The Economist: Hit Assad Hard

A perfectly written assessment from The Economist of where the world stands in relation to what needs to happen with Syria and its leader Assad.

And before the missiles are fired, Mr Obama must give Mr Assad one last chance: a clear ultimatum to hand over his chemical weapons entirely within a very short period. The time for inspections is over. If Mr Assad gives in, then both he and his opponents will be deprived of such poisons—a victory for Mr Obama. If Mr Assad refuses, he should be shown as little mercy as he has shown to the people he claims to govern. If an American missile then hits Mr Assad himself, so be it. He and his henchmen have only themselves to blame.

Tim Tebow Released By New England Patriots

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One of the most over-rated two-piece hacks to have ever picked up a football is not to play this season.

Tim Tebow has been released by the New England Patriots.

For those keeping track the self-righteous one has now been let go by his third team in 18 months.

Time for a career change, Timmy.

Little Jimmy Dickens Could Give Miley Cyrus Lessons On Being Famous

This might very well be the best news story of the entire weekend.  (And it is a long weekend, too.)

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Little Jimmy Dickens, the 92-year-old Grand Ole Opry star, was back on the famed circle of wood Friday night after having radiation treatments for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords.

Listeners to the longest-running radio show in America will know much of this year found the star missing each weekend when the big curtain lifted. Dickens has been a fixture on the Opry since he became a member in 1948.

There is something every special when hearing the legend performing again.

After a week when Miley Cyrus embarrassed herself on television it is good to know that a  solid performer like Dickens who has weathered it all still stands strong.

There is a lesson here for Cyrus who seems unable to square her need for fame with her obvious need to grow up and mature.  After strutting like a stripper without a pole in front of anyone who had nothing better to do than watch she now would be advised to take a lesson from Dickens.

Dickens came up in the music industry when singers went from one radio station to the next asking for their records to be played.   They pulled their truck into a grocery store parking lot and sang a few songs from the bed of the vehicle, and once done climbed down and sold their own records to the crowd before moving on to the next town.   There was no slick PR to make anyone more than what they were.

In the end the ones with real talent found their way to the tips of tongues of people all over the nation.   There is something to be said for taking the slower route to the top, while learning to live life along the way.

At age 92 Dickens is loved at the Opry, by young and old alike.  Watch the crowds, or listen to them to see the reaction when he walks out on the stage.

Meanwhile Miley Cyrus created a spectacle from her performance that made a week’s worth of headlines, but is viewed more and more as a troubled performer on the edge of what happens to so many like her.    There is no one who thinks that Cyrus will be anywhere near a stage being greeted with applause in 70 years.

Saturday Song: Dean Martin (With Jerry Lewis) “Thats Amore”

This would have been the weekend Jerry Lewis stayed up all night to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy  Association.  Bad decisions by MDA has made the annual Labor Day Telethon no longer a reality.  Who will ever forget the famed moment in 1976 when Dean Martin walked onto the stage in Las Vegas and greeted Jerry Lewis after all the years they had been separated?  And who can ever forget this classic below from the years they made moves?  Movies, I need to remind all, that are still loved and greeted with smiles and laugher.

This Will Make Sheldon Cooper Very Happy

There is a new element, almost.

The discovery of a new element is like the discovery of a new planet. It changes nothing about the way we live our lives but causes perceptions of the world to expand, just a little, 115 protons worth, the size of this new proposed element.

Commence the paperwork! Revise the chemistry textbooks. Launch the naming discussions and cross-check options with a list of available abbreviations. Element 115 is the first possible addition to the periodic table since 2012’s twofer: flerovium (114) and livermorium (116), which caused Sargent-Welch to make its last round of additions.

Supreme Court Justice To Perform Same Sex Wedding Saturday

Another moment in the civil rights march,

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to conduct a same-sex marriage ceremony Saturday when she officiates at the Washington wedding of  Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser.

The gala wedding of Kaiser and economist John Roberts at the performing arts center brings together the nation’s highest court and the capital’s high society and will mark a new milepost in recognition of same-sex unions.

Ginsburg seemed excited during a recent interview about being the first member of the court to conduct such a ceremony and said it was only a logical next step.

“I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship,” Ginsburg said.

She added: “It won’t be long before there will be another” performed by a justice. Indeed, she has another planned in September.

12-Year-Olds Shut Out Thanks To UW-Madison Football Program

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I read with amazement a news story today concerning young and eager kids who want a first job experience while having the chance  to see a college football game.  A game, it was noted, that most of the kids would not be able to see otherwise due to economic reasons.

I can not but help think that with all the’ wise men and women’ who make up the UW sports administration that there was not some way to make sure that young and eager faces were not able to continue selling pop and peanuts.  Shame on the UW for making a cold-hearted call!

Somewhere along the line college sports started to be big business, and let me add to the growing list of others who know it does not make for a good look.

Shane Ryan hawked Cokes in the cheap seats of Camp Randall Stadium during  Wisconsin Badgers football games last season, an exhausting but thrilling first  job for the 12-year-old.

When the Badgers kick off their season on Saturday, there will be no Cokes —  and no Ryan. The university’s new vendor, Learfield Levy Foodservice LLC, will  sell exclusively soft drinks from the Dr  Pepper Snapple Group and has stopped a decades-long practice of hiring local  middle-schoolers and high schoolers to sell them in the stands.

The change means a program that provided a first job for generations of  Madison teens — and a way into football games that would otherwise be out of  reach financially — is over.

Be at least 12 years old. Pick up a work permit from your school for $10.  Wear the yellow top issued to you. Show up for at least six games a year. Arrive  two hours early.

Hawk with a smile.

The pay was commission-based with tips — top earners brought home a bit more  than $100 a game — and it came with the added bonus of watching games inside the  bowl once the sellling was done in the fourth quarter.

(Thankfully) President Obama Is Not President Bush

Many years ago I wrote that one of the disastrous side-effects of President Bush barging his way into war with Iraq was the doubt he would create for military missions when real needs occurred in the world.  Such is the case with Syria needing to feel the world community wrath for using chemical weapons on their own people.

Over this past week many have tried to link President Obama with that of the failed leadership of President Bush.  How anyone can compare the two men is laughable.

Many are suggesting that the world is not fully aware of the real facts regarding the chemical weapons that were used, and that once again the government is ginning up events to force a military strike.  If anyone has been awake for even a small portion of the first term of President Obama a few things are most clear.

Obama is not one to swagger and bluster.  He is intellectual and reasoned in all discussions.  He delves into issues and comes to grips with them.  He struggles to fashion policy that considers all the ramifications, as far as anyone can see them.  President Obama is the exact opposite of President Bush.

No one likes having to use the military for a strike such as that which is being talked about this week.  But there are times when military assets are needed to be employed to balance the world, right wrongs, and send a clear and unambiguous message to the one on the receiving end.

The facts with Syria are solid.  Syrian officials prepared for chemical weapons use for three days before the August 21 attack, and their rockets were launched from areas controlled by the Syrian regime and landed in areas controlled by the opposition or contested.  There is no doubt to what happened!

President Bush lied his way into war with Iraq because neo-conservatives had a firm control over his administration.  Bush was not intellectually capable to reason his way beyond their grasp, and we are paying for that today with the cloud of suspicion over U.S. policy in Syria.

I have always placed my interests with the smart ones.  As such I stand with President Obama and the world community who understand that using chemical arms is considered a war crime and banned under international treaties, including the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Geneva Protocol and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.