Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 15, 2014. Watched in horror this week, on CNN, the beheading of a journalist by ISIS … by a person who spoke with a southern London, British accent. Western intelligence agencies estimate that there are over 400 European Jihadists actively fighting with ISIS. That is 400 persons, with European passports, with easy access to our America, by a group that has stated it intends to kill Americans. A well organized, funded, internet and social media savvy group with over 10,000 members actively fighting in Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Iraq … intent on establishing a Caliphate. ISIS is a social cancer that needs to be eradicated. One would think the massive beheading of men, women and children … displaying the heads in public places and the summary execution of prisoners, crimes against humanity, would trigger world wide revulsion and a call at the United Nations to unite and put together a force to take them out. Without a doubt, as a nation, we are war weary. We have no stomach for putting boots on the ground to combat ISIS. Air strikes will not illuminate the threat ISIS poses. Sooner or later, the West/we will have to confront ISIS. I hope we do so before there is a massive loss of life … instead of a reaction to it, afterward.
Of course, the protests in Ferguson continued as CNN provided 24/7 coverage. Conflicting eye-witness testimony and an impaneled Grand Jury to determine whether there is probable cause to indict the officer involved. Just like in the Zimmerman/Martin case, it is fascinating to me, how so many folks have already made up their minds based solely on the bits and pieces of information reported in the media. The polarizing split between blacks and whites, based on the same information. (CNN) –- Legal defense fund for Darren Wilson grows through crowdsourcing. “According to the website GoFundMe.com, a defense fund established to support Ferguson, MO Police Officer Darren Wilson is now over $146,000 and it’s going up fast.”
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Average cost of raising a child hits $245,000. “New parents be warned: It could cost nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise your child — and that’s not even including the cost of college. To raise a child born in 2013 to the age of 18, it will cost a middle-income couple just over $245,000, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up $4,260, or almost 2%, from the year before. Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn. High-income families who live in the urban Northeast, for example, are projected to spend nearly $455,000 to raise their child to the age of 18, while low-income rural families will spend much less, an estimated $145,500, according to the report. ” I wonder how much it costs an average tax payer, to help a single Mom raise her child/children?
Other child related news? (BBC NEWS) — Breastfeeding ‘cuts depression risk’, according to study. “Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a large study of 14,000 new mothers. However, there is a large increase in the risk of depression in women planning to breastfeed who are then unable to do so. The study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health, called for more support for women unable to breastfeed. A parenting charity said mental health was a “huge issue” for many mothers. The health benefits of breastfeeding to the baby are clear-cut and the World Health Organization recommends feeding a child nothing but breast milk for the first six months.” I didn’t know you should feed breast milk for the first 6 months of a babies life. The ancillary study? The massive increase in depression of new fathers, when their partners breast feed.
And you wonder why some folks are skeptical about “Global Warming? (BBC NEWS) — Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’. “The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle in the Atlantic Ocean is behind the slowdown. The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade.” So … the hiatus began in 1999 and now is considered part of a 30 year cycle. It will be over in 10 years. I guess these climate scientists are not math majors.
The stupid news!! (BBC NEWS) — United States: Boy held for ‘killing pet dinosaur’. “A high-school student in the US state of South Carolina has been arrested and suspended from school over a writing assignment in which he claimed to have killed his neighbor’s pet dinosaur, it’s been reported. Alex Stone, 16, says he was told to write something in the style of a Facebook status update for a project at Summerville High School. But when he allegedly wrote: “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business,” worried teachers called the police, local news station WCSC reports. Officials questioned Stone and searched his schoolbag and locker but didn’t find any weapons. But police say the boy was difficult during questioning, and he was arrested and charged with disturbing the school, the SF Gate website says. Stone was also suspended for a week” This is insane. A kid writes a story about killing his neighbors pet dinosaur … the cops are called … and he gets arrested, charged with disturbing the school … and suspended????
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, settled in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. The Editorial Staff hunkered down after enjoying their evening treats. On Wednesday, Susan took her Pharmacy Tech Certification Exam … and passed. She is now Susan Timmerman, CPhT. And on Sunday, we will have been married … 18 years. Tonight, on CNN … the Ferguson coverage continues.
Time to post these Ramblings. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Steak, Baked Potato and Corn on the Cob. The movie? “The Prince “. Later when I say my Thank You’s for the namy blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … remaining nicotine free, ($4,780.00 saved!!!) … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform. Care to join me? Be and sleep well. The best we as a nation have, are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff.)