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Shake, Rattle, and Roll – Earthquakes! January 11, 2010

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Over the past two days California has been experiencing a lot of seismic activity.  Yesterday at about 4:27 p.m. PST a 6.5 magnitude quake struck offshore in Northern California approximately 30 miles from the cities of Ferndale and Eureka.  This massive quake was felt in Northern California, Nevada, and in Oregon.  Fortunately, this quake caused no injuries or death and only minor damage.  Since that quake there have been hundreds of measurable aftershocks in the vicinity of the large quake.  Further, there was 4.1 quake on the Mexican border at 10:35 p.m. PST which was felt to be an aftershock of the magnitude 5.9 quake that hit a few weeks ago on December 30th.  So what does all this shaking mean for the United States and the State of California.  One can only speculate that it is a precursor to an even bigger quake or that it is the earth letting off pressure in areas of well know and active faults.  Whatever the case it is a reminder to Californians to always be prepared for emergencies whether they be from earthquakes, fire, mudslides, floods, and even tsunamis!

Thanks to Breitbart.com for the update:  http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9D57GDG3&show_article=1

For more information on earthquakes:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/index.php

or on California Quakes in particular:

http://www.data.scec.org/

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The Economy – Is it or isn’t it getting better? December 14, 2009

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Even President Obama’s economic advisors and White House staff can’t seem to agree.  While top White House economic advisor Larry Summers says that key indicators show that the economy is expanding, others seemingly disagree.  In fact, on Thursday Tim Geithner said that the TARP program could face “big financial losses” and just today the Senate sent yet another $1.1 billion stimulus package to Obama’s desk.  Why would a country with an expanding economy require yet another stimulus package?  We expect that the funds from the newest package, the one President Obama is sure to sign, will become as uncollectible and wrought with fraud as the others leaving our country in yet more economic dire straights.  By the way, the more than 1,000 page stimulus bill was finished and delivered to lawmakers late in the week and voted on this morning – do you think that anyone read the entire bill?

What do you think?  How are you doing economically?  In your area are things improving?  We at Big World Central would like to know of positive (and negative) signs of economic recovery.

http://tinyurl.com/ydvgtk4  (Article citing Summers)

http://tinyurl.com/y9zvne2  (Article citing Geithner)

http://tinyurl.com/yds7kdw  (Article citing $1.1 Billion Stimulus Package)

United Airlines Flight 227 – A dry run? December 12, 2009

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Have you heard?  Did you know?  Did the mainstream media report this?

On Wednesday, December 9th, a United Airlines flight from Denver to Los Angeles was interrupted by a group of men who were acting strangely.  Apparently, the flight crew felt uncomfortable with a group of travelers who appeared to be of middle eastern descent.  Airline personnel are trained to recognize signs such as the way a ticket is paid for, whether the flight is one-way, how a group will seat themselves on the plane, and how they get up to use the restroom.  After the group was removed from the plane a bomb-sniffing dog was brought in.  Passengers say that they never have seen a flight crew “so scared” in their lives.  This incident was strikingly similar to another incident that happened on November 17th on AirTran flight 297.  It is not unusual for terrorists to participate in “dry runs” before an attack to measure and test reactions and security.  Might this be a prelude to what may be coming?

http://tinyurl.com/ycesjvp

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=128639&catid=339

History of the Giving Holiday November 26, 2009

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First and foremost – Big World Central would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. We hope you stay safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day for getting together with your family and giving a day of thanks. The holiday ‘Thanksgiving’ is only celebrated in the United States and Canada. Canada’s thanksgiving comes before the United States. The first occurrence of Thanksgiving in the United States happened on Plymouth rock in 1621. The Plymouth celebration was a tradition throughout the 13 colonies. This was a very important holiday for all Americans by the 1800’s. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday in October and in the United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Here are some interesting facts on Thanksgiving;

a) It was not until 1941 that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be held on the fourth Thursday in November.

b) The first known thanksgiving feast or festival in North America was celebrated by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and the people he called “Tejas” (members of the Hasinai group of Caddo-speaking Native Americans).

c) Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

d) 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

e) Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

And with that, once again we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it. Don’t get too stuffed on the Turkey!

When religion and politics clash! November 24, 2009

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Today the Catholic Church issued an order to Senator Patrick Kennedy to skip communion due to his stance on abortion.  He is in essence on restriction from receiving the Eucharist for the past

three years.  The platform of the Catholic Church has always been the preservation of life.  Not only is the church anti-abortion but it is also anti-death penalty.  The church has consistently remained committed to these positions.

Senator Patrick Kennedy, the son of Ted Kennedy, is a lifelong Catholic (as all the Kennedy clan are).  In addition to being Catholic the Kennedy’s are lifelong members of the Democratic Party.  A party that advances a platform that includes the right to abortion.  As recent as last weekend, the Democrats moved forward its healthcare bill which includes provisions for abortion in its Government run healthcare plan.  Kennedy voted for the Senate bill. 

Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote Kennedy in 2007 asking him to refrain from receiving communion.  In his letter Bishop Tobin stated: 

“If a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definite teachings on moral issues, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain.”

The request was in accord with the then recent statement issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Bishop Tobin is displeased that Kennedy would make this private matter public.  He has issued a statement that can be read here:  http://tinyurl.com/ybmywm3

Is Senator Kennedy wrong for going against the teachings of his faith in order to appease the platform of his political party?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for asking that Senator Kennedy not take the Eucharist since he is not abiding to his faith.  Is Senator Kennedy wrong for making this issue public?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for being upset with Kennedy for releasing this issue to the media?  Tell us what you think.

Pelosi’s Healthcare Bill – “Buy $15K Policy or Go To Jail”? November 8, 2009

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A new report has been posted that was authored by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation which confirms that noncompliance with the Pelosi Healthcare bill could land people in jail.  Accordingly, Americans who do not maintain the undefined “acceptable” level of health insurance would be subject a tax mandate of 2.5% of income, are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties which includes monetary fines up to $250,000 and a 5 year prison term.  This requirement to maintain acceptable insurance may be a challenge for some; the lowest cost plan being advanced by Pelosi would cost a mere $15,000 per family by 2016 as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office. 

Of course everyone is able to pay for the low-cost plan of Pelosi since all likely have that kind of money stuffed in a mattress.  Hopefully, through many amendments, Congress will figure out what “acceptable” health insurance is and will offer it at a cost less than $15,000 in 2016 should they pass the bill.

The JCT letter:  http://tinyurl.com/ybs74q7

Lawyer: Orlando Shooter is Mentally ‘Ill’ November 8, 2009

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Jason Rodriguez, seen in the picture above, is responsible for killing 1 and injuring 5 others after going into a former place of employment where he went on a shooting rampage. He is now being held without bond and is being charged with first degree murder. Orange Country Police department has put this man under suicide watch, as they think he may commit suicide at any point in time.

His family isn’t taken it well, as they have released a statement saying they are very sorry and sent condolences out to the families that were hurt in this tragic shooting. His lawyer is calling him extremely mentally ill after going through unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and divorce. His problems shouldn’t have come at the expense of other people’s lives.

One major question that BWC is asking – did the Fort Hood shootings influence this man to go and take his grievances out on other people? Remember, this shooting happened a day after the Fort Hood shooting that left 13 dead and about 38 injured. Though reports haven’t come out, and it is unlikely that he will ever admit it, it may be that the Fort Hood shootings influenced him to carry out a similar crime in Orlando. This is absolutely horrible and our condolences go out to the families of this horrific crime.

He may face a death sentence if he is found competent to stand trial and is found guilty. If you want anymore information..go to this link.

Elections directly affect 2010? You decide. November 5, 2009

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Like we said earlier, we were going to have a follow-up article once the all the votes came in. The major question is, are these election results a report card on President Obama and how he’s doing, or was this just a reflection of local issues. BWC has looked at the numbers, how people voted, and news network reports.  After gathering the data it appears that Independent voters sided with the Republicans in New Jersey in a clear message to the Democratic party and Obama.  Afterall, Obama had campaigned in New Jersey for Deeds 5 or 6 times stressing how important it was to keep the Democrats in power in that state.  

In Virginia, last year Obama carried this state by 6 points. This year was a different story where there was a clear 25 point swing in favor of the Republican, Robert McDonald. Reportedly, the people of Virginia where more concerned about jobs and the economy over anything else – Obama nor the proposed Healthcare were factors. However, the GOP took all top seats in Virginia which hasn’t happened in 15+ years. Robert McDonald won with 58% of the vote over Chris Deeds (D) who managed only 41% of the vote.

Next, let’s look at the New Jersey race. Many were pulling for the incumbent, Jon Corzine (D) to pull it out. There were reports of this race being very dirty, in the sense there was some ‘fraud’ though these reports are unconfirmed. Chris Christie (R) held a steady lead throughout the vote count and ending up winning 48% to 44% at last check. This was the real battle ground, according to both Republican and Democratic strategists. Whoever one this race would send a message to the White House on how they are doing; the message wasn’t very good to the White House since the Republican prevailed. Obama carried this state by more than 15 points during last year’s election; it was a 19 points swing back to this elected Republican Governor. Independent voter turn out played a key role in Christie winning.

The other hot race was David Hoffman (C) and Bill Owens (D). Hoffman lost, as Bill Owens took it 49% to 46%. Hoffman was a “dark horse” and many speculated that he would win but in the end Owens came out with the victory. Owens had been campaigning a lot longer and was a lot better known before Hoffman entered the race.  Another factor was that the selected Republican candidate quit on Saturday and then in a stunning move threw all her support behind the Democrat Owens instead of the Conservative Hoffman.  This was disappointing to the GOP.  

There were a few other major races, as New York re-elected their mayor Bloomberg (I), and in California a congressional seat was taken, again, by the Democrats.

The GOP still looks at the bright spots, heading into 2010. Was this a precursor of things to come in 2010? We think it is. You disagree? Post a comment.

2009 Governor/Congressional Elections take Place November 4, 2009

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Yup, the 2009 elections are here today. This is a precursor to 2010, and some analysts are saying that this is a report card of how President Obama is doing. The GOP swept the Democrats taking all top 3 seats in the Virginia races and for the first time since 1997 there will be a Republican Governor. Here are the results of the election:

New Jersey:

Chris Christie, (R) 49% of the vote.  – Winner

Jon Corzine, (D) 44% of the vote.

Christopher Dagget, (I), 0.5% of the vote.

Virginia:

Robert McDonnell, (R), 58% of the vote.   – Winner

R. Creigh Deeds, (D), 41% of the vote.

23rd Congressional District of New York

Bill Owens (D) 49% of the vote.  –  Winner

David Hoffman (C) 46% of the vote.

Mayoral Race on New York

Michael Bloomberg (I), 51% of the vote.  – Winner

William Thompson Jr. (D) 46% of the vote.

Other Hotly Debated Votes;

Maine Rejects Same Sex Marriage Law,

Yes, 52% of the vote.   –  Winner

No, 47% of the vote.

We will have a follow-up on this on what this means for 2010 and beyond. This is said by some to be a huge victory for the GOP. Do you disagree? Comment on this post.  We welcome debate!

Clash of cultures leads to death of young woman. November 4, 2009

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20-year-old Noor Almaleki died two weeks after being run down by her own father.  Her father, Faleh Almaleki, is being held after attempting to enter Great Britain; he was sent back to the U.S. after they denied his entrance there.  Mr. Almaleki felt that his daughter had become too “westernized” and had fallen away from her Muslim upbringing.  He felt that his daughter’s actions had brought shame to his family because she had married someone in Iraq but fled back to Arizona to live with her boyfriend and his mother (the boyfriend’s mother was also run down by Almaleki’s jeep but will survive).  Mr. Almaleki felt justified by what he did because in his culture such actions, known as “honor killings” are accepted. 

What do you think?  Should these types of “honor killings” be tolerated and accepted based upon the person’s religious culture and upbringing?  Is this case relevant in considering whether the Ohio teenager, who ran away from her Muslim family because she converted to Christianity, should be returned to her family?  We would enjoy your comments. 

Thanks to Breitbart News for bringing this story – http://tinyurl.com/yk7vv4m