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Sex between unequals: Joyce Maynard vs. J. D. Salinger

Posted by  ▪  September 17, 2013

Sex between unequals: Joyce Maynard vs. J. D. Salinger

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9/17/2013 at 7:00am
Joyce Maynard has made a kind of cottage industry out of her long-ago relationship with J.D. Salinger, who seduced her when she was a wunderkind of 18 and he a famous writer of 53 and then abruptly threw her out, leaving her to lick her wounds, seemingly recover, and then…
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What we do and don’t know so far in the Navy Yard shooting

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

What we do and don’t know so far in the Navy Yard shooting

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9/16/2013 at 9:17pm
The FBI identified the deceased gunman in today’s Washington Navy Yard shooting as Aaron Alexis.  The agency released photos of him and is asking for the public’s assistance in providing any information concerning Alexis. The reporting on today’s incident is still very fluid – in fact, much of it kept changing as…
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Sarah Palin Facebook Page Three Firefighters Image

Palin firefighter copyright lawsuit Complaint — no proof of “fundraising” off photo

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Another media meme is created. Plus — some legal lessons.

Palin firefighter copyright lawsuit Complaint — no proof of “fundraising” off photo

Sarah Palin Facebook Page Three Firefighters Image
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9/16/2013 at 5:00pm
A lawsuit filed late on Friday, September 13, 2013, by North Jersey Media Group (NJMG) against SarahPAC and Sarah Palin for copyright infringement garnered the expected media attention firestorm.  While the media has been all over the case, no one seems to have obtained the actual Complaint — we did and…
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Former NSA and CIA Director says Gmail preferred by terrorists

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Former NSA and CIA Director says Gmail preferred by terrorists

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9/16/2013 at 2:58pm
Terrorists prefer Gmail as their email provider of choice, according to the former director of the NSA and CIA. From the Washington Post: Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden stood on the pulpit of a church across from the White House on Sunday and declared Gmail the preferred online service of terrorists….
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UN Syria Chemical Weapons Report - Image of Munition

U.N. Chemical Weapons Report on Syria Released — Surface-to-surface rockets fired from multiple-rocket launchers

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Chemicals delivered using surface-to-surface rockets over wide area in several locations.

U.N. Chemical Weapons Report on Syria Released — Surface-to-surface rockets fired from multiple-rocket launchers

UN Syria Chemical Weapons Report - Image of Munition
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9/16/2013 at 12:18pm
The U.N. has released its report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (Full copy embedded at bottom of post.) (analysis to follow) Excerpts (emphasis added) Note by the Secretary-General 1.In transmitting simultaneously to the Security Council and the General Assembly the report on the incident which took place on 21 August 2013 in…
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Kerry-Lavrov deal also a big win for Iran’s Syrian War

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Kerry-Lavrov deal also a big win for Iran’s Syrian War

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9/16/2013 at 12:01pm
A lot of attention is focused on Jihadist elements fighting in Syria, and the more “secular” Assad regime. The most underreported aspect of the civil war is that it’s not just a civil war, it’s a grand power-play by Iran to keep control of Syria as a place both to prepare for…
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Obama’s Use of Force Bluff

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 09/16/2013: Never really intended, Putin gave him a way out.

Obama’s Use of Force Bluff

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9/16/2013 at 9:55am
After President Obama chose to ask for Congressional approval for any military action against Syria, NBC reported The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria: The plan was immediately met with robust resistance from a whiplashed Obama team who had listened to Kerry lay out the administration’s strongest case yet…
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NJ high school sports association to ban “f-word” and “bias-language” trash talk

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

NJ high school sports association to ban “f-word” and “bias-language” trash talk

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9/16/2013 at 8:28am
New rules will apply in NJ to football games and other high school sports that utilize referees, aimed at eliminating unsportsmanlike trash talk.  Players and attendees will now be required to abide by expanded restrictions on certain conduct and speech, and in some cases, use of specific biased language will get a player…
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Putin New York Times

Branco Cartoon – Twerkovsky’s 2013 Overture

Posted by  ▪  September 16, 2013

Branco Cartoon – Twerkovsky’s 2013 Overture

Putin New York Times
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9/16/2013 at 7:00am
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Is Buzzfeed the new home for viral conservative listicles?

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

Is Buzzfeed the new home for viral conservative listicles?

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9/15/2013 at 7:30pm
Buzzfeed seems to engender pretty strong feelings all around.  Mostly the criticism was from the right during the election, but I’m seeing grumbling from the left lately as well. I cautioned last February not to underestimate BuzzFeed Politics, which is an emerging force in news and uses cats to maximum effect.  Despite my tongue-in-cheek post,…
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Doctors by Obamacare Plan - LA Times

Doctors, doctors everywhere, but not a one to see you (under Obamacare exchange coverage)

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

Death Panels by a thousand cuts.

Doctors, doctors everywhere, but not a one to see you (under Obamacare exchange coverage)

Doctors by Obamacare Plan - LA Times
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9/15/2013 at 5:25pm
No one could have seen this coming, no one. From the L.A. Times, that hotbed of right-wing scare-tactics, Insurers limiting doctors, hospitals in health insurance market: The doctor can’t see you now. Consumers may hear that a lot more often after getting health insurance under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. To hold down premiums, major…
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Syria FSA Fighter with Cat

If Assad were slaughtering cats, would we be more concerned?

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

If Assad were slaughtering cats, would we be more concerned?

Syria FSA Fighter with Cat
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9/15/2013 at 3:15pm
Jeffrey Goldberg makes several points similar to the points I made in my post last night, The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad. Goldberg writes, New Syria Agreement Is a Big Victory. For Assad: A couple of months ago, the Obama administration was…
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Blaming Zionism for lack of two-state solution all that’s fit to print at NY Times

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 09/15/2013

Blaming Zionism for lack of two-state solution all that’s fit to print at NY Times

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9/15/2013 at 1:10pm
Ian Lustick has graced the op-ed page of the New York Times with Two State Illusion. Here’s the thrust of his argument: All sides have reasons to cling to this illusion. The Palestinian Authority needs its people to believe that progress is being made toward a two-state solution so it can continue…
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Abenaki tribe wants no part of Middlebury 9/11 flag-grabbing

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

Abenaki tribe wants no part of Middlebury 9/11 flag-grabbing

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9/15/2013 at 11:02am
On Friday we asked:  Which was worse: Middlebury 9/11 flag-grabbing or Oberlin racism hoax? It arose from the actions of Anna Shireman-Grabowski, a Middlebury student, who felt compelled to destroy a 9/11 memorial on campus by trashing thousands of small American flags, each one representing a person who died on 9/11: While the…
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(Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, sketched by James Rosen)

The Russians know how to live

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

The Russians know how to live

(Russian FM Sergei Lavrov, sketched by James Rosen)
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9/15/2013 at 9:23am
James Rosen of Fox News sketched the image below while waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to appear before reporters. Rosen tried to parlay it into an exclusive interview, but no luck, via AP: Then Fox News television correspondent James Rosen reached over and handed Lavrov a cartoon portrait he had sketched to…
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An abortion or a gun?

Posted by  ▪  September 15, 2013

An abortion or a gun?

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9/15/2013 at 7:00am
Which are you more likely to survive? Another from Bill in the St. Petersburg area: Guns and abortion Guns may kill people but abortion definitely does….
 

The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad

Posted by  ▪  September 14, 2013

The Deal: In order to remove the threat of Bashar Assad, we have to save Bashar Assad

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9/14/2013 at 10:31pm
Mandy covered this morning the outline of the “principles” agreed upon by the U.S. and Russia for Syria to end its possession of chemical weapons. The deal, announced as we were waking this morning, is being spun a variety of ways.  It holds the promise of removing chemical weapons from someone who is…
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