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Too bad I do not have a M-4 or M-16

In Government not working again., History and current events, Weird stuff on September 13, 2011 at 6:02 AM

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

September 13
is … Defy Superstition Day

Well at least it is
not Friday, it will be in three days. That sentence has thirteen words in it, I
write in defiance.

With computers,
bookkeepers, accountants, bean-counters, guards, guns and soldiers everywhere,
how does this happen? Oh yeah, it is the government. That was a rhetorical
question.

Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the
disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base. Staff
Sgt. Joshua Ford, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says the
ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Ford believed the ammunition was
taken overnight on Tuesday. The 1st Brigade team was placed on lockdown for a
few hours Wednesday night while officials conducted a search. The missing
ammunition can be used in an M-4 or M-16 assault rifle.

Ford says the 82nd Airborne Division and military police are taking the
matter seriously and that “any amount of ammunition that goes
missing” has “got to be accounted for.”

How large of a moving device would you need to transport 14,000 rounds of
ammunition? It would not fit in your pocket. Taking into account the security
at military bases, this has to be an inside job. How ignorant is the soldier
who thinks he/she would get away with this.

Authorities are trying to find 14,000 rounds of ammunition missing from
Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade
Combat Team at Fort Bragg, said Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford.

The missing ammunition can be used in the M-4 and M-16 assault rifles. Someone
alerted Fort Bragg leadership about the missing items on Wednesday, Ford said. After
the report, the 1st Brigade team, about 3,500 people, was placed on lockdown
during an initial investigation, Ford said.

The ammunition was not found and the lockdown was lifted Wednesday night. “The
incident is currently under investigation and all appropriate measures are
being taken to locate the small arms ammunition that was discovered missing on
Wednesday,” said Lt. Col David Connolly, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne
Division.

Is the military too big to fail? It sure seems to fail an awful lot
although it has more victories than losses.

Serena Williams embarrassed herself, her family and all Americans with her
unsportsman like and unlady like behavior in the final of the 2011 U. S. Open
in tennis. After her obvious fault on the court, she continued to berate and
chastise the chair judge during breaks in the action.

At one point she commented how “…I never complain”. What a lie. She had
two outbursts in this year’s tournament and another in the 2009 U. S. Open that
was profane and nearly ended in her suspension from the United States Tennis
Association. Serena has reached the highest level of competition in her chosen
field and has generally been a credit to tennis. She appears to be unable to
accept the aging process all athletes eventually reach. The sport and the
tennis fans have made her enormously wealthy. I hope she does not entirely ruin
her reputation and place in history by continuing this self-destructive
behavior.

It is becoming clear Jackie Onassis was also a good actress. New details
about what life was like behind the scenes in the Kennedy White House are
coming to light, from interviews that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis recorded just
after her husband’s death.

ABC says that the tapes deal with a wide variety of topics: from their
early years on the campaign trail, to the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the Bay of
Pigs, and his last days in the White House. The interviews also reflect Mrs.
Kennedy’s evolving sense of herself and her role as first lady, as she talks
about her family, world leaders, and life in the White House.

The tapes have been made public now by Kennedy’s daughter Caroline, in a
deal with ABC which saw the network scrap a miniseries that focused on the
Kennedy administration. ABC is airing a special program, Jacqueline Kennedy:
In Her Own Words
, on the release of the tapes tonight at 9pm ET

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

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

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Book Titles:

Holmes the
Ripper

 

A Revengeful
Mix of Short Fiction

“Aspire, break
bounds. Endeavor to be good, and better still, best.” – Robert Browning

Does the right response have to be dignified?

In History and current events on August 18, 2011 at 6:46 AM

AUGUST 18, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

August 18 is
… Bad Poetry Day

There once was a man
from Pawtucket;

Who’s penis was so
long he could ******* it;

Never mind!

Below is an ed-op
piece written by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg. I do not agree
with everything he has written. Sometimes the reaction to events must be
harsher than perhaps a “civilized” society would want but just being accepting
and forgiving is not always the way to go.

On July 22nd we lost some of our country’s most precious assets: our youth.
But we kept our dignity as a nation. Now we will find our way back to
normality. But there will be new tests that are just as demanding as the ones
we have passed.

I am proud of the way the Norwegian people faced this first big test. We
were hit with a brutality that threw every one of us into emotional chaos. We
could have gone astray. Instead, our people responded with roses and promises
of more democracy and a more open society.

We passed the second test too. We bid farewell to our loved ones in an
atmosphere of tranquility and respect. Every last goodbye requires strength. We
stood together with those who mourned and needed a shoulder to cry on or a hand
to hold.

Our third test is yet to come. It will also require a great deal of us, but
in a different way. Slowly we are finding our way back to our everyday life
again, but July 22nd has changed Norway forever. Yet, in time, we will again
focus on work and school, TV shows and the weather. Some are already there,
others need more time.

Remember that when everyday life resumes, some people will still be
struggling. Those who have lost a family member or close friend. Young people
who survived the shooting on Utøya and who in a few weeks’ time will again have
to focus on solving mathematical equations. Government employees who relive the
explosion over and over again; volunteers who are not finished telling their
dramatic story; others who are unable to rid themselves of the images of
violence and death.

It is now that we must show that we are a nation that cares about each
other; a nation where everyone is seen. Remember, too, that those who have no
visible wounds are also suffering. They need our collective support. As a
country we have built systems to provide services for people who are
struggling. All those in need will be offered help from the authorities.

Just as important as our society as a whole are our small communities: our
neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. In the surreal weeks we have just been
through, we have truly learned what caring means. A mother and father watching
over their young daughter were moved by friends mowing the lawn for them. When
autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a
cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all
expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.

The public debate and the private conversations will also find their form
after July 22nd. From the rostrum of the Storting, I asked people not to start
a witch hunt, not to go looking for things that should not have been said. I
repeat this here. I hope with all my heart that the seeds of decent dialogue
and tolerance take root. We have heard and read that more people are now taking
the time to reflect on their own attitudes. To think about what they have said
and written in the past.

With July 22nd in mind, some people may wish they had weighed their words
differently, and in the future will express themselves with greater sensitivity.
As I told the members of the Storting, this is understandable. We must all be
allowed to learn from the tragedy. We must all be allowed to say “I was
wrong” — and be respected for it. It is a worthy response to the attack
on democracy.

I also want to invite everyone who takes part in online debates to reflect
on his or her choice of words and form. The Internet is a democratic asset. In
blogs and debates, we can all participate on the same footing. At its best, the
Internet is impressive. It enables us in principle to talk to the whole world,
but this opportunity also entails responsibility.

By voting we add our voice to the chorus that forms opinions and the basis
for actions. I ask each one of you to think about how you choose to express yourself.
Do you speak anonymously? How could the words you use affect those you write
about? Families should discuss these questions around the dinner table. They should
be debated in classrooms; in media houses. All of us should reflect on these
issues.

I hope that we can take with us the spirit of the days following July 22nd
when the political work now resumes. I hope we can exercise the same prudence
as that shown by the Norwegian people. We will not put a lid on opinions. On
the contrary, it is more important than ever that political debates are open
and free, even on the most difficult issues; especially on the most difficult
issues. The task is to encourage controversial debates in a form that
strengthens democracy. This is an invitation to a debate about the debate. Out
of respect for those who died, we choose to respond with dignity.

He expresses his
opinion and that of his countrymen, he hopes. Good luck Norway. The United
States has been there, done that. Dignity and forgiveness are not the same and
are not mutually exclusive. History is full of episodes where the world or a
Nation tried to accept, forgive and change people to no avail. In many cases,
extermination is the only solution. A sharp knife cuts the quickest with the
least amount of pain.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

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.lawyerbruce.wordpress.com

www.brucebrennanattorney.com

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.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

“A professional
writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” – Richard Bach

JonBenet Ramsay, Lucille Ball.

In History and current events on August 8, 2011 at 6:00 AM

AUGUST 8, 2011

BRUCE A.
BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

August 8 is
… Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night

 

Tell me how that
works out for you.

 

On Saturday, JonBenet
Ramsay would have been 21 years-old. Also on Saturday, Lucille Ball would have
been 100 years-old. Here are fifteen tidbits of information about Ms. Ball you
may not have known. JonBenet did not live long enough for fifteen of anything
to occur in her short-tragic life.

1. After two
decades spent trying to become a movie superstar, Lucille Ball was 40 years old
when she finally became a Hollywood player with the debut of ‘I Love Lucy’ in
1951.

2. Lucy was not only a genius performer, but a smart, innovative businesswoman:
she and husband/co-star Desi Arnaz introduced the idea of syndicating TV shows,
and she was the first woman to own her own film studio (Desilu).

3. Among the other TV series produced by Desilu: ‘Star Trek,’ ‘The
Untouchables’ and ‘Mission: Impossible.’

4. She attended acting school in New York City … with Bette Davis.

5. Like most other actresses in Hollywood, Lucy auditioned for the role of
Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ But on her way to audition for
producer David O. Selznick, she got caught in a rainstorm, was drenched, and
had to audition wearing nothing but a long sweater she’d borrowed from
Selznick’s assistant.

6. Lucy was not only the Chesterfield cigarette girl, but also a Ziegfield Girl
and Goldwyn Girl.

7. One of the most beloved episodes of ‘I Love Lucy’ — ‘Harpo Marx’ —
guest-starred Harpo Marx and found Lucy and Harpo re-creating the Marx
Brothers’ famous mirror scene from ‘Duck Soup.’ Earlier in her career, Ball had
starred with the Marxes in the big-screen comedy ‘Room Service,’ and with
another famous comedy group, the Three Stooges, in the comedy short ‘Three
Little Pigskins.’

8. The birth of Little Ricky on ‘I Love Lucy’ — and of Desi Arnaz Jr. in real
life — was featured on the very first TV Guide cover in 1953.

9. Desi Jr. dated the offspring of another Hollywood diva: Judy Garland’s
daughter Liza Minnelli.

10. Lucy was a big fan of the sitcom ‘Three’s Company.’ She even hosted a clip
show special of the series in 1982.

11. In 1986, Lucy attempted a comeback with the dismal Aaron Spelling-produced
ABC sitcom ‘Life With Lucy’ in 1986. The show, which found Lucy playing Lucy
Barker, a widowed grandma who helped run her late husband’s hardware store,
also featured her ‘The Lucy Show’ and ‘Here’s Lucy’ co-star Gale Gordon, but
the rest of the cast was so forgettable that the comedy only aired for eight
episodes before plummeting ratings led to its cancelation.

12. Lucy’s last public appearance was in March 1989, at the 61st Oscar
ceremony. She died the next month.

13. Lucy is in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which includes just one other
TV star: Oprah Winfrey.

14. Lucy was a big fan of Betty White and ‘The Golden Girls,’ and appeared with
White on various versions of the game show ‘Password.’ Lucy’s mother, DeDe, was
a close friend of Betty White’s mother, Tess.

15. Lucy was an uncredited producer on the 1983 Tom Cruise football drama ‘All
the Right Moves.’ Her second husband, Gary Morton, had co-produced the film via
Lucy’s Lucille Ball Productions.

 

Betty White
seems to have outlived all of her old gang. You go Betty.

 

I am having
surgery today. I hope to be able to post a column on Tuesday but I cannot be
sure. Have a great day. I am sure it will be better than mine.

Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think
about.

 

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

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www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.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

 

“A man has got to do
what a man has got to do.”

 

John Wayne,

 

Why don’t we all try
to man-up?

 

 

We need a bounty on members of the Westboro baptist church!

In History and current events, The sickos from the Westboro baptist church on July 12, 2011 at 5:21 AM

JULY 12, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 12 is … National Pecan Pie Day

 

Do you say Peecon or Pican? I say Peecon myself, it just sounds more southern.

On July 12th in 1914 Babe Ruth makes his baseball debut, pitches for the Red Sox.

The Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka, Kansas, which is reportedly run by a gay pedophile is taking on Betty Ford. What a bunch of inbreeding lunatics. The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week’s funeral services for former first lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.
The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford’s funerals because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro’s eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who “loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex.” In my eyes this makes all members of this church prime murder targets.

The group plans to picket at services at Saint Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. on Tuesday (July 12) and at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids on Thursday when her casket will travel by motorcade for burial at the Ford Museum.
The extremist church — mostly a collection of Fred Phelps’ extended family and friends — formally won the right to picket funerals in March after an 8-1 Supreme Court decision ruled it is protected by the First Amendment. “She couldn’t wait to have an audience with a reporter to titter about premarital sex, and how much she loved to teach it to her daughters,” the church’s website said. “The trashy reporters encouraged her to say more! So she urged all the women of this doomed foul nation to engage in extramarital sex. Then she pushed for abortion, because when you teach a nation’s women to be whores, it’s inevitable pregnancies will inconvenience the selfish strumpets! That is the legacy of Betty Ford.”

Therefore, all the woman members of this church are whores. That is what you get by applying their reasoning. Why don’t we all meet at this church and have an orgy, the head minister can demonstrate for us on both sexes of all ages.

Famous people from Illinois, we do have some. Do you know any of these folks?

Famous Illinoisans

Franklin Pierce Adams author, Chicago
Jane Addams social worker, Cedarville
Gillian Anderson actress, Chicago
Mary Astor actress, Quincy
Arnold O. Beckman inventor, Cullom
Jack Benny comedian, Chicago
Black Hawk Sauk Indian chief
Harry A. Blackmun jurist, Nashville
William E. Borah public official, Fairfield
Ray Bradbury author, Waukegan
William Jennings Bryan orator, politician, Salem
Edgar Rice Burroughs author, Chicago
Marvin Camras inventor, Chicago
Jennie Garth actress, Urbana
Gower Champion choreographer, Geneva
John Chancellor TV commentator, Chicago
Raymond Chandler writer, Chicago
Jimmy Connors tennis champion, East St. Louis
James Gould Cozzens author, Chicago
Cindy Crawford model, DeKalb
Richard J. Daley mayor, Chicago
Miles Davis musician, Alton
Walt Disney film animator, producer, Chicago
John Dos Passos author, Chicago
James T. Farrell author, Chicago
Harrison Ford actor, Chicago
Betty Friedan feminist, Peoria
Benny Goodman musician, Chicago
John Gunther author, Chicago
George E. Hale astronomer, Chicago
Dorothy Hamill ice skater, Chicago
Ernest Hemingway author, Oak Park
John M. Harlan jurist, Chicago
Charlton Heston actor, Evanston
Wild Bill Hickok scout, Troy Grove
William Holden actor, O’Fallon
Rock Hudson actor, Winnetka
Burl Ives singer, Hunt City
James Jones author, Robinson
Quincy Jones composer, Chicago
Walter Kerr drama critic, Evanston
Archibald MacLeish poet, Glencoe
David Mamet playwright, Chicago
Homer Z. Martin inventor, Chicago
Stanley Mazor inventor, Chicago
Robert A. Millikan physicist, Morrison
Sherrill Milnes baritone, Downers Grove
Bill Murray actor, Wilmette
John G. Neihardt poet, Sharpsburg
Bob Newhart actor, comedian, Chicago
Frank Norris author, Chicago
William S. Paley broadcasting executive, Chicago
Drew Pearson columnist, Evanston
Richard Pryor comedian, actor, Peoria
Ronald Reagan U.S. president, actor, Tampico
Carl Sandburg poet, Galesburg
Lewis Hastings Sarett inventor, Champaign
Sam Shepard playwright, Fort Sheridan
William L. Shirer author, historian, Chicago
McLean Stevenson actor, Bloomington
Preston Sturges director, Chicago
Clyde W. Tombaugh astronomer, Streator
Gloria Swanson actress, Chicago
Carl Van Doren writer, educator, Hope
Melvin Van Peebles playwright, Chicago
Irving Wallace author, Chicago
Alfred Wallenstein conductor, Chicago
Raquel Welch actress, Chicago
Florenz Ziegfield theatrical producer, Chicago

Not a bad list of famous and influential people from the Land of Lincoln; Abe was not even born in Illinois so he did not make the list.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

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://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

  “It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms one would not part.” – Marcel Proust

Where would the world be if today never became a National Holiday?

In History and current events on July 4, 2011 at 6:14 AM

JULY 4, 2011

BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND

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

July 4 is … National Country Music Day and Tom Sawyer Fence-Painting Day

Play this song to start your holiday. Play it while you read.

http://grooveshark.com/#/search?q=lee+greenwood

Happy Fourth of July, long live and God bless America. The times we are living in make being an American harder than they once were. Personally, I am not always proud of our countries behavior but I am proud to be an American. The United States of America is not perfect but it beats second place exponentially. People from around the globe do not come to this country and plan ways of sneaking out, other than a few international criminals and terrorists. People do spend a lifetime longing forward to the day they can come to America.

America and Americans invented or perfected an unending list of products, ideas and rights that have been borrowed by most of the civilized world.

America gave the world;

Freedom of expression

Freedom of the press

Separation of church and state

Equal rights for all, although our country has had a problem fully embracing this ideal and still does

Baseball

Basketball

American football

Nuclear energy

Nuclear power

Thomas Edison

Elvis Presley

Frank Sinatra

Free and open elections

The Interstate Highway system concept, perhaps lifted from the Germans but perfected by Americans

Electricity

The light bulb

The forty hour work week

The assembly line

Plastics

Nylon

NASA

A man on the moon

Santa Claus as he is now depicted

Coke

Pepsi

The ice cream cone

Abe Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Executive, legislative and judicial branches of government

The Eagles

The 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team

Motion Pictures

Satellites

Facebook

Google

The telephone

The telegraph

The Greatest Generation, those men and women who saved the world by fighting, dying and winning WW II as well as the generation before them that won WW I

The Far Side

The Godfather movies

Marlon Brando

Jack Nicholson

Robert De Nero

Katherine Hepburn

John Wayne

Rio Bravo

Dean Martin

Bing Crosby

The Wright Brothers

The airplane

Bill Gates

Windows

The cotton gin

Jonas Salk

The polio vaccine

Medical technology that has eradicated numerous diseases from the face of the earth

Cotton candy

The bottle cap

The rocket

The smoke detector

The zipper

Candy corn

The mousetrap

The tractor

Volleyball

Charcoal briquettes

The muffler

Thumbtack

Nickel-zinc battery

Teddy bear

Air conditioning

Tea-bag

Banana Split

Fly-swatter

Batting helmet

Fast food restaurant

Fortune cookie

This is a partial list and does not include many of the inventions or technological advancements we have made in the last 30 years. America is an impressive country. The world is better off because America exists than it would be otherwise. Many of the inventions and advancements would have been made by someone in another country but it would have been years later.

As most Americans and many democracy scholars know, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two important and influential men who helped greatly in the shaping of our country and its form of government died on the same day. These men were. off and on, friends, political rivals, political allies, enemies, and friends again. They both died on July 4th, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson in Monticello, Virginia and Adams in Quincy Massachusetts. Neither man knew the other had died and it is only speculated now as to who died first. At the time, records of such things were not kept with great accuracy and were easily manipulated or changed to suit a person’s needs.

God bless America.

 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.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

Nathan Hale, a American spy in the Revolutionary War was captured by the British. He was hanged on September 22, 1776. His last words were the famous line:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

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

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

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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

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

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.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

We need to learn from the past. Happy Father’s Day!

In celebration, History and current events, Hitler on June 19, 2011 at 7:22 AM

JUNE 19, 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 19 is … World Sauntering Day

Happy Father’s Day. Go to the web address below for an American moment of pride; grab a Kleenex first.

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I have sauntered over to my computer this morning. Have you sauntered yet?

To all Fathers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, mothers, relatives and friends of military personnel, go to this web site and enjoy a three minute break. Make sure your speakers are on.

http://www.andiesisle.com/ifidiebeforeyouwake.html

I sometimes feel I want to get something off my chest or I want to express my opinion on a subject. That should be obvious to anyone who has ever read my blog in the past. Today is one of those occasions. Not every blog will contain light-hearted or fluff material.

The slaughter in the Middle East is not our affair. Why should we or do we care. We have slaughter in America I write about nearly every other day. Below is a story written in a Spanish newspaper over three years ago. I did not write it but I did read it and gave it some thought. History is nothing else but a lesson in life to be learned from. This is not meant to offend but if it does, get over it.

The truth cannot be ignored out of political correctness. The news yesterday reported the United States is negotiating with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan war. We could not beat them, a lesson Russia discovered thirty years ago and we ignored. Bin Laden was not worth billions of dollars or hundreds of American lives but we did it anyway. When we did find and kill bin Laden, he was not in Afghanistan but rather hiding in plain sight in Pakistan.

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ

The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

REMEMBER AS YOU READ — IT WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER
Date: Tue. 15 January 2008 14:30

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By: Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a terrible truth—Europe died in Auschwitz . . . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride. They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs. What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe . Approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population.

The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels. Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems. Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel’s part, the following two sentences really say it all: ‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel .” Benjamin Netanyahu

General Eisenhower Warned Us—It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now —get the films—get the witnesses—because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.’

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated’ while the German people looked the other way. Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets. This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world. How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States ?

 Just a couple of thoughts I had.

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.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 trouble with life isn’t that there is no answer, it’s that there are so many answers.” – Ruth Benedict

Happy Flag Day!

In celebration, disgraced public figures, History and current events on June 14, 2011 at 5:57 AM

JUNE 14, 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 14 is … Pop Goes The Weasel Day

This should be Pop Goes the Weiner this year!

Happy Flag Day to all Americans. “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation,” said John Adams on this day in 1777 at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. And so, the first Flag Day was celebrated in the United States of America.

Proclamation 1335, May 30, 1916, made it possible for every President to issue a proclamation that June 14 would be celebrated as Flag Day. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate June 14 as a legal holiday, proclamation or not, although the proclamation has been issued annually since 1949.

At 7 p.m. E.D.T., across the United States, the President leads the country in a pause to pledge allegiance, a time to honor America. The national ceremony is held at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and was conceived as a way for all citizens to share a patriotic moment.

I salute the star-spangled banner, now with 50 white stars on a blue field, on this Flag Day. The next time you see someone not respecting the flag, let them have it; Love it or Leave it still means something today, more than ever.

A resort in England has banned bumping other cars in the bumper car ride. Most people see the sign and think it is in jest but they are quickly corrected. Drivers are told to merely drive in circles and attempt to overtake other drivers. All drivers must go in the same direction. I do not recall anyone ever being killed by being hit in a bumper car ride but I could have missed it. Potential liability has homogenized another aspect of life.

On Monday, the Pentagon Papers were declassified and released by the United States government. Those of you too young to have firsthand knowledge of this story, it was a big deal at the time. Four decades after the Pentagon Papers began appearing in The New York Times, triggering a constitutional crisis over freedom of the press, the once top-secret study of the Vietnam War have been released.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Library at the University of Texas in Austin  unveiled the 7,000-page Pentagon report Monday, with only 11 words remaining secret. Simultaneous releases are scheduled at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. and the National Archives in College Park, Md.

The Times began publishing the documents June 13, 1971, but a federal judge soon halted their publication. Other newspapers then began publishing the documents. A fragmented U.S. Supreme Court eventually struck down the judge’s ruling, leading to a major legal victory for press freedom.

Daniel Ellsberg was a high-level Pentagon official who became a traitor to his country. In the 1960s, Ellsberg was a high-level Pentagon official, a former Marine commander who believed the American government was always on the right side. He changed his mind after seeing the lies being told about the Vietnam War. He single-handedly decided the law did not apply to him so he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. It was a big deal and is important for the rights the Supreme Court decided the press has. The actual release did nothing to end the war.

Ellsberg was criminally charged but the charges were dismissed when President Nixon’s Plumbers were caught breaking into the office of Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. These same Plumbers were later caught breaking into Watergate.

Regardless of why Ellsberg released the classified information, he committed a crime and should have gone to prison. This event was the beginning of the unfettered power the press now has where nothing is off limits. The press relishes in building someone up so it can tear them down after mercilessly digging for dirt.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

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

www.bruceabrennananddekalbilandtheworld.blogspot.com

www.lawyerbruce.blogspot.com

www.lawofficeofbruceabrennan.yolasite.com

www.lawyerbruceabrennan.com

http://lawofficeofbruceabrennan.law.officelive.com

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

“When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”

“The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment not of sentiment, but of history.” – Woodrow Wilson

Obama is no better at nation building than Bush was; give it up.

In Government not working again., History and current events on June 1, 2011 at 5:22 AM

JUNE 1, 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 1 is … Dare Day

 

I dare you to call me a liar. June is busting out all over, all over

On Memorial Day, the City of Chicago closed beaches because it was too hot. It is my understanding the beaches are not open in the winter because it is too cold. Why does the City of Chicago have beaches? They could save the expense of operating them, although they apparently don’t operate them, if they just get rid of them. I bet the City of Chicago paid all the workers they sent home early so I am not sure they saved any money. They lost money just from the people that parked and had to leave, reducing the parking expense parkers had to pay. Closing a beach because it is too hot is moronic, at best and it is close to dereliction of duty. How can it be too hot to keep a beach open? Don’t you go to the beach to cool down?

Hey Rahm, how is this mayor thing working out for you. Now that you talked Springfield into giving you a casino, I hope you don’t have to close it because it makes too much money. I wouldn’t spend any casino money yet, Rahm. Governor Milquetoast has not made a decision on the idea. He is waiting for that last rush of campaign contributions to come in before he decides which side he is on, or which side he is told he is on.

The real reason the beaches were closed is because of a heavy presence of gang members. So now the gangs are the Chicago entertainment directors for the new mayor. Sure wouldn’t want the police to do their job. We will just surrender to the gangs instead. Arres the gangs and let the courts sort it out. Do not deprive honest citizens the use and enjoyment of a public asset tax dollars pay for. I doubt the gang members pay taxes on their ill-gotten gains.

 

Egypt is a prime example of why we should not force our will and fondness of democracy on the world. Since Mubarak’s fall on Feb. 11, the military has led crackdowns on peaceful protests, and critics accuse it of failing to restore security in the streets or launch serious national dialogue on a clear path forward for Egypt. Who didn’t see this coming other than Washington?

Activists, foreigners and bloggers are pressing Egypt’s military rulers to investigate accusations of serious abuses against protesters, including claims that soldiers subjected female detainees to so-called “virginity tests.”

Bloggers say they will hold a day of online protest Wednesday to voice their outrage, adding to criticism of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took control of the country from ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. The accusations of virginity tests first surfaced after a March 9 rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that turned violent when men in plain clothes attacked protesters and the army intervened forcefully to clear the square.

One woman who was arrested spoke out about her treatment, and Amnesty International further documented the abuse allegations in a report that found 18 female detainees were threatened with prostitution charges and forced to undergo virginity tests. They were also beaten up and given electric shocks, the report said. Egypt’s military rulers have come under heavy criticism from the youth protest movement, which is upset at the pace of reforms that they hope will lead Egypt to democracy.

America and most of the non-Muslim, non-Middle Eastern world wil ever understand how they operate. Egypt has had a good run for thousands of years. Who and what gives foreigners the right to tell them how to govern now? We pushed Egypt back decades in their evolution and we are doing the same thing tom Libya. Gadhafi just won’t roll over for us.

Notable births on June 1st:

 

1801 Brigham Young religious leader (Mormon Church)/polygamist

1921 Nelson Riddle Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)

1926 Andy Griffith Mount Airy NC, actor (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock)
1926 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Baker], actress (Some Like It Hot)

1934 Pat Boone Florida, singer/actor (April Love, Cross & Switchblade)

 

Notable events on June 1st:

 

1495 1st written record of Scotch Whiskey appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland. Friar John Cor is the distiller
1638 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Mass
1774 British govt orders Port of Boston closed
1789 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths)

1843 It snows in Buffalo & Rochester NY & Cleveland Ohio

1861 1st skirmish in the Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va
1861 US & Confederacy simultaneously stop mail interchange
1862 Gen Lee assumes command after Joe Johnston is injured at 7 Pines
1864 Battle of Cold Harbour, VA

1925 Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp (1st of record 2130 consecutive games)

1938 Superman Comics launched. Not modeled after Lou Gehrig.

1967 Beatles release Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in US & goes gold. 
1968 Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1
1969 Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV
1971 Ed Sullivan’s final TV show
1973 Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live & Let Die”
1974 Bundy victim Brenda Ball disappears from Burien, Wash
1975 Calif Angel Nolan Ryan 4th no-hitter beats Balt. Orioles, 1-0
1975 Ron Woods replaces Mick Taylor as Rolling Stone guitarist

1980 Ted Turner’s Cable News Network begins broadcasting

Look, June is still busting out all over, all over.

Just a couple of thoughts I had.

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