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Here’s a sign of progress on the Afghanistan front. The Taliban leader Mullah Omar is offering a safe exit if we would just go home. Even radical Islamists believe in ‘hail marys.’

‘Reconsider your wrong decision of wrong occupation, and seek a safe exit to withdraw your forces,’ said the message, which the Taliban said came from Omar.

Darn if this doesn’t take ‘big brother’ to a whole new level. Have to admit, the company has a good sales pitch to municipalities. Use our product and get more taxes.

A new high-tech aerial photography system that can spot an illegal porch from 5,000 feet is being marketed to tax assessors as a way to grow revenue.

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A fire chief can look at the image of a house and the nearest fire hydrant and know exactly how much hose to run. A police chief can mark the distance between his sniper and a dangerous man with a gun, or map out where a car chase is headed.

Aircraft accidents from September of 2001.

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