Thursday, July 12, 2012

Timbuktu tombs destroyed as idolatrous; Nine Border Patrol stations being shut down; Harry Reid won't put Obama's tax cuts to a vote; "W" doing good in Africa; $20 slush fund for Sec. of Health and Human Services; Changing demographics in this election; 500 million year old bacteria purposely brought back to life; Mayors breaking federal law with sanctuary cities; Stimulus Funds to Chinese government and workers; Yes, Mr. President, we ARE a Christian nation; Dancing couple suing NYC over abusive arrest;

About a dozen militants arrived in an armored four-wheel drive truck, armed with pickaxes and hoes. They fired in the air to intimidate people and started smashing the tombs, said Ibrahim Cisse, who witnessed the scene.
The new destruction comes after attacks last week on other historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu that UNESCO called "wanton destruction".
Islamists of the Ansar Dine group say the centuries-old shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam are idolatrous. [Oh, that wondrous religion of peace.....]

The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.
Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity -- one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it's closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border.

Republicans, eager to put Senate Democrats on record on taxes, tried to force a vote Wednesday on President Obama's proposal to extend middle-class tax cuts but raise taxes for the rich, but Majority Leader Harry Reid objected, essentially sidelining the president's plan.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republicans' leader, tried to set up competing votes — one on the GOP's plan to extend all the tax cuts for one year, and another on Mr. Obama's proposal to extend them only for households making $250,000 or less.
But Mr. Reid objected to the request, saying he didn't want to have the vote on the GOP's legislation.

Former President George W. Bush has kept a relatively low profile in the United States since leaving office.  But in Africa this week he is publicly promoting his institute's initiative to prevent and treat cervical cancer. While Bush is following a familiar post-presidential path in supporting humanitarian causes, he would prefer to focus on quiet service, to lead through example and hard work.
He worked alongside other volunteers in Kabwe - Zambia's second-largest city - to renovate a health clinic which specializes in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.


The Senate Appropriations Committee has created a $20 million fund for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to invest in biotech startups, shifting money to a program that some say resembles the Department of Energy’s controversial loan guarantees.
The Strategic Investor initiative allocates $20 million to “allow the Federal Government to partner with small biotechnology companies in order to foster and accelerate the generation of novel medical countermeasures and technologies,” according to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“That money is coming at the direct expense of funding that would directly fund anti-terrorism preparedness measures,” said a source familiar with the biotech industry.
Elections are about numbers, and right now the president's are bad. To understand why, consider 2008 as a reference point. That year, Barack Obama received 69,456,897 votes to John McCain's 59,934,814.
But a big chunk of President Obama's 9.5 million-vote advantage is probably gone. Let's break this down. According to exit polls, 44.8 million Republicans showed up to vote in 2004 while only 41.4 million did in 2008. Almost all those 3.4 million Republicans who stayed home have been energized by Mr. Obama's agenda and are now eager to vote against him.

Jurassic Park in a Petri dish: Scientists bring 500 million-year-old bacteria back to life - what could possibly go wrong?

  • 'Frankenstein' germ spliced with gene from 500-million-year-old bacteria
  • Bacteria is now thriving in lab
  • Some of the 'chimeric' E Coli is now stronger than normal bacteria
  • Scientists hope to 'restage' evolution
  • Will answer questions about how and why organisms evolve
Much of the recent commentary about the Supreme Court rulings last month had to do with Obamacare and Chief Justice Roberts' controversial decision. Not much has been said about the earlier immigration decision which ruled that Federal immigration laws have precedent over states in most cases. Well, imagine that. This means that all those mayors of U.S. sanctuary cities are breaking federal law and should be sued by the taxpayers. -
Seem billions of dollars of America's Stimulus Funds for American jobs have been given to China-owned companies with Chinese workers!
We are NOT a Christian nation, Mr. President?  Here's a history lesson for you:

A Manhattan couple is suing New York City after an incident last July that began with them swing dancing on a subway platform and ended with them spending a night behind bars.

The couple is suing for unspecified damages, claiming they spent a miserable night behind bars handcuffed and were later told it’s not illegal to dance on the platform after all.
The charges of resisting arrest and blocking the flow of traffic were eventually dropped.
The New York City Law Department is reviewing the lawsuit.


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