February 5, 2016

You Made It! Giving Out A Special Delivery of Friday HUGS!!! ♥ Hope You Had A FANTASTIC Week In Your Personal Lives! :)

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...♥ Let's continue to send trucks loaded with hugs to our friends
Garfield Hugs
If no one has told you they Loved you today, God LOVES you and so do I. I hope you had a FANTASTIC week and enjoy a fun lighthearted relaxing weekend... :)
"No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys."
~ by Doug Horton
[So very true! ♥]

"Make laughter your prayer. Laugh more.
Nothing releases your blocked energies as does laughter.
Nothing makes you innocent as does laughter."
~ by OSHO ♥

"I love people who make me laugh.
I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh.
It cures a multitude of ills.
It's probably the most important thing in a person."
~ by Audrey Hepburn ♥

HAPPY FRIDAY Everybody! Have A Great Day. :D

February 4, 2016

Pikachu Power! ❤ I'm BAAACK. :D

Pikachuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

I am BAAACCCK!

Hi everyone, so sorry I have been MIA. I have been locked out of my blog for the past month. Like seriously locked out! I couldn't access my blog because I had enabled the 2-step verification process years ago for extra security measures. Well, when I realized my cell phone had been compromised by my psycho stalker neighbor and/or his stalking friends, I immediately changed my cell phone number. But, knucklehead me, when I quickly changed my cell phone number on January 2nd, I forgot to disable the 2-step verification security process to access my blog. Sooooo, I am happy to report that Google 2-step verification process is nothing short than amazing even though I was put through hell. Grant it, hell of my own making. But it was a nightmare for me nevertheless. I want to give a shout out to my cell phone carrier for helping me recover my old cell phone number temporarily so that I could log back into my kryptonite Google blog, and then they kindly restored my new cell phone number.
What an experience that I hope I never have to go through again. I am so elated that I was able to recover my blog that I have had for almost a decade, and I want to reassure you that I am here to stay! :D
I missed you SO MUCH...❤

January 1, 2016

Rocks and Sand: Good Advice To Help Us Priortize Our Lives From Here On Out. ♥

Rocks and Sand

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.

"The sand is everything else. The small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.

"Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

2016 Resolution Above All Else

Thank You to all of my Readers Around the Globe! Your Love and Support is Very Much Appreciated.

"Thank You" in 90 languages (alphabetical order)
  1. Afrikaans - Dankie
  2. Albanian - Faleminderit
  3. Arabic - Shukran
  4. Armenian - Shenorhakal yem
  5. Bengali - Dhonyobad
  6. Bulgarian - Blagodaria
  7. Burmese - Chezu tinbade
  8. Cambodian - Ar kun
  9. Catalan - Gracies
  10. Cantonese - Do jie
  11. Czech - Dekuji
  12. Cherokee - Wado
  13. Chichewa - Zikomo
  14. Chinese (Mandarin) - Xie xie
  15. Croatian - Hvala
  16. Danish - Tak
  17. Dhivehi (Maldives) - Shukriyya
  18. Dutch, Flanders - Dank je
  19. English - Thank you
  20. Esperanto - Dankon
  21. Estonian - Aitah
  22. Ethiopian - Ameseginalehu
  23. Filipino - Salamat
  24. Finnish - Kiitos
  25. French - Merci
  26. Frisian - Tankewol
  27. Gaelic - Go raibh maith agat
  28. German - Danke schoen
  29. Greek - Efharistó
  30. Hawaiian - Mahalo
  31. Hebrew - Toda
  32. Hindi - Danyavad
  33. Hungarian - köszönöm
  34. Icelandic - Takk fyrir
  35. Indonesian - Terima kasih
  36. Italian - Grazie
  37. Japanese - Arigato
  38. Kinyarwanda - Murakoze
  39. Korean - Go mop sum nee dah
  40. Laotian - Kop-Jai
  41. Latgalian - Paljdis
  42. Latin - Gratias ago
  43. Latvian - Paldies
  44. Lithuanian - Aciu
  45. Luganda - Webale
  46. Macedonian - Blagodaram
  47. Malay - Terima kasih
  48. Malayalam - Nanhi
  49. Maori - Kia Ora
  50. Marathi - Abhari Ahe
  51. Náhuatl (Aztec) - Tlazocamati
  52. Nepali - Dhanyabad
  53. Norwegian - Takk
  54. Ojibwe - Miigwetch
  55. Persian - Motshakeram
  56. Polish - Dziekuje
  57. Papiamento - Danki
  58. Pashto - Ta shakur
  59. Portuguese - Obrigado (if you're male)
  60. Portuguese - Obrigada (if you're female)
  61. Punjabi - Shookria
  62. Rapanui - Maururu
  63. Romanian - Multumesc
  64. Russian - Spasiba
  65. Rwanda - Ulakoze
  66. Samoan - Fa'a fetai
  67. Serbian - Hvala
  68. Setswana - Ke a leboga
  69. Shona- Tatenda
  70. Sioux - Pilamaya
  71. Sinhalese - Bohoma isthuthei
  72. Slovakian - D'akujem
  73. Slovenian - Hvala
  74. Spanish - Gracias
  75. Swahili - Asante
  76. Swedish - Tack
  77. Tagalog - Salamat
  78. Taiwanese - Do sha
  79. Tamil - Nandri
  80. Telugu - Dhanyavaadhaalu
  81. Thai - Kob khun krap (to male)
  82. Thai - Kob khun ka (to female)
  83. Turkish - Tesekkur, Sagol
  84. Ukranian - Dyakuyu
  85. Urdu - Shukriya
  86. Uzbek - Rahmat
  87. Welsh - Diolch
  88. Vietnamese - Ca'm on
  89. Yoruba (Nigeria) - O Se
  90. Zulu - Ngiyabonga

December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR America! 2016 Has Arrived! :D

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
LET FREEDOM RING!
What does let freedom ring mean?

The expression is from last line of the first verse of Samuel Francis Smith's poem "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (also called "America, the Beautiful"). The song itself is about America's people singing in celebration of their country --both its physical features and all the freedoms it enjoys (as the "sweet land of liberty"). The poet imagines the song being heard everywhere ('from every mountainside'), and even nature itself joining in the song.

The third verse continues and extends the image, looking for all people, all creatures, even the very rocks to sing out:

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Thus "let freedom ring" is a wish and invitation to fellow citizens that the "song of freedom" might be sung out throughout the whole land. The 'singing of the song of freedom' includes not only extolling the (past) enjoyment of liberty in this land, but also making it more and more a reality.

Let Freedom Ring is also a U.S. phrase: A statement that the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be spread across the Earth and allowed to flourish.

One More Time!!! Okay, If You Are Not Jamming Yet Well This Song Will Help You Kick It Into Gear!!! WooHoo!!! Let's Have FUN FUN FUN And CELEBRATE TONIGHT! :D


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
~ 2016 ~

I'm so sorry I've been MIA, on and off for the past few months. I've had several personal situations I had to deal with, one after another. But I'm happy to report things are looking up. I've done my part with God's help and I trust that God has my back. I know that no weapon formed against me directly or indirectly shall prosper. It hasn't all been challenging, I had sprinkles of good news throughout my ordeals. That was God's way of letting me know everything is going to be okay. :) Life is GOOD! I see each and every one of my situations as challenges that strengthen me and force me to grow in so many ways.

I've missed you and intend to jump back on this horse and ride her into the New Year. So expect to see me blogging regularly again. I have a lot to catch up on.

This is how I shake it all off of me. ;) I'll be damned if I let this world's MADNESS, a person or a situation steal MY JOY!!! We have so much to be GRATEFUL for... just look around you. Thank God that you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, clean water to drink and food to eat. The simple fact that you are breathing and have all of your senses should be enough to give God thanks everyday!

So get up off that couch and DANCE in your living room!!! CELEBRATE, LAUGH and choose to be HAPPY! Come on folks, let's get this party started... :D

One More Time ~ by Daft Punk

One more time...

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah, all right
Don't stop the dancing

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah, all right
Don't stop the dancing

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah, all right
Don't stop the dancing

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah...

One more time

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah, all right
Don't stop the dancing

One more time
We're gonna celebrate
Oh yeah
Don't stop the dancing
One more time

Uhmmm...
I'm just feelin'
Celebration tonight
Celebrate
Don't wait too late
Uhmmm... no
He don't stop
You can stop
We're gonna celebrate
One more time
One more time
One more time
Celebration
You know we're gonna do it right
Tonight
Hey! Just feelin'
Music's got me feeling the need
In
Air
Come on, all right
We're gonna celebrate
One more time
Celebrate and dance so FREE
Music's got me feeling so FREE
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE
One more time

Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
Celebrate and dance so FREE

One more time
Music's got me feeling so FREE
We're gonna celebrate
one more time

Happy New Year WORLD! :D


Wishing ALL of you an abundance of
Peace, Love, Joy and Prosperity!!!

It's Already 2016 On The Other Side Of The World!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! CHEERS! Okole maluna! A Votre Sante! Salute! Salud! Kampai! Mabuhay! Sláinte! Skál! Proscht! Fisehatak! Ba'sal'a'ma'ti! L'Chaim! ♥♥♥ Much LOVE To You ALL!

Poem and Quotes to Kick Start Your New Year

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

written by William Arthur Ward

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We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

written by Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better person.

written by Benjamin Franklin

Goodbye 2015! Au Revoir ~ Arrivederci ~ Sayonara! Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out!

December 30, 2015

Twilight Zone Marathon On The Syfy Channel WooHoo!!! Happy Camper :D Started Today And Will Air ALL 156 Episodes Chronologically Until Sunday, January 3rd!


FYI my fellow Twilight Zone lovers! I just found out The Syfy Channel is having a Twilight Zone marathon that started today, December 30th and will air ALL 156 episodes chronologically until Sunday, January 3rd! WOWIE! Oh my GOSH, I am in Twilight Zone HEAVEN.

Doing the happy dance! :D
The Obsolete Man is my #1 favorite Twilight Zone episode :)

Rod Serling intro: "You walk into this room at your own risk. Because it leads to the future. Not a future that will be, but one that might be. This is not a new world. It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super States that preceeded it, it has one iron rule, LOGIC is an enemy and TRUTH is a menace."

Rod Serling closing statement: "The Chancellor, the late Chancellor was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so was the State, the Entity he worshipped. Any State, any Entity, any Ideology that FAILS to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that State is obsolete. A case to be filed under M for MANKIND in the Twilight Zone."
This United Nations quote I shared with you above is an example of what Rod Serling was describing. This is what the "Powers That Be" are imposing upon us now.


Now this Twilight Zone episode titled, To Serve Man, reminds me of the Global Warming/Climate Change scam perpetrated by the United Nations. I too was hoodwinked by the Global Warming campaign years ago. They used my love for nature and humankind to make me believe their garbage scientific data was meant to "save the planet". It wasn't until I took the time to do some digging of my own and found out who Maurice Strong is and was led to UN Agenda 21. I went to the United Nations website and read up on their UN Agenda 21 and I couldn't believe what I was reading directly from the source. My eyes were wide opened from that point on and left me feeling violated and betrayed by those people in positions of power who knowing better still pushed this scam upon the populace for their own personal gain AND all of our oppression! Watch Soylent Green (1973) to get an idea of how disgusted "they" are with human beings and what they have planned for us all. I want you to think about this for a moment. These people who are disgusted with human beings and see us as parasites will have no problem exterminating us without a second thought.

I felt like the lady at the end of this Twilight Zone episode shouting, "Mr. Chamber's, Mr. Chamber's, don't get on that ship. The rest of the book, To Serve Man.... It's... It's a cook book."

NORWAY: For The First Time Since 1955: Passport Required Between Norway and Sweden

Speisa News
written by Staff
Saturday December 26, 2015

60 years after the Nordic Passport Union was established, Norway again introduces border control between the kingdom and neighbouring countries.

The Nordic Passport Union, established in 1955, allows citizens of the Nordic countries — Denmark (Faroe Islands included), Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland — to travel and reside in another Nordic country without any travel documentation (e.g. a passport or national identity card) or a residence permit. All Nordic countries have since 25 March 2001 also been within the Schengen Area; and Denmark, Finland and Sweden are also members of the European Union.

Essentially Nordic citizens are treated like local citizens in all these countries, at least for travel purposes. No identity documentation is formally needed in any Nordic country. Since 1955.

But now, 60 years later, the threat of Islamic terror is so severe that Norway again requires a passport to leave or enter the country - to or from Sweden.

- Anyone going in or out of Norway, either by ferries or on at Swedish border, must from tomorrow morning have valid identification, mainly a passport, said the Police Directorate, as they currently informed that from tomorrow at 08.00 there will be stricter border controls to Norway.

The control is primarily to check foreign nationals, but also Norwegians must be prepared to show identification papers.

- The same obligations apply regardless. Everyone must carry valid travel documents. Travelers must be prepared for vetting and to show identification papers when traveling to Norway, and the best proof is a passport. Nordic citizens returning with ferry to Norway, and brought no valid identification documents along, the police will exercise flexibility. But we ask that people bring their passport and travel documents, said Deputy Director of the Police Directorate, Knut Smedsrud.

The control is tightened at border crossings in Hedmark and Østfold and also at the ferries from Denmark, Sweden and Germany, and will initially last for ten days.

- Everyone should expect being stopped. It can be problematic not to carry valid ID, says Smedsrud.

But he stressed that the police will exercise flexibility towards Nordic citizens.

NORWAY: Norway To Start Turning Back Asylum Seekers (Refugees) On Swedish Border

Yahoo News
written by AFP staff
Tuesday December 29, 2015

Oslo - Norway said Tuesday it would start turning back refugees without visas arriving from elsewhere in the passport-free Schengen zone, particularly Sweden.

The move is part of a draft law containing a series of immigration measures that the Oslo government says will make its asylum policy "one of Europe's toughest".

The conservative minority last month gathered enough parliamentary support from the centre and labour parties to adopt the measures.

Norway does not belong to the EU but it is, like Sweden, a member of the Schengen area which has no passport or immigration controls.

According to Schengen rules, asylum seekers must apply for a visa in the country they first arrive in, mostly Italy and Greece. But many instead move on to the country they want to eventually settle in, often in Europe's richer north.

Most of the 30,000 people asking for asylum in Norway this year have crossed the border from Sweden.

Critics say the Norwegian move would place undue pressure on the southern European arrival countries.

"Norway is choosing an isolated policy, by refusing to see that if every country in the Schengen area blocked refugees the same way, they would all get stuck in Greece and Italy," Pal Nesse, senior advisor for the Norwegian Refugee Council, told AFP.

But Norway's Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said the new law would actually improve the lives of legal immigrants.

"We will have an asylum policy that will be among the toughest in Europe," she told the NTB news agency. "And that is completely necessary so that we can welcome those who come here, settle them in and integrate them."

The new law also calls for welfare payments for asylum seekers to be below those for Norwegian residents in order to make the country less attractive; the expulsion of unsuccessful applicants; restrictions on long-term residency permits and tougher rules on family members joining successful asylum applicants.

AUSTRIA: Austria Has Sent Hundreds Of Migrants (Refugees) Back To Neighbouring Slovenia For Lying About Nationality

The Sydney Morning Herald
written by Shadia Nasralla
Wednesday December 30, 2015

Vienna: Austria has sent hundreds of migrants back to neighbouring Slovenia in the past three days for lying about their nationality in an apparent attempt to improve their chances of being granted asylum, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Since the summer, hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed into Austria, the last country on the so-called Balkan route to Germany, the chosen destination for most of the migrants. Many are bussed through Austria straight to the German border.

In spot checks of the 3000 daily arrivals in the southern province of Carinthia, police and translators noticed a rise in the number of unregistered people whose language skills did not match their purported nationality, the spokesman said.

"We assume that some are trying to take advantage of the situation, knowing very well that they have little chance of being granted asylum in Austria and Germany," he said, adding that hundreds of such migrants had been sent straight back to Slovenia since Saturday.

In 2014, migrants from Syria and Afghanistan were granted asylum in more cases than people from any other countries. The spokesman for the police in Carinthia declined to say where the migrants who were sent back to Slovenia were from.

The flow of migrants into Austria from Slovenia has been shifted to Carinthia while new infrastructure including barriers to control crowds was put in place at the main crossing between the two countries, further the east in the province of Styria.

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Reuters News
written by Aleksandar Vasovic and Marja Novak
Sunday October 18, 2015

Migrants streaming across the Balkans reached Slovenia on Saturday, diverted overnight by the closure of Hungary's border with Croatia in the latest demonstration of Europe's disjointed response to the flow of people reaching its borders.

Hungary's right-wing government declared its southern frontier with Croatia off limits to migrants, blocking entry with a metal fence and razor wire, just as it did a month ago on its border with Serbia.

Croatia began directing migrants west to Slovenia, which said hundreds had arrived already and more were on their way.

Slovenia said they would be registered before continuing their journey to Austria and Germany, the preferred destination of the vast majority, many of them Syrians fleeing war.

But their movement had slowed visibly, with dozens of buses lined up at Serbia's border with Croatia through the night and into Saturday as Croatian police controlled their entry, a Reuters reporter said. Slovenia suspended rail traffic with Croatia, saying it needed "complete control" over the flow.

Aid agencies are concerned about backlogs of migrants building in the Balkans, battered by autumn winds and rain as temperatures drop before winter.

Hungary said it had reinstated border controls on its frontier with Slovenia, effectively suspending Europe's Schengen system of passport-free travel though it said it was acting within the Schengen rules. Both Slovenia and Hungary are part of the Schengen Area while Croatia is not.

A government spokesman said Budapest had taken the step because "migrants appeared" on the Slovenian side of the border.

Hungary says it is duty-bound to protect the borders of the European Union from the tide of migrants, most of them Muslims who Hungary says threaten the prosperity, security and "Christian values" of Europe.

With several other ex-Communist members of the EU, Hungary opposes a plan by the bloc to share out 120,000 refugees among its members. That is only a small proportion of the 700,000 migrants expected to reach Europe's shores by boat and dinghy from North Africa and Turkey this year, many of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

"DOMINO EFFECT"

Hungary dismissed as insufficient a proposal at an EU summit on Thursday to give Turkey 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in aid and the prospect of easier travel visas and "re-energized" talks on joining the bloc if it helps stem the flow of migrants across its territory.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of Europe's most vociferous opponents of immigration, wants the formation of a joint force to protect the borders of Greece, where most migrants arrive across the Aegean Sea from Turkey before heading north through Macedonia and Serbia. Without that, his government said it was left with no choice but to seal the border.

In Germany, a government official who declined to be named said the Hungarian border measures did little to solve the problem. "The measures run counter to our efforts to establish EU solidarity," the source said.

Slovenia, a small country of 2 million people, says it will allow in as many migrants as it is able to register and accommodate and put the army on standby to aid the effort.

"At the moment there are no problems and no need to use the army, but it is right to have such a plan if needed," Interior Ministry state secretary Bostjan Sefic told a news conference.

The first migrants of this new wave through Slovenia reached Austria on Saturday afternoon, police said. More were expected later in the day, with some 1,800 on board one train in Croatia that was due to stop at the Slovenian border.

Both Ljubljana and Zagreb say they will not restrict the flow so long as Austria and Germany keep their doors open. Otherwise, Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic warned of a "domino effect" of closed borders and migrant backlogs.

"It will be a lot of trouble for all countries and I cannot predict what will happen in this situation," Ostojic, speaking in English, told reporters at a migrant camp in the eastern Croatian village of Opatovac.

"They are risking their lives and nobody is able to stop this flow ... without shooting."

Despite rough seas, coastguards said migrants were still attempting the short but perilous crossing to Greece from Turkey, the main route for Syrian refugees embarking on their journey to northern Europe.

At least 16 migrants, including nine children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as they tried to reach Greek islands from Turkey, the Greek and Turkish coastguards said on Saturday, and more were missing.

In the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said it had rescued 562 migrants, all from sub-Saharan Africa, trying to reach Europe on five boats in difficulty in the Mediterranean on Saturday.

NICARAGUA: Thousands Of Cuban Refugees That Fled Communist Cuba, Have Been Stranded In Costa Rica Since Nicaragua Stopped Admitting Them In November.

Reuters News
written by Sofia Menchu
Tuesday December 29, 2015

Central American countries have agreed to a pilot program to start allowing thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica to continue onward to the United States from next month, governments in the region said on Monday.

The deal, reached between officials meeting in Guatemala City, will provide flights for an undisclosed number of Cubans to El Salvador, where they will then be ferried toward Mexico by bus, Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The program is due to begin during the first week in January, the governments of Guatemala and Mexico said.

Approximately 250 Cuban migrants will be flown to El Salvador initially, said Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Morales.

Costa Rica's government, which stopped issuing transit visas to Cubans earlier this month, said providing shelter for the migrants has badly stretched local resources.

"The solution emerging is an absolute exception and only for those people who entered national territory legally," Costa Rica's foreign minister, Manuel Gonzalez, said.

It was not immediately clear how the migrants' travel will be paid for, but diplomats are expected to work out logistical details in upcoming meetings, the Mexican government said.

Mexico said the pilot program will be subject to revision.

Since mid-November, the number of Cuban migrants stuck in limbo inside Costa Rica's northern border with Nicaragua has grown steadily. An estimated 8,000 Cubans are now stuck there.

The flow of migrants from the Communist-ruled island has surged as the process of a detente between Washington and Havana, announced last December, stirs fears that preferential U.S. asylum rights for Cubans may soon end.

Migrants became stranded in Costa Rica after Nicaragua, which is a close ally of Cuba, shut its borders in November, saying that Costa Rica had sparked a "humanitarian crisis" after Costa Rica issued transit visas to more than 1,000 Cubans.

On Sunday, Pope Francis urged the region to resolve the "humanitarian drama" in Costa Rica quickly.

Officials from Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica and the International Organization for Migration took part in the talks, Guatemala said.
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Fox News, Latino
written by AP
Tuesday December 29, 2015

Central American nations have reached a deal to let the first of thousands of stranded Cuban migrants continue their journey north toward the United States next month, officials said Monday.

The humanitarian transfer will airlift an unspecified number of Cubans the first week of January from Costa Rica to El Salvador, from where they will continue by bus toward Mexico, Costa Rica's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Guatemalan government, which hosted a diplomatic meeting earlier in the day to consider the issue, described it as a "pilot" program and said a work group has been tasked with coordinating logistics.

The two governments did not immediately release further details, citing some nations' desire for discretion on what has become a diplomatic flashpoint between Costa Rica and neighboring Nicaragua.

The number of Cubans stranded in Costa Rica has reached at least 8,000 since Nicaragua closed its border to them weeks ago. The islanders say they are trying to reach the United States, where favorable migratory policies toward Cubans mean nearly all are allowed to stay and apply for residency.
Soooooo, they traveled southwest to Costa Rica to try to get to Nicaragua to then travel north through several countries to get to the United States? Look at the map I shared above. Look at it please. Florida, USA is  right above Cuba.
On Sunday, Pope Francis called for their plight to be resolved.

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said the measure will be available only to Cubans who are already in Costa Rica. Ministry spokeswoman Melissa Duran told The Associated Press it will be up to the migrants to pay the costs of their travel, but did not give more specifics.

On Dec. 18, Costa Rica stopped issuing transit visas for Cuban migrants and announced that any who arrived after that without a visa would be deported.

Cuba has seen a spike in outward migration in the year since it and Washington announced they would re-establish diplomatic ties after more than five decades of open hostility. Many Cuban migrants say they chose now to emigrate out of fear that detente could bring about an end to the U.S. policies that benefit them — although U.S. officials say no change is in the works.

Cuba and its close ally Nicaragua argue that the U.S. policies toward Cubans encourage them to attempt dangerous migratory routes and cause a brain drain on the island.
Of course, the Marxist Communist Regimes would blame America that their people want to get the hell out of oppressed Communist rule and risk their lives to escape. So typical of Leftist, Marxist, Socialist, Communist. This is the kind of bullshit economy you want Americans to live under with either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

PAKISTAN: Islamic Suicide Bomber MURDERED 26 Innocent Souls, injureD 45

Japan Today
written by Riaz Khan
Wednesday December 30, 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in a northwestern Pakistani city on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 45 in an attack claimed by a breakaway Taliban group.

The bombing took place in the city of Mardan, outside the regional office of the National Database and Registration Authority, or NADRA, which issues identity cards, according to senior police officer Saeed Khan Wazir.

Wazir told The Associated Press that some of the wounded were in critical condition at a hospital in the nearby city of Peshawar.

“A gunman opened fire and killed a guard upon being asked to stop for checking. Then he exploded his suicide jacket,” he said. Wazir said if the attacker had managed to enter the government office, he might have killed many more people.

Mohammad Qasim told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he went to the office to receive his national identity card, which is issued at age 18.

“I was in a very happy mood today. I told my family and friends that I would receive my national identity card, but I didn’t know that I would become the target of a bombing,” said Qasim, who had bandages on both legs.

Shortly after the attack, a spokesman for the militant Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group claimed responsibility for the bombing, calling it a “noble act to punish NADRA because it extends support to security forces.” The spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, spoke to the AP by phone from an undisclosed location.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar split from the Pakistani Taliban two years ago.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the bombing and instructed authorities to provide the best possible treatment for the wounded.

Mardan is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan and the North Waziristan tribal region.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters the U.S. strongly condemns the attacks and extends its condolences to the families of the victims.

“The United States remains committed to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani government’s efforts to fight terrorism,” Toner said.

Pakistani forces have been carrying out a major operation against the Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan since 2014. Earlier this month, the military claimed “phenomenal successes” in the war and said it has killed around 3,500 insurgents since launching the operation.

But attacks have been rampant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and in December 2014, militants killed 148 people, mainly children, in an attack on an army-run school in Peshawar. The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the school attack.

Also Tuesday, Pakistan executed four convicted militants for involvement in acts of terrorism, according to two officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media. Since the school attack, Pakistan has executed 330 people, most of them convicted criminals, not militants.

MALAYSIA: Muslim Conversion Issues Exclusively Islamic Sharia Court's Jurisdiction

The Star, Malaysia
written by Qishin Tariq
Wednesday December 30, 2015

PUTRAJAYA - In majority decision, the Court of Appeal has ruled that issues regarding Muslim conversion are exclusively the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court.

The panel was deciding on the Government's appeal against kindergarten teacher M. Indira Gandhi, who had previously obtained a decision to quash the conversion certificates of her three children.

Justices Balia Yusof Wahi and Badariah Sahamid formed the majority decision that from a subject matter approach, whether a person was a Muslim or not was only to be decided by the Syariah Court.

"It is purely a matter of religion," said Justice Balia Yusof, who chaired the panel.

In his dissenting decision, Justice Hamid Sultan Abu Backer said the Administration of Religion of Islam (Perak) Enactment 2004, the law that allowed for the conversion, could be questioned by a civil court.

The panel set aside the Ipoh High Court's decision to quash the conversion, and made no order as to costs.

Justice Balia Yusof said the full written judgement would be made available on Jan 4, next year.

The children had been converted to Islam by Indira's ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, formerly known as K. Patmanathan.

On April 2009, Riduan had taken away Prasana Diksa, then 11 months old, and converted the child and two siblings - Tevi Darsiny, then 12, and Karan Dinish, then 11 - to Islam.

The two older children remained with their mother.

On Oct 29 the same year, Riduan obtained a Syariah Court order that awarded him custody of the children.

In a custody battle that ensued, the Ipoh High Court granted Indira full custody of all three children and on March 11, 2010, Riduan was ordered to return Prasana to Indira.

On July 25 2013, Indira won a four-year legal battle to quash the conversion certificates of her three children.

PHILIPPINES: Islamist Militants Murdered 10 Christians On Christmas Day.

Yahoo News
written by AFP staff
Sunday December 27, 2015

Manila - Muslim guerrillas killed 10 civilians in the majority Catholic Philippines over Christmas, the military said Sunday, with some Christians in the affected areas now too scared to sleep in their homes.

Guerillas from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) captured nine farmers and shot them dead on December 24 in the southern island of Mindanao, said Colonel Ricky Bunayog, commander of the local battalion.

Some of the bodies were not found till two days later, he told AFP.

Also on Christmas eve, the BIFF launched an attack on a village in Pigcawayan town, some 900 kilometres (560 miles) south of Manila, that left a district official dead, the colonel added.

Six guerillas were killed and eight wounded in fighting which lasted three days, although only one body was recovered, Bunayog added.

The raids have stoked fear in Mindanao where Christians are the majority but which the country's Muslim minority claims as their ancestral homeland.

"Since (Saturday), it has been quiet. But the damage has been done. People on the outskirts are scared and at night, they move to the centre of the town," sleeping in the local gymnasium, he said.

"I tell them we have enough security forces but they are too scared," he added.

Bunayog could not rule out more attacks by the BIFF, which split from main Muslim rebel group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)in 2008 after the MILF opened a peace process with the government.

He said members of the group had been seen meeting "in numbers beyond their usual size," but could not give a motive for their new attacks on Christian communities.

A BIFF spokesman earlier confirmed they were behind the raids but had said it was over an unspecified land dispute.

The BIFF continues to seek a separate Islamic state and remains opposed to a government-MILF effort to create a Muslim autonomous area in Mindanao as part of a peace agreement.

Last year, the BIFF uploaded clips on YouTube showing one of its leaders pledging support for the Islamic State organisation, the jihadist group that has seized a large swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria.

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ABC.net, Australia
written by AFP staff
Thursday December 24, 2015

At least seven Christian farmers have been killed as Muslim guerrillas launched a series of attacks in the troubled southern Philippines, the military says.

The fighters of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) seized the seven and then killed them in a series of raids on the island of Mindanao where Christian-Muslim conflicts have seethed for decades.

About 150 fighters of the BIFF launched assaults in different, mainly-Christian, towns before dawn, local military commander Colonel Ricky Bunayog said.

"They abducted farmers and then killed them. When we attempted to recover their bodies, they fired on us," he said in the southern town of Tukuran, one of the the group's targets.

He said that four of the guerrillas were reportedly also slain in the fighting about 775 kilometres south of Manila but villagers said their bodies were carried off by their comrades.

The attackers had since dispersed but the military was planning a "counter-action," Mr Bunayog said, although he would not disclose details.

BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama confirmed they were behind the attacks, saying it was over a land dispute. He would not elaborate.

In Manila, military spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla said the guerrillas may have launched the attack "to make a statement," ahead of the Christian holiday of Christmas.

The Philippines is overwhelmingly Christian but has a Muslim minority that claims the south as their homeland.

The BIFF split from the main Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in 2008.

It has opposed a peace process between the Government and the MILF for the creation of a Muslim autonomous area in the south and has vowed to keep fighting for a separate Islamic State (IS).

Last year, the BIFF uploaded clips on YouTube showing one of its leaders pledging support for the IS organisation, the jihadist group that has seized a large swathe of territory in Iraq and Syria.

December 27, 2015

The Boss ~ by Diana Ross ♥ I Included A Bonus Track/Vid For More INSPIRATION And To Let You Know That YOU ARE NOT ALONE! :)


My mom has always been a huge Diana Ross fan. I grew up listening to her albums and dancing in the living room with my mom. I was also fortunate enough as a child to experience Diana Ross live in concert with my mom on several occasions. Diana Ross would always wear the most beautiful elaborate gowns on stage and change gowns after every set. She would also walk out into the audience and shake everybody's hand. She always without fail LEFT ME MESMERIZED! Diana Ross is an amazing entertainer! Pure CLASS.

The Boss was a huge disco hit when it came out. Nevertheless, this is actually a very powerful spiritual song if you really choose to listen. God is LOVE. Love is God. Therefore, God is The Boss! Creator and Source of ALL living things. Sending lot's of love to you all. Enjoy this song and lyrics! This was me. I can totally relate to this song, as I am sure many of you can as well or soon will. ♥

This is such an AWESOME song! I can't get enough of it tonight! :) This was not released as a spiritual song. It was a dance hit in 1979. The lyrics just have more meaning for me. ♥

The Boss ~ by Legendary Diana Ross

Fancy ME
Thought I had my degree
In life and how LOVE
Ought to be a run
I had a one step plan to prove it
Guide in my pocket for FOOLS
Folly and fun
LOVE had to show me ONE THING:

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
But LOVE TAUGHT ME
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)


I'D DEFY
Anyone who claimed that I
Didn't control whatever moved in MY SOUL
I could tempt
Touch delight
Just because you fell for me
Why should I feel uptight
LOVE had to show me ONE THING:

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
But LOVE TAUGHT ME
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)


LOVE TAUGHT ME
Taught ME
Taught ME
Taught ME

I was so right
So right
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
But LOVE TAUGHT ME
Who was who was who was The Boss!
(Taught me who was who was The Boss)

BONUS TRACK
God wants you to know: If you need me, call me. No matter where you are, no matter how far. Just call my name. I'll be there in a hurry. On that you can depend and never worry.

I know you must follow the sun. Wherever it leads. But remember. If you should fall short of your desires. Remember life holds for you one guarantee. You'll always have me. ♥