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Today's Top Stories - August 23, 2016  

Beware The Bell! U.S. stock index futures ticked higher on Tuesday,as investors prepared themselves for a further set of earnings on Wall Street, and looked ahead to a key speech by the Federal Reserve's Chair More

Europe: European stocks extended gains on Tuesday, buoyed by data which showed that the euro zone economy had yet to feel a negative impact from the 'Brexit' vote More

Asia: Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with the Japanese market ending lower as stocks came under pressure due to a weaker dollar buoying the yen More

Oil: Oil fell below $49 a barrel on Tuesday,giving up part of August's strong rally, as signs of rising supply outweighed hopes that producing nations will agree steps to support prices More

Gold: Gold edged higher on Tuesday as markets shifted focus from hawkish comments by a Federal Reserve official at the weekend to a meeting of global central bankers this week, awaiting further guidance on U.S. interest rates More

Why markets may be setting up for a Yellen surprise Markets are only half listening to the Fed, and that leaves room for a bigger reaction if Fed Chair Janet Yellen sounds as hawkish as the comments of some other Fed officials suggest she might More

Why Fed won’t hike interest rates until after the elections Statements by U.S. Federal Reserve officials about the timing of next policy moves are part of the holding pattern until presidential elections on November 8. No interest rate increases are likely before then, or immediately thereafter More

Apple said to have 3 new iPhones planned for 2017 An iPhone with a curved screen is among three new models Apple has set for 2017, a source told Nikkei Asian Review on Monday More

Martin Shkreli Weighs in on EpiPen Scandal, Calls Drug Makers 'Vultures' A growing chorus is calling on the Mylan pharmaceutical company to justify its price hikes on EpiPens, a potentially life-saving medication for children and others facing fatal allergies that has little real competition More


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IMG_0029In comments on a Virginian-Pilot column, Michael Barrett, CEO of Runnymede Corp. called member of the Beach General Assembly delegation members of the Taliban (Terrorists). He made the remark in slamming voters for the election of John Moss to the City Council.

He said: "Of course, that is what happens when the majority (of the voters) does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates.


Isn't it amazing that the Runnymede Corporation, a company owned by the Fine family of Virginia Beach would allow its CEO Barrett to continue making scurrilous remarks in reference to members of the Virginia Beach Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly.

Here are his remarks posted following the Kerry Dougherty article titled, "WELL, IT'S (TAX) SEASON, SO HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET," appearing in the February 8, 2012 issue of the Virginian-Pilot.

Mike Barrett was referencing the election of John Moss' successful election to the Virginia Beach City Council and is slamming the people who elected him by saying, "Of course, that is what happens when the majority does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates."


If Mr. Barrett keeps his job at Runnymede it is evidence the company is so ego-driven that it has no ethics. If Barrett remains on the board of Vision and the Chamber of Commerce, then shame on them for allowing him to remain so after making these outrageous remarks. Of course, if Mr. Barrett can provide proof that there are in fact members of the Taliban serving in the Virginia General Assembly, then we stand corrected.

It's well known that yellow-dog democrat Barrett is a shill for the Virginia Beach City Manager, and Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms. He delivers a constant barrage of snide, inflammatory remarks directed at every member of the Beach delegation, all of which are Republicans.

Oh, Barrett also represented the Virginia Beach on the corruptly managed Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) Board, the trash agency that inept management forced out of business.

Barrett has made it known that he is ill, suffering from cancer. One must have some pity on him, but not without still holding him accountable for his outrageous statements. Best advice: Stay on your meds, Mike, and give your venomous brain a break.

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