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30 November 2006

OY VEY! WHAT A KETTLE OF GEFILTE FISH WE HAVE NOW


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irst we had Mel Gibson muttering anti-Semetic statements upon his drunken arrest a few months back. Now poor, funnyman Michael Richards in under attack.

When Michael Richards was accused of hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a comedy club audience, his publicist explained the comedian was Jewish, in theory inoculating the under-fire actor from further charges of bigotry.

There was one problem, though: Richards was not, and is not, Jewish.

To make matters worse, in my humble opinion, Richards goes on the Jesse Jackson radio show to apologize once more. I think Mel still has him beat for apologizing... 53 to 49. Where does slamming end and comedy begin anymore?

I can remember watching Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton and Milton Berle on TV and I'd be howling in laughter at their stupid jokes... none of which were defamitory towards anyone. Now it seems every commedian had to be on stage making fun at different religions, or peppered ethnic slurs. Just tune into Def Comedy and see the beating white people take from black commedians. Where's Jesse then? I don't know.

Well, let me leave y'all with a favorite of mine... there was a priest, a minister and gulp, a rabbi in a rowboat.....

Observations and Questions
Your opinion?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1031 Davey Jones rocker (Monkees-Daydream Believer, Last Train To Clarksville, I'm A Believer). And in the death notices in 30 BC Cleopatra, Egyptian queen commits suicide. Sigh.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Barbados: Independence Day (1966)
Benin: National Day
Iran: Qadir Khom Festival
Philippines: Bonifacio Day/Heroes' Day (1863)
Yemen PDR: Independence Day (1967)
29 November 2006

YES, FINALLY SOMETHING THAT IS TRUE


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ar be it from me to believe in such things, but this hit the nail right on the head. I am everything that it says I am. Except for handsome and the life of the party... it forgot those traits.

I tried it with my own personal Tarot cards at home here... I keep turning up The Devil card... I like this computer generated one a whole lot more!


You are The Hierophant


Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching.


All things relating to education, patience, help from superiors. The Hierophant is often considered to be a Guardian Angel.


The Hierophant's purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between her two pillars deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant (or High Priest) deals with worldly problems. He is well suited to do this because he strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis. The Hierophant's only problem is that he can be stubborn and hidebound. At his best, he is wise and soothing, at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist.


What Tarot Card are You?
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Observations and Questions
wWhat card are you? Take the short test and come back and tell me.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1961 Kim Delaney Philadelphia PA, actress (All My Children, Tour of Duty). And in the death notices in 1924 Giacomo Puccini Italian composer, dies in Brussels.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Albania: Liberation Day (1944)
Liberia: President Tubman's Birthday
UN: International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People
Yugoslavia: Proclamation Day of Socialist Federal Republic
28 November 2006

PICTURES THAT MADE ME CHUCKLE


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very once in awhile I get an email with photos that make me laugh. Yesterday my cousin sent me a few. I picked out a few that might make you giggle a little.

If this ladies car is equipped with airbags, I don't think they would open properly for some reason.

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I really think I would just pee over the wall.

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Obviously my piggy bank at the end of the month.

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I'm not even sure I have a comment for this one.

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Observations and Questions
Open mic day... jump right in.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1628 John Bunyan England, cleric/author (Pilgrim's Progress). And in the death notices in 1939 James A Naismith creator of basketball, dies at 78.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Albania : Independence Day (1912)
Chad, Burundi : Republic Day (1966)
Mauritius : Independence Day (1960)
Panama, Canal Zone : Independence Day
UAE : Accession of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi
27 November 2006

I'VE DONE A BAAAAAAD THING


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can't keep it inside any longer... I did something bad yesterday... very bad.

I had a long chat with God. No, that's not the bad thing. I said: "okay God... we have a problem here and I need your help. As you know, I have no food and I am getting tired of eating crackers for dinner. Since my checks don't come until the 1st of the month which is days off I am considering something here and I need your help."

I explained that I could do nothing and slowly starve myself to death and meet him personally in a few days... OR... I could do the nasty deed... write a bad check!

Since I did not get an answer from up above, I took that as an okay to proceed with my plan. I looked at the calendar and figure out by the time I wrote the check and it cleared through the supermarkets bank and got to mine, I would have money in the bank. Off to the supermarket I went... happily walking up and down the aisles I bought everything I needed to get me through until this Friday. I even bought a turkey to compensate for the fact that I didn't have any money to buy one for Thanksgiving and had to eat a bologna sandwich instead.

So $65.87 later, I walked out smiling. Now I get home, put everything away and guess who I hear from? Yes God... NOW he tells me that if the check gets to the bank before my money there's a $30 bounced check fee and whatever the supermarket charges me for the bad check. I did the only thing I could....

I called my bank and said: "Hi, if I hypothetically and accidentally wrote a check for $65.87 this morning and it bounces what happens?" The nice lady said to let her look at my account. She said: "So you accidentally wrote a bad check for $65.87? How could you accidentally do that with only $1.45 in your account?"

I re-emphasized that this was a hypothetical situation. She replied that the bank would hypothetically pay the check and charge me a fee for being so nice. Cool I thought... then when they do, I would simply go to my branch and ask them to lift the charge from my account. That should work. Now I just have to sweat it out for a few days.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever purposely written a bad check? What happened?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1917 "Buffalo" Bob Smith Buffalo NY, TV host (Howdy Doody). And in the death notices in 1934 Baby Face Nelson shot by FBI agents.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Burma: National Day
Cuba: Martyrs' Day
Israel: Weizmann Day
Bern Switzerland: Onion Market Day-autumn festival
25 November 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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his week for the Photo Scavenger Hunt the topic is TIME. When I saw the title for this weeks' entries, the first thing that popped into my mind was cherry blossom time.

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When I saw the title for this weeks' entries, the first thing that popped into my mind was cherry blossom time. And where better to find cherry blossoms? In the nations' Capital. I was lucky enough to be there for the Cherry Blossom Festival and here is my entry for this week.

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While rummaging through my photos I started looking at my European vacation pictures and I just knew I had several pics of Big Ben. I guess the world's official or unofficial timekeeper.

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Observations and Questions
So what's cookin' for the weekend?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1971 Christine Applegate Hollywood, actress (Kelly-Married With Children). And in the death notices today in 1974 U Thant UN Secretary-General (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Surinam: Independence Day (1975)
Mass: John F Kennedy Day (1963)
23 November 2006

LEFTOVERS


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othing like a nice leftover from Thanksgiving. Here's a few that I came across and couldn't pass up!

A woman who got it into her head that a fresh turkey produced a far superior meal to a frozen one made a trek out to a turkey farm to buy a live bird. But after returning home and looking square into the eyes of the living, breathing creature she'd just purchased, she just couldn't bring herself to kill it by wringing its neck or chopping off its head. Instead, she managed to put the turkey to sleep with chloroform and then began the process of dry-plucking it. Just as she finished removing the last of the feathers, however, the bird woke up.

The next-door neighbors responded to her shouts and arrived at her back door to find a woman being chased around her kitchen by an angry, naked turkey.

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Last year at Christmastime, my mom went to my sister's house for the traditional holiday feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store and asked if my sister wouldn't mind going out to get it.

When my sister left the house, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, then re-stuffed the turkey.

She then placed the bird(s) back into the oven.

When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird.

With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, 'Barbara, you've cooked a pregnant bird!'

At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry hysterically. It took the entire family almost two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs!

Yes, my sister is a BLONDE.

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A young woman is preparing her first thanksgiving dinner. As she gets everything ready for Thanksgiving day, she very sternly reminds herself to let the turkey finish thawing in the sink overnight. She puts it in and places the dishrack over the top of the bird. Her husband walks into the kitchen and sees this.

"Why are you doing that?" he asks.

"My mom always did that to help the turkey thaw," she told him.

The next day Mom calls to see how everything is going.

"Fine, Ma. I have everything ready to go in the oven. I even remembered to put the rack over the turkey last night."

This seemed to confuse her mother a bit. "What are you talking about?" she asked.

"Oh, I remember you always put the dish rack over the turkey when it was thawing in the sink," she said.

There was a pause on the end of the line. "Yes, but honey, we had cats!"

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And finally...

In this respect, they are as bad as "this old boy down home." His wife sent him to the store for a ham. After he bought it, she asked him why he didn't have the butcher cut off the end of the ham. "This old boy" asked his wife why she wanted the end cut off. She replied that her mother had always done it that way and that was reason enough for her. Since the wife's mother was visiting, they asked her why she always cut off the end of the ham. Mother replied that this was the way her mother did it; Mother, daughter and "this old boy" then decided to call grandmother and solve this three-generation mystery. Grandmother promptly replied that she cut the end of the ham because her roaster was too small to cook it in one piece.

Observations and Questions
How did your day go yesterday?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec France, painter (At the Moulin Rouge). And in the death notices in 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald JFK's assassinator shot dead by Jack Ruby.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Zaire: New Regime Anniversary
1703 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
1963 1st live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


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ven if you don't celebrate it where you live...

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Have a great day and you know what happens if you over eat today!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1887 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], Dulwich England, actor (Frankenstein). And in the death notices in 1991 Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen, dies of aids at 46.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Japan : Labor Day/Thanksgiving
Maryland : Repudiation Day (1765)
US : Thanksgiving
22 November 2006

GOBBLE, GOBBLE........CHOP


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ep, the sound heard 'round the US today in preparation for tomorrows' feast. Tomorrow signals the official start to the 2006 Christmas season... even though some shop owners started back the day after Halloween.

It's funny how time changes some things. In earlier years when I was married, both times, it was always a huge rush... running around getting showered and dressed heading out to some relatives house for turkey dinner... or everyone coming to our house. Now it's simply me and everyone else is still running around. I guess I hated it then but sure miss it all now.

Funny how many people wish they could go back and do it all over again. There's a TV commercial for something and the 65 year old woman proclaims she wouldn't like to be younger because she's loving her life right now. Of course she wouldn't go back... what kinda drugs is she taking? I'd go back in a heartbeat, and do many, MANY things all over again.

I suppose I should be thankful that I am still alive to look back over those years. I'm pretty sure that the biggest thing I should be thankful for is the fact that I am still here after the heart attack and ensuing strokes, to be able and look back and be thankful. God's keeping me here for a reason. I don't think writing a blog counts but you never know with God... He can have a funny sense of humor sometimes.

Observations and Questions
So what's on your drawing board for tomorrow?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1899 Hoagy Carmichael Bloomington IN, actor/songwriter (Stardust). And in the death notices in 1941 1963 John F Kennedy 35th U.S. President, shot dead in Dallas, Texas (by Lee Harvey Oswald ??).

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Guinea : Portugese Aggression Anniversary
Lebanon : Independence Day (1943)
Bern Switzerland : Onion Market Day-Autumn Festival
Arab : Id ai-Adha

Ok, I readily admit I didn't have a clue what Id ai-Ahda was, so I looked it up...

Id al'Adha (or Eid Al-Adha) is the "Feast of the Sacrifice", and is the second main celebration of Islam. It takes place on the tenth day of the twelfth and last month of the Islamic calendar and celebrates Abraham's (in Arabic, Ibrahim) willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. This is also the time when Muslims make their annual pilgrimage, or the Hajj, to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad called Eid Al-Adha the best day of the year, since it is the last and biggest day of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage, to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (Please note correct spelling; older sources may still use "Mecca".)

The Hajj, or Pilgrimage, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and all able believers are expected to perform it at least once in their lifetime. Makkah is the city where the Ka'aba is located. The Ka'aba was built by Abraham as a house of worship and today is best identified as an empty cube-shaped structure draped in black silk. It is the Ka'aba toward which Muslims face and pray five times a day. It stands as a symbol of the unity of mankind and the oneness in God.
21 November 2006

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER??


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e've all seen Lindsey Wagner selling those sleep number beds, right? I am so glad at least here in Houston that they have stopped that commercial... it was longer than War and Peace...

I have to laugh at the new one they have... where people tell of there personal enjoyment with their new sleep number bed. However, someone needs to be the editor of these commercials. There is one girl that claims, since sleeping on a sleep number bed, she now is dreaming again... ummm honey, the rule is... you are not sleeping soundly if you can remember your dreams when you wake up... I think you need a new bed.

Then there's the lady who claims she hasn't slept well in over 30 years on her old, lumpy mattress and bed... couldn't sleep through the night,kept waking up. She went and bought a new sleep number bed. And miraculously, the very first night she stopped turning and tossing and for the first time in 30 years she actually slept through the night. Oh come on lady...

Observations and Questions
Ok, Seriously.. what kind of bed do you have? And don't you need a Sleep Number Bed?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1937 Marlo Thomas Detroit MI, actress,[Mrs Phil Donahue](That Girl!, Jenny). And in the death notices in 1941 Juanita Spellini first woman executed in California. Congrats there Juanita.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
North Carolina: Ratification Day (1789)
1946 Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub.
1959 Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.
20 November 2006

YOU GOTS LOTS OF CATCHING UP TO DO LUCY...


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ucy and I both it seems. It just seems as if I've been walking around in a fog all last week and I don't know why either. My medications haven't changed so it's not that. I've been this way since I had that tooth pulled... Oh My God!! You think that was the central nervous system for my brain in there?

Anyway, I am feeling much better today... so hopfully I will begin to even comment on your comments.

What's been happening?

Let's see... remember last week when I wrote about OJ and his TV special? The Goldman's put up their own website/blog and you can sign a petition there or get the address of Fox and the book publisher to air your views. Check it out if you want... www.dontpayoj.com

I was watching a special on Thanksgiving yesterday on TV and I found out something I never knew... The people that came over on the Mayflower banned Christmas! Yep, they did away with it and instead wanted Thanksgiving to be a huge religious day. As time went on though the people preferred Thanksgiving to also include big meals and religion was kinda sorta pushed to the side.

Tom and Katie finally made it legal. Puke.

WARNING! Thinking about vacationing in India this year? Be forewarned! "The signs are still ominous," Ashok Alexander, the director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $258-million Indian HIV-prevention project, told Reuters in an interview.

He said the rising prevalence of HIV in more than 100 districts in which the foundation operates showed that a decade of government efforts had not slowed the virus, which is now estimated to have infected 5.7 million Indians.

Okay, I think that's enough to chew on for a Monday morning while you enjoy coffee or tea.

Observations and Questions
Your comments will be answered today... so get crackin'

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1620 Peregrine White son of William & Susanna White, born aboard Mayflower. And in the death notices in 1910 Leo Tolstoy Russia, author (Anna Karenina), dies at 82.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Mexico : Revolution Day (1910)
World : Rights of the Child Day
US : National Children's Book Week Begins
19 November 2006

THANK YOU...


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esterday someone mentioned that I haven't been answering the comments y'all are leaving. I know I haven't and I'm sorry about that.

I simply haven't been feeling well lately. I am however feeling better today and I promise, I will be back to normal (whatever that is) on Monday with a brand new posting!

Thanks for sticking in there with me!

17 November 2006

GAS STATION, DOCTOR'S OFFICE AND GROCERY STORE


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hat do the three things listed above all have in common? Well, with gas prices the way they are... the things above are the only 3 places I can go... then it repeats over again.

Yesterday I changed all of that. Yep, I traded in my Chevy Blazer. Originally I only went to "look", but you know how that goes. I even resorted to limping a bit more than usual with my walker thing. Did it do me any good? Of course not.

After all was said and done, I bought a new Ford Taurus, pictured below. It's very nice and cozy compared to the SUV.

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Observations and Questions
Whatever...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1919 Hershy Kay Philadelphia PA, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn). And in the death notices in 1917 Auguste Rodin sculptor, dies in Meudon, France. (The Thinker).

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Zaire: Army Day
US: National Children's Book Week Begins - - - - - ( Monday )
16 November 2006

OJ SIMPSON: HERE'S HOW I WOULD HAVE DONE IT


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nce again, just when I am pretty sure I've seen it all, along comes something that floors me. O.J. Simpson has written a book and Fox Television is airing a "special" with O.J. entitled, "If I had Done It"

The special has O.J. talking about if he had committed the murders, how he would have done it. I am totally flabbergasted.

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Is this unbelievable or what? This guy has got to have the biggest set of cajones I have ever seen. There are tons of sources nationwide protesting the showing of the TV show and encouraging people not to watch it and to let Fox know why they're not watching it.

Observations and Questions
Will you watch it? Me? Sigh... yes I am one of the spineless whatevers and I'll be watching it.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 42 -BC- Tiberius Cesar 2nd Roman emperor (14-37 AD). And in the death notices in 1960 Clark Gable dies at 59.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Oklahoma: Admission Day (1907)
US: National Children's Book Week Begins
West Germany: Repantance Day
15 November 2006

PRESENTING THE 2006 STELLA AWARDS


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s you know, every year we are presented with the Annual Stella Awards. Here are this years' winners.

Annual Stella Awards


The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits in the United States.

6th place
19-year-old Carl Truman of Los Angeles, California, won $74,000 & medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.

5th place
Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could not reenter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the house owners insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

4th place
Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little provoked at the time, as Mr. Williams who had climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd place
A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500, after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd place
Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was trying to crawl through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 &dental expenses.

1st place
This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motor Home. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the RV left the freeway, crashed & then overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him, by reading the owner's manual, that he actually could not do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motor Home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.

Observations and Questions
In case you don't know... the Annual Stella Awards are completely fictional.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1708 William Pitt the Elder (Whig) UK PM (1756-61, 66-68) `Great Commoner'. And in the death notices in 1984 Baby Fae who received a baboon's heart, dies at California medical center.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Belgium : King's Day
Brazil : Republic Day (1889)
Japan : 7-5-3 Festival Day
West Germany : Repentance Day
14 November 2006

I SEE GHOSTS, NO I DON'T


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as anyone watched either Ghost Hunters on the SciFi channel or Derek Acorah on Travel Channel's Most Haunted? First, I guess I should say I do believe in Ghosts for a lot of reasons.

I started out watching both of these shows every week. The premise of Ghost Hunters is that there is no such thing as a ghost. They go around to all of these supposed haunted places, filming and debunking that the place has any ghost. Pretty much everywhere they go, even to the Murtles Plantation in the Carolinas. The Murtles I believe is labeled the most haunted place in America. After spending 6 hours there, they concluded that the Murtles was not haunted. Why? Because they didn't see any ghost.

The best episode is when they went to California and visited the Queen Mary, another place reported to be over-run with spirits. Again, they found nothing... thereby bolstering their claim that there are no ghost.

Enter Derek Acorah and group. Man, the ghost were coming out of the woodwork. One of the most famous ghost of the ship is a little girl that was drowned in the swimming pool and supposedly appears regularly there. Ghost Hunters found nothing. Derek Ancorah and company found her right where she was supposed to be.

Obviously someone is lying here. See where I am going here?

Observations and Questions
So... are there ghost or not?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1840 Claude Monet France, impressionist (Water Lilies). And in the death notices in 565 Justinian, Roman emperor, dies at 82.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Cayman Islands: Remembrance Day
English commonwealth: Prince Charles' Birthday (1948)
Jordan: King's Birthday (1935)
12 November 2006

WELCOME TO PART 6 OF THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


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kay, this one isn't so much a brain teaser as it is a little story. The painting below entitled "The Gross Clinic" by Thomas Eakins has hung in the Thomas Jefferson University for 125 years. Everyone who has entered TJU knows the painting well. It actually is a Philadelphia icon. Eakins painted it in Philly and in 1875 the Jefferson alumni bought it for $200.

"The Gross Clinic is one of the great American masterpieces and its resonance in Philadelphia is incredibly profound," said Anne d'Harnoncourt, director and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "With its drama and force of character, it sets the tone for Eakins' entire career. His art is inextricably bound to Philadelphia, its people and its landscape. And what is really powerful is that his presence and influence are still so extraordinary here nearly a century after he died."

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So why am I presenting this painting today? Remember that the alumni bought it for $200 in 1875. Today Thomas Jefferson University is selling it to a partnership of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and a new museum planned by Wal-Mart heirs in Arkansas.

The price tag? A mere $68 million dollars. A testament to present day greed. I am going on record protesting the sale.

The deal gives Philadelphia cultural and governmental institutions 45 days to match the price; failure to do so will see the painting taken down from the walls of Jefferson's Eakins Gallery on Locust Street and shipped from its only home.

The culprit? Wal-Mart heiress Alice B. Walton (net worth of $18 billion, according to Forbes magazine).

Another reason I refuse to shop there.
11 November 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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his week for the Photo Scavenger Hunt the topic is Growth. I searched and searched my albums... ok, I cheated a little. I did not take the first picture... and actually, I don't have a clue who did take it. I am assuming mom or dad. Thanks guys, totally embarrassing. No wait, it just dawned on me... this is the only way I can show my entirely nude body on my blog! Enjoy it girls.

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Aaawwww... how cute. I would guess this was taken somewhere around June, 19?? Since I am divorced girls... this butt could be yours!

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And look at me now! Wow! I bet you girls are sorry now that you didn't wait for me, huh?

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Observations and Questions
What I wouldn't do to go back to June 1947, ooppps I meant 19??

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1896 Charles "Lucky" Luciano Sicily, NYC Mafia gangster. And in the death notices today in 1984 Rev Martin Luther King Sr dies in Atlanta at 84.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Angola : Independence Day (1975)
Belgium, France, French countries : Armistice Day
Bhutan : King's Birthday
Canada : Remembrance Day-Veterans Day, 11th Hr-11th Day-11th Month
Colombia : Cartagena Day (1811)
Maldives : Republic Day (1968)
Rhodesia : Independence Day (1965)
St Maarten : Concordia Day
US : Veterans Day
Washington : Admission Day (1889)
10 November 2006

WHAT THE HELL???


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he other day someone sent me a short email with the usual religious theme that for some reason I am always getting. You know the ones... send to 4,000 people in the next hour or else.

Here is what I sent:

Dear God:

Why didn't you save the school children at ?.

Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/ 98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98

Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/ 5/01 and
El Cajon, California 3/22/01?

Sincerely,

Concerned Student

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Reply:

Dear Concerned Student:

I am not allowed in schools.

Sincerely,

God



Ok, cute I suppose, but after I sent it I got the following email:

From: administrator@ylpvm37.prodigy.net Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert

To: denny609@sbcglobal.net

Subject: Bobit detected prohibited content in a message sent from your address (SYM:15970903621905835040)

Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 04:42:40 -0800

And it contained about 18 email addresses to where I sent the above.


Observations and Questions
Like I said... what the hell? What is wrong?


Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1925 Richard Burton South Wales, actor (Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf). And in the death notices in 1865 Henry Wirzm, Confederate prison supt. executed for excessive cruelty.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
India: Guru Nanak's Day-1st teacher of the Sikhs
Indonesia: Hero Day/Youth Day
Iran: Death of Iman Ali Day
09 November 2006

I KNOW, I KNOW... I AM SO SORRY


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es, I know I haven't been around much but I do have an excuse. Honest! I've barely been able to post my daily blog offering and not much time to either comment or visit your blogs.

Here are my excuses:

1. Had to have top tooth pulled by dentist, Dr. Marque de Sade
2. Have abscessed tooth that needs to be pulled on bottom by same Dentist
3. Pretend hosital, with pretend doctors and nurses, I go to seems to
think I have a slipped disc that needs to be removed.
4. All of the above

Since I don't do things half way, #4, All of the Above is the correct answer. I am not a happy camper today nor have I been for a few days.

The space where the top tooth use to be hurts like hell. No wait, I meant HELL. I now am keeping Ambesol in business. The bottom tooth where the abscess apparently is located hurts like hell. Sorry, meant HELL. I am now financing Ambesol's plant in China.

My back is killing me. Excuse me, I meant KILLING ME. Ok, maybe I overdid that one, but since the gave me some kind of needle in my back, it only hurts A LOT now.

Seriously, I don't think I have enough strength to even complain about the Senate and House of Reps today. I am blaming all of my pain on them now. And to think, Nancy Pelosi is only a couple heartbeats away from being top gun. Ooowwww...

And the thoughts of Hillary... ouch, ouch... groan.

I hope I am back to normal tomorrow, and heavily sedated. Don't laugh, I want some mega-strength drugs here.

Observations and Questions
What's on your mind? Do you have any relics you could rub on your monitor while you're here?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1936 Mary Travers Louisville KY, folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary). And in the death notices in 1991 Yves Montand actor, dies at 70 from a heart attack.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Pakistan: Iqbal Day
Tunisia: Arbor Day/Tree Festival Day
Turks & Caicos Island: Peacemaker's Day
08 November 2006

NOW IT'S TIME TO DELIVER


W

ith two seats in the Senate to be confirmed, and it could go either way, the Dems took control of the House of Reps... and with that victory goes some interesting campaign rhetoric.

They all claimed that we needed to get out of Iraq immediately. Okay guys, can you give us a date? What? You're kidding? You promised... Oh well, I predict we'll still be there next year this time. If there is anything I learned in 20 years of politics it was that campaign rhetoric and actual accomplishments after an election are two vastly different things. Pre-election = promise them anything. Post-election = maybe they'll forget the promises.

Once new members of Congress actually get voted in and begin to see how things really work in Washington, it's a different story. Good intentions get slightly shifted to the back burners while the euphoria of being a Congressman or woman takes over and swells the head to enormous sizes... along with egos.

Observations and Questions
If you man or woman won yesterday... now is the time to begin to hold them to their promises... write and email them every week on those issues that you liked and the reason you voted for them. Don't allow them to slip into obscurity that is our Congress.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1951 Mary Hart Sioux Falls SD, TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight). And in the death notices in 1978 Norman Rockwell artist, dies in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, at 84.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Montana: Admission Day (1889)
Louvre in Paris, opens: 1793
07 November 2006

WELL CRAP


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ere it is 3AM, Election Day in the U.S. and I don't have a clue as to who I am voting for in this election. Years ago it was so much easier when I was in politics... pull the straight ticket and be done with it. All over in 2 seconds.

Now that Saddam has been found guilty a few days before our election, the only thing better would have been if they could have hung him publicly a day before our election. Now THAT would have helped me make up my mind.

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What to do, what to do? Do I cast my vote to continue on the road we've been on which ends up in the abyss? Or do I jump to the other party and take a different path to the same abyss? I hate election decisions... the only question is who will get us to the abyss faster. Do we want it to be painfully slow or amazingly fast?

I am so confused... do I vote for the people that will keep us looking for terrorist, keep us safe and stay in an unpopular war? Or should I vote for the people that will pull us out of war and thereby highlight the fact that we've lost over 1,000 men and women for nothing?

Well, it's now 3:23AM and I still have about 3.5 hours to make up my mind...

Observations and Questions
Whoever you vote for, just make sure you go and VOTE. If you don't, then the other guy wins!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1964 Dana Plato Maywood CA, actress (Kimberly-Diff'rent Strokes). And in the death notices in 1980 Steve McQueen Slater MO, actor, dies at 50.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Mexico: National Railway Memorial Day (1907)
USSR, Bulgaria, Hungary, Mongolia: October Revolution Day (1917)
United States: Election Day
05 November 2006

WELCOME TO PART 5 OF THE FIRST NO PRIZE CONTEST


T

his weeks brain twister should be pretty easy. This is basically every answer wins.

Below we see Saddam Hussein, former President of Iraq. He was just sentenced as guilty and his punishment is death by hanging.

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Your challenge this week? What is Saddam thinking?

Observations and Questions
You can do it, I have faith!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1911 Roy Rogers Cincinnati Ohio, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show). And in the death notices in 1991 Fred MacMurray actor (My Three Sons), dies at 84.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
El Salvador: 1st Cry for Independence (1811)
England: Guy Fawkes Day
Sweden: All Saints Day
Virgin Islands: Liberty Day - ( Monday )
04 November 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


T

he subject this week is simply Windows. I looked all over the place for a picture of Windows and couldn't find any...

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Grab the Scavenger Hunt Code
Join the Hunt. Join the Blogroll


So, I did the next best thing. I went through my paintings... my personal painting that I have done over the years. I came across a kitchen scene with not one but two windows. I hope this still qualifies even though it's not a photograph.

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Observations and Questions
Hey! I didn't say I was a GOOD artist. lol

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1879 Will Rogers Oologah Indian Territory (Oklahoma), humorist. And in the death notices today in 1984 Merie Earle actress (Maude-Waltons), dies of uremic poisoning at 95.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Italy : Unity Day (1945)/Victory of Vittorio Veneto (1866)
Oklahoma: Will Rogers Day (1879)
Panama, Panama Canal Zone: Flag Day
Tonga: Constitution Day (1970)
Virgin Islands: Liberty Day
Liberia: Thanksgiving Day
Denmark: Esbjerg Cup-World's largest ice skating championship
03 November 2006

I AM NOT THE FATHER OF...


A

nna Nicole Smith's baby. There I have said it and I am sticking to it... that's my story. I don't care what you may read in upcoming issues of the National Enquirer. First dealing with the whole inheritance thing... Now more trouble in the Bahamas.

She's sick and in the hospital... she's dealing with the birth of a new baby... the death of her son... ready to be kicked out of her house there but what a trooper huh? She just keep rolling along. What a gal.

Is It Over Yet?
As a former politician, I never thought I would say this but... I will be so glad when election day 2006 is finally over. I am so tired of the negative advertising.

I don't think I have seen one advertisement that honestly speaks to the candidates true qualifications. One is just as bad as the other. I do know what they say they are going to do... and then what they actually do once elected are dramatically different.

Observations and Questions
Do you honestly vote for the man or woman or do you vote straight party lines? Should we even not label candidates with a party affiliation?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1953 Dennis Miller Pittsburgh PA, comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show). And in the death notices in 1926 Annie Oakley dies.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Ecuador: Cuenca's Independence Day
Japan: Culture Day
Panama: Independence Day (1903)
Texas: Father of Texas Day (1793)
World: World Community Day (1945)
Dominica: National Day
02 November 2006

WHEN ENOUGH IS ENOUGH


W

ell, while I support our troops not just in the present war, but all over the world. I think enough is enough. I am downright tired of things. Now Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Thursday that U.S. troops should stay for up to three more years in Iraq to enable local authorities to build up their own security forces.

Ummm, excuse me there Mr. President Jalal Talabani.... bullshit.

Sure, keep our men and women there fighting and dying while you and your cabinet or whatever that sideshow is twiddles your fingers and act like a bunch of nutcases.

However, he said that "international terrorists" were still concentrating all their efforts in Iraq which meant the country needed outside help to defeat them.

"We need time. Not 20 years, but time. I personally can say that two to three years will be enough to build up our forces and say to our American friends 'Bye bye with thanks'," Talabani told a conference.

Quite frankly I am starting to think that while we initiated the new government, it's time for that new government to take over and run their own affairs. Let it rise or fall on your own merits. You've got a month. We want all our troops home for Christmas.

Observations and Questions
Comments? Pro or con?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915). And in the death notices in 1980 Edith Bunker dies on "All in the Family".

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Israel: Balfour Declaration Day (1917)
Mexico/Portugal: Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead
North & South Dakota: Admission Day (1889)
Venezuela: Memorial Day
Liberia: Thanksgiving Day
01 November 2006

SO.... HOW MANY BELLYACHES THIS MORNING?


O

r worse yet, how many went through the kids bags and told the kids you were tasting the Hershey bars for safety purposes? Uh huh...

Well, not one single kid knocked on my door last night. None, zippo, nyet, zero. I could hear kids walking past my windows, but no knocks. I wonder if having the lights off in the living room deterred them? "No, no! Don't knock there... that crazy old Shane guy lives there!"

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When I lived in Philly on Halloween you might have put a cardboard pumpkin in the window as a decoration but here in Houston people have orange Christmas lights up in the windows. Is that a fad where you live?

Observations and Questions
Do you do anything strange or out of the ordinary on Halloween?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1942 Larry Flynt magazine publisher (Hustler) . And in the death notices in 1947 Man O' War dies. Sniff...

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Algeria: Revolution Day (1954)
Antigua: State Day (1981)
Celtic: Samhain; beginning of year & most important holiday
San Marino: Commemoration of the Dead
Togo: Memorial Day
US: Author's Day
Vietnam: Revolution Day (1963)
Liberia: Thanksgiving Day