LBN- Special Report- Monday

*Obama: Kaepernick Has ‘Constitutional Right’ Not to Stand:

Speaking from the G20 summit, President Obama said he believes 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “exercising his constitutional right” not to stand during the National Anthem at NFL games. Kaepernick has drawn both ire and admiration for his display days ago in San Diego. Kaepernick has said he’ll continue to sit or kneel during the song until “significant change” is made in the fight against racial inequality.

*North Korea Fires 3 Ballistic Missiles:
North Korea on Monday fired three ballistic missiles off of its east coast just after noon local time. South Korean officials confirmed the event, as the international G20 summit was being held in China. South Korean President Park Geun-hyeand Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the summit to discuss the situation shortly after learning of the missile launch. The medium-range missiles flew about 600 miles and hit the sea in Japan’s air defense zone. “We are still analyzing details, but this is a grave threat to our nation’s security, and we express deep concern,” the Japan Defense Ministry said in a statement.

*U.S.-Russia Talks on Syria Cease-Fire Stall at G-20:
The Obama administration’s latest effort to broker a cease-fire in Syria fell short on Monday, after a 90-minute meeting between President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting failed to resolve snags between the United States and Russia. “Given the gaps of trust that exist, that’s a tough negotiation, and we’ve haven’t yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work,” Mr. Obama declared at a news conference.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: Those who consider themselves as “very right wing” are more likely to have a satisfactory sex life, according to a new European survey by YouGov that interviewed over 19,000 people. Just 66% of “left wing” Brits claimed to have a satisfactory sex life. This was significantly less than the 73% of Brits who considered themselves both “very right wing” and sexually satisfied, and the 70% who considered themselves “right wing” and satisfied. In Germany, 77% of those who considered themselves very right wing also claimed to be satisfied in bed, while 71% of very left wing people claimed to have the same sexual satisfaction.


*Philippine President Duterte Calls Obama ‘Son of a B*tch’:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned President Obama not to question the mass deaths surrounding the country’s drug war, or “son of a bitch I will swear at you.” The two were to meet in Laos during the regional summit, but Obama has reconsidered the meeting. Duterte told reporters that he only needs to answer to his own citizens on the more than 2,000 “suspects” who were killed without trial in Duterte’s effort to weed out drug dealers in his country. Duterte said, “I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. [Son of a bitch] I will swear at you in that forum.” After news broke of Duterte’s colorful intentions for the prepared meeting, Obama told the press that he’s asked his staff to evaluate whether meeting with the leader would at all be “productive.”

*WHO READS LBN? Producer and director Harry Thomason:

*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***After he is out of the White House, President Obama has said that he wants to become a venture capitalist, own part of an N.B.A. franchise and avoid taking off his shoes during security screenings at commercial airports. All of those goals, serious or not, might soon be achievable if Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, sign post-presidency book contracts for what literary agents and major publishers say could amount to $20 million to $45 million — more than enough to pay the estimated $22,000 monthly rent for the nine-bedroom home they will occupy in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington and foot the bill for flights on private jets. (Mr. Obama has said he would like to avoid commercial flights once he surrenders Air Force One.) “His is going to be easily the most valuable presidential memoir ever,” said Raphael Sagalyn of the ICM/Sagalyn Literary Agency, who predicted that Mr. Obama could earn as much as $30 million with a two- or three-book contract. “And I think Michelle Obama has the opportunity to sell the most valuable first lady memoir in history.”

*LBN-SEE IT: A portrait taken of a woman while she was mid-sneeze (1900).

*A George Carlin Special Too Raw After Sept. 11 Resurfaces Now:
On Sept. 10, 2001, George Carlin, the greatest political comic in history if measured only by stand-up specials, recorded abracing hour of social commentary for his new HBO special. The next day, he shelved it. It wasn’t only the title, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” that seemed in bad taste after nearly 3,000 people were killed a day later in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Carlin also told a joke about a fart so potent it blew up an airplane. “You know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Carlin joked. “The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.” If timing is everything, Mr. Carlin had nothing. Fifteen years later, his lost special is finally being released. (It is on Sirius XM, though it will be for sale as a download or on CD or vinyl on Sept. 16, at Amazon and iTunes, among other outlets.) It will be a revelation for comedy fans nostalgic for the days when you could expect a series of articulate salvos from Mr. Carlin about every two years. This special is not bonus track material. It’s a polished hour of new jokes with a virtuosic centerpiece, an intricate and elusive nearly 10-minute story that inspired its title, firmly in the tradition of Mr. Carlin’s comedy but also a fascinating departure.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Following her standoff with executives over Michael Strahan’s exit from ABC’s “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Kelly Ripa has been named an executive producer on the show. Ripa was made EP alongside Michael Gelman a few months ago in response to the drama over Strahan’s exit.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Problems With Your Computer? —– Award-Winning Computer Consultant:

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: The Pain Of Growing Up In An Alcoholic Home —– A Revealing Interview With A Prominent Catholic Priest – The TV Show “Without Notes” ——


  1. The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined.
  2. If the names of the Civil War dead were organized similar to the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall, the Civil War memorial would be over 10 times longer.
  3. During the Civil War, 2% of the U.S. population died. This is equivalent to 6 million men today. While rifles were the deadliest weapons during the war, disease killed more men. Camps became breeding grounds for measles, chicken pox, and mumps. One million Union solders contracted malaria.
  4. One of every 65 Federals and 1 of every 45 Confederates were killed in action.
The Civil War is also known as “The Boy’s War”
  1. The youngest soldier in the Civil War was a 9-year-old boy from Mississippi. The oldest was an 80-year-old from Iowa. More than 10,000 soldiers serving in the Union Army were under 18 years old.
  2. A Civil War soldier’s chance of surviving the war was about 1 in 4.
  3. More Americans died at the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 than at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944.
  4. Both the war’s bloodiest day (Antietam) and its bloodiest battle (Gettysburg) occurred in Union states. More than 5,000 soldiers died at Antietam, making September 17, 1862, the single bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
  5. Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought in North America. It’s victor, General Meade, was born in Spain.
  6. The most common operation performed on soldiers during the Civil War was amputation. The best surgeon could have a limb severed and discarded within five minutes. Civil War doctors were nicknamed “sawbones.” There were 60,000 partial or complete amputations during the war.

*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” —–


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