Saturday, December 23, 2006

Miss USA update

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Racy pics cost Miss Nevada USA her crown

Miss USA, Tara Conner, left, has a tarnished tiara, while Miss Teen USA, Katie Blair, drew the ire of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Story Highlights

• Photos show queen exposing breast, pulling down her pants
• Miss Nevada was 17, had "lapse of judgment," attorney says
• Miss USA kept tiara when she agreed to go into rehab
• MADD cut its ties with hard-partying Miss Teen USA

NEW YORK (AP) -- Another Miss USA contestant has taken a tumble.

Miss Nevada USA was stripped of her title Thursday after racy photos of her appeared on the Internet, pageant officials said. Some of the photos show Katie Rees, 22, kissing other young women, exposing one of her breasts and pulling down her pants to show her thong underwear at a party in Tampa, Florida.

"Katie Rees has been relieved of her duties as Miss Nevada USA 2007," said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss USA pageant and others. (link)

Now that's an extra spicy tale to go with the Miss Usa and Miss Teen 'blunders'. Of course they show no pictures of Miss Nevada's 'indiscretions', but you get the idea. It's not ok to be a typical teen and then compete for these pagaents. Yes people should be able to be what and who they want, but this stuff needs to be known beforehand, so the judges (and sponsors) can make a determination if they want that particular person representing them.

Do I think these women (girls?) should be stripped of their titles and such? Heck no, they shouldn't be punished for being normal people. They should be punished for lying to the organizers of the contest and not telling them that they are typical teenagers; but it is ultimately up to the people putting on the pagaent to make sure they research a little beforehand.

Of course, that doesn't take away the responsibility that these girls have in trying to live up to what they are supposed to represent either, so I guess it's a catch-22. I think in the future, the people chosen will be more strigently 'back'-checked before allowing them to compete and perhaps win.

Still, it does make for interesting reading.
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Reason to party?

UT vs UT

Tennessee's Duke Crews (32) puts up a shot while defended by Damion James of Texas during the first half their college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee's men's team beats Texas for the 2nd straight year! This one was 50-35 at the half (Texas) and looked like a run-away (according to the article, I didn't get to watch). UT (vols) battled back and took the lead with a few seconds left and Texas tied it to send it to OT which the Vols dominated.

Now maybe they will get a little respect in the nation (ESPN, polls, etc.). But the great thing about basketball is the tournament is all that matters (you have to get there, but you don't have to be perfect).
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Reason to cheer

Dead Taliban, Sharia and Cease-fires

Good news from Afghanistan:
Asia
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U.S. Airstrike Kills Taliban Commander
KABUL, Afghanistan - A top Taliban military commander described as a close associate of Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar was killed in an airstrike this week close to the border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said Saturday. A purported Taliban spokesman denied the claim.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was killed Tuesday by a U.S. airstrike while traveling by vehicle in a deserted area in the southern province of Helmand, the U.S. military said. Two associates also were killed, it said.

Osmani, regarded as one of three top associates of Omar, is the highest-ranking Taliban leader that the coalition has claimed to have killed or captured since U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime in late 2001 for hosting bin Laden. (link)

Hopefully Omar will be next. Of course now that the Fwench have turned tail and ran, maybe we can get some real work done in this part of the world.

From WaPo comes a case for hope:

Saudi Lawyer Takes On Religious Court System

Rights Cases Used To Press for Change

Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, December 23, 2006; Page A01

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi human rights lawyer Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem said he had been waiting years for a case like this: A woman and her daughter, both accused of promiscuity, were followed by the morals police as they left a private residence on the outskirts of the capital.

The police, who enforce adherence to Saudi Arabia's strict religious laws, beat up the women's driver and drove off with them locked in the back of the car. When the car broke down half an hour later, the officers abandoned them in the stranded vehicle.




In his Riyadh office, human rights lawyer Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem, right, talks to a man whose mother and sister are suing the country's religious police. "If we win this case," he said, "it will prove that nobody is above the rule of law." (By Faiza Saleh Ambah -- The Washington Post)

The police assumed that the women had been visiting male friends. But the two had been at the home of female relatives. And unlike the thousands who had previously been intimidated into dropping their grievances, they insisted on taking their kidnappers to court. The case, which goes to trial next week, will give Lahem a chance to finally confront the powerful morals police, whom he considers the country's worst human rights offenders.

Lahem, a 35-year-old father of two, contends that the police oppress people in the name of religion and act as if the law doesn't apply to them. He wants to prove them wrong.

"If we win this case, it will have more of an impact than a dozen lectures or newspaper articles," he said. "It will send a powerful message to them, and to the public, who view men of the cloth as untouchable. It will prove that nobody is above the rule of law." (link)

Maybe this will be the beginning of the end of sharia.

Cease-fire, middle-east style:
Middle East
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Senior Palestinian Official Shot in Gaza

(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians run for cover as gunmen from Hamas take position during a gunbattle Fatah militants in the West Bank city of Nablus , Friday, Dec. 22, 2006.
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By IBRAHIM BARZAK, The Associated Press
Dec 23, 2006 7:22 AM (2 hrs 7 mins ago)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Assailants fired on the car of a senior Palestinian security official Saturday, wounding him, a bodyguard and a girl in intensifying factional fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he hopes to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the coming week, but said no date has been set. The meeting would be the first between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a year and a half. (link)
Makes you wonder what a war looks like? Seriously though, does anyone (Olmert and Abbas included) think that anything will come of a meeting between the two? As long as Hamas and Fatah are 'armed' branches of anything, peace will not exist. The palestinian-arabs will never achieve statehood if they cannot at least attempt to build a state. One common army for defense would be a fresh and much needed start. Disbanding terrorist groups and providing basic laws and services to the people that live in the territories would also help. But there number one (and only for Hamas) concern is the irradication of Israel. And Jimmah thinks they deserve to be able to do just that.
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Reason amongst the dhimmikrauts

Friday, December 22, 2006

Tom Tochi

HehTM I got this in the mail today. It's nice to see that some people just never give up.
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Anyone want to send this guy a bunch of spam mail? Feel free, I linked the addy for you. Just don't fall for this scam.
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Reason to laugh

For Nuri

A little background on the Spanish problem:
The Jihadist Dream to Liberate Spain
By Aaron Hanscom
FrontPageMagazine.com | December 22, 2006

Earlier this year a
jihadist document calling for the liberation of so-called occupied territories and issued by the al-Qaeda-linked group Nadim al-Magrebi was posted on the Islamic extremist website Alansar. In most European capitals, where the cult of Palestinianism reins supreme, such demands are often met with approval since the occupied land in question is usually Israeli. But this time the statement addressed Spain—not Israel. It warned of a “holy war against the infidel Spanish state which has occupied the two cities.”


The two cities in question are Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish enclaves on the North African coast which Spain gained control of nearly 500 years ago. Melilla, with a population of 64,400, is home to 26,400 Muslims; Ceuta’s Muslims number 27,000 out of a population of 71,500. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that Muslims will become the majority in the next decade.


Demographics, however, don’t pose the only threat to Spain’s future. This month 11 Islamist radicals, ten Spaniards and a Moroccan, were arrested in Ceuta for planning to stage terrorist attacks in the country. (Two of the brothers of Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed, the one-time Guantanamo prisoner who was eventually exonerated by a Spanish court, were among those arrested.) The seven suspects later detained by Judge Baltasar Garzon were charged with belonging to the Salafia Yihadia terrorist group which forms part of the al-Qaeda network in North Africa. In a statement Garzon said that the group had considered stealing weapons and explosives from a military base and carrying out an attack during Ceuta's annual fiesta. Sources claim that at least one member had already written a suicide note. The investigation of the group which began in March of 2005 also revealed that the individuals detained were in contact with two Spanish soldiers of Moroccan origin from whom they hoped to obtain explosives and strategic information. (link)

A little reading for you about the Spanish difficulties with Islamic Jihad and what they (jihadis) propose for your country.

Spain, like France has no beef in the ongoing War on Terror in the Middle East. They have pulled all their troops out of Iraq and as a country decided to stay out of it. What will they do when the war comes to them?

Spain Cancels Centuries Old Tradition in Fear of Suicide Bombers

Filed under: Dhimmitude by Chad Evans at 3:24 pm EDT

From The Brussels Journal:

Spain will no longer burn effigies of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslim armies occupied Spain from 711 to 1492. For the past five centuries the Spanish have traditionally celebrated the 1492 liberation from the Moors (as the Muslims were locally called) with local village festivals during which the battles against the Moors were reenacted and effigies of the Muslim prophet – the so-called “la Mahoma” – were mocked, thrown from the windows, and burned.

Last year the town of Bocairent near Valencia decided to discontinue the tradition of centuries. The town did not want to risk becoming the target of Islamic suicide bombers. On Monday the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that this year the other Valencian towns are also abolishing ancient traditions which are perceived to be offensive to Muslims. The people of Beneixama used to stuff the head of the Mahoma with firecrackers which went off as the onlookers applauded. This year Beneixama decided to abolish this part of the celebration. Antonio Vald├ęs, the local mayor, told El Pais: “This was not an essential part of the festivities. It could hurt the sensitivities of some. We decided to avoid that.” The reconquista will still be commemmorated, but without “aggression” towards Muhammad.

The former Moorish provinces of Spain, or “Al-Andalus” as Islamists call it, are the only part of the world besides Israel which was once Muslim territory but was lost to Islam. Osama bin Laden dreams of recapturing it. By renouncing their ancient traditions the Spanish seem to indicate that they deserve the return of the Moors.

That, like the German theater closing down a three year-old play, is Islamophobia. (link via IntheBullpen blog)

Fold is what it looks like.
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Reason amongst the infidels

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bottom story of the day

I love Best of from WSJ normally, but this story is abit much:

Pavlov's Blog
If you ever want an illustration of the psychological phenomenon known as conditioned reflex, write a disdainful article about blogs and get it into print. Our talented young colleague Joe Rago did just that yesterday, and, predictably enough, he was met with howls of outrage from the herd of iconoclasts collectively known as the blogosphere.

We need to clarify one thing, though. Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon yesterday was devoted to faulting Rago's piece for about the most trivial error imaginable: a missing period at the end of a paragraph. Once that mistake was corrected online, Muir updated his cartoon (quoting verbatim): "Note: WSJ editurz have korrected punshuation punctuashion the period thing 10amEST.-Ed." Blogger Glenn Reynolds sneered, "I notice that Rago has fixed the typo, . . . after just a few hours, a speed that is only a bit slower than the average blogger."

Actually, it was your humble columnist (who also serves as editor of this Web site) who fixed this typo. What's more, we went back and checked, and it turns out that we, not Rago, were responsible for the typo in the first place. The period was there in the print edition, and apparently we deleted it through an errant keystroke while we were preparing the article for online posting.

You can still blame the MSM, though. After all, even though what we do has some resemblance to blogging, we are part of the mighty Wall Street Journal. (link)

A part of the 'MSM' taking up for a fellow journalist? Notice the reporting of the 'sneer' by Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit). How does Taranto know that Glenn was sneering? I didn't see anything in the link (although he probably was, you know how wild Glenn is). I read quite abit about Rago's comments on many blogs (and read Rago's column myself). Not too many posts I saw were not warranted by Rago's (and by extension now Taranto's) holier-than-thou attitude concerning 'journalists' vs. bloggers.

After what I've seen lately, I'll take the bloggers (en masse) over the journalists. Of course, no one blogger (or even small group) can compete with the MSM, but on the whole, with the instant checks and balances that the blogosphere has any and all errors are instantly leapt on. In the MSM world, errors are caught but the care doesn't seem to be there.

And really, how many didn't think the day by day cartoon was funny? hehTM
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Reason not to be a journalist?

Fat, Al-Sadr, troop increase

Scientists link weight to gut bacteria

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
Wed Dec 20, 5:54 PM ET


AFP/File Photo: A woman stands outside a sandwich shop. Certain gut bacteria may encourage obesity, according to...
WASHINGTON - Maybe it's germs that are making you fat.

Researchers found a strong connection between obesity and the levels of certain types of bacteria in the gut. That could mean that someday there will be novel new ways of treating obesity that go beyond the standard advice of diet and exercise.

According to two studies being published in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature, both obese mice and people had more of one type of bacteria and less of another kind.
A "microbial component" appears to contribute to obesity, said study lead author Jeffrey Gordon, director of Washington University's Center for Genome Sciences.

Obese humans and mice had a lower percentage of a family of bacteria called Bacteroidetes and more of a type of bacteria called Firmicutes, Gordon and his colleagues found. (link)
Just what people need, another way to get fat. Of course if this really does pan out, maybe they can give you a bacteria to make you lose weight?


Al-Sadr wants a cease-fire?

Radical cleric mulling Iraq cease-fire


AP Photo: Iraqis carry a coffin with the body of Munqith Ahmed (29), along with posters of...

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 9 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads a militia feared by Iraq's Sunnis, is considering a one-month unilateral cease-fire and may push his followers to rejoin the political process after a three-week boycott, officials close to him said.

The issue is expected to come up at a meeting Thursday in the holy city of Najaf between al-Sadr and a delegation representing the seven Shiite groups that form the largest bloc
in Iraq's parliament, the Shiite officials said on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the talks.

Half the delegates traveled to Najaf on Wednesday night, and were gathered Thursday morning at the home of the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, an official in al-Sistani's office said on condition of anonymity because of political sensitivities. The others were traveling to Najaf on Thursday, he said. (link)
Will this cease-fire be a standard arab one? (ie: keep shooting each other, but in public call it a cease-fire) Why now? Is it because Iraq and the U.S. are contemplating (whether they should be shot for allowing him to live) targetting Al-Sadr in hopes of stopping the violence there. You would think that a good plan for stopping someone from committing violence (or inciting others to commit it) would be to take them out. Of course, our first plan was to invite him into the government, and that's worked swell. Declare war on Al-Sadr, take the Iraqi army (with U.S. embeds) and wipe the neighborhood of insurgents, repeat on every group that is causing problems. Then the Iraqi army can provide the necessary protection for their country.

Also, notice the source? "...Shiite officials said on condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the talks." If it's so damn secret, why are these officials telling the press and why is the press reporting it? There should be a law stating that if you use a secret source, you can't say you are doing it because of the secrecy of the issue.


Gates asking the troops their opinion? Wonders never cease(TM)
Troops to Gates: Extra forces would help

AP Photo: In this image released by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates,...
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer
3 minutes ago


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the rest of the Bush administration may be undecided on whether to send more troops to
Iraq, but several soldiers he met with at Camp Victory here on Thursday morning here said extra forces would help.
"I really think we need more troops here. With more presence on the ground, more troops might hold them off long enough to where we can get the Iraqi Army trained up."

The troops may be somewhat at odds with military commanders, who worry that rushing thousands more Americans to the battlefront could prompt Iraqis to slow their effort to take control of their country.

Those concerns are "clearly a consideration" in mapping out future strategy, Gates said. (link)
What a novel approach, asking the people doing the job what they need to do it. Maybe this will catch on (gasp) and the people in charge will show some sense when approaching a difficult situation. Of course, had they simply treated Iraq like a war to begin with, this wouldn't be necessary.
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get paid to blog

Seems PayperPost is changing directions and asking (demanding?) posters to disclose the fact that they are being paid to make certain posts if they get paid to blog. I guess I should have read more into it when I applied, since I thought you had to anyway :)

I'm glad I decided to put that I was being paid to post certain things (if they ever actually pay me, so far not) simply because I thought it was the right thing to do. And now looks like it is the required thing to do.

They will be coming out tomorrow with a press release stating that the blogger has to have a disclosure on site, I would think they'd want each post to be disclosed, but I just work for them hehTM.

Ok, this is my 'paid-to-post' post about PayperPost. I still encourage others to look into it, advertisers get relatively cheap advertising (based on page ranks and such) and bloggers get some extra cash for ... posting.
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Reason to get paid

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Busy Day

Sorry not any posting done today. Had the day off work and spent it putting together a computer desk for my daughter. After that, we all went to Logan's and ate dinner (steak).

Next it was a letter to Santa (she wants diamond earrings, she's five!) and then off to bed. I'm sure there's just been loads of news, so hopefully someone got something good I can read later on.

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday Night Video

Time for the Tuesday Night Video from Vidilife:

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Re-Miss America

Trump Lets Miss USA Keep Her Job
By ADAM GOLDMAN
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Miss USA Tara Conner, who had come under criticism amid rumors she had been frequenting bars while underage, will be allowed to keep her title, Donald Trump announced Tuesday.

"I've always been a believer in second chances," Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC, said with Conner at his side.

Trump said he and Conner had met earlier Tuesday morning.

"She left a small town in Kentucky and she was telling me that she got caught up in the whirlwind of New York," Trump said. "It's a story that has happened many times before to many women and many men who came to the Big Apple. They wanted their slice of the Big Apple and they found out it wasn't so easy."

Conner won the title in April and has been living in New York. Recent media accounts of heavy drinking brought a storm of criticism, since she was underage at the time. She turned 21 on Monday.

In a tear-choked voice, Conner said, "In no way did I think it would be possible for a second chance to be given to me." (link)
AP Photo
AP Photo/DARREN DECKER

So Mr. Trump (he with no morals) decided he couldn't really judge Miss America's morals hehTM.

Now that she has become 'legal' to do all that partying she was already doing, I guess everything is ok. But what about Miss Teen? She was the one partying with Miss Conner after all.

Yes I'm posting about this simply to put up the picture.
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Reason to wake up

Monday, December 18, 2006

From the Left

Via Townhall: (it is a link to Andrew Sullivan's site, I said I wouldn't do it, but he's away and it's a guest blogger)

10 things I love about America

17 Dec 2006 12:08 pm

[Daniel]

Over the next few days, alongside all the other stuff, I hope to introduce you to some of the best things on the British blogging and journalism scene. But if I'm going to do that it seems only fair if I start with 10 things I love about America:

1. Loaded potato skins

2. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

3. Walt Disney

4. The fact that almost everyone you meet in America is incredibly polite

5. The fact that almost everyone you meet in New York isn't

6. The West Wing

7. Martin Luther King

8. The steaks at Morton's

9. The Manhattan Institute

10. The fact that you send your children across the world to risk their lives for liberty and spend billions of your dollars on it, even though the people whose liberty you are saving, including my fellow Europeans, don't say thank you properly

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Sully's site would be much better if this guy posted more, of course his other posts may be bad, but they still wouldn't match Queen Sockpuppet's bottom-dwelling spit.
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Blogging

Slow day for me today. I spent time at my parents doing Christmas and spent the day with my daughter just 'hangin out' together.

I havn't been able to check out what's going on in the world as of yet but I did post about a bad Santa :)

Tennessee men did beat OK state tonite in hoops (OK State was undefeated and 14/15 in the polls) so it was a good win for them (it was in Nashville, so technically a 'neutral-court' win) and will certainly look good in March when it's time to pick teams for the tournament.

My Cowboys clinched a playoff birth with their win Saturday night and can clinch the division with a win against Philly on Christmas day. Hopefully their defense can step up and shut Garcia down and make this game over quicker than the last one.

Now I'm off to check the news in the world (blogosphere anyway) and maybe post some more. But I doubt it.
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Santa busted

He's just a 'jolly ole elf':
'Santa' charged with kidnapping girl

AP Photo: This booking photo released by the Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts on Monday, Dec....

2 hours, 14 minutes ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A 55-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus forced an 8-year-old girl to ride in his motorcycle's sidecar for several minutes and was charged with kidnapping, authorities said.

The girl, of Augusta, Ga., and her family stopped at a convenience store off Interstate 20 on Sunday night when they noticed John Michael Barton, dressed in a Santa Claus suit, refueling his motorcycle, police said.

Barton asked the children to come over and look at a stuffed Rudolph he had in his sidecar. Then, he started up his motorcycle and drove away with the 8-year-old girl, authorities said. (link)

Just because it's Christmas it's still not a good idea to take strange kids into your motorcycle side-car. They're not too sure what the deal behind this was, but so far they are treating it as a kidnapping. This old guy has been giving rides to other kids, but the kicker is the father had to do 80mph to catch 'Santa'. Seems a bit too fast to be just giving the kid a treat.

Hopefully they can find out exactly what's going on here. Just from reading the article the old man may be a little senile. While I feel sorry for people that lose their minds (or begin to), it's hard to be too lenient with a man that kidnaps a little girl and leads the father on a chase of speeds up to 80.
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Reason for speed

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Second Chance / Passing Away

Two stories about opposites: (first from England)

Little boy comes 'back from the dead' after car crash

Exclusive By LUCY LAING
Last updated at 22:00pm on 17th December 2006

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This is the amazing little boy who has literally come back from the dead after doctors switched off his life support machine.

Doctors said they didn’t hold out any hope for six-year-old Craig Boardman who was given a nil chance of survival after suffering massive injuries after being hit by a truck.

They had already switched off his life support machine once, but he had shown no sign of life so they had to switch it back on.

Miracle: Six-year-old boy wakes from the dead after being hit by truck.

So when doctors switched off the machine for the second time, no-one held out any hope - until Craig took the tinest(sic) of breaths.

Now he has made an amazing recovery and is back home in Dishforth, North Yorkshire, with his relieved parents, who thought they had lost him for ever. (link)

Remarkable and touching story of a little boy that was lost and came back. A very warm story to happen at this particular time of year. Here's hoping the little boy lives a very long and fulfilling life.


Now the other way (from just up the road):
Student linked to TB cases at UNA dies
Last Updated:December 17. 2006 12:00AM
Published: December 17. 2006 3:30AM

A student scheduled to receive his master's degree in business administration Friday from the University of North Alabama died at Huntsville Hospital on Thursday.

University officials declined to identify the student, but the TimesDaily has learned that Bikash Agrawal is the fifth student in the university's international program to be linked to two confirmed and two suspected cases of tuberculosis at the university.

All four students are being treated for the disease with a standard drug protocol, said Dr. Karen Landers, area health officer. She said none remains hospitalized or is contagious.

Health officials have not said, however, that Agrawal's death was a result of TB.

Landers said Agrawal's case has been linked to the other four cases. His case was determined through communication across public health areas within the state, she said.

"We are aware of the situation," she said. "But we are satisfied all appropriate action has been taken, and this death won't affect our investigation."

Landers serves a six-county region that includes Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion, Walker and Winston counties.

Although he had been a resident of Florence, Agrawal was living in Huntsville at the time of his death. He had taken one course on campus at UNA and another through the online degree program.

David Shields, UNA vice president for student affairs, said the student had not attended an on-campus class in the past two months. (link)
Prayers go out to this young man's family.
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Online Payday Loan

In serious need of cash? Try a Instant Payday Loan Online...

Really, don't do it, the rates of interest they charge are outrageous. I could see where this might come in handy if you just REALLY REALLY needed the money right then and couldn't possible wait, but if there is anyway possible to not do this, I'd recommend that option.

The interest rates are ~17.5% per $100 borrowed, that is a very steep rate for a 2 week loan (loan times may vary) and still 'legal'.
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Civil War in Palestine

When will NBC call this a civil war?

Factional Violence in Gaza Escalates

Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, December 17, 2006; 11:20 AM

JERUSALEM, Dec. 17--Gunmen opened fire on the convoy of the Palestinian foreign minister from the governing Hamas movement Sunday in the tense aftermath of President Mahmoud Abbas's call for early elections. Hours later a mortar attack on the presidential compound in the Gaza Strip wounded five people and a Palestinian civilian was killed in running gun battles.

Hamas officials condemned the attack on Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar's motorcade, which came as it passed through Gaza City, as an assassination attempt. There were no reports of injuries in the attack on the motorcade. (link)

Not that I'm complaining or anything, as long as Fatah and Hamas are attacking each other, that buys respite from their attacks for the Israeli people.

Now if the world would condemn this violence like they do any violence against the arabs living in Palestine, then it may be a step up. If Israel defended itself against an attack by either of these parties, there would be a new condemnation from the HR committee of the U.N., but since it is arab killing arab, not so much.

You ever wonder why we don't have headlines about factions in Israel killing each other over politics? Or that a red state in the US has attacked the leaders of a blue state? Maybe because the problem isn't with the 'civilized' countries at all, but with the backwater factions that think being a 'victim' entitles them to the right to kill anyone they please and get a free pass in the 'international' community and the MSM.
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