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MUSIC VIDEO: Aaron Copland, “Variations on a Shaker Melody”

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From his ballet “Appalachian Spring,” Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,”  derived from the mid-19th century Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” … Music by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Copland’s piece is instrumental; the hymn “Simple Gifts” has the following lyrics: ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought

MUSIC VIDEO: Battle Hymn of the Republic

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic is performed by the U.S. Army Choir at the Dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas. The lyrics of the Battle Hymn of the Republic were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861, set to the tune of preexisting traditional melodies. Lyrics sung in video: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of

With Obamacare Floundering, Widen Access to Health Care by Allowing Doctors Tax Deductions on Donated Services

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While undoubtedly not a favorite idea among government or private sector bureaucrats and paper-pushers generally, if and when Obamacare completely stalls out of the gates, how far could we get, providing medical services to the uninsured — or others — by allowing doctors to eliminate their entire tax burdens by deducting donated services? Positive incentives and grass-roots mobilization, focusing on the doctor-patient relationship, would seem

U.S. Missile Defense Test Fails Over Pacific

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The Department of Defense on Friday, July 5, 2013, announced the failure of a missile defense test over the Pacific, the third miss in a row for ABM tests. A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor missile launched from Vandenburg AFB in California failed to connect with its target, a long-range ballistic missile launched from an atoll in the Marshall Islands. According to the Pentagon: Program officials

High-ranking IRS official to “take the fifth” and refuse to testify before Congress on scandal

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According to news reports, an attorney for IRS official Lois Lerner has indicated that Lerner will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify before Congress.   Lerner is the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, which deals with nonprofits, including those seeking 501(c)(4) status. Lerner was to be called before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 22, aimed at continuing

Pulse of Russia – What’s New – May 14, 2013

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Pulse of Russia – Vol. I No. 1 – 5.14.13 Spy Allegations, Intel > Russia says CIA agent caught trying to recruit spy – Reuters 5.14.13 > Russia releases alleged CIA letter to potential recruit – USA Today 5.14.13 > Russia detains alleged CIA officer in Moscow – Detroit Free Press 5.14.13 > ‘Wig-wearing CIA officer detained in Russia’; Russia’s counter-espionage unit says it has

Boston Bomber Charged with Terrorism Crime of Using Weapon of Mass Destruction

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Marrianne Bowler, on Monday, April 22, 2013, held a court hearing in the hospital room of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to inform him that he has been charged with the federal crime of using a weapon of mass destruction, punishable by fine, imprisonment or death. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Massachusetts with origins in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, will be

Terrorist bombings at Boston Marathon, three dead and many maimed or otherwise wounded; investigations underway

Two comparatively small bombs were detonated on a wide urban sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street killing at least three persons, including a child, maiming dozens, and injuring more than 100.  The bombings, within less than a minute of one another, appear to be acts of terrorism and are being investigated as such.  Their lethality apparently was magnified by the close