THIS JUST IN FROM SOCIAL SECURITY . . .


Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, on New Payments to Same-Sex Married Couples

December 16, 2013

“I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow’s and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due. In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses. As I stated shortly after the Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, our goal is to treat all Americans with dignity and respect.

PUTIN HAS VIOLATED “BUDAPEST MEMORANDUM OF 1994”


@ThomDavies: Photo of Yeltsin, Clinton, Kuchma and Major signing 1994 Budapest Memorandum
@ThomDavies: Photo of Yeltsin, Clinton, Kuchma and Major signing 1994 Budapest Memorandum

Vladimir Putin has violated a legal agreement that Russia signed. Read the “Budapest Memorandum of 1994” and decide for yourself: BUDAPEST MEMO 1994 34-35_4108  (PDF)

Chuck Jackson – “Any Day Now” (Great clip from 1965)


“Uncomfortable truth in the Oscars’ ‘12 Years a Slave’ joke”


MSNBC

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“Food stamp cuts drive surge at soup kitchens”


MSNBC

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The Haze in Indonesia Has Just Made 30,000 People Sick


U.K. PM’s Adviser on Child Porn is Himself Arrested on Child Pornography Charges


2nd Day of Pistorius Murder Trial Interrupted


N.C. Cites 5 Duke Energy Plants for Lacking Permits


China’s Leaders Need to Make Real Strides in Economic Reform, Not Baby Steps