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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

Thursday Evening News Roundup

Thursday Evening News Roundup

Unless you’ve been lost at sea, for the past 3-6 months, you like everyone else has been aware of the new mega film that is being released tomorrow, the Hobbit. When I was young, I read The Lord of the Rings And the Hobbit. I really didn’t like The Lord of the Rings. I thought the book was too long. It was too intricate. There are too many characters. But I loved The Hobbit. Here’s a review from a Rolling Stone.

Even after thinking about it for a day or so, Antonin Scalia’s comments which draws a parallel between gay marriage and murder just seems to be over the top. Which, I believe, was his purpose.

The right to work legislation which was passed in Michigan is nothing more than an attempt to defund unions. My friend, was exactly correct, when he pointed out that this does not harm collective bargaining. Instead, this basically limits what a union can charge. More importantly, there’s no data to suggest that right to work states do any better financially. As a matter fact, the data suggests the exact opposite. Continue reading Thursday Evening News Roundup

Stevens found guilty

Senator Ted Stevens never really had a chance. Bill Allen, VECO CEO, was convicted earlier. If a jury didn’t think that Bill Allen did anything wrong he wouldn’t have been convicted. Therefore, all of the prosecution had to do was to present almost the same material.

From WaPo:

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted today of lying on financial disclosure forms to hide tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and renovations to his Alaska home that were financed mostly by a powerful business executive and his oil services company.

The verdict was announced just after 4 p.m. in a packed courtroom in U.S. District Court in Washington. Stevens (R) sat quietly as the jury foreman said the panel had reached a unanimous decision and found Stevens guilty on all seven counts of filing false financial disclosure forms.

Jurors, who re-started their deliberations at 9:30 a.m. today when a juror was replaced by an alternate, were somber as they walked into the courtroom to deliver the verdict and did not look at Stevens. No sentencing date has been set, and Stevens’s attorneys are expected to file motions seeking to have the verdict set aside. (more… )