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Archive for 9 March 2008
A staircase that served as an escape route for thousands of survivors of the World Trade Center attack and became an icon as it remained standing amid the rubble was hoisted onto a truck Sunday and moved to a temporary home.
After the wreckage of the twin 110-story towers was removed, the stairway â€” 37 steps that once connected an exterior plaza to the street below â€” was the only aboveground remnant of the complex.
Preservationists and survivors of the attack have been battling to leave it in place to honor the memory of the victims of the attack, while others said it stood in the way of redevelopment.
Y’ know, sometimes such ‘redevelopment’ has a way of removing what should be remembered.
On Sunday, the so-called survivors’ staircase was placed on a flatbed truck and moved 200 feet to a spot near the northwest corner of the trade center site. It will be a featured attraction of the World Trade Center memorial and museum due to open on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
These stairs should be seen every day by those who want to ‘move on’. Although, sadly, too many have already forgotten how they felt that day.
Several inches of snow quickly melted away Saturday in the West Tennessee area just as warmer temperatures and several chances for rain were being predicted for this week, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis.
Yes, and isn’t mud so much more fun to deal with than snow? Uh huh….if you’re into that kind of thing. My car has changed colors.
A vast array of pharmaceuticals (AP) — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones – have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.
To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.
But the presence of so many prescription drugs – and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen – in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.
This might explain why there are so many nutty people running around the country these days. Personally, I don’t drink tap water. Turns out there’s a darn good reason for that, and I didn’t even know it!
The leaders of the two parties that won Pakistan’s elections have signed an agreement on a coalition government.
Asif Ali Zardari, widower of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, and ex-PM Nawaz Sharif called on President Pervez Musharraf to convene parliament immediately.
I wonder how long it will be before they shove Musharraf out the door? In a body bag.
Iran on Sunday told the West it would only hold talks over its disputed nuclear programme if world powers stopped threatening further punitive measures against Teheran.
â€˜The time of using the policy of the carrot and the stick has ended,â€™ Javad Vaeedi, a top national security official, said on the sidelines of a security conference in Teheran.
â€˜If they (the West) want to have serious negotiations, in fair conditions and taking into account the interests of the two parties, they must first stop threatening.â€™
Well, maybe if they had lived up to their end of the bargain, no threats would be needed. And just who is threatening? The Useless Numnuts with their endless pieces of paper?
Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and John Warner, R-Virginia, said in their Friday letter to the Government Accountability Office that Iraq has “tremendous resources” in banks worldwide but is doing little to improve security and reconstruction efforts.
Iraqi officials did not immediately respond to the senators’ allegations.
“We believe that it has been overwhelmingly U.S. taxpayer money that has funded Iraq reconstruction over the last five years, despite Iraq earning billions of dollars in oil revenue over that time period that have ended up in non-Iraqi banks,” wrote the senators, who are their party’s top members on the Armed Services Committee.
Criminy! Took ‘em long enough to ask the very question the American taxpayers have been asking for quite a while now! Slow on the up take, eh?
A consensus began to emerge on Sunday that the best way to give Florida’s Democrats a voice in electing a candidate for president lies with the U.S. Postal Service.
The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of all their convention delegates â€” a total of 313 â€” for holding their primaries too early, making both contests meaningless. New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won both states, but no delegates. Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, did not appear on Michigan’s ballot.
Pfft! The Dhimmis can’t stick to the rules…..even when THEY make ‘em.
Do Ehud Barak, Meir Dagan and Amos Yadlin need to be worried? In the Iranian capital of Tehran, it was reported that an unprecedented ceremony took place on Sunday in which a price was put on the heads of the top ranking Israeli security officials as revenge for the assassination of Hizbullah arch terrorist Imad Mugniyah last month.
The Iranian news agency IRNA quoted an announcement from a radical organization called the “Islamic Student Justice Seekers” in which the group made clear its reasoning for the move.
“Justice”? Yeah…..right! Where’s the justice for those murdered by Mugniyah? Oh, but that’s doesn’t count, does it.
U.S. Christian groups that have worked for years in Cuba don’t expect significant changes in the government’s restrictions on religion now that Raul Castro has succeeded his ailing brother Fidel.
Donald Hepburn of the Florida Baptist Convention, a Southern Baptist group that has worked for more than a decade with Baptist churches in western Cuba, said the convention’s U.S. staff person just returned from a visit to the island and heard little optimism there.
Even I could see that Raul is nothing more than a carbon copy of Fidel. I can’t imagine why so many in D.C. thought there was going to be a massive change.
Four British police officers are under surveillance after being identified as possible Al Qaeda spies, it is being reported.
MI5 â€” Britain’s equivalent to the CIA â€” discovered that the so-called “sleepers” â€” or agents under deep cover â€” were planted to keep Al Qaeda abreast of anti-terror raids planned by London’s Metropolitan Police, According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper.
Investigators are said to be closing in on the agents â€” believed to be of Asian descent and living in London â€” only in recent weeks. The suspects are said to have links to Islamic extremists in Britain and Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Mail reported.
Since a good chunk of the country seems to have been taken over, with many concessions, is it so surprising that al Qaeda would infiltrate the police?
A customer apparently fed up with a malfunctioning vending machine took his anger out on the machine.
Dodge County Sheriffâ€™s Department officers were called to N10231 Highway 41 in the town of Lomira about 6 p.m. Saturday for a report of vandalism to the â€œdollar bill accepting deviceâ€ of a vending machine, according to dispatch logs.
It â€œappears as though the machine â€˜ateâ€™ a bill and the customer got upset and kicked the machine, breaking off a piece of plastic,â€ according to the log. â€œNo entry gained.â€
I know just how the guy feels!
2 Timothy 1:9
9Â Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began
For the second time in about a year, I have had my laptop go toes up! I’m very nice to my laptops. I give them lots of attention, and this is how they treat me? sigh…. Since it’s Sunday, and not much is open around here on Sunday in the ‘fix my damn computer’ category, I’ll just have to do a wait till tomorrow. Now, this wouldn’t be so bad if my desktop actually had any of the info I would normally use for my “Morning Coffee”. But no, of course it doesn’t. Why? Well, because Jr uses it, and I didn’t want her going through stuff she had no business going through. Besides, I kind of like being rather mobile. Maybe it’s just the power source? Need a new cord? Maybe?
I’m also have a tough time adjusting to this keyboard. You get use to one type, like a laptop type, and then try using one that has moved a good many of the keys around…..well, it’s just not good for my mental health, don’cha know! Besides, my wrists are already hurting from the goofy angle I’ve got this thing set up. Odd, it didn’t seem to bother me before. Hmmm…. And ya know what? I’ve actually gotten use to Vista….don’t like it, but I’ve gotten use to it, and now I have no idea what I’m doing with XP now.
I think I’ll just blame the whole mess on the time change!
From ol’ Texas Fred himself:
I am home, as many of you know, I was in the hospital for 5 1/2 days, I got out about 1800hrs Friday and I’m sorry I didn’t let anyone know anything but I, and Becky were both just too worn out tired when we finally got me home, we turned the phones off, ignored email and I have YET to touch the blog…
All I have done is get some much needed rest the last 28 hours or so…
I want to thank all of you that stayed in touch with us during the time, and to Kate, I now have a fuzzy little bear named Ol Broad to sleep with…
We got tons of emails and best wishes from lots of you great and wonderful folks, family and friends and I appreciate them one and all…
And to Rich Glasgow of Isn’t it Rich, thank you SIR and you know forÂ what and why, your visits were greatly appreciated…
I am going to try and get it all back together in the next few days, bear with me and maybe it’ll all work out, and again, thank you all for caring, sometimes you just FEEL the love in this thing that we ALL have for each other…
Now, hurry up and get back to work!Â hehÂ Just kidding!Â You rest, relax, and try to behave yourself, ok?Â