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Archive for August, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

From a commenter over at Kevin Drum’s place. The discussion was about problems with the American educational system: Yep. And as the posts by Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt have shown over the last year (link below) the same is true of our health care system. We’ve gone through a 30+ year binge of hypercapitalism, […]

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West Memphis 3 Freed with Alford Plea

Friday, August 19th, 2011

MSNBC Reports a very big development in the West Memphis 3 case: JONESBORO, Ark. — Three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts were freed Friday after nearly two decades in prison and after a judge OK’d a deal with prosecutors. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley agreed to change their pleas from […]

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I Didn’t Even Know Gary Anderson Was Running in 2012!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I came across this in this discussion thread at the Agitator that I thought was too good not to share: I’m pretty sure “Thom” wasn’t referring to Gary Anderson, the former kicker of the Minnesota Vikings (who to my knowledge isn’t running for president) but rather Gary Johnson the former governor of New Mexico (who […]

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Jon Stewart: “How Did Libertarian Ron Paul Become the 13th Floor in a Hotel?”

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

John Stewart’s take on the media’s non-coverage of Ron Paul in recent weeks. I think he pretty much nailed it. Enjoy! The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

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Ron Paul Campaign Alleges Media Bias in Politico Article Headline

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I saw this on my Facebook news feed from the Ron Paul FB page yesterday: Now that I have had a chance to follow the link today, the Politico article headline now reads “Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll.” It seems to me that Ron Paul’s supporters called them on it and Politico had the […]

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SP Lowers the U.S. Debt Rating

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The Standards and Poor rating service has downgraded the U.S. Federal Government’s bonds to AA+ status. This action long overdue does not go far enough. To understand the meaning of this, we should first understand the meaning of the S&P ratings. The ratings indicate several things: 1) The likelihood of a default – the debtor […]

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5 New Orleans Cops Convicted on 25 Counts in Post-Katrina Shootings

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A new chapter in one of the more disturbing occurrences following hurricane Katrina came to a close today in a jury verdict that found 5 New Orleans cops guilty on 25 counts. The AP reports (via The Houston Chronicle): NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury on Friday convicted five current or former New Orleans police […]

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Should Republicans Fight Gas Tax Renewal?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It appears that our Federal $0.184/gallon gasoline excise tax is set to expire in just under 2 months, on September 30. This was news to me. As my colleague Doug blogs over at Outside the Beltway, this is being batted around as potentially being big news — brought to you by Grover Norquist & the […]

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The 2-Minute Budget Deal Reaction: Open Thread

Monday, August 1st, 2011

So I’ve had a tiny bit of time to reflect on the budget deal. Here are the key points: $900B in immediate cuts [1/3 to defense], coupled to a $900B immediate debt ceiling increase. Additional $1.2T-1.5T debt ceiling increase IF Congress either passes a balanced budget amendment or a bipartisan commission creates a debt reduction […]

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Call to action: Stop the police cyber-state

Monday, August 1st, 2011

There is a scary bill working its way through Congress right now: H.R. 1981 – the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 While this sounds like a worthy goal, the bill features a repressive data retention requirement that would open ordinary Americans to abuse from government as well as cyber-criminals. Specifically, the bill […]

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