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Why poor people stay poor

Excerpted from "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America," by Linda Tirado:

Thug Aims His Gun In A NYPD Cop’s Face, Pulls The Trigger — Not Realizing It Was Empty

My only question here is why didn’t the officers shoot this thug? After he tried to execute the cop, he put the gun in his pocket and ran. He was

Three Wise men provoke some thoughts about modern Germany

As I walked home last night from the beautiful service of lessons and carols at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford, I thought my readers deserved one last thoughtful analysis, before the Feast of the Nativity, of...

2016: The establishment strikes back

8 minutes agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Sen. Mike Lee might not want to continue these photo ops with Ted Cruz. The crazy tea party Senate class of 2010 is already looking over their shoulders as the Republican "establishment" readies for potential primary challenges. At the top of the list is Sen. Show More Summary

South Korea's Nuclear Plant Operator Has Been Hacked

South Korea's nuclear plant operator has been breached, raising fears that North Korea could have targeted key pieces of infrastructure in its southern neighbor before employing similar attacks against the US. Currently, South Korean authorities are claiming that only non-critical information about the plants have been leaked, The Guardian reports. Show More Summary

One Thing Police and Protestors Probably Agree On

Guns. Over the weekend, two New York City policemen as well as a Tampa Bay police officer were killed by former felons. Who had access to firearms. I don’t know Florida and Maryland gun laws well enough to know if … Continue reading...

Sony Hackers: 'The World Will Be Full of Fear'

According to the wikiality of the Interweb (in other words, according to hundreds of sources reposting the same message, but without actual verification), a hacker group known as "The Guardians of Peace" has communicated the following: Warning  We...Show More Summary

Pope Frank Lets Vatican Curia Have It For 'Spiritual Alzheimer's'

Via the Washington Post, a story about how Pope Frank is going public with criticisms of the Vatican establishment. Good to hear, but they'll probably end up killing him for it: Every year at around this time, Pope Francis and the senior...Show More Summary

The reason for the season

It’s time for a tradition started by Jon Swift/Al Weisel, the “Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves.” Jon/Al left behind some wonderful satire, but was also a nice guy and a strong supporter of small blogs. (Here’s Jon/Al’s 2007 and 2008 editions and the revivals from 2010,2011, 2012 and 2013.) In the [Read more...]

North Dakota University System Wants To Exempt Student Info From Open Records Requests

There’s been a lot of headlines created by the North Dakota University System’s request, now filed as legislation for lawmakers to consider next year, to exempt discussions of presidential evaluations and all materials used to produce those evaluations from state open records laws. As I’ve written previously, the legislation is so broadly written that it...

NY Times: Ben Carson Upsets Republican Hope For Unity

Former surgeon Ben Carson fashions himself an outsider to the Republican establishment, and that may not sit well with a party that wants unity heading toward 2016. With former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida moving closer to declaring his candidacy, and the Republican establishment determined not to repeat the mistakes of the lengthy nominating fight [...]

Open Thread

Is this Sorolla? Let me know in comments. -RD...

Who will defend Americans?

The president is singularly inept when it comes to promoting domestic or international security and providing a sense of calm and command. If the central responsibility of government is protecting the country from enemies abroad and providing law and order at home, this president is failing miserably. President Obama denies that the North Korean cyberattack on […]

97 Percent of All Liberal Claims Are Wrong

(Steven Hayward) And I’m not so sure about the other 3 percent, either. It is amazing to behold how liberals will grab hold of the flimsiest statistic so long as it bolsters The Narrative, no matter how easily and convincingly the figure is debunked. Show More Summary

President Bush In The News

[guest post by Dana] President George W. Bush, continuing to enjoy his post-presidency years with charitable works, played Santa Claus this weekend at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Natalie Smith, a parent who had lost one of her twin daughters to heart disease and whose remaining daughter was in the hospital, posted: “Guess who just […]

9 Ways The Media Failed Women In 2014

This year, media coverage of issues affecting women often failed badly, from trivializing sexual assault to pushing inaccurate reports on pending state abortion restrictions. Below are nine major ways the media failed women in 2014. Blaming...Show More Summary

Why I Was Arrested Standing Up for Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee

This weekend I spent 24 hours in jail for protesting the death of Dontre Hamilton, the unarmed man shot 14 times by a Milwaukee police officer in a downtown park. I am compelled to write about my experience to share why I chose to join...Show More Summary

Food Bank Falls Victim to War on Christianity

Here’s how militant atheists wish the poor a Merry Christmas: In a letter to a South Carolina school district, the American Humanist Association threatened to sue if students at Oakbrook

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