More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas
Dec02

More than 100 jars of human brains are missing from the University of Texas

I don’t understand, how is this really news? One hundred jars of human brains taken from the late patients of a mental hospital in Austin, have disappeared from the University of Texas. The Atlantic reports that the brains, submerged in formalin, were kept in the campus’ Animal Resources Center. The specimens date to the 1950s, when the Austin State Hospital (AHS) was known as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. The brains...

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Gallup Poll: More Americans now identify themselves as Republicans
Dec02

Gallup Poll: More Americans now identify themselves as Republicans

Gallup reports another political shift: more Americans now identify themselves as Republicans than Democrats: Since the Republican Party’s strong showing on Election Day last month, Americans’ political allegiances have shifted toward the GOP. Prior to the elections, 43% of Americans identified as Democrats or leaned toward the Democratic Party, while 39% identified as or leaned Republican. Since then, Republicans have...

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FBI to American military: social media could set up you up for ISIS attack
Dec01

FBI to American military: social media could set up you up for ISIS attack

Beware of social media. Be careful when communicating online. That’s part of the warning the FBI has issued to the American military which fears ISIS could inspire or order attacks on the U.S military: The FBI on Sunday issued the strongest warning to date about possible attacks by the ISIS terrorist group against the U.S. military inside the homeland, officials tell ABC News. In a joint intelligence bulletin issued overnight by...

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Happy Thanksgiving
Nov27

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from you and yours graphic via...

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Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error
Nov26

Schumer: Dems taking up ObamaCare early was strategical error

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has come out and said in the open what I’ve been privately been told by Democrats for several years and have heard repeatedly if the topic turned to politics during my current special one year national and Canadian tour in my non-writing incarnation: when President Barack Obama opted to use his (and his party’s) political chits to first tackle healthcare reform, it cost them greatly in terms of...

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Book Review: There’s A House In The Land: (Where A Band Can Take A Stand) by Shaun Mullen
Nov24

Book Review: There’s A House In The Land: (Where A Band Can Take A Stand) by Shaun Mullen

With each passing year, the 70s has taken on a kind of mystical quality. And, once upon a time in the 70s, a group of Vietnam vets, non-Vietnam vets, young men, young women, some children and a host of beloved, and exquisitely well-cared for animals made their home ona farm just beyond Philadelphia’s far western suburbs. No, it was not a commune. It was more like a tribe. They enjoyed life, and endured grief, and welcomed...

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The Firestorm Begins: Reaction to Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration (Roundup)
Nov20

The Firestorm Begins: Reaction to Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration (Roundup)

The deed is done. To Republicans (who after the two Presidential elections that ended badly for their candidate and their party and who pooh-poohed suggestions that they go along with how the overall vote was against them), President Barack Obama is ignoring how the votes went against his party by issuing an executive order on immigration and acting like he thinks he’s an emperor. To Democrats and some independents, Obama is...

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Obama will announce executive action on immigration tomorrow
Nov19

Obama will announce executive action on immigration tomorrow

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will tomorrow outline executive actions he’ll be taking on immigration reform. This announcement has set off a predictable debate on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, left blogs and right blogs and if you think you know what they’re saying about the issue, in most cases you are correct. America loves a screaming, angry debate — and so it has received a political Christmas...

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More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis
Nov19

More and More ISIS resembles the Nazis

More and more ISIS resembles the Nazis in Nazi Germany and how they treated occupied terrority. Vox has a report on how its brutality is institutionalized, has a point — and may be working. Yours truly is a World War II buff and is now reading “Hitler: A Study in Tyranny” by John Toland. I read reports like this and there is a sense of deja vu. To wit: Scattered reports from inside ISIS-controlled territory have...

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AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation
Nov16

AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation

Yet another sigh of how utterly hypocritical our partisan politics has become. From the AP (which will now be dissed as a bunch of liberals doing the bidding of the White House) comes this fact-based report: President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and...

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ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment
Nov12

ObamaCare architect: I regret ‘stupidity’ of voter comment

A popular current definition of a gaffe is an assertion someone makes that is honest or correct but has to walk back because it generates too much controversy. And then there is the definition of stupidity which needs no definition (unless you’re stupid). The latest example of both comes from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare who gives us an example of...

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Gallup Poll: Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low
Nov12

Gallup Poll: Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low

More bad news for Democrats. In fact, very bad news for Democrats — news that shows the party has lost a good chunk of the independent voter block: a new Gallup Poll finds party’s rating has sunk to a record low and more Americans now view the GOP favorably than Democrats: After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable...

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Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons
Nov11

Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts: Here comes Tim Hortons

TORONTO, Canada — Look out Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Here comes the new international corporate powerhouse Tim Hortons. They have a huge niche — and market presence — here in Canada and they can easily create their own huge presence in the U.S. When the Canadian coffee/coffee shop giant announced last summer that it was merging with Burger King, many dismissed and dissed it as strictly a tax move where...

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Is Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice?
Nov10

Is Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice?

Is President Barack Obama (finally) finding his (real) voice? It sure sounds that way on several fronts. For instance, Martin Longman, aka Booman, notes: The president is basically free now to let his true colors fly since he has no elections to worry about for the remainder of his presidency. Perhaps that is why he’s taking a strong position on Net Neutrality today, but I wonder why in the hell he didn’t make the...

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Report: 2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years
Nov10

Report: 2014 midterm election turnout lowest in 70 years

I’ve noticed over the past year a massive burnout when it comes to politics on the part of many people on the right, in the center and on the left. It isn’t just due to the fact our politics now seems to be mostly about yelling, name calling, defining and demonizing the other side and/or those that support the other side (or write something perceived to be sympathetic to the other side). I think it’s also because...

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An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada
Nov08

An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada

TORONTO — Canada gave us now-former Mayor Rob Ford, who led comedy writers to get down on their knees, look to the heavens and shout “Thank You!!” due to his alcohol and drug-induced antics, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to Saturday Live’s late Chris Farley. Canada’s biggest scandal now swirls around CBC’s mega-radio-talk show star Jian Ghomeshi — who seems to be doing a Bob Filner...

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BOOK REVIEW: Escape to Anywhere Else by Robert Rippberger
Nov04

BOOK REVIEW: Escape to Anywhere Else by Robert Rippberger

Escaping to somewhere else is a motif in many human lives. Kids dream of escaping childhood, then finally become adults, and spending their adulthood wishing they could escape to times when they were kids dreaming of escaping childhood. I know of many people in my old hometown of New Haven who dreamed of escaping Connecticut to be in huge big cities, cities with snowy mountains or on West Coast beaches; I know of people in my new...

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Buh Bye Democratic Senate Majority? Reid says majority hinges on (reportedly) majority breaking Iowa
Nov02

Buh Bye Democratic Senate Majority? Reid says majority hinges on (reportedly) majority breaking Iowa

Is this the year when experts are going to be proven on the dime with their predictions and the conventional wisdom — that the Democrats are poised to lose the Senate and President Barack Obama will go down in history has being a President with some of the lousiest mid-term election results in American history? Or will the experts and conventional wisdom be wrong again, and the experts quickly try to move away from their...

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Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point
Oct30

Canada’s Terrorism Turning Point

TORONTO, Canada — The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination — the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country’s grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that’ll be reproduced forever was Carrillo’s 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life...

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Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell
Oct28

Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell

This will be my shortest post on TMV in many years. I really can’t put it better than THIS. And for more details THIS. Self-destruction by mouth and impulsive action. Turning off two separate sides of voters. You can’t just blame “Bridgegate” now: the dude is an impulsive political klutz, which has nothing to do with ideology. As sure-footed as a drunk octopus. graphic via...

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