Dear Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Officials:
We might have just helped you bag another material supporter of terrorism this week! And you’ll never believe who the culprit is! We were even able to tape record some of his own damning admissions! (That’s the reason for my calls last week to your duty attorneys and media offices.)
As you know, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has an ongoing investigation into several high profile former political figures, trying to discover their financial transactions with the terrorists in the Mujaheddin e Khalq aka “MEK”. One of the former political officials apparently being investigated for his financial transactions and paid advocacy on behalf of MEK is former Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Well Mukasey happened to get tapped on March 15 to give an “ethical leadership” speech at the University of St. Thomas Law School and some of us went to hear what he had to
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Dear Department of Justice and Department of Treasury Officials:
Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough?
Apparently Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder thinks so.
In Michigan, Detroit and other cities have hit the wall. The Great Recession has devastated city finances. Everyone agrees tough steps are needed.
Snyder’s response is what Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein calls economic “shock doctrine.” Use the crisis to force-feed an unpopular far-right agenda: privatizing basic services; selling off public parks and assets for private gain; breaking labor contracts; laying off teachers, cops and other vital service providers.
Meanwhile, the governor calls for cutting taxes for corporations, and his Republican colleagues in the House slash federal support for states and localities, intensifying the pressure.
Citizens oppose this, so democracy itself must be trashed — particularly in majority minority
Two weeks ago, when I was planning for my spring break, I listed a lot of places in the New York area that I hoped I’d be able to visit, hopefully with my family. When I got home, however, there was one little problem… nobody else was on spring break. My brothers were still in school, and my parents still had to go to work, so visiting museums and monuments every day together wasn’t something we could
On any given day, on any given cable or satellite system, subscribers
will see a message telling them that a favorite channel which had been in one
spot on the channel lineup has been shifted to another. It happens all the time as channels are
added, subtracted or moved around.
It’s not a big deal.
Unless, of course, the cable channel in question is
Bloomberg Television. Since March
2011, Bloomberg has been trying to hold the Comcast-NBCU media behemoth to the
promises it made, and agreed to, in order to complete the takeover that
resulted in one of the biggest media companies in
Protecting your child after a disclosure of sexual abuse What parents need to know By Mary L Pulido PhD
Since the Penn State scandal, questions about protecting children from sexual abuse seem to be on parents’ minds all the time. I am thankful for the media’s spotlight on these issues. I tell my friends and family to use these stories as “teachable moments.” Sit your kids down and talk to them about the issue of sexual abuse. Discuss the range of behaviors that could be characterized as sexual
When Chick-fil-A announced it was moving into Loyola Law School last year, I was more than disturbed. As a Loyola student, I was angry after researching Chick-fil-A’s donations to anti-gay hate groups. These feelings led me to take a stand against Chick-fil-A, and I hope it will lead others to do the same.
The uproar against Chick-fil-A started in late 2011, when Equality Matters revealed that the company had given close to $2 million to anti-gay groups in
There’s no question that Amazon has changed the publishing industry by making it easy for anyone with a book in their head to easily and quickly publish it and make it for sale almost overnight without the gatekeepers of big publishing getting in the way. It’s also true that with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing “Select” program, they’ve take the first steps to hammering the nail in the traditional publishing model.
If you don’t know what KDP Select is, you can read about it and enroll your books here. Essentially it means that if you choose to enroll you are giving Amazon a 90-day exclusive to sell your book. Amazon then makes your book available to their Amazon Prime customers in their lending library, offering you a payback for each book that is borrowed by their
Cream-filled, glazed or even topped with bacon, doughnuts are an irresistible confection beloved across the country in classic and new forms. Here, Food & Wine names America’s Best Doughnuts.
More from Food & Wine:
America’s Best Regional Desserts
Best Burgers in the U.S.
Best Pizza Places in the U.S.
Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.
50 Best Bars in America
The Doughnut Vault; Chicago, IL
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Gilt Bar owner Brendan Sodikoff started selling big, fresh doughnuts out of a brick storefront in the spring of 2011, and lines continue from early morning until the handful of flavors sell out. Outside, there’s a communal table for enjoying old-fashioned, chocolate-glazed and sometimes pistachio-covered rings, with $1 cups of coffee.
Plus: America’s Best Regional Desserts
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Gilt Bar owner Brendan Sodikoff started selling big, fresh doughnuts out of a brick storefront in the spring of 2011, and lines continue from early morning until the handful of flavors sell out.
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When I set out to write a son for Marty Kaan, Don Cheadle’s ethically challenged character on House of Lies, I thought, “What kind of kid would just undo this guy? What kind of kid would unbalance and upend Marty? What kind of kid would take him out of his role as smug superman who can solve any “case” using a variety of consulting tricks and genuine analytical genius?” And I came up with Roscoe, based loosely on several children I’ve met over the years whose gender identities have come differently from those of the majority of their peers. He’s a kid who’d rather play Sandy than Danny Zucko in Grease — for now. And in creating a challenge for Marty, I’ve also encountered a barometer for the varying attitudes and preconceptions of the audience. An entire segment of the audience simply dismisses Roscoe as
While nobody can quite agree about this drink’s origins, we’d like to believe that it was created in Paris and was named for the World War I-era 75-millimeter field gun. The simple but elegant cocktail can be made with your choice of gin or cognac, and is topped with some Champagne.
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There are two types of mullet in Florida: One is a hair style made popular in the nineties, the other is a type of fish. We chose to focus on the latter (sorry, but it’s super sustainable and really healthy) in our latest Perennial Plate episode. Some people love the fish, others hate it (for no good reason). But one thing’s for sure, there’s a ton of
Conventional wisdom says to be careful what you sign. Of course this is true, but a very recent decision by the federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit once again illustrates that how you sign documents may be crucial in imposing liability (Bonnant v. Merrill Lynch). While the technical issues that were at stake in this case are beyond the scope of this brief comment, the critical issue on appeal was whether or not the individual who had clearly signed once in a representative capacity followed by a second signature of just his name had created personal (individual) liability with the second signature.
There are thousands of cases involving signature
by David Jensen, Beer Expert for the Menuism.com Beer Blog
Spring is nearly here and it is a time for renewal, growth, cleaning, and warmer weather. It’s the perfect opportunity to renew your ideas about beer and to clean out old misconceptions by exploring craft beer in new, different and creative ways. If you want to make this Spring the season to seek out new craft beer experiences, I have outlined 10 different ways below.
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As we get older our tastes change. What you may not have liked in the past, you might like
In the story of the 2012 offseason, the Peyton Predicament is coming to a conclusion. Peyton Manning has agreed to join the Denver Broncos, setting in motion movement to come for Tim Tebow. Here are ten thoughts on Peyton’s soft landing in Denver after his turbulent exit from Indianapolis:
1. It is not always the case, but in this situation, the first visit
by guest blogger Tim Mountz of Happy Cat Farm
My wife and I practice what we call seed-to-seed agriculture on our farm. We like to encourage people to grow their food from seed–and not just in the spring but all year long. For some reason, people are really afraid of starting plants from seed. But it’s actually very
Republicans are desperate. They can’t attack Obama on jobs because the jobs picture is improving.
Their attack on the administration’s rule requiring insurers to cover contraception has backfired, raising hackles even among many Republican women.
Their attack on Obama for raising gas prices has elicited scorn from economists of all persuasions who know oil prices are set in global markets and that demand in the United States has actually fallen.
Their presidential ambitions are being trampled in a furious fraternal war among Republican candidates.
Their Tea Party wing wants to reopen the budget deal forged with Democrats after Republicans got bloodied by threatening to block an increase in the debt limit.
So what are Republicans to do now? What they always do when they have nothing else to say.
Call for a tax cut, of course.
It doesn’t matter that their new “tax reform” plan (leaked to the Wall Street Journal late Monday, to be released Tuesday morning) has as much chance of being enacted as Herman Cain has of being elected president.
It doesn’t matter than the plan doesn’t detail how they plan to pay for the tax cuts. Or whether an even bigger whack would have to be taken out of Medicare than Paul Ryan’s original voucher plan — which would drowned many elderly under rising medical costs.
It doesn’t even matter that the plan would probably raise taxes on many lower-income Americans,
All that matters is the headlines.
“House Republican Budget to Propose Lower Income Tax Rates,” says Bloomberg Businessweek. “Republican Budget Plan Seeks to Play Up Tax Reform,” says
The Senate is due to vote today on the so-called “JOBS” bill — a piece of legislation, originating in the House, which aims to reduce disclosure and other securities law protections for investors (see my review yesterday; a link to HR3606 is here).
Supporters of the law claim that it will greatly increase the number of companies going public — and that this will boost economic growth and job creation. Opponents argue that by weakening investor protection, the risks of investing in start-up companies will increase — there will be more frauds and scams — and this will increase the cost of capital for honest entrepreneurs.
Members of the CFA Institute have an interest in getting this right — this is the “global association of investment professionals” and they make their living by figuring out what is a good investment and what is likely to become a losing proposition. These people also have a lot of expertise on the key issue – which is better for business, weakening investor protections or keeping them in place? Which way are these experts voting?
Overwhelmingly, members of the CFA Institute are against the “JOBs” bill as it currently stands.
According to a survey released yesterday, and available through MarketWatch, 33 percent of CFA members in the U.S. think that the Senate should “not pass this bill,” while 27 percent think the Senate should pass a bill with more investor
Last fall, I trained the UC Berkeley football team in how to interview for a job. Sixty players showed up. What does that tell you? Competition in the job market is fierce! According to Cynthia Lett of the Lett Group, “Leading executives tell us that 85 percent of an employee’s success is people skills, not necessarily what they know about their job.”
Do you know how to put your best foot forward in the interview process? Remember, it’s all about the first impression, because yes, you only have one shot.
Here are twenty tips to help you land the job of your dreams, or the one on the way to the job of your dreams.
1.Know your audience and do your
We’ve all heard horror stories about how divorce destroys wealth. Marital assets get divided, you start paying to support two homes, and the legal bills seem to stretch on for miles. Needless to say, legal fees are a very large component of divorce expenses — but just how large?
This core question prompted the research team at AttorneyFee.com to undertake a huge research project about the cost of divorce. We are still sifting through some of the data, but as the results trickle in, we will share our findings here on The Huffington
Everyone should know by now that the Treasury Department can borrow money at historically low rates. That is a major reason why some very smart economists think that the federal government should borrow more money in the short term (i.e., this year and next) and use that money to boost economic growth.
In the medium term (say, the next decade), however, the big question is how long we will be able to finance new government borrowing at such low rates. Today’s low rates are a product of several factors. One is certainly the slow rate of economic growth, in particular the depressed housing market, which has reduced demand for
Tax season is upon us, and while no one likes paying taxes, we can all agree it’d be a little easier to swallow if the system wasn’t rigged for the super rich.
This tax season, we’re going to change the conversation. With a strong, dedicated progressive community, we’ll stand together and raise awareness on an issue conveniently ignored by the right-wing radicals and privileged elite: tax fairness.
We have an opportunity to change the
In a society in which people still claim the Holocaust did not happen, and in which there are resounding claims that the American president is, in fact, a Muslim born on foreign soil, is it any surprise to learn that the greatest figure in the history of Western civilization, the man on whom the most powerful and influential social, political, economic, cultural and religious institution in the world — the Christian church — was built, the man worshipped, literally, by billions of people today — is it any surprise to hear that Jesus never even existed?
That is the claim made by a small but growing cadre of (published ) writers, bloggers and Internet junkies who call themselves mythicists. This unusually vociferous group of nay-sayers maintains that Jesus is a myth invented for nefarious (or altruistic) purposes by the early Christians who modeled their savior along the lines of pagan divine men who, it is alleged, were also born of a virgin on Dec. 25, who also did miracles, who also died as an atonement for sin and were then raised from the dead.
Few of these mythicists are actually scholars trained in ancient history, religion, biblical studies or any cognate field, let alone in the ancient languages generally thought to matter for those who want to say something with any degree of authority about a Jewish teacher who (allegedly) lived in first-century
What does a Cuban-American politician have in common with a Vulcan space traveler and the 37th president of the United States?
More than you’d think, according to Charles Garcia, a Panamanian-born, Miami-based businessman who argues on CNN.com that the Republican Senator from Florida, who is frequently mentioned as a vice presidential running mate for the eventual GOP presidential nominee, is uniquely positioned to bring his party to its senses on the hot-button issue of immigration reform. To make his case, Garcia invokes the words of none other than Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, who in the sixth installment of the intergalactic movie series, compares Captain Kirk to Richard Nixon, the staunch anti-communist U.S, president who unexpectedly opened the door to normalized relations with China.
“Spock’s point was that Captain Kirk, who was the most anti-Klingon adversary in the Federation, would actually prove to be the toughest–and most effective–negotiator in the peace accord with the Klingons,” Garcia writes, implying that Rubio’s adamant opposition to the Dream Act and amnesty for undocumented immigrants make him uniquely qualified to pull a Nixon on anti-immigration Klingons in the
Cholo? Your last name is Cholo?
Even in Disneyland’s Critter Country, I can’t escape from my name. The lady at the Hungry Bear restaurant was holding my credit card in her hand and looking at me quizzically. She admitted she had never come across a real Cholo in all her years living in the United States.
She was curious, yet polite so I didn’t take