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Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus

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My wife and I recently took our 9 year old nephew to see the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus at the Izod Center located in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. I remember going to the circus with my aunt when I was a kid at Madison Square Garden in New York and except for more glitz and glamour the circus is pretty much the same. My wife wanted tickets for the afternoon show at 3 p.m., but made a mistake when ordering online and got the morning show at 11 a.m. instead so we had to get up early. I was surprised to see almost a sold out show that early as the Izod Center holds several thousand people. All seats except for the top tier all around were sold out then.

Ringling  Brothers has been around for two centuries now starting in the late 1800’s  and still retains the same kind of acts: High flying trapeze acts, lions and tigers, elephants, assorted acrobats and clowns. The ring master is a tall African American fellow with a deep booming voice that is great for announcing acts. I remembered him and a few clowns from last year too.

Outside the center there were animal rights activists with bullhorns urging people not to attend saying the circus abuses the animals and had pictures of them being beaten. When my nephew asked if they really did that, I started to say something to that effect and my wife gently tapped me on the shoulder saying to “not say anything to him.” 😉

The entire show is 2 ½ hours long with a half hour intermission and goes by fast. The show opens up with an elephant coming out with a young woman riding on top holding an American flag while the Star Spangled Banner plays and yes everyone did stand up in respect of our National Anthem.

The ringmaster introduces the circus with those now familiar words throughout the years, ”Ladies and Gentlemen and children of all ages. Welcome to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus.” The performers all come out and march around the arena for everyone to see.  My nephew’s and my favorite act is the “Globe of Steel” where eight motorcyclists enter a steel globe one by one and ride around it at lightning speed careful to avoid hitting each other. They are introduced one by one with the ringmaster urging everyone on saying, “Do you want to see one more?” and the audience responds with a resounding  “YESSSS” and another cycle enters the globe. This is repeated until all eight cyclists are   rushing around inside the globe upside down and sideways.  Quite an accomplishment and very exciting.   I often wondered if there were any injuries when first performing this and rehearsing for it.

Another great act is a group of about ten horseback riders who call themselves “The Riders of the Wind”. They perform all kinds of standing and acrobatic acts while on horseback. One horse is running around in a circle  with no saddle and a rider runs along side of him and leaps up on his back in a standing position and stays on him like that standing for a couple of laps around the ring  before jumping off. The horses looked beautiful and well cared for.

There was also the assorted elephant tricks with the elephants standing on their hind legs with their front legs on each other’s back sides, etc.

The circus is still great entertainment for the whole family. If you get a chance to go, just be sure to bring lots of extra cash because the souvenirs and refreshments like soda and popcorn and cotton candy are so very overpriced.

 

 

 

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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t They Know The Terrorists Are Watching?

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All the major news and media outlets and stations are now devoting fulltime and in some instances like FOX and CNN   24/7 coverage of the missing plane incident all in the name of competition and ratings. They are bringing in every available aviation expert they can find and every military and medical expert they can find who are explaining in excruciating detail every aspect of a plane like this. They describe the size, fuel capability and capacity, distance and time it can travel how the controls work an  how their GPS co-ordinates can be changed by someone other than the pilot by operating another computer in back of the plane. They even mentioned how a plane this size can carry an atom bomb and how Iran wants to wipe off the map and cripple us. . Don’t they know the terrorists who want to kill us all are watching and taking notes.  Don’t they realize terrorists have become more sophisticated now and want to use planes as their main weapon? Slowly,but surely they are drawing their plans against us.

FOX  brought on a medical doctor who described how the blood bubbles at  43,000 feet and all the passengers can die if the cabin is depressurized and the pilot wears an oxygen  mask which is one of the theories said  since the plane went to 43,000 feet and then down to 5000 feet.

At the beginning of this incident I wrote a blog on it and paraphrased from an old Twilight Zone show about a plane that went back in time. Not long after that CNN did a show talking about that Twilight Zone incident and suggested the plane went into a black hole. (see link below). I wonder if someone there saw my blog and was reminded of that show and decided to use it. Hmmmmm,  just wondering. They have exhausted so much information and are so caught up  in the middle of everything that they are grasping for straws. Nobody knows anything yet. They have 26 countries out looking for it and scanning every possible inch of every sea and land and can’t find anything. One reporter mentioned about an airline that went down a few years ago and it took them 2 years to find it. They still haven’t found Amelia Earhart’s plane and that almost 70 years ago now. I can’t understand why with all this modern GPS, radar, drone and satellite spying, fact finding equipment they can’t find a huge  boeing 777 with 200 passengers on board. They can find out who is driving what car and where you are going and now they have drones that can extract your information from your smart phone (see link below) and they can record every conversation and text you make, yet they can’t find this plane.

General Thomas McInerney ,a retired  Air Force General who is a contributer  to Fox News  claims he has sources who highly suspect the plane has landed in Pakistan and the passengers are all alive. Gen. McInerney is the only person I trust at this time (see link below). He said there is no reason to suspect that a plane would fly for seven hours over seas and then ditch it there. He notes they were headed towards India and probably into Pakistan.  McInerney said It may have even left there and could be in Iran. All this other stuff stations are saying now and bringing in psychics who have claimed to be in contact with the dead passengers (give me a break!!) is pure fantasy and conjecture and going for ratings. Nobody knows anything so now everyone s coming out of the woodwork with their fantasies and theories. I do agree with McInerney in that the one thing everyone is over looking is radical Islam. The pilot was attending the trial of the Malaysian  opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who was sentenced to five years in prison .He was  a leading member of the muslim brotherhood there and the pilot attended his sentencing five hours before the flight wearing a “democracy is dead”  t-shirt. Also the anniversary of Osama Bin laden’s death is coming up  which angered the Islamic world and terrorists are great for attacks on anniversaries suchas the 9/11 attack on Benghazi,but nobody except General McInerney seems to be focused on that either which is another reason I believe him.

 I’ve seen several comments to this also saying that  terrorists can change the plane to look like one of ours or another nation’s and fix the co-ordinates on another plane’s flight and use that plane to carry out a plot against  any country including us or Isreal.

In any event this was a well planned, carefully skilled plot involving several people according to McInerney. Terrorists have become much more sophisticated  since 9/11 with the use of planes and we are telling them everything they want to know so DON’T THEY KNOW THE TERRORISTS ARE WATCHING????

  THIS IS CNN: MISSING 777 SWALLOWED BY ‘BLACK HOLE’? *

SPY DRONES POACH SMARTPHONES *

New Drones Hack Smartphones From Above… *

Retired Air Force general stand by theory Malaysian Airlines flight could have landed in Pakistan

 

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Michelle O: “We Nag You Because We love You”and Other Random Thoughts


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Recently Michelle Obama made a video with some moms of celebrities to sign up for the Health care act. At the end of the video she says ,“We nag you because we love you.” What a horrible, classless thing for a first lady to say, but this first lady has no class to begin with anyway. So she admits to being a nag eh? I bet she “nags” Barack too. I bet she “nags” her kids too. This attitude is typical socialist behavior by saying they know what’s best for us. What else is she planning on nagging us about.  She sounds like the clicheic nagging housewife of old comedy sketches……..Obama once again has extended the employer mandate  another two years after sending out envoys saying it will end this year and not be extended. So far there have been 35 changes to the law mostly by Obama himself on his own.  This law has been so botched and such a disaster that it should be withdrawn altogether. The very fact that Obama has made 35 changes to it since it was passed into law is a disgrace and an impeachable offense in itself. I saw a recent comment that stated it perfectly ” ObamaCare is a suicide attack. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, to capitulate, so we agree under duress to accept big government.  Obama’s hero and mentor was Saul Alinsky, a radical Marxist intent on destroying capitalism. Alinksky’s stated advice was to call the other guy “a terrorist” to hide your own intentions.To scream that the other guy is “ruining America,” while you are the one actually plotting the destruction of America. To claim again and again…in every sentence of every speech…that you are “saving the middle class,” while you are busy wiping out the middle class. While obamacare is a disastrous healthcare plan, it is a terrific plan of destruction as Obama had intended it to be.

As of now the young people who the administration is expecting to pay for it aren’t signing up because they felt they don’t need it and the fact that   the costs are high. Besides why should young people sign up afte Barack said they can stay on their parents’ plan until they are 25.DUHHH!!!! . ……….. The mystery of the missing airline continues with nothing more to go on except speculation. One theory suggests the pilot committed suicide, but the plane went on for another seven hours after changing course so that theory is out. My best theory is it was hijacked and landed in another rogue country. Since there were no demands made by any group yet shows they want the plane and not the passengers. The plane purposely plunged 5000 ft to avoid radar detection. The best scenario for wanting the plane is that some rogue state like Iran wants to use it as a weapon. It is capable of carrying a nuclear bomb and since 9/11 terrorists have become more sophisticated about using airplanes  as a weapon…..Obama once again shows weakness as a leader with the Russian Ukraine/Crimea situation. He proposes new sanctions and Putin just laughs at him. Putin say she can switch to other countries over sanctions. Putin also controls 18 pipelines to other countries which he can turn off if Obama threatens him causing those countries to appeal to Obama to withdraw the sanctions. Putin’s popularity is soaring in the polls while Obama’s falls to the mid 30’s here. Meanwhile Obama still hasn’t made a statement about the missing plane yet and he always has some comment to make. I guess he’s too busy appearing on comedy shows and The View and playing  golf and going on vacations and dealing with Russia to  comment on  a missing plane.

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 777 ‘hijackers’ plunged to 5,000ft ; Avoided radar detection…

Malaysia Appeals to 25 Countries… 

Search extends to TWO MILLION square miles…

 Putin’s Popularity Soars…

Signs decree recognizing Crimea as sovereign state…

Goals reach far beyond peninsula…

Obama Sends New Warning…


Markets rally over ‘weak’ sanctions…

France Set to Deliver Helicopter Carriers to Russia?

State TV says Russia could turn USA to ‘radioactive ash’…

Threatens switch to other currencies over sanctions…

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
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The Mystery of Flight 370

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Like an episode out of  the Twilight Zone, a Malaysian aircraft simply vanished without a trace leaving relatives scared and upset and investigators  baffled while conspiracy theorists abound.  I have listed a few conspiracy theories below. A lot of the information here I have taken from various articles and added my own special touch in the closing paragraph. 😉 

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”

Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

And yet, nearly three whole days later, there are still no signs of the jet or its passengers. And an oil slick spotted in the South China sea originally thought to be a clue turned out to be a false lead:

Two Italian passengers said to be aboard the flight turned out to be safe on the ground, when they told authorities that their passports had, in fact, been stolen earlier. Someone aboard the flight was said to be using them, one of whom resembled a famous soccer player:

Adding another wrinkle to the case, the Wall Street Journal reports that airliners “such as the Malaysian jet also carry emergency beacons to transmit the aircraft’s location in the event of a mishap so that rescue teams can reach the site.” These beacons, called emergency locator devices, are activated by impact on land or water, along with other emergency communications equipment. Malaysia’s aviation regulator said no signals were received from flight MH370’s beacon.

Over at Reddit, speculation is surprisingly measured. Says one user who claims to be a pilot:

At 35,000 feet they’d be able to travel another ~100-120 miles (far enough to reach the coast of Vietnam). Depending on the speed of the aircraft, it would take at least 15-30 minutes to reach the earth (or sea), giving them ample time to make a distress call. Throw in this weird stuff with the fake passports, and now reports that the plane apparently had attempted to turn back, and this makes me think something pretty sudden and catastrophic must have happened, and mechanical and/or pilot error seems unlikely in this case.

On Monday, China’s state-run media blasted the Malaysian government’s rescue efforts, arguing that initial reaction from the country “was not swift enough.” Currently,at least 45 ships and 22 aircraft from nine countries, including the U.S., China, and more, are partaking in a joint multi-national rescue effort. “If [the disappearance] is due to a deadly mechanical breakdown or pilot error, then Malaysia Airlines should take the blame,”

wrote China’s Global Times in a scathing editorial. “If this is a terrorist attack, then the security check at the Kuala Lumpur airport and on the flight is questionable.”

Another, just as bizarre conspiracy theory suggests terrorists hijacked the plane, and have parked the plane intact in an abandoned hanger to use as “a weapon of mass destruction” in the future.”

Exactly why is this bizarre? Fact: the plane is missing. Fact: As your own story admits, there is “no trace” of it.

There is zero evidence to date that the airliner crashed. As detectives say, “When the impossible has been eliminated, what is left, however improbable, must be the truth.”

At this point, neither a crash nor a hijack are impossible and neither can be ruled out. So it is certainly not “bizarre” to hypothesize that the plane was hijacked and landed covertly. It would be a challenge, but not impossible.

Authorities have revealed one of the two men who used stolen passports to board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane looked like Mario Balotelli.

As it emerged an Iranian businessman named by Thai officials as Kazem Ali was understood to have booked the tickets for the two passengers using the stolen passports, the men who boarded the plane were said to have not been of ‘Asian appearance’.

 Malaysia’s police chief was quoted by local media as saying that one of the men had been identified.

 Civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman declined to confirm this, but said authorities were looking at the possibility the men were connected to a stolen passport syndicate.

 A U.S. led search is also taking place hundreds of miles away on the other side of the Malaysian peninsula.

 Malaysia’s civil aviation chief said today that the search for the Boeing 777 which vanished early Saturday morning had failed to find anything and that a sighting of a yellow object, which was earlier suspected to have been a life raft, was found to be a false alarm.

 It has now also been confirmed an oil slick suspected of coming from the wreckage was not jet fuel.

 Underlining the lack of hard information about the plane’s fate, a U.S. Navy P-3 aircraft capable of covering 1,500 sq miles every hour was sweeping the northern part of the Strait of Malacca, on the other side of the Malaysian peninsula from where the last contact with MH370 was made.

‘Our aircraft are able to clearly detect small debris in the water, but so far it has all been trash or wood,’ said U.S. 7th Fleet spokesman Commander William Marks in an emailed statement.

 As Interpol investigates whether up to four passengers boarded the plane using stolen passports, it was today revealed five passengers checked on to the flight but did not board the plane. Their baggage was removed before it departed.

 
Other theories suggest a missile from North Korea downed the plane since there was a plane from China that was hit by a missile test two weeks ago as the missile was coming down from a test firing. Here are two theories I found interesting:

“This could be interesting if it turns out North Korea shot it down with a missile as an exercise of their unsophisticated and reckless weapons programs. Maybe then China will take out the NK boy dictator, while the rest of the world watches. I can’t think of any country that would come to his assistance.”

 “There is always the possibility that someone on the plane was a target by the Chinese, and to get that one anonymously, they took out the whole plane. I wouldn’t put it past any government that supports the killing of innocents to do something like that.”

I was listening to John Batchelor on the radio the other night.There’s something about listening to talk radio in the dead of night with the lights out that makes it more intimnate and real. He was talking to a member of the NTSB and and asked him if he thought  they would find the plane. His response was,”They’ll find it alright,but not in the condition they expect to find it.” That was pretty scary to here at that time.

 Airplanes do not just disappear unless it was totally blown up by a missile and disintegrated so small pieces are not picked up on the radar as one theory suggested. So to add a little light on the subject, to paraphrase Rod Serling from his Twilight Zone episode “The Odyssey of Flight 33” To anyone in the Asian vicinity between Malaysia and China, if you hear engines that sound weak and troubled or lost, send up a flare, contact the FAA or nearest Air Traffic Control, do something,do anything for Flight  370 is trying to make it to its’ China destination.

 Flight 370 conspiracy theories develop…

Five Passengers Didn’t Board…

Mystery Iranian businessman…
USA Checking Terror Connection…
REPORT: Fake-passport holders Iranian nationals…

MALAYSIA: UNPRECEDENTED MYSTERY…

OFFICIAL: Similarities to PAN AM 103 over Lockerbie…

‘Yellow raft,’ oil slick false alarm…

TERRORIST FEARS…

Missile?

Nuclear test experts to check if plane exploded…


 

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Putin’s Playing Chess-We’re Playing Marbles

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Today I went to my local A&P to get the Sunday papers like I always do. When I stepped up to the counter to  pay I handed the clerk the papers with a headline and picture of Putin and Obama. An elderly lady next to me said, “I hope Obama doesn’t bomb Russia. Why should we fight everybody’s wars?”

I replied “Because we’re the policeman of the world and used to be the strongest nation, but not anymore thanks to him.”

She replied, “He always wants to bomb somebody.”

I didn’t want to get into a big discussion with her because I’m not one to get involved in public scenes with strangers where you don’t know who is going to react and how,but this showed me how misinformed she was and probably a member of the low information voter crowd. Obama never bombed anyone unless she was referrirng to his drone attacks.  He’s always making idle threats and drawing a line in the sand and does nothing.  He did that with Egypt saying if the muslim brotherhood takes over there will be consequences. They did and he didn’t do anything. When the Egyptian military took over he said the same thing and did nothing and they took over. When Syria was invaded by the rebels he warned Assad there will be consequences if he responds. Obama did nothing and Syria continued to fight the rebels. When Iran was building their nukes Obama warned them to stop or there will be consequences. They didn’t stop and although he put sanctions on them it didn’t affect them and they didn’t stop with their nuclear program and he later withdrew the sanctions. Just two weeks ago Iranian warships were having maneuvers off the Atlantic coast.

Now with Putin sending his troops around the Ukraine to quell the riots and take-over by the freedom loving Ukranians,  Obama is telling Putin to stop or there will be consequences. Putin  just  laughed. So now Obama is trying sanctions again. Well they say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. I’m sure Putin is shaking in his boots.

The whole world is looking at us like one big joke. Isreal and Saudi Arabia said they can no longer depend on us. That’s a horrible thing to hear from strong allies like Isreal and Saudi Arabia and I’m sure other nations feel the same way.

We used to be No.1 in the world until Obama came along and said it wasn’t right that we are No.1 and we should be like all the other nations. Now the latest listings have us at No.12.

“Putin is playing chess — I think we’re playing marbles,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking on Fox News Sunday. Rogers said the Russians have been “running circles around us” in negotiations on such items as Syria and missile defense.

But Rogers conceded that there are no many good choices facing Obama.
“There is not a lot of options on the table and, candidly, I’m a fairly hawkish guy, sending more naval forces to operate in the Black Sea is really not a very good idea, given that we know that that day has long passed,” the Michigan Republican said “And unless you’re intending to use them, I wouldn’t send them. Now you’ve got only economic options through the EU.”

Obama should cancel American participation in the G8 summit planned for June at Sochi, Russia. And he warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to annex portions of the Crimean peninsula, where Russia rents a naval base from Ukraine.

“This is the most important territory to Putin himself,” Rogers said. “There’s an old expression that Russia without the Ukraine is a country and Russia with the Ukraine is an empire. I do believe Putin understands that but the most important part for him.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, said “we have a weak and indecisive president,” and that “invites aggression.

“President Obama needs to do something,” Graham said. “How about this: Suspend Russian membership in the G8 and the G20 at least for a year, starting right now and every day they stay in Crimea after the suspension. Do something.”

One can only hope, but  I’m not holding my breath.

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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized