Sergio Canavero has given a TED Talk on why such a procedure could soon be possible due to advancements in spinal cord medicine. Watch the following video and be sure to leave your comments below.Among other things, this latest advancement comes under the controversial banner of transhumanism – the idea that human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities can be radically advanced by science.According to Dr. Sergio Canavero,…
  • PSYWAR: ISIS ‘Abductions’ Propagandized by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

    Shawn Helton
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century Wire The latest kidnapping tales of ISIS originate from one primary source – the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an organization heavily funded by the EU… Reports have rushed in over the past few of days regarding the masked Sunni militants known as ISIS, as the EU funded UK-based activist group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , has been dispensing reports that some 220 Assyrian Christians were abducted from 11 villages in Tal Tamir countryside in al-Hasakah, Syria by the black-clad, ninja boogeymen. This story arrives after reports involving…
  • Video: Pathetic ISIS Scum Trash Iraqi Museum

    Stuart Hooper
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    21st Century Wire says…Let’s hope it doesn’t take much longer for these scumbags to be resigned to history.A new video has emerged showing ISIS militants destroying ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, Iraq. The pathetic losers, who are clearly physically and mentally incapable of building anything, take power tools and sledgehammers to the priceless relics, some of which date back to the 9th Century B.C.The irony here is that once ISIS has been ideologically and physically removed from existence, they themselves will never be remembered because they were too busy…
  • Has Britain’s Government Reached a Totalitarian ‘Point of No Return’?

    21wire
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:46 pm
    21st Century Wire says…A truly shocking a state of affairs all around.Back in 2010, the world could see the UK government pushing hard towards formalizing an Orwellian-style police state, as outlined at the time in their own “Strategic Defence and Security Review”. New measures allowed the government to grant unlimited powers to Britain’s security services and police forces to spy on every citizen who uses a phone or the internet. “We will introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Taking Chinese New Year For Granted

    guanyinmiao
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “每年新年, 转眼之间就过了” (“the fifteen days of Chinese New Year celebrations this year, gone in the blink of an eye”), the relatives often muse when they leave. Celebrations in the future might be no less entertaining as our generation of Singaporeans finds new ways to occupy ourselves, but these extensive familial connections will be less commonplace. Continue reading →
  • Lending Social Enterprises A Helping Hand

    guanyinmiao
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In other words when these businesses are concerned, perhaps the government should get out of the way (ST, Feb. 21). Already government agencies such as the MSF disburse funds, and mentorship schemes – especially for the newer social enterprises – have been in place. Continue reading →
  • Needless Fuss Over “The Hunger Games”

    guanyinmiao
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The underlying socio-political commentary notwithstanding, one could dispute the literary value of “The Hunger Games” vis-à-vis the classics. There are perhaps even more deserving contemporary books which feature equally meaningful themes. Yet dismissing the series because of the “gory descriptions of children killing children mercilessly to save themselves” underestimates the ability of young readers to reason, as well as the ability of teachers to suss out and communicate relevant themes. Every academic and educator came to same, reasonable conclusion that “it boils down to how…
  • SG50: Of Celebration And Contemplation

    guanyinmiao
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    These celebrations are in order, even as some lament the lack of spontaneity. The problem I figure lies not with the perceived “superficiality”, “short-sightedness”, or even the state-driven nature of these celebrations, but with the need for greater reflexivity and contemplation. We speak of the past fifty years with great pride and tinges of nostalgia, but less is said about different narratives or the ambiguity of the next fifty years. The value of celebrations – in the words of Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah – may be “an intangible thing” (ST, Jun. 5), yet they…
  • Shaping Perceptions Of National Service

    guanyinmiao
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    These answers might seem straightforward for the government, yet it is the process of engagement which matters. As tedious as it may be, individuals should not be told why conscription is necessary, but be encouraged to challenge its relevance. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
  • VA Scandal Update

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Last year it was revealed several Veterans Administration facilities were falsifying records in an effort to make it seem that veterans were receiving medical attention within approved time frames. It is believed that up to 40 veterans lost their lives because of lack of timely care at these facilities. President Obama appointed former Proctor & Gamble CEO, Bob McDonald to the head of the VA in an effort to stem the tide these problems. McDonald made a recent appearance on Meet the Press in which some of the statistics on progress given have been disputed. In this episode we discuss the…
  • Sister Soulja & Missed Opportunities

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker, in New York City last week, attended a private group dinner in an attempt to woo wealthy donors ahead of a possible presidential bid. At that dinner former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some controversial statements about President Obama, namely that the president does not love America. Instead of distancing himself from Giuliani’s comments when asked about them, Gov. Walker said only that the Mayor can speak for himself. In this episode we discuss Giuliani’s comments and the related fallout. We also explore the idea that in politics, refusing to distance…
  • Obamacare Second Enrollment Hiccups

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The Obama administration announced that roughly 800,000 taxpayers may have received erroneous information regarding their Obamacare subsidies. Information that may affect their tax returns. The administration also announced the second enrollment period that ended last week will be extended for another 6 weeks starting in March. The administration has done this to allow people who are going to liable for the tax penalty this year to avoid paying it next year. In this episode we analyze these setbacks in the broader context of whether the government has bitten off more than it can chew when it…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Banks Lose Billions To Hackers, Radio Awards

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    CyberFraud Affects 5 Percent of the Planet’s GDP. It is fast becoming the crime of choice. The AWARD to apprehend the bad guys goes to... Cry all you want, the answer is still a resounding NO! Terrorists should not be entitled to our FAIR judicial system. The 'Eye for an Eye' AWARD goes to... Hugging and Kissing and Cuddling and Groping... it sounds like the words of a country song! The Touchy Feely AWARD goes to... Obamacare may be the law of the land, but its' future success is still pending. The AWARD of Determination goes to... In celebration of capitalism and brand building…
  • Arrested For Wearing Yoga Pants ?!? Radio Awards

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    One legislator has a 'plan to guide America out of the darkness', at least that's what the headline said. The 'Too Much Government' AWARD goes to ...  One persons success is another persons failure! The 'Flashback AWARD' and it isn't pretty, goes to... For giving us the real scoop on Anchor Newsman Brian Williams... the AWARD of clarity goes to...  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of having a family?!? Seems he wants to change those famous words from the U.S. Declaration of Independence... the AWARD of confusion goes to...  There is one certain method of keeping the populace…
  • When Is Rape Not Rape?

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The men in this survey were having trouble understanding that forced sex is in fact rape - bad as that is, that wasn't even the worst of it! The eye opener for me... a third of the college males admitted they’d commit the crime if there were no consequences to their acts and no one knew what they did. Wow! Big Wow! Here is the analysis...
  • Bethany, Hank & GloZell Interview The President

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is it political bravery or political suicide? ... the media AWARD of the week goes to... On a day when there was no shortage of big news, the AWARD for the most over exposed headline of the week is...  For having the courage or audacity to stand up to the President of the U.S. ...the political volleyball AWARD of the week goes to... In celebration of two American heroes... the AWARD of Recognition goes to...  The 'you cannot have it both ways' AWARD goes to...  For using their celebrity and raising money to fight diseases and hunger around the world... the AWARD goes to... This…
  • The Award Goes To… United Airlines

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    For not taking the concerns of your trusted employees, the AWARD for insensitivity goes to...  In spite of threats and their own safety... the Free Speech and Expression AWARD goes to...  One of the most confused governments in the world continue to show their true colors... and the NO Free Speech AWARD goes to... Another 'fantastic' idea from the establishment... the AWARD to socialize America goes to...  Practice what your preach is a lesson we all learn early on in life... what about drinking your own feces? The AWARD of bravery goes to… In spite of the many…
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    Citizens News

  • Obamacare for the Internet

    Liberty Bell
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    Written by Dollars & Crosses Writes L. Gordon Crovitz on From Internet to Obamanet – WSJ: The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet […]The post Obamacare for the Internet appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Clinton Foundation Did Not Disclose Donation While Hillary Was Secretary Of State

    Liberty Bell
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:47 am
    Written by Western Journalism Seven foreign governments donated to The Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was in office as Secretary of State. One government violated an ethics agreement with the Obama administration, the foundation said Wednesday. The Washington Post reported Wednesday the Algerian government gave an unsolicited $ 500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2010 […]The post Clinton Foundation Did Not Disclose Donation While Hillary Was Secretary Of State appeared first on Citizens News.
  • WHY SECESSION IS NOW THE ONLY OPTION

    Liberty Bell
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (“JE SUIS CHARLIE!”) Imagine you’re a businessman and you get a letter from Congress stating you need to appear before a committee to answer questions. Imagine you tell Congress to F*CK OFF. Imagine that Congress tucks their tail between their legs and goes away. If you think that would happen […]The post WHY SECESSION IS NOW THE ONLY OPTION appeared first on Citizens News.
  • China ‘aggressively’ expanding into South China Sea says US

    Liberty Bell
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Written by World news | The Guardian Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells US senators there is a worrying trend of conflict between China’s neighbours over expansion Continue reading…The post China ‘aggressively’ expanding into South China Sea says US appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Syria’s Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region

    Liberty Bell
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Written by Daniel Pipes :: Writings Population shifts resulting from Syria’s four-year long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, asThe post Syria’s Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...

    leftdog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan. CBCThe notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine.  "In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall Trivializes Supreme Court Ruling That Protects A Person's Right To Strike In Canada ...

    leftdog
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    "... while Friday’s ruling could embolden the union moment, Wall senses that the rest of the public will be indifferent or even resentful of the unions’ legal win. At least, that sure seemed the case Friday afternoon, when he quite literally laughed off the potential multi-million loss by posting on Twitter that re-signed Rider Weston Dressler “was one essential service the Supreme Court can’t take away.”It was an ill-thought tweet, considering Wall’s own political game-playing and anti-labour partisanship may have just cost us millions. But he’ll likely get away with it.If…
  • With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Prosecution Of Bush, Cheney And Torturers !

    leftdog
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times…
  • Like A Rat Fleeing A Sinking Ship, Dick Cheney Throws George Bush Jr. Under The Bus On Torture Responsiblity

    leftdog
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is freaking hilarious! Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, has dismissed a key point in the report on CIA torture and has, as a result, thrown his former boss under the bus!"Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Self-Enslavement with Net Neutrality

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:41 am
    How fitting that during Black History Month, the United States Government would leap to re-enslave the people. In a sick and twisted statist way, it’s almost beautiful. No, that’s not the beautiful part. The beautiful part is how so many fought to be enslaved and now they rejoice and post “We did it” memes on Instagram. Now, that’s beautiful.
  • Currency Kicks

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    With Daash strengthening their new Dinar by harvesting and reselling their Christian victims’ organs, and the market need for a good weave leading to the theft of manes and tails of some horses stabled at the Henderson Equestrian Complex, many can’t help but think the days of the traditional dollar are numbered. Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t yet, it’s time to diversify and we’re not saying only with precious metals.
  • Just Sayin’: Initialisms and Acronyms Are Hard So Cut KKK Wednesday Some Slack

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    In a poorly executed marketing attempt, a UK Krispy Kreme ended up having to apologize over their school break promotion, calling for a Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesday, or as they shortened it to KKK Wednesday.
  • Propaganda Putin: Pussies and Porn

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    PD has long said that Putin is proficient in propaganda, so much so that even the Obama Administration has gone to him for pointers. This last week in the Russian media was no exception. Apart from the normal statist goose-step of RT, you had a two pronged populace attack.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Yesterday’s Fascism is Today’s Government?

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    In much the same vein as Judge Napolitano’s question spree, this week’s Memory Lane features Winston Churchill’s own questions for Italians as to whether or not they lived under fascism.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • ISIS Fighters Destroy Ancient Artefacts at Mosul Museum

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Guardian, February 26, 2015Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.
  • The EU’s Deal on Greece Shows that Europe Remains Wedded to the Politics of Austerity

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    By André Broome, EUROPP, February 23, 2015On 20 February, Greece agreed to a four month extension of its current bailout programme, subject to the approval of reform measures proposed by the Greek government. André Broome writes that while the election of the Syriza-led coalition in Greece was initially hailed as a game-changing event that could bring an end to austerity in Europe, the negotiations between Greece and the ‘Troika’ demonstrate why a sharp turn away from austerity policies in Eurozone bailouts remains highly unlikely.
  • Assyrian Church Leader After ISIS Abductions: ‘We Only Have the Almighty Left to Protect Us’

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    The Algemeiner, February 25, 2015The Vice President of the Assyrian Church in Lebanon, Father Yatroun Colliana, lamented the plight of his coreligionists in neighboring Syria following Monday’s Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught against Assyrian Christian villages in the country. His comments were made in an exclusive interview with Lebanese Daily An-Nahar.
  • Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa Review – an Unrivalled Account

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir PutinBy Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, February 19, 2015When Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk’s narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians…
  • Latin America Unites Against U.S. Attack on Venezuelan Democracy

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    By Frederick B. Mills, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, February 9, 2015A special commission of the two largest associations of Latin American nations, CELAC (which includes all of the Latin America and the Caribbean) and UNASUR (which represents South American countries) met today in Montevideo, Uruguay, to analyze the relationship between the United States and Venezuela as well as the situation inside Venezuela. The commission, which has been convened at the request of the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, includes the foreign ministers Delcy Rodríguez (Venezuela), Ricardo Patiño…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • What is digital programmatic buying?

    Lizzie Kendrick
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Programmatic buying helps you find the right people, wherever they are There is a lot of talk these days about programmatic buying and how digital advertisers will be moving to it whole scale going forward. But what does programmatic buying mean exactly? We’re here to help. In the past, digital buying was done in a similar fashion to broadcast buying, where publications were contacted directly and ad space was purchased that way. Programmatic buying is a term used to describe the automation of the buying process we use today. These days, we are able to use a wealth of information to help…
  • Native Advertising is Everywhere

    Joe Fuld
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Native Advertising is the oldest and latest trend in advertising Advertising is everywhere. And with the reemergence of native advertising, there’s no escape from advertising. First off, let me say that I know I’m part of the problem. As an advertising strategist, it is my job to get ads in front of folks as many times as possible. But if you listen to old time radio or television, watch sporting events, or follow the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you will quickly realize that native advertising is not a new thing. For decades, advertisers have been figuring out how to get their…
  • Progressive campaigns need to take risks in 2016

    Joe Fuld
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s time to roll the dice for progressive campaigns and issues It was a great year to go to Vegas for BISC’s Road Ahead conference. It’s always a good time to visit Vegas when its 12 degrees in DC. As we leave BISC, it is clear that progressive campaigns have some real challenges. While proactive ballot measures are an important tool to help change the dialogue on issues we care about, they are only one part of a broader set of tactics that progressive campaigns need to engage in. Whether it is putting a measure on the ballot, a candidate deciding to run for office, or a…
  • The Future of Ballot Initiatives: Road Ahead

    Joe Fuld
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Say Yes to Proactive Ballot Initiatives As someone who has been working on ballot initiatives for many years, the phrase “ballot initiatives of the future” makes me cringe. Ballot initiatives, for a long time, have put progressives on the defense, and many believe that future ballot initiatives only reveal a similarly bleak picture. Yes, there are a few notable exceptions (minimum wage, marijuana, and campaign finance) but for the most part, progressives have consistently played catch-up when it comes to ballot initiatives. As we attend BISC’s Road Ahead conference I am reminded of…
  • Campaign Slogan vs Campaign Message

    Joe Fuld
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    WRITING a Campaign Slogan: a complete guide The very first mistake many campaigns make is writing a campaign slogan without any connection to the strategy or message of the campaign. A campaign slogan is a tool for persuasion and engagement, but it can’t be written in a vacuum. Your slogan should be used as a method of displaying and promoting your campaign’s message. That’s why when you are writing your campaign’s slogan, it’s important to think about the follow things: Start with the Strategy First Your campaign slogan must fit into your campaign’s overall strategy in a…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • In the Name of Tradition

    George T. Sipos
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Japanese Salarymen. Photo: ArMania: The Armenian Portal “We’re not here some nōryoku shugi (meritocracy) like America. This is Japan. We value seniority above all,” muttered the elderly human resources clerk and gave me one last dismissive look before heading out the door, clearly annoyed by my insistence. For the past 30 minutes, I had been trying to convince him to revise the salary offer we were about to send to a foreign applicant for a position within our department. The candidate held an advanced degree from a prestigious American university, was perfectly fluent in Japanese (as…
  • Globalizing Higher Education in Japan

    George T. Sipos
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Please note: This is a response to the article “The Challenges to Internationalizing Japanese Higher Education” published by Robert Dujarric on December 19, 2014, in Asian Pathways. Japan’s current higher education system does, indeed, work well, as Robert Dujarric argued, but only as long as Japan does not deem it necessary to globalize overall. The author of the article seems to be relying on the good old Japanese principle of jikyū jisoku (self-sufficiency), but I don’t truly think that anyone in Japan today is still relying on that principle hoping it would work in a…
  • Modern Democracy and Its Ingrained Autophagy

    George T. Sipos
    31 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Senate in Ancient Rome Democracy as we practice it today is a construct perfected through trial and error over the course of the formation of the modern nation state which started in the 19th century. Loosely based on what we believe Greek and Roman democracies to have been, we, in fact, altered the old concept gradually increasing the body of those with voting rights to its contemporary size when almost everyone is allowed to vote and thus participate in the election of the system leadership. Limitations aside, the current system, has been argued, is the best we can possibly envision. What…
  • Prophecies about the (Urban) Future of Our Planet, and why I Hope They Won’t Come True

    George T. Sipos
    8 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The plot of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report takes place in the not-so-far-in-the-future city of Washington D.C. The United States capital in 2050-ish is, in Spielberg’s imagination, a direct descendant of dystopian narratives such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (1921), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) The city is a combination of skyscrapers and phenomenally intricate networks of highways, where hover cars travel at unimaginable speed. Said cars travel vertically as well using the building walls as…
  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Ukraine Prepares for an Attack Against Russia

    Eric Zuesse
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Eric Zuesse The post-coup leaders of Ukraine have routinely said that Ukraine should destroy Russia; and, now, starting on February 24th, they are placing into position the key prerequisite for doing so, which is the advanced Anti-Ballistic-Missile, or ABM, system, S-300, which is described as follows by wikipedia:  “The S-300 is regarded as one of the ...
  • Why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail

    User Submitted
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Blake Layman made one very bad decision. He was 16, an unexceptional teenager growing up in a small Indiana town. He’d never been in trouble with the law, had a clean criminal record, had never owned or even held a gun. That decision sparked a chain of events that would culminate with his arrest and ...
  • Netanyahu Admits Sabotage of Iran Talks His Primary Mission

    User Submitted
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    ‘It is my obligation,’ says Israeli prime minister, ‘to do everything that I can to prevent this agreement.’ This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Sarah Lazare Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged on Tuesday that the purpose of his upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. is to do “everything I ...
  • 8 Ways to Reduce Global Inequality

    User Submitted
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The path to a more equal world is steep, but the signposts are clearly marked. Nick Galasso and Marjorie Wood Extreme economic inequality is corrosive to our societies. It makes poverty reduction harder, hurts our economies, and drives conflict and violence. Reversing this trend ...
  • Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail

    User Submitted
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it. Many Republicans, and Netanyahu, believe that Obama is negotiating a bad deal with Iran that will allow Tehran to ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Chevron Decides To End Shale Gas Exploration In Romania

    JTW
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    By Merve Göktaş The multinational energy giant Chevron has begun to turn back its plans to explore for shale gas in Romania. Chevron has stated that this decision has been met as the project in Romania “does not currently compete (favorably) with other investment opportunities in [its] global portfolio”, according to CNBC news. Last month […] The post Chevron Decides To End Shale Gas Exploration In Romania appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Operation Shah Euphrates And What It Brings To Mind – OpEd

    JTW
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:32 pm
    By O. Bahadir Dincer* The troops who were guarding the tomb of Süleyman Şah, a small enclave of Turkish territory within Syria, have been high on Turkey’s agenda since the breakout of the civil war in Syria. Previously, debates prevailed around whether the Syrian regime would attack the tomb or not, and what Turkey’s response […] The post Operation Shah Euphrates And What It Brings To Mind – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Georgian Government Concerned About Opposition Role In Ukraine

    IWPR
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    By Tinatin Jvania* Georgia’s current leaders have expressed disquiet at the growing number of opposition figures taking up senior posts with the Ukrainian government. The latest appointment came on February 16, when Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin announced that David Sakvarelidze, a lawmaker from Georgia’s opposition United National Movement party (UNM) had been hired as […] The post Georgian Government Concerned About Opposition Role In Ukraine appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Israeli Elections 2015: Possible Coalitions – Analysis

    Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    By Tamar Friedman* In the upcoming Israeli elections on March 17, no one party is expected to win a majority of seats in the 120-seat Knesset; hence, as usual, the party that wins is not the party that leads in the vote but the party that can put together a coalition with a majority of […] The post Israeli Elections 2015: Possible Coalitions – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • When Did Showing Your Faith Become So Controversial?

    SwissInfo
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    By Jo Fahy Whether it’s a turban or a headscarf, showing your religion in Switzerland can make others treat you extremely differently. From stares in the street to difficulty in getting a job, Swiss research has found a religious piece of clothing makes a difference. Amina Elaian-Talibi was the first in canton Neuchâtel – and […] The post When Did Showing Your Faith Become So Controversial? appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Kayla Es Mi Valentina #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerElla tiene unos ojos hermosos y soñadores, y es una chica muy sensible. Le encantan los animales, y tú puedes claramente ver que su perrito también es toda una personalidad. A ella le encanta ayudar a la gente, y daría su vida por la tuya en una situación de vida o muerte. Pero, más que todo, a mi me cautiva su acogedora y cándida sonrisa. Kayla, tu eres mi alma gemela en este Día de San Valentín. Todos te vamos a extrañar. ♥Kayla falleció la semana pasada mientras era cautiva del grupo terrorista "Estado Islamico", en Siria. Según se dice, murió durante un…
  • Kayla is My Valentine #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerShe has beautiful, dreamy eyes, and she is very down-to-earth. She loves animals, and you can clearly see that her puppy is quite the personality as well. She loves to help people, and she would give her life for yours in a life or death situation. But, more than anything, I love her warm and welcoming smile. Kayla, You are my Valentine. We will all miss you so much. ♥Kayla died last week while hostage of the terrorist group Islamic State, in Syria. She was reportedly killed during an airstrike conducted by Jordan in revenge for the murder of one of its pilots, who was burned…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    La tragedia del EastlandCasi nadie sabe de la tragedia que ocurrió el 24 de julio de 1915 en el Río Chicago, solo tres años después  del hundimiento del Titanic. Esto pasó el día del picnic anual de los empleados de la compañía Western Electric. Alrededor de 7,000 personas esperaban ser transportadas en seis barcos de la costa de Chicago a Washington Park, en Michigan City, Indiana. Los trabajadores (la mayoría de ellos migrantes), y sus familias estaban ansiosos por disfrutar de la montaña rusa de este parque, de su pabellón de baile, su playa y su parque de diversiones. Pero…
  • Marion Eichhloz, The Last Survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Has Died

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Eastland disasterMost people don't even know about the tragedy that unfolded on July 24th, 1915, in the Chicago River, just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. This was the day of Western Electric Co.'s annual employee picnic. Around 7,000 people were waiting on six ships to be ferried from Chicago's Lakefront to Washington Park, in Michigan City, Indiana. Workers (mostly migrants), and their families were eager to enjoy the park's roller coaster and dancing pavilion, a bathing beach, and its amusement park. But instead, that morning 844 people died, including 22 entire…
  • Las Vidas Afroamericanas También Valen

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Hoy pasó por mi edificio una de las marchas en contra de la brutalidad policíaca. "La Supremacía del Blanco es Perversa", decía una de las pancartas.  Esta era una de las muchas demostraciones que hoy organizaron iglesias y grupos de jovenes aquí en Chicago y alrededor de todo Estados Unidos. Bloquearon varias interseciones tirandose al suelo como si estuvieran muertos , mientras continua creciendo este movimiento nacional. Lástima que mi espalda no me deja, o me hubiera unido. ♥♥♥"Nuestros hermanos y hermanas están muriendo, nadamás por causa de la brutalidad…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Md. man accused of stabbing 95-year-old veteran to death

    Michael K. Lavers
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Charging documents indicate that Eric Dyson stabbed Dan Belvin to death inside his Montgomery County home in response to “alleged unwelcome sexual advances.” (Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Police Department)A Maryland man accused of stabbing a 95-year-old U.S. Navy veteran to death told police he killed him after he made “unwelcomed sexual advances.” Charging documents indicate that Eric Dyson, 60, made the statement to officers with the Montgomery County Police Department two days after they found Dan Belvin’s body inside his home in the Randolph Village Apartment…
  • ‘Drag Race’ season seven at Town

    Damien Salas
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The contestants of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season seven performed at Town on Feb. 25, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) Contestants in the upcoming “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season seven performed at Town Danceboutique on Wednesday. “RuPaul” alum Shangela served as emcee and music was provided by DJ Lady Bunny. (Washington Blade photos by Damien Salas)
  • Giuliani shows his desperation with Obama attacks

    Peter Rosenstein
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Rudy Giuliani (Photo by Craig Michaud; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani appears to be a sad and lonely man. Anyone who needs attention so desperately as to get into the news the way he did last week is either that or pathetic. By questioning President Obama’s love of country, he revealed himself to be a pathetic, washed-up politician who will do or say anything to get a front-page headline. He is irrelevant, but like Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter, just seems to crave attention. Among Tea Party members and those who attend CPAC — and maybe racists — the kind…
  • A lifetime on stage

    Patrick Folliard
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
      Actor André De Shields likes to keep working. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) ‘King Hedley II’   Through March 8   Arena Stage   1101 Sixth Street, SW   $45-90   202-488-3300   Out actor André De Shields could easily boast an unusually illustrious career. Instead, he simply describes his life’s work as markedly eclectic. Over the years he’s acted in countless classic and contemporary works and appeared in the original productions of Broadway musicals “The Full Monty,” “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “The Wiz.” In the early ‘70s, he…
  • The toll of long-distance love

    Michael Radkowsky
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Long-distance relationships are risky. Michael,   I’m in a great relationship with Lisa. We’ve been dating for three years and living together for the past eight months. I’m going back to graduate school in the fall and we’re concerned about how to make a long-distance relationship work. Any pointers?   One complication is, I’m going to grad school in my hometown and I’ll be living at my parents to avoid spending an enormous amount of money on rent. I’m not out to them (long story short, they’re very conservative). They know Lisa as my good friend, but coming out to…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Research Says: The Paleo Diet is a Big, Fat Lie

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The fitness “gurus” may sound convincing, but the notion th at getting back to our caveman roots at the dinner table is healthy — or even possible –just doesn’t hold up when you look at the facts. To the contrary, the latest research shows that our paleolithic ancestors’ diet probably looked very little like what you’ll find in the average paleo cookbook. According to a paper recently published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, it doesn’t make much sense to assign just a few foods to the early-human menu, and even less sense to assume that these…
  • Christians Against Dinosaurs: Is This For Real?

    Lady Freethinker
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Fossil records be damned, Christians Against Dinosaurs will not rest until the dinosaur “hoax” has been exposed and debunked. Armed with ill-conceived evidence that the scientific community is tricking our children, they’ve put together what may be the least compelling arguments against the existence of dinosaurs that I’ve ever seen. The idiocy begs the question: is Christians Against Dinosaurs the real hoax, fooling us science-y folks from behind a mask of satire? Sadly, I think they actually believe what they’re saying, although we may never know for sure.
  • Watch: Loggers Fell a Tree While Mother and Baby Koala Cling for Their Lives

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Koalas are dying off in Australia, and logging companies like this are making matters worse. In the video below, a mother and baby koala cling to a blue gum tree as loggers tear it down mercilessly. The mother survived, but nobody knows what happened to the baby. When the woman behind the camera tried to check on them, she was refused access. These loggers should be prosecuted for their cruel, shameful and illegal actions.   http://ladyfreethinker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Horrifying-video-of-a-terrified-mother-and-joey-koala-clinging-to-a-tree-being-ripped-down-by-loggi.mp4 The…
  • Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists?

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    All I can say is…brilliant. A huge shout-out to Infidel753 for sharing this video on his own blog (which I highly recommend following). The post Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists? appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • The Dirty Truth About Egg Labels that You Need to Know About

    Lady Freethinker
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    At even the barest grocery store, you probably have a choice between standard or cage-free eggs; at Whole Foods, you’re looking at enough options to make you dizzy. But you can’t count on label-reading to tell you how those egg-laying hens were really treated – Big Ag is way too crafty for that. That’s why you should know the disturbing truth about what really goes on at those egg farms, no matter what the label says. By the time you’re done reading, that omelette may look a lot less appealing. Caged: If label has no information about how the hens are housed, you…
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  • Chicago’s Unemployment Rate Could Cost Rahm Emanuel Votes

    Dan Hopkins
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    On Tuesday, Chicago voters go to the polls to weigh in on Rahm Emanuel’s four years as mayor. If recent polling is accurate, Emanuel is the heavy favorite to win more votes than any of his competitors. What is less clear is whether he will clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.Like many cities, Chicago isn’t exactly accustomed to competitive mayoral races when there’s an incumbent on the ballot. Emanuel’s predecessor, Richard M. Daley, served as mayor from 1989 to 2011 and typically won re-election with north of 65 percent of the vote. So what’s holding…
  • Marco Rubio And The Pareto Frontier

    Nate Silver
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    There’s still plenty of room for Marco Rubio. Two years ago, I described the Florida senator as the “electable conservative.” While Rubio has taken fewer tangible steps toward officially running for president than rivals like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, he still does reasonably well by that rubric. Perhaps along with Walker, he can make the most credible case for meeting William F. Buckley’s standard as the most viable conservative candidate.Let’s formalize our understanding of this a bit. In economics, there’s a concept known as Pareto efficiency. It means that you ought to be…
  • The Imprisoner’s Dilemma

    Oliver Roeder
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There are 2.7 million minors with an incarcerated parent. The imprisonment rate has grown by more than 400 percent since 1970.Pick a stat, any stat. They all tell you the same thing: America is really good at putting people behind bars.It’s supposed to help the country reduce crime in two ways: incapacitation — it’s hard to be a habitual offender while in prison — or deterrence…
  • Unemployment Has Changed. Unemployment Benefits Haven’t.

    Ben Casselman
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    When Michelle Wilson lost her job at a Baltimore logistics company in July, unemployment benefits provided her with a vital lifeline. At $430 a week, the payments didn’t come close to replacing her $47,000 annual salary. But they did allow her to pay rent and utilities and make her monthly car payments while she looked for another job.Last week, however, Wilson’s lifeline disappeared. Six months after she lost her job, her benefits ran out. Now she’s dodging bill collectors’ phone calls and trying to figure out how to hold on to the car that she needs to get to job interviews. Despite…
  • Latino Enrollment Is Critical For Obamacare, So Is It Happening?

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    This time last year, news coverage of Obamacare was shifting from the broken HealthCare.gov website to the question of whether enough people — and the right people — would sign up to make the insurance exchanges set up under President Obama’s health care law work. Now, as we enter the final month of the second open-enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the numbers look good, with the government on track to surpass the year’s signup goal of 9.1 million people.Young adults and Latinos are particularly important groups for the enrollment effort. While we have…
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    kai arzheimer

  • German Bundestag about to Rubberstamp Greece Bailout

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    In about an hour, Germany’s parliament will have a debate on the extension of the bailout program for Greece that is scheduled to take all of a cool 90 minutes. It will be followed by a roll call vote. Although about 30 CDU/CSU dissidents including the deputy of the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary  will vote against the government’s proposal or abstain, some North Korean-sized super majority is virtually guaranteed: The SPD and the Greens are almost unanimously in favour, and even the Left, who normally votes against the “neoliberal” EU stuff will support…
  • Party Identification in Germany: Not Dead Yet (1)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Almost a decade ago, I published an article with a cutesy title on the decline of party identification in Germany, of which I am inordinately proud. The main message of this piece was that party identification in Germany has not collapsed, but is rather declining at the glacial rate of 0.7 percentage points per year, give or take. Here is the relevant graph: Party Identification in West Germany, 1977-2002 For a more recent project, I have extended the time-series to cover the whole 1977-2012 period, right up to the begin of the 2013 federal election campaign. As it turns out, de-alignment in…
  • Six More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    Philip Converse obit – The Washington Post http://t.co/NlDQS8yahl @gilaschauer: Articles in the Guardian today reminded me to be grateful that there is no #REF in Germany yet. http://t.co/G302QiQ4GX Executive summary: How to vote in Greece. H/T @A_Katsanidou http://t.co/qzo8HIq7um Crossing the line: #Farage attacks pupils’ #Ukip parody app featuring Nicholas Fromage | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/lfhmWD4GT8 French Politics: The Extreme Right and “Entrisme” http://t.co/VvYyxFtAwI Thatcher considered UK chemical weapons programme, documents show | UK news | The…
  • Six links I liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    This is old news now: “In German City Rich With History and Tragedy, Tide Rises Against Immigration” – http://t.co/AyxbdmcKoQ #Pegida Mind the comma: RT @AcademicsSay: cc @CelebrityOxford http://t.co/DBZTJBZZgr Germany Reopens Case of Oktoberfest Bombing – http://t.co/MTMqAzaMNJ Nigel #Farage asked former Conservative MP Enoch #Powell to endorse #Ukip | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/BqHsEywGwn Tweeting Ferguson: how social media can (and cannot) facilitate protest http://t.co/9XA7Hckjhv For once, my prediction was correct. Very confusing: “Members of #AfD…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    So the old @Uni_of_Essex radicalism is back, in unlikely places: For radical #Greek politicians, #TOWIE – Telegraph http://t.co/QCCbBbAslH @alexandreafonso: Marx on immigration, 1870. Could have been written today http://t.co/2wtPjsmyyz http://t.co/0bHq3ZukLF Engaging/provocative/mad as ever: Hey, who you calling a ‘Crusader’?! http://t.co/zTsMW9VK51 (@asecondmouse) The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer.
 
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    Conservative Read

  • Revenge porn figure wants Google’s privacy help

    chris
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
     Irony alert: A guy who ran a website that trafficked in revenge porn and encouraged men to post unauthorized photos of exes is now asking Google to protect his privacy. Craig Brittain, who ran... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Jersey’s Christie to conservatives: ‘I’m still standing’

    chris
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
     New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addressed head-on questions about his volatile temper on Thursday and dismissed critics, telling a gathering of conservatives: “I’m still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Progressive Madness Causes Feminist to Murder Own Son in Own Womb

    chris
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Arlen Williams,  In the mindset corrupted by demons, who in most recent epochs tend to brainwash for neo-Marxist “progressivism,” down becomes up and wrong becomes right. It happened... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • If European Jews Must Live in Fear, Why Was Netanyahu Wrong?

    chris
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary  Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu took a pasting from pundits and even some Jewish leaders when he reacted to the attack on Copenhagen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Judge Strikes MASSIVE Blow to Obama’s Common Core

    chris
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:57 pm
     One by one, states are rebelling against President Barack Obama’s Common Core. Now a judge in Missouri has just ruled that it is illegal for the government to work with an interstate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Government, Economy, and Socialism

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Government, Economy, and SocialismThe failure to recognize that socialized societies are NOT socialist is another fallacy perpetuated by the media.The examples abound but commonly they are concentrated along the lines:"Look at Sweden, they are Socialist, and have free nursery schools, free healthcare, etc. And they do not need capitalism to be prosperous...""Denmark has the highest happiness index and they are Socialist, aren't they?!""The Scandinavian countries have less inequality than the US, look what capitalism has brought us...""Canada is a socialist country, they have publicly funded…
  • On Income Inequality II

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Income Inequality, Ideology and NumbersOh, the Income Inequality, the rallying cry of the Left, how many times this tale has been spun to create a false sense of urgency, to bash success, and instigate class hatred and envy? From the Zucotti Park tents of Occupy Wall Street, to the halls of academia, the tale continues. That is, it continues until facts and numbers get in the way.A recent article in the NY Times is trying to make right while providing meaningful numbers that the income inequality has actually decreased during the period when it became the main liberal ideological…
  • Greece, Syriza and the EU

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Greece, Syriza, Socialism and the EUhttp://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1692109/communist-rooted-syriza-party-wins-greece-elections-likely-shake-euroThe recent paean of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis from Syriza, high on ideals, short on practical suggestions, is another example of Socialist mantra; "Give us your  (EU) money so we can help the people but don't expect any return!".http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/yanis-varoufakis-no-time-for-games-in-europe.html?ref=opinionVaroufakis' "proposals" do not extend beyond the Syriza election populist promises.
  • Socialist Retail, Lines, and Shortages

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    Socialist Retail, Lines, and ShortagesThe Socialist economy, at least on paper, is geared towards satisfying the needs of the workers. The reality though was something incredibly different. The central planning despite the attempts of liberalizing it is extremely inefficient at predicting customer demand. In fact the terms supply and demand, those basic economic terms that exist in the free market economy, were not included in the Economics college courses, or if included they were decried as capitalistic means for oppressing the proletariat.The Socialist retail reality was a shining example…
  • Opening up to Cuba

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Opening up to CubaThe recent push by the Obama administration to normalize relations with Cuba deserves close attention because of the repercussions it may have in Latin America, and the world.The Cuban embargo instituted by JFK, in place since 1962, has not dissuaded the Cuban regime to change course and liberalize the country, politically and economically. The US embargo is not the reason of the dire poverty the Cuban people are in, neither lifting it will bring abundance to the island. The lack of decent consumer goods is a consequence of the decades of Socialist economy that are the same…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-26, Thursday

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, February 26 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, the feds are set to pass a 332-page “administrative law” - unseen by the public – regarding “net neutrality,” which would hand control and regulation over the Internet to the government, a “fix” one FCC Commissioner says is a “solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist.” We'll also look at the identity of the man seen in ISIS videos, and the FBI's announcement that ISIS could possibly be active in all fifty states. On today's show, leading chiropractic expert and…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-25, Wednesday

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this dynamic Wednesday, February 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the net neutrality fight on Capital Hill as the Federal Communications Commission makes a move to control the internet and impose the dictates of the state and the globalists on the ability to disseminate alternative political ideas. We also cover the insanity of feminism and the push to accept obesity and ill-health as a beauty standard. Other topics covered include a move by public education to demonize capitalism, Edward Snowden’s call to stop government from trashing our rights, and Janet Yellen and the Fed…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-24, Tuesday

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, February 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the war for energy occurring across the world as the globalists use energy dependence to control society. Former Minnesota governor and actor Jesse Ventura joins the show to discuss the current oil and energy situation and what we can do to take back control over our prosperity. Also, we cover the secret TSA program quizzing Americans returning to the country and the ex-FCC chief who is shocked the feds are attempting to regulate the Internet. You don't want to miss today's explosive show!1
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-23, Monday

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, February 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, conservative journalist James O'Keefe says he has a bombshell story that he's afraid endangers his life, and what happens when you ask someone to sign a overtly vague petition while wearing an Obama shirt? Veteran Bilderberg investigator, award winning journalist and author Daniel Estulin joins the broadcast today to discuss current world events and his upcoming documentary “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” an inside look at the world's most powerful secret society. Also today, relocation consultant, researcher and…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-22, Sunday

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Sunday, February 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show we look at the public awakening to the plague of GMO and chemical additives in food as onetime fast food giant McDonald’s loses market share as consumers turn to natural alternatives. We also cover the latest radioactive leaks from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and other important news on today’s live worldwide broadcast from the infowar command center in Austin, Texas.
 
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    Vox - All

  • What that weird dress tells us about the metaphysics of consciousness

    Matthew Yglesias
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    What if you woke up one day and all the things that looked red to you before going to sleep suddenly looked green, with the entire color spectrum shifted accordingly? (Was a bee / Joe Posner) Welcome to the "inverted spectrum argument," a critical piece of philosophical lore (dating back to John Locke, more widely known for his theory of natural rights) with implications for the meaning of human consciousness and, of course, that problematic dress that set the internet ablaze Thursday night. Qualia The thought experiment is meant to prove that there is such a thing as what something…
  • Color perception scientist says he's never seen anything like the color-changing dress

    Max Fisher
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    As the internet tears itself apart arguing over tumblr user swiked's mysterious color-changing dress, which appears white and gold to some people but blue and black to others, Vice managed to reach a scientist who studies color vision. http://swiked.tumblr.com/post/112174461490/officialunitedstates-unclefather Jay Neitz, PhD, of the University of Washington seemed like the person who could finally explain this baffling dress, and thus put our long national nightmare to an end. Alas, even Neitz, despite offering a solid-sounding theory, seems unable to fully explain it.
  • FCC chair: Corporations shouldn't control access to the internet

    German Lopez
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved its strongest set of net neutrality rules yet. Prior to the vote, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler pointed to the 4 million comments his agency received from the public throughout the process, using them as an example of why corporations shouldn't dictate access to the internet. "Those 4 million comments also illustrate the importance of an open and unfettered network, and the role it plays as a core of free expression and democratic principles," Wheeler said. "While some other countries try to control the internet, the action that we take today…
  • This is the dumbest thing that happened on the Senate floor today

    Brad Plumer
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Get ready for it: Yep, that's Sen. James Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, throwing a snowball to prove that global warming isn't really happening. "We keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record," Inhofe said. "So I ask the chair," — referring to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — "Do you know what this is? It's a snowball, from just outside here. So it's very, very cold out... very unseasonable." He then lobbed said snowball to a page and lapsed into deep silence, a smile across his face. Inhofe, by the way, isn't some random nut off the street. He's currently chair of…
  • A former zookeeper thinks the Arizona llama capture was done all wrong

    Kelsey McKinney
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Earlier today, two brave llamas escaped from their homes in Arizona and had a grand time romping through Sun City while throngs of people tried to catch them. The white llama and the black llama ran through the city, across roads, and almost onto a highway before they were caught by a man in the back of a pickup truck with a lasso. During their brief moment of freedom, the llamas were chased by many, many people. The llamas seemed very stressed, as if they were not enjoying their vacation at all. A former zookeeper weighed in on Twitter about how poorly he thought the llama chase was…
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  • Truth Is the Real Dissent

    No Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion – Thomas E. Woods Jr. Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War – Paul Fussell We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now – Thomas E. Woods and  Murray Polner Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practitioners, 2nd Edition: Guide to Immunization Risks and Protection – Neil Z. Miller The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny…
  • Libertarians and Conservatives Have Failed

    Gary North
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    For an organization that has a message that supposedly is able to transform the world, the American Right has certainly proven to be completely incapable of recruiting and training cadres of true believers who are willing to go out and spread the message. I was aware of this five decades ago. In my opinion, not much has changed. Yes, there have been political activists. There is a cadre of people who, for fat salaries supplied by trusting political donors, will work to get some compromising suit elected. The suit will then sell out the trusting donors. Has anything fundamental changed in…
  • A Chilling Gaze

    Tim Hartnett
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Every dog has his day. The shepherd breeds got theirs on Christmas with the limited release of American Sniper. The film gives mainstream traction to the idea that armed government employees are to society what guard dogs are to livestock. Rush Limbaugh couldn’t resist all the hype and crashed in January 27th. That’s when the schlock-jock declared himself an equal to a soldier, a cop or any other member of the packs that watch our backs. So far neither the Pentagon nor the constabulary has driven him back to the herd. Going to the dogs is the latest craze for anyone looking to come off as…
  • The Net Neutrality Scam

    Ryan McMaken
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web? In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only become more widespread and service today is far faster for many people — including “ordinary” people — than it was twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. Today, broadband in Europe, where the internet is…
  • Sports Jackets vs. Blazers vs. Suit Jackets

    No Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Sports jackets. Suit jackets. Blazers. Most men use these terms interchangeably, as do many men’s clothing retailers. Because of this, the differences between these three classic menswear pieces ends up being a mystery. Are these jackets really all that different? (Yes, they are!) And why should a man even care to take the time to learn these details? Let me give you three reasons: 1) It’ll save you money. Armed with this knowledge, you can buy the right jacket that will stand the test of time. 2) You’ll show respect to others. Each of these jackets has a slightly different level of…
 
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    Pension360

  • Private Equity Eyes Longer Timelines For Largest Investors

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Some private equity firms are considering offering new investment structures that would allow their largest clients to invest over a longer period of time, according to a New York Times report. The new structure would extend the timeline of some investments to over 10 years, which could appeal to institutional clients looking for longer-term, lower-risk investments in the private equity arena. More details from the New York Times: Joseph Baratta, the head of private equity at the Blackstone Group, the biggest alternative investment firm, said at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday that the firm…
  • Study Dives Into Strategies of Best-Funded Public Pensions

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Center for State and Local Government Excellence released a study last week examining the practices of the best-funded public pension plans in the United States. The report, titled “Success Strategies for Well-Funded Pension Plans,” attempted to determine if the best-funded pension plans utilized the same strategies to achieve their success. The report found that there were several keys to maintaining a well-funded pension system: using realistic actuarial assumptions, occasionally adjusting benefits and maintaining residence in a state that makes its full required contributions to the…
  • CalPERS, CalSTRS to Step Up Climate Change Engagement Efforts

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:53 am
    CalPERS and CalSTRS have issued a joint statement recounting their track records on engaging corporations on the topic of climate change. The statement also outlines future initiatives aimed at stepping up their corporate engagement on the sustainability front. From the statement: We recognize climate change as a material risk to society, the economy, and the impacts on our investment decisions. We have been at the forefront of tackling climate change issues through policy advocacy, engagement with portfolio companies and investing in climate change solutions. CalSTRS and CalPERS both have…
  • Disagreements Get Personal At San Diego Pension Board Meeting; One Trustee: “I Am Very Concerned For My Safety”

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:42 am
    Until now, the major points of contention among trustees of San Diego County’s pension fund have been matters of investment policy. [Pension360 has covered some of the drama surrounding the fund’s outsourced CIO and its investment strategy.] But things are getting personal among the fund’s board members. An email exchange obtained by U-T San Diego reveals the extent of the personal issues, particularly between trustees David Myers and Samantha Begovich: The ongoing divide about investment strategies on the county pension board has spilled over into personal allegations of sexual…
  • New Jersey Bill, Now on Christie’s Desk, Would Expand Pay-to-Play Rules for Pension Investments

    Ted Ballantine
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:55 am
    With all the drama surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s latest round of pension changes, one big pension-related development has been overlooked: on Monday, state lawmakers approved a bill that would expand pay-to-play rules as they relate to pension investments. The bill, which would increase transparency around fees paid to private investment managers, was sent to Christie’s desk on Monday. More from Philly.com: [The bill] would expand restrictions on investments of state pension funds with outside money managers who donate to national political committees. The legislation also…
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    Message President

  • needing help

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Dear Mr. President: I have been trying to get help with health care through V.A. for two years, I have been denied through Atlanta,ga and Duplin,ga. due through contaminated water in camp lejeuine. I am totally disable, my cancer have return since I have had a prostate removal, had prostate cancer,myeloma, anemia, bone and disc decease,med-caid wont cover after care, I realy need your help
  • moral capitalism

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    Dear Mr. President, Please consider the phrase "moral capitalism" in referring to our economy. Martin Luther King understood that the basic christian values of the south could bring most southerners around to their own true religious beliefs, trumping their fears. Having grown up in Chapel Hill, NC, I know well the artistry of bigotry but have seen morality win. Good luck.
  • I need your help asap

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:13 am
    02/25/2015 Dear: Mr President Barack Obama my Vanessa Rodriguez I've been writing to you for the past year asking for your help because I've been trying to get my learners permit but i can't get to the DMV and i don't think it's fair that as adults we are not able to take it online but the miners are don't make any sense to me i really need your help cause i really want to take my learners permit so that way i could practice driving and get behind the wheel and take my drivers test and pass it that way i can take my kids to school it's hard when you live in Florida cause if you don't have a…
  • Help!!!

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Dear Barack Obama,...We are trying to locate our Son. It has been three years since we've heard from him. How come no one in the Government can help us??? Please pass this on to our Senators/Congressmen and ask them why. [Your message here] Sincerely yours, Jim &Marian Walsh 924 Surrey Lane Sleepy Hollow, Illinois 60118 1-847-426-0876 jwalsh43@yahoo.com
  • ISIS

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Put our troops on the ground and KILL ALL the Muzzi terrorists! This is the United States of America / we bow to NO ONE !! Your a disgrace to the office of the Presidency I will fight and die for my country Nobody controls me 61 years and running strong GOD BLESS AMERICA IF YOU DON'T LOVE IT, LEAVE IT !
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Say What?! Former Miss Turkey Could Get 2 Years Jail Time for Instagram Post

    James Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:02 pm
    It should be a prerequisite for a political leader to be able to handle criticism and if you can’t do that, maybe you’d best go look for another job. But given the number of so-called leaders who’ve proved incapable of any such thing then one has to wonder how they got into such a position in the first place or question how a particular society can allow that to happen. Sorry about the initial rant but I’m perplexed to why Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is overacting to a satirical poem posted by the very beautiful 26-year-old Merve Buyuksarac on her Instagram account.
  • 15 Unintentionally Amusing Knockoffs That Were Made in China (Photos)

    Cassie Ryan
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    We all know that goods produced in China are seriously cheap, and often there are human rights abuses involved. But these ones have a funny side to them because they’re so not what they’re trying to be. Well, I suppose it’s one way to avoid copyright infringement. I guess as long as they get sold in China then no one would realize they’re being conned, but I’m sure most Western kids would be seriously disappointed if you bought them one of these. Welcome to the world of cheap, terrible, and extremely funny Chinese bootlegs…   Um, I guess…
  • In 60 Seconds See What Russian President Vladimir Putin is Up To

    James Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    There’s only so much that can be covered in a minute but the upside of that is when it’s done well and things are short and condensed, it goes straight to the point. And for me the take away from the above video in relation to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe are his past comments on the fall of the Soviet Union. “Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century,” Putin said in a state of the nation address to the country’s top politicians and parliament…
  • Chinese Activist Contradicts Hillary Clinton’s Account of His Rescue

    Ben Maloney
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and Presidential hopeful, isn’t as tough on China as she makes you want to believe. At least according to international human rights activist and famous Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen. Chen, a blind lawyer who escaped house arrest in China causing a diplomatic crisis in 2012, has outright contradicted Clinton’s account of rescuing him. Clinton has long said that it was her tough white knuckle diplomacy that allowed Chen to immigrate freely to the United States. According to The Telegraph, Chen has accused Clinton and the Obama…
  • Meet Evgeniy Bogachev: The FBI’s Most Wanted Cyber Criminal

    James Burke
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Thirty-two year old hacker Evgeniy Bogachev may wish to choose his acquaintances wisely unless he wants somebody taking advantage of a $3 million reward from the U.S. for information leading to his arrest or conviction. The Russian national is wanted by the FBI and the U.S. Department of State for: “his alleged involvement in a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and scheme that installed, without authorization, malicious software known as “Zeus” on victims’ computers. “ “The software was used to capture bank account numbers, passwords, personal identification numbers, and other…
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    The National Memo

  • Private Equity’s Private Math

    David Sirota
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    To the casual observer, the investment returns recently announced by the California pension system might seem like cause for celebration. The state’s investments in firms that buy private companies generated a 20 percent return in 2014. California’s $30 billion worth of private equity investments did not come cheap, incurring almost $440 million worth of annual management fees paid to financial firms. But the double-digit gains helped the system generate some of the best overall pension returns in the nation — positive news for taxpayers and for state workers who rely on the…
  • This Week In Crazy: Ron Paul Is Ready For Secession

    Henry Decker
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly u