Powell said Hussein has no WMD capability. Feb 2001

There is a story over on kuro5hin.org (pronounced ‘corrosion’) on how an investigative reporter uncovered a video of Colin Powell stating that Iraq did not have the capibility to build any substantial Weapons of Mass Destruction in Febuary of 2001. Oops. Guess he must have been mistaken.

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Egyptian Lifestyles Require Adjustments by Americans

by Tina Kunkler
The LaRue County Herald Wednesday March 3, 1993

Lifestyles in Egypt are much different from American, according to the Axx family

As a teen and near teen, Jonathan and Daniel found that the “normal” lives of school, sports, and television were not easily found in a foreign country.

As male children, they were considered to be very valuable in the Egyptian culture, where men are the powerful and worldly sex. Women are expected to stay at home, if they can afford to, and care for the household and children.

Both boys kept up with their school work with the aid of private tutors. The public schools were taught in Arabic and private schools were too expensive. Many young Egyptians work to provide for their families instead of going to school.

And while they met many interesting people, associations with teenagers and other children were difficult to form. The younger brother of the driver employed for their family visited occassionally.

Television programming was in Arabic and only two stations were available. One of them played old American western shows and once a week included a French program.

While Harold had contact with many people at the plant in which he worked, social life for the rest of the family was difficult.

Fran and the boys would often accompany him to parties celebrating the weddings or engagements of people from the factory. Other friends included the family of the driver, the woman at the market where Fran shopped, and others they met during their stay. Most of their friends spoke little or no English, but their friendship crossed the barriers.

Both Daniel and Jonathan received proposals of marriage, despite their young ages. Instead of a romantic personal commitment, marriage in Egypt is a contractual agreement between a man and a woman.

In the ideal family the husband works to provide for his family and the wife cares for the home and rears the children. He manages the family’s business affairs, shopping, and other activities outside the home. She rarely steps foot outside the house and is very naive about the world around her because all of her needs are met by the husband.

Soft drinks such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola were about the only American food or drink readily available. They could be found at any corner market.

Tea was the most common drink of the country. Milk could be purchased, but it was packaged and imported from Europe.

However, frozed foods were almost non-existent and fresh meat was hard to find. Fresh fruits were readily available, but had to be washed in chlorine water because disease-carrying flies were such a problem.

“The bread was wonderful,” Fran said. Many types of bread could be bought, including pocket bread sandwiches, which were popular with the Ard family.

The best places to eat were the larger hotels because they had good restaurants, the boys said.

Living in the culture taught them more about Egyptian culture than could be gleaned from any textbook or travel brochure.
Author: harold

Family Trying to Recover From Financial Fiasco

by Tina Kunkler The LaRue County Herald
Wednesday March 3, 1993What was supposed to be an opportunity for a family to get back on their financial feet has turned instead into a loss of nine months of their lives to a foreign culture and nearly half of the income promised to them.

Harold and Fran Axx moved temporarily to Egypt about a year ago, drawn by the promise of a well-paying job in the apparel industry for Harold after nearly three years of struggling to make ends meet.

Now they are seeking refuge in her mother’s home in Magnolia as they try to piece their lives back together.

The job was supposed to last 15 months and pay enough tax-free dollars to pay off most of their debts. Because it was a temporary commitment, the couple took their two school-aged sons along for the term to experience Egypt as a family.

And so they went, Harold, Fran, Jonathan, 14, and Daniel, 11.

Behind them, the Axx family left their home in Galion, Ohio, their 27-year-old son and brother, and American lifestyle. The house was leased to another family to keep up with the paymens and the oldest son was left to manage the family’s affairs in the U.S.

Egypt was very different from the United States in more ways that language. Weather, foods, dress, working environment, social customs, religion, and ideologies were all new to the family.

The Ards were the only Americans in Suez where they lived. Cairo, about 80 miles away, was the Egyptian tourist trap and attracted more Americans and native English speaking people, but few ventured across the desert to Suez.

And as Americans, they felt a certain position of honor among some Egyptians and like a target for others.

Egyptians are a very loving, almost child-like people in general, Harold said, but the differences between ideas of honesty in America and Egypt are quite different.

In September of last year, Suez Apparel decided they were not going to pay him anymore because he was not doing his job correctly. However, the company did not tell him this Until October. He was told he would be paid “later.”

The Egyptian word for “later” could also mean “tomorrow,” “next week,” some indefinite period in the future, or “never.” Such ambiguity grated the nerves of an American used to defining terms and times.

Harold continued to work in the hopes he would get paid. On Nov. 8, he went to the company office to terminate his employment with the request of all the payment he was due for work completed. The remained of his salary as promised, and airplane tickets to fly his family back to the United States.

Instead, they handed him a resignation agreement to sign which stated that he owed them $6,000. But to allow him to stay with the company, they offered to let him keep working if he signed an admission of breach of contract and worked off the “debt” he owed, and they would pay him enough to live on and keep up with payments on their house in the U.S.

Suez Apparel officials also told him to turn in his work permit when he left. Fortunately, he did not. if he had, his contract with the company could have been declared void and he would have no legal grounds on which to later file a lawsuit.

After talking the situation over with his family, Harold went back to work the next day and told the officials that the contract was finished and left.

The family packed their belongings and fled Egypt that night.

Today, an Egyptian attorney is trying to work out a breach of contract lawsuit against Suex Apparel.

“We were intimidated,” Harold said. He felt that, as an American unaware of customs and laws, he was taken advantage of and then forced to leave the country.

The career, financial, and political assistance he hoped to find in the United States has been nearly non-existent.

The same company that helped him get the job at Suez had promised a position in the U.S. within 30 days of his return, but has failed to provide him with more than a few leads, none of which have produced employment.

The financial assistance the family has applied for in the U.S. has been helpful, but not as plentiful as a full-time job.

While Harold and Fran search for employment, they are spending their welfare checks to keep up with house payments and are receiving food stamps. The house is currently on the market to sell, if they can find a buyer.

Because neither one of them was employed in the U.S. in the last 12 months, no unemployment has been paid for them to draw now.

Jonathan and Daniel harbor bitterness toward the country because of the way their father was treated in his job, but enjoyed the experience of another culture.

Fran and Harold, too, have mixed feelings about the decision to move to Egypt temporarily since they have returned.

“I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it,” Harold said.

But they believe the past year was not a waste of time and money, Fran said. The friend they have made, the lifestyle they have lived, the sights, sounds, smells, and aura of Egypt will always live in their hearts.

Living in the Egyptian culture as a family alone was very difficult especially the last week, Fran said. But they learned to adjust, she said, which gave them a unique perspective on their lives and ability to survive as individuals and as a family unit.Correction the only welfare collected by the Axx family was the mentioned Food Stamps $27/mo for 3 months. Where oh where is Bechtel and Halliburton. I went to aid the Middle East, too.

The unemployment was incorrect I had an old file that was extented 20 weeks
Author: harold

Church Bulletin Bloopers

Think religiously with humorThe Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. – Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door. – The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. – Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow. – A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow. – At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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U.S. Rep. Janklow says he ‘couldn’t be sorrier’ for accident

By CARSON WALKER, Associated Press Writer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP)
This gentleman came up on Weirdharold’s radar screen way back in 1980 when he was Governor. I was working in Gaylord Minnesota for a company that sold coats via TV ads. One day the plant got a call from the Governor’s personal security department. Asking why we shipped a coat (very cheap) to the Governor. I looked up our shipping and sales records and called back to them. The call came in from a motel in Souix Falls, SD. It was sent C.O.D. to the Governor. They sent it back All these years I thought it was a prank call. Today I wonder. — U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow on Monday said he “couldn’t be sorrier” for an August accident that killed a motorcyclist and that he has not made any decisions about his political future.

Janklow, 64, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, which is a felony, and three misdemeanors for an Aug. 16 crash in Moody County that killed Randy Scott, 55, of Hardwick, Minn.

A prosecutor said Janklow was going 71 mph in a 55-mph zone and ran a stop sign at a rural intersection when the Cadillac he was driving collided with Scott’s motorcycle.

Janklow, R-S.D., hurt his head and his right hand in the crash. He returned to Washington last week.

Janklow told reporters he thinks about his future but doesn’t know what’s appropriate yet. He said he planned to return to Washington on Monday to go back to work.

“South Dakota is a jury, all of them. They’re a jury. They want to hear the facts. I don’t think they’ll make up their mind on anything until the facts are laid out before them,” Janklow said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Flandreau to see if the prosecution has enough evidence for a trial. The maximum punishment for second-degree manslaughter, a felony, is 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Asked whether he would run for re-election, Janklow said, “I have no idea. There’s a time for everything.

“What I do will be appropriate at the appropriate time.”

Janklow said President Bush, Bush’s father and former President Clinton have called his home and that he talked with the Bushes but could not speak with Clinton.

Asked how he has changed in the last five weeks, Janklow said, “How the hell do I know how I’ve changed? I don’t have a clue. I don’t know.”

He sobbed briefly after the answer.

Janklow said he would not answer questions about the accident.

Several times Janklow mistakenly called Scott by the name of Robertson.

Janklow’s doctor said he suffered bleeding on the brain but has been cleared to travel. He returned to Washington last week and cast roll-call votes on the House floor Tuesday and Wednesday.

Janklow said he has some memory problems from the accident and that he had lost some feeling in his left leg but that he is getting better every day. He said he has headaches about the same time every day but that they are much less severe than they were right after the accident.

He did say his health affects his work somewhat, but he added that there’s no major legislation moving right now.

Janklow said he hasn’t been able to make job-related appearances since the accident. “Now I’m going to be getting back in the groove on that.”

His only other public appearance was an Aug. 29 court date.

The House ethics committee would automatically investigate Janklow if he is convicted of a felony. The committee’s rules say representatives who plead guilty or are convicted of a crime that carries more than two years in prison should not vote in the chamber until his or her record is cleared, or until re-elected.

If Janklow is convicted of manslaughter, he would not be allowed to vote in the House or take part in committee meetings. Those privileges would be returned if he is re-elected or the conviction is overturned on appeal. A misdemeanor conviction would not affect Janklow’s ability to serve in Congress.
Author: harold

Moore about the Monument

Or the misuse of our Faith

I am totally baffled by the large number of people supporting Alabama Supreme Chief Judge Roy Moore who has chosen to use the Christian Religion to propel his political ambitions. I am not confused by the Judge’s actions. His actions are easily recognized and our history has been filled with such desires. Judge Moore wants to go to Washington D. C. and hold office not very hard to figure out. Washington D. C. is a whorehouse with monuments. Most men go around with their penis in one hand and a fifth of whiskey in the other and most never know which is which. Our country has recognized the history of power mongering people and developed self governing system to deal with it. Ours in best known to man. On occasion it may need be corrected but seldom.

My disconcertion is the many, many Christians that wish to turn over my Lord and Savior over to these men and women to use as a tool. Proclaiming the word of God to assert their politicial power. The best known attempt of this political use of my religion was the use of text out of:

Genesis 9: 21 – 27
[21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.” 26 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant. 27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant.” ]

to justify their desire to keep African – Americans in involuntary servitude for 400 years. While we listen to the politicians spout the information we missed a very important spiritual principle that is given in this text.

Ask yourself if you are a Christian or a politician carrying a cross. If you are the latter, carry on, we know you and what you represent. If you say Jesus Christ is you Lord and Savior and you wish to propel political issues with spiritual principles, then remember the last time Jesus was turned over to politicians. We may wake up one Friday morning and look upon a cross and hear, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”. THEY WILL CRUCIFY HIM!!!!

This is a strong statement and language may be offensive
Author: harold

MARTY RUSSELL: You have to wonder about those who flaunt their religion

8/27/2003 12:35:09 AM
Daily Journal

Here we go again. Haven’t we learned anything from the current world situation? Take the Israelis and Palestinians, for instance. The death rate among those two groups has to be eclipsing the birth rate so that, with their current eye-for-an-eye foreign policy, in just a few years we should be down to just one aging Palestinian and one aging Israeli trying to gum each other to death.
All in the name of God.
And what about the Taliban and al Qaeda, not exactly two groups you’d want to invite over for a backyard barbecue. They’ve declared Holy War against the West, which is us, which makes you want to scream holy something you can’t say in the newspaper.
Then there are the Catholics and the Protestants in Ireland, the Chinese and the Buddhists in Tibet, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss, and the Rastafarians who are too stoned to declare war but promise they’ll get around to it one day.
The point is, religion is to blame for much of the conflict in the world these days, with the possible exception of State and Ole Miss.
Not that religion itself is a bad thing. Religion, regardless of whether you worship a god or a piece of Elvis’ belly button lint, gives us hope, holds us to a moral code and gives us an excuse to dress up on Sunday mornings.
Where religion becomes a problem is when it is sanctioned by the state. That’s why we came here in the first place because we didn’t like King George’s official Church of England and because we didn’t want to be ruled by a guy who dressed funny and wore wigs.
Thank God yes, God that Madison, Jefferson, Adams and the rest recognized how incapacitating state-sanctioned religion could be to the free flow of ideas necessary in a democratic society.
So why can’t (former) Alabama Judge Roy Moore and his followers recognize that fact? In this country we’re free to worship anything we like, whether it’s Christianity or Bob Marley. But the state, the government, can’t endorse one religion over another.
In America, God is on equal footing with Muhammad, Buddha, and those people who worship the Manning family, at least in the eyes of the government.
You’d think a man who has a law degree and has risen to the high office of chief justice even in Alabama would know that. Which makes you wonder what Moore’s real motives are in his continued defiance of a court order to remove his massive Ten Commandments monument from the judicial complex.
I say we give him back his monument it’ll make a nice paperweight and send him on his way, hopefully, into obscurity.Copied from The Daily Journal

because it is my thought exactly
Author: harold

Weirdharold Says “Lighten Up”

Story submitted by member that wishes to remain anonymous.

This story may have taken place in Kentucky

Way down in dat old swamp known as Louisiana, Bubba’s old lady had been pregnant for some time, and now the time had come. So, he
brought her to the doctor, and the doctor began to deliver the baby.She had a little boy, and the doctor looked over at Bubba and said, “Hey, Bubba! You just had you a son!” Aint dat grand!!

Bubba got excited by this, but just then the doctor spoke up and said, “Hold on! We ain’t finished yet!” The doctor then delivered a little girl. He said, “Hey, Bubba! You got you a daughter!!!!
She a pretty lil ting, too….”

Bubba got kind of puzzled by this, and then the doctor said, “Hold on, we still ain’t got done yet!” The doctor then delivered another boy and said, “Bubba, you just had yourself another boy!

When Bubba and his wife went home with their three children, he sat down with his wife and said, “Mama, you remember dat night what we ran out of Vaseline and we had to use dat dere 3-in-1 Oil?”

She said, “Yeah, I do.”

Bubba said, “Man, it’s a damn good ting we didn’t use no WD-40!

Author: harold

High Court Rejects 10 Commandments Appeal

By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for a Ten Commandments monument to be removed from an Alabama court building, but an attorney for the judge who installed the display said he would not move the monument.
Slideshow: Ala. Justice Fights to Display Commandments The justices rejected Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s emergency appeal, refusing to be drawn into a dispute over whether the monument violates the Constitution’s ban on government promotion of religion.

Moore installed the 5,300-pound stone monument in the rotunda of the judicial building in the state capital of Montgomery two years ago after being elected chief justice following a campaign in which he touted his support of the Ten Commandments.

The Supreme Court was Moore’s last hope to avoid a federal judge’s midnight Wednesday deadline to remove the display. One of Moore’s attorneys, Phillip Jauregui, said that the judge was sticking by his pledge to defy the order. “The statement that the chief made last Thursday still stands,” Jauregui said.

Other state officials could move the monument.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has said he may fine the state about $5,000 a day for contempt if the display is not moved by the end of the day. Thompson was scheduled to have a conference call with attorneys in the case later this week.

Moore’s lawyers told justices in a filing that he should be allowed to “establish justice by acknowledging the guidance and favor of Almighty God, placed upon him by his oath of office and the Constitution of Alabama.”

The Supreme Court has never ruled on the constitutionality of such indoor and outdoor government displays. The justices did not rule Wednesday on legal arguments raised by Moore. The court said in a one-sentence order that his request for a stay was rejected.

It would be unusual for a Supreme Court order to be ignored.

“Every single level of the federal court system has now rebuffed him (Moore), you would think he would show some respect for the court’s order,” said Ayesha Khan, legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, one of the groups that sued over the display. “He’s always taken the position that he’s above the law.”

An appeals court had twice refused to give Moore a stay, setting up the plea at the high court.

“It’s not like somebody’s about to face execution, if the court doesn’t enter a stay the person will be dead and the appeal will be moot,” said David Frederick, a Washington attorney who specializes in Supreme Court practice. “If the Supreme Court were to decide it’s constitutional, it can always be put back.”

Moore already has asked the Supreme Court to consider whether Thompson overstepped his bounds in the case, and a second appeal of the ruling in the Ten Commandments case is expected. Those could take months to resolve.

In Alabama, supporters of Moore gathered on the judicial building steps and stopped to pray at times, while commandment opponents, anti-tax protesters and onlookers mingled near the front entrance to the building, which was ringed by television news satellite trucks.
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