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Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Remember that Barack Obama is a communist. Or did they say he was a socialist? Whatever. He is bad for business. The Dow Jones industrial average, however, briefly topped 15,000 for the first time ever.

The new job numbers are out for April. The unemployment rate is 7.5%. The economy gained 165,000 jobs in April. The Economic Policy Institute has more.

As long as I’m talking about the economy, I saw this interesting bit of data about home prices skyrocketing in Las Vegas.

For some reason (and maybe you have to be a Conservative to understand it) Conservatives continue to jump up and down about Benghazi. Fox News continues to try to make this into some Watergate scandal, but there’s no therethere.

One of the cool things about tracking down the Boston Marathon bombers is that they stole a Mercedes ML 350 SUV with mbrace technology. This made the car incredibly easy to track and allowed the Boston police department to close in on the suspects. Kind of cool. (more…)

By |2013-05-04T21:48:58-04:00May 3rd, 2013|Civil Rights, Economy, Mass Shooting|Comments Off on Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

I really don’t understand how a twitter account can get hacked. Specifically, a twitter account of a major news outlet like the Associated Press. How does this happen? The results could have been really, really catastrophic. Yesterday, the Associated Press mistakenly tweeted that the White House was bombed. Wall Street went berserk. Even if it were for a short period of time, this could’ve been a real problem.

Dow Jones industrial average yesterday

Late last week, I was having lunch with my brother and my sister in Dallas. Our waitress was one of those smiley, bubbly twentysomethings who was very pleasant. After small talk and reviewing the menu, she decided that she could “talk” to us. She then launched into the fact that she belonged to some group that is fighting abortions. She stated that the media was not covering the fact that there was some doctor who is performing late-term abortions “legally.” She also said that ObamaCare was going to cover late-term abortions. Well, she was half right. There was a doctor who was performing late-term abortions. He was not doing this legally. The media really wasn’t covering the story until recently. Doctor Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for several counts of murder. If he did half of what he’s been accused of, he deserves to be locked away for a very long time. As far as the waitress’s other allegation that ObamaCare covers late-term abortions goes, she was wrong.

Many people are currently still trying to digest all of the news that happened last week. They are looking at the Boston Marathon bombings as well as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Which disaster was worse? I’m not gonna play the equivalency game here. Instead, what I will say is that the explosion in West, Texas, I believe, will be found to be 100% preventable. I believe this will turn out to be a problem with adequate regulations that are poorly enforced. I believe that we will find out that what happened in West, Texas is probably happening in hundreds, if not thousands, of small towns throughout the United States. These small towns are 100% dependent upon these companies because these companies hire a quarter to 50% of the town’s occupants. Industry, not just the fertilizer industry, has been lobbying for years to weaken or remove necessary legislation, complaining that these rules are overly burdensome and expensive.

This is an interesting case surrounding the FBI’s probably investigation of the wrong man in 2011.

 

By |2013-04-24T19:37:51-04:00April 24th, 2013|Economy, Terrorism|Comments Off on Wednesday Morning News Roundup

A couple of thoughts

With the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy apparently over, there some lingering issues. Why is it more important to be first than to be right in this country? In the race to be first, several major news outlets got some very important facts, details and thoughts wrong. Over on one channel there was a lot of talk of Al Qaeda. Now, Al Qaeda may have been behind this bombing, but I doubt it. Look at the destruction that Al Qaeda has rained down on the world. this bombing didn’t look like anything that they have done over the last 20 years. There was the widely reported “fact” that the bomber was “brown-skinned.” Where did this nugget of nonsense come from? There were several outlets that reported that one of the bombers was captured hours or days before he was actually taken into custody. Why can’t these major networks simple take the their time and be right? Report facts. I can go to the water cooler for rumors and mindless guessing.

Where is the right-wing outrage over the background check legislation being held up in the Senate? Remember that during the healthcare debate conservatives were screaming at the top of their lungs that Obama was thumbing his nose at the will of the people. They pointed to public opinion polls from late 2008 and 2009. Now, the data on gun control is pretty clear, especially if you look at the data over time. The American people want more and better gun laws. I don’t care if the specific law wouldn’t have prevented Sandy Hook. What I would like to see is the removal of guns from the hands of criminals and Americans who are mentally ill.

 

The media are killing us. Using the mentality “if it bleeds, it leads” Americans see nothing but death and violence on the news. “Somebody shot someone. News at 11.” The constant bombardment of our brains with death and destruction has led us to believe that the world is a very scary place. We need to be armed. One gun is good, but what happens if you are in the dining room and the burglar is coming through the bedroom window? This means that we need to either carry a gun with us at all times or place a gun in every room in the house. Then we will be safe.

 

Remember District Attorney Mike McLelland who was shot to death? Weeks before his death he knew he was a marked man. He stated that he was going to carry a gun with him at all times. He stated that he was a soldier. Nevertheless, McLelland ended up dead.

Mo’ later.

By |2013-04-20T21:28:10-04:00April 20th, 2013|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on A couple of thoughts
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