07 Mar 2015

The “Debt Crisis” According to Bruce Bartlett: Fiat Sovereignty

Today, I’ll offer the first of three commentary posts on Bruce Bartlett’s recent testimony before the Senate Budget Committee. Bruce Bartlett is a long-time veteran of the fiscal policy wars. He initially became known as a supply-side free market economist working for Ron Paul and then Jack Kemp in the

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06 Mar 2015

Review of ‘Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel’

Guest post: Anita McKone If you have ever asked ‘Why?… How could they do this?’ in response to the latest report of terrorism, then Confessions of a Terrorist is the novel for you. But only if you genuinely want to find out the answers. Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism

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06 Mar 2015

Are American’s Being Persecuted For Exposing Government Fraud And Abuse?

The answer to that question should be absolutely not. Unfortunately, the undeniable truth is they are. Government employees and private citizens that have exposed fraud, corruption and blatant violations in federal law continue to be persecuted and harassed in a variety of ways. In many cases the government has trumped

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06 Mar 2015

Will We Ever Get Change if We Keep Electing People Who Represent Special Interests?

We can see the positioning and the messaging on the Democratic side beginning to take shape for the 2016 elections. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren with nods to Thomas Piketty and various economists have stepped forward to offer the themes of salvation for the middle class, moderating the extremes of

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06 Mar 2015

Boston Bombing News: Opening Statements

Opening statements in the case of US v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took place on Wednesday, 4th. March at Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. A particularly prominent presence of both law enforcement and media was obvious outside the courthouse but I saw no sign of any protestors or demonstrators other than one

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06 Mar 2015

Health care law did not end discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

In 2010 the giant health insurance company WellPoint created an algorithm that searched its database, located breast cancer patients, and targeted them for cancellation of their policies. A few years earlier Michael Moore’s stunning documentary, “Sicko,” showed an unending list of illnesses that had been used by insurers to refuse

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03 Mar 2015

Asking If the House of Cards Is Realistic Is the Wrong Question

Sunday Night on Virtually Speaking Digby and I talked about the Leonard Nimoy’s passing and how fiction and fictional characters can shape people’s attitudes.  (podcast link here.) Today some friends who work in the world of politics were discussing House of Cards. Some loved it, some hated it.  I don’t really

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03 Mar 2015

Republican Outrage at Democratic Personal Attacks

Republicans in Congress are united at denouncing the latest democratic attack on Republicans. A statement from Speaker Buhner’s Office reads: Democrats are using Onomatopoeia, alliteration, and bathos to attack prosaic yet grammarless Republicans. We believe this new attack slanders Republicans and especially mocks the Republican Tea Party base. This use

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03 Mar 2015

Mining & Fracking World Whirl: 3 Mar 2015

Our sun over the past five years. *Worldwide.  Destroying the world that feeds us:  shellfish are now threatened.   Ocean acidification (OA) is increasing as the oceans try to absorb all the carbon we produce, thus endangering much ocean life.  Most vulnerable US coastal areas affected are identified, along with

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03 Mar 2015

Who’s A Bigger Threat To Your Freedom, ISIS Or The Federal Government?

I don’t know about most Americans, but I’m much more concerned about the NSA than I am ISIS. You hear lot of talk about “freedom not being free” and young soldiers dying for freedom. I’m genuinely confused about what people are talking about. I’m not aware of any of my

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