Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was a binge drinker who had a pornography...– THIS JUST IN: CLARENCE THOMAS FORMERLY AN AVERAGE AMERICAN Former girlfriend says Clarence Thomas was a binge drinker, porn user
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Second Inaugural Address →
I see a great nation, upon a great continent, blessed with a great wealth of natural resources. Its hundred and thirty million people are at peace among themselves; they are making their country a good neighbor among the nations. I see a United States which can demonstrate that, under democratic methods of government, national wealth can be translated into a spreading volume of human...
History in haiku: The American saga, seventeen... →
The white ships appear The bearded ones come ashore Who the hell are they?
It's the Occupation, Stupid →
In the decade since 9/11, the United States has conquered and occupied two large Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), compelled a huge Muslim army to root out a terrorist sanctuary (Pakistan), deployed thousands of Special Forces troops to numerous Muslim countries (Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, etc.), imprisoned hundreds of Muslims without recourse, and waged a massive war of ideas involving...
The empathy deficit →
But new research suggests that behind all this communication and connectedness, something is missing. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, found that college students today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were in 1979, with the steepest decline coming in the last 10 years. According to the findings, today’s students are...
Crazy "Rent Is Too Damn High" Candidate Steals the... →
Six questions for Damon Linker →
Unlike many Americans, I would have no problem with a non-believer serving in high office. (I see no evidence that moral or political wisdom requires belief in a deity.) Yet I also think that the so-called new atheists present a special case, which is why I devote one of the six chapters in my book to criticising such writers as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Mr Harris has denounced...
Blackwater's Black Ops →
One of the most incendiary details in the documents is that Blackwater, through Total Intelligence, sought to become the “intel arm” of Monsanto, offering to provide operatives to infiltrate activist groups organizing against the multinational biotech firm.
Drug decriminalization policy pays off →
By any metric, Portugal’s drug-decriminalization scheme has been a resounding success. Drug usage in many categories has decreased in absolute terms, including for key demographic groups, like 15-to-19-year-olds. Where usage rates have increased, the increases have been modest — far less than in most other European Union nations, which continue to use a criminalization approach. Portugal,...
Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.– Fox Host Brian Kilmeade Says ‘All Terrorists Are Muslim’ In Defense Of O’Reilly’s ‘Muslims Killed Us’ Remark
Is killing yourself adaptive? That depends: An... →
Most psychological science is the science of being and feeling like a human being, and since there is only one human being that I have or ever will have experience in being, it is not always clear to me where my career ends and my personal life begins. And this is especially salient to me right now because, like many other adult gay commentators and horrified onlookers, the raft of gay teen...
Judge Orders Injunction on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ →
A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished. Justice Department attorneys have 60 days to appeal the injunction but did not say what their next step would be.
carpe-cerevisi: stfuconservatives: sequinedk: I don’t understand why so many people seem to think that Obama should have changed everything bad that ever happened in America EVER as soon as he stepped foot into the White House. I mean, it took Harry Potter 7 years to kill Voldemort and that dude had magic. Magic! Obama only has Joe Biden. Shit takes time. reblogged for truth Obama only...
Study: 82 percent of kids under 2 have an online... →
Thanks to the ubiquity of photo-sharing websites like Facebook, 82 percent of children in 10 Western countries have a digital footprint before the age of 2, according to a study by internet security firm AVG. The U.S. led, with 92 percent of American children under 2 appearing in online pictures, the report said.
Brazilian clown wins seat among the politicians →
Brazil’s incoming Congress decided from weekend elections will have to make room for a colorful new member: a professional clown who won the most number of votes of any of them. Tiririca, a 45-year-old television humorist whose real name is Francisco Oliveira, scooped up 1.3 million votes in Sunday’s polls to represent Sao Paulo, the highest number of votes for any federal...
The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama →
The Wall Street Journal has called the Mercatus Center “the most important think tank you’ve never heard of,” and noted that fourteen of the twenty-three regulations that President George W. Bush placed on a “hit list” had been suggested first by Mercatus scholars. Fink told the paper that the Kochs have “other means of fighting [their] battles,” and that the Mercatus Center does not...
The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this...– The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama
The Bike Helmet Wars →
The laws do tend to cut the number of deaths in bike accidents, according to a forthcoming study in the Journal of Law and Economics. The economists Christopher S. Carpenter of the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and Mark F. Stehr of the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University compare the year-to-year change in bicycle-accident deaths for states that...
If you have a problem, say, with America’s atrocious treatment of its...– American People Hire High-Powered Lobbyist To Push Interests In Congress
I’ll tell you, I just came back from the Middle East and it was...– The Tea Party and the Taliban
We are no longer the nation that used to amaze the world with its visionary...– The End of the Tunnel
Just like people didn’t think slavery was evil. Oh no, it’s not...– Glenn Beck Compares Blacks to Fetuses
Fischer: Letting House Burn Down Was The Christian... →
The fire department did the right and Christian thing. The right thing, by the way, is also the Christian thing, because there can be no difference between the two. The right thing to do will always be the Christian thing to do, and the Christian thing to do will always be the right thing to do. If I somehow think the right thing to do is not the Christian thing to do, then I am either...
Americans Actually Crushed By Lack of Dignity &... →
What drove you bonkers this morning, so far? A stale three-dollar bagel with half-defrosted cream cheese? Not having a job at all? Did the cretins next door — the ones with the tattoos around their mouths and five kids crawling around pooping in the weeds — stay up all night blasting “Godsmack” and fighting their pit bulls and ripping out the copper piping? Are you oppressed by the banal horror...