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Dog Saves Family From Fire


A dog hero to the rescue. :)=^..^=

“Bear, a one-and-a-half year old Golden Doodle, doesn’t bark much, but he did Tuesday morning and saved his owners’ lives.”

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Animals, Current Events, Headliner

 

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Pet Of The Week, Bijoux


“This week’s pet of the week is a 6-month-old puppy.”

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Animals

 

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The Year In Review: The Ten Leading News Stories Of 2011


“And thus 2011 comes to an end, like every year before it. The year came with its own surprises and controversies, tragedies and headlines. And, with the closing of the year, we find the need to put the year into some kind of historical perspective. We are chronological creatures, and the span of year is enough to require some accounting.

Here, without strict ranking by priority, are the biggest news stories of 2011 as I have seen them.

1. The Arab Spring

In just a matter of months, the political map of the Arab world has been reshaped. It started with student protests in Tunisia and Egypt, and then swept through much of the Arab world, especially in North Africa. Regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell first, followed by foment and revolutionary fervor elsewhere in the region. The collapse of the Mubarak regime in Egypt was followed by initial euphoria, but that was severely dampened in the following weeks as it became clear that the Egyptian military was very much in control. Of even greater concern was the rise of Islamist groups to power and influence throughout the region. The greatest trophy of the Arab Spring was the toppling of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, with Libyan insurgents assisted by NATO backing. Meanwhile, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad held ruthlessly to power. At the end of the year, the future shape of the Arab world is anything but clear. One fact remains of interest: No Arab regime fueled by large oil deposits ( such as the Gulf States) has yet been reshaped to any serious degree by the Arab Spring.

2. Tsunami and Earthquake Kill Thousands in Japan

Americans will forever remember 9/11. For the Japanese, it will be 3/11 – the March 11 tsunami and earthquake combination that wiped several coastal cities and villages off the map, killing as many as 20,000 people. An earthquake on the sea floor off Japan’s coast triggered a tsunami that left massive devastation in its wake. The combined catastrophe was made far worse when it was discovered that sea water had breached one of Japan’s major nuclear power facilities. It was later conceded that the reactor at the Fukushima Diachi nuclear plant had experienced a complete meltdown, though the level of contamination outside the plant is still not yet known. The sheer scale of the combined disasters is without precedent in the industrialized world.

3. The Death of Tyrants and Terrorists

History will record the year 2011 as a bad year for tyrants and masterminds of terror. Muammar Gaddafi was toppled by insurgent forces in Libya, bringing his 41-year dictatorship to an end. Gaddafi would eventually be shot as he tried to escape capture, having eluded pursuers for weeks after his regime fell. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign, and was put on trial. As the year ended, it was unclear that the aged former ruler would live to see that trial concluded. Americans were told on May 1 that its most targeted enemy, Osama bin Laden, had been killed by an elite force of U.S. Navy SEALs, who invaded his fortress in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. and the leader of al-Qaeda, bin Laden had declared himself to be an enemy of the United States and Western powers until his death. Also killed in a separate action was the American-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. At the very end of the year, North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il died of a massive heart attack. His youngest son, Kim Jong-un, believed to be age 28, was declared by the North Korean press to be the “Great Successor” within the hermit kingdom.

4. Occupy Wall Street

For a few weeks, it looked as if the 1960s had returned to some American cities. It began with a call for protestors to arrive at Wall Street in New York, ready to take a stand against financial and economic injustices. It mushroomed into a huge protest movement, with crowds of generally young people pitching tents and “occupying” strategic areas around Wall Street and in cities across the nation. This came after rioting young people rampaged through the streets of London weeks earlier. The Occupy Wall Street movement was, in the end, not so much a movement as a meeting of sorts. The crowd lacked a consistent message or defined goals. Some commitment to anarchy seemed to doom the movement to being little more than a massive publicity stunt. Nevertheless, a sizable portion of the U.S. population indicated some support for the protest in spirit. In the end, the movement was driven off the streets by police action and cold weather.

5. Natural Disasters in the United States

2011 was a year of tragedy for many in the United States. Massive systems of tornadoes brought devastation to communities in Alabama and Georgia. A path of cyclonic devastation was visible from the air as passenger planes approached Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport months later. Another massive tornado brought death and destruction to Joplin, Missouri. The Joplin tornado shifted a hospital off its foundation, destroyed entire neighborhoods, and left no one in the regional city unaffected. Over 5,000 Joplin residents were left homeless. In Texas, drought and wildfires tormented residents. The Northeastern United States was hit by a major hurricane, leading to massive flooding. Washington, D.C. was, of all things, the epicenter of an earthquake, causing cracks in major facilities and historical sites, including the Washington Monument.

6. Sports Scandals Explode

College football had a very bad year, with scandals at Ohio State University and the University of Miami taking most of the headlines for most of the year. The head coach lost his job at Ohio State, while Sports Illustrated called for the University of Miami program to be shut down. Baseball’s Barry Bonds was convicted of obstructing justice as Major League Baseball sought to regain its moral grounding in light of drug scandals. Then, a scandal of epic proportions erupted at Penn State University, as a Pennsylvania grand jury handed down indictments in a case involving the sexual abuse of young boys. It became clear that several of the most significant leaders of the university had failed to stop – or even to report – the sexual abuse of boys by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Within days, the president of the university was forced out and fabled head football coach Joe Paterno was fired. A vice president and the athletic director were arrested. The nation hardly had time to think about the meaning of the Penn State scandal when another scandal of the sexual abuse of boys erupted in the basketball program at Syracuse University. Every leader in America was put on notice – there can be no toleration of sexual abuse, and no failure to report suspected abuse to legal authorities.

7. The European Union Fights for Survival

The economic crisis that exploded in 2008 continues to reverberate around the world. 2011 will be remembered as the year that Europe had to act decisively to save the Euro and the so-called Euro-zone of nations within the European Union. The nations had attempted a monetary union without a fiscal union, but the prized achievement of European cooperation, the Euro, was threatened when it became clear that Greece was in danger of defaulting on its debt. The crisis in Greece revealed a large crisis of sovereign debt within Europe, as well as major cultural divisions that could no longer be denied. As the year ended, an agreement brokered by Germany and France bought some time for the Euro, but with a significant loss of national sovereignty for member nations. Unelected technocrats took power in Greece and Italy, and Great Britain refused to join the agreement to save the Euro, which it had never adopted. European governments and businesses understood that the collapse of the Euro remained a clear possibility. The larger issue remained the survival of the attempt to forge a new European identity on secular and economic terms.

8. Political Frustration in the United States

The American political scene was marked, above all, by a sense of frustration on the part of the public. President Obama and the U.S. Congress shared disastrously low ratings with the American people. Congress played continual brinksmanship with the threat of shutting down the government and President Obama found that blaming the previous administration for the nation’s economic woes and high unemployment no longer worked. Americans grew more nervous about the threat posed by the nation’s towering national debt and both major parties geared up for the 2012 national election. On the Republican side, the campaign for the presidential nomination began earlier than ever, but with no consistent front-runner. All that is likely to change when actual voting takes place very soon after the New Year.

9. Notable Deaths take the Headlines

Steve Jobs, the iconic co-founder of Apple, resigned as CEO in August, announcing that his fight with cancer left him unable to lead the company. He died just six weeks after making that announcement. Jobs’ death became a signal event for the year, with massive news coverage and media refection. All this pointed to Jobs as the symbol of the digital age, the inventor of the iPad, the iPod, and the iPhone. But the cultural attention prompted by Jobs’ death also pointed to the vast role that digital technologies now play in our world and in our lives. Other notable deaths of 2011 included former First Lady Betty Ford, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, and movie star Elizabeth Taylor, along with political figures Sargent Shriver and Warren Christopher.

10. The Redefinition of the Book and Publishing

Centuries after the invention of the printing press, the book experienced another transformation with the arrival of electronic books (or e-books) and reading devices such as Amazon’s Kindle. 2011 may well be remembered as the year that readers had to decide whether to read a book in print, or on screen. Publishers revealed in 2011 that many mass-market titles were selling more in e-book form than in print. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble and Amazon brought out new and very inexpensive digital reading devices. The Barnes & Noble Nook reader established the company as a major player in the digital market, explaining in part why Barnes & Noble survives into 2012 while major competitor Borders Books did not. Borders collapsed and closed all of its stores after a series of failed rescue bids. Meanwhile, Amazon released its color tablet known as the Kindle Fire just in time for Christmas, selling millions. Still, the printed book holds its place – and so do brave independent bookstores. Novelist Anne Patchett and others opened a new independent bookstore in Nashville in 2011, Parnassus Books.

Of course, 2011 will be remembered by individuals in different ways. For many, the year will be remembered for events far more intimate and personal than these major national and world events. Deaths, births, marriages, graduations, retirements, and other milestones mark our years. All of these meld into our memory. Those of us who shared the year 2011 are left with plenty of reasons to reflect, to remember, to hope, and to pray.”

With MANY THANKS To R. Albert Mohler Jr. ‘s Website. Read More Here:“Albert Mohler”
About Mr. Mohler Jr. :
“R. Albert Mohler, Jr. is president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For more articles and resources by Dr. Mohler, and for information on The Albert Mohler Program, a daily national radio program broadcast on the Salem Radio Network, go to www.albertmohler.com. For information on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, go to www.sbts.edu. Send feedback to mail@albertmohler.com. Original Source: www.albertmohler.com.”
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Current Events, Headliner

 

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Dark Horse


As of late, Rick Santorum is starting to show signs of life in Iowa. During a time in which Mitt Romney cannot close the deal, Newt Gingrich cannot seem to get on one state’s primary election ballot, Ron Paul make a lot of people nervous, Gov. Rick Perry may have used up his 15 minutes, and Michelle Bachman cannot get any traction, Rick Santorum as the dark horse is starting to gain traction.

This comes as no surprise, Mr. Santorum, though slow and steady, keeps focus on the issues. When it comes to being a real conservative, on the issues, Mr. Santorum sounds very, very strong. Also Mr. Santorum speaks just like a small business person: “It’s like any small business person,” Santorum said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Going on further:

“If the money’s not coming in, you’ve just got to work harder and that’s what we’re doing. We’re going up in the morning doing radio shows at six in the morning and going until nine, ten at night and town meeting after town meeting. 357 in Iowa. Hard work pays off,” Santorum said.

Santorum, who has long said Iowa voters would come around to him eventually, said his message of social conservatism combined with strong national security was making a dent a week ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucus.

“We’ve always felt we could trust the people of Iowa, that when they got down to the time they were going to look at all the candidates and measure up to people they’ve had the opportunity to see, that they would do well,” Santorum said.”

Could it be that people in Iowa and elsewhere wants a candidate that stays focus on the issues and not go into personal attacks or just focus on the United States of America and pretend that the rest of the world is not only fire and that very same fire could end up spreading to the United States?

Look for Iowa Caucus folks to look for what is called “balance” viewpoints on the issues. So could there be a possible surprise of what I refer to Mr. Santorum as the “dark horse”?

With MANY THANKS To Both CNN Kevin Liptak And CNN. Read More Here:“Santorum On CNN Poll: ‘Hard work pays off’

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Iran Warns Of Closing Strategic Oil Route


“Iran’s navy chief is warning that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if Western nations go ahead with sanctions, responding to Iran’s nuclear program. (Dec. 28)”

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Clerics Come To Blows At Church Of The Nativity, UPDATE


Happens each year just before the Eastern Orthodox Christmas. Surprised that ESPN does not cover this boxing match. (SARC)

“A fight broke out at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after rival groups of Orthodox and Armenian clerics clashed over the boundaries of their jurisdictions inside the church.”

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UPDATE:

In this Reuters video, even one of the Orthodox Priests is recording this riot on his smart phone.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Faith

 

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Nation Grieves: Will North Korea Open Up After Leader’s Death?


“Tens of thousands of North Koreans have taken to the capital’s snow-covered streets to pay their last respects to their late leader. The farewell ceremony that will last for two days started with a funeral procession led by Kim Jong-il’s youngest son and successor. The long-standing leader of the world’s most reclusive country died eleven days ago of a heart attack. Knowledge of his heir, Kim Jong Un, is shrouded in mystery, though some are hoping his Western education may see a more open country. But a specialist on Asia, Dr. Tim Beal, thinks it’s not entirely up to the successor to determine North Korea’s future. Also, journalist and war correspondent Eric Margolis shares view there’s little chance of change in North Korea, due to the excessive influence of the military.”

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One Month After New Roman Catholic Missal In English Changes,Both The Mass And Faith Renewed


Coming up to one month after the introduction of the 3rd Roman Catholic Missal in English, despite all the resistance and misgivings about the changes in the English words to be much more closer to the original Latin language did not become a reality. Rather than an overblown resistance, the response has been very much welcoming, including from this Catholic.

One month after the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal in English, new English word additions such as “and with your spirit”, “consubstantial”, and using the words “I believe” for the liturgy of the mass, overall I come away in reflection that the holy sacrifice of the mass has become a much better prayerful experience for me. Also I question why all this fuss was made about what was for all needed purposes a great need to update the English wording not just to match up with that of the Latin language but also to bring back the need for prayer, mystery, and reverence for the holy mass by both the priests and the laity. Also these words reflect a return to the Biblical roots not only of the holy sacrifice of the mass, but of the Roman Catholic Church, which the Lord Jesus Christ founded it on the “rock” that is called the Apostle Peter.

Lastly, the new English word changes not only in turn,been both a blessing and renew the holy sacrifice of the mass for English-speaking Roman Catholic Christians, but it also has been for myself as a Christian and a Roman Catholic, a blessed spiritual of my own faith.

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One Month After New 3rd Roman Edition Missal.

One of my favorite changes came with the new “Gloria” which has come to grow on me and in which I have come to love. My prayer is that, my brothers and sisters in Roman Catholic Church who were so very upset over the recent changes will let go of useless fear and embrace this new way to pray the holy mass. For those Catholics who only go to mass a few times a year will see the beauty of the changes and will feel drawn to come back to the Church. Overall, may the English-speaking Catholic faithful be also renewed in faith.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Faith

 

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Why The Push To Make Mitt Romney The Front Runner?


Why all this push in the GOP Republican establishment to make Mitt Romney its frontrunner? Could this early rush to have the caucus in Iowa as well as the New Hampshire primary? Is it simply to get things wrap-up by this same GOP Republican establishment push Mitt Romney down the throats of those folks who call themselves conservatives?

These questions will be answered come early in the new year and in the many weeks ahead.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Current Events, Elections, Headliner, Politics

 

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Tragic Mistakes


Tragic mistakes which lead to the horrible fire in Stamford, CT, USA on Christmas Day was a series of “tragic mistakes”.

From the New York Post Newspaper website:”Two fatal mistakes may have cost the lives of the three little girls and their grandparents who died Christmas morning when a century-old Victorian mansion went up in flames and turned into a death trap.

Fire marshals in Stamford, Conn., said the owner’s boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcino, put still-smoldering embers from a yule log into some kind of a bag — and then left it leaning against an outside rear wall of the $1.7 million house.

The marshals said the embers had not been doused with water.

On the other side of the wall was a mud room.

When the wall caught fire between 3 and 3:30 a.m., the five people sleeping on the second and third floors had no warning — because there were no functioning smoke detectors.”

Plus from what I saw in the picture of the house before the fire, it looked like there was still renovation work going on, and that the house was simply not ready to be moved into or in other words, the local rules of housing code laws, because if one is a politico, rich, or having “connections” to all the right people, certain health or safety codes could be disregarded. The sad reality in all this is that five people, including three little girls, died in a house fire that could have simply been prevented. The people I really do feel bad for the most, besides the family, are those first responders or fire fighters who will have to deal with this horrible house fire aftermath for the rest of their lives.

All of this is simply a tragic lesson on being “responsible”.

With MANY THANKS To Reuven Fenton In Stamford, CT, USA, Chuck Bennett In New York City, And The New York Post. Read More Here:“The Mistakes That Took 5 Lives”

“Embers from a fireplace are to blame for a deadly fire on Christmas Day in Stamford that killed three children and their grandparents.”

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“(WTNH) — The mayor of Stamford says it appears the cause of a Christmas Day blaze that killed three children and their grandparents was related to a fireplace in the home.”

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“(WTNH) — Stamford fire officials plan today to release the results of the investigation into a fire that killed five people on Christmas morning.”

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Current Events, Headliner

 

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