Happy New Year
My prediction for 2010 is simple - its going to be a great year for all of us!
I wish you the very best.
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something." Plato
The state's Supreme Court said there was nothing in its precedent showing that doctor-assisted suicide was against public policy.
In the Obama Administration, protecting the rights of terrorists has been more important than protecting the lives of Americans.
That must now change decisively.
There were 432,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended Dec. 26, down 22,000 from the previous week's revised 454,000, the Labor Department said. The figure is the lowest since July 19, 2008, when there were 413,000 claims filed.
The decision as the clock strikes midnight is: Should we say "Happy two thousand ten" or "Happy twenty ten."
The government's weekly jobless claims report is due before the market opens.Reuters: Stock futures edge up as '09 ends, jobless data on tap
"For most people 2009 was the recovery from the abyss. We entered the year at amazingly pessimistic levels and with some very, very serious challenges toward keeping the financial system going."
This order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism. Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their Government. Also, our Nation's progress depends on the free flow of information both within the Government and to the American people. Nevertheless, throughout our history, the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations. Protecting information critical to our Nation's security and demonstrating our commitment to open Government through accurate and accountable application of classification standards and routine, secure, and effective declassification are equally important priorities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Convicted burglar Craig Lynch, 28, has been updating his profile regularly since he escaped from prison in Suffolk three months ago.
He has been mocking authorities for failing to find him and openly musing about moving across the Atlantic. His profile picture shows him making an obscene gesture at the camera.
Cascading reports that the alleged would-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab had trained in Yemen, and that the plot was hatched by two former Guantanamo detainees, have even supporters of emptying the prison predicting a new impediment to their effort.McClatchy: Obama: 'Intelligence community' blew air bomber tip
Nearly half of the 198 captives at Guantánamo are citizens of Yemen -- also the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden -- just south of Saudi Arabia.
Obama said..."It now appears that weeks ago this information was passed to a component of our intelligence community but was not effectively distributed so as to get the suspect's name on a no-fly list."
"When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been, so that this extremist boards a plane with dangerous explosives that could cost nearly 300 lives, a systemic failure has occurred," he (Obama) said. "And I consider that totally unacceptable."
Trading volume will likely be very low with many market participants out on holiday for the week, so small moves could cause major volatility during the shortened week on Wall Street.Reuters: Stock futures fall with global stocks, year-end in focus
"There are some people that have made some money this year that have made some good bets, and at the end of the year they're going to take profits..."
I am a scorned wife
faithful, yet insulted
Heavens, what did I do?
Yet he is my love,
my husband, my beloved
Relatives say he died in his bed, apparently during one of the violent panic attacks that had plagued him since the incident.
His younger brother found Gokool about 7 p.m. Dec. 23 in the house they shared. Medical examiners still haven't said what killed him, but relatives believe that a deadly attack stopped his heart.
McClatchy's Greg Gordon details how Wall Street colossus Goldman Sachs sold billions of dollars worth of risky bonds, while secretly betting that the housing market would drop and send the values plummeting.
After the opening bell, the Conference Board will release its December report on consumer confidence. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com expect a rise in the confidence index to 53 from 49.5 in November.Reuters: Stock futures rise as home price, consumer data on tap
Stabilizing home prices are "absolutely essential...The way out of this is through housing."
The world’s largest economy will expand 3.5 percent in 2010, according to Maki, the chief U.S. economist at Barclays Capital Inc. in New York. The rebound in stocks and rising incomes will prompt Americans to do what they do best --consume...
Household spending “will pick up steam as we move into the second half of 2010...
California will bar restaurants from cooking with trans fat beginning New Year's Day...
Trans fat is created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, a process called hydrogenation meant to improve the shelf life and enhance the flavor of foods.
The process turns liquid oils into solid fats, such as shortening or stick margarine, which have been used in french fries, baked goods, crackers, candies, snack foods, fried foods and other items.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting trans fat to less than 1 percent of total calories consumed daily.
Wall Street is gearing up for an unpredictable week amid light trading volume.Reuters: Stock futures edge up as investors eye year-end
Oil hit a four-week high above $78 a barrel as colder weather across the U.S. and fresh signs of an economic recovery helped boost the outlook for fuel demand.
Pulling out works. Well, most of the time..."almost as effective as the male condom"...
The suspect claimed to have received training and instructions from Al Qaida operatives in Yemen...
An affidavit said he had a device containing a high explosive attached to his body.
PETN is often used in military explosives and found inside blasting caps. But terrorists like it because it's small and powerful.
"It's always an interesting week, one you can't ever really predict..."
Little economic news is on tap...
"There's a lot of cash on corporate balance sheets that can be put to use."
A Dutchess County woman took a daily $300 taxi ride to visit her son in Albany for three years -- and taxpayers picked up the tab.
By passing a temporary extension of temporary tax reductions, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress can buy time, she said, and the likely outcome is the formation of a study group to examine the kinds of extensive tax revisions that many experts argue are needed.
President Barack Obama has said that he expects to retain most of the Bush tax reductions, letting them expire only for individuals or couples who earn more than $250,000 annually in taxable income.
#1 – DHA
The long chain essential fatty acid known as DHA continues to be of extreme importance to human health at all ages. Amazing new research results for many health issues build on the thousands of existing studies. Of course, there is a huge difference in quality DHA fish oil, compared to other products that are faking people out and trying to pretend to be better. Consumer beware, you need a certain number of milligrams of DHA in your diet for optimal health benefits.
Q: I don't have health insurance. Would I have to get it, and what happens if I don't?
A: Under both bills, most Americans would be required to have coverage or to pay a penalty. Some would be exempted from the requirement, called an individual mandate, due to financial hardship or religious reasons. Under the House bill, you'd have to have coverage by 2013 or pay up to 2.5 percent of your income; the penalty couldn't exceed the average cost of a plan sold in the exchanges.
The Senate version would take effect in 2014. The penalty for not having coverage would be $95 in 2014 or 0.5 percent of an individual's income, whichever is higher. The penalty would rise in 2016 to $750, or 2 percent of income, up to the cost of the cheapest health plan.
Oil inventories have fallen elsewhere in the world over the past week, including Northwest Europe and Japan, the world's third largest oil consumer.
KHORYUG is a network of Buddhist monasteries and centers in the Himalayas working together on environmental protection of the Himalayan region with the aim of practically applying the values of compassion and interdependence towards the Earth and all living beings that dwell here.
If congressional seats were assigned based on the July 1 estimates, Texas would be the big winner, gaining three seats, said Kimball Brace, president of Election Data Services a consulting firm that specializes in election administration.
Gaining one seat each would be Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.
Ohio would lose two House seats. Losing one each would be Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The new estimates are a change from last year when Illinois had enough population to keep all its House seats and Ohio had enough people to lose just one seat..
The House wants to impose a 5.4 percent income tax surcharge on individuals earning $500,000 and couples making more than $1 million, starting in 2011, a change that would begin to restore some of the Bush era tax cuts.
But the Senate has other ideas, preferring a 40 percent excise tax on more expensive employer-sponsored insurance plans and a 0.9 percentage point increase in the 1.45 percent Medicare tax on the wealthy.
"The Santa rally is going to continue..."Reuters: Futures up ahead of jobless, durable goods data
Also due in the morning is the government's weekly jobless claims report.
...orders for long-lasting goods are expected to rise 0.5 percent after dropping 0.6 percent in October...
The finding builds on research showing that psychological blows not only feel like they hurt us, they actually do. For instance, scientists have found a gene linked with both physical pain and a person's sensitivity to rejection. And some of the same brain regions are linked with both pain types.
The report, Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost, commissioned by the Optimum Population Trust from the London School of Economics*, concludes that “considered purely as a method of reducing future CO2 emissions”, family planning is more cost-effective than leading low-carbon technologies. It says family planning should be seen as one of the primary methods of emissions reduction.
...positive findings on home sales and GDP, along with progress with the healthcare bill, have all helped bolster the markets.Reuters: Stock futures tick higher after Micron profit, ahead of data
Government figures on personal income and spending in November will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
"You should see the recovery continuing to emerge in the data today, and investors will continue to respond positively to that..."
Under both bills, insurers would be barred from rejecting anyone because of pre-existing conditions. Gone, too, would be the practice in many states of charging women more than men, and insurers would be limited in how much they could increase rates on older people.
Both houses agree on financial help for people having trouble affording coverage: They both would provide aid to families earning up to about $88,000 per year.
What could derail the entire effort are areas in which Democratic leaders have struggled for months to find common ground: abortion, taxes and the public option.
Before the opening bell, the Commerce Department releases its final revision of third-quarter gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity.Reuters: Stock futures tick up ahead of GDP, home sales data
Shortly after the market opens, the National Association of Realtors will release a report on existing home sales for November.
Existing home sales are expected to post their third straight monthly increase in November, a sign that the troubled housing market could be stabilizing.
Using snake-like fangs, saber-toothed dinosaur relatives of velociraptors likely subdued their prey with venom, scientists now suggest.
The most financially successful jobs are smaller-scale, lower-cost renovations that improve the exterior appearance of homes. In this down real estate market, curb appeal is king.
"I need every soldier I've got, especially since we are facing a drawdown of forces during our mission...Anyone who leaves this fight earlier than the expected 12-month deployment creates a burden on their teammates. Anyone who leaves this fight early because they made a personal choice that changed their medical status -- or contributes to doing that to another -- is not in keeping with a key element of our ethos."
The vote, the first of three planned this week aimed at cutting off different debates, found Democrats marching united and determined toward anticipated passage of historic health care legislation late Wednesday or Thursday. If that happens, the Senate bill will have to be reconciled with the version the House of Representatives passed last month.
Many major points in both bills are roughly the same. Insurers would be barred from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Nearly everyone would have to obtain coverage in four or five years. New exchanges, or marketplaces, would be created to help consumers shop for policies.
But there are sharp divisions over abortion, taxes and the public option.
No economic reports are scheduled for release Monday.Reuters: Stock futures rise with commods, dollar weakens
The healthcare sector is in focus after a broad healthcare bill passed a crucial test in the U.S. Senate early Monday, as enough votes were put together to clear a key procedural hurdle in approving President Barack Obama's top legislative priority.
Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.
The Federal Communications Commission, which maintains that all cell phones sold in the U.S. are safe, has set a standard for the "specific absorption rate" of radiofrequency energy, but it doesn't require handset makers to divulge radiation levels.
Several British supermarket chains make a habit of selling a bottle of booze for less than they sell a bottle of water (5 pence for a beer vs. 8 pence for brand-name water). The cut-rate prices are designed to lure customers into stores, where it's hope that they'll load up on more expensive alcohol and some food to go with it (and who knows, maybe some pricey mineral water).
Jones herself is not directly affected by the amendment. But after a hard-fought four-year battle, she won the right to sue her attackers and the company under a ruling in September by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her case is expected to go to trial next year.
Jamie Leigh Jones is a strong, courageous woman, who used her own horrific experience to inspire change," said Franken in a statement.
"I am honored to know her, and honored to have been a part of her cause," Franken said. "I came to Washington to stand up for folks like Jamie Leigh, and stand up to the powerful interests that too often silence their voices."
The provision had a contentious debate in the Senate, where it passed in October 68-30 — engendering a vocal critique of the 30 all white, all male "no" voters, including Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court judge, said that he was a strong advocate for victims but he was opposed to a provision that would benefit trial lawyers.
...funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also includes money to extend jobless aid and Medicare payment rates for two months.We have this military spending bill yet the art of tracking the real military spending budget is not an exact science.
The bill includes 1,720 earmarks costing $4.2 billion for lawmakers' pet projects...
The bill also would extend a handful of unrelated programs that otherwise would expire at the end of the year, or have expired already.
The Office of Management and Budget calculates a total for defense spending throughout different parts of the government (it includes money allocated to the Pentagon, nuclear weapons activities at the Department of Energy and some security spending in the State Department and FBI). In the 2010 budget, that figure was $707 billion, more than half of the government's discretionary spending for the year. (Discretionary spending is the money that's appropriated every year by Congress, rather than entitlement programs like Medicare for which funding is mandatory).
On health care, Obama faces liberal fury for his willingness to dump the public option and a Medicare expansion to survive a Senate filibuster. A key vote on cutting off debate is expected early Monday.
Many liberals are also angry that Obama and Senate Democratic leaders bowed to Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrat-turned-independent who represents a state heavy with insurance interests and helped kill the public option and the Medicare expansion.
One success has been GM's effort to sell Hummer. The brand is going to Chinese heavy equipment maker Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Corp.
...a London law firm is offering Christmas gift vouchers for divorce advice.
...60 have been sold -- a snip at 125 pounds for a half hour session...
"I am not going to support a bill that — that facilitates bringing Gitmo prisoners to the United States..."
"...an absence of bad news..."Reuters: Futures up as oil rises, Oracle, RIM strong results
Research In Motion Ltd posted a big jump in profit late Thursday...
Oracle Corp reported a bigger-than-expected increase in new software sales...
Nike Inc...posted second-quarter profit that topped estimates...
Two 10-year-old boys have been charged with the rape of an 8-year-old girl in London...
...a soft profit outlook from U.S. economic bellwether FedEx...
...the state's first bear hunt in 100 years has been scheduled for this weekend.
The area is fairly small, only 10 bears are allowed to be taken, and many bears hole up in their dens this time of year, Allen said. Also, dogs and bait are not allowed in Kentucky, as they are in other states' bear seasons. Expected snow might limit the number of hunters, he said, and much of the hunting area will be private land best known to locals, so not many out-of-towners are expected.
Number 8 - Jacob's Ladder (1990)
...some of the evidence against him came from triple hearsay and coerced confessions.
...coerced and should not be admitted -- in any fashion in any court.''
...the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged near 0%, saying market conditions were helping the recovery but weakness will remain.Reuters: Futures slide on strong dollar; data on tap
The weekly jobless claims report is also due in the morning.
...the Fed said "economic activity has continued to pick up.