The other story in Iraq: Kurdistan independence
June 12, 2014
Much attention has been focused upon the rapid retreat of Iraqi government forces from several northern cities in Iraq. Those cities include Mosul, oil-rich Baaiji and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.
As these cites have traditionally been mostly Sunni Muslim, there is little, if any local resistance to the Sunni Muslim group that has taken control of this territory.
We have all witnessed hours of media discussion revolving around the Boston terrorists and the subsequent manhunt, but there is one aspect of the manhunt that has received little attention. It is the use of the “shelter in place” protocol. First of all, let's review the intent and definition of “shelter in place” warnings.
Per the Red Cross:
One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere
The verdict is in. The Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which narrowly passed Congress in a purely partisan effort. The swing vote on the Court, and thus the decision, lay with Chief Justice John Roberts.
In the decision, Chief Justice Roberts ruled the law to be Constitutional if the individual mandate portion of the law was interpreted and characterized as a tax, rather than as a penalty. This opinion in and of itself is questionable, as this
The question often arises, "is there a media conspiracy against Ron Paul"? Conspiracy is a loaded term, often used as an ad hominem attack to discredit people, so perhaps it is better to take a common sense approach, and focus more on human nature, and less on terminology.
Political entertainers such as Jon Stewart on The Daily Show have made compelling cases that the treatment of Ron Paul is less than fair and balanced. Jon Stewart's commentary on the Iowa Straw Poll results,
With the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, an unusual majority consensus has arisen, and it is not pretty. The majority of Americans have, at least temporarily, subscribed to the philosophy that "the ends justify the means". The death of Osama Bin Laden (the "ends") was so important that it should be accomplished at any price. The Constitutional limits on executive power can be ignored, due process can be ignored, international treaties can be ignored, and acts of