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Writer's Block: (like juggling chainsaws) [Sep. 22nd, 2007|12:48 pm]

What is one crazy thing you would like to learn to do?
Become a fire eater.
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(no subject) [Sep. 11th, 2007|11:49 am]

NEW YORK - On Sept. 11, Jacob Sundberg of San Antonio has pledged to make eye contact and smile at everyone he meets. Kaitlin Ulrich will bring goody baskets to the police and fire departments in and around Philadelphia. And 100 volunteers from New York – 9/11 firefighters and family members among them – are going to Groesbeck, Texas, to rebuild a house destroyed by a tornado last December.

This is a minute sampling of the hundreds of thousands of people who have pledged to memorialize those killed on 9/11 by doing something good for others.

The heroic acts of all those killed trying to save others that September morning has spawned a growing grass-roots movement. The goal is to ensure that future generations remember not just the horror of the attacks, but also the extraordinary outpouring of humanity during the days, weeks, and months that followed.

"It was the worst possible day imaginable, and in some ways, a remarkable day, too, in the way in which people responded," says David Paine, cofounder of myGoodDeed.org. "We need to rekindle the way we came together in the spirit of 9/11: It would be almost as much a tragedy to lose that lesson."

Sept. 11 has inspired dozens of philanthropic efforts – from groups dedicated to building memorials to foundations designed to improve education in the Middle East. But myGoodDeed has a more universal goal: to turn 9/11 into a day dedicated to doing good – from small, simple things like Lisa Scheive's pledge to help stranded turtles cross the road in Pompano Beach, Fla., to lifesaving efforts, such as John Feal's decision in New York to donate one of his kidneys to help a seriously ill 9/11 worker.

The idea has been endorsed by members of Congress, and at myGoodDeed's urging, President Bush for the first time this year included a call for volunteering in his annual 9/11 proclamation.

After major disasters, Americans have historically tapped a deep reserve of compassion and reached out to others. But in the months and years that follow, those compassionate and civic urges tend to recede. Studies at Harvard's Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America found that in as few as five months after 9/11, most Americans had gone back to their daily lives and were not more engaged as they said they'd hoped to be. Part of the goal of turning 9/11 into a national day of service is to remind Americans of the inherent joy of giving and to hopefully spur volunteering and charitable acts throughout the year.

"I don't know of any research that's been done on one day of service, but studies have shown that people who do volunteering in high school are more likely to volunteer throughout their lives," says Thomas Sander, executive director of the Saguaro Seminar.

The idea of turning 9/11 into a day of service, charity, and good deeds came from the family and friends of one man: Glenn Winuk, a volunteer fireman and lawyer who worked a block and a half from the World Trade Center. After he helped evacuate his Broadway law offices, he grabbed a medic's bag and ran toward the smoke pouring from the South Tower. That's where his remains were found after the towers fell. Mr. Paine and Glenn's brother Jay had been friends for years. They decided that turning 9/11 into a day of service was best way to memorialize Glenn.

"It completely reflects the way my brother lived his life, and it also specifically reflects how he died," says Mr. Winuk, myGoodDeed.org cofounder. "He laid his life on the line for other people that day."

In 2002, Paine and Winuk sent e-mails to friends and family and suggested they do a good deed, such as donate a day's pay on 9/11. Then the idea evolved, and they founded myGoodDeed.org. In 2004, 100,000 visited their website and pledged to do a good deed on 9/11. This year, those pledging number more than 250,000.

"A lot of people don't know what to do on 9/11," says Paine. "This hits people in their heart and their soul. It connects with something that's fundamental."

You might be a dumbass - no, you ARE a dumbass [Aug. 14th, 2007|12:43 pm]

A northeastern Kentucky liquor store owner turns the tables on a robber. It happened at Shamrock Liquors in Ashland, when a man with duct tape wrapped around his head tried to rob the store.

I guess he didn't have the $1.59 to spend on a ski mask.
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2007|10:21 pm]
Wow, people on LJ are actually having to play by the rules (you know, laws n stuff), and they're throwing fits. Maybe they'll all leave. We can only hope.

Article Roundup: gettin real about terrorism [Aug. 9th, 2007|10:00 pm]
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Q: Who is winning the really important war of ideas — the one between the West and itself? A: Not the side that understands jihad as a foundational Islamic institution.


The 9-11 attacks did more than start a war; they started a war about the war. No sooner had the World Trade towers collapsed and the Pentagon burst into flames than two perceptions of the threat began competing for the public's support:


Three days after the botched terror attacks in the UK a newspaper banner reads: "Londoners return to business as usual." Regrettably, that often means minding one's own business. It is a perfidious dream to believe there is an anti-terrorism vaccine or other panacea. However, there is a first line of defense against terrorist attacks; it is called prevention and it involves public awareness, alertness, suspicion, and profiling.

The same people who tell us not to condemn Islamists as a whole gladly accuse all Christians of being potential abortion clinic bombers.


Though the bombs failed to detonate, this week's attacks in London have exploded persistent myths about Islamic terrorism. These myths—perpetuated by the politically correct, the unreasonably optimistic, and the willfully ignorant—have crippled the West's ability to adequately confront the Islamic threat. Unless the West finally wakes up and faces reality, our chance for long-term survival is questionable. Hopefully the bombs of London will be our wakeup call.


But there is one uniting factor: They're all radical followers of Islam who want you dead. Mainstream media, though, would rather focus on different backgrounds and countries and that these killers come from "all walks of life." It's as though terrorism is a Benetton ad, with delightful races and adorable faces. Instead of cashmere pullovers though, they're wearing suicide vests.


In the United States, some claim it is because we, along with coalition forces, invaded Iraq. Others say it's because of our Western culture, our dress, our movies, our television programs. Democrats say it's because of President Bush's actions in the Middle East. Republicans say it's because of President Bill Clinton's refusal to act, or to recognize attacks on American facilities -- including the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center -- as the Islamofascists' declaration of war against us.


Despite the attempted terror attacks in London and Glasgow, new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has directed his ministers to omit the word “Muslim” when discussing Muslim terrorism–and to deep-six the phrase “war on terror” completely.


Terrorist doctors? There’s nothing unusual here, I’m sorry to say. On the contrary, in the universe of Islamist radicalism, professional terrorists — who are also professionals — are the oldest story in the book. Consider this: A study of 172 al Qaeda members and associates found that two-thirds had gone to college. Most of them were professionals. Another study of five major anti-Western attacks by Islamists found that 54 percent of the terrorists had attended college (compared to 52 percent of Americans who have done so). A study of 300 militants prosecuted for the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat found that, of those who were students, around a third were studying in Egypt’s elite faculties of medicine and engineering.


Our way of life is tolerant, spirited and full of humour. We should make no apologies for fighting the moral descendants of Stalin and Hitler who would destroy it

Article Roundup: Scummy people edition [Aug. 9th, 2007|10:11 am]

NEW YORK — Katie Couric allegedly slapped a "CBS Evening News" editor "over and over and over again" during a tense newsroom confrontation, according to a source quoted by New York magazine, which goes on sale Monday.
Maybe she thinks the word is gross, or maybe the word is too big for her.


COTATI, Calif. -- A 3-month-old kitten is on the mend after being set on fire, allegedly by two teenage girls last month.
The male shorthaired kitten, named Adam, received second- and third-degree burns over 75 percent of its body and was being treated at the Animal Hospital of Cotati, located in Northern California's Sonoma County, officials said.

I think abusers should have done to them what they do to others. The kitten is doing fine now, thankfully.

An unpublished government study suggests a strong link between men who download sexual images of children and molestation, The New York Times reported.
Of the convicted Internet offenders in the study, 85 percent said they had sexually abused minors, with offenses ranging from inappropriate touching to rape.

Uh, DUH! And yet liberals continue to claim there's no connection between private and public behavior.

Greens employing guerrilla tactics have begun targeting the prized assets of car-loving Germans.
The tyres of dozens of 4x4 vehicles were slashed last week in Berlin, with each attack accompanied by a note detailing the dangers of carbon emissions tucked under the windscreen wiper.

A note! On paper?! Think of the trees!

And the biggest individual scumbag of the moment.


THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned from a military source close to the investigation that Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp--author of the much-disputed "Shock Troops" article in the New Republic's July 23 issue as well as two previous "Baghdad Diarist" columns--signed a sworn statement admitting that all three articles he published in the New Republic were exaggerations and falsehoods--fabrications containing only "a smidgen of truth," in the words of our source.

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - The door was slammed shut on the seemingly un-killable Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair this week, when the US Army completed its investigation into the formerly pseudonymous "Baghdad Diarist's" claims of reprehensible behavior on the part of himself and his fellow soldiers while living and working in Iraq.

The tale of Army Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the discredited “Baghdad Diarist” for the discredited New Republic magazine, is an old tale: Self-aggrandizing soldier recounts war atrocities. Media outlets disseminate soldier’s tales uncritically. Military folks smell a rat and poke holes in tales too good (or rather, bad) to be true. Soldier’s ideological sponsors blame the messengers for exposing anti-war fraud.

Almost unbelievable [Aug. 4th, 2007|10:54 am]
Glitch my fat ass! Democrats are doing whatever they have to, including lying and cheating, to make sure their agenda is moved forward. Do you want these people to run America? Well, maybe if you hate America.


It usually takes several years for a House majority to overreach like Democrats did Thursday night. But now we see enraged House Republicans credibly accusing Democrats of stealing a vote, followed by a Republican walkout, the first in the House in years. As we went to press yesterday, boiling anger and talk of technical voting-machine problems reigned on the Hill as controversy over illegal aliens' access to public benefits brewed.

What to do now? Make a special panel! It's the Dems' favorite thing to do. Wasting more tax dollars and time.


The House last night unanimously agreed to create a special select committee, with subpoena powers, to investigate Republican allegations that Democratic leaders had stolen a victory from the House GOP on a parliamentary vote late Thursday night.

Article Roundup: Neighbors and Society edition [Aug. 1st, 2007|09:39 pm]

A 70-year-old Utah woman, who was arrested last week for refusing to accept a ticket for a dry lawn she couldn't afford to water, told FOX News Monday that the arrest was her "worst nightmare."


Four days after a CHA resident was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times complaining about the police, her home was turned upside down by officers looking for drugs.


'Brazilian' bikini waxes are increasingly popular among women who live nowhere near the bikini-clad beaches of Rio de Janeiro. For one 20-year-old woman in Melbourne, Australia, this routine procedure nearly took her life.


Qatar royalty cause three-hour hold up on British Airways flight by refusing to sit next to male passengers

Article roundup: anatomical edition [Aug. 1st, 2007|02:44 pm]
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I'm starting to think that Putin has a very small dick.

MOSCOW, July 2 — Yulia Kuliyeva, only 19 and already a commissar, sat at a desk and quizzed each young person who sat opposite her, testing for ideological fitness to participate in summer camp.

Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp's mass wedding. "They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia".

Two new manuals for teachers have been accused of glossing over the horrors of the Soviet Union and of including propaganda to promote Mr Putin’s vision of a strong state.

These folks have huge balls, not the good kind.

(CNSNews.com) - A lesbian couple in New Jersey has filed a complaint against a Methodist-owned campground, claiming illegal discrimination because their request for a civil union ceremony on the property was denied.

Education advisors drop Churchill from British History classes

Massachusetts "Woman" Sues IRS Over Denial of Tax Deduction for Sex Change Operation

Balls, the good kind.

Judge Richard Posner, a supposedly liberal-leaning jurist regarded by many as a future US Supreme Court candidate, said traditional concepts of criminal justice were inadequate to deal with the terrorist threat and the US had "over-invested" in them.

Heavy Metal: More conservative than you think.

My Cyber Counter-jihad: One woman's fight.

Eight fellow passengers of a tuberculosis-infected man are suing him for $1.3 million as a result of their possible exposure to the disease on a commercial flight from Prague to Montreal in late May

Anyone who has heard Dr. Yaron Brook lecture on foreign policy would likely call him a militant, unflinching champion of Israel. His loyalty, however, does not derive from his Jewish or Israeli background.
He's a proud atheist, who admits to not knowing - or really caring - when the Pessah Seder falls. He relentlessly defends Israel and the West because he puts his faith in the rational, free, individual soul.

Plame lawsuit dismissed in CIA leak case

And some people just need more, more, more!

Study: Couples Who Don't Have Sex Feel Frustrated, Over-Worked

Researchers Document 237 Reasons People Have Sex

Mini-Article Roundup: School's Out Edition [Jul. 12th, 2007|09:19 pm]
A World Without Public Schools

Do Away with Public Schools

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