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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Proposed Ten Commandments display has nothing to do with religion: Alabama county official

A Republican county commissioner in Scottsboro, Alabama wants to erect a monument to the Ten Commandments that would be featured alongside similar ones to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Tim Guffey told AL.com that ďIím trying toÖerect a monument of historical documents. Itís the Constitution, the Ten Commandments and the Declaration of Independence. I feel like thatís what this country was founded on. These documents helped America become the greatest country in history.Ē

Get this:

Guffey claimed that the monument is necessary because of the way in which the Bible has been systematically removed from education curricula. ďThey donít teach this at school anymore and a person would have to go back and research and study each one of those menís writings to find out that thatís what established them. Thatís what gave them the inspiration to read the greatest Constitution this world has ever seen,Ē he said.

He also told AL.com that he began studying the Constitution after the election of President Barack Obama.


the name "Scottsboro" may ring a bell with some folks.

"Feel free to contact the #Ferguson PD and ask them anything you might be curious about"

(314) 522-3100.....

says Anonymous.


Palestinian citizens are tweeting to the resistors in #Ferguson with support & tips on dealing with tear gas! #gaza

Study: ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy.

File this under "NSS"

The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.

The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level."
The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups.

The study also debunks the notion that the policy preferences of business and the rich reflect the views of common citizens. They found to the contrary that such preferences often sharply diverge and when they do, the economic elites and business interests almost always win and the ordinary Americans lose.

The authors also say that given limitations to tapping into the full power elite in America and their policy preferences, "the real world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater" than their findings indicate.

Anonymous posts tapes of Ferguson police calls....Youtube

Anonymous claims it has obtained and published audio of St. Louis County, Mo., police dispatch tapes from Aug. 9, which was the date Michael Brown was fatally shot by an officer.
These tapes will be key to any investigation.

Netanyahu to US: Don't "ever second guess me again"

He scolded Pres. Obama like a parent to a kid.

WASHINGTON (AP) ó Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.

Speaking of current headlines--A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant

This is a rather different way of looking at things:

3 minutes.

Very good short article on the problems facing Isis' "Caliphate" goals.

By Gwynne Dyer,Author, Historian & Independent Journalist, who is very familiar with the Middle East.

So much for the fantasy. Whatís the reality? A group of jihadis have seized a big chunk of eastern Syria and western Iraq, erased the border between them, and declared an Islamic State. As little as ten thousand strong only a month ago, they have been rapidly growing in numbers as ISISís success attracts new recruits Ė but they are obviously never going to reconquer India, Spain or Siberia.

They arenít going to make a dent in the two powerful states to the north of their Islamic State either. Iran, being overwhelmingly Shia, is immune to their charms and far too big to take by force. Turkey, although now governed by an Islamic party, is still a modern, secular state that is much too strong to attack.
To the west and east ISIS is already at war with regimes that are either very tough (Bashar al- Assadís war-hardened dictatorship in western and central Syria) or very Shia (the south-eastern slice of Iraq, densely populated and with a large Shia majority). The Islamic Stateís central position between its two enemies gives it a strategic advantage, but not a decisive one.

To the south are desert frontiers with more promising territory. Jordanís population is about two-thirds Palestinian, and even among the Bedouin tribes that are the mainstay of King Abdullahís rule there was some enthusiasm for ISISís victory in Iraq. If Jordan fell, the Islamic State would reach right up to Israelís borders, with incalculable consequences.

Meet the newest fraudulent sub-prime market: car loans

This market is EXACTLY the same game as the sub-prime housing fraud.

Auto loans to people with tarnished credit have risen more than 130 percent in the five years since the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, with roughly one in four new auto loans last year going to borrowers considered subprime ó people with credit scores at or below 640.

The explosive growth is being driven by some of the same dynamics that were at work in subprime mortgages. A wave of money is pouring into subprime autos, as the high rates and steady profits of the loans attract investors. Just as Wall Street stoked the boom in mortgages, some of the nationís biggest banks and private equity firms are feeding the growth in subprime auto loans by investing in lenders and making money available for loans.

And, like subprime mortgages before the financial crisis, many subprime auto loans are bundled into complex bonds and sold as securities by banks to insurance companies, mutual funds and public pension funds ó a process that creates ever-greater demand for loans.

another bubble being created.

Utah Attorney General charged for taking bribe to dismiss Bank of American lawsuit.

to DU's ms. smiler:

Then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff interviewed for a job with a law firm that represents Bank of America just two months before he personally signed a settlement of a lawsuit against the financial giant over whether it was illegally foreclosing on homes in Utah.

He subsequently was hired for the post.

The disclosure of the two days of job interviews was included in criminal charges filed Tuesday against Shurtleff and his handpicked successor, John Swallow, who resigned in December in the wake of investigations that engulfed the two.

By agreeing at the end of 2012 to dismiss the federal lawsuit against Bank of America, Shurtleff scuttled what attorneys in his own office believed was the strongest case that the bankís foreclosure arm, ReconTrust, had been illegally foreclosing on thousands of Utah homes. One estimate put the possible loss to Utah homeowners from the dismissal at tens of millions of dollars.

News of his arrest,was posted by Don Viejo last week. The details of bribery re: BOA is new info, it seems.

This is what a bail-in looks like in Spain:

(Reuters) - Spain on Friday said it would introduce a blanket taxation rate of 0.03 percent on all bank account deposits, in a move aimed at harmonising regional tax regimes and generating revenues for the country's cash-strapped autonomous communities.

The regulation, which could bring around 400 million euros ($546 million) to the state coffers based on total deposits worth 1.4 trillion euros, had been tipped as a possible sweetener for the regions days after tough deficit limits for this year and next were set by the central government.

Snip.....The government had last year fixed a zero percent tax rate on deposits across the 17 autonomous communities to prevent some of them charging their own rates, but never ruled out raising the taxation level.


Note what Spain did...it first made a regulation of ZERO tax rate.
So everyone accepted that, left their money in the banks.
Then it notified people that their money in the banks was subject to a now increased tax regulation.
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