In today’s Buzz we  look at President Obama, last night’s civil GOP debate and supporters of the gentlemen who sucker punched a protester earlier this week at a Trump rally.

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What I’m Listening to –  Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros

What I’m Reading – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephan King

What I’m Watching – 11/22/63

What I’m Doing – Typing my last morning buzz in Hoffman Estates

What I Want to Know from You – Have you ever had a Dos Equis?



The Obama Doctrine Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D.C. The subject of Kerry’s uncharacteristically Churchillian remarks, delivered in the Treaty Room at the State Department, was the gassing of civilians by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

In Republican Debate, Candidates Lower Volume as 5 Key Primaries Near After 11 adversarial debates, the two chief antagonists to Donald J. Trump on Thursday night largely abandoned their strategy of brutally attacking him, choosing instead to use their final face-off before next week’s round of big Republican primaries to project gravitas and champion conservative positions on trade, jobs and Israel.

Trump followers defend the sucker punch: ‘Just a little poke on the beak’ Among honorable humans, the sucker punch is not highly regarded. The attacker, it seems, is taking advantage of the victim’s defenselessness, distractedness or lack of awareness — if there is such a thing as a fair fight, the sucker punch is not part of it. Merriam-Webster: “to hit (a person) suddenly and usually without any obvious reason”; “to punch (a person) suddenly without warning and often without apparent provocation.” In the Urban Dictionary, the sucker punch is “easily confused with a … ‘bitch move.’” Boxers have been suspended and charged with assault for sucker punches; cities have been terrified by gangs of teenagers reportedly deploying it.

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Why Does America Hate Roundabouts? Intersections in America are boring: Grind to a halt, go left, right, or straight. Why can’t we be more like countries that forgo 90-degree angles for welcoming roundabouts, where drivers can ease into their exits or just circle repeatedly in automotive bliss?

6 Ideas to Help Government Realize Open Data’s Transformative Power Most open data portals don’t look like labors of love. They look like abandoned last-minute science fair projects, pie charts sagging because someone didn’t use enough glue stick. The current open data movement is more than a decade old, but some are still asking why they should even bother.

Ted Cruz Might Still Be Able To Stop Donald Trump The good news for the Republican “establishment” is that there’s a man who might be able to stop Donald Trump. The bad news is that it’s Ted Cruz, someone they may dislike almost as much.

Iran fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out‘ Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles Wednesday emblazoned with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew, Iranian media reported, in a show of power by the Shiite nation as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visited Jerusalem.

Gingrich: Obama ‘sending his contempt’ for Reagan with funeral no-show Newt Gingrich on Thursday ripped into President Barack Obama’s decision to skip the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan as “sending his contempt” and “hostility” toward the presidency and ideology of Ronald Reagan.

Obama to address annual technology festival in Texas President Barack Obama will aim to encourage civic engagement and use of technology to solve problems, like helping poor families get diapers for their children, when he appears at an annual tech festival in Austin, Texas. Obama’s appearance Friday at South by Southwest Interactive will be the first by a sitting U.S. president.

Broken government promises leave four tribes waiting for better housing Decades ago, the federal government wiped out thriving Native American settlements along the Columbia River to make way for three dams. The villages were later replaced with 31 designated encampments.

Warm spell has Michigan fruit growers worried, recalling 2012 disaster It’s the talk on Facebook pages, in rural restaurants and out in the orchards this week. Will this balmy late-winter weather spell disaster for Southwest Michigan fruit? Could this year end up as bad as the 2012 season?

Court to judge: Stop jailing poor people over fees Eastpointe’s only judge has been ordered to stop jailing poor defendants simply for failing to pay court fines and fees — a practice the American Civil Liberties Union called a good first step toward ending a practice said to be common across the state


Local Government Confidential

City Council grounds O’Hare runway proposal Over the objections of angry residents a controversial plan to save two diagonal runways targeted for demolition at O’Hare airport was grounded by a city council committee today. Experts say they have a fatal design flaw and the city says using them to distribute the burden of jet noise wouldn’t work.

Moody’s places 4 additional Texas local government ratings under review for downgrade Moody’s Investors Service, (“Moody’s”) has placed the ratings of 4 Texas local governments under review for possible downgrade, affecting approximately $163 million of debt outstanding.