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  • Death of a Christian jazzman

    12/07/2012 5:14:55 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    Gene Veith ^ | 12/7/12 | GENE VEITH
    Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died at age 92. The man and his quartet showed sheer genius. My old guitar teacher once sat in with him and it was one of the highlights of his life. Brubeck was a Christian who composed a great deal of sacred music. From David A. Anderson: “I approached the composition as a prayer,” jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck said of his “To Hope! A Celebration,” a contemporary setting for the Roman Catholic Mass, “concentrating upon the phrases, trying to probe beneath the surface, hoping to translate into music the powerful words which have grown...
  • In U.S. First, Surgeons Implant Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

    12/07/2012 5:11:10 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | 12/5/2012
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson's disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.*snip*The surgery involves drilling holes into the skull to implant wires into the fornix on either side of the brain. The fornix is a brain pathway instrumental in bringing information to the hippocampus, the portion of the...
  • Arrest raises questions on Trotter’s job at security firm with city deal (IL)

    12/07/2012 4:58:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | NATASHA KORECKI AND CHRIS FUSCO
    The security company employing state Sen. Donne Trotter has been paid more than $350,000 as a subcontractor on a City of Chicago security deal and is represented by a politically powerful lobbying firm run by a onetime top aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley. When Trotter was arrested Wednesday at O’Hare Airport for allegedly having a weapon in his belongings, he told police he left the pistol in a bag after working at AllPoints Security. --------------------------cut------------------------ Several people who work with Trotter in Springfield said privately they were not aware that he carried a weapon, nor that he held...
  • Peter Schiff: The Fantasy of a 91% Top Income Tax Rate

    12/07/2012 4:52:35 AM PST · by bigcat32 · 27 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | 12/6/12 | Peter Schiff
    Democratic Party leaders, President Obama in particular, are forever telling the country that wealthy Americans are taxed at too low a rate and pay too little in taxes. The need to correct this seeming injustice is framed not simply in terms of fairness. Higher tax rates on the wealthy, we're told, would help balance the budget, allow for more "investment" in America's future and foster better economic growth for all. In support of this claim, like-minded liberal pundits point out that in the 1950s, when America's economic might was at its zenith, the rich faced tax rates as high as...
  • HAG NAGS HUSBAND BEYOND EDGE OF SANITY

    12/07/2012 4:49:20 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 1 replies
    HAG NAGS HUSBAND BEYOND EDGE OF SANITY Friday, Dec 7, 2012 by Yosemitest Distant relatives called me yesterday and said look up Mary Ann Castleman of Springfield, Florida. The article Police: Man says he's unsure of why he killed wife, father-in-law caught my eye first. Ricardo Reynolds had reported the double murders (watch video report) to Springfield Police.WTYV Channel 4 of Dothan AL reported:"Springfield Police said a tip from a neighbor led to the gruesome discovery Monday afternoon. "He called my phone and told me to come over there. I saw his wife naked on the floor. She was...
  • Stevie Wonder Succumbs to Anti-Israel Hate Campaign

    12/07/2012 4:49:18 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, entertainer extraordinaire Stevie Wonder blew off a dinner for the Friends of the Israel Defense Force after anti-Semitic petitioners by the thousands asked him to pull out of the event. Those petitioners told Wonder that Israel was an “apartheid state.” They suggested that Israel was a human rights violator. And Wonder, not used to receiving political pressure, fell for it, releasing this statement: Given the current and very delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried out for world unity, I will not be performing at the FIDF Gala …. I am...
  • CAIR Leader Yaser Tabbara: Spokesman for Syrian Opposition

    12/07/2012 4:44:25 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 7, 2012 | Joe Kaufman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - CAIR Leader Yaser Tabbara: Spokesman for Syrian OppositionPosted By Joe Kaufman On December 7, 2012 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The Syrian rebellion against the government of Bashar al-Assad has gotten much support – mostly political – from western nations, while at the same time, the rebellion consists of terrorist-related groups and individuals. One of those individuals, Yaser Tabbara, is located inside the United States, and he is currently a top spokesman for the entire Syrian opposition.On November 11, 2012, at a meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar, a deal...
  • State Sen. Trotter's Gun Not Registered, Prosecutors Say(IL)

    12/07/2012 4:41:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    dnainfo.com ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Erin Meyer, Mark Konko
    COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE - State Sen. Donne Trotter was packing an illegal handgun in his carry-on when he got pinched at an O’Hare Airport checkpoint, prosecutors said at a Thursday bond hearing. Trotter’s bail was set at $25,000 on felony charges that he tried to board a plane with an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta. He also allegedly carried an ammunition clip loaded with bullets. Trotter, D-Chicago, who last week announced he would seek the congressional seat vacated by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., appeared in court wearing the same brown suit he was arrested in Wednesday as he attempted to board...
  • Unnoticed pieces in Reese case form puzzling picture(NM)

    12/07/2012 4:33:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    Additional information investigated this afternoon by Gun Rights Examiner provided by a source close to the Reese case in Las Cruces, N.M., points to further questions about testimony given in that case, as well as further circumstantial tie-ins to two other high-profile gun trafficking cases. The Reese family were Deming gun dealers who were alleged to have knowingly sold guns to straw purchasers acting on behalf of Mexican cartels, arrested, imprisoned, had their assets seized, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed. Sentencing for their August convictions for “making false statements” still has not...
  • Elderly couple robbed in Apex home

    12/07/2012 4:26:01 AM PST · by NCjim · 10 replies
    WRAL ^ | December 6, 2012
    Apex, N.C. — Police were searching Thursday for a man who robbed an elderly couple in their Apex home at knifepoint. Mildred Perry, 84, was returning home, at 306 Olive St., at about 12:50 p.m. after a trip to the grocery store when a masked man brandishing a knife forced her inside and demanded cash, police said. Her husband, Ronald Perry, 86, was home at the time, and he told WRAL News that he heard a man threatening his wife. When he went to check on her, he said, the armed man told him to sit down or he would...
  • Charles Krauthammer The President Wants to Create a “Civil War” in the House

    12/07/2012 4:04:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | december 6, 2012
    Video at link
  • The US Is Entering A New Era Of Fiscal Austerity

    12/07/2012 3:46:03 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-7-2012 | Comstock Partners
    The US Is Entering A New Era Of Fiscal Austerity Comstock PartnersDec. 6, 2012, 6:59 PM In discussing the fiscal cliff issue, the one big takeaway not to forget is that it is all about austerity----extreme austerity if we go over the cliff and a lesser amount of austerity if we settle it before year-end. More than likely, this is the start of new era of fiscal austerity in the U.S. In no way do we see this as a solution to the myriad of problems besetting the U.S. economy and stock market. These include the still excessive level of...
  • Burglar calls 911 to save himself from gun-wielding homeowner

    12/07/2012 3:12:57 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | december 6, 2012 | dylan stableford
    A suspected burglar called 911 after the owner of the home he broke into caught and held him at gunpoint. The suspect, Christopher Moore, placed the emergency call in Springtown, Texas, during the botched burglary attempt early Tuesday after James Gerow, the homeowner, and Gerow's son pointed guns at him as he sat in his pickup truck parked in the driveway. "I'm out in the country somewhere," Moore told the 911 operator during the 10-minute call. "Some guy's got a gun on me." Gerow's wife, Lindy, placed a concurrent call to 911 that confirmed Moore's account. "You better come quick,"...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 7, 2012

    12/07/2012 3:03:21 AM PST · by sneakers · 12 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-p34761/ httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Jobs Surged Last Month in Rebound From Storm ----December 3,2005

    12/07/2012 1:07:49 AM PST · by granada · 12 replies
    nytimes ^ | December 3, 2005 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    The nation's employers added 215,000 jobs last month, the government reported yesterday, as the economy rebounded from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. The strong November number, the biggest monthly increase since July, suggested that employers are scrambling for workers in response to a strongly growing economy. But on the fourth anniversary of the recovery from the 2001 recession, job growth is still below the levels achieved in previous recoveries, and the unemployment rate has been stuck at 5 percent nearly every month since June. "We're back on track after the ill effects of the hurricanes," said Mark Zandi, chief...
  • Superstorm Sandy to dampen U.S. payrolls

    12/07/2012 12:53:33 AM PST · by John W · 14 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | December 7, 2012 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Superstorm Sandy likely put a dent in U.S. employment growth in November, temporarily interrupting a recently established trend of modestly rising payrolls. Nonfarm employment is forecast to have increased by a paltry 93,000 jobs last month after advancing by 171,000 in October, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is seen holding steady at 7.9 percent. November's anticipated job count would be the smallest in five months. Economists said the slowdown will reflect the effect of the late-October storm, which battered the densely populated East Coast. A snap back is expected in December. "Sandy...
  • M7.3 - 293km SE of Kamaishi, Japan 2012-12-07 08:18:24 UTC

    12/07/2012 12:37:39 AM PST · by null and void · 62 replies
    USGS ^ | 12/6/12
    Tsunami alert. Pray for Japan.
  • EU: ECB mulls negative rates as Europe's economic crisis deepens

    12/07/2012 12:34:23 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/6/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The European Central Bank has slashed its eurozone growth forecasts and warned that recession will drag on into the middle of next year, sending the euro plunging below €1.30 to the dollar. Mario Draghi, the ECB’s president, said the governing council had discussed a cut in overnight deposit rate to below zero for the first time, and was "operationally ready" to do so if needed. The comment sent the euro into a nosedive, dropping from $1.3075 to $1.2950 in just two hours. "A negative deposit rate is the mother of all sell signals for a currency," said Hans Redeker, currency...
  • Man pleads guilty in plot to attack Seattle military site

    12/06/2012 10:51:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | Laura L. Myers
    Abdul-Latif, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States and conspiracy...Walli Mujahidh, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to conspiracy and weapons charges. The pair, both U.S. citizens, were arrested in June 2011 and indicted the following month on charges of conspiring to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station, where enlistees are screened and processed, south of downtown Seattle.
  • Canada scraps F-35 purchase as audit puts true cost past $30B

    12/06/2012 10:15:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | December 6, 2012 | Michael Den Tandt
    The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the Harper government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead. Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30-billion, the operations committee of cabinet decided Tuesday evening to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said. This occurred after Chief of the Defence Staff Thomas Lawson, while en route overseas, was called back urgently to appear before the...