Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2011: A Year of Restoration (4)

We must mention the nation of Israel if we really want to talk about divine restoration. They understand what it means to be in pain, bondage, slavery, famine, war, confusion, scarcity, crises, as well as plenty, victory, freedom, prosperity and divine protection. Sometimes, they found themselves in extreme desperate situation and suddenly, the everlasting hand of the Almighty intervenes, pulling them out of the mess. Many times they have found themselves in situations that would have led to their extermination, but God came in rescued and restored them. Remember He had promised that His love would always be on them. He said that He would never never forsake them. Even sometimes when He would be dishing out punishment to them because of their sins, you almost immediately, hear Him also promising to restore them if they will return back to Him. That is God for you. He doesn’t like His people to be destroyed. He will always provide a way for our escape.

Today, you shall escape from whatever that has kept you in pain, in poverty and sorrow. You shall escape from all that has made your life difficult. You shall escape from all the attacks of the enemy against your family, against your finance, against your health. Even if it’s God’s punishment that had brought the problem, as you repent today, God will give you a way of escape in Jesus’ name! He said that He will make a way of escape for us even with the same problem. That is, he will transmute the problems into solutions. Yes, your enemies will unconsciously become the instruments for your promotion. Your worries turning into your joy. I don’t know what is causing you sleepless nights, God will turn them into objects of praise from now. There is restoration come you way immediately. You will see it. For the fact that you came in contact with this message, something catalytic has already been injected into your situation in the spirit.

Now, let’s go back to Israel. We will just take one instance out of the numerous cases where they experienced God’s restoration power. Look at 2 Kings 6:24-25, “Some time later, however, Benhadad of Aram mobilized his entire army and besieged Samaria. As a result there was a great famine in the city…” Israel did nothing to warrant this attack, then, the consequence also became too fatal for the nation. One of the worst in their entire history. Now, sometimes, you wonder why people should go through some of the things they are going through. Or even yourself. Haven’t you been through some things that you are yet to understand why you went through them? You did your best on the job, but instead of commendation, you received a sack letter. You put in all that you have into that relationship, but was suddenly pushed away when you least expected. When you thought that you were breaking through, all of a sudden your finances, project began to crumble like a pack of cards. Everything started melting away in your hands. Like the enemy of Israel, the devil mobilized all his army of demons to attack you and all that are yours.

I like the word used here in my translation (NLT). Besieged! Besieging simply means to attack from all sides. To surround a place or people with armed forces and keep them there. Suddenly overwhelming your opponents with attacks. Sometimes, this is also what we experience. You suddenly begin to see the darts of the enemy piercing through every part of your life; like everything is falling apart. The more you try to gather, the more they disintegrate. This was exactly what the Israelites experienced. They were still talking of the deadly unprovoked attacks of the enemies, famine showed up. The famine was so severe that they were killing their children for food. Everybody, including their king was helpless, and had resigned to fate. In fact, they lost their faith in God. The king was heard asking why he should ever trust in God anymore. He became angry with God, His prophets, himself and with the whole situation.

In the midst of this perplexities, the word of the Lord came that food shall be surplus in the land within 24 hours. Most people did not believe it, but it came to pass. God used four rejected, hungry and desperate lepers to dislodge their enemies and also turn their economy around overnight. They began to live in peace and plenty. Even the once frustrated lepers instantly became very rich. There is nothing God cannot do. You just have to believe His word, wait, and you see it happening in your life. His word cannot fail. God cannot lie. Look at restoration coming to your situation now.

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2011's bad start is nothing Twins can't overcome: Fan look

After a dozen games the 2011 Minnesota Twins have a 4-8 record and fans such as myself are getting a little nervous about how this cold start could affect the end result of a season that was full of promise.

Here’s a look at the worst starts in team history after 12 games:


The 1963 Twins, in their third season in Minnesota, started slow with a 4-8 record. Despite the slow start, the Twins went on to finish with a 91-70 record; good for third in the American League.


In their last season at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins began with a 3-9 record. The bad start was enough to get Manager Johnny Goryl fired after just 36 games. The season didn’t get any better under Billy Gardner. The Twins finished 41-68 in this strike shortened season.


After tying their worst start ever, the 1985 Twins didn’t get much better, ending with a 77-85 record that was enough to get Manager Billy Gardner canned and replaced with Ray Miller.


After winning the 1987 World Series the Twins showed signs of a hangover with a 4-8 mark to start the next year. Manager Tom Kelly did provide the team with a good hangover remedy as the Twins finished second in the division with a 91-71 record.


Arguably the worst start in team history. The Twins were not only 3-9 after a dozen games; they were also shutout three times during that span. However, the team overcame the rocky start and went on to win the 1991 World Series over Atlanta.

So maybe 4-8 isn’t so bad. Even with a slow start history has proven that the Twins aren’t to be judged on starts, but rather on where they finish.

Blair Reynolds is a lifelong Twins fan who sold tickets at the Metrodome during the 1998 season to pay his college tuition.

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2011 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Starts Feb 8


I have gotten tons of e-mails about whether I knew when Yahoo Fantasy Baseball would start this season and here is your answer.

What’s new for the 2011 Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball season?

Yahoo! Sports is proud to bring you the 2011 Fantasy Baseball season. Full Season Registration begins on Tuesday, February 8 and continues until Saturday, April 30. This year, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball has undergone a another serious overhaul to deliver an even more intense and customized Fantasy Baseball experience.
• League Renewals – All returning leagues will be renewable.

• League Updates – A centralized location where you can go to see all of your leagues recent communication activity.

• Email Notifications – Keeps you aware of message board posts, smack talk, team slogan updates, and more.

• Offline Draft Tool – Commissioner can submit Standard or Auction Draft results.

• Franchise Invitations – Invite existing managers back to the league, invite a new manager to the league to take over an existing team, and invite a new manager to the league to manage a new team.

• Lock Teams – Allows the commissioner to lock teams so they can change the draft order, assign keepers, add and remove managers, etc.

• Team Ownership Transfers – Allows a commissioner to assign a team to a new manager.

• Trade Draft Picks – Make your league more strategic by allowing trades of next years picks.

• User Ratings – Rate the commish or another manager.

• Custom Schedules – Allows a commissioners the ability to set a fair and balanced schedule, to play rivals, and to control the leagues schedule.

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2011 : a Year of Restoration (3)

Job rebuked his wife for advising him to dump God. He also ignored his sympathetic and critical friends, and faithfully waited upon God. Look at what he said in Job 14:14, “all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes,” And did God disappoint him? NO! At the end of the trial, God gave him more than he had at the beginning. Not just wealth and children, but he lived long good and fulfilled life. He lived to see four generations of his children and grand children. Praise God! He will do same for you. Yes, God restores!

What will you say about David? A man after God’s heart. A man that God so blessed that He gave him an eternal throne. Yes, even the word of God confirms that Jesus will sit on the throne of His father David forever. God gave this man victory, influence, kingdom, health, children, favour and fame. Just name it. At a stage God reminded him that He brought him out as an obscure shepherd boy and made him great. David was blessed in every way. But his problems started when out of carelessness, he allowed sin to creep into his life. You already know the story. What followed his downfall was not a pleasant story. He saw hell.

He was humiliated, disrobed, disgraced, and dethroned. His children raped and murdered themselves. His own son dethroned him, and also raped his wives in the public. His friends and advisers betrayed him. In short, he was abandoned by God and man. At a stage, covered with ashes, he was crying and going into the wilderness, not knowing what will befall him next. This was the depth of David’s fall. It was terrible. To understand this properly, look at his statement in Psalm 69:1-3, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold to stand on. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched and dry. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me.” He was truly in a deep mess!

What happened? God saw David’s repentance, heard his cry and came for him. He delivered him from the miry clay, silenced his enemies, gave him peace and restored his throne. Putting a new song on his lips. He also lived to personally hand over to his son Solomon. I indeed consider this to be a great privilege. David was restored totally. Go and read all the psalms after his restoration and you will agree with me that nothing is sweeter than divine restoration. Just begin to visualize God removing that thing that is bringing disgrace to your life. Imagine Him giving you back your relationship, your lost capital. Begin to see your peace, joy coming back after those painful long experiences. You are taking back your place and position. May God restore you today in the name of Jesus!

As I write, Samson comes to my mind. He also lost God’s glory, favour and anointing because of carelessness and disobedience to the word of God. He refused the godly advice of his parents. And the price was so fatal. This strongest man ever-lived, was captured by his enemies, shaven, lost his eyes and was being used as an object of entertainment for the heathen and their gods. Unfortunately, this was the same man that his coming was announced by a very high ranking angel. He was commissioned for a top divine mission from the womb. This was the same man that killed large lions and other wild beasts will bare hands. He killed thousands with animal jaw bones, and nobody could stand before him. He lost all these.

But, thank God his story did not end that way. The bible said that he cried unto God in the midst of this humiliating situation. God answered and caused his shaven hair to begin to grow again. His power returned and he killed all his enemies. In fact, he killed more people as he was dying, than he had during his entire lifetime. God will restore you, but you will not die with the enemies. Maybe your mistakes or whatever made you to lose your glory, anointing, your commission, you are regaining all this year. What is it that the enemy has shaven off your life like Samson’s hair? It will begin to grow again this year in the name of Jesus! The hair represents the glory of man, and it was also where Samson’s power was stored. The enemies knew and went there first to incapacitate him. After, he was chained and his eyes plucked off. The enemy also does the same today. He will first touch that very pivotal area of your vision to immobilize you, then he puts you into bondage and confusion to blur you God-given mission.

In the name of Jesus, I command whatever the enemy has shaven off your life to begin to grow now! Let every chain in your life be broken, and all that have been plucked off be restored, in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen! Share this good news with others. If you’re being blessed through this column, you can let us know. Till next week, God bless! Join me on Facebook.

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2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Preview and Pick Against the Spread: Air Force Vs. Rice

The Rice Owls and Air Force Falcons square off in the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Rice started the season 2-6, but they were able to win their final four games to become bowl eligible at 6-6. Air Force went 5-3 in Mountain West conference play this season and enter the bowl game with an overall record of 6-6.

When Air Force is on Offense

The Falcons rank 70th in the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game. Air Force is a running team and rank 2nd in college football with 328.8 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Connor Dietz rarely throws the football and Air Force went 1-4 in games when Dietz had 10 or more pass attempts. In a 21-7 victory over Hawaii on November 16th, the Falcons did not attempt a single pass. Dietz can run the football and averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season and was second on the team with 658 yards. Cody Getz was the top rusher for Air Force with 1213 yards on 6.4 yards per carry. Three other Falcons, Jon Lee, Wes Cobb, and Ty MacArthur, all had over 400 yards rushing as well.

Rice ranks 89th in the nation in scoring defense allowing 31.3 points per game. The Rice defense struggled against the run this season and ranked 91st in the nation giving up 192.8 yards per game on the ground. Air Force is one of the top rushing teams in the country and will look to exploit the Owls’ defense on the ground.

When Rice is on Offense

The Owls rank 40th in the country in scoring at 31.8 points per game. Quarterback Taylor McHargue completed 59% of his passes for 2178 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. McHargue was successful running the football picking up 628 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Running back Charles Ross averaged 5.7 yards per carry this season on his way to 743 yards.

Air Force ranks 69th in scoring defense allowing 28.7 points per game. As a team, the Falcons only had 15 sacks and 8 interceptions in 12 games this season.

2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Pick Against the Spread

Air Force is currently a 1-point favorite over Rice in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl. As the spread indicates, this is going to be a very tight game. Air Force will look to impose their will on the ground and should have some success against a weak run defense. I like the Falcons to win the game so I’ll take them and give the 1-point.

Prediction: Air Force 31 – Rice 28

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2011 New Years Party Decorations

There are many people who will be throwing a party to bring in the new year! If you are one of these people, you may be looking for 2011 New Years party decorations. There are party decorations for many holidays, including New Years! The decorations include streamers, centerpieces, and balloons! They come in various styles, designs, and colors! You can find a streamer in black and gold or a multicolored centerpiece! Most of the decorations will say “Happy New Year” or “2011” on them!

New Years party decorations can be found in stores online and offline that sell seasonal party decorations. The styles and prices of the decorations may vary per store, but they will all look great at your New Years party!

When shopping for party decorations for your New Years party, you may decide to buy a few or all of them from a shopping website. This way you can shop without leaving the house and have everything delivered right to your home! If you would like to shop online for your decorations, here are a few 2011 New Years party decorations found on the site Amazon.com.

Gold Prismatic Happy New Year Streamer 3½ in.x 3ft.
This is a nice streamer to hang up for your New Years party. It reads “Happy New Year” in black letters with a gold outline. There are also black stars with a gold outline between the words. The rest of the streamer is gold. When you buy it, it is already assembled and easy to hang. This Happy New Year streamer measures at 3 ½ inches by 3 feet. This streamer can also be found in black and silver.

Happy New Year! Hanging Decoration.
This round hanging decoration is black with a little yellow. It reads “Happy New Year” on it in white lettering and is decorated with a champagne bottle, champagne glasses, and fireworks. This Happy New Year hanging decoration measures at 14 inches round.

“2011” Cascade Centerpiece 18in. Pkg/1.
This centerpiece will be fun to place on the table during your New Years party. It comes on a white and gold base. Multicolored decorations of “2011”, stars, and streamers are bursting from the middle of this centerpiece! This “2011” Cascade Centerpiece measures at 18 inches.

Happy New Year Centerpiece 10in. Pkg/1.
This is also another New Years centerpiece this will be nice to place on the table during your party. It also comes ready to hang up! It black with a blue base, and decorated in multicolored designs. The center of it reads “Happy New Year”. This Happy New Year centerpiece measures at 10 inches and can be used both inside and outside.

11″ Black Round New Years Stars and Swirls Balloons – 100 cnt.
Balloons will make a great addition to your New Years party! These round balloons are black and decorated with white stars and swirls. In the center of each balloon it reads “Happy New Year” in fun black and white lettering. These 11 inch balloons come in a pack of 100 and are not inflated upon arrival.

2011 New Years party decorations will add to the fun of your party! They will make your party look more festive and get everyone ready to celebrate the start of the new year! There is a good selection of party decorations to choose from, and you can buy as many as you would like. You can decorate your home in a specific theme, such as all multicolored party decorations. If you do not want to decorate in a theme, you can mix it up and buy different New Years party decorations.

Your family and guests will love looking at the party decorations you choose! The decorations will look inviting and show everyone that you are ready to make New Years Eve a fun holiday!

Have a great time decorating your home with the 2011 New Years party decorations you choose! Happy New Year!

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2012 4th of July Fireworks in Massachusetts

Welcome to your annual fireworks guide to Fourth of July fireworks in Massachusetts. This guide include time, dates, locations with addresses, and rain dates, for cities and towns in all of Massachusetts, from Provincetown to North Adams. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Schedule verified with the Department of Fire Services, Department of Public Safety & Security, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2012 4th of July Fireworks in Massachusetts

Acton – July 4, at 9:30 p.m., NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Andover – July 3 at 9 p.m., at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Amesbury – July 4, at 9 p.m., Woodsom Farm. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Amherst – July 4. Activities begin at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m., at McGuirk Staduim, UMass.
Assonet – July 3, dusk at Hathaway Park, Water St.
Attleboro – July 4, at 9 p.m., Hayward Field, 73 North Ave. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Auburn – June 30, at 9:50 p.m. Lemansky Park, 403 Oxford St . Rain date 7/1/2012.
Ayer – July 7 at 9 p.m., Pirone Memorial Field, 90 School St.
Barnstable – July 4, at 9 p.m., shot off a barge at Lewis Bay.
Bellingham – July 4, at 9 p.m.,100 Blackstone Street.
Beverly – July 4, 9 p.m., West Beach.
Boston – July 4, at 10 p.m., Boston Pops Spectacular fireworks on the Esplanade, 10 p.m.
Brockton – June 30 through July 7, dusk, nightly. $$ Brockton Fairgrounds.
Braintree – June 30. Lighting of the the lake 9:35 p.m., fireworks, 10 p.m. at Braintree High School, 128 Town St. “Come early, stay late, bring blankets or chairs.”
Canton – July 4, at 9:30 p.m., Galvin Middle School, 55 Pecunit St.
Carlisle July 1 at 9:30 p.m., Baseball Field. Rain date 7/8/2012.
Clinton – July 14 at dusk, Clinton High School, 200 W. Boylston St. Rain date 7/15/12.
Chicopee – June 30, 9:30 p.m., part of the Chicopee-Fest-of-All, Szot Park, Rain date 7/1/2012.
Cummington – July 6 at 9 p.m., Cummington Fairgrounds. Rain date 7/7/2012.
Danvers – July 3 at 9:30 p.m. Holten-Richmond Middle School, 55 Contant St.
Dighton – July 2 at 10 p.m., behind Town Hall, 1551 Somerset Ave.
Dartmouth – July 3 at 9:15 p.m., UMass Dartmouth. Rain date 7/6/2012.
East Brookfield – July 7 at dusk, Connie Mack Field.
East Longmeadow – July 3 at 9 pm., High School fields, 180 Maple St.
Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard – July 4, at 9 p.m./dusk, viewing from Memorial Wharf and other harbor front locations.
Fairhaven – July 4 at dusk. New Bedford/Fairhaven Harbor.
Fall River – July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Bicentennial Park.
Falmouth – July 4, at 9:15 p.m., barge off Falmouth Beach. Falmouth Heights Beach, Grand Ave. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Fitchburg -July 3 at 10 p.m. Rollstone Hill. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Foxborough – July 3 at 9 p.m., at Patriot Place. Fireworks “accompanied by a musical score available by tuning into 88.3 FM, or streaming online at Power883.org. Families can watch the fireworks show from inside Patriot Place’s North Marketplace or from the parking lots around Patriot Place.” Need directions?
Franklin – July 3 at dusk, Franklin High School.
Freetown – July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Hathaway Park in Assonet Village. Rain date 7/6/2012.
Gloucester – July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Gloucester Harbor.
Greenfield – – July 7 at 9:35 p.m., Beacon and Middle School Fields. Rain date July 8.
Groton – July 6, at dusk. Town Field, Langley-Adams Library.
Halifax – June 30, at 9:15 p.m., Halifax Elementary School, 464 Plymouth St.
Harvard – July 3 at 9 p.m., at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road.
Harwich – July 4, at 9 p.m, barge in Pleasant Bay. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Haverhill – July 3, at dusk, Haverhill Stadium.
Hingham – June 30, at dusk, Hingham Harbor. Rain date 7/1/2012.
Holliston – June 30, 10 p.m., Holliston High School, 370 Hollis St. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Holyoke – June 29 at dusk, Holyoke Community College, Homestead Ave. Rain date 6/30/2012.
Hyannis – July 4, at dusk, Lewis Bay.
Lexington – July 5 at dusk, Hastings Park.
Lincoln – July 4, at 9 p.m, Codman Field, 160 Lincoln Road. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Lowell – July 4, at 9 p.m, Sampas Pavilion.
Lynn – July 3 at 9 p.m, barge near Red Rock. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Manchester-by-the-Sea – July 3. Barge off Singing Beach, 119 Beach Street. The Beachbreakers perform from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Marblehead – July 4. Fireworks and Harbor Illumination – 9 p.m, barge off Marblehead Harbor. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Mashpee – July 4 at dusk, Mashpee High School.
Methuen – July 3 at 9 p.m., Nicholson Stadium
Milford– July 3 at 9 p.m., at Clark Island. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Middleborough – July 4, at 9 p.m, Battis Field. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Nahant – July 4, at 9 p.m, Bailey’s Hill Park, Lewis Cove.
Nantucket – July 4, at 9 p.m, barge off Jetties Beach, Bathing Beach Rd. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Needham – July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Needham High School, 1330 Highland Ave.
New Bedford – July 4, at 9:00 PM Barge off Pier 3.
North Adams – July 4 at 9:30 p.m., Joe Wolfe Field. Rain date 7/5/2012.
North Andover – July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Hayes Stadium. Rain date 7/8/2012.
Onset – July 7 at 8:45 p.m., Onset Beach.
Orleans – July 2, at 9 p.m., at Rock Harbor Beach. Rain date 7/6/2012.
Pepperell – July 7 at 9 p.m., Nissitissit Middle School, 33 Chase Ave. Rain date 7/8/2012.
Provincetown – July 4, at 9 p.m, barge off MacMillan Wharf. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Rutland July 3 at 9 p.m., Fireworks set off behind the DPW garage. Sit on the common or claim a spot at Memorial Field behind the Police and Fire Departments.
Salem – July 4, at 9 p.m, Derby Wharf. Rain Date 7/5/2012.
Salisbury – July 4 at 10:15 p.m., barge off Salisbury Beach.
Sandwich – July 3 at 9 p.m., 70 Country Club Road.
South Hadley – July 3 at dusk, Michael E. Smith Middle School, 100 Mosier Street. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Springfield – July 4 at 9:30 p.m. , Memorial Bridge.
Sturbridge – July 3 at dusk, Old Sturbridge Village, $$ – must buy tickets online or in person at OSV.
Wakefield – July 4, at 9 p.m, at the end of Beacon Street. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Ware – June 30, 9:30 p.m., Grenville Park, 73 Church St. Rain date 7/1/2012.
Wareham – July 7 at dusk, Onset Beach.
Webster – July 3 at 9 p.m., Memorial Beach.
Westfield – June 30, dusk, Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave. Rain date 7/1/2012.
Weymouth -July 3 at 9 p.m., barge off Wessagusset Beach. Rain date 7/7/2012.
Wilmington – July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Wilmington High School, 159 Church St. Rain date 7/4/2012.
Winthrop – July 4 at 8 p.m., Coughlin Park, 30 Bay View Ave. Rain date 7/7/2012.
Worcester -July 3 at 9:30 p.m., Belmont Hill. Rain date 7/5/2012.
Yarmouth – June 29 at 9:15 p.m., Summer Celebration Fireworks, D-Y Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth. Rain date 6/30/2012.


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2012 BAFTA Lessons: Harvey Weinstein's Marketing Power is International and Stephen Fry is an Answer to Oscar Blues

If there are two things that the 2012 BAFTA awards proved it is that Harvey Weinstein and Stephen Fry have what it takes. The mass of wins by “The Artist” at BAFTA proved that even British film award voters are as subject to the marketing ploys of Harvey Weinstein. How else to explain how a film that is the very epitome of the kind of copyright infringement and pirating of intellectual property that Hollywood is spending so many billions to fight can win the top prize at BAFTA?

“The Artist” contains not one single frame of originality or innovative cinematic artistry so, quite clearly, the long arm of Harvey Weinstein’s marketing influence reached across the Atlantic Ocean to work its magic. “The Artist” as the Best Film of the year? Maybe in 1925…maybe…but in 2012? Hardly.

So the collecting of the motherlode of awards by “The Artist” at the British Academy Awards is quite surely less a signal that British voters possess insight into original and innovative filmmaking than that they are just as subject to the intrusive marketing campaign tactics of the Weinsteins as those in Hollywood. In other words: the 2012 BAFTA awards will soon be forgotten and put down to history as yet another example of how advertising trumps quality.

So let’s get to Mr. Stephen Fry, shall we? In a nutshell: if the Oscars were to hire someone to host their telecast with half the wit of Stephen Fry, he would have twice the wit of Billy Crystal and ten times the energy of James Franco. If there is one sign that the BAFTA producers are ahead of the curve while the Oscar producers are still living in the 1990s, it is the choice first of Eddie Murphy and then Billy Crystal to host the Academy Awards. Put Murphy and Crystal together for four hours and they still won’t produce a third of the laughs that Stephen Fry would give.

The unfortunate reality here is that those involved with the Academy Awards will watch the 2012 BAFTA awards and learn only that “The Artist” is worthy of their top prize. The great lesson that will go unrealized is that Stephen Fry or Steve Coogan or the guys from the League of Gentlemen have what it takes to inject a bit of liveliness and relevance to the once great but now dying Oscar telecast.

Meanwhile, Oscar votes, here’s another lesson to take away: “The Artist” is not worthy of your Best Picture.

For more from Timothy Sexton, check out:

Why it would be a Cinematic Tragedy for “The Artist” to Win Best Picture

Four Oscar Categories “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Should Have Been Nominated In

Just How Much Edgier are the BAFTAs than the Oscars?

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2012 the End or New Beginning?

One of my favorite topics to discuss and write about is 2012, Illuminati, Government Conspiracies, and similar things. I have studied these topics for a few years now and have my opinions and ideas about it all. Right here in this posting I will write about 2012 and the predictions for that highly discussed year. So do you think 2012 will be the end of mankind or new beginning?

((If you came here for the 2012 movie, check out this link RIGHT HERE for information))

Some information on the year -2012-
2012 will be a leap year beginning on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.

2012 has been called “Alan Turing Year” in commemoration of the mathematician, computer pioneer, and code-breaker on the centennial of Turing’s birth.

It is widely believed that transformative events will occur in the year 2012. This believe comes from the end-date predication of the Mesomamerican Long Count Calender. This calender lasts a total of 5,125 years and sets our ending on December 21st or 23rd of 2012. Besides this, there are plenty of hints and clues coming from legends, myths, scriptures, numerological, and prophecies.

The Maya are really the ones who brought this belief to where it is at today. And most Maya inscriptions are historical and do not make myths or prophetic declarations. The Maya are in my opinion one of the most important civilizations to ever have lived. The knowledge they have passed on to us is beyond amazing.

There are 2 items within the Maya Corpus that mention the end of the 13th baktun: Tortuguero Monument 6 & the Chilam Balam. So lets look at them:

The Tortuguero site dates from the 7th century AD and consists of a series of inscriptions in honor of the contemporary ruler. One inscription, known as Tortuguero monument 6, is generally agreed among Mayanists to refer to the 2012 date. It has been partially defaced; Mayanist scholar Mark Van Stone has given the most complete translation:
Tzuhtz-(a)j-oom u(y)-uxlajuun pik
The Thirteenth [b’ak’tun] will end
(ta) Chan Ajaw ux(-te’) Uniiw.
(on) 4 Ajaw, the 3rd of Uniiw [3 K’ank’in].
Uht-oom Ek’-…
Black … will occur.
Y-em(al) … Bolon Yookte’ K’uh ta-chak-ma…
(It will be) the descent(?) of Bolon Yookte’ K’uh to the great (or red?)…
Very little is known about the god (or gods) Bolon Yookte’ K’uh. Possible translations of his or their name include “nine support [gods]”, “Many-Strides God”, “Nine-Dog Tree”, or “Many-Root Tree”. He appears in other inscriptions as a god of war, conflict, and the underworld, though Markus Eberl and Christian Prager believe that the Tortuguero inscription parallels the typical Maya ruler’s pronouncement of a future dedicatory celebration. The long count used at Tortuguero contains 20 b’ak’tuns in a cycle, so the end of the 13th b’ak’tun would not end the cycle according to Tortuguero astronomers. No illustrations of Bolon Yookte’ exist, though dozens of other gods’ images are known.

Chilam Balam
The Chilam Balam of Tizimin has been translated twice: once by Maud Worcester Makemson and once by Munro S. Edmonson. Makemson believed that one of the lines in the book (licutal oxlahun bak chem, ti u cenic u tzan a ceni ciac aba yum texe) refered to the “tremendously important event of the arrival of 4 Ahau 3 Kankin in the not too distant future”, translating it as “Presently Baktun 13 shall come sailing, figuratively speaking, bringing the ornaments of which I have spoken from your ancestors.” (Her version of the text continues, “Then the god will come to visit his little ones. Perhaps ‘After Death’ will be the subject of his discourse.”) Makemson was still relying on her own dating of to 1752 and therefore the “not too distant future” in her annotations meant a few years after the scribe in Tizimin recorded his Chilam Balam. Edmonson’s translation does not support this reading; he considers the Long Count entirely absent from the book, with a 24-round may system used instead.
Other Chilam Balam books contain references to the 13th baktun, but it is unclear if these are in the past or future; for example, oxhun bakam u katunil (thirteen bakam of katuns) in the Chilam Balam of Chumayel.

New Age theories
Many ‘New Agers’ believe that the ending of this cycle will correspond to a global “consciousness shift”. This theory is grounded in a apocalyptic vocabulary dating back to the 1950s and draws on many of the same sources and personalities of the 1987 Harmonic Convergence. Established themes found in 2012 literature include “suspicion towards mainstream Western culture”, the idea of spiritual evolution, and the possibility of leading the world into the New Age, by individual example or by a group’s joined consciousness. The general intent of this literature is not to warn of impending doom but “to foster counter-cultural sympathies and eventually socio-political and ‘spiritual’ activism”.

The date became the subject of speculation by Frank Waters, who devotes two chapters to its interpretation, including discussion of an astrological chart for this date and its association with Hopi prophecies in Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth Age of Consciousness (1975). The significance of the year 2012 (but not a specific day) was mentioned briefly by Jose Arguelles in The Transformative Vision, (1975)[24] and later in The Mayan Factor (1987). Author Terence McKenna independently arrived at a New Age prediction for 2012, which he later merged with the Mayan calendar end date after a discussion with Arg├╝elles.
Author Daniel Pinchbeck popularized New Age concepts about this date, linking it to beliefs about crop circles, alien abduction, and personal revelations based on the use of entheogens and mediumship in his 2006 book 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. Pinchbeck argues for a shift in consciousness rather than an apocalypse, suggesting that materialistic attitudes, rather than the material world, are in jeopardy. Semir Osmanagic, the author and metalworker responsible for promoting the Bosian pyramids, referred to 2012 in the conclusion of his book The World of the Maya. He suggests that “Advancement of DNA may raise us to a higher level” and concludes, “When the ‘heavens open’ and cosmic energy is allowed to flow throughout our tiny Planet, will we be raised to a higher level by the vibrations”.

Galactic alignment
Frank Waters’ book inspired further speculation by John Major Jenkins in the mid 1980’s, which notes the correspondence of the December 21st date with the winter solstice in the year of 2012.
In the solar system the planets and the Sun roughly the same plan of orbit, which is known as the plane of the ecliptic. From our view on planet Earth, the Zodiacal constellations move along or near the ecliptic and over time they appear to recede counterclockwise by 1 degree every 72 years. That movement is attributed to a slight wobble in the Earth’s axis as it spins. Due to this, approx. every 2160 years the constellation visible on the early morning of the spring equinox changes. In Western astrological traditions, this signals the end of one astrological age. We are currently living in the “Age of Pisces” and next will be the “Age of Aquarius”. Over 26,000 years the precession of the equinoxes makes 1 full circuit around the ecliptic.
Just as the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere is currently in the constellation of Pisces, so the winter solstice is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius, which happens to be the constellation intersected by the galactic equator. Every year for the last 1,000 years or so, on the winter solstice, the Earth, Sun and the galactic equator come into alignment, and every year, precession pushes the Sun’s position a little way further through the Milky Way’s band.

Jenkins suggests that the Maya based their calendar on observations of the “dark rift”, a band of black dust clouds in the Milky Way, which the Maya called the Xibalba be or Black Road. Jenkins claims that the Maya were aware of where the ecliptic intersected the Black Road and gave this position in the sky a special significance in their cosmology. According to the hypothesis, the Sun precisely aligns with this intersection point at the winter solstice of 2012. Jenkins claimed that the classical Mayans anticipated this conjunction and celebrated it as the harbinger of a profound spiritual transition for mankind. New Age proponents of the galactic alignment hypothesis argue that, just as astrology uses the positions of stars and planets to make claims of future events, the Mayans plotted their calendars with the objective of preparing for significant world events.
The alignment in question is not exclusive to 2012 but takes place over a 36-year period, corresponding to the diameter of the Sun, with the most precise convergence having already occurred in 1998. Also, Jenkins himself notes that there is no concrete evidence that the Maya were aware of precession. While some Mayan scholars, such as Barbara MacLeod, have suggested that some Mayan holy dates were timed to processional cycles, scholarly opinion on the subject is divided. There is also little evidence, archaeological or historical, that the Maya placed any importance on solstices or equinoxes.

Timewave zero and the I Ching
“Timewave zero” is a pseudo-scientific numerological formula that purports to calculate the ebb and flow of “novelty”, defined as increase in the universe’s interconnectedness, or organized complexity, over time. According to Terence McKenna, who conceived the idea over several years in the early-mid 1970s, the universe has a teleological attractor at the end of time that increases interconnectedness, eventually reaching a singularity of infinite complexity on December 21, 2012, at which point anything and everything imaginable will occur instantaneously.

McKenna expressed “novelty” in a computer program, which purportedly produces a waveform known as timewave zero or the timewave. Based on McKenna’s interpretation of the King Wen sequence of the I Ching, the graph appears to show great periods of novelty corresponding with major shifts in humanity’s biological and cultural evolution. He believed the events of any given time are recursively related to the events of other times, and chose the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as the basis for calculating his end date of November 2012. When he discovered this date’s proximity to the end of the 13th baktun, he adjusted it so that the two dates matched.

The first edition of Invisible Landscapes refers to 2012 (as the year, not a specific day) only twice. McKenna originally considered it an incidental observation that the two dates matched, a sign of the end date “being programmed into our unconscious”. It was only after he met Jose Arg├╝elles in 1985 that he became convinced that December 21, 2012 had significant meaning and peppered this specific date throughout the second, 1993 edition of the same book.

Doomsday theories
A far more apocalyptic view of the year 2012 is represented by the History Channel which, beginning in 2006, aired “Decoding the Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy”, based loosely on John Major Jenkins’ theories but with a tone he characterized as “45 minutes of unabashed doomsday hype and the worst kind of inane sensationalism”. It was co-written by a science fiction author. This show proved popular and was followed by many sequels: 2012, End of Days (2006), The Last Days on Earth (2008) Seven Signs of the Apocalypse (2008) and Nostradamus 2012 (2008), together with programs recounting past doomsdays: Comet Catastrophe (2007), Noah’s Great Flood (2008) and Journey to 10000 B.C.

History Channel documentaries have also related their End of the World scenario to the following:
The Bible’s Book of Revelation. This text, composed some 1900 years ago, did indeed offer a dramatic picture of the end of the world-but it also promised that it would happen “very soon”. The Bible says nothing about 2012 or any similar date.

The Tiburtine Sibyl. As reproduced in the 16th century, this book did indeed likewise present a dramatic picture of the apocalypse, but did not date it, least of all to 2012.
The quatrains of Nostradamus. While these are clearly intended to be read in a pre-apocalyptic context, they do not specifically mention (or, consequently, date) the end of the world: their Preface states that they are valid until the year 3797.

The so-called Lost Book of Nostradamus. This is in fact merely a retitling of the anonymous Vaticinia de Summis Pontificibus – a book of prophetic papal emblems dating from centuries before his time – and does not mention the year 2012.

The Prophecies of Merlin. This was a fictional composition by the medieval Geoffrey of Monmouth amplified in 13th-century Venice, and did not mention the year 2012.
The Prophecies of Mother Shipton. The original 1641 edition of these says nothing at all about doomsday or the end of the world or, consequently, any proposed date for either

Planet Nibiru
Proponents of a Nibiru collision claim that a planet called Nibiru will collide with or pass by Earth in that year. This idea, which has been circulating since 1995 in New Age circles and initially slated the event for 2003, is based on claims of channeling from alien species and has been widely ridiculed. Astronomers calculate that such an object so close to Earth would be visible to anyone looking up at the night sky.

Black hole alignment
An apocalyptic reading of Jenkin’s hypothess has that, when the galactic alignment occurs, it will somehow create a combined gravitational effect between the Sun and the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, (known as Sgr A*) creating havoc on Earth. Apart from the fact noted above that the “galactic alignment” predicted by Jenkins already happened in 1998, the Sun’s apparent path through the zodiac as seen from Earth does not take it near the true galactic center, but rather several degrees above it Even if this were not the case, Sgr A* is 30,000 light years from Earth, and would have to be more than 6 million times closer to cause any gravitational disruption to our Solar System. The alignment described by Jenkins is only an apparent alignment caused by the Earth’s wobble on its axis and has nothing to do with Earth’s current location in the galaxy.
Some versions of this idea elide the 2012 “galactic alignment” with the very different “galactic alignment” proposed by some scientists to explain a supposed periodicity in mass extinctions in the fossil record. The hypothesis supposes that vertical oscillations made by the Sun as it orbits the galactic center cause it to regularly pass through the galactic plane. When the Sun’s orbit takes it outside the galactic disc, the influence of the galactic tide is weaker; as it re-enters the galactic disc, as it does every 20-25 million years, it comes under the influence of the far stronger “disc tides”, which, according to mathematical models, increase the flux of Oort Clould comets into the Solar System by a factor of 4, leading to a massive increase in the likelihood of a devastating comet impact. However, this process takes place over tens of millions of years, and could never be assigned to a specific date. Many scientists now agree that this hypothesis is incorrect, as the Earth is currently close to the galactic plane, and the last extinction in the fossil record was only 15 million years ago.

So what will happen in the year of 2012? Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Volcanoes…End of all mankind? Will it be the end of this materialistic world we live in, higher consciousness? For you Christians, will Jesus return? Will we all die? Will our world end? Will we reach a higher consciousness? Will Nibiru come back around, reptilians? Or will nothing happen? Guess we’ll have to wait and find out…

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2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Preview and Pick Agains the Spread: UCLA Vs. Baylor

UCLA and Baylor square off in the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Bruins are coming off a loss in the Pac-12 title game to Stanford. UCLA is actually coming off two straight losses, both to Stanford. The Bruins head into the Holiday Bowl with a 9-4 overall record.

Baylor had an up and down season. The Bears won their first three, lost four straight, and then won four out of their last five. Baylor’s big win came on November 17th when they knocked off Kansas State, the number one team in the country at the time. Baylor enters the bowl game with an overall record of 7-5 this season.

When Baylor is on Offense

The Baylor Bears have one of the most prolific offenses in college football. Baylor ranks 5th in scoring at 44.1 points per game and are 1st in total offense averaging 578.8 yards per game. Quarterback Nick Florence is 3rd in the nation with 4121 passing yards and has 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Wide receiver Terrance Williams was Florence’s favorite target this season hauling in 95 catches for 1764 yards this season. Florence will also throw to Tevin Reese and Lanear Sampson who each had over 50 catches and 600 yards for Baylor. The Bears ran the ball more towards the end of the season and their offense benefitted. Lache Seastrunk started to get more carries the last five weeks and was outstanding averaging 7.6 yards per carry this season.

UCLA ranks 55th in the nation in scoring defense allowing an average of 25.9 points per game. Linebacker Anthony Barr leads the nation with 13.5 sacks and the Bruins rank 4th in the nation with 44 sacks as a team. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence was only sacked 16 times all season. UCLA will have its hands full trying to slow Baylor’s explosive offense.

When UCLA is on Offense

The Bruins’ offense ranks 29th in the nation in scoring at 35.1 points per game. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley played well this season completing 68% of his passes for 3411 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. The biggest concern for Hundley is his inability to get rid of the football quickly. Hundley was sacked 46 times this season, more than any other quarterback in the country. The star for UCLA this season was running back Jonathan Franklin. The senior averaged 6.3 yards per carry on his way to 1700 yards and 13 touchdowns. Franklin had a huge game against a very good Stanford run defense with 194 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Pac-12 championship game.

Baylor’s defense was terrible this season. The Bears rank 117th in scoring defense allowing 38.2 points per game. Baylor only held one opponent below 20 points all season long. That team was Kansas, the 118th ranked scoring team in the country at 18.3 points per game. Baylor will have a tough time stopping Jonathan Franklin and the Bruins.

2012 Holiday Bowl Pick Against the Spread

UCLA is currently a 1-point favorite over Baylor in the 2012 Holiday Bowl. The Bruins had a great season and are certainly a talented football team. UCLA’s offense has a nice balance and will be successful against a horrible Baylor defense. However, Baylor played its best football of the season down the stretch picking up wins against Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State, all bowl teams. Baylor has been successful throwing the ball all season and became dangerous on the ground as well when they started giving the ball to Lache Seastrunk. This is going to be a high-scoring game and I think Baylor will pull out the victory, so I’ll take the Bears with the 1-point.

Prediction: Baylor 48 – UCLA 45

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2012 Cherry Blossom Festival Info, Facts

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival always brings in huge swarms of visitors from across the country and across the world to Washington D.C. The 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival should be one of the biggest and best years ever.

Here’s a collection of key facts for visitors planning to attend the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.

* The 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival is a centennial celebration. Japan originally gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States in 1912.

* The 2012 festival will take place from March 20 through April 27, lasting for five weeks.

* Peak cherry blossom dates can only be predicted, not guaranteed. According to the U.S. National Park Service, the 2012 peak cherry blossom period will be March 24 through March 31, with a blooming period beginning on March 22. The average peak bloom date is April 4. Updated information on expected peak bloom dates can be found online at the festival’s Bloom Watch.

* For comparison, in 2011, green buds were present on February 28, leading to an eventual peak bloom on March 29. This year, green buds became present one day later, on February 29.

* Weather has been unusually warm in Washington D.C. this year though, which could speed up the blooming process. According to the Capital Weather Gang, the average high temperature in Washington D.C. on March 8 is 53 degrees. In 2012, the high on March 8 was 71 degrees.

* The 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival will mark the first year where the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will be open to the public. The MLK Memorial is located on the Tidal Basin, right in the midst of hundreds of cherry trees, and the incorporation of the trees was a key element of its design.

* There are over 150 events planned for the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival. A few highlights include the official opening ceremony on March 25, the Blossom Kite Festival on March 31, the Waterfront Fireworks Festival on April 7, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 14. A full listing of events can be found at NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org.

* With thousands of tourists in town, getting to the Tidal Basin can be challenging. The peak cherry blossom period is annually one of the D.C. Metro’s busiest times of the year, and parking is also scarce. If possible, consider visiting during a weekday afternoon to avoid some of the crowds. If you’re staying in downtown D.C., consider walking from your hotel rather than trying to find a new parking space or hopping on an overcrowded metro.

Jake Emen is a freelance writer based in Bethesda, Maryland, with experience covering local news stories and events for a number of online publications. He is also the owner of the

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