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Water, water every where – Nor any drop to drink

Water, water every where – Nor any drop to drink

on December 19, 2013, 5:26 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s note: if it can happen in Washington state, it can happen anywhere, everywhere. The Whatcom Excavator WE suppose you know that northwest Washington is a rain forest. What you may not know is that some people are trying to gin up the idea that water is scarce around here; that we’re on the brink of a water shortage (or […]

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Budget deal passes Senate, ready for Obama’s signature

Budget deal passes Senate, ready for Obama’s signature

on December 19, 2013, 5:18 AM / in National News, News

By DAVID ESPO / Capital Hill Blue The legislation passed the Democratic-controlled Senate on a vote of 64-36, six days after clearing the Republican-run House by a similarly bipartisan margin of 332-94. Editor’s note : While the worst part is it did pass…. however there is a difference between 36% and 22%. The strange thing is normally the lower number […]

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ObamaCare and the IRS

ObamaCare and the IRS

on December 18, 2013, 10:08 PM / in National News, News

From the Charleston Voice In a move that is reminiscent of the tyrannical actions of Abraham Lincoln that led to the War of Northern Aggression, Barack Obama says that he will not wait on states to enforce Obamacare. Instead his administration has announced its intent is to completely disregard the state’s Tenth Amendment rights to nullification of the Obamacare law, […]

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Gist to seek re-election in May 2015

Gist to seek re-election in May 2015

on December 18, 2013, 9:14 AM / in Local News, News

Editor’s note: Here is a perfect reason for term limits…. Jerry Gist announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election as Jackson’s mayor. Gist’s name will be placed on the ballot for the May 5, 2015, municipal election. “It has been an honor, a privilege and a great pleasure to serve our community as mayor for the past six and one-half […]

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Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

on December 18, 2013, 9:02 AM / in Bedtime Stories

December 17th 2007 – The Green Bay Packers delivered a shocking announcement today. Their starting quarterback this Sunday will be Mrs. Brett Favre, who will play for Brett during the first quarter. Fans in Green Bay were shocked when this announcement was made, but Mrs. Favre assured the fans that, “Hey, I know this game. I live with Brett. I […]

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ACT OF REAL HEROISM CALL TO RAFAEL AND TED CRUZ

ACT OF REAL HEROISM CALL TO RAFAEL AND TED CRUZ

on December 18, 2013, 8:42 AM / in Opinion

What a delightful surprise to see this by J.B.Williams this morning.  As WGEN readers know I have been writing and phoning the same thing to Ted Cruz’ offices since he announced he was running for the Senate office…   which I have yet to receive a reply to his office has responded to all my other emails but not to those […]

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Christmas Quote for December 18th

Christmas Quote for December 18th

on December 18, 2013, 8:20 AM / in Bedtime Stories

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”  Hamilton Wright Mabie Hamilton Wright Mabie, A.M., L.H.D., LL.D. (1846–1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer. He was born at Cold Spring, N. Y. in 1846. Mabie was the youngest child of Sarah Colwell Mabie who was from a wealthy Scottish-English family and Levi […]

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Senator Tom Coburn Releases 2013 “Wastebook”

Senator Tom Coburn Releases 2013 “Wastebook”

on December 18, 2013, 8:11 AM / in National News, News

In a press release Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced the publication of his annual “Wastebook,” which highlights Congress’ “most egregious spending” while at the same time distancing himself from the big spenders and ear-markers in Congress who provided fodder for his book: While politicians in Washington spent much of 2013 complaining about sequestration’s impact on domestic programs and our national defense, we […]

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The EPA’s Million-Dollar Con Man

The EPA’s Million-Dollar Con Man

on December 18, 2013, 8:06 AM / in National News, News

By Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast (Editor’s Note: Nothing like working for the government) Let’s say you wake up tomorrow morning and really don’t want to go to work. You’re not sick. You’re not depressed. You’re not hungover. You just cannot bear the thought of showering, shaving, and schlepping into the office to spend eight-plus hours doing more or […]

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Jihadists Hunt Moderate Rebels

Jihadists Hunt Moderate Rebels

on December 18, 2013, 8:02 AM / in National News, News

By Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast                              Last weekend, Al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters in northern Syria executed a prominent moderate rebel commander—a slaying that has exacerbated divisions between Islamic militants and degraded morale inside the beleaguered Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is facing a defection crisis. The slaying of Ammar al-Wawi by jihadists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Republican takes large lead in Alabama special congressional election

Republican takes large lead in Alabama special congressional election

on December 18, 2013, 7:57 AM / in National News, News

By Kaija Wilkinson MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) – A business-backed Republican lawyer captured 68 percent of the vote against his Democratic opponent on Tuesday in an Alabama congressional race, with 85 percent of precincts reporting. Bradley Byrne, 58, declared himself the winner over Democrat Burton LeFlore in a special election to replace Republican Representative Jo Bonner, who in May announced he […]

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Fed faces tough call on bond buying as economy strengthens

Fed faces tough call on bond buying as economy strengthens

on December 18, 2013, 7:55 AM / in National News, News

By Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve will decide on Wednesday whether the U.S. economy is finally resilient enough to withstand less policy support, or whether it is prudent to wait a bit longer. With the world’s financial markets on edge, the U.S. central bank wraps up a two-day meeting with a highly anticipated policy announcement at 2 […]

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Employer groups oppose pension fees in budget deal

Employer groups oppose pension fees in budget deal

on December 18, 2013, 7:53 AM / in National News, News

By SAM HANANEL WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers that still offer workers traditional pension plans are in line for hefty insurance premium increases under the budget agreement struck in Congress, the second time in two years that lawmakers have turned to them to help finance spending deals. The basic annual government-charged premium for pension insurance already was scheduled to rise from […]

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Dr. Milton Wolf for Senate

Dr. Milton Wolf for Senate

on December 18, 2013, 7:49 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

By: Erick Erickson In the past six months, Senator Pat Roberts has been a rock ribbed, small government conservative.  He has stood with Ted Cruz.  He has fought the fight.  He’s done in the sixth year of his term everything conservatives have wanted.  And that’s pretty unusual because in the last five years Pat Roberts has stood with his leadership […]

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Happy Birthday December 18th

Happy Birthday December 18th

on December 18, 2013, 7:43 AM / in People

BRAD PITT 50 Golden Globe-winning actor, producer, and icon who won 5 Best Actor awards for Moneyball in 2011. CHRISTINA AGUILERA 33 She gained recognition for her first hit, “Genie in a Bottle” which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the top-selling songs in history. STEVEN SPIELBERG 67 Cross-genre director, and screenwriter known for producing […]

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Scott Brown makes the move to NH, plans to register to vote there

Scott Brown makes the move to NH, plans to register to vote there

on December 18, 2013, 7:33 AM / in National News, News

By REBECCA BERG / Washington Examiner Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who recently sold his home in the Boston area, will officially move to New Hampshire Tuesday to take up residence and consider running for the U.S. Senate, a close associate confirmed. Brown, a Republican, who is weighing whether to run for against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, will move into his […]

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Top 10 lobbying victories of 2013

on December 18, 2013, 7:29 AM / in National News, News

By Kevin Bogardus / The Hill The influence industry had a tough slog in 2013 as Congress recorded one of the most unproductive years in history. With major initiatives on immigration and taxes stalled, lobbyists scored many of their biggest wins while playing defense on legislation and regulations. Gun rights groups beat back universal background checks for firearm sales; business […]

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Liberal group touted access to Hillary Clinton for $250,000

on December 18, 2013, 7:24 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s Note: Nothing like bribery By Kevin Bogardus /The Hill The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP) this year promised corporate donors a chance to meet Hillary Rodham Clinton in return for a $250,000 donation, documents obtained by The Hill show. The meeting never happened, though Clinton spoke at the anniversary gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium that was […]

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10 things you need to know today December 18th, 2013

10 things you need to know today December 18th, 2013

on December 18, 2013, 7:21 AM / in National News, News

1. Budget deal beats filibuster threat A two-year bipartisan budget deal cleared a final major hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, when a majority of 67 senators beat the threat of a GOP filibuster and approved a final vote on the measure. It could be approved as soon as Wednesday. The budget plan would restore $63 billion in automatic cuts […]

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The Rites of Manhood: Man’s Need for Ritual

The Rites of Manhood: Man’s Need for Ritual

on December 18, 2013, 7:14 AM / in History, Opinion

By Brett and Kate McKay / The Art of Manliness Does modern life ever feel excruciatingly flat to you? A bleak landscape devoid of layers, rhythm, interest, texture? Are you ever haunted by the question “Is this all there is?” Have you ever looked at an old photo and felt that the scene held such an inexplicable richness that it seemed you could practically step […]

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