Monday Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has leverage from now until November 2nd. After the election, his leverage with the United States President is significantly lessened. So, look for him to continue to ratchet up the pressure to try to push, cajole and/or coerce Barack Obama into taking some offensive action against Iran.

I really don’t like replacement refs. If a quarterback gets a forearm to the head, one would think that would be an easy call. Not for the replacement refs. They missed it.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Some feel that the Occupy Wall Street protests haven’t been successful. Others have argued that we have focused too much attention on these protests. First of all, The Occupy Wall Street protests have been successful just in the fact that here we are, talking about Wall Street and their shenanigans. Occupy Wall Street garnered media attention and the attention of politicians (both right and left). They have indeed been successful. Yet, I would argue that they need to do more. We need more than simple recognition. We need to morph into the next stage. We need to start combating some of the problems the protesters have identified. The excesses of Wall Street continue.

Joe Scarborough from MSNBC has reinforced the idea that all Americans are stupid by stating that Muslims hate us because of their religion. Completely moronic. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that we have supported ruthless dictators.

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I read a lot of medical literature. Every now and then you come across something new and different, but most of the time you come across studies which reinforce older studies. I thought it was kind of a no-brainer that increased salt intake can lead to high blood pressure. This has been proven over and over again in adults, but not in children. This latest study shows that high salt intake can lead to hypertension in children.

Republicans are nervous?

Scientist Richard Dawkins goes unnecessarily crazy over Mormonism.

I think it is kind of funny and sad that mainstream media has gotten so far out of control. Because of 24-hour news, everyone feels the need to fill every hour with something exciting, edgy and action-packed. Sometimes, there’s nothing major going on. Sometimes, these 24/7 news channels should simply do some in-depth reporting. I’m not sure exactly why CNN was interviewing Representative Peter King (Republican – New York), but they did and he was whining that Barack Obama has constantly gone on “apology tours.” Soledad O’Brien simply asked Representative King to name one single instance where President Barack Obama had apologized for the United States. He couldn’t. Conservatives went crazy when Barack Obama went to Cairo and gave a speech on American foreign policy. Never once in that speech did President Obama say that he was sorry or apologize. Back to my earlier point… so, why was CNN interviewing Peter King who’s known for being unhinged?

Speaking of unhinged, the Kansas State Objections Board is considering removing President Obama from the November ballot because of… wait for it… doubts over his place of birth. I also doubt that I’m breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide. Yes, I know that there is plenty of proof, but I doubt it. 😉

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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