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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Late Night Snark...and a Bebbeh "In a recent interview, Texas Governor Rick Perry revealed that he has spent the last twenty months preparing to run for president. Then Hillary said, 'Call me when you’ve...Show More Summary

Blue State Blues: Santa Monica's Ponies to Be Replaced by Asses

Last week, in the dead of night, the city council of Santa Monica, California voted to end its contract with a businesswoman who stages pony rides and a petting zoo at the weekly farmers’ market on Main Street. There was no particular reason to end the contract. Show More Summary

Obama Speech Leads to More ISIS Recruits, Mainly from Turkey

President Barack Obama's announcement of his offer to arm and help Syrian rebels fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) may have triggered a surge in recruitment for the terrorist group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Memo To: All U.S. Citizens From: The Office of Senator Lindsay Graham RE: Thursday's List of Things That Will Get Us All Killed Status: Urgent Dear Citizen, The following are the threats to your Homeland...Show More Summary

Ukraine: Strategic considerations

In this essay I outline a strategic vision for the state of Ukraine. I begin with the main principles of the role of the state. I then argue that the Ukrainian state has largely failed to fulfill its role. I rejoice in seeing spontaneous...Show More Summary

Why Conservationists Are Opposing Maine’s Anti-hunting Ballot Proposal

For the past several months, Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) has been promoting awareness of the upcoming bear referendum and what it would mean for the state's bear hunt. This November voters will have the choice to vote yes...

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Parchment is Brittle---Do Not Eat! I hope you put some extra starch in your bloomers this morning because no slouching is allowed on Constitution Day. 227 years ago, on September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by delegates from 12 states. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE Little Gay Billy's BIG Gay Newsapalooza This and that from LGBT Land… • Frankly, I'll be amazed if the Supreme Court can push open the front door when they get back to work, what with all the petitions and...Show More Summary

Nato: Russia and Islamic State are the 2 main threats

Nato has described Russia and Islamic State (IS) as the two main threats to Western security, but says it can still talk to Russia despite its invasion of Ukraine. Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen likened Russia to IS in a speech at the Carnegie Europe think tank in Brussels on Monday (15 September). Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINEMaine Tea Party Governor Runs Away from Science…Literally Bwok. Bwok Bwok. Bwok Bwok Bwok… And also a Bwok Bwok. - Gov. Paul LePage pulled out of a long-planned energy forum at the last minute Friday, surprising...Show More Summary

US-led coalition partners in Paris to press for a strategy to defeat IS

  Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main playersShow More Summary

Several Arab nations have signed on for anti-ISIS air battle, say U.S. officials

It looks like the U.S.-led coalition to strike against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant organization is becoming a little less "Christian-y," as The Daily Show's Jon Stewart archly described the mainly European group of U.S. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Friday Margaret and Helen Blogging The intertubes' ornery 80-somethings have Texas politics on their minds. After noting that Republican governor candidate Greg Abbott's wheelchair is starring in his latest...Show More Summary

Inside the Former Soviet Union's Secret Nuclear Test Cities

Though it played out on the international stage, the arms race between the United States and the USSR took place mainly in rural, isolated parts of the world. The Americans tested their nuclear bombs on a desolate patch of Nevada. The Russians chose a barren polygon-shaped patch of what is now Kazakhstan. Read more...

Emanuel Proposes Tougher Curfew Restrictions

Facing a possible political backlash, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cited public safety concerns and uniformity with state law as the main reasons he wants to extend Chicago’s curfew law to cover everyone under the age of 18. [ more › ]

Coca Plants Discovered in Mexico For First Time

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Mexican government announced the seizure of 1,639 coca plants in the southern state of Chiapas. This is the first reported case of the plant, used as the main ingredient for cocaine, being grown and cultivated in Mexico. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Oh! More Things I Know: > The midterm elections are in 54 days. > In order to defend ourselves against ISIS attacking the homeland, all Americans should be required to use blackout curtains. What else I...Show More Summary

Batman Does Not Take The Sudden Reappearance Of His Parents Well

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When Thomas and Martha Wayne seemingly return from the dead to visit their adult son Bruce in stately Wayne Manor, the entire family must come to term with certain ugly truths in this Nerdist video. Mainly that all the Waynes are kind of dicks. Read more...

Jalen Brunson commits to Villanova

Arguably the top point guard in the class of 2015 has decided to take his talents to the Main Line. Jalen Brunson, the best guard in the state of Illinois and top-20 player in the nation, has decided to play for Jay Wright and Villanova. The...Show More Summary

Militant Islamists Ramp Up Offensive in Northeast Nigeria

The militant Islamic sect Boko Haram continues its rampage through Borno state, in northeast Nigeria. “Several churches are in ruins and tens of thousands, mainly Christians, are running to escape Boko Haram,” according to Fr. Patrick Tor Alumuku, Social Communications officer in the archdiocese of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Show More Summary

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