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So which stories / topics / items galvanize you this weekend?

As expected, Wilmington City Council members approved their modified 2014 budget - which Mayor Dennis Williams promises to veto - setting up a veto override. Council President Theo Gregory thinks they have the votes to overturn that mayoral veto.

Council members deleted $300,000 from the mayor's contingency fund as a bargaining chip. This confrontation is getting nasty, and could dog Mayor Williams' administration for the remainder of his term.

The "Race to the Top" confrontation between the Christina school district and the state Department of Education ends with Christina pulling the plug on its request for a review of the school district's arguments. Almost certainly gone: $2.3 million in Federal "Race to the Top" money. Apparently Christina figured it didn't make sense to have to pay the legal bills for a continuing battle that the district was likely to lose. The two sides were haggling over how to spend the money.

A needed boost for the northern Delaware economy: The NEWS JOURNAL reports the Data Centers LLC of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has its eye on the western corner of the former Chrysler assembly plant site (now owned by the University of Delaware). The company expects to invest more than one Billion dollars to construct a big data storage & management facility, creating a projected 290 full-time jobs and 50 part-time jobs.

More on the lawsuit against Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips.

Katelynn Dunlap, the plaintiff in that lawsuit, issued the following statement to "The Dan Gaffney Show" on Delaware 105.9:

"As painful and difficult as it is, I am glad that the truth is being laid out for all to see. While I have diligently sought justice through the criminal legal system, because of the way Vance Phillips orchestrated the events, I am unable to receive justice at this time. I refuse to be a victim anymore. Therefore, in order to seek justice, I have chosen the only other option open to me which is through civil action. This is not about money, but about justice and truth. This is not only about me, it is about all other women who have suffered and have been hurt as I have. I know that there are other women who Vance Phillips has harmed and I, for one, refuse to be silent anymore. I implore all those women to come forward and stand with me. You are not alone, so let us stand together. It is time for the truth, it is time for justice, and it is time for healing. He has taken so much from us already. It is time we say, 'no more'!"

(In addition to coming out publicly - although many folks had figured out her identity, and she was outed on at least one conservative website - the real news here is that Ms. Dunlap alleges Phillips has harmed OTHER women, and she challenges those other victims to come say so publicly.)

President Obama moved aggressively to regain the offensive on the various controversies besieging the White House, but of course, failed to satisfy Republicans, and U.S. political media remain in 24/7 scandal mode. The President tapped senior budget official Danny Werfel to be Acting I.R.S. Commissioner. The President insisted he continued to have confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder.

The ousted Acting I.R.S. Commissioner - Steven Miller - was to appear before a House committee Friday morning, Miller's first such public appearance since the I.R.S. controversy erupted late last week.

By the way, the I.R.S. has cancelled a planned softball game between I.R.S.'s softball team - The Cheetahs - and a team from Republican Senator John Cornyn's office. Probably best that the battle not get physical!

In a story with a Delaware angle, the Feds are scrambling to locate millions of dollars in profits from an East Coast smuggling ring that sold cheap cigarettes to New York bodegas.

The alleged plot: Smugglers purchased 55-million dollars worth of cigarettes in Virginia; transported those cigarettes to New York; and sold the smokes tax-free to small stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, & Staten Island. New York lost an estimated 80-million bucks in taxes.

The fear: The profits were diverted to such organizations as Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Russians make plain their support for the embattled Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad: Moscow has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to the regime in Damascus. The Yakhont missiles, outfitted with advanced radar, give Assad's military an effective weapon by which to counter any establishment of "no fly" zones or air strikes. Doubtless, Russia's actions will also be a psychological boost to Assad, re-enforcing his apparent belief that he can win this civil war. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ): "Russia is offering cover to a despotic ruler and defending a bankrupt regime".

C.I.A. chief John Brennan unexpectedly visits Israel, meeting senior Israeli officials to dicuss the deteriorating situation in neighboring Syria.

No end to reports of sexual assaults - and verdict reversals - within the U.S. military and thirteen U.S. senators of both parties - including Delaware's Chris Coons - introduced legislation to give total authority for prosecution of more serious crimes to "independent" military prosecutors.

A Justice Department audit indicates the U.S. Government lost track of two known or suspected terrorists given identities under the Federal witness protection program. Once again, the apparent consequence of one agency not sharing data with others. Some known or suspected terrorists - on the Federal "no fly" list -- ended up boarding commercial airlines.

While hiding in that boat, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly penned a message on the inside wall of the boat in which he claimed responsibility for the bombings, according to a law enforcement official. Tsarnaev claimed the bombings came in retaliation for the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he considered the three deaths from the Boston bombings, "collateral damage". Should anyone be surprised? Even if most Americans don't pay attention to the "collateral damage" from U.S. military actions - including drone attacks - surely U.S. actions play into the hands of Islamists.

Some legal scholars this week latched onto the news that actress Angelina Jolie had undergone a preventive double masectomy.

In the words of CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen (in the ATLANTIC): "She also indirectly raised anew profound questions the Federal judiciary -- and now the United States Supreme Court -- has been pondering for years: Where does patent law stand on gene research? Where should it stand? Can the law protect patent holders while also ensuring that the marketplace can most efficiently deliver genetic testing to the people who need it most?

The timing of Jolie's op-ed in the NEW YORK TIMES is important. Within the next 45 days, before the last Thursday in June, the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., a long-fought case about genes, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are linked to breast cancer and which Myriad Genetics successfully patented. (The company's stock rose sharply Tuesday following publication of Jolie's piece.)..."

Research from the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health; and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Marijuana users had smaller waists (despite reputedly eating more while high) and scored higher on blood sugar regulation.

Posted at 8:48am on May 17, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Fri, May 17, 2013 9:30am
I am reminded of the line in "My Favorite Year" in which a character based on Erroll Flynn cries out, "I'm not an actor. I'm a movie star."

Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Judi Dench (among others) are actresses, who appear sometimes in movies. They owe their careers to considerable acting ability.

Angelina Jolie is a movie star and she owes her career to sex appeal. Her career as a sex symbol is over. She has been mutilated in a way directly related to her on-screen sexuality. Now people won't be able to watch her on screen without squirming.

All this comes when surgeons have moved to far less invasive surgical procedures to treat breast cancers (and other cancers) than the once more-common double radical mastectomy, which Jolie chose - not as treatment but as prevention. It's a strange and costly decision.

Fri, May 17, 2013 9:52am
I can tell from Billsmith's comment that he doesn't have breasts.

Fri, May 17, 2013 10:04am
The Christina district made a very sharp and shrewd decision by turning down the money. That money was earmarked to start projects for which there would be no funding the next year. It is not likely any of that money would have gone to help kids, based on the instructions that came with it, on how it must be spent... It would have been useful had the Christina Board won, and been able to dispense the money where it was truly needed, but as the report says, that outcome looks doubtful considering the way the negotiation was set up to give the state DOE final say.

It is funny how Republicans and Tea Partiers rail about blah, blah, blah, government being too big... but the only place where it is actually overstepping its bounds, and this points to Obama, Markell, and "Race to The Top", a HUGE Republican opportunity, they are silent as lambs...

Fri, May 17, 2013 10:34am
The U.S. should be helping Syria's Bashar Assad defend against the Muslim terrorists who are trying to overthrow his government. As we saw in Egypt with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, extremist groups will take control when long-time leaders are ousted in the Middle East. If anything, we should be helping Assad stop the extremists from taking control in Syria.

In the Boston bombing story, we have another vivid illustration of what happens when the U.S. randomly attacks nations like Iraq and Iran: We create extremists like Tsaernav. Yet another reason not to start these wars.

Fri, May 17, 2013 10:55am
Yes, teatime. The US supporting corrupt and brutal dictators has worked out so well in the past. Actually, that has what's led to the current mess in Iran. Your religious prejudice is warping your judgement.

Fri, May 17, 2013 11:09am
Okay, billsmith, please explain how supporting corrupt and brutal dictators has led to the "current mess in Iran?" We certainly don't support Ahmadinejad!

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 17, 2013 11:53am
Kavips: Good points. That is the problem usually with taking money from the Feds; they want to tell you how to use that money.

An example is the approximate 7 million dollars [if I remember the number correctly] that was spent to put in a nature greenway walk near New Castle. It runs from Boulden Blvd [an industrialized area that has a sizable homeless population nearby] and runs in back of Penn Acres and ends at the rear of New Castle Middle School just outside of historic New Castle. Few if any folks use this walkway; it looks like it would be a muggers' paradise as the pathway is narrow and visibility poor so you could be jumped quite easily [work nearby and all of us at work commented on that while this was under construction]. When the county rep for that area was asked why they wasted 7 million dollars on this project when there were plenty of better uses to stimulate jobs in the area, he said the money came from the Feds wouldn't get the money. So rather than not create those jobs, we took the money and created that walkway putting 7 million dollars into that local economy putting those folks to work. As Ronald Reagan said, "Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."

Fri, May 17, 2013 12:31pm
"Okay, billsmith, please explain how supporting corrupt and brutal dictators has led to the "current mess in Iran?" We certainly don't support Ahmadinejad!"

Iran had a democratically elected and popular government. It tried to nationalize the oil industry in Iran and so the CIA ousted the government and put in the Shah. The Shah was brutal and highly oppressive. People hated him and hated the U.S. for backing him. Then the Shah was overthrown and the Ayatollah came to power. The US gave the Shah sanctuary and refused to extradite him to stand trial. The Iranians hated the U.S. even more. All to protect oil company interests.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 17, 2013 2:22pm
Billsmith: Well said. From what I remember [hopefully I'm remembering this correctly] all the issues about the Shah of Iran and the U.S., etc., what Billsmith said is correct.

Fri, May 17, 2013 3:08pm

The current mess has nothing to do with what happened with the Shah 30 years ago.

The current mess has to do with the United States telling Iran what to do with its nuclear program. If the U.S. stopped telling other countries what to do, it would lead to a more peaceful world.

Fri, May 17, 2013 5:01pm
Teatime: People in that part of the world have very long memories. The U.S. backed overthrow in favor of putting the Shah in power happened 30 years before Iranians captured the U.S. Embassy and held the staff hostage. Emotions still run deep over things that happened hundreds of years ago.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, May 17, 2013 5:06pm
Teatime: The history of the Shah is a part of it, but what's made it worse is we, the so-called "infidels" [as the fundamentalist Muslims consider us], are on their sacred soil bringing our lifestyle to their world, etc., etc. THAT they really hate, just as we'd hate them coming here and trying to make the U.S. live in the 8th century with their laws and customs.

Iraq and Afghanistan haven't played well in those nations. Bush Jr. was wrong to go into Iraq [no weapons of mass destruction- I said so at the time that he was wrong]. In terms of Afghanistan, why invade the nation, why didn't we do a covert op and take Bin Laden out that way? A few folks go in, get him, alive or dead, and get out. Even now, after finally getting Bin Laden, we've stayed on in Afghanistan, why, to teach those folks how to run a government. That's nation-building. Those folks don't want our help. They like living in the 8th century; that is their right.

The problem with a nuclear Iran is those folks probably will use their nukes on someone, probably Israel. If Iran was where Mexico is, would you be as blase about Iran having nukes? Probably not, because then we'd be the ones threatened. I generally believe the U.S. should mind its own business [which we don't do very often unfortunately], but with North Korea and Iran - both idiots running those nations would gladly nuke someone - and that cannot be allowed to happen, in my opinion.

Fri, May 17, 2013 7:58pm
"...so-called "infidels" [as the fundamentalist Muslims consider us]..."
And how is that any different from how you "good Christians" consider them?

"...those folks probably will use their nukes on someone..."

And how do you know that? This is a typical tactic of right-wing and Christian bigots: Make up some future event to justify some present action. So far, only one leader has used nuclear weapons: Harry Truman, a Christian.

Christian bigots are headed for hell: Matt 7:23

Fri, May 17, 2013 9:30pm
For once I agree with BillS... "Christian Bigots are headed for hell"... Noteworthy he didn't say Christians, or bigots, both of which have a chance of redemption... But a Christian bigot knows better and still chooses to do damage to humanity... therefore, his damnation is not due to a lack of forthcoming forgiveness, but to his own hardened heart.

One can't be Christian according to the teachings of Christ, and be a bigot. One can call himself a Christian, and shoot innocent people in the back of their head, or not allow them to marry, but everyone knows such people no matter what they say, aren't one...

The Republican Party is what it is, because it needs those fake Christians on board to win any single election.... the Republican Party has to project this false Christianity to keep power. The more people learn about the Republican Party, fewer and fewer Republicans will be elected...

Sat, May 18, 2013 10:51am
kavips: And for all this we can thank Tricky Dick and his "Southern strategy," in which the Southern Democrats like Thurmond and Wallace forgot Lincoln and came over to the Republican Party. The Republican Party had long been pro-choice (upper middle class Republican women liked choice) until Tricky started courting the Catholic and fundamentalist vote.
Once upon a time, the Democrats were the party of the common people; the Republicans were the party of the better people, the nice people, the right side of the tracks. No more.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, May 18, 2013 11:57am
Seems like I remember reading something that the black community had been voting GOP since the end of the Civil War and didn't switch to the DEMS until FDR's New Deal and have been DEMS ever since. So there have been some major shifts in how certain demo groups used to vote and how they vote now. My guess is Teddy Roosevelt wouldn't be a Republican if he were alive today.

Sat, May 18, 2013 12:22pm
Lately, I've been thinking through some of the things we've been debating for the last couple of years and have reached some new conclusions.

It seems to be a well-established fact that George W. Bush is the root cause of all our current problems, especially on the terrorism issue. There's no doubt that the Bush White House orchestrated 9-11 and set up the entire process to crash the planes into the buildings so Bush could then set himself up to be the big hero in his new war of terror.
Then he went into Iraq, where little ole Saddam Hussein was just minding his own business and that big bully Bush started making false accusations about him having weapons of mass destruction. In fact, previously, the Reagan and Daddy Bush administrations had made up some propaganda about him having used chemical weapons on his own people, another totally false claim. Saddam Hussein couldn't have killed a swarm of ants with a shot of insecticide because he was just too compassionate of a man to even hurt a flea.

Anyway, the current situations with Benghazi, Syria, and Boston are a direct result of G.W. Bush having antagonized peace-loving Muslim extremists around the world, and America is only getting what it deserves. Poor Mr. Obama is really suffering from a lot of stress from all this cumulative hostility, and I've noticed he's up to at least 2 pack of cigarettes a day.

And who can blame him for using the IRS to target conservative and religious groups for scrutiny? It was after all, them who got Bush elected in the first place. Had it not been for those bigots who hate homosexuals and undocumented Mexicans who are only trying to defend themselves from those conservative Christian tyrants, Al Gore had been elected instead, and it would be a much better world today. Even global warming would have been stopped by now because all those evil gasoline-powered automobiles would have been sent to the scrap yard and replaced with horse-and-buggy, the kind you see when you drive up 896 or 272 towards Lancaster.

But thanks to that madman George W. Bush, America has become a terrible place to live and countless souls all over the world are suffering because of him.

But the problems goes back a lot further than this. Had America and the "allied" nations of Europe not run around with their tanks and aircraft bullying Germany and Japan, we may have had total world peace by 1950. Unfortunately, the evil dictator Winston Churchill hated Germans, especially Jews, so he started a war with Hitler and duped Roosevelt into going along with it. It was allied troops who committed the death camp atrocities, not German and defected Soviet troops as previously reported. Hitler was blindsighted by the whole thing, yet Churchill succeeded in making it look to the entire world that it was Hitler's fault when he was just minding his own business and trying to manage the day-to-day affairs of Germany. Then to add insult to injury, some allied troops went into Hitler's hideout and stuffed cyanide capsules down his and Eva Braun's throats, making it look like a suicide. Why, the evil of those soldiers!

Pearl Harbor also was a setup by the CIA much like 9-11. The Japanese who were supposedly placed in internment camps were actually trained to operate the ships and used to attack Pearl Harbor as part of the game to make the Japanese look like the bad guys. These of course were American ships repainted to look like Japanese ones. Then, Truman went into Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb and effectively bullied the Japanese into a wholesale takeover of their country, especially their electronics industry, which America has exploited ever since.

In light of these new revelations, I think Obama needs to get on Air Force One as soon as he's able to break away from his busy schedule of golf games and fundraisers and do another apology tour. He must go to both Germany and Japan and apologize profusely for the atrocities committed against both countries during World War II, and set the record straight to the whole world about what really happened.

Sat, May 18, 2013 12:32pm
Mike from Delaware: FDR bought the black vote with public money, much like Obama is doing today.

Sat, May 18, 2013 2:13pm
Pizza: It sounds like you're taking your meds today. One small point: The CIA wasn't around yet in 1941.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, May 18, 2013 5:22pm
Mrpizza: Great tongue-in-cheek comments above about Bush Jr., I hope that was tongue in cheek -haha !

I know you and other conservative folks like Rush believe FDR to be a Socialist, but he really wasn't. From what I've read, he and the DEMs in Congress were very uncomfortable with spending all that money for the New Deal, as it had NEVER been done before, but they saw no other choice.

What ended the Depression ended up being WWII. The reason WWII ended the Depression was that the government SPENT insane amounts of money [beyond anything they could dream of spending] to fight WWII. So it was governmen spending of our tax dollars that created those defense factories and paid Rosie the Riveter her salary that allowed the U.S. to kick some serious butt in Europe and Japan.

So making silly comments about FDR buying black votes is insulting to all of us. FDR was no Dixiecrat, thankfully. He seemed to be President for ALL Americans, which is sort of how its supposed to work. FDR did what he had to do, to keep the world safe for Democracy, and unfortunately that cost real money.

By the way, unlike your hero [Bush Jr.], FDR and Congress had enough smarts back then to also raise taxes to pay for the cost of the war (Which helped us to have all the prosperity of the 1950's [Man, was that a great time to be a kid, but I digress], because the debt otherwise would have been out of this world and the economy probably wouldn't have been near as great with all the growth, etc., that the 1950's represented.) The debt from Iraq and Afghanistan in our age now, has been a major contributor to our money problems and would have been far less of an issue had Bush had the wisdom to pay for his two wars via taxes rather than cutting taxes.

I'm not saying Bush Jr. was evil, but he sure wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer and a lot of his policies hurt our nation, in my opinion.

Sat, May 18, 2013 8:32pm
OK, I'll say it. Bush, Jr. was evil.

The Black vote switched from the Republican Party (party of Lincoln) to FDR during the Depression because FDR's policies were seen as being in the best interests of those voters, and because FDR seemed to care about them. In fact, FDR did not push on civil rights, voting rights, or segregation issues. He was not a Dixiecrat but he needed them to keep the Democratic coalition together and because under the seniority system, Southern Democrats controlled the committee and leadership structures in Congress; nothing happened unless they said so.

Sun, May 19, 2013 12:43am
I have to say I agree with Bill Smith wholeheartedly about Angelina Jolie. I believe her decision was an overreaction, especially with the advances we've had in medicine just over the last generation. Also, with her millions of dollars, money would be no object as far as acquiring treatment.

I should also add that her decision was based more on fear than on good sense. She may regret this sometime in the future.

Sun, May 19, 2013 1:02am
MFD: Perhaps I was a little harsh on Roosevelt, but you gotta admit that Obama has been buying off everybody he can. While he's at it, I invite him to send a few million my way - with no strings attached, of course.

Sun, May 19, 2013 3:32am
"Obama has been buying off everybody he can."

That's the Chicago way.

"They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way!"

Mike from Delaware
Sun, May 19, 2013 9:13am
Mrpizza: Yep, Obama's into that "Chicago way thing".

I agree, he could send a million my way too, again no strings attached. Oh that might be a problem as that is NOT the Chicago way - heh heh.

Billsmith: good description of the Chicago way.

Sun, May 19, 2013 9:43am
MikeFromDelaware: Thanks, but not my description. Sean Connery said it in "The Untouchables." David Mamet wrote the screenplay.

Here is the full exchange (in a church):

Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything within the law.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they're not gonna' give up the fight, until one of you is dead.
Ness: I want to get Capone! I don't know how to do it.
Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That's* the *Chicago* way! And that's how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I'm offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
Ness: I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.
Malone: Well, the Lord hates a coward.
[jabs Ness with his hand, and Ness shakes it]
Malone: Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness?
Ness: Yes.
Malone: Good, 'cause you just took one.

We can tell Obama learned "the Chicago way" when he started ordering hits. Osama sleeps with the fishes. When Obama was attending his elite "missionary" prep school in Honolulu, Hawaii Five-O frequently used it for location shooting but I guess Obama missed the part about when you catch the bad guy, you have Dano "book him."

Sun, May 19, 2013 10:15am
I think Obama is finding out the hard way that the Washington way is a lot different from the Chicago way.

Sun, May 19, 2013 9:07pm
It appears there is a consensus that Obama is Ness, and the Republican are Capones organization. Evil, and ruthless, and like roaches, they need to be exterminated. :)

Mon, May 20, 2013 6:41am
kavips: No, the Daley Machine is the Capone organization. Obama is the weasely accountant, lawyer or alderman who fronts for it. There is no Ness any more.
Actually, Ness was an opportunist and self-promoter who made up most of the story (along with a sportswriter who was his ghost writer).

Mon, May 20, 2013 7:07am
kavips: What we need to exterminate is the IRS. Now I don't mean exterminate the people in it, just the existence of the agency itself. The employees can be relocated to other pencil-pushing jobs throughout the government. The federal income tax is unconstitutional to begin with and has been nothing but a tool of extortion since its passage in 1907. Thanks, Woodrow Wilson.

Mon, May 20, 2013 8:34am
Mr. Pizza. If you then decide to make the wealthy pay all of our nation's bills, and give the middle class the power to make it so, then I'm right there with you... Get rid of the IRS and all taxes on the middle class....

That is what America needs! We don't need billionaires.. We need bigger paychecks ....

And there is no way the Obama administration reflects Capone. Capone today would be represented by the corporate conglomerates and the dying Republican Party... Obama is cleaning up America, body by body. When there are no Republicans, this nation will thrive. We will return to normalcy.

Mon, May 20, 2013 8:44am
The Elliot Ness of today is named Darrell Issa...

Mon, May 20, 2013 8:51am
Going back up topics to AJ's breast removal. Mike (as well as BillS) does not have breasts, obviously. Most women don't have a fetish over their breasts as do men.. To say Angelina Jolie will regret getting rid of cancer and living a longer healthier life, instead of keeping the breasts and risking the chance cancer spreads to other parts of the body, is pathetic. If you had a mole on your forehead, and it could kill you, as a male, would you let it stay for your good looks, or... remove it?

Obviously you'd remove it. That is why it is quite apparent that neither of you have breasts; otherwise saying such a silly thing would never have occurred to you. It is pretty silly what you said. Risking dying a horrible death so dirty old men can continue to take your pictures into the bathrooms with them... Both of you should be ashamed.

In your ignorance what you did not know, obviously, is that breast reconstruction can make the replacements bigger and bustier which will last far longer into the future, still perky and firm, long after natural breasts have lost their luster...

What AJ did was noble. By going public, which neither of the two of you seem to fathom, she is telling women in similar situations, look if I can do it and I'm paid for these... you can too. Don't let the fear of opinions of people like Mike of Delaware and BillSmith dissuade you from doing what you need to do to save your life...

Hats off to AJ.. And shame on BillSmith and Mike of Delaware for trying to put the onus of giving pleasure to men like themselves. over one's own life....

Mon, May 20, 2013 8:55am
Earl Grey you are hopeless.... Darrell Issa .. Wall of Shame.


Issa Calls 9/11 Attacks in New York a Plane Crash
Issa Weeps Over Premature Withdrawal from Gubernatorial Race
Issa Asks Big Business to "Tell Me What to Change"
Issa Labels Obama "Most Corrupt" President
Issa Uses Tim Russert's Death to Push for Oil Drilling
Issa Says U.S. Treat Hospital Patients Worse Than Al Qaeda
Issa Attacks Families of Killed Blackwater Contractors
Issa Declares Blackwater Hearings an Attack on David Petraeus
Issa Charges David Petraeus with Carrying Water for Barack Obama
Issa Targets Government "In-Sourcing"
Issa Accuses Valerie Plame of Perjury
Issa Drives the Firing of U.S. Attorney Carol Lam
Issa Blames Software for Bush White House Email Destruction
Issa Defends Disgraced Bush GSA Chief Lurita Doan
Issa Offers Howard Krongard a Ticket to the White House Christmas Party
Issa Forces Jerry Nadler to Withdraw Truthful Statement about Bush's Illegal Domestic Surveillance
Issa Demands Names of Those Making Freedom of Information Act Requests
Issa Insists Everything is Like Watergate
Issa Wages 15-Year Vendetta Against Reporter Eric Lichtblau
Issa Blames His Brother for Past Brushes with the Law

Earl. You have pathetic heros. And to think, you have the nerve to criticize Obama. Thank goodness you only represent the smallest sliver of society. :)

Mon, May 20, 2013 8:58am
Sounds like Vance Phillips' accuser is learning what all women eventually come to realize. Democrats care about women. Republicans use them.

Mon, May 20, 2013 9:23am
kavips: Sorry. Doing "I feel your pain" with chicks won't ever get you laid. Angelina made her career as a sex symbol. Now she has to find another job. All because of a procedure which likely was not medically necessary.

If women don't have a fetish about breasts, why do so many get boob jobs, buy push-up bras, wear tight sweaters, use padding ...? Like it or not, most women with breasts take full advantage of them.

Pizza: Do your homework. The income tax WAS unconstitutional. Then they passed an amendment to make it constitutional. If you get rid of the IRS (or anything like it) where will the military get the money for all their toys, plus $1,000 screw drivers and toilet seats? Where will Wall Street get its bail-out money? Most of the federal budget is stuff you right-wingers like. How do you plan to pay for it with no income tax? Pledge drives?

Mon, May 20, 2013 10:13am
kavips: Your blind loyalty to this president is impressive... Just be careful if he offers you any Kool-Aid (or Flavor-Aid).

Mon, May 20, 2013 10:44am
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 20, 2013 1:11pm
Kavips said: "What AJ did was noble. By going public, which neither of the two of you seem to fathom, she is telling women in similar situations, look if I can do it and I'm paid for these... you can too. Don't let the fear of opinions of people like Mike of Delaware and BillSmith dissuade you from doing what you need to do to save your lives...

Hats off to AJ.. And shame on BillSmith and Mike of Delaware for trying to put the onus of giving pleasure to men like themselves, over one's own life.... "

Kavips: Where did I say any of that??? I don't remember saying anything about AJ and looked and don't see anything I wrote that involved AJ. So I'm a bit confused by your post.

Mon, May 20, 2013 1:19pm
Christian Science Monitor:
"Are prayers before public meetings OK? Supreme Court to decide.

Officials in Greece, N.Y., set up a system for prayers before town meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine whether the practice violates the First Amendment's separation of church and state......


Despite Christian claims that they will be forced to do things they don't agree with, they are the ones forcing people.

Mon, May 20, 2013 1:48pm
MikeFromDelaware: You're not paying attention. Angelina did not have cancer. She had a risk of cancer (don't we all). This was not a medically necessary procedure. And she's a movie star. Giving pleasure is what she gets paid for.

Don't tell us how you're more enlightened than we. You belong to a group that tells women to keep silent. That denies management positions to women. That pushes women to confine themselves to traditional roles. That has women die in childbirth rather than have a late-term abortion. The opposes birth control or any reproductive choices for women.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 20, 2013 3:26pm
Billsmith: Your statement above is inflamatory, bigoted, and biased. Once again, you don't really absorb what I've said in all of our many long discussions. You simply lump ALL Christians into one big pile and believe that anyone who is a follower of Jesus must have all the most negative beliefs that you don't subscribe to.

I never have said I have a problem with women pastors, I have no problem with women working in all sorts of jobs that aren't traditional jobs for them. I support abortion for rape, incest, AND the physical life of the mother being in danger. I do NOT oppose birth control for women and have no idea what you mean by reproductive choices for women [so I don't know if I'm for that or not]. No offense intended, but you really aren't as observant as you'd like us all to believe. You have YOUR prejudices and cannot be shaken from those even though you'll comdemn everyone else for theirs, which makes you a hypocrite.

I am paying attention, I never said any of that stuff Kavips is accusing me of saying. YOU said it, but I didn't, so all I'm asking is why he attached YOUR comments to me? Probably an honest mistake, but I didn't want the record here showing I made those statements, YOU did.

Mon, May 20, 2013 5:04pm
MikeFromDelaware: Has the Missouri Synod changed their policies on women pastors? The ELCA has them but not the Missouri Synod. Until fairly recently, they did not allow women to vote in elections for church offices. If you join a group, I assume you share its views.

Reproductive choices include abortion, to which you have expressed opposition. You've also supported the right of employers to exclude birth-control coverage from health plans.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, May 20, 2013 6:44pm
Billsmith: I've told you before that I don't march in lockstep to any denomination's drumbeat totally. I believe I said I can be a pastor's worse nightmare, because I ask questions, and I do read - not just the Bible - but all sorts of books, both Christian and other sorts of non-fiction. I've not found a denomination that I totally agree with in all my years being a follower of Christ. I believe it CAN be 6 twenty-four hour days in Creation in Genesis, but I also believe it can be 6 one-billion year days. I don't know the answer [suspect it's the latter], all I know for sure is God did the creating. That isn't an important issue to me as it is for others, but you get my point.

So while I like the LCMS service [Lutheran Mass], I agree with them that gay/lesbians should not be married by the church [what the state does is their own business] or ordained as pastors, but I don't agree with not having female pastors; I believe they lose out on having some wonderful folks leading various flocks [but it's not a deal-breaker for me], and I already told you under which conditions I do agree with abortion, and yes, I do support the right of religious employers not to be forced to offer birth control or abortion coverage in their health-care plans, just as MY employer doesn't cover some things I need and that is too bad for me. But you assume so much, which really surprises me, because you'd nail me to the cross if I did that in one of my statements. So you hold me to a higher standard than you hold yourself. Again a tad bit hypocritical.

Bill, I'm a mix of Charismatic/Assembly of God/United Methodist/Lutheran both ELCA/LCMS in what I believe. The expression is "cafeteria Christian". I study the word and believe what I believe God has given me to believe. I've seen truth at each of those churches and other things I simply reject, based on my understanding of God's word. So no, I don't march lockstep with any denomination totally. I guess we can all blame Martin Luther for that as he was the one who put God's word into the people's hands and said to read and study it, I have and am still learning.

Mon, May 20, 2013 7:18pm
Teatime: Thank God for Mr. Issa and others like him who are the true guardians of the people.

Tue, May 21, 2013 6:38am
MikeFromDelaware: You really don't get the Missouri Synod, also known as the "one true faith." It is not a cafeteria. It is "we eat what is set before us and we like it." The raison d'etre of the Missouri Synod is theological purity. The Missouri Synod came into existence in response to Lutherans affiliating with Calvinists to form the Evangelical Church in Germany. The basic principle of the Missouri Synod is we are right; everybody else is going to hell. That's why communion is closed; even to other Lutherans. When Luther decided he couldn't buy the whole package offered by the Catholic Church, he left and started his own church. No cafeteria BS. You don't belong there, no matter how much you like the service. You should keep shopping.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, May 21, 2013 8:19am
Billsmith: I've picked up on some of what you say about the LCMS. But for now that is where God has planted me, so until I feel the unction from the Lord [promtings from the Holy Spirit - see that's my Charismatic/Assembly of God heritage kicking in] I'll stay put. Actually I sometimes still do worship and fellowship at one of the Assembly's churches in the area too. As I've said, I can go to almost any church and find the Lord there. It may be my Achilles Heel as I do ask questions, study, and continuously strive to learn and grow in my walk with Christ rather than simply accept what's being taught blindly. Unfortunately that seems to be a difficult path to take as I stumble and "drop the ball", far more often than I'd want to admit, but it sure ain't from a lack of trying [thankfully salvation isn't based on works, but his love and grace]. I envy those who can sit there year in and year out being perfectly happy at the one church they've gone to since they were a kid. I don't seem to be wired that way, so I have sampled from the Christian Church Cafeteria of Denominations.

A book you might enjoy is "Joshua - a parable for Today" By Joseph F Girzone. He is [ I believe] a retired Catholic priest. But the book isn't about being Catholic, but a tale about Jesus [known as Joshua] coming to visit 20th century America in a rural community. Its an easy relaxing read that shows in a lot of ways, how I see Jesus. I think you'd enjoy the book. I believe that if folks like me, as Jesus' followers could/would be more like Jesus and this Joshua we'd attract many more people to be his followers.

I included a link so you can learn more about the book, but it should be available in one of the local libraries too. There's a whole series, but this was the first, and for me, the best of the bunch. Enjoy.


Tue, May 21, 2013 8:21am
Pea soup, anyone? Rotate your head 360 degrees and talk funny!

The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?
May 21
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY Is Pope Francis an exorcist?

The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.

The television station of the Italian bishops' conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed that Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil.

The Vatican was more cautious Tuesday, saying Francis "didn't intend to perform any exorcism. But as he often does for the sick or suffering, he simply intended to pray for someone."

Fueling the speculation is Francis' obsession with the devil, a frequent subject of his homilies.

Wed, May 22, 2013 12:54am
Mike, you are correct. I was referring to the comment made at 12:43 am and its author was Mr. Pizza; not you... Very sorry about the mixup. Somehow when I read through the first time I thought that was your line, and so that's what I went with. Again, sorry for the confusion.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, May 22, 2013 8:29am
Kavips: Thanks, appreciate the clarification.

I can't imagine how tough that sort of decision would be to make for anyone, much less someone who's livelihood depends on cultivating the image of visual beauty. Let's face it: Hollyweird is all about visual [sexual] beauty and isn't at all interested in the real beauty that's found on the inside.

I'd have to say Angelina Jolie was very brave as she had to know her decision [which is very personal] would be worldwide news, thus the loss of privacy at a time when she probably would have really appreciated not being in the public spotlight [how many of us would want our personal medical stuff aired worldwide].

Hopefully Ms. Jolie will be able to still have a career as an actress, if she chooses that path. Maybe her action and the publicity about it, etc., will give encouragement to other women who have similar issues and have similar decisions to make.

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