Saturday, January 8, 2011

In the News Today

Breaking News from Rate Falls to 9.4 Percent, Lowest Since May 2009 [8:33 a.m. ET]
SEE? People need to give the President some time. Things are getting better. People just want "Fast-food political and economic solutions" and that's idiotic.

MORE POLITICAL STUPIDITY: GOP moves to repeal IRS, Wall Street rules
USA TODAY:  More than 20 separate pieces of legislation containing the word "repeal" have been filed in the House. Besides the GOP effort to overturn the nation's sweeping health care law, there is an attempt to revoke another of President Obama's achievements.Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is making good on a Tea Party movement vow to get rid of the new rules and regulations governing Wall Street in what is commonly known as the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, named for Democratic authors Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. FULL STORY:

NEWS: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Movie:   While promoting this week's release of Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage spoke with UKPA and offered a few updates on the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Cage told the outlet that the sequel would depart from the 2007 original in several major ways, including offering a brand-new origin sequence reinvisioned by the directing pair of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. What's more, Cage promises some "wild" filming techniques. "The director's on rollerblades," he said, "and hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle..."  Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is planned for release on February 17, 2012.

NY TIMES: A Bonanza in TV Sales Fades Away
By now, most Americans have taken the leap and tossed out their old boxy televisions in favor of sleek flat-panel displays.  Now manufacturers want to convince those people that their once-futuristic sets are already obsolete.  After a period of strong growth, sales of televisions are slowing. To counter this, TV makers are trying to persuade consumers to buy new sets by promoting new technologies. At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Thursday, every TV maker will be crowing about things like 3-D and Internet connections — features that have not generated much excitement so far.  Unit sales of liquid-crystal and plasma displays were up 2.9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to figures from the market researcher DisplaySearch. That is tiny compared with the gains of more than 20 percent in each of the prior three years.    Most people who want a flat-screen TV already own one. Industry watchers and manufacturers estimate that nearly two-thirds of households in the United States have a flat-screen set.  But now, most people who want a flat-screen TV already own one. Industry watchers and manufacturers estimate that nearly two-thirds of households in the United States have a flat-screen set.

Bacteria Gobbled Methane From BP Spill: Scientists  - Bacteria ate nearly all the potentially climate-warming methane that spewed from BP's broken wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico last year, scientists reported on Thursday.  Nearly 200,000 tons of methane -- more than any other single hydrocarbon emitted in the accident -- were released from the wellhead, and nearly all of it went into the deep water of the Gulf, researcher David Valentine of the University of California-Santa Barbara said in a telephone interview. FULL STORY:

- Now, here in Maryland  Republican State Senator Allan Kittleman announced that he’s considering a bill that would create a civil union law in Maryland—a bill that he claims would offer equal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples and their families.
  Civil Unions DO NOT offer the same protections as marriage. We've been through this dance  a million times before.
  Equality Maryland says: Creating a civil union law in Maryland would be a huge mistake and would delay Maryland couples from having access to needed protections. In each state where a category of civil union has been created, it’s quickly become clear that this supposedly “separate but equal” institution just doesn’t work. Civil union falls far short of ensuring the meaning and critical safety net that only marriage can provide.THEY DON'T GET IT! 
  Republicans just don't seem to understand that Marriage IS NOT a religious institution. It is a CIVIL institution. FURTHER, NOT EVERYONE IS A "Christian" (that word is unfortunately becoming associated with hatefulness, division, intolerance).
  We didn't get married in a church in CT, and we're not going to get married in a church in Maryland. -  As for couples who DO want to marry in a church, that's their option. If Churches don't want to comply with the law in any state, then they NEED TO PAY TAXES. Period. I think if they paid taxes, we'd be able to get out of the deficit.
Don't get me wrong: I love God and am thankful for blessings daily, but churches and religions are man-made institutions and are far too political now.

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Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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