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M is for Mickey or Murder?

GAZA CITY (AP) -- A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was the victim of a pretend beating death in the show's final episode Friday.

The Mickey Mouse lookalike urged Palestinian children to fight Israel in the Hamas-affiliated kid's program.

In the final skit, the "Farfour" character was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist."

"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added.

The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV.

Station officials said Friday that Farfour was taken off the air to make room for new programs. Station manager Mohammed Bilal said he did not know what would be shown instead.
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Israeli officials have denounced the program, "Tomorrow's Pioneers," as incendiary and outrageous.

The program was also opposed by the state-run Palestinian Broadcasting Corp., which is controlled by Fatah, Hamas' rival.

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A Permanent Smiley Face?

OK,So how is this for some permanently inked happy faces?

" I am here to pick up your daughter?"

"Yes, that is correct I am an angel!"

Hey the last one comes with directions!

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Naive, We Have To Be Smarter Than This?

I am amazed at the number of people who give credence to Michael Moore.

I know his new movie is coming out about how horrible the health care system is and shows the plight of all these poor people, but he is no different then the fat cats he profits on through exposing their health care issues.

If care and health of the people was such an important topic to him, he would take all the profits he makes from the movies, not buy stock in Pharmaceutical Companies(AS HE DOES) and give back to the causes he is trying to expose.

Instead he prostitutes the down trodden for his own gain and thinks he should because he is doing it to help the people, BS!

Shame on you Mr. Moore, SHAME!

A prime example of who the real Michael Moore is and what he is really about:

Michael Moore Owned Halliburton, Defense Stocks

Filmmaker Michael Moore has made a career out of trashing corporations and said he doesn't own any stocks due to moral principle.

How then did author Peter Schweizer uncover IRS documents showing that Moore's very own foundation has bought stocks in some of America's largest corporations � including Halliburton, other defense contractors and some of the same companies he has attacked?

In his blockbuster new book "Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy," Hoover Fellow Schweizer reveals the glaring contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals including Al Franken, Ralph Nader, Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

But he reserves some of his sharpest barbs for Moore.

In his first documentary "Roger & Me," Moore skewered General Motors, Schweizer points out.

# In "The Big One," he went after Nike and PayDay candy bars.

# "Bowling for Columbine" was an attack on the American gun industry.

# Oil companies played a major role in "Fahrenheit 911."

# His upcoming film "Sicko" pillories drug companies and HMOs.

# On his television shows "TV Nation" and "The Awful Truth," he criticized HMOs and defense contractors.

He once said that major defense contractor Halliburton was run by a bunch of "thugs," and suggested that for every American killed in the Iraq war, "I would like Halliburton to slay one mid-level executive."

Publicly, Moore has claimed he wants no part of these companies and won't own stock.

In his book "Stupid White Men," he wrote: "I don't own a single share of stock."

He repeated the claim in a 1997 letter to the online magazine Salon, saying: "I don't own any stock."

Privately, however, he tells the IRS a different story, Schweizer discloses in his book.

The year that Moore claimed in "Stupid White Men" that he didn't own any stock, he told the IRS that a foundation totally controlled by Moore and his wife had more than $280,000 in corporate stock and nearly $100,000 in corporate bonds.

Over the past five years, Moore's holdings have "included such evil pharmaceutical and medical companies as Pfizer, Merck, Genzyme, Elan PLC, Eli Lilly, Becton Dickinson and Boston Scientific," writes Schweizer, whose earlier works include "The Bushes" and "Reagan's War."

"Moore's supposedly nonexistent portfolio also includes big bad energy giants like Sunoco, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Williams Companies, Transocean Sedco Forex and Anadarko, all firms that 'deplete irreplaceable fossil fuels in the name of profit' as he put it in �Dude, Where's My Country?'

"And in perhaps the ultimate irony, he also has owned shares in Halliburton. According to IRS filings, Moore sold Halliburton for a 15 percent profit and bought shares in Noble, Ford, General Electric (another defense contractor), AOL Time Warner (evil corporate media) and McDonald's.

"Also on Moore's investment menu: defense contractors Honeywell, Boeing and Loral."

Does Moore share the stock proceeds of his "foundation" with charitable causes, you might ask?

Schweizer found that "for a man who by 2002 had a net worth in eight figures, he gave away a modest $36,000 through the foundation, much of it to his friends in the film business or tony cultural organizations that later provided him with venues to promote his books and film."

Moore's hypocrisy doesn't end with his financial holdings.

He has criticized the journalism industry and Hollywood for their lack of African-Americans in prominent positions, and in 1998 he said he personally wanted to hire minorities "who come from the working class."

In "Stupid White Men," he proclaimed his plans to "hire only black people."

But when Schweizer checked the senior credits for Moore's latest film "Fahrenheit 911," he found that of the movie's 14 producers, three editors, production manager and production coordinator, all 19 were white. So were all three cameramen and the two people who did the original music.

On "Bowling for Columbine," 13 of the 14 producers were white, as were the two executives in charge of production, the cameramen, the film editor and the music composer.

His show "TV Nation" had 13 producers, four film editors and 10 writers � but not a single African-American among them.

And as for Moore's insistence on portraying himself as "working class" and an "average Joe," Schweizer recounts this anecdote:

"When Moore flew to London to visit people at the BBC or promote a film, he took the Concorde and stayed at the Ritz. But he also allegedly booked a room at a cheap hotel down the street where he could meet with journalists and pose as a �man of humble circumstances.'"

That's hypocrisy with a capital H!

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Modern Day Dukes of Hazzard

This is my favorite sport which is odd because it is no longer televised on Speed Channel and the only way to find out what is going on is through the web and the World Rally Car podcast.

So, what is so great about Rally Car? I am glad you asked!

First, it is raced in 16 different countries ranging from the dessert to suburban to winter wonderlands like Finland. The races draw fans upwards 250,000 to the events, which is amazing cause they are in some of the remotest places in the world. The drivers must race on road, off road, on snow and ice at 150 miles per hour. They have a navigator who tells them when to turn and how sharp the turn will be, because as you will see from the video at 150 miles per hour it is hard to tell when to turn left or right in the woods.

I love this sport!

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Don't Believe The Hype!

As much as I want the iphone I have to ask myself the following questions:

1. Do I really want to get locked into a contract with AT&T/Cingular?

2. When it first comes out are the bugs going to be all worked out?

3. Why would Apple lock us into one carrier?

4. Cingular has the worst data speeds, why did Jobs pick Cingular?

5. Will there be iphones sold later that can be used on any CDMA network?

6. Is this really well spent $500?

Well, I am gonna pass at this time and will wait to see what happens with it? Let me know if you get it and what you think?

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It always amazes me what you see people doing in their vehicles while sitting in traffic.

Real Examples from today are:
1. Woman reading John Grishom novel(could not read the title she turned the page)
2. Man playing Nintendo Game Boy with head phones on?
3. Two young guys watching music videos on the screen sticking out of dash player.
4. Lady brushing her hair over and over.
5. Motorcycle guy smoking, drinking energy drink and talking on phone.
6. Businessman playing with his GPS on his dash.
7. Lady sucking her thumb(I swear I did not make this up!)
8. Lady playing drums on the steering wheel of her Lexus.
9. Every other person talking on their cell phones.
10. Me typing this blog on my laptop, talking on the phone.

I can't wait for the day cars drive themselves so I can watch TV AS WELL!

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Kids should not mess with train tracks!

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If these come in purple I am getting my wife a pair!

If these come in purple my wife would wear them 24/7 and I think our entire family would be sporting a pair as well.

Eat your heart out, Dyson — Electrolux has done one better than your "properly" working vacuum cleaner with these floor-cleaning shoes. Just slip 'em on when it's time to clean the house and they'll suck up dirt from the floor as you shimmy from room to room. I can see neat freaks wearing them all day, owning several pairs for family members and guests.

Sadly for them, the vacuum-shoe future is a bit of a ways off, as this sucking footwear is just a concept right now. Still, we're all for this rockin' idea, assuming Electrolux sorts out the requisite issues regarding power and how the dirt is stored (hollow heels?). And that mint-green look has just got to go.

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Is that a TV in your underwear?

OK, I am not really sure what we are going to do with flexible screens, but who knows it might be a new part of your attire?

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House pre-wired for phone, cable, sound and COMPUTER?

Yes, that is right now the next generation in technology has none other than your computer built into your wall. Hard wired in and ready for you to plug in all your peripherals, the only thing left is to see when a Mac version is coming?

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So you had a great day!

I have to admit I was very apprehensive about Fathers Day for a couple of reasons, but mainly because I celebrate the anniversary of my birthday on the same day as fathers day.

Well, suffice it to say I had a Great Day, my wife really knows how to make me feel special and I am so blessed to have her.

That said, my Mother also out did her self as well!

Now I am sure you are all wondering what I got? Well it was not really what I got, but what I got to do:
I got to go to church,
I got to go to my favorite restaurant and eat lunch,
I got to eat dinner from my favorite restaurant Mamma's ( I will point out that I have been eating pizza from there since I was 15),
I got to have a birthday cake, which is not really cake at all but Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and finally
I got to hang out with my family all day(I Love them so!).

All in all it was a Great Day!

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For the People, Of the People and BY the People

Well, we had the first meeting for our Republican Club and had quite a good turn out. The guest speaker was Congressman Mike Bilirakis and he summed it up with highlighting government being BY the people. I got to do the invocation which was nice, I also found out I am the Vice-President of the Club. I was told this by my good friend and President Todd prior to, but believed it to be in jest! Well here are some pictures from the meeting, Enjoy!

Some other notable guests were Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman David Stork, Executive Director Jim Browne, Editor of Greg Truax and Captain Bill(He is in the bottom photo on the far right).

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And you are afraid of sharks?

Florida Boater Knocked Unconscious by Leaping Sturgeon

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
ROCK BLUFF, Fla. — A woman was injured over the weekend by a leaping sturgeon, the latest incident involving the flying fish on Florida's Suwannee River, officials said.

Tara Spears, 32, was knocked unconscious by the animal on Sunday while boating on the river north of Rock Bluff, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.

She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to recover, the agency reported.

The large, prehistoric-looking sturgeon have hard plates along their backs. They can grow up to 8 feet long and up to 200 pounds.

In April, a leaping sturgeon severely injured a 50-year-old woman from St. Petersburg who was riding a personal watercraft on the Suwannee River. She suffered a ruptured spleen and had three fingers reattached by surgeons, but she lost her left pinkie finger and a tooth.

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Drinking from or on the toilet!

Oregon student finds school's toilet water cleaner than fountain water

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) - Middle School student Kyleray Katherman had a hunch something was amiss with the school's drinking fountain water. And right he was.

For an English assignment, he tested the bacteria content at four water fountains and one toilet to challenge a ban on students from bringing bottled water to class. It seems some were using it to sneak in alcohol.

Guess which was cleaner? It wasn't the water fountains.

He then asked students where they would prefer to get their water. That wasn't the fountains, either.

Classmates, teachers, administrators and board members said they had no idea.

Katherman attends the Oregon Coast Technology School that operates at North Bend Middle School with a focus on infusing technology into all areas of study.

Katherman, 13, used Q-tips and petri dishes, swabbing the spigots of four fountains and sampling one toilet, dunking the cotton in the bowl's center and then dragging it around the rim for a complete sample.

He took the results to the school lab put them under a light to speed up the bacteria's growth.

The petri dishes with fountain water were swarming with bacteria. The sample from the toilet was clean, probably because the toilets are doused with cleansing chemicals daily.

"I wanted to see the looks on their faces," Katherman said.

Either allow water bottles back, Katherman urged, or install "down-pour" systems used in office water coolers.

He took his results to the North Bend School Board with an eye-opening PowerPoint presentation.

Administrators quickly replaced the spigots and casing at three of the water fountains and custodians gave them all a thorough cleaning.

More teachers are providing water in classrooms now, but the ban on water bottles remains.

"It was a great lesson. We don't always see things in and about the school that are in need of repair," said Scott Edmondson, the school's principal, adding, "You'd be surprised how clean the water is in a toilet."

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I miss my dog!

This is Chloe I bought her in Caney, Kansas in 1993, which would make her 14 years old if she were alive today. When I got her she looked like this:

We had her for almost 13 years and while we had to leave her cause she was to old to move it goes to show that as the famed George Carlin always says a dog is a guaranteed heartbreak.

Well I know it is crazy, but I learned a lot from that dog and miss her! Thanks Chloe!

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Have you ever been to Southern Louisiana and seen the moon come up? Well my friend Chris ans his son Zach were fishing and because of the angle of the boat to the water captured this incredible picture!

Let me know what you think?

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Here are some cool coffee pictures, Enjoi!

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Funny how this one becomes more true to life!
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Not that we all don't have days were we would like to take advantage aye?

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Here are the two people I think should run for President and Vice President in 2007. The question is which one is the Vice?

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Then and Now

In case any of you are wanting to see the "then and now" pictures there is a picture on my left that is my senior picture, ENJOI!

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No Regrets

Yes, I went and it was a great time. I got to see a ton of my friends that I really had not seen in 15 to 20 years.

The entire night flew by and it really did not feel like I had enough time to talk to everyone, oh well.

I actually won an award as well which was the "Michael Jackson Award(most changed male & female)" Don't know if that is a good thing or not?

Here are some pictures if you went to School with me and want to know if or who a certain person is in a photo hit me up with a comment and ask!

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If you hate your job this much, maybe a career change is in order?

Overworked Policeman Stabbed Himself

Updated: 12:09, Monday June 04, 2007
An overworked policeman stabbed himself in the stomach so he could get time off, investigators in Japan have said.
The truth came out after detectives launched an attempted murder investigation but could not find any suspects matching the alleged victim's description.

The 44-year-old took a knife to himself because he was worn out by overtime and weekend working, they discovered.

He knifed himself at his home in north west Japan but told fellow officers he had been attacked.

They began to doubt his story when they couldn't get anywhere with the inquiry.

Suspicions were also raised because the officer had waited an hour before reporting the alleged attack, the spokesman said. His wounds were not life-threatening.

The officer, whose name was not released by police, had been in charge of disaster relief work for the aftermath of an earthquake in the area that killed one person, injured more than 300, and damaged or destroyed more than 14,800 homes.

Police thought he became distraught after putting in long hours without a break.

"He became very busy, he felt like he couldn't handle the work he had to do," said the spokesman.

The officer admitted the truth after he was released from hospital and is now under investigation for filing a false report.

Death from overwork, known as karoshi, has steadily increased since the Health Ministry first recognised the phenomenon in 1987.

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The Older I Get!

OK, I know you all were waiting with baited breath to see if I was going! So, yes I am going we actually went to dinner last night with a bunch of the old Rat Pack as we were calling ourselves and it was really fun. Anyway, will let you know more later and hopefully more pictures as well.

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