U.S. Life Expectancy Increases As Cities Clear Air by Jennifer Stewart


                                     In Kenya, Two Villages Vie For Obama Ties

                                                      What's The Big Deal With Inauguration 'Lip-Synching'?

Seafood stew is the starter
that will be served at the three-course
inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

                                    ...A Bullet-proof Suit For President Obama?

                                                                                  Obama Gets To Keep His Blackberry

Having Church With The Obamas?

                               The Word of the Day for January 20, 2009 is:
                                     flocculate o \FLAH-kyuh-layt\ o verb

                   : to aggregate or coalesce into small lumps or loose clusters


on Inauguration Day, and the millions and millions who were there in spirit, seemed
to be saying, "Lead with class and we'll watch your back."

                                                   Party like a president: Ideas for your inauguration party

The new president's name, simply his name, was just the restorative the enormous
                                                                                                                  crowds needed.

                                                 Inaugural Orange Punch

                                               3 parts fresh orange juice
                                                 1 part fresh lemon juice
                                              1 part mulled orange syrup
                                                       1 part dark rum
                                                        1 part cognac
                                                   2 parts soda water

Combine in a punch bowl with a large block of ice. Serve in punch cups with a ittle
                                          crushed ice, and give each glass a dash of Angostura bitters.

Obama inauguration tickets fetching 5 figures online

The number of job losses last year was 2.6m, the largest since World War II.


Black Bear Singing in

                                                                            The Dead of Night

                                                                 Admiral Applauds Guantanamo Closure Order

The first lady of New Orleans is burning the good black and white candles and using
the good china for vegetarian chicken tenders

                                                                            Polenta with crema and portabella
                                                                            mushrooms. Stir frequently and cook

Pennies down the well

                                 The Word of the Day for January 25, 2009 is:
                                          engender o \in-JEN-der\ o verb

                                                  1 : beget, procreate

                               *2 : to cause to exist or to develop : produce

                                         3 : to assume form : originate


                                                                       Clinton Buoys Mood At State Department

Allure Of The Search Adds
To killer Whale's Mystique

                                                                       Obama Takes Office Under Economic Cloud


boudin blanc (or "white boudin") is a wonderful Cajun sausage stuffed with pork
and rice. It's one of those food products that originated in frugality; the rice was
                                            meant to stretch the meat.


mix a Sazerac and if you have anything feathered in the house . . . get yourself
befeathered, beribboned, bedazzled…Yes We Can.


                               And Now -- At Last -- Bush Leaves


In the last four months of 2008 alone, employment fell by 1.9 million. Do the math.

                                           The goal…is to "transform our economy with science
                                                and technology," create "clean, efficient American
                                                    energy," "modernize roads, bridges, transit and
                                           waterways" and lower health-care costs by providing
                                                                                $4.1 billion for preventive care.

                  The Word of the Day for February 01, 2009 is:
              preternatural o \pree-ter-NATCH-uh-rul\ o adjective

                           1 : existing outside of nature
             2 : exceeding what is natural or regular : extraordinary
             3 : inexplicable by ordinary means; especially : psychic

"Preternatural" derives from the Latin "praeter naturam," which means "beyond
          nature." In the 1200s, Medieval Latin scholars rendered the term as
"praeternaturalis," and that form inspired the modern English version. Unusual
things are sometimes considered positive and sometimes negative, and throughout
its history "preternatural" has been used to refer to both exceptionally
good things and unnaturally evil ones
. In its earliest documented uses in the 1500s, it
tended to emphasize the strange, ominous, or foreboding, but by the 1700s, people
were using it more benignly to refer to fascinating supernatural (or even heavenly)
phenomena. Nowadays, people even use it to describe the remarkable abilities of
                                                              exceptional humans.

                                                                        "It's up to me to hijack the Obama honeymoon,"
                                                                                Limbaugh soon gloated, "and I've done it."

At one memorable session in 1995, then-House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Bob Livingston, a Louisiana Republican, showed that he was serious about
cutting spending by brandishing an alligator skinning knife called a "Cajun scalpel."
In case that wasn't adequate, he warned, he had also come equipped with a machete
and a Bowie knife, nicknamed an "Arkansas toothpick."

                                        Depression Cake:

                                     * 1 cup shortening
                                         * 2 cups water
                                       * 2 cups raisins
                        * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                          * 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
                          * 1 teaspoon ground allspice
                                  * 2 cups white sugar
                            * 3 cups all-purpose flour
                           * 1 teaspoon baking soda