Friday, May 27, 2005

Someone Get Me Her Number!

I've got a bridge to sell her!
PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - A music store manager was charged Thursday with exploiting a woman with Alzheimer's disease who authorities say bought 11 organs from him over 18 months - including four on a single day.

Scott L. Heyder, 36, sold the 79-year-old a progressively more expensive string of the instruments beginning in 2003 - even after her family pleaded with him to stop, Pasco County sheriff's detectives said Thursday.

Heyder was charged with felony exploitation of the elderly and was held on $10,000 bail at the Pasco County Jail.

The woman spent about $25,000 on organs and ended up with one worth only about half that, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. He said she has not received any money back from the music store, Fletcher Music Center at Gulfview Square Mall.

"I think it's unconscionable, especially after the family confronted this salesperson and said, 'Our mother has mental failings due to Alzheimer's, she doesn't know what she's doing,'" Doll said.

A telephone message seeking comment was left at Heyder's home and not returned Thursday. Officials at Fletcher's Music also did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Detectives requested that the woman not be publicly identified, fearing she might become the victim of another financial scam.

Help people. please.

If you have the opportunity to help someone, and don’t, is it a sin? If someone is suffering, and you have the ability to possibly help them, is it wrong to not to help? Suppose I see someone in agony with the flu, would you look down on me if I withheld the flu vaccine from him or her? If someone has HIV, is it wrong of me to try and stop the research to help him or her? If someone has cancer and I interfered with helping him or her, am I a bad person?

These people are all living and suffering. If there is something we can do to help living people, shouldn’t we do it?

If you take a new embryo, just after 4 days (after a few series of cell-division), you can strip out the stem cells, keep them alive, and use them to research help for people.

Pro Life means to also keep people from suffering and to make them well.

Stem Cell Research will be a part of life eventually. There is no question there. The only question is: how long will progress be held up?

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

PTV

From Amshinover(via the new chat room):
check THIS is a clip of a sermon that was broadcast last Friday on the official Palestinian Television station. It's about 4 minutes long. While it is truly fascinating, it is also frightening.
I wish I could edit this video and put my own subtitles to it.

New JewZoo Chat Feature!

The JewZoo is happy to have a new feature! I have just installed a CHAT feature that will allow you the talk with me if I am online. On the right side-bar, there is a new Chat section. If the diamond is green then I am available for chat(pending I havent left my computer as well). If the diamond is red then I am not available for chat.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Too Much Of The Donald

From here
In addition to real estate mogul, book author, fashion designer and reality-television personality, add teacher to the list of professions that Donald Trump is dabbling in these days.

Trump launched his newest enterprise yesterday, an online company dubbed Trump University, promising seminars, courses and CD-ROMs designed for "practical education" for working business professionals.
Mr. Trump is starting to get on my nerves. The same thing happened to the Nike shoe company. They over advertised their name and people started to get annoyed. Now you can hardly tell you are watching a Nike commercial until they show a tiny little "swoosh" symbol. It is called damage control. Trying to let the audience know that Nike is there, but with out bothering them. Mr Trump should take a lesson from Nike and step back out of the light for a decade or so.

There is a new poll up on the right side bar addressing this question. Please leave your vote there!

Jesus' Grandma

Me: Who was Mary's mom?
Friend: Dunno
Me: Think she believed the whole no-father thing or totally grounded Mary?

Any New Testy-ment readers that can answer this?

Monday, May 23, 2005

6th Down?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state's test writers tried to come up with a math question about football and ended up with a fumble.

On an end-of-grade test this month, seventh-graders had to calculate the average gain for a team on the game's first six plays. But the team did not gain 10 yards on the first four plays and would have lost possession before a fifth and sixth play.

The team opened with a 6-yard loss, a 3-yard gain and a 2-yard loss, which would have made it fourth down with 15 yards to go for a first down. The team's fourth play was just a 7-yard gain, yet it maintained possession for a 12-yard gain and a 4-yard gain on two additional plays.

"Whoever wrote it didn't think it through," said Gene Daniels, athletics director of Salem Middle School in Apex.

Mildred Bazemore, chief of the state Department of Public Instruction's test development section, said the question makes sense mathematically and was reviewed thoroughly.

"It has nothing to do with football," Bazemore said. "It has to do with the mathematical concepts that you're studying."


Stupid question. When you have the ball at 5th and 8 you MUST throw that. Allthough they did get lucky going into 6th down after capturing 12 yards. The REAL problem with this question is that THIS TEST WAS GIVEN TO SEVENTH GRADERS. A test about simple ADDITION and SUBTRACTION is given to 7th graders... This country is so stupid.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Haloscan

I have just switched the commenting system to Haloscan.

Enjoy.

Poetry.com

I wrote a great poem to enter at Poetry.com. It is about mans survival in the world. It is about the meaning of life. It is about how poetry.com is a site that feeds off of peoples emotions and steals their money. He it is in its entirety:

Scam I am
Scammy The Scam Man Scamming The Man
Scam To The Right
Scam To The Left
Scam All Around The World
Scam Scam, Scam I am.


Sadly, Poetry.com gave me this notice when I hit "submit":
We're sorry, your submission may contain one or
more words that are inappropriate for submission.
Please go back to adjust your poem.


Side Note: See this for a poem about my first love.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Ode To A Meat Patty

notice the rhyming scheme of ABAB and use of Iambic Pentameter

Ode To A Meat Patty

Your texture like a cavernous terrain
Enveloped in the tormenting fire
The beverage I pour is tasty champagne
To swallow while I lounge and admire

Clothed in a bun and drained in tasty ketchup
sheltered by the protective tomato
Pickles and Onions start to pileup
I find you at only the best bistro

You bring joy to everyone that you touch
I place you in my heart on the alter
Is it possible to enjoy so much?
You make me smile, I love you burger.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

How Stuff Works: LightSaber

A great article by the fine people at How Stuf Works goes into explanation of how the light saber functions. It also gives many practical uses for the light saber in the home or as a defence weapon in a parking lot.

Very funny: Howstuffworks: Lightsabers

hat tip: Ari

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Starwars: Who Is SyfoDias?

Ep2: When Obi Wan Kenobi visits the planet Kamino, the Kaminos tell him that the Clone Army was ordered by a Master Syfodias who sat on the Jedi Council. Obi Wan Kenobi relates that Syfodias died ten years before(approax ep1).

Who Is SyfoDias?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Run [to say a bracha on the] Forrest!

There is a list going around that has been posted on various corridor walls and bulletin boards across the New York school/synagogue circuit. This long list has many locations where you can say the bracha on blooming (flowering - not just leaves) fruit bearing trees.

The idea here is to promote people to go on a hunt across town in order to track down the proper tree to say such a bracha. To go and find, to seek out, to pursue a source, to say the Bracha Ha'ilanos.

In related news:
Currently, I am compiling a list of all the ugly people I know so that you have the opportunity to run after them and say the bracha on ugly and/or deformed/weird looking people.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Robotic Sfira Judaism

So the rules are:
No Haircutting
No Music
No Movies (movies! may God suppress his wrathful lighting bolt upon you for even using the word "movie", poo poo, amen Selah)

I see.

The rules don't include:
No Video Games
No TV (TV! may God turn away his vengeful smite upon you for even using the letters T and V together)
No Social Gatherings
No Jokes
No Humor
No Levity
Wear a sack-cloth
No Leather Shoes
No Computer
No Ice Cream
No Going Out To Eat
No Raspberry Sorbet
Etc.

What is the point of sfira and how easy are people TOTALLY missing it? Hey, at least you are following the prescribed rules, right? That's all that matters. Robotic Judaism.

*vvvzzzzzz* Self Destruct Sequence Initialized *fweezzzzuuuuu...*

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

New Car Problem

I have a new car. The car needs a good license plate holder. I can customize it to say whatever I want. I was thinking of "I Hate Jesus" but that may indanger my car. Please post your thoughts on something to write.

Monday, May 02, 2005

For Sale

I have a 1991 Ford Escrot for sale! Driven by ZooKeeper-Benjamin!! Wait a minute...I bet that decreases the value....

ROME (Reuters) - A second hand car once said to be registered in the name of Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger -- the new Pope Benedict - is up for sale on eBay and the sky seems to be the limit when it comes to bidding.

The vehicle, a metallic gray 1999 Volkswagen Golf, went up for auction on the German site (www.ebay.de) at a minimum price of 9,900 euros ($12,790) Wednesday and, just over 24 hours and more than 300 bids later, the price had temporarily hit one million euros ($1.3 million).

German Web Site n-tv.de identified the seller as Benjamin Halbe, 21, from the town of Olpe in Germany's Sauerland region, who said he bought the car from a local dealer in January.

"It drives like heaven," the site quoted Halbe as saying.

The Web Site of the German newspaper Bild quoted an eBay spokeswoman in Germany as saying the online auctioneer had checked with the vehicle licensing office which had confirmed the name of the original owner was genuine.

Ratzinger, who is from Bavaria in southern Germany, has been at the Vatican for more than two decades and is not known to drive. The Vatican was not available for comment on the auction, which closes on May 5 at 7.30 p.m. (1730 GMT).

The auction site describes the vehicle as a two liter petrol-powered manual, with 75,000 km (47,000 miles) on the clock since it was first registered in March 1999.

"Does black smoke or white smoke come out of the exhaust pipe?" one posting on the site asked - a reference to the signal used at the Vatican to show whether a new pope has been elected by the secret conclave of cardinals.

"Very funny," was the reply.