Thursday, January 26, 2006

Jesus Musical

Video sent by tbiet
funny video - but the Inquisition may not approve.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

As I've Matured

This came to me and inspired me to reconnect as well to

Ain't Politics Grand

Jesse Jackson's New Staff Member, Mel Reynolds Jessie Jackson has added former Chicago Democrat Congressman Mel Reynolds to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's payroll. Reynolds was among the 176 criminals excused in President Clinton's last-minute forgiveness spree. Reynolds received a commutation of his six-and-a-half-year federal sentence for 15 convictions of wire fraud, bank fraud and lies to the Federal Election Commission. He is more notorious, however, for concurrently serving five years for sleeping with an underage campaign volunteer. This is a first in American politics: An ex-congressman who had sex with a subordinate... won clemency from a president who had sex with a subordinate... then was hired by a clergyman who had sex with a subordinate. His new job? Ready for this??
*********YOUTH COUNSELOR********

(I should check this with SNOPES... I have no clue if this is real).

Despair, Inc.

I recently received an email with a list of despairing issues for people as they get older. It reminded me of this company and its website which I now share with you. I just ordered their DVD. I think you'll enjoy some of the videos on their main video pages. Play them and laugh ... or cry ... depending on how the world works in YOUR company!

Despair, Inc.

I recently received an email with a list of despairing issues for people as they get older. It reminded me of this company and its website which I now share with you. I just ordered their DVD. I think you'll enjoy some of the videos on their main video pages. Play them and laugh ... or cry ... depending on how the world works in YOUR company! DESPAIR.COM

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Fred on Everything

This guy is wacko, but he does have a good mind. I find myself disagreeing with him about 40% of the time, but he does make arguments with good logic ... usually. Then, sometimes he just goes off on a rant. Just pick a topic under his long list of issues he has covered, and be soothed or angered depending on how you read it. In either case, the writing is quite entertaining. There are times, I want to begin a column of my own rants and thoughts. In such a case, I would agree with myself probably about 100% of the time.

Code Pink and Murtha

An interesting coalition of Rep. Murtha and Code Pink. Murtha is a decorated veteran of over 30 years in the US Military. He obviously has a heart and cares about the dead and wounded of the Iraq war. Unfortunately, his caring and his political stance on the war have become tools for enemies who wish to harm more American troops and Iraqi citizens. Because a military veteran takes a particular stance does not grant him visionary status as a battlefield commander. Note America's Civil War. It took years of sifting through dozens of Generals before Lincoln found a General who could win (Grant). Winning a war and politicizing a position are two different things. I think Murtha means well, but as a military strategist, he would never (imho) be picked for winning a war - and his actions contribute to a losing mentality. Notes and links below were in my email:
Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) met with leaders of the anti-American group Code Pink last week at the anti-Operation Iraqi Freedom meeting in Arlington, Virginia hosted by Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) For more information about the dastardly acts of Code Pink at Walter Reed Hospital, see this link:

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Angry Republican Mom

Angry Republican Mom
I dunno ... something about this site.. I just like it. Vic

Secret Service Opinions of Presidents

SLH sent an email with the contens from this SNOPES review. Check it out. The letter starts out like this: MessagePRESIDENTIAL OBSERVATIONS BY THE SECRET SERVICE Observations by Dave Kulow ... We had a neighbor when I lived in DC who was part of the secret service presidential detail for many years. His stories of Kennedy and Johnson were the same as those I heard from the guys who flew the presidents' plane --- (Snopes and are excellent places to check out ALL stories you get in your email! Vic)

ICE your cell phone

A good idea for your cell phone:from SLH(read on)
Paramedics will turn to a victim's cell phone for clues to that person's identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple idea that they are trying to get everyone to adopt: ICE.
ICE stands for In Case of Emergency.
If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone no.of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do.
Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately. ICE your cell phone NOW! Please pass this along

Bull in the CHINA Closet

uh oh... see this link, inspired by the full story emailed by Carl Z. A re-apportionment of Yuan can rain havoc on some US Markets because of a weakened dollar (Real Estate and Imports). But if Dollar falls - Exports will BOOM from USA - Foreign tourisism to USA will go way up. There are pluses and minuses here. THE FULL STORY.

It's A Wonderful Life? Iraq

This Email came via RG (Marine, Vietnam)
This article was in the 29 Dec 05 San Antonio Express News.
Capt. James S. Eadie: Media ignoring all the George Baileys on Iraq's front lines

The emergency rooms in Iraq can be eerily quiet or suddenly explode into a flurry of action, such as the day a Bradley troop carrier was hit by a roadside bomb, engulfing the occupants in flame and twisted metal. As an emergency physician, these are the days I trained for, but dread to see.
The tent hospital shook as the Blackhawk helicopters landed with seven injured soldiers. They had blast injuries from the explosion, shrapnel wounds and extensive burns across their arms, legs and faces. The sight was horrific.
I focused on one soldier who was the most severely injured. His face, arms and legs were severely burned. His gloves were welded to his fingers by the heat, though he remained conscious and able to talk. His concern was for his men. "How are they doing?" he repeatedly asked.
I encouraged him to hang on. I told him his men were in good hands and getting the care they needed; everything would be all right. I desperately wanted to believe it, but my experience as a physician told me otherwise.
Before he was placed on a ventilator, he said the Bradley had been hit. The large troop door was damaged and could not be opened, trapping the men inside. The only escape was through a small front door.
What he didn't tell us but we later learned was that he had gotten out with minimal burns, but then went back into the vehicle to rescue his trapped comrades. This soldier had sustained severe burns in the process of single-handedly saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. In spite of our efforts, he died days later. He had given his life to save others.
As one of the doctors later captured it, "We met a hero last night." I often reflect during the holidays on the classic story of George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life." I, too, find myself standing at that metaphoric bridge wondering if I have made a difference here in Iraq. Is the poignant story still valid? The answer for me is a resounding yes.
I met the first of many heroes on the night of the Bradley accident. The courage and sacrifice of this soldier is not isolated; it is the norm here, a daily occurrence. What I have witnessed has profoundly affected me. I was completely unprepared for this.
Why had I never heard these stories at home? As a physician in a stateside military hospital, certainly I should have heard these stories, but either I had not listened or, more likely, they were not told. The news that I was accustomed to at home seems but a shell of what I see before me.
Every day, I meet ordinary men and women displaying profound compassion for each other and doing extraordinary things. I cared for a Marine who dove onto an enemy grenade, shielding his men from the blast and saving their lives. He lost his hand, took multiple shrapnel wounds and was in critical condition, yet all he wanted to know was how his comrades were doing.
I spoke with another Marine who stayed on patrol during the constitutional election, instead of seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound he sustained to his arm two days prior. When I asked him why he had delayed medical attention, he said the election was the next day, he had a job to do and he would not let his men down - his arm could wait.
Before I deployed to Iraq, I opened the paper and saw little of these heroic acts. Where are the front-page stories on my fellow soldiers and Marines? I wish the public and our policy-makers could look into the eyes of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and see what I see - hope and commitment. I see it every day. They have burning hope behind their eyes, deep compassion in their hearts and a steadfast belief that each one is making a difference.
As I celebrate the holiday season here in Iraq, I am filled with a great sense of wonder and appreciation for what our men and women in uniform have volunteered to do. They have answered the call of their country, and they have served with dignity, pride and honor. It has been a tremendous privilege for me to be able to care for these true American heroes.
This holiday season I do not need to watch "It's A Wonderful Life," for I have come face to face with many George Baileys.
James S. Eadie, a captain in the Air Force, is a Harvard Medical School-trained emergency physician stationed at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. He is deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight at Balad Air Base, Iraq

Wife School

This came to me from Larry C. Funny guy. Send this link. That way, you don't have to send the video by email to everybody - just the 'link'. WIFE SCHOOL VIDEO. Better, send the link by the envelope icon below and help THIS site get an audience. Thanks, Vic.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The World of CarlZ

Here is where Carl Z hangs out a lot. He usually brings the higher level of intelligence and thought to his posts. Vic: (from Carl Z) I participate mostly in these forums:
Polish Culture forum:
My Delphi 411 forum
Delphi Middle East forum:
Delphi Russian Culture forum:
Delphi Christian AAA Bible Study:
I welcome your visits & comment. Thanks. Carl

Social Security

(EMAIL FROM SLH - partial letter below. See LINK and end)Dear Friends:
Many years ago in Seattle, two wonderful neighbors, Elliott and Patty Roosevelt came to my home to swim on a regular basis. They were a great couple full of laughter and stories that today I continue to marvel at. Both are now deceased, but their stories remain. During the years of our friendship we had many, many discussions about his parents (President Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt) and how his father and mother never intended for the Social Security and Welfare programs to turn out the way they are today. ...... (NOTE FROM VIC: NOW CLARIFIED BY Read the full letter and Check it out HERE.

A Discussion RE Bush

You do have awesome, intelligent conversations .... soon, i must start a new blog called "the stuff I get in my email". Importantly, Carl, your forums seem to draw a lot of divergent points of view. I remain, happily, your right wing dupe, and good friend, Vic
From Carl Z ...
Bill, Peter and Vic:
Thank you for your comments on Bush's speech (12/18/05). IMO we are living in an Orwellian nightmare in which Bush, the Neo-Cons, Saddam, Bin Laden and Sharon are employed by Big Brothers who are powerful global business interests. These interests are exemplified by the Bilderbergs:, and weapons & military technology, gas, construction and heroin giants. I’m adding oil importers who buy Mideast oil cheap and resell it at high profits in the USA.
Citizens & soldiers in USA, Iraq. Afghans, other involved countries, Al Qaeda and terrorists are pawns. Why are easy-to-control mediocrities, such as Bush, Rumsfeld and the Neo-Cons, conducting these wars? In WW2, FDR was assisted by top technical,
business and sociological intellectual and talented people. Today, for example, some young top business intellectuals compete for No.1 position developing resorts and gambling casinos for Donald Trump on the "Apprentice" TV show. And Martha Stuart is jailed, then conducts her own "Apprentice" TV show. Excellent diversions!
Carl (the comments pror to this were basically leftwing vs rightwing and of course, I was right and lefty was wrong...vic)

RUSSIA - General Denikin

(From CZ)Marina Antonovna Denikina-Gray, daughter of General Denikin who fought in White military against the Reds (Bolsheviks) during Russian Civil War (1920), recently arranged for his funeral in Moscow: This week on Moscow Mailbag (MM) on Voice of Russia (VOR) (formerly Radio Moscow in English, Yuri Reshetnikov, who replaced the late Joe Adamov, has answered positively to my question: Did Marina arrange for her father's funeral to help unite sympathizers of the Reds and Whites in Russia today? Listen to VOR, including MM, in English online from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM Eastern time by pressing the sound horn icon in the On the Air column in the English row: Thanks. Carl (note from Vic" Carl is very tuned into a lot of intelligencia in Russia and even some real lefty type countries .. I'll try to post his forum ..he is very inquisitve).

Stuck on Stupid

(From VP) Ever wonder what the expression "stuck on stupid" meant? Well here you are. The white idiot is Cindy Sheehan... the one that is protesting the war at Bush's ranch, you know the one that lost her son in the war, the same son she gave up in her divorce when he was 7 years old. And by the way if you wonder why she has so much free time ... she is going through another divorce right now and guess what (?) ... she is giving up custody of another son. Man this is stupid stuck on stupid. (Note from Vic ... I have written in the past about the dangerous nature of this kind of "protest" by CS. My own unscientific estimates are that her "encouragement" of our enemy has cost at least a few hundred more sons to die. This woman has no regard for other sons of other parents. So ... those are my thoughts. And, Jackson? He is NOT stupid! He earns millions doing this kind of thing.)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

11th Armored Div Archives WWII

All this relates to some WWII Archives: See one result at CustomFlix.
I wish. At least they had a few buckaroos. I am more like one of the
shepherd's helper's servant's cousin's neighbor's mother's brother.
Vic (see our mission trip to KY last year)
You'd appreciate that.
FROM PRES 11th Armored:
That is very kind of you to prepare the way with Ray for Bob.....(In this Season of Epiphany, are you sure that you are not one of the Magi?) Bob.
From Vic: I think that is possible. I probably should take a hike down there in a few weeks and see if I can prep him a little ahead of time...will mark it on my calendar.
Dear Vic,Edward ("Ted") Ardery is our immediate past President of the Eleventh Armored Division Association, and a graduate of West Point. I have just received this email from him. He is suggesting that perhaps it might be wise were you to be present when Bob Pfeiffer picks up thememorabilia on March 24th. 2006 might be a possibility? ....and work with Bob Pfeiffer to load histruck?Thanks, Bob Moffat.

From Ted: Sometime before I went on a Christmas trip, Ray had asked me to get in touch with West Point and see if they would be willing to accept the material he had collected over the years. He estimated that there would be some 14 boxes. My relations with Ray are reasonable. I was his company commander during part of our service in the division. He frequently asks me to intercede on specific matters with our division I had told him I would talk to the people at West Point.The Archives up at West Point are kept in two places. One the Association of Graduates and the other the West Point Museum. I had talked to a lady in the Association of Graduates (AOG) and she said the AOG would take them and anything useful would be kept and the rest turned over to the museum which she said takes everything. It would probably ease Ray's pain if someone like Vic should be there for Ray to let Bob get started. I think it is up to you to take the next step. I will help if you need it. Ted Ardery

USS McCampbell

Paul V. works for a my local internet provider ( His son joined the Navy some time back and is now deployed in an Aegis Destroyer, USS McCampbell. Paul picked up on the Ronald Reagan email (below - from Jim Chryst) and sent me this email:
Please send me ANYTHING you hear about The USS Ronald Reagen, Karl's ship the McCampbell is in that task group. Thanks, Paul V. NOTE: Paul is a member of the Arizona Territory Rangers and is a re-enactor at Wild West City in Byram Township, NJ.

Tracking Stocks

CLEAR STATION . I gave up using newspapers to track stocks a long time ago. There are plenty of online brokers and there are good arguments for having a live broker. Regardless, this site, among others is useful to track any number of stocks without the fine print of the financials pages of a newspaper. Clearstation will give you a regular report (even daily) on any stock selection. No obligation to use e-trade either. The graphs and comparisons you can make are very helpful. As a for-instance,I track WEN (Wendy's Hamburgers) because years ago when it was at $6 (and I had a real job), I got a hundred shares and offered 10 shares to my nieces and nephews for half price. So - 4 of them gave me $30 each. There are two remaining shareholder nephews (the others sold out -I sent them a check- at about $20 or $25). It has not been one of the best stocks in the world, but even as a modest stock in a relatively stable food market, it has done well and the charts make all that very clear. As of today, If I had to write one of the remaining nephews a check, it would be for about $560!


Credit reports will tell a lot about you. And it is all available ONLINE! Who do you want to know about? Just for kicks without buying the reports, check on yourself at this site. PEOPLE-SEARCH. This came from RG.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Good things happening in Iraq

By way of DG Barnes (thanks)
Good things have been happening in Iraq and have not been reported. They started almost as soon as we entered the country and continue to this day. I, and a couple of my friends, thought this was wrong and we decided to put together a website showing what is really happening on a daily basis in Iraq that is not reported. Regardless of your political beliefs, those are American men and women doing this work and they deserve to have their work known. I hope you feel the same way and will forward this message to everyone on your email list. If you have friends or relatives in Iraq we encourage you to have them send us photos and stories. We will put them on the website for everyone to see. If they do not have email access, they can surface mail the information to me at: Franklin Carter 1082 Duna Drive Laramie, Wyoming 82072
I will see that their information is published. Help the good news get out. Please take fifteen minutes to look at these pictures and stories,and then send this on to your list. Thank you,Franklin Carter

GOP Presidential Candidates

I thought you would enjoy this page at GOPUSA: Sincerely,John Platt ... I think this columnist has a pretty good grasp of the situation (vic).

Vietnam Facts

Vietnam Facts from a discussion on You may have to register (simple name and email) to browse this site, but this particular discussion caught my eye. Many impressive facts, but this one surprised me! In 1995 About 10 Million people claimed to be VietnamVeterans, but there are only about 2 Million living (10 years later now; I wonder what the numbers are now)! Maybe some "Vietnam Era" vets are stretching it ... or more likely ... a lot of Veteran 'wanabees' are status seekers. And just think: Most V.Vets were not open about their service for 10 or 20 years after the war because of perceived and real public disdain.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Larry Cutrone sends this

Dear Friends,
For those who are interested, have nothing else to do, or are just plain bored you can click on this site and read an interview I had with Mike Dugo of Lance Records about my old band from the 1960's the Four Roses. You will also find a great interview with Jim Peterik of the "The Ides of March" who had the original hit of Vehicle which was brought back last year by Bo Bice.
If you don't see the interview just scroll down to "An interview with Larry Cutrone". In case you can't recognize me I'm the one on the far left in this vintage promotional picture. Have Fun!
NOTE: Larry is an entertainer and video producer in our area of NJ. Some
videos of him are in my blog and Vic.

blonde sagacity: a worthy blog

blonde sagacity: FINALLY! ...An Uplifting Story.

Christmas Story (sent by RG)

The following article appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on December 22, 2005
Here's a Yule Story That Ought to be a Movie
By Ronnie Polaneczky
AND NOW, in time for the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.
It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops.
"We have to let them know we care," Vivian told Bennett...
The rest of the story follows at this website:
blonde sagacity: FINALLY! ...An Uplifting Story.
RG did a good job researching this story. Google it an you'll get a lot of confirmations.

Terror Threat Foiled by Wire Taps

This from Jim Chryst :
Major Terror Plot Against U.S. Ignored
The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups. News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media.
Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S.
Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and railway stations, and the terrorists'
goal, he said, was to exceed the devastation caused by 9/11.
Italian authorities stepped up their internal surveillance programs after July's terrorist bombings in London. Their domestic wiretaps picked up phone conversations by Algerian Yamine Bouhrama that discussed terrorist attacks in Italy and abroad. Italian authorities arrested Bouhrama on November 15 and he remains in prison. Authorities later arrested two other men, Achour Rabah and Tartaq Sami, who are believed to be Bouhrama’s chief aides in planning the attacks. The arrests were a major coup for Italian anti-terror forces, and the story was carried in most major newspapers from Europe to China.
"U.S. terror attacks foiled,” read the headline in England’s Sunday Times.
In France, a headline from Agence France Presse proclaimed, "Three Algerians arrested in Italy over plot targeting U.S.”
Curiously, what was deemed worthy of a worldwide media blitz abroad was virtually ignored by the U.S. media, and conservative media watchdog groups are saying that is no accident. "My impression is that the major media want to use the NSA story to try and impeach the president," says Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media Report published by the grassroots Accuracy in Media organization.
"If you remind people that terrorists actually are planning to kill us, that tends to support the case made by President Bush. They will ignore any issue that shows that this kind of [wiretapping] tactic can work in the war on terror.”
"The mainstream media have framed the story as one of the nefarious President Bush ‘spying on U.S. citizens,’ where the average American is a victim not a beneficiary,” commented Brent Baker, vice president of the Media Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to encouraging balanced news coverage, "so journalists have little interest in any evidence that the program has helped save lives by uncovering terrorist plans."
The Associated Press version of the story did not disclose that the men planned to target the U.S. Nor did it report that the evidence against the suspects was gathered via a wiretapping surveillance operation.
Furthermore, only one American newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, is known to have published the story that the AP distributed. It ran on page
A-6 under the headline "Italy Charges 3 Algerians.” The Inquirer report also made no mention of the plot to target the U.S. - although foreign publications included this information in the headlines and lead sentences of their stories. Nor did it advise readers that domestic wiretaps played a key role in nabbing the suspected terrorists.
One obvious question media critics are now raising: Did the American media intentionally ignore an important story because it didn't fit into their agenda of attacking President George Bush for using wiretapping to spy on potential terrorists in the U.S.?
"It's clear to me," says AIM's Kincaid, "that they're trying their best to make this NSA program to be an impeachable offense, saying it is directed at ordinary Americans. That's why they keep referring to this as a 'program of spying on Americans' - whereas the president keeps pointing out it's a program designed to uncover al-Qaida operations on American soil."

USS Ronald Reagan

This email from Jim Chryst who is, like me an old salt.
"This big baby really sits low in the water.
After seeing so many CVA's on Yankee Station, it's incredible to see a low profile like this."
Thursday, January 05, 2006
060104-N-5060B-182 Pacific Ocean (Jan. 4, 2006) - An SH-60F Seahawk assigned to the "Black Knights" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Four (HS-4) provides security alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as she departs her homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, and heads out to open sea. More than 5,500 Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group deployed today in support of the Global War on Terrorism and maritime security operations. This is the maiden deployment for the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Brown (RELEASED) More Photos> > USS Ronald Reagan Departs on Maiden Deployment SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 4 on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific. This will be the maiden deployment for the Navy’s newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. “During both COMPTUEX (Composite Unit Training Exercise) and JTFEX (Joint Task Force Exercise), Ronald Reagan and CVW (Carrier Air Wing) 14 proved to be a formidable fighting

Afghanistan Story of B1 Bomber

A story from a U.S. Soldier somewhere in Afghanistan:

"So we are up in the mountains at about 0100 hrs looking for a bad guy that we thought was in the area. There are ten of us, pitch black, crystal clear night, about 25 degrees. We know there are bad guys in the area; a few shots have been fired but no big deal. We decide that we need air cover and the only thing in the area is a solo B-1 bomber. He flies around at about 20,000 feet and tells us there is nothing in the area. He then asks if we would like a low level show of

Stupid question. Of course we tell him yes. The controller who is attached to the team then is heard talking to the pilot. Pilot asks if we want it subsonic or supersonic.

Very stupid question. Pilot advises he is twenty miles out and stand by. The controller gets us all sitting down in a line and points out the proper location. You have to picture this. Pitch black, ten killers sitting down, dead quiet and overlooking this about 30 mile long valley. All of a sudden, way out (below our level) you see a set of four 200' white flames coming at us.
The controller says, "Ah-- guys-- you might want to plug your ears".
Faster than you can think a B-1, supersonic, 1000' over our heads, blasts the sound barrier and it feels like God just hit you in the head with a hammer". He then stands it straight up with 4 white trails of flame coming out and disappears."
Cost of gas for that.............. Probably $50,000.
Hearing damage.................. For certain.
Bunch of Taliban thinking twice about shooting at
us..................... Priceless
Have a nice day!

Pledge to the flag petition

This is a LAZY democracy. Everybody wants to think adding their name to an email petition list will do some good. Sorry. Most of these email lists are designed primarily to scoop up as many email addresses as possible to confirm addresses for future spam mail. My suggestion: If you care about REinstatinghte Pledge to the flag in public schools (I DO!) Write an individual letter to your congressman and senators. Write a letter to the editor and send a copy when printed to your congressman. The lazy way ... goes nowhere in my opinion.

WHY is it sensible to have the pledge to the flag?
.......From day one, America has been a nation of immigrants. Even the native Americans were assimilated into the national purpose and culture of America. Even though cultural diversity is a good thing - SO is National Identity and the specific culture of tolerance that goes with our specific national identity. One of the few national identifiers left is the Pledge. Thus - from its short message - ingrained in our thoughts, we understand we can rise above personal differences to be a part of something bigger - something that has a high ideal whether it is always perfectly achieved or not. The pledge is a glue that celebrates our "oneness" while also
appreciating our individuality. Not many nations have been able to achieve this bond among its people unless they are totally homogeonous. The USA IS NOT homogeonous. We need the reminder that we are indeed "one nation", "indivisible" and that we are also endowed with many individual personal "liberties".
Agree or Delete: Instructions to sign are at the bottom.
1. Frankie Dorsett
2. Marilyn Hampton
and me.. at about 1850...
If you don't forward the petition and just stop it, we will lose all these names. If you do not want to sign it, please forward it to everyone you know. Thank you!!! To add your name, click on "forward". You will be able to add your name at the bottom of the list and then forward it to your friends. THE 2,000TH PERSON SEND IT ON TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS:

The Battle of The Java Sea

Val Poss - the President of the USS Houston Association asked me to respond to the letters of Johan VanLeer - who wants to get the Battle of The Java Sea (Feb 28, 1942) recognized with a TV special of some kind. His latest rebuff came from Michael Weiss who does Ollie North's War Stories. He's also been put off by The History Channel and A&E. I could have told him because I went through this a few years ago. Here is my response to Mr. VanLeer after reading his letters and rejections: I have read the letters... fox and etc. Ollie North had the same problem ...

All these PAMPERED broadcast types (sorry, Ollie has become one too) will NOT work without pristine footage from pristine cameras to do a story. Thus, the Alamo will never be covered by any WAR story TV makers because of no available footage (Seen any Alamo documentaries lately with contemporary footage?). Same with Java Sea .. Hey - You get your fleet sunk and lose all the original footage and nobody is going to remember you ... Why didn't you think to save the film from Winslow's 16mm film camera before you abandoned ship and went on to build the Bridge on The River Kwai? I have asked Otto Schwarz - (then a 17 year old sailor) who is now blind and in a VA nursing home ... "WHAT were you THINKING?" I talked to Windy Winslow - He had great footage of the battles up to Java Sea. Windy could shoot film because he had no battle station except to fly as a scout. The planes were destroyed when the concussion of the ship's 8" guns ripped the fabric off the wings as they hurried into action - unable to slow down to launch the airplane. He had the film in his stateroom safe ready to be developed, but unfortunately the Japanese had other plans and the film went down with the ship! Good grief! Ollie, A&E and The History Channel - There must have been plenty of opportunities to save that film and Otto (leaving the magazine of burning turret 2) and Windy, dodging a hail of bullets on the deck, never even TRIED!

A&E and History Channel gave me the same unblinking - unseeing response some years ago to Java Sea and The Houston Story... But, an added problem of this battle is that it was a multi-national force. The major story lines however -- always seem to cover "a ship" or "the US Fleet" or "the Dutch fleet" ... The magnitude of the total fleet loss - TOTAL fleet confrontation - is lost on people who are historical skimmers. EXCEPT.... me ... there is ME...
I believe in the media of EVERYMAN .. the WEB. SCREW Cable and the Networks...

I will be placing Java Sea and Houston films on DVD soon. (I admit to one big mistake - the original edits were never done to fit TV time constraints - and that has held them back somewhat). I will provide a copy to J Valerius/ Johan VanLeer if he'll make every effort to get these onto PUBLIC ACCESS TV (not same as Public TV... they have more flexibility but smaller market share per station .. usually only a city or a county where a cable service is employed .. and ... they accept DVD). Some of these PUBLIC Access stations also are able to move video over a network to something like a "user group" of Public Access / Educational Access stations..
One more thing...
I will also place the films on for easy download to any computer. Then it is a matter of getting the word out. There will be a small fee to download this way, but google has the muscle to make the space for long format movies in this way. It looks like is doing much the same thing and I will explore that too.
Those are my plans for early 2006 (sorry I said this in 2004 and 2005 too but I think I really mean it now). SCREW the networks. Hero's don't need actual film footage to be recognized.
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Gingrich on Scandal

This LINK is a report on Gingrich's speech on the current Lobbyist Scandal in Congress. It is worth reading. There is no question the scandal stinks. The question is ... how will both parties respond to the situation and will they do so in a way to protect their usual cash cows?
The link came to me by the way of John Platt.

1905 Back Then

From an Email on 1905 I found this link to save you sending the email itself.
TURN BACK THE CLOCK. The email ... oddly for a piece about 1905, has a great picture of an automobile that is about 20 years later than 1905. I think it is a Model A Ford. Be that as it may, the information seems also rehashed from 2000, 01,02,03 and 04. But, inflation was pretty low then and I doubt the numbers change a lot from one year to another back then. Might want to check out and to see if they have any commentary on this particular email. Still, it is fun to read. I remember getting this about 4 or 5 years ago and the car was animated with the snow falling and the paint job glistening. Same picture though. An analysis of this email is here at RELIABLE NEWS.

Concentration Test for Men over 18

Men, do you have trouble concentrating sometimes, use this simple test to check your concentration level....just click the link ! This one is a bit RISQUE. WARNING!!
My cousin sent this. He is a Baptist - (or maybe he is a Methodist). That would make more sense. But he is over the age of 18 - (way over) so there.


My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months. I want to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy.

Extra thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat shit in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to go get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope. Also, I scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. Because of your concern:
I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains and may eat my guts out as well.
I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are made by atheists bastards who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans.
I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave, because it causes cancer. I no longer check the coin return on pay phones, because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants, even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
I no longer go to shopping malls, because someone might drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer receive packages from, nor send packages by UPS or FedEx since they are actually, Al Qaeda in disguise.
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.
I no longer eat KFC, because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer have any sneakers -- but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike.
I no longer have to buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.
I no longer worry about my soul, because at last count, I have 363,214 angels looking out for me in addition to all of you dear friends. Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to seven hundred of my friends and make a wish within five seconds.
I no longer have any savings, because I gave it to a sick girl who is about to die in the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time)..
I no longer have any money at all - but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program. Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will
now return the favor!
If you don't send this damn e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7 minutes, a large flock of pigeons with a wicked case of diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 PM (EDT) this afternoon and shit all over you. I know this will occur, because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's third cousin's beautician.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From Seaborn in Bonifay, Florida.

Don Albert - A self procaimed genius ... and, by the way, homeless. One of the oddest characters ever interviewed by ME3TV. He roamed the world living off generosity and his disability payments (I think of a mental nature) . For a time, we kept an early form of a blog on his reports from around the country and the world. His observations on physics and biology and more are documented in a VHS video that will soon be a DVD. For now - his website preserves some of the information about him and this video gives you and idea of his far out thinking. We called him "The Homeless Genius". Check HERE to find out the latest about him. In the photo to the right, Don is explaining something about the "missing number" which he theorizes is the number "blank".

History Sussex County NJ

This history of NW New Jersey was produced by Debra Natyzak of Johnsonburg only few years ago. It is now available on DVD. You can buy it online here at Customflix. It is also available at wholesale prices in bulk from Buzz Creek (for retail or for fund raisers). This is an informative preview. You might learn something. Enjoy! And, please - pass this link along to newcomers and others who might appreciate knowing more about the history of this area! Thanks.

Lighthouse Mission - KY 2005

The First Presbyterian Church of Sparta undertook a mission to Pineville, KY to help the Lighthouse Mission in its effort there. Pineville is one of those small American towns where the last 50 years of progress has forced large changes in opportunities and career options - usually not for the better. The coal mining industry made it a boom town at one time. Pineville is a thriving community today - but only for a fraction of the area population. A large portion of BellCounty's economy has yet to adapt to, or find a replacement for the old coal economy. Some coal mining still exists, but it is not a profitable as the "big" operations out West. The church added to its mission a task to refurbish an old house to be used for a "halfway-house". Things are improving for Pineville. Retiree's are moving back to where they grew up. They bring their own needs and boost the economy in ways far different from the old days. Sparta and Pineville Participants will get an extended DVD of this mission trip. The week long mission was a valuable experience for those who participated. (The rough draft of this video is HERE on this blog).

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Life Magazine February 1, 1954 From RG

Korea prisoners released from prison :French teach Vietnamese soldiers to fightearly memories and the start of interest Life Magazine February 1, 1954 : Color Cover - Canvas pants in tropical wardrobe. Korea prisoners released from prison by Joe Scherschel and Jun Miki. Full page color Old Forester ad - art by Nulsen. French teach Vietnamese soldiers to fight.
I was 7 and half years old in the middle of the second grade Feb. 1954.
I watch some of soldier-guys on TV coming back ,but that could of been Spring /Summer before in 1953 on TV when I was still six before starting the Second Grade or just ending the First Grade. I remember asking my Dad ," why were the guys from WW2 just coming back now " ,because I knew my dad was in WW2 and he came back and got married,so it had been 7 years. He told me that there had been another War in Korea since then and that it was over and I had two Uncles who were in it ( years later I learned that that was Uncle Nap of Iwo fame who had decided to join Army this time and whose assignment of all possible duties was in supporting the Korean Marines and Uncle Omer who stayed in the Army after fighting in the Philippines in WW2 and was a paratrooper in Korean Conflict) .
I remember soon after asking my Mother , "Who were we fighting in that War " and she said "The Reds"; so, I then asked "Redskins?". "No" she reply "The Communist" .Then I remember asking, "Are the Communist Yellow like the Japs or White like the Germans?.She then said "They come in all colors". I then said "that would make it hard to figure out who the bad guys
are" and she quickly followed up with " that is right". So this started my not so well grounded history of the Korean War. Since my Mother just had her 4th child reporting in for duty in May
1952 and with me the oldest with a birth date of Sept. 1946 ; maybe she was just a little distracted at the time!?!
Rob Gagnon
March 1, 1954 LIFE MAGAZINE
must be Paris Island Problem Drownings?Rob Gagnon


I Refuse To Have A Battle Of Wits With An Unarmed Person.

Constipated People Don't Give A Crap.
If You Can Read This, I've Lost My Trailer.
Horn Broken... Watch For Finger.
The Earth Is Full - Go Home.
I Have The Body Of A God - Buddha.
So Many Pedestrians - So Little Time.
Cleverly Disguised As A Responsible Adult.
If We Quit Voting, Will They All Go Away?
Eat Right, Exercise, Die Anyway.
Illiterate? Write For Help.
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Honk If Anything Falls Off.
Cover Me, I'm Changing Lanes.
He Who Hesitates Not Only Is Lost,
But is Miles From The Next Exit.
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I Refuse To Have A Battle Of Wits With An Unarmed
You! Out Of The Gene Pool - Now!
I Do Whatever My Rice Krispies Tell Me To.
Fight Crime: Shoot Back!
(Seen Upside Down On A Jeep)
If You Can Read This, Please Flip Me Back Over...
Stop Lights Timed For 35 mph
Also Are Timed For 70 mph
Guys: No Shirt, No Service
Gals: No Shirt, No Charge
Ax Me About Ebonics.
Body By Nautilus; Brain By Mattel
Boldly Going Nowhere.
Caution - Driver Legally Blonde.
Heart Attacks: God's Revenge
For Eating His Animal Friends
How Many Roads Must A Man Travel Down Before He
Admits He is Lost?
All Men Are Animals; Some Just Make Better Pets.
And Lastly:

Today's Video 4th ed. - by Utz

Video Expert Website
Dr. Utz has his new book out. This site has a lot of great links and
information for video producers.

Zapruder Film

This came from It is a place where independent filmakers can post films and earn money from viewings. This particular film is a "Stabilized" version of the Zapruder original. Nothing new - it just has the 'shake' of the camera removed somewhat.