Mere words, from Salon: 
Tonight at 8 p.m. President Obama will deliver a speech from the Oval Office on the end of “combat operations” in Iraq.
The first thing to know about this is that combat operations are not ending in Iraq.
There are still 50,000 U.S. troops, 11,000 armed security contractors, and lots of other DOD contract employees in Iraq. Those remaining troops will, incidentally, continue to receive combat pay
Saying it, does not make it so.
Da pay gap, women’s earning differ from men’s not because of some nefarious plot, but because men and women make different choices. Who would have thunk, from Paul Wiseman, Useless Toady :
Single, childless women in their twenties are finding success in the city: They’re out-earning their male counterparts in the USA’s biggest metropolitan areas.
Women ages 22 to 30 with no husband and no kids earn a median $27,000 a year, 8% more than comparable men in the top 366 metropolitan areas, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data crunched by the New York research firm Reach Advisors and released Wednesday. The women out-earn men in 39 of the 50 biggest cities and match them in another eight. The disparity is greatest in Atlanta, where young, childless single women earn 21% more than male counterparts
Never married women with no children earn more than men. No big deal, except if you are trying to claim some female pay disparity. As marriage and chilld rearing are voluntary activities, nobody has to get married and nobody is forced to raise a child, the reason women earn less than men is the choices they make.
Smacking Stephen Hawking, from CNN :
Religious leaders in Britain on Friday hit back at claims by leading physicist Stephen Hawking that God had no role in the creation of the universe.
In his new book “The Grand Design,” Britain’s most famous scientist says that given the existence of gravity, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” according to an excerpt published in The Times of London.
“Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist,” he wrote.
“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going.”
I don’t get to smack around Stephen Hawking too much. however smart Hawking may be, he is flat out wrong. Science deduce from what it can observe. At some point science runs out of ability make observations and deduction. At the point science is force to stop, the existence of God can not be rejected.