Thursday, August 11, 2011

What the Dems are told to say about the GOP debate that has not happened yet.

DNC Memo on GOP Debate

Fox News has exclusively obtained a Democratic National Committee memo which paints the Republican field of presidential contenders as Tea Party flaks pushing tired, divisive policies which elevate the rich and predicts much of the same at tonight's Fox News co-hosted debate in Ames, Iowa.
"As we expect to see tonight, the GOP candidates' extreme aims to appease the far-right wing of the Republican Party shows that Republicans are more concerned with protecting their special interest friends and the wealthy than protecting working families," the memo, penned by DNC National Press Secretary Melanie Roussell, reads.
"The GOP would rather seniors and the middle class sacrifice and the wealthy pay even less in taxes. Unlike President Obama, their policies would eliminate, not create, opportunities for the middle class."
Though Republicans are far from choosing their last man standing, the memo zeroes in on several top names.
"[T]he actions or lack thereof of candidates like Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and others are clear - these Republican candidates for President are not interested in leading. They simply want to please the far-right, extreme Tea Party base of their party because that is what being the standard bearer of the Republican Party today requires," says Roussell.
The memo is described as a state of play for media and "Democratic friends" which spells out the DNC's predictions for tonight's debate.
In it, Roussell predicts the GOP responses on a series of issues:
ON THE DEBT CEILING DEAL"Expect the overwhelming majority of the Republicans on the stage tomorrow night to proudly state that they would not have supported the bipartisan debt agreement that prevented our country from defaulting on its debt for the first time in history."
S&P DOWNGRADE
The Democrats put the S&P downgrade at least partially in the laps of the Republican party, saying the party's obstinance to raising revenues was a determining factor.
"At a moment when America should have been their top concern, they put politics, party and rigid ideology first. And the Republican presidential candidates backed them up - and the GOP field will double down on that flawed approach to leadership tonight."
ON SENIORS
"Both Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty endorsed a Cut, Cap and Balance proposal that would have cut Medicaid by one-third over 10 years and nearly half by 2050. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, that alone could cause 36 million people to lose their Medicaid coverage, including individuals with disabilities and seniors in nursing homes."
ON MITT ROMNEY
"Mitt Romney has consistently ducked and dodged on the most pressing issues facing America including the debt ceiling debate. Not only did he wait until 12 hours before the final vote to actually say something-leading one reporter to say Romney was in a "Mittness Protection Program"-he endorsed the Cut, Cap and Balance plan that would have harmed our economic recovery in the short-term while simultaneously hurting our long-term economic competitiveness all while putting a greater burden on America's oldest citizens and our most vulnerable. Look for him to reassert his support for Cut, Cap and Balance tonight."
ON MICHELE BACHMANN
"To her credit Michele Bachmann did not actually vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance - because she didn't think it was extreme enough! She told Fox News that America should pay off all our foreign creditors first, even if that means slashing Medicare and Social Security payments to America's seniors. We expect her to repeat similar sentiments tonight."
ON HERMAN CAIN
"Additionally, look for Herman Cain to tout more failed economic policies like his support for a 'fair tax' for everyone, which even the Wall Street Journal editorial board called 'the most radical reform imaginable' and one that would 'hit hard the young, middle-income families.'"

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/08/11/exclusive-fox-news-obtains-dnc-memo-gop-iowa-debate#ixzz1UlCJhtqx

He has been in charge three years and he acts like he is new to the party. There is something wrong. And you are a big part of it.

“Frustrated” Obama rips Congress: It’s time for certain people to put country over party

“There is nothing wrong with our country. There is something wrong with our politics.”

He does noting wrong, at least in his mind.

Obama Blames Bad Economy on 'Earthquakes and Revolutions'

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

When ever you hear of voting fraud, multiple by 1,000 to 10,000.

Three North Carolina Democrats admit voting twice for Obama

Obama North Carolina

The state's Republican Party points to confession as a reason why the state needs a voter ID law

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/#ixzz1UkNUQWzV

Get the feeling this is not about economics but about lack of character and morals.

Olympic ambassador 'hurled bricks at police car' during riots - and was reported to police by her mom

Chelsea Ives allegedly took parts in the riots in Enfield

Chelsea Ives, 18, was today revealed as a riot suspect - after being reported to police by her mother. She was filmed by the BBC allegedly throwing bricks at a police car during violent disturbances in Enfield on Sunday night. She was seen on the nightly news by her mother Adrienne, 47, who immediately called the police.

Paying people not to work is not a solution. It is a band aid.

Jay Carney Bashes WSJ Reporter, Claims Unemployment Checks Create Jobs

“It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy..."

Intelligence is inherited. Or at least the majority of it.

Both math and verbal:

Genetic differences between people account for up to half of the variation in intelligence, according to a study of more than 3,000 individuals.

Intelligence is known to run in families, but no single genes have yet been identified that can be reliably linked to mental ability. Instead, researchers think, many hundreds or thousands of genes could be involved, each with a small influence on a person’s overall intelligence.

“It has been getting clearer and clearer that any genetic contribution to traits on which people differ – like height and weight – comes about from large numbers of gene differences, each with very small effects,” said Prof Ian Deary of the University of Edinburgh, who led the research on intelligence. “We thought that was one possibility for cognitive ability differences, and our results are compatible with that.”

To test his idea, researchers looked at more than half a million locations in the genetic code of 3,511 unrelated adults. Each of these sites is where people are known to have single-letter variations in their DNA, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). These variations were correlated with the individuals’ performance in two types of psychometric tests that are established in assessing intelligence: one test measuring recalled knowledge (via vocabulary) and the second measuring problem-solving skills.

They found that 40% of the variation in knowledge (called “crystallised intelligence” by the researchers) and 51% of the variation in problem-solving skills (“fluid-type intelligence”) between individuals could be accounted for by the differences in DNA. The results are published on Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

Wisc was a bigger loss for Dems and Unions than I realized. $28 million into six districts, all carried by Obama 3 years ago. And repubs carry a respectful majority.

Republicans won 53 percent of the vote in Wisconsin yesterday

The GOP won a comfortable majority of votes, in districts that Obama carried. Wisconsin became a red state in 2010, and it’s staying that way.

Not good news for Obama and Libs

Can Blaming Others Make People Sick?

"Persistent bitterness may result in global feelings of anger and hostility that, when strong enough, could affect a person's physical health," says Carsten Wrosch, a professor in the Concordia University Department of Psychology and a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110809104259.htm

Dem News

  • Dems: We Should Have Picked Hillary

     

  • Washington Post: Nervous Dems Freaking Out About Obama

  • More bad news.

    5 more US troops killed in Afghanistan...


    HYPERSONIC PLANE LOST

    This is the intellectual leaders of the Hard Left. If you can follow this argument you believe that mothers help their children so that they can die later.

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    Noam Chomsky Says Christian Right Supports Israel Because They Are Anti-Semitic and Want the Jewish Population to Be Exterminated by Armageddon

    Rick Santelli will only be a footnote in history, but he is a man that made a difference. Truth eventually wins out over prejudice.

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    Rick Santelli Blasts CNBC Guest For Calling Tea Partiers ‘Freaked Out White Men Who Are Unemployed’

    Were our Founding Fathers "angry" too?

    Boehner appoints three House leaders to deficit-reduction committee

    Republican Reps. Fred Upton (left), Jeb Hensarling (center) and Dave Camp (right). (Photos: AP)

    On Wednesday morning Speaker of the House John Boehner announced three appointments to the Joint Committee of Congress that was created by recent debt ceiling legislation. His appointments are Republican Conference Chair Jeb Hensarling of Texas, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp of Michigan, and Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton of Michigan.

    Hensarling will serve as the co-chair of the committee.

    “The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents,” said Boehner in a statement announcing his picks.

    “They understand the gravity of our debt crisis and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.”

    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chair of the House Budget Committee, praised the Speaker’s picks, calling them “three excellent Republican members.”

    Ryan added that he specifically asked not to be considered for the committee because “only the Budget Committee can write legislation to reform the budget process.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/10/boehner-appoints-three-house-leaders-to-deficit-reduction-committee/#ixzz1UjefkJ2n

    Aug. 11, 1942: Actress + Piano Player = New Torpedo

    1942: Hedy Lamarr, once described by German actor-director Max Reinhardt as “the most beautiful woman in Europe,” receives a U.S. patent for a frequency-hopping device designed to guide radio-controlled torpedoes while making them more difficult to detect in the water. Holding the patent with her is George Antheil.

    It’s the incongruity of the patent holders with their invention, as much as the invention itself, that is remarkable. Lamarr, a Viennese-born movie actress, would eventually be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Antheil, an American avant-garde composer of orchestral music and opera, lived in Paris during the ’20s and counted Ernest Hemingway and Igor Stravinsky among his friends.

    Not exactly the kind of folks you picture tinkering with cutting-edge weapons of war. In fact, their device was way ahead of its time. Although it was patented at the height of World War II, frequency hopping relied on electronics technology that didn’t exist yet. An updated version of the Lamarr-Antheil device finally appeared on U.S. Navy ships in 1962 (three years after their patent expired), and was first used during the Cuban missile crisis.

    In 1942, though, Navy brass were unimpressed, dismissing the invention as too bulky to fit inside a torpedo. Antheil’s arguments to the contrary were ignored, and he said later that comparing parts of the invention to the fundamental mechanism of a player piano in front of a bunch of naval officers had probably been a mistake.

    “‘My god,’ I can see them saying, ‘we shall put a player piano in a torpedo.’”

    Lamarr and Antheil dropped the idea and turned to other things. In the end, their device was resurrected by engineers at Sylvania and proved to be one of the forerunners of spread-spectrum communications, which has applications in satellite systems and cellphone technology.

    Lamarr was the quintessential beauty with brains. (She was contemptuous of many of her fellow actresses: “Any girl can be glamorous,” she said. “All she has to do is stand still and look stupid.”) She was mathematically gifted and became acquainted with the intricacies of modern weaponry while married to her first husband, an Austrian munitions manufacturer.

    The Crumbling Cult of Obama

    David Harsanyi:

    The romance is gone. But don't worry. It's not him; it's you.

    It turns out we are the ones who failed Him. We weren't prepared for a mega-dosage of awesomeness. We were too dimwitted to grasp the decency of central planning. And the insistence of troublemakers to engage in debate and vote, in fact, is the most serious threat to this nation's future.

    ...The sight of a crumbling Cult of Obama—and with it the end of the progressive presidency—has many on the left so frustrated that they simply dismiss the very idea of ideological debate. To challenge the morality and rationality of Obamanomics only means you're bought, too stupid to know any better or, most likely, both. A slack-jawed hostage-taking saboteur.

    Armed with this unearned intellectual and ethical superiority, it is not surprising to hear someone like John Kerry reprimand the media for even covering conservative viewpoints. It is predictable that the Senate would "investigate" a private entity like Standard & Poor's for giving an opinion on American debt that conflicted with its own. (Remember when not listening to the Dixie Chicks was a "chilling of free speech"?)

    Obama himself blamed the volatile stock market on the "prolonged debate over the debt ceiling...where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip." So it's not the job-killing policy or another $4 trillion of debt in two years that's problematic; it's the insistence of elected officials to represent their constituents that's really killing America.

    Following the lead of the Environmental Protection Agency, Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently used this imagined "dysfunction" as an excuse to try to unilaterally implement comprehensive education "reform" by bypassing law and using a waiver system. Why? "Right now," Duncan explained, "Congress is pretty dysfunctional. They're not getting stuff done."

    Hate to break the news to you, Arne; for many Americans, stopping this administration from "getting stuff done" is getting stuff done.

    http://reason.com/archives/2011/08/10/the-crumbling-cult-of-obama


    The Left's sudden anger towards Obama

    Victor Davis Hanson on the Left's sudden downgrade of Obama:

    Politics, of course. The combination of sinking polls to the near 40% range, the stock market nosedive, the Standard and Poor’s downgrade, the tragedy in Afghanistan, the confusion over Libya, the embarrassing golf outings and First Family insensitive preferences for the aristocratic Martha’s Vineyard, Vail, and Costa del Sol have contributed to a general unease on the Left about Obama’s judgment, perhaps to the extent that he might well take the Left down in 2012, both in the House and Senate, whether he wins reelection or not.

    But the argument remains incoherent: Obama is being blamed for not being liberal enough — after federalizing much of the health care delivery system, expanding government faster than at any time since 1933, borrowing more money in two and a half years than any president in history, absorbing companies, jawboning the wealthy, going after Boeing, reversing the order of the Chrysler creditors, adding vast new financial and environmental regulations, appointing progressives like a Van Jones or Cass Sunstein, and institutionalizing liberal protocols across the cabinet and bureaucracy, from the EPA to the Attorney General’s Office.

    In other words, there is now an elite liberal effort to disentangle Obama from liberalism itself, and to suggest that his sagging polls are not a reflection of Obama’s breakneck efforts to take the country leftward — but either his inability or unwillingness to do so!

    Partly, the disappointment is understandably emotional. Just three years ago Obama was acclaimed as a once-in-a-lifetime prophet of liberalism, whose own personal history, charisma, teleprompted eloquence and iconic identity might move a clearly center-right country hard leftward where it otherwise rarely wished to go.

    Partly, the anger is quite savvy: if one suddenly blames Obama the man, rather than Obama the ideologue, then his unpopularity is his own, not liberalism’s. There is a clever effort to raise the dichotomy of the inept Carter and the politically savvy Clinton, but in the most improbable fashion: Clinton supposedly was a success not because he was personable, sometimes compromising, and often centrist, and Carter was a failure not because he was sanctimoniously and stubbornly ideological, but just the opposite: Clinton is now reinvented as the true liberal who succeeded because of his principled leftwing politics; Carter like Obama was a bumbling compromiser and waffler.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/victordavishanson/the-politics-of-liberals-bashing-obama/


    Obama and Muslims: He did not point out that all 19 murderers were Muslims.

    AP: Obama Thanks Muslims for Service at Ramadan Dinner

     

    President Barack Obama has hosted a traditional Ramadan break-the-fast dinner at the White House, using the occasion to recognize Muslim survivors of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    The president said that, with the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 coming in a month, it's a good time to remember that people of many backgrounds died in the 2001 attacks, including Muslim Americans. He noted that Muslim Americans also responded to the attacks on the towers and that they defend the country in the military.

    Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_RAMADAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-10-21-07-07#ixzz1UjRjkS00

    Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters

    Max Hastings writing in the UK Daily Mail:

    They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.
    Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.
    Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.
    They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human beings. My dogs are better behaved and subscribe to a higher code of values than the young rioters of Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham and Birmingham.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2024284/UK-riots-2011-Liberal-dogma-spawned-generation-brutalised-youths.html

    Are you in America or Saudi Arabia?

    Muslims Demand Prayer Time at Private Company

     

    By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will mediate a labor dispute between 22 Islamic workers and Dianne's Gourmet Desserts, a Le Center, Minn., subsidiary of H.J. Heinz Co.'s foodservice operations.
    The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Minneapolis, maintains that the Islamic workers were fired by the Le Center firm in December in a dispute over freedom to practice their religious beliefs, and were forcibly removed from the premises.

    Read more: http://www.startribune.com/business/127352558.html#ixzz1UjRLTeuY

    Britain's Liberal Intelligentsia Has Smashed Virtually Every Social Value

     

    By Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail
    So now the chickens have well and truly come home terrifyingly to roost. The violent anarchy that has taken hold of British cities is the all-too-predictable outcome of a three-decade liberal experiment which tore up virtually every basic social value.
    The married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity, enforcement of the drugs laws and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society.
    Those of us who warned over the years that they were playing with fire were sneered at and smeared as Right-wing nutters who wanted to turn the clock back to some mythical golden age.
    Now we can see what they have brought about in the unprecedented and horrific scenes of mob violence, with homes and businesses going up in flames, and epidemic looting.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2024690/UK-riots-2011-Britains-liberal-intelligentsia-smashed-virtually-social-value.html#ixzz1UjR5wVkf

    A liberal review of 'Demonic' for Dr. P

    Amazon reviewer T.R. Kanavy has gone to the trouble of offering up an opinion of Ann Coulter's book, Demonic, from both ends of the political spectrum. I know Coulter is not everybody's cup of tea. Her book titles are provocative, and her style is combative. Anybody witnessing the mob behavior in London over the last several days and wants to know why it is happening may find some insight by reading the book.



    If You Are a Liberal:

    Let me give you a fair warning; If you are a liberal democrat, even an "open-minded" one, you will hate this book. I would not recommend you waste your time reading Demonic. You will likely find Ms. Coulter to be mean-spirited toward your affiliation and paint you all with a generalized brush of disdain that you may not deserve. Now, if you still choose to read the book (despite my stern warning) you may learn some interesting facts(while being offended) as this book is undeniably well-researched and covers some interesting historical and philosophical concepts. However, I would imagine the chore of spending the hours needed to read this book red faced and clench-jawed will easily override some interesting facets the book uncovers. In fact, you will probably garner more from simply reading the work of Gustave Le Bon, particularly his book "The Crowd"- which provides many of the same factual insights discussed in Demonic, without being overtly offensive. So, to you my liberal, beloved, fellow American, I hope this review will save you some time and money by avoiding the aforementioned work.

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    If You Are a Conservative:

    Ahh, yes, the target audience for this book. If you fit within this group, Ann Coulter, and her newest work will likely appeal to you- especially if you prefer a no-nonsense delivery and a barrage of well-articulated shots taken at the Democratic Party and Liberal/Progressive leaders and it's followers. Coulter's true strength is her ability to couple well-researched events and link them to what she feels are modern equivalents (often with compelling evidence). The end result will supply you with entirely new reasons to remain firm in your political and moral convictions while giving you new ammunition to besiege your Democrat-loving relatives next Thanksgiving dinner. In truth, Ann is incredibly insightful and much too smart for my personal liking- as I fear ever having to debate someone like her about ANYTHING. I greatly enjoy her writing style, she is blunt, bold and opinionated- and fortunately for you, those are opinions you will likely support.

    Dr. P. does not not approve of yesterday’s posting re Ann Couter’s book.

    Breathtaking posting (Ann Coulter's book).  Absolutely shocking that she would posit these outrageous theories.

    Almost as shocking is that this book would be so enthusiastically endorsed on DailyBrisk.

    Obama and Muslims: DId he honor Jews killed on 9/11? Firefighters? No, but Muslims get singled out for thanks for 9/11.

    'There's no them and us - it's just us':  Obama honours Muslim 9/11 victims at White house Ramadan break-the-fast dinner

    Solemn: President Obama spoke at length at the White House Ramadan dinner, praising Muslim's efforts in the 9/11 attacks

    Mr Obama led the emotional evening and thanked the Muslim community for their help in dealing with the September 11 attacks, which caused nearly 3,000 deaths.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024806/Barack-Obama-praises-Muslim-help-9-11-attacks.html

    They’re Rioting in Britain

    But Why? The Bankruptcy of Liberal Ideology

    The rioting continues unabated in London, and as of this writing, David Cameron has called out an extensive police presence and vowed to do everything possible to prevent them from spreading. Cameron should have acted earlier, but at least he cut short his Italian vacation to rush back to London and use his powers as prime minister to take the tough action that is needed. The measures include the stationing of 10,000 additional police throughout London, as well as the possible use of water cannons. He has good reason to enforce these measures. Last night, three men were killed when some of the thugs drove their car into a group protecting homes and businesses from looters. As of Wednesday, 1200 people had been arrested.

    So Hastings writes: “So who is to blame? The breakdown of families, the pernicious promotion of single motherhood as a desirable state, the decline of domestic life so that even shared meals are a rarity, have all contributed importantly to the condition of the young underclass.” It is, he argues, the “dependency culture” that causes a tragedy “for those who receive something for nothing.”

    Hastings is tough. He concludes:

    So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable. They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

    They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.

    They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.

    It's payback time for the looters: Police snatch squads swoop on homes of rioters in series of dawn raids across London

    A riot suspect is arrested in Brixton last night

    Riot officers armed with battering rams descended on a string of properties as they looked for pay back over the chaos that swept the country. The officers collared one suspect, pictured, at a home in Brixton after receiving a tip off that he had been involved in the disturbances. He was paraded down the street and bundled into a police van as the public backlash grows against the troublemakers.

    The list is too long to put on the webpage

    WHY CALIFORNIA IS BROKE: The Most Astonishing List Of State Agencies Ever Assembled.

    From the Declaration of Independence: “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” But California has done it to itself.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/08/10/ever-wonder-why-california-is-so-broke/

    Just another give away to illegals.

    Joe Wilson Was Right: Obamacare-Funded Health Centers for 'Migrants' Won’t Check Immigration Status…

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law.
    Of that $28.8 million, “approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers,” Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told CNSNews.com. HRSA is a part of HHS.
    Andrews said that grant recipients will not check the immigration status of people seeking services.
    “Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center,” Andrews said.

    Read more: http://weaselzippers.us/2011/08/10/shocker-joe-wilson-was-right-when-he-said-you-lie-hhs-says-obamacare-funded-health-centers-for-migrants-wont-check-immigration-status/#ixzz1UiqRKdTC

    This is what has happened to your constitutional rights under Obama.


    Man arrested by TSA with 4th Amendment on chest says constitutional rights violated...

    Race or Liberals that caused England’s Riots?.


    Riots Stoke British Ethnic Tensions...
    'Fightback'...
    'Liberal dogma spawned generation of amoral youngsters'...

    Spices help Life

    Spices. Eating a diet rich in spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals, according to Penn State researchers

    Antioxidant Spices, Like Turmeric and Cinnamon, Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal

    ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2011) — Eating a diet rich in spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals, according to Penn State researchers.

    We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added."

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810101607.htm

    Some good news on the cancer front.

    The protocol, which involves removing patients' cells and modifying them in Penn's vaccine production facility, then infusing the new cells back into the patient's body following chemotherapy, provides a tumor-attack roadmap for the treatment of other cancers including those of the lung and ovaries and myeloma and melanoma.

    Genetically Modified 'Serial Killer' T-Cells Obliterate Tumors in Leukemia Patients

    ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2011) — In a cancer treatment breakthrough 20 years in the making, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center and Perelman School of Medicine have shown sustained remissions of up to a year among a small group of advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients treated with genetically engineered versions of their own T cells. The protocol, which involves removing patients' cells and modifying them in Penn's vaccine production facility, then infusing the new cells back into the patient's body following chemotherapy, provides a tumor-attack roadmap for the treatment of other cancers including those of the lung and ovaries and myeloma and melanoma.

    "Within three weeks, the tumors had been blown away, in a way that was much more violent than we ever expected," said senior author Carl June, MD, director of Translational Research and a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Abramson Cancer Center, who led the work. "It worked much better than we thought it would."

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810141248.htm