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Hurricane Gustav Nears, Is New Orleans Ready?

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

I went down to New Orleans in 2006, and 2007 to do roofing work. Looks like they might get blown off yet again. I can’t imagine having to go through that again. People were so wiped out last time. I hope the slate roof I helped put on St. Louis Cathedral holds up to the storm. Let’s pray no one gets hurt.

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Aug 31 Briefing

Hurricane Katrina Montage Tribute/Led Zep

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Inside The Mind Of Hitler

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

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Art in the renaissance

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

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Leonard Bernstein performs Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

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Original Scores of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

TOTALLY TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH

BARITONE
Oh friends, not these tones!
Let us raise our voices in more
pleasing and more joyful sounds!

ODE TO JOY (Friedrich Schiller)

BARITONE, QUARTET, AND CHORUS
Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

May he who has had the fortune
To gain a true friend
And he who has won a noble wife
Join in our jubilation!

Yes, even if he calls but one soul
His own in all the world.
But he who has failed in this
Must steal away alone and in tears.

All the world’s creatures
Draw joy from nature’s breast;
Both the good and the evil
Follow her rose-strewn path.

She gave us kisses and wine
And a friend loyal unto death;
She gave lust for life to the lowliest,
And the Cherub stands before God.

TENOR SOLO AND CHORUS
Joyously, as his suns speed
Through Heaven’s glorious order,
Hasten, Brothers, on your way,
Exulting as a knight in victory.

CHORUS

Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Joy, daughter of Elysium
Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Joy, beautiful spark of Gods!,
Daughter of Elysium,
Joy, beatiful spark of Gods!.

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Filippo Brunelleschi’s Dome

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

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What Is Beauty?

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

My wife and I went downtown Chicago to check out the Jazz Festival, and ended up at the Chicago Art Museum. We have been studying the beginning of the Renaissance, starting with Cosimo De Medici, the Godfather of the Renaissance. I was hoping to see some actual work by Filippo Brunelleschi, but they did not have any. They did have a portrait of one of Cosimo De Medici’s descendants, which was rather exciting.

I stopped observing each work and began to just let my senses guide me toward that which would naturally call to me. My favorite was a painting of St. Peter that depicted the scene where Peter calls out to God after having denied Christ three times.

It was beauty. Something in the materials of oil and canvas was alive. The grief in the wrinkles of his forehead, and the time within the groves of his hands. That’s what beauty is, life that is brought forth from the material world.  An artist can somehow become a vehicle for the breath of God, calling forth life from that which is dead.

In that moment, humanity’s grief and pain was captured with a stroke of a brush; then it was no longer Peter’s grief and pain, but my own; yours and mine, humanity’s world soul. It is the human condition.

It is what Plato called the Beautiful. For even suffering works toward the Good.

Moonlight Sonata

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First Alienated Weekend

Posted by madcap on August 31, 2008

This is the first weekend my children will miss with their dad do to the latest alienation attempt by mom. Like I have said before, this has been going on for over eight years. And as I told the kids weeks before I moved to Chicago, mom would spring into action to end visitation at any cost as soon as my car left the driveway. I departed for Chicago on a Friday, and on Monday, mom was getting an order of protection and filing abuse aligations with DCFS.

This is a quote from Judge Leo T. Desmond, from our visitation case some eight years ago. Anna Jurich was claiming that I was unfit to be a father, and that the children should not be allowed to ever see their father again. This is what the judge told Anna Jurich after a long litigation process:

At the conclusion of the hearing, the court commented on the evidence regarding visitation:

“The burden of proof was on her (Anna Jurich) to show a serious endangerment to these children’s moral, emotional, [and] physical health. She has fallen more than woefully short of the mark; she hasn’t even made out a case.

I have got a picture of the front of your house, which I guess I am supposed to conclude from that it’s not a very attractive house, I don’t know. Maybe there is some clutter in there, I don’t know. They have been dancing around the edge of the pen about marijuana. There has been no evidence other than this photograph. And, incidentally, since I was in [sic] the only one in this room besides the [c]ourt [r]eporter and these two people-the lawyers weren’t there at the last hearing-the marijuana wasn’t just put in because of [plaintiff]; it was put in because of [defendant].

So, moving back here, I have got photographs of sores on feet. I have got testimony about a sore eye. I have got a little bit here, and a little bit there. What I don’t have is[-]I don’t have any medical evidence[;] I don’t have any evidence of neglect or abuse. I don’t have any psychological evidence. I don’t have anything. I don’t have diddly squat to show serious endangerment, unless I am just guessing that that might be the case.”

Of course Anna Jurich filed an apeal, and of course she lost that as well. One of the most ironic things about this is that Anna Jurich is a adolescent councilor at Gateway Foundation in Carbondale Illinois! I guess she is realy good with kids.

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McCain chooses Sarah Palin for first woman VP!

Posted by madcap on August 29, 2008

Great choice John!! This girl is more qualified than the Messiah Obama.

The official website of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The latest news, events, photos, audio/video and speeches online.

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FROM TIMESONLINE

John McCain has chosen the female governor of Alaska as his running mate in a surprise move by the Republican nominee.

Sarah Palin, 44, is a dynamic mother of five who became the youngest governor in Alaskan history two years ago when she took office after campaigning to clean up government.

Mrs Palin is a high-risk choice given her lack of experience but could help deliver both an injection of youthfulness to Senator McCain’s campaign as well as appealing to female voters yet to transfer their allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama.

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The Mothers FOR Alienation Blog

Posted by madcap on August 29, 2008

Well all you fathers out in cyberspace land, it looks like the alienating moms found my blog. I’ve been getting traffic from what I will call the “obsessed alienation blog.” Looks like PAS is nothing other than a tool used by abusive fathers to abuse women!!

“I am a mother who has been labelled with PAS–not by any licensed medical
professional–but by a biased judge and my abuser and his sleazy lawyer Poor women do get labelled with PAS and Malicious  Mom Syndrome. I believe PAS is used against women as a form of  intimidation, a weapon used to force the mother to give up the fight or risk  losing everything.”

No point in arguing, just thought it might serve as a good example of how irrational and and twisted the thinking is in an obsessed alternators mind.

Also see:

Misuse of Order of Protection: Mom the Terminator

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Parental Alienation In The News

Posted by madcap on August 28, 2008

A Boomer With ‘Grand Wishes’ Changes The Law!

Hoffman, of Newport Beach, California, became the target of alienation by the custodial parent, resulting in a separation from her grandson just a month short of her grandchild’s fifth birthday. Devastated and committed to supporting other disenfranchised grandparents, she started her own support group. That group developed into a non-profit organization, ADVOCATES FOR GRANDPARENT-GRANDCHILD CONNECTION. Bolstered by the ensuing support, Hoffman’s advocacy for preserving the grandparent-grandchild connection intensified into activism in the form of a bill which she lobbied for and sponsored.
Finally, after a year of petitioning and with the support of California Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), all 120 legislators unanimously agreed on the importance of the grandparent-grandchild relationship and passed California Bill AB2517, which was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Aug. 22, 2006 and became law the following January.

Research indicates denying access to the grandparent-grandchild bond is a form of emotional child abuse. FULL ARTICLE

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