Monthly Archives: January 2015

Regarding Mark Wahlberg: Should the Famous Movie Star Be Pardoned for a Violent Crime He Committed as a Teenager?

By Elaine Magliaro Mark Wahlberg—who was born on June 5, 1971— is a famous American actor and producer. He is also a former rapper who once worked as “a crotch-grabbing underwear model under the name ‘Marky Mark.’” According to Adrian … Continue reading

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“Whip Steve Scalise”: A Mark Fiore Political Cartoon Video

By Elaine Magliaro Late last year, I wrote a post about the House Majority Whip titled Steve Scalise Confirms He Spoke at White Supremacist Conference in 2002. In addition to speaking at that conference, the third most powerful man in … Continue reading

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DED Talks: Walt Disney

by Gene Howington It comes as no surprise to the people who know me that I loathe Disney. So when I came across this item today at, I laughed so hard I nearly hurt myself.  Why?  Because comedy is … Continue reading

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Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald on the Terrorism Expert Industrial Complex

By Elaine Magliaro Last week, investigative journalist and co-founder of The Intercept Jeremy Scahill confronted CNN International host Hala Gorani with a harsh criticism of some of the world leaders who showed solidarity toward France…and of CNN’s handling of the recent … Continue reading

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“Our New Politics of Torture”: An Interview with Journalist Mark Danner

By Elaine Magliaro On Friday, Charlie Pierce posted an interesting article titled The CIA’s Willingness to Lie about Our Torture Regime: The Architecture of Unbelief on his Politics Blog at Esquire.  Pierce wrote about an interview with journalist Mark Danner that appeared in The New York Review of … Continue reading

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Florida Family Outraged That North Miami Beach Police Used Mug Shots of African-Americans for Target Practice

By Elaine Magliaro NBC Miami reported on Friday that a family from South Florida was “outraged at North Miami Beach Police after mug shots of African American men were used at a shooting range for police training.” Huffington Post said that … Continue reading

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Police in St. Ann, Missouri, Apologize for Arresting and Seriously Injuring Innocent Man

By Elaine Magliaro Adam McDonald of KMOV reported yesterday that police in St. Ann, Missouri, had apologized to an innocent college student “after they admitted to causing severe injuries to his face” when they arrested him Thursday afternoon. Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Swink was on his way home … Continue reading

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“Heavenly Appeals”–A Short Cartoon Video

By Elaine Magliaro Mike Spindell’s post about songs of paradise/heaven prompted me to go looking for a YouTube video on the subject. I thought you might enjoy  “Heavenly Appeals”–a short film by David Lisbe. It’s a humorous cartoon about a good demon who is … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart on the State of the State of Florida, Same-Sex Marriage, and some Oddball News Stories from the “Sunshine State”

By Elaine Magliaro On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart interviewed Senator Marco Rubio of Florida on The Daily Show. His lead-in to the interview with Rubio—who has sharply criticized court rulings that paved the way for same sex marriages in Florida—was … Continue reading

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Jeremy Scahill and Jon Stewart Call Out the Hypocrisy of World Leaders Who Have Punished Journalists in Their Own Countries Rallying in Paris in Support of Freedom of the Press

By Elaine Magliaro On Sunday, more than a million people rallied in Paris “in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and ensuing attacks that left 17 people dead.” More than forty world leaders were reported to have traveled to France … Continue reading

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