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Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyoncé

so today has been eventful for a couple reasons.
1. i passed my geology test with flying colors
2. im running into so many people i know that its like high school all over again.
3. i wrote a movie review that im actually really quite proud of.

I love the fact that the sun is starting to rise a little earlier each day, makes me think of summer. summer=freedom. even though im taking math 147, (which is a 5 credit class X.X), i still think i can get through it.

My week is a breeze after my math test today, and after classes are done, its hanging with doug and (maybe) maria on Friday! this is looking to be a truly bitchin week :D

You've left me Speechless, So Speechless

So today was a good day until now for many reasons.

- I got to spend the day with Maria and Ben, so that was pretty fun. we went to Cracker Barrel(which i believe may very well be my heaven) and ordered quite a bit XD i got a meatloaf and a salad, which i'll admit is very tame for me. usually ill order an appetizer, then a salad and finally move on to the entree and still have room for dessert. However, the past couple months have been really weird for me in that im bouncing up and down the weight chart like a yo yo on crack. I've fluctuated between 280 and 350 lbs during the past 4 months, with the latest crest happening in the first week of January. once again im dropping, with my weight at around 320 now. I'll admit its a little stressful, just because as soon as you get used to the fact that your weight is dropping, you start to gain it back, which brings me to my goal for the Lenten season: to stop the yo-yo and make a solid drop. one of my friends from Japanese class offered to help me get in shape before i head to japan, and i cant wait to get started this week! he said im going top be his guinea pig. knowing that hes a UFC fighter, i admit im a little scared to see what he has in mind.

- after Cracker barrel, we headed over to Edwards to go see Shutter Island. The movie was absolutely spectacular, and if you haven't seen it, you should. Its a psychological thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley(Badass).I was looking forward to this for multiple reasons. first, Its Martin Scorsese's first film since he won the lifetime achievement award at the golden globes this year, and i would go as far to say that its his best film yet. it tells the story of Edward(Teddy) Daniels, a us marshal sent to capture a missing patient at the correctional facility on Shutter Island.   Not gonna give any secrets away, but lets just say that it rocks ;)

- After that, Ben took me to mass, which was extra long since 48375893475 people wanted to be blessed on the first sunday of lent, which appartently is a new tradition? Not quite sure on that one, but it was happy enough! the priest even remembered it was my birthday, so i got a little surprise out of that. Father Shiyo is one of the kindest people i know. He came over to the US from africa to help with the parish stuff, and is so kind hearted, i dont think he could hurt a fly. lately though, he has been getting run over by the parish administration. ill write more on that a little later, but overall it was good to see him.

-Me and Ben then went to sports authority to start a new hobby: Rugby. Quite frankly, i have no idea where the idea came from, or what fostered it, but now him and i are obsessed with it. we bought a ball today, and i think we're going to go practice on the intramural field or something this weekend. also, i hear that they have a Rugby club on campus, so i might look into that too. 

- then we went to dinner at Applebees. over a good ending to great day with friends. Then i came home.

As you should know, my family life is not exactly the best right now. My mom trys her best to hold the family together, but i don;t think its working. The main problem is my dad, who is either too depressed to give a damn about anything, or is too busy focusing his thoughts on political lala land. it gotten to the point where i honestly want to sock him one, regardless of the pain id be in afterwards. 

This is why i say the day was bittersweet. I came home excited to have my moms famous oxtail soup(chill, im Italian), and instead found a disturbed father telling me while im eating that  al gore is an alien from the dagobah system, and that democrats(mind you, i am proudly one of them) are going to take over the country and rape women and children. and just now, he assumed i was out of earshot when he said that "im giving up on him, he'll never be a useful and productive member of society." lets do a fact check real quick.

I work two jobs, take 18 credits, and still have time to come home to help mom do the stuff that he can't

He is unemployed, and wishes to remain so, all the while buying parts for his gun collection like money grows on trees. oh, might i remind you that earlier this month, i saw him "getting happy" with rape fantasy porno, and just yesterday caught him looking at online shock videos, the Pain Olympics to be exact. (DO NOT LOOK IT UP, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED). needless to say, i have a very scary family....

but at least mom remembered my birthday. dad still has yet to wish me a happy birthday, but i honestly dont think thats coming anytime soon. Sometimes i just wish i could do something, instead of being so helpless.

Arashi Believe FULL PV

OMG, this song is made of WIN

I LOL'd at this one. possibly the most entertaining thing that ive seen in a while

Pokemon is EVIL.

K, so i laughed BUCKETS after watching this one. all yall pokemon lovers will DIE watching this, BTW

The Guild - Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

OMG this vid is awesome! all my MMORPG players will love this, and so will everyone else!

Bill Withers - Lean on Me

there are so many feelings bent into this, its insane. im there for anyone, whether it be friends close to home, members of the group, or what. if you have problems, i can help you. as my friends at school say, im the "new Dr. Phil". i can help.

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you don't let show

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on

Lean on me...
 BEIJING, China (AP) -- The Paralympic Games opened in Beijing on Saturday with a burst of fireworks as China welcomed another chance to cement its role as a global player to an international audience.
Fireworks at Beijing's National Stadium greet the opening of the 2008 Paralympics.

Fireworks at Beijing's National Stadium greet the opening of the 2008 Paralympics.

Thousands of cheerleaders and dancers in puffy, rainbow-colored suits performed a dance routine in the center of the field at the National Stadium before athletes from 148 countries were introduced. The crowd cheered and waved flags as China's Communist Party leaders and foreign dignitaries looked on.

The guest list included Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, German President Horst Koehler and South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo.

Earlier Saturday, they shook hands and posed for photos with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of China's legislature in the heart of Beijing. Hu gave a brief speech and toasted the games.

"Caring for the disabled is an important symbol for social civilization and progress," Hu said before raising his glass.

"China's people and government have always attached great importance to the cause of the disabled," he said in remarks televised on state television. "We insist on putting people first, carrying forward a humanitarian spirit and advocating equality and opposing discrimination."

Opening just two weeks after the Beijing Olympics ended, the Paralympics are designed to be a parallel games for athletes with a wide range of physical disabilities. The 10-day competition begins Sunday.

Some 4,000-plus athletes will use many of the same Olympic venues, with 148 countries represented and 472 medal events contested -- 170 more than the Olympics. Video Watch Beijing prepare for the Paralympics. »

Hosting the Olympics and the Paralympics is a source of national pride for China and a way to showcase the country on the international stage. The Aug. 8-24 Olympics was overshadowed at times by human rights and censorship disputes surrounding the event.

China is keen to use the Paralympics to underscore what is says it has done for the country's 83 million disabled citizens.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Beijing used much of its US$100 million budget for the Paralympics to improve handicapped facilities in competition venues, airports, the public traffic system, hotels, hospitals and tourist attractions like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

An editorial on the front page of the ruling Communist Party's People Daily newspaper hailed the games as a "stage for the world's handicapped people to realize their dreams."

"Remarkable progress has been made in basic living standards, medicare, education and employment for the disabled," the editorial said, "and the preparation for the Beijing Paralympics ... recorded fresh achievement made by China in promoting the cause for the disabled."

But the country has also had a contentious history with dealing with its disabled population.

The government has long advocated sterilizing mentally handicapped people. In the early 1990s, a draft law was presented to the legislature to reduce the number of disabled through abortion and sterilization, a move that unleashed international criticism.

In 1994, China ratified a law calling for the abortion of fetuses carrying hereditary diseases and restrictions on marriages among people suffering mental problems or contagious diseases.

More recently, Beijing Olympic organizers issued an apology in June for clumsy stereotypes used to describe disabled athletes in an English-language manual compiled for thousands of volunteers.

One section described the physically disabled as "isolated, unsocial and introspective; they usually do not volunteer to contact people. They can be stubborn and controlling." 

  • Paralympics for athletes with physical disabilities open in Beijing Saturday
  • Chinese president emphasizes importance of caring for the disabled
  • Athletes from 148 nations will use many Olympic venues to contest 472 medals 
  • China wants Paralympics to underscore what is says it has done for disabled

Polish agents tell of CIA jails

By Adam Easton 
BBC News, Warsaw
Szymany airport, Poland
Szymany airport is said to be where CIA interrogations took place

Polish intelligence sources have for the first time confirmed that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ran a secret prison facility on Polish soil.

The admission comes after a report found the CIA had operated prisons for terror suspects in Poland and Romania.

Polish and Romanian officials denied the claims, but last month Warsaw launched a new inquiry into the matter.

In 2006, US President George W Bush admitted the CIA had held suspects in secret jails but he did not say where.

Two anonymous intelligence officers made the claims about facilities being located in Poland in the daily Dziennik.

One of them states that between 2002 and 2005 the CIA held terror suspects inside a military intelligence training base in Stare Kiejkuty in north-eastern Poland.

The officer says only the CIA had access to the isolated zone, which was used because it was a secure site far from major towns and was close to a former military airport.

'High-value detainees'

Both the then Prime Minister, Leszek Miller, and President, Aleksander Kwasniewski, knew about the base, the newspaper reports.

However the officer says it was unlikely either man knew if the prisoners were being tortured because the Poles had no control over the Americans' activities.

Both leaders have always denied the existence of any such base.

Last year a Council of Europe report quoted unnamed CIA sources as saying that "high-value detainees", including Khalid Sheik Mohammed - the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001 - had been interrogated in Poland.

The current Polish government says it has no knowledge of the base but it has sanctioned a new investigation into the claims.