Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bacon Peace

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There Is A Moral To This Story



In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.


The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans" that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?

Take a look...you won't believe your eyes!!




According to Snopes, "This article has been circulating via e-mail since the mid-2006. Even a CBS affiliate KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh ran the same item as a straight news story."

At TruthOrFiction.com , the truth is revealed that "the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand features creative shows and displays of animals including these pictures. One of the goals of the zoo is to demonstrate how animals of different species can live peacefully together."

Apart from the textual hogwash, there is a lesson to be learnt from these factual Tiger piglet pictures:

So, "Please tell me one more time..........

Why can't the rest of the World get along?"


The lion shall lay down with the lamb


Of Note:
Don't forget the hug jar Give A Great Gift This Holiday Season, Free HUGS!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Free HUGS!

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Not Your Usual Holiday Chat

Hello, Welcome – come have a seat. Here’s a nice Rocking Chair, a Recliner, a Wing chair with a comfortable ottoman to put your feet up on. Can I get you all something to drink? Hot tea, some punch, warm apple cider with a cinnamon ball, coffee…? And so has arrived ‘tis season, when a magical twinkle glistens from children’s eyes in wonder and anticipation. A time of Family and Friends gathering together. Laughter is in the air. Yet for some of us a sadness lingers in our heart. We miss our Loved Ones whom can no longer be here during these Festivities. Of those whom passed long ago, we still yearn and cherish their memories. Something some People can’t identify with. While others heal differently and at their own pace. Still ‘tis the Season, so we just put on the best smile we can. Nevertheless; our heart aches. This is why I have invited you here for a Holiday Chat, to let you know there are many whom do recognize your sadness. And so, though near or far, let our Human Spirits embrace each other not only in understanding and acknowledgement, rather also in comfort. A gentle encirclement that says it’s ok to still miss them, sealed with Hugs to help carry on that merriment smile. Now we will expand our circle and send out all our strength and Hugs to help others, cause during the Holidays is the worst time to lose Loved Ones. Too often crime, fires, accidents claim their Lives. Just before Thanksgiving at my place of Employment, a Co-Worker whom had been recovering from a stroke passed away, the day after Thanksgiving another Co-Worker passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. In-between, a young Co-Worker lost her Mom then her Aunt, meanwhile; her Brother is in the hospital needing surgery on his legs due to possible diabetes complications, and a young Co-Worker has lost his Father. Then there are our Military Men, Women, Family, Friends whom can not be Home for the Holidays. Yes, pull up a chair – have a seat, join us in letting our Human Spirit be of comfort to all in need ‘tis Season.

Give A Great Gift This Holiday Season



May the world hug you today
With its warmth, and love.
And may the wind carry a voice
That tells you there is Family, Friends
Sitting in another corner of the world wishing you well!
(From The Difference Between Strength and Courage ~Author Unknown~)




Remember, Hugs are what make the World round.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

UFO or Just a Fox?

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Carrie Underwood has a song Ever Ever After for the movie Enchanted. The lyrics begin “Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true Deep down inside we want to believe they still do”. Well recently the News revives the fairy tale of UFOs. November 9th Larry King aired Are UFOs for real? with “a panel of guests, including military officials who say they saw unidentified flying objects.” Click to Watch the Larry King Segment

This was in preparation for today’s November 12 News Conference, UFO Close Encounters; at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., though this event is not affiliated with the National Press Club . The Sponsors of UFO Close Encounters are James Fox, Executive Producer of the movie Out of the Blue and Leslie Kean, Investigative Journalist with the Coalition for Freedom of Information. The Moderator is Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington. Military and government officials from 7 countries will present evidence of close encounters with UFOs and the results of government investigations:

Fife Symington, Former Arizona Governor, Moderator

Ray Bowyer, Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands

Rodrigo Bravo, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile

General Wilfried De Brouwer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Belgian Air Force (Ret.)

John Callahan, Chief of Accidents and Investigations for the FAA, 1980’s (Ret.)

Dr. Anthony Choy, founder, 2001, OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force

Jean-Claude Duboc, Captain, Air France (Ret.)

Charles I. Halt, Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections Directorate, DOD I.G.

General Parviz Jafari, Iranian Air Force (Ret.)

Jim Penniston, TSgt USAF (Ret.)

Dr. Claude Poher, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, founder, French GEPAN

Nick Pope, Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006

Dr. Jean-Claude Ribes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, 1963-98

Comandante Oscar Santa Maria, Peruvian Air Force (Ret.)
Read the Press Conference Release

Are we Enchanted all this hype has come about now, when one year ago on November 7th was the UFO sighting over Chicago’s O’Hare airport?

Should we believe this fairy tale come to life once again of UFOs or is this UFO Close Encounters event, “which will be documented” - merely publicity for an upcoming film Beyond The Blue with James Fox?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Why not? Sana

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This is an invitation to meet a local Friend of mine and new Member of MyBlogLog, Susanna A. Susanna Agrest is a Writer, Poet, Russian Immigrant, Proud Jewish Woman... “Susanna Agrest graduated in South Carolina from the College of Charleston in 1999 with a double Major in Music and Arts Management. She began writing poetry in her native Russian at the age of 15. After immigrating with Family to United States in 1992, she was encouraged by her former English teacher to translate some of her work. Today she works as a contractor for the Government. When not at work or at choir rehearsal, Susanna tries to pair as many poems as possible and to write short stories in both English and Russian.”

Susanna Agrest blog site Black Sea Seagull is a developing introduction to her web site A Black Sea Seagull On The Atlantic Coast. Before Susanna came to Charleston SC, in September of '92, she lived on the shore of the Black Sea, in the town of Sukhumi that was one of the primer seaside resorts of the former Soviet Union.

Liken the story Jonathan Livingston Seagull that is about a seagull learning about life and flight, Susanna reflects a similar picturesque view of Society in her prose The Black Sea Seagull derived from a play by Anton Chekhov Чайка (The Seagull) whence the bird represents an old soul that survives all living things on earth and holds the essence of the universe. The Black Sea Seagull by Susanna Agrest is a must read, for as she states:

This is a call to those seagulls who wish to fly and strive for further horizons together with me. I hope we can lead each other to some comprehension of our purpose on this earth, and benefit from our joint efforts.

Other Writings by Susanna Agrest:

My Homeland:
Lena
A White Water Lilly
Elvira

Jewish Voice:
Old Habits Die Heard
Rollercoaster Ride
Nina
Nine Lives Are not Enough For Libby
Do You Want Me To Get Angry?
Tea-Leaf Green Is Not A Happy Color

Ladies In Black ...My Mtsiri didn’t live in a monastery; I met him at a rehabilitation center for children with physical disabilities. Click to Read More

Poems written by Susanna Agrest can be read at her web site A Black Sea Seagull On The Atlantic Coast under My Poetry.

Immigrant Song
Let’s sit and toast together little sister,
Come; pour a shot, in memory of those
Who fell, who stand, or who’s still missing
It's all the same, let’s toast to Russian boys.
Let’s drink together to our gracious fortune -
The simple fact that we are here, and not there
That we were nether killed nor tortured
And can sit here, quite without a care.

Yes, memory is so unforgiving,
And it reminds us every day,
Somebody’s birthday in the evening
Somebody’s death, yet in the middle of the day.
I know it’s hard, but we’re still singing
The hits of our own Russian stars,
Until some Rapper flies by banging
And we roll up the windows in our cars.

I know, that Nostalgia
Still nags you every day.
And you don’t quite remember
We live in the US of A.
But memory is something
We can’t afford to fight.
Without it we have nothing
It’s our strength and light.

Yes - we live in a ghetto,
But, we live in peace
So don’t be so sad kiddo,
And try to smile, please.
Let’s sit and toast together
To our Russian Stars,
And tell ourselves forever:
They're not as far as Mars.

© Susanna Agrest


All Poems by Susanna Agrest are twinned, written in Russian and English


So come meet A Black Sea Seagull On The Atlantic Coast; my Friend, Writer, Poet… ‘Oh Susanna’ or rather as she says Why not? Sana, “a play on the old joke about Jews asking Why? all the time, and answering every question with a question. I believe those words describe me best.”

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Backbreaking Famous Woman in Sports

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Fabulous Moolah, born Mary Lillian Ellison in 1923. 1Ellison grew up in Tookiedoo, South Carolina, the youngest of 13 children, and the only girl. She was 8 when her mom died of cancer. 2Ellison was dubbed the Fabulous Moolah after saying she wrestled "for the money ... for the moolah." 3"Ellison was trained in the ring in the 1940s by then-women's champion Mildred Burke -- the sport's biggest star at the time, according to the WWE. Moolah held the world championship for 28 years, from 1956 to 1984. The next year, she won it again for two more years. In 1999, at age 76, she reclaimed the title for a final time. Moolah’s signature move? The “Backbreaker,” according to WWE." Fabulous Moolah has the longest ever WWF Title Reign.

In 1995 Fabulous Moolah was the first woman to be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. 4Click here to listen to her acceptance speech.

"One of the greatest achievements of this period came in 1972, when she and Vincent J. McMahon successfully beat the ban against women’s wrestling at Madison Square Garden." WWE: Superstars Hall of Fame

Unfortunately Fabulous Moolah died last Friday on November 2 at age 84 presumably 5a heart attack or blood clot related to recent shoulder replacement surgery.

She wrote her autobiography, "The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle" that was published in 2003.

In my research, I found an excellent article for you all to enjoy about Fabulous Moolah:

THE AMAZING STORY OF THE FABULOUS MOOLAH
TV's First Woman Wrestling Star

By Sam Boykin (Posted on OCTOBER 16, 2002):

I drive through a big open gate and pull in next to a monstrous blue Cadillac. Beyond the main residence is a pond with small rental properties dotting the shoreline, along with milling clusters of geese and ducks. A tire swing drifts back and forth in the warm breeze. The expansive, 40-acre estate in a Columbia, SC, suburb off I-77 has a pleasant, even serene feel to it.

I'm greeted at the door by a vision in white slacks and a leopard skin silk top. Her hair is dyed reddish blond and styled just so; her make-up is of the old-fashioned, Southern Belle variety -- lots of base, eye shadow and lipstick.

"Hi, sweetie," she says, and clasps my outstretched hand warmly but firmly in both of hers. Her hands are adorned by several big, flashy rings, one of which is a diamond-studded dollar sign; it matches the emblem hanging from her gold necklace -- she'd look right at home working the slot machines in Vegas. She exudes a youthful energy and, considering that her career started during Harry S. Truman's presidency, she looks amazingly fit and healthy. She is none other than the one, the only, The Fabulous Moolah, the most famous professional female wrestler of all time.Read More

1. Charlotte Creative Loafing
2. Charleston Post and Courier
3. The State
4. FabulousMoolah.com
5. Wikipedia

Moral: Women are never 2 old 2 Succeed

Monday, November 05, 2007

Wonderland or Not

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Polls at The 2007 Weblog Awards are now Closed (November 8 at 2 pm) Stating: RESULTS ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED!

When I last looked, it seems like Wonderland or Not may have taken 3rd place!

Original Post:

Wanted: Two Hundred votes today!

Where: The 2007 Weblog Awards Best of The Top 3501 – 50000 Blogs

http://2007.weblogawards.org/polls/best-of-the-top-3501-5000-blogs-1.php

Why:

Wonderland or Not is a “Personal blog with a little social, political and pop cultural commentary added.” Equally as important is the Person behind the blog - Cooper, or as some know her by the names Olivia or Alice. She is a real down to earth person. “A spawn of fiscally conservative liberals”, having majored in” Anthropology (cultural focus), and Photography, a liaison in protection and resettlement, for non governmental humanitarian agency” - in other words presumably she writes position papers for a living. Read More About Cooper

Her blog posts leave nothing unsaid. She does not color coat anything she has to say or what she wants to write about from political aspects to humor.

October Posts include:



Click Here for more Posts from Wonderland or Not

If you haven’t been to Wonderland or Not, come meet an exceptional fantastic Person and her Blog.

And Vote for Wonderland or Not at The 2007 Weblog Awards Best of The Top 3501 – 50000 Blogs (You can vote once a day!)

‘Oh and be careful as “Durham in Wonderland” is also listed and they are not Cooper, “although I’m sure they are excellent.”’

Thank You All!

Posted and Signed by a Fan of Wonderland or Not:

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Flower of Remembrance

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1In 1938, a United States Congressional Act made November 11th a Federal Holiday. The Act declared it "...a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace". The Act was amended in 1954 to rename the holiday to 'Veterans Day', so that all veterans could be honored.

2The important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

3The day has different names in different countries, but its purpose is the same everywhere it's observed. Whether called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, it remains a time to recognize those who fought and to renew our commitment to peace.

4In Flanders Fields By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


“This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada 's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France.

McCrae's poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael. Both worked hard to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war. By the time Guerin established the first sale in the U.S., in 1920 with the help of The American Legion, the poppy was well known in the allied countries — America, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — as the "Flower of Remembrance." Proceeds from that first sale went to the American and French Children's League.

Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.” Read complete document

This week Classic Poetry Aloud will read War Poems by 7 Poets in these 7 days leading up to November 11th. The Poems include:

Fears In Solitude by Samuel Coleridge

The Man With the Wooden Leg by Katherine Mansfield

Ball's Bluff by Herman Melville

Speech from Henry the V (representing combat) by William Shakespeare

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen

For the Fallen (extracts) by Lawrence Binyon

Remembrance:



5Arlington National Cemetery -- America's best known national cemetery still buries service members and some veterans.

5 National Cemeteries -- The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains national cemeteries throughout the country for the burial of veterans of America's armed forces, their spouses and young children.

1. Knowledge Hound
2. History of Veterans Day
3. Knowledge Hound
4. The Flower of Remembrance
5. Celebrating America's Freedoms

Saturday, November 03, 2007

War Poetry Remembrance Week

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1If you're not familiar with Cabaret, it's an interesting play to revive now. Depicting the denizens of a decadent Berlin night club sleep walking their way through life as the Nazis rise to power, it's a cautionary tale of the need to be on guard against the naive belief that the worst can never happen and others will take care of society's problems for us.

Choosing to ignore the spread of brutal, reactionary and racist ideologies, we end up abetting the contagion. There are times when we have to take a stand, no matter how much we'd rather be dancing our lives away.”

I’ve quoted the above from Francis at Caught In The Stream as an introduction to the subject War. On Sunday November 4th, the blog site Classic Poetry Aloud will be running a week of “2War Poems to coincide with Remembrance Week, the week leading up to the 11th of November. In the Uk on the 11th of November, People traditionally will pause for two minutes at 11 O’clock in the morning which is the exact time on that day that the Declaration of Peace was signed at the end of the first World War in 1918.” The goal by Classic Poetry Aloud is to read War Poems by 7 Poets in these 7 days leading up to November 11th.

Classic Poetry Aloud will begin on Sunday November 4th with an Occasional Miscellany that introduces the week to include poetry from Samuel Coleridge, Katherine Mansfield, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Lawrence Binyon.

We “2hope you will be able to join us during this week to take the time to listen and perhaps take some time on November 11th to reflect on where the poems have led you to that week.”

Thank You




1. A Fall Night Out in Rogers Park: Catching Cabaret, Carving Pumpkins (consent to quote granted to Binding Ink)

2. Occasional Miscellany Number 2