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    Politicians and Wealthy Criminals Receive Special Treatment

Politicians and Wealthy Criminals Receive Special Treatment

American prisons are filled. Men and women convicted of drug possession, drug use, drug sales, theft, crimes related to sex, assault, and murder live a life behind bars. Worst of all for them is their complete loss of freedom. They cannot walk the streets of a city, drive a car, or sleep in their own beds. None of these people were wealthy outside of prison, and none of them are

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    NSA Moves Forward Spying on US Citizens

NSA Moves Forward Spying on US Citizens

Commentary by James Turnage Whenever our government wants to hide the truth from the American people, they claim that the information is ‘classified,’ and if it was revealed it would ‘jeopardize national security.’ The American people are the nation, and we have a right to know what happens inside our own nation. The fourth amendment protects our individual right of privacy, or at least it used to. The NSA continues

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    MH370 a Victim of U.S. Fear of Terrorism?

MH370 a Victim of U.S. Fear of Terrorism?

A French report claims that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 may have been a victim of the fear of terrorism by the United States. Is there any credibility to this claim by a former French airline CEO? The mystery of the disappearance of MH370 is emblematic of how little modern aviation technology is capable retrieving credible information regarding the explanation of modern airline disasters. Part of the situation can be blamed

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    Republicans Plan to Economically Destroy American Way of Life

Republicans Plan to Economically Destroy American Way of Life

The Congressional Budget Office, CBO, is a non-partisan oversight committee whose purpose is to determine how much legislation would increase or decrease the federal budget over a ten-year period. The present Director of the CBO was appointed by Democrats in 2009; his tenure ends in January. Republicans, who will control both houses in January, want to replace him with someone who is more friendly towards Republican economic goals. They want

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    Alcoholics Anonymous and Sexual Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous and Sexual Abuse

When any program which has been credited with helping individuals control or end an addiction is criticized, the accuser becomes a blasphemer. Alcoholics Anonymous claims enormous success, although there are no statistics to support those claims. There exists a hidden evil inside the organization which is not recognized but very real. Predators join AA with the intention of seeking opportunities for sexual abuse. Women who seek help with alcohol addiction

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    Labor vs Management War Looms

Labor vs Management War Looms

Republicans have worked hard to break labor unions across the United States. In the process, minimum wage has become the standard for many of our nation’s largest corporations. The country’s largest retailer Wal-Mart pays only slightly more than the bare minimum. The fast food industry is no longer comprised of high school and college student workers, many are single mothers, or fathers who are forced to work two and even

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    Ray and Janay Rice Number Three

Ray and Janay Rice Number Three

I’m sure that Roger Goodell will deny that he has viewed it, but a third video has been released pertaining to the incident in the casino elevator in Atlantic City when former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice punched his then fiancé. I am no psychologist, but the video displayed curious behavior. While the first two displayed violent actions and the immediate aftermath, the third encourages more questions. After the

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    TEA Party Darlings Disagree

TEA Party Darlings Disagree

There is much talk and evidence about the split in the GOP. It is actually two parties in one; Republicans vs. the TEA Party. Now two ‘darlings’ of the TEA party are feuding; they disagree on recent changes in our nation’s policies and relations with Cuba. It shouldn’t matter what Marco Rubio or Rand Paul think about the President’s decision; what the American people believe should be the standard, but

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    Oil and Gas in Future America

Oil and Gas in Future America

Fossil fuels are partly responsible for the industrial revolution. Products made from crude oil fueled the machines and vehicles which were necessary to manufacturing and free trade. The 21st century brings not just a glimpse into the future, it makes us aware that these products will be phased out. Solar power, wind, and geothermal are realistic sources of electricity. New battery designs are resulting in electric cars and trucks which

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    Hollywood Surrenders to Terrorism Threats

Hollywood Surrenders to Terrorism Threats

Commentary by James Turnage Movies have long been at the forefront of exposing situations of immorality and injustice, and revealing crimes unreported by the media such as domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Movies have opened up our eyes to illegal and illicit actions by governments around the world, including our own. Sony Pictures’ removal of the film “The Interview,” is disappointing. It appears that Hollywood has broken a

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