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President Obama addresses the Nation

In president Obama’s address last night, he made it clear that ISIS is an enemy and a coalition, lead by the United States, will begin military action to eradicate ISIS in Syria.

No timeline was given.

Other world leaders aren’t so supportive.

Britain said they had discussed Syria last year and had no intention of discussing it again. Let a couple of their citizens get their heads lopped off and I bet that position would change.

Obama said he was not going to send in ground troops, but he’s authorized some troops to help with training and intelligence tasks.

Now it’s a “wait and see” game.

The national threat level remains un-changed.

Department of Homeland Security gets a bad grade for pandemic readiness – CBS News

WASHINGTON – For nearly a decade the Homeland Security Department has stockpiled supplies, from respirators and surgical masks to hand sanitizer and antiviral medications, in case of a pandemic. But the agency stocked up without knowing exactly what it needed and now most of the gear and medicine on hand will be unusable after next year, according to an audit by the agency’s inspector general released Monday.

Inspector General John Roth found that Homeland Security has about 300,000 vials of antiviral medications Tamiflu and Relenza, but 81 percent of the medicine will expire next year. And of the more than 4,982 bottles of hand sanitizer inspected, about 84 percent were expired, in some cases by as long as four years.

via Department of Homeland Security gets a bad grade for pandemic readiness – CBS News.

President to address the Nation

president_official_portrait_hiresIt’s being reported that President Obama will address the Nation on Wednesday, September 10th.

The subject he’s planning to discuss is a mystery so far, but it’s rumored he’ll address two topics:

  • Going to war against ISIS in Syria
  • Setting up a governing body to tackle the Ebola problem

Of course this is just rumor.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens Wednesday.  One thing is for sure, he’ll be late.  That’s become a normal thing for him.

Rare, serious respiratory virus sickening kids across Midwest – CBS News

cdc-logoHundreds of young children suffering from a for a respiratory illness that has symptoms similar to a common cold have been filling up intensive care units in several Midwest cities.

As the school year gets underway, a CDC official said in an interview Sunday that the large number of seriously ill patients being reported now could be “just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases.”

via Rare, serious respiratory virus sickening kids across Midwest – CBS News.

“Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” on PBS Friday, August 29th

UPDATE:  If you missed the August 29th broadcast, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning will be re-broadcast on Monday, September 1st at 2:00 a.m. on OETA in Tulsa.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning is a film about the life, loves and work of photographer, Dorothea Lange, known for her famous image “The Migrant Mother”. The film, directed by her granddaughter, Dyanna Taylor, will air August 29 2014 on the PBS series American Masters.

Check your local listings for the broadcast time in your area.

Who is Dorthea Lange? Watch: Dorothea Lange – An American Odyssey