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Friday, July 25, 2014

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This poor "dude" had his first period and then learned something else about himself.


Martin Longman - There's merit in trying to ascertain what the Founders intended the Constitution to mean, but that doesn't mean that our understanding has to be the same. George Washington wanted a well-regulated militia but he couldn't imagine a teenager gunning down two classrooms of first graders in less than five minutes. I think if Washington took a guided tour of the Pentagon and the Situation Room, his concern about having a well-regulated militia would go out the door. If he saw what happens on a regular basis in our schools, malls, and workplaces with gun violence, I think he'd be appalled. In his day mass shootings weren't just unusual, they were impossible. I don't think he'd believe that the NRA was being reasonable at all. Read more


Upload a direct link to the trailer if you can.

Damn this season looks great!

Groser zombies, more automatic weapons, and new hero's villains and people just trying to survive.


According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don't support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats.


I've tried to avoid the Clinton book tour bullshit this past month or so. Not good for my blood pressure. When I checked in occasionally, it was to discover that nothing much has changed. The Clintons are still self-pitying money-grubbers – $12 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department? – and now their offspring, exploiting her nepotistic advantage with all the scrupulous ethics of her parents, is continuing the grift. Read more


Perdue was not hurt, and police at the time said his pickup truck matched the description of one belonging to Dorner, who had already killed three people and injured two others as he cut a bloody swath through Southern California last year. Read more


A psychiatrist with his own weapon, killed a patient that entered the clinic he worked in. The patient arrived armed, had an argument with the doctor and a social worker, killed the social worker and wounded the doctor. The doctor wad able to draw his own weapon, and put three in the shooters torso.

The patient had a history of mental illness.

The police say he is allowed by law to have a weapon in his own office without a permit. However, the policy of his hospital is that only sworn law enforcement may be armed on hospital property. Read more


An arrest warrant has been issued for a Northern California man with tuberculosis who has refused treatment and may be contagious. The case has gained urgency because he is from a part of Mexico known for a drug-resistant strain of TB.


The confusion surrounding the southern sea ice is only getting more complicated. Not only is the sea ice currently expanding, contra the expectations of climate change models, no matter what algorithm they use (the old or the new) the ice is still shown to be rapidly increasing.

The focus now is to determine how far off their model is by figuring out which algorithm is correct.


In 2012, during a discussion regarding the PPACA and the process of setting up state exchanges, a consultant on the PPACA made the following statement:

"What's important to remember politically about this is if you're a state and you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits -- but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you're essentially saying [to] your citizens you're going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that's a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this. [emphasis added]"

That is a fairly clear statement regarding who does and does not get subsidies/tax credits.

If it is not State established (one of the 50 + D.C) the participants receive no subsidies.


One third of Americans think President Barack Obama should be impeached, a new poll says.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 65 percent who say they don't support impeachment. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans say they support impeaching Obama, compared with just 35 percent of independent voters and 13 percent of Democrats.

A plurality of Americans -- 45 percent -- believe Obama has gone too far in expanding his presidential powers. Read more


A day before meeting with President Obama at the White House to discuss the border crisis, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.


As many as 20 to 40 percent of Americans believe they have communicated with the dead, according to multiple studies. Are all of these people in a state of delusion or have they really made contact?

Dr. Camille Wortman, who received her Ph.D. from Duke University and who has worked for decades as an expert on grief and bereavement, wrote in her blog: "Despite the comfort that these communications may provide, mourners often worry that if they are having these kinds of experiences, they must be losing their minds. In many cases, they are reluctant to talk with others about these experiences, fearing that people will think they are going crazy. This could help explain the societal belief that such communications are rare, and that they may be indicative of psychological problems." Read more


The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states.

On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states.

But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life.

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"As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule 'can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis,'" wrote Henninger, the paper's deputy editorial page editor. Read more


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