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Top 14 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic, for better health


There's lots of reasons to buy organic. First, it's better for the environment. No pesticides means healthier soil, water, and wildlife. Buying organic supports small farmers.

Organic farmers can earn a fairer price for organic produce compared to factory farming. Organic farming is good for bio-diversity. Organic farmers are growing a wide variety of non-genetically modified (non-GMO) fruits and vegetables.

Where factory farming has shrunk our choices in the supermarket to one or two types of any produce variety, organic farmers are resurrecting many heirloom varieties.

Finally, organic foods are healthier for you. The research on whether consuming organic food is healthier for people remains inconclusive.

However, the USDA's own tests show that most non-organic produce contain residual pesticides even after washing.

In a perfect world, we would buy all of our groceries organic. Unfortunately, organic food is still more expensive (although the price is continually dropping) or even unavailable.

To make wiser consumer choices here is a list of produce with the highest level of pesticide contamination.



The following "Buy-Organic" recommendation list is based on information and studies by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Consumer Reports, and the Environmental Working Group.

Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.

Lettuce - 92.7% of lettuce sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.

Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
Blueberries - 64% of blueberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.



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Not only are organic fruits and vegetables free of pesticides... they are also much more nutritious and tasty

More vitamins and mineral!

It’s a fact that organically-grown fruits and vegetables retain more of their natural vitamins than non-organic foods do. This chart shows you what a difference there is between the two. 

Taste better too! 

If you’ve ever tasted organic produce, you know it tastes very different from conventionally-grown foods. Even after washing your fruits and vegetables, it’s not the same.

When you buy non-organic foods, you are definitely sacrificing taste!



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Every woman and little girl needs to watch this video... doing things like a girl is fantastic!

When did doing something "like a girl" become negative? For a minute, let's forget that this is a commercial and let's focus on really important - we need to change the way the world sees our girls.

Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty's really no picnic either, it's easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl's self-confidence. 

We're kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XjJQBjWYDTs

Viewer Feedback:

• I really can't say I like this video. Do you believe all genders are supposed to be the same. I am a girl, I like being a girl and I want to be recognized as a girl, not a boy.

• I am a girl and I am very happy to be one. One of the young women summed it up in a nutshell. I run like a girl, I hit like a girl, I walk like a girl... because I am a girl.



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Granny gets pulled over by a trooper

A Connecticut State Police Trooper pulled over an old 1955 Cadillac for a faulty taillight. When the officer approached the car, he noticed a little old lady behind the wheel.

The police officer asked the old lady for her license, registration, and insurance cards; however, when she opened up her pocketbook to retrieve those cards, to his surprise he noticed a concealed weapon carry permit.

The trooper took all the documents, looked them over and said. "Mrs. Smith, I see you have a concealed weapon permit. Do you have a gun with you?"

Very sweetly and proudly the little old lady replied, "Oh, yes officer, I have a Smith & Wesson 38 caliber pistol right here in my bag.  Do you wish to see it?" 

And before he could reply, the old lady opened her handbag under his nose and sure enough...

He immediately recognized the distinctive snub barrel of a Smith & Wesson 38.

Kind of taken aback, as a matter of formality he cautiously asked her, "Do you have any other guns with you?"

To which the old lady boasted, "I also have a 357 magnum in my glove compartment," opening its cover and revealing its huge barrel.

The officer, flabbergasted, found himself then asking before any further thought on his part, but not really expecting anything more: "Anything else?"

To which she replied, "Why, yes, I also have a 44 magnum in my console, and a Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun in the trunk."

As you can imagine, at this point the police officer was at a total loss as to why an old lady would have in her possession such an arsenal of weapons...

So thinking she was a bit crazy, he bent over, looked her in the eyes, and asked, "Lady, may I ask you what you are afraid of?"

To which the old lady locked eyes with the officer and calmly answered, "Not a damn thing!"




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In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is August 29th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $4 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Here's Obama's latest propaganda...

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 08/29/2014...



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Obama failed to act eight month ago... now ISIS terrorists threaten to attack U.S and Europe...


The U.S. military's top general believes Islamic State extremists will "soon" pose a threat to America and Europe and that an international coalition will be needed to confront it, his spokesman said Monday. 

U.S. commanders are preparing possible "options" to counter IS jihadists both in Iraq as well as Syria, according to General Martin Dempsey's spokesman, Colonel Ed Thomas. 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel adopted a more strident tone last week at a Pentagon news conference, suggesting the IS militants presented a dire threat that surpassed the danger posed by the Al-Qaeda network.

Obama got back from his Martha Vineyard vacation though... and they apparently 'woodshedded' Dempsey. He has now walked it back and has stated it's only a regional threat.

But Pentagon officials falsely insisted Hagel and Dempsey shared the same views on the IS - after Obama's false propaganda was injected.



The terrorist threat at our southern border. 

There's been reports that middle eastern types have enlisted the help of Mexican 'coyotes' and have crossed into our country.

Drug smuggling is not the only source of income for the Mexican drug cartels - human smuggling has been included in the 'job description' too.

Anyone that believes that this poses no threat whatsoever to our country... is operating with much less than your average IQ. 

A former CIA officer said Thursday he has no doubt Islamic State (ISIS) sleeper cells are already planted on U.S. soil, as well as in Europe...

Which could target U.S. embassies and other American interests.




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Our Police and Military now look the same and have the same weapons? What's next, a police state?

Sometimes you just don't want to tell the rest of the world, "I told you so."

If you've been worried about the militarization of the police departments across the country, then you're probably not surprised about the police response in Ferguson, MO.

Unless you've been living a cave for the last ten days, then you already know what's going on. Protests and riots have broken out in the St. Louis suburb over the killing of an unarmed teenager.

What happened that day is still up for debate. There are a lot of rumors and reports being thrown around from both sides, but we're not going to bother with them right now.

What you should focus on, however, is how the police responded. 

Remember in the months following the tragedy in Newtown, CT?

President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and all the other gun grabbers in Congress started a crusade to get dangerous (looking) guns out of the hands of Americans.

Speaking in front of a packed room of reporters, the president said, "Weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a movie theater." He was referring to the Aurora shooting.



If he's really worried about these weapons of war, the maybe someone should show him some photos of what's going on at ground zero.

Drop these "troops" into a conflict zone on another part of the world and they'd fit in just fine.

Sadly, the St. Louis Police Department isn't the exception to the rule. For close to three decades now, law enforcements are scooping up whatever surplus military equipment or guns they can find.

The end result, the guys who patrol the streets in America are just as armed as the guys who patrolled the streets in Iraq.

But there's a difference. In the military, they're trained not to point guns at civilians unless directly threatened. If you've been watching the protests on TV, then you already know the guys keeping the peace haven't had the same training.

One police officer with one of those "weapons designed for the theater of war" was filmed pointing it directly at peaceful protesters.

When they told the officer to put his gun down, his reply was curt and to the point: "I'll f***ing kill you."



There's this little gem by Sanil Dutta, a professor of homeland security and a Los Angeles police officer of 17 years.

In an article published in The Washington Post, he gives you some free advice on how to survive your next altercation with the police. He writes:

"Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line:

If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you
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Don't argue with me, don't call me names, don't tell me that I can't stop you, don't say I'm a racist pig, don't threaten that you'll sue me and take away my badge.

Don't scream at me that you pay my salary, and don't even think of aggressively walking towards me..." (emphasis added).

Compliance, that's all they're asking for. When they don't get it, that's when the have to turn things up a notch... and call in the tank. Seriously, police departments have tanks now.

Negative sentiment towards police is boiling over all across the country.

Your tax dollars at work... and yes, that's not an exaggeration.

Most of the equipment they're using... was once bought and paid with taxes by the federal government, then handed over to your local law enforcement.




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Government crooks and unfair taxes

"Stop tax inversion by American corporations" is the latest war cry of American socialists. Obama is infuriated that U.S. corporations want to be American no more and is going to stop it.

Tax inversion is a method whereby a U.S. multinational company takes over a foreign company and creates a new corporate entity that the U.S. "tax inversion" uses to leave U.S. tax jurisdiction (the newly created company re-incorporates overseas).

With a single takeover the U.S. corporation is no longer American -- it might be British or Irish and subsequently pay a much lower rate of tax.

U.S. corporate tax needs to be in line with the rest of the world at 20%, not 40%. Taking a lower cut will mean taking in more money.

On the surface, why should stinking corporations get away with not paying taxes? The U.S. government needs more money and corporations have got it.

From a socialist point of view - this is dead right.



To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, "Socialists have no problems, so long as they don't run out of other people's money."

However, if we take a step back, what do we see? Tax inversion is corporate emigration. Corporations don't want to be American anymore.

That is worth thinking long and hard about.

The Democrat solution is to stop them from leaving through a change in the tax laws. That amounts to a fiscal "iron curtain."

So how has this come to pass?

The core problem is, the U.S. government is broke. Its deficits are now officially a runaway train. Remember the debt ceiling? That's gone. How's the budget deficit going? It is down but it is still massive.

That money has to come from somewhere and you can't print it forever.

While America is still ruled by people who think "you didn't do that" when it comes to your success, and that the corporate hand that feeds it is its enemy, things aren't going to change.

So instead, a corporate "iron curtain" is threatened to be raised.

Well comrades... best of luck with that one.




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Cool Photos


A contortionist known as Odka washes up in a large bottle on a beach in Brighton, England, on Aug. 21.




An employee of the Bodet Company carries a clock at the plant in Trementines, France, on March 26. The Bodet company has manufactured clocks since 1868 for churches, stations, & sports halls & employs 630 workers in France.




Lukas Michul leaps from atop rugged rocks overlooking a beach on the island of Zakynthos in Greece on June 23.

This is rope jumping: part diving, part rock climbing, & with a touch of engineering. He is part of a group whose aim is to rope jump in 80 places with the world's most ravishing nature & architecture.

They plan to stage their next leaps at a cave complex in Croatia, a French viaduct, skyscrapers in Las Vegas & Johannesburg, & the Grand Canyon.




Large sculptures are constructed by the Brazilian team (left) & the United Kingdom team during the 28-hour-long competition at the World Balloon Convention & Festival of Balloons held in Denver on March 26.

The biennial, six-day gathering this year attracted more than 700 balloon artists from 39 states & 48 countries.




A clever illusion of a surreal hovering tree is seen in Potsdam, Germany, on March 25.

Graphic designer Daniel Siering & art director Mario Schuster wrapped part of a tree trunk with plastic sheeting & spray-painted a detailed & realistic image of the surrounding landscape on it.

The result gives the illusion that the tree has been sawed through & is floating in mid-air over its stump.




A 16-foot-tall, 49-foot-long inflatable sea turtle named the Alpha Turtle is towed around Sydney Harbor past the iconic Harbour Bridge & Opera House on Aug. 15.

The sculpture, created by BJ Price, celebrates the opening of the world's First Undersea Art Exhibition at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, which features a collection of Price's abstract paintings submerged in underwater display tanks.




An eagle owl fluffs out its feathers as it sits on one foot in its enclosure at Grugapark in Essen, Germany, on March 26.




Technicians dangle from ropes before polishing the glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz., on March 25.

The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge on the Hualapai reservation aren't easily accessible.

The structure juts out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon, offering visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.




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Friday-funnies...

“Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.” -- Mark Twain

 "People don't care how much you know... until they know how much you care." -- John C. Maxwell

 There are sociopaths out there. But more often than not, when people hurt us, it’s not because of psychiatric diagnoses. It’s because they’re hauling around pain from their pasts... and crashing it into everyone they meet.

 Our five senses are incomplete, without the sixth - a sense of humor.

 “It is not what we do for God that He counts worthy... but the work we let Him do in us.” -- Oswals Chambers



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 Emmy highlight: Billy Crystal's touching tribute to Robin Williams

I generally avoid awards shows... like most sensible people would avoid traveling to a country with terrorists. However, there was talk of a special tribute to the late Robin Williams at Monday night’s Emmys.

Scanning the show and the various online wrap-up coverage, it seems like my awards show avoidance reflex was again proved right. By most accounts, nothing special happened.

But the highlight of the night (for me) was the super-sized tribute to Robin Williams from his friend, Billy Crystal.

Crystal’s monologue and video montage was a welcomed five minutes - tacked onto the end of the annual “in memoriam” segment, that has become a staple in every awards show.

Williams’ longtime friend and Comic Relief partner shared some of his favorite personal stories...

Before moving to a montage of clips, that opened with Robin’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q86u0bDE17w&feature=player_embedded



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 Funny happenings on Chemistry.com

I've been signed up on Chemistry.com for several years. It's always entertaining reading from some of the people... and what they're looking for in a mate.

Sometimes, they make it clear what they don't want. Sometimes it's kinda funny. Check-it... here's a recent one that came my way... 'in her own words' ...

"NO PLAYERS, USERS, DATERS, SEXAHOLICS, SCRUBS, HOMELESS, DRUG ADDICTS, ALCOHOLICS, CON MEN, LIARS, EX CONS, DEFINITELY NO BOYS OR COUGAR CHASERS! Only Honest Kind Hearted Serious MEN Wanting a Real RELATIONSHIP is Needed."

We wish her success in the future...



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 Obama promised he would only raise the cost of living for rich people... he faked you out - twice!

Consumer prices have increased by more than $11,000 for the "typical" consumer since President Obama took office...

According to a new study which claimed the spike is the result of dozens of regulations imposed by the administration.

The study by American Action Forum, found the administration has imposed at least 36 regulations since 2009, that clearly resulted in higher costs --

Reflected in everything from mortgages, to cars, to food, to household goods.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for example, said the price of 2011 cars and light-trucks would cost $91 more - as a result of new fuel-efficiency standards, according to the study.

The study also found the new regulations would result in annual increases of $362 for mortgages, $135 for energy and $108 for health care for a “typical” consumer.

The study already identified 50 “economically-significant” regulations, so far. The Obama regime hides what they do.

“Increasing the cost of a mortgage is the most glaring area.

Government agencies do little analysis - or simply omitted any discussion - of how regulation could increase costs,” the study authors wrote.

The cost of household consumer goods -- including dishwashers ($44) and refrigerators ($83) -- increased by $1,639 over the past five-and-half years, the study found.

The cost of gasoline and food - have skyrocketed!
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 Your dollars go farther in Mississippi

The good folks at the Tax Foundation recently crunched some numbers from the Commerce Department assessing the cost of living state by state.

"Because average prices for similar goods are much higher in California or New York than in Mississippi or South Dakota," writes the group's research team...

"The same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less in the high-price states, or comparatively more in low-price states."

Then they put together a nifty map, showing the real value of $100 in each state...

The busybodies in Washington, D.C., are surely reaping the whirlwind of their economic misdeeds:

That's where $100 is worth the least... followed by Hawaii and New York. Your Benjamin buys the most in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

It's all interesting... but somehow incomplete. There are many differences within states too.

Surely, $100 buys less in Chicago, than in down-state Illinois.




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 The awesome high-tech motorcycle helmet that's straight out of the future

If fighter pilots and motorcycle riders brainstormed to design a helmet, it would probably look something like this. 

The SKULLY AR-1 is the self-declared “World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet,” and it boasts technology that has yet to be combined in a single helmet, unless you’re Tony Stark.

Singularity Hub notes: High-definition action video is owned by Go Pro. Navigation and directions showed up in cars a long, long time ago...

Voice recognition is standard in Siri, Google Search, and other applications. Bluetooth helmets already connect to phones.

The novel, Iron Man-like feature is that Skully includes all this and ties it together with voice recognition and a head-up-display.

If the design is right, it’ll be awesome!



The helmet combines helpful technology like a rear-view camera feed and navigation in a futuristic heads-up display - that is reminiscent of what a fighter pilot would view in the cockpit. 

The display shows a rear view camera feed with a near 180 degree viewing angle, meaning the rider can keep an eye on impatient drivers behind, and also check left and right blind spots in case a quick lane change is needed.

The helmet also delivers optional turn by turn directions, but the icons are “present only when needed, then automatically disappear when not in use,” the Skully team notes.

The helmet can also report the bike’s telemetry such as speed, gear, tachometer, etc., if supported by the motorcycle.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZdcWd594lRw



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 Obama taxes and subsidies = political abuse

Making economic sense... isn't something the government is very good at.

They're more likely to play party politics, listen to the special interests that paid for their campaign, or just flat out ignore good advice.

Sadly, there's plenty of uninformed Americans who are in the same boat… minus the political campaigns.

You see, a large chunk of your fellow countrymen - falsely believe that more taxes is the way to get us out of the mess that we're in.

And when you can't collect enough in taxes, that's when you start borrowing.

They're also in the same camp claiming that - taking on more debt is the best way to pay your bills?



Remember, these are the people in line with you, as you wait for your turn in the voting booth.

There's a popular economic saying when it comes to things like subsidies and taxes...

When you subsidize something, you get more of it...

Think of welfare programs that create incentives not to work. Or corn subsidies generating an overabundance in American farms.

On the other hand, when you tax something, you get less of it...

High prices mean fewer people buying those taxed goods. High taxes on income and services means less cashflow into the economy.

Right now, the government can see what's coming over the horizon. They know they're reckless spending is about to bite the country on it's proverbial bottom, and they don't want to be left holding the bag when it does.

So they're trying to stave off this day of reckoning... by throwing as many taxes against the American taxpayer and seeing what sticks.




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 Three clever ways restaurants are tricking you into spending more money

Think you’re a savvy diner?

Restaurants use all sorts of clever tricks to squeeze extra dough from your wallet, as the Daily Mail noted in a roundup of the top tactics.

What’s on the menu - and what’s left off it - can have a big impact on how much you spend.

Knowing a few things to look for when you enter a restaurant. Simply walking into a restaurant and ordering without giving much thought is a recipe that could cost you a lot of money in the long run.

By understanding a little of the consumer psychology used against you, you can be a much better shopper who enjoys a night out while still saving money.



Specials

Sometimes a special is just that: something special the chef made that day.

But as William Poundstone, author of “Priceless: The Myth Of Fair Value,” noted, oftentimes a special can be deceiving.

Since specials are not necessarily listed in the menu, servers can aggressively pitch them and customers will order - without knowing how much the dish costs.

A 2009 Cornell University study found, that menus without dollar signs - led customers to spend 8 percent more on their meals.

When the check comes, they have to pay up.



Pricing

You might think a menu with no dollar signs — where prices appear as “16″ instead of “$15.99″ — looks more sophisticated.

But the way the menu presents prices, can also get you to shell out more.

Researchers speculated that the dollar sign reminded customers of the “pain of paying,” and with it gone, people spent more.

Poundstone posited that the lack of a dollar sign, helps get diners to spend more because with the dollar sign gone, the price of each menu item takes up less space...

Making it easier for eaters to focus on others things, such as calorie information or descriptions of the food, instead of the cost.



Anchoring

The most expensive item on the menu, sets the tone for everything else, price-wise.

Restaurants commonly use a large, expensive menu item as an “anchor,” Poundstone explained, which makes the rest of the menu look like a good deal by comparison.

You might not have bought a $30 steak, but compared to the $50 surf and turf, it seemed like a good buy.

Restaurants have gone to great lengths in order to use consumer psychology, menu engineering, and behavioral tricks - to help separate us from more of our hard earned money.

Whether it’s the setting at the restaurant or the layout of the menu, restaurants have been hard at work trying to understand what makes people spend more money on each visit.

Understanding how consumer psychology plays a part in our shopping decisions... can help you save money while eating at a restaurant.



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 "All In My Head" ... Lauren Remo cover

Lauren Remo has been a singer for years... who at the age of 7, learned how to play her first instrument, the piano.

She started her first YouTube video, LalaTheLauren, in 2010 and has been recording ever since.

She composes and performs her own original music. Lauren also enjoys other hobbies, such as dancing, art, and photography.



She is very grateful for the support of her friends and family. Without them, she wouldn’t be performing like she is today.

This song written by Tori Kelly, has been stuck in my head for a week now. I needed to get it out somehow!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOEWNr1F8eY



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 God the weaver
by Benjamin Malachi Franklin

My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.






Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.




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 New iCitizen app brings your government and politics to your smartphone

Whether it's President Barack Obama's declaration that "change only comes from the outside," or House Speaker John Boehner's insistence that his chamber is working for the "will of the people," ...

Leaders from both parties push their agendas... despite what the American public wants.

But most constituents can't even identify their representatives, let alone keep track of the myriad issues in Washington. iCitizen, a new mobile app launched nationwide Tuesday, hopes to change that.

The app aims to boost civic engagement by letting users follow issues, get to know their lawmakers, and participate in polling.

The goal, according to CEO Rod Massey, is to make politics as easy to access as looking up a restaurant, directions or movie times.

The fundamental goal that really drove the formation of iCitizen is this concept that most people really only have a voice during the election cycle, so every two to four years.

In between those election cycles you really don't have the ability to have an impact.



iCitizen was designed to help people "be engaged in politics in a meaningful way," while managing their careers and families.

The app, which is currently available for iPhone, but being developed for the iPad and Android, is simple enough to navigate with tabs for three main areas: Issues, Reps, and Polls.

Users sign up, then choose from 18 different issues, including the budget, women's rights and gun control, in order to get customized news from a variety of media outlets.

They can also look up bills introduced in Congress related to each issue.

The Reps section allows users to navigate the faces of Congress, as well as state lawmakers, and includes lawmakers' recent votes, campaign contributions, committees and sponsored bills.

There is also contact information for each, as well as his or her Twitter handle and Facebook page.

"We're trying to be Switzerland here, so neutral, fact-based and offer multiple perspectives, both from liberal-leaning and conservative-leaning sources, and those that might be in the middle," he said.

The app's success will depend in part on whether lawmakers and their offices use feedback from the platform.

Massey said his team met with different members of Congress, to brief them and their staffs on how iCitizen could benefit them.



Users also can let their representatives know where they stand, by rating them on a scale of 1 to 5.

"We want to make sure that this is a win-win for both citizens and constituents, and for elected officials," Massey said.

He added that smartphone technology creates a "tremendous opportunity … that simply wouldn't have been possible five years ago."

The team behind iCitizen isn't the first to look at politics and say, "there should be an app for that."

Attempts include 'Congress,' an app that lets users look up congressional lawmakers, and '2nd Vote', which provides insight into how liberal or conservative companies are.

But iCitizen provides direct engagement... and appears to have the most comprehensive database for a politics app.

For a society that's constantly buried in smartphones, and increasingly reliant on having information at its fingertips - that could be iCitizen's secret to success. Website: http://www.icitizen.com/




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 Atheists say pizza shop owner can't offer discount for presenting church bulletin

A restaurant owner who is under fire for offering a faith-based discount to customers - says he doesn’t plan to discontinue it, despite receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a secular activist group.

Steven Rose, owner of Bailey’s Pizza in Searcy, Arkansas, said that he posted a 10 percent discount on his restaurant’s Facebook page on July 19... for anyone who brought in a church bulletin.

Not long after, he received a comment from a user named “Bong Hits for Jesus” that read, “Good luck on your discrimination lawsuit.”

“I didn’t give much credence to it,” he said of the comment, but the story doesn’t end there.

What followed was a letter postmarked July 30 from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization located in Madison, Wisconsin...

That called Rose’s discount, an act of discrimination and a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

An unnamed local atheist resident who found the discount offensive, reportedly alerted the group.



But Rose, a Christian who recently opened Bailey’s Pizza July 1, said he firmly disagrees with this assessment, claiming that the discount was merely a “marketing tool” ... that enabled him to reach out to people of faith whom he associates with.

“I didn’t want to exclude anyone,” he said. “It was just like giving a discount to the Boy Scouts or the military - and they made it an ugly thing.”

While the Freedom From Religion Foundation apparently wants Rose to discontinue the discount, he said he has no plans to comply...

And that a lawyer he consulted with said that the atheist group doesn’t “have a leg to stand on.”

“From their argument, if I’m giving a discount to the elderly, it’s agism. If I give one to police offers, I’m prejudiced against people who aren’t police officers,” Rose said.

The discount will remain in place - unless a judge tells him he is violating the law. In that case, he said he would comply, but that he doesn’t believe he has violated any statutes.

He also made an important point about the faith-based discount: one doesn’t actually need to be a church-goer to receive it.

“I didn’t say you had to go to church. I said come in with a church bulletin,” he said, noting that some churches publish their Sunday bulletins on their websites.

“Atheists can download it and bring it in.”



The pizza shop owner said, though the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested that he write a letter, to explain how he plans to “remedy the problem,” he has no plans to offer an official response.

“I really wonder if this is the best use of their resources. What are they doing about ISIS, what are they doing about joblessness?,” he said. “My 45-cent discount - that’s a battle they should [wage]?

Rose said that he has been encouraged by the support he received in the wake of the complaint, noting that conservative legal firms have offered to help if needed.

He also noted that this isn’t the first time the Freedom From Religion Foundation has gone after targets in Searcy, a town of just 17,000 residents.

Earlier this year, the group asked that a cross on display outside the local police department be removed. Rose also said the the organization went after the city council, to try and halt public prayer back in 2010.

In a separate incident, the Freedom From Religion Foundation recently convinced Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to abandon its prayer discount -

After sending a similar threatening letter to owner Mary Haglund.



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 Carpool arrangements gone bad

Martha had arranged for a carpool for her daughter Juliet, to go for her tennis classes. It was her turn on Wednesday, but her husband had the car.

She felt awkward to tell the woman with whom she had the carpool arrangement, that she would not be able to take her turn.

Since it had to be done, she called the woman and explained. The other woman agreed and just a few minutes before she was due to arrive, Martha's husband showed up.

It was too late for her to call her carpool partner and explain that she could make it after all. So she asked her husband to park the car in the garage and close the garage door.

Martha instructed her daughter Juliet... that she should feign ignorance about her father's whereabouts. Everything was set, but the husband did not remember to shut the garage door.  

He was chatting with a friend right in front of the garage, with the door open! Came along the carpool friend and took Juliet for the tennis classes.

When Juliet returned, Martha asked her if the carpool friend had noticed.

"She did," replied Juliet.

She asked me, "Which one of the two men in front of the garage, was my father" ...

I told her, "I have no idea?"







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 Summer is nearly over and it's back-to-school time. If you can, send your kids to college so they get a degree and at least then they will know what kind of work they're out of. -- David Letterman

 Starbucks in New York City is now selling liquor. I was in Starbucks earlier today. I got a grande cappuccino with five pumps of Wild Turkey. -- David Letterman

 What's great this time of the year is the Little League World Series. Does it seem like the kids are getting older in Little League ball? When I watch the Little League World Series, my favorite part is when they show the players' wives. -- David Letterman

 Disney's stock just reached a new high this week of $90.37 a share. That's when you know tickets to Disney World are too expensive — when it's actually cheaper to own part of the company. -- Jimmy Fallon

It seems everyone’s upset with President Obama. Congressman Paul Ryan claimed that Americans are having buyer's remorse about President Obama. I think they might be right because today I saw Obama just standing next to an ice cream maker and a Bowflex. -- Jimmy Fallon





 Next weekend Los Angeles is holding its first riverboat race. All that's missing is a river in Los Angeles with water. -- Conan O'Brien

 Whole Foods has started selling rabbit meat. They're killing them humanely. They're using only rabbits that died of shock after seeing the prices at Whole Foods. -- Conan O'Brien

 The man who created the first Internet pop-up ad now says he's sorry. The man also says that a 15-minute call to Geico could save you 15 percent on car insurance. -- Conan O'Brien

 Analysts say that President Obama has been ignoring Hillary Clinton's advice for years — which is why we've yet to see him in a pantsuit. -- Conan O'Brien

 In response to criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said it will build them a larger habitat. When asked for comment, a killer whale said, "Hey, you know what's a larger habitat? The ocean!" -- Conan O'Brien



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 Obama is implementing a plan to install a kill switch in all cellphones... so he has absolute control

Imagine for a moment... there is a take over of the federal government. Now imagine that those same radicals can shut down the cell phone system nationwide? 

Now imagine the same scenario... whereby the federal government can also completely shut down the internet?

The Obama regime is working on putting this control scheme into place, right now! HEY! ... Time to WAKE-UP citizens! 

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Most Californians probably think their government was looking out for them when it passed SB962. The legislation requires phone manufacturers to install a "kill switch" in all smartphones sold in the state.

The politicians will tell you they're trying to make stealing phones less attractive, since they can remotely shut down them, making them worthless.

At least that's what they're saying when the cameras are rolling, and when people aren't paying attention.



There's a dangerous consequence to installing this supposed safeguard.

On the surface, it sounds like a way to deter thieves. But really, it just gives the government another way to shut down communication and control their citizens.

If you need proof, think about what would happen if the police in Ferguson had access to a smartphone kill switch.

In the beginning, they did everything they could to stop you from learning what was happening on the ground...

They banned helicopters from reporting from the sky. Grounded all drones that had the ability to record. And they've cracked down on any news reporters or journalists they've come across.

In fact, most of the footage you seeing coming from these ongoing protests are from smartphones. The very smartphones that can be turned off - if the people in charge think its necessary.

Unfortunately, no one will hear this story. When they talk about kill switches, they'll tell you about the rise of cellphone thefts over the past ten years.

They'll cite how much an iPhone sells on the black market. And they'll make you terrified to ever take your eyes off your device.

They're hoping you take your eyes off the real danger.



What's the big deal, you're probably saying. After all, only Californians have to worry about it. They made their bed by electing the politicians who passed the bill. Now they have to sleep in it.

If only that were the case.

You see, California just so happens to be the largest phone market in the country, which makes sense since they have the largest population.

So a law passed in the state has more influence than a law passed in a state like... Wyoming.

What does this mean? Well, if phone manufacturers are going to change their design so they can do business in California, they're going to wind up selling those kill switch phones in the other 49 states.

So how long before other state governments follow the Golden State's example - and pass kill switch legislation of their own?

Who wants to bet... Missouri is one of the first states to follow their lead?



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 Burger King is moving to Canada!

In a proposed deal, detailed by the Wall Street Journal Sunday night, the iconic American brand Burger King is buying the Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton’s.

Burger King is no longer a U.S. owned company - in 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake.

The deal is important for two big reasons. First, it would create the third-largest quick-service restaurant provider in the world, as the Journal noted:

A person familiar with the matter... said a deal between the two companies could be struck soon, though additional details on timing couldn’t be learned.

Tim Hortons has a market value of about $8.4 billion, while Burger King’s is about $9.6 billion, so together the restaurant companies are currently worth about $18 billion.



Second, the deal would enable Burger King to dodge U.S. taxes through a so-called “tax inversion,” keeping cash - and its base of operations - in the Great White North.

Canada’s federal corporate tax rate is 15 percent - quite a bit lower than the U.S. rate of 35 percent.

Analysts say it’s a direct challenge to the Obama White House.

So much for the theory that Treasury could chill future inversion deals by hinting of possible action.

The Burger King deal throws down the gauntlet - and Treasury almost certainly will have to respond, by proposing curbs on interest payment deductions.

After Burger King released the "Gay Pride Whopper," Obama wouldn’t dare go after them.

We all know, Barry’s first allegiance is to homosexuals, then Muslims, then blacks... and then anyone who pays his speech fees or offers free golf.

Now, when you can find Anti-American homosexual Black Muslims with tons of money to bribe politicians – Trifecta baby!!! Barry is in the house!



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 Cop gets pranked with 4,000 Post-it Notes all over his police car

It was a pretty colorful for a Kansas City Police detective... when his colleagues covered his Ford Taurus with 4,000 Post-it notes, as a prank to mark his 50th birthday. 

Detective Stuart Littlefield, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department, admits he deserves this - as he is a serial prankster and often the first to cause trouble. 

His reaction was pretty upbeat. "Yup, they got me good this time.

This was supposed to be a low-key birthday. When you're 50, you don't want anyone to know about it. That kind of blew up in my face," said Littlefield.

"I can't tell you exactly what I said, but the gist is, 'Golly, they got me.'" 

The pranksters' handiwork is a lovely work of art: color blocking, pink tires, peace signs, and a smiley face.

Littlefield adds, "'Creative' is a word. I can think of another word I can't say on camera, since we're talking to the public."

No one has confessed to the prank ... and Littlefield has yet to investigate who's behind the prank, but he promises to get them back.




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 On your mark... get set... GRILL!

Before you start the grill, get up to speed on the proper way to eat corn on the cob.

Did you know... dogs like corn on the cob too! However most dogs bite the whole cob, just like when you give them a bone.

Meet Coco - "The Corn Dog!" She takes small dainty bites, just like people do. Such a nice, polite doggie!

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AMoqUY3ZWk&feature=player_embedded



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8 reasons you'll overpay for your next car

Purchasing a vehicle is a big investment, so you want to make sure you do it right. Just as important, you want to make sure you don't do it wrong.

To help you save cash on your next car, we've consulted with financial and car-buying experts... to find out the most common and expensive auto-buying mistakes.



So, here are eight reasons why you may overpay on your car (unless, of course, you take our advice).

1. You'll get the dealer's extended warranty.
2. You'll negotiate based on your monthly payment.
3. You'll cave on your trade-in price.
4. You won't shop around enough or do enough research.

5. You'll go to the dealership alone.
6. You'll buy new.
7. You'll rush to buy.
8. You'll fall for sales tricks.



Be familiar with common strategies employed by dealerships and sellers. For example, MSN Money warns against the "four-square" trick. (I've had this one used on me.)

In this trick, the salesperson draws four boxes with a number in each: your old car's trade-in value, the new car's price, the down payment, and your monthly payment.

"From there, the salesperson begins crunching numbers - most likely making it too hard for you to follow," writes MSN.

He or she will shift your focus to the monthly payment, which can result in a longer loan and a higher interest rate.



Another common trick is to heighten your sense of urgency, says Business Insider via Gregg Fidan, founder of RealCarTips.com and the author of "Honest Guide to Buying a Car."

(On a side note... Obama has been playing this "urgency" game with you for six years. He creates a phony crisis - and then pretends to fix it.)


For example, the dealer may tell you "that color is not available; there's only three left statewide; the price is good only for today; someone else is interested in the car, better decide quickly, etc."

In this case, be patient and courteous, but remain level-headed and never rush to buy. Study up on Fidan's list of: 112 car-buying scams.

To sum up the list: Don't let yourself get too caught up in the excitement of shiny metal, and remember that in six months that "new car excitement" will have faded, and you'll be due for an oil change.

On another side note... after Obama leaves office as president...

He'd make a great used car salesman... "Don't you think?"

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How Obama and the NSA breaches "secure" email and corporate firewalls... via backdoor access

"It's a scary thing to comprehend," says Nicco Mele, technology expert and Harvard professor. "The very tip of the iceberg," he then adds.

If you bank online, or if you have a Web-based email account like Gmail or Yahoo, you best pay heed to Mr. Mele's words.

It's best if we tell the story in chronological sequence... 

The story begins with one of the most important documents spilled by Edward Snowden.

Back in September, we learned the NSA had cracked most of the Internet encryption protocols we take for granted.

The little padlock symbol you see in your Web browser when you're on a "secure" site? The NSA can pick the lock.



As long ago as 2000, the NSA "began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad - to build entry points into their products," The New York Times reported.

We pointed out the problem at the time:

If it's easier for the feds to crack encryption codes, it's also easier for foreign governments... or terrorists... or organized crime... or run-of-the-mill hackers sitting in their boxers in mom's basement.

Credulous cybersecurity "experts" sounded shocked:

"We thought the NSA would never be crazy enough to shoot out the ground they were standing on," said Johns Hopkins cryptography professor Matthew Green, "and now we're not so sure." 

The "blue-ribbon panel" appointed by President Obama to investigate "reforming" the NSA took notice.

It didn't go so far as to call the NSA "crazy," but on Dec. 18, it did declare the U.S. government should not "in any way subvert, undermine, weaken or make vulnerable generally available commercial software." 

Two days later, another Snowden bombshell:

To achieve its aims of purposely degrading Web encryption, the NSA paid $10 million via a secret contract to RSA --

"
One of the most influential firms in the computer security industry" as described by Reuters, which broke the story.



"Although that sum might seem paltry, it represented more than a third of the revenue that the relevant division at RSA had taken in during the entire previous year, securities filings show."

RSA is a subsidiary of publicly traded EMC Corp. For what it's worth, EMC shares have basically gone nowhere this year.

The key to effective cryptography is a random number generator.

But the numbers coming from RSA weren't always random.

"If the numbers aren't truly random," writes financial blogger and techno-whiz Karl Denninger, "you can compromise the encryption.

"This is much easier than actually trying to break the code itself," he says, offering this pithy analogy:

"Think of it as a safe with a big, thick door and a nasty, unpickable lock -- but because you want to break in, you get the owner to install a cheesy $20 screen door on the side of the vault."

RSA is telling its customers to stop using the compromised number generator... but the software doubtless remains in widespread use.

The horse has already exited the barn. Or the safe with the screen door, as it were.

"If the allegations are true, a company that's sole purpose to build trust -- and that's what cryptography is -- and they can't be trusted...


T
hen I don't want to be part of that," says Josh Thomas. Mr. Thomas is "chief breaker" at the information security firm Atredis Partners.

He was going to deliver a presentation next February to 15,000 people at a cryptography and security conference in San Francisco hosted every year... by RSA.



But not now. Although there's a Chinese wall between the firm and the conference, "the problem is that they do share a name," Thomas tells the website Raw Story.

"They are furthering the RSA brand.
Everyone who gets on stage is furthering the credibility of the company."

Nor is Thomas alone in pulling out. So is Mikko Hypponen, lead researcher for the Finnish computer security firm F-Secure.

"You had kept on using the generator for years despite widespread speculation that NSA had back-doored it," he wrote in an open letter to RSA. 

As we suggested 11 days ago, President Obama is likely to go along with the commission he appointed... and slam the back door shut - but only temporarily?

We're only more convinced after the latest Snowden scoop from over the weekend.

According to the German newsweekly Der Spiegel, the NSA has compromised the firewalls of almost every corporate computer network:

"An NSA division called ANT has burrowed its way into nearly all the security architecture made by the major players in the industry --


I
ncluding American global market leader Cisco and its Chinese competitor Huawei, but also producers of mass-market goods, such as U.S. computer-maker Dell.

"Another program," Spiegel reports, "attacks the firmware in hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung
...

A
ll of which, with the exception of the latter, are American companies."

And the crash reports you send to Microsoft whenever your Windows machine hiccups?

That all ends up with the NSA too -- knowledge the agency could use to install malware to spy on you more directly. 



The White House doesn't care a whit about your privacy. But it does care about whether the likes of Cisco and Microsoft remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The U.K. Independent has just pored over financial filings by Cisco and IBM...


F
inding sales to the Asia-Pacific region falling $1.7 billion year-over year since the Snowden leaks began.

"US companies have seen some of their business put at risk because of the NSA revelations," according to James Kelleher from Argus research.

NSA spying -- at least in its current form -- is bad for American business.

Once the NSA is put on a bit of a leash, look for corporate IT departments to spend billions upgrading their systems to close the many and sundry back doors.

Ditto for government agencies that might not care about the NSA, but do care about Russian and Chinese hackers.

Such a move would fit right in with "Obama's secret war" -- a code name our research team is using to describe a host of seemingly unrelated events --

NSA spying, Chinese covert action and a $9 billion shakeup at one of the marquee firms in the cyber-security sector.





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 America's space program held hostage by Russia... you can thank Obama for this mess

Can NASA recapture the glory of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, when millions of people around the world watched Neil Armstrong step gingerly onto the lunar surface?

Or did the 30 years of space shuttle flights make spaceflight too routine? 

Three years ago the shuttles were retired, sent to museums, and U.S. astronauts lost their own ride to space, forced to buy seats on Russian rockets, to get back and forth to the International Space Station.

That has put the U.S. in a very bad position, former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told "Power Players."

"We’re in a hostage situation...

Russia can decide, if it wishes to do so, no more U.S. astronauts can ride to the International Space Station, and that’s not a position that I want our nation to be in," Griffin said.



Even before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, new tensions were rising between the U.S. and Russia.

The Russian deputy prime minister threatened this spring: "I
f America wants astronauts in space, it should get a trampoline." 

There is, however, a new space race. Private companies are competing for billions of NASA dollars to build the next spaceship for U.S. astronauts and NASA will soon decide which of the competitors will get the contract.

Sierra Nevada is building a newer, sportier version of the old space shuttle. It is a sleeker passenger craft that could land anywhere a 747 lands -- perhaps at one of the many spaceports popping up around the country.

SpaceX has the Dragon, the first commercial ship to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, but it is not yet rated to carry humans. 

Boeing is developing an Apollo-like capsule, the CST-100, which would carry seven astronauts. NASA wants the winning design to launch by 2017.

But many want the U.S. to go beyond just Earth's orbit.



Getting a consensus from Congress is the challenge. Should NASA go back to the moon, or send humans to Mars? Or proceed with the plan to capture an asteroid?

Griffin says these missions are tied together -- one step leads to another.

“We should be preparing to go to Mars,” he said.

“We should be using the experiences that we gain learning how to live on the moon to enable us to learn how when we get to Mars to live there for a while...

Because when we go to Mars, you're not coming home quickly. It's going to be a six or seven-month trip one way.

Then you're going to be there for a year, and then you're going to come home. 

Griffin added, “It'll be the kind of thing that human beings haven't done... since the great voyages of discovery.”



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 Under Obama's failed foreign policy... America's power fades, as Russia's power increases

Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Deploying troops to Crimea. Now Russia has began the invasion of Ukraine. 

Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles, while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors?

Russia is one of the world’s largest oil producers and has the power of veto on the U.N. Security Council, but it remains an authoritarian state, rife with corruption and economic struggles.

Is our toxic relationship something to worry about? 

I'm inclined to agree that Russia, despite its many systemic problems, is more than a marginal power in this day and age. The adjective "marginal" is imprecise at best.


In my subjective opinion, Russia's influence is expanding based on it's aggressive actions of late. America is headed downhill, with much less influence on the world stage.

Russia is growing stronger - because we have a dummy handling things.



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 Conservatism and common sense are under attack by corrupt big government Democrats

The nation's largest union, the AFL-CIO, is spending $300 million this year to try to defeat conservatives.

Emily's List, Planned Parenthood, Ready for Hillary, a George Soros group and other liberal Super PACs are already spending millions to attack.

On top of that, we see how the liberal media tries to go after us on a nearly daily basis.

Liberals are threatening, “We will bury you in false and misleading attack ads.” Americans must refuse to back down.

Don't stand by idly... as national Unions bus in supporters and liberal Super PACs funnel money into big TV buys.



We must continue to push for the reforms, that you know make government work for taxpayers:

• Stand up to Union bullies
• Lower taxes
• Cut red tape that prevents job growth
• Eliminate government fraud and abuse

You can help stand up to the Union bullies. Conservatives don't have to take this abuse.

The stakes are high. Let’s put taxpayers back in charge of government.

For six long and damaging years, Obama and the radical liberals have wasted trillions of dollars and destroyed most everything they touched.

Time to kick the bums out... so we can undo the damage they have inflicted on America!



 
 

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