Some good news via a sensible act by Congress(Two scarce items): Your Congressfolk voted to unlock U.S. cell phones. You will not be required to buy a new phone when you change providers. After the Prez signs, of course.
We are enjoying the coolest summerever recorded in North America.
Non-working Americans have increased by 11.4 million since President Obama took office. The Prez inherited but did not cause this; however, neither have his policies cured it. And while the GOP has complained of this, they have offered no credible answers either. (Both parties seem to think that we can spend ourselves rich …)
Some 35% of Americans are reportedly facing collection action for overdue debts.
The price of electricity has reached a new and record, high. This is shocking!
The EPA is about to promulgate what is expected to be the most expensive regulation the Feds have ever handed out, a new ozone standard widely seen as a major industrial job eliminator. Like carbon monoxide, ozone is not good to breathe but its presence is normal. How low the standard should be cranked, is debated. Most of industry thinks the Feds are going overboard to please the environmentalists.
In Detroit, a sleeping 8 year old boy was killed by a stray bullet that penetrated the wall of his home.
In settling a court case, the IRS has agreed to monitor churches to insure that they aren’t preaching about gay marriage, abortion or other “political” matters that are said to be prohibited for tax-exempt organizations. Didn’t the First Amendment used to protect this sort of thing?
A couple calling 911 about a young boy left locked in a hot car in the sun was run over by the boy’s returning mom. The man was treated for internal and external bruises; the woman is in a wheelchair with a crushed leg and may not walk normally again. (The boy is fine …)
The National Labor Relations Board has decided that employees of McDonald’s franchisees are somehow also employees of McDonald’s at the same time. This reverses decades of rule-making and opens a door for unions to scoop up all the franchisees by attacking the franchisor. Some court will likely toss it at some point. Until then, your burgers may cost more, to pay for unionization of the fast food industry. (More government help with jobs …)
President Obama we are informed, unfriended President Putin on Facebook … just before handing the Russian Prez hundreds of millions of dollars.
In California public schools, teachers’ pay averages $84,000 without including Los Angeles. There is though, some question whether their pension fund will ever be able to pay their promised pensions …
Read Martha Stewart on: “Why I love My Drone.”
Turkey is sending a flotilla of pro-Hamas activists to Gaza, intending to break the Israeli blockade. The Israelis stopped the last such; this time, there will be a Turkish military escort.
United Airlines’ headquarters is infested by bedbugs. Did the beasties pay extra to bring their bags when they came on board?
The Department of Homeland Security needed 6 vehicles full of agents to raid a home, where they seized an off-road vehicle on suspicion that it didn’t meet the regulations for imported vehicles. (Never mess with the bureaucrats!)
A study shows that diet affects gut microbes differently in men and women. Will feminists demand legislation to compel those gut microbes to equalize?
Tracking the real time movements of passengers’ cell phones has been installed at the Helsinki Airport. (Murphy: “What can happen, will happen.”)
A topless woman suddenly appeared, jumped into an ongoing street fight and stabbing 3 people before vanishing, unidentified. “Who was that masked man?” may need to be updated …
Some 800 miles of the U.S. border is off limits to the Border Patrol via environmental restrictions. We assume that the wetbacks honor the restrictions too …
A new sex toy is bluetooth enabled; it promises computer-driven orgasms …Will the NSA know?
The Army is developing a new, Pocket Drone for snooping. Yes, really!
Missiles now in the hands of terrorists are raising fears. Who’da thunk it? Only Jews are supposed to have to worry about such things!
A $137 M Light Rail project for bankrupt Detroit is being questioned … why?
A woman was stopped for walking a naked man on a dog leash. (CBS Pittsburgh, 7/30)
And thus, another slice of the human condition …