Happy New Year 2011 O-Family!!!

سنة  جديدة  سعيدة

Xīnnián kuàilè .. heureuse nouvelle année ..

glückliches neues Jahr .. hau’oli makahiki hou

Happy New Year .2011

שנה טובה ומבורכת.. Boldog új évet.. bahagia tahun baru

felice anno nuovo .. Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu

saehae bog manh-i .. feliz año nuevo

heri. ya .mwaka .mpya

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125 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2011 O-Family!!!

  1. WH

    Friday Dec. 31, 2010

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  2. Americans Prepare to Celebrate New Year’s Eve
    From: VOAvideo | December 30, 2010

    Around the world, millions of people will welcome the new year on Friday night by taking part in small, intimate gatherings – or larger, more boisterous celebrations. Throughout the United States, many will break out party hats and uncork champagne or other libations.

    • New York National Guardsmen on Watch New Year’s Eve

      12/30/10 American Forces Press Service

      NEW YORK – As revelers head for Times Square to welcome 2011, members of the New York National Guard will be on duty to ensure that the holiday is safe and secure.

      “New Yorkers can celebrate the New Year with confidence knowing our National Guard remains on duty this holiday weekend to assist our partners in law enforcement and emergency management,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick Murphy, New York’s Adjutant General.

      “Operating at the direction of the governor, that partnership with law enforcement and emergency management in New York City continues to ensure that New York State Military Forces will be ready as New York welcomes thousands of visitors for a safe and secure holiday celebration.”

      In New York City, the members of the New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield will be assisting the New York Police Department in conducting security operations designed to thwart any potential terrorist. These members of the New York Army and Air National Guard have been trained to assist law enforcement and other emergency management agencies in the metropolitan area.

      Members of the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard, state-only defense forces, also serve in Joint Task Force Empire Shield.

      Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York National’s Guard’s task force in New York City has been an integral part of security planning.

      “Our partnership with the New York City Office of Emergency Management brings great benefits to first responders and our National Guard,” said Col. David Martinez, chief of domestic operations for the New York National Guard. “New Yorkers expect to see their National Guard out during critical times, and we’re proud to serve.”

      For the entire article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62290

    • How to ring in the new year with apps

      12/31/10 By John D. Sutter, CNN

      (CNN) — The start of a new year can be stressful. The parties, the dates, the planning. And then, for the cocktail-inclined, the piercing headaches that follow.

      But never fear. Smartphone apps will hold your hand through the whole confetti-splashed ordeal, from midnight Friday through those 2011 resolutions.

      For the entire article: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/12/31/apps.new.years.eve/index.html?hpt=C1

  3. This New Year’s Eve, put safety first behind the wheel

    12/30/10 fastlane.dot.gov

    As 2010 draws to a close, Americans across the country are planning their New Year’s celebrations. But during this exciting time of parties and resolutions, it’s important to keep safety in mind.

    The fact is, New Year’s Eve can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year on our nation’s roadways because of drunk and impaired driving. And I can’t overemphasize how serious this problem is: in 2009 alone, 10,839 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, representing 32 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year.

    That’s why DOT’s annual “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” winter holiday crackdown is currently under way, helping to raise awareness and get drunk drivers off the streets. Law enforcement officers across the country are stepping up visibility and increasing vigilance as part of the campaign. And the new “No Refusal” initiative we’re promoting nationwide will help ensure that drivers suspected of being under the influence will face the strictest penalties possible for their actions.

    But ultimately, putting a stop to drunk driving begins with personal responsibility. Organizations like MADD have told us the stories for years–of a fun evening out with friends that took a tragic turn because someone made the poor decision to drink and drive.

    So, as you head out this New Year’s Eve, make a plan. Choose a designated driver. Take public transportation. Call a cab. But don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink. It’s not worth the consequences.

    Make 2011 a happy–and safe–new year.

  4. West Wing Week: “Mailbag Day, New Year’s Edition”
    From: whitehouse | December 30, 2010

    In this special edition of West Wing Week, look back over the last year, watch the President sign a law getting those loud TV ads under control, and find out the answers to a couple burning questions from the mailbag.

    • The president’s progress

      12/31/10 Tim Kaine- POLITICO

      On Nov. 5, 2008, the day after Election Day, the big story was Barack Obama’s history-making win. Today, the big story is the many historic changes that he has enacted during his first two years in office.

      At the halfway point of this term, the president’s list of achievements already dwarfs that of many presidents. He has tackled bread-and-butter issues, working hard to ensure that American families have the support needed to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table in these difficult economic times. At the same time, he has encouraged congressional leaders to take the actions necessary to fulfill America’s promise — that each generation will have more opportunities than the last.

      The president’s unique combination of short-term recovery measures and his long-term vision for American greatness have set our country on a new path. He has pointed to a destination — a more prosperous future in which the doors of opportunity are open to all Americans — and he has paved the way.

      The president’s work began the moment he took office, when hundreds of thousands of jobs were disappearing monthly, our financial system was in shambles and our nation’s future unclear. His first priority was to stem the tide of job losses, shore up U.S. industry and set the wheels of economic growth turning again.

      From his efforts came the first flagstones in the road to recovery. The Recovery Act, which put vital dollars back into the pockets of working families, pumped critical funding into high-growth industries and promoted projects that employed Americans and improved vital infrastructure. Wall Street reform aimed to put a stop to predatory lending practices, unexpected overdraft fees, unfair credit card rate increases and taxpayer-financed bailouts of Wall Street banks. And measures saved the U.S. auto industry; kept teachers, firefighters, police and others on the job; extended middle class tax cuts, and ensured full funding of unemployment benefits.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46920.html

    • President Obama: Two Years of Progress
      From: DemocraticVideo | December 22, 2010

      A look back at President Obama’s accomplishments over the first two years of his administration.

    • A Win for Obama and Democrats
      With the tax cut deal and the START treaty, the lame duck session was successful for the president’s party

      12/31/10 By Alex M. Parker – USNews

      It took arm twisting, deal making, and working right up until Christmas, but this lame duck Congress turned out to be one of the more productive ones in recent history. After seeing his popularity decline and his party get wallopped at the polls, Obama pulled out some legislative victories and managed to regain a little swagger before the new year.

      Congress passed a tax cut package which extended the Bush-era tax cuts, while also extending unemployment insurance and slashing the payroll tax through 2011. Democrats found the Republican votes they needed to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members, and to ratify the New START treaty, an arms control agreement with Russia. Despite some significant legal and procedural hurdles, Congress managed to pass a bill which updates the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory powers, and it also approved a bill providing healthcare to the first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The Senate failed, however, to pass the DREAM Act, an immigration bill which has languished in Congress for nearly a decade.

      The lame duck session capped off what was an acrimonious, but also very productive, two years for Congress. “I think it’s fair to say this has been the most productive post-election period we’ve had in decades, and it comes on the heels of the most productive two years we’ve had in generations,” Obama said during a press conference on Wednesday. Of course, during much of this time, the Democrats had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. But since early this year, they’ve lost two seats to special elections, and the president was forced to work more closely with Republicans to get his agenda through. “The tax deal was probably the largest bipartisan accomplishment of this Congress,” says Michael Franc, a legislative expert with the conservative Heritage Foundation. “Obama did reach across the aisle, and he did touch a couple of the third rails which antagonize his base.” Franc says that this could show Obama’s strategy moving forward as Republicans take control of the House of Representatives next year.

      For the entire article: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2010/12/31/a-win-for-obama-and-democrats.html?s_cid=rss:a-win-for-obama-and-democrats

    • Is the U.S. economy poised for a comeback in 2011?

      12/24/10 news.yahoo.com

      New York – Many experts believe that after two years of anemic growth a serious recovery is imminent. Why are they so optimistic?

      Heading into the new year, more economists are predicting an upswing for the struggling U.S. economy, says The New York Times. After slower-than-anticipated growth in 2010, a number of encouraging trends are driving “new optimism that the recovery will gain substantial momentum in 2011,” putting the country “on its soundest footing since the financial crisis started an economic tailspin three years ago.” What, exactly, is behind the rosy outlook? Here are five reasons for optimism:

      Fewer job cuts

      Obama’s payroll tax cut

      Stock-market gains

      A rebound in holiday shopping

      Rising consumer confidence

      For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/theweek/20101224/cm_theweek/210631

    • Economists: 2011 Could Be the Year of Recovery

      12/24/10 TheAtlanticWire

      WASHINGTON, DC – After a dismal 2010, in which the 2008 and 2009 recession was officially over but economic indicators from unemployment to housing remained poor, some economists are forecasting that 2011 will be the year that the U.S. economy finally comes back to life. Here’s their case, what it means, why it could happen, and some pushback from more jaundiced sources. Whether or not these economists are right–and we hope they are–their optimism alone is a nice gift for the holiday season. Though the poor economy will make this Christmas a difficult one for many American families, perhaps this is a sign that next year’s could be much better.

      * Economists Predicting 2011 Recovery The New York Times’ Sewell Chan reports the good news:

      The government’s latest measures to bolster the economy have led many forecasters and policy makers to express new optimism that the recovery will gain substantial momentum in 2011. Economists in universities and on Wall Street have raised their growth projections for next year. Retail sales, industrial production and factory orders are on the upswing, and new claims for unemployment benefits are trending downward.
      … Economists are increasingly upbeat about the outlook, saying that while the economy in 2011 will not be strong enough to drive unemployment down significantly, it should put the United States on its soundest footing since the financial crisis started an economic tailspin three years ago.

      For the entire article: http://yhoo.it/hgUSzi

  5. Secretary Napolitano Arrives in Afghanistan

    December 30, 2010 dhs.gov

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan today at approximately 7:42 a.m. AFT along with six additional DHS customs and border security officials who will join DHS personnel already deployed in the region to provide civilian assistance to local security officials.

    While in Afghanistan, Secretary Napolitano will meet with senior U.S. and Afghan officials—including Afghan ministers as well as border security experts from DHS and other civilians from across the U.S. government—to discuss progress being made in securing the region. She will also spend New Year’s Eve with the military men and women serving their country on the front lines to combat terrorism and bring peace and stability to the region.

    “For several years, the Department of Homeland Security has been contributing personnel to help bolster security in Afghanistan,” said Secretary Napolitano. “In the last twelve months, DHS has expanded its effort here in support of President Obama’s policy of civilian engagement. Today, I arrived in Kabul with six additional border security and customs officers who will join our ongoing efforts to advise and assist our Afghan counterparts on customs and border control. It is an honor to meet with our dedicated military and civilian men and women who are helping to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, and I thank them for their continued efforts and sacrifices here to make the American homeland safer and more secure.”

    Following her departure from Afghanistan, Secretary Napolitano will continue to Qatar on Jan. 2; Israel on Jan. 3-5; and Belgium on Jan. 5-6 to meet with her counterparts and discuss international efforts to ensure the security of our global aviation and supply chain systems against threats of terrorism and transnational crime, while facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and commerce. More details will be provided once they are finalized.

    • Department of Homeland Security Leader Janet Napolitano Visits Troops in Afghanistan U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visiting troops serving in Afghanistan over the New Years holiday.

      SBARTSTV | January 03, 2011

    • Find Your Loved One at Dvidshub.net
      From: dvidshub | December 29, 2010

      Promo video highlighting holiday greetings from service members to their families across the country.

    • Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit to Torkham Border Crossing and Lunch with Troops in Afghanistan

      December 31, 2010 dhs.gov

      TORKHAM, Afghanistan—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today toured border security operations at Afghanistan’s Torkham Border Crossing with Pakistan—meeting with Afghan and U.S. border security and customs officials working to strengthen border security along the Afghan-Pakistan border while facilitating legitimate travel and commerce.

      “Building and maintaining a strong border crossing system is critical to the stability and security of Afghanistan,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Over the past year, the Department of Homeland Security has worked closely with the Afghan government to help establish a border security and customs system to counter terrorism while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.”

      For several years, DHS has deployed border security and customs personnel to the region to provide civilian assistance to local security officials by mentoring Afghan border police and customs officials and helping establish an Afghan customs academy. In the last twelve months, DHS efforts have expanded and now more than a dozen U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are providing training and guidance to the Afghan government and sharing best practices—including the six officials that arrived with Secretary Napolitano earlier today. Additional personnel will be deployed in the coming months.

      Secretary Napolitano’s visit included a briefing and tour of the Afghan Border Coordination Center at Torkham, as well as an aerial tour of the Torkham Border Crossing Point. She also met with Afghan port officials and received a briefing with CBP and ICE personnel working in the border region.

      Following her visit to the Afghan-Pakistan border, Secretary Napolitano joined a group of U.S. and allied troops for lunch. She thanked them for their service—reiterating that U.S. homeland security does not begin at our physical borders, but starts with the global threats of terrorism they combat everyday around the world.

      Secretary Napolitano reiterated President Obama’s commitment to assisting the Afghan people in securing their country by disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      Later today, Secretary Napolitano will spend New Year’s Eve with U.S. military and civilian personnel.

  6. Happy New Year, guys. Love you all. Thank you for sticking together. You really helped get through this year. May we stay together for years to come.

    Much love.

    • Happy New Year right back at you, BWD! Love your latest post. Love it!

      Thanks to you and CR and all the others like you who bring so many diverse people together, to honor … you know … that one!

  7. Love back atcha BWD. You have done a fabulous job of keeping us together and we are extremely grateful. May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

  8. Tradewinds should help clear fireworks smoke tonight

    12/31/10 By Star-Advertiser staff

    Hawaii – Tonight’s forecast calls for occasional showers and normal tradewinds, meaning fireworks smoke should clear relatively quickly during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    For people bracing for a heavier-than-usual fireworks celebration tonight before a city ban takes place on Jan. 2, “it shouldn’t be too bad,” said Tim Craig, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service.

    Rains are expected to return late Saturday night or early Sunday morning “but it doesn’t look to be as big or as wet” as the last storm, Craig said.

    • Hawaii has lots of Chinese people and all the cultures are intertwined so there are firecrackers popped at every eventful occasion “to ward off bad spirits”; weddings, company grand openings, parties, Fourth of July, Gregoraian Calendar New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year so I know that there will be lots of pyrotechnics going on tonight in Hawaii. I HOPE that the smoke is not too bad for Malia.

    • Fireworks era ends in smoke and fires

      Exploding amusements come out to play before a ban takes effect

      1/1/11 By Michael Tsai – StarAdvertiser

      Hawaii – Oahu residents celebrated last night not only the coming of the new year, but also the last time in the foreseeable future that they will be able to legally use most types of fireworks.

      No more sparklers, fountains, spinners or poppers. From now on, only firecrackers will be legal on Oahu.

      So residents like 21-year-old Ty Nitoma of Kalihi partied like it was, well, 2010.

      “It sucks that this is the last year,” Nitoma said. “What are we going to do next year? It’ll be weird.”

      Nitoma and a group of Kokea Street friends made a last-minute run to Safeway to buy fireworks, then spent the early evening tossing various shrieking, sparkling, popping amusements onto the sticky mud of the Kapalama Canal.

      The consensus among Nitoma and his friends was that the new fireworks ban would deprive responsible fireworks users the opportunity to continue what has become a local custom (if not always a bona fide cultural practice) while doing nothing to dampen the illicit aerials market.

      Romel Vicente, 38, arrived in Hawaii two years ago from California but quickly adopted the local appreciation for celebrating the new year with pop and circumstance.

      “It’s a custom that is really all about family and bringing people together,” Vicente said. “After a year like this one, where everyone was affected by the economy, you need to get rid of the stress and welcome the new year with a bang. It’s all about looking forward to something better.”

      In the distance, the thundering crack of homemade acetylene balloon bombs echoed through the rows of apartments and empty parking lots, and screeching aerials made brief, mocking appearances in the sky over Kalihi Valley.

      For the entire article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20110101_fireworks_era_ends_in_smoke_and_fires.html

  9. Hi CR, & Pro-Obama friends;
    Hope you all have a Happy New Year…!

    Got a kick out of this….
    Since it happened in Washington State, our Kat-for-Obama better watch out!

    Man, 92, Chews Restraining Tape After Home Robbery

    SHORELINE, Wash. — The King County sheriff’s office says a 92-year-old Shoreline man CHEWED THROUGH RESTRAINTS to free himself, after two men robbed his house.

    Sgt. John Urquhart says that on Monday two men knocked on Lester Matteson’s door and asked to use his phone, claiming their car had broken down.
    But once they entered, the men grabbed the victim’s arms and held them while they USED MASKING TAPE to tape him to a chair.

    Urquhart says the men ransacked the house, eventually taking off with more than $400 in cash and the victim’s 2000 Ford pickup truck.

    It took Matteson TWO HOURS TO CHEW THROUGH MASKING TAPE.
    Other than bruises, he was not injured.

    Matteson tells KOMO-TV he wasn’t frightened, but at his age, “you don’t wrestle two young men.”
    And he says he’s learned his lesson: “Watch out who you let in.”
    http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-odd/20101228/US.Home.Invasion/

    P.S. I never would have gotten free…..since I’m waiting to get new bottom plate made, couldn’t have chewed at all!!!

  10. Ten Democratic Accomplishments You May Not Have Known About

    12/31/10 Posted by Josh Cohen – democrats.org

    In the final edition of our week-long wrap up of the 111th Congress, today’s post details 10 Democratic accomplishments during the past two years that you may not have known about. Despite near constant Republican obstruction, Congress passed hundreds of bills and President Obama has issued numerous measures during the past 24 months that improve the lives of millions of people, and move our country forward.

    The list below is far from comprehensive – instead, it’s a sampling of the many Democratic initiatives enacted and set in motion during the 111th Congress. These items are listed in no particular order.

    1. Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
    2. Creation of ‘Solar Energy Zones’
    3. Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010
    4. Food Safety Modernization Act
    5. Small Business Jobs Act
    6. Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act
    7. Human Rights Enforcement Act
    8. Race to the Top Education Reform
    9. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
    10. Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act

    For the entire article: http://www.democrats.org/news/blog/1321

  11. Happy New Year’s Eve, everybody!

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    As we prepare to move forward, here's a New Year's Eve 2007 message from someone who always sees farther ahead:

    • ((HUG)) Happy New Year’s Eve Kat! 🙂

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  12. I {{Hug}} you back 🙂
    .. now off to see the fireworks – oh, nearly forgot: Cheers !!!

  13. Obama to ring in 2011 with family talent show

    12/31/10 AP

    President Barack Obama will ring in 2011 with friendly competition at his family’s annual New Year’s Eve talent show.

    The White House is keeping Obama’s talent a closely guarded secret. Several friends and family members will join the Obamas at their rented oceanfront home in Kailua.

    Obama has stayed under the radar for much of his Hawaii vacation, mostly spending his time at the gym, golf course or beach. The White House says he has been reading three books: Lou Cannon’s biography of Ronald Reagan, “President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime”; and two novels, “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”, by David Mitchell, and “Our Kind of Traitor”, by John le Carre.

    A handful of well-wishers held signs as the president’s motorcade drove to his morning workout at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii gym. One of the signs read, “Mahalo President Barack.” Another said, “So much gratitude & love for you.”

  14. “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind ?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and auld lang syne ? CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

    And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup !
    And surely I’ll be mine !

    And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    for auld lang syne. CHORUS

    We twa hae run about the braes,
    and pou’d the gowans fine ;
    But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
    sin’ auld lang syne. CHORUS

    We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
    frae morning sun till dine ;
    But seas between us braid hae roar’d
    sin’ auld lang syne. CHORUS

    And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
    And gives a hand o’ thine !
    And we’ll tak a right guid-willie-waught,
    for auld lang syne. CHORUS

    ——–

    Kromgol | June 24, 2008

    Auld Lang Syne by BBC’s Symphony Orchester!

  15. Not quite 2011 here, but Happy New Year to all those on the East Coast!

  16. I am an early to bed early to rise kind of gal so I will wish a…

    “Happy New Year” to the people in the Mountain time zone!

    “Happy New Year” to the people on the West Coast!

    “Shaka” and “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou” to da braddahs and sistas in da Pacific time zones!

    “Happy New Year to everyone else and all the ships at sea! May health and happiness be yours in 2011!

  17. WH

    Saturday Jan. 1, 2011

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  18. Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address – The White House

    January 1, 2011

    Hello, everybody. As we close the books on one year and begin another, I wanted to take a moment today to wish you a very Happy New Year and talk a little bit about the year that lies ahead.

    At the start of 2011, we’re still just emerging from a once-in-a-lifetime recession that’s taken a terrible toll on millions of families. We all have friends and neighbors trying to get their lives back on track.

    We are, however, riding a few months of economic news that suggests our recovery is gaining traction. And our most important task now is to keep that recovery going. As President, that’s my commitment to you: to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class. That’s my resolution for the coming year.

    Still, even as we work to boost our economy in the short-term, it’s time to make some serious decisions about how to keep our economy strong, growing, and competitive in the long run. We have to look ahead – not just to this year, but to the next 10 years, and the next 20 years. Where will new innovations come from? How will we attract the companies of tomorrow to set up shop and create jobs in our communities? What will it take to get those jobs? What will it take to out-compete other countries around the world? What will it take to see the American Dream come true for our children and grandchildren?

    Our parents and grandparents asked themselves those questions. And because they had the courage to answer them, we’ve had the good fortune to grow up in the greatest nation on Earth.

    Now it’s our turn to think about the future. In a few days, a new Congress will form, with one house controlled by Democrats, and one house controlled by Republicans – who now have a shared responsibility to move this country forward. And here’s what I want you to know: I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment to see it through. And we should all expect you to hold us accountable for our progress or our failure to deliver.

    For the entire transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/01/weekly-address-democrats-and-republicans-have-shared-responsibility-move

  19. 7 Major Advances Predicted for Health & Medicine in 2011

    1/1/11Lauren Cox- LiveScience

    In terms of advancement in the fields of science and medicine, 2010 was a stellar year. German doctors appeared to have cured a man of HIV. Doctors watched a drug called PLX4032 melt away the tumors of melanoma patients who otherwise were out of treatment options. And scientists created the first “synthetic life.”

    What significant advances can we expect in 2011? Here are seven predictions, provided by experts in these fields who gave MyHealthNewsDaily the lowdown on what might promote our health next year.

    Prediction 1: Results of a promising HIV vaccine will be announced.

    An American man made international headlines this month when German doctors announced he had been cured of the virus that causes AIDS. The HIV-positive man had suffered from acute myeloid leukemia – a deadly blood cancer – so in 2007 the doctors performed a bone marrow transplant to treat the leukemia. They were lucky enough to find a bone marrow donor with a rare mutation, called Delta 32, that provides natural resistance to the human immunodeficiency virus.

    Three years after the transplant, the man continued to show no signs of HIV.

    But for all the media attention to this case, another scientific advance is likely to help more people battle HIV and AIDS in 2011.

    In 2009, studies in Thailand showed a vaccine could reduce the risk of contracting HIV by about 30 percent. Dr. Susan Zolla-Pazner, an HIV researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, said it was the first sign of real success for an HIV vaccine, and a guide to future research.

    “It was the first and only light in a very dark tunnel that suggested that we were beginning to get off of home plate in terms of making any progress,” Zolla-Pazner said.

    Reflecting on the case of the German achievement, Zolla-Pazner pointed out that only a tiny fraction of HIV patients would be able to find matching bone marrow from a naturally resistant donor, and even then, those patients would risk dying from the bone marrow transplant procedure.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20101231/sc_livescience/7majoradvancespredictedforhealthmedicinein2011

  20. The economy in 2011: Five reasons for hope — and for concern

    12/31/10 By Zachary Roth- news.yahoo.com

    With apologies to Charles Dickens, it was the worst of times, with some signs of better days ahead.

    As a year of sluggish economic growth comes to a close, there are signs that a recovery could be just around the corner. But some analysts point to worrying trends that could portend trouble for years to come. Below are five reasons for hope … and five for concern.

    On the brighter side:

    1. Consumer spending is on the rise. Retail sales jumped last month by more than expected. Consumer spending is a key driver of economic growth, so this could be a sign that things are looking up.

    2. Stocks are up, too. This month, the Dow Jones reached its highest level since the onset of the financial crisis in September 2008. That suggests investors are confident about the direction of the economy.

    3. Corporate profits have exploded. They rose to a record $1.67 trillion in the third quarter of 2010 — up an eye-popping 28 percent from where they were a year ago. That’s good news for anyone with money in the stock market, and it may lead to job growth.

    4. The trade gap may be narrowing. Right now, the U.S. imports more goods than it exports, and that gap is seen as a key long-term obstacle to a healthy economy. But thanks to a huge jump in U.S. exports, the gap narrowed in October by more than it had in any month since February 2009.

    5. Execs say they expect to hire. Ordinary Americans won’t begin to feel any recovery until businesses start hiring. And on that score, almost 45 percent of corporate execs surveyed in a recent study said they expected to add more workers in the next 6 months. That’s the highest figure since the survey began in late 2002.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101231/ts_yblog_thelookout/the-economy-in-2011-five-reasons-for-hope-and-for-concern

  21. Factories and services hummed along in December

    12/31/10 Pedro Nicolaci da Costa – Reuters

    WASHINGTON – The pace of expansion in the manufacturing and service sectors quickened modestly in December, two upcoming surveys are expected to show, further evidence of an economy that is mending gradually.

    The Institute for Supply Management, an industry group, will publish its two major monthly surveys next week. According to a Reuters poll of economists, ISM’s high-profile measure of U.S. factory activity, due on Monday, should edge higher to 56.9 from 56.6. Readings above 50 point to growth.

    A surge in Midwest factory activity reported in the Chicago purchasing managers survey this week to its highest level since 1988 has some economists on guard for possible surprises to the upside in ISM’s national survey.

    Separately, ISM’s index of the vast U.S. services sector, slated for publication on Wednesday, is also seen rising marginally. The barometer, which covers a wide range of sectors ranging from airlines to restaurants, is projected to climb to 55.5 from 55.0.

    The U.S. economy has grown in fits and starts since the worst recession in generations came to an end in the summer of 2009. Gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent in the third quarter, a level still considered too weak to put a meaningful dent in the nation’s 9.8 percent jobless rate.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101231/bs_nm/us_usa_economy_ism

  22. Minimum wage earners in 7 states getting raises

    12/30/10 KRISTEN WYATT- AP

    DENVER – It will be a happier New Year for nearly 650,000 workers earning minimum wage. They’re getting small raises in seven states that tie their salaries to the cost of living.

    The minimum wages in those states will go up between 9 cents and 12 cents an hour Saturday because their consumer price indexes rose in 2010.

    The extra pennies can’t come soon enough for Joe Martinez of Denver, who works odd jobs such as lawn maintenance for minimum wage. In Colorado, the wage is rising 11 cents, from the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour to $7.36 an hour.

    “The prices of everything are going up — food, rent, electricity,” Martinez, 55, said on his lunch break Wednesday. “I know it’s not a lot of money, but any extra money will help, you know?”

    Poverty advocates say the rising minimum wages shouldn’t be seen as raises, just adjustments to keep the working poor at the same level as prices of goods rise.

    The National Employment Law Project, a New York-based advocate for workers, estimates that about 647,000 people will see their paychecks go up in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

    “It just ensures minimum wage keeps pace with the rising costs of necessities like milk and bread and gas,” said Paul Sonn, legal co-director for NELP.

    The NELP and other workers’ advocates helped block a legal challenge to a minimum wage hike in Washington. That state will have 2011’s highest statewide minimum wage at $8.67 an hour.

    For the entire article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101230/ap_on_bi_ge/us_minimum_wage_hikes

  23. Hawaiian New Year’s Day Traditions

    Hawaii is truly a melting pot of races and cultures that is reflected in their everyday lives in the most basic ways. All of the major holiday traditions are celebrated by everyone.

    So if you were to go to someone’s house on New Year’s Day you bring a dish for the potluck meal and remove your shoes at the door. The dishes that you would probably see on the table would reflect all of Hawaii’s diverse population like Chinese noodles (for long life), Filipino lumpia, Portuguese Linguiça, Korean bulgogi, Hawaiian lomi salmon, Japanese sashimi, and maki sushi. For dessert there would be chichi dango mochi and Leonard’s bakery malasadas, lilikoi, haupia, chantilly and dobash cake!

  24. WashingtonMonthly.com, Jan. 1, 2011:

    MAJOR HEALTH CARE REFORMS KICK IN TODAY

    By Steve Benen

    …. Almost immediately after [the Affordable Care Act] received President Obama’s signature, new consumer protections and benefits kicked in — young adults have been able to stay on their family health care plan through their 26th birthday; children with pre-existing conditions were no longer facing discrimination; and “rescission” practices were curtailed.

    But as 2011 gets underway, even more worthwhile changes are taking effect, starting today….

    …. we’re talking about some pretty important provisions. Seniors who’ve been stuck in prescription-drug “doughnut hole,” will, for example, receive a 50% discount on the price of brand-name prescription drugs starting today. On a related note, seniors will also be eligible, starting today, for free “preventive services” screenings, including cancer tests like mammograms, and annual check-ups.

    Of particular interest, on a systemic level, is the introduction of the new “medical loss ratio,” which sounds more complicated than it is. This new rule forces private insurers to spend 80% to 85% of the money we pay them in premiums on paying for* actual medical care to its customers, rather than everything else (profit, marketing, executive salaries, overhead, etc.). In recent years, some insurance companies were spending as little as 50% of their premium dollars on their customers….

    http://bit.ly/fTYyiP

  25. From ThinkProgress.org, Jan. 1, 2011:

    Chief Justice Roberts Calls for End to Senate Obstruction of Judges

    …. In 1997, when Republican Chief Justice William Rehnquist criticized the Republican-controlled Senate for blocking President Clinton’s nominees, his rebuke shamed the Senate into nearly doubling its confirmation rate the next year. Hopefully, Roberts’ rebuke will yield a similar response….

    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/01/roberts-confirmations/

      • Hope so! I don’t care for him – as the commercial goes, he’s a “namby pamby” (lightweight) justice!

  26. December 31, 2010

    Statement by President Barack Obama on Removal of HEU from Ukraine

    “I congratulate President Yanukovych on the recent shipment of highly enriched uranium from Ukraine for secure disposal in Russia, which advances a top priority for my administration and for global security. This action brings us all one step closer to securing all vulnerable nuclear materials, as President Yanukovych and I and 45 other world leaders pledged to do this April at the Nuclear Security Summit. The low enriched uranium and nuclear safety equipment provided to Ukraine in connection with this shipment will support Ukraine’s development of safe and secure nuclear energy. These actions represent continued Ukrainian leadership in making sure that nuclear weapons never fall into the hands of a terrorist, and working toward a world without nuclear weapons.”

  27. January 01, 2011

    Statement by the President on the terrorist attacks in Egypt and Nigeria

    I strongly condemn the separate and outrageous terrorist bombing attacks in Egypt and Nigeria. The attack on a church in Alexandria, Egypt caused 21 reported deaths and dozens of injured from both the Christian and Muslim communities. The perpetrators of this attack were clearly targeting Christian worshipers, and have no respect for human life and dignity. They must be brought to justice for this barbaric and heinous act. We are continuing to gather information regarding this terrible event, and are prepared to offer any necessary assistance to the Government of Egypt in responding to it.

    The attack near an army barracks in Abuja also reportedly killed more than 20 people and wounded many more. Killing innocent civilians who were simply gathering – like so many people around the world – to celebrate the beginning of a New Year further demonstrates the bankrupt vision of those who carry out these attacks, and we are similarly prepared to offer assistance to the Government of Nigeria as it works to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    The United States extends its deepest condolences to the families of those killed and to the wounded in both of these attacks, and we stand with the Nigerian and Egyptian people at this difficult time.

  28. Secretary Clinton: Travel to Brazil

    1/1/11 state.gov

    Secretary of State Clinton travels to Brazil on January 1, 2011 to attend the inauguration of President-Elect Dilma Rousseff. Brazil is an essential partner in the hemisphere and the world, and the United States is committed to deepening our relationship on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues with Brazil’s Government and people. The United States looks forward to working with President-Elect Rousseff and her administration to advance these and other shared goals.

  29. Inside the White House: Letters to the President

    From: whitehouse | August 02, 2009

    Every day, President Obama reads ten letters from the public in order to stay in tune with America’s issues and concerns. “Letters to the President” is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the process of how those ten letters make it to the President’s desk from among the tens of thousands of letters, faxes, and e-mails that flood the White House each day.

    • Just thought that I would share an oldie but goodie video of one of the things that our wonderful Pres Obama makes sure he has time for everyday….listening to America.

  30. 10 in 2010: A Year of Notable Obama Moments

    30 December 2010 by Tanya Brothen- Obama Today

    From the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to a surprise trip to Afghanistan, to getting injured during a friendly game of basketball, President Barack Obama has certainly had a busy year. Here, in order of occurrence, are Obama Today’s picks for 10 notable Obama moments of 2010:

    1. Signs the Affordable Care Act into Law
    2. Visits the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
    3. Hosts Young African Leaders Forum
    4. Declares End of U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq
    5. Michelle Obama Helps Harvest the White House Garden
    6. Delivers a Post-Midterm Election Press Conference
    7. Takes a Trip to Asia
    8. Gets Injured During a Basketball Game
    9. Makes a Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
    10. Named Most Admired Man in America

    For the entire article: http://blogs.america.gov/obama/2010/12/30/top-10-obama-moments-of-2010/

  31. Obama visits bodysurfing beach, but it’s not Sandys

    1/1/11 By AP

    President Barack Obama is spending the first afternoon of the New Year at a sunny beach on a Marine base near his rented vacation home.

    The president, his family and friends took a short motorcade ride from Kailua, where they are staying, to Pyramid Rock Beach at the edge of Marine Corps Base Hawaii midday Saturday.

    The Obamas spent part of Christmas Eve at the same white sandy beach. News reporters and photographers traveling with the president have been kept away and haven’t been able to see if the president has gone into the water.

    Pyramid Rock has been dubbed “one of Oahu’s bodysurfing jewels” by the Honolulu biweekly paper Midweek. The Marine Corps sponsors an annual bodysurfing contest there.

    The first family left the beach at about 3 p.m. and then left to play tennis at the Kailua Raquet Club, a private tennis club.

    The president began his day with a workout at the base’s Semper Fit gym.

  32. WH

    Sunday Jan. 2, 2011

    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Honolulu.
    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM

    Pres Obama signs the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM

  33. Goodnight, CR! And thanks again for bringing us into the New Year, shouting our full support of President Obama!

  34. Biden poised for larger role in Obama White House

    1/1/10 By Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is a career politician who has spent virtually his entire adult life in Washington politics — seemingly the antithesis of Barack Obama’s hope-and-change message.

    Yet with a new political order in Washington, the success of Obama’s presidency hinges more and more on the negotiating skills and political instincts of his No. 2.

    Facing a revived Republican Party, the White House is expected to increasingly deploy Biden as a presidential surrogate to find compromises and coax reluctant lawmakers into crossing party lines. Even Biden’s penchant for veering off message is being re-evaluated inside the White House as a bridge to ordinary voters who appreciate blunt talk.

    A model for Biden’s role in the next session of Congress was the recent passage of the New START nuclear arms agreement with Russia. Biden, who built a reputation as a foreign policy expert during his 36 years in the Senate, prevailed in an internal White House debate over whether to press for ratification in the lame-duck session.

    Some White House advisers had worried that the votes weren’t in hand and that a defeat would weaken the president at home and abroad.

    But Biden argued that ratifying the treaty would only get tougher in 2011, when the Democratic majority in the Senate would shrink by five votes. He then made about 40 calls to Republican senators, helping win the required two-thirds vote that gave the White House a major foreign policy victory at the close of the year.

    David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama, said Biden proved to be “an all-star player.” Not so long ago, White House aides seemed to want Biden benched. They cringed at his repeated gaffes, which haven’t stopped. In June, Biden called a Wisconsin custard shop manager a “smart ass” after the man refused to take payment and said he’d prefer a tax cut instead.

    • Thank God for Joe. He and PBO complement each other. They are a great team. Joe has been in the trenches of the Senate and he knows the operations inside and out. I am still happy that PBO chose him as VP.

  35. Rural America 2010 (the one bright spot in the 2010 economic picture)

    1/2/10 by Liane Hansen NPR

    Last year was a tough one for the American economy. There was some growth and some jobs were created, but not nearly enough to keep up with the continuing high rates of unemployment. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who says that rural America was one bright spot in last year’s economic picture.

    For the audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/02/132583023/-Rural-Americas-2010-Defied-Economic-Blues

    • Excerpts from the audio interview with Ag Sec Vilsack:

      “Well it was a good year for farmers; 34% increase in net farm income driven in large part because we had a very good year in term of ag exports. What we often talk about the economy about a trade deficit with other countries but in agriculture the United States of America had a trade surplus. We anticipate and expect that it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $41,000,000,000 dollars more agriculture products that we sell to the rest of the world then we purchase from the rest of the world. And each billion dollars worth of agricultural sales generates somewhere between 8,000 and 9,000 jobs so it is not only helping farm income but it is also increasing employment opportunities. ” said Ag Sec Vilsack

  36. ProPresObama.org 2010 year in blogging

    Blog statistics since 6/1/10 launch:

    1,102 views on your busiest day, September 28, 2010
    107,776 views all-time

    Total Number of Threads: 168
    Total Number of Comments: 30,332
    Total Number of Subscriptions: 96

  37. Merry Christmas from President Barack Obama passed on by Marine Corps Commandant

    From: marines | December 26, 2010

    The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps stopped in at Camp Dwyer, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for a Christmas Eve Dinner with Regimental Combat team 1, December 24. The Commandant also addressed all the Marines where he passed along a message from their Commander in Chief. Shot by Cpl. Skyler Tooker.

  38. New Year Brings Glimmers Of Economic Hope

    January 2, 2011 by Marilyn Geewax – NPR

    The old year could not have ended soon enough for the millions of Americans who spent 2010 struggling to find jobs or avoid foreclosure notices. Now it’s a new year, and many economists are seeing reasons for optimism.

    They note that consumer expenditures have been rising for half a year, and take-home pay has increased 3.4 percent over the past 12 months. Manufacturing also is perking up, with orders for civilian capital goods rising briskly.

    The increases have prompted economists to raise growth estimates for 2011. Surveys of economists show most now expect an expansion rate of 3 percent to 3.5 percent in 2011. That pace would be up sharply from the start of 2009, when the recession was deepening and the economy shrinking by more than 6 percent.

    Still, the 2011 pace of expansion will not be quick enough to provide paychecks for all of the 15 million workers seeking employment. As a result, most economists are estimating the current 9.8 percent unemployment rate will ease only slightly, down to about 9 percent for the year.

    On the housing front, most see a recovery coming, but not until later in the year. Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Housing hits bottom in 2011.”

    Zandi expects more price declines and foreclosures in the first half of the year. But by the second half, “I think the price declines will be over,” he said. “By the end of the year, [the market will see] some price stability, and by 2012 some price growth.”

    Consumer prices could be a wild card for 2011. Some economists fear consumer demand will remain so slack that prices could fall in the new year.

    But other economists worry prices will shoot up. Oil prices have been rising sharply in recent weeks, and crop prices have jumped, too. That could point to significant food and fuel inflation in 2011. If U.S. consumers end up having to spend more on gasoline and groceries, they would have less money for making the mortgage or buying clothes. And that would hurt the recovery.

    Forecasters generally are predicting U.S. stocks will gain 10 percent to 20 percent in the new year. Historically, the third year of a presidential term is a good one. But there are risks — share prices could suddenly plunge because of profit-taking or a currency crisis.

    But on balance, economists are not focused on the dangers for 2011. Their outlook is positive — with forecasts calling for decent economic growth, fairly stable consumer prices and rising stock prices.

    • Thanks, COS! I was on Frank’s website in the last couple of days … and noticed he made a special point to LINK to our very own BWD’s posts on WordPress. Exciting!

  39. Happy first sunday of the new year everyone 🙂

    odd trending topic on twitter…just between us…something about FLOTUS expecting…I personally don’t think so.

  40. No tsunami threat from 7.1 quake in Chile

    12/2/10 By StarAdvertiser Staff

    Hawaii – A 7.1-magnitude quake in central Chile poses no tsunami threat to Hawaii, federal scientists have advised state Civil Defense.

    The quake struck at 10:20 this morning, Hawaii time, about 336 miles south-southwest of Santiago, Chile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    “Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii,” said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach.

    For the entire article: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/112776694.html

  41. Ringing In the New Year With New Education Benefits for Wounded Warriors

    Posted by Brian Hawthorne on January 01, 2011

    In case you hadn’t heard, in the last days of the Session, both the House and the Senate passed a Bill, S. 3447, that significantly enhanced and changed the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other educational benefits. This effort was led by a coalition of veteran services organizations, and we are proud to have seen it through.

    This Bill made a lot of important changes to these programs specifically for wounded warriors and disabled veterans, and I wanted to take a moment to tell you about them and others so you can start to plan for your educational goals.

    * Vocational Rehabilitation Program Stipend. Most significantly, a disabled veteran receiving the housing stipend under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31), which is usually significantly less than the Post 9/11 GI Bill, can now opt to receive the more generous amount under the Post 9/11 GI Bill which is the BAH rate of E-5 with dependents for their local zip code. This will be hundreds of dollars more per month for tens of thousands of eligible beneficiaries.
    * Vocational School Training and Apprenticeships Now Covered. The Post 9/11 GI Bill can now be used at many more vocational schools, apprenticeships, and on-the-job-training programs, which means that you can use it to enter into almost any field that you want.
    * Housing Allowance for Online Learners. A housing allowance is now available for exclusively online learners, so even while you are recuperating and cannot attend class in person on a campus, you can start your education online and receive the housing support allowance you need.
    * Book Allowance for Active Duty. If you are still on active duty, and want to start your education, you can now receive the $1,000/year book stipend that was previously not available for active duty personnel.
    * Prep Courses and Test Fees Now Covered. If you have not yet applied for schools, and want to bring your SAT/ACT scores up, the Post 9/11 GI Bill can now be used to fund prep courses and the test fees themselves so you can be more competitive when you apply.
    * Time for Eligibility Tolled During Recovery and for Caretakers. The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), which has a 10-year expiration date, has been extended for wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their caretakers for the length of their recovery time, which means that time spent in the hospital does not burn benefit time. This same extension also applies to children who are caretakers and have had Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred to them, or recipients of Chapter 35 Survivor’s Benefits. Normally, they must use their benefits before their 26th birthday, but this can be extended for those providing care to wounded, injured, and ill veterans.

    You can read a summary of the major changes here. There are a myriad of GI Bill benefit programs available to wounded and disabled veterans, and if you need help selecting the one that is right for you, talk to an educational advisor at your base or local school, or one of the veteran service organizations that make it our business to help you get the benefits you deserve. Feel free to visit our home page at http://www.studentveterans.org. If you are interested in information on enrollment and/or transferring your benefit to a dependant, just click the Post 9-11 GI Bill Icon on http://www.warriorcare.mil.

    Thank you for your service!

    Brian Hawthorne is an Army veteran with two tours in Iraq. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Student Veterans of America, and is receiving his Master’s Degree from the George Washington University.

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