Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to  Throw Out  Criminal Charges Against Perry
Nov18

Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to Throw Out Criminal Charges Against Perry

The Austin American-Statesman, Governor Perry’s hometown newspaper, has just reported that Senior Texas State District Judge Bert Richardson has refused to throw out the criminal charges against Perry brought by a Travis County grand jury when it indicted Perry on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. “The indictment resulted from his threat last year to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet
Nov12

BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet

We have landed on a Comet! by Slamfu Another major milestone in the advancement and exploration of space has happened today. On Nov 25th 2014 the human racesuccessfully “softlanded” on a comet. I am a huge fan of space exploration and consit not only the obvious next stage of human endeavor but also absolutely within our reach if we choose to run with it. Comets in particular have the potential for being useful as sources...

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Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded
Nov11

Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded

At least since the Obama win in 2008 and probably longer, the Democrats have crowed about how their “ground game” was superior to that of the Republicans and how they were able to mobilize their base and independents who were left leaning to get to the polls on election day. The Democrats have claimed that their mastery of technology compared to the Republicans would be able to get them over the hump when push came to shove, knowing...

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Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL
Nov07

Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL

The Defense Department has announced that, “as part of the strategy to defeat ISIL terrorists,” President Obama has authorized up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, pretty much doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground there now. The new authorization gives the U.S. military the ability to deploy up to 3,100 troops. About 1,400 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, just below the previous authorized limit of 1,600 troops...

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The Messages of the 2014 Election
Nov06

The Messages of the 2014 Election

Three major messages were transmitted by the voters in the election of 2014. The obvious one was that they were unhappy with President Obama and the direction of the country. Another message was that money talks and that greater spending is usually effective. The third message, perhaps more cryptic than the others, is that the votes that count the most in America are not cast by the electorate but by an unelected body, the Supreme...

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Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead
Oct31

Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane known as SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Cantill area of the California Mojave desert during a test flight Friday morning, leaving one pilot dead and another injured, the California Highway Patrol reported. The pilots have not yet been identified, but Virgin reported that its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane landed safely. “Virgin Galactic’s partner… Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure,...

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Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey
Oct29

Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey

Update as of 5:10 a.m. EDT: At least 150 fighters of the rebel Free Syrian Army, or FSA, entered Syria overnight from Turkey on Wednesday to help Kurdish fighters battling militants of the Islamic State group in the town of Kobani, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, reported, citing local Turkish officials. Last week, Turkish President Recep...

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Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’
Oct26

Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’

(Reuters) – Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a “nightmare” and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in...

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Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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NYC Dr. Craig Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola Virus After Treating Patients in Guinea
Oct23

NYC Dr. Craig Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola Virus After Treating Patients in Guinea

Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned from Guinea ten days ago after treating Ebola patients, has tested positive for the deadly virus after initial tests were conducted. Spencer, 33, a Doctors Without Borders physician, is the fourth case of Ebola in the U.S. and is the first case in New York City. His girlfriend has been quarantined. A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for...

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A Perplexing Political Puzzle
Oct21

A Perplexing Political Puzzle

Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political...

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(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law
Oct14

(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

Update II: And here we go again in the courts-one-upmanship saga. The Austin American-Statesman reports: A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. . The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week’s...

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The New Poll Tax
Oct14

The New Poll Tax

For politicians, democracy entails getting a leg up on your opponents if you possibly can by changing the rules of the game and lying about it if necessary. If what is done is unfair or what is said is untruthful, so what? Winning is everything and every dirty trick that can be used, should be used. This includes doing whatever is possible to keep various population groups, blacks and other minority voters from exercising their...

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(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?
Oct12

(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?

Update III: And the beat goes on: Alaska Dispatch News has just reported that a federal judge ruled today “Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time.” The ruling comes less than a week after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to overturn similar marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex marriage advocates said the 9th Circuit ruling...

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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan
Oct12

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan

A Texas healthcare worker, who provided care for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, tests positive for Ebola virus, Texas’ health agency said. The worker was isolated after presenting on Friday with a low-grade fever. The results were from a preliminary test from the state. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will now perform a confirmatory test. Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health...

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The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage
Oct08

The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage

As the news of Thomas Duncan’s death — the first and first fatal case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — sinks in, I am struck by the words in the New York Times announcing this tragic and disturbing turn of events: Mr. Duncan had been a driver at a cargo company in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, living alone in a small room he rented from the parents of Marthalene Williams, 19. A simple act of kindness probably...

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Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans
Sep24

Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans

Reliably red Kansas is having some problems with the conservative Republicans they’ve previously elected. Governor Sam Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts who are both running for re-election appear to be in trouble. The reasons differ, but being conservative may not be enough to pull them through. In fact, it may be responsible for putting Brownback in the hot seat. Kansas voters who have never previously voted for a Democrat are...

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President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes
Sep23

President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes

President Obama spoke briefly ahead of his trip to the UN to address the air strikes the U.S. and its partners staged in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress. President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US...

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