*...........SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SAY IT!
Monday, August 31, 2009
In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 am, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the super natural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 AM Sunday, so a worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 AM all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits. Just when the clock struck 11:00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.
Still Having a Bad Day????
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $80,000.00. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.
Still think you are having a Bad Day????
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.
Are Ya OK Now? - No?
Two animal rights defenders were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly, all two thousand pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly. The two helpless protesters were trampled to death.
What?!? STILL having a Bad Day????
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet did not pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with 'Return to Sender' stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits. God is Good!
There now, Feeling Better?
The Catholic-run news agency SperoNews features an interview with Linda Harvey, founder of Mission:America, and author of “Not My Child: Contemporary Paganism & the New Spirituality”, which claims to uncover the “casual occultisms” that lead teens towards “radical” Pagan spirituality. While I’m usually loathe to give people like Harvey any publicity, this piece does provide a harrowing look into her demon-haunted mind, and by extension, the minds of conservative evangelical Christians like her.
Like all accomplished conspiracy theorists, there is no room for any competing theories or explanations, the secular world is an evil Satan-ruled place, and it is funnelling children towards Witchcraft covens. Anything that is not constantly sanctifying the Christian God is not only suspect, but actively anti-Christian.“A narrow definition of witchcraft would be a series of rituals, spells and actions that attempt, whether they realize it or not, to contact the demonic realm to try to get the evil spirits to cooperate with them with whatever they want to do … [witchcraft and the occult] has penetrated virtually all areas of entertainment and the media … Unfortunately, all these children have to do to get information is get on the Internet. Several Web sites have a youth section where kids can go and find covens in their cities and suburbs. Yes, these youth are going right from these books and media to these fora. All it takes is for them to have a little more interest and then going a little further with their interest and looking it up.”
Obviously Linda Harvey doesn’t speak for all Christians, or even most Christians, but she does represent a sizable demographic. It is with these sorts of believers that no real dialog can be accomplished, to the Linda Harvey’s of the world we are Satanic zombies overrunning all that is good, and the only solution is to wall themselves off and await God’s wrath/love to set the world to rights. No amount of logic or rational explanations of how Harry Potter isn’t some sort of Wiccan recruitment tool, or how we don’t invite children (without parental consent) into our covens is going to change her made-up mind. So instead, consider this an instruction into a certain worldview, hopefully one that is shrinking away in our post-Christian world.“My family doesn’t celebrate Halloween since I became a Christian … October 31 is the pagans’ highest holiday and we are helping them celebrate it. What a slap in the face to our wonderful God! … keep [your children] in a good Christian school or home school them. Do not send them to public school … read and watch everything your children read and watch. Don’t assume anything your children read or watch is harmless. There are all kinds of accommodations to pagan beliefs and other practices throughout children’s media.”
*The Wild Hunt
Used under Creative Commons License
Sunday, August 30, 2009
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to recieve a ton of shit!"
Q: Did you hear about the cannibals that attended the wedding?
A: They toasted the bride and groom.
A bent-over old lady hobbled into a doctor's office. Within minutes, she came out again but miraculously, she was standing up as straight as could be. A man in the waiting room who had been watching her said in amazement; "My goodness, what did the doctor do to you?"
The old lady replied, "He gave me a longer cane!"
A man is walking down the street. He sees a beautiful woman coming toward him. She's walking a dog. As she comes nearer, he finds he can't take his eyes off the dog...she gets within ten feet of him, and he says, "Excuse me, lady, but I couldn't help noticing...your dog has no nose...how does he smell?"
"Awful!" She replied
A specialist is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.
A General Practitioner is someone who knows less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything.
A pathologist is someone who knows more and more about everything until he knows everything about everything. But, too late.
Upon boarding a recent flight from Newark to Atlanta and animated flight attendant began to the preparatory speech and safety instruction to the packed flight. Over the intercom he announces: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the main cabin door has been closed in preparation for departure. The captain now asks that all electronic devices including: pagers, cell phones, I-phones, I-pods, blackberry’s, blueberries, strawberries and anything with an on/off switch, including but not limited to Atari game systems and Easy-Bake Ovens, be turned off at this time. Please enjoy your flight and Thank You for choosing us for all your land travel--err--I mean AIR TRAVEL needs!"
A man goes to the doctors and asks why he's been feeling ill. The doctor examines him and replies "I'm sorry to tell you, you've got the disease known as Yellow 24." "What's that?” the man asks. "It means your internal organs have started turning yellow - you've got 24 hours to live".
The man goes home and tells his wife the bad news. His wife says "Well, will you come to bingo with me tonight then? Otherwise you'll never be able to." The man agrees so he and his wife go to the bingo. He finds that he's won the one-line and £10. He begins to think this isn't such a bad day after all. Twenty minutes later, he's won the full house and £150. He enters the lucky draw, worth £500, and wins that too. The bingo caller calls him up on stage.
He says "I don't believe it, mate. You've won three competitions in a total of £660 in one night. You must be the luckiest man on the earth!"
The man says "Well, no, I'm not. I've got Yellow 24."
The bingo caller looks down at the piece of paper he's holding and starts clapping. "I don't believe it; he's won the raffle as well!"
This is a real device used over 200 years ago. I would imagine that modern technology would have the smoke accumulated and condensed then infused under pressure into the rectum......weirdly fascinating possibilities.
*Thanks for the link Darcene
Saturday, August 29, 2009
A wealthy woman was being shown around the hospital. During her tour she passed a room where a male patient was masturbating furiously. 'Oh my GOD!' screamed the woman. 'That's disgraceful! ...... Why is he doing that?' The doctor who was leading the tour calmly explained, "I'm very sorry that you were exposed to that, but this man has a serious condition where his testicles rapidly fill with semen, and if he doesn't do that at least five times a day, he'll be in extreme pain and his testicles could easily rupture." ''Oh, well in that case, I guess it's okay" said the woman..
As they passed by the very next room, they saw a male patient lying in bed while a nurse performed oral sex on him. Again, the woman screamed, "Oh my GOD! Now tell me how that can be justified?" The doctor spoke very calmly, "Same illness, better health plan."
Free Gift cards promised if you sign up... then you need to 'REFER' a number of friends to the program... at that point I am not sure what happens, but I tested it out with an email that I don't use and received 32 SPAM emails immediately after I signed up! And I chose NOT to accept emails as well as I did not even finish entering the information, just closed the window!
# 1 United States: 765 cars per 1000 people
# 2 Luxembourg: 686 cars per 1000 people
# 3 Malaysia: 641 cars per 1000 people
# 4 Australia: 619 cars per 1000 people
# 5 Malta: 607 cars per 1000 people
# 6 Italy: 566 cars per 1000 people
# 7 Canada: 563 cars per 1000 people
# 8 New Zealand: 560 cars per 1000 people
# 9 Austria: 558 cars per 1000 people
# 10 Japan: 543 cars per 1000 people
# 11 Portugal: 537 cars per 1000 people
# 12 Iceland: 522 cars per 1000 people
# 13 Norway: 494 cars per 1000 people
# 14 Belgium: 484 cars per 1000 people
# 15 Spain: 471 cars per 1000 people
# 16 Cyprus: 450 cars per 1000 people
# 17 Lebanon: 434 cars per 1000 people
# 18 United Kingdom: 426 cars per 1000 people
# 19 Netherlands: 417 cars per 1000 people
# 20 Slovenia: 413 cars per 1000 people
# 21 Denmark: 408 cars per 1000 people
# 22 Czech Republic: 399 cars per 1000 people
# 23 Qatar: 378 cars per 1000 people
# 24 Ireland: 359 cars per 1000 people
# 25 Estonia: 353 cars per 1000 people
# 26 Saudi Arabia: 336 cars per 1000 people
# 27 Greece: 329 cars per 1000 people
# 28 Bahrain: 322 cars per 1000 people
# 29 Antigua and Barbuda: 302 cars per 1000 people
# 30 Bahamas, The: 289 cars per 1000 people
# 31 Lithuania: 267 cars per 1000 people
# 32 Israel: 263 cars per 1000 people
# 33 Hungary: 262 cars per 1000 people
# 34 Poland: 261 cars per 1000 people
# 35 Bulgaria: 239 cars per 1000 people
# 36 Slovakia: 237 cars per 1000 people
# 37 Libya: 234 cars per 1000 people
# 38 Croatia: 233 cars per 1000 people
# 39 St. Kitts and Nevis: 223 cars per 1000 people
# 40 Latvia: 214 cars per 1000 people
# 41 United Arab Emirates: 193 cars per 1000 people
# 42 Barbados: 188 cars per 1000 people
= 43 Tonga: 174 cars per 1000 people
= 43 Uruguay: 174 cars per 1000 people
# 45 Suriname: 172 cars per 1000 people
# 46 Argentina: 170 cars per 1000 people
# 47 St. Lucia: 166 cars per 1000 people
# 48 Dominica: 163 cars per 1000 people
# 49 Singapore: 158 cars per 1000 people
# 50 Macedonia: 157 cars per 1000 people
# 51 Trinidad and Tobago: 151 cars per 1000 people
# 52 Oman: 150 cars per 1000 people
# 53 South Africa: 146 cars per 1000 people
# 54 Mexico: 138 cars per 1000 people
# 55 Romania: 135 cars per 1000 people
# 56 Fiji: 129 cars per 1000 people
# 57 Russia: 124 cars per 1000 people
# 58 Seychelles: 118 cars per 1000 people
# 59 Costa Rica: 116 cars per 1000 people
# 60 Venezuela: 110 cars per 1000 people
# 61 Belarus: 109 cars per 1000 people
# 62 St. Vincent / Grenadines: 100 cars per 1000 people
# 63 Ukraine: 98 cars per 1000 people
= 64 Panama: 97 cars per 1000 people
= 64 Chile: 97 cars per 1000 people
# 66 Mauritius: 88 cars per 1000 people
# 67 Algeria: 87 cars per 1000 people
# 68 Jamaica: 85 cars per 1000 people
# 69 Brazil: 81 cars per 1000 people
# 70 Tunisia: 71 cars per 1000 people
# 71 Turkey: 67 cars per 1000 people
# 72 Paraguay: 63 cars per 1000 people
# 73 Dominican Republic: 62 cars per 1000 people
= 74 Botswana: 57 cars per 1000 people
= 74 El Salvador: 57 cars per 1000 people
# 76 Vanuatu: 54 cars per 1000 people
# 77 Morocco: 53 cars per 1000 people
# 78 Azerbaijan: 51 cars per 1000 people
# 79 Iraq: 50 cars per 1000 people
# 80 Moldova: 49 cars per 1000 people
# 81 Jordan: 47 cars per 1000 people
# 82 Bolivia: 46 cars per 1000 people
# 83 Ecuador: 44 cars per 1000 people
= 84 Samoa: 41 cars per 1000 people
= 84 Peru: 41 cars per 1000 people
= 84 Guyana: 41 cars per 1000 people
# 87 Albania: 35 cars per 1000 people
# 88 Nicaragua: 33 cars per 1000 people
# 89 Philippines: 31 cars per 1000 people
= 90 Cape Verde: 30 cars per 1000 people
= 90 Egypt: 30 cars per 1000 people
# 92 Colombia: 29 cars per 1000 people
# 93 Djibouti: 28 cars per 1000 people
# 94 Sri Lanka: 25 cars per 1000 people
# 95 Iran: 23 cars per 1000 people
# 96 Indonesia: 21 cars per 1000 people
= 97 Guatemala: 19 cars per 1000 people
= 97 Congo: 19 cars per 1000 people
# 99 Senegal: 18 cars per 1000 people
= 100 Liberia: 13 cars per 1000 people
= 100 New Guinea: 13 cars per 1000 people
= 102 Cote d'Ivoire: 12 cars per 1000 people
= 102 Haiti: 12 cars per 1000 people
= 102 India: 12 cars per 1000 people
= 105 Honduras: 11 cars per 1000 people
= 105 Sierra Leone: 11 cars per 1000 people
= 107 Belize: 10 cars per 1000 people
= 107 China: 10 cars per 1000 people
# 109 Nepal: 9 cars per 1000 people
= 110 Cameroon: 8 cars per 1000 people
= 110 Pakistan: 8 cars per 1000 people
= 112 Guinea-Bissau: 6 cars per 1000 people
= 112 Burkina Faso: 6 cars per 1000 people
= 112 Burma: 6 cars per 1000 people
= 115 Mauritania: 5 cars per 1000 people
= 115 Burundi: 5 cars per 1000 people
= 115 Guinea: 5 cars per 1000 people
= 118 Uganda: 4 cars per 1000 people
= 118 Central African Republic: 4 cars per 1000 people
= 118 Niger: 4 cars per 1000 people
= 118 Angola: 4 cars per 1000 people
= 122 Chad: 3 cars per 1000 people
= 122 Somalia: 3 cars per 1000 people
= 122 Sudan: 3 cars per 1000 people
= 125 Bangladesh: 2 cars per 1000 people
= 125 Benin: 2 cars per 1000 people
= 125 Mozambique: 2 cars per 1000 people
= 125 Rwanda: 2 cars per 1000 people
= 129 Nigeria: 1 cars per 1000 people
= 129 Madagascar: 1 cars per 1000 people
= 129 Ethiopia: 1 cars per 1000 people
= 129 Mali: 1 cars per 1000 people
= 133 Afghanistan: 0 cars per 1000 people
= 133 Malawi: 0 cars per 1000 people
Weighted average: 164.0 cars per 1000 people
Friday, August 28, 2009
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began television broadcasting in Canada in September 1952. The first broadcast was on September 6, 1952 from its Montreal, Quebec station and the premiere broadcast was bilingual, spoken in English and French.
The first home video recorders were marketed in 1965 by Sony, Ampex and RCA and were priced at just under US $1,000. These were followed by the VHS and Betamax devices, which battled for sales in what has become known as the original and definitive format war. In the early 2000s, DVD players gradually overtook VHS as the most popular consumer format for playback of pre-recorded video.
In June, 1946, NBC and Gillette staged what is now referred to as the first "television sports extravaganza" - the Joe Louis versus Billy Conn heavyweight fight at Yankee Stadium. The fight was a viewing success with an estimated audience of 150,000 viewers. For every TV set tuned into the fight, there were on average 30 people watching - many of whom were seeing an event on television for the first time.
On April 3, 1962, the U.S. Air Force announced it had successfully completed the first satellite TV broadcast and on July 10, 1962 the first commercial satellite was launched with one TV channel and 600 voice channels.
The first use of "canned laughter", better known as a laugh track, was in 1950 on NBC's, The Hank McCune Show, one of the first American sitcoms.
The cheapest of the pre-World War II factory-made American television sets, a 1938 image-only model, cost US$125- the equivalent of US$1,863 in 2007.
PS: Watch what you lick!
Here is a semi true fact that has been circulating again on the net. True for businesses, and other places that use a PBX phone system (Pressing '9' for an outside line) -- it does not affect private phones! So just posting this to clarify if you get an email about it. Below is the body of the email:
Re: 90# on your telephone.
I dialed '0' and asked the operator to confirm if this was correct, so please pass it on.
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as a Telus Serviceman, who was conducting a test on the telephone-lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9) and then zero (0), followed by the pound sign (#), and then to hang up.
Luckily, I was suspicious, and I refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#,you are giving the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many of B.C.Alta.Ont.NB. local jails and prisons.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE !
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.
After checking with Telus, they said it was true, so do not dial 90# for anyone!PLEASE HIT THAT FORWARD BUTTON AND PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Crime & Fraud Prevention Coordinator,
South Surrey RCMP,
*Thanks, DW, Gary and several others!!!
A man takes the day off work and
Decides to go out golfing.
He is on the second hole when he
Notices a frog sitting next to
He thinks nothing of it and is
About to shoot when he
Hears, "Ribbit 9 Iron."
The man looks around and doesn't
See anyone. Again, he
Hears, "Ribbit 9 Iron." He looks
At the frog and decides to
Prove the frog wrong, puts the
Club away, and grabs a 9 iron.
He hits it 10 inches from the
Cup. He is shocked. He says
To the frog, "Wow that's amazing.
You must be a lucky frog, he?
The frog replies, "Ribbit Lucky frog."
The man decides to take the frog
With him to the next hole.
"What do you think frog?" The
Man asks. "Ribbit 3 wood."
The guy takes out a 3 wood and,
Boom! Hole in one.
The man is befuddled and doesn't know
What to say. By the end
Of the day, the man golfed the
Best game of golf in his life and
Asks the frog, "OK where to next?"
The frog replies, "Ribbit Las Vegas".
They go to Las Vegas
And the guy says, "OK frog, now
What?" The frog says, "Ribbit Roulette."
Upon approaching the roulette table, The man
Asks, "What do you think I should
Bet?" The frog replies, "Ribbit $3000, black 6."
Now, this is a million-to-one shot to win, but
After the golf game the man
Figures what the heck.
Boom! Tons of cash comes sliding back across the table.
The man takes his winnings and
Buys the best room in the
Hotel. He sits the frog down and
Says, "Frog, I don't know how to repay you.
You've won me all this money and
I am forever grateful."
The frog replies,
He figures why not,
Since after all the frog did for
Him, he deserves it. With a
Kiss, the frog turns into a
Gorgeous 15-year-old girl. "And that,
Your honor, is how the girl
Ended up in my room. So help me God
Or my name is not William Jefferson Clinton."
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Kane County , Illinois , Sheriff's Department orders plain white patrol units and has the graphics applied locally.
In this case, what they ordered was not quite what they got. This car was driven for 1 week before an officer noticed what the graphics company employee did on the passenger side of the car.
The employee did this on his last day working for the graphics company before he retired.
Kane County, Illinois
We'll Kick Your Ass
And Take Your Doughnuts too!
Here's a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we all can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.
A young family moved into a house, next to a vacant lot. One day, a Construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot.
The young family's 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.
Eventually the construction crew, all of them "gems-in-the-rough," more or less, adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.
At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her ten dollars "pay" she'd received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age.
The little girl proudly replied, "I worked last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us."
Oh my goodness gracious," said the teller, "and will you be working on the house again this week, too?"
The little girl replied, "I will, if those assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the f#ckin' sheet rock..."
Kind of brings a tear to the eye - doesn't it?
by The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Some guests at a New York City hotel near an elevated park have been offering unobstructed views of themselves.
Guests at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan keep failing to close the curtains as they frolic naked in front of their rooms' floor-to-ceiling windows, easily viewed from the newly-opened High Line park on an old elevated railway below. The park recently opened atop an abandoned elevated rail line.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has called the hotel's window action "unacceptable."
Aaron Lipman works in the neighbourhood and says the shows are "healthy and fun." He says they're like TV's "Wild Kingdom."
The hotel issued a statement Monday saying its managers will try to "remind guests of the transparency" of the windows.
The hotel won an award from the Municipal Arts Society of New York for best new building erected last year.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
NEW YORK (AP) - Best-selling author and journalist Dominick Dunne has died. He was 83.
His son, actor-director Griffin Dunne, said that Dunne had been battling bladder cancer for some time. He died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan.
Dominick Dunne didn't let his cancer stop him from working. In September, against his doctor's orders and his family's wishes, he flew to Las Vegas to attend O.J. Simpson's kidnap-robbery trial - a postscript to his coverage of Simpson's 1995 murder trial that spiked Dunne's fame.
Born in 1925 in Hartford, Conn., Dunne was part of a famous family that included his brother, novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne; his brother's wife, author Joan Didion; and his son, Griffin.
His actress daughter, Dominique Dunne, was slain in 1982 when she was 22.
By The Associated Press
(Atlanta) Circumcision, which has helped prevent AIDS among heterosexual men in Africa, doesn’t help protect gay men from the virus, according to the largest U.S. study to look at the question.
The research, presented at a conference Tuesday, is expected to influence the government’s first guidance on circumcision.
Circumcision “is not considered beneficial” in stopping the spread of HIV through gay sex, said Dr. Peter Kilmarx, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, the CDC is still considering recommending it for other groups, including baby boys and high-risk heterosexual men.
UNAIDS and other international health organizations promote circumcision, the cutting away of the foreskin, as an important strategy for reducing the spread of the AIDS virus. There hasn’t been the same kind of push for circumcision in the United States.
For one thing, nearly 80 percent of American men are already circumcised - a much higher proportion than most other countries. Worldwide, the male circumcision rate is estimated at about 30 percent.
Also, while HIV spreads primarily through heterosexual sex in Africa and some other parts of the world, in the United States it has mainly infected gay men. Only about 4 percent of U.S. men are gay, according to preliminary CDC estimates released at the conference this week. But they account for more than half of the new HIV infections each year.
Previous research has suggested circumcision doesn’t make a difference when anal sex is involved. The latest study, by CDC researchers, looked at nearly 4,900 men who had anal sex with an HIV-infected partner and found the infection rate, about 3.5 percent, was approximately the same whether the men were circumcised or not.
Click Above Then choose 'Current Strip'.
Troy # 235 is out and up online. Rigo's day in court!
And Michael's book “Troy: From 1 to 200 The First Ten Years” is now available on Amazon.com. What a great book for the beach or just relaxing by the pool, huh?
Dear Wizard of 'OZ',
I can't seem to get my printer to work. Can you give me a suggestion on how to fix it? For free of course.
The Wizard doesn't like your attitude! I mean, if you are at a party, do you ask a lawyer for legal advice? What about a doctor? Do you ask him to examine your prostate? I think not!
Please find below a cheat sheet that may help you. (Hint: Don't try to print it until you try working thru it first!).
If you click on the picture, it should open a full size one for your reading and troubleshooting pleasure.
So there ya go.
Hope this helps.
(CNN) -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died Wednesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," a family statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."
Kennedy, nicknamed "Ted," was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down while seeking the White House in 1968. However, his own presidential aspirations were hobbled by the controversy around a 1969 auto accident that left a young woman dead, and a 1980 primary challenge to then-President Jimmy Carter that ended in defeat.
But while the White House eluded his grasp, the longtime Massachusetts senator was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. Kennedy, who became known as the "Lion of the Senate," played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s.
"Senator Ted Kennedy's legacy in the United States Senate is comparable and consistent with the legacy of his entire family for generations," Kennedy's biographer, Ted Sorensen, said.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs - 2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which need to be amputated. He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.
His first owner also did not think that he would survive. Therefore, he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.
By this time, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She was determined to teach and train this dog to walk by himself. Therefore she named him 'Faith'.
In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfing board to let him feel the movements. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him to stand up and jump around. Even the other dog at home also helped to encourage him to walk.
Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his 2 hind legs and jumped to move forward.. After further training in the snow, he now can walk like a human being.
Faith loves to walk around now. No matter where he goes, he just attracts all the people around him.
He is now becoming famous on the international scene. He has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
There is even one book entitled 'With a little faith' being published about him.
His present owner Jude Stringfellow has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to teach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul'.
In life there are always undesirable things. Perhaps one will feel better if one changes the point of view from another direction.
I hope this message will bring fresh & new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone can appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day that follows.
Faith is the continual demonstration of the Strength of Life.
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up.
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
*Thanks, Bright Eyes
by Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC
Two weeks ago a task force from the American Psychological Association released a ground breaking report after a two year analysis of the research on sexual orientation change efforts. Based on a rigorous review of 83 studies conducted between 1960 and 2007, the APA advised psychologists to avoid telling their clients that therapy or other treatments can change them from gay to straight.
Not surprisingly, NARTH (National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality), Exodus International, and a slew of other religious groups immediately denounced the APA report. They claimed, as they so often do, that any research affirming the goodness and wholeness of queer people is bogus and only their twisted belief that we are sick, sinful, and second-class (and therefore in need of “change”) has any credibility.
In my view, the conversation about whether gays can change is a distraction from the much more important question; which is "Why do those in power encourage change in the first place?" The answer, of course, is the rampant heterosexism that infuses nearly every aspect of our culture.
Heterosexism is a system of attitudes, behaviors, and practices that subordinate queer people on the basis of their sexual orientation. In the same way that racism keeps whites in power over people of color and sexism keeps women subordinate to men, heterosexism keeps those who are straight dominant over those who are not. Heterosexism is the prejudice that only heterosexuality is normative, combined with the power to enforce that privilege across every spectrum of society. Heterosexism is advanced by nearly every tune on the radio, sitcom and commercial on television, print ad in the newspaper, film at the box office, and institutional policy within our government and work place. In innumerable ways each day, our society idealizes straightness and ignores or devalues the existence of any person or family who identifies otherwise.
When was the last time you heard a debate about whether therapy and prayer can change a straight person to gay?
I believe “change”, “repair”, and “conversion” are indeed possible. Millions of people have changed their minds and now believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens deserve full equality under the law. A growing number of churches have repaired their previously broken theology and now welcome and affirm everyone in their congregations. Slowly, the religious denominations that create and enforce church doctrine are undergoing a conversion in their understanding of LGBTQ people (let’s hope the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America undergoes such a conversion this week).
But the only way things change is if you and I are willing to be “anti” so that no one ever again has to be “ex.” Focusing on the work of anti-heterosexism (undoing the notion that straightness is superior and preferable) undermines the toxic belief system that encourages so many to waste thousands of dollars and precious years trying to become "ex-gay" in therapies and programs that end up doing more harm than good.
So, I’m proud of Soulforce, Beyond Ex-Gay, Truth Wins Out, Equality Florida, and the National Black Justice Coalition for coming together to sponsor the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida (November 20-22, 2009) during the same weekend and in the same city where NARTH will hold its annual conference. Early registration begins today at www.anti-heterosexismconference.org and the conference features powerful keynotes by Dr. Sylvia Rhue, Dr. Jack Drescher, and Rev. Deborah Johnson, plus an exciting line-up of concurrent workshops that will be announced in September.
It’s our moral obligation to be “anti” and resist, oppose, and prevent the systems of power that oppress and discriminate. Join us this November in West Palm Beach as together we learn effective tools for undoing heterosexism in communities across the globe.
Warning: At this conference, you will most likely change . . . into your bathing suit!