Politics A La Americana

Politics, however unpopular, truly are a driving force in our society. In school, I focused on on American domestic politics and American foreign affairs so this blog will mostly reflect that. My personal political beliefs run towards the more moderate/liberal side of things, depending on the topic. However, I try to keep this blog from getting too partisan. Please feel free to message me if you want to talk shop! I love this stuff way more than I should!


Turkey announced Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish security forces to pass through the Turkish border into Syria to fight with fellow Kurds attempting to defend the enclave of Kobane, a city that remains in grave danger of falling to ISIL.

Despite the backing of U.S.-led air strikes and arms deliveries, Kobane’s Kurds have warned in recent weeks that the city might fall to ISIL, which seeks to capture the city to consolidate its power in northern Syria.

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by Michael Pizzi

(Photo: Gokhan Sahin/Getty)


Choose your own aventure!

Partisan press in a nutshell. 

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John Oliver Playing Supreme Court Audio Over Footage Of Dogs Is The Justice America Needs

This may just be the best thing since cats learned to play piano.

The Supreme Court doesn’t allow cameras during oral arguments, and Justice Antonin Scalia says that’s because short segments that don’t properly portray the arguments would be presented to the public.

Well, John Oliver finally has a solution.

Watch the full hilarious video to hear the audio footage synced with these dogs. 

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Translators (HBO)

I swear this guy will change the world.

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Mark Zuckerberg just donated more money to Ebola than China, Canada, and France combined. 

Those are some deep blue-jean pockets. 

The US and UK have also pledged a great deal but have yet to distribute it. Here are the pledge numbers (significantly higher than the actual to date contributions above. 

One of the major problems in the fight against Ebola is the slowness in which the global community has offered aid, down significantly compared to other disaster relief efforts. 

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Washington Post: Record temperatures in September suggest 2014 is on track to become warmest year on record, says NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

The September average temperature, 1.3 degrees above average, follows the warmest August on record, and the warmest summer on record, as well.

And year to date, 2014 ties with 1998 and 2010 — two of the warmest years in recorded history — with a temperature departure of 1.22 degrees above average.


that time of year is approaching

scary lawn decorations

terrifying tv programs

people in costumes going door to door

election season

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Police dismantle Occupy Hong Kong protesters’ encampment



Powerful photos capture the student protests in Mexico barely anyone is talking about 

While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world.

The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime.

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After repelling ISIL, PKK fighters are the new heroes of Kurdistan

ERBIL, Iraq — The body of Zanyar Kawa is making its final journey to Sulaymaniyah, in northeastern Iraq. The slain fighter died 500 miles from his hometown battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, in Kobane, a Syrian town near the Turkish border.

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by Alia Malek

(Photo: Ayman Oghanna/Al Jazeera America) 


"The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," - Ruth Bader Ginsburg



Apparently from lack of use. Luckily, Michelle was there to pick up the tab.