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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Is Russia Doomed to lose in Ukraine?
Feb27

Is Russia Doomed to lose in Ukraine?

Is Russia doomed to lose in Ukraine? Alexander J. Motyl in a piece in World Affairs (h/T to RealClearWorld) says it is, and it’s worth reading in full: So who’s winning the war in eastern Ukraine—Russia or Ukraine? The answer is not as simple as it might seem, because victory means different things for each side. A Russian victory could take one of two forms: territorial expansion into large parts of southeastern Ukraine or the...

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The magic of dubbing: Mary Poppins Sings Death Metal (VIDEO)
Feb27

The magic of dubbing: Mary Poppins Sings Death Metal (VIDEO)

I’ve always been fascinated with voice overs, cartoon voicing — and movie dubbing. Early in sound film’s history, movies studios were trying to figure out how to make a film in one language appeal to viewers who understood other languages. Hal Roach even had Laurel and Hardy re-film some shorts in Spanish (and French) using a few of the original actors, some native speakers and “the boys” doing the story...

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Kerry Blasts Netanyahu: He’s ‘Wrong’ On Iran Deal Like He Was On Iraq War
Feb25

Kerry Blasts Netanyahu: He’s ‘Wrong’ On Iran Deal Like He Was On Iraq War

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes yet another move that suggests he is all but openly and actively allied with the Republican Party, it’s now clear that the gloves are now nearly off in the Obama administration. Secretary of State John Kerry was exceedingly blunt in comments before Congress about Netanyahu’s past judgement on a teeny-weeny little matter called the Iraq war: Secretary of State John Kerry on...

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Netanyahu declines Democrats’ invitation for meeting during visit and further reveals himself
Feb25

Netanyahu declines Democrats’ invitation for meeting during visit and further reveals himself

At this point you have to wonder why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in terms of imagery, doesn’t simply just apply to be a member of the RNC: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. “Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time...

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Report: Bobby Jindal spent half of 2014 outside of Louisiana
Feb23

Report: Bobby Jindal spent half of 2014 outside of Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is by all accounts a highly intelligent and once-upon-a-time serious man — but he has turned into one of the most Twlight Zone-ish Republicans (but now looks almost moderate compared to former New York Mayor Rudy You-don’t-love-America-and-are-probably-not-a-Christian Giuliani. Now a report in The Advocate has come out that Jindal has spent half of 2014 outside of Louisiana. Running the state,...

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Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? CBS Poll: Y-e-s
Feb19

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? CBS Poll: Y-e-s

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? A CBS poll finds the answer is yes, with the numbers growing: Amid more executions by the militant group ISIS, Americans increasingly see the group as a threat to the U.S. Now, 65 percent of Americans view ISIS as a major threat – up from 58 percent in October – while another 18 percent view it as a minor threat. Majorities of Republicans (86 percent), Democrats (61...

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