Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ticks Pose Health Threat To Pets And Humans

April 22, 2014 - You can't spell "ticks" without "ick." Disgusting critters, ticks not only suck blood from your dog (and you, given the chance), they also spread dangerous diseases to both animals and humans, including Lyme disease. With warmer weather spreading across the nation, tick season is coming into full season. Removing ticks from your pet can be difficult, but Jennifer Kvamme, DVM has some helpful tips.

Identify ticks at tickinfo.com
"It’s no fun having to remove ticks from your dog during the spring and summer months," writes Dr. Kvamme at Philly.com. "Not only are these blood-suckers nasty to look at, all filled up with your pet’s hard won blood as they are, they are also notoriously difficult to dislodge, making it so you have to get up close and personal in order to assure success. Because left too long or not removed entirely, these buggers can cause some serious diseases. So, what can you do to keep your dog tick-free this season?" Dr. Kvamme looks at spot-on treatments, oral medications, shampoos, tick dips and tick collars. Read the full article at Philly.com.

Cats Too: Ticks love your feline friends, as well. Ticks can jump from one animal to another. As noted by The Humane Society, "Don't limit tick checks to your canine family members. Dogs can't directly transmit tick-borne illnesses to people, but ticks can move from host to host. A tick may enter your home on your dog's back and move on to another pet or human, or a tick could hitch a ride on you and then move on to one of your pets. A good tick prevention strategy includes checking all family members for these parasites, especially after outdoor activities in wooded, leafy, or grassy areas."

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High Court Says States Can End Racial Preferences

Univ of Michigan protest affirmative action in front
of the US Supreme Court,  June 2003. - Reuters
April 22, 2014 - Nearly 150 years have passed since the Civil War ended slavery in the United States. But institutionalized racial inequality -- supported by so-called "liberals" and "progressives" -- has persisted, propped up by the same Federal Government that has become to adept at violating states' rights.

Finally, the Supreme Court today "voted 6-2 that states may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution," reports The Wall Street Journal, "upholding a Michigan law that grew out of the state's long-running debate over affirmative action policies at public universities."

What does this mean? Quite simply, that public schools and other instutitions in Michigan can no longer discriminate against certain ethnic and racial groups. That is, after all, what "affirmative action" really is: Reverse discrimination, the favoring of some groups over others. Call it what you will, it is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has now officially said so.

The People Spoke
A 2006 ballot initiative in Michigan saw voters choose to end to racial preferences at state schools. "But it also left intact legal precedents that protect minorities from being targeted for unfair treatment through the political process," says WSJ.
"Our state constitution requires equal treatment in college admissions, because it is fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of their skin," Republican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. "A majority of Michigan voters embraced the ideal of equal treatment in 2006, and today their decision was affirmed."
"This case is not about how the debate (over racial preferences) should be resolved," Justice Anthony Kennedy said in announcing the ruling. But to stop Michigan voters from making their own decision on affirmative action would be "an unprecedented restriction on a fundamental right held by all in common."

Supporters of affirmative action said the ruling sets Michigan back. "It will result in the tyranny of the majority," said ACLU of Michigan attorney Mark Fancher. "There are occasions where the minority doesn’t have a prayer in the democratic process. In those cases, the minority deserves protection."

What folks like the ACLU don't say, however, is that they prefer that the majority has no prayer in the democratic process and a tyranny of the minority should reign. That is the antithesis of democracy.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Ald. Joe Moore's Dead-Beat Sugar Daddy Arrested (Updated)

Cedomir "Chad" Zuric Mug Shot
Cedomir Zuric's mugshot
UPDATE: This six-year old story recently took a sudden dramatic turn in March, 2014.  Fugitive Cedomir Zuric, 52, was arrested for over $500,000 in past due child support payments. He was wanted since 2008. While Zuric was busy shirking his child support debts, he was doling out huge money to Chicago's 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore. In return, Moore supported a controversial zoning change that Zuric wanted very much.

"A tip led Cook County deputies to a North Side man who owes more than half-a-million dollars in overdue child support," reported Lincoln Square Patch on March 26. "The sheriff's department warrant unit arrested Cedomir Zuric, 52, on Friday after learning he was staying at a residence in the 4300 block of North Clarendon Avenue. Zuric owes $555,876 in past due child support payments for three children. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2008. Zuric's last known address was in the 5700 block of North Lincoln Avenue. Zuric posted a $23,462.24 cash bond and was released from jail." Zuric was due in court on April 3.
Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward Chicago
Joe Moore, Alderhog

Earlier Post, July 30, 2008 - 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore took big money from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric. We therefore DEMAND Moore Return Campaign Contributions from Dead-Beat Dad

We the citizens of Rogers Park DEMAND that Alderman Joe Moore IMMEDIATELY turn over ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric (a.k.a. Chad Zuric) to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services toward partial retirement of Zuric's $400,000 child support arrears. (Search for "Zuric Cedomir" at Cook County Recorder of Deeds website.)

Moore abused his office by accepting $14,500 from a dead-beat dad posing as a real estate developer in exchange for Moore's support for a lucrative zoning change and the demolition of the former Adelphi Theater, all the while knowing full well the beneficiary owed $400,000 in child support payments.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Obscure Group Says It Destroyed Flight #MH370, Interpol Blames Malaysia Air for Loose Security

Flight Path of Malaysia Air MH370
Click image to enlarge it. Source: ChinaDaily.com
March 10, 2014 - A mysterious, previously unheard of group called the "Chinese Martyr Brigade" is claiming responsibility for the destruction of Malaysia Air flight MH370, missing since Saturday.

Investigators now say it's possible that the plane disintegrated in mid-air and are using the term "suspects" to describe at least two of the missing plane's passengers, who used stolen Austrian and Italian passports.

The flight vanished on Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday) when it suddenly lost contact with ground control while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on Saturday (see map of Flight MH370's path). The last known location of the airplane was over the South China Sea, between Malaysia and Vietnam. When it disappeared, it was flying at 35,000 feet with good weather.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Obama Don't Get No RSPECT

Obama can't spell Respect
Barack Obama, Prsidnt of the Untied Sttes
March 8, 2014 - Barack Obama is the man who first told the world about the "inhalator." On March 6, he had trouble spelling the word "respect" during a tribute to singer Aretha Franklin (video below).

Obama blew the spelling of "respect" during a concert at the White House on Thursday night to celebrate Women's History Month. Obama said, "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her [crowd laughter, pause] she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women..." Blah blah blah. One has to wonder how many people were laughing at Obama for not being able to spell a word that most third graders can spell while drunk.

Is it surprising that Obama had trouble spelling such a simple word? Not really. His teleprompter was not helping him and he was too distracted by thoughts of how cool he must be to be introducing Aretha Franklin. Fellow Man of Genius Joe Biden thinks that "jobs" is a three-letter word.
Rush Limbaugh reminded us that the Obama flub will be treated lightly by the left-leaning mainstream media, as opposed to the brutal way in which they treated Dan Quayle. El Rushbo said this on his Friday show: "Vice President Quayle participated in a spelling bee. The word was 'potato,' and the spelling that he was given had an E on the end of it.  And when the child spelled potato without pronouncing the E, the vice president called him on it.  And said 'Oops, oops, oops, sorry, you blew it, it's p-o-t-a-t-o-e.'  'No, it's not, no E on there,' and Quayle, 'Right here it is.'  And that's all it took.  From then on, Dan Quayle, biggest idiot on earth. And that image lasted for quite a while."

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

UPDATED: Russia Today Host Denounces Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Refuses Trip To Crimea

Abby Martin is serious
Martin: Honest but still employed
March 4, 2014 - News service Russia Today (RT) is funded by the Russian government. Some call RT the Kremlin's overseas propaganda channel. So it must have been somewhat uncomfortable for them when Abby Martin, popular host of "Breaking The Set," wrapped up her show Monday night with a monolog criticizing Russia's invasion of Crimea in the Ukraine. Martin is an American who works at RT's studios in New York City.

How did RT react to Martin's brave honesty? In typical Russian fashion, they said they would send Martin off to Crimea to get a "better understanding" of situation on the ground. 

Liz Wahl, former RT news anchor and producer
Liz Wahl: Honestly Quit
UPDATE:  One of Abby Martin's colleagues, Liz Wahl, was paying close attention to Tuesday's Martin-RT spat. Wahl, a news anchor and producer in RT's Washington, D.C. bureau, quickly expressed her moral support for Martin on Twitter:

My girl @AbbyMartin: Russia Today Host Abby Martin Goes Spectacularly Off-Message In #Ukraine Broadcast http://t.co/n8A2LPIFX4

Wahl was thinking carefully about her own next move.

On Wednesday, she shocked viewers by quitting live on air, saying that she could no longer work for a network "that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning." More, with video of Wahl's resignation.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Perspective: Coverage of Ukraine Revolution Versus Nigeria's Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram's Top Maniac:
Abubakar Shekau (video still)
February 26, 2014 - Mediaite's Noah Rothman seems to think that only he has access to news out of Africa. Rothman complains that the latest atrocity by Boko Haram, a mass murder of dozens of students at the Federal Government College in Yobe, Nigeria on February 24 has received less attention than it deserves and that few people are even aware of it. Specifically, Rothman complains that it got less coverage than it should have because, he seems to imply, of some disproportionate attention given to the months-long violent protests in Ukraine.

Contrary to Rothman's assertion, millions of us have heard of the most recent attack by Boko Haram on a boys' boarding school. The recent Boko Haram slaughter did receive -- and is still getting -- big coverage. (Don't take my word for it; do your own Google search for "boko haram attack.")

The headline for Rothman's post was "The Horrific Massacre of School Children by Islamic Radicals You’ve Heard Nothing About." Rothman is obviously oblivious to the fact that the story is getting big coverage worldwide and is a hot topic on Twitter today. The irony here is that unless Rothman broke the story himself (he didn't), he undoubtedly became aware of the story after millions of other people did, and that he did so by reading about it in some of the very media that he says have not covered it well enough. The media have breathlessly updated their reports as the official body count, initially reported as 29, has risen to at least 59 and seems likely to go still higher.

UPDATE (28 Feb 2014):
While it's true that the ongoing demonstration in Ukraine got major coverage, it's also true that Ukraine's anti-Russia, pro-EU demonstrations began months before Boko Haram's mayhem on Monday of this week. Here's where the sense of perspective by Mediaite's Rothman comes into play. The Nigeria story is getting worldwide press coverage. But compared to the events in Ukraine, which ended days ago as a full-blown coup that toppled a government, sent its former leader running from his own charges of mass murder, embarrassed Vladimir Putin and now gives inspiration to anti-government demonstrators in Venezuela, the Boko Haram story seems puny.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cossack Security Goons Attack Pussy Riot Members And Journalists in Sochi

Pussy Riot members retweeted this image from @GogolsWives,
captioned, "Putin will teach you to love the motherland"
February 19, 2014 - Members of the anti-Putin shock rock band Pussy Riot were brutalized in an unprovoked attack by security men at the Sochi Olympics.

Shocking video (below) shows band members Nadezhda and Maria being attacked by uniformed men described as "Cossack militia." The men used "batons, pepper spray and whips, as the young women attempted to perform a song near the seaport in the Olympic host city, Sochi," reports Russia Today (RT). The disturbing incident has caused international outrage. The goons, numbering at least ten, also attacked several journalists at the event.