Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

Did God have a wife? Scholar says he did

Asherah's connection to Yahweh, according to Francesca Stavrakopoulou, is spelled out in the Bible and an 8th-century B.C. inscription on pottery found in the Sinai desert at a site called Kuntillet Ajrud.God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Family's


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Information to know!


Good advice – –

I did not know about the clear button, but I will be pushing the clear button before I swipe my gas or debit card and after just to be safe.


People are getting really desperate due to the constantly rising gas prices. 
A friend just told me about something that happened to one of his coworkers.

She used her credit/debit card to purchase gas at the pump (like most of us do).  She received her receipt like normal.

However, when she checked her statement, there were 2  $50.00 charges added in addition to her purchase.  Upon investigation, she found out that because she did not press the ‘clear’ button on the pump, the employee inside the store was able to use her card to purchase his/her own gas!

To keep this from happening, after you get your receipt, you must press the ‘CLEAR’ button or your information will be stored until the next customer inserts their card.

Be sure to tell all your friends/family so that this doesn’t happen to them. I had never noticed the clear button but I got gas the other day and sure enough it is there.  I shall be using it from now on.


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Self CPR



What are you to do if you have a heart attack

While you are alone.

If you’ve already received this,

It means people care about you.

The Johnson City Medical Center staff actually

Discovered this and did an in-depth study

On it in our ICU.

The two individuals that discovered this then did

An article on it, had it published and have had it incorporated into ACLS and CPR classes.

It is very true and has and does work.

It is called cough CPR.

A cardiologist says it’s the truth

If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people,

You can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

It could save your life!

How to Servive

Let’s say it’s 6:15 p.m. And you’re driving home

(alone of course), after an usually hard day on the job.

You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.

Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain

In your chest that starts to radiate out

Into your arm and up into your jaw.

You are only about five miles from the hospital

Nearest your home.

Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be

Able to make it that far.

What can you do?

You’ve been trained in CPR

But the guy that taught the course didn’t tell

You what to do if it happened to yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order.

Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint,

Has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.

A deep breath should be taken before each

Cough, and the cough must be deep

And prolonged, as when producing sputum

From deep inside the chest.

A breath and a cough must be repeated

About every two seconds without let up

Until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and

Keep the blood circulating.

The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!

From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter


(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. Publication, Heart Response)




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Courting Disaster by Marc Thiessen

CIA book review
For the historical record…
As President George W. Bush’s top speechwriter, Marc Thiessen was provided unique access to the CIA program used in interrogating top Al Qaeda terrorists, including the mastermind of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM).
Now, his riveting new book, “Courting Disaster“, How the CIA Kept America Safe (Regnery), has  been published.

Here is an excerpt from “Courting Disaster”:
Just before dawn on March 1, 2003, two dozen heavily armed Pakistani tactical assault forces move in and surround a safe house in Rawalpindi .  A few hours earlier they had received a text message from an informant inside the house. It read:  “I am with KSM.”

Bursting in, they find the disheveled mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in his bedroom. He is taken into custody.  In the safe house, they find a treasure trove of computers, documents, cell phones and other valuable “pocket litter.”
Once in custody, KSM is defiant.  He refuses to answer questions, informing his captors that he will tell them everything when he gets to America and sees his lawyer. But KSM is not taken to America to see a lawyer Instead he is taken to a secret CIA “black site” in an undisclosed location.
Upon arrival, KSM finds himself in the complete control of Americans.  He does not know where he is, how long he will be there, or what his fate will be.

Despite his circumstances, KSM still refuses to talk.  He spews contempt at his interrogators, telling them Americans are weak, lack resilience, and are unable to do what is necessary to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in their goals.  He has trained to resist interrogation.  When he is asked for information about future attacks, he tells his questioners scornfully: “Soon, you will know.”
It becomes clear he will not reveal the information using traditional interrogation techniques. So he undergoes a series of “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved for use only on  the most high-value detainees. The techniques include waterboarding.
His resistance is described by one senior American official as “superhuman.” Eventually, however,  the techniques work, and KSM becomes cooperative-for reasons that will be described later in this book.
He begins telling his CIA de-briefers about active al Qaeda plots to launch attacks against the United States and other Western targets.  He holds classes for CIA officials, using a chalkboard to draw a picture of al Qaeda’s operating structure, financing, communications, and logistics.  He identifies al Qaeda travel routes and safe havens, and helps intelligence officers make sense of documents and computer records seized in terrorist raids.  He identifies voices in intercepted telephone calls, and helps officials understand the meaning of coded terrorist communications.  He provides information that helps our intelligence community capture other high-ranking terrorists, KSM’s questioning, and that of other captured terrorists, produces more than 6,000 intelligence reports, which are shared across the intelligence community, as well as with our allies across the world.
In one of these reports, KSM describes in detail the revisions he made to his failed 1994-1995 plan known as the “Bojinka plot” to blow up a dozen airplanes carrying some 4,000 passengers over the Pacific Ocean.
Years later, an observant CIA officer notices the activities of a cell being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM’s description of his  plans for a Bojinka-style attack.

In an operation that involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our countries, British officials proceed to unravel the plot. 
On the night of Aug.9, 2006 they launch a series of raids in a northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two dozen al Qaeda terrorist suspects.  They find a USB thumb-drive in the pocket of one of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and information on seven trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off within hours of each other:
*    United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco departing at 2:15 p.m.;

*    Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto departing at 3:00  p.m.;

*     Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal departing at 3:15  p.m.;

*      United Airlines Flight  959 to Chicago departing  at  3:40 p.m.;
*      United Airlines Flight  925 to Washington departing at 4:20 p.m.;

*     American Airlines  Flight 131 to New York departing at 4:35 p.m;

*     American  Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at 4:50 p.m.
They seize bomb-making equipment and hydrogen peroxide to make liquid explosives.  And they find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide bombers had prepared.

Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know
about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much.
Few Americans are aware of the fact al Qaeda had planned to mark
the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude.
And still fewer realize the terrorists’ true intentions in this plot were uncovered thanks to critical information obtained through the interrogation of the man who conceived it: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

This is only one of the many attacks stopped with the help of the CIA interrogation program established by the Bush Administration in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Editor’s Note: For other foiled terrorist plots, see page 9 of “Courting Disaster.”
In addition to helping break up these specific terrorist cells and plots, CIA questioning provided our intelligence community with an unparalleled body of information about al Qaeda Until  the program was temporarily suspended in 2006, intelligence officials say, well over half of the information our government had about al Qaeda-how it operates, how it moves money, how it communicates, how it recruits operatives, how it picks  targets, how it plans and carries out attacks-came from the  interrogation of terrorists in CIA custody.

Former CIA Director George Tenet has declared: “I know this program has saved lives.  I know we’ve disrupted plots.  I know this program alone is worth more than what the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency put together have been able to tell us.”
Former CIA Director Mike Hayden has said:  “The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer.  It really did work.”
Even Barack Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, has acknowledged:  “High-value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qaeda organization that was attacking this country.”

Leon Panetta, Obama’s CIA Director, has said:  “Important information
was gathered from these detainees.  It provided information that was
acted upon.”
And John Brennan, Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor, when asked in an interview if enhanced-interrogation  techniques were necessary to keep America safe, replied : “Would the U.S. be handicapped if the CIA was not, in fact, able to carry out these types of detention and debriefing activities?  I would say yes.”

On Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued Executive Order 13491, closing the CIA program and directing that, henceforth, all interrogations by U.S personnel must follow the techniques contained in the Army Field Manual.

The morning of the announcement, Mike Hayden was still in his post as CIA Director, He called White House Counsel Greg Craig and told him bluntly: “You didn’t ask, but this is the CIA officially nonconcurring”.  The president went ahead anyway, over ruling the objections of the agency.

A few months later, on April 16, 2009, President Obama ordered the release of four Justice Department memos that described in detail the techniques used to interrogate KSM and other high-value terrorists.  This time, not just Hayden (who was now retired) but five CIA directors -including Obama’s own director, Leon Panetta — objected.  George Tenet called to urge against the memos’ release.  So did Porter Goss.  So did John Deutch.  Hayden says:  “You had CIA directors in a continuous unbroken stream to 1995 calling saying, ‘Don’t do this.'”

In addition to objections from the men who led the agency for a collective 14 years, the President also heard objections from the agency’s covert field operatives.  A few weeks earlier, Panetta had arranged for the eight top officials of the Clandestine Service to meet with the President. It was highly unusual for these clandestine officers to visit the Oval Office, and they used the opportunity to warn the President that releasing the memos would put agency operatives at risk.  The President reportedly listened respectfully-and then ignored their advice.
With these actions, Barack Obama arguably did more damage to America’s national security in his first 100 days of office than any President in American history. (But how many people know this???)

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[usairwaysretirees] EARL AND LEROY…BACK AGAIN..

Earl & Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily News

Newspaper in Starkville, Mississippi,  and bought a

mule for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day..

The next morning the farmer drove up and said,   “Sorry,

fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night.”

Earl &   Leroy replied, “Well, then just give us our money back.”

The farmer said,   “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already..”

They said, “OK then, just bring us the dead mule.”

The farmer asked, “What in the world ya’ll gonna do with a dead mule?”

Leroy said, “We gonna raffle him off.”

The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead mule!”

Earl said, “We shor can!  Heck, we don’t hafta tell

nobody he’s dead!”

A couple of weeks later, the farmer ran into Earl &

Leroy at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and asked.

“What’d you fellers ever do   with that dead   mule?”

They said,”We raffled him   off like we said we

wuz gonna do.”

Leroy said,”Shucks, we sold 500 tickets fer two

dollars apiece and made a profit of $998.”

The farmer said,”Gol dern, didn’t anyone complain?”

Earl said, “Well, the feller who won got upset. 

So we gave him his two dollars back.”

Earl and Leroy now work for the gub’ment.

  They’re overseeing the Stimulus Program.

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Jokes