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March 29, 2011

The Obama Doctrine

Robert Dreyfuss's take on the implications of Obama's speech last night, and the direction our foreign policy is takig in the region.

The 'Obama Doctrine,' Libya and Iran

Does Libya set a precedent? If a revolt breaks out again in Iran, and the regime cracks down with brutal force, will the United States support a Libya-style response? The New York Times, in its coverage of Libya, is already talking about imposing a no-fly zone against Syria. Is there an "Obama Doctrine" emerging? ...It looks like it. And, unfortunately, it seems focused on the idea of humanitarian interventionism, with some add-ons and codicils, that make it broader than that...

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January 25, 2009

Resveratol: Wine's Healthy Secret Discovered!

Resveratoral information, as reported on CBS News

Resveratol: Wine's Healthy Secret Discovered!

Seventeen years ago, 60 Minutes first examined the so-called French paradox, which suggested that French people - despite having a high fat diet and a very high consumption of wine - still had a low incidence of heart disease, compared to Americans. Most researchers back then agreed there was something in the wine that helped give protection, and a few years later even the highly cautious federal dietary guidelines have started to say that moderate consumption of red wine can truly be beneficial.

Now, scientists across the country have identified a substance in red wine called resveratrol that they believe might do more than just protect the heart, but could - in very high concentrations - significantly extend life by preventing a number of age related illnesses. If they're right, we all may soon be taking a pill that could give us an extra decade or two of healthy old age.

"If the promise holds true, I think this has the chance to change healthcare," Dr. Christoph Westphal tells correspondent Morley Safer.

Dr. Westphal says we all may soon be taking a drug that just might beat the clock, a simple Resveratrol pill that could delay the inevitable. "Our goal is to prevent and forestall many of the diseases that strike us as we reach 50, 60, and 70. All with one pill."

Asked if he's suggesting that resveratrol is some kind of a rejuvenation drug that would turn a 70-year-old into a 35-year-old, Westphal tells Safer, "That might be pretty hard to do. But I think if we're on a train heading one direction, we can slow down that train. I think we can slow down these genes that control the aging process."

Resveratol: Wine's Healthy Secret Discovered!

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May 3, 2008

Kent Desormeaux Wins Kentucky Derby

The scoop on kent desormeaux winning the Kentucky Derby:

Kent Desormeaux wins Kentucky Derby

With Kent Desormeaux at the helm, Florida Derby (G1) winner Big Brown made a powerful move at the top of the stretch and drove home unchallenged to win the $2,211,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) by 4 3/4 lengths on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Dutrow had not been shy in the days leading up to the race about telling anyone who would listen that he had the best horse in the field and could see no way the bay Boundary colt could lose the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

Dutrow, whose checkered past and boisterous personality have turned off some in the industry, was jubilant as he won with his first Derby starter, who became the first horse to win from the 20th post since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

“Everything,” Dutrow said when asked what the victory meant to him and Kent Desormeaux. “I can’t really describe the feeling all of us have right now.

“What you saw out there today … that’s what’s made me so confident.”

Ridden patiently by Racing Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, Big Brown, the 5-to-2 post-time favorite, made a sweeping move on the outside at the top of the stretch, veered sharply to the rail, and accelerated with authority to the line to become the seventh unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner and first since Barbaro in 2006.

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May 2, 2008

Mariah Carey Nick Cannon married (confirmed)

It's totally true! Maybe. I dunno. Some lady whose last name is Cannon said it's true so.....?

Reports: Mariah Carey Nick Cannon Married

Nick Cannon is cast as Mariah Carey's lover in her new video — but has the superstar diva given the young actor a considerably bigger role in real life?

According to several published reports, Mariah Carey, 38, married Nick Cannon, 27, on Wednesday. Neither Carey's publicist nor Cannon's manager returned requests from The Associated Press for comment.

If the pair did wed, it would be a whirlwind romance. Word that the two were seeing each other surfaced in the last few weeks. Saturday, Carey was seen sporting huge diamond ring at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Tennessee," in which she plays a waitress. Cannon was at her side at the party. Speculation then swirled that the couple were getting engaged. was first to report that the two got married, at Carey's home in the Bahamas. Friday's New York Post also had the pair wed and E! Online quoted a relative of Cannon's as saying that he called his family and confirmed the news.

"He called us and told us all about it. We are happy for him. If that is what he wants then we are happy for him," Linda Cannon, identified simply as a family member, was quoted telling E!

People magazine's Web site reported Friday that Carey had obtained a marriage license in the island of Eleuthera, in the Bahamas, where she has an estate.

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Ryan Perrilloux

Ryan Perrilloux is in the news today for getting kicked off the LSU football team:

LSU better off without Ryan Perrilloux?

It's obvious Ryan Perrilloux's ship was sinking in February. I addressed it. It's really a shame. Hopefully he goes to a smaller pond, refocuses and resurfaces again some day.

I love the move on Les Miles' part, and everyone at LSU should as well.

Had Perrilloux stayed, he would have officially become larger than the team, which is cancerous for a group that won the national title and lost a group of players including offensive leaders Matt Flynn, Jacob Hester and Early Doucet as well as Ali Highsmith, Glenn Dorsey, Chevis Jackson and Craig Steltz on defense.

With a new group of leaders comes a search for identity and the focus shouldn't be on a guy who was allowed to bend the rules.

But Miles knows this and that's why he made the right move.

LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been dismissed from the team. Head coach Les Miles says that Perrilloux "didn't fulfill his obligation as an LSU student-athlete." He is declining additional comment.

LSU said Friday that Perrilloux is expected to finish out the spring semester at the school.

Perrilloux ran up against the law and team discipline with regularity at LSU. He was on the fringe of a counterfeiting investigation and was caught trying to enter a Baton Rouge casino with a false identification. That got him suspended all of last summer.

He also was involved in a fracas at a nightclub in November, but he was cleared of wrongdoing. link

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