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Wow! Truly horrible and disgusting opinion voiced by a writer for the Chicago Tribune. Not only does she want to see genocide committed in Chicago, she wants to use that as an excuse to lower the budget! How well does that work in prctice? Crushing unions and preventing public servants from making "too much" money sounds like a great deal for taxpayers, until you realize what the consequences of underpaid, say, prison guards, are.
Between Hillary Clinton's emails and Bernie Sanders, her troubles are enormously overstated.
Golly gee willikers! A conservative economist has to fudge the figures because conservative economics are unworkable in the real world, but he had to come up with something that people could point to anyway.
Jeb! Bus denounces the 2011 pullout from Iraq. Problem is, Iraq 2012 was not Germany 1946, it was more like Vietnam 1974. It was not "Victory," it was more of a breathing spell that everybody knew was temporary. Governor Chris Christie makes sensible (!!!) comments on Bush's Iraq War statement.
Never suspected that the criteria for putting people on the "No-Fly List" was so loose and casual, but I have thought for many years that the program, from its very beginning, should have had a way to get innocent people off of it. Apparently, they used Phillip K. Dick's ideas that were used to write the book Minority Report, the rather ridiculous idea that one could predict crimes by people.
Ah, Joe, you're such a tool! (Lieberman was kicked out of the Democratic party in 2006 for going off-message all the time) Lieberman took over from the former chairman of United Against a Nuclear Iran because the last guy concluded "Erm, actually guys, this is a good deal."
Saw a piece today that says it's proven that Bill Clinton encouraged Donald Trump to run and this was presented as "A-ha! The 1% are all working together!" I dunno, seems to me Clinton might have been trying to wreck the Republican Party from within. If that was his strategy, it's certainly working!
Excellent video on causes of the Civil War! I've always favored the more economic arguments myself, Southerners were trying to preserve the money and lifestyle they enjoyed. Of course, that leads to the question, where did they get that money and lifestyle? From slavery, of course!
Interesting and not at all surprising look at someone who's not quite sure (nobody else is, either) whether she's white or a person of color (She's a Mizrahi Jew). Lots of evidence pointing in both directions.
Very, very tough speech by our President on the Iran deal. If I were a member of the opposition party, I'd have a very difficult time disputing anything in it. I think it's ALL true!
Major problem with Jeb! Bush's statement is that he appeared to be dismissive of women's health generally and was not just dismissive of a particular approach to women's health. And I agree with the blogger, re-directing money from Planned Parenthood to an abstinence-only program is not just taking an equally effective approach to women's health.
Senator Susan Colllins (R-ME) is allegedly "the Senate GOP’s most moderate member." What does that mean? Not much, apparently. She voted against Planned Parenthood, voted to repeal the ACA (No, the Senate GOP had no idea what they'd replace it with) and launched a completely incoherent attack on National Security Advisor Susan Rice. So it's hard to imagine just what "moderate" means these days.
The GOP appears seriously unable to govern or to even comprehend foreign policy. My favorite lines here: "Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming scoffed, 'That wasn’t even in the newspaper. That was a blog post.' Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina dismissed the statements as irrelevant because they didn’t come from elected officials."
Do the Koch brothers make convincing revolutionaries? Wel-l-l-l..."During remarks to 450 wealthy conservatives assembled in the ballroom of a lavish oceanfront resort...Particularly when that [message] is coming from the mostly male, mostly white, all-Republican, all tea party candidates they're promoting..." No, they're like the French aristocrats of the 1780s complainin of the peasants trying to oppress them.
Excellent obituary from Maine. Did Governor LePage kill Ms. Singer? He and the Republican Party certainly helped drive the knife in. She's ultimately responsible, but they certainly didn't help matters.
On the Planed Parenthood "sting" videos (that completely fail to identify any illegal activities by PP), Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife Ginni Thomas is deeply involved in the messaging for the group. Chief Justice Roberts has an extremely relaxed attitude towards Supreme Court Justices and conflicts of interests. I don't believe a single Justice during Roberts' tenure has ever had to recuse themselves under such circumstances.
Lengthy piece on water and the struggle against privatization, well worth reading.
To the surprise of, well, no one, the head of the House Benghazi Committee is now suspected of being the source for the Hillary Clinton email story. The NY Times claimed their source for the story was usually a very good and reputable one, but Gowdy and Darrel Issa before him, are both highly unreliable sources that did not deserve any trust at all.
It’s easy to laugh at this, but let’s not lose sight of the larger context: Trump’s six-word health care plan – 'repeal and replace with something terrific' – is every bit as specific as the health care plan outlined by GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.Source.
This fellow traces the NY Times' jihad against the Clintons all the way back to Whitewater. It's a serious institutional problem that makes the Times a strong, partisan player in the game and which badly hurts democracy.
Cheerful news concerning ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Their opponents are making lots of gains against them.
Very cool! Boy Scouts end ban on gay Scout leaders.
Asked about scandals at his job-creation agency, Governor Walker said that this is “about cases that happened four years ago.” He added, “They put in place many positive reforms since then.” Actually, some cases are quite recent and as he was Chairman of the Board until just last week, it wasn't "they" who put in those reforms.
Hmm, Senator Cruz gives us the names of his favorites superheroes. Spiderman and Batman, okay. Wolverine and Iron Man, they're a little on the out-of-control, villainous side, but they're essentially okay. Rorschach?!?!?! Dude, that guy's a psycho!
Carly Fiorina proves she's a hard-core anti-choice zealot through and through. No, the Planned Parenthood “sting” wasn't shocking once you knew the full context, but no, the Mitt Romney video wasn't shocking because it was carefully edited, it was shocking because he said what he clearly really thought, that around 47% of the American people could be simply written off because they were poor and allegedly dependent on Uncle Sam for everything,
In Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore gave Bush an internal monologue "I don't know what to do. Nobody's telling me what to do. What do I do?" In these photos, Cheney's internal monologue seems to be "Hmm, somebody ought to be doing something about this." Yes, I agree with the title, the images are quite nauseating.
Very happy to hear that pharmacists will not be permitted to make moral judgments about people picking up medicines. I have both a doctor and a pharmacist. I don't know my pharmacist anywhere near as well as I know my doctor. I see my doctor in a private office where we talk at length and without interruption, I see my pharmacist in a somewhat busy store where, at best, we might exchange a few pleasantries. No, my pharmacist is not qualified to decide on whether I need a medicine.
This is not a pro-Hillary Clinton story, this is a pro-professional journalism story. This is a story that says the NY Times has very badly bungled a story due to fanatical, partisan hatred. They really, really need to get a grip!
Governor Bobby Jindal, who BTW has a 100% rating score from the NRA, thinks gun violence in Louisiana is "unthinkable" and "unspeakable." Obviously, he hasn't been paying attention to the news for the last ten years or so.
As the piece demonstrates, Governor John Kasich really doesn't understand economics at all. It's not the lack of investment money that has been the problem, the problem has been the lack of consumer demand and that took a major hit when the housing bubble collapsed. That's why people have been agitating to raise the minimum wage and why the Obama Administration wants to increase pay by changing the definition of salaried employees.
Cool! An Earth-like world within the habitable zone of a Sun-like star that's a mere 1,400 light-years away (The Milk Way is around 100,000 light-years in diameter and 1,000 light-years thick). We've located a bit over 1,000 possibly habitable worlds, but this is a pretty close one.
US Government has handed over Oak Flats, AZ to a foreign mining company. Oak Flats contains a sacred Native American burial ground. The Apache are not pleased about this.
How does one properly read Factcheck.org? Their top-line judgments (True, partially true, etc.) are often flawed, but their substantive reporting is usually quite good and reliable. They completely agree that the Planned Parenthood "sting" videos are horribly flawed and deceptive.
Good! Deputy may pay legal penalty for bad consequences of "No-Knock" raid. "No-Knock" raids should be carried out at the legal expense of the raider. If the occupant panics and opens fire, too bad for the raider. In this case, the raider obtained a warrant based on false information and badly wounded a 19-month old. Throw the book at him!
Hmm, so let me get this straight, the GOP hates excessive and crooked government, so they want to dismantle a watchdog agency?!?!?!?!
A comprehensive look the traffic stop> that was made of Sandra Bland that occurred before she was found dead in her jail cell (She allegedly hung herself, but no one believes that), Around the 9:00 minute mark, Ms. Bland has some words with the officer, obviously carefully measured and modulated, but the officer got really bent out of shape about what she was saying to him. Things escalated from there. As I said, this just looks like straight-up, flat-out murder. Serious question raised. Also, since when are photos taken after prisoners are in prison gear?!?!? Aren't photos usually taken during booking, when people are still in their usual street clothes?
Jeb Bush wrote a letter to the head of the Swift Boat Veterans, praising them for smearing John Kerry's service in Vietnam. Problem was, they didn't present any evidence to back up their charges (See Chapter 7 of Lapdogs) and papers stopped covering them by September 2004, by which time the damage was done to Kerry's campaign. So no, people shouldn't be "presented with the facts," when, by “facts,” Bush is referring to unsubstantiated accusations. No, papers shouldn't cover lies and smears to begin with. Bush was happy to have his side smear Kerry in 2004, but now it's not proper to smear McCain in 2015.
Very cool! CBN presents a 700 Club episode where a scientist explains the reality of global warming. I like that she explains it as a stewardship campaign, too.
Slight problem with comparing slavery to gay marriage: “Did Frederick Douglass give up when he was fighting against slavery?” Well, no, but slavery directly affected how Douglass was able to live his life. Men marrying men and women marrying women has, at best or worst, an indirect effect on non-gay people.
The closest I got to any action while in the Navy was to be on a ship on the other side of Italy during the bombing of the former Yugoslavia, but it really, really fries my hide to see someone who "never heard a shot fired in anger" criticizing someone who did see action! Didn't hurt Trump in the polls, though.
Very cool and a definite BFD! Civil rights laws apply to the LGBT community.
The media and the nuclear deal with Iran. At one time, France's Fabius and Germany's Merkel were highly skeptical of the nuclear deal with Iran. They both came around and decided to support it. Aren't their stories worthy of coverage? Wouldn't recounting their changes of heart make for good TV? Why is American corporate media so lazy and worthless?
Very happy to see the IMF reaching the same conclusion that I and many others reached. Combining economies is an all-or-nothing proposition. You can either have a situation where the wealthier New York state subsidizes the less-wealthy Mississippi (meaning Germany should simply swallow a loss on Greece's behalf) or you can have complete independence where Greece can manipulate its own currency for its own benefit. What you absolutely can't have is the current situation, where Germany is sort-of, kind-of in charge of Greece's economy. As of late July, tensions over the Euro had increased even more.
Excellent commentary on the Iran deal. Yeah, the US could have taken on both Hitler and Stalin, but the US very wisely chose to not get crazy and to not exhaust itself by taking on too much. Let's pleasee not get crazy try to solve all of the Iranian problems all at once.
New Pluto photos. Pluto has 11,000 foot-high mountains, no crater marks (meaning the surface is renewed all the time) and deep crevices.
Hee, hee, hee!!! Trump is causing so much damage to the Republican brand, people suspect him of being an undercover Democrat! Bwah-hah-hah! But, hmm, about a month later, it was revealed that Bill Clinton did urge Trump to run, so maybe that's not such a crazy thought after all.
To their credit, unlike a certain James O'Keefe (Who was working with Andrew Breitbart at the time), the group that did the Planned Parenthood "sting" videos made the entire two hour recording available, whereupon various media-examination and accountability groups found all kinds of problems.
Thoughts on Donald Trumps entry into the presidential race.
Well, our local columnist is unhappy with the Iran nuclear deal, but it's really not clear what, short of absolute victory, would have satisfied her objections. The US previously tried, and miserably failed, to get complete and absolute victories that satisfied all critics. Obama went for what was possible, something that could actually be achieved.
Governor Bobby Jindal wants to investigate Planned Parenthood over “sting” videos that try to make the case that PP is selling fetal body parts. Gawker and my LTE saying “Nope. That's not what's happening.”
The era of sending spacecraft to planets in our solar system came to an end as Pluto was photographed in a fly-by of less than 8000 miles away. It took the New Horizon spacecraft nine and a half years to travel the roughly three billion miles. It takes radio signals nine hours to make the return trip, so it will take 16 months to get all the data to Earth.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared he's running for President. How is his state doing? From the Pew report: "In 2000, 54.6 percent of Wisconsin families fell into the middle class category but that has fallen to 48.9 percent in 2013, according to U.S. Census figures compiled by Pew.
Boy Scouts end ban on adult gay leaders.
The blogger makes a very good point. What exactly do we not know about the incident in Benghazi 2012 that's in any way still unclear? We know that the Ambassador didn't want extra security. Why is that? We don't know, but there may have been concerns about too heavy a footprint, but he's dead, so we'll never know for sure. We know there was no "stand down order." We know that units in the area responded with all due haste.
Dan Froomkin wrote news summaries for the WaPo during the Bush Administration and worked as an editor for the Huffington Post. Now he's writing for the Glenn Greenwald publication The Intercept. The lawyer for the NSA says: "We do what those orders authorize. If the orders authorize it, we’re allowed to do it. If they don’t, we’re not." Okay, so what are the orders concerning how the NSA can use speech-to-text software to take phone conversatins and produce indexed, tagged, cross-referenced and filed summaries of those conversations? Yeah, funny story on that, there really are no specific instructions that anyone knows of.
Good to see the Confederate flag coming down from the South Carolina statehouse. Delightful to see GOP getting all flustered and tripping over their own feet on the issue.
Yeah, somehow this "occupy a foreign country and bring them up to Western standards" never seems to work out for the occupied country, though it's often profitable for the occupier. Funny how that works.
The Confederate flag issue didn't have to be dealt with by the House at all, but Speaker Boehner demonstrated again, for the %$#@%!! zillionth time that he's the least competent, most ineffective Speaker> in living memory. Congress made a good call by voting, by a voice vote, to not allow Confederate flags to be sold in gift shops. WHY Boehner couldn't just let it lie, We'll never know!
Jeb Bush doesn't appear to understand the economy at all. The correction here makes no sense. Workforce participation is down because of the Great Recession that began a year before Obama took office. The economy lost several trillion dollars worth of wealth. Consumer demand is still not back up to where it was in 2007. Making ordinary Americans work longer hours is not just hard-hearted, it isn't going to fix anything. Good round-up of information on how Jeb Bush thinks you're lazy and why he's wrong.
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