On Wednesday, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity was forced to apologize and retract a TV ad in Colorado that used a photograph of a grim-faced Democratic Sen. Mark Udall standing alongside a tense President Obama. It’s a common trope this election season, as Republicans and their allies do all they can to yoke Democratic hopefuls to a president of middling popularity.
The spot blamed Udall for cancellation of nearly 335,000 health insurance policies in Colorado under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the blame-laying being the second element in the GOP’ election season one-two punch.
The problem is the photograph was taken two days after the July 2012 mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, when Udall and Obama visited a hospital to console the injured and families of the victims. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was also on the scene, was cropped out of the advertisement.
Several families of the victims were quick to condemn the use of the photo, calling it “an utter disgrace.”
“To insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable,” the families said in a written statement.
Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say a Portsmouth business, its owner and his wife have been charged with selling more than $2 million dollars of unapproved health products as cancer remedies.
Prosecutors said Wednesday an indictment accuses James Feijo, Patricia Feijo and the Daniel Chapter One company of using websites and their radio show to market the products, not recognized as safe and effective to cure, treat or prevent cancer by the Food and Drug Administration or qualified experts. The website says it’s a health and healing ministry.
James Feijo also is accused of improperly treating the company’s workers as contract employees and failing to pay employment taxes. He’s also accused of failing to file his individual income taxes for at least two years.
If you want Net Neutrality maybe it’s time to take that battle to the local level. The cable companies might not have to listen to the Feds, but they do have to listen to the local PUC and Cable Commissions.
My longer term prediction is that in most major metro areas there will be multiple cable providers building plant like mad the next few years, but not because of this. You see that coming with Google, Verizon, and now AT&T ultra broadband builds.
The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to propose new rules that amount to an about face for the regulator when it comes to net neutrality, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are reporting based on unnamed sources.
According to the papers, the FCC is planning to allow Internet service providers to sell a faster pipe into people’s homes to content companies willing to pay for it. In other words, content providers could pay for preferential treatment into American homes.
Much more at Esquire where they unveil the ex-FCC lobbyists:
Two former L.A. County sheriff’s deputies allegedly turned off the electricity and a security camera system inside a medical marijuana dispensary as they planted guns they used to justify two arrests, according to court documents.
Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, have been charged with two felony counts of conspiring to obstruct justice and altering evidence, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Martinez faces two additional felony counts of perjury and filing a false report.
Prosecutors said the men, who are scheduled to be arraigned June 17, each face more than seven years in state prison if convicted. The Sheriff’s Department did not immediately comment on the allegations.
According to a complaint filed by prosecutors last week, Martinez claimed he saw a man take part in a drug deal and reach for a gun in his shorts pocket. The deputy said he then saw the man discard the gun near a trash bin inside the dispensary.
OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has created a fork of OpenSSL, the widely used open source cryptographic software library that contained the notorious Heartbleed security vulnerability.
OpenSSL has suffered from a lack of funding and code contributions despite being used in websites and products by many of the world’s biggest and richest corporations.
The decision to fork OpenSSL is bound to be controversial given that OpenSSL powers hundreds of thousands of Web servers. When asked why he wanted to start over instead of helping to make OpenSSL better, de Raadt said the existing code is too much of a mess.
Gallup offers five points about Americans’ views on long-term investment, from real estate to gold.
Bob Dole Says the Republican Party Is Way More Conservative Than It Was Even 20 Years Ago. He’s Right.
So, is Dole, his party’s presidential nominee in 1996, right?
To answer that, you first need to understand the idea of “asymmetric polarization” — a fancy way of saying that while both parties have moved closer to their respective ideological poles in recent year, the Republican pole is far further to the right than the Democratic pole.
Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project.
This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention.
One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as “no big deal” and insist that everyone is essentially treated the same.
The fact that a great number of women have been speaking out about how they experience prejudice, alienation or worse on a fairly regular basis seems to hold little weight.
WE CAN’T WORK TO FIX SOMETHING UNLESS WE FIRST SEE AND UNDERSTAND ITS EFFECTS
This list was inspired by the original Daily Effects of White Privilege list created by Peggy McIntosh and by The Male Privilege Checklist adaptation by Barry Deutsch. As well as by science fiction author John Scalzi’s post Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is.
A bill aimed at responding to sex trafficking, with a laundry list of services and safety precautions to protect victims, passed the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday with a unanimous 119-0 vote.
The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will provide the Florida Department of Children and Families with new guidelines to assess victims and provide housing in safe facilities or foster homes — as well as allocate $3 million toward the treatment of victims.
The bill’s sponsor, Gayle Harrell, R-Port St. Lucie, urged the other House members on by citing alarming statistics of what she called “modern day slavery” taking place in Florida every day.
Children are being sold for sex and forced into violent situations and drug abuse, Harrell said.
The average age at which a child is forced into prostitution is 13, she said, with their life expectancy reduced to a handful of years.