Saturday, December 26, 2009
And the plot thickens….
- LinkedIn Profile of Shannon Stoy
- Orlando Sentinel: Florida Bar: Casey Anthony attorney Jose Baez did not violate bar rules
So Blink may really be Shannon Stoy who creates her own storyline to further her own financial interests, which is none other than her own Public Relations and Communications company.
She is basically a modern day P.T. Barnum “who was remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes.”
Well at least now we know why she outed Todd Black – he was a direct competitor to her and she was probably jealous he had inserted himself directly into her dream case.
It would really be interesting to know what her financial arrangement is with Internet News Network, LLC the owner of ScaredMonkeys.com (psyche – no PR Google backlinks for that site).
But back to Internet News Network and the entity who so gratuitously set up Blink’s solo site after apparently luring her away from WebSleuths.com.
So basically, Ms. Stoy is just another Merchant in Misery who profits off of other people’s misfortune; a real life Crime Profiteer if you will.
But to profit, she must create stories where there are none; so as to hype her site, which I assume Internet News Network pays her to maintain. I mean, it costs me a total of $100 a year to maintain both my sites ad free (my hosting company is Arvixe – a really great web hosting company by the way).
So this explains the obnoxious advertisements everywhere on all those affiliated sites and the stat checkers at the bottom of all their hideously designed sites. (I mean crikey, haven’t you mentally challenged people over at Internet News Network heard of Google Analytics?)
So basically, ScaredMonkeys, Blink, and Co. are nothing more than ad based Merchants in Misery. The more visitors they draw the more ad revenue they get I presume. And Blink with her over-hyped and sensational stories must have been the main reason Internet News Network lured her over to ScaredMonkeys from WebSleuths in the first place – to drum up business. (WebSleuths is a much better forum, more well intentioned, and much better off without her I must say.)
UPDATE: I was informed by credible sources that Blink actually got the Boot from WebSleuths because of her sensational and inflammatory postings. Blink, Blink, got flushed down the sink… LOL!
But I must go now, and dig up some more dirt; and I will have more…
For now though, this post will just be a work in progress where I will think out loud about Blink, very loud.
I’m coming Ms. Stoy, I am coming…
But first Baez…
Read Richard Hornsby Blog HERE
I have not graced the pages of the plagiarizing blog of Blink since she un-hooked a few of her heavily chained minions and sicked them on us but the recent extremely high number of hits to PPE sparked my curiosity. Of course I found the normal ho-hum stolen articles and pictures posted as her own.
Then leading me through links I come across this piece written by the 8th wonder of the world. She is referencing the article I put up about the Mothers warning.
That letter is heartbreaking, but I have to point out that blog is part of the problem.
We uncovered a registered sex offender in an officers position who would have access to children at some of their events; that blog went on a smear campaign of me, blinkoncrime.com, and Scared Monkeys as a result of us disclosing that information.
Most recently, the incident I mention above, regarding Scott Mitchell's failure to arrest a child rapist, was also defended by this blog.
How is it the author thinks he can have it both ways? Complete hypocracy, imo
I do not want to make Sarah's thread about issues involving other cases, I just want to point out their is a responsibility on behalf of blogs/forums to take a stand against crimes against children whomever they are perpetrated by.
What were the conditions of this guys bond and were they being enforced?
Why would someone that boast about being so concerned inject her own hate into the death/murder of a sweet innocent child?
Not only does she reach down real low but she lied about PPE also.
1) Did not "uncover a registered sex offender in an officers position" what she did was use that to accuse the PVFD of a conspiracy.
2) PPE never "smeared" the SM forum, they banned me because I am friends with one of their enemies. PERIOD!
3) I never defended "Scott Mitchell" I questioned his guilt, still no charges have been brought against Scott Mitchell, I am not the judge or jury. We have a legal system in place. Who is Blink to define the guilt of another?
4) The all mighty "B" does not believe serving a child murderer the death penalty is justice, this liberal stance does explain a lot. I reckon she wants then to be supported in the comfort of modern prisons for the remainder of their miserable lives while enjoying rec-rooms, color TV, heat and air-conditioning 24/7, 3 nutritious meals while we pay for their worthless ass with tax dollars.
5) Blink is a proven plagiarizing, fraud, a liar that has abandon her own children to fend for themselves, or were they taken?
6) I left you alone "B"... you want it? you got it.
I can and will fill in the blanks +
Friday, December 25, 2009
Passengers subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, the officials said.
"We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism," a White House official said.
Federal officials imposed stricter screening measures after the incident.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., ranking GOP member of the House Homeland Security Committee, identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. There were 278 passengers aboard the Airbus 330.
There was nothing out of the ordinary until the flight was on final approach to Detroit, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory. That is when the pilot declared an emergency and landed without incident shortly thereafter, Cory said in an e-mail message. The plane landed at 11:51 a.m. EST.
One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.
The passenger was being questioned Friday evening. An intelligence source said the Nigerian passenger was being held and treated in an Ann Arbor, Mich., hospital.
All the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.
One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.
The official said an official determination of a terrorist act would have to come from the attorney general.
The official added that additional security measures are being taken without raising the airline threat level.
The official declined to describe what additional measures law enforcement was taking.
The White House was coordinating briefings for the president through the Homeland Security Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI.
A law enforcement source said the explosives may have been strapped to the man's body but investigators weren't immediately certain, partly because of the struggle with other passengers.
One passenger from the flight was taken to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, hospital spokeswoman Tracy Justice said. She didn't know the person's condition, or whether the person was a man or woman. She referred all inquiries to the FBI.
Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane's descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him."
"Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic," he said.
Rich Griffith, a passenger from Pontiac, said he was seated too far in the back to see what had happened. But he said he didn't mind being detained on the plane for several hours. "It's frustrating if you don't want to keep your country safe," he said. "We can't have what's going on everywhere else happening here."
President Barack Obama was notified of the incident and discussed it with security officials, the White House said. It said he is monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from his vacation spot in Hawaii.
J.P. Karas, 55, of Wyandotte, Mich., said he was driving down a road near the airport and saw a Delta jet at the end of the runway, surrounded by police cars, an ambulance, a bus and some TV trucks.
"I don't ever recall seeing a plane on that runway ever before and I pass by there frequently," he said.
Karas said it was difficult to tell what was going on, but it looked like the front wheel was off the runway.
"We encourage those with future travel plans to stay in touch with their airline and to visit www.tsa.gov for updates," Homeland Security Department said in a statement.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been briefed on the incident and is closely monitoring the situation.
The department encouraged travelers to be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement officials.
As the story of missing Sarah Foxwell unfolded and three cold days into her disappearance most of us knew her fate but held hopes that she would be found, maybe cold, hungry, and scared but found alive.
We desperately prayed that 11 year old Sarah be found and safely returned home to enjoy her Christmas where she so much belonged. That didn't happen, Sarah didn't sit under the tree to open her gifts on this fateful Christmas day but instead she gave a gift, a special gift that only she could give, one of her life.
As families around the globe enjoyed their families in the warmth of their homes little Sarah was missing and a community hoped, prayed and wondered but never gave up hope.
The local Law Enforcement searched around the clock tirelessly covering ground inch by inch, by land, sky, and water in search of missing Sarah Foxwell.
On December 24th Christmas eve 2009 LE called out to the people of the Eastern Shore for assistance on putting more feet on the ground. The community obliged in an overwhelming response.
Literally thousands of people put a hold on their Christmas day, people from all over the local and regional area and people from far away came to help find missing Sarah Foxwell early Christmas morning. This is Sarah's gift to us, she has shown us that we can and will stand together, it didn't matter what anyone's religion, race, sex, political affiliation, we didn't care.
What I witnessed today was heart, compassionate caring people coming together and working together to accomplish one goal, finding Sarah. These people didn't know Sarah or her family but by God they were there, thousands of them.
If there ever was a Christmas of real giving today was the day, I will never forget Sarah Foxwell and the thousands of faces that put Christmas day of 2009 on hold to come together for one joint agenda, to find Sarah Foxwell. This IS the Eastern Shore that I know and love.
A special thanks to LE, volunteers, and people that made donations in the search for Sarah.
Today God has a new Angel named Sarah Foxwell, please say a prayer for Sarah's family and loved ones and remember the gift that Sarah gave.... I will. Every year there will be a special ribbon on my tree that represents little Sarah and the story of her gift.
Sleep peaceful little one
A news conference from Perdue stadium will air at 6:00 pm
May God be with little Sarah and her loved ones.
As I read this story from a concerned Mother in her own words it seams as though she is telling a story of her own experience with T. J. Leggs but as the search and investigation into little Sarah Foxwell deepens this mothers story turns into a warning, a warning that has sadly transpired one short year after this warning was written.
Read and think, those with small children should make sure you know who you have acquainted yourselves and your children with.
Don't let this mothers words be unheard, don't let another child be harmed when you have the power to help keep them safe, pass this word of warning to everyone you know.
Below is the story sent in to SBYNews blog "A Mothers Worst Fear" it was posted 12/02/08
"My story is hard to tell but needs to be heard..... i moved back to the eastern shore in October of 2001 from Annapolis. Things had changed, people had changed and i didn't know a lot of people here anymore so i went to work for my mom and started my life over... My sister turned 21 in July of 2003 and i took her out on the town being the older sister and we wound up at a local nightclub where i met my soon to be ex husband. Everybody there loved him. They all told me they had only known him a short time but truly seems genuine. After dating a few weeks he told me that he had to take these state mandated classes they were "no big deal" of course i asked what they were for he told me that when he was 18 he met a girl at a haunted park and they made out and her parents found out and pressed charges she was 15 at the time. Which was a similar story he told everyone at the bar... well to me kids will be kids that wasn't anything to hang over someones head for the rest of their life....boy was i wrong....
I got pregnant while on birth control and i figured i am a mature 25 year old adult i will do the right thing so we got married and my daughter was born on June 2 2004 and the nightmares began. A few days after my daughter was born, my soon to be ex husband was arrested for sexually assaulting the girl across the street... he swore it was a set up someone targeting him just for having his picture on the sex registry. I believed him... i fought for him and he was found not guilty after being retained in Jessup for my daughters first 10 months of her life... then when he came home he was never here.. always out with guys, shooting pool, working extra shifts in a bar, you name it he did everything except be a father or a husband.
On March 28 2006, we were shooting pool together on a league at a local bar and when i came out of the bathroom i saw my soon to be ex husband with his hands down another woman's pants playing the mega touch machine.... My mouth dropped i was in shock if he did this when i am in the same building what was he doing when i wasn't with him.... i kicked him out that night. However i am still being to nice at this point in time because we drew up a guideline of visitation, child support everything including the fact that he didn't want my daughter left with his own parents or have her stay at there house for more than an hour... From April till June i let him visit my daughter twice a week as agreed upon. In the beginning he didn't even visit with her he chased me around the house making threats starting fights i had to call the police to get him to stop cursing me and threatening me. He got so violent and irate with me it was bad for her so i would leave the house for a hour so they could spend quality time together only my idea of quality and his idea of quality defiantly have two different definitions.. that was my biggest mistake ever. i left my daughter with a monster.... during one of his episodes he punches holes in the hallway of my house because my daughter wouldn't stop crying.. my daughter acted out his behaviors at 2 years old.. a couple weeks go by and i was giving my daughter a bath and i was on the phone with a friend and when i went back into the bathroom after getting a towel out of the hallway my daughter was inserting a baby nemo toy into her vagina and i gasped and said" what are you doing?" she replied with " nemo is giving me kisses" i was in shock to say the least and my girlfriend told me i had to calm down and take her to er for exam. Social services was called and an exam was done that said her Hyman was intact but there were cuts and bruises that could be self inflicted but the behavior is learned... the hospital and social services told me that excessive petting and touching is almost impossible to prove and that without rock solid evidence or a confession don't expect anything to come of this. He was asked by social services to take a lie detector test and he declined and the the case was closed. I immediately put my daughter into counseling where she has been ever since and still continues to go. She had to relearn what was appropriate touching, who is and isn't aloud to touch there, etc...My soon to be ex husband also became very violent with me. There were many times he would throw objects at me threaten to kill me if i kept her from him you know the rest; same story different girl i had to get a protective order to protect myself and my little girl...The order expired in July of 2007 i was worried i was going to have to battle for divorce yet nothing so my lawyer and i decided to give him a year to make a move...NOTHING... he only ever made four child support payments,so he is behind a little over $14000.00, he lives six houses away from me and no note, no knock on the door nothing done by him to show he cared or wanted to be a part of her life
In September of 2008, i amended my divorce papers to read i want sole custody; no visitation for the father and the father is to have no obligation to the child; no child support no visits, surrender your rights to her and i will leave you alone forever.... he now is fighting me for joint custody and visitation. i just cannot do it.... i failed my daughter once by leaving her alone with the worst monster any mother fears....I am now being told that he is probably going to get supervised visitation and i am not OK with that why, because our state gives fathers the right to their children no matter what their criminal background is. I didn't have enough evidence to convict him of assaulting his own child, her testimony and acting out what daddy did wasn't enough .... put yourself in my four year old daughter shoes... she has to sit a a table with a man she doesn't know that sexually assaulted her when she was too little to know better... and what is she going to think of me for letting this happen when she gets old enough to understand everything.
I still to this day do not know the truth about what happened with why he is on the sex registry for Maryland other than he sexually assaulted little girls between the ages of 10 to 14 and in Delaware he raped a 16 year old girl all of which I found out after I threw him out of my house. This man has committed countless other uncharged sexual acts in our community but i cannot say what they are but i am asking for help... if he has assaulted you or someone you know help them take the steps forward to take action so this man can rot in jail for the rest of his life and so my daughter can have the normal life i have created for her... what is the old saying" you have to break the cycle for the abuse to stop" please help me break the cycle he can NEVER see her again.....
The first link is Maryland showing he has been convicted of sexually assaulting a child the second link is Delaware showing he was convicted of raping a girl between ages of 16 and 17...."
Read the SBYNews EDITORS NOTE HERE
Thursday, December 24, 2009
A word of advise; STAY HOME if you do not have to go out. People are simply crazy, I think they must leave their commonsense and common courtesy home during last minuet shopping.
First I had to get to the store safe, it's all of 3/4 of a mile from my house to the store yet I could have been to Salisbury in the time I made the trip to the local retail giant. Vehicles lined up waiting and pushing their way through leaving that "common courtesy" home, do they not realize that vehicles will bend when hit?
Finally making it safely to the store finding a place to park is another problem, those same nuts that were on the road are also in the parking lots trying to weed each other out of a parking spot while holding up those of us willing to walk all of 200 feet to the store. I can park and walk in and have 1/2 my shopping done before they find a spot by the door.
Once inside the store it's easy to see these nuts don't only drive crazy they shop the same way, twice I was almost run down by handicap scooters, of course those on the scooters don't really need them, in fact it might do most of'em some good to get the hell up and walk. This is a normal thing to me with the scooters but once I was almost run over by one of those new 'limo carts' you know those new carts that are 20 feet long with extra seats?
Why do people leave their cart on one side of an isle and then block the path that is left with their body? PEOPLE! please keep your cart and body on one side of the isle, other people want to shop too ya know.
Then comes the social isles, you know the isles where people hold family reunions? LOOK, it's a damn store, you do not own nor have you rented space in the isle to hold a family reunion, class reunion, long time friend talk session, or an orgy, OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO GET BY, we are not standing there looking at you like you're stupid because we want to join the party, move the hell out of the way.
I pray that Sarah is found safe and untouched, an unlikely thing at this point.
The other troubling part of this story is that I know T. J. Leggs, I worked with him, I knew his past and the allegations about him being slung around on other blogs are just not true. Yes he was a registered sex offender, He did a stupid thing as a young man, we never know what another human will do or what they are capable of. I hope T. J. didn't do this, if he did I hope he gets repay of 10 fold. But mostly I hope that little Sarah is found unharmed.
Authorities and volunteers prepared to search through the night with hopes of finding 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell -- safe.
Authorities also intended to charge Thomas James Leggs, a 30-year-old registered sex offender residing with his parents off Bennett Road in eastern Wicomico County, in connection with the girl's kidnapping, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said late Wednesday.
The case of brown-haired Sarah, last seen in Christmas-themed pajamas inside her Old Ocean City Road residence about 9:30 p.m. the day before, by Wednesday evening had been re-classified from a "missing person" investigation to a "non-family abduction," said Lt. Babe Wilson of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office.
Several dozen police officers were joined by volunteers from as far as the western shore and northern Delaware who searched in freezing nighttime temperatures Wednesday as authorities questioned Leggs at the Sheriff's Office.
The suspect is known to the girl's family, according to a police official.
Earlier Wednesday, the search focused on a radius about three miles in either direction of Sarah's residence, Wilson said.
A police command center was established about noon Wednesday at a church on Zion Road at Zion Church Road, a location that is central to the residences of both the girl and the suspect, Lewis had said.
Details about the suspect's conviction for a sex crime were not immediately available, Lewis said.
A national Amber Alert about the 4-foot 8-inch tall Sarah also was issued.
By early evening, scores of both law enforcement personnel, local Samaritans and professional volunteers from outside the area had either joined the search or were on standby to help. Police helicopters from both Maryland and Delaware state police agencies joined, as did the Maryland Natural Resources Police Search and Rescue, Salisbury Police Department, Worcester Sheriff's Office and Delmarva and East Coast k-9 search and rescue units.
"Everybody is offering," Wilson said outside the command center. "(Police) officers from Fruitland, Delmar, Ocean City have contacted us."
If necessary, searchers would continue the search through the night, Wilson also said.
"The search has been going on since around 10 a.m.; there's a number of people searching, about 30 or 40," Wilson said. "We will continue; we're staying. This is a search and rescue -- we're optimistic."
Police ask anyone with information about Sarah's disappearance to contact the Sheriff's Office at 410-548-4891.
Keep updated on the story @ Delmarvanow.com
From WESR Shore Daily News
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
An armed disabled man was holding five people hostage nearly four hours after his takeover of a Virginia post office on Wednesday, the town's mayor said.
The man entered the Wytheville, Virginia, post office about 2:30 p.m. and fired a shot, Mayor Trent Crewe said. No one has been hurt, but three postal workers and two customers are being held hostage, he said.
There also are reports that the man has a "device" and it appears the man's car, parked outside the office, is equipped with some type of device, Crewe said. He did not elaborate on what the device could be.
The surrounding area of downtown Wytheville has been evacuated, Crewe said.
Agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also on scene, said Crewe.
"Hopefully it'll be shortly resolved in a peaceful manner," he said.
Wytheville is a small town in southwestern Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a population of just over 8,000.
By Mike Cope
I actually got to meet Dr. Channing Barrett, though I don't remember the meeting because I was too young. But that doesn't change my picture of him as a young man walking a marathon of miles every weekend. In my mind, I see him returning home to
Channing Barrett was one of eight boys and was the first ever in the Barrett family to go to college. From his medical school, he walked twenty-five miles home each weekend, always returning a couple days later with clean clothes, a food packet, and a dollar. That dollar might have been a bill, but in my mind it was four quarters.
Dr. Barrett became one of the first ob-gyn's in
With a growing, respected medical practice, a wonderful wife, and three children, this young physician seemed to be living the idyllic life. He enjoyed riding horses and lifting weights, and was an early member of the Polar Bear Society-that "unique" group that takes to the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in January each year to prove -- well, who knows what they're trying to prove?
And then World War I interrupted this Norman Rockwell life. Dr. Barrett left
As long as he could, Barrett sent money back to his wife and daughters. But by the last year of the war, his funds were nearly exhausted. He had no more to mail home. Mrs. Barrett sold most of what they owned, trying desperately to keep her daughters fed and clothed without having to lose their house.
By the time Christmas rolled around in 1918, there were no presents to place under the tree. They were lucky to have a place to live.
But Mrs. Barrett had managed, despite all the financial scrimping, to save two quarters. So on Christmas morning, when the girls emptied their stockings, under the paper dolls their mother had cut out for them and under a couple pieces of candy, they each found a coin.
Previous Christmas mornings had been more lavish, filled with frilly dresses and expensive toys. And there would be more such mornings in the future. But this was the Christmas the family would always remember.
In the future, even during the years of plenty, when the girls emptied their stockings, they always found -- under the apples, oranges, nuts, and candy -- a quarter.
It was a reminder -- a reminder that some years are good while others aren't too good. Some years deliver new babies, promotions, raises, and great promises. Other years offer sickness, failure, death, and deep disappointment.
The quarter reminded them about both possibilities. It warned them not to write off all the pain of the past as if it didn't exist. It taught them that the sorrows and wounds of their lives had shaped their characters as much as their joys and accomplishments.
Anyone who takes seriously the Christmas stories of Scripture knows that the first Christmas had more than angels, shepherds, wise men, and a mother nursing her baby. There was also the anguish of childbirth. There were the pungent, impolite odors of an animal pen. There was an old man who held the baby and told his mother, "A sword will pierce your own soul too." There were the voices of many mothers screaming for their baby boys being slaughtered by a demented ruler named Herod. There was a breathless escape to
The entrance of God's Son into the world meant peace -- but it didn't assure that people would get along. It meant great joy -- but it didn't mean we'd always get to grin. And it meant unconditional love – though it never implied that everyone would act lovingly.
And so one family, year after year, continued dropping a quarter of remembrance into the bottom of each child's stocking.
At least one of Channing Barrett's children picked up that tradition. Every year through the '30s, '40s, and '50s, her five children, Dr. Barrett's grandchildren, pulled their stockings off the chimney on Christmas morning to find quarters buried under fruit, nuts, and candy.
It's the message of Christmas!
The quarter has mysteriously tied this family together -- binding even generations who never met. Together they have remembered that bad year in 1918 and other bad years since.
* One year brought the safe birth of a new nephew; another brought
the self-inflicted death of a relative who couldn't keep fighting
the demons of his life.
* One year brought the thrilling news from the gynecologist that a
baby was on the way; another brought the news from the pediatrician
that the baby wasn't developing right.
* Some years brought joy; others brought deep, deep pain.
The quarter is a remembrance that the meaning of Christmas is deeper than our triumphs and sorrows. It is a joy that can't fully be expressed, a peace that passes understanding.
For years my children have followed this tradition started by their Great, Great Grandmother Barrett. Together, we've experienced the love of God, woven through the fabric of good days and dark days.
But by God's grace we will survive. We're still together, we still love, we still hope, we still believe in that one who was born in
And even more, it's the message of Christmas!
Friends & Associates,
Please meet Dr Starner Jones from Jackson, Mississippi. [see photo below]. His short 2-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis". Its worth a quick read:
Starner Jones, MD
I am a seventh generation Mississippian and wanted to come back here after going somewhere else for college and medical school.. My extracurricular interests are golf, hunting, fishing and college football.
"During my last night's shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with an expensive shiny gold tooth, multiple elaborate expensive tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a ringtone.. Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid. She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer.
And our Congress expects me to pay for this woman's health care? Our nation's health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture, a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. A culture that thinks "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow. Don't you agree?
STARNER JONES, MD
Jackson , MS
I feel for the people who need the help because of circumstances they cannot avoid, but for those Americans who are just plain lazy – I have no pity!
HAT TIP: Kack
We asked our students, at The Studio School, NYC, to consider both Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to The New York Sun and Francis Church’s response, and write their own answers to Virginia’s question.
Here are some of their essays.
In this day and age it is very difficult to know what to believe in. If everyone is
telling you that there is no Santa Claus, you may feel pressured to agree with them.
Virginia, don’t go along with everyone else. Have your own opinions and beliefs! I
believe that there is a Santa Claus, not because someone has told me to, but because
I am a believer in things unseen. I believe in Santa Claus and mythical creatures and
I am not ashamed of that. If you only believe what you see, then you are missing a
whole world out there full of wonderful mystical mysteries. Believing is seeing and
using your imagination. Whether it is looking up at the sky and seeing a new shape
in the clouds or taking an empty space in your mind and seeing a close friend, even
Never stop believing in Santa Claus, Virginia, because if you do you will stop seeing
the magic in this world. Grown-ups have become skeptical and are missing all of the
wonderful unseen things in this world. Virginia, there is a Santa Claus - I see him in my
mind and believe in him in my heart.
Much love from your BIG friend,
Leila, age 13
Francis Church is saying that belief is something we all have, but that some of us
may not use it. In the part that he says, “You might get your papa to hire men to
watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did
not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove?” he is saying that some
children need to see, feel, or hear something to believe it’s there. I don’t. Mr. Church
means that Santa is not flesh, bones and blood, or the guy in a red suit. He is joy,
giving, love, peace and happiness.
To me, joy is feeling wind in my face; to me, giving is when I am given respect by an
other person or giving respect to someone else; to me love is being heard and cared
for; to me peace is being free to move and breathe; and to me happiness is being
close to someone and being able to love them. I hope Santa and Christmas live on
forever in the hearts of many people.
I think this editorial is important to people of all ages because it speaks of love,
poetry and hope as being stronger than any man alive.
Lucia, age 9
I too believe in Santa Claus. Although I am at an age where most adolescents
start to become skeptical, I have avoided this as much as I can, and to me Santa
Claus is real.
What makes me believe in Santa Claus are the feelings of confidence and faith
that he gives me. I have confidence in my future, and faith in my abilities. Through
my laughter, joy, and belief in the unseen, he is real to me. That is what Mr. Church
is trying to convey, not only to you but to everyone of all ages. What would we all
do if there were no Santa Claus? He is a beacon that guides us to our bliss and
laughter at Christmas time.
Believe in things you can’t see. It’s great! It puts our imaginations to work,
it leads to discoveries, and most importantly, it may lead to jubilant thoughts!
The editorial response you received from Mr. Church is important because he
wants us all to know that belief plays a big role in our lives and that by believing
we all can be united as one.
So remember, Virginia, seeing isn’t always believing, but as long as your
feelings are passionate, your beliefs are real.
Neyanel, age 12
May all of you have a wonderful Christmas that is filled with love and warm hearts and lots of smiles and hugs!
Please remember to say a prayer for our brave men and women in the military at home and abroad that will not be able to be with their families this Christmas.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
I'll post every picture you send and bring the post back to the top with each new picture.
NOTE: New post may fall below this post.
Yet another indication of how bad it has gotten for the canary in the coalmine of moonbattery, Britain:
A Christian teacher fears she may never work again after she was sacked for offering to pray for a sick pupil.
Olive Jones, 54, said she had been made to feel like a criminal, and claimed that Christians were being persecuted due to 'political correctness'.
Mrs Jones, who taught children not well enough to attend school, said that after she raised the topic of prayer during a visit to a 12-year-old's house, the girl's mother lodged a complaint.
Just hours later, said Mrs Jones, her boss told her she would no longer be working for Oak Hill Short Stay School and Tuition Service, in Nailsea, Somerset.
She said managers had ruled her comments could be perceived as 'bullying'.
Liberals, accusing the Christians they oppress of bullying. At least they have a sense of humor — unless they are wall-bangingly insane enough to be on the level.
Closer to home, here's the story of a teacher who knows how to keep her job:
A third grader was told by a teacher at her New Jersey elementary school that the Bible was not appropriate reading material for quiet time, MyFoxNY.com reported.
The teacher at Madison Park Elementary School in Old Bridge, N.J., ordered the girl, Mariah, to put away her Bible.
Michelle Jordat, Mariah's mother, said her daughter was upset and confused by the incident, MyFoxNY.com reported.
No need to be confused, it's simple. The State will allow no gods before moonbattery.
WASHINGTON - A veteran D.C. Police detective has been assigned to desk duty, his police powers revoked after video footage clearly shows him pulling a gun during a snowball fight.
Sources have identified the officer as Detective Michael Baylor, a man with more than 25 years on the force including at least ten on the homicide squad. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the detective’s actions ”totally inappropriate."
Detective Baylor was off duty driving his Hummer through the snow Saturday when police say his vehicle was hit by snowballs. Obviously enraged, you can see on the tape, the officer gets out of the car and pulls his gun.
As he’s standing next to the car talking on a two-way radio a snowball hits him in the head. The narrator on the video can be heard saying, "He's got a gun in his hand. He's driving a Hummer and people are throwing snowballs at him."
At one point, the crowd begins to chant, "Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight… Don’t bring a gun to a snowball fight."
Police initially said the detective didn’t pull his gun, but that was based on the first video they saw.
"With our training that we have on the Metropolitan Police Department, our training would not provide for you to pull your weapon during a snowball fight,” said Assistant Chief Peter Newsham in a news conference outside police headquarters. ”When you are using your weapon, it's for deadly force."
In a written statement, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called Detective Baylor's actions “totally inappropriate.”
The confrontation with the crowd went on for quite some time. At one point, the detective can be seen pushing a man. Later, he rushes into the crowd, apparently after a man he believes hit him with a snowball.
"I think the way it's been portrayed and many have seen the video-- it does bring a negative light upon the Metropolitan Police Department," said Assistant Chief Newsham.
Police praised the officers who responded to the incident, saying their professional actions deescalated a tense situation.
Sources familiar with Chief Lanier’s thinking say she is leaning towards firing the officer.
Statement from Chief Cathy L. Lanier, (MPD) DC Police
As Chief of Police, I wanted to respond to the many messages received to our police listserv groups last night in reference to the off-duty police officer’s actions on last Saturday.
I have reviewed the video clips and heard from the public.
It is very obvious to me that the officer pulled his service weapon in response to the snowballs hitting his vehicle.
I have no doubt about this, nor has the officer denied the accusations.
Let me be very clear in stating that I believe the actions of the officer were totally inappropriate!
In no way, should he have handled the situation in this manner.
We have taken swift action by placing him on non-contact status until all the facts are gathered and discipline is handed down.
This officer’s conduct, in no way, reflects the training and the standards we hold each officer to at the Metropolitan Police Department.
During the course of this horrendous snow storm, our officers worked hard and made many significant arrests for drug and burglary crimes, as well as gun recoveries.
What is so disturbing is that, up until this incident, I had received several messages of thanks from the many people our officers assisted when their cars became disabled in the blizzard conditions.
So it does not sit well with me that the negative actions of one officer has become “viral” during a time when so many officers have done so much good.
I can assure you that we do take this matter very seriously and will handle it appropriately.
The video clips and the number of witnesses willing to come forward have proven a point I have reiterated, you are the additional eyes and ears in the community and your feedback in solving criminal complaints is crucial.
My office is receptive to this kind of information.
I encourage all residents to remain active in our fight against crime and to know that at MPD, we believe no one is above the law.
Cathy Lanier Chief of Police
Metropolitan Police Department Washington, DC
BRINE: ULTIMATE BRINE FOR TURKEY
1 1/2 cups, Kosher salt** **See notes below regarding amount of salt and types of salt
1 1/4 cups, brown sugar
10 whole cloves
3 teaspoons, black peppercorns
1 1/2 gallons (6 quarts) apple juice or cider (non-alcoholic)
the peel from one orange or one tangerine (colored part only – not white pith)
optional: 3 teaspoons, dried thyme and/or 3 teaspoons, dried sage
Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pot, bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes (partly covered). Allow brine to cool completely. Rinse turkey under cool running water, inside and out (remove giblets from body cavity).
Pat turkey dry with paper towels, then immerse turkey in cooled brine.* Turkey should be completely submerged in liquid (place a plate on top of the bird if necessary to keep it covered with the liquid). Cover the pot and refrigerate for 8-10 hours or up to 24 hours. Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry, and roast as usual.
*Be sure the container used for brining turkey is non-reactive: use enamel, glass or crockery or stainless steel – never cast iron or aluminum. The pot should be just large enough to contain the turkey (so the brine will be sufficient to cover the bird).
** NOTE REGARDING THE AMOUNT OF SALT IN BRINE: A milder brine may be made, which may have a less flavorful result – but if salt is a concern (the entire turkey will absorb only 10-15% of the brine) the amount of salt may be reduced. For the desired chemical effect to take place, however, the proportions cannot be less than 2/3 to 1 cup of salt per gallon (4 quarts) of water or other liquid.
**TYPES OF SALT: Kosher salt is the ONLY type of salt to be used in making brine (it is sweeter and more pure than ordinary table salt). Kosher salt is available in two varieties. The most common is flaked salt (example: Morton Kosher Salt) which has been pressed into flakes by rollers. The other type is a four-sided crystal (example: Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt). The crystal-shaped salt measures differently because of its shape. Use about 25% (one quarter) MORE crystal salt than flaked salt when measuring for brine or other recipes. The formula is: 1 tablespoon of regular table salt is equivalent to 1 ½ tablespoons flaked kosher salt, or 2 tablespoons, diamond crystal kosher salt.
Recipes: CLICK HERE
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The sender of the "recycled snowman" did not elaborate on what was "recycled" to build the recycled snowman but my hours of studying and scientific analysis of this "recycled snowman" I can only conclude that it's parts are made up of;
1) 3 heads of melted snowmen
2) an ear muff from a one eared person
3) the eyes appear to be pieces of "Boss Hogg's" flying trash bag it obviously crashed and was scavenged and put to good use.
4) The hat appears to be that of remnants left over after the tin-foil had worn off.
5) The puny little arms are made from a very rare evergreen that only grows in the garden of Eden. (just south of Salisbury)
6) The stray leaves that make-up the lower festive decorations were donated by the local chapter of leaves for recycled snowmen & women.
7) last but not least, and the most difficult to diagnose are the footprints around the "recycled snowman" They are prints left by moon boots, this is clearly an alien (extraterrestrial) built structure (recycled snowman) more than likely they were attracted by "Boss Hogg's" flying trash bag ("UFO") that was spotted in the skies of Pocomoke a couple days ago.
If anyone else has found a homeless "recycled snowman" that has suddenly appeared in close proximity of their home, approach it with caution but it should be harmless, send in your pictures for an analysis. So far it appears that these extraterrestrial built recycled snowmen are safe but please be careful and keep some distance at first sighting.
Demonrat Congresscritter Alan Grayson has become a hero and idol to the far-left nutroots. They don't love him because he is a brilliant legislator (he's not), or because he proposes innovative policy solutions that meet the challenges of the 21st century (he doesn't). No, they love him because he's a loudmouth hack politician who gives voice to the deranged hatred they feel for all who disagree with them.
Grayson called Federal Reserve senior adviser Linda Robertson a whore (He must be taking lessons from Chuck Schumer). He has declared that Republicans want sick people to die quickly and compared the American health care system to the Holocaust and 9/11.
He has referred to a disabled Marine as "white trash." (My mistake, that was Democrat Congressman Dennis Moore.)
Now, Crazy Al Grayson is angry because someone started a website called "Mycongressmanisnuts.com" in his honor. He has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that the person who set up the site be criminally prosecuted.
Like most progressive leftists, Al Grayson can dish it out, but he can't take it.