2)Lamar Houston- Last week, the Patriots finally got their act together and crushed the Chicago Bears. Down by twenty points into the fourth quarter, defensive end, Lamar Houston, sacked Tom Brady and then went about on an ill advised celebratory dance. In the process, he laughably tore his ACL and is now out for the season. Even worse, he is one of the few bright spots on a terrible team. Not anymore. This should be shown to every high school, college and pop warner football team as a lesson how NOT to act. What a doofus.
4)Kaci Hickox and Dr. Craig Spencer- Ebola is a real threat and is overblown at the same time. The CDC is telling people things that are NOT true, such as you need to get the disease in your mucus membrane areas or through sexual contact. You can actually get the disease through things like sweat on your skin. There have been confirmed cases of this transmission and most medical sites agree with this. We also found out that Dr. Craig Spencer lied to authorities when asked if he had self quarantined. He said he had, but when confronted with credit card information, he backtracked and admitted to traveling across half the city. Kaci Hickox has flaunted self quarantining herself by going on a bike ride with her boyfriend, and while it is unlikely she would spread the disease as she unsymptomatic, it is not impossible, so she is pissing off her neighbors to the point the police are there to protect her from a panicky crowd. It doesn't help that her roommate when she was in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. There is nothing wrong with being noble and treating those that desperately need it. But you also have to have those same sympathies when dealing with people who are being lied to by a government that has become pathological in nature.
6)Kylie and Kendall Jenner- I am a professional writer. I also hate the Kardashians/Jenners. I loathe when people like this, or Snookie, or some equally untalented hack writes a book that no one in their right mind would read, which I am usually right about. This was no different. Seems the two youngest in the Kardashian clan decided to write a book, basically yet another rehash of the Hunger Games. I love dystopian futures and even I am sick of them. The latest "Rebels" City of Indra," tanked, selling only a pitiful 13,000 copies in it's first week, and knowing how the publishing world works, at least half of those were bought by the Kardashians or friends themselves. Can this waste of space family please go away already and take Kanye with you?
8)Democrats- The left seems posed to lose come Tuesday unless democrats show up in droves. But as they have been disillusioned by the current state of morons we have in office, I have a feeling they are not going to vote. I know a lot of people in non-swing states that are not going to vote and that may lead to a lot of Republican wins. The democrats have no one but themselves to blame as they have courted voters that were never going to vote for them anyway, ignored their base to extreme levels and ran candidate that seemed almost Tea Party-ish in their stupidity (Allyson Grimes I am looking at you). The fact she is losing to one of the most hated men in Congress is telling. But when you run away from all the good things Obama has done, you are going to lose Al Gore style. The dems have learned nothing while the right has done everything right they could. I have a feeling, this country is going to go flush real soon because of it.
9)Red Cross- I wrote an article two years ago chastising the Red Cross for failing Hurricane Sandy victims which is all I heard from people I know in the area. FEMA was there right away. The Red Cross took weeks and screwed things up from the get go. They had sex offenders in shelters with kids. They delivered pork meals to Jewish neighborhoods. They engaged in publicity stunts, like using much needed ambulances as back drops to press conferences rather than using them for, I don't know, emergencies or preparing food that they had no way of getting to hungry families which then had to be thrown out. Worst of all, money that was supposed to go to relief project disappeared into the black hole a lot of charities seen to suffer from. Do not give money to the Red Cross until they clean up their act. You'd be better off throwing your money in the street and letting those that need it get it that way.
The recent seizure of cocaine on a Foremost coal ship came as authorities in Colombia have stepped up anti-drug trafficking enforcement in the region. The Nation spoke to Luis Gonzales, an official with the Colombian Coast Guard in Santa Marta, who told us that the Ping May’s crew were questioned as part of an ongoing investigation, but that no charges have yet been filed. His team found the cocaine in forty separate packages.
The Republican Senate minority leader’s personal wealth grew seven-fold over the last ten years thanks in large part to a gift given to him and his wife in 2008 from James Chao worth between $5 million and $25 million (Senate ethics forms require personal finance disclosures in ranges of amounts, rather than specific figures). The gift helped the McConnell's after their stock portfolio dipped in the wake of the financial crisis that year, and ensured they could pay off more than $100,000 in mortgage debt on their Washington home.
The generous gift made McConnell one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, with a net worth averaging around $22.8 million, according to the Washington Post’s review of his financial disclosures.
The ties between McConnell and his in-laws have come under scrutiny before. In 2001, they were probed in depth by The New Republic in an article that charged that McConnell led an effort to soften his party’s criticism of China. Through James Chao, who was a classmate of Jiang Zemin, the president of China in the 90s, McConnell and his wife met with Jiang several times, both in Beijing and in Washington. McConnell subsequently tempered his criticism of Chinese human rights abuses, and broke with hawks like Senator Jesse Helms to support Most Favored Nation trading status with China. As Foremost established closer ties with mainland China, McConnell endorsed the position that the United States should remain “ambiguous” about coming to the defense of Taiwan. In 1999, McConnell and his wife appeared at the University of Louisville with Chinese Ambassador Li Zhaoxing. Li used the opportunity to bash congressional leaders for rebuking China over its repression of the Falun Gong religious sect. “Any responsible government will not foster evil propensities of cults by being over-lenient,” Li reportedly said at the event with McConnell and Chao. Rather than distance himself from the remarks, McConnell reportedly spoke about his “good working relationship” with Li.
Requests for comment to the McConnell team about the Ping May cocaine incident have gone unanswered.
McConnell has positioned himself over the years as a tough on drugs politician. In 1996, McConnell was the sole sponsor of the Enhanced Marijuana Penalties Act, a bill to increase the mandatory minimum sentencing for those caught with certain amounts of marijuana. Apress release noted that his bill would make “penalties for selling marijuana comparable to those for selling heroin and cocaine.”
In recent weeks, McConnell has touted his role in calling for more federal money to be used for drug enforcement.