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Monday, December 31, 2007

Great Message from my friend's Class President

From Jeanette:

From: "Alan Rosenthal"
To: "Alan Rosenthal"
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 10:08:18 -0500
I have been thinking about the challenge of hope...I have always been an optimistic person...I have great admiration for those who can bounce back from adversity, those who pick themselves up after being knocked down...To me, that is one of the true tests of a person's strength and character...Life deals all of us obstacles, disillusionments and sometimes even a real punch in the gut....But those that are happiest in life are the ones who find a way to absorb and heal from the pain and then to learn and grow from such experiences...It is easy to become anxious, worried or even depressed when confronted with disappointed expectations, the loss of a love or failure in an endeavor....But there is one thing that enables human beings to deal with the calamities of life: that thing is HOPE...Hope is the belief that tomorrow will bring a brighter day....It motivates us to get out of bed and strive for something better, whether in life, work, relationships or even just a happy thought or memory....It enables us to make lemonade out of lemons.....
I fear that the coming months and perhaps years will bring the most frightening challenge our hopes and dreams have faced.....Our economic well-being is in greater jeopardy than at any time in our lives...Every day brings more bad news: mortgage foreclosures, record credit card debt, lack of individual savings, corporate losses, stock market volatility, rising unemployment, decreasing domestic production, devaluation of the dollar, trade and budget deficits and sinking consumer confidence....I am convinced that hard times which have already begun for many among us will reach farther and deeper than scholars and pundits predict....The parents of the Class of '69 endured the Great Depression...By comparison, most of our generation have known only prosperity and a sense that the "good times" will roll forever....The economic crisis will hit us hard....
Our hope, our optimism will be rocked to the core...When you consider the difficulties of taking care of parents/relatives in declining health, educating our children and attempting to fulfill our own unmet goals, sustaining hope is a daunting task indeed....Nonetheless, we must rise to meet that challenge with the zeal for which our generation is well known....
Even at our ages (remember when we could not trust anyone over 30), we have the strength and ability to maintain a rosy view of life and our future...We can all see the cloud's silver lining, but each of us as individuals must look for it....Draw on your inner strength, focusing on your blessings and the love of those around you....Seek out the innocence and wonder on the face of a child or the beauty of a blue sky with a bright sun....Know that tomorrow can be better than today if we make it so....Medical science says that most of us, with good nutrition and a bit of exercise, will live for at least another 30 years....While there may be some "lean" years in those 3 decades, there will be many more years filled with plenty: successes of our children, arrival of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; career accomplishments, retirement, travel, completion of the "bucket list" and some plain old smelling of the flowers...There is SO much more life to live...Neither a bad economy, war, a deteriorating environment, global poverty and hunger, incompetent and corrupt public officials, illness and old age, children in trouble nor any of life's sucker punches will be allowed to get us down, at least for long....Get up, stand tall and strong, breathe deep and enjoy the bounty of life....While there will always be things to be angry or upset about, there are so many more to exult....Dedicate yourself to feeling the joy that is all around us....It will impel you to emotional heights that only experience and the wisdom of years can bring....Hope is the way and it is equally available to us all....Grab onto it and hold it dear...With hope, you can endure anything and even laugh in the face of adversity...We must have hope; it gives us the best chance of a happy life.....
I wish you and your families hope and much happiness as we end 2007 and begin 2008....And mark your calendar for Summer 2009 when the Miami High Class of 1969 will celebrate its 40 Year Reunion....Take care.....Alan
Alan Rosenthal
Adorno & Yoss LLP
Suite 400
2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33134
Direct Phone: 305-460-1077
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tens of millions of birds disappearing across North America

Janis Gilbreath <> wrote:

From: Light Eye
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2007 11:05 AM
 First the bees - now the birds...Click the link if you can't access the video.

Tens of millions of birds disappearing across North America

CBC's The National reports that tens of millions of birds are disappearing across North America.
The following video is from CBC's The National, broadcast on December 28, 2007
Posted December 29th, 2007 at 9:51 am By Michael Aivaz

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The "W" in Christmas

The "W" in Christmas

Posted by: "Janis Gilbreath"   janis_s_gilbreath

Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:27 am (PST)

You've got to love this one.....
Sent to me by my friend, Hilda M.

Love and Blessings, Janis

The "W" in Christmas

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful

I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing,
endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting
season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the
production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his
teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of
the presentation.

All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the
room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.
As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class,
accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then,
each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the
holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun,
commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes
and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was
slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy
mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by
one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up
the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each
child holding up his portion had presented the complete message,
"Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her;
a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside
down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little
one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she
stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter
continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we
celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos,
there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and

"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

And, I believe, He still is.
Amazed in His presence... .humbled by His love.


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Friday, December 28, 2007

Why Bhutto's Assassination Matters ~ by Joel C. Rosenburg

Thanks to Larry Taylor for this.

From: <> Alerts
Date: Dec 28, 2007 10:26 AM
Subject: Why Bhutto's Assassination Matters ~ by Joel C. Rosenburg

By Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., December 27, 2007) -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by Islamic radicals. A leading pro-democracy and pro-Westerner political reformer in the Muslim world, Bhutto had just finished addressing a campaign rally of supporters in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. Jihadists opened fire on the once and possibly future premier using automatic weapons, hitting her in the neck and chest. A suicide bomber then blew himself up at site, leaving Bhutto dead and killing at least 20 others.

The attack is certainly another tragedy for Bhutto's family (her father, who was premier in the late 1970s, was hanged by radicals in 1979) and we should be praying for their peace and comfort during this difficult time. But why else does Bhutto's death matter?

To be blunt: Pakistan and her nuclear weapons are in danger of falling into the hands of Islamic radicals. Such radicals have attempted to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf multiple times in the last few years, hoping to seize control of the government and impose sharia law. Today's attack is a sobering reminder that Pakistan is just one coup d'etat away from Osama bin Laden or one of his fanatical, murderous allies suddenly gaining control. It is difficult to imagine a more nightmarish scenario than al-Qaeda in possession of Pakistan's nuclear arsensal, but this is not an impossibility.

For several years, and certainly throughout 2007, Musharraf has been severely criticized by Western leaders -- including those here in Washington, D.C. -- for imposing martial law and employing other heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to crush the radicals and safeguard the country from their control. He has deserved some of this criticism, but we must also keep things in perspective.

While we all want Pakistan to become a fully-developed democracy -- peaceful, prosperous and healthy in all respects -- we must be very careful never to underestimate the danger that Musharraf and his colleagues are in from the radicals. They are in a battle not just for the soul but the very survival of their country. I personally have serious concerns about how truly committed Musharraf is to Jeffersonian democracy. But I do not believe that he is the worst-case scenario for Pakistan. Bin Laden (or bid Laden-ism) is the worst case scenario.

Let us, therefore, take great pains not repeat the mistakes that President Jimmy Carter made in the late-1970s when he pressed so hard for democracy and human rights in Iran that the Shah eventually was forced to flee the country and the Ayatollah Khomeini took over. As deeply flawed as the Shah was, can anyone effectively argue today that Khomeini was better for the people of Iran, the people of the epicenter, or the world at large?

FYI: Benazir Bhutto, it should be noted, became the first woman prime minister of a Muslim country on December 2, 1988 and served until August 6, 1990. She was later reelected Prime Minister, serving from October 19, 1993 through November 5, 1996.

FYI: Agence France Presse reports that "there have been more than 40 suicide attacks in Pakistan this year that have left at least 770 people dead" and notes that "the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history targetted her homecoming rally just hours after her return, leaving 139 people dead".

FYI: The New York Times reports that "the attack the latest blow to Pakistan's treacherous political situation. It comes just days after President Pervez Musharraf lifted a state of emergency, imposed in part because of terrorist threats. Ms. Bhutto, 54, returned from self-imposed exile to Pakistan this year to present herself as the answer to the nation's troubles: a tribune of democracy in a state that has been under military rule for eight years, and the leader of the country's largest opposition political party, founded by her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, one of Pakistan's most flamboyant and democratically inclined prime ministers. But her record in power, and the dance of veils she has deftly performed since her return -- one moment standing up to the Pakistan president, General Musharraf, then next seeming to accommodate him, and never quite revealing her actual intentions -- has stirred as much distrust as hope among Pakistanis."

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Bhutto interview bombshell...

Bhutto interview bombshell...

Posted by: "Bea Bernhausen"   beabernhausen

Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:50 pm (PST)

Sorry for the pun---not intended...
This is an interesting November interview with Bhutto---in which she casually mentions the murder of Usama bin Laden---about 6 minutes into the interview. (Mistake?---Freudian slip?--She does not correct herself and Frost 'appears' not to notice...
The whole interview is very apropo considering it was mostly discussing the previous suicide bomb attack on her life,---and other interesting revelations about the Pakistani government.

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