by Russell D. Longcore
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The Nation: See ya, Herman Cain, you sociopathic piece of dung. You are such an egotistical maniac that you dragged your poor cuckolded wife onto the podium with you Saturday so you could lie your way through your weasel-worded resignation from your quest for the White House. Actions always speak louder than words, and fortunately for America, your actions drowned out your false bravado. I take delight in the fact that you are likely at home in Atlanta with a woman who has been cheated on at least five times and wants your nutsack in a Mason jar on the coffee table. Karma can be a bitch.
The Nation II A gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech walked up to a campus police officer and shot him dead, then later turned the gun on himself. Know why this can happen on the Tech campus? Because the campus is a gun-free zone. If any and all students could carry firearms freely, the deterrent factor would prevent these incidents. Just one armed student could have stopped the slaughter of 33 other students there in 2007. If you don’t like campus murders, call a politician. That’s where the blame lies.
International: Last week a NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. If the Pakistani government had any backbone or honor, they would throw the US military out of Pakistan. But remember the old saying: “When money talks, bullshit walks.” Washington is backing dump trucks of cash into Islamabad, and few men are incorruptible. Soldiers are meant to be killed, and politicians are meant to be bought.
Business: The US Air Force quietly announced that they have excluded American aircraft builder Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita, Kansas from competition for a $1 billion contract to build a light attack aircraft. The company said that they had already invested $100 million to comply with what the Air Force wanted in a plane. They also said that 1,400 highly paid technical employees in 20 states will lose their jobs. But here is the outrage. It looks like the $1 Billion contract will go to Embraer…A BRAZILIAN COMPANY. Want even more outrage? Embraer sold 40 light fighters to Iran in 1989, and Iran used the planes as their primary close support aircraft. The Obama Administration is flipping you the bird, America. Learn how to say, “Want fries with that?”
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Economy: Unemployment claims dropped to 381,000 this week. But the Labor Department points to holiday hiring for the drop. Holiday hiring is typically in retail, and retail is typically low-paying jobs. And, as soon as Christmas is over, massive layoffs will happen, just like every year.
Sports: This week’s big story is in baseball. Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols inked a $264 million, ten-year deal with the California Angels. He’ll be 42 at the end of his contract. Our minds boggle over these kinds of numbers, but remember that the Angels organization figures they will make more than this amount or they wouldn’t spend it. Don’t fall for all the crybabies that say it’s a travesty that teachers get low pay and athletes get high pay. It’s pure supply and demand at work. Quite frankly, if it weren’t for the mighty teacher’s unions, they’d get paid even less than they do now.
Entertainment: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named its Class of 2012 this week. Donovan (1960s), The Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, pop singer Laura Nyro (who?), and Brit rockband Small Faces all got in. I had the 45 record “Itchycoo Park” by Small Faces when I was 14. But Laura Nyro? I learned that Nyro wrote hit songs for The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Barbra Streisand. Who knew?
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