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Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Decision

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Ferguson Braces for Grand Jury Decision
Ferguson, and indeed much of the St. Louis metropolitan area, is bracing for a grand jury decision on the fate of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The 28-year-old white officer shot to death an unarmed black teen, 18-year-old Michael Brown, during a confrontation on August 9. Since then there have been protests every single day outside the Ferguson Police department calling for his arrest and indictment. In this normally quiet town of 21,200, the majority of people — those who support Wilson and those who think he should be arrested — do not believe he will be indicted.

WND Urges GOP Congress to Go Full Birther
Gushing over Republican victories in last week’s election, WorldNetDaily columnist Lord Christopher Monckton hopes that the GOP will immediately go after President Barack Obama’s “bogus ‘birth certificate’ on the crime scene that is the White House website.'” Monckton writes, “This vital congressional investigation cannot be put off any longer.” Monckton, a British writer with the heriditary title 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, falsely claimed to be a non-voting member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, prompting the Clerk of Parliaments to send him a cease-and-desist letter in 2011 that stated, “I am publishing this letter on the parliamentary website so that anybody who wishes to check whether you are a Member of the House of Lords can view this official confirmation that you are not.”


Tape shows contrite Reagan apologizing to Thatcher

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Tape shows contrite Reagan apologizing to Thatcher
LONDON (AP) — So sorry we kept it a secret. That was Ronald Reagan’s message to Margaret Thatcher when U.S. troops invaded the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983 without telling the British leader first.

All-star cast honors Clinton for jazz advocacy
Former President Bill Clinton is speaking out on behalf of “frustrated jazz musicians” like himself.

Due to cuts, Navy bands change approach
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — Military bands are a valued part of American culture, with their musicians lending a sense of patriotism, pride and nostalgia to performances at sporting events, hospitals, small-town parades and service-member funerals.


Obama outlines “new phase” in the fight against ISIS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Obama outlines “new phase” in the fight against ISIS
President discusses foreign policy and midterm election losses in an interview with “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer


Rand Paul Writes Foreword For Confederate Apologist And 9-11 Truther’s New Book

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Rand Paul Writes Foreword For Confederate Apologist And 9-11 Truther’s New Book

Napolitano, Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote the foreword for a new book from Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano. Napolitano has promoted 9-11 conspiracy theories, attacked President Abraham Lincoln, and defended a former Paul aide with “neo-Confederate” and “pro-secessionist” views.

Napolitano’s Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Assault on Civil Liberties is described by publisher Thomas Nelson as “a shocking chronicle of America’s descent from a free society to a frightening surveillance state.”

In the foreword, Paul writes, “Now President Obama says he just wants to ‘balance’ liberty and national security. Judge Napolitano succinctly answers President Obama. To Napolitano, it isn’t possible to balance rights and security because ‘rights and [national security] are essentially and metaphysically so different that they cannot be balanced against each other.”

Paul praises Napolitano for “unravel[ing] the labyrinthine assault on civil liberties that has taken place as a side effect of the War on Terror.”

He concludes, “Judge Napolitano gets it, and I hope his new book will help the American public to get it; to wake up and mount a defense of our most precious liberties before it’s too late.”

While Paul thinks Napolitano “gets it,” the Fox News contributor has a long history of promoting outlandish conspiracy theories and making controversial statements. 


Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON – To understand what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections, we can look to the Senate race in Colorado, where Barack Obama was first nominated for president. The state went for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012—and until Tuesday it had a Democratic governor and two Democratic senators. Now it will have one Democratic senator, as well as a chastened and only narrowly re-elected governor in a state where the president’s job approval has slipped below 40 percent. Similar results occurred from Georgia to Alaska. This was inevitable because the…

What Happened?
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. Had the Democrats retained control of the Senate, President Obama could have spent his last two years in office loading the federal judiciary with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution of the United States. Such judges — perhaps including Supreme Court justices — would have been confirmed by Senate Democrats, and could spend the rest of their lifetime appointments ruling in favor of expansions of…

The Fed’s Bond Buying Enigma
Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake a host of hard questions. Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, by how much? What are the long-run effects? Should it be used again? We don’t have good answers. We need a dispassionate accounting of its successes and shortcomings, because the bond buying represents the most significant economic-policy innovation to emerge from the 2008-09 financial crisis. Instead, the subject is defined by a patchwork of disconnected studies and much bewildering jargon. The bond buying…


VIDEO: ‘Europeanising justice system’ claims MP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

VIDEO: ‘Europeanising justice system’ claims MP
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says the government has not given the vote it promised on the European Arrest Warrant.

Labour to call debate on warrant row
Labour plans to use an opposition day debate next week to give MPs a chance to vote on the European Arrest Warrant, the BBC understands.

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World Briefing: South Sudan: Cease-Fire Ends After 48 Hours

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

World Briefing: South Sudan: Cease-Fire Ends After 48 Hours
Forty-eight hours after the latest cease-fire deal in South Sudan, a battle broke out on Monday between government troops and rebel fighters in which 29 combatants died, said a military spokesman.



Halmaj Journal: Work-for-Welfare Gains a Foothold in Hungary
Under the right-wing rule of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the unemployed in Halmaj — a poor, rural village of 1,800 — must work to get more public assistance.



World Briefing: India: Court Allows Women to Work as Makeup Artists in Film Industry
India’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the lifting of a ban on women working as makeup artists in the movie industry, ending a discriminatory practice that has endured for decades.



World Briefing: Thailand: Police to Send Migrants Back Out to Sea in Boats
More than 200 migrants from Myanmar who are being held in southern Thailand will be pushed back out to sea, the police said Monday.



Explaining Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency
Boko Haram is largely known for its kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, but it is suspected of having committed atrocities before and after those abductions.




25 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, On The Brink Of A New Cold War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

25 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, On The Brink Of A New Cold War

“Some say that it has already begun.”

The post 25 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, On The Brink Of A New Cold War appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ukraine

CREDIT: AP

The Soviet leader who helped bring a close to Cold War has warned that the west and Russia are on the cusp of another era of tension. At the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev said that the crises in is not getting the sort of international oversight needed to prevent the sort of hostilities that divided much of the world in two for half of the last century.

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that it has already begun,” he said in a speech in Berlin on Saturday.

A European Leadership Network report released on Monday supports Gorbachev’s point.

Forty sensitive incidents have taken in the last eight months alone. By October of this year, NATO states had already intercepted Russian aircraft encroaching on sovereign airspace more than 100 times – that’s three times more than in all of 2013.

“These events form a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area,” the report’s authors Thomas Frear, ?ukasz Kulesa, and Ian Kearns note. “While the majority of the documented incidents have taken place in the Baltic Sea, there have also been ‘near misses’ in the High North, Black Sea and along the U.S. and Canadian borders.”

“At the military level, it may be initiating and using such incidents to observe patterns of response and test the preparedness of specific elements of national and allied defense systems, as well as levels of cooperation between NATO Allies and partners,” they continue. “They serve as a demonstration of Russia’s capability to effectively use force for intimidation and coercion, particularly against its immediate neighbors.”

Some of the incidents carried out by Russia seems to have been coordinated with major diplomatic events with the West such as President Barack Obama’s visit to Central Europe, the Ukrainian President’s visit to the U.S. and Canada, or the NATO Summit in Wales.

The report does not include Malaysian Airways flight MH17 which crashed over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in July. Many, including Secretary of State John Kerry have accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down the plan and killing the 298 passengers on board. The separatists have laid claim to the region and held elections there earlier this month, a political event condemned by NATO and the European Union.

In March, Russian troops took control of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in a nearly entirely bloodless invasion.

More than 4,000 have been killed since the start of the pro-Russian uprising in Ukraine, according to the United Nations.

“And yet,” Gorbachev told a crowd gathered to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, “While the situation is dramatic, we do not see the main international body, the U.N. Security Council, playing any role or taking any concrete action.”

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Can Youth Build New Worlds With the Ballot Alone?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 11th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Can Youth Build New Worlds With the Ballot Alone?
From: StudentNation

Electoral politics is but one tool the grassroots must use to create change.

Students Walk Out for Native Justice, ‘Un-Koch’ 28 Campuses and ‘Carry That Weight’ Everywhere
From: StudentNation

What's that about the youth vote?

Top Ten Veterans Day Songs
From: Peter Rothberg

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

Are Fracking Workers Being Poisoned on the Job?
From: Michelle Chen

A new study suggests air pollution near fracking sites may be worse than previously estimated—putting workers and local residents at increased risk of cancer, birth defects and other major health problems.