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Second Installment

Welcome to the second installment of Smart Answers to Dumb Statements,‭ ‬wherein I find Dumb Statements in my statewide newspaper and answer them with Smart Answers.‭  ‬

Let's dive right into them,‭ ‬shall we‭?


This first one is from Jim Walker of Conway.

Spiteful and divisive


OMG‭! ‬The Republican’ts are getting ready to hunt with that dead dog again.

They are more than desperate to discredit Barack Obama and sidetrack his re-election efforts.‭ ‬Finding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is building their platform to resurrect the Nazi-esque Ken Starr figure.‭ ‬They won’t have to look very far within their ranks to find another eager‭ “‬special prosecutor‭” ‬to begin another witch hunt as they did with Bill Clinton and the Whitewater episode.‭ ‬Ken Starr was a man with no moral or legal boundaries,‭ ‬in my opinion.

I appeal to my Republican brothers and sisters to look deep into your radical religious hearts and stop your spiteful,‭ ‬hateful and divisive behaviors that are destroying our country.‭ ‬Shame on you.

My prayer for you all is‭ “‬Father,‭ ‬forgive them,‭ ‬they know not what they do.‭”


Hilarious‭!  ‬After calling Republicans‭ (‬actually,‭ ‬its‭ '‬Republican'ts‭'‬.‭  ‬Oh,‭ ‬how witty he is,‭ ‬eh‭?)   "‬radical‭"‬,‭ "‬spiteful‭"‬,‭ "‬hateful‭"‬,‭ ‬and‭ "‬divisive‭"‬,‭  ‬who had a‭ "‬Nazi-esque‭" ‬figure who pursued a‭ "‬witch hunt‭"‬,‭ ‬Jim prays and uses the words of Jesus.‭  ‬That's a bit pretentious,‭ ‬don't you think‭?  ‬I'm thinking that might go against Jesus‭' ‬teachings.‭

And some people might find it blasphemous to use the abbreviation OMG for anything not an actual oath.

Next,‭ ‬we have Vickie Fewell from Sherwood.‭  ‬She writes:

Mind-boggling views


After reading a recent Voices page,‭ ‬I had to respond.

First,‭ ‬on Rose Mimms‭’ ‬piece about the Equal Rights Amendment-the proposed amendment reads:‭ “‬Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.‭”

It boggles my mind how anyone could object to that being the law of the land,‭ ‬especially any woman.‭ ‬Oh,‭ ‬yeah,‭ ‬that’s right,‭ ‬Mimms is against it because it might somehow lead indirectly to more abortions.‭ ‬She is so focused on a single issue that apparently she would deny women,‭ ‬including herself,‭ ‬protection from discrimination.

Then Bill Wavering unloads on us poor,‭ ‬addle-pated females who want equal pay for equal work.‭ ‬I don’t believe that all men‭ “‬work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.‭” ‬I know women who are trial lawyers,‭ ‬nurses,‭ ‬doctors and engineers.‭ ‬I don’t think he’ll find many men who work longer hours at more difficult jobs.

Then Don Hamilton goes off on the Arkansas Arts Center for hosting an exhibition about tattoos.‭ ‬I hate tattoos as much as the next senior citizen,‭ ‬but I can see that they are art in the eyes of some beholders.‭ ‬Besides,‭ ‬that exhibit may bring an entirely different demographic to the Arts Center,‭ ‬helping increase its income and support.‭ ‬Fortunately,‭ ‬no one allows Hamilton or me to decide what is‭ “‬art‭” ‬or to exclude pieces that are not to our taste.

Whooo,‭ ‬I feel better now.


Since I don't have Rose Mimms original letter,‭ ‬I can't comment on Fewell's refutation of it.‭ ‬I think it is funny how Mrs.‭ ‬Fewell attacks Mrs.‭ ‬Mimms for being single-mindedly focused on abortion and not supportive of the ERA,‭ ‬but is completely focused on women's rights.


Then she states that she doesn't believe that all men‭ "‬work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.‭"  ‬Well,‭ ‬I don't believe that the New York Yankees have any business being in the World Series seemingly every year,‭ ‬but that doesn't change the reality of the situation.‭ 

But hey,‭ ‬Bill Wavering makes a much better case than I do.‭  ‬Here is what he wrote:‭


Women are not victims of the‭ “‬patriarchy‭” ‬as some recent letters here have implied,‭ ‬as far as I’m concerned.

Yes,‭ ‬left-wing feminists love to note that women make‭ ‬77‭ ‬cents on the dollar compared to men.‭ ‬They’re not so fond of mentioning that it’s because men work longer hours,‭ ‬with less time off,‭ ‬at more difficult jobs to earn those bigger paychecks.

If that wasn’t true,‭ ‬all you’d need to do to make a mint is start an all female business where the women would work at‭ ‬77‭ ‬cents on the dollar compared to men‭; ‬then you’d undercut the labor costs of your competitors and make a killing.‭ ‬Of course,‭ ‬nobody does that because the‭ “‬income gap‭” ‬doesn’t exist in any meaningful sense in the real world-‭ ‬the one that the rest of us live in.

Boo-yah‭!


Well said,‭ ‬and well reasoned.

Next we have Victor Jacuzzi from Little Rock.

Work together‭? ‬Ha‭!

The recent U.S.‭ ‬Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act created the perfect view of the Republican Party in Congress and why very little gets done,‭ ‬in my opinion.

We all know that the law is not perfect,‭ ‬but it builds a solid foundation for advancing the provisions and mechanisms for the delivery of health care in this country.

From my perspective,‭ ‬the Democrats voiced their pride that the work done in Congress resulted in a bill that was defined as constitutional.‭ ‬There was no denigration of the efforts to distort the positive benefits of the bill.‭ ‬They seemed to express the hope that now there could be a bipartisan approach to implementation,‭ ‬and as necessary,‭ ‬working to refine the law for the betterment of the American people.

On the other hand,‭ ‬the Republican leaders‭ (‬each and every one of them,‭ ‬as far as I could see‭) ‬were so upset that they had no conciliatory message,‭ ‬but instead threatened‭ (‬again and again‭) ‬to take action to repeal the entire law.‭ ‬This is the proverbial‭ “‬my way or the highway‭” ‬attitude,‭ ‬and you can see where that has led us.

I believe the Republicans will predictably spend the rest of the year arguing about how to eradicate the health-care law instead of working together to make it work‭ (‬not to mention the forsaken promises to create jobs‭)‬.

This posturing may energize the base,‭ ‬but will only cause more dysfunction in Congress.‭ ‬They’ve gotten real good at this.
 

This letter is illustrative of the arrogance that pervades liberalism.‭  ‬Victor wants Republicans to‭ "‬work together‭" ‬with Democrats to make the Obamacare bill work.‭  ‬He seems to miss the fact that Democrats didn't‭ "‬work together‭" ‬with Republicans to make the bill more palatable.‭  ‬Where was their need to‭ "‬work together‭"? 
And, thinking about it, I can't even remember the last time that the national Democratic Party worked together with the national Republican Party on any national issue.

Next,‭ ‬we have a real doozy from Theo Rodgers of North Little Rock.‭  ‬It's such a doozy,‭ ‬I'm going to have to fisk it:

A fork-tongued GOP


I am more than certain that this letter is not going to make it onto the hate-filled,‭ ‬garbage-minded,‭ ‬Republican/Tea Bag-spouting Voices page.

Actually, Theo, the term is Tea Partier.  To continue to spout “Tea Bagger" shows an unhealthy attachment to the double meaning.  Perhaps you were (willingly or unwillingly) exposed to the second meaning of tea bagging.  That’s the only thing I can think of that would explain such an attachment to the term.

This state is in dire need of a sensible,‭ ‬centrist,‭ ‬fair and neutral newspaper.‭ ‬I have been a subscriber to this paper for years,‭ ‬but it’s hard for me to continue to read the racist diatribes and bald-faced lies spoken by fork-tongued Republican/Tea Baggers.


How can a person say that Rush Limbaugh’s views are spot on and everything this country needs and still call himself a Christian‭? ‬I am a‭ ‬68-year-old African-American.‭

What those two sentences have to do with each other, I really don’t know.  Rush Limbaugh is in his 60's.  That's the only connection that I can make between them. 

I served this country for‭ ‬23  1/2‭ ‬years in the U.S.‭ ‬Army.‭

Twenty-three and a half years.  Not twenty-three.  Not twenty-four.  I wasn’t aware that the military did half-year terms.  Something doesn’t quite add up in that statement.

I was a teenager during the Central High incident.‭ ‬It seems that the Republicans want those days back again,‭ ‬but what really eats at their craw is the fact that a man with black skin is in charge.‭ ‬That just eats them alive.‭ ‬It’s the usual gutter tripe about calling Republicans racist,‭ ‬or Republicans not attacking the president because he’s black but rather because of his policies.

Yes, Theo, that what it is.  If only Obama were white, we’d be completely on board with his programs.  They are things that we’ve really been working for for all these years, and now we have to stop our support for them until Obama is out of office.  Oh, drat the luck, that the first President to implement these programs is black.

Hey, since he’s half-black and half-white, is it all right if we just half-oppose his programs?


Oh,‭ ‬really‭? ‬George W.‭ ‬Bush—remember him‭? ‬So you are telling me that Barack Obama has done a worse job than Bush‭?

Uh, yeah?  In the year 2000, I voted unenthusiastically for Bush, and my enthusiasm hasn't increased much since then.  In retrospect, I appreciate what he did to keep this country safe.  I think that in the future, whenever somebody messes something up, they will have obamaed it all up.

Give me a break‭!

I’m really trying, Theo, I really am.  But when you put your name to something so soul-breakingly stupid, you’re going to get mocked, no matter who or what you are.

I can’t speak for other conservatives, but I consider Obama to be even worse than the worst President ever, Jimmuh Carter.  And that’s quite a feat, considering that Obama isn’t even all the way through with his (hopefully) only term.

Just as I had a uniform,‭ ‬I believe Republicans have a uniform,‭ ‬too,‭ ‬but they never wear theirs in public—you know,‭ ‬the white sheets with the emblem on the chest and those pointy hats with veils so no one can see their faces.


Theo, Theo, Theo.  Why on Earth would Republicans take the official uniform of the Democratic Party?

Oh, how I wish this was the last installment of this feature, but I've already got more stupidity picked out.
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The Battle for Aleppo Looms


While the entire world is breathlessly watching the 2012 London Olympic games, the stage is being set for perhaps one of the bloodiest battles in Syria's ongoing civil war in the country's largest city of Aleppo.

Journalists on the ground have reported rebels are stockpiling medical supplies and weapons, while Syria's loyalist forces are staging soldiers, tanks and helicopters for an all-out assault on the mostly rebel occupied city, and civilians are fleeing by the thousands to escape the imminent Battle for Aleppo. 

Skirmishes have broken out across the city already
The imminent battle is vital for both sides, as rebel forces can further isolate Assad's regime by claiming the largest city against his professional army, and on the flip side Assad can prove the rebels are unable to hold major cities if his forces drive them out. The consequences will be pivotal regardless of the outcome, due to the unique nature of this conflict. 

And with the western world apparently paralyzed in fear of setting off a larger conflict with Assad's Russian and Iranian allies, or unsure of how to deal with his now acknowledged chemical weapons stockpile, rebels have only one shot of overthrowing Assad's regime: momentum. By keeping the conflict moving; by keeping pressure on his army's weakening supplies; by gaining new defectors every day the rebel forces can gain the upper hand on their own, because they sure as hell aren't getting any help from the rest of the world. 

Let us hope the western world's fear of the imminent battle turning into a full scale massacre is not only dead wrong, but that we witness the greatest defeat of Assad's butchers in Aleppo and hopefully soon, the defeat of his inhumane and illegitimate regime.

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No Joke

Fido, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Juan Valdez walk into a polling place.  No this isn’t the beginning of a joke it is a key part of the Chicago Plan to re-elect the worst President in American History.

The Voter Participation Center (VPC), a left wing organization whose work to register Democrat voters exemplifies the process used for generations in Chicago to ensure the Outfit/Machine maintains control of the government, the power, and the swag.  The VPC is mass mailing pre-printed voter registration forms to selected voter blocks known to be part of the Democrat coalition, African-Americans, Latinos, young adults, and single women. In their effort to extend the Chicago system to the rest of the country VPC mailed nearly 200,000 third-party voter registration forms to Virginia residents in June.  This has resulted in more than 15,000 new voters being registered.

However, there are a few problems with this exercise in Chicago-style democracy.  They are violating rules set forth in the state code and the Virginia Constitution requiring that voters fill out their own form.  The State Board of Elections, which the group says pre-approved their forms and their methods, has asked the group to stop filling in the forms prior to sending them to the people, and pointing to the errant forms they have also raised questions concerning how the group obtained lists of registered voters.  In addition, according to Justin Riemer, the Virginia State Board of Elections' deputy secretary, forms have been sent by the group to “deceased infants, out-of-state family members, and non-U.S. citizens, among others.”  Given the fact that these forms can be mailed in and that the Federal Government will sue any State that has the chutzpah to require a photo ID to vote don’t be surprised if in this, the most crucial election of our lives Fido, Casper, or Juan cast their vote to continue the occupation of Washington by the Progressive Statists and their totalitarian plans.

The list of problems with Democrat voting procedures that have ensured their iron-fisted rule in the tottering hulks of our once great cities is as long as it is disturbing.  There are the great Democrat machines that have used every form of voter fraud and intimidation to dominate the urban political scene in America for generations in places such as Philadelphia, Detroit, and of course the Mecca of corruption President Obama’s adopted hometown and political base, Chicago.  In East St. Louis and Indianapolis there are actually more registered voters than eligible citizens. 

As the Obama Justice Department circles the country like a bird of prey waiting to pounce on any jurisdiction that attempts to purge the dead the illegal immigrants or felons from the voting lists, it is apparent that voter fraud has been elevated from a crime to a national policy.  So far Attorney General Holder has sued Florida, Georgia, and Texas while investigating Pennsylvania.  Yet there is no time or resources spent on investigating sixteen counties in Texas with more voters on the rolls than in the census or sixteen jurisdictions in Illinois that also have more registered than eligible. There also was no interest in prosecuting the clear case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party who patrolled voting locations armed with clubs while making racist statements to voters.  And the most reprehensible case of voter suppression of all is the campaign waged to limit the vote of our active duty military.

Any attempt to slow the growth of phantom voters is met vigorously by the Federal Government with strident accusations of racism saying that anyone who requires a photo ID to vote might as well burn a cross on the White House lawn.  This is patently absurd.  It takes a photo ID to do many things people do every day.  You need a photo ID to:

Get a Driver's license
Buy alcohol
Buy cigarettes
Apply for welfare
Apply for food stamps
Cash a check
Purchase a firearm
Make any large credit card purchase
Open a bank account
Rent an apartment
Be admitted to a hospital
Get a marriage license

And yet according to Attorney General Holder any jurisdiction that requires a photo ID to vote is placing an undue burden on minorities akin to a poll tax collected by a man in a white hood.  But for security purposes you needed a photo ID to get into the NAACP meeting recently to hear Mr. Holder speak in a state he is currently suing over their requirement of a photo ID to vote. The irony never ends in a world that is fast becoming the theater of the absurd.

Add into the mix that most states offer free IDs and provisional ballots that are counted once ID is verified to anyone who shows up without an ID, and it’s easy to see the righteous battle against voter ID is really a reprehensible defense of voter fraud.

And just in case the actual living citizens of America show up to vote in great enough numbers to compete with Fido, Casper the Ghost, and Juan the Obama administration has retained the services of thousands of lawyers.  These devil’s advocates will challenge the vote in any district that goes against them or to defend themselves in any jurisdiction with the gall to challenge their manufactured majority.

Passing over the debates of who is Barack Obama, where did he come from, and what motivates him we must deal now with the Fete Accompli.  He has been legally sworn in and has run the country into the ground for almost four years.  We cannot afford four more years of the Progressive’s spend us into oblivion with the Cloward–Piven Strategy as national policy.  We cannot afford another four years of international support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s march to power in Middle East and serial apology tours.  We cannot afford another four years of trillion dollar yearly deficits.  We cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama if America is to have any chance to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

If we don’t end this soon the Progressives will end it later. 

If we don’t reassert our devotion to constitutionally limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom we will sink into a quagmire of endless entitlements for the idlers paid for by plundering the productive.  In four short months we will have an opportunity to choose.  The opponents of liberty are lined up to steal the election, but we can overwhelm them if we will all show up and vote.  Make sure every Patriot is registered, and do anything and everything you can to make sure everyone you know votes, because you can bet Fido, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Juan Valdez will. And that’s no joke.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens



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Apparently: James Holmes Sex Site Profile

The weirdness keeps growing. No one seems to know the guy-- he's quiet, but in a creepy sort of way.

“He seemed to be a normal kid, I don’t know what triggered it. This makes me very sad,” said Tom Mai, a retired electrical engineer. Some websites speculated that he held extreme Left-wing views and may have been an anti-capitalist protester. Another neighbour in San Diego said Holmes had tried and failed to secure a job after graduating.

A janitor at another source says that he's not polite.

And...

Apparently he has an online sex profile. No wonder we couldn't find his facebook.

And he has a small penis...

"Holmes" also notes that he's interested in "Erotic Chat or Email, Discreet Relationship, 1-on-1 sex or Group sex (3 or more!)"

In the section marked, "Introduction" ... "Holmes" said, "Looking for a fling or casual sex gal. Am a nice guy. Well, as nice enough of a guy who does these sort of shenanigans."

According to the website, "Holmes" last logged in to the site sometime in the past 3 days.

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What’s A Patriot to Do?

Mr. Obama may not be the only President we have ever elected who has little real world experience, but he may be the first who has none. And hopefully he will be our last.
President Obama’s latest insult to hardworking Americans has drawn massive press, at least in the portion of the Media that isn’t consumed with repeating and debating his false allegations concerning Romney’s business record. It isn’t hard to understand how a Marxist would consider the accomplishments of a capitalist to be criminal. It also isn’t hard to understand how a Marxist would believe that no one can accomplish something on their own; they do believe it takes a village to raise a child after all. What is hard to understand is how America was gullible enough to elect a Marxist president when the evidence of his beliefs, his associates, and his political activities were so easy to see.

What will be utterly beyond comprehension is a majority of our fellow voters drinking the kool-aide a second time when it is obvious from Mr. Obama’s rhetoric that he is selling a blatantly anti-capitalist and anti-American line of constitutional suicide.

With serial apology tours, bowing to foreign leaders, and abandoning our surrogates to help install the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East, it is obvious Mr. Obama is a walking disaster for America’s foreign policy. It is also obvious from the recession he has managed to turn into the Great Recession that his spread around the wealth transfer policies are an unmitigated disaster on the domestic front. His record wouldn’t inspire anyone except a fellow American hating Marxist to vote for him, so his only viable tactic is to make the other guy totally unacceptable. In the coming months watch as the President, his fellow traveler mouth pieces, and the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media turn squeaky clean bland, boring Mitt Romney into a nefarious arch criminal who has built a massive criminal enterprise on the backs of exploited victims.

Even if President Obama really believes personal accomplishments, except his own of course, are merely the trophies of exploitation that doesn’t mean the rest of us should accept this as a legitimate premise for discussion. The Democrat Media may want to spend endless hours asking Mitt to explain why he threw grandma off the cliff after stealing her Social Security check, but that doesn’t mean any sane person should waste time considering it.

A better question might be if capitalists have claimed personal success unfairly while using roads and electric grids built by others why is it fair for Mr. Obama to claim as his own the fame for killing Osama when someone else started the campaign and someone else executed it? Why aren’t the failures of his forays into venture socialism such as Solyndra, the Volt, or anything else his fault? Our Dear Leader is a walking example of socializing the costs while personalizing the profits. If it goes bad it was someone else’s fault, but if it goes right it was all him. He has changed the famous Truman quote to "The Buck Stops with You" and since the teleprompter told him to say it he was able to do it with a straight face. The saddest thing of all is that the dumbed down crowds he wows probably don’t know he changed the quote at all.

All of this is shaping up as a surreal election cycle. We have a Democrat doing everything imaginable to lose. He is abandoning the white middle-class, attacking capitalism, and lavishing insult after insult upon anything and everything Americans have always held dear including our founding principles. We have a Republican who passed the template for Obamacare and can’t generate as much excitement as a Saturday night of rearranging your sock drawer.

America hangs in the balance.

If we re-elect a Marxist on a platform of class warfare and soak the rich, I imagine we will see class warfare and soak everybody. If we elect a middle of the road Massachusetts Republican with a veneer of conservatism who is enamored of the foreign affairs advice of John Bolton, the angriest of the neo-con war hawks I imagine we might get a reprieve on the Marxism as the government grows to sustain more wars for peace.

What’s a patriot to do? Are we teetering on the edge, past the tipping point, or already careening into the Abyss? Do we throw away our vote on someone with no chance to win? Do we choose the lesser of two evils knowing that we will still be choosing evil? Do we do as one of my oldest friends is doing: sell everything and leave the country before all this progressivism hits the fan? Do we store food, bury guns, and wait for the zombie apocalypse?

The answers could be so simple. Domestically we could cut taxes, cut regulations, and let the economy surge. In foreign affairs we could follow the direction laid out by the founders: a friend to all and an enemy to none, withdraw our far flung international police precincts, make our homeland an impregnable fortress and let trade be our currency and peace be our policy.

Instead we face a future of austerity and contraction based upon a bloated government swallowing ever more of the American pie no matter who wins. We face endless interventions and undeclared wars in quagmires defending a status quo that is no longer tilted in our favor. China, the rising dragon of the East, is playing chess as our dithering Progressives moan about chickens coming home to roost, and political correctness prevents us from doing what we should do when we should do it.

We are truly between Barack and a hard place with every forward indicator pointing down.

These are times when I draw upon the true source and summit of my being and remember that the God of Heaven and Earth has not left us without understanding. We face these problems because we have forsaken Him, and the only way back is through Him. He told us long ago, "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." That isn’t just an observation it is a promise. And unlike our fickle politicians who merely want to tickle our ears, God always keeps His promises.

Therefore as we turn to face the change don’t be discouraged, don’t be depressed, and don’t worry. God has our back if we will give him our faith. For He also told us, "A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you."

Keep the peace. Keep the faith. We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens


 

 

Information on Shooter James Holmes

Some information trickling in. He described himself as "quiet" and "easygoing" on a rental application. Furthermore, he dropped out of medical school a month ago. His email account can still be seen here.

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James Holmes Pictures

Update: The first pictures:

From CBS:
The suspect apprehended in the mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater has been identified as James Eagan Holmes, 24, law enforcement sources told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr.

Twelve people died in the shooting at a showing of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning. A law enforcement source told Orr the shooting appears to have been carried out by a lone gunman.

One federal official told CBS News that at this time Holmes appears to have been "under the radar." CBS News reports Holmes doesn't appear to have a criminal record in Colorado or in California's San Diego County, where he lived previously. Pentagon officials said there is no record of Holmes having served in any branch of the military.

According to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Holmes dropped out of medical school last month, The Associated Press reported. School spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said she did not know when Holmes started school or why he withdrew.
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James Holmes Identified as Aurora, California Killer

From CBS:
The suspect apprehended in the mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater has been identified as James Eagan Holmes, 24, law enforcement sources told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr.

Twelve people died in the shooting at a showing of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning. A law enforcement source told Orr the shooting appears to have been carried out by a lone gunman.

One federal official told CBS News that at this time Holmes appears to have been "under the radar." CBS News reports Holmes doesn't appear to have a criminal record in Colorado or in California's San Diego County, where he lived previously. Pentagon officials said there is no record of Holmes having served in any branch of the military.

According to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Holmes dropped out of medical school last month, The Associated Press reported. School spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said she did not know when Holmes started school or why he withdrew.
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Assad Forces Regain Midan



The news coming out of Syria is plenty this morning as Hisham Ikhtiar, al-Assad's security chief, succumbed to the wounds he received from Wednesday's attack at the national security bureau, while fighting continued through-out the country, particularly in the Damascus suburb of Midan and a state funeral was held for the other officials killed in the blast.

Rebels apparently launched an assault on military positions in Midan, where heavy fighting has been ongoing for several days now, when Assad's ground forces - backed by armoured vehicles - regained control of the main market and the rebels were forced to make a tactical retreat. Journalists were allowed into the suburb, confirming the government's victory. 

Other reports indicate fighting in Damascus has eased, as Assad's forces control the bulk of the city and the rebels are stuck in the suburbs fighting an "unfair fight" as a Dutch journalist described it to the Guardian. It has also been reported that Assad's forces have regained one of the border crossings they lost yesterday.

This hasn't exactly been the best day militarily for the rebels, as they have lost vital ground to Assad's forces and their assault on Damascus appears to be losing steam, which has exposed a pivotal weakness for them: while they have proven the ability to successfully plan attacks and maintain their own against Assad's forces, when heavy weaponry is brought in they eventually are forced into retreat and you can't win a war like that.

And all of this has led to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions - 30,000 Syrian vehicles have crossed the border into Lebanon the past 48 hours, while Iraq is evacuating their citizens via plane as the border's have been closed and over three hundred were killed in fighting yesterday; the highest death toll since this conflict started last year.

We are witnessing history in the making, one way or another. Either Assad will be brought down in a wave of rebel glory, or his brutal tactics will save his regime by shedding the blood of his countrymen with sadistic cruelty. 

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Providing for your family financially can be one of the most important parts of your life. Considering that many issues revolve around money and how you use it, you should always keep in mind just what you should be doing with your cash, credit, and other assets. With all of tehse things in mind, it is always easier if you plan ahead. To do so, you can do a lot of research to find just what you should be doing, and you can even pass the info over to a family member or loved one to get them prepared fiscally. To research this, you can ask around or use many different resources. One of them might be your local bank or credit union, you can also inquire at work (some employers offer you resources to plot out your financial future), you can do some research on the net. All of these factors can help you move in the right direction. Just make sure that you are sure about whatever direction you want to head in and remain confident that you have made the right choice for both you and your family.

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James Homes Pictures Released

Update: The first pictures:
From CBS:
The suspect apprehended in the mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater has been identified as James Eagan Holmes, 24, law enforcement sources told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr.

Twelve people died in the shooting at a showing of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning. A law enforcement source told Orr the shooting appears to have been carried out by a lone gunman.

One federal official told CBS News that at this time Holmes appears to have been "under the radar." CBS News reports Holmes doesn't appear to have a criminal record in Colorado or in California's San Diego County, where he lived previously. Pentagon officials said there is no record of Holmes having served in any branch of the military.

According to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Holmes dropped out of medical school last month, The Associated Press reported. School spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said she did not know when Holmes started school or why he withdrew.
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Video: Suck it, Assad!

Hafez, that is:



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Russia, China Veto U.N. Resolution on Syrian Sanctions


The United Nations Security Council latest proposal for ousting Assad's government: international sanctions, was defeated this morning by the veto power of China and Russia, while two other nations (unknown at this time Pakistan and South Africa) abstained and eleven voted to take the hardest non-military line against the brutal regime.

This represents yet another display of the international community's paralysis to do anything useful to settle the ongoing conflict in Syria, as the embattled regime's few remaining allies refuse to join the west in ousting Assad and the west refuses to seriously consider non-U.N. military actions, such as deploying NATO...

With the regime launching an counter-offensive against the rebels in Damascus, killing scores of innocents at a funeral procession with helicopter gunships, and the rebels putting every ounce of resources into this fight - western action could tip the scales and end this conflict sooner then later with a new government in place and Assad on his way to the Hague.

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Liberals: "Arm Gyrations" Responsible for Obama "You Didn't Build That" Gaffe

God how they try. Now this from Slate:

Obama is gesticulating to count off the various ways people have been helped -- great teacher, American system. At 0:44, he says "somebody invested in roads and bridges," and gyrates his arms as if mapping out said roads and bridges. "If you've got a business," he says, making one more gyration, "that -- you didn't build that." The extra "that," a false start, is not captured in transcripts. It really looks like "that" refers to the stuff that business-builders utilized on the way up, not the businesses themselves.
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Liberals on "You Didn't Build That" Controversy: 'The President Didn't Say the Thing He Said'

Geniuses. From the dumbasses at Talking Points Memo:
Friday evening, it was a paragraph in President Obama’s speech at Roanoke Fire Station #1 in Virginia. By Tuesday, it was a full-fledged fundraising line for the Romney campaign.

But that wasn’t because the Romney campaign’s opposition research shop immediately seized on the president’s remarks. In fact, it would be three-and-a-half days before the Romney campaign itself made any mention of them. In the interim, what transpired was a textbook case of how a distortion can emerge from right-wing online media, get laundered by Fox News, and go mainstream as a major line of attack by the Republican nominee for President.

The Obama speech that started it all was on Friday evening, after the political press had shifted into weekend mode. Referring to large-scale infrastructure investments like bridges and highways and the Internet, Obama recycled a line he has used often on the stump but with a slight variation: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

The next day was panning out as a slow-news Saturday for Jazz Shaw, who carries the title of weekend editor at the conservative Hot Air site. But then he got a tip from a reader, he later told TPM, pointing to the line in Obama’s speech. “Huzzah,” Shaw tweeted at 1:29 p.m. ET. “Just finally found something else to write about,” Shaw tweeted again a few minutes later. At 4:01 p.m. ET Shaw published his post highlighting what he called the “gem” of the president’s quote.
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U.N. Response to War in Damascus: Sanctions...


With the events of earlier today still in mind, my angst towards the United Nations has never been greater. I really just cannot understand the abject stupidity of the international body tasked with preventing conflict.....

As I'm sure everyone heard, Syria is in a state of total civil war: Damascus saw the strongest engagements in city limits since the uprising started last year; potentially thousands of Syrian soldiers defected; Assad might be wounded and there are rumors that loyalist forces are distributing gas masks to their troops.

Or, in other words - the shit hit the fan. Literally.

So what was the U.N.'s response?

Postpone the latest useless U.N. Security Council resolution that threatens... and I'm not kidding... sanctions if Assad doesn't cease and desist from his brutal crackdown until tomorrow to allow more time for the west, which has about as much backbone as a in-vertebrae right now, to sway Russia to our side on... sanctions in wake of what occurred today.

Oh, gee wiz, lets shoot for sanctions when Damascus is fricking burning!

This is the time where western forces could aid the Free Syrian Army, overwhelming Assad's dwindling loyal forces, and put this tyrant down once and for all. We did the right thing in Libya when the rebels were almost at the point of destruction; why not learn from our involvement last year, and this time help when the loyalists are the ones with their capital under siege?

Then again, that would be common sense, something the U.N. hasn't displayed since their creation almost 70 years ago...

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Unconfirmed: Assad Injured, Leaving Damascus

This started as Al Arabiya reported that a Presidential plane had left Damascus. This has led to a rumor in the diplomatic community that Bashar al-Assad has been wounded. According to tweets (not always reliable, of course), he was injured in an attack last night.





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Breaking: Assad Preps Chemical Weapons, Handing Out Gas Masks

Uh-oh. Straight from the Free Syrian Army:



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Video: Burning Tank in Syria

Shit's getting real:



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Breaking: Bulgaria Bus Bombing Kills Israelis

Perhaps this is Assad's retaliation:

“An explosion occurred in a passenger’s bus with Israeli citizens at the Burgas Airport,” Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikoliv announced for Radio FOCUS.
According to unofficial data there are casualties.

Update:

Unfortunately, there are casualties. 3 dead, 20 wounded.

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Booyah: Bashar al-Assad's Brother-In-Law, Defense Minister Killed in Suicide Bombing

And he's currently burning in hell. From the Atlantic:
A suicide bomber has reportedly struck a national security building in the Syrian capital, as the Free Syrian Army's major offensive to "liberate" Damascus has extended into a third day. The government dismissed the idea that rebels had made a major push into the heart of the city, but numerous witness accounts report heavy fighting moving through the suburbs and closer to the heart of the regime. Reuters reported on Wednesday morning that fighting has taken place at an army barracks 'within sight" of the presidential palace.

The bombing, which was reported by Syria's state TV, apparently targeted a building where top security officials were holding a meeting and there are reports of serious injuries to the Syrian defense minister. It also comes the day after a top Syrian defector claimed that Bashar Al-Assad's regime has been working with members of Al-Qaeda to orchestrate bombings around the country, so there many be continued questions about who is truly responsible.

In either case, it seems that after months of being slaughtered is smaller cities around the nation, rebels are finally making a concerted effort to attack the government directly — and it seems to be having an effect. After nearly four straight days of guerrilla attacks in Damascus suburbs (while also holding off tanks and helicopter gunships) the fighting has only gotten worse. Combined with continued reports of Syrian generals defecting to Turkey, it could be a sign that the military resistance is weakening and the rebels are actually making ground. Some activists even claim that government's response, including shelling Sunni neighborhoods in Damascus itself, has finally led many holdouts in the capital to join the revolt.
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Dumb Statements


It's been such a busy month at my regular job that I haven't had a chance to really do anything. I just don't understand where the time goes.

But I have had time to read the opinions of others. Some are very thought-provoking and knowledgable. Some address important national issues, and some are only of local interest. Since this is political season, and an election year, the liberal rationalizing and fear-mongering is in an especially high gear. Arkansas' only state-wide newspaper is especially rich in comedic gold.

I noticed that whenever I came across a little blurb of idiocy, I would start talking to the newspaper in answer. Not to toot my own horn, but I figured my answers were a lot smarter and more cogent than what I was replying to. That's quite a feat, I think, considering that the best way to write is to think all the way through what you want to say, and say it in the most short and concise way possible. Thus, my spontaneous and off-the-cuff remarks were smarter and more deeply thought out than was somebody's letter who was supposed to be completely thought out before being printed.

 Which leads me to a new feature that I've entitled...

Smart Answers To Dumb Questions (or Statements)

Don't get the wrong idea that liberal idiocy is only contained to Arkansas. I'm sure that a brief perusal of your own local newspaper could come up with even more liberal idiocy (which, by the way, is redundant) than what I've gathered here. I'm sure using the New York Times or Los Angeles Times or Atlanta Journal-Constitution or another newspaper would net us some even daffier material. I'm using these because they are local to me, and I'm able to reproduce these letters for you to read before I comment on them.

I'm drawing mostly from the letters to the editor page because of two reasons. The first is that, in accordance with the newspaper's policy, each letter printed must be under 250 words. Since each letter must adhere to that policy, each letter is therefore pretty short.

The second reason is that because of this shortness, the writer must make his point as totally as possible in as few words possible. Thus, a letter-writer must choose each word carefully and make sure that it fits coherently into their argument.

Now, since the introduction is longer than any letters I put in here, I'll get to the fun.

This first one is from Gary McLehaney of Benton, Arkansas. He writes:
Evolution of thought

In the Voices section recently, a writer stated that evolution isn’t real and that mutations never positively alter genomes.

However, look at how the altered wolf’s genome has created every dog from the flat-faced bulldog to the teacup Chihuahua. Going from a cave dog to a house dog is positive evolution, in my opinion.

Pictures from the past prove that people are positively evolving. I think Mona Lisa was so homely and dowdy compared to modern women.

Of course, the evolution of the human mind helped speed up and improve the evolution of things that used to take thousands of years if left to evolve on their own. And phooey to the thin-headed opponents of evolution who want us to devolve back to the monkeys that got left behind by trying to cling to the old ways.

Even ideology evolves-20 years from now, when someone protests against gay marriage, then people will say that the Old Testament isn’t followed anymore. Nowadays that is said about women cutting their hair and having sex before marriage, which were dire sins a hundred years ago.

The ways of life are going to move on and evolve like everything else does-except for primitive-minded people.

How tragic that we can’t invent a time machine to send these people back to the Bible days where they can be as primitively ignorant as they wish.

So Gary's asserts that evolution is true because a canine has evolved into... another canine.

Brilliant.

And don't you think it's rather speciest to compare the "thin-headed opponents" (way to raise the civility bar, Gary) to monkeys?

The next one we have is from Julia Randle of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Julia is always good for a laugh, and she doesn't disappoint this time around.

Mean, hateful words

Ron Miller of Jonesboro seems to want a good ol’ Southern pat on his back for saying President Barack Obama ate dog meat around the campfire in Indonesia. I can tell that Ron likely has not traveled outside Arkansas or served in the military. My husband served two tours in South Korea and my brother served two tours in Vietnam. Both saw people in those countries eating dog meat.

Before coming to Arkansas, I did not know people ate raccoons. I would swear raccoons are cousins of the dog. There are a lot of animals I do not eat, such as raccoon, possum, deer, alligator, rabbit, goat, squirrel or the rest of the animals walking in the woods. Sea creatures like lobster, crab, shrimp and please, no catfish or fried foods. There are many things I refuse to touch, like coffee, alcohol of any kind, and I hate cigarettes.

When you say nasty things about people, God hears you. You will get yours before you leave this sinful place.

Both President Obama and I were raised by our mothers and grandmothers. It is the best teaching a person could want. President Obama would never say anything bad about Ron. He was not raised in a mean, hateful household.

Being raised in a Christian home is like having a million dollars.

The Bible says there is a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Oh, where to start with this?

Well, first, Mrs. Randle thinks that the whole flap doodle over Obama eating dog meat was about Obama eating dog meat. Although sickening, the problem isn't that Obama ate dog meat, but what the liberal sycophants in the media pursued as their story.

If you will remember, the Obama campaign served up the story that Mitt Romney had placed his dog in a dog carrier on top of the family vehicle and driven some distance with it like that. The media happily repeated the story, and started "analyzing" it, asking the heavy questions like, "What does this say about Mitt Romney's judgment?", and "What kind of person would do this to a poor, innocent animal?"

Wow, man, heavy.

So, one very smart person who had read Obama's mysterious autobiography recalled Obama's anecdote about his father making him eat different animals, and changed the narrative from what the Obama camp and the media had going to a reversal of the situation. The whole thing just backfired on the Democrats, all with a seemingly casual flicker of movement. And since it did that, nobody in the liberal media establishment has been pondering the deeper issues of this story. The questions of, "What does this say about Barack Obama's judgment?", and "What kind of person would do this to a poor, innocent animal?" have not been pursued.

Astonishing, I know.

Then Mrs. Randle states that calling people mean names will come back on you, and God will judge you harshly for doing so. Mrs. Randle also states that Obama was raised by his mother and grandmother. Two statements in which there is no disagreement. I can't agree with her conclusion that this is "the best teaching a person could want" -seems a bit androphobic, if you ask me- but everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

What made me spray my newspaper with my cool, refreshing beverage was the assertion that Obama would never say anything bad about the original letter writer. The fact that Obama has done so on numerous occasions before is indisputable and easily refuted.

Mrs. Randle also states that Obama was raised in a Christian home. Maybe, but his father and step-father also made him attend a madrassa and attend mosque in addition to going to church. So Obama wasn't raised in a 100% Christian home. So it looks like Obama's upbringing is only worth half a million dollars instead.

Well, this column has rambled on far longer than I intended for it to go, so I'm going to cut it off here. I do have plenty of other letters that I'm going to use. There's one in particular that I will feature in my next column that is just plain rich in comedic gold.

See you next time.

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How to Avoid Online Scams

With the internet's role in everyday life growing each and every day, making sure that your family is safe online becomes even more important. People place a lot of trust into their computers and mobile phones. They do their banking, check their emails, arrange plans, and create budgets behind the curtain of passwords and safeguards. Still, no system is perfect. Many people also have antivirus or anti malware programs on their computer, but sometimes even those are not enough to stop malicious people with designs on your money or your private information. Knowing all of this, you need to make sure that you, your family, and your place of work are all protected from problems like online spying, phishing, and other types of fraud that occur all over the world every day. You need to do your research to prevent these things from happening to you or someone you know.

There are some ways to avoid these problems-- and you should make sure to take the precautions just in case. Still, sometimes you need to call in an expert on keeping data and other information safe and avoiding common pitfalls that other people unfortunately have to deal with. This is why you can use services like anti scamming conferences from Marcus Evans to avoid these problems. With such resources as http://www.cio-quarterly.com/marcusevans-scam.asp to back you up, you will be in better shape in case of internet scamming attempts. Even better, you can use the information that you learn to pass on to your family or co-workers to help root out scamming elsewhere on the net. You can look up all of the various elements that Marcus Evans can offer your business to keep it secure on the net. These things are better learned before than after a scammer has gotten your information. Make sure that you are ready ahead of time. It could be a very wise decision.

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How a business looks makes a lasting first impression. This may or not be fair, but it certainly is the case in many things around the world. Making sure that your business is well taken care of, especially when working to win over clients can be a big deal. This is why it is important to put your good foot forward and get the reputation that you deserve. This can be done through many ways. You can advertise with what you offer and the quality your products have. You can attend or host trade expos that fit with what you need. All of these can be helpful, but sometimes it is nice to get some work done from the ground up-- building a reputation from your place of business itself can be a great boon for future sales or operations.

You can also make sure that you have a proper set of office supplies. These can include a set of letterhead, mailing envelopes, and others. You can make sure that you have a set of office or personal checks that fit just what you are looking for. These can reflect the type of business that you have and make sure that you get your message across to prospective buyers. So with the right tools, you can have that right first impression. make sure that you do what you can to get it across to the people interested in what you are selling. Good luck and make sure that you do your research and are prepared with the right materials!

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Looking for Business Checks?

In today's fast paced world, it is important to stay on top of all of the different aspects of your schedule. There are many different aspects of a successful business or organization. You need to make sure to pick the correct location, people, and other factors to keep yourself afloat for the long term. If you do all of these, you will be in better shape than your competitors.

Included in these is to make sure that your business is as presentable as possible. You can do this in multiple ways. You can set yourself with a postmodern look in your office or maybe even a retro look, depending on the business or opportunity. You can have the right type of letterhead that conveys the message that you are trying to send to prospective customers. You can make sure to only invest in the highest quality goods and appliances for the office.

Included in this is personal finance. I do not have to state how important the bottom line is to a personal life or a business. This is why you should come prepared with only the finest items, like personal checks. These checks can be just the right balance for your business, showing just what you offer for the customer in a professional way. But even if you do not need checks, you can buy many different useful items, like wedding invitations, business forms, and customized envelopes. You'll be happy you did!

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Finding out More about Student Finance

Looking at the future is a valuable part of the rest of your life. There are many different ways to do such planning, and it is never too early to start. Even from a young age, you can make decisions that will make the future events much easier for you. For example, if you put money into a retirement account now, you can have a lot more money for when you finally decide to settle down. Even better, with proper budgeting, you can minimize the amount of money that you would have to take out in loans. Not having to pay back all of this interest over the years can be a great boon for your bottom line. You will be surprised to see all of the interest that may be left over at the end of a loan. Often times it can be even larger than the principle balance. You do not want to pay back all of that money, would you? With these things in mind, you can make sure to do more sound fiscal planning for your future. When you are young, your counterparts may not be as well versed in budgeting and making sure to plan out ahead of your peers. With this proper planning, you can be the one to have all of your loans paid off by your mid 20s or perhaps even have a house! Not having to pay all of that rent can be a great boon, when you think about it. So with all of these things in mind, perhaps even today is a great time to start planning to get ahead.

For example, this can come in very handy for when you decide to enter into higher education. Getting that degree can make you qualified for all sorts of jobs within many different fields. On top of that, if you already have a degree, going back can give you a whole new series of options that can help you chart out where you are headed. With an extra degree, you can open yourself up for a promotion to get that extra raise or office that you are looking for. So with all of these things revolving around college, you can make sure that you ask yourself: does student finance apply to me? With proper financing, then you can balance out how much you might pay for your education. And remember, every dollar that you can save you money in the long run that you may have to take out in loans-- some of which may be higher interest. With all of these things in mind, you can make sure that you are better informed for whatever decision that you wind up making. When you are dealing with your education, these decisions can be very important for your future. On top of your other decisions, like where you are going and what your major is going to be, you have to make sure that the checkbook is balanced and you have just what you need for the years ahead. You decision can be a one shot deal, depending on the circumstances. Make sure you get it right.

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Determining Your Inheritance Tax

Planning for the future is one of the most important things that a person can do. Your family can be dependent on your decisions. During life, finding the right savings account, mortgage, and job are all important factors in keeping a family afloat fiscally and happy. With all of these things in mind, you can make sure that your family is prepared for whatever may come their way. With all of these things in mind, you should make sure to plan out and do your research before you act. With so many options out there, doing research can be incredibly important and can make the difference between a plan working or not. There are many options for you to take a look at. You should sit down with your loved ones and see what options fit your situation and what may work best for the individual members.

For example, making sure that your family is fiscally secure can take many different steps. You can have a high yield interest rate on your savings account. Considering that the average interest rates are so low in recent years, you can find a different account that will give you more money in your pocket for other uses. On top of this, you can be more frugal around the house. There are many different tips out there to slash your food bill and make sure that you can eat healthily without breaking the bank. Adding or substituting beans and rice into meals can save you a fair amount of money every week. You can also make sure to have some cash aside in reserve just in case of an unexpected bill or expense or even an emergency. Insurance can help keep your accounts safe from other events that may happen in your life. On top of this, you can make sure that your family has a good mortgage from a reputable lender that offers you a low interest rate.

Even better, you can make sure that you know your family's tax liability. There are online tax calculators to show your annual income tax bill. You can also budget in your family's weekly VAT bill to help balance out what you are spending or taking in. On top of this, you can protect the long term earnings Find out more about inheritance tax and why you should get advice. By knowing what your family may pay in an inheritance tax, you can plan accordingly to come out ahead. The inheritance tax can take a lot out of your family's net wealth that successive generations have built up. To prevent that from happening and putting a crimp in these accounts, you can use online resources like the one above to calculate just where you are. Even better, with the help of an accountant or a tax preparer, you can be in better shape for end of life issues. When you have these under control, you can have more peace of mind which can help with the transition.

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Finding Mortgage Brokers Online

Making sure that your family is protected financially is one of the most important decisions that you can make in your life. Keeping on top of all of these things can assure fiscal stability for you, even at times when you may lose your job and have an unexpected bill to pay. This can be a very stressful situation for anyone, but making sure that you are prepared can be one of the best things that you can do ahead of time. There are many different ways to get your fiscal house in order. You should make sure to do your research to know just what options are out there and you can use over the years. When you do your research, you can find many useful strategies and tips to keep your checkbook in the black. Your planning can make the difference between a hard time financially and insolvency. In fact, a little planning is often just what is needed to prevent bankruptcy.

So what are some of the options out there for the working family out there? Well, of course, you can pick up another job-- but considering your schedule or skills, this may not be possible or practical. On top of this, you can return to school to get more training or a new skill set that can get you further within your profession or into another one. Beyond this, you can also get into an online banking source to always have your information in front of you to be on top of it. You can also register for an online budgeting site, such as Mint. Mint can help you set goals for yourself and offer you some other options for managing your money. You can also make sure to have insurance in case of sudden injury or death. This can be very valuable at a very difficult time. You can also make sure to have a high interest savings account to earn more money from having your money in the bank than if you were keeping it at home or in another account. Even just a little more money from minimal effort is a great way to bulk up on your savings. With these additional tools at your disposal, you can be better prepared just in case something happens. Still, there are other options out there for the working family.

One can be to make sure to shop around before lending any money. Of course, lending any money-- large or small and for a short period or a long one can be a stressful and expensive process. Considering all of this, you need to be prepared for what you are looking for. This is valuable if you are looking for mortgage brokers. Finding the right one can make sure that your family has the best interest rates for just what you need. You can also make sure that you have the right type of loan selected for what you need. You'll be glad you did!


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Green Party Decides Against Nominating Roseanne Barr


In a surprising, and dramatic vote today at the 2012 Green Party nomination, their assembled delegates did not choose former actress and all around lunatic Roseanne Barr to be their candidate in this November's vital presidential election, proving Ms. Barr is still too crazy for even the radical crazies.

Jill Stein, a Massachusetts doctor and perennial candidate (running for governor against Romney in 2002 and again in 2010) received the nod with 205 votes out of 401 overall delegates, while Barr received just 84..... I  would shed a tear for Barr's horrific showing, but I've had a long day and the last thing the woman who killed the national anthem at Jack Murphy deserves is sympathy.

Although, I must admit there is a level of sadness welling up inside my for the all the comedy gold that could have been if Barr was a national presidential candidate..... Hell, I'd even invite her to a debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama just to see their heads spin as she says one line of stupidity after another... It. Could. Have. Been. EPIC!

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