African hunting dreams collide with Cecil the Lion protests
Jul30

African hunting dreams collide with Cecil the Lion protests

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Hunters longing to shoot big game in the African wild may choose a different target after public backlash against a Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve. African hunts are booked months in advance and pricey affairs, often costing $8,000 to $50,000, with approval needed from U.S. and U.N. agencies to bring back trophies...

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Urine trouble peeing in San Francisco: San Francisco combats stench of urine with pee-repellent paint
Jul26

Urine trouble peeing in San Francisco: San Francisco combats stench of urine with pee-repellent paint

(Reuters) – Don’t get into a pissing match with walls in San Francisco. The city’s Public Works agency is testing a pee-repellant paint on walls in areas that have been saturated with urine. Anyone urinating on the specially treated walls will get the spray splashed back onto them. San Francisco’s director of public works, Mohammed Nuru – whose Twitter handle is @MrCleanSF – got the idea when he...

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Obama Outlines New Ivory Restrictions
Jul26

Obama Outlines New Ivory Restrictions

The U.S. will begin taking what the White House termed “urgently needed steps” to tighten restrictions on the sale of ivory from African elephants, President Barack Obama announced Saturday. The announcement came during the president’s trip to Kenya, where he spoke at a joint press conference in Nairobi with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Obama said...

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What Should Gun Laws Look Like?
Jul24

What Should Gun Laws Look Like?

By Kevin Purcell There has been significant movement on some hot button issues over the last five to ten years. Some top leaders in both parties have evolved relatively quickly, as have many/most Americans. I think we can also see significant movement when it comes to updated, common sense guns laws. There is no shortage of comments pages and posts over the last couple decades full of well-deserved anger calling for gun control and...

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The Law and Sandra Bland’s Arrest
Jul23

The Law and Sandra Bland’s Arrest

By now many of us have viewed some or all of the video of the stop and arrest of Sandra Bland by a Texas law enforcement officer following Bland’s failure to signal a lane change. We now also know that Bland died in a jail cell in southeastern Texas less than three days later. Viewing the video is an emotional experience. It makes your blood boil to witness how Bland was treated by the officer. At least it made my blood boil. Officer...

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NSA Whistle-blower, William Binney, Says Agency’s Methods Make Us Less Safe
Jul22

NSA Whistle-blower, William Binney, Says Agency’s Methods Make Us Less Safe

In a very powerful exclusive interview, I recently had the privilege of speaking to an American hero, William Binney, NSA whistleblower. We discussed how NSA mass data collection makes us LESS safe; how the intentions behind it are not misguided but positively nefarious; how the lies that have been told about it are snowballing, and how Rand Paul presidential candidacy may uniquely represent an opportunity for change. Click below for...

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Coming Soon: A Pot Breathalyzer
Jul20

Coming Soon: A Pot Breathalyzer

With marijuana legalization continuing, it was only a matter of time before there was an ability to test via a breathalyzer. Canadian company Cannabix will be the likely winner, given that it has a prototype device now being tested that can detect the presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Another contender is Lifeloc,...

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A “grass” roots initiative seeks to legalize pot in California
Jul19

A “grass” roots initiative seeks to legalize pot in California

A “grass” roots initiative seems to legalize pot in California in 2016 by East County News Service SACRAMENTO —Advocates of a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in California announced Thursday that they have amassed an e-mail list of 70,000 supporters for the campaign. Once the initiative is filed with the California Attorney General, ReformCA will work to gather the 365,000 signatures needed to...

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Ah, equal rights, we are moving closer…
Jul14

Ah, equal rights, we are moving closer…

Thursday June 25 and Friday June 26, 2015 were good days, actually great days, for equal rights. On Thursday, The Supreme Court upheld, for the second time, that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is constitutional. The decision means that everyone must have equal access to healthcare, not just the well-off and well-paid. While not a perfect system, the ACA has enabled more people to afford insurance. I know because I am one...

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The Other Shoe Drops In CIA-Psychological Association Torture Conspiracy
Jul13

The Other Shoe Drops In CIA-Psychological Association Torture Conspiracy

That sound you hear — or in all likelihood didn’t hear at all — is the other shoe dropping in the scandal involving the secret collaboration between the American Psychological Association and the Bush administration to justify the CIA’s use of Nazi-like torture techniques. The first shoe dropped in April when a group of dissident health-care professionals and human rights activists released a scathing report...

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Another Spat About A Religious Monument
Jul10

Another Spat About A Religious Monument

The Puritans of the Colonial Era would have loved to live in Oklahoma, where religious disputes are a favorite pastime. The current religious brouhaha in the Sooner State pertains to a religious monument that has been set up on the grounds of the state’s capitol. Here is an excerpt of a June 30th AP report published by ABC News: A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Bill Cosby’s Deposition
Jul09

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Bill Cosby’s Deposition

Bill Cosby’s Deposition by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Finally, a vindication of Bill Cosby’s accusers –Bill Cosby could stand trial after he admitted using date-rape drugs --Bill Cosby, dead to us”>New York Daily News –Bill Cosby’s point of no return –Whoopi Goldberg Goes Bonkers on Bill Cosby Critics: ‘I’m Sick of This Bull’ (Video) Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most...

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Political Corruption
Jul08

Political Corruption

In addition to corruption and ethical problems common at the federal level, corruption infects state, municipal, and county officials of both political parties. A report in May 2006 noted that more than 2000 investigations into public corruption were active by the FBI, and over 1060 officials at all levels had been convicted of criminal acts in 2004 and 2005. Between 1998 and 2007, a group called Integrity Florida reported that 1762...

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Bernie Sanders, Guns, And A Respect For Individual Liberty
Jul07

Bernie Sanders, Guns, And A Respect For Individual Liberty

Clinton supporters have increasingly been trying to smear Bernie Sanders by claiming he is pro-guns and supports the NRA. Actually the NRA has in various years given him grades of F and D- on gun control measures which he has supported, including bans on assault weapons, restrictions on concealed weapons, ending the “gun-show loophole,” and expanded background checks, plus opposing shortening waiting periods. This is what he said when...

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Obama Plans Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
Jul06

Obama Plans Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Obama plans to free dozens of federal prisoners held on nonviolent drug offenses. The New York Times reported: Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century. The expansive use of his clemency power is...

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Three Commandments for Every State Capitol
Jul06

Three Commandments for Every State Capitol

The Oklahoma Supreme Court this past week ordered the legislature and the executive branch to remove a six-foot tall Ten Commandments granite monument from the front of the state house. The monument was placed there in January and is a direct violation of the First Amendment. The response by dozens of legislators, most of whom may be illiterate about the Constitution, was to call for the impeachment of the justices. The state’s...

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In support of the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage (Guest Voice)
Jul04

In support of the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage (Guest Voice)

In support of the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO (SDONA) — While delighted and supportive of the Supreme Court’s recent decision that denying same sex couples the right to marry is unconstitutional, I disagree with the many who commented, “Love Wins.” The Supreme Court’s decision has no effect on the ability of people to love one another. There are lots of people who love another human being...

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George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jul03

George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.

This post started out as a critique of two of the Supreme Court Justices who dissented on the same-sex marriage decision –especially Justice Clarence Thomas’ misuse of the “human dignity” concept in is dissent. It was quickly overtaken by emotional and offensive comments by actor and gay rights advocate George Takei. See Updates II and III below. Takei has now finally posted an apology on his FaceBook page. It is posted below....

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Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling
Jul03

Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples as courts back Supreme Court ruling

After all his posturing and pronouncements to try and appeal (the actual word is pander) to the Republican Party’s far right basest part of the party’s base, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples — as his legal options have run out. New Orleans is finally allowed to join the rest of Louisiana and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....

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High Court strikes a blow against congressional gerrymandering (Guest Voice)
Jul03

High Court strikes a blow against congressional gerrymandering (Guest Voice)

In case you missed it — and most Americans did — there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage. The case in question weighed...

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