Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse
Sep15

Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse

Civil Asset Forfeiture System Leads to Abuse By Nadin Abbott SAN DIEGO, Calif.–East County Magazine was informed by a reader in Santa Ysabel about seizure of $4,500 during a Sheriff’s raid locally. A member of the household was arrested on drug charges, Sheriff’s records indicate. But a relative claims the money belonged to the suspect’s father–savings that the older man intended to use to purchase a car. This highlights a...

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Good News on Software Patents
Sep12

Good News on Software Patents

The current system of software patents has been criticized by many for years now. Overly broad patents granted based on simplistic descriptions with nothing to back them up have been, in the opinion of many, a bane to real technological innovation for quite a while. I admit that I agree with that view. But then in June of this year the Supreme Court made a ruling concerning software patents. As Vox reports, while that ruling still...

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As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

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What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author
Sep12

What justice? US attorneys go after conservative author

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 10- to 16-month prison sentence for conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who has pled guilty to violating campaign finance law. D’Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)
Sep07

Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)

With heavy weapons crassly strewn across the NATO Summit golf course apparently ready for immediate delivery and the largest assembly of world leaders ever to appear at one time on British soil, is the NATO Alliance over-hyping the threat posed by Russia to justify its existence and mask it’s lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin warns that the...

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban In Wisconsin and Indiana
Sep06

Appeals Court Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban In Wisconsin and Indiana

On Thursday Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote the decision after the The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago  stuck down the bans against same sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.There were a number of arguments in his decision which were interesting to read, and which might have an impact when this issue inevitably reaches the Supreme Court. The Dish collected some selections. First, via Slog: Our pair of...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: McDonnell’s Conviction
Sep06

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: McDonnell’s Conviction

OF RELATED INTEREST: –The Religious Right’s ‘Nice Guy’ Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus –Why John Edwards won and Bob McDonnell lost –A Shameful Defense Fails –McDonnell verdict jolts Virginia politicians, historians and ordinary Richmond residents Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip...

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Full D.C. Court to revisit decision defunding ObamaCare (ACA) subsidies
Sep04

Full D.C. Court to revisit decision defunding ObamaCare (ACA) subsidies

The full D.C. appellate court will revisit a July ruling made by three of its judges (2-1) that defunded portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka ObamaCare). On July 22, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that federal exchanges could not issue tax subsidies to offset the cost health insurance. The decision overturned the lower court ruling. The same day, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled that...

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The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)
Sep04

The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)

Beyond the media hype, its challenge to al-Qaeda Inc, and its devilishly-effective video atrocities, what is the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State? For Le Figaro, international editor in chief Arnaud de La Grange writes that the greatest danger posed by IS is the inspiration it provides to the lost, to the desperate, and to the angry, ‘from Fallujah to the suburbs of Europe.’ For Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange...

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West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep03

West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)

On the eve of one of NATO’s most consequential summits since the Cold War ended, how far should the West go in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Ludwig Greven writes that Kiev’s purpose in asserting that Russia has ‘invaded’ is to draw the U.S. and E.U. into what could be a disastrous confrontation, and that people have to face the facts: the West would not and...

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Senator to Introduce Legislation to Allow Strikes Against ISIL in Syria
Sep02

Senator to Introduce Legislation to Allow Strikes Against ISIL in Syria

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson (Fla.) said today he’ll introduce legislation when Congress returns from recess to give President Barack Obama “clear authority” to order U.S. airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria, according to TIME. The announcement comes the same day of the reported beheading of Stephen J. Sotloff whose family’s home is Florida. TIME: “This will ensure there’s no question that the President has the...

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Federal Court Throws Out Abortion Restrictions In Texas
Aug31

Federal Court Throws Out Abortion Restrictions In Texas

Republicans in control of state governments have been trying to restrict access to both abortion and contraception but on Friday a federal judge rule against new restrictions on abortions in Texas: A federal judge in Austin, Tex., blocked a stringent new rule on Friday that would have forced more than half of the state’s remaining abortion clinics to close, the latest in a string of court decisions that have at least temporarily kept...

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Ukraine: A ‘Hopeless Struggle’ for the Lost East (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Aug30

Ukraine: A ‘Hopeless Struggle’ for the Lost East (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

Should Ukrainians brace themselves to lose yet another chunk of their country to Russia, this time the most densely populated part of east Ukraine – Dunbas? In the aftermath of the first meeting since June between Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Sueddeutsche Zeitung columnist Cathrin Kahlweit writes that Putin’s stubborn pretense of non-involvement augers ill for the remaining...

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Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug29

Reagan Sets ‘Acid Test’ for Crisis-Beset Obama (La Stampa, Italy)

With President Obama confronting a wide array of crisis across the world, who can he turn to for advice about how to proceed? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta suggests a little summer vacation reading: Reagan at Reykjavik by Ken Adelman. Riotta writes that for all of President Obama’s obvious gifts and advantages, he lacks one essential thing that Mikhail Gorbachev respected above all – and Reagan had...

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Obamacare, beyond the label
Aug26

Obamacare, beyond the label

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP? The most significant bit of election news over the last week was the decision of Sen. Mark Pryor, the embattled Arkansas...

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Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent
Aug26

Congressional Elections Are Too Frequent

Sometimes change to a cherished tradition is necessary. When the Constitution was written in 1787, it was a kind of experiment. There was no history of previous similar central governments as were detailed in the Constitution. James Madison and other contributors to the document utilized the ideas of a number of enlightenment philosophers when they crafted the Constitution, but the specific structure of the government and the process...

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(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript
Aug25

(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript

Update: Today, during his remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama is expected to announce 19 new executive actions that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) are taking to improve the mental health of service members, veterans and their families. According to DoD: Today’s announcement builds on the actions the Departments have taken in response to the...

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Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence
Aug25

Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence

“We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.” Here’s the problem. The car identified by dispatch: “It’s going to be a beige or tan colored Toyota…” The car the Forney TX cops pulled over: red Nissan Maxima. There’s more: Dispatch: “Do you have a license plate on the Toyota?” Caller: “We can’t catch up with it....

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‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Aug25

‘Short-Lived’ Islamic State Serves America’s Purpose (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

As much as American officials and the country’s corporate media refuse to acknowledge or discuss the fact that al-Qaeda and ISIL are foreign policy creations and tools of the United States and its so-called allies, media in the rest of the world rarely fail to mention it. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist M. Saadoune explains how the latest activities of Daech, otherwise known in the West as the Islamic State...

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