Common Cold Mutates, Becomes Stronger

By Amy Burkholder,CNN
(Dec. 19) – A high school varsity athlete, a sturdy guy with a health
history blissfully free of blips, 18-year-old Joseph Spencer had little
reason to think anything was seriously wrong when he got sick last
April.
The vomiting, chills, fever — “It must be the flu,” he thought.
Within hours, Spencer's fever was 104 degrees. Within days, he was in
the intensive care unit at Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon
with full-blown pneumonia. Spencer's doctor was afraid this sturdy
teenage boy was going to die.
“His lungs had filled up with water, it was hard to get oxygen into
him,” explains Dr. David Gilbert, an infectious disease expert and
Spencer's physician at Providence. “Things got so bad, I thought we
were at risk of losing him.”
But as perplexing as what would make a hardy young man so sick — so
quickly — was his diagnosis: adenovirus, the virus that usually causes
nothing worse than a nasty cold.
“In the past, we considered adenovirus a 98-pound weakling,” says Dr.
Dean Erdman, leader of the respiratory diagnostic program at the
Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. “But adenovirus is causing
severe disease and, in some cases, …

The Obama phenomenon

I will admit it.
Six months ago, I would have told you Barack Hussein Obama didn't stand
a chance to get the Democratic Party's nomination as presidential
candidate, let alone win the White House.
Now, after an implosion of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, beginning
with a fumble of a question on the driver's licenses for illegals and
continuing with harsh ad hominem attacks on her main rival, Obama is
emerging as the front-runner.
He's ahead in Iowa. He's ahead in New Hampshire. He's ahead in South
Carolina, for the first three contests. He is also getting closer in
all the national polls.
Why was I so skeptical of Obama's chances in the first place? Was it
because of his race?
Absolutely not. I am one of those pundits who believes it is an
absolute advantage in national politics to be black or a woman. The
deck is no longer stacked against someone breaking the color barrier or
the gender barrier. If the candidate has certain ingredients, the deck
is stacked in his or her favor.
For instance, would Hillary Clinton ever have been taken seriously had
she been a man?
It's almost inconceivable, of course, to try to imagine it. …

Judge investigated for homeschooling threat

Ordered mom to enroll children in public school or lose custody
By Bob Unruh
A threat by a Utah judge to take away a homeschooling mom's children if
she failed to enroll them in public school, and make sure they were in
attendance every day, has been escalated to the level of the state
Legislature, according to a homeschooling leader.
“I can tell you there are several legislators working on this,
including one on the judicial retention committee,” John Yarrington,
president of the Utah Home Education Association, said. “There's no
excuse for this kind of bias and prejudice.”
Scott Johansen
At issue are the threats issued by Judge Scott Johansen, who serves in
the juvenile division of the state's 7th Judicial District
He said in a court hearing for the homeschooling mom, Denise Mafi, that
he would order the removal of her children from her custody if she
failed to enroll her children in the public school district and keep
them in class every day, unless they had a physician's note excusing
them.
Mafi, who has homeschooled for nine years, told WND that she already
had enrolled the children, for fear the judge would carry out his
threat.
WND earlier …

The 10th of Tevet

The 10th of Tevet, a fast day which commemorates when the Babylonians first laid siege to Jerusalem, takes place this year on Wednesday, December 19th.
10th of Tevet
The Tenth of Tevet is one of the four fast days that commemorate dark times in Jewish history. The others are Tisha B'Av (the day of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem), the 17th of Tammuz (the day of the breaching of the defensive wall of Jerusalem by Titus and the Roman legions in 70 CE), and the third of Tishrei (the day that marks the assassination of the Babylonian-appointed Jewish governor of Judah, Gedaliah ben Achikam. He was actually killed on Rosh Hashana but the fast day was advanced to the day after Rosh Hashana because of the holiday).
The Tenth of Tevet marks the onset of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylonia, and the beginning of the battle that ultimately destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, and sent the Jews into the 70-year Babylonian Exile. The date of the Tenth of Tevet is recorded for us by the prophet Yechezkel, who himself was already in Babylonia as part of the first group of Jews …

Experts warn major Israel quakes fast approaching

As if political instability and rampant insecurity in the Middle East are not worrying enough, Israeli experts are warning that a major earthquake could strike the region at any time.
Three minor quakes over the past month have served as a reminder that Israel and the West Bank sit atop one of the most sensitive fault lines in the world, where earthquakes have a history of causing havoc.
“We can say with certainty that an earthquake of a magnitude of six on the Richter scale could take place in the coming years,” said Yefim Gitterman from the seismology department at the geophysical institute of Lod, near Tel Aviv.
“It can happen tomorrow or in years to come,” he said. “Statistically, there is a major quake every 80 years.”
Under that assessment, Israel and the Palestinian territories should brace for a major earthquake soon, as the last one happened 80 years ago, on July 11, 1927, in British mandate Palestine when 300 people were killed in Jerusalem and Jericho.
A similar quake measuring seven on the Richter scale and with an epicentre in the Hula Valley, today in northern Israel up from the Sea of Galilee, devastated the town of Safed …

Israel Police ready for Christian crazies

The Israeli police department this month activated a special unit established years ago to deal with the annual phenomenon of Christian tourists who during their visit to Israel develop “Jerusalem Syndrome,” a psychological condition that causes a person to believe they are a biblical character. Police officials cited by Israel National News said the number of visitors suffering from Jerusalem Syndrome always spikes around Christmas and Passover. Thirty to 40 Christian tourists are hospitalized every year with symptoms of Jerusalem Syndrome. Most recover after about a week. Some, however, have had long careers roaming Jerusalem's streets in antiquated garb preaching loudly on public streets and at holy sites.