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Should obama's first step in iraq be to end private contracts?

So, as some may know, the Bush administration has chosen to secure many assets in the Iraq war by relying on thuggish companies like Blackwater Worldwide, a group that has its own definition of Rules of Engagement (I.e., gun down the enemy, and the 14 civilians standing next to him). Many American soldiers have also complained that Blackwater's reckless tactics have made their own jobs even more difficult, costing them good will with local communities. Blackwater agents have been involved in everything from weapons smuggling to drinking on duty (resulting in "accidental" fire).

Meanwhile, Blackwater guards make some nice salaries-six figures-for their work. Their operations in Iraq have been limited by Congressional law and they are now subject to a variety of other "checks". But I'd like to see the new administration take things a step further and end reliance on private security contractors completely...or at least in combat zones. Or, is use of private firms and "mercenaries" the new direction in US combat operations? Maybe I'm overlooking some benefits?

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Democrats want change what kinda change

The real question is will that change improve everyone or just special interest groups I'm for helping minority groups but sometimes it seems they become the special interest group when some policies benefit them exclusively giving them special rights and priviledges no one else does. When will it be enough in taxes I lose 40% of my paycheck every time I get one just to taxes 90% of the time these taxes go to someone elses wallet doesn't even benefit me the tax payer. Were going to go through a tough ecnomic future is it really going to help us to be taxed more. Im a proliteriate or low income person its hard enough making it on 60 percent of my paycheck will I have to live in the streets when I cant afford my apartment because of exesive taxes Obama plan only seems to make the situation worse not better and do you really believe the rich are solety being taxed more no I think when they want higher taxes on the rich it means anyone with a income this is going to ruin low income families sure its nce for a black president but beyond that his policies are going to bankrupt families trying to make it in life who aint rich at all. Third he said hes lowering taxes on those who are not rich show me an example of democrats doing that then ill believe it but I dougbt anyones going to be living a better tommorrow once obama in the presidents share and no I dont want john mccain either hes worse

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What is the first step in building a house?

What is the first step in building a house?

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Will the memphis grizzlies ever turn it around

do you think the nba memphis grizzlies will ever turn it around and be a good basketball team
yes or no

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What do you think of these trades in the nba?

For me sooooo not happy with them what you think this season will look like?

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Do you think my mom would let me have this

Ok man I want a bat! I don't know why I just love animal and I like bats or a fox could I get a fox or a bat? And what would I need to do to have one and what a way I can talk my mom into getting me it please answer

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Where do i find good contractors?

I need a good Remodelling contractor to do my kitchen. Where is a good source to find quality craftsmen?

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What do you think of the new tax in texas, the texas margin tax?

This affects anyone in Texas or who trades with Texas.

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How much money do hairdressers usually earn?

What kind of trades are there?? I know of plumbing, and welding but I don't know of any others, please help. also, what do you need in order to become a hairdresser, and how much money do hairdressers usually earn? (around canada and america)

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What's a body piercing apprenticeship?

How does it work, and how do you get one?

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Can you help me amend my intro letter?

Hi, I am writing the following intro letter to my direct end user, I have a retail showroom selling custom-made curtain/blinds/wallcovering/carpet.
Plus help me amend it to a more appropriately expressed and persuasive letter with the correct format (best within 1 page) you may change here and there if necessary. Thanks for all the help and time .

THE CURTAINS SPECIALISTS NEAR YOU ! JUST 3 MINS’ WALK !

Dear Valued Customers,

Located within walking distance for your convenience! Reliable, trustworthy and–above all–professional! Costume made curtains, blinds, wall coverings, and carpet. You choose your materials, sewing, and delivery dates. From installation to coordination of the process with your designers and contractors, we make sure is done right!

For customers without designers or contractors, rest assured, we can suggest the proper materials, colors and styles of the curtains, blinds, wall coverings and carpets that suits your home or office. We have 17 years experience at your disposal! We are not satisfied until you are!

Come to our showroom! Show us your floor plan! We gladly do house calls for a FREE consultation and measurements!

Sincerely yours,

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How much does it cost to build an apartment complex?

How much does it cost to build an apartment complex in Ga on 17.5 acres?

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Madden 07 trades

Okay im the minnisota vikings and its week 5 and I really need to make a trade my qb is 38 and most likly retireing and my teams 8-1 (counting the preseson) so I plan on having a bad pick in the draft(22-32) and I need a qb I am willing to trade anyone except adrain peterson help please

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Do you plan to get in line for your bailout or handout ?

LOS ANGELES — In an announcement that launched a thousand unprintable puns, adult-entertainment moguls Larry Flynt and Joe Francis said Wednesday that they are asking Washington for a $5 billion federal bailout, claiming that the porn business is suffering from the soft economy - Do you plan to get in line for your bailout or handout ?

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Building a house

Where is my best resource for all I need to know about building my own house ?

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What: can a contractor make you pay for,,?

Can a contractor make you pay for services that were not ok'd by a home owner? Im getting my house remodeld and the final bill we already paid him but now he's charging us more for dumping services we already said no to. Can he do that?

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Politics

How to deal with politics

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How much will an addition cost on my house?

How much will an addition cost on my house?

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Environmental survey

Suppose you have discovered an excellent new technique for keeping dryland soils moist and fertile. How would you get your message to subsistence farmers?

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Too old?

I like this guy, im 16 he's 22 so I dont know whether I should go out with him, help

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What should my employment history be to immigrate to canada?

what should my employment be like if I can qualify for immigration to Canada? Should I earn a minimum salary or something? Does my experience have to be relevant to my qualifications? Is it wrong to change professions?

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Can anyone describe the african american experience under slavery?

give me your own opinions, facts, websites etc. tell me what you think

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How do you setup a macro for gaia online?

Hi. I saw a lot of your advice on questions talking about Gaiaonline. I know you said to fun mail you, but it won't let me use the fun mail, so I'm asking in a question. Heh, I'm still new to this site, so I hope you forgive me.

Anyways, can you help me set up the macro? I haven't the faintest clue.

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Where were you on 9/11/01?

Where were you and what were you doing on 9/11? I bet this has been asked, but I haven't seen it since I became a member.
I was in my 8th grade health class. Our social studies teacher walked in, turned on the TV, and the two planes had already hit. I had no idea what any of it meant, I was definitely way too young to understand it all.

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Who, exactly, is running for president and what do they stand for?

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What are some cool websites to customize pictures?

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Does anyone else think that what the us army is doing in iraq is nothing short of disgusting?

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Webjobs outsourcing

How do I get web development jobs outsourced to me in Nigeria?

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Men... can a woman ever make them happy?

I am on this serious commited relationship and this man is so grumpy 24/7... How can I help him to make himself happy so I can live in peace. He wakes in a bad mood and he goes to bed in a bad mood. Every other word is the "f" word. I grew up with bikers, farmers, and contractors. If anyone know these kind of people ya'll know the there langue isnt the best. But this man...o m g... His whole family, mother, lil sister. There all like that. I myself can stand it. I think it is an ugly word and shouldnt be used in every day conversations. Am I wrong. After a while it just plain ugly. This along with his grumpyness is driving me bilistic...!!!

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How accurate are background checks

I am applied for a job at gulfstream aerospace and they made an offer and I pretty much got the job...all I have to wait on is the background check.
I was charged with identity theft(I didnt do it, and have proof) but not convicted. The case is pending still. Is that going to show up in my background check. This happened 2 months ago and 3 weeks ago I got a job with wal mart and they ran my back ground and I passed?
Do you think I will pass this one?

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What is the health and safety at work act 1974?

i need a detailed summary of what it is please?

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Where can a non-violend felony find employment?

where can a person with a non violent felony get employment

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How do i get my child classified for special services nj?

How do I get my child classified for special services nj?

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How can i improve my players in madden 07?

i'm playin madden 07 on the PS2 and i can never get my players overall better in franchise mode. I can have a runnin back with almost 2000 rushing yards and a QB with over 4000 passing yards with like 30 TD's and 10 INT's. After the season their overall still drops lol. Now i can't get good trades when i try to trade players because they not valuable. Am i missing something here? Somebody help me!

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How are classes in america different than ireland?

I'm confused on the subject of classes in America and other countries. In Ireland we use 1st class or 1st year (secondary school). What's the bloody difference?? I want to know!!

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Do i need to earn a minimum salary to immigrate to canada?

should I earn minimum salary (or) my experiences is to be relevant to my qualifications for immigration to Canada?

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Writers block (can any musicians or writers help?)

Ok I'm a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes down to the arts, I'm am xurrently professionally studying music but I like to write novels and have started on sitcom but I can't seem to write music or write a story shat should I do? I was considering doing a stop-motion music video to one of my songs...Help :S Thanks

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How does a novice investor get started with online trading?

hello how does a novice investor get started ?...any tricks of the trade?

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Would you choose well rounded-people or people that can specialize?

Say you were the Dean at a University or better yet a boss of a Fortune 500 company. Would you choose applicants that could do lots of different jobs but all of them slightly average or would you choose an applicant that is really good at his or her job, but can only do that one task. Include any other criteria you would personally have.

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I need a job but theres none for me ;[

Okay, so I need a JOB in Retail.. As That is Wot im going to collage in september to study, I need ajob because I need to gett £600 Before June..
And I just want a job for somthing to do.. im 16 !..
and I cant find no JOBS in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. for Retail. There all Manager jobs or Assiant :| .. What Can I do.. ??..
go to shops and ask??. Even if they havent got any notice's up?? I've Always tried looking 20miles In Distant and Still Nothing :|

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I need good ideas for entertainment ( games) adult ones

I'm having a party and we are all bored, were all teenagers and we need some sweet fun ideas! nothing childish

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Why are republicans not following republican principes

With John Mccain you have to wonder what republican means I thought it ment small government low taxes and managed spending thats within reason. The republicans have been putting up some presidents of late that dont follow one single of these principles is it just me or should the republican party disband and let another party that actually follows it own beliefs

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Why is anyone special?

In this world of such a mass of individuals why is anyone special or even significant?
Everyone is unique but how is one special in a mass of billions of people.

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If a restaurant doesnt have the special that people want can lose their customers or not?

For example, one person goes to a chinese restaurant and ask for the special lunch and the guy told him today there is no special today and the custpmer saod oh ok so i comeback later, because i dont know what else to ask and the restaurant loses a sale and customer not a good business what do you think?

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How can i lose 10 lbs?

How can I lose 10 lbs in about a month?

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What does it mean when a guy tells/ writes to you: "you're very special to me :d"?

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Does special k diet work?

any one have luck loseing a little weight on the special K diet and if so how much?

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Lacking mojo

I'm an artist working in a dead end job. I can't think of nothing better than to have a job where you draw all day and get paid for it. I have been trying to "jump start" a career as an artist but somehow I feel like I lack the drive to become successful. I know in order to be successful you have to work really hard at it, but I feel like I've lost my mojo and find myself never getting to finish projects that I'm working on. Does anyone else feel this way? Does anyone know how to get it back?

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What do you think about the remarks mitt romney made in london and israel?

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Would you rather know a lot about one particular subject or know a little about a lot of things and why?

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