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Friday, December 19, 2014

The photos, obtained [..] in a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix [..], depict the grisly aftermath of a July 29, 2013 shooting in a Phoenix apartment that wounded two people. Four arrests were made in the case.

A rifle found in the abandoned car came from Attorney General Eric Holder's Fast and Furious program, which put firearms into the black market on the Southern border in a failed attempt to track firearm circulation among Mexican drug cartels. The AK-47 style rifle was purchased in 2009 by Sean Christopher Seward, who pled guilty to trafficking firearms that he bought while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was monitoring his activities as part of Fast and Furious. read more


Thursday, December 18, 2014

American troops in Iraq had their first actual battle with ISIS troops after the Islamist militants tried to overrun a base, an encounter that left the ISIS troops decimated and in retreat. The attack took place near the Ein al-Asad base, which includes close to 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops, armed with "light and medium weapons," and were able to inflict casualties against the ISIS fighters, forcing them to retreat, Shafaq News reported. The American troops were also aided by fighter jets, which directed air strikes against the ISIS troops that "silenced their heavy sources of fire." "US forces intervened because of ISIS started to come near the base, which they are stationed in so out of self-defense," said Sheikh Mahmud Nimrawi. The incident was the first time that American troops clashed with ISIS forces on the ground in Iraq. read more


Because you know you want it....words you may have heard an wondered "What does that mean? Why do we use that word?"

holiday [noun] common use a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event origin Old English, literally Holy Day

manger [noun] a box or trough in a stable or barn from which animals eat

frankincense [noun] an aromatic tree sap

myrrh [noun] also an aromatic tree sap

yule [noun] Christmas or the Christmas season origin Old English geōla, originally a name of a pagan feast lasting 12 days

kerchief [noun] a head scarf

nog [noun] any beverage made with beaten egg (which makes eggnog redundant)

nativity [noun] birth


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Police said they have charged a repeat violent offender in connection with the shooting of a city police officer during a traffic stop near Mondawmin Mall in west Baltimore on Sunday night.

Three shots were fired, striking Groman once in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest, police said. They do not believe any officers fired their service weapons.

Jones was chased a couple of blocks away and captured by a Baltimore City and a Coppin State police officer.

Groman's partner rushed him to Sinai Hospital, where he had surgery Sunday night. Groman's family was brought in from out of state to be by his side. read more


President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history -- using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman. read more


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From a week ago: article about the cost and potential ways to pay it.

news.heartland.org

Although his bill never became law, the senator has a clear picture of what Vermonters can expect when Shumlin, a fellow Democrat, reveals his single-payer financing plan in January, a plan that will attempt to collect $2.2 billion from 630,000 Vermonters.

"If you do it on the sales tax, it would require a sales tax of 30 percent. If you do it on the income tax, you would have the bottom rate be 15 percent and the top rate be 30 percent. That would make the top effective tax rate in the state of Vermont about 73 percent," Galbraith said.

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"If you want to raise $2 billion, there's only a couple of ways you could do it. One is to have a payroll tax, which would be painful, but would more or less track how health care is paid for now," Galbraith said.

Galbraith's plan proposed an 11 percent tax on employers and a 2 percent tax on employees, which he said aligns with current health care expenses for business.

"I think that's the only way you practically could do it. All taxes are going to be very steep, but a payroll tax as a practical matter would work, because, for most people, it wouldn't actually be different from what they're already doing."

..and that's why they didn't do it.

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