Wednesday, November 30, 2005

This is a cool song by an Atlanta native.

So, last night we are coming home from dinner while listening to some Sirius radio.

Yup, that’s right.  I’ve got Sirius radio.  It’s normally over $150/year if you pay month to month.  I’ll worth out a deal with you if you decide to get it.

Anyway, we were listening to channel 35 (smooth electronic) and we heard a remake of the song “Fifty ways to leave your lover” by a group called “Platinum Pied Piers”.  It was a cool song.  The best thing was when I went home and helped my mother find the artist’s website and noticed an unusual name, Tiombe Lockhart.  She’s got a cd for sale on her site.  It looks like she’s selling it independently.  Her voice is so smooth.  I think her voice makes all three of the PPP songs she sings on Da Bomb.

Anyway, check out her song and her website.  Her website kinda sucks, but the song is worth the wait.  If you buy the CD tell her I referred you.  I’d like to get a free CD from her.

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Three couples, an elderly couple, a middle-aged couple and a
young newlywed couple wanted to join a church. The pastor said,

“We have special requirements for new parishioners. You must
abstain from having sex for two weeks.”

The couples agreed and came back at the end of two weeks. The
pastor went to the elderly couple and asked, “Were you able to
abstain from sex for the two weeks?”

The old man replied, “No problem at all, Pastor.”

“Congratulations! Welcome to the church!” said the pastor. The
pastor went to the middle-aged couple and asked, “Well, were you
able to abstain from sex for the two weeks?”

The man replied, “The first week was not too bad. The second week
I had to sleep on the couch for a couple of nights but, yes, we
made it.”

“Congratulations! Welcome to the church!” said the pastor. The
pastor then went to the newlywed couple and asked, “Well, were
you able to abstain from sex for two weeks?”

“No Pastor, we were not able to go without sex for the two weeks”
the young man replied sadly.

“What Happened?” inquired the pastor.

“My wife was reaching for a can of paint on the top shelf and
dropped it. When she bent over to pick it up, I was overcome with
lust and took advantage of her right there.”

“You understand, of course, this means you will not be welcome in
our church,” stated the pastor.

“We know,” said the young man, “we’re not welcome at Home Depot
anymore either.”

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

.COM domain name prices to increase pending ICANN lawsuit.

If you own a domain name or want to purchase one, this could directly affect you.  Write ICANN and tell them not to allow this.

* The settlement agreement allows Verisign to increase the price of .com domain_ names _to every Registrar_ by 7% every year. The new settlement agreement however allows them to increase prices to all of
us without any cost justification. They can simply increase the price by 7% EACH year.

* This means they could double the price in 10 years. Naturally any increase in price would mean all Registrars would have to increase their prices to you. This would reduce your sales and reduce your potential to sell other Products.

* In this settlement proposal ICANN is giving Verisign the chance to make MORE THAN 2 BILLION DOLLARS EXTRA over the next 10 years. This may by far be the most expensive settlement proposal the world has witnessed.

* This 2 Billion Dollars is coming out of _YOUR / YOUR CUSTOMERS POCKETS_.

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Pat Morita, ‘Karate Kid’s’ Mr. Miyagi, dies
LOS ANGELES, California (AP)—Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid” earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.

Morita died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on “Happy Days,” had “dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy.”

In 1984, he appeared in the role that would define his career and spawn countless affectionate imitations. As Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to Ralph Macchio’s “Daniel-san,” he taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as “wax on, wax off” to guide Daniel through chores to improve his skills.

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Sunday, November 27, 2005

The first set of pictures from our Thanksgiving Wedding ceremony are posted.

Here they are CLICK!!

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Saturday, November 26, 2005


------Click the link and see… turn up the volume. 
Listen closely and watch the screen and cursor carefully.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Two men waiting at the Pearly Gates strike up a conversation.
“How’d you die?” the first man asks the second.

“I froze to death,” says the second.

“That’s awful,” says the first man. “How does it feel to freeze
to death?”

“It’s very uncomfortable at first,” says the second man.

“You get the shakes, and you get pains in all your fingers and
toes. But eventually, it’s a very calm way to go. You get numb
and you kind of drift off, as if you’re sleeping. How about you,
how did you die?”

“I had a heart attack,” says the first man. “You see, I knew my
wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home
unexpectedly. I ran up to the bedroom, and found her alone,
knitting. I ran down to the basement, but no one was hiding
there, either. I ran up to the second floor, but no one was
hiding there either. I ran as fast as I could to the attic, and
just as I got there, I had a massive heart attack and died.”

The second man shakes his head. “That’s so ironic,” he says.

“What do you mean?” asks the first man.

“If you had only stopped to look in the freezer, we’d both still
be alive.”

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Smoker tried to open plane door

Here’s proof that french, female, drunk, nervous, cigarette smokers are bad.

A French woman has admitted attempting to open an aeroplane door mid-flight so that she could smoke a cigarette.

Sandrine Helene Sellies, 34, who has a fear of flying, had drunk alcohol and taken sleeping tablets ahead of the flight from Hong Kong to Brisbane.

She was seen on the Cathay Pacific plane walking towards a door with an unlit cigarette and a lighter.

She then began tampering with the emergency exit until she was stopped by a flight attendant.

Defence lawyer Helen Shilton said her client had no memory of what had happened on the flight on Saturday, and that she had a history of sleepwalking.

She pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft at Brisbane Magistrates Court and was given a 12-month A$1,000 (ú429) good behaviour bond - she will forfeit the money if she commits another offence.

The French tourist was at the start of a three-week holiday in Australia with her husband.

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

i’ve just gotten two of the new Q’ewar dolls.

They’ve started making dolls of different types.  The two dolls I’m speaking about are ‘black like me’.

Visit their site to see more about the project and the women that make the dolls.  If you mention that I referred you you might get treated specially.  Make sure that you mention my name.

Here are a couple of pictures of the dolls.

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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. 

The scope of the childrenÝs animal advocacy endeavors and charitable works has grown by leaps and bounds since they became ţRudyÝs Kidsţ.  During 2004, they began their work as Rescue Troopers by being volunteer foster parents to some of the homeless Danes in the care of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL), and then proceeded with a fundraising plan to help the town of Banner Elk rebuild a local dog park that was damaged by flooding.

After seeing the devastation hurricane Katrina wreaked in the Gulf Coast area, the children of Grandfather Home were deeply impacted by the reality that many thousands of kids had lost not only their homes, but all of their toys and clothing as well. And, with so many of their parents unable to find work, Christmas this year could be bleak for them.

During October the children were given two fantastic opportunities to put their fundraising talents to work. On Sunday, October 9th, the Catawba Shriners Association invited them to participate in a motorcycle Poker Run to benefit their KatrinaÝs Kids Christmas fund. Grandfather Home was delighted to host one of the stops for the run, and the participating bikers donated money along with 1000 canned soft drinks to the childrenÝs Christmas fund.

The weekend of October 15th and 16th, ýRudyÝs Kidsţ got a chance to use the donated drinks to raise money at the 28th Annual Woolly Worm festival. The purpose of the festival, besides being a great bunch of fun, is to choose a Woolly Worm caterpillar to predict the severity of the winter weather for the NC mountain ski country. With the help of Grandfather Home staff members, volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, and Rudy with his Canine Crew, the children set up their booth and set fire to their fundraising skills.

As a result of their efforts during the Poker Run and the Woolly Worm festival, ýRudyÝs Kidsţ raised a total of $1,100.00 for their KatrinaÝs Kids Christmas fund, and a little over $500.00 to benefit the abandoned Danes in the care of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

ýI lost count of how many hundreds of times I heard the kids telling people as they gave out flyers; “please help our rescue Danes”, “Get your ice cold drinks HERE and help us give Christmas to Katrina’s kids”, “read Rudy’s story, he’s our Hero”,......etc. These children are just simply amazing to watch when they are working so hard for the causes they have championed.ţ - Kathy S.

Tired and proud, the children are currently busy working with the local Red Cross chapter to connect with Katrina victims who have relocated to North Carolina. They are also in communication with a group of Louisiana residents who will help distribute Christmas gifts and gift cards to KatrinaÝs kids in New Orleans area shelters.

For more information about the children of Grandfather Home please visit:

To read RudyÝs Rescue Story, or for more information about the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League: visit the main website at:

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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.

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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.

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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.

During the Clinton administration, the Palestinians and Israelis spent nearly ten years trying to hammer out a deal based on the two country solution. Their efforts ended in total failure with each side blaming the other for the failure.

We believe that neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis were completely to blame for the failure of those peace talks. It may be that the solution itself was the cause of the failure. The consequences of creating two separate countries were and still are a difficult pill to swallow for both Israelis and Palestinians. The fact is Israelis and Palestinians have religious, historical and emotional attachments to every square inch of the land that includes Israel, the “West Bank” and Gaza. The sooner we understand this reality the sooner we can solve this conflict.

From the point of view of many Israelis, the two country solution is difficult because they would have to give up their religious and historical attachments to the “West Bank” and Gaza which they, following Scripture and history, call Judea, Samaria, and Aza. Many Israelis simply cannot fathom giving up on these lands, and maybe they should not have to.

From the point of view of the Palestinians, the two country solution is difficult because they too have historical, religious and emotional attachments; not only to the West Bank and Gaza but also to Israel which to them is an integral part of Palestine. These are the facts and realities that the Palestinians and Israelis must address in order to resolve their conflict.

In light of these facts some may think that a solution to this conflict is impossible. We don’t think so. The Palestinian/Israeli conflict can be solved like any other conflict as long as the parties think outside the box for mutual benefit.

In light of the attachments that both parties have to the same territory, we believe the solution is not in separating but in coming closer together. Many Israelis and Palestinians seem to agree that the land they call Israel/Palestine is indivisible. Thus, the solution lies in keeping the land that Israelis and Palestinians call home as one country while at the same time providing each side with the security and the individuality the parties would have in their own separate countries.

We are proposing a two-state/one-country solution based on equality, freedom and civil rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. The idea behind this solution is that their would be two states, similar to New York and New Jersey, that would be joined together through a Federation that form one country and one nation.

What we are proposing is not entirely new nor would it be the first time the parties have thought about such a solution. What is new about this solution is how it avoids the negative consequences of becoming one country. In essence this solution confers upon the Palestinians and Israelis both the benefits of being one united country, plus most of the benefits of being two separate countries.

After occupying the Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel could have theoretically integrated those territories into Israel by providing the Palestinians with citizenship and equality. However, Israel did not do this. The reason Israel did not integrate the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza into Israel is because they were afraid of a demographic problem. The Israelis feared that if they gave the Palestinians equality, political and civil rights that the Palestinians may one day out number the Israelis and vote Israel out of existence. While we understand this concern, this apprehension by Israelis is based on the false assumption that they cannot live as equals with the Palestinians without endangering the concept of having a state for Jews.

The territory that includes Israel and Palestine can be joined by a Federation, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews will enjoy the equal protection of the law, and the full complement of political and civil rights, while and at the same time be a safe heaven for the world?s Jews and Palestinians.

This can be done by creating a federation of two states. Israel and Palestine can be two sovereign states like New York and New Jersey, or England and Scotland, which are united by a federal government with limited powers. The country can be called the United States of Israel and Palestine. While both states may have the right to limit immigration and migration the principals of the nation should not unnecessarily obstruct the free movement of labor and people.

For local and state politics, to the extent that Israelis move to Palestine and Palestinians to Israel, we can avoid the demographic consequences of the migration by having their vote count in their respective state regardless of where they live. This approach will guarantee that uneven migration of people does not dilute the political power of Jews or Palestinians in their local and state politics.

As to the federal government, we propose that the federal parliament be divided 50/50 until the end of time. With this solution the Israelis do not have to fear political dilution from potential demographic changes and the Palestinians do not have to fear political dilution from the Israelis.

As to the President or Prime Minister of the federal government of the United States of Israel and Palestine, she or he should be elected by the federal parliament, or by popular referendum. Being that the parliament is divided 50/50 no Palestinian or Israeli can win without being supported by parliamentarians of the other side. This, along with a strong Constitution guaranteeing those principles, will help ensure that no Palestinian or Israeli extremists can become president of that nation, or significantly affect its legislative and judicial processes.

Initially the federal government should have limited powers similar to the United States government in the early days of the Union. As time progresses and both Israelis and Palestinians feel more comfortable with each other, they may chose to give the federal government more authority.

As to economic matters, the two states shall act as one nation in every sense of the word. They shall have the same currency, no tariffs and complete free trade. The early days of the new federal government should bring jobs and economic prosperity to both Israelis and Palestinians. This should be an easy task. A peaceful Israel and Palestine acting as one nation would be a gold mine the likes of which the world has rarely seen. In the motherland of Progressive Civilization, a place immensely revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims, tourism alone can support a healthy economy, pretty much in perpetuity.

However, the economy will have more than tourism to secure its prosperity. A nation of Palestinians and Israelis at peace with its neighbors would have unlimited opportunities. The technical know-how of Israelis and Palestinians, the available capital in the Arab world, and a geography that is at the intersection of three continents can produce an economic power house that is second to none on a per capita basis. Moreover, a peaceful nation made up of Palestine and Israel, at peace with its neighbors, will not only bring economic prosperity to that nation but also to its neighbors.

What we have outlined may not be perfect and the parties will certainly seek to tweak the details and that is just fine. But it may be the only solution that will give both parties most of what they want, and at the same time allows both people to keep their individual identity and live as one nation. Moreover, with this solution, Jerusalem becomes a non-issue and borders become less relevant.

To summarize, the Palestinian Muslims and Christians of the team who formulated this policy paper are reaching out to our Jewish partners and say the following:

We understand why the state of Israel is important to you. We are fully aware of the persecution that Jews suffered throughout history and the necessity of having a safe haven for Jews. We also understand that Jews have historical and religious ties to Israel/Palestine. We believe that every Jew should have the right to move to Israel and become a citizen immediately. We also welcome Jews to move to the West Bank and Gaza, and strongly suggest that there is no reason to remove the settlements. If you want more security, we suggest you retain the Israeli military as the National Guard of the state of Israel. In addition we apologize for the killing of innocent Israelis and Jews, and sympathize with you over the millennia during which your Human Rights were brutally violated, and will do everything in our power to prevent such violations in the future, because we want to live with you as neighbors, friends and countrymen. In return, what we want is freedom, liberty and equality. Will you meet us half way?

We the Israelis and Jews who formulated this policy paper say the following to our Palestinian Christian and Muslim Partners:

We recognize and accept the historical, religious and emotional ties you have to Palestine. We understand the suffering that the Palestinians have endured over the last 57 years. We wish that Israel’s gain did not have to mean Palestine’s loss. We, as Jews, love Israel/Palestine and fully understand that you love it just as much. Our mutual home is truly a special place. But what good is a special place if one can not enjoy it? We want security and a place where Jews will never face fear again, and understand you want equality, security and a place where the Palestinians will never face fear and persecution again. We believe that every Palestinian should have the right to move to Palestine and become a citizen immediately. We also welcome Palestinians to live in Israel. We apologize for the killing, violations of the Human Rights and dignity of innocent Palestinians and we will do everything in our power to prevent such violations in the future, because we want to live with you as neighbors, friends and countrymen. Will you meet us half way?

Editor’s notes

Please note that we are not against the two country solution. However, it has not worked to date. What we are saying is if the two country solution does not work, we should consider other alternatives.
As proof that this solution can work is the fact that Israel has one million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who are commonly referred to as Israeli Arabs and they are not demonstrating, throwing rocks or blowing themselves up. In fact, they are a vibrant and productive component of Israeli society. Why is this? There is absolutely no ethnic difference between the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and the Palestinians inside Israel. In fact, many of the Palestinians inside Israel have relatives in the West Bank and Gaza. The main differences between Palestinians who are citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are that one group has freedom, political and civil rights while the other had nothing. Another difference is that the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza have not assured Israel that they don’t want Israel?s destruction. Thus, the solution is found in providing the Palestinians of the West bank and Gaza with equality and they in return must commit to a sincere peaceful co-existence with Israel.


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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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