It appears the staff of the New York Times is getting fed up.
Back at the beginning of this year, we posted about how much we need real journalists and how much the White House has done to punish them. Jill Abramson, the New York Time executive editor declared that Barack Obama’s administration was “the most secretive White House” of her career.
Nothing has changed.
Now Maureen Dowd at the New York Times has published an interview with James Risen. Here is a sample:
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We know it must be global warming because everything in the weather is caused by global warming. Right?
CBS Pittsburgh reports, “Experts: Record Cold Summer Leads To Changing Leaves in August.”
Pittsburgh is dealing with one of the coldest summers in history and it’s having an effect on the trees.
Friday morning temperatures fell into the 40s in Western Pennsylvania.
Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August.
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On the military police gear, I got some good pushback on the use of body armor in general. I think my original point stands (and I’ve made it over and over again) that we have far too many late night/early morning raids in this country with far too much firepower for situations that don’t call for it.
But I do want cops to be protected from real threats, and I should have been more specific. Using a headline about Ferguson was probably not the best way to rehash the argument about SWAT raids.
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When I posted about Operation Chokepoint, I didn’t get any inkling that the FDIC would ever back down. But it seems that they might be doing so. (Let’s hope!)
If you don’t remember, Operation Chokepoint was the FDIC’s strategy to basically financially cripple legal businesses.
The Department of Justice has its own secret drone program—it is called Operation Chokepoint and its drones are banks. According to Jason Oxman in The Hill, the department is attacking “disfavored – but Read more [...]
Imagine a major videogame maker portraying the "enemies" as a bunch of pedophiles with rainbow flags on their wall. Or maybe a banner of the New Black Panthers for bad guys who only shoot white people--do you think they could even get anywhere close to marketing games like that?
Here’s some of the report from Breitbart.com: “Gamescom: Shoot Racist Tea Partiers in ‘Battlefield Hardline’”
The Hardline demonstration opens with the player character, Nick Mendoza, and his partner Marcus Read more [...]
Here’s an interesting story from ABC about alleged ISIS White House photo,
The Secret Service said it is "aware" of a photo that appeared to show an image of an ISIS flag in front of the White House.
If authentic, the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence. That area, closed off to street traffic, is frequented by thousands of tourists every day.
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I thought the medical community was completely compliant with the healthy homosexuality message. Now I’m not so sure.
NBC Los Angeles reports:
A Los Angeles man is suing his doctor and a Southern California healthcare network, saying they ignored his request to remove a notation describing "homosexual behavior" as a "chronic problem" on his medical records.
Matthew Moore, 46, who is openly gay, said he was shocked to see his sexual orientation still described as a chronic condition more than Read more [...]
Editorial note: Sadly this relative calm in Ferguson did not last long. See update here.
After nights of pictures and footage of police in full body armor in Ferguson, Missouri, we were greeted to stories like this headline at Newser.com: “Ferguson Tensions Ease as Police Ditch Armor.”
It wasn’t just about ditching the armor, as wonderful as that was. It was also about different behavior. The police walked among the rest of the people as if they weren’t a separate class.
After several Read more [...]
While the U.S. Is focused on Robin Williams, Ferguson, Missouri, and the butchers formerly known as ISIS in Iraq, it would appear Vladimir Putin is on the move.
From the Guardian: “Aid convoy stops short of border as Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine.”
The white trucks of humanitarian aid rumbled through Russia in a convoy stretching for miles, moving slowly southwards on the M4 highway, amid a landscape of fertile fields and Ladas stopped at the roadside – their boots overflowing Read more [...]
It took a grownup to put an end to the worst of the nonsense taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, for five nights since police shot and killed a black teen.
That grownup happens to be the Democratic governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, who announced Thursday night that he was taking authority for law enforcement in Ferguson away from the local Barney Fife Brigade and giving it to the Highway Patrol. It's completely understandable after all the images of tear gas, smoke bombs, flash bang grenades and Read more [...]
As another warning of demographic winter, the headline at the New York Post is arresting: “More young women choosing dogs over motherhood.”
If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 Read more [...]
When I first saw this story, I assumed the girl had surprised teachers and faculty with some new exotic color of her hair. It bothered me that she simply looked like a redhead, not some impossible purple- or green-headed mutation.
Is red hair distracting?
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But it turns out that she has attended school with this same hair color for years! The Huffington Post reports,
Hayleigh Black was all ready to start the new school year in her homeroom Read more [...]