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Jul 22, 2017 - 3:33am

A young woman called 911, to report another woman being assaulted in the alley behind her home. When she saw a patrol car, she ran out in her PJ's to report what had happened. The officer sitting in the passenger seat shot her in the stomach and killed her! That seems to be the factual summary. Everything else is up for speculation.   This story is a tragedy for all concerned, and I would be inclined to wait for the system to determine any wrong doing. But the longer this story goes on, the more bizarre it gets. First thing you need to know is that this happened in Minneapolis, MN. This is probably the strangest group of people in the USA. They elected Jesse Ventura Governor in 1998, a professional wrestler and actor. You know, the guy who wants all drugs to be legal, and sued the widow of Chris Kyle after getting punched out …

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  • - Jul 26, 2017 - 4:45am
  • - by EXPAT
Forgotten scandal of the Obama era

From Benghazi to the IRS there are plenty of ugly scandals that the Obama Administration found itself embroiled in.  However, there is one scandal that received very little press but was the most glaring and potentially the most threatening to his presidency…The Standard & Poors Scand…

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:43pm
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  • - Jul 26, 2017 - 2:21am
  • - by John G
As the Empire Crumbles Away

Back in the late 1980s and very early 1990s as the Soviet Union collapsed into a heap of central planning dust little did we know that our own empire was well on the way to its demise.  By the late 1980s we were already giving away our valuable manufacturing with much more to come.  The lo…

Jul 23, 2017 - 2:08pm
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All Holocausted Out: What I Think of Non-Jews Usin…

I got an email in the comments section of  from the scholar Danusha Goska about something that I said in my posting about how I came to write my book  . I had mentioned that a friend said to me that I must be “all holocausted out” after writing my first book about my pare…

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:08pm
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Explicit Ambiguity

In this global-economy world, most of us are looking for that perfect job, or, if not available, a job that will pay our bills and maybe some of that college debt. Back in the Stone Age, we all looked in the Sunday classified ads for jobs. The rise of the internet made job searches easier, with ever…

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:32pm
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Do You Like Your Music With or w/o Politics?

Ok instead of debating who is right or wrong about an issue, lets talk about something most people (not all) but most enjoy.  Music...or at least who catches your attention in a genre. Now this is my son live, its relevant to one of my answers later.. look at 1:48 and 3:19 and you will see a t…

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:25pm
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The Beat Goes On XIV

From a disgruntled former participant of Writer Beat:   Dear Autumn,   When you approached me asking me if you could cross-post my article I agreed with some hesitation, because having looked through your site I saw many anti-Israel and outright anti-Semitic comments. I agreed eventually t…

Jul 21, 2017 - 1:10pm
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The Kookiness of Modern Monetary Theory: A Study i…

Despite its name, there's nothing "modern" about Modern Monetary Theory. It derives from an old model of money and the state called "Chartalism", whose name, in turn, derives from the Latin word "charta" which means "token" or "ticket" — or more simply, anything without inherent value that ser…

Jul 22, 2017 - 12:56pm
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Brave Public Health Officials Avert Second Great P…

LONDON, ENGLAND – (Accredited Times - l ) – Like all great public health disasters, in hindsight, the cause of the Great Plague of London in 1665 seems so innocuous, so avoidable. Accredited historians believe the plague was first transmitted to the public by a mere flea. Who could have …

Jul 21, 2017 - 1:15am
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  • - Jul 22, 2017 - 11:10am
  • - by Pbier
Debt, Debt, Debt, and more D$$$$$$$! Why?

Has America managed their finances in a prudent manner these past 37 years (since 1980)? Let’s look at the numbers which reveal our discipline in managing our financial affairs. You can verify these numbers at:  :   Total Local Debt:             $1…

Jul 21, 2017 - 4:27pm
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  • - Jul 25, 2017 - 6:04pm
  • - by John G
Which dead Rock Star was the biggest loss?

I have often pondered this. Some many bright young rockers died tragically young with short careers. What could they have achieved if they had lived longer?   I drew up a short-list of the ones that came to mind (and added in a couple whose careers were ruptured by mental illness). I focussed o…

Jul 23, 2017 - 3:13am
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Is bringing your child up with religion simply chi…

  The greatest gift my parents bestowed on me was to not encumber me with either religion or politics. It enabled me to become a free thinker.   My parents took the view that childhood was a time to play and learn about nature. They brought me up with morality and a sense of awe and wonder…

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:26am
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Wearing Tee Shirts with Foreign Writing

I have a favorite tee shirt. It is my favorite tee shirt from the time I found it in the trash. Not real trash, but the leavings of college students at the end of the year. It used to be a ritual of my ex and me to open the bags of all the departed on this high holy day of trash picking.   The …

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:46pm
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Those who have read my blogs touching on the political “reality show” that we are currently experiencing will know that my primary aim is to not take sides but rather to state opinions based on observation. In the past I have wondered aloud why Donald J. Trump would want to be President…

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:47am
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  IS TRUMP CRAZY? Let’s put it this way, the president, although “not exactly clinically deranged,” is “not altogether stable.” “Frighteningly he’s that far out of touch with himself. He constantly rationalizes his secret passive-aggressive attacks dri…

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:58pm
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  Now listen.   We have so many discussions here about Jews or Trump or Putin or whoever occupies the media at this point as an actuality or - not.   Subjects which are chewed and chewed upon for decades - all of them are. It's BORING. 70 years ago or so, if we had Internet, we'd hav…

Jul 24, 2017 - 4:51pm
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Why Does This Need to beSaid?

  This article originally appeared at .   ********   Gentle Reader,   I had a different post in mind for today but, after participating in a Facebook discussion (always a wise idea, right?), we’re heading in another direction.   Apparently, there are people – …

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:59pm
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The Girl from Macau

I attend a facilitated discussion called Aristotle’s Café most Monday evenings. It’s organized through meetup.com. Attendees sit in a circle and select a question to answer and discuss over the course of an hour. All opinions are welcome, and anyone is free to join. While there are …

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:25am
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The Four Irreligions

I’ve been involved with Writer Beat off and on for several years. Religion is a common topic and I find it interesting that cynics of religion tend to paint all religions with the same brush.   About 20 years ago, I came across a profound article about the Four Irreligions. I wish I could…

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:21pm
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More Military Memes

Today is           God bless America!           This is the only holiday that can’t be celebrated by any other country in the world!!       It’s mine, all mine!        Of course I meanou…

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:04pm
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Trump lauds new 'carrier' as it produces 'FEAR'!

The new $12.9 billion USS Gerald Ford is being deployed into our Atlantic ocean. Our new President claims this will make our enemies “shake with fear”. President Trump says “American might is second to none and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger every day of m…

Jul 24, 2017 - 4:40pm
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Forgotten Voices

Since the beginning of 2015, an unprecedented number of refugees primarily from the countries of the Middle East and Africa have been fleeing war, persecution, and ethnic cleansing. In the hopes of seeking safety, many have been crossing borders to find refuge in neighboring states. This refugee cri…

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:41pm
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  Tell you what. It's the same. Allah or God. Seem from here in Europe where we, fortunately, don't have a population which is feverishly worshipping to a god, be it any of them, we can only ask:   WHY is it that these poles are so strong ?   And what causes it that the ones are agai…

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:23am
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