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The ***OFFICIAL*** Weekend Singles' Thread -- Easter Weekend (April 14-16)
April 14, 2006 | Victoria Delsoul and Army Air Corps

Posted on 04/14/2006 4:28:37 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul



The True Meaning of Easter

By: Paul Arinaga

There's a lot of controversy about the true meaning of Easter. Some claim that it's actually a pagan celebration in origin. Others lament that retailers, greeting card companies and television are changing Christianity's greatest feast into something with meaning "the size of a jelly bean."

In any case, the most common view about the real meaning of Easter is that it's a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that through this act, sin and death are conquered. Easter also can be seen as a season of joy. The time of sorrow is over. Lent's penitential forty days have passed, and the fifty days of the Easter season have begun. Winter is over and spring is in the air. In times past, it's said that priests would regale their parishioners with funny stories. Easter was truly a time to rejoice. To rejoice that Our Lord has Risen and that one day we too shall pass through death (which has lost its sting) and rise to New Life!

While I am certainly not erudite enough to give you the definitive answer on what Easter means. I believe that it offers many valuable insights about life, no matter what your religious beliefs. In fact, the Easter story is so powerful that it probably offers something even to an open-minded atheist!

One of the biggest lessons from the Easter story, I believe, is the power of forgiveness. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about what forgiveness actually is. In my opinion, it doesn't mean condoning the wrong that has been committed or allowing it to happen again. Moreover, the act of forgiving is not necessarily something you do for the transgressor (although it can be), although its power can transform the transgressor, too. It is something you may do for yourself.

When you can forgive, you can finally be free of the burden of guilt, anger, hatred or resentment. The healing process can begin or finally conclude. You can also let go of the person who hurt you. This makes you stronger and removes the power that person has over you. It's somehow ironic that by not forgiving we allow the person who has harmed us to continue to harm us, even if they themselves are unaware of the long-term damage that is being inflicted. Of course, ultimately, we are responsible. By taking responsibility now for our own interpretation of what happened in the past, we become much stronger - I think that's what people mean when they talk about "self-empowerment".

I'm not sure whether forgiveness is the main lesson of the Easter story or even a primary message from it. But I am sure that it is a valuable one. And I'm also certain that if we can learn how to forgive, we will be more productive - and happier - human beings.



Hi everybody. The themes for today are sports and movies:

1- Strange sports stories where you either participated or were a spectator. (Anything that seemed out of the ordinary and made you laugh.)

2- Favorite romantic films. Tell us about your most memorable tv/movie romances, or romantic moments.

3- Tell us about your favorite romantic movie dance scene: actors, actress, songs, soundtrack... which particular scene you thought was the best, famous quotes, etc.


And as you all well know, “in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes” and since it is also a tax weekend, we'd like to add some tax trivia, too.

Make sure to read this great essay regarding the history of taxes in the U.S. written by Army Air Corps. Outstanding job, AAC. Thanks.

Tax Trivia:

1. In 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution was passed. What did it do?

2. About how much did the U. S. government collect in Income Taxes in the year 2001?

3. Which country does NOT have an income tax?

4. Why was the first U. S. Income Tax implemented?

5. Which U. S. President was responsible for the largest Federal Income Tax cut in the 20th century?

6. Which President implemented the very first Income Tax in the United States?

7. As a percent of income, which country has the highest tax rate?

8. As of the year 2000, the U. S. Internal Revenue Code (or tax code for short) is how many pages long?

9. Who writes the Income Tax laws in the United States?

10. What does the Internal Revenue Service call their electronic method of filing Income Taxes?

Please, join us for some fun.


Your hosts for the weekend are:


Victoria Delsoul                             Army Air Corps






This weekend's Music

Sergio Mendes & Black Eyed Peas - Mas Que Nada

Shakira - Whenever, Whatever

Los Lonely Boys - Heaven

Los Lonely Boys – Heaven (Spanish Version)

Etta James – At Last

Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl

The Cardigans – Lovefool

Maroon 5 - This Love

Frank Sinatra – I've Got You Under My Skin

Smokey Robinson – Just To See Her

Mariah Carey - Emotions

Barry Manilow – Copacabana

Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders - The Game Of Love

Andy Williams – Moon River

Louie Prima – Jump Jive And Wail

Shania Twain - You're Still The One

Smokey Robinson – Cruisin'

The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin'

Ricky Martin – Livin' The Vida Loca

Goo Goo Dolls – Give A Little Bit

Neil Diamond - America

Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5

Bobby Darin – Mack The Knife

Wayne Newton – Danke Schoen

Neil Diamond – I Am I Said

Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea

The Marcels – Blue Moon

Sam Cooke – Another Saturday Night

Elvis Presley – My Way

Patti Labelle – Lady Marmalade

The Pretenders – Back On The Chain Gang

Bobby Darin - More

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Sheryl Crow – All I Want To Do






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KEYWORDS: easter; goodtime; mingle; singles; socializing
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OK, I will start.

1. Well, this doesn't qualify as a sport story, but it's definitely a strange/funny event... Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction” during the Superbowl halftime show in 2004.

2. Memorable movie romance... Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind... when Rhett grabs and pulls Scarlett in giving her a passionate kiss and carries her upstairs.

3. I have quite a few favorite romantic movie dance scenes, but I will just pick one. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing... when Baby and Johnny are dancing “I've had the time of my life.” I don't remember who wrote the song, but I know it won an Oscar for best song. Famous quote: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” - Johnny (Patrick Swayze)


1 posted on 04/14/2006 4:28:41 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: 38special; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; aft_lizard; Allegra; Amityschild; annie laurie; AmishDude; ...

2 posted on 04/14/2006 4:30:10 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: MoJo2001; All
A special thanks to Mojo2001 for providing the fantastic music.


3 posted on 04/14/2006 4:31:22 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Some not so bad tunes in that list.


4 posted on 04/14/2006 4:33:25 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: SoDak

They are very nice - I like them. Did you try any?


5 posted on 04/14/2006 4:34:50 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

I'm d/l the new version of Mas Que Nada as we speak. I've been meaning to get a listen to that new Sergio Mendes, I lkind of like Brasil 66 if only for it's campiness.


6 posted on 04/14/2006 4:36:17 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: SoDak

Great, I like that song as well. That's why I posted #1.


7 posted on 04/14/2006 4:37:48 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Hi, Victoria! Great intro. I'll have to think about your questions--especially the "taxing" ones.


8 posted on 04/14/2006 4:38:42 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Great. Take your time, I'll be here.

Glad you like the thread.

Do you like my pic? hehe

9 posted on 04/14/2006 4:39:35 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Thanks for the thread and Happy Easter

10 posted on 04/14/2006 4:41:09 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Very good likeness. ;-)


11 posted on 04/14/2006 4:41:42 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: snugs
You're very welcome. Happy Easter to you as well.

Hope you play with us.

12 posted on 04/14/2006 4:41:59 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Always reminds me of the shopping trip in Joe Vs. The Volcano.


13 posted on 04/14/2006 4:42:10 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

LOL!!!!!!


14 posted on 04/14/2006 4:42:17 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
"Do you like my pic? hehe"

No doubt about it, you're a brick house.

Built when Madison was president, but brick, nonetheless....
15 posted on 04/14/2006 4:43:04 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: SoDak
It's that right?

What other songs do you like? I like Sharika's.

16 posted on 04/14/2006 4:43:29 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Blurblogger

How are you? Haven't seen you around for a little while . . .


17 posted on 04/14/2006 4:43:44 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Blurblogger
LOL!!! So glad to see you here, Blurb!

Happy Easter.

18 posted on 04/14/2006 4:44:31 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

I'll have to sample the Shakira song, I don't know it at all, or her. I like Beyond The Sea. I like that Etta James standard, and the Sinatra.


19 posted on 04/14/2006 4:46:20 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: SoDak
I love "At Last" by Etta James.

Glad you enjoy the selection, and yes try Shakira. She's pretty good.

20 posted on 04/14/2006 4:47:50 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Hi, RWI--

I've been quite preoccupied with biz and social matters, had little time to even lurk or post. But I'm here for the moment, thanks for the greeting.

Happy Easter!


21 posted on 04/14/2006 4:48:02 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Happy Easter to you, Victoria!

Jesus is Risen!


22 posted on 04/14/2006 4:49:06 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Blurblogger
Amen.

Stick around and play a little. Do you like any of the songs?

23 posted on 04/14/2006 4:50:33 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Blurblogger

Happy Easter to you!


24 posted on 04/14/2006 4:51:14 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Just helping dad to bed when I do I will be back for an hour or so


25 posted on 04/14/2006 4:52:12 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs

I'll be waiting. See ya soon, Snugs.


26 posted on 04/14/2006 4:53:19 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Where's your partner tonight?


27 posted on 04/14/2006 4:53:52 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

AAC will be here a bit later. He's having dinner with some family members, but he'll be here for sure.


28 posted on 04/14/2006 4:54:37 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: All

So what's everyone doing for Easter Sunday?


29 posted on 04/14/2006 4:56:11 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sunrise services, serving lunch at a shelter, and grilling steaks later. Should be fun.


30 posted on 04/14/2006 4:57:52 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe they're just listening to the songs, LOL.


31 posted on 04/14/2006 4:58:58 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: SoDak

That does sound like fun. Nice of you to volunteer at the shelter--are you doing it on your own or as part of a church project?


32 posted on 04/14/2006 5:01:07 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Songs? Bah! I'm a manly-man. No music for me. I yodel.


I yodel I Am, I Said, for example....



;^)


33 posted on 04/14/2006 5:04:29 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Blurblogger

OK, how about the trivia, or romantic movies, or funny sport events?


34 posted on 04/14/2006 5:05:49 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

church group, although I've done it on my own, as well as with a work group before. It's a good reality-check.


35 posted on 04/14/2006 5:06:58 PM PDT by SoDak
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To: Victoria Delsoul
My strange sport story:

I used to attend several games a season at Yankee stadium when I lived in nyc. I've seen my share of wins and losses, extra inning games and antics in the stands.

Late in the 1993 season, I was still relaxing after taking the NY Bar Exam in July and decided to attend an afternoon game with a friend. The pitcher was Jim Abbott, a MLB player most notable for having only one hand. Jim had beaten the odds by getting into the major leagues and becoming a Yankee!

The Yankees were a couple of games behind Toronto and were hoping to catch them for the division crown. The game was important, but no more notable than any of the other 161 games that season.

Except that was the day that the one handed pitcher made history! He dispatched the first Indian batters handily. Looking good.

Three innings later, the crowd was stirring a bit. People looked over at the scoreboard. Zero hits.

Two innings later the intensity was there. Nobody discussed it in the stands (an oldschool mlb jinx) but we all alluded to it. After the 8th inning of no-hit ball, we went into the 9th inning on the brink of history.

And Jim Abbott did it! One of the few major leauge ballplayers to ever pitch a no hitter, and the only one-handed man to pitch a no hitter! The only no-hitter I attended, too! HISTORY!!! :-)
36 posted on 04/14/2006 5:11:41 PM PDT by HitmanLV (Some people like to dash it out, but they just can't take it!)
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To: SoDak

Our church hosts a "part-time" homeless shelter (just weekday afternoons), so every year we invite the homeless folk in for a dinner around Christmas. They're usually so grateful to get a good meal, and it's helpful for our congregation to get up-close to some of the people we're helping all year.


37 posted on 04/14/2006 5:11:48 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Victoria Delsoul
I am into soccer my team is Arsenal. Dad and I are share holders (one share each :0) - but still share holders).

Arsenal are one of the top teams in England and even Europe. One year they won the league and cup double as shareholders we were allowed to have our photo taken with the cup. Here is dad with the cups in the famour Arsenal marble entrance hall.


38 posted on 04/14/2006 5:15:54 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: HitmanLV
Wow, that's exciting. Great story, Vinnie.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

39 posted on 04/14/2006 5:16:30 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: snugs
Oh wow, fantastic! Love the pic.

How about romantic movies, and romantic movie dance?

40 posted on 04/14/2006 5:19:29 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: snugs

That is a great pic! What does it mean to be a shareholder (do you own a part of the team)?


41 posted on 04/14/2006 5:22:48 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Sorry, I didn't read them yet and don't have time right now. Maybe later tonight.


42 posted on 04/14/2006 5:32:57 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Blurblogger; rightwingintelligentsia; snugs; SoDak; All
Sure. I'll be back a bit later as well.

Hope to see you then.

43 posted on 04/14/2006 5:34:49 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
It just means that you own a share in the company like you would any public company be it a sports company or a company that makes dog food.

You are entitled to go the the annual general meeting and you have a vote at that meeting re the accounts, appointing of directors all the things that go on at an annual shareholders meeting.

Also there are perks like if we win a trophy you are entitled to have a photograph with it on the day of the annual general meeting (it always held in the close season so if we have won a trophy it is there at the ground). Otherwise you would have book this up with club and of course pay to have this done for us shareholders it is free on that day.
44 posted on 04/14/2006 5:36:29 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: All

Howdy, y'all!


45 posted on 04/14/2006 5:37:36 PM PDT by ilovew (I'll miss Andy Card.)
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To: ilovew

Hi ya


46 posted on 04/14/2006 5:38:38 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs

Hey, snugs! How are you doing?


47 posted on 04/14/2006 5:44:19 PM PDT by ilovew (I'll miss Andy Card.)
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To: ilovew
Doing fine, got the new computer working well now after a few teething troubles and enjoying it but not enjoying that it has not got my data on it.

Hopefully that will be sorted next week and in the meantime am running 2 machines and bring over selected files when required.
48 posted on 04/14/2006 5:50:38 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Good evening Victoria.
The most memorable sporting event to me was the 6th game of the 86 World Series when the ball rolled through Buckners legs (sorry Redsox fans).
Romantic movies and me don`t really exist together so that one is a little difficult.
:)
49 posted on 04/14/2006 5:54:21 PM PDT by carlr
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To: Victoria Delsoul
****Strange sports stories where you either participated or were a spectator.****

I once scored a basket for the other team in a basketball game in the 6th grade. I came back to score 3 point for us. LOL!

50 posted on 04/14/2006 5:57:01 PM PDT by buckeyesrule (It is baseball season!!!!!!)
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