I hope the President is making it known to Turkey’s leader that this would be a really BAD idea. If he fails to do so, this will send the worst possible message to the world. Turkey is a NATO country and we are the leaders of NATO. Obama must do this one right.
With so many advancements in camera technology, there are more and more options and possibilities for the macro photographer. From expensive lenses to fancy equipment to help maximize depth of field, macro photography is made easier every day. That being said, it is still an art form. One that requires a creative eye, a willingness to experiment, dedication, and practice, especially if you can’t afford the fancy equipment. So what does the amateur macro photographer do? Professional landscape photographer Tim Cooper explains macro photography and provides some useful tips to get started:
Three-quarters of the money spent on behalf of Chris McDaniel’s failed bid for the Republican nomination for Senate in Mississippi came from outside political action committees (PACs). That money, from groups like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, accounted for 36 percent of the funds spent by both sides combined.
We’re obviously a few miles down the road from the days when candidates for elected office stood on wooden platforms. But we are perhaps further than you might think. In fact, there is nothing in federal law that would prevent a super PAC or group of PACs from picking out a candidate and taking care of his or her entire campaign. And we’re starting to get a glimpse of what such a campaign might look like.
In order to win an election, you, first, need a candidate. You need to let people know about your candidate, so you need TV ads and radio ads and ads on Facebook. You need direct mail, and you need people to knock on doors and talk to voters. But, really, that’s it. With the right combination of those things, you can win pretty much any political race in the country.
SAN ANTONIO - A slew of anti-government groups — many of which participated in the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch — are recruiting armed volunteers to travel to the Texas-Mexico border as a citizen militia to participate in “Operation Secure Our Border,” which aims to stop the surge of immigrants into the country.
The groups, who identify themselves as “Patriots,” “Oathkeepers” and “Three Percenters,” are using social media, blogs and a 24-hour hotline to recruit and mobilize volunteers that will travel to Laredo, carry firearms and attempt to assist law enforcement agencies on the border.
However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they do not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”
Chris Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver listed as commander for the militia group, told the San Antonio Express-News he believes law enforcement agencies welcome the help.
You might recall back in 2011, Florida passed a law that Doctors couldn’t ask patients about gun ownership or talk to them about gun safety. The legislature in Tallahassee felt these questions were not related to medical practice. (Because, as we all know nobody has ever had to go the the Hospital because of a firearms injury).
In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state Legislature had the right to pass the law, which includes provisions restricting doctors and other medical providers from asking questions about gun ownership during medical visits.
These are the same people who reject the ACA on the grounds it supposedly places government between a patient and their physician.
Judge Gerald Tjoflat wrote. “In keeping with these traditional codes of conduct — which almost universally mandate respect for patient privacy — the Act simply acknowledges that the practice of good medicine does not require interrogation about irrelevant, private matters.”
Yeah, you know how it is with those pesky doctors. Always asking about what you eat, if you exercise, if you have trouble sleeping…whats up with that?
In a sharp dissent significantly longer than the majority opinion, Circuit Judge Charles Wilson said the law was an unconstitutional “gag order” that infringes on doctors’ rights.
“The holding reached today is unprecedented, as it essentially says that all licensed professionals have no First Amendment rights when they are speaking to their clients or patients in private,” Wilson said. “This in turn says that patients have no First Amendment right to receive information from licensed professionals — a frightening prospect.”
First amendment? Doesn’t he know only the Second Amendment counts in Florida.
Because sometimes your just left wondering whether to laugh or to cry at what people will post to the internet…
The Raw, Naked Truth About Homosexuality
In a moment I am going to speak very plainly and straightforward about homosexuality…
…Here’s the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right. Being gay is demonic.
To start with, why the emphasis on the “raw, naked truth” are you hiding inner feelings about homosexuality that we should know about Mr. Farias?
Secondly, “A genuine prophet of God told me…”
Really? Who is this marvelous modern day Prophet? Why don’t you name him or her? Shouldn’t you give proper credit to the earthly interpreter of this stunning revelation from God himself?
Gahh…seemingly it is no longer enough merely to claim that same sex attraction is evil and caused by demonic spirits. Farias attempts to up the ante by claiming that these “gay demons” are particularly nasty ones that even the other demons find repugnant.
This got me wondering about what types of discrimination the gay demons might face in hell:
Are gay demons allowed to marry each other?
Are they allowed to parent/adopt/raise little demonic offspring?
Does Satan mandate “corrective therapy” to try to turn them into straight demons?
Do the gay demons get bullied and heckled in demon school?
Are there large influential groups of straight demons dedicated to limiting/denying equal treatment under Satanic law for gay demons?
Sure most rational people would think that the nastier and smellier a demon was the more popular it would be amongst amongst its own kind (what with them being DEMONS! after all), but apparently this is not so. If Farias had not opened my eyes to the discrimination against LGBT demons I never even would have considered their woeful plight.
Besides all of which, if Farias’ revelation of blatant discrimination against gay demons is true then doesn’t it also have an upside for those of us with more earthly and corporeal forms?
It would mean that gay people are protected from multiple demonic infestation, none of this “I am Legion” stuff like the Bible talks about. If the other demons can’t stand to be around your gay demon then won’t it actually be protecting you from any other demonic influences? I’ll bet Farias never even thought of that one before he published his “gay demons are bad” hate screed!
David Weigel, Slate: Poll: Hillary Clinton Does Better With White Voters Than Any Democrat Since 1976
I know the election is still two years away, but a recent poll shows why Hillary’s inauguration is virtually inevitable:
Clinton’s grabbing 46 percent of the white vote. That’s better than Obama did in 2008 (43 percent), better than John Kerry did in 2004 (41 percent), better than Al Gore did in 2000 (42 percent). It’s even better than her husband did in 1996 (43 percent), though that result — like the 1992 result — is skewed by the presence of Ross Perot. You have to go back to 1976 to find a Democrat who polled better than 46 percent with whites. And when Jimmy Carter narrowly defeated Gerald Ford, the electorate was 89 percent white overall. In 2016, it’s likely to be closer to 70 percent white. In 2016, a Democrat who wins only 40 percent of the white vote and holds close to Barack Obama’s totals with non-whites can win easily.
And Hillary will easily win close to Obama’s totals with minority voters, because the Clinton’s have been mending fences and re-establishing their close ties to the African-American community which were strained by the 2008 campaign, and the GOP continues to do everything it can to appear xenophobic and racist to minority voters. Barring a severe recession, which seems unlikely to me since the economy has been chugging along at a steady, sustainable rate, Hillary’s somewhat more centrist positioning, nostalgic appeal to blue-collar whites and healed relationship with African-Americans seals off every possible avenue the GOP has to expand its appeal beyond its narrow demographic base of aging white evangelicals.
One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.
The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday and is referring patients to three other clinics in Kansas, two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.
Clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.
WASHINGTON — An explosion of spending on political advertising on television — set to break $2 billion in congressional races, with overall spots up nearly 70 percent since the 2010 midterm election — is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wresting control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.
In the first full midterm cycle where outside groups have developed a sophisticated infrastructure, the consequences are already becoming apparent: a harshly negative tone dictated by the groups and a nearly nonstop campaign season that could cause voters to tune out before Election Day.
“They have become a shadow party that’s effectively impossible to dislodge, and they will shape, if not control, the dialogue in key races and therefore nationally,” said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics. “All of this sets the stage for 2016.”
The phenomenon, which is playing out in races across the country, is particularly pronounced in several competitive Senate contests — in places like Alaska, Colorado and North Carolina, among others. In the Senate races alone, the number of political television spots from outside groups is nearly six times as much as it was at the same point in the 2010 cycle. In fact, more political ads from outside groups have already aired during the relatively slow summer period of the 2014 Senate contests — roughly 150,000 spots through mid-July — than ran throughout the entire 2010 Senate elections.
Bay Area activists are planning to block two commercial shipping tankers partially owned by the Israel Corporation from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people, according to event organizers.
Protesters plan to block two Zim Integrated Shipping Ltd. commercial vessels scheduled to dock and unload at the Port of Oakland.
According to Zim’s website, the company was established in 1945 and is one of the largest carriers in the global container shipping industry.
Protesters are singling out Zim ships because 32 percent of the company is owned by Israel Corporation, which was founded in 1968 by the Israeli government is Israel’s largest holding company.