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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 30 2013

Bill O’Reilly dismisses the young Republicans report

You may recall that I wrote about a recent report put out by young Republicans that surveyed the views of young people in general and what they found was that the Republican party was viewed very unfavorably, being described with words like closed-minded, racist, rigid, and old-fashioned. The young Republicans think that the party only …

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Jun 29 2013

Analyzing the recent Supreme Court rulings

Tom Goldstein, who runs the excellent SCOTUSblog which is the site to go to for reliable information on Supreme Court decisions, talks with Jon Oliver on The Daily Show about the same-sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act decisions.

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Jun 29 2013

Greenwald smear campaign ridiculed

I wrote about the attempt to smear Glenn Greenwald by digging into his personal life. Justin Raimondo looks into the people behind the campaign.

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Jun 29 2013

The remarkable passivity of Americans

The last couple of years have been quite turbulent in terms of public agitation and protests. Apart from the uprisings of the Arab Spring, more recently we have had the massive protests in Turkey over plans to develop a public park that have escalated into larger protests against the governments attempts to chip away at …

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Jun 29 2013

California moves fast to allow same-sex marriages to resume

The ever-reliable SCOTUSblog reports: A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court on Friday afternoon lifted a year-old order blocking same-sex marriages in California, apparently clearing the way for county clerks across the state to start issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The one-sentence order immediately nullified a stay order issued last June …

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Jun 28 2013

The Texas abortion bill and the Wendy Davis filibuster

The Daily Show had a segment dealing with the events in the Texas legislature on the bill that would severely restrict the access to abortion services for women in that state.

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Jun 28 2013

UK Boy Scouts to accept atheists

The Boy Scouts in the UK are going to make changes next week that will welcome atheists to their fold by creating a new oath for them (tentatively called the Atheist Promise) that leaves out god. The scouts had had different oaths to accommodate different religious beliefs but this is the first time they have …

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Jun 28 2013

One of NPR’s courtier journalists weighs in on the Snowden affair

Tom Gjelten is an honored member of the courtier journalist class who seems to see his role as to be a press conduit for the US government. I was curious to see how he would report on the Snowden case and he did not disappoint, fully living up to my expectations of him and dutifully …

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Jun 28 2013

Cartwright and Snowden

Via commenter slc1, I learned of news reports that say that a now-retired four-star Marine general James E. “Hoss” Cartwright has been targeted as the source for leaking to New York Times reporter David Sanger highly classified information about the Stuxnet virus that the US and Israel used to try and impede Iran’s nuclear centrifuges. …

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Jun 28 2013

Creation Museum in trouble?

I simply could not see how the Creation Museum in Kentucky, that opened to great fanfare and big crowds, could maintain that pace of visitors because unlike real museums which are dynamic and change with new scientific knowledge thus enabling productive repeat visits, this museum is pretty much stuck with unchanging source material. Once the …

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