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Coming to a Post Office Near You

An increase in postage ladies and gems. 5.4% across the board.

Scheduled to occur sometime after the 2005 holidays. Don’t buy too many stamps for that Christmas mailing, ladies and gems, or else you’ll need those penny things to make up the difference in early 2006.

"The Postal Rate Commission approved a 5.4 percent across-the-board postage rate increase with some exceptions. The matter now goes to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, which said it would vote on final approval Monday. If approved, the rates likely would take effect Jan. 16, though some in the industry have asked for a delay so mailing software can be updated."

- DM News, 11/2/05


Get a Load of This
Seems some publisher called “Young Writers” held a contest. Seems one youngster submitted a poem. God help us, it was accepted. An excerpt from the very anti-Semitic poem in the quote below. The youngster enjoys the notion that Jews were sent to the gas chambers to die.

Where is political correctness when you need it?


Make them take many paces for being one of the worst races, on their way to a gas chamber, where they will sleep in their manger… I'll be happy Jews have died

According to the Jewish Telegraph newspaper, the poem was the only entry in the entire book not to include the writer’s school or location.

Young Writers editor Steve Twelvetree, who also edited the book, said the poem was included as it illustrated how the writer was able to empathise with the infamous Nazi Fuehrer.


Not to Fear, the Arabs are Here

Speaking of anti-Semitism, seems the Arab nations help a conference on anti-racisim. Check out this site for some of the nonsense on “anti-racism” as captured from the son of a camel perspective. The picture below is but one featured at this very informative UN seminar on anti-racism.

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Whatever Happened to Tom and Jerry?

Not in Iran, folks. Cartoons in Iran teach children how to be suicide bombers.

There’s an old saying. Violence in the Mideast will stop when the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews.

Iranian Animated Film for Children Promotes Suicide Bombings

Following are excerpts from an Iranian animated movie for children, which aired on IRIB 3 TV on October 28, 2005. The movie was aired at 8 a.m. in Iran.

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Presenting Delaware’s Next Great Writers

If they think right, some of them might even become Bloggers.

Below, my Writing class in Fall 2005, in this year of our Lord.

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Review-NBC's Surface

The Los Angeles Times called the show a "pastiche" of Stephen Spielberg. I had to look up that word. It means "takeoff, imitation, spoof". I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not.

I did notice that the name of Jackson's boat was "Grassy Knoll". I mean come on. Am I the only one old enough to remember those words used to summarize the many conspiracy theories on the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

Surface shows on NBC on Monday nights at 8 pm. This past Monday I tuned in (11/7/05) and found I was in the middle of some sort of Sci-Fi movie and I missed the beginning.

The show features Lake Bell as Laura Daughtery, Jay R.Ferguson as Richard Connelly, and Carter Jenkins as Miles Bennett. These are not name players but the Daughtery character is beautiful and the Miles character is as cute of an adolescent male of any this season. In fact, Daughtery played much of her part in a bikini and it wasn't all that practical for deep sea diving.

It would seem that there are strange creatures at the bottom of the sea. It would seem that several people in some small town in Nowhere, USA are on to it. It would seem that one impossibly cute adolescent boy managed to find an egg and hatch one of the creatures.

My first thought upon watching is just where the show is going. For it's not a TV show that is a complete episode in itself. It doesn't appear or is it hyped as a mini-series. Thus I conclude that it is the sort of show that will have problems getting off the ground. For if a viewer missed the first few episodes the viewer might pass it by for confusion as to the plot.

Although in this day there's TIVO and VCR's across the nation so it might not be that large of an impediment. For this casual viewer, I was able to ascertain the nexus of the story fairly quickly but there were characters referenced in the dialogue that left me mystified. A former scientist who evidently left notes on the creatures is referenced. The fate of that scientist is still unknown to me.

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I have no idea who's the group behind stopping the public announcement of the creatures' existence. Perhaps this is intentional. The pro forma for these sorts of Sci-Fi stories is there's a nefarious government organization trying to quash those who seek the truth.

For the children's hour, we have a bit of ET. His name is Nim, short for Nimrod, and he sprang from the egg somehow obtained by Miles Bennett. Miles loves Nim and Nim loves him.

In this past episode, Miles had to release Nim back into the sea.

I don't see how this can be a weekly series. Eventually a conclusion and a moral will have to be drawn. This is how these things go, right?

When that time comes, for surely the audience will not have the patience to tolerate many years of what is basically one story, what then?

For now, Surface offers some mystery, excitement, pro forma Sci-Fi and some adolescent sexiness.

I'm not sure this will draw viewers beyond the cult types. Would I watch it again? No. Silly me. I expect either a stipulated mini-series or the entire story in an episode. The fuzziness of Surface's future leaves me uninterested.

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