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Archive for August 3rd, 2014

God Gave This Land to Me

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

God Gave This Land to Me
The history of the Israel/Palestine conflict in three minutes and thirty two seconds by American animator Nina Paley. “This land is mine/God gave this land to me/This brave and ancient land to me/And when the morning sun/Reveals her hills and plains/Then I see a land/Where children can run free.”

20 OD, 1 Die at Mad Decent Block Party
A North Carolina man died and 20 people were hospitalized due to apparent drug overdoses during a pop and dance music festival Saturday in Maryland. Tyler Fox Viscardi, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died after being taken to the hospital at 9 p.m. Friday from the all-day Mad Decent Block Party festival in Columbia, about 20 miles southwest of Baltimore. The festival travels across the country featuring performers that are mostly electronic dance music acts. “The drug use among some concerts is getting out of hand,” Tri-Cities EDM Scene wrote on Twitter in response Saturday’s events.


Honduran man waits for asylum after 12-year fight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Honduran man waits for asylum after 12-year fight
When he arrived at the Texas border, Celvyn Mejia Romero was a scared 10-year-old, with a machete scar and memories of a murdered uncle as reminders of why he’d embarked on a long, perilous journey from Honduras.


Obama signs bill “unlocking” cell phones

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama signs bill “unlocking” cell phones
But how much of an impact will the highly popular law actually have?

Greg Walden: GOP candidates to bring “accountability” to D.C.
The head of the House Republicans’ campaign arm, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., touts some of the GOP’s most promising midterm candidates.


The New Glenn Beck Sounds A Lot Like The Same Old Beck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The New Glenn Beck Sounds A Lot Like The Same Old Beck

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In an interview on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Glenn Beck hyped his independent media venture while trying to divert attention away from his recent and past paranoid fantasies and conspiracy theories.

In an August 8 interview with host Brian Stelter labeled “the evolution of Glenn Beck,” Beck appeared to discuss his network, The Blaze, and a move to a less political brand of talk, but Beck’s own comments in the interview and recent work show his act hasn’t really changed at all.


Living the Wage? Try Living the Small Business.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Living the Wage? Try Living the Small Business.
Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics
The latest salvo in the minimum wage wars is a gimmick cooked up by the progressives at Americans United for Change called “Living the Wage.” The group, which is pushing Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, challenged policymakers to try and live for one week on just $77, which is what they claim a current full-time minimum wage earner has left over after paying for housing and taxes (more on that in a bit). It appears the group could only find three takers, all Democrats: Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Tim Ryan of Ohio, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland….


‘Recall Parliament’ over Gaza-Israel

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘Recall Parliament’ over Gaza-Israel
Parliament should be recalled to discuss the ongoing conflict between Gaza and Israel, a Plaid Cymru MP says.

Gaza crisis ‘intolerable’ – Hammond
The situation in Gaza is “simply intolerable and must be addressed”, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.


Microsoft digs in on digital privacy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Microsoft digs in on digital privacy
Microsoft and the DOJ are squaring off in a case with drastic ramifications for digital privacy.


Putin Strives to Harness Energy of Russian Pilgrims for Political Profit

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Putin Strives to Harness Energy of Russian Pilgrims for Political Profit
Celebrations for the 700th birthday of St. Sergius emphasized his role in shaping a unified Russia, a narrative that dovetails with the Kremlin’s political aims.



China Experiences a Booming Underground Market in Child Surrogacy
The rise of surrogacy links wealthy couples with poor women, in a murky world of online brokers, dubious private clinics and expensive trips to foreign countries.



Nepal Enthralled by Visit of India Premier, Who Hits ‘the Right Notes’
A fractious country, Nepal has been united in its embrace of Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister in 17 years to make a state visit here.




Thousands Protest At The White House As New Wave Of Violence Erupts In Gaza

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Thousands Protest At The White House As New Wave Of Violence Erupts In Gaza

Protests in DC and Tel Aviv called for an end to Operation Protective Edge on Saturday.

The post Thousands Protest At The White House As New Wave Of Violence Erupts In Gaza appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Abby Salem, 19, left, and her cousin Samira Salem, 17, right, both of Westlake, Ohio, pose for a selfie during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, against the violence in Gaza.

Abby Salem, 19, left, and her cousin Samira Salem, 17, right, both of Westlake, Ohio, poses for a selfie during a rally in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, against the violence in Gaza.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Protests against the violence in Gaza broke out across the world over the weekend after another ceasefire collapsed in Israel’s nearly month-long Operation Protective Edge.

Thousands marched in Washington, DC in support of Palestinians, congregating in front of the White House holding up cardboard boxes designed to look like coffins. Estimates put the crowd between 10,000 and 50,000. Among the protesters were Cornel West and 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, who was beaten by Israeli military forces while visiting family in Jerusalem. Twenty or so pro-Israel protesters also showed up at the White House, where the two groups traded barbs.

Anti-war demonstrators also gathered in Israel over the weekend. Fourteen were arrested at Bima Square in Tel Aviv, where several hundred Israelis called for peace on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, bloodshed continued in Gaza. The disappearance of an Israeli soldier, initially thought to be kidnapped by Hamas, almost immediately destroyed a ceasefire agreement on Friday and prompted Israel to pull out of further ceasefire negotiations in Cairo, where Hamas and the more moderate Palestinian Authority have sent delegations. The soldier, 23-year-old Hadar Goldin, was in fact killed in battle on Friday, the Israeli Defense Forces announced Sunday morning.

But over the weekend, a new round of shelling was already bombarding Rafah, where Goldin was believed to have been abducted. Airstrikes outside a UN school being used as a shelter in Rafah killed 10 Palestinians and injured 35 others who were waiting in line for food supplies, according to witnesses who spoke to the New York Times. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called the shelling of the UN school “a moral outrage and a criminal act.” The Rafah school was the third UN school to be struck.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said Saturday that Israel would keep military actions going “as long as necessary.” The IDF is expected to announce within the next day that they have successfully razed all known tunnels into Gaza. But rocket fire was detected by the Iron Dome targeting central Israel and Tel Aviv early Sunday, suggesting the conflict will continue.

The weeks of violence have claimed the lives of more than 1,600 Palestinians, 67 Israelis, and 9 UN workers. Additionally, Egyptian officials say the bombardment has left at least one million Gazans without electricity.

The post Thousands Protest At The White House As New Wave Of Violence Erupts In Gaza appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Obama’s Dangerous Impeachment Game

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama’s Dangerous Impeachment Game
Ross Douthat, New York Times
SOMETHING rather dangerous is happening in American politics right now, all the more so for being taken for granted by many of the people watching it unfold.I do not mean the confusion of House Republicans, or the general gridlock in Congress, which are impeding legislative action on the child migrant crisis (among other matters). Incompetence and gridlock are significant problems, indeed severe ones, but they’re happening within the context of a constitutional system that allows for — and can survive — congressional inaction.

The Future of Same-Sex Marriage
Geoffrey Stone, The Daily Beast
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit this week held unconstitutional a Virginia law prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriage. This was the twenty-ninth consecutive judicial decision in the past 12 months holding that such are laws unconstitutional. This is nothing short of extraordinary. How did we get to this point? – See more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/03/justice-kennedy-opened-the-door-to-same-sex-marriage-will-he-walk-through-next.html#sthash.nn69SugE.dpuf

Academic Freedom Fighter
Roger Kimball, Wall Street Journal