Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot (Guest Voice)
Apr18

Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot (Guest Voice)

Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot By Dick Polman Amidst all the early GOP presidential jockeying, let’s check on our Jersey boy Chris Christie. Looks like the tough-love guv surfaced this week on a radio show and ranted about reefer madness. “Right now, we’ve got the states of Colorado and Washington (defying) federal law by allowing people to sell dope legally,” said host Hugh Hewitt, whose show is a required pit...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Capitol Air Security
Apr17

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Capitol Air Security

Capitol Air Security by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Protesting mailman lands helicopter on Capitol lawn –Homeland Security chief: Capitol gyrocopter ‘literally flew under the radar’ –The Tampa Bay Times should have alerted authorities earlier --Aviation experts explain why Capitol gyrocopter wasn’t shot down (w/video) Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon...

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Why Republicans Are Delaying Lynch’s Confirmation
Apr16

Why Republicans Are Delaying Lynch’s Confirmation

Democrats and Republicans intensified their clash Thursday over President Barack Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general. This week’s partisan conflict guarantees that Lynch’s record-long wait for confirmation will be even longer — despite having enough support on both sides of the aisle if a vote were held. On Thursday, the...

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SeaWorld ‘Lies,’ False Marketing of Orcas Must Stop, New Suit Says
Apr15

SeaWorld ‘Lies,’ False Marketing of Orcas Must Stop, New Suit Says

SeaWorld ‘Lies,’ False Marketing of Orcas Must Stop, New Suit Says by Ken Stone Times of San Diego SAN DIEGO (SDONA) — For the third time in three weeks, SeaWorld has been sued over its killer whales. But the latest case, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, calls for more than ticket refunds. The court is being asked to force operators of the San Diego theme park to admit they lied about orca care and “cease...

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UN praises Blackwater judgement
Apr14

UN praises Blackwater judgement

The severe prison sentences handed down to former Blackwater Worldwide security guards should serve as an example for all governments using private firms to recruit mercenaries in war situations, a UN expert body said today. It called for a new global agreement to regulate the use and accountability of mercenaries from private military and security companies (PMSCs) such as Blackwater and others since their deployment has become...

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A Tragedy of Errors: the North Charleston Shooting and Its Aftermath
Apr14

A Tragedy of Errors: the North Charleston Shooting and Its Aftermath

Here we go again. White cop confronts black man. Black man resists. White cop kills black man. Event generates national media furor. Black community protests war on black men, gets angrier. We seem to be stuck on an endless repeating loop. The confrontation between Officer Michael Slager and 50-year-old Coast Guard veteran Walter Scott in mostly poor, mostly black North Charleston, South Carolina, started out uneventfully enough. A...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Guest Voice)
Apr09

FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Guest Voice)

FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act Raging Moderate by Will Durst Q. Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What’s the big deal? A. Two years ago, the US Supreme Court mandated that Indiana had to recognize same-sex marriages, essentially saying “Like it or lump it.” This is them lumping it. Q. Would Senate Bill 101 really allow Christians to discriminate against...

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Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest
Apr06

Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest

While it’s possible you haven’t yet heard of Tesla, the company best known for their mold-breaking automobiles, that probably won’t be true for much longer. With famed billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk at the helm, Tesla is looking to disrupt a number of major industries, including electric automobiles, home energy, and even privatized space travel. In 2013, Tesla’s Model S was named by Consumer Reports as the best car they’ve ever...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Gay Marriage and Ohio
Apr05

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Gay Marriage and Ohio

Gay Marriage and Ohio by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST --Ohio attorney general: Gays already have too much power — that’s why they can’t get married –A Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in Ohio must not lead to a legislative backlash in Columbus: Thomas Suddes –Ohio defends gay marriage ban in U.S. Supreme Court brief —The arguments against gay marriage can’t be reconciled with the arguments for...

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Freedom Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
Apr04

Freedom Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game

Freedom Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game By Tina Dupuy It’s firmly in the Christian ethos to identify as being persecuted. Jesus stood up to the establishment and was tortured and murdered for it. To be a Christian is to worship a martyr. So it’s been easy for America’s religious leaders and politicians to convince the devout they too are under assault. That in a country of 300 million, where the vast majority identify as...

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Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem
Apr04

Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem

Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms. Like most schools, Park Elementary has separate restrooms for male and female staff and faculty, and separate restrooms for boys and girls. The staff and faculty restrooms are on the first floor. The restrooms for boys and girls are on the second floor. But Kaitlyn is a special needs student who...

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Don’t wreck religious liberty’s brand
Apr02

Don’t wreck religious liberty’s brand

DURHAM, N.C — We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images. As controversy engulfed Indiana over its religious liberty law that would give legal recourse to those who discriminate against gays and lesbians, leaders of North Carolina, which has one of the most...

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Memories Pizza Shop Publicly Invokes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law
Apr01

Memories Pizza Shop Publicly Invokes Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW: Gov. Mike Pence said that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act isn’t meant to encourage discrimination. Well, it does. A Walkertown pizzeria said it will discriminate against gays on the basis of this law. Memories Pizza owner Crystal O’Connor told local ABC News affiliate, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”...

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Walmart CEO To Arkansas Governor: Veto The Anti-Gay Bill
Apr01

Walmart CEO To Arkansas Governor: Veto The Anti-Gay Bill

The CEO of Walmart on Tuesday responded on Twitter to the governor of Arkansas signing the anti-gay bill which opens to the doors to discrimination against gays and lesbians, which follows Indiana’s passage of a similar bill. “Every day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers...

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Indiana: Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith
Mar31

Indiana: Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith

Indiana: Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith By Jason Stanford Where is Leslie Knope when we need her? Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which purports to protect Christians from being forced to apply the Golden Rule to gays and lesbians at work, resists sober interpretation. The only way to understand it is as government-sponsored fan fiction for NBC’s recently departed “Parks...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Political Branding and Quagmire
Mar29

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Political Branding and Quagmire

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is enmeshed in a political quagmire and spreading national firestorm over a state law proponents say is merely to protect “religious freedom,” but that critics — which include a growing number of prominent Americans and big corporations — says looks more like an outright anti-gay discrimination law. Calls for boycotts, cancelled slated trips and indications that some corporations...

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Yemen: Saudi actions are destabilizing for the global UN-based order
Mar28

Yemen: Saudi actions are destabilizing for the global UN-based order

The Saudi intervention in Yemen as the lead military power in a Gulf coalition opens a Pandora’s Box that could be the first fatal step in unravelling the United Nations security system set up after World War II. The UN system prohibits military intervention in any foreign country without Security Council authorization and the UN’s founding principle, considered sacrosanct by many, is non-interference in the internal affairs of...

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The Book of Judges and a “Modest” Proposal
Mar25

The Book of Judges and a “Modest” Proposal

Reading the Old Testament book of Judges with the people of Living Water Lutheran Church in the past week has underscored an important truth articulated famously by Lord Acton: “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The Old Testament judges started out as people without status. But God called them to exercise military and judicial authority on behalf of His people. The judges often had success. But they...

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Mandatory Citizen Responsibilities
Mar24

Mandatory Citizen Responsibilities

As citizens, we all have responsibilities that must be fulfilled for the nation to be protected and function optimally. However, the obligations at this point in our history are relatively minimal. All men (both citizens and immigrants) between ages 18 and 26 have to sign up for the Selective Service and if drafted have to serve in the armed forces. But the chances of currently being drafted are virtually nil. Fortunately (or perhaps...

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