I have a riddle. I'll even make it multiple choice so that you can have a better chance at figuring out the answer:
Suppose that you are Jesus and have all of the powers of a god. You've been meaning to give a lesson about the power of prayer to your disciples but haven't found the right opportunity. Then one day, you're walking down the road with your buds and you see a fig tree in the distance next to a mountain. You're hungry, so you approach the fig tree and see that although it is covered in leaves, there are no figs. After all, it's out of season for figs. You have a choice, in order to demonstrate the power of prayer, do you:
A) Pray that the mountain by the fig tree gets thrown into the sea. B) Pray that the fig tree sprouts fruit for all to eat. C) Pray that the fig tree withers away. D) None of the above.
I went to Atlantic City this weekend. I lost money. Maybe next month I'll win money. The room was in the Dennis tower facing the ocean on the same level as the rooftop pool. The room had a large flat screen TV and small bathroom. The furniture was wooden cabinets and desk plus a glass top table. I would stay there again!
I just want to let everyone know that I'm okay. The building that I was in experienced no damage from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Baja California, Mexico. Actually, we didn't feel anything at all here on Long Island.
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It's not what you would hope. They're not stupid, they know what a bathhouse is. I'm surprised that MGM Mirage would intentionally mislead like that. I guess sex sells or maybe I don't know something about The Bathhouse at Mandalay Bay that I should know.
New York City's cup runneth over. 101.1% of capacity, and it's still raining outside.
Compared to Lake Mead, the New York City reservoir system is tiny. I think that you could fit all of the reservoirs from the New York City system into Lake Mead ten or twelve times over. Upstream from Lake Mead, Lake Powell is also gigantic. Someday I'll understand better how the Colorado River reservoir system collapsed after the year 2000 but right now, I'm kind of scratching my head.
I was in Atlantic City a couple of weeks ago. Pictured is a view of the new mega-resort that's going up, as seen from Harrah's Marina. The name of the enterprise that's building it is Revel Entertainment (partly owned my Morgan Stanley). I believe that they plan to name the finished resort Revel as well. Revel has had some money woes and pushed the projected opening date of phase one (pictured) to 2011. A proposed second tower to the South (left) will double the capacity. I hope they get it done but it may take some unpopular help.
Nope, I don't have a cat nor did I just drop a book on my keyboard. That's the name of a volcano in Iceland that just erupted. This event is the first time it has erupted since the early 1800s. My bet is that no one will try to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull on the tee-vee. I got the phonetic pronunciation from Wikipedia and there is no way I can make my mouth move like that.
So prepare to here plenty of news about an unnamed volcano in Iceland erupting.
Hiram "The Slasher" Monserrate had a crisis of faith last night as the voters sent him packing.
Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the State Senate after being convicted of assaulting his companion, was handily defeated on Tuesday by José R. Peralta in a special election in Queens for Mr. Monserrate’s former seat.
This asshat briefly flipped the New York Senate into chaos last year by voting for a Republican to be majority leader in a successful effort to derail a vote on marriage equality. He will be replaced by the gay friendly José Peralta. Chalk one up for the good guys.
The New York City reservoir system is wide open, emptying out the reservoirs in an effort to get the water levels low enough to absorb all of the rain and snow pack that supposed to melt this weekend.
NYC Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway today released the following update on watershed snowpack levels in the water supply system
"DEP continues to monitor the potential impacts of the quantity of water in the snowpack in the Catskill/Delaware watersheds and take appropriate measures. As a result of historic snowstorms at the end of February, the quantity of water in the snowpack quickly outpaced its historical average. On March 3 we announced initiatives we were enacting to monitor and manage the water stored above our reservoirs in the snowpack, including the release of the maximum amount of water allowed under the Flexible Flow Management Plan, which is intended to provide a more adaptive means for managing the Cannonsville, Pepacton, and Neversink reservoirs. We continue to do that. We are also continuing to operate siphons at Gilboa Dam at Schoharie Reservoir, which releases approximately 200 million gallons of water a day into Schoharie Creek.
Now, with a combination of heavy rain and warmer temperatures forecast for the weekend, DEP has taken more steps to minimize any potential negative impacts on the surrounding community and on the quality of New York City’s water.”
Meanwhile at the Arizona and Nevada border, Lake Mead's water level is 75 feet below average. If only we had a way to move all of our excess water to help out the West (and vice-versa when applicable).
In unrelated water news, Fargo, North Dakota is going to be flooded by the Red River again this year. Only this time, The Red River means it!
It was taken in my living room and lighted with some kleig lights found in the basement for a show that David is directing. I come from a time where we were conditioned to be excited about seeing our names in print. So "Yay", I made some ink, even if it was just in Newsday.
Lady Gaga, what a pile of talent! I can't remember when I've been so impressed by a performer. Here she is performing Poker Face with just her voice, a piano, a hair elephant on her head and that big pile of talent:
Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) --Owners of vehicles that Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled for accelerator pedal defects should "stop driving" them and bring them to a Toyota dealer for repair, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
"We need to fix the problem so people don’t have to worry about disengaging the engine or slamming the brakes on or put it in neutral," LaHood said today at a House Appropriations panel hearing in response to questions from a lawmaker.
I Don't Even Want To Be Alive Anymore BY RUSH LIMBAUGH JANUARY 25, 2010
I know there are a lot of people out there who are upset about some of the things I've been saying on my radio program lately. My comments about the situation in Haiti have hurt and angered many Americans who genuinely care about the plight of the Haitian people, and that hurt and anger will likely never go away. Many of you are probably wondering, "What would compel a human being to say things like that?" Well, here's your answer: I am a very bad person. And, to tell you the truth, I don't really want to be alive anymore.
It turns out that the census worker in Kentucky who was found hanging from a tree with his hands bound and the word "fed" scrawled across his chest killed himself with no help from right wing nutcakes.
Mr. Sparkman, 51, was found strangled with a rope around his neck near a rural cemetery in September with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest. His death set off a state and federal investigation, which determined that he had committed suicide.
The records show that the friend, Lowell Adams, told investigators that Mr. Sparkman, a federal employee, wanted his suicide to look like a murder.
Mr. Adams said that Mr. Sparkman told him that he had even practiced self-asphyxiation and had been able to cause himself to black out.
Mr. Sparkman’s body was found Sept. 12 near Hoskins Cemetery in a heavily wooded area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Investigators said Mr. Sparkman’s wrists had been bound so loosely that he could have done the taping himself. He was touching the ground almost to his knees. To have survived, “all Mr. Sparkman had to do at any time was stand up,” said Capt. Lisa Rudzinski of the Kentucky State Police.
Mr. Adams told the authorities that Mr. Sparkman had paid him to travel with him in the remote areas when he canvassed door to door for the census.
“In reality, Bill spoke with me several times about killing himself and, on the Saturday before his death, he told me he was going to kill himself on the next Wednesday,” Mr. Adams said in a written statement.
Mr. Adams said Mr. Sparkman, who once had lymphoma, preferred to kill himself rather than to die from cancer.
“Bill said he had chosen a place to kill himself ‘in the woods’ in Clay County and he intended to hang himself,” Mr. Adams said. “He said he intended to tie his hands behind his back so it would appear that someone else did it.”
An autopsy found that Mr. Sparkman was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of his death. It also found that he did not have cancer.
Mr. Sparkman had taken out two accidental life insurance policies totaling $600,000 that would not pay in case of suicide, the authorities said.
I had posted about this before it was known to be a suicide. I have to admit that I was duped into believing exactly what this guy wanted me to believe. It's a shame that this guy felt the need to deceive people with his death. Especially when there is plenty of evidence already out there ( Timothy McVeigh, Scott Roeder, Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh ) of right wing hate. We didn't need more evidence and doing this simply makes the right wing claim that they are victimized. I know what you're thinking, they claim that they're victimized when the sun rises but this stupid little stunt gives it the grain of truth that it needs to make it credible.
Mr. Sparkman, you did no one any favors, you helped no good cause at all. You died in vain.
I can't take a picture in the afternoon anymore because it's dark when I get out of work, so here is my morning shot of The Beekman. No huge photo today, I got lazy and accidentally erased it after saving this one.
It's — first, this was a terrible tragedy. Second, it's too early — it's premature to reach conclusions about what motivated Rodriguez. But it's clear that he was, one, under personal stress and, two, if the reports that we're receiving of various statements he made, acts he took, are valid, he had turned to Catholic extremism.
And therefore, if that is true, the murder of this person and injuring of 5 others was a terrorist act and, in fact, it was the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11.
But I want to say very quickly we don't know enough to say now, but there are very, very strong warning signs here that Mr. Rodriguez had become a Catholic extremist and, therefore, that this was a terrorist act.
Open and shut case for me, Senator Joe!! Catholics need to be punished for this heinous terrorist act of violence against America. Perhaps we can round 'em up and then torture them in Guantanamo.
I barely remember this song but I also remember that I used to request it on WRNW radio when it first came out. It's called The Friends of Mr. Cairo and it's a collaboration by Jon Anderson of Yes and Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou who goes by the stage name Vangelis. Vangelis is probably best known for the soundtrack of the movie Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. Also well known was his album Heaven and Hell which was selected by Carl Sagan's producers to be the background music for Cosmos. Come to think of it, maybe it's Jon Anderson who needs the career recap more here.
I think my expectations were too high going in. The highlight for me was the strong start with Eleanor Rigby and later on, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD). Although visually exciting, LSD was a letdown conceptually. They should have gone full Acid trip with that. I was disappointed with the While My Guitar Gentle Weeps segment of the show. The song has a big finish which was dropped. I then lost interest after that.
Love isn't a bad show but Ka, Mystere and O are all much better.