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  • The absurdity — and the bright side — of 2016

    12/23/2014 10:13:09 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/24/2014 | Heather Wilhelm
    When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,” America’s legion of political junkies didn’t exactly jump for joy. On the contrary, many of them — especially if they are conservative or libertarian-leaning activists — rolled their eyes, sighed with world-weary despair, or simply fell into a spell of gentle, quiet weeping. “If Jeb Bush is the nominee,” best-selling author Brad Thor announced, “I will never vote Republican again.” On Twitter, writer Ben Shapiro lampooned the “GOP geniuses” behind the Jeb push: “In 2012, the top issue...
  • Elizabeth Warren Not Running For President Is Good News (for Democrats)

    12/20/2014 5:41:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies
    Bustle ^ | 12/15/2014 | Abby Johnston
    There’s been a lot of chatter about a potential challenger to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. And thus far, there has only been one viable contender. But if U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made one thing clear, it is that Warren is not running for president. Semantics don’t always mean a lot in politics. Take ol’ Dick Nixon: “I am not a crook.” Or Bill Clinton: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Both ostensible lies. But Warren seemed pretty clear in her interview with Steve Inskeep Monday morning. Inskeep: Sen. Warren, as you must...
  • Artificial Intelligence Isn’t a Threat—Yet

    12/18/2014 2:38:44 PM PST · by presidio9 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Gary Marcus
    “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” —Stephen Hawking, Dec. 2 Does artificial intelligence threaten our species, as the cosmologist Stephen Hawking recently suggested? Is the development of AI like “summoning the demon,” as tech pioneer Elon Musk told an audience at MIT in October? Will smart machines supersede or even annihilate humankind? As a cognitive scientist and founder of a new startup that focuses on “machine learning,” I think about these questions nearly every day. But let’s not panic. “Superintelligent” machines won’t be arriving soon. Computers today are good at narrow tasks...
  • Famous Today, Forgotten Tomorrow (We've forgotten Hope & Crosby. Will we forget the Beatles?)

    12/18/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by presidio9 · 127 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Jim Fusilli
    Tributes to two of the most famous American entertainers of the 20th century serve as a reminder of how fame flees. The entertainers are Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; the reminders are the documentary “American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered,” which had its premiere last week (and will run again on Dec. 26 ) on PBS, and “Hope: Entertainer of the Century,” a new biography by Richard Zoglin. Neither Crosby nor Hope have much cachet with contemporary consumers of art and culture, but the accounts of their careers make convincing cases that their contributions still influence their respective fields, even if...
  • Oregon woman persuades judge to give her more jail time

    12/17/2014 4:15:20 PM PST · by presidio9 · 23 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | Rachelle Blidner /
    An Oregon woman who called in fake bomb threats to elementary schools asked for a higher prison sentence so she could take advantage of programs behind bars Tuesday. Jenelle Robyn Pinkston, 47, persuaded a Eugene judge to tack an extra year onto the two-year sentence prosecutors had recommended, according to the Register-Guard. She said she wanted more time for treatment in prison medical and mental health programs. "My biggest concern is that I get better," she said, referring to her post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood incidents. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken complied with Pinkston's request, calling her "unheard of" demand...
  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 10 . 24 . 14 | Rabbi David R. Blumenthal
    F r. Benedict Groeschel, whose death we all mourn, lived at Trinity House in Larchmont, a hundred yards from my late mother-in-law. Coming from Cologne, Germany, where Jews had good relationships with the Catholic Church, my late mother-in-law chose to continue that tradition. Whenever she cooked for the Jewish holidays, a portion was sent down the block to Fr. Benedict. Whenever objects had to be disposed of, they went to Fr. Benedict. In this way, everything, from used clothing to used cars, was recycled to the poor through Fr. Benedict. We always visited him on the days before Christmas with...
  • National Review Writer: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged

    09/30/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 100 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Tue Sep 30 2014
    Kevin Williamson, a correspondent for National Review, suggested Monday that women who have abortions should be hanged. Williamson's tweet came in a back-and-forth on twitter that started with Williamson's piece criticizing a blog post by actress and director Lena Dunham on why women should vote. The key part of the exchange was captured by Charles Johnson of the blog Little Green Footballs. Here is the exchange:
  • Richard Cohen: The GOP’s unhinged Benghazi fixation

    05/13/2014 1:22:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/13/2014 | Richard Cohen
    Tuning the car radio some weeks back, I heard the President denounced as a moron. I was shocked. I had reached some right-wing talker and he was carrying on about something Barack Obama had recently said — that he worries more about a nuclear attack on New York than he does about Russia. The radio guy declared that the president had given terrorists an idea. He apparently forgot that the notion of attacking New York had already occurred to them. -SNIP- I feel about the GOP as I do about the religion of others: I don’t get it. -SNIP- No...
  • Fox’s Red Eye Announces the Departure of ‘Repulsive Sidekick’ Bill Schulz

    11/22/2013 1:07:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 62 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 22nd, 2013
    Early Friday morning on Fox’s Red Eye, host Greg Gutfeld finally broke the silence and announced the departure of long-time “repulsive sidekick” and panelist Bill Schulz. The brief announcement came after a prolonged, unexplained Schulz absence from the show. “A lot of viewers have wondered where the heck Bill Schulz went,” Gutfeld said. “Sad to say he has decided to move on from the show. He’s been a close friend of mine for 13 years, and he’s been a huge part of Red Eye since its inception, and we wish him the best.” No further reason was given for his...
  • Obama's Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

    06/18/2013 11:51:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2013 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can't escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. His 26-hour whirlwind visit to the German capital caps three days of international summitry for the president and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his ambitious vision for American leadership. That was 2008, when Obama was running for president and those who supported him at home and abroad saw the young mixed-race American as a unifying and transformational figure who signified hope and change. Five...
  • Irish Lawmakers Expected to Approve Limited Abortion

    06/18/2013 11:45:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 18, 2013 | DOUGLAS DALBY
    The Irish Parliament is expected to legalize limited abortion before its summer break after the publication of final government proposals that would allow terminations in cases when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including the threat of suicide. In the face of intense opposition from the Roman Catholic Church and anti-abortion groups, Prime Minister Enda Kenny has pushed ahead with the changes while disallowing members of his party a free vote on conscience grounds. Given the large government majority in favor of the legislation, barring unforeseen circumstances it will pass into law. The...
  • Could the Tasmanian tiger be hiding out in New Guinea?

    06/18/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    Mongobay.com ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jeremy Hance
    Many people still believe the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) survives in the wilds of Tasmania, even though the species was declared extinct over eighty years ago. Sightings and reports of the elusive carnivorous marsupial, which was the top predator on the island, pop-up almost as frequently as those of Bigfoot in North America, but to date no definitive evidence has emerged of its survival. Yet, a noted cryptozoologist (one who searches for hidden animals), Dr. Karl Shuker, wrote recently that tiger hunters should perhaps turn their attention to a different island: New Guinea. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the...
  • Al Gore, raising the heat on Obama, calls Keystone an “atrocity”

    06/18/2013 11:47:24 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    The Grist ^ | 6/16/13 | John Upton
    From one Nobel Peace Prize winner to another, this whole Keystone XL thing is an “atrocity.” Al Gore has been calling on Barack Obama to step up the fight against climate change and Keystone, most recently during an interview with The Guardian: The former vice-president said in an interview on Friday that he hoped Obama would follow the example of British Columbia, which last week rejected a similar pipeline project, and shut down the Keystone XL. “I certainly hope that he will veto that now that the Canadians have publicly concluded that it is not safe to take a pipeline...
  • Behind Iran's 'Moderate' New Leader

    06/16/2013 10:48:14 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2013 | SOHRAB AHMARI
    So this is what democracy looks like in a theocratic dictatorship. Iran's presidential campaign season kicked off last month when an unelected body of 12 Islamic jurists disqualified more than 600 candidates. Women were automatically out; so were Iranian Christians, Jews and even Sunni Muslims. The rest, including a former president, were purged for possessing insufficient revolutionary zeal. Eight regime loyalists made it onto the ballots. One emerged victorious on Saturday. That man is Hassan Rohani, a 64-year-old cleric, former nuclear negotiator and security apparatchik. Western journalists quickly hailed the "moderate" and "reformist" Mr. Rohani. The New York Times's Tehran...
  • Why Is Gay Porn So Popular in Pakistan?

    06/16/2013 7:21:33 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 37 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Jun. 13, 2013 | Alex Park
    <p>Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center published results of a public survey of gay tolerance in 39 countries worldwide. The numbers are fairly unsurprising: While a high proportion of respondents in Western Europe and North America answered "yes" to the question "Should society accept homosexuality?" few respondents in the Middle East and Africa agreed with them.</p>
  • Islamic Mandate; Their Way or NO Way.

    06/16/2013 7:18:03 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 15, 2013
    There are many religious and political forums being held across America and around the world for the purpose of attempting to foster understanding, and create an environment of tolerance, between Christians, Jews and Muslims. I am definitely a proponent of the need to understand one another and I am particularly keen on the need to understand those who adhere to the Islamic faith. In order for Christians and Jews (and the West in general) to safely co-exist with Muslims, we must possess more than a surface, or media-generated, knowledge of Islamic culture and ideology. What I have observed coming from...
  • Captive Chimpanzees to be Listed as Endangered, Including Research Chimps

    06/16/2013 7:15:59 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies
    Nature World News ^ | Jun 16, 2013
    This past week proved to be an instrumental one for the protection of chimpanzees after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule extending "endangered species" protections to chimpanzees that are also held in captivity. Nearly half of all the 2,000 chimps in the U.S. that are held captive are then used for research purposes. The new proposed regulation would directly affect researchers as it will make it trickier to use chimpanzees for any type of medical experiments. The proposal is open to public comment for 60 days before it will be voted on. However, researchers have known...
  • WHO: New Virus Has Pandemic Potential (60% mortality -Haj pilgrims at greatest risk)

    06/14/2013 12:13:31 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 25 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 10, 2013
    The World Health Organization is asking health workers around the world to be on alert for symptoms of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Monday's warning came as WHO officials ended a six-day investigation in Saudi Arabia, where 40 of the 55 cases of the respiratory disease have occurred. Sixty percent of those people with known infections died. The United Nations agency is concerned that the MERS virus might spread among pilgrims expected to visit holy sites in Saudi Arabia next month during Ramadan, or the millions more expected in October for the annual Hajj to Mecca. Officials...
  • How they learned to stop worrying and love nuclear

    06/09/2013 10:54:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 9, 2013 | Kyle Smith
    ‘Nobody can look you in the eye and say you shouldn’t be worried” about nuclear energy, says British environmentalist author Mark Lynas in the new documentary “Pandora’s Promise,” which opens Friday. Lynas is shown putting on a hazmat suit and visiting the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, where three nuclear reactors melted down completely in 2011 after being ravaged by an earthquake and a tsunami. A huge area was evacuated due to the fear of radiation poisoning and cancer. “There’s no other energy source that can do this,” Lynas says, referring to the fallout. As his radiation detector beeps madly,...
  • French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris (Muslim attacker - IM: "Let's be prudent now...")

    05/25/2013 2:17:23 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 25, 2013
    A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck and injured on Saturday by a man who fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said. The 23-year-old was patrolling in uniform with two other soldiers as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terror surveillance plan when he was approached from behind around 6 p.m. and attacked with a knife or a box-cutter. A police union spokesman said surveillance footage of the attacker showed him as tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style...
  • Marco Rubio’s embarrassing appearance on Fox, Part Two

    05/25/2013 12:33:03 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 113 replies
    Poweline ^ | May 24, 2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    In a post below, I noted that during his appearance tonight on Sean Hannity’s program, Marco Rubio failed to defend his immigration bill, even though the format of the show was highly favorable to the Senator from Florida. Here is what happened. Hannity asked a central question that has become even more pressing in view of recent Obama administration scandals, particularly the one involving the IRS. That question, in essence, is: given that current immigration law isn’t being enforced, and given what we know generally about how government operates, how can we have any real confidence that the border security...
  • Hillary Clinton and the 'Feminine Mystique'

    05/25/2013 12:23:57 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/23/13 | KATIE GLUECK
    For Hillary Clinton, any gender-related problems she encountered in previous races have been “wiped out,” and her gender would only be an asset if she runs in 2016, writer Anna Quindlen asserted on Thursday. “I think the gender issue as a problem or a deal breaker — ‘Can we have a woman as president of the United States?’ … it was wiped out,” Quindlen said at a talk at the Center for American Progress in Washington. “It was wiped out when she ran and nearly won in 2008, and it since has been even further wiped out by her performance...
  • 3-D printer helps save dying baby

    05/22/2013 10:47:44 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Wed May 22, 2013 | Stephanie Smith
    When he was 6 weeks old, Kaiba Gionfriddo lay flat on a restaurant table, his skin turning blue. He had stopped breathing. His father, Bryan, was furiously pumping his chest, trying to get air into his son's lungs. Within 30 minutes, Kaiba was admitted to a local hospital. Doctors concluded that he had probably breathed food or liquid into his lungs and eventually released him. But two days later, it happened again. It was the beginning of an ordeal for the Youngstown, Ohio, family that continued day after agonizing day. Watch this video CNN Explains: 3-D printing Watch this video...
  • India Becomes Fourth Country to Ban Captive Dolphin Shows (now classified as "non-human persons")

    05/22/2013 1:44:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 51 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | May 22, 2013 | China DeSpain
    In a wonderful move for wildlife, India has become the fourth country (along with Costa Rica, Hungary and Chile) to ban captive dolphin and orca shows, a la those featured at “parks” such as Sea World. India has declared that cetaceans’ high level of intelligence grants them the status of “non-human persons,” which elevates the animals’ rights. The new law partly stems from the fact that cetaceans do not historically fare well in captivity. India’s Ministry of the Environment and Forests stated in the ban, “Confinement in captivity can seriously compromise the welfare and survival of all types of cetaceans...
  • Michelle Obama overtakes Hillary Clinton in list of the world's most powerful women

    05/22/2013 1:39:01 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 May 2013
    First Lady Michelle Obama has overtaken Hillary Clinton in Forbes list of the world's most powerful women unveiled today. The former First Lady and Secretary of State dropped three places from last year's no 2 ranking before taking a seat directly behind Mrs Obama who came in fourth. On Mrs Clinton's selected ranking, Forbes declares: 'All bets on that she will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and the free world’s presumptive next leader.' Topping the list is German chancellor Angela Merkel who
  • Pope Francis says atheists can be good

    05/22/2013 12:04:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Reuters/The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013
    Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis has said in his latest urging that people of all religions, and none, work together. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning mass at his residence, a daily event at which he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus. "Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said. "Just...
  • The Greening Of Gore's Bank Account (the $200,000,000 wealth-redistributionist)

    05/21/2013 1:58:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/21/2013 | Larry Bell
    With his estimated wealth exceeding $200 million, Albert Arnold Gore has come a long way from the time he began a career in government politics. But it hasn’t all been a green path. He can thank some earlier events for paving over muddy ground, a time when his father, Al Gore Sr. met Occidental Petroleum’s CEO Armand Hammer at a cattle auction in the 1940s. When zinc was discovered on some of Gore’s land,
  • Frank Predicts Gay U.S. Prez in 20 Years

    05/20/2013 5:41:57 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 98 replies
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | May 19, 2013 | James Patterson
    Outspoken gay former Congressman Barney Frank was in San Francisco this week and told a gathering of the Commonwealth Club that while he won’t consider a presidential run, he predicted the U.S. could have a gay president in 20 years. Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, has never shied from speaking his mind, and he held forth on a wide range of topics during an interview with gay radio reporter Scott Shafer of KQED. The audience of over 500 people, including former Ambassador James C. Hormel and his partner, Michael Nguyen, gave Frank a standing ovation as he stepped to the stage....
  • Obama’s Boyfriend Line

    05/20/2013 4:02:33 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 63 replies
    Slate ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | William Saletan
    On Sunday, President Obama gave a commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta. “Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man,” he told the graduates. “Be the best husband to your wife, or boyfriend to your partner, or father to your children that you can be.” That’s what Obama said, according to the New York Times, USA Today, Politico, and dozens of other news organizations. But Obama never uttered those words. Here’s what he actually said: “Be the best husband to your wife, or your boyfriend, or your partner.” That’s not a small difference in wording....
  • How the white hat got stained

    05/20/2013 3:42:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 31 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Jim Geraghty
    Don’t let anyone fool you: Everyone in politics is tempted to believe that their noble ends could justify unethical and illegal means. Those who had hoped that President Obama would usher in a new era of higher standards in Washington must be shell-shocked by last week’s revelations: -The Internal Revenue Service admitted to delaying conservative organizations’ tax-exempt status while quickly approving groups that had liberal or progressive orientations. The IRS asked these groups all sorts of invasive questions, including what kind of books they read, and leaked some information to the media. -The Department of Justice secretly obtained two months...
  • (Muslim) Rioters in Sweden protest police shooting of machete-wielding man

    05/20/2013 3:30:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 33 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Stephen Williams
    Riots" and "Stockholm" are two concepts that rarely pair up. But on Monday, angry masked youths in a suburb of the Swedish capital took to the streets to set fire to cars, toss rocks at police and ignite a parking garage. The disturbance was believed to be set off by the fatal shooting by police earlier this month of a 69-year-old man who allegedly attacked them with a machete. Authorities said at least 100 cars were damaged, and the fire in the garage forced an evacuation of an apartment building. About 50 residents were sheltered temporarily in buses. Police said...
  • Lower the age of consent to 13? Why stop there?

    05/20/2013 1:23:24 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Tue May 14, 2013 | Elise Hilton
    Barbara Hewson, a London barrister, has made the call for lowering the age of sexual consent in the United Kingdom from 16 to 13. Her reasoning (if one may call it that) is that the current age of consent leads to the harassment and “persecution of old men.” She also believes that underage victims should have no right to anonymity, and that law based on the best interests of the child should not trump the “rights” of men who like to kiss a 13-year-old, or put one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt. time to end this prurient charade, which has...
  • Florida girl, 18, arrested and expelled after relationship with 15-year-old female classmate

    05/20/2013 12:47:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 114 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, May 19, 2013 | Erik Ortiz
    An 18-year-old Florida student’s senior year has become a nightmare — all because she was in a same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old, her family says. Kaitlyn Hunt was arrested Feb. 16 for having a physical relationship with a younger classmate, who was her girlfriend at the time, mom Kelley Hunt Smith wrote on Facebook. Under Florida law, Hunt could see up to 15 years in prison and must register as a sex offender. A plea deal, however, remains on the table that would give Hunt two years' house arrest and one year of probation, her family said. “Does my daughter...
  • Four key Hillary Clinton staffers from 2008 unlikely to sign on for 2016 bid

    05/20/2013 12:33:09 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jason Horowitz
    Howard Wolfson, the 2008 communications director for Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said he will not return for a 2016 presidential campaign. Neither, for that matter, will Neera Tanden, the campaign’s policy director. Ditto for Mark Penn, the chief strategist, and Patti Solis Doyle, the embattled campaign manager. As core members of a dysfunctional “Team of Rivals,” these top advisers were seared, scattered and, to different degrees, forged by the 2008 experience. Haunted by the failures in management and messaging, they have worked hard to get over their shattered White House dreams and rejection by a Democratic base enamored with Barack...
  • Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely'

    05/19/2013 5:25:54 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 May 2013 | Matt McGrath
    Since 1998, there has been an unexplained "standstill" in the heating of the Earth's atmosphere. Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades. But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly. The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studied for several years now. Earlier this year, the UK Met Office lowered their five-year temperature forecast. But this new paper gives the clearest picture yet of how any slowdown is likely to affect temperatures in both the short-term and long-term. An international team of researchers looked at...
  • Thank you, George W. Bush!

    05/17/2013 12:58:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 67 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/15/2013 | DANIEL TAUBER
    Having once had the highest approval rating going back to Truman, George W. Bush left office with an appalling 34 percent approval rating – the same as Jimmy Carter. He could not attend the Republican Party’s 2008 National Convention for fear of hurting the party’s election chances. With the recent opening of his Presidential Library, Bush’s approval rating hit a seven-year high of 47%, but that was downplayed as a trend of Americans looking on their presidents more fondly after they’ve left office. And intense disapproval of Bush’s handling of a number of issues, including the war in Iraq and...
  • L.A. Schools: We Won’t Suspend Kids For Mouthing Off Anymore

    05/15/2013 4:46:56 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 29 replies
    Takepart.com ^ | May 15, 2013
    In a groundbreaking resolution, the Los Angeles Unified District school board voted Tuesday to ban suspensions for “willful defiance,” making it the first district in the state to do so. This decision will stop suspensions for a variety of misbehaviors—anything from mouthing off to teachers, eating food in the classroom, or violating the school dress code—which critics have maintained are too broad and arbitrarily enforced. Instead, starting next year, principals will install alternative disciplinary measures while students remain in school. The ban in LAUSD, the second largest school district in the country, marks a major shift from a zero-tolerance policy...
  • S.E. Cupp: Handing his enemies a cudgel

    05/15/2013 4:21:41 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 44 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | S.E. Cupp
    Boy, oh boy. What many called the worst week yet for the Obama White House has spilled over into another, with news that the Department of Justice secretly obtained telephone records of Associated Press reporters and editors to root out the cause of a (rare unwanted) leak of national security information. Is it a fishing expedition, a witch hunt or something in between? Time will tell — if, that is, anyone ever comes forward with an explanation. Whether on Fast and Furious or Benghazi, the typical M.O. of the administration has been to slow-play answers and hope that we all...
  • Mommy, I Hate Myself: Why Libertarian Arguments Against Marriage Fail

    05/15/2013 3:18:28 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 20 replies
    Aletia ^ | May 14, 2013 | John Zmirak
    What happens when two lesbians marry and try to raise a healthy boy? Sometimes, I’m sure, the child finds a male role model somewhere, and he turns out psychologically sound. Sometimes, though, that little boy is so confused and unaffirmed, so shamed by his lack of resemblance to either parent that he decides he is really a girl like both of his parents, that he wants to take hormones to someday grow breasts, and have doctors cut his penis off and carve him out a vagina. And sometimes those lesbian parents – instead of admitting that the child they acquired...
  • Dem 2016 poll: Hillary Clinton still on top

    05/15/2013 3:12:39 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/13 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    The renewed interest in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack at the U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya, has not shaken Hillary Clinton’s position among potential 2016 contenders, according to a new poll. The former secretary of state — under fire by conservatives who say she played politics with the attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed — still leads the potential 2016 Democratic field with 63 percent of the vote in her party, according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden comes in at second with 13 percent. No other candidate polled...
  • 10 European colonies in America that failed before Jamestown

    05/15/2013 3:01:48 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 84 replies
    National Constitution Center ^ | Tue, May 14, 2013..
    The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America, and was historically significant for hosting the first parliamentary assembly in America. But Jamestown barely survived, as recent headlines about the confirmation of cannibalism at the colony confirm. The adaption to the North American continent by the early Europeans was extremely problematic. The success of tobacco as an early cash crop helped Jamestown weather the loss of most early colonists to disease, starvation, and attacks by the resident population of Native Americans. A turning point...
  • Mars One applicants exceed 78,000: Would you take a one way ticket to Mars?

    05/09/2013 2:28:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 32 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | May 09, 2013 | Ben Axelson
    Mars One applications have only been available for two weeks, and already over 78,000 people have submitted video applications to be part of the one way trip to the red planet. Scheduled for 2022, the Mars One mission, imagined by the Dutch non-profit of the same name, aims to establish a self-sustaining colony on Mars. According to Time, the physiological change to the human body after an extended stay on Mars would mean no chance of returning to Earth for would-be astronauts. While the initial flood of applications has led Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp to call the mission "the...
  • Funny thing happened on the way to global warming

    05/05/2013 8:07:07 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies
    A funny thing happened on the way to the global warming apocalypse. First, temperatures stopped rising, defying the projections of supposed environmental experts. Then, increased oil-and-gas drilling, opposed by climate change true believers, helped reduce U.S. production of carbon dioxide emissions. While environmental alarmists should express relief in being proven wrong, we doubt they'll take that tack. Even some global warming proponents now acknowledge that warming trends stalled beginning in the late 1990s, in spite of increased carbon dioxide emissions. The cause-and-effect link argued by climate-change believers has come under question. New data show the revolution created by hydraulic fracturing...
  • This is the end: Team of experts say humanity faces extinction

    05/05/2013 7:59:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu, May 2, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    The crazy man walking down the city street holding a sign that reads “The end is near” might just have a point. A team of mathematicians, philosophers and scientists at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute say there is ever-increasing evidence that the human race’s reliance on technology could, in fact, lead to its demise. The group has a forthcoming paper entitled “Existential Risk Prevention as Global Priority,” arguing that we face a real risk to our own existence. And not a slow demise in some distant, theoretical future. The end could come as soon as the next century. "There...
  • Emily’s List launches effort to elect female president; hopes for Hillary Clinton

    05/02/2013 4:14:54 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/2013 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    At the kickoff of a six-figure campaign to elect America's first female president in 2016, Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock addressed the question on everybody's mind: Will Hillary Clinton run? "There is one name that seems to be getting mentioned more than others," Schriock told reporters at the National Press Club Thursday. "We do not know if Hillary is going to run. But we're hopeful that she may." Schriock, whose group (the name stands for "Early Money Is Like Yeast") works to get pro-choice Democratic women elected to office at the local, state and federal levels, noted there are other...
  • When He Talks Abortion, President Obama Pretends to Be a Libertarian

    05/02/2013 4:07:23 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 227 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 29 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Addressing Planned Parenthood last week, President Obama made what must be one of the least self-aware statements of his tenure. "Forty years after the Supreme Court affirmed a woman's constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose, we shouldn't have to remind people that when it comes to a woman's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you," he said. "No insurer should get to decide what kind of care that you get. The only person who should get to make decisions about your health is you." It's no secret that
  • Is America Nasty and Homophobic?

    05/02/2013 3:59:43 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 01, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins revealed to the world that he is gay, prompting a complete media meltdown. Collins appeared on Good Morning America; he made the cover of Sports Illustrated; he became the lead on Huffington Post. The president of the United States congratulated him at a press conference, and the former president of the United States congratulated him via Twitter. So did the first lady, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association and a bevy of pundits and athletes across the spectrum. Which leaves one question: What's the big deal? Tennis star Martina Navratilova, the...
  • Board to review 'twerking' suspensions

    05/02/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 1, 2013 | Karen Kucher
    Two San Diego Unified school board members want to review the level of punishment handed down to 31 students at Scripps Ranch High School this week over a video made at school that depicts "twerking," a suggestive manner of dancing. School board member Scott Barnett said Thursday that he plans to request that the twerking incident and the student punishments be discussed in closed session at Tuesday's board meeting. "I want to make sure I am comfortable that the facts and activity warrant the consequences," Barnett said in a statement. San Diego Unified board member Kevin Beiser, whose district includes...
  • Dr. Ben Carson’s bad medicine

    04/04/2013 11:37:11 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, April 4, 2013 | John McWhorter
    You know our political discourse has lost its moorings when it’s the Republicans who play that famous race card in defending one of their own. The person in need of defense is Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon. Carson happens to be black, Yale-educated — and conservative. After his impassioned criticism of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, many in the GOP thought they’d found their 2016 standard-bearer. But however brilliant, Carson has raised eyebrows since coming into the spotlight. Last week, he told Sean Hannity, “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be...
  • How to Break Up With a 2-Year-Old

    03/28/2013 5:23:44 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | LAURIE SANDELL
    A few months after I turned 40, a friend set me up with a guy she thought I’d like. She gave me a quick rundown: 50, former drummer now with a desk job, father of a 9-month-old girl. “Wait, he has a 9-month-old?” I exclaimed. “What happened to the wife?” There is no wife, she assured me. He’d gotten a woman pregnant after a brief period of dating; they now shared custody of their daughter. Though I’d never dated a man with kids, I badly wanted children. With my eggs in their last viable years, I knew I’d never have...