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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.) (more…)

By |2013-09-03T21:15:09-04:00August 30th, 2013|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on News Roundup – Syria, Jobs

More Rick Santorum and weapons of mass destruction

So, Rick hit Fox and Friends, where he found a wonderful group of happy folks to help cheerlead his crazy notion that somehow, from the comfort of his office in Washington DC, he could find weapons of mass destruction when hundreds of Americans were searching the Iraqi countryside for more than two years and couldn’t find any. That’s the kind of genius we see from Rick Santorum. (See my earlier post for background information)

To recap, Senator Rick Santorum in June 2006 found a document from the 1990s which had been declassified. Rick Santorum and Representative Pete Hosta decided that they really had something. This was information that the Bush administration had had for years, yet Santorum felt he’d seen something that nobody else had. He knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. The insanity of this whole charade sheds light on Rick Santorum and his mental processes. Had there been one shred of evidence that the United States had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Vice President Cheney would have been on the Sunday talk shows. The vice president’s office would’ve leaked early copies of the information to the New York Times and the Washington Post. Judy Miller, the New York Times reporter who is an expert on chemical and biological weapons would have had multiple sources within the Bush administration. She would’ve had a full page write-up long before Rick Santorum had found this obscure document. Books like Thomas Ricks’ Fiasco and David Corn’s Hubris, document the enormous pressure that the White House, and specifically Vice President Cheney, placed on the CIA and military units on the ground to find these weapons of mass destruction. Cheney was piling through raw intelligence documents and calling David Kay with coordinates and buildings to search.

The craziness of taking an old and arcane document and calling a press conference based on the information in this document reveals a phenomenal lack of judgment and an enormous amount of ego. As Rick Santorum surges in the Republican polls, it is important that even conservative Republicans know this information.

By |2012-02-16T13:20:44-04:00February 16th, 2012|Elections, Iraq, Party Politics|Comments Off on More Rick Santorum and weapons of mass destruction
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