Posted by: Chuck | September 27, 2013

THE STRAIGHT SCOOP FROM UNCLE CHUCK


Hello friends welcome to my blog this morning. No matter how hard life is, live it anyway. No matter how our prayers seem unanswered, pray them anyway. God will make a way, just believe His promise, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” The peso closed on a weak note Wednesday after data on US home prices and Philippine merchandise trade prompted investors to bet on the dollar. Sometimes as I hear the leaders and ‘bullshit’ bureaucrats back in Washington act and think the world loves them, well the world doesn’t – pure and simple. They think they won the Cold War but don’t tell that to the Russians. The dancing bear came up with a new and better game plan and the bear hates America – that too is pure and simple.  Live your life one day at a time. Share it with people who matter most to you. Life is a little jar of memories and experiences so fill it with love and joy. God Bless.

Please read http://ph.news.yahoo.com/climate-change-linked-world-hunger-upcoming-oxfam-report-094234904.html and watch Hank Williams Jr. video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4s0nzsU1Wg

The flow of money is needed to rebuild the economy and we are seeing the US economy bounce back much better than other economies. If they didn’t bring back the economy with easy money they would just be spending it anyway on unemployment benefits, food stamps. I don’t blame Obama. The whole downhill trend started well before Obama became into power. Of course the Republicans will vote against anything the Democrats want to so as they in the next elections may have a chance in getting in. Heaven help all if they do. Yes an injection of funds was required to get the economy, going again there was no doubt about it and yes it has gone up.

Please readhttp://news.yahoo.com/obamacares-average-monthly-cost-across-u-328-040209815.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYM5tpP_yAI

Once the word got out that “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza had decided to accept an offer to train Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, Pacquiao’s exciting opponent in their November 24 showdown for the WBO International welterweight title in Macau, there were several questions asked and a fair deal of criticism leveled against Ariza. There were some who argued that Ariza should not have accepted the job of serving as the strength and conditioning coach of Rios out of a sense of delicadeza since Manny had been so good to him through the years while others were harsher, even branding him an ingrate. Please

Please read http://ph.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fortherecord/ex-pacquiao-strength-coach-ariza-joining-rios-had-075820975.html and watch him fight video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQOTYOKCT5M

It was one of the most anticipated events of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York: a panel on “women decision-makers” headlined by Hillary Clinton. But 45 minutes into the event Wednesday, the former secretary of state still hadn’t appeared on stage — and reporters who had descended in droves on the meeting to look for clues about her political future were starting to wonder if they had wasted their time. Clinton finally arrived 10 minutes before the session was set to end. And once there, she offered no guidance on her political plans — announcing instead she would lead an effort to evaluate women’s progress around the world to coincide with the 20th anniversary of a United Nations conference on women’s rights held in Beijing in 1995. That conference marked a pivotal moment in Clinton’s rise as a recognized champion of women’s rights around the world — a moment when, as first lady, she spoke out more forcefully against the abuse of women and girls in China and elsewhere than other American diplomats had at the time. “I believe it’s time for a full and clear-eyed look at how far we have come, how far we still have to go and what we plan to do together about the unfinished business of the 21st century, the full and equal participation of women,” Clinton said, before announcing several Clinton Foundation grants aimed at empowering women.

http://news.yahoo.com/hillary-clinton-isn-t-talking-about-2016–but-hints-of-a-presidential-run-are-there-190448138.html

Iran showed new urgency Wednesday to revive stalled negotiations with six world powers over its disputed nuclear activities, seeking to ease crippling international sanctions as quickly as possible. New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said “we have nothing to hide” as diplomats prepared to meet Thursday to discuss the way forward on the negotiations that have been on hold since April. Rouhani’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who has been tasked as the lead nuclear negotiator, said he hoped his counterparts from six world powers — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — “have the same political will as we do to start serious negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement within the shortest span of time.” Zarif will be a part of the Thursday meeting to discuss the next round of negotiations in Geneva, expected in October.

Please read http://news.yahoo.com/iran-shows-urgency-revive-nuclear-talks-225808379.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KJqqu0tCFM

Survivors built makeshift shelters with sticks and bed sheets Wednesday, a day after their mud houses were flattened in an earthquake that killed 285 people in southwestern Pakistan and pushed a new island up out of the Arabian Sea. While waiting for help to reach remote villages, hungry people dug through the rubble to find food. And the country’s poorest province struggled with a dearth of medical supplies, hospitals and other aid. The quake flattened wide swathes of Awaran district, where it was centered, leaving much of the population homeless. Almost all of the 300 mud-brick homes in the village of Dalbadi were destroyed. Noor Ahmad said he was working when the quake struck and rushed home to find his house leveled and his wife and son dead.

Please read http://news.yahoo.com/pakistanis-struggle-food-shelter-quake-004451623.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OWKqh0GRug

The United States, the world’s largest arms dealer, has joined 106 other nations in signing a treaty that regulates global arms trading, but there is strong resistance in the Senate, which must ratify it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who signed the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday, said it was a “significant step” in keeping the world safe and preventing terrorists and others from obtaining conventional weapons. The Obama administration’s move is seen as critical to the treaty’s success. The U.S. was the 91st country to sign, but the treaty will not take effect until 50 nations have ratified it. Only six had ratified the treaty as of Wednesday. Many of the world’s other top arms exporters have yet to sign and opposition in the Senate, backed by the powerful National Rifle Association, means U.S. ratification will be difficult. A two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate, where Democrats now hold a slight edge, is needed to ratify a treaty.

Please read http://news.yahoo.com/us-signs-treaty-regulate-global-arms-trading-154041524–politics.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN9em40q8-c

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons. Assad also said in an interview broadcast by Venezuela’s state-run Telesur network that his government has confessions from rebels that they brought chemical weapons into the civil war-wracked nation. According to the broadcast’s Spanish dubbing, Assad said all evidence pointed to rebel responsibility for the attack. He said that Syrian authorities had uncovered chemical arms caches and labs and that the evidence had been turned over to Russia, which brokered the deal that helped persuade U.S. President Barack Obama to pull back from threatened military action over an Aug. 21 gas attack that killed civilians in a Damascus suburb. In a speech at the U.N. on Tuesday, Obama said he would not use military force to depose Assad. But Washington and Moscow remain at odds on how to hold Syria accountable if it does not live up to its pledge to dismantle its chemical weapons stockpile.

Please read http://news.yahoo.com/assad-says-doesnt-rule-us-attack-030408380.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN9em40q8-c

There is a booming market out there for custom cat lovers who want more “king of the jungle” “than cute on the couch.” We’re talking big kitties, the kind with fierce primal urges that have them banned in several states. Now, who would pay tens of thousands of dollars for such a pet, and should you worry if they move in next door? “People want to have something different – they want to have the biggest, the badest, the most exotic,” says Carole Baskin, Founder and CEO, Big Cat Rescue. Among the cats most in vogue these days is the Savannah, a cross between a wild Serval, a house cat. Savannahs grow about 2 ½ times larger than house cats and have been banned in eight states and require permits in others. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/nightline-fix-abc-news/popular-hybrid-cats-booming-controversial-163342975.html

If Congress fails to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government will go into partial shutdown. Some government functions – those deemed essential – will continue as usual, while others will be suspended. If a shutdown proceeds the way it would have in 2011 (had the last funding impasse had not been resolved in time), 800,000 of 2.1 million federal employees would be furloughed. As with all government agencies, essential services will continue to be performed, as determined by the heads of the agencies.

Please read http://news.yahoo.com/government-shutdown-101-12-ways-could-affect-181434269.html and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yud3oE3ZSE0

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq to 25 years in prison for trying to sell anti-aircraft missiles and other military weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Alwar Pouryan, a U.S. citizen of Iranian Kurdish descent, was one of seven men indicted in 2011 following an undercover investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration into drug trafficking in West Africa. In meetings in Africa, Ukraine and Romania starting in late 2010, Pouryan and a co-defendant arranged to provide $25 million worth of weapons, ammunition and training to confidential DEA sources posing as Taliban representatives. The DEA sources said they would pay for the weapons with heroin proceeds, according to prosecutors. In April, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled without a jury that Pouryan, 39, was guilty of one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of conspiracy to acquire and transfer anti-aircraft missiles. http://news.yahoo.com/ex-army-translator-gets-25-years-taliban-weapons-234507392.html

The father of a US citizen imprisoned in Iran forwarded a letter to President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday pleading with him to free his son on humanitarian grounds.Ali Hekmati, who is originally from Iran and lives in the US state of Michigan, said he was “very sick” with a brain tumor and wanted to spend time with his son Amir, who was jailed on spying allegations. Ali Hekmati wrote a letter that was personally delivered by a religious leader to Rouhani, a newly elected moderate who is in New York on a closely watched visit to the United Nations, a family spokesman said. “I ask that you let me see him again, one more time, and so that he may lead our family when I am gone,” the father wrote. http://news.yahoo.com/father-iran-prisoner-appeals-rouhani-232029802.html

Trip to Camotes Island, Philippines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f5WxA_AecY

A setback in life gives you an opportunity to cherish the glory inherent in a comeback to life. May the peace of the Lord be with you always.

Thanks for dropping by, Uncle Chuck

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