Hysteria Makes ISIS Stronger
Sep03

Hysteria Makes ISIS Stronger

Sometimes, terrorists are the best teachers. Americans tend to be irrational about terrorism. Someone living in the U.S. is thousands of times more likely to die in a car accident than to ever be killed in a terrorist attack. Not only are successful strikes on American soil incredibly rare, but—even in 2001, the year of...

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Rebuttal: The Dilemma Facing Social Conservatives
Sep02

Rebuttal: The Dilemma Facing Social Conservatives

At the risk of further promoting an absurd op-ed, I’m compelled to fashion my rebuttal into a TMV post, a rebuttal that I posted as a comment to a subsequent post but which is currently being held for moderation. And for the nth time, I’m struck by how many words it takes to provide evidence to counter sweeping generalizations. A follow up to my recent reflections on women and politics, this time focused on the shrill...

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Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister
Sep02

Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister

Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday. “The Russian side has threatened on several occasions across unofficial channels that, in the case of continued resistance they are… Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine...

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Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints
Sep02

Media erroneously put Siri on trial, which reveals deep personal tech footprints

Although there were some outrageous (and false) claims made about technology in the Gainesville, Florida murder trial of Pedro Bravo this summer, there are also some byproducts of how we use our personal technology that should give us pause. The infamous erroneous claim Detective: Murder suspect asked Siri how to hide body http://t.co/PdR9F2CZEq pic.twitter.com/AhrlhCTtFW — WPXI (@WPXI) August 12, 2014 The claim in this tweet...

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The Yazidi Nightmare: Hopefully Some of It Is Over
Sep01

The Yazidi Nightmare: Hopefully Some of It Is Over

While there are a thousand reasons not to use military force in support of the tens of thousands of innocents “over there” who are being tortured, abducted, raped and murdered en-masse, one reason to do so — although many will say it is a flimsy one — is because our national psyche and our national conscience tells us that it is the right thing to do. The rescue of an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 Yazidis who had fled to...

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Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast
Sep01

Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast

Labor Day actually falls ON Labor Day this year. Monday, September 1, 2014. It was the strangest of days, it was the  most predictable of days. Happy Labor Day.  Are Unions Dead? Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic —  An interview with Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert … Are unions dead?  —  No.  —  Explain, please.  —  Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still...

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What Makes One a Warmonger and a ‘Fear Monger’?
Sep01

What Makes One a Warmonger and a ‘Fear Monger’?

After our disastrous invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation, Iraq, and after the now-longest war in American history — the Afghanistan War — there is naturally a great reluctance on the part of Americans to get involved in any more military entanglements, especially in the Middle East. Then along comes a band of thugs — very well trained, organized, capable, motivated and supported thugs, many say — who,...

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HAPPY LABOR DAY
Sep01

HAPPY LABOR DAY

Happy Labor Day to you and yours. graphic via...

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Obama: Defeating the Islamic State
Aug31

Obama: Defeating the Islamic State

The Islamic State’s military victories are part of a war among Sunni Muslims of the Arabian Peninsula and Levant. They are not yet a direct threat to the US, Israel, Europe or even Shia Muslims in Iraq and Iran. Therefore, its military defeat must be led by Sunnis, whether tribal militias or a coalition bringing Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates together with Iraq’s Sunnis and Jordan. Giving a leading role to the Shia-led government...

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Breaking:  U.S. Airstrikes and Humanitarian Airdrops Break ISIS Siege of Amerli
Aug31

Breaking: U.S. Airstrikes and Humanitarian Airdrops Break ISIS Siege of Amerli

Chalk one up for the good guys. Over the weekend, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance and protect civilians who had been trapped in Amerli for months by ISIS terrorists and who were threatened with a possible massacre. DoD: Two months ago, hundreds of ISIL terrorists advanced on Amerli cutting off food, water, and medical supplies to thousands of Shia Turkomen living...

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Not just in danger but being the danger
Aug31

Not just in danger but being the danger

Jelani Cobb, a New Yorker writer who has been spending some time in Ferguson, writes: Linda Chavez wondered on Fox News whether “the ‘unarmed teen’ mantra” really fit Brown, who was six feet four and nearly three hundred pounds and had been caught on video shoplifting—and, it perhaps bears repeating, was a teen, and was unarmed. Chavez was roundly criticized, but she was really only guilty of saying aloud what many others have...

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SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to ‘smash Islamic State’
Aug31

SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to ‘smash Islamic State’

Now I’ll admit the London Daily Mirror is far from the most reliable source in the world but this wouldn’t surprise me at all. Elite British and US special forces troops are forming a hunter killer unit called Task Force Black – its orders: “Smash the Islamic State.” The undercover warriors will aim to “cut the head off the snake” by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group responsible for a trail of...

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From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda
Aug30

From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama heads to Europe next week, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States’ commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine. Obama arrives in Estonia late Tuesday, where he’ll meet with the presidents of the three… photo used on TMV: Frederic Legrand /...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet Serbia’s 23-Year-Old Bodybuilding Cardiologist Political Star
Aug30

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet Serbia’s 23-Year-Old Bodybuilding Cardiologist Political Star

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 around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Maja Pavlovic Talk about a woman...

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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed
Aug30

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to hold the burden of teacher salaries. Often, those who complain the most are those who...

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Obama’s Big Gaffe on ISIS: Says “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
Aug29

Obama’s Big Gaffe on ISIS: Says “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The White House has been in damage control mode. Once again a politician has made a foot-in-mouth gaffe that can hurt and/or define him. And this time it was President Barack Obama — bigtime. At a time when a new poll by the respected company Pew Research finds Americans now feel the U.S. doesn’t do enough to solve world problems and that 54% feel Obama is not tough enough, Obama, in trying to explain that he’s...

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Have we gone to war again?
Aug29

Have we gone to war again?

WASHINGTON — I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I’d like to know why — or why not. I’d like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it. President Obama? Members of Congress? Please pay attention. I’m talking to you. The barbarians who decapitated journalist James Foley — and who commit atrocities on a daily...

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NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders
Aug28

NATO Says Over 1,000 Russian Troops Inside Ukraine’s Borders

Update as of 8 a.m. EDT: A senior NATO official has said that there are over 1,000 Russian troops operating inside Ukrainian borders, BBC reported. Update as of 7:15 a.m. EDT: Russia is carrying out an invasion in Ukraine, Ella Polyakova, a member of Vladimir Putin’s advisory council on human rights, reportedly said. “When masses...

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Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate
Aug28

Accidental Death Of Gun Instructor Re-Ignites Bitter Debate

The accidental shooting of Arizona firearms instructor Charles Vacca by a nine-year-old girl, who he was teaching to use an Uzi machine gun, has renewed a debate in the United States about training children to handle guns. In the wake of the killing, social media erupted with comments from both sides of the debate. It’s...

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Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data
Aug27

Law enforcement officers in Washington state using cell tower simulator to sweep up data

For the past six years, the Tacoma, WA Police Department has used “controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away,” according to the Tacoma News Tribune. One of the more chilling aspects of this story: Tacoma has a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI. Given that agreement, I suppose this is not surprising: Earlier this month,...

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