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The God Spot

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When most of us think of talking to or experiencing a union or connection with God, we tend to think of our hearts or souls as the facilitator of such events. In the past, Scientists have even suggested that there is specific area of the brain devoted to things spiritual, the “God Spot” That is quite a romantic notion when compared to the findings at the University of Montreal.

A study using Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( MRI) was performed on Carmelite Nuns and showed that when asked to relive a spiritual experience, as many as 12 different areas in the brain are involved in a mystical experience.

Should we now ignore our “hearts” as being at the the least, a link between us and our Creator?, I think not. Spirituality is still personal and despite Science’s best efforts it remains intangible and unquantifiable. It will be a sad day for mankind when the pragmatics and mechanics of spirituality replace the romance of Mysticism. I couldn’t go there, my heart wouldn’t be in it.

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August 30, 2006 at 9:11 am

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Ms. T’s Wild Summer

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It’s been a tumultuous summer, with highs, lows, and more highs. What a ride and what gets left by the wayside?

Sma’ Talk Wi’ T!

Thanks to the Grrand Wazoo for filling in the gaps and I’m going to work hard on it to bring you up to speed on what’s been happening the last few weeks that you might not have seen in the news.

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August 28, 2006 at 7:11 pm

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My Top Ten, Er, 15 Movies

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Some movies are simply art while others are purely for enjoyment and some are both. I tried to make a list of my ten favorite movies and had to settle for 15. I could have easily listed more. Some of my choices were based on the quality of the cinematography, some were picked for sentimental reasons, others for the quality of the writing or acting, but my basic criteria for my choices was that I simply enjoyed them. Your choices may be different and if so, please feel free to comment.

I have not ranked them in any particular order:

Fantasia

Cast away

TheTen Commandments

Rocky

Independence Day

My Big Fat Greek Wedding ( a chick flick, I know, sorry)

The Shawshank Redemption

12 Angry Men

Raiders of the Lost Ark

It’s a wonderful Life (this one is a gimme)

Saving Private Ryan

Brave Heart

Judgment at Nuremburg

The Searchers

The Godfather (I owed him a favor)

The Quiet Man

Super Fly ( mostly because I like Curtis Mayfield)

Well, those are my Top Fifteen picks. Wait a minute, there are 17 picks. This isn’t as easy as it looks.

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August 28, 2006 at 10:46 am

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The Start Of North American Union

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Anyone that reads this blog regularly should by now be aware of the scam our own Government is pulling on us by actively pursuing and developing the North American Union. I sincerely hope that you have acted upon my earnest plea for contacting YOUR representatives demanding that this Union be disbanded. I have, and will continue to, labor this point incessantly. If you’re tired of hearing about it, tough nuggies for you. I will keep raving as long as there is a Constitution that says I have the right to. As my dear old Pappy used to say, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Make your voice heard. The formulation of this Union has been years in the making largely because of little or no resistance to it from US, the citizenry of The United States of America. Say those five words aloud, don’t you feel a pride and comfort in knowing that that is who we are? Are you willing to pledge allegiance to any other Nation, Union, Collaboration, Cabal or whatever name will truly fit this usurpation of our rights, history , traditions, and beliefs? Say nothing, and we will have nothing, speak up, and we can retain all that we have, which is the privilege and honor to live in greatest country in the history of mankind.

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August 27, 2006 at 11:15 am

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We The Peoples

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First, there was the European Union, now there is the “proposed” North American Union. Both are merely Judas goats which seek to lead peoples and nations into what would become a One World Government. Fueled by promising economic prosperity and world peace, the governments within these Unions push ever onward, with or without the desire or consent of their respective constituencies, for Globalization as the way of the future.

National governments are not the only entities pushing for the universaliztion of mankind. Organized religion has long sought to foment the blending, bonding, and homogenizing of peoples of every stripe under one theoretically ideal umbrella even if it meant using coercion or force. Both of the major players, Islam and Christianity, have been guilty of this. Neither good works, physical peril, nor the promise of a blissful eternity have effected a total acceptance of either religion within the entirety of their respective tenents and dogma.

Why is it that Governments and Religions will not realize their shared goal of uniting the peoples of the world? It could simply lie in the idea that we like ourselves, our customs, traditions and ethnicities too deeply to blindly surrender those aspects of ourselves. We may choose to enjoy the benefits that a global market offers, but not at the cost of losing our past or our rights and freedoms as we have known them. While the big religions tender the promise of a glorious eternity, we still revert to the human foible of wanting control of our own lives and solutions to our problems of the here and now. While the “World” at large has gotten smaller, we as people, have always been small. We enjoy our own groups whether they are based on race, occupation, lifestyle, national origin, or spiritual beliefs. We draw upon these familiar things to help us navigate through our daily lives. We know what does and doesn’t work in fufilling the wants and needs in our little lives. We are the rulers within our own little worlds and something deep within us will never allow us to be dethroned.

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August 27, 2006 at 7:59 am

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The Grrandwazoo Predicts

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As a result of his split with Paramount Studios, Tom Cruise will start his own production company and remake “The Wizard of OZ” with archive clips of L. Ron Hubbard as the Wiz. Also starring will be John Travolta as the Cowardly Lion, Issac Hayes as the Tin Man, Leif Garret as the Scarecrow and Kirstie Alley as the Wicked Witch. The roles of the Flying Monkeys and the Munchkins will be filled at an open casting call. If you are interested in these roles, send an Email to The LeapingLoon@PleaseGetA.net

Now that Pluto has been for Red Zoned by Astronomers, it will lose its bid for the 2040 Winter Olympics, fall into bankruptcy, and will become a pay rest room for interplanetary travellers.

In the year 2525 ( if man is still alive), The Grand and Exalted Caliph of the North American Union, will totally abolish Christmas as a holiday except for the yearly exchange of scimitars by all male children.

In the year 2018 AOL (Andromeda On Line), will announce the release of AOL 36.0 which is guaranteed to be glitch free. (And you know they wouldn’t lie) Included in the new version will be the long awaited sarcasm smilies and font.

The most popular vacation spots of the future will be the tropical resorts of Hudson Bay and the Glaciers of Ecuador which will all include a free spin on the Al Gore Memorial Merry Go Round.

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August 25, 2006 at 1:46 pm

News From The Stem Cell Frontier

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Stem Cell therapy will become a valid and valuable tool in the fight against many illnesses, of that I have no doubt. Science will advance it to it’s utmost usefulness inspite of the current debates surrounding it, especially those concerning the ethical use of embryos.

Extraction of stem cells from an embryo is the reason for of much debate because it destroys the embryo in the process. That basis for arguing against using embryos should soon become history.

Scientists are now capable of developing colonies of stem cells without harming the embryo using a technique that is commonly used by fertility clinics.

This is exciting news. It will allow the scientists to advance in the development for cures for many diseases without having to fend off the barrage of dissent from the myopic and self appointed ethicists who in the name of God try to take God’s place in deciding who should live or die.

Maybe now our government can be free to throw some financial backing into this area of research. One can only hope.

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August 25, 2006 at 12:52 pm

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