Dec 26, 2009
Photo shows the excavation site of the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus.
Archaeologists and present-day residents of Nazareth imagined Jesus as a youngster, playing with other children in the isolated village.
The Church of the Annunciation can be seen in the background of the lower photo.
Archaeologist Stephen Pfann, president of the University of The Holy Land, noted: "It's the only witness that we have from that area that shows us what the walls and floors were like inside Nazareth in the first century."
Workers uncovered the first signs of the dwelling last summer, but it became clear only this month that it was a structure from the days of Jesus.
Dec 25, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
An attack directed at the DNS provider for some of the Internet's larger e-commerce companies -- including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Expedia -- took several Internet shopping sites offline Wednesday evening, two days before Christmas.
Neustar, the company that provides DNS services under the UltraDNS brand name, confirmed an attack took place Wednesday afternoon, taking out sites or rendering them extremely sluggish for about an hour.
More of the story here.
Protesting crowds filled the streets of Taiwan's cities, loudly and angrily voicing unease over closer China ties prior to a high-level meeting with the giant neighbor.
BlackBerry message delivery was delayed or intermittent during the service interruption, though phone service on its popular devices was not affected.
RIM (Research In Motion) BlackBerry smartphone messaging service suffered widespread delays across North and South America, just a week after another outage struck the popular network.
The failure came less than a week after a short-lived outage on Dec. 17 — the same day the Canadian company reported quarterly results.
Still, analysts said that they doubt the outages will hurt near-term sales at the Canadian company, which shipped a record-breaking 10 million smartphones in its most-recent quarter.
Its chief competitor, Apple Inc's iPhone, is plagued by complaints of poor service on the U.S. network of AT&T.
Members of Korea's accordion orchestra wearing Santa Claus costumes perform their accordions during a concert to celebrate Christmas in Seoul, South Korea.
Christmas is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea with over half the population being Christians.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee and co-chairwoman of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said that the Senate's bill is so flawed that it's unlikely to be resolved in conference with the bill to have passed the House.
"The Senate health care bill is not worthy of the historic vote that the House took a month ago," Slaughter wrote in an opinion piece for CNN's website.
More of the story here.
Dec 23, 2009
The top 10 list is shown here with more detail at the link below:
While giving DVD’s to the British Prime Minister wasn’t real high on the list as American’s view it, the gift did show lack of judgement - even stupidity - on the part of Obama and was especially embarrassing because the DVD’s wouldn’t even work in the UK!
1. Surrendering to Russia over Missile Defense
2. Appeasing the Mullahs of Iran
3. Ending the War on Terror
4. Announcing a Surge while Declaring an Exit
5. Apologizing to France for America’s “Arrogance”
6. Giving DVDs to the British Prime Minister
7. Siding with Marxists in Honduras
8. Bowing to Emperors and Kings
9. Embracing Genocidal Killers in Sudan
10. Throwing Churchill out of The White House
Also, not ranking as high on the list in the minds of American’s is removing the bust of Winston Churchill (pictured) from the White House.
Although Churchill was one of the greatest statesman and wartime leaders in human history, Barack Obama could not tolerate his bust in the White House.
It was during Churchill’s second term as Prime Minister that Britain suppressed Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion.
Among Kenyans allegedly harmed by the colonial regime included a man named Hussein Onyango Obama who happened to be Barack Hussein Obama’s grandfather.
The very first comment at the end of the Telegraph article reads:
Link to the Telegraph article here.
Certain world leaders realized from day one that an inexperienced, arrogant and narcissistic fool had been elected to represent the US on the world stage. While resisting the urge to snigger, they have systematically succeeded in playing him like a fiddle.
Iran has, today even, reached Chavez’s level of total public contempt. Russia and China have progressed from sniggering in private to publicly chastising and ridiculing while belly laughing in private.
A pistol packin’ man in a Santa suit robbed the Sun Trust Bank in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday.
According to Metropolitan Nashville Police, a man wearing a Santa Claus suit -- including hat, beard and mustache -- and dark sunglasses robbed a SunTrust Bank on Tuesday morning, demanding money from the teller at gunpoint.
It was getting close to Christmas and he may have needed money to pay his elves.
This morning a judge sentenced both parents (pictured below) who carried out the balloon boy hoax to jail time.
The judge also banned them from making any money from the spectacle for the next four years.
Richard Heene will serve 90 days in jail, 30 of which will be actual jail time and the other 60 can be work release so he can work as a construction contractor while doing his time.
Mayumi Heene was sentenced to 20 days in jail.
Larimer County District Judge Stephen Schapanski also sentenced Richard and Mayumi Heene to four years of strict probation and ordered both to pay restitution for the rescue efforts involved in chasing the homemade helium balloon they claimed was carrying their 6-year-old son Falcon.
"This, in simple terms, was an elaborate hoax that was devised by Mr. and Mrs. Heene," the judge said.
There were a lot of special deals made to various Senators to buy their votes.
But few make out better under the congressional leadership’s health-care plans than personal-injury trial lawyers.
In reading the health-care bill approved by the House of Representatives and Harry Reid’s bill pending in the Senate, I find (so far) 26 new opportunities for plaintiff lawyers to sue doctors for malpractice.
At least 26 sections in the House bill and 21 sections in Senator Reid’s bill require that doctors adhere to certain standards of care in patient care, payment initiatives, payment determinations, and wellness-prevention programs that do not now exist in law.
Each of these provisions could be used by a plaintiff’s lawyer to assert that the doctor failed to comply with “best practices” guidelines and become the basis for a medical-malpractice lawsuit.
Among other things, ObamaCare has turned into a medical malpractice lawyers dream!
Rep. Bart Stupak said the White House and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives have been pressuring him not to speak out on the "compromise" abortion language in the Senate version of the health care bill.
The Michigan Democrat succeeded last month in getting 64 House Democrats to join him in attaching his pro-life amendment to the House version of the health-care bill.
The “Stupak amendment,” as the provision is known, would prohibit the federal government from allocating taxpayer money to pay for any part of any health insurance plan that covers abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.
Rep. Stupak said, “We’re getting a lot of pressure not to say anything, to try to compromise this principle or belief.”
“We’re not going to do that. Members who voted for the Stupak language in the House – especially the Democrats, 64 Democrats that voted for it – feel very strongly about it. It’s been part of who we are, part of our make up. It’s the principle belief that we have. We are not just going to abandon it in the name of health care."
More of the story here.
Dec 22, 2009
Aides to Mr. Obama have alternately embraced and dismissed presidential polls. When the numbers were good they touted Obama’s approval.
In the last half of 2009, however, Obama backers have been dismissing falling poll numbers much like an apprehensive child whistles while walking past a cemetery at night.
The latest Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that only twenty-five 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.
Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 That’s the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for Mr. Obama.
Click here for the latest Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
Previous falling Obama poll reports, with links, can be found here.
What makes this even more interesting, and surprising, is that Jane Hamsher is a leader of the increasingly combative left.
When people on the far left hate ObamaCare you know the bill is bad!
The 10 reasons to kill ObamaCare are:
1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not.
2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
3. Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can’t afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
4. Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.
7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
8. Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
9. No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year — meaning in 10 years, your family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
A Eurostar train is shown above. The photo below shows passengers waiting for trains to start running again.
Eurostar is running tests to try to figure out what caused an unprecedented six trains to break down, forcing the company to cancel all services last weekend.
The company announced later that Monday service will be halted as well to allow for more test runs.
Klaus says that many interested parties get "a lot of money and influence" by backing the idea of global warming and organizing the Copenhagen conference, as well as its predecessor the Kyoto conference. "Some of them are really just rent seekers who hope to get some money either for their businesses or for their countries," says Klaus. "Some of them are really true believers."
Klaus says Global warming is a "new religion," not a science.
Dec 21, 2009
The photo above shows the Queen boarding a train carrying flowers presented to her by a young admirer. A man in the background is taking photographs.
The photo below shows the Queen seated aboard the train seated by a Royal Protection Officer.
She traveled by ordinary passenger train to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, on December 17, 2009. She was on her way to Sandringham House (shown below) where she is spending Christmas with her family.
Elgan says real gadget fans are impossible to buy gifts for. They have everything, know everything and are very picky about which devices they choose to use.
If a gadget was available last holiday season, it's not going to be a great gift this holiday season. Geeks don't want old-and-busted. They want new-and-hot.
As a general rule, great gadget gifts have more compute power than NASA used to land men on the moon. And the closer you get to Space Shuttle technology, the better.
Practical, useful gifts are no darned fun. The best gadget gifts are items nobody needs, and are maybe even utterly pointless.
Gadget geeks don't want to just wind something up and passively watch it do something. They want to tinker, modify, experiment. It's great if the gift works right out of the box. But make sure it can be used for arbitrary, unanticipated purposes.
Every gadget geek secretly wants to be Batman. We're just regular people, but through personal technology want to be given super powers. X-ray vision. Super strength. Invincibility. All make desirable gifts.
Novelty is huge for gadget geeks. If any friend, family or co-worker already has one, game over. It's got to be so unique that your tech-savvy gift receiver has never even seen one before.
A report at the first link below is titled, Nelson's sellout on health won't play in Nebraska.
Another report at the second link is titled, Nelson accused of selling vote on Health Bill for Nebraska pay-off.
Link here and here.
The table shows that 49 of the 50 states have lost jobs!
Eurostar executives suspended service, blaming the breakdowns in the trains from Paris on wintry weather conditions on the French side of the English Channel.
Dec 20, 2009
The liberal media in Britain and America did say the conference was a success. Some in the American liberal media even went so far as to give Obama credit for “saving” the climate summit with his speech on Friday.
Moderate media in Britain and America wrote reports citing confusion, frustration and bickering and referring to Obama’s Friday speech as “disappointing” as reported in an article at the link below.
The photos above show the intolerance of Danish police toward demonstration of any kind. One wonders how many clubs were broken on the heads of demonstrators and how much tear gas was used.