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Sarah Palin, pick a state, go there and retire, please; eat a few peanuts when you get there.

In Greed in our world, Politics not working, Public relations on June 30, 2011 at 12:25 AM

JUNE 30, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 30 is … Meteor Day

A day invented for my biggest critic, Glenn.

The meteoric like rise of Sarah Palin seems over. Good looks and the good-old girl shtick gets old fast and it has. I always wondered how a mother who could not raise her children properly and quit during her only term as governor remained popular. It is obvious now people liked her around as eye candy and to poke fun at.

Sorry, Sarah.

A new poll shows President Obama beating Mama Grizzly in her home state. When asked if they preferred Obama or Palin, 42% of responders leaned towards Obama, while only 36% chose Palin. Of those who preferred Obama, 35% said they felt strongly about their choice. 24% felt similarly about Palin.

Debunking any accusations of a liberal survey bias, the Anchorage Daily News reported that conservative radio host Mike Porcaro paid for the poll. “Sarah Palin showcases her Alaska roots at every opportunity, but the surprising reality is she has become highly unpopular in her home state,” Porcaro said in an emailed statement.”

The poll spells bad news for Palin, who once said, “I love this state like I love my family.” The whole State didn’t get pregnant as a minor nor did it move to Arizona.

The results also comes in the wake of Bristol Palin’s cryptic announcement on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends that her mother “definitely knows” whether or not she will be running for president in 2012. You know Bristol, formerly the most popular high school student in her school, invited to every party for entertainment purposes. I wonder where Bristol got her sex drive and moral backbone?

On this date in history:

1948 Cleve Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
1948 Transistor as a substitute for Radio tubes announced (Bell Labs)
1950 Pres Truman orders US troops into Korea

1959 During a game in Wrigley Field, 2 balls were in play at same time, Cubs committed errors on both

1975 Bundy victim Shelley Robertson disappears in Colorado
1975 Cher, just 4 days after divorcing Sonny Bono marries Gregg Allman

Today is the anniversary of the Tunguska explosion.

Possibly the most powerful, natural explosion in recorded history occurred on this day in 1908 at 7:17 a.m. The site was the Tunguska section of Central Siberia.

The spectacular explosion devastated a forested area, some 70 miles in diameter, caused seismic shock, a firestorm followed by black rain and an illumination that, it is said, could be seen for hundreds of miles. Yet, no crater was formed, and only the tops of the trees were burned at the central point of the explosion. It is said that the impact threw down horses that had been standing in a field 400 miles away and moved the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway, as if in an earthquake. It flash-burned people 40 miles away, melted their silverware and destroyed herds of reindeer.

Even now, no one knows what caused the explosion … an extraterrestrial visitor? A comet? A meteor? A black hole? An atomic explosion?

I like to think I am tolerant and have compassion for fellow human beings. This is getting close to overkill. The cost the rest of us bear seems to be unreasonable. This is not my fault; it is a break of life, it is not always fair.

For five hours before a Missoula Osprey minor league baseball game last summer, Cheri Pijanowski hand washed 150 white folding chairs with bleach and water. The metal deck and rails around the seats were power-washed and she meticulously reviewed the concession menu to eliminate not just Cracker Jacks and peanuts, but any ingredient that may contain nuts. She’ll do it all again this year to bring the crack of the bat and cheer of the crowd to kids — like her oldest son Joshua — who otherwise can’t relish in the carefree summer experience of a hometown major league ball game because of severe nut allergies.

The Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and New York Mets are among the roughly half of all big league teams to host at least one nut-controlled game this year. In most cases, a peanut-controlled game day means offering an isolated section of around 100 seats that have been thoroughly cleaned, banning the sale of nuts nearby, posting signs and ushers around to make fans aware of the nut-free zone and keeping medical staff close for emergencies.

Without these extraordinary efforts, a baseball game can be a nerve-racking afternoon at best for parents of children with severe, potentially fatal, nut allergies.

“It’s like being in a horror movie — you hear the crunch of shells underfoot and you see people cracking open shells,” said Chicago mom Joyce Davis, whose 11-year-old daughter Julia is allergic to peanuts. Davis took her family to a peanut allergy friendly game at Wrigley Field last August. “Julia loves to play baseball, so to see her heroes play live and experience the ballpark vibe, it’s a childhood experience that I don’t think should be kept from people,” said Davis. The most common reactions to nuts include hives, swelling of the lips and tongue, trouble breathing, nausea or a drop in blood pressure, which in some cases can lead to death.

PEANUT ALLERGIES RISING

Peanut allergies affect roughly 0.5 to 1 percent of the population and appear to be on the rise, perhaps even doubling in the last decade, according to experts. It remains unclear exactly why. Researchers are examining the idea that a child’s immune system has not been properly challenged in an environment that is too clean, also known as the hygiene hypothesis. Accidentally eating food cooked in peanut oil or made with nuts or inhaling the lingering peanut dust around the ball park can trigger severe reactions in those who are allergic.

Minnesota Twins fans with nut allergies were invited to Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At Target Field in Minneapolis, 100 fans will watch the action from two balconies tucked in the left field corner that provide a stellar view, a separate entrance and peanut-free concessions, said marketing vice president Patrick Klinger.

Kids with severe peanut and tree nut allergies, like Jenny Kales’ 11-year-old daughter Alexandra, are unlikely to outgrow their sensitivity and are accustomed to traveling with hand wipes, medicine, their own snacks and an EpiPen used to counter an anaphylactic reaction. The Kales family attended the Cubs game last summer worry-free for Alexandra’s first game. “When you take the food allergy out of the equation, it’s a huge thing because it lets you have a regular experience,” she said.

At Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the stadium sells some 1,000 bags of Cracker Jacks and 3,000 bags of peanuts during a single game, said Red Sox senior manager of public affairs Zineb Marchoudi. But the team also organized three games this season with a peanut allergy friendly section for 226 people and made available throughout the season a sanitized 10-person booth.

Away from big cities and major league clubs, families are finding a number of minor league teams with peanut-free accommodations. The Rochester Red Wings 12,000-seat stadium in upstate New York has a grassy beam on the third baseline that is a no-peanut zone for every game, said team President Naomi Silver. The stadium also offers allergen-free food at a concession stand dubbed FREE that offers munchies made without basic allergens like nuts, dairy, wheat and shellfish. “It may not be the most popular, but it is the most appreciated food stand in the stadium,” said Silver.

I think it was just one of those things we cannot explain.

I am sure it has happened but I have never heard of a child or adult dying at a Major League Baseball game as a result of a peanut allergy reaction. I personally think if we did not put so much effort into peanut allergies and the costly prevention of exposure to children, children would get used to it and it would go away. Everybody does not and should not be inconvenienced and pay money because some children have peanut allergies. Exposure would take care of most of it. The really significant cases should be dealt with by the pharmaceutical industry. If it is that big of a medical issue, drug companies will find a drug since it would be profitable.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

  “There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.” – Honore de Balzac

John Wayne would not be a proud Republican today.

In History and current events, Politics not working, Sports on June 29, 2011 at 6:12 AM

JUNE 29, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 29 is … Camera Day

Below is a snapshot of the Dodgers finances.

In a column posted on Tuesday, I mentioned the Dodgers Bankruptcy filing on Monday. I did a little research to determine who the potential losers are other than Major League Baseball. In the Bankruptcy filing document, the debtor (Dodgers) listed creditors. I am sure this will be amended at least one time. Those listed as being owed money include:

NAME                                                                 AMOUNT OWED

1. Manny Ramirez, a former player                     $20,992,086.00

2. Andruw Jones, a former player                        $11,075,000.00

3. Chicago White Sox                                          $ 3,500,000.00

4. Juan Pierre, a former player                                      $ 3,050,000.00

5. Marquis Grissom, player no longer in baseball         $ 2,719,146.00

6. Bank of America, credit card debt                    $    316,243.00

7. KABC – AM Radio                                         $    273,321.00

8. City of Los Angeles, Taxes                              $    240,563.00

9. Vincent E. Scully, (Vin Scully) announcer                 $    152,778.00

Manny Ramirez is out of baseball; Andruw Jones and Juan Pierre are playing for other teams; Marquis Grissom has not played for the Dodgers since 2002.

The complete schedule of creditors lists 40 entities including the current roster of players. This is the type of information MLB does not want floating around on the internet or accessible by other players and the union. It is out there now. MLB will long remember the day they let the McCourts into the ownership club. They took a storied franchise and ruined it. They may also take away money from the other owners while MLB recovers from this pair of keystone cops. If they miss a pay date, players will flee this franchise like the Titanic. It could be decades to rebuild player trust, fan trust and respect from other owners.

Clearly the McCourts did not get a check mark on their report cards saying they play well with others.

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court got one right. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from former detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq who wanted to sue defense contractors over claims of abuse.

The justices turned aside the appeal Monday from Iraqis who said they or their relatives were abused by interrogators employed by two firms, CACI International Inc. and Titan Corp. A divided federal appeals court had dismissed the lawsuits. The firms provided interrogators or interpreters to assist U.S. military guards at the prison that served as the backdrop for pictures of grinning U.S. soldiers posing with detainees, some naked, being held on leashes or in painful and sexually humiliating positions. Military investigators later concluded that much of the abuse happened in late 2003 – when CACI and Titan’s interrogators were at the prison.

Michelle Bachmann manages to make a major misstatement within hours of announcing she was running for President. She confused John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy. Not exactly the same guy or same all-American image.  In Waterloo, Iowa on the eve of her official presidential campaign announcement, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told Fox News that she has “the spirit” of John Wayne.

The presidential hopeful, who was born and grew up in Waterloo as a child before moving to Minnesota, said, “Well, what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

The Washington Times points out one slight problem with the Tea Party favorite’s remarks: The John Wayne with roots in Waterloo is John Wayne Gacy, a serial killer who was executed by lethal injection in 1994 after being convicted of 33 murders in Illinois.

John Wayne, the late movie star, director and producer, was born in Winterset, Iowa, but appears to have no specific connection to Waterloo.

Bachmann’s reference to Wayne in the Hawkeye State does not appear to be an isolated incident. In the latest edition of Newsmax magazine, the conservative congresswoman says in an exclusive interview, “We’re seeing the nation move into decline. I’m not willing to do that. I’m not satisfied. I grew up with John Wayne’s America. I was proud that you grew up in John Wayne’s America: Proud to be an American, thrilled to be a patriot.”

The Washington Times reports that Bachmann’s camp addressed her remarks to Fox News in a statement saying, “John Wayne is from Iowa, his parents lived in Waterloo.” CNN reports, “But according to the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the actor’s parents did live in the city at one point.” This will not be the first clarification from the Bachmann camp nor the most serious correction/clarification.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Blago went down; so did the Dodgers.

In current events, Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Greed in our world, Our government at its worst, Sports on June 28, 2011 at 3:19 AM

JUNE 28, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 28 is … Paul Bunyan Day

As I was driving to the Courthouse on Monday I saw a large lumberjack riding a larger blue ox. Did anyone else see this? It was on Sycamore Road near Hopkins Park. Let me know.

Will this finally end the long, annoying great hairdo caper? Jurors deliberating in the corruption trial of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told a judge on Monday that they have reached a verdict on 18 of the 20 counts against him, and attorneys in the case have agreed that the verdict should be read. Judge James Zagel said that will happen Monday afternoon.

The verdict came in at 2:10 p.m. It is Guilty on 17 Counts, Not Guilty on 1 Count and a hung jury on two Counts. When added to the previous felony conviction our ex –governor was convicted of he now has been convicted of 18 felonies. Sentencing has not been set but it should happen before Thanksgiving.

He will see significant jail time. All of the convictions could result in prison time. Most likely, the prison sentences will run concurrently, meaning if he gets jail time on all 18 Counts he will effectively be serving 18 years every year. I predict he will serve between eight and ten years meaning he will get out of prison in time to see his youngest daughter graduate high school and he will be in his mid sixties.

The most significant event ever to occur on June 28th throughout history was in 1914 Assassination of the heir to the throne of Austria, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophia, in Sarajevo by a Serbian Nationalist,Gavrilo Princip. This incident precipitated a war with Serbia, eventually starting WW I.

The rich just don’t get it sometimes. The owners of the Dodgers are trying to get a divorce and they cannot agree about that. A California Court will not do its job, conduct a hearing and end the bitter divorce proceedings. Now the disagreements between two people who seem to be quite self-centered have brought Major League Baseball into the picture more than it already was. MLB should just go to the Bankruptcy Court and buy the team. Mr. and Mrs. McCourt are screwing MLB, the players and the fans because they cannot get along and made a bad investment they cannot divide in a divorce proceeding. MLB needs to step up to the plate and screw the McCourts.

A mere three days before the payroll comes due — payroll that Frank McCourt can’t meet — the Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy, reports Richard Sandomir. With that, the legal game begins.

Obviously the situation is fluid, and more details will stream in as the morning and day progresses, but for the time being, this could buy McCourt some time. Why? Because a bankruptcy filing puts a halt on all legal action with respect to the bankruptcy estate (i.e. the Dodgers). McCourt will certainly argue that this will prevent a takeover from Major League Baseball, though the court may decide differently when it gets a chance to weigh in, likely in the next few days.

The problem for McCourt is that the kind of bankruptcy the Dodgers have certainly filed is designed to reorganize the financial house.  Frank McCourt, however, does not have a plan available to him to do such a thing or else he would have already done it.  The filing isn’t yet circulating, but my guess is that he’s going to ask the court to order that the Fox TV deal be executed assuming Fox wants to still do it, which it has been reported it may not thereby providing funding.

The problem with that, of course, is that the bankruptcy court won’t approve of anything that is not seen as in the best interests of the Dodgers, and it’s obvious that Major League Baseball and others would come in and make a strong case that the Fox deal is disastrous for the Dodgers or, at the very least, not the best deal they could make.

If McCourt can do no better, the court may very well order a sale of the team. Perhaps auctioning it off, Texas Rangers-style? Which, by the way, would also put Major League Baseball in the same position it was in with respect to the Rangers: less-able to control who owns the team than it would otherwise be.  Mark Cuban bid on the Rangers, after all. If his or some other non-chosen person’s money looked green to the bankruptcy court in such a scenario, Bud Selig would be hard-pressed to stop them from participating in a team auction.

But let us not get ahead of ourselves. For now, we simply have Frank McCourt where he was inevitably headed: bankruptcy court. And some time has been bought. A little time anyway. The end game for McCourt, however, doesn’t look all that better than it did before.

Today is also Route 66 Day. My family owned a motel on Route 66 in Bloomington, IL. It was named The Prairie Travler Motel. The word traveler was misspelled as travler. This was because when the sign company installed the large green neon sign spelling out the name, it probably stood fifty feet tall, they misspelled traveler, leaving out an “e”. The cost to replace it was prohibitive so the name was changed instead. American ingenuity at its best. We were at the forefront of a currently common occurrence where people misspell many words or names just to be unique or because they really do not know how to spell.

ROUTE 66 DAY “Get your kicks…on Route…Six…Six” The words to the classic song made famous by Nat “King” Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, Rosemary Clooney and many others is remembered today, along with the TV show of the same name.The 59 year-old highway of 2,200 miles of blacktop was decertified as a U.S. highway on this day in 1985. The highway that was a legendary part of Americana saw highway crews removing the classic roadway shield-markers that designated it as the highway west.

Route 66 started in Chicago, Illinois and continued into Santa Monica, California. Martin Milner and George Maharis took us for many spins on the famous highway through the TV series which aired in the early sixties. To travel from one end of Route 66 to the other, one would go through eight states and three time zones. Today, a very small portion of the highway is still open. In some places, grass and vegetation, as seen from the interstate highway or railroad tracks nearby, have all but obscured the once well-traveled Route 66. Some one-stop, out-of-the-way places such as gas stations and greasy-spoon diners are now nothing more than decaying shells of their once glorious past.

If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, take the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to L.A., More than two thousand miles all the way. Get your kicks on route 66.

Now you go through St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri and Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty. Now you’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona … Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Now won’t you get hip to this timely tip? When you make that California trip get your kicks on route 66.

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea! – incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.” – Mark Twain

The top cop in Chicago, Garry McCarthy, could not be elected dog catcher but he does not mind stealing from public funds.

In Crime, Dirty politicians!, disgraced public figures, Government not working again. on June 27, 2011 at 5:43 AM

JUNE 27, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 27 is … National Columnists Day

 

Now this is a day worth having.

The Republicans better wake-up and it better be sooner rather than later if they are really going to challenge President Obama in the 2012 election and deny him a second term. A recent poll from Iowa shows Mitt Romney leading, followed by Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain. None of these people are electable on a national basis and every expert I have heard speak on the subject or write about it is aware of that fact. Republicans and Democrats have realized recycling candidates does not improve them or their chances of winning. That knocks Romney out of serious contention. We do not elect millionaire Mormons, just wouldn’t be prudent.

Michelle Bachmann appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Sunday. Mr. Wallace asked her if she was “a flake.” Fox News is home turf for Republicans. That is just a sampling of questions she will be asked. She will also have to defend many of the outlandish statements she has a history of making. America has serious problems and needs a serious leader not a punch line to a cocktail party joke.

A new Iowa Poll shows national Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann leading among the state’s likely GOP caucus-goers. The poll conducted for The Des Moines Register shows Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, with support from 23 percent in Iowa. Bachmann, the Minnesota representative who plans to launch her campaign in Iowa on Monday, has support from 22 percent.

According to the survey, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain is running in third in the Hawkeye State at 10 percent. While perhaps not as well known as some of his rival GOP contenders, Cain has found success in appealing to conservative voters on the trail since announcing his candidacy last month.

Romney was the No. 2 finisher in the caucuses in his bid for the 2008 GOP nomination. Bachmann is a three-term congresswoman and newer face in the 2012 White House mix. The results are based on telephone interviews with 400 likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers from June 19 to 22. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

Romney has said he plans to run a scaled-down Iowa campaign, compared to the all-out, $10-million effort he waged for the 2008 caucuses. Tim Pawlenty has been the most aggressive about campaigning in Iowa, having lined up top Iowa and national consultants, been a frequent visitor to the state and ran the 2012 campaign’s first Republican candidate television advertisements last week.

However, only 6 percent of Iowa Republicans expected to attend the 2012 caucuses prefer the former Minnesota governor as their choice, according to the poll. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose campaign has struggled since widespread staff departures this month, has support from 7 percent, the same as Texas Representative Ron Paul. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 4 percent, followed by former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has said he will not campaign in Iowa, with 2 percent.

I do not think the person that will get the Republican Party’s nomination has announced his candidacy yet.

Chicago has once again made a mistake in hiring its top police official. The lies this guy told Chicago about the closing of beaches on Memorial Day “because it was too hot” was immediately ridiculed and has been proven to be a lie. If he were not the top cop he would be arrested for obstruction of justice. Now he calls law abiding, gun owning citizens racists and says our government sponsors racism and the killing of blacks and Latinos through gun control laws.

Gun rights advocates and other right-wing groups responded harshly on Friday to some strong words on gun control by Chicago’s new top cop. Garry McCarthy, brought in as the superintendent of police by newly elected mayor Rahm Emanuel, made the comments at St. Sabina, a liberal black church in the heart of Chicago’s South Side. The Auburn-Gresham neighborhood where the church is located has struggled with gun violence for years, and its pastor, Father Michael Pfleger, is an outspoken supporter of limiting gun rights. “So here’s what I want to tell you. See; let’s see if we can make a connection here. Slavery. Segregation. Black codes. Jim Crow. What did they all have in common? Anybody getting’ scared? Government sponsored racism. I told you I wasn’t afraid [of race]. I told you I wasn’t afraid.

“Now I want you to connect one more dot on that chain of the African American history in this country, and tell me if I’m crazy: Federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers across this country, that are killing our black and brown children.”

Well buddy, I will tell you; you are crazy. This is not that sinkhole of the east coast Newark, NJ. This is the god fearing, hard working, “hey jackass, just tell us the truth” Midwest. It is so easy to blame everybody else when you cannot do your job. If you see a problem with illegal guns, clean it up, make arrests; don’t tell the law abiding citizens it is their fault. You get over a quarter of a million dollars a year to fight, prevent and solve crime not to call me and millions like me a racist. Why don’t you go back under the rock you crawled out from under. A monkey with ears could do your job.

Immediately after those remarks, he also insisted, as he has often said since coming over to Chicago from Newark, N.J., that the gun control debate has to move “back to the center.” Most conservative commentators overlooked that more moderate position in their response to the recently-surfaced video as well they should have. Cops should not fire first and ask questions later.

“After several minutes of gratuitous self-promotion, McCarthy launched into a racially charged tirade in which he accused the NRA and law-abiding gun owners of participating in a government-sponsored program to kill black people,” Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, wrote on the group’s website. “Like most of you, we believe an assertion such as McCarthy’s is too nutty to dignify with a response.”

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government blog goes for guilt by association: “McCarthy states his comfort speaking to the “right audience” about his views,” blogger Rebel Pundit writes. “Could this be because outspoken radical activist Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger is the Pastor of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina? Pfleger is known for his strong anti-gun views, outreach to prostitutes, anti-drug campaigns, and warm relationships with Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright.”

And a vitriolic blog post on ChicagoNow pulled no punches. “[W]e have a top cop more interested in appearing at racist churches making race-baiting speeches than doing his job,” writes Warner Todd Huston. “Emanuel better watch out because what we obviously have here is just another arrogant jack-booted thug that thinks he should be allowed to make up his own laws instead of enforcing the laws actually on the books. McCarthy issued a relatively toned-down statement on Friday. “Strong gun laws against illegal firearms are critical in order to maintain public safety and private rights,” McCarthy said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “Gang and drug activity intersect with guns, and all three must be the focus of violence-reduction efforts in our communities.”

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.” – Jean Francois de La Harpe

More spin, inactivity and crap from Washington; screw the world, do what is right for America for once.

In current events, Government not working again., History and current events, Our government at its worst, Respect for the Military on June 26, 2011 at 5:44 AM

JUNE 26, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 26 is … National Chocolate Pudding Day

I just do not understand all the hoopla surrounding the “Gitmo” prison and military trials in Cuba. We do not want these people in our country so our Constitutional rights attach to them. In a country where the majority rules (it does not always), the minority that has some type of problem with one of the few intelligent decision our government has made concerning homeland security since 9-11-01 should just get over it. This may help.

A military court has upheld the conviction of the first Guantanamo Bay prisoner to be tried for war crimes at the U.S. base in Cuba. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review refused to overturn the August 2008 conviction of Salim Hamdan. The court rejected a claim that the charge of providing material support to terrorism is not a war crime that can be prosecuted by a military tribunal.

Hamdan was charged with the offense because he had been a driver for Osama bin Laden. Hamdan was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison but has been released and returned to his native Yemen. The Pentagon released the ruling Friday.

The military is preparing to resume trials at Guantanamo. Conduct the trials and be done with it. It is unlikely any of the Defendants that are tried would be found not guilty. If they are found not guilty, it is even less likely they would be released. If they are released it would be into the country we caught them in or in a Muslim nation friendly to us. These people will not pose a threat to America anymore and many will meet untimely deaths.

Get your Coca Cola while it’s cheaper. Get your Coke here. Coca-Cola Co plans to raise prices on its soft drinks by 3 percent to 4 percent in July, in addition to a 2 percent increase taken earlier this year, a company spokesman said on Friday. News of the increases which will take effect on July 31 was first reported by industry newsletter Beverage Digest, which quoted retail customer pricing letters as saying the increases were due to higher-than-anticipated commodity costs.

Like many food and drink companies, Coca-Cola is facing higher costs for goods like corn, oil and packaging. Coca-Cola, the world’s largest soft drink maker, said earlier this year that it expected to raise prices in that range, but the timing was unknown.

Carlos Laboy, a Credit Suisse analyst, said in a research note that there were concerns the company would wait until after Labor Day, at the end of the summer. That would make it more difficult for other soft drink makers, like PepsiCo Inc and Dr Pepper Snapple, to raise prices on their products during the key summer selling season. “Today’s news should provide some relief for all players in the industry in North America,” Laboy wrote. Coke is helping the competition, just a bit. Is that being a good neighbor or market manipulation?

Beverage Digest reported earlier this month that Pepsi was notifying retailers of price increases of 3 percent to 5 percent between July 10 and around Labor Day. Coke shares were up 0.2 percent at $65.09 in afternoon trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Pepsi shares were up 0.8 percent at $68.54. I wonder when Coca-Cola raised prices on January 1 of any year?

America, we must wakeup to the looming debt crisis that is going to get worse as Congress complains to each other and dusts off the age-old excuse for not addressing the issue; America is too big to fail. We have been doing it the wrong way since the end of WW I. It is not working. We need to try another tactic. If America defaults on a few loan obligations, what is the world going to do about it? Most countries have defaulted at some time throughout history but they still exist. Americans just don’t get it and Washington is not spending their money so they do not care.

It might be time for another midnight ride by Paul Revere or a really big alarm clock to wake up the citizenry, this time warning “the creditors are coming.” Americans seem not to have awakened to the fast-looming debt crisis that could summon a new recession, imperil their stock market investments and shatter faith in the world’s most powerful economy. Those are among the implications, both sudden and long-lasting, expected to unfold if the U.S. defaults on debt payments for the first time in history.

Facing an August deadline for raising the country’s borrowing limit or setting loose the consequences, politicians and economists are plenty alarmed. The people? Apparently not so much. They’re divided on whether to raise the limit, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that found 41 percent opposed to the idea and 38 percent in favor. People aren’t exactly blase. A narrow majority in the poll expects an economic crisis to ensue if the U.S., maxed out on its borrowing capacity, starts missing interest payments to creditors. But even among that group, 37 percent say no dice to raising the limit.

In Washington’s humid air, talk of a financial apocalypse is thick. There are warnings of “credit markets in a state of panic,” as the House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it, causing a sudden drop-off in the country’s ability to borrow and pushing the government off a “credit cliff.” He was characterizing a report by the government’s nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that warns of a “sudden fiscal crisis” in which investors might abandon U.S. bonds and force the government to pay steep interest rates and impose spending cuts and tax increases far more Draconian than if default were avoided.

America can always devalue the dollar or simply say we are not paying you. Without the American economy fueling economic growth, the rest of the world cab refuse to do business with us or go pound sand and consume the products they produce. Foreign countries could not exist without America while we can survive without most of the rest of the world. Most of Europe never paid America for loans and support we provided to them in WW I and WW II. Pay backs are a bitch.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.” – Abba Eban

Pulling the plug.

In Crime and Punishment!, current events, Government not working again., illegal immigration on June 25, 2011 at 6:02 AM

JUNE 25, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 25 is … Log Cabin Day

 

In Portland, Oregon, 7.8 million gallons of drinking water
were discarded after a man relieved himself in a
reservoir in the early hours of the morning. Asked what
difference a small amount of urine made, given that city
officials routinely find dead animals in the reservoir,
Water Bureau administrator David Shaff replied, “This is
different. Do you want to drink pee?”

What a waste of time, money and a natural resource. They would not mind having that water in Arizona or Texas about now. Don’t they think animals and birds go to the bathroom in the reservoir?

This is a difficult subject to bring up and discuss with a realistic viewpoint without somebody calling you prejudice, a bigot or starting out their opinion by saying my favorite phrase that turns me against the speaker immediately, “What you don’t understand is…” For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies and I do not think for the better.

Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women – made up of mostly single mothers – now exceeds African-American households with married couples, a sign of declining U.S. marriages overall but also continuing challenges for black youths without involved fathers. The findings, based on the latest government data, offer a preview of final 2010 census results being released this summer that provide detailed breakdowns by age, race and householder relationships such as same-sex couples. Demographers say the numbers provide the clearest confirmation yet of a changing social order, one in which racial and ethnic minorities will become the U.S. majority by midcentury.

This is the single most important story in the news from Thursday. It will have the longest impact over every other news story and will impact the most people the longest compare to any other news item.

His story will equate to higher taxes, increased entitlement benefit payments, more free education and meals that come with it and higher medical expense expenditures by the United States government.

The preliminary figures are based on an analysis of the Current Population Survey as well as the 2009 American Community Survey, which sampled 3 million U.S. households to determine that whites made up 51 percent of babies younger than 2. After taking into account a larger-than-expected jump in the minority child population in the 2010 census, the share of white babies falls below 50 percent.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia now have white populations below 50 percent among children under age 5 – Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, New York and Mississippi. That’s up from six states and the District of Columbia in 2000.

At current growth rates, seven more states could flip to “minority-majority” status among small children in the next decade: Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Connecticut, South Carolina and Delaware.

By contrast, whites make up the vast majority of older Americans – 80 percent of seniors 65 and older and roughly 73 percent of people ages 45-64. Many states with high percentages of white seniors also have particularly large shares of minority children, including Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas and Florida.

If you are a white American, a hard-working American or an American concerned about this country’s future, this story must be dealt with. We should transfer some money from a government funded story about left-handed ducks or sour pickles to a study about a way to reverse this trend.

One way to reverse the trend is to stop this. Eighteen-year-old Dulce Guerrero kept quiet about being an undocumented immigrant until earlier this year, when she became upset after a traffic stop that landed her mother in jail for two nights. She is an illegal and a poor driver. The arrest came as Georgia lawmakers were crafting what would become one of the nation’s toughest immigration crackdowns, and Guerrero feared her mother would be deported. She should be deported as should the daughter. We do not give people a free pass because they have evaded capture for a long, time just ask Whitey Bulger. We are not talking a statute of limitations issue. Every day an illegal alien wakes up in this country they break the law again.

“I feel like that was my breaking point, when my mom was in jail,” said Guerrero, who came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 2. “I felt like, well, that’s it, it can’t get any worse than this. My mother has been to jail.” That is because she is a criminal.

Guerrero first publicly announced her immigration status at a protest in March, and now she’s organizing a rally under the tutelage of more experienced activists who are themselves only a few years older. The high-stakes movement of young undocumented immigrants declaring that they’re “undocumented and unafraid” got a boost this week when a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist revealed he’s been living in the country illegally. Guerrero is the chief organizer of a rally set for Tuesday at the Georgia State Capitol for high school-age undocumented immigrants to tell their stories. The recent high school graduate and others hope to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

To be here illegally is bad enough. To flaunt it and give the real Americans the finger with this rally is reason enough to deport them. Constitutional rights are enjoyed by law abiding citizens. Those that break the law and then brag about it lose some of their Constitutional rights. We send them to jail, strip them of property, and force them to register as criminals along with many other sentencing conditions law abiding citizens do not have to deal with. We should treat these protesters like the criminals they are.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

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www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.” – Milton Friedman

Are you listening President Obama?

Hey Whitey, was she worth it?

In Crime, history, Mobsters, Politics not working on June 24, 2011 at 5:43 AM

JUNE 24, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 24 is … Museum Comes To Life Day

They made a couple of movies about this day with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

I made an error two days ago in my column about mass murders. The execution style killings in Bloomington, IL at a liquor store in 1988 did get solved. Three people were convicted although it took over a lustrum for the authorities to solve the crime. My brother, who lives in Bloomington, was happy to point my error out to me. Thank You.

The FBI finally caught Whitey Bulger after 16 years on the run. Jack Nicholson played his character in the movie The Departed. He was captured near Los Angeles without incident. His girlfriend has a love of beauty parlors and that lead to his capture.

According to the HuffPost, fugitive Massachusetts mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been arrested after nearly sixteen years on the run, US authorities say. It has long been rumored the FBI was not looking too hard for him because he is an embarrassment to the Bureau.

Bulger, a Top 10 Fugitive, was apprehended by the FBI in California late Wednesday night. Authorities had been hunting for the 81-year-old for more than 15 years. Bulger was the alleged leader of the Winter Hill Gang, a league of organized crime figures in Boston, whose members have included notorious Boston gangsters Howie Winter, James McLean and Stephen Flemmi. Bulger helped the FBI rid Boston of the Italian Mafia and then took over with his Irish mob. According to Special Agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman at the FBI Boston office, Bulger and his longtime girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Elizabeth Greig, were taken into custody without incident.

“Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica, where they spotted both Bulger and Greig at a residence. … Initial appearances will be scheduled in the Southern District of California,” Comcowich said.

In 1995, Bulger was indicted for federal racketeering and for 19 murders. Bulger and Greig, a one-time dental hygienist, fled before authorities could take him into custody. The couple is believed to have gone to Louisiana and then Chicago. The last credible sighting of them had been nearly 10 years ago, in London.

The arrest of Bulger and Greig came just one day after the FBI launched a publicity campaign to flush out the fugitive mob boss. The campaign consisted of a 30-second public service announcement that began airing Tuesday on TV stations around the country. The PSA was designed to make the public aware of Greig’s relationship with Bulger and her physical characteristics.

“The FBI believes that publicizing Catherine Grieg’s photo and characteristics among her contemporaries will lead to a tip about her whereabouts and, ultimately, to the arrest of Bulger,” Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the Boston division, said Monday.

The FBI tweeted news of the fugitives capture early Thursday morning. According to California media outlets, the couple has been living on the third floor of The Princess Eugenia, a three-story building in the 1000 block of Third Street in Santa Monica. The worldwide manhunt for Bulger was ultimately a waste of time. The landlord of the building where the pair were arrested said they have been tenants for 15 years. Like bin Laden, they were hiding in plain sight.

Bulger and Greig are scheduled to make an appearance at federal court in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. I doubt he is going to agree to any extradition. You do not stay on the lam for over 15 years because you want to cooperate with the authorities.

This story is going to be around for a while. I am sure many FBI Agents in Boston, New York, Buffalo and Washington DC are worried. Many of those initially involved in this case have retired, died, been terminated or indicted. Stay tuned, this could be a fun ride.

President Obama is not getting much praise, support or attaboyz from either side of the aisle on his sophomoric attempt to curry favor with voters by announcing a slow relatively minor troop drawdown from Afghanistan. He has broken another promise and this is a big one but he and his spinners will try to convince anyone that will listen that he is doing as he said he would do.

Lincoln said it best, “You can fool some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Apparently President Obama does not subscribe to that adage. He is once again placing his trust in his belief the citizenry are fools.

The bikini car wash must not have worked out well for the sorry waste of carbon called Octomom.  Just when you thought it was safe to have sex again, Nadya Suleman — that’s Octomom — is heading to a TV near you in a brand-new celebrity dating show on HDNet, ‘Celebridate.’ I sure hope this crashes and burns quickly.

“I was lucky enough to be invited to be a part of it” Nadya said. “I have not watched TV in almost a decade, but I might just tune into this one! This is called ‘Celebridate’ and I don’t perceive myself to be a celebrity, but I guess they do. To a certain degree, I am in the public eye.” You are the best known self promoting welfare sucking human on the planet. You will undoubtedly ruin the children the State is paying you to raise. That is why you are in the public eye; it is just because you have female reproductive organs.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“Public opinion in this country is everything.” – Abraham Lincoln

Good ole summertime

In celebration, current events, Dirty politicians! on June 23, 2011 at 6:29 AM

JUNE 23, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 23 is … National Pink Day

Today is another day for Glenn, at least when he dresses for golf. It is also a good day for White Sox fans. The Sox did what they should have done, took 2 out of 3 from an inferior team.

This item is just meant to plant the song in your head for the rest of the day. In 1979, on this date, the rock group, the Knack releases “My Sharona”

How lucky we all are that Walt Disney changed his mind, and instead of opening the Bird Cafe, a Chinese restaurant with an animated, talking Chinese elder spouting Confucius-type bits of wisdom, he created the Enchanted Tiki Room. On this day in 1963, the sounds of Polynesian drums heralded the opening of Disneyland’s first Audio-Animatronic attraction.

If you’ve never been inside the Enchanted Tiki Room, where all the birds sing words and the flowers croon, you are in for a refreshingly innocent 15 (used to be 18) minutes of entertainment. If you’ve experienced this Disney delight, you’ll most likely agree that, after all the thrills and chills of other attractions, the Enchanted Tiki Room is the perfect place to chill out (literally, it’s air-conditioned) and let the Tiki gods take over.

In the tropical garden outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Tiki gods and goddesses, Maui, Koro, Tangaroa-Ru, Hina Kuluna, Pele, Negendei, Rongo and Tongoroa set the mood, telling you of their South Sea legends.

The Enchanted Tiki Room entertainment troupe consists of 225 singing, talking birds, flowers, tiki gods and drummers. Emceeing the sit-down show (230+ guests) is the multi-colored Macaw parrot, José. José, speaking with a Spanish accent, brings the show to life, introducing his parrot comedic partners, Michael from Ireland, Pierre from France and Fritz from Germany. The South Seas show is appropriately sponsored by Dole Pineapple and is complete with tropical rain storm … don’t worry … you won’t get wet in the Enchanted Tiki Room (although some redesigning has been done and the Tiki gods in the garden now occasionally squirt water at unsuspecting guests).

Other new additions are Iago and Zazu, Disney’s feathered friends from Aladdin and The Lion King, respectively.

José doesn’t mind changes in the script and partnering with the new Audio-Animatronic additions. He loves to entertain, and says he’ll stay forever, as long as the Enchanted Tiki Room isn’t turned into a taco stand.

Our show is delightful. We hope you’ll agree.

We hope that it fills you with pleasure and glee.

Because if we don’t make you feel like that,

We’re gonna wind up on the lady’s hat.

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,

All the birds sing words and the flowers croon,

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room.

The Tiki Room has a special place in my family’s heart and I don’t let them forget it.

In 1993 Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband’s penis with a butcher knife — while he was sleeping. Police recovered the organ from the roadside where Lorena tossed it. It was surgically reattached to hubby John Wayne Bobbitt, who, by then, was wide awake. Lorena said that she chopped off John’s penis because he had forced himself on her.

Music at the top of the charts over the years on this date:

 
1950 My Foolish Heart – The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched – The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Old Piano Roll Blues – Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley
I’ll Sail My Ship Alone – Moon Mullican

1958 All I Have to Do is Dream – The Everly Brothers
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
Hard Headed Woman – Elvis Presley
Guess Things Happen that Way – Johnny Cash

1966 Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Barefootin’ – Robert Parker
Take Good Care of Her – Sonny James

1974 Billy, Don’t Be a Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
This Time – Waylon Jennings

1982 Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
Rosanna – Toto
Slow Hand – Conway Twitty

1990 It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
Step By Step – New Kids on the Block
Do You Remember? – Phil Collins
Love Without End, Amen – George Strait

The Newt Gingrich explosion continues. First his campaign staff resigned en masse. Next, his fundraisers all quit. Now, his online biography has been proven to be a lie. He claimed he was a professor at the college level for years. He is not and never has been. This does not even take into account this moron’s claim he and his home wrecking wife live a frugal lifestyle. The frugal lifestyle includes two lines of credit at Tiffany’s for over one million dollars. Not to mention the constant travel and shopping sprees. This is all coming from a guy who was sanctioned by Congress for ethics violations that led to his quitting Congress. So this liar is also an unethical quitter. Seems like prime presidential stock to me.

 

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

VISIT ANY OF THE SITES LISTED FOR REVIEW, RESEARCH, ORDERING MY WRITING PRODUCTS OR TO CONTACT ME.

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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www.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

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www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

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www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

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http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.webs.com

http://www.lawyerbruceabrennan.webstarts.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneybruceabrennan

Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

www.ebookmall.com (Do search by my name or book Title)

www.barnesandnoble.com (do a quick search, Title, my name)

www.smashwords.com Do a Title or author search.

www.kobo.com

https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/dashboard

Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.” – Adlai Stevenson

We would not catch the Borden killer today either.

In Crime, Slaughter in America on June 22, 2011 at 3:53 AM

JUNE 22, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 22 is … National Chocolate Éclair Day

 

Happy birthday Lucas; good health and prosperity always.

I missed this item on June 20, 2011. Sorry about that. I like to keep abreast of infamous murders. On this day, June 20, in 1893, a jury at New Bedford Superior Court proclaimed Lizzie Borden “not guilty” of murdering her father and stepmother.

In other crime news, more current in nature, over the weekend four people were killed execution style in a New York Pharmacy. A gunman shot four people inside a pharmacy in a New York suburb Sunday morning, killing everyone inside the store in what police said looked like a robbery gone wrong.

The massacre happened at about 10:20 a.m. inside a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, a middle-class hamlet on Long Island about 60 miles east of New York City. Police rushed to the scene after getting a 911 call from someone in the pharmacy’s parking lot. When they arrived, they found two employees and two customers dead, said Suffolk County Police Department’s Chief of Detectives Dominick Varrone. No one inside the shop survived. Suffolk County Police identified the dead employees as Raymond Ferguson, 45, of Centereach, and Jennifer Mejia, 17, of East Patchogue. Bryon Sheffield, 71, of Medford, and Jamie Taccetta, a 33-year-old woman from Farmingville, were identified as the two customers.

Rene Mejia, of Medford, said one of the victims was his daughter, Jennifer. He said she worked part-time at the pharmacy while attending Bellport High School, where she was finishing her senior year. “I don’t know what happened,” he said. “She was supposed to graduate Thursday.” The pharmacy, Haven Drugs, had opened for business at 10 a.m., and Varrone said investigators’ initial belief was that a single gunman was responsible for the bloodbath, and that the motive was robbery. Just how the shooting unfolded, and why, were unclear, he said. Police said the suspect was armed with a handgun and stole prescription drugs from the pharmacy before fleeing with a black backpack. No suspects were in custody. A call left for the man listed in state records as the pharmacy’s owner and chief pharmacist, Vinoda Kudchadkar, wasn’t immediately returned. Police had the streets around the pharmacy blocked off with crime tape. Officers could be seen scanning the ground for evidence, and as of late afternoon the bodies had yet to be removed.

Two teens, who said they were classmates of Mejia, came to the scene after hearing about the shooting from friends on Facebook. “She was a walking angel on earth,” said Kimberly Jimenez, 18, of Brookhaven. “She gave me a bracelet and said God would watch out for me, Jimenez said.”Why couldn’t God watch out for her?” Another classmate, Taylor Lee, 17, of East Patchogue, described Mejia as a “very holy girl.” “She was truly one of God’s angels,” Lee said. News of the shootings stunned neighbors, who said they heard the commotion after police arrived, but saw nothing of the crime.

“It’s absolutely crazy. There are no words,” said Scott Radice, who lives four houses up the street from Haven Drugs and said he has been a customer for 15 years. “I’m hoping they had cameras in the pharmacy so they can catch this guy.” “This is a family business. Everyone goes there. It is our neighborhood pharmacy,” said neighbor Kathy Culhane. “If you had a problem with prescriptions, he’d go to bat for you,” she said of the owner, who wasn’t at the pharmacy when the shooting happened.

This story got me thinking about similar mass killings I am aware of over the last two decades or so. I lived in Bloomington-Normal during my formative years. A mass killing occurred at a liquor store where the four or five victims were shot execution style. Around the same time, also in Bloomington, IL, a family of a mother and her children were killed. The father was charged with the murders but after several years he was exonerated. Both of these crimes remain unsolved.

A couple of years ago, in a southern suburb of Chicago, Tinley Park, five people were killed in a Lane Bryant Department store. This crime remains unsolved. In Palatine, IL during the early 1990s, seven people were killed at a Brown’s Chicken store. That crime was eventually solved but it took about fifteen years.

These are just a few mass murders I am aware of or that happened relatively close to where I lived. It is said a murderer makes ten mistakes or more in the hour leading up to a murder and in the first hour after the murder. It is also said three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. How do these mass murders remain unsolved? The mass murders that are solved are quite often solved because the killer commits suicide, surrenders or just does not care. We need to relax a few of the rules on police who are investigating a mass murder. The criminal does not have rules, why do the police in these type of situations?

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

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War Power Resolution Act; Obama is dead wrong.

In current events, Government not working again. on June 21, 2011 at 6:11 AM

JUNE 21, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

The news as I see it and the views as I want them.

June 21 is …Cuckoo Warning Day

Summer begins at 12:16 p. m. CDT today.

Remember what day it is when reading the rest of this column. What Cuckoo does not think the bombing of Libya with United States weapons, money and expertise is not “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution. President Barack Obama for one thinks that and his conclusion are being reinforced by the stooges surrounding him.

The War Powers Resolution has been a bone of contention ever since it was enacted. Most legal scholars believe it is unconstitutional but no one has ever had the proper standing to challenge it in Court. Most Presidents have had reservations about the legality of the law but use it when it is in their best interest, not always the countries best interest. The Constitution says Congress can declare war, not the President. The law is being used by the Obama Administration to justify the costly and futile efforts in Libya. Once again this country has started a war it will not finish. The War Powers Resolution is causing disagreements within the Obama regime. President Barack Obama overruled top lawyers from the Justice Department and the Pentagon and decided he has the legal authority to continue the air war in Libya without congressional approval, the New York Times reported Friday night.

Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20. But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.

Glenn Greenwald points out that when lawyers in the Bush administration faced a similar conflict in 2007 over the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program; they threatened to resign en masse. The threat was not taken too seriously and no one resigned. Bush decided to reject the legal conclusions of his top lawyers and ordered the NSA eavesdropping program to continue anyway, even though he had been told it was illegal (like Obama now, Bush pointed to the fact that his own White House counsel (Gonzales), along with Dick Cheney’s top lawyer, David Addington, agreed the NSA program was legal).  In response, Ashcroft, Comey, Goldsmith, and FBI Director Robert Mueller all threatened to resign en masse if Bush continued with this illegal spying, and Bush — wanting to avoid that kind of scandal in an election year — agreed to “re-fashion” the program into something those DOJ lawyers could approve (the “re-fashioned” program was the still-illegal NSA program revealed in 2005 by The New York Times; to date, we still do not know what Bush was doing before that that was so illegal as to prompt resignation threats from these right-wing lawyers).

That George Bush would knowingly order an eavesdropping program to continue which his own top lawyers were telling him was illegal was, of course, a major controversy, at least in many progressive circles.  Now we have Barack Obama not merely eavesdropping in a way that his own top lawyers are telling him is illegal, but waging war in that manner (though, notably, there is no indication that these Obama lawyers have the situational integrity those Bush lawyers had [and which Archibald Cox, Eliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus had before them] by threatening to resign if the lawlessness continues).

Last week, the White House issued a report to Congress detailing its justification for not seeking lawmakers’ approval for military operations in Libya. In it, the Obama administration said the conflict does not rise to the level of a war because the U.S. is only playing a support role in the NATO-led operation — that is, no U.S. troops on the ground and no potential for casualties — and only plans to be involved for a short time. The report has not lessened lawmakers’ displeasure at the Obama administration. House Majority Leader John Boehner announced late Friday that he plans to hold votes this week aimed at challenging Obama’s authority to carry out U.S. military operations in Libya without congressional consent.

“From the outset of this operation, Members of the House have demonstrated respect for the authority granted to the Commander-in-Chief,” Boehner said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the President has not exhibited a similar appreciation for Congress’ important job of providing oversight and accountability. Even worse, he has failed to communicate to the American people why continuing this mission is critical to our national security.”

Either bomb Libya into surrender or get out. Two wars at a time seem to be more than we can handle so three is really be a mistake. The constant talk of winding down the Afghanistan and Iraq wars has been going on for five years. If you keep talking about something and it eventually come to fruition you get to say “I told you so.” Even if we get out of the Afghan War, that has been going on over twice as long as WW II, and Iraq, the money we save should be saved or spent at home not spent to continue a war we started for no reason. The excuse of Libyan leaders’ plans to slaughter their own people we had to stop was a lie unless the slaughtered masses are hidden next to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the killer of OJ Simpson’s wife and friend.

 

 Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2011

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Go to web sites below to buy books by Bruce A. Brennan. It is still a good time to purchase any of my books. The books are interesting and inexpensive reads. My third book should be available later this year, in late 2011. More information will be forthcoming.

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Book Titles:

Holmes the Ripper

 

A Revengeful Mix of Short Fiction

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton