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76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an inspection sticker

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

“He just acted like a pit bull”

76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an inspection sticker

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12/16/2014 at 6:00pm
The incident occurred in Victoria, Texas, a suburb of Houston. A dash camera captured officer Nathaniel Robinson tasering 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez was driving a vehicle owned by the car dealership where he works. Officer Robinson pulled him over when he noticed the vehicle’s inspection sticker had expired. When Vasquez exited…
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Court declares executive amnesty unconstitutional

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Strike 1.

Court declares executive amnesty unconstitutional

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12/16/2014 at 4:47pm
While a small group of Senate Republicans were busy causing procedural chaos over the #CRomnibus, a lower-profile court case bringing a direct challenge to the constitutionality of Obama’s “executive amnesty” was quietly making its way through the federal court system. And guess what—the conservative position won. Although the decision declaring executive amnesty…
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Baltimore City Police Commissioner: Will There Be Marches when “Officers are Shot, Too?”

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Anthony Batts asks an important question and outrages all the right people.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner: Will There Be Marches when “Officers are Shot, Too?”

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12/16/2014 at 3:00pm
A Baltimore City police officer was shot and seriously wounded at a traffic stop Sunday night. At a press conference outside the hospital as the officer was being treated, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said, “I’m not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We’ve had marches…
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The next big police shooting Grand Jury decision … in Houston

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

In echoes of Ferguson shooting, police report unarrmed black man put hands to waistband, charged police officer

The next big police shooting Grand Jury decision … in Houston

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12/16/2014 at 1:10pm
News station KPRC in Houston is reporting through its Click2Houston web site that a Grand Jury is continuing to consider whether to indict in a local case of a off-duty Houston Police Department (HPD) officer Juventino Castro shooting and killing an unarmed black man, 26-year-old Jordan Baker. The Grand Jury began meeting last week, and Castro testified…
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Look out! Here comes the War on…Elves?

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Those dead eyes are watching you.

Look out! Here comes the War on…Elves?

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12/16/2014 at 12:00pm
Did you know that the elf on your shelf is training your children to accept the inevitability of the surveillance state? Neither did we. Digital technology professor for the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology Laura Pinto thinks so, and in her new paper “Who’s the Boss,” she discusses the nefarious…
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Jeb Bush “actively exploring” a run at the Presidency

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Shift back into campaign mode, folks.

Jeb Bush “actively exploring” a run at the Presidency

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12/16/2014 at 10:38am
Jeb Bush broke the right wing internet this morning when he tweeted this: I am excited to announce I will actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States: https://t.co/luY4lCF2cA.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 16, 2014 He also took to Facebook to detail his reasoning and offer an explanation of…
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Creating New Democrats Through Immigration

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

And using your tax dollars to do it.

Creating New Democrats Through Immigration

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12/16/2014 at 8:30am
Obama’s immigration plan has been criticized by many conservatives as nothing more than a plan to create new voters for the Democratic Party. If that’s true, which is likely, what could be worse? How about using taxpayer funds to do it? Daniel Wiser of the Washington Free Beacon reports: Taxpayer-Funded Immigrant Advocacy Group Blasts…
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The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

Posted by  ▪  December 16, 2014

Adults should check their vaccination status so they don’t get sidelined.

The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

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12/16/2014 at 7:00am
It looks like a mumps outbreak has body-checked the National Hockey League! This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of…
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The ethical conundrum of the Sony hack story

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

…and the matter of “stolen data”

The ethical conundrum of the Sony hack story

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12/15/2014 at 9:27pm
The media has created its own uproar over the Sony Hack. Business Insider has called it an “act of war,” and now Sony is trotting out its lawyers and demanding that media agencies refrain from reporting the contents of the stolen data, and delete anything they may have acquired as a…
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Our Senate Majority has their committee assignments

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

Republicans playing to their strengths.

Our Senate Majority has their committee assignments

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12/15/2014 at 7:15pm
Today, the Senate released committee assignments for the 114th Congress, and revealed just how big of a difference having a majority can hold. Republicans are set to gain as many as three seats on the powerful Judiciary, Finance, and Environment and Public Works Committees, which means Republicans will have an early…
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Harvard Law Review Editor on exam delay request: Our Weakness is Our Strength

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

“our nation is starving for a genuine discussion about mental health.”

Harvard Law Review Editor on exam delay request: Our Weakness is Our Strength

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12/15/2014 at 5:43pm
As we reported, a coalition of student groups at Harvard Law School demanded exam delays due to student trauma over the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury refusals to indict. There was withering criticism, including here. HLS refused to budge, but did agree to counseling, meetings, and other steps. William Desmond, a…
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Should Elizabeth Warren run for President? (Reader Poll)

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

No one expects the Elizabeth Warren-mentum.

Should Elizabeth Warren run for President? (Reader Poll)

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12/15/2014 at 4:13pm
The internets have exploded with Elizabeth Warren-mentum. Elizabeth Warren is playing hard to get when it comes to running for President. She still “is” not running, which literally is true, but never says that under no circumstances will she ever run: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not running for president, but might she…
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The Sydney hostage situation ended in bloodshed, of course

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

Could it have ended any other way? No.

The Sydney hostage situation ended in bloodshed, of course

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12/15/2014 at 2:53pm
Last night’s hostage situation in Sydney lasted almost 17 hours and captivated the entire world, which was of course exactly what Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis had in mind when he walked into that cafe. When the guns stopped firing, a man and woman lay dead, four more were rushed away…
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Will the New Center-Left Coalition Unseat Netanyahu?

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

The upcoming Israeli election is a referendum on the Prime Minister, not a struggle for the soul of the country

Will the New Center-Left Coalition Unseat Netanyahu?

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12/15/2014 at 1:00pm
Following the dissolution of the Israeli government this week, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni agreed to join forces in an effort to unseat Likud as the governing party. At The Times of Israel Haviv Rettig Gur wrote a positive analysis of the merger, arguing that in bringing…
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If you are reading this, congratulations, you made it

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

Somehow, we survived.

If you are reading this, congratulations, you made it

http://vimeo.com/52231459
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12/15/2014 at 11:33am
Someone forwarded this video. Pretty much says so much about the nanny state and nanny culture. If you are reading this, you are a survivor. Congratulations. I can’t believe we made it. from Bart Mitchum on Vimeo.
 

Break the Internet: David Koch Edition

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

“What I want these candidates to do is support a balanced budget…”

Break the Internet: David Koch Edition

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12/15/2014 at 10:00am
The campaign finance provision of the #CRomnibus spending bill has refocused bipartisan ire on the scourge of “money in politics,” and has renewed progressive mouth-foaming over the allegedly infamous influence of the Koch brothers on the rise of conservative politics in America. Barbara Walters has included billionaire David Koch in her list…
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Texas Pushes for Open Carry

Posted by  ▪  December 15, 2014

Don’t tread on the Second Amendment

Texas Pushes for Open Carry

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12/15/2014 at 8:30am
When you think of Texas, you probably think of a magical wonderland of beer, brisket, and high-powered weaponry, all proudly put on display as if to say, “This is America, and we have won it.” If you’re indeed thinking that, you’re absolutely right, of course; but you may be surprised to know…
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