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Cossacks Are Back in Russia. May the Hills Tremble.

Cossacks Are Back in Russia. May the Hills Tremble. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Revered as fierce horsemen who once secured an empire’s frontier, Cossacks are gaining an increasing role in law enforcement in a newly conservative, nationalist Russia.
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Pogrom, anyone? Does Putin see himself as a new Tzar? How much hatred will underlie the new "nationalism?"

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Arizona woman's murder conviction, death sentence overturned

Arizona woman's murder conviction, death sentence overturned | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal judge overturns an Arizona woman's murder verdict and death sentence after noting a police detective's history of "misconduct" and lying under oath.
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I wonder if the DA in this case shouldn't be in jail. Certainly sounds like the cop should be. One can only imagine one scene in that interrogation room: a horny and inappropriate cop demanding sex and then punishing the woman who said no. Even if he was just being an SOB, there is no excuse, but I can't stop imagining that scene.

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Senate Republicans Nowhere To Be Found On Gun Background Checks Bill

Senate Republicans Nowhere To Be Found On Gun Background Checks Bill | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats want to finalize and pass legislation to require expanded background checks for gun purchases, but they are having a hard time finding Republican support despite earlier momentum following the elementary school shooting in Newtown,...
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If you, like myself and most Americans, believe that we need background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable, those with violent histories, and criminals, keep this absence of Republican support in mind. Remember it each time you vote. It is time for social responsibility in politics instead of taking care of business as usual.

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Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood

Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A look at Texas, where dozens of clinics have shut down, leaving nearly 200,000 women in search of affordable health care.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Now the serious questions: How many of the women whose health services have been impacted are registered to vote? How many members of their families are registered to vote? How many of them will vote in every election? How many of them will never again vote for a Republican?

Until the women of America realize that the Republican party is their enemy, there will be no change. Sorry, Ladies, but that's the reality; so change it.

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Pro-Gun Measures Snuck into New Government Funding Bill

Pro-Gun Measures Snuck into New Government Funding Bill | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill preventing a federal shutdown would make four long-standing gun protections permanent, including one preventing the Justice Department from requiring firearms dealers to conduct inventories to make sure weapons...
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This is the kind of crap that should not be allowed in Congress. We need a constitutional amendment to require that laws be coherent in purpose.

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GOP Congressman Admits Republicans Don’t Care What Gets Cut In The Budget

GOP Congressman Admits Republicans Don’t Care What Gets Cut In The Budget | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) made a startling admission on CNN’s Starting Point on Wednesday morning, telling host Soledad O’Brien that Republicans are not concerned about how they cut spending — or the millions of people who suffer as a result —...
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Just to show how absurd the Republican party has become. This guy is actually in Congress and he doesn't care what programs are cut. How simpleminded can he get?

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Kansas Bill Would Ban Abortion Clinic Employees From 'Bringing Cupcakes' To Their Child's School

Kansas Bill Would Ban Abortion Clinic Employees From 'Bringing Cupcakes' To Their Child's School | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The party of 'freedom' and 'small government' proves, once again, that they really don't believe in either.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It's so good to know that the GOP has time to worry about a woman who works at an abortion clinic bringing cupcakes to her child's school for a birthday party. This is certainly limited government and respect for personal freedom.

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Wells Fargo Typo Victim Dies in Court

Wells Fargo Typo Victim Dies in Court | Upsetment | Scoop.it
On the morning of Dec. 19, 2012, in a Torrance courtroom, Larry Delassus' heart stopped as he watched his attorney argue his negligence and discrimination case against banking behemoth Wells Fargo.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The scariest part of this is that the judge was siding with Wells Fargo. If you know L.A. County Superior Court Judge Laura Ellison, you may want to ask her how that is consistent with any sense of justice. If she runs for office, you may want to remember this.

And if you bank with Wells Fargo, well watch your behind, but that's true of every bank.

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Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Law

Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Law | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The 2001 resolution, enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has outlived its purpose and become the basis for perpetual war.
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It is time for the U.S. to step back from the dystopican world of perpetual war and to back away from the underlying notion that the U.S. need not follow international law.

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Leanne Dyck's blog

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Author Leanne Dyck promotes her creations and celebrates your creativity. Author Ken Weene explains why his characters don't get to wear sweaters.

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I always have fun when I write about the quirks of writing. This time I wrote about why my characters don't get to wear sweaters.

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Amazon.com: Philip Nork "author of 'real life fictions review of Tales From the Dew Drop Inne by Kenneth Weene

Amazon.com: Philip Nork "author of 'real life fictions review of Tales From the Dew Drop Inne by Kenneth Weene | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Love this great review of my book.

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After Sandy, Government Lends to Rebuild in Flood Zones

After Sandy, Government Lends to Rebuild in Flood Zones | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A ProPublica/WNYC analysis shows the federal government has approved $766 million to rebuild in areas prone to flooding.
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Now this is just plain dumb! Rooted in the business as usual and no planning ahead mentality of the government. Shame on the administration for allowing such stupidity.

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Teacher leaves threatening message on chalkboard, ‘The guns are loaded, care to try me??” | FreakOutNation

Teacher leaves threatening message on chalkboard, ‘The guns are loaded, care to try me??” | FreakOutNation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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Violence and the threat of violence is a corrosive force in American society. Time to seriously evaluate why this kind of madness can happen.

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Muslim Brotherhood condemns U.N. declaration on women’s rights

Muslim Brotherhood condemns U.N. declaration on women’s rights | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the United Nations’ just-released declaration on women’s rights, saying it’s a blatant violation of Egypt’s Islamic law.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

There is no way around it: There is an inherent conflict between many traditional religious points of view and modern attitudes towards women, gays, and children. Whether we are talking Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox, Hindu, or Evangelical Christian, there is a difference between what faiths teach and the emphasis on the value inherent in the individual that is the bedrock belief of democracy.

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Sequestration NIMBYism Grips GOP

Sequestration NIMBYism Grips GOP | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Now that sequestration creating real consequences, individual members are experiencing buyer’s remorse. The only problem is, until they change their underlying position on replacing sequestration, the only thing they can do about it is whine.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

For those of my right-leaning friends who said there would be no real layoffs just cuts in the growth of the budget, I must say - You were totally off the mark. Maybe you should stop listening to Fox and start actually thinking about your country.

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Prisoners Seek Restitution for Wrongful Convictions

Prisoners Seek Restitution for Wrongful Convictions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
States are grappling with how to compensate the growing number of ex-prisoners for the years they spent locked up after being exonerated by DNA tests.
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While we're at it, can we demand that DNA evidence that is available be fully tested by the authorities before trial? At least we can try to keep such mistakes from happening so easily.

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Saudi youths battle Assad regime in Syria

Saudi youths battle Assad regime in Syria | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Hundreds are making their way through Turkey or Jordan to join in what Saudi clerics are calling a "jihad"
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Now all we need is a Charlie Wilson and the CIA to make a total botch of things. Can anyone say Afghanistan two?

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VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women

VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north?
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Shame on Republican Lisa Murkowski senator from Alaska. She worked to stop the VAWA from protecting many Native American women in Alaska.

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12 Hilarious Easter Fails

12 Hilarious Easter Fails | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Easter is all about bunnys and chocolates.. and fails.
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Some laughably inappropriate attempts at creating the right Easter moment. (Poor taste here)

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Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending

Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How the defense contractor profited from an aircraft
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Sure we need weapons systems and planes for our military, but too often it is congress and lobbyists who are spending the money. Stop blaming the administration and even the Pentagon and start putting some of the blame where it really belongs, on Senators and Representatives who are being bought into the system.

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One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com

One Year Later, The Makers of ‘Pink Slime’ Are Hanging On, and Fighting Back | TIME.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the meat industry again makes news thanks to an endless stream of articles about horse meat masked as beef popping up all over Europe, the “pink slime” story is still playing itself out in courthouses, law offices and the one BPI plant still in...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

We want to think we are still living in a world where our food comes from the farm as "God" intended, but it really comes from the corporation and the laboratory. That doesn't make it bad or unhealthy, just upsetting. Take "pink slime" was it just misreported? At least in part, yes.

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Leaked Pentagon Report: The F-35 Won't Stand A Chance In Aerial Combat

Leaked Pentagon Report: The F-35 Won't Stand A Chance In Aerial Combat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"Flawed beyond redemption."
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Of course we can't cut military and espionage spending in order to continue domestic programs. Why where could we possibly save when our military needs these wonderful weapons? (My sarcasm knows no bounds, but then neither does the hunger of these endless programs and the corporations that push them.)

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Violent Crime on Indian Reservations Is Up, But Prosecutions Are Down

Violent Crime on Indian Reservations Is Up, But Prosecutions Are Down | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Crime is Slate’s crime blog. Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @slatecrime. The Bismarck, N.D. Tribune brings us the story of Morning Star Brown, a 30-year-old woman recently charged with killing her boyfriend’s cousin.
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The real problem is the prevalence of alcohol abuse in the Native American communities and the resulting indifference the communities have to imposing sanctions on drinking.

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Texas GOP: Planned Parenthood Is Convincing Teens To Get Pregnant So It Can Perform Their Abortions

Texas GOP: Planned Parenthood Is Convincing Teens To Get Pregnant So It Can Perform Their Abortions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Texas has already spent the past year targeting Planned Parenthood, effectively defunding the organization’s affiliates and forcing thousands of women to search for new doctors. But their crusade isn’t over yet.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

This is so stupid that it would be unbelievable except it comes from a political party that has adopted a Marxist interpretation of politics, one in which everything is about money. Hopefully, the American people will remove the GOP from our government and allow a rational and empathic party to take its place.

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What Did the United States Do To Make Hugo Chávez So Mad?

What Did the United States Do To Make Hugo Chávez So Mad? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president famous for anti-American rhetoric, died Tuesday.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Chavez wanted to develop industry and to use his country's oil wealth in a planful and long term manner. The Bush administration wanted to get that oil for the U.S. Unless Americans understand the Harriman Doctrine, they will never understand modern history. The doctrine simply stated said, "Hang on to American control of the world's resources."

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