SCOTUS Rejects DOJ’s Emergency Request to Ban Texas Voter ID Law
Oct18

SCOTUS Rejects DOJ’s Emergency Request to Ban Texas Voter ID Law

The U.S. Supreme Court says the controversial Texas voter ID law can be used for the November election. Early voting begins on Monday. SCOTUS rejected an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice and civil rights groups to bar the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to vote. The law was struck down by a federal judge last week but was upheld by a federal appeals court. The...

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Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS
Oct18

Sunnis Won’t Oppose ISIS

Peter Van Buren explains the hole in Obama’s ISIS strategy in The American Conservative. There is no path by which America can succeed in its goals in Iraq—repel ISIS and keep the country together—without the active participation of the Sunnis. It is very unlikely that will happen.   Obama’s strategy rests on the assumption that the Sunnis can be bribed and coerced into breaking with ISIS, no matter the state of things in...

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Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots
Oct18

Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots

by Walter Brasch The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The senators correctly called the ban a matter not of gun rights but of eliminating animal cruelty. The International Olympic Committee in 1900 banned pigeon shoots because of their cruelty and never again listed it as a sport. Most hunters and the...

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What would you do if you were groped in public?
Oct17

What would you do if you were groped in public?

In the shadow of #gamergate*, here’s a refreshing story of empowerment and focused anger. And another way your smartphone is your friend. Nude photos, rape threats, mass shooting scares: Welcome to the disturbing chaos of #Gamergate http://t.co/4Hd5ZgLz5r pic.twitter.com/5SfMKCD0M6 — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 16, 2014 Imagine you’re walking down a city street, minding your own business. You notice a guy following...

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Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster
Oct17

Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster

DOES THE EBOLA VIRUS VOTE DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN? The news that the Centers for Disease Control was unprepared for the ebola virus now that it has made landfall in the U.S. is not exactly a bolt from the blue. Government agencies have been failing us for many years. The CDC, it turns out, had issued lax guidelines to health-care providers on how to treat people with ebola-like symptoms, the predictable result being that one person...

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MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola
Oct15

Second Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

A second health care worker who cared for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas has tested positive for the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The preliminary Ebola test was run late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.   From MSNBC: The CDC described the latest case involving a health care worker as a “serious...

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U.S. mum on aging Iraq chemical weapons, making our soldiers victims
Oct15

U.S. mum on aging Iraq chemical weapons, making our soldiers victims

The U.S. military systematically withheld information about caches of chemical weapons in Iraq from 2003-2011. U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police were harmed as a result. Moreover, military doctors dismissed claims of exposure and mistreated those exposed to mustard gas. From the New York Times: In five of six incidents in which troops were wounded by chemical agents, the munitions appeared to have been designed in the United States,...

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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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No shock and no awe
Oct14

No shock and no awe

WASHINGTON — It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing. U.S.-led air power has barely been able to keep the jihadist militants from capturing the Syrian town of Kobane, near the Turkish border — and the besieged city may yet fall. Far to the southeast, Islamic State fighters have come within a few miles of Baghdad and threaten to consolidate...

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Is The Culture War Really Over?
Oct14

Is The Culture War Really Over?

Bill Scher has an article at Politico on How Republicans Lost The Culture War. While it might be premature to say they lost and the war is over, a subject I’ll get into later, he does have some good points as to what went wrong for the Republicans. Scher makes three main points. First, Republicans stopped being savvy on abortion. Rather than taking the purist position which they actually favor, legislatively the Republicans had...

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The French American – A True Story
Oct14

The French American – A True Story

It is a story of idyllic young love in Nazi-occupied France, suddenly and heartbreakingly cut short — but never abandoned or forgotten. It is a story of bravery and patriotism. It is a story of war, intrigue, “La Résistance,” invasion and eventual liberation. It is also a story of hope and sheer perseverance on the part of a World War II veteran who, at age 93, is still a hopeless romantic. His name is John...

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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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Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up
Oct14

Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up

As the manhunt for state trooper killer Eric Frein lurches toward its sixth week, the Pennsylvania State Police are on the defensive because of the latest scandal to tarnish the long troubled agency, while a law-enforcement insider says the search itself is in disarray. The insider, who has many years of experience in tracking and surveilling criminal suspects, asked that his name not be used. He acknowledges that any search the size...

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Citizens disunited
Oct13

Citizens disunited

WASHINGTON — Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics has always been nasty, the argument goes, so we should get over...

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Voter fraud FUD from NRO
Oct13

Voter fraud FUD from NRO

The tweet made me do a double-take, followed by a click: Braced for Voter Fraud in Colorado (John Fund / National Review) http://t.co/mJevbn48IE http://t.co/nYHOMckfDM — memeorandum (@memeorandum) October 13, 2014 Living in a state that has had 100% vote by mail for four general elections, I coughed a bit as I read the long-winded objections (FUD = fear, uncertainty and doubt) to Colorado’s new VBM system. Let’s see...

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A weekend of resistance in Ferguson
Oct13

A weekend of resistance in Ferguson

It’s been two months since Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, 28, in Ferguson, MO. We’ve covered this story here at TMV as it has unfolded. Check out the weekend’s action and news in this Storify. [View the story "A weekend of resistance: #FergusonOctober" on...

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If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?
Oct12

If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?

WASHINGTON — It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month. But the symbolism of US-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early… If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse...

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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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Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’
Oct12

Dempsey on Kobani and on ‘Boots on the Ground’

As the U.S. continues to launch airstrikes against ISIL terrorists around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, on the frontier with NATO member Turkey, ISIL continues to make advances and threatens to overrun and capture the entire town — two days ago they controlled almost half the town. The fall of Kobani would not only be a disaster to Kurds in and around the town and to Kurdish autonomy in the region, but would also be a blow...

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