How Israeli High-Tech Firms Are Turning the U.S.-Mexico Border into a New Kind of Hell

"It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.” Elkabetz was speaking at a border technology conference and fair surrounded by a dazzling display of technology -- the components of his boundary-building lab. There were surveillance balloons with high-powered cameras floating over a desert-camouflaged armored vehicle made by Lockheed Martin. There were seismic sensor systems used to detect the movement of people and other wonders of the modern border-policing world. Around Elkabetz, you could see vivid examples of where the future of such policing was heading, as imagined not by a dystopian science fiction writer but by some of the top corporate techno-innovators on the planet."




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John McCain: The Most Hypocritical, Opportunistic and Untrustworthy Senator

 "Just days after he took the helm of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John McCain, R-AZ, stood next to several hawkish Republican senators and attacked President Obama in typical McCain fashion. He slammed the White House for releasing prisoners from the military’s Guantanamo Bay prison, even though McCain held that very position for a decade, from 2003 to 2013. “The prison is a symbol of torture and justice delayed,” McCain said in November 2013, reading from a letter from 38 retired military officers on the Senate floor. “More than a decade after it opened, Guantánamo remains a recruiting poster for terrorists, which makes us all less safe.”"




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Which Terrorism Matters?

"Media commentators and private citizens view movements of political unrest or public protests through the lens of “supporting the terrorists.” And the public narrative of this conflict is often presented — overtly and covertly — in terms of racial and cultural conflicts. “They,” the radicalized Islamic terrorists, are portrayed as black and brown, and “they” are bent on destroying the values of the (white-skin dominated) West. Respected politicians, media figures, and even church leaders argue publicly for “racial profiling” and spying on houses of faith to prevent terror attacks. A local church leader in my town regularly writes opinion pieces predicting that Muslim people are working to impose Sharia law on the state of Illinois. I frequently overhear acquaintances worry about their personal vulnerability as certain media venues perpetuate the stereotype that terrorism is focused on “American values” (which are presumed to be Judeo-Christian, white, and middle-class)."





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The Real Origins of the Religious Right

Religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. The tale goes something like this: Evangelicals, who had been politically quiescent for decades, were so morally outraged by Roe that they resolved to organize in order to overturn it. This myth of origins is oft repeated by the movement’s leaders. In his 2005 book, Jerry Falwell, the firebrand fundamentalist preacher, recounts his distress upon reading about the ruling in the Jan. 23, 1973, edition of the Lynchburg News: “I sat there staring at the Roe v. Wade story,” Falwell writes, “growing more and more fearful of the consequences of the Supreme Court’s act and wondering why so few voices had been raised against it.” Evangelicals, he decided, needed to organize."



More;----The Real Origins of the Religious Right - Randall Balmer - POLITICO Magazine

America's Dumbest Congressman says 'Selma' shows why we should fight 'radical Islam'

"One of the ways Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) retains his lock on the title of America's Dumbest Congressman is sheer persistence. Other candidates may pipe up with occasional entries into the genre of mind-bending goofiness, but Louie Gohmert makes it a practice to demonstrate his skills on a regular basis in his very, very frequent speeches to an empty House floor. His particular skills lie in the free association category; Louie Gohmert can take any two random thoughts that enter his mind and make them about each other, and about Barack Obama being a bad person."



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"I don't give a fuck it's your house": American Sniper's Failure

"American Sniper is a film about stupid people who were brainwashed into doing something stupid and it justifies their stupidity so that the stupid people watching can feel good about themselves. See, the one thing you can't separate out from the film is history. It tries to slide over history, but just because it isn't mentioned doesn't mean it isn't there. Because of that, the overwhelming feeling the Rude Pundit had was pity, not pride. After a set-up where Kyle is about to shoot a child in Iraq, we get what can best be described as a psycho killer origin story. Kyle learns to hunt at an early age, something his father tells him he's good at. The father fills his sons with nonsense about their place in the pecking order of the universe. This hypermasculine bullshit plays out, as it does in Texas, with Kyle becoming a rodeo rider who joins the Navy to become a SEAL after he sees the U.S. embassy attacks in 1998. That leads to his brainwashing during his training (apparently, SEALs have to constantly be wet). In short order, he meets a woman, Taya, the World Trade Center attack happens, he gets married, and then he's sent to Iraq. We get no sense that the invasion of Iraq happened 18 months after 9/11. Then, boom, we're in Iraq and the tedious pattern of the film is set: shooting people in Iraq, coming home to weepy, concerned wife, rinse, repeat for four tours."



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Former NAACP chair Julian Bond retraces civil-rights journey in Kent State speech

 "Civil-rights activist, former NAACP chair and former Sen. Julian Bond told a crowd at Kent State University on Thursday evening that race relations have improved remarkably in his lifetime, but said Martin Luther King Jr. might be disappointed that progress isn’t further along. “A black man is now in the White House and a statue of Dr. King sits upon the Washington Mall, but Barack Obama’s election and re-election was testament to one man’s singular abilities,” he said. “His victory didn’t herald a post-victory civil-rights America or that race had been vanquished. It couldn’t eliminate structural inequities or racist attitudes. In fact, there’s evidence that it fermented them. Obama is to the Tea Party as the moon is to werewolves.”"



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8 NFL Scandals Worse Than "Deflategate

"With a few exceptions, like The Nation’s Dave Zirin, and Travis Waldron of Think Progress, American sports reporters are a lazy bunch of jokers devoid of any journalistic instincts who make the entertainment reporter who confused Samuel L. Jackson with Laurence Fishburne look like Edward R. Murrow. Out of all the atrocities in the NFL that could be reported on, the sports media has gotten themselves worked up into a frenzy over a non-story. The deflated balls in question were all replaced after halftime, and the New England Patriots still outscored the Indianapolis Colts 28-0 in the second half in what was the second-most lopsided AFC championship game of all time. And since the NFL in its official investigation still hasn’t talked to Patriots QB Tom Brady, who handled more of the deflated balls than anyone else, it’s probably a safe bet to say this “investigation” is just the league grasping for straws to keep Americans hyped up for the Super Bowl during two weeks of dead time. If sports reporters are looking for good NFL stories to cover, here are a few leads they can chase instead."



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Colts Player: Patriots Actually Used Our Balls in Second Half

"Is it already time to bring an end to DeflateGate and an excuse to talk about balls? With this latest interview from Indianapolis Colts player D’Qwell Jackson, who shed new light on Deflate-Gate, it may be time. Commentators initially speculated that Jackson, who intercepted a ball thrown to New England Patriots QB Tom Brady during last week’s AFC Championship game, noticed something weird about the softer ball and given it to a Colts equipment manager to be inspected. But during a press conference with journalists this morning, the linebacker said he just wanted Brady’s ball as a souvenir. (It’s not every day you play an AFC Championship game and intercept a ball aimed at Tom Brady, after all.)"




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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think 

"It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong -- and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it."



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Deflategate fallout with New England Patriots: Ex-NFL QB gives us the lowdown on doctoring footballs

: "- Sage Rosenfels isn't shocked that an NFL team would doctor a football. However, the long-time NFL quarterback told FOX Sports that he's surprised a team featuring a strong-armed passer like Tom Brady would be involved in what has become another major NFL scandal. The Patriots are under investigation for allegedly using deflated footballs during last Sunday's AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. ESPN reported that 11 of the 12 pigskins used by New England in that 45-7 rout were found as being "inflated significantly below the NFL's requirement." An NFL spokesman said the league is still conducting its investigation into the matter. If found guilty, the Patriots would face NFL penalties that could include a fine and loss of draft picks depending upon how egregious the infraction is ruled"




More;----Deflategate fallout with New England Patriots: Ex-NFL QB gives us the lowdown on doctoring footballs | FOX Sports

7 Big Lies 'American Sniper' Is Telling America

"The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January. Yet the film, the autobiography of the same name, and the reputation of Chris Kyle are all built on a set of half-truths, myths and outright lies that Hollywood didn't see fit to clear up."



Maine Has Kicked 6,500 People Off Of Food Stamps So Far This Winter


More than 6,000 people in Maine have been kicked off the food stamp rolls since October, according to an investigation by local CBS affiliate WGME. Maine is one of a handful of states to make food assistance harder to get, and the cut-offs offer a preview of how safety net opponents around the country are planning to knock about a million Americans off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) next year.
Gov. Paul LePage (R) decided last year to prematurely reinstate tougher eligibility rules requiring food stamps recipients to work. The state agency that maintains SNAP in Maine launched the change in October, and reports that 6,500 of the state’s roughly 215,000 SNAP beneficiaries had been booted from the program as of the end of 2014, WGME’s investigation found.




More'---- Maine Has Kicked 6,500 People Off Of Food Stamps So Far This Winter | ThinkProgress

Mike Huckabee Falsely Claims Ted Nugent Changed The Lyrics To Explicit Song They Performed Together

 "After Mike Huckabee criticized BeyoncĂ©’s music as “obnoxious and toxic mental poison” unfit for children and compared the singer to a prostitute, it didn’t take long for people to point out that he himself had once joined with Ted Nugent to perform a sexually explicit song on his national television program. Huckabee is, predictably, reacting by pretending that what happened didn’t actually happen, telling the Chrisitan Post today that Nugent “changed the lyrics pretty dramatically” when he sang the song “Cat Scratch Fever” on Huckabee’s Fox News show. In fact, anyone who watches a video of the performance can see that Nugent didn’t change any of the song’s explicit lyrics as Huckabee accompanied him, 5:25 in:"




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Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News Apologies - " How Bad Does Bullsh*t Have to Smell… "

Obama trolls the GOP: How a not-so-lame-duck president left them bumbling

"President Obama delivered his second to last State of the Union address with an epic combination of sweet-talking and trash-talking, cajoling and trolling. He brought us the story of Rebekah and Ben Erler, who got through some economic troubles with their family intact. “It is amazing,” Rebekah wrote the president, “what you can bounce back from when you have to…we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” You knew what was coming: Yes, Americans, we too are “a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times.” Or more specifically, we’re a strong, tight-knit family whose Republican relatives have been wrong on Russia and Iraq, clueless about climate change and can’t even get right with the pope on Cuba. When he commented, “I have no more campaigns to run,” and Republicans applauded, Obama shot back: “I know, because I’ve won both of them.” My personal favorite Obama taunt came during his call for a minimum wage hike. “To everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this:  If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it.  If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise."



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4 Things That Were Supposed To Happen By 2015 Because Obama Was Reelected

"It’s now 2015, nearly two years after Obama took the oath of office for the second time. A few years ago, prognosticators were very confident about what would happen to America by now because of Obama’s reelection. Let’s check in and see how their predictions turned out:"




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I Refuse to Believe Romney ’16 Is Real

"When the Washington Post reported last Friday that Mitt Romney had assembled donors and told them he wants to be president, I refused to believe it. Then the Post reported last night that Romney has said he “almost certainly will” run for president. I still don’t believe it. I don’t care how many people he tells. Nothing could convince me that Romney will actually run for president, not even Romney taking the oath of office. My reasoning here is that another Romney candidacy would be insane, and Romney is not insane. During the last presidential cycle, I insisted repeatedly that Mitt Romney stood almost no chance of capturing the Republican nomination, though the competition dragged on for months, and he nearly lost states like Michigan and Ohio even though his only remotely legitimate competition, Rick Perry, imploded well before the first primary. Given that Romney struggled for weeks to put away Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who were running to build a talk-show audience under the guise of a presidential campaign, and then proceeded to soundly lose the general election, it is hard to fathom the logic of Romney joining the race against what appears to be a vastly more formidable array of opponents."


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John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

John McCain yukking it up with ISIS

The Pitch

It has occurred to me that some of you think I'm running this hideous website because I have nothing else to do. Well some of you are just too dam smart. You've probably been hurt in a previous relationship. That's so sad,but it's really not my concern. Like mama used to say, "You'll know better next time."

So here's the skinny. You'll notice there's no stupid "Donate to this Site" button, and there's good reason, it goes back to that you're just too dam smart thing.

So what I did was plaster this site with all sorts of cheesy banners promoting every thing from pocket knives, Dickie denim jeans, healthy soy snacks, hemp seeds,creative writing software, St. Croix fishing rods and chartreus soft plastic lizards, to places where you can lose everything, betting on horse races, or where you can get a job driving a truck cross country, hauling Chinese made crap and picking up chicks. Someone said the site looked like I-75 in South Georgia.

When you click on a banner and buy something, I get a ham sandwich. That's all, just looking to eat once in a while.

Now here's a suggestion, before you lose everything betting on some dumbass horse race, or leave the wife and youngans and head on down the road in a Peterbuilt, buy yourself a pair of Matrix sunglasses and one of those R Crumb, "Keep on Truckin," T-shirts to wear to your daughter's soccer game. Your daughter will be humiliated as hell, until one of her friends walks over and says, " Your dad is the coolest dad ever."

Priceless!


Here's a catchy tune that may shed some light on what I'm trying to say.