Friday, December 31, 2010

News Report: Man Accused Of Fabricating Christmas Message From MEND Responds

Tony Uranta
Mr. Tony Uranta, the man accused by the Movement For The Emancipation Of Niger Delta(MEND) of fabricating christmas message and purported it to have emerged from the group have responded.

Mr. Uranta in an e-mail sent to chidi opara reports and some news media said that someone using the e-mail account of the MEND spokesperson forwarded the said message to him which he inturn

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year 2011 Wallpapers 2

Collection of New Year 2011 Wallpapers part 2

Sick.... So here's some snippets of articles

Oh my! Polar Bears not endangered?  Global warming ecofascists must be highly disappointed about that reality.
From American Thinker:
One of the iconic images of global warming that is supposed to make us feel guilty enough to bankrupt our economy by giving in to various carbon schemes is that of the pathetic polar bear alone in the middle of the ocean on a rapidly shrinking ice floe. We are told that the poor creature is going extinct because the ice is melting and his usual feeding on seals is no longer possible. Continued

Does race matter? Is America colorblind or not?  It doesn't seem to be colorblind under Obama. 

From: American Thinker:

The fanciful idea of living in a colorblind society is one of the greatest impediments to sophisticated discussions about race in America.  If there is going to be a soothing of racial tensions in American society, there first has to be an understanding that race -- albeit a social construct based on some biological realities --exists and matters, and it is not just a vestigial figment of centuries-old white racism.
   It is axiomatic that race is a part of our social reality; however, where we need more discussion is on precisely where race matters.  The fundamental problem with race in America today is that we have a band of profiteering, country-trotting black liberals claiming that race matters in all the areas where it clearly does not. 

Pope Benedict's address was on Catherine of Bologna: Spiritual Weapons Against Evil. 

From DFW Catholic: The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during today’s general audience, held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 8,000 people, to St. Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463).

Born to a noble family in the Italian city of Bologna, at the age of ten she moved to Ferrara where she entered the court of Niccolo III d’Este as a maid of honour. There she received a very careful education which would later serve her during her monastic life when “she used the cultural and artistic knowledge acquired over those years to great advantage”, the Pope said.
In 1427, at the age of fourteen, she left the court to dedicate herself to religious life in a community of young women. Two years later the leader of this group founded an Augustinian convent, but Catherine and a number of others preferred Franciscan spirituality and transformed the community into Poor Clares. Continued
It is quite obvious nowadays that public schools and common sense just don't mix.  Here is one more example of a school overreacting big time and where the so called protection is much worse than the "crime".   Do mistakes, mix ups, or accidents happen anymore?  This is ludicrous! 
From Hot Air: 
Suspended for the school year and charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds. And by “weapon,” I of course mean … a paring knife.
Just one question: Is it true?
Smithwick said personnel found the knife while searching the belongings of several students, possibly looking for drugs. She said the lunchbox really belonged to her father, Joe Smithwick, who packs a paring knife to slice his apple. He and his daughter have matching lunchboxes…
Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss said in a statement on Wednesday that the 3-inch-long knife was found in the teen’s purse, not her lunchbox. The search was conducted on Oct. 20 after a faculty member at the school discovered a student on campus with marijuana…
“She is currently enrolled as a student at the school,” Moss said.
The teen told WRAL News that she was initially given a 10-day suspension, then received notice that she was suspended the rest of the school year.
“Over two months after the event it is a mystery to us that the Smithwick’s concerns were not brought to our attention by the family through normal appeal procedures prior to going to the press,” Moss said.



Shopping for Iemanjá

Luiz and I spent our first New Year’s Eve together on Copacabana beach watching what were certainly the most spectacular fireworks I had ever seen.  The year was 2000, the turn of the millennium.  It was some party.

Unbeknownst to me Luiz had two gold wedding bands in his pocket.  After midnight, when the fireworks ended, we walked to the edge of the sea. Luiz stepped in and jumped seven waves.  Then he took the rings, submerged them in the water, and asked Iemanjá (goddess of the sea) for her blessing.  I don’t know exactly what he asked, but it appears we’ve been doing pretty well ever since.

Friday night we will be returning to the sea at midnight, this time at Itaipú beach.  Luiz is preparing an offering for Iemanjá.  It will include many of her favorite items: white flowers, perfume, a looking glass, a hair brush – all arranged in a little blue boat lit with a candle.  Luiz will set it to float away, to thank Iemanjá for all she has brought us.

We picked up the little boat a few days ago at a spiritualist shop in centro Niterói.  They also had a package with perfume, mirror, brush, etc. that forms the beauty items core of the offering.

On Tuesday we got up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the Rio flower market and get some flowers.  Luiz had a list and his mother (who has her own year-end ritual offerings) asked him to pick a few things up for her as well.

The place was a sea of white flowers.  There were countless vendors with white gladiolas, a favorite NYE flower that will be sold from nearly every street corner in Copacabana on Friday and into the night.  Residents and tourists alike will be taking their flower offerings to the sea in honor of Iemanjá.

Next year, 2011, the principal deity for the year will be Oxun, mother of fresh water, queen of the waterfalls.  Her color as known in the Candomblé religion is yellow.  So Luiz bought a few yellow flowers as well for him and his mother.  It will be a good opportunity to check in with Oxun, as the year gets underway.

We will be staying at the house this weekend and I will be away from my computer.  I promise to return with photos of our NYE celebration and Luiz’s modest gift to one very special Orixá. 

Happy New Year.  (I just ended 2010 by posting my 500th post.)

Article:Jonathan’s Hard work, Nigeria’s Good Luck

President Goodluck Jonathan
 By Robinson Sibe I started this piece with a different title in mind but changed it after stumbling on a quote by Thomas Jefferson: "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have". Many might disagree with this, using lottery winners as examples of beneficiaries of sheer luck without hard work. I tend to agree with

News Report: MEND Says Purported Christmas Message Originated From Nigerian Presidency

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied that a purported Christmas message originated from the group.

In an e-mail sent to chidi opara reports and some other news media, MEND said that “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) denies that the statement attached below originated from the group.

This fabrication purportedly from me, emanated from

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gandolfini & 50 Cent Come to Travelers' Aid After East Coast Blizzard

From Fox News:

The wicked snowstorm that pounded the East Coast earlier this week managed to bring out the best in a few Good Samaritan celebs this week. This is great! What nice, good-hearted people. 

“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini came to the rescue of a stricken motorist in his New York City neighborhood Monday night, the New York Post reports.

The actor, who lives in the neighborhood, spent 45 minutes helping to dig and push out the stranger’s car.

Gandolfini kept the holiday spirit going by popping into a local bar to break change of a $100 bill. He then passed out $20 bills to the other people who helped him to dig out the motorist.

According to the bar owner Phil Casaceli, Gandolfini was a “real gentleman.”

But he wasn’t the only star shedding his tough guy image to help folks out.

Rapper 50 Cent Tweeted his plans to earn an extra few bucks Monday.

“I’m going out to shovel snow and see if I can make me a few extra dollars today. I’m charging more if they want to take pictures,” he wrote.

50 said he wanted $100 per house and managed to convince four neighbors to pay it. He also enlisted the help of some neighborhood kids for $30 an hour.

"One is a cute kid he has on a snow suit. So I'm sending him to ring the door bell to ask if we can shovel there snow… When you look at his eyes its hard to tell him no." he Tweeted.

"Then I come to tell them how much they have to pay us. Lol," he Tweeted.

News Release: Lagos State DPA Blames Fashola’s Policies For ACN’s Loss Of Ikorodu