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September 23, 2011
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A. Plato
B. Homer
C. Socrates
D. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tue, July 22, 2014 - 7:44 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
A. The Godfather
B. Lawrence of Arabia
C. Cool Hand Luke
D. Ben-Hur
Mon, July 21, 2014 - 6:28 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
What does it say about our society when one hedge fund manager makes a bigger income than the whole population of Springfield, Ohio or Burbank, California?.

A population of 100,000 is substantial..Five states don't even have one matropolis that large..Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their states biggest..Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals..
About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic..The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfirld, Ohio..
Most of America's cities of 100,000 now share on uncomfortable reality..
Consider this, Lansing: You work hard..Most of your 40,000 plus households have at least one full-time wage earner or business owner..Many have more than one..Some of your Michiganders work multiple jobs..They teach kindergarten, fight fires, fill cavities, tend to the sick, design software, build websites, unclog drains, and cook and serve countless restaurant meals..
Of course those folks don't all take home the same paychecks..That's how our American society is structured..Your compensation is the measure of the value our society places on the work you do..
Rightly or wrongly, America values the work of some folks more that the work of others..We value the work of Rochester's doctors more highly than the work of the nurses who assist them, for instance..
What value does our society place on the work of all your citizens collectively, Fargo?.About $3.5 billion..That sounds like a fortune, Burbank, but remember that you all had to put in over 100 million hours to earn that $3.5 billion..
Remarkably, Springfield, our society places that same $3.5 billion value on the work of just one man..
Meet David Tepper..He raked in $3.5 billion last year for his work..Of course, he likely pocketed additional income from investments in the form of interest and dividends..But for his work alone he collected $3.5 billion in compensation..
That's right, Lansing..The 100 million hours you put into all of the classes you teach, the fires you fight, the cavities you fill, the restaurant meals you prepare and serve, the cars you repair, the drains you unclog, the illnesses you treat, the crimes you stop, and the lives you save are assigned a total monetary value equal to the work of just one man..
Never heard of this Tepper guy?.Would you like to know what he does?.
He moves money around..You see, Fargo, he's a hedge fund manager..The founder of Appaloosa Management takes care of the investments of millionaires and billionaires, deciding when to buy and when to sell, and when to borrow to buy even more assets..
And that work, Rochester, is valued as highly by our society as the work of all your citizens, combined..
Now, consider this, Springfield: Last year, Tepper had to buy 2,190 meals for himself and his ex-wife-to-be from his personal revenue, just like the people of Springfield had to buy over 128 million meals from the same pile of dough..(His three children are in thier 20s..)
And Tepper's total tax bill wasn't appreciably higher than that of all the people of Springfield combined..Our society has decided that it would be a mistake to tax this so-called job creator heavily..
So, Burbank, guess who had more income left last year, after taxes and living expenses -- Tepper, or your entire population?.That's right, Mr. T did..And after several years of this, I bet you can guess who will control more wealth..
What does this say about our society's values?.
I have nothing against David Tepper personally..He may be the nation's highest-paid hedge fund manager, but he's actually given generously to Feeding America and other charities with his mammoth income..I admire that..
Yet when a society equates the work of one man and the residents of an entire city, has that society lost its way?.And when that society taxes the income he could never spend at roughly the same rate it taxes the income on which the people of an entire city depend to feed and clothe their families, has that society gone mad?.

Thanks Rob..
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 6:20 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
A. Under Armour
B. Adidas
C. Foot Locker
D. Nike
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 7:10 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has overwhelmed border security officials and pushed the limits of the U.S. legal system..

That's got elected officials talking about the underlying causes of the influx, as well as what should be done to address it..

I've been fact-checking claims on immigration as the debate rages..While a few statements we've checked were verifiable, we also found a number of inaccurate statements..Here's a summary of our recent findings..
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Why Central Americans are treated differently

Part of the reason for the large number of children being held at the border is that children from Central American countries can't be sent back as quickly as children from Mexico..There's a legal reason for that, said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, on CNN's State of the Union on July 6..

"If you're a Mexican, you get sent back..Mother, kids, adults, you're sent back, but if you're from a noncontiguous country like the Central American countries, then the law says that you are going to be held, (and) Health and Human Services, they're going to place you..That's the law that we need to change right now.".

The law he's talking about is the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008..President George W. Bush signed the law after it received bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, as a measure to combat human trafficking worldwide..

The law lays out one procedure for child immigrants from contiguous countries, like Mexico and Canada..These children are processed for immediate return to their home country..In all other cases, the children are placed under the responsibility of the Secretary of Health and Human Services..These children are placed with family or in other residences while they await their immigration court date..Long story short, they get to stay in the United States..

The law seems to assume that alien children from noncontiguous countries were likely to be the victims of human trafficking, and it guarantees them access to legal counsel and child advocates..

Cuellar and other lawmakers intend to change the law, but Cuellar's description of it when he spoke is accurate..We rated his statement True..
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How many children don't show up for hearings later?.

A substantial chunk of the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has requested from Congress for the border would be for increasing the courts' ability to handle the caseload of newly arrived children..

But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said in a July 8 interview on the PBS NewsHour that many children simply never show up for court hearings..

"When these kids are handed off from the Border Patrol, (the government's) role is to actually place those children in the care of a guardian or a family member..And then what the record shows is that they're told to appear later in court, where their case will be adjudicated..But 90 percent of them, 90 percent, do not then show up in court later.".

Our research showed that the rate has ranged between 20 percent and 40 percent in recent years, settling in at about 30 percent in 2012, the most recent full year for which data are available..A more recent estimate for children specifically, made by the director of the office responsible for handling such cases, is that the current no-show rate for children is 46 percent..

That's still quite high, but it's only half what Flake said..We rated his claim False..
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Projections for future border crossers

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Obama administration's goal was to stop additional immigration and "stem the tide.".Johnson repeatedly refused to say whether most of these unaccompanied minors would be deported during a July 6 interview on Meet the Press..

This led U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, to accuse Johnson of "making things up.".

"He's saying that he's going to be able to stem it, and it's not going to reach 90,000 or between 60,000 and 90,000 children," Labrador said.."That's not going to happen..The administration's own estimates are that it's going to be about 60,000 to 90,000 this year, that it's going to increase to 150,000 to 200,000 next year..These are their own estimates.".

The source for Labrador's numbers was a May 2014 internal memo from Deputy Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello..According to news reports, the memo said that "90,000 minors would be apprehended this year and 142,000 next year.".

When the internal memo became public in June, an agency official said it was "an internal, incomplete working document, neither signed nor made official.".

A preliminary budget request from the Obama administration assumed increases would continue, but it did not state a particular figure for the number of children and noted that the money needed would change depending on the shifting situation on the ground..

On balance, we rated Labrador's statement Half True..
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What Obama’s spending request would fund

Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to address the immigration problem, but leading Republicans have expressed skepticism about the budget request..

"I'm not going to vote to approve $3.7 billion for the president to hire more lawyers and to squander in a way that he has designed," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.."There is nothing in this that actually secures the border.".

King has a point that a majority of the funding request would cover basic necessities for children crossing the border as well as additional resources for the legal process..But somewhere between $177 million and possibly as much as $1 billion of the total request would be spent on items that can be described as aiding efforts to secure the border..Because this is not a trivial amount, King is wrong to say it’s "nothing.".On balance, we rate his claim Mostly False..
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Charges of 'amnesty'

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, observed Central American children held at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas..He said border crossings were surging because Obama has offered "amnesty.".

"That's the message that's being heard..And the reason these children are coming in staggering numbers is because the president has been promising amnesty," Cruz said..

Cruz was referring to a 2012 Obama administration decision not to deport certain youths living in the country illegally and to the president's repeated praise of a stalled proposal (the Dream Act) that, if passed into law, would give children living here without legal authorization opportunities to seek legal residency and citizenship..But that policy applies only to young people who came to the United States before June 2007..

Experts say that a more pressing factor was the 2008 law, the one that allowed unaccompanied children entering from countries other than Canada and Mexico to stay here long enough to seek asylum..Additionally, children are fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras..

Overall, we rated Cruz's statement False..
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Similarly, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the children were coming "because we have a president who said, ‘Hey, if you come, you’re going to be able to stay, because we’re not going to enforce the law.’".

The closest thing we could find to support Santorum's point is an open letter by the Homeland Security secretary to Central Americans..That letter acknowledged there could be a connection between Obama's policy and the influx of children from Central America -- even though the executive order would not apply to the children approaching the border today..We rated Santorum’s claim Mostly False..
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 6:40 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
A Christian radio host believes President Obama is exploiting the crash of MH17 for the benefit of the gay agenda..

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Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men.
12:04 PM - 18 Jul 2014

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Bryan Fischer believes he has identified the real tragedy of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine on Thursday: men are still, despite his best efforts to stop it, having sex with other men..

Fischer, of Tupelo, Mississippi, is a nationally syndicated Christian radio host and the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association — an anti-LGBT, anti-pornography, anti-21st Century nonprofit founded as the "National Federation for Decency" in 1977 by minister Donald E. Wildmon..The outfit was listed as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010..

Among the 298 passengers aboard the flight were AIDS researchers and advocates on their way to the International Aids Conference, including Dr. Joep M. Lange, a high-profile AIDS expert who had devoted much of his life to combatting the disease..

During a press conference at the White House on Friday, President Obama expressed dismay at the loss of the researchers: "These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence..In this world today, we shouldn't forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these..People who are focused on what can be built, rather than what can be destroyed..People who are focused on how they can help people they've never met..People who define themselves not by what makes them different than other people, but by the humanity that we hold in common.".

"President Obama politicizes this event to turn it into an opportunity to advocate for the normalization of sexual deviancy.".

Further, Obama said, the US is "going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose, that nations have the right to determine their own destiny, and that when terrible events like this occur, the international community stands on the side of justice and on the side of truth.".

A radical statement, if you have made a career out of your homophobia..

On "Focal Point," Fischer's radio program, he expressed outrage over Obama's remarks: "That's President Obama saying that the United States is committed to the proposition that people ought to be allowed to live as they choose..Once again, using this tragedy to advance the normalization, the legitimization, of, of homosexuality…President Obama politicizes this event to turn it into an opportunity to advocate for the normalization of sexual deviancy.".

Fischer then compared Obama's response to the tragedy to Ronald Reagan's response in 1983 to the Russian's shooting down a Korean airliner because of course he did.."I want you to see the difference between the way a real president, in my mind…responds to a crisis like this.".

Fischer also dropped some knowledge on his listeners: "We know how to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic: Persuade men not to have sex with men..Persuade prostitutes to go straight..And persuade people to not shoot up with drugs..If we get everybody persuaded to do that, then the epidemic begins to diminish almost overnight.".It's science..

For years, Fischer has been using any and every opportunity to push his homophobic agenda..Some of his Greatest Hits include saying "homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler," and that straight people have been bossed around by "this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies," AKA gay people..

Fischer also has a habit of talking as if he is the narrator in a nature documentary observing the rare but menacing wild homosexual galloping out in a field somewhere: "Homosexuals are rarely monogamous and have as many as 300 to 1,000 sexual partners over the course of a lifetime," he wrote in a 2006 blog post..

Besides being homophobic, Fischer also hates immigrants, Muslims, and welfare..So versatile..

After Fischer was criticized for his response to Obama's remarks, he defended himself: "I didn't politicize Malaysian Air tragedy, Obama did.. HE injected homosexuality into discussion.".

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.@BryanJFischer I'm sorry no one of any gender wants to have sex with you :/
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Sun, July 20, 2014 - 5:42 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Police Chief Timothy Keleman, who is suspended with pay and charged with a crime after he harassed a local Tea Party leader..

There's nothing like a small-town feud, but Police Chief Timothy Kelemen of Campbell, Wisconsin, probably regrets taking his feuding this far..

Kelemen was charged with a misdemeanor offense on Thursday, after he signed up his local enemy, a Tea Party leader named Gregory Luce, for Obamacare and gay porn websites..

Their vendetta started in summer 2013, Reuters reports, when Luce led a Tea party protest on the local interstate, which included hanging enormous banners on overpasses..

Chief Kelemen convinced the town council board to pass an ordinance banning people from hanging signs on highway bridges, arguing that such signs distracted drivers..

At first glance this law seems pretty unconstitutional, since it was clearly targeted at a specific group exercising their First Amendment rights..And so Luce promptly sued the town of Campbell for targeting the ordnance at him unlawfully..

Luce responded by staging a new protest which involved standing on the overpass, in view of drivers below, "wearing T-shirts that spelled out 'Impeach Obama.'".Another protestor was arrested when he hung a US flag from the bridge..

Luce and other Tea Party members then allegedly bombarded the police department with between 300 and 400 phonecalls per day, according to Reuters..Luce called on "supporters across the country to bombard the police department with harassing phone calls and threats," reports The Minneapolis Star-Tribune..

Kelemen decided to respond with some harassment of his own, and accesses Luce's personal information in order to sign him up for gay dating and porn sites, and also for Obamacare, as he admitted to investigators..

For some reason Kelemen didn't realize that he was breaking the law.."I'm not denying I did it...I didn't think it was that big of a deal," Kelemen told investigators..He's been charged with "misdemeanor unlawful use of computerized communication systems" and suspended on paid leave until the case is resolved..

"Impeach Obama" signs on overpasses have become a popular form of Tea Party protest and have been staged all over the country..
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 5:11 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
It was once unimaginable: taking a pill once a day that could prevent you from getting HIV..If gay men had heard of it a decade ago there would have been jubilant dancing in the streets..It would have been a freaking miracle..

That miracle is now a reality..It is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and it comes in the form of a little blue pill called Truvada..It can literally save your life, blocking the transmission of HIV from 90 to 100 percent of the time..Combined with other prevention practices–condoms, serosorting–it has the potential to cute the rate of transmission dramatically..So where’s the dancing?.

Instead, there are a few outspoken PrEP critics making all kinds of noise, including iconic AIDS activist Larry Kramer, who called those taking PrEP “cowards” for not using condoms, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation head Michael Weinstein, who referred to PrEP as a “party drug.”.In both cases, their level of discourse says as much about them — and their long AIDS history rooted in fear tactics and grief — as it does about this modern medical strategy rooted in research and science..

Somewhere along the last thirty years, the heartache of dealing with HIV has jaded us to good news..We’ve had our hopes raised and then dashed by promising developments many times before..But whatever our hesitations, they do not lessen the very real facts about PrEP..

So let’s take a moment to list ten reasons for a little dancing…

1. PrEP works

In study after study of thousands of couples who did not use condoms consistently and one of them was HIV positive, PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV infection by rates of 90% and above..Ignore the naysayers who use smaller efficacy figures; they are using data that included people in the study who chose not to take the drug at all..Most research has put PrEP efficacy at the same rate or higher them condoms, and one National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found it to be 99% effective when taken every day..

Consider that figure for a moment: 99% effective..When it comes to 50,000 new infections in America per year, mostly among gay men, that figure could mean the end of the epidemic as we now suffer it..But even if it turns out to be closer to 90 percent, how can that not be a huge step forward for the community as a whole..

2. PrEP is an easy regimen to follow

When was the last time you were in the heat of the moment and couldn’t find a condom?.How about the withering effects of a rubber once you got it on?.Those are dangerous scenarios that are the perfect environment for HIV infection..Now imagine taking a pill each morning, when sex isn’t even on your mind..Yes, the pill should be taken each and every day for maximum protection..The benefits are worth it..

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that inconsistent condom use is as dangerous as never using one at all..Sooner or later, the odds catch up with you..If you are not using a condom each and every time you have sex, why not consider an additional level of protection?.There’s little to lose and lots to gain..

3. PrEP protects us all, regardless of how promiscuous you are (or are not)

Much has been said about PrEP giving license for people to become barebacking sluts..The fact is, most HIV infections occur within a “primary relationship,” meaning a lover or regular fuck buddy..New infections generally are not the result of guys gone wild (although there’s plenty of examples of that, too)..They often occur among trusting people or simply by accident..And don’t people in positive/negative relationships deserve some additional piece of mind?.God forbid monogamous couples might want to enjoy sex without a barrier between them..

Most HIV infections are the result of a singular event..Someone got drunk or trusted the wrong person or fell in love or said yes when they should have said no..We’re human, we make mistakes, we are afraid of rejection..These are factors that confound the message of “use a condom every time,” or else everyone would..

And you might be at greater risk yourself than you believe..In a recent British survey of sexually active gay men about their sex lives and whether PrEP might be right for them, the vast majority of those surveyed met the criteria for PrEP use (80%), based on their reported risk behaviors..Surprisingly, an almost equal number (78%) did not believe their risk to be high enough to warrant using the drug..That disconnect between real and perceived risk is the perfect scenario for HIV infection..

Meaning, a lot more gay men are candidates for PrEP than realize it..When we limit those at risk for HIV to people we consider sluts, we might be ignoring our own vulnerabilities..Take a hard look at your actual sexual repertoire and ask yourself: Do you always know your partner well?.Do you sometimes forgo a condom, top or bottom?.Honest answers might help you think twice about rejecting PrEP..

4. We’ve been down this road before

Fifty years ago, a different medication was approved..It caused an uproar because people thought it would lead to casual sex galore..But women taking The Pill have long since proven they can protect themselves from pregnancy and not become whores in the process..

By the way, there were plenty of people who railed against The Pill half a century ago because they thought it was too expensive or not studied enough or believed women should just always make their partners use condoms (as if they had that ability)..Sound familiar?.No wonder half of the initial prescriptions for PrEP were written for women..We might learn something from their willingness to take control of their own bodies..

5. PrEP puts the power in your hands

Speaking of control, PrEP offers the ability to for you to take charge of your own protection without relying on your partner to know their status or use a condom every time..

6. This isn’t as simple as a battle between condoms and PrEP

Feeling threatened that PrEP equates to men throwing out condoms is a false argument..People choose to use condoms now or they don’t.. A Truvada prescription doesn’t really change that equation..

We are dealing with a gay population in which condoms are not used consistently among more than half of us..This figure has remained virtually unchanged since condom use among gay men started being measured in the 1980′s..PrEP didn’t create this situation..But it sure can help it..

Fortunately, many of us do use condoms each and every time..For those of us who do, PrEP may not be warranted..That’s great..But simply dismissing men who don’t always use condoms as sluts doesn’t do much to solve the problem..If you think they deserve to be infected because of their condom habits and deny them a new tool to prevent it, you really should check yourself..We can use every tool available to prevent 50,000 new infections every year, or we can have a useless moral debate..

7. Truvada has shown few serious side effects

Truvada has been used by people living with HIV for many years and has a favorable safety and side effect profile..That’s exactly why it was the first drug chosen for clinical testing for PrEP..Although we can’t say what the long term effects might be for people who are negative, it is believed that they may tolerate it very well over the long term because their bodies are not also fighting HIV..Very few side effects have been reported among HIV negative men using Truvada as PrEP..Obviously, one would rather not take the medicine, all things being equal.. But when considering side effects, you also have to consider the alternative in many cases: Treating HIV with Truvada..

8. PrEP has become much more affordable for most gay men

Insurance companies have woken up to the financial advantages of PrEP and are covering it in most plans (although it sometimes takes coaxing from your physician to point out the benefits)..Gilead, the maker of Truvada, also has a fairly generous patient assistance program to cover co-payment or for those who are uninsured..Virtually everyone has access who wants it..

Of course, this does not account for those who do not have access to health care at all, which often includes young gay black men, one of the most vulnerable segment of our community..

9. If you’re considering PrEP you are in very good company

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now officially recommended that every gay man on this planet at risk for HIV take PrEP..They join a growing chorus of advocates and agencies, including the CDC, the NIH, the New York City mayor (who included the widespread use of PrEP in his call for an end to AIDS), ACT UP, and virtually every major AIDS service organization in the United States..Informational sites about PrEP are springing up everywhere, but our favorite and most comprehensive is PrEPWatch..

10. Like it or not, we’re all in this together

Okay, so maybe taking a medication that is also used by your HIV positive friends may not make us all soul brothers..But there is something mutually supportive about negative men stepping up and choosing to do everything in their power to remain that way..

These facts about PrEP often unleash a torrent of anger from those who think we should all just use condoms, every single time, period (gay men have been suddenly seized by the woeful spirit of the moral majority for some odd reason)..We wish more guys would use condoms consistently, too..But wishing is not a very dependable HIV prevention strategy..

If there’s one thing we have learned from years of dealing with the virus, it’s that when we argue over what people “should” be doing, the only thing that wins that argument is HIV..
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 4:40 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
In its efforts to cover the Malaysia Airlines crash today, MSNBC stumbled..In this case, the enormity of the stumble can’t possibly be described, abridged, short-handed or whatever..Just read the transcript..The awfulness occurs as MSNBC host Krystal Ball takes a phone call from an alleged “eyewitness” to the crash:

Ball: Let’s turn now to an MSNBC exclusive..U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd is at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and says that he saw a missile in the air hit the plane..He is on the phone with us..Sergeant, are you there?.

Boyd: Yes, I’m here, can you hear me?.

Ball: I can, please tell us what you saw there on the ground in Ukraine..

Boyd: Well, I was looking out the window and I saw a projectile flying through the sky and it would appear that the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass..

Ball: So it would appear that the plane was shot down..Can you tell us anything more from your military training of what sort of missile system that may have been coming from?.

Boyd: Well, you’re a dumb bitch, aren’t you?.

Ball: I’m sorry, sir..All right, we’re going to take a quick break and we’ll be back with all the latest next..

After a commercial break, Ball reported that the individual was “obviously not actually an eyewitness.”.

Reaching out to MSNBC for an explanation..Absent such feedback, we’ll take a huge guess here as to what’s at the root of this disaster: Inadequate pre-interview vetting..As the New York Times has reported, the plane came down in an area with few structures in the vicinity, meaning that anyone claiming to have viewed all this from a window needs to be greeted with skepticism..
Fri, July 18, 2014 - 11:51 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
A. Tuna
B. Lobster
C. Shrimp
D. Crab Stick
Fri, July 18, 2014 - 10:50 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
The GOP has spent most of President Obama's time in office — nearly a term and a half, at this point — calling him a tyrant and dictator..It's been good for business, helping them raise a ton of money and win elections, and so naturally they'll keep on doing it..

The upshot is that the success of their oratory means that they can't actually take action on all their corrective threats, “all this talk of tyranny is bullshit and disgusting.”.

“When your main concern when you're deposing a tyrant is how it will affect your party's chances in the upcoming midterm elections, that's not tyranny.”.

The recent shift of House Republicans away from impeachment talk that had been recently stirred by the slow and steady Sarah Palin..Not even her own party listens to her anymore..
Fri, July 18, 2014 - 10:36 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
A young Dutchman apparently posted a picture of the downed Malaysian airliner on Facebook minutes before he boarded it, writing: "If it should disappear, this is what it looks like.".

Cor Pan, who appeared to be going on a beach holiday to Malaysia, posted the photo as a joking reference to another Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March..

A few hours later his flight too would disappear from radar screens, taking him and the other 297 people on board the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight to their deaths in eastern Ukraine..

Although there has been no confirmation that Cor, from Volendam, nine miles (15 kilometres) north of Amsterdam, was on board, his photo of the aircraft on the tarmac is tagged "near Schipol airport" and appears to have been taken from the gate as passengers waited to board..

The comments by his friends on Facebook, however, seem to indicate that he was on board the flight..Late on Thursday his picture had been shared more than 10,000 times on the social media site..

"This can't be true!" said Alicia de Boer..

Petra Bleeker posted a picture of Cor and his girlfriend Neeltje Tol on which she superimposed a white rose, signifying death..It was unclear whether Tol was also on the flight..

"Such a beautiful couple who have been taken from life..I wish you the best wherever you are," said Peter Bootsman..

Cor had earlier post pictures of idyllic tropical beaches on his Facebook page, saying: "A few more days to wait yet..."
Thu, July 17, 2014 - 9:41 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
A. Africa
B. Asia
C.Europe
D.Australia
Wed, July 16, 2014 - 7:51 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan..

Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags Saturday night or Sunday morning..

The paper said "Save Our Land, Join the Klan.".It had a phone number that led to an automated message discussing KKK efforts against illegal immigration..

Robert Jones told WHNS-TV that he's the imperial klaliff of the Loyal White Knights and said the effort was part of a recruiting event they hold three times a year..

Oconee County resident Bo Morris said he thought it was "unacceptable" to see the bags and fliers in his neighborhood..
Wed, July 16, 2014 - 7:41 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:27 PM "The White House"

Since our earliest days, the American transportation system has comprised our economic backbone -- part of what's made us great as a nation..

But right now, there's a big problem with our roads and bridges: Over the years, we've invested in them less and less..They haven't kept up with the needs and demands of our growing economy..

That's why the President has been clear: Investing in our infrastructure is a top priority, and it's why he's put out a long-term plan that shows we can invest in our infrastructure and pay for it in part by closing unfair tax loopholes and making commonsense reforms to our tax system..

With funding for surface transportation running out, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk, we simply can't afford to stop investing in our transportation..Over the years, as our transportation spending has gone down, congestion and maintenance backlogs have gone up..

WHAT'S AT STAKE IF CONGRESS DOESN'T ACT?.

More than 112,000 contracts that are currently fixing our roads and bridges..
Nearly 700,000 jobs that would be at risk from inaction..

65% of our roads are rated in less than good condition

25% of our bridges require significant repair or can't handle today's traffic

45% of Americans lack access to transit

And we're falling behind our competitors internationally as a result..

Let's fix it..

The President's plan would rebuild our roads and bridges in a smarter, more responsible way while supporting millions of jobs will mean:

Providing the certainty that cities, states, and private investors need to break ground on major projects..

Increasing investments by 38 percent over four years to better meet the needs of a growing population..

Reforming our programs to make sure we're prioritizing projects not based on politics — but on how much good they'd do..

The President has a plan to fix our nation's infrastructure for the long run -- making targeted investments in the short term and laying the groundwork for increased efficiency down the road..But in the meantime, he's calling on Congress to avoid a lapse in funding of the Highway Trust Fund..

His long-term plan to invest in rebuilding our nation's infrastructure would (among other things):

* Invest $302 billion over four years into our highways, railroads, and transit systems
* Build a world-class freight network that gets our products out to overseas markets

"The average American household is forced to spend more on transportation each year than food..And in some cases, our crumbling infrastructure costs American lives..It should not take another collapsing bridge or failing levee to shock us into action.".

— President Obama

The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111


Tue, July 15, 2014 - 8:12 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
A. Nobel Peace Prize
B. Heisman Trophy
C. Academy Award
D. Purple Heart
Tue, July 15, 2014 - 5:54 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
A. Nelson Mandela
B. George Bernard Shaw
C. Martin Luther King Jr.
D. Mother Teresa
Mon, July 14, 2014 - 8:32 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
People say "I love you" so often and too soon..It's meaning has become watered down for both the one speaking and the one hearing them...When I tell someone "I love you," it will never be said casually or without great consideration and thought..When I say those words, you will know I have given my heart to you..
Tue, April 8, 2014 - 6:37 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
To enemies - Forgiveness
To friends - Your heart
To yourself - Respect
To poor - Charity
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Don't cry over the past, it's gone..
Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived..
Live in the present and make it beautiful..
Thu, January 2, 2014 - 10:44 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Friends are welcome here, be at ease..
Go to bed when your ready, get up when you please..
Happy to share with you, all that I have..
The leak in the roof, and the soup in the pot..
You don't have to thank me, or laugh at my jokes..
Just relax and come often, your one of the folks..
Sun, October 21, 2012 - 7:02 PM permalink - 3 comments
 
Do your know if Google is tracking your Web activity?..If you have a Google account (for, say, Gmail) and have not specifically located and ''paused'' the Web History setting, then the search giant is keeping track of your searches and the sites you visit..This data has been separated from other Google products, but on March 1 it's being shared across all of the Google products you use when Google's new privacy policy went into effect..

If you'd like to prevent Google from combining this potentially sensitive data with the information it has collected from your YouTube, Google+, and other Google accounts, you can remove your Web History and stop it from being recorded moving forward..

After signing into your Google account, type http:www.google.com/history into your browser..If your Web History is enabled, you'll see a list of recent searches and sites visited..Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent OK button to clear your Web History..

(Alternatively, you can choose Account Settings from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner of a Google product such as Gmail, Google+ or Google.com..From the Account Settings page, scroll down to the Services header and click on the "Go to web history" link)..If your Web History is enabled, you'll see a list of recent searches and sites visited..Click the gray Remove all Web History button at the top of the page and a subsequent OK button to clear your Web History..

By leaving it on "Pause" will stop the tracking and recording of your Web activity..
Tue, March 6, 2012 - 6:57 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
We have had an unusual increase in Tribe users' reporting a number of child exploitative images. We take this very seriously and have dedicated resources to responding to the reports and cooperating with law enforcement.

Tribe's Code of Conduct specifically prohibits the posting of any image or text which associates children with sexuality in any way and the vast majority of Tribe's users conduct themselves in keeping with our CoC. We have, consistent with our CoC, promptly reported illegal images to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are currently supporting law enforcement in the active prosecution of criminal violations.

This law enforcement process is ongoing, and while we expect the guilty parties to be brought to justice quickly, there is necessarily some delay while evidence is gathered. We appreciate the support of the Tribe community in bringing violations to our attention and want to assure the tribe community that we are working with multiple law enforcement agencies to expediently respond to all reports and to remove the violators from our community.

Please report any suspect images by sending the URL to abuse@tribe.net.
Tue, March 6, 2012 - 6:23 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
It's not a complete list..For example, I've left out the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, which was something of a mixed blessing..The list is more a bittersweet love song to the world's only remaining superpower, that majestic, though slightly flawed, country that I call home..* Salem witch trials--'bad'..* Revolutionary War--'good'..* Slavery--'bad'..* Ending slavery--'good, but hard'.. * Cival War reenactments--'weird'..* Massacring Native Americans and breaking our treaties with them--'bad'..* Indian casinos--'?'..* Child labor during the Industrial Revolution--'bad'..* Child labor mowing lawns and baby-sitting--'character-building'..* Labor movement creating the weekend--'good'..* Land grant universities--'hot'..* Rural electrification--'hotter'..* Social Security--'hottest'..* Dictating pop culture for the world--'mixed'..* Selling Saddam Hussein chemical weapons in the eighties----'in retrospect, bad'..* Louisiana Purchase--'bargain'..* Grand Canyon--'wonderful, though we really can't take much credit for it--no, wait:'..* National park system--'really good'..* Leading human genome project--'probably good'..* Genetically engineering super race of unstoppable killers--'bad, but probably inevitable'..* Winning World War ll--'wow!!!'..* Creating democracy in postwar Germany and Japan; laying groundwork for European peace and prosperity in second half of twentieth century--'right on!'..* The Greatest Generation--'greatest!'..* Liberty--'good'..* Justice for all--'would be nice'..* Bill of Rights--'great! but Second Amendment could have been clearer'..* Putting man on the moon--'awesome, if true'..* Supporting vile dictatorships in Iran, Indonesia, Iraq, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Congo, Paraguay, Haiti, El Salvador, Bolivia--'bad'..* Parades--'wholesome fun for whole family'..* Gay parades--'exuberant expressions of individuality often featuring highly imaginative floats and costurmes'..* Conducting horrific medical experiments on African-Americans in Tuskegee--'bad'..* Japanese Internment camps--'good. Wait, what were these ?'..* Truman Doctrine--'smart'..* Vietnam--'mistake'..* Winning Cold War--credit all around, to postwar Republican and Democratic presidents alike..* Gross human rights violations in the name of winning Cold War--'credit all around, except to Jimmy Carter'..* Women getting the vote--'good...for women! Just kidding, it's good for everybody!!!'..* African-Americans getting the vote--'good...for African-Americans! Kidding again..Good for Democrats!!!'..* Making mistakes--'bad, but inevitable'..* Calling those who point out mistakes "unpatriotic"--'itself unpatriotic'..* Owning up to our mistakes--'brave'..* America--'home of the brave'..
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