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TiZA school’s future falls to
By Mila Koumpilova
Updated: 07/25/2011 11:23:31 PM CDT
Weeks after it ceased to exist in the eyes of the state, a metro-area charter school is making a case for its survival in bankruptcy court.
The Inver Grove Heights-based Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy filed for bankruptcy June 30, a day before it found itself lacking the state-approved overseer it needs to continue operation. The school since has asked the bankruptcy judge for permission to continue paying employees' salaries and benefits, stressing the value of saving its successful academic program.
Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the court to allow its 2-year-old federal lawsuit against the academy to move toward a resolution. The ACLU accused TiZA of promoting religion. The school has denied those charges, arguing it merely accommodated its primarily Muslim students.
These developments leave TiZA attorneys with a delicate balance to strike: They are championing the school's survival as they argue that its likely demise makes the ACLU lawsuit moot.
"How can TiZA adjust its religious accommodation policies if it doesn't exist anymore?" asked Shamus O'Meara, the school's lead counsel. "It's pretty nonsensical to try to push those claims forward."
At the start of this month, TiZA's overseer - the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Islamic Relief USA - became ineligible to continue its role because of a new charter school law that bans out-of-state overseers. Islamic Relief and the state were co-defendants in the ACLU lawsuit before settling out of court.
The state Education Department turned down an application by Twin Cities nonprofit Novation to take over as TiZA's overseer.
TiZA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows an organization to restructure and continue to exist. In court filings, the academy touts the high test scores and other achievements of its overwhelmingly low-income minority students.
"The continued operation of TiZA saves a successful program for the development of students," records say.
And to continue to operate, the school said, it needs to hang onto its staff of about 60. The school, which lists a monthly payroll of about $143,000, is asking the judge to allow it to continue paying its teachers and other employees over the summer.
An attorney for U.S. Trustee Habbo Fokkena argued against granting that request. The ability of the school to reopen in the fall is "clearly in dispute," wrote the attorney, Michael Fadlovich.
He especially objects to a severance clause in employment offers made in the weeks and months before the school filed for bankruptcy: If the school is forced to close, the offers said, employees would receive four months' salary - a liability of about $438,500 by his estimate.
Mark Kalla, TiZA's bankruptcy attorney, did not return a call seeking comment.
TiZA's Executive Director Asad Zaman said the school hasn't worked out a survival plan. Its leaders and legal team still are weighing a court appeal of the Education Department's rejection of Novation's application.
Zaman said he does not plan to re-invent TiZA as a private school, which would require lining up significant private resources.
O'Meara, the school's counsel, is more pessimistic. He said many TiZA employees scattered over the summer, and many students have requested their academic records so they can transfer to other schools.
"The reality is there isn't anyone to fill that school any more," O'Meara said. Meanwhile, the ACLU, the state and Islamic Relief have asked the bankruptcy court to lift a freeze on all legal actions that went into effect automatically when TiZA filed for bankruptcy.
For one thing, the state and Islamic Relief want to pursue repayment of more than $1.7 million in legal expenses that the federal court ruled TiZA should cover. The ACLU is seeking closure in the long-running case, which still is scheduled for trial in November.
Peter Lancaster, lead counsel for the ACLU, said the trial is unlikely with TiZA closed. Lancaster said the ACLU realizes it might not be able to get TiZA to repay millions in state aid or cover the group's own legal fees even as he questioned why TiZA had not yet filed information on its assets.
But Lancaster said the ACLU still hopes the court will approve the ACLU's settlement with the state and thus unseal records marked confidential during the lawsuit's investigative phase.
"The single most important thing we still hope to accomplish is the release of that information to the public," Lancaster said.
Lancaster and his team have argued the documents release would be "highly useful" to the bankruptcy court as well, throwing light on TiZA's financial dealings.
TiZA and its attorneys have called the issue of the settlement documents a misleading publicity stunt by the ACLU.
Judge Robert Kressel, who presided over the bankruptcy case of former auto mogul Denny Hecker, will rule on the various motions in coming weeks.
How To Enjoy Obama's Endless Speeches...
I used to avoid listening to his speeches. Now, I look forward to the
Here is something to help make Obama's speeches almost tolerable.
Rules for Bullshit Bingo:
1. Before Barack Obama's next televised speech, print your "Bullshit
2. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those
3. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand
up and shout "BULLSHIT!"
The Stock Market
I called my stockbroker and asked him what I should be buying.
He said, "If the current administration is in office much longer,
canned goods and ammunition are your best bet."
LETTER TO EDITOR , NO ONE WOULD PUBLISH
ORANGE COUNTY ( CALIFORNIA ) NEWSPAPER-New Immigrants
This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good
For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments
when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration
revisions.. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in
the Orange County Paper..................
Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they either
deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the
philosophy they're pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great
letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it
will get published via cyberspace!
My wife wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC
Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it
myself by sending it out on the Internet. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the
Orange County Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is
made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear
down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren't
being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and
other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like
Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of
immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when
there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States,
people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be
documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and
kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support
their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a
primary rule in their new American households and some even changed
their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a
new life and did everything in their power to help their children
assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free
lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the
skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My
father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from
Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None
of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what
country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting
Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the
United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the
French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The
people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that
represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have
thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to
represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents
who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew
what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one
red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same
rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a
different set of rules, one that includes the
entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother
country. I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I
believe that the immigrants who landed on
Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil,
hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that
has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think
they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those
waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it
happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration
bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
by Ann Barnhardt
I stand here in abject stupefaction. The so-called "right" or "Tea Party"
in this republic is being so thoroughly rolled and defeated that I am
struggling to come up with an adequate violent submission metaphor
that does not involve prison rape . . . and they honesty think that they're
"winning." Really? You call this winning?
• - Obama gets over $2 Trillion to spend before the 2012 election
• - There are no real spending cuts
• - There is a massive tax increase effective January 1, 2013
Obama is going to be handed something in excess of $2 Trillion -- and
he has made it perfectly clear that he will spend every penny of it before
the November 2012 election. That's why he kept saying, " . . . so we
don't have to do this again", meaning raise the debt ceiling again. The
debt ceiling would only need to be raised if all of the money had been
spent. Therefore, he has stated very clearly that he will spend every
penny of any debt ceiling increase. He is going to burn through $2
Trillion-plus in the next sixteen months. This was the Obama regime's
plan from day one. Geithner appeared before Congress in early May and
told them this in no uncertain terms. This outcome has been a known
quantity all along.
There are no spending cuts in this plan. It is all accounting fraud!
Saying that you are not going to spend money in Afghanistan ten years
from now is not spending cuts. Even if you accept the $1 Trillion in cuts
over ten years propaganda, that is only $100 Billion per year, which is
essentially meaningless relative to the size of the problem. Furthermore,
even a miniscule uptick in interest rates, which given the massive
debasement of our currency is now a mathematical certainty, will
completely consume that $100 Billion per year. It's all a joke.
Back to the $2 Trillion that Obama is being handed. I honestly think
that most people in this country have no understanding of simple
counting numbers. Do you not understand how much a trillion is?
Where do you think this money is going to come from -- who has two
trillion dollars to loan us? China ? Nope. Not even close. China 's
entire GDP is only $6 Trillion. Do you honestly think that China is
going to loan us one third of their total annual economic production?
China was a huge creditor to us back when $100 Billion was considered
a staggeringly large amount of money - which was four years ago. Now
$100 Billion is literally a rounding error. Do you realize that there are
only a handful of nations of this planet that even have a GDP in excess
of $2 Trillion? If these countries loaned usevery penny of their GDP, it
wouldn't even be $2 Trillion:
Canada ($1.57 T)
India ($1.54 T)
Russia ($1.46 T)
Are you starting to understand the scope of what we are talking about
now? Obama is going to embezzle considerably more than the entire
economic output of Canada , India or Russia to his cronies before the
2012 election -- and that is just counting this round of spending. This
doesn't include the other $5 Trillion he has already burned through since
China is not going to lend us this money because they simply don't have
anything close to that much money to lend. This $2 Trillion is going to
come from the Federal Reserve. Where is the Federal Reserve going to
get $2 Trillion? They are going to print it out of thin air. We are in the
midst of the largest currency debasement ever seen in human history.
There is only one result that can come of currency debasement:
hyperinflation and total economic and societal collapse.
Have you also forgotten the so-called "Bush tax cuts"? Yeah. Those
rates are going to expire on January 1, 2013. Obama will presumably
still be occupying the Oval Office at that time assuming that he is not
forcibly removed or that the Republic is still intact at that time. Taxes
will increase significantly at that point, and the Congressional Budget
Office has scored everything put before them given the fact of the
massive tax increases on 1/1/2013. Do you understand that? When
these Republicans and even these so-called "Tea Party Freshmen" tell
you that there are no tax hikes in their "plan," they are consciously,
willfully, knowingly lying to you through their teeth.
Finally, I do not understand how it can possibly be that conservative
writers are still addressing Obama as if he is actually trying to help the
economy, but his well-intentioned policies are failing.
Obama is the enemy. Obama is a Marxist-Communist usurper and
puppet front for a cabal of Marxist-Communists who are actively trying
to destroy the United States of America . Everything they have done, are
doing, and will do has the single goal of collapsing and destroying the
U.S. economy, military, constitutional government and culture. What
part of "Marxist Revolution" do you not understand?
The Obama regime is not a failure. The Obama regime is not
incompetent. The Obama regime has achieved more in two and a half
years than anyone could have possibly foreseen. It has debased the
currency by 50% of the GDP and guaranteed that our economy will
collapse. It has looted the Treasury for more than the size of a top-ten
economy and embezzled that wealth into the hands of their fellow
Marxists in preparation for the final collapse of the United States . It has
ground the economy of the United States to a screeching halt. It has
destabilized the entire Muslim world and ensured that there will be a
nuclear war centered around Israel within the decade.
The Obama regime has no interest whatsoever in "stimulus" or "getting
folks back to work." How can you not understand this? How can we
possibly win this war if we refuse to come to terms with the fact that we
are in fact fighting a war.
God save the United States of America , because the people are far too
stupid to do it themselves.
In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
Edinborough, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
Permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up
until The time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous
gifts From the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always
votes for The candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury,
with The result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal
Policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning
of History, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations
Always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2008
It won’t hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St.
Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain
won was Mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
Tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of
democracy, With some forty percent of the nation's population already having
reached The "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
Invaders called illegal's - and they vote - then we can say goodbye to the
USA in fewer than five years.
2 TOUGH QUESTIONS
If you knew a woman who was pregnant,
Who had 8 kids already,
Three who were deaf,
Two who were blind,
One mentally retarded,
And she had syphilis,
Would you recommend that she have an abortion?
Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts..
Here are the facts about the three candidates.
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He's had two mistresses.
He also chain smokes
And drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
He was kicked out of office twice,
Sleeps until noon,
Used opium in college
And drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
He is a decorated war hero.
He's a vegetarian,
Drinks an occasional beer
And never committed adultery.
Which of these candidates would be our choice?
Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:
If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.
Interesting isn't it? Makes a person think before judging someone.
Amateurs ... Built the ark.
Professionals ... Built the Titanic
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that
visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was
very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was
different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish
in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The
doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions
and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did
this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the
bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several
years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so
were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls
with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got
sick. It must work.. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and
we never got the flu.
Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who
regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with
this most interesting experience about onions:
Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story... but, I do
know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill.. I
came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into
an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the
onion would be black in the morning from the germs... sure enough it
happened just like that... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed
around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have
powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.
This is the other note.
Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to
blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is
the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu's
and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for
a time after it has been cut open.
LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS
I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers
of mayonnaise.. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters
in the Mullins family. My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.
Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I
learned from a chemist.
The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed. He's one of the brothers Ed
is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce
formula. He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour,
someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People
are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise
you. Ed said that all commercially- made Mayo is completely safe.
"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but
it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set
at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then
talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad
sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when
someone gets sick.
Ed says that! when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the
officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those
onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise
(as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's
probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.
He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially
uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced
onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it
in your refrigerator.
It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit,
that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you
put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!) Ed says if you take the leftover
onion and cook it like crazy you'! ll probably be okay, but if you slice
that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble.
Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and
grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to
Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize
Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook
the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and
creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections
because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.
Healing Miracle for burns:
A young man sprinkling his lawn and bushes with pesticides wanted to
check the contents of the barrel to see how much pesticide remained in
it. He raised the cover and lit his lighter; the vapors inflamed and
engulfed him. He jumped from his truck, screaming. His neighbor came
out of her house with a dozen eggs, yelling: "bring me some eggs!" She
broke them, separating the whites from the yolks. The neighbor woman
helped her to apply the whites on the young man's face. When the
ambulance arrived and when the EMTs saw the young man, they asked
who had done this. Everyone pointed to the lady in charge. They
congratulated her and said: "You have saved his face." By the end of the
summer, the young man brought the lady a bouquet of roses to thank her.
His face was like a baby's skin.
Healing Miracle for burns:
Keep in mind this treatment of burns which is included in teaching
beginner fireman this method. First aid consists to spraying cold water
on the affected area until the heat is reduced and stops burning the layers
of skin. Then, spread egg whites on the affected are.
One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite
of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg white
from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution.
The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.
She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued
during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white.
By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was
hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her
skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally
regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of
PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE is owned by Peter Lewis: Who is he?
Read this...VERY IMPORTANT INFO TO PASS TO EVERYONE
CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR COUNTRY. You’ve seen and smiled at
the Progressive Insurance TV commercials. Well, you’re about to learn
the rest of the story:
You know their TV commercials, the ones featuring the ditsy actress all
dressed in white. What you might not know is that the Chairman of
Progressive is Peter Lewis, one of the major funders of leftist causes in
America. Between 2001 and 2003, Lewis funneled $15 million to the
ACLU, the group most responsible for destroying what's left of
Americas Judeo-Christian heritage.
Lewis also gave $12.5 million to MoveOn.org and American Coming
Together, two key propaganda arms of the socialist left. His funding for
these groups was conditional on matching contributions from George
Soros, the America-hating socialist who is the chief financier of the
Obama political machine.
Lewis made a fortune as a result of capitalism, but now finances a
progressive movement that threatens to destroy the American free
enterprise system that is targeting television shows on Fox News.
Peter Lewis is making a fortune off of conservative Americans (who buy
his auto insurance) that he applies to dismantle the very system that
made him wealthy. He's banking on no one finding out who
he is, so, STOP buying Progressive Insurance.
Verify at Snopes
Or T/F http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/a/aclu-lewis.htm
All of a sudden I don’t care
for their “funny commercials”
BANANAS & MILKDUDS
Below is an article written by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated...
He details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in a
This message is for America 's most famous athletes:
Someday you may be invited to fly in the back-seat of one of your
most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have. John Elway,
John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity,
let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity.... Move to Guam .
Change your name.
Fake your own death!
Whatever you do.
Do Not Go!!!
The U.S. Navy invited me to try it. I was thrilled. I was pumped.
I was toast! I should've known when they told me my pilot would
be Chip (Biff) King of Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station
Oceana in Virginia Beach ..
Whatever you're thinking a Top Gun named Chip (Biff) King looks
like, triple it. He's about six-foot, tan, ice-blue eyes, wavy surfer hair,
finger-crippling handshake -- the kind of man who wrestles
dyspeptic alligators in his leisure time. If you see this man, run the
other way. Fast.
Biff King was born to fly. His father, Jack King, was for years the
voice of NASA missions. ('T-minus 15 seconds and counting'.
Chip would charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to hear his dad
Jack would wake up from naps surrounded by nine-year-olds waiting
for him to say, 'We have liftoff'.
Biff was to fly me in an F- 14D Tomcat, a ridiculously powerful $60
weapon with nearly as much thrust as weight, not unlike Colin
I was worried about getting airsick, so the night before the flight I asked
Biff if there was something I should eat the next morning.
'Bananas,' he said.
'For the potassium?' I asked.
'No,' Biff said, 'because they taste about the same coming up
as they do going down.'
The next morning, out on the tarmac, I had on my flight suit with my
sewn over the left breast. (No call sign -- like Crash or Sticky or
But, still, very cool.) I carried my helmet in the crook of my arm, as Biff
instructed. If ever in my life I had a chance to nail Nicole Kidman, this
A fighter pilot named Psycho gave me a safety briefing and then
me into my ejection seat, which, when employed, would 'egress' me out
of the plane at such a velocity that I would be immediately rendered
Just as I was thinking about aborting the flight, the canopy closed over
and Biff gave the ground crew a thumbs-up. In minutes we were firing
up at 600 mph. We leveled out and then canopy-rolled over another F-14.
Those 20 minutes were the rush of my life. Unfortunately, the ride lasted
It was like being on the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Hell. Only
We did barrel rolls, snap rolls, loops, yanks and banks. We dived, rose
dived again, sometimes with a vertical velocity of 10,000 feet per
We chased another F-14, and it chased us.
We broke the speed of sound. Sea was sky and sky was sea. Flying at
200 feet we did 90-degree turns at 550 mph, creating a G force of 6.5,
which is to say I felt as if 6.5 times my body weight was smashing
against me, thereby approximating life as Mrs. Colin Montgomerie.
And I egressed the bananas.
And I egressed the pizza from the night before.
And the lunch before that.
I egressed a box of Milk Duds from the sixth grade.
I made Linda Blair look polite. Because of the G's, I was egressing
stuff that I never thought would be egressed.
I went through not one airsick bag, but two.
Biff said I passed out. Twice. I was coated in sweat. At one point,
as we were coming in upside down in a banked curve on a mock
bombing target and the G's were flattening me like a tortilla and I
was in and out of consciousness, I realized I was the first person
in history to throw down.
I used to know 'cool'. Cool was Elway throwing a touchdown pass,
or Norman making a five-iron bite. But now I really know 'cool'.
Cool is guys like Biff, men with cast-iron stomachs and freon nerves.
I wouldn't go up there again for Derek Jeter's black book, but I'm
glad Biff does every day, and for less a year than a rookie reliever
makes in a home stand.
A week later, when the spins finally stopped, Biff called. He said
he and the fighters had the perfect call sign for me. Said he'd
send it on a patch for my flight suit.
What is it? I asked.
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The frightening prospect is the new al-Qaida will seek to retaliate directly against the US in a big way with weapons of mass destruction.
George Soros paid for sex? Thursday, Aug 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM EDT
WI state fair:
Police refuse to call it "hate crime", while arrestee at the police station says, "We targeted Whites because they're weak."
"Actually, whites are targeted immediately, because white people are ... targeted first because they are weak, gullible, and inferior ..."
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