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Trooper Preaches About Savior During Traffic Stop

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Trooper Preaches About Savior During Traffic Stop
An Indianapolis woman said that Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County. After handing her a traffic ticket, Hamilton allegedly asked Ellen Bogen these questions: Did she have a home church? Did she accept Jesus Christ as her savior? The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Bogen have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Hamilton, stating that he violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights when he probed into her religious background and handed her a church pamphlet that asks the reader “to acknowledge that she is a sinner.”


Arizona, Ole Miss, Miss St, TCU back in spotlight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Arizona, Ole Miss, Miss St, TCU back in spotlight
Last week, Arizona, Mississippi, Mississippi State and TCU gave the AP Top 25 an extreme makeover with huge victories. This week, the Wildcats, Rebels, Bulldogs and Horned Frogs try to validate all that attention and prove they are more than October shooting stars.


Monkey business

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Monkey business
John Dickerson: Political journalism got personal long before Gary Hart had an affair

Obama “confident” of progress in anti-ISIS campaign
President Obama says the U.S. and its allies in the region are making headway in their effort to degrade and destroy militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Republican candidate removes beheading footage from campaign ad
Wendy Rogers received heavy criticism for showing a journalist’s beheading to paint Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as weak on national security


Conservative Media Attack Decision To Send U.S. Military To West Africa To Address Ebola Outbreak

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Conservative Media Attack Decision To Send U.S. Military To West Africa To Address Ebola Outbreak

Conservative media figures have criticized President Obama for sending the U.S. military to help address the public health crisis posed by Ebola in Africa, ignoring experts who explain the critical need for assistance to contain the outbreak and the military’s unique capability to support in those efforts.

Obama Announces U.S. Troops Will Be Deployed To Address Ebola

Obama: U.S. Troops Will Be Sent To Address Global Threat Of Ebola. During a September 16 press briefing, President Obama announced that the United States planned to deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa in order to help address the threat posed by Ebola:

Obama’s plan calls for sending 3,000 troops, including engineers and medical personnel; establishing a regional command and control center in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, commanded by Major General Darryl Williams, who arrived there on Tuesday; and forming a staging area in Senegal to help distribute personnel and aid on the ground.

It also calls for building 17 treatment centers with 100 beds each; placing U.S. Public Health Service personnel in new field hospitals in Liberia; training thousands of healthcare workers for six months or longer; and creating an “air bridge” to get health workers and medical supplies into West Africa more quickly [Reuters, 9/16/14]

Conservative Media Question Why Military Should Intervene In Ebola Outbreak

Fox Guest: Fighting Ebola “Is Not A Military Mission.” On the October 8 edition of Fox News’ The Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson and Retired General William Boykin discussed Obama’s decision to send troops to help address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Boykin said that the military’s job is to “fight and win wars,” claiming that fighting Ebola is “not a military mission.” [Fox News, The Real Story With Gretchen Carlson, 10/8/14]

National Review Online: Obama Cares More About “Helping People Overseas” Than The “Safety Of The American People. In an October 7 post for National Review Online, columnist Thomas Sowell questioned why President Obama would put “the goal of helping people overseas” before Americans troops. Sowell claimed that Obama was “disregarding the dangers to those troops” because he cared more about being “a citizen of the world”:

Barack Obama has refused to bar entry to the United States by people from countries where the Ebola epidemic rages, as Britain has done.

The reason? Refusing to let people with Ebola enter the United States would conflict with the goal of fighting the disease. In other words, the safety of the American people takes second place to the goal of helping people overseas.

As if to emphasize his priorities, President Obama has ordered thousands of American troops to go into Ebola-stricken Liberia, disregarding the dangers to those troops and to other Americans when the troops return. [National Review Online, 10/7/14]

Breitbart: “Ebola Mission Not Worthy Of Our Troops.” In an October 3 post, Breitbart’s Charles Hurt claimed that the United States’ mission to address Ebola was “not worthy” of the United States military, suggesting that maybe Obama “doesn’t like America’s armed forces.” [Breitbart, 10/3/14]

WND: Why Will U.S. Troops Be Subject To A Deadly Viral Disease? An October 2 post on the conservative website WND questioned why President Obama was sending “valuable, highly trained warfighters” just to support public health work in Africa:

As 1,400 U.S. soldiers prepare to head to Liberia this month, critics are still wondering why President Obama is using his valuable, highly trained warfighters to provide mostly logistical and engineering support for health workers trying to stop the spread of Ebola.

[…]

A WND request to the DOD for a response to questions such as why U.S. troops are being used for support and engineering in a place that will subject them to a deadly viral disease went unanswered. [WND, 10/2/14]

The Blaze: Obama Sending Troops “Either As Distraction Or Abomination.” A September 22 post on The Blaze characterized the decision to send troops to aid in fight against Ebola as either “a distraction or abomination.” Claiming that the health threat would be “better suited to civilian health care professionals” the article criticized the World Health Organization for not doing more:

Military personnel are trained to perform their duties in a wartime environment. These highly trained, highly motivated personnel are soldier’s first, and then job specialty second. Why are they being given a mission that seems much better suited to civilian health care professionals? If there is a security issue they should use local law enforcement or hire contracted security personnel, not use soldiers.

Why aren’t African countries taking the lead on this? Why aren’t the bleeding heart social medicine champions form Europe leading this charge, putting their money, people and materiel where their mouth is? The World Health Organization should be out front on this, along with other non-governmental organizations and countries who have much more skin in the game than we do. [The Blaze, 9/22/14]

Experts Say U.S. Military Is Uniquely Qualified To Address Ebola Outbreak

WHO Director Praises U.S. Action: “Surge Of Support Could Help Turn Things Around For The Roughly 22 Million People.” In a news bulletin, the Department of Defense (DoD) reported that Dr. Margaret Chan, director of the World Health Organization (WHO), praised the United States for taking action to stop the Ebola outbreak and explained that its support “could help turn things around for the roughly 22 million people in the hardest-hit countries.” The DoD article also detailed Obama’s strategy to contain the outbreak, including training for “up to 500 health care providers per week”(emphasis added):

The president said the team on the ground would create an air bridge to speed health workers and medical supplies into West Africa, and establish a staging area in Senegal to more quickly get personnel and aid on the ground.

On Sept., 16, the Defense Department requested to reprogram an additional $500 million in fiscal year 2014 overseas contingency operations funds to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to fight Ebola. This is on top of a previous reprogramming request of $500 million for both Iraq and Ebola, defense officials said. As such, DoD would be prepared to devote up to $1 billion to Ebola response efforts. A portion of funding will be used to fulfill requirements identified by CDC, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Joint Staff and Africom.

The funds will provide military air transportation for DoD and non-DoD personnel and supplies, medical treatment facilities, personnel protective equipment and medical supplies, logistics and engineering support, and subject matter experts in support of sanitation and mortuary affairs. [Department of Defense, 9/19/2014]

Daily Beast: Military Operations Can Provide Larger-Scale Assistance Than Any Other Organization. In a September 19 article on The Daily Beast, a former soldier noted that the United States military is uniquely qualified to respond to disasters like Ebola because they have the ability to “scale up relief operations very quickly”:

For better or worse–and there are vocal arguments against the re-purposing of military forces as aid providers–the U.S. military can scale up relief operations very quickly, in ways other organizations can’t match. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln provided purified water from its on-board desalinization plant and delivered more than 2 million pounds of food and over 700,000 pounds of medical supplies. [The Daily Beast9/19/14]

Wash. Post: “Only the U.S. Military Had The Capacity To Move With Enough Speed And Scale” To Address Ebola Outbreak. In an October 4 article discussing the global failure to properly address the Ebola outbreak, the Washington Post reported that as the outbreak progressed, it became evident that “only the U.S. military had the capacity to move with enough speed and scale” to address Ebola:

By the first week of September, senior officials across the U.S. government had come to a grim realization: The civilian response was never going to happen fast enough to catch up with the epidemic. The CDC had managed to put more than 100 staff members on the ground and the U.S. disaster relief team had dispatched 30 more, but they and other aid workers were facing too big of a challenge. Only the U.S. military had the capacity to move with enough speed and scale. [The Washington Post10/4/14]


Poll: More Say Obamacare Hurts Them Rather Than Helps

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Poll: More Say Obamacare Hurts Them Rather Than Helps
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
Though the nation’s overall uninsured rate has dropped about five percentage points in the last year, Americans are still more likely to say the health care law hurt them rather than helped them, according to a new Gallup survey. Fifty-four percent of respondents say Obamacare has “not had an effect” on them or their family. But those who did notice a change more likely thought it was a negative one: 27 percent said the law hurt them, while 16 percent said it helped them. While a majority of every partisan group acknowledged that the law didn’t affect them,…


Now what for the Liberal Democrats?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Now what for the Liberal Democrats?
Clegg rallies troops but faces hard task with voters

Budget proposals to be discussed
Proposals for the latest round of financial allocations to the Stormont departments will be brought to a meeting of the executive later.


World Briefing: South Korea: Journalist Is Charged Over Report on Rumors About President

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

World Briefing: South Korea: Journalist Is Charged Over Report on Rumors About President
Prosecutors indicted a Japanese journalist on charges he defamed South Korea’s president by reporting rumors that she was absent for seven hours during the April ferry disaster because she was with a man.



Catalonia’s Leader Plays Down Talk of Secession Crisis
In an interview, Artur Mas indicated that if he could not hold a legal vote on separation from Spain, he would pursue a longer-term strategy for independence.



Cave Paintings in Indonesia May Be Among the Oldest Known
The paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on Sulawesi had previously been dismissed as no more than 10,000 years old.

Kenyan Leader Appears at His Hague Trial
Prosecutors said the case against Uhuru Kenyatta could not continue until the Kenyan government ended its obstruction and sent in evidence that was requested more than two years ago.




Mother Forced To Pay $700 Over Bounced $30 Check For School Lunches

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mother Forced To Pay $700 Over Bounced $30 Check For School Lunches

After a Washington woman’s school lunch check bounced, debt collectors turned a $30 debt into a $700 one.

The post Mother Forced To Pay $700 Over Bounced $30 Check For School Lunches appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A court says Dr. Christina Johnson-Conley owes hundreds of dollars over a $30 bounced check to pay for her children's school lunches.

A court says Dr. Christina Johnson-Conley owes hundreds of dollars over a $30 bounced check to pay for her children’s school lunches.

CREDIT: KOMONews.com

$700 might seem like a lot to pay for 10 school lunches, but that’s what debt collectors and a county court in Washington are demanding from Dr. Christina Johnson-Conley after her $30 check bounced last year.

The mother of two says she was never served with court paperwork and did not know that the debt had been brought to court, according to local news reporters at KOMONews.com. School district officials say they tried twice to reach Johnson-Conley by mail before giving up and selling her debt to Grimm Collections, a private debt collector in the area. Grimm eventually took her to court, where a judge ruled that she would have to pay $535 to clear the debt.

With interest, court costs, Grimm’s own fee, and other fees added in, Johnson-Conley’s total tab is $695. Her wages are being garnished as part of a subsequent court order. If Johnson-Conley’s reported claim that she was never served with court papers is true, she has grounds to challenge the judgment against her.

The debt collection industry has earned a reputation for failing to provide clear and adequate information to the people they pursue, and regulators and journalists have documented a number of cases in recent years where defendants didn’t know they were being sued over debts until a judge had already ruled against them.

There is no evidence that Grimm violated Johnson-Conley’s due process rights in this case, and a company spokeswoman told KOMONews that their policy is to try to resolve debts by phone and mail first before taking nonresponsive debtors to court. The company did not immediately respond to a request for details on how they conduct collections efforts and who they rely upon to serve court papers to debtors they sue. Grimm boasts an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, a grade that means it is responsive to consumer complaints it receives.

The collections industry has enjoyed a “regulatory void” until very recently. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is beginning to tighten its oversight of debt collectors after decades where the businesses existed in cracks between various financial regulators and laws. The new scrutiny comes at a time when roughly one in seven Americans has a debt in collections and several states have begun to allow people to be jailed over debts.

Activists are hoping that a greater awareness of how the collections industry operates will spark a significant shift in how American society treats debt. The very existence of the collections market, where debts are sold for pennies on the dollar, indicates that debts are worth less than what creditors are told to pay, according to organizers of The Debt Collective. That Occupy Wall Street offshoot hopes to convert debtors into a new mass movement modeled on the labor movement, and use collective action against financial institutions to greatly reduce the payments millions of Americans make to banks, collectors, and lenders.

The post Mother Forced To Pay $700 Over Bounced $30 Check For School Lunches appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Why Can’t Republican Candidates Say Whether They Want Boots on the Ground?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Can’t Republican Candidates Say Whether They Want Boots on the Ground?
From: George Zornick

Republicans are criticizing Obama for an unclear strategy, but won’t answer this key question.

In the Wake of Ferguson, Demand Concrete Change
From: Take Action

We’ve joined forces with ColorofChange.org, Daily Kos, the Advancement Project and a host of other organizations to call on the executive branch of our federal government to take concrete steps to end racist and abusive policing.

Right-Wing Fear-Mongering Is Far More Contagious Than Ebola
From: Leslie Savan

When it comes to Ebola, ISIS and other perceived threats, the right basically wants us to build a higher dang fence and then Otherize the heck out of everything on the other side.

The Supreme Court Approves the Country’s Worst Voting Restrictions in North Carolina
From: Ari Berman

The country’s worst voter suppression law is now in effect for the midterms.


Running on Empty

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 8th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Running on Empty
Thomas Friedman, New York Times
I’m sure there are many technical explanations for the recent breakdowns in Secret Service protection that allowed an armed intruder to run right through the front door of the White House and an armed felon to ride on an elevator with President Obama. But I’d also put some blame on the nation’s political class.

Bracing for a Political Wave
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
It’s become commonplace for pundits to remark that while Washington is tremendously unpopular, voters keep reelecting their members of Congress. That’s only true up to a point: From GOP incumbents’ dismal performances in primaries, to veteran politicians belatedly trying to proclaim their independence, to sitting members running away from their own résumés, it’s clear that Americans are registering significant frustration with their representatives.That’s an important lesson in assessing the midterm landscape with less than one month to go. Candidates who come across as wheeling-and-dealing…

How to Energize This Feeble Economy

Breakdown of the Black Family
Nicholas Hahn, RealClearReligion
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley says this question posed by niece is indicative of the collapse of black culture. In his latest book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, Riley argues that bad public policies have contributed to the breakdown of the black family. Late last month, I spoke to Riley about his faith, black culture, and why blacks don’t need another Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why You Haven’t Gotten a Pay Raise
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post
Why haven’t you gotten a raise?In the past few years, corporate profits have climbed ever higher. Legions of unemployed people are now finding gainful employment, with joblessness finally falling below 6 percent. Meanwhile, if you’re anything like the average American worker, your pay has been flat, just barely keeping pace with inflation. If you’re in the very middle of America’s income distribution, in fact, your overall household income is lower today than it was when the recession officially ended more than five years ago.