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Post No. 307
10/05/2006 09:28 AM
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Am I kidding? Of course, I'm kidding! Don't forget it says at the top of this guestbook, "Be humorous". That is kind of tough when you are just looking at words on a page, but very often the things I post are a bit tongue in cheek, if not downright satirical.

I was reacting to your list where you listed the Taliban's ban on music along with warm alcohol as things you loath. It just struck me as funny to put things like those tickets on pillows and the "cowbell skit" from SNL in the same list with the Taliban.

I hope no one takes some of my statements from this guestbook and quotes me on them. Could you imagine if I run for public office one day and my opponent runs an ad campaign quoting me as saying I loath warm beer more than the Taliban! LOL!

Post No. 306
10/05/2006 09:15 AM
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You loathe warm beer over an opressive regime who has committed several human rights violations for over a decade, not to mention ban all forms of music in their country except for th ecall to prayer? All warm beer has done is provided you with a crummy night at the bar.....or are you kidding? It has been hard for me to tell when people are being sarcastic.
Comparing warm beer to the taliban is like comparing still water to crude oil.
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Post No. 305
10/04/2006 01:28 PM
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Warm Taliban

Warm beer...or the Taliban...which do I loath more...hmmm...

I'd have to say the beer.

Post No. 304
10/03/2006 09:53 PM
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My "List of Extreme Loathing" stuff

1. The Taliban's Music Ban
2. Luke-wam, wam or hot alcohol
3. Thoe little tags of pillows that say you're not supposed to tear them off under penalty of the law...those tags tickle my neck.
4. The fact that some e-mail attachments won't be able to open on everyone's computer
5. That New-Age Musicians (Enay, Yanni, etc...) don't realize they're not comming up with original-sounding material anymore.
6. Like realty TV wasn't already bad enough without celebrity guests.
7. Wasabi peas on a dare
8. The fact that the Bush family has ties to the Saudi Royal family, and that the Bin Laden Family has ties to both.
9. Keeping track of all the ins and outs of government conspiracies (when I bother to do any research).
10. That SNL isn't funy anymore, and hasn't been since Will Ferrel's "I need more cowbell" scetch.

Post No. 303
10/03/2006 09:42 PM
Email eaburke81  go to the Homepage of eaburke81
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Wha? (continued....)

Blue Scotch? Muslims in space? Are whiskey, space travel and the spead of western belief systems somehow connected in the cosmic scheme of things?

What about that google trick that canarsie did? Will we now be able to manipulate google to bend to our own sick, twisted wills and desires? Is nothing sacred anymore?

I have not tried Johnny Walker before, I've only heard from a freind that it's a little strong for his taste. The bottle I recived for my birthday is Glenlivet 12-yr old sctoch and that's strong too...It could be worse, coudl be Jagermeister, which is perhaps the worst brand of hard liqor have ever tasted, with a cinnamon liqor dubbed "Fire and Ice" comming in at a close second....I tred a shot of that stuff luke-warm straigt from my friends' kitchen cabinet. To me, room-temperature, or even warm alchol is up there with the Taliban's music ban on my list of extreme loathing (which I didn't know about untill I wrote this sentence, I may add).
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Post No. 302
10/03/2006 03:30 PM
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Okay did you perform that magic trick?

Post No. 301
10/03/2006 03:20 PM
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open this link with yahoo browser. It maY NOT OPEN IN GOOGLE

Post No. 300
10/03/2006 03:19 PM
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open this link with yahoo browser. It maY NOT OPEN IN GOOGLE

Post No. 299
10/03/2006 01:13 PM
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red ok u r interested in religions on other planets. Did star trek ever talk about an earth religion as practiced elsewhere?
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Post No. 298
10/03/2006 12:24 PM
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Moonshine on the Moon

Good one!

But the religion thing is interesting to me. If humans really do start to live on other planets eventually, it will make it very hard to observe certain religions. Like how will Orthodox Jews get a kosher meal up there? Well...I suppose they could get a kosher meal the same way they get a regular meal. But things like the Haj really do present a problem. If one lives on Mars, or perhaps a planet that is a decade or so away from Earth, how could a Muslim make the Haj to Saudi Arabia? If it took ten years to get there and ten to come back, that would make it rather crazy to try to do. So you could not be a Muslim if you lived on a distant planet from Earth. That would mean that you could have Muslim free planets!

Christians, Buddhists and others can live anywhere. They are not land based religions. Judaism is land based but you can still be a good Jew and never set foot in Israel. So, Islam may be shown eventually to be a religion that cannot be sustained beyond the planet Earth. Now that may be a good thing for Muslims, because it may be that the Earth is the best place to live. But if it ever turns out that the Earth has a serious problem, like another ice age or worse, and people have to leave it survive, then Muslims will be faced with a choice: stay on Earth and die for Allah, or leave Islam and the Earth and live.

Now where else but would someone be thinking about something like this?

...pass me that moonshine!

Post No. 297
10/03/2006 08:55 AM
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Post No. 296
10/02/2006 09:31 PM
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Scotch on the Moon

I was never a Scotch drinker. I would drink Jack Daniels...good ol' American whiskey! But somehow, over the past few years I have switched to Scotch. I have tried the double and single malts, but one thing I believe is that older is better. My latest kick is Johnny Walker Gold. It's 18 years old and costs about $80 a bottle. I'd like to try Johnny Walker Blue, 25 years...but at over $200 a bottle, I think I will have to wait. I'm going to look into Green next. That's 15 years and cost about half of Gold.

What will people drink on the moon? First of all it's hard to drink anything in zero gravity. What do you do? Pour it below you and try to sip it as it flys upwards?

Living on the moon will present problems to the traditional religions. Will the holidays still be celebrated according to the Earth's calendar? What about on Mars, where the year is much longer? Will there be two Christmas's in a year? When will sundown be determined for Jews wanting to celebrate the sabbath? And how will Muslims on Mars make it to Saudi Arabia for the Haj? This is why the inhabitants of other heavenly bodies may need to form new religions.

Post No. 295
10/02/2006 02:20 AM
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Post No. 294
10/01/2006 08:12 PM
Email eaburke81  go to the Homepage of eaburke81
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The Equinox, obscure holidays, freedom of speech issues, Mozart, Mars, the Moonish, and things I already notice about growing up (I'm 25 and I don't feel I'm getting any younger). It's all a grand mis-mas so I'm touching on a bit of everyting here.

I do have something to add to the growing old list, something I just made up:

"When "the drop o'the pure" changes to "Good to the last drop".

(Although, whiskey is a grown-up drink, and like one of the points on the list said, 4.00 whiskey is not longer reffered to as "the good stuff").
I recieved a bottle of scotch for my 25th this year and man, is it strong but good...if you garnish it with a cherry, that is. Bartending is a passion of mine.
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Post No. 293
09/30/2006 08:57 AM
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Normal Schmormal

It may seem normal but it will still have some weird ramifications. Like maybe the people on the moon will start a new religion. They can call themselves...Moonies! (Wait, we already have Moonies.) Or maybe they can be called Moonish, as opposed to Jewish. Maybe someone up there will die in a horrific way, standing up for human rights or something, and he will be remembered as the Moonish Messiah. They may decide to reject the ways of the Earthling, and come up with a whole new society.

Will they be considered colonies of the countries on Earth? Will they revolt and try to establish independence? Will the powers of the Earth send troops up to the moon to take back control of the resources up there? Will some dictator take over the moon? There's a lot to think about.

Post No. 292
09/30/2006 06:34 AM
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probbly like we feel about no longer living in israel or calling it home. Or no longer livin in odessa or even canarsie. IT will seem NORMAL
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Post No. 291
09/29/2006 06:01 PM
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Future Shock

It would be interesting to imagine what the future may hold. Eventually I think we will find humans living on the moon and maybe Mars and other planets. Won't it be weird when there will be humans in the universe who do not see the earth as home?

Post No. 290
09/29/2006 04:04 PM
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as a parwnt i kno mt kids will be around in 2100 and we will not. I envey them. The internet will look prehistoric to them as will video and car travel...THAT we will never see!!! or the cello that writes its own music.
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Post No. 289
09/29/2006 01:48 PM
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The Red Planet

Meanwhile, up on Mars we have a space craft called a rover, roving around on the surface. It was expected to survive for 3 months, but has been working for 30 months! Yet it has only gone around 5 miles! Still, it is sending back pictures and is now standing right outside of the largest crater on the planet.

When we were kids this was the stuff of science fiction. I makes you wonder what unimaginable things will happen over the next few decades.
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Post No. 288
09/28/2006 10:39 AM
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Whoever wrote that must have been from Brooklyn, and probably Canarsie. Who else would know about Grabsteins?

Post No. 287
09/28/2006 02:23 AM
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25 Signs That, Sadly, You've Grown Up

1. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator or at the dentists office.
6. You watch the Weather Channel.
7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.
8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
10. You're the one calling the police because that damn kid next door won't turn down the his electric guitar speakers.
11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.
14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of Grabsteins leftovers.
15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.
17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle your stomach.
19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.
20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff".
21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
22. "I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."
23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save Your sorry old ass.
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Post No. 286
09/28/2006 12:02 AM
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Mozart Under Attack!

Is nothing sacred?!

Die Speigel -
FeedbackSeptember 26, 2006

Fury as Berlin Opera Cancels Performance

Berlin's Deutsche Oper opera house is under fire for cancelling a controversial production of a Mozart opera which shows the severed heads of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha. Politicians have condemned the cancellation as self-censorship and cowardice.

The German government accused a Berlin opera house of "self-censorship" on Tuesday for cancelling performances of a Mozart opera because it was concerned about attacks by Islamists.

The Deutsche Oper, one of Berlin's three opera houses, was due to show a controversial production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" by director Hans Neuenfels in which the severed heads of the Prophet Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha are placed on four chairs.

Deutsche Opera manager Kirsten Harms pulled the opera, due be performed four times in November, after receiving a warning from police. "We got alerted by the police that all the press publicity surrounding the play would severely heighten the security risk to this opera," she told a news conference.

After its premiere at the Deutsche Oper in December 2003, the Neuenfels production prompted shouts of protest from the audience but reviewers interpreted it as a radical critique of religion and religious war. First performed in 1781, the opera set in ancient Greece after the Trojan War deals with human resistance to making sacrifices to the gods.

News of the cancellation drew strong criticism from the government and the main political parties. Culture Minister Bernd Neumann said: "If concern about possible protests already leads to self-censorship then the democratic culture of free speech is in danger."

The Berlin police department said it had analysed security risks resulting from the performance in light of the worldwide protests that followed the publication of Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspapers earlier this year.

"We told the opera that possible disturbances relating to the performance in its planned form couldn't be ruled out," the spokesman said.

The parliamentary leader of the conservative Christian Social Union, Peter Ramsauer, called the cancellation cowardly. "It's an incredible occurrence that has never happened in Germany before in this form." He said the cancellation had nothing to do with respect for religion. "It's naked fear of violence. That's nothing but pure cowardice."

The head of Germany's Islamic Council, Ali Kizilkaya, welcomed the opera's decision, saying it was taking account of Muslim sensitivities.

The cancellation comes ahead of a government-sponsored conference on Wednesday aimed at promoting dialogue with Germany's 3.2 million Muslims.
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Post No. 285
09/27/2006 09:08 AM
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Eva Besserman Day!!!!

I'm not sure if that is "The" Eva Besserman, or a "Faux" Eva Besserman, but that is what came up in a google search. For those who are wondering what the heck we are talking about...back in junior high school my class was full of jokers. I think we started making a big deal about the solstices, saying in loud happy voices, "Happy Autumnal Equinox!" Then there was a commercial on TV back then that said that Wednesday was "Prince Spagetti Day", so every wednesday we would all say, "Happy Prince Spagetti Day" (the power of advertising). Then there was this very quiet girl in the class who no one really noticed, and someone (maybe Neal) started saying, "It's Eva Besserman Day!" So, that became one of our jokes.

Poor Eva, she probably was just a smart kid on the track to becoming a doctor, and here we were making fun of this quiet, serious person, who did nothing wrong but exist in our class!!

Happy Eva Besserman Day!!!!!!!

Post No. 284
09/26/2006 01:51 PM
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Dr. Eva! very cool
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Post No. 283
09/25/2006 06:49 PM
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Google Search...

Dr. Eva B. Besserman
Parks Avenue And Randolph Road,
Plainfield, New Jersey (NJ)

Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine

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