Saturday, December 24, 2011

To all my friends and family a Christmas story

The "W" in Christmas

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

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 Pageant."  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 snow caps 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 together.

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 clear:

"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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Twilight & Breaking Dawn the verdict is in!

Purely a mans perspective as the
 woman think its the best thing since sliced bread

Oh that cracks me up

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chinese are about as humane as Hitler was a saint

Johannesburg - The sisters of Janice Linden, the South African woman executed in China for drug smuggling, were only allowed to talk to her through a glass partition during their last prison visit, according to a report on Wednesday.

"All we wanted to do, was to hold her," Priscilla Mthalane told the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper.

"But we had to talk to her through a glass partition and realised we would not be allowed to get any closer to her."

Mthalane said Linden cried when she saw them.

"She was so excited to see us. We were not allowed to tell her that our mother had died four months ago.

"About 30 policemen watched us and we were not allowed to talk in Zulu, our mother tongue."

Mthalane said it seemed like Linden had been tied up in some kind of wheelchair.

"Her arms and legs were tied up."

The visit by Mthalane and Linden's other sister, Nomalwazi Mhlope, lasted about 45 minutes and took place on the day before her execution.

Linden, 35, was only told an hour before her execution on Monday that she would be executed by lethal injection.

"It was all so unnecessary," said Mthalane.

The department of international relations said her ashes had been given to a South African diplomat and would be handed over to her family.

She was arrested in Guangzhou in November 2008 after she was caught with 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) in her luggage. She was convicted of drug smuggling in 2009

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This cartoon is just so screwed up

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Larry gets blown away

Larry Is In The Hospital . . . .......

Who in the hell is Larry, you ask?

Well Larry is the guy who gets home late one night and Linda, his wife, says "Where the hell have you been?" Larry replies "I was out getting a tattoo!"

"A tattoo"? She frowned.  "What kind of tattoo did you get?"

"I got a Hundred Rand bill on my penis" he said proudly.

"What the hell were you thinking"? She said, shaking her head in disgust.  "Why on earth would a Chartered Accountant get a Hundred Rand bill tattooed on his penis?"

"Well, one, I like to watch my money grow.  Two, once in a while I like to play with my money. Three, I like how money feels in my hand. And, lastly, instead  of you going out shopping, you can stay right here at home and blow a hundred  bucks anytime you want."

Larry is in the St. Georges Hospital, Critical Care Unit, Room 233

Monday, December 5, 2011

After 10000 years we might see Mammoth's again!

Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said on Saturday.

The Wooly Mammoth

Teams from the Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan's Kyodo News reported from Yakutsk, Russia.
By replacing the nuclei of egg cells from an elephant with those taken from the mammoth's marrow cells, embryos with mammoth DNA can be produced, Kyodo said, citing the researchers.
The scientists will then plant the embryos into elephant wombs for delivery, as the two species are close relatives, the report said.

Securing nuclei with an undamaged gene is essential for the nucleus transplantation technique, it said.
For scientists involved in the research since the late 1990s, finding nuclei with undamaged mammoth genes has been a challenge. Mammoths became extinct about 10 000 years ago.

But the discovery in August of the well-preserved thigh bone in Siberia has increased the chances of a successful cloning.

Global warming has thawed ground in eastern Russia that is usually almost permanently frozen, leading to the discoveries of a number of frozen mammoths, the report said

And you thought Jurassic park was a load of bull shit well watch this space and see as this could open a big can of worms imagine bringing back a Neanderthal man!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Why Granny and Grandpa are different

Ever wondered what the difference between Grannies and Grandads is?

5 year old granddaughter is taken to school daily by her grandfather.

When he had a bad cold his wife took the grandchild to School.

That night she told her parents that the ride to school with granny was very different!!

"What made it different from Grandpas ride?" asked her parents:

"Gran and I didn't see a single tosser, blind bastard,  dick-head,wanker or Asian prick anywhere on the way to school today!'

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best sketch i have seen explaining inflation

Tell me thats not true

Ryanair unveils charity calendar using own staff

Me thinks that I want to be part of this crew

 Ryanair cabin crew

 Just in time: Miss March Gillian, from Dublin

 Lisa, from Madrid, is Miss October

 Starry-eyed: Alice, from Rome, will brighten up your November
 Chief Executive of the airline, Michael O'Leary pictured with the Girls of Ryanair in the Alexander Hotel

Alice Broadley from England, Georgina Mariou from England and Gillian Moore from Kilester, Dublin
 The airline hopes to raise up to £85,000, bringing the total raised by Ryanair’s cabin crew to £430,000 since the first calendar was published in 2008

Miss July: Goergina, from London, left and Dorota, from Brussels, pose for Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar

A sad open letter to President Zuma by a Syrian

Dear President Zuma,

My name is Ahmad Qadi, Syrian activist and an intensive care physician, who has been living through this nightmare of brutal oppression of Bashar al-Assad's regime against his own people for more than eight months now.

During these eight months, I have wanted to write a letter to you explaining what we're going through in Syria -- from daily humiliation to mass graves; from torturing to the mass killing of my country's civilians.

I wanted to send you a photograph of every child of the 200 who have been shot dead by Assad's forces thus far, to tell you about their hopes and dreams.

So far, at least 4 500 innocent civilians have died just because they wanted what you wanted before: FREEDOM!

Syria -- through Assad's family ruling -- was deprived of freedom, justice and equality. We always feel like we are second class citizens, mainly because Assad has tried so hard to humiliate us over so many years. We almost forgot what dignity means until March 15 of this year, when a few people chanted in old Damascus: "Freedom, freedom".

Each one of us thought: Justice, freedom, liberty? Why now?

Then the question became: Well, why not now?

But why did I choose you, Mr President? Probably because we share many stories and life events with you. Your father died when you were a young boy, so you were an orphan like thousands of Syrian children whose parents were killed by Assad's regime, especially in the last eight months.

You were detained for no reason except asking for your right to freedom and equality. That's why we currently have tens of thousands of detainees in Assad's torturing centres, many of them were returned dead after their bodies were mutilated -- including children.

Mr President, you were in exile for years and years. Thousands of us have now started the same journey as yours -- no way back to our beloved country as long as Assad is there, otherwise we'll be dead in no time.

Our only sin is that we woke up; we had enough of Assad and his family.

I've never voted in my life or even knew what elections mean. Believe it or not, I've always felt more secure out of my country than inside it!
I've always expected to be detained, not for any wrongdoing but just because you'll never know when Assad's criminals will arrest you for whatever reason and put you behind the sun forever.

Syrians have carried signs bearing quotes from Nelson Mandela: "Your freedom and mine can not be separated" and "There's no such thing as part freedom".

Yet South Africa is still blocking resolution against this brutal regime.

Mr. President,

You should be at the front line helping the oppressed people in Syria, relieving their pain and suffer.

You should be the one who convinces other leaders to stand with the innocent people, not the brutal regimes; to support the orphans and widowed women who have lost their loved ones on the streets while chanting for freedom; to alleviate the worries of disabled men who were tortured, about their future; to help us make the chants for freedom louder and louder; and to achieve our goal in equality and justice.

Am I kidding myself? Who am I to tell a president what to do?

If you don't want to listen to me, please remember the dreams you had in your early years in exile and help us to achieve whatever you wished for at that time

People in Syria say: If not South Africa to stand with us, then who?

Ahmad Qadi

Dr Ahmad Qadi is a Syrian cyber activist and intensive care physician, born and raised in Syria.

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