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Tragedy Should Be A Teaching Moment

I live in North Carolina. Newbern and a few other communities are underwater and need help. This site made a contribution and  I also did from my personal funds. I then turned to my children and asked them what they they thought they should do. My youngest is six and doesn’t fully understand money. Her answer was “ten”. I reminded ...

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How the Internet Sees NYC’s Preparations for Irene

Gawker.com has an article that starts, “New York Gets Ready for Irene – Sandbags, plywood, police tape, bottled water, and unbending courage:..”. That, by itself seems harmless and uninteresting. But, add in the reader comments and you can’t help but laugh, a little, just kidding.. mostly.

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Blame It On Pandora

In class a couple weeks ago, we read the myth of Pandora to the students because they showed the holy grail of teaching (interest), in the subject.  As it was being read I was struck by many questions. Since suffering existed even when it was imprisoned in Pandora’s box, did people feel it still? Was it that humankind now had ...

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The Holy Candidate

With the firestorm of mudslinging that is already taking place so early in the race for presidency, one might find themselves pondering the options they have been given. It’s been said throughout the history of elections that “no one is perfect”. This in indeed a fact- there is no one, ever, that we will agree with on every single issue, ...

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NC Electric Cooperatives Advise: What to Do When the Lights Go Out

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are reporting approximately 100,000 outages from Hurricane Irene, whose destructive winds and heavy rains lashed North Carolina this morning. As expected, these outages are primarily along the coast and east of I-95. Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands are completely without power. As Hurricane Irene proceeds on its path, additional outages are likely. As the storm departs, cooperative ...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

If the names Michaele and Tareq Salahi sound vaguely familiar to you, but you just can’t seem to remember where you know it from, there’s little doubt the “White House Party Crashers” should jog your memory. In November of 2009, the Obama administration came under intense scrutiny with the news broke that there had been a breakdown in security measures taken ...

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What it Means to Me to Be an American

I found an old paper my father wrote a long time ago – May 1955 to be exact. I knew my father had strong feelings about our country later on in life, but I didn’t really know much about it early on. I am going to share it with all of you – remember this was originally written in 1955 ...

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Hurricane Irene Came Ashore .. We Think

Living in North Carolina, I have been following Hurricane Irene closely. She came onshore at Cape Lookout, NC at about 7:30am eastern .. I think. First, let me say that I am thrilled that the storm has had a much more minimal impact on North Carolina, but being a curious person, I am stumped why the difference in NOAA’s numbers ...

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Charity Claiming Association With White House Party Crashers Under Investigation

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — “It has come to our attention that a group claiming to be associated with Tareq and Michaele Salahi have announced that Mr. Williams will be attending an event at their Oasis Winery in Virginia and that Montel Williams’ MS Foundation is also a supporter – neither is true. We discovered that Mr. Williams’ name and the name of his charitable ...

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Texas Supreme Court Decision Strengthens State’s Workers’ Comp Law

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision today in Texas Mutual Insurance Company v. Timothy J. Ruttiger that strengthens a law affecting millions of Texans—the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Court reversed the Houston Court of Appeals and rendered judgment that Mr. Ruttiger take nothing on his Insurance Code and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims. Justice Phil Johnson wrote in strong terms ...

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People for the Ethical Treatment of .. Rocks

Appearing at a People Against Dangerous Environmentalism (PADE – pronounced ‘paid’) event, former Vice President Al Gore said that the spotted owl, delta smelt and albino salamander are to blame for the warming of the earth. The sudden proliferation of those protected species and the sudden over-reliance upon solar farms and windmills is creating a warming effect in the atmosphere directly ...

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The Makings of Men: Obama and Perry

If the latest polls are any sign, Perry is likely to be the GOP selection to run for President in 2012 against Barack Obama. How do they stack up against each other? Political Career: Rick Perry: Most re-elected governor of Texas – 3 terms. Before that: elected to the state House of Representatives, agriculture commissioner and lieutenant governor Barack Obama: ...

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Congressional Fear Factor

Have you noticed how the politicians are running and hiding like cockroaches when you turn the light on in a public restroom? What has them so scared? The answer, my friends is, WE THE PEOPLE are the ones that have them running to hide! While on break, members of congress are holding far less town hall meetings compared to just ...

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