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Putin secretly divorces his wife and marries rhythmical gymnast Alina Kabaeva?

2012-03-04T01:42:39.411-08:00

  His new wife will be Alina Kabaeva, the rhythmic gymnast, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and obtained numerous European awards, the newspaper said. According to the newspaper, “Russians consider Kabaeva to be sexier than Sharapova and Kournikova.” After the Olympic Games in Athens Kabaeva gave up sport (read article) and decided to try her hand at cinema. La Repubblica underlined the authenticity of the news. According to the newspaper, “Putin divorced his wife in a St. Petersburg registry office.” The only disclaimer was voiced by Kabaeva’s press secretary, but it sounded so unconvincing as if it had been motivated by fear to unlock some mystery, since Putin still remains the most powerful personality in Russia. Also read: Alina Kabaeva tops the list of Russia's most popular athletesThe newspaper concluded that Putin’s plan concerning Kabaeva had been implemented long ago: Kabaeva became deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Youth Affairs and chaired the supervisory board of the National Media Group - Russia’s new media-holding owned by Yury Kovalchuk, who is a close friend of Putin’s. It was not incidental that Russia’s state-run TV channels and newspapers highlighted the story of Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni – their story is similar. Russian, Italian and French blogs have been inundated with comments on the allegedly forthcoming wedding of Putin and Kabaeva, Moskovsky Correspondent newspaper wrote with reference to a Moscow-based company that specializes in organizing solemn events. A tender for organizing this wedding has been reportedly announced. The wedding is due on June 15. Photo gallery: Alina Kabaeva, the most flexible body of RussiaThe Moskovsky Correspondent article dedicated to the forthcoming wedding of Putin and Kabaeva was published on April 11 and received an extensive coverage in the European media. Italy’s La Repubblica, Poland’s Wyborcza and Austria’s Die Presse have already covered the story with numerous pictures of Alina Kabaeva. The most abstract article on the topic was posted on the website of Germany’s Der Spiegel: “No matter what she touches - a mace, hoops or the fate of Russia’s youth, the 24-year-old Olympic champion always astonished people with her ideal elegance and sports achievements. Russians extol her enormously. Now Moscow is visibly agitated about the widely rumoured wedding. It was the day when Putin agreed to lead United Russia. Before that the president’s personal life was kept secret, but now it hit the headlines. The former KGB spy allegedly divorced his wife and is going to marry the young athlete. The wedding is due on June 15 in the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg’s suburb of Strelna.” In an interview with Spiegel Online, the Moscow-based event-organizing company Karnaval-Stil (Carnival-Style), which was mentioned in the above-mentioned article, disclaimed its involvement in the organization of Putin’s wedding. “We learnt it from the Internet as well as you did,” stated the company’s Director Sergey Tylkin. “We would be greatly honoured to organize such a wedding, but it absolutely nonsensical.” Meanwhile, the Kremlin declined any comments. Alina Kabaeva’s spokesman refuted any allegations of the wedding. Source: agenciesTranslated by Julia BulyginaPravda.ru[...]



RhoDeo 1011 Aetix

2012-03-04T01:42:39.411-08:00

Hello, .another Aetix coming up though this one was recorded in 78. Something else, i've been wondering about the scarcity of comments i get, now i dont expect a thankyou for every grab..that would certainly overload my mailbox but when you find something you really enjoy you could share it not just with me but all visitors here.xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxRock 'n Roll without guitars never sounded this goodNever widely popular amongst the general public, Suicide are nonetheless hugely influential, part of the New York rock underground since the early 1970s, Alan Vega (a.k.a. Alan Bermowitz) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and Martin Rev (a.k.a. Martin Reverby) grown up in the Bronx, they mixed Alan Vega's blues-styled vocals and Marty Rev's synthesizer (originally a broken-down Farfisa organ they couldn't afford to repair). Suicide emerged alongside the early punk scene in New York City with a reputation for ferocious and controversial live shows; Vega stated "We started getting booed as soon as we came onstage. Just from the way we looked they started giving us hell already." . Vega and Rev both dressed like arty, pre-cyberpunk street thugs, and Vega was notorious for brandishing a length of motorcycle drive chain onstage. Their first album, Suicide , is often regarded as a classic: One critic writes: these eerie, sturdy, steam-punk anthems rank among the most visionary, melodic experiments the rock realm has yet produced, however, the ten-minute "Frankie Teardrop" might be the album's highlight, telling the harrowing story of a poverty-stricken Vietnam vet pushed to the edge: Suicide always provoked extreme reactions by producing a unique, obsessively American electronic music of enormous and enduring influence.Confusingly released in 1980 as Alan Vega/Martin Rev and omitting their "Dream Baby Dream" single, the Ric Ocasek-produced Second Album is less confrontational and more contemporary than the duo's terrifying debut. Ric Ocasek has remained a supporter and friend, he produced solo work for Vega and Rev. Both released sveral albums before getting together again in 88 when Ocasek produced their 4th album "Way of Life". Their music and gigs proved an intense affair so both needed space and it wasnt till 2002 that they released a new album American Supreme * .xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxProof that punk was more about attitude than a raw, guitar-driven sound, Suicide's self-titled debut set the duo apart from the rest of the style's self-proclaimed outsiders. Although they barely receive credit, Suicide (singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev) is the source point for virtually every synth pop duo that glutted the pop marketplace in the early '80s. Without the trailblazing Rev and Vega, there would have been no Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Yaz, you name 'em, and while many would tell you that that's nothing to crow about, the aforementioned synth-poppers merely appropriated Suicide's keyboards/singer look and none of Rev and Vega's extremely confrontational performance style and love of dissonance.What is surprising is how timeless this album has turned out to be.Suicide I (78 97mb)01. Ghost Rider (2:32)02. Rocket USA (4:14)03. Cheree (3:30)04. Johnny (2:09)05. Girl (4:04)06. Frankie Teardrop (10:24)07. Che (4:50)08. Cheree (remix) (bonus) (3:46)09. I Remember (bonus) (3:09)10. Keep Your Dreams (bonus) (4:48)xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxThe first is a six-song set recorded at CBGB's in 1977 that has a wild version of "96 Tears." The second live set is the band's legendary and incendiary 23 Minutes Over Brussels, which was originally released on a flexi-disc but has been remastered for CD and sounds great. This set really gives a feeling for how extreme Suicide's live shows were and makes an interesting addition to the band's seminal album.]Suicide Live (78 126mb)01. Mr. Ray (6:26)02. Las Vegas Man (4:21)03. 96 Tears (3:46)04. Keep Your Dreams (3:17)05. I Remember (5:09)06. Harlem (4:04)07. 23 Minutes Over Brussels (22:54)xxxxxYou'll find two soloalbums hereMartin Rev - Ma[...]



C's New Apps, Cooking, Sound Machines & More

2012-03-04T01:42:39.411-08:00

Back in July I'd written that C had created and debuted his first app, the fashion-forward, informative MBF TrendTalk, for the MBF consulting company and its site.  (The next New York Fashion Week is coming up in a little over a month, so it's an app to have if you want to be on top of things.) Since then he's been working steadily on new apps, and his company, CAC-IT has since introduced several new free or very affordable apps that are either available or will soon be via the iTunes store.The second was C's Holiday Kitchen, a holiday cookbook for the iPad, featuring some of his delicious, failsafe holiday recipes, ranging from the staples like roast turkey, apple and sausage stuffing, collard greens, and homemade cranberry sauce, to desserts like coconut cake and sweet potato pie, to dinner rolls you cannot mess up nor stop adding to your plate.  He has since updated this app and introduced an iPhone version, C's Holiday iKitchen, which is now also available on iTunes.  I recommend trying out the cranberry sauce if you've never made it before; it's so simple it will shock you and you'll never want to go back to canned cranberry sauce again.Two of his newer apps are in the Apple pipeline: the first is my favorite of all, the Soundbox Celebrator, which is a virtual iPhone sound machine for the holidays, sporting events, and anytime you want to punctuate your thoughts and comments with loud audio accompaniment.  It includes a variety of sounds, including an air horn, church bells, and my favorite, the vuvuzela, as well as a stately version of "For Auld Lang Syne," with the lyrics in case you're too blitzed to remember them.  I hate to admit it but had this been available when I was in high school, I very well might have been expelled as a result of it! (As it was, we had to make do with Bic pens, spitballs, and a laughing machine, which nearly sent my elderly German language teacher into apoplexy, but that's another story....)The second is a lifestyle and travel app for Monaga, covering the the full range of LGBTQ life and activities in the Dominican Republic and more. The app will feature links to Monaga's main page; the legendary Monaga blog; and a Monaga-designed map showing gay and tourist highlights for Santo Domingo-area travelers.  As Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest might say, it will ensure travelers know where to find "the booze, beaches, and boys!" As I said, it's in the Apple pipeline as well, and should debut quite soon.Since I don't have the skills to program more than simple html these days, I'm very impressed by all of this, and I urge you to check these out if you're interested, and check with iTunes or CAC-IT's site to see what apps C is devising down the road, or to inquire about getting your own.[...]



Talented Tuesday - Stan Is So Talented!

2012-03-04T01:42:39.412-08:00

Talented Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, post at your genealogy blog through words and pictures. Here is my submission today:My husband, Stan Harris, is so talented! He is a Maintenance Manager/Plant Engineer and can do anything mechanical, electrical, industrial. He can work on any machine and designs things too. He got this from his father, Billy Harris. Billy was a natural with machinery. He was uneducated in his field and yet was one of the best. He worked in the maintenance department of Draper Corp for most of his working life and could fix anything. He was the Dept Supervisor and he hired Stan. Stan worked at Draper Corp for 8 years under his father and he learned a lot. Stan continued to work in this field as he continued his education in Engineering. Stan's brother, Ronnie, seems to have this talent too. And Ronnie's son, Luke, definitely has the touch! Another Harris nephew, Evans, loves to work on vehicles and is good at it. Evans' brother, Aaron, may have that touch too. They all have this ability to tear down a machine, sit in it and learn by building it back. Same with construction. Now Evans and Aaron are very intelligent and did well in school and college. So they can do the school thing too. But all of them also learn by feel, touching it, tearing it down, almost by osmosis. They make mistakes but they learn from them. It just makes sense to them. It reminds me of my nephew, Lee, and his musical abilities. He just sat at the piano and did it. It made sense to him and it flows out of his fingertips. Those kind of miraculous, natural born, God given talents amaze me!Stan also has a wide range of talents in contruction. My Dad taught his son-in-laws when we all built our first homes and the men did most of it themselves. Since then we have extensively remodeled two other homes. He has done everything from building a gazebo, to remodeling his shop from the studs. He can do plumbing, electrical, framing, welding, etc. What he can't do, he knows someone who can. He is so handy to have around the house, I don't know what I would do without his skills!And his talents don't stop. He has written a book and has a second one in the works. He used to sing on our church's Praise and Worship Team. He is a good artist in several different mediums. He also loves to cook and grill and he is always coming up with new recipes.He is a hard worker and very talented.Stan recording his book.[...]



A Festivus For Anyone

2012-03-04T01:42:39.412-08:00

I'm not really a proponent of giving inmates behind bars a bunch of privileges. I'm more in favor of hard labor. Chain gangs, to be precise. I think we could get a lot of stuff done with inmate labor. If nothing else, I'm at least in favor of having them crush up big rocks into little rocks, complete with that big heavy ball chained to one leg. It'd give a nice old-timey feel to incarceration! So, given my outlook on the coddling of inmates, you can imagine that I built up a full head of steam after reading that one inmate managed to get special meals because of his religious beliefs. And before you go off telling me that they're allowed special diets for religious reasons, let me tell you that his "religious belief" was Festivus. Wait. What now? Correct. According to my local San Jose Mercury News, a one Malcolm Alarmo King (Alarmo? Really? Is he supposed to be some sort of superhero?), currently behind bars at the Theo Lacy Jail down there in Orange County, was not a big fan of salami. (I'm merely guessing that the meals were heavy on the salami, as that's the only basis that the article gives for what transpired next.) He had originally "...asked for kosher meals at the Theo Lacy jail to maintain his healthy physique." Yep. One must be in tip-top shape to prepare for all of the drug dealing that they do when they're not behind bars, don't you know? But, alas! His kosher meals were not to be, for simply wanting to be healthy, as "...sheriff's officials reserve kosher meals for inmates with a religious need." Now, apparently, this sort of thing has to be OK'ed be a judge. The judge that was apparently involved in this instance was a one Judge Derek G. Johnson and he "...demanded a religious reason for King to receive the meals and defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah cited his client's devotion to Festivus". Oh, for cryin' out loud! Just in case you were living under a rock during most of the 1990s, allow me to explain Festivus to you. It derives from the TV show "Seinfeld". According to Wikipedia, it was a holiday that Frank Costanza invented "...as an alternative holiday in response to the commercialization of Christmas." Sure. That seems reasonable.Festivus doesn't have a tree. Instead, there is simply an unadorned aluminum pole (Frank found tinsel to be distracting). According to Frank, the aluminum provides a "Very high strength-to-weight ratio", an important factor to consider when choosing any holiday centerpiece. Some Festivus traditions include "Airing of Grievances," where one lashes out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year, and the "Feats of Strength" where "...the head of the household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges that person to a wrestling match." My point with all of this being is that it sounds absolutely ridiculous. It also sounds just like something that would have been made up by someone. Unfortunately, the judge didn't seem to see it that way. Nope. He saw celebrating Festivus as a perfectly legitimate claim and granted the inmates request. This went on for two months before "...the sheriff's food services staff, who interviews those needing special diets, realized Festivus sounded phony." Good Lord. It took the food services staff to figure this farce out?! I'm not trying to belittle anyone with this next question, but what is their highest level of achieved education as compared to that of the freaking judge who gave this thing the green light?! What was that judge thinking? Even if he hadn't heard of the Seinfeld episode, wouldn't you think that if he heard "Festivus" that he might ask something to the effect of "What the hell are you talking about?" Apparently not. And that's why an inmate got kosher meals for two months that the taxpayers footed the bill for. Now...where do I air my grievances?[...]



Organizing and Storing Christmas Decorations

2012-03-04T01:42:39.412-08:00

You finally got the Christmas decorations out and now I'm already talking about how to organize and store your Christmas decorations! Sorry, but unpacking and putting out my Christmas decorations made me start thinking about better ways to organize and store Christmas decorations. How do you store wreaths? How do you organize and store Christmas lights? How do you protect and store your Christmas tree ornaments? What about storing Christmas villages? There are so many different sizes of things to store... from Christmas linens to Christmas wrapping, from artificial Christmas trees to outdoor Christmas decorations. If your decorations look like this, you need to spend some time organizing when it comes time to take the decorations down and store them.I searched the Internet for ideas on how people have tackled this. In the old days, people would cut down a small tree and string some popcorn and cranberries to decorate it. But today, marketers have convinced us that there should be no limit to decorating for the holidays. The home decorating shows on cable TV channels are really ads. They create a desire and need for everything Christmas. I watched "Celebrity Christmas Houses" and the decorators stripped the homes of their normal furnishings and started with a blank slate. I thought that was a bit much. Every surface was decorated, even the ceilings. Marketers are savvy enough to push all this in order to make money. And we stock up and then we have to store what we've bought.One thing that I did last year was to buy a smaller tree, about 3' tall. I put the lights and decorations on it. After Christmas I covered it with a plastic bag and stored it in the attic with all the lights and decorations still on it. This Christmas we took the bag off and brought it downstairs. Voila! It was so much easier than anything I've ever done before. But they do make artificial Christmas tree bags and tents. The cardboard box that the tree came in originally won't last long and it's always harder to get the tree to fit back in that original box.I have plastic bins. They are all the same size and are stackable. Big enough to hold what I need but not so big that they are too heavy to lift. I like see through plastic containers. But I also like the idea of a representative color like red and/or green for Christmas. It makes it easier to distinguish between your Christmas decorations and your Halloween decorations. I personally don't like cardboard boxes for storage as they can make for good bug homes and rodents can get in them especially if they are stored in the attic, garage, or basement.It's essential to label your boxes with the contents.Sort through your decorations and throw away or donate things that you no longer want.Wash and dry your decorations. Don't store dusty knick knacks or stained linens. Wash your Christmas linens (or have them drycleaned) before you store them. Wash all the tabletop decorations.Once they are clean and sorted, make sure you carefully store them. Wrap them in tissue paper, paper towels, bubble wrap. Don't use newspaper so you won't get newsprint ink on the ornaments.You could use blister packs to help protect ornaments. Here are some apple blisters.For those that aren't fragile, you can group them by color or size in plastic baggies.There are some things that you won't want to store in extreme temperatures so be aware of this. For instance, if you have to store your decorations in the attic or the garage then they will be subject to extreme temperatures so don't store Christmas candles in them. Just be aware of those kinds of things. One tip for storing special Christmas candles is to store them in old socks to keep them from getting scratched.Be sure not to put fragile items on the very bottom or very top of a box.Keep extra metal hooks or metal hangers in a box or plastic bag and store with your ornaments so you will have what you need next year and aren't looking through[...]



End of the Quarter + 3 Moleskin Drawings

2012-03-04T01:42:39.412-08:00

So much to say but so little time to say it. The quarter is finally over, grades are in, and it is time to thank my students for a great fall. The two classes were a lot of work, but as always I learned as much, more perhaps, as I taught.  One of the joys of teaching a literature course, especially one that you do not teach every year, is reconnecting with the texts in it, and I particularly love any opportunity to teach courses in which I can include work from across genres.In my African-American literature class, we did read poetry, fiction, plays, essays and talks, and theoretical and critical texts, and we also listened to some music and watched three films to enrich the conversation.  And a conversation it was. I had never before taught Aimé Cesaire's poetry, so it was a new addition, as was the poetry of Bob Kaufman, Stephen Jonas, Ted Joans, Nikki Giovanni, and Carolyn Rodgers.  One new element of the class that I'd never tried before, but which appeared to work well and really engage the students was to have them create or expand Wikipedia pages, using original research, on topics related to the class. This resulted in several new pages and some expanded ones.In my graduate fiction writing class, it was fascinating and encouraging to see about half the students submitting novel chapters or beginning them, and I hope they all will complete a draft if they can, not only for the experience of writing a novel, but to have something to revise so that they might ultimately be able to publish it. I also took a thematic tack with the readings, which I structured under the rubric of "Writing(s) on the Edge," and we read texts that thematically (for the most part) dealt with limits, barriers and boundaries of various sorts. I returned to assigning a novel for the final text for the term, after several years of critical works, and the students all finished Lionel Shriver's 400+ page, disturbing but unforgettable novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, after having read short stories by Lorrie Moore, Chimananda Ngozi Adiche, Anthony Doerr, and others. They all had purchased the American addition, which included a postscript describing the ordeal Shriver went through to publish the book, whose success utterly reinvigorated her career.  For anyone interested in hearing Shriver discuss the book and her work in general, this 2009 BBC World Book Club podcast is a fine introduction.Now it's only a few weeks to prepare for the new quarter (which starts January 4) and the MLA conference, continue with my own writing projects, catch up on sleep and emails, and try to read the 10 or so books I've had to put off for the last three months.>>>While scanning in texts for the upcoming quarter, I found myself scrolling through my notebooks for specific material for one of the courses, and came across the following Moleskine notebook that, I realized, I'd taken with me to Cuba.  Over the last year I've mostly turned to my iPhone and iPad for drawing, but on this trip, I saw that I had done a bit of sketching, so I scanned in these three pages (one of which was from a later event, the Fire & Ink III: Cotillion conference in Austin, Texas) which included bit of artwork.I'm most interested in the coffee plantation plan I drew at the top of the right page. I had forgotten about that, but then remembered that my motivation for drawing the layout was because I'd written a story in which I was trying to visualize a Caribbean coffee plantation, and wasn't sure about the spatial layout, though I'd envisioned it pretty close to what it looked like. This map nevertheless allowed me to correct my misimpressions.One of the museums we visited was the Museum of Literacy.  Images of Fidel Castro, as I need not tell anyone, can be found all over Cuba, but I liked one of the photos of him participating in the literacy campaign, which was one of the Revolution'[...]



Britney Spear best 2010

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sara chaudhry best 2010

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He's Mister Heat Blister

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Look, it's kind of late and I'm kind of tired. I had a long day fighting with outdoor Christmas lights. I eventually won, but the lights gave me a run for my money. So, in lieu of some heartfelt mocking, I think I'm going to go with a video clip from that lovely 1974 Rankin-Bass production "The Year Without A Santa Claus". It still amuses me to this day. And that's a good thing because after a day of wrangling with a bunch of little lights that would rather stay in a tangled ball than spread out on the rooftop looking all Christmas-y, I need a little amusement.

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Earth Search 1011

2012-03-04T01:42:39.413-08:00

Hello, as announced last week, the continuation of the Earthsearch saga

Earthsearch II, a 10 part serial in time and space is a BBC Radio 4 science fiction series written by James Follett, comprising ten half-hour episodes orginaly broadcast between January and March 1982. There is also a novelisation by Follett under the same title. The series has been released on cassette and audio CD, and has been rerun several times on BBC 7 beginning in 2003 and lastly this fall.


(image) Some years before the story opens, the huge Earth starship Challenger, on a mission to find Earth-like planets for colonization, encountered a meteoroid shower that killed all of the adult crew and seriously damaged the ship. The only human survivors were four babies - two boys, Telson and Darv, and two girls, Sharna and Astra.The four have been raised from childhood by androids and tutored by two disembodied voices called Angel One and Angel Two.

At the end of Earthsearch, the crew of the starship Challenger settled on the Paradise planet, having never seen their original home planet that they called Earth. They left the Challenger's control computers, Angel One and Angel Two, in charge of the ship to continue the search for Earth. Four years later, the crew have settled into their life on Paradise, despite many hardships they are suffering. Then suddenly, one of their children is killed by a 'monster' that appeared from the sea.




EarthSearch II - 11 The Return (11mb)

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Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa was a Mongolian national, was a murder

2012-03-04T01:42:39.414-08:00

Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa was a Mongolian national, was a murder victim who was either murdered by C-4 explosives or was somehow killed first and her remains destroyed with C-4 in October 2006 in a deserted area in Shah Alam, Malaysia near Kuala Lumpur and Abdul Razak Baginda, a former political analyst from Malaysia, and close associate of the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. He became a household name in Malaysia in 2006 when he was charged with abetting the murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu. He was held in prison but acquitted on October 31, 2008 when the Malaysian High Court judge found no prima facie case against him. 28 YEAR OLD MONGOLIAN BEUTY, ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBU   The Murder Altantuya was allegedly introduced to Abdul Razak Baginda, a defense analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, at an international diamond convention in Hong Kong by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, and had a relationship with him. She reportedly had worked as Abdul Razak’s translator on a deal he was brokering for the Malaysian government to buy submarines from France. The pair seems to have travelled to Paris together for the submarine deal. Some sources allege that Altantuya came to Kuala Lumpur with a cousin in early October 2006 intending to confront Abdul Razak. When she went missing on Oct 19, her cousin lodged a police report and sought help from the Mongolian embassy in Bangkok. Altantuya, by her own admission in the last letter she wrote before her murder, had been blackmailing Razak. The Malaysian police found fragments of bone, later verified as hers, in forested land near the Subang Dam in Puncak Alam, Shah Alam. Police investigation of her remains revealed that she was shot twice before C-4 explosives were used on her remains, although there has been later suggestion that the C-4 explosives may have killed her. When her remains were found their identity could only be confirmed with DNA testing. The provenance of the C-4 remains unclear. ABDUL RAZAK BAGINDA, FORMER LOVER OF ALTANTUYA SHAARIIBU Abdul Razak and three members of the police force were arrested during the murder investigation. The two murder suspects have been named as Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, 30 and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar. They had been members of the elite Unit Tindakan Khas (the Malaysian Police Special Action Force or counter-terrorism unit) and were both assigned to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who was also the Defence Minister at the time of the murder. Abdul Razak has been charged with abetment in the murder. The Evidences -First Statutory Declaration In a statutory declaration in his sedition trial in June 2008, Raja Petra accused Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (the wife of Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) of being one of three individuals who were present at the crime scene when Altantuya Shaariibuu was murdered on Oct 19, 2006. He wrote that Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, and Acting Colonel Aziz Buyong and his wife, Norhayati, Rosmah’s aide-de-camp, were present at the scene of the murder and that Aziz Buyong was the individual who placed C4 plastic explosive on Altantuya’s body and blew it up. Dr Shaariibuu Setev, the father of murdered Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu, has asked the police to conduct a thorough investigation into an allegation by Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin. He said the police should look seriously into the allegation by Raja Petra as it might provide them with fresh evidence. In retaliation, the two people named in Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration on June 18, Lt-Col Aziz Buyong and his wife Lt-Col Norhayati Hassan, as h[...]






5th International Festival of Poetry in Caltagirone

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Last year I posted a writeup and photos from the 4th International Festival of Poetry in Caltagirone, Italy, and I recently received a flyer and information about this year's event, which will take place this upcoming weekend in that exquisitely picturesque and lively mountaintop city in Sicily's interior. 

Organized by some of Sicily's finest poets, Maria Attanasio and Josephine Pace, this year's festival looks like it will be even bigger. The US representative will be Chicago-based poet, translator and scholar Jennifer Scappettone, whose collaborative environmental poetry performance piece "Park," at Fresh Kills Park I blogged about earlier this summer, and Spanish poet, poet and critic Miguel Ángel Cuevas, from Sevilla, will also be reading from his work.

To all the poets, translators, artists, poetry-loving attendees, Siciliani e Caltagironesi, have a wonderful festival!







The Shepherds

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In Abraham's time (which is called the Patriarchs Period meaning the time of the origin of the Jews with their forefather's Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), he was nomadic. He travelled and lived in tents (nice tents, but tents). He was very wealthy but he did not have a permanent home. He and his family and servants dwelt in tents. In ancient times, wealth was equated with how large their herds were. The more livestock they had, the wealthier they were. But with all this livestock, you had to move on when grazing began to deplete the fields. Good livestock managers had to be on the lookout for grazing fields and water and, thus, had to keep moving in order to provide for their herds. Jacob was a livestock manager for his father-in-law, Laban. When you read about how he met and married Rachel and Leah, you will learn how he prospered in his role as shepherd for his father-in-law.But the Israelites (aka Jews, Hebrews) spent about 400 years in Egypt, partly as an honored member of Egyptian society (due to Joseph) and, lastly, as heavily oppressed slaves for the Egyptians. Through all those generations, they were no longer nomadic sheepherders. Even after they left Egypt, they preferred having permanent abodes, villages, and towns. They and their families would live in a permanent home but they still had livestock. Much like the farms and ranches we know of today. Those who took care of the sheep were called shepherds. Sometimes it was the owner himself or actual members of the family, sons and daughters, who took care of the sheep and sometimes it was servants and hired men. If the owner or family member took care of the flocks, the sheep would be well taken care of. Owners had a vested interest in having a healthy flock. If it was a servant or hireling, there was the possibility of neglect and abuse. You had to be able to trust the shepherd. King David once tended his father's flocks.1 Samuel 17:33-36 And Saul said to David, You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him (Goliath, the Giant). For you are but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth. (34) And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock. (35) And I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb out of its mouth. And when it rose against me, I caught it by the beard, and struck it and killed it. (36) Your servant killed both the lion and the bear. And this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.2 Samuel 7:8-9 Now, therefore, thus (Samuel) shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. (9) And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.Moses tended his father-in-law's sheep while he was in exile in the land of Midian.Exodus 3:1-2 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (2) And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.Shepherds spent most of their time in the fields watching over the flocks. There were no fences. By the way, there were no fences in the times of the Wild West in America either. Which was one of the reasons you had cowboys. It wasn't until barbed wire was inv[...]



Racist Cupcakes? Really?

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Today's story about a company caving into complaints about nothing (instead of standing their ground because they did nothing wrong) involves...*spins wheel*...Duncan Hines amid complaints that allege that their commercial for what appeas to be some sort of cupcake frosting is...*spins wheel*...racist.Before I even get into the ridiculous incident which sparked these ridiculous cries of racism, I have to bring up the point that I always bring up when this happens (and it happens far too frequently). That point being do these people making these claims actually think that Duncan Hines and the makers of this commercial are racist? Do they actually think that Duncan Hines and the makers of this commercial decided this would be a good idea because it was racist? Do they actually think that the makers of this commercial and Duncan Hines thought that the best way to express their racist views was under the guise of trying to sell cupcake frosting? Really? Because if you do think that this commercial is racist and if you do think that any of these things that I just listed are true, then you need to wear a helmet at all times. And not just one of those skull cap helmets, either. I'm talking full noggin, full facial covering helmet. And possibly a suit of armor as well. You are a soft, soft individual. So soft.Since Duncan Hines was cowardly and, instead of standing up to these morons shouting "Racist cupcake makers!", they have pulled their ad from YouTube. I wanted to include the ad first, have you watch it and then tell you what the problem is that some people wanted to have with it. (Naturally, there's no telling just how many people saw this as a problem. These days, it could have been one. Who knows?) But since the ad isn't there anymore, I'm just going to past the link to it here. So, do me a favor. Watch the video, but don't read anything in the article that accompanies it just yet. Just watch the video and then continue reading. Fair enough? (Come on. I rarely ask anything of you other than to just read my drivel on a daily basis and pass the link along to everyone you know and random strangers. You can do this for me just this once, right?::: waiting ::: ::: waiting :::You're back! Nice to see you again! OK, so now you've seen the video. Did you see how it was just oozing and dripping with racism? Did you see how all of those cupcakes were calling each other the N-word? Did you see how the black cupcakes had to sit at the back of the bus? Of course you didn't! Partly because there wasn't a bus, but mostly because there WAS NO RACISM! I turned to the good folks over there at the New York Daily News to find out what the dealio was. Turns out, there are people out there that think that those cupcakes actually resemble (wait for it) people in blackface. ::: blink ::: ::: blink ::: Wait. I thought that they looked kind of like the claymation California Raisins dudes. Were those racist? They weren't, were they? Nah. I'm pretty sure they weren't. Almost positive. OK, soooo...what now?Correct. Blackface. I was seriously confused. I still am. They really don't look like they're in blackface to me. Let's look again. Here's a cupcake from the commercial:And here's "World's Greatest Entertainer" (as he was dubbed back in his heyday) Al Jolson in blackface: Yeah, I still don't get it. I decided to check other sites to see if there could be any rational light shed on this and sadly, there was not. I did learn of a blog called Racialicious which delved into the subject lightly. And by 'delved' I mean that there were more comments than there were words in the article itself. And[...]



Sundaze 1011 Space Inside Out

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Hello, that was fun that space week..but a bit of a non sense...there is no space ! No Earth either, planets , the sun ? All great illusions, it's all a virtual realty, admittedly of a superb quality and i am sure most of you think what's he on about. Yet on a scientific fysics level everything can be reduced to quantumstates and solidity is a joke, it doesnt exist, vibrating energy packets thats about how far we can go, and that in itself is one of the highlights of the relentless scientific drive towards reductionism, but now they have come to a treshold and the next step is one that is bitterly opposed, the idea that our observing consciousness belongs to another realm. Most neurologists today still are busy trying to prove it is a by-product of brain activity, an idea that is deeply embedded in the materialistic/scientific world. This of cause is total nonsense as numerous near death cases have proven, consciousness doesn't need a living body to be aware. You might ask then why would consciousness want a body then..the simple answer is our virtual world offers a wonderfull range of experiences thru our bodies senses and we are able to interact, entertain eachother and express oneself thru many ways, and all on a basicly beautiful planet equipped with a full set of supporting life (plants, animals). The more thoughtful answer why we'd want a body is in order to grow in consciousness as the previously mentioned points enable us to enrich ourselves with experiences, knowledge and understanding.Alas it aint easy and with governments jailing those that would like to experiment with another brain chemistry, it shows some of the limitations posed by the fearful materialistic classes, many of whom have been deluded by religions.. What is needed is a paradigm shift that establishes consciousness as the driving force of nature, and it's eternal nature. It follows that respect is due to all life as all is an expression of consciousness.. so we should stop raping this planet f.i. , feed not kill eachother, create to enjoy, not to destroy. Some simple examples which, if we'd implement these, would greatly enhance our chances of growing our consciousnesses.........xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxSpirit Space - A Journey Into Your Consciousness Allow yourself to travel even further down the quantum rabbit hole in a quest for answers to age old questions. Discover remarkable possibilities as to what and how our consciousness works with the world around us. Listen to possibilities of what happens to our consciousness before and after death. Challenging Quantum physics theories and how they affect how we perceive the world anciently and today, both spiritually and scientifically. This film acts as a progressive travel log for human life attempting to answer questions that mankind has been seeking since the dawn of thought. What were we before we came here? Why do we need to be here? And what in the world happens to us after we die? Spirit Space also opens cases from individuals who have been hypnotically regressed to a point between lives,after death, and even before birth. Not only does the film grapple with reincarnation, the spirit world, and the nature of the human soul it also tackles equally sticky questions such as Is there a Heaven and Hell? What is a spirit? Viewers with a penchant for skepticism will balk at the lack of physical evidence to back up the claims in Spirit Space, but the film remains a reassuring voice, affirming that our existence is not limited to the boundaries of our mortal flesh.Who's in it ? Fred Alan Wolf ( who was featured i[...]



Elly Tran Ha is a Pretty Vietnamese Model

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Elly Tran Ha (otherwise known as Elly Kim Hong, 阮金紅), is a pretty Vietnamese model who was born on 08-06-1987. She is an American-borned-Vietnamese, who has recently moved back to Vietnam from the USA. She works as a part-time model while furthering her studies.Source by : http://cuteellytran.blogspot.comQuotation word: “We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.”  Orson Welles quotes (American motion-picture actor, director, producer, and writer, 1915-1985) [...]



Supaksorn Chaimonkol Thai Actrees

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Leah Dizon with Bikini in the Beach

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Dita Von Tesse with Art Tatoo

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Dita Von Tesse in Red

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Jenifer Kurniawan in Bikini Pose

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Quotation word:“One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.”  Clifton Fadiman quotes (American radio Host, Author and Editor hosted radio show "Information Please" (1938-1948), wrote Party of One (1955) , 1904-1999)[...]



taylor swift 2010 Beautiful

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Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country po singer-songwriter and actress.In 2006, she released her debut single "Tim McGraw", then her self-titled debut album, which was subsequently certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and was nominated for the Best New Artist award at 50th Grammy Awards. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless, and the recording earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Fearless and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. Fearless topped the Billboard 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks; no album has spent more time at No. 1 since 2000. Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009 Swift released her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010 which sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week.In 2008, her albums sold a combined four million copies, making her the best-selling musician of the year in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Forbes ranked Swift 2009's 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million and 2010's 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million Swift was ranked the 38th Best Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard In January 2010 Nielsen SoundScan listed Swift as the most commercially successful country (or country/pop crossover) artist in music history with over 28 million digital tracks sold As of December 2010 she has sold over 16 million albums worldwideContents* 1 Early life * 2 Music career o 2.1 2000–05: Musical beginnings o 2.2 2006–08: Taylor Swift o 2.3 2008–09: Fearless and MTV VMA incident o 2.4 2010–present: Speak Now * 3 Songwriting style * 4 Other work o 4.1 Acting o 4.2 Cover model and recognition o 4.3 Merchandise o 4.4 Philanthropy * 5 Personal life * 6 Filmography * 7 Discography * 8 Awards and Nominations * 9 References * 10 External links Early lifeSwift was born and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania to Andrea (née Finlay), a homemaker, and Scott Swift, a stockbroker. Her maternal grandmother, Majorie Finlay, was an opera singer Swift has a younger brother, AustinWhen she was in fourth grade, she won a national poetry contest with a three-page poem entitled "Monster In My Closet" At the age of 10, a computer repairman showed her how to play three chords on a guitar, sparking her interest in learning the instrument. Afterwards, she wrote her first song, "Lucky You" She began writing songs regularly and used it as an outlet to help her with her pain from not fitting in at school. She was a victim of bullying, and often wrote songs to express her emotions Swift also started performing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs around her hometown. When she was 12, she devoted an entire summer to writing a 350-page novel, which remains unpublished.Her first major show was a well-received performance at the Bloomsburg Fair Swift attended Hendersonville High School but was subsequently homeschooled for her junior and senior years. In 2008, she earned her high-school diplomaSwift's greatest musical i[...]



So, Is It Dangerous Or Not?

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I'm not a big fan of people suing some company because there was an accident that involved the particular company's product. Look, accidents happen. Do you sue the manufacturer of a knife if you accidentally cut yourself with it? Well, I don't and you (hopefully) don't, but some low lifes do. But I always thought that they believed in their ridiculousness. I guess I thought that they really believed that the knife manufacturer should have warned the public that their product had sharp edges. I mean, I guess I would have thought that was the case in the story of a boy whose parents are suing the manufacturer of a baseball bat company because their son got beaned in the head by a ball that was hit with said bat. But then I read that they're still letting their son play baseball. With the same bat. Wait. What?Correct. Meet Jake Schutter. Jake is 11 and plays baseball in Moneka, Illinois. Last May, Jake was pitching for the Moneka Blaze when, according to the Chicago Sun Times "...a ball hit off a metal baseball bat crashed into the side of his head". The resulting bash to the noggin resulted in Jake losing the hearing in that ear. Naturally, the parents decided to sue Easton, the company that makes said bats. I find it mildly interesting that they didn't sue the manufacturer of the ball of that bashed into him. Why is it only the bat's fault and not the ball's fault? I don't know either. But I do know that Jake's parents have said in their lawsuit that "...the manufacturer created a dangerous product that should not be on the market" and they're asking that "Easton pay for his injuries and suffering as well as attorney fees." And all the while, they're continuing to let their son play baseball with the dangerous product that should not be on the market. Yeah, sure. That makes perfect sense.Oh, for cryin' out loud, no, it does not! If the bat is so damned dangerous and if you, as a parent, honest to God believed that, why, why, WHY in the world would you let your kid continue to play with said bat?! Well, you wouldn't. And that's probably because you don't (believe that, that is). But that doesn't mean that it's going to keep you from suing. Even the boy recognizes that these things happen and it's the chance that you have to take when you're playing sports! He said, "...he has no choice but to continue using a metal bat because all of his peers use it.“If everyone has a metal bat, why wouldn’t I have a metal bat?” Exactly. What I want to know is what is going to happen if the kid gets beaned in the head again. What if he loses an eye or a nose or an ear or something like that. Then what? (Actually, I'd kind of like to see someone lose a nose from playing baseball. That'd be something to see.) Are they going to say that they shouldn't have dangerous products on the market because even people who have been injured by said product in the past might be too dense to realize the alleged danger and continue playing with them until the product finally just kills them? Given the proven non-rational thinking of these folks in the first place, I'm guessing they might attempt to legitimately make that point. I'm guessing that they'd fail miserably, but what's to stop them[...]



RhoDeo 1010 Beats

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Hello, it's been rather a busy week, originally when i restarted the plan was to post say 5 albums every week that was 10 weeks ago, this week it got rather out of hand with 17 titles, nevermind i suppose the space theme inspired me..smile... Today more space disco mainly Giorgo Moroder who's producing tech savy let him acquire a big piece of the music cake for more then a decade. On offer today a christian girl accidentally moaning herself to starstatus, one that she would greatly expand on with much more 'decent' work. The there's Moroder's production vehicle of the late seventies Music Machine.. uncomprimising disco tech and naturally with plenty of sexual innuendo..(wonder where all that has gone to, in these dark days). Then there's a rare best of his work, electronic dance music that preceded the rise of techno, house, and industrial noise, which bridges me nicely to my last space post the godfather of techno Juan Atkins in Deep Space as Model 500...xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxLaDonna Adrian Gaines known by her stage name, Donna Summer gained prominence and notoriety during the disco era of the 1970s with the majority of her early work produced by the team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte. She is a 5 time Grammy winner and has sold over 130 million records to date. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart and she had four number-one singles within a thirteen-month period.Born on New Year's Eve 1948 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Summer was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. Influenced by Mahalia Jackson, Summer began singing in the church at a young age. In her teens, she formed several musical groups including one with her sister and a cousin, imitating Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas in Boston. Summer dropped out of school convinced that music was her way out of Boston, where she had always felt herself to be an outsider.In 1968, Summer auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical, Hair. She lost the part of Sheila to Melba Moore. When the musical moved to Europe, Summer was offered the role. She took it and moved to Germany for several years. While in Germany, she participated in the musicals Godspell and Show Boat. After settling in Munich, she began performing in several ensembles including the Viennese Folk Opera and even sang as a member of the pop group FamilyTree - "invented" and created by the German music producer Guenter "Yogi" Lauke & the Munich Machine. She came to the group in 1973 and toured with the 11-people pop group throughout Europe. She also sang as a studio session singer and in theaters. In 1972, she married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer and gave birth to their daughter Mimi Sommer in 1973. Citing marital problems caused by Sommer's frequent absences, she divorced him but kept his last name, translated the "o" to a "u".It was while singing background for the hit-making 1970s trio Three Dog Night that Summer met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. She eventually made a deal with the European label Groovy Records and issued her first alb[...]



This Stuff Writes Itself

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Sometimes, I read stuff that will practically write itself on this blog. Today was no exception. I read this little gem over at Roanoke.com: "A man who hung his GED certificate above his methamphetamine-cooking rig, then fled police by taking to the woods with a tent and a bowl of macaroni and cheese, pleaded guilty today to charges that could send him to prison for years." Seriously, does it get much easier than that? Not by a lot it doesn't.Here's the scoop: A one 29-year old and old enough to know better John Thomas Nelon Jr., had been making meth in his garage. That alone shows he's not all that bright to begin with. And when police received tips and conducted a search back in May, this genius left little doubt as to who the police were looking for. That's because this proud, proud scholar had conveniently hung his freaking GED certificate on the wall directly above his meth making contraption. (Is it a contraption? Or a process? I'm a little unclear on all of the particulars of the methamphetamine-production-out-of-your-garage gig.) And by the way, he looks just about like you'd expect him to look. That's him over there on the right. Wow. 29 years old and proudly displaying your GED. I wonder when he got it? Being as how it was so prominently displayed, I would just gather he's a recent recipient of said GED. I can't figure why you'd put something like that above your meth maker. (That's what I'm going to call it since I don't know what it is.) Maybe he was doing it to impress his girlfriend. Because, you know, girls who are only fifteen are quite impressionable. Wait. What? Correct. He has a fifteen year old girlfriend. Nice life she's living there, eh? I wonder what her story is. Actually, I can kind of probably guess what her story is and my guess would be sad. There didn't seem to be any charges relating to his having a 15-year old girlfriend, so I guess that sort of thing is just fine and dandy in Virginia. I mean, he basically admitted, by pleading guilty, that he had "...manufactured meth and that he did so in the presence of a minor." I had not idea that was even a charge. What about the other things he probably did with said minor? Y'all don't have anything for that? Apparently, after Einstein made a break for the woods with his tent and his trusty bowl of mac n' cheese, he relied upon said girlfriend to resupply him. And with her being about as smart as he was, she apparently did not notice (or didn't even consider the possibility) that she was being watched by officers when she trotted back into the woods with...I don't know what. More mac n' cheese? Some Spaghettios, perhaps? When officers went in to apprehend him, "Nelon tried to run, but he did not outrun the police dog". I wonder what he took with him during his run that time? His peanut butter and jelly sandwich?See, I never understand what these folks who run from the authorities are thinking is going to happen. Did he really think that his ingenious plan of fleeing into the nearby woods with A tent and A bowl of macaroni and cheese was going to help him foil a fleet of cops that were going to be looking for him? Was he hoping they were [...]



GOP Trifecta Today + Super R-Type Event @ Green Lantern Gallery

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The 2008 candidates' tax cut plansBecause of the high risk of incivility ("be civil" a friend sometimes reminds), I have refrained for some time from posting political commentary on here, saving that for short bursts on Twitter or other channels, but I must say, the GOP hit the foulest trifecta today: they killed a Senate vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, they defeated a Senate bill to provide funding for 9/11 first responders, and they forced the Senate Majority Leader to table the DREAM Act.On top of this, I listened to "reasonable" Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee tell his NPR interlocutor that not only did the country need not worry about the huge deficit-increasing effects of the Bush-GOP tax cut gimmicry overall ($4 trillion to the Treasury over the next decade), which was going to magically create jobs after having not done so for ten years, nor worry about the effects just of the cuts for billionaires ($700 million), but in fact, any future attempt to reset the tax rates to Clinton levels (which were quite low) or any other higher level would amount to "the largest tax increase in history."You heard that--"the largest tax increase in history"--it's going to be trotted out like a sick show pony over and over and over as soon as the time is right.On top of this, the payroll tax cut will reset in a year, meaning it either will be kept low, starving Social Security's trust fund or raised and labeled a "tax increase." Mind you, they are going to use these both to bash the Democrats' heads in throughout 2012. I need not say who is going to suffer the worst as a result of this, but he currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But what can you do, he's beyond listening or reasoning, it appears. I asked the question a while ago: when did this president become a self-identified "Blue Dog," and did anyone else realize we were putting a Republican in the White House?***Tonight I ventured out briefly into the cold and snow (it's on again) to catch the second (and last?) in the Super R-Type word-based art series, curated by a d jameson at the Green Lantern Gallery's The Corpse Performance Space, in Ukrainian Village. (Some Chicago neighborhoods have such vivid names.) The lineup included painter and graphic artist Keiler Roberts, School of the Art Institute student Hyojin An, and poets Amira Hanafi and (publisher) Rachel Araujo. Roberts narrated a tour through her witty and engaging autobiographically based graphic work, which she said she turned to after years as a more conventional painter, though she did say that she still painted and drew. Her husband (and daughter, then still on the way) made an appearance in the works, which I plan to check out. One aspect of her work that I particularly liked was her use of blogs as creative devices to enable kinds of word-text pairings that are not that possible otherwise, and it intrigued me to think about these projects (she has started 2-3 blogs, from what I can tell) in relation to her graphic work/comics.Hyojin An, a native of Korea, devised pictograms as a means of dealing with her struggles with the English language and [...]






Beautiful Picture Christina Aquilera

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RhoDeo 1010 Grooves

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Hello, and now it's time for Space Disco...The future was once again upon us after the dark days of Vietnam, the Oilcrises and those Airline hyjackings. And The Force was once again with us...somehow the real Star Wars message of love and peace got quickly overshadowed again and the empire is still striking back..happy ends are for the cinema..Let's not get to pessimistic..the music here is uplifting and could well give you some saturdaynight fever...tomorrow part 2xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxMarc Cerrone (born 24 May 1952, Vitry-sur-Seine, near Paris, France) is a French disco drummer, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is one of the big names from the disco era, and has sold over thirty million albums and often performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people at huge concerts and events such as The 2005 Dance Party Live in Versailles and The 2000 Los Angeles Millenium Célébration where, at the request of the Mayor of Los Angeles, Cerrone staged the initials Hollywood and produced an exceptional opera. Also in 1989, he performed in the concert at Paris's Place de la Concorde for the celebration of the bicentenary of the Revolution in front of more than 600,000 spectators. In 1991 he performed a concert event for the launch of the first satellite TV HD in Japan (Tokyo). The French just love his self aggrandising streaks ( probably born out of guild for chopping their nobility and forgetting the top clergy).At the age of 12, Marc started playing drums and listening to Otis Redding songs. At the age of 17, he convinced Gilbert Trigano to hire rock bands for his holiday clubs: Club Med (Club Mediterranée). Cerrone became the A&R scout for 40 Club Med vacation villages around the world, an amazing achievement that would set him on the path to fame and glory. His first recordings as a part of Kongas were released on Barclay Records, where he issued his first hit single, "Boom". He is most famous from the Kongas days for "Anikana-O", co-written and produced by Alec R. Costandinos. Based in Paris, Cerrone recorded, composed, and performed his solo debut "Love In C Minor", again with Costandinos. Released on his own Malligator imprint, and distributed by Warner Filipacci in France, it immediately shocked audiences with its controversial (naked women) cover. Cerrone continued using pieces of photographic and audio erotica when he released his second album, Cerrone's Paradise. It was recorded with Raymond Donnez, also known as "Don Ray", as part of his arrangement entourage.His third album, Supernature (Cerrone III) sold over eight million albums worldwide. A departure from the lush orchestration with electronic instrumentation added to the mix, it was co-written by Alain Wisniak. The song "Supernature" has a sci-fi theme: it's about the rebellion of mutant creatures — created by scientists to end starvation among mankind — against the humans. It also featured "Sweet Drums", a three-minute-and-ten-second drum breakdown. The original French album cover was again different, having a gatefold[...]



Quote: Julia Alvarez + New Books + Playlist

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"I think that one of the reasons I began as a poet, and poetry was my first love, in English, was because...I especially like cadenced, rhymed poetry, and poetry in English was a way of still speaking Spanish. Because it made language more musical, more cadenced...rhyme, of course, because every other word in Spanish rhymes with an "a" or an "o" ending, so there was a way in which, to me, English poetry was a way to speak Spanish in English."--author Julia Alvarez (1950-), in conversation with J. Robert Lennon, Writers at Cornell podcasts +++Congratulations to Patricia Spears Jones, a poet I've known and admired since my Boston days, whose new book of poems Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press, 2010) is now out!Congratulations also to my colleague Ed Roberson, whose new book of poems To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2010) is now out!And congratulations to Duriel E. Harris, my fellow Poets Theatrician, whose new book Amnesiac (Sheep's Meadow Press, 2010) is now out!I'm hardly saying anything new when I note that these are three of the most original and interesting poets writing today, so if you can, please pick up their books and support them and poetry publishing in general!And finally, congratulations to Bahian author Valdeck Almeida de Jesus, whose new book Yes, I am Gay. So, What?: Alice in Wonderland (iUniverse, 2010) is now out. I wrote a brief introduction to this novella, which Valdeck has written in both English (he's the author of 3 English-language books) and Portuguese (to be published soon, and he's already issued 15 books in his native language). It is, to put it simply, quite a tale!You can purchase all of these books at your local bookstore (if they don't have them in stock, ask that they order 2 copies, so that one will be on the shelf for someone else), directly from the publisher, or via Barnes & Noble or Powell's.+++It's been a while since I've posted a playlist of music I've been listening to of late, so here are a dozen or so pieces on my playlist:"Whip My Hair" - Willow Smith (I haven't tired of this song yet!)"Tenderoni" - Kele"Monster" - Kanye West, featuring JAY-Z, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj)** I love this entire album--one of Yeezy's best!"FANTASY" - Battles"Summer Mood" - Best Coast"Walk Tall" - Kele"Dust" - Van Hunt"Free" - Marcus Miller and Corinne Bailey Rae"Samba em Preludio" - Esperanza Spalding"Dead Strings" - Tyondai Braxton"These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) - Etta James"King of the Beach" - Wavves "Speakers Going Hammer"- Soulja Boy Tell Em"Mojo So Dope" - Kid Cudi& anything by Aretha Franklin, who has cancer. May she defeat it and keep making her incomparable music for years to come. As I tweeted earlier, "I say a little prayer for you..."And a few videos of the above:Kele, "Tenderoni"Best Coast, "Walking Away"Tyondai Braxton, "Dead Strings" (Part 1/2)Kanye West (featuring Nikki Minaj and Bon Iver), "Monster" (live at the Bowery Ballroom) [I would have paid a prince's ransom to see this show live!]B[...]



Julian Assange's Double Talk

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Up until now, I've kept myself out of this whole WikiLeaks thing. Mainly because I don't like saying WikiLeaks. I think it sounds ridiculous. But I do have an opinion on this whole thing and I also have a point to make. Shocking, I know. But bear with me.So, this Julian Assange character likes to obtain classified or secret documents from various governments or institutions and then publish said information online. His most recent target has been the United States. It's not really all that clear to me what his goal is, as he is an Australian and doesn't seem to have any direct dealings with the United States. He is against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think that has a lot to do with it. I also think that he's delusional if he thinks that he's going to be able to put a stop to these wars with his reckless release of information. Extremely delusional. Just the other day, The Australian ran a piece by Mr. Assange entitled "Don't shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths". It is within this piece that Mr. Assange rambles on about how people need to know the truth. In some ways, he is correct. The people of a country should not be lied to by their government. That doesn't mean that the people need to know every bit of information that goes on behind the scenes. It's not something that is unique to America. Every country has information that is classified. I don't get what he doesn't understand about that. But it's in this piece that Mr. Assange proclaims his "innocence". According to him, it's not like these releases of classified information are hurting anyone. He's just putting the truth out there. In fact, he states "WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time we have changed whole governments, but not a single person, as far as anyone is aware, has been harmed." Not so fast WikiWeenie.Back in August, Mr. Assange was the subject of a piece by a one Carole Cadwalladr over at The Guardian. In that piece, Mr. Assange talks about "...the Kenyan 2007 elections when a WikiLeak document "swung the election"." Really? According to him, yes. Really. The document of which he speaks "...exposed massive corruption by Daniel Arap Moi, and the Kenyan people sat up and took notice. In the ensuing elections, in which corruption became a major issue, violence swept the country." Huh. Anything else? Glad you asked! He then claimed "1,300 people were eventually killed, and 350,000 were displaced. That was a result of our leak." Ohhhh. So close!Look, I don't know what document he's talking about and I'm not interested in looking into it. But I absolutely believe him that people lost their lives because of his leak. He knows what he's doing and it isn't to promote "open government". If anything, other than being a pain in the ass, he's promoting anarchy. And while I'm really unhappy with the way that this guy has chosen to go about things, I'm even more unhappy with the fact that classified documents were so easily accessible in the Uni[...]



RhoDeo 1010 Goldy Rhox 4

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Hello, today the 3rd post of the new format; GoldyRhox, classic pop rock , most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Fact is the music produced back then got released in an environment that wasn't as segmented as later decades..with our current time being totally segmented and i don't talk just in music but everything thats out there, games , the internet that brings everything that has been produced music wise up for grabs..

Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip and for the younger visitors, for certain something to confront your parents with (as loud as possible)..don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accomodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.


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But Iran Doesn't Like Us

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Remember the three American "hikers" that had inadvertently hiked into Iran whilst they were attempting to hike along the Iran-Iraq border? And remember how they were taken into custody by the Iranians? And remember Iran released the girl but the other two have been in custody ever since because Iran says that they were spies? Well, if you didn't remember, consider yourself caught up.Before I continue, I just need to say a few things about the situation that put those three folks in the position that they are/were in. First of all, if you're in the Middle East and you want to go "hiking", I cannot for the life of me figure out why you wouldn't be either more cognizant of where the borders were or wouldn't just hike really far away from the borders to begin with. Hiking so close to Iran's borders seems to be just asking for trouble if you're asking me.Second, I find myself conflicted as to how Iran is dealing with this situation. On the one hand, I am fairly certain that these folks were not and are not spies. On that same hand, I really have absolutely nothing to base that on other than the fact that they don't seem like they would be spies. This ideology is based loosely on watching the Pink Panther when I was a child. Oh, and Scooby Doo. Thus, if I am Iran, what do I do? I have to say that I will lend a certain degree of respect to a country that protects its borders. I'm not even so sure that I'm concerned with how a country protects its borders, as long as it does so.Those perspectives that I have are the reasons why I'm not overly sympathetic to the hikers. Sure, people make mistakes. But, come on! How delusional are you if you think you'll be just fine if you accidentally hike into Iran? You should be wearing a helmet at all times if that's how your mind works. And then I read an opinion piece by Sarah Shourd, the freed female American hiker, over there at CNN. And her logic in the piece is a bit surprising. It's as if she has no clue as to the history between the United States and Iran. Then again, this is the same person who was doing all of the border hiking, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.Sarah states in her piece that "At a very personal level, I never would have been kept in jail for 14 months if Iran and the United States had a better relationship." I'm not so sure that I believe that to be accurate. It sounds nice, but I doubt it. The United States has pretty good relationships with other countries whose citizens have been caught spying. We don't just let them go. Again, you have to go on the basis that Iran is using, that being that they were spies or doing something that would harm Iran, in order to justify them keeping them in custody. Then again, they were not in the country lawfully, so I guess you don't even really need to justify it with anything other than that.She goes on to say that "How different our situation would have been if the United States had an embassy in Ir[...]



Poets Theater @ Oracle Theater in Chicago

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I have not written a play since high school; I have not acted in a play (the last one being Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Story) since right after college. In the main, I think of the theater (and performance) world with admiration, but apart; it fascinates me, but it is a distant and walled off garden. So it was very exciting to be invited to one of si poets to participate in an theater-based experiment of sorts by poet Patrick Durgin, the publisher of Kenning Editions, which earlier this year released the wonderful The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985, edited by Kevin Killian and David Brazil.Daniel, Tim and Leila on stage, before the performanceThe anthology includes most (I want to say nearly all) of the heavy hitters of the past 60 years' American avant-garde who wrote works that could be described as Poets theater, which Killian and Brazil define in their introduction, and which Patrick redefined for us. Among the anthology's leading lights: New York School figures like John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, Barbara Guest; San Francisco Renaissance poets like Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan; 60s and 70s innovators like Jackson MacLow, Michael McClure, Diane DiPrima, and Anne Waldman; Black Arts figures like Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez; conceptualist par excellence Theresa Ha Kyung Cha;  Language poetry paragons Charles Bernstein, Bob Perelman, Bruce Andrews, and Leslie Scalapino; and numerous others, among them favorites of mine Russell Atkins, Lorenzo Thomas, Ntozake Shange, Johanna Drucker, Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, and Kathy Acker. The book, which is 590 pages long, feels like the lightest library you have ever picked up, a long short-course in this vital strain of American artistic production, and I was delighted to have a reason to divert my attention to it, in preparation for the event.The poets (l-r): Leila, Duriel, Jacob, Tim, DanielOne way of thinking about Poets Theater is as theater that follows poetic logic, and in which poetry, as the material and as the focus, is foregrounded. Another is anti-commercial, and, as participant Tim Yu and Patrick both pointed out, often created by and for close friends, staged in living rooms or other intimate settings, without any pretense of professionalism. To put that another way, as poet, curator and critic John Beer suggested in his panel comments that preceded our event, one might think of it as "embarrassed" and "inept," which is to say, artfully artless. Another member of that panel, playwright Ruth Marggraf, linked it to "language playwriting."  As it turned out, what we six writers (Daniel Borzutzky, Duriel Harris, Jacob Saenz, Leila Wilson, and Tim Yu), with the support of Patrick, Valerie Johnson, Managing Editor of Poetry Magazine, and Ben Fuchsen and the technical team at Oracle Theater, devised, was certainly a form of Poets Theater that managed to straddle all[...]



Post-Hiatus & Elizabeth Edward RIP + Prizes (United States of Artist & Turner Prize)

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It's been eons, but I fell down the rabbit hole of classes, committee work, and boom! it was already December. Now, classes are over, all my students have submitted their final papers or revised story or novel drafts (yay!), and I almost have a bit of breathing room. There's still committee work, and final grading, but I am greatly looking forward to the tiny break before classes resume the first week of January. (We are on quarters, which are bruuuu-tal!)So much has transpired I'm not even going to try to cover all the ground between my last post and this one, so I will be posting some photos of events (readings, musical events, etc.) that I attended, with minimal commentary, and, in a subsequent post, a short note about a superb event I participated in this past weekend, one of the best things I've been a part of since, well, last December, when C and I went to Caltagirone, Italy.  This was in the C city where I spend a good deal of my waking life, Chicago, but it was almost like being in a magical place. But I'll say more in my next post.===I did want to note the passing of Elizabeth Anania Edwards (1939-2010, at right, Reuters), a lawyer, author, wife, mother, and politically engaged citizen.  Elizabeth Edwards, who died of a recurrence of breast cancer, is best known for her support her husband John Edwards' campaigns for the Presidency and Vice Presidency, but both in 2004 and especially in the 2008 campaigns, she emerged as powerful public figure in her own right.  Edwards demonstrated tremendous poise, courage and resilience in the media spotlight, both after announcing that her cancer her returned and her husband's public disgrace, just as she did in her final days. RIP.===Congratulations to Martín Espada, Greg Tate, Glenn Ligon, Renée Green, Mel Chin, Siah Armajani, Doug Wright, Danny Hoch, and all the other artists who received 2010 United States of Artists fellowships!Also, today the Tate Britain announced the winner of the 2010 Turner Prize in Art. It went to Susan Philipsz, for an acoustic installation entitled "Lowlands Away," which was first mounted on three bridges in Glasgow, and then as part of the finalists' exhibit at the Tate Modern.  Previous winners have included Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Steve McQueen, and the infamous paragon of the Young British Artists, Damien Hirst.I must admit that I was pulling for the exciting theory-and-cinema-focused Otolith Group, one of whose founding members is the extraordinarily brilliant artist and scholar Kodwo Eshun. There time will certainly come.  Simultaneous with last night's Turner Prize ceremony at Tate Modern, art students and their supporters protesting the new Tory-Liberal Democratic coalition government's proposed cuts in education and arts funding occupied one of the museum's gallery and als[...]



RhoDeo 1010 Aetix

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Hello, as announced yesterday i will continue posting this week under the "sci fi" banner, futuristic would be a better word, and in the seventies the term would imply technology..computers and synthesisers. Ahead of it all were the Germans and not just thru Kraftwerk as we will see later in the week. Anyway the Brits had a man who's showroom dummy appeal enchanted the public. That and some decent writing skills aswell as a natural aversion to the more base aspects of human life and it's supersticions. Little did he know how his electric friends would leave him after that grand goodbye he did...too many hyped acts would jump into his footseps..and so for 20 years he soldiered on, finally getting some respect ..mainly from peers..and as a recent family man..a new lease on life in the spotlight.. The whole remastering hype supported the release of his more succesful work as the eighties became what they never were at the time, hot ! xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxBorn 8 March 1958 in Hammersmith as Gary Anthony James Webb and educated at Town Farm Junior School Stanwell, Ashford County Grammar School, and Brooklands Technical College. Gary had an early ambition to be an airline pilot, but did not gain any academic qualifications; however, he did go on to join the Air Training Corps as a teenager. He then briefly did various jobs . A guitar was purchased for him at an early age and he began writing songs when he was about 15 years old, and played in various bands, including Mean Street and The Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, and Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian", probably in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline. Later he picked the name "Numan" from an advert in the "Yellow Pages" for a plumber "A. Neumann". (Mad ..wink) Subsequently he rose to prominence at the end of the 1970s as front man, writer and producer for Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes (released in 1984 as The Plan), he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and quickly released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted.A self-titled, New Wave-oriented debut album later that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and, more importantly, synthesizers. Tubeway Army's third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced "Down in the Park" (1979) also failed to chart but it would prove to be one of Numan's most enduring songs, it featured with other contemporary hits on the soundtrack for the movie Times Square. After exposure in a television advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle "Don't be a dummy", Tubeway Army released the single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" in May 1979. The single took seven weeks before it finally reache[...]



Bye Bye Larissa

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MISS EARTH 2009
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MISS EARTH 2010 WINNERS

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ANOTHER FANTASTIC YEAR FOR MISS EARTH!!!CONGRATULATIONS FOR ALL THE 4 GIRLS!!![...]



Miss Colombia Universe 2010/2010

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Talent Tuesday - Horseback Riding

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Talented Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, we post at our genealogy blog through words and pictures.  Here is my story today.My sisters, Elaine and Melinda, were wonderful horsewomen. From an early age they loved horses and horseback riding. My parents were able to give them horseback riding lessons very early and they had horses most of their lives up until about 8-10 years ago when age and Fibromyalgia (we all three have it) forced them off their horses. Before we could no longer ride, Melinda taught me to ride and I was able to ride one of her horses for about 3 years before I had to give it up. They continued to ride for awhile. Since I'm the oldest, by the time they reached my age, they also had to give it up. But I can say I was able to keep up with them on a lot of trail rides. I especially enjoyed the mountain trail rides we got to do especially the last one which was arranged for my birthday. It was unforgettable because we had a good ride up and a wonderful picnic lunch. But a thunderstorm came up on us and we had a hell of a ride back down in the pouring rain and thunderous lightening. It's something we laugh about even today!There is a story about one of our Great Grandmothers, Noda Vesta Miller Lamb. She was supposedly a good horsewoman. They lived in the western NC mountains when it was a very poor area. For her to have her own saddlehorse says something about her horse skills and her husband's ability and desire to give her a horse. Noda Vest Miller was born 11/6/1887 in Madison County, NC to Anderson Miller and Cynthia Ann Hickam. She got pregnant at the age of 18 yrs old and had a daughter named Pearl Juanita. She married John Edward Lamb, aka Ed Lamb, on 10/9/1904 in Madison County, NC. He raised Pearl as his own daughter. He must have really loved Noda. Noda and Ed added 4 more girls to their growing family: Sueda Lamb (DOB: 10/23/1906 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 8/1918 in Madison County, NC of the Spanish Flu Epidemic); Artie Mae Lamb (DOB: 4/3/1908 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 12/28/1999 in Blount County, TN; married Clyde Bovy Johnson); Fannie Marie Lamb (DOB: 2/2/1911 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 12/29/1988 in Greenville County, SC; married Conrad Cutlass Copeland); and my Grandmother, Geneva Margaret Lamb (DOB: 2/14/1915 in Cocke County, TN; DOD: 7/23/1984 in Spartanburg County, SC; married Wilford William Reese).Noda's daughter, Pearl, married her first husband, Dewey Roberts, in May, 1916 in Cocke County, TN. She and her husband had a daughter named Edna Roberts about 1918. The story[...]



Tombstone Tuesday - Kelly Family Cemetery

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Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.  Here is my submission:I heard about the Kelly Family Cemetery but could find no directions. It's one of those small cemeteries lost in the woods of somebody's private property. Fortunately, Richard Kelly saw my blog and contacted me and gave me directions on how to get to the small cemetery. It is on someone's private hunting land so I don't recommend you going there. It's fairly isolated. But I do want to give the GPS coordinates so this family cemetery won't be totally lost and forgotten.  Take Hwy 9 to Kelly Town (it's also known as Kelton or Kelly community) where the Kelly One Stop convenience store is. Pass the convenience store and turn left on Pea Ridge Rd. Pass Foster's Chapel church and then turn left on Eisontown Rd. Look for Hart Rd on the left. Just past Hart Rd look for an old dirt road on the left. It has a gate. You follow the dirt road and keep looking into the woods on the left to find the cemetery. The GPS coordinates to the dirt road are 34 50.447' and -81 35.788. There are 6 head stones and most of those are barely legible. I used chalk to highlight them and you can see the before and after photos. There are a good many rocks marking graves and I suppose we will never know who they represent, whether family or slaves. We've been twice now. Once in the summer when we found it. But we came back this Fall after the leaves had fallen so we could better see the lay of the land and to clean up. There were some seedlings coming up on the graves so we brought some nippers to nip them down. We don't want trees growing up and toppling the stones and losing the grave spots. So we nipped around Elizabeth and J.G. Kelly and Thomas Kelly's graves. We didn't want to do too much since it's private land. By the way, it's best to ask permission from the owner whenever you go cemetery hunting on private land and use good manners. Don't leave trash, don't root around outside of the actual graves or build fences, be aware of hunters, etc. It is someone else's property.The oldest tombstone is this one for Thomas Kelly.Here it is chalked so you can read it.Here is Stan next to his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Thomas Kelly's grave.These two gravestones are for Thomas Kelly's son, Jamison Gazaway Kelly and his wife, C. Elizabeth Free Kelly.Here is Luke standing next to Jameson Gazaway Kelly's grave, his Great-Great-Great-[...]



Leave Ballroom Dancing Alone

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It would seem that Portia de Rossi will not be doing Dancing With The Stars next season. At first, I was kind of disappointed, as I really like what she does with her life and how she handles herself and I thought that she'd be interesting to watch on the show. The fact that she is smoking hot doesn't hurt, either. Then I heard what the producers had in store for her if she were to join the show and I have to say that I'm really glad that she's not going along with their idiocy. From the lovely Rob Shuter over at PopEater, what the producers had in mind for Portia was for her to dance with another girl. You know. Because she's gay and all. That is the most ridiculous thing I think I have heard in quite some time. Are they serious? Apparently they were. According to an "ABC insider" who corresponded in some fashion with Rob, "If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal...She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers." What about offending the rational thinking viewers?Let me get this straight (no pun at all intended). If a woman is gay and wants to ballroom dance, she has to do it with another woman? Because....why? I can't think of a single reason why this would have to be. Ballroom dancing isn't about one's sexuality. It's about two people dancing. And the way that it works is that one of the people is a male and one of the people is a female. That's just how it is. You don't need to feel obligated to change it because one of the participants is gay.Some Hollywood casting director told Rob that "With all the debate going on about Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the country, this would have been the perfect time to do this...Yet, the show has never been about pushing the envelope. It's a huge hit because it doesn't make anyone uncomfortable." So much to like and so much to dislike in that statement. First of all, there would never be a perfect time to do this because it shouldn't be done. And second of all, not only should a show not make people uncomfortable, it shouldn't make them watch something that is patently absurd.And let me just make the statement right now and say that if you think that ever male dancer on that show is straight, well, you'd better think again. (For cryin' out loud, judge Bruno Tonioli is about as flaming of an individual as you can be.) You don't see them paired up with other men, do you? No, you don't. Why? Because it would be ridiculous, that is correct. Don't they realize that the dance partners are just that? Dance partners. There's nothing sexual going on between them. They're just doing their job. So why couldn't Port[...]



RhoDeo 1010 Roots

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Hello, as i was thinking about what to post the rest of the week..i saw a connction and decided to build on it and have a Sci-Fi theme this week, giving myself direction is stimulating and at this moment everything i will post is at hand..just some writing and you all are invited to guess what i will post, under the Aetix, Goldy Rhox And Groove/Beats flag, todays entry follows the path of Astrobotnia and Earth Search' something about Invaders...xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxLloyd James, (born in 1947, Montego Bay, Jamaica), is better known as Prince Jammy or King Jammy the dub mixer and record producer. After earning money from building amplifiers and repairing electrical equipment from his mother's house in Waterhouse in the late 1960s, he started his own sound system. He also built equipment for other local systems. After leaving Jamaica to work in Canada for a few years in the early 1970s, he returned to Kingston in 1976 and set up his own studio at his in-laws' home in Waterhouse, and released a couple of Yabby You productions. When Phillip Smart left King Tubby's team to work in New York, Jammy replaced him, getting to work with the likes of Bunny Lee and Yabby You. For the first few years of his career, Jammy almost exclusively made Dub. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to "In the Light," Everton DaSilva's classic production for Horace Andy. The versions Jammy concocted simultaneously proved that he was well versed in the techniques acquired from Tubby and that he had developed a distinct mixing voice of his own. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation, Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. In the late 1970s he began to release his own productions, including the debut album from Black Uhuru in 1977. Before he set out to rule modern dancehall as King Jammy, Lloyd James earned the lesser, but still regal title Prince Jammy, In the 1980s, he became one of the most influential producers of dancehall music. His biggest hit was 1985's "Under Me Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith, with an entirely-digital rhythm hook. Many credit this song as being the first "Digital rhythm" in reggae, leading to the modern dancehall era. Jammy's productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s, Jammy continued to produce and record into the '90s, a decade that would see his own son, John John, emerging as a successful record-maker. Perhaps more importantly, the '90s also witnessed a nu[...]



Turkey Frame Soup

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Don't throw that leftover turkey frame away. There is still meat on those bones! Make a delicious turkey soup with it.
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Turkey Frame Soup

1 Turkey frame (the turkey carcas leftover from roasting a turkey)
1 can of chicken broth
2 cans of petite cut canned tomatoes
water to fill your soup pot 3/4 way full
Cut fresh carrots and celery, enough to satisfy your families veggie needs
1 chopped onion
2 fresh Sage leaves, 2 fresh sprigs of Oregano and 2 fresh sprigs of Thyme or dried Sage, Oregano and Thyme
Salt and pepper
Hold noodles to the side - Cooked wide noodles (enough for your family needs)

Boil until vegetables are soft. Remove all the turkey carcas/bones and place on a plate and let cool down. Remove the meat from the bones. Toss the bones in the trash and toss the chopped meat in the soup. Simmer until supper time. Add cooked noodles about 30 mins before serving so they don't get overcooked.

*Note* If you want to freeze some, freeze the soup without the noodles. If you anticipate saving some for lunch tomorrow, then put the soup in one container and the cooked noodles in another container and put them together before heating in the microwave.

Source: ME!



MISS EARTH 2010 WINNER

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Olivia Munn

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Nicola McLean

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Milla Jovovich

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(image) Milla Jovovich (born Milica Jovović; December 17, 1975) is an American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer.



Mara Carfagna

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Maria Rosaria (Mara) Carfagna (born December 18, 1975 in Salerno) is an Italian politician and former showgirl and topless model. After obtaining a degree in law, Carfagna worked for several years on Italian television shows and as a model. She later entered politics and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Forza Italia party in 2006. On May 8, 2008, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appointed her Minister for Equal Opportunity, a move that received international attention due to her background and her appearance. Carfagna has been called "the most beautiful minister in the world", and was ranked number one on Maxim's "World´s Hottest Politicians".[...]



Lily Aldridge

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(image) Lily Aldridge (born November 15, 1985 in Los Angeles, California) is an American model.



Rima Fakih

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(image) Rima Fakih (born in Srifa, Lebanon on September 22, 1985) is an American beauty pageant contestant, and winner of the 2010 Miss USA title. She represented the state of Michigan in the Miss USA 2010 pageant, having previously won the 2010 Miss Michigan USA competition.



Danneel Harris

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(image) Danneel Harris (born Elta Danneel Graul; March 18, 1979) is an American actress, model, and gymnast. She is known for her role as Rachel Gatina on One Tree Hill (2005–2009) and for her role as Shannon McBain on One Life to Live (2004).



Carey Mulligan

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(image) Carey Hannah Mulligan (born 28 May 1985) is an English actress. She made her acting debut as Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005). Following Pride & Prejudice, she had television roles in the BBC Charles Dickens adaptation Bleak House (2005) and the following year she appeared in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. In 2007, she began with roles in the one-off television dramas My Boy Jack and Northanger Abbey. The same year, she made her Broadway debut in The Seagull to critical acclaim.



Cameron Diaz

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(image) Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She gained fame in the 1990s with roles in the blockbuster films The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, and There's Something About Mary. Other notable film credits include Charlie's Angels, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York, and voicing Princess Fiona in the Shrek film series. Diaz received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.



Ashley Tisdale

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Ashley Michelle Tisdale (born July 2, 1985) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and television producer who rose to prominence portraying the candy-counter girl Maddie Fitzpatrick in Disney Channel's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the female antagonist Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical film series. [...]



AnnaLynne McCord

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Deanna Russo

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salma hayek hot pics

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Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault (Spanish pronunciationˈsalma ˈxaʝek born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican actress, director and producer of Lebanese descent. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of three Latin American actresses (the other being Catalina Sandino Moreno) to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nominationContent* 1 Early life * 2 Career o 2.1 Mexico o 2.2 Early Hollywood acting work o 2.3 Director, producer and actress o 2.4 Singing credits o 2.5 Promotional work o 2.6 In art * 3 Personal life o 3.1 Advocacy * 4 Honors * 5 Filmography * 6 Event appearances * 7 References * 8 External lin Early lifeHayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout and Sami Hayek Dominguez, an oil company executive who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos Hayek's father is of Lebanese descent, while her mother is of Spanish descent. first given name, Salma, is Arabic for "peace". Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Roman family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. there, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana. CareerAt the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ari Early Hollywood acting workHayek moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler She had limited fluency in English, which was attributed to her suffering from dyslexia Robert Rodriguez and his producer wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperad The movie caught Hollywood's attention, as moviegoers proved to be dazz[...]



Mystery Monday - Missing Person Mabel Tobiatha Reese

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Mystery Monday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery. Here is my story today.Bailey Bright Reese and Lillian Vianna Conner are my direct descendants through their son, Wilford William Reese. But they also had a daughter named Mabel Tobiatha Reese. This story is about her.Mabel Tobiatha Reese was born 4/21/1919 in Madison County, NC to Bailey Bright Reese (DOB: 1/26/1878 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 12/10/1949 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) and Lillian Vianna Conner (DOB: 1/9/1887 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 1/15/1984 in Marion, McDowell County, NC). Mabel was the 7th child out of 9 children.According to the NC Birth Index 1800 to 2000, she was named "Mabel Kelith Reese", DOB 4/21/1919 in Transylvania County, NC, Parent1: Bailey B. Reese, Roll #B_C093_66001, Vol 5, Pg 77. But according to her father's family Bible she was named "Mabel Tobiatha Reese".This is the only photo we have of her. It's possible it was made about the time she married the first time. Notice her signature in the corner. The handwriting is nice and controlled.She married Walter Baird Phillips on 6/22/1941 in Marion, McDowell County, NC at the age of 22 yrs old. They had a son named David Larry Phillips who was born on 7/19/1942 in Marion, McDowell County, NC. She left her husband and son for unknown reasons. They divorced in 1947 in Volusia County, FL. It was after she left Walter that the family began to lose touch with her. She only visited a few times after that. We think she may have remarried once, maybe twice? There is also a vague family rumor that she may have gone to Australia (to visit or to live)?One time she visited my grandparents (her brother, Wilford) when they lived in Winston-Salem, Forsythe County, NC. My grandparents lived there from 1953-1957. My Uncle James (her nephew) has vague memories of her coming with a man she[...]



"Let It Be" In Norwegian Is Still "Let It Be"

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I never thought that I'd be writing about the promo video for a Norwegian TV show called 'Gylne Tider', which translates into 'Golden Times', but yet I am. How the Norwegians managed to put this together, I have no idea. I also have no idea what this promo video has to do with their show. Actually, I'm really confused about all of it. And it's not like I can't explain it. I just don't get it. But I really like it anyway.Here's the scoop: Apparently, the Norwegians that make promo videos for upcoming television programs in Norway decided to have a bunch of random celebrities lip syncing to The Beatles "Let It Be". And when I say random, I mean freaking random. There are people who participate in this endeavor whose names you likely haven't heard for years. At the very least, you certainly haven't thought of most of these folks for years. And the ones that you have thought about? You're going to wonder what they're doing making a Norwegian video with some of these other folks. I know that I'm wondering that very thing still.I've taken the time to compile a list of the folks who are in this thing. I'm not sure why I did it, but it does save you the trouble of watching the entire thing, as it does run just a few seconds over six minutes. The video is below the cast of characters, but if that doesn't work, try watching it over at Videogum. It's really worth a gander. It's so random that it's awesome. Roger Moore (James Bond)Huey Lewis (Sans The News)Jason Alexander (The one from Seinfeld, not the one that was married to Britney Spears for an hour.)Rikki Lake (From the show with the same name)Josie Bissett (Hot, hot Jane on the Melrose Place that didn't suck)Alberto Tomba (Olympic skier)John Nettles (English guy, plays something called Bergerac)Corbin Bernsen (Arnie from the late 1980s series LA Law)George Wendt (Norm from Cheers has had plastic surgery)Paul McKenna (A "top hypnotist", whatever that means)Philip Michael Thomas (Tubbs from Miami Vice. Really?!)Steve Guttenberg (Mahoney in the Police Academy movies)Katarina Witt (German figure skater, which they call "OL mester i kunstlop". I like their way better.)Tonya Harding (Really? They call her "k[...]



Madness Monday - Bertha A. Reese

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Madness Monday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. To participate in Madness Monday we simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who either suffered some form of mental illness or an ancestor who might be hard to locate and drives you mad. Green Hill Reese and Tabitha Freeman were married and had a son named......Moses Reese who married Martha Cordelia Jane Strickland and they had a daughter named Bertha A. Reese.Green Hill Reese and Tabitha Freeman are my direct ancestors through Moses' brother, William Hanes Reese so Bertha would have been William Hanes Reese's niece.This story is about Bertha A. Reese who was born in the spring of 1900 in Madison County, NC to Moses Reese (DOB: 11/9/1857 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 4/8/1929 in Madison County, NC) and Martha Cordelia Jane Strickland (DOB: 5/10/1870 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD: 7/7/1940 in Madison County, NC). She was the 5th of the 9-10 children of Moses and Martha Cordelia Jane.1900 U.S. Census of Meder Fork (sic, should be Meadow Fork), Spring Creek Township, Madison County, NC, Roll T623_1205, Pg 8B and 9A, ED 86, Ancestry.com, Lines 96-100 and Lines 1-2, Dwelling 144, Family 144, "Reese, Moses"Reese, Moses, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Sept, 1868, 41 yrs old, Married 18 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Can read & write, Farmer, rents farmReese, Caroline J., Wife, W, F, Born Aug, 1870, 30 yrs old, Married 18 yrs, 7 children with 5 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NCReese, Sonia, Daughter, W, F, Born Jan, 1888, 12 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NCReese, Walter, Son, W, M, born May, 1891, 9 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NCReese, Hardy H., Son, W, M, Born June, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NCReese, Ona V., Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1897, 3 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NCReese, Bertha A., Daughter, W, F, Born April 1900, 1/12 mos old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC1910 U.S. Census of Meadow Fork, Spri[...]



Julianne Moore Tampil Vulgar di Kalender Pirelli

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Julianne Moore (Daily Mail) Senin, 06/12/2010 11:48 WIB Han Kristi - detikhot Los Angeles Perusahaan ban Pirelli selalu menampilkan model atau artis Hollywood berpose vulgar pada kalender mereka setiap tahunnya. Untuk kalender 2011, perusahaan asal Italia itu menggandeng aktris Julianne Moore.Seperti dilansir Daily Mail, Senin (6/12/2010) dalam kalender yang bernuansa hitam-putih itu Julianne Moore tampil sebagai Hera, dewi pernikahan dalam mitologi Yunani. Aktris berusia 50 tahun itu terlihat mengenakan kostum seksi berbahan metal rancangan Karl Lagerfeld.Selain Moore, Pirelli juga menggaet beberapa model top dunia, salah satunya Daria Werbowy. Tampil sebagai Artemis, model asal Ukrania itu berpose bugil dengan memegang panah dan busur.Model asal Negeri Paman Sam Erin Wasson juga tidak kalah seksi. Dengan mengenakan helm khas tentara Romawi, model berusia 28 tahun itu memamerkan dadanya.Pada tahun sebelumnya, Kate Moss berpose bugil pada kalendar tersebut. Pada 2004, artis Sophie Loren juga terlibat. Saat itu, ia berpose seksi di usianya yang ke-72.Tidak sembarang orang bisa memiliki kalendar tersebut. Pirelli merilis kalender itu secara terbatas hanya untuk kalangan tertentu.(hkm/mmu)[...]



Mischa Barton Topless Pose

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Mischa Barton Masih Perawan

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  Mischa Barton (Foto:Ist)  Lastri Marselina, okeZone News - Minggu, 05 Desember 2010 13.42 WIBLOS ANGELES - Siapa bilang artis luar negeri sudah tak perawan semua? Mischa Barton ternyata masih perawan lho."Saya belum pernah berhubungan seks. Saya masih perawan. Sungguh saya adalah remaja yang telat berkembang dan takut bila berhadapan dengan pria," aku Mischa yang dilansir Femalefirst, Minggu (5/12/2010).Aktris berambut pirang ini menuturkan, dirinya berbeda jauh dengan karakter Marissa Cooper yang diperankannya di drama televisi The OC. Marissa berbeda 180 derajat dengan Mischa. Jika Marissa anak liar, tidak demikian dengan Mischa."Saya tidak terburu-buru ingin mencium laki-laki dan mendapatkan pacar karena sekali Anda melakukannya, maka tidak akan ada jalan untuk kembali," papar seleb berkebangsaan Inggris ini.Meski takut terhadap laki-laki, Mischa yang saat ini berkencan dengan musisi Ali Love (31) mengaku bahagia dengan hubungannya saat ini."Dia sangat menyenangkan dan jenius. Ali dapat mengerjakan apa saja. Mulai dari musik country, rock, apapun. Tapi hal yang paling banyak dia lakukan lebih banyak berhubungan dengan electronik," ujar artis kelahiran 24 Januari 1986 itu.[...]



The Magi

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(Matthew 2:1-12 MKJV) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men came from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who is born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him. But when Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea. For so it is written by the prophet, "And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the governors of Judah. For out of you shall come a Governor who shall rule My people Israel." Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, inquired of them exactly what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child. And when you have found him, bring me word again so that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed. And lo, the star which they saw in the east went before them until it came and stood over where the child was. And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother. And they fell down and worshiped Him. And opening their treasures, they presented gifts to Him, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.Who were the Magi, the Wise Men in the Christmas story? The Hebrew word for Magi means "sacred scribes," from two roots "sacred" and "style" or "pen". They studied historical and sacred writings. The ancient Magi were a hereditary priesthood of the Medes credited with profound and extraordinary religious knowledge. After some Magi, who had been attached to the Median court, proved to be expert in the interpretation of dreams, Darius the Great established them over the state religion of Pe[...]



Earth Search 1010

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Hello, well the Wiki man is still on his way, despite two vague swedish bimbo's..why haven't we read anything about these types ? Would that be on purpose ? Will they be suicided or return to active secret service with a new wig and identity. Whatever is going on, it remains a sad fact so many men are asthonishingly easy seduced, and played. And now Interpol wants him..duh and Paypal no longer wants to profit from the donations ...Still Wiki man has a fat ace up his sleeve , one that he's shown just not the colour, american megabanks dirty laundry, should he draw it, the sept.2008 crash could be peanuts, and maybe finally the general public would come out and hang some bankers, it's high time a real example was made. Meanwhile in the UK Primeminister Cameron's "Big Society" initiative delivers first successes thanks to the UK Uncut initiative blocking highstreet shops owned by billionaire/multinational Tax dodgers , now there's the spirit, way to go guys and girls ! Now if only the government would tell those dodgers "sorry guys we have no money to send the police to keep your doors open " Ah yes if only.. Meanwhile Earth Search has reached it's final episode..have they found a renamed Earth ? Will those pestering megalomaniac supercomputers let them be.?...Doubtful, that's why next week Earth Search II sees the light with 10 more episodes....The SettingSome years before the story opens, the huge Earth starship Challenger, on a mission to find Earth-like planets for colonization, encountered a meteoroid shower that killed all of the adult crew and seriously damaged the ship. The only human survivors were four babies - two boys, Telson and Darv, and two girls, Sharna and Astra.The four have been raised from childhood by androids and tutored by two disembodied voices called Angel One and Angel Two. Most of the humans believe the voices are real angels, but Darv is more suspicious and believes they are actually computers.Darv is correct. The Angels are the Challenger's ancillary control[...]



Attended Yo Gabba Gabba

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Jessica Alba - Attended Yo Gabba Gabba Live
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'YoGabbaGabba was so fun. We got our silly’s out and did the dancy-dance! My ‘cool’ days are over -wait a min… they never started.’

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Yo Gabba Gabba! has become a very popular children’s program in the United States, and obviously, celebrity moms, and even some celebrity dads, have as much fun with it as their kids!



Christmas Planning

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I thought it might be helpful for some of my readers if I gave you some Christmas Checklists to help plan for your Christmas. We don't travel for Christmas as our families are right here so I don't need the Christmas Travel Plans form. But some of you do travel and can use it. So I tried to include things for everyone. Print out the ones you need and place in a notebook. Use dividers for the years or sections. That way, it's all in one spot. A holiday planning notebook is a great tool for preparing for the season.You can click on the photo and see it full size and right click on it to save it to your computer. Merry Christmas!Other ideas for a Christmas Planning Notebook:Keep a calendar at the beginning of the notebook and put all your holiday plans in it. Things like: church choir practises for the Christmas program at church; school Christmas party; office Christmas party; etc.Menus for Christmas, New Year’s , and individual parties, can be stored. Make copies of all the recipes you want to use. Recipe ideas as well as your tried and true essentials. Don’t forget recipes for easy meals to make during the busy holiday months. You can also keep recipes for gift jars and mixes in this section of your notebook.A pocket page to store receipts. It's a good idea to keep all of your receipts during the holiday season in case you need to return something. Once the season is over you can transfer them to your regular finance folders.Write down gift ideas for friends and family as they come up. You could use your cell phone camera to take photos of things as you are out shopping. For instance, if I'm with my Mother and she really likes an item, I could snap a quick photo of it once her back is turned. Then I use those photos to remind me and I jot it down in my Holiday Planning Notebook.[...]



Do Not Buy That On The Internet

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Sometimes I read things and I just think to myself "Who are you people?" Then I immediately retract that thought because I really don't think that I want to know in most cases. That's what happened when I stumbled across this headline over at The Vancouver Sun: "Don't buy breast milk on the Web, doctors warn". Good Lord. What now? Seriously? Is this a warning that needs to be out there? You don't already know that you shouldn't be buying some random fluid from some stranger on the Internet and feeding it to your baby? Really? What part of that is the toughest for you to noodle through? I'm guessing all of it is a pretty novel concept to certain folks, as the sub-headline reads: "Lack of medical information about donors can result in problems, Health Canada says". Huh. In what way?Of course it can result in problems! What is wrong with you people?! Who can't figure that out?! Who is buying breast milk over the Internet and feeding it (presumably and kind of hopefully) to their infant? Well, apparently the kind of people who joined a "...breast milk sharing program launched by a Montreal woman on social networking website Facebook". Why does Facebook have to be involved with everything?! I'm sick of hearing about Facebook, for cryin' out loud!Look, do I really have to delve very far into this entire concept before I can just get to the common sense part of it that would tell any normal person that buying breast milk over the Internet is a BAD idea? According to the statement (that is clearly for people who are not going to read it, comprehend it, nor care what it says) that was released along with the whole "Don't buy breast milk over the Internet" shpiel, "There is a potential risk that the milk may be contaminated with viruses such as HIV or bacteria, which can cause food poisoning". Really? Are you the sort of person who is going to do something so reckless that it potentially puts your child at risk for[...]



Sundaze 1010

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Hello, what can I say..i was a bit confused yesterday-it seems the cold can do that to you- anyway i was posting for friday on saturday ooops, can happen not that it matters much, Blaxplotation is a great compilation..On to the matter at hand, there was some deliberate confusion about who was behind the moniker Astrobotnia, the connection to the Aphex Twin was obvious music and label wise but..another name was dropped who subsequently disappeared from view so forget about Kristian, one Aleksi Kristian Perälä ( finnish) is listed as the man behind Astrobotnia at Discogs. I'd say make your own mind up...xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxThe Aphex-founded and self-described "braindance" label Rephlex released the first three Astrobotnia efforts within a month of each other, never actually disclosing who made them. Which has conveniently left people placing bets that Astrobotnia is really Richard D James returning to form in disguise. Rephlex remained swinishly silent. How tempting it is, after one pass through two albums (Part One and Part Three) and their companion twelve-inch (Part Two), to conclude that the rumors are truth. The chiming synth pads, intricate drum programming, and loopy but captivating melodic eccentricity certainly point in his direction. Rephlex assured that it's not actually Aphex, but rather the work of one Kristian Richards--still not true it was Aleksi Kristian Perälä (Ovuca), who seeming to be a new artist on the roster making his debut on the label. The fact remains that Astrobotnia Part 01 is a pretty credible and interesting release even though it sounds a lot like something Richard D James would have been involved with.The two CD releases are true to the Rephlex school of sound design: geared for home-listening rather than club use, and riddled with fearsome drum machine programming and gleaming ambient chords which surf the crests of adapted jungle rhy[...]



A Family Collage

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A family collage. A lot of these photos are not good quality scans and have to be kept small to keep the details at all.

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Your Tax Dollars Hard At Waste

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Today I learned about ExpectMore.gov. (It's actually called www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore, but ExpectMore.gov will get you there.) It is a website, the purpose of such is apparently to make me very angry. It definitely sucked out most of my WTL (Will To Live) and kind of filled me with an HFOH (Heart Full Of Hate). Let's see if it makes you angry as well!The purpose of the site (which is run by the Federal government) is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of all Federal programs and then rate whether the program is Effective, Moderately Effective, Adequate, Ineffective or Results Not Demonstrated. According to the page which explains what each rating actually means, Results Not Demonstrated means "...that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing." In other words, they're just screwing around. An Ineffective rating means that "Programs receiving this rating are not using your tax dollars effectively. Ineffective programs have been unable to achieve results due to a lack of clarity regarding the program's purpose or goals, poor management, or some other significant weakness." Well, that doesn't sound good. I guess the rating "Piece of S**t" didn't sound very official and that's why they went with Ineffective.They have so far evaluated about 98% of the Federal programs and that amounts to 1,015 of them. Do you want to know how many are below Adequate? (And let me just tell you that the definition of Adequate isn't anything to throw a party over. It is indicative of a "...program that needs to set more ambitious goals, achieve better results, improve accountability or strengthen its management practices." Seriously, do you feel good about that? I don't.) Ready? 199 out of 1,015 are a complete waste of money. 19.6%. And that's not even ALL [...]



Comings & Goings - Chicago

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Downtown Chicago, lighted for the holidays (I love lights in trees; I wish such festiveness were visible all over the city)Chicago's skyscrapers, looking towards Michigan AvenueOn Chicago Street, right near Northwestern's Chicago campusThe Luc Tillmans billboard in front of the Museum of Contemporary ArtThe extraordinary Roscoe Mitchell and his ensemble, at the AACM's 45th Anniversary Celebration at the Museum of Contemporary Art (flautist Nicole Mitchell is at the far right)Roscoe Mitchell, playing his alto sax, at the AACM 45th Anniversary Celebration at the MCAMembers of Renee Baker's Brass Band Epiphany, letting loose (they were incredible)Fake movie set café in my neighborhood (it will appear, I imagine, in the movie ContagionThe movie café's post-filming interiorFake movie snowMy undergraduate honors advisee, Simon Han, who was awarded second prize in the Union League of Chicago's Civic & Arts Foundation's Creative Writing College Division competition, for his story "Bear Hands" Streetcorner puppet show, Andersonville neighborhood (I passed this on my way to see Rikki Beadle-Blair's new film FitZakes Mda, who was visiting writer in residence at the university's Center for the Writing Arts, delivered a smart and insightful lecture on the relationship between landscape and his writing (I have been a fan of his for years, so it was marvelous to meet him in person)On November 30 at the Silver Room, Artistically Linked was hosting a multi-artist-art show; each week leading up to that, you could see the artists working on the installation, so I caught painter/grafittist Rahmaan Statik at workLiterary scholar Jahan Ramazani gave a terrific talk at the university on the relationship between postcolonial poetries and affiliated discourses (I am still studying my notes on this one; it opened a numbe[...]



Bongkoch Kongmalai in Black Bikini

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Ehra Madrigal is a Filipina actress

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Miss World-Zhang Zilin 張梓琳

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Anna Draganska In Exotic Picture

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RhoDeo 1009 Grooves

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Hello, after almost 10 weeks since the restart it was high time i posted something in the fridaynight groove corner. Music to dance to and warm those freezing feet. Numerous compilations of '70s soul, funk, and fusion have been compiled in the name of blaxploitation throughout the years, whether or not all the inclusions were actually used in blaxploitation films (granted, just about everything from this era was fit for soundtrack use). Blaxploitation films have made a profound impact on contemporary hip hop culture too, several prominent hip hop artists have taken the no-nonsense pimp persona popularized first by ex-pimp Iceberg Slim's 1967 book Pimp and then by films such as Super Fly, The Mack, and Willie Dynamite, as inspiration for their own works. Here's 170 min. of grooves there to take in..xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxBlaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the late 1960s when many exploitation films were made specifically (and perhaps exclusively) for an audience of urban black people, these films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. When set in the Northeast or West Coast of the U.S., Blaxploitation films tend to take place in the ghetto, dealing with hit men, drug dealers and pimps. The genre frequently takes place in an atmosphere of crime and drug-dealing. Ethnic slurs against whites (e.g., "honky"), and negative white characters like corrupt cops, politicians, prostitutes and gullible gangsters were common. Blaxploitation films set in the South often take place on a plantation, dealing with slavery and interracial marriage/sex.Despite the civil [...]






Kim Hyo Yeon Korean Actrees

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Han Chae Young Korean star

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Katie Trying On Wedding Gowns

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Our niece, Katie, tried on many wedding dresses. She and her parents finally went to New York and picked her dress. But there are some of the dresses she tried on before they went to New York.

Trying on wedding gowns.
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Craft and Hobby Rooms

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With our lifestyles today, most of us have time for some hobbies and leisure activities. For some this is sports but for others, it's more sedentary activities like scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, playing music, singing, photography, etc. Our hobbies require some organization and a place for everything whether it's camping supplies, sports equipment, sewing machine and fabric, etc. Sometimes the organization of our hobby equipment get away from us. We can end up with a mess. If this is you then there are some things to think about.If you don't have room in your home to organize and store your equipment then maybe this hobby isn't for you. There are hobbies that take less room. For instance, if you thought you would love kayaking and you bought the kayak and all the trimmings but now it's taken up 1/2 of your garage and you only use it once or twice a year... then maybe you should think again about kayaking as a hobby. You could sell that big kayak, roof rack and oars and give yourself back the garage. Maybe it's snow skiing with all the skis, snow boards, boots, ski poles, winter wear but you only use this stuff once or twice a year, maybe it's time to re-think your hobby. If you have a small apartment, you might consider a hobby like reading (buy an ereader and keep your library on it and it won't even take up shelf space), hiking (which only takes good hiking shoes), going to the gym (which only takes good shoes and workout clothes), etc. Choose your hobbies according to you[...]



Some of My Christmas Decorations

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I bought the center piece at a thrift store for $2.50 (batteries and all). It plays different tunes and has light bulbes inside the houses. I painted the 2 separate houses myself and bought a couple of extra trees.Another yard sale purchase was this complete white ceramic creche. I got all the pieces for $20!I got all the pieces of this little creche at a yard sale for $1.00.[...]



Uncomfortably Numb

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This is clearly the worst cover "band" on the planet. And if any of their other songs that they "play" are anything like this one, they're moving closer toward the worst band on the planet, period. I realize that I'm using the term "band" loosely, as they're absolutely horrible. Towards the end, the look on the singer's face makes me realize that even he knows they couldn't place last at a 4th grade talent show.

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20 Beautiful girls from Japan

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Maria ozawaSara tsukigamiHaruna yabukiSaki setoHime kamiyaReon kadenaMihiro taniguchiNatsuki kumadaSora aoiSiori yokoiNanaRan azakawaMiyuki kamiyaRie fukaumiTakako kitaharaRyoko mitakeReina matsushimaAkane sakuraErika satoYua aidaQuotation words:        “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”  George Washington quotes (American commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775-83) and subsequently 1st US President (1789-97), 1732-1799)[...]



Recent Comings & Goings - NYC

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A few photos of recent events or shows I've attended, street scenes, and all that good stuff.A pop-up designer store in ChelseaAlexander Bonin Gallery in ChelseaLook west in Chelsea, towards the Hudson River (that's the IAC building on the left, and the High Line Park horizontally splitting the frame)Lanterns strung outside the New York Film Academy Café, near Astor Place (I can remember when this spot was a Starbucks, and a Fuqua's, and even part of the Cooper Union)Outside Thé AdoréAt Thé Adoré, a great spot near NYU (that's my old friend Jerry W., on the left)Inside the Limelight Mall (I actually partied at the Limelight, both in my 20s and again in my 30s, so it remains a bit of a shock for me to step inside this space and see what it's become, but it's a metaphor for New York: a mismatched mall!)Angels posing (I have no idea what this was about...but in the old days, half would have been male and all would have been wearing less clothing with those wings.)Exterior of the Limelight (Mall)Interior of St. Francis Xavier Church, West Village (I've passed this church many a time, known graduates of its famous high school, and decided finally to peek my head in. The woman at right urged me to "come in," but having devoted a good portion of my youth to the Roman Catholic Church, I decide a snapshot would suffice.)Pop-up Gallery, in Chelsea; I believe this is the same[...]