Sunday, November 30, 2014


Trans Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon Rock 2013

Officer Darren Wilson Shot Outside of 7-Eleven In St. Louis | Empire News

Officer Darren Wilson Shot Outside of 7-Eleven In St. Louis | Empire News

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FRONTLINE Losing Iraq +ADD Aired: 07/29/201401:24:10Rating: NR U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, ending America’s military commitment in the country. Now, chaos is once again engulfing Iraq. The team behind "The Lost Year in Iraq," "The Torture Question" and "Bush's War" takes a look at how we got here, what went wrong, and what happens next.

FRONTLINE The Trouble with Antibiotics +ADD Aired: 10/13/201453:41Rating: NR FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. Plus an exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a superbug outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.

FRONTLINE Solitary Nation +ADD Aired: 04/22/201453:40Rating: NR With extraordinary access, award-winning producer and director Dan Edge takes you to the epicenter of the raging debate about prison reform. "Solitary Nation" offers an up-close, graphic look at a solitary confinement unit in Maine’s maximum-security prison with firsthand accounts from prisoners and staff whose lives are forever altered by this troubled system.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE The Rise and Fall of Penn Station +ADD Aired: 02/18/201451:46Rating: NR Just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

INDEPENDENT LENS Powerless +ADD Aired: 11/04/201453:35Expires: 12/04/2014 Rating: TV-PG A literal power struggle exists in Kanpur, India, which suffers from day-long electricity cuts. In the Independent Lens documentary Powerless, we meet a Robin Hood-like electrician, a “katiyabaaz” renowned for his prowess in stealing power, and the first female chief of the local power supply company, as they each try to solve the city’s energy crisis in very different ways.

INDEPENDENT LENS “I Just Froze” +ADD Aired: 01/19/201500:56Rating: TV-PG In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The Kill Team, Specialist Adam Winfield talks about how his ranking sergeant ordered Winfield and his platoon mates to set up the murder of a civilian in Afghanistan to look like a justified homicide — and how that was when he realized he couldn’t kill an innocent man.

INDEPENDENT LENS Twin Sisters +ADD Aired: 10/21/201455:31Expires: 10/20/2015 Rating: TV-G In the Independent Lens documentary Twin Sisters, twin girls in China are adopted as infants by two different sets of parents — one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway. The girls grow up knowing they have a twin living on the other side of the world, and although language is a barrier, the bond between them grows deeper.

INDEPENDENT LENS Happiness +ADD Aired: 11/18/201456:02Expires: 12/18/2014 Rating: TV-PG A 9-year-old monk has never before left his Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas, where the nearest road is a three-day walk. When connected to electricity for the first time, he treks to the nearest city in search of a television. The Independent Lens documentary Happiness tells a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.

Creationism is just the start: How right-wing Christians are warping America’s schools

Creationism is just the start: How right-wing Christians are warping America’s schools

Friday, November 28, 2014

Analysis: How Red is Texas? Count the Ways.

Texas, a hothouse for Republicans, is a decidedly hostile environment for Democrats. If that was not obvious in the first readings of election results this month and in the continuation of the Republican winning streak in statewide races, a dive into the numbers shows the depth of the hole Democrats are trying to fill.

This is what a red state looks like:

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, received 61.6 percent of the vote statewide. Cornyn did worse than that, on a percentage basis, in only 38 of the state’s 254 counties. Put that another way: He beat David Alameel, his Democratic opponent, by more than his statewide average in 216 counties.

The numbers are a bit mind-boggling: Cornyn got at least 80 percent of the vote in 134 counties — more than half the counties in the state. That includes big ones, like Montgomery, where he won 81.6 percent of the 103,462 votes cast.

The senator’s best spot? King County, about halfway between Lubbock and Wichita Falls, where he received 87 of the 90 votes cast.

In contrast, Alameel broke 50 percent in just 16 counties, turning in his best showing — 76.4 percent — in Starr County, deep in South Texas. His column also included some counties with big populations, like Travis, seat of the state capital, and El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo, on opposite ends of the state’s border with Mexico. And the Dallas resident won his home county, although he did so with less than 50 percent of the vote (some voters cast their ballots for third-party and write-in candidates).

But the numbers were impossible for Alameel: The counties where he received the majority of the vote accounted for only 11.1 percent of the statewide vote this month.

The numbers were similar in the marquee race — the contest for governor between Greg Abbott, the Republican, and Wendy Davis, the Democrat. She won in only 19 counties, and broke 50 percent in only 18 counties.

Again, there were some big wins: Dallas County sent 54.8 percent of its votes to the Democrat, and Davis won in some of the big counties along the Texas-Mexico border. But she lost others, including her home county, on her way to a demoralizing defeat. The counties where she prevailed accounted for only 20 percent of the statewide vote for governor.

Like Alameel, her best showing was also in Starr County: 77.3 percent.

Abbott, meanwhile, got more than 77.3 percent of the vote in 134 counties. He got 80 percent or better in 110 counties, and 90 percent or more in 14 counties. King County was the reddest of the red, giving 90 votes to Abbott and just one to Davis.

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat who ran for lieutenant governor, did something that neither of her up-ballot colleagues managed to do: She won Bexar County, which she represents as a state senator from San Antonio.

Like the other Democrats, Van de Putte lost big. Her Republican opponent, Dan Patrick, also a state senator, won 58.1 percent of the statewide vote; she won just 38.7 percent. He won 231 counties to her 23. The Bexar County win made Van de Putte the winner in counties that accounted for 26.5 percent of the overall vote — an anemic showing that nevertheless sparkles next to the numbers for Davis and Alameel.

Patrick’s numbers mirror those of Cornyn and Abbott: 90 percent or better in 12 counties; 80 percent or better in 102 counties; 70 percent or better in 187 counties.

As with the other Republicans, Patrick did best in King County, with 84 votes to Van de Putte’s one. The best of the big counties for him and the other Republicans was Montgomery, just north of Houston, where 79 percent of voters cast ballots for Patrick.

The Republicans had a big year, and their winning margins reflected that, even in the face of much-hyped Democratic efforts to identify and turn out new voters. Wins are not counted by the numbers of counties won, but by the number of votes cast over all.

That is all well and good. But the maps do show this: The state’s red counties outnumber its blue ones, and are more intensely partisan. For all the talk about turning Texas blue, the state remains reliably and overwhelmingly red.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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George W. Bush Is Getting A Texas Elementary School Named After Him The Huffington Post | By Ashley Alman Email Posted: 11/19/2014 2:19 pm EST


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Missing Women in Travis County - | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Missing Women in Travis County - | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

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More Texas school districts forgoing state board-approved textbooks | Schools | News fro...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Jon Stewart and Sean Hannity In a War of Words

Jon Stewart and Sean Hannity In a War of Words

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Internal Memos Detail Davis Campaign Dysfunction

Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. 

The warnings are contained in two internal communications obtained by The Texas Tribune and written at the beginning of the year by longtime Democratic operatives Peter Cari and Maura Dougherty. 

After the drubbing Davis got from Gov.-elect Greg Abbott last week, they seem eerily prescient.

“The campaign is in disarray and is in danger of being embarrassed,” Cari and Dougherty wrote in a lengthy memorandum on Jan. 6. “The level of dysfunction was understandable in July and August, when we had no infrastructure in place — but it doesn’t seem to be getting better.”

Addressed to then-Campaign Manager Karin Johanson, the memo warned that the Davis campaign had “lurched to the left,” was failing to communicate a positive message and offered virtually nothing to the swing voters the senator would need to win statewide.

“There is not a model where a candidate who appears this liberal and culturally out of touch gets elected statewide anywhere in the south — much less in Texas — without some inoculation,” the consultants said.

Dougherty and Cari, founders of the national consulting firm Prism Communications, had helped guide Davis to two tough Senate wins in a Republican-leaning North Texas district, and they were deeply invested in her campaign.

But the media strategists complained that they and other consultants who had been involved in her past races, and who knew her strengths and background, were being sidelined and had been unable to communicate directly with Davis.

In a telephone interview with the Tribune, Dougherty said she and her business partner wrote the memo in a last-ditch attempt to right a listing campaign ship. She said she often did not know about major campaign developments until she read them in the news.

“Thank God for Google alerts, because I wouldn’t know what was going on this campaign without them,” she said.

Calls and emails directed to Johanson and J.D. Angle, Davis' top consultant, were not immediately returned.

The Prism consultants concluded that the campaign was either desperately broken or that the hierarchy had decided to portray Davis not as a Texas moderate but rather a “national Democrat, appealing to liberal donors in the mistaken belief that there is a hidden liberal base in Texas that will turn out to vote if they have a liberal candidate to support.”

“Either scenario means that real changes need to be made, and quickly,” they wrote.

Not long after that January memo, the campaign indeed made changes, but not the ones Prism Communications had in mind.

About a month later, the firm was let go, Dougherty said. In a blistering follow-up letter to Johanson on Feb. 11, Dougherty and Cari described more dysfunction and mismanagement. And they predicted her margin of defeat within a single percentage point.

They wrote that the campaign was failing to portray Davis “like a Texan” and had turned her into a generic Democrat who would only have a chance in a state with a recent history of electing Democrats. The party hasn’t won a statewide election in Texas since 1994.

“Running Wendy Davis as a generic national Democrat is not only the quickest path to 38 percent, it’s also a huge disservice to Wendy, her record and the brand she has built,” they wrote. Davis got 38.9 percent of the vote, compared with the 59.3 percent of voters who cast ballots for Abbott.

Given the national wave that swamped Democrats around the country, including in governor races that Republicans won in traditionally blue states like Maryland and Massachusetts, it’s highly unlikely that any political strategy would have ushered Davis into the Texas Governor’s Mansion.

But Dougherty said it didn’t have to be such a rout.

“It’s possible to lose and still look good,” she said in the phone interview. “Our worry in January was it was setting Wendy up for embarrassment throughout the course of the campaign. I think the way the campaign played out was far, far worse than it should have been.”

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

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Hispanic Voters in the 2014 Election

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Jon Stewart's Message To Texas Dems: 'You Poor Bastards' The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza Email Posted: 10/31/2014 6:47 am EDT Updated: 10/31/2014 6:59 am EDT

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jon Stewart on GOP’s promises of bipartisanship: ‘Who the f*ck are you people?’

Jon Stewart on GOP’s promises of bipartisanship: ‘Who the f*ck are you people?’

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GoldieBlox vs. the Big Sister machine (feat. Metric, "Help I'm Alive")

GoldieBlox vs. the Big Sister machine (feat. Metric, "Help I'm Alive")

GoldieBlox vs. the Big Sister machine (feat. Metric, "Help I'm Alive")

GoldieBlox vs. the Big Sister machine (feat. Metric, "Help I'm Alive")

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Abandoned Island Near NYC Used To House A Hospital

An Abandoned Island Near NYC Used To House A Hospital

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