South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges and agreed to immediately resign from the legislature.
Harrell, a Republican who became speaker in 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts that included using campaign funds for personal expenses, misconduct in office and false reporting, in a case that has laid low a key figure in the state Republican Party...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign | Reuters:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
And Up From The Ground Come A'Bubblin' Crude - Esquire:
I have to say that Wasilla, Alaska has to be the single greatest place on earth right now. It seems that Congressman Don Young came by to give the young folks a talk about suicide. Things did not go quite as planned, Wasilla water apparently coming from a deep underground reservoir of pure, crystal-clear crazy...
South Miami commissioners propose seceding from Florida - CNN.com:
Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag.
City of South Miami commissioners have approved a resolution that calls for splitting Florida in half. The resolution outlines a new state, made up of 24 counties in the southern part of the peninsula...
1st v 2nd Amendment: Anti-gun activist outs concealed-carry license owner with lawn sign — RT USA:
A difference of opinions between a lawful gun owner and a concerned neighbor has caused a commotion in Rochester, Minnesota over the rights protected by the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution.
The debate at hand involves a local woman’s recent decision to post a sign on the front lawn of her Rochester home announcing to passersby that an area man, Matthew Halleck, carries a concealed handgun on him every day when he walks his two daughters past her property on his way towards Harriet Bishop Elementary School...
With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa - NYTimes.com:
...Those changes have turned Iowa’s older, Republican precincts even redder and its younger, Democratic districts even bluer, while giving rise to suburbs whose politics can be harder to categorize — a mixture of millennial generation religious conservatives, baby boomer libertarians and Generation X liberals...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire
Joon Noel · Top Commenter
Joon Noel · Top Commenter
When these holier-than-thous start adopting multiple unwanted, uncared for and especially, unwanted disabled and mentally retarded children with Duggarish enthusiasm, I'll be more inclined to listen to their whining about saving snowflakes and zygotes. There are hundreds of thousands of living, grown, walking around children needing saving right this minute. How many have opened their homes and hearts to them? It's just so much easier to adopt a cardboard sign.
Monday, October 20, 2014
10 Of The Most Outrageous And Idiotic Statements By GOP Hopefuls - Liberals Unite | Liberals Unite:
1) “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” —Michele Bachmann, June 2011, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne she was referring to was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy...In case you've forgotten why you should be voting.
Internet Trolls Could Get Two Years in Jail : Discovery News:
People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter...
Captain America - Esquire:
...And then, when confronted by Robinson with this covert campaign of decency and integrity, this is how Moulton explained it.
In the interview, Moulton asked that the Globe not describe him as a hero. "Look,'' he said, "we served our country, and we served the guys next to us. And it's not something to brag about.' The greatest honor, he said, his voice choked with emotion, had nothing to do with the medals. "The greatest honor of my life was to lead these men in my platoon, even though it was a war that I and they disagreed with."
Nobody who reads this blog can be unclear about where I stand on how I hope the midterms play out. But I can honestly say that there's only one person for whom I am shamelessly rooting. That person is Seth Moulton and, if the veterans of our 21st century wars are looking for their own JFK, be that John F. Kennedy or John Forbes Kerry, I think they've found him...
In U.S., Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics - NYTimes.com:
...A crowd of parents last week pulled their children out of a Mississippi middle school after learning that its principal had traveled to Zambia, an African nation untouched by the disease...
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Howard Dean Slams Rick Perry As Know Nothing 'Ignoramus' On Ebola | Crooks and Liars:
...HOWARD DEAN: I think it's fine. He's a manager. He's not a doctor. Look, the Republicans just slay me. They are just so ridiculous. So they had an Ebola czar. His name is Vivek Murthy. He's President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General which the Republicans have been stalling at the request of the National Rifle Association since February. So, the Republican's idea of how to practice medicine is to listen to the National Rifle Association. I discount everything they say, they know nothing. They're not interested in health; they're interested in politics. We've got to manage this thing. I think Klaine is a good manager...
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Justice Ginsburg sees what motivates Texas' voter ID law: racism - LA Times:
As one might expect, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no difficulty putting her finger on the point of Texas' voter ID law: it's openly racist...
Why India’s Muslims Haven’t Radicalized - NYTimes.com:
...Back in 2009, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reported on a growing trend among Indian Muslims wherein community members refused to bury the bodies of suicide bombers. “That’s why India’s Muslims, who are the second-largest Muslim community in the world after Indonesia’s, and the one with the deepest democratic tradition, do a great service to Islam by delegitimizing suicide-murderers by refusing to bury their bodies. It won’t stop this trend overnight, but it can help over time,” he wrote.
“The fact that Indian Muslims have stood up in this way is surely due, in part, to the fact that they live in, are the product of and feel empowered by a democratic and pluralistic society,” Mr. Friedman explained. “They are not intimidated by extremist religious leaders and are not afraid to speak out against religious extremism in their midst. It is why so few, if any, Indian Muslims are known to have joined Al Qaeda...”
Friday, October 17, 2014
Americans consider inequality world’s greatest danger | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour:
Nuclear weapons. Ethnic conflict. Global warming. Americans have a lot to be worried about these days. But what do they see as the biggest threat to the world? Inequality.
Americans aren’t alone. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Europeans, too, rank inequality as the top threat. People in the Middle East, meanwhile, are most concerned about religious and ethnic hatreds, while Asians worry about pollution and the environment. For Latin Americans, nuclear weapons pose the greatest global threat, and for people in African nations, it’s AIDS and other diseases. Note that the survey was conducted between March 17 and June 5 — before either ISIS or Ebola had become big international stories...
Scott Walker fighting for his political life as voters reject his callous policies - Salon.com:
Less than three weeks before voters head to the polls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finds himself in a struggle for political survival, with a new survey from the state’s most respected pollster finding that his lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke has vanished.
The poll, from Marquette University Law School, shows a dead heat between Walker and Burke, with each candidate garnering 47 percent among likely voters. Two weeks ago, Marquette’s survey had given Walker a five-point lead. RealClearPolitics’ polling average now gives Walker just a 0.4 point edge over Burke...
Michael Dunn gets life in prison for killing teenager over loud music - CSMonitor.com:
A man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole...