Tuesday, October 21, 2014

News You Can Use

***Boy, I need to study this: "How to Undo the Damage of Sitting." Just today I've sat in this chair, with breaks here and there, of course, for 12 hours. There are some good stretches in this story.

***Really, Detroit? Calling the U.N. in for input on your problems? REALLY? What a screwed up city. Ruled for decades by Democrats, I would like to point out.

***Dirty tricks: Oh, the Democrats are good at those. The "independent" candidate is a left wing Democrat, simply in the race to split the conservative vote.


***An excerpt from "13 Hours: What Really Happened at Benghazi."

Wow. This is powerful.

The most dramatic minutes of 13 HOURS came after the attack on the Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi. Stationed on the rooftop of the nearby CIA station called the Annex, GRS operators Tyrone Woods (Rone), Mark Geist (Oz) and Jack Silva, along with State Department security agent David Ubben, fought through the night to repel mounting enemy forces and firepower. Then the mortars started to fall…

A rocket-propelled grenade or a mortar slammed outside the Annex’s north wall, exploding in almost a direct line from where Rone and Oz stood. Immediately shots flew at the men on Building C from unseen gunmen hiding in Zombieland. Rone never hesitated. He opened up full bore with the machine gun, swiveling his powerful upper body left and right, flooding bullets and tracers into the attack- ers’ positions. He lay down a withering base of fire, in repeated bursts of five to seven rounds, methodically and lethally shooting across the open area beyond the north wall. If the attackers had thought they’d catch the Americans sleeping at dawn, Rone let them know he was wide awake and ready to fight.

The relentless automatic fire of Rone's gun echoed in Oz's gauze-filled ears, da‑da‑da‑da‑da, da‑da‑da‑da‑da. Oz had responded as quickly as Rone, blasting their enemies with steady fire from his assault rifle. He couldn’t see the attackers, so he aimed wherever he saw muzzle flashes. Pinpoints of light soon shone from bullet holes in a metal Quonset hut in their line of fire. Rone and Oz kept firing.
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***Government workers being paid millions for doing nothing. Heck, I worked with some of them at the Post Office. 

Thousands of federal workers who have been put on administrative leave for more than a month have been allowed to collect a paycheck, and accrue vacation days and pension benefits, while taxpayers were forced to foot the multi-million-dollar bill, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Some government employees who broke the rules – meaning they were cited for being untrustworthy or had ongoing issues with co-workers or their bosses -- were allowed to remain on leave for large chunks of time while they challenged their demotions, the 62-page report said.

Your government at work.


Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
Some boundless contiguity of shade,
Where rumour of oppression and deceit,
Of unsuccessful or successful war,
Might never reach me more.
~William Cowper

***Have a great day!

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