Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s really an ugly scene in Jerusalem, folks…! Bibi is playing with fire…

Criminalizing Feeding The Homeless Should Be A Felony

By: Friday November 7, 2014 7:00 pm

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.

To the rhythm of protesters chanting, “Hey, Jack, what do you say? How many homeless did you starve today?” the Fort Lauderdale city commissioners passed an ordinance at 3:30 am on October 22, 2014 criminalizing feeding the homeless on public property. ‘Jack’ is Jack Seiler, the mayor who is determined to drive the homeless out his city by criminalizing charitable efforts to feed them.

Stranger in a Strange Land

By: Friday November 7, 2014 5:55 pm

Apologies in advance if I misstate anything, or bore to tears those who are familiar with Bar Mitzvahs. Corrections are welcome, and as always, there’s no such thing as off topic! I badly needed a break from politics today.

My son’s second wife of four years and her three beautiful children are Jewish. The oldest boy, a bright and engaging 13 year old, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah tomorrow, and because this is comparable in importance to a wedding, family will gather from near and far to attend all of the related events.

The Elections Are All About the Letter Next to the Candidate’s Name

By: Friday November 7, 2014 4:50 pm

The big story of the 2014 election which isn’t getting enough attention is how nationalized our federal elections have become. The value of incumbency and individual candidates has been greatly diminished, while the political party next to the candidate’s name carries much greater value.

The Big Map of Where We Know Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday November 7, 2014 3:30 pm

With the recent success of marijuana legalization initiatives in Washington D.C., Oregon, and Alaska it is time to update the map showing which states have a majority of Americans supporting legalization.

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invading

By: Friday November 7, 2014 2:14 pm

The government in Kiev has accused Russia of invading its territory as tensions escalate in East Ukraine in the wake of the ceasefire collapsing. The ceasefire substantively ended yesterday after an artillery assault in Donetsk led to the death of two teenagers at their high school with both sides pointing fingers at each other though reports appear to indicate it was likely to have been Kiev’s forces firing on a nearby separatist forces.

Bush Family and Inner Circle Play Central Role in Lawsuits vs. Denton, Texas Fracking Ban

By: Friday November 7, 2014 12:56 pm

On November 4, Denton, Texas, became the first city in the state to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) when 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the initiative. It did so in the heart of the Barnett Shale basin, where George Mitchell — the “father of fracking” — drilled the first sample wells for his company Mitchell Energy.

As promised by the oil and gas industry and by Texas Railroad Commission commissioner David Porter, the vote was met with immediate legal backlash.

Obamacare Going Back Before the Supreme Court

By: Friday November 7, 2014 11:45 am

In an unusual move the Supreme Court decided to take up King v. Burwell even though there is technically no split in the lower courts.

At the heart of the case is an effort to stop exchange subsidies from going out to states where the exchanges were set up by the federal government. The argument hinges on the wording in one passage of the Affordable Care Act which says subsidies go to people getting coverage on exchanges “established by the state.”

Whistleblower Details JPMorgan Mortgage Market Crimes, Justice Department Covering Them Up

By: Friday November 7, 2014 10:36 am

With the return of Matt Taibbi to Rolling Stone Magazine comes an amazing story about how the depraved crimes of JPMorgan Chase were covered up by Attorney General Eric Holder despite there being a whistleblower willing to testify. The whistleblower is Alayne Fleischmann, a former lawyer who worked for JPMorgan Chase overseeing mortgage securities. Fleischmann has been talking to federal regulators for years in hopes of seeing justice done for JPM’s role in causing the 2008 financial crisis by selling fraudulent mortgage securities.

Fleischmann details how those in charge of due diligence at the Too Big To Fail bank were slowly beaten down and ignored by senior managers after being told the financial products JPMorgan were selling were fraudulent. That executives at JPM knew, for a fact, that they were committing securities fraud in the mortgage market whose meltdown would lead to millions losing their homes and hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to bail out Wall Street.

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