NEWSER – And the hits just keep on coming for the Secret Service: The Washington Examiner today reports on yet another serious lapse in security involving President Obama. The latest incident occurred just two weeks ago when the president traveled to Atlanta to visit the CDC—and ended up in an elevator with an armed man who has no fewer than three convictions for assault and battery. Thats a lapse on two fronts, explains the Washington Post: Anyone in such close proximity to the president is supposed to be screened for weapons and criminal history. Unbeknownst to Secret Service agents traveling with Obama, this person had both. He was reportedly a contractor from a private security firm who was operating the elevator during the presidential visit.The man drew the attention of Secret Service agents when he refused to comply with orders to stop filming the president in the elevator with his smartphone. When agents questioned him afterward and then learned he had a criminal history, they called in his supervisor. The man got fired immediately and had to turn over his weapon to his boss—which is the first time the agents learned that he was armed.
So I am broke (not unusual for me, sadly), so yesterday I posted 2 novels I’d written years ago and never did anything with.
The first, “Autumn of Empire”, is a fantasy novel about the collapse of the Empire of Zalandria following the overthrow of Darnus the Wicked by his sons. (Amazon Link)
The second, “Dark Soul Wandering,” is a supernatural detective story set in a small New England town in the late 1990s. (Amazon link)
I need the money, so enjoy them! :)
I am close to completing an e-book entitled “A Modest Proposal for the Dissolution of the United States.” I have complied a narrative about what went wrong in the last 40 years, and why dissolution is the best solution.
I will announce it here, and I intend to post it on the Amazon and iBook stores, and any other I can think. And guess what it’ll cost?
99¢! That’s right, less than $1!
I’ll make you a deal: if you genuinely think my argument is bunk, and can prove it, I’ll give you $2. In exchange for that guarantee, if you like it, please spread the word. Deal?
I’ll keep you posted.
They might not be found on the campaign trail and they wouldnt be caught dead with a placard, but Scotlands reclusive aristocrats have expressed grave fears about the prospect of independence.In a rare series of interviews from their ancestral castles, a string of Scottish grandees confided in the high-society magazine Tatler about their concerns if Scotland votes yes next week – not least the prospect of a dreaded castle tax.”This place eats money. But what if Salmond imposes a mansion tax? Were done for,” said Eleanor, the Duchess of Argyll, who lives with her elephant polo champion husband Torquhil at Inveraray Castle in west Scotland. Their grey-stone castle, which appeared in the Downton Abbey Christmas special in 2012, is the jewel in the crown of their 60,000-acre estate.One nameless aristocrat, whose family was reputedly involved in the 1707 Act of Union, railed about the Scottish National Party supporters seeking to break away from the union: “The buggers are out to get us!” The crossbench peer Lord Adrian Palmer, of the Huntley and Palmers biscuit dynasty, was not enamoured by Alex Salmonds party. “I mean, [the pro-independence movement] simply do not know what theyre doing,” he scoffed.
LONDON, Sept 6 Reuters – Supporters of Scottish independence have taken their first opinion poll lead since the referendum campaign began, according to a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times newspaper.With less than two weeks to go before the Sept. 18 vote, the poll puts the “Yes” to independence campaign on 51 percent, with the unionists on 49 percent, overturning a 22-point lead for the unionist campaign in just a month, the Sunday Times said.The paper announced the headline results in a news release ahead of publication. No further details of the poll were immediately available.”The YouGov survey … shows that the nationalists have taken a two-point lead and are poised to triumph in the referendum,” the paper said.After months of surveys showing nationalists heading for defeat, recent polls have been showing the gap narrowing to the extent that they raise the real prospect that secessionists led by Alex Salmonds Scottish National Party SNP could achieve their goal of breaking the 307-year-old union with England.A previous YouGov poll on Sept. 1 put the lead for the “no” to secession campaign at just six points, down from 14 points in the middle of August and 22 points at the start of that month.
Rep. Steve Stockman R-TX is looking for an intern this fall but “mushy pleasers/appeasers” should not apply, the Washington Post reports.From the help-wanted ad: “HINT: vapid granolas who fear guns, hate babies, are ashamed of America, and think Islamic terrorists and illegal aliens are just misunderstood will not be comfortable here.”