Eonline – Natalie Finn
Sometimes there can be a long gap between May and December.
Jacqueline Beems, the 41-year-old wife of silver-haired wrester Ric Flair, has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking her husband of three months in their North Carolina home on Sunday night.
Flair, aka “Nature Boy,” who used to tussle for the mighty World Wrestling Entertainment and now grapples for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, had minor injuries but refused treatment from paramedics, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Could Flair, who met Beems in 2004, be looking to save face after perhaps being pushed around by a girl?
He said in a statement that the entire incident was a misunderstanding and that his wife did nothing wrong. Beems was released from custody a few hours after her arrest.
El Mundo – Eduardo Suárez (Corresponsal) | Londres (English Translation)
He looks forward to Plácido Domingo’s return to the operatic stage of Covent Garden. Yet London’s music lovers will have to wait. The Royal Opera House announced last night that the Spanish withdrawal from the cartel’s “Tamerlane” by Handel, which opens on March 5. The reason is a “preventive surgery” that the wording should be submitted in New York by the advice of your healthcare team.
Domingo felt ill while singing at the opera in Tokyo. At first, a certain malaise and then a pain in the lower abdomen. He decided to return to New York to get a complete checkup and that was when the doctors decided it was better to come into the operating room. According to Rep. Nancy Seltzer, “only after the operation will know exactly when come back.” This will take place on Friday February 26. Its expected return is not delayed more than six weeks.
Domingo’s return to London had sparked an uproar in line with the size of the tenor. So much so that the entries of “Tamerlane” sold out within minutes. The Spanish was to sing the role of Bajazet in five of the performances of the opera: 5, 8, 11, 15 and 20 March. The Royal Opera House has announced that it will not.
Remains to be seen if the Spanish can travel to London in his second start of the year: “Simon Boccanegra” in which he makes a baritone and arrive in London in early June. In any event, the Royal Opera House has offered special terms for those who want to return their tickets for the withdrawal of the artist.
Domingo will replace American tenor Kurt Streit, who was to sing the role of Bajazet in two of the performances of the play (those of 13 and 17 March) and now must replace the rest to the Spanish tenor.
Plácido Domingo is 69 years and combines his positions of director of the operas in Los Angeles and Washington with a flurry of activity as a singer in the five continents.
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Renew America – By Bryan Fischer
Wow. Just as soon as the “Hot Air” blog was purchased by the Christian conglomerate Salem Communications from conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, it has suddenly become an advocate for all things gay. What in the world is up with that?
For background, GOPROUD is an organization dedicated to advancing special rights for homosexual behavior, and advocates the overthrow of the Defense of Marriage Act and the overthrow of the law banning homosexual service in the military.
Not only was GOPROUD welcomed at CPAC, an event which is supposed to be the annual showcase for conservative values, the organization was allowed to sponsor the event, giving visibility and recognition to its effort to legitimize sexual deviancy.
In other words, for David Keene and the others who run CPAC, natural marriage is not, in their judgment, a fundamental conservative value. This conference, for the sake of truth in advertising, should be relabeled “The Libertarian Political Action Conference.” It has forfeited any legitimate claim to the “Conservative” moniker.
A Saturday post, from Repurblican, takes one of my new heroes, Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom, to task for making the common sense statement at CPAC that homosexual sex cannot lead to reproduction. For this obviously correct observation, he was booed off the stage. And “Hot Air,” now under Christian management, has made Sorba out to be the bad guy.
Sorba showed the courage of his convictions by simply declaring the truth. Said Sorba, “Civil rights are grounded in natural rights, and natural rights are grounded in human nature…and the intelligible end of the reproductive act is reproduction…civil rights, when they conflict with natural rights, are contrary…” At this point, his remarks were drowned out by a chorus of vitriolic, angry boos. (View video of his remarks here.)
Consequently, Sorba said, “I’d like to condemn CPAC for bringing GOPRIDE (he meant “GOPROUD”) to this event.”
For speaking truth to power, “Hot Air” accused Sorba of “bombthrowing,” and said his remarks represented a “gratuitous and public…slam on homosexuals.”
The lead blogger of “Hot Air,” Ed Morrissey, has apparently experienced a new-found freedom under Salem’s Christian leadership to bash proponents of morality grounded in natural law. Said Morrissey, “At some point, Republicans will need to get over their issues with homosexuality.”
Sorba was certainly right to condemn CPAC for this move. The bottom line here is if conservatives are looking for an annual convocation of genuine conservatives — those who are fiscal, national security and social conservatives — the place to be is the Values Voter Summit.
VVS, sponsored each fall by the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, will never waver on the truth that protecting one man — one woman marriage is the most fundamental conservative value of all.
Right Condition: HotAir.com undermines Tea Party movement, supports big GOP in Mass.
Gateway Pundit: Salem Communications Buys HotAir Blog
NYT: By JOHN TIERNEY
Suppose, as some experts advise, that the new national dietary guidelines due this spring will lower the recommended level of salt. Suppose further that public health officials in New York and Washington succeed in forcing food companies to use less salt. What would be the effect?
A) More than 44,000 deaths would be prevented annually (as estimated recently in The New England Journal of Medicine).
B) About 150,000 deaths per year would be prevented annually (as estimated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene).
C) Hundreds of millions of people would be subjected to an experiment with unpredictable and possibly adverse effects (as argued recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association).
D) Not much one way or the other.
E) Americans would get even fatter than they are today.
Don’t worry, there’s no wrong answer, at least not yet. That’s the beauty of the salt debate: there’s so little reliable evidence that you can imagine just about any outcome. For all the talk about the growing menace of sodium in packaged foods, experts aren’t even sure that Americans today are eating more salt than they used to.
When you don’t know past trends, predicting the future is a wide-open game.
My personal favorite prediction is E, the further fattening of America, but I’m just guided by a personal rule: Never bet against the expansion of Americans’ waistlines, especially not when public health experts get involved.
The harder the experts try to save Americans, the fatter we get. We followed their admirable advice to quit smoking, and by some estimates we gained 15 pounds apiece afterward. The extra weight was certainly a worthwhile trade-off for longer life and better health, but with success came a new challenge.
Officials responded by advising Americans to shun fat, which became the official villain of the national dietary guidelines during the 1980s and 1990s. The anti-fat campaign definitely made an impact on the marketing of food, but as we gobbled up all the new low-fat products, we kept getting fatter. Eventually, in 2000, the experts revised the dietary guidelines and conceded that their anti-fat advice may have contributed to diabetes and obesity by unintentionally encouraging Americans to eat more calories.
That fiasco hasn’t dampened the reformers’ enthusiasm, to judge from the growing campaign to impose salt restrictions. Pointing to evidence that a salt-restricted diet causes some people’s blood pressure to drop, the reformers extrapolate that tens of thousands of lives would be saved if there were less salt in everybody’s food.
But is it even possible to get the public to permanently reduce salt consumption? Researchers have had a hard enough time getting people to cut back during short-term supervised experiments.
The salt reformers say change is possible if the food industry cuts back on all the hidden salt in its products. They want the United States to emulate Britain, where there has been an intensive campaign to pressure industry as well as consumers to use less salt. As a result, British authorities say, from 2000 to 2008 there was about a 10 percent reduction in daily salt consumption, which was measured by surveys that analyzed the amount of salt excreted in urine collected over 24 hours.
But the British report was challenged in a recent article in The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Washington University in St. Louis. The team, led by Dr. David A. McCarron, a nephrologist at Davis, criticized the British authorities for singling out surveys in 2008 and 2000 while ignoring nearly a dozen similar surveys conducted in the past two decades.
When all the surveys in Britain are considered, there has been no consistent downward trend in salt consumption in recent years, said Dr. McCarron, who has been a longtime critic of the salt reformers. (For more on him and his foes, go to nytimes.com/tierneylab.) He said that the most notable feature of the data is how little variation there has been in salt consumption in Britain — and just about everywhere else, too.
Dr. McCarron and his colleagues analyzed surveys from 33 countries around the world and reported that, despite wide differences in diet and culture, people generally consumed about the same amount of salt. There were a few exceptions, like tribes isolated in the Amazon and Africa, but the vast majority of people ate more salt than recommended in the current American dietary guidelines…]