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  1. I passed by the bank on the corner of Corsicana St and Prairieville tonight at 10:00 PM and the lights were on. I circled around to the back parking lot of the bank and there were two vans parked close to the entrance. I got excited because I do have some of the dinar but couldn't imagine that the RV would be starting at night. I hurried home and located my dinar, gathered it all together, and headed back downtown to the bank. When I got back to the bank someone was loading what looked like a vacuum cleaner in one of the vans and another man was pushing what looked like a large garbage can with brooms and mop handles sticking out of it. The lights were off in the bank and the feeling of hopelessness rushed all over me. I sure hope I didn't miss the RV.
  2. HISD Board of Education approves creation of Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School WELCOME Greetings AIMS Community! I look forward to welcoming your children to the inaugural class of one of the nation’s first Arabic Immersion Schools. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin for both my bachelors and masters degrees, I began my teaching career in HISD at Lamar High School. After Lamar I joined the teaching staff of Houston Academy for International Studies (HAIS). In 2011, I became Dean of Instruction at HAIS, helping lead the school to achieve a National Blue Ribbon Award. Having spent my childhood in both Houston, Texas and Cairo, Egypt, I’m excited about leading a world-class school for Houston students. My experience in Cairo not only helped me learn Arabic, it broadened my world-view. The ability to communicate in another language is a marketable asset; fluency in Arabic is an extraordinary asset. While it may seem far away, learning Arabic will help your children gain jobs in the oil and gas industry, state department, and many multi-national corporations. Additionally, even before your children leave the walls of AIMS, their experiences in dual language will benefit them greatly. Research shows that bilingualism helps children develop their critical thinking, analytical skills, and an appreciation for different cultures. I look forward to a great school year! Kate D. Adams, Principal Email: Arabic Immersion Magnet School (AIMS) THE IMPORTANCE OF ARABIC IMMERSION
  3. 2 Million Bikers To D.C. Riding with Texas bikers Sunday June 7, 2015 At: Waco Texas We want the whole country to join US Texas bikers Know: The 170 arrested at the Waco shooting were NOT engaged in “Organized Crime”, “Racketeering”, “Drug Dealing”, “Prostitution”, Human Trafficking”, “Motorcycle Stealing” or “Mexican Cartel Business” as the propaganda assault that law-enforcement and the mainstream media have waged. Texas bikers Know: The COCI Meeting scheduled May 17, 2015 was publicly advertised two months prior to the Waco Massacre. Texas bikers Know: The COCI meetings have been taking place monthly and bi-monthly for 16 years all over the state of Texas. Texas bikers Know: The people that were attending this meeting are some of the most patriotic politically active people in the state of Texas. Texas bikers Know: “Freedom, Liberty, and Justice For All” is under assault and a system that promotes, enacts, and condones actions like the one in Waco is the tip of an ice-burg that proves to be a much larger problem.
  4. No truer statement have I ever read in the rumor section. going to go down the same road .............. going to go down the same road ............ going to go down the same road ............ going to go down the same road ............ going to go down the same road ........... going to go down the same road ........... going to go down the same road. Yes, I believe that, it has been going down the same road for quite some time now.
  5. It is a tragedy that two gunmen can arrive at an event in Garland Texas and open fire with the intention of killing as many people as possible and the talking heads of the Main Stream Media immediately assign the blame on the intended victims. The most tragic part of it is We The People keep listening to the lies they keep telling us.
  6. The Art Exhibit Link I had 4 entries in the contest. Didn't win anything.
  7. I'm not gagged, but I am all dressed up in duct tape with nowhere to go.
  8. I would venture to say that no matter whether the cop is bad or good, the suspects deserve the right to a fair trial. Killing them without due process seems a bit extreme. Cops do have the right to stay alive but so do the suspects.
  10. What a novel idea, completely disregard the concept of this being a currency governed by the standard uses of a currency. Do the banks now have the ability to capitalize with "civil asset forfeiture?
  11. Iraq’s fiscal woes For weeks recently, all eyes were on Tikrit, where 30,000 Iraqi troops, two-thirds of whom Shiite “popular mobilization” militias coordinated by Iranian military advisers, wrested that Sunni town from IS forces who had holed up there since their blitz last summer. The campaign highlighted one crucial fact: Without the support of precision airstrikes by the US-led coalition, the advance on Tikrit subduing the town would have been impossible, though to hear some government officials tell it, as the New York Times reported last week, “Americans deserved little or no credit, and many of the militiamen involved in the fight say the coalition air campaign actually impeded their victory, even though beforehand they had spent weeks in a stalemate with IS militants holed in Tikrit. Some even accused the US of fighting on the side of IS.” So now all eyes will be on Mosul? I would direct these eyes elsewhere. The military campaign in Tikrit against IS, whose forces continue to occupy much of the north and the west of the country, was tough indeed. But a more daunting challenge in the coming months, perhaps even years, will not be Mosul, but Iraq’s fiscal problems. Wars are costly and Iraq, though not quite broke, has a depleted treasury. And governments with depleted treasuries can act strangely, irresponsibly and even desperately. Few analysts in the Arab media write about it, but Iraq’s economy, afflicted with as many woes as its politics, is in shambles. Look at it this way: Iraq, like other oil producing countries in the region, relies on oil for virtually 90 percent of government revenue. But unlike them, it does not these days have the reserves to cushion it against the recent, precipitous fall in the price of oil. Over the last year, as every automobile driver in America and Europe will gleefully tell you, that price has dropped by more than half. Earlier this year, the government in Baghdad cut its budget by 16 percent, slashing spending by all its ministries, including the defense ministry, and has resorted to ineffectual, some will say mickey mouse, efforts to garner funds, such as raising taxes on mobile phones, airline tickets, automobiles, and cigarettes. Clearly that will not leave much of a dent in a projected deficit of $25 billion. The Economist, quoting from the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company, explained that even that projection is optimistic. The magazine’s correspondent, filing from Baghdad, reported in the last week of March: “The budget is based on an oil price of $56 a barrel, and assumes exports of 3.3m barrels a day. In January, Iraq exported 2.4 million b/d, at an average price of $41 a barrel.” And there you have it — a deficit far in excess of the projected $25 billion. To avoid a gridlock, Baghdad is resorting to desperate measures, such as selling a $6 billion bond with Citigroup, borrowing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, dipping into the Central Bank’s reserves (estimated at $78 billion), even urging Kuwait to defer some of the reparation payments Iraq owes Kuwait for its 1990 invasion. According to the IMF, Iraq’s economy has shrunk by 27 percent and unemployment now stands at over 25 percent, a figure that an industrialized nation, or a Third World nation with a dynamic economy, would consider disastrous. Moreover, foreign investment in Iraq, even before IS compounded the country’s many woes, was a pitiful $2.9 billion, which, again according to the Economist, is a “fraction of what Iraq needs to rebuild its war-torn infrastructure and revive its oil industry.” And we have not yet begun to look at the bitter, and still unresolved, dispute between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government in the north over the issue of an equitable distribution of oil revenue between them. To be sure, IS has contributed to the current free-fall in Iraq’s economy, whose mainstay is oil — estimated at 143 billion barrels, the fifth largest in the world and the highest in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and Iran. Traditionally, through its control of the oil sector, the central government, which employs about 40 percent of the labor force, influences virtually all the economic activity in the country, while the private sector plays a minor role. In 2003, when the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was established, its innocent experts, with doctorates in the discipline of economics, who knew, say, all about the co-efficient of cross elasticity but little about the Sunni-Shiite divide in Iraqi society, had a grand vision of an Iraq with a transformed, vibrant, diversified and modern economy, led by the private sector, and to that extent outlined the institutional reforms that would bring about that idealized outcome. All that came to naught, and as the Atlantic Council averred in a report last August, that same economy “remains virtually unchanged from the economy of Saddam Hussein days.” Sadly, the conviction — or at least hope — that we all embraced at the end of 2011, when American forces ended their occupation and left it to Iraqis to run their own country, namely that Iraq will move on, has now crumbled to dust. IS, lest we forget, first emerged in Iraq, initially as a response to the sectarianism of a Shiite ruling elite that refused to believe that pluralism, along with social equity, not the domination of one sect or one tribe or one ethnic group over another, is the major building block of a stable, dynamic nation. Now we instead embrace the conviction that sometimes the chickens will come home to roost.
  12. Iraq is increasing sales of the dollar to stop the decline of the dinar"Bank announced the central Iraqi, "he decided to take action in order to halt the decline of the dinar against the dollar in the local foreign exchange market, fromover double the share exchange companies in auctions selling foreign exchange, and open ports to sell the dollar in a number of government banks. The decline of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate US dollar in the local foreign exchange market to reach its lowest level during the nearly two years. The bank said it decided to allow banks to "Mesopotamia", "good", and "the Iraqi trade" government to open outlets to sell the dollar companies and small importers.
  13. Flimsy logic, if you are so upset about it, sue them. You'll end up wasting your efforts.
  14. The facts about how the USA system works is evident in the letter. The letter is the first act by the government in the past 6 years that has been an honest expression of the spirit of our country. The fact's are out now that Obama is not going to be able to turn us into a third world country.
  15. It doesn't make sense that people's thoughts could be controlled by such lame logic that they would think it's not okay for our statesmen to disclose the facts to another country as to how this USA system works. We are still a republic even if the imposter in chief doesn't know it.
  16. This is a petition to give the 47 senators a medal of honor for sending the letter to Iran.
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