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May 7, 1945 started early for General George S Patton with a 4am call from General Omar Bradley. The Germans had just surrendered. Miles away Col. Alois Podhajsky an Austrian, was looking for a way to guarantee the safety of the riding school and the horses he supervised as the Third Reich collapsed around him. Several day earlier Lt. Gen. Walton H. Walker’s XX Corps had captured the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. It included hundreds of the finest horse bloodlines in all of Europe. Among this herd were 250 of the prized War Horses, the famous (10 comments)
Beginning February 1, 2011 you will be required not only show ID but provide a fingerprint to buy ammo for handguns in California. Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 962 into law on October 11, 2009. AB 962 requires purchasers to show bonafied ID to ammunition vendors in order to purchase handgun ammunition. The bonafied is spelled out as a government issued ID with a photo. Acceptable forms include a driver’s license or military ID. In addition, the vendor is required to record the purchasers name, driver’s license number, state of issuance, signature, thumbprint, residential address, date of birth and phone (16 comments)
The Lipizzan is the aristocrat, the royalty the light and the nimble dancer and the aerialist of the equestrian world.
His distant ancestors from the Orient bore Ghengis Khan out of the wastes of Asia to conquer much of the then-known world. The fleet Arabic strain in the Lipizzaners patrolled, guarded and raided treasure-laden caravans in the golden sands of the Sahara. Their masters were Bedouins, Tuaregs and riders from a dozen long-forgotten tribes. It is believed that the forerunner of the Lipizzan was bred in Carthage, more than 2,000 years ago. The (12 comments)
Thought I'd share this bit of humor to start off the week. Enjoy a little chuckle.
Via Laura Giannotta Keller Williams Atlantic (Keller Williams Atlantic Shore ): Many parents wonder what profession their child will choose. Well, there's an old country preacher who has it all figured out.He had a teenage son, and the preacher thought it was time for his son give the idea some consideration. Like many teenagers, the young man didn’t really have a clue about his future, nor did he seem too concerned. So one day while the boy was away at school, the preacher decided to try an (12 comments)
Every now and then we need to sit back and take stock of where we are. Some times a little reminder shows us we are missing some of the great moments in life.
Via Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Real Estate Connection: Today I dusted off my Rollerblades and off I went, skating through the neighborhood. I can’t remember the last time I skated; I think it was last year, or maybe the year before that. I spent my childhood on skates. My kids learnt to roller skate when they were two years old. Skating has been a (4 comments)
Pay As You Fight Tax ~ Could This Be Next? - 11/24/09 06:06 PM
Senator Carl Levin, (D) Michigan,Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has suggested that a tax on upper income earners should be levied to pay for the additional troops needed in Afghanistan. Representative David Obey (D) Wisconsin and Representative Charles Rangel (D) New York have also indicated support for a "Pay as you Fight" tax. One proposal targets high earners from $200,000 and up. The other proposal is for an across the board tax ranging from 1% to 5%. Higher earners in this proposal will possibly be taxed at a higher rate. The three lawmakers are liberals who oppose (27 comments)
Today's lenders are tightening up requirements for buyers. We have seen some fairly unusual requests just prior to closing. This is a nationwide trend and one buyers should be aware of. Remember if you are planning on buying a home in the near future - do not make any large purchases like a car. Keep all of your payments current including cell phone and other utility bills.
Via Melissa Kulikoff (Texas Loan Officer): Some lenders are now asking for a copy of the borrowers cell phone bill to evidence the phone number on the application belongs to the buyer. (2 comments)
Why can't Nancy Pelosi answer the question? Will Osama be given rights when he is captured? Do you think that is a reasonable question? I certainly do. Evidently Nancy Pelosi thinks the question is not worthy of an answer.
Via Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.): House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems a little uncomfortable with the question about legal rights for Osama bin Laden.As can be seen in this video the Speaker basically blew the reporters question off as if she were asking what her next best seller would be. (6 comments)
120,000 Americans Protest 9/11 Trials - 11/24/09 12:20 PM
Not all Americans are pleased that the 9/11 conspirators will be brought to US soil and tried here. At noon today in New York a coalition of 9/11 Never Forget family members held a news conference revealing their attempt to have the Obama administration reconsider their action. Not surprisingly the Obama administration reacted to 300 letters from 9/11 families with a cold shoulder. No Response! Within a hour of Attorney General Holders announcement that the terrorists would be brought to the U.S. the signatures on their online letter jumped to 45,000. By the end of the day over 120,000 people from (16 comments)
This blog is an interesting read for everyone who thinks Health Care will help all Americans. What does a short sale have to do with health care? The same banks who are making it difficult for homeowners to sell their under water homes, are the same banks who hold financial interest in the insurance companies who will benefit from Health Care Reform. Follow the money! If you think Health Care reform is about helping the disadvantaged - you are mistaken. Please read the following blog and do your own research.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) Louisiana made no pretense that she held out for a pay off in exchange for her vote on Health Care Saturday. The price tag was $300 million in Medicaid funds for her state. To secure her yes vote Harry Reid added a provision in the bill allocating the $300 million. Maybe I don't understand math, but doesn't that add to the total of the package? Did the CBO factor in all these sweetheart deals when they figured out the cost of health care? She is proud that she asked for the money and got it. Mary (19 comments)
I came across a blog posted by Hannah Williams which I could not resist re-bloggiing. Thanks Hannah for enlightening up. Now we know it wasn't Bush's fault.
Via Hannah Williams (Re/Max affiliates NE): July, 1947 Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, a little over 60 years a go, witnesses claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO) with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell , New Mexico . This is a well known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies (22 comments)
Alice Linahan posted a blog that is worth researching. Are you fed up with those who are running Washington? Do you want to be part of the solution to bring sanity back to our government? Read Alice's blog and watch the video. It's time America - to defend our Constitution and our way of life. Join a grass roots effort to return our government BACK INTO THE HANDS OF WE THE PEOPLE.
Via Alice Linahan (Keller Williams): Many of you know if you read my blog that I am very passionate about the political issues of our (3 comments)
80% of the American Public believes the murder of JFK was a conspiracy. Who was responsible? Who is alive today who can unlock the secret? Why does our government continue to protect the guilty? We do have a right to know. We have a right to demand those responsible are brought to justice - if not physically - then by placing the responsibility squarely on their shoulders and let history report their deeds.
Via Nicholas Goglucci, PA. (RE/Max ParkCreek): Last night, I watch a few programs on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It was the 46th Anniversary of that (1 comments)
Are You Ready America ~ To Take Your Country Back? - 11/23/09 10:01 AM
Many of us are worried, upset and fearful about the future of our great nation. We seem the storm clouds forming and try to speak out. Our lawmakers are ignoring us. We are ridiculed when we assemble to protest. We are called names and accused of being UnAmerican. Our President tells us to get out of the way and let him fix everything. We see ourselves going down a path of destruction. Fixing everything equates to burning our Constitution. Might as well! It will become an irrelevant and meaningless document. We see a country where our children and grandchildren will be (10 comments)
Newsweek ~ The New Tabloid Competitor ~ - 11/23/09 08:18 AM
Newsweek has always competed with Time Magazine for market share. Both magazines offer political articles as well as timely national and international issues. Rag Mags and tabloids constantly battle for distribution and readership. The concept is that sleaze sells. The more outrageous the claim or inflammatory - the faster they fly off the shelf. The trash magazines have used this technique to push sales since their inception.Newsweek published an edition that coincided with Sarah Palin's book tour using a sexist photo of her for the cover. The cover story was "How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah - She's bad (20 comments)
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The younger you are when breast cancer strikes - the greater the chances that the cancer will be aggressive. You do not have to have a relative with breast cancer to be striken with it. Untreated breast cancer which spreads beyond the breast reduces the chance of survival to under 5 years.
The feud between Patrick Kennedy and the Catholic Church has escalated to the point that Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has publicly notified Kennedy not to receive Communion because of his stand on abortion.Their dispute began in October when Kennedy criticized the nation's Catholic bishops for threatening to oppose an overhaul of the nation's health care system unless lawmakers included tighter restrictions on abortion, which have since been added to the House version of the bill. Tobin said he felt Kennedy made an unprovoked attack on the church and demanded an apology. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Diocese of (6 comments)
NOVEMBER 22, 2009 The 46th Anniversary Of The Death Of An American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man elected to the office of President. Much has been written both pro and con about him, his politics and his life.
John F Kennedy was one of the most galvanizing men to achieve the office of President. He inspired Americans. He was young, handsome and charismatic. He loved his country. He was a patriot and war hero. He was concerned about social issues, economic issues and maintaining world peace. He was loved around the world and respected (7 comments)
November 22, 2009 marks the anniversary of the most tragic day in American history of the 21st century. The assassination of the most powerful man in the world, a sitting American President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.Some would say that 9/11 is a more tragic event. Not to minimize or marginalize the event or the thousands of lives lost, the comparison is different. No matter how devastating 9/11 was, we are able to reconstruct the facts of that day, know who the enemy was, and are preparing to bring some of those co-conspirators to justice.
Justice is (29 comments)
Borders Botches Palin Book Signing In Indiana! - 11/20/09 08:25 PM
When Sarah Palin showed up for her book signing at Border's in Indiana over 2,000 people were in line. Borders had given wrist bands to waiting fans anxious to meet the Governor and have her sign their book. At 9pm, at the end of the event about 400 people were left standing in line. Borders had given out 1,000 wrist bands that admit 2 people and their children. Usually book signings are limited to a couple of hours. It's a herculean task for anyone to greet, converse and sign 2,000 books in a few hours. It's amazing that Sarah could have (43 comments)
Our lawmakers are gearing up and will try to push through the next stage of the health care reform this weekend. Bolstered by a report from the CBO the initiative will be deficit neutral. This is a list of the top areas where your government will reach down and pick your pocket and the expected revenue. Tax on high-end health insurance plans: $149.1 billion Capping flexible spending accounts at $2,500: $14.6 billion Fees for drug makers: $22.2 billion Fees for medical device makers: $19.3 billion Fees for health insurance companies: $60.4 billion Higher floor for deducting medical expenses: $15.2 (12 comments)
Obama Teleprompter Malfunction ~ - 11/19/09 08:25 PM
This is just in. Could not resist posting the story. Obama relies so much on his teleprompter. Seems it failed at a very inopportune time. This is satire so let's not take it too seriously folks!
President Obama's home teleprompter quits at dinner (50 comments)
Rep. John Murtha (D) Pa has been re-elected for 19 terms. He has served a total of 35 years in Washington. During the Abscam scandal he was video recorded during an FBI undercover investigation. The FBI had set up a sting operation to catch law makers taking bribes from a Middle Eastern Sheik in return for political favors. The FBI had Murtha on film as well as other lawmakers. Who got away unscathed? John Murtha testified against all the others. Nice Guy! All the others were convicted and went to jail. John Murtha is listed on Citizens for (14 comments)
The government U.S Preventative Services Task Force announced they are recommending changes to the standard for breast health currently practiced in this country. The Task Force is under the Health and Human Services Department. In a stunning announcement the government is recommending that woman under 50 do not receive mammograms! Additionally they are recommending that women stop doing self breast exams under 50. This is in direct contradiction to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society guidelines say that all women should get a base mammogram by age 40, and some considered high risk should start as early (7 comments)
In part one of this series a Secret Society operating covertly in our country was suggested. The components of this society included Military, Industrial, Financial and Political interests. Whether you refer to it as the Cartel, Secret Society, Secret Team, Secret Club or Shadow Government it amounts to the same thing. A group of wealthy, powerful and politically connected men joined in a common interest or goal for the direction they wished to take this government. They plot and plan every move to benefit their collective interests. The Shadow government controls through the Presidency the future of this country. (19 comments)
In May of 2008 Andy Stern President of SEIU (Service Employess International Union) addressed the convention in Puerto Rico. Candidate Obama was still on the campaign road. At one time Andy Stern refers to him in his speech as President Obama. How can any union organizer stand before a convention and promise the kind of change Andy Stern did? The White House was yet to be won. Closely affiliated to SEIU and referred to as a co-founder is Wade Rathke, one of the founders of Acorn. (source) Acorn the community organizing group has had it share of (24 comments)
Many of us will never forget where we were 1pm November 22, 1963. The President of the United States - John Fitzgerald Kennedy was brutally gunned down in broad daylight by assassin's bullets in Dallas, Texas.
This year marks the 46th anniversary of one of the darkest days in America's history.
46 years later we still have unanswered questions.
Many who view this time in history were not even born. For them the questions should be answered. History (38 comments)
It's time for the truth – straight up, whether you like it or not. Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour. Your town may never be the same. Bill O'Reilly and Glen Beck are headed out on a very limited personal tour in January 2010. A perfect gift for the liberal friend on your Christmas list. Glen Beck currently has 4 best sellers including "Arguing with Idiots". Bill O'Reilly has the longest running best seller in his wonderful "Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity". Each will do a single monologue. Then they will join each (53 comments)
Deer Loses Butt Match - 11/13/09 07:21 PM
This article caught my attention today. A seven point buck spies a rival in the yard of Mike and Carol Brye's home in Viroqua, Wis. During mating season bucks will defend their territory against rival bucks. In the back yard the anxious buck spies a 640 lb concrete elk. Off he goes to charge and butt it multiple times. Alas, the Elk won. Not before the buck did some serious damage to the statue. In the picture you can see the buck laying in the yard and the destroyed statue in the foreground. (source)
Today it was reported by CBS News that the Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is still in extremely serious condition. His attorney Col. John Galligan told anchor Harry Smith that his client maybe permanently paralyzed from the waist down. It appears he is experiencing intense pain in his hands. His lawyer indicated his speech was garbled, but he was able to communicate with him. "He cannot get up and walk," Galligan told a group of reporters gathered at Ft. Hood's main entrance, adding that Hasan's paralysis is likely from the waist down. Galligan said that his client was (11 comments)
The Congress passed the massive Health Care Reform Act Saturday night. 220 voted in favor. Want to know how your Congressmen voted from Pennsylvania?The following Representatives voted in favor of the Health Care BillRobert Brady Chris Carney Kathy Dahlkemper Mike Doyle Chaka Fattah Paul Kanjorski Pat Murphy Allyson Schwartz Joe Sestak WE THE PEOPLE spoke out all this summer and made it known we were against this massive overhaul of our health care system. In spite of our protests these Congressmen from Pa voted party line and not the will of the people. They blindly followed the leadership of Obama (17 comments)
The Internet and social networking concept is constantly changing. Various venues like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Active Rain have grown in leaps and bounds. Hundreds of thousands of users posting millions and millions of words a day. Some are humorous. Some are trivial. Some are damaging and in some instances are intended to do harm to an individual or business. The issue of Freedom of Speech is often bandied about and used as justification for saying the most uncomplimentary things. The First Amendment does not protect tabloids when they write scathing stories about public figures. Why would an individual believe (186 comments)
In August 2007 Barney Frank was present at the home of James Ready, his lover in Ogunquit, Maine. A raid was conducted and lo and behold police found marijuana. According to a police report, police charged Ready with marijuana possession, cultivation and use of drug paraphernalia. Ready admitted to civil possession and paid a fine. Barney Frank claimed he did not live there and dis-avoid any knowledge of the plants. Frank said he was not an outdoors-man and could not recognize outdoor plants very well. He said he only smoked cigars. Now it seems Barney Frank is supporting legislation to (56 comments)
It's been called. A Republican sweep in Va. Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General all went to Republican candidates. Within an hour of the polls closing the race was called. McDonnell carried it by 63%. Looks like Virginia shouted loud and clear to Washington. Wake up on Capital Hill and watch what you vote for. You may be voting yourself out of a job.
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