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Another Auld Lang Syne
December 27, 2009 - Joselyn King
As we celebrated the holiday this weekend and reveled in good cheer, it seems the rest of the world didn't stop for the joy.
In case you missed it, there hasn't been peace on earth over the past few days:
-- A Salvation Army major from Weirton was murdered in front of his young adopted children in Arkansas on Christmas Eve.
-- A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI at the start of Christmas Eve Mass.
-- A 23-year-old Nigerian, with believed ties to both al-Qaida and Yemen has been charged with trying to destroy a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day. Fortunately for those aboard, his explosive device sparked a fire rather than an explosion and passengers were able to overcome him.
The incident happened after he popped up in U.S. intelligence reports about four weeks ago as having a connection to both al-Qaida and Yemen.
-- While the U.S. Senate passed health care early on Christmas Eve, they also voted to raise the federal government's debt ceiling to $12.4 trilion -- an increase of $290 billion.
Senate Democrats originally hadwanted to make it a $2 trillion increase (would have stopped them from raising it again before next year's elections). But some among them apparently shuddered at this and told leadership they wouldn't support this massive increase unless it came with the formation of a bi-partisan charged with making plans to curb the deficit.
Events of the last few days seem typical of what has been going on in 2009, which hasn't always been the most grand of years.
Here's to peace and prosperity and a better 2010.
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