Friday, May 01, 2009

Fighting Back, Go Home!, -and- Generation Gap

Fighting Back - 17-year-old girl bashes muggers with marching band baton
Go Home! - accused killer refuses home confinement, won't leave jail
Generation Gap - 8-year-old Saudi girl divorces 50-year-old husband

On this day in history: May 1, 1960 - The Soviet Union fires a SAM-2 surface-to-air missile at the U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. The aircraft crashes inside Russian territory, near Sverdlosk.

Born on this day in history: May 1, 1939 - Judy Collins (1939-) Born in Seattle, WA, singer Judy Collins was a piano prodigy but switched to guitar, releasing her first album in 1961, at 22, and a gold album in 1967, "Wildflowers." Later albums, like 1968's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," produced by then-boyfriend Stephen Stills, established her reputation. Collins wrote a memoir, "Trust Your Heart," two novels, and directed 1974 documentary "Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman."

Scripture of the Day: But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. - 1 Peter 3:15

Video of the Day: Bird Sings the Blues - submitted by Amber

Rejoice, dirty-rich people of the world, because now you can buy an iPhone which is not gold plated but actual solid gold, plus the obligatory diamonds in the logo. Just $34,168. Click to enlarge.

Here are photographs of my brother's greenhouse, near Santa Cruz, CA. Click
to enlarge.

Captured by Terrorists in Iraq
Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, and a tough old U.S. Marine Sergeant were captured by terrorists in Iraq.

The leader of the terrorists told them he'd grant each of them one last request before they were beheaded and dragged naked through the streets.

Katie Couric said, "Well, I'm a Southerner, so I'd like one last plate of fried chicken."

The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chicken. Couric ate it all and said, "Now I can die content."

Charlie Gibson said, "I'm living in New York , so I'd like to hear the song, 'The Moon and Me,' one last time."

The terrorist leader nodded to another terrorist who had studied the Western world and knew the music. He returned with some rag-tag musicians and played the song.

Gibson was satisfied.

Brian Williams said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe, someday, someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end." The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Williams dictated his comments.

He then said, "Now I can die happy."

The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?"

"Kick me in the ass," said the Marine.

"What?" asked the leader, "Will you mock us in your last hour?"

"No, I'm NOT kidding. I want you to kick me in the ass," insisted the Marine.

So the leader shoved him into the yard and kicked him in the ass.

The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9 mm pistol from inside his cammies and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he emptied his sidearm on six terrorists, then with his knife he slashed the throat of one, and with an AK-47, which he took, sprayed the rest of the terrorists, killing another 11. In a flash, all of them were either dead or fleeing for their lives.

As the Marine was untying Couric, Gibson, and Williams, they asked him, "Why didn't you just shoot them all in the first place? Why did you ask him to kick you in the ass?"

"What?" replied the Marine, "and have you three reporters say that I was the aggressor?"