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Going Wobbly

The U.S. and U.K. Both ‘Go Wobbly’ on Terrorism here.

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Jesus has Returned

Who knew that Jesus would return to Russia?

The beard and long hair are both present and correct.

And with his flowing linen robes and beatific smile he certainly does a fine impression of a holy man.

But to his believers in this remote corner of Siberia, Sergei Torop, a former traffic policeman, is the literal reincarnation of none other than Jesus Christ.

Read more here.

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Government Salaries

Bay Area newspapers are providing an online database of public employee salaries, and includes this note from the editor.

Today, we are launching a searchable online database with the salaries of more than 134,000 public employees — people paid with taxpayer money. The database is the result of work done by more than two dozen Bay Area News Group reporters around the region. Although we include 64 governmental entities, we plan to continuously update the database as we obtain more salary information. Providing this type of information supports our belief that government transparency is vital to democracy. Indeed, the Contra Costa Times filed a lawsuit in 2004 based on this belief. In a state Supreme Court case decided in our favor in 2007, 11 judges agreed. The result is one of the most comprehensive local government salary databases ever compiled in California.

Read the story and search the database here.

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Expensive Cars

The 10 most expensive cars to own and drive here.

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Hip Sport

The new hip sport?

Bowling.

Today’s average bowler is 29 years old, according to the Associated Press, citing numbers from Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing Advertisement arm of the bowling industry. Women make up 49 percent of bowlers. There are 5,500 places to bowl in the United States, and nearly 70 million people bowled last year.

And fewer of them are showing up because they’re in a league. Increasingly, bowlers are simply out for a night with friends, says Jim King, editor of Bowling This Month magazine.

“Last year, more people bowled than the year before,” says King, who also presides over the Senior All Star Bowling Association in Texas. “That’s the first time that’s happened, at least since the ’70s.”

More here.

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Al Jazeera

(Via Instapundit) Roger Simon states that Al Jazeera is better than CNN.

Al Jazeera was clearly better, more honest, more informative and more entertaining than CNN International or the BBC. And kinder to the US.

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Dangereous Cars

As an avid cyclist (both with motor and without), I find the following statistics not a least bit surprising!

More than 52,000 bicyclists have been killed in bicycle traffic accidents in the U.S. over the 80 years the federal government has been keeping records. When it comes to sharing the road with cars, many people seem to assume that such accidents are usually the cyclist’s fault — a result of reckless or aggressive riding. But an analysis of police reports on 2,752 bike-car accidents in Toronto found that clumsy or inattentive driving by motorists was the cause of 90 percent of these crashes. Among the leading causes: running a stop sign or traffic light, turning into a cyclist’s path, or opening a door on a biker. This shouldn’t come as too big a surprise: motorists cause roughly 75 percent of motorcycle crashes too.

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New Leader

Hakimullah Mehsud is the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

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Campus Club

Texas A&M agrees that a campus Christian club may remain Christian.

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Health Care

Personally, I believe that something needs to be done about health care in this country. What that something is, is an entirely different issue. However, whatever the something turns out to be, I think it should apply to ALL Americans, and that includes all government workers, including of course, politicians. It’s time to end the “this is for you but we have something else” dodge.

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Faith

Is Faith the Product of an Irrational Mind? See here for the answer.

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Kennedy and the Russians

In 1983 Sen. Edward Kennedy reached out to the Russians for help in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.

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Rent-A-Center

I once had a guy work for me who in a previous job had been a Rent-A-Center manager, and the activities described in this article ring pretty true to what he described to me.