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Left/Right book club

As we know with the fragmented media today it is very easy to cocoon yourself into an ideological bubble. I thought it would be interesting to start a thread where we would pick one book from each side of the equation and then discuss them. Ideally we would want to choose books that have been out a year+ that would be relatively easy to find in a local library or used book store and ones that are not from bomb throwers like Anne Coulter or Micheal Moore. To be fair I have not read either author, I cite them based on their reputation.

Yes, sexism is alive and well. Here's proof.

Have you ever seen this travel ad? I think it's from Orbitz. It shows an old lady sitting pool side. She looks over at the pool boy and says: "We will turn the pool boy into a pool man." Maybe you thought the ad was cute and got a little chuckle from it. No controversy, no problem.

Okay let's try a little role reversal.

Dark Knight Indeed

The news on this shooting is still coming in.

It has all of the hallmarks of a FALSE FLAG OPERATION.

- Other than the "OBVIOUS" bizarre behavior of the shooter... we are 'told" that he WENT OUTSIDE about 20 minutes into the show.


How can this be? All of these movie complex's have "one way doors" with alarms. If they didn't... teenagers would be sneaking their buddies and dates in all of the time?

- After he shoots 71 people... he "walks" out with the crowd?

What will be the next big government take over?

After the healthcare takeover what will be next? This thread is meant to be non-partisan. I am not interested in whether or not you like Obama care or government control. Good or bad is not my intent. I only want to know what you believe will be the next target. Any ideas?

Mitt Romney - Tax Dodger

Mitt Romney has avoided paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes through some creative accounting practices. As the Huffington Post reports, Romney received more than $170,000 in stock after his company, Bain Capital, took over Sensata Technologies – a manufacturing company in Illinois. Sensata has been in the news recently because it plans to lay off 170 workers in November, when it moves its last remaining American plant to China – a decision made by Bain Capital.

A Look At How Democrats And Republicans Differ

Democrats vs. Republicans
BY: Chuck Baldwin - LIVE | July 12, 2012

Thom Hartmann doesn't know what a subsidy is!

The July 19th poll on the Thom homepage says, "Will Congress continue to subsidize the wealthy 1% with tax cuts?"

A tax cut is a removal of a burden. That is, an individual is keeping more of his or her money. A subsidy requires the government to take from the taxpayers in general and give to a specific individual, group of individuals or company. They are not the same.

Michele Bachmann really did it this time

Yesterday, the Congresswoman from Minnesota who has a penchant for spouting off bizarre conspiracy theories, had to flee a CNN camera crew asking her about controversial remarks she made about Huma Abedin – the deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Republican-backed Voter Suppression ID laws

A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice reveals just how damaging Republican-backed Voter Suppression ID laws will be to hundreds of thousands of Americans. Looking at ten states that have passed restrictive voter ID laws, the Brennan Center found that about a half-million eligible voters will be will find it virtually impossible to get the necessary ID to be able to vote in November, despite claims by Republicans that is very easy to get a voter ID.

How do you make Republicans in Congress squirm?

You force them to choose between raising taxes on rich people or cutting defense spending. That’s the choice Republicans are facing today, as $500 billion will automatically be cut from the Pentagon’s budget at the end of the year as a result of the "sequestration" debt-limit compromise last year. Republicans are now urging Congress to act to reverse the automatic cuts, with some Republicans even borrowing now claiming that the government does indeed create jobs, and that we need government spending, citing reports that show these size cuts to defense spending will kill a millio

Is Romney the real GOP candidate for President?

To anyone who thinks Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate for President:

U.S. Senate / Hearing on constitutional amendment regarding CITIZENS UNITED July 24th

  • Next week, on Tuesday, July 24th, the U.S. Senate will hold its first-ever hearing on how a constitutional amendment can over-rule the Citizens United decision.

"Second Judge Finds WI's Voter ID Law Unconstitutional" ... more than 300,000 Wisconsin voters without photo id affected

I found this item by Brendan Fischer from The Center For Media and Democracy's PRWATCH group today; it gives us some hope that at least in Wisconsin, the ALEC voter-id laws may not be enforced during the November election.

The Presidents Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: PROGRESS REPORT

I'm wondering if you all have read the Presidents Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future: PROGRESS REPORT ??? If not, here is a link to that report.

You'll find lots of things to talk about!

President Obama's "to do list" for Congress

I just came across this and thought it was pretty cool! Check out the to do list that President Obama has in place for Congress. It's too bad that most of it won't likely get done. I don't know if it will get their attention or not but got to give him credit for trying!

There's a 1 in 20 Chance of the Apocalypse. Shouldn't We Act Now?

A new study published in Science argues that we as a civilization need to move "rapidly" -- as in almost immediately -- towards a carbon emissions free future if we are to have any chance of holding off runaway global warming:

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