Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Happenings And New Resolutions


Well . . . dad blame it! I am determined to accomplish two things -- and to begin doing so by the first day of the coming year. I will write better stuff. And I will get rid of ten, fifteen, or twenty pounds of excessive body fat by the end of 2012.

Yeah, yeah . . . I know.

USA Today Headline

Cheetah the Chimp Dies

Cheetah, Boy, Tarzan, and Jane

Cheetah, who appeared in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, has died of kidney failure at the age of 80.

Read more at USA Today

Just for fun . . .

The Wizard of OZ has a name. Do you know what it is? According to Frank Baum, the wizard's full name is: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.

More real names here. for Barbie (the doll) -- Cap'n Crunch -- Bull (on Night Court) -- The Skipper and The Professor on Gilligan's Island -- and others.


THE PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life reports:

"A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion. Christians are also geographically widespread -- so far-flung, in fact, that no single continent or region can indisputably claim to be the center of global Christianity."


Who would have believed that so many people on this Earth are poor innocent victims who have been so conditioned, so indoctrinated by schools and church -- so instilled with the irrational fear of eternal hellish punishment after earthly death that they allow themselves to be enslaved for life by purveyors of superstitious nonsense. Or are patently dishonest and greedy hucksters who only pretend to be true Christians so as to gain riches by beguiling (the milling herd?) their willing congregations.


Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
--Henry Ford

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