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Homer Simpson has become our UNOFFICIAL MASCOT.  Watch the time lapse images as Homer grows from childhood to manhood.

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COWBOY POETRY

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        THE OLD MAN

                  by Sam Webb

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The old man stood at the bar alone
And stared at his empty glass
Wondering why his hopes and dreams
Went down the drain so fast

His wife had passed on years ago
And left him with four kids
After that it was all down hill
His life had hit the skids

His oldest son was a shiftless bum
That started stealing steers
Now his address is the Deer Lodge Pen
And he’ll be there for years

His two girls grew up fast and wild
And thought they should be paid
So they went down to the tinsel town
To ply that age old trade

His youngest son got hooked on drugs
And took to robbing banks
Till he ran into a hard nosed cop
Who wasn’t shooting blanks

He packed his lower lip with snoose
And he brushed away a tear
Said , “Thank God none were lawyers
That was my greatest fear”

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Richard King, 36, pleaded guilty to making threatening and obscene phone calls to two boys who were star players on his son’s Little League team in Blue Springs, Mo., to get them to reconsider their plans to quit the team. According to prosecutors, King called the boys several times while he was on a business trip in China and threatened to kill one kid and his parents and to commit sodomy on the kid’s whole family. [Independence Examiner]

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PAGANS IN OUR MIDST

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS SENT TO US BY AN ALERT READER.

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Paganism in different regions- Moving from Kansas to North Carolina

By Lorelei Steffen. Charlotte Paganism Examiner

I always thought that living in Kansas I was discriminated against by being a pagan. My husband and I got the usual “Are you a satan worshipper?” and “can you turn people into toads?” asked by ignorant people once they heard I was a pagan. Living in Topeka, KS we had enough hatred and bigotry in our lives with Fred Phelps less than two miles from our home. When we decided as a family to move we carefully decided certain places were out of the question due to racism and bigotry being prevalent. Eventually, the decision was partially made for us when family moved to Claremont, NC.

We researched everything we could about the area surrounding Claremont before moving here. We tried to get an idea on tolerance of other religions, culture, ethnicities, as well as the usual crime rates, schools and such that people typically look at prior to moving. We found nearby pagan churches, group gatherings, festivals and such, so we were pretty happy with that. This region also held many ethnic types from African-American to Pacific-Islander to Asian and Spanish. This was important for our children to learn that blood is red no matter the color of the skin the blood was in. Crime rates and schools were decent. It seemed like a good place to move.

My husband and our family moved here at the end of June. We have attended only one pagan function so far. With all the unpacking, children starting school, finding jobs and such, we haven’t had much time to socialize or check out the local pagan scene, however, were surprised at the acceptance of our religion from our daughter’s pre-school teachers. Not only were they very accepting of her, but of us as parents and even asked me to come into the classroom and talk about nature cycles and the different holidays that our family celebrates and how it is different than what they were used to. I felt so comfortable about this that when my daughter’s school was holding a fall festival and craft fair, I figured our family could attend. Our family made jewelry, wands, soap, bath salts and things and I offered to read tarot, after all, it was days before Halloween I figured it would be a fun thing to do. My brother, sister-in-law and myself dressed up in Halloween clothing as a pirate, a witch and a gypsy respectively. We set up our booth, proud of what we had made, and figured we would make a few bucks. Sadly, the reaction we got was not quite what we thought it would be. As parents and children walked down our hall they smiled at crafters and chatted them up until they reached our booth, at which time the ceiling, floor and walls became very interesting. Some came up to the booth until they saw the tarot cards or the sign advertising them, they kindly smiled and walked away. After a while, we decided to take the sign down and put away the cards figuring some people would still stop by for our other wares. With 30 minutes left, one of my daughter’s teachers came by and asked for a reading. When I told her how people weren’t looking at us, she told me how conservative the area was, after all, she is being scorned for being a young teacher living with her boyfriend and unmarried to him. She also has tattoos and her sister is gay, so she put it, three strikes- people didn’t like her either. She sent over her boyfriend for a reading and then one of her teacher friends came by and asked for one after her. She too said it was not surprising people didn’t stop by. This avoidance is the first we have found so far since moving to North Carolina. I am certain it won’t be the last, though I am hopeful.That is the biggest difference between Kansas and North Carolina that we have found so far.

Back in Kansas right now a friend’s tarot business is thriving. She’s doing paranormal research with an investigation group as well as a paranormal radio show, psychic fairs and such. I kind of miss those days. Maybe it’s the area I am in. All of the pagan stores around here seem to have disappeared. The closest I have found is either Asheville or Winston-Salem. Maybe I just don’t know where to find them. Or perhaps North Carolina’s southern hospitality stops at the door of religious tolerance.

Lorelei is an experienced practitioner of Paganism with over 13 years experience. She reads tarot professionally and is a trained Reiki Master. She is the current High Priestess of the 13 Crow Clan. As an ordained minister, she has performed many ritual rites, handfastings, death passages, birth blessings and led large groups. As the Paganism Examiner, she will cover all the North Carolina Pagan happennings, discuss Pagan parenting, give tips for celebrating Sabbats and Esbats and chime in on the Pagan national happennings. She currently resides near Hickory (CLAREMONT), NC with her family and pets.

Lorelei B. Steffen

Joseph M. Steffen

3428 Ole Country Ln

Claremont, NC  28610

http://www.examiner.com/paganism-in-charlotte/paganism-different-regions-moving-from-kansas-to-north-carolina

 


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THE COWPATTIE ZONE


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OCCUPIED……again

According to the Claremont Currier, “thousands more ‘OCCUPY’demonstrators descended on Claremont for a second time”.   The main body of the mob headed to Town Hall while a slightly smaller group commandeered the Lookout Street bridge over I-40.

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Wild parties were reported to have taken place in People’s Park.  There were numerous cases of the demonstrators defecating and urinating on the park grounds because Heinrich the Park Nazi refused to unlock the restrooms.

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 All TV and Radio Broadcasts To Be Cut Off on Nov. 9

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If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th.

On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).

This isn’t a wild conspiracy theory. The upcoming test is posted on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau website.

Only the President has the authority to activate EAS at the national level, and he has delegated that authority to the Director of FEMA.  The test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through  FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS).

In essence, the authority to seize control of all television and civilian communication has been asserted by the executive branch and handed to a government agency.

The EAS has been around since 1994. Its precursor, the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS), started back in 1963.  Television and radio broadcasters, satellite radio and satellite television providers,  cable television and wireline video providers are all involved in the system.

So this begs the question: is the first ever national EAS test really a big deal?

Probably not. At least, not yet.

But there are some troubling factors all coming together right now that could conceivably trigger a real usage of the EAS system in the not too distant future. A European financial collapse could bring down U.S. markets. What is now the “Occupy” movement could lead to widespread civil unrest. And there are ominous signs that radical groups such as Anonymous will attempt something major on November 5th- Guy Fawke’s day.

Now we know in the event of a major crisis, the American people will be told with one voice, at the same time, about an emergency.

All that’s left to determine is who will have control of the EAS when that day comes, and what their message will be.

Full Story Here:
The Feds Will Cut Off TV and Radio on November 9th

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