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First Time Mom to Adopt & Breastfeed Her Two Babies from Ethiopia -- Transcript of News Report by Chasity Mayes for KSMU Osarks Public Radio, on the Peaceful Parenting blog

“…[Sara Ward is] leaving for Ethiopia on September 23rd and after waiting over a year to complete adoption procedures, she’s excited about being able to give her children breastmilk. Ward has always wished she could breastfeed her babies, but never considered it as an option until a friend told her it was possible. Since then, Ward has been busy. She researched online how even women who have never been pregnant can actually produce breastmilk through pumping…”

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The Christology of Harry Potter -- Ryan L Bowen, on his website.

“…For years, I’ve heard complaints from Christians about why Harry Potter should be avoided at all costs – though they are quick to defend, praise and all but worship JRR Tolkein’s “Lord of the Rings” series and CS Lewis books. It’s frustrating on several levels. First, JK Rowling is an amazing author – both in style and story telling. Second, you simply cannot love Tolkein’s work and reject Rowling’s based on Christian principles. In fact, if anything, you should be quick to defend Rowling for making such an obvious parallel to the pained life, death and resurrection of Christ…”

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The Duggars: We’re Open to Having a 20th Child -- Reporter, People Magazine

“…when the devout Baptists and stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting faced the catastrophic aftereffects of their 19th child’s premature birth, many assumed they might be done. But now the couple – who only recently brought baby Josie home after being hospitalized for six months as she recovered from a perforated bowel and rare digestive problems – say they are ready to consider a 20th child….”

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Thousands of online banking customers have accounts emptied by ‘most dangerous trojan virus ever created’ -- Reporter, UK Daily Mail

“Thousands of British online banking customers have fallen victim to a sophisticated attack by cyber criminals who have stolen thousands of pounds from their accounts. About 3,000 online banking customers have been victims of a computer virus attack that empties their accounts while showing them fake statements so the scam goes undetected…”

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A Little Game We Like to Call “Prank the Newlyweds” -- Kim, American Mamacita

“Fred and I packed up the boys and some quickie Dollar Store purchases and headed over to Amy’s and Chris’ after dinner tonight to celebrate a time-honored tradition in our friend group: pranking the heck out of the newlyweds’ house. This tradition started almost seven years ago when Fred and I got married. It wasn’t out house that got it. It was Fred’s car. Aside from the usual painted messages and cans tied to the back…”

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Sharpie Reinvents Pen with Liquid Pencil -- Charlie Sorrel, Wired Magazine

“…Instead of making an erasable pen, it has made a non-erasable pencil. How’s that for smart thinking? The Sharpie Liquid Pencil contains an “ink” made from liquid graphite and lays it down just like a pen. Once written, you have three days to think on the validity and weight of your words. During this period you can erase it just like pencil-marks. After the three days is up, the pencil lines will turn to ink and remain inscribed forever…”

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Social Security in the red this year -- Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

“Social Security will pay out more this year than it gets in payroll taxes, marking the first time since the program will be in the red since it was overhauled in 1983, according to the annual authoritative report released Thursday by the program’s actuary…”

See also:
Fannie Mae Seeks $1.5 Billion From U.S. Treasury After 12th Straight Loss — Lorraine Woellert, Bloomberg News
US Postal Service loses $3.5 bln in third quarter — Reuters

Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture???

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Clearing the Air -- Opinion Editorial, Myrtle Beach Sun-News

“Quick. Name a legislative issue on which U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint agrees with the House Democratic leadership, i.e., Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s OK. We would have had a tough time, too, until South Carolina’s junior Republican senator sent out a news release last week headlined, ‘DeMint Praises U.S. House for Moving to Pass FAA Extension with Essential Safety Provisions.’ “

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Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure -- Ray Sanchez, ABC News

“A struggling family facing foreclosure has stumbled upon what is considered to be the Holy Grail of comic books in their basement – a fortuitous find that could fetch upwards of a quarter million dollars at auction…”

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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning -- Mario Vittone, on his website.

“…Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that most people expect… Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life…”

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Big Brother From The Ground Up? -- Bruce, GayPatriot

“…The Internet, blogosphere, New Media, and everyone owning a video camera device has made the “Army of Davids” also an check and balance on the “Big Brother” State. In fact, one could argue that We, The People are the true Big Brother (in a good way) by constantly monitoring and calling out the never ending moves toward tyranny by the Federal Government…”

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12 Tips for Outsourcing Your Business to the Next Level in Today’s Economy -- Scott Dinsmore, Elance Blog

“…Over my past four years, I’ve outsourced more business jobs then I thought possible and more personal tasks than some would consider appropriate… and I cannot imagine doing it any other way – and not to mention, it’s been a blast. Sound intriguing? …”

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Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water -- Mike Adams, Natural News

“…You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else…”

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Apple’s future iPhones may offer 3D recording of places, objects -- Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

“…Two new patent applications from Apple revealed this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describe technology that would generate a three-dimensional model of an object or place based on a recording. Users could then navigate the 3D space “in an order other than that of the recording…”

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Neighborly Lending In The Digital Age -- Alex Cohen, NPR Morning Edition

“In these difficult economic times, many Americans are wary of buying items they’ll use just once or twice and then store in the garage. But for those times you really need a hedge clipper, bread maker or camping stove, there’s a social networking site called NeighborGoods.net. The site is an inventory of items users are willing to lend…”

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Iranian regime’s sanctioned brothels at Imam Reza’s shrine in Mash’had -- Zand-Bon, Planet Iran


I’m having a hard time figuring out how this situation could possibly be more evil:

“The following is a direct translation of the below Persian document:

‘…We call on all our sisters who are virgins, who are between the ages of 12 and 35 to cooperate with us. Each of our sisters who signs up will be bound by a two year contract with the province of the Quds’eh-Razavi of Khorassan and will be required to spend at least 25 days of each month temporarily married to those brothers who are on pilgrimage. The period of the contract will be considered as a part of the employment experience of the applicant. The period of each temporary marriage can be anywhere between 5 hours to 10 days. The prices are as follows…’ “

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Aerobics (Cardio) is Not Your Priority in Lasting Weight Loss -- Mike O'Donnell, Fitness Spotlight


“…I believe the biggest mistake in the “mindset” of people today is thinking that enough exercise can get them the weight loss they want and should be their top priority. I was reminded of this recently by a person I see in the gym who is doing at least 2+ hours of daily cardio and some weights. He is in there 4-5x a week and I kid you not, brings food to the gym to snack on while he works out. I’ve consulted with him in the past and told him that he needed to focus less on working out and more on eating correctly, yet his response was “Oh…I can’t do that, I like to eat too much…so I need to workout instead”. Wrong……wrong….wrong. …”

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Revolutionary Father -- Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online

“Bishop Macram Gassis shepherds the founding of a civilization … And he does it through action: Life-endangering charity and clarity. Gassis is the Catholic bishop of El Obeid, which includes Darfur, and is less than 2 percent Catholic…”

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Infant is returned to blind couple after state places her in protective custody -- Lee Hill Kavanaugh, Kansas City Star

“Erika Johnson will never be able to see her baby, Mikaela. But for 57 days she couldn’t keep her newborn close, smell her baby’s breath, feel her downy hair. The state took away her 2-day-old infant into protective custody — because Johnson and Mikaela’s father are both blind…”

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call … Well, No, Actually We Probably Won’t. -- Sophia Dembling, Psychology Today

“I love seeing friends face-to-face. (Not in gangs, but one or two at a time.) I love Facebook. I love e-mail. I love letters, although it has admittedly been a while since I’ve written one. But I hate the phone. Hate it. Hate. It. ….”

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