Kenneth Weene
RAF pounds pick up truck into the ground | NewsBiscuit
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In wave after wave of laser targeted weaponry the RAF have decisively destroyed a pickup truck yesterday. ‘We have strong suspicions that the truck wasn’t taxed,’ said an aerial reconnaissance expert, ‘or maybe the owner removed the tax disc a day early. Either way, it certainly didn’t look roadworthy, and almost certainly wouldn’t have passed its MOT had it not been destroyed.’ It is an operational objective of the Allies to remove all Islamic State vehicles that are not safe, taxed and suitably insured. ‘We’re cracking down on the illegal use of red diesel, too,’ said one of the operational commanders.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Too often humor (or humour) is one of the first victims of war (or police actions). Therefore, I salute this fine reportage from Great Britain.


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NFL says Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah shouldn’t have been penalized for slide, prayer in end zone
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The Chiefs’ Husain Abdullah returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown Monday night, slid on his knees and bowed in prayer. His celebration drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the NFL said Tuesday that Abdullah should not have been penalized. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement asking that the NFL take steps in response to the penalty.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I would prefer to penalize all such religious expressions as exhibitionist and outside the proper sportsmanlike rules, I certainly oppose treating Muslims differently from Christians. That is against all American values. 


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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?
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There are various ways to evaluate living standards, but by many of them, eastern Kentucky comes out at or near the bottom.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

It’s a hard-knock life, especially in some counties of the U.S. Check out the interactive map and learn about America.


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Having more than one cat in the city is ‘cruel’
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Dr Sarah Ellis, aresearch fellow at the University of Lincoln, examined the differences between farm cats and those in towns and cities for a BBC 2 documentary being screened next week.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Most cat lovers seem to think that cats are happy if there is more than one in the household, but I’m not so sure about that and neither are the researchers.


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The Hole in Holder’s Legacy
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The Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. failed to prosecute cases related to the financial crisis.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

The bottom line so often seems to be the bottom line. Our government no longer seems to be a balance between business and the public but is rather primarily a servant of corporations and the wealthy. We have moved back to the late nineteenth century. We need another Teddy Roosevelt to lead the charge up the hill of money.


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Supreme Court grants Ohio’s request to shorten early-voting period
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The Supreme Court ordered a halt Monday to early voting in Ohio that was scheduled to begin this week, clearing the way for the state to close polls on the Sunday before election day, when African American turnout has been heaviest.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I am of two minds on this case. On the one hand, there do reasonably have to be limits on when people can vote; it isn’t possible to have the polls open all the time, and Ohio still has a large window for voting. On the other hand, it is clearly an attempt by the right to attack the voting turnout of Black Americans.   If there is one mistake that we must not make if we are to keep our body politic functional it is is the disenfranchising of Blacks and Hispanics. We need everyone to believe they have a voice.


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Obama’s Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World’s Police States
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China is not signing up for the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But the Middle Kingdom has found a lot to cheer for in President Barack Obama’s growing push to rally international support for a crackdown on the Islamic extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq to expand the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate there.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

This may well be the biggest foreign policy blunder of the Obama presidency. We have given repressive countries like China, Russia, and the kingdoms of the Middle East a way to legitimize their behavior and worse to push the U.S. and Europe into collaborating in their repression.


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"Unelected representatives iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals between US and Europe, Asia-Pacific regions" Am I the only one who wonders how the common person is going to get screwed in this?
The Health Effects of Leaving Religion
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How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body

Kenneth Weene's insight:

The mind-body connection manifests itself in many ways, the connection between faith and health, both mental and physical, is a fascinating topic. It is a topic at the core of one of my novels, “Widow’s Walk”.


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Iowa shakes fist, tells Tesla to get off its property
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Iowa has told Tesla to hit the road – and not in the good way. The Iowa Department of Transportation cut short a planned series of test drives in West Des Moines earlier this month.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Automobile dealers all over America hate Tesla because they don’t offer dealerships as such. Perhaps that will come. But in Iowa there is another issue, corn based ethanol. One of the last things Iowa corn growers want is a car that won’t use ethanol (or other fuel).


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