Submitted by gem on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:53pm
Indiana’s embarrassing Governor recently appealed a federal court ruling that he lacked authority to prevent resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana. From all reports, the appeal’s oral argument did not go well for the state.
A major reason for Pence’s loss in the District Court–and his probable loss at the appellate level–is that immigration is a federal issue over which states lack authority.
Submitted by gem on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:32pm
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Construction on Section 5 of Interstate 69 north of Bloomington has come to a halt after at least one subcontractor walked off the job site because of missed payments, prompting a state agency to threaten a breach of contract if nothing changes.
Submitted by gem on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 3:04pm
Nikki Petree was released last Thursday after spending 35 days in county jail for bouncing a $28.93 check five years ago.
Submitted by gem on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:56pm
I finally found a Trump supporter -- this morning when I went to buy coffee. (I noticed a Trump bumper sticker on his car.)
“Hi,” I said. “Noticed your Trump bumper sticker.”
“Yup,” he said, a bit defensively.
“I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’m curious. Why are you supporting him?”
“I know he’s a little bit much,” said the Trump supporter. “But he’s a successful businessman. And we need a successful businessman as president.”
“How do you know he’s a successful businessman?” I asked.
“Because he’s made a fortune.”
Submitted by gem on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 7:36pm
As one who donated and distributed literature for Bernie Sanders this summer, I made the logical switch to supporting Hillary Clinton. Having voted in Presidential elections for over more than a half century, and having taught U.S history, I judge Trump to be the most despicable and deplorable person ever to be a major party's presidential nominee--EVER. Our world will not be the same if he should win--or even come close to winning. Indeed, the goodness in our world will have faltered more than it has already with his rise to prominence.
Amy Goodman. (Aditya Ganapathiraju, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Submitted by gem on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 7:22pm
The broadcast news networks have aired exactly one report on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests since the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe began an encampment against the project in April, according to a search of the Nexis news database. That report, read by Anne-Marie Green, aired on the CBS Morning News at 4 a.m. on September 5. Here it is in its entirety:
Submitted by gem on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 7:09pm
Union busting is never pretty. But in the case of Donald Trump, it’s especially ugly. The Republican presidential nominee has campaigned on promises to make America great again by bringing back good jobs. But in Las Vegas, a company he owns with casino mogul Phillip Ruffin has worked methodically to keep hundreds of its own employees from achieving the American dream.
Submitted by gem on Sun, 10/16/2016 - 6:51pm
"no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well
your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.’
Warshan Shire (2015)
Submitted by gem on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:34am
The EpiPen is an auto-injector that delivers epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline, a hormone that can help to relax muscles. It can open the airways, and reduce swelling during a severe allergic reaction.
Submitted by gem on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:10am
Reports of dead fish floating and collecting on the banks of the iconic Yellowstone River began coming into Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) in early August. The Yellowstone flows for 692 miles from Absaroka mountain range in Wyoming, through Yellowstone National Park, into the prairies of eastern Montana and finally, the Missouri River.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:06am
The question of whether to vote for the lesser of two evils has vexed and confounded the American left for decades. Julian Assange’s [WikiLeaks founder] is hardly the only prominent voice saying that Clinton doesn’t deserve any decent person’s support in 2016. But the lamentable fact is that the US political system is a two-party monopoly, and it’s bound to remain so through Election Day. As a practical matter, that means the next president will be either Clinton or Trump.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:39am
[...] Paul Krugman asks in his Monday's column how many of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's young supporters have actually read Johnson's platform.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:28am
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:13am
[...] I said this many years ago: Blaming George W. Bush for the calamities of his administration is like blaming Mickey Mouse when Disney screws up. It was names like Rumsfeld, Perle, Cheney, Rice, Powell and Wolfowitz, for openers, that were signed at the bottom of the policy memos Bush inevitably approved. If the American electorate really wants to get serious about being effective voters, they need to look over the candidate's shoulder and see who is waiting in the wings with dog-eared white papers from obscure DC think tanks. Yes, Mr.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/11/2016 - 9:03am
John is the Democratic candidate in Indiana’s conservative 4th Congressional district. There has only been one Democrat to represent the district since 1977 and it is currently represented by Congressman Todd Rokita (R). After Donald Trump chose his Vice presidential running mate Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor, Congressman Rokita was on the short list of candidates to replace his position.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 5:02pm
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 4:46pm
Hey there! Can you believe it’s October already?! In another month, we will all be busy helping build that giant wall along the border, because that will make America great again! Actually I will not be helping because I have fibromyalgia, so I can get a doctor’s excuse---but you should totally help.
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 4:35pm
Orange is the new black. But it shouldn’t be. The national incarceration rate has increased 500 percent in the last 40 years.
Reuter/Antara Foto: Rony Muharman
Submitted by gem on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 4:20pm
Indonesia is burning out of control. Just two days ago, the country declared an emergency, as hundreds of forest fires swept across the land.
These fires are being illegally lit to make way for palm oil and other plantations, clearing out swathes of forest and carbon-rich peatlands. And with that, critically endangered orangutans, elephants, and tigers are swallowed up.
This palm oil ends up on our supermarket shelves and is in almost everything we consume.
Submitted by gem on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 2:17pm
O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath– America will be!
(From Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again,” 1938)