Democrats & Liberals

Recent Revelations Expose Law & Order Hypocrisy

Posted by Warren Porter on September 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

Ever since the GOP convention in July, Donald Trump has made enforcing the rule of law a mainstay of his campaign. The claim is that his opposition to legalizing undocumented immigrants stems from concerns regarding moral hazard rather than bigoted opinions regarding non-whites. Presumably, a man with so much concern for the law would make following the law a major part of his life. Regrettably, this is not the case with Mr. Trump.

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Trump Flubs First Debate

Posted by Warren Porter on September 27, 2016 at 7:53 PM

The consensus inside the beltway is that Trump lost last night's debate. Apparently, he didn't have the stamina to stand alone with Hillary Clinton for more than 30 minutes, let alone 90. He may have started strong, but he soon enough, Americans witnessed a devolution as Trump constantly found himself ensnared in traps set up by Clinton.

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New Hearing In Steven Avery Case Requested: Evidence To Be Retested

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

The state of Wisconsin has asked for a new hearing to be set in the Steven Avery case according to documents filed this week. Avery's lawyer Kathleen Zellner had previously requested modern testing be carried out on forensic evidence used against the star of Netflix show Making A Murderer. This week's letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Fallon asks for a status conference to be scheduled by the end of the year, while the state begins to gather all of the items Zellner filed in her motion.

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Female Officer Formally Charged In Crutcher Shooting Death

Posted by KeelanB on September 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Betty Shelby, the Oklahoma police officer implicated in the death of Terence Crutcher was formally booked this morning on charges of first degree manslaughter. The 42 year old turned herself in during the early hours and was released at 1:31am on a $50,000 bond.

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Not Just Your Answer, But Your Algorithm

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Trump finally admits that Obama was born here. After months on the campaign trail. After years of making the claim. And why say this now? Because he had some critical insight? Because he discovered some critical facts? The issue is, this seems less like he's mending his conspiracy theory ways, and more that he's just saying what allows him to pass for a decent, sane human being. Does he really deserve much of any credit, if that's the entire point of his "conversion?"

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Not Just Adults: a Look at America's Student Mental Health Crisis

Posted by DanikaK on September 15, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Over the past few years, national tragedies have increased pressure for the United States to improve access to mental health care. In late 2013, Barack Obama issued regulations which directed all private insurance plans to cover mental health in the same way they covered physical health problems.

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Two National Security Developments

Posted by Warren Porter on September 10, 2016 at 7:44 PM

In the past couple of days, two important developments with significant implications for US national security have occurred. Namely:

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To Solve America's STEM Crisis, Educators Should Encourage Minority Students

Posted by DanikaK on August 30, 2016 at 6:36 PM

For the past few years, the STEM crisis in the United States has regularly made headlines, with many suggesting that for America to remain competitive in the global economy, this achievement gap must narrow--this can only be done in harnessing as much diverse talent as possible by recruiting and retaining more women and people of color.

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The Rise and Fall of the Alt Right

Posted by phx8 on August 26, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Recently a new description has emerged to the new philosophy that has taken over the Republican Party. This philosophy, being new, is still only loosely defined. Hillary Clinton described it as "a paranoid fringe in our politics, steeped in racial resentment." Terms applied to the Alt Right include racism, racialism, white supremacists, and white nationalists. The Wall Street Journal describes it as a movement that "rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identity." Unlike traditional conservatism or republicanism, the Alt Right sees the most fundamental conflict being between globalism and nativism (or nationalism). As a result, it can contribute to militarism and imperialism, which created the toxic stew that led to previous world wars.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns

Posted by Warren Porter on July 25, 2016 at 12:20 PM

The Florida Congresswoman commonly known by her initials, DWS, will not be chairing this weeks' Democratic National Convention. Her tenure as Chair of the Democratic National Committee will end soon shortly thereafter. All this is the result of fallout from a leak of private DNC emails onto Wikileaks.

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The Establishment vs The Base, A Football Analogy

Posted by TreyL on July 23, 2016 at 6:23 PM

In the game of American politics, there are two teams. The Red Republicans and the Blue Democrats. The players on the field are the politicians and candidates for office, the establishment is represented by the coaching staff on each sideline, and the base is represented by the fans in the stadium. Today, we'll visualize a football game to put into perspective the looney left's reaction to Tim Kaine's announcement as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, and why the fringe base must always and forever be contained and prevented from having any meaningful say in the nomination process.

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The end of a week full of news

Posted by Warren Porter on July 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.

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Scores Perish in Nice

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2016 at 11:35 PM

In an apparent act of terrorism, a lorry has been driven into a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks from Le Promenade des Anglais. The local press has reported at least 80 deaths and perhaps 100 injured (40 seriously, 18 critically). While no one has claimed responsibility. The havoc wreaked on the English walkway was an impressive feat for one man, but experts already speculate that DAESH may be responsible and the hunt is on for any possible accomplices.

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Lawful gun owner killed by police

Posted by Warren Porter on July 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Police in Minnesota shot a licensed CCW permit-holder. It is not yet clear why, but it appears that the fact that he was armed was a factor. Shockingly, gun rights groups have refused to comment on what is clearly a violation of their interpretation of the second amendment.

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The Balance of Our Lives

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM

Either we are all free, or none of us truly are. Yet we accept some degrees of legal restriction of our overall rights in order to sleep at night. The question is, what happens when we ask too much of some, and not enough of others?

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