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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders Gets Immigration Policy Right

Bernie Sanders Gets Immigration Policy Right

"Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, turns away from the insanity. His plan starts with the right premise: that immigrants should be welcomed and assimilated, not criminalized and exploited. His proposals seek to uphold American values, bolster the rule of law, bolster the economy and protect and honor families.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Credit Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesPhoto by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Recognizing Congress’s chronic inaction on immigration, Mr. Sanders promises to use executive authority well beyond what President Obama has done. He would protect young immigrants and their parents from deportation, and give “broad administrative relief” to young immigrants, to the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents and to others who would have been allowed to stay under the 2013 Senate bill. This affirms the humane and sensible principle behind that legislation — that 11 million unauthorized immigrants should stay and contribute, not be isolated and expelled.

The Sanders plan tackles an ugly truth — that racial profiling and the nation’s vast deportation and detention machinery have made suspected criminals of millions of people who don’t fit the definition. His promise to “decouple” federal immigration enforcement from local policing would be a sharp break from dragnet policies that expanded under President Obama. Mr. Sanders rightly defends “sanctuary city” policies that protect public safety by building trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.

Mr. Sanders’s promise to increase immigrants’ access to the justice system, with more funding for courts and lawyers, stands in sharp contrast to the Republican view of unauthorized immigrants as a shadow society of criminals who haven’t been deported yet. Mr. Sanders instead sees them as parents, breadwinners, taxpayers, bulwarks of the economy and of the communities they live in, aspiring Americans trapped by unjust laws and oppressive policing."

NYTimes: For Carly Fiorina, Peripatetic Childhood Helped Build Worldview

NYTimes: For Carly Fiorina, Peripatetic Childhood Helped Build Worldview

"But Mrs. Fiorina’s father was not just any Republican. He was one of the country’s most esteemed conservative law professors, a Duke Law School dean whom President Richard M. Nixon appointed as a deputy attorney general and then a federal judge. His opinions on issues like California’s so-called three strikes law for repeat offenders influenced the Supreme Court, and his advocacy for a brilliant student named Kenneth Starr influenced American history."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Marco Rubio vows US troops will inflict 'humiliating defeats' on Isis | US news | The Guardian

"When will we ever learn?   Vietnam,  Cambodia,  Laos,  Iraq,  Afghanistan were all sold to us with the same combination of hubris and ignorance.   We lost each of these wars."

South Korea Targets Dissent - The New York Times

"South Koreans can be as proud of their country’s emergence from dictatorship into a vibrant democracy as they are of the rags-to-riches development that made their country a global industrial powerhouse. So it is alarming that President Park Geun-hye appears intent on backtracking on the democratic freedoms that have made South Korea as different from North Korea’s puppet regime as day is from night.



Last weekend, tens of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to protest two repressive government initiatives. One would replace the independently selected history textbooks now available to South Korea’s educators with government-issued textbooks. The other would change labor laws to make it easier for South Korea’s family-controlled business conglomerates to fire workers."





South Korea Targets Dissent - The New York Times

Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge

Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge

"WASHINGTON — When Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified assessments for military intelligence officials and policy makers that documented the humiliating retreat of the Iraqi Army. But before the assessments were final, former intelligence officials said, the analysts’ superiors made significant changes.

In the revised documents, the Iraqi Army had not retreated at all. The soldiers had simply “redeployed.”

Such changes are at the heart of an expanding internal Pentagon investigation of Centcom, as Central Command is known, where analysts say that supervisors revised conclusions to mask some of the American military’s failures in training Iraqi troops and beating back the Islamic State. The analysts say supervisors were particularly eager to paint a more optimistic picture of America’s role in the conflict than was warranted."

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Anti-refugee rhetoric echoes dark past The backlash against Syrian refugees is prompting comparisons to Japanese internment camps -- and comparisons to the treatment of Jews in World War 2. - All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC



All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Pocket: Refugees From War Aren’t the Enemy

Conceived partly in response to the Paris attacks, the bill seeks to “pause” admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Though there are real fears of terrorism, this measure represents election-year pandering to the xenophobia that rears up when threats from abroad arise. People who know these issues — law enforcement and intelligence professionals, immigration officials and humanitarian groups — say that this wrongheaded proposal simply would not protect Americans from “foreign enemies.”



One of the bill’s chief sponsors, Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, chairman of the House committee overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, surely knows how federal protocols for admitting refugees work. Yet the bill disregards the complicated current process, which already requires that applicants’ histories, family origins, and law enforcement and past travel and immigration records be vetted by national security, intelligence, law enforcement and consular officials. This process can take 18 months to two years for each person.



Among other hurdles, the measure would require that the secretary of homeland security, the director of the F.B.I. and the director of national intelligence personally certify that every refugee from Syria and Iraq seeking resettlement here is not a threat. That’s a lot of women, children, and old people.



Pocket: Refugees From War Aren’t the Enemy

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson is Not Smart

Dr. Ben Carson is Not Smart

"“Smart” is a multifaceted cognitive feature composed of excellent analytical skills, possession of an extensive knowledge base that is easily and frequently augmented, possession of a good memory, and being readily curious about the world and willing, even eager, to reject previously accepted notions in the face of new data. Being smart includes having the ability to analyze new data for validity and, thinking creatively, draw new insights from existing common knowledge.

As a neurologist in practice for 20 years and one who has worked closely with many neurosurgeons I can assure you, Dr. Ben Carson does not meet the above criteria. Not even close. He is a painfully ignorant person. This is an easy point to defend. From his statements on the pyramids as grain silos, his rejection of extensive, confirmatory evidence of climate change, to his glaringly unworkable alternative to Medicare, most Americans out of the conservative media bubble are familiar with the litany of uninformed, intellectually shabby statements he has made over the last few months."

The GOP Has a Much Bigger Problem Than the Debates | The Nation

The GOP Has a Much Bigger Problem Than the Debates | The Nation

"From 2009 on, the party’s leaders have either peddled or tolerated the notion that Barack Obama is an illegitimate president who wasn’t born in the United States—and now Trump, the 2012 birther-in-chief, has been leading the pack most of this cycle. GOP leaders promised to repeal Obamacare, take the debt ceiling hostage to force budget cuts, and slash taxes without inflating the deficit. They accomplished none of this. Now they wonder why their base is so enraged."

How a football team helped take down a college president | MSNBC


How a football team helped take down a college president | MSNBC

Sunday, November 08, 2015

An attack on 'Killing Reagan' | Fox News Video - l never thought it was possible that I could feel sorry for George Will but watch him being abused by the rude and classless O'Reilley is more than any human,being should have to go through. You have to wonder what kind of parents O'Reilly had? He surely did not learn common courtesy and decency.



Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying of Despair

Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying of Despair

"Between 1978 to 1998, the mortality rate for U.S. whites aged 45 to 54 fell by 2 percent per year on average, which matched the average rate of decline in the six countries shown, and the average over all other industrialized countries. After 1998, other rich countries’ mortality rates continued to decline by 2 percent a year. In contrast, U.S. white non-Hispanic mortality rose by half a percent a year. No other rich country saw a similar turnaround.

That means “half a million people are dead who should not be dead,” Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics and co-author of the paper, toldThe Washington Post. “About 40 times the Ebola stats. You’re getting up there with HIV-AIDS.”

The reasons for the increased death rate are not the usual things that kill Americans, like diabetes and heart disease. Rather, it’s suicide, alcohol and drug poisonings, and alcohol-related liver disease."

Don't Underestimate Bernie's Brand

Don't Underestimate Bernie's Brand

"On a recent NPR segment, David Brooks of The New York Times questioned why Sanders did not challenge Hillary Clinton during the Democratic debate if he truly wanted to be president, suggesting that he had raised the white flag of surrender by not using Clinton’s email controversy against her. His statement reflects a mindset indoctrinated by decades of increasingly aggressive political debate. But Americans are looking for a president who has a clear sense of purpose—an ideology, if you will—rather than one who merely indulges in character assassination to win power. Sanders’s message and tone are so different that they simply do not compute for pundits—but they resonate with voters."

The Price of Denialism - The New York Times

"As the comedian John Oliver so aptly put it in commenting on a recent Gallup poll that found that one in four Americans disbelieve in climate change: “You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ Or ‘Do owls exist’ or ‘Are there hats?"



The Price of Denialism - The New York Times

Poppy Bush Finally Gives Junior a Spanking - The New York Times

"The gentlemanly 91-year-old is not going gentle into that good night. He finally spit out what he had been obsessing about privately for so long: Why did Cheney, 41’s loyal defense secretary, turn so belligerent and unilateral, “knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys who want to fight about everything and use force to get our way in the Middle East”? How did the neocons manage to push his son’s administration into pursuing their foolish agenda of refashioning the Middle East at the point of a gun?



He ultimately faults his son for the administration’s deadly embrace of Cheney and the neocons and for allowing Cheney to create his own national security apparatus, noting: “But it’s not Cheney’s fault. It’s the president’s fault,” adding at another point, “The buck stops there.”



Poppy Bush Finally Gives Junior a Spanking - The New York Times

Why Are Asian-Americans Such Loyal Democrats? - The New York Times

Today’s Asian Americans are not only liberal on the expected issues like health care reform, immigration reform, and educational reform, but they also seem to espouse liberal views across a wide range of unexpected issue areas like environmental politics, affirmative action, and the like. We even find, in our 2012 National Asian American Survey, that nearly 2 out of every 3 Asian Americans who report earning more than $250,000/year supported an approach to reducing the federal budget deficit that would raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000-a-year



Why Are Asian-Americans Such Loyal Democrats? - The New York Times

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Twitter's 'blind spots' on diversity Leslie Miley, former Engineering Manager at Twitter, joins to discuss why diversity should be a priority for large tech companies like Twitter. In this segment, we described the employment at Twitter as such: 2% black, 59% white, 29% Asian, and 3%... Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC




Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC

Ben Carson just can’t quit lying: CNN can’t corroborate any of the key stories from his autobiography

Ben Carson just can’t quit lying: CNN can’t corroborate any of the key stories from his autobiography

"Carson claims to have punched a seventh-grade classmate in the head while holding a lock, and attempted to stab a classmate named “Bob” in ninth grade, but CNN spoke to nine people who knew him at the time — two of whom lived next door to the Carsons and knew young Ben well — and not a single one of them could corroborate his stories.

Carson has said that this is because he was ashamed of his temper and hid it from the world, but the incident in seventh grade allegedly happened at school, where one classmate, Gerald Ware, said that if it had happened, “it would have been all over the school.”

Carson wrote in “Gifted Hands” that people who didn’t know him as a youth would “think I’m exaggerating when I say I had a bad temper,” but even the people who did know him believe he’s exaggerating.

“He got through his day trying not to be noticed,” Robert Collier told CNN. “I remember him having a pocket saver. He had thick glasses. He was skinny and unremarkable.”

Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC - The ripple effects of China's one-child policy In an effort to boost economic growth and confront and aging population lacking caretakers, China is now allowing couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades. Author Mei Fong joins Melissa Harris-Perry.



Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC

Sunday, November 01, 2015

It’s Not Brain Surgery, Ben Carson

It’s Not Brain Surgery, Ben Carson

"HE has said there is “no overwhelming science” to support human-induced climate change. He has compared a body riddled with bullets to the notion of gun control and declared the latter to be “more devastating.” He has hedged on the question of childhood vaccine safety to suggest that “a multitude of vaccines” backed by decades of conclusive research ought to be considered with “discretion.”

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has used his doctor badge to wade into uncomfortable, and unscientific, conversations."