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US Postal System Crisis

Did you know that the US Postal Service (USPS) is the second largest civilian employer in the country, after Wal-mart? It has also been running in the red and after cutting 25,000 jobs earlier this year it is offering to pay some 30,000 additional workers to leave. Facing a $2.6 billion loss in the last […]

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Finally, a Check on the CIA!

The controversial CIA program for assassinating al-Qaeda leaders using Blackwater as a contractor is becoming an ever-increasing political problem for the CIA as more information gets revealed. Congress was not informed about the program’s  existence when it was formed in 2004. The new CIA Director Leon Panetta (Obama’s appointee) cancelled the program this summer when […]

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ObamaCare vs MackayCare

Health care reform is on the minds of everyone today (according to Gallup polls it is increasingly considered the most important issue) but there are mixed opinions on it. Ignoring Sarah Palin’s attention-seeking inflammatory hate-mongering (no version of the bill includes death panels for grandpa or evil directed at Down syndrome babies), there are only […]

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Saudi Arabia

Should Liberty be the Price of Safety in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia takes national security very seriously. In 2003, after Al-Qaeda affiliates launched three successful attacks on expatriate compounds and several failed ones on Saudi government facilities, the country cracked down very hard on militants, suspected militants, political activists, dissidents, supporters and basically anyone it wanted to. The Human Rights Watch recently issued a report […]

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Declunkerize- it’s time to clean out your garage

The US cash for clunkers program has been given new life by the approval of an additional $2 billion. Environmentalists are complaining that there is nothing in the legislature that encourages people to purchase fuel efficient vehicles (just better than what they previously had). However the objective was to give new life to the automobile […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr day in the US. It is the third Monday each January, commemorating the birth of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr on January 15, 1929. He was an iconic civil rights leader who would have been 80 years old this year if he had not been assassinated at a young […]

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off-topic: Transit

We took off before the election results were declared however our pilot was good enough to keep us updated. He gave us the electoral count right after takeoff and about 30mins later when the results were declared. Nothing quite like staying connected. Sitting at Heathrow Airport right now, it’s quite amazing to see the actual […]

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off topic: Go VOTE!!!

vote vote vote It’s a right that is considered a luxury in many (most?) countries of the world. Exercise your rights. The consequences are profound and impact the WHOLE world. Obama is speaking in VA right now to a crowd of 90,000+ people. I’m trying to figure out what time to go to the polls- […]

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off topic: election mania

It’s quite interesting to be in the US right now around election time- the campaign frenzy is EVERYWHERE!! The Obama campaign clearly has more money as we’ve received 4 or 5 mailers and/or postcards (one each day) left at our front door. We’ve had door-to-door campaigners come by 4 times in the past few days […]

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