“The expanded authority will allow the CIA and JSOC to fire on targets based solely on their intelligence “signatures” — patterns of behavior that are detected through signals intercepts, human sources and aerial surveillance, and that indicate the presence of an important operative or a plot against U.S. interests.
Until now, the administration had allowed strikes only against known terrorist leaders who appear on secret CIA and JSOC target lists and whose location can be confirmed.”
This is absolutely terrifying. This means that if you just happen to be walking around in Yemen, and the CIA thinks you happen to maybe fit the description of a terrorist, the CIA can drop a bomb on you without ever verifying who you actually are. Mistakes will happen, they already have.
Kids can’t do chores on the farm that’s owned by their parents like kids have been doing for … I dunno … freaking centuries because the Obama Admin sez so?
Sheesh. This idiot really needs to be out of the White House.
All of my followers who give me grief for not liking Obama (there are a few) need to explain this to me. Please. I’m begging you. Specifically school me on how these chores are bad for kids. Explain to me how this is not outright aggression against small business farmers who have done this since time immemorial.
I beg you. Please.
This is a power grab to kill family farms and let the big corporate agri-businesses (Monsanto, Dole, etc) take over the food supply.
The Obamabots don’t know that they are defending a corporate shill and puppet. He just shills for different corporations than Bush (except for the banks, the banks always have their man in office).
tripthruthewires asked: I consider myself a catholic in practice and the way I live my life but I'm not outraged at the US governments requirement that institutions cover contraceptives, and I'm was happy when Komen restored funding to PP. Do you think that this "outrage" over the "war on religion" is overblown and misguided? Wouldn't you agree that the idea that we religious are the marginalized minority is a huge insult to truly persecuted Christians around the world?
The response hinges on whether religious freedom is a fundamental human right. If it is, then any violation is serious, though some are more serious than others.
Roll back the clock a bit. If someone had told Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott that their outrage over women being denied the right to vote was unjustified because women in Asia and Africa were being treated far worse, often in conditions approaching slavery, do you think they should have piped down?
A violation of life (as is sometimes the case for persecuted Christians) is as grave as they come, but a violation of conscience in religious matters is also serious, so much so that it’s explicitly protected by our Constitution’s First Amendment.
Hopefully this can actually raise awareness among Americans that Christians around the world suffer such unjust persecution. The Internet is very good at bringing us closer to them — I have friends on Facebook from countries that are extremely difficult for Christians to live in — and somehow we have something more in common now than before.
Anyway, that’s mostly in the realm of personal opinion. Thanks for writing, and God bless you!
“The most recent statistics on religious affiliation in the U.S. indicate that there are approximately 69 million of us who currently claim to be Catholic. I often think about what would happen if all of us simultaneously decided to come to church on any given Sunday. We obviously would not have the seating capacity to accommodate all those who would want to attend Mass—even if our parishes had to double or triple or quadruple the numbers of Masses on a given weekend—we would not be able to provide a seat for all 69 million Catholics who sought to attend Mass on any given Sunday. But what a splendid problem it would be to attempt to try to handle.”—Archbishop Wilton Gregory (Atlanta)
Arrange cans of beer (at least 4 per person playing) around a bottle of liquor or wine of your choice. This arrangement is called The Castle. The cans are Pawns and the liquor/wine is the King.
Decide on four (4) zones and arrange platforms in patterns throughout the zones. Don’t make them too easy or too hard, you must follow these paths back and forth of The Castle.
Decide which zone to throw the empty cans. Use a container/box for a basket. Remember, cans do not have to go in, but they must be thrown in the general direction upon completion of the Pawn.
Finish the King.
How to WIN:
Someone on your team drinks the last of The King.
One person counts backwards from 3 to 0. On 0 place your hand on your forehead displaying a number from 1 – 5 with your fingers.
People with the same amount of fingers displayed are on you team.
You CANNOT touch the floor at any point during the game – it is now lava.
You may only drink after chants* or a question** answered correctly on your part.
Once you finish your Pawn, throw it into or in the general direction of the pre-decided zone with the container before moving for any reason.
Since the name of the game is True American this is also the theme. Knowledge of American history, geography, presidents, sports and the English language is power.
To start the game, one player chants “1, 2, 3, 4, FDR” and shot-guns a Pawn. All other players must jump on a piece of furniture and yell back “JFK” – the floor is now lava.
Players will take turns making up and asking questions** related to the theme.
Game play goes in rounds, starting with the oldest player and working down in age disregarding teams.
You must know the answer to ask the question … unless you’re good a bluffing. Go ahead, try it out. Just remember, you can be challenged by an opposing team.
—-Majority rules in the challenge vote.
—-If you are challenged or you make a challenge, and the vote goes against you, you and your entire team moves back one space.
—-IPhones are allowed if they are already in your pocket.
If you cannot think of a question you have two options: start a chant* (but you can’t do this twice in a row) or pass (and move backwards one space).
If you answer a question correctly and first, you drink.
If a question has not been posed or you’re waiting on someone to finish a drink or crawl back around, anyone may start one the following chants:
Count out 1, 2, 3 and hold your hand to your forehead to display a number between 1 – 5 (like when picking teams). If your number is alone, you may drink and move forward one space. This can only be done once in a round of questions. This is the ONLY way to move forward once space WITHOUT finishing your Pawn.
Chant out loudly, “JFK” and anyone who wants to reply “FDR” and chug the rest of their Pawn may participate.
If you cannot think of a question to ask during regular game play, you can chant out two (2) objects on your turn for other players to link together, related to the theme of course.
Example: Georgia and South Carolina. Answers could be: both on the coast, SEC teams, etc.
Players who come up with an original answer may drink.
If you start a chant, you must drink.
To Move Forward:
You finish your Pawn (legally/by any of the ways listed previously)
Throw can into container
Make your way to The Castle
Take a swig from The King
Get another Pawn – remember to remove cans in a circular fashion so The King is never exposed on one side
Make your way back to your space
If you’ve done this WITHOUT touching the lava, you may move forward one space closer to The Castle
Reasons you would have to move backwards:
You reach The King and The Castle is empty, but you have still have a Pawn left in your hand. Consequence: You must move back to the beginning of the zone you started in.
You fall into the lava. Consequence: You must move back to the beginning of the zone you are standing in and shot-gun a Pawn.
You move or drink out of turn. Consequence: You must move back one space.
You can’t think of a question or chant. Consequence: You must move back one space.
Strategies and Hints:
You do not always have to move in a linear path.
Plan Pawn consumption and movements with your whole team.
You may occupy the same space as another player, but cannot alter it to make it larger or smaller to cause them to fall into the lava.
“Telling boys and men that they shouldn’t drink regular diet drinks because they’re effeminate, but should instead drink “manly” things like Dr. Pepper Ten and Coke Zero and Pepsi Max, is telling them that there’s a right way to be male and it doesn’t involve anything feminine. That, in turn, tells them that female is less, female is bad, and female is worthy of ridicule. If men and boys are surrounded by ad campaigns that reinforce these ideas, don’t you think they’ll probably think women are less, and bad, and worthy of ridicule?”—Hey Dr. Pepper, It’s Just Not Funny | SPARK a Movement (via sociolab)