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1151  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / India Blackout on: July 30, 2012, 07:16:08 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48391005/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/
1152  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / NRA v. Hollywood for political clout on: July 30, 2012, 02:20:25 PM
http://influencealley.nationaljournal.com/2012/07/the-nras-got-nothing-on-hollyw.php
1153  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / North Korea's makeover on: July 30, 2012, 06:15:55 AM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/26/north_korea_s_extreme_makeover
1154  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt's Pilgrimage on: July 29, 2012, 07:41:23 PM
Piece on Romney's trip to Israel and its domestic impact.


http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/25/mitt_s_pilgrimage
1155  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Charen: Can We Still Call Men Heroes? on: July 29, 2012, 02:05:35 PM
http://townhall.com/columnists/monacharen/2012/07/27/can_we_still_call_men_heroes
1156  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tax can't be a pig on: July 29, 2012, 11:53:43 AM
http://www.rollcall.com/news/Justice-Antonin-Scalia-Health-Care-Mandate-Can-Not-Be-a-Pig-216540-1.html?pos=hln

Scalia, O'Connor and small discussion on Scalia's retirement.
1157  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Romney on Israel on: July 29, 2012, 11:52:32 AM
http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/romney-respects-israeli-right-to-attack-iran-20120729 but, http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/romney-clarifies-comments-on-iran-20120729.
1158  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Morris: History of the Vice-Presidency on: July 28, 2012, 07:25:43 PM
This was interesting. One thing I would add is that the vice presidency has been vacant for roughly a third (that is a quick estimate) of the nation's history. It is difficult to build any institutional legitimacy when that is the case. It is not an accident that the VP was taken more seriously after there was a constitutional amendment meaning that there would always be a veep.

1159  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Civil War in Missouri on: July 28, 2012, 07:08:11 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/reviews/civil-war-in-missouri-gives-state-its-due/article_8ed340ac-d73c-11e1-bf46-001a4bcf6878.html
1160  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: July 27, 2012, 01:03:54 PM
I see no mention of President Obama's influence on this decision.

Another POV: http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/fencing/story/Opening-ceremony-flag-issue-make-US-ugly-Americans-at-London-Olympics
1161  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Aurora hospital to waive fees for shooting victims on: July 26, 2012, 06:28:29 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48328035/ns/us_news/?__utma=14933801.129016654.1342392792.1343263370.1343265883.18&__utmb=14933801.2.10.1343265883&__utmc=14933801&__utmx=-&__utmz=14933801.1342411925.5.3.utmcsr=nbcnews.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/&__utmv=14933801.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc|cover=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.nbcnews.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Internal%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=179933476#.UBCeFECe4T8
1162  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: July 25, 2012, 05:59:57 PM
Debate dates and subjects have been released!
1163  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / JPS: Should Hate Speech Be Outlawed? on: July 24, 2012, 04:06:05 PM
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jun/07/should-hate-speech-be-outlawed/?pagination=false
1164  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Teen who tweeted sex attackers' names won't face charges on: July 24, 2012, 01:20:45 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48292780

A Kentucky teenager frustrated by light punishment for two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her was spared Monday from having to face a contempt charge for naming them on Twitter in violation of a court order.
1165  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Mexico-US matters on: July 24, 2012, 06:04:30 AM
http://www.businessinsider.com/this-graphic-shows-what-mexican-cartels-and-drugs-come-to-your-town-2012-7
1166  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: American History on: July 22, 2012, 07:13:20 AM
Since I often lambast Morris, I have to say that he gets this one mostly right.
1167  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / shooting at the Batman on: July 20, 2012, 07:30:58 AM
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/20/12850048-14-shot-dead-at-dark-knight-rises-screening-in-aurora-colorado?lite

14 dead.   cry cry
1168  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / U.S. Concerned as Syria Moves Chemical Stockpile on: July 20, 2012, 07:14:19 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303644004577523251596963194.html?mod=djem_jiewr_PS_domainid

The country's undeclared stockpiles of sarin nerve agent, mustard gas and cyanide have long worried U.S. officials and their allies in the region, who have watched anxiously amid the conflict in Syria for any change in the status or location of the weapons.


Side note: Syria has a spokesman whose name is Jihad. I can't wait until "Holy War Johnson" is on American airwaves.
1169  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: July 20, 2012, 07:07:49 AM
Russ,  Wow, great writing and analysis!  Nice to have you on board.

It's been 23 years since the Tiananmen protests and the regime's use of force against them.  I believe freedom will prevail but I've been wrong about the timing for a very long time.

I wholeheartedly agree with DougMacG. Welcome to the the forum, Russ.

On a side note, China is opening in interesting ways. I met 18 Chinese students this week, and had the opportunity to discuss the Constitution, in particular separations of power and the Bill of Rights with them for a couple hours. They are on site for a two week experience. Very interesting discussions.
1170  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Good samaritan in drive thru on: July 19, 2012, 06:48:07 PM


Good thing he had his knife!
1171  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / DNC Apologizes to Ann Romney for Horse Videos on: July 19, 2012, 11:26:56 AM
http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/dnc-apologizes-to-ann-romney-for-horse-videos-20120719
1172  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What's Keeping Romney From Sharing His Taxpaying History? on: July 19, 2012, 11:26:09 AM
http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/what-s-keeping-romney-from-sharing-his-taxpaying-history--20120719
1173  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fort Hood report shows FBI worried about political correctness on: July 19, 2012, 11:23:15 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/lawmaker-new-fort-hood-report-faults-fbi-for-sitting-on-intelligence-about-known-terrorist/2012/07/18/gJQAJDvbuW_story.html
1174  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bill Frist To GOP Governors: Adopt ‘Obamacare’ Insurance Exchanges on: July 18, 2012, 01:47:00 PM
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/bill-frist-to-gop-governors-adopt-obamacare-insurance

In an editorial for The Week published Tuesday, the former majority leader of the Senate writes that both parties should support the insurance exchanges, noting that they were originally a “Republican idea.”  A doctor, Frist says that he “sees little advantage” for Republican governors to refuse to set up exchanges in their own states and “default to the federally designed, one-size-fits-all exchange when they can design and run their own.”

1175  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Capitol Police Issue New Tattoo Rules on: July 18, 2012, 07:02:56 AM
http://nationaljournal.com/daily/capitol-police-issue-new-tattoo-rules-20120717
1176  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Energy Revolution 2: A Post Post-American Post on: July 18, 2012, 06:48:15 AM
http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/07/15/energy-revolution-2-a-post-post-american-post/
1177  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / House votes to strengthen ties with Israel on: July 18, 2012, 06:32:47 AM
http://thehill.com/video/house/238505-house-votes-to-strengthen-ties-with-israel-sends-bill-to-obama
1178  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Great Green Fleet on: July 18, 2012, 06:30:56 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/238487-the-not-so-great-green-fleet-president-obamas-skewed-national-defense-priorities

An interesting view of the greening of the military from Senator Inhofe.
1179  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Brian Shaw, world's strongest man? on: July 17, 2012, 06:53:52 PM
1180  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / no LOST vote until after election on: July 16, 2012, 03:21:28 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/238151-senate-republicans-sink-law-of-the-sea-treaty
1181  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) & the 4th Amendment on: July 15, 2012, 06:46:10 AM
It was an interesting and informative read.
1182  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Dark Soldiers of the New Order on: July 14, 2012, 07:47:18 PM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/13/dark_soldiers_of_the_new_order
1183  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Where You'll Want to Live in 2032 on: July 13, 2012, 08:10:49 AM
http://businessjournal.gallup.com/content/155510/Live-2032.aspx?utm_source=email&utm_medium=072012&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=newsletter

1184  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / House Judiciary Chairman Launches Investigation Into National Security Leaks on: July 13, 2012, 08:07:17 AM
http://www.rollcall.com/news/house_judiciary_chairman_launches_investigation_into_national_security-216104-1.html?ET=rollcall:e13631:80133681a:&st=email&pos=eam
1185  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt + Condi??? on: July 13, 2012, 08:06:17 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/237701-report-condoleezza-rice-emerges-as-frontrunner-for-romney-vp
1186  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Spoiled Rotten on: July 12, 2012, 09:04:23 PM
With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world. It’s not just that they’ve been given unprecedented amounts of stuff—clothes, toys, cameras, skis, computers, televisions, cell phones, PlayStations, iPods. (The market for Burberry Baby and other forms of kiddie “couture” has reportedly been growing by ten per cent a year.) They’ve also been granted unprecedented authority. “Parents want their kids’ approval, a reversal of the past ideal of children striving for their parents’ approval,” Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell, both professors of psychology, have written. In many middle-class families, children have one, two, sometimes three adults at their beck and call. This is a social experiment on a grand scale, and a growing number of adults fear that it isn’t working out so well: according to one poll, commissioned by Time and CNN, two-thirds of American parents think that their children are spoiled.

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2012/07/02/120702crbo_books_kolbert#ixzz20Spj4FxY
1187  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / List of constitutional rights on: July 12, 2012, 06:36:09 PM
http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/2012/07/list-of-constitutional-rights.html
1188  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Homeland Security’s New Molecular Scanner on: July 12, 2012, 04:55:31 PM
Truth???

 shocked shocked shocked shocked


http://www.neatorama.com/2012/07/11/homeland-securitys-new-molecular-scanner/
1189  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Plebe Summer Gets Physical on: July 12, 2012, 04:49:25 PM


A friend's boy is here.
1190  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Mystery of John Roberts on: July 12, 2012, 04:47:14 PM
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/the-mystery-of-john-roberts/?hp

Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior editor of National Review and leading conservative blogger, wrote that Chief Justice Roberts “acted less like a judge than like a politician, and a slippery one.” Randy Barnett, a Georgetown University law professor and intellectual father of the Commerce Clause argument against the statute, predicted on the Volokh Conspiracy blog that “it’s hard to imagine Republican politicians citing John Roberts as the type of justice they favor nominating in the future” (odd, because the Roberts opinion, actually accepting Professor Barnett’s Commerce Clause analysis, has left liberals seriously alarmed about the court’s future direction on congressional power). Clint Bolick, a leading libertarian who advocates aggressive activism — sorry, “engagement” — by the court to shrink government power, wrote in The Wall Street Journal that “the upshot is that Chief Justice Roberts has become a ‘swing’ justice on the Supreme Court” and is no longer a “solid conservative.”
1191  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: U.S. Lawmakers Must Fix Pentagon’s China Report on: July 11, 2012, 07:24:54 PM

This http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78409.html should be read in tandem with the above article.
1192  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Butler v. Collier on: July 11, 2012, 07:21:19 PM
http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/ops/201113933.pdf

The first four pages of this opinion are the most entertaining I've ever read. The rest is interesting and may inform in the dicussion of this thread.
1193  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 11, 2012, 07:02:01 AM
You don't think that culture and law are related? For example, as law afforded protection to those who "out" themselves, it becomes easier to be "out." This, in turn, increases the likelihood that more people know someone who is gay (or admitting to be gay), which in turn makes them more likely to be part of that cultural shift... and vote, and least in part, on the politicans' willingess to protect gay right, by passing laws.
1194  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Confidence in TV news at all-time low on: July 10, 2012, 08:42:18 PM
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/07/confidence-in-tv-media-at-alltime-low-128567.html#.T_yLFcLgr-E.twitter
1195  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 10, 2012, 07:54:33 PM
Congress doesn't tell people who they must employ. Congress tells employers who they can't exclude from employment based on characteristics that have nothing to do with merit.

1196  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Teaching 'Taco Bell's Canon' on: July 10, 2012, 04:27:39 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303561504577496863632059058.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Is it true that college students today are unprepared and unmotivated? That generalization does injustice to the numerous bright exceptions I saw in my 25 years of teaching composition to university freshmen. But in other cases the characterization is all too accurate.

One big problem is that so few students are readers. As an unfortunate result, they have erroneous, and sometimes hilarious, notions of how the written language represents what they hear. What emerged in their papers and emails was a sort of literary subgenre that I've come to think of as stream of unconsciousness.

Some of their most creative thinking was devoted to fashioning excuses for tardiness, skipping class entirely, and failure to complete assignments. One guy admitted that he had trouble getting into "the proper frame of mime" for an 8 a.m. class.

Then there were the two young men who missed class for having gotten on the wrong side of the law. They both emailed me, one to say that he had been charged with a "mister meaner," the other with a "misdeminor."
1197  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 10, 2012, 04:25:43 PM
Ummm , , , Obama has led the efforts for massive deficit spending so it seems fair to me that he get credit for it-- especially in that it originated in a Congress where both houses were Democrat controlled.  Yes?

I remember BO claiming "creating or saving" (a wondrously impossible to measure metric this new category of "saved" jobs) 3 million jobs with $600,000,000,000 TARP/Stimulus 1 or 2 or whatever money.   A simple mathematical calculation reveals that even if we accept the President utterly disingenuous numbers this comes out to $200,000 per job claimed!!!  It seems quite obvious to me that the $600B taken from the private economy must have heavy costs

It is not as if the party is a single unit. And, by constitutional design, the president, senators and representatives have different interests. So, "maybe" or "on occassion" but not always, necessarily "yes."

And, as Sowell (correctly) notes, just because Obama (or another president or politican) claims credit, it does not make it so, whether or not the policy in question "worked."
1198  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 10, 2012, 12:37:16 PM
I would suggest that Freedom of Association is to be found in the Ninth and that the question presented here is exactly what enumerated power is being exercised by the Congress to impose association?

To tax?Huh Oh, I crack me up!

A possible list, all taken from those powers enumerated in Article I, section 8:

The Congress shall have Power To:

provide for the ... general Welfare;

regulate Commerce ... among the several States (see my post above);

make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
1199  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Kim Jong Un's mystery woman on: July 10, 2012, 12:29:25 PM
Kim Jong Un and a mystery woman clap as they watch a performance by North Korea's new Moranbong band, July 6, 2012. …
Who is she?
That's what people around the world want to know about a mysterious young woman who appeared with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a pair of events over the weekend.
The woman first appeared with Kim on North Korean state television on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of his grandfather and North Korea founder Kim Il Sung's death. She is believed to be the same woman shown in a photograph released by the Korea News Service on Monday showing Kim and others clapping during a July 6 performance by new Moranbong band in Pyongyang. (The unusual performance included appearances by Disney characters—including Mickie Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh—not often seen in North Korea, which traditionally shuns entertainment of the West.)
The mystery woman sparked a crush of media coverage in South Korea, where some speculate that she could be Kim's younger sister or wife. No official details about her identity have been released.
According to London's Telegraph, "South Korean intelligence sources" say the woman is Hyon Song Wol, a singer "who used to front the Bochonbo Electronic Music Band" and "responsible for a string of hits that included 'Footsteps of Soldiers,' 'I Love Pyongyang,' 'She is a Discharged Soldier' and 'We are Troops of the Party.'"
Her popularity "peaked in 2005 with the song 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady,'" the Telegraph said, adding:
Hyon subsequently disappeared from public view at the time that Kim emerged as the heir-apparent to his father, Kim Jong Il.
There are reports that 28-year-old Kim Jong Un was ordered to break off his relationship with Hyon by his father and that she later married an officer in the North Korean army with whom she has a baby.
The North Korean government is notoriously secretive when it comes to its leaders. It took more than a day to announce the death of Kim Jong Il in December. And as the Associated Press points out, little personal information is known about Kim himself, though he is thought to be in his late 20s. Kim's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was born in 1987, the AP said.
 
 
1200  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Economics on: July 10, 2012, 12:27:24 PM
DMG: "I think you either missed or disagree with his point." You are quite right.

DMG: "of course it is never the case that all other factors are held constant." True, but there is correlation and causation, and for Sowell to seem to understand that is problematic.

Moreover, Sowell in an effort to blame Obama (it is an election year, after all), ignores Congress. Why? Convenience, but that convenience is sloppy. Obama, or any other president, can't "meddle" (or "rescue" depending on the point of view) in economic policy without explicit and implicit assistance from Congress.
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