Doing some last-minute Labor Day cookout shopping? Here’s your union-made shopping list

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List of union-made things appropriate for a Labor Day picnic/barbecue: Hot Dogs, Sausages, Other Grill Meats  Ball Park Boar’s Head Calumet Dearborn Sausage Co. Fischer Meats Hebrew National Hofmann Johnsonville Oscar Mayer Condiments  French’s Mustard Gulden's Mustard Heinz Ketchup Hidden Valley Ranch Lucky Whip Vlasic Buns and Bread  Ottenberg's Sara Lee Vie de France Bakery Bottled Water  American Springs Pocono Springs Poland Spring Beer  Budweiser Bud Light Leinenkugel's Mad River Michelob Miller Rolling Rock See more from Union Plus.  Ice Cream and Frozen Treats   • Del Monte Fruit Chillers • Breyers • Carvel • Good Humor • Hiland Dairy • Labelle Ice Cream • Laura Secord • MacArthur • Orchard Harvest • Prairie Farms • President’s Choice  Snacks   Flips Pretzels Frito-Lay Chips Oreos Triscuits Wheat Thins

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

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Obama delivers remarks at Laborfest 2014 at Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, WisconsinBy Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. With his handling of foreign policy under fire in confronting challenges from Ukraine to the Middle East, Obama made a Labor Day trek to Milwaukee's annual Laborfest event to underscore how he feels his leadership on the economy has paid off.

‘They Say No’: Obama Zings Congress in Labor Day Speech

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“They say no to everything,” President Barack Obama said of Congress, urging people to vote for representatives who would bring “progress.”



Oops: Rick Perry Deletes ‘Unauthorized’ Tweet

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“A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down.”

Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban

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By Valerie Volcovici, Timothy Gardner and Meeyoung Cho WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a visiting U.S.

A child accidentally shoots a man dead & the NRA wants to remind us how kids can have fun with guns

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Screen grab of tweet from NRA Women:

Not that it’s a surprise, but the NRA once again proves the obvious. It’s a wretched organization led by wretched people:

On Monday, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with a submachine gun called an Uzi. The girl accidentally pointed the weapon up towards her instructor when the enormous weapon’s recoil was too powerful for her to control.

A horrible tragedy, right? Not only is a man needlessly dead, but a little girl is permanently scarred. The lesson to be learned is clearly not to give automatic weapons to children. But did we even need to learn that in the first place?

Apparently, yes. The National Rifle Association responded to the event just two days later by tweeting a list of ways that children can “have fun at the shooting range.” The Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie caught it first, and managed to capture a screenshot of the tweet before it was deleted an hour later.

Because to the NRA, the only proper response to the horrors of gun violence is to tout the joy and wonder of guns. Humanity does not matter. The NRA is a humanity-free zone. As Wilkie explains:

The Arizona shooting has prompted a heated national debate over what guns are safe for use by minors, even under supervision. Experts agree that an Uzi was the wrong choice for a 9-year-old girl.

The timing of the NRA’s tweet appears to be linked to this debate. Anstine’s column about children’s shooting targets was posted on August 20, almost a week before the Arizona shooting. Why the NRA would decide to push out this column to the more than 7,000 followers of its “NRA Women” account is unclear. The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Because guns are so fun, and yet another accidental shooting death by yet another child should not dissuade parents from putting more guns in the hands of more children. To the vultures in the gun industry, anyway.

Why 2014 is not 2010, in one very clear chart

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At the beginning of the year, we heard a lot of talk about how 2014 was going to be another Republican wave year, like 2010, or bigger. Now, however, it’s clear that 2014 has not followed the same trajectory as 2010.

By this time in 2010, Democratic fortunes were sliding downhill fast, according to generic congressional ballot polling questions. This year—not so much. Take a look at the trends (Loess curves):

The generic ballot has been stable all year for 2014, and with a small Democratic advantage (although not nearly enough to take back the House). Things can always change—but as of now, there’s no evidence of a developing Republican wave.

In past years, massive waves have been quite obvious by now. Here’s the data going back to 2002:

It’s only six elections worth of data, so it’s difficult to draw conclusions or attempt predictions, but it’s pretty clear the mood of the electorate this year is different from 2010 or 2006.

Data from HuffPost/Pollster and Real Clear Politics. Polls of Registered or Likely Voters only for 2012 and 2014.

Ferguson and the Department of Justice

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United States Attorney General Eric Holder.

[T]he federal civil rights investigation into the shooting incident itself continues, in parallel with the local investigation into state law violations. Our investigators from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. attorney’s office in Missouri have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses on the scene at the time of the shooting incident on Saturday. Our review will take time to conduct, but it will be thorough and fair.”—Attorney General Eric Holder

What can the Department of Justice do about the issues in Ferguson? Not just the killing of Michael Brown but the conduct of Ferguson, St. Louis County and Missouri law enforcement as well? A Reuters piece considers the options:

After Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, he vowed that the Justice Department would stay involved to help heal the relationship between the police department and the public.  [...] So what more can Holder and the Justice Department do?  Fortunately, whatever the outcome of the criminal process, they still have important tools at their disposal.

One crucial order of business will be to identify any credible allegations that the Ferguson Police Department used excessive force or other unconstitutional practices in responding to the demonstrations. [...]  The attorney general has authority to investigate and file suit against a police department that has engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal laws. The investigation leading to such a suit can include an in-depth examination of the Ferguson Police Department’s use of force, its conduct in searches, surveillance and making arrests (including allegations of racial profiling and other bias) and its procedures for training, supervising and disciplining officers. In Ferguson, the investigation will have to include the police department’s interference with the First Amendment rights of the press.

I’ll discuss Justice’s mandate and procedure on these issues on the other side.

Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq’s Amerli

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U.S. President Obama answers questions ahead of national security council meeting at the White House in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli and entered the northern town after the U.S. Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders he was notifying Congress of his decision under the long-standing War Powers Resolution, which gives presidents authorization for temporary military action.

National Review lists the 20 movies that ‘effectively destroyed art’

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You monsters.

Conservative film criticism is wonderful stuff that we all should be reading, and I’m not even being facetious on that one. It’s glorious. The very premise puts conservative above film criticism, asserting that the only true way to review a film is to ascertain whether its perceived message is a conservative one, and to then declare the film Good or Bad based on that. Acting? Set decor? Foley work? Bah—all can be overlooked, cough Atlas Shrugged cough, because if the film of the week has a conservative message it is a Good film, and if it has a Hollywood elite liberal socialist Democrat stupid damn love and tolerance message it is a Bad one, and all the rest is padding.

So when the conservative segregationist rag National Review has one of its authors—an African American author—set out to make a list of recent films that have “effectively destroyed art” through their naughtiness, you know it’s going to be good. And it is.

Since 2004, the year that film culture split along moral and artistic lines, political and class biases have been exhibited in films that became more and more partisan. This rift was furthered by a compromised media, where critics praised movies that exhibited cynicism along with political bias.

What happened in 2004 that broke this man’s spirit? Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ did not get good reviews, and it made our film critic very sad. I’m not even kidding. That’s what the link says. And for some reason the early 2000’s saw rise of a cultural “cynicism” expressed through the measurement of the popularity of various movies, and that’s Bad because America shouldn’t be cynical just because everything was terrible and would continue to be terrible for the indefinite future. I blame the films.

Not just entertainment, the 20 films listed here effectively destroyed art, social unity, and spiritual confidence. They constitute a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon.

This. Is. Brilliant. It takes a lot to destroy art, social unity and spiritual confidence, but to do it in a mere 20 modern movies is a genuine miracle. I would not reckon even an Adam Sandler film had the capacity to destroy art, although several of them did make me question the existence of a compassionate God.

Shall we look? Shall we? Of course we will, below the fold: