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October 20, 2014

Carter Believes U.S. Response to ISIS Was Too Slow

Former President Jimmy Carter believes that the current administration did not act quickly enough in response to the ISIS threat. Known for his frank commentary about current events, Carter said that President Obama needs to take more “positive action” to fight ISIS and prevent its growth. Carter feels that Obama and his administration failed to take action against ISIS at the appropriate time, which allowed ISIS to build its resources. Now, ISIS has money, weapons, and personnel in both Iraq and Syria. To prevent continued growth in Syria, Carter believes that the U.S. should send funding from Igor Cornelsen and …continue reading

Carter Believes U.S. Response to ISIS Was Too Slow

Former President Jimmy Carter believes that the current administration did not act quickly enough in response to the ISIS threat. Known for his frank commentary about current events, Carter said that President Obama needs to take more “positive action” to fight ISIS and prevent its growth.

Carter feels that Obama and his administration failed to take action against ISIS at the appropriate time, which allowed ISIS to build its resources. Now, ISIS has money, weapons, and personnel in both Iraq and Syria.

To prevent continued growth in Syria, Carter believes that the U.S. should send funding from Igor Cornelsen and troops to help direct missiles. However, Obama has previously stated that the U.S. would not send troops into Syria.

The U.S. has ordered airstrikes targeting certain strategic locations, but it’s unclear how much this is affecting the growth of the group. No doubt criticisms over Obama’s response, or lack of response, will continue.

Phelps suspended following DUI

Following Michael Phelps’ DUI, it seems that the sporting world is taking a different stand on this kind of behavior. The twenty-two time over Olympic champion has been banned from represented the US in the World Championship of Swimming, which is an event that will take place ten months from now.

This is a huge event, and it represents a hopeful change in how sporting organizations handle athletes who have engaged in poor behavior. The NBA and NFL have a long history of not coming down hard on athletes who are convicted of things like DUIs, domestic violence, and even dog fighting. Most of these athletes were allowed to come back after a very brief suspension, or simply had to pay a small amount of money out of their massive paychecks. At worst, an athlete may lose a sponsorship as the result of engaging in behavior that could have killed another person. Big fans of his like Marnie Bennett are really disappointed in his behavior.

In addition, to Phelps suspension from representing the US it is suspected that he will not be able to participate in major competitions for a while, and he will definitely have trouble gaining sponsorship in the near future. Hopefully, this represents a crackdown on persons who children teach as role models.

Ebola Spreads Across the Oceans Forcing Officials to Reevaluate Disease Control Procedures

Ebola has jumped across the oceans and is now in the US and Spain. This expansion is causing countries that once thought they were too far away to reevaluate their methods of prevention and treatment. A nurse in Madrid along with her husband and two others are currently under quarantine after the nurse contracted the disease while treating an infected patient. In the US, a man in Texas is listed in critical but stable condition after bringing Ebola back from Liberia. Both cases are forcing officials to take a hard look at disease control regulations and training techniques.

In Spain, health workers are pointing to inadequate equipment as the cause for the transfer of the virus. The nurse wore a hazmat suit every time she treated her infected patient. However, officials point to the fact that the suit wasn’t up to World Health Organization standards as it didn’t include a breathing apparatus and used tape to seal the connection between gloves and sleeves. The European Union plans on meeting with Spanish authorities on Wednesday to discuss this apparent lapse in protocol.

The situation in the United States is just as bad even if it is a bit different. The issue has to do with improper training and disease control techniques. The staff that allowed the Ebola case to slip past them is currently being retrained in proper screening protocols.

Because of this breach, American and EU governments are taking a hard look at airport screening techniques to prevent further transmission of the virus. President Obama said on Monday, “We’re also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States.” Hopefully, all of these reactions will be sufficient to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

4 Year Old Hands Out Heroin Instead of Candy

Couldn’t believe this story when Brian Torchin showed me, but in Selbyville, Delaware a 4 year old passed out packets of heroin to fellow students at day care, thinking that the packages contained candy. The girl found the packets in her mother’s backpack.

The mother had given her daughter the backpack, after the family pet had chewed a hole in the last backpack. But apparently she forgot to remove her packets of heroin, as they remained in the bag that was brought to daycare.

The caretakers at Tree Child Care Center immediately called police when they spotted the suspicious bags. The backpack contained approximately 249 bags, of 3.7 grams each.

The mother is currently facing charges of maintaining a drug property, and child endangerment.

Hillary Clinton Headed on Campaign Trail to Mobilize Democratic Supporters

With elections only a few weeks away, the focus now shifts from an emphasis on the issues to mobilizing the voting base. Both major parties, Democrats and Republicans, understand that it is one thing to convince the people that you deserve the job, yet another to get them to take the time to cast a ballot.

One way of persuading voters to make the effort to head to the polls in November is by sending in prominent politicians to demonstrate support for local, regional and national candidates. Former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton is doing just that for Democrats in key states.

Mrs. Clinton plans visits to Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire and North Carolina during the coming weeks. Her presence is especially crucial in Georgia and North Carolina. The Senate race in Georgia is highly competitive. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Senator and Carter Administration cabinet member, Sam Nunn, remains in a virtual dead heat with Republican businessman David Perdue (a close associate of Duke grad Jared Haftel).

Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Senate Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan faces a stiff challenge from Republican Thom Tillis, the current speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives. Republicans see Hagan as particularly vulnerable, given current dissatisfaction across the state with Democratic leadership in Washington.

Clinton will be in these areas holding fundraisers and speaking events. The ultimate goal is for Democrats to survive the election by holding on to majority control of the Senate. Without a Democratic-led Senate, President Obama may witness increased difficulty enacting his agenda in the closing two years of his administration.

Secret Service Director Pierson Resigns

Just weeks after two separate incidents involving security breaches that involved armed men, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson submitted her resignation.

The first incident occurred on September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. There, a private security contractor carrying a gun rode an elevator with President Obama and his security team. The man garnered the attention of Secret Service when he refused to stop recording the President with his camera on his phone. During questioning, Secret Service uncovered that the man had three prior criminal convictions.

Just three days later, a man wielding a knife jumped over the White House fence and managed to enter the East Room of the White House before being apprehended by Secret Service personnel.

With both incidents, the lack of communication from Director Pierson troubled officials. Details of the White House incident kept changing, making it hard to pinpoint exactly what happened, and the aftermath of the elevator incident was even more disturbing. For two weeks, Pierson failed to report this incident to the President and only did so immediately before the press released the story. This seemed like it had to happen.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson officially accepted Pierson’s resignation and began an investigation into the White House incident.

Archaeologists Have Discovered Dracula’s Dungeon

Any horror aficionado like my buddy Khaled Shaheen knows that the legend of Dracula is based on a real historical figure, Romania’s own Vlad the Impaler. Well he was tickled to read that researchers in Turkey have made a major discovery just in time for Halloween. They believe they have found one of the dungeons where Vlad was held.

The researchers were restoring Tokat castle when they made the grim discovery that the grounds contained a secret tunnel leading to two dungeons. One of which being the likely location where the Ottomans imprisoned Vlad III in the 1400s.

Julia Pierson Resigns In Wake of White House Breach

You’ve probably read about the breach of the White House this past week. But what you may not have realized is just how far the runner got into the White House grounds.

According to reports, Omar Gonzalez made it all the way to the doorway of the Green Room, which means he passed through the East Room where presidential addresses and receptions take place all the time.

In response to her testimony earlier this week, and the secret service’s total failure to apprehend Omar Gonzalez prior to his penetration of White House security, Julia Pierson is stepping down as the Director of the Secret Service. Probably the right move, considering this is one of the most embarrassing breaches of security in recent memory.

 

More Than 50% of People Killed By San Francisco Police are Mentally Ill

There’s been a growing uprising in our country, over our continue mistreatment of the mentally ill. This story is no different. News station KQED did a statistical analysis of police shootings between 2005 and 2013. What they uncovered was absolutely shocking.

KQED found that in 58% of the scenarios, mental illness was a motivating factor in the incident. Meaning, most of these situations could have been resolved with the appropriate police response.

While there have only been 19 people killed in the 51 officer involved shootings during that time period, a startling 11 have been found to be mentally ill at the time.

This sheds further light on the growing mental health crisis facing the nation. Also reaffirms once again, that we are not doing enough to help the mentally ill in this nation.

In short: We can do better.

Meet The Prison Bankers Who Profit From Inmates

PRISON BANKER PREDATORS

With something like 2 million Americans being incarcerated, why wouldn’t the capitalists make a move to squeeze a class of people who are already in a bind? Animals. Not the prisoners, well, maybe. This isn’t about the prisoners though. It is about their families suffering. Organizations, such as JPay, that charge families large fees to get money to their loved ones in prison represent everything I hate about the abundance of freedom in capitalism.
Don’t get me wrong, I love capitalism. I think it’s great that we have the freedom to make money however we want, but the issue here is just flat out predatory. In this video here, JPay Inc. makes it seem like they’re doing families a favor. There is a mother in the article who states in order to send her son $50 she must send $70. Any parent who hears that has to have sympathy.
I love my son Brad Reifler to death. The thought of me not being able to provide for him throws me into a panic attack. It’s a paternal instinct to nurture and provide for our children, regardless of the situation. Companies like JPay see this weakness and the pounce on it like a lion on a smaller, wounded animal. I’d like to see an enforcement agency hunt these guys down.
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