The 11

Ephraim Gadsby.

Posted to Politics on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 01:25:36 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

An esteemed political thinker (and possibly the next President of these United States of America) announces what she believes are the eleven sacred tenets of progressivism.

What do you think of her list, and what are your sacred tenets?

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Dishonest passivity and dependence combined with harmful activity becomes a pattern of life, and not just among drug addicts.

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Subscription Streaming Music Services

Music, Wed Jul 23.


The options out there have really exploded over the last year or so.  You have Pandora and Songza dominating the "radio-like" spectrum, both with ad supported free services and both offering (what I view as fairly expensive) ad free options ($3.99/month for Songza, $4.99/month for Pandora if you're not grandfathered in, $3.99/month if you are).  Spotify, Rdio, and Beats seem to be the big players in the "Netflix-like" stream-on-demand category, with industry trailbreaker Rhapsody just barely holding on.  All offer have plans at about $9.99/month, although Spotify also offers a free, ad supported option, and all seem to have been working hard to expand their curated playlists and algorithm generated playlists in response to competition from the lines of Songza and Pandora.  

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Do Democrats have a Bob Dole Problem?

Politics, Mon Jul 21.


The "next man up" syndrome that seemingly gave Republicans the ineffective and sputtering campaigns of Bob Dole (73 when he ran) and John McCain (72 in 2008) now seems to be impacting the Democratic Party's chances of holding onto the presidency in 2016.  Two of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination right now are Hilary Clinton (who will be 69 by November of 2016) and Joe Biden (who will be 74).  The two second tier candidates getting the most buzz are probably Al Gore's (he will be 68) and Elizabeth Warren (herself no spring chicken - she'll be 67 in 2016).  

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Ephraim Gadsby.

Posted to Religion on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 01:51:01 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

How Americans feel about Religious Groups, a Pew Research Center survey.

What do you think of these results, and what religious groups do you hate?

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Important DOJ business

Ephraim Gadsby.

Posted to Legal on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 08:07:06 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

U.S. Department of Justice investigating prizewinning "racist" parade float that depicted outhouse as Obama presidential library.

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On Free Markets


Posted to Business on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 07:44:00 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

From the great Walter Williams:

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Can you deface a Facebook memorial?


Posted to Legal on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:15:11 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

And if so, can you encourage other people to do it?

Chris Wilson, an aspie computer science graduate student, get jails time because he wouldn't let the police have his encryption key. The police then went to court, and was compelled to decrypt his data under the pretense of national security. Under the UK's wiretapping law he sentenced to 6 months in prison.

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Posted to Business on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 07:08:28 AM EST (promoted by port1080). RSS.

Ultra rich guy warns his fellow 0.01%ers that the rabble will soon rise up against them for a variety of reasons. He also references 300 baud modems and internet start ups like Amazon dot com. Also, rich people don't buy more pairs of puffy pants than the average American (allegedly).

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Why Pot Remains Illegal


Posted to Legal on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 07:07:31 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Why did marijuana become illegal in America in 1937? Sure, lots of people in America's southwest associated it with Mexican immigrants and wanted to express their disapproval of those people. But there was also big money behind cannabis-prohibition, which came from people with timber holdings concerned about competition with hemp for paper making, as well as from alcohol and tobacco interests that also wanted to avoid competition.

Why does cannabis remain illegal? Arguably, because big money continues to bankroll anti-legalisation organisations. This time, that big money comes from pharmaceutical manufacturers trying to avoid cannabis competition with their synthetic opiate products, like OxyContin and oxycodone; from police agencies afraid to lose their "drug seizure" self-funding; from people who make money off "drug rehabilitation" and private prisons; and from people who live off federal money allocated to fighting pot.

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Confidence In Supreme Court Dips


Posted to Legal on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:48:10 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Confidence in America's Supreme Court has dropped to 30%. Hey, at least they did one point better than America's presidency (29% confidence) and massively better than Congress (7% confidence).

I guess almost no one takes Court claims of non-partisanship seriously any more.

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Overcoming Demographic Oblivion?


Posted to Politics on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:47:59 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Pew Research has determined that two groups comprise Republicans' base; Pew calls them "business conservatives" and "steadfast conservatives". Even in concert, these groups constitute about one-quarter of America's electorate -- and about one in ten young people -- and so they can't win any national elections without reaching out to other groups of one kind or another. Since they obviously won't be reaching out to minorities or women, how about reaching out to "young outsiders" and "hard-pressed skeptics"? Or would even that require too much compromise?

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I strike the laws, part 2


Posted to Legal on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 12:46:18 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Supreme Court Justice Alito wrote and delivered the majority opinions in the 5-4 decisions for the remaining two major cases before SCOTUS this term.

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Republicans Know Voter Fraud


Posted to Politics on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 12:57:20 PM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Robert Monroe, a 50 year old executive, voted 5 times in Wisconisn Governor Scott Walker's recall election. Monroe is a Walker supporter, who was charged with 13 felonies related to voter fraud. Monroe claims he has a temporary form of amnesia and doesn't remember the day he voted 5 times. He is also failing to remember when he voted 2 times in the 2012 presidental election. As reported, Monroe has voted at least 12 times since 2011 in 5 elections. Each of the 13 felones carries a $10,000 fine and up to 3.5 years in prison. Wisconsin republicans are trying to implement stricter voter ID laws, apparently because they are the ones committing voter fraud.

The investigation was initiated after authorities in Waukesha found that Monroe's son, Benjamin, had voted in person in Waukesha in the June 2012 recall election where he lives with his mother, Robert Monroe's ex-wife. An absentee ballot for Benjamin was also cast for Benjamin using the Shorewood address of his father.

Also in the June 2012 recall, an absentee ballot was cast using the name Grant Mueller, son of Robert Monroe's girlfriend, using the Shorewood address. Initially, Grant Mueller denied casting the absentee ballot later but changed his statement, saying the signature on the absentee ballot was his. He told investigators "that Monroe was more like a father to him than his biological father." The state crime lab tested the envelope that sealed the absentee ballots and found Robert Monroe's saliva, according to the complaint.

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Tea Party Sore Loser: Blacks need to be investigate for voting!


Posted to Politics on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 10:45:48 AM EST (promoted from Diaries by port1080). RSS.

Members of the Tea Party think that when blacks vote then there must be irregularities. Actually, blacks voting is an irregularity! Who gave them that right? Probably that socialist Obama.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that his campaign team plans to investigate "irregularities" in the primary race, as it considers whether to pursue some sort of legal challenge after his razor-thin loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican runoff a day earlier.
"If our party and our conservative movement are to coexist, it is paramount that we ensure the sanctity of the election process is upheld," Mr. McDaniel said. "And we will do that. In the case of yesterday's election, we must be absolutely certain that our Republican primary was won by Republican voters.

"In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted," Mr. McDaniel said. "After we've examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to proceed."

Razor-thin loss being somewhere around 8,000 votes, but who's counting? They were black votes.

Maybe the irregularity that McDaniels should look at is the perfectly legal concept in Mississippi that allows members of both parties to vote in primaries, if they haven't voted in a primary already.

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