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    Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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    Being a Father . . . by Kramer

    Wish u would write more.
  3. After reading the article published Friday, July 27th titled “PCB mayor jokes not to hire people who are fat, smoke or would ‘get pregnant’”, I found myself feeling compelled to respond. What I read in the article is Mayor Thomas apologizing for a joke; apologizing that many people did not understand his humor. What I didn’t read is Mayor Thomas apologizing for unprofessionalism in the workplace. Mayor Thomas cites his fatigue from a 3-hour-long budget meeting as the reason for his misplaced humor; And I quote: “We had a three-hour budget meeting, and we were tired,” Thomas said. Mayor Thomas: Do you consider a 3-hour budget meeting a lot of hard work...? You’re speaking to a demographic of residents whom the majority of work two jobs; maybe three. A ‘long 3 hours’ is hardly a reasonable explanation for a performance as unprofessional as this. And to say that to our Police Chief, which can be argued is one of the hardest and most taxing jobs in this entire city, is honestly just deplorable. You want to be perceived as a ‘Down-To-Earth’, funny, no BS guy - We get all of that But you’re our mayor. And you took a leadership position in this community. If you can’t speak or act like a leader, please resign - And we’ll find someone who can. Cindy Ursu Panama City Beach, FL
  4. Therapists say there's been a rise in anxiety stemming from the country's politics, and it is being called "Trump Anxiety Disorder." A report from CBC News in Canada says that since President Trump was elected, mental health professionals in the United States have seen an increase in patients whose stress has come from politics. A prevalent "symptom" of the "disorder" is feeling as though the world is going to end. Elisabeth LaMotte, founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C., said that some of her patients feel "on edge" about Trump's decisions. "It's very disorienting and constantly unsettling," LaMotte said. LaMotte told CBC News, too, that even those who support the president feel isolated within social spaces or their families. According to an essay written by psychologist Jennifer Panning, the symptoms of "Trump Anxiety Disorder" include "feeling a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what's happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media." A 2017 poll by the American Psychological Organization also found that nearly half of its respondents said they were significantly stressed due to the country's political climate.
  5. A Facebook page titled Be Reet has created an event titled "Nirvana Reunion With Chad Kroeger From Nickelback on Vocals," and it's starting to go viral. The only context around the listing is a caption that reads, "The campaign begins here," and a date, time and location for the proposed event: Tuesday, January 1 2019 at Nirvana Hair in Manchester, United Kingdom. As of this article's posting, over 1,000 people have selected Facebook's "Going" option and over 2,800 others marked themselves as "Maybe." Although some people seem genuinely intrigued by the proposition, it can be assumed that this is simply a genius act of trolling. Nickelback, although immensely successful, are despised by many due to their songwriting approaches, image and narrative, among other things. The reactions of people in the comments range from potentially sincere support to absolute rage at the just the thought of Kroeger fronting Nirvana. Thus far it has received coverage from Rolling Stone France, NME and Alternative Press, among others.
  6. DEVELOPING – President Trump said on Sunday that he would be willing to shut down the federal government if the Democrats do not agree to Republican demands about funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump wrote on Twitter that border security "includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!" The White House has been embroiled in controversy over the ongoing efforts to reunite families separated at the border who were attempting to enter the United States illegally. Twitter Ads info and privacy During his most recent weekly address, Trump cited the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify strong enforcement of immigration laws and the continued necessity of Immigration Customs & Enforcement, the agency which has come under fire from Democrats in recent months. “One of the critical lessons of 9/11 is that immigration enforcement saves lives,” he said in the address. “We must enforce the rules against visa fraud, illegal overstay, illegal entry and other immigration violations and crimes, and crimes they are. Believe me, crimes they are.” A recent House bill would devote $5 billion to a southern border wall, but its passage in the Senate, where it would need the support of Democrats to reach the required 60-vote threshold, remains a longshot. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is the majority whip, told the Washington Examiner that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was once ready to offer $25 billion in border security funding in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. However, Schumer has since withdrawn that offer, which at the time was rejected by Republicans and President Trump, who wanted additional immigration reforms. Democratic lawmakers and candidates, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasion, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, have called for the abolishment of ICE. In April, Trump threatened to shut down the government during a rally in Michigan, stating that more money was needed to fund the border wall. “We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security,” he said, according to Reuters. The federal government shut down briefly for three days in January after lawmakers could not agree on funding for immigration reform, border security and disaster relief. Trump, who made security and building a border wall a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign,
  7. That very conversation could have been had on thousands of radio stations all over this country and no one would have said a word. It isn't hateful and it isn't hate speech. The man wears a turboun and that is what they called him. Amiwrong?
  8. Longtime radio hosts off air after calling New Jersey attorney general by 'abhorrent and xenophobic' nickname Two New Jersey radio hosts have been yanked off the air after repeatedly referring to the nation’s first and only Sikh-American attorney general as “turban man.” WKXW hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco made the controversial comments Wednesday on “The Dennis & Judi Show” during a segment about Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s recent order to suspend marijuana prosecutions in the state. The station said Malloy, a New Jersey Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee who has hosted the show with Franco for more than 20 years, told her he couldn't remember Grewal's name. Malloy then said, "I'm just going to say the guy with the turban" and the hosts, after that, continued to call him "Turban Man," it added. The hosts acknowledged the offensive nature of their remarks -- for the most part. “If that offends you, then don’t wear the turban and maybe I’ll remember your name,” Malloy said, according to FOX5 NY. Grewal, in response, tweeted early Thursday "I’m the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I’m a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio." The station, meanwhile, said it has “taken immediate action and have taken [the hosts] off the air until further notice." New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also denounced the hosts’ statements, saying he was "outraged by the abhorrent and xenophobic comments." "Hate speech has no place in New Jersey, and it does not belong on our airwaves," Murphy said in a statement. "Station management must now hold the hosts accountable for these intolerant and racist comments.”