Friday, May 31, 2013
Black 14-year-old Carrying a Puppy Tackled and Choked by Police for Giving Them a "Dehumanizing Stare"
Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and asked what he was doing. The "peacekeeping" officers say they saw McMillan roughhousing with another teenager, told him it was “unacceptable behavior,” and asked where his mother was. When McMillan walked away, they chased him on ATVs, jumped out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him. According to police reports, McMillan “attempted to pull his arm away, stating, 'Man, don't touch me like I did something.'"
Thursday, May 30, 2013
FBI nominee Comey: The man who told Bush his eavesdropping was illegal — MSNBC
Gitmo: Examine chief’s ‘fitness for command,’ DoD attorneys tell Hagel — MSNBC
Thanks for the memories! Bachmann’s 10 most controversial moments — MSNBC
Prosecutor tapped to head FBI known for role in Bush-era surveillance standoff - U.S. News
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Inserting Itself Into Syrian War, Hezbollah Makes Historic Gamble - NYTimes.com
What's the best predictor of success? IQ, talent, socioeconomic status, luck?
Nope. It's 'grit,' more than anything else.
Through her research at the University of Pennsylvania —and firsthand experience teaching in New York City's public schools —psychologist Angela Duckworth has found that the ability to withstand stress and move past failures to achieve a goal is the best indicator of future success.
Richest 20 percent get half the overall savings from U.S. tax breaks, CBO says - The Washington Post
Richest 20 percent get half the overall savings from U.S. tax breaks, CBO says - The Washington Post
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Citing a report prepared for the Defense Department by the Defense Science Board, the Washington Post said the compromised U.S. designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defenses vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf.
Among the weapons listed in the report were the advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The report did not specify the extent or time of the cyber-thefts or indicate if they involved computer networks of the U.S. government, contractors or subcontractors.
But the espionage would give China knowledge that could be exploited in a conflict, such as the ability to knock out communications and corrupting data, the Post said. It also could speed China's development of its defense technology.
Chinese Hackers Reportedly Compromised U.S. Designs For More Than 2 Dozen Weapons
When the IRS targeted liberals - Salon.com
Heroes of Uncertainty - NYTimes.com
Gun Makers Shun Responsibility for Sales, Suits Show - NYTimes.com
WATCH: Harris-Perry Tears Apart Republican Nominee - http://huff.to/18jILQ3L
Apart E.W. Jackson, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Nominee (VIDEO)
Rebecca Shapiro | May 26, 2013
During her Saturday MSNBC show, Melissa Harris-Perry tore apart E.W. Jackson, Virginia Republicans' controversial nominee for lieutenant governor.
Jackson, now a nominee for the second-highest political office in Virginia, has previously compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK and has called members of the LGBT community "perverted" and "very sick people."
In one of her signature segments, Harris-Perry penned a "letter of advice" to Jackson. She said:
Dear Bishop E.W. Jackson: It’s me, Melissa. May I call you "Ewwww"? Because I’ve heard what you’ve had to say about your politics. And quite frankly, it’s pretty disgusting.
Monday, May 27, 2013
When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress.
The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.
And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.
"Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications."
But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.
"On May 1, 1865, freed slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to commemorate the death of Union soldiers and the end of the American Civil War. Three years later, General John Logan issued a special order that May 30, 1868 be observed as Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day -- a day set aside "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land."
Saturday, May 25, 2013
If attorney general Eric Holder wanted to perform even a momentary Internet wiretap on Fox News' e-mail accounts, he would have had to persuade a judge to approve what lawyers call a "super search warrant."
A super search warrant's requirements are exacting: Intercepted communications must be secured and placed under seal. Real-time interception must be done only as a last resort. Only certain crimes qualify for this technique, the target must be notified, and additional restrictions apply to state and local police conducting real-time intercepts.
But because of the way federal law was written nearly half a century ago, Holder was able to obtain a normal search warrant -- lacking those extensive privacy protections -- that allowed federal agents to secretly obtain up to six years of email correspondence between Fox News correspondent James Rosen and his alleged sources.
" Late Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours before President Obama made his big national security speech — in which he said, for the umpteenth time, that the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, should be closed — a group of American lawyers representing Guantánamo detainees filed an emergency motion with the Federal District Court in the District of Columbia. The motion asked the court to order the removal of “unjustified burdens” that the military command at Guantánamo has placed on the detainees, making it nearly impossible for them to meet with their lawyers."
Friday, May 24, 2013
With the scent of scandal encircling the White House, some Republicans are already licking their chops over the 2014 midterm elections, while some Democrats are pre-emptively licking their wounds.
Not so fast, folks. Retract those tongues.
This Is Not 2009 - NYTimes.com
Roger Ailes is full of self-righteous outrage that the Department of Justice subpoenaed Fox News reporter James Rosen's personal emails as it investigated the leak of classified information about North Korea. It's a recent conversion after leading a news network that has been calling for criminalizing journalism for year
It’s a classic David and Goliath story: one man with a computer against the world’s most powerful nation. Bradley Manning’s trial starts June 4; he’s charged with espionage and aiding the enemy. His crime: releasing to Wikileaks, and to The New York Times and The Guardian (and The Nation), hundreds of thousands of classified files documenting widespread civilian casualties, torture and corruption in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Now award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has a new documentary about it: We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. His other films include Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room, and Taxi to the Dark Side, which won the Oscar for best feature documentary. We Steal Secrets opens in Los Angeles and New York City on Friday, May 24.
Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174526/we-steal-secrets-filmmaker-alex-gibney-talks-about-wikileaks#ixzz2UGIyVPh1
All In : President Obama makes case for end of the war on terror
Three weeks ago, All In with Chris Hayes first reportedon model Florida High School student Kiera Wilmot, then facing expulsion and felony charges for conducting an independent science experiment on school grounds. After our report and a groundswell of support from the science community, social media platforms and press, the charges against Kiera were dropped. Kiera’s punishment was reduced to a ten-day suspension and completion of the Juvenile Justice Diversion Program.
The teen scientist who faced jail time speaks out — MSNBC
China Tells North Korea to Return to Nuclear Talks - NYTimes.com
President Obama Vows to End the Perpetual War - NYTimes.com
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Case for Hope | The Nation
"US Boy Scouts to allow gay members" http://feedly.com/k/16RASAH
Finally the Boy Scouts strike a blow against superstition and bigotry. I spent ten years in scouting. It was rife with homophobia, racism and sexism. I got a lot of good Ooi it of scouting in spite of the bad. Big saw an effeminate twelve year old scout psychologically tortured at scout camp. I did my best to help him. This is a great day for scouting.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
South Korea, long in the shadow of other Asian 'tiger economies,' is suddenly hip and enormously prosperous – so much so that it may have outgrown its thankless dream of reuniting with the North.
South Korea: The little dynamo that sneaked up on the world
In the South, a love of guns and a loss of life — MSNBC
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Budget Office Says Obama Plan Would Cut Deficit by $1 Trillion
Gay Rights Rally Is Attacked in Georgia
Mountain of Petroleum Coke From Oil Sands Rises in Detroit
CBS: It was congressional GOP that faked Benghazi email (video)
As victims multiply, military laments ‘no silver bullet’ to sexual assault — MSNBC
Friday, May 17, 2013
Larry Page's reality distortion field - CNET Mobiles
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Victorious GOP - Everyone But Rumsfeld & Cheney - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 05/15/13 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
" Evening Cable News Guests Were Overwhelmingly White And Male
Men Dominated Guest List On Cable News. Out of 1,677 total guests, CNN had the largest proportion of men -- 76 percent -- during the month of April. Women did not make up more than 33 percent of guests on any network."
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Obama’s Justice Department: Holder’s Leak Investigations Are Outrageous and Unprecedented - Slate Magazine
Obama’s Justice Department: Holder’s Leak Investigations Are Outrageous and Unprecedented - Slate Magazine: "Attorney General Eric Holder has said that he doesn’t want the Obama administration’s leak prosecutions ‘to be his legacy.’ But he has also trumpeted the cases—six and counting—in response to criticism from Senate Republicans. ‘We have tried more leak cases—brought more leak cases during the course of this administration than any other administration,’ Holder said before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year. This shouldn’t be a source of pride, even the fake point-scoring kind. In light of the Justice Department’s outrageously broad grab of the phone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press, the administration’s unprecedented criminalizing of leaks has become embarrassing. This is not what Obama’s supporters thought they were getting. Obama the candidate strongly supported civil liberties and protections for whistle-blowers. Obama the president risks making government intrusion into the investigative work of the press a galling part of his legacy."