Sunday, November 20, 2005

Big Dogs, Bikers, and Woolly Worms Work to Benefit KatrinaÝs Kids

Abused children work to raise money to share Christmas with the youngest of KatrinaÝs victims

Banner Elk, NC ˝ The kids at the Grandfather Home for Children have a mission. They are using their entrepreneurial and fundraising skills to raise money in order to share Christmas with the children who, as a result of hurricane Katrina, have lost their homes and most of their possessions. 

The children of Grandfather Home know the meaning of loss and trauma all too well. But since May of 2004, they have been participating in an animal assisted therapy program which includes working with a Great Dane named Rudy, the recipient of the 2005 Broadway Barks Hero award. The children ýwalk in miraclesţ following in the footsteps of this gentle giant and his Canine Crew, Gabi and Grace, who are also Great Danes. 

Posted by rosevine69 on 11/20 at 07:12 AM in Justice / Injustice
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Saturday, November 19, 2005

real american hero bud light

I just downloaded a bunch of these incredibly funny Bud Light commercials.  Email me if you want some.

Posted by SPN on 11/19 at 09:24 PM in Funny Stuff
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SBC completes purchase of AT&T after regulatory hurdle

SBC Communications Inc. completed its purchase of former owner AT&T Corp. on Friday after California officials removed the final regulatory hurdle for the $16-billion deal.

The California Public Utility Commission also gave its consent to Verizon Communications Inc.’s planned purchase of MCI Inc. for about $7.5 billion, though that deal is still awaiting approval in other states.

The two deals highlight the fading distinction between local and long-distance calling as separate services, while ushering in a new era dominated by direct competition with cable TV and wireless providers rather than among individual phone companies.

SBC, which already had said it was changing its name to AT&T, announced Friday it also will be assuming AT&T’s longtime stock trading symbol, “T,” starting Dec. 1. The company also said it will unveil a new corporate logo Monday. SBC has 3.5 million customers in Michigan.

Company officials said the combined company will continue to serve all former SBC and AT&T customers.

Posted by SPN on 11/19 at 01:54 PM in Blogging
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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Solving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Editor’s note
This is the most important policy piece that has been written by the Free Muslims Coalition. This policy was formulated by Palestinians, Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians. We seek your input. Please send us your views and forward this policy paper to friends, family and anyone who may be interested. If you have a web site or a blog, please post this paper and request the input of your readers. Please send your input to Let us know if you endorse this paper. After receiving your input, we will publish this paper in Israeli and Palestinian news papers. If you chose to be endorsers, we may add your name as endorsers in future publications.

No issue has been more frequently used to justify global terrorism than the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. During the cold war, the United States and the Soviet Union twice raised their security alerts and aggressively challenged each other over this conflict. The oil embargo of the 1970s was related to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Numerous militants, terrorist groups and governments around the world, who seek legitimacy and a following, place the Palestinian/Israeli conflict at the forefront of their agenda. Many governments have insincerely relied on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict to justify their authoritarian rule. And while the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is not the cause of terrorism, solving this conflict could do more than just bring peace to the Palestinians and Israelis. It could also transform the political landscape of the entire Middle East, exposing the various agendas of numerous terrorist organizations that leach on this conflict to win the hearts and minds of emotional and unsuspecting people.

While the entire world must reject any attempt to use the Palestinian/Israeli conflict as an excuse to use terror and violence, the entire world should do all it can to promote harmony and peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Towards that end the Free Muslims, along with Free Jews and Free Christians, propose the following:

Today there are three possible solutions to this conflict. The Israelis and Palestinians can keep slowly killing each other; they can separate by creating two separate countries; or, together, they can create two sovereign states, joined together by a federation to make one country and one nation. Presently, the only solution being discussed is the two country solution which is commonly referred to as the “two state solution.” This solution is based on the complete separation of Israelis and Palestinians by creating two countries with borders similar to the United States and Canada. While we support any solution that brings final peace and harmony among Israelis and Palestinians, we believe there are serious problems with the two country solution, and that it may not bring long term peace to both people.

Posted by cricket on 11/17 at 08:57 AM in Politics
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´ Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
´ Insanity is my only means of relaxation.
´ Forget the health food; I need all the preservatives I can get.
´ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.
´ You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
´ Perhaps you know why women over 50 don’t have babies: They would put them down somewhere and forget where they left them.
´ My mind not only wanders, sometimes it leaves completely.
´ Every time I think about exercise, I lie down till the thought goes away.
´ God put me on Earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind, I will live forever.
´ It’s frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
´ If you can remain calm, you just don’t have all the facts.
´ Stress reducer: Put a bag on your head. Mark it “Closed for remodeling.” Caution: Leave air holes.
´ I finally got my head together and my body fell apart.
´ There cannot be a crisis this week; my schedule is already full.
´ The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Is a home-schooled child an elementary school dropout?


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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I hate dropping the soap in the shower.

Yesterday, I dropped the soap in the shower.  I cursed in the private sanctity of my shower stall.  I hate dropping the soap.

No, this doesn’t come from some bad experience in prison or in the military.  I’ve never been in prison and my bad military experiences didn’t involve the shower.

I just hate to see the little soap rocket to go scooting all around the floor of the shower picking up stuff that I had just washed off of my body.

Now I’ve got to wash the soap off!  This part really confuses me because I can’t figure out what a person uses to clean soap bars.  So, I usually just wipe it off with my washcloth.

Now, I’ve got to get a clean washcloth.  I’m warm and wet in the shower and now I have to track water down the cold dry hallway on my way to get a clean washcloth.

Now back in the shower I can’t figure out what part is clean and what part isn’t so clean!

Whose idea was it to come up with showers anyway?

Posted by SPN on 11/15 at 01:52 PM in Personal
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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Cool video depicting a drive from LA to NYC

Directed by Michel and Olivier Gondry

Posted by SPN on 11/12 at 03:24 PM in Blogging
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ŰSundown townsÝ :A slice of AmericaÝs racial past

Could it be true that there are cities in the United States of America that actually showed so much hatred that it would force it’s Black citizens out?

In Oct. 2001, James W. Loewen stopped at a convenience store in the small Illinois town of Annaˇa name that, as a store clerk confirmed, stands for ýAinÝt No Niggers Allowed.ţ

On Nov. 8, 1909, nearly a century before Loewen stepped into the store, a mob of angry white citizens drove out AnnaÝs 40 or so black families following the lynching in a nearby town of a black man accused of raping a white woman. Anna became all-white literally overnight, Loewen reports, and embraced racial exclusiveness for the long haul. According to the 2000 census, just one family with a black member lives among AnnaÝs 7, 000 residents. Anna is far from unique, as Loewen, a sociologist, argues in his powerful and important new book, Sundown Towns (The New Press, 562 pages, $ 29. 95 ). On the contrary, Loewen reports thatˇbeginning in roughly 1890 with the end of Reconstruction and continuing until the fair-housing legislation of the late 1960 sˇwhites in America created thousands of whites-only towns, commonly known as ýsundown townsţ owing to the signs often posted at their city limits that warned, as one did in Hawthorne, Calif., in the 1930 s : ýNigger, DonÝt Let The Sun Set On YOU In Hawthorne.ţ In fact, Loewen claims that, during that 70-year period, outside the traditional South, ýprobably a majority of all incorporated places (in the United States ) kept out African-Americans.ţ

Posted by SPN on 11/12 at 12:04 PM in Racism / Prejudice
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Mid-Atlantic-Great -Dane-Rescue “Ceasar” to be officially measured by guiness book of world records!

We will have an official measurement done on Caesar for entrance into
the Guiness Book of World Records on Nov 25. This will be an official
measurement done by their rules and guidelines at 1:30pm.

Westminster Petsmart
625 Baltimore Blvd.
Westminster, MD 21157

Caesar’s story:
Caesar was turned over to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue early in
his life.  Originally he was purchased from a breeder in New Jersey. 
Shortly after Caesar was purchased he began to drag his hind left
leg.  After a few months of consultations with various veterinarians
it was determined that Caesar had injured his hip at an early age and
would require a total left hip replacement or he would have to be
destroyed before he turned 3 because the arthritis and pain would
only get much worse.  The original purchaing family called the
breeder and the breeder was willing to take him back but would
euthanize him. The family loved him and didnt want to see that happen
so they contacted the rescue.The rescue decided to give Caesar a
chance in life.  Even in all of this pain Caesar displayed the
typical friendly Dane personality.  After many fund raisers and
generous donations from the public Caesar underwent a hip replacement
and aqua therapy classes.  He was adopted by Regina Morgan & family
in February 2003 and certified as a Therapy Dog in December 2003. 
Caesar is a blood donor with the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank in
Maryland and because of his size can donate 1 unit of blood per visit
for his fellow canines in need. Caesar especially loves his bi-
monthly visits with the patients and staff at The Walter Reed Army
Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Posted by rosevine69 on 11/12 at 08:47 AM in Pet People
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