Chad’s Morning Brief- Councilman Todd Klein Wants Talk About Reckless Driving, The Path Towards War in Syria Continues, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of September 4, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
1. Klein Wants to Improve Traffic Safety
Councilman Todd Klein is wanting to put together a work session to discuss the issue of reckless driving in Lubbock and what can be done to stop it. Councilman Klein took to Facebook yesterday for the announcement.
City Council Update: I am requesting a Work Session on what measures, any and all, can be taken to improve traffic safety for the next available regularly scheduled council meeting.
I have heard from numerous residents and private citizens throughout the city that have urged that more measures be taken to reduce reckless driving; whether that be from texting while driving or extremely loud car speakers or aggressive driving, and I believe more can be done to address this critical issue.
All of the things listed by Klein could be handled by enforcing the laws we currently have on the books. I guess that wouldn't sound as good though during campaign season.
2. Syria (link)
Good news! The US isn't going to war in Syria! At least that's what Sec. of State John Kerry says. and even though we would be bombing them.
Secretary of State John Kerry made a forceful case for military action in Syria during congressional testimony on Tuesday, arguing that doing nothing would open a "Pandora's box" of "dangerous consequences" for the United States.
His testimony, along with that of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, came as the administration earned high-level backing on Capitol Hill for its call to use military force. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders endorsed a military strike to punish the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.
But despite the apparent momentum, Kerry and the rest of the panel continued to face skeptical lawmakers who worried whether a "limited" strike would have limited impact, and whether it could nevertheless draw the U.S. deeper into the conflict.
"There are troubling questions that need to be answered," Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said.
In a related development, a draft Senate resolution authorizing Obama to use military force against Syria, made public Tuesday night, would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.
The measure, which the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday, would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president could extend that for 30 days more unless Congress has a vote of disapproval.
Kerry spent much of the hearing walking back a remark that seemed to leave the door open to American ground troops going into Syria.
Kerry initially stirred confusion by saying he'd prefer not to include a prohibition on American troops going into Syria. He said that "in the event Syria imploded" or there was a threat of chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands, the U.S. and its allies would want to prevent that. "I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the president of the United States to secure our country," he said.
Kerry later clarified that there "will not be American boots on the ground with respect to the civil war."
He again clarified, toward the end of the hearing, that he doesn't want anyone to "misinterpret" his remarks, and that the resolution considered by Congress "should not have any allowance for any troops on the ground."
Kerry got into a heated exchange with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who told Kerry that he hasn't talked to anybody who supports the call for military action. "Nobody's calling [my office] in favor of this war," he said.
"We don't believe we are going to war in the classic sense," Kerry said. "The president is not asking you to go to war."
Kerry argued that inaction in this case, though, would leave U.S. allies questioning the worth of America's word and U.S. enemies itching to test America's resolve. Kerry claimed the evidence is clear the Assad regime used chemical weapons and said America cannot "be spectators to slaughter."
"This is not the time for armchair isolationism," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
As you can imagine, we will be talking about this on the show today.
3. Bakery Closes (link)
Should a business have the right to refuse service? When it comes to gay marriage, the answer is obviously no.
A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists.
Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Ore. retail store would be shut down after months of harassment from pro-gay marriage forces.
“Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways,” read a posting from Proverbs on the bakery’s Facebook page.
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