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What is The Difference Between Global Witness & The Center for Medical Progress?

By on 1.31.16 | 8:15PM

I just finished watching 60 Minutes segment on money laundering in the United States. The centerpiece of the report was a sting operation conducted by Global Witness, a London based NGO dedicated to exposing corruption. Global Witness sent one of their investigators undercover to a dozen or so law firms in New York to discuss the possibility of moving money on behalf of an anonymous African minister who has obtain millions of dollars worth of graft. While none of the attorneys interviewed broke the law they didn't exactly toss their potential client out on sight save for one.

Vin Scully Honored

By on 1.30.16 | 12:08AM

To honor the great Dodger broadcaster, who will conclude his remarkable 67-year, hall of fame broadcasting career at the end of the 2016 baseball season, the Los Angeles City Council Friday voted unanimously to name the road leading into Dodger Stadium Vin Scully Avenue.

“This is a few decades late,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, of the latest honor bestowed on the man who has been the voice of the Dodgers for the team’s entire 55 years on Los Angeles. “My entire life has had Vin Scully as a backdrop,” said Councilman Pal Koretz. “Naming a street is great, but I’d be okay if we named the whole city after him.” Few Dodger fans would argue with this.

“I’m overwhelmed,” the always humble Scully said. He called the re-naming of the former Elysian Park Ave. a great honor.

This is hardly the highest recognition paid to the man many consider the nation’s best sportscaster. But it’s nice to see an honor going to someone who deserves it.

About Those 22 Damn E-Mails

By on 1.29.16 | 9:37PM

So The State Department won't release 22 of Hillary Clinton damn e-mails because they are "top secret."

You know what? That's fine. Because all that matters is that Hillary had 22 top secret e-mails on her server. 

If you or I had one top secret e-mail, never mind 22 of them there would be an armed swat team descending on our homes faster than you could say wilful suspension of disbelief.

If you're General Petraeus you're lucky to get a $100,000 fine and probation.

But this is Hillary Clinton we're talking about and she is above the law. 

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders still doesn't want to talk about her damn e-mails.

Paul Kantner & Signe Toly Anderson, R.I.P.

By on 1.29.16 | 2:59PM

Paul Kantner, founding member of both The Jefferson Airplane and The Jefferson Starship, passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Kantner had suffered a heart attack a few days earlier.

Kantner's health had begun to decline last year following a heart attack although he recovered sufficiently to rejoin Jefferson Starship on tour. He had survived two earlier brushes with death - a motorcycle accident in the 1960's and a cerebral hemorrhage in 1980, but it was not to be this time around.

Kantner played rhythm guitar and occasionally contributed vocals and songs to both groups. He co-wrote "Volunteers" with Marty Balin, a song that would have a prominent place during their set at Woodstock. Kantner also co-wrote "Wooden Ships" with David Crosby and Stephen Stills. While primarily known as a CSN song, Jefferson Airplane also recorded a version which you hear in the video above.

Fox News Iowa GOP Main Stage Debate Post-Mortem

By on 1.28.16 | 11:32PM

I have just finished watching and live tweeting the GOP main stage debate held in Des Moines and aired on Fox News. Here are my thoughts.

John Kasich - He had a wonderfully eloquent statement about the plight of the mentally ill, but was otherwise a non-factor in the debate. Kasich has been polling well in New Hampshire and will stick around at least until February 9th.

Jeb Bush - He gets better and better with every debate. Despite saying he missed the presence of Trump, I think he was far more relaxed with his absence. Bush came across as confident and even landed a punch against Rubio on immigration. Will voters now give Bush a second look? Not unless he changes his name.

Fox News Iowa GOP Undercard Debate Post-Mortem

By on 1.28.16 | 8:22PM

I have just watched the GOP undercard debate that took place in Des Moines on Fox News. Here are my observations.

Mike Huckabee - He argued that it wasn't question of his message not working, but rather that it wasn't getting out. Frankly what's the difference? Don't get me wrong. He kept up his usual good cheer. While Huck ended the debate by saying, "Hello, it's me," (a la Adele) I have a feeling that is his last hurrah.

Rick Santorum - The only candidate who has been at every GOP undercard debate and he isn't happy about it. Of course, even when he was doing well in 2012 he wasn't too happy either. The fact that he was personally thanking his supporters during his closing remarks leads me to believe that he will exiting the race after the votes are counted in Iowa on Monday night.

French Police Detain Man Carrying Two Guns & A Koran Outside DisneyLand Paris

By on 1.28.16 | 3:02PM

France has been spared another Islamic terrorist attack thanks to security officials at DisneyLand Paris. They stopped a man from entering the facility who was carrying a bag with two guns, ammunition and a Koran. While police have an unidentified man in custody, a female accomplice managed to escape and remains at large.

It will be interesting to see if this man and his accomplice were born in France or are Syrian refugees. Of course, France has become all too familiar with Islamic terrorism especially with the Paris bombings in November which claimed the lives of 130 people as well as the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo which claimed a dozen lives in January 2015 not to mention the March 2012 stabbings in Toulouse and Montauban which claimed the lives of three French paratroopers, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi.

So why target DisneyLand Paris? I would venture to guess that this man and the woman with him think Mickey Mouse is an infidel. If it wasn't so dangerous it would be downright Goofy.

State Attorney General Climate Change Investigations Are Unconstitutional

By on 1.27.16 | 5:43PM

Should government officials be able to cut off donations to groups because they employ people disparaged as “climate change deniers,” even if the group in question is a think tank that studies a wide range of topics, only a few of which relate to climate change at all, and the “denial” in question includes telling politically inconvenient truths about the cost of proposed climate change legislation? Only a single-issue zealot with ideological blinders and a contempt for the First Amendment would think so. 

Mike Huckabee Releases Bizarre “Hello” Ad

By on 1.27.16 | 1:39PM

To be fair to Mike Huckabee, although this ad might be the most bizarre thing we've seen in the Presidential horserace yet, it did remind me that, yes, Mike Huckabee is still in the horserace for President, and that's 90% of why it was released. 

By all rights, Iowa is Huckabee's golden land. Most of Iowa's caucus-goers are solidly Evangelical, many of them are social conservatives (in fact, Iowa is one of the few places where social conservatism is still a thriving and reliable demographic). Iowans have a reputation for embracing crony Capitalism, often in the form of ethanol subsidies, and, in the past, they've been very open to Huck's message of big government Republicanism - a state that embraces limited government where possible, but also prefers a presence in your refridgerator and your bedroom. 

And yet, Huckabee can't get any traction anywhere in the US. So he's forced to make a spoof Adele video to remind you he exists. Which I shall now bless you with.