Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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The Whole Story
Oct28

The Whole Story

WASHINGTON — It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia’s new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn’t know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along. I ordered what turned out to be the driest...

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The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?
Oct26

The media realize they’re the perps. Or are the perps really you and me?

There’s a report at The Hill exposing the media’s manipulation of events leading up to election day. The short-attention span generation has birthed the shiny-object election. The theme of the 2014 midterms — to whatever extent one is discernable — has been an explosion of one crisis after another, each of which demands an enormous amount of media attention before fading for the next one. From the Secret Service to ISIS,...

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Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them
Oct25

Poor, Poor Victims have George Will to Defend Them

Ten days to the election.  Poor, poor Eric O’Keefe. It’s sad enough that he and his family live in fear of me. But, at least the Koch-connected architect of Term Limits, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, founder of the casually-discarded Sam Adams Alliance (formed when Americans for Limited Government was busted slushing dark money into state initiatives coast to coast in 2006 and O’Keefe was President of...

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Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)
Oct25

Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but...

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Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)
Oct24

Freezing Worker Eggs: Are Apple and Facebook Playing God? (Germany, France, Switzerland)

Over the past year and a half, as the scale of the global mass surveillance being pursued by the National Security Agency in collaboration with America’s tech giants has become clear, these corporations – Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft – have become objects of derision for Americans and people around the world. Now it seems there is new cause to look upon these firms with suspicion. Over the course of the past...

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A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)
Oct24

A Defeat for Dilma will Mean Victory for the ‘Empire’ (Vermelho, Brazil)

Three days from now, the the people of Brazil will go to the polls to elect a new president, and as columnist Umberto Martins of Brazil’s Vermelho writes, the ramifications for the continent and the world are significant. Martins writes the the entire project to more tightly integrate Latin America against U.S. influence which was launched by now deceased Venezuela President Hugo Chavez could be badly damaged if right-of-center...

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Political Polarization–How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News
Oct22

Political Polarization–How The Left and Right Follow Different Sources For News

The Pew Research Center has released a study on Political Polarization and Media Habits. Most of their findings, summarized below, are as would be predicted: Overall, the study finds that consistent conservatives: Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics. Express greater distrust than trust of 24...

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How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)
Oct21

How to Blow An Election You Ought to Win (part ii)

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  — Mark Twain (attributed) Let me open with the follow-up to yesterday’s post: UPDATE 10:40AM 20 Oct 2014: Even though Drudge featured the Reuters report (which seems increasingly slanted, ideologically) and the Righties with Magic Eyes™ “saw” the same thing in blog after blog, oddly, the CBS affiliate saw something entirely...

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Most/Least Trusted News Sources
Oct21

Most/Least Trusted News Sources

Christopher Ingraham notes the most and least trusted news sources from a Pew study in The Washington Post. Overall, four of the top five least-trusted news outlets have a strong conservative lean: Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. MSNBC rounds out the list. The most trusted news outlets, on the other hand, tend to be major TV networks: CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, with Fox at No. 5.   The Pew Study notes...

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Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)
Oct20

Of Oil and Ethnic Cleansing: Allow Me to Explain the Turks (La Stampa, Italy)

Despite Turkey’s attempts to explain why it’s 400,000 man NATO military stands by passively as the Islamic State commits murder and mayhem a stone’s throw away – the world remains baffled. Is Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insane? Is he in cahoots with the terrorists? And why such an obsession about opposing the long-suffering, nation-deprived Kurds? Answering these questions in an amazing walk through...

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Meet the Comedy Central Press
Oct19

Meet the Comedy Central Press

In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the latest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of men, women and children that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis offered during the 20th century. Hitler had a country to back up and implement his ideological and racist...

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Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola
Oct18

Avoiding Panic Regarding Ebola

With some conservatives playing politics with Ebola, it is good to see that Shepard Smith at Fox is being more responsible. See the video above where he explains why there is no reason to panic. Hopefully this will calm down the conservatives who are being incited to panic and see this as reason to vote against Democrats by other conservative voices. As Shepard Smith explains, there is no outbreak of Ebola in the United States. We had...

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MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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Media Lets Republicans Get Away With Absurd Statements On Obamacare & Other Issues
Oct16

Media Lets Republicans Get Away With Absurd Statements On Obamacare & Other Issues

Republicans have been successful at “playing the refs” with false claims of liberal bias, helping them get away with spreading their misinformation. Liberal blogs and magazines, have commented a lot on Mitch McConnell’s absurd statement in support of the popular and successful Kynect exchange site while attacking Obamacare, which makes Kynect possible. Fact checkers have debunked this claim months ago. However the mainstream media is...

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Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)
Oct15

Misnomer ‘Islamic State’ Highlights Dangerous Societal Deceit (Publico, Portugal)

What’s wrong with calling the newest terrorist scourge ‘the Islamic State’? Beyond handing the group an easy propaganda victory by conferring upon it attributes it lacks and doesn’t deserve, it contributes to the destruction of language and discourse by assigning false names and descriptions to all kinds of things, concepts and people. Columnist Jose Vitor Malheiros of Portugal’s Publico describes the...

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Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study
Oct14

Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study

Residents of “right-leaning” U.S. states are more prone to seek out Internet porn than their liberal counterparts, according to a new Canadian study compiled by sifting through Google search data. Published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, the report concludes that even when they are surrounded by “very religious or conservative citizenry,” Americans will… graphic via...

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A Swift Boat Load of Lies
Oct11

A Swift Boat Load of Lies

by Walter Brasch “Gov. Tom Corbett, who claims he opposes legalization of marijuana, was seen behind a barn smoking weed. Just a-puffin’ and a-grinnin’.” “Tom Wolfe was speeding and driving drunk through the streets of York. If he can’t obey traffic laws, why would we think he’d obey the Constitution if elected Pennsylvania governor?” “That commie socialist fascist Kenyan Muslim in the White House brought Ebola into the country to get...

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Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged
Oct06

Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged

How uttery silly and impulse-control-challenged has our political discussion gotten? This silly and impulse-control-challenged : former Bill Clinton and Al Gore political consultant and author Naomi Wolf has suggested the ISIS beheading videos might have been staged. Which shows you that the afflication that causes some to suggest Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or 9/11 was a government or Israeli operation, or that Hillary Clinton...

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Cartoon: Gay Marriage
Oct06

Cartoon: Gay Marriage

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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