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So what's on your mind as we begin the month of March and Sequestration starts in this country, while the Chair of Peter is vacant in Rome?

Of course, upstate, we had the bizarre news that a Wilmington police officer had been arrested in connection with a forgery and bigamy investigation.

Following the resignation of Melissa King following the surfacing of that video... a 17-year-old, Padua Academy senior became the new Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013. Hailey Lawler could never have imagined the events which delivered her the crown.

Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were widely seen as inclined to eliminate a key portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, arguing that the time has arrived for Southern states to be liberated from Federal oversight. By all accounts, the questioning was intense.

The Mississippi Delta town of Clarksdale - well-known to Blues fans; actor Morgan Freeman co-owns the Ground Zero Blues pub in Clarksdale - is rocked by the murder of Mississippi's first openly gay (and African-American) mayoral candidate. The body of Marco McMillian was found near a levee, sometime after his SUV was involved in an accident, the body nowhere to be found.

Santa Cruz, California, was reeling after two police detectives were killed in a shoot-out.

The self-proclaimed Muslim hater who shoved a New York immigrant onto the tracks in front of an oncoming subway train reportedly told a detective she killed the man because "she thought it was cool." 31-year-old Erika Menendez entered a plea of 'not guilty'. She has expressed no remorse.

Was veteran journalist Bob Woodward - of Watergate fame - really threatened by a senior White House official after faulting the President over the Sequester, and calling his defense cuts "madness"? E-mail exchanges obtained by Politico suggest the entire episode was exaggerated or hyped. But, another way to look at it: Perhaps the inference that Woodward would no longer be privy to leaks, which would threaten Woodward professionally. Yet, I saw this headline for a piece by Matt Lewis in the conservative, DAILY CALLER: "Bob Woodward trolled us (and we got played)" Anything to push a book!

The release of about three hundred illegal immigrants from Federal custody in Arizona and elsewhere - because of uncertainty from the Sequester - triggered a political firestorm in those states and in Washington.

According to a poll by YouGov, the concept of "Catholic guilt" - that Catholics feel more guilty about sexual sins than members of other religious groups - is a myth or at least overstated.

Baptists, Pentecostals, and Muslims reported feeling the most guilty about engaging in sex outside marriage; using contraception or pornography. Not surprisingly, people not belonging to any religion reported feeling the least guilt. The "guiltiest" people were women who respect religious authority, belong to a religion, and who are certain about the existence of God.

New research: Sugar is responsible for the global explosion in type 2 diabetes. Sugar was a predictor of diabetes separate from obesity. Just one can or bottle of a sweet carbonated drink a day can increase the risk of diabetes. Sugar-based calories are much more likely to threaten Type 2 than the same number of calories from any other source. (I guess I'm a goner!)

Posted at 2:23pm on February 28, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Thu, Feb 28, 2013 5:47pm
The sequestration that goes into effect tomorrow is simultaneously disgraceful, appalling, and fortuitous.

Disgraceful because it vividly illustrates the gridlock in Washington. On the most important issues of the day, the Democrats and Republicans are much like the 3-year-old children in the sandbox, pointing fingers, and saying "he started it."

Appalling because the two major parties are fixated on scoring political points and, when $85-billion in automatic cuts are set to take place, neither side is concerned about the economic spiral that, the experts say, will come from this sequester. The Democrats say any deal must include increased tax revenue, but the Republicans say no tax revenue increase can be part of any deal. Hence, gridlock.

What is curiously fortuitous about the sequestration disaster is that a large chunk of the automatic cuts will come from 'defense' spending, which has become horribly bloated in recent years. No politician has the courage to cut defense spending, but the sequestration will help pare down a defense budget that was more suited for the Cold War of the 1970s and 1980s. Bravo.

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 7:37pm
I say let the sequestration begin. There will likely be some short-term suffering, but I believe everybody is better off in the long term.

As I pointed out in the other post, those who suffer will get unemployment for up to 99 weeks. Of course, that could in effect be a form of cost shifting.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 10:38pm
Allan: I know you're a Dr. Pepper fan. Have you tried the Diet Dr. Pepper? Tastes great. I haven't drank a regular soda in many years.

Those guilty religious folks, Catholics, Baptists, (adding Evangelical Non-Denominational), Pentecostals (which would also include Charismatics), and Muslims tend to be the groups who really take their faith seriously and tend to be the more conservative type folks in life attitudes and behavior. So yes, that would make sense they'd carry more guilt over their sinful actions.

Letting loose illegals just makes the Obama administration look foolish. The Sequestration hasn't even started yet.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 7:23am
I sure am glad Jesus took my guilt on the cross!

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 8:17am
Mrpizza: Jesus did that for each of us who call Christ, Lord and Savior. However, as St. Paul lamented, even he still did things that he didn't want to do, the flesh is weak, etc. We may not sin as much as we did PRIOR to knowing Jesus, but the difference is NOW we care and don't want to sin at all. So at times it is easy to feel guilt over the times when we've stumbled and fallen so far short.

But, the price has been paid in full by Christ. Our "righteousness" is like filthy rags. When we repent of our sin and ask his forgiveness he throws that sin into the sea of forgetfulness, as far away as the east is from the west. We worship the God of Second Chances.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 10:27am
Here here. And Republicans will certainly need a second chance as soon as effects of the sequestration become apparent....

They own it. However if there are no issues, if government is not needed in people's daily lives, if it passes over like a cloud with no rain, they will be the heroes... It is their bill, it is their doing, they cut the government budget big-time...

However, if the reality of running out of money causes problems such as releasing illegal immigrants in Republican state, causes hardship, then the Republicans are entirely to blame...

The real question comes down to the basic philosophy. Can we function without government? Or Not.

My bets are on the election of a Democratic House after next election cycle. The long shot of otherwise, makes that a pretty safe bet.

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 2:07pm
I got started reading about diabetes and couldn't stop. The reason we drink so much sugar, is because of an ad campaign waged in the early 70's.


It is long read, but I was fascinated because I for one was duped until old age taught me otherwise, and two, I was on the forefront of banning all the anti sugars, starting with saccharin and cyclamates and continuing now with neotane... Little did I know those were funded by false science sponsored with sugar money....

Second, the original purpose of the Sugar Foundation was to counter the WWII propaganda supporting the Sugar Rationing which said..."How much sugar do you need? None!".... After the war sugar sales were decreasing and it got particularly intense when Tab and Fresca began touting diet drinks, and Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke began catching on....

In it I saw old sugar ads from the "Saturday Evening Post", "Look", and "Life" magazine era that said ... "eat an ice cream cone before lunch to lose weight and regain your figure."

But what was shocking was that in their research several scientists as far back as the 60's, did research sponsored by the Sugar Foundation, now the International Sugar Association, which linked large intake of sugars with massive rises of tri-glyceride formation.

Drinking 4, 12 oz sodas a day for 3 weeks, jumped ones triglycerides from a healthy level up to that of very dangerous.

Just sugar.

Fortunately in just the last two years the scientific tide has begun to turn against sugar. Despite the industry's best efforts, researchers and public health authorities have come to accept that the primary risk factor for both heart disease and type 2 diabetes is a condition called metabolic syndrome, which affects more than 75 million Americans,

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a cluster of abnormalities, all of which were associated with sugar almost 50 years ago,including weight gain, increased insulin levels, and elevated triglycerides. It also has been linked to cancer and Alzheimer's disease. So like tobacco and cancer we now have causation... Sugar causes metabolic syndrome.

Expect sugar to fight it all the way.

it is funny it came up in todays feed, because just yesterday someone gave me a Butterfinger and I was eating it just to eat it really, could tell I wasn't very hungry, and as I read the ingredients and the data on the wrapper's back, I thought, wow, just a hundred years ago, here in the US, in late February all one might have to eat would be dried starches, like potatoes, yams, and turnips. That was the standard for 99 percent of America's population. The sugar and fats then in a piece of chocolate would certainly be in demand by the human body...

Just as did tobacco, sugar money corrupted science. We see it with global warming today, which bought a lot of time during which corrections could have been made that would have been less drastic and less expensive than we now have to contend with.

Like anything, a little sugar is great. However, too much, is too much...

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 3:14pm

I agree with kavips that the sequestration falls squarely in the laps of selfish Republicans. At least Obama and the Senate Democrats had an alternative plan to the $85-billion in sudden cuts but, since this plan included taxes on the rich, the Republicans naturally opposed it. It's the GOP's obstinate and obtuse defense of the very rich which has caused this epic financial disaster.

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 2:55am
I hope the Republicans will continue to stand for what is right regardless of what backlash they receive. I'd rather see them lose the 2014 election than to compromise any further with the Obamunist.

In the meantime, I think they should give Teatime a 30% tax increase.

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 3:37am
If Teatime is in the top 1%, I'd agree with you. They should be taxed (as Roosevelt wanted until he was eventually talked down by 6%) 100%... short term until the deficit was say.... where it was when Clinton turned the reins over to George Bush....

If teatime is in the 99%, I'd say you're nuts. He's already giving too much of his income to the top 1%, he simply doesn't have the revenue to give anymore in taxes....

If you don't think this is fair, then you can pay your employees more out of your profits, so they make more and have more than the 1% can take from them, then, and only then, will it be proper to ask more of them...

If the 1% gave to the government, as the 99% gives to the 1%, the tax rate for them, should be at least 105%....

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 10:13am
Let's make sure Kavips gets a tax increase too.

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 11:04am
Allan: It's the type of sugar that affects diabetes. The more specific problem is high-fructose corn syrup. It's more commonly used now because it's cheaper than cane sugar. I can't even stand soda anymore because it's like drinking a glass of Aunt Jemima.

If you go to Walgreen's and check their drink cooler you'll find a gourmet soda in a glass bottle that they sell for $1.39. You'll immediately notice the difference with the first sip as it contains real sugar, not corn syrup. It tastes much cleaner and is worth the extra money.

My theory is that corn-syrup probably requires more insulin to digest as opposed to cane sugar, thereby driving the epidemic diabetes rates.

Sat, Mar 2, 2013 2:44pm
I'll agree with Mr. Pizza's assessment.. First of all, I have no problem with paying more taxes if it is because I'm making more money... That is how it should be, not paying less the more you make..

Second, sugar-sodas taste much better. And you don't have to go to Walgreens. Sugar-sodas are sold in most grocery stores in the Imported food aisle; any soda from Central or South America, or Southeast Asia, is sugar-based and reminds people of one of the sodas they had as a child... Wow...

Pepsi has throwback varieties that also uses sugar. You can recognize them by their old lables you may remember from the 70's...

I discovered this difference on a trip to Canada where suddenly the sodas were not burning my stomach any more... Intrigued, the sugar ingredient stuck out, and upon returning to the US and high-fructose corn syrup, the burning sensation I'd always associated with soda, began again...

Allan, I was wondering if Greg, WDEL's soda sommelier would agree even that soda's made with beet sugar (North Dakota area and Canada) are better than those made with cane..?

Sun, Mar 3, 2013 12:33pm
Well now, here's a report from CBS News (not Fox, Hannity, Breitbart, Beck, or Drudge) on how your president has lied and exaggerated about how the sequester will affect people:


Sun, Mar 3, 2013 11:23pm
Correct. But, what about those members of the armed services who have sacrificed lives, friends, and family to serve our nation when it called them up.... only to now get saddled with a 20% pay-cut just so billionaires would not have to pay one more penny on every dollar they earned over $1 million.....

That is what it comes down to. Republicans saying they won't tax billionaires who are the only people still supporting them, and everyone else can suffer. So what if you go bankrupt they say? You don't matter!!!

If you are sick in the head, (and I'm sure none here are) I'm sure you will think that is absolutely fair and proper.....

Sun, Mar 3, 2013 11:27pm
Did all read the News Journal piece about the effects of sequestration particularly on Dover? Until I read that, I too thought it really wouldn't be too much damage. I did not understand that all armed forces service personnel were getting a 20% pay cut! That is outrageous! Just so Billionaires won't be assessed one more penny per dollar earned over $1 million? Republicans are very sick individuals.

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