Cartoon: Smart Ass Watch
Sep16

Cartoon: Smart Ass Watch

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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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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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