Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
The cartoon from Kemo at ToonPool.com. Click to enlarge.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The index is based on seven criteria: the level of abuses, the extent of pluralism, media independence, the environment and self-censorship,
the legislative framework, transparency and infrastructure. What happened?
Investigative journalist James Risen believes the Index rightly shows the drop in American journalists’ freedoms due to crackdowns on reporters and whistleblowers and the efforts of the Obama administration and the National Security Agency to limit the amount of information America has concerning the “War on Terror” and other subjects.
“I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States modern history,” James Risen said.
Risen, who has reported for the New York Times since 1998, said he has personally felt some of the backlash of the guarded Obama administration and has seen some of his colleagues suffer repercussions as well.
Rather than pursue journalists, the Obama administration has focused on their sources—the two most scrutinized whistleblowers being Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
“We have an administration that came in claiming that it was going to be the most transparent in history when in fact it is one of the most secretive in history, and certainly the most aggressive anti-press administration in modern American history,” Risen saidDid President Obama claim his would be the most transparent administration? Read his words at The White House.
The graphic: from Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French). Click to enlarge; it's very large.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The best way ahead is to admit mistakes quickly, understand that you may well fail, but you can usually rebound and punish rule-breaking promptly and consistently but lightly.
This book about people who fail is also a book about how a nation succeeds. The "American Bourgeois Synthesis," McArdle writes, is good but not perfect, promoting entrepreneurship but over-penalizing some mistakes.
Americans -- and America -- can succeed, but only if people learn from their failures.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Today IRS Commissioner John Koskinen apologized for the IRS targeting conservative organizations, as we heard about in the spring of 2013. He said it is/was intolerable and will not happen now or in the future.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The sign announcing the ban on guns shows a gun. Violation! School administrators in Southland school district in Illinois are concerned people will be disturbed by the picture.
Some schools have expelled a student for a sign showing a gun. Will they treat the responsible administrator with the same punishment a student would get? (I admit I stretched it a bit. I don't know that THIS school district expels students for pictures, but some have done it.)
Chicago Sun Times
John Kerry, our Secretary of State, threatened Israel that an international boycott would take place unless Israel accepts his peace deal. It includes Israel giving up territory and allowing the expanded Palestinian state to have its capital in Jerusalem.
This is a bald threat. If it were a caution between friends he would have given it behind closed doors. He made the threat at a security conference in Munich, Germany.
Israel National News
Monday, February 03, 2014
Saturday, February 01, 2014
“I’m afraid that the millennials, if you will,” Mr. Moran tells Washington’s WAMU-FM radio, “are less likely to sign up. I think they feel more independent. I think they feel a little more invulnerable than prior generations. But I don’t think we’re going to get enough young people signing up to make this bill work as it was intended to, financially.”
His analysis is spot on, but that’s small consolation. “I just don’t know how we’re going to [fix] it, frankly,” says Mr. Moran. “If we had a solution, I’d be telling the president right now.” Now he tells us.