Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Powerball Hits Half a Billion Dollars

Powerball mania is sweeping the US like never before.

Many first timers were joining in, after no one won on Saturday, setting Wednesday's drawing at $425 million.

But since then, thanks to a huge increase in sales, the prize amount was boosted up to a cool half billion dollars.

If sales continue as they're going, the prize could very well be higher than that.

Forty two states, and the US Virgin Islands, participate in the lottery game.

This is the highest amount it has hit, and close to the highest dollar figure that any lottery has gotten too.

Religion of Obama Continues to Grow

Even when he was candidate Obama in 2008, some of his supporters called him a messiah.

During his time in office such statements have come and gone, forgotten by many.

On Sunday we saw Jamie Foxx call him "our lord and savior".

Now a painting, called "Truth", has once again come to the forefront of the Obama religion.

Back in 2008 the painting, by Michael D'Antuono, was supposed to debut in New York City's Union Square.

Public outcry, against the painting, caused it's exhibition to be canceled.

But the painting is back, and has been displayed as part of an exhibit called "Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012".

The exhibit is being held through December 15, at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Critics are calling it blasphemous, vile, disgusting, and the like.

D'Antuono says that the painting is simply an expression of his right to free speech.

Longoria Signed Through 2022 by Rays

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays signed Evan Longoria to an extended contract.

Longoria is now set to be with the team through 2022, and there's an option, in the contract, for 2023.

Over the next ten years he will be paid over one hundred and thirty-six million dollars.

The contract is the second longest in baseball, and the fourth in recent years to cover a decade.

More and more teams are looking to sign young players to extended contracts, in order to keep from losing them if they hit free agency.

Majoring in Fermentation at CSU

Colorado State University is preparing to become one of but a few states that offers a major in fermentation.

It will most likely be available on the 2013 Fall list of classes.

Only CSU's Board of Governor's has yet to approve the field of study.

All other boards and committees have already given the go ahead.

Fermentation science is the study of how beer, bread, cheese, wine, etc. come into being.

Brewers and food companies are excited about the new major, and local ones will likely be quick to grab those who have their degree in it.

US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R Ebbert

NAVY Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R Ebbert, thirty-two, of Arcata, California, died November 24 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

A Navy SEAL assigned to a Virginia Beach team was shot and killed while in combat Saturday in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, thirty-two, of Arcata, California, died while supporting stability operations in southern Afghanistan, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Ebbert was a Special Warfare Operator assigned to a SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our teammate who has made the ultimate sacrifice," said Capt. Robert Smith, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Two. "We have lost a courageous patriot who selflessly answered our nation's call to defend freedom and protect us from terrorism."

Kevin Ebbert’s mother, Charlie Jordan, sent this message: “Kevin Ebbert, my thirty-two year old son, US Navy SEAL serving his second deployment in Afghanistan was killed Friday. Kevin was poised to return home early next year and start medical school completing his training started as a Corpsman to become an MD. We last spoke about he and his wife Ursula joining Rotary where he could work in clinics internationally. There are many details to be worked out. There will be a Memorial Service scheduled in Arcata.

"In the meantime we have set up the ‘Kevin Ebbert Memorial Fund’ with Humboldt Area Foundation for those of you who wish to donate to it in Kevin’s name.” A memorial service will be held on November 29 at 10am at the JEB Little Creek Base Chapel. A reception will follow at the SEAL Heritage Center onboard JEB Little Creek.

Detroit Man Charged With "Back Page Murders"

A Detroit man has been charged with the first degree murders of four women.

Twenty-four year old James Brown is accused of meeting the women online and then killing them.

He had met them on a website known as "Back Page", an escort version of craigslist.

On December 19, of 2011, two bodies were found in a trunk of a car.

They belonged to Renisha Landers, twenty-three, and her cousin Demesha Hunt, twenty-four.

Six days later, on December 25, two more bodies were found in the trunk of a car that had been on fire.

Those bodies were eventually identified as being Natasha Curtis and Vernithea McCrary, known escorts.

Since three of the four had profiles on Back Page, the police labeled them the "Back Page Murders".

Brown had already been in custody, since May, for charges of mutilating the bodies and setting the fire.

Over the weekend, police were finally able to gather enough evidence to charge him with their murders, as well.

USMC Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means

MARINE Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, twenty-three, of Jordan, Minnesota, died November 18, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
In honor and remembrance of Marine Lance Corporal Dale W. Means, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all US flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Wednesday, November 28.

Lance Corporal Dale W. Means was twenty-three years old and a 2007 graduate of New Prague High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2011, and was stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Lance Corporal Means was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2012 as a member of the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Lance Corporal Dale W. Means gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and died a hero on Sunday, November 18, 2012, when the convoy in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Lance Corporal Means was an exemplary Marine, and has the honored distinction of having been awarded the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Lance Corporal Means is survived by his wife, Andrea; mother, DaleLyn Means; father, John Means; sister, JoLyn Means; grandparents, and countless in-laws, family members, and friends.

US ARMY Spc. Joseph A Richardson

ARMY Spc. Joseph A Richardson, twenty-three, of Booneville, Arkansas, died November 16, in Paktika province, Afghanistan.
A soldier from Booneville died in combat Friday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Sunday. Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, 23, was killed in the Paktika province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Richardson was posthumously promoted to sergeant after his death, according to his military unit’s Facebook page. The Department of Defense said Richardson and another soldier died from wounds sustained from small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. “Specialist Joseph A. Richardson was a true American hero – giving his life in service to our great country,” said U.S. Representative Mike Ross in a released statement. “His bravery, dedication and patriotism exemplified what it means to be an American soldier and I am eternally grateful for his selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, parents and the rest of his many family and friends during this very difficult time.” Richardson’s wife lives in Manhattan, Kan., while his mother lives in Dakota City, Iowa, and his dad in Gilmore City, Iowa. Richardson and the other soldier were with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kan.

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A soldier from Boonevile, Arkansas, died in combat Friday, November 16, in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Sunday. Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, twenty-three, and Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, twenty-four, were killed in the Paktika province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Richardson was posthumously promoted to sergeant after his death, according to his military unit’s Facebook page.

The Department of Defense said Richardson died from wounds sustained from small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. “Specialist Joseph A. Richardson was a true American hero, giving his life in service to our great country,” said US Representative Mike Ross in a released statement. “His bravery, dedication and patriotism exemplified what it means to be an American soldier and I am eternally grateful for his selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, parents and the rest of his many family and friends during this very difficult time.”

Richardson’s wife lives in Manhattan, Kansas, while his mother lives in Dakota City, Iowa, and his dad in Gilmore City, Iowa. Richardson and the other soldier were with the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kan.

Anti Morsi Protests Grow in Numbers

Tharir Square
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square demanding that President Morsi resign, on Tuesday.

They say it's too late for him to back down from his decrees from Thursday.

His deal with judges was not enough for the masses arriving to stop protesting him.

Egyptians will not allow another man to try and become dictator, again, not so soon.

Protesters clashed with police and Morsi supporters, leaving one man dead after he inhaled tear gas and suffered a heart attack.

Morsi supporters, including the Muslim brotherhood, backed down from having a rally on Monday, saying they feared for their safety.

If these protests continue, and most of his followers won't show their faces, Morsi will have no choice but to resign.

US ARMY Sgt. Channing B. Hicks

ARMY Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, twenty-four, of Greer, South Carolina, died November 16, in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

A soldier from Greer was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, November 16, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces, according to the Department of Defense. US Army Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, 24, of Greer and US Army Spc. Joseph A. Richardson of Booneville, Arkansas, twenty-three, died Friday in Paktika province.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kansas. Officials say he died from injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

Hicks, known as “Bo” to family and friends, grew up in Greer and graduated from Greer High School in 2006, where he played football. Greer High School athletic director Travis Perry knew Bo Hicks and grew up with Hicks' father, Chan Hicks Sr. “He was really a fine young man,” Perry said Sunday. “He was always, ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.' He was a quiet kid and didn't play a whole lot, but he played for our scout team and found a way to contribute. He was part of the foundation of our team, helping the other players prepare for the games each week.”

Perry said he spoke to Hicks' father early Saturday. The family left early Sunday morning for Dover, Md., to meet the plane carrying Hicks' body back to the United States. “They're having a really hard time with it, as can be expected,” Perry said. “He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It's a loss for our whole country.”

Hicks' younger brother, John, is a star senior linebacker with the Greer High School football team. Perry said John Hicks looked up to his older brother.

During the weekend, friends and family posted on Bo Hicks' Facebook page, sharing their memories, including four-wheeling and fishing with him, and hailing the twenty-four year old as a hero. John Hicks also shared his feelings about his brother on Facebook. “First I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” John Hicks wrote. “I also wanted to say that my brother was a good man, he served our country well and did it with pride. He was not just my brother but my best friend and my hero. I could talk to him about girls, fights, and Friday night football games. There will never be a moment forgotten with Bo. R.I.P Bo Hicks. I love you.”

Dairy Farmers Attack EU Parliament With Milk

Protests have a new, healthy for you, weapon.

As thousands of angry dairy farmers descended on Brussels, they attacked the European Union's Parliament building, and it's police guards, by spraying milk at them.

The farmers, who came in their hundreds of tractors, from all over Europe, are angry that milk prices have fallen.

They're demanding that the EU raise dairy prices by at least twenty-five percent.

Farmers say that unless it is raised, many of them will go out of business, as they aren't able to make up their costs.

Among their other demands was an increase in EU subsidies for farmers.

Already nearly half of the EU's budget goes to subsidizing farmers, throughout Europe.

Hungarian Member of Parliament Calls for Jew Registry

Marton Gyongyosi
One of the leaders of Jobbik, Hungary's third largest party, found himself in rather hot water after he made an extremely distasteful statement.

Marton Gyongyosi, proposed that the country create a list of all it's Jews, saying they could be a threat, after the recent Gaza conflict.

With his bringing back memories of Nazism, mass anger was quickly aimed at Gyongyosi, including calls for his resignation.

The government's office stated that, "The government strictly rejects extremist, racist, anti Semitic voices of any kind and does everything to suppress such voices."

Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover countered with a proposal for new house rules that would sanction such comments from it's members, in the future.

Gyongyosi apologized for not wording his remarks correctly, in a way that they could be misunderstood.

Causing some to point out he wasn't actually apologizing for what he said.

But Gyongyosi says he will not resign and that the matter is now closed.

Jobbik is regularly accused of promoting anti Semitism, and also has it's own personal group of thugs, known as the Hungarian Guard. 

With Options Dwindling, The Battle Against Obamacare Continues in The House and The Courts


Options for preventing the implementation of Obamacare are diminishing as Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans appear to have given up on a full repeal of the health care law.

Boehner is now considering gutting particular aspects of the law by applying pressure on Obama and working with moderate Democrats.

But, the failure of the Boehner and House Republicans to defund Obamacare back in April 2011, during the first budget battle, leaves some to doubt their dedication to continuing the fight against Obamacare.

According to Senator John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Republican Conference, the components of the law targeted for dissolution include a tax on medical devices, the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the individual mandate requiring people to buy insurance.

At the same time, House Republicans have been attempting to put their stamp on the law. The Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means committees have sent subpoenas to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, over the past few weeks, demanding information that committee leaders say she has refused to provide.

Far from being an easy endeavor, Randy Barnett, the Georgetown University law professor who assisted in constructing the Supreme Court argument against Obamacare earlier this year, said that, “it’s going to become increasingly difficult because courts are much less willing to overturn something that’s already entrenched.”

So, time is of the essence because though some court challenges remain, as parts of the law are implemented, the harder it will be to fight it. “There’s no question that one of the reasons why we had as much room to run as we did is we had a two year delay in implementing most of the law,” Barnett said. “That opening is closing.”

One of the pending court cases is an Oklahoma lawsuit which maintains that insurance can be subsidized only through state run exchanges and not by the federally backed ones that Obamacare enacts.

At the same time, Paul Howard, director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress and Stephen Parente, director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, explain on Real Clear Politics that Obamacare faces a number of obstacles:
“‘Delaying implementation [of Obamacare] until 2014 helped the president win re-election, but now the bill is coming due,’ the duo says. ‘The administration can’t forestall Obamacare’s massive regulatory impact any longer, and the result will keep Congress and the media occupied for months and years to come.’”
Boehner has also pointed to governors who may be able to thwart the establishment of insurance exchanges in their respective states.

Republicans should continue to work diligently towards this effort because fully implemented Obamacare will represent over 1/6 of our economy. The Heritage Foundation has compiled an Obamacare guide, demonstrating how it will affect specific groups of individuals:

Seniors

Doctors

Business & The Economy

States

Families & Future Generations

The Uninsured

Colorado Police End Search For Missing Thirteen Year Old

Colorado police are ending their search for missing thirteen year old, Dylan Redwine.

Police are continuing the investigation into his disappearance.

He was last seen Monday afternoon, in Vallecito, Colorado.

La Plata County Search and Rescue has spent the last week looking for him, but nothing turned up.

No amber alert has been issued, as police think he might be a run away.

Dylan is described as five feet tall, one hundred and five pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a blue and white Duke Blue Devils baseball cap, a black Nike Tshirt, black basketball shorts, black Jordan tennis shoes, and a black backpack.

Anyone with information should call the La Plata County Sheriff at 970-382-7015 or 970-382-7045.

His body was found and confirmed to be his on June 27. 

Generic Cholesterol Reducer Lipitor Recalled

India based Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. may have accidentally added an ingredient to their generic version of Pfizer's Lipitor. The intent behind the accident may have been to add an additional ingredient intended to further decrease arterial plaque which can clog arteries and lead to heart attacks.

The accidental ingredient is microscopic shards of glass. The glass shards were inadvertently added to the company's 10, 20, and 40 milligram dose versions of the tablets and include both 90 and 500 capsule bottles of the drug.

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued a recall of the pills. The affected lot numbers are enumerated in a document provided by the company

Ranbaxy, a US subsidiary of the India based parent company of the same name, is the largest producer of atorvastatin calcium, the generic version of Pfizer's Lipitor. Ranbaxy informed the Food and Drug Administration of the possible contamination and initiated the recall. So far, there have been no injuries or reported cases of ingestion of the tablets. If you use a generic version of the drug, please check your bottles against the list before taking the drug.

This is not Ranbaxy's first foray into the realm of FDA investigations. Since 2008, the company has been in at least 30 previous battles with the FDA and lost approval to import or produce those drugs, largely due to the firm's manufacturing processes.

Due to the recall, prices for the drug may increase for many prescribed the medication. The patients may need to purchase the more expensive Pfizer version of Lipitor. In the meantime, there will still be shortages as Ranbaxy produced a large portion of the market share of the generic atorvastatin calcium.

In the meantime, those who are or know someone at risk of heart attack may wish to read Surviving a Successful Heart Attack (Google Affiliate Ad), a good book to help with a long, happy lifestyle.

 Article originally published at P-G Matuszak's Mental Aikido. Reprinted with permission.