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    Evil Westboro UnChristians Chased Away From Military Funeral November 30th, 2006

    Fred Phelps, cult leader & a couple of his followers

    Personally, I find it satisfying that those from the Fred Phelps Westboro unChristian hate cult (I refuse to refer to them as “Baptist” because they are not Baptist and they have clearly perverted Jesus’ teachings and twisted Biblical scripture to support their hatred) are now being actively opposed by family, friends and fellow military members. Stop The ACLU has video online of their cowardly hasty retreat at the hands of those attending the funeral of a soldier who died in Iraq. I predict things will only get worse for those representing Phelps’ cult protesting future funerals. However they will have to eventually answer directly to Jesus at some point as to why they (Phelps and his cult) chose hatred over love.

    What’s even more insane and clearly unChristian is that the Westboro cultists plan to protest the funerals Friday and Saturday of children killed in the tragic bus accident in Alabama on Monday. I believe Phelps and his followers follow something more satanic in their hatred rather than God’s love. I pray for them. A press release from the Patriot Guard, an organization devoted to drown out and pretty much destroy any effectiveness of Phelps’ cult’s protests can be found here.

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    The 2006 Hurricane Season Is Officially Over November 30th, 2006

    El Nino & The 2006 Hurricane Season

    November 30th arrived and hurricane season is now officially over for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico regions. The 2006 hurricane season didn’t live up to the experts’ dire predictions and that’s a very, very good thing. They are crediting the el nino effect for keeping the number of storms so low. However that is no reason for complacency for the 2007 season. We are in a active period that will most likely last more than 20 years.

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    As If There’s A Need For More Reasons Why The U.N. Is Useless… November 30th, 2006

    Captain Ed at the Captain’s Quarters blog has written an excellent article on the continuing corruption ongoing within the U.N. with emphasis on the latest rounds of rapes by U.N. peacekeeping forces. It’s disgusting how the organization has deteriorated under the leadership of Kofi “How Can I Profit Via Oil-For-Food” Annan. Can any new leadership clean up the U.N.? Is it even worth it anymore? In my opinion the U.N. no longer serves any useful purpose and at the very least, should be removed from United States soil to be relocated to Switzerland.

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    Unintended Humor In Labels November 30th, 2006

    Simply Sleep

    I believe I’ve mentioned it on my blog, but in case you missed it, I suffer periodically from insomnia. On some occassions when my insomnia kicks in I take over-the-counter sleeping pills. One brand I recently tried and found works well for me is Simply Sleep. I tend to be a good and responsible consumer and read the instructions fairly throroughly. However on the label from Simply Sleep the following is found:

    Simply Sleep

    I would HOPE the product would make me drowsy. That IS a component of getting to sleep, isn’t it? Yeah, it’s a silly warning, but you know some mentally-deficient yahoo probably filed a lawsuit thinking it WOULDN’T make him drowsy as he drove home. Or something equally as foolish.

    Silly disclaimers and warnings are abundant on products nowadays. Most likely due to lawsuits and threatened lawsuits.

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    Another Example Of Racial Double Standards November 27th, 2006

    Michael Irvin
    Michael Irvin Can Make Racially Stereotypical Statements And Get Away With It?

    Debbie Schlussel has written an excellent piece on the racial double standard that exists specifically in television broadcasting. Well worth the read and ironic since the Michael Richards incident. There can never be any racial harmony until such double standards are utterly and completely eliminated and frankly I don’t see it happening in my lifetime if ever.

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    Things I Have And Have Not Done November 27th, 2006

    I found the following over at The Crazy Rants Of Samantha Burns who found it at Diane’s Stuff, who got it from Skye’s who got it from Renaissance Blogger. The idea is simple: copy, bold the things you’ve done, and post. So I’m doing it for the heck of it. Post it on your blog if you wish. Comments in [brackets].

    01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
    02. Swam with wild dolphins
    03. Climbed a mountain [When I was in the Boy Scouts at Camp Philmont in New Mexico. I didn’t enjoy it. I wore ill-fitting hiking boots which tore up my feet.]
    04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
    05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
    06. Held a tarantula
    07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
    08. Said “I love you” and meant it [Always with my wife.]
    09. Hugged a tree
    10. Bungee jumped
    11. Visited Paris
    12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
    13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise [I’m an insomniac and watching the sun rise is something I’ve done on numerous occassions, but not in a romantic way.]
    14. Seen the Northern Lights
    15. Gone to a huge sports game [Well, I don’t know how “huge” is defined in this instance, but I’ve attended several professional and collegiate sports games including, but not limited to, Mississippi State, Florida State, New Orleans Saints, Tallahassee Tiger Sharks and Harlem Globetrotters.]
    16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
    17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables [Long time ago when I was a kid. My brother and I planted some veggies in Momma’s garden and got some good food out of it.]
    18. Touched an iceberg
    19. Slept under the stars [I was in the Boy Scouts for goodness sakes. Of course I’ve slept under the stars.]
    20. Changed a baby’s diaper
    21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
    22. Watched a meteor shower [Saw the Leonid meteor shower with my wife out in the countryside several years ago. Great experience.]
    23. Gotten drunk on champagne [Well, more tipsy rather than out-and-out drunk. I’ve never been much of a drinker and now am unable to drink any alcohol at all.]
    24. Given more than you can afford to charity [Couldn’t help myself the times I did it. But God got us through each time.]
    25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope [Saw Halley’s comet (more like fuzzball than comet) while I was in college. Not impressed.]
    26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
    27. Had a food fight [A high school football team moment with spaghetti. Momma was not pleased.]
    28. Bet on a winning horse
    29. Asked out a stranger
    30. Had a snowball fight [A nice college memory. Also when I was a wee kid, too. A fond memory with my Daddy.]
    31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can [I spilled some scalding hot liquid on my bare chest as I got it out of the microwave. Hurt like hell and I screamed briefly at the highest pitch possible. Didn’t know I had it in me.]
    32. Held a lamb
    33. Seen a total eclipse [A solar eclipse during the summer I attended Jones County Junior College. All classes went outside to have a looksy.]
    34. Ridden a roller coaster [Ahhh…I love old-fashioned wooden coasters. The Starliner at the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach, Florida was my first. Alas, the park is no longer there but the coaster will live on. It was disassembled and will soon be reassembled at Cypress Gardens in Florida.]
    35. Hit a home run [Only once when I played city league baseball. I was a good hitter, but for some reason never seemed able to hit the long ball.]
    36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
    37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
    38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment [Key phrase: just for a moment. I really don’t like much about my life.]
    39. Had two hard drives for your computer [Have two right now.]
    40. Visited all 50 states
    41. Taken care of someone who was drunk [I was in a fraternity. It came with the territory.]
    42. Had amazing friends [I don’t know how the author of this little exercise defines “amazing” but I think my friends are quite nifty and amazing. You know who you are.]
    43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
    44. Watched wild whales
    45. Stolen a sign [Uhhh..the statutes of limitations HAVE run out by now, right? In case not, I’d rather not go into details.]
    46. Backpacked in Europe
    47. Taken a road-trip [I attended college. Road-trips came with the territory.]
    48. Gone rock climbing
    49. Midnight walk on the beach [I did so on more one occasion with my wonderful wife.]
    50. Gone sky diving
    51. Visited Ireland
    52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
    53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them [Two scenarios where that had to be done. First, there used to be a restaurant in Mendenhall, Mississippi called The Revolving Tables Restaurant which had these huge circular tables with a large lazy-suzan on top which the staff kept filled with good country cookin’. You served yourself at the table but the tables were so large you shared them with other guests. The restaurant was the first in the U.S. to serve meals buffet-style and on lazy-susans. Many restaurants have copied the idea, but it originated with the The Revolving Tables Restaurant in Mendenhall, Mississippi. Each of their tables seats about a dozen patrons. Sadly, the place closed several years ago after being in business for over 85 years. The other scenario routinely took place while I attended Florida State University. At the time they had only one cafeteria for the 65,000+ students who attended. The cafeteria only seats about 250 and was only open certain times of the day. You do the math. It was always over crowded well past the point of fire codes and you always shared a table with strangers if you didn’t want to eat standing up.]
    54. Visited Japan
    55. Milked a cow
    56. Alphabetized your CDs
    57. Pretended to be a superhero [When I was a little kid, I pretended to be Spiderman in my red-and-blue pj’s. My brother had blue pj’s so he was Batman. We had good imaginations.]
    58. Sung karaoke
    59. Lounged around in bed all day [I suffer from depression and before I start medication, there were times, especially during my college days, where I wouldn’t leave my bed.]
    60. Played touch football [Lots of times in my younger days.]
    61. Gone scuba diving
    62. Kissed in the rain [Kissed my wife in the rain.]
    63. Played in the mud [Even had high school football practice in the mud. Loads of messy fun. Again, Momma was not pleased.]
    64. Played in the rain [As long as it wasn’t lightning during the rain, my parents didn’t mind me playing in the rain when I was a little kid.]
    65. Gone to a drive-in theater [The Lakeside Drive-In in Starkville, Mississippi when I was a college student and The Chief Drive-In in Cleveland, Mississippi when I was a little kid. Both have long disappeared.]
    66. Visited the Great Wall of China
    67. Started a business
    68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken [And I’m still married to her to this day.]
    69. Toured ancient sites [An Indian burial mound in NW Mississippi when I was a kid.]
    70. Taken a martial arts class
    71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight [Okay, geek admission here: I got hooked on playing D&D when I was in college and continued for about 5 years after college. I’ve grown out of it.]
    72. Gotten married [21 years when June, 2007 rolls around.]
    73. Been in a movie [I happened to be in the right place at the right time in Laurel, Mississippi when they were filming scenes for a made-for-TV movie starring LeVar Burton as a Detroit Tigers baseball player. The name of the movie is “One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story.” They needed extras to sit in the stands in period costume for a baseball game that took place when the character Mr. Burton played was much younger. Unfortunately, all those scenes I was in were cut.]
    74. Crashed a party
    75. Gotten divorced
    76. Gone without food for 5 days
    77. Made cookies from scratch
    78. Won first prize in a costume contest
    79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
    80. Gotten a tattoo
    81. Rafted the Snake River
    82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
    83. Got flowers for no reason
    84. Performed on stage [Did some stage magic as a teen. That’s about it. Nothing spectacular. I was no Lance Burton.]
    85. Been to Las Vegas
    86. Recorded music
    87. Eaten shark [Tried it. It wasn’t bad.]
    88. Kissed on the first date [And she eventually became my wife. Cool, huh?]
    89. Gone to Thailand
    90. Bought a house [Living in it now.]
    91. Been in a combat zone
    92. Buried one/both of your parents
    93. Been on a cruise ship
    94. Spoken more than one language fluently
    95. Performed in Rocky Horror [Another weird point of my teenage and college years. I saw it in theaters over 350 times. I lost count long, long ago. It’s not the same anymore since it’s available on DVD. I did the part of “Eddie” incidentally. Not too many choices for fat guys.]
    96. Raised children
    97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
    99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
    100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
    101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
    102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking [I do that a lot.]
    103. Had plastic surgery
    104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
    105. Wrote articles for a large publication
    106. Lost over 100 pounds [I did that the first time several years ago while taking Redux which was pulled from the market by the FDA. I gained it all back and then some. In March of 2006, I had gastric bypass surgery and have lost over 140 pounds so far. I’m shooting for about 80 or more pounds to go. This time around I’m keeping it off.]
    107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
    108. Piloted an airplane
    109. Touched a stingray
    110. Broken someone’s heart
    111. Helped an animal give birth
    112. Won money on a T.V. game show
    113. Broken a bone [Broke a bone in my hand a couple of years ago. Funny thing…it didn’t hurt that much.]
    114. Gone on an African photo safari
    115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
    116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol [My Daddy took my brother and I hunting a lot when I was a kid. Fishing was more my thing.]
    117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
    118. Ridden a horse [Only once when I was a little kid visiting my Uncle & Aunt in Winter Haven, Florida. I don’t remember much about it anymore.]
    119. Had major surgery [See my mention of the gastric bypass surgery above. Also had my tonsils out when I was a kid and also had oral surgery to dig out my wisdom teeth when I was a teen.]
    120. Had a snake as a pet
    121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
    122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours [Did that a couple of times. Once was due to some medications that were put in my system after a trip to the hospital emergency room. It sure didn’t feel that long, but my wife tells me it was.]
    123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
    124. Visited all 7 continents
    125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
    126. Eaten kangaroo meat
    127. Eaten sushi [Tried it. I wasn’t impressed. If raw fish was the only food available, then I’d eat it again. But in a restaurant, I’m ordering something else.]
    128. Had your picture in the newspaper [Yup. On several occasions in small-town newspapers.]
    129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about [I think so although I couldn’t tell you any specific examples offhand.]
    130. Gone back to school
    131. Parasailed
    132. Touched a cockroach [I’m the official bug-killer in this family.]
    133. Eaten fried green tomatoes [Tried it. Again, another food that didn’t impress me.]
    134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey [A college thing. Didn’t care for either one.]
    135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
    136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating [Did so with my Daddy hunting and also on fishing trips.]
    137. Skipped all your school reunions [I have absolutely no interest in going to any of my high school reunions. Too many bad memories. Plus I doubt if any of my classmates in my graduating class — all thirteen of ’em — could give a tinker’s damn about me anyway.]]
    138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language [Only if email counts. They didn’t speak English, but could read and write it a bit.]
    139. Been elected to public office
    140. Written your own computer language
    141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
    142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
    143. Built your own PC from parts
    144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
    145. Had a booth at a street fair
    146. Dyed your hair
    147. Been a DJ [20 years in radio. Started in 1976 when I was 13 years old. Who knows, I may do it again someday.]
    148. Shaved your head
    149. Caused a car accident
    150. Saved someone’s life

    Boy that was lengthy. Whaddya think?

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    It’s Alcee Hastings’ Spin For Fools November 27th, 2006

    Impeached Judge Now Crooked Democrat From Florida, Alcee Hastings
    Impeached Judge Now Crooked Democrat From Florida, Alcee Hastings

    It seems that the dreaded “foot in mouth disease” currently plaguing Democrats in the House & Senate is spreading. John Kerry showed the symptoms with his “botched joke” insult of the military. Charles Rangel showed the symptoms with his insults of Mississippi and the military. Now impeached judge and current corrupt Democrat congresscritter Alcee Hastings has been infected. Recently in a speech to fellow House Democrats Hastings denied he was corrupt and attacked

    “Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michael Barone, Drudge, anonymous bloggers, and other assorted misinformed fools

    who have cited his House impeachment and Senate conviction on bribery and perjury charges. Michelle Malkin, one of those specifically named by Hastings, provides ample documentation exposing Hastings’ attempt at spin. I truly urge you to read not only her post, but all the links showing the historical record concerning Hastings’ impeachment and past actions. California Conservative blog also has an interesting and enlightening take on the Hastings situation. Please read that as well. If anyone is a “fool” here, it’s Alcee Hastings for trying to fool people into believing he’s not corrupt. Just another of Democrat clowns who fits in snugly as a prime example of the “culture of corruption” Pelosi, Reid, et al promised to eliminate. Instead, the Democrats are not only promoting it (not surprising) but cultivating it as well.

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    Thanksgiving Weekend Football Blues November 26th, 2006

    New Orleans Saints Mississippi State Bulldogs Florida State Seminoles - Football

    Well, on Saturday the Florida State Seminoles lost to the Florida Gators and the Mississippi State Bulldogs lost to the Oxford Junior College…er, excuse me…Ole Miss Rebels. At least the New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons for the second time this season. So the weekend wasn’t a total washout for me in regards to football.

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    Mall Crowds November 26th, 2006

    Mall Crowds

    ‘Tis the day after Thanksgiving and the after-Thanksgiving sales are in full swing. The crowds will be insanely large at malls throughout the country. And I’m probably going to get stuck right in the middle of one. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more my dislike of crowds increases. When I was a kid, I loved going to places where it was crowded and noisy. Malls. Football games. Indoor concerts. But nowadays, I prefer an open airy and quiet, serene feeling when I go out. I guess I’m turning into an “old fogey.” Oh, well.

    UPDATE: I was “volunteered” to drive my wife and her Mom to the Tanger Outlet Center in Foley, Alabama on “black Friday” and I can honestly say that there is nothing on sale that would get me back out in a nightmarish crowd like that again. After dropping them off, it took me over 45 minutes just to find a parking space. Never again!

    Where Has My Money Been? November 24th, 2006

    There is an interesting, interactive site called “Where’s George” where you can track the travels of tagged various American paper currency. I’ve seen these from time to time. If you get paper currency with “” on it, you can go to the Where’s George? Home Page and enter the denomination, series (year) and serial number as well as your current zip code and then hit the ‘SUBMIT’ button. You’ll be able to see where that bill has been and whomever entered the information in beforehand will be able to see where it ended up. The more people that enter the information, the more tracking that bill receives. And you can start with a new bill as well. It’s free and it’s pretty interesting.

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! November 23rd, 2006

    Happy Thanksgiving

    My wife and I wish each and every one of you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. We are taking the time this day to count our blessings from God and give thanks to God for those blessings. I thank each and every reader of my blog for visiting. I hope your Thanksgiving day will be enjoyable and blessed.

    Thanksgiving Prayer

    Just Say NO To “The Juice” November 20th, 2006

    O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder

    News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX broadcast network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special “If I Did It.” What took them so long? What inept person or persons okay’ed these projects to begin with? News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said,

    “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.”

    Gee, Rupert, ya think so?!?

    A tip o’ the hat to Michelle Malkin for the heads up about this announcement.

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    Army – So Easy? November 18th, 2006


    I saw this over on the Florida Cracker blog. According to FC, a Marine sent him the graphic.

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    Hottest Pepper Ever Discovered – Over One Million Scoville Heat Units November 17th, 2006

    Dried Bih Jolokia Pepper Pod
    Dried Bih Jolokia Pod.
    In this form, it may have up to one million Scoville Heat Units.

    Harald Zoschke writes about the search for the hottest chile pepper in the world, measuring more than one million Scoville Heat Units. It was a five-year quest, but finally the ‘Naga Jolokia’ gets its due as the hottest pepper on the planet.

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    More Moonbattery Derangement From Kos & The Kids November 17th, 2006

    Moon Bat Moonbat

    Once again, Daily Kos shows itself to not allow truth and facts get in the way of a good bashing. Michelle Malkin reports of the Daily Kos rallying the “Black Box” troops to fight against Diebold for stealing a congressional election from a Democrat in Florida’s 13th district. Plus they have launched a fund-raising drive to fight the evil Diebold empire. However there’s a little, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy problem with Kos’s call to arms…Diebold didn’t manufacture the voting machines used in Florida’s 13th district. Diebold’s main competitor, ES&S, made the machines used in Florida’s 13th district. Again, Kos would rather ignore facts than allow a good excuse to attack others to slip by. Typical moonbattery by extremist liberals. The lame update at the bottom of the post states “Update II: Machines in FL-13 were made by ES&S. Same difference.” Kos completely and conveniently ignores the fact that moonbatty liberals have been after Diebold ever since the 2000 Presidential elections and Kos gleefully joins in on the attacks. But Kos doesn’t worry about fact-checking and truth-finding to engage in a liberal battle.

    Personally, in regards to voting machines, I believe a paper-trail should not only be necessary but a requirement in regards to ballot boxes of any kind. The ones used here in Leon County have a paper trail in the form of the fill-in-the-bubble ballots used to choose the candidates. As such problems in this Florida county are pretty much nil. The Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho has done an excellent job of running elections here for several years and as far as I can see, hardly anyone has anything negative to say about his job performance.

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