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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Story

A Chicago friend from Laurel, MS sent this today.

Well, I just came back from Mississippi.  We made it through the hurricane but when we left we had no power, water, and phone.  We did not know how bad it was until we got to Tennessee and heard the news report.  Laurel is about 70 miles from Biloxi and we were
right in it.  We had a lot of trees and power lines down.  Lots of houses were destroyed by falling trees and it was really tough getting out of the area.  We were blessed.  My mom’s house lost a lot of shingles but no trees fell on it.  There was a 50 foot tree in the front yard that fell the opposite direction of the house. Praise the Lord.

I’ve been in Mississippi since August 5th to take care of my mother who had a stroke after her hip replacement in July.  She did not want to leave her home but I was able to convince her to come to Illinois at least until we get some power, water and phone communication.  They are saying it will take 2-3 weeks.  The stores and gas stations are closed.  Some people did not take this hurricane seriously and are suffering because the food and water supply is very low.  There is a curfew for 8:00pm to prevent looting.  When we left the temperature was 95 degrees outside but in the house it was over l05 degrees.  But the people are coming together to help each other but the situation is very tragic. 

Posted by Nuttshell on 08/31 at 04:44 PM in Personal
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Can you afford your gasoline?

Here’s a satirical look at the situation.

http://toccionline.kizash.com/films/1001/178/

Posted by Nuttshell on 08/31 at 02:32 PM in Blogging
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Gas pipelines down

Much higher prices, shortages possible
By STACY SHELTON , MICHAEL E. KANELL
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/31/05

Metro Atlanta drivers are facing the possibility of paying considerably more than $3 a gallon for gas by Labor Day if they can get it at all.

The two pipelines that bring gasoline and jet fuel to the region are down powerless to pump as Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on electrical infrastructure.

The metro Atlanta region generally has about a 10-day supply of gasoline in inventory, said BP spokesman Michael Kumpf. The pipelines have been down for two days.

Alpharetta-based Colonial Pipeline Co., cut off from its suppliers on the Gulf Coast, is now pumping gas from huge storage tanks, many in Powder Springs. Whether electric power can be restored to the pipeline pumps before supplies run out is “the great uncertainty ... that hangs over all of us,” said Daniel Moenter, a spokesman for Marathon Ashland Petroleum, a major supplier of metro Atlanta’s fuel.

Some suppliers are rationing gasoline to retailers, so some stations may already be near empty.

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Posted by loni on 08/31 at 11:45 AM in Unclassifiable
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Monday, August 29, 2005

Chickens Coming Home to Roost

My aunt sent this.  I can’t speak to the veracity but unless the picture been’s doctored, this is a sad, sad affair.  We Black Americans need to be more responsible about what we say and do because our people all over the diaspora pick this stuff up and know not why they do what they do.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 08/29 at 03:27 PM in Blogging
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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Giving More Space

The continuing saga of MAU’s, Me, & my LG

Ninth Grade, beginning of High School, continuous good grades and 14 years of existence have finally worn me down. I don’t know what I was thinking but in the end… the inevitable happened. My little girl (LG) is now allowed to talk to male affectionary units (MAU’s) on the phone. Heavy sigh.

I know this will evetually lead to dating. What to do? I know!… I’ll scour the internet for some standards. In my quest I think I’ve found the best fit for my personality disorder.

Please read on......

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Posted by cricket on 08/27 at 11:01 PM in Personal
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Friday, August 26, 2005

Johnny Gill and Girlfriend Splitting Up. Rumored to be DL Life

Not sure if this is true or not but Eddie Murphy is supposedly involved in this situation.

Los Angeles—The ex-girlfriend of New Edition and LSG singer Johnny Gill is now speaking out about her recent split up with the singer. She tells Atlanta Gossip, (AG) reporter Tiffany Long that Johnny is struggles with his sexuality and that Hollywood has put pressure on him to be straight.

“Johnny and I broke up earlier this year after I became curious about his friendship/relationship with actor/comedian Eddie Murphy,” she said. “Johnny and Eddie have always been very close friends, but I could not compete with their relationship. It was strange...I can’t even explain it,” she tell Atlanta Gossip.

Other sources tell (AG) that Johnny Gill is actually living in a guest house on Eddie Murphy’s property in CA. A posting on taken from blackvoices.com entertainment forum says this: Rumors are circulating throughout Hollywood about the Eddie’s divorce battle, I was talking to an industry friend last night 08/15/05, she said, Nicole got sick of putting up with him and Johnny Gill.

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Posted by loni on 08/26 at 10:11 AM in Racism / Prejudice
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Win the “War on Terror”!!  I command theee!!

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Posted by SPN on 08/26 at 09:44 AM in Politics
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Latest Gas Guage

This is pretty cute.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 08/25 at 10:30 PM in Unclassifiable
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Eddie Murphy and wife to divorce

Couple has been married for 12 years

Access Hollywood
Updated: 6:24 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2005

Access Hollywood has learned that comedian-actor Eddie Murphy and his wife, Nicole, are divorcing.

Nicole filed the papers on Friday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

The couple has been married for 12 years, after tying the knot on March 18, 1993.

Nicole and Eddie have five children—Bella Zahra, Bria, Shayne Audra, Zola Ivy and Miles Mitchell. Eddie also has another son, Christian, from a previous relationship.

According to a statement released to Access Hollywood, Eddie said: “The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interests are our first priority.”

Murphy has starred in more than two dozen films since making his big screen debut in 1982’s “48 Hours” alongside Nick Nolte. The comedian first gained national attention as a regular on “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1980s.

Copyright 2005 by NBC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2005 MSNBC.com

Posted by Nuttshell on 08/25 at 04:30 PM in Celebrity
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Confused idiot-in-charge says, ‘We will stay, we will fight and we will win’

Only an idiot can realistically think that military action will defeat the roots of extremist ideology.  Military action will force terrorists into hiding until they reorganize.  Does anyone in the White House use their brain these days?  This should be common knowledge to people in our government.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-08-24-bush-reply-pullout_x.htm

By Richard Benedetto and Judy Keen, USA TODAY
NAMPA, Idaho President Bush responded Wednesday to calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq with an emphatic vow to stay there “until the terrorists have nowhere to run.”

“So long as I am president, we will stay, we will fight and we will win the war on terrorism,” he told a supportive audience of National Guard members and their families in a sports arena in this Boise suburb. Pulling out now, he said, would “embolden the terrorists and create a staging ground to launch more attacks against America.”

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Posted by SPN on 08/25 at 02:24 PM in Politics
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