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  • Where is Hillary on Obama’s Abuse of Power? The Five Times She Said Presidents Need Limits

    Wizbang
    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hillary Clinton has been pretty silent over Obama’s amnesty. She has not chastised this president for his abuse of power. But this might seem to be inconsistent with her past comments because there have been at least five times when she said that our presidents need to be reigned in and have their powers limited. Clinton railed against an overly powerful executive at least five times in the recent past. In 2006, and twice each in 2007 and 2008 Hillary warned that the US needs to restore its system of checks and balances, a system lost to an over active
  • OPEN THREAD: And VIDEO of Milwaukee Police Chief Slamming Liberal Race Baiters

    Wizbang
    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn slammed the race baiters on the left for attacking the police while ignoring the black on black violence that kills children. I saw this last week, but it is making the rounds this week, so here it is… And…. Open Thread!
  • WaPo’s Dan Balz’s message to Hillary: Being the first woman president is not a message

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    Noah Rothman
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Rough weekend for Hillary. It has been a rough weekend for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign. All the elation on the left over the House Intelligence Committee’s report which largely exonerates the conduct of Barack Obama’s administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack is sure to dissipate when they realize that this same report was not flattering to former Sec. […] Read this post »
  • Food Thread: The Last of The Thanksgiving Blather [CBD]

    Ace of Spades HQ
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    [I have no idea what happened.....but the comments were the most brilliant ever!] Chez Dildo adheres to a strict schedule for Thanksgiving...roll in around 5:00pm or so, wander around until someone shoves a cocktail into your paws, and then wait...
  • Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

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    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Interstellar (2014)  Director: Christopher Nolan Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Matthew McConaughey: Cooper Mackenzie Foy: Murphy (10 years old) Jessica Chastain: Murphy (adult) Ellen Burstyn: Murphy (older) John Lithgow: Donald Anne Hathaway: Brand Michael Caine: Professor Brand Matt Damon: Dr. Mann Timothee Chalamet: Tom (15 years old) Casey Affleck: Tom (adult) Bill Irwin: TARS (voice) “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”           Albert Einstein Imagine that humanity was doomed–well, more clearly…
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  • WaPo’s Dan Balz’s message to Hillary: Being the first woman president is not a message

    Noah Rothman
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Rough weekend for Hillary. It has been a rough weekend for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign. All the elation on the left over the House Intelligence Committee’s report which largely exonerates the conduct of Barack Obama’s administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack is sure to dissipate when they realize that this same report was not flattering to former Sec. […] Read this post »
  • We have gun laws. We just don’t enforce them.

    Jazz Shaw
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We're not worried about the non-criminals. After I published the story this morning about the potential bombing suspects arrested in Missouri, I found myself chatting with Oliver Willis about it on Twitter. In a completely unexpected fashion, he chose to focus on one aspect of the story which I had mentioned, but not gone off on at length. (The limits of […] Read this post »
  • Video: Jay Carney says Obama “literally doing what he promised not to do”

    Jazz Shaw
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Now you tell us As I’ve said in the past, I never envy the White House Press Secretary for the job they have to do. It’s essentially a position where you agree to go out week after week and serve as the punching bag for someone else as you speak their words and defend their decisions, with no option […] View the video »
  • A hero comes home. Korean War MoH recipient laid to rest at Arlington

    Jazz Shaw
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Salute Perhaps Sunday is the most fitting day for a story like this, and while it may not be some firestorm of breaking, controversial news, it is certainly important. Earlier this year, Army Pvt. Miguel A. Vera was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Korean War, leading to his giving […] Read this post »
  • NFL Week 12 open thread

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Reshuffle. Ed: It’s time once again to pick ‘em for this week’s NFL games, which thankfully follow after the Chiefs-Raiders game on Thursday. I made what I thought was a safe and easy (but unofficial!) prediction that Oakland would lose its 374th game in a row, or something. Turns out that the Harmonic Convergence took place […] Read this post »
 
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Food Thread: The Last of The Thanksgiving Blather [CBD]

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
    [I have no idea what happened.....but the comments were the most brilliant ever!] Chez Dildo adheres to a strict schedule for Thanksgiving...roll in around 5:00pm or so, wander around until someone shoves a cocktail into your paws, and then wait...
  • Gaming Thread 11/22/2014

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Actually thought of doing a Christmas guide for gaming neckbeards but I said to hell with it (this might come next week depending on how boring Thanksgiving is). And everyone else has done a gaming list on any site you...
  • Pre Thanksgiving Sunday Football Thread

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Y-Not has a panicky Thanksgiving thread below if you want to panic over Thanksgiving. If you want to panic over football this is the place....
  • Sunday Travel Thread: Over the River and Through the Woods [Y-not]

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. -- Johnny Carson Sitting here looking out the window watching...
  • Sunday Morning Book Thread 11-23-2014: Politics As Usual [OregonMuse]

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Strahov Theological Hall - Prague, Czech Republic Some Political Books I could have sworn I had posted this 11 best political books of all time list in some eaflier book thread, but I couldn't find where, so I apologize...
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Interstellar (2014)  Director: Christopher Nolan Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Matthew McConaughey: Cooper Mackenzie Foy: Murphy (10 years old) Jessica Chastain: Murphy (adult) Ellen Burstyn: Murphy (older) John Lithgow: Donald Anne Hathaway: Brand Michael Caine: Professor Brand Matt Damon: Dr. Mann Timothee Chalamet: Tom (15 years old) Casey Affleck: Tom (adult) Bill Irwin: TARS (voice) “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”           Albert Einstein Imagine that humanity was doomed–well, more clearly…
  • Research Papers: A Rationale

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com Last week’s article on research writing brought a number of helpful comments from readers, as I knew it would. Here at SMM, I’ve tried to create a place where rational people can come to debate the issues of the day with civility and a high level of intellectual and personal integrity. You, gentle readers, have responded wonderfully. I could indeed have a larger readership with a bit of bomb throwing, and with allowing spittle blowing obscene rants in the comment section, but that’s not why I got into blogging in the first place. Why did I do it…
  • Can The Secret Service Be Fixed 2

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    credit: patdollard.com In two recent articles, I’ve documented incredible bungling on the part of the Secret Service: “Can the Secret Service Be Fixed?” and “ The Secret Service And Ebola: Seen Through Krystal Ball.” I ended the first article with this: Homeland Security director Jeh Johnson has promised investigations and changes. We all know how Obamite investigations fail to work. All of the big government functionaries, starting with Johnson, are still in place, still working hard to cement Obamite policies and priorities. They still deny the nature of our implacable Islamist…
  • The New American Thugocracy

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    On Friday, November 21, 2014, Americans rose from slumber in a new nation, a nation not conceived in liberty, nor dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. By the blatantly unconstitutional ruses of “prosecutorial discretion” and imperial impatience, President Obama has swept away any restraint on presidential whim. He now unquestionably rules by edict, and all Americans are no longer free men and women, but subjects liable to awaken tomorrow to find more and more of their liberty, their opportunity, their ability to live their lives as they choose, gone. President…
  • The Strange Case Of The Dick-Chasing Dick

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    On July 14, 214 I wrote an article titled: “Virginia: Child Porn And The Penile Code.” It chronicled, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, one of the strangest law enforcement cases I’ve ever seen. A 17 year-old boy and 15-year old girl exchanged intimate photos of each other, and the boy sent a nude video, apparently of his penis (presumably among other things), to the girl. The girl’s mother complained. None of that is strange. What’s strange is the police obtained a warrant to inject with boy with drugs that would provoke an erection so they could photograph it and compare it to the penis…
 
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  • RedState Weekly Briefing: Obama’s Immigration Edict, More Obamacare/Gruber Lies, and the Cosby Rape Allegations #RSWB

    <a href="/users/aarongardner/">Aaron Gardner</a> (<a href="/diary/aarongardner/">Diary</a>)
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, Caleb Howe, and I discuss Obama’s immigration edict, the latest Obamacare woes and Gruber lies, and the media coverage of the Bill Cosby rape allegations versus the coverage of Co-Founder of the Human Rights Campaign, and friend and donor to Obama, being charged with sex with a minor. We should be live just after 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get to the links we mention in the show, you can do so at the Hangouts Event page for RSWB. If you’d rather listen on your…
  • Don’t miss tonight’s RedState Weekly Briefing!!

    <a href="/users/aarongardner/">Aaron Gardner</a> (<a href="/diary/aarongardner/">Diary</a>)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The RedState Weekly Briefing is well into its first year on the site and the response from the community has been great. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, below there is a short promotional video to show you what you are missing. If you like what you see, join Caleb Howe, Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and myself back here at 7pm Eastern time for tonight’s live broadcast. The post Don’t miss tonight’s RedState Weekly Briefing!! appeared first on RedState.
  • Stop US funded abortions. Reinstate the Mexico City policy

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As we prepare for an orgy of appropriations in the twilight hours of the 113th Congress, one of the bills under consideration is the State and Foreign Operations Appropriation bill. This might seem to be an arcane place for a battle over the Right to Life to take place, but it is happening and it is important. President Reagan established what is know as the Mexico City Policy. This essentially conditions the receipt of any US funds by a non-governmental organization on the promise that the agency neither perform nor promote abortions. One of the first acts of Obama, literally, it was on…
  • The ‘You won’t believe what SNL did in this skit about Executive Orders!’ Sunday Open Thread.

    <a href="/users/moe_lane/">Moe Lane</a> (<a href="/diary/moe_lane/">Diary</a>)
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    No, really, you won’t.  Trust me on this: it’s like it’s from an alternate universe, or something. You’ll keep waiting for them to take a slap at Republicans because we’re unhappy about using executive orders in this fashion, but they never do. It’s almost unsettling. Open thread. (Oops” Via our own @baseballcrank.) The post The ‘You won’t believe what SNL did in this skit about Executive Orders!’ Sunday Open Thread. appeared first on RedState.
  • This Means War

    Josh Hammer (<a href="/diary/josh_hammer/">Diary</a>)
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Barack Obama used to teach constitutional law at the law school in which I am presently enrolled.  He was by all accounts well-liked by his students, though perhaps somewhat aloof to his then-fellow faculty members.  I currently have class three days a week in then-Professor Obama’s old favorite classroom, Room V, and each time I enter I see a photo near the door commemorating his teaching legacy.  White House Press Secretaries Jay Carney and Josh Earnest — not to mention the president’s usual media apologists — oftentimes like to remind us “stupid” and inferior…
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • Refold: Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

    Eric Dye
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Started as a Kickstarter campaign, the Refold is a portable cardboard standing desk. While in concept it’s pretty cool as a portable office—it would also be really handy for churches! VBS kiosk sign-up, child ministry sign-up station, activities done off-campus, or any other church activities and events you can think of. Check it out: Refold What I like the most about Refold, is that it is both lightweight and heavy duty. Throw a tab cloth over it and it’s elegant or give it a custom paint job to make it full of fun. Refold is very versatile and with a price tag of around…
  • A Newbie’s Guide To Emojis [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A picture is worth a thousand words, so maybe that’s why some many of us have fun using emojis? The infographic below, covers some of the basic’s of emoji…ing(?)…but it’s mostly the history of these little graphic characters that I find particularly interesting. These little color bits started in 1995!?! Some of these ‘fluent emoji’ examples makes me wonder if it would faster just to type it out—LOL! [via WhoIsHostingThis.com] A Newbie’s Guide To Emojis [Infographic] first appeared on ChurchMag and is sponsored by ChurchMag Press.
  • ‘Created for More’ by Jonathan Malm [Saturday Morning Review]

    Eric Dye
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Everyone is creative. I know that we like to put people in boxes and say, “She’s creative, he’s creative, I am not creative.” Or maybe we say, “I am a creative person, but so-and-so is not.” All of these statements are untrue. You. Are. Creative. In fact, you are not only creative, but you were create for more. Created for More Created for More is a 30-day devotional to seeing your world in a new way. At first glance, this may seem like a devotional aimed directly at creatives and creatives only, however, after reading through this devotional, I can clearly say that…
  • How About Playing a Yaybahar Next Sunday?

    Eric Dye
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How would you like to have a Yaybahar at next Sunday’s praise and worship service? This cool acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen puts out the most unique, hypnotic sound. In the video below, you’ll hear the Yaybahar captured in realtime without any additional effects added. It’s pretty stinkin’ amazing: It’s hard to keep your eyes off of it, isn’t it? Considering that no sound is being processed through effets, it’s quite amazing… So to answer my first question: How about playing a Yaybahar next Sunday’s praise and worship service?
  • Do You Share Your Completed YouVersion Reading Plans?

    Eric Dye
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I’ve used YouVersion for a long time, but nothing for regular Bible reading plans, studying or one of the many daily devotional plans they have to offer. Having recently finished up another paperback daily devotional and since I hadn’t landed a new one yet, I thought I would give some YouVersion devotionals a spin. So far, so good. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of devotions that are offered. After having finished my first devotional, my YouVersion app asked if I wanted to share the news with my friends. I froze. I was quickly reminded of the little boy who won a badge…
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  • Easier Voting and Turnout

    Steven L. Taylor
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Via TPM: Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High Average voter turnout across the country was horrible during this year’s midterms: about a third of those eligible to cast ballots did so But turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon. During each election over the past 10 years, these states have often been among the top performers. While the dynamics of voter turnout are complex, the following is worth noting: The states with consistently high turnout tend to make it easy to cast ballots. Maine, Minnesota and…
  • In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    While the GOP reacts, and continues to try to figure out how to respond, to the President’s executive action on immigration policy, many top level Republicans are again worrying about how that response is going to impact the party’ standing with Latino voters: WASHINGTON — All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face. They cite the Republican…
  • How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

    James Joyner
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Ross Douthat reflects on Barack Obama’s transition from a critic of the imperial presidency to an imperial president. LET me be clear, as he likes to say: I believe that President Obama was entirely sincere when he ran for president as a fierce critic of the imperial executive. I believe that he was in earnest when he told supporters in 2008 that America’s “biggest problems” involved “George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.” I believe he meant it when he cast himself as a principled civil…
  • Federal Judge Blocks New Jersey Sports Betting, But N.B.A. Commissioner Says ‘Legalize It’

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Not unexpectedly, a Federal Judge in New Jersey has blocked a renewed effort by New Jersey legislators, and Governor Chris Christie, to legalize sports betting in the Garden State in an effort to revitalize a gambling industry that has seen revenue decline in the face of competition from casinos in neighboring states: TRENTON — A judge ruled on Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to aid the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries. The decision from Judge Michael Shipp of Federal District Court was the expected…
  • University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For Nanosecond In Wake of Rape Scandal

    James Joyner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    UVA president Teresa Sullivan has suspended fraternities for a few days in the wake of a major sexual assault scandal. School will be out of session most of the suspension. Rolling Stone (“UVA Suspends Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation“): Following Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed a pattern of sexual assault among the fraternities at the University of Virginia, many women who attended UVA emailed Rolling Stone sharing their own similar stories. After “A…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Harry Reid’s Megalomaniac Aide

    David Robertson
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s call him Harry Reid’s version of Valerie Jarrett. As the New York Times reports, some on Capitol Hill call him a manipulative megalomaniac. That someone is David Krone, Harry Reid’s top aide. How bad is Krone? According to the New York Times, last year President Obama made a private call to Senator Reid in order to complain about Krone, and unbeknownst to the President at first, Krone was listening in on the call. Now, according to the NYT, President Obama has banned all congressional staff members from attending White House meetings in order to keep Krone out of the
  • Why Inner City Blacks See Racism Everywhere and Think We Are Still in Slave Days and Whites Don’t

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    (I totally forgot to post this today!) Inner city blacks have a skewed and untrue view of what America “is” today and it is because they live in all black neighborhoods. This often self-imposed isolation is also why white people don’t understand why blacks don’t see the progress that blacks have made in this country. There is a myth of segregated neighborhoods in this country that lives strong, especially in the minds of blacks. The myth is that whites live only among whites and blacks among blacks. The myth is also part of the assumption that whites are racists who
  • Is it cold enough for you?

    David Robertson
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    From WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday, November 20, 2014: Tuesday morning was the coldest Nov. 19 across the United States since 1976, some 38 years, according to Dr. Ryan Maue, meteorologist with WeatherBell. The average temperature across the entire country was just 19.4°. An astounding 226 million people in all 50 states, that includes the tropical paradise of Hawaii, were below freezing at the same time putting an exclamation point on an already paralyzing winter season — that hasn’t even officially started yet. In celebration of all of this man-made global warming,…
  • Where is Hillary on Obama’s Abuse of Power? The Five Times She Said Presidents Need Limits

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hillary Clinton has been pretty silent over Obama’s amnesty. She has not chastised this president for his abuse of power. But this might seem to be inconsistent with her past comments because there have been at least five times when she said that our presidents need to be reigned in and have their powers limited. Clinton railed against an overly powerful executive at least five times in the recent past. In 2006, and twice each in 2007 and 2008 Hillary warned that the US needs to restore its system of checks and balances, a system lost to an over active
  • OPEN THREAD: And VIDEO of Milwaukee Police Chief Slamming Liberal Race Baiters

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn slammed the race baiters on the left for attacking the police while ignoring the black on black violence that kills children. I saw this last week, but it is making the rounds this week, so here it is… And…. Open Thread!
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    Drudge Retort

  • Court: Michigan Not Obligated to Educate Kids

    Buffalo_Bob
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Michigan Citizen: In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District. The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading
  • Report Describes Missed Chances to Prevent Newtown

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was an isolated young man with deteriorating mental health and a fascination for mass violence whose problems were not ignored but misunderstood and mistreated, according to a report released Friday by a Connecticut state agency. The 114-page report released by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate profiled the developmental and educational history of Lanza, the young man who shot to death 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The report noted "missed opportunities" by Lanza's mother, the school district, and…
  • Jeb Bush's Reverse Midas Touch

    reinheitsgebot
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has often been portrayed as a "successful businessman," but ThinkProgress reviewed Bush's current and past business record and found a great deal of controversy and struggle. In some cases, the companies have faced financial problems during or after his tenure. In others, people with whom he has had business dealings have ended up in legal hot water. While Bush's corporate work has not always been publicly disclosed, a substantial percentage of that which has been revealed has proven problematic. In 1994, Bush mounted his unsuccessful maiden campaign for Florida…
  • Obama to GOP Critics on Immigration: 'Pass a Bill'

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans. "Well, my response is pass a bill," Obama said in the interview with ABC's This Week taped on Friday. "Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can
  • Israeli Cabinet Moves to Define Israel as Jewish

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved draft legislation that emphasized Israel's Jewish character above its democratic nature. The bill, a proposal for a basic law titled "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People," passed 14 to 6 and requires a vote in Parliament to become law. Ahmed Tibi, a veteran Arab member of the Israeli Parliament, said the proposed legislation "confirms that the Jewish and democratic state is a fiction." He described Israel instead as a "Judocracy" that would never recognize the collective rights of a non-Jewish minority.
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  • Marion Barry Was the Greatest Show on Earth

    Jason Zengerle
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Marion Barry was many things to many people—a hero, a scoundrel, a deeply flawed but ultimately admirable man, a tragic figure who snorted and screwed away his great potential. But for me, as a news- and politics-obsessed kid growing up in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, Barry was first and foremo
  • Marion Barry Was a Historic Figure Who Couldn't Admit He Was History

    Franklin Foer
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    If you care about Washington, you inevitably expend enormous quantities of breath defending the place. You develop a long enemies list. There are the populist bullies, such as George W. Bush, who bash the inside-the-Beltway mentality. Then there are the New York snobs, the populists' strange bedfell
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

    Michael Ignatieff
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Friend,I was touched that you asked for my advice about going into politics. Anyone whose career in politics was nasty, brutish, and short—as mine was—is grateful that anyone thinks their opinion is worth hearing. All I’d claim is that my thoughts come with what Scott Fitzgerald calle
  • Obesity Is Even More Costly Than We Thought

    Juan David Romero
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent headlines have not shied away from the economic effects of obesity: “Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror,” says The Guardian. “Global costs of obesity almost equal to
  • Girls and Boys Don't Need Separate Books

    Glosswitch
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    My youngest son adores his Ladybird Well Loved Tales collection. It’s the same collection I had as a child, including all the old classics: The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog. Over
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Feinberg

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    By Alexander Reed Kelly The obituary of the pioneering transgender activist and author of the award-winning 1993 novel Stone Butch Blues reads like a biography of the instinct for justice. Related Entries November 17, 2014 Truthdiggers of the Week: Cuban Medical Workers Fighting Ebola October 26, 2014 Truthdigger of the Week: Ben Bradlee
  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Jr. Dies at 78

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
      Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference on the steps of Washington’s City Hall in 2009. AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta Marion Barry Jr., who began his career in public service during the civil rights era and spent four terms as mayor of Washington, D.C., died late Saturday night in his hometown at age 78. Many Americans who were plugged into the news at the time probably recall the headlines about then-Mayor Barry’s drug-related arrest in 1990, which foreshadowed the era of Internet-enabled political scandal with a widely played surveillance video…
  • Crime Time

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries November 23, 2014 Cosby November 23, 2014 GOP Airbags
  • Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    “The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.” Related Entries November 21, 2014 Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow November 21, 2014 Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow
  • Cosby

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    By Signe Wilkinson Related Entries November 23, 2014 Crime Time November 22, 2014 Immigration
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    Power Line

  • Miss World 2014: A Preview

    John Hinderaker
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    (John Hinderaker) I didn’t cover the Miss World pageant last year because the organizers, fearing possible terrorism in Indonesia, canceled the swimsuit competition. This year the event returns to London, its original home. The finale will be on December 14, but the contestants have already arrived and the sports events are under way. More than ever, it seems that beauty pageants mirror the themes of current news headlines. This year, most tragically, domestic violence intruded, as Miss Honduras, María José Alvarado, was murdered, along with her sister, by the sister’s…
  • Obama Disses Another Ally

    Steven Hayward
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    (Steven Hayward) Lost in the shuffle of Obama’s immigration diktat and his sham of a farce of a travesty of a climate agreement with China was his speech about climate change in Canberra, Australia, where Obama went out of his way to insult Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.  Apparently our embassy personnel in Canberra advised Obama against this course, but naturally Obama knows better. Australian newspaper columnist Greg Sheridan reports on the matter in an article that is behind the newspaper’s paywall (but easily gotten around through Google if you want to), so here are…
  • The protracted conflict

    Scott Johnson
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Scott Johnson) Earlier this month The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale held a conference in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of James Burnham’s Suicide of the West, republished in a new edition by Encounter Books. The festivities included introductory remarks by Donald Kagan followed by three panels and a keynote speech by former NSA/CIA director Michael Hayden. The Buckley Program conference videos are all accessible on YouTube here. The Buckley Program is proving itself a fitting tribute to Buckley. Given the venue of the event at Yale and the participation of Yale faculty,…
  • When you’re strange, cont’d

    Scott Johnson
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    (Scott Johnson) We quoted comments from a specialist in immigration law in “When you’re strange.” I emailed him a follow-up question and he elaborated his comments through the day. I thought those of us trying to understand what Obama has wrought might be interested in taking a look at the rest of our correspondence. I asked whether the authorities have have discretion to grant work authorizations to the law abiding in order to equalize their disfavored treatment. He responded: Well – who knows what the hell they can do?! Seemingly anything they want. I mean, what they are…
  • The House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi Report — more than fair

    Paul Mirengoff
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has issued its report on the Benghazi attack. You can find it here. The Committee concludes, among things, that CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi during the attack behaved bravely and made reasonable tactical decisions that saved lives, and that the CIA received all military support that was available. It further concludes that after the attack, the administration’s initial public narrative (via Susan Rice) on the causes and motivations for the attack was not fully accurate. In addition, edits made to the…
 
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  • No Justifications for America’s Aggressions

    Michael S. Rozeff
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Those politicians who have supported the use of American military forces and warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Pakistan have mistreated the people and societies in these countries. There is no justification for the injuries and harms that American forces have inflicted on others and none for the injuries and harms borne by the Americans who have participated in these wars. There is not a single justification for the huge resources extracted from tax-paying Americans to pay for these exceedingly costly expeditions, and no justification for the huge debts incurred that signal the…
  • The Empire’s Justification

    Michael S. Rozeff
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The American Empire’s goal is expansion of the regions under its dominance, seemingly without any limit. That is why the U.S. continued to push and push after the Cold War ended and that is why it pushes to this day. The Empire’s justifications to the American people of fighting for freedom and fighting terror do not hold up under scrutiny. They do not explain the Empire’s actions. Neither do its appeals to prevent dominoes from falling or not appeasing aggressive forces. There is yet another basic justification for the expansionary push of the American Empire, not…
  • Justina Pelletier Back in Hospital

    Scott Lazarowitz
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
     Justina Pelletier is the teenager whose life was torn apart by zealous psychiatrists at Children’s Hospital who suddenly discontinued her treatment for Mitochondrial Disease and made her physical condition severely deteriorate — all in the name of “behavior modification” fanaticism. And she is the one whose life was torn apart by Massachusetts Department of Children and Families who abducted her away from her family and kept her imprisoned in mental health facilities even though she had no apparent “mental health” issues. She has since returned home to her family in Connecticut,…
  • Truth Obscured in the Afghanistan Morass and Confusion

    Michael S. Rozeff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Obama has approved an expanded U.S. military role in Afghanistan. It’s against the Taliban. The administration debated this. The Pentagon won this one. They wanted an expanded mission. A normal country is one in which people do not make constant wars in other lands and do not butt into the affairs of others with a degree of deep engagement that is reserved for how the federal government meddles with the 50 states and their citizens. From any rational standpoint of a normal country, as America once seemed to be, Afghanistan is a morass, a muddle, a swamp, and entanglement that the U.S.
  • Excellent Books Exposing The State

    Charles Burris
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    LRC readers will be interested in the two new Amazon Listmania! book lists which I have added to my previous catalog of titles. The American Deep State and American Police State bring the total up to 118 book and DVD lists. Be sure to purchase your items through the LRC Amazon portal.
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  • Are we getting soft in the schools?

    Stephanie
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I've got all the respect in the world for quality teachers and administrators who do a valiant job in the public school system around these parts.  Heck, I've got dozens of dear friends who are brilliant teachers and administrators who I know rock their jobs and do their absolute best to educate the children entrusted to their care.  Additionally, my oldest daughter is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher as we speak.  So, I am wholeheartedly on the side of educators who do a fantastic job day in and day out.So, this year, and last year too, as my middle school…
  • My greatest joy as a mom

    Stephanie
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Yesterday, I updated my status on facebook and mentioned how much I love to listen to my kids while they are in the bathroom together brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  Having four kids share one bathroom (with two sinks though-which is a huge deal let me tell you) is something that can be a huge source of frustration in many homes.  As a young girl, only my sister and I shared a bathroom, because my brother had his own bathroom downstairs.  I don't remember her and I spending much time in there together, but I'm sure we did somewhat.  Mere and I didn't fight…
  • Grateful to provide

    Stephanie
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    I'm sure most people would agree that having children is an expensive endeavour.  And, since everyone and their dog likes to bemoan this fact ad nauseam, I would love to offer an alternative view to the often negative notion about the cost of raising your child.Just in the past six weeks I have spent thousands of dollars on my kids.  That's crazy right?  I, like so many other parents I know, am literally hemorrhaging money on a daily basis.  With things like drivers ed., orthodontics, airplane tickets for holiday travel,  and Christmas looming it can be so easy to get…
  • Blessed with moisture

    Stephanie
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We had the hottest, driest and most awesomest summer this year.  And, when it was still dry and 84 degrees in late September I remember telling myself that we got our share.  That we can't complain.  Summer had come and gave us a massive piece of it's scorching hot pie this year, so when the rains finally arrived it would feel right.  It would be time.  Our crust of earth was due.And now they're here.Soaking rain, gusting winds, power outages and fallen trees have smacked us all upside the head, and just like any good Oregonian would do, we turn indoors and bunker…
  • Let moderation be your guide

    Stephanie
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    About three years ago I was asked to give a talk during our sacrament meeting, and the topic was "living a balanced life".  Sounds like a simple and straightforward enough topic, but I struggled exceedingly with it.  I racked my brain, read a variety of sources and pleaded with God above to help me feel inspired by this topic and to know what to share that would be uplifting and helpful to the dear members of my ward who had to endure 12-15 minutes of my rambling.  Finally, I confessed to Wes that I had no idea what to say and I knew this was the one talk in church that would…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    This headline from Ed Morrissey about sums it up.Semi-retired President invokes the Sick And Tired clause of the ConstitutionObama claims that he has to act because Congress hasn't acted doesn't mean that he can just ignore Congress. In fact, knowing that Obama was planning this action, the voters sure didn't vote an endorsement of Democrats in this past election. If the situation was so exigent, why didn't he move in the first two years when he had control of both houses and could have easily passed what he wanted? If the situation was such an emergency, why could he postpone it until after…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Here's a true sign of how far Obama has fallen - the networks aren't going to air his prime-time address tonight.Thomas Sowell slashes away at the idea that it is the "legacy of slavery" that is keeping blacks poor today.Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not have as much income as Japanese Americans. Mexican Americans do not have as much income as Cuban Americans. All sorts of people do not have as much income as all sorts of other people, not only in the United States,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Well now that Mary Landrieu's pretense of exercising her supposed influence to get a Keystone bill through the Senate has fallen short, she seems to have no hope of winning her runoff election. Why should Louisiana voters choose to keep her there for her supposed influence when her influence couldn't get through a bill when her party is in control of the Senate? They can elect Cassidy and look for the new GOP majority to easily pass in January what Landrieu couldn't get done for the past several years. I count up 9 Democrats who voted Yea and who will be in the Senate come January. So the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    David Axelrod weighs in on Jonathan Gruber.As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 16, 2014Ah, so why did your administration pay him $400,000 for his help in designing the health care bill? And why did you guys tout his help and send him to Congress to help pass the bill? Guy Benson points to this video of Gruber explaining how Obama asked for help to basically mislead people so that the bill would get passed.“The problem is…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    President Obama is now denying that his administration misled people in order to get Obamacare passed. What about those repeated promises that those who liked their health care could keep it? What about the promises that this would "bend the cost curve down"? And Obama is denying that the loquacious Jonathan Gruber was never on "our staff." Well, that's just being Clintonian. He might not have been officially on the administration's staff, but he sure had a part in designing the bill. Politico isn't buying the President's weaseling.While Gruber was not a staffer, he was a paid consultant…
 
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  • How a bill *really* becomes a law, courtesy of “Saturday Night Live”

    Chris Cillizza
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    It's not like "Schoolhouse Rock" told you it was.
  • Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from

    Philip Bump
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every year, the United States offers permanent residency status to immigrants who -- in the vernacular -- "played by the rules." They applied for residency, didn't violate the law, and so on. As with every other aspect of the immigration debate, the population of permanent residents is more nuanced than you might expect. The Department […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    1. Robert Costa raises the problems that Republicans now have to contend with on immigration — and within their party. 2. And Ed O'Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund lay out the winners and losers of the policy. 3. Legals scholars seem to agree that — despite what you think of the policy — President  Obama's actions on immigration are perfectly […]
  • QUIZ: Which election does this Hillary Clinton speculation belong to?

    Jaime Fuller
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    If Ken Burns needs an idea for what American pastime to document in great detail for his next documentary series, we humbly submit our country's great quadrennial tradition of wondering whether Hillary Clinton will be running in the next presidential election. Not only does there appear to be a market for such a documentary (just type Hillary […]
  • 7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    President Obama's executive order on immigration could exempt from deportation more than five million undocumented immigrants -- almost half of the total undocumented population in the country, which is about 11.5 million (depending on the data you're looking at). The population is vast and diverse, coming from different countries and living in very different proportions in different […]
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  • Cleveland Cop Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy Dead for Playing with Toy Gun

    Robby Soave
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    A 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police for playing with a toy gun died in the hospital as a result of his injuries, the Associated Press reports. The kid, Tamir Rice, did not threaten the police and was armed only with an airsoft gun. Police maintain that the fake weapon was missing its identifying orange tip, however. Here's how it happened: Rice went to a local park to play with his friends on Saturday afternoon. Somebody saw them with the gun and called 911; the caller specifically told the operator that it was "probably fake." Nevertheless, the officer dispatched to the scene saw…
  • Q & A With Andrew W.K.: "A Role Model for Fun"

    Anthony L. Fisher
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Q & A With Andrew W.K.: "A Role Model for Fun" Original release date was November 19, 2014 and original writeup is below. "I never thought I would be a role model for anything. But a role model for fun, I can do that," says musician Andrew W.K., who has been called "the great unwashed rock star" and "the great god of partying" since he first hit the charts with the release of his 2001 album "I Get Wet." That record featured the anthemic tunes "Party Hard," "We Want Fun," and "Fun Night." Rolling Stone praised the…
  • School Choice Now!: Gym Teacher Drags/Pushes Girl in Pool

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Here's a great argument for school choice from the bankrupt city of Stockton, California. Watch above as physical education teacher drags and pushes a 14-year-old girl into a swimming pool. Some details via California's News 10 ABC: A Stockton Unified School District physical education teacher is facing a charge of corporal injury to a child, and is on paid leave, after video surfaced of him trying to force a 14-year-old girl into a pool during a P.E. class. Denny Peterson, employed by the school district for more than 10 years, is seen on video for 95 seconds using strong force to drag the…
  • Forget Uber's "Asshole Problem." The Company is Now Bedding Down with Regulators to Screw Over Competitors

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It was a great run, really. For most of its brief existence, Uber has gotten nothing but great press—and deservedly so, since the popular ridesharing service has provided a great way for people in cities to work around sclerotic taxi commissions and local cartels that serve entrenched business interests rather people looking for convenient new ways of getting around in cities. But lately—and especially after offensive statements about investigating journalists critical of the company's top management and some of its business practices—the only press Uber seems to be getting these days…
  • School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure

    Lenore Skenazy
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience. According to whdh.com: The trip to see the famous ballet has been a tradition at the school for years, but apparently some felt the trip was improper because there is a Christmas tree on the stage. The issue came to a head at a [Butler Elementary School] PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told they were being discriminatory if…
 
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  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Libya and the tides of history. Noah Millman reflects on Shakespeare and the lessons from the Libyan war. Blaming the generals isn’t enough. Andrew Bacevich reviews Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost. Rand Paul and late-regime politics. Julia Azari sees all of the early attention being paid to Rand Paul’s likely presidential candidacy as evidence that “we are nearing the end of the Reagan regime.” The damaging myth of “winning” the Iraq war. Paul Pillar explains why the conceit that the war was ever won is so harmful to U.S. foreign policy. The myth of the…
  • The Folly of Arming Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    The administration still seems to be resisting pressure to send arms to Ukraine: Joe Biden, the US vice-president, told an audience in Kiev on Friday that Washington would always support a democratic, reformist Ukraine but he did not offer the one thing his hosts most desired: a promise of heavy weapons to counter a Russian-backed insurgency. There are a few reasons why the U.S. should continue to refrain from throwing more weapons at the conflict in Ukraine. Marc Champion explains two of them here: Most important, they would make real the myth that Russia is responding to NATO aggression in…
  • The Terrible Idea of an Alliance with Iraq

    Daniel Larison
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    It will come as no surprise that Michael O’Hanlon has come up with another terrible idea: At this crucial juncture in the Middle East, the United States should propose to Baghdad the creation of a formal, treaty-based alliance. It could be modeled after America’s alliances in Europe and East Asia, and include a clause like that of Article V in the NATO and U.S.-Japan charters that commits the two countries to the defense of each other [bold mine-DL]. What O’Hanlon means is that the U.S. should be obligated to guarantee the security of yet another country that couldn’t…
  • Webb Is Running for President

    Daniel Larison
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    It appears that there will be a challenger for the Democratic nomination after all: The first official 2016 presidential candidate is former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. Mr. Webb announced an exploratory committee late Wednesday night for what would be among the longest of longshot campaigns with a 14-minute video and a 2,100-word letter posted to his website, webb2016.com. Most of the letter explains Webb’s reasons for running and provides a brief introduction to him, his career, and his family. There is one passage that hints at what some of the major themes of a Webb campaign could be: We…
  • Jeb Bush and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Scott McConnell wonders what kind of foreign policy Jeb Bush will end up endorsing. Specifically, he is interested to find out which member of his family he will be most like on issues relating to Israel: A President Jeb Bush would face a different set of questions about “the special relationship”. Would he respond like his father or like his brother? Based on what we know of his views, I don’t think it’s a stretch to conclude that he frequently holds views very similar to those of his brother and his brother’s most vocal supporters. That goes for policies relating to…
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  • Guest Writer Believes Race Relations Near Tipping Point

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post 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. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. My eighty-first birthday earlier this week was to have been a happy occasion, featuring a great dinner with friends at Tulsa’s finest German restaurant and many cards and letters from far-flung children and grandchildren. But a late email printout detailing events in Geneva, Switzerland, took a bit of the…
  • Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: Nov 22

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Following my Nov. 15 update, I made talk radio appearances on stations in Florida and Nevada and wrote and shared the full menu of articles below at BobMcCarty.com: On Facebook this week, I shared a photo of Butters, my office assistant, inspecting newly-arrived copies of my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet. Monday, Nov. 17:  In advance of the much-anticipated grand jury decision about the Michael Brown shooting death in Ferguson, Mo., I asked an important question about the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department’s apparent use of illegal surveillance equipment…
  • Throwback Thursday: Intelligence Agency Spotlights Clapper

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Something interesting showed up in my inbox a few minutes after noon today under the headline, Throwback Thursday: DNI Clapper as DIA director. Click on image above (if you dare) to read full article on DNI website. Released by the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of Corporate Communications, this nostalgic piece begins by reminding all of how then-Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. was sworn in as the DIA’s 11th director Nov. 18, 1991. It ends by noting that Clapper now serves as director of national intelligence. I, however, am more interested in an action Clapper took while…
  • Author Predicts NBC Dateline Will Air Polygraph Propaganda

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I have to hand it to members of the pro-polygraph crowd whose public relations efforts, though based on much circumspect information and many falsehoods, continue to impress. The latest evidence of their PR prowess will, I predict, appear Friday night during a segment, “Lie Detector,” on the NBC News magazine program, Dateline. Though I don’t have advance access to the information that will air during the segment, I’m willing to offer a handful of predictions based on what I uncovered during the four years I spent investigating the century-old polygraph and its…
  • Border Security Trumps Immigration Reform

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Most news reports about President Barack Obama’s expected announcement about so-called immigration reform — that he will issue an executive order and open the illegal immigration floodgates — seem to be focusing on the impact five million new legalized residents will have on the already-tenuous job market for Americans already out of work. What they ignore is a far more serious subject, one the Washington Times reported on more than six and a half years ago. Click image above for link to Washington Times article Feb. 6, 2008. Here’s a snippet of what the Times…
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  • You Ought to Have a Look: The Weather According to Maue, Comments on EPA Power Plant Rules, the Government Bogarts the Weed

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger — One of the planet’s most prolific weather and climate Tweeters is Florida State…
  • Cato Connects on Immigration

    Caleb O. Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Caleb O. Brown This morning I sat down for a live online discusssion with Alex Nowrasteh to discuss the policy implications of President Obama’s plan to delay deportations for potentially millions of undocumented immigrants. Cato Connects: Executive Action on Immigration
  • How Hot Does It Have to Be to Break a Record?

    Patrick J. Michaels
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels So who hasn’t seen one of the bajillion recent stories saying 2014 is going to set the instrumental record for the highest average global surface temperature? May we throw a teense of cold water on that hot news? Annual temperatures are calculated by averaging up monthly readings, so the last data point that we have is October. The National Climatic Data Center, a part of the Department of Commerce, estimates that global average temperature was a record high of 58.46°F. The previous record was 58.45°. The key word is “estimates.” When a scientist measures…
  • Iran's Economy, With and Without a P5+1 Agreement

    Steve H. Hanke, Dr. Garbis Iradian
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Steve H. Hanke and Dr. Garbis Iradian The haggling between Iran and the so-called P5+1—the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany—is scheduled to come to a close on Monday, November 24th. The two parties each want different things. One thing that Iran would like is the removal of the economic sanctions imposed on it by the United States and its allies. After decades of wrongheaded economic policies, Iran’s economy is in terrible shape. The authoritative Economic Freedom of the World: 2014 Annual Report puts Iran near the bottom of the barrel: 147th out of…
  • Ebola: Human Progress Is the Best Medicine

    Chelsea German
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Chelsea German With the media frenzy over Ebola now thankfully fading, let us view the outbreak within the context of humanity’s continually improving ability to solve new problems. Today, the world is better prepared than it has ever been to respond to an outbreak of an infectious disease. For example, there are more skilled medical professionals available to tend to the sick and conduct research on effective treatment. The number of physicians per person is rising globally. While there is not yet a cure for Ebola, many people are hard at work coming up with one. Countless maladies that…
 
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  • Obama, Republicans Face-Off on Immigration

    Ellison Barber
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    On Sunday, President Obama defended his decision to take executive action and grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, telling Republicans if they dislike it, they should go ahead and pass legislation to fix the broken-immigration system. “The truth is that the Senate did a good job in crafting a bipartisan bill that would have greatly improved our immigration system, and my preference is for a legislative solution to this problem. It didn’t happen because the Speaker would not call the bill for a vote in the House. And he still has several weeks to call that bill in the…
  • Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

    Adam Kredo
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who is scheduled to hold one-on-one talks with Kerry this evening in Vienna—”frequently shouts at Western diplomats” in such a forceful manner that bodyguards have hurriedly…
  • SNL Mocks Obama for Ignoring Midterms, Constitution

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Saturday Night Live mocked President Obama’s brazen executive immigration order in a parody of Schoolhouse Rock’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” The opening skit featured SNL cast member Kenan Thompson playing an immigration bill that is repeatedly pushed down the capitol steps by President Obama after educating a young man on the constitutional process of turning a bill into law. When the young man asked Obama why he abandoned the bill, Obama said “there’s actually an even easier way to get things done around here, it’s called an executive…
  • Netanyahu: Bad Iran Deal a ‘Historic Mistake’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United States and other powers would make a “historic mistake” by accepting a deal with Iran that does not dismantle its capacity to make a nuclear bomb—something it is “nowhere near accepting” in the negotiations thus far. Netanyahu urged the U.S. to avoid making a bad deal with Iran that would leave its nuclear program intact: Don’t dismantle sanctions before you dismantle Iran’s capacity to make a nuclear bomb. And as I understand it, the Iranians are nowhere near to accepting that and if for any reason the United…
  • Bad News for Hillary: Obama Says 2016 Voters Will Want ‘That New Car Smell’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    President Obama took a thinly veiled shot at Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential aspirations on Sunday, saying American voters want that “new car smell” and “something that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.” “I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want — you know, that new car smell,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “You know, their own — they want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.” When asked about Clinton’s potential 2016 run, Obama said he was prepared for Clinton to…
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