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Becoming Jane: A hint of the story behind the Austen novels


Pride and Prejudice. Persuasion. Sense and Sensibility. These literary classics poured from the pen of Jane Austen, whose life is skillfully recounted in the new film, Becoming Jane.

Jane views the world in words, words she scripts in longhand with a fountain pen, page after page, playing out the timeless stories readers have loved for generations. Stories equally at home on screen in the hands of the finest filmmakers. Magical words.

This newest film, though, tells not one of Austen’s stories but of her own life and the people within it who became the inspiration for many of the world’s most beloved literary figures. Any shortfalls in historical depth or variations in truth can be forgiven (for no 112 minute film can do this justice); simply sit back and meander through the life that was Jane Austen. «Read the rest of this article»

Demand Action For Our Veterans


The budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs is officially late. Instead of working to get it passed, Congress is caught up in a furor over Rush Limbaugh’s latest comments and’s most recent ad.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of AmericaWith the help of grassroots supporters, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America Action fund is running this ad to break through the clutter. If you’re interested in getting involved, whether you’re a veteran or a concerned civilian visit their web site.

As a recent report from the Government Accountability Office reveals, seven months have passed since the Walter Reed crisis and serious problems in veterans’ care remain.

As of October 1, the veterans’ budget is late. Until it is approved, the VA will be forced to ration care.

Now, it’s up to the President and Congress to approve the budget. Add your name to the statement, and demand they take action.

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