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Alpha males

Apparently it’s exhausting.

Damn

If that had happened to me, I’d have to shoot anyone who took one of my Fudgesicles. Just sayin’!

Webcam for Seniors 101

Very cute.

The official version

Your FBI:

The FBI is teaching its counterterrorism agents that “main stream” [sic] American Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers; that the Prophet Mohammed was a “cult leader”; and that the Islamic practice of giving charity is no more than a “funding mechanism for combat.”

At the Bureau’s training ground in Quantico, Virginia, agents are shown a chart contending that the more “devout” a Muslim, the more likely he is to be “violent.” Those destructive tendencies cannot be reversed, an FBI instructional presentation adds: “Any war against non-believers is justified” under Muslim law; a “moderating process cannot happen if the Koran continues to be regarded as the unalterable word of Allah.”

These are excerpts from dozens of pages of recent FBI training material on Islam that Danger Room has acquired. In them, the Constitutionally protected religious faith of millions of Americans is portrayed as an indicator of terrorist activity.

“There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology,” one FBI presentation notes. “The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.”

The FBI isn’t just treading on thin legal ice by portraying ordinary, observant Americans as terrorists-in-waiting, former counterterrorism agents say. It’s also playing into al-Qaida’s hands.

Lower wages, higher costs

I learned this 25 years ago: government outsourcing is about patronage contracts, not saving money.

Jobless claims

Revised upwards.

Satire – or reality?

This really is a satire, but as Chauncey DeVega points out on We Are Respectable Negroes, it’s the subtext on just about anything conservatives say.

Hmm

Alex Lawson said last night he was hopeful that all the ruckus raising over Social Security and Medicare would get Obama to back off. Looks like the White House is reading the poll numbers:

President Barack Obama’s new deficit-reduction proposal will leave out changes to Social Security, and may exclude any increase in the Medicare eligibility age, people familiar with the discussions said Wednesday.

President Obama is considering a deficit reduction proposal that leaves out two of the most controversial measures he has put forth before, one affecting Social Security and the other Medicare. Laura Meckler has details on The News Hub.

“As the president has consistently said, he does not believe that Social Security is a driver of our near- and medium-term deficits,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said in a statement.

Changing the inflation formula so Social Security benefits grow more slowly and raising the Medicare eligibility age were ideas Mr. Obama had been willing to accept this summer, when he was trying to strike a deficit-reduction deal with House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

That deal ultimately collapsed after Mr. Boehner walked away from the talks. Democrats, who believe it is strategically unwise to put forward a compromise position at the outset, have urged that Mr. Obama not include them in the new deficit plan he is set to unveil Monday.

Instead of raising the Medicare eligibility age, the White House is considering recommending cuts to providers and possibly increasing premiums for wealthier recipients, people familiar with the discussions say. It’s also possible the president would propose changing the inflation calculation for other government programs, which currently use the same measure as Social Security does. The White House declined to comment on those discussions.

The whole f*cking thing is coming down

You can tell how bad the economy is, because I no longer get emails saying, “You should have marked that NSFW because I almost got in trouble.” But in case you’re one of those people who is still lucky enough to have a job, this is definitely NSFW.

Advice

Carville to Obama: Panic!

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