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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

.........@Baron….well, that might be conceivable IF they had any moral thoughts to blank out to start with, alas, it doesn't appear they have EVER had a moral thought, so what is there to blank out?
I personally believe they take drugs, as a rational to avoid moral responsibility…"oh, I was high when our team raided and killed those Palestinians, so I really don't know what went down…oopsy!" Read more

President Barack Obama has authorized sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq protect U.S. facilities and personnel in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday night.

The moves comes at the recommendation of the Defense Department, but the additional personnel will not be serving in a combat role, the White House said in a statement.

He wants to be in his daughter's life and is willing to pay child support going forward. But he doesn't think it's right for the state to charge him for fees incurred when he was still a child himself or for the years he didn't know the girl existed.

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The next time you get really mad, take a look in the mirror. See the lowered brow, the thinned lips and the flared nostrils? That's what social scientists call the "anger face," and it appears to be part of our basic biology as humans. Read more

COLUMBUS, Ind. - Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.
Someone spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
"It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!'" Father Doug Marcotte said.
arishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning.
"It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire"

Specifically, that passage of the Qur'an reads: "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers." Read more

Vice President Joe Biden told a group of supporters on Monday that 'it's time to take back America' so that they can get an 'equal share.'

Both Biden and President Barack Obama dusted off the economic populist message that propelled them to a second term and hit the road on Labor Day traveling to the union friendly cities of Detroit, Michigan, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to gin up support for a minimum wage increase.

In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.

At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS.

Lerner wrote, "We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS."

"We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS," Lerner concluded.

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Former House majority leader Eric Cantor is joining a Wall Street investment bank as vice-chairman and managing director, the firm announced this morning. Read more

North Korea rejected an invitation to the Pope's Mass in Seoul but they allowed a nun to visit their country.

The first in 40 years.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Paul Krugman NYT - Something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won't) transform a lot of our political debate: Health spending has slowed sharply, and it's already well below projections made just a few years ago. The falloff has been especially pronounced in Medicare, which is spending $1,000 less per beneficiary than the Congressional Budget Office projected just four years ago. This is a really big deal, in at least three ways. Read more

A Grade 8 student in Maine suffered burns after her cellphone caught fire in her pocket while she was at school.

Welcoming armed customers can attract Second Amendment rights activists, deter crime

Remembering the radical past of a day now devoted to picnics and back-to-school sales Read more

A broad area of low pressure is located over the eastern Bay
of Campeche. Environmental conditions appear to be favorable for
some development, and this system could become a tropical depression
within the next day or two...

Michael Sam, who is seeking to become the NFL's first openly gay player, was passed over by 31 teams Sunday just one day after being cut by St. Louis, USA Today reported. Read more

President Barack Obama came into office in 2009 promising a new era of unprecedented transparency in his administration. But when he leaves office, reporters may remember him for an effort that has largely turned out to be the opposite -- and for being what one affected reporter has called the "greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation." Read more

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