Selfies with Killed Animals Show the Real Animal
Apr22

Selfies with Killed Animals Show the Real Animal

Welcome to a new chapter in our history, when we must now ask, “What is going on with these people who seem to get such a thrill out of posting selfies of themselves grinning alongside animals they have killed?” Just in the last week, two utterly sickening examples have exposed how humans can be the most rationally inhumane species of all. The first got widespread attention due to an angry and dismayed Tweet from comedian...

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GMAB (Give me a BREAK): New York Newspaper says  de Blasio wants to Challenge Hillary Clinton
Apr20

GMAB (Give me a BREAK): New York Newspaper says de Blasio wants to Challenge Hillary Clinton

As Charlie Brown would say: “SIGH.” Yes, folks, its the silly season where all kinds of political speculation and paper-thin reporting can get big play. Stories can be generated by a story — no matter how unlikely it is to become reality or if it’s really a bunch of this – because then it’s picked up by s-e-r-i-o-u-s political reporters, becomes a topic on the increasingly tiresome and predictable...

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(Another) Bush-Cheney Consquence: Fired Iraqi Officer Under Saddam Masterminded The Rise Of ISIS, Reports Spiegel
Apr19

(Another) Bush-Cheney Consquence: Fired Iraqi Officer Under Saddam Masterminded The Rise Of ISIS, Reports Spiegel

On a day when yet another ISIS brutality is pitchforked into the headlines — this time news that the terrorist group issued a new video showing the beading and shooting of nearly 30 Christians in Ethiopia who wouldn’t convert – a new report gives further evidence of the unintended consquences of the Bush-Cheney administration. An Iraqi officer who was one of many in the Iraqi military disbanded and effectively fired...

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Hillary Clinton’s biggest obstacle: the historical odds?
Apr13

Hillary Clinton’s biggest obstacle: the historical odds?

Are the historical odds one of the biggest obstacles facing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she launches full throttle in her second bid for the Oval Office? NBC News’ always solid First Read notes that most voters want change and the historical odds for the candidate who’s older in a White House race aren’t good: More than navigating President Obama’s approval ratings or learning from her own...

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Ted’s Cruise to the Far Right
Apr09

Ted’s Cruise to the Far Right

SAN ANTONIO — Texas stereotype shattered. Texas stereotype confirmed. Shattered One: Here in San Antonio, a lively, brawling mayor’s race is underway, featuring 14 candidates and a breathtaking number of candidate forums. Most observers believe there’ll be a run-off after the May 9 election. The front runner is former Democratic state Senator Leticia Van de Putte. If she wins, she’ll be the first Latina mayor...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Political Branding and Quagmire
Mar29

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Political Branding and Quagmire

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is enmeshed in a political quagmire and spreading national firestorm over a state law proponents say is merely to protect “religious freedom,” but that critics — which include a growing number of prominent Americans and big corporations — says looks more like an outright anti-gay discrimination law. Calls for boycotts, cancelled slated trips and indications that some corporations...

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Report: Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel
Mar22

Report: Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

ISIS is urging its followers to help it expand its campaign of beheadings that it has conducted on such a big scale and with such brutality that it’s become the 21st century incarnation of the Nazis. According to Reuters, the Islamic State is calling on its backers to kill 100 U.. military personnel but military official suggest the info ISIS is giving out is available on the Internet anyway. But that isn’t the point....

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The Daily Caller The Daily Crawler? Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column
Mar18

The Daily Caller The Daily Crawler? Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column

It’s not unusual to see an avowedly liberal political website take a passionate swipe at MSNBC over an issue, or for a conservative website take some potshots at Fox News. Each side will say the other doesn’t do that but, in fact, you do see it. The conservative website The Daily Caller has some talented writers, but now it’s losing veteran conservative blogger Mickey Kraus, who quit after site owner Tucker Carlson...

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The Enablers of Fraternity Racism
Mar18

The Enablers of Fraternity Racism

DALLAS — The Dallas media is all over the eyebrow-raising, outrageous — and ultimately sad — story of a now-infamous racist chant by some Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity members at Oklahoma University. You see, “Big D” has a special interest in this case, because the two high profile young chanters had seemingly been local success stories – - products of Dallas. ‘It could have been two...

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Poll: Iran negotiations popular
Mar17

Poll: Iran negotiations popular

A new poll finds widespread support for the administration’s negotiations with Iran: Washington (CNN)Americans broadly back direct negotiations with Iran about that country’s nuclear program, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And although about half (49%) say some Republican senators went too far by sending a letter to Iran’s leaders warning that any agreement with the Obama administration would require Senate...

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Time Reports:  Netanyahu Canceled Intel Briefing for U.S. Senators on Iran
Mar14

Time Reports: Netanyahu Canceled Intel Briefing for U.S. Senators on Iran

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayanu trailing in the majority of Israeli polls in a tough election bid (but still likely able to form a government), he’s ashing out at the opposition and charging there’s a global leftist plot to defeat him. By most accounts, his decision to join with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and break precedent by speaking to Congress before the White House was informed —...

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Video: Muybridge race horse animated.gif from 1887
Mar13

Video: Muybridge race horse animated.gif from 1887

It’s always fascinating to explore the roots of the magic of film. So let’s go back to 1887, in a segment taken from Eadweard Muybridge’s Human and Animal Locomotion series, (plate 626, thoroughbred bay mare “Annie G.” galloping) published by the University of Pennsylvania: By Photos made by Eadweard Muybridge Animation by User Waugsberg [Public domain], via Wikimedia...

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Gallup: Americans’ Views of Netanyahu Less Positive After Congress Speech — with Big Loss Among Democrats
Mar11

Gallup: Americans’ Views of Netanyahu Less Positive After Congress Speech — with Big Loss Among Democrats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress that was set up by Republican Speaker of the House without running it by the White House in advance, and slated afterward despite strong White House objections did the Israeli P.M. no favors in his polling numbers among Americans: a new Gallup Poll found American’s now view him less positively — mostly because he has clearly irked a good chunk of...

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BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”
Mar09

BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”

Iran’s foreign Minister has responded to the letter written by a huge chunk of Republican Senators that’s seen by many as a transparent attempt to sandbag the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. The letter in essence says that even if an agreement is reached Barack Obama won’t be President forever so any agreement may prove to be in the longterm meaningless. The full text of the letter is HERE. The...

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Video of Full Speech: Obama’s “I Have a Dream” Speech in Selma?
Mar08

Video of Full Speech: Obama’s “I Have a Dream” Speech in Selma?

President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday in Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when Alabama state troopers shocked much of the nation and generated more support for the civil rights movement by beating people marching for voting rights, is being hailed as a historic one. CNN reports: One presidential historian called it President Barack Obama’s “I Have A Dream Speech.”...

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Tens of Thousands Rally Against Netanyahu in Israel: Ex Mossad Chief Says Our Leadership Scares Me More Than Our Enemies
Mar08

Tens of Thousands Rally Against Netanyahu in Israel: Ex Mossad Chief Says Our Leadership Scares Me More Than Our Enemies

Under a banner proclaming “Israel Wants Change,” tens of thousands of Israelis attended a massive demonstration calling for the ouster during the March 7th elections of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The rally underlined the fact that not all Israelis approved of the way their Prime Minister secured speech time in front of the U.S. Congress and seemingly injected him to the United States 24/7 partisan war. And, in a...

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Netflix sparks question: What is a movie?
Mar04

Netflix sparks question: What is a movie?

It was recently announced that former Chicago improviser Tina Fey’s new TV show, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” would not air on NBC like her colossal hit “30 Rock,” but would be available for streaming on Netflix. Then it was announced that Netflix will begin production on a new “feature film” featuring the character of Pee-wee Herman,...

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Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans
Mar04

Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn’t mean the controversy is history. It’s symptomatic of a political Ebola that has infected 21st century political “discussion” and the sad spectacle of someone who briefly transcended tiresome partisan political polemics before destroying his legacy with his own mouth....

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Netanyahu Speech to Congress  Sparks Increasing Warnings
Mar01

Netanyahu Speech to Congress Sparks Increasing Warnings

Conservative talkers and some in the non-monolithic Jewish community may be applauding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to take up House Speaker John Boehner’s offer to in effect give President Barack Obama and the State Department a fingered half a peace sign and speak to Congress anyway, but the decision is also now bringing increased condemnations — and warnings. Those who defend Netanyahu...

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 (ROUNDUP of Reactions and VIDEOS)
Feb27

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 (ROUNDUP of Reactions and VIDEOS)

Leonard Nimoy, the character actor who became an icon due to his role as the always logical first officer on the starship Enterprise on “Star Trek,” has died at age 83. Nimoy was one of those handful of actors who created a role in a film or television show that became embedded in the popular culture for years after the film or TV show ended. And “Star Trek,” a show produced by Desilu Productions when Lucille...

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