Friday, July 29, 2005

Gotta Love the CIA!

This is from an article I just read on the Canton Repository (Canton Ohio) website. I have found brief mentions of it elsewhere, but it seems as though the big news outlets are steering clear of it. It's pretty good stuff...

Here is the direct link:

Italy questions CIA’s conduct

Monday, July 25, 2005
By NAT HENTOFF Newspaper Enterprise Association

Since the Clinton presidency, the CIA has been conducting “extraordinary renditions” — kidnapping suspected terrorists in various parts of the world and sending them to countries known for torturing their prisoners. For the first time, authorities in Italy, where such an abduction had taken place, are issuing arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents involved in one of these lawless “renditions.”
On Nov. 12, 2003, Hussan Mustafa Omar Nasr, a radical imam, on the way to daily prayers at a mosque in Milan — who had been under surveillance by Italian intelligence forces — was sprayed in the face with chemicals by eight CIA agents, shoved into a van, and rendered to his native Egypt on a Gulfstream IV executive jet (a plane often used for these CIA missions.)
In an Egyptian prison, Omar Nasr was given electric shock treatments, hung upside down, and otherwise tortured. Released after 14 months, he was rearrested, and has disappeared in an Egyptian dungeon. As has been reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications there is no doubt that this abduction was a CIA operation.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

No doubt TJ will be missed....

It just got a little easier for RBs and TEs in the AFC east.

One of my best T Johnson memories is watching him stick the "Bus" 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the 2001 AFC championship game on their first possession thus setting the tone for the Bus' miserable performance that day. Atta-boy Tedy, thanks for the years of service.

52 + 54 Equalled a Ton of Heart

With the announcement today of Ted Johnson's retirement, we are officially without both our Teds for the upcoming season. These were two of the hardest hitting, hard-nosed, committed and passionate football players I have ever seen, and they will be sorely missed.

Everyone knows what a terror Tedy Bruschi has been in the league for the past couple seasons, but let's not forget how amazing Ted Johnson was back before injuries got to him. Back in '96 and '97, he was flat out the best player on the football field at any given time, and he sparked an era of defensive greatness that has carried over to this very day.

I will never forget the mayhem that Johnson and Chris Slade used to cause every game during that Super Bowl year of '96, and how they brought hope back to New England football fans after decades of anguish. That '96 team won our first division title in 10 years, held opponents to 19 points per game in the regular season, and only gave up 9 total points in the AFC playoff tournament en route to the Super Bowl. Ted Johnson had 114 tackles that year!

The Patriots have been contenders ever since. That defense and that 1996 team changed things for us. They put the Pats officially on the map as a team to reckoned with, and made us believe that every year could be OUR year. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ted Johnson and the men of that team.

So everyone raise a glass tonight and tip one back in honor of Ted Johnson and everything he brought to the game, to the franchise and to our lives. And then cross your fingers that Tedy Bruschi will be back next year to pick up where he left off. I just can't imagine this team without a Ted at linebacker.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Rumors of your demise..........

were exagerated with your silence on the matter I'm sure. Nonetheless I hope find yourself happy as a result of your "demise". You'll always have a friend here. For those that do not know me, I have known Jason for over 10 years. While co-workers and friends, in and on the streets of Boston, Jason may very well have saved my life. He saved me from being stabbed in the back (literaly) at least. For that Jason, I am in your forever debt. Look forward to seeing you out there soon.
A tune played on the pipes in yours, and "Scotty"'s honour....

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

RIP Scotty

For those of you who may not have heard, last Wednesday our beloved "Scotty" passed away at the age of 85. I could not forgive myself if I didn't honor him here on the blog. Rest in peace Jimmy. Thanks for all the memories.


The beautiful voice you all heard in that second posting is that of Jenny Vance. I should probably take a moment to tell everyone a little about her. To put it simply, Jenny is my world. She is the one I want to see when I wake up and the one I want to fall asleep with at the end of the day. She is wildly beautiful, compassionate and kind, staggeringly gifted and intelligent, amazingly resilient and strong, and passionately driven. She lives and loves deeply, and is a rare gem in this world of apathy, stagnation and selfishness.

We met September 8, 2004 on my first day at Dividend Capital, and we both knew that very moment that something big was happening. She and I both were in bad situations at home where we were not appreciated for who and what we were, and we were both just going through the motions. That all changed the very instant we made eye contact, when we both later admitted that a shock went through each of us. We knew this wasn't just a chance occurrence, but rather fate intervening in our lives. We began a journey down a path full of anxiety and uncertainty, full of painful twists and turns, yet also full of hope that the life each of us always wanted and dreamed of could be ours. Through it all, Jenny never wavered once in her love, support and respect for me, and in the end was there waiting for me with open arms when the walls of my marriage came crumbling down.

She is a truly remarkable woman, and I am lucky to have her in my life. I look forward to the day when each of you gets to meet her and see for yourselves how wonderful she is.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Silence is Deafening

Okay, so I've been a horrid friend...let's get that out of the way. Let me first take this moment to apologize many times over for my seeming lack of compassion or sympathy. Regardless of cause, reason or effects, I have mourned deeply what has transpired over the past few months.

I'll admit I know next to nothing about it, having heard little from either of you...something I take great blame for. All I can say is: I'm sorry.

That said, I don't have a moments doubt you continue to be the guy I have always admired and felt blessed to call a friend. And while time, distance, and a hectic lifestyle all contribute to infrequent contact, I expect to always call you friend.

I look forward to reading and posting...this is a great idea. One, I'm not surprised, you came up with!

Here's to the future.....

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