Hey, hey, it’s Independence Day and I just happen to be feeling a bit of that independence since this is actually the second regular work day that I have off from work. This is abnormal as I work weekends. I am at a loss for what to do with myself, so I decided to blog. It’s not fireworks, but it will have to do, folks!
Without further ado, here is today’s Ten Post Round-Up !
For the second consecutive month, more U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan than in Iraq. Nearly seven years after the war in Afghanistan began, June was the deadliest month for U.S. troops, and our force levels in the country are now at their highest since the war began. All of this, tragically, comes a few years after the president assured Americans that the Taliban “no longer is in existence.”
**No end in sight in Iraq, more troops desperately needed in Afghanistan, and the administration eye-ballin’ Iran. Somebody get my jacket, it’s feeling a might drafty in here…
The court’s order grants Viacom’s request and erroneously ignores the protections of the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), and threatens to expose deeply private information about what videos are watched by YouTube users. The VPPA passed after a newspaper disclosed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s video rental records. As Congress recognized, your selection of videos to watch is deeply personal and deserves the strongest protection.
**Hey, the government’s been invading your privacy since 9/11/2001, what’s one more?
Here’s the fun twist: Katy Perry used to be Katy Hudson — a Christian singer and daughter of two preachers.
And Christians aren’t too pleased with her recent transition:
**(evil grin) Now I like the song even more now…Sassy!
Not a single student at Dalton, an elite Manhattan private school, was accepted at Harvard this year. For $31,200 in tuition a year, parents are peeved, reports the New York Post. Marymount, a private girls school also struck out on Harvard admissions.
**What’s that sound? Oh, excuse me. It’s me playing cry me a &%$@ river on the world’s smallest violin…
I don’t mean to be professorial, but for those who do not know how this works, I will give a real oversimplified explanation. When you go to a bank to buy a house, they do not actually have that $200,000 in their vault. By regulation they have to have a small percentage of it, but not the whole thing. So when they cut the borrower a check, they have effectively created or printed money. And that is the way that most money is “printed.”
**It’s about to get ugly up in here…
6. OpenSecrets: Red, White and Green
Tomorrow is Independence Day, the time to commemorate the United States’s successful revolt against Britain, establishing our own self-reliant government. Well, sort of. While our politicians are no longer answering to the redcoats, they’ve become awfully beholden to the greenbacks. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 36 current members of Congress have collected at least 20 percent of their contributions from a single industry, setting up a scheme of dependence and perhaps the expectation of a tit-for-tat.
**Our elected officials ceased answering to “We, The People” a long farking time ago…
Yes, count me as one of the many Obama supporters who do NOT support his intention to vote for the amended FISA legislation. I had pledged to send in some money every month until the general election — BUT I WILL NOT SEND A PENNY — if he votes for FISA.
**This seems to be a growing sentiment on the internet…most profoundly on Obama’s own campaign site…
America has always stumbled here and there, but American notions of justice and humanity were firmly enshrined in the hearts and minds of many Americans in the World War II era. We were going to show the world we had the better way by the only means that makes a difference in peoples’ minds-we were going to live by our words. People will be able to cite individual examples of where our words and our deeds didn’t match up, but there was a real commitment to American priniples from top to bottom in this country.
**It almost feels as if WWII was fought for nothing…
The Justice Department is considering allowing the FBI to investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.
**Did they ever actually stop?
The rush is on to woo women voters and the politicians and the pundits think they know the trick. Everybody from DNC chair Howard Dean to conservative pundit William Kristol is talking about sexism and why it matters. But women voters aren’t stupid. If there was more than politics to all this new found-feminism we’d see policies on the table.
**Dear politicians, the girls aren’t pickin’ up what you’re puttin’ down!
(Official GWB Presidency Is Toast Counter)
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