A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

Both sides of the aisle, in public, must respect the Office of the President and the person who holds that position. Whether or not they agree with the person in that position should be a separate statement.

The Fifth Column


America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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My Dream Series: The Beginning

Stories of my dreams

I love going to sleep, at night or any other time of the day. It leads to dreams. Continuing from the night before, reality, science fiction, nothing I know, people I know or have never seen in my life, but a great story all the same. Always in living color, bright and clear with a beginning, middle and end. I enjoy them no matter how frightening, funny, fictitious, painful, participatory or voyeuristic. Often, I wonder if I could be heard laughing or crying, could be seen with a smile on my face or have tears rolling from fear or fun. What would my dogs think?

I entertain my friend and family with the stories that come from my sleeping brain. The slightest detail is not missed.

“The eggs that came out of the chicken were the brightest teal with the north and south the pink of Pepto and a band of American flag blue at its circumference.” That paints a picture! The egg was no Easter egg, at least, to me, it wasn’t.

“My brother was there, too. At least I could see him in the corner of my eye, but then as I turned my head to see him, he was gone!” I couldn’t tell if he was really there to begin with or I was just imagining his presence.

Then, I have all the standard dreams that psychologists have analyzed for years. I think I have them all because I enjoy hearing about other’s dreams. Yes, people have been chasing me, I’m falling and I don’t reach the bottom (some psychologists say you die if you hit the bottom, but I know no one who has come back to confirm that story), walked around nude or partially naked and all the other dream and nightmare stories one can imagine.

I fall asleep easily. I go to physical therapy where I have myofascial release
Done for my back. During each of the stretches that are performed on me by my therapist, I fall asleep and usually dream, even if its for two or three minutes. My gynecologist and dentist say I’m the only patient they have to awaken while awaiting their arrival in the exam room. My dentist could have music blaring and people talking around me, but it makes no difference. Why not close my eyes if I have noting else to think about and I’m relaxed? Whoever gets relaxed before the dentist and gynecologist appointment? Me.

No, I rarely fall asleep right after dinner like a lot of people I know. My father, may he rest in peace, and my older sister are pros of the dinner, den, then sleep effect. If I cook the meal all day or if it’s that delicious Thanksgiving turkey, well, that’s another story. On my Facebook page, you’ll see a shot of my brother and I fast asleep while sitting on my Mother’s couch post-Thanksgiving feast taken by out baby sister. I love it! It embarrasses my brother.

In this volume, you’ll participate in my slumber’s entertainment, the “good,” the “bad,” and far fetched.

I Love Jazz

I love Jazz, yes I do.  I’m still mourning the demise of WDUQ and I go to school at Duquesne University.  I’ve gotten to know a lot of jazz performers in town because my son, (Charles) Alex Byers, went to school at CAPA and Duquesne for Guitar.  He played Jazz for 8 years.  Now that he’s out of school, he doesn’t want to play jazz because he had to play it for 8 years, but he’s still fantastic at whatever he plays.  The head of the guitar program at Duquesne, in the middle of graduation, stopped the proceedings, looked at my son and said – wait a minute, if you ever want to hire a guitarist, hire him.  He can play any piece of music you put in front of him, any genre and he plays it well, very well.  He’s just a great guitarist, so hire him.  My son’s face turned red and he walked off the stage.  He’s a confused 22 year old, but it’s better to be confused at 22, working to figure out what you really want to be when you grow up, than doing it when you’re 60.  

Well, getting back to my love of jazz.  I get an e-mail from “Jazz Near You” every so often.  I’m posting here their list of upcoming concerts.  I would like more work and I have homework to do, but there’s nothing like live music, and to me live jazz.  So, here’s a list of concerts from the e-mail I received today:

<!– Jazz Near You Calendar Widget Starts Here –> <script language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.jazznearyou.com/lc_geo.php?subd=pittsburgh&cols=1&rows=50&theme=1″></script&gt; <!– Jazz Near You Calendar Widget Ends Here –>

I think this is how it works.  If it doesn’t work once this blog is published, I’ll come back and  fix it.  

Do you miss WDUQ?  I used to work at the original WESA as a news reporter way back in 1980 when the station was in Charleroi, the owner was a drunk and we edited audio tape with scotch tape and scissors!  The new WESA has the second channel of jazz, programed by my friend and former radio co-worker, Bob Studebaker.  It must be pretty good.  I trust Bob. But I can’t pick it up.  Does anyone know of a good on-line music station that plays jazz?  I have a few on my Fios television that aren’t too bad.  I miss hearing the local people, especially the young ones, many of whom I know because they went to school with my son at CAPA.

Well, tell me if you miss WDUQ and what you miss about it.  We can share notes.  I’ll share a tear or two, but you won’t see it.

Take care,


Things I’m happy about! (not necessarily in this order)

1- I was unanimously elected to a three year position on the Community Advisory Board of WQED Multimedia, a wonderful place where I worked full-time for 7 years and freelances with for 7 years. It’s still my home away from home even with all the changes over the year. It wouldn’t be a good TV station with out progress! Want a tour?

2- I took my son, Alex Byers, with me to see The Who. I loved hearing all of Quadrophenia and so many of my favorite hits. Roger Daltry still has those golden pipes, still blows a mean harmonica and strums a great guitar. Pete Townshend rips a guitar as intense and still his pipes, too. Videos in the background showed the history relating to the music including tributes to John Entwistle and Keith Moon with whom the band played along. Playing along with pre-recorded video / audio without missing a beat is very difficult!. It was a great concert! Alex wanted to hear Eminence Front, but they didn’t play it, so I danced my way out of the Consol singing it all the way. My son smiled. He knows how crazy his mom can be.

3- I like remembering to bill my clients so I can get paid for my work.

4- I LOVE talking with my media people

5- I LOVE news and the definition there of

6- I love Pearlie Mae and Ella Doe especially if we’re out and Ella is wearing her muzzle.

7- I Love my clients! I’m having the time of my life with all of them!

8- I can’t wait to see my article in the Allegheny County Medical Society’s November 2012 issue of Bulletin. I think it’s made its way to the doctor’s offices, but not to me. Whatever happens, I’ll get a copy soon and it will be on line a month later. I’ll post I find it in the correct form.

9- SLEEP! Who after a certain age doesn’t need or want more?

…more later.

Tired! It’s a Communication, too!

When you’re tired, you’re body’s telling you something.

Am I just tired/
Am I sick?
Do I have a disease or a parasite?

Check with your doctor, but there could be a lot to check before you know.

Hey, and with Obamacare, there will be more need for doctors, because with more people with health insurance, there will be no need for hospital emergencies for a just sniffle in the middle of the day. Open those medical school enrollments so these new people with health insurance cards will have doctors to treat them! I know. I had no health insurance and I am still paying the cost of a broken hand. Not pretty.

Now, I’m tired. NOW it’s bedtime!

How to get from Philly to Santa Barbara During the Pain of both Hurricane Sandy & Orbitz

In August of 2012, I purchased a airline ticket for departure date of October 25 to Philadelphia , Pa, then to Miami, Fla. then back to my home in Santa Barbara Ca. I also purchased insurance for a extra $39in case I needed to make a change I wanted to be safe.
Let me start at the end, NEVER buy a ticket from Orbitz online. They are a rip off organization that will take your money and not provide the service you purchased. As the “Inventor of the MP3 Player” as well as many other consumer products and customer service departments –in my 30 years of being a industrialist, I have never seen a company operate more fraudulently and sleazy than the online travel site Orbitz.com.
I tried to make a change in my flight after paying for the insurance they sold me at a extra price. I spent seven days, 15 hours and 4 1/2 hours on hold still not getting results. After twenty hours, 8 hours on hold they still could not change my flight. I finally reached a agent, I explained my change and she said she could do it but I would again have to be on hold. At this point I had my cousin help on the phone due to my total exhaustion and frustration with Orbitz, I thought I might have to stay here forever! The Agent put my cousin Twink on hold for more than another 2 hours. TWINK, who is a famous actress starring in movies like “Look Who’s Talking,” “Clueless” and “Knight at the Roxberry,” and she is an extremely patient person. After the more than Two hour on hold, Twink was now getting frustrated and angry. The agent finally came back on the line and said we would have to go back on hold for a indefinite time. TWINK explained we were in town for a wedding and needed to make a small change. She said she could not honor the insurance they sold me and I would have to pay a exchange fee. I said fine let me give you my credit card and make the change. The agent said it will take her some time for her to find out how much to charge me. She put me on hold again and after another 1 1/2 hours, we finally hung up. I went to the front desk and explained to the desk clerk what happened. He said “Orbitz is the worst, many of our guests have had the same problem. I can’t even begin to tell you how many complaints we get every week regarding Orbitz.com.”
I am writing this editorial because this is the only way I know to expose fraudulent companies.
Maybe this company should be sent back to Russia or whatever foreign country it came from!

Nathan Schulhof
” The Inventor of The MP3 Player”

My Review of Cymbalta (Duloxetine HCl)

Originally submitted at Canada Pharmacy

CYMBALTA is a prescription serotoninnorepinephrine reuptake inhibitor SNRI medication effectively used for the treatment of major depressive disorder MDD and generalized anxiety disorder GAD mental depression It is also used for pain caused by nerve damage associated with diabetes diabetic peripher…

It never arrived and I NEED IT!!!!!!!

By squiz from Pittsburgh PA on 11/10/2012


5out of 5

Pros: No Side Effects

Cons: No cons

Best Uses: Daily Use

Describe Yourself: Average Health

I use it for migraine pain and mood. I’m now very ill without it. It was to have been shopped about a month ago. This medication WORKS!!!!!