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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part III

It would be nice to have a six month or one year vacation from politics, but reality sets in and the new Congress, new governors and state houses, the deliberate attempt to continue the "just say no" campaign that kept Republican going and helped create the illusion of failure in what has actually been a successful first two years of the Obama Administration, the reality that the presidential race begins with the conclusion of the 2010 election balloting. Money has to be raised, experts hired and listened to, positioning to be made and PR to be spun starting almost immediately for anyone who has any desire to be president in 2013 (inauguration year for the 2010 election).

Sarah Palin is on a book tour of states that happen to be key primary and caucus states should she decide to run for president. She has been shifting to greater substance, and being honest that her team now is not the one that would follow her to the presidency. She has been training on policy issues and history as if she was going to run for national office. 

From Oregon, where an unsuccessful terrorist bomber was thwarted in his attempt to kill hundreds of people at a Christmas Tree Lighting, comes the equally immoral news that someone deliberately torched an Islamic Center at Orgon State University. What happened to freedom of religion and tolerance?

The head of the FTC says that the US will not follow the Israeli or Russian security measures to assure that travel is safe. Profiling, behavior monitoring, other forms of research are used instead of the pat down and invasive scanners now being used in America. How much of what is done is cosmetic, designed to make travelers feel safe? 9-11 is over nine years ago. Should we be looking at "who let that guy on," " who is our enemy," and "how can we stop them long before they get to the airport?"

A key senator in the issue of terrorism trials says he doubts the Justice Department  will get congressional approval for a civilian trial for the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he believes he has the votes in the Senate to block alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from a civilian court. Graham says the Sept. 11 suspect known as " KSM" and his alleged conspirators should be tried in military court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Graham says civilian courts may be the right venue for some terrorism cases, such as low-level al-Qaida operatives and the accused Christmas airliner bomber.

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part II

Garry Moore

Garry Moore hosting To Tell the Truth in 1974.
BornThomas Garrison Morfit, III[1]
January 31, 1915
Baltimore, MarylandU.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1993 (aged 78)
Hilton Head, South Carolina,U.S.
Cause of deathEmphysema
OccupationEntertainer, Game show host, Comedian
Years active1949—1977
SpouseEleanor "Nell" Borum Little (1939-1974)[1]
Mary Elizabeth De Chant (1975-1993)[1]
Gary Moore, now there is a name blast from the past, a leader in the early days of variety television. On this date in 1993 television host Gary Moore passed away at 78. His television variety show helped launch a diverse group of careers, including Carol Burnett, Johnathan Winters, Don Knotts and Barbara Striesand. Moore hosted "To Tell the Truth" and "I've Got a Secrete" when they were top rated programs watched by tens of millions of Americans. He was, according to CBS Sunday Mornings, the perfect TV house guest, never shocking, always congenial and inviting.

Wiki-leaks did it,. defying the American government they released thousands of documents that President Obama says will put American foreign policy in dager and potentially cost American lives. Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries have been pushing the US to launch military raid on Iran. North Korea was to ship missiles capable of hitting as far away as London from Iran in exchange for food and the technology to build nuclear weapons. The US has spied on members of the United Nations, right down to collecting DNA samples and, of course, highly personal information concerning sex lives.

Republicans plan to block any action in the lame-duck session of Congress. A leading Republican lawmaker is rejecting the Obama administration's assertion that ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia is so pressing that it must be dealt with by the lame-duck Senate. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona said Sunday that the Senate has much more urgent business to attend to in the weeks before it breaks for Christmas. He said the treaty, known as New START, is extremely complex and can wait until the Senate reconvenes with newly elected members in January. The Obama administration has said ratification is an urgent national security priority. Kyl said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that delaying a vote would reflect the reality of considering a major treaty in three weeks amid important domestic issues.

At least two Republican Nevada lawmakers are planning legislation targeting illegal immigration. Assemblyman Don Gustavson is pushing for a bill based on the controversial Arizona immigration law being challenged in federal court. And Assemblyman Pat Hickey wants to require employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine whether employees are authorized to work in the U.S.

Voters go to the polls in Egypt today, with violence and both voters and independent observers denied entry to some polling centers. Over 5,000 candidates are running for 500 positions. Hundreds of candidates opposed by the government have been barred from running, despite the courts decision that they should be able to run. The courts have been barred from the process entirely.

Despite poverty and the earthquake aftermath , elections are going on as planned today in Haiti. Haitians are going to the polls to elect lawmakers and a new president, amid the rubble of January's earthquake. They're also dealing with a cholera outbreak and fears of election violence. Ninety-six candidates are competing for 11 Senate seats and more than 800 more are running for the 99-seat lower house. At many polling places, voters have been turned away because workers couldn't find their names.

A U.N. special envoy to Myanmar (a.k.a. as Burma) says he told its military government it must address criticism of recent elections, which critics charged were rigged. Vijay Nambiar, who is also chief of staff for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, spoke Sunday to reporters as he was ending a two-day visit. He said he listened to as many parties as possible about their hopes and concerns at a critical time following the Nov. 7 polls and the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. He said that for the transition to civilian rule to be credible, concerns about the elections have to be addressed as transparently

Three out of four firefighters in America are volunteers, represent what may be the last vestige of an age of barn building and local militias.

There is no evidence that any foreign terror group was directing a planed bomber attack by a Samali born descent 19 year old at the Portland, Oregon tree lighting ceremony. The bomb was part of  sting by law enforcement, where the FBI replaced the actual weapon with a fake bomb.

North Korea says it will be "merciless" if U.S.-South Korean military exercises get too close to its territory. A U.S. super carrier group and South Korean destroyers have taken up position in the Yellow Sea for joint military exercises. The united show of force comes just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack. North Korea is threatening another "merciless" attack. South Korea's Defense Ministry has ordered journalists to leave the front-line island of Yeonpyeong, citing the high tensions with Pyongyang. The Defense Ministry says "the situation is not good" on the island. North Korea has surface to surface missiles in place along the boarder and their coastlines. 

Meanwhile, China is calling for an emergency meeting of regional powers involved in nuclear disarmament talks, including North Korea.China is now making an offer to bring parties to the table over the tension with North Korea. Japan wants to respond cautiously, but are non-committal to China due to its own conflicts with its primary rival in far, only North Korea has agreed to the summit, sending its envoy to China this morning.

Sen. John McCain is calling on China to take stronger action to rein in North Korea. The Arizona Republican says China isn't playing a responsible role in either the Korean peninsula or the world stage. McCain says North Korea's recent actions should lead to discussions about a government change in the North, though not through military action. McCain said that while the threat posed by North Korea is more dangerous today because of its enhanced nuclear capabilities, he believes the North will stop at the verge of war and then ask for economic aid and other assistance, as it has in the past. McCain appeared Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

People in Nevada are drinking more wine and hard liquor, and smoking more cigars, but the use of beer and cigarettes is declining. That's according to financial experts trying to predict the state's tax future collections. The Technical Advisory Committee thinks liquor tax proceeds will increase by 1.1 percent next fiscal year.

A former Las Vegas jail inmate isn't taking kindly to being called a "naughty girl" on a reality TV show. The woman is suing truTV's owners after the program "Inside American Jail" showed her acting provocatively behind bars. The woman claims she was subjected to ridicule for the way she was portrayed after her DUI arrest.

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part I

The BBC this morning was dominated by two stories: China, Korea and Brazil.

In Brazil a large military force has taken 13 of the city's hillside shanty towns, where the drug culture runs things and crimes from drugs to murder are rampant. It took only hours to take the area, using helicopters, specialized military equipment and crack well trained troops. Now comes the door to door weeding out of the drug dealers and king pins, in the densely populated and tight nit cardboard and tin "towers".

Off Korea's western coast massive joint naval operations are underway, sabre rattling by the US and South Korea planned months ago but times to respond to the fatal shelling of a Korean island, town and military base. North Korea claims the island, as it is within what they claim to be their waters (using the same far above International standards that China uses). As most people do not seem to know, South Korea has been in a "hot" war with its Soviet created northern brother for over 60 years. Incursions, sabotage, shelling, and even military exercised that are in fact mini-invasions testing each others defenses. The addition of the confirmation of nuclear refinement by the north and threats to use surface to air missiles against "invasion"by this weeks' naval exercises have the peninsula tense. Koreans in America are also tense, as many of their relatives live within conventional shelling distance from North Korea, including the city and suburbs of Soal.

China has stayed out of the fray, although I suspect there is behind the scenes diplomacy underway. China needs North Korea, but North Korea has for the most part ignored China, Remember before China backed North Korea against the US and the UN in the Korean War (now called "conflict" or "police action") and took more American lives in battle in one day and one week than at any other time in US history, North Korea was a Russian ally.

Meanwhile China has used military powers to assist Chinese ships passing through and even interfering with islands that have been Japanese since the 19th Century. As they do with the Republic of China (Taiwan), mainland China claims these Japanese Islands as Chinese soil. Japan cannot go to war by a constitutional restriction written by the US after World War II, but can defend itself against attack. If they do the US can be drawn into a boarder war over the islands, because of our strong defense treaties and agreements with Japan (in exchange for limiting the Japanese military to a defense force).

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen says his government has completed 10 days of negotiations on an EU-IMF bailout of his debt-crippled country and expects European financial chiefs to ratify the deal Sunday in Brussels. Cowen says in a statement issued by his office that talks which began Nov. 18 in Dublin with International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank experts "are concluding today" in Brussels. He says the Irish Cabinet met late Saturday to approve the plan. Cowen says he expects finance ministers of all 27 EU members to "adopt" the loan plans for Ireland, and for the plan to be published this afternoon.

Germany's president says the "inconceivable crimes" of the Holocaust require all Germans to act forever on behalf of Israel. President Christian Wulff toured the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem this moring. It marks his first visit to Israel since assuming the presidency in July. The 51-year-old Wulff is the first German president to be born after World War II. The Nazis and their collaborators murdered 6 millions Jews during the war. Wulff is being accompanied in Israel by his 17-year-old daughter, various diplomats and lawmakers. He will be meeting President Shimon Peres and other senior Israeli officials during his two-day visit. Then he will head to the West Bank, where he will meet Palestinian leaders and visit Jesus' traditional birthplace in Bethlehem.

President Bill Clinton handed President Bush a country without out a debt, with a surplus to last four years. But then two wars, the "financial crisis", recession, a near Depression, social security and medicare in danger due to the rising cost of health care (long before so-called Obamacare) have led to a record and spiraling deficit. Economist say it will stabilize, but never return to the levels of the Clinton years. The financial crisis was caused by a borrowing, credit card, mortgage, gamble on growth and consumer spending driven economy, which has grown geometrically since the 1970's (40 years in the making). The US is now a debtor nation with other nations, including China, investing in the US and with it in a position to dictate a reduction in our record high defense budget and curtailing of our 20th century fixation on controlling the rest of the world economically and militarily.

Republicans are expected to drag their feet and stop any progress during the lame duck session of Congress, including food safety, extending unemployment coverage, extending or ending the Bush tax cuts, and some shifts in health care law (changes that are bipartisan, but might weaken the argument against health care laws that passed this past Republicans are set on not making the changes so they can attack them when they have the majority in the house in January. Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal has been passed by the house, and move on to the Senate, however the entire defense bill may be blocked Republicans seeking to kill the provision. To add to it all the government runs out of money this week, with little chance to see the usual interim stop gap passed during the short lame duck session.

CEO's admit that hiring and growth are occurring outside "the developed markets" (read the United States).

So tax relief will not create American jobs, unless the Americans are those who live in South and Central America, Asia or African.

Unemployment is expected to sit at near 8% or higher until at least the end of 2012...driven in part by the will of those who seek the White House (the powers behind, not the candidates) to put a Republican in the White House that November.

Sales are up from this time last year even though discounts are not as deep. Hottest selling product include the iPad, Google's new smart phone, children's dolls, clothing and devices that link your computers with televisions.

The iPad is appealing this year to all ages, and has taken off as a business tool for corporations as well as entrepreneurs. Teens and young adults love the iPad for movies, media, Facebook and other non-phone based communication. Annalists are already calling this the iPad Christmas.

We are not the only country where money and wealth wag the dog. Swiss state broadcaster SF1 says exit polls indicate that a proposal to revise the country's tax system has been rejected by voters. SF1 says exit polls show 58 percent of voters opposed the plan in a referendum held today. According to the polls 42 percent backed the proposal by the Social Democrat party to introduce a minimum tax across all Switzerland's 26 cantons, or states. Polling group gfs.bern said earlier this month that initial enthusiasm for the plan evaporated after heavy campaigning by business groups who warned it could harm the Swiss economy. Several prominent billionaires also spoke out against the proposal and threatened to move abroad if it was accepted.

What are the happiest places to live in the world? Near the water helps reduce stress. Sunny weather helps, but social coherence and support more than counters for weather or geography. Religious faith helps, but overall health carries an even stronger value. Drive troughs, fast markets, smart phones, wired coffee shops all reduce happiness and add to stress. Time sitting down for a meal in a public place, talking face to face, taking your time shopping and living in the psychical moment always help.The happiest person socializes 7 hours a day. Married people tend to be happy. Friends, if they are happy as well, boost your own happy ratio by ten percent. Friends at jobs, and socializing with those you work with, are ways of finding happiness with your job and growth. Experiences provide much longer term happiness than possessions. Learning the arts, new languages, to play a sport or to seek out continuous growth in your own knowledge help raise your happiness ratio.