Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs – Volume XXIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  The Detroit branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Only Colored People (“NAACP”) is having its annual fund raiser and is planning to honor Kid Rock with thier Great Expectations Award.  There is hardly a famous performer who seems to do as much for his home town as Kid Rock so the honor is warranted, however, some NAACP supporters are planning to boycott the event because of Rock.  Rock sometimes uses the confederate battle flag during his performance because he feels like it represents southern rock.  It is funny how some are very sensitive to someone wearing a flag whose original use was for battle during the Civil War, but have no trouble seeing our American flag burned.  The race business makes a lot of people a lot of money so they cannot ever let go of race and frequently see racism where none exists.

Brief 2: An unusual career to me is that of a personal trainer and their clients must be pretty rich to afford to have a person take you through your workouts one-on-one.  You probably wouldn’t be totally surprised to learn that Barry and Michelle have a personal trainer.  What the heck, they are a young, vibrant couple and probably need to work off all of those fancy, expensive, calorie-intensive meals that they eat.  The question is who is paying for their trainer?  It seems that they just love their Chicago trainer and have had him flown to Washington several times per week to work them out.  YES THEY FLY THEIR TRAINER FROM CHICAGO TO WASHINGTON WEEKLY OR MORE TO TRAIN THEM.  Who is footin’ the bill for this extravagance?

Brief 3: We all know that something smells rotten in the liberals’ shining city on the bay, San Francisco.  No Happy Meals, no smoking, no emissions, no whatever the elected officials decide that they want to impose on its citizens.  It also seems that they have “no flow” in their sewers because of the extensive use of low-flow toilets.  While that sounds good because there is less liquid used and therefore less waste generated, there is a dark side, a dark smelly side.  There is so little flow that the solid waste is not routinely flushed and tends to clog the sewers.  In case you didn’t know even San Franciscan’s shit stinks and so do their sewers.  Not to worry the solution is expensive and potentially damaging to the environment as recently reported by the S.F. Gate,

“The city has already spent $100 million over the past five years to upgrade its sewer system and sewage plants, in part to combat the odor problem.  Now officials are stocking up on a $14 million, three-year supply of highly concentrated sodium hypochlorite – better known as bleach – to act as an odor eater and to disinfect the city’s treated water before it’s dumped into the bay. It will also be used to sanitize drinking water.  That translates into 8.5 million pounds of bleach either being poured down city drains or into the drinking water supply every year.”

Brief 4: Iran, perhaps trying to deflect publicity as it murders its own citizen protesters, has objected to Britain’s official London Olympics logo calling it racist.  Iran claims that the word “zion” can somehow be found in the design.  If Iran would have said that it was ugly or weird, I would have agreed, but racist?  Perhaps the female figure (I am assuming that is what the pink thing is) needs to be covered to suit Imanutjob’s taste.  Early reports were that Iran may boycott the games which would have no impact whatsoever.

Brief 5:  Also from Great Britain though this one has all the look and feel of a very creepy situation.  Fergie’s ex-husband and brother to Prince Charles has gotten into a bit of a stew.  It seems that Prince Andrew has been keeping company with some rather seedy individuals.  I would feel soiled just typing details so here is an excerpt from the Associated Press Story;

“revelations that Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son, is friends with a convicted sex offender, was photographed with a teenage prostitute, and has been accused of ties to Moammar Gadhafi’sLibyan regime.  The Duke of York also hosted the son of the Tunisian dictator shortly before a popular uprising drove him from power…Since becoming a special trade representative in 2001, Andrew has also drawn criticism for reportedly taking lavish trips in his role as an unpaid trade ambassador.  The latest revelations in the British media have centered on Andrew’s friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and claims that Andrew also had close ties to Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, one of the Libyan leader’s sons.  Photos recently published in the British media show Andrew strolling in a park with Epstein – the New York billionaire jailed for soliciting underage prostitutes in Florida. Most recently, a photograph emerged showing Andrew with his arm around the waist of the teenage prostitute [very very creepy] at the center of that case.”

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