Sneads Ferry North Carolina: 12/01/2007 - 01/01/2008

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Sneads Ferry Father Charges With Abuse of 15 Day-Old Son

A father from Onslow County is wanted for felony child abuse involving his 15 day old son.
The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says 22 year-old Paul Conway Buckley Junior of Sneads Ferry abused his son so severely he had brain hemorrhaging and dislocated ribs.

<for more please visit WITN's article Father Charged With Abuse Of 15 Day-Old Son>

Monday, December 24, 2007

Craigslist Legal Issues

Craigslist Legal Issues

In the recent past, Craigslist.org has made headlines in the legal community with a Chicago based lawsuit, filed by the Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, in February of 2006. The plaintiff in the case states that Craigslist violated the Fair Housing Act by publishing discriminatory statements in posts related to renting and selling housing.

In November of 2006, a judge decided that Craigs list could not be held accountable for the publishing of discriminating statements that violated the Fair Housing Act. The judge stated that the Communications Decency Act categorized Craigslist as a computer service that could not be held responsible for the postings of its respected members. Due to this fact, Craigslist.org is not considered as a publisher under the Fair Housing Act. Instead, Craigslist.org is considered as a service that allows the distribution of such content because the service has total control over all of the content while still retaining respect for the authors desires.

After this certain judge, Amy St. Eve, made her ruling on this issue, the Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights filed an appeal on the subject matter. While the issue is still in the appeal process, Craiglist remains completely confident that the lawsuit will be dismissed.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Keeping Christ In Christmas

As the end of the year draws near, people are running to the malls and stores to do their shopping. Each is trying to find the perfect gift for family and friends. Now I'm rather certain there are plenty who will read this post that do not believe in God or Jesus Christ. For those who believe this way and choose not to participate in Christmas, your beliefs are your own.

For those who profess to believe in Jesus Christ and do not stop to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, please do so. I hold the belief that God gave us his only son to show us the important things of this world. I often see how science continually locates "missing pieces" of history further proving specific segments of the Bible.

Last night I stayed up late to see the Geminids meteor shower which helped reinforce my belief in God and how much he must care for us to provide so much.

I ask each of you reading this post to stop a moment and remember what this season is all about. Remember the closing of one year and the beginning of a new. A most of all do unto others... It makes for a great way of life for us all!

Watching The Geminids From Sneads Ferry North Carolina

Last night my younger son and I went outside to watch the stars. The "special reason" for this was to see the yearly occurence of the Geminids meteor showers. As I understand it, the Geminids return each year somewhere around December 12-14 with one of the most dramatic meteor showers to be seen throughout the year.

It seems they arrive from the Gemini constellation which is just left (e.g. North) and down of where Mars shines in our night sky. Last night's show was spectacular.

Living near the water gave my son and I a fantastic opportunity to watch as the shooting stars came by as often as 2-3 per minute. Of course, some where brighter and longer lasting than others. Cloud cover has mostly dissipated making it easier to spot them in so many directions similar to watching a tremendous fireworks display. Who better than God to offer such a fireworks display?

As my son decided he was getting tired and returned inside, I refilled my coffee cup, kissed him goodnight, regrouped and went back out. It dawned on me how seldom we stop to really appreciate such things. This was the first meteor shower I had really taken in such as this. With this realization, I lay in the truck bed gazing at the stars and enjoyed what was placed in front of me thinking life is good...

Prior to all of this I had tried to contact friends and let them know about the upcoming event. As I understand it, some made plans to watch. I only hope they got as much out of the show as I.

Friday, December 07, 2007

David Bartlett, the entertainer, returns to the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre on Sunday, December 9, 2007 to perform a one-act play he wrote called “The Santa Class".

Some may recall David as the clown "Mr. Rainbow" from earlier performances.

“The Santa Class” will be performed at the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 3 p.m. No reservations required; tickets are $5.00 at the door.

For more information visit David Bartlett’s website at www.mrrainbowtheclown.com

December 7, 1941 - A Day That Shall Live In Infamy

Living next to a large US Marine Corps base (Camp Lejeune) and growing up learning about WWII, I hold a special place for those who have served and died to protect our freedoms. As we are locked in the struggles around this world, let us not forget the past and the resolutions that have been achieved.

On this day decades ago on December 7, 1941 the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. (see US Nave military history site)

Our world has changed and we are responsible. We no longer fight the Japanese and many of the earlier prejudices have long since been diminished. Maybe through due diligence and learning about each other we can do the same working with todays foes.

Only time will tell...

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