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FORMER COLLEAGUE SLAMS BILL O’REILLY

WalMart Minimum Wage Raised

LESLEY GORE DIES

BOB SIMON OF CBS NEWS

BRIAN WILLIAMS’ PROBLEMS

TRAVELING TO CUBA NOW

RECENT POSTS: late ‘14, early ‘15

LATE 2014 posts

The Next President: who has a chance?

Obama Not in France

Police Strike

Wash. Monument

Greg Mort, Painter

Car Hype?

Obama’s Statement

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Cuba Vacation

Cuban Exiles: No

TSA Changes

Street Protests

Rolling Stone Mess

Prosperity Now

Campus Rapes

1 World Trade Center

Who Caused Riots?

Ferguson Updates

Ferguson Live Vid

MARION BARRY DIES

Marion Barry Gone

GOP Plays Nice?

(Some) 2014 posts

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

DEMOCRATS LOSE

ROCKET EXPLOSION

EBOLA PAGES

GONZALO CAM

Ebola Breaking Pt.

Ebola Panic!

Blood Moon

Kirk Counsins Rises

Personal Data: No!

White House Security

REDKINS NAME

Petty Fines in Ferguson, Mo

Police Stealing

Rick Perry Prays

Book Festival

SPEED CAMERAS

NATIVE AMERICANS?

PHILLY RIOTS

Hamas/Israel

Arrest Ferguson

Police Armies

Police Threat

Mistaken Police

Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson2

LOWER WAGES

REAL ISSUE IN Missouri

Perry’s Mouth

Robin Williams

Tony Stewart

Israel/Gaza

People in Deep Debt

Ft. Hood Security

Paintball Gun

Ukraine Crash

Robert Teich/wealth

Supermoon 2013

Student Loans

Perry’s Joke

Personal Freedom

Challenge to Democracy

Murrieta Demonstrations

NASA/Arthur

WHY POOR?

CITIZEN’S WEALTH FUND

REAL AMERICA?

NTSB REPORT

Interstate Driving

OBAMA/Iraq

NO AIR TRAVEL

Iraq Plans

Obama’s Fault?

SICKNESS and poverty

LICENSE PLATE READERS

In the Washington Post:

Dear Ben’s: It’s time to erase Cosby from “Rushmore of Half Smokes”

Dear BenâÂ?™s: ItâÂ?™s time to erase Cosby from âÂ?˜Rushmore of Half SmokesâÂ?™ 

 Clinton Yates

COLUMN | D.C’s venerable greasy spoon needs to rethink its association with the comic.

Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, DC, has a problem, a Bill Cosby problem. Cosby is a hero at Ben’s. He ate there when he attended Howard University nearby (long ago) and he has returned for special events honoring the informal restaurant and its owners. Now at age 77, Cosby is in one of the worst hot seats a man can find himself in, accused of drugging and raping numerous women over many years. So far, Ben’s is sticking by Cosby, telling WUSA-TV Cosby can still get a free meal anytime he shows up.

MORE PHOTOS FROM BEN’S CHILI BOWL AT THIS LINK

WHO CAUSED THE FERGUSON RIOTING, POLICE OR DEMONSTRATORS?

MARION BARRY: THE SENSE OF “RELIEF” THAT MUST ACCOMPANY HIS PASSING

In the Washington Post, a forward looking story:

Republican leaders struggle to contain tea party rebellion

Robert Costa 10:32 PM ET

Bickering could threaten the GOP’s mission to appeal to a broader electorate and maintain stable governance.

Okay, how “terrible” and “dictatorial” are Obama’s announced steps on immigration? Depends on which side of the fence you sit on, of course. He says he is merely “prioritizing” law enforcement, something that happens every day as the police go after bigger crimes, passing over small ones. The Republicans will be having a fit, of course, and they will say that this ruins any chance of cooperation once they take over the Senate. Well, they can say anything they want and they are going to have to cooperate on some things, like keeping the government open, if they don’t want to look like jerks to most of the American public. Here is President Obama’s speech as presented by the White House and offered here as a public service by http://terryreport.com

 

Will the Republicans decide to play nice over the next couple of years?

Could there be something good for Obama and the Democrats in losing control of the Senate? Yes.

EBOLA PAGE WITH LINKS TO ALL STORIES ON THIS SUBJECT

One of the grand ironies of American politics and elections is that those people who appear to need the most help from government, those who live in the poorer states with higher unemployment and lower wages, oppose what the government tries to do. Voters consistently vote Republican for “smaller government” in the southern and western states out of fear that their taxes will go up. (In turn, citizens of those states benefit much more from programs like unemployment compensation, food stamps (SNAP) and Social Security. In fact, without federal support, the poor in the southern states might either be starving or in open revolt.)

This counter trend in politics is illustrated starkly in a new data map showing who is benefitting from Obamacare and where they live. About 10 million more people have health insurance now than did before the law went into effect, with the distribution higher in southern Texas (a poor area), the state of Arkansas (a poor state), eastern Oklahoma (same) and in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Obama is very unpopular because people have been convinced he is working against the coal industry.

The southern states, among the most solidly Republican, are near the bottom on measure after measure of economic well being: education, health, obesity, wages, numbers imprisoned, foreclosures, debt problems and the number of people without health insurance and many more. In earlier times, it was racism that united voters. Now, the population has been told that the federal government is a giant conspiracy against them and even determined to take away their freedom.  Looking to taxes as the great fear, people turn away from demanding higher wages.

Eugene Robinson in the Wash Post writing about the late Ben Bradlee, once his boss at the paper:

He made you understand that journalism was not a career but a mission.  He made you feel that how well you did your job was not just important  to your own ambitions but had a real impact on society. He demanded more than you thought you could possibly deliver, and you moved heaven and  earth not to disappoint him.

How wonderful that there have been, and are, people in the cynical business of news who believe such things and believe them wholeheartedly, without reserve. I have to say this: I would have given “my left one” to have worked for such a man. (A favorite Bradlee expression.)

The data map is available in the NY Times:

Obamacare: Who Was Helped Most

By KEVIN QUEALY and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ

 New data provide a clearer picture of who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Note: Whenever possible, The TerryReport endeavors to offer open links to sites that are locked behind a paywall. This is the case with the above link to the Times.

Running up the so called “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lots of steps to the top. It is unknown how many heart attacks have occurred there since the 1980s. It is very uncool to raise your arms in triumph at the top, but lots of people still do it. Anyone over the age of 11 who does that should be ashamed of themselves, unless they are over 80 and survive.

Ebola fears are really getting out of hand. We all need to back up, slow down and look at facts, not rumor and not rely so much on our doubts rather than our minds. Here is a clip from the Dallas Morning News about the reaction in their area, where, naturally, fears are at their highest:

Across the nation, schools announced closures, released students early, asked employees and students to stay at home and stepped up  cleaning efforts after learning that students and staff may have been exposed to confirmed Ebola patients.

In Texas, Royse City ISD announced two schools would be closed Friday after being told a health care worker with two children in the district helped care for at least  one of the Dallas Ebola patients. The Royse City mother has been  classified as “low risk,” the district said.

Other districts  ranging from Fort Worth to Garland said schools would be temporarily  closed and/or disinfected because employees, parents, staff or students  had been on a flight with Vinson.

In Fort Worth, the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD asked a family to isolate itself for three weeks  because a family member had been on Vinson’s flight.

Schools in Ohio districts took similar measures.

 

The Dallas Morning News story makes it sound like a lot of people in Texas are in a full scale, mindless panic mode about Ebola. Some TerryReport thoughts on the general panic at this link.

Center City Philadelphia, as seen from the top of the steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum, October, 2014

When you are “asked” for your phone number or email address when buying something in a store, do you willingly comply? Do you provide other personal information just because the clerk asks for it? WARNING: anything at all can be done with that information. Once you freely give it out, you have no control over it. Compiled into a data base, the information could someday prevent you from getting a job, from getting credit or even affect your family. Here are some suggestions on how to handle these inquiries.

In BUSINESSWEEK magazine:

Story: How the U.S. Screwed Up in the Fight Against Ebola

In the Washington Post (open link)

Five myths about Ebola

Washington Post-Oct 10, 2014

1. Ebola won't spread in rich countries. Until nurse Teresa Romero Ramos contracted Ebola in Madrid, the wealthy countries of Europe, North...(continued in the Post)

Today, in the face of requests for help in West Africa, the answer from the U.S. Agency for International Development is: “There isn’t an existing cadre of people who have experience in treating this epidemic

SUNSET OVER FARM LAND, MARYLAND, OCTOBER, 2014 (copyright, Doug Terry, 2014

The New York Times editorializes against Republican efforts to suppress voting and defeat the democratic process:

THE BIG LIE BEHIND VOTER I.D. LAWS:

Election Day is three weeks off, and Republican officials and legislators around the country are battling down to the wire to preserve strict and  discriminatory new voting laws that could disenfranchise hundreds of  thousands, if not millions, of Americans.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court, no friend to expansive voting rights, stepped in and blocked one of the worst laws, a Wisconsin statute requiring voters to show a photo ID to cast a ballot. A federal judge had struck it down in April, saying it would disproportionately prevent voting by poorer  and minority citizens. Last month, however, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit allowed it to go into effect, even though thousands of absentee ballots had been sent out under the old rules.

The editorial continues:

Similar laws have been aggressively pushed in many states by Republican  lawmakers who say they are preventing voter fraud, promoting electoral  “integrity” and increasing voter turnout. None of that is true. There is virtually no in-person voter fraud; the purpose of these laws is to suppress voting.

TerryReport comment: Where are America’s investigative journalists? If this is what it appears to be, an open conspiracy to stop people who are likely to vote for the Democrats, then finding the proof and presenting it to the public should not be that difficult.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/13/opinion/the-big-lie-behind-voter-id-laws.html

 

Photo of the “Blood Moon” of October

Two security beaches at the White House two days. Now, they are talking about screening everyone who walks on the street near the White House. This sounds crazy. There is a much easier, simpler solution.

A PREDICTION ABOUT THE SEASON OF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Cousins is the starting QB for the rest of the season, RG III gets traded in the off season and the team struggles to compile a 50/50 record.

ARTISTIC PHOTOS BY Doug Terry at THIS LINK

IS THERE A SOLUTION BESIDES A NAME CHANGE FOR THE REDSKINS?

Cleveland Indians

Is this a racist image used by the K.C. Chiefs as part of their logo? Looks that way.

The Washington Redskins: headed for yet another losing season

TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID HAVING POLICE OFFICERS STEAL CASH FROM YOU ON THE ROAD

Other news organizations, in addition to The TerryReport, are jumping on the fact that police in St. Louis County, Missouri, appear to be using traffic stops and petty violations of the law to generate revenue to support local governments.

LIGHT CURVE, a photo by Doug Terry (copyrighted)

QUOTE FOR THIS DAY from Bob Dole, 90, touring Kansas to say “thank you” to the people who supported him as U.S. senator, vice presidential and presidential nominee of his party. (from the Washington Post)

“Some people say “compromise” is a bad word.” he said. “That means you must be a liberal.  Well, Ronald Reagan told me one day, ˜Get me 70 percent and I’ll get the rest next year. He was pragmatic and he was Mr. Conservative.”

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Just when you think things could never get worse in terms of airline discomfort...Airbus, the big Euro consortium that makes the world’s largest commercial airliner, is trying to patent a bicycle type seat. Its real, its a possibility, its really scary. More on the airlines trying to squash the human body into smaller places at BUSINESSWEEK.

Airline Legroom: Boeing and Airbus Help Shrink It Even More

airbus seat 2

The above drawing is from a patent application submitted by Airbus. We normally attribute everything possible to the point of origin, though this story has been reported around the net on numerous publications and we aren’t able to provide credit to any organization that originated the story. Businessweek, credited above left, mentioned the bicycle type seat in an article about shrinking space on airliners.

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