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    My Ten New Year’s Resolutions December 31st, 2005

    Here are my 10 resolutions for the year 2006.


    10. I will not make any resolutions for 2006.

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    Last Day Of 2005 December 31st, 2005

    HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!

    Have a fun, enjoyable and safe New Year’s Eve, BUT

    Don't Drink & Drive

    DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!

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    More PETA Goofiness December 31st, 2005

    According to Forbes online

    A 19-year-old PETA staffer has legally changed his name to KentuckyFriedCruelty.com.

    The rest of the article is at the Forbes website. Just goes to show how goofy and useless PETA actually is. In my corner of the world, PETA still stands for “People Eating Tasty Animals” with the motto by Ted Nugent, “Ya gotta KILL IT before ya can GRILL IT!”

    Amen, Ted!

    Six Meat Buffet has more.

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    Album Sales For 2005: Carey versus Cent December 29th, 2005

    Mariah Carey

    50 Cent

    I just read that Mariah Carey edged out 50 Cent for the best-selling album of 2005. With just a few reporting days left, Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi slipped ahead of 50’s The Massacre by 32,000 copies.

    Big fat hairy deal. This only goes to show that record companies, when motivated, can promote to success pretty much any garbage no matter how little real talent the “artist” (and I use that term loosely here) possesses. By spending major amounts of money via promotions, advertising, payola (anyone claiming payola doesn’t exist is either ignorant or lying), etc., the music moguls can convince enough people to buy their prostitute’s…er…artist’s albums. Ten years from now, hardly anyone will even remember nor care who Mariah Carey or 50 Cent was. They’re just the “soup of the day.”

    P.T. Barnum was wrong…it’s more like every 15 seconds.

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    Lost Dog December 29th, 2005

    I deeply sympathize with people when they lose a pet either when it passes on or runs away. The pet no longer is merely an animal but has been fully and completely adopted as a member of the family. That’s one reason I can’t call someone who has a pet, the pet’s “owner” because in my mind and most likely their mind the animal isn’t property.

    Anyway, I recognize that it hurts when a pet runs away. I saw a lost pet flyer this morning. Someone had lost their beloved dog. I felt sorry for not only the people who posted the flyer but the dog, too (it probably was scared being lost). However I had to laugh when I read the bottom of the flyer where the dog’s identity is printed.

    The dog’s name?

    Dash.

    Think someone might’ve had a clue beforehand?

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    Patriot Guard Riders December 27th, 2005

    Patriot Guard Riders
    Patriot Guard Riders

    I recently read on Michelle Malkin’s blog that scumbag Fred Phelps has added military funerals to his list of vitriolic protests by his cultic followers (I guess he wasn’t getting enough publicity with his group’s protesting of gays and funerals of homosexuals). That’s all I’m going to write about that lowlife, unChristian, hate-mongering megalomaniac. In the same article it was mentioned that a grass-roots organization called The Patriot Guard Riders went to a specific military funeral in Kansas to shield the mourners from those protesting the funeral. Good. I applaud such helpful protection from those whose only purpose is to spread hatred. On their website they state that they provide the sheilding “through strictly legal and non-violent means” and I applaud them for that as well. But seeing how purposely provoking some of those Phelps protesters are and how far they will go to confront, it’s only a matter of time before some of the panty-waste protesters get their butts kicked.

    And frankly, they would deserve the butt-kicking.

    More from the Mudville Gazette, Gryphmon’s Grumbles, Clayton Cramer, Black Five, Bubblehead, Woody, Argghhh!!!, Our Way of Life, Banter In Atlanter and probably a lot more.

    Kwanzaa? December 27th, 2005

    La Shawn Barber has a very informative and interesting article concerning the historical aspects of Kwanzaa as well as her opinions on the topic including but not limted to such items as why black Christians should not celebrate Kwanzaa.

    An excerpt concerning the historical origin of Kwanzaa:

    Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by Dr. Maulana “Ron” Karenga, a former black militant, Marxist and convicted felon. Claiming to have the unity of black people in mind, Karenga committed most of his crimes against blacks.

    Just five years after his invention, he was convicted of torturing two black women by stripping them naked, beating them with electrical cords, placing a hot iron into the mouth of one and mangling the toe of the other in a vice. During the ordeal, he forced them to drink detergent.

    This is an interesting article and I imagine she’s going to take a lot of heat over it butI encourage you to read it. Keep in mind, she’s writing with Christians in mind.

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    Vincent Schiavelli – R.I.P. December 26th, 2005

    Vincent Schiavelli
    Vincent Schiavelli
    (November 10, 1948 – December 26, 2005)

    The name may not be familiar to you, but if you’ve watched movies and television shows for the past 25 years or so you’re definitely familiar with his unmistakable face. He’s been in such movies as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Fast Times At Ridgemont High & Man On The Moon and TV shows like The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Miami Vice.

    He also authored a number of cookbooks and even received a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award in 2001.

    Vincent Schiavelli

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    Merry Christmas! December 25th, 2005

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    Please Don’t Forget The Rest Of Katrina’s Victims December 24th, 2005

    I’d like to post the editorial from the Biloxi Sun-Herald from last Wednesday. It’s a good reminder that New Orleans wasn’t the only place Hurricane Katrina devastated and also a reminder not to forget. You can read the article here but I don’t know how long the link will work.

    MISSISSIPPI’S INVISIBLE COAST

    As Aug. 29 recedes into the conscious time of many Americans, the great storm that devastated 70 miles of Mississippi’s Coast, destroying the homes and lives of hundreds of thousands, fades into a black hole of media obscurity.

    Never mind that, if taken alone, the destruction in Mississippi would represent the single greatest natural disaster in 229 years of American history. The telling of Katrina by national media has created the illusion of the hurricane’s impact on our Coast as something of a footnote.

    The awful tragedy that befell New Orleans as a consequence of levee failures at the time of Katrina, likewise, taken by itself, also represents a monumental natural disaster. But, of course, the devastation there, and here, were not separate events, but one, wrought by the Aug. 29 storm.

    There is no question that the New Orleans story, like ours, is a compelling, ongoing saga as its brave people seek to reclaim those parts of the city lost to the floods.

    But it becomes more and more obvious that to national media, New Orleans is THE story – to the extent that if the Mississippi Coast is mentioned at all it is often in an add-on paragraph that mentions “and the Gulf Coast” or “and Mississippi and Alabama.”

    The television trucks and satellite dishes that were seen here in the early days have all but disappeared.

    While there has been no study to quantify the amount of coverage accorded to the plight of so many here or in New Orleans, it is obvious to any observer that the number of news stories on New Orleans is many times that of those focused on Mississippi.

    So, why does that matter?

    It matters first as it relates to journalism’s obligations to cover human beings whose conditions are as dire as those that exist here.

    The depth of the suffering and the height of the courage of South Mississippians is an incredible story that the American people must know. But, in the shadows of the New Orleans story, the Mississippi Coast has become invisible and forgotten to most Americans.

    Could it be possible that the ongoing story of an Alabama teenager missing in Aruba has received more coverage on some cable networks than all of the incredibly compelling stories of courage, loss and need of untold thousands of Mississippians? Maybe a lot more coverage?

    The second reason that the coverage matters is in the realm of politics. If the American people and their elected representatives do not truly know the scope of the destruction here, and if they are not shown the ongoing conditions afflicting so many, then there are consequences which are playing out even this week in Washington, where Congress will act, or not act, to relieve the incredible pain that has reduced the condition of so many American citizens to Third World status or worse.

    If the people do not know, they cannot care.

    We believe if they are shown the extent of the devastation and the suffering, they and their representatives will respond.

    So the coverage matters. A lot.

    The problem, to some extent, is that you have to be here and see it for yourself to comprehend the utter destruction that is so much like Berlin or Tokyo after World War II.

    We would like to invite our news colleagues from across the nation to come and view the Coast with us. It is impossible to comprehend this disaster from afar. A television can display only a single screen of the damage. When you have driven mile after mind-numbing mile and viewed the complete nothingness where cities and homes and businesses once stood, only then will you begin to understand what has happened here.

    Then you will begin to wonder, where are all the people who used to live on this beautiful shore? What has happened to their families and all of those shattered lives? That is when you will understand that the story of Katrina in South Mississippi isn’t over, it has only begun.

    On the third day after Katrina crushed us, this newspaper appealed to America: “Help us now,” the headline implored. America answered with an outpouring of love and help. That response saved us then.

    Our plea to newspapers and television and radio and Web sites across the land is no less important today: Please, tell our story. Hear the voice of our people and tell it far and wide.

    We are here. Do not forsake us.

    We are no footnote.

    And one more thing…

    Thank you. To every out-of-state volunteer, to every friend and family member who has sent supplies or prayers, we sincerely thank you.

    And we ask that you do one more thing: Call your senators and your congressional representative and ask them to support additional aid for South Mississippi’s recovery.

    We couldn’t have gotten off our knees without you. But we can’t get back on our feet without federal help.

    Katrina’s toll in Mississippi
    $125 billion — Estimated dollar amount of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
    231 — Identified dead statewide
    5 — Unidentified dead
    67 — Missing
    65,380 — Houses in South Mississippi destroyed
    383,700 — Mississippi insurance claims filed (Katrina and Rita)
    $5 billion — Claims paid (as of Nov. 21)
    141,000 — Insurance claims filed in South Mississippi
    $1.3 billion — Claims paid in South Mississippi
    44 million — Estimated cubic yards of debris in South Mississippi
    21.8 million — Cubic yards removed as of Dec. 5
    20,447 — Red Cross staff and volunteers in Mississippi
    5,543,006 — Red Cross meals served
    42,768 — People sheltered by Red Cross
    229 — Red Cross shelters opened
    $185 million — Red Cross money spent in South Mississippi as of Nov. 30

    National and international media coverage of late has been almost exclusively with a New Orleans angle to the detriment of not only Mississippi and other parts of Louisiana (and even a portion of Alabama). That truly is a shame considering the relatively short attention span of the average United States citizen who is routinely being inundated with ten-second soundbites. It’s not just the rebuilding of New Orleans but of other cities and towns as well. Rebuilding Gulfport, Biloxi, Destrehan, Slidell, Bay Saint Louis, Pass Christian, Wiggins, Delacroix, Waveland, Long Beach and a host of many places. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Christmas tomorrow. And then keep them in your thoughts and prayers afterwards.

    Please don’t forget them.

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    Polar Bears And Penguins And Coke, Oh My! December 24th, 2005

    Coca-Cola Penguins & Polar Bears Ad

    It’s cute. It’s traditional (as far as Coca-Cola Christmas ads go). But something about it bugged me for a while. Until it hit me. Polar Bears live in the wild in the northern hemisphere while Emperor Penguins live in the southern hemisphere. And as the saying goes, “…and the twain shall never meet.” Unless both are in a zoo and they get thrown into the same enclosure…and then the polar bears are more than likely going to drink the Coca-Cola after eating the penguins. I thought I was being completely anal retentive about this until I noticed many others on the internet have also noticed this. Even some educators have taken the Coca-Cola Company to task over the matter claiming the ad “dumbs down” wee kiddies in regards to geography. So far I haven’t seen any reports from any zoos to see if the polar bears would actually eat the penguins in the same enclosure if the penguins had Coca-Colas for distraction purposes. Maybe the penguins would use the bottles as a blunt weapon (but might work only if the old thick glass bottles were used not the current thin glass bottles or cheap plastic ones) but being peace-embracing pacifists, they would offer their Coca-Colas to the polar bears to drink. And then the polar bears would eat them. Maybe the penguins w0uld offer the polar bears Diet Coke instead to promote a healthier alternative. But the polar bears would take offense thinking the penguins were insinuating they were fat. And then the polar bears would eat them after ripping them apart.

    And maybe I’m just getting a little too goofy with this.

    Most Popular Christmas Music On The Radio December 23rd, 2005

    Christmas Music

    I read the following about Christmas music in a recent article:

    Media Monitors LLC tracked the most-played tunes on 50 all-Christmas stations last year. The top 10, in order:

    “The Christmas Song,” Nat King Cole; “Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives; “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee; “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams; “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms; “Merry Christmas Darling,” The Carpenters; “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Johnny Mathis; “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry; and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

    What’s notable about the list, Media Monitor says, is that it includes no carols or traditional songs, and nothing from the past 30 years.

    The most popular tunes, by all artists, were “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song.” Most popular artists (for all Christmas songs) were Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Harry Connick Jr., the Ray Coniff Singers, Mannheim Steamroller, Bing Crosby, Vanessa Williams, Amy Grant, Andy Williams and Kenny G.

    I have no problem with any of the songs above (although I find Kenny G probably the most annoying and least soulful musician on the planet) but with most radio stations playing Christmas music during the Christmas season is the lack of variety. The most common complaint I hear from listeners of those stations is the sheer repetitious nature of their playlists. If you listen for over 2 hours, you start hearing the same exact songs again. That’s a shame especially with the thousands of great Christmas songs out there.

    I hope to actually do something about it, as least locally, next year.

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    Only If You’re Utterly Insane…Or Completely Desperate December 23rd, 2005

    Packed Parking Lot

    I had to work a rare evening shift today so I drove to work this afternoon. During the drive I passed several large shopping centers including a Super Wal-Mart and a Target. In all cases, the parking lots were packed like sardines in a can with vehicles of all sorts. Apparently there are a lot of truly desperate individuals who had to get last minute stuff…either that or they are just completely off their rockers if they enjoy the crowds, long checkout lines, lack of merchandise, etc. You could not pay me enough money to go out shopping in this madness.

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    Bumper Sticker Humor December 23rd, 2005

    Seen this afternoon on the back of a duck hunter’s truck:

    Hooked On Quack

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    For Those With More Dollars Than Sense December 22nd, 2005

    Buck Eyed Fury Mike Burnett 400% Masked Superstar

    $475 FORTHIS????

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