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  • Another small sign the 2016 GOP race is insanely wide open

    09/17/2014 3:44:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | September 16, 2014 | Byron York
    Everybody knows there is no real leader in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But ask voters an open-ended question — Whom do you want to be the nominee? — and the range of answers can be breathtaking. That's what I did in an unplanned and totally unscientific way on my Twitter feed Tuesday afternoon. On Monday evening I posted a piece about Mike Huckabee's preparations for another run for the nomination in 2016. Twitter reaction to Huckabee was almost entirely negative: Nobody, or at least nobody reading my tweets on a Tuesday afternoon, seemed to like the...
  • At Lehigh University, Trayvon Martin's mother talks about race issues in America

    09/17/2014 1:33:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Hall
    In the weeks and months after Trayvon Martin was killed, his mother saw 50 different photos painting him as a thug.. It was as if portraying the slain 17-year-old as something he wasn't — a muscle-bound, tattooed rapper, or a young man wearing his pants low and flipping middle fingers with each hand — somehow justified his death, Sybrina Fulton said. "At first, I thought I was at fault myself. I thought maybe it was the hoodie," she said. But Fulton said she soon came to realize that even in 2012, she didn't have to look to her son's sweatshirt...
  • Why Iowa’s Senate race is one of the closest in the nation

    09/17/2014 1:11:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Public Broadcasting Service ^ | September 16, 2014 | Judy Woodruff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: A quick look at the calendar reminds us that today is just seven weeks away from this year’s midterm elections, when voters across the country will be deciding ballot issues and choosing state and local officeholders and members of Congress. With control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs, I headed to Iowa this past weekend, the site of one of the closest contests in the nation. If you love college football, the place to be in Iowa this past weekend was Iowa City, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, as they hosted the Iowa...
  • The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Michael Brown slaying

    09/16/2014 9:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The San Francisco Bay View - A National Black Newspaper ^ | September 16, 2014 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    A little over a year ago the debate was fierce over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “Tough on Crime” Corey assigned to prosecute George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin would dump the case. There was good reason for the debate. Zimmerman was not a police officer. But he was seen as the next best or worst thing to it since he had close ties with law enforcement and was a one-time neighborhood watch patrol officer. This automatically bestowed on him the shield that cops have from any charges of misconduct, especially in cases where the victims of their misconduct are...
  • VA Supervisor Made Her Employees Renovate Her House, Used Gov’t Money To Do It

    09/16/2014 9:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A former Veterans Affairs supervisor has been sentenced for stealing up to $20,000 of government property, a recent Justice Department release announced. From 2010 to 2013, 48-year-old Venita Godfrey-Scott directed her employees to use materials and supplies intended for VA medical center upkeep on her own house. These taxpayer-funded home improvement projects included “a deck in her backyard, carpet installation, and various kitchen, bathroom and basement improvements.” She also instructed employees to buy other necessary materials with her government-issued credit card, and had them work on these projects during normal work hours, when they were being paid by the VA....
  • Obama initiative to hire veterans for federal jobs triggers resentment ("Too conservative")

    09/16/2014 9:08:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Market Watch ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jeffry Bartash
    Military veterans are receiving preferential treatment for many federal job openings, and as with any kind of preferential-treatment program, it’s causing a backlash. In a remarkable story, the Washington Post describes growing tension between veterans and civilians who never served in the military throughout the federal government. Civilians complain that their veteran colleagues are conservative yes-men who don’t question authority and are sometimes lacking in the necessary skills. Some complained that male veterans sometimes act inappropriately around their women peers. “You’re getting a very conservative worker that’s very narrow-minded,” said one civilian who works in the Office of Personnel Management....
  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu 'not the guy' to make peace in Middle East (Billy Jeff off script?)

    09/16/2014 8:27:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | September 16, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video from the Harkin Steak Fry shows former President Clinton saying "I agree with that" to a man on the ropeline who says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "is not the guy" to make peace. "If we don't force him to make peace, we will not have peace," the man says. The conversation came on Sunday after the Clintons made a high-profile return to Iowa and spoke at Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) Democratic fundraiser. "First of all, I agree with that," Clinton replies. He then makes a point defending the Israelis, saying: "But in 2000, [then-Israeli Prime Minister] Ehud Barak,...
  • Russia is stealthily threatening America with nuclear war

    09/16/2014 7:20:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    But it's not quite the projection of strength that it seems... Last week, two aircraft took off from an air base in western Russia, just east of the Russian city of Saratov. The aircraft, Tu-95 strategic bombers code-named Bear by NATO, flew northwest, skirting Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. Once beyond Canada, the two lumbering, propeller-driven bombers settled on a heading straight toward the United States. Their goal was a "launch box" off the coast of the U.S. from which, during wartime, they would fire nuclear-tipped cruise missiles towards American cities and military bases. The provocative flights were timed to a...
  • Mississippi coroner to citizens: Use guns on burglars

    09/16/2014 7:08:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    A Mississippi coroner who advised residents to arm themselves and shoot home intruders said today that he had been angered about a recent spate of burglaries and wasn’t trying to drum up business. David Scott Gregory, 40, the coroner of largely rural Winston County in eastern Mississippi, went on social media during the weekend to urge residents to buy guns and be willing to use them on burglars. “I say shoot the idiots and call the Coroner!” Gregory wrote on Facebook. “I’d hate for any innocent people to get hurt, but at the same time, my stuff is my stuff;...
  • Sarah Palin Chats with Jewish Travelers: ‘USA and Israel, Together’

    09/16/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    JSpace News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A pair of Jewish travelers stopped by Sarah Palin’s house recently, and the GOP pundit welcomed the men in for a chat. Palin was prepping for a film segment when two strangers, donning kipopt, knocked on her door and asked to come in to kibbitz. The on-hand camera people were able to video the exchange as the past Alaska governor spoke with the pair about Judaism and Israel. Palin remarked on the events in Israel over the summer, saying “it’s not right” and adding “USA and Israel, together. ” The video was uploaded to YouTube this week via the SarahPalinChannel.com...
  • Nancy Pelosi Had A Pretty Simple Response To Ted Cruz's Bizarre 'SNL' Claim

    09/16/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 16, 2014 | Paige Lavender
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a pretty simple response to to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) claim that a proposed constitutional amendment intended to reverse the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision could put "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels in jail. Here's Pelosi on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" reacting to a clip of Cruz making the claim on the Senate floor: Cruz said the amendment applies to SNL because NBC is a corporation, and the late-night show has had influence over elections. He called the proposal -- which would give Congress and states more power to...
  • Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: Barack Obama Has Forsaken Us, But We Will Not Stop Fighting Injustice

    09/16/2014 4:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kareem Jackson @TefPoe
    They cannot kill us all. They can not throw us all in jail. We want justice for Michael Brown and every victim of police brutality. We’re now a month out from the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and a month away from when a grand jury is likely to decide whether or not to indict him. Yet we still have no answers and no respect in the state of Missouri. In Saint Louis County, the police have a history of racial profiling and abusing the power of the shield. Racial profiling in North County has...
  • 80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

    09/16/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Towleroad ^ | September 10, 2014 | Sean Mandell
    Eighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state...
  • America, Racist Fascist Police State (More received wisdom from a senior in college)

    09/16/2014 2:19:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | September 16, 2014 | David Zha
    I know, I know, I’m the guy that just keeps pointing out obvious truths but never offers any real solutions. Bear with me anyway. My freshman year, I took a classical fencing class through Cornell P.E. with Maître d’Armes Adam Crown. He said some very interesting things to us before he left. For example: 1.When it is not time to act, it is time not to act. 2.If you can call Obama a black president, you can also call him a white president. 3.America is exhibiting signs of becoming a fascist country. 4.In vino veritas (translation: “In wine there is...
  • Shooting coverage carries racist undertones

    09/16/2014 1:18:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Columbia Chronicle ^ | September 15, 2014 | Tatiana Walk-Morris, associate editor
    If your life came to a tragic end, how would you want the news to tell your story? This is a question news organizations must constantly ponder when covering victims of gun violence. Following the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old male shot in Ferguson, Missouri, news outlets such as USA Today pulled photos from Brown’s Facebook page, showing him displaying what can be interpreted as a gang sign. As a result of the media coverage of Brown’s death, social media users have flocked to Twitter and Tumblr announcing their outrage using the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to...
  • Huck: I’m Better than the Others

    09/15/2014 11:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Mike Huckabee (R., Ark.) implicitly made the case against Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), or Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) serving as president during a meeting with reporters about the prospect of his own candidacy. In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he’s unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. “If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor...
  • GOP Runs From Social Issues, Prepares For Long-Term Minority Status

    09/15/2014 10:40:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, The New York Times reported that once again – for what must by, by this point, the 1,297th time – Democrats have decided to swivel to social issues for electoral purposes in advance of the 2014 election. “After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections,” the paper reported, “Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars.” According to the Times, Democrats’ turn to abortion, same-sex marriage, and contraceptives is merely the latest attempt to “stoke concerns among moderate voters, especially women, and motivate their base.” And, the Times notes,...
  • US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama admin shuffles military's mission in Africa

    09/15/2014 10:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration's Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night. 'U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,' a statement from the White House press office said. 'A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated...
  • Barefoot Rosie O’Donnell Professes Love For Nicolle Wallace In Return To ‘The View’

    09/15/2014 9:18:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | September 15, 2014 | Lisa de Moraes
    An overhauled The View kicked off this morning with no fireworks, but, of course, it’s only Day 1. The show opened glutinously, with The New Ladies Of The View kissing the rings of Barbara Walters, sitting on a throne, who ordered them to “go out there and let them see why we have the best show in daytime TV.” (Babs stuck around for the rest of the show, looking sort of third wheel-ish, according to a source.) Whoopi Goldberg assumed her long-held position of air traffic controller, settling that question for now as to whether she or Rosie O’Donnell would...
  • Resurgence of GOP hawkishness is boosting Romney 2016 prospects

    09/15/2014 8:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    Suddenly NBC's "Meet The Press" matters again, and when new host Chuck Todd joined me on Friday's radio show (see transcript) two of many reasons why became obvious. First, Todd had booked James Baker (former secretary of state and treasury, White House chief-of-staff, and W's Florida strategist during 2000's epic recount) to talk about whether or not an international coalition could be assembled by President Obama to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Baker booking was shrewd, and more will be forthcoming. Also shrewd was Todd's analysis of the Romney 3.0 boomlet which had been the subject...
  • Texas Police Prepare to Defend International Bridges From Militia Groups

    09/15/2014 7:33:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bob Price
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MISSION, Texas -- Authorities prepare to use “whatever force is necessary” to defend international bridges between Texas and Mexico from U.S. based militia groups. The preparations by Texas law enforcement agencies are in response to recently discovered plans by militia groups to attempt closing several international bridges. The militia groups' plans are intended to be protests against the federal government's failure to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The plans call for militia groups to begin blocking traffic on an undisclosed number of international bridges in the Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20th, 2014. “We will not allow...
  • The High-Tech Case For Bringing Back The Draft

    09/15/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    io9 ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    As drones, cyberattacks and other high-tech developments change the nature of war, two prominent scholars argue that we must also rethink who fights our wars: the time has come, they say, to bring back the draft. The article, "Universal Conscription as Technology Policy," appears in Issues in Science and Technology, a journal published by the National Defense University. The authors are Mark Hagerott — a distinguished professor of cybersecurity studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, who was cited by Foreign Policy as one of "The Top 70 Military Thinkers "— and Brad Allenby, President's Professor of Sustainable Engineering, and Lincoln...
  • The League wants to be dating app for The Elite

    09/15/2014 6:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2014 | Natalie Kitroeff
    Is Tinder not selective enough for you? Is OkCupid turning up dates that don't meet your standards? If so, you might want to look into The League, a new dating app recently released by a Stanford business school graduate. "You're smart, good-looking & successful. You don't need a dating app to get a date - you're too popular as it is. But you should join The League," reads the app's website. The site invites users to download the app and join the waiting list for its "private alpha." Once live, it promises to exclude all of the chaff you'd find...
  • Hardy Perennial: Some Prog Sissy Whines that the Star Spangled Banner is Too Militaristic

    09/15/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ace
    In Politico Magazine, but discussed at the National Review. Our anthem is too militaristic? Um, we're not even in the top fifteen. Here are the first few stanzas of the French national anthem. I've bolded my favorite parts. Let's go children of the fatherland, The day of glory has arrived! Against us tyranny's Bloody flag is raised! (repeat) In the countryside, do you hear The roaring of these fierce soldiers? They come right to our armsTo slit the throats of our sons, our friends! (Refrain) Grab your weapons, citizens! Form your battalions! Let us march! Let us march!Let their impure...
  • You Believe What You Want to Believe

    09/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | Gavin McInnes
    I was walking through the Fox News building a while ago and a producer introduced me to a young black man by saying, “This is the engineer you’ll be working with tonight.” We shook hands and the engineer said, “I know who you are. Look, I want you to know, I don’t agree with all your beliefs but I respect you for speaking your mind.” I said “Thanks” because we were in a hurry but what I really wanted to say was, “What beliefs? I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t really have ‘beliefs.’ I have opinions based on the information...
  • Sarah Palin 'Family Brawl': Track Palin 'Did Not Start Anchorage Fight'

    09/15/2014 4:08:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    International Business Times / Yahoo! News UK ^ | September 15, 2014 | Lewis Dean
    The son of former US vice president candidate Sarah Palin did not start a booze-fuelled 20-man melee at an Anchorage house party as previously reported, it has been claimed. Members of the Palin family allegedly became embroiled in a brawl at a friend's home on 6 September. Early reports claimed that after arriving at the party in a stretch Hummer limousine, the former Governor of Alaska's son Track confronted a former boyfriend of his 20-year-old sister, Willow. A fight then broke out involving about 20 people, leaving Track with broken ribs and father Todd with a bloodied nose. Amid the...
  • It’s Happening: NBC News reveals Hillary too far right for some Iowa Democrats

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    After coming in third in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not have much love for Hawkeye State Democrats. The feeling, it seems, is mutual. Over the weekend, Clinton traveled to Iowa to attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) “steak fry,” an event which has become an institution in the pivotal Midwestern electoral battleground. NBC News sent Andrea Mitchell along with her where the reporter spent some time speaking to prospective Democratic caucus-goers. Mitchell found what so many know in their hearts to be true: Clinton’s support among Democrats is a mile wide and...
  • Lincoln Motor Co., Black Greeks cement their partnership

    09/15/2014 3:18:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Howard University's The District Chronicles ^ | September 15, 2014 | Shawn Thompson
    Lincoln Motors marketing manager Thompson hopes the campaign with the Black Greeks will boost sales, help communities.To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities, the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American Greek-letter organizations. The program, “The Divine Nine Driven to Give Program,” is an extension of Lincoln’s national Driven To Give program that kicked off in August. “Being able to engage with influencers on initiatives that matter most to them is key in our efforts to introduce some of our newest products, like the first-ever Lincoln...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother to speak at Lehigh: Panel discussion part of MLK programming (PA)

    09/15/2014 2:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | September 15, 2014 | Staff
    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin will be part of a discussion at Lehigh University Tuesday. As part of the University's MLK Committee, a "Rap Sessions' event discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. in Baker Hall. The panel will feature Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and will be moderated by hip hop artist and activist Jasari X. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in February 2012 in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime in July 2013. Other...
  • Ted Cruz puts on display his chilling ignorance

    09/15/2014 1:53:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Times of Oman ^ | September 15, 2014 | James J. Zogby
    My mother was fond of saying, "if you want someone to hear you, you must first listen to them" — know them, understand the questions they are asking, and be sensitive to their concerns. If you do this, she would say, "you will be able to speak with people and not at them". What happens when you don't follow this simple rule of communication was on display during the "In Defence of Christians" conference that was held in Washington from September 9th to the 11th. Addressing an audience of 900 mostly Arab Christians, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched into a...
  • Charlie Rangel: I Was Told Not to Talk About How Racist the Tea Party Is

    09/15/2014 1:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 25, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a Q&A with CSPAN, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) discussed comments he has made many time in in the past claiming the Tea Party is motivated by racism because they are the old Dixiecrats from mainly Southern states Rangel said he was told not to talk about race anymore saying, "So people said please don't bring up that race thing anymore."(continued)
  • The Politics of Giving Your Child a Black Name

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Politic365 ^ | December 30, 2011 | Jeneba Ghatt
    Yesterday, New York City Department of Health revealed that the number one name Black parents applied to their baby girls was Madison, a name historically and traditionally given by White parents. By contrast, the number one boy name was Jayden, often considered a typical “Black name.” The juxtaposition of the contrast is striking. It is no hidden secret that many Blacks in America for decades have struggled with the decision of whether to name their children a traditional African or African American name. The decision is based on how much they want to give away the race of their children...
  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere (Book review & article)

    09/15/2014 2:59:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | September 14, 2014 | Peter Dreier
    Fred Ross's change-making Axioms for Organizers is updated for the Internet age, and for a new generation battling discrimination and police brutality.Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls. Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Controversy Overblown (Looks like he was promoted again)

    09/15/2014 2:27:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jillian Moyet
    Staff Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left captivity to be catapulted into an overgrown spotlight of controversy and reckless speculation in May of this year. What should have been a flood of relief to see the American POW return home was replaced with, oddly enough, outrage, mostly from the Right. Angry tweets accused Obama of endangering U.S. soldiers by exchanging five prisoners from Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Twitter filled with frothing accusations against not only the President but the POW himself, as well as his family, who even received death threats. Bergdahl was a Taliban sympathizer, it was decided, and so was his...
  • Dinesh D'Souza Is Winning

    09/14/2014 11:54:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | The September 13, 2014 edition | Simon van Zuylen-Wood
    Conservatism's former enfant terrible has been cast out of polite society and may soon face jail time. But business has never been better.Dinesh D'Souza is scrolling through his iPhone, showing me photos of C-list movie stars. "So my latest thing is tweeting out pictures of me with really attractive actresses," he says, giggling. There he is, standing next to a blond woman. "This is the actress Kelly Carlson. She came to one of our screenings. She's in, you know, Made of Honor." ("Christie/Wife #6.") He scrolls some more. "This is Stacey Dash, who's in Clueless." ("Dionne."). "She's a huge fan...
  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • Community still coming to grips with why Michael Brown’s body was left in the street

    09/14/2014 6:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Lake County Journal / The Associated Press ^ | September 14, 2014 | David Hunn and Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The indignation was instantaneous. Neighbors in Canfield Green poured from their apartments and stared at 18-year-old Michael Brown, unarmed, face down in the street, shot dead by a police officer. Then, fueled by camera phones and social media, the outrage jumped out of this suburban apartment complex, crossed St. Louis County, traversed the country and, over the weeks, spread across the world. The Rev. Al Sharpton, preaching at Brown’s funeral two weeks later, said the teen was left in the street “like nobody cared,” as if his life “didn’t matter.”(continued)
  • From the Levant to Ferguson to Baltimore, The Most Violent Summer in Years

    09/14/2014 5:28:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 14, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    What is happening to us, and what can we do about it? Confronting violence starts with confronting our anxiety about it.I know, the world is a violent place. But doesn’t this summer, and the last few weeks, seem especially so? From the global scene to the most personal, we seem to have settled for violence as the “new normal” at every level. This week, we observed the 13th anniversary of 9/11. That terrible day affected all of us, each of us being able to describe where we were and what we felt as the Trade Center towers fell. Yet, 13...
  • Will George Zimmerman kill again?

    09/14/2014 4:46:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 13, 2014 | Chelsea Hoffman
    George Zimmerman is in the news again, and to no surprise it's not in a positive way. This Saturday news report shares that the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin was recently involved in a road rage incident. Lake Mary Police said that the unidentified victim called 911 before and during the incident. He said that Zimmerman pulled up to him and said "Why are you pointing a finger at me?" When the man pulled into a parking lot, Zimmerman allegedly followed him as he was calling police, but left before the cops showed up on the scene. The man...
  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967 (The “reservoir of underlying grievances” remains)

    09/14/2014 4:00:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 11, 2014 | Chuck Henson
    White man shoots and kills black man. Predominantly black population protests, riots, loots. Predominantly white police force overwhelmed. Governor calls out the National Guard. Curfew imposed. Similar events took place in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967. President Johnson responded by dispatching what would become known as the Kerner Commission to find the causes and propose a solution. The commission’s basic conclusion was “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Among its findings, the commission reported action against “local symbols of white American society, authority and property.” No single triggering...
  • Quora Question: What do police officers think about Ferguson, MO police handled the aftermath....

    09/14/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 14, 2014 | Quora Contributor
    I think this is a classic example of what happens when a law enforcement agency isn't trained or prepared for an unexpected or exceptionally large event. Ferguson is a city of 21,000 people. Its police department has 52 sworn officers. Only three are black, when about 68% of the city's population is black. This imbalance affects the current situation tangentially, but I doubt that it's a problem that the City of Ferguson is unaware of or that they haven't tried to fix it. Anytime a white police officer kills or seriously injures a minority citizen in a predominately minority community,...
  • Was Ferguson the beginning of a new civil rights era?

    09/14/2014 12:54:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 14, 2014 | Patrik Jonsson
    Ferguson became a Selma-like moment for the 2010s – to the extent the stark images caused a nation to stop and reflect on the state of racial relations in America. Moreover, a new generation of activists, who were not weaned on the nonviolence of the Civil Rights Era, is coming to the fore. Ferguson, Mo. — Burly, with tattoos and a bandanna over his face, Anthony Pruit stepped up to the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain trying to cool the tensions that engulfed Ferguson, Mo., in protests and riots this summer. “We hurt, we broken, and we ain’t all criminals,”...
  • Ross Shouldn’t Do That (Ref: Ross Douthat’s New York Times hit piece on Ted Cruz)

    09/14/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | September 13, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    I had to read the penultimate paragraph of Ross Douthat’s New York Times piece on “friendless Middle East Christians” before the enormity of it sunk in. Douthat wrote: If Cruz felt that he couldn’t address an audience of persecuted Arab Christians without including a florid, “no greater ally” preamble about Israel, he could have withdrawn from the event. The fact that he preferred to do it this way says a lot–none of it good–about his priorities and instincts. In so many words: Jew-hatred among Middle Eastern Christians is so rampant that it should be ignored in the interests of saving...
  • Dems' Coalition Showing Signs of Strain

    09/14/2014 11:23:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 14, 2014 | Salena Zito
    After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years but limited to one term. His message caused wild speculation that the first “people's president” would not seek a second term. That led to a dramatic Jackson proclamation, in a letter to Pennsylvania Democrats, that the “call of the people” trumped his “personal inclination” and he could “not refuse to serve them.” The truth is, he was never not going to run. Jackson may have been the first Democrat to be elected as president. But his secretary of State and...
  • Costco execs turn tables on state Senate Democrats

    09/14/2014 11:17:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | Jim Brunner
    After being stiff-armed by Democrats on a liquor-tax dispute, Costco execs have shifted their loyalties to Republicans in this year’s state Senate races.When it comes to politics, Costco Wholesale has a well-deserved reputation as a Democratic-leaning corporation. Company co-founders Jim Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman have hosted President Obama at fundraisers in their lakefront mansions. Costco executives have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes over the past decade. But in the key battle for control of the state Senate this year, top Costco brass — miffed at Democrats over a liquor-fee dispute — have essentially switched...
  • Hillary says Bill subjected to South Africa-style hearings to work through his affair with Monica

    09/14/2014 11:06:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 13, 2014 | Daniel Bates
    Hillary Clinton has revealed that she worked through her husband’s affair whilst he was President by making him go through an agonising 'truth and reconciliation' process. The former US Secretary of State said that she forced Bill Clinton into South Africa-style hearings where he had to be completely honest before she forgave him. She said she was inspired by the country's former leader Nelson Mandela and that she had to act otherwise she would remain in a mental 'prison' for the rest of her life. Mrs Clinton, 66, has rarely spoken about her husband’s infidelity with White House intern Monica...
  • Why Renters are Not Buying Into the “American Dream” of Homeownership

    09/14/2014 10:35:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Bryan Ellis Investing Letter ^ | September 11, 2014 | Carole VanSickle Ellis
    We’ve all heard that millenials are the key to the housing recovery and that home prices are set to skyrocket just as soon as all the people renting or living in family homes (read: basements) get out, get married, get employed, and settle down in their new homes. However, for some reason, the estimates for when all this will happen just keep moving farther and farther out. In an effort to determine just what is delaying renters from becoming homeowners, the New York Federal Reserve conducted a Survey of Consumer Expectations to address the issue. The study found that while...
  • Ferguson job fair attracts 5,000

    09/14/2014 9:14:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 14, 2014 | Stephen Deere and Joel Currier
    FERGUSON • In less than half an hour, thousands of people arrived, dressed in jeans and suits, with their résumés in hand. The line to get into a room where dozens of potential employers sat waiting was at least 45 minutes long. A job fair sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on Saturday drew about 5,000. The event, held at St. Louis Community College’s Florissant Valley campus, was supposed to end at 2 p.m. But it ran more than an hour long just so everyone who had waited in line could interview. Damon Williams, 38, said frustration...
  • K.W Oxnard: White Americans, white privilege (Tired of this yet?)

    09/13/2014 7:59:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Savannah Morning News ^ | September 13, 2014 | K.W Oxnard
    In the 1990s, when I lived in New York, a friend I’ll call Adam and I drove out to his house in Montauk, Long Island. A few miles into town, we noticed a police cruiser behind us. Adam, a stockbroker in his 30s, began to panic. “Crap, crap, crap!” Apparently, his car tag had expired — maybe his driver’s license and insurance, too. The cruiser turned on its lights and siren, and Adam pulled over. “Listen,” he said, “I may need you to bail me out.” I sat there, stunned and scared. The officer sauntered up to Adam’s window. “License...
  • Missouri’s rapid rightward shift

    09/13/2014 7:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 13, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    In just four weeks, Missouri has carried out an execution, imposed a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions, expanded gun rights and become the poster child for the militarization of police and racial discord. Its public school system is struggling beneath the weight of an ongoing funding crisis, and an entire local police force is under federal investigation. While the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a small-city cop and the fiery protests and heavy-handed police response that followed has drawn national attention and scorn, the incident is but a glimpse into the current social and political...