Jena Six Events Mirror Those in the Book of Genesis

Here's the story of six black youth that found out the hard way that they are expected to be second class citizens, and accept it. In Jena, Louisiana, a high school decide that it would be a good idea to plant a tree and call it the tree of "knowledge", well already they should have known that something good and evil was going to come from this. In the Bible there is a story about creation, in a place known as the Garden of Eden. In this garden the Creator decided to place everything in it, animals, plants, bodies of water, and two trees in particular. These trees are known as the "Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil". There were specific instructions given to the people that lived in this garden that stated they were not to eat from one of the two trees, but the other they could eat from as much as their hearts desired. The tree that they were not to eat from was the one that opened their eyes to evil.

In Jena there was a fight that occurred when some Caucasian students decided that this tree of knowledge, that was planted on school property was no longer a tree for the world to appreciate, but that it was a tree that was now to be owned by just them and theirs. All of a sudden a young African-American decided that he would get some shelter away from the sun and relax in the shade of this tree. Well, this act must have been preposterous, because those Caucasian students came a running to protect their tree. They gave the young man a beating and let him know that he better not ever come around their tree again. This act was totally unacceptable to the fellow African-American students that were witnessing this atrocity take place right in front of their eyes as if it was suppose to happen.

The problem is this, Caucasian Americans have done America a huge injustice with the devilish ways of their history in regards to the way they treat other human beings. If a person has no recollection or concern to the Creator of mankind, then how can they respect the creation. Going back to the book of Genesis, every since man found out that there were options, obedience and disobedience, we have been separated from the Creator, because we want to do what we want to do without any regards or concern about the consequences. Believe it or not hate began the second man decided he rather ejaculate than meditate or elevate, because of this society is doomed, it is guaranteed that we are headed for destruction, unless we learn how to free ourselves from the bondage that has been placed on our minds.

The purpose of trees is so that we can live, its part of photosynthesis, but what we have to see is the metaphor, why would there be two trees to choose from, why is one tree evidently more seductive, and tempting? Why would a racial fight break out over a tree in Jena, Louisiana? Why is it that no one still seems interested in eating from the Tree of Life? The answer to these questions may be haunting to some, but for others its no big deal. The reason why is because the Creator of the Tree has an enemy, and the Creator which is God, enemy is the Devil.

Think about it, who else can put the idea in someone's mind that, "It's okay, go and beat that black boy from up under your tree, or It's okay go ahead eat from the Tree, God is not gone really kill you."

 

Free Summer Events in Richmond, Virginia

Looking for free entertainment this summer? Richmond, Virginia is the place to go. Although the city isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking of spending the day outdoors, Richmond is a Mecca for fun in the sun.

One of the most popular places for a free family outing in Richmond is Maymont Park. There is a plethora of exhibits spread out across the 100 acre grounds, so be prepared for a lot of walking! The Hampton Street entrance provides quick access to the Italian garden, as well as the Japanese garden, which is complete with a koi fish pond, gazebos, and waterfall. This entrance is also a straight shot to the Maymont Mansion. If you prefer to visit the wildlife exhibits first, choose the Spottswood Road entrance. Wildlife exhibits include a children's farm and barn where youngsters can pet and feed goats while visiting the other farm animals. Past the barn are the fox, black bear, and birds of prey exhibits. Need a break? Head to the indoor nature center, with an aquarium and café, located by the Shields Lake Drive entrance. Admission and parking are always free, though there is sometimes a suggested donation for certain exhibits. Hours vary by season, but you can easily plan your trip to Maymont Park by visiting their website at www.maymont.org for more information.

Another Richmond hot spot during the summer is Belle Isle. The historically rich area is located downtown on the riverfront, off of 5th Street. It's the perfect place to be active, with running paths and bike trails that lead visitors to breathtaking views of the James River and Richmond City. Belle Isle is also a great place to go kayaking, swimming, or to sunbathe on the rocks. Just be observant of any restrictions due to the river water level posted at the bridge entrance. The park closes at dark and has a free parking lot, as well as plenty street parking.

Looking for a different kind of night out on the town? Visit the Canal Walk, located in Richmond's River District. Canal Walk is within walking distance to the popular restaurants and clubs of Shockoe Bottom. Visits are free, but for $5 you can take a narrated tour one of their covered boats. Operating hours of tours vary but are typically from 12 noon to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday. Visit www.richmondriverdistrict.com for additional canal cruise information and more things to do in the area.

Another alternative to your run- of – the- mill weekend outing is First Fridays Art Walk. It takes place on the first Friday of each month on Broad Street in downtown Richmond. Enjoy special exhibits and shows at local art galleries and cheer on street performers and musicians. There is a wide assortment of live music and vendors each month so come out and see what's new!

A Richmond summer favorite is the Friday Cheers free summer concert series. This event takes place on Brown's Island, every Friday from 6pm to 9:30pm. The series started May 8 and will continue to June 26. With lots of food, beer, and music, you can't afford to miss it. Be sure to arrive early so you can find free parking. If you come later, parking is $5. You can find this year's line- up at www.venturerichmond.com/events under 2020 Friday Cheers.

You don't have to spend a lot (if any!) money to go out and have a great time. For more upcoming Richmond events, check out www.eventful.com/richmond/events.

 

Will Daylight Savings Be a Mini Y2K Event?

What does Daylight-Saving time have to do with the doomsday drama of Y2K you ask? First, let's get some background. On March 11, daylight-saving time will start. This is three weeks earlier than years before because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The goal of this legislation is to conserve energy by extending the daylight-saving concept an extra month. (It will end a week later in the fall.)

Since the time change is new, just about every electronic device that has a clock visible or otherwise will be affected. All computers, cell phones, microwaves, videocassette recorders, and electronic calendars will need to be adjusted.

These are fairly obvious, but what about the not so obvious events in our lives that are dictated by computers and electronic timers: climate-control systems in buildings, medical appointments, stock trades, utilities automatic billing, time controlled vaults and doors, airline arrival and departure monitors, and business meeting times.

Wow, who would have thought that a measly little hour could have the potential for, while not catastrophic, certainly a nuisance and perhaps a major, costly nuisance.

Some fixes have been put is place. The Windows operating system with the latest version will have an update automatically take place on Feb 13. There may be other patches you need to download for software other that the operating system.

Stock brokerage companies along with health care providers are aware of the problem but depend on the software vendor to deliver a patch that will fix the problem. Will they get the fix in time?

Large companies will probably be OK since they have updated systems. The question does remain, however, have they done enough? The biggest problem will be the medium and small businesses. Many of them are probably oblivious to the problem.

Some consumer tips to help:

  • Cable boxes and cell phones will probably be updated by your service providers. Be aware of the March 11 date and check you cell phones and cable boxes.
  • Home computers with Windows will get an automatic update if you have subscribed to the automatic update service offered by Microsoft. To view other fixes, go to www.microsoft.com/dst2007.
  • Older VCR's will need to be updated manually on March 11 and again on Nov 4 when daylight-saving time ends.
  • Be aware of the potential problem if you are flying on that day. The airport monitors may be off by one hour. Check with your airline to confirm the landing or arrival time.
  • Medically, if you have an automatic appointment for the doctor or an operation, check with the necessary medical personnel to confirm your appointment.
  • If a stock trade is to occur automatically, check with you brokerage.

The general opinion is this will not by a Y2K type event. In order to be an informed consumer, it would be prudent of you to be aware of this event and protect yourself from any major nuisance.

USA Today

 

Ongoing Events at Amicus Books in Marysville, California

is conveniently located in Downtown Marysville. It holds specialty events as well as ongoing events for avid writers, readers and those who wish to share their passion for the arts and books with others. Read on to find out more about Amicus Books.

Literary Lounge Seminars

This is an event open to local residents from Yuba, Sutter and 8 other surroundings counties in northern California to come together and meet other writers who wish to promote their work more successfully and to network with other writers. Members not only get to network with published authors and others who have some experience in the publishing industry, they will also receive free Literary Lounge Seminars to help them along in their writing goals. A web page will be set up that will feature some of the work of local aspiring authors in the region. A seminar will be held on 29 March on how to conduct a book signing from 6:30-7:30pm. First time non-members can attend this event free of charge.

Moments in Marysville History

Are you more interested in the local history of Marysville? There is more than meets the eye to this culturally rich, historical town that dates back to the Gold Rush Days of the mid 1800s. Learn more about what really put Marysville on the map and why this town was once considered the “third largest city” in California” in the early days. This event will be held every Saturday at 11:00am towards the back of the Amicus Books shop in the Literary Lounge. So if you are more interested in local history than in promoting your writing, then this event will appeal to you.

Amicus Book Club

The Amicus Book Club is an ongoing event that meets every second and last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. The club discusses a chosen text as a group, providing a wonderful literary outlet to members.

This is just a sample of the many literary and cultural events that take place at Amicus Books in Downtown Marysville. To learn more about Amicus Books Literary Arts Centre, stop by 413 D Street in Downtown Marysville or visit the company website at www.amicusbooks.com where you can find answers to your questions on the FAQ page, learn of upcoming events from the calendar of events or take a visual tour through Amicus Books. This information is courtesy of Kara Davis and her team of dedicated colleagues.

 

 

Shocking News Events July 11

Will shocking news events occur on July 11, 2010? The world may not know until the day is done. But throughout history, shocking news events did occur on July 11, including an 82 ton object falling from the sky and a pistol-happy U.S. vice president murdering the Treasury Secretary.

Bickering between Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton marked the administration of President Thomas Jefferson. The animosity reached fever pitch when Hamilton successfully blocked Burr's bid for renomination for the vice presidency, resulting in a shocking pistol duel July 11, 1804 which proved fatal to Hamilton.

A shocked world held its collective breath July 11, 1979 when a freefalling 82 ton spacelab crashed to Earth. Luckily, Skylab landed in the Indian Ocean and unpopulated regions of Australia.

July 11 is associated with a shocking collection of mass casualties, including 3 fatal jet crashes: on July 11, 1973, 123 people were killed in a plane crash outside Paris; a plane crash in Ecuador killed 119 on July 11, 1983; and on July 11, 1991, 261 Hajj pilgrims were killed in a plane crash in Saudi Arabia.

Other mass casualties associated with July 11 include the initiation of a shocking genocide campaign known as the Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 that lasted 11 days and resulted in the murder of at least 8,373 Bosnian Muslims, including men, women and children; a liquid gas tanker explosion at a Tarragona campground July 11, 1978 that killed 216 tourists; and serial train bombings by terrorists in Mumbai, India July 11, 2006 that resulted in 209 deaths and more than 700 injuries.

In a shocking medical development, H. Harlan Stone, MD announced July 11, 1985 that he was installing zippers in patients with surgical incisions instead of using stitches.

New York City police arrested dart-shooting messenger Jerome Wright, aka Dartman, July 11, 1990. Wright allegedly fashioned makeshift darts by attaching paper wings to pins and needles, then fired them at the buttocks of 90 women in Penn Station and Times Square.

Advice for July 11? Keep an eye on the sky- women, guard your buttocks- and avoid

air travel at all costs.

Sources: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/duel.htm; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19589740/; http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/july_11.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_11; http://www.worldalmanac.com/blog/2007/07/this_day_in_history_july_11.html; http://www.440int.com/twtd/archives/jul11.html; http://www.todayinsci.com/7/7_11.htm; http://www.nytimes.com/1990/07/13/nyregion/a-messenger-is-arrested-in-dart-case.html; http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-13/news/mn-204_1_room-clerk; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_July_2006_Mumbai_train_bombings.

 

Best Vinyl Banner for a Sports Event

If the local high school is going to showcase one of their home teams at an upcoming game and you are in charge of getting the word out to the general public to come and buy tickets one of the best ways to do this type of advertising is using the best vinyl banner the school can afford.

A good selling point of the best vinyl banner the school can afford is that vinyl banners will last for several years and can easily be reused many times over the course of a year. If the vinyl banners combine the names of the various men’s sports team on the banners then they can be used at all of the men’s sports games over the course of the school year. Also you can order the best vinyl banner for the girl’s team events also so they too can be reused over several years without expending more money each year for new banners.

Formats for the Best Vinyl Banner

If you are designing the best vinyl banner for a

Tragic Events

My life was pretty easy in some ways growing up. I didn't have the expectations as some do, I had responsibilities. My responsibilities were easy for me but may come a little harder for others. It wasn't until the day my mother and I had an accident, that I realized that there was more in life that I needed to value, my mother.

My mom is a strong woman. Growing up for her was just that, having to grow up fast and at an early age. She went through a crucial accident when she was four, that left her grandmother dead and her close to death.

My grandmother, mom and a few others were driving one late evening when they were struck on the right side of their vehicle by a drunk driver. My great-grandmother flew out the window, severing her knee caps and landing her fifty feet in front of the car, on the pavement. My mother was not wearing her seat belt and went out the window behind her, landing her beside her grandmother. My grandmother was shoved under the steering wheel of the car and my aunt and her friend got knocked into the rear doors.

My great-grandmother had extensive injuries that later had killed her, in such a short amount of time. My grandmother had injuries that she had to have several surgeries to repair and my mother was flown to shock trauma. My mother was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident but they still took her to try and revive her. She was taken to the emergency room where they shaved her head and performed extensive brain surgery to try and repair the damage that was caused. Hours later, she was taken to recovery, where she was to stay in an oxygen bubble to recover. She had injuries that caused her to lose the sight in her right eye and to have a plate placed in her skull to hold her brain together. The brain surgeon had explained to my grandmother and aunt, that when they tried to move her, her brain sounded like a rattle, considering the extent that her brain was in.

The neurologist that had spoke with my grandmother and aunt, had told them that my mother would have to learn to walk again, talk again and that her brain may never go over the age of 16, due to the injuries sustained. They had offered my aunt the options of placing a glass eye to replace the blind one, but she refused. She had wanted my mother to live a normal life as much as possible.

I am one that believes in miracles and God. My mother, to this day, is walking, talking, has wonderful life experiences and is more intelligent than most people her age. She goes back to the doctors once every five years to get her eye and brain checked out. Each time she goes there, they are just amazed at how her eye is not connected to anything, that it should have came out a long time ago, but yet it moved, cries, has feeling and still has the color.

Strong is not the word for my mother. My mother is the most wonderful woman I have ever met in my life. Walking miracle is a more appropriate word for her.

 

A Turn of Events

Staring out, the world looked bleak; winter was upon us and so far showed no sign of mercy. My skin prickled ashundreds ofminute white flakesskirted about, melting on contact on my warm body.Theonly protection against the harsharctic temperatures was athin tattered shirt and a pair of worn blue jeans, attirevery inappropriate for such unfavorable conditions that seemed to plague us these nights of late. Iforced myself through the battering winds towards what used to be home; there was little to nothing left aside from the remains of aonce prosperous village. I cringed at the memory of my former home; it had once been gorgeous, foliage of all kinds sprouting about in every corner, the sky shades of colors that you wouldn't even have imagined possible.

My house was one of the larger in the area, housing six growing kids and the mayor of our little town, not to mention our mother. Being the oldest of the children, all the responsibilities of taking care of my younger siblings fell on me. Soon my temperament adjusted to the constant cries and arguments of those in my care; I was no longer quick to anger and heard out each and every issue thinking everything through. As my brother, only two years younger than me, grew to be a young man at the age of sixteen, my father relieved my responsibilities and gave them to him. As for me, that wasn't the break I'd been expecting. No, as the mayor's oldest, I was to study with my father. Some would protest that a woman is not to be in such a place of power, even as limited power it is. My father thought otherwise, he was training me to take his stead.

I soon grew distant from my siblings as my father began to separate me from them, as he began to raise me a different daughter. My brother grew to resent me, hating me for taking the limelight from him. Everyone thought that he would be the one to take over for my father, being the oldest boy. When his succession was announced, shock rang throughout our little town. "No. Not Mia." "She's not even grown." "She's way too young." "She's a woman, no not even a woman, a girl." This is what I heard for the first few months. Finally, my father stepped down and let me take full control while he was still able to observe and recommend, and mend in the case of failure. Low and behold, failure never comes when you want it to; it has it's own schedule. Pulling me out of my memories,a cool hand rested on my shoulder and I turned around, knowing all too well who it was. "Kiam." I let out a sigh of relief, glad that he'd managed to sneak away. Lately his father had been so keen on keeping him indoors, out of the unforgiving weather. I wrapped my arms around him and held him close, grateful for his warmth and comfort in this time of need.

Somehow, his eyes always seemed to have a certain gleam to them, almost like diamonds in the night. "Thanks for coming; I know it's hard for you to get away." I smiled to myself, still wrapped up in his arms.

 

He pulled me away from him, "It's not a problem, you're worth it." He smiled at me and then looked away. "Kiam, what is it?" I knew that look; he was hiding something.

 

"My father thinks that you're the reason for the current conditions of the weather. He thinks it's a bad omen to have a woman in control." His eyes would not meet mine, and that bothered me.

"You don't believe that, do you?" I knew he didn't, but I wanted him to say it. I wanted him to look at me.

"Mia, of course I don't." He sighed and continued, "He told me that I wasn't to see you anymore. He told me that you were bad luck to any that had contact with you."

"Well that's silly. That's like saying all the people of my town are cursed because of me. If that were the case, it wouldn't be the entire region suffering from this terrible weather." My heart was racing. I'd just gotten over this not a year ago in my own home, now it was coming back. In the event of my father's death, I'd taken over and kept the town together. And they were questioning me. It didn't make any sense.

"Mi, I know it is. I know. You're a strong woman, I know that." He smiled, bending down to kiss me. Suddenly, Kiam withdrew a small box from his pocket and slipped a ring out of it, placing it on my finger. "Marry me?" He looked expectantly at me, worry etched on his face.

"Kiam…." I didn't know what to say. I smiled at him and said, "You know I want to, but is this really the right time?"

"Mia, this is the perfect time. My father plans to set a raid on your entire town and kill all of you. I won't give you up. If you're married, and have a man 'in charge,' maybe he'll back off." He took my hand and squeezed it, "Not to mention I love you. Besides, you'll still be in charge, I'll just be the public face." He let out a soft laugh, knowingall to well I'dsay yes.

 

 

The Redneck Olympics: Athletic Events for the Rest of Us

Rednecks don't care too much for them reg'lar Olympic events, so they've invented some of their own. You don't need any fancy-schmancy rings, balance beams, or bars for any of these events, just some good old-fashioned mud, toilet seats, and cigarettes.

Make a mud pit in your lawn, keep a waterhose handy, collect a few items from your trash and the dump, and you're ready for your own Olympic events. Invite your neighbors over for exciting events like the wet T-shirt, cigarette flipping, and big hair contests for the ladies, and the mud pit belly flop and toilet-seat toss for the fellas. In place of a discus, try practicing hurling a hubcap to see how far you can make it go. These are all bona fide 'lympic events of the Redneck Games that take place in East Dublin, Georgia every year.

However, I think it would be fun to invent redneck games of your own. You could always go truck boat muddin' (which I didn't really invent; it's a favorite pastime of the characters on the Adult Swim show "Squidbillies"), which involves hooking your favorite boat onto the back of your favorite truck and taking them for a spin in your local mudhole. You can try your hand at the "trucker hat toss", trying to toss your favorite trucker hat onto a stick in the mud; riding lawnmower racing; beer can crushing (crushing as many beer cans on your forehead as you can in a certain amount of time), hog wrestling' (or "rasslin", as it's called around these parts), or you can have a good ol' fashioned pissin' contest (do I need to explain this one?) Prizes given away could be cases of light beer, works of art like taxidermy, and toolkits.

It's pretty sad that I can come up with this stuff, but I guess if you live in the South, you've got to be able to spot a redneck and learn about their culture. (They don't take too kindly to non-redneck types, so you've got to learn to avoid them). I wouldn't be surprised at all to see any of the above-referenced contests going on in small towns around here at any given time, since there just really isn't that much to do, and rednecks have to get creative with what they've got. And what they've got are farming tools and supplies, beer, animals, beer, pieces of appliances, beer, mud, and beer. So they manage to keep themselves pretty well entertained.

And I just have to say it: You might be a redneck if… you've ever taken part in any of the events listed above.

SOURCES: wikipedia.com article on Redneck Games

 

Buffalo Film Events from March 14 to March 20, 2020

Monday March 14

The Screening Room will be having a "Documentary and Discussion" night with the showing of the documentary film "The Beautiful Truth." At the conclusion of the movie, there will be an open discussion on the film's topic of eating healthy and living a more natural lifestyle. The film starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Tuesday March 15

The Screening Room presents a special showing of the Buster Keaton classic comedy "The General." It is a romantic comedy set in the Civil War era. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

Wednesday March 16

The Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX presents the opera "Iphigenie en Tauride" as performed at the Metropolian Opera in New York City. This an encore broadcast of a previously recorded performance from March 16, 2020. The showing begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 per person.

Thursday March 17

The Regal Elmwood Center is part of a special one-week only showing of the "Lord of the Dance 3D" that opens in selected theaters throughout the country. The showings are at 1:30 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Admission for the 1:30 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. showings is $11.50 for adults and children and $11.00 for seniors. Admission for the 6:45 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. showings is $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for children and $11.00 for seniors.

Friday March 18

The New Angola Theatre opens its showing of the Adam Sandler comedy "Just Go With It" with a 7:00 p.m. premier showing. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors.

The Amherst Theatre presents a special performance of the works of the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky in a film entitled "All Russian." The Philadelphia Orchestra plays along with some of the greatest musicians in the world in this special theater event. The performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00 per person.

Saturday March 19

The Riviera Theatre continues its series of Saturday children's movies with a showing of the animated feature "Tangled." The movie is a take on the fairy tale of Rapunzel and her long hair. The movie starts at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person.

The Hamburg Palace will be holding a special screening of the documentary film "Gasland, which depicts the damage Americans have done to the environment with toxic waste. The movie begins at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for children and seniors.

The Palace Theatre presents its annual Stoogefest film festival. The event features six Three Stooges comedy short films along with merchandise for sale. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00 per person.

Sunday March 20

The Regal Transit Center 18 & IMAX presents "Carmen 3D." This is an adaptation of the famous opera performed by singers from all over the world presented in full 3D and digital sound. The showing begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and children, and $11.50 for seniors.