America’s Flight 17 | Slate
By Fred Kaplan
[Photo by Josn Oscar Sosa/U.S. Federal Government: Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci answers questions from the press regarding the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 at the Pentagon on Aug. 19, 1988.]
Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes.
A quarter-century later, the Vincennes is almost completely forgotten, but it still ranks as the world’s seventh deadliest air disaster (Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is the sixth) and one of the Pentagon’s most inexcusable disgraces.
In several ways, the two calamities are similar. The Malaysian Boeing 777 wandered into a messy civil war in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border; the Iranian Airbus A300 wandered into a naval skirmish—one of many clashes in the ongoing “Tanker War” (another forgotten conflict)—in the Strait of Hormuz. The likely pro-Russia rebel thought that he was shooting at a Ukrainian military-transport plane; the U.S. Navy captain, Will Rogers III, mistook the Airbus for an F-14 fighter jet. The Russian SA-11 surface-to-air missile that downed the Malaysian plane killed 298 passengers, including 80 children; the American SM-2 surface-to-air missile that downed the Iranian plane killed 290 passengers, including 66 children.
Updated July 23, 2014 - Some wealthy Americans and “conservative” economists are expressing concern for the worsening wealth disparity. Most people know that the “rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”
Political concerns, moral considerations, guilt, and economic ignorance have prompted defenders and detractors of our current system to mislabel it as free market capitalism.
"Psychiatrist Lee Silverman worked in a gun-free hospital, but pulled out a gun in his desk to subdue an armed patient, who had just shot [murdered] his caseworker. The case renews the issue: Should doctors and teachers be armed?"
"As police prepare murder charges against the wounded patient, focus is shifting to the gun-toting psychiatrist who stopped the mayhem, likely saving other lives."
(Reuters) - Silver bullion banks Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused of manipulating prices in the multi-billion dollar market in a lawsuit filed on Friday.
I just saw this idiocy on Facebook yesterday and it was so beyond aggravating that I had to share it in today’s Roar and vent a bit. From an image that Rep. Bernie Sanders posted, which has over 50,000 likes.
Today, a CEO making $50 million a year pays the same amount into Social Security as someone earning $117,000.
If we lifted the cap and applied the Social Security payroll tax on income above $250,000 we could extend the solvency of Social Security another 47 years. And that's exactly what my legislation does."
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
From Economic Policy Journal:
"I have made this point several times: The more merchants that start using Bitcoin, the more downward pressure will occur on the price of bitcoins, since merchants who receive bitcoins are not holding on to them but selling them immediately.
The Bitcoin price has now broken below $600. Here is Smaulgld, earlier this year when Bitcoin was at $650, discussing the declining Bitcoin price since Overstock started accepting it as a form of payment:
He’s carving out marijuana policy as an area of leadership, and that has some activists very, very excited.
By Lucia Graves | July 25, 2014
If he runs for president, Sen. Rand Paul will not be your typical Republican candidate. On Thursday the Kentucky senator filed yet another amendment protecting the states that have implemented medical-marijuana laws—as well as the patients and doctors acting in accordance with them—from federal prosecution.
The amendment, attached to the "Bring Jobs Home Act," would allow states to "enact and implement laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use" without threat of federal interference. The measure would also protect patients in places where medical marijuana is legal (23 states and the District of Columbia) from prosecution for violating federal marijuana laws.
Paul, who is widely believed to be eyeing the presidency, introduced a separate measure in June to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to go after medical-marijuana operations that are legal under state law. A similar version of the amendment introduced by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr easily passed the lower chamber in May, underscoring marijuana's growing national acceptance.
Pelosi: Turning Away Illegal Immigrant Children Like Pharaoh Rejecting Moses (VIDEO)
House Minority Leader demonstrates her theological acumen
by INFOWARS.COM | JULY 25, 2014
On Friday during her weekly press briefing, the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, demonstrated her theological acumen.
Rand Paul introduces RESET Act to address drug sentencing disparities and ensure drugs are weighed properlySubmitted by ron_paul_is_awesome on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:40
Here's Rand Paul's Plan To Reform Drug Laws
JUL. 25, 2014, 11:45 AM
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who's considering launching a presidential bid in 2016, spoke before the National Urban League on Friday and unveiled his proposal to reduce the disparity between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine sentencing.
But a copy of the bill, provided by Paul's office to Business Insider, shows the libertarian-leaning senator is proposing to tackle several other drug-related criminal justice issues as well.
The Department of Justice is pushing for Congress to pass legislation that would make streaming unauthorized content on the Internet a felony and no longer a misdemeanor. The DOJ claims that the current penalties for illegal streaming do not act as sufficient deterrence to the growing community that streams unlawful Internet content.
Part of Judge Napolitano's What If... Series essays
Andrew Napolitano: WHAT If...? What if our democracy is a fraud?
Andrew Napolitano | July 23, 2014
What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted, the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person-one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?
What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and, instead, turns political campaigns into beauty contests?
by William Vaughns | July 25, 2014
Residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
Boston's top cop made that statement Wednesday on Boston Public Radio in response to Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg's position that there are already "sufficient controls" on long guns at the federal level, giving no need for new state laws that grant police additional powers to deny ownership to citizens.
According to WGBH, Evans responded:
(Still, Brian Malte, senior national policy director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said his group applauds Colorado for passing the law.)
"The bottom line," he said, "is even if one, or five, or 10, or 10,000 or 20,000 people are being blocked, that's less dangerous people walking around with guns."
Security and safety are priceless. What's 3 million dollars and your liberty?