Sarah Palin Launches Web TV Network That’s Pricier Than Netflix
Jul28

Sarah Palin Launches Web TV Network That’s Pricier Than Netflix

Half-term Alaska governor and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is taking her sideshow to the web with a focus on American politics via her own network, The Sarah Palin Channel.  Um, this is too funny. The Sarah Palin Channel is a Glenn Beck knock-off.  Palin took to Twitter to peddle for prospective viewers. Only one problem….Netflix is cheaper. You know, I swore off writing about Sarah Palin, but this was too good...

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Constituting Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Jul28

Constituting Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The eighth amendment to the Constitution of the United States plainly makes clear that, Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. And, yet, we’re hearing stories of a convicted criminal enduring for nearly two hours before finally dying. In this case, our attention turns to Joseph Wood, as he struggled to breath after being injected twice with an experimental...

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Congress sides with consumers on cellphone unlocking bill
Jul28

Congress sides with consumers on cellphone unlocking bill

Almost eight years ago, the U.S. Copyright Office gave cellphone owners the right to unlock their cellphones. It had been illegal since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which banned the “circumvention” of any copy protection mechanisms (Section 1201). This did not, however, mean that carriers honored the ruling. AT&T, for example, has been a notable laggard with regards to the iPhone. From April 2012 :...

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Losing the high moral ground
Jul27

Losing the high moral ground

WASHINGTON — The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints. As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault began, including dozens of children. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek...

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Flight MH 17: Emotional Words From a Dutch Man
Jul27

Flight MH 17: Emotional Words From a Dutch Man

While every family member, relative or friend lost in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 represents a horrific tragedy, and while every nation whose citizens died as a result of that criminal act is in deep mourning, the loss suffered by the Dutch nation and the Dutch people is especially heavy: 193 of its residents killed in a matter of seconds, entire families wiped out… No wonder the Netherlands has been taking a lead role...

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Heading for a high court showdown?
Jul27

Heading for a high court showdown?

Heading for a high court showdown? by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers’ Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Don’t be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again. The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges? Two federal appeals courts have reached...

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Norm Ornstein On The Republican Battle Between The Conservatives And Lunatic Radicals
Jul26

Norm Ornstein On The Republican Battle Between The Conservatives And Lunatic Radicals

Yesterday, just prior to this post at Liberal Values, I had a post quoting criticism of Hillary Clinton from Andrew Sullivan. While I am not thrilled by the prospect of Hillary Clinton being president, any Republican alternative would be far worse. With all her faults, Clinton isn’t bat-shit crazy. Norm Ornstein has written again about how extreme the Republican have become. He described the extremists who have become more common in...

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This Week in Pantsuit Politics: Lithuania’s Karate Black Belt President Speaks Out
Jul26

This Week in Pantsuit Politics: Lithuania’s Karate Black Belt President Speaks Out

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. Dalia Grybauskaite Lithuania’s president recently conducted her first interview with the Indian...

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As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)
Jul25

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle (Guest Voice)

As Russia’s Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle By Nicholas Cunningham of Oilprice.com The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia. Just one day earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on Russia over its ongoing role in the destabilization of...

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Blind ideological justice
Jul25

Blind ideological justice

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use...

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The Cost Of Global Warming
Jul25

The Cost Of Global Warming

Here in Oregon and Washington a week ago last Sunday we had several high base thunderstorms move through.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term “high base” thunderstorm they produce plenty of lightning but little or no rain.   The result was a number of wild fires in both states burning thousands of acres and many structures.  The cost of wild fires has been steadily increasing. The cost of America’s...

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Why Many People In The Middle Now Identify With The Left
Jul25

Why Many People In The Middle Now Identify With The Left

While the country has become more liberal in some ways, the Republican Party has moved to the extreme right, and the Democratic Party has filled in the vacuum in the middle by also moving to the right on many issues. As a consequence, many people who previously considered themselves in the middle are finding that the current views of the left are closer to their views. Thomas Ricks, who wrote Fiasco, and excellent look at the Iraq...

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General Dempsey Speaks on the Ukraine Crisis
Jul25

General Dempsey Speaks on the Ukraine Crisis

Adding insult to injury — if the cowardly downing of a passenger airliner can be couched as such — Russian president Vladimir Putin is responding to the outrageous crime by his thugs in eastern Ukraine by escalating military aggressive actions against Ukraine. This morning, both Reuters and the Washington Post report on Russia firing artillery across its border with Ukraine targeting Ukrainian military positions and...

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Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food
Jul24

Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food

Recently, fast-food chains in China have been receiving a lot of bad press after a Chinese television station revealed some McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants were stocked with spoiled meat. The popular fast-food chains allegedly received shipments of rotten meat from a supplier known as Shanghai Husi Food Co., the Chinese branch of Illinois-based OSI Group. Authorities believe the shipment occurred after senior...

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As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)
Jul24

As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Generally speaking, it takes a lot to knock the Dutch off balance, but the catastrophe in Ukraine has done so, even to the point of bringing Dutch threats of unilateral military action. Continuing with our monitoring of the Dutch reaction to the crisis, for Elsevier, columnist Afshin Ellian lashes out at Vladimir Putin and the ‘mafia state’ that according to him, comprises part of a new ‘axis of evil.’...

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Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution
Jul24

Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution

“…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying,,,, If that doesn’t stop America’s barbaric executions, I don’t know what will. Certainly the Supreme Court is pushing to enter the hall of shame. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal appeals court last Saturday, the execution of Joseph R. Wood III commenced....

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Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals
Jul24

Surveys Show Benefits Of Obamacare For Individuals And Hospitals

Two polls were released Wednesday regarding opinion of the effects of the Affordable Care Act, one from consumers and one from hospital administrators. The first is reported by CNN: More than half the public says Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the health care law, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC...

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Ukraine festers as Obama and Putin skirmish
Jul23

Ukraine festers as Obama and Putin skirmish

The Ukrainian civil war in the eastern regions is rapidly turning into a skirmish between President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, instead of advancing towards a truce or peace talks after the missile strike on Malaysian Air flight MH17. The stakes are too high to let Ukraine fester in this manner. Putin’s irredentism is luring Obama and the European allies into a trap by denying east Ukraine’s airspace to Kiev’s fighter...

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‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier
Jul23

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian...

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The downside of giving weapons
Jul23

The downside of giving weapons

WASHINGTON — The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention. By now there is little doubt that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was blasted out of the sky Thursday by a Russian-made SA-11 missile...

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