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  • Don’t Get Trumped by Donald Trump’s Poll Numbers

    08/01/2015 3:40:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Campaign Urban ^ | July 20, 2015 | Josh T. Thomas aka Black2basic
    First, in the spirit of full disclosure I was apprehensive to discuss the news surrounding Donald Trump because I find little value in adding to the growing number of articles ripping him apart. I don’t think it benefits our community by taking the same exact stance, for the same exact reasons, as the rest of the world. As if there is another side to take. Plus, I don’t think any of us needed Donald to clarify his stance on immigration or tell us his definition of war hero for everyone to know he is certifiably insane So, why are you...
  • Henry Rollins: Bend Over, America — Here Comes President Trump (You have to see this)

    07/30/2015 7:30:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The L.A. Weekly ^ | July 30, 2015 | Henry Rollins, Black Flag group member
    America is an angry country. It always has been. Those who came before us cleared out the locals by any means necessary, then sanitized the genocidal slaughter as they self-immortalized their deeds into the stuff of legend. After the sun dried the corpses, we set upon each other. Our history is splattered in blood and steeped in unrestrained hostility toward all living creatures. People in countries all over the world trip out on America. Not only do we make films the rest of the planet flocks to see — we are living in them as well. America is so larger-than-life,...
  • Gisele Dons a Burqa to Secretly Fix Her ‘Deflated’ Boobs

    07/29/2015 8:24:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 29, 2015 | | Yaron Steinbuch and Isabel Vincent
    This woman in a burqa was not heading to any prayer services. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her kid sister hid under traditional Muslim wear — during the holy month of Ramadan — so they could get secret plastic surgery in Paris, The Post has learned. The Brazilian stunner orchestrated the cloak-and-dagger mission so she could sneak into the swank International Clinique du Parc Monceau for work on her boobs and eyes, sources said.
  • Confederate-Flag-Clad Stripper at an S.F. Judge's Retirement Party

    07/29/2015 8:18:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon, Jul 27, 2015 | Benjamin Wachs
    A retirement party at the city courthouse for superior court judge Richard Kramer featured handcuffs, a whip, and a stripper wearing a Confederate battle flag on her clothes. What happened? · The party planner was from South Carolina and hasn't been watching the news since 1958. · The stripper was an actual cop. · The heart wants what the heart wants. · It was a retirement gift from Judge Judith Scheindlin, who sent her regrets at not being able to attend personally. · This is nothing, Gavin Newsom had three Ukrainian prostitutes reading Democracy in America at his retirement party....
  • Apple Watch Transformed Me — Other Reviewers Myst Like Windows

    07/10/2015 2:27:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 159 replies
    EE Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | R. Colin Johnson, Technology Editor, EE Times
    The Apple Watch has changed my life for the better, solving all the problems I had with the iPhone (such as missing calls while I tried to find it) as well as solving other problems I didn't even now I had until I got it. I didn't want to write this blog about the Apple Watch, because I didn't want to seem like an Apple geek. But after reading the misleading reviews by other editors that shall remained unnamed, I just felt like I had to set the story straight. For one thing, all the features that one reviewer panned...
  • Gay Confederates: What's the Left to Do?

    07/06/2015 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Bobby Blog · 15 replies
    7/6/15 | Robert W Hamilton Jr.
    The Supreme Court’s extra-constitutional decision to make same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states is not without its unintended consequences. Take for example this interesting conundrum: There was a rally to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend in the parking lot of a Walmart in a small town in South Carolina, home of the now-nationally-despised Confederate flag, a rally to show support for said item. In a small parade of vehicles carrying the flag, some were hoisting a second. One of these other flags just happened to be Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition flag. You know the one, the...
  • If ISIS Doesn’t Liberate Palestine… Who Will?

    07/04/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CounterCurrents.org ^ | July 4, 2015 | Franklin Lamb
    Ein el Helwe Palestinian camp, Lebanon: This is one of the questions ricocheting between Palestinians in Syria and Lebanon, posed also by ISIS (Da’ish) operatives, as the hot summer months and plummeting quality of existence raise tensions in the refugee camps and social gatherings. With its resilience, on-the-ground “achievements”, adaptability, global franchising, copy-cat knock-offs, chameleon-like adaptations, combinations and permutations, and slick honing of medium and message, ISIS is offering oppressed and desperate populations in this region both hope and fantasy for escaping their deepening misery. The dream is to escape abject poverty and indignity by any means necessary, and joining...
  • Mystery power plant

    07/04/2015 10:00:39 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 30 replies
    Google Maps ^ | 4 July 2015 | Steely
    Can anyone identify this somewhat mysterious installation? It is located about twenty miles south of Farmington, New Mexico, in an area identified as "Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land." It is connected to a great deal of electric power transmission capacity, has no visible chimney, but has a supply of cooling water brought to it by means of a canal from Morgan Lake. I was not able to find it on any list of power plants in the state of New Mexico. The nearest listed power plant is the Four Corners generating station in Fruitland New Mexico. Morgan Lake supplies cooling...
  • Why Do Mexican Men Think White Women Are Sluts?

    07/02/2015 11:34:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | Thursday, Jul 2 2015 | GUSTAVO ARELLANO
    DEAR MEXICAN: I'm a Canadian woman who has been travelling to Mexico (Guanajuato y Oaxaca, the cute places) lately. I travel alone and want to understand the "social" rules a little better. I was told by an expat American living in Mexico that Mexican men think all American women are sluts. (I assume that generalization extends to canadienses.) His theory is that Mexicans see television shows like Sex and the City and think it's reality. I'm acutely aware of this when interacting with Mexican men, and as a result am somewhat guarded, which I really don't want to be. I'd...
  • WHO: To Avoid MERS, Don’t Drink Camel Urine

    06/26/2015 11:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28 | ELIAS GROLL
    Six people have died, 87 have been infected, and some 1,800 schools and kindergartens have temporarily shut their doors amid an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea. It’s likely the most significant outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, and over the weekend, the World Health Organization released details on new cases of the disease in South Korea. It also issued a surprising piece of advice for individuals seeking to avoid infection: Drink neither raw camel milk nor camel urine. That’s perhaps not as strange as it sounds. While the exact transmission mechanisms remain unclear, it...
  • GAO report blasts Air Force justification for A-10 retirement

    06/26/2015 10:38:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    U.S. Air Force Times ^ | 6/26/2015 | Staff
    The Air Force based its plan to retire the A-10 on projection of cost savings, ignoring mission (close air support), the Government Accountability Office. GAO punches holes in Air Force's bosses decision to retire the attack jet, saying planners did not, did not include the increased workload on other aircraft tasked Baltic & Black Sea theater realities. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, to block the Air Force's pro Soviet armor superiority, review. The agency states that the Air Force made the plan to retire the A-10 based on a "enemy with-in" review". The Air Force's guidance prioritized fifth-generation aircraft, readiness and...
  • Wait Lists Grow as Many More Veterans Seek Care and Funding Falls Far Short

    06/20/2015 9:26:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    N Y Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    One year after outrage over health care allegedly shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is but again facing crisis. The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s institutionalized: "delay is cheaper than dirt" directive and "dead vets cost less" budget cover-ups came to light. Mr. Gibson, deputy secretary indicated possible savings options — by rationing new treatments to older veterans and excluding patients who have advanced terminal diseases or a “persistent vegetative state or dementia”. The agency (also) needs to...
  • Questions Raised Over Poroshenko's Role In Valuable Kyiv Land Deal

    06/08/2015 7:40:35 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 69 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 6/8/2015 | Maksym Savchuk and Daisy Sindelar
    KYIV -- An investigation by RFE/RL shows that Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko may have used his presidential influence to shut down investigations into damage of a protected historic site caused by unauthorized construction on his private property in central Kyiv. Two reports broadcast on RFE/RL's Ukrainian-language television program, Schemes, reveal that over the course of seven years, Poroshenko quietly purchased a plot of protected land in Kyiv's elite Pechera district and recently quashed an inquiry into the damage of an 18th-century structure caused by construction work on his plot. The revelations come as Poroshenko, soon to mark his first year...
  • Parking Machine Calls French Mayor a B**tard

    06/04/2015 8:54:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jun 2015
    A scandal-hit French politician has launched a complaint after a parking machine in the town where is mayor issued around 500 tickets that called him a "thieving b**tard". Police are investigating. French politicians are used to insults... but not from parking ticket machines But that's exactly what happened to Jean-François Copé the scandal-hit mayor of the town of Meaux. The politician, who is the former head of the newly-named French opposition party Les Republicains, quit the party last May after shocking revelations emerged over a funding scandal for Nicolas Sarkozy's failed 2012 election campaign. But Copé is still in a...
  • Anthony Weiner’s Poorly Phrased Tweet Completely Backfires

    05/27/2015 9:27:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 27, 2 | Richard Johnson
    SNIP Blackhawks on Monday, the husband of Huma Abedin tweeted, “So this is what a PP looks like.” He meant “power play.” SNIP Sydney Leathers, Weiner’s sexting partner, tweeted: “I showed everyone what your PP looks like.”
  • McConnell moves to end debate on 'fast track' trade bill

    05/19/2015 11:41:54 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Many oppose "fast track" authority, which will give Obama expanded power in international deals. McConnell is refusing to allow votes on amendments, breaking a pledge to allow an open process (has) filed cloture.
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: The True History of the War for Southern Independence

    05/12/2015 3:00:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 478 replies
    http://www.abbevilleinstitute.org ^ | July 22, 2014 | Clyde Wilson
    We Sons of Confederate Veterans are charged with preserving the good name of the Confederate soldier. The world, for the most part, has acknowledged what Gen. R. E. Lee described in his farewell address as the “valour and devotion” and “unsurpassed courage and fortitude” of the Confederate soldier. The Stephen D. Lee Institute program is dedicated to that part of our duty that charges us not only to honour the Confederate soldier but “to vindicate the cause for which he fought.” We are here to make the case not only for the Confederate soldier but for his cause. It is...
  • State offices in SC closed for Confederate Memorial Day

    05/11/2015 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.wistv.com ^ | May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State offices across South Carolina are closed Monday for Confederate Memorial Day. The holiday itself was Sunday, marking 152 years since Southern Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died after he was accidentally wounded by his own troops. But since May 10 was on a Sunday, the holiday for state workers is on Monday this year. Several other states in the South also have official holidays to honor the Confederacy, although the dates vary.
  • LGBT Is the Real Moral Majority (Yeah, he went there)

    05/08/2015 11:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    Evangelicals could learn to reap the success of their ideological opponents, notably the LGBT community. But when you think your orders come from God, evolution can be tough.So now that Mike Huckabee has thrown in, we have three or arguably four Republican candidates elbowing one another to win the collective heart of the evangelical right. In addition to Huck, thereÂ’s Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and maybe Rand Paul, whose links to the constituency are more tenuous but who clearly is in there pitching. What they all understand, of course, is that the evangelical presence looms large in the Iowa caucuses,...
  • Police Investigate Cocaine Found in Wrapped Granola Bar

    05/07/2015 8:07:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Thursday, May 7, 2015
    San Antonio police are investigating how a small packet of cocaine ended up in a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar. Cynthia Rodriguez of San Antonio told police on March 18 that the bag fell from inside the wrapped bar she was eating. Police are examining the cocaine, the wrapper and the original box of granola bars.
  • New, Scary Street Drug Called Flakka or ‘$5 Insanity’ on Rise in U.S.

    05/07/2015 7:18:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    Q13Fox ^ | David Rose
    A dangerous new drug is on the streets — it is called flakka or gravel or “$5 insanity.” And there’s a reason it has that last nickname. The drug spikes a user’s body temperature to dangerous levels, gives them paranoid hallucinations and makes them incredibly strong. In one case, a man in Florida ran naked down the street and then tried to have sex with a tree before being arrested. He told cops he was Thor — yes, the mythical god of thunder.
  • New Black Panther leader: “Bomb Nurseries to Kill White Babies”

    05/06/2015 6:15:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Joe for America ^ | May 5, 2015 | Baron Von Kowenhoven
    Hold your breath forever waiting for Obama’s Justice Department to take action or even make mention of this hate group urging to kill white babies. Can you fathom what would happen if the colors were reversed here?It’s easy to call these hateful ignoramus’ but I think the important factor here is that they’ve become emboldened by the fact that their racist and violent actions and words in the past have been met with no resistance from this White House. Our guy Joe Newby has the story: In a video posted at Breitbart.com on Tuesday, a New Black Panther Leader identified...
  • Bar Owner on Trial for 'Killing' Customer Who Drank 56 Shots

    05/04/2015 5:05:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, May 5, 2015 | Ian Sparks
    A BAR owner accused of killing a customer by letting him drink 56 “shots” of spirits went on trial for manslaughter yesterday.The 57-year-old man was trying to beat a record of 55 shots in one evening at Le Starter, a bar in Clermont-Ferrand, central France. The landlord allegedly told his customer “only 12 to go” as he neared his target. After completing the challenge, he was carried home by his daughter and friends – but he had a heart attack and died the next day. The daughter’s lawyer Antoine Portal said before the trial: “It is not known whether he...
  • Reference manual on scientific evidence versus NO SAFE LEVEL CLAIM BY THE Surgeon General

    05/02/2015 2:27:29 AM PDT · by harleyrider1978 · 65 replies
    NYC C.A.S.H. reference manual on scientific evidence for federal courts | Open Information | multiples
    OSHA also took on the passive smoking fraud Reference Manual Scientificn Evidence Third Edition These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the...
  • Thanks for the memories, but it's time for Christians to unite not fight

    03/03/2015 12:32:27 PM PST · by two134711 · 1,125 replies
    self | 3/2/2015 | two134711
    Thank you Free Republic for allowing me to post and vent on this site for over ten years. I am a young, married conservative woman who is trying to raise her daughter to be a fine, upstanding lady, an educated woman and a worthy wife to a decent man. Despite the stupidity of my generation (I am on the cusp of GenX and GenY) there is hope. Many young people are more prolife than ever. And at last, many others are beginning to open their eyes to the lies of socialism. However recent events on this site like witnessing the...
  • The US Navy's Toilet Bomb

    03/01/2015 7:35:48 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 39 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 2/28/15 | John Farrier
    In 1965, the aircraft carrier USS Midway was bombing Vietnam. VA-25, an attack aviation unit of the Navy, operated from the Midway. In October, one of the toilets on the ship cracked. The crew planned to dispose of it. Commander Bill Stoddard, the executive officer of VA-25, came up with a novel way to get rid of the toilet. To celebrate the six millionth pound of ordnance dropped by his unit, Cdr. Stoddard had the toilet painted with the "Fist of the Fleet" emblem of his unit. It was then loaded onto his Skyraider. Cdr. Stoddard dropped it on a...
  • Shocking moment orchard worker, 35, was gunned down by police for 'throwing rocks'

    02/28/2015 9:59:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 53 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 2015 | Associated Press Reporter
    Jan. 26 death death of Jessica Hernandez's who was shot by dead by police was ruled a homicide (deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another;), Fourty seven shots were fired, Jessica a 17-year-old Colorado girl, was unarmed. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/death-denver-teen-jessica-hernandez-killed-police-ruled-homicide-n314771 Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35-year-old Washington orchard worker (Mex) in had thrown rock at (moving) cars. Tonio was fired upon 17 times by Pasco police from less than five yards...
  • A-10 Warthogs return

    02/21/2015 8:09:04 PM PST · by Rabin · 40 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 19, 2015 | Jennifer H. Svan
    SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — Fighting rages in Ukraine, Leaders in Europe on Wednesday welcomed back a Cold War Hammer. Twelve of the previous one hundred forty, Close-air support A-10 “Warthogs” — designed in the 1970s to knock out Soviet tanks — are back in Germany.
  • Is Rudy Giuliani A Modern-Day Racist Who Doesn’t Know It?

    02/20/2015 8:25:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Rudolph Giuliani’s hot off the press comments about President Barack Obama has proven the politician to be a delusional racist. While speaking in front of a New York fundraising crowd, he tried to deliver poignant commentary on Obama’s apparent lack of patriotism, but instead said: “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.” These are...
  • America’s unjust efforts to preserve white privilege (COMMENTARY)

    02/18/2015 5:38:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | February 17, 2015 | Father Tom Ehrich
    TUBA CITY, Ariz. (RNS) As I pass through the Navajo Nation on my 4,000-mile drive across America, I catch a disturbing glimpse of a white-power insurgency happening in all regions. White settlement of the Southwest meant dislodging the native population at gunpoint. U.S. Army troops slaughtered the Navajo at will. Whites broke one treaty after another, then forced the Navajo in 1864 onto a “Long Walk” of 300 miles away from their tribal lands. When a pregnant Navajo woman came to childbirth, an impatient Army soldier simply shot her. The Navajo were allowed to return four years later to a...
  • Meet Erick Gelhaus - All About The Sheriff’s Deputy Who Shot And Killed Andy Lopez

    02/14/2015 9:55:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    International Buisness Times ^ | October 30 2013 | Treye Green
    Death of Andy Lopez continues to outrage some people across the nation... after the 13-year-old was shot down and riddled on Oct. 22 when a sheriff’s deputy...
  • Task force proposes sheriff's department oversight in Sonoma County

    02/06/2015 9:55:33 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    myfoxchicago.com ^ | Sunday, November 17, 2014 | Debora Villalon
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) -- Sonoma County is poised to establish an independent auditor for its sheriff's department over a year after a teenage (Mex)with a pellet rifle was slaughtered by a(Sanoma)deputy. A 21 member "task force" has been meeting to work through well justiied community rage. "We're going to get something built and then we're all going to work on making it better every single day," declared task force member Amber Twitchell. "My fear is nothing is going to change, " Elaine B. Holtz.. >real American dreamers<<. // snipp // Jeff Westbrook, 57, a Santa Rosa program manager at...
  • Should Jews Have To Pay Reparations for Slavery? Looking Back, Jewish Record Far From Admirable

    01/31/2015 6:16:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 30, 2015 | Richard Kreitner
    Uncivil Behavior? Judah P. Benjamin served as the Confederate Secretary of War. The 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States — Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment in late January 1865 — comes at an fraught moment in the history of race relations. Considering that black men are being killed by police at the same rate as they were lynched in the era of Jim Crow, it can be depressing to reflect on how many promises of 1865, not to mention 1776, have not yet been fulfilled. But it can also be edifying to probe into some...
  • Children’s Video Showing “Dancing Genitals” Criticized For Not Being Progressive Enough (Video)

    01/25/2015 9:30:43 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    For years the Progressive left has made the case that the United States should be more like Europe. From the way we consume oil, to our healthcare system, the Progressives are convinced that Europe does it better. But I wonder what the American left would say about a recent article on the National Post, which reports that some on the European left are saying that a video, targeting children, consisting of dancing genitalia, isn’t quite Progressive enough: “STOCKHOLM — In socially liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit — and even drawn criticism...
  • The Pro-Life Movement Must Stop Being Whores of the Republican Party

    01/23/2015 9:19:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    redstate.com ^ | January 22nd, 2015 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    I know there are many angered by the title of this post, but the truth hurts. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been to political events where a politician kisses babies and talks Jesus so the pro-lifers in the crowd get thigh sweats and send the politician to Washington. When the politician takes up with his mistress or pays for an abortion or, as Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)51% did, undermines the pro-life cause, they are just horrified. But still they return predictable to the GOP for more abuse and disappointment. Maybe it is time for a...
  • Emily Letts Abortion Video: The Whole Story (Graphic)

    01/22/2015 7:38:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    Emily Letts of Cherry Hill Women’s Center had an abortion, which she filmed to show that abortion was easy and positive. She wanted to portray abortion in a good light. She only showed herself in the video, smiling as she aborted the pregnancy. The camera never panned down to see the operation itself. This video shows the WHOLE story. Please watch it to the end, to get the full impact. VIDEO ON LINK
  • FUBAR on steroids

    01/21/2015 6:05:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 21, 2015 | Heath Druzin
    During a Per-RICO hearing on VA construction Cabal, “This is a FUBAR on steroids if I’ve ever seen one. …I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone when I listen to this,” Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) In the latest "construction mismanagement" cost the department hundreds of millions of dollars, delayed major projects by years (a gift that keeps on giving). could end up costing more than $1 billion -- more than the lavish U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Speaking in front of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said the department is overhauling the way they...
  • Al Jazeera - Unbiased?

    01/20/2015 2:10:12 PM PST · by madmominct · 30 replies
    Madmominct
    Just a general question - There seems to be a meme among lefties that Al Jazeera is an exceptionally "objective" news source. I haven't read Al Jazeera, but I wondered how the hell it has this reputation, even among the addled Left? I had an argument with my (college-aged) daughter over Christmas break about this. She insisted that it, along with the BBC, is very factual. I find this hard to believe, and suppose I should read it myself, but just wondered what you guys thought. I'm SURE there is no objectivity about Israel, for example.
  • 8 Arguments Used to Blame Black People for Their Own Oppression — and How to Counteract Them

    01/18/2015 5:48:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 15, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    Black people are too intent on holding on to wrongdoings from the past. Therefore, they keep blaming someone else for their problems.The list of wrongs done to Black people throughout their history in the U.S. that are still resonating in their lives today is extensive and extremely disturbing. As a result of hundreds of years of subjugation in an oppressive, racist system, Black households have one-tenth the wealth of white households in this country. While the Civil Rights Era enabled African-Americans to make great advances in the past 40 years — achieving high school, college and post-graduate degrees at accelerating...
  • 575 Administration Drive, Room 102 A Santa Rosa CA

    01/17/2015 6:50:34 PM PST · by Rabin
    wherevent ^ | Tuesday 27 January 2015 | Organized by : Justice For Andy Lopez
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors make a mockery of the attempts of the Task Force and its Subcommittees to initiate change in response to the killing of Andy Lopez by Deputy Erick Gelhaus... Now they make plans to move forward with a park for Moorland, on the site where Andy was killed, with no mention of Andy Lopez.
  • First World Problems: Real or Imagined

    01/10/2015 12:44:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 9, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    One of you is going to watch this, and comment: This is 3 minutes and 44 seconds of my life I’ll never get back. There is so much wrong there, it’s hard to know where to start. Please, don’t hate me for posting this. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • The Ominous Republican Hold on Congress

    01/07/2015 1:41:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Gilmer Mirror ^ | January 7, 2015 | Sheldon Richman
    As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don’t mean to overstate the danger. After all, the Democrats were hardly better. But those who abhor war will awaken each day knowing that hawkish Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and their ilk are in control. Peacemongers haven’t had much to cheer about during the Obama years. Barack Obama has gone back...
  • Live Video of an Abortion Procedure [Caution! Graphic]

    12/21/2014 8:33:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    This video shows an abortion and the bodies of aborted babies. It is extremely graphic and disturbing. There are millions of abortions done every day in the world, and over 3500 in the United States. The first baby in this video appears to be in the second trimester. There are hundreds of abortions a day done at this stage in the US alone. An abortion clinic worker also appears in the video. Her speech on how abortion is a loving and sacred act is contrasted with the reality shown in the abortion video. Here is the video: Viewer discretion is...
  • Driving Ukrainians Into Putin’s Arms

    12/08/2014 10:19:25 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 75 replies
    NYT opinions ^ | DEC. 8, 2014 | Lev Golinkin
    A RECENT United Nations report says that nearly half a million Ukrainians have fled the country since April. The fact that families run from a war zone is heartbreaking but hardly unexpected. The disturbing part lies in the details — of the roughly 454,000 people who had fled Ukraine by the end of October, more than 387,000 went to Russia. Most of those who fled were Russian speakers from the east, but this still raises a sobering question: If this is a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, why did so many Ukrainians choose to cast their lot with the enemy?...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, “there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion.” Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • AR-15 Question

    12/05/2014 7:31:09 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 5, 2014 | Vanity
    Quick question for you gun aficionados.
  • The Case for Reparations (to Undocumented Workers) [Think he's kidding?]

    12/04/2014 4:20:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 1, 2014 | Greg Grandin
    Where, outside of a marginalized left, are today’s equivalent of the antebellum radical Republicans, “ready and willing to destroy” the coercive deportation regime? Where are the absolutists, who would brook no compromise, who would rather see the republic ripped apart than tolerate an immigration system that denies equal rights to millions upon millions of people; that brutalizes families, generates thousands upon thousands of desert deaths, and breeds sexual terror, be it on the journey here, in the factory and field, or in the closed quarters of the home, where women workers have limited protections and where fear trumps whatever slim...
  • Dog Meat: It Cures Malaria, Repels Witches – Eaters in Ibusa, Agbor, Ubulu-Uku, Umunede

    09/02/2014 6:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | September 02, 2014 | Emmanuel Okolie
    AGBOR—THE number of people turning to dog meat (flesh and other palatable parts derived from dogs) for its undocumented health and spiritual benefits is snowballing, compelling sellers to open road side joints where they butcher and sell the meat, fresh or cooked. From Ibusa to Agbor, Ubuluku and Umunede in Delta State, you see men mostly in hidden or open kiosks demolishing plates of dog meat pepper soup, which they claim stands out from any other meats Dog meat joint Dogs butcher at work Dogs butcher at work As a group of people gathered round a giant size cooking pot...
  • the nuclear option: when officer safety is job no. 1, citizens die

    08/31/2014 9:32:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014, | CHARLES HURT
    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, officer safety is the number one issue, after two of his officers fired nine rounds into a shoplifter. Is a police officer's number one job really to protect himself and his partner? Really?
  • Ex: Man Accused of Knowingly Spreading HIV Still on Grindr

    08/31/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | Omari Fleming
    Thomas Miguel Guerra may be using the alias Ashton Chavez on dating sites A San Diego man accused of knowingly spreading HIV to unwitting partners is still active on the dating app Grindr and may be using an alias, an ex-boyfriend tells NBC 7. Thomas Miguel Guerra, 29, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with what San Diego City Attorney officials say was an ongoing plan to knowingly spread HIV. An ex-boyfriend who spoke with NBC 7 shared a text message in which Guerra appeared to gloat about a person becoming HIV-positive. "Yay lol… Someone getting...