Senator Kennedy has publicly decried the fact that Student lenders like Sallie Mae can make far more money when students default on their loans than when they remain in good stead. Under current federal law, Lenders are guaranteed nearly full payment for loans that go into default. Furthermore, with the massive fees, penalties, and increased interest legally allowed to be attached to such debt, lenders such as Sallie Mae (who own collection companies) can, and do get a "second bite of the apple" through fees on collection of this massively inflated amount. In fact, Chairman Albert Lord said in the 2003 annual report that their record profits were attributable to penalties and fees collected from defaulted loans. This has caused astonishing, paralyzing and ridiculously cruel hardship on millions of students who couldn't afford to pay the original amount in the first place, but are strongarmed into paying the massively inflated amount.
Well, here we are a decade later, and it’s the most powerful mercenary firm in the world. It has 20,000 soldiers on the ready, the world’s largest private military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, including helicopter gunships. It’s become nothing short of the Praetorian Guard for the Bush administration's so-called global war on terror. And it’s headed by a very rightwing Christian activist, ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, whose family was one of the major bankrollers of the Republican Revolution of the 1990s. He, himself, is a significant funder of President Bush and his allies.
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wet white gauze 'gainst hot raw metal
revolving dancers revolving chambers
a compulsion to drum
a purple thumb here and there
yeah the GOP got their photo op
then continued killing
stay on this side
don't run cross the street
i don't trust them
Abe's mother said
her history would prove correct
as the laser tracers fell
with a burst of infrared bomblets for good measure
take down a sign and reverse the flow
scuttleproof systems and 4D Maps with geolocation
it just means the asshats are asking for it
so be it
so be it
they shot a mayor in Louisiana because he was black
they shot 4 New Orleans activists
they shoot their neighbors
and they'll shoot you too
don't mind the killer bees
they just see an opportunity to thrive
over on the west side
ho ho ho
another 30 dead
happy new year
a few hundred more
every 4 hours an American Soldier is allowed to die
ever 4 hours another family must be notified
there will be no reunion on the tarmac
The Pump Handle has the scoop.
Thanks to all the scientists and public watchdog groups that brought the problem to light in the first place. To every driver out there, how do you feel about a company using the profits sucked from your pockets being used to lie to you? Maybe it's made you angry, angry enough to boycott. Maybe you know of another company endangering people's lives and wellbeing for a quick buck, if so you are encouraged to blow the whistle.
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It may come as a shock to people from other countries but our current President is not acting on behalf of America, and yes we Americans do realize it and yes we are trying to do something about it on many levels.
Seventy percent of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq, according to a new poll that provides a devastatingly blunt response to President Bush's plan to bolster military forces there.
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- SC Johnson
But don’t tell that to CNN’s talking heads. They continue to cast the move in purely partisan terms. Correspondent Elaine Quijano declared on Monday that not only are Democrats seemingly the only opposition to the “surge” plan, but they’re “seeking to cast a surge as an escalation of the unpopular Iraq war.”Maybe you are a blogger, perhaps a news junkie, some may be journalism students, if so, read Eric's stuff, digest it, then read it again in hopes that something will sink in.
Whigsboy vs Milloy:
Milloy begins the column by talking about a parent with a young girl heading into the sixth grade and she’ll need the usual vaccinations. This year, though, something’s different:
But this time, there's another disease on the list, one that the D.C. government is strongly urging your daughter be immunized against: the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is sexually transmitted. After all, your daughter is 11 and probably black, so the assumption is she'll be having unprotected sex in no time -- but don't take offense.