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Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report Confirms That CIA Did Not Torture Detainees

10th December 2014

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First, the tone of the report is remarkably hostile to the CIA. It reads like a prosecutor’s brief. I don’t know what the Agency did to get on the wrong side of Dianne Feinstein, but the report is, seemingly, an act of revenge. I suspect that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself would render a more sympathetic account of the CIA’s interrogation program than we got from Senate Democrats.

Second, a great deal of the report is devoted to proving that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques did no good. I didn’t find this discussion particularly persuasive, mostly because it is so patently partisan and one-sided. Further, while it is appropriate for the intelligence agencies themselves to analyze the success, or lack thereof, of various approaches they have used, this issue strikes me as almost beside the point. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was vitally important to learn all we could about al Qaeda–who was in it, how it was organized, how its members communicated, and above all, what other plots were in the works. It was appropriate to try just about anything to get information from the small number of high-level al Qaeda members to whom we then had access. If some techniques worked and others didn’t, so be it; but they all had to be tried.

Third, the report goes to great lengths to document alleged misrepresentations by the Agency concerning the enhanced interrogation program. Many of these come from Congressional testimony by former CIA Director Michael Hayden. The Agency has acknowledged that Hayden got some facts wrong, especially relating to events that occurred before he became Director. In other instances, I don’t find the Committee’s effort very persuasive. Once again, the vituperative tone of the report undermines its credibility.

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Israel Indicts American Over Plot to Bomb Muslim Holy Sites

10th December 2014

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Savor the contrast.

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Watchdog: IRS Paid $6 Billion in Bogus Child Tax Credits

10th December 2014

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

 

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Drug Flags Malaria-Infected Cells for Destruction

9th December 2014

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At the end of November, a team reported some good results from testing a chemical called (+)-SJ733 in cells grown in lab and in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and dogs. What makes the study interesting is that the scientists tested one possible way malaria might evolve against (+)-SJ733. They found resistance will likely arise slowly. The team included researchers from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, as well as biologists from universities and research institutes all over the world.

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From Those Fine People Who Brought You the Post Office

9th December 2014

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The Washington state healthcare exchange accidentally canceled coverage for some 6,000 accounts. Exchange officials say they don’t know how large a share of total accounts that represents because they don’t know how many people have signed up.

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Government for the Strongest

9th December 2014

George Will pulls back the curtain.

Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity.

Hence Democrats, the principal creators of this complexity, receive more than 70 percent of lawyers’ political contributions. Yet progressives, refusing to see this defect — big government captured by big interests — as systemic, want to make government an ever more muscular engine of regulation and redistribution. Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left — entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility — they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.

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‘Why I’m Giving Up My Passport’

9th December 2014

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Some 3,000 Americans gave up their citizenship last year, a tiny number that’s nevertheless been soaring. Yes, a few expatriates may be trying to avoid future taxes, as Senator Charles E. Schumer accused the Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin of doing two years ago, when Mr. Saverin, who lives in Singapore, surrendered his passport ahead of the company’s initial public offering.

But most, like me, are not tycoons. We’re responding to the burden and cost of onerous financial reporting and tax filing requirements that are neither fair nor just. (Living and working in London, I pay higher taxes, to Britain, than I would in New York.)

Some 7.6 million Americans live abroad — expats would be the 13th most populous state, if we were a state. Many are overseas temporarily, for work or study. But many others marry foreigners, start companies or have long-term overseas assignments. We are just like ordinary Americans — except that we lack representation.

The United States is an outlier: Its extraterritorial tax laws apply to American citizens and companies no matter where they are. We are the only country (except, arguably, Eritrea) that taxes all of its citizens on worldwide income rather than where the income is earned. Expatriate Americans have to pay taxes once, wherever they live, and then file again in the United States.

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Kroger Profits Up 21 Percent After Refusing to Ban Guns

9th December 2014

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In mid-August Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a campaign pressuring Kroger to bar law-abiding citizens from openly carrying guns for self-defense in their stores. Kroger refused to change its policy and in the third quarter–“ending Nov. 8″–Kroger saw a “21 percent increase in profit…compared with the same period last year.”

I guess that’ll show ‘em.

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New Study Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee From a White Mug

9th December 2014

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Ken Weatherwax, Pugsley From ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at Age 59

9th December 2014

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What a great name for an actor.

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Rape

8th December 2014

Jim Goad is nicely dyspeptic today.

Despite the Tawana Brawley rape hoax and the Duke Lacrosse rape hoax and the fact that on any given day you can search the phrase “false rape” on Google News and dredge up countless stories of bitter, scorned, vindictive, psychotic women falsely accusing men of rape, the howling harpies of latter-day feminism and their gelded male worker elves continue to insist that false rape accusations are a patriarchal fiction.

That’s why the nuclear-reactor-level meltdown of that mossy old rancidly flatulent hippie rag Rolling Stone over an at least partially—and perhaps entirely—fraudulent gang-rape story at the University of Virginia is so exquisitely delicious.

We live in a world where a fake rape at UVA gets more press than that (and worse) in entire Muslim countries. Go figure.

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This Disk in Your Pants Tells You to Sit Up and Breathe Into Your Belly

7th December 2014

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Both good things. At last, a useful piece of ‘wearable’ tech.

 

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The Road to Green Hell Is Paved With Sustainable-Development Initiatives

7th December 2014

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Sustainable-development theorists’ aversion to, and environmental activists’ dislike for, synthetic products, long-distance trade and economies of scale is most unfortunate. True, manufacturing operations are not yet perfect, but the ‘green’ alternatives touted as inherently superior, from organic food to local and smaller-scale productions, are typically much worse.

Natural dyes are a case in point. What well-meaning activists and ‘enviropreneurs’ miss is that their ‘solution’ to a largely non-existent problem would come not only with a hefty price for consumers (in terms of paying a lot more for inferior products), but it would also affect the environment given that many parts of the world that have been allowed to ‘rewilden’ in the past few decades would need to be, once again, put under the plough.

Market processes are not perfect, but they constantly reward the development of more efficient and less problematic alternatives over time. Ignoring the lessons of business and technological history can only deliver a poorer and more environmentally stressed world.

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The Search for Exceptional Genomes

7th December 2014

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This is the sort of discussion that makes ‘progressive’ heads explode. It is therefore virtuous ipso facto.

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The Resource Leak Bug of Our Civilization

7th December 2014

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Our mainstream economic system is oriented towards maximal production and growth. This effectively means that participants are forced to maximize their portions of the cake in order to stay in the game. It is therefore necessary to insert useless and even harmful “tumor material” in one’s own economical portion in order to avoid losing one’s position. This produces an ever-growing global parasite fungus that manifests as things like black boxes, planned obsolescence and artificial creation of needs.

I’m not sure where he’s going with this but it’s an interesting read.

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The Shape of Rome

7th December 2014

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A fascinating review of the many layers that accrete in an ancient city.

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Discovering How Greeks Computed in 100 B.C.

7th December 2014

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After a closer examination of a surviving marvel of ancient Greek technology known as the Antikythera Mechanism, scientists have found that the device not only predicted solar eclipses but also organized the calendar in the four-year cycles of the Olympiad, forerunner of the modern Olympic Games.

The new findings, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, also suggested that the mechanism’s concept originated in the colonies of Corinth, possibly Syracuse, on Sicily. The scientists said this implied a likely connection with Archimedes.

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Pearl Harbor Day

7th December 2014

Some of us remember.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th December 2014

Put Me In, Coach

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Francesinha

6th December 2014

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Legend has it that in the 1960s, one Daniel da Silva returned to his native Portugal following a stint in France and Belgium, with a vision of adapting the classic grilled ham and cheese croque-monsieur for local palates.

The result was the Francesinha (“Frenchie”), an example of what happens when you take a simple sarnie, crank it up to 11 with the addition of meaty overdrive and then douse it in alcohol-heavy sauce.

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Yale, Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Organs for Transplants

6th December 2014

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They’re not a reality quite yet, but laboratories are already busy 3D printing living tissue. Industry leader Organovo and Yale’s schools of medicine and engineering announced a partnership this week that will focus specifically on research into printing transplantable tissue, and we may see some working applications very soon.

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Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, and They’re Changing Lives

6th December 2014

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When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in Aliens. While militaries across the world are certainly interested in designing weaponized exo-suits for their armies of the future, powered exoskeletons are actually finding a much more benevolent niche right now: patient rehabilitation.

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Trains Could Use Lasers to Blast Leaves Off Track

6th December 2014

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Leaves … cows … demonstrators … it’s all good.

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Michael Brown Demonstrators Cheer as Police Officers Hit by Car

6th December 2014

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They don’t like the police? Fine. Pull the police out of their neighborhood and see how long they survive.

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Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize

6th December 2014

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Gee, I wonder why.

The end is in sight for the meter reader, who each month faithfully tramps through the flower beds or into the basement, flashlight and clipboard in hand, to record electricity use.

They are being phased out because tens of millions of new meters talk directly to the electric company. The meters can record use by the hour, changing the price as the market changes and telling the customer — or maybe even the appliances themselves — the best time to buy energy.

But this is not happening. Although the goal is to shift consumption to off-peak hours when cheaper, cleaner electricity is available, experts say it is still many years away, despite billions in federal subsidies that have helped finance the switch to the so-called smart grid.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Relatives Gather to Mourn Bosnian Man Murdered in St. Louis Hammer Attack

6th December 2014

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As relatives of Zemir Begic prepare for his funeral Saturday, neither they nor police detectives appear to have any idea what caused a pack of teens to beat him to death with hammers on a St. Louis street.

No motive has been identified in the Begic murder, according to investigators. But members of the close-knit Bosnian community are questioning whether Begic’s death and other crimes committed within the past year in the neighborhood are racially charged — and they’re calling on a larger police presence on St. Louis’s south side. Begic was white, while Mitchell and one of the two juveniles are black, and the other is Hispanic.

They were black, and he was white — what could their motivation have been? It’s just so puzzling!

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Cold, Dead Hands: Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

6th December 2014

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A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

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Austin Cop’s Sure Shot Stopped Crazed Gunman

6th December 2014

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Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away.

Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country.

“At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert and author of “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers.”

 

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US, South African Hostages ‘Murdered’ During Failed Rescue Attempt in Yemen

6th December 2014

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American hostage Luke Somers died during a joint rescue mission by the U.S. and Yemen Saturday morning.

Somers was still alive, but badly injured when U.S. Special Forces reached him in the rescue mission, a Yemeni national security official told Fox News. The official also said it was Al Qaeda militants who shot Somers

Somers would die later as he was being transported away for medical treatment.

Ten militants were killed between the rescue attempt and the drone strike prior to the mission, the Yemeni official confirmed.

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Whistleblower Alleges Agency Cover-Up Over $300M ‘Boondoggle’ to Protect Obama Nominee

6th December 2014

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Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with FoxNews.com.

Whistleblower Michael Keegan told FoxNews.com that McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, issued a draft report in December 2013 saying the agency had spent $288 million over six years for a new computer system processing disability claims that has yet to launch.

But Keegan said he was present at a meeting of senior officials in May of this year where they decided to sit on the report as long as Carolyn Colvin’s nomination for commissioner was pending.

The nomination of a black woman is a terrible thing to waste.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th December 2014

25 Amazing Life Hacks You Won’t Believe You Didn’t Know.

Edible Greeting Cards. I am not making this up.

Shoulder Bag With Pop-Up Tablet Holder. For those who are insecure with their geek status.

New Pills Make Farts Smell Like Chocolate.

Pressure Oven.

Bubble-Wrap Suit.

‘You Suck at Parking’ Business Cards.

Ring Weeder.

Liquid Plastic Welder.

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The Koran and Eternal War

5th December 2014

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News recently emerged that Russia was banning key Islamic scriptures—including Sahih Bukhari—on the charge that they promote “exclusivity [supremacism] of one of the world’s religions,” namely Islam; or, in the words of a senior assistant to the prosecutor of Tatarstan Ruslan Galliev, “a militant Islam” which “arouses ethnic, religious enmity.”

If Sahih Bukhari, a nine-volume hadith collection compiled in the 9th century and seen by Sunni Muslims as second in importance only to the Koran itself is being banned for inciting hostility, where does that leave the Koran?

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The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up on Women and Checking Out of Society

5th December 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

“My generation of boys is f**ked,” says Rupert, a young German video game enthusiast I’ve been getting to know over the past few months. “Marriage is dead. Divorce means you’re screwed for life. Women have given up on monogamy, which makes them uninteresting to us for any serious relationship or raising a family. That’s just the way it is. Even if we take the risk, chances are the kids won’t be ours. In France, we even have to pay for the kids a wife has through adulterous affairs.

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DNA Test That Distinguishes Identical Twins May Be Used in Court for First Time

5th December 2014

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One of the two men involved pleaded guilty to the attacks in 2012. The other remained at large. Police had a suspect, but they couldn’t pin the crime on him due to a twist of genetic fate: He had an identical twin brother, and DNA from the condom matched both siblings. But now, a decade after the assaults, scientists have developed a genetic test that can distinguish between identical twins, and it may be used in court for the first time in this case.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

5th December 2014

Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks on Jerusalem

US-backed Syria rebels make new push south of Damascus

With incentives and brute force, Islamic State subduing tribes in Syria, Iraq

Mosul residents: ISIS cuts phone lines in Iraq city

Taliban attack rocks upscale Kabul district

Iran supreme leader slams America as ‘chameleon’ in statement on nuclear talks.  And who can say he’s wrong?

Islamic State spreading into northern Africa, alarming U.S. (warning: autoplay video)

Egyptian court dismisses charges against Hosni Mubarak

US airstrikes against ISIS has not weakened them, Syrian official says

ISIS attacking Kobani from Turkey

Pakistani state agencies backing terror groups, Indian official says

Attack in China leaves 15 dead, 14 injured

Nigeria mosque blasts: 92 dead at one hospital morgue

US flies roughly 85 percent of airstrikes against Islamic State, in complex mix of tactics, politics

Kabul police chief resigns after 3 foreigners killed in latest attack

US, Turkey reportedly close to agreement on joint mission against ISIS

Prime Minister says Iraqi army has 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ on payroll

Egyptian militant group loyal to ISIS claims it killed American oil worker

Afghan president reportedly plans purge of provincial leaders after attacks

Residents of Nigerian town flee suspected extremist attack

ISIS Meets Its Match at an Iraqi Town When Christian Militia Shows Up to Teach Them Who’s Boss

Plotting New Violence, Hamas Dissolves Unity Government with Fatah

ISIS, Al Qaeda battle for influence in Middle East

Terrorists reportedly plot passenger jet attacks over Europe

Feds urge US military members to scrub social media accounts over ISIS attack concerns

Suspected Somali Islamist rebels kill 36 in Kenya, police say

Bombings kill 7 in Baghdad

Iran launched airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Pentagon says

Egyptian court sentences 188 people to death

Al-Shabaab militants kill 36 Christian quarry workers in Kenya

Taliban flexing muscle with high-profile attacks ahead of US drawdown

Car bomb targets home of Iranian ambassador in Yemen capital

Hamas, Jordanian Brotherhood Smuggle Weapons into Palestinian Territories

Feds: Stolen Passport Helps Minnesota Woman Join Syrian Jihadists

Al Qaeda affiliate threatens to kill US hostage, video purportedly shows

US keeping close eye on ‘nascent’ ISIS training camps in Libya, general says

Gun battle leaves 9 dead in Chechen capital

UK police arrest 7 on suspicion of terrorism offenses

US teacher stabbed to death in Abu Dhabi identified

Assad: US-led airstrikes not serious or efficient

Al Qaeda affiliate threatens to kill US hostage in new video

Abu Dhabi police release video, announce arrest of suspect in murder of American teacher

Car bomb attacks kill 37 people in Iraq

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Ugly Suits Inspired by Ugly Christmas Sweaters

5th December 2014

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Virtue: They make you a really good target.

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Eric Garner’s Death Has Nothing to Do With Racism and Everything to Do With Bad Nanny State Laws

5th December 2014

Matt Welch cuts through the crap.

‘Killed over selling untaxed cigarettes. What a shame!’ Yes, it is a shame, but who decided to make it a crime to buy a box of cigarettes and sell a few of them? Who decided that depriving the city and state of tax revenue ought to be a criminal matter? Who decided to ruthlessly track down and punish anyone who cheats the government out of a few pennies? Who decided to employ cops as fundraising agents for the State? Who made it nearly impossible for an average Joe to afford cigarettes in New York with the rationale that the average Joe shouldn’t smoke in the first place? Who turns petty acts into crimes and then allocates police resources towards prosecuting those crimes? Who goes around thinking of ways to meddle in every aspect of American life? Who made the Nanny State?

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Veteran Homeschoolers Share Tips and How-To’s as More Students Exit Schools Due to Common Core

5th December 2014

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Parents are discovering that having government employees responsible for educating their kids is not a recipe for success.

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Eric Garner’s Wife Slams Officer Who Killed Her Husband

5th December 2014

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

Why is this considered ‘news’?

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Why Obama, Execs Relished Each Other’s Company

5th December 2014

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The group’s preference for pragmatism over ideology makes it a potential ally for any president—even a liberal Democratic one. It has proven it by backing the administration’s position, not that of tea party Republicans, on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and avoiding government shutdowns and debt crises.

Translation: ‘So long as you stay bought, we don’t care what party you belong to.’

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Warren Buffett Invests in a Clinton Presidential Bid

5th December 2014

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Democrats, party of the rich.

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Crocodile Kills Man Retrieving Balls at Golf Course Dam

5th December 2014

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A crocodile killed a man while he was retrieving golf balls from a dam called Lake Panic at South Africa’s flagship wildlife reserve, officials said Thursday.

The crocodile grabbed 29-year-old Jacques van der Sandt in its jaws on Wednesday night and disappeared under the water at a golf course next to a staff residential area within the park boundaries, according to Kruger National Park officials.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Fort Hood Victims Set to Receive Purple Hearts, Combat Status

5th December 2014

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Congress is set to make victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings eligible for Purple Hearts and combat injury benefits after the Obama administration has denied them the status for the past five years.

About fargin time, too.

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Denver Student Protesters Cheered When Car Struck Officer, Union Official Says

5th December 2014

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Denver high School students in Colorado reacted in disrespectful ways when four bicycle officers were struck by an automobile at the end of Wednesday’s protests, the Denver Police Protective Association said.

Officer John Adsit underwent six hours of surgery Thursday for his injuries sustained in the accident. He is in critical, but stable condition.

The Denver Post reports students chanted, “Hit him again,” after the officer was struck.

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How a Well-Intentioned U.S. Law Left Congolese Miners Jobless

4th December 2014

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Villagers call it “Loi Obama” — Obama’s Law.

The legislation compels U.S. companies to audit their supply chains to ensure that they are not using “conflict minerals” — particularly gold, coltan, tin and tungsten from artisanal mines controlled by Congo’s murderous militias. It was championed by influential activists and lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, and tucked into the massive Wall Street reform law known as the Dodd-Frank Act.

As it sought to comply with the law, Congo’s government began by shutting down the mining industry for months. Then, a process was launched to certify the country’s minerals as conflict-free. But the process is unfolding at a glacial pace, marred by a lack of political will, corruption and bureaucratic and logistical delays.

That has led foreign companies to avoid buying the minerals, which has driven down prices. Many miners are forced to find other ways to survive, including by joining armed groups. Meanwhile, the militias remain potent threats.

Way to go, Congress.

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Thought for the Day

4th December 2014

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White House: Obama Will Shut Down Gov’t if Congress Defunds Exec Amnesty

3rd December 2014

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Sounds like a win-win to me.

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‘Barack Black Eagle Obama’ to Host Tribal Leaders at the White House

3rd December 2014

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As McClatchy’s Anita Kumar points out, Obama is known to many Native Americans as “Barack Black Eagle Obama” after receiving an American Indian name in 2008 during his campaign for president.

Wonder what the Crow is for ‘Barack Half-White Turkey Obama’ might be.

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“Hands off, don’t loot.”

3rd December 2014

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Law abiding, tax paying, responsible citizens need some gesture or symbol of solidarity that is photogenic. I am thinking perhaps, one hand over our back pocket/wallet with the other hand waist high outstretched palm forward, as in “don’t come toward me, don’t rob me, don’t try to assault me.” I’m sure Ramirez could render a model.

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Today Is International Day of Persons With Disabilities

3rd December 2014

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Which is most of us, I think, to be honest.

Consider: When before in human history has it been a laudable thing to be defective?

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