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Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate

Gates Foundation gives $25 million to help charters, traditional schools cooperate | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides $25 million to help them remove barriers, improve education.
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Christians Couples File For Divorce En-Masse To Defy Gay Marriage Ruling

Christians Couples File For Divorce En-Masse To Defy Gay Marriage Ruling | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
As hundreds of homosexual couples applied for marriage licenses on Monday morning, dozens of Christian couples simultaneously filed for divorce.
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I wonder how they'll feel when issues like taxes and insurance pop up. And do they plan to co-habit, live in sin? Sounds like the kid is holding her breath again. That'll teach us.

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Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped reduce teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.
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What a totally expected conclusion. If we give young women better control over contraception, they don't have as many unwanted pregnancies and that also means fewer abortions. Wow, rocket science—NOT! But important, YES! This has been the basic purpose of Planned Parenthood for years. This is why we should support PP and similar organizations. If you want to stop abortions, stop unprotected sex. Abstinence produces parents.

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The Americans are coming! Some in a Texas county fear an Obama-led U.S. military invasion.

The Americans are coming! Some in a Texas county fear an Obama-led U.S. military invasion. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Bastrop residents fear that a military exercise will be used spy on them, confiscate their guns and establish martial law.
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What a sad bunch of idiots many Americans have become. If Mr. Obama, or anyone, wanted to take over the country and set himself as dictator, why would he start that process in Bastrop County? Hell, they don't even have a good place to eat or a still worth a revenuers time.

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The United States: Is she still a beacon to the world? edited by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog

The United States: Is she still a beacon to the world? edited by Kenneth Weene | The Write Room Blog | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some thoughts about America in honor of July 4.

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Jim Webb Announces Democratic Bid for Presidency

Jim Webb Announces Democratic Bid for Presidency | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The former Virginia senator brings his antiwar credentials to a campaign that many consider a long shot.
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Another candidate whom I like and respect from the Democrats. Now, can the Republicans find one candidate who is worthy of serious consideration? By the way, this guy was once a Republican, even worked for Reagan as Sect. of the Navy. So let us not hear bleating about the liberal left taking over the Democratic party.

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Tour Of New York's Best Secret Libraries

Tour Of New York's Best Secret Libraries | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New York’s hidden literary gems include an enchanting magic museum, Teddy Roosevelt’s Explorers Club, and the Freemason’s library.
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Just had to share this.

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Walmart apologizes after store bakes man an ISIS cake

Walmart apologizes after store bakes man an ISIS cake | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Chuck Netzhammer submitted a request for a cake featuring a photo of the Confederate flag, with the slogan 'Heritage Not Hate' printed across it, to a Walmart store in Slidell, Louisiana, on Thursday.
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At least Mr. Netzhammer has a sense of humor to go along with his failed understanding of history.

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Supreme Court upholds power of independent commissions to draw districts

Supreme Court upholds power of independent commissions to draw districts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the kind of independent redistricting commissions used in Arizona and California to prevent partisan gerrymandering.
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This is a major step in the move from a "republic" to a democracy and is predicated on the belief, one which I share, that it is only from the consent of the governed that a government can receive its mandate.

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The Most Unusual Way People Die in Each State — in One Surprising Map - StumbleUpon

The Most Unusual Way People Die in Each State — in One Surprising Map - StumbleUpon | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

"No, this map does not mean that Louisianans are dropping left and right of syphilitic infections or that the police are executing tons of people in New Mexico and Nevada. But it does mean that you are more likely to die of those causes in those states than elsewhere. The authors write that the map shows a "variety of distinctive causes of death based on a wide range of number of deaths, from 15,000 deaths from HIV in Florida to 679 deaths from tuberculosis in Texas to 22 deaths from syphilis in Louisiana."

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Fascinating range of ways to go. As an author, I'm always looking for new ways to approach death.

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Obama: ‘If we can find grace, anything is possible.’

Obama: ‘If we can find grace, anything is possible.’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a soaring eulogy to the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Barack Obama spoke of grace’s power to heal, the nation’s enduring racial divide, and how last week’s killings in Emanuel AME Church offered a chance for a grieving cou
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I have two headings for things I post, Upsetment and Enjoy Yourself. I thought about this story, I meditated over it, I even cried a little. I am upset, but I also appreciate the joy that America can feel at this moment because we are capable of healing and because we have a president who can speak to our hearts and to the best of what we are. So I share this under the heading Enjoy Yourself and hope that as you read this story you will, as I have done, appreciate that the journey is not done, that we have a long way to go, but at least we are on the way.

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Cameron wins Greece in EU negotiation | NewsBiscuit

Cameron wins Greece in EU negotiation | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A rather quizzical British Prime Minister left the Brussels summit last night arm in arm with an equally confused Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras. Having promised to leave the talks with an improved deal for the UK, a sheepish Mr. Cameron emerged from the proceedings as the proud new owner of a bankrupt Greek economy, seven cans of old paint and a four pack of AA batteries ‘with two missing’.
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Meanwhile, the United States is the proud new sponsor of an ISIS Demolition Derby Team and is in contention for a chunk of the Gaza Strip that has been reduced to rubble. All prizes must be claimed or they will be delivered by Amazon drone; the original delivery contract was with the CIA, but they seem incapable of the task.

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Americans don’t love Obama or his foreign policy. But the rest of the world does.

Americans don’t love Obama or his foreign policy. But the rest of the world does. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Last decade, they didn't like the United States and wanted us out of Iraq. Both are reversed now.
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The world sees us more favorably because of Mr. Obama's policies; so what is wrong with the American people that we can't appreciate his efforts to make our nation more rational and less the crazed state-builder? For my part, I wish we would do more to build connection to other power-states and do even less to try to control the world's events.

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THE HAMILTON by Kenneth Weene

THE HAMILTON by Kenneth Weene | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It was my father’s— the only thing of worth or history. Patina-ed stainless, oblong, always needing winding, keeping nearly time, and filled with memories we had not spent. Hamilton, seventeen jewe...
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Please, take a moment to enjoy my poem. Feel free to leave a comment.

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Tibet’s tough road ahead

Tibet’s tough road ahead | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
On the Dalai Lama’s birthday, the Sino-Tibetan conflict drags on.
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While the reality of Tibet is upsetting, everything about this wonderful man is a cause for rejoicing. He is the embodiment of love, grace, and humor. 

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Five myths about the Founding Fathers

Five myths about the Founding Fathers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
They didn’t want a secular nation, and they weren’t above partisanship.
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It is unusual for me to agree with Newt Gingrich, but not totally unheard of. For the most part, this is the kind of decent historical overview that warms my brooding New England heart. However, what he ignores is that the religious references of the founding fathers tended to be more of what we today call a spiritual nature than referencing formal religious sects. He also passes over one of the major divisive issues, slavery, which underlay much of the determination to keep the constitution from changing; it was the slaveholders guarantee of their property. As for foreign entanglements, contact with other countries was fraught with ambivalence. The world, at least the European world, was in an endless state of war—primarily between France and England—over domination of the world. Avoiding that game of empires was the purpose of the isolationist view. Obviously that failed since we were drawn in quite quickly (The War of 1812). But the goal of no entanglements was to back out of any reciprocal commitment to the French that would have led to war with England. Despite those caveats, I do think this piece worth reading.

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How Harry Truman Ran a Bourbon-Soaked White House

How Harry Truman Ran a Bourbon-Soaked White House | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.
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I have often wondered what it might have been like to lift a glass or two with Mr. Truman. There are few presidents or other world leaders with whom I can imagine drinking. I certainly wouldn't care to share a beer with Mr. Obama, maybe a drink with Joe Biden. I couldn't keep up with Putin. Of the wannabe presidents? Maybe Jim West. How about you?

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5 Foods That Taste Better in July Than They Will All Year

5 Foods That Taste Better in July Than They Will All Year | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Here's what should be on your grocery list this month
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I love fresh figs and peaches. Now take some rhubarb and add strawberries. Yum. Get to those farmers' markets.

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Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering…
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While I am delighted for the couples whose lives are thus improved, I am amazed that the Episcopal Church considers marriage "gay", it tends to be such a somber faith. Then, let us consider what Henry  VIII would say, "We are not amused." As head of the Church of England, which is the mother church of Episcopalians, I hope that the Queen will give her personal imprimatur by allowing the royal corgis of both sexes to hump any leg they please. Okay, Ken, enough with the bad jokes.

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Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists.

Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
He's been waiting for us a long, long time.
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How could I resist this story? One quick question: Has anybody tried steaming them?

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Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

Texas AG tells clerks they can flout Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

He said his office believed state religious freedom laws would allow clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have sincerely held beliefs that prohibit them from doing so, and if there was someone else present - like a deputy - who would be willing to service the couple.

Judges and justices of the peace, however, should be able to refuse to marry these couples without finding an alternative, said Paxton, because there are others endowed with the ability to perform marriages, like members of the clergy.

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In other words, if you can find somebody to do what you don't want to, you can get away with not doing it. While this sounds reasonable on the surface, it implies that personal choice can decide the behavior of judges and government officials. I am sure a case will arise in which this is challenged and that the state of Texas will then be faced with wasting its taxpayers' money on defending a position that is at odds with the very notion of government.

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God asked to move in less predictable ways | NewsBiscuit

God asked to move in less predictable ways | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
God, the creator of the universe and leader of the Roman Catholic Church, was today asked by worshippers from a variety of faiths to add a dash of mystery to the manner in which he goes about governing the forces of nature, responding to the prayers of his followers and guiding his emissaries on Earth.
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Syped Him yesterday. Said he has hidden a magic tickets for a free tour of Heaven and Hell under the tops of eight Coke bottles. Winners will get a chance to write a "Book of Revelations" with one winner to be picked. That lucky winner gets a crucifixion and (drum role please) commitment to the Asylum of their choice.

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At rural South Carolina shop, Confederate flags fly off shelves

At rural South Carolina shop, Confederate flags fly off shelves | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Store owner and customers cite Southern heritage and say the flag is not a racist symbol.
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As one who would gladly ban all flags as remnants of a belief in war, I do not wish to take away the right of any idiot to wrap him/herself in any symbol of their choice, be it a Confederate Battle Flag, a Rainbow Coalition flag, or one decorated with dildos and anal plugs. For may part, I believe people should be free to tell the world who they are and in what they believe. Governments, on the other hand, require the consent of the governed, at last that is the myth here in America. So, for a state capitol to wrap itself in a flag is to take a political position in support of what that flag represents. I have no problem with the statehouse of South Carolina flying the stars and bars of a remembrance day—just as I had no problem with the White House being lit in rainbow lights to celebrate the recent SCOTUS decision—but that should be a one-off event. I don't want the rainbow lighting every day and I certainly think it equally offensive to have those stars and bars flying over a state house continuously. As for my neighbor who flies his American flag on his patio every day; I say God bless him. Were he to fly a Confederate flag, I would say the same. As a Yankee, I might greet them differently, "hello friend" versus a muttered "idiot," but they have a right to wrap themselves as they see fit.

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5 incredibly delicious chain restaurants you should never, ever eat at and 1 you should but can't

5 incredibly delicious chain restaurants you should never, ever eat at and 1 you should but can't | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You know you want to. But sorry, you can't.
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This is a wonderful job of writing that reveals the warts the social values warts of five fast food chains and then teases you with one that is just fine but only available in a few states. (By the way, I don't like their food. "Which one?" you ask. I've tried all six of these and don't like any of them, not even the good guys.)

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10 of the Craziest Military Training Exercises - ODDEE

10 of the Craziest Military Training Exercises - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Jumping through a ring of fire, taking shots to the chest or playing
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If these examples inspire you to join the military, any military, please head for your nearest nuthouse and sign in.

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Islamic State launches comparethejihad.com | NewsBiscuit

Islamic State launches comparethejihad.com | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Islamic state hopes to help jihadists “find a way of waging war against the infidel that’s right for you” by launching a jihad comparison website, it was confirmed today. “There’s a huge confusing market, particularly in afterlife care,” said a spokesman. “Al Shabab in the Maghreb has instant paradise on a kill-as-you-go deal, whereas Al Qaeda in the Yemen is offering unlimited virgins on a 24 month contract. How do you decide?”
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Meanwhile, Al Qaeda Tourism is offering a special kill-the-world tour featuring ancient sites demolished by various jihadist groups and culminating with a car-bombing in your choice of Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, or—for those who like topless beaches—the Cote D'azure.

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