‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Sneak Peeks…

Clips courtesy of HollywoodStreams

The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Lorna Cook and David Soren’s adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book.

Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide the voices for the DreamWorks Animation production.

More clips after the break:

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March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Art, Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, graphic art, Popular Culture, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Sci Fi. Comments off.

Castle Sneak Peek ‘Taser’

Courtesy of ABC:

Castle comes to the rescue when a suspect runs away. Watch full episodes of Castle at http://abc.go.com/shows/…

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrities, Detective Stories, Entertainment, Fiction, Mystery, Popular Culture, Suspense. Comments off.

Dems to raise excise tax on middle class health care benefits *HIGHER STILL* to win CBO score…

Mashup by rx2008

Not enough to break your word and tax the middle class, they want to raise it HIGHER to get their ‘good’ CBO score. And of course their BOSS, Richard Trumka of AFL CIO has to say ok. Frak we middle class workers not in a union right Nancy?

Is it November yet?

Ben Smith has it at Politico:

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is headed into a meeting with President Obama this afternoon after the White House and Congressional leaders have begun to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans, in order to maintain their claim that health care legislation will reduce the deficit, a source involved in health care talks said.

Any unexpected change to the health care plan could endanger support for the bill from labor, which agreed to back it after reductions to the planned excise tax. Proposed new changes, I’m told, concern cuts to the rate at which increases to the tax exemption cap are indexed.

CALL AND CALL AGAIN! AND FAX YOUR LOCAL OFFICE!!

INDIANA

Rep. Peter Visclosky, Indiana, 1st

http://www.house.gov/visclosky/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2461, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-2493
Local Office Number: (219) 795-1844, DC Fax Number: (219) 795-1850

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Rep. Joe Donnelly, Indiana 2nd

http://donnelly.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-3915, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-6798
Local Office Number: (574) 288-2780, Local Fax Number: (574) 288-2825
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. Brad Ellsworth, Indiana, 8th

http://www.ellsworth.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-4636, DC Office Fax: (202) 225-3284
Local Office Number: (812) 465-6484, Local Fax Number: (812) 422-4761
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. Baron Hill, Indiana 9th

http://baronhill.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-5315, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6866
Local Office Number: (812) 288-3999, Local Fax Number: (812) 288-3873
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

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Rep. John Boccieri, Ohio, 16th

http://boccieri.house.gov/

DC Office Number:                             (202) 225-3876         (202) 225-3876         (202) 225-3876, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-3059
Local Office Number:                             (330) 489-4414         (330) 489-4414         (330) 489-4414, Local Fax Number: (330) 489-4448

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March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

AZ: Sarah Palin Rally with John McCain March 26 & March 27…

The dates are in! RSVP now! MiM will be at the Phoenix rally!!

Tucson Rally
& Picnic:

When: March 26, 2010

Time:

12:00pm-1:00pm
Doors open at 11:00am

Where:

Pima County Fairgrounds
Thurber Hall
11300 S. Houghton Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85747

Phoenix Rally:

When: March 27, 2010

Time:

9:00am-10:00am
Doors open at 7:30am

Where:

Dobson High School
Gymnasium
1501 W. Guadalupe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85202

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. 1 comment.

Unemployment Update: 18b jobs bill passes Senate, to Obama for signature..

Latest on the jobs bill.  This is not the 150b bill, this has NO EXTENSION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, NO COBRA EXTENSION, NO CAP GAIN ELIMINATION FOR SMALL BUSINESS…

This is all about the Carter Redux Payroll Tax Credit, but by no means would they pass the Scott Brown Amendment on this, which would have given WORKERS a payroll tax holiday. The Dems killed that. God Forbid we get to keep our own money and decide what to do with it…the frakkers…

Any job gains we MIGHT have seen from this, will IMO, be WIPED OUT by the health care penalties, which INCLUDE PART TIME and CONTRACT WORKERS!…

Frakkers.

SeattlePost:

…The bill which passed Wednesday contains about $18 billion in tax breaks and a $20 billion infusion of cash into highway and transit programs. Among other things, it exempts businesses that hire the unemployed from paying the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax through December and gives employers an additional $1,000 credit if new workers stay on the job a full year. Taxpayers will have to reimburse Social Security for the lost revenue….

So what about the COBRA extension and the urgent UE extension the Dems were bashing GOP for holding up? It ain’t in there. So where is the lamestream media to scream about it like when Bunning held it up? *cricket, cricket*

…A far larger measure that would extend health insurance subsidies and jobless checks for the unemployed is in the works but has hit slow going. That measure has passed both House and Senate but is hung up as the rival chambers wrangle over how to partially finance the legislation, which also would extend a variety of tax breaks for individuals and businesses.

As a result, it may require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would otherwise expire at the end of this month….

Keep pushing health care though as millions more of us lose jobs and fall off COBRA. Way to bankrupt the states on Medicaid there yahoos! Jobs first, then insurance.

Can someone get Obama a Maslowian Heirarchy of Needs chart so he knows we need jobs to EAT and provide SHELTER before we get a check up???

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Repost 03/17/11
JoyfulHeart has biographical information on St Patrick

Will the Real St. Patrick Please Stand Up? Tells the story of St. Patrick’s life, what can be known of it, from his abduction by raiders to his conversion of the high king.

Confession of St Patrick:

This confession was written in Latin, apparently by Patrick himself about 450 AD. It tells the story of Patrick’s birth in England or Scotland, kidnapping and slavery in Ireland as a teenager, and his escape. It also describes his later return to Ireland as a missionary.

1. I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many nations, even to the ends of the earth, where I, in my smallness, am now to be found among foreigners.

2. And there the Lord opened my mind to an awareness of my unbelief, in order that, even so late, I might remember my transgressions and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God, who had regard for my insignificance and pitied my youth and ignorance. And he watched over me before I knew him, and before I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil, and he protected me, and consoled me as a father would his son.

3. Therefore, indeed, I cannot keep silent, nor would it be proper, so many favours and graces has the Lord deigned to bestow on me in the land of my captivity. For after chastisement from God, and recognizing him, our way to repay him is to exalt him and confess his wonders before every nation under heaven.

4. For there is no other God, nor ever was before, nor shall be hereafter, but God the Father, unbegotten and without beginning, in whom all things began, whose are all things, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, who manifestly always existed with the Father, before the beginning of time in the spirit with the Father, indescribably begotten before all things, and all things visible and invisible were made by him. He was made man, conquered death and was received into Heaven, to the Father who gave him all power over every name in Heaven and on Earth and in Hell, so that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe. And we look to his imminent coming again, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to each according to his deeds. And he poured out his Holy Spirit on us in abundance, the gift and pledge of immortality, which makes the believers and the obedient into sons of God and co-heirs of Christ who is revealed, and we worship one God in the Trinity of holy name.

5. He himself said through the prophet: ‘Call upon me in the day of’ trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.’ And again: ‘It is right to reveal and publish abroad the works of God.’

6. I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire.

7. I am not ignorant of what is said of my Lord in the Psalm: ‘You destroy those who speak a lie.’ And again: ‘A lying mouth deals death to the soul.’ And likewise the Lord says in the Gospel: ‘On the day of judgment men shall render account for every idle word they utter.’

8. So it is that I should mightily fear, with terror and trembling, this judgment on the day when no one shall be able to steal away or hide, but each and all shall render account for even our smallest sins before the judgment seat of Christ the Lord.

9. And therefore for some time I have thought of writing, but I have hesitated until now, for truly, I feared to expose myself to the criticism of men, because I have not studied like others, who have assimilated both Law and the Holy Scriptures equally and have never changed their idiom since their infancy, but instead were always learning it increasingly, to perfection, while my idiom and language have been translated into a foreign tongue. So it is easy to prove from a sample of my writing, my ability in rhetoric and the extent of my preparation and knowledge, for as it is said, ‘wisdom shall be recognized in speech, and in understanding, and in knowledge and in the learning of truth.’

10. But why make excuses close to the truth, especially when now I am presuming to try to grasp in my old age what I did not gain in my youth because my sins prevented me from making what I had read my own? But who will believe me, even though I should say it again? A young man, almost a beardless boy, I was taken captive before I knew what I should desire and what I should shun. So, consequently, today I feel ashamed and I am mightily afraid to expose my ignorance, because, [not] eloquent, with a small vocabulary, I am unable to explain as the spirit is eager to do and as the soul and the mind indicate.

11. But had it been given to me as to others, in gratitude I should not have kept silent, and if it should appear that I put myself before others, with my ignorance and my slower speech, in truth, it is written: ‘The tongue of the stammerers shall speak rapidly and distinctly.’ How much harder must we try to attain it, we of whom it is said: ‘You are an epistle of Christ in greeting to the ends of the earth … written on your hearts, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God.’ And again, the Spirit witnessed that the rustic life was created by the Most High.

12. I am, then, first of all, countryfied, an exile, evidently unlearned, one who is not able to see into the future, but I know for certain, that before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire, and he that is mighty came and in his mercy raised me up and, indeed, lifted me high up and placed me on top of the wall. And from there I ought to shout out in gratitude to the Lord for his great favours in this world and for ever, that the mind of man cannot measure.

13. Therefore be amazed, you great and small who fear God, and you men of God, eloquent speakers, listen and contemplate. Who was it summoned me, a fool, from the midst of those who appear wise and learned in the law and powerful in rhetoric and in all things? Me, truly wretched in this world, he inspired before others that I could be—if I would—such a one who, with fear and reverence, and faithfully, without complaint, would come to the people to whom the love of Christ brought me and gave me in my lifetime, if I should be worthy, to serve them truly and with humility.

14. According, therefore, to the measure of one’s faith in the Trinity, one should proceed without holding back from danger to make known the gift of God and everlasting consolation, to spread God’s name everywhere with confidence and without fear, in order to leave behind, after my death, foundations for my brethren and sons whom I baptized in the Lord in so many thousands.

15. And I was not worthy, nor was I such that the Lord should grant his humble servant this, that after hardships and such great trials, after captivity, after many years, he should give me so much favour in these people, a thing which in the time of my youth I neither hoped for nor imagined.

16. But after I reached Ireland I used to pasture the flock each day and I used to pray many times a day. More and more did the love of God, and my fear of him and faith increase, and my spirit was moved so that in a day [I said] from one up to a hundred prayers, and in the night a like number; besides I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain, and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, because, as I now see, the Spirit was burning in me at that time.

Prayer attributed to St Patrick:

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore. Amen.

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , . Art, Faith, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Obama is replaying his primary moves in health care…

He really is. If the rules don’t let you have enough votes (or steal enough in caucuses), change ’em, take some of Hillary’s MI votes to win.

Ignore the people (Dem primary voters, now all of us nationwide).

Slaughter Rule (in the primary we HRC supporters were informed there is no legal right to challenge the way the DNC sets and interprets its own ‘rules’, and Slaughter Pelosi and Obama seem to be confident they can change the rules again and no one will challenge them).

Then act like it is a fait accompli with the media lending both hands,

Then roll out ”endorsements’ like Richardson, Gore, Edwards. This morning it is a big presser with Kucinich. This to push the aura of inevitability.

They are replaying every move. We need to hold the line.

Please KEEP CALLING YOUR CRITTERS. And Fax! Fax like the wind!!

Mike Pence identified these votes as key

The American electorate is big enough to stop them. We are the people.

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

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