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The Geography of Terrorism. More than 80 percent of last year's terrorism fatalities occurred in just five countries. Institute for Economics and Peace Of the 17,958 people who died in terrorist attacks in 2013, 82 percent were in one of five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. That's one finding from this year's Global Terrorism Index report, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The report is based on data from the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Database, which has information on more than 125,000 terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2013. The report found a 61-percent jump in terrorism fatalities between 2012 and 2013. But it's also striking where terrorism didn't occur. Deaths From Terrorism, 2000-2013 Percentage of Global Terrorism-Related Deaths, 2013 Biggest Increases in Terrorism-Related Deaths, 2012-2013 Much of that period corresponded with massive international military efforts to root out terrorism.

The Empty Soul of GOP Politics. Cory writes: “The air is rife with the flatulence of rancid sanctimonious political opportunism and self-serving patriotic indignation. Truth, fact, and morality be damned. None of this high drama and plastic fury is about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Not really.” By John Cory, Reader Supported News 08 June 14 he air is rife with the flatulence of rancid sanctimonious political opportunism and self-serving patriotic indignation.

None of this high drama and plastic fury is about Sgt. Not really. Sgt. No exceptions. John McCain, of all people knows that. This is not about Sgt. At the Fox News smear and fear machine, the on-air personalities are in full hate throttle with attacks against the president for putting his arms around Sgt. Over on the “one-true-liberal” channel, Chris Matthews has been in full spittle-sputter for several weeks now. MSNBC has become as ridiculous and vacuous as Fox. And over at CNN, they took their usual comic book news approach, making comparisons between Sgt. No. 'Wait, Is This Thing On?': Health Care Reporters Share Obamacare War Wounds. The open enrollment period for Obamacare ended in April, and with it came a form of closure for all of the people who worked on health care reform.

For the past four years, operatives, politicians, aides, lobbyists, activists and the like have toiled, first to craft a bill and then to defend it. They watched Congress nearly derail the prospects of reform and the Supreme Court nearly rule it unconstitutional. They waded through a presidential election during which repeal was on the table. They saw the launch of the health insurance exchanges marred by a glitchy website. And then they observed more than 8 million people sign up for insurance through those same exchanges. Health care reporters documented the process every step of the way. And now that it's over, they have a chance to relax a bit and reflect on everything that happened. In the first part of a series titled "Wait, Is This Thing On? " The whole thing was basically an excuse to imbibe. Watch the video above. 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down. Fact-checking some of the gun lobby's favorite arguments shows they're full of holes.

—Dave Gilson on Thu. January 31, 2013 7:01 AM PDT By cutting off federal funding for research and stymieing data collection and sharing, the National Rifle Association has tried to do to the study of gun violence what climate deniers have done to the science of global warming. No wonder: When it comes to hard numbers, some of the gun lobby's favorite arguments are full of holes. Myth #1: They're coming for your guns. Fact-check: No one knows the exact number of guns in America, but it's clear there's no practical way to round them all up (never mind that no one in Washington is proposing this). Yet if you fantasize about rifle-toting citizens facing down the government, you'll rest easy knowing that America's roughly 80 million gun owners already have the feds and cops outgunned by a factor of around 79 to 1.

Sources: Congressional Research Service (PDF), Small Arms Survey Myth #7: Guns make women safer. Secret McConnell Recording: Tea Party Lost Primaries Because It “hasn’t learned to conceal its racism” <National Report>In a shocking recording obtained earlier today, Senator Mitch McConnell can be heard discussing his opinion of why he easily beat his Tea Party challenger and why the tea party fared poorly in the first round of 2014 primaries. While he had no kind words for the Tea Party, his comments also implicated a disturbing acceptance of racism within the Republican Party.

The recording, which appears to be a secretly recorded conversation between Senator McConnell and an unidentified advisor, paints an unattractive picture of the Senate Minority Leader and an even uglier picture of the Republican party. In the recording, McConnell offered this opinion of the Tea Party’s lack of recent electoral success: “They have their strong base, their core. McConnell goes on to criticize his opponent Matt Bevin’s slow manner of speaking and “awkward eyebrows”, saying that both were “off-putting” to voters.

Diego James, PhD Diego James holds a PhD from South Dakota State University. The Real Origins of the Religious Right - Randall Balmer - POLITICO Magazine. Now is the time. Our nation has suffered too much at the hands of dangerous people who use guns to commit horrific acts of violence. As President Obama said following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.” Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their guns safely. The President strongly believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. But to better protect our children and our communities from tragic mass shootings like those in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Tucson, there are common-sense steps we can take right now.

While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Why Now Gunfire was probably the last thing U.S. Play President Obama speaks about the Newtown shooting. Letter to a future Republican strategist regarding white people. To whom it may concern regarding the United States federal elections of 2014, 2016 and beyond: Allow me to introduce myself to you, the existing (or aspiring!) Strategist for the Republican Party. My name is Eric Arnold Garland and I am a White Man. Boy, am I ever – you need sunglasses just to look at my photo! If I read the news correctly, I fit a profile that is of extreme importance to the GOP, as I embody the archetype that fits your narrative of Real Americans. My family lineage goes back to the MAYFLOWER, BOAT ONE!!!

HOLY WHITE PEOPLE, BATMAN!!! How can I put this gently? B-b-but, what? No. May I explain why not, purely for your education, such that you might be interested in winning an election on the national level at some point in the future? As a Card-Carrying White Male I love expressing my opinion irrespective of whether people care to hear it, so let’s get started. War - Nations do have to go to war sometimes, but that Iraq thing was pretty bad, to put it mildly. 1. 2. 3. Congressman James McGovern : Contact Jim. The webpage, file or other resource that you were trying to view wasn't found at the location requested. This could be for many reasons: If you arrived here by selecting a link provided by a site other than the U.S.

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He also said, “Man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” Einstein was a really smart guy, and not just about math and physics. Progressives have been on the outside of the poltical system looking in for 32 years now. At what point does the most vocal segment of our ideology actually reassess their overall strategy and change it, based on the obvious fact that it's not working? It's simple, really. Get elected, right? That so many otherwise intelligent progressives don't seem to understand this basic reality is cringeworthy. If your "politics" causes you to value your own personal "ideals" ahead of political success, you're part of the reason there's a problem.

There is only one route to political success in a democracy; you have to win elections. Some "progressives" think Barack Obama was elected wizard, not president. We had momentum after 2008. Year in photos through the White House lens. 60 Ridiculously Stupid Republican Quotes. Conservatives. You’ve gotta love them! Who would entertain us if we lost all of the Republicans? The things that so many of them say are stupid, out-of-touch, and sometimes, downright crazy. Here is a list of some of the dumbest comments Republicans have ever made. “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” ~ George W. Bush”We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.” ~ Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. “When the President does it that means that it’s not illegal.” ~ Richard M. The Obameter: Campaign Promises that are Promise Kept. Promise Kept rulings on The Obameter Create youth service corps "I am also going to create a 5-E Youth Service Corps.

The 'E's' stand for energy efficiency, environmental education and employment. " >> More Reduce dependence on foreign oil "Will cut U.S. oil consumption of foreign oil by 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, take 50 million cars worth of pollution off the road, and save American consumers more than $50 billion at the gas pump. " >> More Require 10 percent renewable energy by 2012 Will "require 10 Percent of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2012. >> More Release oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve "Will swap oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to cut prices . . . a limited, responsible swap of light oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) for heavy crude oil to help bring down prices at the pump.

" >> More Raise fuel economy standards "Will increase fuel economy standards 4 percent per year ... . " >> More Create clean coal partnerships >> More >> More >> More. Funding Mosques Overseas. Q: Is President Obama using tax dollars to rebuild mosques around the world? A: Yes — and to rebuild historic churches and temples as well. The State Department’s program to preserve overseas cultural landmarks started funding projects under President Bush in 2001. A mass e-mail sent out by the Christian, conservative American Family Association claims that Obama is giving foreign aid to overseas mosques.

Although this chain e-mail first appeared months ago, we have received a large number of inquiries about it recently, as Congress debates cuts in federal spending. It started when the American Family Association sent an e-mail to supporters and posted an item on its website claiming that "Obama gives your tax dollars to rebuild Muslim mosques around the world.

" The message points to a State Department document that lists recipients of the U.S. But the program isn’t the brainchild of President Barack Obama. Fuzzy Reporting – Lori Robertson and Lauren Hitt. Union-Made Thanksgiving Shopping List. Who Can Beat Nixon Board Game. Click to view full size You can participate in the 1972 election by playing Who Can Beat Nixon? You can choose to be one of eight candidates-Nixon, Sen. George McGovern, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Mayor John Lindsay, Sen. Edmund Muskie, Sen. Harold Hughes, Gov. Object: Up to seven challengers campaign against Richard M. A board game of national politics. Here are the specs from Board Game Wiki: Game Title: Who Can Beat Nixon? Maker: Dynamic Games Year of Release: 1971 Number of players: 2-8 Age Range: Adult-Adult Box Format: Bookshelf Topic(s): Politics Type:Has electronic components?

Designers: Unattributed; Contents: Gameboard; 8 plastic pawns; two 6-sided dice; play money; deck of Event cards; deck of Media cards; deck of Electoral Vote cards; Instruction booklet Magazine ad – click to view full size. Blinders – The Movie — The truth behind the tradition. Tim Rutten: The threat of Nancy Grace. The sensational result in the O.J. Simpson murder case notwithstanding, it's an article of faith among criminal defense attorneys that sequestered jurors are more prone to convict than those who go home when the trial recesses for the day. That's why more notice should have been paid this week when J. Michael Flanagan, who is defending Conrad Murray — the physician charged with causing the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson — asked Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor to sequester the jurors when the trial gets underway in September.

Pastor said he didn't think isolation was necessary and that, given its current funding, the court couldn't afford to house and supervise a jury for the many weeks the trial probably will take. What was equally remarkable about Flanagan's request was that he never argued that his client's right to a fair trial was threatened by a media frenzy. Precisely the same can be said of her conduct as a television journalist. timothy.rutten@latimes.com. Viewpoint: Why do some Americanisms irritate people? 13 July 2011Last updated at 11:41 British people are used to the stream of Americanisms entering the language.

But some are worse than others, argues Matthew Engel. I have had a lengthy career in journalism. I hope that's because editors have found me reliable. I have worked with many talented colleagues. Lengthy. All of these words we use without a second thought were not normally part of the English language until the establishment of the United States. The Americans imported English wholesale, forged it to meet their own needs, then exported their own words back across the Atlantic to be incorporated in the way we speak over here. The poet Coleridge denounced "talented" as a barbarous word in 1832, though a few years later it was being used by William Gladstone. My grandfather came to London on the outbreak of World War I and never lost his mid-European accent. That's part of the secret of its success.

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