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Hannity gets owned by Williams and Buchanan on his own show!

Link: http://mediamatters.org/video/2013/08/15/sean-catch-up-with-the-news-hannity-guests-flab/195432

From the August 15 edition of Fox News' Hannity:

Check out this World Clock


EDITED--Here is the actual link to the clock: http://www.poodwaddle.com/clocks/worldclock/

Why do some people keep calling Obama "center-right"?

I hear self-proclaimed liberals on DU call him that all the time, in addition to "Third Way", "DINO", and "moderate Republican". Considering all of the things that he has advocated such as higher top tax rates, women's right to choose, voting rights, gay rights, stricter gun laws, and health care reform, I just have a hard time understanding how people can make that claim about him with a straight face, especially when the average Republican/conservative opposes these things, and especially considering how hostile they have been towards his agenda since January 2009. Also if he is that far to the right, then why is approval rating with all liberals (in general) still above 80%?

Your thoughts?

Edited: *******************FYI this is Posted in The Barack Obama Group************

Quick question: Were non-Black minorities also considered "colored" when segregation was legal?

For example, did Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics, etc. also have to use "Colored" facilities? Or were they allowed to use the "White" ones?
I have been curious about this for a while, since virtually all of what I have heard about segregation is what Black people experienced.

A Brief Wal-Mart Discussion I had with my Mom

Less than an hour ago, my mother was helping me move some boxed appliances to my bedroom in preparation of me moving out of town in less than 3 weeks. She had suggested that I go shopping at Wal-Mart for an alarm clock, and I told her that I would feel guilty about shopping there after hearing all the horror stories about how the owner underpays his employees and is hostile to unions. In my entire life, I have only shopped once or twice there, and the last time was maybe half a decade ago.
She told me I was crazy, and that the main thing that the employees are concerned about right now is that they at least have a job. She essentially went on to say that the workers there can't be held responsible for the foolishness of the owner, and are all working-class people like us.
So anyway, what are everyone's thoughts? As for me, I'm now sort of torn on this issue.

Edit to add: I already have an alarm clock on my iPod Touch, but my mother didn't know this, and I thought I'd share this discussion, anyway.

# of days in counting Ted Nugent is overdue on his "Dead or in Jail" promise


The world’s most and least ethnically diverse countries

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/16/a-revealing-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-ethnically-diverse-countries/

Ethnicity, like race, is a social construct, but it’s still a construct with significant implications for the world. How people perceive ethnicity, both their own and that of others, can be tough to measure, particularly given that it’s so subjective. So how do you study it?

When five economists and social scientists set out to measure ethnic diversity for a landmark 2002 paper for the Harvard Institute of Economic Research, they started by comparing data from an array of different sources: national censuses, Encyclopedia Brittanica, the CIA, Minority Rights Group International and a 1998 study called “Ethnic Groups Worldwide.” They looked for consistence and inconsistence in the reports to determine what data set would be most reliable and complete. Because data sources such as censuses or surveys are self-reported – in other words, people are classified how they ask to be classified – the ethnic group data reflects how people see themselves, not how they’re categorized by outsiders. Those results measured 650 ethnic groups in 190 countries.

One thing the Harvard Institute authors did with all that data was measure it for what they call ethnic fractionalization. Another word for it might be diversity. They gauged this by asking an elegantly simple question: If you called up two people at random in a particular country and ask them their ethnicity, what are the odds that they would give different answers? The higher the odds, the more ethnically “fractionalized” or diverse the country.

WTF has Obama done so far?


P.S. Feel free to re-post in GD if you want.

Pointing out the co-relation of freedom and voting rights

I was thinking about the issue of voting rights, and started wondering...with Republicans and RW libertarians always talking about freedom and liberty, why isn't the Left nailing them down on their hypocrisy on this issue? The Right is always talking about those things when it comes to things such as guns, paying less taxes, and so-called "religious freedom", but they obviously don't apply on other issues. And whenever I hear Democrats discuss the voting issue, they mainly just talk about the equality and fairness aspects of it, but I believe that there is also an argument to be made in terms of freedom. By gutting the Voting Rights Act and passing numerous ID laws, conservatives are making it more difficult for Americans to exercise our Constitutional rights and basic freedoms.
What do you think?

SuddenLink or AT&T?

Late next month, I will be moving to Arcata, CA., and I heard that these are the two cable/Internet providers in the area. I looked up reviews for both online, and many say that the customer service of both companies is bad, and that AT&T's connection frequently acts up.
Out of these, which one would you recommend?
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