Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives
Oct26

Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

by Walter Brasch The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda. Usually, the award goes to someone who managed, sometimes against great odds, to ramrod legislation that advances gun rights. However, for 2014...

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UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down
Oct22

UPDATE: War memorial soldier murdered/ gunman dead, Canadian Parliment Locked down

UPDATE: The Parliment Buildings are no longer on lockdown in Ottawa. Soldier murdered appears to have been shot in the back. He was Corp Nathan Cerillo, a father of a young kindergarden aged son. The long gunfire in the parliment building which has cathedral ceilings was hugely amplified and terrifying to those in the building. Four others were injured and taken to the hospital, one a security guard. The top security officer of the...

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Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate
Oct20

Everything you need to know to understand #GamerGate

The hashtag #GamerGate went mainstream in the past week, with commentary and reporting at the Boston Globe, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, The Guardian, the Washington Post. Simple summaries are hard to craft: #GamerGate is complicated hashtag that grew out of a discussion of game industry journalism and morphed into death threats against women. I’m not a gamer, and I’ve resisted writing about this mess; the first I...

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Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots
Oct18

Pennsylvania’s Politics of Virtue: Senate Shoots Down Pigeon Shoots

by Walter Brasch The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots. The senators correctly called the ban a matter not of gun rights but of eliminating animal cruelty. The International Olympic Committee in 1900 banned pigeon shoots because of their cruelty and never again listed it as a sport. Most hunters and the...

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What’s Wrong With American Healthcare
Oct17

What’s Wrong With American Healthcare

The recent Ebola cases have demonstrated  major problems of the “best healthcare system in the world”.  It is not so much the government but for profit hospitals. If you  want an example you have to look no further than Florida governor Rick Scott and his former company Hospital Corporation of America. The United States is not ready for Ebola and the Dallas hospital is only one example. Here is an example: My wife is an ER...

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Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster
Oct17

Why The Ebola Crisis Is Only The Latest Government-Scripted Disaster

DOES THE EBOLA VIRUS VOTE DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN? The news that the Centers for Disease Control was unprepared for the ebola virus now that it has made landfall in the U.S. is not exactly a bolt from the blue. Government agencies have been failing us for many years. The CDC, it turns out, had issued lax guidelines to health-care providers on how to treat people with ebola-like symptoms, the predictable result being that one person...

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UN Human Rights agency in crisis
Oct16

UN Human Rights agency in crisis

Human rights violations are increasing around the world but the United Nations agency responsible for protecting helpless people is in crisis. “By comparison with the needs, our capacity to deliver is paper thin,” its chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein lamented today. His agency is “being asked to use a boat and a bucket to cope with a flood,” he said. Global unease about proliferating human rights crises is palpable and the agency 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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ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls
Oct14

ISIL’s Dehumanization of Women and Girls

If the brutal beheadings, the mass murders of innocent men, women and children and the numerous other atrocities committed by ISIL terrorists are not sufficient reason for the civilized world to “degrade and defeat” ISIL, here is just one more reason. Press Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry, October 14, 2014 Just days after we saw the best of humanity when Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace...

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She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”
Oct14

She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”

The short answer is no. I just returned from a trip where I coached and mentored elite female athletes competing in or preparing for the triathlon World Championships; Ironman Hawaii. Ironman is a combined 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. For the elite athletes it’s a race, not a bucket list event. For some it may be hard to wrap your head around that type of commitment. Female elite endurance athletes are stronger...

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Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up
Oct14

Pennsylvania Cop-Killer Manhunt In Disarray As Unanswered Questions Continue To Pile Up

As the manhunt for state trooper killer Eric Frein lurches toward its sixth week, the Pennsylvania State Police are on the defensive because of the latest scandal to tarnish the long troubled agency, while a law-enforcement insider says the search itself is in disarray. The insider, who has many years of experience in tracking and surveilling criminal suspects, asked that his name not be used. He acknowledges that any search the size...

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A weekend of resistance in Ferguson
Oct13

A weekend of resistance in Ferguson

It’s been two months since Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, 28, in Ferguson, MO. We’ve covered this story here at TMV as it has unfolded. Check out the weekend’s action and news in this Storify. [View the story "A weekend of resistance: #FergusonOctober" on...

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(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?
Oct12

(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?

Update III: And the beat goes on: Alaska Dispatch News has just reported that a federal judge ruled today “Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time.” The ruling comes less than a week after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to overturn similar marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex marriage advocates said the 9th Circuit ruling...

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Microsoft CEO tells women that their salary rests on karma, then retracts
Oct10

Microsoft CEO tells women that their salary rests on karma, then retracts

At the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave this bit of career advise to the assembled audience of 8,000 women: “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise” … because “all HR systems are long-term efficient, short-term inefficient.” Satya Nadella, 8 October 2014 Grace Hopper conference As you might...

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There is no new eyewitness report about Jesus
Oct08

There is no new eyewitness report about Jesus

Satire, clueless sharing, and digital literacy Once-upon-a-time, satire was (pretty) clearly marked: think Mad Magazine, for example. Then along came The Onion. Today there are innumerable satirical news sites, some that make it very clear that they are farcical – such as having a statement on each page saying “satire!” —  and some that do not. This is a post about one that does not hit readers on the head that...

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Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory
Oct06

Nothing ‘tacit’ about this victory

United States Supreme Court building, Public Domain This is a good Omen for the First Monday in October: Supreme Court Hands Gay Marriage a Tacit Victory Adam Liptak / New York Times WASHINGTON — In a move that may signal the inevitability of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing such unions in five states.  —  The development, a major surprise … And this outcome:...

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(UPDATED) The Poconos Take Yet Another Hit As State Police Botch Manhunt For Cop Killer Frein & Outrage Hunters
Oct02

(UPDATED) The Poconos Take Yet Another Hit As State Police Botch Manhunt For Cop Killer Frein & Outrage Hunters

If there was any question that the Pennsylvania State Police-led manhunt for cop killer Eric Frein was in big trouble — indeed, that the trail for the marksman-survivalist in the northeastern Pennsylvania woodlands may have gone cold — a photograph on the front page of the Pocono Record on Monday, the 17th day of the search, betrayed a harsh truth. And now, to make a bad situation worse as the manhunt drags on and state...

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EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of Animal Cruelty
Sep28

EXCLUSIVE: The Politics of Animal Cruelty

Pennsylvanians can still butcher, braise, and broil their pet cats and dogs because a murky mixture of politics has left a critical bill on the table in the state senate. Residents may also continue to use cats, dogs, and other animals as targets for what some erroneously call “sporting events.” Although there are no documented cases of cats and dogs being thrown into the air at these shoots, there is a long history in Pennsylvania of...

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ALEC (Updated)
Sep23

ALEC (Updated)

Update: Add Facebook to the list. The American Legislative Exchange Council has been around for over 4 decades but it really became powerful after the 2010 elections when Republicans gained control of state legislators.  ALEC represents everything that that populists like Theodore and Franklin  Roosevelt opposed.  Just yesterday Google announced it was leaving the organization: “The facts of climate change are not in question...

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The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight
Sep23

The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight

As our airmen, sailors, marines, soldiers and other military once again risk their lives on the ground in Iraq and in the skies and on the waters around Iraq and Syria, it is appropriate to remember those brave troops who died and survived on a fateful day almost 73 years ago, “a date that will live in infamy.” December 7, 1941, was of course the date when Japan launched a series of dastardly, sneak air attacks on our...

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