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It's no secret that many young Americans graduate from school with little more than the knowledge of where to find the cheat codes for the  Call of Duty electronic game. Only a small number know how to use a globe or know you have to pay interest on credit card debt. They expect to start jobs with $100,000 salaries...at McDonalds. And enough math skills to balance a checkbook? Fugetaboutit!

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In a bit of a twist, a Christian school has banned the National Anthem. “As a result of a thoughtful, thorough, prayerful period of listening, learning and discerning,” the Goshen College Board of Directors said, “it is the board’s judgment that continuing to play the national anthem compromises our ability to advance the vision (of Goshen College) together.”

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The concept of government workers is that they lounge on comfy divans while servants fan them and peel grapes in return for fabulous riches and a retirement plan bigger than Bill Gates'. In other words, with the taxpayers all snug in their beds, visions of fairy tales danced in their heads.

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Anthony Weiner was stupid. He displayed the critical thinking skills of your average tree stump. Tony embarrassed himself, his wife, and Congress – at least to the extent you can embarrass a den of thieves and charlatans. But then, the millions that dingle their dangly bits in front of any convenient cell phone camera are stupid too.

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Republican Rep. Joe Walsh - not related to the musician who's 100 times more intelligent, even accounting for his heavy recreational drug use -  thinks President Care Bear was elected because, "he (was) a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt (thing).

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Mon May 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM PDT

Pissing on an Imaginary Tree

by omnipotentpoobah

Small government advocates carp about government intrusion, over-regulation, and the wisdom of forcing laws down to local levels, sometimes at the risk of being inconsistent. But, inconsistency is bipartisan, a product of trying to solve difficult problems without context or tainted by economic preferences or moral beliefs that others don't share.

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We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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On September 1, 2001 a gaggle of terrorists caught the early flight out of Portland, ME and the rest is history. Every pundit and politician talked about how, "Our world changed forever." That sure turned out a gross understatement and we're not going back anytime soon.

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Pat Robertson's latest crusade against the Thundering Herd of Queerosity is a rip-roaring fantasy - aborting babies to "level the playing field" for lesbians. He claims to speak directly with God on the celestial hotline daily, but this is more proof that God really should get a better PR man to service his temporal account.

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Another day, another leak. It seems our society sprouts leaks faster than a hybrid Dutch Boy/bionic octopus could plug them. They come from all sides and each is controversial in its own way. Valerie Plame gets outed. Sherron Watkins tattles on Enron. CIA officers freelance leaks to dampen poor decisions. White House rats on CIA folks for revenge and so on. This spurting swirl of leaks is full of classic moral questions. When's a leak justified? Does it matter if the leak breaks a law? What do we do when we find a leaker? Does ultimately being correct justify a lenient punishment? I'm here to tell you that even though I'm omnipotent, I' m not sure what the answer is. However, I do know that anyone who sees this as a black and white, merely academic exercise is driving around with the lights off and the blinders on. The recent CIA leak is a case in point.
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