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MAYAN CALENDAR DISCOVERY CONFIRMS 2012 ‘END DATE’…But not what you think…..


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An ancient Maya text has emerged from the jungles of Guatemala confirming the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012.

Considered one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades, the 1,300-year-old inscription contains only the second known reference to the “end date,” but does not predict doomsday.

“The text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute, said.

Carved on a stone staircase, the inscription was found at the ruins of La Corona, in the dense rainforest of northwestern Guatemala, by an international team of archaeologists led by Canuto and colleague Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
The archaeologists made the discovery as they decided to excavate in front of a building that had been heavily damaged nearly 40 years ago by looters looking for carved stones and tombs.

“We knew they found something important, but we also thought they might have missed something,” Barrientos said.

Indeed, the archaeologists not only recovered 10 discarded hieroglyphic stones, but also something that the looters missed entirely — an untouched step with a set of 12 exquisitely carved stones still in their original location.

Combined with the known looted blocks, the original staircase had a total of 264 hieroglyphs, making it one of the longest ancient Maya texts known, and the longest in Guatemala.

According to David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center of the University of Texas at Austin, who deciphered the hieroglyphics, the stairway inscription recorded 200 years of La Corona’s history.
Bearing 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs, the stone referring to the year 2012 commemorated a royal visit to La Corona (which the ancient Maya called Saknikte’) by the ruler Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ from the great Maya capital of Calakmul on Jan. 29, 696 A.D.
Also known as Fire Claw or Jaguar Paw, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ had suffered a military defeat the year before, during a war with Calakmul’s longstanding rival Tikal (located in modern Peten, Guatemala).

“Scholars had assumed that the Calakmul king died or was captured in this engagement, but this new extraordinary text from La Corona tells us otherwise,” said Stuart.

In the wake of the defeat, the Maya ruler visited La Corona and perhaps other trusted allies to allay their fears after his defeat.

According to the archaeologists, the 2012 reference would have been a political move by the Calakmul king, who wanted to reassure the peoples of La Corona after the stunning defeat.
The key to understanding the reference to 2012 is a unique title that the king gave himself, said the archaeologists.

In the text, he calls himself the “13 K’atun lord” — the king who presided over and celebrated an important Mayan calendar ending, 13 K’atun calendar cycle, in the year 692.

In order to vaunt himself even further and place his reign into an eternal setting, the Maya king connected himself forward in time to when the next higher period of the Maya calendar would reach the same 13 number — December 21, 2012.
“This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012,” Stuart said.

The discovery is consistent with the only other reference to the 2012 date in ancient Maya inscriptions — Monument 6 from Tortuguero, Mexico.

“What this text shows us is that in times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse,” Canuto said.

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Coffin nail for Obama?…African-American Christians waver over vote


Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.
The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood.

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Cuts to the Democratic entitlements……


By Alan Caruba

No wonder Democrats are sweating bullets over proposed cuts to the spending that has been the hallmark of their party and politics for decades. This list, taken from a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report provides an insight to the many ways fiscal sanity can be restored.

These are some of the programs that the Republican House has proposed cutting.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.

* Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.

* International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.

* Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.

* National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.

* National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.

* Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.

* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.

* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress),

authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 such programs at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.

* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.

* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.

* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.

* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.

* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.

* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.

* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings

* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.

* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.

* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.

* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings.

* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.

* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.

* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings

* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.

* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.

* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.

* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.

* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.

* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.

* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings.

* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.

* Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.

* U.S. Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.

* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.

* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.

* Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.

* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.

* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.

* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.

* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.

* Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.

* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.

* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.

* Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.

* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.

* Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings

* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.

* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.

* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.

* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.

* Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.

* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings.

* HUD Ph.D. Program.

* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

TOTAL SAVINGS:
$2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

I would add the elimination of the U.S. contribution to the budget of the United Nations. There is no reason why decisions regarding our national security and sovereignty should be subordinated to the UN. The humanitarian work undertaken by UN agencies can be done just as well, if not better, by independent international organizations.

© Alan Caruba
http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html

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