Digging a hole to build a wall
Sep01

Digging a hole to build a wall

WASHINGTON — It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada. Asked on “Meet the Press” whether the United States should consider building a wall to secure its northern border, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that...

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At Europe’s New Migration Frontline, Opinion Is Divided on How to Stop the Crisis
Sep01

At Europe’s New Migration Frontline, Opinion Is Divided on How to Stop the Crisis

After months of reports of people perishing on the Mediterranean, the discovery of a an abandoned truck in Austria, crammed with the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants crossing from Hungary, has shocked Europe and highlighted a new frontier in the continent’s migration crisis. As of August 25, some 133,000 people have applied for asylum in Hungary… graphic via...

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Walker Walks back  statement leaving open idea of U.S. Canada border wall amid Canadian and political fallout
Aug31

Walker Walks back statement leaving open idea of U.S. Canada border wall amid Canadian and political fallout

Well, that didn’t take long. In the traditional pattern of American politics, a politician who (you’d think) should know better gives an answer that he really means that gets him hot water or that he doesn’t mean that gets him in hot water. Then, a day later, he a)distances himself from it once it becomes too controversial and can hurt him and b)tries to blame it on the press or something else when he is presumably...

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Politix Update: The Virulent Cancer That’s Eating Away At The Body Politic
Aug31

Politix Update: The Virulent Cancer That’s Eating Away At The Body Politic

DR. FRANK LUNTZ EXPLAINS HOW TRUMPOSIS SPREADS FROM A SINGLE CELL Scientists discover a new form of cancer. After further research, they conclude that it attacks a wide cross section of adult Americans. The cancer is highly virulent and threatens the body politic as it metasticizes. It is dubbed acute trumpoma carcinoma, or Trumposis for short. Scientists are unsure as to why Trumposis seems to be so contagious, but they have reached...

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Scott Walker: Building a wall at the Canadian border might be “a legitimate” idea
Aug31

Scott Walker: Building a wall at the Canadian border might be “a legitimate” idea

Can someone truly, kindly explain what’s going in the Republican Party? If some of these candidates get in power and do what they’re talking about, far from having a “conservative” government, it’s increasingly clear we’d have a radical government. Donald Trump’s signature suggestion is to build a wall at the U.S. Mexico border. Now his fellow Oval Office aspirant Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker...

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Iowa Poll: Ben Carson is catching up to Donald Trump
Aug30

Iowa Poll: Ben Carson is catching up to Donald Trump

Is another Republican wannabe for the 2016 Oval Office race finally catching up to frontrunner Donald Trump? At least in one poll someone is — and his name is Dr. Ben Carson: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has emerged as a leading Republican presidential candidate in Iowa and is closing in on frontrunner Donald Trump in the state that hosts the first 2016 nomination balloting contest. The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines...

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Satellite Confirms Syrian Temple’s Destruction: UN
Aug30

Satellite Confirms Syrian Temple’s Destruction: UN

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after the hardline Islamic State group claimed responsibility for blowing up the structure a week ago. Islamic State detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple on Aug. 25, an act that cultural agency UNESCO has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of...

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Clinton, Sanders and Iowa: ‘This Feels Like 2008 All Over Again’
Aug30

Clinton, Sanders and Iowa: ‘This Feels Like 2008 All Over Again’

From the moment Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton entered the race in April, she widely was considered the party’s presumptive nominee. Now, for the first time since she began campaigning earlier this year, that position may be in jeopardy. A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released Saturday indicated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders polling at 30 percent… a katz /...

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina and Our Neighbor to the South
Aug29

Remembering Hurricane Katrina and Our Neighbor to the South

A few days ago, an interesting 10-question quiz appeared on TMV designed to “find out which Americans are enablers [of illegal immigrants] and which aren’t.” Here is a two-question quiz to test your knowledge of the true character of our neighbors to the South. 1) Do you believe that Mexicans always cross the border to take advantage of our so-called welfare state? 2) Whether your answer to Question #1 is Yes or No, you may want to...

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Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton
Aug29

Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton

MINNEAPOLIS — As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting, there is a growing undercurrent of concern whether Hillary Clinton would be the party’s strongest candidate to keep the White House next year. They still like and mostly support her. But many are increasingly questioning her handling of official emails while secretary of state and… Joe Seer /...

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The irony hidden in Republican doom and gloom about America (Guest Voice)
Aug28

The irony hidden in Republican doom and gloom about America (Guest Voice)

Is America is in decline? It certainly is, to hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it. The current frontrunner, Donald Trump, has built his campaign around the proposition, and his pitch to voters is that only he can “make America great again.” Trump’s vision of the national emergency is America inundated by unassimilable, criminal foreigners —… graphic via...

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Trump is a salesman, and America is in a buying mood
Aug28

Trump is a salesman, and America is in a buying mood

What if everything you thought you knew about politics was wrong, or at least open to question in ways you could not have imagined? I mean it wouldn’t stop us from having opinions because people have opinions even when they are based on nothing. But when so much conventional wisdom doesn’t yield the kinds of outcomes we expect, then what? Yes, I’m talking about Donald Trump because, you know, who isn’t? The Hill reported today that...

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Denial Won’t Defeat Trump
Aug28

Denial Won’t Defeat Trump

WASHINGTON — I know you haven’t heard enough about Donald Trump recently, so here’s more: At this point, anyone who says he can’t win the Republican nomination is in deep denial. Trump announced his candidacy on June 16 and immediately vaulted into the top tier of candidates. On July 14, a USA Today poll put Trump in the lead by three points — and he has led every survey since. A Quinnipiac University...

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Why America Needs Worker Co-Ops More Than Ever
Aug27

Why America Needs Worker Co-Ops More Than Ever

America is no longer a representative democracy—a fact underscored by decades of grotesque and steadily worsening economic inequality and an election process that depends more on wealthy donors than on an informed electorate. Case in point: the middle class has been shrinking for decades and is now in the process of disappearing altogether. Since 1979, 90 percent of the economically-challenged have lost money each year, while the...

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Katrina: A 10-Year Review
Aug27

Katrina: A 10-Year Review

This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion. About 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded. In Mississippi, the water surge flooded as much as 10 miles from the beaches. The Category 3 storm should not have caused that much damage, but it...

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Politix Update: Everybody Knows That Emperor Christie Has No Clothes
Aug27

Politix Update: Everybody Knows That Emperor Christie Has No Clothes

Occasionally in politics, ego-driven windbags who have created auras of inevitability around themselves fall to earth. Their balloons burst, the wheels come off their wagon, the wind goes out of their sails. But they are the last people in the room to get the joke, so evidentually fraudulent that they think they’re wearing a custom-tailored twill suit with a snappy designer necktie when they step to the podium at a rally but...

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Trump’s video game mastery
Aug27

Trump’s video game mastery

WASHINGTON — This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the last few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists. Trump’s insults directed toward Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and his confrontation with Jorge Ramos, Univision’s anchor, were bound to get some attention, especially from...

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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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Planned Parenthood and the Queen of Hearts (Guest Voice)
Aug26

Planned Parenthood and the Queen of Hearts (Guest Voice)

Planned Parenthood and the Queen of Hearts By Dick Polman Everyone has a beef about “the media,” and here’s mine: We typically highlight accusations of wrongdoing, but we typically bury the news when it turns out that the doer did no wrong. It’s a habit best articulated by the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland: “Sentence first, verdict afterwards.” That’s the deal right now with Planned...

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