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Aug 14 2014 - Mercury News by Dana Milbank
It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do.
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Yang's suspicion, which I share, is that something deeper is also at work: Americans are reacting, in part, to the breakdown of the political system, which leaves people quite rationally worried about American decline and the nation's diminishing ability to weather crises." No, it's not a breakdown of the political system. The real problem: Government in general. It is smothering us. bb
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News / Government / Politics / Leaders and Politicians
President Obama
Aug 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by David Horowitz
Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet.
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Wow, I wish he would say how he really feels. bbm
Hillary Clinton
Aug 15 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by GAIL COLLINS
Well, let’s hope that’s over.
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A love fest among liberals. bbm
Putin
Aug 14 2014 - Forbes.com by Paul Roderick Gregory
The Ukrainian government has presented evidence that Russian–trained missile operators in east Ukraine intended to shoot down an Aeroflot A320 bound for Cyprus on July 17, but blame Ukraine for the tragedy. The rebels downed instead the Malaysian Boeing BA +1.21% 777—flight MH 17—by accident, instead of Aeroflot flight AFL 2074. “This cynical terrorist attack was planned for the day when the [Malaysia Airlines] plane happened to fly by, planned by war criminals as a pretext for the further military invasion by the Russian Federation; that is, there would be a casus belli,” said Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the head of Ukraine’s Security Service, to Ukraine Interfax News.
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Interesting conjecture. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Corporate Ethics
Corporation "Scandals"
Aug 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
An ongoing trial in Georgia might or might not set any legal precedents, but it very well might be making a kind of history.
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That's good but when is a government ever held accountable to its mistakes. Don't focus on companies but evil everywhere. bbm
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News / Government / Regulation / FDA
Efficiency in drug approval
Aug 15 2014 - Forbes.com by Henry I. Miller
In order to reduce the diversity gap between men and women and among various subpopulations represented in clinical trials, and to moderate the costs of these studies, we need to innovate in trial design. In other words, we need to think outside the box.
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Why bother with efficacy testing in the first place? If the drug is safe, let people try it. Save all the money qualifying the drug. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Foreign Affairs / Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy
Aug 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Maureen Dowd
I talked to Robin Williams once, about breasts.
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Hillary and Dowd deserve each other. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Elections / Election reform
Instant Runoff Voting
Aug 19 2014 - The Desert Sun by Ralph Nader
The word "spoiler," when applied only to small–party candidates, is an epithet of political bigotry. It says to people who want to enter the electoral arena and talk about ignored but important issues that they should not do so.
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What he says would be OK, if he mentioned or supported Instant Runoff Voting. That would be a very positive change. bbm
Voting fraud
Aug 14 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL LEUBSDORF
It’s August, and most of the federal government is on vacation.
Members of Congress are on their annual August state or district “work period,” President Barack Obama is at Martha’s Vineyard, and the Supreme Court is off until early October.
But not all of the federal machinery is idle, especially in Texas.
In San Antonio, a three–judge federal court is hearing the latest arguments in a case challenging state legislative and congressional redistricting plans favorable to the GOP. Another court, in Corpus Christi, plans to hear a case Sept. 2 that questions the constitutionality of Texas’ voter identification law.
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If you are against voter ID, then you are for voter fraud.
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News / Economics
The economy
Aug 17 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Paul Krugman
It's hard to believe, but almost six years have passed since the fall of Lehman Bros. ushered in the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Many people, myself included, would like to move on to other subjects. But we can't, because the crisis is by no means over. Recovery is far from complete, and the wrong policies could still turn economic weakness into a more or less permanent depression.
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You know that when an economist puts things in terms of the Too–muchers and the Not–enoughers, you aren't listening to a real economist. And he isn't. He blindly goes along with what he always has: Governments should spend, spend, spend. Read my editorial of yesterday:
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Unemployment
Aug 16 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Heidi Shierholz
Part–time work—working less than 35 hours in a week—rose fairly steeply in the recession, but has remained roughly flat for the last five years. Currently, part–time employment makes up 19 percent of total employment, compared to 17 percent before the recession began. What’s going on? To understand, it’s important to distinguish between two kinds of part–timers.
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It is still ugly. bbm
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News / Media Bias and Failures
Media Failures
Aug 17 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Maureen Dowd
Jim Risen is gruff.
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It's funny when liberals begin to eat their own. bbm
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Aug 17 2014 - Indiana Gazette by GENE LYONS
Recently a friend posted a video on Facebook that he asserted would demolish the Godless theory of evolution. On it, a fellow sitting in a pickup and wearing a backward baseball cap smugly explained that Darwinian evolution contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a fundamental principle of physics.
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By defending Michael Mann, Lyons shows what a fake he is. Mann's hockey stick was developed using fraud. Proven. Read the literature, Lyons. Or go back to farming. bbm
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News / Violence / Terrorism / Afghanistan-Pakistan
Afghan rebuilding
Aug 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
In the wake of its initial military action in Afghanistan, and in spite of then–President George W. Bush's prior opposition to "nation–building," the U.S. embarked upon a large–scale effort to help reconstruct the war–torn nation. While there have been some successes, the Afghanistan reconstruction effort has been plagued by boondoggles and other forms of government waste, detailed in the most recent reports from a series of inspector general audits.
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America's "you break it, you buy it" policy on repairing the damage it causes during war is understandable — perhaps even admirable." Who said so? They broke it by attacking America. We have no obligation. bb
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News / Violence / Terrorism / Prisoners
Detainee Treatment
Aug 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Jameel Jaffer and Larry Siems
After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Barack Obama's recent acknowledgment that "we tortured some folks" felt like a milestone. Even in its spare, reductive phrasing, the president's statement opened up the possibility, finally, of national reflection, contrition and accountability.
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Water boarding is not torture. bbm
Aug 14 2014 - Indiana Gazette by JOHN CRISP
Assume there are two types of countries in the world: those that torture and those that don’t. Americans who believe that our nation is among non–torturers may have been disappointed recently when President Barack Obama announced, somewhat inelegantly, that “we tortured some folks.”
But if citizens were upset over this revelation, few made much noise about it. Beyond some Republican complaints that the announcement was too “glib” — some critics focused on the word “folks” rather than on “tortured” — hardly anyone took notice. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture may be more impressive than the president’s announcement, but I’m not expecting many to be shocked or particularly outraged.
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Water boarding is not torture in war. No blood is spilled. bbm
Aug 16 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Steve Downs
After World War II, when the horrors of the Holocaust were revealed, many Germans reacted by saying, "I never knew." And targeted groups responded by saying, "You knew," noting the person may not have known the details of the gas chambers but nobody could have lived in Germany without knowing the virulent anti–Semitism and ideology that produced the Holocaust.
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Water boarding is not torture. Plus our boys' lives were on the line. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Africa
Egypt
Aug 17 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Kansas City Star
Egypt, the heart of the Arab world, could and should be a major player today in finding resolution to all of the chaos and violence in the Middle East today. Instead, it is returning to the kind of repressive, police–state ways it experienced under former (and now jailed) President Hosni Mubarak.
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Morsi was worse than all of them, you stupid liberal media. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / Iraq
War in Iraq
Aug 15 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by ANDREW J. BACEVICH
From a moral perspective, President Barack Obama's response to the plight of Iraqi minorities targeted for extinction by vicious Islamists is justifiable and even commendable. Yet the resumption of American military action in Iraq cannot disguise the overall disarray of U.S. policy in the region.
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Straight from the DNC. bbm
Aug 13 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it's useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
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No, it was Obama who left too soon. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Middle East-Israel
Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Aug 20 2014 - Mercury News by RICHARD COHEN
Back in 1980, an Israeli diplomat met with Ronald Reagan as he was running for president. Reagan was furious over the hostages being held in the American embassy in Iran and told the diplomat he could not understand why the U.S. didn't do what Israel would have done: land troops on the embassy roof and take the Americans out. The dismayed diplomat nodded disingenuously. Yes, that's exactly what Israel would do.
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The article just gave him an excuse to criticize Reagan. bbm
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News / Violence / War
War policy
Aug 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Paul Krugman
A century has passed since the start of World War I, which many people at the time declared was "the war to end all wars." Unfortunately, wars just kept happening. And with the headlines from Ukraine getting scarier by the day, this seems like a good time to ask why.
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Maybe Krugman should change careers from economist to foreign policy expert. This is not a bad article. His economics ones are terrible. bbm
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News / Violence / Crime
Police actions
Aug 18 2014 - Time by Nick Gillespie
“Everyone behaves better when they’re on video”
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Leans a little against police when I suspect most police actions are justified. bbm
Aug 19 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Ross Douthat
To understand what’s been happening in Ferguson, Mo., where protests and violence following a cop’s shooting of an unarmed teenager summoned up a police response that looked more like a military invasion, it helps to flash back to the heyday of the Symbionese Liberation Army.
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It's always the cops who are at fault. NO mention of the rioters. bbm
Aug 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
THE ISSUE:
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We appreciate that police must often make split–second decisions to protect the public and themselves. This is not about tying their hands. It's about examining how a free society can also be a safe one, and how the words "serve and protect" need not, and must not, be mutually exclusive." Yes it is tying their hands; they are always at fault in the liberal press. bb
Aug 15 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by JAMELLE BOUIE
The most striking photographs from Ferguson, Missouri, aren’t of Saturday’s demonstrations or Sunday night’s riots; they’re of the police. Image after image shows officers clad in Kevlar vests, helmets, and camouflage, armed with pistols, shotguns, automatic rifles and tear gas. In one photo, protesters stand toe–to–toe with baton–wielding riot police, in another, an unarmed man faces several cops, each with rifles at the ready.
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Let's see now. Looting and property destruction–––no big deal? Who is to pay for the damage? Are you offering up your resources, Jamelle? Oh, I didn't think so. bbm
Aug 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by FRED MCKISSACK
Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? It's quite clear that black men have an existential fear of the police.
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...the fear and anger black people have of police is quite rational and ought not be dismissed." The reverse is surely true. And Michael Brown apparently had no fear of police. And his idea that Ferguson is segregated is debunked by another article today. bb
Prisons
Aug 17 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts
Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree: reforming the criminal justice system to reduce the prison population and enable former inmates to become more productive members of society.
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They forgot one thing; make street drugs legal. bbm
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News / Immigration
Immigrants
Aug 18 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Daniel Costa, David Cooper, and Heidi Shierholz
While immigration is among the most important issues the country faces, misperceptions persist about fundamental aspects of this crucial topic—such as the size and composition of the immigrant population, how immigration affects the economy and the workforce, the budgetary impact of unauthorized immigration, why increasing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children are arriving at the United States’ Southwest border, and the various facets of U.S. labor migration policy. This FAQ provides essential background on these topics.
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A reasonably balanced collection of facts and studies. I suspect there is some liberal selection of studies but overall good.
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News / Medical
Suicide
Aug 17 2014 - Indiana Gazette by CHRISTINE FLOWERS
I first heard about Robin Williams’ death while I was standing in line at my mother’s viewing and a friend’s BlackBerry dinged with the news alert from CNN.
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Suicide, the ultimate in the exercise of liberty. bbm
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News / Welfare / Entitlements
Entitlements
Aug 19 2014
The federal government paid out $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 — accounting for well over half of all federal spending.
Data on federal spending are contained in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Treasury Statement, and the statement for the most recent fiscal year covers receipts and outlays from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013.
Benefits include means–tested and nonmeans–tested government programs.
Most of the benefits paid out, 69.7 percent, went to nonmeans–tested programs that provide benefits to recipients who qualify regardless of their income. These include Medicare, Social Security, railroad retirement, unemployment compensation, veterans' compensation, and workers' compensation.
In fiscal 2013, Americans received $1.399 trillion in benefits from these programs. Contributing most to the total were Social Security and Medicare, which totaled $1.252 trillion combined.
Means–tested programs that have income limits include subsidized rental housing, food stamps, Federal Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, free and reduced lunch programs, Pell grants, Medicaid, and more. These programs totaled $608 billion.
Other outlays by the federal government, which include defense, highways, public education, and government worker salaries, totaled $3.454 trillion, according to the Treasury statement. So the amount paid out in benefits accounted for 58.1 percent of all spending.
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That's a big reason America is in trouble. bbm
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Sports / Football
NCAA Football
Aug 14 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by DAN THOMASSON
It may take a bit longer, but it seems clear that college athletics are about to change dramatically, and one of the most autocratic, often overbearing institutions ever conceived might never be the same.
Two decisions have produced severe cracks in the future of the NCAA, which has managed to sidestep attacks on its lucrative business model built on the exploitation of mainly young men and a few women.
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I don't think so. bbm
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Lifestyle / Race Relations
Race relations
Aug 17 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by EUGENE ROBINSON
The killing of 18–year–old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Barack Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3–year–old Knijah Amore Bibb.
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Eugene, do you think the whites would riot when a white man was killed by the police? bbm
Racism
Aug 15 2014 - Mercury News by Leonard Pitts Jr.
A riot can be many things.
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Leonard thinks riots are justified, apparently. What he doesn't realize is that riots further confirm the lawlessness of blacks, making restraint that much harder in the next confrontation. bbm
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