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Reader Selected News For Week Sep 7 – Sep 13

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This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Sep 7 – Sep 13”

  1. captstubby says:

    Russia stands by ally Syria as strikes loom
    By Stuart Williams | AFP …
    Russia on Monday firmly stood by its ally Syria as President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign minister visited Moscow, warning that military strikes against the regime would lead to an “outburst” of terrorism.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, painted a dark picture of the consequences of US-led military action and insisted the regime was still ready for talks.

    and this from a old make belive movie…

    Bond :-: “And the daily reconnaissance?”
    M :-: “Every inch photographed. Nothing.”
    Bond :-: “Are the Japanese equipped to launch such a rocket?”
    M :-: “We don’t think so.”
    Bond :-: “And who else is?
    M :-: “That’s what you’ve got to find out and fast before the real shooting starts. This damn thing could blow up into a full scale war!”

    you only live twice

  2. captstubby says:

    Longtime radio host Don Wade dies at 72
    By Mitch Smith

    September 9, 2013

    Don Wade, a pillar of Chicago radio, has died of a brain tumor, about a year after the condition forced the morning show host off the air. He was 72.

    Mr. Wade spent 55 years in broadcasting, 27 of them at WLS-AM 890, according to a statement Sunday on the station’s website confirming his Friday death. In recent years, he worked mornings co-hosting “The Don Wade & Roma Show” with his wife.

    Colleagues said Mr. Wade was a relentless researcher who would wake up in the middle of the night to get ready for his 5 a.m. show. The “lovable curmudgeon” became a Chicago institution by knowing the topics he covered inside and out, said former WLS General Manager Michael Damsky.

    “I think that Don was probably the most influential local, perspective-based host in Chicago,” Damsky said. “This city has a great history of beloved personalities, some of them far more well-known or higher-rated than Don. But when it came to information and perspective, Don really was the gold standard.”

    Damsky said people trusted Mr. Wade in a deeper way than they did other radio hosts.

    “When there were big issues on the line that were of broad-based interest, people turned to Don,” Damsky said. “No one else ever commanded that kind of respect.”

    As word spread Sunday of his passing, fans on social media networks remembered the broadcaster as a comforting presence with a sharp sense of humor.

    “He was like a friend,” one woman wrote on the WLS Facebook page. “He and Steve Scott helped me get through the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, with their calm and professional reporting.”

    Tracy Slutzkin started as the Wades’ producer in the 1990s and rose to become the WLS program director. She said Mr. Wade was a mentor and friend who was “truly an exceptional man all around.”

    “He wanted to make sure Chicagoans got the best, thought-provoking, entertaining information every day,” she said. “And he worked so hard at it.”

    John Gehron was the WLS program director who hired Mr. Wade in the 1980s.

    “He set such a wonderful example of how to do a radio show the right way,” said Gehron, who remained friends with Mr. Wade after leaving the station. “He had tremendous credibility because he worked so hard and he had his facts straight.”

    In Mr. Wade’s first years at WLS, Gehron said, Roma would often stop by the studio and help with the show.

    “You could tell when they were on the air together that there was some magic,” Gehron said.

    Roma Wade could not be reached for comment, but a statement from the family on the WLS site Sunday thanked fans for their support.

    “God blessed us with almost an entire year since Don’s surgery to embrace life, love, family and adventure, all while knowing that his time on this beautiful earth was drawing to a close,” read the letter, apparently written by Roma but signed also by Mr. Wade’s children. “I love him more than life itself.”

    Roma Wade posted periodically on the WLS website after she and her husband left the air, writing last week that they had enjoyed a weeklong Caribbean cruise in July.

    “We did every single show and event and restaurant on the entire 18 deck ship,” she wrote. “We had a ball!”

    Mr. Wade is also survived by his two children, Hunter and Heather; and brothers Ralph Reavis, Raynor Reavis and Tom Wehde, according to the statement.

    A public service in Chicago will be announced later, according to Eliot Ephraim, Mr. Wade’s agent and lawyer. A family service also will be held.

    Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

    Steve, this was the Radio version of Sweetness and Light that i enjoyed for years.
    He Will Be Missed.

  3. BillK says:

    “Legalize it and tax it like Alcohol” was the cry of the pro-pot crowd in Colorado, stating that again and again.

    Well, it appears that projected taxes are too high for the pot-loving.

    From Denver’s KUSA Television:

    Tax opponents give away free marijuana

    DENVER- As political stunts go, Denver was treated to something special on Monday.

    At a kickoff for their campaign against taxes on the drug, pro-marijuana activists handed out free joints to more than 1,000 people at Denver’s Civic Center Park.

    “Let’s tax marijuana like alcohol,” said pro-pot lawyer Rob Corry, who led the launch of the campaign against Colorado’s proposition AA. “That is what Amendment 64 intended to do.”

    Coming from Corry, his opponents say that message is disingenuous.

    Corry promotes that he helped to craft and pass last year’s Amendment 64, which envisioned a 15 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana.

    That’s a heavier tax than the state imposes on alcohol.

    “It is the government that is being disingenuous and they’re performing a bait and switch misleading the Colorado voters,” said Corry.

    He’s upset that Colorado lawmakers tacked on a special sales tax in addition to the excise tax.

    Under Prop AA, the sales tax would be set at 10 percent and lawmakers would have the ability to lower or raise the rate to a maximum of 15 percent.

    “It adds up to 52.62 percent tax rate on marijuana in Denver,” said Corry, who included a local Denver tax question in his equation.

    Denver is asking voters to approve a 3.5 percent sales tax on pot that can be raised to a maximum of 15 percent.

    All of the aforementioned taxes would be charged in addition to the standard sales tax on retail purchases.

    “Money to go to the schools, I was all for that, but we just don’t want to be taxed so crazy that we can’t afford to buy it,” said Chrissy Robinson of Denver, who received one of the free joints at the event.


    Of course it’s still far cheaper than paying for a lawyer for getting arrested for possession.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I just tell my pothead buddies that they should just take a pound of pot down to the elementary school or the library and give it away to the crumb crunchers, and while they’re at it to give them cocaine, heroin and vicodin, because legalizing pot will have the same effect. It is a gateway drug. I know!
      At least now, most people try to hide it’s use from their children and others, but when it’s legal they will smoke openly. That will cause children to mimic the habits they see adults doing just like drinking, cigarettes, and sex. Pot use will go from a few percentage points of kids using it to 50%, which is the goal of the suppliers, cartels and liberals pushing this evil.
      But of course, they think I’m just not cool anymore, and trampling on their rights. Idiots!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Potheads have done more to destroy the human condition by virtue of wanting so very badly to be removed from reality. I recall sitting in high school and seeing the stoners. Useless, never accomplishing anything. Just a vessel of flesh to carry their altered-universe brain around.

    And, after going to some high school reunions, I checked on their “progress” through life. One is dead, many others have never done diddly squat with their lives, one gave it up and runs his own hardware store, but drinks to excess instead.

    Something about how different people are wired differently, I guess. But natural selection has been usurped by national socialism and liberalism when people choose to destroy their own lives, starting as young as early teens in my part of the bell-curve as I understand it’s even younger now.

    There once was a time when such people who chose to be useless would be left to die. That’s a perfect solution to me. If you have no desire to contribute, then I have no desire to help you sustain that attitude.

    Simple, effective, efficient.

    Turn them into Soylent Green and feed them to the fishes.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I began drinking, smoking cigarettes and a short time later smoking pot at age 15. I smoked plenty and it took it’s toll on my decision making and on my life in general.

      I smoked continuously for the next 18 years and then moved away from my hometown. As I got better and better job oportunities, I was a carpenter, the pot smoking went by the wayside as it made it much harder to calculate and remember measurments as I got older. I would smoke on some weekends or at partys, but that was very little. Drinking was my self medicating drug of choice.

      I gave it up all together at 37 when I got into the oil & gas business, but the drinking got worse.

      I returned to my hometown to care for my aging mother at the age of 48. Four years later my mom died at age 80. I got a little depressed, began drinking very heavily and being bored out of my mind with hardly anything to occupy my time I returned to my old friends and old habits. That included smoking lots of pot again. But smoking pot is hard on the lungs. Especially on a cigarette smoker of 36 years. Pot is much worse than cigarettes and I hated all the coughing. So, I spent $700 on a Volcano vaporizer and all it’s paraphernalia.

      About two months later I quit drinking and made up for it by smoking pot constantly. Then I began to notice memory problems. Getting up to go to the bathroom only to find myself standing in the hallway wondering why I had come this way. Watching most of a movie until a commercial comes along and I channel surf a bit, only to froget that I was even watching a movie. Days later remembering that i forgot to watch th end of that movie, and many more examples like that. I even forgot my niece’s name on her birthday!

      Four months after buying the Volcano, I quit smoking pot, boxed up the vaporizer and sold it on CraigsList to a stranger. Lost $288 on the deal. I wouldn’t sell it to anyone I knew. The damn thing is dangerous. It would be like giving your friend cyanide. Only slower.

      Two months later I quite smoking cigarettes after a 36 year journey down the path of bad decisions.

      The moral of this story is pot is terrible for you. Far worse than drinking and cigarettes. The thing is, I can’t convince any of these old pothead friends of mine that it’s the pot that’s causing their health problems. They believe it’s the cure. The damn stuff is evil. Take it from me, I know.

      Pot makes you stupid. My neighbor, a major pothead from the late 60’s early 70’s, is constantly tellling me that pot cures cancer, alzheimers and every ill you can think of. When I remind him that our pot smoking buddy just died of cancer he claims he should have been using pot oil. Whatever!

      I can testify that the human brain is very resilient. My memory has returned to normal after more than a year of sobriety. Now I’m ready for old age.

  5. captstubby says:

    Twenty states and the District of Columbia now have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

    So far, only Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while other states permit medical marijuana. Most recently, Illinois legalized medical marijuana with a law establishing a pilot program set to be implemented in January.

    check out your states pot laws.

    maybe Obamacare will score a bag for you?


  6. captstubby says:

    Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush share a stage

    Associated Press/Matt Rourke – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after receiving the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Philadelphia. …The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide.
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks …
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush may share a presidential debate stage in 2016. But first these members of two prominent political families are standing together to celebrate civics and public service.
    Bush awarded the former secretary of state with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty medal on Tuesday, honoring Clinton’s career in public service. The former Florida governor is chairman of the center, which serves as a headquarters of civic education.
    Both Clinton and Bush are potential White House candidates in 2016.

    almost as good as a Peace Prize.
    “but what does it matter now anyhow.”

    a punishment of biblical proportions!
    when the f..k is the madness ever going to end!

  7. Noyzmakr says:

    Suprisingly from our state liberal rag The News & DisturberObserver:

    NC House member spent more than $28,000 on gas in 2 years

    Published: September 9, 2013
    By Patrick Gannon — pgannon@ncinsider.com

    The campaign of Rep. Michael Wray, the House deputy Democratic leader, racked up $28,737 in fuel charges between July 2011 and June 2013, according to an analysis of his campaign finance reports by the NC Insider, a state government news service owned by The N&O.

    Most of the 427 fuel purchases were at gas stations between northeastern North Carolina, where Wray lives in Gaston, and the Triangle. The campaign reported buying enough gas in two years to travel well over 100,000 miles.

    During those two years, his campaign committee also reported spending for meals and other food purchases at least 177 times, totaling nearly $17,700 – an average of about $100 a meal.

    Talk about living the high life at the exspense of the taxpayers…

    This guy spent more taxpayer money in two years than John Edwards did on hair cuts last year.

    Wray, who is in his fifth term, serves as his own campaign treasurer.

    Does he pay himself a salary for that job too?

    He explained the fuel charges this way: He commutes between his home in Gaston and Raleigh each day – 180 miles roundtrip – during sessions and regularly drives around his large district, visiting constituents at barber shops, churches, schools and other locations, and attending political and campaign functions and other community events. He represents Halifax and Northampton counties.

    I’m sure he never stops by the grocery or liquor store while on the taxpayers dime. You would think, with all those friends, he could find someone to put him up in Raleigh a few days a week while the legislature is in session a few weeks a year.

    “To represent the people, you have to go throughout the district and see them,” he said. “It just takes time to do it. It takes gas to do it at the same time.”

    Kissing babies is expensive!

    But Wray, who drives a Yukon XL sport-utility vehicle with 265,000 miles on it, added, “I need to get a more economical car.”

    How green of him. I think a Rolls Royce would be more appropriate.

    Wray also said he has bought gas for campaign workers, although there doesn’t appear to be any indication in his reports that any fuel spending went toward such reimbursements.

    “It wasn’t fair for them to have to pull it out of their pocket because they didn’t have the money to do it,” he said. He added that people sometimes go to events in his place and that he pays for their gas.

    He doesn’t pay them? I suppose they should be thankful they get to bask in his radiance.

    As for the food purchases, Wray said he regularly eats on the road during his travels and sometimes dines with constituents and picks up the tab. He also pays for meals for poll workers and other campaign workers, he said. His campaign reports also show that he paid for meals for the House Democratic Caucus, including $3,200 in early June 2012 at The Pitt in Raleigh and $222 at Sam’s Club for another caucus dinner in September 2012. A small percentage of the meals Wray reported cost less than $30.

    Sam’s Club? When did they open a five star restuarant? Couldn’t they have just walked around the big box retailer and eaten the free meatballs?

    What a life. It doesn’t say in the article, but something tells me this guy doesn’t have any other form of employment.

    Democrats: Entitled to your money….and Sam’s Club membership.

  8. canary says:

    Snowden leaks 1 out of 5 applicants for CIA jobs have Islamic Terrorist Ties.
    Thousands; 1 our of 5 CIA applicants have Islamic Terrorist Ties

    The Globe – by Kaitlin Funaro – Sept 2, 2013

    A report published by the Washington Post shows that one fifth of CIA job applications flagged for scrutiny has connections to Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda groups.

    Thousands of applications — amounting to roughly one fifth of those flagged — had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections” with groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and its affiliates.

    “Over the last several years, a small subset of CIA’s total job applicants were flagged due to various problems or issues,” one official told the Post on condition of anonymity in order to discuss classified information.

    In 2011, Congress ordered Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. to set up “an effective automated insider threat detection program” but the program has been hit by snags and delays.

    “We can take all the mitigation steps in the world, but the bottom line is that there is no step we can take as a nation, as a military, that’s going to stop the determined insider.”

    read more

    To bad we didn’t know about this in last November elections.

    Question: Can we really trust Obama’s secret evidence that Syria used WMD?

  9. captstubby says:

    AFL-CIO steps up criticism of health care law
    Associated Press – 12 hrs ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent.
    The strongly worded resolution says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health plans to the point that workers and employers are forced to abandon them. Labor unions still support the law’s overall goals of reducing health costs and bringing coverage to all Americans, the resolution says, but adds that the law is being implemented in a way that is “highly disruptive” to union health care plans.
    Some individual unions have complained about the law’s impact for months. The resolution marks the first time the nation’s largest labor federation has gone on record embracing that view. Unions were among the most enthusiastic backers of the law when it passed in 2010.
    A labor official told The Associated Press that White House officials had been calling labor leaders for days to urge them not to voice their concerns in the form of a resolution. The official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss the conversations publicly and requested anonymity, said many union leaders insisted that they wanted to highlight their concerns.
    Asked about any efforts to discourage unions from passing the resolution, the White House said in a statement Wednesday night that officials “are in regular contact with a variety of stakeholders, including unions, as part of our efforts to ensure smooth implementation and to improve the law.”
    The AFL-CIO, one of the president’s major boosters, approved the resolution just as the administration began rolling out a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to encourage Americans to sign up for health care exchanges starting Oct. 1.
    Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, said the intent of the resolution is to “point out the criticisms without being overly caustic.”
    “There have to be some changes made in the area that are giving a number of our unions great concern,” said Schaitberger, who chaired the committee that hammered out the resolution’s language.
    The resolution was approved at the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles. It claims the new law will increase costs for health plans that are jointly administered by unions and smaller employers in the construction, retail and transportation industries. That could encourage employers to hire fewer union workers or abandon the health plans altogether and force union members to seek lower-quality coverage on the new health exchanges.
    Union officials are seeking rule changes that would make their low-income workers eligible for the same types of federal subsidies they could get in the exchanges. They have also suggested rules that would treat their multi-employer plans as qualified exchange plans under the new law.
    But the Congressional Research Service issued a memo earlier this year finding that neither change is allowed through rulemaking. The AFL-CIO resolution calls for the law to be amended by Congress if new rules cannot satisfy their concerns.
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka held meetings at the White House last month in which he and other union leaders pressed the administration to make changes. Trumka has said he is encouraged that the White House is listening, but that no firm proposals have been made.
    In a statement issued earlier Wednesday, the White House said there is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that changes the law for union plans. The statement said the White House would continue to work with unions and other stakeholders on ways to ensure smooth implementation of the law.
    The AFL-CIO resolution was toned down from a draft originally offered by Sean McGarvey, head of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department. The early draft said the AFL-CIO could no longer support the health care law and called for its repeal unless changes were made to protect union multi-employer plans.
    Republican critics of the health care law have seized on the union complaints to fuel their push to repeal the law. At the same time, GOP leaders have warned the White House against carving out any special deal for unions.
    “We will do whatever is within our power to ensure that the administration does not once again provide a special exemption to unions at the expense of American taxpayers,” Michigan Rep. Dave Camp and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote in a letter this week to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Camp is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and Hatch is top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

    i apologys for not cutting this back in size
    but think should be read in its full form.
    yes ,i know this is avaliable from Fox News ,
    but had to see how deep i had to go to uncover it ,
    buried on ABC/YAHOO .
    may not be there as we speak.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      They are just whinning because they know the squeaky wheel gets the grease. They just want their exception. That’s it.

      I say eff ’em! They made this bed, let the sleep in it.

  10. captstubby says:

    President Obama Cancels Congressional Picnic

    The congressional picnic, an annual right of early summer for more than three decades, has been postponed indefinitely.

    a rare occasion for the member to bring the spouse and the kids to town for a weeknight flavored with special Washington glamour and history and without any campaign money panhandling at all.

    “We are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule this event for September,” was all the hope the email offered. “Thank you.”

    He wooed Senate Republicans on a budget deal, tried to sweet-talk lawmakers from both parties to back him on a military strike against Syria, and is now hoping to reach an agreement that would keep the government from shutting down or defaulting on its debt.

    But when it comes to Congressional outreach, President Obama will only go so far.

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill received a blast e-mail on Wednesday evening that was curt and blunt:

    Good evening,

    The 2013 Congressional Picnic has been cancelled. The president and Mrs. Obama look forward to welcoming members of Congress and their immediate families at the Congressional Holiday Ball in December. More details regarding the Congressional Holiday Ball will follow at a later date.

    Thank you,
    White House Office of Legislative Affairs

    The Congressional picnic, which had been scheduled for a week from Wednesday, is a lavish affair, with glad-handing and backslapping accompanied by live music. It is a moment when even the Louie Gohmerts of the world can put down their swords and fraternize with the enemy.

    Not this year. In June, the picnic was postponed because of scheduling conflicts. This time, it was canceled because White House officials thought Congress would be consumed in the fight over a resolution authorizing military force in Syria.

    One perk is still on offer: Members of Congress will be able to bring family members to the holiday party, which is usually open to lawmakers only.

    Representative Justin Amash, Republican of Michigan and a thorn in the president’s side on national security issues, took to his well-used social media accounts to make a dig at the White House. “Congress cancels his war,” he wrote on Twitter. “He cancels our BBQ.”

    “what about the children…?”.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      This president hates people. Even people who agree with him. They are below him and stupid. This is understandable seeing as he is like his father Satan, a hater of all God’s creation; especially his most precious creation, people.

      How much you want to bet that president mom jeans & Moochele still have their party this year?

      He’s a jacka$$! If any republican votes for ANY legislative desire of this criminal regime, they deserve the jail cell next to them.

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