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calendar   Tuesday - September 12, 2006

Semper Fi

In one sense, I positively hate reading stories like this. I think about how I would feel if it were one of my sons. I would be prostrate with grief. I would also be honored to know that a child of mine had shown such courage and devotion to the greater good as well as love of country.

Young people like Pfc. Wolfe have better long range vision than we give them credit for sometimes. Some of them understand what we are doing and what the overall goals are. They understand that “honor” and “duty” are more than just words. Our children are much, much better people than we probably deserve. They usually are.

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(WASHINGTON POST) - Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Colin Wolfe was in sixth grade, fixated on girls, sports and the challenges of being a preteen, when a group of Marines visited his Manassas [Virginia] elementary school. He returned to his Manassas home that afternoon with their presentation swimming in his head. Perhaps, he told his parents, he might enlist one day.

It was just childhood talk, his parents reasoned. Their son was a skilled ballet dancer, performing since childhood with a local dance company, and he had smarts. Perhaps he would go to college.

Then came Sept. 11, 2001.

Wolfe was 14 when the twin towers fell, and like so many, he watched in horror as the Pentagon burned on cable news channels. He was just a boy, but the call to action that he felt struck deep. In the years that followed, he collected articles depicting the attacks and search for Osama bin Laden. He talked with friends and family about the war on terror and visited the Pentagon and Ground Zero in New York.

And when he graduated from Osbourn High School in Manassas last year, he did the one thing he felt in his heart that was right: He enlisted in the Marines, ready to fight. “Like a lot of kids, he had a sense of wanting to serve his country, but 9/11 crystallized that in him,” said Mark Wolfe, his father.

Pfc. Colin J. Wolfe, 19, was deployed to Iraq in July. He was killed Aug. 30 in Anbar province, when the Humvee in which he was riding struck a roadside bomb.

Yesterday, family and friends gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the slain Marine. His parents picked Sept. 11 for the burial, believing it to be a fitting tribute to a young man who gave his life for his country in Iraq.

“He knew what he was fighting for and what he was all about,” Mark Wolfe said. “He believed he was serving the country, protecting the country. He had made his choice.”

- More on Pfc. Wolfe at WAPO ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/12/2006 at 07:30 AM   
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Sinking Britannia, Episode #42

I am an American currently residing in England and have seen enough madness and lunacy here to rival anything you see back home. Please let me know if in the past year you’ve read anything dumber. Wait, there was the govt. decree that national parks were being used by too many white, middle aged, middle class people and they were gonna shut parts down. That was pretty dumb. But this could be dumber. See what you think ....

imageimageMother Fined For Swearing At Gang Of Trouble-makers
YORKSHIRE (TELEGRAPH-UK) - September 10, 2006

A mother of two has been fined for swearing at yobs who terrorised her neighbourhood. Donna Appleyard, 32, finally snapped after months of misery in which the youths jumped over fences, trampled through gardens and shouted and swore at residents.

Ms Appleyard said she had made several complaints to police about the gang outside her home in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, but no officers had been to visit her to take the issue further.

Instead, she found herself under investigation when officers received a complaint from a 13-year-old girl, after Ms Appleyard finally lost her temper and pleaded with her tormenters: “Please, just f*** off”. Two weeks later, officers called at her house and issued her with the fine.

Ms Appleyard said: “I was at the end of my tether and I admit I swore at one of them. But that’s nothing compared to what my neighbours and I have suffered. “When the police came I thought it was because I had complained. I never dreamed they had come to arrest me. I’m really angry that we’ve had to put up with this behaviour for almost a year, and then you can be taken to court and fined for shouting back at them.”

Ms Appleyard was given an £80 fixed penalty notice following the incident on March 30. However, she refused to pay and was taken to court last month, when magistrates raised the sum to £120, which she must now pay or face a jail term. Ms Appleyard said: “I had called police and spoken to our beat officer about six times. Not once had they been round to see me.”

Her neighbours have been so enraged by the treatment meted out to Ms Appleyard that they have offered to pay half the fine. Shirley Wardle, 69, said: “It is deplorable. The kids’ behaviour is enough to make you commit murder, not just swear at them.” Sergeant Neil Haley, from West Yorkshire police, defended the force’s actions. He said: “We appreciate that anti-social behaviour can be frustrating for people but they should not take the law into their own hands.”

The case is the latest in which a householder has ended up in court after finally losing patience with yobs. James Leahy, 54, a civil servant from Rutherglen, Glasgow, whose flowerbeds were regularly trampled by school pupils using his garden as a shortcut, was fined £500 for assault this month after he grabbed two teenage girls by the hair and threatened to take them to a police station.

Linda Walker, 48, of Urmston, Greater Manchester, last year served five weeks in jail and lost her job as a special needs teacher after she fired an airgun at the feet of a vandal who had plagued her home for months.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/12/2006 at 07:16 AM   
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Oil And Water

The Scrapbook section of The Weekly Standard is always a fun read for me each week. It leads off the magazine with a tongue in cheek look at events of the current week and is literally dripping with sarcasm and sharp-edged insight. In this week’s issue, “Scrappy” brings us up to date on the visit to America of Iran’s former President (the maniac who was in charge before the certified lunatic who is now in charge). What caught my eye was the reference to Khatami as the “Persian Jimmy Carter”. I almost choked on my coffee over that one. Enjoy the fun ....


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Khatami in the Cathedral
The Weekly Standard Scrapbook, September 18, 2006

“Interfaith dialogue” is all the rage these days: understanding our commonality by celebrating our differences. Or something like that. It’s infected venerable pillars of establishment religion, such as the National Cathedral in Washington. There, they’ve found a way to take the edge off all the God ‘n’ Jesus talk by featuring speakers like Larry Dossey, a mind-body expert who “celebrates the healing power of music, touch and mystery.” Which is not to say they don’t boldly espouse the most hallowed tenets of the Episcopal tradition, such as offering a “Five Pillars of Islam” course through their Cathedral College.

The National Cathedral, then, was the perfect setting to welcome former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, the seniormost Iranian to visit our country in nearly three decades. With his need-for-understanding patter, his undeserved reputation among world leaders as a “reformer” and a beacon of tolerance (disputed by the 200 or so Iranian exiles who lined the Cathedral sidewalks accusing Khatami of everything from journalistic repression to coddling terrorists to murder), and with his tendency to throw not-so-subtle elbows at American leaders (he’s compared George W. Bush’s rhetoric to that of Osama bin Laden), Khatami is shaping up as the Persian Jimmy Carter.

Nitpicky, over-analytical pedants might ask, “How can we have a dialogue when your successor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, keeps threatening to wipe Israel off the map?” Details . . . Starting a dialogue can be a messy business. Sometimes, you have to scream before you can whisper, just so you have everyone’s attention.

Khatami, for his part, isn’t a screamer. Aside from the occasional jaw-dropper--like calling Hezbollah “a shining sun that illuminates and warms the hearts of all Muslims and supporters of freedom in the world"--he mainly speaks the language of reconciliation, giving addresses like his famed “Dialogue Among Civilizations.” The U.N. thought the concept such a swell idea that Kofi Annan declared 2001 the “Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.” The dialogue sort of got off track around September of that year, after wayward members of our shared Abrahamic tradition blew up the World Trade Center.

At the Cathedral the evening of September 7, Khatami’s “interfaith dialogue” turned out to be more of an intrafaith monologue, since he did most of the talking, and in Farsi no less. Journalists were given full translations of the speech beforehand. “The bad news,” said one, “is it’s boring. The good news is it’s short--we’ll be home in time for football.” Speaking in the flowery, abstract verbiage of a political philosopher, which he was until he signed on to the Iranian revolution, Khatami spoke of “the contradictions between individualistic liberalism and collectivist socialism,” of the West’s need to “take a step forward and view itself from another angle,” and of how “democratic systems” oughtn’t be “limited to liberal democracies.”

Earlier, Khatami told reporters that Iran is just making nuclear energy, not weapons, even though he was saying so just a week after Ahmadinejad passed out awards to his nuclear scientists on Iranian national television, for such meritorious accomplishments as “notable management of the building of centrifuge taps, and other sensitive and complex components.”

The crowd--a radical chic mélange of gray D.C. eminences and powdered and polished Iranians--gave him a standing ovation, unintimidated by the protesters outside, who tried to shame them with photos of Iranians back home getting hung from cranes and buried up to their waist before being stoned. Maybe, as our hosts suggested, he really is building a bridge between civilizations. A suspension bridge. As in, you’d have to suspend lots of disbelief to think his pretty rhetoric leads anywhere.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/12/2006 at 06:08 AM   
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In Their Own Words

“Our nation has endured trials—and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are still in hiding. Our message to them is clear: No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice.”

President George W. Bush, September 11, 2006

“I don’t know how you can explain five years of no attacks, five years of successful disruption of attacks, five years of defeating the efforts of al-Qaeda to come back and kill more Americans. You’ve got to give some credence to the notion that maybe somebody did something right.”

Vice President Richard Cheney, September 10, 2006

“The President should be ashamed of using a national day of mourning to commandeer the airwaves to give a speech that was designed not to unite the country and commemorate the fallen but to seek support for a war in Iraq that he has admitted had “nothing” to do with 9/11. There will be time to debate this president’s policies in Iraq. September 11th is not that time.”

Senator Edward Kennedy, September 11, 2006

“It’s extraordinary how much money has been spent in Iraq versus homeland security. So, yes, in smaller ways, here and there, […] we are safer. Are we as safe as we ought to be after 9/11? The answer is profoundly ‘no’. And the 9/11 commission has given failing grades to this administration in almost every sector.”

Senator John Kerry, September 11, 2006

“I mean, I think there have been times when, especially the Democrats, in my view, have sort of not understood the unseemliness when you have soldiers fighting in the field, et cetera, to turn every event, including now the fifth anniversary of 9-11, into a partisan fight. But, it happens.”

Bill Kristol, Fox News Sunday, September 10, 2006

“You gave us every legitimacy and every opportunity to continue fighting you. You should worry about your presence in the (Persian) Gulf, and the second place you should worry about is Israel. Your leaders are hiding from you the true extent of the disaster. And the days are pregnant and giving birth to new events, with Allah’s permission and guidance.”

Ayman al-Zawahri, September 11, 2006

“It’s very hard. Our family has just been ripped apart. I still hold a lot of anger, and that’s not only at the terrorists. I stayed mad at God for quite some time, even at Al (her husband), I stayed mad at him. I was supposed to have the rest of my life with him. We were together nine years. That is not forever.”

Rebecca Marchand, of Alamogordo, N.M., whose husband was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, September 11, 2006


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/12/2006 at 05:04 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 11, 2006

The Lesson Of 9/11

imageimageIf you’re reading this as you get ready to leave work today or have just arrived back home after another tired, boring day at your job, have you thought about today and what it represents? Yes, today is September 11, the fifth anniversary of the 21st century’s “day of infamy”. But have you really sat down and pondered what it all means and what lessons we need to take away from this memorial anniversary?

There are, of course, the obvious lessons - that radical muslims want to kill us and we better stop them before they strike again and yes, we probably need to do more to promote democracy and a better standard of living in the Muslim world to help them become more open and friendly to the rest of the world. Or we just need to nuke the whole bunch and be done with it as some advocate.

But there is one lesson of supreme importance that we all need to learn. As you woke up this morning, showered, had breakfast and hustled the kids off to school and began the daily commute into work did you ever stop to consider at any point in your life the following question .... is it better to take a swan dive or just do a cannonball out of a window on the 82nd floor of a skyscrpaper when the building is on fire around you and collapsing into rubble while you scream?

Have you never considered that question? Ever? Me neither. The fact is that none of us even want to contemplate such a scenario so we blithely go about our business pretending nothing bad will ever happen to us if we just keep our heads down and stay out of trouble. That is the ultimate bad assumption on the part of all of us. You, me, them. All of us.

The fact is that bad things happen every day to good people and bad people alike. In a nutshell ... shit happens. You can’t continue to delude yourself into believing that it can never happen to you so what can you do? Simple. Live every day like it’s your last day on Earth. Take as much joy and pleasure in life as you are capable of handling. Tell those you love how much you love them.

You won’t have time to do that as you pass the 64th floor on your way down to the street below. The hard concrete at ground level will silence any chance you may have had to make things right in your life. As you pass the 38th floor on your final flight, you may even wish you had talked to your children more and tried to give them a better example. Passing the 18th floor, you might be thinking of the weekends you could have been working with a local Boy Scout troop or helping out at a homeless shelter instead of reclining on the couch and letting time pass. As the ground comes up to meet you in that final instant you may even have one final instant of clarity and insight into the meaning of life as eternity reaches out to take you into its grasp.

The most dreadfully painful words in the entire English language are ... “what might have been”. Think about that today and you may have learned the only lesson of 9/11 that really matters.

“Life Is But A Dream”, Lewis Carroll

A boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July--

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear--

Long has paled that sunny sky;
Echoes fade and memories die;
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die;

Ever drifting down the stream--
Lingering in the golden gleam--
Life, what is it but a dream?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 05:48 PM   
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9/11/01


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 05:30 PM   
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Bandwidth Issues

I apologize for the slow loading of the site today. The Remembrance video (above) and the MEMRI video (below) have presumably generated a lot of interest, not only in America but in 143 countries around the world, according to the server logs. As the snapshot below, taken at 3:00pm ET shows, our bandwidth usage has almost doubled normal - and the day is far from being over. So bear with us today and please be patient. The war on terror will not be won in a single day ...

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 04:34 PM   
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Comic Books For Dummies

Good news for all of the Leftists out there who have had to suffer through life with nothing more than a liberal arts education and who never learned to read real books ... the 911 Commission Report is now in comic book form (order from Amazon - $16.95).

Order one today for any of your friends who voted for John Kerry or who are camped out with Cindy Sheehan. They could use some comic relief and who knows ... they might actually learn something. The really stupid Leftists like Alec Baldwin, Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich will have to wait for the coloring book version due out next year ....

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NEW YORK (USA TODAY) - 8/22/2006 10:17 PM ET

It looks like a comic book and reads like a comic book, but the subject matter is deadly serious: what went wrong before, during and after 9/11. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Hill and Wang, $16.95 paperback, $30 hardcover), based on the government commission report that became a best seller in 2004, arrives Tuesday.

Last week, its writer, Sid Jacobson, and illustrator, Ernie Colón, both veterans of the comic book industry, visited what had been the World Trade Center, now a massive construction site ringed by hundreds of tourists. Jacobson, who lives in Los Angeles, hadn’t been there since the attack nearly five years ago.

“It’s painful,” he says, and he remembers eating at Windows on the World, the restaurant that was on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower. He had resisted going back to Ground Zero but agreed to be photographed there, although “it’s difficult. It’s not a place you say ‘cheese.’ “

Colón, a New Yorker, last visited the site a few months after 9/11: “I had to leave after a minute. I couldn’t stand it.” This time, he just stared at what he called “the anthill of activity” by construction crews. “But it’s still just an empty shell. And there’s no memorial yet. That’s disturbing.”

Their backgrounds in comics — Jacobson, 76, created Richie Rich and was executive editor of Marvel and Harvey Comics, and Colo´n, 75, drew Casper and Wonder Woman —may seem like odd preparation for dealing with real-life tragedy, terrorism and national security.

But, as Colón puts it, “we’re in the business of clarification.” Neither author nor illustrator calls the work a comic book, even if it uses a comic-book format, including sound effects: R-RUMBLE when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses, or BLAMM! when American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.

It pictures scenes aboard the doomed planes and towers. But, Jacobson says, “it’s not a dramatization,” unlike the movies World Trade Center and United 93. “It’s the story of an investigation. ... It’s graphic journalism.”

Like the original 9/11 Report, the graphic version is less about one day in September 2001 than about what led up to it and the inner workings of government agencies, often at cross-purposes. When the report, by a bipartisan commission, was released two years ago, it was published in three paperback editions. It was praised for its criticism of government failures and nominated for a National Book Award.

Colón tried to read the 568-page report when it was released but gave up after about 50 pages. “For a government report, it was well written,” he says, “but still hard to follow — lots of Arabic names, and a lot of things going on at the same time in different places.”

- More at USA TODAY...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 03:58 PM   
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The Sounds Of Silence

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Robert Ariail - The State (South Carolina)


The video below was produced by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) and narrated by Ron Silver. There are three parts of this production and the other two can be viewed at iFilm. Watch and decide for yourself. I have read a boatload of crap in the lamestream media in the West about how the Arab world hates us because of Iraq. Horse-crap! Their hatred goes back much further than that. Watch the video and learn ....



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 07:22 AM   
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Azzam The American

Can Azzam The American Keep His Head?
• by Steve Darnell

Twenty-eight-year-old California native Adam Yehiye Gadahn (aka Azzam the American) recently appeared on an al-Qaida video with al-Qaida’s number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri. In the video Gadahn, looking like a bearded Pillsbury Doughboy in his white robe and turban, challenged American soldiers to convert to Islam.

“Instead of killing yourself for Bush ... why not surrender to the truth [of Islam], escape from the unbelieving army, and join the winning side? Time is running out, so make the right choice before it’s too late,” he said.

Gadahn should lay off the opium, or what ever else he is smoking, if he thinks al-Qaida is winning. Unlike Osama bin Laden and the rest of his radical friends, none of our troops are cowering in caves on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border waiting to die a violent death. American soldiers don’t worry about bunker busting-bombs ruining their evening meal or a good night’s sleep.

Gadahn must have become an avid Monopoly player while hiding out in Pakistani caves. “You know that if you die as an unbeliever in battle against the Muslims, you’re going straight to Hell without passing ‘Go,’” he also said on the video.

I guess there is nothing to do but play Monopoly while waiting for a bunker buster to ruin your evening. I think he should be worried about getting a “Get Out of Jail Free” card before it’s too late.

Gadahn continued, “You know you’re considered by Bush and his bunch of warmongers as nothing more than expendable cannon fodder. ...”

“Expendable cannon fodder”? An Islamic fascist calling our troops cannon fodder? I guess all the young Muslim kids who are convinced to strap 100 pounds of high explosives to their chests and set off the bomb are not Islamic cannon fodder. Oh, I forgot, they are martyrs.

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Why does a white middle-class American turn his back on his country and willingly join a group of bloodthirsty Islamic fascists? Gadahn must have been one of the liberal Democrats who said he would leave the United States if George W. Bush were elected president in 2000.

Too bad Alec Baldwin didn’t tag along.

Maybe Gadahn simply saw the following advertisement in a local radical Islamic newspaper and left the United States to wine and dine in Pakistan:

Wanted: White American Islamic convert.

Duties: Convert 350 million infidel American citizens to the Islamic faith.

Job description: Must be able to move through rough Pakistani terrain, dodge U. S.-made Hellfire missiles, outrun American Special Forces personnel and live in rat-infested caves.

Qualifications: Must look presentable wearing a ratty beard, white robe and turban. Turban and robe not provided.

Please contact your local mosque for more information or call 92-Die-Infidel.

Regardless of why he decided to take the traitorous road, Gadahn has a rough trip ahead. Historically, neither side of a conflict has trusted traitors. Look at what happened to Benedict Arnold after the American Revolutionary War. He died in poverty in England after being promised fame and fortune. The British did not trust him after the war.

Gadahn is now living with hardcore al-Qaida terrorists. I am sure his comrades still view him as an American, no matter how many times he bows to Mecca during the day or how he dresses. Can a traitor really be trusted? After all, he is not a true Muslim. He has sinned in the past before converting to Islam. From his looks you can tell he has eaten his fair share of fried pork rinds and baby back ribs. I’m sure he’s also thrown back a few beers.

Can al-Qaida terrorists and Islamic fascists trust any American who has turned on his country? Will he turn on them? Maybe Gadahn is already meeting CIA operatives in dark allies in Pakistan, selling out his new friends. Who knows, maybe that is how we were able to kill al-Zarqawi.

The pressure on Gadahn must be immense. I am sure he spends his days looking over his shoulder, wondering if his terrorist friends will turn on him.

I wonder if Gadahn worries about someone standing behind him with a knife when he makes one of his propaganda videos. I’m sure Daniel Pearl’s execution is on his mind when he kneels in front of a video camera.

Hopefully, Gadahn is smart enough not to lose his head when he is no longer trusted and no longer needed by al-Qaida. When al-Qaida upper management makes personnel cuts, they really make cuts. I’m sure an overweight American will be the first to go, and it will be Daniel Pearl style with a dull, rusty knife in front of a camera.

Gadahn’s days as a “useful idiot” are numbered. He should surrender while he still has his head. We can always use more intelligence about bin Laden’s whereabouts (wink, wink). I’m sure there are Special Forces operatives close by, watching and waiting. And I am sure he will be treated in a humane manner as required by the Geneva Convention.

Even though he does not really deserve such treatment.

COPYRIGHT © STEVE DARNELL 2006


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/11/2006 at 02:46 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 10, 2006

Nero?

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Posted by Rancino   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 04:38 PM   
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Double Feature Presentation

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First, we have a worst driver in the world driving around in Eastern Europe and no ... it isn’t a woman.

Auto-Eroticism Undoes Driver
BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Fri Sep 8, 10:55 AM ET

A Slovak driver who crashed into a bus shocked rescuers who found him unconscious and half naked with a vacuum pump on his penis. Police said the 42-year-old man, driving an old Citroen in the Slovak town of Levice, had ignored a “give way” sign.

“It’s very likely he had auto-sex while driving, it is a matter of investigation. After the accident he was found lying in the seat, his pants were off and it (the pump) was placed on his penis,” police officer Peter Polak told Reuters.

“I’ve never seen anything like this, nor have my colleagues,” he added. The man was taken to hospital with head injuries.

Which head?

Second, Greenpeace wants you to know they are looking out for you ... so put down that vibrator or else you’ll go blind.

Sex Toys Contain Dangerous Chemicals Days Greenpeace
THE HAGUE (AFP) - Fri Sep 8, 2:59 PM ET

Environmental group Greenpeace called on the European Union to ban the use of chemical plastic softeners in sex toys because they contained dangerous substances known as phthalates.

“Adult sex toys contain the same toxic substances that the European Union banned from use in children’s toys,” Greenpeace said in a press release from its international headquarters here. The environmental group said it was shocked to find that seven of the eight sex toys it had tested contained between 24 and 51 percent of phthalates.

“It is unbelievable that such toxic substances can be used in adult toys. We have tested many products in the last few years but never have we encountered such high concentrations,” Greenpeace spokesman Bart van Opzeeland said.

Greenpeace research has shown that phthalates can disrupt the human hormonal system, diminishes fertility and adversely affects the kidneys and liver. The substance is used to soften plastics and PVC plastic. Greenpeace stressed that a ban on phthalates would not mean the disappearance of people’s favourite sex toys as there are plenty of non-toxic alternatives.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 04:23 PM   
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Reflections

One of my favorite poems ...

Much have I travelled in the realms of gold,

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;

Round many western islands have I been

Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.

Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene

Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

When a new planet swims into his ken;

Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes

He stared at the Pacific -and all his men

Looked at each other with a wild surmise -

Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


--John Keats
“On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 07:46 AM   
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Truth Or Fiction?

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How many people on the planet you reckon could set the ass end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load captured prisoners in the rear? If this does not impress you, nothing ever will.

In November 2003, a U.S.-led coalition launched Operation Mountain Resolve in the Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan in order to disrupt anti-coalition militia (ACM) operations and prevent militia members from seeking sanctuary in the rugged Afghan provinces.

This photograph of the precarious-looking rooftop landing by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was taken during that operation by U.S. Army Sgt. Greg Heath of the 4th Public Affairs Detachment.

The pilot is Larry Murphy, PA National Guard. Larry is a Keystone Helicopter Corp. EMS Pilot employee called to active duty. The Chinoook helicopter is touching down to receive Afghan Persons Under Control (APUC) captured by members of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division.

-- Snopes.com (Urban Legends Reference: TRUE)


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Posted by Ronald Reagan's Ghost   United States  on 09/10/2006 at 03:08 AM   
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The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We've Been Waiting For
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