It’s official: Everyone who wanted the U.S. to help the Syrian rebels was wrong Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

Told ya so!

Now we get the entertaining spectacle of the U.S. aligning with Syria and Iran to fight ISIS.

Originally posted on Rare:

Last year Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes said the unthinkable: the United States should support Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Pipes noted that the Sunni jihadists who had invaded Syria were a greater threat to the region and American security than a Syrian dictatorship. “A rebel victory would hugely boost the increasingly roguish Turkish government while empowering jihadis and replacing the Assad government with triumphant, inflamed Islamists,” he warned.

Pipes immediately took fire from both the left and the right. But fast-forward to today and not only has Pipes’ fear of triumphant Islamists been realized, but the Obama administration is considering a policy that would effectively boost Assad.

ISIS, the world’s wealthiest and most lethal terrorist group, is threatening Christians, Yazidis, and Shias with genocide—all thanks to the instability that resulted from a weakened Assad regime. ISIS jihadists are already wielding captured American artillery. For them to have even more American weapons…

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‘Patriarchy isn’t gonna smash itself!’ SlutWalk Chicago brings out feminism’s best [photos, video] Saturday, Aug 23 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

Great job feminists…….

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Also horrible: The scene at today’s SlutWalk Chicago:

He’s doing his part.

https://twitter.com/bullhorngirl/status/503243577380462592

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Islamic flags, cultural symbols, and why the swastika will never be brought back to its “peaceful” meaning Monday, Aug 18 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

Great piece on the New Jersey ISIS flag and reappropriating derogatory cultural symbols.

Originally posted on The Molly Bohmer Blog:

Earlier this week someone tweeted out a picture of what appeared to be a the “Black Standard” Islamic flag being displayed in a New Jersey neighborhood. Conservatives freaked out: “Islamic terrorism is here on our shores“!

Turns out the man is not an ISIS supporter, but is (from everything we can tell) a law-abiding American who loves the San Diego Chargers and happens to be Muslim. Marc Leibowitz, the man who tweeted out the picture, apologized profusely for bringing unwarranted negative attention to Mark Dunaway, the owner of the flag, who clarified it was his Ramadan tradition. He claimed he didn’t know ISIS was using the flag in their brutal campaign across the Middle East and would be happy to take it down so as not to cause offense.

Yay! A heartwarming story about tolerance and conflict resolution through very basic yet incredibly meaningful interactions.

But this…

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Police Militarization Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

Great piece on police militarization that you need to read.

Originally posted on D'ANCONIAS DAILY:

This past week the nation has watched on television the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri involving the shooting of an African-American teenager by a white police officer. Following this event has been the resultant “days of rage” outbursts by protestors who have demanded justice for the slain black teen. While it is not my intent to go into the details involving the investigation of that incident (That is a separate issue), relevant sub-plots have emerged from this event, among which has been the concept of “Police Militarization.”

Police Militarization is not a new concept. Police forces have long had links with the military that no other civil service can boast of. Among these similarities are: A hierarchical structural ranking system (i.e., Chain of Command), uniforms, and the legal mandate to use coercive force as a means of enforcing laws. Indeed, there are similarities between the two, however there are also…

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This nutshells the danger of rubber bullet-confusing journo’s reporting in Ferguson Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

We really need reporters who actually know what the hell they’re talking about.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

What ups the confidence factor in our oh-so-esteemed journalists? Well, as Twitchy reported, HuffPo journo Ryan Reilly confused rubber bullets with ear plugs. No, for serious.

This tweet summed it all up:

https://twitter.com/mattcover/status/501039659204751361

Precisely.

Heh.

On the bright side …

Godspeed, journalism.

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Jake Tapper just poleaxed DOJ Public Affairs Director BrianFallon

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‘Rock bottom': Deputy chair of Minnesota GOP politicizes Robin Williams’ death Monday, Aug 11 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

What an ass

Originally posted on Twitchy:

How soon is too soon to politicize the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams? Tonight was definitely not the night, a lesson apparently not learned by Republican Party of Minnesota state secretary Chris Fields. Bluestem Prairie explains how Williams’ death led to a political Twitter war between Fields and Ellen C. Anderson, social media director of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

Anderson tweeted a tribute to Robin Williams from her personal account.

Innocent enough, right?

https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/statuses/498981540173737984

https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/status/498985304729350144

https://twitter.com/ChrisFieldsMN/status/498986226318602243

This might be a good time…

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Robin Williams Lived Monday, Aug 11 2014 

Kevin Boyd:

Great piece about mental illness and how we can help those who suffer from depression.

Originally posted on Sarah Griffith Lund:

Robin Williams lived a life that brought laughter and joy to millions through his comedy and acting.

He died at his home from suicide on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age 63. He battled a brain disease that included severe depression. Even with treatment, support from loved ones, and a successful career, mental illness still can be a deadly disease.

I remember when I first learned that Robin Williams had a mental illness and I was encouraged by his openness. I loved his work in Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and his role as Mork from Mork and Mindy. My favorite work of his was stand-up comedy.

He had a brilliant brain. And he had a brain with a disease. He richly blessed us with his life.

May all of us find ways today to reach out and offer hope to one another…

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Minimum Wage Increase? How About A Minimum Income Instead Monday, Feb 10 2014 

In the State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. President Obama and other Democrats believe that raising the minimum wage will lift American families out of poverty. Recent polling shows that Americans overwhelmingly support a minimum wage hike.

Meanwhile, Republicans are generally opposed to the proposal. Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says raising the minimum wage will destroy jobs. Research from economists David Neumark and William Wascher done over two decades does show a loss of jobs after a minimum wage increase. Economists Joseph J. Sabia and Richard V. Burkhauser found in a recent study that only 11.3% of all minimum wage earners are classified as poor. The minimum wage is a terrible weapon to combat poverty and is harmful to employment. It places the burdens on business, is poorly targeted, and makes it harder for young people and other low skilled workers to enter the workforce. There needs to be a better way to help people escape the clutches of extreme poverty.

One such idea is a guaranteed minimum income for those who cannot be claimed as dependents on someone else’s tax return. One of the ideas to implement such a program is a Negative Income Tax. For example, the government would set an income threshold per month and would pay the difference of the amount earned and that threshold. For example, if the threshold was $1600 per month and a person only makes $1000 per month, that person would receive a check for $600. There would be a form similar to a W-2 filed by employers every month that would show how much that person made. It would replace the minimum wage and most cash welfare benefits. It would streamline anti-poverty efforts and better target resources to those who need them. Finally, it would provide an incentive for employment because the amount is set low as not to let someone get rich, but provide just enough to meet their basic needs.

This is not an idea confined to the political left. The American Revolutionary Thomas Paine advocated a “Citizen’s Dividend” in his 1795 essay Agrarian Justice. The concept of the Negative Income Tax itself was proposed by Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman as a way to eliminate the bureaucracy of the welfare state. Free market economist Friedrich Hayek also supported something similar to guaranteed minimum income. Recently, Matt Zwolinski wrote “The Libertarian Case For A Basic Income” on the Cato Institute hosted Libertarianism.org.

Combatting poverty has been a major focus of the American people and its government for 50 years. It’s time to try a new approach, while at the same time encouraging employment and giving all Americans a true safety net for the first time in history.

Conservatives Miss The Point On Weed And CVS Wednesday, Feb 5 2014 

Yesterday, the drug store chain CVS announced that it would no longer sell tobacco products. The move drew sharp reactions and generated controversy, for and against. President Obama took time away from his busy schedule of campaigning, golfing, and vacationing to praise the decision. As predictable as the sun rising out of the east every morning, some conservatives took the opportunity to attack President Obama and proceded to look like fools in the process.

One of the conservatives (the term is used loosely in this case) that chimed in on this pressing controversy was Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He tweeted, “Many of the same people applauding #CVS for not selling tobacco are ok with making it easier to buy and smoke pot. #makesnosense”. For starters, it appears Senator Rubio is not familiar with the difference between the private sector making a business decision and government policy. CVS can choose whether or not to sell tobacco products. If customers have a problem with this decision they can shop at another retailer. However, if someone wants to buy and consume marijuana, they may go to prison under current laws. I understand this is a difficult concept for Senator Rubio to grasp, but it is entirely consistent to applaud a private company’s decision to no longer sell tobacco and to oppose throwing people in jail for smoking a joint. Some people just don’t believe that it is the role of government to tell people what they can and can’t put in their bodies, while at the same time being fine with and in fact applauding a private company that refuses to sell a product that kills its consumers when used as directed.

While Senator Rubio’s tweet was utterly moronic, a fact that was not lost on the good folks at Twitchy, that was not the dumbest conservative reaction to CVS’s decision. That award goes to Washington Times editor Emily Miller for this. Miller who previously claimed marijuana legalization in Colorado was a part of Obama’s cultural legacy while warning of the impending collapse of civilization because Colorado legalized marijuana has been on an anti-marijuana crusade. The 21st century’s Carrie Nation accused Obama in her Facebook post of “encouraging marijuana use”. Except President Obama has publicly said marijuana use is not very healthy so how can that be construed as encouraging marijuana use? Finally Emily can relax, Obama has no desire to change marijuana policy.

Conservatives need to learn the difference between the private sector and the public sector. Just because libertarians and others don’t believe in throwing people in jail for doing something or banning something does not mean we want to encourage its use. We simply don’t want the government to play mommy and daddy to 300 million Americans. I thought conservatives believed in individual freedom?

The Kelly Thomas Verdict Is An Outrage Saturday, Jan 18 2014 

Most police officers are not murderers. Most police officers are not corrupt brutes on a power trip. Most police officers do their jobs professionally and serve their communities. Not all policemen are thugs who brutalize and murder unarmed people. However Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are murderers and thugs.

On Monday, both men were acquitted for the murder of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia. On July 5, 2011; police in Fullerton, CA responded to a call about a man vandalizing cars. Police found a shirtless Kelly Thomas and questioned him. As a video shows the incident grew out of hand, it eventually grew violent.

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