Could the main obstacle to Hillary Clinton testifying about Benghazi be Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chair of the special House committee set up to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans?
Clinton and Gowdy have been in a tug-of-war for the past few weeks. At the end of March—following the news that Clinton, the leading Democratic 2016 candidate, had used a private email account when she was secretary of state and that her emails about Benghazi and all other official matters were not originally kept by the State Department—Gowdy asked Clinton to come before the committee for a private interview to discuss the emails she had exchanged concerning Benghazi and Libya. After such a session, Gowdy noted, the panel would schedule a time for her to testify publicly about the event itself.
ALEC’s so-called ‘right to work’ legislation lowers wages, which comes as no surprise since it’s pushed by corporate, out-of-state interests, such as the Koch brothers.
Several Missouri legislators who advocate for so-called ‘right to work’ legislation have acknowledged that the bills will lower wages. In no particular order, they are:
21 States Will Take Away Your Driver’s License if You Can’t Pay Your College Loans, but Activists Are Fighting Back
Thanks to the work of local organizers pressuring lawmakers, Montana residents will no longer have their drivers licenses suspended if they fall behind on their student loan payments. This April, a Montana law that allowed the state to revoke licenses for that infraction was scrapped. However, in at least 21 states, similar laws remain on the books.
The criminalization of low-income Americans’ everyday life has experienced a fair amount of coverage lately in the wake of the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson. That report detailed how steep fees and fines for nonviolent offenses inevitably strapped residents of Ferguson with ridiculous debts. Those debts are then criminalized in a process the report called “illegal and harmful.” If poor people fall behind on their payments, they could even face jail time. Although student debt is not generally interpreted in quite the same way, portions of it have certainly been criminalized. Perhaps nothing showcases this fact more than states’ ability to suspend people’s licenses if they default on their loans. Nearly 30% of US workers now need a license in order to perform their jobs, which means that defaulting on a student loan could effectively mean losing a job.
More: Je Suis Pamela Geller?
The self-styled ‘anti-jihadist’ Web warrior who organized Sunday’s Draw Muhammad event is an embarrassment. But that doesn’t diminish her right to free speech.
Since Pamela Geller likes to fashion herself a heroine of the Jewish people, let me use a Yiddish word to describe her: shanda.
Shanda means “shame,” and it’s usually used to describe a person or behavior that shames or embarrasses the Jewish community. It is hard to think of an American Jewish public figure of more ill repute than Geller, the self-styled “anti-jihadist” web warrior who hosted the Draw Muhammad event that came under attack Sunday in Garland, Texas.
From her luxury apartment in Manhattan, Geller has been single-handedly waging a crusade against global Islamic fundamentalism, which, in her considered view, is Islam itself. Like extremists of all stripes—including Sunday’s featured speaker, populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has advocated banning the Quran—Geller lacks nuance, seeing the world in black and white. The “only moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim,” this reputed scholar of religion told The New York Times in 2009 after coming to prominence as a leader in the anti-Ground Zero mosque movement. When Muslims “pray five times a day…they’re cursing Christians and Jews five times a day,” she asserted.
If Geller embraced an element of camp, like that other right-wing female firebrand, Ann Coulter, she might be mildly amusing. Early in Geller’s Internet career, she produced an amateurish music video called “My Shariah,” with original lyrics refashioned to the tune of The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Now sadly erased from the web, it hinted at someone who at least had a sense of humor.
But Geller isn’t performance art. She’s deadly serious. The problem is that, contrary to her self-imaginings and those of her deluded followers, she isn’t a latter-day Golda Meir. She’s what you would get if Fran Drescher and the late ultranationalist anti-Arab rabbi-turned-political leader Meir Kahane reproduced.
For those of us who genuinely want to combat extremism and promote liberalism in the Muslim world, Geller is a uniquely toxic presence in the public discourse. She makes it easy for Islamist apologists to avoid debate, as they can always point to Geller and her outrageous behavior for ready examples of how pervasive “Islamophobia” has become in American society.
In the time it took us to research and write this article, a man named Freddie Gray went from living anonymously in Baltimore, to lying comatose with spinal cord injuries after a ride in the back of a police van, to having his funeral spark protests and civil unrest in his city. And by the time we publish this, the cycle may have started over again with someone else.
In the meantime, the biggest question we’re asking ourselves — besides “I wonder what some random jackass I went to high school with is saying about these issues on Facebook?” — is when will the freaking cops stop killing people? Not anytime soon, it looks like, because …
It’s mostly stuff regulars of lgf pages already know. But it’s nice to see it compiled. And by “nice” I mean “making me ashamed and afraid of living in the US of A.” Its not just any single thing causing this. This is a multifaceted problem that will require a multifaceted solution (some parts political, some parts cultural) that social conservatives will fight against tooth & nail.
Well it increasingly seems early reports were correct for once. One good cop with a gun stopped the attack in Garland. Some seemed quite uncomfortable with this unusual result. That was the right cop with a gun. His name is being held for his safety. It’s a heroic & highly skilled act, I say that should not be diminished by our dislike for abusive police officers of record, nor because he used a gun, at tool many are also quite uncomfortable around.
(CNN)It wasn’t a fair fight.
On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer — a traffic officer by day — with a pistol.
Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous…
Instructor: ‘Very brave and quick thinking’
As much as fortune may have played a role, so did skill and steely nerves, Ryan points out. It’s one thing to aim at a cardboard target while training at a gun range; it’s quite another to shoot accurately when the targets are shooting back.
This is why training and attitude and planning matter. Good people with good skills with their equipment. Gun or not. Cop or not. If we can regret the awful shooting where all went so wrong and many got hurt like the NOHO bank robbery, or when a cop screws up with his gun, we should also be willing to fully acknowledge when things go well. And yes it’s going to wind up in the books on pistol tactics as per defensive shoots and police shootings.
I refuse to take DAESH connection to the Garland shooting seriously, as I refuse to take this despicable woman seriously. Ever. I actually flinch when I see this kind of thing any more prominent than page eight in the paper or scrolled way down on any website. Sometimes, well too often our collective media outrage feeds their illness.
Hey I think I will sponsor a cartoon contest. Right here. I’ll buy a two month subscription for the artist that makes the best cartoon that shows Pamela Gellers true nature by way of caricature.
Haroon Moghul is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is an author, essayist, and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter @hsmoghul. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)It’s possible you’d never heard of Pamela Geller before Sunday night’s tragic attack in Garland, Texas. You might think she’s taking a brave stand for free speech, for American values, and that by supporting her, you’re supporting America.
I’m here to disabuse you of that notion. While Geller claims to stand for American values, much of what she does undermines our values.
With 1.4 Terabytes of processor memory an entire application and its data can be loaded into main processor memory.
The fastest processor for data analytics, and not too shabby on engineering, scientific and other workloads either, is the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families (Xeon X7v3), according to Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) Available with up to 18 cores, the Xeon E7v3 boosts performance while cutting power, putting it ahead of its main competition, IBM’s Power8, according to Edward Goldman, chief technology officer in Intel’s Data Center Group.
“Over the last few years, the cost per server has dropped 40 percent while the market is growing to $17 billion,” Goldman told us. “To meet those customer expectations Intel’s latest high-end E7 version 3 processor improves performance by 25-to-40 percent, has the largest memory space available today — up to 1.4 terabytes per core — and runs on 60 percent less power than an IBM Power8 with 85 percent less total cost of ownership.”
Real-time business intelligence (BI) and analytics has become a top priority as the time-to-market has shrunk from years to months, and the flood of “big data” has created a deluge overwhelming the traditional data center. “White box” or low-end processors do fine for easy tasks like serving up web pages, but for heavy-duty analytic loads all the processor makers — led by Intel and IBM — are looking for ways to harness the biggest clusters of multicore processors they can, not just to keep up, but ideally to predict where the future of their businesses are going so they can plan to be there when it happens, rather than catch-up after the newest trend is.
Matthew Yglesias, Slate: Want to Help Poor Kids? Help Their Parents Move to a Better Neighborhood. - Vox
Both normal people and academic sociologists drawn to a qualitative approach have long believed that growing up in a high poverty neighborhood full of struggling adults has deleterious impacts on the life outcomes of children. But among economists, the conventional wisdom has recently been that this is wrong. That’s because in the mid-1990s the federal government was inspired to create the Moving to Opportunity Program which gave 4,600 randomly selected families living in public housing money to move elsewhere.
The lottery design made it possible to do very high-quality research, and the research showed that the program didn’t work. Lottery winners had incomes no higher than lottery losers, and while winners had somewhat better mental health, their children ended up about the same as the children of lottery losers.
A more careful study shows a big boost to young kids
The Chetty, Hendren, and Katz study looks back at this old research and finds that the conclusion was too hasty.
If you disaggregate younger kids from older kids, it turns out that “moving to a lower-poverty neighborhood significantly improves college attendance rates and earnings for children who were young (below age 13) when their families moved.” The reason the old study found no positive impact is that “perhaps because of disruption effects,” kids who moved as teenagers seem to have ended up worse off.
In part due to the higher educational attainment, young lottery winners from the 1990s now have incomes that are 31 percent higher than those of young lottery losers. Lottery winners are less likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods as adults, and less likely to be single parents. These findings suggest that moving to opportunity, if targeted at appropriately young families, can seriously disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
African-Americans are still suffering from the effects of racism 150 years after the Civil War. Segregated into high poverty dysfunctional neighborhoods, generation after generation live and die in despair. This after the their ancestors’ stolen labor built the foundations of modern industrial capitalism which has made the US the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. We can and should do better, and this shows one major thing we can do better is to integrate the poor into good, functioning neighborhoods so that their children can be raised in decent circumstances.