Just heard on the radio from a Washington D.C. staffer that today approximately 1000 illegal aliens will march on the upper Senate lawn demanding equal rights and open boarders!!!
Why the heck is NOBODY in Washington doing anything about this!?! The INS will not touch them, not a single person in Congress and/or the Senate will even admit this is happening.
Someone in our government stand up and do what's right or get another job, your pathetic existence is worth nothing if you don't protect our country as you swore upon taking office.
Call your representatives in Washington now!
Well, for the past few weeks, one of the top stories dominating the news has been the passing of pope John Paul II and the now newly elected pope Benedict XVII. Now, before I go into with what I'm going to say, let me start out by saying this: I believe we are all made by the hand of God. I believe we all have a preordained destiny designed by God. I believe that while down here on earth, we make our choices of whether or not we actually *want* anything to even do with God by choosing to accept Him or reject Him.
Now, as far as the pope himself goes, he also has a destiny designed by God. But, is the pope the 'vicar of Christ'? Is he the 'Holy Father'? Is he infallible when he reads and interprets scripture? No. No. And - no.
The pope is no 'vicar of Christ'. He is no substitute nor is he a continuation of Christ. However, the Holy Spirit *is* Christ. He is the comforter and the mediator on our behalf to Christ. Which is the reason why don't need any man for a job that the Holy Spirit can clearly handle on His own.
The pope is no 'Holy Father' either. The only ones who are Holy are God the Father, God the Son, and God the *Holy* Spirit. I also believe that God's Word is Holy as well. Besides, Rev. 15:4 clearly states that only the Lord is Holy. In Isaiah 42:8 God says "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.".
Now, as for the "infallible" part. Without trying to sound disrespectful or flippant....do they really expect me to believe that a whole group of about one hundred *fallible* men get together in a conclave to elect another fallible man into the position of pope where he suddenly becomes *in*fallible when interpreting scripture? Ok, I just read what I wrote
and I must say, that idea sounds just as ridiculous reading it as it did when I wrote it. Maybe they believe that the Holy Spirit comes over the pope and makes this happen? Ok, let's go with that. Let's say that the Spirit does *indeed* make the pope infallible when reading scripture. Well then, why doesn't the Spirit do the same for me, Muddy, Skywalker, Cwilli or any other Christian out there? The answer is that the Holy Spirit *doesn't* do that because NO ONE IS INFALLIBLE! The Bible clearly states that - ALL have sinned (Romans 3:23) - so no one is perfect in anything. Besides, I believe we receive convictions from the Holy Spirit for at least 3 reasons: 1) to convict us when we do wrong. 2) To convict our heart and spirit to take action in certain ways and areas within our lives and/or the lives of others. 3) To convict us when reading the scriptures of how to interpret and apply God's Word to our lives. So basically, if the pope were indeed infallible with scripture, we wouldn't need the Spirit, Himself, to tell us as individuals how to interpret them for our own lives because we would have the pope to do it for us.
I could go on and on but I've carried on more than I care to anyway and this is MUCH longer than I anticipated. Sorry. Well, now that I've *completely* blasphemed against the Roman Catholic Church (though, I'm pretty certain I can live with that fact), I'll rap it up by saying that John Paul II did very well seem to be "the people's pope" in the way that he reached out to people in such a way that (according to the Catholic Church) had really never been done before. As for me, I never wished him any ill will nor do I wish the new pope the same, nor am I the judge
of their hearts - only God can be. I just find it interesting that the Roman Catholics fashion the position of the pope in the way to copy who they believed Peter the apostle to be (in their belief - the first pope).....however, ironically, Peter was quite the opposite. I leave you with Peter's quote to a man by the name Cornelius ....."And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man." Acts 10:25-26
For a year, Julee Lacey stopped in a CVS pharmacy near her home in a Fort Worth suburb to get refills of her birth-control pills. Then one day last March, the pharmacist refused to fill Lacey's prescription because she did not believe in birth control.
"I was shocked," says Lacey, 33, who was not able to get her prescription until the next day and missed taking one of her pills. "Their job is not to regulate what people take or do. It's just to fill the prescription that was ordered by my physician."
***Personally, I can understand and excuse a pharmacist if they have certain moral issues when it comes to filling certain prescriptions. However, it *is* their obligation to refer/transfer the prescription to another pharmacist or pharmacy so the patient can get the proper medication they've been prescribed. As for those pharmacists who refuse to even *return* the prescriptions to the patient - they display a conduct that not only disgraces their professional conduct but violates a moral code of ethics.***
Panasonic will introduce AA and AAA disposable batteries in June that the company calls the "most significant developments in primary battery technology in 40 years."
According to Panasonic, these Oxyride batteries last up to twice as long as premium alkaline batteries like Duracell Ultra ($5 for four), yet cost the same as regular alkalines ($4 for four).
Astounded yet? Then get this: Oxyride batteries are also supposed to deliver more power. The result, the company says, is that battery-operated toothbrushes spin faster, flashlights shine brighter, camera flashes are quicker to recharge and music players produce richer sound.
Full Story @ CNET News.com
It's about time, *sigh* My kids toys will make those annoying noises longer and louder now,... yea.
Just curious if anyone can guess this without doing a google search to find out..
Who said "If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower"
I'll wait a few days to see if you all need a hint. :-)
Oil futures prices fell more than $1 a barrel Thursday afternoon, following the lead of gasoline futures, and brokers said there appeared to be further momentum lower.
"It's collapsing," said Ed Silliere, a broker at Energy Merchant Intermarket Futures in New York. "The market was extremely overbought."
Light, sweet crude for May delivery dropped $1.45 to $54.40 a barrel in afternoon trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange. After an early decline of nearly 8 cents, gasoline futures recovered some lost ground and were down 4 cents to $1.62.
Full Story @ Yahoo! News
Maybe people will realize that the record high gas prices are not a result of Oil production but greedy CEO's.
MIAMI (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery began its crawl to a launch pad on Wednesday, after a crack in insulating foam briefly delayed the significant step in NASA's two-year quest to return the shuttle fleet to flight.
The roll-out, taking place at barely 1 mile per hour and expected to last six hours, was delayed by more than an hour after a technician spotted a hairline crack in the foam on the shuttle's external fuel tank.
Falling foam ripped a hole in Shuttle Columbia's wing in 2003, condemning its seven-man crew to death when the spacecraft disintegrated on re-entry, in the second fatal disaster to hit the shuttle program.
NASA consulted experts from the tank-manufacturing facility in New Orleans to determine if repairs were needed to Discovery, then continued the shuttle's transfer on its giant platform to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Full Story @ Reuters.com
uh.. your foam is cracked so you call the manufacturer and they say "eh! fughgetaboutit.." and you do.
Sounds like NASA has NOT learned it's lesson to me.
Edson Buddle and Ante Razov teamed up to make quick work of the L.A. Galaxy. Watching the game now (yea I know it's a few days late) and it's good to see the Crew get aggressive.
It was not a good night for soccer the field looked a bit slow and the high winds played havoc on the Galaxy it seemed.
I think the Galaxy need to work on conditioning myself, they looked quite winded in the second half, and sloppy shooting to boot.
on a side note ..
Since my B-Day is coming up soon it would be kewl if someone would hook me up with the Crew's home kit. Buy Muddy the Crew kit here
....comments that is. What's so significant about that you ask? Well.....ok, you got me there. I guess there's nothing *truly* significant about it except for the fact that he's the only one who's pulled it off so far. It just goes to show: When a man has a lot on/in his mind, he has much to say.:-)
One a side note, I would have Muddy send him a prize for this if I didn't think it would take him 6 months to mail the darn thing.:-P *wink, wink*
Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500
employees and has the following statistics:
29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad checks
117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year
Can you guess which organization this is?
Give up yet?
It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.
The same group of Idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year
designed to keep the rest of us in line.
BERKELEY — In the end, schoolteacher Marguerite Talley-Hughes simply got tired of repeating a blatant historical lie: Thomas Jefferson, she insists, was not the all-encompassing hero that the textbooks claim.
She points out that the nation's third president and namesake of the Bay Area elementary school where Talley-Hughes teaches was a slave owner who rejected arguments by abolitionists of his day that all people were created equal. Is this the kind of figure, she asks, to hold up to schoolchildren as a modern-day moral icon?
Full Story @ latimes.com
Sigh.. (shakes head)
Talley-Hughes doesn't think so. So the African American kindergarten teacher has led a campaign to erase Jefferson's name from the school's facade in favor of a more-deserving historical figure.
Her two-year effort brought results last week when Jefferson School principal Betty Delaney released a list of eight alternatives — including 19th-century abolitionist Sojourner Truth, farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez and Ralph Bunche, a United Nations diplomat and the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In April, the school will pick a possible alternative from the list and take a second vote on whether to replace Jefferson with the new name. Voting will be parents, teachers and the school's 300 pupils, who range from kindergarteners to fifth-graders. Those too young to read will be given a pictorial ballot.
Berkeley Unified School District officials would still have to approve any name change.
Talley-Hughes insists that she has not launched a public attack on Jefferson. She doesn't want his image removed from the nickel. She doesn't want to tear down the Jefferson Memorial. But she does want one small school to decide for itself who should serve as its historical namesake.
"It's a tricky proposition to teach African American children that someone is a hero who held their ancestors in slavery," she said of the school, where about a quarter of the students are black. "One week you're telling students about Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, who fought slavery, and the next you're talking about Jefferson, who kept slaves. How do you explain the contradiction?"
Questions over Jefferson's legacy have opened an emotional debate in this ultraliberal community: When, if ever, should a society reevaluate its civic symbols? And should historical figures be judged by today's more politically correct standards?
Historians say it would be all too easy to knock many famous figures off their pedestals.
"We're not just judging people like Jefferson on our terms, but on history's terms. At the time Jefferson was president, there were many who believed that slavery was wrong. It was not as if people were united on this issue," said Leon Litwack, a UC Berkeley historian who specializes in African American affairs.
"In the end, the name of this school matters less than the degree we demystify our historical icons. Because that's what education is all about."
Still, some think the school is wasting time on semantics when it should be more concerned about students. For Richard Gentry, the controversy is an opportunity to talk about history with his two children, who both attend Jefferson.
"Great leaders, many of them, have great flaws," said the corporate lawyer turned stay-at-home dad. "Martin Luther King was a minister and civil rights leader who carried on extramarital affairs. It's not like slavery, but it shows hypocrisy. Jefferson was a slave owner. But he also wrote the Declaration of Independence, the document Abraham Lincoln relied upon when he shifted the focus of the Civil War from keeping the Union intact to the emancipation of slaves."
Nationwide, hundreds of schools are named after American presidents and founding fathers who owned slaves — including Jefferson, George Washington, Patrick Henry and George Mason. But some have begun to rethink their names. In 1992, predominantly black New Orleans began renaming more than two dozen public schools that had honored U.S. presidents, Confederate generals and Southern governors who owned slaves.
A school named for Gen. Robert E. Lee now honors Ronald McNair, the African American astronaut who died in the 1986 Challenger shuttle explosion. Gen. Pierre Beauregard surrendered his honors to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
And schools named after 19th-century New Orleans socialite and slave owner John McDonogh now bear the names of people such as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and jazz great Louie Armstrong.
But the public building name game has moved beyond presidents and slavery.
In El Segundo, the City Council this month defeated plans to name two library reading rooms after authors Agatha Christie and Jack London because Christie was British and London had been a communist.
And a former San Francisco supervisor a few years ago led an unsuccessful campaign to change a street named for former U.S. Sen. James D. Phelan, a racist who once ran a campaign on the slogan "Keep California White," in favor of a deceased Filipina activist.
Berkeley has also had a few public changes of heart. Civil rights leader King in 1968 was honored with a school once named for President James A. Garfield. Abraham Lincoln Elementary School was later renamed for black nationalist Malcolm X. And a school named for Christopher Columbus was renamed after civil rights icon Rosa Parks.
"Columbus was an easy target in Berkeley," said Mark Coplan, a spokesman for the Berkeley Unified School District. "In this town we don't even celebrate Columbus Day. Around here it's Indigenous People's Day."
At Malcolm X Arts and Academic Magnet School, Principal Cheryl Chinn tries to instill the positive side of the controversial black nationalist who once advocated violence against whites. "Most students don't even know who Malcolm X is," she said. "I'd love my school no matter what they call it."
Many say Jefferson deserves his namesake no matter what.
In an e-mail to the district, Berkeley High School junior and Jefferson alumnus Daniel Gleick pointed out that the Virginian believed that every American deserved at least an elementary school education. "It could be argued that elementary schools such as Jefferson Elementary exist because of him," he wrote.
"All of his accomplishments and undertakings should not be so lightly cast aside simply because times and values have changed."
Delaney said the school would turn the issue into a learning experience. Fifth-graders will make presentations on each name proposal. Students who can't read will have printed information to take home so their parents can help them vote.
"We have an opportunity to teach kids how to deal with a controversy," she said.
Gentry's kids have already made up their minds. His 11-year-old son preferred one choice — for the mere sound of the name: Sequoia. Questioned by his father, he said, "Hey Dad, I can do whatever I want. It's my vote."
But not all of Jefferson's students seem to grasp the issue at hand. Two second-graders visiting the principal's office last week talked about their upcoming decision.
"I want to name the school after John Kerry. He's such a better man than George Bush," said 7-year-old Nicole.
When told that Kerry's name was not on the list, she shrugged. Nicole didn't know much about Jefferson, only that he was a president who owned slaves.
"Does John Kerry own slaves?" asked a classmate, Victor, 7.
"No," Nicole announced matter-of-factly. "He's too young."
1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.
2.. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3.. I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!
4.. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
5.. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
6.. Don't take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
7.. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me
8.. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
9.. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
10.. I'm not a complete idiot -- Some parts are missing.
11.. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
12. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
13.. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
14.. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
15.. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
16.. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
17.. Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!
18.. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.
19.. Procrastinate Now!
20.. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
21... A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
22.. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance
23.. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
24..They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken.
25..He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
26..A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
27..Ham and eggs. A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
28.. The trouble with life is there's no background music.
29.. The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.
30.. I smile! because I don't know what the hell is going on.
It's good to be back, Boston's roads suck.
That was the most obvious thing that I brought back with me.
How you can have roads that make no sense at all and people
somehow find their way, it's beyond me. Guess I'm more used to the "go here turn left then down a ways then right" kind of directions. In Boston it was more like "go here pay a toll, then go down a ways and pay another toll, then under the leaking tunnel (pray you don't die when it caves in) then up to a exit which sorta veers to the right but go left by making a U-Turn, then over the bridge but don't go all the way over make sure to veer to the right through the intersection of 5 other roads, then park on your right in the brick building (THEY WERE ALL FREAKING BRICK!), leave your car there get on the MBTA and pay then get off at the green line follow that to the bridge where it ends go over the bridge down the stairs to the 2nd light post.. it leads to the entrance over the wharf."
I tried, I really really tried to get to the U.S.S. Constitution to take a billion pics however I ended up driving in multiple cities (I think, I really am not sure where the hell I was) through roundabouts and the most confusing intersections I've ever seen. That town is so jacked up it's amazing people don't give up and move.
I must confess I failed by trusting mapquest and the website for the Constitution to guide me there. Next time I'm renting a stinkin' car with GPS in it.
I have a bunch of pics and short video's I've already started to post them on my deviantart page, too many to duplicate here. Click the link on the right if you want to see them.