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Border Militia Member Had Ammonium Nitrate, Guns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Border Militia Member Had Ammonium Nitrate, Guns
Federal agents found a box filled with what appeared to be ammonium nitrate — which can cause major explosions Â? along with firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a search of the hotel room of militia member Kevin Lyndel Massey. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who searched Massey’s hotel room in Brownsville after an Oct. 20 arrest, found an AK-47 with six loaded magazines, a loaded handgun, a ballistic helmet and several cameras, as well as the ammunition box filled with suspected ammonium nitrate and fuel, according to court documents.

‘Stop the Violence’ Activists Attack Ex-Roommate
Two “Stop the Violence” organizers in Washington, Pennsylvania, allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same “Stop the Violence” T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said.


John Denver Bust Missing After Heavy Metal Ball

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

John Denver Bust Missing After Heavy Metal Ball
Radio station pleading for return of John Denver bust missing after heavy metal Halloween ball.

Spanish economy grows for 5th quarter in a row
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s economy grew by 0.5 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous three months, its fifth consecutive quarterly growth.


Race in America: Focus group discussion becomes heated

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Race in America: Focus group discussion becomes heated
Republican strategist and CBS News contributor Frank Luntz brought together 17 people to talk about race relations in America.

White House reacts to article insulting Israeli prime minister
An unnamed Obama administration official was quoted in the Atlantic insulting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a host of controversial issues. Major Garrett reports on how White House officials are rejecting the language but not the message.

Inside the costliest race of the most-expensive congressional election ever
More than $100 million has been spent in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate battle between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis


Sharyl Attkisson Entertains “End Times” Host’s Idea That U.S. Is Headed For “A Full-Blown Totalitarian Dictatorship”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Sharyl Attkisson Entertains “End Times” Host’s Idea That U.S. Is Headed For “A Full-Blown Totalitarian Dictatorship”

Discredited former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on an “endtimes newscast” and entertained the host’s suggestion that the United States may soon see “a trigger event” that “justifies a full-blown totalitarian dictatorship where no dissent, no questions are asked.” In response to whether such a dictatorship could happen, Attkisson replied: “Gosh, it’s hard to say. I just think right now the trend is bad.” 

Attkisson, author of the upcoming book Stonewalled, was a recent guest on the radio program Trunews. The show describes itself as an “Endtimes Newscast” and “the only nightly newscast reporting the countdown to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”

Host Rick Wiles, as documented by Right Wing Watch, regularly peddles bizarre and outlandish conspiracies. Wiles has labeled Obama the “Antichrist” and a “stealth jihadist” and called on the military and God to save us from his “tyranny”; claimed “Ebola could solve America’s problems with atheism, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, pornography and abortion”; warned that Christians in America could soon be “arrested or possibly killed”; and said “Satan launched a D-Day invasion of the United States of America in 2012.”

Attkisson herself is no stranger to conspiratorial and false rhetoric, including about Media Matters.

On his October 24 program, Wiles asked Attkisson to predict where things are headed in the United States and if the country might become a “full-blown totalitarian dictatorship”: 


Methanol — the Fuel in Waiting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Methanol — the Fuel in Waiting
William Tucker, RealClearPolitics
The fourth in a series of articles this week on energy innovation and the American economy. Methanol is a bit of a mystery. It is the simplest form of hydrocarbon, one oxygen atom attached to a simple methane molecule. Therefore it burns. It is manufactured in small quantities, but production could be ramped up at any time. It’s the fuel that would make the best and most convenient substitute for gasoline in automobiles and small trucks. It has about two-thirds the energy value of gasoline, but its high octane rating pushes this up above 70 percent. It is a liquid at room temperature…

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

VIDEO: European Scrutiny Committee
The committee questions the UK Commissioner-designate Lord Hill

Who’s in and who’s out of the race?
Runners and riders who might replace Johann Lamont

Hart: US ‘wants to help’ in NI talks
US envoy says America remains “disproportionately interested” in Northern Ireland and compares the complexity of the Belfast talks to previous nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.


Emily Cain vs. Bruce Poliquin Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Maine District 2 Congressional Race 2014

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Emily Cain vs. Bruce Poliquin Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Maine District 2 Congressional Race 2014
Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Emily Cain vs. David Poliquin Congressional race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That’s what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America’s elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with accurate information for informed voting. Because these guides have been so well received and are useful for all voting citizens who want to be better informed, we are also posting them here.

We developed our guides by analyzing information from trusted resources such as www.votesmart.org, www.ontheissues.org, www.ballotpedia.com, www.politifact.com, www.factcheck.org, www.vote411.org and from candidate websites, public debates and interviews, and statements in major media outlets. We also showed them to groups like campus Poliquin Republicans and Poliquin Democrats at the schools we work with to verify their fairness and lack of bias.

So here are the issue-by-issue stands for Emily Cain and David Poliquin, with additional links at the bottom for each candidate if you’d like to dig deeper. (You can also find Maine’s Governor and Senate guides here.)

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Budget: Did you support raising the Federal debt ceiling with no strings attached?
Cain: Unknown
Poliquin: No

Budget: Do you support a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment?
Cain: No
Poliquin: Yes

Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which would require key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: Unknown

Campaign Finance: Do you support the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?
Cain: No. Supports amendment to overturn ruling.
Poliquin: Yes

Economy: Do you support raising the minimum wage?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Economy: Do you support extending unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Education: Do you support refinancing of student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on income over a million dollars?
Cain: Prioritizes expanding Pell grants and lowering interest on student loans. Passed state bill to shift private loans to state-backed credit unions
Poliquin: Position on student loans unclear, but signed pledge opposing “any and all” tax increases

Environment: Do you believe that human activity is a major factor contributing to climate change?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: Avoids direct response, says “climate changes over long cycles” but does not provide answer to human activity impacting the changes.

Environment: Do you support government action to limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Environment: Do you support government mandates and/or subsidies for renewable energy?
Cain: Yes.
Poliquin: No. Supports unsubsidized free market development of all domestic energy resources

Gay Marriage: Do you support gay marriage?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: Personally opposes. Is a state-level decision that should have no federal involvement.

Gun Control: Do you support enacting more restrictive gun control legislation?
Cain: Supports gun rights, but would add background checks
Poliquin: No

Healthcare: Do you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
Cain: No.
Poliquin: Yes. Replace with free market solution.

Immigration: Do you support the comprehensive immigration plan passed by the Senate in 2013, which includes a pathway to citizenship and increased funding for border security?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Iraq: Should the US recommit troops to Iraq to combat the rise in insurgency?
Cain: Supports air strikes but no troops on ground
Poliquin: Unknown. Against any involvement in Syria and believes Congress should be involved in all such decisions.

Marijuana: Should marijuana be decriminalized
Cain: No
PoliquinNo

Social Issues: Should abortion be highly restricted?
Cain: No
Poliquin: Yes. Sole exception for life of the mother

Social Issues: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?
Cain: No
Poliquin: Yes

Social Issues: Should Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health services?
Cain: Yes
Poliquin: No

Social Security: Do you support partial privatization of Social Security?
Cain: No
Poliquin: No change for current recipients or those about to retire, but supported Ryan budget that included private retirement accounts

Taxes: Have you signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to oppose “any and all” tax increases to raise revenue?
Cain: No
Poliquin: Yes

Taxes: Would you increase taxes on corporations and/or high-income individuals to pay for public services?
Cain: Possible–has supported both tax cuts and increases while in the legislature
Poliquin: No

Other District 2 candidates include Blaine Richardson (Independent) . Due to limited space, we can’t include his positions, but invite you to check out his website.

Learn more about the candidates:
Emily Cain Q&A Bangor Daily News
Bruce Polquin Q&A Bangor Daily News

Cain:Emily Cain Vote Smart page
Poliquin: Bruce Poliquin VoteSmart page


Protest Is Muted as Egypt Levels Border Area in Sinai

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Protest Is Muted as Egypt Levels Border Area in Sinai
The demolitions are part of a government plan to create a buffer to curb the flow of weapons and militants between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.






Mexico City Journal: Halloween Creeps In Where Local Tradition Ruled the Living and Dead
As Mexicans prepare for the annual observance commemorating departed ancestors, they are also debating the influence of Halloween on the holiday.






Family of Washington Post Reporter Calls on Iran to Free Him
Relatives of Jason Rezaian, held without explanation for more than two months, said “it’s time for Iran to concede Jason’s innocence and release him.”







Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats
More than 20 percent of the early votes tabulated in four crucial states have come from people who did not vote in the last midterm.







University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 30th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus

Students can’t use their student union center as an early voting place after a decision earlier this year by Florida officials.

The post University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL) made a personal appeal to students at the University of Florida Wednesday, declaring that a vote against Gov. Rick Scott (R) was a vote against an administration that had made it harder on students to vote.

“You can’t vote on campus, though, can you? Why is that?” Crist asked students during a campaign stop Wednesday. “Rick Scott. You got it. I remember being here in the spring and there was a local election and we were talking about the fact you couldn’t vote on campus because of…Rick Scott. So, in six days, senator, maybe we’ll be Scott-free!”

Crist was referencing a decision made by Florida’s Secretary of State in February to deny the city of Gainesville’s request to use the University of Florida’s student union as an early voting site. That decision prompted an outcry from many in Gainesville, including Crist, who called the decision an “outrage,” and by Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston (D), who accused Scott’s administration of “trying to suppress the vote of university students and other Floridians.”

As the gubernatorial election draws closer in Florida, that outrage hasn’t subsided, at least among some students. Amir Avin, president of the university’s College Democrats, said not being able to use the Reitz student union building as an early voting place is “definitely disenfranchising voters.”

“And not just students — all the faculty and anyone that works and lives near the University of Florida. There are so many people who commute here every day,” he said. “All of these voters who live within Alachua county that come commuter here, all the students who go to school here, they aren’t able to vote early in a location that’s most convenient to them.”

The student union building is used as a voting location on election day, but last election day, many places in Florida were plagued by lines so long that, according to one report, they discouraged 201,000 Florida residents from voting.

Having an early voting location that’s central to campus is key for students, especially those who aren’t already strongly motivated to vote, Avin said. The University of Florida has a student enrollment of more than 49,000, making up 38 percent of Gainesville’s population.

“There are so many students who are unaware that there are even midterm elections going on,” he said. “For a lot of people who aren’t as civically engaged…all this information can be a little overwhelming, and then by the time it’s Tuesday and it’s Election Day, they have classes and they have exams and they’re potentially not going to take the time to look at this information.”

If the student union building were open for early voting, however, Avin said that political and pro-voting groups on campus would have a week and a half to talk to students about the elections and tell them how easy it is to vote on campus.

Many students, since they’re away at college and may have registered under their home addresses, are voting via absentee ballots. But some say that they would have preferred to vote early on campus if that had been an option. Kaitlin Fosse, a sophomore at Florida, said she “still hasn’t gotten” her absentee ballot and is worried it won’t come on time for her to vote. Roshan Patel, a Florida senior, is also voting by absentee ballot. To request it, he used TurboVote, an online voting service that has partnered with the University of Florida and other colleges in an attempt to boost student voting. The service was helpful, he said, but being able to vote early on campus still would have been easier.

Other students aren’t sure whether they’ll vote or not. Zack Guignardi, a senior, said he hasn’t voted yet because he can’t vote early on campus. The fact that there’s not an early voting place on campus “means that I don’t have time to vote,” he said. Jordenn Wagner, a sophomore, agreed: she said many students she knows don’t have cars, so going off campus to vote early is too much of an inconvenience.

“I would have early voted if we had been able to at the student center — it would have been way more convenient,” she said.

The race between Scott and Crist has grown tight: the latest poll shows Crist just barely leading Scott.

The post University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus appeared first on ThinkProgress.