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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Global Warming Blankets The Middle East With Snow

A boy runs down snow-covered stairs in the Old City of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM - A rare snowstorm swept the Middle East on Wednesday, blanketing parts of the Holy Land in white, shutting schools and sending excited children into the streets for snowball fights.

Members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' security force throw snow balls at each other outside Abbas' headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Men in long Arab robes pelted each other with snowballs in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and the West Bank city of Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian government, came to a standstill.

"I'm originally from Gaza where snow never falls," said Bothaina Smairi, 28, who was out in Ramallah taking photographs. "The white snow is covering the old world and I feel like I am in a new world where everything is white, clean, and beautiful."

A woman walks through the snow in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. A heavy overnight snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land in white on Wednesday, closing schools and stores and grounding public transportation.

Jerusalem's Old City was coated in white. A few ultra-Orthodox Jews, wearing plastic bags over their hats to keep them dry, prayed at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.


Snow falls in Jerusalem once or twice each winter, but temperatures rarely drop low enough for it to stick. The Israeli weather service said up to 8 inches of snow fell in the city.

A Jewish man walks on a roof top with the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the background in the Old City of Jerusalem during a snow storm January 30, 2008. Jerusalem and its holy sites were covered in a blanket of snow on Wednesday.

Heavy snow also was reported in the Golan Heights and the northern Israeli town of Safed, and throughout the West Bank.

In Ramallah, residents were surprised to see snow when they awoke. For some, it was their first time.

"I am just astonished with the snow. When I saw the snow this morning, I felt happy, my heart was laughing," said Mary Zabaro, 17.

In Amman, where a foot of snow fell, children used inflatable tubes as sleds. Some roads were temporarily closed.

Snow covered most mountain villages and blocked roads in Lebanon. The storm disrupted power supplies in most Lebanese towns and villages, exacerbating existing power cuts. Parts of the Beirut-Damascus highway were closed.

Temperatures in Syria dipped below freezing and snow blanketed the hills overlooking the capital, Damascus.

A member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' security force is seen outside the presidential compound as it snows in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. A heavy overnight snowstorm blanketed Ramallah and other parts of the Holy Land in white on Wednesday, closing schools and stores and grounding public transportation

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Parents Right´s And Wrong´s

More helpful parenting tips over at FRESHLABAN.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Floating Gazebo

I was going to build the Gazebo on the edge of my dock down by the lake but I thought .....
I might just as well build the deck with floats on it and I can then take it out fishing too. Has 15,000# capacity. The deck is 18ft x 18ft with 12 plastic foam filled dock floats that are 4ft x 4ft by 18 inch. high and the Gazebo is 10 ft. Hexagon with a table and chairs inside.

Under the table is my trolling motor so I can take it out to my favorite fishing hole. The trolling motor is remote controled wireless so I can be fishing outside and operate the motor. On the top of the table I have a LOWRANCE Fish-Finder with depth sounding sonars and temp gauge.

I have 2 electric winchs with 40# anchors. I have also built in a water pump so I can clean the fish right on the spot. Now I can relax and fish while my wife can sit and relax.

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Hat Tip: Mom

Post-It Note

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Hat Tip: Fred

What Men Want

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Global Warming Causes Snow In Southern Mississippi

Wow, talk about a surprise. I certainly was not expecting to wake up to snow this weekend. During a weekend trip to my hometown(Fayette,MS) it started snowing early Saturday morning. I can't even remember the last time it snowed down here. Me being me of course I grabbed my camera started taking pics of this VERY rare occasion. Well here are a few of the photos that I took, hope you enjoy.

Hat Tip: Christopher

Friday, January 18, 2008

Global Warming Protest In The Snow

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It snowed, but they still came. A heavy snowfall blanketed a global warming protest outside the State House in Annapolis this morning, but it did not dampen the shouts of about 400 activists who urged lawmakers to pass the nation's toughest greenhouse gas control law.

Many of the protesters who endured the cold to chant "Stop Global Warming!" said they didn't think the snowfall conflicted with their message.

Hat Tip: Jeff

Friday, January 11, 2008

Clintons Piss Off Blacks

I didn't even see this coming.

A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.

The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement — an aide later said she misspoke — to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” — generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.

“There’s a groundswell of reaction to these comments — and not just these latest comments but really a pattern, or a series of comments that we’ve heard for several months,” she said. “Folks are beginning to wonder: Is this really an isolated situation, or is there something bigger behind all of this?”

Looks like "The First Black President" and his wife may have finally made a fatal mistake.

Global Warming Causes Snowfall In Baghdad


For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad.

"For the first time in my life I saw a snow-rain like this falling in Baghdad," said Mohammed Abdul-Hussein, a 63-year-old retiree from the New Baghdad area.

"When I was young, I heard from my father that such rain had fallen in the early 40s on the outskirts of northern Baghdad," Abdul-Hussein said, referring to snow as a type of rain. "But snow falling in Baghdad in such a magnificent scene was beyond my imagination."

"I asked my mother, who is 80, whether she'd ever seen snow in Iraq before, and her answer was no," said Fawzi Karim, a 40-year-old father of five who runs a small restaurant in Hawr Rajab, a village six miles southeast of Baghdad.

"This is so unusual, and I don't know whether or not it's a lesson from God," Karim said.

Some said they'd seen snow only in movies.

Talib Haider, a 19-year-old college student, said "a friend of mine called me at 8 a.m. to wake me up and tell me that the sky is raining snow."

"I rushed quickly to the balcony to see a very beautiful scene," he said. "I tried to film it with my cell phone camera. This scene has really brought me joy. I called my other friends and the morning turned to be a very happy one in my life."

An Iraqi who works for The Associated Press said he woke his wife and children shortly after 7 a.m. to "have a look at this strange thing." He then called his brother and sister and found them awake, also watching the "cotton-like snow drops covering the trees."

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Egg, The Lemon And The Orange

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Hat Tip: Mom

Ok, I'm A Fred Head

Last night I did something I've never done.
I contributed to a presidential campaign.
I gave $25 to

Fred Thompson