Saturday, 16 December 2006
This and That
Hello People of the Blog, and welcome to Lisablog Saturday. The news in Sunnyside is that the neighbors are going at it, and the cats are sleeping peacefully, proving once again that cats are the master species.
Here are some pictures of the cats:
Harry in the Sock Box
Bela in her Possum Pose
Mina with her Foot in Her Mouth
Also, we had a nice dinner with Jenn and Bill the other night. Thomas took these photos:
Also, a note about Peak Performance from Lisa of Lisablog, Kyokushin Yellow Belt. It is certainly the time of year that shouts "Revise Your Vision Statement". Maybe you have a few days off from your job at Holiday TIme. If so, it's a perfect time to make a Top Ten List of Household Goals. (Have some clothing that can be donated to the homeless? Need to catalog your music collection? Want to trim the cats' nails?) Now is the time for a top ten list.
And remember also to adjust your vision statement to the season. If you worked hard through the autumn to meet various goals, you may want to envision some productive down-time for the winter season. This doesn't mean you should be lazy, but you do want to take care of yourself. For instance, a winter-time vision statement might include lighter work outs, but more sophisticated nutritional management. You might even want to include a search for the best and healthiest restaurants in the hood as part of your winter vision.
Peace people, and fight the power, not each other.
Friday, 15 December 2006
Cat For Lease, Through the Middle of 2007, Must See!
Hi People. This is Miko:
Miko belongs to Masami, and Masami has to go to Japan to renew her visa. She's leaving on January 8th, and will be back as soon as her visa is renewed. (give or take 6 months). Meanwhile, Miko has to stay in Queens, or somewhere in the New York City area. Masami will pay for all of Miko's expenses during this time. All you need to do is give Miko a place to curl up at the foot of your bed. More about Miko? He'll be two on Valentines Day, he loves tuna, and he totally rocks!
Here is Masami's email address: email@example.com. Please contact her if you are interested in being a foster parent to Miko through the winter and spring.
Thursday, 14 December 2006
A Cat in Need is a Friend Indeed
Hello People. Here is the Cat News: if you didn't feel that you could adopt Cori's friends Blurry Cat and Cute Cat, here are some easier Cat Karma points:
One: Lisablog Correspondent Miwako has a friend in Queens who has to return to Japan for 6 or 7 months. Meanwhile, her cat has to stay in New York. More details on the size and shape of the cat soon. All cat expenses will be taken care of. All you have to do is house the kitty and snuggle.
Two: Thomas and Lisa of Lisablog have a three day holiday trip upcoming to Buffalo. This is Dec. 24/25/26. We know that most of you will be away, but we are hoping for a cat-checker to check in on Harry, Mina, and Bela. This would not be a big task. It means stopping by on one day (preferably the 25th) to give the cats their presents and entertain them for 2 hours. We can pay 50 bucks for this service. Please let us know if you have an interest in spending time with the cats behind the scenes at Lisablog. As you know, they are the best cats in the world.
Also, is there anyone out there with an Angelfire account who has had trouble w/ blog service? We're going on three weeks of having no editing power/blog managing and it is very tedious.
Also, we, the good people of Lisablog, would like to hear from the karatekas out there, especially in the New York City area. Shotokan, Kyokushin, other variations: what is your experience? why is your school the best?
Thank you people, and goodnight.
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Rock On Blog Blurs
Hello People. Sorry for the gap in programming. We were workin'.
And now, check out this piece in yesterday's New York Times: By 2040, Greenhouse Gases Could Lead to an Open Arctic Sea in Summers. Sad but true. We hope that you and yours have flood insurance.
Also, Hillary Clinton has expressed some interest in Global Warming. We are not big fans of the Hil, but it would be worth it to write to her about this issue.
Here's her New York City Office Address:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
780 Third Ave
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 688-6262
Fax: (212) 688-7444
Don't have time to think about Global Warming? Then don't have kids, plan for retirement, or do any estate planning. The next generation is no generation. (Unless you're lucky enough to have some land in Antarctica where you can live out your old age eating krill.)
Monday, 11 December 2006
News from the House of War
Here's the news, crap as it is:
Names of the Dead:
Jesse Castro, 22
Kristofer Ciraso, 26
Micah Gifford, 27
Jason Huffman, 23
Travis Krege, 24 (He was from Cheektowaga, NY)
Henry Linck, 23
Joshua Madden, 21
Yari Mokri, 26
Travis Patriquin, 32
Vincent Pomante, 22
Another ten good reasons the Democrats should get their acts together and impeach Bush. Shame on you Democrats! Stop Being Enablers!
The other sad news from the New York Times is that our friend Brad Will's death is pretty much going uninvestigated. Brad filmed the band of governmental thugs coming at him with guns, but here's the line from the Times:
"...a judge freed two of the men photographed shooting at the protesters, citing a lack of evidence."
You figure that one out.
And Peace. At least try. Okay? Thanks.
Sunday, 10 December 2006
Cute Cat and Blurry Cat Both Need a Home
People: please remember that you should not be paying your Federal Excise Tax on your phone. Here is a note about the tax:
Every war the U.S. fought during the 20th century was used as an excuse to raise or extend the federal telephone excise tax. It got as high as 10 percent in 1966 when President Johnson persuaded Congress that it was a good way to help pay for the Vietnam War. During the 1980s, the tax was scheduled to expire several times, but concern over budget deficits came to its rescue, and the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990 made the tax permanent at three percent.
This tax shows up on your phone bill as "federal tax" or "federal excise tax". You still have to pay FCC line charge and Federal USF charge, but please tell your phone company that you will not support the war through the Federal Excise Tax!
And now, a very important note from Lisablog Correspondent Cori C:
I've recently rescued two stray cats from my neighborhood--they had been sleeping and eating on the front porch for a couple of months, but the temperature dropped so significantly last week that I had to get them inside. Unfortunately, no one in my building can keep them, especially me, as I already have one cat and sadly she does not socialize well at all.
The cats are both extremely affectionate, so cute, great w/ people, and know how to use a litter box! My neighbors have heard through the grapevine that at least one of them was thrown out by a previous owner on my block (so sad), but this does mean he's not feral. Both seem to be under a year.
Attached are pictures of the two kitties--if you or anyone you know would like to at least foster temporarily while we continue to find one or both a home (they can be separated)--OR, if you'd like to adopt, PLEASE give me a call anytime or email. I am willing to transport to Philly, Boston, upstate, anywhere in driving/train distance; and I can recommend a great vet in Brooklyn, should you be here.
Adoption is a commitment, so consider that, but fostering can just be a warm place to sleep!!
Please pass on this email to those who might be interested. THANK YOU!
Here's Blurry Cat, who seems to be a relative of Mina's
and this is Cute Cat.
Peace. And take the cats! Someday cats will rule the world.
Cat of the Day
Cat of the Day is Harry:
Plant of the Day is the Deptford Pink:
We believe this a Deptford Pink. We found it in our yard in Mt. Tremper and at first thought it was a storksbill of the geranium family. Now that it is blooming again, it looks more like a Deptford Pink. As you may remember from Lisablogs of Yesteryear, Deptford, London, England is the town adjacent to New Cross, London, England, where Thomas, Lisa and Mina once shared a flat. Ah, Deptford! Home of the Deptford Pink.
Cat Chat: A Note from Harry, Mina, and Bela:
Greetings Earth People. We, the Good Cats of Lisablog, have not finished reading the Iraq Study Group Report. Please be patient while we gather our thoughts on this document.
Pinan Sono Ichi
Other News: Vision Statement. It's time for a Christmas Vision Statement. Enuf said.
Saturday, 9 December 2006
News from the House of War
This is from Lisablog Correspondent Jen B and the CBC:
Forgive Iraqi captors, former hostages plead
Two Canadians and a Briton held hostage in Iraq last year said Friday that they have been asked to testify at the trial of their alleged captors, but are reluctant to do so because they are opposed to Iraq's death penalty.
James Loney, Harmeet Singh Sooden and Norman Kember, all members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, told a news conference in London that their alleged captors should be forgiven instead of punished.
James Loney was among four Christian Peacemaker Teams activists taken hostage in Iraq in November 2005. Three were released after 117 days, while the fourth was killed.
Freed in March, the three peace activists had been held hostage for 117 days in Iraq.
"What our captors did was wrong. They caused us, our families and friends great suffering. Yet we bear no malice towards them and have no wish for retribution," Loney said.
"We would like to know more about the court process itself, how it works and how we could speak to leniency in that process. We are very, very concerned about the death penalty. It would be the worst possible outcome for us if they were to be sentenced to death."
Loney said the three want more information before they decide whether to testify.
Suspects in the hostage-taking have been arrested in Iraq and charged with kidnapping. If convicted, they could be executed. The trial is expected to begin next year. Canadian and British police have asked the three peace activists to give evidence at the trial.
The three acknowledged that their captors did commit a crime when they abducted four members of Christian Peacemakers, a human rights organization. The fourth hostage, Tom Fox, an American, was shot and killed in March and his body found in Baghdad.
Kember said the three have no desire for the alleged captors to be executed and will only testify to call for leniency. "If it's necessary for us to take part in the trial in order to plead for clemency — if that's the only effective way we can do it, then we would be prepared to take part."
Loney said he would like to talk to the suspects, which he thinks would help him heal from his experience in Iraq.
All four were kidnapped in November 2005 and freed after 117 days in a dramatic rescue by multinational forces in March, after a raid on a house near Baghdad. They had been held hostage by a little-known Iraqi group, the Swords of Righteousness Brigade.
Loney returned to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., after the ordeal while Singh Sooden, who has lived in Montreal, returned to Auckland, New Zealand, to continue studying. Kember returned to northeast London, England.
The rescue was the work of an elite multinational unit known as Task Force Black, led by British Special Air Service members. The three originally went to Baghdad to investigate allegations of abuse against Iraqi detainees.
The Week in Review
Hello People and Welcome to Lisablog. We're Back and Probably Promoted.
It's been a bumpy week, with some sadness, some happiness, some rest, and some hard work. Here's what it looks like in photographic form:
A new batch of soap: clary sage oatmeal.
A collage for Keith's birthday.
A Manet at the RISD Museum.
A cool book in Keith and Rosmarie's attic.
Penelope's cool glass collection.
A souvenir from my 10th Kyu promotion test. Yes, I broke that little monkey with my fist.
- Harry, Mina, and Bela sound off about the war
- A new kata: Pinan Sono Ichi
- someone needs your help at Christmas-time: write to a Death Row Prisoner
- and a winter-time vision statement: now is the time!
Peace people. And thanks for hanging in there with us.
test. this is a test of the lisablog broadcasting system.
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