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Run away, Ted, run away!

Wow, Ted. Why so quiet? You normally have so much to say, yet when confronted by some young immigrants, you turn tail and run. Aren’t you proud of your positions? Cruz has opposed laws offering in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants and has also railed against President Barack Obama’s executive actions that would… Continue Reading »

Envoroment target

This doesn’t surprise me. Education gives you the tools to selectively use data that reinforces what you already believe:

PRINCETON, N.J. — Republicans with higher levels of education are more likely than those in their parties with less education to say that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated.” By contrast, Democrats with some college or more are less likely than those with less education to believe the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated.

Seventy-four percent of Republicans with a college degree say it is exaggerated, compared with 57% of those with high school education or less saying the same. Democrats are much less likely in general to say that the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated, but those a college degree (15%) are significantly less likely to say this than those with a high school education or less (27%). The relationship between education and views of global warming among independents is generally similar to that shown among Republicans.

These opposing trends by party suggest that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions; in this case, Republicans’ strong tendency to question or deny global warming and Democrats’ inclination to affirm it. The trends also suggest that partisanship rather than education is a main lens through which Americans view global warming and its effects, particularly for those who claim allegiance to one of the two major political parties.

It’s a hard rain gonna fall

Leon Russell:

Galveston

Jimmy Webb:

Stars

Janis Ian:

We’ve had six building collapse in Philly in the past month, some with gas explosions, some without. They say it’s from the freeze-thaw-freeze cycle we have with the imaginary global warming. Why be afraid of terrorists when our failing infrastructure is a more immediate danger? Here’s hoping no one was killed:

As many as 30 people were hurt when an explosion caused a partial building collapse and ignited a massive fire in the East Village on Thursday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Flames were engulfing two buildings at the scene and firefighters were spraying water on the blaze, as thick smoke billowed over the neighborhood.

The destruction near the corner of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Cops in the Ninth Precinct stationhouse, about a quarter-mile away, heard a loud bang and raced over, sources said.

A diner who was eating at the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Avenue told cops he heard an explosion inside the kitchen there, a source said.

Day laborers also told cops they had been working on a gas line inside the kitchen, and there were 911 reports of possible gas leak just before the blast, a source said.

In addition to 121 Second Ave., the building next door at 123, which houses the Pommes Frites restaurant, was also on fire.

Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

Free Book

Panhandle Slim…

Our tax dollars at work!

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Meanwhile, kids are going to jail for possessing marijuana. Something is off:

Senior Drug Enforcement Administration agents working overseas allegedly participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes funded by drug cartels, according to a newly-released Department of Justice Inspector General report on the handling of sexual misconduct allegations by law enforcement agencies.

The conduct occurred over a period of years, according to the report. In addition to soliciting prostitutes, the foreign officers interviewed for the report allege three DEA supervisory special agents were “provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members.”

Some DEA agents who participated in the parties denied knowing about cartel involvement, but the IG report says “information in the case files suggested they should have known the prostitutes in attendance were paid with cartel funds.”

The sex parties occurred in government leased living quarters where “agents’ laptops,BlackBerry devices and other government-issued equipment were present,” posing a security risk and “potentially exposing them to extortion, blackmail, or coercion.”

In another instance, two DEA special agents allegedly solicited prostitutes for a farewell party for a senior DEA official.

That official, an acting assistant regional director, allegedly had “sexual relations with prostitutes” and there were “allegations operational funds were used to pay for the party and the prostitutes,” according to the report.

The report also alleges that one prostitute was assaulted by someone associated with DEA supervisors following a payment dispute. The report was critical of DEA’s treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct, often dealing with incidents as local management issues and not reporting information up the chain of command.

The report also looked at allegations of misconduct against the U.S. Marshals Service, ATF and the FBI.

Geeks to the rescue

GenCon  2013

I love this story:

Like Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, organizers of a massive $50 million gamer convention have flown in to save the day—threatening to take their business elsewhere if Indiana governor Mike Pence signs SB 101, the controversial bill that would allow individuals to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds.

The Indiana House and Senate both passed the bill this week, so Pence’s signature is really the last stop before SB 101 becomes law. And he’s been drooling about signing for days.

“The legislation is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” Pence said this week in a statement, adding that he “look(s) forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

But now Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of GenCon has sent a letter he sent to Pence, trumpeting the convention’s history of attracting “a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

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