VIDEO: Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 7/28/14: End Torture, Shut Down the CIA!
by Ron Paul | Sunday July 27, 2014
Remember back in April, 2007, when then-CIA director George Tenet appeared on 60 Minutes, angrily telling the program host, “we don’t torture people”? Remember a few months later, in October, President George W. Bush saying, “this government does not torture people”? We knew then it was not true because we had already seen the photos of Iraqis tortured at Abu Ghraib prison four years earlier.
Still the US administration denied that torture was torture, preferring to call it “enhanced interrogation” and claiming that it had disrupted so many terrorist plots. Of course, we later found out that the CIA had not only lied about the torture of large numbers of people after 9/11, but it had vastly exaggerated any valuable information that came from such practices.
However secret rendition of prisoners to other places was ongoing.
World’s First Climate-Controlled City Planned for Dubai
Officials in Dubai last week announced plans to build the world’s first climate-controlled city. Dubbed the Mall of the World, the 48 million-square-foot complex will feature 100 hotels and apartment buildings, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the world’s largest shopping mall.
For years, oil was the commodity that kept the United Arab Emirates’ economic engine running, but tourism is now one of the UAE’s largest sources of revenue.
Her Right to Bear Arms: The Rise of Women's Gun Culture
On the ground in Texas at a women's gun conference, where the bullets fly, the bras have holsters and the motivations are murky
By W.J. Cassidy
July 14, 2014 9:00 AM ET
"My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know. The remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn't do that and I'm proud of that. Very proud. I would say that's a major accomplishment."
- Hillary Clinton, 11 March 2014
Dafuq did she just say???
Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:05 AM
Border patrol agents pulled a gun on Mid Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four vanloads of scouts tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.
The scout leaders were furious.
Although Russia has not responded to US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis by putting a travel ban on President Barack Obama, there is one part of the country he is now barred from entering: Chechnya.
On Saturday Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the small Russian republic that has been the scene of two devastating separatist wars in the past 20 years, said he was placing Obama on a list of people banned from visiting.
The list also includes European Union figures José Manuel Barroso, Herbert van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton.
A House Republican decided he’d had enough with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stance on amnesty and China by refusing an award from the organization.
In a marvelous example of leading from behind, the New York Times breathlessly reports today that it suddenly supports marijuana legalization. This has led to widespread speculation among observers: who or whom let granny out of the basement?
Federal Judge Rules DC Ban On Handguns Unconstitutional
Court ordered city to allow residents and non residents carry handguns outside their homes..
WASHINGTON Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:05pm EDT
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Saturday overturned Washington D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional.
The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less - New York Times
By Anna Bernasek | July 26, 2014
Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.
The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower.
These photos are horrific; the destruction of Gaza...this is horrible...why does our country support this?
As a 12-hour pause begins in Gaza, residents returned to their streets and surveyed what was left of their neighborhoods. Eight-five new bodies were dug out of rubble Saturday morning, and ambulances were still trying to reach other areas in Gaza.
According to reports, the destruction in the past 48 hours far exceeds previous Gaza wars.
Long ago, when I was a much younger wacko, we spent many meetings looking at the details of OKC & realizing this was another case of our gov't at work covering up the truth. I thought this was another dust covered travesty, like Waco. But, there is a trial starting on Monday that might bring out some truths.
By the New York Times Editorial Board:
It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.
We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.
In 1983, 50 companies owned 90 percent of the media consumed by Americans. By 2012, it was just six.Submitted by Allegory on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:32
by James B. Stewart | July 25, 2014
The much-admired Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black may be rolling in his grave at the prospect of a merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc., which would reduce control of the major Hollywood studios to five owners, from six, and major television producers to four, from five.
“The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public,” he wrote in the majority opinion that decided a 1945 antitrust case involving major newspaper publishers and The Associated Press. “The First Amendment affords not the slightest support for the contention that a combination to restrain trade in news and views has any constitutional immunity.”
The deals would allow BSkyB to offer premium sports and movie services to roughly 20 million customers from Ireland to Italy.DealBook: BSkyB to Buy Italian and German Units of Murdoch’s 21st Century FoxJULY 25, 2014
Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.
by Matt Ford | July 23, 2014
On Friday, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to allow nearly 50,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders to seek lower sentences. The commission's decision retroactively applied an earlier change in sentencing guidelines to now cover roughly half of those serving federal drug sentences. Endorsed by both the Department of Justice and prison-reform advocates, the move is a significant step forward—though in a global context, still modest—in reversing decades of mass incarceration.
How large is America's prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That's more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They're scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.