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Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

California may need help from the Federal Government

This story out today - link to text of letter from Gov. Schwarzenegger

Agency’s ’04 Rule Let Banks Pile Up New Debt, and Risk

“We have a good deal of comfort about the capital cushions at these firms at the moment.” — Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, March 11, 2008.

William H. Donaldson, who announced his resignation from the S.E.C. in June 2005, created a risk management office to watch for future problems.

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

It is the money that is broken - Greenspan Named

It is the money that is broken. - Good article in today's Wall Street Journal - (Greenspan named)

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
-- T.S. Eliot
"The Hollow Men" (1925)

Should be an interesting Monday, stock-wise and otherwise...

I wish I could say I had a firm grasp of where the truth lies here, but when a guy like Buffett says its so, maybe we outta listen:

Paul Newman passes

For my money the greatest American actor ever and by all accounts an all-around great guy.

Pastor Speaks About The Republican Party and Sarah Palin!

You have to see this!

There have been many pastors speaking about the upcoming election.

Now a pastor from Baltimore, MD; Pastor Jamaal Harrison-Bryant of Empowerment Temple speaks about the Republican Party, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Pastor Bryant makes reference to Sarah Palin being bipolar as well as beng a product of a trailer park.

You can view it on YouTube:

Conservative columnist: Palin should quit

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker tells it like it is: Sarah Palin is in over her head and needs to go:

Sarah Slideshow

OK, couldn't resist this one. Extremely funny Sarah Palin slideshow that skewers many others besides her:

Palin 'blessed', 'protected' from witchcraft

Now that we know this, we can rest assured nothing bad should be able to infiltrate Sarah's mind and soul now as she bones up for the upcoming debates (if there are any):

Chrysler switching gears, to add electric car by 2010; 3 prototypes include Jeep Wrangler

The mountain-climbing, desert-traversing Jeep Wrangler could be headed on a new adventure: to an electric outlet.

Manufacturer Chrysler LLC yesterday unveiled an electric-drive prototype of the Toledo-built model intended to go 400 miles — about the distance between northwest Ohio and Knoxville, Tenn.— on eight gallons of gas.

Michelle Rhee raised here, leads Washington DC schools

Here is a good story that has has completely been lost locally. I was familiar with Michelle Rhee's appointment to lead the troubled DC school system, but it was only today I found out she grew up in the area (apparently Rossford).

AAA Michigan says gas prices down 28 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen about 28 cents a gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $3.89.

Gas prices had risen quickly across the country with Hurricane Ike leaving refineries and pipelines idled and destroying offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. But prices eased amid the hurricane cleanup.

Care2 is proud to announce America's Favorite Animal Shelter contest!

It's here, animal lovers! Care2 is proud to announce America's Favorite Animal Shelter contest! Help your favorite animal shelter or rescue group win $10,000 by helping them get the most votes in our new contest!

How the contest works:

Need for heating help rising amid federal fund cut

With rising fuel costs and a stagnating economy, officials are anticipating more people will need help paying their home heating bills this winter through HEAP, the Home Energy Assistance Program.

But federal funding for the program has declined, meaning Ohio has about $55 million less than it did last year, said Chris Kozak, spokesman for Columbia Gas.

Toledo football franchise to join Walleyes in arena

A new species will soon be joining the Walleye in the fish tank.

The formation of a new arenafootball2 franchise that will begin play at the new downtown sports arena in April, 2010, is expected to be announced today at an 11 a.m. news conference.

Impact of election in Alaska-

Alaskans angered that Palin is off-limits

In stubbornly independent Alaska, the sudden intrusion of a political campaign into so many corners of state government -- not to mention Wasilla, where a dozen or more campaign researchers and lawyers have also begun overseeing the release of any information about Palin's years as mayor -- has touched a raw nerve.

Bush says government role essential to ease crisis

"This is a pivotal moment for America's economy," Bush said. He said that a financial contagion that began with low-quality home mortgages had "spread throughout our financial system."

"This has led to an erosion of confidence that has frozen many financial transactions including loans to consumers and to businesses seeking to expand and create jobs," Bush said.

What Russia Wants

The recent blowup between Russia and Georgia has ruffled feathers in Washington. Condi Rice has threatened a new cold war and warned that Russia will see itself isolated from the world community. Here is a great analysis of what this brouhaha is all about.

Moscow is not bent on world domination, just regional influence.
By Ted Galen Carpenter

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