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Obamaton Warren Buffett Financing the Burger King-Tim Hortons Tax Inversion Deal

Via the Christian Science Monitor:

It’s official. Burger King and Tim Hortons are combining to make the world’s third largest quick-service retailer. 

Burger King will buy Tim Hortons, the Ontario, Canada-based coffee and donut chain, for $11 billion. The combined firm will have 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and an estimated $23 billion in sales. 3G Capital, Burger King’s parent company, will own 51 percent of the new company. But you needn’t worry about changes to your Whopper or favorite cup of coffee – the two restaurants will continue to be managed as independent chains. 

[. . .]

Warren Buffett’s equity firm Berkshire Hathaway is providing $3 billion to help finance the deal. Mr. Buffett announced Tuesday that Berkshire Hathaway will pay the US corporate tax rate on any money it earns from being a passive equity investor in the deal. . .

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! - Greg Pollowitz

France: ‘One in Six’ Supports ISIS

Via Vox:

Two polls released this week both ask a question that you would hope wouldn’t need asking: how many people support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? Unfortunately, in all four countries surveyed, the answer is greater than zero, and by a lot.

Here is a chart of the results of the polls. The first, by ICM Research, asked people in Germany, France, and the UK whether they had a favorable or unfavorable view of ISIS. The second, by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, asked Gazans whether they support or oppose ISIS. Here are the results.


Time for a return to "Freedom Fries." - Greg Pollowitz
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McAuliffe’s Virginia on Display

Via WUSA9:

Virginia Department of Transportation crews have completed repairs to the lane stripes that peeled from Interstate 66 Monday morning.

The right lane and shoulder on the eastbound I-66 bridge over Route 29 were closed for the work until 3:30 p.m. Monday, say VDOT officials. Virginia State Police officials confirm the work resumed overnight and was completed shortly after 5 a.m.

On Monday morning, the Sky 9 chopper flew over Interstate 66 where lane stripes were coming up and creating a mess on the roadway.

Traffic anchor Monika Samtani tweeted: “Oh no! Line stripes are coming apart I-66 EB at Rt29 Centreville..drivers slowing down big time thru the area @wusa9 #vatraffic @VaDOTNOVA” Monika compared it to that scene in Seinfeld where Kramer paints over the lane markings to make wider, more comfortable lanes. He ends up cause big traffic jams and burning up Newman’s postal truck. . .

Tax dollars well spent -- again. - Greg Pollowitz

McAuliffe’s Virginia on Display

Via WUSA9:

Virginia Department of Transportation crews have completed repairs to the lane stripes that peeled from Interstate 66 Monday morning.

The right lane and shoulder on the eastbound I-66 bridge over Route 29 were closed for the work until 3:30 p.m. Monday, say VDOT officials. Virginia State Police officials confirm the work resumed overnight and was completed shortly after 5 a.m.

On Monday morning, the Sky 9 chopper flew over Interstate 66 where lane stripes were coming up and creating a mess on the roadway.

Traffic anchor Monika Samtani tweeted: “Oh no! Line stripes are coming apart I-66 EB at Rt29 Centreville..drivers slowing down big time thru the area @wusa9 #vatraffic @VaDOTNOVA” Monika compared it to that scene in Seinfeld where Kramer paints over the lane markings to make wider, more comfortable lanes. He ends up cause big traffic jams and burning up Newman’s postal truck. . .

Tax dollars well spent -- again. - Greg Pollowitz

Chicagoland: ‘At Least 19 Shot’ in Weekend Violence

Via Chicago Tribune:

At least 19 people were shot in Chicago in a 12-hour span starting early Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Gunfire broke out on the North, South and West sides in that stretch and claimed at least three lives: a 14-year-old boy shot in the Austin neighborhood, and two people shot by police.


Police believe three people were wounded in a shooting or multiple shootings about 9 p.m. near the intersection of East 80th Street and South Ingleside Avenue, according to Pat Camden, a police union spokesman.  A fourth person, believed to have shot at least one of the three, was fatally shot by a police officer moments afterward when he turned toward police with a gun in his hand, Camden said. . .

But since it's not a white police officer shooting an African-American man or a white loser shooting a college girl, the media is silent. - Greg Pollowitz
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Video: Ferguson From the Police’s Point of View

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

And this is why all officers should have body cameras. This video changes the narrative and helps show what the cops on the scene are dealing with. - Greg Pollowitz

2016 Watch: Rand Paul Is on Vacation in Guatemala, Performing Free Eye Surgeries

Via the Washington Post:

Brothers Juan and Andres Hernandez traveled more than four hours here by bus for the chance to reunite with the man they call “Dr. Pablo.”

Fifteen years ago, they were flown to Bowling Green, Ky., to be examined by an ophthalmologist named Rand Paul. Fifteen years ago, Paul had no political aide or press secretary. There had been no 13-hour filibuster, and there was no talk of a possible presidential campaign. No bodyguard named Axel.

Since operating on the Hernandez brothers in 1999, Paul has become the junior senator from Kentucky and a prospective Republican presidential candidate.

He came face to face again with the brothers this week at a local hospital, in front of a chalkboard where someone had written “Bien vinedos” when they meant to write “Bienvenidos.” The doctor and his patients greeted each other beneath the gaze of three television cameras, three photographers, six reporters, a political aide, two press secretaries, conservative activist David Bossie — and Axel, watching closely.

Paul started speaking Spanish, which he had learned as a kid growing up in Texas. Taking out a pencil light, he examined the brothers’ eyes.

“Mire la luz,” he said — look at the light. Paul handed Juan his glasses and asked him to try them on. He asked him: Is your vision better or the same with the glasses?

“No difference,” Hernandez said in Spanish. After a few moments, Paul said he wanted the brothers to visit a nearby clinic for a thorough exam. Then he asked them to pose for a picture.

“Smile!” someone shouted. The brothers stared ahead, seemingly unable to comprehend the political implications of their photo.

Announced a few months ago, Paul’s trip to Guatemala came at a time when other Republicans considering presidential campaigns, includingRep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), are talking more openly about a “compassion agenda,” finding ways to help the poor and less fortunate. Here, before the cameras in Salama, Paul was on that terrain — but a world away from the rest of a GOP presidential field dominated by career politicians. . .

 
Exit question: Will he continue these medical missions if elected president? I bet he does. - Greg Pollowitz

ISIS Attempted to Ransom Foley Before Killing Him

Via the New York Times:

Kneeling in the dirt in a desert somewhere in the Middle East, James Foley lost his life this week at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Before pulling out the knife used to decapitate him, his masked executioner explained that he was killing the 40-year-old American journalist in retaliation for the recent United States’ airstrikes against the terrorist group in Iraq.

In fact, until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him. The United States — unlike several European countries that have funneled millions to the terror group to spare the lives of their citizens — refused to pay.

The issue of how to deal with ISIS, which like many terror groups now routinely trades captives for large cash payments, is acute for the Obama administration because Mr. Foley was not the lone American in its custody. ISIS is threatening to kill at least three others it holds if its demands remain unmet, The New York Times has confirmed through interviews with recently released prisoners, family members of the victims and mediators attempting to win their freedom.

Sensitive to growing criticism that it had not done enough, the White House on Wednesday revealed that a United States Special Operations team tried and failed to rescue Mr. Foley — a New Hampshire native who disappeared in Syria on Nov. 22, 2012 — as well as the other American hostages during a secret mission this summer. Mr. Obama said the United States would not retreat until it had eliminated the “cancer” of ISIS from the Middle East. . .

Foley was working for the "Global Post." Why didn't they pay his ransom? 

- Greg Pollowitz

Obama Sends Fundraising Email for Contest to Meet Him in NYC on Labor Day

Via DNC:
You are receiving this message as an Obama for America supporter. 
The Democratic National Committee is solely responsible for the content of this message.

Greg, every time I get a chance to spend some time with a supporter like you, it’s a powerful reminder that we’re all standing together, fighting for a set of values we all share. And it’s also a lot of fun.

This Labor Day weekend, I’ll be in New York for a BBQ and I would like to meet you there. When you donate $10 or whatever you can, you’ll be automatically entered for a flight out to join me.
 

If you’ve saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.
 
[. . .]
 
Your hotel will be covered too, so don’t let that spoil your Labor Day plans.

I can’t wait to thank you in person for everything you’ve done to help Democrats and me out during these past few years.

Enter today:
 
[. . .]
 
Thanks, and I hope to see you there,

Barack Obama
 
So the president is ending his vacation with a fundraiser in NYC. Or does he count the fundraiser as a work day? So confusing. (Update 9:39. Fundraising links removed) - Greg Pollowitz

Rick Perry to Surrender Today to Complete Booking Process

Via KXAN:

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An attorney for Rick Perry says the indicted Texas governor will be at the Travis County Justice Complex Tuesday afternoon.

David Botsford told the media gathered at the courthouse that Perry would be in around 5 p.m. The governor will go through the booking process and have his mug shot taken at that point, his lead attorney Tony Buzbee told CNN.

“This is a complete waste of time and money, but he will do everything everyone else would have to do (in this situation,)” Buzbee told CNN. . .

Here we go. . . - Greg Pollowitz

3 Relatives of Pope Francis Killed in Car Accident Including 8-Month-Old and 2-Year-Old Grand Nephews

Via Time Magazine:

The pope’s 8-month-old and 2-year-old grand-nephews were killed in Argentina accident

Three members of Pope Francis’ family were killed in a car accident in Argentina Tuesday, CNN reports, including his 8-month-old and 2-year-old grand-nephews and their mother.

A Cordoba police spokesperson told news outlets that the pope’s nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, crashed into a truck on the highway at 12:30 a.m. Bergoglio is currently in the hospital under serious condition. . .

When the Pope needs our prayers. -

No Arrest Warrant Issued for Governor Perry

Via AP:

A judge isn’t issuing an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, and the Republican is planning to continue galloping around the country gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run — despite being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power back home.

Perry on Friday became the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, and is facing charges that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison for carrying out a threat to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit last summer.

Perry has emphatically denied all wrongdoing. His attorneys scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference in Austin to discuss their next moves. . .

Exit question: Yet? - Greg Pollowitz

Video: Retired General Honore on The National Guard’s Mission in Ferguson

Via YouTube:

Good stuff from the General. - Greg Pollowitz

Report: Autopsy Finds Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System

Via Washington Post:

Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner.

While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front.

In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. . .

Later on in the piece, the Washington Post reported that Dr. Baden said he had "great respect" for the county medical examiner who performed the initial autopsy. I don't think Baden is doing too much to help the Brown family's case. - Greg Pollowitz

Ban Ki-moon Issues Statement on Michael Brown Shooting

Via KHBS/KHOG:

The United Nations secretary-general issued a statement about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday, saying that he “hopes local and federal investigations will shed full light on the killing” of teenager Michael Brown. Ban Ki-moon called on authorities to ensure that people are able to assemble peacefully and urged law enforcement to abide by U.S. and “international standards in dealing with demonstrations.”

International standards? Maybe we should kick countries out of the UN that don't meet said standard. - Greg Pollowitz

Hamburger Review: Shake Shack Beats In-N-Out, Five Guys

Via Serious Eats:

Anyone who moves around in burgercentric circles knows of the battle that’s been brewing for the last few years between the three major heavyweights of the high-quality fast-food burger* world. Of the three, In-N-Out Burger, founded in Baldwin Park, California, in 1948 has the longest history and certainly the most cult-like and devout following. On the other hand, Virginia’s Five Guys—which has been around since 1986—has seen crazy expansion in the last few years, now boasting over 750 locations on both coast and a rabid following that is fast catching up on In-N-Out’s heels. The underdog in the fight is New York’s Shake Shack. Only seven years old, it’s still a baby in the field, but if we’re to believe the news, they’re poised to expand, and in a big way (they just opened their latest location in Washington, D.C. yesterday).

But who really makes the best burger? It’s a question that’s debated far and wide on the internet and beyond, so we here at A Hamburger Today decided to take it upon ourselves to find the answer and declare an official King of the High Quality Fast Food Burger. . .

Oh, please. Every time I've gone to Shake Shack, there's a huge line. Who in their right mind would wait in line for a cheeseburger? I vote for In-N-Out, but Five Guys is a strong second. - Greg Pollowitz

Report: Kurds Recapture Mosul Dam

Via Reuters:

Iraqi Kurdish forces said they had recaptured the country’s biggest dam from Islamic State militants on Monday, although an employee at the site said jihadist fighters still controlled key points on the vulnerable structure.

Hoshiyar Zebari – a Kurd who has been foreign minister in the outgoing Iraqi government – also said officials from his community would join talks on forming a new, inclusive administration considered vital for combating the Sunni Muslim militants who have overrun much of the country.

The Islamists’ seizure of the Mosul hydroelectric dam in northern Iraq marked a stunning setback for Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led authorities and raised fears the militants could cut power and water supplies, or even blow the shaky structure, causing huge loss of life and damage down the Tigris river valley. . .

This is good news for Iraq, the United States, and the president -- if true. - Greg Pollowitz

De Blasio’s NYC: 14 Wounded, 2 Killed in Weekend Gun Violence

Via the New York Times:

The shootings followed a familiar pattern, erupting at outdoor gatherings and corner hangouts, in pockets of New York City long plagued by weekend violence that the Police Department has struggled to control.

Six of the victims were in northern Manhattan, including two young men who were killed in front of a deli just before 3 a.m. Sunday, shot by a gunman who fired several times before speeding off in a waiting car. Earlier in a crowded East Harlem park, a 17-year-old and two 18-year-old men were wounded as bullets flew.

And at a Bronx apartment building on Sedgwick Avenue, uniformed police officers shot a man who they said was beating and stabbing his girlfriend with an eight-inch knife; both were expected to survive. . .

It's almost as if people predicted the ending of stop-question-and-frisk would lead to an increase in gun violence. - Greg Pollowitz

Report: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Orders National Guard to Ferguson

Via Reuters:

Missouri’s governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying the U.S. state militia, saying demonstrators had thrown Molotov cocktails and shot at police as well as a civilian, a description of the night’s events diverging widely from some eyewitness accounts.

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Nixon said in a statement on his website. . . 

So the protesters will respond better to the military than the militarized police? - Greg Pollowitz

One Shot, Seven Arrested Overnight in Ferguson

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

One person was critically injured in a shooting and seven people were arrested early today after a curfew went into effect here.

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said in a briefing just before 3 a.m. that police began using smoke bombs early this morning after learning that men were on the roof of Red’s BBQ. Police were going to walk West Florissant Avenue in teams, but that plan changed with the report of men on the roof.

Authorities then heard that there was a shooting victim near Red’s, a police car was shot at, and a man stood in the street with a handgun.

Tear gas and smoke bombs were used to disperse a group of defiant protesters. By the time officers moved protesters from the scene, the shooting victim had been taken by private vehicle to a hospital, Johnson said. He did not know whether the victim was a protester. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

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