Sunday, March 18, 2012

Show Me!

During what time of the day do you feel the happiest?

whenever it is sex time!

Are you sarcastic often?

Everyday!

What's the one thing you want to get done this weekend?

laundry

Girls: how many of you would have a threesome with two shemales?Guys: would watching a threesome between a girl and two shemales turn you on?

Julia ... if it included Julia I would be there in a heartbeat!

Look Out For Your Pets

Both known and unknown toxins can be found hiding in our houses and yards. In 2011, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, fielded more than 165,900 phone calls about pets exposed to poisonous substances. Visit our poison app on Facebook.

1. Prescription Human Medications

Almost 25,000 calls last year were about human prescription medications. Pets, especially dogs, are notorious for ingesting any dropped pill. Cardiac and ADHD medications make up a large percentage of these calls. Always make sure to take these medications in a safe place away from your pets.

2. Insecticides

Insecticides were the subject of 11% of calls to the ASPCA in 2011. These include products used on the lawn, in the house and on the pet. The most important thing to do is read the label before you use any insecticide, and never use a product labeled for dogs on cats.

3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications

Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can kill your pet. Never give any medication to your pet without consulting with your veterinarian first.

4. People Food

Chocolate is still the number one people food that pets ingest (we received over 7,600 calls last year). Too much chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, high heart rate and seizures. The second most common food is xylitol (the sugar substitute). Xylitol can cause seizures and liver failure in dogs.

5. Household Products

It is amazing what animals can find to chew up around the house from fire logs to paint. Some household items may just cause stomach upset, while others can be deadly.

6. Veterinary Medications

Chewable medications make it easy to give your dog or cat a pill. However, this tasty pill can also mean that the pet, if given access, will ingest all the pills in the bottle. Always make sure to keep pet medications out of reach. Contact your veterinarian if your pet ingests more than its proper dose of medication or ingests another pet’s medication.

7. Rodenticides

When putting out baits to kill mice and rats, never underestimate the resourcefulness of your pet. Most bait is grain based and is attractive to dogs. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestion can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure or seizures.

8. Plants

About 4% of our phone calls are pet parents calling about their animals eating plants. This is one category that cats lead dogs in the number of exposures. Lilies can cause kidney failure and death in cats. Please see our list of toxic/non-toxic plants for more information.

9. Lawn and Garden Products

Fertilizers, which can be made of dried blood, poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets, so it is not surprising that we get many calls (almost 3,900 in 2011) on lawn and garden items.

10. Automotive Products

With more people keeping their animals inside (especially cats), the number of animals exposed to automotive products (antifreeze, brake fluid, etc.) has dropped. This is great news since many of these products, if ingested, can be life-threatening to pets.
If you have any reason to suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

The Irish Love Wine!

It's Not Malarkey, The Irish Like Wine Too

Irish roots at some of the world’s top wineries


irishwineIrish wine you say? That must be Guinness. But in fact there are wineries on the Emerald Isle, and they make a number of different styles of wine. The European Union has even listed Ireland as an official wine-producing country. Imagine that.


The Irish actually have a long history in the wine industry. American wineries owned by families of Irish descent include Shea Vineyards in Oregon, and Chateau Montelena, PlumpJack, Murphy-Goode, and Mayacamas, all in northern California. Many French wineries were at one time owned by Irish families, including these prominent chateaus: Margaux, Haut-Brion, d’Yquem, Phélan-Segur, Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande, Léoville-Barton, Lynch-Bages, and Ducru-Beaucaillou.


In the Languedoc region of France, a group of 300 Irish investors known as “Les Vignerons Irlandais” owns 145 acres of vineyards, producing 300,000 bottles of wine that are sent back to Ireland.


In Ireland itself, the epicenter of Gaelic wine is around County Cork, in the southwest of Ireland. There you can find small vineyards in Kinsale and Mallow, as well as one on the site of Bunratty Castle (albeit best known for Bunratty mead, which is a traditional honey-based wine).


What’s your favorite Irish beverage? Tell us here.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A Bitter Lesson in Basketball and Terrorism


Mr. McMillen is a former college and NBA basketball star, Rhodes scholar, three-term Democratic member of Congress, and now successful businessman. We're in his Northern Virginia office reminiscing about the continuing impact of the 1972 Olympic Games, held 40 years ago this summer. Overshadowing it all is the tragedy of what TV announcer Jim McKay called "the worst day in the history of sports."

That was the hostage crisis in the Olympic Village, which culminated in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by Palestinian terrorists (linked to the Fatah group that we now know enjoyed Soviet funding and training for many years). Four days later was the disputed basketball game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, in which Mr. McMillen played a pivotal role.

Although there is no comparison between the two events in Mr. McMillen's mind, the injustice of that contest left an indelible mark.

First, to reset the stage of that basketball game:

There are three seconds on the game clock. The Soviet Union leads the United States 50-49. A 19-year-old, floppy-haired Doug Collins, wearing the team's white jersey with the blue letters U S A across the front (the Soviets wear red), has been flagrantly fouled by a Soviet player after stealing the ball and going up for what could have been the game-winning layup. Groggy from crashing his head on the floor, Collins steps to the line and calmly hits the first free throw to tie the game.

A few seconds later, the Soviets try to call a timeout, but it is too late. Collins is already in the motion of swishing the second foul shot. The U.S. leads for the first time in the game, 51-50—a spectacular and scrappy comeback that has erased a 10-point second-half lead by the methodical, bulky and professional Soviet team. The Soviets immediately throw the ball in bounds, but the clock expires before they get a shot off.

What happened next was "bedlam and hysteria," Mr. McMillen recalls. "We've preserved America's 63-game winning streak in Olympic basketball." But wait. It's not over. A thickly accented German official announces on the public address system: "Ze game is not over, put three seconds on ze clock." The officials have decided that the Soviets did call a timeout. Now the Soviets hurriedly take the ball out again. This time their desperation shot misses, careening off the rim, and again the game is over.

More pandemonium. Fans storm the court as the young Americans players hug each other in celebration. A TV camera catches Tom McMillen dancing around with his arms lifted in what he says now was a combination of "joy and a lot of relief."

But wait again. The Olympic officials reconvene and instruct the teams to run the play again because of a clock malfunction. The Americans are stunned, disorganized. One more time the Soviets get the ball under their own basket. "The referee inappropriately instructs me to back away from the inbounds line so I cannot disrupt the pass, which I'm entitled to do," says Mr. McMillen. "But I don't want to get called for a technical foul."

The ball is perfectly heaved the length of the court. The gifted center for the Soviets, Alexander Belov, "shoves away one of his American defenders" (strangely, the 7-foot, 4-inch U.S. center Tom Burleson isn't on the court to knock away the pass because of all the confusion), makes the improbable catch, and tosses in what is declared the game-winning layup.

TV announcer Frank Gifford told an outraged American audience: "And this time it really is over." It was. And yet to this day it still isn't over. As another of the American players, Kenny Davis, recently told me, "40 years later that game just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

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Olympic competitions are meant to promote sportsmanship and ease national tensions, but the 1972 games shattered that illusion in ways large and small. Four days before the U.S.-Soviet game was played, the world watched in horror as Israeli athletes were taken hostage by heavily armed Palestinians in black ski masks. After two days of hair-trigger tension and fruitless negotiations, a shootout left nine Israeli athletes and two coaches dead. Jewish blood was spilled on German soil again.



'The terrible irony," notes Mr. McMillen, "is that the Germans had taken great pains to erase every trace of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, which had been a showcase for Hitler. A few days before the games we had visited Dachau, one of the sites of the concentration camps."

After the massacre, what he calls "a fog of depression" took over the Olympic Village. "We were fearful of more incidents. We had to go to practice while all this turmoil was going on." Today, he says, "Looking back on it, this really was the beginning of the modern age of terrorism." Back then, he adds, "a lot of us thought the games should be canceled." Yet now he believes that would have been "succumbing to the terrorists, which you never do."

Then came the basketball game, with the stakes magnified because "there were so many crosscurrents to politics," so that it became a game inside a bigger "global political game," Mr. McMillen says. John Bach, then a U.S. assistant coach, recalls the same sensations: "It felt like the Cold War was being played out on the basketball court."

Cold War politics seemed to intervene at every stage. One anti-hero was the head of the International Basketball Federation, William Jones, a Brit who had made it publicly known that he thought U.S. dominance in Olympic basketball was holding back the sport. During the chaos, "it was Mr. Jones who emerged from the stands and commanded the referees to put three seconds back on the clock," Mr. McMillen says. One of the referees, a Brazilian, refused to certify the Soviet victory. But the next day, the Olympic board of appeals ruled against the Americans.

Mr. McMillen scoffs at the ruling: "There were five members on the panel, including three from East Bloc countries. Can you imagine a Hungarian official voting with us? We never had a chance. . . . You have to understand. The Soviets really wanted to beat us—to show the world." Since this was all about global politics, he says bitterly, "Brezhnev and Nixon could have saved us a lot of time if we had not bothered with the basketball game at all. They should have just had the two of them arm-wrestle."

The Americans voted unanimously not to accept their silver medals, the first time that had happened in the Olympics. The U.S. players still take pride in that protest. Kenny Davis's will even stipulates that neither his children nor their descendants shall ever "accept the silver medal."

The U.S.-Soviet contest had lasting effects. It changed the American team's approach to Olympic play. Mr. McMillen and many other players are still openly critical of legendary Olympic coach Hank Iba and the effect of his slow-down strategy on the 1972 final.

"We were faster, more agile and more athletic, but we played exactly the style of play that suited the Soviets," grouses Mr. McMillen. Tom Henderson agrees: "We should have run them back to Russia." In 1976 the U.S. team coached by Dean Smith ran up and down the floor and won back the gold medal.

Another legacy was to "end the era of the invincibility of the United States," Mr. McMillen says. "Nations who were trying to do whatever they can to emulate us, all of a sudden felt that they could compete." First in Europe, then in Asia, Africa and South America, foreigners rapidly narrowed the skills gap with the U.S. The upside? "The NBA was a big beneficiary of that game, because it internationalized basketball—the players and the fan base," explains Mr. McMillen.

The 1972 match also was the beginning of the end for the Olympic policy that prohibited American professional athletes from competing even though the Soviets and other nations were stocked with paid "amateurs." The Soviet basketball team was a paid club team that had played several hundred games together for three years.

"They were aged 30," Mr. McMillen says. "We were called the 'Kiddie Corps' because we were 20-year-old college kids who had never played together." After he became a member of Congress, Mr. McMillen introduced a resolution that professional athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics.

There are echoes of the events of Munich in Mr. McMillen's later life. After graduating from the University of Maryland, he passed up the NBA draft to pursue a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford. There, in the mid-1970s, he again experienced terrorism first-hand, during the IRA bombings in London.

"I always said to myself, this is going to come to America. I was shocked it took till '93 really for the first World Trade Center incident," he says. "Then when 9/11 occurred, I was convinced that this was going to be a huge effort by our government to fight global terrorism." Mr. McMillen went into the homeland-security business, producing antiterrorism supplies such as gas masks and radiation-detection devices and developing expertise in cybersecurity.

How well are we protected now? "We've hardened our key vulnerabilities dramatically since 9/11," he says. But he's worried about a catastrophic breach in cybersecurity: "A virus to computer codes can cause a lot of physical destruction that we have never really thought about as a country. It can bring a plane down. Airplanes are flown by navigation system computers." He rattles off other cyberthreats—attacks that could cut off drinking water, electricity and access to bank accounts, or cause a meltdown at a nuclear plant. Scary stuff.



In all these years, Mr. McMillen has never given up on another dream: to persuade the Olympic Committee to award the 1972 U.S. basketball team a dual gold medal. He's proposing a "grand compromise with the Russians where they agree to give us a gold, and we donate those medals to Russian charity and we take care of thousands of orphan children."

He adds hopefully, "You would think that something good has to come out of this." But he admits that's not likely.

This summer Mr. McMillen and nearly all the surviving players and coaches of the 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team will gather in Kentucky for the 40-year reunion. The players I have talked to, bitter as they still are after all these years, agree that in the end it was just a basketball game. "The thing to really feel sad about is those nine Israeli kids who lost their lives in Munich."

By STEPHEN MOORE Mr. Moore is a member of The Journal's editorial board.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

If you could master one skill what would it be?

The Blowjob... excuse me I have!

Do you believe there's intelligent life on other planets?

Is there Intelligent life on this one?

How many countries have you traveled to?

Eleven!

Would you rather swim in a pool or the ocean?

swim in a pool... body surf in the ocean!

What was the best advice you've ever received?

Go for it!

What's the best place near you to get a pizza?

Ledos ...

What is your favorite dessert?

Ice cream

Pepsi or Coke?

Prefer coke ... drink them rarely now .... a girl has to maintain her figure!

What's the best way to spend a rainy weekend?

In bed!

What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

Hamburgers!

Do you like to be the center of attention?

yes, the star of the show!

What's your favorite sport?

college basketball

Paper or plastic?

Paper ... actually recyclable

What website do you visit the most often?

The Kinky Aventures of Nikkij

Would you rather vacation in a city or on a beach?

Visit cities but vacation at the beach!

Has anything ever been stolen from you?

well it wasn't my virginity

Would you rather get up early or sleep late?

get Him up early then go back to sleep!

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

Love smooth .... but love crunch too!

Would you rather be older or younger than your current age?

Younger of course!

If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?

Love , happiness and three more wishes

Would you rather vacation at the beach or in the mountains?

Beach Baby!

How many places have you lived?

Major cities ... Washington DC, Annapolis, San Francisco, Dallas

Is it easy for you to concentrate?

It depends on what I need to do .... when!

Ketchup or mustard?

Ketchup on french fries ... mustard on some hamburgers... when thousand island or russian is not available.

How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

more than most girls

What do you like to do on your days off?

Have kinky sex

What color do you wear most frequently?

Black

What was the last difficult decision you had to make?

Going 24/7 femme

Trouble ....