Mexico and host nation Brazil are among four nations whose fan behavior at the 2014 World Cup is being looked into by FIFA.
Fans of El Tri have it the worst, as disciplinary procedures have already begun against them for alleged racist and homophobic actions during Friday’s opener against Cameroon.
Part of the problem is the chants sent toward goalkeepers before their goal kicks, a homophobic slur common in Mexican stadiums.
From our friends at Soccerly:
From Bastiat's "The Law" (excerpt) :
Please understand that I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law — by force — and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes.
Rendering and using lard has gone by the way side as our fat obsessed culture has taken reluctance to using it in fear of high cholesterol and blocked arteries. Deemed the “un-healthy” fat, we have turned to vegetable oil which we now know has caused us more harm than good.
Obama Not Asking Congress’ Permission on Iraq (Updated)
By Steven Dennis and Humberto Sanchez
Posted at 4:51 p.m. June 18
Updated 5:09 p.m. | President Barack Obama is still considering what to do about Iraq, but he told the top congressional leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t think he needs Congress’ permission to act.
By Radley Balko | Washington Post
June 18, 2014
Vox notes that last weekend, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) talked about the drug war’s disproportionate effect on communities of color.
If you look at the war on drugs, 3 out of 4 people in prison are black or brown. White kids are doing it too, in fact, if you look at all the surveys, white kids do it just as much as black and brown kids. But the prisons are full of black and brown kids because they don’t get a good attorney, they live in poverty, it’s easier to arrest them than to go to the suburbs.
Paul also touched on a theme we’ve explored here at The Watch — the overlooked value of redemption.
Most of us are Christians or Jews or of the Judeo-Christian faith, and it’s like, we believe in redemption. We believe in a second chance. Should a 19-year old kid get a second chance? I think yes. Let’s be the party that has compassion, that doesn’t say the behavior is right, but says, ‘You know what? When you’re done with your time, you get the right to vote back.’ Let’s be the party that is for extending the right to vote back to people who have paid their time, who have reformed their ways.
I’d point out that a fair number of we nonbelievers think redemption is important, too. Still, this is an important thing to hear from a U.S. senator, and particularly from a Republican senator with presidential ambitions. (But I repeat myself.)
Yahoo News: Nearly three out of four Americans oppose the United States sending combat troops to Iraq to fight the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency, a new poll commissioned by a liberal group finds.
According to results of the automated survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling, 74 percent of American voters oppose sending U.S. troops in response to the crisis in Iraq, while just 16 percent support such a move.
IRS Claims Two Years Of Emails Were Destroyed In A 'Computer Crash;' Congressman Asks The NSA To Supply 'Missing' Email MetadataSubmitted by Sethster82 on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:56
The IRS is currently being investigated by Congress for some possibly politically-motivated "attention" it directed towards "Tea Party" and other conservative groups that operated as tax-exempt entities. Along the way, IRS official Lois Lerner, who was the first to publicly disclose the inappropriate targeting, was also one of the first government officials to plead the Fifth (twice) in government hearings.
Obamacare subsidies push cost of health law above projections
June 17, 2014 | 5:28 PM
The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.
BY PHILIP BUMP
June 18 at 11:09 AM
The op-ed penned by former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday is probably what you'd expect from the Cheneys. It argues that President Obama's administration has weakened America's global standing; Obama, they write, "seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch." The crux of the argument:
"a senior at Nonnewaug High School, discovered that he couldn’t get on the National Rifle Association’s website while on campus as he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control in May.
“So, I went over to the other side,” Lampart told WTIC. “And I went over on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these websites but not the others.”
The 18-year-old decided to investigate further by broadening his search terms to political parties in Connecticut.
WHOA! Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Limiting First Amendment
Case will directly impact political hyperbole on the internet
by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | JUNE 18, 2014
The Court said it will hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania man convicted of making threatening comments on Facebook against his estranged wife, elementary schools, judges and the FBI.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
An interesting story ran this week over at Forbes describing a study which shows that the more CEO’s get paid, the worse their companies do in the next three years. From Forbes:
This is true whether they’re CEOs at the highest end of the pay spectrum or the lowest. “The more CEOs are paid, the worse the firm does over the next three years, as far as stock performance and even accounting performance,” says one of the authors of the study, Michael Cooper of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
By James Quinn | The Burning Platform
Tesla Motors released a statement on its blog saying that its patents for electric motor vehicles will now be open to the public. The company stated that it wants to be part of the open source movement. It will let the public have access to its technology, have an open conversation about it, to share ideas and improve it. Tesla Motors is not intimidated by other technology and automobile companies having access to its designs, but it welcome engineers to take on new projects to advance the production of more electric cars.