Nov 30, 2013
Remember a few weeks ago when Obama announced an “historic” agreement with Iran on their nuclear program? Remember when Secretary of State John Kerry talked about how great the agreement was?
According to the Washington Post, not so fast.
The first crack in the wall came from Iran’s President:
Addressing concerns over the language in the agreement between the six world powers and Iran regarding Tehran’s
ability to continue work on its nuclear program, [Iran’s new president, the moderate cleric Hassan] Rouhani said, “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”
However, Secretary of State Kerry repeatedly said that Iran did not retain the “right to enrich” uranium.
“There is no inherent right to enrich,” Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And everywhere in this particular agreement it states that they could only do that by mutual agreement, and nothing is agreed on until everything is agreed on.”
Kerry added: “We do not recognize a right to enrich.”
An editorial written in the Washington Post goes into more detail of the problems:
Nov 29, 2013
A few weeks ago we brought you the video of the Ohio State Marching Band’s halftime performance.
The band’s last performance of the year honored Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg address. One of the things we liked about the performance was that the band included songs from the period – not just songs we all know such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic, but other period songs.
It is a great performance and the kids involved should be congratulated as much as any football player that throws, catches or blocks. We would bet they put in as much time and effort in their performances as the football team.
Well done, Ohio State.
Nov 28, 2013
THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
– George Washington
We want to take this time to not only wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, but to publicly thank all our friends and family members who help enrich our lives. We have been blessed since this blog went “live” in meeting a lot of people whom we have come to know and respect. We still think we have some of the best readers in the blog world and we say that even though we don’t always agree with some of them.
Have a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Nov 27, 2013
The other day our friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove ran a post talking about apps he had on his Android based phone.
The list is good and we snagged a couple of his suggestions such as WeatherBug for weather forecasts, ALYac for security and anti-virus, and Photo Editor for basic image editing.
Some of his recommended apps we already had such as Clean Master for keeping Android devices running smoothly by getting rid of junk files. We have been using the Maxthon web browser as we like “mouse gestures” (which on a hand held device would be “finger gestures.)
We also use Aldiko for an ebook reader as we find the Kindle and Nook apps to be lacking in features.
That being said, what apps float your boat? What apps would you bemoan if you lost them or could not find a replacement? What apps do you think are indispensable? What apps make your life better or make you smile? What games are you playing? (other than Candy Crush and Angry Birds.)
We are curious because as we travel north this week to be with family, we know we are going to have time to fill so we are curious as to what you like.
Let us know!
Nov 26, 2013
Via our friends over at Overlawyered.com comes the tale of the city of San Rafael, California which has banned smoking in some privately owned homes.
The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most stringent in the nation. The new ordinance makes it illegal for residents to smoke in their own homes if they share a wall with another dwelling. The ban applies to owners and renters alike, and it covers condominiums, co-ops, apartments and any multi-family residence containing three or more units.
Now a City government is telling people what they can do in the privacy of their own homes.
The City claims the ban is based on science, but a commenter on the Overlawyered thread posts a link to this story from Greenbelt, Maryland.
A townhome owner sued his housing collective for failing to eliminate a second hand smoke nuisance from his neighbors.
The plaintiffs call in a expert, one James L. Repace, a secondhand smoke consultant and biophysicist.
Repace monitored the air in the plaintiff’s townhome for carcinogens and stated categorically that the smoke from the other townhome was seeping into the plaintiff’s home which would lead to health issues.
However, on cross examination:
Nov 26, 2013
Tonight at 7:00 PM at the Satellite Beach Civic Center is the fourth “area specific” workshop for improvements to SR A1A as it runs through the City.
Tonight’s area of discussion is from to Grant Street to Majesty Palm Condominium.
You can see the first overall public presentation as to the scope of the project within the city here.
We discussed the project a little bit in a previous post. This is going to be a project that has the potential to affect the look of Satellite Beach (and hence its impression on people driving through), the flow of traffic through the area, as well as the safety of people using and crossing A1A.
We hope you come to the meeting with ideas – no matter how out of the “box” they are. No idea is ever off limits and nothing should ever be so “crazy” that it can’t be discussed.
Hope to see you there.
Nov 25, 2013
Somehow this seems appropriate for this week.
(Courtesy A. F. Blanco at Comically Incorrect.)
Nov 24, 2013
This video has been going viral. It is pretty impressive to use a table tennis paddle to hit a knife with such precision that another person can use another paddle to “catch” the knife. And who isn’t impressed by someone slicing a pineapple off someones head using a flying knife?
Ah, but gentle reader, all is not what it seems….