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Scotland
Sep 14 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Desmond Lachman
Small as Scotland’s economy might be, a yes vote in its September 18 iindependence referendum would have profoundly negative implications not simply for Scotland’s long–term economic prospects but also for those of the rest of the United Kingdom and for the Eurozone. For this reason, one has to hope that cooler heads prevail at next week’s referendum and that the Scottish electorate does not allow itself to be seduced by the sirens promising a brighter economic future outside the United Kingdom.
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When it comes to government, smaller is better. bbm
Sep 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ROY H. GINSBERG
In their referendum on independence, Scots have voted by a surprising majority to remain in the United Kingdom. Scotland now faces two enormous challenges: healing divisions over independence that cut across families, local communities, and the fabric of Anglo–Scottish relations; and ensuring that further devolution of governmental decision–making powers from the House of Commons to the Scottish parliament — as promised by the major British political parties during the campaign — actually occurs.
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Whereas the "no" voters voted with their minds, the "yes" voters voted with their hearts." That's an ugly slam which probably is not true.
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Ukraine
Sep 19 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Leon Aron
Vladimir Putin is still setting the terms in Ukraine. Why is Washington okay with that?
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Principles of government
Sep 21 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
This was an interesting week to visit Britain and Spain — first to watch the Scottish separatists push for independence and then to watch Basque and Catalan separatists watching (with disappointment) the outcome of the vote. One reaction: I'm glad a majority of Scots rejected independence. Had they not, it would have clipped the wing of America's most important wingman in the world: Britain. Another reaction: God bless America. We have many sources of strength, but today our greatest asset is our pluralism — our "E pluribus unum" — that out of many we've made one nation, with all the benefits that come from mixing cultures and all the strengths that come from being able to act together.
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Small government has a lot of advantages. Lower level government is better than monstrosities, like we have. I don't want any more mixing of Muslims with reasonable people.
Our pluralism, which he loves, is due to liberty, not bigger government. Friedman has it all wrong. bbm

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Free market doesn't mean pro-business
Sep 21 2014 - The Daily Beast by Nick Gillespie
From a new war in the Middle East to the reauthorization of a corrupt government programs, Republicans always find a way to disappoint everyone.
The GOP’s metamorphosis from what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal once called the stupid party into a party that is both stupid and useless is almost complete.
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Of course, the Democrats are worse. Lesser of two evils. bbm
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Scandals
Sep 20 2014 - NewsMax
Federal prosecutors probing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridge–gate scandal haven't found any link yet between the Republican executive and the George Washington Bridge lane closures that triggered traffic havoc last September, a new report says.
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Won't get any headlines. bbm
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President Obama
Sep 21 2014 - In These Times by David Sirota
Credit Suisse employees have donated more than $376,000 to President Obama—is he repaying the favor?
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Another diversion away from the faulty policies of liberals. bbm
Sep 15 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by RUTH MARCUS
Congress has a duty — to itself and the country — to debate and authorize President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Failing to do so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.
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Another blame Obama for tactics, but not the policies that got us here. bbm
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Health care debate
Sep 20 2014 - The New York Times
The country’s system for handling end–of–life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday.
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Highly ranked, not because I agree with it, but you should read about your demise thanks to government. bbm
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Sep 20 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Joseph Antos
This week’s double–barreled release of government statistics on health insurance coverage leaves us with only one question: How many Americans are insured because of Obamacare? Remarkably, the two highly regarded government surveys released this week do not even agree whether the number of uninsured increased or decreased. The survey that received a great deal of attention said there were 3.8 million fewer uninsured. The other, which was hardly noticed, found that there were 1.3 million more uninsured.
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So, should you depend on either number? Nope. bbm
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Foreign Policy
Sep 14 2014 - Foreign Policy by David Rothkopf
Can Obama's foreign policy be saved?
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Good article. It brings some clarity to our State Department and NSC operations. The bigger picture points out differences between the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. js
Sep 15 2014 - The Desert Sun by E.J. Dionne
There was a moment in the last quarter–century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove.
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We can sermonize that politicians should always vote their consciences and should never, ever think about their own fates or the fate of their party. But to say this is to demand a degree of selflessness from men and women in the political trade that we never ask of anyone else — with the exception, of course, of our soldiers in combat."
That is done every day in other enterprises. It is just not done in politics. bb

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Voting fraud
Sep 15 2014 - In These Times by David Sirota
Republicans are once again drumming up fear of a nearly non–existent crime: “voter fraud.”

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It is only non–existent because it is so hard to catch and the damage to any one voter is minuscule. Stealing a penny is hard to worry about but stealing an election with a million pennies is what happens. bbm
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Campaign money
Sep 15 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by New York Times editorial:
There are 48 Democratic senators sponsoring a constitutional amendment to restore congressional control to campaign spending that is expected to come up for a vote later this week. They are not under the illusion that it will become the 28th Amendment. Their willingness to undertake a difficult effort shows the importance they attach to restoring fairness to American politics by cutting the influence of big money.
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Wrong. Cut government and you won't need to worry about the money. bbm
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Campaign for President
Sep 18 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL LEUBSDORF
Americans tend to choose presidents who differ from their predecessors, regardless of whether they come from different parties or from the same party.
That’s readily evident in comparing Bill Clinton with George W. Bush or Bush with Barack Obama. But it was also true for the first George Bush, who promised and delivered an administration “kinder and gentler” than Ronald Reagan’s, though they were both Republicans who agreed on most issues.
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The stupid ones are those who believe different leaders and their style would make a change to stupid and disastrous policies, those of Democrats. You are one of them Carl. bbm
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The Market
Sep 19 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by Gary M. Galles
Exchange value is inherently unequal
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Good short article but it needs more explanation. bbm
Jobs
Sep 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by CATHERINE RAMPELL
You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.
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Here is the key sentence: "Of course, the majority of workers, including millennials, still don't have a bachelor's degree. With a weak labor market, employers can afford to be picky." With government dragging down the economy, employers can be picky at the same price. And we graduated too many social science people who had no waiting jobs. bbm
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European economics
Sep 21 2014 - Project Syndicate by Michael Spence
MILAN – In July, the European Commission published its sixth report on economic, social, and territorial cohesion (a term that can be roughly translated as equality and inclusiveness). The report lays out a plan for substantial investment – €450 billion ($583 billion) from three European Union funds – from 2014 to 2020. Given today’s difficult economic and fiscal conditions, where public–sector investment is likely to be crowded out in national budgets, this program represents a major commitment to growth–oriented public sector investment.
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Despite being associated with the conservative Hoover Institute, Spence is a liberal economist and it shows in this article which calls for a worry about deflation and more government spending. bbm
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Federal Reserve issues
Sep 18 2014 - The Week by John Aziz
Monetary policy can't be reduced to an equation
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The Fed is a stupid idea in the first place. bbm
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Tax rates
Sep 15 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Thomas L. Hungerford
On an almost weekly basis, a U.S. corporation announces that it is merging with a small foreign firm and re–incorporating in the foreign country, in what is known as a corporate inversion. Corporate executives and their apologists argue that the main cause of corporate inversions is the anti–competitive U.S. tax environment. For proof, they point out that, at 39.1 percent, the United States has the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the developed world. The average statutory rate for 16 other economically advanced countries (weighted by their relative economic importance) is 29.6 percent.
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Wrong. What business does is count the marginal rate. After all the deductions which should be eliminated in the first place, they make decisions on what the next dollar of revenue will yield in profit. High tax rates often foil the calculation even though the average rate paid might be lower. That obviously stifles expansion. bbm
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News / Education
Educational ineptitude
Sep 22 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Adam Laats
It has been a rough few weeks for the Common Core State Standards. Two new recent polls show public support slipping to an all–time low. The standards have taken a beating from a surprising variety of pundits. Both progressives and conservatives blast the standards, though usually for different reasons.
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You don't get much when you ask a liberal to write about conservatives. There is very little in this article. bbm
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News / Environment
Ozone
Sep 17 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
THE PAST:
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Whether man caused the ozone depletion is not a certainty. It surely isn't with "global warming" as there isn't any warming. Maybe the two are the same phenomenon. bbm
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Libya
Sep 19 2014 - St. Louis Post Dispatch by Dana Milbank
When Trey Gowdy got the job to run the House’s new Benghazi select committee, there was good reason to fear bad things.
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Somebody needs to take the fall for Benghazi and Democrats won't voluntarily do so. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
Our Own Hundred Years? War
Sep 22 2014 - youtube
In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Investigative Journalist Wayne Madsen about the current situation with ISIS in the middle east and how U.S intelligence agencies played a role to there rise. Wayne Madsen is an American investigative journalist, author and columnist specializing in intelligence and international
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A 15 min. video. bbm
Sep 19 2014 - News With Views by Ron Ewart
President Obama's grand speech of determination to wipe out ISIS is so hollow as to render it empty rhetoric and meaningless. His words can only be interpreted as words of willful ignorance, or a criminal lack of resolve. It could also be construed as aiding and abetting the enemy because of his abnormal, almost quirky desire not to offend Islam. What Obama is proposing will neither destroy ISIS, or slow them down. And arming the Syrian rebels is strategically ludicrous! The Chiefs of Staff and high–ranking military generals must be shaking their heads in disbelief that our Commander–in–Chief, alleged leader of the free world, could appear so weak in the face of an enemy that would blow up or decapitate every American, given the chance. In essence, we have a leader who believes that "pin pricks" and empty sound bites will take the issue off of the front page and raise his poll numbers.
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Unfortunately, fighting Islam appears to be a never–ending war. If we keep electing more presidents who believe as Obama does, we may never be able to confront the problem head on. js
Sep 15 2014 - The Daily Beast by Nick Gillespie
Before we commit to a third Iraq War, can we at least get real about what we’re actually up against?
More than a dozen years after the horrors of 9/11, we find ourselves in a Groundhog Day–style nightmare. We wake up yet again to find ourselves terrified of a radical Islamist group that shows no compunction about barbarically killing American civilians and gets off on issuing apocalyptic warnings about a coming age of Allah uber Alles. These days, ISIS is wired; al Qaeda is tired; and Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi expired.
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This is not at odds with my War Against Islam: http://www.cavemannews.com/WarAgainstIslam.htm
It just doesn't go far enough. We are going to be threatened by Islam time and again until we figure out how to counter it or change it. The article is an argument against getting involved in skirmishes across the Islamic world. bbm

Sep 19 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that "mission creep" –– even if the president resists it –– is baked in from the start.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was jarringly candid Tuesday when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the administration's plan of marshaling an international coalition, with U.S. air power supporting the Iraqi army and moderate Syrian rebels, is "the appropriate way forward."

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This shows that liberals don't know who the enemy is. bbm
Sep 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
There are three things in life that you should never do ambivalently: get married, buy a house or go to war. Alas, we're about to do No. 3. Should we?
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Iran built the EFPs — explosively formed penetrators — that Iraqi Shiite militias used to help drive America out of Iraq and encouraged Iraq's Shiite leaders to strip Iraqi Sunnis of as much power and money as possible, which helped create the Islamic State's Sunni counter–revolt." Oh, there is a new "fact"? We lost militarily. I don't think so.
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News / Violence / Drugs, illegal
Marijuana
Sep 21 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Maureen Dowd
When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.
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It's one thing to let people do to themselves what they want; quite another to encourage it. I can't believe a national pundit like Dowd is a pusher. bbm
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Immigration legislation
Sep 18 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Andrew Friedman and Javier Valdes
With President Barack Obama once again delaying immigration reform with a path to citizenship, immigrants aren't waiting any longer for Washington to act on their behalf.
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MORE OPEN BORDERS INITIATIVES. This article is ranked as high as it is because everybody should read about this dumbest idea of all. bbm
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News / Medical
Ebola
Sep 22 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Sacramento Bee
Whether intentional or not, President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message last week: I may not be prepared to put boots on the ground to stop the Islamic State, but I will to stop the Ebola outbreak.
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Hmmm. How many Americans has ebola killed? Vs. how many Americans have radical Muslims? Priorities? None. bbm
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Sports / Football
NFL
Sep 18 2014 - Town Hall by Larry Elder
Goodell handed down a mere a two–game suspension for domestic violence, he took his cue from some of the very same women's groups now calling for his head.
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What about NOW's indifference toward, if not acceptance of, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's sordid record of disgusting behavior toward women?
Sep 14 2014 - Mercury News by Esther J. Cepeda:
What do pedicures and sparkly flip–flops have to do with Ray Rice's unceremonious ouster from football?
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Maybe the conclusion is that women like violence as much as men? bbm
Sep 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Maureen Dowd
When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to Bobby Kennedy's Senate seat after the assassination, risked his career to come out against the Vietnam War.
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As ESPN's Keith Olbermann nicely summed it up, "Mr. Goodell is an enabler of men who beat women," and he must resign." Using Olbermann in her article takes away about 3 stars. bb
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Lifestyle / Race Relations
Muslims
Sep 18 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Nizam Peerwani
I was dismayed to read about the pastor in a Dallas church who used a broad brush to condemn 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and to blame Islam. I am sincerely grateful to Steve Blow [News’ Metro section, Sept. 6] for pointing this out and to Robert Hunt of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology for condemning this blatant distortion in equating the atrocities of the Islamic State with all of Islam. These are sincere Christians like so many others with whom I interact daily.
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The Jews and Christians may have committed violence but they don't teach it in their holy books. bbm
Hispanics
Sep 18 2014 - Mercury News by Ruben Navarrette
Hispanic Heritage Month is that time of year when corporations, institutions and universities pause to show Hispanics how important they are. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, they hold luncheons, play music and serve chips and salsa on tables decorated in red, white and green –– colors of the Mexican flag.
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My lineage comes from Luxembourg. Why don't I have a month? bbm
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