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Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yes, Chicken Little…..

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This time, the sky really is falling Shutdown 2013 is really not a budget negotiation. IT IS NOT.  You do not pass and repeal laws in the United States of America through budget negotiations. Then what is this, really?  What are the buffoons and shucksters in Congress at a stalemate over?  Well, this time, it’s about nothing short of our democratic system of self-governance, which hangs in the balance:  that would be Majority Rule by the people, through their elected representatives, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers and borne out in our Constitution.  The terms being thrown around – “economic…

LIARS & TIGERS & BULL***T, OH MY: THE TROUBLE WITH SYRIA IS….

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“……there’s always a belief, a want, a need to believe that when there’s a problem in the world, there is an ‘America’ button we can press to solve it”.  – Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) Disclosure: this will meander. Let me preface with a little “I’m a progressive” and a lot of “I support the President” with a dash of “most of the time” sprinkled with some “no, I don’t think it’s okay to have innocents gassed by a madman” and just a hint of “……however” – or something like that. I was one of those insane Obama groupies in 2008…

Read the Declaration of Independence

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An Act of Treason; Not a Law The Declaration of Independence was more a process than a moment in history. This act of treason against an empire sparked the Revolutionary War and, eventually, the United States of America. It is not, and has never been, a law, but it is worth reading. This week, Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence with picnics, parades, and fireworks. In the movie National Treasure, Nicholas Cage’s character steals the Declaration from the National Archives in order to protect it from the real bad guys. It’s a good movie, but it never really explains what…

When Does Obstruction Become Treason?

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Why Won’t Americans Just Read the Constitution? Recently, Bill Maher and Michael Moore rightly criticized Congressional Republicans for their relentless obstruction of government.  Plenty of liberal bloggers and their followers jumped on the bandwagon.  But they all went too far in calling it treason. Republicans have tripped over each other to obstruct every budget proposal, jobs bill, issue, policy, effort, nomination, and idea that President Obama has proposed since the day of his first inauguration. In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, at a Heritage Foundation event, that denying President Obama a second term was the GOP’S top…

Impeachment: Myths, Facts, and History

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More Empty Impeachment Threats from the GOP Right-wingers trembled with glee when Sen. James Inhofe said that President Obama might be impeached for the events in Benghazi.  Few rank-and-file Americans understand impeachment or the odds of it happening.  It does not mean that the president is fired. Most members of Congress and the media understand what impeachment means, but our schools work very hard to produce politically ignorant citizens.  Impeachment means charging a public official with an offense.  Impeachment does not mean firing a public official from her/his job. Constitution and Procedures The U.S. Constitution states that: The House of…

The Postal Service Is Not a GOP Target

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Congressional Republicans Just Want You to Think It Is. Unlike most Americans, many members of Congress have actually read the United States Constitution. They know what it would take to abolish the postal service and they do not intend to do it.

The Tree of Liberty and The Roots of All Evil

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And liberty and justice…for those who can afford it… Corruption. It’s one of the few issues that everyone, on every “side” simply detests. Regardless of the spin put on it or the arguments and justifications for its practice, most will agree there is simply no excuse for it. And while generally bandied like a partisan beach ball, with each side trying desperately to condemn the other for their influences and complicity, while bending over backwards to justify their own, so much is lost in the process. Despite this endless noise and outrage, the roots of corruption, the very mechanics of…

HSBC Settlement Case Raises Legal Hackles

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In December, U.S. Federal Authorities stirred controversy for having reached a financial settlement deal with British bank HSBC, allowing the bank to avoid criminal prosecution for taking part in money laundering operations for Latin American drug cartels, suspected terrorist networks and rogue states such as Iran. As a means to avoid prosecution, the bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion in fines, after having reached the arrangement with the Department of Justice. However regardless of their agreement and written arguments by both federal prosecutors and HSBC filed in January arguing in favor of the deal , U.S. District Court Judge John…

Republicans Continue to Suppress the Vote, Even In Iowa

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I am an Iowa resident. Recently, our local newspaper reported that Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State wants to purge anyone from voter registration list whose citizenship is questioned. If your name is similar to the name of someone on one of the federal immigration lists or someone whose driver’s license says they are not a citizen, then you have to prove you are a citizen. Of course Democratic legislators, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters and other groups are fighting this, but so far the law is set to go into effect shortly. If you’re wondering just how big…

Sequester On Sanity

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“Perhaps no words more accurately and succinctly illustrate the confusion about economics than “Monetary Sovereignty.” It is not a theory or a hypothesis or a philosophy. In its essence, it merely is a description of the way federal financing actually works.”  ~Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Back in 2011, the idea of “sequestration,” or the implementing of harsh spending cuts that would automatically go into effect on March 1st, was floated in an effort to force the two political parties to get together and make a deal to work towards decreasing government debt. A telling sign for many of the increasingly broken…

Say Anything

There is a very disturbing trend occurring in our daily consumption of news and information. First, news is not really news. News used to be, oh, I don’t know, what’s happening on a given day in the war we’re fighting (which is rarely, if ever, covered anymore), or a report on a landmark Supreme Court decision, for instance. Now, it’s all BREAKING NEWS, which CNN’s never ending crawlus interruptus tells us is everything from Lindsay Lohan missing community service to President Obama’s golfing buddy to North Korea conducting nuclear testing. No, really. That’s the gamut. But there’s something else happening in…

Something the NRA Doesn’t Want You to Know

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Before the recent series of mass-shootings, the common wisdom in political circles was that the American people really didn’t want any new gun control laws and wouldn’t support any new efforts to enact them. The truth is, with all the other major issues our country has dealt with in recent years, gun control was certainly a low priority. While most Americans oppose an outright ban on all guns, the support for other gun control measures has been pretty steady since they started taking opinion polls in the 1930s. While not a complete list of all opinion polls conducted on the…

Committees Hold the Real Power in Congress

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The most powerful people in Congress aren’t elected. News programs report on groups of Representatives and Senators examining witnesses. Those sessions are usually comfortable and polite. Sometimes, they’re not. Those are congressional committee hearings.

Here is Why Republicans Care About Benghazi

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I’m beginning to understand why, for the past five months, Republicans in Congress and in the media have worked so hard to politicize the tragic deaths of our ambassador and 3 other diplomats in Benghazi, Libya. They went to great lengths to contrive conspiracy theories about the attack on the American consulate and President Obama’s supposed negligence or even complicity in the attack. Most recently, they use the tragedy to stall the nominations of Sen. Chuck Hagel and John Brennan for Secretary of Defense and CIA director posts. Contrast that behavior with how we all reacted to the worst terrorist…

The Race For Tom Harkin’s Senate Seat Begins

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My senator, Tom Harkin, has announced that he is retiring from Congress and won’t run for reelection in 2014. As a five term senator, Harkin has been one of the more progressive members of the Senate in recent years. According to some polls, the top choice for Iowa Republicans to run for Harkin’s Senate seat is Congressman Steve King from western Iowa. Yes, the same man who told an Iowa reporter, he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest, in August 2012. Same man who claimed insurance coverage of contraceptives will make us ‘a dying…

State Legislatures Question Corporate Personhood

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This Valentine’s Day, some members of the New Hampshire house likely won’t be receiving much in the way of candies or cards from corporate interests. Next Thursday, members of the statehouse committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs will meet to discuss House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 2, which calls for the state congressional delegation to “encourage and expedite” a Constitutional amendment to address the highly contentious “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision. Calling for a constitutional differentiation between people and corporations, the bill goes on to encourage that the proposed amendment declare once and for all, that: “…money is not speech,…

Two Presidents: Curious Similarities

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You may have seen over the years a long list of coincidences and similarities between the lives and deaths of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Here is a link that lists those similarities: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln%e2%80%93Kennedy_coincidences_urban_legend All joking aside, there truly are some intriguing similarities between Abe Lincoln and Barack Obama. Both men came from humble beginnings with little money. Both men were born in other states and moved to Illinois. Both became lawyers and practiced law in Illinois. Both Lincoln and Obama served 8 years in the Illinois state legislature. Both men failed to get elected to Congress on their first…

Call To Action: FiliBust!

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If you think you’re disgusted now……just wait. Here it is, everyone:  Without filibuster reform, there is quite likely no gun legislation,  or new immigration policy, or meaningful debate on climate change and other crucial environmental issues,  or much of anything else, really.  Is anyone out there listening?  Friday, January 18, 2013 – FiliBust your Senator!  Tell Harry Reid to use his majority!  Raise your hand if you’ve never, ever called a Senator’s office about issues important to you.  Today, I’m asking those of you with your hands in the air, and those of you with your arms at your side,…

Myth: “President Obama gutted welfare reform by removing the work requirement”

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“President Obama gutted welfare reform by removing the work requirement” This falsehood was frequently uttered by Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.  Here is what the truth is. At the request of some state governors, Obama allowed states to relax certain regulations in order to increase the number of people who are working. The purpose of this change was to allow states to try new methods to increase employment in their states and get people off of Welfare. Under the new policy, states can now seek a federal waiver from work-participation rules that, among other things, require welfare recipients to engage…

The Origins of “So Help Me God” – Swearing in Our Leaders

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We’ve all seen our President and other elected leaders take their oaths of office, most often placing their hand on a Bible, settling their oaths finally with the words “So help me God.” Many say, “Aha!  So our Founders never meant for separation of church and state!”  This is not so.  Our Constitution does not require that Presidents or other leaders take oath upon the Bible – nor does it require the repetition of “So help me God.”  In fact, the Constitution clearly spells out that oaths are to be duly secular in content. The Presidential oath of office, Article…