American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter
Aug28

American military’s reputation in Europe boosted by Americans who foiled train shooter

Yes:” human beings can have an impact on broader, existing, ingrained perceptions. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the often (unfairly) tarnished image of the U.S. military in Europe is on the upswing, and part of the reason is the actions — and reactions — of the unarmed Americans on that train who sprang into action to tackle and beat down a suspected terrorist: “Behaving like military” can be a loaded...

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Cartoons: NRA and Gun Violence
Aug28

Cartoons: NRA and Gun Violence

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Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)
Aug26

Vester Flanagan’s scary employee termination and his suicide notes (Jehovah told him to do it)

In the face of tragedy — and a televised and new media broadcast shooting, and the pattern of copycats that suggest that if the revolution isn’t televised live murders will be — new facts are being released about the troubled and downright scary history of fired reporter “Bryce Williams,” whose real name was Vester Flanegan. It’s clear now that Flanegan planned and stalked for his kill — even...

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Virginia News Crew Shot, Killed While on Live Report UPDATE: Shooter former reporter shoots himself. He is dead.
Aug26

Virginia News Crew Shot, Killed While on Live Report UPDATE: Shooter former reporter shoots himself. He is dead.

UPDATED: The alleged shooter, William Epperly Vester Lee Flannagan II, age 41, as reported by CNN, has shot himself. He was pronounced dead at around 1pm EST. [Earlier it was not know Whether he had died, just that he was taken to hospital in critical condition.] According to most recent cable news reports, the young cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, grad of Virginia Tech, was murdered– and is the fiancé of the young woman newscaster...

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Legal Inefficiency
Aug25

Legal Inefficiency

All three branches of American government, on both the federal and state levels, have built in inefficiencies. The judiciary is not excluded. Some of this is structural due to constitutional guarantees and the proliferation of rules and regulations since the birth of the nation. And some of this is caused by lack of personnel, as the legislative and executive branches of the government do not want to spend the necessary money to hire...

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Cartoon: Jared likes his meat fresh
Aug21

Cartoon: Jared likes his meat fresh

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Suspect Cites Trump As Inspiration In Boston Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime: Trump issues tepid response
Aug20

Suspect Cites Trump As Inspiration In Boston Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime: Trump issues tepid response

Welcome to the 21st century American political scene, where an alleged attack on a homeless Hispanic man occurs, the suspect sites a political leader’s comments on immigrants as justification in talking to police — and where the candidate issues a tepid response. Forget ideology or party: there should have a total repudiation, blunt, unfettered repdiation of violence aimed at a SLEEPING person singled out to his ethnic...

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Ex-Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Charged in Child Pornography Case
Aug19

Ex-Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle Charged in Child Pornography Case

Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle paid for sex acts with minors and received child pornography. He is expected to plead guilty in child pornography case. The director of the Jared Foundation is awaiting trial on child pornography charges. Fogle was charged with “travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors.” According to the complaint, Fogle traveled between Indiana and New York City to engage in sexual acts with...

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We Have the Money, the Tech, and the Obligation to Educate Our Inmates
Aug13

We Have the Money, the Tech, and the Obligation to Educate Our Inmates

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 2.2 million Americans are locked up—a figure that translates into roughly one whole percent of the country’s adult population, and is higher than the incarceration rate of just about any other developed country. To make matters worse, nearly 1 million American prisoners are African Americans, which means that blacks are incarcerated about six times as frequently as whites....

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A photographer’s murder has Mexico’s journalists furious and afraid
Aug06

A photographer’s murder has Mexico’s journalists furious and afraid

MEXICO CITY — Fear, anger and frustration are consuming Mexico’s journalists after they buried another one of their own. Photojournalist Ruben Espinosa was brutally murdered Friday, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women in a Mexico City apartment. A prosecutor on Sunday said police found them tied up, beaten and shot...

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More Texas Breaking News: Texas Attorney General Indicted on Multiple Felony Charges…and More
Aug05

More Texas Breaking News: Texas Attorney General Indicted on Multiple Felony Charges…and More

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 5:54 PM EDT More Texas Breaking News. From the New York Times: A federal appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a strict voter identification law in Texas discriminated against black and Hispanic voters and violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — a decision that election experts called an important step toward defining the future reach of the landmark law. . The state of federal voting protections has been...

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The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs
Aug05

The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs

It appears that Congress is finally about to take some action to reverse the mistakes of the War On Drugs and the burgeoning prison population. A number of conservatives and liberals seem to agree that something needs to be done to reduce the prison population which is the highest per capita of any developed nation. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced his intention...

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For the Undocumented, Sanctuary Doesn’t Equal Lawlessness (Guest Voice)
Aug02

For the Undocumented, Sanctuary Doesn’t Equal Lawlessness (Guest Voice)

For the Undocumented, Sanctuary Doesn’t Equal Lawlessness By Everard Meade and Enrique Morones The tragic death of Kathryn Steinle had nothing to do with the apparent killer’s immigration status or San Francisco’s status as a “sanctuary city.” The assertion that the alleged murderer, Francisco López Sánchez, had committed “seven felonies” is misleading at best. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, describes him as...

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Reflections On Our Cecil, the Zimbabwean Lion (All African Guest Voice)
Jul30

Reflections On Our Cecil, the Zimbabwean Lion (All African Guest Voice)

Cecil the lion is trending on social media and in international media. Not since Simba, of The Lion King fame, has a lion captured the world’s imagination in this way. His killing has outraged all decent people around the world. The perpetrator, an American dentist called Walter Palmer, has been the subject of much criticism...

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Cecil the lion is slaughtered, his six cubs might die as well
Jul29

Cecil the lion is slaughtered, his six cubs might die as well

Cecil was no ordinary lion. He was Africa’s most famous lion and his brutal killing has caused outrage around the world. Thirteen-year-old Cecil, with his distinctive black mane, was a big tourist draw at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. He was part of research project by scientists from UK’s Oxford University and wore a GPS so...

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Cartoon: The party of Lincoln
Jul28

Cartoon: The party of Lincoln

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Lafayette shooting renews debate on movie theater security
Jul25

Lafayette shooting renews debate on movie theater security

Moviegoer Melissa Holt took in a screening of the animated film “Minions” at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Friday with little worry about her safety. But the day after the deadly shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., Holt said she’d be OK with additional security measures at multiplexes. “If that’s something they need… graphic via...

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Gunman opens fire in Louisiana movie theater: three dead, seven injured
Jul24

Gunman opens fire in Louisiana movie theater: three dead, seven injured

Update as of 12:09 a.m. EDT: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal arrived at a hospital where victims of the Lafayette movie theatre shooting are being treated, according to local reports. Jindal called for prayers for the families of those killed in Thursday shooting. “This is an awful night for Lafayette. This is an awful night for...

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The Law and Sandra Bland’s Arrest
Jul23

The Law and Sandra Bland’s Arrest

By now many of us have viewed some or all of the video of the stop and arrest of Sandra Bland by a Texas law enforcement officer following Bland’s failure to signal a lane change. We now also know that Bland died in a jail cell in southeastern Texas less than three days later. Viewing the video is an emotional experience. It makes your blood boil to witness how Bland was treated by the officer. At least it made my blood boil. Officer...

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Sandra Bland: It’s nothing short of Jim Crow police work (Guest Voice)
Jul23

Sandra Bland: It’s nothing short of Jim Crow police work (Guest Voice)

Sandra Bland: It’s nothing short of Jim Crow police work By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — We don’t know everything about the inflamed pull-over, arrest, and detention of 28 year-old Sandra Bland in Hempstead, TX. But thanks to modern media, including police dashboard video and postmodern forensic technology, we already more know about her untimely demise than we will ever know about the death of President John F. Kennedy....

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