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Aug 4, 2014

1. ISRAEL PULLS MOST TROOPS FROM GAZA STRIP

The drawdown — and a limited 7-hour truce — could signal a winding down of the battle against Hamas. But it's unclear whether Israel will be able to unilaterally end the war.

2. 'WHAT I CAN SEE ARE ALL RUINS'

That's how Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong, China, describes the destruction following a strong earthquake, which toppled thousands of buildings, left hundreds dead and injured at least 1,800.

3. A SECOND EBOLA-STRICKEN AMERICAN TO RETURN TO U.S.

Nancy Writebol, along with U.S. colleague Dr. Kent Brantly, contracted the virus while working as a medical missionary in West Africa.

4. UKRAINE ARMY MOVES ON REBEL STRONGHOLD

Fighting rages on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tries to seize control of the separatist stronghold.

5. WHEN LAKE ERIE'S ALGAE WOES BEGAN

The toxins that contaminated the drinking water for 400,000 in Toledo, Ohio, have long been a concern for water plant operators, due to algae blooms caused by farm runoff and sewage-plant sludge.

6. WHO'S UNWILLING TO STEP INTO LEGAL FIGHT OVER EXECUTION DRUGS

No Supreme Court justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty, despite problems with execution drugs and exonerations due to DNA evidence.

7. DEADLY SHOOTING EXPOSES LAPSES AT MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

The death of a caseworker at the hands of an armed patient in Philadelphia shows how mental health providers are at greater risk of assault than the general workforce, experts say.

8. GOLDEN RETIREMENT MAY ELUDE LOWER-INCOME WAGE EARNERS

With traditional pensions becoming rarer, and lower-paid workers less likely to have access to a 401(k), there is a growing gulf between the retirement savings of the wealthy and people with lower incomes.

9. BIBLE BELT BROTHERS TURN FAITH-BASED FILMS INTO BOX OFFICE GOLD

Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick have grossed nearly $80 million on four Christian-themed movies made for less than $4 million combined.

10. NFL SIDELINE TECHNOLOGY INCHES FORWARD

Coaches and players used tablets for the first time to view in-game photos of Sunday's Hall of Fame game.

Comments

Lanivan

#11. Dragged out about a year longer than necessary, costing the taxpayers millions while diverting from the really pressing issues that were ignored or kicked down the pike, but it's nonetheless nice to see it formally concluded: BENGHAZI - NO WRONG-DOING FROM WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, said Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena, the second-ranking Democrat on the committee.

The panel voted Thursday to declassify the report, the result of two years of investigation by the committee. U.S. intelligence agencies will have to approve making the report public.

Thompson said the report "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given."

Barry Soetoro

Gee Lani, it's so quiet in here today. Did you see the blurb a couple of pages back about the proposed community market in Spring Lake? If it comes to fruition it sounds like THE place to hold a Beer Summit. If Mr. L substituted a strip club in place of the health and wellness practitioners that would be OK with Barry S, but "a distillery, brew pub, restaurant, live music, food trucks, kayak and bike rental vendors" sounds like an unbeatable combination...not to mention an open invitation to Trib Commenter Summit drunkenness and debauchery.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Barry S.

Lanivan

Oh yes, I sure did notice the article, and I want to say I sat straight up in my chair. It would be perfect for a beer summit, although I'd hate to be part of the group that is the first one to get kicked out for deviancy. But it would be a venue that has (almost) everything - including bike and kayak rentals in the event Lani needs a quick getaway. (Notice how I always have to establish this with every venue??? I'm sure Harry K. has some psychological explanation....)

Perfect except for the lack of a strip club, but I'm sure it has been investigated and found to not pass inspection with the Village people. Hey - odd "Mr. L" has pulled together the perfect beer summit business.....almost as if he's a part of our Trib dialogue.....???

Barry Soetoro

Yeah it almost seemed as if he has been taking notes from the Trib comments for the past few months. Here's to hoping that Opening Day comes next month as promised. This would be a perfect venue at which to sport our "Suns Out - Guns Out" sleeveless T's.

Lanivan

Would you mind terribly if I wore this one? http://www.evolvefish.com/fish/p...

Barry Soetoro

Not at all...I'll even throw in a sticker to take to the bike rental place...

http://www.evolvefish.com/fish/p...

Lanivan

Great idea! The folks at the bike rental kiosk will be most appreciative, I'm sure.

So - are you a biker, too?

Barry Soetoro

I thought we had already covered the topic of how great I look in my Spandex bike apparel???

Lanivan

Of course we have!...My apologies. My only defense is that I was so taken aback by your sticker link, I had a temporary lapse of memory.

http://www.cafepress.com/mf/8816...

Barry Soetoro

It sounds like I'm lucky you didn't hit the "Inappropriate? Alert Us." button.

I haven't done much biking this year - trying to regain my running mojo in time for some fall races. I usually do the Coast Guard Bike Tour that Loose Spokes puts on but sat it out this summer. Hopefully the Summit goes down while the weather is still warm so I can bike there donning the appropriate Spandex attire.

Lanivan

I'd never hit the Button on you, Barry....I like people who push the envelope, except for Vlad and Harry, of course.

I used to be a long-distance runner and biker, but the running days are long gone, and my biking had to go to the wayside during the era of My Orthopedic Issues, A.D.. But I am excited to report I got the green light to start up biking this summer, but we're talking a nice cruise down the Spring Lake bike path here, not a race to TC. I have a great appreciation for the advice of,.."take it slow and don't overdo".

Another good reason to pull together a warm weather summit! (Just speaking for myself, not the other guys)

Harry Kovaire

You spun that pretty well. The report you pretended to quote has not been released.

So was the "Debacle in the Desert II" that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, an example of highly competent RIGHT-DOING from the White House?

Lanivan

It was the product of a well-intentioned ambassador insisting on being in the wrong place at the wrong time; faulty CIA intelligence; an anti-Muslim video distributed on 9/11, deliberately meant to rile up; the refusal from Congress for extra appropriations for foreign embassy security.

And the fact that Benghazi, Libya is one of the most dangerous areas of the world.

But the real "scandal" is that after the Ballyhoo over Benghazi, this dynamic is in play:

The United States does not have ambassadors in more than a quarter of the countries in the world, hindering U.S. efforts on issues ranging from counterterrorism work in Africa to the flood of children fleeing Central America for the U.S. border.

The vacancies are driven by the Senate, where President Barack Obama’s nominations for ambassadors are caught in a partisan feud between the Democrats and the Republicans, and by complaints that Obama is nominating an unusually large percentage of political supporters rather than career diplomats.

Currently, 43 ambassadorships are awaiting confirmation by the Senate. Thirty-five of the nominations have been approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and are awaiting action by the full Senate.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/...

Wolverine49457

Hillary was busy eating ice cream and Barry was pooped...9-5 is their limit so like she says, the ambassador to Libya shouldn't have been in Libya cause it’s too dangerous a place…especially if you’re trying to take back arms you helped smuggle into the region under the most incompetent gaggle of socialists ever to serve themselves in public office. So a few seals were killed along with Chris to keep him quiet forever and besides Hill-Bill screeched WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE NOW? So that is it!...Let’s put this at the ground level assuming we have NOT suffered from Benghazi flu you cheat on your taxes for ten years but it was 5 years ago since the last cheating….when the IRS comes collecting just scream at them WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE NOW… the agents should shrug their shoulders and walk away like the government want us to do is just take their word for it and walk away.
Elect corrupted people to office and you get a corrupt office. Elect liars to office and they will lie to you...for your own good of course.

Lanivan

Wolvernine49457: You seem to have a lot of hate and anger for a Christian man. When Bush was lying through his teeth about why he needed to attack and invade Iraq, I was told to pray for him and keep quiet when I questioned his actions. So now, I beseech you to pray for our elected officials, and for some peace for yourself while you're at it.

Also, your post is almost entirely lacking anything remotely factual. Ambassador Stevens was at the US embassy in Tripoli - the capital of Libya - and was warned about going to the US/CIA outpost in Benghazi on 9/11, but he insisted he would be safe. Frankly, knowing you to be a former military man, I'm surprised you don't have a better handle on the facts.

Lanivan

House panel: No administration wrongdoing in Benghazi attack
Carolyn Lochhead
Published 3:53 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014 http://www.sfgate.com/politics/a...

Mon Aug 04, 2014 at 07:28 AM PDT
House Intelligence Committee: No administration wrongdoing in Benghazi
http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

I can hear the cheering all the way over here.....no, wait - that's wailing and the gnashing of teeth!!

Harry Kovaire

Where is the report Lani?

You are quoting some stupid DailyKos or SF ChronicallyWrong headline.

LOL - What a dolt!

Lanivan

No - I do not have the report. It is not physically in my hands as I write. It will be released momentarily. I used links that quoted members of the House Intelligence Committee. If they don't know what the findings of their investigation is, then who does?

Your calling me a dolt, while maybe making you feel good and all-powerful, is a lame and ineffective way of pulling a "Karl Rove on Election Night 2012" - Keep laughin', Bro!

Oh - and while I'm at it - still no word from you on the 43 embassy ambassadorships being blocked by Senate Republicans. Bet you find that flippin' hilarious!

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