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>How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?



This was interesting and yes, a little spooky…do we REALLY know our neighbors???

This is spooky. Do you know your neighbors? I mean, REALLY know your neighbors? Well, the attached site will help you know the ones you need to know even better. Just put in your address & your neighborhood map will pop up.

Every place you see a red balloon or thumb tact is the home of a convicted felon.

Just hover your mouse over an icon & not only will the name come up, but also the crime they were convicted of. You might be surprised.

>People Who Live In Glass Houses. . . Rocks?


We live in a beautiful neo-Mediteranian house in Florida and it has plenty of glass. How can we endure the endless golden red sunsets? Quite nicely, thank you. Our home has a southeast front exposure and a northwest back exposure. Usually when people live in glass houses, they immediately find themselves installing draperies and blinds to shade them from the sun.

We don’t share that difficulty because of the forethought that went into the home’s design. All but one of the back windows are under copious lanais and overhangs. When it rains, or when the sun shines, we are not greatly affected.

Our masterbedroom has the bay windows that are not covered by wide overhangs. Thus, we have installed blinds to shade us from the sun, however these windows are on the extreme north and get sun only in the afternoon.
It’s just a great home in this regard.

However, we’re hearing of people in New York, for example, who bought or built their homes because of the beautiful view of Manhattan, the Hudson or East Rivers, and even the Ocean views. Most people love to look across town and see these shinning marvels of architectural genius gleaming in the golden sun. It’s stunning, really.

But these high-rises were not built with copious overhangs, skyscrapers never are. Thus, they are exposed to Mr. Sun. The sun not only becomes a nuisance at certain times of the day, but it fades furniture, wood floors, and other things in its way. If you have paintings on the walls and the sun glaring down on them, watch out. They will soon fade.

The homes below have glassed-in ceilings which are very attractive and allow light into rooms that otherwise might be dark and gloomy. it’s a great idea if these ceiling lites are placed properly, perhaps where the sun doesn’t glare down on the house all day. Otherwise, the airc onditioning bill will go out of sight.

The following is a story I want to refer you to about this “problem”–which is only a problem to some, not us.
Read the article, “People Who Live In Glass Houses by Sara Lin of the Wall Street Journal.
To read the story click here

>Who Is John McCain’s VP Running Mate? Better Ask Who Is Sarah Palin?

>It’s 10 a.m. on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Dayton, Ohio–Who’s it going to be for John McCain? We’d better announce who it isn’t. It isn’t Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty or former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. They have other plans and won’t be in Dayton this morning.

McCain’s people have done a great job in confusing the media–and at the same time confusing the three most likely candidates. The faces of Mike Huccabee, Romney, and Pawlenty and Joe Lieberman took on a multi-emotion look this morning. It was a combination of surprise, shock, disappointment, and relief. At the right time, each returned to their home states, leaving the press to speculate on who it would really be.

Some are now saying Meg Whitman, E-Bay CEO, would be the business head he needs to round out his candidacy’s resume. Another name is that of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose plane has already landed at the small airport in Ohio. That plane landed in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday–presumably with Palin on it–and she has received the call to be a running mate of McCain. Another Leer 35 that originated from Ankorage and left Arizona went to Ohio. So maybe she’s on the plane.

Dayton, Ohio is in the national spotlight this morning–at least for conservative Republicans. It certainly would appear to be a “done deal” for Palin. Who? Yeah. That’s what all Americans will ask.

How can she help McCain. She is very popular. She is a die-hard conservative, mother of 5, a hunter, fisher, member of the NRA.
Women are a majority in this country. Republicans believe this is a huge opportunity for Republicans since Obama is only a few points ahead of McCain when he should have had a double-digit lead with that big extravaganza in Denver last night. Palin has said, “Drill Alaska.” She is a conservative, pro life. Exactly the alterego McCain needs to bring on those swing states. She has been in state and local government. Two U.S. senators, Biden and Obama, is a tough act to sell when you talk about bringing something new and changing Washington. Biden has been in Washington since he was 27, some 40 years. How does that give Democrats credentials to say they are a “breath of fresh air,” something new. They are not!

Palin was born in Idaho, went to the University of Idaho, and has lived the remainder of her life in Alaska. Born in 1962 in Sand Point, Idaho. She’s young, 44. She’s attractive. She’s an excellent speaker, she can give McCain everything he needs to win in November. Today is McCain’s birthday and is 72.

She is conservative. McCain has been beaten up a lot by Democrats. She has been governor 1 1/2 year and previous she was mayor of a city. Not a lot of experience, but she was known as a fighter when she played basketball. She played on a state championship basketball team in 1982. She was a sports reporter, she has been named as John McCain’s running mate……..

The truth come out–Americans love fireworks, but that’s not convincing to many people.

>It Takes Faith To Access The Powers of Heaven

>Faith is kind of like the gas in your car, it powers your car as faith powers your life. Hope is faith in things hoped for but not seen.

Ether 12:4 This hope makes an anchor for our souls.
Ether 12:4 “…you receive no witness until after a trial of your faith…”
Faith and hope are working in tandem, so think of them together.

Moroni 10:22 hope comes because of righteousness
Faith and hope are tied together and revelation is the third leg of the stool.

Examples of faith:
Ether 12:19 “There were many other whose faith was so exceedingly strong, …who could not be kept from within the veil.”

Moroni gives us others, Emer, for example
Ether 12:39 He has seen Jesus and he talked to him in “plain humility.” Does anyone know what that means. It’s powerful, when you think about it.

Ether 12:27 Come to Christ and he will show us our weakness().
In other words, in the singular, not plural. But Jared Ludlow beleives the weakness is our mortal condition. Thereby, we receive weaknesses (plural).
The reason for it is so that we can be humble…for if they humble themselves before and have faith in me, I will make weak things strong.

President Benson said, regarding to the significance of the fall. Out of that fall come verious weaknesses, but we don’t fully appreciate the fall of Adam and Eve until we look at the atonement. Benson: Just as a man doesn’t really desire food until he is hungry, so a man does not desire Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. And no one can “need” Christ until he realizes the power of the “fall.”

Ether also acknowledges his weakness in writing, for example. But Chapter 12 is really powerful…

Verse 41 Moroni, “seek Jesus Christ.”

>Obama Waffles Over Energy


Is it a Hoax to Believe in the Laws of Supply and Demand? This is the Question that the Democrats failed to answer in Denver

A reporter recently asked Speaker Pelosi if she supported offshore drilling. She responded: “I will not allow Republicans to have a hoax on the American people that if you drill offshore the price at the pump will come down.”

Listen to what our former Speaker of the House, Knute Gingrich says about this:

“Pelosi’s comment represents the strange predicament that many anti-energy Democrats have gotten themselves into; they have boxed themselves into denying some very basic economic laws of supply and demand. Led by Pelosi, anti-energy Democrats are saying that increases in supply afforded by opening up new areas to drilling won’t affect the price of energy, even as gas prices are dropping in response to very clear indications that the American people are increasingly determined to support more drilling offshore.

“It is well established in economics that long-term increases in supply of a commodity will affect current prices of the commodity. Changing U.S. law to permit expanded drilling offshore and in Alaska would immediately increase long-term oil supplies that the market would have to take into account in its pricing and thus have an impact in lowering oil prices today.”

>Pictures of Ed McMahon’s House In Famous Beverly Hills, California

The McMahon home appears to have ten-foot ceilings for the bedroom. This may be a second-story bedroom and if so it is certainly impressive enough. In today’s luxury homes, it is not uncommon to see 12-foot ceilings throughout. Sometimes homes have 18 or 20 foot atrium or entry ceilings just for the impression. Designers have found that the visual affect of high ceilings is spaciousness. The room may be no larger than another with a nine-foot or ten-foot ceiling, but the visual affect is stunning. You feel like you’re in a much larger room. The result is a very pleasing ambiance and sense. Below is Ed’s study. What impresses me most is the size of the prints and photographs–very impressive–not the size of the room.
If you have a relatively small office or study, try making it look bigger by using larger prints and artwork.
The swimpool below looks to be about 15 to 18 feet wide by maybe 40.

>Pleasure and Spirituality

>Four Main Goals of Life

Some Indian philosophies following the “four main goals of life”, known as the purusharthas.

1). Dharma: Virtuous living. 2) Artha: Material prosperity. 3) Kama: Aesthetic and erotic pleasure. 4) Moksha: Liberation.

Dharma, Artha and Kama are aims of everyday life, while Moksha is release from the cycle of death and rebirth. The Kama Sutra (Burton translation) says:

“Dharma is better than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama. But Artha should always be first practised by the king for the livelihood of men is to be obtained from it only. Again, Kama being the occupation of public women, they should prefer it to the other two, and these are exceptions to the general rule.” (Kama Sutra 1.2.14)

Of the first three, virtue is the highest goal, a secure life the second and pleasure the least important. When motives conflict, the higher ideal is to be followed. Thus, in making money virtue must not be compromised, but earning a living should take precedence over pleasure, but there are exceptions.

In childhood, Vātsyāyana says, a person should learn how to make a living; youth is the time for pleasure, and as years pass one should concentrate on living virtuously and hope to escape the cycle of rebirth.

The Kama Sutra is sometimes wrongly thought of as a manual for tantric sex. While sexual practices do exist within the very wide tradition of Hindu tantra, the Kama Sutra is not a tantric text, and does not touch upon any of the sexual rites associated with some forms of tantric practice.

Also the Buddha preached a Kama Sutra, which is located in the Atthakavagga (sutra number 1). This Kama Sutra, however, is of a very different nature as it warns against the dangers that come with the search for pleasures of the senses.

The most widely known English translation of the Kama Sutra was made by the famous traveler and author Sir Richard Francis Burton and compiled by his colleague Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot in 1883. Historian Burjor Avari has criticized Burton’s translation as “inadequate,” having had the result that the book gained a reputation in the West of being a pornographic work.

A recent translation is that of Indra Sinha, published in 1980. In the early 1990s its chapter on lovemaking positions began circulating on the internet as an independent text and today is often assumed to be the whole of the Kama Sutra.

Alain Daniélou contributed a translation called The Complete Kama Sutra in 1994. This translation featured the original text attributed to Vatsayana, along with a medieval and modern commentary. Unlike Burton’s version, Alain Danielou’s new translation preserves the numbered verse divisions of the original and includes two essential commentaries: the Jayamangala commentary, written in Sanskrit by Yashodhara during the Middle Ages, and a modern Hindi commentary by Devadatta Shastri. Another noteworthy difference is the preservation of the full explicitness of the original text. All aspects of sexual life have been mentioned — including marriage, adultery, prostitution, group sex, sadomasochism, male and female homosexuality, and transvestism.

It was translated again in 2002 by Wendy Doniger, the professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago, and Sudhir Kakar, the Indian psychoanalyst and senior fellow at Center for Study of World Religions at Harvard University. Their translation provides a psychoanalytic interpretation of the text.

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