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Free Trade

* General information on US – Columbia Free Trade
* C-Span airedCato discussion onthe US – Columbia Free Trade Agreement, April 11, 2008.

* ARI – on Free Markets(my favorite quote from this page is taken from The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand, on “Man’s Rights”.There can’t be too much emphasis on the idea of mutual consent and cooperation in trade.)
* Free Trade in the Americas – FTAA
* for information on the American “super highway”
* What effect does this “super highway” have onProperty Rights in the United States?

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April Update

Finally a new update! 🙂 This is going to include a variety of notes of interest.

A little late, but it’s time to check links to be sure all are current. For anyone else who is slightly behind “the times” like me, please check out this link from Prodos regarding server changes.

I like this new video Christopher posted onhis YouTube testing a new camera. Bravo!

Greg (Zigory) posted a review about the film, Atonement. Recently I was finally able to rent the DVD as well. I thought it was beautifully done visually. I’m trying to decide how much of a sense of life the author intended and think likely I can only gain that perspective by reading the book by Ian McEwan. The way the screenplay was written gave a surprise ending. It’s a romantic tragedy and the title of the film is appropriate. I actually enjoyed it very much!

So life keepsme busy.Meet arecent visitor to my backyard here in Florida.

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Highland Games 2008

Yesterday was a perfect day for the Scottish Highland Games in Central Florida. We started out the day withheavy fog, chilly temperatures,and some mist. There were lots of games, dancing, BEER, and vendors galore! The food was good although I am very picky. Of course I did not try haggis… don’t bother to ask.

It was fun to watchsome of the historic re-enactments. Below is anexample of blacksmithing. (the fire extinquisher is modern and likely mandatory for insurance purposes.)

There were lessons on border collie training and sheepherding. The dogs were full of energy and adorable!BorderCollies08

Sheaf tossing is another traditionalgame eventat Highland Games. Someone set a new record, but I have yet to find the details.SheafToss08

The pipe bands were amazing to listen to, as always!

And of course the sun decided to pop out in time to sit on the grass in a mini-amphitheater. The below photo is of Rathkeltair. Click here, then go to Audio to hear some of their music. Impressive!I think my 2 favorites are King For A Day and Pretty Too was great live as well! 🙂Rathkeltair08

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An Extraordinary Season


I have been trying to come up with a favorite movie list for the Holidays and am falling extremely short. Below are the three that I could come up with for now. On the other hand, Greg (Zigory) has come with with a very good list, so I will link back to him! 🙂

1.The Holiday starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. I liked the character Iris the most and absolutely love the line, “You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God’s sake!” Of course we all know that, but the drama in which the realization smacks her in the face is brilliant! It’s a fun, light film – good for the home library or weekend rental.

2. Elf – and who does not love Buddy?!

3.A Christmas Story – the leg lamp is hilarious!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays!

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Family History and misc.

First off, I want to wish the best of luck to my friend Martin on his quest to come back to the US! He truly is a Jeffersonian type American in Spirit! 🙂

Recently I had the pleasure of meetingfellow family historian and4th cousin Barbara from New York. She is from a side of our family who anglicized the spelling of the last name one generation down from our common immigrant ancestors. My side, Mary/Maria, moved from New York to San Francisco with her infant son after the death of her husband Frances who served with the 55th NY Infantry Regiment (French Regiment) during the Civil War.
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Barbara and I are combining our efforts to continue to research and track our commonhistory, and with a little luck and a lot more work we will hopefully have a positive outcome. It was fascinating to meet each other (finally) in person and comparing common family traits, such as the taller women in the family have small hands and feet. Also Barbara’s eyes are almost identical to my Grandmother! Our personalities are similar and we hit it off as if we’ve always been around each other.
If anyone in the family is interested in more information pertaining to family history please call or send me an e-mail.

In other news today(said with all seriousness after clearing the throat and pretending to be a news anchor woman)…
I’ve been working on more digital scrapbooks/videos and had some technical issues to sort out. Also, my brother had a question about convertingMPEG to record to DVD. I hope his issues were resolved as well.
Here are a couple of links that I have found useful –
* from Lifehacker – Top 10 converter list
* Windows Media – converting formats

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November Rec’s

Quote: “Every human being is the artificer of his own fate… Events, circumstances, etc., have their own origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown.” –Henry David Thoreau

An interesting debate aired on C-Span between Dinesh D’Souza, Christopher Hitchens. It will air again on 11/23 or currently you can view it online here.
Hitchens presents a well thought out and consistent view about religion and mysticism. While I agree with much of what he says, I am still not clear whether his approach to atheism is from a materialist perspective.

Podcast Recommendation: Judge Andrew Napolitano (my FAVORITE Judge ever!) lectures at the Mises Institute about Civil Liberties during Wartime. I also recommend his book, “Constitutional Chaos – What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws“.

edit 12/20/2007
Useful links in regard to the writ of habeas corpus and Due Process:
*Judge Napolitanocites Ex parte Milligan – case decided during the Civil War

*refer to The Federalist Papers – see The Federalist #84 Hamilton
“The establishment of the writ of habeas corpus, the prohibition of ex post fact laws, and of Titles of Nobility, to which we have no corresponding provision in our Constitution, are perhaps greater securities to liberty and republicanism than any it contains.”

*U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 9
“The Privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.” – this right can only be suspended by an act of Congress.

*A good one- habeas corpus Review

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Hello, Hello, Hello!

Once again, I haven’t “gone” anywhere. We’ve had some family issues to deal with, including the death of Miss Nana kitty. 🙁 She was only 6 years old, an indoor calico cat and somehow developed renal failure. As far as I know it had nothing to do with her cat food (pet food recall) as the foodI buy is not on the lists. The vet did not have an explanation either. And we had another death in the family, so it’s not been an easy time.

Currently I am working on another painting. Hooray!!!…And may posta picture when I’m done.
Currently reading Fury by Salman Rushdie.
If you are interested in Constitutional law, Cato University Home Studies is offering an interesting course – here. Thanks Tony! ——-(I do not advocate the Libertarian Party)——-

(editing in) My friend Rick has recommended Kelly Osbourne’s video/song – “One Word“. I really like it! 🙂 Thanks Chardo!

And last but certainly NOT least, Prodos has posted a link to an article about why the development of the film Atlas Shrugged has been postponed. I’m still not sold on casting Angelina Jolie as Dagny Taggart, but that’s just me. 🙂

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Mid-May update

Since I have a few minutes to read something other than Op-Center (I’m on the 8th book), here are some issues that are interesting:
*The price of postal stamps will be going up from 39 cents to 41 cents beginning May 14th. Time to get a new book of stamps.

*My husband told me there’d been riots in France due to the outcome of their Presidential Election.

*As I am able, I like to keep tabs on whether or not Scotland will eventually vote to secede from Britain. I haven’t formed an opinion about whether it is a good or bad idea, just interested to see what is going on in the UK. This morning I found an article mentioning nationalist political parties from both Scotland and Wales. hm… nationalist? Deserves more research.

*I’d only touched on reading about a free speech issueand a Finnish blogger. I hadn’t had time to find a proper translation, but do see there is a recent update regarding the matter available by Prodos.

*In the near future I will write a little something on a different post about Christopher Schlegel’s very nice Piano Waltz CD. Meantime, check out his site! Hooray! 🙂

(I’m adding this update as a reminder for myself as well.)
Below are links for additional/continued information on the Free Speech case and the Finnish blogger, Mikko Ellila.
Sydney Kendall will continue with more information on her blog, Sydney Kendall Says.
And Greg has provided some good commentary and information about free speech on his blog, Zigory.

It’d be interesting to look at the laws and find what defines free speech versusinciting violence,compare US law to the laws of the European Union. Does EU law supercede Finnish law? As I said yesterday, I’ve only had time to barely touchthe basics of this issue so far.

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Graduation time nearing…

I can’t believe our daughter has a month left before she graduates! The time has flown so quickly, and while feeling a little choked up and sentimental, I look forward to seeing her progress through the next phase of life. She has been such a great kid, both our kids are really wonderful! 🙂

Prom has come and gone. Next is a big spring concert where I will be sure to bring plenty of tissues. Then graduation… Meanwhile we’re getting all the last minutes things in order for college, as well as summer plans for everyone.

Besides tissue, I have my handy dandy task sheets in order. I’m sure I’ll post when possible too, as I have been pretty good at setting aside creative time as well, but while I’m thinking of it I wanted to post a link to a song that makesus tear up (especially my husband).

*Tim McGraw – “My Little Girl

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A Song…

So I have spent a bit of time trying to figure out how to post a link for a beautiful song. My friend Rick sent me a video link to see Tim Buckley sing “Songto the Siren”. I’d never heard the orginalversion before and absolutely LOVE it! I have a version from This Mortal Coil on a record (and CD) from waaaay back, but this one… I can unterstand the lyrics! 🙂

Since I am out of time trying to share the video, I’ll share the link instead for now. Enjoy!
“Songto the Siren” by Tim Buckley

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