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by Preston Brady III
Remember how hot it was in August, the nasty mosquitoes who ignored your swiping hand and caused you to think, gosh I will be glad when winter gets here.
Well, it looks like it got here.
It's one big igloo in the Dallas area where people are beside themselves about the freezing, slushy ice invading their cities -thousands of them are without power, and Dion is not over yet.
In Mobile, Ala. a cold pouring rain fell most of the night and residents woke up to a chilly 40's feels like 35, and it's going to stay that way all day. Yesterday they were in shorts and flip-flops in a humid mid-70's heat.
Portland, Ore. saw minus 13 and word is snow may be on the way to the desert paradise Las Vegas.
Hardly any state on the U.S. mainland will escape some aspect of this winter storm. But if it makes you feel better, according to weather.com, in Honolulu right now it is 70 degrees and feels like 70 degrees. The high expected there today is 82 degrees.
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 7, 2013 at 10:43am
by Preston Brady III
Right now radio talk jockey Rush Limbaugh is the most powerful man in the United States. No one comes close to his power. No one with a good job and needs that income can publicly say nearly what Limbaugh does and get away with it every time. Lots of good people have lost the jobs of their lives for saying just one thing that pissed a lot of other people off. Chop-chop they were gone before the evening news came on.
It's not so much what Limbaugh says, it's how he says it, why he says it and the accusation he attaches to his controversial statements.
Recently he has accused the Pope of being a Marxist, and hours after the death of Nelson Mandela tore into him and claimed Mandela would have never been a civil rights leader in America.
By viciously, verbally attacking those two men alone, Limbaugh spat on over 1.2 billion Catholics and not just the entire African-American community but blacks and whites worldwide who loved and respected Nelson Mandela - let's just say conservatively about 2 billion people. So, Rush Limbaugh very disrespectfully attacked about half the world, and might get away with it, but this time a group of organized people are ready for him.
At the website StopRush.net , StopRush on Facebook organizers have a detailed list of every sponsor of his talk show, including the radio station that airs the sponsor's commercials, type of commerical, products being advertised,Facebook page of sponsor, email and phone numbers. For example, I found that Walgreens in Birmingham,Alabama is a sponsor of the Rush Limbaugh show. Other sponsors I found…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 6, 2013 at 4:47pm
by Preston Brady III
I caught the CNN report and then went over to the Amnesty International website to view the report about this country that
A: I have grown very tired of;
B: has a bipolar disorder that needs strong medication;
C: is begging somebody to go over there and whip its Communist a$$.
Let me make it very clear we are only speaking of North Korea here. South Korea is a normal, modern country with excellent relations with the rest of the world and has nothing to do with it's mentally ill brother to the north. The Amnesty International report reveals with satellite images and eye witnesses two large labor camps where people are tortured and made to dig their own graves before they are beat to death with hammers and sticks.
A former security official at North Korea's largest labor camp - kwanliso 16 - said many of the people are in the prison camps for getting caught sampling Western civilization, such as watching a soap opera or reading prohibited books. Many are considered guilty by association- meaning they may have simply been in the house or related to the person committing "the crime."
The official, being called Mr. Lee, said the prison officials and guards make no distinction between men, women and children, and women are often dragged away in the middle of the night and raped and tortured.
It is believed at least several hundred thousand North Koreans are imprisoned in cruel labor camps, where they are made to log, mine and farm with little time to rest and under tight security.
You may think this is horrific and we knew North Korea was a savage animal, but what can we do about it? We have our own affairs to tend to, and besides we are already over-extended in the Middle East…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 5, 2013 at 1:22pm
by Preston Brady III
The New York Times ran a story today that underscores what plenty of Realtors already knew: a large number of want-to-be home buyers in America are remaining just that - want to be but can't. But why? That answer is easy: they don't qualify. Mortgage applications are examined with a fine tooth comb and then with an even finer one in the hands of the actual party who will be fronting the money for the home. The underwriter is the lender whose hands eventually touch the mortgage application. The potential buyer may have been told a dozen times before this stage of the process they are pre-approved,they qualify. They in fact may qualify at first, second or even third glance, but it is that final stare from the underwriter that makes or breaks a closing leading to a new home. (Photo Kendrick Brinson, NY Times)
Sometimes it's not the underwriter that shuts down the sale - there are plenty of barricades before the final stage of the process, and some of them Realtors struggle with to keep buyers informed and aware. Employment history, past credit issues, borderline credit rating, and the big one that trips up a lot of buyers: income to debt ratio. Who was it that said things are hardly ever as they seem? If they are not, the underwriter will know. How much money do you really make and for how long, and what is your debt - what do you owe other people? Did you make a hundred thousand dollars last year but wrote off $30,000 of it? In the underwriter's eyes you made $70,000. Whatever it was you spent that $30,000 on turns out to be debt, not income. Remember, income to debt…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 4, 2013 at 11:01pm
by Preston Brady III
Okay, I'm a Democrat and I voted for Barack Obama in the first election. I did not vote for his reelection. Keep in mind I live in the Heart of Dixie, a mostly conservative belt of hardshell Baptists , where even the poor fellow who lives in a shack and barely has two dimes to rub together is the lead singer in the choir for capitalism. It's a funny world, but it got even more ridiculously funny after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act we all simply call Obamacare. The Act itself is some 999 pages so most of us will never get a chance to read it, and even if we did we would probably have to read it several times to really understand it.
I do understand one thing about it though, it will probably be the campaign platform for the next president, likley a Republican, who will promise that if elected he will have Obamacare repealed in its entirety. Can he do that? Usually such a monumental task would appear impossible, but in this case OC might get slaughtered by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
What's unconstitutional about Obamacare? Well, at foundation it is forcing Americans to in unison acquire an "asset" many of them do not wish to be required to have. But the real problem facing Obamacare is what most everything in this world essentially comes down to:money.
It almost seems like Obama and his team are trying to pull the old one-two on Americans. At first I did not want to believe it but now I cannot deny the obvious: Obamacare is a healthcare tactic designed to increase the profits of key players in the health insurance industry by raising the costs of health care and shifting the burden to the individual insured.
Emergency health care has for decades been a touchy subject…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 4, 2013 at 5:30pm
by Preston Brady III
A tip to Los Angeles law enforcement officials suggests that a second car may have been involved in the deadly crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. Investigators are now looking into the possibility of a drag race - or worse - that another vehicle may have veered into the path of Rodas and caused the crash.
Now this crash is beginning to make more sense, as I am sure many of us were wondering how a trained race car driver just off track and having fun, could crash a car. However, some pro drivers suggest the Porsch being driven was very tricky to manuever.
Odd to say this but someone out there in Los Angeles could be looking at second or third degree murder charges.
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 2, 2013 at 2:59pm
by Preston Brady III - Ed-Op
One of the most powerful men in the world-more mighty than the president of the United States, higher on the political and religious ladder than Coke, Pepsi and Apple Computers combined has deemed the new Pope, Francis, a Communist because of statements made in the Pope's Joy to the Gospel document. In the paper the Pope warned that "idolatry of money" would result in a "new tyranny. The Pope , who is from Argentina and has a history of helping the needy and poor, came down on modern capitalism because of the fear it is creating a new, larger world of poor - leaving at the top only a very small percent of very wealthy.
I call Rush Limbaugh that powerful because at the moment he is the only man in the world who can call the Pope a Marxist - or any other name he chooses - and not lose his job. Next week he could call the Pope a "queer lover" because the Pope has said he does not condemn non-practicing gays, and he would probably get a raise.
The only way a man such as Rush Limbaugh can stay in such power is with the support of millions of people who think just like him. But Mr. Limbaugh may have picked on the wrong man this time. With over 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, a few of them are likely to be outraged at this radio jocks blasphemy.
I am a life-long supporter of capitalism, but cannot help but point out that when things are going very well financially for you, capitalism is rosy and sweet. If you happen to be one who falls on bad times, it doesn't look so sweet anymore.
The World Bank estimates that over 1.29 billion people live in total poverty. It is also estimated that over 3 billion people - almost half the people in the world - live in poverty as defined by an income of less than $2.50 U.S a…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 2, 2013 at 2:00pm
by Preston Brady III
Despite dozens of highly regarded hurricane predictions issued in the spring of this year - all of which forecast at minimum a few major landfalls along a U.S. coast, not a single hurricane came anywhere near the Gulf or east coast of America, although a weak hurricane Ingrid struck Mexico causing some deaths and extensive flooding, and hurricane Humberto- also weak- did minor damage as a tropical storm to the Cape Verde Islands.
The lack of hurricane strikes was not for lack of storms: at times the National Hurricane Center's cyclone activity map was rarely without several symbols indicating a tropical wave, depression or storm. Most of the activity was tropical waves, symbolized by circles colored yellow, orange or red with yellow being a low chance and red a high chance of making it to a tropical depression.
The science of weather prediction has come an amazing long way from when the only way you knew a hurricane was about to hit was when it hit. Today, weather forecasters can with very good accurancy lay out the expected weather for any given area, including the high and lows as far as a month or so out.
The predictions for U.S. bound hurricanes by world weather forecasters was not exactly wrong: they were mostly correct about the formation of invests -areas of disturbed weather - and from there tropical waves and even depressions and storms.
The storms forecasters predicted were in fact born, which coud be expected given the warmer temperature of the Gulf and Atlantic, and absence of a notorious inhibitor of Atlantic storms - El Nino. It was not rocket science to expect the formation of tropical waves, especially towards the last few months of the May to November season when they roll off the coast of Africa like cars off an assembly line.
It became very clear toward the middle of the season that something very unusual was happening. I say very unusual because had it not been, then…Continue
Posted by Mobile Tribune on December 1, 2013 at 11:13pm
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