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Monthly Archive: July 2014

Jul 24 2014

Stewart challenges McCain to a wrong-off

John McCain is the latest person to attempt to criticize the way that Jon Stewart covers him and, as with all previous attempts, he gets the worst of it. These people never seem to learn that it is foolish to go up against a sharp comedian who has his own show and a panel of …

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Jul 24 2014

Exploiting the poor, then hiding them

New York City has allowed a real estate developer to construct an apartment building with two classes of tenants, rich and poor, but where the poorer people have to use a separate back entrance, like servants’ have in feudal societies. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development signed off on the application from Extell to …

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Jul 24 2014

Civil asset forfeiture in the news again

Some time ago, I wrote about the process known as ‘civil asset forfeiture’ where the authorities can pre-emptively seize someone’s assets and force them to incur the trouble and expense of going to court to get it back. This practice nets the government about $5 billion in revenue annually and many local jurisdictions abuse this …

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Jul 24 2014

The secret rules for blacklisting people

The US blacklists people in many ways, with such people being subjected to snooping and harassment and being put on no-fly lists. And once you are on those secret terrorist watchlists it is almost impossible to get off. Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux at The Intercept have obtained a key government document that …

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Jul 24 2014

Ordinary people doing the right thing

We may think that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is something that started happening in just the last decade. But that is not the case Back in 1975, Clela Rorex was a 31-year old woman who had recently been elected county clerk in Boulder, Colorado. One day two men came in and asked her …

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Jul 23 2014

Shutting down the debate

Jon Stewart discovers what it is like when you try to talk about Israel and Palestine. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive (This clip aired on July 21, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside …

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Jul 23 2014

Heading for a showdown

In order to maintain their non-profit status, the IRS has rules that say that such institutions have to refrain from outright partisan politics such as supporting political parties and candidates. Some churches have chafed under this restriction, think it an unconstitutional infringement on their free speech rights, and have sought to directly challenge that rule …

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Jul 23 2014

Report from a Gazan hospital

NBC News correspondent Richard Engel reports from a hospital in Gaza that is overwhelmed with dead and injured children. As one doctor says while examining a ten-year old whose mother and two sisters died in the blast that left her paralyzed, “This is a Palestinian child, guilty of the most horrible crime: to be born …

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Jul 23 2014

And the 2014 award for chutzpah goes to …

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… Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dormer for saying that the Israeli Defense Forces deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their “unimaginable restraint” in Gaza. You can see images as a result of this “unimaginable restraint” here, here, and here. I will show just one from the first link that was from the assault …

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Jul 23 2014

Request to readers

Some readers of this blog very kindly send me links to items that they think may be of interest. I appreciate them and often use them in subsequent posts. I do have a request, though, that is triggered by the fact that there are many spam messages out there that use links and attachments as …

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