(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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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed
Aug30

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to hold the burden of teacher salaries. Often, those who complain the most are those who...

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Republican Surge or Wipeout
Aug26

Republican Surge or Wipeout

Will the Republicans retake the Senate?  At this point we have really no way to tell and we probably won’t until the polls close in November.  As Nate Silver points out only about 10% of the population actually respond to polling which means that political polling is all but useless.  A majority of the Republican base want to do away with the federal government while a majority of them of them are only able to keep their heads...

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Close, But No Cigars
Aug26

Close, But No Cigars

or, If There Are ‘New Clues’ Why Isn’t This Getting Any Attention? Brown paying for cigars at counter (see video) CNN brays that there are “new clues”: Holly Yan / CNN New clues in Michael Brown shooting?  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by...

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Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence
Aug25

Dear MSM: this was no accident, it was incompetence

“We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.” Here’s the problem. The car identified by dispatch: “It’s going to be a beige or tan colored Toyota…” The car the Forney TX cops pulled over: red Nissan Maxima. There’s more: Dispatch: “Do you have a license plate on the Toyota?” Caller: “We can’t catch up with it....

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Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)
Aug24

Beheading Shows ‘Weakness’; Video Should Not Be Viewed (Le Nouvel Observateur, France)

In a world in which few of our institutions in government or media are trusted to tell the truth, who should decide what the public is permitted to see – and not? The horrifying terrorist beheading of journalist James Foley is only the latest story to spark this debate, after the recent terrorist shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines MH17. In this column from France’s Le Nouvel Observateur, war correspondent Jean-Paul Mari...

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The ones left behind
Aug20

The ones left behind

WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., is the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was stopped, a witness has said, by a...

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Book Review – A History Of The Future
Aug20

Book Review – A History Of The Future

James Howard Kunstler was best known for his dystopian non fiction until he made the move to fiction in 2008.  I reviewed his first novel, A World Made By Hand, in 2010.  The US Economy and for all intents civilization has collapsed suddenly.  The reasons really don’t matter, there are hundreds of scenarios that might result in such a collapse.  Only the strongest and the brightest are able to survive and move from a 21st...

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Observing World Humanitarian Day
Aug19

Observing World Humanitarian Day

When one looks around places like, Syria, Northern Iraq, Ukraine, etc., there is not much to be seen that qualifies as humane or “humanitarian.” There are also way too many natural disasters which all too often become catastrophic humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, there are organizations and individuals — “those unsung heroes” Secretary of State John Kerry calls them — who “despite the risks, work to save lives on the...

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Law enforcement actions against journalists in Ferguson
Aug19

Law enforcement actions against journalists in Ferguson

On Saturday, August 10 at 12:01 p.m., 28-year-old Darren Wilson confronted 18-year-old Michael Brown. According to press reports, Brown was walking down the middle of a street; Wilson was in his police car. Reports conflict as to what happened next, but three minutes later Brown was dead, his body riddled from at least six gun shots. At Storify, I’ve begun chronicling reports of law enforcement officers arresting and harassing...

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The Police
Aug18

The Police

Watching the scenes from Ferguson, MO has reminded of something a friend of mine, who was an officer in the Portland Police Department, told me some 30 years ago – probably a third of the officers on the force should not be for psychological reasons.   All police officers in Oregon  must attend The Oregon Police Academy.  About 10 years ago the Academy realized the truth of what my friend had told me 20 years before and included...

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Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…
Aug18

Ferguson: Everyone already knows what happened…

My care meter on the Ferguson, MO shooting involving an unarmed young black man named Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson is low. Initially I was shocked that my care meter started high and dropped so low so fast. But now, after a bit of reflection, I know why: Everyone already knows what happened… It’s very cut and dry. Michael Brown was unarmed and surrendering when racist cop Darren Wilson shot him in cold blood AND...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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Making sense of Ferguson
Aug18

Making sense of Ferguson

We’re on day eight since Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Sunday, a former New York forensic examiner reported that Brown had been shot at least six times, twice in the head. “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’ ” said Dr. Baden, who retired from the state police in 2011. “Right now there is...

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Our Selective Outrage
Aug18

Our Selective Outrage

WASHINGTON — The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb. Brown was killed Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.; Knijah died the following day in Landover, Md. Both victims were African-American. Both had their...

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What Women Want
Aug15

What Women Want

I don’t know anyone of any political stripe in the United States who doesn’t believe that for exactly the same job, a woman should be paid the same as a man, or that a woman should have the same standing as a man in law; that she should have the same political representation and equal social influence. If these more-or-less ubiquitous truisms are the fruits of feminism, then we all – men and women alike – have...

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Police Riot In Furgeson
Aug14

Police Riot In Furgeson

As sad and disturbing as the death and possible murder of  Michael Brown  by a police officer in Ferguson , Missouri may have been what I witnessed last night was perhaps even more disturbing.  It can really only be described as a police riot.  Police response to the primarily peaceful protest is only pouring gasoline on the fire.  I watched the coverage from Ferguson for about and hour and a half last night and it was shocking, it...

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My Two Countries, Divided by a Common Language.
Aug13

My Two Countries, Divided by a Common Language.

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, “Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language.” Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate. (The word, “Everyone” in the preceding paragraph is a nice example of the latter.) If a Briton finds something to be good, he will declare it “not...

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Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion (Guest Voice)
Aug13

Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion (Guest Voice)

Trying times remind us about luck, need for compassion graphic (which is not part of the original article) via...

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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