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HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

World outraged by North Korea's latest nuke test

May 25, 2009 at 10:14 am

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Monday after world leaders reacted with outrage to North Korea's latest nuclear test. North Korea earlier said it had tested the weapon in an underground explosion, provoking an...

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IN THE NEWS

As Tennessee Copes With Flooding Disaster, FEMA Faces Own Financial Crisis

May 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

With a flooded Tennessee becoming the latest disaster to strike the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is confronting its own emergency as its relief funds run perilously low. With a flooded Tennessee becoming the latest disaster to strike the...

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Market Plunge Baffles Wall Street

May 7, 2010 at 8:30 am

Trading glitch suspected in 'mayhem' as Dow falls nearly 1,000, then bounces. The stock market plunged Thursday in a harrowing five-minute selloff that appeared to be triggered by a breakdown of trading systems. After dropping nearly 1,000 points, the market rebounded...

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As faithful unite, National Day of Prayer divides

May 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

The Rev. Roy Frady of Plano sees a troubled world that needs a National Day of Prayer. Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis of Flower Mound is a National Day of Prayer dropout, frustrated that some local events don't welcome all faiths. Then there's Randy...

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The National Day of Prayer (36 U.S.C. § 119) is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". ...

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Pope prays before Shroud of Turin

May 3, 2010 at 8:36 am

(CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI visited the iconic Shroud of Turin on Sunday, kneeling and praying before Christianity's most famous relic, which went on display last month for the first time in 10 years. Before visiting the shroud -- believed by...

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Republicans Slam Obama Judicial Nominee Over 117 Omissions From Record

April 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Senate Republicans on Tuesday slammed one of the Obama administration's most controversial judicial nominees for failing to initially disclose more than 100 of his speeches, publications and other background materials -- an omission the Republicans called unprecedented and a possible...

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PROMISES, PROMISES: Is gov't more open with Obama?

March 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal agencies haven't lived up to President Barack Obama's promise of a more open government, increasing their use of legal exemptions to keep records secret during his first year in office. An Associated Press review of Freedom of...

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US senator warns of ‘financial meltdown’ risk

February 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

The US is heading for a debt-driven “financial meltdown” within five to seven years, according to Judd Gregg, the outgoing Republican senator for New Hampshire. In a robust and at times testy video interview for the Financial Times’s View from...

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Judd Alan Gregg (born February 14, 1947 in Nashua, New Hampshire) is a former Governor of New Hampshire and current United States Senator serving as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He is a member of the Republican Party ...

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Sending Michelle's first car to be recycled

February 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

It was either the first of the year 1998 or the end of 97 when I bought Michelle her first car. It was a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am. I think I spend around $9500 for it. Today, the 23rd of...

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DiNapoli: Wall Street Bonuses up 17 Percent

February 23, 2010 at 9:12 am

Wall Street bonuses were up 17 percent to over $20 billion in 2009, the year taxpayers bailed out the financial sector after its meltdown, New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Tuesday. Total compensation at the largest securities firms grew beyond...

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Poll finds trust of federal government runs low

February 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

Washington (CNN) -- When it comes to the trust Americans put in government, a new national poll indicates it's a matter of location, location, location. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, only 26 percent of the public trusts...

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Survey: Most Americans believe government broken

February 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

Washington (CNN) -- Americans overwhelmingly believe that the government is broken, according to a national poll released Sunday. But the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey also indicates that the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed. Eighty-six percent of...

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GM CEO Whitacre receives $9M pay package

February 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

NEW YORK (AP) -- General Motors Co. CEO Ed Whitacre will receive a salary of $1.7 million this year, plus stock awards that will bring his total pay package to $9 million at a later date, the automaker said Friday. In...

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Obama Doesn't Begrudge Wall Street Bonuses As Reg Reform Languishes

February 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

President Obama left his pitch fork in a closet somewhere in the West Wing before his interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek. We know this because in a sharp turn from his recent fat cat, anti-bank comments, the President seemed downright generous...

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Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families

February 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. – Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's...

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Bayh Falls Out of 'Love' With Congress, Will Not Seek Re-Election

February 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced Monday that he will not seek re-election this November, an unexpected decision that hands Republicans an opportunity for a pick-up in a year when Democrats are already defending several open Senate seats. Saying there's no...

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Birch Evans "Evan" Bayh III; born December 26, 1955) is an American Democratic politician who has served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana since 1999. He earlier served as the 46th Governor of Indiana. Bayh first held public office as ...

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IN HISTORY




UPCOMING EVENTS

HIGHLIGHTING

Francis Chichester

(9/17/1901 - 8/26/1972)

was an aviator and sailor. ...

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IN HISTORYgone


Born on this Date in 1564


Federico Borromeo

was an Italian ecclesiastic, cardinal and archbishop of Milan. ...

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Born on this Date in 1654


Jacob Bernoulli

was one of the eight prominent mathematicians in the Bernoulli family. ...

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Died on this Date in 1733


Matthew Tindal

was an eminent English deist author. His father Sir John Tyndale of Maplestead Magna, a Master of Chancery was murdered in 1617. ...

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Born on this Date in 1719


Charles-Francois de Broglie

was a French soldier and diplomat from a highly distinguished French military family. His daughter Ad?la?de Charlotte died in 1847. His wife Louise Augustine de Montmorency died in 1817. ...

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Born on this Date in 1744


Pierre Mechain

a French astronomer and surveyor who was a major contributor to the early study of deep sky objects and comets. Asteroid 21785 M?chain is named after him. ...

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RECENT POSTS


Survey: Most Americans believe government broken

Even though they believe this those that do will never lift a finger to help change things. They simply love to complain and nothing more!

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DavidDifferent — 2010-02-22 11:09:34


Judging the judges

Who do you think the ultimate Judge is who will Judge the actions of these People?

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DavidDifferent — 2009-12-14 13:23:41


Tiger's 'transgressions' may be costly

I don't expect Tiger's problems to end even if he pays his wife off. That also includes paying off the other women in his life. A marriage isn't a marriage by the standards he'd be establishing with these practices.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-12-05 09:24:02


Coca-Cola spearheads 1-world climate tax

Cap and trade is not nessicary just get the true solutions from God.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-11-22 10:47:54


"Big Bang" experiment advancing fast

If the experiment had worked a year ago CERN would have been 54. Things will be better for them now. But then they will also learn that they have is because of God, so I guess they have found the God Particle they were after.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-11-21 21:30:06


Huge $10 billion collider resumes hunt for 'God particle'

Finding God doesn't require spending 10 Billion dollars. Seeing God's work sometimes does. 17-mile tunnel, I really think God's at work here.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-11-11 08:49:36


Norman Levitt dies

17year history of skeptics magazine and 55000 subscribers. On top of that Michael Shermer, the founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic is now 55 years old having had his birthday in September.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-30 19:31:46


Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry

God will embarass the democrates

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-30 19:11:23


Sting: Obama best person to handle world's 'mess'

Yes, Obama is sent by God. No he is not here to fix the mess he's here to make it bigger doing so until you get out of your lazyboy and do something about it.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-30 14:40:47


Economy grows at best pace in 2 years

The economy is doing better why? Because the government is involved by giving away money. So what will you have when the goverment stops these programs? Back to the same old recession.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-29 13:07:01


FAA Reacted Slowly to Errant Jet

OK, two guys lost their job so you could learn that you're still not prepared. God will take every opportunity to embarrass you, enjoy!

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-29 11:19:42


Marsilio Ficino

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DavidDifferent — 2009-10-19 18:12:12


Borders Group sees 2Q loss on charges, lower sales

I included this article for one reason, Borders would never sell my books without my having the right connections, which I don't have.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-08-25 08:32:28


Lutherans vote to allow sexually active gay clergy

When I left the Church in 1970 at age 15 I went to St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN, it is a member of the ELCA. They were at that time and still are today located at a street number 1701.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-08-22 11:11:53


Arson suspected in Waco apartment fire; 47 left homeless

Yes there are many arson fires that effect different numbers of people, not just the 47 which was in this article. The point here is to tell the arsonist that God does know what you've done.

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DavidDifferent — 2009-08-21 09:49:54



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IN THE NEWS

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families
Posted February 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. – Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

"We are seeing many families that never before sought government help," said Greg Blass, commissioner of Social Services in Suffolk County on eastern Long Island.

"We see a spiral in food stamps, heating assistance applications; Medicaid is skyrocketing," Blass added. "It is truly reaching a stage of being alarming."

The federal government is again counting the nation's homeless and, by many accounts, the suburban numbers continue to rise, especially for families, women, children, Latinos and men seeking help for the first time. Some have to be turned away.

"Yes, there has definitely been an increased number of turnaways this year," said Jennifer Hill, executive director of the Alliance to End Homelessness in suburban Cook County, Illinois. "We're seeing increases in shelter use along the lines of 30 percent or more."

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual survey last year found homelessness remained steady at about 1.6 million people, but the percentage of rural or suburban homelessness rose from 23 percent to 32 percent. The 2009 HUD report, which reflected the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2008, also found the number of sheltered homeless families grew from about 473,000 to 517,000.

Greta Guarton, executive director of the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless on Long Island, led a recent group of about 40 volunteers to scour vacant lots and industrial parks for this year's HUD survey; results are expected in several months.

"One of the things that we've noticed is a lot more unsheltered, mostly men who claim this is the first time they've been homeless, who indicate that it's due to a loss of wages or loss of job, because of the economy," Guarton said.

Stephanie Hawkins, who lost her manager's job when a shelter for drug addicts and alcoholics closed last summer, is now among about a dozen or more "guests" living in a different kind of Long Island shelter — this one for women who have nowhere else to go.

"I lost my job and I lost my home," said Hawkins, 44, fighting tears. Her issues are compounded by a cancer diagnosis that requires chemotherapy. "I lived where I worked."

Nery Nij came to the United States from Guatemala six years ago. For much of that time he was a landscaper, manicuring the lawns of million-dollar seaside Hamptons estates. Most nights this winter, Nij joins dozens of day laborers and others who are provided shelter in church basements and auditoriums across eastern Long Island.

"There's just no work," Nij says in Spanish through an interpreter. "It's a big challenge. If you have no work, you have no rent. If you have no rent, you're out on the street."

Naiquan Pritchett says he was devastated when he lost his job in construction about four months ago. His bills quickly mounted and he now lives in a Long Island shelter for men. "I had been doing construction for nine years," Pritchett said.

The crunch is seen in suburbs around the country.

Northeast of Atlanta, foreclosures rose 77 percent from 2008 to 2009, said Suzy Bus of the Gwinnett County Coalition for Health and Human Services. About 60 percent of the county's homeless are children 9 and younger, she said.

"People equate homeless to a guy under a bridge, but it's a lot more complex than that, and it permeates much further into our society than a lot of people realize," Bus said.

When families lose their homes and relocate, their children's schooling can be disrupted. Some move into extended-stay hotels that cost about $175 a week, but that sometimes exposes them to criminal activity like prostitution and drug deals, Bus said.

In Coatesville, Pa., a former steel town of about 11,000 outside Philadelphia, the City Gate Mission added five beds to its shelter in November 2008. But director Jim Davis said that even with 21 beds, the shelter has still had to turn people away on many nights.

"There was a period of time recently where maybe as many as five people a day they would say no to by phone," Davis said.

Even in the Hamptons, a summer playground for millionaires, demand is increasing for homeless services, according to Denis Yuen, director of Maureen's Haven, a consortium of 25 churches on eastern Long Island. Churches alternate hosting the homeless on different nights, offering cots or inflatable beds and hot meals.

"This year we saw an influx of Latinos, some of whom had not worked in four or five months," Yuen said. "They are living hand-to-mouth, depending on soup kitchens. Before this, they at least had a little work."

Nadia Marin-Molina, executive director of the Workplace Project, a Latino advocacy group, said undocumented workers from Mexico or Central America have limited access to government-run shelters and depend on groups like Maureen's Haven.

She said more must be done to determine how many homeless don't benefit from either government or community aid. Part of the problem is that some undocumented live in fear of deportation and therefore avoid any interaction with authorities.

"There isn't an understanding of how many people are living in the woods," she said.

Daphne Haynes, who has operated the Peace Valley Haven shelters in Roosevelt, Long Island, finds homeless people seeking warmth in 24-hour coin-operated laundries, huddled behind shopping centers and in retail stores.

"Most of the problem I noticed with homeless that come stay with us is their family don't want to be bothered with them," Haynes said.

Tom Sweeney worked in private security for 25 years before the company folded. Now he stays at Peace Valley Haven.

"I didn't have any money saved," said Sweeney, who admitted battling drug and alcohol abuse in the past. "You gotta hustle to get something to eat, panhandle, do whatever you can. If you can find a warm bed, take it, because being on the street ain't life as it's supposed to be."

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