Saturday Brunch Open Thread

Meet Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A, who recently said:

Company president Dan Cathy told a Baptist website the Atlanta-based restaurant chain is "guilty as charged" in its support of traditional marriage.

"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said in article published Monday by the Baptist Press. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

From 2009

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Socialist's Rock

abolish tax breaks, boost taxes on rich

Pay attention this is how it works.

French lawmakers Thursday backed a series of measures abolishing tax breaks and taxing the wealthy as the new Socialist government pursued efforts to kickstart the economy with a tax-and-spend programme.

Lawmakers later voted to back an emergency rise in the ISF wealth tax applying to taxpayers with a net worth of more than 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) and which is expected to bring in an extra 2.3 billion euros in revenues this year.

How dare they actually side with the people! Heh the government made promises and this is how you back those promises

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Party On The Square - Soundtracks of Summers Past

Hello and welcome to Party On The Square! Tonight at the Party we're traveling back. Where? Wherever the music takes us. I'm going to start us out in the summers of '79 and '80- I had my first job, working second shift in a shoe factory. When you work at a job that clocks out at midnight in a town where they roll the sidewalks up at nine, that means making your own fun after work and man, we knew how to make some, and some of the best fun was in the summer. And there are tunes that to this day can take me right back there.

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You're Doing It Wrong!: Fourth Estate My Heinie Edition

Welcome to You're Doing It Wrong, a weekly column taking the Powers That Be (PTB), especially the media and talking heads, to task for poor information and poor framing.

I'm so pissed I could spit at the so-called 'journalists' these days. I was trained as a journalist and did some work in news writing and reporting several years ago, so it chaps my hide when I see the pap that gets called news in these modern times.

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Weaving Reality VI: On the Thickness of Skin

The Storyteller took a deep breath and cast back for another memory, another story to tell. The Listener was patient, but did require the occasional feeding. The Storyteller chuckled at the observation. The Engineer glanced backward and nodded. And the Train switched to another happentrack.

The Storyteller began to sing. The Listener leaned forward. The passenger turned over, but otherwise remained sleeping.

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DoD Surprise/Friday Morning Open Thread

Active duty military may don uniforms at San Diego gay pride parade

The move, announced the day before the weekend festivities are to begin, comes in the wake of a repeal that went into effect last September of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, under which homosexuals were allowed to serve in the military only if they did not divulge their sexual orientation.

Watch the video.

Music down there

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Thursday Evening Open Thread

Historic drought covers nearly two-thirds of continental U.S.

The most extensive drought since the 1950s in the continental U.S. keeps getting worse. For the 10th consecutive week, drought conditions expanded.

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of the contiguous U.S. is experiencing at least moderate drought (as of July 17) - an increase of three percentage points from last week (on July 10), the latest U.S. Drought Monitor reports. More than 80 percent of the land surface is abnormally dry.

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Weaving Reality V: Diversity

The Locomotive's engineer cast hir mind outwards and sought awareness. The WeaveMothers, those consciousnesses which had distilled from the collective knowledge of all creatures in the Greataway were tending their flocks and new happentracks were condensing into existence. SpaceTime expanded. There were new choices for the path of the train to take.

The Storyteller plucked a poem from the past. The Listener perked up. The Passenger slept.

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