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  • The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy R. Davis

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    Michelle Malkin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin’ hot is not a compliment. It’s a campaign incineration status update. The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor’s mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted. The high point of…
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    Allahpundit
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Rights. A Maine judge on Friday ruled in favor of a nurse who defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities, saying local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing an Ebola quarantine. District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United […] Read this post »
  • Overnight Open Thread (31 Oct 2014)

    Ace of Spades HQ
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Trick or treat America. An Iran nuclear deal will be the Obamacare of Obama's second term. This will not end well, especially when we treat our friends like enemies. It is worth recalling Iran's regime and its proxies murdered...
  • Louie Renault Award Of The Month: UNC At Chapel Hill

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    Mike McDaniel
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    credit: solidprinciples.com Captain Louie Renault is a character in the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca.” Just as he is proclaiming himself “shocked—shocked!” to discover gambling at Rick’s—Bogart’s—place, one of Rick’s waiters hands him a wad of cash, his gambling winnings, cementing Renault’s place as the eternal arbiter of hypocrisy and faux outrage. So this month’s Louie Renault Award goes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an august bastion of higher learning that was recently shocked—shocked! to discover that college athletes were given…
  • Tech at Night: Weekend Update

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    <a href="/users/neil_stevens/">Neil Stevens</a> (<a href="/diary/neil_stevens/">Diary</a>)
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m not Chevy Chase, but I’ve been there. This is your reminder that the FCC is still going crazy: it wants to regulate Internet-based video, which is a pure, unacceptable power grab. On top of the illegal plans to go ahead and regulate ISPs, it’s clear the FCC wants total state-run Internet. CBS doesn’t want you to have a choice as to whether or not you pay for their channels on your cable bill. Gotta love mandates. Biometric security has one flaw: it’s not warrant-proof. The post Tech at Night: Weekend Update appeared first on RedState.
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  • The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy R. Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin’ hot is not a compliment. It’s a campaign incineration status update. The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor’s mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted. The high point of…
  • Jon Stewart gives Wendy Davis enticing suggestion for saving campaign

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers In the Texas race for Governor, Greg Abbott is up on Wendy Davis by healthy double digits. With a week to go until the election, Davis needs something big, and during her appearance on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart tried to help: “That’s one of the reasons I was so committed to this race – making sure we were going to force into a general election a real conversation about the things that really matter to people,” Davis added. After Davis spoke of how the abortion restrictions she filibustered against “resulted in exactly what we…
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu enters voluntary quarantine in last-ditch effort to save campaign

    Doug Powers
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Landrieu, above, plans to remain isolated for the next 7 days Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has been making distance from President Obama for some time now, reminding voters about that whopping 4 percent of the time she didn’t vote with Obama’s agenda. It’s an effort that doesn’t appear to be selling. Time to sweeten the deal: If that doesn’t move the polls, Landrieu’s “nuclear option” is to be photographed assisting Ted Cruz with a keg stand. It wasn’t always this way: **Written by Doug Powers Twitter…
  • Hillary Clinton: Now that I’m speaking to a different audience, I can tell you that businesses DO create jobs

    Doug Powers
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Just about everybody knows what Hillary Clinton said the other day, and everybody also knows that she meant it. She was speaking to a particular audience, Elizabeth Warren was in the house, and Clinton simply couldn’t afford to be outdone in the “you didn’t build that” department. Was anything about this unclear? With that targeted message having been delivered, Clinton then switched gears for a different audience and adapted quickly to new surroundings in the name of self-preservation while chameleons everywhere went “how does she do…
  • But remember, the border is secure!

    Doug Powers
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Though I’m still laughing at the times Janet Napolitano and Harry Reid said “the border is secure,” the mounting evidence that they’re lying about that is no laughing matter: A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday. The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff’s investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However, his fingerprints match the biometric records of a…
 
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  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Rights. A Maine judge on Friday ruled in favor of a nurse who defied a quarantine in a tense standoff with state authorities, saying local health officials failed to prove the need for a stricter order enforcing an Ebola quarantine. District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere ordered nurse Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the United […] Read this post »
  • Obama prepares to send U.S. troops back to Iraq’s Anbar Province

    Noah Rothman
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Back to the front. Fallujah. Ramadi. Haditha. Americans know the names of the cities and assets in Iraq’s Anbar Province well. Their liberation was paid for in American blood. Those places have either fallen to or are currently besieged by the Islamic State. With Iraqi Security Forces seemingly unable to retake territory lost to ISIS, despite forestalling the group’s […] Read this post »
  • Ben Rhodes audio: An Iran nuclear deal will be the ObamaCare of our second term

    Allahpundit
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    What could go wrong? By which he means it’ll be terrible in practice, enacted though dubious procedures, and defended by liberals unto eternity because protecting Obama’s legacy requires them to keep his biggest turds polished to a glossy sheen. At least we know what the next year of posts at Vox will look like. Matt Continetti: I am going […] Read this post »
  • Video: Martha Coakley is a disaster

    Guy Benson
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Choke. Sure, this is technically a political video out of a contested gubernatorial race, but it carries the vibe of a Halloween Friday palate-cleanser.  Please enjoy this monster mash-up of Martha Coakley’s greatest debate hits from the Republican Governors Association.  Brutal: The ‘check the tape’ flashback on tax hikes is spectacular, as is Coakley buffoonishly standing with her […] View the video »
  • Trial lawyers want to drug test California doctors

    Jazz Shaw
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Dr. Feelgood? California has turned itself into something of a joke over the years in large part because of their Rule by Referendum mentality. A sufficiently large group of people – and really not all that many – can get just about any idea that crosses their minds onto the ballot and have it enacted into law […] Read this post »
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  • Overnight Open Thread (31 Oct 2014)

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Trick or treat America. An Iran nuclear deal will be the Obamacare of Obama's second term. This will not end well, especially when we treat our friends like enemies. It is worth recalling Iran's regime and its proxies murdered...
  • Happy Halloween!

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Well, it's finally Friday, which means I can finally get to Oregon Muse's list of the scariest short stories ever. I've had five of these open in a tab all week. From Oregon Muse's Sunday Thread: Scary Stories We're coming...
  • Viral Catcall Video Sets Left Into Internal Purge Mode

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Allah's "Quotes of the Day" on this video were pretty good, this one especially. My own take on this was "This has nothing to do with me." This is a fight between two factions of the leftist coalition -- white...
  • AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, Clarkhat

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Clarkhat of the Popehat blog joins Ace and John to discuss Gamergate and tribalism and then CAC comes on to give our final pre-midterm election update. Intro/outro: Cheap Trick-Surrender/The Cars-Moving In Stereo Mentioned: Gamer Gate: Three Stages to Obit Ten...
  • Virgin's "SpaceShipTwo" Crashes During Test Flight In Mojave Desert; One Pilot Dead, The Other With Serious Injuries

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Terrible news about Virgin Galactic crash. pic.twitter.com/SdYulHpNfr— Chris (@forewit) October 31, 2014 They're calling the mishap a "serious anomaly." A Fox affiliate, KABC, has helicopter pictures of the rocket glider crashed in the scrub of the Mojave. The pieces of...
 
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  • Louie Renault Award Of The Month: UNC At Chapel Hill

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    credit: solidprinciples.com Captain Louie Renault is a character in the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca.” Just as he is proclaiming himself “shocked—shocked!” to discover gambling at Rick’s—Bogart’s—place, one of Rick’s waiters hands him a wad of cash, his gambling winnings, cementing Renault’s place as the eternal arbiter of hypocrisy and faux outrage. So this month’s Louie Renault Award goes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an august bastion of higher learning that was recently shocked—shocked! to discover that college athletes were given…
  • Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander, Execrable Executive

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The indispensable Charles Krauthammer has a new article up at the Washington Post titled “Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander.” As one might expect, Krauthammer takes Mr. Obama to task for claiming to know virtually nothing of what is happening in the government, the government it is his sole job to manage. Krauthammer also takes notice of Mr. Obama’s ever-increasing rhetorical anger at the incompetence and criminality in the various governmental bureaus over which he presides, yet knows not. Examples: The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the…
  • To Terrorist Or Not To Terrorist…

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    This one falls into the “you don’t say” category:  The NYPD is reportedly investigating whether Islamic extremism played a role in Thursday’s hatchet attack on city cops. Officers shot and killed a man identified as Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens, who fractured the skull of Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, at about 2 p.m. in the Jamaica section of Queens. Videotape and witness accounts apparently showed Thompson intentionally targeting four rookie officers. Thompson was seen minutes before the attack pulling a hatchet from his backpack and then began attacking the officers, slicing a…
  • Thoughts On Evil, Updated

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    At Bearing Arms, Editor Bob Owens, my friend and colleague, has been kind enough to publish the second in a new series: “A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist?”  The series is a continuation of a series I’ve done in the past, but updated and rethought a bit in light of changes in the world. Even so, as the photo above suggests, there are some things we shouldn’t think of changing. If you have a few minutes, you might find it enlightening, and a not uncongenial use of your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: colleague, Editor Bob Owens, Gun Ownership Primer
  • Do Unto Your Enemies

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    General George Patton was an American original. We can safely say that we will not see his like again. Accordingly, I was pleased to be able to work one of my favorite Patton aphorisms into an article about last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Washington. The good folks at The Truth About Guns have been kind enough to publish it.  It’s a somewhat different take on the prevention and response to school shootings than I’ve previously done. If you have a few minutes, you might find it worth your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: American original, General George Patton, school…
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  • Tech at Night: Weekend Update

    <a href="/users/neil_stevens/">Neil Stevens</a> (<a href="/diary/neil_stevens/">Diary</a>)
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m not Chevy Chase, but I’ve been there. This is your reminder that the FCC is still going crazy: it wants to regulate Internet-based video, which is a pure, unacceptable power grab. On top of the illegal plans to go ahead and regulate ISPs, it’s clear the FCC wants total state-run Internet. CBS doesn’t want you to have a choice as to whether or not you pay for their channels on your cable bill. Gotta love mandates. Biometric security has one flaw: it’s not warrant-proof. The post Tech at Night: Weekend Update appeared first on RedState.
  • YES HE IS FINALLY FREE

    emptybucket (<a href="/diary/emptybucket/">Diary</a>)
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Fox news reporting that a Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi!      There is nothing more to say, except thank you God. The post YES HE IS FINALLY FREE appeared first on RedState.
  • Halloween Open Thread

    <a href="/users/ironchapman/">Jake</a> (<a href="/diary/ironchapman/">Diary</a>)
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Halloween 2014 is now upon us. How will you guys be celebrating it? Are you looking forward to putting on your costumes or dealing with trick-or-treaters for the rest of the night? My parents have invited the little girls in our family (since almost everyone in my family only has girls for some reason) come over for dinner and trick-or-treating. I expect to be worn out by the end of the night. Presumably, my Dad and I will be left to handle the distribution of the candy to everyone who visits our house, but neither of us will be dressing up for the occasion. And though it might be Halloween…
  • #LASen: A Little More on Mary Landrieu’s Slamming of Her State’s Voters

    <a href="/users/ironchapman/">Jake</a> (<a href="/diary/ironchapman/">Diary</a>)
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    My Front Page colleague Joe Cunningham has done a great job covering Mary Landrieu referring to Louisiana voters as racist and sexist, but there’s a couple more things I’d like to point out. First of all, if you haven’t seen the video of the exchange, NBC News has it up: Here’s the most important part: I’ll be very very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Tmericans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It”s not always been a good place for…
  • Landrieu Jumps on the Race Wagon

    <a href="/users/joesquire/">Joe Cunningham</a> (<a href="/diary/joesquire/">Diary</a>)
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When I first started working in radio, I was fortunate enough to get an interview with Mary Landrieu. It was just after her initial vote to push Obamacare to the floor for a final vote. She defended it and I largely let her – at the time, I wasn’t very politically aware, and I was working at a station in a city that is 65% black, many of whom listened to the station. I wasn’t nearly as brave as I would be now in that same situation. Well, her office was so pleased with the interview that her two press guys, whose names escape me now, came to my town and had coffee. The conversation was…
 
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  • How Does Eric Dye Drink His Coffee? [Infographic]

    Michael Ernest
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I admit the title of this post is a little illusive, but Hey! I had to get your attention. However, to some extent I could be right, after all Eric is a coffee lover who lives in Italy. Coffee is a somewhat cultural thing in Europe (and a good part of the world), and the good folks of House Trip did us a solid by giving a comprehensive infographic of the drink across Europe. The infographic focuses on three European capitals – Rome (Italy), Spain (Barcelona), and Paris (France). This infographic highlights some things foreigners may not know about the coffee drinking culture of the…
  • Cooperation as Technology [Video]

    Johan Murillo
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before writing this post, I was preparing an article about how you can start using Trello at your church as a collaborative tool. However, this week I watched a video about the rules for smart simplicity that made me think on how we tend to think that new technologies are the best solution for productivity and engagement problems in our organizations. A friend of mine, a systems designer, taught me to don’t ask him to develop a database until people were already doing that process using paper. His principle was based on cooperation. He knew that if the workers were not able to cooperate…
  • Fix Your Broken Smartphone Screen without Fixing It [Images]

    Eric Dye
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    My screen is broken. And I hate it. Meanwhile, I’ve seen some people use screen protectors with fake broken screen cracks. I honestly don’t understand this. Perhaps because 25% of smartphone users have a cracked screen, it’s become hipster? Real cracked screen or not, here is an awesome way to fix your broken smartphone screen without actually fixing your smartphone screen: Where do you find awesome smartphone wallpaper? I need to download one of these NOW! [via 22Words | Top cracked screen image via Daniel Kulinski via Compfight cc] Fix Your Broken Smartphone Screen…
  • To-Do List Tip: Using Tags

    Eric Dye
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week I shared a number of to-do list tips that I’ve learned and Darius asked: “I’d be curious to know how you implemented your priority and tagging system…” Since I use Asana, prioritization is integrated to a degree, but I’ve since learned that using tags brings a new layer that helps me prioritize tasks at the beginning of each day. I also use tags to organize some projects in sort of a sub-category fashion as well. In the video below, I show you how I go about doing this in Asana, but the fundamentals of using tags can also be applied in task management…
  • How Much Money Do ‘Christian’ Movies Make? [Infographic]

    Eric Dye
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    1 in 10 movies produced in Hollywood per year has a “Christian basis,” but how well do they fare in comparison to the general market? It’s no surprise that “The Passion of the Christ” has done very well. It’s the 16th top grossing films of all time, but what about those other movies like “God’s Not Dead” or “Soul Surfer?” The answer may surprise you: [Click for Larger]Selling ‘Chrisitan’ movies as a genre or marketing angle isn’t my favorite thing, nor do I think how much a money grosses is any kind of berometer for how good or bad a movie…
 
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  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SpaceShipTwo, the craft that British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hoped to be the basis for passenger air travel into Earth orbit, crashed today in California’s Mojave Desert during a test flight: SpaceShipTwo, a rocket plane that is to carry tourists on a short ride to space, crashed in the Mojave Desert on Friday during a test flight, killing one of the two pilots. The other pilot, who was able to eject from the space plane, was taken to a nearby hospital with “moderate to major injuries,” said Ray Pruitt, the public information officer for the Kern…
  • Maine Court Rejects State Request To Quarantine, Restrict Movements, Of Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickcox

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    After initially issuing an order that placed some significant restrictions on her movements at the request of state authorities,  Maine District Court Judge, the equivalent of a trial level Judge in that state, has signed off on an Order regarding the case  Kaci Hickcox, the Doctors Without Borders nurse who was initially detained in New Jersey upon arrival at Newark Liberty Airport from west Africa before being allowed to go home to Maine, that essentially just requires her to continue at home monitoring and immediately report any symptoms: FORT KENT, Me. — Less than a…
  • Trick Or Treating Didn’t Always Mean Getting Candy

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Later today, children all over the country and, accompanied for the most part by one or both parents go door-to-door gathering candy from neighbors. It’s a tradition that we’ve all participated in either as the recipient and the giver so much that it comes as second nature. As Virginia Postrel notes in an interview with retired Rutgers University literature professor Samira Kawash, the author of  Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, there was a time when candy and Halloween had nothing to do with each other: Question: When and how did candy become associated with…
  • Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot In Oregon, Alaska, And Washington, D.C.

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Two years ago, voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, making those two states the first states in the nation in which one could buy and smoke marijuana openly without fear of any legal consequences of any kind. While it was not the first time that such a referendum had been on the ballot, that distinction belongs to California’s Proposition 19, which failed to win approval. This year, though, three more jurisdictions will vote on the issue: And Democrats have found that supporting legalization — once an invitation to be labeled soft on…
  • What If Republicans Don’t Win Control Of The Senate?

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    The polling all seems to be showing things moving in the Republican Party’s favor, as does the Generic Congressional Ballot, and forecasts from the likes of Nate Silver and Sam Wang continue to show the probability of the GOP Senate takeover as being high enough that if it didn’t happen it would call their models, and the polls they are at least partly based on, into question. President Obama’s job approval remains low, especially in the states where embattled Red State Democrats are trying to defend their seats. The classic right track/wrong track poll question shows…
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  • Scott Brown Accepts Panelist’s Apology

    David Robertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Democrats in New Hampshire thought that Scott Brown had handed Jeanne Shaheen ammunition to use against him. Well, they were wrong. In case you missed it … During the 11/30/14 televised debate between Brown and Shaheen, Brown was asked a question by James Pindell, a reporter at ABC affiliate WMUR9 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The question pertained to New Hampshire’s Sullivan County, which is the location of the Mount Sunapee Ski Resort. Having been to that resort, Brown knew that it was located in Sullivan County, which is why his response to Pindell’s question included…
  • OPEN THREAD: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Test Flight Crashes and Burns

    Warner Todd Huston
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Consider this an Open Thread, but first…. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo test flight crashed and burned today setting private spaceflight back a few steps. One person died and another was injured Friday when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo test flight failed following what the company described as a “serious anomaly.” The casualties are believed to be the pilots of the spaceplane, though California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Borne did not identify them. The injured person has been airlifted to a local hospital, Borne said. He declined to identify the hospital.
  • US Sec of State John Kerry Says America Caused all the World’s Problems

    Warner Todd Huston
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Well, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is proving that he is a good anti-American liberal. In a recent comment he noted that all the world’s problems were cause by the USA. Kerry was speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum on October 30 and said that the world was “complicated” and made worse by the “worst stereotypes” perpetrated by the United States. At one point, Kerry noted that the US wanted a less sectarian government in Iraq in order to help defeat ISIS. But this goal has been hard to achieve because of the USA itself. “The United States couldn’t
  • Mary Landrieu Plays Gender Card

    David Robertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yeah, it must be tough to be a female politician in the southern USA. In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu had this to say about the South: “It’s not always been a good place for women to be able to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place.” The South has been a good place for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to present herself. Perhaps that is because she is a conservative. Gee, do you suppose that, if Landrieu is having trouble in the South, then it is because there is a problem with her?
  • Fox Derangement Syndrome @ HuffPo

    David Robertson
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Huffington Post has done something gutsy, considering who its regular readers are. The website had the courage to publish a blog post written by Greta Van Susteren, host of the Fox News program On The Record. The fact that the Huffington Post featured a Fox News personality was enough to bring the Fox-haters out of the woodwork. It didn’t matter what Van Susteren said in her post. Because she works at Fox News, ad hominem was the modus operandi displayed in the “Comments” section of her post. Of course it isn’t just the readers of HuffPo who suffer from
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  • U.S. Falling Behind on Internet Speeds

    Whatsleft
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Americans pay far more and get far less when it comes to the Internet than many other people around the world. But a few small towns might be changing that. Internet users in Seoul continue to get the speediest connections at the lowest prices anywhere in the world, with speeds of one gigabit per second costing just $30 a month, according to annual report released Thursday the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute. By contrast, the best speeds that consumers in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., or New York can get are half as fast and cost $300 a month. The report looked at the cost…
  • Rap Mogul Suge Knight Arrested for Camera Theft

    rcade
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams were arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a photographer's camera. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said each man was charged with one count of robbery. The alleged incident, involving a female photographer of celebrities, took place September 5 outside a studio in Beverly Hills. Knight, 49, faces up to 30 years in prison because he has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Williams, who was arrested when he showed up at court for a different assault case, faces a maximum of seven years.
  • Ted Cruz Chose to Be a Heterosexual

    Corky
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Asked on CNBC's Squawk Box about Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly revealing he is gay, Tea Party hero Ted Cruz of Texas responded by calling Cook's sexuality a "personal decision." Cruz, one of the GOP's most strident opponents of marriage rights for gays, said on the program, "Those are his personal choices. I'll tell you, I love my iPhone. ... Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions."
  • New York Dem Mailer: We'll Know If You Didn't Vote

    MUSTANG
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    A mailer from the New York State Democratic Committee is angering some recipients with intimidating language about tracking whether they did not vote. One states, "Dear Thomas: Our records indicate that you are registered in New York County. Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Many organizations monitor turnout in your neighborhood and are disappointed by the inconsistent voting of many of your neighbors. [...] We will be reviewing the New York County official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors…
  • City Worker Suspended for Talking Like a Robot

    rcade
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A longtime city New York City Health Department worker was suspended 20 days without pay for answering customer-service calls in a robot voice. Ronald Dillon, a computer specialist for the agency's IT help desk who assists co-workers and the public with tech-related problems, repeatedly channeled his inner Siri by talking in a "deliberately robotic fashion" when he fielded calls — despite his boss telling him to stop, according to an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings decision. His droid imitation was apparently good enough to fool callers.
 
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  • College Sports Aren't Like Slavery. They're Like Jim Crow.

    Brando Simeo Starkey
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Usually the inventor knows his creation best. Walter Byers, who became the first executive director of the NCAA in 1951, turned a toothless organization into one that controls college sports. He grew disenchanted with his creation, however, writing in his 1995 memoir that the NCAA is “firmly commi
  • One Kid's Passport Could Determine the Future of Presidential Power

    Yishai Schwartz
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For seven months in 2011, the United States carried much of the weight in NATO’s extensive Libya campaign. Now, an American-led coalition is pummeling targets in Iraq and Syria. Neither of these extensive military actions was ever voted on by Congress. And just in the last few weeks,
  • What You Won't Learn About Thomas Cromwell by Reading Hilary Mantel

    Suzannah Lipscomb
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    It cannot have gone unnoticed by any careful observer that the history of five centuries ago has become part of the cultural zeitgeist. Hilary Mantel’s two Man Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have been produced as sell-out stage plays and are be
  • Margaret Atwood: “Ooooh! Are We Going to Talk About Dying?”

    Erica Wagner
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An autumn morning in Ilkley, North Yorkshire. Summer has finally slunk away, and not long after breakfast I find myself tramping, in the chill grey air, down the hill to the train station with Margaret Atwood. She is dressed in sensible travelling black, but for a colorful scarf and pink-and-purple
  • I Asked My Brother to Donate Sperm to My Wife. That Was the Easy Part.

    Stephanie Fairyington
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Eight months ago, my wife Sabrina and I visited Chicago to meet her sister Sophia’s beautiful newborn, Delfina. Huddled around “baby Del” in the maternity ward of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, my mother-in-law squawked in her distinct Bronx accent: "She looks just like Marty!""Why do you thi
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  • Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:17 am
    Vytautas Kielaitis / Shutterstock.com Tim Cook as Truthdigger of the Week? Okay, so let’s begin with Tim Cook’s piece in Bloomsburg Businessweek, and with his first sentence: “Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy.” He goes right on to say, “I like keeping the focus on our products,” and I say believe him. In the last paragraph, he says that framed photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy greet him each day when he goes to work. I keep framed photos of Frederick Douglass and Rosa Luxemburg in my…
  • Truthdigger of the Week: Apple CEO Tim Cook

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    By Peter Z. Scheer Tim Cook’s statement that he is gay, and considers the fact a gift, is an important event in a line that leads back to Harvey Milk. Related Entries November 1, 2014 Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness October 31, 2014 ‘Left, Right & Center’: Tim Cook, Midterms, and Fast-Food Wages in Denmark
  • U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
        A scene from the military conflict in Crimea in March 2014. Photo by snamess (CC BY 2.0) In a move no doubt intended to discourage Russian involvement in Ukraine, the U.S. government announced plans to give the Ukrainian military training, technology and weapons, Interfax-Ukraine reports. The announcement was made by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in an interview with the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper. The diplomat listed two challenges for Ukrainian security forces: eliminating corruption within its structure and developing a coherent response to Russian military…
  • What Would Republicans Do?

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    By Eugene Robinson Republicans still refuse to articulate any vision for governing. Related Entries October 31, 2014 U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons October 31, 2014 Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?
  • Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    By David Sirota Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so. Related Entries October 31, 2014 What Would Republicans Do? October 31, 2014 Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither
 
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  • Happy Halloween From the Would-Be Monarch!

    John Hinderaker
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Some dressed-up kids came by our house tonight, trick or treating. That’s all in good fun, but, sadly, we have a dressed-up middle-aged cipher in the White House, pretending to be a president. Or a king. Or something; someone who doesn’t have to worry about a troublesome Constitution, in any event. Government is so much simpler when you can just issue orders and amend statutes by decree. Michael Ramirez comments; click to enlarge: Note the words in the border around the rug in the Oval Office. They express, if I am not mistaken, the Peter Principle.
  • Mayday Explains: When We Say “Money,” We Mean Conservative Money!

    John Hinderaker
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    (John Hinderaker) Two left-wing groups, MoveOn and Mayday.US, sponsored a video contest to highlight the “problem” of money in politics. They published the videos that were submitted on a web site, and encouraged viewers to vote for the best one. Sadly, their effort was nowhere near as successful as the Power Line Prize competition of a couple of years ago. They got one really good entrant, produced by American Commitment, which focused on the epic hypocrisy of Tom Steyer, the number one funder of the 2014 election cycle. Here it is, “America’s Biggest…
  • The Power Line 100: The Commanding Haidt

    Steven Hayward
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    (Steven Hayward) I tended to let the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series go dormant last academic year while I served out my time as an inmate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and it is past time to bring it back. And who better to inaugurate the revival of this series than NYU’s Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind. He is not only tall, but his name is in fact pronounced “height.” Jon is no stranger to Power Line—we wrote about him here in 2012 for instance—and nearby is the sunset photo I took of Jon a few weeks ago at the gonzo conference on…
  • The Catcall Video, and Rape Culture

    John Hinderaker
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    (John Hinderaker) I may have been the last person on Earth to watch the “catcall” video that has now been viewed more than 25 million times on YouTube, and seen by many more on news shows, etc. Just in case you haven’t seen it either, here it is. It is two minutes long. Basically, a pretty young woman walked around Manhattan for ten hours while being filmed, and a number of guys spoke to her in ways that were friendly, flattering, inappropriate, or, in one two instances, creepy, although never threatening: The video was produced by a group called Hollaback!, which is…
  • What’s the Matter With Oregon?

    Steven Hayward
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    (Steven Hayward) A long time ago, I went to college in Oregon, at the fine little undergraduate institution that I now lovingly refer to as Lewinski and Clark College, since Ms. Monica of the Immaculate Stain left her mark there too. Back in those days, Oregon voted Republican in most presidential elections, and had a Republican governor. Little was I to know at the time that Vic Atiyah was to be the last Republican governor. It has now been 30 years since Oregon elected a Republican governor, and it is a sign of the weakness of the Oregon Republican party that it is struggling to run…
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  • Do Private Companies Ask Their Employees These Kinds of Questions?

    Laurence M. Vance
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    “Before 9/18/2013, had anyone made you insert an object or body part into someone’s mouth, vagina or anus when you did not want to and did not consent?” This and other explicit questions are what is now being asked of military personnel. Methinks the military has a problem with sexual assault.
  • Re: Evidence That War on Terror Has Not Decreased “Terrorist” Numbers

    Wilton Alston
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Mike — I came across the same item in my daily e-mail serving of “10 things you need to know today” courtesy, TheWeek.com and was just about to blog it when I saw your post. Here’s my question:  Would not basic logic maintain, given much of the available research on the genesis of suicide terrorists, that almost all the actions undertaken by the US since the start of the Iraq War would have exactly this effect? Are we–those of us who frequent sites like this one–among the few people who realize that this so-called War on Terror is probably the best way to…
  • Time for an American Jihad?

    Laurence M. Vance
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, thinks so. I would expect an article like this on April Fools Day. I thought I was reading the Onion. Here is just one paragraph: We would accept the fact that an American jihad could mean boots on the ground in many places in the world where human rights are being denigrated and horrors are unfolding. Because wherever leaders and movements appear that seek to trample upon the human spirit, we have a God-given right to intervene — because we have been to the mountaintop of freedom, and we have seen the Promised Land…
  • Evidence That War on Terror Has Not Decreased “Terrorist” Numbers

    Michael S. Rozeff
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    My hypothesis is that the war on terror has not decreased the number of “terrorists”. I use the term “terrorist” but one might substitute others such as jihadist or anti-western Muslims or pro-Islamic State Muslims. We are talking about people whose agendas vary, often greatly, but who want to get U.S. forces out of the Middle East and Central Asia or who want states to become fundamental Islamic states or who favor one brand of Islam over another; and these people use terror bombings as one of their military means. At present the largest contingent wants an Islamic…
  • How Cops Talk About Mundanes When They Think Nobody Else is Listening

    William Norman Grigg
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A few months ago, Austin Police Chief Art Acevdo responded to complaints about the abuse of a female jogger by his minions by saying, in effect: Hey, she should be grateful that she wasn’t raped: “In some cities, cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty.” In Austin, some on-duty cops are content to make jokes about rape victims that express unalloyed contempt for people who cling to the durable but demonstrably false belief that police exist to serve and protect the public:
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  • 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…
  • good hair

    Stephanie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    When Emma was born she was bald as a cupie doll.  Literally, no hair.  And honestly, I expected as much.  Most blond-headed, blue eyed kiddos have little-to-no hair at birth.  Cate had been similar, except for a decent patch of growth on the lower head/upper neck area that she rubbed off with time.So, when Alice was born, and I saw that sweet baby head covered with curly blond hair I knew we were in for a bit of a change.  And, by golly, I was right.As a toddler, her hair was delightful.  I could put it in adorable piggy tails that would curl so sweetly and frame…
  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

    Stephanie
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Yesterday I almost wrote a massive post about people who complain.  Which is ironic seeing as I am a huge complainer, and I would have simply been complaining about complainers.  I need to stop having a beef with everyone.  Jeez.  So, today I thought I'd write about something less Debbie Downer like t.v.!Lately, I've been watching more television than normal.  It's fun.  I'm mean, I barely watched anything over the summer, and now that fall is in full-swing my t.v. viewing habits have ramped up and I'm really enjoying it.  I know y'all might be pooh-poohing…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    The Washington Post predicts that the election could tip a historic number of state legislatures to the Republicans. I well remember the gains that the GOP made at the state level in 2010 and thinking how that would help them for the decade because they would be in charge of redistricting after the 2010 Census. Any solidifying that they can do of those gains before 2020 would help set them up for the next decade. However, they have to worry about ticking off voters once they have control of state legislatures. They could just gain power in 2015 right in time to lose it in 2020 by trying to go…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Boy, how times change. The generation that fell so deeply in love with Barack Obama is now over their romance with him.More than half – 51 percent – of America’s millennials who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress, with only 47 percent favoring Democrat control, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll.This marks a significant departure from the institute’s findings before the 2010 midterm elections, when America’s 18-29 year olds who were definitely voting favored Democrats 55 percent to 43 percent....What’s more, the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    The administration is getting lost in their excuse-making about why soldiers who are, according to them not working with patients, should still undergo quarantine when they return, but medical workers who have been in direct contact with Ebola patients, don't need such quarantine. They're trying to argue that the military aren't volunteering to go to West Africa so we can treat them differently. Josh Earnest gives the example of the haircuts that those in the military must undergo in contrast to civilians. As Noah Rothman writes, I’m not trying to be reflexively contrary, but how does it…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Sharyl Attkisson has a book coming out next week about her experiences working for CBS trying to cover Obama scandals such as Fast and Furious, spending on the stimulus, and Benghazi. She's won numerous awards for her investigative journalism, but that didn't seem to help when she started digging too deeply into Democratic scandals. Kyle Smith has a profile of Attkisson detailing how the Obama administration, as she titled her book, stonewalled her investigations.Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Oh, my! SNL didn't go there, did they? Yes, they sure did. How the mighty have fallen when SNL makes fun of Obama much as they would have any ordinary politician instead of trying to pretend that somehow he is above satire. And to add insult to injury, they chose to do this right before the elections. What a coincidence. The USDA has somehow misplaced key documents that would have clarified Senator Hagan's family's role in getting grants through the stimulus.Mollie Hemingway is sick of the media lecturing us about how we shouldn't be so concerned about Ebola.More than anything, though, I just…
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  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    1. Tom Hamburger and Alexander Becker report that the Brookings Institution's research agenda may be affected by the wishes of donors. 2. Molly Ball profiles Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner at the Atlantic. He talks fast, in abbreviated clauses that don't always gel into complete sentences. His affect falls somewhere between a human ray of sunshine […]
  • Look at all these Halloween champions who dressed up like Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Sarah Larimer
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I don't know, guys. I like to think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw this picture of Ruth Baby Ginsburg, all dressed up for Halloween, and thought: "I should send that baby a T-shirt." I mean, I'm assuming she saw Ruth Baby Ginsburg. Last month she told Nina Totenberg that she keeps up with Notorious R.B.G., […]
  • For most of history, politicians haven’t been able to have Halloween Twitter names. This is a travesty.

    Jaime Fuller and Philip Bump
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Yes, Rep. John Dingell, you are doing it right. Every Halloween, Twitter users celebrate by making puns. This would seem unremarkable at all other points of the year, since 46 percent of Twitter users have been found to use the social media platform primarily for making bad puns about current events that can no longer be accurately […]
  • Ranking the presidents on how completely terrible their midterm elections turned out

    Philip Bump
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    President Obama, political guru Stuart Rothenberg writes, is "likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman." Usually presidents have one terrible midterm and a mediocre one; 2014, Rothenberg thinks, could vault Obama into the top tier of midterm losers. Or, it could not. We don't […]
  • Which campaigns are the worst robocall offenders?

    Jaime Fuller
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    It's fitting that the midterms occur only days after Halloween, seeing as campaigns deploy terrifying-sounding tactics to drive you insane (and/or to vote). They slip literature under your door after knocking forever. They blanket your TV in ominous ads. They call your house non-stop. There are ways to avoid all of this, though -- if […]
 
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  • Watch The Independents Halloween Spectacular Tonight at 9 p.m. ET!

    Matt Welch
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Fridays are theme-show nights chez Independents, so tonight's was a no-brainer. I MEAN YES-EAT-BRAINS-ER, amirite? On Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT (with repeats three and five hours later), you will be treated to: * Daniel Drezner, author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies, on how various schools of American foreign policy thought are equipped to combat the triple-threat of zombies, Ebola, and ISIS. * Timothy Sandefur, principal attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation, on the surprising legal, regulatory, and jurisprudential treatment of haunted houses,…
  • Vote-Shaming: Reminding You the Parties Think You Owe Them, Not the Other Way Around

    Scott Shackford
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    If you’re in New York or North Carolina, your state Democratic Party is watching you. They want you to vote, and they’re not above threatening to out you for either your apathy or your ambivalence to your neighbors. Talking Points Memo explains the rather disturbing behavior: New York voters have been receiving very sinister letters from their state's Democratic Party. The tone is vaguely Orwellian: We'll be watching whether you go to the ballot box. "Who you vote for is your secret," the letter, posted by some recipients on Twitter, says. "But whether or not you vote is public record.
  • Albuquerque, DOJ Agree to Police Reform Deal: Independent Monitor, More Training, New Procedures for Investigating Police Shootings

    Ed Krayewski
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    In April the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had found "reasonable cause to believe" members of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force and other civil rights violations. Among the reasons for the DOJ to initiate the review was the staggering number of police shootings in the city; 41 in the last five years, 27 fatal. It comes out to an annual rate of 1.5 per 100,000. Compare that to the 2012 murder rate: 7.3 per 100,000. The population from which perpetrators of police shootings come from is a lot smaller than the population from…
  • Targeted Surveillance? NSA Says It Can't Distinguish American Emails From Foreign Missives.

    J.D. Tuccille
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    How carefully targeted is National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance of email and other electronic communications? According to an internal NSA memo, "it is not possible to determine what communications are to or from U.S. persons nearly as readily as is the case with telephony, and often is not possible at all." The revelation comes in documents pried from the governments' sticky fingers by the American Civil Liberties Union in the course of its efforts to plumb the parameters of Executive Order 12333, a secretive directive that lies behind much of the federal government's electronic…
  • Criminal Case Reopens the Issue of Marijuana's Legal Status

    Jacob Sullum
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This week a federal judge in California held a hearing on marijuana's legal status under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The context was not, as you might expect, one of those rescheduling petitions that the Drug Enforcement Administration routinely rejects. Instead it was a criminal case. U.S. v. Schweider, in which a man charged with marijuana cultivation is seeking dismissal of the indictment by arguing that the plant's Schedule I status violates the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. The defendant, Brian Pickard, maintains that putting marijuana in the CSA's most…
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  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • Truth and How You Get to it

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • Is it easy to fall?

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
  • Obama…whose side is he on?

    The Outsider
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Mideast is in turmoil with ISIS threatening to kill everyone who does not convert to their convoluted religion. This is happening primarily because Obama ordered out our military and left a vacuum just as G.W. Bush warned it would. Many of Obama’s staunch appointees gave the same warning including the military and Pentagon leaders. Obama refused to listen and refused to act on the advice of his experts! All of his appointees to every government agency are involved in scandals and none are fired or held accountable, in fact they are either promoted or continue to receive a salary and…
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  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Captivity among the Syrian rebels. Theo Padnos recounts his experiences of torture and imprisonment at the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army. Revenge of the COIN Doctrine. Kelley Vlahos criticizes John Nagl’s self-serving mythology about the successes of counterinsurgency in her review of his new book. Russia and NATO expansion. Joshua Shifrinson reviews the informal agreements that the U.S. made with the Soviet Union on the eastward expansion of NATO. The CIA wins on Election Day. John Hudson reports on the changes that are expected to occur on the Senate Intelligence…
  • Predictions for the Most Competitive 2014 Governors’ Races

    Daniel Larison
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Massachusetts: Martha Coakley has consistently trailed in this race in recent weeks, and has already demonstrated a knack at losing statewide races. That isn’t entirely her fault. As Jason Zengerle reported earlier this week, she is up against an opponent who has been “running one of the better campaigns of 2014,” and she is being pulled down by the outgoing Democratic governor’s record. Despite being a very Democratic state, Massachusetts has no aversion to electing Republican governors, and I assume Baker will go on to win the election. Colorado: Incumbent Democrat…
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Why the U.S. Backs Rebels in Syria

    Daniel Larison
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Steven Metz offers an explanation for why the administration is backing rebels in Syria as part of the war against ISIS: Although the Obama administration would prefer Assad gone, this is not its priority. This creates tension with the Gulf states. It is also why the U.S. supports the Syrian rebels: As Middle East expert Andrew Terrill puts it, backing the rebels keeps the U.S. from being seen as simply the Shiite air force. Supporting the rebels is more about holding the fragile coalition together than directly defeating IS in battle. Metz’s explanation makes sense, but it…
  • Cruz’s Demagoguery on Israel and Iran

    Daniel Larison
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Ted Cruz reminds us that he is a liar: This is an unprecedented attack on a critical ally of the United States at a moment of international crisis. It is a de facto admission to the mullahs in Tehran that the Obama administration thinks it is too late to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons [bold mine-DL]. It is an inexcusable betrayal of the national security of the American people. We all know that Cruz is a demagogue, so it isn’t surprising that he is grossly misrepresenting the contents of this story for his own purposes. However, it does get a little tiresome that he is…
  • 2014 Senate Predictions

    Daniel Larison
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Republicans appear to be poised to win control of the Senate next week, but there are still enough close races where the Democratic and independent candidates have a chance of winning that a takeover remains uncertain. A lack of Democratic enthusiasm, weak presidential approval ratings, and a more Republican-friendly electorate all make a Republican Senate majority more likely than not. However, Republicans have underperformed in Senate races in the last two elections and could do the same thing again. The wild cards this year are Kansas and South Dakota, where independent candidates have a…
 
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    Bob McCarty

  • Halloween Flashback: A Teachable Moment from 2008

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Today, I share an updated version of a post I published for the first time Oct. 24, 2008, describing what Halloween 2009 would be like for American children if Barack Obama became the nation’s 44th president. Little did I know, things would turn out worse that anyone could have anticipated. Please read and share. I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but I have some advice for those of you who expect to allow your children to take part in the ritual of trick-or-treating. Use the five guidelines listed below and allow the 2014 version of the costume- and…
  • Soldiers Experience Vastly Different Court-Martial Outcomes

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    After comparing the outcomes of two Army court-martial cases that took place in Stuttgart, Germany, in recent years, I can’t help but smell a rat in the military justice system. This image shows the front of the hotel in Stuttgart where the alleged crimes involving Stewart took place. One case involved Staff Sgt. Justin Wolfschlag, a military police dog handler who, according to a Stars and Stripes article Thursday, was found guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate but not guilty of a sexual assault charge stemming from his accuser’s claim that he made her perform oral sex on him.
  • Murder Suspect Loved Christopher Hitchens Video

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Seven months ago, Isaiah Marin commented on a YouTube video, Christopher Hitchens Explains Why Religion Poisons Everything, which features the late polemecist Christopher Hitchens, writing, “LOVE IT. i opaner. great story.” On Wednesday, the 21-year-old became a suspect in the near-beheading murder of a 19-year-old man in Stillwater, Okla. Screen shot of Isaiah Marin’s comment regarding a Christopher Hitchens video about religion. Click image to go to video. So far, no news reports about the murder — including this one — have mentioned anything about…
  • Fox News Reports More GITMO Detainees Return to Terror

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Fox News Channel is generating a lot of buzz today with a report about sources saying 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to fight as members of terror groups after being released during the past two to three years.  You might want to file it under “old news.”   A U.S. Sailor, foreground, assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion conducts an early morning patrol while detainees stand by in the background at the recreation yard inside Camp Delta at Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, July 7, 2010. JTF Guantanamo…
  • Will Ebola Thrive in ‘Refriger-Nation’ This Winter?

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    In The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for this winter, editor Janice Stillman used some choice words to describe another teeth-chatteringly cold winter that’s on its way across the United States:  “Colder is just almost too familiar a term. Think of it as a refriger-nation.” Coupled with recent news reports about Ebola, this prediction makes me think we might be in for one of the roughest winters ever. Among the Ebola-related news items that surfaced this week, two stand out when it comes to this winter weather prediction. The first involves officials at the Centers…
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: National Landmarks, Copious Food, Fingerprints, and Satellites

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is new 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 articles and essays in recent days, along with our color commentary. — We have a couple of new introductions to make to our You Ought to Have a Look line-up. We’re big fans of…
  • A Few Words on 'Gainful Employment'

    Neal McCluskey
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Neal McCluskey The big higher education news this week is that the Obama administration released its “gainful employment” rules aimed squarely at beleaguered for-profit colleges, which are the schools most likely to offer programs that are explicitly about supplying job skills. This attack does not seem to come because for-profits are objectively worse performers than the rest of the decrepit Ivory Tower, but because it is easy to demonize institutions that—unlike much of higher ed—are honest about trying to make a profit. Oh, and because going after the real culprit—an aid system…
  • BOO! Your Tax Dollars at Work

    Patrick J. Michaels
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels Increasingly, federal monies have been disbursed to the various departments and agencies in support of the Obama administration’s politically strange perseveration on global warming. Specifically, many millions go out each month for “public outreach,” more properly labeled propaganda, on the horrors of climate change. To show how well-spent this money is, we draw attention to today’s posting from the Department of Energy’s communication director Marissa Newhall, featuring pumpkins with windmills (the correct name for “wind turbine”) and solar…
  • Presidents, Precedents, and Perpetual War

    Gene Healy
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Gene Healy Good news: after nearly three months of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the branding’s finally caught up to the bombing. Our latest war in the Middle East finally has a name: “Operation Inherent Resolve” is what we’re calling it, the Pentagon recently announced. DoD planners had initially rejected that name as uninspiring and “just kind of bleh,” but after several weeks of fruitless searching, they’ve decided it’s the best we can do. Here’s Defense.gov’s banner graphic for “Operation Inherent Resolve”: simple, spare, sort of Sisyphean. …
  • The World Misery Index: 109 Countries

    Steve H. Hanke
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    Steve H. Hanke Every country aims to lower inflation, unemployment, and lending rates, while increasing gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, I constructed a misery index that comprehensively ranks 109 countries based on “misery.” Below the jump are the index scores are for 2013. Countries not included in the table did not report satisfactory data for 2013.
 
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  • Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More European Flights

    Bill Gertz
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Russian nuclear-capable bombers conducted a third day of military runs along Europe’s coasts on Friday as part of heightened strategic activities by Moscow, the NATO alliance said. “On Friday, Russian planes carried out more flights over Europe,” said NATO spokesman Maj. Rob Phillips. “NATO tracked these flights over the Baltics, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.” Defense officials, meanwhile, said several Russian Il-76 refueling tankers were seen at Cairo International Airport this week, fueling concerns that the large-scale bomber and fighter operations by the Russians will be…
  • True Student Environmentalist Denounces Tom Steyer

    Brent Scher
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A student at the University of New Hampshire says that after he was recruited by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate, he grew disillusioned with the group when he learned that it was more about politics than actually helping the environment. Nicholas Lajoie, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, approached Scott Brown supporters at a NextGen event holding a sign that said Steyer “can’t buy our election.” “At first, I thought I was helping the environment,” Lajoie told the Brown supporter holding the anti-Steyer sign. Lajoie said in an interview with the…
  • Dem Senator Says Bruce Braley Is from Ohio

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) mistakenly claimed that Sen. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) was running for re-election in Ohio. Klobuchar was rattling off key senate races where Democrats are “focused on the economy” in their respective states. “From North Carolina, to Georgia, to Mark Warner in Virginia, to New Hampshire with Jeanne Shaheen, to Al Franken in Minnesota, to Bruce Braley in Ohio, to Mark Begich in Alaska,” Klobuchar said. “You see that these candidates are strong candidates and they’re people that know their states.” The candidates may know…
  • Watch Alex Wagner Freak Out Live On Air

    Stephen Gutowski
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    “WHAT??” MSNBC host Alex Wagner angrily mouthed as she cut to commercial Friday. The outburst, a Free Beacon analysis determined, was likely caused by Wagner fumbling the tease for a segment on anonymous State Department officials attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Wagner did not acknowledge or explain why she freaked out once returning to air.
  • Foreign Diplomats Getting Benefits Under Obamacare

    Adam Kredo
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Foreign diplomats stationed in the United States are eligible to receive subsidized healthcare benefits as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), prompting concern on Capitol Hill over the Obama administration’s inability to explain the loophole. Two leading Republicans are calling on the IRS to reveal exactly how many foreign diplomats have enrolled in Obamacare and the total cost of benefits they may have received courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. “Many Americans would be surprised to learn that their tax dollars may be subsidizing health coverage for foreign diplomats,” House Foreign…
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