Welcome to the Weekly Review for the week ending August 16, 2013. It's been a busy week both nationally and internationally. I will beg your indulgence on the last item. If you have ever ready anything I have ever written about gun control...this is far more sensitive a subject than even that. I am upset, it will show, but I can not avoid it. It has upset me enough to move the commentary up a full day.
So, without further a do, here are some of this weeks stories...without the candy coating or biased news outlet tush smooching!
Backlash to Obamacare...Unforseen Consequence or POTUS as Scape Goat?, http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/13/20010062-businesses-claim-obamacare-has-forced-them-to-cut-employee-hours?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1
Some employers are now claiming that they are being forced to cut employees to part time because they can not afford the health insurance soon to be required by President Obamas' socialized medical care law.
While I am a supporter of President Obama I have been an opponent of Obamacare since its' first suggestion. If socialized medicine is so great why does everyone I know in Canada who has Crohns Disease (as I have for well over 30 years) cross the border and pay cash for health care? On the other hand I put no faith what so ever in the claims of this article. Come on people, if you are going to lob grenades in to what I happen to agree is a bad idea, make them REAL. I smell ulterior motive all over these claims.
New York Mayoral Race sees Weiner Fading, http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/13/20009974-new-york-mayors-race-gets-a-new-leader-weiner-fades?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=2
Following a recent admission by Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner that his online activities of "sexting", sending semi-nude photos of himself, and propositioning women using the internet/cell service his poll numbers have mysteriously declined.
When this story first came to light when he was first exposed Weiner vowed not to quit. He was an idiot. He quit a few weeks later. In yet another fit of Wishful Thinking Weiner figured we'd forgotten that photo of his 92 pound torso and well defined upper pubic region Anthony entered this most recent race and, a very short time later, said "Oops! I did it again!". I'd vote for Ron Jeremy first because at least HE has never hidden the fact he's a porn star that at least SHOULD have body image issues. So now we have Weiner once again thrusting out his rather prominent, bony chin and pouting, "I'm not quitting!". Yo, Anthony, some advice...quit.
Kin to Heiress Fight Over Will None Are Named In, http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/16/20040597-kin-of-heiress-huguette-clark-in-talks-to-receive-share-of-300-million-estate?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1
Huguette Clark, heiress to to the Clark copper fortune, passed away without listing a single close blood relation in her will. Those relations are now hotly contesting her last wishes.
This one is so easy I almost feel I'm cheating using it. How many of these people spent time with her? Cared about her? Acknowledged her existence? And HOW MANY lawyers? These idiot will be lucky to walk away with enough each to purchase a Powerball ticket after the legal teams skim the cream. Leave the money where she willed it. I've a feeling those named in the will deserved it. To a small extent I can understand this. When I pulled myself together and got my life together and started doing well it was amazing how many old relations came out of the wood work looking for, "Just a little leg up to get over the fiscal hump...". Damn dregs and leeches.
Egypt sees it's Second Day of Death and Violence, http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/16/20047326-dozens-reported-killed-as-clashes-break-out-on-islamists-day-of-rage-in-egypt?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=2
Islamic organized second "Day of Rage" over the alleged military coup that ousted the man many consider Egypts true leader ends in dozens more deaths and scores wounded.
Let's call Egypt exactly what it is right now. It has edged out Syria for the number one contender for our next declaration of war. Unlike Syria, however, Egypt is one of three or four countries in the region central to the United States holding influence in the area. The reality is that, no matter what the White House says, every time we put boots on the ground there it ALWAYS has something to do with (1) Oil 2)Access to said oil or 3)Both. Egypt is only slightly less important to our national stability than Israel or Saudi Arabia. Those countries, if they ever fave any kind of threat, will become the next meat grinder we stuff our troops in to.
*WARNING! THE FOLLOWING HAS ME FURIOUS!*
Firefighters Widows Forced to Fight for Death Benefits,
Families of the Arizona Firefighters killed while volunteering with the Granite Mountain Hotshots in June are being denied death benefits for spouses who died in the line of duty due to a LOOPHOLE because they were considered "seasonal employees".
Remember the outline I set forth when I changed formats? That promise that I wouldn't revert to bad behavior or anger? I'll do my best here but no promises.
ARE YOU FRIGGIN KIDDING ME??? I spent fourteen years as a structural firefighter but that was not my first job. I started out with the Forestry Service. I was in Yellowstone National Park in 1991. It was bad. Men DIED. These men in Arizona signed on for the EXACT SAME GOD DAMN RISKS AS THOSE PROS WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO THIS. In every state I have have ever worked in as a firefighter or instructor it did not matter if you were FULL TIME, PAID ON CALL, or VOLUNTEER, you were a FIREFIGHTER, and the benefits where the SAME. These men went up in to that fire NO LESS READY TO LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE like the full timers. Now Governor Jan Brewer is hiding behind some BULLSHIT and treating the families of these poor men like the spouses of employees injured at the Garden Center at bloody Home Depot that tripped over a railroad tie!
TO HELL WITH YOUR SO CALLED LOOPHOLE. You would loose in court anyway! I don't give a rats ass if these people walked in off the street to VOLUNTEER, they agreed to the same risks as the full time guys. IF THESE FAMILIES DO NOT RECEIVE THE SAME DEATH BENEFITS AS THE FULL TIME SMOKE JUMPERS, you may never get another volunteer AGAIN.
Governor Brewer don't you DARE piss on your firefighters. You need US far more than we EVER needed you! The very thought that you would do this WILL cost you re-election. Think HARD on what you want your legacy to be.
And that is our review for week ending August 16th, 2013. I pray it has angered you as much as it has me! Have a wonderful weekend!