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A lot of interesting links today - thanks - But, I did want to comment on that first picture (the billboard about Obama postponing the election).
Usually, I would have found such a picture funny as all get out - for some reason I didn't with this one. I suspect it is because it is too true; given how much this president has used the law to get opponents off ballots (when he ran for Senate, I believe it was), appointed czars to avoid a senate hearing, and other "skirting the law" stuff I do believe that if a disaster would have allowed him to cancel the elections Obama would have - that is what makes this picture more scary than funny.
Would it be possible do you suppose that when our "government agencies" seize illegal heroin that they turn it over (re-sell) to legal pharmaceutical companies for use in the production of "legal" drugs? Doesn't that sound like a "sustainable" solution? Better still it would help to fund our ongoing and growing need for expanded policing as well as provide an opportunity to lower the cost of "legal" drugs. Just sayin!
Sunni vs. Shia. Seems to me I've heard that before.
ANC corrupt and inefficient? Should anyone be surprised?
I learned in business school the easiest way to make your bottom line look better was to defer maintenance--and hope you're gone before the catastrophic breakdown. The military can be forced into doing that. Congress...arrrrrrgh! And yes, new aircraft are more expensive, and procurement regs and congressional meddling have helped make it so, as does mission creep and changes in what the a/c is wanted to do.
Think about this, and read up on how the P-51 Mustang was built.