INSIDE A.R. TODAY

Vol. 12, No. 3,056W - The American Reporter - December 25, 2006





From The American Reporter to All of You ~ Merry Christmas, Everyone!

AR Exclusive Diabetes Cure Findings 'Solid'

Breaking News: God's gift to soul music, James Brown, dies on Christmas Day;
Breaking News: Regional war erupts as Ethiopian soldiers, jets attack Somalia;
Breaking News: U.S. seizes Iranian officers believed behind insurgent attacks;
Breaking News: Wild shootout in Boynton Beach, Fla., mall leaves man dead;
Breaking News: Ali Sistani, key Iraqi cleric U.S. needed, allies with foe instead;
Breaking News: Bakersfield, Calif., man sets himself afire to protest Christmas;
Surgery set for Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; broke his leg while skiing;
"Letters From Iwo Jima" is yet another Oscar contender from Clint Eastwood;
Scientists cure diabetes in mice overnight with one injection, but are widely ignored;
Video: Edwards favors pullback of Guard troops in Iraq; set to announce candidacy;

An A.R. Exclusive
DIABETES RESEARCHERS SAY CURE FINDINGS ARE 'SOLID'
by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla., Dec. 18, 2006, 3:15 a.m. EST -- The scientist who serves as spokesman for a group of Canadian researchers that reported discovery of a cure for diabetes in mice in the peer-reviewed journal Cell on Friday says the ground-breaking findings are "solid" but the study's complex approach may take time to replicate. Clinical studies will begin in January, he said. [MORE]

One Woman's World
THE INVISIBLE GIFT
by Elizabeth T. Andrews

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The in-laws and the out-laws were there. The kids, cats, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers - and the two who were responsible for this annual shindig, Grandma and Grandpa. [MORE]

Andy Oram Reports
'YOUSERS' CONTENT BUILDS GIANT WEBSITES, BUT WHAT'S IT REALLY WORTH?
by Andy Oram

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 24, 2006 -- It was a remarkable moment when that staunch pillar of American media, Time Magazine, chose the entire population - "You" - as Person of the Year. [MORE]

On Native Ground
OUR DIRTY SECRET: THE GOVERNMENT IS BROKE
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The Financial Report of the United States Government, the summation of the 2006 fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, found that had the federal government used the same accounting practices used by the private sector, the 2006 federal budget deficit would have been $449.5 billion, not the widely reported $247.7 billion. [MORE]

Make My Day
I DON'T BELIEVE IN THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Christmas is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: Erik is waiting until the last minute to do his shopping again. That gives us a chance to run his favorite Christmas column. [MORE]

Momentum
PEACE & LOVE & HOLIDAY
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- At a Hanukkah party the other night, I spent a long time looking at the mantel full of glowing candles. I felt blessed, peaceful and safe. [MORE]

One Woman's World
LANGUAGE HAS A HAIRY CHEST
by Elizabeth T. Andrews

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Even the language fails women. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
BOOTLEG BOOZE AND BATHTUB GIN
Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- This year when my December birthday rolled around, I had the pleasure of talking with friends and family who called with greetings and warm conversations - usually about how quickly the years are going by. "It seems we were just talking about this same thing and it was a whole year ago." [MORE]

Make My Day
GOBBLEDYGOOK, DRIVEL, AND TRIPE - OH MY!
by Erik Deckers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- As we bring closure to the annual calendar, it behooves us to examine the various linguistic gaffes that occurred over the past 12 month period. [MORE]

On Native Ground
IMPEACHMENT AS PRELUDE TO THE WHITE HOUSE
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The conventional wisdom is that Americans have no stomach for impeachment proceedings against President Bush. [MORE]

High Tech
THE DIGITAL PEN COMES OF AGE
by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Writing is hard work any way you do it, but an innovation that is going wireless soon can make it easier for those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome - like myself - and others who simply prefer writing longhand but hate the typing job that awaits them afterwards. [MORE]

Momentum
LOVE, ACTUALLY
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Is love the last social taboo? [MORE]

One Woman's World
MAN, ARE THEY OFF BASE
by Elizabeth T. Andrews

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- He leads an all-male prayer group at his church. That means he hates women. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
MORE DOES NOT MEAN BETTER
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMON ISLAND, Ga. -- The checkout line was growing but customers moved along quickly. The associate - as sales clerks are called now - was a bright and bubbly girl with a brass name tag identifying her as Julie. She appeared to be a high school student working her first after-school job, and she couldn't be happier. It was contagious; she smiled, the customers smiled, the transactions ran smoothly and genuine harmony filled the air on this day when everyone was shopping for just the right things to buy for their family and friends. [MORE]

Opinion
ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS MUST BE ON THE TABLE
by Joe Parko

JERUSALEM -- Ever since Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear technician, confirmed the existence of Israelís nuclear weapons program with his photographs of the secret underground bomb facility published in the London Sunday Times in 1986, the world has known Israel has been making nuclear bombs but has pretended they do not exist. [MORE]

Make My Day
SILENT NIGHT? FAT CHANCE
by Erik Deckers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- "Okay kids, we need to buy one more Christmas present for Mommy. We don't have much time." [MORE]

On Native Ground
THE LIST: WHO MADE AMERICAN HISTORY?
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Who are the 100 most influential Americans of all time? [MORE]

Momentum
MAYBE, JUST SAY YES?
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The war on drugs is back in the news. Where to start? [MORE]

From The A.R. Archives: 2001
I REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- I remember Pearl Harbor. That was the day I went from hopscotch to knitting needles. Yes, I once knit a scarf for the boys in Greenland. Oops! I'm not supposed to mention they're in Greenland. [MORE]

One Woman's World
THERE IS NO GOD OF WAR
by Elizabeth T. Andrews

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Every flag-draped coffin that comes home to America from Iraq feels to me as though it contains the broken body of my son or daughter, for I am an American and I cannot separate myself from them. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
CASUAL OBSERVATIONS ON INTENSE TOPICS
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- I like to think I'm an observer, and an opinionated observer, at that. Yet I rarely write strong opinion pieces. I'm not a philosopher and I avoid political comments unless it's to defend a misstatement. I'm more an observer like our national treasure, Yogi Berra: "You can observe a lot just by watching." [MORE]

Tom Kerrigan
MY PERILS - AND PAULINE'S - AT THE MOVIES
by T.S. Kerrigan

LOS ANGELES -- When I read a book by Joan Didion or a poem by Dana Gioia about what it's like to be a native Californian, I'm always puzzled because their experiences and impressions are so different than mine. Perhaps if they had grown up in Los Angeles when I did - that provincial city that no more resembles its present self than it did the original pueblo - they would have an altogether different view of what it meant to be reared in this state. [MORE]

Make My Day
SQUIRREL VIOLENCE GRIPS ILLINOIS
by Erik Deckers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- I like nature and the creatures that live in it, provided they stay away from me. I'm what the outdoor-types call a Wilderness Wuss. In the wilderness, there are grizzly bears, timber wolves, snakes, and, squirrels. [MORE]

On Native Ground
A YOUNG MAN'S CHRONICLE OF HELL
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- What happens when one of the most important news stories in the world happens literally in your front yard? [MORE]

Momentum
BALLOON MAN
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I went to New York last week to see the Thanksgiving Day parade balloons and found my father. [MORE]

One Woman's World
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN EDEN
by Elizabeth T. Andrews

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- God created a garden and rested. God created man and rested. Then God created woman and since then neither God nor man has rested. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash
WHEN THE SCARLET LETTER IS BLUE
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Sometimes, long-established laws don't mean anything to me at all. I don't mind seeing a sign affixed to a telephone pole saying NO SPITTING ON THE SIDEWALKS. The law is on the books; the sign upholds the law. It has nothing to do with me and I'm not going to look around for offenders. [MORE]

Make My Day
BEWARE HOLIDAY FRUITCAKES OF DOOM!
by Erik Deckers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- I don't like fruitcake. [MORE]

On Native Ground
SO, WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR IRAQ?
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Go big. Go long. Go home. [MORE]

Momentum
FOR SOME AT THANKSGIVING, EMPTY CHAIRS, EMPTY SLEEVES
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- At a concert last week in Massachusetts, Bob Dylan sang an old, old song called "John Brown," while I imagined his head spinning with whiplash from the deja vu. [MORE]

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