Jun 9, 2011

America's Drug War... McCaskill on the Billion Dollar Rat-Hole - Skipwaves for 6/9

War on Drugs... Just another unwinnable war! Mexican gangs murdering each other's soldiers, BILLIONS of dollars wasted on the drug wars to contractors (kinda like Iraq and Afghanistan!)

What have we gotten for all that money?  Mo Rep Claire McCaskill says we can't justify the money on it.  Time to decriminalize and back off this military and justice industrial scam.    The story from LA TIMES about a new gummy report that's out.


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How many have died in Mexico's drug war?

The last figure released by the Mexican government on the number of dead during its 4 1/2-year, military-led crackdown on organized crime came in January, at just over 34,000. It covered the period from the start of the drug war in December 2006 until the...

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Alabama passes the toughest state immigration law... requiring detention if someone is arrested and suspected of being an illegal.  Also a crime to even give an alien a ride or harbor one.  ACLU is expected to appeal.

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Gingrich's top staff quits en mass!  Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all resigned on Thursday, a mass exodus that leaves his hopes of winning the Republican nomination in tatters.  Yahoo news...

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The Worst Thing About Weinergate? The Total Obliteration of Sexual Privacy by Ideologues Like Andrew Breitbart.   This scandal may represent the end of the presumption of sexual privacy for anyone people like Andrew Breitbart deem interesting enough to harass.  More from Alternet..

See more shirtless politicians!

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Cleaning up the Church Mess    KC Star:  The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese today announced changes that include the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to deal with recent alleged sex misconduct by certain priests in the diocese.   

Addendum:  Local Bishop Robert Finn released a video clip Thursday on the 5 point plan aimed at curbing and dealing with sexual improprieties.  


Pitch: The Rev. Robert Murphy, once accused of sexual improprieties, charged with handling sex-abuse complaints in the KC Diocese.

Comments on this Church PR disaster starting shortly after the plan was released... See comments on TKC.

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THE PILL KILLS:  Church in politics.  Moves to not just ban ABORTION, but to ban BIRTH CONTROL PILLS in 8 States!  More from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (VIDEO)



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The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials.   More from New York Times...


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We need to ask ourselves, what is the point of parenting in the first place? What role do they play in society? If you say their job is to raise children, I’m going to disagree with you. The job of a parent isn’t to raise children – it is to raise adults.  Teach them to think, to be make good decisions...not just be good inmates in a home prison.  Let them be their own people.

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Americans for Prosperity - Just a front for the Koch Brothers...the Wichita Oil Libertarians who lie like rugs.  Read up on how much money they cost us through speculation of oil prices.

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the other 98% Protest the Top 2%!



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 Earth at the edge of the solar system after 20 years... the pale blue dot Carl Sagan reflects.


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The ocean is so big...and our boat is so small!  OPEC talks broke down in acrimony on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia failed to convince the cartel to lift production, sparking a rebound in global oil prices.   
AP

"We were unable to reach an agreement—this is one of the worst meetings we have ever had," said Ali al-Naimi, oil minister for Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer.



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Republican lawmakers are "playing with fire" by contemplating even a brief debt default as a means to force deeper government spending cuts, an adviser to China's central bank said on Wednesday.

The National Debt Clock next to an IRS office near Times Square
The idea of a technical default -- essentially delaying interest payments for a few days -- has gained backing from a growing number of mainstream Republicans who see it as a price worth paying if it forces the White House to slash spending, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

But any form of default could destabilize the global economy and sour already tense relations with big U.S. creditors such as China.

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Delta caught gouging US Soldiers!  (CBS/AP)  WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan posted a YouTube video complaining that they had to pay Delta Air Lines $2,800 out of pocket to check extra bags, prompting an onslaught of online comments critical of Delta and at least one boycott effort. 

The video went online late Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon — nearly 200,000 views later — Delta had posted a blog message saying it had revised its bag fee policy for troops. The airline had been allowing troops traveling coach class three free bags, but was imposing a $200 fee on a fourth bag. Now Delta — in a statement attributed to a company social media director — says fourth bags will be free.

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  • Wearing headphones for an hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times.  
  • A baby is born without kneecaps. They appear between age 2 and 6.  
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 
  • In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell. 


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Mo Rage Reports its more cost effective to RENT than to BUY in KC



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New research shows sitting for long stretches of time may be just as dangerous as smoking!

“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” explained Dr. David Coven, a cardiologist. He says several new studies show prolonged sitting is now being linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even early death.



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Young Korean Homeless man stuns "Korea's Got Talent" competition.

Not only is Song-bong Choi almost destined to be a instant sensation, but he's got an amazing story as well.  The song , performed on Korea's Got Talent, brought tears to nearly every eye in the room.




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Last Harrass:  Where man fits into this world.  Check it.

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