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1251  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Report: Al-Qaida doctors trained to implant bombs in humans on: May 13, 2012, 08:19:52 AM
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/13/11683248-report-al-qaida-doctors-trained-to-implant-bombs-in-humans?lite

Western intelligence agencies believe that al-Qaida doctors have been trained to implant bombs inside the bodies of suicide bombers, Britain's Sunday Times reported.

The doctors, thought to have been trained by a man who worked with the top bomb-maker for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have the ability to put explosive compounds in breasts and abdomens of suicide bombers, the newspaper reported without citing its sources.

The lead doctor was thought to have been killed in a drone attack earlier this year and likely worked with the master bomber-maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, according to the newspaper.
1252  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 12, 2012, 07:57:54 PM
Thank you BD.

I note the mention of Harold Koh, now at Hillary's elbow in some Int'l Law post at State, in NPR piece you posted, upset at the logic of the SCOTUS decision.  He is well positioned (and will be well supported by SecState Clinton in these efforts) to negotiate something really cute in the language that will seek to provide a basis for the criteria mentioned in , , , I see the piece does not name the case-- any chance you could find us the case and its citation BD?


Name, citation, briefs and oral argument.  http://oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2007/2007_06_984
1253  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 12, 2012, 10:03:00 AM
What was the confidence interval?  Many are +/- 3.5%, which would make this a statistical dead heat no matter who did the polling.  And, is this national or swing state?  That matters too!

On Drudge is the latest Rasmussen poll showing Romney ahead with likely voters 7 points.

Just my hunch but by Monday a left wing poll will be announced by the AP that shows it either a "statistical dead heat" or Obama still ahead.

Russmussen of course could be wrong but I believe they have been the most accurate in the last elections.
1254  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Matt Thornton in the classroom on: May 11, 2012, 07:17:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy4TwtoDs50

Skepticism & Spirituality in the Martial Arts
1255  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Warren found listed as a minority professor at second law school on: May 11, 2012, 07:10:18 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/226789-second-university-listed-warren-as-minority-professor

"The revelation that a second school listed Warren as a minority raised further questions about her claim to Native American heritage and whether it was reasonable for her to represent herself as a minority. Republicans, including Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) campaign, have questioned whether Warren used the claim to further her career — an allegation Warren has repeatedly denied."
1256  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Politics of Gay Marriage, pt. 2 on: May 11, 2012, 07:06:11 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-treads-lightly-on-gay-marriage-issue/2012/05/10/gIQAk4LtGU_story.html

"Some of Romney’s biggest financial backers — including Lewis M. Eisenberg, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, and hedge fund managers Paul Singer and Daniel S. Loeb — have become public advocates for gay marriage, as have other Romney supporters, including former vice president Dick Cheney and former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Behind the scenes, influential donors and top strategists are counseling Republican candidates to avoid hot rhetoric or stigmatizing gay people, fearing a potential backlash from voters, who, polling suggests, are fast growing more open to gay marriage."
1257  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Politics of Gay Marriage, pt. 1 on: May 11, 2012, 07:04:44 AM
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/226823-biden-apologized-to-obama-after-gay-marriage-comments

"Vice President Biden offered a hearty apology to President Obama on Wednesday, hours before the president was forced to announce his belief that same-sex marriages should be legal.

Sources familiar with the apology confirm to The Hill that Biden apologized a few hours before Obama appeared in a hastily scheduled interview on ABC to announce his shift on the controversial issue."
1258  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 11, 2012, 04:49:59 AM
One would think:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89100044

http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

As I said, I really just get the feeling that Dick Morris is trying to sell his book. 

Bingo-- the foundation of my confusion, and the nature of the danger, is now made clear.   Thank you.

One would think that there is SCOTUS case law on point , , ,
1259  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Powell's new book on: May 10, 2012, 08:50:14 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/09/colin-powell-book_n_1503592.html

Bush insisted in his own 2010 memoir, "Decision Points," that the invasion was something he came to support only reluctantly and after a long period of reflection. During his book tour, he even cast himself as “a dissenting voice” in the run-up to war. “I didn't wanna use force,” he said.

But Powell supports the increasingly well-documented conclusion that there was actually no decision-making point -- or decision-making process -- during the events between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with those attacks.
1260  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 10, 2012, 07:12:59 AM
I know nothing of this website or its organization, but it does a nice job summarizing the discussion/dispute.  I don't really understand the dispute (as in, it seems facially obvious to me what the Framers were doing).  But, here it is:

"In spite of the clear evidence that the treaty power was intended to be limited, promoters of big government in our century have attacked our constitutional protections through a deliberate misinterpretation of Article VI. They read it as "Treaties...shall be the supreme Law of the Land...any Thing in the Constitution...to the Contrary notwithstanding." They claim that the mention of a Constitution refers to the US Constitution, when the grammar in this clause and usage elsewhere in the document clearly shows that it is referring to the "Constitution or Laws of any State." In other words, while treaties are to take precedence over state laws and constitutions, the would-be tyrants assume that they take precedence over our federal Constitution."

http://www.neusysinc.com/columnarchive/colm0093.html


So, there is dispute about this point?

I hope I do not impose with my request, but would you flesh this out further please?

1261  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential - Joe Biden, the Gaffe machine on: May 10, 2012, 06:40:54 AM
They let him on Meet the Press and he calls Romney 'President Romney' http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gaffe-prone-biden-strikes-again-calls-mitt-president-romney-and-obama-president-clinton/, Obama 'President Clinton' and opens the door on gay marriage to a media circus ahead of any announced policy change.  Meanwhile, they leave him out of the highest campaign planning meetings. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/us/politics/at-sunday-meetings-team-obama-prepares-for-a-tough-fight.html?_r=2&ref=politics

This one was an innocent slip up (or two or three), but I especially like the way he slows down and repeats for emphasis his false facts as he did several times in his debate against Sarah Palin.

"Biden isn't the vital player. That's still Obama. But Biden happily plays the "fool" while consistently outmaneuvering those who think the bigger story can be found in his malaprops and exasperating candor."

http://nationaljournal.com/whitehouse/biden-with-the-assist-veep-again-dumb-like-a-fox-20120510
1262  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: We the Well-armed People (Gun rights stuff ) on: May 10, 2012, 06:06:27 AM
According to the best interpretation of the Constitution, and the specific clause you are asking about, treaties do NOT supercede the Constitution. 

Thank you.

Forgive me for being anal here, but the point is really important and I really want to make sure I get it right.

What is the meaning of "any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."?

Does it mean that even if contradicted by some part of the Constitution, it still is legally valid?  It seems to say that to me , , ,  sorry to be slow-witted here , , ,
1263  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Morris: Baraq's a back door man; his plan to use US Small Arm Treaty on: May 09, 2012, 07:51:27 PM
There is a great deal in that 3 minute video. 

He says that President Obama could backdoor the small arms ban without congressional approval.  He then, correctly, notes that a treaty must be passed by the Senate.  He then goes on to say that this could happen "easily with a Democratic lame duck Senate."  This I find hard to believe for a few reasons.  First, I think he "misunderestimates" the role of the filibuster.  Second, it takes a supermajority of two thirds for the treaty to be ratified.  Third, I suspect that there are Democrats who are not leaving, but are up for reelection in 2014 who might think twice about voting for the treaty.  But all of that is not what you are asking about.

The answer is sort of.  According to Art. VI, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."  So, Dick Morris seems to want to focus on the portion I bolded.  However, the portion that follows is really key to the argument, and somehting I think Morris is likely overlooking.  "[A]ny Thing in the Constitution to the Contrary notwirhstanding" is extremely important.  It would seem, especially with the incorporation of the Second Amendment (fingers crossed for its continued recogniton), that there is protection against what Morris claims Obama is attempting.  (See http://iapcar.org/?p=567 for a nice discussion.)

I think he wants to sell books. 


http://www.dickmorris.com/obamas-secret-gun-control-plan-dick-morris-tv-lunch-alert/

BD, is he right in what he says about the legal force of a treaty viz our Constitutional rights?
1264  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / How to Spot a Pychopath on: May 09, 2012, 12:31:33 PM











http://www.livescience.com/16585-psychopaths-speech-language.html

How words give them away
 
To examine the emotional content of the murderers' speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies — the "uhs" and "ums" that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.
 
With regard to psychopaths, "We think the 'uhs' and 'ums' are about putting the mask of sanity on," Hancock told LiveScience.

 
1265  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 3 Mistakes Women Make When Dealing With Men on: May 09, 2012, 08:45:49 AM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/3-mistakes-women-make-when-dealing-with-men/

This is hilarious, thought provoking and hard hitting.  It is also NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
1266  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Downfall of a Statesman on: May 09, 2012, 08:43:07 AM
http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_132/Downfall-of-Statesman-Dick-Lugar-Richard-Mourdock-Indiana-214367-1.html?ET=rollcall:e13048:80133681a:&st=email&pos=eam

An interesting take on Lugar's career, especially since 1996. 
1267  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How to Spot a Pychopath on: May 09, 2012, 08:05:30 AM
Does this go here???

http://www.livescience.com/16585-psychopaths-speech-language.html

How words give them away
 
To examine the emotional content of the murderers' speech, Hancock and his colleagues looked at a number of factors, including how frequently they described their crimes using the past tense. The use of the past tense can be an indicator of psychological detachment, and the researchers found that the psychopaths used it more than the present tense when compared with the nonpsychopaths. They also found more dysfluencies — the "uhs" and "ums" that interrupt speech — among psychopaths. Nearly universal in speech, dysfluencies indicate that the speaker needs some time to think about what they are saying.
 
With regard to psychopaths, "We think the 'uhs' and 'ums' are about putting the mask of sanity on," Hancock told LiveScience.
1268  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / President Obama 'stingy' on pardons, says clemency expert on: May 08, 2012, 10:29:40 PM
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/08/11585227-president-obama-stingy-on-pardons-says-clemency-expert?lite
1269  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The US Congress; Congressional races on: May 08, 2012, 06:53:39 PM
News outlets report Dick Lugar losing the Indiana primary.
1270  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Entebbe: Israeli Ugandan rescue on: May 08, 2012, 05:33:07 PM
Amazing story Bigdog!  Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1ct-meb6U0

3 hostages died in crossfire, still that is how you negotiate with terrorists.

One Commando was killed, the commander of the unit, Yonathon Netanyahu.

Thanks DMG.  And the video linked above is amazing.  
1271  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Returning dead presidents to the Sioux on: May 08, 2012, 12:58:01 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/mt-rushmore-un-report-james-anaya_n_1496120.html

South Dakota's Black Hills, home to the granite faces carved into Mt. Rushmore, should be restored as Native American tribal lands, a United Nations official recently said.
1272  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: May 08, 2012, 12:55:48 PM
Here is a link with some video of the recent Fullerton California killing of a homeless man by their police. This is sickening.

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/fullertonpolicemurderkellythomas28jul11.shtml

I sent them a letter for their pile. I hope they bring these clowns to justice.

Oh, were you there? Or did the voices tell you what happpened like what they told you about the 9/11 conspiracy?





Hmmm... could it be that Cranewings was right all those months ago...

http://www.pixiq.com/article/shocking-video-of-kelly-thomas-released-watch-with-caution

The city surveillance video that shows a group of Fullerton police officers beating a homeless mentally ill man to death last year was finally released today, laying to rest any argument that Kelly Thomas was a threat to officers.
 
The shocking video, which was combined with an audio recorder worn by one of the police officers on the night of July 5, 2011, was shown in court today, then later released to the media.
 
“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.
 
“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.
 
“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds.
1273  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Eric Greitens on AQ and Afghanistan on: May 07, 2012, 09:48:54 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/opinion/finish-off-al-qaeda-stop-trying-to-fix-afghanistan.html?_r=3&hp

OSAMA BIN LADEN’S death a year ago Wednesday, at the hands of a Navy SEAL team, revealed that America has been fighting two wars in Afghanistan. One is against Al Qaeda, and is clearly in America’s national interest; the other war, to fix Afghanistan, is much more questionable. We must take lessons from the way we fight terrorism in Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere: Focus more on finishing the fight against Al Qaeda, and less on bringing good government to a failing state.
1274  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Operation Neptune Spear: The New Textbook for Special Operators on: May 07, 2012, 09:36:59 PM
http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/05/02/operation-neptune-spear-the-new-textbook-for-special-operators/

One year removed from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, hundreds of hours of programing and print pages are being devoted to to telling us what it all means. In this week’s issue of TIME, journalist Peter Bergen and historian Graham Allison walk us through the events that led up to Navy SEALs storming bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on a moonless night one year ago.

But to truly understand what the raid means in the study of special operations, you have to go back much further, past Operations Eagle Claw, the disastrous 1980 attempt to rescue hostages from the American Embassy in Tehran, to Operation Thunderbolt. In July 1976, Israeli commandos stormed the airport at Entebbe, Uganda and rescued 105 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers (the animation on this video is second rate, but it gives a good overview of the raid).

But wait a minute. What does a 36-year-old Israeli commando raid have to do with killing Osama bin Laden?

1275  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / America’s Most (and Least) Peaceful States on: May 06, 2012, 10:26:57 PM
http://247wallst.com/2012/04/26/americas-most-and-least-peaceful-states/


The United States is more peaceful now than at any time in the past 20 years. Nevertheless, violence still cost the economy at least $460 billion in 2010, through a combination of lost productivity and direct costs, according to a new report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the report in order to identify the most and least peaceful states, as well as how much they spend on violence.
1276  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 06, 2012, 10:12:53 PM
I was say yes it is a simplification.   Without knowledge of the question presented and its procedural posture IMO it is incorrect to make the asssertion that you seek to make.

OK; thank you.  If you or BD have time one day, I would appreciate a brief education on the subject or a reference to a good summary.

This will need to be short because of time constraints.  Crafty is right.  There are many reasons that the SCOTUS may (not) hear a case, and it should not be assumed that not hearing a case is implicit approval.

First, the Court has rules about the types of cases it hears.  The paperwork required is very exact, with some exceptions, most notably in forma pauperis appeals.  If the paperwork fails to meet requirements of font, staple placement, etc. then the appeal won't be heard.

Second, Rule Ten designates that conflict between circuits should be afforded a higher likelihood of review.  (See http://www.supremecourt.gov/ctrules/2010RulesoftheCourt.pdf for details related to points 1 and 2.)

Third, there are many reasons why the Court may not feel that it has the necessary jurisdiction.  These include: lack of standing of the petitioners; mootness; the case may not be "ripe"; it could be considered a political question; and a few others.  The court may not feel that there is a case or controversy, which, of course, is required to hear the case according to Article III.

Fourth, the Court may be waiting for the "right" case.  There is evidence that the USSC waited for Loving v. VA for example, in an effort to minimize a negative reaction to its decision. 

Fifth, the Court employs the "Rule of Four," meaning that four justices must want to hear the case.  There is some evidence that the decision, by an individual justice, of whether or not to hear a case may have some strategy in the vote. 

Sixth, remember that 9000-10000 cases are appealled annually and that about 70 are heard.  The USSC is pretty picky.


Does this help? 
1277  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Alerts say major cyber attack aimed at gas pipeline industry on: May 06, 2012, 07:02:38 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47310697

"A major cyber attack is currently under way aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to alerts issued to the industry by the US Department of Homeland Security.

At least three confidential "amber" alerts – the second most sensitive next to "red" – were issued by DHS beginning March 29, all warning of a "gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign" against multiple pipeline companies. But the wave of cyber attacks, which apparently began four months ago – and may also affect Canadian natural gas pipeline companies – is continuing."
1278  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Aspertame- Sweet misery on: May 06, 2012, 06:52:57 AM


This is a look at the perils of aspertame.  Similar videos are conspiracy type, so I can't and won't vouch for the veracity of this video.  That said, my doctor told me last week that diet soda drinkers are "deluding themselves about the health benefits."
1279  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Character Chess on: May 06, 2012, 06:48:40 AM
http://www.characterchess.org/

1280  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Harley in BC on: May 06, 2012, 06:45:43 AM
http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/16219518

"A Harley-Davidson caught in last year's devastating tsunami in Japan has washed up in Canada after drifting across the Pacific.
The motorbike, with Japanese plates from one of the hardest hit areas, was found on the west coast by a beachcomber in a cargo container on the Haida Gwaii islands, off the coast of British Columbia.

"You just never know what you're going to stumble upon when you go for a drive and, lo and behold, you just come across something that's out of this world," said Peter Mark, who was riding an all-terrain vehicle on the beach."
1281  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / impact of a dying child on: May 06, 2012, 06:43:02 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/02/3590197/volunteers-offer-an-ocean-of-joy.html

This is a beautiful story.  I sincerely hope you read it:

"His life ended last week at age 5, but still Tadan’s story ripples like a wave, reminding strangers that simple moments of living are extraordinary."
1282  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Would you let your son play football? on: May 05, 2012, 06:06:32 AM
http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7890147/nfl-let-your-son-play-football

There are many things to love about football. For kids, it builds confidence. It promotes teamwork. It is fun. It is a physical game but it is a cerebral one, too. The bonds guys make playing football last a lifetime.

The questions for those who play are how long is that lifetime and what does it look like at age 40 or 50 or 60?

For the men who play in the NFL, the questions become more serious. Can you find your keys or remember you mom's phone number when you are 38? Do you have searing headaches? Are you depressed? Can you walk?
1283  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Next War on: May 04, 2012, 12:12:28 PM
From Crafty on the Afpakia thread: "Further discussion really needs to address the deeper questions of American foreign policy, but for now for this thread I will say that IMHO Baraq has thrown away the last chance to get it right and that a truly heavy price will be paid much sooner and much more costly than is generally realized.

Pakistan has the world's fourth largest nuke stockpile and it is already a quasi-jihadi state.  With Iran on its trajectory and the Russians threatening to take out our missile defenses in eastern Europe and Iran and Russia cozying up to the Chavez narco state in Venezuela and various accumulating Chinese moves in Latin America and the Carribean, we may be getting to Ron Paul's Fortress America much sooner than anyone realizes or cares for , , ,"

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/03/the_next_war

The conventional wisdom has it wrong. It is, in fact, likely that in the next decade, the United States will once again launch a military intervention, though with a smaller footprint than in years past. The threat from terrorist camps in weak, failed, or rogue states such as Yemen; the danger of civil wars or internecine conflicts that threaten stability in countries such as Sudan and South Sudan, and humanitarian crises that could cost tens of thousands of lives in places such as Syria and Somalia will not allow the option of intervention to be taken off the table.
1284  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: May 04, 2012, 10:52:54 AM
I adopted a more formal, mature name at 19.  I have a friend who changed names at 30.  
1285  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: May 04, 2012, 10:50:29 AM
ccp, I agree with much of what is said here, by you and by others... and we largely agree here.  However, I many of my posts are intended to be either thought provoking or to add clarity or nuance to a thought.  In this case, the clarity I sought came from this line: "As noted on Drudge complete silence from the MSM.  I remember quite well during Vietnam hearing EVERY single day the death and injury count on the networks.   Remarkable hypocrisy."  It simply isn't true that MSM outlets completely ignore the death count.  Moreover, to the extent that it isn't front page (or lead story stuff), I wanted to point out that the Bush administration didn't want it on the front pages, and so for Drudge (or you) to call this hypocrisy also isn't true. 
1286  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / President Paul on: May 03, 2012, 09:32:38 PM
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/03/president_paul

Ron Paul's treatment by mainstream media, other Republican hopefuls, and the punditry makes me think the W.B. Yeats lines "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world" also describe the year 2012 in the United States. Indeed, Paul's experience in the nomination campaign suggests U.S. politics lacks reasoned substance, common sense, and an understanding of what America's Founding Fathers intended.

Open up any newspaper to see the mess America has sunk itself into around the world: for example, facing off with China over a lone, non-American dissident whose safety has no relation to U.S. security. Yet today, Paul's call for staying out of other people's wars unless genuine U.S. national interests are at stake is deemed radical, immoral, even anti-American. Amazing.
1287  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Elizabeth Warren on: May 03, 2012, 09:07:22 PM

I find this discussion very interesting.  Race discussion has changed a great deal, and indeed now we are to the point where such a fraction of ancestry is laughable (and I admit to a chuckle to begin with).  Upon further review, though, I am reminded that the issues around Plessy dealt with a man 1/8 black.  I am also reminded that Langston Hughes once wrote that "“That one drop of Negro blood—because just one drop of black blood makes a man colored. One drop—you are a Negro!”  This used to be used in a manner to legally ostracize a vast body of people.  And now the same claim is made to demean the career arc of a congressional candidate. 

Also, it seems that for most scholarships awarded to Native Americans, there is 1/4 requirement (http://www.collegescholarships.org/nativeamerican.htm). 

And, more on Warren: (it seems to be true) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/elizabeth-warren-native-american-heritage_n_1467398.html?ref=elections-2012 and http://news.yahoo.com/elizabeth-warren-still-scrambling-explain-her-native-american-170204281.html (and she still can't explain it well). 
1288  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / You Guys will LOVE this!!! AQ likes ABC on: May 03, 2012, 08:27:44 PM
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/05/03/adam_gadahn_on_the_media

AQ media advisor said: "ABC channel is all right; actually it could be one of the best channels, as far as we are concerned."
1289  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: May 03, 2012, 07:41:33 PM
I am saying that we, as a people, are tired of war coverage.  New casualties, unfortunately, don't resinate like they used to.  I am also saying that on the one hand, conservatives (including an entire presidential administration) wanted to avoid coverage of the casualty rate, and now that the media have moved on and aren't reporting on it (as requested), those same folks are pissed about it. 
1290  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: May 03, 2012, 05:35:17 PM

" Also, remember all the pissed off conservatives talking about how the constant coverage of the body count in Somalia and then later in Iraq and Afghanistan undermined the mission?"

No actually, I don't.

Vietnam: "The correspondents' reports began to reflect the popular doubts that had been rising among the American public, primarily because of the increasing numbers of casualties.... Because of the effort to reveal the truth from correspondents, many Americans began to doubt the government and the war. The media and the American people alike began losing hope in the government and war." (http://voices.yahoo.com/how-media-coverage-vietnam-war-changed-america-667863.html)

Somalia: "Horrifying footage of Somalis dragging the body of a dead American soldier through the streets followed, prompting U.S. officials to withdraw." (http://www.brookings.edu/events/2002/0123media_journalism.aspx)  By the way, here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbSuBZLlSr8

Afghanistan/Iraq: "...the military's fears that the news media only focuses on deaths and not the other, more positive aspects of military operations...". (http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA435124)

“Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of US soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped coffins,” wrote the Post’s White House reporter Dana Milbank. “To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers’ homecomings on all military bases.”


"This local coverage of US military deaths "actually has a bigger affect on public opinion than the overall trends," said Matt Baum, an associate professor of politics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

But with the US military death toll hitting 2787 today, analysts said even local media coverage struggles to overcome the numbing affect of the steady flow of deaths." (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1723374/posts)

"On October 25, 2005 the Department of Defense announced the 2,000th U.S. death from the war as Staff Sergeant George T. Alexander Jr., who was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his M2 Bradley in the city of Samarra.[54] In response, Senators including Dick Durbin made statements opposing the war, and activists held six hundred anti-war protests and candlelight vigils across the United States.[55] In contrast, the Pentagon downplayed the death — Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, chief spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, told the Associated Press that "the 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."[56][57][58]" (must have been the media, and not the administration and/or military) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_coverage_of_the_Iraq_War)

A soldier's view of the media coverage: "Roche also addresses media coverage of U.S. military casualties in Iraq:

I don't know why the media insists on trumpeting the idea that all of us are tired and worn out and just want to stop fighting. I don't, and I am not alone. The fact is that we are not experiencing casualty rates anywhere near past conflicts, nor for that matter as bad as during peacetime. There were weeks in Vietnam when 350-400 Americans died, and in other wars thousands would die in single battles. Nothing like that is happening now." (http://www.nationalcenter.org/PRRocheIraqCasualtiesMorale805.html)



1291  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama’s below-the-radar push builds support for healthcare bill on: May 03, 2012, 12:35:15 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/225239-obamas-below-the-radar-healthcare-push

"The Obama administration is employing an aggressive ground game to build support for its controversial healthcare law that often reaches beyond the Beltway."

1292  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Parenting Issues on: May 03, 2012, 12:33:32 PM
I like George Will's works a great deal.
1293  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Darrell Issa Threatens to Find Eric Holder in Contempt Over ‘Fast and Furious’ on: May 03, 2012, 12:09:17 PM
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a staff memo today arguing the House should hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saying the Department of Justice has refused to produce internal documents relating to a botched operation.

The memo outlines Issa’s investigation into the issue and includes a draft resolution of contempt against Holder.

“Congress now faces a moment of decision between exerting its full authority to compel an agency refusing to cooperate with congressional oversight or accepting a dangerous expansion of Executive Branch authority and unilateral action allowing agencies to set their own terms for cooperating with congressional oversight,” according to the memo.

(continued)
1294  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Documents Show bin Laden Fretting Over Future of al-Qaida on: May 03, 2012, 11:38:08 AM
http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/documents-show-bin-laden-fretting-over-future-of-al-qaida-20120503



The U.S. released a trove of documents on Thursday recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan a year ago, which show that al-Qaida’s leaders were deeply divided over how to manage a group of worldwide affiliates that lacked discipline or willingness to take direction, The Washington Post reports.

(RELATED: Text of the 17 bin Laden Documents)

A 2010 letter from bin Laden to one of his top deputies, for example, shows concern over “increased mistakes” by  “brothers” in countries including Iraq and Yemen, the Post reported.

The documents also show bin Laden was frustrated with the groups’ attacks on fellow Muslims, bad media operations and a lack of focus on attacking the United States and the West.

(RELATED: Obama Released More Detail on bin Laden Raid)

The documents were released by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and date from September 2006 to April 2011.

 

1295  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 53 yo tough man on: May 02, 2012, 03:11:34 PM
http://now.msn.com/now-plus/0501-spectator-wins-mma-fight.aspx

It sounds like a movie plot: A paunchy 53-year-old man arrives at a low-level MMA card, and, when he finds out one of the fighters in an upcoming bout is a no-show, volunteers to fight. With only an hour to prepare, the man faces off against a 21-year-old challenger -- and knocks him out. This was the scene April 28 in Kankakee, Ill., where a middle-aged man named Tim lived out his real-life "Rocky" moment. Tim gets knocked down 30 seconds in, but two minutes later, lands a ferocious right hand that floors his opponent, earning him the victory -- and the crowd's adoration.
1296  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: May 02, 2012, 01:36:48 PM
Well Bigdog perhaps you are not old enough to remember Vietnam.

I agree with Doug.  Good for the NYS(limes) and USA today.  As for cable and internet yahoo news I don't see much.



You may not have noticed that since the mid-1970's there has been a bit of change in the media environment.  Moreover, as I noted, two of the largest newspapers (for whatever that is worth these days) covers exactly what you said isn't covered in their front sections.  Here, let's take a quick look at some websites:

Here is the Huffington Post ignoring the casualty rate: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obama-afghanistan-_b_1470191.html

Here is the Washington Post ignoring the casualty rate, with pictures even: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/

And Fox, in an AP article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/01/us-military-deaths-in-afghanistan-at-1828/

If only I could that data: http://icasualties.org/oef/

Also, remember all the pissed off conservatives talking about how the constant coverage of the body count in Somalia and then later in Iraq and Afghanistan undermined the mission?  I'll see if I can find some footage of bodies being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu as reminder.  Talk about hypocrisy...

1297  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 02, 2012, 12:57:18 PM
This may be sematics, but there is a difference, to me at leat, between leaving the adminstration and not continuing for a second term (if that occurs). 

"The idea that foreign policy is meant to be non-partisan has a sad element of humor and nostalgia to it, while her husband stars in a highly partisan campaign commercial - about foreign policy - running right now."

Agreed.


"Some outlets ran it to mean more than that."

Some outlets don't know what the hell they are talking about.  See below. 

“Given her current position, she will not be attending, consistent with her not engaging in any political activity whatsoever,” Philippe Reines, spokesman for the Secretary of State, told The Charlotte Observer, which reports that ethical guidelines and federal statutes preclude Clinton, and some cabinets from participating in anything partisan.

Of course, Secretaries of States not attending political gatherings has been the rule (Reines can't even remember any from the modern era who have attended)...." (from http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/04/hillary-has-better-things-do-attend-democratic-convention/50896/)
1298  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: North and South Korea on: May 02, 2012, 12:45:58 PM
An extremely thoughtful piece, Doug.  Thank you for bringing it to my attention.  I also think the "day after" discussion is key.  A mini-Marshall plan (for lack of a better term) is probably needed, not to mention the discussion about nukes brought by the author (and the need to educate an entire people about liberty, free thought, agriculture, technology and gods only know what else).
1299  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2012 Presidential on: May 02, 2012, 12:23:57 PM
"The other explanation is that the idea was pushed forward by Bill Clinton, a political genius, but in intentional sabotage.  Funny how he is right in the middle of it - while his wife is leaving the administration, not going to the convention.  No one is that cynical."

Who says Sec. State Clinton is leaving the adminstration?  She can't go to the convention, because the SecSt is meant to be a non-partisan position, and it is inappropriate to attend. 
1300  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan on: May 02, 2012, 06:48:51 AM
Both the NYT and the USA Today have fallen troops section of their front section.  That isn't silence or ignoring.  And, the thing about news is the "new."  Old news is an oxymoron, though I think we should debate/discuss the wisdom of this situation. 
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