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L. Neil Smith's
Number 725, June 16, 2013

The only reason we have plane and subway and
shoe bombers in America is because America
seems like a country in dire need of a good
plane, subway, or shoe bombing to foreigners.

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Think Before You Donate!

I realize what folks do with their money is their own business, but felt this was informative and might prove helpful.

As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep the following facts in mind:

The American Red Cross
President and CEO Marsha J. Evans'
salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses

March of Dimes
It is called the March of Dimes because only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way
President Brian Gallagher
receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

CEO Caryl M. Stern receives
$1,200,000 per year (100k permonth) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.
Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year.
Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business.
You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT. He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy.
$0.00 goes to help anyone!
Stop giving to this man.

Instead, give it to any of the following go "green" and put your money where it will do some good:

The Salvation Army
Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year(plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.
96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars
National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

TheDisabled American Veterans
National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Military Order of Purple Hearts
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Vietnam Veterans Association
National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

Make a Wish
For children's last wishes.
100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.

St. Jude Research Hospital
100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and cannot afford to pay.

Ronald McDonald Houses
All monies go to running the houses for parents who have critical Children in the hospital.
100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.

Shriner's Hospitals for Children
100% of donations go to pay for research and treatment of children with defromities and burns.
There is no outside support from Government or Foundations, only through generous donations. The costs are nearly 2 million dollars per day to operate the 22 orthopedic and burns hospitals around the world.

Please share this with everyone you can.

Bill Kristol doesn't get it

On 10 June 2013 The Huffington Post published the following following

in which Mr. Kristol, a conservative [ jackass would be a better description, Kkristol has been a public jackass for decades now—Editor ], defended NSA's indiscriminate snooping of people's phone records as necessary to national security and that the Republicans were acting incorrectly lumping this in with the other scandals affecting Mr. Obama. He is incorrect, of course. It is the American people, not the GOP, who see things this way. In the spirit of partisan politics the Republicans are just trying to get on this band wagon. If the GOP was in power the Democrats would be playing the same card.

The fact is that since at least the Nixon Administration (when I was finally old enough to understand what I was seeing) the Government of the US has consistently and under both parties engaged in "a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism" against the American people. Both parties are guilty of this and it is disingenuous in the extreme for them to pretend otherwise. They frequently claimed they were "doing it for our own good," and maybe they even believed that. A man left homeless by a people burning out a nest of plague infested rats is no less homeless than a man burnt out by an arsonist creating a distraction for some other felony.

Those seeking political office could do worse than to run on a platform of ending this pattern, those holding it can do nothing better to hold their power by using it to end the war on American freedom. Ain't happening, of course, but you can't blame a guy for wishing the revolution could be bloodless.

A.X. Perez

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El Neil's video mention a few weeks ago

I have been curious about this since I saw Neil's email on it: ["Editorial Matters", Issue 722]

You folks remember that El Neil sent us a link of a YouTube video with a conversation between two fellows, years ago, where one mentions Neil and his idea of dropping (pasteurized) hog urine on the Iranians who held embassy personnel hostage as an inducement to release them...? Well, you may have noticed the video itself was several hours long, yet the link cued straight to the part where Neil is mentioned (some 2 hrs 7 min into it, IIRC).

I wondered how that was done—sending a YouTube link that cues up where you want it to vs. at the beginning. Here's how:

This fellow's website explains it simply <= click there ...

One adds this formula to the end of whatever hyperlink you send: #t=31m08s—which gets you 31 minutes, 8 seconds into the video when played from that link.

The formula would be... #t=__m__s ...fill in the blanks with numerical minutes and seconds.

I don't know if the one Neil sent used, say, "127m" to skip the first 2 hours and 7 minutes, or if there's a way to append hours with an "h" much like the minutes and seconds. Also don't know if you must use a leading zero on the seconds or not, or must use a leading zero when cuing to less under 10 minutes.

Ted Ball

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I was going to write a book review for

The End is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome by Kevin D Williamson

but I think the link below takes you to one that says most of what I'd have said and does it better. Worth a look.

Ian Titter

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