Tuesday, September 2, 2014

 In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

While we watch Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake take their ice baths, the wolf is at the door.

Posted at 3:06 p.m.
 President Barack Obama greets audience members after he spoke at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival ParkMilwaukee, Wis., on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

Another president chosen for demographic representation (whether by race, sex or whatever), and further insulated from criticism and from reality, is the last thing we need.

Posted at 2:31 p.m.
 This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. A U.N. commission accused the extremist Islamic State organization of committing crimes against humanity as pictures emerged of the extremists' bloody takeover of the air base.

Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk of RedBlueAmerica discuss how America should deal with ISIS.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
 In this July 7, 2014 photo, Susan McNamara poses for a photo in Quincy, Mass. She sold her home to meet expenses. “Over the years, all I’ve been able to do, especially as a single parent, is just pay your bills every month,” said McNamara, a 62-year-old adjunct professor from the Boston area. “Anything that’s left over is used up when your car breaks down or when the furnace breaks down ... There’s never anything left over, ever.” (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Posted on Sept. 2, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Elderly folks in America are getting wealthier.

 A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.
Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

We should mourn for this little girl who will have to live the rest of her life with the memory of what she inadvertently did. But let us also mourn for a country where what she did now barely qualifies as news.

 Peter Rusthoven, former associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan and an Indianapolis attorney, speaks in opposition to a measure on amending the state's constitution to ban gay marriage during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Posted on Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

The prevailing ethos in this country is that we are the masters of tradition, not the servants. We treasure the customs and practices passed down from our ancestors. And we change them anytime we want.

 Stephen Colbert coined the word
Posted on Aug. 30, 2014 at 5:20 p.m.

Meet “Truthy,” one more step into robo-life, where an omnipotent government beholds all and interprets for us what we should know.

 Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate in February 2006 in Anoka, Minn., near the funeral for Cpl. Andrew Kemple, who was killed in Iraq. People opposed to the church's views carried flags nearby.
Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.

In a free society that would remain free, hate speech should be countered — but with more speech, not government censorship.

 A Burger King sign and a Tim Hortons sign are displayed on St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa, Canada, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Canada's iconic coffee chain, Tim Hortons, and Miami-based Burger King say they will join forces, but will operate as independent brands to form the world's third-largest quick service restaurant company.
Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

What is maddening is that the problem is so easily solved: tax reform that lowers the accursed corporate rate. Democrats and Republicans agree on this.

 Iraq Shiite fighters make their way to the front line to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. Fighters of the voluntary armed group formed after the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to protect holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants.
Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

Given all the local trouble it faces, the Islamic State can ill afford to focus on attacking the U.S. unless the U.S. focuses on attacking it.

 This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July 2012. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group beheaded Foley.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

Between informative and offensive lies the thinnest of lines. Sadly, Foley’s death likely will not be the last time it will have to be drawn.

 Evan Bayh, D-Ind., walks Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, to a Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bayh, who served as a US Senator from 1999-2011, is considering a run for Indiana governor in 2016. Bayh was elected governor in 1988 and 1992.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.

Will Bayh run? The conventional wisdom is “no.” But he has shocked us before.

 Stephanie Patka, center, serves beer at the Pillars of Elkhart's beer tent June 20, 2014, at the Elkhart Jazz Festival.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.

We enjoy coming together as a downtown community because we realize that for all the things that make us different, we do have something in common — we are stakeholders in Downtown Elkhart because we choose to be here.

 A board above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average above 17, 000 on  Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.
 Michael Brown Sr., looks over his son's burial vault during the funeral for Michael Brown on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Normandy, Mo. Hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer on Aug. 9.

Posted on Aug. 27, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
 The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
 President Barack Obama, left, returns a club to the cart while golfing with former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, right, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 2:33 p.m.
 Brian Replogle receives the Child Advocate of the Year award from Candy Yoder, president and CEO of Child And Parent Services, at the annual Children's Service of Hope event in April 2011.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.
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