Aug 3, 2012

Some stories & jokes you might have missed this week

Say Goodbye to Michael Phelps!
Michael Phelps headed into retirement the only way imaginable — with another gold medal. Phelps swam the butterfly leg of the men's 4x100 medley relay for the U.S. team on the final night of the swim meet at the 2012 Olympic Games, the Americans winning in 3:29.35. The victory gave Phelps his 22nd Olympic medal, his 18th gold.

See more from NBC Olympics: http://nbcnews.to/NUkpmu
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Obama Leading in Latest Swing States NY Times poll

WASHINGTON -- New polls in three critical battleground states provide good news for President Barack Obama, as all three show him leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney by statistically significant margins.

The new surveys, conducted jointly by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and The New York Times, show Obama leading Romney by six percentage points in the crucial swing states of Ohio and Florida, and by a wider margin in Pennsylvania.    More on this from Huffington Post.

Why Conservatives Win EVERY Online Debate

“Frightened though they were, some of the animals might possibly have protested, but at this moment the sheep set up their usual bleating of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad,’ which went on for several minutes and put an end to the discussion. ” George Orwell, Animal Farm   
Fun Essay...check it.

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Somali comedian who poked fun at Islamists shot dead

Gunmen shot dead a well-known comedian known for poking fun at Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and colleagues said Wednesday.

Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale, in his late thirties or early forties, was killed late Tuesday, minutes after leaving Kulmiye radio station, where he worked as drama producer and performer.

"Two men shot and seriously injured Marshale... the comedian was later pronounced dead," said police lieutenant Mohamed Gaal, adding that "unfortunately the assailants escaped."

The shooting of Marshale, who also worked for the London-based Universal TV station and who reported having received death threats on several occasions, is the latest in a string of apparently targeted killings against media workers.

Colleagues mourned the loss of a man they called a leader of the war-torn nation's comedy scene. His shows have aired on Universal TV and are also available on YouTube.

"He had not done anything wrong to anybody, as far as we are concerned, but they shot him in the head and shoulders," said Yusuf Keynan, a presenter at Kulmiye radio.

"This is a black day for the entire entertainment industry, he was a leader in Somali comedy and everybody liked his performance."

Marshale was known for airing dramas making fun of the extremist Shebab and for participating in youth advocacy programmes aimed at preventing young Somalis from joining the insurgents.

So far this year, at least one Somali journalist has been targeted and killed each month.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19169024/somali-comedian-who-poked-fun-at-islamists-shot-dead#ixzz22LUFhSYX

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Obamacare:  Causing health insurance companies to quietly send out more than a BILLION in refunds to customers last week.

One of the provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, requires insurance companies to spend at least 80-85% of consumer-paid premiums on the consumer’s healthcare and quality improvement initiates, depending on the size of the market the insurer operates in.

Previously insurance companies were using a larger percentage of the consumer’s premiums for such things as administrative costs and increasing profits. ACA curbed those practices, and last Wednesday insurance companies began to send rebate monies to consumers. Many consumers received a rebate check in the mail this past week.

Insurance companies silently mailed about $1.1 billion to 12.8 million Americans in rebates. This was less than was expected because insurance companies began to institute changes after the passage of ACA last year, per what is known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR), a tool long used by state governments to regulate insurers.    Did you get one?  Read more...

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Without Comment... from Occupy Wall Street


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The infamous “Pepper Spray Cop” who attracted widespread criticism toward a California college last year is off the beat permanently, The Sacramento Bee reports.
A spokesperson for the University of California-Davis, where John Pike was captured pepper-spraying a group of seated protesters last November, said Pike was no longer employed with the school as of Tuesday, but did not specify whether Pike was fired or if he resigned, citing campus privacy rules.
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Olympix - NBC's Tape Delaying/Editing gets Trashed

(Reuters) - NBC on Sunday announced more record audiences for its prime-time TV coverage of the London Olympics, even as the Twitterverse erupted in complaints about the U.S. network's online streaming efforts and delays in broadcasting key competitions.

Contributions to the Twitter hashtags #NBCfail and #NBCsucks surged on Sunday, with many posters complaining about the quality of NBCUniversal's online platform, which promised to show every sporting contest live for those unwilling to wait hours for the network's main primetime coverage of the day's events.

Comment:  but nobody looks as good as the US Beach Volleyball team!  :)
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A little kid gets on the school bus wearing a "proud to be a democrat" tee shirt. The bus driver asks him "Why are you a Democrat?"
The child replies, " Well, because my parents are Democrats."
The bus driver then asks, "What if your parents were Bible-thumping, hypocritical scumbags?"
The child replies, "Well, I guess that would make me a Republican."
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Romney Invested Millions in Firms That Pioneered High-Tech Outsourcing

EXCLUSIVE: A government document shows that at Bain, he held a $54 million stake in companies that manufactured electronics in China and Mexico for US firms.

In recent weeks, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have accused each other of being an "outsourcer in chief," as their campaigns have tussled over Romney's past at Bain Capital and the (non)release of his tax returns.

But all this scuffling hasn't taken into account an until-now unreported fact about Romney's days at Bain: When he was running the private equity firm, he invested tens of millions of dollars in a pair of companies that specialized in outsourcing high-tech manufacturing and that developed offshore production facilities in Mexico, China, and elsewhere to build electronics for US firms.    More on this revelation from Mother Jones

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Harsh, versus Gentle Parenting....will come back to haunt you!  (radioman essay)

Remind your parents with this warning that came from Johnny Carson years ago:  "Be good to your children, for they will choose your Nursing Home!

I'm sure many parents forever alienated their children with their hard ways, just as THEIR strict parents did the same thing!    I'm not sure its true that all parents value their children as their most-loved purpose in life.   Most of us do, but NOT all have that loving capacity to our offspring.

It's helpful to realize that many parents of the 1930s-1950 generation had the concept that 'children should be SEEN and not HEARD!'  No rights, little loving, strict upbringing, be robotic-ally morally straight and work very hard.  Little adults from the beginning.    Made for a lot of unhappy, insensitive adults who often raised their kids the same way! 

.  But that was what older people felt was needed in a very harsh economy.  Tough love from the start.  They're dying off now.  Their children are NOTHING like they were, because their children HATED being raised that way.  One could say that children of that generation have overcompensated...and have spoiled their babies!  Which is not so good either!


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Penn State ex-Pres Now Consulting for the US Govt!!!
Graham Spanier might have been ousted from his post at the helm of Penn State over the sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the university, but it seems he’s found a backup employer: the American taxpayer.   More on this...

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