Monthly Archives: July 2008

Robert The Doll ~ Follow-up

I wrote earlier about Robert the Doll’s adventure traveling from Key West to Clearwater to attend the paranormal society meeting there due to his “haunted” reputation.  It was his first time to leave Key West in over 100 years.

See my previous post:

I thought this was an interesting account from someone who attended The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) gathering on July 18th and 19th.   As SuziQ states, TAPS is a paranormal investigation group based out of Warwick, Rhode Island. They also have a hit show on the Sci Fi channel called “Ghost Hunters”.

She gives a detailed account of her weekend with some great pictures.  See links below:

05.21.10 – I don’t know what happened to susieq’s blog.  But here’s something on Robert:

Posted:  07.31.08


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Ludacris Says: “The bitch is irrelevant”

In his new rap, Ludacris says of Hillary, “the bitch is irrelevant.”   And something about McCain being paralyzed, choosing him (Ludacris) as vice president, and painting the White House black.  In praise of Barack Obama, he says, “The world is ready for change because Obama is here.” 

Don’t miss hearing this bit of “art” in all its glory.  Yeah.  Okay.  Okay.   Click here:

In an immediate response, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said:

“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate materialism and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to.  This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear.  While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”

But, gee, at the end of June Mr. Obama said:   “I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics,”  he said, “but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

Oh, there was a little something about being troubled at times but nothing like the “outrageously offensive” that Mr. Burton speaks of.  So which is it, Senator?

 See previous post quoting some of the “genius” lyrics Ludacris has penned.  There’s much more of the same, but this is just a little sample.

 Posted:  07.31.08


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Way Too Many “Monkeybirds”

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this article in today’s paper about the problem they are having with escaped Monk parakeets/parrots aka Quakers. Researchers think they have devised a way to give them birth control because they are multipling fast and are a nuisance because they build their nests on top of electrical utility structures.   But you can just look into the beady eye of this bird and tell that he thinks YOU are the one who is a nuisance.

 My Quaker is  “a low class bird” because he cost very little when compared with other parrots.  I bought him when he was a baby and named him Monkeybird.  I taught him to say several things, among them, “What a good boy.”  That was before he started laying about six eggs every three months.  I can see how they may increase in number pretty fast!

“It wasn’t until the early 1990s, most notably after Hurricane Andrew, that the birds’ habitat preference became a problem, said Jim Lindsay, a principal biologist with Florida Power & Light.”

Posted:  07.19.08

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Barack’s Magical Mystery Tour

 Wow.  Barack Obama is taking a trip.  He will be traveling to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, in that order.  Now this is a big deal, people.  He has somewhere around 300 foreign policy advisers to prepare him.  I don’t know if they are all going with him or not.   It seems that for sure Sens. Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, and Chuck Hagel, of Nebraska will accompany him. 

He really does need to make a good impression and keep the gaffes to a minimum since he’s not ranking too high in the “commander-in-chief” department.  In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 48 percent of registered voters said Obama would make a good commander-in-chief as compared to 72 percent for John McCain.

His advisers might want to begin with some of the basics, as in, how many states are there in the United States of America, Senator Obama?  And I sure hope he can speak more than one language, unlike the rest of us “embarrassing” Americans who only speak English.

But every eye will be upon him to be sure and ABC, CBS, and NBC are sending their top anchors, Charles Gibson, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams, just to be sure we have wall to wall news coverage of this 

(Beatles original 1967 video clip)

  Of course, John McCain also made a similar trip to kind of check things out overseas and we barely even knew he went.  His arrival in Baghdad was a mere afterthought to Brian Williams, — a couple of sentences preceeded by “In other political news…..”   But that’s okay,  This is “Barack the Great” we’re talking about here.

This quote from the CNN article linked below pretty much sums it up.  “People have been saying to me, ‘Look this guy has only been in national politics for three years, let alone international politics.’  We don’t really know exactly what he is going to do.”

And “mercy boo-koo”  🙂  to you, too.

Posted:  07.18.08

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Barack Obama ~ Not Rumors But Facts

There are some rumors out there about Barack Obama, absolutely.  And there are for sure some facts as well.  The following are some of the FACTS.  Some of these I have taken from good sources, and some of them we all know are facts from personal experience if we have been paying the slightest attention to the news as it has unfolded.

1. FACT:  Born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at either Queens Medical Center or Kapiolani Medical Center.  (We know he WAS born, we just don’t know exactly where.)

2.  FACT:  His father was Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., of Luo ethnicity, Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya.  His father’s mother is a devout Muslim by her own declaration.

3.  FACT:  His mother was Stanley Ann Dunham.  (See my post:  Obama’s Mother, A Closer Look.)

3.  FACT:  His father, Barack, Sr., married at 18 a girl named Kezia in Kenya.  At 23 he married Barack’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, still married to Kezia and leaving her behind in Kenya with a son and pregnant.  He later had two more children by Kezia.  He had a third wife, Ruth, while still legally married to Kezia and Stanley Ann.  He had two children with Ruth and an eighth child by yet another woman.

4.  FACT:  Barack lived his entire childhood either in Indonesia or Hawaii with his mother, her second husband, and his grandparents, Ann’s parents.  This is his “typical white person grandmother” he referred to shortly after his race speech.

5.   FACT:  After graduating in Hawaii from high school, Barack came to mainland United States, and after a short stay in California and New York, he ended up in Chicago.  There he became a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ and began his association with the pastor, Jeremiah Wright, where they proudly proclaim the Black Liberation Theology, and where he remained a member for some 20 years. (See )

6.  FACT:  In a 2004 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama mentioned three men as his spiritual advisers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, and  Illinois State Senator, James Meeks.  He is quoted as stating that these three men helped him keep his spiritual compass set or straight.

Father Pfleger who is a Louis Farrakhan ally — his church in Chicago has received at least $225,000 in federal grants and until recently he was connected with the Obama campaign, which flew him to Iowa to host an interfaith forum.

The third mentor, Illinois Senator James Meeks, another Chicago pastor, has generated controversy for mixing the pulpit and politics.

7.  FACT:  The February 12, 2006, edition of Trinity United Church of Christ news magazine, The Trumpet, featured on its cover Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Wright, Elijah Mohammad, founder of Nation of Islam, and others.

8.  FACT:  Rev. Wright and the church gave Farrakhan the Lifetime Achievement Award  and Farrakhan is on the cover of The Trumpet Nov/Dec 2007 edition.  When asked about his association with Farrakhan at his National Press Club appearance, Rev. Wright said, “well, he’s not the one who put me in chains.”   At this appearance, Rev. Wright also reaffirmed his view that the U. S. government may have initiated the AIDS epidemic to wipe out minorities,  as well as praised Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan.

7.  FACT:  Rev. Wright and Minister Farrakhan traveled together to Libya in the 1980’s to visit Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

8.   FACT:  Rev. Wright was disinvited by Obama to give invocation at his presidential announcement, but he was a part of his campaign and was serving on the Obama campaign African American Religious Leadership Committee until the “God damn America” videos surfaced.

9.  FACT:  Obama finally announced he was leaving the Trinity Church, where he had been married and his children had been baptized, just a few weeks ago — very reluctantly.  And I quote:  “This is not a decision that I come to lightly, and frankly it’s one that I made with some sadness.” 

And one that he made only after his long-time friend and spiritual adviser, Father Pfleger, as a visiting speaker at the Trinity United Church of Christ, had mocked Senator Hillary Clinton from the pulpit by stating she thought she had “white entitlement” to the presidency.

Posted:  07.16.08 – Revised:  07.16.08 p.m.

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Charges of Genocide Filed Against Sudanese President

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, filed charges Monday [07-14-08] against Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, accusing him of masterminding attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur with a campaign of murder, rape, and deportation.


Omar al-Beshir retains his position as one of the worst dictators because of his ongoing deadly human-rights abuses in the Darfur region of Sudan.  He is in close competition with President Theodore Obiang Ngunema, Equatorial Guinea and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.  Over the last four years, at least 200,000 people there have been killed by pro-Beshir forces. Nationwide, 5.3 million have been driven from their homes, and more than 700,000 have fled the country.   
The Darfur region of Sudan continues to be the site of a violent power struggle among government forces and allied militia, rebels and bandits. In 2007, Beshir ordered aerial bombing raids that killed dozens of civilians. While Beshir did appoint an official to investigate the human-rights situation in Darfur, the appointee himself has been suspected of war crimes by the International Criminal Court. 
Meanwhile in the United States of America, we are obsessed with a magazine cover and a whispered insult, immediately apologized for.
Posted:  07.14.08

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Satire or Tasteless? Or Tasteless Satire?

Everybody is in an uproar about this New Yorker cover — the internet, as well as the MSM.

  I just heard some guy rant away about how horrible it is for Obama, the “great” Obama, to be subjected to satire — satire that has been a part of politics for, as someone said, before the time of Christ.   See some recent examples here: 

Of course, the truth is, if anybody is going to be offended by this, it should be people like me who believe that there is an element of truth there.  It is US they are making fun of, for God’s sake. 

Bill Burton from the Obama campaign explains it all below:

Intent factors into these matters, of course, but no Upper East Side liberal — no matter how superior they feel their intellect is — should assume that just because they’re mocking such ridiculousness, the illustration won’t feed into the same beast in emails and other media. It’s a recruitment poster for the right-wing.” 

Well, there you go. 

This is as offensive a caricature as any magazine could publish,” says a high-profile Obama supporter, “and I suspect that other Obama supporters like me are also thinking about not subscribing to or buying a magazine that trafficks in such trash.” 

I’m sure all at The New Yorker are worried sick.  About as worried as MSNBC was last year when I stopped watching the network.

And MSNBC asks the all-important question, “did it cross the line?”  

 Chuck Nice, Comedian, just said, and I quote:  “Satire is subtle and if you’re stupid, you probably don’t get it.”

Posted:  07.14.08

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