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Happy New Year 2008

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Happy New Year to all my family, friends, and readers! Here’s to having more time to blog next year and more time to be with the ones I love.
Singing Auld Lang Syne? Do you know why?

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December 31, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Bullets And Bomb End Benazir Bhutto’s Life

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In a tragic assassination, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was murdered this morning.

After years of Taliban and extremist Islamic threats and several attempts on her life, Benzair Bhutto was shot twice in the neck and chest by a sniper’s AK47. The gunman shot Bhutto and then blew himself up. More than 20 people are dead, 40 more hurt by the bomb blast.

With a government election days away, the fearless 54-year old pioneer for democracy, Bhutto had always been a target for the Taliban and Al-qaeda.

Academy of Achievement

Women In Power

CNN Videos on Bhutto’s Life

Bhutto Is Assassinated.

Death of an Icon.

Damsel In Distress

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December 27, 2007 at 10:16 am

Diana Knew "Husband Was Trying To Kill Her"

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Princess Diana knew that her ex-husband, Prince Charles was going to make sure she died in a car accident. Shown in court today, a brutal foreshadowing in a letter to a friend had names blocked out.

In the note, sent to her butler Paul Burrell, Diana suggested that her husband was “planning an accident in my car”.

She also made the astonishing suggestion that Camilla Parker Bowles was just a “decoy” while Charles’s real desire was to marry William and Harry’s nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

A copy of the letter has previously been published, but the references to “my husband” and to Miss Legge-Bourke were blacked out. The uncensored version was revealed to the public after being read to the London hearing into the death of Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed.

It was sent in October 1993, ten months after Charles and Diana’s separation was announced. Handwritten in black pen, it reads: “I am sitting at my desk today longing for someone to hug me and encourage me to keep strong and hold my head high.

“This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. My husband is planning an accident in my car, brake failure or some serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy. Camilla is nothing more than a decoy so we are being used by the man in every sense of the word.”

This sad saga drags on and leaves a macabre taste in one’s mouth, with one wondering how far the Royal Family would actually go?

Past posts on Diana’s life:

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December 20, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Huckabee Backlash May Be A Good Thing

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I’ve been watching and reading Mike Huckabee’s actions and words and to tell you the truth, I am concerned. In the long run, I’m not worried because the only good result is any Republican over a Democrat. This recent blog on Mike Huckabee though brings me back to why I support Mike.

On the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mr. Huckabee has spoken little about his foreign policy priorities except to tell audiences that “Islamo-facism is the greatest threat” facing them, and that as president he would make the United States military “the greatest in the world.”

To some extent, newcomers to the Huckabee panic take their lead from the uber-conservative PAC known as the Club for Growth, which sees Mr. Huckabee as a tax-raising, regulation-imposing, anti-business populist governor who spent too much of his tenure dealing with the problems of poor people (a large constituency in Arkansas, it should be said.) The club has been buying ads in Iowa showing the former governor (in his 300-pound form, before he lost 110 pounds and became a marathon runner), signing legislation as governor to raise taxes on cigarettes and impose a surcharge on state income taxes.

Still, people who have followed Mr. Huckabee’s transformation from governor to presidential candidate don’t see what the fuss is about — at least as far as his economic positions are concerned.

His Fair Tax plan would abolish the I.R.S and replace personal and corporate income taxes with a national sales tax. His ideas about Social Security, Medicare and health insurance are straight from George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign playbook. He favors giving people the option to take their Social Security as a lump sum payment on retiring. He opposes any kind of guaranteed health coverage, in favor of a system of tax breaks to encourage people to buy their own.

He sometimes alleges that “Wall Street types are afraid to death of a guy like me,” but to date he has given them no reason to feel any such thing.

Janine Parry, a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas who has studied Mr. Huckabee’s record and his campaign, said that “Nothing in his platform is very much of a threat to economic conservatives, certainly not his tax plan.”

If anything, she said, she has marveled at how smoothly right-ward his campaign has tacked. “In his heart of hearts I think he is just slightly right of center. He doesn’t want to soak the rich, but he’s from a state with a lot of poor people, so he doesn’t want to soak them either. He’s pragmatic. I would be surprised in fact if some of what he is saying now he doesn’t abandon after the primary season as a little more regressive than he really is.”

Which, if true, may be just what the panic is all about.

Check out the entire column, but what is even more illuminating is the post’s responses. It’s interesting to see people being very comfortable with Mike Huckabee. They trust him.

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December 18, 2007 at 5:06 pm

2008 Color Of The Year

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Get ready to see “Blue Iris” everywhere in 2008. It’s Pantone’s color of the year.

Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, selected Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue-purple, as the color of the year for 2008. Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.

“From a color forecasting perspective, we have chosen Blue Iris as the color of the year, as it best represents color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.”

Painting a wall in Blue Iris will add an elegant level of composure with a touch of dynamism to any room.

What a beautiful jewel-tone color! I definitely would wear a suit made in Blue Iris. It would also be lovely in a bedroom. I can see the Grrand Wazoo now in Blue Iris pj’s, can’t you?

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December 18, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Crossing The Line According To Leftists

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Mike Huckabee’s ad is brilliant. All the uproar over the subliminal cross in the background is wasted. If I hadn’t read about the cross, just watching the commercial I wouldn’t have correlated the Christmas-wreathed window panes to a cross. The ad company that created the advertisement did a good job in making a political ad that is not offensive and actually makes you feel good. That’s what voters want to do – feel good.

AP reporter (cough – can you say liberal?) Jennifer Skalka calls it “blatant pandering” and whatever happened to “Happy Holidays?”

Well, I want to know what’s wrong with politicians who blatant pander? Is it wrong that Pelosi, Reid, Clinton, and Obama blatantly pander to left wing lunatics? Or is it only wrong when politicians blatantly pander to Christians? I don’t get it.

Merry Christmas, Jennifer – You can thank God for the Happy Holy Days.

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December 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm

God Understands

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Logan knows He really does.

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years.

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December 18, 2007 at 4:26 pm