August 28, 2007

International Law

Over at the King of Moron blogs (Ace of Spades) there are two really good discussions about International Law.  The first one is Why is it good and the second one is why it sucks!  Very interesting - if you are into that kind of thing (like me) LOL.

Enjoy!

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My Father

My father was a difficult man a man of contradictions and ultimately a very flawed man. My sister would say even worse, and she has.  She hates him.  I pity him.

In an earlier post I sort of described what I knew about his family life prior to marriage to my mom.  He had a hard life, there was no denying that, but that really does not excuse his actions and behavior.   When I look back at the memories a few things come to mind - in no random order: 

I remember his affection to babies when we went to Church.  Babies loved him, he played with them...toss them in the air....dote on them...gave lots of affection.  It was really nice to see..but once you learned to walk...he no longer was able to relate to you.

My Father was a racist.  A complete and utter racist.  Yet, he married my mom, a Jew who converted, but nevertheless he formed a friendship with my grandfather and my uncle.  I had best friends who were Hispanic, my father had no issue calling them a wetback.  It was disgusting and insulting.  My father called black people niggers.  Yet the only time I ever saw him cry was when we had to take Natalie to the airport to send her back to her parents (her mom was Hispanic). 

I remember him taking me to the movies, taking me camping, to little league baseball, I remember play boxing with him as a kid....but I also remember him using exercise as a means to punish us.  I remember the yelling with us and his arguing with mom.  I remember his constant put downs, insults and disrespect.  Hell I even remember just about every insult he told me.  I remember him telling me I wouldnt amount to anything because he always said I was overweight as a kid.  Yet, here I am, a corporate officer, a college instructor who owns his own home.   And I am the first person of my family to attend and graduate college.

I remember when I turned 15 he would say..."Son, I am going to take you to Tijuana to get laid."  And I was totally against it...and kept telling him no.  I wouldn't go.  LOL  Not exactly the type of fatherly thing a father should do! LOL  On the flip side, I saw him essentially totally ignore my sister.  She who wanted to be daddy's little girl.

Early in my life, my father was a good provider for the family.  We went to church, he was in the Church leadership.  Yet, it was all a charade.  By the time I became an young adult I learned alot, I would like to say I learned everything, but I am sure there are things about him that I will never know.  My father was a thief, a liar, a drug dealer.  He used his "connections" to actually BUILD our church!  He cheated on my mom.  He physically abused her.  He emotionally abused my sister and I (and beat my sister too). 

The last time I saw him alive...he was in court.   My sister and I found out of his court appointment I drove to Pasadena and in front of him, his attorney and the judge I asked the Judge to please remove our address from his file because he no longer lives with us and basically I wrote him off.  I remember answering a few questions from the Judge - my father stood there stone-faced and the Judge ended up granting our request.  (We still received letters occasionally, but that was it.).

I did not know he died until about a year ago, my sister searched is Social Security Number on the Net.  Honestly, I felt nothing.  By the time he died, I had not seen him for about 10-12 years.  I think a few days later I felt sort of bad that he died.  But, mainly because of the memories that it stirred up, at most because of that.  Because by the time he died he was no longer my father.  He was a stranger who was not the same person  who I went to Church with and spent time with.  No, he was strung out on Drugs, was a convicted felon who was a completely other person.  What I did find ironic about the entire discovery was that I believe we were in the same hospital at the same time.  I was recovering from surgery and he was in the same hospital dying.  Life is ironic like that. 

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Funny thing about names . . .

Last week, I talked about the name I should have been born with and my actual name. (David and Robert).  Well here is a funny story.

My sister's first husband was named David.  He was a really good guy...I helped him get a job at Earthlink.  It was his dream job.  It was sort of funny he was the computer geek to end all computer geeks but I got the job first at Earthlink LOL.  Whenever I had a computer problem, I would call him LOL.  He would come over and fix my PC.  When he would buy new stuff for his PC he would give me his older stuff LOL.  I was really glad when I helped him get hired into Earthlink.  On his way home from Earthlink, he was in a car accident and passed away in July 2001 (2001 was a very hard year for my family).  The next day at work everyone kept giving me their condolences...and I was like what is going on.  My boss and his boss told me about David's death.  I totally didnt believe them.  I called my mom and told her and she was finally able to get ahold of his parents.  I was the one to tell my sister that her husband passed away.  My sister called me a liar (and many worse things).

When my sister met her new husband, his name is Rob (actually its Robert).  When they were preparing for the wedding the preacher was going to use his full name and my sister said uh no.  And the minister insisted.  He did until my sister said..no Robert is my brother, my husband is Rob.  The minister agreed LOL.

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Music From Chris - "Blues Brothers" you got to watch this....awesome

"Saturday Night Live Performance"

 

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August 27, 2007

Monday Night Videos

Just a couple before I crash for the night.  These two are definitely, REM's best songs in the 90s!

REM - The Great Beyond

This is a tribute to Andy Kaufman, a True Comic Genius!  If you haven't you really should see Man in the Moon!

REM - Man in the Moon

Another one about Andy Kaufman!

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Today's Funny

I just had a student tell me she loved me!

That isn't right! LOL!  But it was a nice compliment.

My response to her:

I am glad I made your day.

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Israeli Soliders vs. Rabbi?

Umm.....What to make of this...I have no clue!  But my gut reaction is that this Rabbi shouldn't be talking about such things, but then I could be totally off base.

Here is what part of the article has to say:

Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual head of the Shas party, part of Israel’s coalition government, said in a sermon that a lack of religious purity would prove fatal in war.

“Is it surprising if soldiers are, God forbid, killed at war?” the Rabbi said. “When they don’t observe the Sabbath, don’t observe the Torah, don’t pray every day, don’t put on phylacteries (prayer amulets) every day?”

Who is this guy?  Is this really a mainstream belief? Omri told me things like this happen, but this is the first time I have seen it in print. 
 

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Resignation of Alberto Gonzalez

Today Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez resigned.  I am rather disappointed that he is leaving.  He, in my opinion and most legal opinions did nothing wrong when terminating Federal counsel.  He has every right to do that.  They serve at the pleasure of the President and when the President says their time is done, it's done. 

I hope Chertoff, does NOT replace Gonzalez.   Who knows what will happen, but I wish Mr. Gonzalez the best of luck!


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New Class

I have just gained a new class that I can teach (I am not teaching it currently), but now it is being added to my roster.

Foundations of Business. - It's similar to an introduction to business type of class.  VERY COOL

This is on top of the other classes I am able to teach:

Supervision and Leadership
Organizational Theory and Behavior
Political, Legal and Ethical Environments of Business
Cultural Diversity
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Marketing
Skills for learning in an Information Age.

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Rosetta Stone Software

Yep, I broke down and bought it.  For Hebrew. LOL  My boss received her copy for French.  And, it looked very interesting.  It comes with text.   So, Amazon got my money, since I did not get luggage last Friday LOL.  I will just have to wait until these classes end then I will get my luggage.  

I ordered lessons 1 & 2.  The total price was about $308.00 with shipping. Not bad considering Barnes and Noble was selling each lesson separately but charging $410.00 before shipping!

As for my passport, I am probably going on Thursday to apply for it.  I would go sooner but since I am watching my niece and nephew this week time is not something I am going to have alot of this week!  

My sister better give me lots of recordings from their vacation. (well actually my brother in law, since he does all of the taping LOL).

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Beatles vs The Rolling Stones

To spark some discussion   Who is better and why? hehe.   Pros and Cons? 

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August 26, 2007

Online Gambling is back baby!!!!

From Ace!

Whoa: WTO Supports Antigua's Claim Against US That Ban On Online Gambling Violates Free Trade Agreements

You're kidding me. The WTO is going to wind up giving us back online poker?

You magnificent Trilateral Commission bastards!

Dean wants to know why this isn't a big story on the internet. I wonder that too.

Antigua Demands Right To Piracy In Response: Intellectual property piracy, that is. Antigua claims that if the US is free to to violate their (asserted) right to free competition for US entertainment (gambling) dollars, Antigua should be unburdened from abiding by US intellectual property laws.

Thanks to someone.


Damn! There goes my Crazy blog money! LOL

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Hehehe

I just found out that I am linked on Ace's blogroll....let the blog bucks start rolling in!

more...

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Akon's new song - Vent

Akon is a rapper who has a new song that is now starting to climb the chart.  It's called Sorry, Blame it on me.

Here is the clip



Why is he saying sorry, and more importantly why in the HELL is he not taking responsibility for his actions (just listen to the lyrics)  Now, you might be wondering, just what he is apologizing for, well that answer is simple.  It's this:

View this and see:



Keep in mind the girl he is simulating sex with was 14 years old!

Now the lyrics of the song show even though the name of the song is I'm Sorry, he doesn't mean it.  Just look:

I'm sorry that it took so long to see
But they were dead wrong trying to put it on me
I'm sorry that it took so long to speak
But I was on tour with Gwen Stefani

I'm sorry for the hand that she was dealt
And for the embarrassment that she felt
She's just a little young girl trying to have fun
But daddy should of never let her out that young

I'm sorry for Club Zen getting shut down
I hope they manage better next time around
How was I to know she was underage
In a 21 and older club they say

Why doesn't anybody want to take blame
Verizon backed out disgracing my name
I'm just a singer trying to entertain
Because I love my fans I'll take that blame

Does that sound like the words of a man taking responsibility for his actions?  I hate to say it, I actually like some of his music, ya'll know this is the type of music I generally listen too..  But damn. Just Damn!  Michelle Malkin was right.  She is still right!

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Sunday Afternoon videos

Yeah its going to be one of those days, I can feel it already!  I got 4 classes left to grade, don't really want to do it..but I have too...so I am listening to some jams while I grade my life away!  So, lets enjoy some of these jammy jams.

OH My Oh my!!! LOL This cracks me up!  - I so remember this song from 1985!!! LOL
Magazine 60 - Don Quichotte (No Estan Aqui)


LL Cool Jams - Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag


Here is a cool mix from back in the day. 

Monica - One of these days _ BEING MIXED_ with LL COOL J - Backseat

This is cool, I remember listening to this Jam on Power 106 when I lived in Cali!   TOO COOL that they have it up on youtube!

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Bummer

I can't believe Dallas lost to Houston of all the teams.  They routed Denver (sorry Chris), but lost to Houston.  That just SUCKS!  Next week they will be playing against Minnesota.  Let's hope they can turn it around before the Season starts.

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Mellow tunes for a Sunay Morning

Just a few songs as I try to wake up this morning.

Dionne Warwick  - Deja View


Steve Wonder - My Cheri Amore



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Sunday Morning Videos

Yes, yes its just after midnight LOL but hey, its a new day! LOL  And I got two classes graded already! Only 4 more left!

Ollie & Jerry - There's no stopping us


Cynthia - Change on Me


Nocera - Summertime, Summertime


Nocera - Let's Go



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August 25, 2007

12 Elul

I don't usually post these.   But sometimes I think they are really interesting - like this one.  From Aish.com

Today In Jewish History 12 Elul

In 1263, King James I of Aragon ordered a Church-sponsored censorship of Hebrew writings. This was an unfortunate theme throughout the Middle Ages: Twenty years earlier, Pope Gregory IX initiated the burning of Hebrew books, and persuaded French King Louis IX to burn some 10,000 copies of the Talmud (24 wagon loads) in Paris. In 1592, Pope Clement VIII condemned the Talmud and other Hebrew writings as "obscene," "blasphemous" and "abominable" -- and ordered them all to be seized and burned. Despite attempts to burn our books, however, the light of Jewish tradition shines brightly till today.

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Linky linky part deux

While I am here grading papers and just bumming around online I am usually multi-tasking - otherwise I get bored and lose attention easily sometimes. LOL...but one of the things I enjoy doing is streaming music and there are a few sites that I tend to go to

www.shoutcast.com - you will need Winamp for it, BUT it is very very worth it.  They break down their stations per genre.  If you like swing music, they have channels for it.  If you like new alternative - they totally got you covered.  If you like punk they have that too!  I generally listen to old school rap, disco, classic Rock (1960's and 1970's) and all of their 80's channels LOL.

Radio stations - world wide. Once you go there, I don't think further explanation is needed, but this resource is AWESOME!!!  They just need to add Israel to their listing since all we have is the Israeli Tool bar.

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