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Why Oreos Are As Addictive As Cocaine To Your Brain

October 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Alice G. Walton, Contributor to Forbes

A small new study suggests the brain responds to Oreo cookies quite like it responds to actual drugs – at least if you’re a rat. The “pleasure center” of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, apparently gets just as activated in response to Oreos as it does to cocaine and morphine, which could actually have some major public health implications. While the study was done in rats, the authors say it’s likely relevant to humans as well, and could explain why people have such a hard time resisting eating an entire sleeve of the cookies. The study, which will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference next month, also made another discovery: Rats, like humans, like to eat Oreo’s creamy center first.

To test how the animals responded to Oreos vs. drugs, the team trained rats to navigate a maze. On one side, Oreo cookies were provided, and on the other side plain rice cakes were offered. As you’d guess, the rats were significantly more likely to spend time on the Oreo side of the maze. The team also compared these results to rats who were trained with morphine or cocaine rather than Oreos. They found that regardless of what “substance” the rats were offered (Oreos, cocaine, or morphine) they spent about the same amount of time on the “drug” side of the maze.

These behavioral data aren’t so surprising, but the researchers also reported some interesting neurological results. When rats were given Oreos, a protein called c-Fos was expressed strongly in an area of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, which is well known to be active in pleasure and addiction.

“It basically tells us how many cells were turned on in a specific region of the brain in response to the drugs or Oreos,” said Connecticut College professor Joseph Schroeder, who led the research. Oreos actually activated cells in this brain area more than did either cocaine or morphine, which suggests that that magical combination of sugar and fat may be even more delectable to our brains than drugs.

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” Schroeder said. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”

The research may therefore bear some relevance to human public health issues – namely the fact that high-calorie foods are often low-priced and highly addictive. And the fallout from poor eating behaviors can be as dramatic as that from drugs, said the authors. “Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,” said another author on the study, Jamie Honohan. “We chose Oreos not only because they are America’s favorite cookie, and highly palatable to rats, but also because products containing high amounts of fat and sugar are heavily marketed in communities with lower socioeconomic statuses.”

There’s been a heated debate about whether food addiction works in fundamentally similar ways to more “classical” addictions. Some studies have suggested some deleterious effects of sugar, and raised concerns about the effects of certain varieties of sugar and sweeteners on the brain, while others aren’t so sure. (For an interesting take, see here.) At any rate, the combination of sugar and fat seems to be particularly hard for people to resist. Certainly making healthy food available at lower costs – and marketing them in the right ways – is an ongoing issue in the “Big Food” industry, and one that’s only just beginning to change in the smallest ways.

A final oddity of the current study: the rats apparently preferred the creamy vanilla filling to the cookie itself. Said Honohan, “They would break it open and eat the middle first.” Though this isn’t likely enough to confirm that the results are applicable to humans, it does make one wonder if we’re really not so different after all.

SO WHO’S GOING TO SIGN UP FOR O.A. – OREO ANONYMOUS?
SCARY: “OREOS ACTUALLY ACTIVATED CELLS IN THIS BRAIN AREA MORE THAN DID EITHER COCAINE OR MORPHINE…”

WELL, THE VERDICT IS STILL OUT, BUT THIS IS ACTUALLY A BIT FRIGHTENING, EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT SOUND HUMOROUS. CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL CAN BOTH BE ADDICTIVE, AND YET THEY ARE BOTH AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AT REASONABLE COSTS.

WHAT CAN WE DO? WE LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HAVE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY. ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO ARE REGULATED AND TAXED AS THERE ARE SOCIETAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH.

I KNOW SUGARY SNACKS AND SUGARY DRINKS ARE OFTEN THE TARGET OF POLITICIANS, BUT MAYBE THOSE POLITICIANS ARE NOT THAT FAR OFF???

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German groom leaves bride behind

October 14th, 2013 · No Comments

AAP – October 11, 20139:05PM

A GERMAN couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway petrol station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.

Police said on Friday the couple was heading home to Berlin from France when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late on Thursday to fill up their van.

The woman had been sleeping in the back but got up – unbeknownst to the man – to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned.

Only after two and a half hours on the road did he notice she was gone and called police who said she was patiently waiting.

At least it should make his anniversary easier to remember.

I LEARNED EARLY THAT COMMUNICATION WAS THE KEY TO ANY SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE, AND IT SEEMS LIKE THESE NEWLYWEDS HOPEFULLY LEARNED THAT LESSON QUICKLY! HOPEFULLY IN FIFTY YEARS THEY WILL BE CELEBRATING THEIR FIFTIEETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, INCLUDING A PLETHORA OF GRAND CHILDREN.

I WOULD ALSO ASSUME THIS SITUATION HAPPENS QUITE A BIT WITH PARENTS LEAVING THEIR KIDS AT STARBUCKS, BRIDES LEAVING THEIR GROOMS AT GAS STATIONS, BUT THIS STORY HAPPENED TO GRAB THE HEADLINE.

I WISH THIS COUPLE MANY HAPPY, LOVING, HEALTHY YEARS OF MARRIAGE.

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Chinese tourists warned not to pick noses or urinate in public

September 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Published: Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 7:22 AM ET
By: Holly Ellyatt | Assistant Producer, CNBC.com

As an increasing number of Chinese people travel abroad, the Chinese authorities have issued instructions how to be “civilized” tourists, with an illustrated list of dos and don’ts to ensure tourists don’t give the country a bad name.

China’s National Tourism Administration have publicized a 64-page guidebook on their website, entitled “Guidebook for Civilized Tourism,” advising Chinese nationals not to pick their noses in public, urinate in pools or steal airplane life jackets, according to a report by news agency AFP on Wednesday.

As well as urging would-be tourists to comply with non-smoking areas and not to throw rubbish or shout in public, it also warned against the annoying habit of forcing locals to take their photos. In addition, the guide advised travelers to keep their nose-hair neatly trimmed.

Other snippets of advice were country-specific . The guide warned Chinese visitors to Germany to only snap their fingers to beckon dogs, not humans, and that women in Spain should always wear earrings in public, or be considered effectively naked. Visitors to Japan were advised to avoid fidgeting with hair or clothes in restaurants.

The guide was issued ahead of China’s “Golden Week” of public holidays in which millions of Chinese people take vacations, which begun on October 1. The guide Is designed to instruct people how to behave in their own country as well as abroad, and comes as an increasing number of affluent Chinese travel abroad.

In April, the World Trade Organisation named China the new number one nation for expenditure when traveling abroad. Chinese expenditure abroad reached $102 billion in 2012 and the volume of international trips by Chinese travelers reached 83 million, up from 10 million in 2000.

But despite the boon for economically struggling countries in Europe and elsewhere that rely on tourism, the Chinese have nonetheless developed something of a reputation for uncouth behaviour while abroad.

In May, a mainland Chinese woman who let her son relieve himself in a bottle in a crowded Hong Kong restaurant sparked an outpour of anger. Plus, there was outrage when a 15 year-old tourist from Nanjing recently carved his name into an ancient temple in Luxor, Egypt.

The guide came as China introduced its first ever tourism law on Tuesday, showing that authorities are keen to get a grip on the tourism trade. The law banned tour companies from hiding costs such as mandatory shopping trips, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Furthermore, it is not the first time the image-conscious government has tried to “civilize” its nascent tourist sector. In May, the authorities tried to appeal to national pride, telling people that “being a civilized tourist is the obligation of each citizen,” Xinhua stated.

I KNEW CHINA WAS KNOWN TO BE REPRESSIVE AT TIMES, BUT TO NOT ALLOW PEEING IN POOLS SEEMS A BIT EXCESSIVE. I WOULD GUESS THAT IF YOU POLLED TWENTY OF YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS, EIGHTEEN OF THEM WOULD ADMIT TO PEEING IN A POOL, AND THE OTHER TWO WOULD BE LIARS!

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2 British men sentenced for Oompa Loompa attack

September 26th, 2013 · No Comments

LONDON (AP) — Two men have been sentenced in a British court for attacking a man while they were dressed as Oompa Loompas.

Louis Gelinas and Matthew Wright pleaded guilty to “affray” — or disturbing the peace — at an earlier hearing for their role in the attack in December 2012 that left a 28-year-old man with cuts and bruises.

Prosecutor Stephen Spence noted it was ironic the two were dressed as “peaceable characters” employed by Willy Wonka “to keep them away from trouble” in the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Spence said “far from keeping out of trouble” the pair — both 20 — got into an abusive altercation.

Gelinas was sentenced Wednesday to 240 hours of community work and Wright was sentenced to 10 months in a young offenders’ institute.

TWO THOUGHTS….

1. WHY WON’T THEY ELABORATE ON “ATTACKING A MAN WHILE THEY WERE DRESSED AS OOMPA LOOMPAS?” DID THEY BEAT THE MAN TO DEATH, TICKLE HIM, OR HIT HIM WITH A RUBBER CHICKEN? IT’S RATHER VAGUE….  I NEED MORE INFORMATION TO DRAW REAL CONCLUSIONS!

2. WHY DOES A 20 YEAR OLD GET SENTENCED TO “10 MONTHS IN A YOUNG OFFENDERS’ INSTITUTE” INSTEAD OF A REAL PRISON?

I WOULD LOVE TO FIND OUT WHAT LOUIS AND MATTHEW’S BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT WAS DURING THIS “ATTACK.”

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OJ Cookie Bust: Simpson Caught Hiding Prison Desserts in Shirt

September 25th, 2013 · No Comments

Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 10:47 AM
By Clyde Hughes

Former NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson, a former murder suspect and convicted robber, was recently accused of stealing cookies from the cafeteria of Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center.

A source told The National Enquirer that that guards busted Simpson, 66, after he tried to conceal more than a dozen oatmeal cookies in his clothes after lunch.

“Everyone thought he had smuggled in a cell phone or some other kind of contraband, so when the guard started pulling cookies out of O.J.’s shirt, the other in­mates started laughing so hard they nearly fell over,” the source said. “O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging in­side his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor.”

Physicians told Simpson, who suffers from diabetes, that he needed to avoid sweets and exercise more or his health would continue to deteriorate.

“But the temptation of the cookies in the prison chow line was too much for him,” the source told the National Enquirer. “O.J. has been trying to diet since the doctors talked to him, but he loves sweets, and after a few weeks he couldn’t take it anymore.”

Simpson got off with a warning instead of an official write-up, which could have affected his prison time.

The Associated Press reported in July that a Nevada judge granted Simpson parole on some of his 2008 convictions for kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel.

The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners cited Simpson’s “positive institutional record” for his parole.

Despite the parole, the former football great still faces at least four more years in prison for the charges.

Once Simpson’s parole is effective on Oct. 2, he will begin serving the minimum term on four concurrent sentences for using a weapon during the 2007 robbery.

Simpson was acquitted in 1994 for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, in a sensational trial that garnered international attention.

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WHAT HAPPENED TO ONE OF MY CHILDHOOD HEROES? OF COURSE, THAT HERO WHEN AWAY IN 1994 THE NIGHT NICOLE SIMPSON AND RON GOLDMAN WERE MURDERED. YES, HE WAS FOUND INNOCENT, BUT IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF (AND MANY OTHERS SHARE THIS BELIEF) THAT O.J. COMMITTED THESE MURDERS.

NOW, THIS NFL SUPERSTAR (NOT TO MENTION ONE OF THE STARS OF TWO OF THE NAKED GUN MOVIES) IS DOWN TO STEALING COOKIES – AND IT MAKES NATIONAL NEWS???????????

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS MAN?

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Man has penis amputated due to’ Viagra overdose’

September 25th, 2013 · No Comments

GIGANTE, Colombia, Sept. 19 (UPI) — A man from southern Colombia had to have his penis amputated after he allegedly overdosed on the erectile disfunction medication Viagra, officials said.

The 66-year-old man from Gigante, whose name has not been released, told a local newspaper that he intentionally overdosed on Viagra to impress his new girlfriend, Colombia Reports reported Wednesday.

However, the penis-enhancing drug caused the man, who said he was a former member of the Gigante municipal council, to experience a constant state of erection for several days, the report said. He then sought medical help.

Doctors in Gigante referred the man to a medical facility in Neiva, where doctors noted that the man’s penis was inflamed, fractured and showed signs of gangrene, and opted to amputate to prevent the inflammation and gangrene from spreading to other parts of his body.

“The patient showed bruising on the testicles and penis, was treated and is recovering well,” a doctor told local newspaper La Nacion.

I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS. I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD LAUGH AT OR CRY FOR THIS MAN. PROBABLY BOTH.

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Piglet’s tumble off slaughter truck saves his bacon

September 19th, 2013 · No Comments

BROSSARD, Quebec, Sept. 24 (UPI) — A piglet’s accidental tumble off the back of a slaughterhouse truck truly saved his Canadian bacon, an animal shelter owner said.

Quebec provincial police were patrolling Highway 30 near Brossard Wednesday when they were called by motorists who saw the piglet walking down the side of the road.

Other witnesses said they were driving behind a truck carrying a load of piglets headed to a local farm where they would be prepared for slaughter when they saw the little oinker wiggle his way through a gap in the back of the truck and tumble off, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.

The officers called animal control workers who came and scooped up the piglet. After some online research, the piglet was taken to Wishing Well animal shelter north of Toronto where he was evaluated and treated for a few minor scrapes and bruises from the ordeal.

The shelter’s owner, Brenda Bronfman, said the piglet, since named Yoda, is all manner of cute and cuddly — and lucky.

“He just loves to crawl into people’s laps and be held. He’s a little angel,” she said.

Wishing Well adopts animals for life, so Bronfman said little Yoda, now sporting a sweater for warmth, will live out his days on the shelter’s farm

NOW THIS IS A NICE NEWS STORY. I WOULD ASSUME THAT OVER 80% (JUST AN ASSUMPTION) OF THE NEWS IS NEGATIVE, AND TO SEE A NICE STORY LIKE THIS BRIGHTENS MY DAY.

I DO ENJOY BACON AND PORK CHOPS AND I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO RAISE AND SLAUGHTER ANIMALS FOR FOOD, BUT IT IS NICE TO SEE THIS LITTLE PIGGY WIN THE PIGGY LOTTERY AND END UP WITH A LOVING OWNER.

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Scary Clown Terrorizes British Town

September 12th, 2013 · No Comments

By By Benjamin Radford, LiveScience’s Bad Science Columnist | LiveScience.com – Wed, Sep 18, 2013

A mysterious and sinister clown has been sighted prowling the streets of Northampton, U.K., causing both curiosity and concern. Nocturnal sightings of the face-painted fiend — widely dubbed The Northampton Clown — began earlier this month. The clown has not harassed, attacked, nor threatened anyone; he — or possibly she or It — merely wanders the streets creeping people out (and sometimes poses for photos).

A Facebook page was set up last week (on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough) called “Spot Northampton’s Clown,” featuring photos of the clown at different locations throughout the city. Someone claiming to be the clown has posted photos, updates and notes saying he’s harmless and just having a bit of fun.

If it all seems like a viral prank, publicity stunt or theatrical melodrama, it may be. In fact, a second man, dressed in his own blue muscle-padded superhero costume and glasses, calling himself “Boris the Clown Catcher,” has appeared on the Northampton streets on a mission to capture the creepy clown. Some have suggested that Boris is himself the Northampton Clown, adopting the role of both hero and villain in a social media prank.

Boston’s mystery clown panic

Strange as this case is, it’s not the first time that concern over clowns has gripped a city. In May 1981, police in Brookline, Mass., issued an all-points bulletin (APB) asking officers to watch for a vehicle containing potential child abductors. The vehicle, an older model van with a broken headlight and no hubcaps, was reportedly occupied by several clowns in full costume. Several children reported that clowns had tried to lure them into the van with promises of candy.

It was only one of several mysterious sightings of the phantom clowns; the next day, Boston police again searched the city in vain for another van driven by a creepy clown reported to be stalking a public park; once again police searches came up empty. As reports spread to surrounding areas and parents grew nervous, an official from the Boston Public Schools issued a memo to principals in his school district: “It has been brought to the attention of the police department and the district office that adults dressed as clowns have been bothering children to and from school. Please advise all students that they must stay away from strangers, especially those dressed as clowns.”

Parents were fearful, children were warned and police were vigilant, but despite searches and police checkpoints, these mysterious clowns were never found. Whether these creepy clowns were real, or the product of mass hysteria, pranks, eyewitness mistakes, the power of suggestion and the media, or some mix of these, no evidence was ever found of their existence.

The Northampton Clown, on the other hand, seems real enough. Though the clown has undoubtedly made some people genuinely uneasy, it seems that most are discussing this phenomenon with their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks.

The fact that the clown poses for photographers suggests an element of hoaxing or mischief; after all, if anyone thought the clown was a serious threat they could follow him or call the police. It’s also important to note that England has, by some estimates, nearly 2 million surveillance cameras in operation. Public streets are routinely monitored and recorded, and it would be a simple matter for police to review footage to locate a doorway or vehicle where the clown emerged. That is, of course, assuming that they believed there is any threat; walking around dressed as a clown at night is not illegal.

Creepy clowns

Fear of clowns — called coulrophobia — is fairly common, especially in young children. The reasons people find clowns scary vary from person to person; sometimes, the fear stems from a childhood trauma with a specific clown, other times, it’s just a general unease with all clowns.

But there are a few reasons why clowns are often considered creepy and disturbing. Clowns exaggerate for effect, distorting reality and proportion. They drive impossibly tiny cars and carry outsized gear, such as tricycles the size of elephants and hammers the size of logs. Nearly everything about a clown, including his or her speech, actions and clothes, are either too big or too small, and nothing about them is normal.

Clowns are at once both instantly recognizable and yet totally anonymous. We don’t know who is behind that makeup and red rubber nose: a kindly grandfather or a serial killer? And, of course, clowns are also unnatural in another way: No normal person could willingly put up with hordes of children screaming and jumping all over them for that long.

While the Northampton Clown seems to be having harmless fun (for example, today, Sept. 17, promising on Facebook a big surprise for later this week), the real danger is probably the threat of copycats hijacking the phenomenon and getting in on the act; already there are a few reports of (apparently independent) clowns pretending to be the Northampton Clown.

Or are they? The mystery continues.

Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of “Skeptical Inquirer” science magazine and author of six books including “The Martians Have Landed! A History of Media-Driven Panics and Hoaxes.” His website is www.BenjaminRadford.com.

THIS POST IS A FUN ONE…. COULROPHOBIA – FEAR OF CLOWNS….. YES, I CAN SEE WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF CLOWNS. I AM, BUT I AM LEARNING TO COPE WITH MY FEAR. WHY AREN’T THERE ANY COULROPHOBIA SUPPORT GROUPS AROUND?

I, FOR ONE, WOULD JOIN. I WOULD ATTEND DAILY MEETINGS JUST TO GET THROUGH THE DAY. IN A PERFECT WORLD, THESE MEETINGS WOULD BE AT 7AM BEFORE WORK, EACH AND EVERY DAY.

IT SEEMS THAT THIS NORTHAMPTON CLOWN IS HARMLESS, LOOKING FOR SOME OF PUBLICITY…. HEY, WE ALL NEED OUR FIFTEEN MINUTES.

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A Plea for Caution From Russia by Vladimir V. Putin

September 10th, 2013 · No Comments

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN

Published: September 11, 2013
MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.

Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.

Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.

The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.

We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government’s willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.

I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.

OKAY, SO WHERE DO WE BEGIN? I WOULD AGREE THAT THOSE FIGHTING THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT ARE NOT AN IDEAL REPLACEMENT FOR THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT. I WOULD AGREE THAT THE SITUATIONS IN LIBYA AND EGYPT ARE LESS THAN IDEAL, WHERE OPPRESSORS WHERE REPLACED BY OPPRESSORS.

HOWEVER, HOW IN THE WORLD DOES HE THINK THAT THE REBELS UNLEASHED THE POISON GAS? WHAT PROOF DOES HE HAVE WHEN WE INTERCEPTED GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS DISCUSSING THE USE OF GAS? AND HOW WOULD THE REBELS DEPLOY THE GAS? THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPABILITIES.

THIS REEKS OF POLITICS, AND PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THIS. I DO NOT LIKE WAR, BUT THERE WAS A “RED LINE” DRAWN BY OUR PRESIDENT, OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, AND NOW WE HAVE AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT THE “RED LINE” WAS CROSSED.

IF WE LET THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT GET AWAY WITH THIS, WHAT MESSAGE DOES THAT SEND TO OPPRESSORS. I WISH THAT LINE WAS NEVER DRAWN, BUT NOW, IT SEEMS, WE HAVE TO ENFORCE IT SOME HOW.

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Man in Colo. accused of drunken horseback ride

September 10th, 2013 · No Comments

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — University of Colorado police have arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of going on a drunken horseback ride through the city of Boulder.

Police spokesman Ryan Huff tells The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/18K6Yvs ) that witnesses saw the man hit his horse and then occasionally wander into traffic near the school Monday afternoon. Patrick Neal Schumacher of Colorado Springs faces several charges, including animal cruelty and riding under the influence of alcohol.

Police say he had a small pug named Bufford in his backpack, as well as beer cans and a black-powder pistol in his saddlebag. Officers say he told them he was traveling from Larkspur, Colo., to his brother’s wedding in Bryce, Utah, and that he had to make the 600-mile journey by horse because he lost his driver’s license.

Now, wait a minute, please read the fine print…. this man had a pug in his backpack and a muzzle loader pistol. Why? Hitting his horse is a dick move… abuse and he needs to pay the price, but I would assume that many of us have ridden a horse (a beach in Mexico or Hawaii) drunk. Just maybe without a pug dog and black powder pistol in our backpacks!

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