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Russia Forbids Moldova Meat Imports
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 11:59 PM

Russia is refusing to receive Moldova meat imports.

According to Xinhua News, "Russia's decision to ban the import of meat and meat products from Moldova is unfounded, said Wednesday Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Vasile Bumacov. The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselhoznadzor) decided to ban the import of meat and meat products from Moldova into Russia starting from Oct. 27."

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50K Minimum Wage Job Cuts 'Worth It,' Says Charlie Crist
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 10:20 PM

Charlie Crist, a Democrat, is campaigning for Florida Governor by saying it's "worth it" that over 50,000 minimum wage workers in Florida will lose their jobs.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Last night CNN’s Jake Tapper moderated a debate between Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott and former Republican Governor and current Democratic nominee Charlie Crist."

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Police Officer Unions Endorse Scott Walker for Governor
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 09:59 PM

Law enforcement labor unions statewide have endorsed Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Republican, re-election bid.

According to the Daily Caller, "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign announced several state law enforcement unions have endorsed his reelection, despite the overwhelming opposition of most labor unions."

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Saudi Royal Family Funding ISIS Terror
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 09:23 PM

Alwaleed bin Talal, the nephew of the Saudi Arabian King, disclosed that the Saudi Royal Family has a long history of funding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists.

Press TV reports that, "The Saudi business tycoon, who is a member of the Saudi royal family, told CNN on Monday that “some extremists in Saudi Arabia” provided financial support for the terrorists."

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Beijing Diary: Expat Life in China Checklist
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 03:17 AM

BEIJING: Well folks, it's been over five years since I arrived in China on October 22, 2010. Just like most expats, I came with the intent to change China, but discovered that China changed me instead.

This happens to all expats who come and stay in this country for many years. Nevertheless, there are those expats who refuse to believe that China has changed them. So, I've composed a checklist for expats in China; and if you can say, "I agree," to at least 7 out of the 10 Chinese cultural statements, then China has changed you.

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Mountain Lions Run on Treadmills for Tax Subsidies
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 01:54 AM

Mountain lions can earn six-figures salaries from the federal government just for running on treadmills.

According to Fox News, "These and other examples of wasteful government spending were detailed by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn in his annual “Wastebook,” his final edition since he is retiring early next year."

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S Korea Demolishes Christian Symbol at Border Town
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 01:04 AM

The South Korean government of Seoul ordered a demolition crew to take down a huge cross standing near the North Korean border.

The Guardian reports that, "South Korea has pulled down a 43-year-old illuminated Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as a symbol of propaganda warfare, with officials saying the structure was unsafe."

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Dish Network Cancels CNN Programming
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 09:04 PM

The Dish Network is saying, "no mas" to CNN and CNN en Espanol.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement."

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Kay Hagan Bails on Senate Debate in North Carolina
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 08:39 PM

Sen. Kay Hagan (D.-N.C.) believes that she should campaign for re-election without debating her GOP challenger, Thom Tillis.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Thom Tillis got the stage alone Tuesday night in North Carolina's tight U.S. Senate race, the only candidate on a statewide television program in which he discussed views on abortion, global climate change and differences with absent Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan."

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Drunk Russian Snowplow Driver Causes Deadly Plane Crash
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 01:38 AM

A drunken Russian snowplow driver at a Moscow airport caused a plane to crash that killed French oil giant Total CEO Christophe de Margerie.

Russia Today reports that, "It was determined in the course of the investigation into the Moscow plane crash that killed the CEO of French oil giant Total that the driver of the snowplow which likely caused the crash was drunk. “It has been determined that the driver of the snowplow was under the influence of alcohol,” head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told the reporters on Tuesday."

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