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Troops head to Mali, as battle for north rages

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) ? Troops from Mali's neighbors are expected to join hundreds of French soldiers in the battle to push back Islamic extremists holding Mali's north, a fight that in its first two days has left at least 11 civilians dead, including three children who threw themselves into a river and drowned trying to avoid falling bombs.

Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nigeria agreed on Saturday to send soldiers, a day after France authorized airstrikes, dispatching fighter jets from neighboring Chad and bombing rebel positions north of Mopti, the last Malian-controlled town.

State television announced that the African troops, including as many as 500 each from Burkina Faso and Niger, are expected to begin arriving on Sunday. Britain has offered the use of its transport planes in order to help bring in the soldiers, according to a statement released by Prime Minister David Cameron's office in London.

The African soldiers will work alongside French special forces, including a contingent that arrived Saturday in Bamako in order to secure the capital against retaliatory attacks by the al-Qaida-linked rebel groups occupying Mali's northern half. National television broadcast footage of the French troops walking single-file out of the Bamako airport on Saturday, weapons strapped to their bodies. Some carried them like skis, against their shoulder.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday that France now has more than 400 troops in Bamako, mainly to ensure the safety of French citizens and also to send a signal to the extremists.

"We will strengthen our operation depending on the situation," he said on a political talk show with itele and Europe 1 radio. Le Drian said that Rafale fighter jets will be part of the operation and that technical support will be arriving in the hours ahead.

He said that France has international support and "the Americans seconded us" with intelligence and logistical support, though he did not elaborate.

Storage hangars and "sensitive sites" were among targets destroyed so far and the Islamists lost a "significant number" in the fighting, Le Drian said. "The intervention is still in progress and we will continue" as long as needed.

The military operation began Friday, after the fall of the town of Konna on Thursday to the al-Qaida-linked groups. Konna is only 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the government's line of control, which begins at the town of Mopti, home to the largest concentration of Malian troops in the country.

The United Nations had cautioned that a military intervention needed to be properly planned, and outlined a step-by-step process that diplomats said would delay the operation until at least September of this year.

The rebels' decision to push south, and the swift fall of Konna, changed everything. After an appeal for help from Mali's president, French President Francois Hollande sent in the Mirage jets and combat helicopters, pounding rebel convoys and destroying a militant base. Footage of the jets provided to French television stations showed the triangle-shaped aircrafts screaming across the sky over northern Mali. French newspaper Le Monde reported that the jets dropped at least two, 250-kilogram (550-pound) bombs over militant targets.

The human toll has not yet been calculated, but a communique read on state television late Saturday said that at least 11 Malians were killed in Konna.

Sory Diakite, the mayor of Konna, says the dead included children who drowned after they threw themselves into a river in an effort to escape the bombardments.

"Others were killed inside their courtyards, or outside their homes. People were trying to flee to find refuge. Some drowned in the river. At least three children threw themselves in the river. They were trying to swim to the other side. And there has been significant infrastructure damage," said the mayor, who fled the town with his family and is now in Bamako.

Human rights groups have warned that any military intervention will exact a humanitarian price. The nation of Mali, and the international community, found itself in a Catch-22 because every passing week that the intervention was delayed has allowed the rebels affiliated with al-Qaida to dig into the terrain, and prepare for war. The rebels occupied Mali's northern half, an area larger than Afghanistan, in the chaos following a coup in Mali's capital last March.

With no clear leader at the head of the country, Mali's military simply gave up when the rebels arrived, retreating hundreds of miles to the south without a fight. In the nine months since then, the extremists have imposed their austere and severe form Islam, and those who disobey their rules are beaten with whips and camel switches. Public amputations of the hands of thieves have become a regular spectacle.

They have also used their nine-month siege of the north to dig into the landscape, creating elaborate defenses, including tunnels and ramparts using the construction equipment abandoned by fleeing construction crews.

In addition to the civilians, a French pilot was killed after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter, in a sign of how dangerous the terrain has become even for trained, special forces.


Associated Press writers Baba Ahmed in Bamako, Mali, Elaine Ganley in Paris, Robbie Corey-Boulet in Ivory Coast and Cassandra Vinograd in London contributed to this report.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/troops-head-mali-battle-north-rages-092717561.html

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Florida?s ?Python Challenge? Draws 800 Snake Hunters

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(BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla.) ? An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader. It sounds like the second act of a sci-fi horror flick but, really, it?s pretty much Florida?s plan for dealing with an infestation of Burmese pythons that are eating their way through a fragile ecosystem. Nearly 800 people signed up for the month-long ?Python Challenge? that started Saturday afternoon
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Monday, January 14, 2013

World Muslim Congress : Muslims discuss on GAY/LESBIAN Issues

The announcement to attend the << Faith and LGBT Equality event in Denton on Jan 13, 2013>>. It was sent to WorldMuslimCongress@yahoogroups.com? as an invitation (appended below). The group is open to people of all faiths, so together we can learn about each other in a moderated environment. ?We have about 1800 Members from around the world including but not limited to Imams, Muslim Scholars, Students and ordinary religious and secular folks.?

A discussion follows the posting and is now posted at our website www.WorldMuslimCongress.com ?as well. An article is in the works for publication at a major news paper based on the input and quotes from the panelists from yesterday?s event.?

We are committed to building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. ?

The following information is in a discussion format, it is carried with the title? <<Future Muslim Leaders and Gay and Lesbian Issues>>


This is a long response to make the point. It is always good to exchange thoughts and ideas without judgments to enrich ourselves to deal with the issue.

I realize the traditionalist will not like my take on the issue, and they are welcome to go behind my back and malign me, as if that is the Muslim thing to do. As a Muslim, it is my duty to speak out the truth as I see as an individual; we may not be ready for it now. Right now we are at a stage to ignore the issue, next time, we will remain silent, a stage of ?don?t ask don?t tell? will come upon us, and then finally we will have a heart to accept fellow beings, as they are. ?Mahmood o Ayaz ( rich or poor) will be on par then.

The American Muslims and Christians are grappling with the issue; the majority is still swayed to think negatively, probably because of the propagated mis-understanding of homosexuality.

?Let me share another perspective on some of your comments.

You wrote, ?the first step will have to be in the form of recognition of homosexuality as a problem that needs to be eradicated rather than legalised, institutionalised and commercialized....

I am concerned about your statement of eradication, << a problem that needs to be eradicated>>.

God did not do it himself, ?but you want to do it then? ?Even if we went with your interpretation of Sodom and Gomorrah that God destroyed them because of homosexuality, then why did he not destroy them for Good? That is the fallacy of interpretation.

Diversity is God?s formula for sustaining his creation, God did not make a mistake, neither did he goof up. Everything is created in balance and proportion,? including sexual orientations, promiscuity, hyper and lower to no sexual drives. Had God willed, all of us would have been exactly alike (Quran).

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah serves to acknowledge the diversity of mankind. The story also is understood in two different ways; one that God destroyed the Qarya (township) because the population was homosexual, the other part is God destroyed the township because of the lewdness displayed by those men who forcibly raped other men.

Our traditions, both Christian and Muslim, have been interpreted by men, to suit their whims rather than what is right, and we need to fix some of the errors from the past. ?I can give a lot of examples, but here are a few for you to ponder.

In case of Delhi Rape, thank God it was not Sharia, had it been the Sharia law, the Rapists would have gone scot free because the girl could not produce 4 men witnessing penetration of the rapists. So much for the mangled up Sharia! Thank God, India chose to be a pluralistic nation. ??You know the flaws of the Sharia as practiced, I cannot call that Sharia <<Islamic>> when injustice is rampant in that system, a man can put a woman with children on the street in a hurry if the asshole is angry by saying Talaq (divorce) three times, that is not Islamic, are you ready to challenge the tradition of practicing Muslims? The Islamic Sharia is about justice, but where is it practiced?

It is time to think and give room to our intelligence to function.

First of all, I have nothing to gain from this, but standing up for others people?s right is the right thing to do.

Humans are born with a free will and there should not be any compulsion on any one to believe otherwise, did our wise prophet not say that?? Sharing knowledge, yes, but compulsion, No.

Javed, here you go again, ??The best form of compassion towards gays will be to keep them away from their addiction, even if by force. Institutionalisation of homsexuality accompanied with their rights to marry and adopt children will only ensure a big growth in the percentage of gays. Isnt it a big crime to expose children to gay parents rather than normals? Children exposed to gay relationships will obviously have much greater chances to grow as gays.?

I am not debating with you to win or lose, nor am I expecting a person to clap for you or me? it is a serious issue for discussion and we cannot be judgmental.

Are you denying the parenting rights to men and women who are gays and lesbians? You think children will not feel the need to have a father and a mother, regardless of what the parents are? You think the children are going to drop their ?parents because of their sexual orientation, promiscuity or no sex drive? ?You think your declaration will turn the switch off for the longing of the children? My friends, you have not understood the human need for longing, loving and caring.?

God may have a real problem with your statement, ?If mankind is to be saved from the menace, homosexuality has to confronted and at a certain time, severe punishments may be required to first punish those who commercialise and institutionalise homosexuality and then the gays and lesbians themselves.?

You call it a menace? Are you saying God screwed up?

No, not at all. God did not mess it up.

As a society,? we need to punish rape, or any act that violates the rights of others.? Indeed,? God did punish the people in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the punishment was for the lewd behavior; raping men and not for homosexuality.?

Have empathy my friend, and ignore what people would say. They did not even spare the prophet, and they will not spare you or I. We might as well do the right thing then; to speak for the rights of all humanity.

Every human has a right to express his thoughts and sex without taking away things from others. There is a grave mistake on the part of hetrosexuals and bisexuals, marriage simply implies intercourse to them, ignoring all the other good and important things that come with it. They imagine lust as the driving factor in gay and lesbian relationships, and completely dismiss the overwhelming need to be oneself in a relationship, it is companionship over sex.

?I will request you to not become a pawn in the hands of the forces that have interests in the institutionalisation of homosexuality. Think of the larger mankind rather than a few perverted people. ?

And my friend Javed, I request you not to pander to the men who would clap for you. The truth is neither you nor I are motivated by any such non-sense, we are speaking our hearts and minds out, period. We are being truthful in expressing our understanding. What we should not do,? is to deny other individual her or his right to the pursuit of his or her happiness.

Insha Allah, I am writing a full piece for publication - amazingly in the conference yesterday, we referenced Quraan and Bible with the exact same six verses, that seem to have been interpreted by men who were biased.?

Quraan, Al-'Ankabut (The Spider) chapter 29: 26-39; Nour (Light) Chapter 24: 30-32 and The Romans, Chapter 30: 20-23

I beg our friends to not clap for either one of us, we all need to learn the truth and not go by what is dished out to us, even if it were by the greatest Imams of the time, only Allah?s word is final, and the still to be authenticated Hadiths would be final - all else is simply guidance and not law. Sharia should be guidance and not the law, because it is not the word of God.

Mike Ghouse is committed to work for building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in fear of the other. ?


If Quran has prescribed death sentence for certain practices, do you think it is against the Wisdom?? The biggest farce being imposed on the world by vested and institutionalised interests is that homosexuality is inborn, and God has chosen to give birth to gays.

First, pure gays can in no way reproduce, which is the essential condition for genes to pass through to next generation. Second, even the people born with congenital anomalies are treated as required. Schizophrenia is often linked with genes but schizophrenics are actively and aggresssively treated, and if they become a threat to others, they are imprisoned in assylums.

Homosexuality is an addiction and gays should be given an opportunity to get treated. This is necessary in the first stage of what should be a phased campaign to eradicate homosexuality from society. But for this campaign to begin, the first step will have to be in the form of recognition of homosexuality as a problem that needs to be eradicated rather than legalised, institutionalised and commercialised.

Furthermore, it has to be recognised that homosexuality is the biggest threat to homosexuals themselves, with the life expetancy of homosexuals being 20-30 years less than the straight. They pose serious threats to others also as they are more likely to catch and spread STDS and AIDS.

The best form of compassion towards gays will be to keep them away from their addiction, even if by force. Institutionalisation of homsexuality accompanied with their rights to marry and adopt children will only ensure a big growth in the percentage of gays. Isnt it a big crime to expose children to gay parents rather than normals? Children exposed to gay relationships will obviously have much greater chances to grow as gays.

If mankind is to be saved from the menace, homosexuality has to confronted and at a certain time, severe punishments may be required to first punish those who commercialise and institutionalise homosexuality and then the gays and lesbians themselves.

I will request you to not become a pawn in the hands of the forces that have interests in the institutionalisation of homosexuality. Think of the larger mankind rather than a few perverted people.

Javed Jmail

Mike Ghouse
Subject: Re: MuslimsTogether :: Future Muslim Leaders and Gay and Lesbian Issues
To: WorldMuslimCongress@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013, 8:05 AM


Quraan is the basis for our conversation, whether one is conservative or liberal.

Even though conservative religious rhetoric has dominated the american religious landscape, it has not permeated in the society. The people of two states have approved same sex marriage, and the trend will continue.

A majority of American Muslims are grappling with the issue. If the conservative Christians and Muslims have the dictatorial powers, they will kill all Gays and lesbians, thank God, the power to judge one's faith still rest with God, it's his call. He created us all, and he could have created us all alike, like the angels, but he chose to create us to be different, each one with his or own unique DNA, thumb print, taste buds etc.., shouldn't we honor God's choice?

Javed it's not easy, Allah has given us the freedom to look at the masalah, and find answers thru what works in the society, and as Muslims particularly, we cannot judge ones practices, as long as they are not robbing others, hurting, killing or breaking the civil covenants.

Jazak Allah Khair


Should I repeat the figures that tell how big a threat homosexuality is to human existence? Surely, thousands of times bigger than "Terrorism". Homosexuality is an addiction much more dangerous than cocain. It needs to be eradicated at the earliest. Compassion for gays and lesbians is understandable only if it is aimed at weaning them away from their addiction rather than preserving it. Severest measures need to be taken against those who commerialise homosexuality or promote/institutionalise it.

Mike, it will be better if you do not try to gain support from Quran for everyting that you do. If you want to support gay rights, better do it withut invoking Quran, which does not accept homosexuality at all.

Yes, you have the right to post or not post this letter of mine. You both also have the right to call me a bigot if it suits you.

Mianwaheed likes my Ghazals more than my prose. But here he will have to bear with my prose.


From: mianwaheed
?Subject: Re: MuslimsTogether :: Future Muslim Leaders and Gay and Lesbian Issues
To: "WorldMuslimCongress@yahoogroups.com"
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2:28 PM

You have guts to stand up against the bigotry.


From: "MIKEGHOUSE@..."
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 2:12 PM
Subject: MuslimsTogether :: Future Muslim Leaders and Gay and Lesbian Issues

.... As Muslims we need to be a part of the society, if any one of you is thinking of leading the communities in your city, county, state or national politics, don't be a Todd Akin or a Murdoch, or a bigot like Bachman, Cain, Gingrich, West and a host of others... please join us today to learn about dealing with the issues of Gays and Lesbians, there is someone in your family that needs your compassion.

We have to believe and be like Rahman and Raheem and a rahmat to fellow beings...... remember 49:23, the best among you is one is who knows and learns about others... but if you believe you want to shape the future of America, want to be in public office... you cannot be on the side lines or be an ignorant about the issues. Most of our Imams do not want to touch the topic, but there are a lots of Gay and Lesbian Muslims and we have to learn about the issues.

I am one of the speakers, come and learn different perspective and develop your own.

Faith & LGBT Equality event in Denton on Jan 13, 2013

Members of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Denton will conduct a forum on faith and equality featuring area religious leaders at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event is free and open to the public and will be at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1111 Cordell St. Denton.

Scheduled to participate are:

? Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis of congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound and adjunct professor in the Jewish Studies program at the University of North Texas;

? Mike Ghouse, president of the Foundation for Pluralism, founder of America Together Foundation and speaker and writer on intercultural issues;

? the Rev. Jeff Hood, Baptist minister and peace activist who works as a chaplain at John Peter Smith Hospital and as moderator of the Denton Fellowship of Reconciliation;

? the Rev. Peter Johnson, longtime civil rights activist and associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and

? Scottie McIntyre Johnson, ministerial intern at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

PFLAG Denton is a local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Gays and Lesbians. Our mission is to support, educate and advocate for the LGBT community and their families and friends.

(214) 325-1916 Text/Talk
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place and standing up for others as an activist. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News, fortnightly at Huffington post, and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes everything you want to know about him.

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White House crasher to run for gov as independent

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi is leaving the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination contest and launching an independent bid for the office.

Virginia Republicans will choose their gubernatorial nominee at a closed GOP convention this spring. State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is seen as the clear favorite and Salahi's bid was considered a long shot.

Salahi said in a news release Monday on his campaign website, "CrashTheVote.com," that he will compile the 10,000 petition signatures needed to appear on the November ballot as an independent. He says he will still campaign on Republican principles, but he will not be allowed to label himself as a Republican on the ballot.

Salahi and his then-wife, Michaele, gained fame in 2009 when they attended a White House state dinner uninvited.

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Posted on January 14, 2013
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Whatever information you want to find, research is the only way to determine what?s what. The Internet is amazing in what you can find on it, but at the same time, a lot of the information is very inaccurate.

The unfortunate fact is that lots of people post false information deliberately. There are a few places where you can get answers to your questions but you still must proceed cautiously. No matter what the subject matter, you could find a forum to join.

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You?ll find plenty of truly helpful information but you?ll also find all types of rubbish too. Almost all forums have a moderator and a series of rules, to keep the members from getting totally out of control. By joining a web marketing forum, you have the opportunity to communicate with other Internet marketers directly. Apart from getting to know your fellow members and discovering the things that have and haven?t worked for them, you can actually get in touch with all sorts of potential JV partners too. You may also be able to market your own offerings as well. Having this give and take between members helps you learn how to build relationships. Typically it?s not about what you know so much as it about who you know, specifically when you wish to establish an online business.

The membership of almost all forums consist of average people, who over a certain amount of time, form a community. For someone who is trying to advertise a product, this can be an amazing place to get some moral support. Consider how much you could learn, when you?ve got like-minded folks to bounce your ideas off of, specifically in a casual environment. Two of the most effective ways to learn are to get critiques from other people and then to offer up critiques of your own.

When you want to launch your own business online, before you spend a lot of money, join a forum for Web Marketers. Learn to ask good questions so that you need not worry about making the mistakes that novices generally make. Besides learning quite a lot in this kind of forum, you will be able to help the people who know even less than you do.

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80 percent of SE Texas schools fail government report card

Higher federal standards and a tougher Texas standardized test swamped schools in 2012, with 80 percent of local districts flunking what many hope will be their last Adequate Yearly Progress report card.

The only school districts not put on notice by the U.S. Department of Education were Bridge City, Hamshire-Fannett, High Island and Lumberton. The Bob Hope Charter School is Port Arthur also got passing marks.

In 2012, the government agency released new reading and math requirements for U.S. students. The Department of Education now requires that at least 87 percent of students pass reading and 83 percent pass math. Those numbers are expected to increase to 100 percent in 2014.

Texas Education Agency Spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertson said the government grades individual districts and campuses on the federal test standards, attendance and graduation rates, and on scores earned on the STAAR test - the latest in Texas' standardized tests.

Culbertson said the new federal math and reading guidelines hurt a number of Texas school districts.

Adequate Yearly Progress report cards for 2012

To find a list of which schools did not meet requirements and a description of each stage, visit www.tea.state.tx.us

School District, AYP Status, Requirement, Improvement Requirement

Beaumont, Missed, Stage 2, Reading

Bob Hope Charter School, Meet, None

Bridge City, Meet, None

Brookeland, Meet, None

Buna, Missed, Stage 2, Math and Reading

Burkeville, Missed, None, Math and Reading

Chester, Missed, None, Reading

Colmesneil, Missed, None, Math

Deweyville, Missed, None, Math

East Chambers, Missed, Stage 1, Math

Evadale, Missed, None, Reading

Hamshire-Fannett, Meet, None

Hardin-Jefferson, Missed, None, Reading

High Island, Meets, None

Hull-Daisetta, Missed, Stage 1, Math

Jasper, Missed, Stage 2, Math and Reading

Kirbyville, Missed, Stage 2, Math and Reading

Kountze, Missed, Stage 3, Math

La Amistad Love & Learning Academy, Meet, None

Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Missed, Stage 2, Math and Reading

Lumberton, Meet, None

Nederland, Missed, None, Math and Reading

Newton, Missed, Stage 2, Math and Reading

Orangefield, Missed, Stage 1, Math and Reading

Port Arthur, Missed, None, Math and Reading

*Source: Texas Education Agency



Source: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/80-percent-of-SE-Texas-schools-fail-government-4187667.php

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

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mullenator replied to your post: ATL sports are so fun dude EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE?

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I said ?fun? not ?culturally sensitive and kind?

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JOANN FITZPATRICK: Exit Hillary: A new class of Washington women arrives

A television reporter describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?s departure from a New York hospital last week described her as looking ?radiant.?

That broadcaster needs glasses. Several photos made it clear Clinton was not looking or feeling radiant. How could she? She had just experienced what could have been a very serious blood clot, something that will surely end her prospects for a successful presidential campaign in 2016.

A day after Clinton left the hospital, women members of the new Congress posed for a group photo and did slews of interviews. They are an impressive lot ? Republicans and Democrats, mothers of young children, grandmothers and combat veterans. As the largest class of women Congress members to date, they see the future for women in politics as brighter than ever.

The Hillary era is over.

A huge number of women political activists have for decades accepted as gospel that Clinton should and would be the first woman elected president. Never mind that putting Hillary back in the White House meant you-know-who would be there as well. As Bill Clinton famously said 20 years ago, ?you get two for the price of one ...?

Clinton made a heck of a run in the 2008 primaries and even had a transition team picked out. That?s how inevitable the dream was.

It didn?t work out but Clinton got the consolation prize no one predicted: secretary of state. She was not the first or even the second woman in that post but she has done an exemplary job. I cannot think of a single misstep. Moreover, she never for a second tried to outshine the man who elbowed her out of the top post at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If only other Washington pols could put their egos on hold the way Hillary Clinton can.

Even before she fell in her home and suffered a concussion that led to her hospitalization, Clinton admitted she was exhausted. How she kept going after traveling nearly a million miles in four years is remarkable ? a tribute to her tenacity. The woman is 65 years old and she doesn?t travel in Air Force One luxury. The private quarters on her State Department plane are small. She has admitted that all she wants to do for weeks or months after leaving her post is sleep and get some exercise.

Then, of course, the pressure from her legions of fans will build. But the landscape has been altered dramatically. This is not the first time Clinton has had a clot and blood clots can lead to strokes. No matter how reassuring her doctors are, a presidential candidate who?s a senior citizen with a history of blood clots will make voters nervous. And let?s not forget the legions of voters on the right who remain ready to demolish her.

Once Clinton leaves the State Department, focus will likely shift to the women movers and shakers in the House and Senate, as it should. The newcomers are excited and eager to make change. They have joined Congress at a critical time and they know it. Never have domestic challenges been so great and the world is constantly offering unanticipated crises.

The Clintons have made a strong mark on American history. The president ? whose balanced budgets are now getting the respect they deserve ? and the secretary of state did stellar jobs. Both should be satisfied. We don?t always get what we want in this life and Hillary can take pride in her career as first lady, senator and diplomat. But this country does not need dynasties and it certainly doesn?t need the drama of a Clinton rerun in the White House.

For the Clintons, there?s another card to play. In one of those ?if your name were Chelsea Smith? situations, the Clinton daughter, who never spoke to the press even after leaving the White House, landed a coveted job last year as an NBC correspondent. Does anyone think that now she?s tested the waters there won?t be pressure for a political career? Chelsea left her lucrative job at a hedge fund ? not good for a political aspirant, especially in these times ? and spends time working with her father?s foundation and for other causes.

I am looking forward to watching the new women in Congress. We need their fresh perspectives and energy. Their numbers, while still disappointing, are too large to ignore ? 20 in the Senate and 81 in the House. There are doubtless stars among them; we don?t yet know which ones.

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Armstrong will answer 'honestly' during Oprah talk

FILE - This combination image made of file photos shows Lance Armstrong, left, on Oct. 7, 2012, and Oprah Winfrey, right, on March 9, 2012. Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photos/File)

FILE - This combination image made of file photos shows Lance Armstrong, left, on Oct. 7, 2012, and Oprah Winfrey, right, on March 9, 2012. Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photos/File)

(AP) ? Lance Armstrong said he will answer questions "directly, honestly and candidly" during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. He will also apologize and make a limited confession to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Armstrong has spent more than a decade denying that he doped to win the Tour de France seven times. Without saying whether he would confess or apologize during the taping, Armstrong told The Associated Press in a text message early Saturday, "I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say."

A confession would be a stunning reversal for Armstrong after years of public statements, interviews and court battles from Austin to Europe in which he denied doping and zealously protected his reputation.

Armstrong was stripped of his titles and banned from the sport for life last year after the U.S. Anti-Doping agency issued a detailed report accusing him of leading a sophisticated and brazen drug program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included steroids, blood boosters and a range of performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong's interview with Winfrey is not expected to go into great detail about specific allegations levied in the more than 1,000-page USADA report. But Armstrong will make a general confession and apologize, according to the person, who requested anonymity because there was no authorization to speak publicly. Several outlets had also reported that Armstrong was considering a confession.

Armstrong hasn't responded to the USADA report or being stripped of his Tour de France titles. But shortly afterward, he tweeted a picture of himself on a couch at home with all seven of the yellow leader's jerseys on display in a room at his home in Austin. He also agreed to be interviewed there, in what the Oprah Winfrey Network announced would be a "no-holds barred" session. That's scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night.

"His reputation is in crisis," said crisis management expert Mike Paul, president of New York-based, MGP & Associates PR. "Most people don't trust what comes out of his mouth. He has to be truly repentant and humble."

He also has to be careful.

Armstrong is facing legal challenges on several fronts, including a federal whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis, who himself was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Justice Department has yet to announce whether it will join the case.

The London-based Sunday Times is also suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit, and Dallas-based SCA Promotions has threatened to bring yet another lawsuit against Armstrong to recover more than $7.5 million an arbitration panel awarded him as a bonus for winning the Tour de France.

The only lawsuit potentially impacted by a confession might be the Sunday Times case. Potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony in the 2005 arbitration fight would not apply because of the statute of limitations. Armstrong was not deposed during a federal investigation that was closed last year without charges being brought.

However, he lost most of his personal endorsements ? worth tens of millions of dollars ? after USADA issued its report and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is still said to be worth an estimated $100 million.

Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and still faces an image problem because of its association with Armstrong.

He may also be hoping a confession would allow him to return to competition in the elite triathlon or running events he participated in after his cycling career. But World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation. USADA chief Travis Tygart did not return a call Saturday from the AP.

Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a "pathway to redemption," according to a report by "60 Minutes Sports" aired Wednesday on Showtime.


AP Sports Columnist Jim Litke contributed to this report.

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Samsung has a lot to live up to in 2013 with the Galaxy Note 3 and S4,...

Samsung has a lot to live up to in 2013 with the Galaxy Note 3 and S4, which would be thanks to the success they saw last year and the expectations by its fans for this year. We already touched on the need for Samsung to get the Galaxy Note 3 spot-on, especially when it comes to better storage sizes that consist of much more than only 16GB. Some analysts and tech blogs are wondering about Samsung?s plans for Tizen, a new mobile OS based on Linux, and if it would arrive on the flagship smartphone rather than Key Lime Pie?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3, S4 bringing Key Lime Pie not Tizen

Initial responses from users about Key Lime Pie vs. Tizen have been very clear, and the majority of people feel that Google Android has a better ecosystem. It is worth noting that Google play hadn?t been born overnight and has taken some time to get right, which now includes thousands of apps and Tizen has a lot to do before it can offer a real choice.

Android Jelly Bean is one of the best updates from Google and includes a lot of welcomed improvements, so naturally users are looking forward to seeing Key Lime Pie announced at Google IO in May. There is also hope that this update arrives on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 in a timely manner, rather than a long wait as seen with the S3. The idea of Tizen is a BIG no-go for most people, and the fact that these phones will most probably feature a different name also comes into play.

This article, by Phones Review, also touches on the possibility of Key Lime Pie or Tizen for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and S4, but the reality seems that Samsung wouldn?t risk such a big change in 2013 for their flagship smartphone and phablet device. What OS do you want to see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and S4, and are you happy to wait a while for Key Lime Pie to arrive after the release of these next-gen phones?

If you want to understand a lot more about TIZEN OS then you should watch the conference video below from earlier in 2012. You might want to have your say on the Samsung Galaxy S4 with an 8-core CPU in this article, which explains a little about the new Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor Samsung announced at CES this week.

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Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with WiTricity's Eric Giler (update: video embedded)


Here's an exciting one for all of you wireless charging nerds. We've got the Eric Giler, the CEO of WiTricity on-stage to discuss the future of over-the-air electricity.

January 11, 2013 12:30 PM EST

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"The Middle" will gladly take longevity over awards

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - ABC's "The Middle" doesn't get the recognition, ratings or Emmy Awards that "Modern Family" does, but the cast and creators are fine with cruising under the radar if they can continue producing more episodes.

"I say slow and steady wins the race," series star Neil Flynn rationalized at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

Despite averaging a middling 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic this season - a feeble number compared to the 5.4 for "Modern Family" and the 6.4 for CBS's top-rated "Big Bang Theory" - "The Middle" has lasted 83 episodes over the course of four seasons. (The rating counts live viewing plus seven days of DVR viewing.)

"Before you know it, we'll have done 120 episodes," Flyn continued. "I'd much rather be underrated than overrated."

And although the show has only been nominated for one Emmy - in the Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) category - executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline joke that they consider it an award every time critics label the show "underrated."

In fact, they revel in "kindly being called under-appreciated" so much that star Patricia Heaton jokes that they have developed a drinking game for every time the show receives the compliment.

"We're on fourth season with a show that people love and we're incredibly, incredibly grateful for that," Heaton concluded, in all seriousness. "Would it be nice to have more? Yeah, but it's fantastic and I certainly can't complain."

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Real Estate Buying Tips For Any Buyer | Siben & Siben Long Island ...

Being a newbie to the realm of real estate a few pointers to keep you from losing money would be a big help. This article will demonstrate several straightforward tips for new real estate buyers.

When you really want to buy a home, measure the square footage. This is important because you cannot compare public records with the actual square footage unless you measure. You always want to be certain that the listed square footage is accurate. Both numbers should be close to each other, if not, you should reconsider buying this property or determine why the discrepancy exists.

TIP! If buying a home that has a beautiful view is important to you, be careful not to spend more than you should. Even though you may love the view, when you resell the house there is no guarantee that prospective buyers will value it as highly as you do.

Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. If you call them again, they will know how much help you were when they were buying their home. Be sure to tell them that you would appreciate it if they recommended your services to their friends.

Stay in touch and communicate regularly with other investors in the real estate field. Properties are available all the time. Most of the time properties aren?t ideal for everyone. Keeping your ear to the ground is a great way to pick up a diamond in the rough that others have not yet gotten their hands on.

If you have your eye on a home, you know what the seller wants for it but what you actually offer is something else entirely. If your seller is helpful, it should be fairly easy to decide on a final purchasing price that you?re happy with.

TIP! Become more educated on the subject of rental properties. Go through records for the previous two years before you buy a property for rental.

You should think about utilizing the services of a real estate lawyer when you are working with foreclosure properties. Because problems can occur during pre-foreclosure or foreclosure deals, a legal representative is a good person to have on your side. At the end of the day, this could save you quite an amount of money.

As you?ve been able to see from the information outlined above, there?s a lot for first time property buyers to consider but with a common sense approach and diligent research you?ll be successful in reaching your goal. Utilize the advice in this article, and start making intelligent real estate purchasing decisions.

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No clear path for Obama to act alone on U.S. debt cap: experts

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON | Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:04am EST

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House would be taking a risk if it tries to make a constitutional end-run around Congress' authority to raise the debt ceiling, legal experts said.

The "public debt" clause of the 14th Amendment is being cited by a number of lawmakers as giving President Barack Obama a legal way to issue debt and pay bills, working around the debt ceiling and avoiding default.

The 14th Amendment is best known for extending civil rights protections in the wake of the Civil War. The amendment's fourth section was designed to guarantee Union debt incurred during the war, including compensation due to Union soldiers and their widows.

The clause states: "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."

On Friday, Senate Democratic leaders told Obama to be ready to take "any lawful" steps to ensure that the United States did not trigger a global economic crisis.

Obama has said he would not negotiate with Republicans in Congress on the debt ceiling, increasing the prospect that they may try to block an increase in the borrowing limit.

Democrats hope to avoid a replay of the 2011 debt ceiling deadlock that pushed the country to the brink of default.

One congressional aide said using the provision was the only potential option available to Obama if Congress balks.

But some legal scholars say the provision does not give the president the authority to raise or ignore the $16.4 trillion debt cap.

"I don't think the language of the 14th Amendment authorizes it," said Erwin Chereminsky, professor at University of California Irvine School of Law. "The debt ceiling is set by statute, and the president can't change statutes unilaterally."

Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor, said the provision is vague and "does not implicitly give the president authority to do anything."

"It's not a very strong legal argument," Posner said.

The public debt section's only Supreme Court test, in 1935, had nothing to do with the debt ceiling.

"Nobody really knows what would violate that section (the 14th Amendment) since it's so far removed from what the original idea was," said Gerard Magliocca, a professor at Indiana University School of Law. "There's not much law on it, so it's really hard to come up with any firm conclusions."

On December 31, the Treasury reached the limit on how much it is legally allowed to borrow and is now using emergency maneuvers to continue paying government bills such as interest on U.S. bonds and military salaries.

Those measures, which include tapping certain government pension funds, are due to run their course around mid-February, giving Congress around five weeks to raise the ceiling.

The debt limit only allows the Treasury to borrow funds to pay for existing obligations that Congress and the president have already agreed upon. Although Congress has routinely increased the limit since it was established in 1917, it has become more contentious since annual federal budget deficits have been topping $1 trillion, with conservatives in Congress using it as leverage to demand spending cuts.


With fears that Congress will not act in time, the 14th Amendment provision has surfaced as a backup plan along with another offbeat proposal to mint a trillion dollar platinum coin.

Although the White House has said it does not believe that there is a constitutional workaround for the debt ceiling, Obama has repeatedly said he will not negotiate with Republican lawmakers who want to win concessions on federal spending before agreeing to a debt limit increase.

That has raised speculation that the Democratic president will eventually be forced to rely on the Constitution to avoid a debt default and ensuing havoc on global financial markets.

Even if Obama tried to move forward without congressional approval, the action could come too late to shore up investor confidence if it is already shattered. Bonds could be challenged as unconstitutional.

"The Treasury market is viewed as the largest, most liquid and from a credit stand point, the least risky market in world," said Ward McCarthy, chief financial economist at Jefferies & Co. McCarthy said if the credibility of the United States were to take a hit, that market would lose all of those attributes.

(Additional reporting by Richard Cowan in Washington; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

paris scarred: Self-Help, Now Just a Click Away ? Conscious ...

It?s a new year, and plenty of people are on a self-improvement kick?but many resolutions require more than a solemn vow. Now Portland has a self-help clearing house. A new website, freesupportgroups.com , lets Oregonians search for dozens of local, free self-help groups and professional associations to help with problems ranging from anger management to alcoholism and grieving to compulsive ?

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Attention turns to financial earnings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - After over a month of watching Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue, Wall Street can get back to what it knows best: Wall Street.

The first full week of earnings season is dominated by the financial sector - big investment banks and commercial banks - just as retail investors, free from the "fiscal cliff" worries, have started to get back into the markets.

Equities have risen in the new year, rallying after the initial resolution of the fiscal cliff in Washington on January 2. The S&P 500 on Friday closed its second straight week of gains, leaving it just fractionally off a five-year closing high hit on Thursday.

An array of financial companies - including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase - will report on Wednesday. Bank of America and Citigroup will join on Thursday.

"The banks have a read on the economy, on the health of consumers, on the health of demand," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey.

"What we're looking for is demand. Demand from small business owners, from consumers."


Investors were greeted with a slightly better-than-anticipated first week of earnings, but expectations were low and just a few companies reported results.

Fourth quarter earnings and revenues for S&P 500 companies are both expected to have grown by 1.9 percent in the past quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Few large corporations have reported, with Wells Fargo the first bank out of the gate on Friday, posting a record profit. The bank, however, made fewer mortgage loans than in the third quarter and its shares were down 0.8 percent for the day.

The KBW bank index <.bkx>, a gauge of U.S. bank stocks, is up about 30 percent from a low hit in June, rising in six of the last eight months, including January.

Investors will continue to watch earnings on Friday, as General Electric will round out the week after Intel's report on Thursday.


Next week will also feature the release of a wide range of economic data.

Tuesday will see the release of retail sales numbers and the Empire State manufacturing index, followed by CPI data on Wednesday.

Investors and analysts will also focus on the housing starts numbers and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve factory activity index on Thursday. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment numbers are due on Friday.

Jim Paulsen, chief investment officer at Wells Capital Management in Minneapolis, said he expected to see housing numbers continue to climb.

"They won't be that surprising if they're good, they'll be rather eye-catching if they're not good," he said. "The underlying drive of the markets, I think, is economic data. That's been the catalyst."


Worries about the protracted fiscal cliff negotiations drove the markets in the weeks before the ultimate January 2 resolution, but fear of the debt ceiling fight has yet to command investors' attention to the same extent.

The agreement was likely part of the reason for a rebound in flows to stocks. U.S.-based stock mutual funds gained $7.53 billion after the cliff resolution in the week ending January 9, the most in a week since May 2001, according to Thomson Reuters' Lipper.

Markets are unlikely to move on debt ceiling news unless prominent lawmakers signal that they are taking a surprising position in the debate.

The deal in Washington to avert the cliff set up another debt battle, which will play out in coming months alongside spending debates. But this alarm has been sounded before.

"The market will turn the corner on it when the debate heats up," Prudential Financial's Krosby said.

The CBOE Volatility index <.vix> a gauge of traders' anxiety, is off more than 25 percent so far this month and it recently hit its lowest since June 2007, before the recession began.

"The market doesn't react to the same news twice. It will have to be more brutal than the fiscal cliff," Krosby said. "The market has been conditioned that, at the end, they come up with an agreement."

(Reporting by Gabriel Debenedetti; editing by Rodrigo Campos)

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/wall-street-week-ahead-attention-turns-financial-earnings-230754358--sector.html

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