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Who Needs Conspiracy Theories: "No Refusal" DUI Checkpoints

From the great states of Tennessee and Georgia comes a new law to combat DUI, CID and EI-EI-O. It's called the "No Refusal" blood test. You see, your driving down a street when you come to a police checkpoint. An officer peers through your window to determine if there is cause to think your operating your vehicle under the influences. If he determines that you are one of the 5% of those who have nothing to hide, like let's say your brother is a cop in the same jurisdiction, he will let you go. If not you will be asked to pull into a parking lot. Once there you will be ordered out of your car by several officers dressed in combat uniforms and ordered to commit to series of sobriety tests including moonwalking a la Michael Jackson, rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time and doing hand over hand cartwheels. During these tests if you should so much as grunt, slip or wince, one or a dozen of the helmeted brigade surrounding you will snatch you up and…

Quiet On The European Front: Austerity Smothering The Life Out Of Everyone

It's surprising how little news regarding the ongoing financial dilemma afflicting many member-countries of the European Union. Just months ago it appeared that Europe and its continent-wide Union was coming apart at the seams. Riots where taking place in Ireland, Italy and especially Greece where the country's demise was being predicted by anyone who could hold a mic or pummel a computer keyboard. But what now? Have the EU's troubles been overshadowed by recent events perpetrated by the imbeciles that make up the United States government? Have austerity measures, beyond all odds worked leading Europe into a new era of prosperity that has brought a feeling of quiet contentment to the Union's suffering people? Not on your life!
What is occurring right now throughout many countries in the EU is a collective sense of despair brought on by an extended period of economic downturn leading to widespread joblessness, food scarcity and a descent into poverty that has caused a d…

Do You Know This Child? Greek Mystery Child

Mystery surrounds the identity a a young child found in Greece.Police discovered the child during a raid searching for drugs. The blue-eyed, blond headed girl immediately aroused police suspicions as she stuck out like a sore thumb among the dark haired, dark eyed couple who called themselves her parents. Police investigations turned up that the supposed mother of the child had claimed to be the mother of 14 children, 10 of whom are unaccounted for. She had also made several claims to other children to authorities in that past that when added up would account for her giving birth to 6 children in less than 10 months. DNA testing showed no biological link between the girl and the couple.
 The case has fueled concerns about child trafficking in the region. It is also stoking fears of a backlash by the Greek people against the country's Roma population, a people viewed suspiciously as nothing more than thieves and cutthroats by Greek society.
If you recognize this child please conta…

The Hajj Is Over. Is The Pandemic Just Beginning?

The Hajj has ended and now millions of observant Muslims will return to their homes all around the world after making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Of concern right now is the possibility that some may have contracted the ultra-deadly MERS-CoV virus which has been striking down people within Saudi Arabia since 2012. This disease is new on the medical horizon, never before seen in humans much like the SARS virus that rampaged through China a decade ago infecting over 8000 people killing over 700. MERS-CoV presents even more of a concerning picture due the facts that it's mortality rate is 3-4 times that of SARS and that the incubation period, the time between becoming infected and showing symptoms, could be as long as 2 weeks. This constitutes a serious problem, especially as it concerns the Hajj in that those that are infected could return to their countries and appear perfectly normal thus escaping detection by border personnel on the lookout for anyone exhibiting sympto…

Republicans And The American Moron

You have to hand it to the Republicans, they have a firm understanding of the basic intellectual character than any other group. They are able to spot a moron, recognize an imbecile, find a fool with an adroitness that borders on the incredible. Just look at some of the recent escapades involving members of the GOP and select members of the general public

* Veterans demonstrating the closure of the World War Two memorial were joined by none other than Sen. Ted Cruz who shouted to the crowd " Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending so much money to keep veterans out of this memorial?". This statement was met by wild applause from the large gathering obviously ignorant of the fact that Mr. Cruz is one of the chief architects of the government shutdown which lead to the closure of said memorial.

* Budding Rhodes Scholar Sara Palin also attended the memorial protest. She chastised the federal government for using American war heroes as "politic…

Mers-Cov and The Hajj: Recipe for worldwide disaster?

As millions of Muslims have descended on the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj,  concern has been growing throughout the medical community that the novel MERS-CoV coronavirus could spread through the tightly packed crowd of pilgrims leading many to return home and spread the virus to many points around the globe.
MERS-CoV is a virus related to SARS that has been brewing inside Saudi Arabia for the past year. It is a ferocious virus with a death rate of close to 60%.Those who survive do so with lingering kidney and lung damage.   There is no vaccine or cure for the disease.
What makes this disease even more troubling is the long time between the time one first becomes infected and the onset of symptoms. This lag time could be as much as two weeks. During this time patients may have no symptoms but can possibly infect others, a concern especially relevant in the case of this week's Hajj. Concerns are that these asymptomatic carriers will be able to return back to…