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January 22, 2013

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Ukrainian Ex-PM Tymoshenko Facing Murder Charges -

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Increased U.S Military Presence in Africa: Why Now? -

Monday, January 14, 2013

Did Armstrong Use Taxpayer Funds For Doping? -

Sunday, January 13, 2013

UAE paying men to marry women over 30 -

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence -

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Diffident Dream, A Modest Proposal


On Monday, January 21, Barack Hussein Obama will again take the oath for the Office of the Presidency of the United States, having won a general election 332 to 206, with a notable 3.84% edge in the popular vote.  And to heap a sense of irony, history, even divinity on the event, it occurs on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  So then, with the President’s approval ratings high, Democratic popularity waxing and the GOP in daily and defiant self-immolation, why does a feeling of unease, querulousness, even dread grip so many in our Republic? A post-mortem on the election, Paul…

Two Presidents: Curious Similarities


You may have seen over the years a long list of coincidences and similarities between the lives and deaths of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. Here is a link that lists those similarities: All joking aside, there truly are some intriguing similarities between Abe Lincoln and Barack Obama. Both men came from humble beginnings with little money. Both men were born in other states and moved to Illinois. Both became lawyers and practiced law in Illinois. Both Lincoln and Obama served 8 years in the Illinois state legislature. Both men failed to get elected to Congress on their first…

Mommy, Where Do Smartphones Come From?

The most byooootiful place in the world, sweetie.  A place called Bangka.  In the country of In-do-ne-s-ia. Bangka Island, Indonesia, a predominately Muslim population of 960,000, located due east of Sumatra.  An amalgam of what used to be swamps, palm trees, magnificent beaches, mangroves, white pepper fields, plains and hills.  It is today best described as “a barren wasteland“, borne of one of the world’s greatest resources for the tin ore ultimately used in the composition of the Smartphone you are probably using to read this. Tin mining. Mining this island’s soil, which has left it bereft and cratered. Mining…

Cayman Islands to Disclose Tax Shelter Companies


After decades of secrecy, the tax-haven country is considering a public database that will make the names of thousands of previously hidden companies and their directors, public. CIMA, the three-islands’ monetary authority has outlined plans to create a public database of funds domiciled on the island for the first time, reports The Telegraph. The island nation is a group of three islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in the Western Caribbean Sea. The country is a British dependent territory and has gained popularity around the world for its offshore financial centre. The Cayman Islands is the world’s fifth…

Awesome Brothers Named SportsKids of the Year, 2012

ABC’s “Good Morning America” made the announcement on October 24, 2012: Brothers Conner (9) and Cayden (7) of White House, TN are the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year. Although Cayden was born with cerebral palsy and cannot talk or walk on his own, the Long brothers have competed in more than a dozen triathlons since 2011. How? Big brother Conner pushes Cayden in a stroller during the run portion, pulls Cayden in a raft in the swim, and pulls him in a trailer during the bike race (video.) Their parents say, they always wanted to compete side-by-side…