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Rebecca Jarvis: an explanation — November 21, 2013

Rebecca Jarvis: an explanation

Finally an explanation without any din from those in the Senate and Congress!

The most helpful site I’ve found explaining ACA, what it means for you: … More resources here: …


“James the one hitter quitter.” A teen exclaims in jubilation! — November 16, 2013

“James the one hitter quitter.” A teen exclaims in jubilation!

What you are about to see is a violent deliberate startling attack.  Do not click on the link or hit the play button if seeing black teenagers in Jersey City, New Jersey, a state in the United States of America, attack a white teacher, who is obviously  not cowering away from the blacks approaching him.  I’m sure Mr. I Have A Dream, is finally realizing his dream for America.  Where are Louis Farrakhan,  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s and Malcolm X’s  families’ and our own native son of New York, the Reverend Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton?  Why don’t we hear a word in favor or against this behavior by the living Leaders of the Blacks?

These black  goons, who think this is a fun game of machismo, will one day run into another “Bernie Goetz” and find themselves in a tomb if lucky, or if unlucky… paralyzed but a well placed bullet.

  • Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist.
  • Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr. is the leader of the syncretic and mainly African-American religious movement the Nation of Islam.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolentcivil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.[1] Wikipedia – Jersey city urban youth play “Knockout”… via @po_st via @po_st

Daniel Padilla, the CEO and Founder, of Greystone Aviation, Animal Abuser’s Wild Tales — November 8, 2013

Daniel Padilla, the CEO and Founder, of Greystone Aviation, Animal Abuser’s Wild Tales

Tuesday, December 27, 2011Last Update: 10:08 AM PT

Wild Tale of Gold Dust Smugglers


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CN) – An air charter company claims gold smugglers got its Gulfstream jet confiscated in Africa, and that Nelson Mandela’s grandson interfered with its effort to get the plane back.
International Group sued Daniel Padilla, 093013padilla2sh
Richard Welkowitz and four companies in Federal Court.
The defendant companies are Blackford Development Ltd., Lake City Mob Associates LLC, Sarno Road Associates LLC, and Lake City Medical Associated LLC. Welkowitz is said to be an owner or officer of all four of them, and Padilla is called an affiliate of the unknown defendant ABC Corporation(s).
The International Group says that Padilla and Welkowitz, U.S. citizens, chartered its plane, which was seized by civil authorities in the West African country of Benin.
“Defendants Welkowitz and Padilla fabricated a scheme whereby they would locate and secure mined residual gold dust around Mali, Africa, arrange for the gold dust to be smelted into ingots, and transport the gold ingots to Cotonou, Benin, Africa,” the complaint states.
“In Cotonou the gold would be processed for export customs, duties and clearance to leave Africa, to be transported to the United States for examination and determination of quality to set a purchase price.”
The International Group claims a member of the Benin Parliament helped secure the Customs paperwork for the release and export of the gold shipment. But the aircraft was seized and the crew was arrested and held without charge, according to the complaint.
“The Benin court had ordered the aircraft to be impounded, as the court had ‘reason to believe that Daniel Padilla, the American citizen currently in jail in Cotonou on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, is the owner of the plane. Padilla apparently presented himself to his local contacts as the owner,'” the complaint states.
The International Group claims Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Amuah Kweku Mandela, wrote to the president of Benin to protest the release of the aircraft, and threatened to sue the country if it were released. It claims the letter was widely publicized in Benin newspapers.
Amuah Kweku Mandela is not named as a defendant.
The plane eventually was released, but International Group claims the incident created an “adversarial relationship” between it and its insurer, and led to the Federal Aviation Administration advising it that its air carrier licensing company was in jeopardy.
As a result of the detention of the plane in Benin and the ensuing damage it suffered, International Group says, the owner of the plane pulled it from its operation and severed all ties with the company.
International Group seeks $5.3 million in damages, for lost opportunities to conduct charter trips, the pending loss of its air carrier certificate, the loss of operating contracts, the potential demise of its business, and legal fees.
It is represented by Steven Witkowicz with Handelman, Witkowicz & Levitsky.


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Christmas — November 7, 2013

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Christmas

A popular belief in YarmouthNova Scotia, holds that Meredith Willson wrote the song in 1951 while staying in Yarmouth’s Grand Hotel.[1] The song makes reference to a “tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well…”; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel, which still operates in Yarmouth.

Gasoline copyYesterday on WCBS 880 AM, I heard  gas price would be dropping.  Imagine that!  Soon we’ll start hearing that the airlines will be dropping their fuel surcharges as well.

So far in Long Island I was lured in by a BP gas station sign  that promised $3.49.  I filled up with the assistance of an attendant who couldn’t swipe my credit card, he had to swipe it 3 times, and then couldn’t enter my zip code.

The dreaded “see attendant” flashed on the screen.

When I returned with the cashier to the pump, the message was gone.  He was able to swipe and enter the correct information.


Royals — October 22, 2013



Lorde: 'The record company got straight away that I was a bit weird.'

“lately i’ve been waking up at 4 or 5 a.m., turning things over in my head. so much to think about, so much to break down and process and decide. i’m only at the beginning, but it has always been important to me that everything feels cool, feels right. this song means a hell of a lot to me, and to others, and i guess what i tried to do is make something you could understand. a lot of people think teenagers live in this world like ‘skins’ every weekend or whatever, but truth is, half the time we aren’t doing anything cooler than playing with lighters, or waiting at some shitty stop. that’s why this had to be real. and i’m at that particular train station every week. those boys are my friends. callum’s wearing a sweater that used to belong to me. so it all feels right, and i can sleep. thanks for being with me all the way so far — so much to come, such great heights. i’m just getting started. enjoy xx” Ella Yelich-O’Connor


Well, I am surprised to find myself agreeing that this may go too far. I am conservative. — October 16, 2013

Well, I am surprised to find myself agreeing that this may go too far. I am conservative.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 21:05

When I pick up a newspaper I avoid the headlines, especially the ones screaming at you that a rapist is loose.  A dangerous rapist just escaped in Canada, and authorities believe he’s heading south.  O.K., so on yesterday’s New York Times a few articles caught my attention.The first one was about surveillance, the second one was about Anne Frank, and the third one was about bolstering a phone’s defenses. Sent from my dumB iPad

  • Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance
  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Federal grants of $7 million awarded to this city were meant largely to help thwart terror attacks at its bustling port. But instead, the money is going to a police initiative that will collect and analyze reams of surveillance data from around town — from gunshot-detection sensors in the barrios of East Oakland to license plate readers mounted on police cars patrolling the city’s upscale hills.
  • The new system, scheduled to begin next summer, is the latest example of how cities are compiling and processing large amounts of information, known as big data, for routine law enforcement. And the system underscores how technology has enabled the tracking of people in many aspects of life.
  • The police can monitor a fire hose of social media posts to look for evidence of criminal activities; transportation agencies can track commuters’ toll payments when drivers use an electronic pass; and the National Security Agency, as news reports this summer revealed, scooped up telephone records of millions of cellphone customers in the United States. Read more…
  • Greg J.
  • Ann Arbor, MI

NYT Pick


Well, I am surprised to find myself agreeing that this may go too far. I am conservative. I can empathize with the people who are victims of crimes as well as those who are tasked to prevent crime and catch criminals. Note it is the people (including liberals) that blame the government when they are not succeeding.

But an essential element of freedom is that one can do wrong and get away with it. No worries there, since it is impossible to catch even a moderate percentage of criminals. However, if people are physical and mentally held in check so they can’t do wrong, they aren’t free. (I would like it if terrorists and child abusers didn’t have freedom.) In the same way, if we were able to catch criminals 100% of the time, we would all lose the sense of freedom. I’m not saying it is OK to commit crimes; justice should still always be done. Since we will never catch anything close to 100% of criminals, trying to curb a significant amount of criminal activity is an appropriate goal.

But the reality of how enforcement affects our freedom should be an essential element of the thinking that law enforcement agencies and lawmakers have if they are ever going to find the right balance of freedom and protection.

  • Oct. 14, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.
  • October 13, 2013
  • Bolstering a Phone’s Defenses Against Breaches
  • SAN FRANCISCO — From Lookout’s headquarters here, the view extends west from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, but its employees — mostly 20-something engineers in T-shirts and jeans — seem too preoccupied with the world’s nastiest new threats to take it in.
  • Lookout’s employees are busy tracking the cybercriminals and aggressive advertisers that target the 45 million people around the globe who have downloaded the company’s free mobile security app. That is Step 1 to a more lucrative goal: protecting the data of big, corporate customers that are allowing employees to use their own mobile devices on corporate networks.
  • The so-called bring your own device, or B.Y.O.D., trend can lead to trouble. Last year, for example, Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Fla., banned personal smartphones after a volunteer used his phone’s camera to take about 1,100 photos of patient records, including their Social Security numbers, and sold them.
  • Such episodes are not that unusual. Almost half of companies that allow personally owned devices to connect to the corporate network have experienced a data breach, either because of unwitting mistakes by employees or — as was the case at the Florida hospital — intentional wrongdoing, according to a 2012 survey of 400 technology professionals by researchers at Decisive Analytics.
  • “It’s amazing that at power plants workers are required to wear hard hats and steel-toed shoes, but then you have engineers plugging their mobile devices right into the network,” said Jerry Dixon, the former director of the cyber division at the Department of Homeland Security. “What could possibly go wrong?”
  • With that risk in mind, Lookout is taking aim at companies and government agencies in much the same way attackers are: it is using its app to slip under the door of enterprises via the hundreds of millions of employees who regularly bring their personal devices to work.
  • Read more…
  • Playing Cat and Mouse With Searing History
  • LOS ANGELES — What lessons do we learn from Anne Frank? Since her diary is the chronicle of an education, we learn what she learns: the lessons of daily life and early adolescence, acquired during a horrific time. We watch a meticulously observant girl, age 13, evolve into a self-consciously observant young woman, age 15. We watch — as one of Philip Roth’s characters pungently remarked — a fetus growing a face.
  • What we don’t learn from the diary is what happened after the last entry, on Aug. 1, 1944. We don’t learn how this self-described “chatterbox,” whose most-quoted pronouncement is “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart,” must have come to doubt that sentiment; nor do we learn that by that winter, she was a typhus-ridden, starving, naked, weeping, walking corpse in Bergen-Belsen, where the Germans had shipped her from Auschwitz along with other condemned souls in the waning months of the war.

I would like to say more about this topic but I think I would be wasting my time.  The apathy and lack of concern by the people is alarming.  The United States of America, is doling out millions of dollars, collected in the form of taxes, to cities and towns in America to do warrantless snooping on its own citizens.  Why there is no outcry is baffling!

South Dakota Blizzard…A Storm named – ATLAS —

South Dakota Blizzard…A Storm named – ATLAS

A storm named “Atlas”

Tens of thousands of cattle perished in a freak snowstorm during the first weekend in October in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. That’s incredible, and yet the story is getting surprisingly little attention.

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