Archive for February, 2006

MuziK!

Monday, February 20th, 2006

OK here goes nuttin…lolz…Diane of Dianes Stuff tagged me with the following…You do remember tag dontcha?.hehe

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to. Just link here and trackback when you make your list, and tell the folks you tag to do the same so you can enjoy their posts.

Wow this is hard..lolz I’m a music freak and listen to rock, country, Latin, classical, and tons more…um…To say I’m obsessed would be a masterpiece of understatement.
ok I’ll quit stalling.

1- Ever since Hurricaine Katrina and having had the blessing to be able to work with the victims I have been obssessed with (and thats putting it mildy..heh)
Louisiana 1927 by Aaron Neville. ahhhhhhhhh..

2-ok..I don’t speak Italian but had to learn the lyrics to this one..the new love of my life..heh
Eros Ramazzotti La Nostra Vita…don’t ask…I jus luvvvvvvvvvvvvv it!

3-Rascal Flatts (thats a country band for those of yaz who arent hip enuf to know..grinz)
the tunes Skin about a young girl with cancer
and Bless the Broken Road which could be anyone’s anthem..stunning.

whew..that was 3&4 did ya notice?
onto
5-Sugarland (country band..heh) Baby Girl..jus dig that one.
6-James Blunt Your’e Beautiful..wish it was about me..sigh..HeH.
las buh not least..
7-Julie Roberts (yea yea country singer..smirk) Breakdown Here cuz I actually play that one on mah geetar.

There ya have it..Hope that made someone happy..maybe the one who started this um..”tag”..heh.

Sooooooooooo ya’ll what are Your favorite tunes of the moment?
Enquiring minds want to know..heh.

LonelinesS

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Emotion of the DaY:
Loneliness.

I lost myself
I can never forget everything he did to me
I guess I’m kind of scared
I left her because she was not “the one”
I’m falling apart
I can’t ever let my feelings show
Why bother? Why try?
It’s gonna be one of those nights.
Hold on tight.

Loneliness can manifest in a myriad of ways…

You can feel lonely:

when you are alone and have no choice in this
when you do not feel part of a group or event
when there is no one with whom to share your feelings and experiences
when you feel disconnected and alienated from your surroundings
when there is no-one to know how miserable and isolated you feel.

Loneliness can make you feel:

unloved and unwanted
socially inadequate
convinced that there is something wrong with you
self-conscious and ill at ease with others
angry and critical of others.

These feelings, of course, can then result in lowered self-esteem; a (usually unfounded) conviction that people do not want you around; a reluctance to even attempt to make friends or take part in social activities; an inability to assert yourself and say ‘no’ to things you do not want to do and a consequential feeling of being exploited.
as per Univ. of Cambridge

With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
- Eric Hoffer -

What do you do when you feel ‘lonely’?

Washington or Lincoln or BotH?

Sunday, February 19th, 2006



Yahoo News on Presidents Day poses an interesting question.

Monday is not Presidents Day. It’s Washington’s Birthday.

“Only it isn’t Washington’s Birthday either, not really. The father of our country was born on Feb. 22, and Monday is only Feb. 19. What gives?

“This February holiday is a real mess. Back in the middle of the last century, when Americans didn’t hate all their politicians for the mere character flaw of being politicians, we celebrated two holidays. Every American schoolchild knew that Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12 and that Washington’s birthday.. was 10 days later. Two presidents, two holidays. Made a lot of sense: the president who helped found the Union, the president who helped save it.”

In 1968,Congress started to change dates of the nation’s holidays. The lawmakers moved holidays so that most of them should be on Monday so as to assure three-day weekends.

“But there are three problems with the way things are today — or, rather, the way things will be on Monday.

Problem No. 1: No proper celebration of Washington is really taking place. Washington exemplified several American ideals, including the notion of the citizen-soldier, the idea that American presidents shouldn’t be royalty, and the concept that leaders ought to step away from office after a decent interval. The coupling of restraint and power is a lesson all of our leaders would do well to learn.

Problem No. 2: No proper celebration of Lincoln is really taking place. Lincoln’s humanity and decency represent the best of America and are a reminder that it is possible, in the White House as in life, for a leader who makes hard choices to have a soft heart. According to some Lincoln was our greatest president.

Problem No. 3: It’s not proper to celebrate mere power. That, essentially, is what a holiday named Presidents Day does. It honors all presidents, which, when you think of it, honors the fact of achieving the presidency more than it honors any achievements in the White House.”

“It’s important, if for nothing else as a cultural lesson to the kids who have the day off from school, to insist that the mere achievement of high office or high prestige is not itself worthy of celebration, even if the climb to office or to a position of prestige was difficult or ennobling. It is what someone does with that forum that matters.”

What say you about this topic?..Yay or Nay on ahem..”President’s Day”?

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006

OuT of AfricA

Saturday, February 18th, 2006


At Least 15 Die in Nigeria Cartoon Protest

Nigeria has a population of more than 130 million. It is roughly divided between a predominantly Muzlim north and a mainly Christian south.

In MAIDUGURI, Nigerian Muzlims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (real shocker eh?…)attacked Christians and burned churches on Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muzlim anger over the drawings.

It was the first major protest to erupt over the issue in Africa’s most populous nation. An Associated Press reporter saw mobs of Muzlim protesters swarm through the city center with machetes, sticks and iron rods. One group threw a tire around a man, poured gas on him and set him ablaze.
In Libya, the parliament suspended the interior minister after at least 11 people died when his security forces attacked rioters who torched the Italian consulate in Benghazi.

Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said.

Chima Ezeoke, a Christian Maiduguri resident, said protesters attacked and looted shops owned by minority Christians, most of them with origins in the country’s south.

“Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters,” Ezeoke said. Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed.

For those of us still counting: At least 45 people have been killed in protests across the Muzlim world, according to a count by The Associated Press.

Muzlim terrorists are committing mass violence, arson and murder across globe.
For pitys sake it is high time we look hard at the dark places of the Muzlim world that the mainstream media and liberals seem determined to look away from.
Their rage and destruction know no bounds.

Sure, let the liberals convince themselves that these priest and baby killers are merely desperate dissidents fighting for truth and freedom against the dark night of Western Civilization.

They claim the “images” cut like knives, so they draw their machetes against human flesh.
They claim the “images” signify ideas, so they formulate the idea of setting a human being ablaze.

Clearly the Muzlims have thus far established themselves and support behavior in which human respect for the value of life, dialogue, civility and a determination to resolve global problems within the community of nations have been laid aside. And knives, torches and machetes have been lifted up.

And their ultimate goal is some kind of resolution?
Please say your’e not serious.
My stomach can’t take much more of this.

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For an indepth analysis and historical background of the cartoon wars see Mike’s America

Michelangelo: “Genius is eternal patience.”

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Today in History:

February 18,1564 The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

What most know of him is that in his architectural works Michelangelo defied the conventions of his time,that he showed mastery of the human figure in painting as well, that his art work displayed an unparallelled force and majestic style.

As such, he is known to us as one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word “masterpiece”.

As an artist he was unmatched, the creator of works of sublime beauty that express the full breadth of the human condition. as noted by Michelangelo Buonarroti

What many do not know is the torturous and troubled youth he struggled through.
“Buonarroti’s mother, was too sick and frail to nurse Michelangelo, so he was placed with a wet nurse, in a family of stone cutters, where he, “sucked in the craft of hammer and chisel with my foster mother’s milk. When I told my father that I wish to be an artist, he flew into a rage, ‘artists are laborers, no better than shoemakers.”

Buonarroti’s mother died young, when he was but six years old. But even before then, Michelangelo’s childhood had been grim and lacking in affection.”Touchy and quick to respond with fierce words, he tended to keep to himself, out of shyness according to some but also, according to others, a lack of trust in his fellows.”

“Michelangelo’s “unsociableness” has been seen as the typical attitude of what was known in the Renaissance as the vir melanchonicus, or the absorbed and solitary contemplator, wholly wrapped up in his art, for whom involvement in creative activity was transformed into suffering: “I am here in great distress and with great physical strain, and have no friends of any kind, nor do I want them; and I do not have enough time to eat as much as I need; my joy and my sorrow/my repose are these discomforts.”

Michelangelo was perhaps one of the artists who paid the greatest price in terms of suffering for the divine gift of his art: “I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible” (January 29th, 1542).

And through and despite his sorrow he bequeathed us “the David”,the ceiling and rear wall of the “Sistine Chapel”,”the Pietà”, and “Saint Peter’s Basilica’s” famous dome.Works so magnificent, they appear to me beyond even imaginative capabilities.

For those still full of aspirations – may I share some of his words:

On Faith:
Faith in one’s self… is the best and safest course.
On Art:
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
On Belief:
The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.

ThanK GoD Its FridaY

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Mosey Over to ThesE Posts for some interesting stuff!

Excellent post and thorough analysis of politics and emotions at TMH’S Bacon Bits

Analysis of Illiteracy with a different twist over atthird world country

For some silliness check out The Voice

For France’s rhetoric on Iran take a look at The Real Ugly American

HungrY for a DanisH Perhaps?

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

I give you: “The Danish”

“The Danish’s distinctive dough was first created in the 17th century by a French apprentice baker who forgot to add butter to the flour and tried to hide his mistake by folding lumps of it into the dough. It became known as “a thousand leaves” in France.

It was copied in Italy – where it is known as “folded pastry” – and Italian bakers took it to Austria. It journeyed from there to Denmark when Danish bakers went on strike and replacements imported from Austria brought along what became known in Denmark as “Viennese Bread.”

The pastry became the Danish to the rest of the world, probably, according to the Danish bakers’ union, because Danish bakers emigrated to so many countries.
History lesson courtesy My Way News.

But not anymoreeeeeeeeeeeeeee…ya know how Prince became the dude formerly known as Prince and then morphed into nothing but a mere symbol..
May I present the pastry “formerly known as the Danish”
“Iranians love Danish pastries, but when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery they now have to ask for “Roses of the Prophet Mu-hammad.”
No, I’m not kidding.

In Tehran bakeries across the capital covered up their ads for Danish pastries Thursday after the confectioners’ union ordered the name change in retaliation for caricatures of the Muzlim prophet published in a Danish newspaper.

Umm…a bit of perspective here.. At least 19 people have been killed in protests over the past several weeks..not to mention the ones wounded and the property burned and destroyed.
Iran, being the poster child for peace and good will has cut all commercial ties with Denmark in retaliation for the prophet cartoons.

Well if you ask me,it’s a bit of an alliteration or is it a tongue twister……Ordering a “cheese- roses of the prophet(?) Mu-hammad”, no make that a “prune – roses of the prophet(?) Mu-hammad…
On second thought – never mind, I think I lost my appetite.

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A good reminder over at A Ladys Rumintions

DemocracY or something LikE it?

Thursday, February 16th, 2006


In an interview here this week, “President Pervez Musharraf said the country lies at the nexus of five world concerns: terrorism, democracy, human rights, narcotics, and nuclear nonproliferation.” as seen in the Boston Globe
” A Pakistani journalist told us the local joke is that Islamabad is half the size of Arlington National Cemetery and twice as dead.”

Muslim identity has profound meaning for Pakistanis. The actual name of the country is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which has 148 million Muslims, 97 percent of the population.
The muezzin’s call to prayer is heard five times a day; the direction of Mecca is carved into the hotel room wall.
Interesting version of democracy eh?

The per capita income isless than $800 and the literacy rate is roughly 50 percent.
That’s right: 50 percent are illiterate.And some are expecting educated dialogue and enlightened responses to political events?..Hmmm…Well.. You do the math on that one.

Musharraf is a military general who seized power in 1999. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he decided to back the US war against the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. Foreign investment from the United States followed, but despite all the American dollars-the partnership with America is still unpopular in much of the country. Hmmmmm.
This typical lack of gratitude underscores the wide gulf between “us and them”..The relationship is tenuous at best.

Musharraf rails against the United States, condemning January’s US drone attacks in the borderland area of Bajaur as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, and calling the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed ”sad and pathetic.”
Geography lesson yet again…um..Denmark is Denmark.Israel is Israel. The U.S. is the U.S. is the U.S.

Pakistan is experiencing a new political system. Clearly the roles of religion, civil society, the military, and local governments are still being worked out.
But despite that religious fervor, and fury is still on the rise.

Musharraf claims he is slowly restoring the institutions of democracy and yet he still wears a uniform.

Members of the press and opposition parties, however, remain skeptical of the free press,vigorous civil society,and increasingly vocal Parliament he lays claim to.

If Government officials and opposition party leaders continue to overlook terrorism, and violence, while continuing to complain of rampant Islamophobia…And if the ahem..’cartoons’ are still used to justify further calls to death -I would be hard pressed to believe that
the rift between the U.S. and any Muzlim country for that matter-
isn’t in danger of becoming permanently – permanent.

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Great animation worth seeing at Michelles

for consequence of appeasement at Flopping Aces

For more on Iran and Israel see The Flombog

TaX DollarS for DrugggieS

Thursday, February 16th, 2006


The American Civil Liberties Union is launching an effort to restore aid to students barred from financial assistance under the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) because they have been convicted of a drug-related offense. your tax dollars at work

The Higher Education Act was passed by Congress in 1965 to provide financial resources for education to those who could not otherwise afford tuition. According to the legislation, the law was intended to “strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance to students in postsecondary and higher education.”

The ban on financial aid for drug-related convictions was added as amendment to the HEA in 1998.

This the ACLU’s ahem..intellectual rebuttal..
“Drug convictions are the only infractions for which students are denied financial aid. Because such aid is based on need, the Drug Provision has hit poor and middle-income students the hardest. The Drug Provision also unfairly affects racial minorities, who are disproportionately targeted for drug law enforcement.”

Hits poor and middle income students?..um..Could that be because they were convicted of the drug related offense?
Oh this is classic: racial minorities?..meaning whom?..blacks, hispanics?. ..
Are being “targeted“?

We’re talking about people who were convicted…what part of convicted is hazy?..difficult to comprehend?

The ACLU’s hypocrisy is endemic in every cause they choose. No one is accountable for his or her behavior.Yet again they play the race card by insinuating that the drug dealers and users are the victims and obvious targets,- hoping yet again to incite reactions that pass for political point-scoring.
What is the ACLU’s agenda hmmmmmm….

When the ACLU intervenes,I think the nation should just hold their collective nose…cuz something smells awfully fishy around here.

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