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Childhood cartoons on Facebook | Child abuse needs more than this

In yet another Facebook “cause” blast, users are changing their profile to pictures of cartoon characters. Cartoons from the 80’s and cartoons from the 90’s are proving most popular. This is a move intended to bring awareness to child abuse. Pictures of cartoon characters as profile pictures on Facebook “Change your FB profile picture to
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Reagan Republicans would not vote for the Gipper at gunpoint

If Ronald Reagan were still alive, he would celebrate his 100th birthday Sunday, Feb. 6. Since Reagan left office in 1989, he has come to be venerated as a saint by conservative Republicans. But while so-called “Reagan Republicans” revise Reagan’s record to support their political beliefs, “the Gipper,” who died in 2004 at 93, couldn’t
A demotivational poster for unemployment. An Imperial storm trooper from “Star Wars” sits alone on the subway. The caption reads: “Unemployment: Sucks when your job gets blowed up,” referring to the destruction of the Death Star.

Killing payday lending does not fight poverty

Jobs fight poverty. Gainful employment grants motivated, enterprising consumers with the means to provide. Yet groups like the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas seem to have missed the memo, suggests the Payday Pundit. The Dallas Observer reports that the Dallas coalition is working hard to shut down personal loan and installment loan companies in Texas,
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Moment of silence fails to quiet right wing media personalities

A moment of silence on the White House lawn was a gesture by President Obama for the victims of Jared Lee Loughner. The moment of silence was observed in places ranging from the U.S. Supreme court to the Detroit Auto Show. A moment of silence was not observed by right wing media personalities, who used
John Paulson, surrounded by some of his amassed riches: money, mansion, luxury cars, etc.

Hedge fund manager John Paulson: Crook or guru?

Hedge fund manager John Paulson bet against the health of the U.S. housing market by funneling money into credit default swaps against subprime mortgages, which effectively ensured that as homeowners defaulted he would receive a massive cash advance on his investment in failure. Thanks to the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble and some shrewd
A photo of a cup of McDonald's oatmeal.

McDonalds oatmeal: Healthy breakfast or marketing sham?

McDonald’s has introduced its new oatmeal to appeal to consumers seeking a healthy breakfast, and the fast food giant markets it as a “bowl full of wholesome.” But as New York Times Magazine food columnist Mark Bittman suggests, all may not be as full of healthy, all-natural goodness as advertised. McDonald’s oatmeal: Not so healthy,
Airport Screening

TSA screening could result in terrible public backlash

The new Transportation Security Administration guidelines, and the TSA screenings and pat-downs, are not popular with a lot of people. There have been some serious transgressions by screening personnel since the guidelines debuted. This does not mean every TSA screener is out to abuse the public. Workers conducting TSA screening deserve some sympathy Since the
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Germany must do more to avert economic crisis, says Cohen

Much like the United States, the European Union has been living in an economic dream world where moral hazard does not exist, says Roger Cohen in a recent New York Times op-ed piece. A lack of financial oversight is in large part why countries such as Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain are on the precipice
Cherry Blossoms

The beauty of the cherry blossoms

The most popular flowers in Japan are the cherry blossoms. For more than a thousand years, cherry blossoms have been adored by the Japanese culture. Fortunately, you do not have to travel to Japan to view these marvelous flowers because there are more than 300 varieties in the United States. The delicate flowers come in
State of the Union

State of the Union address to focus on competitiveness

President Obama is due to deliver the annual State of the Union address to the houses of Congress soon. The focus of the annual presidential address to the legislature will be on the economy and increasing competitiveness of American businesses. He will also be discussing government spending policy. President due to give second State of
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Confucius Peace Prize ceremony in Beijing comes off as a farce

The Confucius Peace Prize is an attempt by China to invalidate the Nobel Peace Prize. When Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, China denounced the award and kept Liu in prison. China held a Confucius Peace Prize ceremony Thursday — the day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony — but the
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Feminist Muslim reform activist argues for racial profiling

Georgetown University journalism professor and feminist Muslim reform activist Asra Q. Nomani believes that it’s time for the United States to be pragmatic when it comes to homeland security, rather than being politically correct. In a recent op-ed piece in The Daily Beast, Nomani argues that racial profiling and religious profiling are the most practical
Soldiers conducting counter insurgency operations.

Insurgency and the enemy within

Insurgent units are known for guerrilla tactics. They usually employ surprising and unconventional warfare. They slowly increase the losses on a foreign force, but more importantly, they sap at their enemies’ will. Their long-term goal is not to attain a military victory, but rather a political one. The armed conflict is a mere avenue to
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Death penalty in the U.S. context

Thirty-eight of the United States allow the death penalty. Illinois has a moratorium regarding the practice of capital punishment, enacted by former governor George Ryan. Former President George W. Bush, when he was governor of Texas, presided over a total of 153 executions, making his state the leader in carrying out the death penalty. The
A roadside stop sign in Ireland that is almost completely obscured by ivy.

Lansing says no to payday lending as Michigan economy flails

If a legal business offers a product like payday loans – a product for which there is a proven demand – the efforts of local governments to restrict payday lenders through cutthroat zoning policies are at best questionable, says the Payday Pundit. NWI.com reports that the Lansing, Mich., Planning and Zoning Board is looking for
A toy cowboy six-shooter in the palm of someone's hand.

Regulate guns like toys or cars, suggests Nicholas Krystof

The recent Tucson, Ariz., shooting in which Jared Loughner used a Glock with extended magazine to shoot state Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other innocent bystanders has reignited the debate over gun control. While some say that it’s impossible to have a rational debate over the matter in the U.S., Nicholas Krystof suggests in a Jan.13
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Mehserle verdict cause for great concern

The Mehserle verdict is a cause for a lot of worry. Johannes Mehserle was convicted of  manslaughter in the Oscar Grant case, and many agree Mehserle’s light sentence is atrocious. During the first week in November, the judge issued a sentence of less than two years after Mehserle was credited for time served. This sentence