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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, "discrimination", & discrimination. on: February 26, 2014, 01:10:59 PM
I don't know if Nugent is a racist or not, but this is not the first time there have been public utterances that led to questions:

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ted-nugent-uses-slurs-in-radio-interview-gets-kicked-off-the-air/
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Sen. Rand Paul on: February 26, 2014, 11:45:13 AM
I think the question for Paul, at least as it relates to the 2016 presidential election, should be: will this attract voters. It might play a part in a win in the primary, but I suspect (but don't know) that it will not attract the "average" voter. Moreover, I suspect that the stance will likely repel that voter. And if you can't appeal to the average, you can win the general.
53  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Law Enforcement issues and LE in action on: February 26, 2014, 11:03:51 AM
This is an example of understanding the acronym:

DWI: driving while impaired, which he seems to have been, perhaps because of a lack of sleep
DUI: driving under the influence (of a testable substance)
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Bobby Jindal comes out swinging on: February 26, 2014, 08:44:43 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-bobby-jindal-waves-war-flag/2014/02/25/4ee4a9ce-9e5d-11e3-a050-dc3322a94fa7_story.html

From the article:

Of course he’s running for president in 2016. He hasn’t said so, but he clearly is. His actions speak far louder than his words. Given this obvious fact, Jindal can’t start too soon demonstrating his older, wiser, more experienced persona. He has to be aggressive to convince the Republican base that he’s a stand-up guy willing to jump in the ring with Apollo Creed. Okay, so maybe with Dannel Malloy.

This isn’t such an easy sell for the slightly built Rhodes scholar who became the nation’s youngest governor. And though Jindal is a Catholic convert — and he speaks with the natural lilt of his birth state of Louisiana — he is not visually “one of us” in the way some Republicans have demonstrated they’re most comfortable. To the birther sensibility, if President Obama was born in Kenya, then Jindal could be from Punjab. In fact, he was conceived there but born in Baton Rouge.
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Supreme Court rules in favor of police in home searches without objector presen on: February 26, 2014, 08:36:33 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-police-in-home-searches-without-objector-present/2014/02/25/7bc1bb6a-9e5a-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

From the article:

“An occupant who is absent due to a lawful detention or arrest stands in the same shoes as an occupant who is absent for any other reason,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.
56  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Supreme Court rules in favor of police in home searches without objector presen on: February 26, 2014, 08:35:58 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-police-in-home-searches-without-objector-present/2014/02/25/7bc1bb6a-9e5a-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

From the article:

“An occupant who is absent due to a lawful detention or arrest stands in the same shoes as an occupant who is absent for any other reason,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A tale of two countries on: February 25, 2014, 09:39:32 AM
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2014/02/ukraines-crisis

From the article:

One of the most important European trading and university cities since the 14th century, modern Lviv has been Soviet Lvov, Polish Lwów and Austro-Hungarian Lemberg in the past 100 years. It was seized by the Soviet Union in 1939 but guerilla resistance was intense, and broken only in the 1950s. Lviv’s sense of its own belonging in Europe was supported by its architecture and its history of resistance to the Soviet rule. It jubilantly supported the Orange revolution in 2004 and was bitterly disillusioned by the failure of that revolution’s leaders, notably Viktor Yushchenko to modernise and reform the country in the years that followed.
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / GOP lobbyist drafts bill to ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL on: February 25, 2014, 09:38:03 AM
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/24/powerful-gop-lobbyist-drafts-bill-to-ban-gay-athletes-from-playing-in-the-nfl/

From the article:

According to the statement, the idea for a Congressional ban on gay athletes in the NFL came to him after he watched coverage of Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet prior to the NFL draft. In recent weeks, Sam has been praised by many Democratic lawmakers, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, who called him “an inspiration.”
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / oh hell: Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran on: February 25, 2014, 09:33:47 AM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/iraq-iran-arms-idUSL6N0LT41H20140224?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=Mideast%20Brief%202-25-14

Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters - a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran.

The agreement was reached at the end of November, the documents showed, just weeks after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki returned from lobbying the Obama administration in Washington for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.
60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Extradite 'El Chapo' on: February 24, 2014, 11:42:37 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/americas/198985-mccaul-extradite-el-chapo
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Putin interested in a second Cold War? on: February 24, 2014, 11:40:41 AM
http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/russia/198998-susan-rice-us-not-interested-in-second-cold-war-but-putin-might
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Facebook-WhatsApp deal raises security concerns on: February 24, 2014, 11:38:52 AM
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140224-facebookwhatsapp-deal-raises-security-concerns?page=0,0
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Politics at the State & Municipal level on: February 22, 2014, 09:45:37 AM
Well, that would increase the Senate by 10 senators.  Should it get so far as to be on the ballot and approved, one suspects fierce political fighting in Congress about this.  What articles of the Constitution would control this?


Article IV, section 3.
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Changing Picture of Washington "Influence" on: February 22, 2014, 09:11:47 AM
http://mischiefsoffaction.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-chainging-picture-of-washington.html

From the article:

 In recent years, at least since 2011, there has been a decline in the amount of money spent on lobbying, although the trend is not as monotonic as the Opensecrets’ presentation suggests.

What explains these trends?

One possibility is that lobbying firms have just gotten more efficient.  They can deliver the same amount of “punch” (i.e., influence) with fewer lobbyists and less expenditures on direct lobbying.  This may be possible; however since the percent change over time is not constant, even for the last few years, it doesn’t seem to be the case that K-street is just more efficient.  It seems more likely that they are supplementing their (reported) lobbying elsewhere.
65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Plan to split California into six states on: February 22, 2014, 09:10:08 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/plan-split-california-six-states-gains-ground-222139687.html

From the article:

A plan to divide California into six separate US states is closer to making it on to a November ballot, with organizers gaining approval to collect signatures.


Any comments/thoughts, my California friends?
66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Earl Warren’s extra-judicial assignment on: February 20, 2014, 02:52:16 PM
http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/02/looking-back-earl-warrens-extra-judicial-assignment/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+scotusblog%2FpFXs+%28SCOTUSblog%29

From the article:

When Lyndon B. Johnson initially asked Earl Warren to chair the commission to investigate John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Chief Justice respectfully declined. His reasons:  “First, it is not in the constitutional separation of powers to have a member of the Supreme Court serve on a presidential commission; second, it would distract a Justice from the work of the Court, which had a heavy docket; and, third, it was impossible to see what litigation such a commission might spawn, with resulting disqualification of the Justice from sitting on the case.” Concerned that the wild conspiracy stories circulating around the world might lead to nuclear war, Johnson insisted. He said it was Warren’s patriotic duty “in this hour of trouble.”

On the first day the Commission met, Warren, who was a close friend of Kennedy’s,  told his staff: “I enter into it with great feeling of both inadequacy and humility because the very thought of reviewing these details day by day is really sickening to me.” Despite such misgivings, Warren dutifully set up the Commission in offices diagonally across the street from the Supreme Court – on the fourth floor of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building — so that he could carry on his full Court duties during the grueling ten-month investigation.

During its third meeting, on December 15, 1963, the Commission discussed the problem of how to deal with the press. Although as governor of California he had embraced the Fourth Estate, Warren had grown used to keeping reporters at arm’s length since he had become head of the judiciary a decade before. Warren emphatically told the other members present at that meeting that he would refuse to speak to TV reporters:  “I never have [appeared on television] and I don’t propose to do it here….  I am going to treat this as much in a judicial way as I possibly can, and that in the first place is not to talk.” He also declined to hire a press specialist, which Commission staffer Howard P. Willens says in retrospect “was probably a mistake.” Instead, Commission members issued a short press release after every meeting and mostly dodged the cameras and microphones that besieged them.
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Asteroid zips by Earth on: February 18, 2014, 05:02:53 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/17/us/asteroid-earth-close-call/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

From the article:

Only in space would 2 million miles be considered a close call.

An asteroid with an estimated diameter of three football fields zoomed by Earth late Monday, missing our home by about that distance.
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / the rare Earth crisis on: February 17, 2014, 02:10:17 PM
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140217-the-entertainment-industry-understands-the-rare-earth-crisis-why-doesn-t-everybody-else

From the article:

U.S. dependence on rare earths imports substantially exceeds our dependence on imported petroleum. In 2011, the United States imported 45 percent of the petroleum we consumed, but we imported 100 percent of the rare earth materials we consumed that same year — and rare earths are far more essential to a wider variety of industries than petroleum is. China controls the production, refining, and processing of over 95 percent of the world’s rare earth elements despite only controlling about half of the world’s rare earth resources. In the 1980s, there were approximately 25,000 American rare earth-related jobs; now we barely have 1,500. The United States must take action now to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of rare earth materials and bring back jobs.
69  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How Big the Universe is, in One Mind-Blowing Interactive on: February 16, 2014, 06:06:49 PM
http://www.policymic.com/articles/81873/experience-just-how-big-the-universe-is-in-one-mind-blowing-interactive?utm_source=upworthy

Very, very cool.
70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / GOP Split Laid Bare on Debt Limit Vote on: February 13, 2014, 09:37:15 AM
http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/gop-split-laid-bare-on-debt-limit-vote/

From the article:

The split between establishment Republicans and their tea party brethren over debt limit strategy boiled over on the Senate floor Wednesday, when GOP leaders scrambled to put down a filibuster threat by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The behind-the-scenes battle over the party’s debt limit strategy between Cruz and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ended with McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas walking to the well of the Senate to vote to end Cruz’s filibuster attempt — a vote no Republican was eager to cast.
71  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS on: February 13, 2014, 09:34:02 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/curbs-shut-us-drone-makers-out-of-export-markets/2014/02/13/bda46332-9484-11e3-9e13-770265cf4962_story.html

From the article:

   
“China is positioning itself so that any country on the planet that, for political or financial reasons, is restricted from purchasing American or allied drones will be able to go to Beijing and get a comparable platform,” said Ian Easton, a research fellow at the 2049 Project Institute security think tank. He co-authored a recent report on China’s drones.

China’s $139 billion defense budget last year was the world’s second biggest, accounting for about 9 percent of global military spending, according to a report last week by IHS Jane’s. It’s leading a broader rise in regional military spending, with Australia, India and South Korea also hiking budgets that’s widens opportunities for defense contractors.
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Did the Age of Genocide Begin in Sochi? on: February 12, 2014, 11:41:19 AM
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/02/05/the_circassians_and_the_olympics_did_the_age_of_genocide_begin_in_sochi.html

From the article:

As Richmond writes, the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, had “declared Circassia a part of Russia but did not accord the Circassians the same rights as Russian Subjects. The Russians could deal with them as they wished, and St. Peterburg chose to treat them as an enemy population occupying Russian land.” The Circassians were, in effect, stateless people.

After the war ended, Alexander decided that rather than attempting to pacify the Circassians, they should be forcibly relocated to Turkey. And in 1859 the military began a campaign of destroying Circassian villages and massacring their inhabitants to drive them to the coast. 
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Old Jerusalem earthquake helps determine age of Shroud of Turin on: February 12, 2014, 11:39:47 AM
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140212-33-a-d-old-jerusalem-earthquake-helps-determine-age-of-shroud-of-turin

From the article:

An earthquake in Old Jerusalem might be behind the famous image of the Shroud of Turin, says a group of researchers led by Alberto Carpinteri of the Politecnico di Torino in Italy in an article published in Springer’s journal Meccanica. They believe that neutron radiation caused by an earthquake could have induced the image of a crucified man — which many people believe to be that of Jesus — onto the length of linen cloth, and caused carbon-14 dating done on it in 1988 to be wrong.
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, deficit, and budget process on: February 11, 2014, 12:26:52 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/198044-house-gop-pulls-debt-plan-move-to-clean-bill

From the article:

The lack of consensus within the majority has sapped its leverage, leading to Boehner’s decision on Tuesday to hand control of the floor over to Democrats.

“We don’t have 218 votes, and when you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing.”


75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US suspect possibly targeted for drone attack on: February 10, 2014, 05:29:39 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/us-suspect-possibly-targeted-drone-attack-091333349--politics.html

From the article:

An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.

The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he's a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn't completed.

76  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Your Oven May be Watching You on: February 08, 2014, 03:08:21 PM
So says Michael Chertoff:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/06/your-oven-may-be-watching-you-column/5268129/
77  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: RNC Launches Para Bellum Labs on: February 07, 2014, 08:34:16 AM
 grin grin

http://www.gop.com/general/rnc-launches-para-bellum-labs/

From the article:

Para Bellum will allow the RNC to continue building a new tech-centered mindset, while increasing visibility and credibility in the tech community to attract top talent who want to solve big tech problems. Para Bellum will participate in the technical and open source community, starting with a 5-campus tour at top engineering schools and hosting a political hackathon in the future.
 

Given that this is a RNC operation, I expect that the computers will be windows 3.1 with floppy disks.
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Nine Years after Kelo, the Seized Land Is Empty on: February 07, 2014, 06:12:11 AM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/370441/nine-years-after-kelo-seized-land-empty-alec-torres

From the article:

Nine years after the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision gutted the right of American property owners to resist eminent-domain seizures, the neighborhood at the center of the case remains a wasteland.

Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn., was bulldozed to fulfill the vision of politicians and developers eager to create a New Urbanist mixed-use “hub” for upscale living in the depressed town near the mouth of Long Island Sound.

But after nearly a decade, the land is nothing but vacant urban prairie. After homeowners were forced off their property for the sake of “economic development,” the city’s original development deal fell apart, and the urban-renewal corporation that ordered the destruction has not found a developer to use the land.



79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / RNC Launches Para Bellum Labs on: February 06, 2014, 12:21:37 PM
http://www.gop.com/general/rnc-launches-para-bellum-labs/

From the article:

Para Bellum will allow the RNC to continue building a new tech-centered mindset, while increasing visibility and credibility in the tech community to attract top talent who want to solve big tech problems. Para Bellum will participate in the technical and open source community, starting with a 5-campus tour at top engineering schools and hosting a political hackathon in the future.
 
80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Scalia on wartime internment camps on: February 06, 2014, 10:50:48 AM
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/02/05/justice-scalia-on-wartime-internment-camps-youre-kidding-yourself-if-you-think-it-wont-happen-again-98893

From the article:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned law students Monday evening that the high court could again authorize wartime internment camps like those seen in the U.S. during World War II.

While answering a question at the law school at the University of Hawaii about the 1944 Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States  – which upheld the use of Japanese-American internment camps – Scalia said that though the court’s decision was wrong, “[Y]ou are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Are Armed Drones Anything Strategically New? on: February 05, 2014, 11:18:57 AM
http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/02/are-armed-drones-anything-strategically-new/#.UvJLDrCYbIU

From the article:

Our conclusion is that, in conventional war on conventional battlefields, drones are largely just another remote weapon platform.  In counterterrorism-on-offense, however, against transnational non-state actor terrorist groups, they do represent something new:  first, an offensive, “raiding” capability—the lightest of the light cavalry, deployed against terrorist fighters who, as raiders on offense, have rarely had to confront a counter-raiding capability.  But drones offer a very special kind of raiding capability—that is, a “persisting” raiding strategy, to use military historian Archer Jones’ terminology.
82  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Warriors in action on: January 22, 2014, 08:10:53 PM
No lie: this hit me really hard this morning.

cry cry cry cry cry cry cry cry cry
83  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 8-year-old boy rescues 6 relatives from fire, dies trying to save more on: January 22, 2014, 11:11:24 AM
This kid had serious mind, heart and balls. Sadly, he didn't make it.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/us/new-york-boy-saves-family-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

From the article:

The boy broke away from his aunt outside the burning trailer and ran back inside to try to save his grandfather, she said.

"All I could think about is how he couldn't breathe," she told WHAM.

The pair were found together on a bed in the back room. It appeared that the boy was trying to lift his grandfather from the bed when he was overcome by the smoke and fire, the fire chief said.

Tyler and his grandfather were like best friends, Vrooman said.

"I'm just so grateful that he went with people that he loved," she said. "He didn't go alone."
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt documentary on: January 21, 2014, 04:11:02 PM
I am pretty excited to watch this. If others watch it, I'd be interested in your takes. Thanks!

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116250/mitt-netflix-documentary-best-thing-romney-campaign
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Junk mail reminds parents by name of daughter's death on: January 21, 2014, 09:48:07 AM
Damn, both for the father and for the info collected:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/20/mike-seay-officemax-lette_n_4632822.html

From the article:

Mike Seay of Lindenhurst, Ill. received the piece of mail Thursday that listed in the address line below his name: "Daughter Killed in Car Crash."

"Why would they have that type of information? Why would they need that?" Seay told NBC.
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / domestic terror timeline on: January 19, 2014, 04:38:42 PM
http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_national/government_attacks/index.html?SITE=MOSTP
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Limits on the Treaty Power on: January 16, 2014, 09:45:45 AM
http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/127/january14/forum_1023.php

From the article:

With treaties potentially supplanting federal and state governmental authority, the President and Senate should carefully scrutinize all treaties, as a policy matter. We must jealously guard the separation of powers and state sovereignty if we are to preserve the constitutional structure our Framers gave us.

At the same time, our courts must scrutinize the federal government's powers to make and implement treaties. Our federal government is one of enumerated, limited powers, and the courts should not let the treaty power become a loophole that jettisons the very real limits on the federal government's authority.
88  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Dan Inosanto on: January 15, 2014, 05:49:16 AM
I'm glad you were able to be "tuned."

"PS:  Simo Paula called and told him about how Chris Weidman said in an article what he did to AS's leg was an destruction of Inosanto descent.  He was very jazzed to hear this and thought it very nice of CW to give credit."

That is very cool. I read an article that was crap about MMA being too violent, and that this fight was the beginning of the end of the mainstreaming of MMA. A piece of "evidence" was that move that broke AS's leg was called a "leg destruction."

Having learned a similar move at an Inosanto seminar, and then elsewhere from Inosanto students, I couldn't think what else it would be called.
89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 01:02:33 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/01/14/cybersecurity-and-cyberwar-a-qa-with-peter-singer/

From the article:

 In “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” we try to provide the kind of easy-to-read yet deeply informative resource book that has been missing on this crucial issue. The book is structured around the key questions of cybersecurity: how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do? Along the way, we take readers on a tour of the important (and entertaining) issues and characters of cybersecurity, from the “Anonymous” hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyberunits of the Chinese and US militaries.
90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
And is in DHS.
91  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: January 14, 2014, 11:36:04 AM
I am pretty excited about the run to Iowa and NH, for both parties. For real.
92  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ted Cruz' will gain a new friend: Meet US Senate candidate Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska on: January 14, 2014, 11:34:35 AM
He looks interesting, but he is running as a Washington outsider. Is this true, given these:

Chief of staff at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy
Assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services
During the final two years of the Bush administration, Sasse dealt with health policy every day

Good, long article on one of the US Senate seats that Dems will most certainly lose this year. 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368081/obamacares-cornhusker-nemesis-john-j-miller

41-year-old Benjamin Eric Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan
high-school valedictorian
Harvard, “Not because of superior academics, but because of inferior athletics,”
Master’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md
Ph.D. in history from Yale,  (For the record, I selectively admire good academic credentials!)
Spent his summers “walking beans and detasseling corn” (weeding soybean fields and controlling corn pollination)
Chief of staff at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy
Assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services
During the final two years of the Bush administration, Sasse dealt with health policy every day
Held debates with former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean
President of Midland University, in his home town of Fremont, one of the fastest-growing colleges in the Midwest
String of high-profile endorsements: Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth in November, and congressman Paul Ryan

"One of the reasons we wound up with Obamacare is because conservatives didn’t communicate an alternative.”
Sasse recommends a three-point approach: End the tax bias that has turned health insurance into a perk of employment, allow consumers to buy policies across state lines, and give states more responsibility for their social safety nets. “Democrats may be the party of bad ideas, but Republicans too often are the party of no ideas — and bad ideas will beat no ideas every time,”
93  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 11:32:36 AM
FEMA responded.
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 13, 2014, 08:00:02 PM
Because I consider 300,000 people without water due to chemicals leaking into the water supply a homeland security issue.
95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / some thoughts on recess appointments on: January 13, 2014, 01:06:46 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/01/13/is-recess-over/

From the article:

There is much for the Supreme Court to ponder here, as Carl Cecere points out in a useful essay at Scotusblog. His post suggests that “original intent” is not so self-evident and that the history provides fodder for both sides. More recent opinion is split too: In 2004 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (responding to a Democratic challenge to a recess appointment made by Bush) upheld the appointment. The circumstances were different, since the Senate was indubitably in recess, but nor was it between sessions; that decision held explicitly that “the text of the Constitution does not differentiate expressly between inter- and intrasession recesses for the Recess Appointments Clause” (p. Cool.  On the other hand, in May 2013, the 3rd Circuit upheld the distinction, following the DC Circuit’s reasoning. So the question is certainly ripe for the Supreme Grammarians.
96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / USA Today on AQ in Iraq, elsewhere on: January 13, 2014, 11:09:54 AM
Sadly, you guys called this right. The scope of the problem is astounding.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/12/many-iraq-war-gains-now-lost-or-threatened/4393439/
97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WV water supply issues on: January 13, 2014, 11:05:22 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/west-virginia-water-emergency-nears-fifth-day-with-no-end-in-sight/2014/01/12/9d0959bc-7b88-11e3-9556-4a4bf7bcbd84_story.html


From the article:

A chemical used in coal processing has leaked from an old tank along the Elk and invaded the water supply, a crisis that has affected nearly 300,000 people in nine counties and effectively closed the largest city in the state. You can’t drink the water, bathe in it or do laundry with it. It’s good only for flushing.

Monday will mark the fifth day of the water emergency, which began early Thursday when people all over town registered a powerful odor like black licorice.
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The New Race for the Arctic: on: January 13, 2014, 10:50:58 AM
http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/antarctic_ice_shelf_melt_lowest_ever_recorded_just_not_much_affected_by_global_warming/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/09/23/antarctic-sea-ice-hit-35-year-record-high-saturday/ (This one is the most interesting to me. Here's why: "The increasing ice is especially perplexing since the water beneath the ice has warmed, not cooled."

An interesting and witty zinger BD, but IIRC there is a claim that Antarctic ice is increasing?  Let me see if I can get Body By Guiness to chime in here , , ,
99  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: WSJ: New Arctic Passage opens challenges for US military on: January 13, 2014, 08:31:35 AM
Surely the Navy, and this left wing Pravada are incorrect since global warming is false.

100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education on: January 12, 2014, 07:33:28 AM
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/01/07/this-is-what-happens-when-a-kid-leaves-traditional-education/
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