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Disclaimer: I voted for Obama for president—twice. Peggy and I each sent his campaign some money. That said, I now despise Democrats. I received three virtually identical emails in the space of six hours. See the photo. Quite simply, this is (1) appalling and (2) insulting. The current news is horrendous—decapitations, weather, ISIS, Syria, Iraq, health care, Ebola, jobs … Many reasons exist to contact me and scare the hell out of me.

I was horrified by ISIS and the beheading of journalist James Foley. And further appalled at the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. This was the headline of The New York Times online lead story: "Obama Enlists 9 Allies to Help in the Battle Against ISIS"

Let's face it — the 2012 presidential election campaign began not long after the polls closed in 2008. But it took a while, until mid-2011, for signs of it to show up in the mailbox. Obama for America began the president's re-election effort with a package targeting a likely "early supporter." The front of the 4-1/2" x 8-3/4" mailing features only Barack Obama's face set against a dark background. When opened, the outer's panels fold out, revealing two quotes from the president in reversed-out white type.

Husch Blackwell's Postal Service Contracting practice group today released its list of the top 150 U.S. Postal Service suppliers for fiscal year 2010, and for the eighth straight year FedEx claimed the No. 1 spot with Northrop Grumman jumping from fourth to second. The list is compiled by David P. Hendel, a partner in the firm who has served clients' postal contracting needs for 29 years. This is the 15th year for the list. First-place FedEx transports Express, Priority and First Class Mail, and earned postal revenues of $1.372 billion in fiscal 2010 - falling slightly from the $1.4

Three weeks after the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2009 went into effect, the U.S. Postal Service is already making amendments to its methods of complying with the Act. PACT was designed to prevent the smuggling of tobacco products as well as preventing it to be sold to minors via the Internet. When PACT went into effect, mailing of tobacco products was limited to Express Mail service because Express Mail must be signed for, allowing the USPS to ensure that the person receiving the package was of legal age to buy cigarettes. Unfortunately, it had the unintended side

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