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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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Piers Morgan (pictured) was interviewed by Metropolitan Police on 6 December last year.
Morgan is the CNN host with the least viewers of anyone else on the network.
Mr. Morgan has not been named by Scotland Yard but was questioned as part of an investigation into alleged hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers.
Who knew the haughty Brit could have been a hacker as well as a hack?
Morgan was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 until 2004, when he was fired after the newspaper admitted that photographs it had published purportedly showing British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
The answer to the question posed by the title of this posting is almost no one.
We cheered a week ago, when Mr. Obama used the National Prayer Breakfast to call for release of two Americans.
The first is Kenneth Bae, a prisoner of North Korea. The other is Saeed Abedini, a prisoner of Iran.
Each has been sentenced to long prison terms for “crimes” that only a criminal regime would deem criminal: Bae for ministering to Christians and Abedini for work on behalf of house churches.
Alas, the week since Obama’s call confirms a depressing fact about America’s diminished standing in the world these days.
The photo above, taken in Iran, could be a good representation of President Obama’s standing in the world today.
It’s a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt. When a Moroccan bandit named Raisuli kidnapped an American named Ion Perdicaris, Teddy sent a telegram to the sultan: Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead. Even though Perdicaris’ US citizenship was doubtful, the principle was served.
The world would be a safer place if, instead of feeling free to taunt President Obama, Iran and North Korea had to fear the consequences of defying him.
Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs.
It’s a move straight from the playbook of the Big Tobacco takedown of the 1990s, which ended in a $246 billion settlement with 46 states, a ban on cigarette marketing to young people and the Food and Drug Administration stepping in to regulate.
If the same thing happens to the food industry as what happened to the tobacco industry in the 1990‘s consumers are in trouble.
The Tobacco industry didn’t pay those huge settlements (fines) to the states out of their profits. Instead they raised the selling price of their product.
In the 1980‘s, before the Tobacco industry was forced to pay huge amounts to states, cigarettes cost about $1 per pack. Now the cost of cigarettes is somewhere between $5 and $7 per pack.
Most smokers paid the higher price because they couldn’t break the tobacco habit.
If the plot to make the food industry pay for obesity is successful, we will be forced to pay much more for our food because we won’t be able to break our eating habit.