Brandon Knight scored 25 points and Josh Harrellson added a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds as No. 11 Kentucky defeated No. 22 Louisville 78-63 on Friday.

The Wildcats (11-2) used their size to improve to 2-0 against their rivals since John Calipari became head coach. Kentucky dominated the smaller Cardinals (11-2) in the lane behind the stellar play of Harrellson, who took advantage while Louisville focused on Terrence Jones.

Harrellson and the Wildcats controlled the glass, particularly on the offensive end.

Preston Knowles led the Cardinals with 22 points and Chris Smith had 15 points and six rebounds. Louisville went through a long dry spell spanning the first and second halves, allowing the Wildcats to build an 18-point lead they would not relinquish.

A rare 3-pointer by Harrellson gave Kentucky a 44-26 lead early in the second half before the Cardinals finally sprang to life.

Louisville hit nine straight shots while slicing the lead to 59-49, but the Cardinals couldn’t get any stops.

Whenever Kentucky appeared to be in even a hint of trouble, the ball would end up in the hands of Knight. The freshman star lacks predecessor John Wall’s athleticism, but is a stellar floor general.

He ran Kentucky’s dribble-drive with precision, pulling up for a 3-pointer (finishing 4 of 6) when the defense sagged off him or dishing it to a teammate after slicing through the lane.

Often the ball would make its way into the hands of Harrellson. The senior, a leftover from the Billy Gillispie-era, has blossomed this winter under Calipari.

While the Cardinals threw two or three bodies trying to limit Jones – who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds – it left Harrellson open. He dunked several times, hit an open jumper or two and was never rattled.

Heady territory for a player who had his Twitter privileges suspended by Calipari before the season began for venting frustration at the coach’s alleged inability to offer him praise.

Calipari punished Harrellson by ordering an additional 30 minutes of conditioning before practice. It helped get the affable 6-foot-10 Harrellson into the best shape of his life. He’s provided the Wildcats with the inside presence they’ve needed while heralded freshman center Enes Kanter waits to see if he’ll be ruled eligible by the NCAA.

Kentucky shot 51 percent from the floor, turned it over just 13 times and never lost its poise during the series’ first game inside Louisville’s sparkling new downtown arena.

The Cardinals never got closer than nine points in the second half, with Jones effectively sealing it with a lay-up in traffic that gave Kentucky a 69-52 lead.

Both sides pledged a more genteel approach this time after last year’s ugly 71-62 Kentucky win, a game featuring 51 fouls, five technicals and a couple of wrestling matches.

Things weren’t nearly as chippy this time. There were no technicals and only one instance where referees stepped in between players. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t intense, at least early. Both teams played erratically in spots and out of control in others.

Yet there was little doubt once things settled about who was in control. Kentucky’s size and talent rendered Louisville’s smaller lineup ineffective.

Kentucky forward DeAndre Liggins swarmed the point guard, making it difficult for the Cardinal to get into any kind of offensive flow. If Louisville couldn’t get a 3-pointer or a pick-and-roll, it stalled.

The Cardinals led by six early and Kentucky appeared to be in trouble when sixth man Doron Lamb went to the bench with two fouls in the first half. Instead, the Wildcats picked up the pace.

Kentucky outscored Louisville 29-12 over the final 14:10 of the half to take a 35-24 lead into the break. The Wildcats were on their way to their sixth straight win.

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Obamacare: The Return of Death Panels

Angry pro-life leaders are calling on the incoming 112th Congress to revoke a new Obama administration regulation resuscitating “death panels,” which were rejected by the last congress after a public uproar threatened the passage of the president’s signature health care bill.

At the request of several Democratic lawmakers, the administration quietly slipped language into a Medicare regulation paying doctors to provide “end-of-life” consultations with patients. Doctors will instruct patients how to write “advance directives” listing what types of treatment they wish to receive, or not receive, if they are hospitalized in such poor condition that they are unable to make health care decisions.

The new regulation was revealed by the New York Times on Dec. 26. The regulation will go into force Jan. 1.

“Nothing good can come of this,” said Judie Brown, the president of American Life League. “This will affect everybody’s parents and grandparents and preborn babies, and it will not affect anybody for the good.”

Congress must step up to cancel the regulation, Brown added. “If not, a death certificate is written for an awful lot of elderly people.”

“Those of us who voted in common-sense representatives to take control of the House will be expecting to see reversals of regulations like these that run roughshod over the will of the American people,” said Dr. Janice Crouse, director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute at Concerned Women for America.

“This new Congress has to pass a law that revokes this new Medicare regulation because we’re going to see pressure on the elderly to end their lives prematurely,” said Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver. “This regulation is more egregious than the original Obama health care legislation.”

The original legislation provided for end-of-life counseling once every five years, Staver explained, but the new regulation pays doctors to counsel their patients every year during the annual “wellness” appointment provided by Medicare.

“I’m not opposed to having end-of-life directives but the problem is when a doctor gets paid to consult annually with his patients,” said Staver. “Doctors will have a financial incentive to counsel patients on end-of-life care.

“When you have the government mandating this end-of-life counseling, they’re conscripting doctors to do end-of-life counseling on a massive scale. It will be the equivalent of a super death panel. Elderly patients will get confused and will end up signing documents without having a clue what they’re signing, and they will sign away care they might really want.”

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman called the Obama approach “Darwinist,” and predicted it would lead to rationing of health care.

“When you have a fixed amount of money that is allocated to health care, it’s only logical that some bureaucrat will regulate it and decide who will get treatment,” Newman told WND. “That treatment will be based on some humanist, egalitarian principle that these bureaucrats always seem to hold. Their principles are Darwinist, survival of the fittest.

“My grandmother is 94 years old,” Newman continued. “Suppose she breaks her hip. Are they really going to authorize that expense over a 16-year-old who has urgent needs? It was Obama who said maybe Grandma should take a pill rather than get this expensive treatment.”

Brown said the terms “end-of-life counseling” and “death panel” are “interchangeable.”

“The term ‘death panel’ is a creation of Sarah Palin and it’s been picked up by everyone. It’s the same as a consultation with a family to determine when someone is to receive care. Many times these so-called consultations will be to coerce and convince a family that a person is better off dead and should be put out of his misery. You can call it anything you want, but those terms are interchangeable.”

“The media had a heyday making fun of Sarah Palin when she first talked about death panels,” said Crouse, “Now, the New York Times presents a blase report accepting the fact of the existence of “end-of-life” decisions that were at the heart of the massive health care reform package that Obama, Reid and Pelosi rammed through during the 111th Congress.

“Having just returned from the funeral of a dear lady – widow of a Navy man, both buried at Arlington National Cemetery – I couldn’t be more repulsed by the idea of government-controlled death panels that will make end-of-life decisions for the most vulnerable of our citizens,” Crouse added.

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President Obama and his family are enjoying a delightful Christmas vacation with friends and family in the chief executive’s home state of Hawaii.

Nobody questions a president’s right or need to take take away from the White House, but an investigation by Hawaii Reporter has turned up some eye-opening information about the costs and other aspects of the Obama get-away.

Just consider these estimates on part of the costs of the latest Obama Hawaii trip:

* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)

* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800

* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)

* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)

TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

But that $1.47 million figure leaves out a number of signficant costs that simply could not be calculated by Hawaii Reporter:

* Rental of office building in Kailua on canal

* Security upgrades and additional phone lines.

* Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president).

* Surveillance before the president arrives.

* Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.

White House spokesmen insist Obama’s vacation expenses are in line with those of previous presidents, which may well be true, but, since the government refuses to disclose many important details about any presidential journey, nobody can know for sure.

There appear to be reasons to suspect the Obamas’ trip could have been done for less, according to Hawaii Reporter.

“They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay such as a beachfront home on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station – just a two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are now,” according to Hawaii Reporter.

“The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. He also could have stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force Base as President Bill Clinton did.”

But Obama and friends opted instead to secure use of three luxury beachfront places, including the “Winter White House” – or Kailua home that the president rents two weeks a year.

That facility, Hawaii Reporter, noted, normally rents for an estimated $3,500 a day or $75,000 a month, according to the web site Gadling.com.

The latter describes the place as a “7,000 square foot home [that] features 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a media room with surround sound, a kitchen suited for a master chef, a dining room and great room, a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical waterfalls and a lavish island spa. The ocean lanai and garden lanai showcase ornate landscaping and stunning views of Kailua Bay and Mount Olomana.”

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With plunging temperatures and lingering cloud cover, Valley residents caught a rare glimpse of what many thought were brief periods of snow flurries Thursday.

Sightings were reported in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, Carefree, Peoria, Glendale and Anthem, Apache Junction, Mesa and parts of Phoenix.

However, National Weather Service officials said that what people actually saw was a phenomenon called graupel — soft hail that freezes higher in the atmosphere and as it comes down, warms and melts a little, much like a snowflake.

Meteorologist Charlotte Dewey said it looks like snow, but technically it’s not snow.

“What people are seeing is graupel,” she said. “They kind of look like like Dippin’ Dots.”

Initially, the Weather Service said they were receiving reports of graupel, hail and snow.

Several residents separately confirmed seeing falling flurries, including several in the Scottsdale area.

Tommy Leclere, manager of Carlsbad Tavern restaurant near Hayden and Osborn roads, said pea-sized snow flakes began falling from the sky around 12:30 p.m. It came down intermittently for about 15 minutes, with the flakes hitting the ground and melting.

Little kids ran out to look, and customers took out their cell phones to take pictures, he said.

“Even my kitchen staff went out to take pictures,” Leclere said. “Good thing we weren’t too busy.”

Residents of Cave Creek said they saw snow come down around the same time. Town clerk Carrie Dyrek said it fell for about a minute or two.

“Then the sun peaked through, and it was gone,” she said.

Other similar reports came from many parts of the Valley, with residents posting sightings on Facebook pages and many in comments on azcentral.com.

Temperatures were hovering in the 40s with windy conditions throughout the Valley most of today.

Dewey said the low in Phoenix tonight will be about 30 degrees with lower temperatures in the outer Valley, and a 10 percent chance of precipitation, with a greater chance in areas east of the Valley. A freeze warning is in effect, meaning residents should cover tender plants and take other precautions.

Dewey said residents still shouldn’t have their hopes dashed about actual snow flurries.

“If the temperature gets low enough while there is a chance for precipitation, snow will likely fall in Valley,” she said.

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Tiger Woods has once again ended a calendar year as golf’s top earner, despite suffering a pay cut of $48 million after losing his swing and his marriage and failing to win a single tournament.

The American world number two, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Thursday, topped Golf Digest magazine’s annual list for 2010 with overall earnings of $74.2 million.

Of that, only $2.29 million came from tournament purses with the rest accumulated off-course through endorsements and appearance fees.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson was second with total earnings of $40.18 million, followed by Arnold Palmer ($36 million), Greg Norman fourth ($30 million) and Jack Nicklaus fifth ($25.17 million).

Jim Furyk, who collected a $10 million bonus for winning the PGA Tour’s season-long FedExCup in September, was sixth on $23.58 million.

Other players featuring in the top 50 included South Africans Ernie Els seventh ($21.5 million) and Gary Player eighth ($15.01 million), Britain’s Lee Westwood ninth ($14.73 million) and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington ($11.61 million).

Overall earnings were compiled by Golf Digest through interviews with agents, players, executives of companies involved with endorsements, industry analysts and also via the official money lists of the leading professional tours.

In 2009, Woods led the standings with a mind-boggling $121.9 million but his earnings have dipped following his unexpected fall from grace after being engulfed by a sex scandal.

The 14-times major champion spent much of 2010 unsuccessfully trying to repair his marriage and also undergoing the fourth swing change of his career.

His troubles led such firms as AT&T and Accenture to end sponsorship deals, costing Woods up to $35 million in annual revenue.

He ended his PGA Tour season without a single title for the first time since he turned professional in 1996 and was deposed as world number one by Britain’s Lee Westwood on November 1.

However, since Woods joined forces with Canadian swing coach Sean Foley after the PGA Championship in August, his form has steadily improved and he remains the biggest drawcard in the game.

He is still paid more than $60 million annually by Nike, Electronic Arts, Procter & Gamble’s Gillette, Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets unit, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Tag Heuer, Upper Deck and TLC Laser Vision Centers.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office said it could not render an opinion on the 2010 consolidated financial statements of the federal government, because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations.

“Even though significant progress has been made since the enactment of key financial management reforms in the 1990s, our report on the U.S. government’s consolidated financial statement illustrates that much work remains to be done to improve federal financial management,” Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said in a statement. “Shortcomings in three areas again prevented us from expressing an opinion on the accrual-based financial statements.”

The main obstacles to a GAO opinion were: (1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense that made its financial statements unauditable, (2) the federal government’s inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies, and (3) the federal government’s ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements.

In addition, the GAO said last week it was unable to render an opinion on the 2010 Statement of Social Insurance because of significant uncertainties, primarily related to the achievement of projected reductions in Medicare cost growth. The consolidated financial statements discuss these uncertainties, which relate to reductions in physician payment rates and to productivity improvements, and provide an illustrative alternative projection to illustrate the uncertainties.

These imbeciles can’t run the government properly, so they expect the US citizens to trust them controlling 1/6th of the economy in dealing with health care?

Are you kidding me???

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Sony’s long-rumoured PlayStation Portable smartphone is set to be launched in North America and Europe as early as the spring, according to a Japanese newspaper report Wednesday.
The device would likely be based on Sony’s handheld PSP Go game console, would be made by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and run Google’s Android operating system, said the Asahi Shimbun’s English edition, citing unnamed sources.

Sony hopes to take on Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Nokia devices by offering the first smartphone that is based on a portable game console, with a set of controls that allows very advanced gaming.

The PSP Go, launched in November 2009, already features software downloads through a wireless connection, allowing players to also browse the Internet, watch movies, play music and read books and comics.

The new PlayStation handset would similarly work with Sony’s online media platform, the company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes.

Sony hopes the phone will stimulate sales in the sluggish videogame console market, said the Asahi.

Sony called the newspaper report “speculation” and declined to comment.

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Five young men who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a South Florida motel room were constant companions who acted like brothers and even went shoe shopping together before Christmas so they all would have the same pair, relatives said Tuesday.

They were celebrating a birthday Sunday night when they were overcome by carbon monoxide from a car they left running in a garage under their Hialeah motel room, police said. The teens’ friends told police that the car was having engine trouble, and they had probably left it running so that they wouldn’t get stuck with a car that wouldn’t start, police spokesman Carl Zogby said.

Authorities identified the dead as Juchen C. Martial, 19; Peterson Nazon, 17; Jonas Antenor, 17; Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16; and Evans Charles, 19. All lived within blocks of each other in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.

The group rented the room Sunday around 9 p.m. to celebrate Martial’s 19th birthday.

“On the 5 o’clock news I saw the same car his friend drove. I could not believe it,” Immacula Nazon said Tuesday.

Martial’s family had celebrated his birthday on Christmas Day and had gone to church on Sunday, and they didn’t know he was going out later that evening, said his aunt, Magalie Martial.

Juchen Martial was the oldest grandchild in a close-knit, traditional Haitian family, she said. He was finishing high school and working part-time at a Wendy’s, but he still was expected to meet a curfew every night.

The other teens found at the motel weren’t people they had seen at their home before, she said.

Martial’s grandmother was shocked to find he wasn’t home when she returned from work late Sunday. When she called him, he told her, “I went to a little party. I’ll be right back,” Magalie Martial said.

They didn’t hear from him again.

“Juchen and a bunch of friends died in a hotel, which we did not know about,” Magalie Martial said. “That’s what hurts the family.”

Nazon’s family said they had seen one of the teens driving the car just before Christmas. When the car showed up in news reports after the five bodies were found Monday, Nazon’s mother knew something was wrong. She had been calling her youngest child’s phone all morning, but he never answered.

Immacula Antenor came to the Nazons’ home to share their grief, but she found it hard to talk about her son, Jonas. She softly described the group as “good boys,” and both women shrugged at the idea of them throwing a party in a hotel room.

Nazon and Antenor had not told their mothers much about their plans, except to ask to borrow some cash. Martial was “a sweet boy, not a bad boy,” and there was no reason to worry, said Nazon’s mother, also named Immacula.

“Five people came to celebrate a birthday,” she said. “Now they’re victims.”

The medical examiner determined Tuesday that the teens died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, police said.

A maid called authorities Monday after looking through a window and seeing that the young men were unconscious.

In a 911 call, the maid described a strong smell of gasoline – “It’s a terrible stench,” she said. The maid told the emergency dispatcher in Spanish that she opened the door, called out “hello” and got no response.

“They’re all there, and they don’t respond,” she said. “They’re sprawled on the floor. I haven’t wanted to touch them. I’m scared.”

The group’s car was found running in a closed garage underneath the room. A door to a staircase up to the room had been left open, and high levels of carbon monoxide were found inside, Zogby said.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the room, and there was no sign of foul play. Two of the teens were found lying on the bed, and the others were seated on the floor with bags of fast food on their outstretched legs, Zogby said. If they had been watching the coin-operated television, the minutes had run out by the time authorities found them.

“They looked like they were relaxing,” he said.

The teens went shoe shopping together over the Christmas weekend so each would have the same pair, said Nazon’s sister, 22-year-old Patricia.

She said she warned her brother that if one of the group got into trouble, they all would, because they were always together.

“He didn’t listen to me. Now he probably thinks, I should have listened to my sister and stayed home,” she said.

“There are other ways to celebrate your birthday. If they hadn’t gone to the hotel they’d still be alive. Just stay home and get a cake, you know.”

~Boo~

 

“Animal” of the Day – Tarsier

Tarsier

Tarsiers are haplorrhine primates of the genus Tarsius, a genus in the family Tarsiidae, which is itself the lone extant family within the infraorder Tarsiiformes. Although the group was once more widespread, all the species living today are found in the islands of Southeast Asia.

Fossils of tarsiiform primates are found in Asia, Europe, and North America, and there are disputed fossils from Africa, but extant tarsiers are restricted to several Southeast Asian islands including the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo, and Sumatra. The fossil record indicates that their dentition has not changed much, except in size, in the past 45 million years.

Within the family Tarsiidae, there are two extinct genera, Xanthorhysis and Afrotarsius. However, the placement of Afrotarsius is not certain, and is sometimes listed in its own family, Afrotarsiidae, within the infraorder Tarsiiformes.

Two fossil species of with in the genus Tarsius are known from the fossil record. Tarsius eocaenus is known from the Middle Eocene in China while Tarsius thailandicus lived during the Early Miocene in northwestern Thailand. The genus Tarsius has a longer fossil record than any other primate genus, but the assignment of the Eocene and Miocene fossils to the genus is questionable.

Tarsiers are small animals with enormous eyes; each eyeball is approximately 16 mm in diameter and is as large as their entire brain. Tarsiers also have very long hind limbs. In fact, their feet have extremely elongated tarsus bones, from which the animals get their name. The head and body range from 10 to 15 cm in length, but the hind limbs are about twice this long (including the feet), and they also have a slender tail from 20 to 25 cm long. Their fingers are also elongated, with the third finger being about the same length as the upper arm. Most of the digits have nails, but the second and third toes of the hind feet bear claws instead, which are used for grooming. Tarsiers have very soft, velvety fur, which is generally buff, beige, or ochre in color.

Unlike other prosimians, tarsiers lack any toothcomb, and their dental formula is also unique:

All tarsier species are nocturnal in their habits, but like many nocturnal organisms some individuals may show more or less activity during the daytime. Unlike many nocturnal vertebrates, however, tarsiers lack a light-reflecting area (tapetum lucidum) of the eye and have a fovea.

The tarsier’s brain is different from other primates in terms of the arrangement of the connections between the two eyes and the lateral geniculate nucleus, which is the main region of the thalamus that receives visual information. The sequence of cellular layers receiving information from the ipsilateral (same side of the head) and contralateral (opposite side of the head) eyes in the lateral geniculate nucleus distinguishes tarsiers from lemurs, lorises, and monkeys, which are all similar in this respect. Some neuroscientists suggested that “this apparent difference distinguishes tarsiers from all other primates, reinforcing the view that they arose in an early, independent line of primate evolution.”

Tarsiers are the only extant entirely carnivorous primates: they are primarily insectivorous, and catch insects by jumping at them. They are also known to prey on birds, snakes, lizards, and bats. As they jump from tree to tree, tarsiers can even catch birds in motion.

Gestation takes about six months, and tarsiers give birth to single offspring. Young tarsiers are born furred, and with open eyes, and are able to climb within a day of birth. They reach sexual maturity by the end of their second year. Sociality and mating system varies, with tarsiers from Sulawesi living in small family groups, while Philippine and Western tarsiers are reported to sleep and forage alone.

Keeping with their tradition of using black and white drawings of interesting animals, the technical book publisher O’Reilly Media selected the tarsier for the cover of Unix in a Nutshell books as well as each of the 7 editions of the popular Learning the vi and vim Editors by Linda Lamb. When questioned about the animal choice, Publisher Tim O’Reilly described the tarsier as looking “like somebody who had been a text editor for too long.” This tarsier image has become a part of O’Reilly’s branding and is now included in their logo.

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It has been reported that Barack Hussein Obama has used various social security numbers. These have been derived from national databases. Most of the ones reported are most likely erroneous information. However, there is one that stands out. It is the number 042-68-4425 that was issued out of the state of Connecticut. It is this number that he has fraudulently used ( and possibly still using ) and is thus guilty of multiple felonies.

To see the Evidence in pictures and documents…just go to the following website. Click Here for your Proof!

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