News Roundup – Scott Brown, ISIS / ISIL, Syria

Scott Brown was known for decisive action when he was in the Senate. He’s now running for Senate, again, in New Hampshire. This time he understands the Islamic threat. He is not confused. He is serious, very serious (if he says so).

Last night the US struck targets in Syria. We have a coalition. At least that is what we are being told. I have no idea if this is true or not. Obama said, “The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone… Above all, the people and governments of the Middle East are rejecting ISIL (ISIS), and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve.”

F-22 Raptor flew some of the bombing missions. This makes the first time that the F-22 has been flown in combat. I’m surprised. The F-22 has been around for awhile. I thought that it flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was wrong.

I understand the threat of ISIS / ISIL. I didn’t really understand… Well, to be honest, I had never heard of Khorasan. This is reportedly a militant group that was associated with Al Qaeda somehow. They were some type of growing threat and we took them or some portion of them out with missile strikes. From WSJ – U.S. officials have viewed Khorasan with growing alarm in recent weeks and some have said it would be irresponsible to strike in Syria and not take aim at an al Qaeda affiliate long considered to be dangerous to the U.S. and its allies. Islamic State militants are seen as primarily focused on taking and holding territory in Iraq and Syria, with attacks on the U.S. representing a secondary goal. It severed its ties with al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan.

I don’t really understand the deal surrounding the White House fence jumper. So, we were first told that this was some harmless knucklehead. Then we find out that Omar Gonzalez was stopped earlier this summer with rifles, 4 handguns and ammunition. Now we are told the Secret Service had a major security breach. Gonzalez had over 800 rounds of ammo in his car. This guy jumped the fence and sprinted into the north entrance of the White House. From what I understand he did get inside before being tackled. What if he had a bomb strapped to him? Secret Service studied this 20 years ago. It looks like they did nothing to fix the problem. Omar Gonzalez is a Vet. I hope that he gets the help that he needs. Continue reading

News roundup: NFL, Alibaba, income growth for the middle class

Well, looks like the NFL ended the week on a high note. Commissioner Roger Goodell held a huge press conference. Basically, he said all the right things. If there are no other major revelations that come out within the next 7-10 days, I think that Roger Goodell has saved his job. Let’s be serious. The NFL and the Baltimore Ravens did everything they could to try to minimize the Ray Rice incident. From ESPN“Outside the Lines” interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.

Alibaba’s IPO appears to be a huge success. Even Yahoo!, a major investor in Alibaba, is going to make some serious money.

The middle class finally appears to be making some headway in the income department. It appears that median income for the middle class has risen for the first time in many years.

I read a really cool article which questions how beautiful women are used by men. We are talking about those high-class VIP parties which can be found in Los Angeles, Paris, New York and other major cities. At these parties you always find beautiful models. Yet, the models are not paid to be there. On the other hand, there are some very wealthy and powerful men who have paid through the nose to be there. Anyway, the article is extremely interesting.

Americans continue to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

News Roundup – Scotland

Scots vote on independence. I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of this vote. I’m sure that there are pluses and minuses. I just like the fact that the New York Times decided to run this picture on their front page (see above)… a redhead in a plaid skirt. :-)

I guess all of the noise about Obama starting an illegal war can go away now. The House has voted to support Obama’s plan.

Did a Republican have to drop out of his race because of a series of hate-filled rants? Yep!! If you feel that you need to discuss the state of f*gs and n*ggers, then maybe you aren’t ready for public office.

More later.