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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Katrina Update


Here is a sobering update on the total devastation and chaos that New Orleans has become. There is no law or order and sounds like a very dangerous place to be right now. Complete martial law needs to be declared and the city needs to be flooded with Federal troops to take it back.

Looting has become a huge problem:
New Orleans' homeland security chief, Terry Ebbert, said looters were breaking into stores all over town and stealing guns. He said there are gangs of armed men moving around the city.

The Times-Picayune newspaper reported that the gun section at a new Wal-Mart in the Lower Garden District had been cleaned out by looters.

Gunshots were heard throughout the night in Carrollton.

Police spokesman Marlon Defilo said an officer and a looter were wounded in a shootout. Defilo had no word on their condition. Three or four others were also arrested, he said.

One looter shot and wounded a fellow looter, who was taken to a hospital and survived.

Staff members at Children's Hospital huddled with sick youngsters and waited in vain for help to arrive as looters tried to break through the locked door, Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher told the newspaper. Neither the police nor the National Guard arrived.
That's bad folks. Real bad.

And now gasoline is being rationed to the stations. Yep! I'm keeping my car full.

I felt guilty all day going through my normal routine, taking care of errands, getting the boys off to school....there's a lot of folks who would love to be doing their regular routine right now. Think about that when you take your hot shower, brush your teeth or use a clean toilet. It's those little things that make us all feel 'normal' that we all take for granted.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina Aftermath

Things are real bad in Louisiana right now and getting worse by the hour. To give you an idea:
With conditions in the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans rapidly deteriorating, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Tuesday that everyone still in the city, now huddled in the Superdome and other rescue centers, needs to be evacuated.
"The situation is untenable," Blanco said, pausing to choke back tears at a news conference. "It's just heartbreaking."
The breach of two levees Tuesday meant the city was rapidly filling with water and the prospect of having power was a long time off, the governor said. She said the storm also severed a major water main, leaving the city without drinkable water.

"The goal is to bring enough supplies to sustain the people until we can establish a network to get them out," Blanco said.
FEMA is considering putting people on cruise ships, in tent cities, mobile home parks, or so-called floating dormitories, boats FEMA normally uses to house its own employees, said Coordinating Director Bill Lokey.
Lokey said he anticipated FEMA will set up a permanent office in the area.
Recovery will take so long, he said, that some workers could spend their entire career working on Katrina.
"This is the most significant natural disaster to hit the United States," Lokey said.
The devastation was enormous. One of the twin spans of Interstate 10 was broken into dozens of pieces between the pylons, stretched out across rising water like puzzle pieces. Only rooftops were visible in several neighborhoods and the occasional building was on fire. In relatively lucky neighborhoods, residents waded in the empty streets in knee-deep water.
Blanco, Lokey and others spoke to reporters after officials flew to New Orleans with FEMA director Mike Brown and other officials. They stopped at the Superdome, where Mayor Ray Nagin outlined the dire situation: hundreds, if not thousands, of people may still need rescuing from rooftops and attics, he said.
Blanco described the dedication of rescue workers who at midnight were told to take a break.
"They refused. They couldn't do it," Blanco said.
Blanco said rescuers were unable to get to people stranded, but safe, in one tall building because so many other people were "calling to them and jumping from rooftops" into the water to be rescued first.
Things were so bad, Nagin said, that rescue boats are bypassing the dead.
"We're not even dealing with dead bodies," Nagin said. "They're just pushing them on the side."
Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard, said search and rescue teams were still picking up people throughout the city, leaving them on highway overpasses-turned-islands and on the Mississippi River levee to wait until they could be moved again.
They will eventually end up in the Superdome, where he estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people already have taken refuge and where rising water is threatening the generators.
Among the evacuees are 5,000 inmates from New Orleans and suburbs that need to be moved. Officials were trying to figure out how.
As the FEMA helicopter left, with Sen. Mary Landrieu looking out the window, a group of looters smashed a window at a convenience store off the interstate in Metairie and jumped inside.
Nagin described the looters as drug addicts ransacking drug stores and people looking for food.
Police chief Eddie Compass said police are mainly focused on search and rescue.
"We'll deal with looting afterward," Compass said. "Human life is our top priority."
Nagin confirmed one person died at the Superdome attempting to jump from one level to a lower one.
Nagin said 75 to 80 percent of the New Orleans area is flooded.
Nagin said there are two major breaks in levees -- one at Florida Avenue in New Orleans East and another on the 17th Street Canal, where two or three blocks of concrete levee blew out.
Because of the 17th Street Canal break, Lake Pontchartrain water is pouring into the city. Nagin said the pumps that normally protect the city are working, but since they send water into the lake it does no good.
He said the Corps of Engineers is trying to sandbag the break but he had no timeline for their efforts.
Levees seem to be holding everywhere else, he said.
Blanco asked residents to spend Wednesday in prayer.(emphasis mine)
I work within a Louisiana state run hospital and attended an emergency meeting this afternoon. There are reports of nursing home residents stranded on rooftops. 'Big Charity' hospital in New Orleans almost immediately lost their generators and the first floor is now completely submerged. The tentative plan is to try and evacuate patients via boat to Baton Rouge and from there Airforce transport planes are going to fly patients to waiting hospitals. Many of these patients were in critical condition to begin with.

Imagine being sick or old and completely displaced to places with no friends or family whatsoever. I've had colleagues who've lost everything. It is all very, very sad.

Keep Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana in your prayers. I'll try to update when possible.

Blogger Spam??

I think my private e-mail was just spammed by Blogger, my blog hosting service. What the hell? Take a look and if you use Blogger and received a similar email, please share.

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Now this is the type of message I use to get whenever someone commented on my site - before I installed Haloscan that is. Do other Blog hosting services commit this same naked drive-by advertising via Spam to their users?

Agreeing with Hitchens on Religion?

I have these love-hate feelings for Christopher Hitchens. On one hand I love his hawkish, common sense position on the war. He had a brilliant must read on the war earlier this week. That being said, Hitchens is terrible whenever he approaches the issue of religion. He does not Believe and that is his right and choice; however, his writings on religion turns my stomach and I avoid reading the stuff.

So you can imagine my surprise when I agreed with nearly an entire column of his titled Another Disgusting Religious Practice. Recently in New York some infants have been harmed and one died as a result of an old Jewish tradition that Mayor Bloomberg supported rather than upset one of his voting blocks. Here's a sample:
Where to start with this? I could wish that Bloomberg were always so careful about keeping out of other peoples' business: He has made it legally impossible to have a cigarette and a cocktail at the same time, anywhere in the city. But I'll trade him his stupid prohibitionist ban if he states clearly that it is the government's business to protect children from religious fanatics. Female genital mutilation, for example, is quite rightly banned under federal law, and no religious exemption is, or ever should be, permitted. The Mormons were obliged to give up polygamy and forcible marriage before they, or the state of Utah, could be part of the United States. A Christian Scientist who denies urgent medical treatment to his or her children may well be hauled up for reckless endangerment, as may those whose churches teach redemption through violent corporal punishment. The First Amendment does indeed forbid any infringement of religious freedom, but it is not, as was once said, part of a suicide pact, let alone a child-abuse one.

Let's by all means hear from Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organization in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who emerged from his meeting with Bloomberg to inform us that: "The Orthodox Jewish community will continue the practice that has been practiced for over 5,000 years. We do not change. And we will not change." You can preach it, rabbi, but you have no more right to practice it than a Muslim imam who preaches the duty of holy war has the right to put his teachings into effect. And Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer, the 57-year-old man who ministered to the three boys in question, is currently under a court order that forbids him from doing it again—pending an investigation by the health department. What "investigation?" If another man of that age were found to be slicing the foreskins of little boys and then sucking their penises and their blood, he would be in jail—one hopes—so fast that his feet wouldn't touch the ground. If he then told the court that God ordered him to do it, he would be offering precisely the defense that thousands of psychos have already made so familiar. Preach it rabbi. Preach it to the judge.
Absolutely correct. Nearly the entire column. For those of you who do believe, just skip the last paragraph and you'll be fine. Just one or two bad phrases there, but enough to skip - IMHO.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Media Whores in Action

Little Green Footballs has more links and photos of a poor man's memory being whored away against his principles by his mother. I present you with idiocy:
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JimK and Lee at MooreWatch (strong, but appropriate, language at link) has a Sheehan quote that exposes this woman's total disregard to other mothers of fallen soldiers. Haven't you heard? Yes, there are other parents of fallen soldiers that support what their ADULT children chose to believe in and fight for.

Media attention for those parents? Zero.

Another revolting Sheehan quote(Link via MooreWatch:
I have continually asked George Bush to quit using Casey's name and the names of the other Gold Star Families for Peace loved ones to justify his continued killing. He continues to say this: "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." So the mission is now this: WE MUST CONTINUE KILLING AMERICANS BECAUSE AMERICANS HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED!!!

How can anyone, anyone in their right minds support this line of reasoning? I have been silent on the Gold Star Moms who still support this man and his war by saying that they deserve the right to their opinions because they are in as much pain as I am. I would challenge them, though, at this point to start thinking for themselves. Iraq DID NOT have WMD; Iraq WAS NOT linked to Al Qaeda and 9/11; Iraq WAS NOT a threat or danger to America. How can these moms who still support George Bush and his insane war in Iraq want more innocent blood shed just because their sons or daughters have been killed? I don't understand it. I don't understand how any mother could want another mother to feel the pain we feel. I am starting to lose a little compassion for them. I know they have been as brainwashed as the rest of America, but they know the pain and heartache and they should not wish it on another. However, I still feel their pain so acutely and pray for these "continue the murder and mayhem" moms to see the light.
She cares nothing for these people and have absolutely no respect for their beliefs or how they choose to honor their loved ones.

There are no words that are too harsh for this woman.

Orange Dog

If you haven't seen the movie Reservoir Dogs, then not only have you missed a movie that has had an incredible influence on our culture, but you've also missed out on a lot of vile language and an incredibly uncomfortable torture scene. I can't tell you how many times I've heard this movie referred to on many other shows and on other movies. Swingers is a great example of such a movie. Not only are there Reservoir Dog posters in the background, but the main characters have a discussion of the movie within their movie.

I ran across the below linked quiz at Counseling Kevin who best matches to Mr. White. Not too bad. Mr. White was a pretty good guy, relatively speaking. I'm closer to Mr. Orange. Don't know what to say about that, other than I guess I'm more of a nerd?

Mr. Orange
Mr. Orange, congratulations!


Which 'Reservoir Dogs' character are you?
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Of note: At the time I took this quiz only 71 out 455 quiz takers took home the honor of Mr. Orange. I'm a lonely nerd.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Big Easy at Risk

In April of 1995 I made my wedding vows to my husband in a little courtyard right off of Bourbon Street. This one to be exact:
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New Orleans holds many, many happy memories for me and I pray they dodge the Hurricane bullet once again. Though, reality is that things are not looking so good for the Big Easy right now. My good blogging buddy, Politickal Animal has a great post with updates that you should check out.

Pray for New Orleans.

Media and Media Whores

From Cox and Forkum:
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The last month we've all had to endure the media driven shameless carnival in Crawford. It is nothing more than disgusting and dishonest. When you start to feel empathetic towards TCM's (That Crazed Mother) position consider these statements the media has conviently kept from your sensitve ears:
I take responsibility partly for my son’s death, too. I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people, like my sister over here says, since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted. I’m going all over the country telling moms: “This country is not worth dying for. If we’re attacked, we would all go out. We’d all take whatever we had. I’d take my rolling pin and I’d beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq. {applause} We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if {applause}. 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have. The people are good, the system is morally repugnant. {applause}

..snip..

What they’re saying, too, is like, it’s okay for Israel to have nuclear weapons. But Iran or Syria better not get nuclear weapons. It’s okay for the United States to have nuclear weapons. It’s okay for the countries that we say it’s okay for. We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now. It’s okay for them to have them, but Iran or Syria can’t have them. It’s okay for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s – yeah – and it’s okay for Iraq to occupy – I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not okay for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up. We need a revolution and make it be peaceful and make it be loving and let’s just show them all the love we have for humanity because we want to stop the inhumane slaughter.
Ahem. These statements were made in support of Lynne Stewart at an all out Moonbat Rally.

Lee at Right Thinking has one of the best posts I've seen written on TCM and the media hype. He uses a story about a mother who has channeled her grief in a completely different way. You know, in a way that honors her lost loved one's memory. Go figure.

Media coverage for this mother? Close to zero. Go read Lee's spot-on analysis behind this discrepency.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Iraq's Constitution

Very rare indeed! Look here for some thoughtful thoughts on the Iraqi constitution from a couple of guys that seem to know a lot more about it than most. Believe it or not, it's from the NYTs. Stranger than fiction.

Guns, Guns, Everywhere Are Guns...

One of the more trying bits of New England life was listening to liberal drivel evidenced by the following: a neighbor suggested that they believed that guns should not be made and that no one should possess guns. No one. Not the police or public....because, you know, then no one would ever, ever get hurt by guns. Yeah, right.

Are you through vomiting already? Okay, back to the post:

Lee at Right-Thinking had a link to this story that, without a doubt, makes all those gun-control liberals look like the idiots they are:
The experiences in the U.K. and Australia, two island nations whose borders are much easier to monitor, should also give Canadian gun controllers some pause. The British government banned handguns in 1997 but recently reported that gun crime in England and Wales nearly doubled in the four years from 1998-99 to 2002-03.

Crime was not supposed to rise after handguns were banned. Yet, since 1996 the serious-violent-crime rate has soared by 69 percent; robbery is up 45 percent, and murders up 54 percent. Before the law, armed robberies had fallen 50 percent from 1993 to 1997, but as soon as handguns were banned the robbery rate shot back up, almost to its 1993 level.

The 2000 International Crime Victimization Survey, the last survey completed, shows the violent-crime rate in England and Wales was twice the rate of that in the U.S. When the new survey for 2004 comes out later this year, that gap will undoubtedly have widened even further as crimes reported to British police have since soared by 35 percent, while those in the U.S. have declined 6 percent.

Australia has also seen its violent-crime rates soar immediately after its 1996 Port Arthur gun-control measures. Violent crime rates averaged 32-percent higher in the six years after the law was passed (from 1997 to 2002) than they did in 1995. The same comparisons for armed-robbery rates showed increases of 74 percent.

During the 1990s, just as Britain and Australia were more severely regulating guns, the U.S. was greatly liberalizing individuals' abilities to carry firearms. Thirty seven of the fifty states now have so-called right-to-carry laws that let law-abiding adults carry concealed handguns after passing a criminal background check and paying a fee. Only half the states require some training, usually around three to five hours. Yet crime has fallen even faster in these states than the national average. Overall, the states in the U.S. that have experienced the fastest growth rates in gun ownership during the 1990s have experienced the biggest drops in murders and other violent crimes.

Many things affect crime: The rise of drug-gang violence in Canada and Britain is an important part of the story, just as it has long been important in explaining the U.S.'s rates. (Few Canadians appreciate that 70 percent of American murders take place in just 3.5 percent of our counties, and that a large percentage of those are drug-gang related.) Just as these gangs can smuggle drugs into the country, they can smuggle in weapons to defend their turf.

With Canada's reported violent-crime rate of 963 per 100,000 in 2003, a rate about twice the U.S.'s (which is 475), Canada's politicians are understandably nervous.
It's a bitch when the facts get in the way of your liberal moonbat-utopian views.

Extra, Extra:

Here is a local example of how an armed citizenry can help fight crime:
In an attempt to get the clerk to fork over the cash, a robber held up a convenience store Wednesday afternoon .. with a fork. It happened at the Food Mart on Hearne and Blanchard in Shreveport. The would-be robber came at the clerk with the fork, wrapped up to look like a gun. When the clerk realized the weapon was a fork, she grabbed a bat from behind the counter, hit the robber and chased him outside. That's when a man pumping gas pulled out a gun and held the robber until police arrived. Police promptly arrested Drrick Dwayne Franklin and charged him with attempted armed robbery.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Conservative Bashing Prof. Follow-Up

Dr. Michael Vocino, the conservative bashing professor at the University of Rhode Island, e-mailed David Horowitz of FrontPage Magazine concerning the issue I posted on earlier this month. David Horowitz responded. For those interested in the Nathaniel Nelson case, see both e-mails at FrontPageMag.com. After reading David Horowitz's response, I must reiterate one point he makes. Must these left-wing professors turn all academic subjects into political conventions that trumpet liberal talking-points?! And exactly what gives them the right to demonize and/or intimidate students with conservative ( read mainstream ) viewpoints?!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Shuttle Sighting

The Space Shuttle has stopped over at the local AirForce Base to get refueled. We took the boys on base to have a look. We were able to get about 250 yards from it. They were pretty excited. Well - Actually, the truth of the matter is that the adults were much more excited than the kids, but we dragged them through the heat to have a look see so that we could see. You see?

Here's a pic from the local paper as it was landing.

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Pretty dog-gone cool.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Where We Were

Twenty-eight years ago today the world learned of Elvis's passing. It was one of those events where most normal folks remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I'm no different - August 16th, 1977 I was seven years old.

I remember that it was hot and I was riding my bicycle in front of my house. You know - back in the day when parents didn't really think twice about sending their small children out front in the street to do whatever for hours at a time.

Anyway, a friend from next door came out to ride in my circle and said, "Hey, did you hear that Elvis died?" I then promptly retorted, "Who's Elvis?"

That's it folks! I was a completely musically ignorant 7 year old.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Story of the Summer

John Pohhoretz has declared Able Danger the story of the summer. Of course he is right...as always. Problem is how much of the general public will ever learn the enormity of Clinton's failings and the massive blinders impairing the 9/11 comission? This story squarely lays the blame of 9/11 at Clinton's feet.

Remember how pissed Carey (Sex in the City) was when her boyfriend broke up with her on a Post-it note (TM)? Do you think America will get remotely that pissed off when they learn Atta's face was deliberately covered with a Post-it so that, God forbid, he be questioned about being a terrorist in our country, because he was a freaking terrorist!! Oh no! Let's not risk getting the ACLU mad and let this guy go free to fly planes into our buildings.

Morons. But even more so are the people who will still argue that Clinton was the best prez ever.

Embarrassment Back at the Crib

According to Drudge Cindy Sheehan's family is fed up with her antics. It's going to be uncomfortable around their Thanksgiving table for sure!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Walken is Too Cool

Ace brings up the point that Christopher Walken is, well, just a really cool guy. He can make anything go up on the 'cool' scale by just being involved somehow.

Okay, to the point - I did not know until a few years back that Walken is a trained dancer. Watch this video. He was nominated for a truckload of VMA awards and won quite a few for his efforts.

Too. Damn. Cool.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Failed Robbery: Damage Report

Some may remember this story from mid June where a young man in the process of robbing a beauty school in Shreveport, La, my new hometown, was tripped midway through and beaten by the instructors and students. Maybe this photo will jog your memory:
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The story actually received a lot of national and blogger attention. In case you were wondering how this young chap is doing, I have a little damage report for you.
The signs of his physical attack were gone, but Jared Gipson still seemed emotionally beaten at his preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

He held his head down as a Shreveport police officer recalled details of the attack on Gipson that happened during an attempted robbery of a local beauty college.

Cpl. Brent Mason said Gipson, now accused of trying to rob the students and instructors, was beaten with everything inside the shop that wasn't nailed down, including table legs, curling irons and blow dryers, but that a 4-by-4 fence post probably caused the most damage.

"I believe I counted 21 open lacerations to his skull area that required sutures or staples," Mason testified Tuesday before Caddo District Judge Scott Crichton. "He had a shoe print forced through his clothes to his skin. He had severely been stomped by someone."(emphasis mine)
All I'm gonna say is that if you can't take the heat, stay the hell out of the kitchen.

(Thanks to Ace for having the photo in his archives for me to 'borrow')

Conservative Bashing at The University of Rhode Island

During the past 2 school years, I have been an advisor to a student conservative group at the University of Rhode Island. My role is a secondary role, as the group has a primary advisor as well. Prior to the 2004 Presidential election, I helped prepare some members for a debate with the student Democrat group and also became a resource for essays that could help the students write opinion pieces for the school newspaper. The President of this conservative group was a young man named Nathaniel Nelson. He is a bright and mature individual who exudes integrity. His fundamental beliefs relating to social and political issues are clearly conservative and he is a great advocate on such issues. His opinions were always professionally and respectfully stated in his frequent opinion pieces in the school newspaper.

After the 2004 election, my involvement with the group waned a little, so I was shocked to read a column written by Nathaniel in Frontpagemagazine on August 1st describing the abhorrent behavior levied upon him by one of his professors at the University last semester. To further understand the disturbing influence of left-wing radicals on our nation's campuses and the hypocrisy in the mantra that calls for diversity in everything but intellectual thought; please read Nathaniel's account. As you read his essay, consider the following. Nathaniel is a white, male, Christian conservative. If any of these qualifiers were changed, would behavior; such as that brought upon Nathaniel by his perverted and abusive professor; be tolerated at any institution in this country? I think not!

Warning: Link contains strong, descriptive language.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Exploring Wilson's Lie

Media Monitor puts forth an explanation behind Joe Wilson's lies about his wife getting him a "secret African mission" gig.

I liked this part:
In retrospect, it's clear the Plame and Wilson pulled off a monumental deception, with the help of the media. The facts suggest that Plame and her husband were determined to undermine the Administration's Iraq policy and were prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to accomplish that. Together with their media allies, they created such a firestorm over the naming of Plame that the White House panicked into seeking a special prosecutor.
The author gets into the workings of the CIA and makes the case that Wilson knew when he wrote 1) his book and 2) that op-ed piece that his wife's place of employment would be quickly known by all.

The details in this article are the nitty gritty of the whole case and is being ignored by the media and many, many Americans still have no clue that Joe Wilson is a big, fat disgusting liar. If you don't know the details, go get them.

Personal note: Last Sunday or something like that, I caught one of the news shows conducting a little roundtable discussion of the story. Every talking head repeated over and over describing Valerie as a "covert agent". I just turned the station off. They must go to sleep at night whispering to themselves, "push the lie, push the lie and people will believe." Unfortunately, many people will believe. Aaaaarrrggghhh....

Monday, August 01, 2005

The Cotillion: Southern Style

Here we are in the first days of a hot August and it's time to highlight some very bright and beautiful conservative women bloggers. Now, as many of you know, I've recently relocated to the deep south where cotillions are quite common. So, I invite you to join me with a tall glass of mint ice tea and enjoy my very first cotillion.
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This post is cross posted at the Cotillion hub site where all the round-ups can be found here or go and visit my other co-hostesses directly: Portia Rediscovered, Ilyka Damen and sisu.
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May the music begin.

Oddybobbo gets us started by highlighting the sad story of a missing pregnant mother, but calls on all of us to band together. Go read about how we can all do this with guns and in heels!! Now that's my kind of Cotillion!

Unfortunately, kidnapping/missing victims is turning out to be an early theme: A Mom and Her Blog picks up the baton with thoughts on Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper/rapist being allowed to hide behind an insanity plea. Get this girl some justice please!

Cue the Flowers!
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Going international now, Jane at Armies of Liberation exposes the Yemen government putting on a puppet opposition party. The girl is big-time with a full article up at FrontPage Magazine on the issue as well. Go ahead and click away.

Pamela at Atlas Shrugs is really, really upset with the insane idea of selling Iran nuclear fuel. Thanks to "Eurabia" of course. Click the link to get the details.

Calling a terrorist an actual terrorist? Oh the humanity. Are You Conservative? has the story out of the Boston Globe no less. Who would've thought it possible?

Staying with terrorism for the next post, Kathy at Cake Eater Chronicles discusses the lesson moderate muslims should pick up from some amazing women rejecting the IRA's usual tactics. Woman Power = Great Change! It can happen.
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Meanwhile, Baldilocks reminds us all why the U.S. has a mighty arsenol of mass destruction. Dahlin', I completely agree.

Cheap shots in politics? You betcha. This week a White House reporter, that's about 150 years old, got into a little media storm of her own about a certain little comment. Don't be shy! You know what I'm talking about. Well, one blog challenged the rest of us in the blogosphere to stop making a big deal of people's appearances and strictly argue positions. Janette at Common Sense Runs Wild is putting forth the opposite position. I report, you click away and decide.
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Under religion, Ith at Absinthe & Cookies reminds us how God valued friendships and that some churches are failing to recognize the relationship in the same way He did.

Raven at And Rightly So is serving up a New England Linkfest for all to enjoy. Hey! Can you believe I was still living there just a short 5 weeks ago? Just like a dream...

Okay, I'm back. Really....Oh, that music is nice. When is someone going to ask me to dance?

Annika's Journal reminds us of an important Civil War anniversary. That'll keep us all from getting too girly around here.

Carol at An American Housewife shares her beach pictures. The post is much more than that...go have a look.

Well midnight is approaching and I don't want my carriage to turn back to a pumpkin before I get home. I hope you've all enjoyed dancing with us all tonight. Don't forget the other ladies: Portia Rediscovered, Ilyka Damen and sisu.
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Angels

I was just telling my husband today how this 13 year old boy disappeared at Yankee stadium after never returning from the bathroom. Luckily he has been found alive and well. Sounds as though a very generous, kind Angel intervened to take care of him:
As the police were studying surveillance tapes from Yankee Stadium, and as investigators in Stamford were searching Majelique's bedroom for clues to his whereabouts, the boy was apparently on an odyssey in Queens. One person he ran into, Derick Aiken, 18, said he was sitting in Chino's Beauty Salon at 164-13 89th Avenue when Majelique walked in on Friday.

Mr. Aiken said the boy told him that his parents had kicked him out because of the way he dressed. Mr. Aiken said he bought Majelique a sandwich and kept him company as he slept on a bench.

"He said he didn't have anywhere to go," Mr. Aiken said.

The next day, Mr. Aiken took Majelique to a friend's apartment in the building where he was later found.
When you think of the countless predators that could've run across this child, it is such a relief to hear of a kind soul looking out for a small guy.

New York is a great place. Last summer we took our boys there for the weekend. As we were driving out of Manhatten we somehow missed a turn and was lost. A trucker thought we looked confused and stopped us in the middle of traffic. After asking us where we were trying to get to, he had us follow him to get to the freeway we were looking for. We had not even asked for help! What a great impression to leave New York City with.

I hope this boy can get through his problems; God was certainly watching out for him!