The Poconos Take Another Hit As The Pennsylvania State Police Botch Cop-Killer Manhunt
Sep30

The Poconos Take Another Hit As The Pennsylvania State Police Botch Cop-Killer Manhunt

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. It showed troopers clad in camouflage and SWAT team mufti preparing to...

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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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Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox
Sep22

Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox

The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season. The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair (“Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!”), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke. Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was...

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The Military and the NFL Scandal
Sep19

The Military and the NFL Scandal

I am neither a big fan of the National Football League (NFL) nor a big follower of professional football. I watch and follow mostly college football. However, unless one lives under a rock and in Timbuktu, the recent domestic violence incidents in the NFL are bound to have captured everyone’s attention, including this non-NFL fan and the Department of Defense (DOD). Why would DOD — which has its own problems in related...

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Apple and iTunes offer free candy to children
Sep18

Apple and iTunes offer free candy to children

Riding high from the reception of their free U2 album download promotion, Apple is offering all of its younger iTunes listeners a very sweet deal: free candy from a van! Today, in a surprise move, Apple announced that they will be sending thousands of white vans to elementary schools and playgrounds throughout the country to offer free candy to any child who has parents with an iTunes account. Apple spokesperson Nat Reale said, “To...

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FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile
Sep18

FCC receives 3+ million comments on #netNeutality, takes another look at mobile

The FCC received 1,776,471 emails and 1,297,691 electronic comments on its network neutrality proposal from late April to September 15. On Wednesday, the agency released daily and weekly data totaling 3,074,162 comments. The comment period officially opened on May 15, but the email account was established April 24. This explains the different start dates on the two charts. The first bump in daily online comments chart followed John...

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‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)
Sep17

‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)

What should be done? We in the West have a right to free speech, but free speech can be a dangerous thing. It isn’t a new problem, but in the Netherlands they are dealing with a particularly acute case. Last month, Justice Ministry official Yasmina Haifi tweeted that the Islamic State was part of a ‘Zionist plot’ to blacken the name of Islam, and was promptly suspended from her job with … wait for it …...

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Cartoon: Smart Ass Watch
Sep16

Cartoon: Smart Ass Watch

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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The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten
Sep15

The NSA makes Watergate break-in look like kindergarten

The NSA and the British agency GCHQ have broken into Deutsche Telekom, according to der Spiegal. Their goal? Map the Internet. The initiative is called Treasure Map: [E]very single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. The article continues: Because Netcologne is a regional provider, it would seem highly likely that the NSA or...

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9-11 Elegy
Sep11

9-11 Elegy

Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May we be glad with those who find a bit of gladness. May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls. And especially may we be healed by invisible hands and by visible hearts more and more as time goes...

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History lesson: ‘so help me God’ did not come from the U.S. founders
Sep11

History lesson: ‘so help me God’ did not come from the U.S. founders

Neither did “one nation under God.” Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association, has weighed in on the case of the U.S. Air Force sergeant who has been told he can’t re-enlist because he refuses to pledge “so help me God” as he swears to uphold the Constitution. According to Fischer: Military service should be reserved for genuine Americans – and genuine Americans, like the Founders, believe...

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Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama
Sep11

Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama

Given how much Matthews has supported the President it’s a bit of a blow to his...

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Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)
Sep10

Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)

Click here to learn more President Obama spoke this evening about plans for dealing with ISIL (or ISIS) and to be honest really didn’t say a lot new. This would have been the case with any President speaking so it’s not a condemnation of him. Indeed I am not sure we *need* all kinds of details. There is such a thing as need to know. Basically we’re going to work together to stop ISIS/ISIL This would include air...

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A Silly Thought: Presidential Prospects Look Bright for Democrats — for the Next 40 Years, or So
Sep10

A Silly Thought: Presidential Prospects Look Bright for Democrats — for the Next 40 Years, or So

It’s “Silly Wednesday.” (Just made that up) As I was reading some of the campaign magniloquence of our Republican friends, a silly thought occurred. As our society — especially the Democratic side of it — finally moves beyond race, gender, sexual orientation etc., just think how wonderful the prospects look for the Democratic Party to continue to win presidential elections and make other political...

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Demographics and the Suburbs
Sep07

Demographics and the Suburbs

I grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Portland, Oregon.  Within walking distance of my house were 4 grocery stores, including a small Safeway, a variety store, a hardware store and several restaurants.   When I became a family man myself I moved to the suburbs and none of those things were within walking distance.  Not a problem then – my family had 2 cars and we could drive when necessary.  This Washington Post article...

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Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]
Sep05

Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]

image: wikimedia Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform by slamfu Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that after all the whining from people like myself about how campaign finance laws have handed this country over to the wealthiest elites, the corporations, and anyone with deep pockets and an axe to grind, it turns out the Senateis actually taking some steps in the right direction. On Monday, the Senate...

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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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(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS
Aug30

(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS

Update: Here is one ally who is not subscribing to the one thousand reasons to let others deal with ISIS. The Guardian reports today (Sunday in Australia) that Australia will help deliver military equipment, including arms and ammunition to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an effort to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants. “Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft...

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