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Florida Retiree Dies After Arrest by 13 Cops

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Florida Retiree Dies After Arrest by 13 Cops
Charles Eimers, a retired 61-year-old autoworker, died in police custody after being arrested outside a Pizza Hut in Key West, Florida, last Thanksgiving. “He was murdered by those officers,” his son Treavor Eimers told CBS News. Video recorded by a passer-by shows the man emerging from his car on his own and then surrendering by laying face-down on the beach. A group of more than a dozen officers surround the prostrate man and form a wall around him. He died from lack of oxygen to the brain, according to hospital records.

Landon Donovan Left Off World Cup Roster
The United States World Cup roster is officially set, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann has left off Landon Donovan, the most accomplished player in U.S. men’s soccer history. The 32-year-old has 156 caps and scored five World Cup goals. “The other guys are a little ahead of him,” Klinsmann said after announcing the final roster. “He did everything right, He was always positive. His disappointment is huge, totally understand that. He took it very professional.”


Militant’s sister targeted in French terror probe

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Militant’s sister targeted in French terror probe
PARIS (AP) — French authorities have opened a terrorism probe into the sister of a radical Islamist who committed a 2012 killing spree in southwest France.

Galchenyuk nets OT goal, Canadiens beat Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.


Don’t call me a racist, Republican senator tells Democrat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Don’t call me a racist, Republican senator tells Democrat
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., angrily objected after Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said some oppose Obamacare because president is “the wrong color”


Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks An Anti-Science Fox News Claim In Two Minutes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks An Anti-Science Fox News Claim In Two Minutes

Fox News figures often suggest that historical shifts in the global climate somehow disprove the notion that human-driven climate change is threatening our way of life. However, the past transformations of the global climate — and the mass extinctions that accompanied them — actually give good reason to worry.

On May 11, Senator and potential presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) picked up a talking point that is often made on Fox News to dismiss climate change, suggesting that because “[o]ur climate is always changing” we should not worry about man-made climate change.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson debunked this suggestion in an episode of FOX Broadcasting Network’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey that explored large shifts in the global climate that occurred prior to human civilization. In that episode, Tyson concluded: “We are dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a rate the Earth hasn’t seen since the great climate catastrophes of the past — the ones that led to mass extinctions.” Watch the difference between the political games of Fox News and the credible science touted by its sister channel, the FOX Broadcasting Network:

It is a logical fallacy to argue that because climate change has occurred naturally in the past, it cannot change unnaturally now. Skeptical Science analogized it to arguing that because people have died of natural causes, they cannot be murdered. 

Video made by John Kerr and Coleman Lowndes.


End Crony Capitalism, Sell Federal Land, Limit Tax Breaks for the Rich

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

End Crony Capitalism, Sell Federal Land, Limit Tax Breaks for the Rich
Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
Gummit don’t work good. That conclusion, often that inelegantly expressed, seems to be more and more common, not only in the United States but around the world. It is certainly the verdict of John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge in their new book “The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State,” although expressed, as you might expect from the editor and business editor of the Economist, in far more urbane language. Their thesis is that the state has been reinvented three times in the last 400 years, and needs reinvention once more. The first revolution they name after Thomas…

Gallup: Support for Gay Marriage at All-Time High
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
Support for same-sex marriage has hit a new high, according to a recent Gallup poll. Fifty-five percent of survey respondents think gay marriages should be recognized by law as valid while 42 percent disagree. Support and opposition have inverted over the last two decades. In 1996, just 27 percent of Americans supported allowing gay couples to wed, with 68 percent opposed. The tipping point came in 2011, when for the first time support bested opposition in a Gallup survey. Support has remained above 50 percent since 2012, though it appears to have leveled off for now. The change of opinion…

Why Conservatives Shouldn’t Boycott Chipotle
David Harsanyi, RealClearPolitics
For those of you who haven’t heard, Chipotle Mexican Grill, which for years allowed local laws to dictate policy for the restaurant chain regarding open or concealed weapons, has decided to “ask” customers not to bring firearms into its restaurants after some zealous gun owners paraded around with “military-style assault rifles” at a Chipotle in Texas. What’s more probable, though, is that well-funded anti-Second Amendment activists exploited a single unfortunate incident to badger a pliable corporation into a bad decision. This is neither new nor unexpected. Cue the calls for a boycott from…


UKIP builds on success of 2012

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

UKIP builds on success of 2012
The local elections prove UKIP’s success of 2012 was not just a flash in the pan, as early results show the party taking about 25% of the vote.

Rise in EU immigration to the UK
There has been a rise in the arrival of EU citizens but overall net migration to the UK remained unchanged in the year to December 2013, official figures show.


Fans in Spain Reveal Their Prejudices, and Social Media Fuels the Hostilities

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fans in Spain Reveal Their Prejudices, and Social Media Fuels the Hostilities
A spate of racist and anti-Semitic abuses has set off a fresh round of chagrin and soul-searching — and even a government clampdown — that raises broad questions about why such behavior seems so hard to combat.



The Lede: Family of Detained Egyptian Journalist Says Leaked Images of Him Were Staged
The family of an Egyptian journalist detained for nine months without charge expressed outrage that images of him were leaked to a Facebook page run by Interior Ministry sympathizers.



Sinosphere Blog: Taiwan Activists Push for Same-Sex Marriage Bill
A gay-rights demonstration last weekend marked the return of same-sex marriage to the forefront of political discussion in Taiwan.



World Briefing: Iraq: Bombings Kill at Least 35 Pilgrims
Suicide bombers and car bombs killed at least 35 Shiite pilgrims and wounded dozens more in attacks in Baghdad on Thursday, security officials said.




Republicans’ Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Republicans’ Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably

If Republicans really wanted to debunk that there is any war on women, they might not want to start by talking about women as “ornamental” or voting as a dating game.

The post Republicans’ Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Mike Kopp, Scott Gessler, and Bob Beauprez at an April debate for Colorado governor.

Mike Kopp, Scott Gessler, and Bob Beauprez at an April debate for Colorado governor.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Three of the four GOP candidates for Colorado governor took part in a debate Tuesday that was meant to reassure women that Republicans have their best interests in mind. But if Republicans really want to debunk that there is any war on women, they might not want to start by talking about women as “ornamental” or voting as a dating game.

At the start of the “Women and Colorado’s Future” debate, the moderator explained that it would be like a dating game, where a panel of four women could interview the three “bachelors” — former Congressman Bob Beauprez, former state Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The fourth candidate, ex-congressman Tom Tancredo, did not attend.

The moderator invited the women to join the stage, saying, “It’s so much more ornamental if the four of you would be on the stage with the four of us.” Theme music from The Dating Game TV show played as the panelists took their seats.

Watch it:

It’s not so unusual for candidates to frame women’s political interests as a metaphor for dating. Both parties are guilty of it: In 2012, the Republican National Committee ran an ad urging women to “break up” with President Obama, while Obama’s campaign had Lena Dunham talk about her “first time” voting for “a great guy.” Republican strategist Alex Castellanos once noted on CNN after a presidential debate that women would not be “turned on” by the candidates. In that election, Republicans lost female voters by huge margins.

Yet little of the gubernatorial debate’s substance had anything to do with issues where Republicans have alienated women. Repbulicans typically find themselves on thin ice when discussing things like birth control, abortion bans, sexual assault prevention, equal pay, and maternity leave. Instead, there were questions about which women they admire (excluding their wives and mothers), creating jobs, and even about oil drilling. One of the panelists, Colorado Christian University faculty member Krista Kafer, said she resented “being appealed to under the belt.”

Gessler did acknowledge Republicans could change their “tone and tenor” when discussing women, possibly referencing the Todd Akin-like scandals of the GOP. “In recent years, the Republican Party has sometimes seemed disrespectful or harsh,” he said. “We can’t come off as judgmental.” In fact, Republicans who face female opponents for the midterms are getting coached in how not to offend them.

While Republicans in Congress and at the state level hope to change that image, they’ve botched that effort by working to restrict abortion and contraception and to block economic issues like the minimum wage raise and equal pay, which directly concern women.

In Colorado, these issues are more salient than ever. When it comes to the economy, none of the gubernatorial candidates mentioned that Colorado women now only earn 78 percent of what men earn in the state, five percentage points lower than they did in 2007.

The post Republicans’ Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably appeared first on ThinkProgress.


What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

What White Privilege Looks Like When You’re Poor
From: Mychal Denzel Smith

A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor whites rather than people of color.

Eyeing the Left Coast: ‘The Nation’ on California, in 1922 and 2003
From: Back Issues

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

Did Chris Christie Just Sabotage His Chances for 2016?
From: The Christie Watch

The Newark Star-Ledger says Christie’s attack on pensions is the final nail in his coffin. (We’ll see.)

LIVE: How to Reclaim Our Democracy From the Corporations
From: John Nichols

Watch John Nichols at the Kansas City Library as he talks about his book Dollarocracy.


The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency, Explained

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 22nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency, Explained
Ezra Klein, Vox
Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver. What they need to say to get elected far outpaces what they can actually do in office. President Obama is a perfect example. His 2008 campaign didn’t just promise health-care reform, a stimulus bill, and financial regulation. It also promised a cap-and-trade bill to limit carbon emissions, comprehensive immigration reform, gun control, and much more. His presidency, he said, would be change American could believe in. But it’s clear now that much of the change he promised isn’t going to happen — in large part because he doesn’t have…

Bribery, Obamacare Style

Shinseki Is Still the Right Person to Lead VA
Thomas Davis, Wash Post
After Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki appeared before a Senate committee last week, one television commentator indicated that when Shinseki said he was “mad as hell” about problems within the VA hospital system, he didn’t actually look all that mad. True, he didn’t. But those of us who have known and served with Shinseki realize that this lack of outward emotion should not be read as a lack of passion.

Dems Seek Issues to Lure Midterm Votes
Carl Hulse, New York Times
With Tuesday’s primaries reinforcing the strength of the Republican establishment, House Democrats are reassessing their electoral strategy based on a major internal research project that shows their candidates stand a better chance when they portray Republicans as uncaring toward working-class Americans while they continue to back policies favoring the wealthy and corporate America.