Quote for today

I saw this in the Skagit Valley Herald today, and I like it.  This man is a true hero;

“Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.”  Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1908-1993)

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Israel begins ground war in Gaza

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008587887_gaza04.html

Tragic situation in Gaza, hundreds of greiving families, saddness beyond belief.  I go back to the main question.   What should Israel do?    According to news reports, many Palistinians and Arabs are asking why Obama hasn’t been more involved.  What should he do?

Bomb explodes over Gaza
Bomb explodes over GazaMap of Gaza

Location of Shadybrook Mobile Village

This is the place  where I lived for awhile in Ellensburg, Wa.  It has a babbling brook, and shady trees, and is a little chunk of paradise in Central Washington!

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=shadybrook+ellensburg&fb=1&cid=7536008989450277313&li=lmd&z=14&t=m

Auld Lang Syne

James Taylor at Christmas

Give it a whirl, Auld Lang Syne, James Taylor’s version, one of the best I’ve heard.  I watched him sing it on TV a couple years ago, when I was in San Diego on New Years and it was 80 degrees.    It is worth hearing each New Year.  Happy 2009 Everyone!

http://music.download.com/jamestayloratchristmas/3600-10611_32-100985580.html

Elderly Woman Yanks Intruder’s Testes

This one has a dangling punchline.  Check it out, but watch it through to the end.  (suspect’s name)

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2008/12/31/or.naked.intruder.kptv

Israel- What would you do?

Things have changed, Iran may get the bomb, Hezbollah and Hamas threaten, the world is shrinking and Israel is probably more vulnerable.  Another great article from the Opinion of NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/opinion/30morris.html?ref=opinion

And President Bush gets to sneak out of town

He jokes about how many days he has left, but who’s counting?  Ha ha.  Not very funny, he didn’t do his job well, not well at all.   Check this out:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/opinion/30herbert.html?em

Future for NASA

Here is an article about future NASA Spacecraft http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/science/30spac.html?ref=todayspaper

and  slide show: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/12/29/science/123008-Nasa_index.html

And a very cool interactive graphic: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/12/29/science/space/CONSTELLATION.html

Dr. runs his car on liposuctioned fat!

Beautiful story out of Beverly Hills!

“The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel – and I have more fat than I can use,” Bittner wrote on lipodiesel.com. “Not only do they get to lose their love handles or chubby belly but they get to take part in saving the Earth.”

http://features.csmonitor.com/environment/2008/12/29/can-we-run-our-cars-on-human-fat/

Remembering those we lost in 2008

One of my favorite shows on television is CBS Sunday Morning.  It usually airs 7:30-9:00 AM.   This week there was a section devoted to some of the great minds, talent, entertainers, and people who made a difference in the world.  I always think about those we lost who were not necessarily famous, but who had a huge impact on other lives, and the segment even addressed the fact that there wasn’t time to do justice to and mention the many lives that ended in 2008.  Paul Newman (One of the true greats ever and a noble human), George Carlin, Michael Crichton, Betty Page, Steve Fosset, Issac Hayes, Tim Russert, Bo Diddly, Jim McKay (whose Munich Olympiad tragic news of the lives lost, still gives me goose bumps and makes me emotional every time I hear it-Rent the documentary “One Day in September” if you haven’t seen it), J.R. Simplot (self-made Idaho potato billionaire), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Beatles guru), Bobby Fisher, Sir Edmund Hillary.  Just to name a few!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/23/world/year2008review/main4684505.shtml

Watch the show some Sunday, you will be impressed!

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/sunday/main3445.shtml

2008 Year in Review Photos; http://www.cbsnews.com/elements/2008/11/21/indepth/interactivephotomenu4624106.shtml

2008 Timeline of Events; http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/19/world/year2008review/main4678451.shtml

Joe is ready for the octagon!

Joe Paterno

Jo-Pa just signed a three-year contract, and he is 82 years old.   A true living legend.  This article is great, check out some of the amazing facts at the end.  http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-paterno28-2008dec28,0,7653788.column

Beach Cabin Burglar

This is a weird story.  This kid just lives on his own, breaking into cabins and the cops can’t seem to catch him;

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20081229/NEWS01/712299897#Camano.Island.burglar.remains.elusive

Stalin?

Russia has been suffering from an identity crisis after their economy and superpower status crumbled in the late 1980’s.  However, the possibility of  Russians voting Stalin as their greatest countryman ever, stirs up questions and concerns.  Here is the story and a list of some other, more deserving Russians:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7798497.stm

Christmas Movies

Here are some movies to see over the break (looks like some real crap in this list) http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1868288_1868293,00.html

And here are the 10 Worst Christmas Movies, according to Time.com; http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1868368_1868214,00.html

My personal favorite title being, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Dick Cheney departs as he arrived

When Cheney meets Santa“I feel very good about what we did,” the vice president told The Washington Times, adding, “If I was faced with those circumstances again, I’d do exactly the same thing.” 

At least President Bush may regrets, not so for Cheney;

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/us/politics/25memo.html?hp

White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld (left) and his assistant Cheney (right) meet with President Gerald Ford at the White House, April 1975

Above- A sad picture of things to come.

Digital Books

Newspapers are probably on the way out, at least as home delivered, paper, etc..  It looks like they are finally,and maybe reluctantly,  moving to the web; http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10124810-93.html

Now books may be heading down the same road;  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/technology/24kindle.html?em

Report UFO sightings and read about them here!

This is a link to the National UFO Reporting Center

http://www.nuforc.org/

Check it out, some very interesting stories and experiences.  They have moved the headquarters to Davenport, Washington.

It’s a Wonderful Life

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It’s a Wonderful Life- Released in 1946, it was a box office dud and it lost $480,000.  However;   The American Film Institute has named it the No. 1 “inspirational” film of all time, as well as the 11th best film ever.

http://www.theweek.com/article/index/91726/3/An_evergreen_Christmas_movie