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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rogue Roundup: Which Man hates America the Most?

image: Mullah Norullah NooriGood Day World!

Here’s a roundup of rogues who’d love to see America destroyed.

I thought I’d start off with the most recent, Noorullah Noori (photo right), a Taliban commander who President Obama freed (along with four other top Taliban talent) recently in exchange for an American soldier who deserted his post.

Upon gaining his freedom from Gitmo he promised he was going to go back to Afghanistan and “…kill Americans.” No surprise. After living in captivity for 12 years he’s harboring some bad juju and just wants to get it out of his system.

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 Next up, we have Mahmoud Abbas (photo left).

 Hahmoud Abbas loathes Americans.

He’s the President of the State of Palestine. He’s also the President of the Palestinian National Authority (although that’s disputed by Aziz Duwaik)

Abbas’ hatred is not surprising when you consider he’s coming from a population where four of five Palestinians hate the American leadership. One explanation for the country’s hostility toward the United States is Palestine’s conflict with Israel.

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Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's long-time second in command, has vowed in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden that he will pursue his late leader's jihad against the West. The operational head of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri (photo right), has vowed to destroy America numerous times.

After Osama bin Laden’s death he warned America that it’s not just individual terrorists or groups who are against us.

Zawahri boasted it’s an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy America and its allies. This is one highly motivated person who is willing to give his all to see the destruction of our country.

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Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Follies: store manager freaks out, mariachi band prank, spirited ghosts, and a lucky lady

Good Day World!

After casting out in cyberspace, I’ve reeled in a few stories for your amusement today.

Let’s start with the manager of a Family Dollar store in Saginaw, Michigan. Gavyn Edlinger had a major meltdown and sprayed an alleged shoplifter with Febreze.

What made him spray the woman? Believe it or not, it was the only thing she returned when confronted by Mr. Edlinger who – out of frustration - freaked out. He was fired for his fit.(story)

Here’s an interesting – and more upbeat story:

Something seemed a little bit different about Principal John Becchio as he made his rounds at Santa Barbara High School this week.

Was it the trumpeter? The violinist? Or the guitar and guitarron players? Probably all four.

The mariachi group that greeted Becchio in his office and followed him around for an hour was a prank played by this year's senior class.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District posted photos and video of the prank on its website this week.

This story is about ghosts and hurt feelings:

2014-05-30-BerryBruniGhostcourtestSyfy.jpgWhether or not you buy into paranormal investigations, there's no denying things have been getting spirited on social media regarding cast departures on Syfy's Ghost Hunters.

And since news broke that Amy Bruni and Adam Berry were departing the nearly 10-year-old series, the ghosts of investigators past, present and yet-to-come have weighed in - and there seems to be evidence of drama and hurt feelings. Find out what happened here.

This last story is about someone who is lucky…real lucky!

An Alabama woman was unhurt after being run over by a train on Wednesday.

According to Auburn police, 22-year-old Lynsey Horne (photo) fell asleep on the railroad tracks and was not injured when a train passed over her.

She was charged with disorderly conduct for causing a disruption because the train had to be stopped and an ambulance needed to be called. She was also charged with public intoxication. (Story)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Thursday, June 5, 2014

About Slender Man: a modern boogeyman blamed for a vicious attack

 Good Day World!

About a month ago, I put together a learning board about urban legends. Little did I know that one of those legends would cross the line from being a internet meme to a real-life boogeyman.

On May 31, 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin allegedly held down and stabbed a 12-year-old classmate 19 times; when questioned later by authorities, they reportedly claimed that they wished to commit a murder as a first step to becoming "proxies" (acolytes) of the Slender Man, having read about it online.

Thanks to the intervention of a passing cyclist, the friend survived the attack. The attackers were charged as adults and are each facing up to 65 years in prison.

Have you ever heard of the Slender Man prior to this vicious attack? Most adults haven’t.

He might be a mystery to adults, but to many kids, Slender Man is as recognizable as Dracula. He is often found lurking, an eerie Where’s Waldo?, in the back of blurry photos online. He has long, spider-like limbs, no face, and stories say he can hypnotize children into walking into his embrace.

The Slender Man is a fictional character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (a.k.a "Victor Surge") in 2009. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit.

The Slender Man is commonly said to stalk, abduct, or traumatize people, particularly children. The Slender Man is not tied to any particular story, but appears in many disparate works of fiction, mostly composed online.

The Slender Man soon went viral, spawning numerous works of fanart, cosplay and online fiction known as "creepypasta": scary stories told in short snatches of easily copyable text that spread from site to site. Divorced from its original creator, the Slender Man became the subject of myriad stories by multiple authors within an overarching mythos.

Just five months later, callers into George Noory's Coast to Coast AM, a radio call-in show devoted to the paranormal and conspiracy theories, began receiving callers asking about the Slender Man.

He might be a mystery to adults, but to many kids, Slender Man is as recognizable as Dracula. He is often found lurking, an eerie Where’s Waldo?, in the back of blurry photos online. He has long, spider-like limbs, no face, and stories say he can hypnotize children into walking into his embrace.

It seems likely to me that we’ll see more examples of the virtual reality colliding with reality, resulting in action – of some kind or another.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Former POW Bowe Bergdahl: ‘I’m ashamed to even be an American’

Good Day World!

 What were President Obama and his advisors thinking when they went all-out to arrange a prisoner swap with the Taliban?

What was the hurry? Why now after all the past attempts at making the same bargain have failed? What really changed?

The official word is he’s sick and needs medical attention. I’m sure he does. The Taliban aren’t known for serving steak and potatoes to their enemies.

Is he dying? Did Obama think his record may be stained if a POW dies under his watch with the world as a witness? Whatever the reason, it was a stupid move.

I say that for two reasons.

One; we are now negotiating with terrorists. Not just any terrorist organization, but the same one we invaded two countries going after. It’s always been a firm National Policy not to bargain with terrorists. For good reasons. But they were disregarded.

Was one sick POW reason enough for this sneaky swap? Not informing Congress was a flat-out violation of an agreement not to free Guantanamo Bay prisoners without a 30-day notice. A belated apology doesn’t make that right.

To compound this apparently ill-thought out prisoner swap, we got screwed!

We ended up with one American deserter, and they got five high-ranking officials. Pardon me, but any moron can see that was uneven swap. What do you think those five men are going to devote the rest of their lives too?

That’s right. Killing Americans. But we have Bowe Bergdahl. Excuse me, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He got promoted a couple of times as his captors were indoctrinating him into Islam. Don’t be surprised if he announces he’s a Muslim now.

The U.S. Army is preparing to launch a full high-level inquiry into the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan. That inquiry will determine whether a formal investigation into possible criminal charges against him.

Bergdahl was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2009. Just six weeks after his arrival in the region, he was captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan and taken into captivity. The Department of Defense classified his status as “Missing-Captured.”

That summer, U.S. officials confirmed that Bergdahl had “just walked off” the base in a remote region near the border with Pakistan. By 2010, a Pentagon investigation, concluding that Bergdahl had left his unit voluntarily without his weapon or body armor, and pulled back the most aggressive efforts to retrieve him, the Associated Press reported.

Bergdahl’s platoon members say that those efforts proved deadly to six soldiers as they searched for their vanished colleague.

Rumors of his possible desertion were further fueled in June 2012, when Rolling Stone magazine published emails that Bergdahl reportedly sent to his parents before his capture, lamenting that he was “ashamed to even be an American.”

The administration was hoping for some kind of PR victory by bringing Bergdahl home. It was a bold move. But not the right move.

Look at what our country has given up. A precedent has been set. It’s now open season for taking American prisoners so the Taliban can swap them for their cohorts in Guantanamo Bay.

Bergdahl is no hero, by any stretch of the imagination. That will come out when the inevitable investigation is made on why he deserted his post.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pets continue to die from toxie treats: No one held accountable in sham settlement

Good Day World!

Accountability, or should I say the “lack of accountability” is commonplace when it comes to corporations these days.

They just pay off their accusers and don’t have to worry about standing trial for killing animals. Case in point; pet treats from China have been poisoning American pets for over a decade and there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop it.

If you poisoned a pet, or were falsely accused of doing it, and the case went to court there would be a resolution. You’re either declared innocent, or guilty. If guilty, you can’t pay the judge to rule it’s no one’s fault for what happened. You have to fess up.

But corporations can. They pay millions to lawyers because they know they caused damages, but they don’t want to have to admit their guilty. Does that sound right to you?

Here’s a couple of the latest examples of what I’m talking about:

PET JERKY TREAT DEAL: SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

“No one is admitting fault in a $6.5 million class-action settlement in the legal battle between pet owners who claimed their animals were injured or killed by eating chicken jerky treats made in China and the makers of two of the nation’s big-name brands.

At least one of the two dozen pet owners who sued Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin’ Train LLC said Monday that the agreement is a “bittersweet” victory.

Food and Drug Administration officials say many brands of the jerky strips, nuggets and other products have been linked to deaths of more than 1,000 dogs and more than 4,800 complaints of pet illness. But, the agency also says it hasn’t been able to pinpoint a cause, despite extensive testing.” (Rest of the story here)

VETS, PET OWNERS DEMAND TO KNOW: WHY CAN'T FDA SOLVE JERKEY TREAT MYSTERY?

“When Zoe, a 3-year-old pit bull mix, showed up sick last week at a Coral Springs, Fla., animal hospital, veterinarian Sofia Morales said there was no mystery about what was wrong with the dog.

The first clue was that Zoe had all the signs of Fanconi syndrome, a rare and often fatal illness that arises from kidney problems. The second was that she’d been eating jerky pet treats made in China, which have been linked to the disorder.

“Fanconi is so rare, that when you see it, your mind goes, ‘boom,’ the treats,” said Morales, who has treated three dogs with the problem in the past year, far more than one vet should expect.

“I have never seen so much Fanconi in my life. The only common denominator among these dogs is jerky treats," she said. Morales is among thousands of frustrated animal experts and pet owners nationwide who say that if problems with Chinese-made jerky treats are obvious to them, they should be obvious to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that oversees pet treats, too.

Part of the problem is the treats themselves. Whether they’re made of chicken, duck or sweet potatoes, the nuggets, jerky and tenders are hard and stiff and difficult to break down in solvents for chemical analysis.

Another issue is that there are few validated tests sensitive enough to detect some contaminants.

In January, New York state agriculture officials used tests that found trace amounts of unapproved antibiotics in the treats, a discovery that forced the biggest makers of jerky treats, Nestle Purina Pet Care Corp. and Del Monte Corp., to issue voluntary recalls that pulled the bulk of the products off store shelves nationwide.”

(Rest of the story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road

Monday, June 2, 2014

National Veterans Service Fund Bookkeeper Rips Group for $800,000

Bookkeeper Stole $830K from Veterans Organization: Police Good Day World!

Forgive me regular readers, my post today is a little later than usual.

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the problems with the VA and veterans not getting the care they deserve.

As a veteran, I have a stake in what’s happening, but then so do non-veterans. For example, a veteran’s family is effected by the current care in the VA system when their loved ones dies waiting for help (cancer, ect.).

Or, they have to watch them suffer from PTSD with little or no help from the VA. Claim cases are backed up years.

What I’m leading up to right now is a look at private organizations/charities that help veterans. They not all created equal, shall we say. Some use most of the money you donate for operating costs with the leftover going towards helping the vets.

The reasons for this happening are varied. Here’s a link to check a group’s credentials.

One of the most disgusting – at least to me – reasons is corruption. The most recent example is a bookkeeper for a national veterans organization. She’s accused of stealing more than $800,000 from the organization and using company credit cards for her personal airfare, vacations, and Internet purchases.

Her name is Cynthia Tanner – that’s her photo above. For five years she stole money and cooked the books at the National Veteran Services Fund. She’s only been formally accused of embezzling for one year –2013 - (that’s where the number $800,000 comes from). It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the charges will be filed and we’ll get a grand total.

Bottom line, always research who you give your  money too. You may just be financing the next Cynthia Tanner!

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Truth, or Not the Truth: Truthers of all Feathers

Good Day World!

This Sunday let’s talk about irony in the news.

Case in point, “Truthers.”

Instead of a fact-finding group, Truthers believe things that fly in the face of reality. You know what I’m talking about.

WW II ended 70 years ago, but there are still people who say the Holocaust never happened.

Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, Truthers take up positions on real-life events that shouldn’t even be an issue. What’s clear cut to the world, is a mystery to be investigated by Truthers.

However…

The claim by Truthers who believe 9/11 was a conspiracy, is another matter. I can’t help questioning some of the supposed facts and strongly suspect that there were a lot of things that went down on 9/11 that the government is still hiding.

In a Public Policy Poll taken by NPR last year 11% of voters believe the US government allowed 9/11 to happen. At first glance, that doesn’t sound like too many people. Consider this: according to the 2012 census, there are 313. 9 million people living in America. That’s 34,529,000 people who think something was up.

9/11 Truth Truthers

Adherents of the 9/11 Truth movement dispute the results of official investigations of the September 11 attacks of 2001, that al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners and intentionally crashed two planes into the World Trade Center buildings and one into the Pentagon, with another unintentionally crashing in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

TRUTHERS IN THE NEWS LAST WEEK

Two missing Sandy Hook memorial signs have been recovered in Herndon, Virginia - far from the states from which they were stolen - and a Virginia man has been charged in the case.

One memorial sign was stolen from a playground in Mantoloking, New Jersey, and the other from Mystic, Connecticut.

The signs were dedications to Sandy Hook Elementary School students: 7-year-old Chase Kowalski and 7-year-old Grace McDonnell, who were fatally shot in December 2012.

Truelove allied himself with people who believe the Sandy Hook massacre was staged or faked to encourage stricter gun laws, police said.

Truelove was charged with receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. DeBoard said investigators were considering upgrading the charges to felonies, and that Truelove faces charges of grand larceny in Connecticut and New Jersey. They found Truelove already in jail on a probation violation.

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Video Debunked By Experts

ANOTHER STORY

In Connecticut a man stole a 50-pound vinyl peace sign from a Mystic playground built in memory of a Sandy Hook shooting victim then called the slain girl's mother to tell her why he did it, according to one of the playground's supporters.

William Lavin, the organizer of the "Where Angels Play Foundation" that built the playground honoring Grace McDonnell, said Lynn McDonnell received a phone call from a man on Tuesday claiming he had stolen the sign from the playground because he believes the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax. The caller told McDonnell her daughter "never existed."

HERE’S ONE OF MY FAVOURITES

Tornado 'Truthers' : Obama Made the OK Tornadoes!

"Popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says the government wields a "weather weapon" that can "create and steer" tornadoes.

Can you hear that “Looney Tune” melody? It plays too often in our society!

Time for me to walk on down the road…