“Alan Jackson – Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning”


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Terrorism will be with us until Jesus comes.

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TODAY IN HISTORY, SEPTEMBER 11


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God bless those who left us

12 years ago today in the terror attacks.

Question of Enforcement Casts Cloud on Syria Plan


The World’s Happiest Countries and Other Fascinating News on the Web


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  1. Happy Countries

    According to The World Happiness Report, Earthlings are a half a percent happier than we were a few years ago. And where on Earth are people the happiest? The top five countries are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The U.S. ranks 17th. Togo came in last.

    + “There could be merit to the idea that people who enjoy getting blasted by riffs and fake blood [are] actively engaging with their anger in a controlled, safe, temporary way.” The Atlantic’s Leah Sottile on finding happiness in angry music. I used to think heavy metal music sounded angry. Then I read web comments.

  2. Taking Stockpile

    What seemed like a throwaway line by Secretary of State John Kerry has taken on a life its own as U.S. and U.N. have now agreed to consider a Russian plan to avoid U.S. airstrikes by allowing the international…

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Ariel Castro suicide: Two guards placed on leave


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Two Ohio correctional officers have been placed on leave as investigators look into the suicide of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction told CNN.

Caleb Ackley and Ryan Murphy, both hired in 2007, were on duty in the prison unit where Castro was housed the night he hanged himself.

Castro, 52, was found hanged with a bedsheet September 3, coroner Dr. Jan Gorniak said. He was being held at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient.

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Ex-CIA officer on Russia’s intentions


CNN Newsroom

Former CIA Officer Art Keller officers expert insight to Brooke Baldwin on what Russia is trying to accomplish with its Syria maneuvers. Keller also worked with the Iraq Survey Group that searched that country for WMD and he discusses lessons from the experience for possible enforcement of an inspection program of Syria’s chemical weapons.

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Colorado First to Finalize Recreational Pot Rules


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Chinese Energy Honchos Surrender Passports as Graft Probe Widens: Reports


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Middle- and top-ranking officials at China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have been ordered to surrender their passports, according to reports in the Chinese and Hong Kong press, in a bid to stem fallout from a widening corruption inquiry.

Passport requirements were introduced at a company-wide meeting last week, a source close to the state-owned energy company told the South China Morning Post. Four top CNPC officials, including deputy general manager Wang Yongchun, are currently under investigation for corruption.

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Philippines’ ‘Pork Barrel’ Graft Probe Has Lawmakers Squealing


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The Philippines and corruption go together like pork and mustard. But a fresh inquiry into the country’s so-called pork-barrel culture has produced some of the largest popular protests to hit the nation in years, and they show no signs of abating. Up to 100,000 people took to the Manila’s Rizal Park to protest on Aug. 26 with further marches slated for Wednesday and Friday.

(MORE:Filipino Journalists Call for Action After Murderous Month)

Pork barrel is a pejorative term for Priority Development Assistance Funds — discretionary annual lump sums of $4.5 million and $1.6 million provided respectively to each of the country’s 24 Senators and 289 Congressmen to pay for local infrastructure and development works. However, much of this cash is simply ferreted away through bogus NGOs and nonsensical initiatives (like $115,000 for “antidengue inoculants” although no dengue-fever vaccine is currently available). In addition, the cash is treated…

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