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News Roundup – Syria, Jobs

It has been a while since I have had a news roundup. Sorry. I have fallen down on the job. First, on a personal note, a couple of years ago, I thought that I could get out of medicine. So, I thought that I should/could buy a building. I would broadcast from the building and rent out some space to help cover costs. I put pen to paper and found a great building. I looked for financing and started negotiating. We got to a price that was somewhat less than outrageous and then the fun began. To make a long story short, I couldn’t get financing and wanted to back out of the contract. The owner of the building said no, I couldn’t get out of the contract. I couldn’t back out. He wanted me to buy the building by hook or by crook. Soon thereafter the lawsuits started flying. I was being sued for over a million dollars. I had to retain my own lawyer. (Did you know good lawyers are expensive??? I mean really expensive.) So, the owner of the building sold the building for more than I had offered. I thought that the lawsuit would be dropped. Nope. He still wanted his money. Now, however, he only wanted $100,000. He was wronged. 18 months later. Thousands of dollars later. The lawsuit was dropped at last. This ends one of the craziest chapters in my life. The one thing that I have learned is that a good lawyer is worth the money. 🙂

Syria chemical attacks

Syria. Well, damn. So, here’s what we have been told. Syria had used chemical weapons against its people before. Syria attacked its people with chemical weapons. We know from where the missiles were launched and we know where the missiles landed. We know that Syria shelled the area in order to destroy evidence. At least this is what we were told by John Kerry today. I hate to say it, but we were told that we knew that Iraq had nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. We were told that Iraq was a threat to the US. These statements were lies. Is the Obama administration lying to the American people? If we know all of this, why don’t the British know the same things? Why didn’t Prime Minister David Cameron present this information to Parliament? (I admit that I don’t know what he presented. All I know is that he didn’t convince Parliament that any type of military action was necessary.) Continue reading News Roundup – Syria, Jobs

With Hanna On Our Doorstep

I spoke with the Asheville Red Cross. I asked what are we doing and what can we do to help. Here’s the response (emphasis added is mine):

The American Red Cross deployed about 5600 disaster relief volunteers from all over the country to assist the evacuees affected by Hurricane Gustav. Fifteen of them are from Western North Carolina. Hundreds of these volunteers are being moved to Florida this weekend, as part of an estimated 2500 volunteers who will be needed for shelters, mass care and feeding there in the coming week. Other volunteers from WNC, along with Emergency Relief Vehicles (ERVs) have been deployed to assist with shelters, mass care and feeding of people affected by Hanna here in North Carolina. Many more will be leaving this weekend for Orlando, Florida’s “hot site” (Red Cross Operation Center) to prepare for Ike.

The Red Cross estimates that the massive relief effort by the Red Cross for Hurricane Gustav alone will cost at least $80 million dollars. On top of this huge commitment, the ongoing pounding by the Hurricanes of 2008 is a challenge to the country as a whole to be ready and to financially support the Red Cross in this massive effort.

Two things are needed… financial donations and committed disaster relief volunteers. On Monday, September 1, both of our national political parties sent out a plea to their supporters for financial support. $1 million was raised on that day! This is an ideal bipartisan effort!

To donate, go online to www.redcrosswnc.org and click on the “help now” button. To become a trained disaster relief volunteer, call the Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter at 828-258-3888, ext. 218.