THE STEVE YUHAS
Few in the West will come out and say there is a problem with Islam, but former British prime minister Tony Blair says the beheading of a British soldier proves there is a problem with Islam. British Muslims are incensed by his opinion, but if groups were killing in the name of Tom Cruise, wouldn’t we blame Scientology? Of course we would.
The sequester (which is not actually a cut in spending; rather it’s a cut in the rate of growth – from about 6% down to 4%) is in the news again: White House ignored suggested reforms that would have saved $67 billion because they thought the sequester would be good politically (they hadn’t counted on all of the scandals plaguing the White House this time around) and it gets worse.
A new book will outline that President Obama and Hillary Clinton made an agreement to have the former support the latter in her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination to run for president. The NY Post is reporting an “exclusive” about the ‘secret’ agreement between the two, but will it matter and is it secret if it’s being talked about? All of this came out in the paperback edition of The Amateur.
Speaking of scandals:
If that’s not enough, the IRS is caught in another scandal – this time $50 million in conferences since President Obama took office. $50 MILLION – but that’s a drop in the bucket compared to waste at the Pentagon. Let’s just hope the House and Senate look there.
Oklahoma had another round of tornados late last week and severe weather continued into the weekend. Three storm chasers – who chased tornados the way some chase wild animals – were killed running after tornados. The big question for onlookers is should these careless people be counted among the dead that include people swept from their cars or homes in the wrong place at the wrong time?
The Governor of Oklahoma says they will rebuild – in the same place as the storm hit. How much more money can the American people send to places destine to be destroyed again? Americans pour private donations into organizations like the Red Cross and other disaster assistance outfits, but one interesting tidbit comes from Canada – tornado victims are in dire need for just about everything, right? Don’t tell that to the U.S. Customs agency because they refused to allow Canadian food into the USA to help the people of Oklahoma. Who knew that
Looking at the wealth of most Americans is difficult, but one thing is true: American’s are losing wealth and since 2009 the wealth of America has been cut by some 55%. I guess paying ‘your fair share’ means losing half of what you’re worth.
Jean Stapleton died in her home at the age of 90 – surrounded by friends and family. She was a woman that brought a lot of enjoyment to people around the world for her roles as Edith Bunker – Archie’s wife – and on Broadway. On the opposite end of the talent scale is Madonna who has either had work done or is on steroids: During a speech about empowerment of women, the woman that became a star for selling herself in sexual and anti-religious poses was heckled for her cheeks.
Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder is being defended by Democrats for lying before a Congressional Committee. The White House is publicly supporting Holder saying that he’s a loyal supporter of the President and that he did not lie under oath. Still, he’s certainly a distraction to a president under the microscope and it makes you wonder what the Attorney General might have on President Obama. Rumbles from the White House say that some want the AG to go, but Obama’s not on that train yet.
It is particularly difficult to defend an Attorney General that refused to allow meetings about freedom of the press to be done on the record. The off-the-record meetings were held last week with a myriad of press outlets, but many refused to attend because the ‘freedom’ of the press had to be checked at the door. Even NBC stayed away, but many did not and all we got was “The President and Eric Holder love a free press.” I guess that means in theory.
Another first for President Obama: For the first time since the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union, Russia plans to resume nuclear submarine patrols in the southern seas after a hiatus of more than 20 years. The Itar-Tass news agency reported on Saturday, in another example of efforts to revive Moscow's military following the downsizing of the U.S. role in the world. Speaking of Russia: Syria is once again on the short list to receive another round of weapons from Russia (the same Russia that is helping host a peace conference between Syria’s leader and Syrian rebels – who vowed not to attend). What is Assad getting (besides the edge in the fight?): sophisticated missile and air defenses and combat aircraft. Thanks Russia.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey's four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas in the third day of the fiercest anti-government protests in years. Turkey’s prime minister – an Islamist by trade – is parroting Arab governments from around the world by declaring social media to be a ‘danger to society’ and cutting Internet for millions. Turkey is a member of NATO and is in the European Union, but is slowly but surely acting more and more like Iran.
THEN there is Iran: They’re having an election – nobody that is not a strict adherent to the mullah’s whims and fancies is allowed to run for president so the Iranian people are rightly upset. The State Department has already refused to blast Tehran’s refusal to allow women to run and now they’re forcing people to choose between Sharia Law heavy and Sharia Law “light” – it’s going to be interesting to see if America does in Iran what it did in Libya when the people next take to the streets.
Michael Douglas doesn’t want young people to get the wrong idea (not sure what the idea is), but when asked if he regretted smoking and drinking over the years because of his cancer his answer was a basic: No. He says that his cancer was caused by intimacy – something we’ll have to take his word for since the science is questionable. Still, surely he admits that smoking COULD have caused it, right? Nope.
The San Diego Port is taking another hit: last week we found out that 85 people in the tourism department would be out of a job – Mayor Bob Filner reversed course and allowed funding to happen so this former savings is now restored, but we don’t need people to sell San Diego. Now the public art budget from the Port is being cut (it should be done away with completely). If art is important people will donate it, if it’s not they won’t, but we do not NEED government buying and selling art.